I have been trying to avoid listing contests details on Written Road, but this one seems unusually cool. GuideGecko is an online travel bookstore that sells ebooks and PDFs of many rare, out of print, and hard to find travel guides, many of which are self published. For anyone that self publishes a guide (bloggers, aspiring writers, published authors) they are entered into a contest to win a trip to showcase their own guide at the 2009 Frankfurt Book Fair in October. You will have the chance to smooze with publishers and maybe even sign a contract.

“Guides can be new publications or may have previously been published on GuideGecko or elsewhere. Participation is free and authors receive full royalties for their submissions. Authors also retain all copyrights of their work – we are as happy as you if you strike a good licensing deal on the fair and need to remove your guides from GuideGecko.”

Guides may include:
•Travel and Sightseeing Guides
•Food & Dining Guides
•Nightlife & Party Guides

Second and third prizes will also get your book on display at the fair, though you won’t be there in person. Entries must be recieved by September 24. Visit the contest homepage for more info.

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