The 2021 New York Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its annual program celebrating books that deserve greater recognition from the world’s publishing capital.
The 2021 New York Book Festival will consider published, self-published and independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, children’s books, young adult, how-to, poetry, wild card (anything goes!), unpublished stories, science fiction/horror, photography/art, spiritual, business, romance, cookbooks,, compilations/anthologies and biography/autobiography works.
A panel of judges will determine the winners based on the following criteria:
- The story-telling ability of the author.
- The potential of the work to win wider recognition.
Entries can be in English, Spanish, French or Italian and must be published on or after January 1, 2017. Our grand prize for the 2021 New York Book Festival Author of the Year is a $1,500 appearance fee for our annual awards program.
Deadline: June 25, 2021
What’s your 2020 story?
Hindsight is a collection of stories about 2020, written by people just like you. We’re seeking nonfiction stories from around the world that capture what it was like to wake up every day to a new normal — whether that means navigating emergencies as a first responder or tying the knot over Zoom. We’re particularly interested in material that gets up close and personal with the struggles of 2020, rather than headlines or commentary on current events.
Hindsight is an independent, one-time publication. Content will be made available in two forms: Some stories will be shared on our website; the very best submissions will be compiled into a print anthology, which will be published in 2021.
Submission fee: None
Length: Up to 2,000 words
Compensation: Writers whose work is selected for the print anthology will receive a complimentary hard copy of the book, as well as a digital file.
To learn more, please visit our website: www.hindsightbook2020.com.
Bridges DelPonte has published a wide range of fiction and nonfiction works. Her legal mystery, Deadly Sacrifices won a Royal Palm Literary Award (2d place – unpublished mystery) from the Florida Writers Association (FWA). She has also published an underwater fantasy novel, Bridles of Poseidon, a children’s book, The Little Dusties – The Roar of the Silver Dragon (with illustrator, Michelle Bakay), and numerous short stories in mystery and scifi/fantasy anthologies. Currently, she is working on a sequel to Deadly Sacrifices and a women’s fiction novel about three women friends, without children, facing life’s challenges in their forties. Aside from the GCWA, she is also a member of the FWA, Sisters in Crime, Inc., and Citrus Crime Writers (Central Florida chapter of SinC). Bridges is represented by Kelli Martin, Wendy Sherman Associates, Inc., a NYC literary management firm.
February Zoom Meeting
Bob McCarthy, Rick Pullen, Marty Ambrose, Carol Kennedy, Judy Loose
A panel of authors will discuss the pitfalls of publishing (the good, the bad, and the ugly).
February 20, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Bob McCarthy: All publishers are not created equal. Some homework tips before you sign a contract.
Rick Pullen: The ups and downs of the writing life. You’re on top one minute and plunge to the depths the next thanks to the vagaries of the book publishing business.
Marty Ambrose: Dodging the Pitfalls of Publishing Today:Finding an agent, Working with an editor, and Marketing a book.
Carol Kennedy: Don’t Forget Who Your Readers Are And Don’t Forget Who Will Actually Be Purchasing Your Book
Judy Loose: Lessons learned while working with an agent. Do your research before signing any contracts.
The Bonnie Neuk Tea Room:
Bed and Breakfast and Ghosts
by Connie Hope
The Bonnie Neuk Tea Room has several bedrooms on the second floor turned into a B & B for a once a month weekend to experience ghosts.