Harper Brothers have announced the opening of their eighth biennial Prize Noel contest ending on February 1, 1937. A panel of judges has been appointed including Sinclair Lewis, Thornton Wilder, and Lewis Bromfield.
The Prize Novel is chosen for "conspicuous merit and the underlying purpose of the award is to give prominence and success to a writer who has not hitherto found a wide audience." The author must be a citizen of the United States and not have published a novel in book form before January 1, 1921.
There is, of course, no restriction as to setting or theme. Also a contestant may submit as many manuscripts as he desires. Further, there is no objection to authors submitting manuscripts with anonymous names.
Only unpublished novels are acceptable, and contestants must also attach a statement that the work is submitted in competition for the prize. Preference will be given to works of general novel length; that is, from 60 to 100,000 words, and no entry of under 30,000 words will be accepted.
The first Prize Novel contest was held in 1922-23, when "The Able McLaughlins" by Margaret Wilson was adjudged the winner. This novel was later awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Last years' winner was "Honey in the Horn" by H. L. Davis.