Book Prize Guidelines

River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Prize (photo by Patrick Tomasso)

River Teeth's editors and editorial board conduct a yearly national contest to identify the best book-length manuscript of literary nonfiction. All manuscripts are screened by the co-editors of River Teeth. The contest winner will receive $1,000 and publication by The University of New Mexico Press. All U.S. entrants receive a one-year subscription to River Teeth with their submission fees.

Submissions open August 1. 

Deadline for Submissions: October 31

Final Judge: Rigoberto González


/upload/rigobertogonzalez.jpgRigoberto González is the author of ten books, most recently of the young adult novel The Mariposa Club. His awards include a Guggenheim, an NEA, The Poetry Center Book Award and the Before Columbus American Book Award for his memoir, Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa.  He is contributing editor for Poets and Writers Magazine, on the Executive Board of Directors of the National Book Critics Circle, on the Board of Directors of Fishouse Poems: A Poetry Archive, and on the Advisory Circle of Con Tinta, a collective of Chicano/ Latino activist writers. He writes twice a month a Latino book column, now entering its ninth year, for the El Paso Times of Texas, and is the editor of Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing.

General Guidelines:

  1. Manuscripts must be between 150-400 pages long.
  2. Manuscripts must be double-spaced.
  3. River Teeth encourages underrepresented voices to submit their work for consideration, including but not limited to: BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and disabled writers.
  4. On Anonymity: The editors make every effort to screen manuscripts without bias of identifying author details; however, because the contest is nonfiction, it is not always possible to eliminate identifying characteristics about the author from the manuscript. Therefore, please avoid including your name in the header or footer of the manuscript, but otherwise do not fret too much over anonymity.
  5. By submitting to the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Contest, you understand that if your manuscript is chosen as the winner of the contest, it will be published with The University of New Mexico Press.
  6. Self-published works will be considered but please submit these in manuscript format only.
  7. The contest is open to entries outside of the U.S., but because of rising mailing rates, we are sorry to announce that we can no longer offer a free subscription to non-U.S. submissions.
  8. Submissions must be in English.

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Entries must be submitted online through Submittable.
  2. Online submission fee is $27 

Please direct all questions to

Photo by Patrick Tomasso at Unsplash.

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