2023 Novel Excerpt Contest Finalists!

May 3, 2024

Matthew Salesses has chosen Raf Richardson-Carillo’s “Backline” as the grand prize winner of the 2023 Novel Excerpt Contest! Richardson-Carillo will be awarded a $3,000 prize, along with an hour-long consultation with our partnered agent, Halley Dunne Parry at The Hamilburg Agency. Congratulations to our 2nd and 3rd place finalists, S. P. Donohue and Virginia Lee Wood, as well as our honorable mentions, Kelly Anne Bonner and Amy Stuber. Thank you to every single one of our submitters who make the Novel Excerpt Contest our fiercest competition of the year. Be sure to check back later this summer to read the winning excerpts.


“Back Line” by Raf Richardson-Carillo

Second Place Finalist

“Curious Monster” by S. P. Donohue

Third Place Finalist

“A Geology” by Virginia Lee Wood

Honorable Mentions

“California Natives” by Kelly Anne Bonner
“The Natural World” by Amy Stuber


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