2009 Leapfrog Fiction Contest

General Information

Leapfrog Press is delighted to announce the 2009 Leapfrog Fiction Contest.

The 2009 Leapfrog Fiction Contest will be open to submissions from January 15 to May 1, 2009. Any novella, novel, or book-length short-story collection, written in English, primarily for an adult audience and not previously published,* is eligible. The minimum length is 22,000 words; there is no maximum length. Leapfrog Press is primarily interested in literary fiction. We welcome submissions from both new and previously published writers and from writers around the world. Previous publication credits will not be considered in the judges' decisions. Both unagented and agented manuscripts are welcome. Leapfrog Press employees and their family members, and Leapfrog-published authors, are not eligible to enter.

Judging and announcements:

Judging will take place on a rolling basis beginning in March. Submissions will be accepted through May 1, 2009. While the contest is open for submissions, we will not be accepting fiction queries through our normal submission process. Those who wish to submit a work of fiction without going through the contest are encouraged to do so before January 15 or after May 1, 2009. While the contest is open we will continue to consider queries on nonfiction works through our regular submission process as given in the Submission Guidelines.

Entry fee: the entry fee is $25.

Multiple and simultaneous submissions:

Multiple submissions by the same author will be accepted, with a submission fee paid with each manuscript. We do ask however that one author does not submit more than two manuscripts. Simultaneous submissions (submissions to multiple presses) will be accepted, but the entrant must immediately inform Leapfrog Press if a publication offer is made by another press. A First Prize manuscript that is published by another press will be listed as a Finalist in the Leapfrog Fiction Contest.

Contest winners will be announced in June. Please check back again for an exact date. The First Prize winner will be contacted by phone. Finalists and those receiving Honorable Mentions will be contacted by e-mail, and winners' names will be posted on this page at a date TBD.


Judges include authors/writing instructors/book reviewers Michael Lee, Michael Mirolla, and Michael Graziano, as well as Leapfrog's editor-in-chief and editorial staff.


First prize: Publication contract offer from Leapfrog Press, with an advance payment of $1,000, and permanent listing as a Leapfrog Fiction Contest winner on the Leapfrog Press Web site

Finalist(s): $150 and a short critique of the manuscript; permanent listing on the Leapfrog Press Web site as a Leapfrog Fiction Contest finalist

Honorable mention(s): Listing on the Leapfrog Press Web site

Results will be announced on this Web page in June. Entrants will be notified by e-mail when contest news is posted.

Please follow the entry guidelines below to submit a manuscript.

*Previously self-published books that have no more than 200 copies in circulation (including all review copies, advance copies, and sales) will be considered "unpublished" and are eligible for submission.

Entry Guidelines

There are three steps for manuscript entries.

1. E-mail fictioncontest@leapfrogpress.com

Subject line: "Leapfrog Fiction Contest [manuscript title]"

In the body of the message: give your complete contact information including name, mailing and e-mail addresses, and a phone number where you can be reached, and the complete title of your manuscript. Please do not include a bio or any other personal information.

2. Attach your manuscript as a Word, text, or PDF document.

Manuscript format: Page 1 should contain only the title. Do not include any personal information, and do not include your name. All pages must be numbered, with the title of the work at the top of each page. Do not include your name or any other personal information anywhere on the manuscript. Please use double spacing and a reasonable font size. If your work includes large (as in file size) images, send those as separate attachments.

You will receive an e-mail acknowledgment of receipt. If we are unable to open your document, we will contact you by e-mail.

3. Payment

Payment is accepted via PayPal from a credit card or PayPal account, or by check (US only) or money order. The entry fee is $25.

Payments by check: Checks should be made out to Leapfrog Press LLC. Checks must be accompanied by a letter stating the manuscript title, author's name and mailing address, and author's e-mail address, so that checks can be matched to entry submissions.

Mail to: Leapfrog Fiction Contest, Leapfrog Press LLC, PO Box 2110, Teaticket, MA 02536

Electronic Payments: Use the PayPal button below to make a secure electronic payment.

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