Highlighting the Mind’s First Annual Book Review Contest

Have you been busy writing a fictional book? We would love to read your published work of art here on Highlighting the Mind. Our first annual book competition is here!

Important Dates:

  • Submissions Open: February 1, 2016
  • Deadline: February 29, 2016
  • Winners Announced: March 15, 2016


  • First Place: Free book review, one month front page feature on Highlighting the Mind, and $25!
  • Second Place: Free book review, a two week feature on Highlighting the Mind, and $10!
  • Third Place: Free book review and $5!

Prizes will be paid through PayPal, all participants must submit their PayPal email address.

All winning reviews are posted to Highlighting the Mind, Goodreads, Amazon, and the judges’ social media suites.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Open to all fiction genres
  • Book must be published by the posted entry deadline.
    • Self- and Third Party publishers accepted.
  • Submit entries in PDF or eBook format (preferred).
    • Google/word documents will not be accepted.
    • eBooks must be gifted to a judge for submission to be complete. See online application for details.
  • Lengths:
    • Short Story anthologies (17,400+ words, collectively)
    • Novella (17,400-40,000 words)
    • Novel (40,000+ words)
  • Sorry, we are not accepting poetry collections or singular short stories at this time.

How to Enter:

  • All writers retain original copyrights to their book(s).
    • Highlighting the Mind retains one-time nonexclusive publication rights of winning entries for publication to the website’s front page.
  • Entries must be original, of the submitter’s intellectual property, and in English.
  • Mail-in submissions will not be accepted for this competition.
  • Due to U.S. Government restrictions we are unable to accept entries from Syria, Iran, North Korea, or Sudan.


Sarah Oliverson is the creator of Highlighting the Mind and a published author of A Light to the Dark, available for purchase at Amazon for the time being. Located in Colorado, Sarah spends her days as a freelance writer, mother, wife, and smart ass. Her favorite genres to read are science fiction, horror, YA and adult fantasy. She has recently started branching out in different genres, but is still out to lunch on if these will be added to her favorites.

Beaux CooperBeaux Cooper is a voracious reader who divides her time between blogging, writing, and studying while working for the University of Wyoming. Her debut novel, Dust, is scheduled for release March 2nd, 2016 through Tirgearr Publishing and will be available in eBook format. You can find examples of Beaux’s reviews on Highlighting the Mind as well as her own blog, Beaux Cooper, where she offers writing prompts, flash fiction, and writing tips.

Beaux’s favorite genres to read include out of print classics, contemporary literature, YA and adult fantasy, westerns, science fiction, and humor. Mostly, she loves a book that has a strong story to tell.


Questions? Email us at: highlightingthemind@gmail.com

Best of luck!