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Congratulations to PAULA PEDENE, the winner of our 2020 Novel Writing Contest. Learn more about Paula and her book A SACRED DUTY HERE.


Also, be sure to check out 2019's winner THE FERGUS HERE.


Skyrocket Press is also accepting submissions for non-fiction books.

Submission Deadline: November 30, 2021

The winner of our 2021 contest will be announced on or before

June 30, 2022.

(We reserve the right to cancel contest at any time for any reason,

at which time entry fees will be refunded.)

The winner will receive a $250 prize (via Paypal) and publication.

Honorable mentions may also be offered a publishing contract.

ROUND ONE: Submit the first ten (10) pages of your novel or non-fiction book and a 1-3 page synopsis. Those selected as finalists will advance to Round Two.


ROUND TWO: Finalists will be asked to submit their complete manuscripts.

ELIGIBILITY: Full-length manuscripts written for adults or young adults (teens) in the following genres will be accepted:


Non-fiction: Memoirs & narrative Non-fiction. Skyrocket Press accepts submissions for all other types of non-fiction (except cookbooks) year round (see Submissions).


Fiction: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary, Thriller/Suspense, Mystery, Horror, Historical, Romance & Literary. No erotica or books about same sex romantic relationships will be accepted. We will not consider works containing excessive profanity, violence, or sex. (We publish clean fiction.) Also, we are not accepting middle grade or children's fiction for this contest.

FEES: $25 per entry. Authors may submit more than one book, but each book must be submitted and paid for separately. **Discounted Early Bird Entry is open from May 16 - July 14, 2021** [Storymakers & LDSPMA members get $5 refund.] Follow instructions below.


1) Send payment via Paypal, using the button below.



2) Once payment has been received, email your Paypal confirmation and submission to: Paste your 10 pages and synopsis in the body of your email. Include your author name, email address, and phone number. Should you submit payment but fail to submit your manuscript to us, there are no refunds. [$5 submission refund for Storymakers/LDSPMA members will be sent via Paypal within two weeks of payment.]

​​DEADLINES: The last day payments will be accepted is November 30, 2021. Once payment has been made, the deadline for submitting your 10 page sample and synopsis is December 15, 2021. Notifications to Round One finalists will be emailed on or before January 31, 2022. Deadline for submitting complete manuscripts is March 15, 2022. Winner and honorable mentions of Round Two will be notified by June 30, 2022. Winning book will be published in 2023. Honorable mentions, if offered a publishing contract, will be published as our schedule permits.

The prize money will be paid via Paypal once the winner has signed the publishing contract.

REQUIREMENTS FOR SUBMISSION: Manuscript (synopsis, 10 page sample & full length) should be double-spaced with 1 inch margins. Use Times New Roman or Garamond 12 pt. font. Do not use your TAB button for indenting paragraphs. Indentations should be set automatically at .5". Separate chapters with page breaks. Do not include any images, including special chapter headings. Entire text should use the same font, as mentioned above.

TIPS FOR SUBMISSION: Submit a manuscript that is complete. Make sure your manuscript has been professionally edited and proofread. Excessive grammar errors, typos, and otherwise poor writing may hurt your chances at moving to round two. Make sure your book does not contain excessive profanity, violence or sex, as mentioned above.

TERMS OF PUBLISHING CONTRACT WITH SKYROCKET PRESS: If your book is accepted for publication, it will be made available as an e-book. If sales reach 500+, we will consider offering a print edition. Authors will receive 50% royalties on net sales for ebooks & 15% royalties on print editions, paid bi-annually via Paypal. Contracts will remain in effect for three years from the date of publication and will automatically renew unless the author or publisher requests termination. Skyrocket Press provides editorial, design, and formatting for published books, and will promote said books on its website and in its newsletters. Author is free to market the book using other methods.

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