Frequently Asked Question
Housatonic Book Awards
Please note that most of the answers to your questions are in the Guidelines. Please refer back to them with specific questions concerning deadlines, genre types, entry fees, and selection process.
When are the awards presented?
The awards will be presented at the residencies that the award winner will attend. Each award carries a $1000 honorarium and $500 travel stipend in exchange for appearing at the residency. Entering a title implies the author’s willingness to attend the WCSU MFA residency indicated in the description for the award. The honorarium is awarded in exchange for and after the completion of appearance at the appropriate residency.
What is the entry fee?
The entry fee for each title is $25.00. Payment may be in the form of a cashier’s check, money order, or check made out to WCSU Foundation (with “MFA Writing” in the Memo line, please). Deposit of checks will confirm hard copy submissions. You may also submit your title electronically through our online webpage using a credit or debit card.
If I have a print copy of my book, where do I send it?
Fill out the entry form and send the book to:
Housatonic Book Awards
WCSU MFA in Creative and Professional Writing
181 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810
See Guidelines for more information. Deposit of your checks will confirm your hard copy submission.
How are the awards determined? Who selects the winners?
Once the deadline for submissions expires (6/15), reading committees will screen the selections for five finalists. The reading committee and the MFA Coordinator will select the Award recipients from among the finalists.
When is the award winners announced?
Winners will be announced on October 1, 2015
What do the winners receive?
Each award carries a $1000 honorarium, $500 travel stipend (paid regardless of actual travel cost), and up to two-night hotel stay in exchange for appearing at the residency designated for each category. Entering a title implies the author’s willingness to attend the WCSU MFA residency indicated in the description for the award. The honorarium is awarded in exchange for and after the completion of appearance at the appropriate residency.
What does appearing at a residency involve?
The award winner will be our guest at a residency of the MFA in Creative and Professional Writing at Western Connecticut State University to give a public reading and a one-day, three-hour workshop with MFA students.
How many awards are selected each year?
All five award categories will be selected each year; some of the award winners will appear at summer residencies and some at winter residencies. Consult each award description to find out at which residency the winner appears.
How do I submit to a category?
See our guidelines and entry form and follow those instructions. Guidelines.
If I am submitting electronically, what format is acceptable?
You may submit a .pdf file of the book (with cover image included), or you may provide a link to the cover and full text.
Can I submit a .pdf of a title that is only available in hard copy?
Are e-books eligible?
Can I enter a title on behalf of someone else?
Any publisher, author, agent, or any legal representative of an author may enter a title into the appropriate award by genre.
How do I withdraw?
To withdraw a title, you need to send a confirmation email to the administrative office. Please state the title, the author, and a brief reason for withdrawing. Send email to: ClementsB@wcsu.edu No refunds will be issued after the entry deadline.
Do all entries have to be published in 2014?
The 2015 Housatonic Book Awards will be granted to books published in the 2014 calendar year. In the Professional Writing category, work published in 2014 or work published/presented in 2014 are eligible.
Are self-published titles considered?
Are full-length collections or novels published online eligible?
Yes. Simply provide a link to the text when you enter.
What is the purpose of the award?
The mission of the Housatonic Book Awards is to promote excellent writing, to identify authors who serve as professional role models for writing students, and to develop the WCSU MFA in Creative and Professional Writing Program scholarship fund.