The Annual Leapfrog Fiction Contest begins January 15!

Every year, Leapfrog Press hosts a contest for unpublished novels and short-story collections. Finalists win $150, and the first-place winner additionally gets to see his or her manuscript published. We’ll read manuscripts in any genre or (our favorites) the ones that fall between genres, middle-grade to adult. For details and FAQs, please see our website.

Last year’s winner, Katayoun Medhat’s twisted mystery The Quality of Mercy, featuredjeffrey-renard-allen a small-town Nevada cop named Franz Kafka as he struggles through bureaucracy and bigotry on the Navajo reservation.

This year, we are excited to have Jeffrey Renard Allen, author of Rails Under My Back and Song of the Shank, to judge our finalists. Junot Diaz called Allen “without question one of our most important writers,” and Kirkus said of him, “If there’s any justice, Allen’s visionary work . . . should propel him to the front rank of American novelists.” Finalists will receive short critiques of their manuscripts from the judges.

Interested writers should submit using the link on our website. The contest is powered by Submittable, and has a $33 entry fee.