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|Sponsor / Org||Contest||Type||Eligibility||Dates||Entry||Fee||Submission||Categories / Judges||Awards|
|Virginia Romance Writers of America||Holt Medallion||Romance Book||Original copyright date must be in 2016. Need not be RWA member or have an RWA approved publisher. Self published books permitted. Categories capped at 50 entries.||Received on or by 9 PM EST Jan 15, 2017; finalists announced in May; winners announced in June.||4 autographed copies of print book or ebook emailed in Kindle AND ePub formats (non-DRM).||$30 payable by check, money order, or PayPal. VRW members may enter one book free of charge.||Online and by mail.||Each book scored by at least 3 romance readers.4 Award of Merit finalists and 1 HOLT Mediallion winner per category. Categories: HR, MS / ST Contemp, Long Contemp, Short Contemp, Long Inspirational, Short Inspirational, Para / F / F / T, RS, Extra Spicy / Erotic, Strong RE, Novella. Bonus Categories: Best First Book; Best Book by a Virginia Author||Each category winner receives certificate and pewter HOLT Medallion. Merit winners receive certificate. Winners and Merit recipients will appear in a full-page ad in RWR.|
|Washington Romance Writers of America||Marlene Awards||Romance||Unpublished manuscript must have projected minimum length of 50,000 words.||Postmark by, edeadline 11:59 pm EST Jan 16, 2017; finalists notified ~March 1; winners announced April 22 at WRW Retreat.||synopsis up to 5 pp and beginning of ms (35 pp max for entry).||$25 for WRW members, $30 all others via PayPal only. $5 discount if paid by Dec 31.||electronic submission with .rtf or .doc file||Each entry will be read by 3 judges and scored using a 50 point scale. The lowest score will be dropped. The top 3 entries in each category will be ranked by an editor or agent. Final Judges and Critique Authors: ER (Rhonda Helms, Carina Press; Author TBA); HR (Lexi Smail, Forever Romance; AuthorElizabeth Essex); Para (Editor TBA; Author Mindy Klasky); RE (Amanda Leuck, Spencerhill Associates; Author Tracy Brogan); RS (Alethea Spiridon, Entangled Publishing; Author Cristin Harber); Series Contemp (Johanna Raisanen, Harlequin; Author Robin Covington); ST (Editor TBA; Author Kimberly Kincaid); YA (Wendy Loggia, Random House; Author TBA)||The winner in each category receives a pendant, certificate, and detailed critique bu a published author. All other finalists will receive certificates.|
|Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America||Booksellers' Best Award||Romance Book||Open to RWA members. Books with 2016 copyright or 1st US printing; includes e-books, which must be printed.||Entry forms / fees due by Jan 19, 2017; books must be received by Jan 23; finalists notified by May 14; winners announced at RWA National Conference||4 autographed copies of book||$30, add'l $5 to enter Best 1st Book. Pay via PayPal or check.||Online or mail for entry form, fee. Mail books.||Judges: Booksellers, librarians. They try to match book with judges from another region. Categories: Short Contemp (under 70K wds), Long Contemp, ST / MS, RS, YA, Erotic, HR, Para / TT / F, Inspirational (contemp or historical), Best First Book; Novella (under 45K wds)||Uniquely designed award to each winner; gift for winning book's editor; reception for all finalists at National RWA conference; winners’ names listed in RWR; finalists' / winners' names and book covers posted on GDRWA site; certificates to all finalists and winners|
|Hoffer Award||Eric Hoffer Award||Independent Book||Open to academic, independent, small press, and self-published books that were released or copyrighted in the last 2 years, including unique books with small print runs. (Books over 2 years enter the Legacy Fiction or Legacy Nonfiction category.)||Postmark by Jan 21, 2017; winners announced in May||Submit book||$55 via check, money order, or PayPal||By mail, or if ebook, by email with pdf attachment of ebook||Judges may include authors, editors, agents, publishers, book producers, artists, experienced category readers, and health and business professionals. Categories: Categories include Art, Poetry, General Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Children, Young Adult, Culture, Memoir, Business, Reference & How-to, Home, Health, Self-Help/Spiritual, Legacy Fiction, Legacy Nonfiction, E-book Fiction, and E-book Nonfiction. Additional honors for press type categories Self-published, Micro, Small, Academic.||$2,000 Grand Prize. In addition, each category will be awarded a winner, runner-up, and multiple honorable mentions. Books must be registered by category and then are automatically considered for Individual Press Awards, the Montaigne Medal, the da Vinci Eye, and the Hoffer Grand Prize.|
|Chanticleer Book Reviews||Cygnus Awards||Science 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. 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, Jan 31, 2017; finalists announced inMay; 1st Place category winners announced in July; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018||Full work as PDF or DOC file format.||$55||online||Categories: Speculative Fiction, Soft Sci-Fi / YA, Alternate History, Hard Science Fiction, Apocalyptic / Dystopian, Space Opera||1st Place Category winners are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345 and compete for Cygnus Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 prize, a 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).|
|Dream Quest One||Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest||Fiction, Nonfiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry||Unpublished, published, All entries must be original.||Postmark by 11:59 PM PST Jan 31, 2017; winners announced March 26||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, check, money order.||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.|
|Pacific Northwest Writer's Association||Nancy Pearl Book Award||Published Book||Books with original copyright date of 2016.||Received by Jan 31, 2017; winners announced in July at conference||See submission guidelines for exact instructions in each category.||$35, $50||Mail except for #3 Romance, which is electronic. Payment must be mailed.||2 categories: MS or Literary Fiction; Genre Fiction||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|
|Southern California Romance Writers||California Hooker||Romance||Open to anyone; entries cannot be published in any format or contracted.||Received by midnight PST Jan 31, 2017; winners announced in March.||3 pp of your manuscript which includes the hook in RTF format||$10 via PayPal only.||online||1st round judges trained PRO and PAN members. Final judges: acquiring editors in the romance publishing community.|
|Toronto Romance Writers of America||The Catherine||Romance||Open to unpublished writers 18 yrs or older who have not accepted a publishing offer for original fiction or self published a work of original fiction on a platform where work can be commercially available before Jan 31. Need not be RWA member.||Received by 11:59 PM EST Jan 31, 2017; finalists notified early April; winners announced Sept 1.||30 pp ( 5,000 words max) including 5 pp max synopsis; entries capped at 120||$25 TRW members, $30 others, by PayPal||1st round has 2 judges; 3rd judge used if scores differ 20+ points andlowest of the 3 scores is dropped. Final Judges: Contemp (Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks; Shira Hoffman, McIntosh & Otis); Contemp Short (Piya Campana, Harlequin; Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency); ER (Brenda Chin, Entangled Publishing; Courtney Miller-Callihan, Handspun Literary); HR (Jennie Conway, St. Martin’s Press; Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency); RS (Elizabeth May, Kensington Publishing; Stacey Donaghy, Donaghy Literary Group); Para (Angela James, Carina Press; Jim McCarthy, Dystel, Goderich & Bourrett LLC); YA (Annie Berger, Sourcebooks; Vanessa Robins, The Corvisiero Literary Agency); MS w/ RE (Allison Carroll, Graydon House Books; Janna Bonikowski, The Knight Agency)||1st Place category winners receive critique of entry by a published author and are entered into the Gold Ticket competition judged by Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency. Winner of Gold Ticket will receive a 3 month critique from Molly O'Keefe or Eve Silver.|
|Women Writing the West||WILLA Award||Romance Book about girl or woman set in the American West||Books with original copyright of 2016 (in any form - hardcover, softcover, e-books, CD, Internet downloads, POD, etc.)||Postmark by Feb 1, 2017; winners announced at conference||3 books, if paper books. If e-books or electronic, such as CD, etc., one copy of the actual product plus 3 bound, hard copies.||$50 by check||Judges: Panel of professional librarians. Categories: Contemp Fiction; Creative Nonfiction; Scholarly Nonfiction; Historical Fiction; Poetry; Original Softcover Fiction; Children's / YA Fiction & Nonfiction|
|North Texas Romance Writers of America||The Carolyn Readers Choice Award||Romance Novel||Not published in novel-length romance in past 5 yrs. Original copyright must be calendar year 2016. Need not be RWA member.||Feb 14, 2017; finalists notified April 7; winners announced May 6.||Your entry must be between 10k and 110k and submitted in PDF format||$20, $25 depending on entry date||electronic only||Each entry judged by five readers not associated with any writing organization or with the publishing industry in any way. 3-4 entries continue to final round. Categories: ER, HR, RS / Series Action Adventure, Contemp, Specialized (Alternate Earth Histories, Dystopian, Urban Fantasy, F / F / TT / P)||Winners will be featured on a banner ad on the RT Daily Blog (collectively, not individually) for a two week period(a $550+ value). All finalists and winners receive an appropriate website icon.|
|Utah Romance Writers of America||Great Beginnings||Romance||Published or unpublished authors submitting unpublished, uncontracted manuscript. Published authors must not be published in category entered within past 3 yrs.||Feb 14, 2017 ; finalists notified March 31; winners announced April 30.||1st 5 pp of ms with a projected length of at least 50,000 wds||$10 for URWA members, $15 others.||Email entry. Can pay via PayPal.||3 judges for first round, at least one a PAN member. Final judges: RS (TBA); Para (TBA); Contemp (TBA); HR Nicole Resciniti, Seymour Agency).||1st Place recipients receive choice of one of three top prizes: A 30-page critique and edit by a multi-published author or a $20 Amazon gift card. All finalists recognized in the Romance Writers Report.|
|Next Generation Indie Book Awards||Next Generation Indie Book Awards||Independent Books||Open to independent authors and publishers worldwide for books written in English with 2015, 2016, or 2017 copyright date||Feb 17, 2017 for entry forms, fees, and books||2 copies of book for first category entered, one additional book for each additional category book is entered in.||$75 per title for 1st category; $50 each add'l category, via PayPal using Visa or MasterCard, company check or international money order.||Online entry form; mail books||More than 70 categories. See website.||$1,500 1st prize plus trophy for best fiction book and best non-fiction book, $750 for 2nd place, $500 for 3rd place, $100 to winner of each of the 70 categories. See website for details.|
|ArtAscent||"Bliss" International Call for Writers||Fiction, poetry||Any writer 18 yrs or older. Entries must be original work of applicant. Can be previously published or unpublished.||Feb 28, 2017; winners announced March 30.||900 words max with theme of "bliss." 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.|
|Chanticleer Book Reviews||Journey Awards||Narrative Nonfiction (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. 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, Feb 28, 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: Travelogue Experiences; Global Enlightenment; Culinary / Hobby / Professional Experiences; Memoir; How To - Self Help, Memoir||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 Journey 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).|
|Wundor Editions||Wundor Short Fiction Contest||Short fiction||Anyone aged 18 and over with entry in English||Feb 28, 2017; winner announced March 31||entry must be between 5,000 and 45,000 words||£10||Online via Submittable||Categories: Novella, Short Story, Flash Fiction. Judges are editors at Wunder Editions.||Winner receives £500 and strong consideration for publication.|
|Faith, Hope & Love Romance Writers of America||FHL Reader's Choice Award||Romance Book, Novella||Christian fiction books with a 2016 copyright.||March 1, 2017; finalist and winner notification dates TBA||4 new, autographed copies of book. If there is a tie, 3 more copies must be submitted.||$20 for FHL members, $25 all others by check, money order or PayPal||Mail books; entry form by mail or electronic; payment by check or PayPal.||Judges: Christian ficiton readers. Categories: Short Contemp, Long Contemp, Short HR, Long HR, RS, Women's Fiction, Novella||Finalists in all categories receive certificates. Winner in each category receives an engraved box. .|
|Wisconsin Romance Writers of America||Fabulous Five||Romance||Unpublished / uncontracted by any non-subsidy / non-vanity publisher in fiction of 20,000 words or more. Independent authors who have published via Smashwords or similar programs in which the author bears the publishing cost are welcome to enter the contest with an unpublished manuscript.||Received by 11:59 PM CST March 1, 2017; finalists notified mid-April; winners announced May 20 at WisRWA conference.||first 2,500 words of unpublished ms||$18 WisRWA members; $25 all others by PayPal||Online entry||3 judges, lowest score dropped. Top 5 entries (out of 35 max entries) in each category final. Final judges: Contemp (Meghan Farrell, Tule Publishing; Rachel Burkot, Holloway Literary Agency); HR (Lexi Smail, Grand Central Publishing; Lisa Rodgers, JABberwocky Literary Agency); Inspirational (Shana Asaro, Harlequin Love Inspired; Jessica Kirkland, Blythe Daniels Agency); Para/ F/ F/ TT (Theresa Cole, Entangled Publishing; Tricia Skinner, Fuse Literary) RS (Tara Gavin, Kensington Publishing Corp; Jennifer March Soloway, Andrea Brown Literary Agency); Women’s Fiction (Caitlin Dareff, St. Martin’s Press; Sarah Phair, Trident Media); YA / NA (Mekisha Telfer, Simon and Schuster; Shannon Powers, McIntosh and Otis)||1st Place winner in each category receives Silver Quill Award. 2nd - 4th receive certificates. Final placements posted on WisRWA website and announced in August RWR.|
|Young Adult Romance Writers of America||Athena Contest||Young Adult and New Adult Fiction||YA or NA novel (minimum 40,000 wds) or novella (20,000-40,000 wds) published in any publishing venue (incl digital and self-pub) with a 2016 copyright||March 1, 2017 11:59 PM EDT; finalists announced ~May 15; winners announced July 26||5 physical books for print format; 1 pdf for ebook only format||$30 YARWA members; $40 others. PayPal only.||Submit entry form online; email pdf if submitting ebook or submit 5 physical book copies by postal mail||3 judges, lowest score dropped. Categories: Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Speculative, New Adult, Novella. Final Judges - Bloggers & Librarians||Plaque, Contest Pin, Website graphic|
|Futuristic, Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Writers of America||Prism Contest||Romance with Futuristic, Fantasy or Paranormal elements||Novels (40,000 words +) and novellas (20,000 - 40,000 wds) (including traditionally published, Indie published, and ebooks) with first copyright or first printing date of 2016. Must contain paranormal elements and significant (40% - 60%) romance. Need not be RWA member.||March 10, 2017; finalist and winner notification dates TBA.||3 printed copies of book; if ebook only entry, must be in PDF format (other ereader formats encouraged in addition to PDF)||$30 for members, $40 all others. PayPal or check.||Online and mail.||3 judges per entry. Dark Para, Light Para, Futuristic, Fantasy, TT / Steampunk, Erotica / Romantica, Novella, YA, Best of the Best, Best First Book.||Top 3 finalists for each category receive a commemorative FF&P Finalist Pin and Certificate. 1st Place Winners receive the FF&P exclusive, Prism Statue, a commemorative FF&P Winner / Finalist Pin and Certificate. Best of the Best and Best First Book Winners receive FF&P Prism Statue, a commemorative Best First Book, and Best of the Best FF&P Winner Pin and Certificate.|
|Kiss of Death Romance Writers of America||Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence: Published||Romantic Mystery / Suspense Book||Book (40,000+ wds) w/ 2016 copyright. E-books, POD, subsidy, self-published are eligible in mass market or trade paperback size. Entry caps on categories. RWA membership not required.||March 15, 2017; finalist and winner notification dates TBA||4 copies of book. E-books, self-published, print-on-demand must be in mass market or trade paperback size. No unbound submissions will be accepted.||$30||Entry forms are electronic. Books must be mailed.||3 judges, lowest score dropped. Top 5 entries proceed to final round. All categories must be Romantic Mystery / Suspense except MS category, where romance is optional. Category (Series) romance; HR; Inspirational romance; MS; Para / TT / F; ST romance.||1st Place winners receive engraved bookmark and gift certificate for one COFFIN online class. A certificate of recognition will be awarded to the editor of the winning entry. All other finalists will be awarded a certificate. The top overall scoring entry will receive the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellencein Mystery / Suspense. Results published in the RWR®.|
|Kiss of Death Romance Writers of America||Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence: Unpublished||Romantic Mystery / Suspense (except MS category, where romance is optional).||Never contracted in book-length fiction from any publisher. Entry caps on categories.||March 15, 2017; finalist and winner notification dates TBA||Prologue / 1st chapter, 5,000 wds max. Finalists must submit first 25 pp and a synopsis of 2 pp double-spaced, max.||$15 KOD members, $30 all others, via PayPal, US check or money order.||Electronic.||Four 1st round judges, lowest score dropped but all scoresheets returned. Five finalists per category. Final judges / categories TBA||The top overall scoring entry receives the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery / Suspense with commenorative pin, award certificate, and digital medallion. 1st Place winners receive engraved bookmark and $25. 2nd Place winners receive certificate and $15. 3rd Place winners receive certificate and $10. HMs receive certificates. All above, including HMs, receive voucher for one COFFIN online class. Results published in the RWR®.|
|Chicago-North Romance Writers of America||Fire and Ice||Romance||Unpublished / not published in novel-length fiction of 20,000 wds or more in category entered within 5 yrs of deadline. Entry must have projected minimum length of 50,000 wds. Contest capped at 120 entries.||March 17, 2017 at 5PM CT. Finalists announced ~April 17; winners announced ~May 22.||First 3,000 words and optional query letter.||$25 RWA members, $30 all others||electronic; payment must be made via PayPal||3 first-round judges including at least one published author. Lowest score dropped. Three finalists per category. Contemp Long (Stephanie Doig, Carina Press; MacKenzie Fraser-Bub, Fraser-Bub Literary); Contemp Short ( Carly Silver, Harlequin; Jessica Alvarez, Bookends Literary Agency); HR (Nicole Fischer, Avon / HarperCollins; Courtney Miller-Callihan, Handspun Literary); YA (Erin Molta, Entangled Publishing; Carrie Pestritto, Prospect Agency); Wildcard (Norma Perez-Hernandez, Kensington Publishing; Jessica Watterson, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency)||1st Place Winner: $30. All finalists receive certificates. Announced in RWR.|
|Hour of Writes||Hour of Writes||Fiction, poetry||Open to anyone 16 yrs and older.||March 20, 2017, 11PM UK time; winner announced ~10 days 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)|
|Enizagam Journnal||Enizagam Literary Contest for Poetry & Fiction||Fiction, Poetry||Anyone||March 24, 2017; winners announced 4 weeks later||Fiction: one short story, 4,000 words max; Poetry: 10 pp max, with no more than one poem per page.||$20||Online through Submittable||Judges are Matthew Zapruder for Poetry and Esme Weijun Wang for Fiction.||Winners receive $1,000; blurbs about their work from the esteemed judges; 2 copies of the journal; and nomination for the Pushcart Prize.|
|First Coast Romance Writers of America||National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award||Romance Book, Novella||Books published with original copyright date of 2016 and available for purchase in U.S. Any publishing venue (Traditional, POD, self-pubbed, ebook, etc.) Print entries capped at 50. PDF format is capped at 150 entries.||March 31, 2017 by 11:59 PM EST for payment; books postmarked or electronically received by 7:00 PM EST April 3; finalistannounced June 7; winners announced July 7.||4 copies of print book (5 if entering Best First Book) or 1 PDF if ebook-published only||$25 electronic entries, $30 print entries; $5 addl to enter best first book||Mail. Pay by check or Paypal.||First round judges: 3 romance readers. Top 3 books advance to final round. Final Judges: Bloggers, Booksellers, Librarians. Categories (TBA): 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. All finalists and winners receive a NERFA Finalist web logo and are announced in RWR.|
|Hearts Through History Romance Writers of America||Romance Through The Ages||Historical Romance or Romantic Historical Fiction||Entry which is unpublished and uncontracted in category entered within five years as of deadlkine. Do not need to be an RWA member. Previous 1st place entries not eligible.||March 31, 2017; finalist and winner notification dates TBA||First 25 pp + 1-2 pp synopsis (will not be judged,)||$20 for members, $25 all others by PayPal, U.S. or Canadian check or money order.||Electronic only.||Three 1st round judges, lowest score dropped. Scores less than 3 must have comment. Finalists can revise entry. Categories and Final Judges: Ancient/ Medieval/Renaissance (Alethea Spiridon, Entangled); Colonial/ Civil War/ Western (Janet Clementz, Soulmate Publishing); Georgiana/ Regency/ Victorian (Deborah Nemeth, Carina Press); Post Victorian / World War II (Laura Bradford, Bradford Agency); TT / Para (Rhonda Pender, The Wild Rose Press); Legends Award - A Man for all Reasons (Junessa Viloria, Penguin Random House).||1st Place category winners and Legend Award receive $50. 1st - 3rd Place winners receive certificate, social media badge' All winners announced in RWR.|
|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.||March 31, 2017; finalist and winner notification dates TBA||Prologue / first chapter (5,000 words max; 3,000 words if novella). 1-2 page synopsis (500 wds max) is optional and will not be judged.||$20 for NEORWA members; $25 all others. By check or PayPal.||Top 3 finalists in each category proceed to final round. Categorie: Contemp Long, Contemp Short, HR, Para, YA / NA, Novella, MS w/RE. Final Judges TBA.||Winners of each category will receive a refund of their entry fee, a certificate, and a website graphic.|
|Rubery Book Award||International Rubery Book Award||Self published or small press published books or ebooks||Books / ebooks in any genre published either by a small press or self published||March 31, 2017; long-listed entrants announced ~July||1 copy of Print book OR ebook in pdf, mobi, or epub format plus blurb (what would be the back-cover description on a physical book)||£36 ($60 USD) via PayPal. Other currencies accepted (see website).||by mail for printed book, by email for ebook||Final judges: Gaynor Arnold, shortlisted for the Orange Prize and MAN Booker longlisted; Jeff Phelps, Poet and Stand winner; and Jo Derrick, award-winning author and highly experienced editor.||First Prize £1500 via cheque or PayPal (approx 2000 US$, 1800€ ) The winning book will also be read by a top London literary agent. Plus a minimum of the 3 category winners each winning £150 (approx 200$, 180€)|
|Young Adult Romance Writers of America||Rosemary Award||Young Adult and New Adult Fiction||Published or unpublished. Entries must be new, original, unpublished (incl. self-published), and uncontracted; manuscript must be 40k+ words.||April 1, 2017; finalist and winner notification dates TBA.||First 25 pp||$15 YARWA members; $25 others. PayPal only.||electronic||3 first-round judges, published and / or trained; lowest score dropped. Categories: YA Contemp, YA Historical, YA Para, YA Speculative, NA. Final Judges TBA.||All finalists will receive a website badge, an ad in RWR, and a free YARWA class of their choice. Finalists and winners announced on YARWA website.|
|Hourglass Literary Magazine||Hourglass Literary Magazine Writing Contest||Fiction, Poetry, Non-fiction||Original, unpublished entry by authors writing in English or any of the BCMS languages (comprising Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Montenegrin)||April 20, 2017 by 11:59 P.M. US Central time; winner announced in June/July||Short story: 7,000 wds max; Poem: 3,500 words max; Nonfiction Essay: 1,000 - 9,000 wds.||$15 for each short story or essay; $15 for up to three poems.||via online Submittable form||Categories: Best Short Story, Best Poem, Best Essay. Judges are authors Sibelan Forrester, Jelena Lengold and John K. Cox||Winning entry in each category receives $1,000, a symbolic artifact (clepsydra), digital stamp, and diploma. The jury has the right to give a special prize (US$ 500 for entry in each category). A special prize of the Literature and Latte – Scrivener Award – one licensed software solution, “writing studio”, Scrivener and US$250. Special prize of The Literary Encyclopedia – one 2-year subscriptions and one 1-year subscriptions for shortlisted authors. Shortlisted works will be considered for publication in the second issue of the Hourglass Literary Magazine. The selected works will be financially compensated.|
|Hour of Writes||Hour of Writes||Fiction, poetry||Open to anyone 16 yrs and older.||June 19, 2017 11 PM UK time; winner announced ~10 days 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)|