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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Enizagam Journnal Enizagam Literary Contest for Poetry & Fiction Fiction, Poetry Anyone March 24, 2017; winners announced 4 weeks later Fiction: one short story, 4,000 words max; Poetry: 10 pp max, with no more than one poem per page. $20 Online through Submittable Judges are Matthew Zapruder for Poetry and Esme Weijun Wang for Fiction. Winners receive $1,000; blurbs about their work from the esteemed judges; 2 copies of the journal; and nomination for the Pushcart Prize.
The Beau Monde Romance Writers of America Royal Ascot Regency Romance Unpublished or published but seeking representation or a new publisher. Entry must be unpublished and uncontracted. March 27, 2017; finalists announced May 25 winners announced July 26 at Beau Monde Soiree. Beginning of ms (7,000 words max). Must be set within the United Kingdom and during the Regency, broadly defined for the purpose of the contest as between 1780 and 1840. $24 for Beau Monde members, $30 for non members first entry, $20 for subsequent entries. Online form entry 1st round panel includes at least one author published in Regency romance. Lowest score dropped unless needed in case of tie. Four finalists total across all categories. Categories: Regency Historical (longer Regency or Mainstream Regency-set); Hot Regency (Very sensual to Erotic Regency); Wild Regency (Para, TT, other similar Regency); Sweet & Mild Regency (Traditional, Inspirational, YA or other w/o explicit sex). Final Round Judges: Leanne Burroughs, CEO Publisher, The Highland Press; Allison Byers of The Wild Rose Press; Brenda Chin of Imajinn / Belle Books. Grand Prize winner: $100; $25 and certificate for finalists.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Mystery & Mayhem Awards Cozy Mystery Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014.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, March 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: Amateur Sleuth, Romantic Suspense, Historical Mystery, Classic / British Cozy, Mystery Caper / Adventure 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 Journey 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).
Fabula Press Nivalis Short Story Contest Fiction (excludes Chick Lit, fantasy, Children's stories, YA, and hardcore Sci-Fi) Anyone aged 18 and above. Stories must be in English, original and unpublished at time winners are declared 11:59 PM US CT March 31, 2017; winners announced ~June 30. Stories from 1,500 wds minimum to 7,000 wds max. $10 online submissions manager tool Judged by an independent panel comprising Literary agents, authors and essayists. Winners decided by highest score in 9-point scoring matrix. 1st Prize US$250, 2nd Prize US$150, 3rd Prize US$100 made through PayPal. All longlisted finalists receive $50 and are published in an anthology.
First Coast Romance Writers of America National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award Romance Book, Novella Books published with original copyright date of 2016 and available for purchase in U.S. Any publishing venue (Traditional, POD, self-pubbed, ebook, etc.) Print entries capped at 50. PDF format is capped at 150 entries. March 31, 2017 by 11:59 PM EST for payment; books postmarked or electronically received by 7:00 PM EST April 3; finalistannounced June 7; winners announced July 7. 4 copies of print book (5 if entering Best First Book) or 1 PDF if ebook-published only $25 electronic entries, $30 print entries; $5 addl to enter best first book Mail. Pay by check or Paypal. First round judges: 3 romance readers. Top 3 books advance to final round. Final Judges: Bloggers, Booksellers, Librarians. Categories: Contemp; HR / Regency; Inspirational; Para / Fantasy / Sci-Fi; RS; Best First Book. First place per category - Lapel Pin. All finalists and winners receive a NERFA Finalist web logo and are announced in RWR.
Gemini Magazine Short Story Contest Fiction short story Open to all. Stories must be unpublished (work displayed on personal blogs IS eligible). Postmark / e-deadline March 31, 2017; finalists announced in June Any style, subject or length. Paste story into email. $5 email and PayPal; snail mail and check or money order Final judge: David Bright. 1st place: $1,000; 2nd place: $100; three honorable mentions: $25. All five finalists published in June issue of Gemini.
Hearts Through History Romance Writers of America Romance Through The Ages Historical Romance or Romantic Historical Fiction Entry which is unpublished and uncontracted in category entered within five years as of deadlkine. Do not need to be an RWA member. Previous 1st place entries not eligible. March 31, 2017; finalists announced ~May 26; winners announced at HTH annual meeting at RWA National conference July 26 First 25 pp + 1-2 pp synopsis (will not be judged,) $20 for members, $25 all others by PayPal, U.S. or Canadian check or money order. Electronic only. Three 1st round judges, lowest score dropped. Scores less than 3 must have comment. Finalists can revise entry. Categories and Final Judges: Ancient/ Medieval/Renaissance (Alethea Spiridon, Entangled); Colonial/ Civil War/ Western (Janet Clementz, Soulmate Publishing); Georgiana/ Regency/ Victorian (Deborah Nemeth, Carina Press); Post Victorian / World War II (Laura Bradford, Bradford Agency); TT / Para (Rhonda Pender, The Wild Rose Press); Legends Award - A Man for all Reasons (Junessa Viloria, Penguin Random House). 1st Place category winners and Legend Award receive $50. 1st - 3rd Place winners receive certificate, social media badge' All winners announced in RWR.
Northeast Ohio Romance Writers of America Cleveland Rocks Romance Unpublished (including self-published) in book-length (20,000 wds or more) fiction in last 5 years. Need not be RWA member to enter. March 31, 2017 by 11:59 PM EST; finalists notified ~July 9; winners announced Sept 9. Prologue / first chapter (5,000 words max; 3,000 words if novella). 1-2 page synopsis (500 wds max) is optional and will not be judged. $20 for NEORWA members; $25 all others. By check or PayPal. Email Top 3 finalists in each category proceed to final round. Final Judges: Contemp Long (Mary Altman, Sourcebooks; Heidi Shoham, Entangled Publishing; Elaine Spencer, The Knight Agency); Contemp Short (Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency; Latoya C. Smith, LCS Literary Services; TBA); HR (Allison Byers (The Wild Rose Press; Debby Gilbert, Soul Mate Publishing; TBA); Para (Mo Ferrara, BookEnds Literary Agency; TBA); Novella (TBA); MS w/SRE (TBA); YA / NA (TBD) Winners of each category will receive a refund of their entry fee, a certificate, and a website graphic.
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 March 31, 2017; long-listed entrants announced ~July 1 copy of Print book OR ebook in pdf, mobi, or epub format plus blurb (what would be the back-cover description on a physical book) £36 ($60 USD) via PayPal. Other currencies accepted (see website). by mail for printed book, by email for ebook Final judges: Gaynor Arnold, shortlisted for the Orange Prize and MAN Booker longlisted; Jeff Phelps, Poet and Stand winner; and Jo Derrick, award-winning author and highly experienced editor. First Prize £1500 via cheque or PayPal (approx 2000 US$, 1800€ ) The winning book will also be read by a top London literary agent. Plus a minimum of the 3 category winners each winning £150 (approx 200$, 180€)
Tethered By Letters F(r)iction Winter Literary Contest Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry Authors of any age in any part of the world March 31, 2017; midnight PT; winners announced in May. For creative nonfiction and short story fiction submit 1,000 to 7,500 words; for flash fiction 750 words max; and for poetry submit max of 3 pages per poem $15 per short story; $10 per creative nonfiction, flash fiction and poetry $8 for one entry or $12 for three. online. Pay by credit or debit through submission manager Submittable Any genre. Judges: short story (Simon Tolkien, author of THE J.R.R. and grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien); creative nonfiction (Sarah Hepola, NYT bestselling author of the memoir Blackout); flash fiction (Bryn Greenwood, author of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things); poetry (Linda Pastan, legendary American poet) $1,000 for Short Story, $500 for creative nonfiction, $300 for flash fiction, $300 for Poetry; plus publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists in each category will receive professional edits on submissions and be considered for later publication.
The Masters Review Emerging Writers Contest Fiction, creative nonfiction Writers who have not published a novel-length work; entered work must be previously unpublished March 31, 2017; finalists announced April 15; winners announced May 15 8,000 words of fiction or creative nonfiction $20 Submittable online form Judge: Kevin Brockmeier $500 each to ten winners. Winning authors are part of an exclusive mailing to agents, editors, and publishers around the country. An extensive effort is made to promote our ten selected authors. Winners are published in a nationally distributed book available in all major retailers.
Faith, Hope & Love Romance Writers of America Touched By Love Inspirational Romance Unpublished / not published or contracted in last 3 yrs in fiction of 20,000 words or more. Midnight PST, April 1, 2017; finalists notified by May 16; winners announced at RWA National Conference Up to first 20 pp plus synopsis (2 pp max, double-spaced, will not be judged) of inspirational romance $20, $25 Email. Pay by check or PayPal Long Contemp, Short Contemp, HR. Three judges, one published or PRO; lowest score dropped. Final judges: published authors. Overall winner from the 3 category winners receives a critique of their entry by an editor; remaining two 1st place category winners receive will have entries sent to editor to review.
Killer Nashville Claymore Award Mystery / Thriller Anyone. Entry must be unpublished and uncontracted. April 1, 2017. Winner announced August 24-27. First 50 pages of manuscript $40 by check or PayPal mail Judged by a jury of publishing and writing peers within each genre. Top 10 entries are sent to Morgan Elwell of Kensington Books who chooses the Top 3 winners. Over $3,000 worth of prizes. Top 10 finalists receive free admission to Killer Nashville and Awards Dinner.
Virginia Romance Writers of America Fool for Love Romance Published and Unpublished Authors 18 yrs and older; need not be a member of RWA. Entry cannot have been published in any form and must be uncontracted as of April 1. April 1, 2017 by 11:59 PM; winners announced ~May 10. beginning of book 7,500 words max $30 members, $35 non-members. $5 discount for entrants who judge a category not entered electronic; pay by PayPal or check. Detailed score sheets from 2 qualified judges. A 3rd judge for scores differing by 25 points or more with lowest score dropped. 3 finalists per category; finalists have 48 hrs to revise ms. Short Contemp Keren Reed, Loose ID); Long Contemp (Sue Grimshaw, Penguin / Random House; HR (Alethea Spirodon, Entangled Publishing).; Dark Para (Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Agency); Light Para (Tricia Skinner, Fuse Literary Agency); RS (Alexandra Sehulster, St. Martin's Press); NA (Amanda Leuck, Spencerhill Associates); YA (Taylor Haggerty, Waxman Leavell Agency); Published Author (Nicole Fischer, Avon) Winner in each category receives $50 and free entry in 2018 contest. 2nd and 3rd place receive certificate and free entry in 2018 contest.
Young Adult Romance Writers of America Rosemary Contest Young Adult and New Adult Fiction Published or unpublished. Entries must be new, original, unpublished (incl. self-published), and uncontracted; manuscript must be 40k+ words. April 1, 2017; finalists announced ~June 1; winners announced at YARWA Day of YA Event at RWA National conference in July First 25 pp $15 YARWA members; $25 others. PayPal only. electronic 3 first-round judges, published and / or trained; lowest score dropped. Categories (all YA) Contemp, Historical, Para, Speculative, NA. Final Judges TBA. All finalists will receive a website badge, an ad in RWR, and a free YARWA class of their choice. Finalists and winners announced on YARWA website.
Georgia Romance Writers of America Maggies Published Romance Book Any author, traditional or independent. Books must have 2016 copyright date with an ISBN. April 2, 2017; finalists notified by June 291; winners announced Sept 30 at Moonlight & Magnolias banquet 3 copies of book, professionaly bound print copies with ISBN. Mobi ebooks acceptable if physical book not available. $20 GRW members, $25 RWA members, $30 non-memers via PayPal only. Mail books. 3 judges from bookseller / librarian pool will score each entry from 1 to 10. Contemp Series, HR, Contemp ST, Para /TT / F, Inspirational, YA, NSRE, Novella.  1st Place winner per category receives Maggie Medallion
Valley Forge Romance Writers of America The Sheila Romance All RWA members (published, unpublished, self published). Entry cannot have been published in any format anywhere and cannot be contracted by deadline. April 8, 2017 by 11:55 PM EDT; finalists notified by ~June 7; winners notified by June 29. First 20 pp and up to 5-pp synopsis (wil not be judged unless the entry finals) $25 (VFRW members), $30 all others, via PayPal electronic First round = 3 trained judges. Top 5 in each category final (must receive total 240 points out of 300 possible). Categories and final judges: ST ( Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency); HR (Keren Reed, Loose ID); Erotic (Tera Cuskaden, Cuskaden Editorial and Publishing Services ); RS (Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks); F / F / Para (Nicole Resciniti, The Seymour Agency). Best of the Best: 1st place winners from each category from the final round will move on to the Best of the Best round, judged by bestselling authors Terri Brisbin, Kate Welsh, and Mariah Stewart; and bookseller Joan Silvestro, Book Trader. All finalists receive certificates. First through fourth place winners will have their names printed in RWR Magazine. Grand Prize for Best of the Best: $100.
Orange County Romance Writers of America Book Buyer's Best Award Romance Book Published RWA members with first copyright date, first electronic publishing date, or first North American release dated in 2016. Print, ebooks, and self-published accepted. April 15, 2017; finalists announced July 9; winners announced Oct 14. 5 autographed Books. E-published books must be submitted in book format, printed and bound, or in PDF readable format. $30 by payPal, check, or money order Pay by Paypal, check or money order. Preliminary round judged by booksellers, librarians, and romance readers. Highest score in each category advances to final round. Final judge: Sue Grimshaw, romance book buyer for Borders Group, Inc. Categories: Contemp Series Romance, Contemp ST, MS w/ RE, HR & Regency, RS & Mystery w RE, Para / TT / F / F, YA, Inspirational, ER, Novella. Finalists and Winners will receive certificates or plaques, lapel pins, and BBB logo image file for authors’ website; and will be announced in RWR.
PAGE International Screenwriting Awards PAGE International Screenwriting Awards Screenplay / scripts Anyone 18 years or older who has not earned more than $25,000 for work as screenwriter and / or fictional television writer. Must be original work, unemcumered by any third party (not sold, produced or under option), and in English. Received by 11:59 PM PT April 15, 2017; quarter-finalists announced July 15; semi-finalists announced Aug 15; finalists announced Sept 15; winners announced Oct 15. see categories for page length $69 per entry. Discounted entry fees of $39-$59 apply for early entries. submit online (preferred) or by mail as pdf (preferred), Final Draft, MS Word, or text file. Pay via check, MO, or online with credit card, PayPal or bank transfer. Categories:  Full length Features of 80-120 pp (Action / Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family film, Historical Film, Science Fiction, Thriller / Horror); Short Film Scripts under 30 pp; TV Pilots (Drama or Comedy) 25-70 pp. See website for list of judges and process. Over $50,000 in cash and prizes, including a $25,000 Grand Prize plus Gold, Silver and Bronze Prizes in ten different genre categories.
Passionate Ink Passionate Plume  Sexy/ spicy and erotic Romance Book, Novella Open to all authors published in the erotic romance sub-genre. Entry must have 1st copyright date of 2016. Received by April 15, 2017; winners announced at Passionate Ink gathering at RWA National convention. submit in pdf format $20 Passionate Ink members; $25 RWA members; $30 others Online entry form, email entry. 1st round judged by readers, writers, reviewers, booksellers, librarians. Final round judged by multi-published authors and reviewers. Contemp; HR; F / F / Sci-Fi; Para / TT; Novella (25,000 wds or less) for each category. 1st round judges: Readers, writers, reviewers, booksellers, librarians. Final Round Judges: Multi-published authors and reviewers. 5 finalists in each category. 1st Place winners receive a Passionate Ink pendant and award graphic for their website. All others will receive certificates and a finalist graphic for their website. Names published in the RWR and announced at RWA National.
Hourglass Literary Magazine Hourglass Literary Magazine Writing Contest Fiction, Poetry, Non-fiction Original, unpublished entry by authors writing in English or any of the BCMS languages (comprising Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Montenegrin) April 20, 2017 by 11:59 P.M. US Central time; winner announced in June/July Short story: 7,000 wds max; Poem: 3,500 words max; Nonfiction Essay: 1,000 - 9,000 wds. $15 for each short story or essay; $15 for up to three poems. via online Submittable form Categories: Best Short Story, Best Poem, Best Essay. Judges are authors Sibelan Forrester, Jelena Lengold and John K. Cox Winning entry in each category receives $1,000, a symbolic artifact (clepsydra), digital stamp, and diploma. The jury has the right to give a special prize (US$ 500 for entry in each category). A special prize of the Literature and Latte – Scrivener Award – one licensed software solution, “writing studio”, Scrivener and US$250. Special prize of The Literary Encyclopedia – one 2-year subscriptions and one 1-year subscriptions for shortlisted authors. Shortlisted works will be considered for publication in the second issue of the Hourglass Literary Magazine. The selected works will be financially compensated.
ArtAscent "Orange" 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. April 30, 2017; winners announced June 30. 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.
New England Crime Bake Al Blanchard Award Contest Crime short story Story must be a previously unpublished (in print or electronically, including author website) crime story by a New England author or with a New England setting April 30, 2017 at midnight. Winner announced in November at conference. 5,000 words max in Word format, double-spaced Free email Mystery, thriller, suspense, caper, or horror Winner receives $100 plus publication in Windward, Level Best Books' crime fiction anthology, free admission to Crime Bake, and a handsome plaque.
Orange County Romance Writers of America Orange Rose Romance RWA member unpublished / not contracted in book-length or novella length fiction in last 5 yrs, prior to June 30. Limited to first 150 entries. April 30, 2017 at midnight PT; finalists announced July 8; winners announced Oct 14. 5 copies of synopsis plus beginning of ms (35 pp max) $25 for OCC members, $35 other RWA members. PayPal or check Email with RTF attachment 3 in-depth critiques by published authors; scores averaged. Top 10 finalists across all categories (must receive min. of 82% of points) go to 2 editors for final judging; scores averaged. Categories: Contemp, RE, Para, HR, RS, ER, Inspirational, YA, Novella. Final judges: TBA Finalists receive certificate and a gold rose lapel pin. Overall winner of the Golden Rose Contest and receives a $100 gift certificate. One-year RCRW membership* for the overall winner and first place winners in each category
Rose City Romance Writers of America Golden Rose Romance Open to non-contracted authors of romantic fiction (RWA and non-RWA members) unpublished in book-length (40k words or more) in the last 3 years and any member of RWA not eligible to join RWA-PAN. April 30, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST first 10,000 words of full-length novel with projected length of 50,000 wds or more; finalists must supply a 500-word synopsis RCRW members, $30, RWA members $35. Early birds (by 11:59 PM PST March 31) receive $5 discount. electronic only; pay by PayPal or check Preliminary round: 3 trained judges, at least one will be published author or RWA Pro. Lowest score will be dropped (unless needed to break tie). The top 3 in each category final. Categories and Final Judges: HR (Gabrielle (Elle) Keck, Avon / Harper Collins); RS (Kierstin Cherry, Loose Id); MS w/SRE (Alexandra Sehulster, St. Martin’s); YA / NA (Amy Stapp, Tor); Contemp ST (Sinclair Sawhney, Tule Publishing Group); Para (Robin Haseltine, Entangled Publishing); Contemp Series (Megan Broderick, HQN). All heat levels across all categories. Top Prize: $100 Amazon gift certificate, winner web site banner, certificate, gold rose lapel pin, finalist certificate with ranking, and a one-year RCRW membership (does not include RWA membership fees).
Arizona Mystery Writers Mary Ann Hutchison Story Contest For Youth Mystery Open to anyone age 9-14. Work must be original and unpublished prior to judging. Postmark by May 1, 2017; winners announced at Awards Luncheon July 8, 2017. Short story (2,500 words max ) $5 by check or money order. Entry form and fee by postal, entries may be email or postal Categories: Mystery, Suspense, and / or thriller 1st prize $25; 2nd $20; 3rd $15; certificate, and publication on the club's web site.
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, 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, May 30, 2017; finalists announced Sept; 1st Place category winners announced Nov; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Contemporary YA; SFF & Para; YA Adventure / Romance; YA Historical; Dystopian / Edgy / Urban; Mystery / Thriller / Suspense; 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 Dante Rossetti 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 Gertrude Warner Awards Middle Grade 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, May 30, 2017; finalists announced Sept; 1st Place category winners announced Nov; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 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 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 Gertrude Warner 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)
Storgy Exit Earth Short Story Anyone May 31, 2017 by 11PM; winners announced in June 5,000 words max saved as Word document £10 via PayPal via email Judged by STORGY staff and critically acclaimed author Diane Cook First prize: £1000; Second prize: £500; Third prize: £250
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, 2017; winners announced at Awards Luncheon Sept 9. 2,500 words max $15 by check or Money Order. 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), and everlasting glory
Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award Fiction and Non-fiction Any book-length work published for the first time in 2016. Received by June 1, 2017. Winner announced August 24-27. Both a digital and hard copy of book $79. Registered attendees of Killer Nashville can enter first book for free. mail Categories: FICTION; Adventure, Fantasy / SciFi / Alternate History / Speculative; Horror; Graphic Novel; Mystery; Suspense; Thriller; Western; Short Story Anthology (multiple); Short Story Collection (single); Children’s Board Book (Newborn to age 3); Children’s Picture Book (ages 3-8); Children’s First Reader Book (ages 5-8); Children’s First Chapter Book (ages 7-10); Tween Adult (10-14); Young Adult (14 and up). NONFICTION: Academic; Forensics; Historical; Memoir / Biography; Reference; True Crime; Writing Business; Writing Craft; Children’s Board Book (Newborn to age 3); Children’s Picture Book (ages 3-8); Children’s First Reader Book (ages 5-8); Children’s First Chapter Book (ages 7-10); Tween Adult (10-14); Young Adult (14 and up); Essay Anthology (multiple); Essay Collection (single); Poetry; Experimental Category winners receive a personalized award medal. Overall Best Fiction and Best Nonfiction also receive a $500 cash prize.
Hour of Writes Hour of Writes Fiction, poetry Open to anyone 16 yrs and older. June 19, 2017 11 PM UK time; winner announced ~10 days 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 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).
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).
Colorado Romance Writers of America Rocky Mountain Cover Contest Romance novels Novels with original 2016 copyright date. July 31, 2017 cover submitted as jpg file, 3 final published copies of a print book, or advance or bound galley copies $15 via PayPal, check or money order   Judges include romance-loving readers, booksellers, and authors. Categories: Contemp Series, Contemp, ST, RS, HR, Para / TT / F / F, Inspirational, YA w/ Romantic Elements, Best Man Chest, Sweetest Cover, Hottest Couple, ER, NA, Novella Winners will be posted on website and covers will be shown in an ad.
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).
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.
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).
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).
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)..