(FOX19) - Rachael Ray today announced the launch of the Great American Cookbook Competition, which gives aspiring authors the chance to make their dreams of publishing a cookbook a reality by winning a book contract with Rachael Ray Books, an imprint of The Atria Publishing Group.
The Grand Prize is valued at over $20,000 and also includes a culinary trip to Cancun, Mexico, a GE Kitchen Appliance Suite, lots of Rachael's cookware and a feature on the Rachael Ray show and in Every Day with Rachael Ray Magazine.
There are also four finalist prize packages worth $7,800 each that also include the trip to Cancun and Rachael's cookware.
Entries will be accepted through RachaelRayShow.com from November 21, 2013 until January 14, 2014.
Contestants are required to demonstrate a range of skills to prove they have what it takes to be a cookbook author, from explaining their cooking philosophy to articulating the concept for their cookbook, as well as submitting three original recipes and a cooking demonstration video featuring themselves and their book idea.
Rachael is looking for a first time author who hasn't attended culinary school for more than 12 months and for someone with her "can-do," "problem-solving" attitude.
Entries will be judged in a series of preliminary elimination rounds based on qualities that make a great cookbook author, such as creativity, originality, clarity and culinary skill.
The top five finalists will be announced in April and will travel to New York City to begin a series of four head-to-head challenges at the RACHAEL RAY studio.
One contestant will be eliminated after each challenge and the winner will be announced on an episode of RACHAEL RAY in May.
Full Contest Rules and all the details can be found at RachaelRayShow.com starting on November 21.
No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Must be at least 18 (or age of majority in your state, whichever is older) and a US citizen with legal residence in 50 US or DC. Employees, officers, and directors (including such persons' parents, spouses, children and siblings and members of the same household) of CBS Studios Inc., KWP Studios Inc., the Rachael Ray show, Watch Entertainment, Inc., Scripps Networks, Inc., Harpo Productions, Inc., GE Appliances, Meredith Corporation, Meyer Corporation, U.S., F.C. USA Inc. d/b/a Liberty Travel, Simon & Schuster, Inc., Rachael Ray Books – Atria Books Publishing Group, any other Rachael Ray related entity and any of the foregoing entities' respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, or advertising or promotion agencies, are not eligible to enter. All videos will be judged prior to eliminations. Must respond to notifications within 72 hours. Finalists must be available to travel to NY at various dates between 4/6/14 – 5/9/14. Opportunity to win depends on number of eligible entries received and skill of the entrants. Other restrictions apply. For complete Rules and entry, go to http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/cookbook-contest/.