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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Chanticleer Book Reviews Laramie Awards Western, Pioneer, Civil War Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2013.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.
Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition Ariana Ebook Cover Art Competition Cover Art Published in English and released for sale June 1, 2015 - May 31, 2016. Self published is eligible July 31, 2016; winners announced Spring 2017 Cover file 200 x 300 pixels in jpg or jpeg format. $10, paid online Online Categories: Children / YA, Erotica, Fantasy / Para, General Fiction / Non-Fiction, Historical, Horror, Mystery / Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi / Futuristic, Spiritual, Suspense / Thriller  
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
Land of Enchantment Romance Writers of America The Rebecca Romance Published or unpublished authors with unpublished, uncontracted entry. Postmark  / e-deadline July 31, 2016; finalists notified Sept 6; winners announced at LERA Conference Oct 8. First 5,000 words of ms $20 members, $25 non-members electronic, pay via PayPal or check Top 3 entries in each category final. Contemp (Tahra Seplowin, Harlequin); HR (Chelsey Emmelhainz, Harper-Collins); Para / Urban / Speculative (Tricia Skinner, Fuse Literary); NA (Peter Senftleben, Kensington Books); YA (Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary); Suspense (Peter Senftleben, Kensington) 1st Place winners in each category: $25
Tethered By Letters Spring Literary Contest Short Story, Flash Fiction, Poetry Anyone. International submissions welcome. August 1, 2016 midnight PT; winner announced in December For short story submit 1,000 to 7,500 words, open genre; for flash fiction submit either 750 words max; and for poetry submit max of 3 pages per poem $15 per Short Story; $8 per Flash Fiction ($12 for 3); $7 per poem ($12 for 3) online. Pay by credit or debit through submission manager Submittable Any genre. Judges: Short Story Contest (Emily St. John); Flash Fiction (Helen Phillips); Poetry (Suzi Q. Smith) $1000 for Short Story; $300 for Flash Fiction, $300 for Poetry plus publication in F(r)iction. Finalists receive professional edits on submissions and will be considered for later publication.
Chatter House Press Essay Contest Fiction or memoir United States residents who are 18 years old or older August 14, 2016; winners announced in Septemer 2,500 - 4,500 words that demonstrates how you live courageously Free through link on website Essay content must be about "Psychoanalyzing Science - Essays on Artificial Intelligence." Judge will be selected by Chatter House Press. 1st Prize: Book publication contract (memoir, poetry, fiction, or non-fiction); publication of the essay along with author bio in the anthology of winning essays; 4 copies of winning essay book. See website for 2nd, 3rd, and honorable mention prizes.
Dream Quest One Dream Quest One Summer Poetry & Writing Contest Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry Unpublished, published, All entries must be original. Recieved by midnight August 17, 2016; 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.
87 Bedford 87 Bedford Short Story Contest Literary Short Story Anyone; story must be original andunpublished August 28, 2016; winner announced Sept 30 Literary short story between 2,000 to 8,000 words and set in a continent other than that which the writer lives. $10 online only Literary fiction; judges are editorial staff 1st place winner receives $150+; 2nd place receives $50+; all winners and honorary mentions will have the opportunity to be published. $3 will be added to prizes for 1st and 2nd for every initial entry beyond 20.
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.
San Francisco Area Romance Writers of America Heart to Heart Romance unpublished by RWA-approved publisher as of deadline. Entrants may be published with non RWA-recognized publisher, but may not enter books / manuscripts that have been professionally edited or have ISBN numbers. e-deadline August 31, 2016; finalists notified Oct 5; winners announced Nov 6. hero and heroine's first meeting, 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 PayPal 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 (Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency; Elle Keck, Harper Collins; Toni Kelley, Extasy Books; TBA); ER (TBA; Adam Wilson, Gallery/Simon and Schuster; TBA); HR (Tamar Rydzinski, Laura Dail Literacy Agency; Nicole Fisher, Avon; Alycia Tornetta, Entangled); Para (Lane Haymont, The Seymour Agency; TBA; TBA); YA (Laurie McLean, Fuse Literary; TBA; TBA) Certificates will be awarded to the top winner in each category.
The Writer Lesson Learned Short fiction Writers 18 years and older. International submissions are welcome. deadline August 31, 2016; winner announced in December A previously unpublished short story up to 2000 words. $25 for first entry; $15 for each additional entry Online via Submittable All genres welcome. The magazine's editorial staff will judge. 1st prize: $1,000 and publication in December issue and on website. 2ns prize: $500 and publication on website. 3rd prize: $250 and publication on website
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, 2016; finalists notified Oct 31; winners announced ~Dec 15. beginning of ms (25 pp max) and synopsis (3-5 pp max). Total entry cannot exceed 30 pp. $25 members, $30 all others mail or electronic. Pay by check, MO, or PayPal. 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 Grand prize winner will have entire manuscript (400 pp max) reviewed by two professional editors at Novel Needs. Finalists receive certificate, graphic for website and acknowledgment in RWR.
Yellow Rose Romance Writers of America Cover the Words Romance Book, Novella Anyone with currently published romance or novella. Sept 4, 2016; winners announced Oct 1. Front cover of romance novel or novella $15 Electronic All categories. Overall Winner and Top Three Finalists in each category will be determined through popular voting. 1st - 3rd places receive badge to display on website, will be displayed on Yellow Rose website and FB page, and announced in RWR.
Mid-America Romance Writers of America Fiction from the Heartland Romance unpublished and uncontracted during past five years; excludes MARA members Received by 11:59 PM Sept 7, 2015 beginning of ms +, synopsis (7,000 words max) $35. electronic entry No more than 10 overall finalists from all categories. Final Judges Category Romance (Gail Chasen, Harlequin); Contemp ST (Elle Keck, HarperCollins Publishers, Avon); HR (Cat Clyne, Sourcebooks); RS (Dana Hamilton, Grand Central Publishing); Para (Kristine Swartz, The Berkley Publishing Group); ER (Heidi Moore, Samhain Publishing); YA / NA (Mary Altman, Sourcebooks); Inspirational (David Long, Bethany House). Also Agents Sara Negovetich, Corvisiero Literary Agency; Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency; Victoria Lowes, The Bent Agency; Cori Deyoe, 3 Seas Literary Agency; Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency; Linda Scalissi, 3 Seas Literary Agency  
Missouri Romance Writers of America Gateway to the Best Romance Writers not contracted / not published within last 3 yrs from July 30, 2016. Self-published authors may enter with unpublished work. 11:59 PM CDT, Sept 9, 2016; finalists announced Oct 31; winners announced ~Nov 30. up to 1st 7,000 words $20 for members, $30 non-members; half price for add'l entries electronic; pay by PayPal, check or MO. 3 judges for 1st round, lowest score dropped. Final judges and categories:ST / Contemp Series (Sue Grimshaw,Penguin Random House); HR (Kathryn Chesire, Mills Boon / Harlequin); Women's Fiction w/ SRE (Katherine Pelz, Berkley); Para (Kerri Buckley, Carina Press); RS (Esi Sogah, Kensington); YA / NA (Megah Parekh, Grand Central Publishing). Grand Prize winner receives a 2 hour coaching session with writing coach Michael Hauge, valued at $700 plus Gateway Charm; 1st - 3rd place receive certificates; 1st and 2nd place receive one-yr membership to MoRWA e-newsletter..
Alaska Romance Writers of America Grab Me! Romance Book Books published after January 1, 2014 (either digital or print) Sept 17, 2016, midnight, Alaska DT; finalists announced Oct 8; winner announced Oct 31 Book blurb (500 words max) plus book's ISBN or AISN $15 electronic, pay via PayPal Judges: AKRWA trained, Pro and published authors. Grand Prize Judge: Tom Luce, Powell's Books.Categories: Contemp, Sci-fi, Para, Thriller / Mystery, YA, Inspirational, ER, HR Grand Prize: A beautifully designed and engraved traditional Alaskan Gold Pan!
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.
Chesapeake Romance Writers of America The Rudy formerly "Finish the Damn book" Romantic fiction Published or unpublished. Need not be RWA member. Manuscript must have projected length of 40,000 words minimum. Midnight, Sept 30, 2016 First and Last chapters plus two-page synopsis (synopsis will not be judged). Total submission 40 pp max.. $15 member; $20 others electronic Judges: Trained, published and unpublished authors. Categories: Contemp, MS, HR, Para, YA / NA, ERc and a new category TBA 1st Place winner receives $50; 1st - 3rd finalists receive certificates.
Fabula Press Aestas Short Story Competition Fiction Anyone aged 18 and above. Stories must be in English, original and unpublished at time winners are declared Received by Sept 30, 2016; winners announced ~December Story between 1,500 and 7,000 words $10 online Judges include literary agents, authors, and essayists. Winners decided by highest score in 9 point matrix. 1st Prize : US$250; 2nd Prize: US$150; 3rd Prize: US$100. Longlisted stories published in the Fabula Press winter anthology, and are paid US$50. At Editor's discretion, special awards may be given out in "Editor's Pick" category - the last edition of the contest had two such prizes.
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.