The Sandeen Prize in Poetry and the Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction are awarded to authors who have published at least one volume of short fiction or one volume of poetry (authors who are graduates of the University of Notre Dame are not eligible.)
Please include a photocopy of the copyright and the title page of your previous volume. Vanity press publications do not fulfill this requirement.
The Sandeen/Sullivan Prizes are open to any author, with the exception of graduates of the University of Notre Dame, who has published at least one book of short stories (for the Sullivan Prize) or one collection of poetry (for the Sandeen Prize) and we pay special attention to second volumes. Please include a vita and/or a biographical statement which includes your publishing history. We will be glad to see a selection of reviews of the earlier collection.
Please submit two copies of your manuscript and inform us if the manuscript is available electronically. Mail manuscripts to 356 O’Shaughnessy Hall Dept of English, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 46556. Include an SASE for acknowledgment of receipt of your submission. If you would like your manuscript returned, please send an SASE. Manuscripts will not otherwise be returned. A $15 administrative fee should accompany submissions. Make checks payable to University of Notre Dame. Every contestant will receive a one-year free subscription to the Notre Dame Review.
The volumes of the Sandeen/Sullivan Prizes will be published in trade paperback format. The author will be offered a standard contract with the University of Notre Dame Press. There will be a $1,000 prize, a $500 award and a $500 advance against royalties from the Notre Dame Press.
The next Richard Sullivan prize submission period will be May 1 - Sept. 1, 2019; the next Ernest Sandeen prize period is May 1 - Sept. 1, 2020.
Selection of the winners is expected during the spring following the submission period. Both the Sandeen and the Sullivan Prizes are awarded biannually, but judged quadrennially.
We intend to invite the winners to Notre Dame at the time of publication for a prize presentation and reading.
New manuscripts from past winners are not accepted.
If you have any further questions, please write to the Director of Creative Writing, Sandeen/Sullivan Prizes, Department of English, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 46556-5639; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.