Want to know more about our writing opportunities?

We’ve been interview by This Writer’s Life, and we talk about upcoming submission calls and our current manuscript wish list and needs!

We also cover what we look for in manuscripts, offer some tips for writers wanting to get published by Vinspire Publishing, and share what we think makes a good story! We hope you’ll stop!

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Our One-Day Only Submission Day Is

June 1st! From 9:00 a.m. EST to 9:00 p.m. EST, you can submit your young adult, middle grade, Amish romance, children’s book, or historical romance novel without an agent! Make sure you read our submission guidelines first, though!

June 1 Submission

We’re excited about opening up to outside submissions once again and look forward to reading what you’ve been writing!

Meet Author Karina Bartow!

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Karina Bartow, author of the heartwarming contemporary romance, Forgetting My Way Back to You will be meeting readers and signing books in April! Check out the details for your chance to meet her!

Sandusky, OH Read Local! Book Fair

April 6 from 1-3pm

Ohioana Book Festival (which is hosting over 150 Ohioan authors)

April 27 from 10:30am-5pm in Columbus, OH.   

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Available for Preorder: Pen & Quin

The Mystery of the Painted Book, the first book in KS Mitchell’s adventurous intrigue series, Pen & Quin: International Agents of Intrigue, is now available for preorder!

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When 12-year-old twins Penelope and Quintus Grey Reyes are sent to Mexico to spend the summer with their grandparents, Pen creates a website advertising their services as international agents of intrigue. A mysterious client hires them. The assignment? To locate the Codex Cardona – a rare 15th century painted book.

The twins discover Abuelito, their grandfather, once searched for the same book, but he gave up the search when a friend disappeared. The book is rumored to be cursed, but Pen knows curses don’t exist. Quin isn’t so sure, and when Abuelito is attacked at the museum where he works, both twins are certain it has something to do with the missing codex.

While Pen and Quin track down the mysterious book, greasy art professor Flores follows their every move, but someone else is watching them too – someone who doesn’t want the Codex Cardona to be found. The twins must draw on their combined skills of art and technology to uncover the mystery of the painted book.

 

Attention Authors: Upcoming Conferences and Writing Contests

Our author, Susan Miura, was gracious enough to put together this list of upcoming conferences and writing contests for fellow authors. This took a lot of work, and we’re thankful she shared it with our authors so we’re sharing it with you!

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A Sampling of 2019 Conferences and Contests

(Some Christian, some not. NOT all-inclusive & not endorsed by ACFW-Chicago)

CONFERENCES

ACFW Conference, Sept. 26-29, San Antonio, TX

ACFW.com/conference

Write to Publish, June 19-22, Wheaton, IL

WriteToPublish.com

Blue Ridge Mountains Writers Conference, May 19-23, Ridgecrest, NC (near Asheville)

BlueridgeWritersConference.com

Colorado Christian Writers Conference, May 15-18, Estes Park, CO

Colorado.writehisanswer.com

Mt. Hermon Writers Conference, April 12-16

Writers.mounthermon.org/

Romance Writers of American (RWA), July 24-27, New York, NY

rwa.org/conference

Mystery Writers of America (MWA), List of various mystery conferences and events: mwany.org/conferences-festivals/

Society of Childrens Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), 2019 conference is SOLD OUT   https://www.scbwi.org/events/20th-annual-scbwi-winter-conference-in-new-york-ny19/

 

BOOK AWARD CONTESTS

ACFW’s Carol Award –Finalists announced June 28. Winners announced at conference banquet on Sept. 28, San Antonio. Deadline: March 1. – acfw.com/carol/

Serious Writer, Book of the Year – seriouswriter.com/contests/

Comprehensive list of book award contestshttp://www.goodreads.com/award

SCBWI’s Golden Kite – Opens in October. Deadline: Dec. 1 – http://www.scbwi.org/awards/golden-kite-award/

The Wishing Shelf  http://www.thewsa.co.uk/

Goodreads: List of numerous book award contests –  goodreads.com/award

Christy Awards – Submission Period: March 1-31 – ecpa.org/page/christy_submissions

Publisher’s Weekly Booklife Prize – Indie authors

Moonbeam (childrens books and YA) – March 24-Aug. 10 with an earlybird discount – moonbeamawards.com/38/guidelines

Christian Book Award from ECPA (an association of Christian publishers) –  Submission Period:

Sept. 1-30.  ecpa.org/page/cba_1_overview

Chanticleer Chatelaine Awards – chantireviews.com/contests. Deadlines vary, depending on contest entered.

Reader’s Favorite Book Awards – Deadline: April 1. – readersfavorite.com/annual-book-award-contest.htm

Selah Awards (Blue Ridge Mtn. Christian Writer’s Conference): Opens Jan. 5. Deadline: April 1.

Story Monsters Royal Dragonfly – Deadline: Oct. 1.

Illumination Book Awards – Deadline: in December.

Best Book Awards (sponsored by American Book Fest).

Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Fiction and nonfiction writers who have recently published a book that “contributes to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures” are eligible for this award, which offers $10,000 cash as well media and publicity opportunities.

Submissions must be published in the prior year.

Deadline: Annual submission window is Sept. 1 through Dec. 31.

St. Francis College Literary Prize

This biannual prize honors mid-career writers who have recently published their third, fourth or fifth work of fiction. The winner receives $50,000 but must be able to appear at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY to deliver a talk on their work and teach a mini-workshop in fiction to St. Francis students. Deadline: Biannually; the deadline for work published between June 2017 and May 2019 has not yet been announced.

Young Lions Fiction Award

This $10,000 award recognizes “young authors,” which the rules define as any author aged 35 or younger. Submit any novel or short story published or scheduled to be published in the calendar year. Works must be written for adults; children’s or YA pieces are ineligible.

Deadline: Annually in the fall (most recently in August or September). Deadline for 2019 TBA.

Inkitt

This boutique publishing firm offers a $300 cash prize to its contest winner. Submit a novel of 20,000 words or more in any fiction genre (no fanfic, short stories or poetry) and if it’s selected, Inkitt will award you $300 in cash, special promotion on its contest winners list, as well as eligibility for future publishing deals. Inkitt runs contests regularly, so be sure to check back often. Deadline: See individual contest pages.

W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction

If you’re a war buff, this competition is for you. It awards $5,000 to the best piece of fiction set during a period when the U.S. was at war (war may either be the main plot of the piece or simply provide the setting). Submissions may be adult or YA novels.

Deadline: Annually on December 1.

UNPUBLISHED WRITER CONTESTS

Genesis – ACFW

Manuscripts must be complete in order to enter Genesis.

FEES: $35 per entry for current ACFW members, $95 per entry for non-members. You may choose to join ACFW at the time of entrance in order to receive the member entry fee rate.

  • Multiple entries require multiple entry fees. Can not enter one manuscript into multiple categories. Deadline: March 15.

Romance Writers of American (RWA)

Mystery Writers of American (MWA) https://mysterywriters.org/about-mwa/st-martins/

Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

Serious Writer, Writer of the Yearwww.seriouswriter.com/contests/

53-Word Story Contest – Prize: Publication, a free book from Press 53

Sponsor: Prime Number Magazine

Description: Each month Prime Number Magazine invites writers to submit a 53-word story based on a prompt. Deadline: Frequent contests

Helen Sheehan Book Prize – Manuscripts

Drue Heinz Literature Prize

You can win $15,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press with this prize, awarded for a collection of short fiction. You may submit an unpublished manuscript of short stories, two or more novellas or a combination of novellas and short stories. Your total word count should be between 150 and 300 typed pages. Deadline: Annual submissions must be postmarked between May 1 through June 30.

Tony Hillerman Prize

Presented by St. Martin’s Press and WORDHARVEST, this prize awards the best first mystery novel set in the Southwest with $10,000 and publication by St. Martin’s Press. Open to professional or non-professional writers who have not yet had a mystery published, and there are specific guidelines for the structure of your story: “Murder or another serious crime or crimes must be at the heart of the story, with emphasis on the solution rather than the details of the crime.” Deadline: TBD

 

 

Instagram Giveaways!

Our Instagram is getting more active! We’re gaining new followers every day, and we don’t want you to miss out. We have so much to share in the coming months, the first of which is our Instagram Giveaways!

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While we’ll be giving away books, we’ll also be giving away souvenirs from Charleston, SC (where we’re located), specialty treats that can only be found here, hand-drawn art, signed book cover flats, and even more! The list is too long to share here, but we’ve already started stocking our giveaway basket so you’ll want to follow us on Instagram to get in on the fun!

 

Submissions Opening Soon!

Get Ready

Once every year, we open to unagented submissions for one day only, usually closer to fall, but this year, we’re opening early! The date hasn’t been set in stone yet so you still have time to get your manuscript ready. Here’s what we want to see!

  • Young adult (with or without romance)
  • Middle grade
  • Amish romance
  • Historical romance (We’re especially looking for the next great tale taking place aboard the Titanic or the Lusitania. We’re also looking for books set outside the United States.)
  • Children’s books

Please refer to our submission guidelines for complete details. We won’t accept any book that does not adhere to these guidelines.

We’ll announce the open date right here so be sure to subscribe!