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 "Red" International Call for Writers Romance, fiction, poetry, nonfiction, open Any writer 18 yrs or older. Oct 31 , 2014; winner announcement Dec 1, 2014. 900 words max with theme of "Red." Fire, passion, heat, sacrifice, vitality, danger, happiness, a primary colour. What shade is your red? $10 via PayPal online Judges: ArtAscent The Gold writer will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal with artist profile review. From 3-7 writers will be published in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal w/ links to artists websites, promotion on website artist directory, and exposure in ArtAscent social media.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Paranormal Awards Supernatural 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, Oct 31, 2014; finalists announced by Feb 1, 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: Special abilities, super-natural; Werewolves, vampires, vampire slayers, shape shifters, etc.; Southern Gothic; Pulp Gothic; Contemp Gothic; Romantic (no eroticism, please); Urban / Edgy Para; Historical; Magical systems; Parallel universe; Angels & Demons; YA / NA 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 Paranormal Awards Supernatural Fiction Manuscripts (30,000 words+) written in English. Cannot have been published or under contract at deadline or have ISBN designation. Received by midnight, Oct 31, 2014; finalists announced by Feb 1, 2015. Entire manuscript must be digitally submitted as pdf or epub, along with a submission form. $45 via PayPal or Check. online Categories: Special abilities, super-natural; Werewolves, vampires, vampire slayers, shape shifters, etc.; Southern Gothic; Pulp Gothic; Contemp Gothic; Romantic (no eroticism, please); Urban / Edgy Para; Historical; Magical systems; Parallel universe; Angels & Demons; YA / NA 1st Place Winners in each category will win a Chanticleer Manuscript Overview Package (valued at $325.00). All first place winners will be automatically entered into the CBR Grand Prize Writing Competition for CBR’s Best Manuscripts of 2015.
Rubery Book Award Rubery Short Story Competition Short Story Anyone Oct 31, 2014; winners notified ~Jan 2015 Short story (3,000 word max) £7.50 via cheque. Other currencies accepted via PayPal or credit card online. via mail or email Final judge: Booker Shortlisted author Gaynor Arnold. First Prize £500 (approx 763 US$, 586 € ) The winning book will also be read by a top literary agent from MBA; 2nd prize £150 (approx 228 US $, 175 €); 3rd prize £50 (approx 76 US$, 58 €). Payment via cheque (in sterling) or PayPal. Winners and shortlisted stories will be published in an anthology.
Bibliophilia.org What does your avatar say about you? Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry Must register for forum (free) and post an avatar Midnight GMT Nov 1, 2014; winnerz announced Dec 1. Prose: unpublished fiction or nonfiction, 500 words or fewer (exclusive of the title); Poetry: an unpublished poem 40 lines or fewer (exclusive of the title) Free via email Judge: Victor Martinez. All entries to be considered in the same category. 1st prize: five books authored by Bibliophilia members to be delivered to the prizewinner's mailing address by regular post. Books will represent various genres, including poetry and non-fiction. 2nd Prize: four books as above; 3rd prize: three books as above.
Hudson Valley Romance Writers of America Hook, Line and Sinker Romance anyone, published or unpublished Postmark by midnight Nov 1, 2014; winners announced January 2015 1st 3 pp of unpublished manuscript $10 via check or PayPal mail or email First round: 3 judges, at least two published. Top 5 entries will be ranked by Allison Lyons, Harlequin Trophies awarded for1st through 3rd place.
Nat. Brut Inc. Nat. Brut Flash Fiction Contest Flash Fiction Anyone. One entry per person. Nov 1, 2014; winners announced early Dec. Flash fiction 750 wds max. $15 online through Submittable Judge: Novelist Kathleen Hale 1st Place: $200 prize, entry included in Issue Five of newsletter; 2nd Place: $50 and entry included in Blog. 3rd Place: entry included in blog.
NinjaEssays.com NinjaEssays Writing Contest Essays Anyone Nov 1, 2014; finalists notified Nov 5. Essay of 800 - 1,000 words. Free via email Judges: top writers from NinjaEssays.com 1st place - $500; 2nd place - $300; 3rd place - $150.
Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival One Act Play Contest One-act play Plays that have won any other playwriting contest are ineligible. Postmark / e-deadline Nov 1, 2014. Winner announced by March 1, 2015. Submit unpublished, never publicly performed one-act play up to one hour in length. See guidelines for more info. $25 electronic preferred;. pay via Discover, MC, Visa. If by mail, pay via check or MO. Judges: University of New Orleans’ Creative Writing Workshop and the Department of Film, Theatre, and Communication Arts Grand Prize: $1,500; staged reading at the next Festival; full production at the following year Festival; VIP All-Access Festival pass for next two years ($1,000 value); publication in Bayou. Top Ten Finalists will also receive a panel pass to attend the Festival.
Fresh Voices Screenwriters' Resource Screenplay Competition Feature Screenplay, TV Category, Short Scripts Open to all English language screenplays and writers who have earned less than $25k writing Final deadline is Nov 6, 2014 at 11:59 feature screenplay (less than 130 pp), TV category (less than 75 pp); short script (less than 25 pp) $40-$75 depending on category and submission date electronic submission 11 competition categories for feature films, tv pilots, and short scripts plus 10 Spotlight Awards. See website. Over $20,000 in Cash & Prizes.
Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival Fiction Contest Short Story Open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Includes self-published books with ISBN. Story cannot have won any other writing contest. Postmark / e-deadline Nov 16, 2014. Winner announced by March 15, 2015. Original short story, written in English, up to 7,000 words. $25 electronic preferred;. pay via Discover, MC, Visa. If by mail, pay via check or MO. Judge: Victor LaValle and Emily Raboteau Grand Prize: $1500; Domestic airfare (up to $500) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the next festival in New Orleans; VIP All-Access Festival Pass ($500 value); public reading at the Festival; publication in Louisiana Literature; Top Ten Finalists will receive a panel pass ($75 value) to next Festival.
Romance Writers of America (RWA) RITA Romance Book, Novella Original romantic fiction published in English with original copyright date of 2014. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age by registration deadline. Limited to first 2,000 entries. Register by 5 pm CST Nov 21, 2014. Books must be received by 5 pm. CST Jan 2, 2015. Finalists announced by Mar 26, 2015. 5 copies of the book submitted in print book format, complete with copyright page, authorized by the publisher (or author if self-published), with perfect or case binding and printing on both sides of the page. Text and formatting must be identical to published version. $50 for RWA members; $170 for non-members RWA members register by mail or online; non-members by mail. Entries sent by mail. Contemp Long (84k+ wds); Contemp Mid-Length (56k to 84k wds); Contemp Short (40k - 56k wds); HR Long (89k+ wds); HR Short (40k - 84k wds); Inspirational; ER; Para; Novella; RS; YA; Best First Book Finalists are announced in Romance Writers Report, online at RWA website and at RWA National conference. Winner receives a Rita statue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.  
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.