Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Risen Books Contest...

Guest post by
DP Martinez, acquisitions editor for Risen Books

Risen Books Contest

As promised in my previous post, here’s your chance to prove whether your manuscript is ready for publication.

First Prize: Publishing contract with Risen Books.

Second Prize: Amazon Kindle (with Special Offers)

Third Prize: Free books from Risen authors.

Submission Period
Open to all eligible participants (see Contest Rules at The submission period begins July 20, 2011 at 12:01 a.m. (U.S. Pacific Standard Time) and ends July 31, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. (U.S. Pacific Standard Time). The contest is limited to 40 entries and we will stop accepting entries when we receive 40 submissions.

Starting on July 20, using the submission form at, submit the following:

§  Novel title
§  Genre
§  Hook (a 20- to 30-word premise)
§  Back Cover blurb (max 150 words)

The general public will vote on the entries. The best 20 will be selected for the second round and will be asked to submit:

§  A one or two page synopsis that includes the ending
§  The first chapter
We reserve the right to advance fewer than 20 to the first round if, in our sole discretion, we do not receive a sufficient number of eligible or qualified entries.

First round
Between August 1st and August 12, 2011, Risen Books authors will select the best five (5) submissions based on the following criteria: originality of idea, strength of the plot (based on the synopsis), and the quality of writing.

The best 5 will be selected for the second round and asked to submit the complete manuscript.

Second Round
Between August 15 and September 25, Risen Book’s editorial committee will select the prizewinners, who will be announced on September 30th, 2011.

To read the official contest rules, go to

Good luck everyone! And thank you Mr. Martinez for joining us on the Barn Door Book Loft. Hope you let us know who wins!

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