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  • Stephanie Bryant Anderson says...

    Red Paint Hill Publishing
    2015 Bryant-Lisembee Book Prize

    Winner receives

    2016 print publication
    20 author copies

    Opens July 1, 2015
    Closes July 31, 2015

    Winner will be announced: October 2015
    Judge: Jennifer Givhan


    You must identify as female. #readwomen

    Your name should not appear anywhere in or on your manuscript. Please send your bio and contact info in the body of your email.

    Full length manuscripts (50+ pages) should be sent as a PDF to submissions@redpainthill.com, please include CONTEST in the subject line.

    We will only accept electronic submissions.

    Poems may be previously published.

    Simultaneous submissions are OK.

    Red Paint Hill Bryant-Lisembee Book Prize $20 Reading Fee


  • americasnextauthor says...

    America's Next Author - Social Short Story Writing Contest

    Join online at http://www.ebookmall.com/americasnextauthor

    Deadlines: The first deadline is October 9, 2012. Stories can be entered until November 27, 2012, but entering sooner provides more chances at nomination.

    Entry fee: FREE!

    About America's Next Author

    America's Next Author is the first real social writing contest. Winners will be chosen based on a unique combination of votes from readers and publishing industry experts.

    Having a well-written, engaging story is a must, but in this contest, authors will improve their chances of winning by getting their friends and family to vote for their story. Don't yet have a huge online fan base? Our judges will be watching for writing talent and choosing four wild card nominees that will be sent straight to the final rounds of competition.

    Transparent and Interactive Experience

    America's Next Author is not a standard short story writing contest! In most writing contests, authors are left in the dark. They don't know what other people submitted, and after months of not hearing a word they never find out why they didn't win. We decided to change all that and created a writing contest that is a transparent and socially interactive experience. Instead of being boring and frustrating, America's Next Author is fun and exciting.

    Each contestant will get an Author Page, which will display their author photo, bio, and the full text of the author's story. This means that all of the contestants can read each other's work and each author can use their page as a platform to build an online following and gain worldwide exposure.

    Competition Rounds

    The competition will have eight nomination rounds. Stories will be ranked daily based on votes and activity on social media. Each week, the top-ranking author will be nominated for the final round. Even if a story isn't nominated, it will still be in the running for nomination during the next week. Authors can join during any week in the competition, but it's best to join as early as possible for more chances at being nominated.

    After eight weeks there will be eight nominees, and our panel of judges will also choose four wild card authors. In the next round, these twelve authors will need to get as many votes as possible for the opportunity to advance to the finals.

    Only three stories will be selected for the final round, and the authors of these stories will compete head-to-head during two special writing assignments. These authors will battle against each other in a brief but intense bout of writing competition for the Grand Prize of $5000, worldwide press coverage, and the chance to be published.


    Grand Prize: $5,000 USD and support in getting published
    First Prize: $500 USD
    Second Prize: $500 USD


    Short story of 2500-5000 words in English
    All fiction genres are accepted
    Poetry not accepted
    Contestants must be 18 or older
    Contestants may reside in any country
    Stories must be original
    Read the full official rules at http://www.ebookmall.com/americasnextauthor/rules

    Enter your story today at http://www.ebookmall.com/americasnextauthor

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