Institute for Immigration Research New American Voices Award

Submission Deadline: March 31st

Fall for the Book and the Institute for Immigration Research have created an award to recognize recently published works that illuminate the complexity of the human experience as told by immigrants, whose work is historically underrepresented in writing and publishing.

The Contest

The prize will be juried by three writers, who will be announced soonwho will choose three finalists and then award the prize to one. Finalists will be announced in summer 2021 and all three finalists and the judges will appear at the Fall for the Book festival in October 2021 for the fourth annual presentation and to read from and discuss their work. The winning writer will receive $5,000 and the two finalists each will receive $1,000. 


  • Starting January 4, 2021, publishers can enter immigrant writers* who have published no more than three books.
  • Entries must be prose: literary fiction or creative nonfiction. Please no journalism, plays, anthologies, or poetry.
  • Eligible books must have been (or will be) published between October 1, 2020 and October 31, 2021.
  • Four bound copies of the book (galleys/ARCs are acceptable) must be postmarked April 10, 2021 and sent to Kara Oakleaf at 4400 University Drive, MS 3E4, Fairfax, VA 22030, along with a $20 entry fee. Checks can be made out to Fall for the Book, Inc.; entry fee may also be paid online here.  Or click the button below.
  • Or, if you are unable to send bound copies because you do not have access to them during this time of social distancing, we will now accept books digitally. Please email them to kara [at] fallforthebookorg.

*Writers should be immigrants to the U.S., living in the States. They can be first generation by either definition of the term (born elsewhere and immigrated to the U.S., or born in the states to parents who immigrated to the U.S.) Questions? Contact Kara Oakleaf – kara[@]

Past Winners

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