Archive for March 19th, 2008

Bookhabit Unpublished Competition

19 March 2008

On March 3rd 2008 will kick off an international competition for writers with a US$5000 prize for the winning book. The competition is free to enter and open to unpublished books, of any genre, with a minimum of 50,000 words.

You will gain international exposure for your book, and potentially catch the attention of editors and publishers – and you can also earn money from the sales of your book.

Competition Overview, Rules and Downloads

The author’s copyright for books entered in the Competition is retained by the author.

The competition consists of 3 rounds.

Round 1: 10 weeks with 5 books chosen by users + a Bookhabit wildcard each week
Dates: Competition Week runs from 0:00:00 GMT Monday to 23:59:59 GMT Sunday for 10 consecutive weeks. 1st week is 3-9 March, 10th and final week is 5-11 May 2008.

Each week the 5 most popular books, as rated by readers, will make it through to the Round 2, plus one Bookhabit wildcard book. Popularity is determined by the number of points a book has at the end of the competition week. Points are earned through a combination of first chapter and full book ratings as well as the number of downloads. Only registered users can rate books and ratings are only counted once (per book). The first chapter of each book is available as a free download.

A book can be uploaded at any time during the week and is available to be downloaded and rated until the end of that competition week.

The five weekly winners and Bookhabit wildcard will be posted on after the end of each week. 60 books will advance through to Round 2.

Round 2: Top 10 from 60
Dates: 12-25 May 2008

Round 2 will be open for 2 weeks for users to rank their favourite books.

Two chapters will be made available free for reading in this round, and the whole book can still be downloaded.

The 10 top-ranked books at the end of Round 2 will be announced on 26 May 2008 on and will advance to Round 3.

Round 3 – One Winner
Date: The winner will be announced on 24 June 2008 on

The top 10 books from Round 2 will be judged by a panel to determine the winner.

Competition Rules

1. The minimum length for an entry is 50,000 words. Entries must be the original work of the entrant. The entrant must not have previously published the book in any country, whether fiction or non-fiction. (A self-published book is not excluded from this competition, but is not eligible if it has previously sold more than 500 copies.)

2. When an entrant submits a book onto or enters it in the competition the entrant is agreeing to the terms and conditions.

3. At the end of each competition week, books will be moved to the main site of The author can remove their book from the site at any time after that should they not wish it to remain available for sale to readers. Any subsequent ratings or downloads will not be a factor in the competition once the book has moved to the main site.

4. The author’s copyright is retained by the author.

5. Books on all subjects, and in all genres (categories) of fiction and non-fiction, are eligible.

6. Entries must be written in English, and uploaded to in doc, docx or pdf format. (Format is indicated by the file extension of the document e.g. A Microsoft Word document will have an extension of “.doc” or “.docx”)

7. A person is only allowed one username, and a user can vote/rate/download each book only once in each round.

8. A book can be entered in only one competition week. An author can enter multiple books.

9. By submitting an entry the author also agrees to receive emails from will not spam any entrants or users. will not pass on any personal details without the permission of the user.

10. Bookhabit Online Limited reserves the right to remove any users, books, points, ranking or ratings if it is considers the voting to be outside of the rules or spirit of this competition.

11. The winners of Rounds 1 and 2 are determined by Bookhabit Online Ltd. In Round 3 the judges’ decision is final.

The organiser of this competition is Bookhabit Online Limited, PO Box 11198, Wellington 6142, New Zealand.

Summerset Review READING Contest

19 March 2008

The Summerset Review, an online literary journal (with print anthology) is running a reading contest. Send in the best feedback on a story or essay in the current issue, and win $150. Feedback must be 50 or more words. Complete details are on the guidelines page on the site.

51st annual Joseph Henry Jackson Award, 71st annual James Duval Phelan Award, and 18th annual Mary Tanenbaum Award

19 March 2008

These three prestigious awards are offered annually to promising young writers between the ages of 20 and 35 who either were born in California or now reside in Northern California or Nevada. There is no entry fee to submit a manuscript for consideration, and there are two awards of $2,000.00 each and one award of $3,000.00. Several award-winners in recent years have secured publishing deals with major publishing houses such as St. Martin’s Press, Simon & Schuster, Random House, and Knopf as a result of these awards. Former award recipients include Philip Levine, Ernest J. Gaines, Al Young, Michael Palmer, Frank Chin, Jane Hirschfield, Lyn Hejinian, David St. John, Dagoberto Gilb, and Sallie Tisdale. Deadline for submission is a postmark deadline by March 31, 2008.

The awards are sponsored annually by the San Francisco Foundation and administered by Intersection for the Arts. Submission guidelines and applications can be found at the Intersection for the Arts website,