Stop, Drop, and Enter Our Contest
By Word Alive Press
For the last fourteen years it has been our privilege to seek out new manuscripts and support Canadian Christian talent. Two winning manuscripts (one fiction and one non-fiction) will each receive a publishing contract that includes editing, publishing, marketing, and distribution into the Canadian market and beyond.
Today (May 31, 2017) is final day that we are accepting submissions, so if you have not yet done so, I would encourage you to take the plunge and enter. It’s not too late to participate, and you could be one of our winners! Need convincing? Here are fourteen reasons to stop what you’re doing, drop everything and enter the contest right now.
1. It’s free!
There is no entry fee required. We are honoured to be trusted with each and every entry, so we do not impose a review fee or any other hidden charge for you to participate.
2. Completing a manuscript is a huge accomplishment
If you have a finished manuscript, you have no doubt put countless hours, days, weeks, and even years into research, writing, honing, and polishing. Now that everything is ready, don’t let all of that hard work sit and collect dust! it only takes five minutes to enter, so why not give yourself the opportunity to see your words go further than you every could have imaged.
“I began working on Chasing the Wind about 20 years ago. Winning the Word Alive Press 2010 Free Publishing Contest [gave] me the chance to see the results of that two-decade long journey in print and [share] the insights I’ve gained from Ecclesiastes with a wider audience.” —Robert White, 2010 Non-Fiction Winner for Chasing the Wind
3. Canadian writers have a unique perspective in the world
In an age of an increasingly global market, it’s important to celebrate the scribes within our borders. We are proud to be Canadian, and honoured to help promote the offerings of authors above the 42nd parellel.
“It was appealing to have the opportunity to work with a Canadian company. I believe Canadians have a unique voice to share with the world and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to work with Word Alive Press!” —Holly C. Wyse, 2012 Non-Fiction Winner for The Restoration of Emma Carmichael
“Thank you Word Alive Press for giving me the chance to share my work with the world.” —Erin E.M. Hatton, 2014 Fiction Winner for Across the Deep
4. An opportunity to break into the industry
Traditional publishing houses try to minimize risk, so it can be difficult for an unproven author to break into the industry. Our contest provides an opportunity for consideration regardless of whether or not you have an established platform.
“There are a lot of talented authors out there with amazing manuscripts just waiting to be noticed, and I am very honoured to have been chosen from among them.” —Karen Beintema, 2015 Fiction Winner for Retribution
5. Dreams do come true
“The Word Alive Press publishing contest is helping make dreams come true. If you have a call or desire to write, enter the contest.” —Steven Stoffelsen, 2016 Non-Fiction Winner for Trusting God’s Timing
“I had told God all I wanted was to honour Him in my writing. But I didn’t expect a Christian publisher would think my work worthy of an award. Overcome with emotion, I started to cry…joyful tears…as my publishing journey began.” —Bonnie Brooks, 2013 Non-Fiction Winner for Pierced in the Heart
“For over a decade, it has been my dream to publish a novel. When the Lord prompted me to write The Lion Cubs, I never guessed it would have been the one to make it out into the world. Thank you Word Alive Press, for this blessing and the opportunity to make my dream a reality.” —Chrissy M. Dennis, 2011 Fiction Winner for The Lion Cubs
6. Every reward has risk attached
It can be intimidating to put yourself out there and potentially face disappointment. But when we are faithful with our giftings (1 Peter 4:10), it’s amazing what God can do!
“Had I not stepped out of my comfort zone and dared to fly, I would never have experienced this wonderful opportunity.” —Ruth Waring, 2016 Fiction Winner for Harvest of Lies
7. Editing process hones your skills
The contest provides the winners with an opportunity to work with a professional editor.
“This means so much to me… I feel greatly blessed to have won the contest under the non-fiction category. [This] has definitely motivated me to keep pressing for that next level!” —Ron Mahler, 2015 Non-Fiction Winner for Radical Apprentices
8. Your book could change lives
“When I conceived of my book, I envisioned it as a tool to draw unbelievers to Christ. As I wrote, the question was never far from my mind, How will my manuscript ever find its way into the hands of those who need to hear its message? I am so grateful to Word Alive Press for giving me this opportunity to reach out to those who desire truth. Their guidance and assistance in preparing the book for publication has been first-rate.” —Michael Mendler, 2012 Non-Fiction Winner for Concerning God
9. You could inspire the next generation of writers
“I have a vivid memory of being nine years old, and walking up and down the aisles of our local library, running my hands across the spines of books and thinking, All these people have been published. It can be done. I can do this. Now, never mind how many years later, that hope has become a reality. My deepest gratitude goes to Word Alive Press for the opportunity to write my story and actually see it in print, the incredibly thrilling fulfillment of a life-long dream.” —Author Sara Davison, 2010 Fiction Winner for The Watcher
10. You could grow your audience
“I’ve had some amazing doors open in direct relation to connections because of the book.” —Bobbi Junior, 2014 Non-Fiction Winner for The Reluctant Caregiver
“When my son Ben died of leukemia, it was hard to imagine that God could produce anything good from such a devastating loss. I couldn’t imagine how He would bring life from death. But thanks to Word Alive Press, He has! God has used the professional team at Word Alive Press to encourage and lead me through the process of publishing my journey, affording me an incredible opportunity to ‘let it ripple’ to the ends of the earth!” —Lisa Elliott, 2011 Non-Fiction Winner for The Ben Ripple
11. We will provide some free feedback
All contest entrants are eligible for a little bit of feedback from the judges. We’re happy to share what you did well, and what could be improved. Just email your contact (or click here if you do not yet have a contact) to request it.
“It is a great experience to be a part of something like this. Winning is great – but the experience of entering and having someone else read your manuscript can be a stepping stone to better writing and exposure of your work.” —Sharon Dow, 2013 Fiction Winner for Huldah
12. We can also provide you with an editing sample
If you are submitting your manuscript anyway, why not take the opportunity to request a free editing sample. One of our professional editors would be happy to edit 3-4 page of your work, to give you a glimpse into the types of recommendations we would make to further improve your writing. This can be requested at any time once you have entered, or to request a sample edit without entering the contest, click here
13. There are other prizes
A select number of secondary winners will also receive prizes, including credit towards publishing.
14. You could be our winner!
One fiction & one non-fiction manuscript will each receive a royalty-based book publishing contract, a value of $12,000 ($6,000 per winner). Imagine your manuscript, polished up with editing, wrapped in a dynamic cover, and off to meet readers on bookstore shelves!
“This beautifully designed little volume is both a delight and treasure. Word Alive Press, thank you for this gift.” —Kathleen Gibson, Practice by Practice
Contest Closes May 31, 2017
Do you still have questions? Call us today at 1.866.967.3782, or review the additional contest details available on our website here:
2017 Free Publishing Contest Details
Are you ready to enter? Visit our submission portal here:
Submit Your Manuscript
We would be thrilled to see an entry from you!
About this Contributor:
Word Alive Press is a Christian book publishing company that provides professional book publishing, sales, marketing and distribution services all in one facility!