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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Sponsor / Org Contest Type Eligibility Dates Entry Fee Submission Categories / Judges Awards / Other Info
Sisters in Crime Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award Crime Fiction (short story or beginning of novel ms) Entrant must be a writer of color; work must be unpublished, written for adult audience (rather than YA or children) July 5, 2015; winner announced fall of 2015 2,500 to 10,000 words; resume or biographical statement; cover letter Free electronic only   $1,500 grant to support activities related to crime fiction writing and career development such as workshops, seminars, conferences, retreats, online courses, research activities.
FenCon Science Fiction Convention (Dallas Future Society) FenCon Short Story Contest Sci-Fi or Fantasy Short Story Anyone who has not sold a work of fiction of any length to any professional publication before the submission deadline. July 10, 2015; winner announced Sept 25. Fewer than 5,000 words Free (one story) to members of FenCon and the Dallas Future Society; $10 all others, or additional entries for members. Email as RTF document. Final judges: a panel of regional professionals in the field: writers, editors, and publishers 1st place: $50, certificate, FenCon 2016 membership, story printed in program book. Two runners-up: $25, certificate, Fencon 2016 membership, story may be printed in program book.
Central Ohio Fiction Writers Ignite the Flame Romance Contest open to entrants unpublished, uncontracted in book-length (40k words or more) fiction last 5 yrs. COFW recognizes self-published books as published. Postmark / e-deadline 11:59 pm EST July 15, 2015. Hero and heroine's first meeting, 15 pp max; + 500 word synopsis (will not be judged) $20 COFW members; $25 others money order, or PayPal. email Judges are published authors. If a 20-point variance occurs and one of the scores is 80 or higher, a third judge will score the entry and the 2 closest scores will be averaged to determine the final score. All unpublished judges are RWA PRO. 3 finalists in each category. Contemp, HR, Para / F / F / TT; YA / NA; RS; Erotica First place winner in each category receives $30, a certificate, a critique from the judges, and their entry will be read by an agent or editor.
Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition EPIC Ebook Competition Ebook, Novella, Fiction / Romance Short Works Published in English and released for sale June 1, 2014 - May 31, 2015. Self published is eligible July 15, 2015 Submit entry in non-DRM PDF format. Must provide a "buy" link to the ebook. $25 EPIC members, $35 others, pay online Online Categories: Any length: Children, Poetry. Up to 20,000 wds: Fiction Short Works, Romance Short Works. 20,001 - 29,999 words: Novellas, works which have been included in anthologies. Over 30,000 words: All other categories including: Horror, Non-fiction, Spiritual, YA; Fiction: Action / Adventure, Contemp, Erotica, Fantasy, Historical, Mystery, Para, Sci-Fi, Suspense / Thriller; Romance: Action / Adventure, Contemp, Fantasy, HR, Para, RS, Sci-Fi.  
Heart of Louisiana Romance Writers of America Heartbeat Romance Unpublished or published authors, age 18 and up, with unpublished, uncontracted entry and Facebook account. Need not be RWA member to enter. Received by July 15, 2015; winners announced Oct. First 4,000 words of ms and 3 pp max synopsis uploaded in RTF format $15 via PayPal Administered through the WriConBuilder website. Must have Facebook account to access. All subgenres of romance. First round judges are RWA members, most of whom are published. Final Judges are published authors. Certificates and lapel pin to top three finalists.
Highfield Press "Picture Worth 1000 Words” Summer 2015 Essay Contest Essay Entry must be unpublished July 15, 2015; winner announced ~Sept 15. 500-1,000 words inspired by the theme "Summer Reflections" and the photo on the contest page. $20 Online form Can be personal 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.
Land of Enchantment Romance Writers of America The Rebecca Romance Published or unpublished authors with unpublished, uncontracted entry. Postmark  / e-deadline July 15, 2015; finalists notified Sept 1; winners announced at LERA Conference Nov 7. 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 (Sara Megibow, KT Literary); HR (Chelsey Emmelhainz, Harper-Collins); Para / SFR / UF (Connor Goldsmith, Fuse Literary); NA (Peter Senftleben, Kensington Books); YA (Kat Brzozowski, St. Martins) 1st Place winners in each category: $50 gift certificate and silver feather;. 2nd Place $30 gift certificate. 3rd Place $20 gift certificate.
Ozarks Romance Authors Weta Nichols Writing Contest Fiction - any genre ... romance, sci-fi, mystery, etc. Open to published and unpublished authors. Manuscript cannot be published (traditional, self-pub, or e-pub) or contracted at deadline. e-deadline midnight CT July 15, 2015; finalists announced Sept 1; winners announced Sept 19 at ORA conference. First chapter (2,500 words max) plus 200 words of flap copy. $25 through PayPal. Online registration form. Email entry. Categories: Contemp, HR, Para /Sci-Fi, YA / Middle Grade. Final judges TBA. 1st Place $75; 2nd Place $50; 3rd Place $25.
Red Hen Press Red Hen Press Short Story Award Fiction Previously unpublished poem. Open to anyone except those affiliated or associated with Red Hen Press. Postmark by July 31, 2015; winner announced Jan 2016 Original short story 25 pp max Original short story 25 pp max Mail or via Submittable online Final Judge: Sean Bernard, Red Hen author and the fiction editor for the Los Angeles Review. $1,000 and publication of the selected poem in The Los Angeles Review.
Southern Louisiana Romance Writers of America Dixie Kane Memorial Contest Romance Published, unpublished, or self published authors with unpublished, uncontracted entry. International submission in English. Do not need to be RWA member to enter. Postmark by July 31, 2015; winners announced Sept 30. first 5 pp of ms, optional 1 pp synopsis (synopsis will not be not judged) $15 via PayPal online 1st round: 4 published or trained RWA members, lowest score dropped. Categories: Short / long series contemp; ST contemp; HR; Para; Inspirational; Novel w/ SRE; RS; ER; SciFi / Fantasy The top prize for the highest overall score among all entries receives $50 cash and special certificate. Certificates for 1st through 3rd Places and honorable mentions. Names published in RWR, the New Orleans Times Picayune, and on SOLA's website.
Drapers Guild Drapers Guild Short Story Contest Short Story Open to anyone. August 1, 2015; winner announcement Aug 15 (contest is perpetual) Short stories of any length. $10 by mail Judge: Denkof Zwemmen (who writes under the pen names Sam Reifler and Samuel Reifler) $100 prize for every fifteen stories received by all entrants, plus publication on website. Note: contest is perpetual with no actual deadline, i.e., when 15 stories are received through the website, $100 is awarded for the best of those.
Chatter House Press Biting the Bullet - Women Define Courage Essay - memoir Female residents of the United States who are 18 years old or older August 14, 2015; winners announced by Sept 30 2,500 - 4,500 words that demonstrates how you live courageously Free through link on website 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. All other winners (2nd place through honorable mention) will be published in the resulting anthology
Red Hen Press Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award Poetry Previously unpublished poetry manuscript. Open to anyone not affiliated or associated with Red Hen Press. Postmark by August 31, 2015; winner announced in Jan 2016 unpublished poetry collection, 48 pp minimum.. $25 Mail or via Submittable online Judge: Carl Phillips, author and Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis. $3,000 and publication of the collection by Red Hen Press.
Self-Publishing Review Independent Woman Author Awards Ebook written in 2014 or 2015 Female 16 yrs or older (may be the author or may nominate the author with the author's permission) August 31, 2015; winner announced the same day Submit a 200-word statement about why you should be the winning author and send us your latest ebook. $25 via email and online form All genres. Judges are SPR Team. 1st Place: Kindle Fire HDX, Kindle Voyage, or iPad Mini (your choice); customized book cover; Lead Story Review on SPR. 2nd Place: Amazon $100 eVoucher; SPR Classic Review. 3rd Place: Amazon $50 eVoucher; SPR Jump Start Review Worth. All winners receive eRosette and book sticker rosettes to announce your win to the world and SPR Interview.
Tethered By Letters Summer Literary Contest Short Story, Flash Fiction, Poetry Anyone. International submissions welcome. August 31 , 2015 midnight Midnight PST; winner announced in December For short story submit 1,000 to 7,500 words, open genre; for flash fiction submit either 55, 250, or 500 words; and for poetry submit max of 3 pages per poem $15 per Short Story; $7 per Flash Fiction; $7 per poem online. Pay by credit or debit through submission manager Submittable Any genre. Judged by professional editing team at TBL. Winners receive publication, and all finalists will receive professional edits on their submissions.
Music City Romance Writers of America Melody of Love Romance or romantic elements novel of 40,000 words or more Published or unpublished author, with uncontracted, unpublished (via any means) entry Received by 11:59 p.m. Sept 7, 2015; finalists announced early Oct; winners announced late Nov. first 25 pp $22 MCRW members, $27 other RWA members, $32 non-RWA members email or postal mail, can pay by check or PayPal Three first-round judges, lowest score dropped. Final Judges:  Contemp: (Mary Altman, Sourcebooks); HR (Cindy Brannam, Soul Mate Publishing); Para (Angela James, Carina Press); NA: (Heidi Moore, Samhain Publishing); YA (Victoria Lowes, The Bent Agency) Winners in each category receive: 1st place, $50. 1st - 3rd place receive certificate and 1-yr membership to MCRW (certain conditions apply). Winners announced on MCRW site and in RWR.
Fabula Press Nivalis Short Story Contest Fiction (check website for genre exclusions Anyone aged 18 and above. Stories must be in English, original and unpublished at time winners are declared 11:59 PM US CT) Sep30, 2015; winners announced ~Nov 15 Stories from 2,000 wds min to 7,000 wds max. $10 Submittable online submissions manager tool Judges include published authors, journalists, and literary agents. Winners decided by highest score in 9 point scoring matrix. 1st Prize : US$150 and 2 copies of anthology: 2nd Prize: US$100 and 2 copies of anthology; 3rd Prize: US$100. All longlisted finalists are published in, and get a free copy of , the contest anthology. Additional cash awards are also paid if judges determine any 'honourable mention' entries.
Red Hen Press Red Hen Press Poetry Award Poetry Previously unpublished poem. Open to anyone except those affiliated or associated with Red Hen Press. Postmark by Sept 30, 2015; winner announced Jan 2016 Complete poems, 120 line maximum each. $20 for up to 3 poems, maximum 120 lines each. Mail or via Submittable online Final Judge: Camille Dungy, finalist for the PEN Center USA 2007 Literary Award and the Library of Virginia 2007 Literary Award and Associate Professor in the Creative Writing Department at San Francisco State University. $1,000 and publication of the selected poem in The Los Angeles Review.
Miami University Press Miami University Novella Prize Novella unpublished entry October 15, 2015; winner announced in early 2016 18,000 - 40,000 wds $25 online through Submittable Margaret Luongo, Associate Professor of English, Miami University $750 against royalties, a standard contract, publication and 10 copies of book