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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ArtAscent "Green" International Call for Writers Fiction, poetry Any writer 18 yrs or older. April 30, 2016; winners announced June 1. 900 words max with theme of "Portraits." Share your interpretation. $10 via PayPal online Entries include fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations. Judges: ArtAscent The Gold writer will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal complete with an artist profile review written by our art writer. Up to 7 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; and, promoted on the ArtAscent Facebook and Twitter feeds.
Georgia Romance Writers of America Maggie Unpublished Romance Unpublished in full length romance within last 5 yrs. Entries limited to first 70 received in each category. Entry must have minimum length of 40,000 wds. April 30, 2016 by 10 PM ET; finalists notified by July 1; winners announced Oct 1 at moonlight & Magnolias conference synopsis, prologue and first chapter, 35 pp max for all. $25 GRW members, $30 RWA member, $40 others. Via Paypal only. electronic 3 published authors judge each entry. 5 finalists per category. No scoresheets, scores not released to entrants. Judges write on ms. Final judges: ST Contemp (Angela James, Carina Press / Harlequin); Contemp Series (Laura Barth, Harlequin); Inspirational (Sarah Mason Rische, Tyndale House Publishers); HR (Nicole Fischer, William Morrow / Avon); Para (Latoya Smith, Samhain Publishing); YA (Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin’s Press); NSRE (Patience Bloom, Harlequin); novella (Tera Cuskaden, Samhain Publishing) 1st Place winner in each category receives Maggie Medallion. All finalists receive certificates.
Killer Nashville Claymore Award Mystery / Thriller Anyone. Entry must be unpublished and uncontracted. Received by 11:59 PM CT, April 30, 2016. Winner announced at Killer Nashville Awards Banquet in August. 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 $3,000 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.
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, 2016. 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' fourteenth short crime fiction anthology, free admission to Crime Bake, and a handsome plaque.
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, 2016 first 10,000 words of full-length novel with projected length of 50,000 wds or more RCRW members, $30, RWA members $35. Early birds (prior to April 1) 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 (Robin Haseltine, Entangled); RS (Lizzie Poteet, St. Martin's); NSRE (Amy Stapp, TOR); YA / NA (Lauren Smulski, HQN); Contemp ST (Elle Keck, Avon); Para (Sinclair Sawhney, Tule Publishing); Contemp Series (Tera Cuskaden, Samhain). 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).
Toronto Romance Writers of America The Catherine Romance Open to all unpublished writers (whether or not a member of RWA) and published members of RWA who are not eligible to join RWA-PAN. Entry must be uncontracted, unpublished as of entry date. Received by 11:59 PM EST April 30, 2016; finalists notified early July; finalist ranking announced in Oct; Gold Ticket round results announced in Nov. beginning of ms plus synopsis (7,500 words max) $25 TRW members, $30 others, by PayPal Email Top 3 in each category with minimum scores of 80/100 go to final round. Finalists have a week to revise entry. Contemp Series (Piya Campana, Harlequin); ST (Esi Sogah, Kensington); HR (Katherine Pelz, Berkley); Para / F / F (Brenda Chin, Belle Books); RS (Dana Hamilton, Grand Central Publishing); SRE (Kerri Buckley, Carina Press); YA (Annie Berger, HarperCollins Children’s Books); NA (Megha Parekh, Grand Central Publishing) Category winners receive certificates and are entered into the Gold Ticket competition judged by Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency. Winner of Gold Ticket will receive a 3 chapter critique from NYT best selling author Kelly Armstrong.
Peninsula Pulse The Hal Prize Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry Open to writers throughout the United States Deadline May 1, 2016; winners announced Aug 5. fiction and nonfiction: 2,000 words max; poetry: preferred as MS Word or .rtf file peom no longer than one page $5 for fiction and nonficiton; $2.25 for poetry online submission Judges for each category include prestigious and professional authors Jerry Apps, Nicole Helget, Oliver de la Paz and photographer Wing Young Huie. Publication to a readership of more than 17,000, cash awards for first place winners, a week stay at Write On, Door County, and other prizes.
Southern California Romance Writers of America California Hooker Romance Open to anyone; entries cannot be published in any format or contracted. Received by midnight PST May 1, 2016; winners announced in July. 3 pp of your manuscript which includes the hook in RTF format $10 via PayPal or check. online 1st round judges trained PRO and PAN members. Final judges: acquiring editors in the romance publishing community.  
The Kindle Book Review and Digital Book Today Kindle Book Awards Various Any independent or small press publisher. eBooks must be written in English, 25,000 words minimum, in mobi format, and published on Amazon between May 1, 2014 and may 1, 2016 May 1, 2016; category semi-finalists announced July 1; Top-5 category finalists announced Oct 1; winners announced Nov 1. book in mobi format $29 electronic Judged by the Kindle Book Review Team & Reviewers (volunteers). Categories: Mystery / Thriller, Romance, YA, Sci-fi / Fantasy, Literary Fiction, Horror / Suspense, Non-Fiction 7 category winners receive $300 cash, and $549 in promotion & tools.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Nicholl Fellowship Script Screenwriters who have not earned more than $25,000 writing for film or television (see rules). Up to 2 authors per script. Uploaded by 11:59 pm PT May 2, 2016; quarterfinalists notified by Aug 1; semifinalists notified by early Sept Original feature film screenplay, 70-160 pp, in PDF format, written in English. $85 via credit card ($45 if by March 7, $60 if by April 18) electronic First, quarter-final, semi-final and final rounds of judging. Semi-final round judged by Academy members of the motion picture industry. Final round judged by the Nicholl committee. Finalists must write a letter to Nicholl Committee, giving the Committee some idea of the writer’s personal and professional interests should he or she receive a Fellowship. Up to five $35,000 fellowships are awarded
River City Romance Writers of America Cover Me Contest Covers of books copyright date between Jan 1, 2015 and May 6, 2016 Authors published traditionally, by epub houses, POD publisehd or self. May 7, 2016; winners anotified in July jpeg file of cover $15 via PayPal email Judges are local and national booksellers. Categories: Contemp, RS, Para, HR, ER / Erotica, YA Category winning covers featured on RCRW website for month of August and displayed in RWR.
Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers of America On the Far Side Novel-length fiction with Paranormal Elements Unpublished / not published in the genre entered during the last 5 years Midnight EDT May 15, 2016; finalists notified July 5; winners announced August 8. Beginning of manuscript and an optional 2-page synopsis which will not be judged, 20 pp max $20 for FF&P Member, $25 others email Four 1st round judges with lowest score dropped. Three finalists advance to final round. Categories: RE (Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Inc.); Hard Sci-Fi / SF / Futuristic (Laurie McLean, Fuse); Dark / Light / General Para (Peter Senftleben, Kensington); TT / Steampunk (Robin Haseltine, Entangled Publishing); Urban Fantasy (Melissa Singer, Tor); Fantasy (Chris Keeslar, Boroughs Publishing); YA (Becca Stumpf, Prospect Agency); NA (Samantha McMahon, Soul Mate Publishing); HR (Penny Barber, Lyrical Press); Erotica (Deelylah Mullin, Torquere Press) Top Prize: Certificate and OTFS pin.
Hour of Writes Hour of Writes Fiction, poetry Open to anyone 16 yrs and older. May 20, 2016 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)
First Coast Romance Writers of America National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award Romance Book, Novella Books published with original copyright date of 2015 and available for purchase in U.S. Any publishing venue (Traditional, POD, self-pubbed, ebook, etc.) PDF format is capped at 150 entries. Payments received by 11:59 PM EST May 25, 2016; mailed entries must be postmarked by May 31and received by June 9; electronic entries must be received by 7pm EST June 2. Finalists announced July 31; winners announced Aug 31. 4 copies of print book (5 if entering Best First Book) or 1 PDF if ebook-published only $25 (no add'l fee for 1st book category) Mail. Pay by check or Paypal. First round judges: 3 romance readers. Top 3 books advance to final round. Final Judges: Romance bloggers, Booksellers, Librarians. Categories: Contemp Series; Contemp ST; HR / Regency; Inspirational; Novel with SRE; Para / Futuristic; RS; ER; YA; Novella; Best First Book. First place per category - Lapel Pin, and .gif for website. All finalists will receive a certificate. Winners announced in RWR.
Tampa Area Romance Writers of America TARA Romance (except women's fiction category) Open to unpublished and published authors of novel length fiction; entry must be original work, unpublished and uncontracted  as of deadline Received by 11:59 PM EST May 25, 2016; finalists notified ~July 1; winners announced ~Sept 30. 1st 25 pp; finalists must supply a synopsis of up to 5 pp $20 for TARA members, $25 others via PayPal or check uploaded to website At least 2 judges (published authors or TARA-trained and certified). Up to 3 finalists per category. To final, entry must have min overall score of at least 40. Finalists have approx. a week to make changes & submit synopsis before final round. Category / Series Contemp (Liz Pelletier, Entangled Publishing); HR (Brenda Chin, Imajinn Books); Para (Latoya Smith, Samhain Publishing); ST (Gabrielle Keck, Avon / Harper Collins); Women's Fiction (Junessa Viloria, Ballantine Bantam Dell); RS (Alison Dasho, Montlake Publishing); Inspirational (Raela Schoenherr, Bethany House) 1st Place category winners receive Sterling Silver TARA pendant, $25, and contest winner graphic for website. Finalists receive certificates. Winners announced in RWR.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Dante Rossetti Awards Young Adult Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2013. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. No erotica or graphic violence. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, May 30, 2016; finalists announced July 2016; 1st Place category winners announced Sept 2016; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2017 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Contemporary YA; SFF & Para; Dystopian / Edgy / Urban; Mystery / Thriller / Suspense; Historical YA; YA Adventure / Romance First Place Category Winners receive an editorial book review and marketing package that includes a prize ribbon, digital badges, book stickers, as well as promotion on website, social media, and newsletter; and your review will be published in the Chanticleer Reviews Magazine. The Dante Rossetti Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Young Adult Fiction Book of the Year, awarded a $200 prize, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year. Overall Grand Prize winner receives $1,000. Note: Website states that Prizes and Award Packages may change without notice.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Gertrude Warner Awards Middle Grade Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2013. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. No erotica or graphic violence. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, May 30, 2016; finalists announced July 2016; 1st Place category winners announced Sept 2016; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2017 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Contemp Middle Grade; SFF & Paranormal Middle Grade; Mystery Middle Grade; Historical Middle Grade; Adventure Middle Grade First Place Category Winners receive an editorial book review and marketing package that includes a prize ribbon, digital badges, book stickers, as well as promotion on website, social media, and newsletter; and your review will be published in the Chanticleer Reviews Magazine. The Gertrude Warner Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Middle Grade Fiction Book of the Year, awarded a $200 prize, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year. Overall Grand Prize winner receives $1,000. Note: Website states that Prizes and Award Packages may change without notice.
Ancient City Romance Authors Heart of Excellence Romance Book Books with original copyright date or first US print date in calendar 2015 Postmark / email by May 31, 2016; finalists announced mid-Aug; winners announced at Sept ACRA Conference ebooks in two of these 3 formats: Kindle, Nook, PDF $25 via PayPal or check. online Judges are romance readers, booksellers, and librarians. A title may be entered in more than one category. Categories: Short Contemp; Long Contemp; RS; HR; Clean Reads (includes but not limited to Inspirational); Para; Strong RE. 1st Place winners in each category will receive a trophy, certificate, and a winner’s graphic to include on their website. 2nd and 3rd Place winners will receive a certificate and a graphic for their website. Announcement will be sent to RWR.
Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America Emerald City Opener Romance Unpublished / not published in romance in past 5 yrs in category entered Received by midnight PDT, May 31, 2016; winners announced in Oct. first 7 pp of ms $12 members; $20 all others by PalPal, check or money order electronic 1st round judges are RWA PRO and published authors. Categories: Contemp, HR, Para, RS.  
Heart of Denver Romance Writers of America The Molly  Romance unpublished in book-length fiction in past 3 yrs Received by 11:59 PM MDT, May 31, 2016; 1st round semi-finalists notified ~late July; 2nd round finalists notified ~late Aug; winners notified in Oct. 1st 25 pp plus 5-pp max synopsis, which will not be judged. Format is .doc in TNR 12 or 14 point or Courier 12 point. $30 - HODRW members, $35 - other RWA members; $40 non-RWA members. $5 early bird discount by May 1. Pay by money order, check, or Paypal email 1st Round has 3 qualified judges. Top 30% in each category moves to 2nd round. 2nd Round judged by 2 published authors. After the 5 scores from 1st and 2nd round are received, the lowest of the 5 scores is dropped. The 3 entries with highest total of the 4 remaining scores advances to finals. Final round judges: Contemp (Editor TBA; Stephany Evans, Fine Print Literary Manaagements); HR (Editor TBA; Kristy Hunter, The Knight Agency); Para / TT / Futuristic (Chris Keeslar, Boroughs Publishing Group; TBA); YA (Lauren Smulski, Harlequin; Elaine Spencer, The Knight Agency); ST/MS (Editor TBA; Jessica Watterson, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency); RS (Tara Gavin, Kensington; Courtney Miller-Callihan, Handspun Literary Agency); Unsinkable Heroine (TBA); Heart of Molly, member-only award (TBA) The 1st Place winner in each category will receive the Molly Award plaque. All other finalists will receive certificates. Results will be in the RWR.
Hourglass Literary Magazine Hourglass Literary Magazine Writing Contest Short Story, Poetry, Non-fiction Essay For writers writing in English AND in the BCMS languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, and Montenegro May 31, 2016 by 11:59 P.M. US Central time; winner announced Sept 1, 2016 Short story: 7,000 wds max; Poem: 3,500 words max; Essay: 1,000 wds minimum, 9,000 wds max. $13.59 for short story or essay; $13.59 for up to three poems. via online Submittable form Categories: Best Short Story, Best Essay, Best Poem. Judges are authors Sibelan Forrester, Jelena Lengold and John K. Cox Winning entry in each category receives $1,000, a symbolic artifact (clepsydra), digital stamp, and diploma and winning entries will be published in Hourglass Literary Magazine in the original language (English / BCMS) and translated (BCMS / English). See website for more.
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Fiction Unpublished, uncontracted in book length fiction through traditional publishing house at time of entry. E-deadline 11:59 PM MST May 31, 2016; finalists announced Aug 4; winners announced Sept. 10. first 4,000 words + 750 word synopsis $30; critique is add'l $25. email 2 judges evaluate each entry. 5 highest-scoring entries scoring 130 or more in each category will final. Categories and Final Judges: Action / Thriller (Peter Joseph, St. Martin's Press); Mystery / Suspense (Amy Stapp, Tor Books); Romance ( Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin's Press); Speculative Fiction (Diana Pho, Tor Books); YA / Middle Grade (Shannon Hassan, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency); MS Other Genres (Rachelle Gardner, Books & Such Literary Management) 1st Place winner $150, 2nd Place $100, 3rd Place $75, 2 remaining finalists $30.
Arizona Mystery Writers Arizona Mystery Writers Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest Mystery / Suspense / Thriller Short Story Open to the public. Work must be original and unpublished prior to judging. Postmark by June 1, 2016; winners announced July 30. 2,500 words max $15 by check or MO. Email or mail (3 copies); entry fee must be mailed. Categories: Mystery, suspense, and / or thriller (no horror or sci-fi). 1st prize $200; 2nd $100; 3rd $75; certificate, publication on the club's web site, free lunch (Tucson, AZ), notice in home-town newspaper, and everlasting glory
Heart of Denver Romance Writers of America Aspen Gold Reader's Choice Romance Book / Novella / Short Story book length traditional or self-published romantic fiction with original copyright or first print date in 2015. Received by June 1, 2016; finalists and winners announced TBA. 3 print copies of book or one electronic version in as many formats (pdf, mobi, epub) as possible. Finalists will be asked for 2 additional copies. $20 HODRW members, $25 other RWA members, $30 all others by PayPal. print books by mail; ebooks uploaded Categories: Short Story, YA, Short Contemp, Long Contemp, HR, Para / TT / F, RS, ER, Novella. First round judged by romance readers. Top 3 books in each category advance to final round. Final judges: Librarians. 1st Place winner receives Aspen Gold award. Finalists receive certificates. Results publicized on website, loops and in the RWR.
Las Vegas Romance Writers of America I Heart Indie Contest Romance Books and novellas independently published (as ebook or print) between Jan 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016. Categories capped at 50. 5 pm, PST on June 1, 2016; finalists notified Aug 1; winners announced Oct 15. The book's cover in jpg, jpeg, or png format, and the text of the back cover copy. Can enter up to three entries per category. $15 Electronic only. Categories: Contemp, HR, ER, Inspirational, Para, Suspense, YA, NA, Western, Sci-Fi / Fantasy, Novella. 1st round judges are book club members who are avid readers. Top 5 entries in each category will be judged by agents experienced in working with Indie authors. Winners announced in RWR; covers and back cover copy will be published on LVRW website. Winners also receive electronic badge.
Northwest Houston Romance Writers of America Lone Star Romance anyone unpublished or not published in last 5 yrs and uncontracted until deadline with uncontracted, unpublished (in any format) entry. e-deadline midnight CDT June 5, 2016; winners announced in October. first 5,000 words saved in RTF only. $25 via PayPal Email 3 first round judges, at least 2 of them published. Lowest score dropped. Top 3 high scores in each category final; finalists can revise based on critiques. Categories: Contemp Series (Piya Campana, Harlequin; Cindy Davis, Wildrose Press; Victoria Lowe, The Bent Agency); F/F/P (Brenda Chin, Imajinn Books; Debbie Gilbreath, Soulmate Publishing; 3rd judge TBA); HR (Char Chaffin, Soulmate Publishing; Allison Byers-Editor, WildRose Press; 3rd judge TBA); Inspirational Raela Schoenherr, Bethany Books; Nicola Martinez, Pelican Books; 3rd TBA); RS (Tara Gelsomino, Crimson Romance; 2nd TBA; 3rd TBA); ST (Alicia Condon, Kensington Books; 2nd TBA; 3rd TBA); YA/NA (Alycia Tornetta, Entangled; 2nd TBA; 3rd TBA) First place winners in each category will receive the Lone Star Brooch. Achievement certificates will be awarded to all finalists.
New Jersey Romance Writers of America Golden Leaf Romance Novel, Novella All NJRW members and RWA members in Region One published in novel-length fiction. Romance novels with 1st copyright date or 1st NA print date of July 2015 - June 2016. Capped at 25 books per category. Entry deadline June 12, 2016. Books must be received by June 17. 4 autographed copies of book; e-books in print book format, with copyright page produced by publisher, with perfect or case binding and print on both sides of the page. $25 NJRW members, $30 others Register online. Mail in entry. Judges are booksellers, librarians, readers groups, romance readers. Three finalists per category: Best First Book; Short Contemp, Mid-Length Contemp, Long Contemp, HR, Novella, Para, RS, ER Winners announced at "Put Your Heart In A Book" Confrerence
Central Ohio Fiction Writers Ignite the Flame Romance Entry must be unpublished, uncontracted completed book-length ms (40k words or more). Postmark / e-deadline 11:59 pm EST June 30, 2016. Hero and heroine's first meeting, 15 pp max + set-up if needed (set-up will not be judged) $20 COFW members; $25 others money order, or PayPal. email 1st round judges are published authors. 3 finalists in each category. Final Judges: Contemp (Elle Keck, Harper Collins); Erotic (Christine Klocek-Lim, Evernight Publishing); HR (Tara Gelsomino, Crimson Romance); Inspirational (Emily Rodmell, Harlequin Love Inspired); Para / F / F / TT (Tahra Seplowin, Harlequin HQN); RS (Megha Parekh, Grand Central); YA / NA (Liz Pelletier, Entangled) Grand Prize: Full manuscript critique and evaluation from award-winning romance author and instructor Leigh Micheals, a prize valued at $295. 1st, 2nd, 3rd place category winners receive certificate and entry will be sent to an agent or editor.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Chaucer Awards Early Historical Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2013. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. No erotica or graphic violence. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, June 30, 2016; finalists announced Aug 2016; 1st Place category winners announced Oct 2016; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2017 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Pre-Historical Fiction; Ancient Historical Fiction; World / International History (non-western culture historical fiction); Dark Ages, Medieval, Renaissance; Elizabethan / Tudor; 1600's; America's - Historical Fiction Pre-1750s First Place Category Winners receive an editorial book review and marketing package that includes a prize ribbon, digital badges, book stickers, as well as promotion on website, social media, and newsletter; and your review will be published in the Chanticleer Reviews Magazine. The Chaucer Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Early Historical Fiction Book of the Year, awarded a $200 prize, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year. Overall Grand Prize winner receives $1,000. Note: Website states that Prizes and Award Packages may change without notice.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Goethe Awards Late Historical Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2013. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. No erotica or graphic violence. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, June 30, 2016; finalists announced Aug 2016; 1st Place category winners announced Oct 2016; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2017 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Regency / Victorian; World / International History (non-western culture historical fiction); 19th Century; 20th Century; World and Other Wars; US History First Place Category Winners receive an editorial book review and marketing package that includes a prize ribbon, digital badges, book stickers, as well as promotion on website, social media, and newsletter; and your review will be published in the Chanticleer Reviews Magazine. The Goethe Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Late Historical Fiction Book of the Year, awarded a $200 prize, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year. Overall Grand Prize winner receives $1,000. Note: Website states that Prizes and Award Packages may change without notice.
From The Heart Romance Writers of America Pages From The Heartwebsite not updated for 2016 Romance Novel or Novella RWA members who are published or self published. Entry must not be contracted or published. Deadline midnight PT, June 30, 2016; finalists announced Sept 1; winners announced Nov 2. 6,000 words max $21 FTH members; $26 RWA members; $16 each add'l entry (US funds via paypal) electronic only 1st round: Three Judges per entry; lowest score dropped, but will be used in case of a tie. Categories and Final Judges: Short Contemp (Elle Keck, Avon Books; Carly Silver,Harlequin); Long Contemp (Courtney Miller-Callahan, Handspun Literary Agency; Meredith Rich, Bloomsbury Spark); RS (Caroline Acebo, Grand Central Publishing; Allison Lyons, Harlequin Intrigue); HR (Deborah Gilbert, Soulmate Publishing; Erin Molta, Entangled Publishing); Para / F / TT (Jennie Goloboy, Red Sofa Literary Agency; Elizabeth May, Kensington Publishing); YA (Alysia Tornetta, Entangled Publishing; Sarah Blumenstock, Berkley / NAL); Inspirational (Michelle Grajkowski, Three Seas Literary Agency; Nicola Martinez, Pelican Ventures Book Group); Hero Of Our Heart Award (Stacy Donaghy, Donaghy Literary Agency; Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin's Press) 1st Place each category: $30, 1 yr free membership to FTH; 2nd Place and Hero of Our Heart winner: 1 yr free membership to FTH. 1st thru 3rd Place also receive RWR announcement, website graphic, printable e-certificate. A BONUS of 5 points will be added to the total score of every entry that follows our formatting rules
From The Heart Romance Writers of America Pages From The Heartwebsite not updated for 2016 Romance RWA members who are unpublished with uncontracted entry. Deadline midnight PT, June 30, 2016; finalists announced Sept 1; winners announced Nov 2. 6,000 words max $21 FTH members; $26 RWA members; $16 each add'l entry (US funds via paypal) electronic only 1st round: Three Judges per entry; lowest score dropped, but will be used in case of a tie.Categories and Final Judges: Long Contemp (Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Agency; Alexandra Sehulster, St. Martin's Press); Short Contemp (Scott Eagan, Greyhaus Literary Agency; Patience Bloom, Harlequin); HR (Jessica Watterson, Sandra Dijkstra Agency; Janet Clementz, Soulmate Publishing); RS (Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency; Carly Silver, Harlequin Intrigue); Para (Sara Megibow, KT Literary Agency; Kayla King, Harlequin Nocturne); YA (Linda Scalissi, Three Seas Literary Agency; Alycia Tornetta, Entangled Publishing); Inspirational (Nicole Resciniti, The Seymour Agency; Raela Schoenherr, Bethany House); Hero Of Our Heart Award (Stacy Donaghy,Donaghy Literary Agency; Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin's Press) 1st Place each category: $30, 1 yr free membership to FTH; 2nd Place: 1 yr free membership to FTH. 1st thru 3rd Place also receive RWR announcement, website graphic, printable e-certificate.
Southern Magic Romance Writers of America Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence website not updated for 2016. Romance Book, Novella Entries must have copyright of 2015. Received by June 30, 2016. TBA TBA. TBA Judged by romance readers, booksellers, and / or librarians.3 judges, lowest score dropped. Lowest score used in case of tie. to form the final score. Categories: Contemp ST, Contemp Series, Inspirational ST, Inspirational Series, RS, RS Series, HR, Para / F / F / TT, NA, Teen, Novella (20-40k wds) All finalists receive a certificate. Winners receive an engraved bookmark and inclusion in a full-page RWR ad.
Southern Magic Romance Writers of America Linda Howard Award of Excellence Romance Unpublished / uncontracted entry e-deadline 10 PM CST June 30, 2016; finalists announced in August; winners announced in Sept. First 5,000 words of ms. Finalists must supply a 2-pp max double-spaced synopsis with revised entry $25 via check, money order, or PayPal via entry form 1st round: 3 judges. Lowest score will be dropped except in case of tie. Final judges: ST (Alicia Condon, Kensington Publishing); Series (Pamela Harty, The Knight Agency); HR (Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency); Para (Ansley Blacksstock, Liquid Silver Books); YA (Michelle Grajkowski, Three Seas Literary Agency); Sensual and Sizzling (Cheryl Yeko, Soul Mate Publishing); The Write Magic (for Southern Magic members only (Kristy Hunter, Submissions Coordinator & Associate Agent, The Knight Agency) First place will receive a commemorative pin. First thru third place receive a certificate and have name printed in RWR.
Indiana Romance Writers of America Golden Opportunity website not updated for 2016 Romance Open to any unpublished / uncontracted author in novel or novella length fiction by a non-vanity / non-subsidy publisher (according to RWA publishing standards) in the past three (3) years, except members of IRWA. Deadline July 1, 2016 beginning of ms and synopsis (10 pp max) for a total of 55 pp max submitted as doc or docx file. $35. Check or PayPal. electronic entry 1st round: 2 trained judges. If the 2 scores are 75 or more points apart, a 3rd judge is used and the 2 scores closest to each other prevail. 3 finalists per category. Final judges and categories TBA. Top Prize: TBA
Final Draft Big Break Scripts Anyone 18 years or older at date of entry. July 15, 2016; quarter-finalists announced late Sept; semi-finalisas announced in Oct; top 10 finalists announced early Nov; top 5 in mid-Nov; winners in early Dec; Grand Prize winners at the 11th Annual Awards in Feb 2017 Logline plus full-length script (150 pp max) in English in standard industry format. Must submit in Final Draft or pdf format. $40 before Feb 29; $50 by June 30; $65 after online entry system Entries are narrowed down to approximately 350 quarterfinalists, then down to the top 10 in each feature genre and TV category. Final judges choose the top 3 and winners in each genre and category. Genres: Action / Adventure; Comedy / Rom-Com; Drama; Family / Animated; Period / Historical / War; Sci-Fi / Fantasy; Thriller / Horror. TV categories: Half-Hour, Hour-Long Spec, and Pilot. Two Grand Prize winners are flown to Hollywood for a series of meetings and networking with industry professionals
Highfield Press "Picture Worth 1000 Words” Summer Essay Contest Essay Entry must be unpublished July 15, 2016; winner announced ~Sept 15. 500-1,000 words inspired by the theme "Moonlit Evening" and the photo on the contest page. $20 Online form Can be personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, commentary travel piece, historical account, bibliography, or short story. Judge(s) is Highfield Press. $1,000 Grand Prize and online publication. Two runners up receive Highfield Press gifts.
Fencon Fencon Short Story Contest Science Fiction or Fantasy Short Story Open to anyone who has not sold a work of fiction of any length to any professional publication before July 10, 2016; no "fanfic" or shared-worlds fiction Received by July 20, 2016; winners announced Sept 23 5,000 words max in RTF format; see formatting rules free for 1st entry, $10 for additional entries email Categories: YA, Adult, Judges TBA. 1st Place: $100 and publication in the FenCon XIII program book.Two runners-up: $50 and possible publication in the FenCon program book. All receive certificate and 2017 Fencon membership.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Laramie Awards Western, Pioneer, Civil War Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2013. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. No erotica or graphic violence. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, July 31, 2016; finalists announced Sept 2016; 1st Place category winners announced Nov 2016; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2017 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Western Romance; Adventure / Caper; Classic; Civil War / Prairie / Pioneer; Contemporary Western; Western YA First Place Category Winners receive an editorial book review and marketing package that includes a prize ribbon, digital badges, book stickers, as well as promotion on website, social media, and newsletter; and your review will be published in the Chanticleer Reviews Magazine. The Laramie Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Fantasy Early North American Fiction Book of the Year, awarded a $200 prize, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year. Overall Grand Prize winner receives $1,000. Note: Website states that Prizes and Award Packages may change without notice.
Library Journal and BiblioBoard Library Journal Indie Ebook Awards Competition Fiction (see categories) Self-published ebooks written in English. Author must hold copyright and rights to digital distribution. No publication date restrictions. Received by July 31, 2016; winners announced Jan 20, 2017 Full self-published ebook Free online form Categories: Romance, Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult. Judges: Library Journal editors, public library collection development & acquisition librarians, some winners of the 2015 contest. One winner and two honorable mentions per category. Category winners receive $1,000. All winners and honorable mentions also receive: a full LJ review in print and online; promotional ad in LJ’s December “Best of Books” issue; recognition at LJ Self-Published Ebook Awards reception at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia
Chanticleer Book Reviews Chatelaine Awards Romanctic Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2013. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. No erotica or graphic violence. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, August 31, 2016; finalists announced Oct 2016; 1st Place category winners announced Dec 2016; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2017 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Contemp; Romantic Adventure & Suspense; HR; Inspirational / Restorative; Romantic Steamy / Sensual First Place Category Winners receive an editorial book review and marketing package that includes a prize ribbon, digital badges, book stickers, as well as promotion on website, social media, and newsletter; and your review will be published in the Chanticleer Reviews Magazine. The Chatelaine Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Romantic Fiction Book of the Year, awarded a $200 prize, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year. Overall Grand Prize winner receives $1,000. Note: Website states that Prizes and Award Packages may change without notice.
Spruce Mountain Press Past Loves Day Story Contest Nonfiction Anyone who has a true story of a past love Received by midnight, Sept 17, 2016; winner announced Nov 17 True story, up to 700 words free email or postal mail No categories. Judge by Spruce Mountain Press. First Prize: $100, Second Prize: $75, Third Prize: $50, Honorable Mention(s). Winning stories will be posted (anonymously, if requested by author) on this website.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Little Peeps Awards Children's Book Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2013. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. No erotica or graphic violence. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, Sept 30, 2016; finalists announced Nov 2016; 1st Place category winners announced Jan 2017; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2017 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Chapter Books; Story Books; Picture Books; Activity Books; Educational Books First Place Category Winners receive an editorial book review and marketing package that includes a prize ribbon, digital badges, book stickers, as well as promotion on website, social media, and newsletter; and your review will be published in the Chanticleer Reviews Magazine. The Little Peeps Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Children's Book of the Year, awarded a $200 prize, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year. Overall Grand Prize winner receives $1,000. Note: Website states that Prizes and Award Packages may change without notice.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Clue Awards Mystery, Thriller, Suspense Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2013. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. No erotica or graphic violence. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, Sept 30, 2016; finalists announced Nov 2016; 1st Place category winners announced Jan 2017; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2017 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Detective / Crime; Suspense / Thriller; Private Eye / Noir; Legal / Medical / Police Procedural; Spy / Espionage First Place Category Winners receive an editorial book review and marketing package that includes a prize ribbon, digital badges, book stickers, as well as promotion on website, social media, and newsletter; and your review will be published in the Chanticleer Reviews Magazine. The Clue Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Suspense/Thriller Fiction Book of the Year, awarded a $200 prize, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year. Overall Grand Prize winner receives $1,000. Note: Website states that Prizes and Award Packages may change without notice.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Ozma Awards Fantasy Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2013. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. No erotica or graphic violence. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, Oct 31, 2016; finalists announced Dec 2016; 1st Place category winners announced Feb 2017; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2017 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Magic, Heroes & Villains; Coming of Age; Steampunk / Dieselpunk / Gaslight Fantasy; Historical Fantasy; Modern / Urban Fantasy; Fairy Tale, Fable, Myth & Legend First Place Category Winners receive an editorial book review and marketing package that includes a prize ribbon, digital badges, book stickers, as well as promotion on website, social media, and newsletter; and your review will be published in the Chanticleer Reviews Magazine. The Ozma Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Fantasy Fiction Book of the Year, awarded a $200 prize, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year. Overall Grand Prize winner receives $1,000. Note: Website states that Prizes and Award Packages may change without notice.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Paranormal Awards Supernatural Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2013. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. No erotica or graphic violence. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, Oct 31, 2016; finalists announced Dec 2016; 1st Place category winners announced Feb 2017; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2017 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Adventure / Mystery / Thriller; Paranormal Romance; Magical Beings & Creatures; Urban / Edgy; Supernatural Powers First Place Category Winners receive an editorial book review and marketing package that includes a prize ribbon, digital badges, book stickers, as well as promotion on website, social media, and newsletter; and your review will be published in the Chanticleer Reviews Magazine. The Paranormal Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Paranormal and Supernatural Fiction Book of the Year, awarded a $200 prize, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year. Overall Grand Prize winner receives $1,000. Note: Website states that Prizes and Award Packages may change without notice.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Somerset Awards Literary / Contemporary (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2013. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. No erotica or graphic violence. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, Nov 30, 2016; finalists announced Jan 2017; 1st Place category winners announced Feb 2017; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2017 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Literary; Contemporary; Adventure / Suspense; Humor / Satire; Women's Fiction; Magic Realism First Place Category Winners receive an editorial book review and marketing package that includes a prize ribbon, digital badges, book stickers, as well as promotion on website, social media, and newsletter; and your review will be published in the Chanticleer Reviews Magazine. The Somerset Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Contemporary & Literary Fiction Book of the Year, awarded a $200 prize, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year. Overall Grand Prize winner receives $1,000. Note: Website states that Prizes and Award Packages may change without notice.