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  1. Laurisa Reyes June 30, 2015 at 6:50 am #

    Dear ALLi Editors,

    Last year you posted a list of 50 book contests on your blog. I was wondering if you had an updated list and how I might submit a book contest to you for possible inclusion?

    The contest is hosted by Middle Shelf Magazine and is for independently published children’s, middle grade, and teen books. The entry fee is $40 and three $500 cash prizes will be given, one for first prize in each category plus a year’s worth of advertising in the magazine.

    The deadline is August 1st. If you have an updated contest list, I’d love to know how be included. The website for the contest is:

    Thank you so much.


    Laurisa Reyes
    Editor in Chief, Middle Shelf Magazine

    • Debbie Young June 30, 2015 at 9:15 am #

      Hi Laurisa, the original post was updated earlier this month and you can read it here: I have just looked at your competition rules and I see you are unable to name the judges, other than it being sponsored by your company. Can you please tell me the names of the individuals who are judges? We have a chapter in our handbook, “Opening Up To Indie Authors”, which helps authors decide which competitions to enter, which includes being wary of a high entry fee in relation to the potential prize money – I note you charge $40 per book against a potential $500 win. If you’d like to email me to discuss it further, that’s fine – you can reach me at debbie (at) Best wishes, Debbie Young, Author Advice Centre Editor & Co-author of “Opening Up To Indie Authors”

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