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Chanticleer Book Reviews Somerset Awards Contemporary Fiction Published Novels (30,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2010. E-pub, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed okay. All novels must have ISBN or ASIN designation. Received by midnight, Nov 30, 2014; finalists announced by Feb 18, 2015. e-pub or pdf file must be digitally submitted along with a submission form. Must also submit cover art. $45 via PayPal or Check. online Categories: Contemporary and Mainstream Fiction. Genre-blending encouraged. First Place Category Awards Contest Winners receive a Chanticleer Book Review, valued at $265. They will also be placed on Chanticleer Bookshelves, located in Independent Book Stores. Other prizes inclue a CBR Blue Ribbon with the Contest Name, Author, and Book Title for promotional use, digital award stickers, adhesive book stickers, shelf-talkers, and promotion in print and online media. All Category winners are automatically entered in the CBR Grand Prize Blue Ribbon Awards, which gives $250 cash to the Five Overall 1st place winners, and $1000 cash to the CBR Grand Prize Winner.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Somerset Awards Contemporary Fiction Manuscripts (30,000 words+) written in English. Cannot have been published or under contract at deadline or have ISBN designation. Received by midnight, Nov 30, 2014; finalists announced by Feb 18, 2015. Entire manuscript must be digitally submitted as pdf or epub, along with a submission form. $45 via PayPal or Check. online Categories: Contemporary and Mainstream Fiction. Genre-blending encouraged. 1st Place Winners in each category will win a Chanticleer Manuscript Overview Package (valued at $325.00). All first place winners will be automatically entered into the CBR Grand Prize Writing Competition for CBR’s Best Manuscripts of 2015.
Magic Oxygen Publishing Magic Oxygen Literary Prize Short Story, Poetry Open worldwide, age 16+ at the time of submission Must be in English Must be your own unpublished work Midnight Nov 30, 2014; shortlist announced by Jan 14, 2015; winner announced Feb 14. Short Story: 4,000 words max; Poetry: 50 lines max. Open theme. £5 per entry electronic or mail Judges TBA £1,000 First Prize, £300 Second Prize, £100 Third Prize, 2 x £50 Highly Commended. Shortlist and winners go into print. Trees planted for every entry and you'll have the GPS coordinates sent to you after the competition has closed. Prize fund sponsored by Coolio.
North Texas Romance Writers of America Great Expectations Romance Must be unpublished and uncontracted in book-length romantic fiction, or published authors who have not published or contracted in the entered category within the past 3 yrs. Received by midnight CST Nov 30, 2014; finalists announced ~ Feb 4; winners announced ~March 15. 5,000 words; finalists will be asked to send a synopsis $20 for members of North Texas & Dallas RWA chapters, $25 all others, until Dec 1; $25, $30 thereafter. Pay via PayPal only. electronic 1st round: 3 judges. If 2 lowest scores differ by 30 points and entry has potential to be a finalist, a 4th judge will be used and lowest of the 4 scores dropped. 4 finalists per category. Contemp Series, HR, Inspirational, NA, MS w/ RE RS, ST, Para / F / F / TT / Alternate Earth / Dystopian. Final judges are editors TBA. All finalists will have opportunity to update their entry for the final round of judging. Cash prices for first, second places: $50, $30. All finalists receive certificates. Winners will have their names printed in the RWR.
Stage of Life Monthly Themed Writing Contest nonfiction, memoir Theme based contest. Anyone can enter. Check category rules for specifics. Entry must be original. 11:59 PM, Nov 30, 2014. 500 words max Free Must create and submit through a free StageOfLife.com account Contest Categories: High School; College; On My Own; Wedding; Married without Kids; Having a Baby; Homeowner; Raising a Family; Grandparents; Retirement. Judging goes through several rounds with an Editor and a Peer Editor. Stage of Life staff vote on the selected finalist entries. Awards and prizes vary each month and between categories. Check each month for new awards or prizes for each category.
Oklahoma Romance Writers of America National Readers' Choice Awards Romance Book,  Novella Published romance novel with original copyright date or 1st US printing date of 2014 and must have been available for sale in 2014; e-book OK if submitted in either perfect bound or spiral bound, galley-printed book form with an ISBN and evidence of copyright date of 2014 is provided. Website not updated yet. Deadline for entries and fees paid by check Dec 1, 2014; deadline for receipt of books is Jan 15, 2015 5 copies of Book (see Eligibility column for e-book info) $25 (+ $5 if entering Best 1st Book category also) Online form entry, pay via PayPal, check or MO. Books sent via mail. Judged by readers. Traditional; Contemp Series; Contemp RS / Adventure Series; ST Contemp; YA; HR; Para; RS; Inspirational; Novel with SRE; ER, Novella; Best First Book. Judges are readers from across the U.S. Entries accepted from authors, editors, publishers, agents, readers, etc. - from whomever wishes to fill out the entry form, pay the entry fee, and supply the required number of copies of the title being entered.
Sakura Publishing Sakura Fiction and Poetry Award Fiction, Poetry Must be 16 or older, entry must be in English and previously unpublished in any form. Dec 13, 2014; winners announced Jan 21, 2015. Submit full manuscript. Fiction ms must be 80,000 words or more; poetry must contain 45 or more poems. $30 via email attachment Judges are Sakura staff and two Sakura authors Winner receives: a publishing contract for the manuscript with Sakura Publishing; 500 Dollar Cash Prize; 10 free copies of your book when printed.
SellAScript All Access Screenwriting Competition Screenplay Feature length original screenplays of any genre, written in English, not under option at time of entry nor at time material is chosen as finalist or winner. Must be 18 yrs of age. Postmark / e-deadline midnight PST Dec 20, 2014; quarter finalists announced April 15, 2015; semi finalists announced May 1; finalists announced May 15; winners announced May 25, 2015. 3-hole punched copy of screenplay if mailed; electronic formats: PDF, Wordperfect, MS Word, Movie Magic Screenwriter, RTF, Text, Scriptware, Final Draft $40 until Nov 14, then $50. Pay via credit card or money order in USD drawn on a US bank. mail or electronic Judging by Paul Harvey and Donna Milazzo in 2 separate elimination rounds, plus a Quarter Final, a Semi Final and a Final round. 1st rd: initial 30 pp; top 200 scores proceed to the 2nd rd (entire submission). 32 Quarter Finalists chosen from the 2nd round. 16 Semi Finalists will be chosen from the Quarter Finalists. 8 Finalists chosen from the Semi Finalists. 3 Winners chosen from the Finalists. Top 3 Winners receive: Screenplay synopsis sent out to 28 companies; a "recommended" listing in Script Marketplace for 1 year; listing in special edition of Hollywood Bugle; free 6 mo subscription to Writer's Rolodex, featured w/ photo + resume on website; Cash Prizes: 1st Place $2,000, 2nd Place $300, 3rd Place $100.
Essaymama Christmas Writing Contest Essay in English Anyone can enter. Entry must be original work. Deadline Dec 25, 2014; winners announced Jan 5, 2015. 4,000 words max on topic of Christmas. Can be instructive, funny, sad, for children, i.e., any style. Free; must "Like" the Essaymama FB page. See website for details. via email Judged by Essaymama team. Each of the top 3 writers will be awarded with $330. Additional Prizes: 15 best works will be added to the printed "Best EssayMama's Stories: Christmas Edition" book and published on the best resources for writers.
ArtAscent "Portraits" International Call for Writers Fiction, poetry, shot stories and other written explorations Anyone. Dec 31, 2014; winner announcement Feb 1, 2015 900 words max with theme of "Portraits." $10 via PayPal online Judges: ArtAscent The Gold writer will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal with artist profile review. See website for more information.
Dream Quest One Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest Fiction, Nonfiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry Unpublished, published, All entries must be original. Postamark by midnight Dec 31, 2014; winners announced Feb 15 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.
Stage of Life Monthly Themed Writing Contest nonfiction, memoir Theme based contest. Anyone can enter. Check category rules for specifics. Entry must be original. 11:59 PM, Dec 31, 2014. 500 words max Free Must create and submit through a free StageOfLife.com account Contest Categories: High School; College; On My Own; Wedding; Married without Kids; Having a Baby; Homeowner; Raising a Family; Grandparents; Retirement. Judging goes through several rounds with an Editor and a Peer Editor. Stage of Life staff vote on the selected finalist entries. Awards and prizes vary each month and between categories. Check each month for new awards or prizes for each category.
Writers Type Writers Type Competition Fiction (flash, short story, novel excerpts) anyone; unpublished work in English Dec 31, 2014 Dependent on contest entered, i.e., First Chapter, Short Story, Flash Fiction,. Please see website for further details. $10 via payPal electronic via WritersType.com WritersType.com sponsors three annual contests in the categories of First Chapter, Flash Fiction, and Short Story. In each category, the quarterly winner receives $40; the annual winner receives $260. All winning entries are hosted on their site for at least a year (at author's discretion).
Gemini Magazine Poetry Open Poetry Anyone e-deadline / postmark by Jan 2, 2015 up to 3 poems, any style or length $5 email or mail Final Judge: David Bright 1st place: $1,000; 2nd place: $100; 3rd place: $50; three honorable mentions. All six finalists published in March issue of Gemini.
Desert Rose Romance Writers of America Golden Quill Romance Book, Novella Published RWA members. Original copyright dates or 1st North American printing / release date in 2014. Books must be a minimum of 40,000 words except novella category. Received by Jan 9, 2015; finalists announced ~May 1, winners announced in July RWR. 5 autographed copies of each book; e-books must be submitted in book or bound galley format or in PDF format on five separate CDs. $30 per book and / or each category mail; pay by check, money order or Paypal Judges: romance readers. Categories: HR; Contemp; Category Series; Sweet Traditional; Para / Urban Fantasy; Fantasty / Sci-Fi / Futuristic; Inspirational; RS; ER / Hot / Sexy; YA; Best First Book; Novella (40,000 words max). Category winner will be highest scoring book in its category, providing the score is in the upper 25% of scores of all contest entries received. If none of the entries in a given category scores in the overall top 25%, there will be no finalist in that category. Winners and finalists will receive plaques or certificates, lapel pins and Golden Quill logo graphics for authors' websites, as shown on their site. Announced in July RWR.
Romance Writers of America (RWA) Golden Heart Romance; ms must be at least 40,000 words. Caps at 1,200 entries. Open to RWA members age 18 or older who have not accepted a publishing offer for, or self-published, a work of fictional prose of 20,000 words or more by deadline. Caps at 1,200 entries. Received by RWA by 5 PM CST Jan 12, 2015; finalists announced March 26, 2015; winners announced at the RWA conference Beginning of manuscript and 15 pp max synopsis (together not to exceed 55 pp double-spaced), plus full ms saved as pdf. These 3 files are uploaded as separate documents. $50 Online 1st round judges: PAN, PRO, other RWA members. Final round judged by 3 editors. Contemp (65k+ wds); ER; HR; Inspirational; Para; RS; Short Contemp; YA. See website for judging details. Finalists are announced in Romance Writers Report, online at RWA website and at RWA National conference. Winner receives a golden heart necklace.
Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America Booksellers' Best Award Romance Book Books with 2014 copyright or 1st US printing; includes e-books, which must be printed. Postmark / e-deadline Jan 15, 2015; books must be received by Feb 1; finalists notified by May 15; winners announced at RWA National Conference 4 autographed copies of book $27, add'l $6 to enter Best 1st Book Online or mail for entry form, fee. Mail books. Pay by check, credit card or Paypal. Judges: Booksellers, librarians. They try to match book with judges from another region. Categories:  Short Contemp (under 70K wds), Long Contemp, ST / MS, RS, YA, ER, HR, Para / TT / F, Inspirational (contemp or historical), Best First Book; Novella (under 45K wds) Roster of winners’ names and covers printed and mailed to booksellers nationwide; uniquely designed award to each winner; reception for all finalists at National RWA conference; winners’ names listed in RWR; finalists' / winners' names and book covers posted on GDRWA site; certificates to all finalists and winners
Houston Bay Area Romance Writers of America Judge A Book By Its Cover Romance Book Books published in 2014 by traditional publishers, ePublishers, POD publishers, or self. Front cover image must be uploaded by midnight Jan 15, 2015; winners announced in Feb. Front cover of book in jpg, png,or gif format $15 USD by PayPal or check electronic Judges:  Booksellers from around the world. Categories: ST / MS; Contemp Series; HR; RS; Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Para; Sexiest; YA; Inspirational Winners of all six categories will be featured in a full-page color ad in the April Romance Writers Report.
NinjaEssays.com NinjaEssays Writing Contest Essays Anyone Jan 15, 2015; finalists notified Jan 20. Essay of 800 - 1,000 words on one of 8 topics listed on the wesite. Free via email Judges: top writers from NinjaEssays.com 1st place - $500; 2nd place - $300; 3rd place - $150.
Southern Magic Romance Writers of America Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Romance Book, Novella Entries must have copyright of 2014, no matter the format. Traditionally published or self published. Entries may be entered in electronic format (PDF or Kindle) only if they have not been released in print format. Received by Jan 15, 2015, finalists notified in March; winners announced in full page RWR ad, June or July. 3 copies of print book; Kindle or PDF copy of ebook. Must provide copyright page produced by the publisher. $30 1st book, $25 add'l books. Mail entry. Pay via check or PayPal 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.
Hoffer Award Eric Hoffer Award Independent Book Open to academic, independent, small press, and self-published books that were released or copyrighted in the last 2 years, including unique books with small print runs. (Books over 2 years enter the Legacy Fiction or Legacy Nonfiction category.) Postmark by Jan 21, 2015; winners announced April / May Submit book $50 via check, money order, or PayPal By mail, or if ebook, by email with pdf attachment of ebook Judges may include authors, editors, agents, publishers, book producers, artists, experienced category readers, and health and business professionals. Categories: Categories include Art, Poetry, General Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Children, Young Adult, Culture, Memoir, Business, Reference & How-to, Home, Health, Self-Help/Spiritual, Legacy Fiction, Legacy Nonfiction, E-book Fiction, and E-book Nonfiction. Additional honors for press type categories Self-published, Micro, Small, Academic. $2,000 Grand Prize. In addition, each category will be awarded a winner, runner-up, and multiple honorable mentions. Books must be registered by category and then are automatically considered for Individual Press Awards, the Montaigne Medal, the da Vinci Eye, and the Hoffer Grand Prize.
Pacific Northwest Writer's Association Nancy Pearl Book Award Published Book Books published in 2014. Received by Jan 23, 2015; finalists notifed  in June; winners announced at summer conference See submission guidelines for exact instructions in each category. $35, $50 Mail except for #3 Romance, which is electronic. Payment must be mailed. 3 categories, 5 finalists in each. Fiction, MS, or Literary; Fiction, genre; Memoir Cash prize of $1,000, prominent book placement at the PNWA Summer Conference Autograph Party, showcased as a featured author on both PNWA and Author magazines' websites for a month
New England Romance Writers of America Readers' Choice Bean Pot Award Romance Novel or Novella Printed novels (including self-published) with original copyright of 2014. Postmarked by Feb 1, 2015; finalists notified by March 30; winners announced at April conference. 3 autographed print copies of book $25 by check or PayPal Mail books Judges: Readers, librarians, booksellers. Judges give each entry a score of 3-10 (10 is highest). Different judges rank entries in the event of a tie. Categories: Novella; Contemp; RS; HR; ER; F / F / TT / Para; YA 1st Place in each category: Bean Pot engraved trophy and a certificate. 2nd & 3rd Place: certificate. Winners announced on website, in newsletter, in RWR and at conference.
Women Writing the West WILLA Award Romance Book about girl or woman set in the American West Novels with original copyright of 2014 (in any form--hardcover, softcover, e-books, CD, Internet downloads, POD, etc.) Postmark by Feb 1, 2015; winners announced at conference 3 books, if paper books.  If e-books or electronic, such as CD, etc., one copy of the actual product plus 3 bound, hard copies. $50 Mail Judges:  Panel of professional librarians. Categories:  Contemp Fiction; Creative Nonfiction; Scholarly Nonfiction; Historical Fiction; Poetry; Original Soft Cover Fiction; Children's / YA Fiction & Nonfiction  
Colorado Romance Writers of America Award of Excellence Website not updated as of 10/27/14 Romance Novel or Novella Romance and fiction with romantic elements with original copyright in 2014; e-books accepted. Received by Feb 2, 2015; finalists TBA. 3 copies of printed book, or PDF version of digital-first / digital-only works $20 via PayPal or check mail print books; email digital books. Judges: Readers, booksellers, librarians, and published authors.  Categories: Contemp Series; Contemp ST, RS, HR, P/TT/F/F, Inspirational, MS w/ RE, ER, NA, Novella Top prize: Award of Excellence Trophy and letter of congratulations. Editor also receives letter of congratulations. All finalists receive certificate.
Next Generation Indie Book Awards Next Generation Indie Book Awards Independent Books Open to independent authors and publishers worldwide for books written in English and published in 2013, 2014, or 2015 or with a 2013, 2014, or 2015 copyright Feb 13, 2015 2 copies of book $75 per title for 1st category; $50 each add'l category, via PayPal using Visa or MasterCard, company check or international money order. Online entry form; mail books More than 60 categories. See website. $1,500 1st prize plus trophy for best fiction book and best non-fiction book, down to $100 cash prize. See website for details.
North Texas Romance Writers of America The Carolyn Readers Choice Award Romance Novel Not published in novel-length romance in past 5 yrs. Original copyright must be calendar year 2014. Feb 14, 2015; finalists notified in March; winners announced by May 31. Your entry must be between 10k and 110k and submitted in pdf format only. $20, $25. electronic only Each entry judged by five readers not associated with any writing organization or with the publishing industry in any way. 3-4 entries continue to final round. Categories: ER, HR, RS, Inspirational, Contemp, YA / NA; Series Action Adventure; MS with RE; Specialized (Alternate Earth Histories, Dystopian, Urban Fantasy, F / F / TT / P) Winners will be featured on a banner ad on the home page of the All Romance Ebook website (collectively, not individually) for a month (a $500 value). All finalists and winners receive an appropriate website icon.
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. Received by 11:59 PM EST Feb 14, 2015; winners announced TBA. Prologue / first chapter (7,000 words max; 2,000 words if novella). A 1-2 page synopsis (500 wds max) is optional and will not be judged. $15 NEORWA members, $25 all others. By check or PayPal. Email Top 3 finalists in each category proceed to final round. Contemp (Adrienne Macintosh, Harlequin; Kathleen Rushall, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency); HR (Erika Tsang, Avon; Elaine Spencer, The Knight Agency); Para (Mary Altman, Sourcebooks; Miriam Kriss, Irene Goodman Agency); ER (Nina Gooden, Ellora’s Cave; Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency); MS with Strong RE (Leis Pederson, Berkley; Courtney Miller-Callihan, Greenberger Associates); YA / NA (Heather Howland, (Entangled; Becca Stumpf, Prospect Agency) [Note: These may be last year's judges. Website is unclear.] Winners of each category will receive a refund of their entry fee, a certificate, and a website graphic.
Bid4papers Worldwide Essay Contest: Education In 50 Years Essays Anyone (must be 25 years or younger) Feb 15, 2015; winners announced Feb 25 750 to 1,500 words no fees email team of in-house writers; decided by voting 1st place prize – $500 2nd place; prize – $200; 3rd place prize - special, decided by voting
Southern California Romance Writers of America California Hooker Romance Open to anyone; entries cannot be published or contracted. Cap 1t 150 entries. Received by midnight PST Feb 15, 2015; winners announced at March conference. 3 pp of your manuscript which includes the hook $10 via PayPal or check. online 1st round judges trained PRO and PAN members. Final judges TBA.  
Pacific Northwest Writer's Association PNWA Literary Contest Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, picture book, memoirs Entries must be original and not previously accepted for publication or production at time of submission. Received by Feb 20, 2015; finalists notifed  in June; winners announced at summer conference See for exact instructions in each category. $35, $50 Mail except for #3 Romance, which is electronic. Payment must be mailed. 8 finalists in each category. Final judges are agents or editors. 1-MS;  2-Historical; 3-Romance / Women's Fiction; 4-Mystery / Thriller; 5-Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Para; 6-YA; 7-Middle Grade; 8-Non-Fiction / Memoir; 9-Poetry; 10-Short Story; 11-Children's Picture Book, / Chapter Book; 12-Adult Short Topics (Article / Essay / Short Memoir) Every entry receives two critiques. 1st Place: $700; 2nd Place $300. Finalists who attend PNWA Conf. receive finalist ribbon for name badge. Finalists’ mss made available to agents and editors during conf. Winners have opportunity to attend Agents and Editors Reception at PNWA Summer Conference.
Chanticleer Book Reviews The Journey Awards for Narrative Nonfiction Blue Ribbon Awards Narrative Nonfiction Novels Published Novels of 30,000 or more words written in English with copyright after Dec 31, 2011. E-pub, tradionally pubbed, small press pubbed, self / indie pubbed okay. All novels must have ISBN or ASIN designation. Received by midnight, Feb 28, 2015; finalists announced by April 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 / Judges: Travelogue Experiences; Global Enlightenment; Culinary/Hobby Experiences; Volunteer Experiences; True Action/Adventure; An Era Memoir (Ex. “Larkrise to Candleford” by Flora Thompson); Personal Journey. First Place Winners in each category will win a Chanticleer Book Review Package (valued at $325.00) 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 2015. All 1st Place winners receive promotion and publicity. Category Finalists will be awarded CBR Blue Ribbon Finalist awards to use in promotion of the book that placed in the Finalists Round.
Chanticleer Book Reviews The Journey Awards for Narrative Nonfiction Blue Ribbon Award Narrative Nonfiction unpublished Completed Manuscripts (30,000 words+) written in English. Cannot have been published or under contract at deadline. Received by midnight, Feb 28, 2015; finalists announced by April 30. Entire manuscript must be digitally submitted in epub or pdf format with submission form. $40 via PayPal or Check. online Categories / Judges: Travelogue Experiences; Global Enlightenment; Culinary/Hobby Experiences; Volunteer Experiences; True Action/Adventure; An Era Memoir (Ex. “Larkrise to Candleford” by Flora Thompson); Personal Journey First 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 2015.
Fabula Press Nivalis Short Story Contest Fiction (excludes Chick Lit, SFF, Children's stories) Anyone aged 18 and above. Stories must be in English, original and unpublished at time winners are declared 11:59 PM US CT) Feb 28, 2015; winners announced ~April 15 Stories from 2,500 wds minimum to 6,000 wds max. $10 online submissions manager tool Judges include published authors, journalists and literary agents. Winners decided by highest score in 9 point scoring matrix. 1st Prize : US$150 and 2 copies of anthology: 2nd Prize: US$100 and 2 copies of anthology; 3rd Prize: US$100. All longlisted finalists are published in an anthology.
Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award Fiction and Non-fiction Any book-length work published for the first time in 2014 is eligible. Ebooks are eligible if 4 copies are supplied through POD or in a bound galley format. Received by March 1, 2015. Winner announced at Killer Nashville Awards Banquet Aug 23. 4 copies of book Free mail Five finalists in each category of best novel, best first novel, best nonfiction, best YA, best Children's, best Young Readers, Best Anthology or Collection, Best book by a Conference Attendee. For fiction: any subgenre of mystery or thriller, incl political thriller, cozy, police procedural, private eye, romantic suspense, paranormal, and historical (see website for full list); also best first novel. For nonfiction: academic, craft and business writing, M/S crime reference, memoir / biography, true crime. For children / YA: children's picture book, children's chapter book, middle grade, YA. 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.
Futuristic, Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Writers of America Prism Contest Romance with Futuristic, Fantasy or Paranormal elements Novels and novellas (including traditionally published, Indie published and ebooks) with first copyright or first printing date of 2014. Must contain paranormal elements and significant romance. Need not be RWA member. March 13, 2015; finalists announced week of May 25; winners announced at RWA Nationals in July. 3 printed copies of book; if ebook only entry, must be in PDF format (other ereader formats encouraged in addition to PDF) $30 for members, $40 all others. PayPal or check. Online and mail. 3 judges per entry. Dark Para, Light Para, Futuristic, Fantasy, TT / Steampunk, Erotica / Romantica, Novella, YA, Best of the Best, Best First Book. Top 3 finalists for each category receive a commemorative 2015 FF&P Finalist Pin and Certificate. 1st Place Winners receive the FF&P exclusive, Prism Statue, a commemorative 2015 FF&P Winner/Finalist Pin and Certificate. •Best of the Best and Best First Book Winners receive FF&P Prism Statue, a commemorative 2015 Best First Book, and Best of the Best FF&P Winner Pin and Certificate.
Cassell Network of Writers International Writers Competition Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry Unpublished or self-published entries (except for category (A) Postmark by March 15, 2015; winners announced by May 31. See rules for category entry info $3, $5 per poem. Else: $5 (members), $10 (non-members) for entries under 3,000 wds; $10 (members), $20 (non-members) for entries 3,000-5,000 wds. Mail or email. Can pay via Paypal. Divisions & Categories: NONFICTION Division: (A) Previously Published Article / Essay / Column / Nonfiction Book Chapter, (B) Unpublished or self-published Article / Essay / Column / Nonfiction Book Chapter. FICTION Division: (C) Unpublished or self-published Short Story, (D) Unpublished or self-published Novel Chapter. CHILDREN'S LITERATURE Division: (E) Unpublished or self-published Short Story / Nonfiction Article / Book Chapter / Poem (judged together as one category). POETRY Division: (F) Unpublished or self-published Free Verse / Traditional (judged together as one category) In each category: 1st Place - $100 plus certificate; 2nd Place - $75 plus certificate 3rd Place - $50 plus certificate; Honorable Mention certificates will be awarded in each category as warranted.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Mystery & Mayhem Awards (M&Ms) Cozy Mystery Novel Awads Cozy Mystery Novels Published Novels written in English andwith copyright after Dec 31, 2011. E-pub, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed okay. All novels must have ISBN or ASIN designation. Received by midnight, March 31, 2015; finalists announced TBA 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: Amateur Sleuth (ex. Agatha Christie, Alexander McCall style); Romance; Animals (ex. Cat Who…); Hobbies / Cooking, Knitting, Gardening & Hobbies; Blended Genres; Medical / Lab Lit; Travel / Vacation / Exotic Locales (ex. Peter Mayle); Humourous; Senior Sleuths; Historical / Period; YA; Classic / British-English Cozy to Not-so-Cozy 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 2015. 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 Mystery & Mayhem Awards (M&Ms) Cozy Mystery Novel Awards Cozy Mystery Novels unpublished Manuscripts (30,000 words+) written in English. Cannot have been published or under contract at deadline. Received by midnight, March 31, 2015; finalists announced TBA Entire manuscript must be digitally submitted along with a submission form. $40 via PayPal or Check. online Categories: Amateur Sleuth (ex. Agatha Christie, Alexander McCall style); Romance; Animals (ex. Cat Who…); Hobbies / Cooking, Knitting, Gardening & Hobbies; Blended Genres; Medical / Lab Lit; Travel / Vacation / Exotic Locales (ex. Peter Mayle); Humourous; Senior Sleuths; Historical / Period; YA; Classic / British-English Cozy to Not-so-Cozy 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 2015.
Extaordinaryreads and The Fresh Voice EZine Fresh Voice Short Story Contest Short Story Entrant must be 13 yrs or older. April 29, 2015 or after 1,000 entries have been received. Entire story, 500 - 5,000 words written in English. No fee, but entry code is provided in The Fresh Voice magazine available in digital format from Smashwords and Amazon. Cover price $0.99 or free if you sign up for the newsletter. Online form; must register with website; membership is free Any genre but must be suitable for family-friendly audience. Community voting system. The story with the most, and highest votes wins. Monthly prize is $20 Amazon book voucher. Annual 1st Place: $800 if entry is accompanied by a magaine code, $100 if it is not. 2nd Place: $150 if accompanied by magazine code, $10 if it is not. 3rd Place, $50 if accompanied by magazine code, one year free magazine subscription if not. Note: Winning entries will be published together in an anthology. Authors will receive 80% of sales after retailer's commission.
Killer Nashville Claymore Award Mystery / Thriller Anyone. Entry must be unpublished and uncontracted. Received by 11:59 PM CT, April 30, 2015. 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, 2015; 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€)