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48 Hour Books Writing Contest: Summer Vacation

April 24, 2023 (Last Updated July 10, 2023)

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 time, we want to hear about a memorable summer vacation.

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 will be featured on our blog

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


Contest Rules:

·      Entries should be 1,000 – 3,000 words

·      Entries must be submitted in a Word Document or other word processing program format (not a pdf)

·      Include the word count on your email submission or in your document

·      Entry must be titled

·      Submissions will be accepted until August 1, 2023

·      1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be notified via email on August 28, 2023

·      Winners will be announced via newsletter to participants on August 28, 2023

·      Winning submission will be featured on the 48 Hour Books Blog  


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

No entry fee is required and all rights in the story remain the property of the author. All entries must be original works by the entrant.

Your submission should only be 1,000 – 3,000 words. If your submission does not fall within this range, it will not be considered for judging.


Contest Prompt: 

The theme for this contest is Summer Vacation. Write about a memorable summer vacation – good or bad!


*Submissions can be fiction or nonfiction.

*For this contest, poetry submissions will not be accepted.


What We’re Looking For:

Prizes will be awarded to submissions that are:

·      Well-written

·      Exhibit principles of good storytelling

·      Adhere to the contest prompt/theme


To Enter:

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

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


Winners will be notified on Monday, August 28, 2023!


For more information on contest rules and limitations, visit our website.

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Carmen Patches May 01, 2023

I am looking forward to trying my hard at this contest. Thank you for the opportunity.

48 Hr Books May 01, 2023

We look forward to reading your submission!

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