Consider playing the odds

Have you written a book? A self-published one? Think you can pull together $100 and a submission by June 15? The Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards are still accepting submissions.

For those of you who do have a printed, bound copy of your book already, consider your submission options:

The Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards accept submissions in every category from General Fiction to Poetry. The grand prize is $3,000, an endorsement from Writer’s Digest, and plenty of other fancy stuff. I think the better part of the deal is that there will be nine first prize winners, each of whom will win $1,000 and promotion in Writer’s Digest. The odds of being one of nine is, well, nine times greater than the odds of being the one grand prize winner, and the winnings are almost the same.

But wait, there’s more. ALL entrants win something: Honorable mentions will be promoted on, and everyone else will earn a brief commentary from judges and a link on to the entrants’ websites. It might not sound like much, but it’s better than you’d get if you didn’t enter, right?

If you’re like me and won’t have your manuscript postmarked or bound or even completed by June 15, then consider the following contest instead:

The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Competition accepts entrees in January and early February, closing its figurative doors on acceptance after reaching 5,000 entrants in each of two categories — General Fiction and Young Adult Fiction.

Entrees in the Breakthrough Awards can be self-published as long as the author retains full rights to his or her work. The maximum 5,000 entrees in each category will be whittled down to 1,000, then 250.

Third place winners (in the 1,000-entree round) win excerpt reviews from Amazon editors; second place winners (a maximum of 250 per category) win a Publisher’s Weekly review of their manuscript.

The Grand Prize is a publishing contract from Penguin Books and a trip to an awards shindig where the two First Prize winners also will celebrate in style.

So, if you think you can have your book ready for either of these contests, give it a shot. Visit or for more information.


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