The 2018 FMPP awarded to a work of Literature Appropriate for Children, and judged by Daniel Handler. "Literature Appropriate for Children" is prose whose primary audience is individuals between five and sixteen years old. Illustrated manuscripts are welcome, but the prize is for a work of prose, not a book of images which uses an occasional word. Manuscripts should be 200 pages or less. Submissions will be accepted February 22 - April 30 2017. The fee to submit is $29. Applicants will receive a one-year subscription to Fence, to begin with the summer 2017 issue. One manuscript will be selected for 2018 publication by Fence Books, and the author will be awarded a cash prize.
The Fence Modern Prize in Prose is a contest for open-form prose projects of any length written in English. Genres rotate between criticism, hybrid nonfiction, poetics, biography, autobiography, speculation, and anything Other.