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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Sponsor / Org Contest Type Eligibility Dates EntryFeeSubmissionCategories / Judges Awards
Bauhan Publishing The Monadnock Essay Collection Prize Nonfiction Essays Unpublished book-length collection (120-160 pp or 50,000-60,000 words) of essays Sept 30, 2017 Enter the full collection of essays, 120-160 pp in length, single-spaced (50,000 - 60,000 words). $25 Submit online through Submittable; print submissions accepted through USPS Any form: personal essays, memoir in essay form, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel, historical account, etc. Judge: Journalist, essayist, and poet Andrew Merton. The winning author receives $750 prize money, publication of the collection, 50 copies of the book, and distribution with our other titles
Chanticleer Book Reviews Clue Awards Suspense / Thriller Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014.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).
North Louisiana Storytellers & Authors of Romance (NOLA STARS) The Suzannah Romance Anyone. Entry must be unpublished and uncontracted in any format. Entries capped at 120. Midnight CST Oct 1, 2017; finalists announced Dec 1; winner announced March 3, 2018. 7,200 words max, including synopsis and beginning of manuscript $35; $5 discount before Sept 1; $5 discount to NOLA members.. via email 1st round judges are published authors, RWA Pro members, industry professionsals. 3 scores, lowest one dropped. Final judges: Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill Associates; JoAnna MacKenzie, Nelson Agency; Jessica Alvarez, Bookends Literary Agency; Lexi Smail, Grand Central Publishing; Susan Grimshaw, Random House; Alicia Condon, Kensington Books; others TBA. Grand prize winner announced at conference in March 2017. Winner receives $300 and trophy. All other finalists receive certificates. Results published on website, loops, and in the RWR.
West Houston Romance Writers of America The Emily Romance unpublished / not published in category entered in past 3 yrs with unpublished, uncontracted entry. Entries capped at 200. Traditional, epubbed, indie-published are eligible. Oct 2, 2017; finalists announced Dec 16; winners announced Feb 10, 2018 1st 5,600 words, max in TNR or Courier, 12 or 14 point size $25 WHRWA members, $35 all others. Vic PayPal or check. online 3 judges for 1st round, lowest score dropped. Finalists judged by 2 experts (agent, editor). 3 finalists per category. Long Contemp (Danielle Marshall, Amazon / Lake Union Publishing; Paige Wheeler, Creative Media Agency, Inc.); Short Contemp (Brenda Chin, Entangled Publishing LLC; Carrie Pestritto, Prospect Agency); FFP (Angela James, Harlequin Enterprises; Moe Ferrara, BookEnds Literary Agency); HR (Janet Clementz, Soul Mate Publishing; Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency); RS (Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks; Elaine Spencer, The Knight Agency); YA (Alice Jerman, Harper Collins; Tricia Skinner, Fuse Literary) 1st Place: EMILY brooch, all other finalists: certificate. Best of the Best receives $100.
Fabula Press Aestas Short Story Competition Fiction Anyone aged 18 and above. Stories must be in English, original and unpublished at time winners are declared Received by midnight CT, Oct 14, 2017; winners announced ~31 December Story between 1,500 and 7,000 words $10 online Judges include literary agents, authors, and essayists. Winners decided by highest score in 10 point matrix. 1st Prize : US$250; 2nd Prize: US$150; 3rd Prize: US$100. Longlisted stories published in the Fabula Press winter anthology, and are paid US$50. At Editor's discretion, special awards may be given out in "Editor's Pick" category - the last edition of the contest had two such prizes.
Miami University Press Miami University Novella Prize Novella Unpublished entry Oct 15, 2017; winner announced in early 2018 18,000 - 40,000 wds $25 Online through Submittable Final judge: Author TaraShea Nesbit $750, a standard contract, publication and 10 copies of book
ArtAscent "Paradise International Call for Writers Fiction, poetry, short stories Any writer 18 yrs or older. Entries must be original work of applicant. Can be previously published or unpublished. Oct 31, 2017; winners announced Nov 1. 900 words max with theme of "Paradise." 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.
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.
Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival One Act Play Contest One-act play Plays that have won any other playwriting contest are ineligible. Postmark / e-deadline Nov 1, 2017. Winner announced late Feb 2018. Submit unpublished, never publicly performed one-act play up to one hour in length. See guidelines for more info. $25 via Submittable or via check or money order. online via Submittable Final Judge: Lisa D'Amour Grand Prize: $1,500; staged reading at the next Festival; VIP All-Access Festival pass ($600 value); publication in Bayou. Top 9 Finalists will also receive a panel pass ($100 value) to attend the Festival.
Tethered By Letters Fall Literary Contest Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Flash Fiction Authors of any age in any part of the world Nov 1, 2017 midnight PT; winners announced in December. For short story, 1,000 to 7,500 words, open genre; for flash fiction up to 750 words; and for poetry submit max of 3 pages per poem $15 per Short Story; $8 per Flash Fiction OR $12 for three Flash Fictions; $8 per poem OR $12 for three poems. online. Pay by credit or debit through submission manager Submittable Any genre. Judged by Celeste Ng (short story), Megan Giddings (flash fiction), and Tommy "Teebs" Pico (poetry) $1,000 for Short Story, $300 for Flash Fiction, $300 for Poetry plus publication in F(r)iction. Finalists will receive professional edits on submissions and be considered for later publication.
Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival Very Short Fiction Contest Short Story Open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Includes self-published books with ISBN. Story must be unpublished and cannot have won or placed in any other writing contest. Postmark / e-deadline Nov 8, 2017. Winner announced late Feb 2018. Original short story, written in English, up to 1,000 words. $10 via Submittable or via check or money order. online via Submittable Judge: Justin Torres Grand Prize: $500; Passes to Panels and Master Classes ($200 value); public reading at the Festival; publication in New Orleans Review.
Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival Poetry Contest Poetry Poem must be unpublished and have not won other prizes or contests. Open to writers who have not published a book of poetry with an ISBN number. Postmark / e-deadline Nov 15, 2017; winners announced late Feb 2018. 2-4 unpublished poems of any theme with combined length of up to 400 lines $15 via Submittable or via check or money order. online via Submittable Judge: Jericho Brown Prize: $1,000; public reading and VIP All Access Pass ($600 value) for next festival, public reading at next festival, and publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas. Top 9 finalists receive a panel pass ($100 value) to attend the next festival, and their names will be published on website.
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).
Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival Fiction Contest Short Story Open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Includes self-published books with ISBN. Story must be unpublished and cannot have won or placed in any other writing contest. Postmark / e-deadline Nov 30, 2017. Winner announced late Feb 2018. Original short story, written in English, up to 7,000 words. $25 via Submittable or via check or money order. online via Submittable Judge: Jennifer Haigh Grand Prize: $1,500; Domestic airfare (up to $500) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the next festival in New Orleans; VIP All-Access Festival Pass ($600 value); public reading at the Festival; publication in Louisiana Literature; Top 9 Finalists will receive a panel pass ($100 value) to next Festival.
Michael Terence Publishing MTP Short Story Competition Fiction and Non-Fiction Open to writers 16 years and older who have never published a full-length work. Deadline midnight Dec 1, 2017; winner announced Dec 15 Max. 3,000 words £5 (GBP) online via website Independently judged 1st Place £300; 2nd Place £200; 3rd Place £100. All 3 placements also receive publication in 2017 Winter Anthology (print book) and publication on website.