Book prizes: how a book happensThere’s an interesting new series you should check out on the Prairie Schooner blog called “How a Book Happens.”

Each post consists of an interview with a winner of a prestigious book prize.

The interviews are conducted by Kristi Carter (the book prize coordinator for Prairie Schooner) and explore what goes into the preparation of a manuscript, details about the submission process, how winning affects the life of the writer, and the life of the book. 

Only two entries have been posted thus far — one with kathyrn l. pringle and one with Allison Seay — but both are informative, fun to read, and digestible in just a couple minutes.

Have you ever submitted a manuscript to a book prize? What was the process like? Let me know in the comments section below.

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About Chris Robley

Chris Robley has written 563 posts in this blog.

is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of "Short Works Poetry."

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