Submission Period to Open Soon for Miami Book Fair/de Groot Literary Prize for an Unpublished Novella

Miami, March 13, 2017- Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Miami Book Fair, (MBF) the nation’s finest and largest literary gathering, has partnered with The de Groot Foundation to launch the Miami Book Fair/de Groot Prize which will be awarded to an author for an unpublished novella.

A novella is a work of fiction, 17,000-40,000 words. The winner will receive a $6,000 cash award, publication by prominent independent publisher Melville House, a reading at the Miami Book Fair, and a chance to read/participate in other programs at the fair. The two runners-up will each receive $2,000, and a reading at the Miami Book Fair. The three winners work will be publicized in print and online media.

The de Groot Foundation has a proud history of supporting the novella — 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.

“We are delighted to collaborate with the Miami Book Fair to discover and encourage talented unpublished authors,” said Charles and Clydette de Groot, co-Directors of The de Groot Foundation.

Applicants may submit their unpublished novellas May 1- June 15.  Winners of the award will be announced in Nov., prior to the 2017 Miami Book Fair. Guidelines and other pertinent information can be found at

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About Miami Book Fair

Miami Book Fair, widely considered the largest and finest literary event in the U.S., is part of the esteemed Cultural Affairs Department of Miami Dade College. In addition to the annual, eight-day festival that takes place at the Wolfson Campus of the College in Downtown Miami, Miami Book Fair presents literary programs throughout Miami all year long. 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; and the Friends of the Fair; as well as many corporate partners.



About Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings, including the Miami Book Fair International, the Center @ MDC, the Miami Film Festival, MDC Live Arts performing arts series, the Cuban Cinema Series, the Miami Leadership Roundtable speakers’ series, numerous renowned campus art galleries and theaters, and the nationally recognized School of Entertainment and Design Technology. With an enrollment of more than 165,000 students, MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country, and is a national model for many of its programs. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including baccalaureate, associate in arts and science degrees, and numerous career training certificates, leading to in-demand jobs. MDC has served more than 2,000,000 students and counting since it opened its doors in 1960.

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