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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

2010 New England Book Festival Sets Date

THE 2010 NEW ENGLAND BOOK FESTIVAL RETURNS TO OMNI PARKER HOUSE HOTEL


BOSTON, MASS. The 2010 New England Book Festival will hold its annual awards ceremony on January 15, 2011 at the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston for its annual competition honoring the best books of the holiday season.


One of the grand literary hotels of New England, the Omni is the former home of the famed "Saturday Club," where Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne and Longfellow met to discuss the literary achievements of the day.


The competition will accept entries in the following categories: non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children's books, young adult, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, photography/art, poetry, spiritual works, compilations/anthologies, gay, unpublished stories and wild card (for books that don't neatly fit elsewhere). All entries must be in English.


Our grand prize for the 2010 New England Book Festival winner is $1500 cash and a flight to the awards in Boston in January, 2011.


Submitted works will be judged by a panel 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.


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 25, 2010. 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.newenglandbookfestival.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.


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


The 2010 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, eDivvy, Shopanista and Westside Websites

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