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10/1/2017 – 11/30/2017 Unpublished Entry Window

 Unpublished Submission Guidelines

  • The San Diego Book Awards competition is open to current residents of San Diego County only.
  • If a manuscript has multiple authors, at least one must reside within San Diego County. Manuscripts by former residents of San Diego County will not be considered.
  • Judging in the Unpublished Novel/Novels for Children/Memoir category is a two-step process:
    • Entrants will submit the first thirty pages of their novel or memoir for preliminary judging.
    • Finalists will be chosen from those entries and will be asked to send in their complete manuscripts for final judging. Finalists will be notified by phone or email before April 1, 2017.
  • The submission period for unpublished entries will begin on October 1, 2017, and end on November 30, 2017.
  • Writers may submit more than one entry in more than one category, but a separate submission fee and entry form must accompany each entry.
  • All submissions remain the literary property of the writer.
  • Incomplete entries or entries received after the deadline will not be judged.
  • Submissions received with postage due will be discarded and not judged.
  • Entry fee for each Unpublished Novel/Novels for Children/Memoir submission is $30.00.
  • Entry fee for each Unpublished Short Story/Poetry Chapbook submission is $15.00.

Please Note: The unpublished competition is open only to writers who have never:
……** published a full-length novel (if entering the novel/novel for children competition)
…….** published a memoir (if 
entering the memoir competition). 

If you are submitting a novel for children, be sure to indicate the age/grade level on the cover page. Middle grade (grades 3, 4, 5), middle school (grades 6, 7, 8), and young adult/YA (high school and above). Remember, children like to read stories with protagonists older than they are. If you’re writing for young adults, don’t have the protagonist be 12 years old.

Deadline: November 30, 2017. Entries postmarked after that date will not be judged.

Manuscript preparation guidelines

Standard Word margins – 1” top and bottom, 1 1/4” each side.
Double-space between all lines (only Poetry chapbooks are single-spaced)
Only one double space between paragraphs.
Indent paragraphs five spaces.
White paper only.
12 pt. font (Times New Roman, Times, or Courier) on one side of 8 1/2” X 11” paper.
Do not include any artwork.
One line header on each page starting with page 2: Title and Category on the left side, page number on the right side. Remember a “header” is at the top of the page. Points will be deducted for using a “footer.” Type on only one side of each page.
Entrant’s name MUST NOT appear on any of the pages of the manuscript. Points will be deducted if your name appears on the manuscript pages or on the synopsis. Your name may appear only on the entry form and cover page.
The pages should be held together with a larger paper clip or rubber band. Do not staple, put in a notebook, or bind in any way.

Submission requirements

– Unpublished Novel/Novels for Children/Memoir:
* Original work of the author(s).
* Manuscript must not be previously published.
* The author must not have previously published in the area they are entering – Novel/Novels for Children/Memoir.

– Short Story:
* No longer than 5,000 words.
* Original work of the author(s).
* Manuscript must not be previously published.

– Poetry Chapbook:
* Must be a 10-page collection.
* Must be single-spaced in a common 12-point font.
* Original work of ONE author.
* Manuscript must not be previously published.

Submitting Your Unpublished Entry

The Short Story/Poetry Chapbook Submission package must include:
* Three copies of the submission.
* One cover page that has the title of the work, the word count, the writer’s name, address, phone number, and email address.
* Poetry Chapbook submission must include title of poems
* The writer’s name and contact information may not appear anywhere but on the cover page and the Poetry Chapbook/Short Story Entry Form.
* Self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) large enough and with sufficient postage for return of judges’ comments and manuscripts. If the SASE is not included, the entry will be discarded after judging is completed.
* Self-addressed stamped postcard for us to send to you to verify that we received your entry.
* Write the entry category on the outside of entry envelope.
* Completed and signed entry form and payment for each entry must be included.
* Entry form: A completed, signed, and dated entry form, with entry payment ($15.00 per short story/poetry chapbook entry) made payable to San Diego Book Awards, must accompany each submission.
* Write the submission category on the outside of the mailing envelope.
* Self-addressed stamped postcard for us to send to you to verify that we received your entry.
* Mail to: San Diego Book Awards, PO Box 6487, Oceanside, CA 92052-6487


The Unpublished Novel/Novels for Children/Memoir Submission package must include:
* Three copies of the first 30 pages of a novel, novel for children, or memoir.
* Three copies of a one-page synopsis of the entire work. The synopsis must tell the entire story from beginning to end. Yes, you must reveal the ending! The synopsis may be single-spaced.
* One cover page that has the title of the work, the word count of the complete manuscript, the writer’s name, address, phone number, and email address.
The writer’s name and contact information may not appear anywhere but on the cover page and the Unpublished Novel/Novels for Children/Memoir Entry Form.
* Self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) large enough and with sufficient postage for return of judges’ comments and manuscripts. If the SASE is not included, the entry will be discarded after judging is completed.
* Self-addressed stamped postcard for us to send to you to verify that we received your entry.
* Completed and signed entry form and payment for each entry must be included.
* A completed, signed, and dated entry form, with entry payment ($30.00 per novel/novel for children/memoir entry) made payable to San Diego Book Awards, must accompany each submission.
* Write the submission category on the outside of the mailing envelope.
* Self-addressed stamped postcard for us to send to you to verify that we received your entry.
* Mail to: San Diego Book Awards, PO Box 6487, Oceanside, CA 92052-6487

Finalists will be notified after the first round of judging is complete and will be asked to send in their complete manuscript for final judging. Guidelines for finalists will be given at that time. Be sure your entire manuscript is complete before entering the preliminary judging. Finalists will not have time to complete their manuscripts once preliminary judging is finished. All finalists and category winners will be honored at the awards ceremony in June 2018. Winners and finalists will be promoted on the San Diego Book Awards website. Preliminary manuscripts for non-finalists will be returned after all judging is completed, probably in late June 2018.

All unpublished entries, entry forms, and entry fees must be postmarked by
November 30, 2017
Entries postmarked after that date WILL NOT BE JUDGED


1/1/2018 – 1/31/2018 Published Entry Window

Published Submission Guidelines

The San Diego Book Awards Published Book competition is open to current residents of San Diego County. Books submitted for the 2017 competition (awards presented in June 2018) must have been first published or copyrighted in 2017. A book may be entered only once–in either the published year or copyright year. If a book has multiple authors, at least one must reside within San Diego County. Books by former residents of San Diego County will not be considered. Books published posthumously will be considered if the deceased author was a resident
of San Diego County at the time the book was written and if the work was first published in 2017 or bears a 2017 copyright.

  • The submission period for published books will begin on January 1, 2018, and end on January 31, 2018. Entries postmarked after January 31 will not be judged.
  • All submissions remain the literary property of the writer.
  • Incomplete entries or entries received after the deadline will not be judged.
  • Submissions received with postage due will be discarded and not judged.
  • Self-published books are eligible if they have been professionally written, edited, and printed. If self-published entries are not presented in a professional manner, the judges have the option not to judge the entry. The entry fee will not be returned or refunded.
  • E-books are eligible, but they must be submitted in printed form.
  • Ghostwritten books are eligible if the name of the ghostwriter is disclosed and lives in San Diego County.
  • More than one title by the same author may be submitted. Each submission must be accompanied by a separate submission form and submission fee.
  • Anthologies with more than one contributing author are accepted.
  • To receive copies of the judges’ score sheets, a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) with the name of the entry in the lower left-hand corner should be included. If no SASE is included with the entry, the judging sheets will not be returned.
  • Books will not be returned to the author(s).
  • Send complete entries to San Diego Book Awards, P.O. Box 6487, Oceanside, CA 92052-6487.

Categories

A book may be submitted only once and judged in only one category. Published book categories include fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Authors (or their representatives) are required to choose a subcategory for their entry, which will serve as the judging category. Authors may note more than one subcategory, if applicable, in case their first-choice subcategory is excluded from the contest, but the book will only be judged in one category. Winners of a category award will be selected from the top finalists from each subcategory.

Categories (and their subcategories) are listed on the entry form. The final categories and the number of finalists each year is dependent on the number of entries.

Published Fiction Categories:
General (General, Mainstream, Contemporary)
Children/Young Adult (Children, Picture Book, Young Adult)
Historical/Romance (Historical Mystery, Historical Fantasy, Romance)
Mystery/Thriller/Suspense (Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Political/Legal Thriller)
Anthology (Short Story Collection, Fiction Anthology/Collection)
SciFi/Fantasy (SciFi, Fantasy, Horror)

Published Nonfiction Categories:
General (General, Humor, Pets)
Children/Young Adult (Children, YA, Picture Book)
Biography/Autobiography (Biography, Memoir)
Business/Science/Politics (Business, Military, Politics, Science)
Local Interest/History (Local Interest, History)
Self-Help/Inspirational (Health/Medicine, Psychology/Social Sciences, Self-help, Spiritual, Inspirational)
Hobbies/Travel (Travel, Cookbook, Arts, Crafts)
Published Poetry Categories

Submitting Your Published Entry

Submission Package Must Include:
* Number of Copies: Authors must submit FOUR copies of each book or printed e-book.
* Submission form: A completed, signed, and dated submission form must accompany each submission.
* Fee: A nonrefundable submission fee of $25.00 must accompany each submission. Make checks payable to San Diego Book Awards.
* Self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) large enough and with sufficient postage for return of judges’ comments.
* Self-addressed stamped postcard for us to send to you to verify that we received your entry.

Finalists in each category will be notified in advance of the awards ceremony, which will be held in June 2018. All finalists and category winners will be honored at the awards ceremony. Winners and finalists will be promoted on the SDBA website.

All published books, submission forms, and entry fees must be postmarked by
January 31, 2018
Entries postmarked after that date WILL NOT BE JUDGED

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