Writing Competition

Update: Due to the high volume of submissions we’ve received, the review process is taking longer than anticipated. Semi-finalists will now be contacted by April 16 and the winner announced on or about May 14.

Tarcher/Penguin and Julia Cameron are seeking undiscovered writing talent!

  1. This competition is open to novel and novella-length fiction as well as narrative nonfiction.
  2. Submissions should be no more than 10 pages (roughly 4-5,000 words maximum), and only one submission per person will be accepted.
  3. All submissions must be work that has not been published previously or awarded any prize in a prior contest or competition.
  4. Submissions should be sent electronically within the body of an e-mail (no attachments) to feedback@tarcherbooks.com, along with your full name and contact information. Be sure to put “TTA [Your first and last name]” in the e-mail subject line. Submissions must be received by March 2, 2012.
  5. Semi finalists will be contacted by April 16 to submit (electronically) the full manuscript. The winner will be announced online on or about May 14.
  6. The winning piece will win a cash prize of $5,000 and a manuscript review by a Penguin editor.
  7. View the complete official rules


Submissions accepted from Jan 1, 2012 through March 2, 2012
Semi-finalists chosen: March 23 (Tarcher-Penguin will contact semi-finalists for additional material, which will need to be submitted to us by April 6). The semi-finalists’ manuscripts will be reviewed by Tarcher-Penguin editors.
Winner announced: April 26