Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Do You Have A Story To Tell?

Is there a story inside you that you’ve been wanting to express? If so, now is the perfect time to share it with others and possible win a publishing contract.

The good folks at Hay House encourage everyone to look inside themselves to find brilliance, knowledge and understand. As they prepare to launch a new nonfiction imprint, Hay House Insights, they’re looking to find their first authors.

Balboa Press (a division of Hay House) is teaming up with Hay House Insights to give writers a big publishing opportunity. Submit your nonfiction manuscript to the Hay House Insights Nonfiction Writing Contest and you could win one of a number of publishing packages.

The manuscript must be at least 50,000 words and submitted by Sept. 27 (2012). If you have a compelling memoir, how-to, self-help, or other nonfiction story to tell, now is the time to share. 

Here’s how to enter for your chance to become a Hay House author:
1.    Read the Official Contest Rules and Terms and Conditions.
2.    Fill out and submit the registration form on this page.
3.    Submit an original 50,000-word manuscript.*
* Only one manuscript submission is permitted per entrant.

The contest will accept electronic submissions from July 23 (2012) until 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Sept. 27 (2012). In the first round, a panel of judges will review all entries. They will select 30 entries to move on to round two. On Nov. 5 (2012) the winners will be announced. All prize winners will be notified and posted on www.balboapress.com and the Hay House Facebook page, www.facebook.com/hayhouse. It's free to enter and there are no obligations to purchase.

Here’s what you could win:
grandOne Grand Prize winner will receive:
●    Publishing contract with Hay House Insights
●    $5,000 advance

One First Place winner will receive:first
●    Free Discover Publishing Package from Balboa Press
●    Video press release
●    Hay House Radio interview
secondOne Second Place winner will receive:
●    Free Connect Publishing Package from Balboa Press

30 Round-Two Finalists will receive:
●    20% off any Balboa Press publishing package

Writers are urged to submit their entries early. If you submit your manuscript prior to Aug. 27 (2012), you will be entered to win one of 30 spots at the Hay House Writer’s Workshop in New York on Oct.13–14 (2012) or the Hay House Speak, Write, Promote: Become a Mover and Shaker event in New York on Nov. 16–18 (2012).

For more information about the contest and the prizes, visit the official entry page and read the official rules.

Do you have a story you’ve been wanting to tell but just put it off? If not, maybe you know a friend who should enter this contest. I hope this sparks some interest and gives you a little push to finish that story of yours. Thanks for stopping by today and please, share this with others.


  1. Mason - This is great news. Thanks for sharing it with us. I'll bet they will get some terrific manuscripts.

  2. What cool news. Thanks for this information.

  3. Wow. Wish I hadn't self-pubbed my memoir.
    Thanks, Mason.


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