Calling All Writers - Short Story Contest


2016
Christmas
Short Story Contest

TMP Books announces our 2016 Christmas Short Story Contest. The entry deadline is July 1, 2016. There is no entry fee for this contest.

This contest will feature two rounds - the first round winners will be included in a new book, while in the second round, readers will decide one winner for the Reader's Choice Award.

First round winners will be included in:

The Gingerbread Diaries
A Collection of Scrumptious Short Stories

Authors of the chosen stories will receive a byline and a one-page bio in the back of the book, with links to books, websites, social media, and up to two images (headshot and one book cover image). Each author will also receive a Kindle version of the book.

TMP will form a marketing group from all the chosen authors, and those authors will work together to promote The Gingerbread Diaries and each other’s books and websites. (Participation is voluntary but encouraged.) This is a great way to network and build a buzz around your writing.

The book will be released November 1, 2016.

The second round will take place from November 1 to November 30. Readers will select their favorite short story through a poll that will open on the TMP Books website. The poll will list all of the included stories for readers to choose their favorite. Readers may only vote once. The winner of the Reader’s Choice Award will be announced on December 1, 2016.

The Reader’s Choice Winner will receive the following prizes:

* A Complete” publishing package and cover design from TMP Books (retail value of $949).
* Ten print copies of The Gingerbread Diaries (retail value $150).
* Ten print copies of the author’s book that TMP publishes (retail value $150+)
            (Print books shipped to continental US addresses only.)


Short Story Guidelines:

            * Length: 2500-5000 Words
            * Genre: General fiction
            * The short story must feature gingerbread in some way – houses, cookies, ornaments, etc.
            * Family-friendly. No profanity or erotica.

Tip: Have fun with your story – make it humorous, heart-warming, memorable. This collection is one we hope readers will return to again and again.

Manuscripts should:

* Be submitted as a Word document, attached to the e-mail. (Do not include the short story in the body of the e-mail.)
            * Be typed in size 12 font, Times New Roman.
            * Be double-spaced.
            * Include a cover page that includes your name, address, phone, e-mail, and story title.
            * Include a header with author name and page number on every page.

Entries:
            * Should be e-mailed to: info@TMPbooks.com
            * Subject line MUST read: Short Story Contest Entry
            * Should include a brief bio and links to social media
           
Deadline for submissions is July 1, 2016.


A few more details:
The number of stories chosen for The Gingerbread Diaries depends on the quantity and quality of entries received.
No cash substitutions for prizes.
The Reader’s Choice winner may transfer their prize to another author of their choice.
Publishing package must be claimed/scheduled by December 1, 2017. 

We're Having a Sale!

End of school, a hint of warm weather, flowers blooming - why not celebrate? Hire us to publish your book during our sale May 5-8 and we'll design your cover for FREE! Reserve your spot for any time during the next three months, and your book will be published within two months of our agreed upon start date.

E-mail Tracy today to get you on the schedule ASAP! info@TMPbooks.com






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