Formerly the Plaza Literary Prize, we now accept novels, novellas, and short story collections from June 1 through July 31. Our team of readers will consider each submission for content, craft, and voice and select ten (10) finalists to be reviewed by our judge. One (1) book will be selected for publication. Submit your story via Submittable.
Cover artwork for the 2019 Great Story Project will be provided by Curt Merlo. Merlo’s editorial illustrations have been seen in the following notable publications: Wired, The Washington Post, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Guardian, The Observer, Scientific American, The Nation, The Boston Globe, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, Seattle Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, and many more. His work has also appeared on album covers, theater posters, and in movies. Merlo’s work has been recognized in the American Illustration Annual the 3×3 Illustration Annual No.8, No.11, No.12, and Gestalten’s book Illustration Unlimited.
Former artists include international award-winning animators, designers and illustrators: Davide Bonazzi, Tuna Bora, Marcos Chin, Eric Diotte, Noah MacMillan, Benjamin Mills, David Moscati, Steve Niilo, Sam Pash, Jeannie Phan, Irvin Rodriguez, Jonny Ruzzo, Ryan Sanchez, Mark Smith, Mariya Suzuki and Matthew Woodson.
The 2019 Great Story Project will be judged by Abbey Lenzie. Abbey is a writer from Huntsville, Alabama. After studying creative writing and film at Birmingham-Southern College, she moved to Los Angeles with her husband. Her passions include eating fried okra, crocheting blankets, and identifying plants with field guides. In the Desert, winner of the 2018 Plaza Literary Prize, is her first novella. She is currently working on a middle grade novel about a pirate girl and a merboy and their adventures on the high seas.
Former judges include award-winning authors, editors, journalists, and professors: Jonathan Alexander, Neelanjana Banerjee, Michael Dean Clark, Panio Gianopoulos, Rachel Howzell Hall, R. Dean Johnson, Yi Shun Lai, Krys Lee, Ben Loory, Namrata Poddar, Irena Praitis, Lilliam Rivera, Kevin Smokler, Héctor Tobar and David L. Ulin.