Prize for Best New Fiction

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

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


Submissions are now closed. The next opportunity will be offered in 2020.


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 2018 prize for best new fiction. HarperCollins is proud to continue our collaboration with the UBC Creative Writing Program and with the agency CookeMcDermid on this award.

Our first four 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 is proud to be publishing both Ellen Keith’s The Dutch Wife, to which rights have been sold in the US, the Czech Republic and Holland, and Natalie Morrill’s The Ghost Keeper. Our congratulations to these authors and to all of you for your excellent work.

Going forward, the HarperCollinsPublishersLtd/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction will be presented bi-annually. Please do consider submitting your work this year. The next opportunity will be in 2020.

We are looking forward to discovering our next shortlist and winner for 2018. 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 30, 2018 until July 2, 2018.

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 mid-October.

We hope you will submit your work or work-in-progress. The rules and regulations for the prize can be found below. 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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