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THE WINDOW FOR SUBMITTING PUBLISHED AND UNPUBLISHED WORKS IS CURRENTLY OPEN.
FORMS AVAILABLE ONLY DURING THE SUBMISSION WINDOW
OCTOBER 1, 2019 THRU DECEMBER 31, 2019

 

 Unpublished Submission Guidelines

  • All submissions remain the literary property of the writer.
  • Entries postmarked outside of the submission window will not be judged and may not be returned.
  • Judging in the Unpublished Novel/Novels for Children/Memoir category is a two-step process: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.
  • 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              • Entry fee for each Unpublished Novel/Novels for Children/Memoir submission is $45.00
              • Entry fee for each Unpublished Short Story/Poetry Chapbook submission is $25.00.

              SDBA Entry Form – UNPUBLISHED Novel_Novel for Children & YA_Memoir

              SDBA Entry Form – UNPUBLISHED Poetry Chapbook_Short Story

              Entry fees are payable via check, or you may pay with your credit card
              using our SDBA STORE
               option.

              Please include check or payment receipt with your books and form submission.

              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.

              – 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 with the title, word count, 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 except 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 ($25.00 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, word count of the complete manuscript, 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.
              * A completed, signed, and dated entry form, with entry payment ($45.00 per novel/novel for children/memoir entry) must be included. Checks must be made payable to San Diego Book Awards.
              * 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 within five business days. 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. Winners and finalists will be promoted on the San Diego Book Awards website.

              All unpublished entries, entry forms, and entry fees must be postmarked by the entry deadline for the current contest.
              Entries postmarked after that date WILL NOT BE JUDGED, and may not be returned.

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