Summer has finally released its hold on the world and the cool air has begun to blow.

We all know what that means: Cold mornings and warm as we settle in with our manuscripts, cold winds against warm jackets, and -most importantly- the contest season just started warming up!

Get over the difficulty of a cold start in contests with the quick and fun blurb writing contest from

Contest submission from Query Letter


The prize? 500 dollars!

Details here, taken from their contest site at

The Writing Contest

Can you write a blurb for a hypothetical book?

This writing contest is all about book blurbs. The twist? We want blurbs about completely made-up, nonexistent books. Get creative!

Write and submit a back cover blurb of 100 words or fewer that sets the stage for a novel, establishes the characters, and raises the stakes in a way that makes readers want to find out more.

Let your imagination go wild—and who knows? You may be inspired to turn your blurb into a novel of your own one day.

The award

We will award one prize of $500 to the best blurb.

The submitted blurbs will be judged by our team of query letter writers based on how effectively they hook readers, taking into account the writing style and the overall impression.


  • Your blurb must be original. Any submissions found to contain plagiarism will be disqualified.

  • Submissions must be 100 words or fewer. Please run a spellcheck and proofread carefully.

  • You may submit multiple entries provided each entry is a completely unique blurb.

  • You can apply from anywhere in the world. No purchase is necessary to enter this contest.

  • In applying, you grant us permission to publish your blurb entry on the blog.

  • Please apply by noon (US Eastern time) on September 15, 2020.

Jump right to the application page here.

Good luck, and keep your eyes here for our upcoming Halloween short story contest!

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