Self-published writers are often left out in the cold, struggling to market and promote their books. But every so often, there is an event to help them get noticed. The Published Book Awards via Writer’s Digest is such an event. Here is what is up for grabs:
$10,000 in cash
An interview with writer for the March/April 2023 issue of Writer’s Digest
A paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, including a coveted Pitch Slam slot
Publication of an excerpt from the writer’s winning book on WritersDigest.com
$1,000 in cash
Promotion of writer and their winning book the March/April 2023 issue of Writer’s Digest
BOTH WILL RECEIVE:
Be featured on the Writer’s Digest website
One year subscription to Writer’s Digest Tutorials
20% discount off of purchases made at Writer’s Digest University
A special graphic recognizing their winning status
Honorable Mention Winners will receive promotion on http://www.writersdigest.com and a special graphic for use in promoting their win. All entrants will receive a brief commentary from one of the judges. Be sure to check out the categories, guidelines, and submission details. Deadline is April 1, 2022.
While Sourcebooks only accepts virtually all agented submissions, they’re doors are wide open for romance fiction subs—even from unagented writers! They are acquiring single-title romance fiction for their Casablanca imprint. Some of the subgenres they’ll accept are:
historical romance (prior to 1900 only)
Please note, this is not an exclusive list as they state they’ll consider all subgenres. The manuscripts they’re looking for should be between 85,000-100,000 words. To get an idea of some things they like, check out a few of their recent authors’ books.
Harlequin Romance is looking for Black romance writers. Details are often posted on their blog So You Think You Can Write of upcoming opportunities. The latest submission event is an open-ended submission period (no deadline). Harlequin wants to publish more diverse and inclusive voices and stories. If you think you’ve got what it takes and have a polished romance manuscript ready for submission, this might be for you!
Submissions will be uploaded to Submittable and must include #RomanceIncludesYouwith the title of your manuscript. But before you send things off to the editors, be sure and read the guidelines for the imprint you want to submit to. And as always, good luck!
Carina Press, a digital-first imprint of Harlequin, is accepting submissions for a new trope-based LGBTQ+ contemporary romance line called CarinaAdores, which will launch in early 2020. This is huge news for the LGBTQ+ writing community, readers, and lovers of all things romance!
For complete details on the specific tropes they are looking for and how to submit, just click the pretty rainbow above! (Note: Carina Press did not rainbow their name, though maybe they should because it’s so pretty! I did this independently for easy access and so the submission link will stand out from the parent companies.)
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers will be closing submissions for their Emerging Artist Award on June 7, 2019. The goal is to develop high quality children’s picture books that resonate with readers of diverse backgrounds. So if you haven’t completed your mock up to send, get it done, ASAP! The award includes:
American Express® gift cards totaling $1,500
Round-trip travel for the winner to New York City
A day at LBYR’s offices in New York
Lunch with an editor, an art director, and the Artist Mentor.
An in-person portfolio review by the Artist Mentor and the LBYR publishing staff.
A tour of the office
Opportunity for the winning submission to be reviewed by LBYR’s editorial team for possible future publication.
Be sure and visit the link above regarding the award and pay attention to the official rules. As always, good luck!
Harlequin Romance is looking for new romance writers to become their next authors. Details are often posted on their blog So You Think You Can Write of upcoming opportunities. The latest submission event is for Harlequin Presents. If you think you’ve got what it takes and have a polished romance manuscript ready for submission, this might be for you! Entries must be sent no later than June 2, 2019. Even cooler, all submissions will receive feedback by the 14th of June! (I know you want to squeal, go ahead. I’ll wait.)
Submissions will be uploaded to Submittable. But before you send things off to the editors, be sure and read the guidelines here. And as always, good luck!
Do you write adult science fiction or fantasy? Then, you’ll be excited to learn that Angry Robots is taking open submissions! The window is May 1, 2019 thru May 31, 2019. So, finalize edits on your manuscript for their editors to read! This publishing company pays a professional advance and will allow you to obtain an agent to help finalizing a contract if they are interested in your work. (If you have an agent, submit through regular channels via your agent.)
For all the information and guidelines, go here! And if you don’t write, perhaps you’ll find a good book to read.
Forever Yours is a romance imprint of Hachette Books that not only accepts agented manuscripts, they also accept unagented submissions. (Yep, you heard that right!) The imprint is looking for adult contemporary, diverse reads, romantic suspense, cowboys, historicals, and paranormal romance styles. (Please note that they do not want YA, fantasy, mystery, general fiction, or nonfiction.) And further great news, they also accept novellas!
Be sure to read the complete guidelines for submissions before sending your manuscript. And as always, good luck!
Holy-moly! It’s another picture book contest. Things are looking up for the PB writers and illustrators, indeed. On March 19 2019Michelle Hauck, along with Sharon Chriscoe and Mindy Alyse Weiss, will host a Picture Book Party. Submissions will open at 4pm EST and will remain open for one hour. You need to have a completed and polished PB manuscript and illustrations are encouraged to be submitted (if you’re an illustrator).
Did you know that Tor/Forge takes unagented submissions for science fiction and fantasy manuscripts! But it doesn’t end there. They’ll also take fiction of all other types including but not limited to general fiction, historical fiction, horror, mystery, paranormal, suspense/thriller, urban fantasy, and woman’s fiction. Among the age groups they accept are middle grade, young adult, and adult. But they do it the “old school” way. So, no sending emails with attached documents. This publisher wants paper submissions. Whoa!
If you have a manuscript that fits one of these genres and age categories, then be sure and check out their submission guidelines. And as always, good luck!