There, I did it: I entered the Readers’ Favorite Contest

I’d been sitting on this for awhile now, and missed all but one of the deadlines.

Today, I thought: Why not?

So I did it.

The Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest says it’s one of the largest and most popular book award contests in the world, and I have no reason to disbelieve them.

They have oodles of prizes to win even if you don’t get their actual award; plus you can enter just about any published or unpublished manuscript with no word count restriction or publication date requirement.

So I entered What’s At the End of Your Nose?. I chose it over Dr. Guinea Pig George and one of my as-yet-unpublished children’s stories not just because it was the first book I published, but because somehow it felt like the right thing to do.

You should do it, too. Deadline is June 1!

“Congratulations, you are an official contestant in the 2017 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest, one of the largest and most popular book award contests in the world!”

Now to wait until September 1! 🙂


Copyright 2017 Becky Benishek

Foley Poetry Contest (Deadline March 31, 2017) + Cover Letter

I need to stop finding these contests a day before the deadline!


The Foley Poetry Contest: America Media is sponsoring the annual Foley Poetry Award, given in honor of William T. Foley, M.D.

  • Submit one poem of 30 lines or fewer.
  • Only unpublished poems not under consideration elsewhere will be considered.
  • Poems may address any topic.

**Submissions must be received between midnight ET on January 1 and 11:59 p.m. ET on March 31, 2017.**

There’s a postal mail address, but I’d use their Submittable instead!

The winning poem will be announced in early June and published in the print edition of America. The cash prize is $1,000.

Get all the details and submit here.

The contest requires a cover letter. I had never written a cover letter for poetry submission before, but I suspected (hoped) it would be a simple process. Thanks to Writer’s Digest, it is. For better or for worse, here’s mine, with all due consideration!

Dear Mr. Hoover,

Please consider the attached 21-line poem, “Make and Mend,” as an entry in the Foley Poetry Contest.

I have an English degree and am a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

Thank you for your time and consideration.

And here is a great, quick guide from Writer’s Digest (love that site) on How to Prepare Poetry Manuscript Submissions.

Good luck!

Navigating IndieWorld’s Spring Book Festival, March 27 – 29, 2017

Leap into spring from the comfort of your chair—the Spring Book Festival, that is!

Running from March 27 to 29, 2017, enjoy discounted and free books, giveaways, plus a chance to win up to $150 worth of Amazon gift cards!


You’ll find my books in the Children’s Fiction and Nonfiction category. $2.99 on Kindle, free if you have Kindle Unlimited, and don’t forget the paperback editions!

What’s at the End of Your Nose? practically asks to be colored in, and Dr. Guinea Pig George pops off the page in his quest to do his job.

Want to help out in another way? Tweet this:

27-29 Mar! #NavIndieWorld Spring Book Festival #Sales, #99c,  #freebooks + win $150 in #Amazon gift cards!