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CONTEST: Unpublished Manuscript Contest 2012

The staff of Glass Tower Press would like to announce our first annual Unpublished Manuscript Contest.

From our desk:

Ever wonder why your novel’s not getting any bites in the market?  Glass Tower Press will help you find out why.  In our soon-to-be annual Unpublished Manuscript Contest, GTP editors will take a look at your query letter and manuscript to see what’s not up to par.  While all entries will receive a one-page letter with feedback, the top three winners will receive something more: a full line-by-line critique, chapter-by-chapter critique, and a partial line-by-line or full copyedit.

We are accepting completed and unpublished manuscripts of novels 60,000 to 120,000 words. To be eligible, entries must contain the following:

  • Full and completed manuscript in standard format
  • Query letter (see for examples)
  • Cover letter detailing genre, word count, other pertinent information, and attachment list

Most genres will be accepted.  However, we will NOT accept erotica, vampire-related fiction, high fantasy, Christian fiction, or nonfiction manuscripts.

The first prize winner will receive a full line-by-line edit on a physical (paper) version of the manuscript. Second prize winner will receive a full chapter-by-chapter critique. Third prize winner may choose between a full manuscript copy edit and a one-third line-by-line edit. All entries meeting the entry requirements will receive a one-page letter of feedback.

Entries will be accepted until August 31.  Entry fee per manuscript is $5, and there are no limits on number of entries.

To enter, please click here to go through our online submission manager.


Contest Announcement #1

Glass Tower Press is opening a call for submissions for ENDINGS-THE DENOUEMENT, a writing competition for high school and college-age students (14-27).

Submissions wanted for ENDINGS-THE DENOUEMENT are works themed around “Endings,” the end of something old with the element of something else beginning. All fiction should be innovative and interesting. Possible genres include light fantasy, thriller, and horror. Glass Tower Press would prefer short story submissions between 1,500 words and 4,000 words, although 1-page submissions of poetry will also be considered.

To submit to the contest, please include a cover letter and one copy of the work. The text of the submission should be in 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins. The deadline to submit to the ENDINGS-THE DENOUEMENT contest is 31 March 2011.

Entry fees are $5 for the first work and $2 for all additional works. Fee payments accepted by check only. Works must be submitted at the same time to receive entry fee discount for additional works. Monetary and merchandise prizes will be awarded to First, Second, and Third Place contest winners. Runners-up (up to 5) will receive one Glass Tower Press title. Honorable mentions (up to 7) will receive a certificate. All winners will have the chance to be published in the ENDINGS-THE DENOUEMENT collection, scheduled for release in late 2012.

All entries should be mailed to the following address:

Glass Tower Press
506 Ogden Ave.
Toledo, OH 43609

You may also contact Feliza Casano, Editor, at

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