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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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Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America Emerald City Opener Romance Unpublished / not published in romance in past 5 yrs in category entered Received by midnight PDT, May 31, 2015.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.
Arizona Mystery Writers Arizona Mystery Writers Story Contest Mystery / Suspense / Thriller Short Story Open to the public. Postmark by June 1, 2015; winners announced July 30. 2,500 words max $10 by check or MO. 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), notice in home-town newspaper, 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 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.
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 June 1, 2015; finalists announced Aug 6; winners announced Sept. 12. 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. Romance (Latoya Smith, Samhain Publishing); Mystery / Suspense (Trish Daly, William Morrow / HarperCollins); MS (Danielle Burby, Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency); Action / Thriller (Denise Dietz, Five Star Publishing); Speculative Fiction (Emily S. Keyes, Fuse Literary); YA (Melissa Jeglinski, The Knight Agency) 1st Place winner $150, 2nd Place $100, 3rd Place $75, 2 remaining finalists $30.
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.
Hearts Through History Romance Writers of America Romancing the Novel Published Authors Contest Romance Novel, Novella Copyright or first print date of 2014. June 15, 2015 Entries must be submitted in electronic format (PDF, Kindle, or epub). $20 HHRW members, $25 other RWA members, $30 all others. digital entries. 4 judges for each category, lowest score dropped except in case of tie. Historical Romance Categories: Ancient / Medieval/Renaissance; Georgian / Regency / Victorian; Colonial / Civil War / Western; Post-Victorian / WWII / up to 1960; Inspirational; TT /Para; YA / NA; Novella (less than 40,000 words) Best First Novel. Other Categories: Contemp; RS; Inspirational; Para / FF / TT; YA / NA; Novella; Best First Novel Category winners included in full-page RWR ad, full-page InD'tale magazine ad, press release to winners' local newspapers and to TBA review sites, $25 Facebook or similar gift certificate.
New Jersey Romance Writers of America Golden Leaf Romance Novel, 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
ArtAscent "Still Life " International Call for Writers Fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations Any writer 18 yrs or older. June 30, 2015; winner announced Aug 1. 900 words max with theme of "Still Life ." 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.
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
Oklahoma Romance Writers of America International Digital Awards Novel or short work Open to all works of fiction in English with original copyright date in 2014 or 2015 that are available only in digital format or that are digital first print on demand; entries capped at 50 per category. Midnight CST June 30, 2015; winners announced Oct 15. Novel or Short length work (minimum 10,000 words) Novels $20, Shorts $15 submit in non-DRM .pdf format as email attachment 3 judges; five finalists per category per entry type (novel or short work). Categories: Contemp, Erotic, Historical, Inspirational, Para, Suspense, YA Prizes TBA.
Red Hen Press Red Hen Press Short Story Award Short Fiction Previously unpublished short story Deadline June 30, 2015; winner announced 2016 Applicant can submit up to two stories, maximum of 25 pages per story. $20 for two stories Mail Final Judge: Sean Bernard $1,000 and publication of the selected story in The Los Angeles Review.
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.
Indiana Romance Writers of America Golden Opportunity Romance Open to any unpublished / uncontracted author in novel or novella length fiction by a non-vanity / non-subsidy publisher (according to RWA publishing standards) in the past three (3) years, except members of IRWA. Deadline July 1, 2015; finalists notified ~Sept 9-11; category winners announced ~Oct 10-11; Best of the Best winner announced ~Nov 20. beginning of ms and synopsis (10 pp max) for a total of 55 pp max. Entries may be limited to first 30 per category. $35. Check or PayPal. electronic entry 1st round: 2 trained judges. If the 2 scores are 75 or more points apart, a 3rd judge is used and the 2 scores closest to each other prevail. 3 finalists per category. Final judges: Contemp (Latoya Smith, Samhain Publishing; Heather Howland, Entangled Publishing); ER (Allison Janice, Berkley Publishing Group; Michele Paulin, Resplendence Publishing); HR (Laura Fazio, NAL at Penguin Group; Erin Molta, Entangled Publishing); Inspirational (Shana Asaro, Harlequin Love Inspired; Becky Philpott, HarperCollins Christian Publishing); Para (Kristine Swartz, Berkley Publishing Group; Angela James, Carina Press, Harlequin); RS (Patience Bloom, Harlequin Books; Deb Nemeth, Carina Press); YA (Lauren Smulski, Harlequin; StephanieTaylor, Astraea Press); Best of the Best (Katherine Pelz, Berkley Publishing Group) Top Prize: Two lucky entries will be selected to win a critique from editors Mallory Braus, Freelance Editor, and Lani Diane Rich, Freelance Editor StoryWonk. Category winners receive $50 and certificate. Best of the Best Prize is special keepsake award.
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, 2015; winners announced in Oct at NJRW Conference. synopsis, prologue, first chapter, 30 pp max. $25 NJRW members, $35 all others. Check, MO 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. HR (Liza Dawson, Liza Dawson Associates; Esi Sogah, Kensington Books; and author Julia Quinn); RS (Eric Ruben, The Ruben Agency; Patience Bloom, Harlequin; author TBA); Contemp Series (Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyons Agency; Gabrielle Keck, Avon Books; author TBA); Contemp ST (Stephany Evans, FinePrint Literary Management; Susan Litman, Harlequin; author TBA); Para (Michelle Johnson, Inklings Literary Agency; Renee Rocco, Lyrical Press / Kensington Books); author Kerrelyn Sparks); YA (Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency; Rachel Burkot, Harlequin; author Beth Ciotta 1st Place: $50 + plaque; 2nd Place: $35 + certificate; 3rd Place: $25 + certificate
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.
Central Ohio Fiction Writers Ignite the Flame Romance Contest open to entrants unpublished, uncontracted in book-length (40k words or more) fiction last 5 yrs. COFW recognizes self-published books as published. Postmark / e-deadline 11:59 pm EST July 15, 2015. Hero and heroine's first meeting, 15 pp max; + 500 word synopsis (will not be judged) $20 COFW members; $25 others money order, or PayPal. email Judges are published authors. If a 20-point variance occurs and one of the scores is 80 or higher, a third judge will score the entry and the 2 closest scores will be averaged to determine the final score. All unpublished judges are RWA PRO. 3 finalists in each category. Contemp, HR, Para / F / F / TT; YA / NA; RS; Erotica First place winner in each category receives $30, a certificate, a critique from the judges, and their entry will be read by an agent or editor.
Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition EPIC Ebook Competition Ebook, Novella, Fiction / Romance Short Works Published in English and released for sale June 1, 2014 - May 31, 2015. Self published is eligible July 15, 2015 Submit entry in non-DRM PDF format. Must provide a "buy" link to the ebook. $25 EPIC members, $35 others, pay online Online 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.  
Heart of Louisiana Romance Writers of America Heartbeat Romance Unpublished or published authors, age 18 and up, with unpublished, uncontracted entry and Facebook account. Need not be RWA member to enter. Received by July 15, 2015; winners announced Oct. First 4,000 words of ms and 3 pp max synopsis uploaded in RTF format $15 via PayPal Administered through the WriConBuilder website. Must have Facebook account to access. All subgenres of romance. First round judges are RWA members, most of whom are published. Final Judges are published authors. Certificates and lapel pin to top three finalists.
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.
Southern Louisiana Romance Writers of America Dixie Kane Memorial Contest Romance Published, unpublished, or self published authors with unpublished, uncontracted entry. International submission in English. Do not need to be RWA member to enter. Postmark by July 31, 2015; winners announced Sept 30. first 5 pp of ms, optional 1 pp synopsis (synopsis will not be not judged) $15 via PayPal online 1st round: 4 published or trained RWA members, lowest score dropped. Categories: Short / long series contemp; ST contemp; HR; Para; Inspirational; Novel w/ SRE; RS; ER; SciFi / Fantasy The top prize for the highest overall score among all entries receives $50 cash and special certificate. Certificates for 1st through 3rd Places and honorable mentions. Names published in RWR, the New Orleans Times Picayune, and on SOLA's website.