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48 Hour Books Writing Contest: A New Decade!

May 05, 2021 (Last Updated February 18, 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

Feature in our newsletter, “The Writers’ Block”

Blog post containing winning entry


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



Entries should be no more than 2,500 words

Please include word count on entry

Entry must be titled

Submissions will be accepted until April 15th


Prompt: It’s 2020 and the start of a new decade.  Write about the future!


Submissions can be fiction or nonfiction; short stories or essays – interpret as you wish!


What We’re Looking For:

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


To Enter:

Submit a .doc or .pdf attachment of your writing to [email protected]com with the subject: “writing contest”

Please include your first and last name and word count



Winners will be selected May 4th!




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Michelle May 07, 2020

Have you announced the winner of this contest yet? I was a hopeful submitter, but I did not feel that my essay was complete in time for the deadline. I am excited to read the winning piece!

48 Hr Books May 08, 2020

Hi Michelle! We have emailed the winners of the contest, and the first place submission will be featured in an upcoming blog post soon!

JAMES DUNLAP March 30, 2020

Im just seeing and learning of this , but my thing is I have two books already completed & almost finished with my third book can you help me publishing wise outside of contest

48 Hr Books April 07, 2020

Hello! We are a book printing company and offer additional resources such as cover design, reformatting, and helping you obtain an ISBN to sell your books. To learn more about our process, please call us at 800-231-0521!

48 Hr Books March 30, 2020

Hi James! Please call us at 800-231-0521 and we can give you more information about our process! We have also replied to you on Facebook with more information!

Carol Alonso March 27, 2020

Can the entry be a poem? Poets need your support too!

48 Hr Books March 27, 2020

Hi Carol! We will accept submissions of poetry as well. Please email [email protected] if you have more questions!

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