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New Publish or Perish Contest Celebrates Authors as Marketers

8 July 2015

JOHNSBURY, VT.– Brigantine Media is proud to announce the first publishing contest that rewards both writing quality and marketing muscle. The Publish or Perish contest will reward an author who has both written a great manuscript and developed a strong platform for marketing the book.

The winner of the Publish or Perish contest will receive a publishing contract for the book and a $2,000 advance against royalties. The book quality and marketing plan are given equal weight in determining the winning entry. Writers can enter the contest at

There is no fee for entering the contest.

“Think American Idol crossed with Shark Tank,” said Neil Raphel, acquisitions editor of Brigantine Media. “Even a great book won’t get attention from readers unless there is a plan for developing an audience. Our experience is that publishing success or failure depends on our authors’ commitment to marketing.”

Brigantine Media is hoping to identify a number of promising book projects from the contest entries. “We typically publish business, fiction, and education books,” said Janis Raye, editorial chief at Brigantine Media, “but we’re accepting manuscripts for books of any genre in the Publish or Perish contest.”

Successful Brigantine Media authors have built their audience in a variety of ways: business authors who are acknowledged experts in their fields; bloggers who have devoted readers eagerly awaiting their next book; writers who speak frequently to audiences about their book. The winning entry in the Publish or Perish contest will include a well-developed plan to help the book be successful.

   The Publish or Perish contest deadline for entries is August 15, 2015 and the winner will be announced September 15, 2015.

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Brighthorse Book Prize

23 April 2015

Deadline: Sunday, August 16, 2015

Entry Fees

$25 per entry


$1,000 and publication to the best novel, collection of short stories, and collection of poetry received.


The Brighthorse Book Prize, now in its second year, is an annual awards series honoring unpublished novels, collections of short fiction and poetry collections. Three prizes will be given in 2015. Authors writing in English—regardless of nationality, residence or publication history—may submit to the competition. Winning manuscripts will be published by Brighthorse Books. A $1,000 prize and publication will be offered to one writer in each category. The editors reserve the right to offer to publish any manuscripts submitted to the competition in addition to the prize winners.

Contact Information


Clive Cussler Adventure Writer’s Competition

23 April 2015

The 2015 Adventure Writer’s Competition is sponsored by the Clive Cussler Collector’s Society and is open for submissions:

Deadline: July 1, 2015.

In our fifth year, we remain focused on adventure novels of all types, and accept unpublished novels, as well as e-published or traditionally published novels that have sold or given away less than 5000 copies.  $1000 prize awarded October 10 in Las Vegas!, along with other prizes. $25 entry fee that is used solely to promote the winners and the contest.  Please visit our website for more details:

Here is a link to our full marketwired press release:

Call for Submissions: 5th Annual Free 6-Month Fellowship to theOffice

14 March 2015

Looking for a writer’s sanctuary? A place where you can leave the distractions of life behind and just sit down in peace to put words on the page? That’s what we offer here at theOffice – a quiet, communal workspace on the westside of Los Angeles. We have a roster filled with A-list screenwriters, novelists and more, but sometimes the cost of membership can be too much for up-and-coming writers. That’s why five years ago we started our free fellowship to theOffice. And we’re happy once again to offer it to you.

Announcing our 5th Annual Free 6-Month Fellowship to theOffice.

It works like this:

You send us an example of your best piece of writing along with a paragraph or two explaining why this fellowship would help you. We select one winner who will receive 6 months of free 24/7* access to the space. This is equivalent to a Premium Membership, the highest level of membership we offer, worth upwards of $2500. Winner gets his/her own door code to the space with the ability to come and go even when staff isn’t here. You wanna write at 2AM on a Wednesday night? The space is all yours. You also get all the other perks of membership including unlimited, free coffee & tea, wifi, ergonomic workstations with Aeron chairs, a small reference library and all the peace and quiet you can handle.

The fellowship starts May 1st and goes through October 31st, 2015. It is completely free to enter. Winner will be announced the last week of April. Contest is open to all new/aspiring/struggling writers who are looking to kick their productivity into overdrive.

Think of this as your very own writer’s retreat right here in the city.

Here’s what we need from you:

  • An email with your contact information: Full name, phone, and email address. We will contact the winner via email.
  • In the body of the email, please explain why you need this fellowship and what you hope to gain from it. (200 words or less, please)
  • A 10 page .pdf writing sample of your work. Attach this to the email. Your best 10 pages. Do not submit pages that need to be set up or explained. Send 10 pages that stand alone. Only pdf submissions. All other attachments will be deleted.

Email to: theOfficeFellowship(at)gmail(dot)com by April 15, 2015. That’s it. You’re done!

Some important points to remember:

  • Do your research on theOffice. Don’t submit if you’re not local, if you’re not sure you’ll be available, if you don’t like writing in a room with others. Be honest, if you live in Pasadena and won’t want to drive across town to write every day, then this fellowship isn’t for you. If you don’t flourish in a quiet space, skip it. We want this to be of major value to the winner.Serious submissions only please.
  • If you’ve never been to theOffice and would like to try it out before submitting, please do! You’re welcome to do the FREE WEEK. Just be sure to call first for availability. Contact info here. More photos of the space here.
  • The field is open to ALL new writers. Submit 10 pages of your screenplay, play, short story, novel, memoir, poem, article etc. We’ll read it all.
  • By “new writers” we mean you can have no feature film credits as a writer on IMDb (short films are okay) and no more than 1 hour of television credit as a writer on IMDb. For fiction writers, we just want to make sure you’re not someone with a three book deal and money to spare. Key words here are new/aspiring/struggling.
  • DEADLINE to enter is April 15th, 2015. No submissions accepted past midnight PST.
  • You must have sole writing credit for the sample pages you submit. This fellowship is for one (1) free membership and is non-transferrable.
  • If you have any questions, please comment here, email the fellowship gmail address listed above or ask us on Twitter:@theOffice_LA. theOffice staff will NOT be able to assist you with the fellowship so please DO NOT call, email, or drop by theOffice with questions.
  • Winner will be announced and notified by April 30thThis fellowship is an opportunity to take your craft and your career to the next level. If you are looking for a place to be inspired, a place to write with the big guns, a place to GET IT DONE, submit now. We look forward to reading your work!

*theOffice is closed to ALL members Mondays 6PM-11PM, Saturdays 8AM-10AM, Sundays 8AM-10:30AM due to outside rentals. Otherwise, the space is yours.

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Merrimack Media 2015 Outstanding Writer Contest

2 March 2015

First place wins complete publication package, second place wins a book cover!




Semi-finalists will submit a full manuscript at that time.


Upon payment, you will receive an email with instructions on submitting your synopsis and chapter.

How to enter, visit:


21 January 2015
$28 ENTRY FEE.The winner will receive $1,000,
publication, and a standard royalty contract.
Deadline March 31, 2015.
All essay collections are welcome, regardless of author’s previous publications;
manuscripts should be approximately 100-300 pages in length.
The CSU Poetry Center reserves the right to consider all entrants for publication;
a listing of all winters and finalists will be posted on the Poetry Center website.


21 January 2015

Dzanc is currently holding its fifth annual contest for all authors wishing to submit a short story collection to Dzanc Books.
The winning author will be published by Dzanc in late 2016, and will receive a $1,000 advance.
Entry to the Dzanc Short Story Collection Contest requires a $25 reading fee and the submission of a full manuscript.
The contest deadline is January 31, 2014.

Narrative Magazine’s: Winter 2015 Story Contest

21 January 2015

Our winter contest is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We’re looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.

Narrative winners and finalists have gone on to win the Pushcart Prize, the Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Atlantic prize, and have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and others. View all the recent awards won by Narrative authors.
As always, we are looking for works with a strong narrative drive, with characters we can respond to as human beings, and with effects of language, situation, and insight that are intense and total. We look for works that have the ambition of enlarging our view of ourselves and the world.
We welcome and look forward to reading your pages.
Awards: First Prize is $2,500, Second Prize is $1,000, Third Prize is $500, and ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication.

Submission Fee: There is a $22 fee for each entry. And with your entry, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.

All contest entries are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize for 2015 and for acceptance as a Story of the Week.

Timing: The contest deadline is March 31, 2015, at midnight, Pacific daylight time.

Judging: The contest will be judged by the editors of the magazine. Winners and finalists will be announced to the public by April 30, 2015. All writers who enter will be notified by email of the judges’ decisions. The judges reserve the option to declare a tie in the selection of winners and to award only as many winners and finalists as are appropriate to the quality of work represented in the magazine.

Submission Guidelines: Please read our Submission Guidelines for manuscript formatting and other information.

Other Submission Categories: In addition to our contest, please review our other Submission Categories for areas that may interest you.

Last Call! RoseQuill Press’ First Annual Crappy Query Contest

19 November 2014

Submit your most hilarious, most awfully,

awesome novel queries by midnight,

November 21, 2014, Midway Island Time.

Who knows, if it’s based on a real manuscript

you might even score a request! 

The Crappy Query Contest does not discriminate

on the basis of genre, sub-genre, or sub-sub-genre.


Third through First Prize gets a quarter and a certificate!

Winning queries will also be featured in our RoseQuill Quickies e-zine.

To Enter –

It’s free to enter. Send your Crappy Query to

Deadline: November 21, 2014, midnight – Midway Island Time

Make sure your email subject says “Crappy Query Contest.” 

If your Crappy Query is based on your (unpublished, and completed)

Romance novel include a P.S. alerting us to that fact. We just might request it!

For more information:

Sequestrum: Editor’s Reprint Award – 2015

19 November 2014
Sequestrum is accepting submissions for our first annual Editor’s Reprint Award! For complete guidelines, visit:
Contest Guidelines:
  • Open to reprints of fiction and nonfiction in any original format (electronic or print).
  • One $200 prize plus publication.
  • One runner-up prize including publication and payment (just above our usual rates). Finalists listed on the site.
  • $15 entry fee.
  • Tentative close date of April 30th, 2015. (See site for details)
  • Include the name and email address of the original publisher in your cover letter.
  • Length and subject are open.
  • Submit via our online submission system.
  • Manuscripts reviewed on a rolling-basis.
  • Multiple submissions allowed.
  • No identifying information should be on your manuscript.
Not previously published? No worries! We’re always accepting general submissions:
About Sequestrum:
We average 1,000+ readers a month, keep our archives free and open to the public, are a paying market, and pair all our publications with stunning visual arts created by outside artists or our staff. Our contributors range from award-winning novelists and poets (with other works featured in publications including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The American Scholar, The Kenyon Review, many other university periodicals, and Best American Anthologies) to emerging voices and first-time writers.
We’re proud of our little plot on the literary landscape and the writers and artists we share it with. Come see why.
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Last Call! Full Fathom Five’s $10,000 Fiction Contest – Deadline: Nov. 30, 2014

19 November 2014

Submit your manuscript to Full Fathom Five’s Fiction Contest!

FFF Digital is a new publisher of quality fiction e-books.

We are searching for some of the best original fiction
out there, and hosting a contest to find it.

Four Finalists will receive an offer for a publishing deal with FFF Digital,
and one Grand Prize Winner will take home $10,000!

Worried you might not win? Don’t be!

Non-Finalists are still eligible to receive
an offer of a digital publishing contract.

So get crackin’, because our team is excited to read your work.

Here’s everything you need to know:

(1)Deadline: November 30th, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST).

(2) It is FREE to participate

(3) Participants must be at least 13 years of age

(4) Full Fathom Five employees, family members, or those living in the same household as FFF employees are not eligible to participate. All other participants are welcome, unless participation is prohibited by local law.

(5) Participants may enter multiple submissions

(6) Works written by multiple participants (“co-authors”) may be submitted as a single entry—but you’ll have to split the prize money!

All submissions must include:

(1) Participant’s legal name (which will be kept anonymous)

(2) Participant’s email address and phone number

(3) A full manuscript (DOC, DOCX, or PDF) of at least 50,000 words

(4) A brief pitch and synopsis of the manuscript (excluding name and/or pseudonym)

Your submission must be: 

(1) An original unpublished or self-published work of fiction

(2) A minimum of 50,000 words. There is no word limit, and entries may be part of a larger series. We love series!

(3) Written for an Adult, New Adult, and/or Young Adult audience

(4) Identified as ONE of the following genres*:

        – Horror
        – Romance
        – Science Fiction/Fantasy
        – Mystery/Thriller

*Submissions will be separated for judging by genre. Each individual submission may include more than one genre, but must be categorized by the participant under one of the four applicable genres for judging.

(5) Complete & Final. Submitted manuscripts cannot be edited or resubmitted after the fact. (If you believe you have made an error after submitting, please email within 48 hours of the initial submission.)


(1) All submissions will be judged by a team of Full Fathom Five editors.

(2) To ensure anonymity during the judging process, all entries will be filtered through a third party. Submissions will contain none of your identifying information once it reaches our judges’ hands.

(3) Submissions will be judged against entries submitted within the same genre (horror, romance, science fiction/fantasy, or mystery/thriller).  One Finalist will be selected from each of these genres, with a total of four Contest Finalists.

(3) One submission out of the four Finalists will be selected as the Contest Winner. Finalists and the Contest Winner will be notified at least 15 days prior to the winning announcement on February 25th, 2015.

(4) Submissions will be judged on a scale of 1­–20 in each of the following categories, for a combined scored out of 60:

       – Originality of concept /idea

       – Quality of writing and structure

       – Execution of concept, character and plot developement


(1) We’ll announce the Contest Winner right here, at, on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at 4PM EST.

(2) The Contest Winner will receive a prize of $10,000, and an offer for an exclusive publishing contract with Full Fathom Five Digital.

*Bonus: The $10,000 is not an advance to earn out—it’s yours to spend!*

(3) The remaining three Finalists will receive an offer for an exclusive publishing contract with Full Fathom Five Digital.

(4) Many wonderful submissions won’t make the final cut—but we may still be interested in publishing your work! If that’s the case, we promise to notify you within 90 days of completion of the contest.


Top of the Mountain Book Award

11 October 2014

Two Categories:

Fiction & Creative/Narrative Nonfiction

Dates of submission:

September 15, 2014 to February 1, 2015

PRIZE: $1,000

Finalists will be announced and notified on or around March 1, 2015 and the winners will be announced in March 27, 2015 during dinner at the NCW 10th Anniversary Writers Conference. Attendance at the conference is not required.

First Place: Framed certificate and $1,000 

Finalists: Certificate

*Please read guidelines carefully and thoroughly; some rules have changed. Failure to properly submit entry per guidelines may result in disqualification and your entry fee will be forfeited.*

*Manuscripts cannot be print form (or e-published) during submission dates. Should it be published in any form during submission dates, please contact us via email: and let us know. Your submission will not be considered and you’ll be refunded your entry fee. If your manuscript is found to be published, your entry fee will not be refunded and your manuscript will not be considered.*



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BlueCat Screenplay Competition: Feedback for all Entrants

11 October 2014

BlueCat Screenplay Competition Offers Analysis to Every Script

Here at BlueCat Screenplay Competition we provide written analysis for every script submitted. Our group of readers issue detailed notes with the goal of helping every entrant improve their screenplay. This process affords our entrants the option to rework, and then re-submit their scripts based on the feedback they receive. This is just one example of BlueCat’s main objective—to support and develop all screenwriters at every stage of the writing process.

For more information and examples of our script analysis here at BlueCat follow the link:
Thank You,
Claudia Summerfield
Upcoming Submission Deadlines:
MID DEADLINE: October 15th, 2014
Submit by: October 15th, 2014
Receive written analysis by:  November 10th, 2014.
Fees:($65 Features, $50 Shorts)


FINAL DEADLINE: November 15th, 2014
Submit by: November 15th, 2014
Receive written analysis by: March 1st, 2015.
Fees: ($70 Features, $60 Shorts)




BlueCat Awards
$15,000 Grand Prize
Four Finalists
$2,500 Prize


$10,000 Grand Prize
Three Finalists
$1,500 Prize


Best Feature Screenplay from the UK
$1,500 Prize
Best Feature Screenplay from outside the USA, Canada or the UK
$1,500 Prize
Recent achievements by BlueCat Alumni include:
  • 2014 BlueCat Winner HF Crum has signed with manager Michelle Knudsen at MXN. Knudsen co-produced Jason Bateman’s “Bad Words” and also represents screenwriting team Yana Gorskaya & Maia Rossini, who are currently writing a film for FOX and director Paul Feig.
  • Aaron Guzikowski’s #1 Film “Prisoners,” starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Melissa Leo, was released in September 2013. He is also the creator of “The Red Road,” a Sundance Channel original series.
  • Young Il Kim’s script, “Rodham,” a 2012 Blacklist Script, recently attached director James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”). Young recently won the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant from Sundance, where he will write a biopic on Stephen Hawking.
  • Ana Lily Amipour’s debut feature, “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night,” premiered at 2014 Sundance.
  • Ashleigh Powell sold her script, “SomaCell,” to Warner Brothers, with David Goyer attached to produce.

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The 2nd Annual Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award

11 October 2014

CLICK HERE to see this year’s winner.

Submissions open: June 1, 2014 – February 28, 2015

Prize: $500 + Publication no later than early 2016 by Vine Leaves Press + 20 copies
Guest Judge: Sara Sargent

Sara Sargent is an Editor at Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. She acquires young adult fiction. Most recently she was an Associate Editor at Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books. Sara started her publishing career as an intern at Miramax Books at the age of 17 before eventually interning at Disney/Hyperion Books for Children, getting her Master of Science in journalism from Northwestern, and joining the editorial team at Harper. She is also Chair of the Young to Publishing Group. Sara has a soft spot for sweeping romance and kissing in YA. You can sometimes find her eating takeout and reading on the couch. You can always find her on Twitter and Instagram at Sara_Sargent. Sara lives in Brooklyn.

The Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award includes a cash prize of $500, publication by Vine Leaves Press (paperback and eBook), 20 copies of the paperback, worldwide distribution, and promotion through Vine Leaves Literary Journal and staff websites. Author will receive a 70% net royalty on all eBook and print sales. A copy of the publishing contract for your perusal can be downloaded HERE.

Manuscripts are judged by Vine Leaves Literary Journal staff, and guest judge, Sara Sargent. This competition is open to vignettes in English (poetry and/or prose), written by authors anywhere in the world. Individual pieces in a manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, print or web journals, or anthologies, but the work as a whole must be unpublished (this includes previously self-published books.)

Employees of Vine Leaves Literary Journal are not eligible to enter.

Manuscript Requirements

Submit a 50 to 60 page manuscript, plus $25 fee via Submishmash (poetry: 60 poems max; prose: approx 800 words maximum per piece, 20,000 words max in total; each vignette must begin on a new page. Collections may be a mixture of both poetry and prose.)

Manuscripts should be submitted with a table of contents and acknowledgments. Include two cover pages, one with your name, address, email address, and title of the manuscript, and a second with only the title of the manuscript. The author’s name should not appear elsewhere on the manuscript.

Simultaneous submissions to other publishers or contests are permitted, as long as you withdraw your manuscript from Submishmash immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.

Before you submit a manuscript, please consider exploring the work published in the Vine Leaves Literary Journal to familiarize yourself with the kind of work we are looking for.

Kindly refrain from requesting an individual response to confirm receipt of your manuscript. The electronic submission manager offers automated confirmations. We receive thousands of submissions each year and can no longer offer individual acknowledgments beyond these. Thank you for your understanding.

Results will be announced on, or before, the following dates:

Quarter-Finalists: March 30, 2015
Semi-Finalists: April 30, 2015 (will also be considered for publication)
Grand Finalist: April 30, 2015

Online Submission

The online submission system will be accepting Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award manuscripts between June 1, 2014 – February 28, 2015., 12 PM, EET.

Visit the website to submit online:

*We are an independent, nonprofit literary journal. Submission fees help cover, though not fully, the prize money, publishing costs, and time reviewing manuscripts.

Call for Entries: Self-Published/Independently Published Authors

12 August 2014

Deadline: October 1, 2014

Announcing the Third Annual Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Independently Published Book, sponsored by Bowker.

Details and rules are here:

The winner, finalists, and more than 100 notable books from the competition

will be featured in the December/January 2015 issue of Shelf Unbound magazine.

The overall winner will receive a year’s worth of full-page ads in Shelf Unbound magazine

(rate card value $6,000).

Entry fee: $40 per book

Contact: Margaret Brown, publisher,

The Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature

21 June 2014

DEADLINE: July 31, 2014

PRIZES: $3,000
DETAILS: Open to Kentucky residents, or writers whose work is set in or is about Kentucky. Winner must be willing to travel to KY for readings and events. Submissions may include: a collection of poetry (48-100 pages); a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, a short novel, a collection of essays or creative nonfiction (to 250 pages). No history, scholarly works, children’s literature, plays, genre literature. No single stories or poems under 150 pages.

The Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature,

Sarabande Books, Inc.

2234 Dundee Road

Suite 200, Louisville, KY 40205



21 June 2014

DEADLINE: July 1, 2014
PRIZES: Advance against royalties of $10,000
DETAILS: Open to any professional or non-professional writer who has never been the author of a published “private eye” novel and who is not under contract with a publisher for publication of a “private eye” novel. Must be book-length (approx. 60,000 words) in English. A “private eye” novel is defined as: A novel in which the main character is an independent investigator who is not a member of any law enforcement or government agency, and who receives a fee for his or her investigative services.
CONTACT: PWA Best First Private Eye Novel Competition, Thomas Dunne
Books, St. Martin’s Press, 175 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10010
(entry form will provide submission address)

Shelf Unbound Magazine Launches Third Annual Contest to Discover the Best in Self-Published Books

20 June 2014

Now sponsored by Bowker, the annual competition for independent publishers is accepting entries through October 1, 2014.

Book review magazine Shelf Unbound is accepting entries for its third annual competition to crown the best from independent presses, self-published authors and publishers producing five or less titles per year. The winning entry, selected by the editors of Shelf Unbound, will be featured with runners-up in the magazine’s December/January 2015 issue – read by 125,000 book. This year’s competition is sponsored by Bowker, the official U.S. ISBN registration agency and creator of

“The publishing universe is transforming, opening to many more authors and providing an extraordinary new range of books for readers,” said Beat Barblan, director of Identifier Services at Bowker, a ProQuest affiliate. “Bowker has always played a key role in connecting publishers with readers. We see this wonderful competition as a way to extend that mission in a fun and exciting new way.”

More than 391,000 books were self-published in 2012 – more than 400% growth in just five years, according to Bowker’s renowned industry tracking. While traditional book reviewing media rarely feature titles from small presses, Shelf Unbound curates the best of independently published books, helping to connect readers with high-quality titles that might otherwise be missed. Two years ago, they founded the Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Independently Published Book. Past winners include The Last Death of Tev Chrisini by Jennifer Bresnick and The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson by Nancy Peacock.

“The quality of the best of self-published books is extraordinary, and we are thrilled to discover and promote the cream of the crop,” said Shelf Unbound Publisher Margaret Brown. “The December/January issue of Shelf Unbound featuring our competition winners, finalists, and notable books has become one of our editors’ and readers’ favorites – a place to find the best indie books in a variety of genres.”

Any independently published book or e-book in any genre with any publication date is eligible for entry and the competition is open to authors around the globe. This year the competition also introduces the Pete Delohery Award for Best Sports Book, open to fiction and non-fiction sports-related books, in honor of Pete Delohery, author of Lamb to the Slaughter.

Entry fee is $40 per book. There is no limit to the number of books an individual can enter. The deadline is midnight on October 1, 2014, with winners notified by November 2, 2014. Rules and submission details can be found at

About Shelf Media Group
Dallas-based Shelf Media Group is the publisher of Shelf Unbound, a book review magazine that presents the best of independent publishing in a digital format. Curated by editors with their fingers on the pulse of small press, independent, and self-published books, Shelf Unbound features “must read” new fiction and nonfiction releases in a rich, visually engaging design.

Media Contact: Beth Dempsey, for Shelf Unbound

Email or 248-915-8160

SOURCE Shelf Media Group

Claim A $800 Cash Award For Your Unpublished Novel

2 May 2014

A $800 cash prize can be won for a debut novel

in the Writers’ Village International Novel award,

Deadline: 30th June 2014

Novels that have previously been self-published are also eligible.

The winning author will be assessed by international literary agency

A. M. Heath for possible representation.

The top eight contestants will receive personal feedback on their novels by the judge,

novelist Michelle Spring, Royal Literary Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

Entries are welcome worldwide.

Entry is $22.

Details at:


25 April 2014


Have you ever met an everyday, ordinary guru who helped you break a myth that held you back,

sparked insight, or helped you see the world a little differently?

If so, tell us your story by entering the Ordinary Guru Contest.

You can submit a short story, essay, memoir, photo essay,

cartoon, graphic novel or poem.

First Prize: $5,000. Second Prize: $2,500. Third Prize: $1,500.

Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States

and the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec),

who are 18 years and older.

Contest ends August 31, 2014.

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19 April 2014

DEADLINE: June 1, 2014
GENRE: Books
OPEN TO: Authors with no published fiction books
DETAILS: Murder or another serious crime or crimes is at the
heart of the story, and emphasis is on the solution rather than the
details of the crime. The story’ primary setting is the
Southwestern United States, including at least one of the following
states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico,
Oklahoma, Texas, and/or Utah. 60,000 words max.
PRIZE: $10,000 advance against royalties

Criminal Lines

19 April 2014


DEADLINE: May 5, 2014

OPEN TO: Unagented debut authors born or resident in UK or Ireland

GENRE: Books DETAILS: Submit the first 15,000 words of your crime/thriller novel and a synopsis of a maximum 800 words.

PRIZE: £1000 and chance to meet with AM Heath agents.



12 April 2014



Two cash prizes will be awarded: First Prize of $1,000, and Second Prize of $500.

The judges may withhold prizes if in their opinion no play merits the award.

Only full-length scripts are accepted.

Deadline April 15, 2014.

The competition is open to all playwrights.

Submissions must be new full-length plays.

Musicals will not be considered.

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Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing

22 March 2014

What is the Katherine Paterson Prize for YA and Children’s Writing?

An annual prize for Young Adult and Children’s Literature. A chance for your YA and Children’s Lit to be read by Hunger Mountain editors and guest judges!

What will the winner receive?

One overall first place winner receives $1,000 and publication!
Three category winners receive $100 each and publication. The categories are

Young Adult (YA)

 Middle Grade (MG)

Picture Book or Writing for Young Children

Who can enter the contest?

Anyone! Everyone!

Who is this year’s judge?

The 2014  judge is Katherine Applegate, the Newbery Award winning author of The One and Only Ivan.

When is the deadline?

The postmark deadline is June 30th, 2014

Does Hunger Mountain accept electronic entries?

Yes! Please enter your original, unpublished piece under 10,000 words. Your entry may be a short story or a novel excerpt, but if it’s a novel excerpt it should really stand alone. Feel free to include a brief synopsis if your entry is a novel excerpt. Your name and address should not appear on the story; we read contest entries blind. Click the link below to access our online submission system. Once in the submission manager, you’ll need to choose “Katherine Paterson Prize” (scroll all the way to the bottom to find it!) Pay the $20.00 entry fee and upload your entry. Please include a cover letter in the comments section, letting us know what age group your piece is intended for: Enter the Katherine Paterson Prize

Does Hunger Mountain still accept Snail Mail entries?

Yes! Please send one original, unpublished piece under 10,000 words. Your entry may be a short story or a novel excerpt, but if it’s a novel excerpt it should stand on its own. Feel free to include a brief synopsis along with your novel excerpt. Include a $20 entry fee. Make checks payable to “Vermont College of Fine Arts.” Entries should be postmarked by June 30th, 2014. Your name or address should not appear anywhere on the story itself (we read entries blind.) Instead, enclose an index card with story title, intended age group (YA? MG?), your name, address, phone number, and email address. You may also enclose an SASE (self addressed stamped envelope)  for notification of winners. Entries should be typed, and on one side of the paper only. No staples please! Send entries to:

Hunger Mountain
Vermont College of Fine Arts
36 College Street
Montpelier, VT 05602

May I include illustrations with my Picture Book manuscript?

Yes. We do accept (but we don’t require) illustrations along with picture book manuscripts. These should be copies/pdfs only. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL ART! We’ll consider illustrated and text-only picture book entries.

If you submit by mail, send copies of art only. If you submit through Submittable, your illustrated entry should be a pdf.

Will my entry be considered for general publication as  as well as for the Katherine Paterson Prize?

Yes, it will. Several stories we publish have come from the Katherine Paterson Prize entries.

May I enter more than one story in this prize?

Yes. Enter as many as you like! But each entry needs its own entry fee.

Are simultaneous submissions okay?

Yes,  but please let us know right away if your work is accepted elsewhere. And unfortunately we can’t refund entry fees, if the work is accepted somewhere else.

I’m a child or a teenager. May I enter this prize?

You may. But your work will be evaluated alongside adult work. If you’re a serious writer, it’s okay with us if you enter the prize, just know this prize isn’t intended for teenagers or for children.

What if I have questions that aren’t answered here?

Email us at:

How to enter, visit:

William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition

20 March 2014

Deadline Thursday, May 1, 2014 

Categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry Entry

Fees: Between $10 and $200 depending on category and manuscript length.

Prizes: Between $750 and $7,500 depending on category

Description: Accepting entries in eight categories: novel, novella, book-length narrative nonfiction, novel-in-progress, short story, essay, poetry and short story by a high school student. Only unpublished work accepted. No self-published or web-published material. See website for category details. Submit by regular mail.

Contact Information: Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, 624 Pirate’s Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116.




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