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How to Submit a Manuscript

December 31, 2013 - February 15, 2014

  • The manuscript competition begins with an open call for submissions. The 2015 date for the open call for submissions is December 31, 2013.  To enter the competition, interested candidates should email a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a book prospectus to the Executive Director at: (candidates may also send this information by hard copy). 


  • Based on the preliminary submissions, the Executive Director will invite candidates to submit full manuscripts to the competition.


  • See the Timeline for details about the judging and awards process.


For more information, contact:

Hortense Spillers, executive director
Renee de la Sea, program coordinator
Phone: 615-322-3421
Fax: 615-343-8028


2015 Events

Important Dates:

December 31, 2013 - February 15, 2014: Open call for applications to the 2015 ICI Book Competition

April 1, 2014: Candidates notified if they are invited to submit a full manuscript

April 1, 2014- May 1, 2014: Manuscript submissions. The full manuscript is due. All submissions must be exclusive to ICI.

May 2, 2014 - May 2, 2015: Round 1, manuscript evaluations

May 2, 2015 - August 31, 2015: Round 2, manuscript evaluations

Fall 2015:  Prize winners will be announced.

September 24-26, 2015: ICI Biennial Symposium, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.