Twenty-Second Annual Young Lions Fiction Award Submission Form

Submissions for the 2022Young Lions Fiction Award are closed.

Below, please find the award's guidelines. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Young Lions Office at 212.930.0885 or younglions@nypl.org

Young Lions Fiction Award

To be considered for this prize, the candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • The writer must be age 35 or younger at the time of the book’s publication during 2021.
  • The book must be written for adults (no children’s or YA).
  • He or she must be a citizen of the United States.
  • The work must be either a novel or a collection of short stories published between January 2021 and December 2021.  We will accept submissions in galley form for works to be published after the submission deadline of Friday, September 10, 2021. 

The publisher must submit all books.  Authors may not submit their work on their own.

**We have also made some changes to our submissions process this year. With the safety and health of our community in mind, all submissions for the 2022 Young Lions Fiction Award will be both physical and digital. Publishers and Literary agents can submit a PDF or watermarked PDF of the galley or final manuscript to younglions@nypl.org or via our Google form. Every file will be kept confidential among the Fiction Award Readers and Judges.