There was a fee, unlike the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition that she also entered, but she hoped it would be worth it.
Santorelli’s debut novel, BABY GRAND, was named an honorable mention book in the genre fiction category. She went on to be selected as one of Long Island’s best authors (second place behind best-selling author Nelson DeMille) as well as the best author in Nassau County.
To help authors like Santorelli figure out which contests are legitimate and which ones are scams, our friends at BiblioCrunch researched the options and published their list of the 38 best competitions for indie and self-published books earlier this year. (Note that most have 2013 deadlines; you can expect the deadlines for 2014 to be around the same time.)
Are there any on that list that you could win?