In case you were wondering, here are some of the more frequently asked questions about the submission process:
I've published a book before, can I still submit in Unpublished?
How will I be notified that my submission has been received within the submission window?
Please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard, and we will be happy to send that back to you once your entry has been received. Otherwise, there will be NO NOTIFICATION given. Once the submission window closes, you will only be notified if you become a finalist.
Does my work remain my own?
I have my first 30 pages ready to be submitted in the unpublished category, do I still need a complete manuscript if I qualify?
YES. Judging unpublished novels and memoirs is a two-step process. The first 30 pages are judged to determine who the finalists will be. If you are a finalist you will be notified by phone or email. Finalist names will be posted on the San Diego Book Awards website. If you are not a finalist, your 30-page entry will be returned to you at the end of the contest if you have included an S.A.S.E. with sufficient postage (See submission guidelines). If you are a finalist, you will be notified by phone or email. Finalist names will be posted on the San Diego Book Awards website in May of 2020.
Please - note: If you are notified that you are a finalist, your first 30 pages will be returned to you. If you wish, you may make changes based on the judges’ comments. If you become a finalist and do not send a completed ms within five business days, your status as a finalist will be revoked and you will not be able to participate in the final round of competition.
Can I pay the fees and submit my entry in more than one category?
No. Multiple submissions of the same entry will be disqualified and the checks shredded. One entry allowed, one category judged. Choose your category carefully.