Ellechor Publishing House Contests

Avant-Garde Manuscript Contest

Avant-garde (pronunciation: \ä-vän(t)-gärd\ )
Avant-garde represents a pushing of the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm or the status quo, primarily in the cultural realm.

This year we are looking for the most innovative, thought provoking, and post-modern telling of a story in the Bible. It can be based on a short parable or a whole book in the Bible, but the challenge is to also remain as true to the story and its message as possible while incorporating unique elements.

*The contest submission period is not yet open for 2014*

 Grand Prize

  • A book publishing contract from Ellechor Publishing House, LLC
  • A trip to our next Company Book Launch Event
  • 3 months of extensive Public Relations and Marketing from a premium contractor (This is in addition to our in-house efforts)


Basic Contest Rules

  • Contestants must be 18 or older to enter
  • Must be an unpublished work by a single author
  • Manuscript must be a novel between 65,000 and 150,000 words
  • Only one entry per contestant
  • No simultaneous submissions
  • Manuscripts previously submitted to Ellechor Acquisitions are ineligible
  • Must be Christian Fiction/Christian Speculative Fiction
    • Story can be in any additional categories


Entry Process

  • The form below must be completed in its entirety for your entry to be complete
  • To simplify the entry process, your Excerpt is created by our staff, per the contest guidelines, from the Completed Manuscript you submit.
    • This will consist of the first 5,000 words of your manuscript and the chapter outline
  • Your Book Synopsis and Chapter Outline collectively are considered to be your Pitch


Judging Process

We will be judging using our editor's rubric for creativity, introduction, plot, organization, setting, character/character development, dialogue, problem/conflict, solution/resolution, spelling & punctuation. We highly recommend you have a professional copy-edit prior to submitting to avoid simple errors. 

*All judges with be either Ellechor staff, an author published in contemporary fiction/ fantasy, an experienced writing coach or an experienced editor

  • 1st Round: 100 Semi-finalist will be chosen, based on book synopsis and public votes
  • 2nd Round: 5 Finalists will be chosen, based on book synopsis and the first 3-5 chapters 
  • 3rd Round: 1st Place winner will be chosen, based on the entire novel and social media votes
Author Details
Submission Details Include other publishing companies you have simultaneously submitted to.
Word Count
Optional Details
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(must include both a brief outline of each chapter and the complete manuscript to be considered)
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PLEASE NOTE: Submission does not guarantee acceptance into Ellechor Publishing House LLC or any of its divisions ("Ellechor"). In the event that you do submit any remarks, suggestions, ideas, graphics, data, names, text, addresses, phone information or other information or materials (collectively, "Submission Materials"), you agree that all Submission Materials shall become the sole property of Ellechor and will not be returned. Submission Materials will be used for review purposes only to determine whether your project will be accepted by Ellechor. After Ellechor performs its review of the Submission Materials, the Submission Materials may be destroyed or otherwise disposed of at Ellechor's sole discretion. Ellechor will not treat any Submission Materials as confidential or proprietary and will not incur any liability as a result of any similarities that may appear in other books published by Ellechor. By submitting this form you agree to be added to our email newsletter. You will have the option to opt-out of the newsletter at anytime after the first newsletter has been sent to you.