Nonfiction Book Contest

Kenneth Johnston Nonfiction Book Award

Contest dates: September 4-December 31, 2022

Seeking book length nonfiction manuscripts written primarily in English between 27,000 and 72,000 words, broken into approximately 5-12 nonfiction essays (length and number of each chapter can be very dynamic, but the minimum word count is important). All book manuscript files, following the Technical Details below, should be attached to emails sent to

Essays should be autobiographical in nature, but may be composed of the following types of essays:

Technical Details: 

No entry not accompanied by the required contest fee will be read.

Entry fee: $30 (please email us at if cost is an issue)

Prize: Includes

All writers submitting manuscripts and paying the fee for this contest will receive a free copy of the ebook edition of the winning book, a $30 value.

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