Authors First Novel Writing Contest Closing at the End of September

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Winner receives $5,000 cash prize and publication by The Story Plant. Short story contest also closing September 30, 2014.

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"We're thrilled with the number of submissions we've already received. That said, we're looking forward to getting more before the contest closes.

The inaugural novel-writing contest sponsored by Authors First, the Stamford, CT-based virtual writers conference (, will be closing for submissions on September 30, 2014. The contest is open to all works of fiction over 40,000 words. The winner will receive a cash prize of $5,000, along with a publication contract from The Story Plant (, an iPad Mini, and a year’s worth of Story Plant books.

“We’re thrilled with the number of submissions we’ve already received,” said Lou Aronica, President of Authors First. “That said, we’re looking forward to getting more before the contest closes.”

Authors First launched on May 20, 2014 and a community has already developed around both the site and its Facebook page. “We’re having the kinds of conversations we were hoping to have,” Aronica said. The site currently includes more than two dozen expert sessions on a wide range of writing topics, along with “Flash Writing Tips” from bestselling authors David Morrell, Raymond Benson, Jon Land, and Steven James. New sessions are posted on the site every week.

In addition to the contest winner, five runners-up will also be chosen, each winning an iPad Mini loaded with a year’s worth of Story Plant books.

Authors First is also running a short story contest for works of fiction 20,000 words and less. They will choose 20 winners, each of whom will be published in an Authors First anthology. The last date for submissions to the short story contest is also September 30, 2014.

Contest rules and submission forms for both contests are available at

Authors First was founded by New York Times bestselling author Lou Aronica, Tony and Pulitzer Award-winning Broadway veteran Mitchell Maxwell, and Aaron Brown, an international bestselling author who publishes under the name Ethan Cross. It is owned by Studio Digital CT, LLC, a Stamford, CT-based media company.

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