Twelve Winters Press, a literary publisher, is dedicated to bringing out high-quality work that may be difficult to place with commercial publishers, or even independent and university presses—perhaps because of its length, complexity, or difficulty in pigeon-holing into a specific genre or category.  We are small, however, and must take on projects in a very limited manner, emphasizing quality over quantity. Twelve Winters also publishes the imprints Shining Hall and Maidenhead Hall.
Twelve Winters Press will digitally publish that oddfellow of fiction: the long short story. While literary history is filled with wonderful tales that fall between the word count of the typical short story and the novella (think "Bartleby, the Scrivener," weighing in at almost 15,000 words, or "The Death of Ivan Ilyich" at over 22,000), contemporary editors and publishers are loath to consider them. They're too long for consideration for nearly all literary journals, and they're too short to be considered a stand-alone book, especially a print book. In order to fill that void and recognize the excellent writing that falls into the no-person's-land of length, we have established The Publisher's Long Story Prize.

  • Twice yearly we will publish a short story between 8,000 and 22,000 words, and pay the author 10% of the entry fees collected during that reading period. The story will be published in Kindle and Nook formats; the author will also be invited to create an audio version of the story, which the Press will publish via Amazon, Audible and iTunes. The story must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, as long as the story is withdrawn from consideration immediately if accepted elsewhere—the entry fee is nonrefundable.

  • Our only criteria—besides length—is quality. We are a literary publisher that appreciates risk-taking forms and work that blurs the lines between genres. That said, we are not biased against more traditionally written stories. If one peruses our book-length titles, one will see that our list runs the gamut from the classic (Final Stanzas, stories by Grant Tracey, for instance) to the avant-garde (Road Trip, a novella by Lynette D'Amico). Their common link is uncommon imagination combined with masterful narrative technique.

  • In addition to a well-crafted e-book with an artfully designed cover—and the prize money—the winner will also be given "Friend of the Press" status, which means we're happy to consider book-length manuscripts from them in the future (generally, the Press doesn't accept unsolicited submissions). Moreover, we'll also vigorously promote their e-book via our website and social media.

  • There is a nonrefundable $11.11 entry fee, which will be used to pay the prize recipient, but also to support the Press's ongoing literary endeavors. Frankly it's a difficult time to be a publisher of literary work, and it requires capital to help our authors have a fighting chance in a marketplace dominated by commercial mega-publishers. In other words, think of the entry fee as joining us in the good fight on behalf of the writers and poets who produce the work that speaks to the souls of discriminating readers.

  • Submissions are accepted throughout the year. Manuscripts received during an approximate six-month period will be considered for the semi-annual Prize. Because of the schedule of naming winners and the length of the entries, it may take several months for notifications. In the meantime, we appreciate your patience. We're a small staff trying to do a big job and do it well; quality takes time.

Contact the Press with any questions about the Prize. Please note that the Prize money will be paid via PayPal.

Shining Hall, an imprint of Twelve Winters Press, announces the Larry D. Underwood Award in Children's Literature for an unpublished children’s book. Submissions must include both text and illustrations by either a single author/illustrator, or an author and illustrator together. In addition to print and digital publication, the winner will receive a cash prize and Shining Hall’s standard publishing agreement.

  • The unpublished book should include original text and artwork -- produced by a single author/illustrator, or the partnership of an author and illustrator. The author and/or illustrator must have the rights to the work being submitted.
  • The targeted age group for the book should be between about six and twelve years of age; and the book should be between twenty and forty pages (approximately).
  • Submit text as a Word or pdf file, with accompanying artwork as a single pdf file. Or the text of the story could be integrated into the artwork, in which case submit as a pdf file. (The winning entrant will be asked to provide higher resolution artwork prior to publication.)
  • There is no prescribed subject matter or theme.
  • There is a $35 nonrefundable submission fee; entrants will receive a copy of the winning book.
  • The entries will be judged by Melissa Morrissey, author of Shawna's Sparkle. Relatives, close friends and former students of Melissa are ineligible.
  • A winner will be announced by summer 2017.

About the Contest Judge:

Melissa Morrissey has been an educator for more than twenty years and holds degrees from Eastern Illinois University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and University of Illinois Springfield. She is the author of Shawna’s Sparkle, illustrated by Felicia Olin and published by Shining Hall in 2015. She has written others books that will be brought out by Shining Hall in 2017.