May Fiction Contest & Judge

Just under three weeks left in our fiction contest as we are open for entries through May 1st. Have a novel, novella, or short story collection you’d like us to consider? Submit now! We’re accepting all entries through our Submittable page and the entry fee is $33. For guidelines, FAQs and awards visit our contest page.

Our 2017 finalist judge is Jeffrey Renard Allen, author of the novels Rails Under My Back and the recent Song of the Shank among other award-winning works. Rails won the Chicago Tribune‘s Heartland Prize for Fiction in 2000. His work has appeared in Tin House, Poets & Writers, The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, Other Voices, Ploughshares, Triquarterly, and elsewhere.

Allen was born and raised in Chicago, received his Ph.D. in English & Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has taught at both Columbia University and recently the New School. He’s traveled and taught abroad at many conferences, festivals and workshops, including Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, the Kwani? LitFest in Kenya, the American Writers Festival in Singapore, and served as the Program Director for Literature for the Jahazi Literature and Jazz Festival in Zanzibar, East Africa.

Furthermore, Allen is currently working on a travelogue detailing his time throughout Africa that will explore race, identity, family, religion, music and culture.

Photo credit: Mark Hillringhouse

About Leapfrog Press
Leapfrog Press was created to search out, publish, and aggressively market books that tell a strong story. Leapfrog began its life in Wellfleet, Mass., at the outer end of Cape Cod, in 1993. In 2008 we migrated to Falmouth, Mass., and in 2012 we made the move to Fredonia, N.Y., a town with a rich creative history and an equally rich present in the arts and science. Our list is eclectic and includes quality fiction, poetry, and nonfiction; books that are described by the large commercial publishers as midlist, and which we regard as the heart and soul of literature.

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