Friday, July 29, 2011


HOLLYWOOD, CA _ The 2011 Halloween Book Festival and the Aliens to Zombies Convention have added new panelists to the October event at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, CA.

Matt Mogk, author of the forthcoming "Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Zombies" and founder of the Zombie Research Society; Robert Engelman, producer of the "Blade" vampire series, and Todd Masters, president of MastersFX ("Falling Skies," "True Blood") have been added. They join previously announced authors Joe McKinney ("Dead City"), Martin Olson ("Encyclopedia of Hell"), David Moody (the 'Autumn' series), and Scott Kenemore ("Zombie, Ohio").

The Halloween Book Festival ( will consider works in science fiction, horror, general fiction, non-fiction, biography/autobiography, young adult, fantasy, audio/spoken word, photography/art, comics, 'zines, unconventional romance, wild card (anything goes!), alternative future, time travel and fan fiction. There is no date of publication restriction. All entries must be in English.

The competition honors general excellence and the awards are intended to draw public attention to worthy selections during the busiest season for book sales. Winners in the competition will be able to sell their books at the A to Z Convention, which focuses on monsters and the post-apocalyptic world in pop culture. The event features the revival of the famed MastersFX party, the world-famous professional monster-makers Halloween bash.

Our grand prize for the 2011 Halloween Book Festival winner is $1500 cash and a flight to our awards ceremony in Hollywood in October, 2011.

Submitted works will be judged by a panel of industry experts using the following criteria:

1) General excellence and the author's passion for telling a good story.

2) The potential of the work to reach a wider audience.

ENTRIES: Multiple entries must be accompanied by a separate fee for each book.

In addition to honoring the top selections in the above categories, The Halloween Book Festival will award the following chosen from submissions:

1) Author of the Year- Honors the outstanding book of the competition.

2) Book Design of the Year - Honors outstanding and innovative design.

3) Publisher of the Year- Honors the top publisher based on materials displaying excellence in marketing and promotional materials, as determined by our judges.

FESTIVAL RULES: Halloween Book Festival submissions cannot be returned. Each entry must contain the official entry form, including your e-mail address and contact telephone number. All shipping and handling costs must be borne by entrants.

NOTIFICATION AND DEADLINES: We will notify each entry of the receipt of their package via e-mail and will announce the winning entries on our web site. Because of the anticipated high volume of entries, we can only respond via e-mail to inquiries.

Deadline submissions in each category must be postmarked by the close of business on October 1, 2011. Winners will be notified by e-mail and on the web site. Please note that judges read and consider submissions on an ongoing basis, comparing early entries with later submissions at our meetings.

TO ENTER: Entry forms are available online at or or may be faxed/e-mailed to you. Please contact our office at 323-665-8080 for fax requests. Applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable entry fee of $50 in the form of a check, money order or PayPal online payment in U.S. dollars for each submission. Multiple submissions are permitted but each entry must be accompanied by a separate form and entry fee.

Entry fee checks should be made payable to JM Northern Media LLC. We're sorry, but entries must be mailed and cannot be delivered in person or by messenger services to the JM Northern Media offices.

Entry packages should include:

1) One copy of the book;
2) A copy of your official entry form
3) PayPal receipt or check/money order
4) Any press/publicity kit (optional)
Please mail package to:

JM Northern Media
Halloween Book Festival
7095 Hollywood Blvd.
Suite 864
Hollywood, CA 90028

You will receive a confirmation email when your package is logged into our system and entered into judging.

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