Welcome to the Book Arts Bash, a writing contest for homeschooled authors. The Book Arts Bash celebrates untrammeled creativity, and promotes the integration of writing across the curriculum. We put homeschooled students' best work on the desks of literary agents, best-selling authors, and other industry professionals, to encourage young writers and connect great minds.

Our first Book Arts Bash happened in fall of 2008. You can visit that contest's site here to view the winners and take a look at our impressive list of judges. We had such an overwhelming number of novels submitted last time that in 2010 we decided to focus on novels only. Now the contest is over, and we're so glad we did. The judges and panelists were overwhelmed by the quality of submissions, and the dedication and talent of our homeschooled authors.

Submissions began: November 1, 2009

Deadline for entries: January 15, 2010

Finalists announced: February 14, 2010

Winners announced: April 1, 2010

Novels were judged  in ten separate age groups:

K-1st 8th
2nd-3rd 9th
4th-5th 10th
6th 11th
7th 12th

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What will the next Book Arts Bash bring? More novels? Poetry? Short stories? All we can tell you now is that the deadline for entries will be January 1, 2012. Stay in touch for all the details! In the mean time, please visit our awesome sponsors and join us on Facebook for updates.


Please visit and thank our awesome sponsors. These generous companies supported our contest so we could offer $100 to the winner of each of ten categories. Writing is its own reward, but prizes are very motivating! Visit our full sponsor page here.

Prufrock Press

Shurley English