Deep River Books’ 2017 Contest!


Deep River Books is giving away $1000 to the winning manuscript submission!DRB Grand Prize Gold Seal 2017 contest

DRB is looking for the next bestselling book to publish from a new author. A $1000 cash prize will be awarded to the best manuscript. Second and third place manuscripts will be awarded prizes also. “Certificates of Merit” will be awarded to a limited number of runner-up contestants whose manuscripts are of merit but do not win the $1000 cash prize.

Please read the rules below carefully, as some rules are new to the 2017 contest, and some have changed.


Contest Rules
1) The contest will begin accepting submission on February 1st, 2017. Submissions will close at midnight on February 28th, 2017, after which the winner will be selected and announced on the DRB website in April of 2017.

2) A $1000 cash prize will be awarded to the best manuscript submitted or an optional $2500 discount on a standard publishing contract with Deep River Books.

3) There will also be “Certificate of Merit” awards for runners-up whose manuscripts are of merit but do not win.

4) Entering the contest is free, but only one manuscript per author may be entered.

5) Manuscripts that were submitted in a previous DRB contest are not eligible for this year’s contest. Previous contestants may submit a NEW manuscript, but NO MANUSCRIPT that was entered in a previous contest may be entered again. We do not accept manuscripts that have already been accepted for publication and/or are under contract with a publisher.

6) Entries will be accepted by e-mail only.

7) E-mailed entries MUST INCLUDE the author’s name, address, phone, and e-mail address. Any entries that do not contain this information will be rejected.

8) The manuscript must be attached to the entry e-mail, preferably in one double-spaced document in MS Word format.

9) Non-Fiction manuscripts must be a minimum of 30,000 words, maximum 90,000 words. Fiction manuscripts must be at least 50,000 words, maximum 120,000 words.

10) Any e-mailed entries that do not submit the above information and materials will be rejected without notice to the contestant.

11) All entries will be judged by a group of independent judges selected by Deep River Books, and their decision is final.

12) The winner will be offered a publishing contract under the normal terms of the Deep River Books partnership-publishing program. However, the cash prize of $1000 will be given to the winner whether or not they decide to publish with DRB. The winner will be offered a $2500 discount off our standard partner-publishing agreement as an alternative grand prize, but the winner is under no obligation and can opt to accept the cash prize instead. Second and third place gift certificate awards will be offered as discounts to a publishing agreement and will only be awarded as discounts off the contract if the author decides to publish with DRB. All Certificate of Merit winners will be offered the option of a standard DRB partner-publishing contract in addition to their certificate. However, no author who enters the contest is under any obligation to publish a book with DRB.

13) Entries will be accepted for new, previously unpublished manuscripts only. No books previously published (either self-published or published by another standard publisher) are eligible to enter the 2017 contest.

14) Current DRB and TrustedBooks authors may enter new manuscripts in the contest, but not manuscripts already under contract with DRB or with any other publisher. Employees of DRB and freelance vendors of DRB are not eligible to enter the contest.

15) Only Christian and Inspirational books that fit with DRB’s Statement of Faith will be considered.

16) Both fiction and non-fiction manuscripts are eligible to enter.

17) Persons entering the contest must be at least 18 years of age.

18) This contest is for promotional purposes, to expose authors to Deep River Books’ publishing services. However, there is no obligation on the part of any author to publish a manuscript with Deep River Books, and all awards will be given as specified above. All non-winning entries, including electronic copies of all manuscripts entered into the contest, will be deleted/destroyed 30 days following the end of the contest. No materials will be returned to the author. This offer is void where prohibited by law.
Please note, we are unable to accept children’s picture book entries for this contest.

Manuscripts meeting the above criteria may be sent to, on or after February 1, 2017. Please include the form below in your e-mail.

To enter, copy and paste the form below into your e-mail and complete this information.


Contact Information

Your Name:



E-mail Address:

Date of Entry:


Biographical Information

Current Position:

Education Background:

Previous Publications, if any:


The Manuscript

Tentative Title:

Category: (Fiction, Non-Fiction)

Sub Category: (Inspirational, Marriage-Family, Romance Fiction, etc.)

Subject: (In a sentence, what is your manuscript about?)

Manuscript length: (in # of words)

Brief Synopsis or Summary Description:

Who would be the primary target market for this manuscript?


Please attach a copy of your manuscript to your reply e-mail as a single separate document, double spaced, in MS Word format, if possible. Do not mail your manuscript. We only accept contest entries via e-mail.


E-mail your entry to and mark the subject “CONTEST.”