Shelf Unbound Writing Competition
for Best Independently Published Book,
Sponsored by Bowker and Blurb
|new prize added to competition|
CALL FOR ENTRIES
SHELF UNBOUND WRITING COMPETITION
Shelf Unbound book review magazine announces the Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Independently Published Book, sponsored by Bowker and Blurb. Any independently published book in any genre is eligible for entry. Entry fee is $40 per book. The winning entry will be selected by the editors of Shelf Unbound magazine.
"Independently Published" books include self-published books and e-books (such as those published through Blurb.com, CreateSpace, Lulu.com, iUniverse, etc.) and/or books and e-books published through small presses releasing less than five titles per year. Books entered in last year's competition are eligible for re-submission in this year's competition. There is no limit to the number of books an individual can enter; each book is a separate entry. The competition is open to authors worldwide; books must be in English. Any length book is eligible. This year the competition will also introduce the Pete Delohery Award for Best Sports Book, open to fiction and non-fiction sports-related books, in honor of Pete Delohery, author of the novel Lamb to the Slaughter.
The official rules for the competition can be found at here. Entries are not divided into genre categories at the time of submission.
To submit an entry, email a PDF or Word Doc of your entire book, including the cover, to Margaret@shelfmediagroup.com, subject line Contest Entry (or mail a physical copy of your book to: Shelf Media Group, PO Box 852321, Richardson, Texas 75085-2321), and send a check for $40 made out to Shelf Media Group to Margaret Brown, Shelf Media Group, PO Box 852321, Richardson, Texas 75085-2321, or pay via PayPal (click on this link and select "Competition Entry Fee"). All entries received (and entry fee paid) will be considered. Please include your email and book title with your entry if sending by mail.
The top five books, as determined by the editors of Shelf Unbound, will receive editorial coverage in the December/January 2015 issue of Shelf Unbound. The author of the book named as the Best Independently Published book will receive editorial coverage as well as a year’s worth of full-page ads in Shelf Unbound (rate card value $6,000). More than 100 books deemed by the editors as "notable" entries in the competition will also be featured in the December/January 2015 issue of Shelf Unbound.
The overall winner will receive $1,000 of Blurb credit toward print copies of their book and book promotion through Blurb marketing campaign.* The five finalists will each receive $100 of Blurb credit plus book promotion through Blurb marketing campaign.*
* Note that Blurb prizing will be contingent upon the winner putting their book into a format that can be printed through Blurb.
The winner of the Pete Delohery Award for Best Sports Book will receive $1,000.
The deadline for entry is midnight on October 1, 2014. The winners will be notified by November 2, 2014. Additional information and rules can be found on our contest rules page at www.shelfmediagroup.com.
For further information, please feel free to contact Margaret Brown, Publisher, via email: Margaret@shelfmediagroup.com.
Shelf Unbound book review magazine, a 2014 Maggie Award finalist for Best Digital-Only Publication, reaches more than 125,000 avid readers in the U.S. and in 65 other countries around the globe. Subscriptions to Shelf Unbound are free at www.shelfmediagroup.com.