Deadline: April 30, 2024

Entry fee: $10

About the competition

The Letter Review believes in the power of literature, and in the importance and magic of new writing. We’re seeking book length new works which need to see the light of day. The entry must not have been traditionally published. We will accept books which are unpublished, self-published, and indie-published as long as the author retains all copyright, and the work is not bound in any way to another party or publisher.  

Whether that’s a new novel, a collection of poems or short stories, or nonfiction including memoir and essays – we are here to read and to draw the world’s attention to astonishing new literature. Unpublished book competitions represent a wonderful opportunity for emerging writers to demonstrate their ability to agents and publishers, which helps to secure publication.

Competition guideline

  • Prose (Fiction / Nonfiction etc): Please submit the first 5000 words of your unpublished book. Poetry: Send us the first 15 pages. Do not include the entire book. If selected as a Winner we may request to view the work in its entirety.
  • Novels (45,000 words and above): All varieties including literary, commerical, adventure, crime, fantasy, historical, mystery, romance, comedy, speculative (sci-fi), YA, and many more. 
  • Novellas (25,000 – 45,000 words): All varieties welcome, as above. 
  • Short Story Collections (25,000 words and above): All genres and themes welcome, as above. You may have had individual stories traditionally published as long as the collection as a whole has not been. 
  • Nonfiction (40,000 words and above): We accept most nonfiction including reviews, memoir, journalism, interviews, essay (including personal essay), fictocriticism, creative nonfiction, travel, nature, opinion, and many other permutations. We are not seeking works such as cookbooks, textbooks, and reference books.  
  • Poetry (total work should be at least 20 pages long but we are flexible – please submit the first 15 pages): Poems of all varieties are welcome. Sonnets, comedy, blank verse, epic, rhyming, childrens, free verse.
  • Read the whole guideline and submit your entry here.

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