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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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.
Ancient City Romance Authors Heart of Excellence Romance Book Books with original copyright date or first US print date in calendar year 2016 Postmark / email by June 30, 2017; finalists announced mid-Aug; winners announced at Sept ACRA Conference ebooks in two of these 3 formats: Kindle, Nook, PDF $25 via PayPal or check. online First round judges: Romance readers. Final judges booksellers and librarians. A title may be entered in more than one category. Categories: Short Contemp; Long Contemp; RS; HR; Clean Reads (includes but not limited to Inspirational); Para; Strong RE. 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.
ArtAscent "Abstract" 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. June 30, 2017; winners announced in July. 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.
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
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, 2017; finalists notified ~Sept 8-10; winners announced ~Oct 14; Best of the Best announced ~Nov 20. Beginning of ms and synopsis (10 pp max) for a total of 55 pp max submitted as doc or docx file. $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. 1st place winner in each category moves on the Best of the Best to determine overall winner. Final judges and categories: Contemp (Selena James, Kensington Publishing; Heather Howland, Entangled Publishing); ER (Sarah Blumenstock, Berkley Publishing Group; Lexi Smail, Grand Central); HR (Madeleine Colavita, Grand Central; Erin Molta, Entangled Publishing); Inspirational (Shana Asaro, Harlequin Love Inspired; Miranda Hill, Berkley); Para (Norma Perez-Hernandez, Kensington Books; Angela James, Carina Press, Harlequin); RS (Patience Bloom, Harlequin Books; Deb Nemeth, Carina Press); YA (Lauren Smulski, Harlequin; Stephanie Taylor, Clean Reads); Best-of-the-Best (Lily Choi, Berkley Publishing Group) First place category winners receive $50 and a certificate; Best of the Best winner will receive a special keepsake award.
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.  
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 2016 or 2017 that are available only in digital format or print on demand; entries capped at 50 per category. Midnight CST July 15, 2017; winners announced ~Oct 22. Novel (40,000 words minimum) or Short length work (7,500-39,999 words) Novels $25, Shorts $20 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 include an engraved paper weight for the first-place winner in each and certificates for the finalists. PLUS – Winners of each category are guaranteed three reviews plus tweets and Facebook posts about their winning title.
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 22 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).
Mid-Michigan Romance Writers of America Best Banter Romance Unpublished during past five years, or published with first copyright date of 2016 Received by August 1, 2017 at midnight ET; finalists notified Sept 5, winners announced Sept 29 5 pp or 1,500 words max of your best story banter plus a 250-word scene introduction, which will not be judged or included in word count. Published authors must provide an additional page with copyright info. $20, $15 for MMRWA members via Paypal electronic Categoreis: Contemp, HR, Para, YA. Judges unknown. Finalists receive website badge and listing in RWR and on MMRWA website.
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.
Fairytalez Best New Fairy Tale Competition Fiction, fairy tales, folklore None. Deadline August 15, 2017; winner announced Aug 30 Stories between 300 and 5,000 words. Must register and make a profile, and upload story using their program. Free Stories submitted online through their self-publishing program Judged by Fairytalez The winner will receive: Active promotion across all of Fairytalez’s social networks, a digital winner badge published with your story and on your profile page, digital winner badge for your blog or website, $300 Amazon gift certificate. The four finalists will receive: Active promotion across Fairytalez’s social networks, a digital runner-up badge published with your story and on your profile page, a digital runner-up badge for your blog or website
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).
First Coast Romance Writers of America Beacon Award, Unpublished Romance unpublished / not contracted in category entered in book-length (40K min) in last 3 yrs; RWA membership not required 11:59 pm EST August 31, 2017 1st 5,000 words of ms $25 FCRW members, $30 RWA members, $35 others electronic; cn pay by check or PayPal Categories and Final Judges: Category Romance (TBA); Contemp ST (TBA); ER (TBA); HR (TBA); RE (TBA); Inspirational (TBA); Para / F / F (TBA); RS (TBA); YA (TBA) 1st place per category - Beacon Lapel Pin. All finalists will receive a certificate.
San Francisco Area Romance Writers of America Heart to Heart Romance unpublished in novel or novella format as of final winner announcement. Published is defined as having an ISBN and/or ASIN number on any work of novel or novella length. e-deadline August 31, 2017; finalists notified Oct 5; winners announced Nov 6. hero and heroine's first meeting or first time they feel that "spark," 15 pp max (numbered as it appears in the ms) plus optional unjudged, double-spaced, one-page set-up. $15 for SFRWA members, $25 via RWA payment portal electronic Four 1st round judges includes one PRO or PAN. The lowest score is dropped. Final-round judges are acquiring editors and agents. Top 3 entries in each category final.  Contemp (TBA); RS (TBA); ER (TBA); HR (TBA); Para (TBA); YA (TBA) Certificates will be awarded to the top winner in each category.
Southwest Florida Romance Writers of America The Joyce Henderson Contest Romance Unpublished or not published in last 5 yrs. Entry must be uncontracted and unpublished and in English. Must be RWA member. 11:59 PM ET August 31, 2017 first 20 pp and synopsis (1 pp max). Synopsis will not be judged. SFRW members $25; all others $30 Via PayPal electronic entry 1st Round: 2 judges, at least one published. Final judges: Contemp incl. Women’s Fiction (Sue Grimshaw, Penguin Random House; Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill Associates); HR (Lee Lawless, Tor/Forge Publishing; Dawn Dowdle, Blue Ridge Literary Agency); Para / Sci-Fi / Fantasy (Georgia Woods, Hartwood Publishing; Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency); YA (Mary Altman, Sourcebooks; Sara Megibow, KT Literary Agency); RS (Junessa Viloria, Penguin Random House; Jessica Waterson, Dijkstra Agency); Inspirational (Susan Brower, Gilead Publishing Agent: Julie Gwinn, The Seymour Agency) 1st place in each category wins $50 and Certificate. 2nd place wins $20 and Certificate. 3rd place wins Certificate. Winners announced in RWR.
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.
Music City Romance Writers of America Melody of Love Romance Published and unpublished writers. Entry must be for book not under contract as of March 1. Need not be RWA member. Sept 15, 2017, finalists announced ~Nov 1, winners announced Dec 1 first 15 pp of full-length novel (minimum length 50,000 wds). A Short blurb (200 wds max, optional and not judged unless critique requested for additional fee) $20-$35 via PayPal or check; critique of blurb is additional $10 email Judged fully by PAN members, three judges per entry. Top 10% final. Final judges: Victoria Lea, Aponte Literary; Janna Bonikowski, The Knight Agency; Amanda Jain, Inklings Literary Agency; Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin’s Press. Others TBA. Finalists in each category receive a certificate and announcement in RWR and the MCRW website. #1 Finalist in each category also receives a $25 cash prize. Each entry has a chance to win a 50 page professional critique. Winner selected by random drawing. Entries capped at 60.
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.
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: TBA 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).
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)..