Prize for Best New Fiction

The HarperCollins Publishers/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction is a bi-annual award, offering literary representation by CookeMcDermid and an advance and book publication by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

Submissions may be made only by currently enrolled students and previous graduates of the UBC Creative Writing Program.

To prospective entrants of the HarperCollinsPublishersLtd/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction,

It is my pleasure to invite submissions from current UBC students and alumni for consideration in the 2020 Prize for Best New Fiction. HarperCollins is proud to continue our collaboration with the UBC Creative Writing Program and with the agency CookeMcDermid Literary Agency on this award. Our first five years of awarding this prize have culminated in outstanding shortlists and winners, reflecting the strength and talent found in the MFA program. In 2018, HarperCollins published both Ellen Keith’s The Dutch Wife, which was a bestseller in both Canada and the US, and has been sold into five additional foreign territories for publication , and Natalie Morrill’s The Ghost Keeper, which went on to win the Jewish Book Award. In April 2020, we will be publishing our most recent prize winner Michelle Good and her deeply moving novel Five Little Indians. Our congratulations to these authors and to all of you for your excellent work.

The HarperCollinsPublishersLtd/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction is awarded bi-annually. Please do consider submitting your work this year. The next opportunity will be in 2022.

We are looking forward to discovering our next shortlist and winner for 2020. The prize Rules and Regulations are available through the UBC Creative Writing program, but in short, submissions are open for a manuscript of no less than 60,000 words, for novels or short stories, starting April 1, 2020 until May 14, 2020. The winner, chosen by CookeMcDermid and the editorial team of HarperCollins, will be offered representation by CookeMcDermid and a standard contract to publish from HarperCollins, with a negotiated advance. The shortlisted authors will all have the opportunity to engage in an editorial discussion about their work with a HarperCollins editor. We will notify a shortlist by the end of August and the winner by the end of September.

We hope you will submit your work. The rules and regulations for the prize can be found at The submission contact is Alix Ohlin at UBC ( can help you with questions.

Iris Tupholme
Senior Vice President and Executive Publisher

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