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North Street Book Prize for Self-Published Books


Contest: North Street Book Prize for Self-Published Books 2017

Entry Dates: February 15, 2017 – June 30, 2017

Fee: $60

Winners Announced: February 15, 2018



Submit a self-published book in one of the following categories, up to 150,000 words in length:

  • General Fiction
  • Young Adult Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction & Memoir

The winner of each category will receive $1,500, 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). Two honorable mentions 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 judges Jendi Reiter and Ellen LaFleche. Lauren Singer and Annie Keithline will assist in the judging.

All contestants will receive a copy of How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally & Ethically by Carolyn Howard-Johnson (PDF), and free guides to successful publishing from BookBaby.

Any year of publication is acceptable. You may submit a collection of short stories or essays as a single entry. You may submit multiple books (one at a time). We are not currently accepting poetry or books for children. For multi-author books, please email Winning Writers to determine eligibility. All themes are welcome except works portraying pedophilia, bestiality, necrophilia, and/or snuff as acceptable sexual practices.

For the purpose of this contest, a self-published book is one where the decision to publish the book was the author’s alone, the transaction involved the author paying any upfront costs for services, and the book is currently available for viewing and/or purchase. This includes books created through e-publishers (e.g. BookBaby, Smashwords, CreateSpace), book printers, and vanity presses.

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