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ArtAscent "Magnificence" International Call for Writers Fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations Any writer 18 yrs or older. Feb 28, 2015; winner announcement April 1. 900 words max with theme of "Magnificence." Share your interpretation. $10 via PayPal online Entries include fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations. Judges: ArtAscent The Gold writer will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal with artist profile review. From 3-7 writers will be published in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal w/ links to artists websites, promotion on website artist directory, and exposure in ArtAscent social media.
Chanticleer Book Reviews The Journey Awards for Narrative Nonfiction Blue Ribbon Awards Narrative Nonfiction Novels Published Novels of 30,000 or more words written in English with copyright after Dec 31, 2011. E-pub, tradionally pubbed, small press pubbed, self / indie pubbed okay. All novels must have ISBN or ASIN designation. Received by midnight, Feb 28, 2015; finalists announced by April 30. e-pub or pdf file must be digitally submitted along with a submission form. Must also submit cover art. $40 via PayPal or Check. online Categories / Judges: Travelogue Experiences; Global Enlightenment; Culinary/Hobby Experiences; Volunteer Experiences; True Action/Adventure; An Era Memoir (Ex. “Larkrise to Candleford” by Flora Thompson); Personal Journey. First Place Winners in each category will win a Chanticleer Book Review Package (valued at $325.00) and CBR First Place Blue Ribbons (digital and stickers). All first place winners will be automatically entered into the CBR Grand Prize Writing Competition for CBR’s Best Books of 2015. All 1st Place winners receive promotion and publicity. Category Finalists will be awarded CBR Blue Ribbon Finalist awards to use in promotion of the book that placed in the Finalists Round.
Chanticleer Book Reviews The Journey Awards for Narrative Nonfiction Blue Ribbon Award Narrative Nonfiction unpublished Completed Manuscripts (30,000 words+) written in English. Cannot have been published or under contract at deadline. Received by midnight, Feb 28, 2015; finalists announced by April 30. Entire manuscript must be digitally submitted in epub or pdf format with submission form. $40 via PayPal or Check. online Categories / Judges: Travelogue Experiences; Global Enlightenment; Culinary/Hobby Experiences; Volunteer Experiences; True Action/Adventure; An Era Memoir (Ex. “Larkrise to Candleford” by Flora Thompson); Personal Journey First Place Winners in each category will win a Chanticleer Manuscript Overview Package (valued at $325.00). Or they may elect to submit their work when it published for a Chanticleer Book Review. All first place winners will be automatically entered into the CBR Grand Prize Writing Competition for CBR’s Best Manuscripts of 2015.
Fabula Press Nivalis Short Story Contest Fiction (excludes Chick Lit, SFF, Children's stories) Anyone aged 18 and above. Stories must be in English, original and unpublished at time winners are declared 11:59 PM US CT) Feb 28, 2015; winners announced ~April 15 Stories from 2,500 wds minimum to 6,000 wds max. $10 online submissions manager tool Judges include published authors, journalists and literary agents. Winners decided by highest score in 9 point scoring matrix. 1st Prize : US$150 and 2 copies of anthology: 2nd Prize: US$100 and 2 copies of anthology; 3rd Prize: US$100. All longlisted finalists are published in an anthology.
The Red Line The Red Line Short Story Competition Short Fiction, theme-based Anyone. Entries must be in English and previously unpublished.. Feb 28, 2015; winner notified approximately 6 weeks later 4,500 words max. Theme: Conflict Free Online Any subgenre. Six to eight stories will be posted on the site and given to a judging panel for final judging. Panel may consist of reading groups, editors of other magazines, writers, or someone with a specific interest in the theme. Fifty pounds sterling (or equivalent) to the best story, as selected by the judges for that issue.
Tethered By Letters Winter Literary Contest Short Story, Flash Fiction, Poetry Anyone. International submissions welcome. Feb 28, 2015 midnight PT; winners announced after April 30. For short story submit 1,000 to 7,500 words, open genre; for flash fiction submit either 55, 250, or 500 words; and for poetry submit max of 3 pages per poem $15 per Short Story; $7 per Flash Fiction OR $15 for three Flash Fictions; $7 per poem OR $15 for three poems. online. Pay by credit or debit through submission manager Submittable Any genre. Judged by professional editing team at TBL. $500 for Short Story, $150 for Flash Fiction, $150 for Poetry plus publication in Tethered By Letters quarterly journal. Finalists will receive professional edits on submissions and be considered for later publication.
Faith, Hope & Love Romance Writers of America Inspirational Readers Choice Romance Book, Novella Inspirational romance or inspirational novel with romantic elements published by FHL approved publishing houses and with copyright or 1st print date in 2014. Entry received by 11:59:59 EST March 1, 2015; books must be received by March 15; winners announced at RWA national conference. 4 autographed copies of book. If there is a tie, 3 more copies must be submitted. $20, $25 Mail books; entry form by mail or electronic; payment by check or PayPal. Judges: Inspirational readers nationwide. Categories: Short Contemp, Long Contemp, Short HR, Long HR, RS, Women's Fiction, Novella Finalists in all categories receive certificates. Winner in each category receives an engraved box. .
Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award Fiction and Non-fiction Any book-length work published for the first time in 2014 is eligible. Ebooks are eligible if 4 copies are supplied through POD or in a bound galley format. Received by March 1, 2015. Winner announced at Killer Nashville Awards Banquet Aug 23. 4 copies of book Free mail Five finalists in each category of best novel, best first novel, best nonfiction, best YA, best Children's, best Young Readers, Best Anthology or Collection, Best book by a Conference Attendee. For fiction: any subgenre of mystery or thriller, incl political thriller, cozy, police procedural, private eye, romantic suspense, paranormal, and historical (see website for full list); also best first novel. For nonfiction: academic, craft and business writing, M/S crime reference, memoir / biography, true crime. For children / YA: children's picture book, children's chapter book, middle grade, YA. Over $1,500 in prizes. Winner receives engraved replica of a Claymore dagger. Winner / top 3 finalists receive free admission to Killer Nashville and Awards Dinner. All Finalists will be considered for a publishing contract.
The Word Hut Short Story Writing Competition Fiction Short Story Entrant must be over 18 years of age. Entries must be in English. New stories as well as those previously blogged are eligible; entry cannot have won a prize elsewhere or be under consideration in another competition March 1, 2015, midnight GMT; results posted by March 13. 1,000 words max £4 GBP via PayPal email All stories will be read and judged by James who has a background in publishing and teaching; Jessica, who is an Oxford English Language and Literature graduate currently working in theatre production and writing her first novel; and Wendy, who is a published author of three novels. 1st = £70; 2nd = £35; 3rd = £15 Winning story published on website.
Wisconsin Romance Writers of America Fabulous Five Romance Unpublished / uncontracted by any non-subsidy / non-vanity publisher in fiction of 20,000 words or more. Independent authors who have published via Smashwords or similar programs in which the author bears the publishing cost are free to enter our contest with an unpublished manuscript. Received by 11:59 PM CST March 1, 2015; finalists notified mid-April; winners announced in early June. 1st 2,500 words of unpublished ms $18 WisRWA members; $25 all others Email entry, payment by check or PayPal 3 judges, lowest score dropped. Top 5 entries (out of 35 max entries) in each category final. Categories and final judges: Erotica (Cheryl Yeko, Soulmate Publishing; Jessica Alvarez, Bookends, LLC); HR (Laura Plude, Grand Central Publishing; Elizabeth Pomada, Larsen Pomada Literary Agents); Inspirational (Giselle Regus, Harlequin Love Inspired; Joyce Hart, Hartline Literary Agency); NA (Nicole Fischer, Avon Romance; Patricia Nelson, Marshal Lyon Literary Agency); Para / F / F / TT (Brenda Chin, Imajinn Books; Shira Hoffman, McIntosh & Otis, Inc.); RS (Madeleine Colavita, Grand Central Publishing; Lucienne Diver, The Knight Agency); Series Contemp (Long / short) Christina Brower, NAL / Penguin Random House; Saba Sulaiman, Talcott Notch Literary Services); ST (Mercedes Fernandez, Kensington Books; Courtney Miller-Callihan, Greenburger Associates); Women’s Fiction (Jennifer Herrington, Lyrical Press; Victoria Lowes, The Bent Agency); YA (Alycia Tornetta, Entangled Publishing; Taylor Haggerty, Waxman Leavell Literary Agency) 1st Place winner in each category receives Silver Quill Award. 2nd - 4th receive certificates. Final placements posted on WisRWA website and announced in August RWR.
Hour of Writes Hour of Writes Fiction Open to anyone 16 years and older, worldwide Weekly, closes at 11 pm GMT every Friday; winners announced weekly 2,000 words max, timed submission £3 online through website Theme and judge changes weekly Minimum prize is usually £50 – this increases with more participants.
Colorado Romance Writers of America Award of Excellence Romance Novel or Novella Romance and fiction with romantic elements with original copyright in 2014; e-books accepted. Received by March 2, 2015; finalists notified by May 15. 3 copies of printed book, or PDF version of digital-first / digital-only works $20 via PayPal or check mail print books; email digital books. Judges: Readers, booksellers, librarians, and published authors.  Categories: Contemp Series; Contemp ST, RS, HR, P/TT/F/F, Inspirational, MS w/ RE, ER, NA, Novella Top prize: Award of Excellence Trophy and letter of congratulations. Editor also receives letter of congratulations. All finalists receive certificate.
Creative1 Publishing The Fortune-Teller Writing Competition Fiction Anyone 18 yrs and older March 10, 2015; winners announced within 11 weeks 1,000 words max free to Creative Competitor Write, Learn and Publish mmembers, £5.00 all others email Creative Competitor Team 1st Prize: £395.00; 2nd Prize: £250.00; 3rd Prize: £150.00
Futuristic, Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Writers of America Prism Contest Romance with Futuristic, Fantasy or Paranormal elements Novels and novellas (including traditionally published, Indie published and ebooks) with first copyright or first printing date of 2014. Must contain paranormal elements and significant romance. Need not be RWA member. March 13, 2015; finalists announced week of May 25; winners announced at RWA Nationals in July. 3 printed copies of book; if ebook only entry, must be in PDF format (other ereader formats encouraged in addition to PDF) $30 for members, $40 all others. PayPal or check. Online and mail. 3 judges per entry. Dark Para, Light Para, Futuristic, Fantasy, TT / Steampunk, Erotica / Romantica, Novella, YA, Best of the Best, Best First Book. Top 3 finalists for each category receive a commemorative 2015 FF&P Finalist Pin and Certificate. 1st Place Winners receive the FF&P exclusive, Prism Statue, a commemorative 2015 FF&P Winner/Finalist Pin and Certificate. •Best of the Best and Best First Book Winners receive FF&P Prism Statue, a commemorative 2015 Best First Book, and Best of the Best FF&P Winner Pin and Certificate.
Chicago-North Romance Writers of America Fire and Ice Romance Unpublished / not published in novel-length fiction within 5 yrs of deadline. Contest capped at 120 entries. Received by midnight (CST) March 14, 2015; winners announced TBA. First 6,000 words. $25 RWA members, $30 all others electronic; payment must be made via PayPal Two experienced critiquers and published authors score first round. Point spread of 20+ points where highest score is at least 80% of total possible points will receive a 3rd judge and lowest score will be dropped. Judges are encouraged to give comments. 3 finalists in each category. Final judges: Contemp (Cat Clyne, Sourcebooks; Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency); HR (Debby Gilbert, Soul Mate Publishing; Sara Megibow, kt literary); Strong RE (Gabrielle Keck, Harper Collins; Melissa Jeglinski, Knight Agency); YA / NA (Tera Cuskaden, Samhain Publishing; Shannon Hassan, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency); Para (Mary Altman, Sourcebooks; Stephany Evans, FinePrint Literary Management) 1st Place Winner: $30. All finalists receive certificates. Announced in RWR.
Cassell Network of Writers International Writers Competition Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry Unpublished or self-published entries (except for category (A) Postmark by March 15, 2015; winners announced by May 31. See rules for category entry info $3, $5 per poem. Else: $5 (members), $10 (non-members) for entries under 3,000 wds; $10 (members), $20 (non-members) for entries 3,000-5,000 wds. Mail or email. Can pay via Paypal. Divisions & Categories: NONFICTION Division: (A) Previously Published Article / Essay / Column / Nonfiction Book Chapter, (B) Unpublished or self-published Article / Essay / Column / Nonfiction Book Chapter. FICTION Division: (C) Unpublished or self-published Short Story, (D) Unpublished or self-published Novel Chapter. CHILDREN'S LITERATURE Division: (E) Unpublished or self-published Short Story / Nonfiction Article / Book Chapter / Poem (judged together as one category). POETRY Division: (F) Unpublished or self-published Free Verse / Traditional (judged together as one category) In each category: 1st Place - $100 plus certificate; 2nd Place - $75 plus certificate 3rd Place - $50 plus certificate; Honorable Mention certificates will be awarded in each category as warranted.
Kiss of Death Romance Writers of America Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence: Published Romantic Mystery / Suspense Book Book w/ 2014 copyright or with a 2013 original copyright date but first available to public in 2014. E-books, POD, subsidy, self-published are eligible in mass market or trade paperback size. Entry caps on categories. Received by March 15, 2015; finalists notified ~May 25; winners announced at RWA National in July. 4 copies of book. E-books, self-published, print-on-demand must be in mass market or trade paperback size. No unbound submissions will be accepted. $30 Mail 3 judges, lowest score dropped. Top 5 entries proceed to final round. All categories must be Romantic Mystery / Suspense except MS category, where romance is optional. Category (Series) romance; HR; Inspirational romance; MS; Para / TT / F; ST romance. 1st Place winners receive engraved bookmark and gift certificate for one COFFIN online class. A certificate of recognition will be awarded to the editor of the winning entry. All other finalists will be awarded a certificate. The top overall scoring entry will receive the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellencein Mystery / Suspense. Results published in the RWR®.
Kiss of Death Romance Writers of America Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence: Unpublished Romantic Mystery / Suspense (except MS category, where romance is optional).  Never contracted in book-length fiction from any publisher. Entry caps on categories. Received by midnight MT March 15, 2015; winners announced at RWA National. Prologue / 1st chapter, 5,000 wds max $15 KOD members, $30 all others Electronic. Can pay with PayPal, US check or MO. Four 1st round judges, lowest score dropped but all scoresheets returned. Top 5 qualifying finalists must receive score totaling at least 92 points. Final judges: Category (Series) / RS (Susan Litman, Harlequin Special Edition; Scott Eagan, Greyhaus Literary Agency); HR (Alex Logan, Grand Central Publishing; Cassie Hanjian, Waxman Leavell Literary); Inpirational (Andrea Doering, Revell Books; Steve Laube, The Steve Laube Agency); Para (Kristine Swartz, The Berkley Publishing Group; Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency(; ST (Paula Eykelhof, MIRA; Stephany Evans, FinePrint Literary Management); MS (Kristen Sevick, Tor/Forge; Helen Breitwieser, Cornerstone Literary Agency) 1st Place winners receive engraved bookmark, $25 and a certificate for one COFFIN online class. 2nd Place winners receive certificate, $15 and a certificate for one COFFIN online class. 3rd Place winners receive certificate, $10 and certificate for one COFFIN online class. HMs receive certificates. The top overall scoring entry receives the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery / Suspense. Results published in the RWR®.
Self Publishing Review SPR Awards Self-Published Fiction, Non-Fiction and Shorts Book in English self-published or published by an indie press withint last 24 months and on sale for adult or YA markets March 15, 2015; winners announced April 1. e-book in Kindle, Nook, .mobi, .ePub, PDF, Open Office/Word or can be gifted from Smashwords, B&N, or Amazon $25 via PayPal or credit card online Email book Categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Shorts. Judges: SPR. Grand Prize awarded to one of the three category first-prize winners for overall excellence: a Fire HDX Kindle or iPad Mini; a guest blog spot on the site for one year; special rosette in both digital and sticker format to add to your book and website. First Prize: Lead Story Review worth $239; website interview; added to SPR Book Store; SPR Pro Membership, rosettes in digital and sticker format.
Merrimack Media Outstanding Writer Contest Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Anyone 18 yrs and older who is unpublished in novel-length fiction. English entries only. March 20, 2015; finalists announced April 20; winners announced June 1 First chapter (5,000 words max) plus brief synopsis $20 via PayPal Via email as attached Word document. You will receive email instructions after payment. Panel of Judges TBA 1st Place: Ebook and paper publication incl. book cover, distribution, catalog placement, Youtube interview, media kit (total value $2,399); 2nd Place: book cover, interview, email blast announcement (total value of $800)
Creative1 Publishing Twist in the Tale Writing Competition Fiction Anyone 18 yrs and older March 21, 2015; winners announced within 11 weeks 1,100 words max free to Creative Competitor Write, Learn and Publish mmembers, £3.00 all others email Creative Competitor Team 1st Prize: £195.00; 2nd Prize: £125.00; 3rd Prize: £100.00
The Beau Monde Romance Writers of America Royal Ascot Regency Romance Unpublished or published but seeking representation or a new publisher. Entry must be unpublished and uncontracted. Received by midnight PST March 27, 2015; finalists announced May 24; winners announced at The Beau Monde Soiree, July 22. Beginning of ms (7,000 words max). Must be set within the United Kingdom and during the Regency, broadly defined for the purpose of the contest as between 1780 and 1840. $25 for Beau Monde members, $30 for non members. $20 for subsequent entries. Online form entry 1st round panel includes at least one author published in Regency romance. Lowest score dropped unless needed in case of tie. 6 finalists across all categories. Categories: Regency HR (longer Regency or Mainstream Regency-set); Hot Regency (Very sensual to Erotic Regency); Wild Regency (Para, TT, other similar Regency); Sweet & Mild Regency (Traditional, Inspirational, YA or other w/o explicit sex). Final Round Judges: Editors Cat Clyne, Sourcebooks; Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin’s Press; Martin Biro, Kensington; Agent •Emily Sylvan Kim, The Prospect Agency. 1st Place winner in each category: $100; $25 for finalists.
Hearts Through History Romance Writers of America Romance Through The Ages Historical Romance or Romantic Historical Fiction Entry which is unpublished and uncontracted in category entered within five years as of deadlkine. Do not need to be an RWA member. Previous 1st place entries not eligible. e-deadline midnight CDT March 30, 2015; finalists announced ~May 20; winners announced July 22 First 30 pp + 1-2 pp synopsis (single or double spaced, will not be unjudged,) $20 for members, $25 all others by PayPal, U.S. or Canadian check or MO. Email Three 1st round judges, lowest score dropped. Scores less than 3 must have comment. Finalists can revise entry. Ancient / Medieval / Renaissance (Nicole D’Arienzo, Wild Rose Press); Georgian / Regency / Victorian (Katherine Pelz, Penguin Group); Colonial / Western / Civil War (Allison Carroll, Harlequin); Post-Victorian / World War II (Laura Bradford, Laura Bradford Literary Agency); TT / Para (Debby Gilbert, Soul Mate Publishing); HR ER (Sara Megibow, KT Literary Agency). Historical Novella (Tara Gelsomino, Crimson Romance); Legend Award (Nephele Tempest, The Knight Agency); Best of the Best Legend Award is $50, The Killion Group gift certificate, social media badge (worth $50), and winners will be mentioned in the RWR
Chanticleer Book Reviews Mystery & Mayhem Awards (M&Ms) Cozy Mystery Novel Awads Cozy Mystery Novels Published Novels written in English andwith copyright after Dec 31, 2011. E-pub, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed okay. All novels must have ISBN or ASIN designation. Received by midnight, March 31, 2015; finalists announced in Nov; winners annoucned Feb 2016 e-pub or pdf file must be digitally submitted along with a submission form. Must also submit cover art. $40 via PayPal or Check. online Categories: Amateur Sleuth (ex. Agatha Christie, Alexander McCall style); Romance; Animals (ex. Cat Who…); Hobbies / Cooking, Knitting, Gardening & Hobbies; Blended Genres; Medical / Lab Lit; Travel / Vacation / Exotic Locales (ex. Peter Mayle); Humourous; Senior Sleuths; Historical / Period; YA; Classic / British-English Cozy to Not-so-Cozy 1st Place Category Winners will be awarded a Chanticleer Book Review Package (valued at $245.00) and CBR First Place Blue Ribbons (digital and stickers). All first place winners will be automatically entered into the CBR Grand Prize Writing Competition for CBR’s Best Books of 2015. All 1st Place winners will receive promotion and publicity. Category Finalists will be announced in our social media and on our website. They will be awarded book promotion digital and adhesive stickers.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Mystery & Mayhem Awards (M&Ms) Cozy Mystery Novel Awards Cozy Mystery Novels unpublished Manuscripts (30,000 words+) written in English. Cannot have been published or under contract at deadline. Received by midnight, March 31, 2015; finalists announced in Nov; winners announced Feb 2016 Entire manuscript must be digitally submitted along with a submission form. $40 via PayPal or Check. online Categories: Amateur Sleuth (ex. Agatha Christie, Alexander McCall style); Romance; Animals (ex. Cat Who…); Hobbies / Cooking, Knitting, Gardening & Hobbies; Blended Genres; Medical / Lab Lit; Travel / Vacation / Exotic Locales (ex. Peter Mayle); Humourous; Senior Sleuths; Historical / Period; YA; Classic / British-English Cozy to Not-so-Cozy 1st Place Winners in each category will win a Chanticleer Manuscript Overview Package (valued at $325.00) . Or they may elect to submit their work when it published for a Chanticleer Book Review. All first place winners will be automatically entered into the CBR Grand Prize Writing Competition for CBR’s Best Manuscripts of 2015.
The Masters Review Emerging Writers Contest Fiction, creative nonfiction Writers who have not published a novel-length work; entered work must be previously unpublished March 31, 2015; finalists announced April 15; winners announced May 15 7,000 word of fiction or creative nonfiction $20 Submittable online form Judge: Kevin Brockmeier $500 each to ten winners. Winning authors are part of an exclusive mailing to agents, editors, and publishers around the country. An extensive effort is made to promote our ten selected authors. Winners are published in a nationally distributed book available in all major retailers.
Young Adult Romance Writers of America Rosemary Award Young Adult and New Adult Fiction Published or unpublished. Entries must be new, original, unpublished (incl. self-published), and uncontracted; manuscript must be 40k+ words. 11:59 PM EST March 31, 2015; finalists announced ~June 1; winners announced at YARWA / RWA Nationals in July. First 25 pp $15 YARWA members; $25 others. PayPal only. electronic 3 first-round judges, published and/or trained. Final Judges – 2 editors and 1 agent per category. Categories: YA Contemp (Aubrey Poole, Sourcebooks; Elizabeth Tingue, Penguin / RH; Agent: Laura Bradford); YA Historical (Jessica MacLeish, Harper Teen; Robin Haseltine, Entangled Publishing; Agent: Kathleen Rushall); YA Para (Kristin Daly Rens, Balzer / Bray; Natashya Wilson, Harlequin Teen; Agent: Holly Root); YA Speculative (Meredith Rich, Bloomsbury Spark; Vicki Lame, St. Martin's Press; Agent: Nicole Rescinti); NA (Amy Stapp, Tor Forge; Angela James, Carina; Agent: Cate Hart). All finalists will receive a website badge, an ad in RWR, and a free YARWA class of their choice.
First Coast Romance Writers of America National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award Romance Book, Novella Books published with original copyright date of 2014 and available for purchase in U.S. Any publishing venue (Traditional, POD, self-pubbed, ebook, etc.) PDF format is capped at 150 entries. Payments received by 11:59 PM April 1, 2015; mailed entries must be postmarked by April 3 and received by April 9; electronic entries must be received by 7pm EST April 2. Finalists notified by June 15; winners announced July 20. 4 copies of print book or 1 PDF if ebook-published only $25 (no add'l fee for 1st book category) Mail. Pay by check or Paypal. First round judges: 3 romance readers. Top 3 books advance to final round. Final Judges: Romance bloggers, Booksellers, Librarians. Categories: Contemp Series; Contemp ST; HR / Regency; Inspirational; F / F / Para; RS; Novel with RE; YA; Novella; Erotica; Best First Book. First place per category - Lapel Pin, and .gif for website. All finalists will receive a certificate. Winners announced in RWR.
Georgia Romance Writers of America Maggies Published Romance Book Any author, traditional or independent. Books must have 2014 copyright date with an ISBN. Received byApril 2, 2015; finalists notified by May 23; winners announced Oct 3. 4 copies of book, professionaly bound print copies with ISBN (erotic romance may be submitted in .mobi format) $20 GRW members, $25 RWA members, $30 non-memers Mail. Pay by PayPal or contact contest chairperson.. Contemp Series, HR, ST, Para /TT / F, Inspirational, YA, NSRE, ER. 2 judges from bookseller / librarian pool will score each entry from 1 to 10. 1st Place winner per category receives Maggie Medallion.
Orange County Romance Writers of America Book Buyer's Best Award Romance Book Published RWA members with first copyright date in 2014, first electronic publishing date in 2014 or first North American release dated in 2014. Ebooks and self-published accepted. Received by April 15, 2015; finalists announced July 11; winners announced Oct 10. 5 autographed Books. E-published books must be submitted in book format, printed and bound, or in PDF readable format. $30 Pay by Paypal, check or money order. Preliminary round judged by booksellers, librarians, and romance readers. Highest score in each category advances to final round. Final judge: Sue Grimshaw, romance book buyer for Borders Group, Inc. Categories: Category Romance, ST, MS w/ RE, HR & Regency, RS, Para / TT / Fantasy, YA, Inspirational, ER, Novella. Final round judge for "Top Pick" is Helen Fried. Finalists and Winners will receive certificates or plaques, lapel pins and BBB logo image file for authors’ website; and will be announced in RWR.
Orange County Romance Writers of America Orange Rose Romance RWA member unpublished / not contracted in last 5 yrs or prior to June 30. Limited to first 150 entries. Received by midnight PT, April 15, 2015; finalists announced July 11; winners announced Oct 10. 5 copies of synopsis plus beginning of ms (35 pp max) $25 for OCC members, $35 other RWA members. PayPal or check Email with RTF attachment 3 in-depth critiques by published authors; scores averaged. Top 10 finalists across all categories (must receive min. of 82% of points) go to 2 editors for final judging; scores averaged. Categories: Contemp, RE, Para, HR, RS, ER, Inspirational, YA, Novella. Final judges: Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill Assoiciates; Brenda Chin, ImaJinn / Belle Bridge / Belle Books; Cat Clyne, Sourcebooks; Bess Cozby, Tor/Forge Publishing; Tera Cuskaden, Samhain; Nicole Fischer, Avon & Avon Impulse; Priyanka Krishnan, Ballantine Bantam Dell; Jill Limber, Boroughs Publishing Group; Dave Long, Bethany House Publishers; Courtney Miller-Callihan, Greenburger Associates; Flo Nicoll, Harlequin; Katherine Pelz, Berkley Publishing; Karen Reid, Harlequin; Raela Schoenherr, Bethany House Publishers; Alycia Tornetta, Entangled Publishing. Finalists receive a pin. 1st thru 3rd Place winners in each category receive Certificate and a site badge 1st Place winners of each category will receive an award. The Charlotte and a special site badge will be presented to the writer of the highest scoring manuscript overall.
Passionate Ink Passionate Plume  Website not updated as of 2/17/15 Erotic Romance Book, Novella Open to all authors published in the erotic romance sub-genre with any erotic romance publisher (regardless of RWA non-subsidy, non-vanity publisher status). Entry must have 1st copyright date of 2014. Received by April 15, 2015; winners announced at Passionate Ink gathering at RWA National convention. e-book or print $25 ($15 for members) Mail / email. Pay by mail or Paypal. 1st round judged by readers, writers, reviewers, booksellers, librarians. Final round judged by multi-published authors and reviewers. Contemp; HR; F / F / Sci-Fi; Para / TT; Novella (25,000 wds or less). 1st round judges: Readers, writers, reviewers, booksellers, librarians. Final Round Judges: Multi-published authors and reviewers. 5 finalists in each category. 1st Place winners receive a Passionate Ink pendant and award graphic for their website. All others will receive certificates and a finalist graphic for their website. Names published in the RWR and announced at RWA National.
NinjaEssays.com NinjaEssays Writing Contest Essays Anyone April 27, 2015; finalists notified May 5. Essay of 800 - 1,000 words, 10 topics to choose from Free via email Judges: top writers from NinjaEssays.com 1st place - $500; 2nd place - $300; 3rd place - $150.
Extaordinaryreads and The Fresh Voice EZine Fresh Voice Short Story Contest Short Story Entrant must be 13 yrs or older. April 29, 2015 or after 1,000 entries have been received. Entire story, 500 - 5,000 words written in English. No fee, but entry code is provided in The Fresh Voice magazine available in digital format from Smashwords and Amazon. Cover price $0.99 or free if you sign up for the newsletter. Online form; must register with website; membership is free Any genre but must be suitable for family-friendly audience. Community voting system. The story with the most, and highest votes wins. Monthly prize is $20 Amazon book voucher. Annual 1st Place: $800 if entry is accompanied by a magaine code, $100 if it is not. 2nd Place: $150 if accompanied by magazine code, $10 if it is not. 3rd Place, $50 if accompanied by magazine code, one year free magazine subscription if not. Note: Winning entries will be published together in an anthology. Authors will receive 80% of sales after retailer's commission.
Georgia Romance Writers of America Maggie Unpublished Romance Unpublished in full length romance within last 5 yrs. Entries limited to first 70 received in each category. Received by 10 PM ET, April 30, 2015; finalists notified by June 19; winners notified Oct 3 at M&M conference synopsis, prologue and first chapter, 35 pp max. $25 GRW members, $30 RWA member, $40 others. Via Paypal only. electronic 3 published authors judge each entry. 5 finalists per category. No scoresheets, scores not released to entrants. Judges write on ms. Final judges: ST Contemp (Madeleine Colavita, Grand Central Publishing); Contemp Series (Ann Leslie Tuttle, Harlequin); Inspirational (Stephanie Broene, Tyndale); HR (Gabrielle Keck,Avon); Para (Rose Hilliard, St. Martin's Press); YA (Candace Havens,Entangled Publishing); NSRE (Sarah Murphy,Ballantine Bantam Dell); ER S.N. Graves, LooseID). 1st Place winner in each category receives Maggie Medallion. All finalists receive certificates.
Killer Nashville Claymore Award Mystery / Thriller Anyone. Entry must be unpublished and uncontracted. Received by 11:59 PM CT, April 30, 2015. Winner announced at Killer Nashville Awards Banquet Aug 23. First 50 pages $30 by check or PayPal; written critique is additional $20. mail 10 finalists will be judged by a publishing house not affiliated with Killer nashville. Any subgenre of mystery or thriller, incl political thriller, cozy, police procedural, private eye, romantic suspense, paranormal, and historical. Over $1,500 in prizes. Winner receives engraved replica of a Claymore dagger. Winner / top 3 finalists receive free admission to Killer Nashville and Awards Dinner. All Finalists will be considered for a publishing contract.
Rose City Romance Writers of America Golden Rose Romance Open to non-contracted authors of romantic fiction (RWA and non-RWA members) unpublished in book-length (40k words or more) in the last 3 years and any member of RWA not eligible to join RWA-PAN. e-deadline midnight PST April 30, 2015; finalists notified by June 25; winners announced Aug 31. first 10,000 words $25-$35 electronic only; pay by PayPal or check Preliminary round: 3 trained judges, at least one will be published author or RWA Pro. Lowest score will be dropped (unless needed to break tie). The top 3 in each category final. Contemp Series (Elizabeth Poteet. St Martin’s Press); Contemp ST (Tera Kleinfelter, Samhain); HR (Robin Haseltine, Entangled Publishing); Strong RE (Sinclair Sawhney, Tule Publishing Group); Para (Lauren Smulski Harlequin/HQN); RS (Amy Stapp, Tor); YA / NA (Gabrielle Keck, Avon / Harper Collins) The GRAND PRIZE winner is the entrant with the highest total score overall. This winner will win a gold-plated American Beauty Rose. 1st Place Winners in each category will be offered a free chapter membership plus a one-of-a-kind handcrafted necklace. All 1st through 3rd place winners will receive a certificate and a website web banner. The names of all winners will be published on the RCRW website and in the Romance Writers Report (RWR).
Rubery Book Award International Rubery Book Award Self published or small press published books or ebooks Books / ebooks in any genre published either by a small press or self published April 30, 2015; finalists notified ~July Print book: one copy; ebook: copy in pdf, mobi, £35 ($60 USD) via check or PayPal. Other currencies accepted. by mail for printed book, by email for ebook Final judges: Judith Allnatt, Paul McDonald, and Clare Morrall. First Prize £1000 (approx 1599 US$, 1277€ ) The winning book will also be read by a top literary agent from MBA. Plus a minimum of the 3 category winners each winning £100 (approx 159$, 127€)
The Red Line The Red Line Short Story Competition Short Fiction, theme-based Anyone. Entries must be in English and previously unpublished.. April 30, 2015; winner notified approximately 6 weeks later 4,500 words max. Theme: Nature Free Online Any subgenre. Six to eight stories will be posted on the site and given to a judging panel for final judging. Panel may consist of reading groups, editors of other magazines, writers, or someone with a specific interest in the theme. Fifty pounds sterling (or equivalent) to the best story, as selected by the judges for that issue.
Toronto Romance Writers of America The Catherine Romance Open to all unpublished writers (whether or not a member of RWA) and published members of RWA who are not eligible to join RWA-PAN. Entry must be uncontracted, unpublished as of entry date. Received by 11:59 PM EST April 30, 2015; finalists notified early July; winners announced in Nov. beginning of ms plus synopsis (7,500 words max) $25 TRW members, $30 others, by PayPal email Top 3 in each category with minimum scores of 80/100 go to final round. Finalists have a week to revise entry. Contemp Series (Piya Campana, Harlequin); ST (Esi Sogah, Kensington); HR (Katherine Pelz, Berkley); Para / F / F (Brenda Chin, Belle Books); RS (Dana Hamilton, Grand Central Publishing); Strong RE (Kerri Buckley, Carina Press); YA (Annie Berger, Harper Collins Children’s Books); NA (Megha Parekh, Grand Central Publishing) Category winners receive certificates and are entered into the Gold Ticket competition judged by Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency. Winner of Gold Ticket will receive a 3 chapter critique from NYT best selling author Kelly Armstrong.
Creative1 Publishing 65 Little Words Writing Competition Fiction Anyone 18 yrs and older May 10, 2015; winners announced within 11 weeks 65 words max including title free to Creative Competitor Write, Learn and Publish members, £2.00 all others email Creative Competitor Team 1st Prize: £260.00; 2nd Prize: £195.00
Essaymama Spring Writing Contest Essay in English Anyone can enter. Entry must be original work. Deadline May 25, 2015; winners announced June 2. 800 to 1,300 words on 1 of 8 topics. Free; must "Like" the Essaymama FB page or follow Google+ page and share their post.. See website for details. via email Judged by Essaymama team. 1st place - $450; 2nd place - $300; 3rd place - $200.
From The Heart Romance Writers of America Pages From The Heart Romance RWA members who are published, self published, or unpublished. Entry must not be contracted or published. Deadline midnight PT, June 30, 2015; finalists announced Sept 1; winners announced Nov 2. first 25 pp of ms $20 FTH members; $25 RWA members; $15 each add'l entry (US funds via paypal) electronic only 1st round: Three Judges per entry; lowest score dropped, but will be used in case of a tie. Categories / 2nd round judges: Published Division: Short Contemp (Elle Keck, Harpercollins); Long Contemp (Cat Cline, Sourcebooks ); HR (Katherine Pelz, Berkley Publishing Group); Novella (Lauren Plude, Grand Central Publishing / Hachette Group); Para / F / F / TT (Deborah Gilbert, Soul Mate Publishing); RS / Mystery (Esi Sogah, Kensington Books); YA (Alice Jerman, Harper Teen). Unpublished Division: Short Contemp (Mercedes Fernandez, Kensington Book); Long Contemp (Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency); HR (Alexandra Sehulster, St. Martin’s Press); Novella (Susan Grimshaw, Penguin-Random House); Para / F / F / TT (Kristine Swartz, Berkley Publishing Group); RS / Mystery (Patience Bloom, Harlequin); YA (Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency ). Hero Award: (Courtney Miller-Callihan, Greenburger Associates Literary Agency) 1st Place each category: critique of submission by an independent professional editor; 2nd Place and Hero of Our Heart winner: 1 Year Free Membership to FTH. 1st thru 3rd Place also receive RWR announcement, website graphic, printable e-certificate. A BONUS of 5 points will be added to the total score of every entry that follows our formatting rules
The Red Line The Red Line Short Story Competition Short Fiction Anyone. Entries must be in English and previously unpublished.. June 30, 2015; winner notified approximately 6 weeks later 4,500 words max. Free Online Any subgenre. Six to eight stories will be posted on the site and given to a judging panel for final judging. Panel may consist of reading groups, editors of other magazines, writers, or someone with a specific interest in the theme. Fifty pounds sterling (or equivalent) to the best story, as selected by the judges for that issue.
FenCon Science Fiction Convention (Dallas Future Society) FenCon Short Story Contest Sci-Fi or Fantasy Short Story Anyone who has not sold a work of fiction of any length to any professional publication before the submission deadline. July 10, 2015; winner announced Sept 25. Fewer than 5,000 words Free (one story) to members of FenCon and the Dallas Future Society; $10 all others, or additional entries for members. Email as RTF document. Final judges: a panel of regional professionals in the field: writers, editors, and publishers 1st place: $50, certificate, FenCon 2016 membership, story printed in program book. Two runners-up: $25, certificate, Fencon 2016 membership, story may be printed in program book.