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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Hour of Writes Hour of Writes Fiction, poetry Open to anyone 16 yrs and older. July 24, 2017 by 11 PM UK time; winner announced ~one week later. (Note: this contest runs weekly) Up to 2000 words responding to the theme. Entrants must mark 3 other entries £3 Online through website Peer reviewed; winner chosen by HOW staff and/or guest judge Winner receives half of net fees received for that competition (£50 minimum)
Chanticleer Book Reviews Laramie Awards Western, Pioneer, Civil War Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, July 31, 2017; finalists announced Nov 2017; 1st Place category winners announced Jan 2018; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Western Romance; Adventure / Caper; Classic; Civil War / Prairie / Pioneer; Contemporary Western; Western YA 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345. Category winners compete for Laramie Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 cash prize, blue ribbon, digital badges, and book stickers, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year (prize is $1,000).
Mid-Michigan Romance Writers of America Best Banter Romance Unpublished during past five years, or published with first copyright date of 2016 Received by August 1, 2017 at midnight ET; finalists notified Sept 5, winners announced Sept 29 5 pp or 1,500 words max of your best story banter plus a 250-word scene introduction, which will not be judged or included in word count. Published authors must provide an additional page with copyright info. $20, $15 for MMRWA members via Paypal electronic Categoreis: Contemp, HR, Para, YA. Judges unknown. Finalists receive website badge and listing in RWR and on MMRWA website.
Dream Quest One Dream Quest One Summer Poetry & Writing Contest Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry Unpublished, published, All entries must be original. Recieved by 11:59 PM CST August 15, 2017; winners announced Oct 9. Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject and / or write a short story, 5 pages max single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme. $5 per poem; $10 per short story. Multiple submissions accepted. Mail or email. Can pay via PayPal All categories welcome. Judges: Dare to Dream Master Selection Committee. Final judge, Andre L. West. Prizes: Writing First Prize: $500, Second: $250, Third: $100; Poetry First Prize: $250, Second: $125, Third: $50. All winning entries will be published online in the Dare to Dream pages.
Fairytalez Best New Fairy Tale Competition Fiction, fairy tales, folklore None. Deadline August 15, 2017; winner announced Aug 30 Stories between 300 and 5,000 words. Must register and make a profile, and upload story using their program. Free Stories submitted online through their self-publishing program Judged by Fairytalez The winner will receive: Active promotion across all of Fairytalez’s social networks, a digital winner badge published with your story and on your profile page, digital winner badge for your blog or website, $300 Amazon gift certificate. The four finalists will receive: Active promotion across Fairytalez’s social networks, a digital runner-up badge published with your story and on your profile page, a digital runner-up badge for your blog or website
XPRIZE Seat 14C Science Fiction Anyone ages 18+ as of August 25 (deadline date) August 25, 2017; winner announced Sept 29 A previously unpublished short story, up to 4,000 words Free Online Form Winning story will be selected by a panel of science fiction authors. Judged based on the creation of a unique vision of the future, adherence to prompt details, and alignment with the idea that developing technology can have a positive impact on society The winner will receive a prize package worth $10,000 including a trip for two to Tokyo.
ArtAscent "Lost International Call for Writers Fiction, poetry, short stories Any writer 18 yrs or older. Entries must be original work of applicant. Can be previously published or unpublished. August 31, 2017; winners announced October 1. 900 words max with theme of "Lost." 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.
Kwill Books Baum Indie Book Prize Fiction and non-fiction of any genre, including poetry and children's books Anyone 18 years or older. Author must have full rights. Entry must be unpublished* and uncontracted, completed, and in English. See website for details. (*Author must be willing to republish as a new edition from scratch if work was previously published.) August 31, 2017 at 5PM PST; finalists announced Sept 21; winner announced Oct 15. submit full manuscript through the website $20 Early Bird (thru May 1) / SPR Members; $25 Standard Entry submit thru website using Dropbox and PayPal Judged by Kwill Books. All categories welcome. $3,999 book deal at Kwill Books including editing, formatting, design, and marketing.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Chatelaine Awards Romance & Women's Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, August 31, 2017; finalists announced Dec 2017; 1st Place category winners announced Jan 2018; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Contemp; Romantic Adventure & Suspense; HR; Inspirational / Restorative; Romantic Steamy / Sensual 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345. Category winners compete for Chatelaine Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 cash prize, blue ribbon, digital badges, and book stickers, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year (prize is $1,000).
First Coast Romance Writers of America Beacon Award, Unpublished Romance unpublished / not contracted in category entered in book-length (40K min) in last 3 yrs; RWA membership not required 11:59 pm EST August 31, 2017 1st 5,000 words of ms $25 FCRW members, $30 RWA members, $35 others electronic; cn pay by check or PayPal Categories and Final Judges: Category Romance (TBA); Contemp ST (TBA); ER (TBA); HR (TBA); RE (TBA); Inspirational (TBA); Para / F / F (TBA); RS (TBA); YA (TBA) 1st place per category - Beacon Lapel Pin. All finalists will receive a certificate.
San Francisco Area Romance Writers of America Heart to Heart Romance unpublished in novel or novella format as of final winner announcement. Published is defined as having an ISBN and/or ASIN number on any work of novel or novella length. e-deadline August 31, 2017; finalists notified Oct 5; winners announced Nov 6. hero and heroine's first meeting or first time they feel that "spark," 15 pp max (numbered as it appears in the ms) plus optional unjudged, double-spaced, one-page set-up. $15 for SFRWA members, $25 via RWA payment portal electronic Four 1st round judges includes one PRO or PAN. The lowest score is dropped. Final-round judges are acquiring editors and agents. Top 3 entries in each category final.  Contemp (TBA); RS (TBA); ER (TBA); HR (TBA); Para (TBA); YA (TBA) Certificates will be awarded to the top winner in each category.
Southwest Florida Romance Writers of America The Joyce Henderson Contest Romance Unpublished or not published in last 5 yrs in category entered. Entry must be author's original work, uncontracted, unpublished, and in English. Open to RWA members only. 11:59 PM ET August 31, 2017; winners announced Dec 20. first 20 pp and synopsis (1 pp max). Synopsis will not be judged. SFRW members $25; all others $30 Via PayPal electronic entry 1st Round: 2 judges, at least one published. Final judges: Contemp including Women’s Fiction (Lexi Smail, Grand Central Publishing; Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency); HR (Robin Haseltine, Entangled Publishing; Julie Gwinn, The Seymour Agency); Para / Sci-Fi / Fantasy (Nancy Schumacher, Melange Books; Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency); YA (Jennie Conway, St. Martin’s Press; Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Literary Agency); RS (Georgia Woods, Hartwood Publishing; Erin Niumata, Folio Literary Management); Inspirational (Sandra Barela, Celebrate Lit Publishing; Dawn Dowdle, Blue Ridge Agency) 1st place in each category wins $50 and Certificate. 2nd place wins $20 and Certificate. 3rd place wins Certificate. Winners announced in RWR.
Sustainable Arts Foundation Sustainable Arts Foundation Award and Sustainable Arts Foundation Promise Award Various - see Categories. (Note: 1/2 of the awards will go to applicants of color) Anyone who is a parent with a child under age 18. Entry must be in English and be recent work. August 31, 2017; awards announced Nov 16. Writers: 25 pages maximum. You may submit a single long sample or multiple shorter samples. Poets: 10 poems, not to exceed 25 pages total. Additionally, you must answer 4 questions. See website for visual arts submission info. $15 online submission through their form, PDF format for entries Approximately 10 finalists with typically 5 winners. Categories: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Long Form Journalism, Playwriting, Picture Books, Early and Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Graphic Novel. There are also visual arts categories (see website for details). Judged by at least two jurors (fellow artists and writers). Sustainable Arts Foundation Award: $6,000. Sustainable Arts Foundation Promise Award: $2,000. Typically there are 5 of each award.
New York City Romance Writers of America Kathryn Hayes "When Sparks Fly" Fiction Published with original publication date in calendar year 2016 Sept 1, 2017; finalists announced Nov 10; winners announced Dec 2 full manuscript of published book in pdf or mobi format RWA NYC members: 1st title free, then $25; RWA Members: $25; Non-RWA: $35 electronic only (mobi or pdf) Top 3 in each category move to final round. Contemp; Erotic, Para / Sci-Fi / Fantasy; RS; HR. Multicultural, LGBT submissions welcome in all categories. Judges: Published Authors Prize: $75.00
Valley of the Sun Romance Writers of America Hot Prospects Romance Anyone with uncontracted, unpublished romance entry e-deadline / postmark 11:59 p.m. PST Sept 1, 2017; finalists notified Oct 31; winners announced Dec 15. beginning of ms (25 pp max) and synopsis (3-5 pp). Total entry cannot exceed 30 pp. Valley of the Sun RW members: $25; non-chapter members: $30. Check, money order, PayPal, cash. mail or electronic. 1st round - 2 judges. If scores vary by 26 or more points, there will be a 3rd judge with lowest score dropped. 3 finalists per category. Categories: ST Contemp, RS, HR / Regency, F/F/P, Inspirational. Final judges are editors TBA Grand prize TBA. Finalists receive certificate, graphic for website and acknowledgment in RWR.
Music City Romance Writers of America Melody of Love Romance Published and unpublished writers. Entry must be for book not under contract as of March 1. Need not be RWA member. Sept 15, 2017, finalists announced ~Nov 1, winners announced Dec 1 first 15 pp of full-length novel (minimum length 50,000 wds). A Short blurb (200 wds max, optional and not judged unless critique requested for additional fee) $20-$35 via PayPal or check; critique of blurb is additional $10 email Judged fully by PAN members, three judges per entry. Top 10% final. Final judges: Victoria Lea, Aponte Literary; Janna Bonikowski, The Knight Agency; Amanda Jain, Inklings Literary Agency; Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin’s Press. Others TBA. Finalists in each category receive a certificate and announcement in RWR and the MCRW website. #1 Finalist in each category also receives a $25 cash prize. Each entry has a chance to win a 50 page professional critique. Winner selected by random drawing. Entries capped at 60.
Spruce Mountain Press Past Loves Day Story Contest Non-fiction Open to anyone with a past true love Sept 17, 2017; winners announced Nov 17 True story (700 wds max) about a past true love Free email or postal mail No categories; judges are from Spruce Mountain Press. 1st Prize: $100; 2nd prize: $75; 3rd Prize: $50; Honorable Mention(s) Winning stories will be posted (anonymously, if requested by author) on the website.
Mid-America Romance Writers of America Fiction from the Heartland Romance unpublished during past five years and uncontracted at time of deadline in book-length fiction; excludes MARA members Received by 11:59 PM CST Sept 22, 2017; finalists notified last week of Oct; winners announced by Feb 1, 2018. beginning of ms +, synopsis (10,000 words max) $35 by PayPal or check electronic entry No more than 10 overall finalists from all categories. First round has 2 judges, one of which will be a published author. Final judges: Category (Brenda Chin, Entangled Publishing; Tricia Skinner, Fuse Literary); Contemp ST (Gail Chasen, Harlequin Special Edition; Elizabeth Winick Rubenstien, McIntosh & Otis, Inc.); HR (Carolyn Coons, Harper Collins Publishers; Cheryl Ferguson, The Ferguson Literary Agency); RS (Patience Bloom, Harlequin; Cori Deyoe, Three Seas Literary Agency); Para (Cindy Davis, The Wild Rose Press; Tricia Skinner, Fuse Literary); ER (Charles Griemsman, Harlequin; Cori Deyoe, Three Seas Literary Agency); YA / NA (Niki Flowers, BelleBooks; Jenna Haskin, Metamorphosis Literary Agency); Inspirational (Johanna Raisanen, Harlequin Series; Jenna Haskin, Metamorphosis Literary Agency) 1st Place receives $50 and a plaque. 2nd and 3rd place receive Placement Certificate. All other finalists receive Honorable Mention Certificate.
Bauhan Publishing The Monadnock Essay Collection Prize Nonfiction Essays Unpublished book-length collection (120-160 pp or 50,000-60,000 words) of essays Sept 30, 2017 Enter the full collection of essays, 120-160 pp in length, single-spaced (50,000 - 60,000 words). $25 Submit online through Submittable; print submissions accepted through USPS Any form: personal essays, memoir in essay form, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel, historical account, etc. Judge: TBA The winning author receives $750 prize money, publication of the collection, 50 copies of the book, and distribution with our other titles
Chanticleer Book Reviews Clue Awards Suspense / Thriller Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, Sept 30, 2017; finalists announced Dec 2017; 1st Place category winners announced Jan 2018; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Detective / Crime; Suspense / Thriller; Private Eye / Noir; Legal / Medical / Police Procedural; Spy / Espionage 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345. Category winners compete for Clue Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 cash prize, blue ribbon, digital badges, and book stickers, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year (prize is $1,000).
Chanticleer Book Reviews Little Peeps Awards Children's (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, Sept 30, 2017; finalists announced Dec 2017; 1st Place category winners announced Jan 2018; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Chapter Book; Story Book; Picture Book; Activity Book; Educational Book 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345. Category winners compete for Little Peeps Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 cash prize, blue ribbon, digital badges, and book stickers, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year (prize is $1,000).
Hour of Writes Hour of Writes Fiction, poetry Open to anyone 16 yrs and older. Oct 23, 2017 by 11 PM UK time; winner announced ~one week later. (Note: this contest runs weekly) Up to 2000 words responding to the theme. Entrants must mark 3 other entries £3 Online through website Peer reviewed; winner chosen by HOW staff and/or guest judge Winner receives half of net fees received for that competition (£50 minimum)
Chanticleer Book Reviews Ozma Awards Fantasy Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, Oct 31, 2017; finalists announced Jan 2018; 1st Place category winners announced Feb 2018; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Adventure / Mystery / Thriller; Paranormal Romance; Magical Beings & Creatures; Strange and Unexplained; Supernatural powers 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345. Category winners compete for Ozma Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 cash prize, blue ribbon, digital badges, and book stickers, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year (prize is $1,000).
Chanticleer Book Reviews Paranormal Awards Paranormal (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, Oct 31, 2017; finalists announced June 2017; 1st Place category winners announced Aug; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Adventure / Mystery / Thriller; Paranormal Romance; Magical Beings & Creatures; Urban / Edgy; Supernatural Powers 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345. Category winners compete for Paranormal Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 cash prize, blue ribbon, digital badges, and book stickers, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year (prize is $1,000).
Red Hen Press Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award Poetry Previously unpublished poetry manuscript. Open to anyone not affiliated or associated with Red Hen Press. Postmark by Oct 31, 2017; winner announced in 2018 unpublished poetry collection, 48 - 96 pp.   via Submittable online Final Judge: Richard Blanco $3,000, publication of the collection by Red Hen Press, and 4-week PLAYA Residency.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Somerset Awards Contemporary / Literary / Mainstream Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, Nov 30, 2017; finalists announced Feb 2018; 1st Place category winners announced March 2018; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Contemp Theme; Adventure / Suspense; Literary; Women's Fiction; Satire; Magic Realism 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345. Category winners compete for Somerset Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 cash prize, blue ribbon, digital badges, and book stickers, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year (prize is $1,000)..