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, double-spaced, with 1″ margins, 12 pt. font, and numbered pages. Entrant’s name should appear only on the cover letter, and must not be present anywhere else on the manuscript.


Online entries are subject to a $3.00 processing fee.

For online entries, we request the cover letter, synopsis, and first 50 pages of the novel be submitted as a single document.


Entries can be mailed to:

James Jones First Novel Fellowship
c/o M.A./M.F.A. in Creative Writing
Wilkes University
84 West South Street
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18766

Online entries can be submitted here.


Manuscripts may be submitted for publication simultaneously. If your manuscript is accepted elsewhere, we kindly request you inform The James Jones Literary Society at your earliest convenience.


Entries will be accepted until October 1. Finalists will be notified no later than DATE.

If you are selected as a finalist, you will be asked to send another copy of your original submission, as well as an additional 25 pages.

The first-prize winner must accept the award at the James Jones Literary Society Conference held each fall, typically in early November. Transportation funding will be provided. An excerpt from the winning manuscript will also be published in Provincetown Arts.