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Leapfrog Press Global Fiction Contest Prize

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The Leapfrog Press Global Fiction Contest Prize [1] [2] is an annual book award established in 2009 by publisher Lisa Graziano that recognizes authors of excellent novels or story collections. The press itself was set up by Ira Wood and Marge Piercy, herself an Arthur C Clarke award winner for He, She and It. In 2021, under publisher Tobias Steed, the contest expanded to include an Adult Fiction genre and a YA/Middle Grade Fiction contest. The top award includes a publication contract and an advance payment against royalties, plus the finalist awards. [3] Finalists each receive a cash payment and a manuscript critique from one of the contest’s finalist judges, with permanent listing on the Leapfrog Press and Can of Worms contest pages. Other prizes are awarded to runners-up.

Eligible manuscripts are in English and previously unpublished, with a minimum word count of 22,000. Individual stories in collections may have been published in journals. Books that have been self-published will be considered “unpublished” if few copies were printed. Fiction may be literary or mainstream, including science fiction. Books with limited black and white illustrations will be considered, but no picture books are accepted.

Judges, Finalists, and Winners

🐸 = Finalist Judge

🥇 = Winner, published by Leapfrog Press

📘 = Published by Leapfrog Press


🐸 Cris Mazza

🥇 Molly Giles,[4] Wife with Knife (short story collection)

Mack Green, Frank’s Bloody Books (novel)

Gay Walley, Magnetism (novel)

Diane Josefowicz, Guardians and Saints (stories)

Ronald Dunham, Epoch 2000 (novel)


🐸 Ramona Ausubel

🥇 Lara Tupper,[5] Amphibians [6] (stories) [7]

Israela Margalit,[8] Too Much (stories)

Nancy Agabian, The Fear of Large and Small Nations (novel, withdrawn from consideration)


🐸 Marie-Helene Bertino

🥇 Cai Emmons,[9] Vanishing (stories) [10] [11]

🥇 Pamela L. Laskin, Why No Goodbye? [12] (YA novel-in-verse)

Vishwas Gaitonde, On Earth as It Is in Heaven (stories)


🐸 Sara Pritchard

🥇 Sandra Hunter,[13] Trip Wires (stories) [14] [15]

🥇 George Looney, Report from a Place of Burning (novel) [16] [17]

Jordan Farmer, Burn With Me (stories)

Natalie Harnett, Hallet House (YA novel)


🐸 Sara Pritchard

🥇 Katayoun Medhat,[18] The Quality of Mercy (novel) [19] [20]

Kate Krautkramer, We Are the Children (stories)

George Looney, The Worst May Be Over (stories)


🐸 Mark Brazaitis

🥇 Laurie Blauner,[21] The Solace of Monsters (novel) [22] [23]

Nona Caspers, Alley Stories (stories)

Sharon Ellis, The Devil Between Us (novel)

Holly Thompson, Somewhere South of Tokyo (stories)


🐸 Mark Brazaitis, Michael Mirolla

🥇 Gregory Hill, The Lonesome Trials of Johnny Riles (novel) [24]

Ashley Mace Havird, An Old Horse Named Troy (MG novel)

Terrance Manning, Jr., Andretti in the El Camino (stories)

Thomas M. Atkinson, Tiki Man (novel)

Shane Stricker, One Eye Closed Tight Against the Coming Jesus (stories)


🐸 Lev Raphael

🥇 David Armstrong,[25] Going Anywhere (stories) [26] [27]

📘 Michael Gutierrez,[28] The Trench Angel (novel) [29] [30]

Ted Pelton, The Trickster Woodchuck (stories)


🐸 Lev Raphael

🥇 Jacob White, Being Dead in South Carolina (stories) [31] [32]

Mathias Freese, I Truly Lament (stories)

Mark Lyons, Brief Eulogies at Roadside Shrines (stories)


🐸 Marge Piercy

🥇 Allen Learst, Dancing at the Gold Monkey (stories) [33] [34]

📘 George Rosen, The Immanence of God in the Tropics (stories) [35] [36]

Tracy DeBrincat, Hollywood Buckaroo (novel)

C.K. Killheffer, A World of Born (novel)


🐸 Marge Piercy, Alexandria LaFaye

🥇 Joan Connor, How To Stop Loving Someone (stories) [37] [38]

🥇 Mick Carlon, Riding on Duke’s Train (MG novel) [39] [40]

Mariko Nagai, Weight of the Land (novel)

Amy Schutzer, The Color of Weather (novel)

Josie Sigler, El Camino (stories)

Len Spacek, The Summer of Love (YA novel)

Thom Mark Shepard, The Green Apettes (YA novel)


🐸 Michael Mirolla, Michael Lee

🥇 Vickie Weaver, Bille Girl (novel) [41] [42]

📘 Helen Phillips, And Yet They Were Happy (stories) [43] [44]

Barbara Salvatore, Big Horse Woman (novel)

Nicholas T. Brown, Driftwood (stories)

Madeline Sonik, The Talking Cure (stories)

📘 Li Miao Lovett, Honorable Mention, In the Lap of the Gods (novel) [45]


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  12. Laskin, Pamela L. (2019). Why no goodbye?. Fredonia, NY. ISBN 978-1-948585-06-4. OCLC 1100428347. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  13. "About – Sandra Hunter". Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  14. Hunter, Sandra (2018). Trip wires : stories. Freedonia, NY. ISBN 978-1-935248-98-9. OCLC 1029780423. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  15. "Sandra Hunter on Trip Wires, Trippings, and Assumptions". San Diego Writers, Ink. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  16. Looney, George (2018). Report from a place of burning : a novel. Fredonia, NY. ISBN 978-1-948585-01-9. OCLC 1035769488. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
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  18. "Katayoun Medhat". Katayoun Medhat. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
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  20. "Mysteries from the Land of Enchantment". www.chipublib.org. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  21. "Laurie Blauner". www.laurieblauner.com. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
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  23. "Research Notes: The Solace of Monsters - Necessary Fiction". necessaryfiction.com. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  24. Hill, Gregory (2018). The Lonesome Trials of Johnny Riles. Conundrum Press. ISBN 978-1-942280-48-4. OCLC 1101634346. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  25. "Reiterations". David Armstrong Writer. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  26. Armstrong, David M. (2014). Going anywhere : stories. Fredonia, New York. ISBN 978-1-935248-62-0. OCLC 907518217. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  27. "A Review of Going Anywhere by David Armstrong". The Literary Review. 2015-01-22. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  28. "Michael Keenan Gutierrez". Michael Keenan Gutierrez. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  29. Gutierrez, Michael Keenan (2015). The trench angel : a novel. Fredonia, New York. ISBN 978-1-935248-71-2. OCLC 904968564. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  30. Stasio, Will Michaels, Frank. "'The Trench Angel:' World War I And The End Of Populist America". www.wunc.org. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  31. White, Jacob (2013). Being dead in South Carolina : stories. Fredonia, NY. ISBN 978-1-935248-45-3. OCLC 867716323. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  32. "Review of Being Dead in South Carolina". www.forewordreviews.com. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  33. Learst, Allen (2012). Dancing at the Gold Monkey. New York: Leapfrog Press. ISBN 978-1-322-53726-9. OCLC 818860043. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  34. "Dancing At the Gold Monkey by Allen Learst". Vietnam Veterans of America. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  35. Rosen, George H. (2012). The immanence of God in the Tropics. Fredonia, New York: Leapfrog Press. ISBN 978-1-935248-31-6. OCLC 783153224. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  36. "The Immanence of God in the Tropics". blog.pshares.org. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  37. Connor, Joan (2011). How to stop loving someone : stories. Teaticket, Mass.: Leapfrog Press. ISBN 978-1-935248-23-1. OCLC 769188232. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  38. "HOW TO STOP LOVING SOMEONE". Kirkus Reviews.
  39. Carlon, Mick (2012). Riding on Duke's train. Teaticket, MA: Leapfrog Press. ISBN 978-1-935248-22-4. OCLC 779828945. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  40. "Riding on Duke's Train & Travels with Louis (by Mick Carlon)". Jazz History Online. 2019-03-05. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  41. Weaver, Vickie (2010). Billie Girl. New York: Leapfrog Press. ISBN 978-0-9796415-0-3. OCLC 669128283. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  42. Ehlers, Troy. "Billie Girl by Vickie Weaver". Troy Ehlers. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  43. Phillips, Helen (2011). And yet they were happy. Teaticket, Mass.: Leapfrog Press. ISBN 978-1-935248-18-7. OCLC 669755001. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  44. "REVIEW: And Yet They Were Happy by Helen Phillips". Electric Literature. 2011-05-03. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  45. Lovett, Li Miao (2010). In the lap of the gods. Teaticket, MA: Leapfrog Press. ISBN 978-1-935248-13-2. OCLC 601129433. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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