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Driftless Unsolicited Novella Contest


Monday, June 1, 2015


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Entry Fees

$25.00 Brain Mill Press membership required to enter. Current Brain Mill Press members receive one free entry.


Three winners will receive a $250.00 cash prize and a royalty publication contract with Brain Mill Press.


2015 theme: Over

The Driftless region of Wisconsin state is land that the glaciers never reached — a dramatically hilly landscape, unpressed by the weight of glaciers, with ore so close to the surface it was collected by individual miners who dug their own “badger holes” in the mineral-rich ground.

Since the miners left, this beautifully strange region has collected artists and makers, inspired by each other and the shadows and light created by ancient trees and changes in elevation.

The 2015 Driftless Unsolicited Novella contest seeks 20,000-40,000 word novellas on the theme Over. Three winning novellas, selected by a prominent author, will receive a $250.00 cash prize, a publication contract, and royalties for the novella with Brain Mill Press. The cash prize is not an advance against royalties. Royalties commence with the internationally-distributed digital release.

The 2015 theme, Over, may be broadly interpreted by the author. The winning novellas will be professionally edited and produced, with a foreword by the judge and a cover with original winning art from the Driftless Unsolicited Art Contest. Novellas will be published in the months of December, January, and February following the June 30th close of the contest. Authors will be nationally promoted and their novellas submitted for industry review and appropriate prizes. Up to three finalists for each publication spot will be promoted on the website, newsletter, and other Driftless Unsolicted winner annoucement materials.

Founded by two award-winning authors, Brain Mill Press publishes “Love Books for Humans” in multiple genres. Find more information at

Please submit your 20,000-40,000-word unpublished, original novella on the theme Over, to Novellas may be in any genre, including commercial genres such as romance, suspense, young adult, or science fiction (and others), or they may be uncategorized literary or mainstream fiction. The entry fee is $25.00 USD and includes a one-year membership to Brain Mill Press, exclusive Brain Mill Press newsletter content, early access to pre-orders, and 10% discounted Brain Mill Press titles and merchandise. Current Supporters of the press at the Member or Patron levels will receive one entry free of charge; additional entries are $25.00 USD. Staff and staff affiliates of Brain Mill Press are not eligible to enter. International submissions are welcome but must be submitted in English. will provide guidelines for successful electronic file submission.

Good luck, and for additional inquiries contact Brain Mill Press at [email protected].

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