Est. 2009

Leapfrog Global Fiction Prize


All manuscripts will be reviewed by at least two Leapfrog and/or Can of Worms editors, and those that go to the second round of judging may be read by editors at other small presses as well.

Manuscripts are reviewed “blind”: the judges do not know the authors’ names or any other information about them. This is important to our judging process and the integrity of the contest.

Thank you to the 2023 Leapfrog Global Fiction Prize judges!

Deborah Kalb was the adult-category judge for the 2023 Leapfrog Global Fiction Prize. She spent about two decades working as a journalist in Washington, D.C., for news organizations including Gannett News Service, Congressional Quarterly, U.S. News & World Report, and The Hill, mostly covering Congress and politics. She has recently authored her first adult fiction novel, Off to Join the Circus, and has authored a series of children’s novels featuring historical figures. Leapfrog Press is delighted to have Deborah’s insight as a judge for the Global Fiction Prize.

Brenda Peterson was the YA/MG judge for the Leapfrog Global Fiction Prize. She is the critically acclaimed author of over 23 books, including six novels—from River of Light (Knopf) to Becoming the Enemy (Graywolf) to Duck and Cover (Harper Collins), which was a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year” and hailed as a “wicked, black comedy.” Her recent memoir, I Want to Be Left Behind, was selected as a “Top Ten Best Non-Fiction” book by the Christian Science Monitor and an Indie Next “Great Read,” by Independent Booksellers. Peterson’s latest non-fiction book is Wolf Nation: The Life, Death, and Return of Wild American Wolves, chosen as a “Best Conservation Book of the Year” by Forbes magazine; her Your Life is a Book: How to Craft and Publish Your Memoir was an selection.