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METATRON | 2017 Metatron Prize
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The 2017

Metatron Prize

Metatron is pleased to announce that submissions for the 2017 Metatron Prize for Rising Authors are now open :)

This year’s winner will receive $500, a publishing contract with Metatron, and a selection of Metatron titles. The winning manuscript will be published in 2018.

The deadline to submit your work to The Metatron Prize is April 30, 2017.

Metatron is devoted to publishing new perspectives in literature that reflect the experiences and sensibilities of our time.

The best way to know what kind of work we’re looking for is to be familiar with our catalogue.  Read our books. Read our blog. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. We have eclectic tastes. Your manuscript can be any genre, mixed genre, anti-genre – whatever way of writing suits you best.

Past winners of the Prize include Toronto-based Sofia Banzhaf for her manuscript Pony Castle and New York-based Sarah Jean Grimm for her manuscript Soft Focus, which will officially be released in May.

In addition to the winning manuscript, we also use The Metatron Prize as an opportunity to scout work from new writers. Last year we chose 7 additional manuscripts from The Metatron Prize that became or will become Metatron books in the near future.

For this year’s prize we have two options for applicants. In the past we have offered feedback on all submissions, however due to an increase in applicants over the years, we are no longer able to offer feedback on every submission. If you’d like to receive feedback on your manuscript, please be sure to purchase the “Reading Fee + Feedback” option. If you’d just like to submit your manuscript for consideration, please purchase the “Reading Fee” option.

The Metatron Prize is open to applicants any and everywhere in the world.




Ashley Opheim is the founder and managing editor of Metatron, the author of I Am Here and Dream Marrow (forthcoming).

Jay Ritchie is the author of Cheer Up, Jay Ritchie (forthcoming, Coach House), How to Appear Perfectly Indifferent While Crying on the Inside and Something You Were, Might Have Been, or Have Come to Represent (Insomniac, 2014). He is Metatron’s Assistant Editor.

Sara Sutterlin is the author of I Wanted to Be the Knife and Baveuse. She is the founder and managing editor of LESTE Magazine.

Fawn Parker is the author of Looking Good and Having a Good Time. She is co-founder of BAD NUDES Magazine.




1. Choose your poison. Either purchase the ‘Reading Fee’ or ‘Reading Fee with Feedback’ option.

2. Submit your manuscript, bio, and brief synopsis of your work via Submittable.
More information on submission guidelines can be found there.

3. The deadline to submit work to The 2017 Metatron Prize is April 30, 2017.

4. The winner of The 2017 Metatron Prize will be announced in September 2017.

5. Feedback will be delivered to applicants before the winner is announced.


We specifically encourage submissions from queers, femmes, bipoc, lgbtq, trans/gender nonconforming individuals, people with (dis)ability/ies*, women, and any one else living on the margins. If you identify as any or more of the above and you wish for us to know, please include the information in your cover letter.
At Metatron we are devoted to accessibility and inclusivity. If you’d like to submit your manuscript to us but don’t have the means to pay the fee, simply just send us an email and we’ll be happy to arrange an alternative for you.


The 2017 Metatron Prize money is in Canadian dollars.
Choice 1 | Reading FeeChoice 2 | Reading Fee + FeedbackSubmit Your Manuscript