Categories abbreviations used: Contemp (Contemporary), ER (Erotic Romance), FFTP (Futuristic / Time-Travel, Fantasy, Paranormal), HF (Historical Fiction), HR (Historical Romance), MS (Mainstream), Mys / Sus (Mystery / Suspense), NA (New Adult), NSRE (Novel with Strong Romantic Elements), Para (Paranormal), RC (Romantic Comedy), RE (Romantic Elements), RS (Romantic Suspense), ST (Single Title), Sci-Fi (Science Fiction), YA (Young Adult).
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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.
ArtAscent "Unknown" International Call for Writers Fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations Anyone 18 years of age and older. April 30, 2015; winner announcement May 30, 2015 900 words max with theme of "Unknown." $10 via PayPal online Judges: ArtAscent The Gold writer will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal with artist profile review. See website for more information.
Chanticleer Book Reviews The Dante Rossetti Awards – Young Adult Novels Young Adult unpublished Manuscripts (30,000 words+) written in English. Cannot have been published or under contract at deadline. Received by midnight, April 30, 2015; finalists announced by June 30. Entire manuscript must be digitally submitted along with a submission form. $40 via PayPal or Check. online Categories: Contemporary; Fantasy, Steampunk, Sci-Fi, Time Travel, Para; Romance; Historical; Inspirational; Dystopian; Mystery / Thriller; Lighthearted / Humorous; Edgy; Coming of Age; New Adult (New Category) 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 2014.
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.
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 30, 2015 (extended from April 15); 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.
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.
Alaska Romance Writers of America Grab Me! Book Blurb Contest Romance Books published after Jan 1, 2012. midnight PT, May 1, 2015; winner announced July 1 back cover blurb (less than 500 words) for your book published after January 1, 2012, in digital or print format. $15.00 via email Trained and experienced AKRWA authors (both published and unpublished). Final Judge: Tom Luce, New Book Buyer for Powell’s Books, Portland, Oregon Grand Prize: Kirkus Review (1 award only). Finalist Prize: Certificate of Achievement.
Tampa Area Romance Writers of America TARA Romance (except women's fiction category) Open to unpublished and published authors of novel length fiction; entry must be original work, unpublished and uncontracted  as of deadline Received by 11:59 PM EST May 1, 2015; finalists notified ~July 1; winners announced ~Sept 30. prologue / first chapter (4,500 words max); finalists must supply a synopsis of up to 1,500 words max $20 for TARA members, $25 others via PayPal uploaded to website At least 2 judges (published authors or TARA-trained and certified). Up to 3 finalists per category. To final, entry must have min overall score of at least 40. Finalists have approx. a week to make changes & submit synopsis before final round. Series Contemp (JoVon Sotak, Montlake Publishing); HR (Sue Grimshaw, Penguin / Random House ); Para (Latoya Smith, Samhain Publishing); ST (Brenda Chin, Imaginn); Women's Fiction (Abby Zidle Simon & Schuster / Gallery Books); RS (Chelsey Emmelhainz, Avon Books / Harper Collins); Inspirational (Raela Schoenherr, Bethany House) Top prize Sterling Silver TARA pendant, certificate. Finalists receive certificates. Winners announced in RWR.
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 May 3, 2015, midnight GMT; results posted by May 15. 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.
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
Music City Romance Writers PITCH Romance Published and unpublished writers Received by midnight CST May 14, 2015; finalists announced June 8; revised entries due back June 12; winner announced July 3. pitch / back cover blurb (200 words max) $15 via PayPal or check email Judged fully by PAN members, three judges per entry. Scoresheets will be minimal and to the point: Would you request or buy this book based upon this blurb? What about the blurb worked? What about the blurb did not work? Additional Comments (optional). Top 10% final. Final judges: Jenny Bent, The Bent Agency; Heather Flaherty, The Bent Agency; Victoria Lowes, The Bent Agency; Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency; Holly Root, Waxman Leavell Literary Agency; Jess Dallow, New Leaf Literary & Media. 1st thru 3rd places receive e-Copy of “QUERY: Everything You Need to Get Started, Get Noticed, and Get Signed” and will be announced in RWR. In addition to above, 1st place also receives choice between a development edit of the first 30 pages and a 30 minute Skype call / chat from Heather Flaherty of The Bent Agency
Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers of America On the Far Side Novel-length fiction with Paranormal Elements Non-published for the genre entered in or not published in the last 5 years Midnight EDT May 16, 2015; finalists notified July 1; winners announced August 4. First 20 pages of manuscript and an optional 2-page synopsis which will not be judged $20 for FF&P Member, $25 others email Four 1st round judges with lowest score dropped. Three finalists advance to final round. Categories: RE (Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Inc);. Hard Sci-Fi / Futurist (Laurie McLean, FUSE); Dark / Light / General Para (Peter Senftleben, Kensington); TT / Steampunk (Cassie Knight, Champagne Book); Urban Fantasy (Melissa Singer, Tor); Fantasy (Chris Keeslar, Boroughs Publishing); YA (Becca Stumpt, Prospect Agency); NA (Connor Goldsmith, FUSE); Historical (Valerie Mann, Decadent); Erotica (Elisabeth Nelson, Ellora’s Cave) Top Prize: Certificate and OTFS pin.
Jet Writers JetWriters Essay Writing Contest Essay in English Anyone May 17, 2015; winners announced May 25. 800 to 1,200 word essay, in English, 5 topics to choose from. Free email Judges: professional writers from JetWriters.com 1st place – $400 2nd place – $250 3rd place – $150
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.
Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America Emerald City Opener Romance Unpublished / not published in romance in past 5 yrs in category entered Received by midnight PDT, May 31, 2015. first 7 pp of ms $12 members; $20 all others by PalPal, check or money order electronic 1st round judges are RWA PRO and published authors. Categories: Contemp, HR, Para, RS. Final judgesTBA.  
Heart of Denver Romance Writers of America The Molly  Romance unpublished in book-length fiction in past 3 yrs Received by 11:59 PM MDT, May 31, 2015; 1st round semi-finalists notified ~late July; 2nd round finalists notified ~late Aug; winners notified in Oct at conference. 1st 25 pp plus 5-pp max synopsis, which will not be judged. $30 - HODRW members, $35 - other RWA members; $40 non-RWA members. $5 early bird discount by May 1. Pay by money order, check, or Paypal email an rtf file 1st Round has 2 qualified judges. Top 30% in each category moves to 2nd round. Re-judging will occur in the 1st round only, and only w/ diff of at least 20 points between judges and if higher judge gave score of 85 or more. When re-judging occurs, lowest score is discarded. 2nd Round judged by 2 published authors. After the 4 scores from 1st and 2nd round are received, the lowest of the 4 scores is dropped. The 3 entries with highest total of the 3 remaining scores advances to finals. Final round judges: Contemp (Cat Clyne, Sourcebooks); HR (TBA); Para / TT / Futuristic; (Renee Rocco, Kensington Books); YA (Kate Brauning, Entangled); ST/MS (Susan Brower, Natasha Kern Agency); RS (Angela James, Carina Press); Unsinkable Heroine (Michelle Grajkowski, 3 SEAS Literary Agency); Heart of Molly, member-only award (Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency) The 1st Place winner in each category will receive the Molly Award plaque. All other finalists will receive certificates. Results will be in the RWR.
Tethered By Letters Spring Literary Contest Short Story, Flash Fiction, Poetry Anyone. International submissions welcome. May 31 , 2015 midnight PT; winners announced in June. 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.
Christina Escamilla Publishing The International Write Fight Flash fiction Open to all writers 18 or up. May 31, 2015; winners announced Aug 5. 1,500 wds max based on genre and theme selected during sign-up $25 email Judges are professionals within the industry including publishers, editors and authors. 1st place 1,000; 2nd place $500; 3rd place $250. Winners and top 3 stories in each group will be published in Fall Anthology.
Ancient City Romance Authors Heart of Excellence Romance Book Books of 50,000 words or more having original copyright date or first US print date of 2014 (print, digital, self / indie published, traditional) Postmark / email by June 1, 2015; finalists announced mid-Aug; winners announced at Sept ACRA Conference 3 signed copies of book; ebooks accepted in at least two of these forms: kindle, nook, pdf $20 via PayPal or check. mail Judges are romance readers, booksellers, and librarians. A title may be entered in more than one category. Categories: Short & Long Series Contemp; Contemp ST; RS; HR (includes Regency); Inspirational; Para; Strong RE; YA. 1st Place winners in each category will receive a trophy, certificate, and a winner’s graphic to include on their website. 2nd and 3rd Place winners will receive a certificate and a graphic for their website. Announcement will be sent to RWR.
Heart of Denver Romance Writers of America Aspen Gold Reader's Choice Romance Book / Novella / Short Story book length traditional or self-published romantic fiction with original copyright or first print date in 2014. Received by June 1, 2015; finalists notified mid-to-late July; two add'l books must be received from finalists by Aug 4; winners announced at awards luncheon in Oct. 3 print copies of book or electronic version. Finalists will be asked for 2 additional copies. $20 HODRW members, $25 other RWA members, $30 all others by PayPal. print books by mail; ebooks uploaded in pdf, mobi or epub formats Categories: Short Story, YA, Contemp, ST, HR, Para / TT / F, RS, Erotica, Novella. First round judged by romance readers. Top 3 books in each category advance to final round. Final judges: Librarians. 1st Place winner receives Aspen Gold award. Finalists receive certificates. Results publicized on website, loops and in the RWR.
Las Vegas Romance Writers of America I Heart Indie Contest Romance Books and novellas independently published (as ebook or print) between Jan 1, 2014 and May 30, 2015. June 1, 2015. The book's cover and the text of the back cover copy. $15 Electronic only. Categories: Contemp, HR, Erotic, Inspirational, Para, Suspense, YA, NA, Novella. 1st round judges are book club members who are avid readers. Final judges are agents experienced in working with Indie authors. Winners announced in RWR, covers and back cover copy will be published on LVRW website. Winners also receive electronic badge.
Mid-America Romance Writers of America The Carla - Crown Jewel of Books Romance Book Book published in 2014. Registered / paid by 11:59 CDT June 1, 2015; books received by June 15; finalists notified last week of Sept; winner announced Oct 5. 3 perfect-bound copies of book $25 No more than 5 finalists from all categories. Judges are Midwest readers incl. participating librarians, book clubs. Categories: Category series, Contemp ST, HR, RS, Para, ER, YA / NA, Inspirational. Final judge: Tina Smith of Dog-Eared Books. First place book receives trophy, publicity on the MARA Facebook page and in the RWR. Finalists receive a Finalist Certificate.
Northwest Houston Romance Writers of America Lone Star Romance anyone unpublished or not published in last 5 yrs in category entered e-deadline midnight CDT June 7, 2015; finalists announced TBA. first 5,000 words $25 via PayPal Email 3 first round judges, at least 2 of them published. Lowest score dropped. Top 3 high scores in each category final. Categories: Contemp Series (Junessa Viloria, Random House; Victoria Lowes, The Bent Agency; TBA); F/F/P (Chris Keeslar, Boroughs Publishing Group; Holly Lorincz, MacGregor Literary Agency; Tara Gelsomino, Execuitive Editor, Crimson Romance); HR / Regency (Alycia Tornetta, Entangled; Allison Byers, The Wild Rose Press; Laura Bradford, The Bradford Literary Agency); Inspirational (Kimberly Shumate, Living Word Literary Agency; Raela Schoenherr, Bethany House Publishers; TBA); Novella (TBA); RS (Cindy Davis, The Wild Rose Press; Jull Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency; Lauren Plude, Grand Central Publishing); ST (Katherine Pelz, Berkley Publishing Group; Debby Gilbert, Soul Mate Publishing; Jessica Alvarez, BookEnds, LLC); YA/NA (Pam Van Hylckama Vlieg, Forword Literary Agency; TBA; TBA) First place winners in each category will receive the Lone Star Brooch. Achievement certificates will be awarded to all finalists.
FenCon Science Fiction Convention (Dallas Future Society) FenCon Short Story Contest: Young Authors Division Sci-Fi or Fantasy short story This contest is geared toward JH and HS writers, but is open to students in grades 3 - 12 as of the 2014-15 school year. June 15, 2015; winner announced Sept 25 Fewer than 5,000 words None. Email as RTF document. Final judging will be done by experienced educators and top industry professionals. The first place winner will be awarded $50 plus a certificate, a FenCon 2016 membership, and the story may be printed on the FenCon XII website. The first two runners-up will each be awarded $25 plus a certificate, a FenCon 2016 membership, and the stories may be posted (at the judges’ discretion) on the FenCon website.
New Jersey Romance Writers of America Golden Leaf Romance Book, Novella All NJRW members and RWA members in Region One published in novel-length fiction. Books with copyright of July 2014 - June 2015. Capped at 25 books per category. Books must be postmarked by June 17 and received by June 22; finalists notified Sept 5; winners announced at conference Oct 16. Romance novels with a first copyright date or first NA printing date of July 2014 through June 2015 are eligible. Includes E-books in print book format, with copyright page produced by publisher, with perfect or case binding and print on both sides of the page. See rule about erotic or sexually explicit scenes. $25 NJRW members, $30 others mail in entry Judges are booksellers, librarians, readers groups, romance readers. Three finalists per category: Best First Book; Short Contemp, Contemp ST, HR, Novella, Para, RS, RE, YA Winners announced at "Put Your Heart In A Book" Confrerence
Final Draft Big Break Scripts Anyone 18 years or older at date of entry. Received by extended deadline of June 30, 2015. Logline plus full-length script (150 pp max) in English in standard industry format. Must submit in Final Draft or pdf format. $40 before April 30; $50 by July 15; $65 by July 31. online entry system Entries are narrowed down to approximately 300 quarterfinalists, then down to the top 10 in each feature genre and TV category. Final judges choose the top 3 and winners in each genre and category. Genres: Action / Adventure; Comedy / Rom-Com; Drama; Family / Animated; Period / Historical / War; Sci-Fi / Fantasy; Thriller / Horror. TV categories: Half-Hour, Hour-Long Spec, and Pilot. Two Grand Prize winners are flown to Hollywood for the Final Draft Annual Award Event. Cash and other prizes to all winners.
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.
Wisconsin Romance Writers of America Write Touch Reader's Award Romance Book RWA members with novel length romances with copyright date or 1st North American printing of 2014 (conventionally published, e-published, and self-published) Received by midnight June 30, 2015; finalists notified by Apr 30; winners announced at Write Touch Conference 3 autographed copies of each book; e-books must be submitted in book or bound landscape galley format $25 (WisRWA members are entitled to one free entry) mail; can pay via PayPal Judges: romance readers not associated in any way with writing organizations or the publishing industry. Categories: Long Contemp (84,000 wds or more; Mid-length Contemp (56–84,000); Short Contemp (40–56,000); ER; Long HR (89,000); Short HR (40–89,000); Inspirational; Para; RS; YA; NA; Fiction w/RE. A plaque or similar award will go to 1st Place winners. Certificates will be awarded to 2nd and 3rd Place winners. Contest results will be published in the RWR.
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.
Land of Enchantment Romance Writers of America The Rebecca Romance Published or unpublished authors with unpublished, uncontracted entry. Postmark  / e-deadline July 15, 2015; finalists notified Sept 1; winners announced at LERA Conference Nov 7. First 5,000 words of ms $20 members, $25 non-members electronic, pay via PayPal or check Top 3 entries in each category final. Contemp (Sara Megibow, KT Literary); HR (Chelsey Emmelhainz, Harper-Collins); Para / SFR / UF (Connor Goldsmith, Fuse Literary); NA (Peter Senftleben, Kensington Books); YA (Kat Brzozowski, St. Martins) 1st Place winners in each category: $50 gift certificate and silver feather;. 2nd Place $30 gift certificate. 3rd Place $20 gift certificate.
Ozarks Romance Authors Weta Nichols Writing Contest Fiction - any genre ... romance, sci-fi, mystery, etc. Open to published and unpublished authors. Manuscript cannot be published (traditional, self-pub, or e-pub) or contracted at deadline. e-deadline midnight CT July 15, 2015; finalists announced Sept 1; winners announced Sept 19 at ORA conference. First chapter (2,500 words max) plus 200 words of flap copy. $25 through PayPal. Online registration form. Email entry. Categories: Contemp, HR, Para /Sci-Fi, YA / Middle Grade. Final judges TBA. 1st Place $75; 2nd Place $50; 3rd Place $25.
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.