The Alcott Award

Book-length YA fiction (with strong female lead character(s)

Deadline Extenfed to September 30, 2019

Prize:  $1,000 and publication by Many Frog Press, an imprint of Hidden 

River Publishing

Hidden River announces the the inaugural Alcott Award for an unpublished book-length work of Young Adult fiction featuring at least one strong female lead character. The winning manuscript will be published by Many Frog Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, and will receive $1000 plus ten copies of the book. The deadline for all manuscript submissions is August 1, 2019. Entry fee: $22 US.  This competition is open to international submissions for all writers in English.

Please be aware that we consider ALL forms of publication as disqualification.  Self-publishing is publication; if your manuscript has an isbn number, or if it is available for sale online and/or brick and mortar stores, your book is "published". 

All submissions must include name, address, telephone number, email, website (if you have one), a brief biography, outline, full synopsis and full manuscript. Online submissions are strongly encouraged. Please note that, when submitting online, all materials must be combined into ONE document before uploading. Be sure to upload all required materials, including the synopsis BEFORE the manuscript, which should be uploaded last.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted. We ask only that you contact us asap if you place the manuscript for publication elsewhere.  We also accept multiple submissions; but each manuscript must be submitted separately.

All awards are decided by Hidden River staff, and decisions are final.

Note: All submissions will be considered for regular publication by Hidden River Publishing.  

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