Spencer Hill Press publishes urban fantasy, science fiction and paranormal romance for young adults. Beginning December 1 they will open to submissions from unagented authors, so if you have a manuscript you feel is right for them, get ready. They’re interested in young adult, new adult and middle grade stories. Beginning December 1, you may submit the first 10 pages of your manuscript, in the body of an email, to editor Patricia Riley at submissions@spencerhillpress.com. Get the details here.

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Artes Publico Press publishes contemporary fiction based around U.S. Hispanic cultural issues and themes. Based at the University of Houston, Artes Publico Press accepts unagented submissions. The books they publish are primarily literary fiction, and deal with issues such as political struggles, the search for identity and women’s issues.

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Tu Books, the fantasy, science fiction and mystery imprint of Lee and Low Publishers, is sponsoring the first annual New Visions Award for a young adult or middle grade fantasy, science fiction or mystery novel by a writer of color. First prize is $1,000 cash and publication with an advance and royalties. Submit your synopsis and first three chapters by October 30, 2012. Find all the details here.

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Parenting Magazine is sponsoring a Build Your Own Story Contest. You and your child can build a children’s story, using the template on the website, for a chance to win a trip to Legoland and other prizes Enter by November 15. Get the details here.

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The View From Here received 4 1/2 stars from Romantic Times Magazine. The review says, in part, “This novel packs in everything from quirky humor to page-turning plot twists. Myers imparts depth and complexity to her main character, while weaving in the fascinating stories of other intriguing individuals, from the town drunk to an uptight librarian. Don’t be fooled by the small-town façade; this novel is definitely one to add to your keeper shelf.” The View From Here goes on sale November 29. You can pre-order a copy now from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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