Contest Winners

Compilation Book Prize Winner


Lyrics for Rock Stars

by Heather Mateus Sappenfield

Expected Release Date – September 2020

You won’t want to miss this collection. Heather Mateus Sappenfield writes a character driven and richly nuanced book that reveals humanity and all its complexities. The vivid descriptions and attention to detail will pull you into the story so much so that you will feel as if you, too, are in the scene. And isn’t that what makes reading so grand?

–Torie Amarie Dale


Chapbook Winner

A Month’s Worth of Instructional Poems

by Rebecca Bridge

This book is perfect for anyone who might need a little help navigating this confusing world of ours. The wisdom and wit in these poems prevail. And I can’t wait to share them with you.

–Torie Amarie Dale


Chapbook Honorary Mentions

Below are the manuscripts that ranked in the top tier of the top tier of submissions.

Derek Barry
Sloppy Magician


Milton Bates
Forty-Six Degrees North


Beatriz Fernandez
How Stone Sings to Fire


Allen Guest
The Smell of Heaven


William Heath
Night Moves in Ohio


Heather Machan


Jody Winer
Welcome to Guardian Angel School

Choosing a winner was difficult. V Press LC had many stellar pieces. We encourage everyone who submitted to try again. And we thank you for submitting.

Compilation Prize Honorary Mention


Kathryn Etters Lovatt
How to Euthanize a Fish


Novel Book Prize



Unlike the poetry chapbook contest where we had a lot of close winners, the Novel Book Prize submissions didn’t ever rise to the level of excellence that V Press LC desires to publish. Three were close–but in the end, each required too much work. In the end, V Press LC decided that only the best of the best should rise to the top. It’s in our logo. And it’s our philosophy. We encourage everyone who submitted to fix their flaws and try again. And we thank you for submitting.