In conjunction with the University of Notre Dame Press, program faculty also judge and edit the Sandeen/Sullivan Prize series: book awards and publication granted in alternating years to an author’s second volume of outstanding short fiction or poetry.


The NDRBP was begun as a first volume prize, awarded to an author who has published short fiction or poetry in the Notre Dame Review. Established in 2013 by the NDR, in conjunction with the Notre Dame Press, the prize is to honor the work of both accomplished and emerging authors, who have yet to publish a volume of stories, or a collection of poetry. Consideration is now given to novels, not necessarily, in their case, first novels. Besides publication, the author is awarded a $1000 prize. The judge is the Editor of the Review, in conjunction with the Press; the prize will be awarded when warranted.