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 "Wild" International Call for Writers Fiction, poetry Any writer 18 yrs or older. August 31, 2016; winners announced Sept 30. 900 words max with theme of "Wild." 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 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, and promoted on the ArtAscent Facebook and Twitter feeds.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Chatelaine Awards Romanctic Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2013.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.
First Coast Romance Writers of America Beacon Award, Unpublished Romance unpublished / not contracted in category entered in book-length (40K min) in last 3 yrs; RWA membership not required 11:59 pm EST August 31, 2016; finalists announced Oct 15; Dec 15 winners announced 1st 20 pp of ms $25 FCRW members, $30 RWA members, $35 others electronic; cn pay by check or PayPal Categories and Final Judges: Category Romance (Scott Eagan, Greyhaus Literary Agency; Kathryn Lye, Harlequin); Contemp ST (Rebecca Strauss, De Fiore & Co. Literary Agency; Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin’s Press); ER (LaToya C. Smith, Lori Perkins Agency; Toni Kelley, eXtasy Books); HR (Courtney Miller, Callihan, Handspun Literary Agency; Elle Keck, HarperCollins / Avon); RE ( Shannon Hassan, The Marsal Lyon Agency; Susan Litman, Harlequin); Inspirational (Melissa Jeglinski, The Knight Agency; Shana Asaro, Harlequin Love Inspired); Para / F / F (Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Agency; Tera Cuskaden, Entangled’s Select Otherworld); RS (Laurie McLean, Fuse Literary Agency; Nicole Fischer, Harper Collins / Avon); YA (Jessica Errera, Jane Rotrosen Agency; KC Mead, Brewer, Bancroft Press). 1st place per category - Beacon Lapel Pin. All finalists will receive a certificate.
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 Book); 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; Bethany Blair, Berkley; Stephanie Doig, Carina Press); 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. 2nd 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.
Sustainable Arts Foundation Sustainable Arts Foundation Award and Sustainable Arts Foundation Promise Award Various - see Categories. (Note: 1/2 of the awards will go to applicants of color) Anyone who is a parent with a child under age 18. Entry must be in English and be recent work. Sept 2, 2016, 5 PM PT; awards announced Nov 18. Writers: 25 pages maximum. You may submit a single long sample or multiple shorter samples. Poets: 10 poems, not to exceed 25 pages total. Additionally, you must answer 4 questions. See website for visual arts submission info. $15 online submission through their form Approximately 10 finalists with typically 5 winners. Categories: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Long Form Journalism, Playwriting, Picture Books, Early and Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Graphic Novel. There are also visual arts categories (see website for details). Judged by at least two jurors (fellow artists and writers). Sustainable Arts Foundation Award: $6,000. Sustainable Arts Foundation Promise Award: $2,000. Typically there are 5of each award.
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, 2016; finalists notified last week of Oct; winners announced by Feb 1, 2017. beginning of ms +, synopsis (10,000 words max) $35. electronic entry No more than 10 overall finalists from all categories. First round has 2 judges, one of which will be a published author. Final judges: Category (Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency; Patience Bloom, Harlequin); Contemp ST (Shira Hoffman, McIntosh and Otis; Elle Keck, Harper Collins); HR (Marisa Corvisiero, Corvisiero Lit Agency; David Long, Bethany House); RS (Nicole Resciniti, Seymour Agency; Patience Bloom, Harlequin); Para (Shira Hoffman, McIntosh and Otis; Theresa Cole, Entangled); ER (Marisa Corvisiero, Corvisiero Literary Agency; Elle Keck, Harper Collins); YA / NA (Nicole Resciniti, Seymour Agency; Theresa Cole, Entangled); Inspirational (Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency; David Long, Bethany House) 1st Place receives $50 and a plaque. @nd and 3rd place receive Placement Certificate. All other finalists receive Honorable Mention Certificate. Winners listed on website and in RWR.
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..
Harlequin Enterprises Limited So You Think You Can Write: Ooooh... Canada! Blitz Romance with Canadian hero Entry must be in English, unpublished, and uncontracted. Sept 12, 2016; entrants receive feedback by Dec 1 1st chapter and 3-7 pp synopsis Free submit entry through Submittable Contemporary. See guidelines here. Judged by Harlequin editors. Award: possible publication with Harlequin.
Harlequin Enterprises Limited So You Think You Can Write: Sexy Blitz Sexy Romance Entry must be in English, unpublished, and uncontracted. Sept 15, 2016; entrants receive feedback by Sept 30 3 chapters and a synopsis Free submit entry through Submittable Contemporary; heat level explicit and graphic. See guidelines here. Judged by Harlequin editors. Award: possible publication with Harlequin's new sexy contemporary series to launch July 2017.
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; winners announced January 14, 2017 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, ER, MS, YA / NA, HR, Para, and Novella. Final judges Editors 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.
San Francisco Writers Conference 2017 San Francisco Writing Contest Fiction, nonfiction, Children / YA Entries may have been self-published or not-yet published, but not traditionally published 1,500 words max 5 PM PT January 13, 2017; finalists announced Feb 3; winners announced Feb 17 at Conference $35 via postal mail or online Categories: Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction (including memoir), Children’s / YA. Judges approved by SFWC management team will select top 5 entries in each category. A group of publishing industry professionals will select the grand prize winner and category winners. Grand Prize winner receives $250 and a 15-minute in-person meeting at the conference or a 15-minute scheduled telephone call with a literary agent who represents work like yours. 1st place winners in each category receive $100.