North Street Book Prize
6th year. Your self-published book can win up to $5,000 plus expert marketing services.
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Please submit during February 15-June 30, 2020. Submit one or more self-published books in these categories:
- Mainstream/Literary Fiction
- Genre Fiction
- Creative Nonfiction & Memoir (definition)
- Children's Picture Book
- Graphic Novel & Memoir
- Not currently accepted: books by deceased authors, anthologies with 3+ authors, history, biography, self-help, how-to, reference, cookbooks, education, travel guides, middle-grade books for ages 8-12, political or religious tracts
- One grand prize winner will receive $5,000, a marketing analysis and one-hour phone consultation with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, a $300 credit at BookBaby, and 3 free ads in the Winning Writers newsletter (a $450 value)
- The top winner in each category will receive $1,000, a marketing analysis and one-hour phone consultation with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, a $300 credit at BookBaby, and one free ad in the Winning Writers newsletter (a $150 value)
- One honorable mention in each category will receive $250
- We will publish online excerpts (1,000-6,000 words) from all entries that win a prize, along with critiques from the judges
Length limit: 200,000 words maximum. You may submit a collection of short stories or essays as a single entry. No restriction on age of author. No restriction on year of publication. All countries eligible except Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Crimea (due to US government restrictions). All contestants receive a free PDF download of The Great First Impression Book Proposal (newly updated) by Carolyn Howard-Johnson and free guides from BookBaby. Read about the winners of our fourth contest. The results of our fifth contest will be announced on February 15, 2020. The results of our sixth contest will be announced on February 15, 2021. Entry fee: $65 per book. When the contest is open, please click the Submittable button below for full details.
"As a recent winner, I am highly impressed about how supportive they have been: offering a detailed review of my work, a free ad, a marketing consult, and a credit for Book Baby—all of this in addition to a significant cash prize. All of this for an indie, self-published book of poetry: a category not served by many other venues. In my opinion, WW not only offers contest info, it also serves as a model of how a contest can serve the individual writer and the writing community."
—W.R. Rodriguez, 2018 North Street poetry winner for From the Banks of Brook Avenue
This contest accepts both print books and ebooks. If you submit an ebook, we may request a print copy if your book advances past our initial screening. If this is burdensome or expensive, we'll work with you to minimize your expense and effort. Good books are precious. We won't let cost stand between you and an award.
Select one category only for your book. The judges reserve the right to reassign an entry from one category to another as they deem appropriate.
If you published your book with a hybrid publisher, it may still qualify for the North Street Book Prize. The key criteria are that the author controls the decision whether to publish and also shoulders most of the costs of publication. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm eligibility.
No Scholarly Works
This contest is not appropriate for scholarly works (i.e. academic, peer-reviewed, or refereed work). These would impose a substantial fact-checking burden on our staff. We rely on authors to affirm the accuracy of their works.
Most Countries Eligible; English Language
Due to US government restrictions, we regret we are unable to accept entries from Syria, Iran, North Korea, or Crimea. All other countries are eligible. The works you submit should be in English.
This contest is not judged anonymously. Friends, relatives, and close students of the judges and Winning Writers staff should not enter.
No Age Restriction
Writers of all ages may enter.
We may share your contact information with the contest co-sponsors. We will not rent your information to third parties.
If your entry wins any cash prize, you agree to give Winning Writers a nonexclusive license to publish an excerpt from your work online. We will work with you to select an appropriate excerpt. You retain all other rights. You are free, for example, to publish your work in print or online elsewhere, and to enter it into other contests, whether or not you win a prize in this contest.
Generally entry fees are not refundable. However, if you believe you have an exceptional circumstance, please contact us within one year of your entry.
If you have questions, please email the contest administrator at email@example.com.
Submitting to the North Street Book Prize by mail
Please make your US$65 entry fee payable to Winning Writers and mail with your entry to:
Attn: North Street Book Prize
351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222
Northampton, MA 01060-3961
Include your full name, mailing address, phone number, and email address with your entry. Please also indicate the category for your entry. We accept checks drawn on US banks. US currency and US dollar money orders are acceptable. You may also send your fee via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org.