The 2017 Nonfiction Essay Contest gave us the chance to read amazing voices from emerging and established voices from around the country. We want to say thank you to those of you who submitted and to those who have support Unsolicited Press in the last five years. Okay, okay, let's just do this already.
Michael Murray has been selected as the grand prize winner of the contest and we are happy to offer him a contract for a book, on any topic or as an expansion of his essay, Spring Break.
We shouldn't forget the finalists, though. Although we wanted to select 15 writers for the anthology, we decided to narrow it down to four other writers that demonstrated an incredible knack for essay writing. After all, we refuse to select 15 essays for the sake of selecting essays, when in fact, only four other essays were worthy of publication. The finalists of the contest are Mick Bennett, Erica Zilleruelo, Willow Curry, and JoeAnn Hart.
Once we narrow down the details, we will tell you more information about the the anthology, Michael's book, and anything about the finalists!
Unsolicited Press is launching a search for the very best nonfiction essay. The contest is open from February 2, 2017 through to March 15, 2017.
All essay lengths will be considered.
The Grand Prize Winner will receive guaranteed publication from U.P. for a book-length piece of nonfiction that expands upon the essay or another topic completely.
The top 15 essayists will be published in an essay collection to be distributed worldwide. Essayists will be heavily promoted as well.
Interested? Learn more here.
Last time we tried a contest, we received low entries. So, we came together and refigured the contest with the writer in mind. Offer a stunning writer's package to the winner, and make the entry fee affordable. We want you to succeed. Autumn Sparks is our annual book contest that looks for one book out of each genre.
All manuscripts must be unpublished. We welcome emerging writers. We welcome veterans. This contest is open to everybody -- affiliations do not matter.If we know you, you must submit under a pseudonym! If you are selected, then you may reveal your identity. We want to keep things fair. Former published authors may submit too.
Deadline: October 1st, 2014
Send To: firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry Fee: $10
Poetry: Poetry books can be chapbooks or full-length manuscripts not to exceed 150 pages.
Fiction: Short story collections, novels, novellas not exceeding 300 pages.
Nonfiction: Essay collections, memoirs, long form journalism...anything in the nonfiction genre is allowed up to 300 pages.
***ALL MANUSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED AS A WORD DOCUMENT
Last year we did a small contest and the winners were put into our lit journal, but this year we are joining the big guys. We are offering publication to three lucky contest winners. Yeah, it's that kind of big. Three winners in any genre will be published under UP with the full marketing ploy. The winners will receive 10 copies of their book. This contest will only work if we receive enough entries. We have to have a solid set of manuscripts to choose from. Authors interested in submitting should have a complete, edited manuscript. We will do one edit cycle for each winner.
Submission deadline: 5/15/14
Winner notification: 6/1/14
Publication date: 6/25/14; 7/5/14; 7/15/14
Entry fee: $25
Fiction: 100-200 pages
We will do this quick n dirty, but professionally. Every book will go under our professional editorial and production plans before publication. We have installed a set of editors to run the contest and run the editorial process for each book. Rubie, Eric, and Esme are the lea editors.
Did we mention that should you win, you would be nominated for a Push Cart? And that you'll receive a little bit of flow? We can't guarantee the amount until we see the entry results.
Cool flyer to come.
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