Posted by: Kathy Temean | May 27, 2012

Chance to Win Money and Get Your Book Series Published

Write Integrity Press has announced their Books of Hope Contest. They are seeking books in series of three, and winners could receive a three-book publication contract! The series of books can be fiction or nonfiction, but must carry a message of HOPE in some form or fashion. Be creative. Give them characters they can love in your novels, and issues they can care about in your nonfiction.

One First Prize FICTION Winner will receive a $500 Cash Prize and their standard publication contract for the three-book series.

Two runners-up in fiction will receive their standard publication contract for at least one book, and perhaps all three.

One First Prize NONFICTION Winner will receive a $500 Cash Prize and their standard publication contract for the three-book series.

Two runners-up in nonfiction will receive their standard publication contract for at least one book, and perhaps all three.

There will be two rounds of judging:

1) Entries must include ALL of the following for Round One Judging by June 15, 2012. (These are just the basics – see the Nitty-Gritty details at the bottom of the post.)

  • Submit a one-page, single-spaced synopsis of the entire three-book series.
  • Submit a 100-word blurb for each book of the series.
  • Submit the first chapter of Book 1 (length should be 2500-5000 words.)
  • Entry fee of $25 paid through the Paypal link below. Be sure to write down the PayPal Transaction ID# because the Paypal Transaction ID# must be placed on the Cover Page of your entry, along with your Name, Address, Phone, E-mail, Website, and Series Title.

2) Finalists will be selected from these entries and notified by July 31st. In Round Two:

  • Finalists will be required to submit a completed manuscript of Book 1 by November 30th. Full manuscripts should not be submitted prior to your being notified as a finalist.
  • Instructions for submitting final manuscript will be sent with finalist notification.

Final Winners will be notified in January 2013.

Now for the Nitty-Gritty details (and these have been deal-breakers in the past, so please follow the guidelines – they’re here for a reason):

  • Use Times New Roman font, size 12.
  • Use double-line spacing, except for the synopsis and blurbs.
  • Pages should have 1″ margins all around.
  • Use black ink.
  • Include a header on each page (except the cover page) that includes your last name and page number in top right corner.
  • In the subject line of the e-mail entry, please indicate – BOOKS OF HOPE: Fiction or BOOKS OF HOPE: Nonfiction, so the manuscripts are routed properly.
  • Entries should be submitted in a Word document, attached to the e-mail(editor [at] writeintegrity [dot] com).
  • The e-mail itself should serve as an introduction – tell us who you are and a little about you. Nothing formal, fancy, or lengthy – just let us get to know you a little.

Your attached entry should include:

  • Cover page with Name, Address, Phone, E-mail, Website, and Paypal Transaction  ID#.
  • One page, single-spaced synopsis of the entire three-book series. Give us the ending, don’t leave us guessing.
  • One 100-word description of each of the three books (300 words total – separated under each book title.)
  • The first chapter of Book 1 (2500-5000 words in length.)

Final manuscripts should be in the 50,000-80,000 word range. Writers may enter manuscripts in both the Fiction and Nonfiction categories, but must pay a separate entry fee for each manuscript.

Click this link to submit and scroll all the way to bottom of page:

The above May Illustration was sent in from Diana Patton. Although Diana Patton has been painting, exhibiting, and teaching watercolor for many years (recipient of over 135 awards and listed in Who’s Who in America), in 2005 she started writing and illustrating picture books and early chapter books. Her stories come out of her surroundings, and so she writes about fishes and frogs, humpback whales and turtles (from repeated trips to Maui to visit a son and daughter-in-law), cats and children, and teddy bears in the garden (hers), or at the seashore (from Maine island adventures) Diana is a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and the Hunterdon County Children’s Writers & Illustrators Group. Her picture book Charlemagne to the Rescue is out and she is now involved in trying to find publishers for her newest creations.  “My characters often come to me in the night, cavorting before my eyes when sleep fails me. They demand to have their stories told.” Blurbs for some of these can be found on her website   Diana enjoys storytelling and working with children to create their own stories. You can find games (and aquarium reviews!) on her website

Talk tomorrow,



  1. I must say, I was rather excited about this opportunity until I got to the word count requirements. All three of my orples books together don’t qualify for the range in words required for one book. But I have two people in mind who might benefit from this contest, so I will be forwarding this information to them with wishes for the best of luck to them.


    • Orples,

      Glad you passed the information on. Are your books short because they are in verse?



  2. What a wonderful opportunity! I have shared this post with several friends who have well written books books with a strong message of hope. Thanks for posting.


    • Sally,

      Thanks for sharing the info. Good luck!



  3. Great opportunity! I will definitely enter.


  4. Hello, I enjoy reading all of your article post. I wanted
    to write a little comment to support you.


    • Jerilyn,

      That is so nice of you to leave a comment to show support and let me know you are out there.




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