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North Street Book Prize

Your self-published book can win up to $1,500 plus expert marketing services


Contest Opens: Jan 15, 2015

Deadline: Jun 30, 2015

Results Announced: Jan 15, 2016

Theme: All themes welcome except works portraying pedophilia, bestiality, necrophilia, and/or snuff as acceptable sexual practices


  • Mainstream/Literary Fiction
  • Genre Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction

Length Limit: 150,000 words (about 500 pages)

Entry Fee: $50 per entry. Please submit entries one at a time.

Prefer to pay via PayPal?

Prefer to enter by mail?


  • The top winner in each category will receive $1,500, a marketing analysis and one-hour phone consultation with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, a $300 credit at BookBaby, and 3 free ads in the Winning Writers newsletter (a $450 value)
  • Two honorable mentions in each category will receive $250
  • We will publish online excerpts (1,000-6,000 words) from all entries that win a prize, along with critiques from the judges

All Contestants Receive:

  • The Frugal Book Promoter by Carolyn Howard-Johnson (PDF), a $9.95 value
  • 6 free guides to successful publishing from BookBaby

What is a self-published book?

Additional Guidelines


Advice from the Judge:

Jendi Reiter and Ellen LaFleche offer advice to contestants here.





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