The contest for 2016 has been cancelled. If you submitted, you should have received a refund and an explanation for the cancellation. If you did not, please email info (at) jadedibispress (dot) com and let us know.


We will be accepting novel, memoir, and short story/essay collection manuscripts for our annual contest in 2016. Manuscripts should be socially engaged literature authored by a writer of color.

Submissions are welcome from January 15, 2016 through June 15, 2016.

The winning author will receive $300.00 and a publishing contract with Jaded Ibis Press for their winning manuscript.

The winner will be selected by our judge and announced on April 15, 2017.



In regular life, Bich Minh Nguyen often goes by the name Beth. She is the author of three books, all with Viking Penguin. Short Girls, a novel, was an American Book Award winner in fiction and a Library Journal best book of the year. Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, a memoir, received the PEN/Jerard Award from the PEN American Center and was a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year. Stealing Buddha’s Dinner has been featured as a common read selection within numerous communities and universities. Nguyen’s work has also appeared in publications including The New York Times and the FOUND Magazine anthology. Her most recent novel is Pioneer Girl. She is at work on her next book, Owner of a Lonely Heart, a series of essays about high school, music, and the Midwest

Nguyen received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan and has taught fiction and creative nonfiction in the MFA Program at Purdue University and the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco. She has also coedited three anthologies: 30/30: Thirty American Stories from the Last Thirty Years (Penguin Academic); Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: I & Eye (Longman); and The Contemporary American Short Story (Longman). She and her family live in the Bay Area, where Nguyen directs the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco.

A note on pronunciation: Bich is pronounced like “Bic”; Nguyen, the Smith of Viet Nam, is pronounced something like Ngoo-ee-ehn (said quickly, as in one syllable), but most people tend to say “Win” or “New-IN” instead.


Please submit an unpublished novel manuscript written by one person, in English, that is at least 70,000 words in length. Submissions require the following:

Send your $30 submission fee via PayPal to: Once you receive a receipt of payment, forward that along with your submission application to with your manuscript, synopsis, and CV attached in either MS Word or PDF format. Be sure to edit the subject line when you forward your PayPal receipt and attach your submission materials. The subject line should read: Annual Contest Submission: [Your Name]