Miami Book Fair/de Groot Literary Prize Accepting Submissions Soon

Miami, Jan. 23, 2019 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Miami Book Fair, in partnership with The de Groot Foundation, will accept submissions for the second Miami Book Fair/de Groot Prize from Feb. 14– April 30. The prize is awarded to an author for an unpublished novella.

A novella is a work of fiction, 17,000-40,000 words. The winner receives a $6,000 cash award; publication by Melville House, a critically acclaimed independent press; an expense-paid trip to the Miami Book Fair after publication; and a chance to participate in programs at the fair. The two runners-up each receive $3,000, an expense-paid trip to the Miami Book Fair, and a chance to read/participate in programs at the Fair. The Judge for the 2019 prize is Justin Torres, author of the critically acclaimed We The Animals. For more information about the prize, please visit

The first Miami Book Fair/de Groot Prize winner was Marci Vogel for Death & Other Holidays, which was published November 2018. The runners-up were Nicki Tulk for Before Rain and Branden Royer-White for Dice.

The de Groot Foundation has a proud history of supporting the novella – a work of fiction 17,000-40,000 words – first, through the Paris Literary Prize in partnership with Shakespeare in Company in Paris, and now through the Miami Book Fair/de Groot prize for the Novella. The Foundation focuses on innovation, education and culture, with a particular interest in the visual and literary arts. For more information, please visit

About Miami Book Fair
Founded in 1984 by Miami Dade College and partners, Miami Book Fair engages the community through inclusive, accessible programs that promote reading and support writers year-round. The annual eight-day festival has grown into the largest and most comprehensive community-rooted literary gathering in the United States. The Fair features readings and discussions with the world’s most renowned authors, generating discourse on contemporary literature and current issues of international importance. The Fair also include culinary presentations; live music and interdisciplinary performances; interactive, educational activities for children; and more than 200 booksellers and publishers during the Street Fair. Events take place in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole and French. In addition to the annual festival, the Miami Book Fair responds to community needs with a year-round schedule of activities, including The Little Haiti Book Festival, highlighting Haiti’s literary acumen; creative writing and publishing workshops; author presentations; reading campaigns; and Read to Learn Books for Free, a partnership with The Children’s Trust that distributes more than 150,000 free books a year to children in Miami-Dade County.

Miami Book Fair is made possible through the generous support of the State of Florida and the National Endowment for the Arts; the City of Miami; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; the Miami Downtown Development Authority; and the Friends of the Fair; as well as many corporate partners. Miami Book Fair: Building community, one reader at a time.

About Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College is the largest degree-granting institution in the nation. The college’s eight campuses offer more than 300 distinct degree pathways including several baccalaureate degrees in biological sciences, engineering, data analytics, information systems technology, education, public safety, supervision and management, nursing, physician assistant studies, film and others.  MDC is the recipient of top national awards. As Democracy’s College, MDC changes lives through accessible, high quality-teaching and learning experiences.  It houses the Miami Culinary Institute, the Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex, the Miami Fashion Institute, the Eig-Watson School of Aviation, the Idea Center, the School for Advanced Studies, the New World School of the Arts, to name a few.  MDC has been named among the nation’s “Great Colleges to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education.  The College embraces its responsibility to serve as an economic, cultural, and civic leader for the advancement of our diverse global community. Its alumni and employees contribute more than $6 billion annually to the local economy, and MDC graduates occupy top leadership positions in every major industry.   MDC is renowned for its rich cultural programming. It is home of the Miami Book Fair, Miami Film Festival, the MDC Live! Performing Arts Series, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, the Tower Theater, Dyer Building, Koubek Center Mansion and Gardens, the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives, a sculpture park and a large art gallery system.  MDC has admitted more than 2,000,000 students and counting, since it opened its doors in 1960. For more information, visit

For more information on the MBF/de Groot prize, and for Miami Book Fair updates, please visit, call 305-237-3528 or email

For Miami Book Fair updates, please visit, call 305-237-3528 or email

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Miami Book Fair contact: Lisa Palley, 305-642-3132