the 2020 Literature Competition: yEAR TWO!

Last year, we discovered several brilliant new authors in the Indie Originals Literature Competition. Last year's winners have enjoyed press and publicity as a result of their Indie Originals awards. What resounded most were the encouraging words written by our judging panel headed by industry insider Brenda Windberg. We are thankful Ms. Windberg has agreed to help with this year’s inspired literature competition and continue to award words of inspiration for every entrant who desires them. 

The 2020 competition continues to offer authors the best opportunities to become award-winning. This year’s prizes were masterfully designed to include tremendous publicity opportunities for our winners, including an excerpt of your book read on our national radio program, a listing and link on our recommended books list on our website and on popular book lists. Our Book of The Year prize package is worth over $2,500 and includes a 22 minute video interview for broadcast on our radio show and YouTube channel, plus a choice of an editorial evaluation of a manuscript of up to 90,000 words, or a series of five story development sessions, one hour each. The winner may choose based on where you are in your writing process. 



  • Novel-length Fiction, Adult 

  • Novel-length Fiction, Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction

  • Children’s Fiction, Chapter and Picture Books

  • Narrative Nonficton, Memoir and Biography

  • Nonfiction, Self-Help and Instructional/Reference

  • Short Story

  • Poetry

  • Cover Design and/or Cover Art

Submissions are limited to a maximum of 50 pages, double-spaced with 1-inch margins, in an easily readable 12pt. font like Palatino, Bookman, Georgia, New Century, or Times New Roman. Due to time constraints, the maximum word count we can review is the first 15,000 words.

Submissions in novel categories should include a synopsis of one to two pages, single-spaced in 12 pt. font with a maximum word count: 1000 words.

Nonfiction submissions should include a brief outline of one to two pages, single-spaced in 12 pt. font, giving brief chapter summaries and highlighting themes and messages with a maximum word count of 1000 words.


We look forward to reading your work! All entries must be received no later than June 15, 2020.

The Indie Originals Literature Competition is now open! ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN
JUNE 15, 2020.

L. A. Carastro 

2019 Indie Originals Award Winner

Best Non-Fiction for "The Bus Ride Back"

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