Contests and awards of interest to writers, artists, illustrators, and publishers

Bookselling Without Borders Opens Scholarship Applications January 18, 2018

Bookselling Without Borders, a program to send booksellers to international books fairs, is taking applications for all-expenses-paid trips to the Turin Book Fair, the Frankfurt Book Fair, and the Guadalajara International Book Fair. Started last year by Europa Editions and Other Press, now has Rutgers University Press and Princeton University Press, Graywolf Press, The New Press, Catapult, and Ingram Content Group as principal sponsors. In addition, more than 250 individual donors have contributed upwards of $30,000 to the program through a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2017.

Booksellers are encouraged to apply by visiting before the deadline of February 28. Recipients will be announced in March 2018.

World’s Largest Book Award Contest to Reach Milestone in 2018

Independent Publisher Book Awards Will Present 5,000th Medal This Year (the Ippys).

The world’s top independent authors and publishers will compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals in the 22nd annual Independent Publisher Book Awards. The contest is open to newly released, independently published books in English, and will accept entries through February 24, 2018.

The Independent Publisher Book Awards (aka the IPPYs) honor books created outside the “Big Five” conglomerate New York publishing scene. From one-book self-publishers to hundred-year-old university presses, indie publishing is diverse, cutting-edge, and not bound by the constraints of media overlords and corporate bottom lines.

The upcoming 2018 award ceremony will be especially notable for including the presentation of the 5,000th medal awarded during the program’s 22-year history. The event returns to the bright lights of Times Square and will be held at the legendary and glitzy Copacabana night club.

22nd Annual IPPY Awards – Call for Entries

Enter your award-worthy books in the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards and get the recognition your work deserves. Entry fee is $95 per title, per category until the final entry deadline of February 24, 2018.

For the guidelines and online entry form:

Click here for printable guidelines and entry form.


Independent publishers, university presses, self-publishers, and independent authors who publish books intended for an English-speaking audience may enter. Books released between January 1, 2016 and February 24, 2018, or with 2016-2018 copyrights are eligible.

Contact: Jim Barnes, Managing Editor & Awards Director, 1.800.644.0133 x 1011 /

Gemini Magazine

Gemini Magazine submissions for 2018 are now open. There is no fee for submitting and payment is $10 per published piece. They publish short stories, flash fiction and poetry.

Gemini Magazine now accepts entries for their eighth annual Poetry Open with a first prize of $1,000 plus five additional cash awards. The entry fee is $7 for three poems. Deadline: January 2, 2018. They welcome all styles of poetry on any topic.

Writer’s Block Prize

One first-place winner will receive $500, an opportunity to read at the 2017 Writer’s Block Festival in Louisville, Kentucky on October 21, and publication in The Louisville Review, the literary magazine of Spalding University’s nationally distinguished low-residency MFA in writing program. Please submit an original piece of creative nonfiction, such as personal or lyric essay, personal narrative, memoir, or any other form that involves a creative treatment of a nonfiction subject. Entries must be 4,000 words or less.

$12 ENTRY FEE. Deadline August 15, 2017.

The BookLife Prize

$5,000 Grand Prize. Each entry receives a brief assessment by a Publishers Weekly Reviewer.

The BookLife Prize is an annual writing contest sponsored by BookLife and Publishers Weekly. The prize seeks to support independent authors and discover great books in seven categories: Romance/Erotica; Mystery/Thriller; Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror; General Fiction; Memoir/Autobiography; YA Fiction; and Middle-Grade Fiction. The prize is judged by PW reviewers, editors, acclaimed authors, and publishing veterans, and awards are given to finalists in each category, with a grand prize going to the most outstanding finalist.

The grand prize winner of the BookLife Prize in Fiction will receive $5,000 as well as an author profile in Publishers Weekly.

All finalists will receive a blurb from a best-selling/award-winning author or professional editor serving as a guest judge for the contest, as well as mention in Publishers Weekly.

All entrants will receive a critic’s report, which includes a score as well as a brief written critical assessment of their novel by a Publishers Weekly reviewer.

There is a $99 non-refundable entry fee.

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NOTE: contest deadlines are always followed by a one-week grace period.

Short Story Award for New Writers (1st place – $2,500):
Welcome in January/February, May/June, and September/October.

Open only to writers who haven’t had any fiction appear (or scheduled to appear) in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000. (Entries must not have appeared in print, but previous online publication is fine.) Most entries run from 1,000 to 5,000 words, but any length up to 12,000 is welcome.

Very Short Fiction (1st place – $2,000):
Welcome in March/April and July/August.
Any length story from 300 to 3,000 words.

Fiction Open (1st place – $3,000):
Welcome in March/April and July/August.

Open to all subjects and themes. Most entries run from 3,000 to 6,000 words, but we invite stories from 3,000 to 20,000 words.

Family Matters (1st place – $2,500):
Welcome in November/December.
Calling for stories about families of all configurations. Most entries run from 1,000 to 5,000 words, but any length up to 12,000 is welcome.

Standard Category ($700):
Welcome in May and November.
Open to all. $2 processing fee. Maximum word count: 12,000. Any shorter length is welcome.

Formatting: They’re not fussy about that because when they read the story, they can change the font style and size if they need to. Double spacing is nice, but not necessary.

Contact info and page count: including that information at the top of your story is entirely optional; word count is helpful, but not required.

Pen name: If you use one, you’re welcome to list both your legal name and pen name, but that is not required.