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48 Hour Books Writing Contest: Second Chances

August 10, 2020 (Last Updated February 17, 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

Blog post containing winning submission (Will be linked on social media and in our newsletter)


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



Entries should be 500 – 5,000 words.

Include word count on your email submission or in your document

Entry must be titled

Only 1 submission per person

Submissions will be accepted until November 3, 2020


Contest Prompt: Write about second chances. 


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


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.


Winners will be selected November 20th!


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Nailah November 24, 2020

Hello! Have the winners been selected?

48 Hr Books November 24, 2020

Hello! We emailed the winners November 20th and sent an email out yesterday to everyone who entered listing the winners. Keep an eye on our social media and blog for future contests!

Robert Davis October 22, 2020

Does the entry have to be a full manuscript?

48 Hr Books October 22, 2020

Hi Robert! Your entry should be 500 - 5,000 words and follow the contest theme of 'second chances.' Your entry should not be a full manuscript. The book you plan to print if you win the contest is completely separate from the entry you will submit. If you have further questions, please email our marketing department at [email protected]

Chris September 25, 2020

Does this story that you’re writing for the contest have to be the subject of the book that’s printed if you win?

48 Hr Books September 28, 2020

Hi Chris! Your entry for the contest is not related to the book you want to print with us if you win the contest.

John Silvey September 24, 2020

Just submitted the story "The Narrows"

48 Hr Books September 28, 2020

Awesome, John! We look forward to reading your entry!

Josephine White September 24, 2020

I'm very interested in this contest and would like to enter. I do not have a completed manuscript as of now but will send one in before the due date of November 3rd. Thanks!

48 Hr Books September 24, 2020

Hi Josephine! We look forward to reading your work - happy writing!

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