The 2023 Kenneth Patchen Award for the Innovative Novel

The 2022 Kenneth Patchen Award for the Innovative Novel - The Journal of Experimental Fiction

Deadline Extended!

New Deadline: September 30, 2022

Entry Fee: $25

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A prize of $1,000 and book publication by Journal of Experimental Fiction and JEF Books is given annually for an innovative novel. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $25 entry fee by September 30. This year’s judge will be Dominic Ward, the author of Prism and Graded Monotony (2013), which is now in its 3rd edition, and The Hunter (2015), both published by JEF Books. He lives with his wife and four children in Esk, Australia.

The submission can be of any length, but must be submitted in Word or PDF format. Manuscripts should be emailed or sent as CDs. The manuscript itself should not contain the author’s name or address, but a separate sheet should be submitted with the title of the submission and the author’s contact information.

Additionally, all entries need to include a four-digit identifying number of the author’s choosing. This number should appear in the subject line of the email, on the manuscript, and on the contact information form.

Payment can be sent by check to: Eckhard Gerdes Publishing, PO Box 6281, Aurora, IL 60598. Do not make checks out to Kenneth Patchen or to JEF Publishing.

Payment can also be made by PayPal to: If paying by PayPal, please use either the “Send Money to Friends and Family” option so that we actually receive the full $25 on our end, or, if you want to use the “Pay for Goods and Services Option,” please include an extra $2.00 to cover PayPal’s fees.

Thank you! We look forward to reading your manuscripts!

Eckhard Gerdes

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