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Cultural, Interracial, and Multicultural Special Interest Chapter of Romance Writers of America Abalone Awards for Published Writers Ethno-Cultural Romance Book, Novella Novel must be in English and have ethno-cultural romance elements as defined and have been released between Dec 1, 2012 and Dec 1, 2013 - self pubbed books okay. Midnight PST April 28, 2014; finalists announced by July 4; winners announced at RWA Nationals Submit novel in PDF format; otherwise, 4 printed books. Scoresheets available at website. $15 CIMRWA members; $20 other RWA members; $25 all others. Email if submitting PDF; otherwise, mail. 4 judges; top 3 entries scoring at least 80 out of 100 points will final. Categories: Contemp ST; Contemp Series; ER; Novella; F / F / Para; HR; RS; Inspirational; YA Category winners receive Abalone Award. Finalists receive certificates.
ArtAscent "Desire" International Call for Writers Fiction, poetry, other forms of storytelling Open to Canadian (except Quebec) and U.S. writers . April 30, 2014 ; winner announcement ~May 301, 2014. Entire article (900 words max) with theme of "Desire." See website for details. $10 via PayPal online Entries include fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations. Judges: ArtAscent Artist profile feature in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal and $50 for the gold winner. 3-7 additional writers win publication in the Journal including links to your website, promotion on ArtAscent website writer directory, and exposure in social media.
Chanticleer Book Reviews The Dante Rossetti Awards – Young Adult Novels Young Adult Published Novels of 30,000 or more words written in English with copyright after Dec 31, 2010. E-pub, tradionally pubbed, small press pubbed, self / indie pubbed okay. All novels must have ISBN or ASIN designation. . Received by midnight, April 30, 2014; finalists announced by June 30. e-pub or pdf file must be digitally submitted along with a submission form. Must also submit cover art. $40 via PayPal or Check. online Categories: Contemporary; Fantasy, Steampunk, Sci-Fi, Time Travel, Para; Romance; Historical; Inspirational; Dystopian; Mystery / Thriller; Lighthearted / Humorous; Edgy; Coming of Age; New Adult (New Category) 1st Place Category Winners will be awarded a Chanticleer Book Review Package (valued at $245.00) and CBR First Place Blue Ribbons (digital and stickers). All first place winners will be automatically entered into the CBR Grand Prize Writing Competition for CBR’s Best Books of 2014. All 1st Place winners will receive promotion and publicity. Category Finalists will be announced in our social media and on our website. They will be awarded book promotion digital and adhesive stickers.
Chanticleer Book Reviews The Dante Rossetti Awards – Young Adult Novels Young Adult unpublished Manuscripts (30,000 words+) written in English. Cannot have been published or under contract at deadline. Received by midnight, April 30, 2014; finalists announced by June 30. Entire manuscript must be digitally submitted along with a submission form. $40 via PayPal or Check. online Categories: Contemporary; Fantasy, Steampunk, Sci-Fi, Time Travel, Para; Romance; Historical; Inspirational; Dystopian; Mystery / Thriller; Lighthearted / Humorous; Edgy; Coming of Age; New Adult (New Category) 1st Place Winners in each category will win a Chanticleer Manuscript Overview Package (valued at $325.00) . Or they may elect to submit their work when it published for a Chanticleer Book Review. All first place winners will be automatically entered into the CBR Grand Prize Writing Competition for CBR’s Best Manuscripts of 2014.
Coffee and Cream Publishing Spring Romance Short Story Contest Romance short stories with original copyright date of 2013 or 2014 Short stories with interracial and/or multicultural characters. April 30, 2014; winners announced on website first week of June email completed short story as MS Word document between 7,000 and 20,000 words $10 entry fee has been waived. email Judges: 40% reader website votes and 60% Coffee and Cream Acquisition Editor opinion. Categories: Contemp, HF, Mys-Sys, Para, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Christian, and YA. 1st Place: $500 USD cash. 2nd Place: $100 USD cash. 3rd Place: $50USD, via PayPal or Amazon. Each will be promoted on Coffee and Cream Publishing website. Honorable mention maybe given to each genre.
Killer Nashville Claymore Award Mystery / Thriller Anyone. Entry must be unpublished and uncontracted. Received by 11:59 PM CT, April 30, 2014. Winner announced at Killer Nashville Awards Banquet Aug 23. First 50 pages $30 by check or PayPal; written critique is additional $20. mail 10 finalists will be judged by a publishing house not affiliated with Killer nashville. Any subgenre of mystery or thriller, incl political thriller, cozy, police procedural, private eye, romantic suspense, paranormal, and historical. Over $1,500 in prizes. Winner receives engraved replica of a Claymore dagger. Winner / top 3 finalists receive free admission to Killer Nashville and Awards Dinner. All Finalists will be considered for a publishing contract.
Rubery Book Award International Rubery Book Award Self published or small press published books or ebooks Books / ebooks in any genre published either by a small press or self published April 30, 2014; finalists notified ~July Print book: one copy; ebook: copy in pdf, mobi, £35 ($50 USD) via check or PayPal. Other currencies accepted. by mail for printed book, by email for ebook Final judge: MAN Booker Prize shortlisted author Clare Morrall, Ann Evans and Pauline Morgan. First Prize £1000 (approx 1599 US$, 1233€ ) The winning book will also be read by a top literary agent from MBA; 2nd prize £200 (approx 320 US $, 246€); 3rd prize £75 (approx 120 US$, 92€)
Tethered By Letters Summer Literary Contest Short Story, Flash Fiction, Poetry Anyone. International submissions welcome. April 30 , 2014 midnight EST; participants notified end of May; winner announced June 1, 2014. Short story contest (2,000 to 7,500 words, open genre), flash fiction contest (55, 250, or 500 words), and poetry contest (max of three pages per poem) $10 per Short Story; $4 per Flash Fiction OR $10 for three Flash Fictions; $5 per poem OR $12 for three poems. online. Pay by credit or debit through submission manager Submittable Any genre. Judged by professional editing team at TBL. $250 for Short Story, $50 for Flash Fiction, $100 for Poetry and publication in Tethered By Letters quarterly journal. Finalists will be considered for later publication after working with one of our Senior Editors.
Toronto Romance Writers of America The Catherine Romance Open to all unpublished writers (whether or not a member of RWA) and published members of RWA who are not eligible to join RWA-PAN. Entry must be uncontracted, unpublished as of entry date. Received by 11:59 PM EST April 30, 2014; finalists notified mid to late July; winners announced ?? beginning of ms plus synopsis (7,500 words max) $25 TRW members, $30 others, by PayPal email Finalists have a week to revise entry. NA (Megha Parekh, Grand Central Publishing); Contemp Series (Megan Long, Harlequin); Contemp ST (Esi Sogah, Kensington); HR (Katherine Pelz, Berkley); RS (Leah Hultenschmidt, Grand Central Publishing); YA (Karen Chaplin, HarperCollins Children’s); Para / F / F (Brenda Chin, Belle Books); Strong RE (Kerri Buckley, Carina Press). Category winners receive certificates and are entered into the Gold Ticket competition judged by Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency.
Alaska Romance Writers of America Breakup (website not updated as of 4/1/14) Romance Published or unpublished with unpublished, uncontracted entry. Received by May 1, 2014 Most tense argument, breakup, or black moment (10 pp max). Set-up (3 pp max) may be included but will not be judged $30 via PayPal. electronic All judges are trained, PRO members or published authors. Each entry receives at least 3 scoresheets. All romance categories and heat levels accepted. Finalists judged by Tessa Woodward, Avon Publishing. Winning entry receives critique by Cherry Adair.
Connecticut Romance Writers of America The Write Stuff Romance All authors (PAN, PRO, Indie, and unpublished) are welcome to submit. Entered works must not be published before the submission deadline. Received by May 1, 2014; finalists notified ~July 1; winners announced ~Aug 15. First 25 pp of ms. $20, $25 via PayPal, check or money order electronic First round has 3 judges, lowest score dropped except for case of tie. Written feedback is required. Finalists given a week to edit entry. Final judges: Contemp ST (Esi Sogoh, Kensington); Short Contemp (Leonore Waldrip, Harlequin); RS (Cat Clyne, Sourcebooks); Para (Rebecca Strauss, DeFiore and Company); HR (Elizabeth Copps, Maria Carvainis Agency); Woman’s Fiction (Stephany Evans, Fine Print Literary Management); YA (Laura Zats, Red Sofa Literary) 1st Place $25, jpeg banner for finalists
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Nicholl Fellowship Script Screenwriters who have not earned more than $5,000 writing for film or television (see rules). Up to 2 authors per script. Uploaded by 5 pm PT May 1, 2014 Original feature film screenplay, approx 90-120 pp, in PDF format, written in English. $65 via credit card electronic First, quarter-final, semi-final and final rounds of judging. Semi-final round judged by Academy members of the motion picture industry. Final round judged by the Nicholl committee. Finalists must write a letter to Nicholl Committee, giving the Committee some idea of the writer’s personal and professional interests should he or she receive a Fellowship. Up to five $30,000 fellowships are awarded to authors who have previously earned less than $5,000 writing for film or television.
Southwest Review David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction Fiction Open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction, either a novel or collection of stories. Postmarked by May 1, 2014; winner announced in August. Story of up to 8,000 words. $25 mail or email (can pay online)   Prize: $1,000 and publication in Southwest Review. All entries will be considered for publication.
Tampa Area Romance Writers of America TARA Romance (except women's fiction category) Open to unpublished and published authors of novel length fiction; entry must be original work, unpublished and uncontracted  as of deadline Received by 11:59 PM EST May 1, 2014; finalists notified ~July 1; winners announced ~Sept 30. prologue / first chapter (4,500 words max); finalists must supply a synopsis of up to 1,500 words max $25, non members; $20 for members. Via PayPal uploaded to website At least 2 judges (published authors or TARA-trained and certified). Up to 3 finalists per category. To final, entry must have min overall score of at least 40. Finalists have approx. a week to make changes & submit synopsis before final round. Series Contemp (Karen Reid, Harlequin); HR (Kerri Buckley, Carina Press); Para (Leis Pederson, Berkley Publishing Group); ST (Sue Grimshaw, Penguin / Random House); Women's Fiction (Katherine Pelz, Berkley Publishing); RS (Amanda Bergeron, Harper Collins); Inspirational (Raela Schoenherr, Bethany House Publishers) Top prize Sterling Silver TARA pendant, certificate. Finalists receive certificates. Winners announced in RWR.
Writers Digest International Self Published Book Awards Self-published, various types (see categories) English-language self-published books for which the authors have paid the full cost of publication, or the cost of printing has been paid for by a grant or as part of a prize Postmark by May 1, 2014; winners notified by Oct 17. printed, bound book published OR revised and reprinted between 2007 and 2012 $110 for 1st entry; $85 each addl online registration but send entry by mail MS / Literary Fiction; Genre Fiction; Nonfiction; Inspirational (Spiritual, New Age); Life Stories (Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs); Children's Picture books; Middle-Grade / Young Adult books; Reference Books (Directories, Encyclopedias, Guide Books); Poetry Grand Prize is $3,000 cash plus trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in New York City. Lots of other prizes. See website for details.
Georgia Romance Writers of America Maggies Published Romance Book Any author, traditional or independent. Books must have 2014 copyright date with an ISBN. Received by May 8, 2014. 4 copies of book (electronic and audio accepted in bound, print copies) $20 GRW members, $25 RWA members, $30 non-memers Mail. Pay by check. Series Contemp, HR, ST, Para / Fantasy, Inspirational, YA, NSRE, ER. 2 judges from bookseller / librarian pool will score each entry from 1 to 10. 1st Place winner per category receives Maggie Medallion.
Celtic Hearts Romance Writers of America Golden Claddagh Romance Published and unpublished authors. Entry must never have been published in any format. e-deadline May 10, 2014; finalists notified by June 15; winners announced at Celtic Hearts AGM at RWA Nationals. beginning of ms, 30 pp max $15 CHRW members, $25 non-members by check or PayPal. May enter ms in addl category for $5-$10 email First round scored by 2 trained judges and one published author and the lowest score dropped. 3 highest scoring entries go to final round. Categories: YA (Nicole Fischer, Avon Press; TBA; TBA ); HR / Celtic (Laurie McLean, Forward Literary; Beth Miller, Writers House; Leis Pederson, Berkley Publishing); FF&P (Angela James, Carina Press; Kerry Buckley, Carina Press; TBA); Contemp (Julie Mianecki, Penguin Books; Alissa Davis, Carina Press; Elizabeth Bistrow, Penguin Books) 1st Place winner in each category receives $50 and a commemorative pin. 2nd and 3rd Place winners receive free workshops.
Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers of America On the Far Side Novel with Paranormal Elements Non-published for the genre entered in or not published in the last 5 years Midnight EST May 15, 2014 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 / SF / Futuristic (Laurie McLean, Foreward Literary Agency); Dark / Light / General Para (Marlene Castricato, Crescent Moon Press); TT / Steampunk (Cassie Knight, Champagne Book); Urban Fantasy (Melissa Singer, Tor); Fantasy (Chris Kessler, Boroughs Publishing); YA (Becca Stumpt- Prospect Agency); NA (MaryAltam, Sourcebooks); HR (Cat Cline, Sourcebooks); Erotica (Kelli Collins, Ellora’s Cave) 1st Place: $25 Amazon Gift Certificate nd Winners Graphic; 2nd Place: $20 Amazon Gift Certificate; 3rd Place: $15 Amazon Gift Certificate. All winners receive framed certificate.
The Word Hut Short Story Writing Competition Fiction Short Story Entrant must be over 18 years of age. Entries must be in English. New stories as well as those previously blogged are eligible. May 18, 2014, midnight GMT; results posted May 31 1,000 words max £4 GBP email All stories will be read and judged by James who has a background in publishing and teaching, and Jessica, who is an Oxford English Language and Literature graduate currently working in theatre production and writing her first novel, and Wendy, who is a published author of three novels. 1st = £70 GBP 2nd = £35 3rd = £15 Winning story published on website.
Bookimbo Bookimbo Flash Fiction Competition Flash fiction Application is open to all ages and nationalities. Submissions must be in English, previously unpublished original work. May 22, 2014; winner announced in June 4 - 8 flash fictions in a booklet via the bookimbbo editor, no more than 1000 words each Free Via online link in your bookimbo account Nik Perring, author of Freaks and Not so Perfect Prize: £150 and publication. The collection will available for sale through Roastbooks Limited + 50 free copies.
Heart of Denver Romance Writers of America The Molly  Romance unpublished or not published in past 3 yrs Received by 11:59 PM MDT, May 30, 2014; 1st round semi-finalists notified ~July 20; 2nd round finalists notified ~Aug 29; winners notified ~Oct 5. 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. All entries are judged for the Unsinkable Heroine award. Categories: Contemp; HR; Para / TT / Futuristic; Para; YA; ST / MS; RS / Mystery; Unsinkable Heroine; Heart of Molly (Member-Only Award) The 1st Place winner in each category will receive the "Molly Award Plaque." All other finalists will receive certificates. Results will be in the RWR.
Romancing the Lakes Romance Writers of America Romancing the Lakes Romance Open to all unpublished writers; entry must not be under consideration by a publisher. Midnight, May 30, 2014; winners announced Aug 2 at conference. First 7,000 wds to 8,500 wds of a ms that includes a romance and a lake or any body of water (including swimming pool) $20 via PayPal or check email 1st round Judges: RWA PRO and PAN members, along with trained judges, editors and proofreaders. Categories and final judges: Para (CallieLynn Wolfe, The Wild Rose Press); Fantasy (Rhonda Penders, The Wild Rose Press); Erotica (Nancy Schumacher, Melange Books, LLC); Contemp (Gwen Hayes, Entangled); HR - Middle Ages, American Old West, European, Ancient (Cassie Knight, Champagne Books); HR - Regency, Victorian, Scottish, Irish (Leanne Burroughs, Highland Press); Sci-Fi / Futuristic (Garrett Marco, Soul Mate); TT (Gail A. Delaney, Desert Breeze); RS / Mystery / Cozies (Terri Bischoff, Midnight Ink); YA (Denise Meinstad, Fire and Ice) The Lakes Writing Award and $20 gift certificate to Amazon.com. Second and Third place winners in each category: Receive a Lakes Writing certificate.
Contemporary Romance Writers of America The Stiletto Contest (website not updated as of 4/1/14) Contemporary Romance Unpublished in category entered within last 5 yrs. Entry ms must be unpublished and uncontracted. May 31, 2014 1st 20 pp plus synopsis (2 pp max). Synopsis will not be judged. $20 for members; $30 for non-members electronic 1st round judges are unpublished and published authors. Final round judges are editors / agents TBA.  
Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America Emerald City Opener Romance Unpublished / not published in romance in past 5 yrs Received by midnight PDT, May 31, 2014 first 7 pp of mx $12 members; $20 all others by PalPal, check or money order electronic 1st round judges are RWA PRO and published authors. Final judges: Contemp (Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary); RS (Eric Ruben, Ruben Agency); HR (Holly Ingraham, St Martin's Press); Para (Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary); YA (Kathleen Rushell, Marsal Lyons Literary); NA (Leis Pederson, Berkley Publishing Group) Finalists receive private pitch with their editor or agent of choice if attending Emerald City Writers' Conference on October 17-19. Finalists receive a framed certificate and an Amazon gift card ($20 - First place, $15 - Second place, $10 - Third place).
The Renegade Word Creative Nonfiction Competition Creative Nonfiction Anyone over 18 worldwide as long as you can accept your prize via Paypal. May 31, 2014; finalists announced by June 15; winners announced end of June. True story between 500 and 1,500 words based on one of the writing prompts listed on the site. Free online Renegade Word dditors, Julie M. Rodrigue and Lauren Seegmiller, Renegade Word contributing writer Jene Conrad Grand Prize: $125 and publication in our online magazine. 2nd Place receives $50 and publication. 3rd Place receives $25. 1-2 runners up will receive publication on our site.
Women On Writing (WOW) Flash Fiction Contest Fiction, see website for theme Anyone, any age. Entry must be in English. Midnight PSTMay 31, 2014. Capped at 300 entries. 250 words min to 750 words max (title not included in count) $10 (extra $10 if you want a critique) Online submission. Pay via PayPal (Assume) judges are Women On Writing editorial staff. You will be provided with your scores (1-5) in each category, and personal editorial feedback for each category as well. 20 winners. 1st-3rd Place receive cash prizes ($350, $250, $150); 1st - 3rd plus 7 runners-up will be interviewed on WOW Blog; all winning entries published on WOW! Women on Writing website, all receive Amazon gift certificates.
Arizona Mystery Writers Arizona Mystery Writers Story Contest Mystery / Suspense / Thriller Short Story Open to the public. Postmark by June 1, 2014; finalists notified July 15; winners announced Aug 1. 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 book length romantic fiction with ISBN first published in 2013. Received by June 1, 2014; finalists notified ~July 23; add'l two books must be received from finalists by Aug 6; 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 mail 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: Booksellers or 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, 2013 and May 30, 2014. June 1, 2014. 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.
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Fiction Unpublished, uncontracted in book length fiction at time of entry. Entries capped at 200. E-deadline 11:59 PM MST June 1, 2014; finalists notified Aug 1; winners announced Sept 6. first 20 pp of ms and synopsis, 4 pp max. $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 (Raelene Gorlinsky, Ellora’s Cave Publishing Inc.); Mystery / Suspense (Terri Bischoff, Midnight Ink); MS (Peter Senftleben, Kensington Books); Action / Thriller (Matt Martz, St. Martin’s Press / Minotaur ); Speculative Fiction (Jessica Renheim, Dutton / Penguin Group); YA (Shannon Hassan, Lyon Literary Agency) 1st Place winner: $100 and certificate. Remaining finalists receive $30 and certificate. Winners will be announced at Colorado Gold Conference September 10.
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 8, 2014; finalists announced Aug 18; winners announced at Lone Star Conference Oct 4. first 25 pp $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 (Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency; Piya Campana, Harlequin; Tara Gelsomino, Crimson Romance); F/F/P (Junessa Viloria, Random House; Brenda Chin, ImaJinn Books; Chris Keeslar, Boroughs Publishing Group); HR / Regency (Holly Lorincz, MacGregor Literary Agency; Allison Byers, The Wild Rose Press; Debby Gilbert, Soul Mate Publishing); Inspirational (Kimberly Shumate, Living Word Literary Agency; Raela Schoenherr, Bethany House Publishers; Nicola Martinez, Pelican Book Group); Novella (Lauren Plude, Grand Central Publishing; Alycia Tornetta, Entangled; Cindy Davis, The Wild Rose Press); RS (Jessica Alvarez, BookEnds, LLC; Alicia Condon, Brava / Kensington; Char Chaffin, Soul Mate Publishing); ST (Pam van Hylckama Vlieg, Foreword Literary Agency; Katherine Pelz, Berkley Publishing Group; Pat van Wie, BelleBooks); YA (Jenny Bent, The Bent Agency; Niki Flowers, BelleBooks Inc.; Annie Stone, Harlequin Teen) First place winners in each category will receive the Lone Star Brooch. Achievement certificates will be awarded to all finalists.
Georgia Romance Writers of America Maggie Unpublished Romance Unpublished in full length romance. Entries limited to first 70 received in each category. Received by 10 PM ET, June 10, 2014; finalists notified by Aug 15; winners notified Oct 11 at M&M conference synopsis, prologue and first chapter, 35 pp max. $25 GRW members, $30 RWA member, $40 others. Via Paypal only. electronic 3 published authors judge each entry. 5 finalists per category. No scoresheets, scores not released to entrants. Judges write on ms. Final judges: ST Contemp (Esi Sogah, Kensington Publishing); Contemp Series (Megan Long, Harlequin Superromance); Inspirational (Raela Schoenherr, Bethany House); HR (Katherine Pelz, Berkley Publishing); Para (Lauren McKenna, Gallery / Pocket / Pocket Star); YA (Holly Ingraham, St. Martin's); NSRE (Ellen Edwards, NAL/Penguin); ER (Kelli Collins, Ellora's Cave). 1st Place winner in each category receives Maggie Medallion. All finalists receive certificates.
Ancient City Romance Authors Heart of Excellence Romance Book RWA members with books having original copyright date or first US print date of 2012 Postmark by June 15, 2013; finalists announced by end of Aug; winners announced at October ACRA Conference 3 signed copies of book; ebooks accepted in mobi, epub and pdf (must submit all three ebook types) $20 via PayPal or check. mail Judges are RWA members, non-RWA members, romance readers, booksellers, and librarians. 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.
New Jersey Romance Writers of America Golden Leaf Romance Book, Novella All NJRW members and RWA members in Region One published in novel-length fiction. Books with copyright of July 2013 - June 2014 June 15, 2014; finalists notified early Sept; winners announced at conference Oct 18. Romance novels with a first copyright date or first NA printing date of July 2013 through June 2014 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, $30 taken thru MyRWA. See website. mail in entry Judges are booksellers, librarians, readers groups, romance readers. Three finalists per category: Best First Book; Contemp Series, Contemp ST, HR, Novella, Para, RS, RE, YA Winners announced at Golden Leaf Ceremony at "Put Your Heart In A Book" Confrerence
Hollywood Book Festival Hollywood Book Festival All Published, self-published, independently published works Received by COB on June 25, 2014 one copy of book, any relevant marketing material $75 Mail. Payment by check, money order or online with credit card or thru PayPal Panel of Judges. Categories: General Non-fiction, Fiction, Children’s book, How-To, Business, Wild Card, Unpublished Stories, Biography / Autobiography, Genre-based, Sequels, Spiritual, Young Adult, History, Science Fiction, Screenplays. Also Author of the Year, Design of the Year and Publisher of the Year. Grand prize for the 2014 Hollywood Book Festival Author of the Year is $1,500 and a flight to Los Angeles for awards ceremony.
Peninsula Pulse The Hal Prize Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry Open to writers throughout the United States Deadline June 27; winner announced Aug 1. fiction and nonfiction: 2,000 words max; poetry: preferred as MS Word or .rtf file with only one poem per page $2 online submission Judges: Poetry ( Heid Erdrich); Nonfiction (Michael Perry); Fiction (Lesley Kagen); Photography (Len Villano and Kelly Avenson) Cash awards of up to $150; a week stay at Write On, Door County; a class at Peninsula School of Art; and other prizes.
Cathleen Bailey Jean Toomer Literary Prize for Short Fiction Fiction Anyone Deadline June 30, 2014; winner announced Sept 30 story written in English, 10 pp max in TNR 12 point font $5 email Judge: Cathleen Bailey $300 and online publication
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 June 30, 2014; finalists announced Sept 1; winners announced Nov 3. first 25 pp of ms (6,250 wds max) $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: HR (Katherine Pelz, The Berkley Publishing Group); Contemp (Latoya Smith, Grand Central Publishing); Para / F / TT (Alicia Condon, Kensington Books); RS / Mystery (Cat Kline, Sourcebooks); Inspirational (Stephanie Taylor, Astraea Press); YA / NA (Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin’s Press). Unpublished Division: HR (Junessa Viloria, Random House); Contemp (Janet Clementz, Soul Mate Publishing); Para / F / TT (Mary Altman, Sourcebooks); RS / Mystery (Madeleine Colavita, Grand Central Publishing); Inspirational (Mary Sue Seymour, The Seymour Agency); YA / NA (Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency). Hero Of Our Heart Award (Chelsey Emmelhainz, Avon / William Morrow – Harpercollins) 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.
Red Hen Press Red Hen Press Short Story Award Short Fiction Previously unpublished short story Deadline June 30, 2014; winner announced 2015 Applicant can submit up to two stories, maximum of 25 pages per story. $20 for two stories Mail Final Judge: Pete Fromm $1,000 and publication of the selected story in The Los Angeles Review.
Montana Romance Writers of America Montana Strong Romance Open to authors not published, contracted, or PAN eligible within past 5 yrs. June 30, 2014; finalists notified wee of August 25; winners announced during conference Oct 3-5. 250-word set up; 3,000 words of finished, but unpublished manuscript. $20 RWA members, $25 others. Via PayPal or check. electronic only Categories: Contemp Series or ST (Ellen Smith, Champagne Book Group); HR (Nikki Terpilowski, Holloway Literary Agency); RS (Tara Gelsomino, Crimson Romance); Para / F / Sci-Fi / TT (Cassie Knight, Champagne Book Group); YA (Jennifer Conner, Books To Go Now); NA (Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency); Best of the Best. Best of the Best receives $100 and certificate.
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, 2014; finalists notified ~Sept 9; category winners announced ~Oct 13; Best of the Best winner announced ~Nov 17. 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: HR (Laura Fazio, NAL; Erin Molta, Entangled Publishing); Para (Kristine Swartz, Berkley Publishing Group; Mallory Braus, Carina Press); ER (Allison Janice, Berkley Publishing Group; Michele Paulin, Resplendence Publishing); RS (Patience Bloom, Harlequin Books; Deb Nemeth, Carina Press); Contemp ST (Latoya Smith, Grand Central Publishing; Heather Howland, Entangled Publishing); YA (Lauren Smulski, Harlequin; StephanieTaylor, Astraea Press); Inspirational (Shana Asaro, Harlequin Love Inspired; Becky Philpott, Harper Collins Christian Pub.); Best-of-the-Best (Katherine Pelz, Berkley Publishing Group) 1st Place: $50.00 and certificate; Best of the Best Award: special keepsake award and certificate. In 2013, TEN of our finalists got requests from editors to see full manuscripts!
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, 2014; winners announced Oct 18 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. Short Contemp (Kathleen Rushall, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency; Editor TBA; Author Jennifer Probst); ST Contemp (Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger, Inc.; Angela James, Carina Press; Author Roxanne St. Claire); HR (Sara Megibow, Nelson Literary Agency; Renee Rocco, Lyrical Press / Kensington Publishing; Author Terri Brisbin); Para (Michelle Grajkowski, Three Seas Literary Agency; Editor: TBA; Author Jeffe Kennedy); YA (Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency; Eileen Rothschild, St. Martin's Press; Author Susan Mallery); RS (Courtney Miller-Callihan, Greenburger Associates; Patience Smith Bloom, Harlequin; Author Stella Cameron) 1st Place: $50 + plaque; 2nd Place: $35 + certificate; 3rd Place: $25 + certificate
Dream Quest One Dream Quest One Summer Poetry & Writing Contest Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry Unpublished, published, All entries must be original. Recieved by midnighty July 31, 2014; finalists announced Sept 20. 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.
Final Draft Big Break Screenplay Anyone 18 years or older at date of entry. Received by extended deadline of July 31, 2014 (additional fee applies past standard deadline of July 15) Full-length screenplay (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 Final judges: industry experts. Categories: Action / Adventure; Comedy / Rom-Com; Drama; Family / animated; Period / Historical / War; Sci-Fi / Fantasy; Thriller / Horror Winners share over $80,000 in cash and prizes, including The Final Draft / New York Film Academy Fellowship in Writing for Film & Television. Two Grand Prize winners are flown to Hollywood for the Final Draft Annual Award Event
Florida Romance Writers Golden Palm Romance Published or unpublished author. Entry must be new, original work not published (traditionally or self-published) or contracted. e-deadline midnight EST August 15, 2014; finalists notified ~Oct 25. First 25 pp $20 for FRW members, $30 others electronic entry, pay by check, MO or PayPal 1st round: 3 judges, at least one a published author. Lowest score dropped. Final judges: Short Story / Novella (Robin Haseltine, Entangled Publishing; Dawn Doodle, Blue Ridge Literary Agency, LLC); Contemp (Leah Hultenschmidt, Grand Central Publishing; Beth Campbell, Bookends); HR (Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks; Jordy Albert, The Booker Albert Literary Agency); NA (Angela James, Carina Press; Laura Zats, Red Sofa Literary); YA (Lauren Smulski, Harlequin; Mandy Hubbard, D4EO Literary Agency); Para (Peter Senftleben, Kensington Publishing; Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill Associates) Finalists can send a revised copy to final judges.  First Place in each category will received $25, along with a Certificate and a Golden Palm pin. Second and third in each category will receive a certificate.
Heartland Romance Writers of America Show Me The Spark! Romance Unpublished, not published in last 3 yrs. Work cannot be contracted before Oct 1, 2014 or must be withdrawn. e-deadline midnight CST August 31, 2014; finalists notified Oct 1; winners announced Nov 3. 1st chapter, including prologue (3,500 words max) in TNR, 25 lines per page. $20, $25 Email only. PayPal, check or MO. 1st round: 2 judges. Finalists have a week to revise entry. Contemp (Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency); ER (Leis Pederson, Berkley Publishing); HR (Julie Mianecki, Berkley Publishing); Inspirational (Raela Schoenherr, Bethany House Publishing); Para / Fantasy / Sci-Fi (Dana Hamilton, Harlequin); RS (TBA); YA / NA (Nicole Resciniti, Seymour Agency) 1st prize: $25 and a certificate. All other finalists receive a certificate.
Inclusive Works International Children's Stories Competition Children's Literature Everyone Deadline August 31, 2014; finalist notified end of Nov; winner announcement end of Nov. Short children's story, 1,000 words max Free Online Categories: 1-3 years age category; 4-6 years age category. Judges are a diverse group of persons working for different organizations. The two winning stories will be published by Clavis as illustrated children's books.
Red Hen Press Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award Poetry Manuscript Previously unpublished poetry manuscript Postmarked bye August 31, 2014; winner announced in 2015 unpublished poetry manuscript, 48 pp minimum.. $25 Mail Judge: Douglas Kearney $3,000 and publication of the collection by Red Hen Press.
NANO Fiction Nano Prize Fiction Anyone except friends and family of the editors. Piece must be unpublished. Postmark by Sept 1, 2014; winners announced mid-Sept flash fiction piece, prose poem, or micro essay of 300 words or fewer. $15 for up to 3 pieces; can enter unlimited times 1) by mail with check or money order or 2) by email with payment thru PayPal Judges are editors at NANO Fiction. One winner receives $500 and publication. All entries considered for publication. All entrants receive a 1-yr subscription to NANO Fiction.
Scribes Valley Publishing Annual Short Story Writing Contest Fiction Short Story New or established authors, entry in English. Deadline Sept 3, 2014; finalists notified ~Oct 15. 5,000 words max $7via check, money order or PayPal via postal mail or online Judges: Scribes Valley Publishing All finalists published in annual contest anthology. Top three finalists receive monetary prize based on overall contest participation - the more entries, the bigger the prizes.
Red Hen Press Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award Poetry Previously unpublished poem Postmark by Sept 30, 2014; winner announced 2015 Complete poems, 120 line maximum each. $20 for up to 3 poems, maximum 120 lines each. Mail Final Judge: Pete Fromm $1,000 and publication of the selected poem in The Los Angeles Review.
Ayn Rand Institute Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest Essay with specific theme open to high school seniors (12th graders), college undergrads, and graduate students worldwide Postmark / e-deadline 11:59 PM PST Oct 24, 2014; winners notified by Dec 20. Choose one of 3 topics (see website). Winning essays must be between 800 and 1,600 words and demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of Atlas Shrugged. free mail, online Judged on style and content. Essay submissions are evaluated in a fair and unbiased four-round judging process. Judges are individually selected by the Ayn Rand Institute based on a demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Ayn Rand’s works. One first prize of $10,000; 3 second prizes of $2,000; 5 third prizes of $1,000; 25 finalist prizes of $100; 50 semifinalist prizes of $50