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48 Hour Books Writing Contest: Second Chances

August 10, 2020 (Last Updated September 22, 2020)

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 sm@48hrbooks.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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Ruth Richardson September 21, 2020

Does manuscripts not chosen as winners become the property of 48 Hour Books company?

48 Hr Books September 22, 2020

Hi Ruth! No - your submission will not become property of 48 Hour Books, chosen or not.

Bernice Day September 21, 2020

I have pictures to go with my “second chance” entry. Do I include them with my entry, if so, how?

48 Hr Books September 21, 2020

Hi Bernice! The contest will be judged solely based on your writing, but if you wish to include photos, you absolutely can! You can either embed them in your Word Document that you will email in an attachment to sm@48hrbooks.com, or you can attach the photos separately in the same email. Hope this helps!

Maddie McKinney September 21, 2020

is there an age minimum?

48 Hr Books September 21, 2020

Hi Maddie! We did not list an age limit, but you should enter the writing contest with the intention of using 48 Hour Books services in the future, so if your age limits you from placing an order or having online payment options, then you would need to make sure you have someone helping you through the process. Hope this helps!

Pete Mitchell September 20, 2020

I've entered "Second Chance". Cheers from Perth, Western Australia.

48 Hr Books September 21, 2020

Hi Pete! We received your entry and will contact you on November 20th is your submission has been selected!

Stephen J. Talley September 20, 2020

This really piqued my interest, and I honestly can't wait until 11/20. Win, lose, or draw this is what makes my career as author fun. It's why I love it!

48 Hr Books September 21, 2020

We're glad you're excited, Stephen! We are too!

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