"The universe is made of stories, not of atoms."
—Muriel Rukeyser


PROVIDENCE, R.I._(May 26, 2009)_ The 2009 New England Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its annual program celebrating the best books of the holiday season.

The competition will accept entries in the non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children's books, teenage, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, audio/spoken word, photography/art, poetry, spiritual works, e-books, compilations/anthologies, genre-based, unpublished stories and wild card (for books that don't neatly fit other categories) categories published on or after Jan. 1, 2002. All entries must be in English.

Our grand prize for the 2009 New England Book Festival winner is $1500 cash and a publicity campaign during the post-holiday season spotlighting your work. The winning author will also have a choice of flights to our various awards ceremonies for our family of festivals and a free vendor table at the 2010 day events, including New York, Hollywood and London.

Submitted works will be judged by a panel of industry experts using the following criteria:

1) General excellence and the author's passion for telling a good story.

2) The potential of the work to reach a wider audience.

ENTRIES: Please classify your book and enter it in the following categories. Multiple entries must be accompanied by a separate fee for each book.

1) General Non-fiction

2) General Fiction

3) Children's books

4) How-to

5) Spiritual

6) Photography/Art

7) E-books

8) Poetry

9) Art

10) Teenage

11) Biography/Autobiography

12) Audio/spoken word

13) Compilations/Anthologies

14) Best Unpublished Short Story

15) Cookbooks

16) Science Fiction

17) Wild Card

18) Unpublished Stories

19) Genre-based

In addition to honoring the top selections in the above categories, The New England Book Festival will award the following chosen from submissions:

1) Author of the Year- Honors the outstanding book of the competition.

2) Book Design of the Year - Honors outstanding and innovative design.

3) Publisher of the Year- Honors the top publisher based on materials displaying excellence in marketing and promotional materials, as determined by our judges.

FESTIVAL RULES: New England Book Festival submissions cannot be returned. Each entry must contain the official entry form, including your e-mail address and contact telephone number. All shipping and handling costs must be borne by entrants.

NOTIFICATION AND DEADLINES: We will notify each entry of the receipt of their package via e-mail and will announce the winning entries on our web site (www.newenglandbookfestival.com). Because of the anticipated high volume of entries, we can only respond to e-mail inquiries.

Deadline submissions in each category must be postmarked by midnight on November 29, 2009. Winners in each category will be notified by e-mail and on the web site. Please note that judges read and consider submissions on an ongoing basis, comparing early entries with later submissions at our meetings.

TO ENTER: Entry forms are available online at www.diyconvention.com or may be faxed/e-mailed to you. Please contact our office at 323-665-8080 for fax requests. Applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable entry fee of $50 in the form of a check, money order or PayPal online payment in U.S. dollars for each submission. Multiple submissions are permitted but each entry must be accompanied by a separate form and entry fee.

You can also enter the contest by phone by calling 323-665-8080 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pacific time.

Entry fee checks should be made payable to JM Northern Media LLC. We're sorry, but entries must be mailed and cannot be delivered in person or by messenger services to the JM Northern Media offices.

Entry packages MUST include:

1) One copy of the book;

2) A copy of your official entry form or a reasonable facsimile;

3) The entry fee or receipt for online payment;

4) Any marketing materials you wish to send. Marketing is used as a tie-breaking consideration by our judges.

Entries should be mailed to:

JM Northern Media LLC

attn: New England Book Festival

7095 Hollywood Boulevard

Suite 864

Hollywood, CA 90028-0893

Phone: 323-665-8080

AWARDS: The New England Book Festival selection committee reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project.

The 2009 New England Book Festival is part of the JM Northern Media family of festivals, which include the DIY Convention: Do It Yourself in Film, Music & Books, New York Book Festival and Hollywood Book Festival. The New England Book Festival is sponsored by The Larimar St. Croix Writers Colony, The Hollywood Creative Directory; eDivvy, Shopanista and Westside Websites.

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