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48 Hour Books Writing Contest: Stranger than Fiction

April 12, 2021 (Last Updated April 07, 2021)

48 Hour Books

Participating in a writing contest can help advance your writing, inspire new ideas, or help with writer’s block. Enter our writing contest for a chance to win a self-publishing package!


This contest is FREE to enter!


Winner receives:

Printing for 50 paperback books (*Black & white interior with full-color gloss cover, 60# paper, any size up to 300 pages)

Cover design (if needed)

ISBN and barcode

Winning submission to be featured on our blog


*2nd Place will receive code for $100 off book printing and 3rd place will receive $50 off!



Entries should be 500 – 2,000 words

Include word count on your email submission or in your document

Entry must be titled

Only 1 submission will be accepted per person

Submissions will be accepted until June 4, 2021



Contest Prompt:  Write a work of fiction.


Submissions can be short stories or poems.


Poetry submissions will be accepted as long as they reach the 500-word minimum (multiple poems qualify).


What We’re Looking For:

The prize will be awarded to the submission that is well-written and exhibits principles of good storytelling and adherence to the theme.


To Enter:

·      Email a Word Document of your writing to [email protected]com with the subject: “writing contest”

·      Email must include your first and last name and word count.


**Your submission should only be 500 – 2,000 words. If your submission does not fall within this range, it will not be considered for judging.

***You are welcome to submit an excerpt of your book if it adheres to the contest prompt. Please do not submit a full book – this will not qualify for the contest.


Submissions will be accepted until June 4, 2021

Winners will be selected June 28th!

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WWS May 05, 2021

I must admit, this was a difficult assignment. I pulled 4,300 words in excerpts from the 19,000 words I have thus far in the book I'm writing. After several days, I got the 4,300 words down to 1,994 to fit your contest. I felt a little of what Reader's Digest editors must go through when condensing a classic novel. Thanks for the exercise. Sending it in soon.

48 Hr Books May 05, 2021

We look forward to reading your submission! For future contests, we may adjust the word count limits if people find the 2,000 max too limiting. Our previous contest allowed 3,000 words. Thank you for your feedback!

David Butcher May 03, 2021

Do you require something recent or can the submission be something I wrote years ago?

48 Hr Books May 03, 2021

Hi David! As long as your story is a work of fiction, as the contest requires, you are allowed to submit an old piece. We do not require the submission to be a new story or poem.

wanda spencer May 03, 2021

love it! am submitting.

48 Hr Books May 03, 2021

Awesome! We look forward to reading your story!

MW May 03, 2021

“ The prize will be awarded to the submission that is well-written and exhibits principles of good storytelling and adherence to the theme.” What is the theme of your contest? I don’t see it listed.

48 Hr Books May 03, 2021

Hello! The theme is "Stranger than Fiction" and the contest prompt is to simply, "write a work of fiction". If you have further questions regarding the writing contest, please email our marketing department at [email protected]

Janice H April 22, 2021

I don’t really write fiction. Do you have any contest for non-fiction?

48 Hr Books April 22, 2021

Hello! This is the only writing contest we have right now, but we will be having more writing contests in the future with different prompts and themes.

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