Interesting Writing Opportunity

Announcing the inaugural Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize, an award for a previously-completed, unpublished manuscript which comes with $5,000 and a Black Balloon Publishing book deal.
  • Contest website here.
  • Submissions: now through April 30, 2013
  • Only completed English-language manuscripts are eligible 
  • Must be a work of fiction: a novel or short story collection, minimum word count of 50,000 words. 
  • Contest is open to all authors over the age of 18. 
  • This is a two-tiered process: initial entries are no longer than 4,000 words; authors who move on to second round of judging will have one week to submit their manuscript after being notified
  • If 7 days pass after notification of entry into the second round, and the manuscript has not been received, author is disqualified, no exceptions. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted but contestant must notify BBP if manuscript is to be published elsewhere. 
  • Only unpublished works are eligible. Short story collections with previously published stories are acceptable. 
  • There is no entrance or reading fee. 
  • Winner will receive a $5,000 lump-sum prize as part of their book deal with Black Balloon Publishing.
  • To enter, please submit a short summary and attach an excerpt of no more than 4,000 words in a .doc or .docx file now through April 30 through the Black Balloon portal at Submittable.
Black Balloon Publishing dedicates this prize to Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, a man who defied convention at every turn. A one-eyed, one-armed lunatic genius who never gave up, he began his military career fully intact, but eventually lost his right eye (Corsica, 1793) and his right arm (the Canary Islands, 1797) in battle. He refused to wear an eye patch over the wound and used it to deliberately ignore a direct order from a superior officer during the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801, coining the phrase “turning a blind eye.” When egomaniac and noted short stack Napoleon attempted to use our beloved balloons for evil during the 1798 Battle of Aboukir with a “military balloon corps,” Nelson immediately destroyed the approaching objects, putting a permanent stop to the short-lived European militarization of these symbols of wonder. Our hero.