The Clay Reynolds Novella Prize


The Clay Reynolds Novella Prize

$500 Prize

Established in 2001, The Clay Reynolds Novella Prize highlights one book a year that excels in the novella format. Since 2019 the Prize comes with a $500 advance, a standard royalty contract, and 20 copies of the published book.

Submissions open each year on January 1 and close on March 31.

Guidelines, Submissions, and List of Previous Winners

The winner of the 2020 Clay Reynolds Novella Prize is Imagine the Dog, by Cecilia Pinto.


Submission Guidelines

2021 Judge: Leslie Jill Patterson

To submit please visit our online submission manager.

General Guidelines

Manuscript Guidelines


Leslie Jill Patterson

2021 Judge: Leslie Jill Patterson

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Leslie Jill Patterson's prose is forthcoming or has recently appeared in The Rumpus, Sweet, Prime Number Magazine, Hotel Amerika, under the gum tree, Texas Monthly, Hunger Mountain, Brevity, Gulf Coast, Baltimore Review, Essay Daily, Fourth Genre, Literature: A Pocket Anthology (7th edition), and Bring the Noise: the best pop culture essays from Barrelhouse. Her awards include two Kimmel-Harding Nelson residencies; a Texas Commission on the Arts fellowship; an Embrey Human Rights Fellowship; the Everett Southwest Literary Award (judged by Lee K. Abbott); the Time and Place Prize in Brittany, France; the Prime Number Magazine Award in Short Fiction (judged by David Jauss); a Soros Justice Fellowship (funded by the Open Society Foundations in New York); the Able Muse Write Prize for Fiction (judged by Jill Alexander Essbaum); the Richard J. Margolis Prize for Social Justice Writing, and a 2018 Pushcart Prize.


Clay Reynolds

Clay Reynolds, for whom this competition is named, is the author of ten novels, and his short fiction has won numerous awards. Reynolds’ critical evaluations have appeared in national magazines including Chronicles, American Way, and Texas Monthly.


Previous Winners:

2020: Cecilia Pinto  Imagine the Dog

2019: Dylan Fisher  The Loneliest Band in France

2018: Patrick Stockwell  The Light Here Changes Everything

2017: Chelsea Catherine – Blindsided

2016: Curt Eriksen – A Place of Timeless Harmony

2015: Rusty Dolleman – The Megabucks     

2014: Ernest J. Finney – Elevation 6,040

2013: Benjamin Ludwig – Sourdough

2012: Adam Berlin – Both Members of the Club

2011: Bruce Douglas Reeves – Delphine

2010: Tina Egnoski – In the Time of the Feast of Flowers

2009: Daniel Robinson – The Shadow of Violence

2008: William Orem – Across the River

2007: Tara Deal – Palms Are Not Trees After All

2006: Lonnie Busch – Turnback Creek

2005: Seuxanne Freeman – Omnibo

2004: Mark Connelly Fifteen Minutes

2003: Rebecca Bailey – The Only Road There Is

2002: Stephen March – Armadillo

2001: Charles Wyatt – Falling Stones: The Spirit Autobiography of S.M. Jones