Women’s Journey of Faith Publishing Contest Details

Word Alive Press and Women’s Journey of Faith are thrilled to launch the search for the next great female Christian author in Canada.

Please carefully read through the additional information below, including FAQs section of the document. If you still have a question, please contact Sylvia St.Cyr at sylvia@wordalivepress.ca or 1.866.967.3782, ext. 208.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The contest is open to female writers only. (While this contest is exclusively open to women, all are welcome to enter the Word Alive Press Free Publishing Contest which will launch in March 2017. Please visit wordalivepress.ca for details.)
  • The contest is open to Canadian citizens (including Canadian citizens living abroad) and to non-Canadians living in Canada who have legal permanent resident status.
  • Eligible manuscripts will not have been previously published in part or in full, including self-published, and have not previously been published in any other format (eg eBook).
  • Eligible manuscript submissions must be non-fiction.
  • The contest is open to writing by all female Christians who affirm the following Statement of Faith and believe in:
    • The triune God – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
    • The divine inspiration and infallibility of God’s word and its authority and benefit for all matters of faith and life.
    • The sovereignty of God as Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer and Righteous Judge.
    • The deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, his virgin birth, his sinless life, his sacrificial and atoning death for fallen mankind. His resurrection to the right hand of the father and his return in power and glory for all true believers.
    • The justification of the sinner through no merit on his own but by the grace of God and through faith alone.
    • The indwelling presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the life of all believers, sanctifying them to live a godly life in example and service.
    • The mercy and grace of God, and his desire for all to come to the knowledge of his will.
    • The resurrection of all believers in Christ to eternal life.
    • Accomplishing the will of God concerning the Great Commission and the Great Commandment giving all the glory to Him.
    • The spiritual unity of believers in Christ.

Contest entries must be uploaded no later than midnight on May 15, 2017 through our Submit Your Manuscript portal on our website.

As part of the submission process, you will be asked to affirm the above statements. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact Sylvia St.Cyr at sylvia@wordalivepress.ca or 1.866.967.3782, ext. 208.

Submission Guidelines

  • For ease of reading by the judging committee, we appreciate receiving manuscript submissions in 8.5” x 11” format, double-spaced at Times New Roman 12-point font.
  • Only MS Word document format will be accepted for submission, (not PDF, etc.) and the manuscript must be saved as one complete file.
  • No submission fee is required.
  • More than one entry per participant may be submitted. Each submission must be uploaded separately.
  • Please include a one page (under 700 word) testimonial on how faith has impacted your life. This should be saved at the back of the document, clearly marked.
  • All manuscripts must be submitted electronically via our “Submit Your Manuscript” portal. Clicking the “submit” button will bring up an online entry form on your screen. After filling out the online form, you will be given the option to upload your manuscript.
  • Please carefully review this document prior to submitting your manuscript. Once this content is submitted, no further changes can be made to the manuscript or the entry form, so we encourage you to prepare your answers in advance for the following questions.
    Click here to review and complete the official entry form

Prizes:

One winning manuscript will be chosen to be professionally published for free, which includes:

  • A royalty-based book publishing contract
  • Professional editing services, cover design, and typesetting of your book.
  • Distribution from one of Canada’s leading Christian book distributors.
  • Sales & marketing of your book to bookstores, churches & ministries.
  • Digital representation, including eBook and audio book distribution, and the creation of a book trailer.

FAQs

May I submit my contest entry via mail or email?
All submissions must be made through our online “Submit Your Manuscript” portal. If you are having technical difficulties, or are not able to submit via these means, please contact Sylvia St.Cyr at sylvia@wordalivepress.ca or 1.866.967.3782, ext. 208.

What is the minimum word count?
For the purposes of our contest, the manuscript should be at least 14,000 words. We do not have a maximum word count per se; however, we would recommend keeping the manuscript under 100,000 words if possible.

Can I submit book proposals elsewhere when entering your contest?
Yes.

Does my manuscript need to be fully formatted and/or edited before it is submitted?
Formatting and editing are not prerequisite, but submitting the best version of your work will only enhance the impression you give to the judging committee.

Must my manuscript be faith-based with a Christian theme?
Yes. We are a faith-based Christian Publishing company and are seeking to award and publish what we would consider to be the bestsellers through Christian retail outlets.

Is your contest associated with any denomination or theological framework?
Word Alive Press is a Canadian Christian Partnership Publisher, and we are not associated with one particular denomination. We have published books by authors representing a wide variety of denominations. Women’s Journey of Faith is also a non-denominational organization.

Can children’s books be submitted to the contest?
While we do publish children’s picture books, this contest is limited to adult/youth chapter books. For information on Children’s book publishing, please visit our website

Is the contest open to Canadian citizens only?
Yes, the contest is only open to Canadian citizens (including Canadian citizens living abroad) and to non- Canadians living in Canada who have legal permanent resident status.

I am also interested in another publishing contest Word Alive Press is running. Can I enter the same manuscript into both contests?
No. You are welcome to enter a different manuscript into the contest, and you are welcome to enter multiple manuscripts into the same contest, but you may not enter the same manuscript into two separate contests run by us within the same year.

Are men eligible for this contest?
While Word Alive Press is pleased to work with both men and women through our regular publishing services, the Women’s Journey of Faith Publishing Contest is an opportunity exclusively for women.

May I submit a title that was previously published and now revised?
The Women’s Journey of Faith Publishing Contest is limited to original non-fiction manuscripts only. Books previously published in part or in whole are not eligible for the contest. However, we would certainly be pleased to work with you on this project through our regular author services! Please visit our website for further details.

May I submit a title that has been previously published in another language?
Unfortunately, no. The Women’s Journey of Faith Publishing Contest is limited to original non-fiction manuscripts. Books previously published in part or in whole in another language are not eligible for the contest. However, we would certainly be pleased to work with you on this project through our regular author services! Please visit our website for further details.

I have previously published other books, am I still eligible?
Yes! While previously published works are not eligible, authors that have previously published other books are certainly able to submit new material into our contest.

I posted an excerpt of my manuscript on my blog, does that make it ineligible?
If you have posted a portion of your manuscript for review and/or critique, you are still eligible for the contest. However, if you have purchased an ISBN, and/or published an eBook online, you would not be eligible for the contest. Please contact Sylvia St.Cyr at sylvia@wordalivepress.ca or 1.866.967.3782, ext. 208 for further clarification.

Must the manuscript be completed?
Yes, the manuscript must be submitted in its entirety in order to be eligible for the contest.

Are there any age restrictions for contest entrants?
We welcome manuscript submissions from all ages, without any restrictions.

What happens to my manuscript after the contest closes?
All manuscripts will be destroyed within six months of the contest closing date.

May I make revisions to my submission after it is uploaded?
Once your manuscript has been uploaded, no further changes can be made. Please carefully check over your manuscript before uploading it.

I’m having trouble submitting my manuscript online. Can I mail in my submission?
Please call Sylvia St.Cyr at 1.866.967.3782, ext. 208.

Are royalties paid on the winning titles?
Yes. Royalties will be paid quarterly as defined by our contract.

When will the winners be announced?
Winners will be announced in July, 2017. Please follow us for updates:
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Thank you again for your interest in our contest! We look forward to receiving and reviewing your manuscript.