The James Jones First Novel Fellowship is awarded annually to an American writer of a first novel-in-progress. The Fellowship is co-sponsored by the James Jones Literary Society and Wilkes University.

The Fellowship was established in 1992 and to date has selected 25 Fellows. The award is intended to honor the spirit of unblinking honesty, determination, and insight into modern culture exemplified by the late James Jones, author of From Here to Eternity and other prose narratives of distinction. Jones himself was the recipient of aid from many supporters as a young writer and his family, friends, and admirers have established this award of $10,000 to continue this tradition in his name. Runners-up, if also named, receive $1,000. Honorable mentions carry no monetary prize.

All decisions to award or not award prizes annually are at the discretion of the national judges; their decisions are final.


Eligible writers Have never published a novel Are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of America with Green Cards May have published any other type of work including non-fiction articles and short stories Non eligible writers Officers of the James Jones Literary Society Writers who have published previous novels Eligible submissions Unpublished novels Novels in which… Continue reading ELIGIBILITY


MANUSCRIPT GUIDELINES All manuscripts must include: An outline of the novel, not to exceed more than two pages. A cover letter with entrant’s name, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address. The first (50) pages of the novel-in-progress. A $30.00 check or money order made payable to Wilkes University.   All manuscripts must be typed,… Continue reading GUIDELINES


2020 Fellow: Morgan M. X. Schulz Runner-Up: Jessie Roy 2019 Fellow: Marco Kaye Runner-Up: Lorinda Toledo Runner-Up: Latifa Ayad 2018 Fellow: Alicia Upano First runner-up: Nancy Johnson Honorable mentions: Megan Roberts and Deborah Good 2017 Fellow: Erin Kate Ryan First Runner-up: Glori Simmons Second Runner-up: Jennie Li.


I SUBMITTED PREVIOUSLY, CAN I RESUBMIT? Yes, resubmitted manuscripts are accepted. CAN I SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE MANUSCRIPT? Yes, multiple entries from the same author are allowed, but each submission must be mailed separately along with a $30.00 entry fee and $33 for each online entry which includes a processing fee. ARE SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHORS ELIGIBLE?… Continue reading FAQ