The Clay Reynolds Novella Prize


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The Clay Reynolds Novella Prize

$500 + Publication

2022 Judge: Renee Gladman

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

Winner of the 2022 Clay Reynolds Novella Prize:

Mon Dieu, Love, by Jane V. Blunschi

Selected by Renee Gladman


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Submission Guidelines

To submit please visit our online submission manager.

General Guidelines

Manuscript Guidelines


Renee Gladman

Renee Gladman by Philippe Mangeot

Photo Credit: Philippe Mangeot

Renee Gladman is a writer and artist preoccupied with crossings, thresholds, and geographies as they play out at the intersections of poetry, prose, drawing and architecture. She is the author of thirteen published works, including a cycle of novels about the city-state Ravicka and its inhabitants, the Ravickians—Event Factory (2010), The Ravickians (2011), Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge (2013) and Houses of Ravicka (2017)—as well as two collections of drawings, Prose Architectures (2017) and One Long Black Sentence, a series of white-ink drawings on black paper, indexed by Fred Moten (2020). Plans for Sentences, an image/text-based work about black futurity and choreographies of gathering, is forthcoming from Wave Books in 2022. Recent essays and visual work have appeared in The Paris ReviewGulf Coast, Granta, Harper's, BOMB magazinee-flux and n+1. She has been awarded fellowships, artist grants, and residencies from the Harvard Radcliffe Institute, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Lannan Foundation, and KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), among others, and is the recipient of a 2021 Windham-Campbell prize in fiction. For more information, visit reneegladman.com.


Clay Reynolds

Clay Reynolds (1949-2022), 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:

2022: Jane V. Blunschi – Mon Dieu, Love 

2021: Deirdre Danklin – Catastrophe

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