may, 2020

01may1:00 am1:00 amLeapfrog Fiction ContestInternational Entry Fee: $33
Max word count: Full manuscript
Top Prize: $150 and publication

Event Details

The Leapfrog Press fiction contest brings in about 500 manuscripts each year from as many as 24 countries and all 50 U.S. states, and includes both established and emerging authors. Adult, young adult, and middle grade novels, novellas, and story collections are accepted (no picture books). A list of honorable mention, semi-finalist, and finalist manuscripts is announced i June. Finalists (3-5) will be critiqued this year by author Cris Mazza. In addition to the critique, finalists receive $150. One or two winners are offered a publication contract with advance.

What to Enter

Adult, young adult (YA) and middle grade (MG) novels, novellas, and short story collections are accepted. Minimum word count: 22,000. Individual stories in a collection may have been published in journals. Books that have been self-published will be considered “unpublished” if fewer than about 200 copies were printed.

We look for literary fiction and mainstream fiction, including science fiction. Generally we are less interested in strict genre fiction, but if a manuscript is good and grabs our attention, we don’t care what the genre is.


All manuscripts will be reviewed by at least two Leapfrog editors, and those that go to the second round of judging may be read by editors at other small presses as well.

Manuscripts are reviewed “blind”: the judges do not know the authors’ names or any other information about them. This is important to our judging process and the integrity of the contest.

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