Thursday, September 04, 2008

Breaking News--$10,000 Writing Contest

Zondervan and
Mount Hermon Writer’s Conference have teamed up to sponsor a competition for unpublished Christian fiction writers. The winner will receive a $10,000 publishing contract from Zondervan. Here's the official press release:

Unpublished Christian fiction writers, get your manuscripts ready. Zondervan, a world leader in Christian communications, announces All About the Story, a writing competition for first-time novelists. The winner will receive a $10,000 publishing contract with Zondervan, and all finalists will have their works recognized during the Christian Book EXPO in Dallas in March 2009.

Sponsored by Zondervan and Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, All About the Story is open to any unpublished writer who has attended a past Mount Hermon Writer’s conference or who is registered for the 2009 conference. In addition to the opportunity for their work to be published by Zondervan, the winning author will also receive valuable feedback from editors and experienced judges, including bestselling Christian fiction authors Karen Kingsbury, Terri Blackstock, Brandilyn Collins and Noel Hynd.

“We know there are many talented Christian fiction writers who just need an opportunity like this to get the break they need to become a published author,” said Dudley Delffs, vice president and publisher of Trade Books at Zondervan. “We are pleased to partner with Mount Hermon to uncover top writing talent just waiting to be discovered.”

The All About the Story contest will be judged in three stages:

1. Synopsis and the first 5,000 words of work will be judged to determine semi-finalists.

2. Semi-finalists will submit a full manuscript to be judged by Zondervan editors to determine finalists.

3. The winner will be determined by a panel of bestselling authors.

The winner will be announced at the 2009 Mount Hermon Writer’s Conference on Saturday, April 4, 2009.

All first-round entries must be received before November 5th, 2008. For additional information and contest rules, visit or email

About Mount Hermon:

Founded in 1906, Mount Hermon was the first Christian camp west of the Mississippi. From its inception, Mount Hermon has been both interdenominational and evangelical. For 102 years Mount Hermon has consistently proclaimed Jesus as Lord and Savior, by teaching the authoritative Word of God and serving churches and other Christian ministries both here and around the world.

About Zondervan:

Zondervan, a HarperCollins company, is the world leader in Christian communications and the leading Christian publishing brand. For more than 75 years, Zondervan has delivered transformational Christian experiences by influential authors and emerging voices, and has been honored with more Christian Book Awards than any other publisher. Zondervan is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., with offices in San Diego, Miami and London. Its resources are sold worldwide and are translated into nearly 200 languages in more than 60 countries. Visit Zondervan online at


Pam Halter said...

The contest sounds great . . . but what if you are actively querying your book right now? And what if you enter the contest and a publishing house shows interest?

Hmmmmmm . . .

Anonymous said...

This contest sounds wonderful. I'll have to check into it.

Thanks for linking everything for us.

Have a great day!

~ Brandilyn Collins said...

Pam, you might try doing both at the same time, since the contest starts with less than a full manuscript. Even if you get a bite from an editor, you could stay in the contest unless the book is actually bought. You can always pull out of a contest if you become disqualified.

Also you might check the rules on the Z website. Perhaps they speak to this issue.