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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Chanticleer Book Reviews Dante Rossetti Awards Young Adult Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2013. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. No erotica or graphic violence. 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, 2016; finalists announced July 2016; 1st Place category winners announced Sept 2016; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2017 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Contemporary YA; SFF & Para; Dystopian / Edgy / Urban; Mystery / Thriller / Suspense; Historical YA; YA Adventure / Romance First Place Category Winners receive an editorial book review and marketing package that includes a prize ribbon, digital badges, book stickers, as well as promotion on website, social media, and newsletter; and your review will be published in the Chanticleer Reviews Magazine. The Dante Rossetti Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Young Adult Fiction Book of the Year, awarded a $200 prize, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year. Overall Grand Prize winner receives $1,000. Note: Website states that Prizes and Award Packages may change without notice.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Gertrude Warner Awards Middle Grade Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2013. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. No erotica or graphic violence. 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, 2016; finalists announced July 2016; 1st Place category winners announced Sept 2016; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2017 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 First Place Category Winners receive an editorial book review and marketing package that includes a prize ribbon, digital badges, book stickers, as well as promotion on website, social media, and newsletter; and your review will be published in the Chanticleer Reviews Magazine. The Gertrude Warner Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Middle Grade Fiction Book of the Year, awarded a $200 prize, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year. Overall Grand Prize winner receives $1,000. Note: Website states that Prizes and Award Packages may change without notice.
Gival Press Gival Press Novel Award There's no direct link to the contest page. Click on Contests and then "Novel Award -- Guidelines" Fiction Unpublished novel written in English Postmark by May 30, 2016 Submit a manuscript of 30,000 to 100,000 words $50. See website for details. via mail or Submittable   Prize of $3,000, publication by Gival Press, plus 20 author copies
Ancient City Romance Authors Heart of Excellence Romance Book Books with original copyright date or first US print date in calendar 2015 Postmark / email by May 31, 2016; 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 Judges are romance readers, 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.
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, 2016; winners announced in Oct. 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.  
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, 2016; 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. 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 (Editor Stephanie Doig, Carina Press; Stephany Evans, Fine Print Literary Manaagements); HR (Editor TBA; Kristy Hunter, The Knight Agency); Para / TT / Futuristic (Chris Keeslar, Boroughs Publishing Group; TBA); YA (Lauren Smulski, Harlequin; Elaine Spencer, The Knight Agency); ST/MS (Editor TBA; Jessica Watterson, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency); RS (Tara Gavin, Kensington; Courtney Miller-Callihan, Handspun Literary Agency); Unsinkable Heroine (Erin C. Niumata, FOLIO Literary Management, LLC); Heart of Molly, member-only award (TBA) 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.
Hourglass Literary Magazine Hourglass Literary Magazine Writing Contest Short Story, Poetry, Non-fiction Essay For writers writing in English AND in the BCMS languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, and Montenegro May 31, 2016 by 11:59 P.M. US Central time; winner announced Sept 1, 2016 Short story: 7,000 wds max; Poem: 3,500 words max; Essay: 1,000 wds minimum, 9,000 wds max. $13.59 for short story or essay; $13.59 for up to three poems. via online Submittable form Categories: Best Short Story, Best Essay, Best Poem. Judges are authors Sibelan Forrester, Jelena Lengold and John K. Cox Winning entry in each category receives $1,000, a symbolic artifact (clepsydra), digital stamp, and diploma and winning entries will be published in Hourglass Literary Magazine in the original language (English / BCMS) and translated (BCMS / English). See website for more.
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, 2016; finalists announced Aug 4; winners announced Sept. 10. 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 (Peter Joseph, St. Martin's Press); Mystery / Suspense (Amy Stapp, Tor Books); Romance ( Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin's Press); Speculative Fiction (Diana Pho, Tor Books); YA / Middle Grade (Shannon Hassan, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency); MS Other Genres (Rachelle Gardner, Books & Such Literary Management) 1st Place winner $150, 2nd Place $100, 3rd Place $75, 2 remaining finalists $30.
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, 2016; winners announced July 30. 2,500 words max $15 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 2015. Received by June 1, 2016; 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. $20 HODRW members, $25 other RWA members, $30 all others by 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.
Las Vegas Romance Writers of America I Heart Indie Contest Romance Books and novellas independently published (as ebook or print) between Jan 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016. Categories capped at 50. 5 pm, PST on June 1, 2016; finalists notified Aug 1; winners announced Oct 15. The book's cover in jpg, jpeg, or png format, and the text of the back cover copy. Can enter up to three entries per category. $15 Electronic only. Categories: Contemp, HR, ER, Inspirational, Para, Suspense, YA, NA, Western, Sci-Fi / Fantasy, Novella. 1st round judges are book club members who are avid readers. Top 5 entries in each category will be judged by 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.
Northwest Houston Romance Writers of America Lone Star Romance anyone unpublished or not published in last 5 yrs and uncontracted until deadline with uncontracted, unpublished (in any format) entry. e-deadline midnight CDT June 5, 2016; 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; Cindy Davis, Wildrose Press; Victoria Lowe, The Bent Agency); F/F/P (Brenda Chin, Imajinn Books; Debbie Gilbreath, Soulmate Publishing; Sarah Hershman, Hershman Rights Management); HR (Char Chaffin, Soulmate Publishing; Allison Byers-Editor, WildRose Press; Robin Hasletine, Entangled Publishing); Inspirational Raela Schoenherr, Bethany Books; Nicola Martinez, Pelican Books; 3rd TBA); RS (Tara Gelsomino, Crimson Romance; Andrea Somberg, Harvey Jkubger Agency Michelle Graikowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency); ST (Alicia Condon, Kensington Books; Chris Kessler, Boroughs Publishing; Jill Marsal, Marsallyon Literary Agency); YA/NA (Alycia Tornetta, Entangled; Sarah Blumenstock, Berkley; 3rd TBA) First place winners in each category will receive the Lone Star Brooch. Achievement certificates will be awarded to all finalists.
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. Romance novels with 1st copyright date or 1st NA print date of July 2015 - June 2016. Capped at 25 books per category. Entry deadline June 12, 2016. Books must be received by June 17. 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 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
ArtAscent "Patterns" International Call for Writers Fiction, poetry Any writer, previously published or unpublished, 18 yrs or older. Submission must be original work of applicant. June 30, 2016; winner announced July 30. 900 words max with theme of "Patterns." Share your interpretation. $10 via PayPal online Entries include fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations. Judges: ArtAscent Up to 40 applicants will be selected. Plus, if you are chosen as one of the top 4 applicants, you will also be highlighted in a feature section with a profile written about you and your work. All selected artists and writers are showcased in the magazine and the juried online exhibition.
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 June 30, 2016. 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. 3 finalists in each category. Final Judges: Contemp (Elle Keck, Harper Collins); Erotic (Christine Klocek-Lim, Evernight Publishing); HR (Tara Gelsomino, Crimson Romance); Inspirational (Emily Rodmell, Harlequin Love Inspired); Para / F / F / TT (Tahra Seplowin, Harlequin HQN); RS (Megha Parekh, Grand Central); YA / NA (Liz Pelletier, Entangled) 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.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Chaucer Awards Early Historical Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2013. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. No erotica or graphic violence. 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, 2016; finalists announced Aug 2016; 1st Place category winners announced Oct 2016; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2017 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Pre-Historical Fiction; Ancient Historical Fiction; World / International History (non-western culture historical fiction); Dark Ages, Medieval, Renaissance; Elizabethan / Tudor; 1600's; America's - Historical Fiction Pre-1750s First Place Category Winners receive an editorial book review and marketing package that includes a prize ribbon, digital badges, book stickers, as well as promotion on website, social media, and newsletter; and your review will be published in the Chanticleer Reviews Magazine. The Chaucer Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Early Historical Fiction Book of the Year, awarded a $200 prize, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year. Overall Grand Prize winner receives $1,000. Note: Website states that Prizes and Award Packages may change without notice.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Goethe Awards Late Historical Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2013. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. No erotica or graphic violence. 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, 2016; finalists announced Aug 2016; 1st Place category winners announced Oct 2016; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2017 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Regency / Victorian; World / International History (non-western culture historical fiction); 19th Century; 20th Century; World and Other Wars; US History First Place Category Winners receive an editorial book review and marketing package that includes a prize ribbon, digital badges, book stickers, as well as promotion on website, social media, and newsletter; and your review will be published in the Chanticleer Reviews Magazine. The Goethe Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Late Historical Fiction Book of the Year, awarded a $200 prize, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year. Overall Grand Prize winner receives $1,000. Note: Website states that Prizes and Award Packages may change without notice.
From The Heart Romance Writers of America Pages From The Heart Romance Novel or Novella RWA members who are published or self published. Entry must not be contracted or published. Deadline midnight PT, June 30, 2016; finalists announced Sept 1; winners announced Nov 2. 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: Short Contemp (Elle Keck, Avon Books; Carly Silver,Harlequin); Long Contemp (Courtney Miller-Callahan, Handspun Literary Agency; Meredith Rich, Bloomsbury Spark); RS (Caroline Acebo, Grand Central Publishing; Allison Lyons, Harlequin Intrigue); HR (Deborah Gilbert, Soulmate Publishing; Erin Molta, Entangled Publishing); Para / F / TT (Jennie Goloboy, Red Sofa Literary Agency; Elizabeth May, Kensington Publishing); YA (Alysia Tornetta, Entangled Publishing; Sarah Blumenstock, Berkley / NAL); Inspirational (Michelle Grajkowski, Three Seas Literary Agency; Nicola Martinez, Pelican Ventures Book Group); Hero Of Our Heart Award (Stacy Donaghy, Donaghy Literary Agency; Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin's Press) 1st Place each category: $30, 1 yr free membership to FTH; 2nd Place and Hero of Our Heart winner: 1 yr 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
From The Heart Romance Writers of America Pages From The Heart Romance RWA members who are unpublished with uncontracted entry. Deadline midnight PT, June 30, 2016; finalists announced Sept 1; winners announced Nov 2. 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: Long Contemp (Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Agency; Alexandra Sehulster, St. Martin's Press); Short Contemp (Scott Eagan, Greyhaus Literary Agency; Patience Bloom, Harlequin); HR (Jessica Watterson, Sandra Dijkstra Agency; Janet Clementz, Soulmate Publishing); RS (Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency; Carly Silver, Harlequin Intrigue); Para (Sara Megibow, KT Literary Agency; Kayla King, Harlequin Nocturne); YA (Linda Scalissi, Three Seas Literary Agency; Alycia Tornetta, Entangled Publishing); Inspirational (Nicole Resciniti, The Seymour Agency; Raela Schoenherr, Bethany House); Hero Of Our Heart Award (Stacy Donaghy, Donaghy Literary Agency; Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin's Press) 1st Place each category: $30, 1 yr free membership to FTH; 2nd Place: 1 yr free membership to FTH. 1st thru 3rd Place also receive RWR announcement, website graphic, printable e-certificate.
Southern Magic Romance Writers of America Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Romance Book, Novella Entries must have copyright of 2015. Received by June 30, 2016. 3 copies of the entered book; e-books (with copyright page produced by publisher) may be entered if not available in print. $25 TBA 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 an engraved bookmark 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 June 30, 2016; finalists announced in August; winners announced in Sept. First 5,000 words of ms. Finalists must supply a 2-pp max double-spaced synopsis with revised entry $25 via check, money order, or PayPal via entry form 1st round: 3 judges. Lowest score will be dropped except in case of tie. Final judges: ST (Alicia Condon, Kensington Publishing); Series (Pamela Harty, The Knight Agency); HR (Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency); Para (Ansley Blacksstock, Liquid Silver Books); YA (Michelle Grajkowski, Three Seas Literary Agency); Sensual and Sizzling (Cheryl Yeko, Soul Mate Publishing); The Write Magic (for Southern Magic members only (Kristy Hunter, Submissions Coordinator & Associate Agent, The Knight Agency) First place will receive a commemorative pin. First thru third place receive a certificate and have name printed in RWR.
Indiana Romance Writers of America Golden Opportunity website not updated for 2016 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, 2016 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. Final judges and categories TBA. Top Prize: TBA
Mid-America Romance Authors The Carla - Crown Jewel of Books Romance Novel Book self- published or traditionally published in 2015 Register by 11:59 CDT July 1, 2016; books received by July 15; finalists notified last week of Oct; winners announced Nov 5 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, 2016; 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. Categories: Contemp Series, ST Contemp, HR, Para, YA, RS. 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 15, 2016; 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 2017 Logline plus full-length script (150 pp max) in English in standard industry format. Must submit in Final Draft or pdf format. $40 before Feb 29; $50 by June 30; $65 after 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; 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 a series of meetings and networking with industry professionals
Highfield Press "Picture Worth 1000 Words” Summer Essay Contest Essay Entry must be unpublished July 15, 2016; winner announced ~Sept 15. 500-1,000 words inspired by the theme "Moonlit Evening" and the photo on the contest page. $20 Online form Can be personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, commentary travel piece, historical account, bibliography, or short story. Judge(s) is Highfield Press. $1,000 Grand Prize and online publication. Two runners up receive Highfield Press gifts.
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, 2016; no "fanfic" or shared-worlds fiction Received by July 20, 2016; winners announced Sept 23 5,000 words max in RTF format; see formatting rules free for 1st entry, $10 for additional entries email Categories: YA, Adult, Judges TBA. 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 2017 Fencon membership.
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, 2013. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. No erotica or graphic violence. 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, 2016; finalists announced Sept 2016; 1st Place category winners announced Nov 2016; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2017 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Western Romance; Adventure / Caper; Classic; Civil War / Prairie / Pioneer; Contemporary Western; Western YA First Place Category Winners receive an editorial book review and marketing package that includes a prize ribbon, digital badges, book stickers, as well as promotion on website, social media, and newsletter; and your review will be published in the Chanticleer Reviews Magazine. The Laramie Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Fantasy Early North American Fiction Book of the Year, awarded a $200 prize, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year. Overall Grand Prize winner receives $1,000. Note: Website states that Prizes and Award Packages may change without notice.
Library Journal and BiblioBoard Library Journal Indie Ebook Awards Competition Fiction (see categories) Self-published ebooks written in English. Author must hold copyright and rights to digital distribution. No publication date restrictions. Received by July 31, 2016; winners announced Jan 20, 2017 Full self-published ebook Free online form Categories: Romance, Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult. Judges: Library Journal editors, public library collection development & acquisition librarians, some winners of the 2015 contest. One winner and two honorable mentions per category. Category winners receive $1,000. All winners and honorable mentions also receive: a full LJ review in print and online; promotional ad in LJ’s December “Best of Books” issue; recognition at LJ Self-Published Ebook Awards reception at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia
Chanticleer Book Reviews Chatelaine Awards Romanctic Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2013. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. No erotica or graphic violence. 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, 2016; finalists announced Oct 2016; 1st Place category winners announced Dec 2016; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2017 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Contemp; Romantic Adventure & Suspense; HR; Inspirational / Restorative; Romantic Steamy / Sensual First Place Category Winners receive an editorial book review and marketing package that includes a prize ribbon, digital badges, book stickers, as well as promotion on website, social media, and newsletter; and your review will be published in the Chanticleer Reviews Magazine. The Chatelaine Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Romantic Fiction Book of the Year, awarded a $200 prize, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year. Overall Grand Prize winner receives $1,000. Note: Website states that Prizes and Award Packages may change without notice.
Spruce Mountain Press Past Loves Day Story Contest Nonfiction Anyone who has a true story of a past love Received by midnight, Sept 17, 2016; winner announced Nov 17 True story, up to 700 words free email or postal mail No categories. Judge by Spruce Mountain Press. First Prize: $100, Second Prize: $75, Third Prize: $50, Honorable Mention(s). Winning stories will be posted (anonymously, if requested by author) on this website.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Little Peeps Awards Children's Book Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2013. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. No erotica or graphic violence. 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, 2016; finalists announced Nov 2016; 1st Place category winners announced Jan 2017; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2017 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Chapter Books; Story Books; Picture Books; Activity Books; Educational Books First Place Category Winners receive an editorial book review and marketing package that includes a prize ribbon, digital badges, book stickers, as well as promotion on website, social media, and newsletter; and your review will be published in the Chanticleer Reviews Magazine. The Little Peeps Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Children's Book of the Year, awarded a $200 prize, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year. Overall Grand Prize winner receives $1,000. Note: Website states that Prizes and Award Packages may change without notice.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Clue Awards Mystery, Thriller, Suspense Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2013. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. No erotica or graphic violence. 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, 2016; finalists announced Nov 2016; 1st Place category winners announced Jan 2017; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2017 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Detective / Crime; Suspense / Thriller; Private Eye / Noir; Legal / Medical / Police Procedural; Spy / Espionage First Place Category Winners receive an editorial book review and marketing package that includes a prize ribbon, digital badges, book stickers, as well as promotion on website, social media, and newsletter; and your review will be published in the Chanticleer Reviews Magazine. The Clue Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Suspense/Thriller Fiction Book of the Year, awarded a $200 prize, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year. Overall Grand Prize winner receives $1,000. Note: Website states that Prizes and Award Packages may change without notice.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Ozma Awards Fantasy Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2013. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. No erotica or graphic violence. 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, 2016; finalists announced Dec 2016; 1st Place category winners announced Feb 2017; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2017 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Magic, Heroes & Villains; Coming of Age; Steampunk / Dieselpunk / Gaslight Fantasy; Historical Fantasy; Modern / Urban Fantasy; Fairy Tale, Fable, Myth & Legend First Place Category Winners receive an editorial book review and marketing package that includes a prize ribbon, digital badges, book stickers, as well as promotion on website, social media, and newsletter; and your review will be published in the Chanticleer Reviews Magazine. The Ozma Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Fantasy Fiction Book of the Year, awarded a $200 prize, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year. Overall Grand Prize winner receives $1,000. Note: Website states that Prizes and Award Packages may change without notice.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Paranormal Awards Supernatural Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2013. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. No erotica or graphic violence. 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, 2016; finalists announced Dec 2016; 1st Place category winners announced Feb 2017; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2017 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Adventure / Mystery / Thriller; Paranormal Romance; Magical Beings & Creatures; Urban / Edgy; Supernatural Powers First Place Category Winners receive an editorial book review and marketing package that includes a prize ribbon, digital badges, book stickers, as well as promotion on website, social media, and newsletter; and your review will be published in the Chanticleer Reviews Magazine. The Paranormal Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Paranormal and Supernatural Fiction Book of the Year, awarded a $200 prize, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year. Overall Grand Prize winner receives $1,000. Note: Website states that Prizes and Award Packages may change without notice.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Somerset Awards Literary / Contemporary (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2013. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. No erotica or graphic violence. 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, 2016; finalists announced Jan 2017; 1st Place category winners announced Feb 2017; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2017 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Literary; Contemporary; Adventure / Suspense; Humor / Satire; Women's Fiction; Magic Realism First Place Category Winners receive an editorial book review and marketing package that includes a prize ribbon, digital badges, book stickers, as well as promotion on website, social media, and newsletter; and your review will be published in the Chanticleer Reviews Magazine. The Somerset Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Contemporary & Literary Fiction Book of the Year, awarded a $200 prize, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year. Overall Grand Prize winner receives $1,000. Note: Website states that Prizes and Award Packages may change without notice.