Brighthorse Prize for 2016 Open!

Work is proceeding on preparing the 2015 winners for publication: Dante Di Stefano’s Love Is a Stone Endlessly In Flight (Poetry), Dana Fitz Gale’s Spells for Victory and Courage (Short Fiction), and D.E. Lee’s The Sky After Rain (Novel). And the 2016 award season has begun. Once again we’ll choose a winning book-length manuscript in each of the three categories–Poetry, Short Fiction, and the Novel. Each winner will receive $1,000 and publication from Brighthorse Books. Though we’ll pick only one winner in each category, all submissions to the contest will be considered for publication. The deadline for submissions is August 16, 2016. For more information and to submit, go to

Winners of the 2015 Brighthorse Prize!

We were happily overwhelmed by the growing interest in the Brighthorse Prize, the second year of our contest, though it did wreak havoc with our schedule. So many wonderful books–so little time! Thanks for your patience! We can now announce the winners:

The winner of the 2015 Brighthorse Prize in Poetry is Dante Di Stefano’s Love Is a Stone Endlessly In Flight.

The winner of the 2015 Brighthorse Prize in Short Fiction is Dana Fitz Gale’s Spells for Victory and Courage.

The winner of the 2015 Brighthorse Prize in the Novel is D.E. Lee’s The Sky After Rain.

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all who entered.

Update on 2015 Brighthorse Prize

We’re thrilled and awed by the number of submissions for the 2015 Brighthorse Prize. We’re up to our eyeballs in manuscripts. And like last year, we’re impressed by the quality of the submissions. Unfortunately, that abundance has delayed our announcement of the 2015 winners, but we hope to be finished by December 13. Thanks for your patience!

Brighthorse Writer in the News

Michael Henson, 2014 winner of the Brighthorse Prize in Short Fiction for The Way the World Is: The Maggie Boylan Stories, is interviewed on Laura Madeline Wiseman’s  blog. And here is a transcript of a review that was originally published on WVXU-FM.

Deadline Approaching!

Brighthorse Books LogoThe deadline for the 2015 Brighthorse Prize is fast approaching. Writers have until midnight August 16th to submit their book-length manuscripts for one or more of the three prizes: $1,000 to each of the winners for best novel, collection of short stories, and collection of poetry.

Winners of the 2014 Brighthorse Prize

SearchingforMozartKindleCover200x263Winner of the 2014 Brighthorse Book Prize in Poetry

In the startling and thoughtful poems of Searching for Mozart, Rick Christman takes us to the war in Vietnam and back again to a world forever changed by what the poet has experienced. Searching for Mozart is the clear-eyed testament of a survivor. Christman writes with quiet profundity about what matters.

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WaytheWorldIs200x263Winner of the 2014 Brighthorse Book Prize in Short Fiction

Set in Appalachian Ohio amid an epidemic of prescription opiate abuse, Michael Henson’s stunning collection of linked stories tells of a woman’s search for her own peculiar kind of redemption. Addict, thief, liar, lover, loser, hustler, Maggie Boylan is queen of invective and sultana of insult. But she is also a woman of deep compassion and resilience. Her journey is by turns frightening, funny, and deeply moving.

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LeavingMilanCover200Winner of the 2014 Brighthorse Book Prize in the Novel

Harper, the hero of Elizabeth Oness’s new novel, Leaving Milan, hopes for a life far from the small Ohio town where she has grown up, a place where distances are measured not by blocks or even miles, but by chain restaurants—“past Chi Chi’s, Outback Steak House, Taco Bell”—a place where the air smells of fast food and car exhaust. Her hopes haven’t died; they were just never born.  “She was preparing for something without knowing what it was. Each day, she hoped for an adventure, and each day, it didn’t happen. Like the horizon, it was always there, before her.” And yet somehow Harper does forge a new life for herself. Elizabeth Oness writes with subtle power and  compassion about courage, strength, and the unshakeable bonds of love.

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Welcome to Our New Website

BrighthorseLogo2Brighthorse Books is a small literary press based in Omaha, Nebraska. Its mission is to publish books that contribute to and honor literary culture, that provide deserving writers with a way of getting their work to the public, and that provide student staff with hands-on experience in every stage of the publishing process. Now in our second year, with three titles on our list, we’re more strongly committed than ever to our mission, and to help demonstrate that, we’re unveiling a new, more robust website. If you’d like to submit a book-length manuscript for one of our book prizes, please visit our submission manager.