Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Announcing the Nonfiction Writing Contest


The Nonfiction Ninjas are excited to announce our first-ever Nonfiction Writing Contest! After spending the month of February learning from the Nonfiction Fest, it’s time to put your knowledge to work. Show us what you’ve got!

This year’s contest will be for nonfiction picture books. Six winners will receive a FREE three-month mentorship with one of the Ninjas. One grand prize winner will move to the head of the slush pile with Storm Literary Agent Lisa Amstutz! All winners will receive written feedback on their manuscripts. Mentorship winners will decide with their mentors whether they want to work on perfecting a project or develop something new.


So how do you get in on this merriment? First, get busy writing! You have 4 ½ months to write a manuscript that knocks our socks off. This will be a NONFICTION Picture Book of no more than 1,000 words, typed in SCBWI Standard Manuscript Format. Send us a cover letter that includes your contact information and a brief bio. The manuscript should be attached as a word.doc. This contest does NOT include informational fiction. The submission window is July 15th – August 1st, 2023. Send your entry to NFNinjaWriters@gmail.com


Now for the fine print! Everyone wanting to enter the contest must subscribe to our blog. You can subscribe here. AND – Be sure to follow each of the ninjas on social media. We will be tweeting helpful hints about the contest under the hashtag #NinjaWritingContest. Plus – it’s a way to thank us for hosting the contest and NFFest. We don’t ask for money, but we do ask for your support by following us on social media and supporting our books.

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  1. Hannah Roy LaGroneMarch 28, 2023 at 3:17 PM

    This is so exciting! I have a couple possibilities for entries.
    I don’t know how to subscribe though. The link just took me to the home page where I did not see an option to subscribe. Can someone enlighten me? Thanks!

    1. Hannah - there is section to the right of these comments that says "newsletter sign up"

    2. Hi Hannah, If you’re viewing the website on your phone (or other mobile device) the signup doesn’t show up. Scroll down and you should see “view web version” or something like that. If you click that, it will show the page as it appears on a desktop and you should see the box toward the right hand side that has a place to put your email address and subscribe to the newsletter. If you already figured that out then just disregard this comment :)

  2. Super excited - am working on several and will have to decide which to submit!

  3. Woohoo! Love me a good contest! 🎉

  4. Does backmatter count toward the 1,000 word limit?

  5. This is awesome! What a wonderful opportunity!

  6. Hi - The link to the SCBWI standard format doesn't work!

  7. Very exciting! Happy to subscribe and support. Yay! 🎉

  8. What a generous opportunity! Thanks!

  9. I would also like to know if back matter is included in the word count for this contest.

  10. I have my submission ready! Thanks for doing this! I'm excited. :)

  11. This is so generous! Is this open to agented authors as well?