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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ArtAscent "Orange" International Call for Writers Fiction, poetry Any writer 18 yrs or older. Entries must be original work of applicant. Can be previously published or unpublished. April 30, 2017; winners announced June 30. 900 words max with theme of "bliss." Share your interpretation. $10 via PayPal online Entries include fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations. Judges: ArtAscent The Gold writer will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal complete w/ artist profile review written by our art writer. Up to 10 writers will be published in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal, showcased, along with website links, in an online exhibition on the ArtAscent website for at least two years.
Georgia Romance Writers of America Maggie Unpublished Romance Unpublished in full length romance within last 5 yrs.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. Entry must have minimum length of 40,000 wds. April 30, 2017 by 10 PM ET; finalists notified June 29; winners announced Sept 30 at moonlight & Magnolias conference synopsis, prologue and first chapter, 35 pp max for all. $25 GRW members, $30 RWA member, $40 others via Paypal. 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 (Stephanie Doig, Carina Press / Harlequin); Contemp Series (Cindy Davis, Wild Rose Press); Romance w/Religious or Spiritual Elements (Raela Schoenherr, Bethany House Publishers); HR (Michele Bidelspach, Grand Central Publishing / Hachette Book Group); Para (Mary Altman, Sourcebooks); YA (Kate Brauning, Entangled Publishing); MS w/Central Romance (Amy Stapp, Tor Teen / Forge Books); RS (Cheryl Yeko, Soul Mate Publishing) 1st Place winner in each category receives Maggie Medallion. All finalists receive certificates.
New England Crime Bake Al Blanchard Award Contest Crime short story Story must be a previously unpublished (in print or electronically, including author website) crime story by a New England author or with a New England setting April 30, 2017 at midnight. Winner announced in November at conference. 5,000 words max in Word format, double-spaced Free email Mystery, thriller, suspense, caper, or horror Winner receives $100 plus publication in Windward, Level Best Books' crime fiction anthology, free admission to Crime Bake, and a handsome plaque.
Orange County Romance Writers of America Orange Rose Romance RWA member unpublished / not contracted in book-length or novella length fiction in last 5 yrs, prior to June 30. Limited to first 150 entries. April 30, 2017 at midnight PT; finalists announced July 8; winners announced Oct 14. 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: TBA Finalists receive certificate and a gold rose lapel pin. Overall winner of the Golden Rose Contest and receives a $100 gift certificate. One-year RCRW membership* for the overall winner and first place winners in each category
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. April 30, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST first 10,000 words of full-length novel with projected length of 50,000 wds or more; finalists must supply a 500-word synopsis RCRW members, $30, RWA members $35. Early birds (by 11:59 PM PST March 31) receive $5 discount. 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. Categories and Final Judges: HR (Gabrielle (Elle) Keck, Avon / Harper Collins); RS (Kierstin Cherry, Loose Id); MS w/SRE (Alexandra Sehulster, St. Martin’s); YA / NA (Amy Stapp, Tor); Contemp ST (Sinclair Sawhney, Tule Publishing Group); Para (Robin Haseltine, Entangled Publishing); Contemp Series (Megan Broderick, HQN). All heat levels across all categories. Top Prize: $100 Amazon gift certificate, winner web site banner, certificate, gold rose lapel pin, finalist certificate with ranking, and a one-year RCRW membership (does not include RWA membership fees).
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Nicholl Fellowship Script Screenwriters who have not earned more than $25,000 writing for film or television (see rules). Up to 2 authors per script. Uploaded by 11:59 pm PT May 1, 2017; quarterfinalists notified by Aug 1; semifinalists notified by early Sept Original feature film screenplay, 70-160 pp, in PDF format, written in English. $85 via credit card electronic First, quarter-final, semi-final and final rounds of judging. Semi-final round judged by Academy members of the motion picture industry. Final round judged by the Nicholl committee. Finalists must write a letter to Nicholl Committee, giving the Committee some idea of the writer’s personal and professional interests should he or she receive a Fellowship. Up to five $35,000 fellowships are awarded
Arizona Mystery Writers Mary Ann Hutchison Story Contest For Youth Mystery Open to anyone age 9-14. Work must be original and unpublished prior to judging. Postmark by May 1, 2017; winners announced at Awards Luncheon July 8, 2017. Short story (2,500 words max ) $5 by check or money order. Entry form and fee by postal, entries may be email or postal Categories: Mystery, Suspense, and / or thriller 1st prize $25; 2nd $20; 3rd $15; certificate, and publication on the club's web site.
Peninsula Pulse The Hal Prize Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry Open to writers throughout the United States Deadline May 1, 2017; winners announced Aug 4. fiction and nonfiction: 2,000 words max; poetry: preferred as MS Word or .rtf file; poem no longer than one page. Also include cover letter and a 25-50 word bio. $5 for fiction and nonficiton; $2.25 for poetry online submission This year’s judges are author and English professor David Haynes, historian and Wisconsin Life Executive Producer Erika Janik, nationally renowned photographer Kevin J. Miyazaki, and the poetry editors of Milwaukee literary journal cream city review (Alessandra Simmons, Soham Patel and Tobias Wray). Publication to a readership of more than 17,000, cash awards for first place winners, a week stay at Write On, Door County, and other prizes.
Tampa Area Romance Writers of America TARA Romance (except women's fiction category which must center on female protagonist) Entry must be original work, unpublished and uncontracted  as of deadline; need not be RWA member Received by 11:59 PM EST May 13, 2017; winners announced ~Sept. 1st 4,500 words; finalists must supply a synopsis of up to 5 pp $20 for TARA members, $25 others via PayPal or check 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. Category / Series Contemp (Brenda Chin, Entangled Brazen / Scorched); HR (Gabrielle Keck, Avon / Harper Collins); Para (Tera Cuskaden, Entangled Otherworld); ST (Lexi Small, Grand Central Publishing / Forever); Women's Fiction (Alexandra Sehulster, St. Martin’s Press); RS (Alison Dasho, Montlake Publishing); Inspirational (Giselle Regus, Harlequin Love Inspired) 1st Place category winners receive Sterling Silver TARA pendant, and contest winner graphic for website. Finalists receive certificates. Winners announced in RWR.
Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers of America On the Far Side Novel-length fiction with Romantic and Futuristic, Fantasy, or Paranormal Elements Unpublished / not published in the genre entered during the last 5 years 11:55 PM EDT May 14, 2017; finalists notified July 3; winners announced ~August 8. Beginning of manuscript and an optional 2-page synopsis which will not be judged, 20 pp max including optional synopsis $20 for FF&P Member, $25 others email Four 1st round judges with lowest score dropped. Three finalists advance to final round. Categories: Dark Para (Tahra Seplowin, Harlequin); Light Para (Theresa Cole, Entangled Publishing); Sci-Fi / Futuristic (Sarah Younger, Nancy Yost Literary Agency); Fantasy (Jim McCarthy, Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret LLC); Urban Fantasy (Gail Delaney, Desert Breeze Publishing); Steampunk ( Mary Altman, Sourcebooks); Erotic (Deborah Nemeth, Carina Press); HR (Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Literary Agency); YA (Amanda Leuck, Spencerhill Associates); NA (Tricia Skinner, Fuse Literary) Top Prize: Certificate and OTFS pin.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Dante Rossetti Awards Young Adult Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay.. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, May 30, 2017; finalists announced Sept; 1st Place category winners announced Nov; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Contemporary YA; SFF & Para; YA Adventure / Romance; YA Historical; Dystopian / Edgy / Urban; Mystery / Thriller / Suspense; 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345. Category winners compete for Dante Rossetti Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 cash prize, blue ribbon, digital badges, and book stickers, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year (prize is $1,000)
Chanticleer Book Reviews Gertrude Warner Awards Middle Grade Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, May 30, 2017; finalists announced Sept; 1st Place category winners announced Nov; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Contemp Middle Grade; SFF & Paranormal Middle Grade; Mystery Middle Grade; Historical Middle Grade; Adventure Middle Grade 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345. Category winners compete for Gertrude Warner Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 cash prize, blue ribbon, digital badges, and book stickers, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year (prize is $1,000)
Central Ohio Fiction Writers Ignite the Flame Romance Entry must be unpublished, uncontracted completed book-length ms (40k words or more). Postmark / e-deadline 11:59 pm EST May 31, 2017. Hero and heroine's first meeting, 15 pp max + set-up if needed (set-up will not be judged) $20 COFW members; $25 others money order, or PayPal. email 1st round judges are published authors and PRO members. 3 finalists in each category. Final Judges: Contemp (Stephany Evans, Fine Print Literary Agency); Erotic (Christine Klocek-Lim, Evernight Publishing); HR (Tara Gelsomino, Crimson Romance); Inspirational (Emily Rodmell, Harlequin Love Inspired); Para / F / F / TT (Cori Deyoe, Three Seas Literary Agency); RS (Alexandra Sehulster, St. Martin's; YA / NA (Michelle Grajkowski, Three Seas Literary Agency) Grand Prize: Full manuscript critique and evaluation from award-winning romance author and instructor Leigh Micheals, a prize valued at $295. 1st, 2nd, 3rd place category winners receive certificate and entry will be sent to an agent or editor.
Heart of Denver Romance Writers of America The Molly  Romance unpublished in novel-length fiction in past 3 yrs Received by 11:59 PM MDT, May 31, 2017; 1st round semi-finalists notified ~late July; 2nd round finalists notified ~late Aug; winners notified in Oct. 1st 25 pp plus 5-pp max synopsis, which will not be judged. (30 pp max entry.) Format is .doc in TNR 12 or 14 point or Courier 12 point. $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 1st Round has 3 qualified judges. Top 30% in each category moves to 2nd round. 2nd Round judged by 2 published authors. After the 5 scores from 1st and 2nd round are received, the lowest of the 5 scores is dropped. The 3 entries with highest total of the 4 remaining scores advances to finals. Final round judges: Contemp Long (Liz Parker, Inkwell Management; ;Lexi Small, Grand Central Publishing); Contemp Short: ( Jessica Alvarez, BookEnds Literary Agency; Penny Barber, Lyrical Press, Carina Press); HR (Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency; Kate Dresser, Simon & Schuster); Para / TT / Futuristic (Amanda Leuck, Spencerhill Associates; Tera Cuskaden, Entangled Select Otherworld and Kensington); YA (Jennifer Wills, The Seymour Agency; Brenda Chin, Entangled Publishers); ST/MS (Editor TBA; Jessica Watterson, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency); RS (Nikki Terpilowski, Holloway Literary; Alex Logan, Grand Central Publishing); Unsinkable Heroine; Heart of Molly, member-only award 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.
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Fiction Unpublished, uncontracted in book length fiction through traditional publishing house at time of entry. E-deadline 11:59 PM MST May 31, 2017; finalists announced Aug 1; winners announced Sept. 9. first 4,000 words + 750 word synopsis $30; critique is add'l $25. email 2 judges evaluate each entry. 5 highest-scoring entries scoring 130 or more in each category will final. Categories and Final Judges: Action / Thriller (Eric Campbell, Down and Out Books); Mystery / Suspense (Sharon Bowers, Miller Bowers Griffin Literary Management); Womens Fiction (Alicia Clancy, Editor, St. Martin's Press); Speculative Fiction (Kristen Nelson, Nelson Literary Agent); YA / Middle Grade (TBD); MS and Other Genres (TBA) 1st Place winner $150, 2nd Place $100, 3rd Place $75, 2 remaining finalists $30.
Storgy Exit Earth Short Story Anyone May 31, 2017 by 11PM; winners announced in June 5,000 words max saved as Word document £10 via PayPal via email Judged by STORGY staff and critically acclaimed author Diane Cook First prize: £1000; Second prize: £500; Third prize: £250
Southern Magic Romance Writers of America Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Romance Book, Novella Entries must have copyright and original publication date of 2016; traditionally or self-published Received by May 31, 2017, by 11 PM CT 4 copies of the entered book; e-books (with copyright page produced by publisher) may be entered if not available in print. $25 via PayPal via mail and/or electronic Judged by romance readers, booksellers, and / or librarians.3 judges, lowest score dropped. Lowest score used in case of tie. to form the final score. Categories: Contemp ST, Contemp Series, Inspirational ST, Inspirational Series, RS, RS Series, HR, Para / F / F / TT, NA, Teen, Novella (20-40k wds) All finalists receive a certificate. Winners receive a commemorative golden lapel pin and inclusion in a full-page RWR ad.
Southern Magic Romance Writers of America Linda Howard Award of Excellence Romance Unpublished, uncontracted entry e-deadline 10 PM CST May 31, 2017 by 11 PM CT; finalists announced in August; winners announced in Nov. First chapter (5,000 words max, including prologue). Finalists must supply a 2-pp max double-spaced synopsis with revised entry $25 via PayPal; $20 for subsequent entries via entry form 1st round: 3 judges. Lowest score will be dropped except in case of tie. Top 3-5 entries in each category will final. Final judges: Contemporary (Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency); HR (Barbara Rosenberg, The Rosenberg Group ); Para (Victoria Lea, Aponte Literary Agency); LGBTQ (Rachel Haimowitz, Riptide Publishing); RS (Cheryl Yeko, Soul Mate Publishing); Inspirational (TBA); YA/NA (Kristy Hunter, The Knight Agency ); Sensual and Sizzling (Ric Savage, Black Velvet Seductions Publishing); The Write Magic (for Southern Magic members only (Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency) First place will receive a commemorative pin. First through third place receive a certificate and have names printed in RWR.
Arizona Mystery Writers Arizona Mystery Writers Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest Mystery / Suspense / Thriller Short Story Open to the public. Work must be original and unpublished prior to judging. Postmark by June 1, 2017; winners announced at Awards Luncheon Sept 9. 2,500 words max $15 by check or Money Order. Email or mail (3 copies); entry fee must be mailed. Categories: Mystery, suspense, and / or thriller (no horror or sci-fi). 1st prize $200; 2nd $100; 3rd $75; certificate, publication on the club's web site, free lunch (Tucson, AZ), and everlasting glory
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 calendar year 2016. Received by June 1, 2017; finalists and winners announced TBA. 3 print copies of book or one electronic version in as many formats (pdf, mobi, epub) as possible. Finalists will be asked for 2 additional copies. Short stories are $15. Other entry types: $20 HODRW members, $25 other RWA members, $30 all others. Via PayPal. print books by mail; ebooks uploaded Categories: Short Story, YA, Short Contemp, Long Contemp, HR, Para / TT / F, RS, ER, 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.
Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award Fiction and Non-fiction Any book-length work published for the first time in 2016. Received by June 1, 2017. Winner announced August 24-27. Both a digital and hard copy of book $79. Registered attendees of Killer Nashville can enter first book for free. mail Categories: FICTION; Adventure, Fantasy / SciFi / Alternate History / Speculative; Horror; Graphic Novel; Mystery; Suspense; Thriller; Western; Short Story Anthology (multiple); Short Story Collection (single); Children’s Board Book (Newborn to age 3); Children’s Picture Book (ages 3-8); Children’s First Reader Book (ages 5-8); Children’s First Chapter Book (ages 7-10); Tween Adult (10-14); Young Adult (14 and up). NONFICTION: Academic; Forensics; Historical; Memoir / Biography; Reference; True Crime; Writing Business; Writing Craft; Children’s Board Book (Newborn to age 3); Children’s Picture Book (ages 3-8); Children’s First Reader Book (ages 5-8); Children’s First Chapter Book (ages 7-10); Tween Adult (10-14); Young Adult (14 and up); Essay Anthology (multiple); Essay Collection (single); Poetry; Experimental Category winners receive a personalized award medal. Overall Best Fiction and Best Nonfiction also receive a $500 cash prize.
Northwest Houston Romance Writers of America Lone Star Romance anyone unpublished or not published in last 5 yrs with uncontracted, unpublished (in any format) entry. e-deadline midnight CDT June 4, 2017; winners announced in October. first 5,000 words saved in RTF only. $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; finalists can revise based on critiques. Categories: Contemp Series (Piya Campana, Harlequin; Sarah Phair, Trident Media Group; Kristy Hunter, The Knight Agency); F/F/P (Mary Altman, Sourcebooks; Priyanka Krishnan, HarperCollins; Rachel Ridout, Harvey Klinger Agency); HR (Elizabeth May, Kensington Publishing; Janet Clementz, Soul Mate Publishing; Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency); Inspirational (Raela Schoenherr, Bethany Books; Nicola Martinez, Pelican Books; Dina Davis, Harlequin); RS (Tara Gelsomino, Crimson Romance; 2nd Judge, TBA; Nicole Resciniti, The Seymour Agency); ST (Susan Grimshaw, Penguin-Random House; Junessa Viloria, Random House; Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency); YA (Alycia Tornetta, Entangled; Michelle Klayman, Bouroughs Publishing; Jennifer Wills, The Seymour Agency) 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 2016-17 school year. June 10, 2017; winner announced Sept 22 at FenCon conference Fewer than 5,000 words Free. 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 2018 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 2018 membership, and the stories may be posted (at the judges’ discretion) on the FenCon website.
New Jersey Romance Writers of America Golden Leaf Romance Novel, Novella All NJRW members and RWA members published in novel-length fiction. Romance novels with 1st copyright date or 1st NA print date of July 2016 - June 2017. Capped at 25 books per category. Entry deadline June 11, 2017. Books must be received by June 14. Finalists notified early Sept. Winners announced Oct 14 at PYHIAB conference. 4 autographed copies of book; 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. $25 NJRW members, $30 others. Subsequent entries after first entry are discounted $10. Register online. Mail in entry. Judges are booksellers, librarians, readers groups, romance readers. Three finalists per category: Best First Book; Short Contemp, Mid-Length Contemp, Long Contemp, HR, Novella, Para, RS, ER Winners announced at "Put Your Heart In A Book" Confrerence
New Millennium Writings New Millennium Writings Literary Awards Fiction, Nonfiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry Original work. Previously published works accepted if print circulation was under 5,000 or the work was published online only. June 18, 2017; winner announced in October Fiction: 6,000 words max; Nonfiction: 6,000 wds max; Flash Fiction: 1,000 wds max; Poetry: 3 poems, up to 5 pages total $20; 3 entries for $45; 5 entries for $72 online or via postal mail various Each category winner receives $1000 + publication online in print anthology.
Hour of Writes Hour of Writes Fiction, poetry Open to anyone 16 yrs and older. June 19, 2017 11 PM UK time; winner announced ~10 days later. (Note: this contest runs weekly) Up to 2000 words responding to the theme. Entrants must mark 3 other entries £3 Online through website Peer reviewed; winner chosen by HOW staff and/or guest judge Winner receives half of net fees received for that competition (£50 minimum)
International Screenwriters' AssociationU Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition Screenplay, TV Script Original screenplay or teleplay written in English, unencumbered by any third party. Entry cannot have been sold or produced for profit. Must be 18 or have legal guardian permission to participate. final submission deadline June 28, 2017. Top 100 announced Aug 31; Top 6 and Grand prize winner announced Oct 4 Full-Length Features: 80-120 pp; TV Pilots: 70 pp max submitted in pdf, ms word doc, RTF, or Final Draft format in 12 point courier font $65 USD via PayPal or through ISA website ($55 if submitted by May 3; $45 if by April 18). Additional entries after first are discounted. electronic 1st round judged by logline entries and 1st 30 pp; for 2nd round, the top 100 screenplays will be read and rated. Screenplay judged in final round. Genres: Action / Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller Grand Prize: $10.000 in cash and other prizes. 2nd Place $5,000; 3rd Place $4,000; 4th Place $3,000; 5th Place $2,000; 6th Place $1,000. All 6 receive full scholarship to New York Story Seminar, FAST Screenplay Screenwriting Process, 1 yr subscription to Storylogue.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Chaucer Awards Historical Fiction Pre-Industrial (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, June 30, 2017; finalists announced Oct; 1st Place category winners announced Dec; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Pre-Historical Fiction; Ancient Historical Fiction; Dark Ages / Medieval / Renaissance; Elizabethan / Tudor; 1600's; World / International History Pre-1750s; America's - Historical Fiction Pre-1750s 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345. Category winners compete for Chaucer Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 cash prize, blue ribbon, digital badges, and book stickers, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year (prize is $1,000).
Chanticleer Book Reviews Goethe Awards Historical Fiction Post Industrial (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, June 30, 2017; finalists announced Oct; 1st Place category winners announced Dec; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Regency / Victorian / 1700s / 1800s; 20th Century; World Wars and Other Wars; World / International History Post 1750s; US History 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345. Category winners compete for Goethe Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 cash prize, blue ribbon, digital badges, and book stickers, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year (prize is $1,000).
From The Heart Romance Writers of America Pages From The Heart Romance RWA members who are published or unpublished with original, unpublished, uncontracted entry. Deadline 11:59 PM PT, June 30, 2017; finalists announced Sept 1; winners announced Nov 6. 6,000 words max $21 FTH members; $26 RWA members; $16 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 and Final Judges for Published Author entries: Short Contemp (Patience Bloom, Harlequin; Kristine Swartz, The Berkley Publishing Group); Long Contemp (Jessica Watterson, Sandra Dijkstra and Associates Literary Agency; Kerri Buckley, Carina Press); RS / Mystery ( Elizabeth May, Kensington Books; Stephanie Doig, Carina Press); HR (Linda Scalissi, Three Seas Literary Agency; ;Jennie Conway, St. Martin’s Press; Para / FF / TT (Keyla Hernandez, Harlequin; Mary Altman, Sourcebooks); YA (Alexandra Sehulster, St. Martin’s Press; Alycia Tornetta, Entangled Publishing). Categories and Final Judges for Unpublished Author entries: Long contemp (Erin Niumata, Folio Literary Management; Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks); Short Contemp (Scott Eagan, Greyhaus Literary Agency; Janet Clementz, Soul Mate Publishing); HR (Cheryl Ferguson, The Ferguson Literary Agency; Erin Molta, Entangled Publishing); RS / Mystery (Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Inc.; Kayla King, Harlequin); Para / F / F / TT (Julie Gwinn, The Seymour Agency; Sarah Blumenstock. Berkley); YA (Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency; Alice Jerman, HarperCollins) Hero of our Heart Award: Nicole Resciniti The Seymour Agency) 1st Place: $30.00; 2nd Place: 1-year paid membership to FTHRW; 1st thru 3rd and Honorable Mention receive website / avatar graphic, printable e-certificate, and name in contest winners section of the RWR. Hero of Our Heart Prizes: 1st Place: $50 and name in contest winners section of RWR. 1st thru 4th Place recieve website / avatar graphic and printable e-certificate.
Wells Festival of Literature Wells Competitions Poetry, short story, children's book Anyone. Entry must be in English, exclusive to author, uncontracted, unpublished, and not submitted to any other competition at time of entry Received by midnight June 30, 2017; winners announced Oct 15 Poetry: 40 lines max; short story: 1,000 to 2,000 words; children's book: for ages 9-16, synopsis and first 3 chapters £6 payment in sterling via cheque or postal order or online via PayPal via postal mail or submitted online Judges: Poetry: Gillian Clarke; Short Story: Maria McCann; Children's Book: Steve Voake In each category: 1st Place £750, 2nd Place £300, 3rd Place £200, Local prize £100
Mid-America Romance Authors The Carla - Crown Jewel of Books Romance Novel Book self- published or traditionally published in 2016 Register by 11:59 PM CDT July 1, 2017; books received by July 15; finalists notified last week of Oct; winners announced Nov 3 perfect-bound copies of book $25 Email and postal mail 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. 1st place book receives trophy, publicity on the MARA Facebook page and in the RWR. Finalists receive a Finalist Certificate.
New Jersey Romance Writers of America Put Your Heart In A Book Romance RWA member, unpublished / not contracted in book-length romantic fiction at the contest deadline by any publisher and in any format within the last five years. Received by 12:01 a.m. EST July 1, 2017; finalists notified Aug 10; winners announced Oct 14 at NJRW Conference. synopsis (2-5 pp), prologue / first chapter; 30 pp max entry $25 NJRW members, $35 all others. Check, money order, or PayPal electronic only 2 judges for 1st round; 3rd judge if difference of 45 points or more. Score is averaged of 2 highest scores. The 3 top entries in each category final. Categories: Contemp Series, ST Contemp, HR, Para, RS, YA. Final Judges TBA 1st Place: $50 + plaque; 2nd Place: $35 + certificate; 3rd Place: $25 + certificate
Final Draft Big Break Scripts Anyone 18 years or older at date of entry. July 14, 2017; quarter-finalists announced late Sept; semi-finalisas announced in Oct; top 10 finalists announced early Nov; top 5 in mid-Nov; winners in early Dec; Grand Prize winners at the 11th Annual Awards in Feb 2018 Logline plus full-length script (150 pp max) in English in standard industry format. Must submit in Final Draft or pdf format. $65 ($40 if submitted by Feb 29; $50 if by June 30) online entry system Entries are narrowed down to approximately 350 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; Diversity; Drama; Family / Animated; Period / Historical / War; Sci-Fi / Fantasy; Thriller / Horror. TV categories: Diversity Pilot, Half-Hour, Hour-Long Pilot. Two Grand Prize winners are flown to Hollywood for a series of meetings and networking with industry professionals
Land of Enchantment Romance Writers of America The Rebecca Romance Published or unpublished authors with unpublished, uncontracted entry. Postmark  / e-deadline July 14, 2017; finalists notified Sept 10; winners announced at LERA Conference Oct 14. First 5,000 words of ms $20 members, $25 non-members via PayPal electronic Top 3 entries in each category final. Categories: Contemp, Para / Speculative Fiction / Urban Fantasy; Suspense; YA. Final judges TBA. 1st Place winners in each category: $25. 1st through 3rd receive certificates
Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition EPIC Ebook Competition Ebook, Novella, Fiction / Romance Short Works Published in English and released for sale June 1, 2016 - May 31, 2017. Self published are eligible. July 15, 2017; winners announced Spring 2018. Submit entry in non-DRM PDF format. Must provide a "buy" link to the ebook. $25 EPIC members, $35 others, via PayPal. Online as non-DRM PDF Judges are published authors, publishers, editors; 3 judges in every round. Categories: Any length: Children, Poetry. Up to 20,000 wds: Fiction Short Works, Romance Short Works. 20,001 - 29,999 words: Novellas, works which have been included in anthologies. Over 30,000 words: All other categories including: Horror, Non-fiction, Spiritual, YA; Fiction: Action / Adventure, Contemp, Erotica, Fantasy, Historical, Mystery, Para, Sci-Fi, Suspense / Thriller; Romance: Action / Adventure, Contemp, Fantasy, HR, Para, RS, Sci-Fi.  
Fencon Fencon Short Story Contest Science Fiction or Fantasy Short Story Open to anyone who has not sold a work of fiction of any length to any professional publication before July 10, 2017; no "fanfic" or shared-worlds fiction Received by July 20, 2017; winners announced Sept 23 5,000 words max in RTF format; see formatting rules free for 1st entry, $10 for additional entries email Sci-Fi or Fantasy short story, any topic, Final Judges are top industry professionals. 1st Place: $100 and publication in the FenCon XIII program book.Two runners-up: $50 and possible publication in the FenCon program book. All receive certificate and 2018 Fencon membership.
Hour of Writes Hour of Writes Fiction, poetry Open to anyone 16 yrs and older. July 24, 2017 by 11 PM UK time; winner announced ~one week later. (Note: this contest runs weekly) Up to 2000 words responding to the theme. Entrants must mark 3 other entries £3 Online through website Peer reviewed; winner chosen by HOW staff and/or guest judge Winner receives half of net fees received for that competition (£50 minimum)
Chanticleer Book Reviews Laramie Awards Western, Pioneer, Civil War Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, July 31, 2017; finalists announced Nov 2017; 1st Place category winners announced Jan 2018; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Western Romance; Adventure / Caper; Classic; Civil War / Prairie / Pioneer; Contemporary Western; Western YA 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345. Category winners compete for Laramie Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 cash prize, blue ribbon, digital badges, and book stickers, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year (prize is $1,000).
Colorado Romance Writers of America Rocky Mountain Cover Contest Romance novels Novels with original 2016 copyright date. July 31, 2017 cover submitted as jpg file, 3 final published copies of a print book, or advance or bound galley copies $15 via PayPal, check or money order   Judges include romance-loving readers, booksellers, and authors. Categories: Contemp Series, Contemp, ST, RS, HR, Para / TT / F / F, Inspirational, YA w/ Romantic Elements, Best Man Chest, Sweetest Cover, Hottest Couple, ER, NA, Novella Winners will be posted on website and covers will be shown in an ad.
Dream Quest One Dream Quest One Summer Poetry & Writing Contest Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry Unpublished, published, All entries must be original. Recieved by 11:59 PM CST August 15, 2017; winners announced Oct 9. Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject and / or write a short story, 5 pages max single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme. $5 per poem; $10 per short story. Multiple submissions accepted. Mail or email. Can pay via PayPal All categories welcome. Judges: Dare to Dream Master Selection Committee. Final judge, Andre L. West. Prizes: Writing First Prize: $500, Second: $250, Third: $100; Poetry First Prize: $250, Second: $125, Third: $50. All winning entries will be published online in the Dare to Dream pages.
Kwill Books Baum Indie Book Prize Fiction and non-fiction of any genre, including poetry and children's books Anyone 18 years or older. Author must have full rights. Entry must be unpublished* and uncontracted, completed, and in English. See website for details. (*Author must be willing to republish as a new edition from scratch if work was previously published.) August 31, 2017 at 5PM PST; finalists announced Sept 21; winner announced Oct 15. submit full manuscript through the website $20 Early Bird (thru May 1) / SPR Members; $25 Standard Entry submit thru website using Dropbox and PayPal Judged by Kwill Books. All categories welcome. $3,999 book deal at Kwill Books including editing, formatting, design, and marketing.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Chatelaine Awards Romance & Women's Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, August 31, 2017; finalists announced Dec 2017; 1st Place category winners announced Jan 2018; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Contemp; Romantic Adventure & Suspense; HR; Inspirational / Restorative; Romantic Steamy / Sensual 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345. Category winners compete for Chatelaine Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 cash prize, blue ribbon, digital badges, and book stickers, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year (prize is $1,000).
Sustainable Arts Foundation Sustainable Arts Foundation Award and Sustainable Arts Foundation Promise Award Various - see Categories. (Note: 1/2 of the awards will go to applicants of color) Anyone who is a parent with a child under age 18. Entry must be in English and be recent work. August 31, 2017; awards announced Nov 16. Writers: 25 pages maximum. You may submit a single long sample or multiple shorter samples. Poets: 10 poems, not to exceed 25 pages total. Additionally, you must answer 4 questions. See website for visual arts submission info. $15 online submission through their form, PDF format for entries Approximately 10 finalists with typically 5 winners. Categories: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Long Form Journalism, Playwriting, Picture Books, Early and Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Graphic Novel. There are also visual arts categories (see website for details). Judged by at least two jurors (fellow artists and writers). Sustainable Arts Foundation Award: $6,000. Sustainable Arts Foundation Promise Award: $2,000. Typically there are 5 of each award.
New York City Romance Writers of America Kathryn Hayes "When Sparks Fly" Fiction Published with original publication date in calendar year 2016 Sept 1, 2017; finalists announced Nov 10; winners announced Dec 2 full manuscript of published book in pdf or mobi format RWA NYC members: 1st title free, then $25; RWA Members: $25; Non-RWA: $35 electronic only (mobi or pdf) Top 3 in each category move to final round. Contemp; Erotic, Para / Sci-Fi / Fantasy; RS; HR. Multicultural, LGBT submissions welcome in all categories. Judges: Published Authors Prize: $75.00
Valley of the Sun Romance Writers of America Hot Prospects Romance Anyone with uncontracted, unpublished romance entry e-deadline / postmark 11:59 p.m. PST Sept 1, 2017; finalists notified Oct 31; winners announced Dec 15. beginning of ms (25 pp max) and synopsis (3-5 pp). Total entry cannot exceed 30 pp. Valley of the Sun RW members: $25; non-chapter members: $30. Check, money order, PayPal, cash. mail or electronic. 1st round - 2 judges. If scores vary by 26 or more points, there will be a 3rd judge with lowest score dropped. 3 finalists per category. Categories: ST Contemp, RS, HR / Regency, F/F/P, Inspirational. Final judges are editors TBA Grand prize TBA. Finalists receive certificate, graphic for website and acknowledgment in RWR.
Spruce Mountain Press Past Loves Day Story Contest Non-fiction Open to anyone with a past true love Sept 17, 2017; winners announced Nov 17 True story (700 wds max) about a past true love Free email or postal mail No categories; judges are from Spruce Mountain Press. 1st Prize: $100; 2nd prize: $75; 3rd Prize: $50; Honorable Mention(s) Winning stories will be posted (anonymously, if requested by author) on the website.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Clue Awards Suspense / Thriller Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, Sept 30, 2017; finalists announced Dec 2017; 1st Place category winners announced Jan 2018; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Detective / Crime; Suspense / Thriller; Private Eye / Noir; Legal / Medical / Police Procedural; Spy / Espionage 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345. Category winners compete for Clue Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 cash prize, blue ribbon, digital badges, and book stickers, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year (prize is $1,000).
Chanticleer Book Reviews Little Peeps Awards Children's (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, Sept 30, 2017; finalists announced Dec 2017; 1st Place category winners announced Jan 2018; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Chapter Book; Story Book; Picture Book; Activity Book; Educational Book 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345. Category winners compete for Little Peeps Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 cash prize, blue ribbon, digital badges, and book stickers, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year (prize is $1,000).
Hour of Writes Hour of Writes Fiction, poetry Open to anyone 16 yrs and older. Oct 23, 2017 by 11 PM UK time; winner announced ~one week later. (Note: this contest runs weekly) Up to 2000 words responding to the theme. Entrants must mark 3 other entries £3 Online through website Peer reviewed; winner chosen by HOW staff and/or guest judge Winner receives half of net fees received for that competition (£50 minimum)
Chanticleer Book Reviews Ozma Awards Fantasy Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, Oct 31, 2017; finalists announced Jan 2018; 1st Place category winners announced Feb 2018; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Adventure / Mystery / Thriller; Paranormal Romance; Magical Beings & Creatures; Strange and Unexplained; Supernatural powers 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345. Category winners compete for Ozma Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 cash prize, blue ribbon, digital badges, and book stickers, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year (prize is $1,000).
Chanticleer Book Reviews Paranormal Awards Paranormal (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, Oct 31, 2017; finalists announced June 2017; 1st Place category winners announced Aug; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Adventure / Mystery / Thriller; Paranormal Romance; Magical Beings & Creatures; Urban / Edgy; Supernatural Powers 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345. Category winners compete for Paranormal Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 cash prize, blue ribbon, digital badges, and book stickers, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year (prize is $1,000).
Red Hen Press Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award Poetry Previously unpublished poetry manuscript. Open to anyone not affiliated or associated with Red Hen Press. Postmark by Oct 31, 2017; winner announced in 2018 unpublished poetry collection, 48 - 96 pp.   via Submittable online Final Judge: Richard Blanco $3,000, publication of the collection by Red Hen Press, and 4-week PLAYA Residency.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Somerset Awards Contemporary / Literary / Mainstream Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, Nov 30, 2017; finalists announced Feb 2018; 1st Place category winners announced March 2018; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Contemp Theme; Adventure / Suspense; Literary; Women's Fiction; Satire; Magic Realism 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345. Category winners compete for Somerset Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 cash prize, blue ribbon, digital badges, and book stickers, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year (prize is $1,000)..