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The Great Novel Contest 2020 Announcement

The Great Novel Contest 2020 is almost here!

Columbus Publishing Lab is pleased to announce itself as a returning sponsor of The Great Novel Contest. Ohio Writers’ Association also welcomes new sponsors for this contest, so if you would like to sponsor this event, please contact OWA directly at

Mark your calendar for January 1st and get ready to submit! OWA is holding its fifth novel contest, and there is a publishing contract waiting for a winner.

This year’s winner will take home a publishing contract with Bellwether and $1,000 cash!

One runner-up will receive $500 cash, a publishing consultation with OWA President and publishing expert Brad Pauquette, and a letter of recommendation for agents and publishers.

All ten finalists will receive public recognition for their achievement, as well as $50 in credit to take an OWA class in 2020.

This contest is open to all previously unpublished manuscripts, with the exception of children’s books and erotica. Manuscripts must be between 50,000 and 125,000 words in length.

You can also stay in the loop with news and reminders by joining the event on Facebook.

Polish off your manuscript and get ready! Mark your calendar for January 1, 2020.

Get all of the details at

Acquisitions Editor to Lead Panel Discussions and Present at Local Writers’ Retreat


We are excited to announce that our Acquisitions Editor, Quentin Russell, will be presenting at the Second Annual Mount Gilead Autumn Writers’ Retreat this Friday and Saturday, October 25th-26th alongside authors Mindy McGinnis and Matt Betts, as well as professional book reviewers Daniel Greene and Christina Dorr. He will be participating in a variety of panel discussions, including, “Character Driven vs. Plot Driven Storylines,” “How to Keep Your Ideas Fresh,” and “Changes in Who Is Doing Critical Reviews and How.”

Columbus Publishing Lab is excited to get out of the office and spend the day connecting with local writers. It’s events like this that show the Columbus area is a thriving place for writers! We are happy to get the opportunity to invest in the writing community around us, and we hope to see you there! Thanks to the Mount Gilead Area Writers Guild for putting the event on.

Going to miss the retreat? We offer free publishing consultations, so don’t hesitate to call us at 614-805-3982 or email Quentin at info@columbuspublishinglab! We’d love to connect with you.

The Great Novel Contest Winner Announcement

Fellow Travelers by Jesse Bethea is the Grand Prize Winner of The Great Novel Contest 2019!

One of this year’s judges described the winning submission by saying, “Fellow Travelers is a fast-paced trip through time and into a world where everything has happened, is happening, and will happen. This science-fiction tale combines world-building and clever characters to craft a story that will keep readers engaged until the end. Amazing manuscript!”

Congratulations to Jesse! His hard work is paying off with a publishing contract through Bellwether, the publishing imprint of the Ohio Writers’ Association, as well as $3,000 in author development services from yours truly, Columbus Publishing Lab.

We can’t wait to help produce Fellow Travelers!

Becoming Nora by Margaret Kirby is the official Runner-up of The Great Novel Contest 2019.

Commenting on the novel, one of this year’s judges said, “Becoming Nora explores the intricacies and complexities of relationships. Through tight prose and exceptional character development, Margaret Kirby reveals how closely our identities are entwined with those we care about the most.”

Congratulations to Margaret as well! She has won $1,000 of our services to be used however she sees fit.

The remaining eight finalists will receive a letter of recommendation for agents and publishers, as well as a publishing consultation from Brad Pauquette.

All submissions were judged “blind”—no names, history, demographics, or identifying information was shared with the judges.

Learn more about The Great Novel Contest here, and mark your calendar for next year!