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The Author’s Hand is dedicated to the self-publishing industry. Our mission is to bring new authors to the forefront with quality, edited material that can stand up to traditional publishers and paint the industry in the brightest light possible.

We aim to uplift writers, to motivate them and push them to reach new heights and accomplish goals that they never thought was possible. We want to writers to achieve their dreams, and to construct a career where they can find meaning and fulfillment.

And, for you, this is where it begins.

In 2019, we are firing off our first ever Author’s Hand Writing Competition! And here’s the best part:

There is NO Entry Fee

Unlike other competitions, we’re not charging you a dime, and believe it or not, the prize doesn’t reflect that. This is what’s on the table:

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An editing package worth up to $5000.00.

For our hand-picked winner, they will receive a free developmental edit, line edit and copyedit, valued between $3000.00 - $5000.00. Once your novel is written (or if it is already written!) we’ll polish that baby up for you and get it ready for market. No strings attached.


Alternatively, if you don’t have a book written and need a leg up, you can take advantage of our mentorship services and, with our help, you will have your manuscript completed before the end of 2019.

Just take a look at our testimonial page. We don’t half-ass anything.


25% Off Any Two Services up to $1000

For our runner-up, they receive 25% off any two services, including Mentorship, Developmental, Line and Copyediting.


25% Off Any One Single Service up to $500

For our third place contestant, they receive 25% off any one service, including Mentorship, Developmental, Line and Copyediting.

Here’s what you can do to enter:

1)      Start writing based on the guidelines below:


2)      Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter

3)      Submit your story before September 1, 2019 @ 9PM EST.

All Submissions Must:

  • be a maximum 5,000 words

  • be double-spaced with numbered pages and submitted in .doc or .pdf format

  • be submitted anonymously on your .doc submission

  • be original work. All submissions will be checked for plagiarism. Fan-fic is not allowed

  • be submitted by e-mail with your name, word count and preferred e-mail address

  • submit only ONE short story. Any authors with more than one submission will be automatically disqualified

Important Dates:

July 1, 2019 Competition opens

September 1, 2019 Competition closes


JOBIE BALDWIN is the author of the Young-Adult Fantasy novels, Ink (2018), Flak (2019) and Raven (2019). She always wanted to be a poet when she grew up, but since her poetry sucks, and she needed to be able to feed herself, she trained to survey houses instead.

In 2010, Jobie joined a writers’ collective, Café Three Zero and contributed short stories to their published anthologies Tales from the Cafe and Red. She is currently working on the next book in her Pack Series, Sophie, and is planning to write the final instalment of her Tribe Series, Lexy, in 2020.

Jobie lives near London with her husband and their two rescue dogs Lori (the Greyhound) and Monty (the Podenco). She says, “I’m vegan, I’m a biker, but the thing I love most of all is writing down the stories my characters whisper to me while I'm asleep.”


Any questions and all submissions should be sent to: