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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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 2016 and must have been available for sale in 2016; 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 2016 is provided. Deadline for registration and payment by check Dec 1, 2016; deadline for receipt of books is Jan 15, 2017 5 copies of Book (see Eligibility column for e-book info) $30 (+ $5 if entering Best 1st Book category also) via PayPal or check. Online form entry, 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.
Hour of Writes Hour of Writes Fiction, poetry Open to anyone 16 yrs and older. Dec 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)
ArtAscent "Portraits" International Call for Writers Fiction, poetry Any writer 18 yrs or older. Dec 31, 2016; winners announced in January. 900 words max with theme of "Portraits." 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.
North Texas Romance Writers of America Great Expectations Romance Must be unpublished and uncontracted in book-length romantic fiction, or published authors who have not published or contracted in the entered category within the past 3 yrs. Received by midnight Jan 4, 2017; finalists announced ~Feb 8; winners announced ~March 19. 5,000 words in TNR 14 pt font $25 for members of North Texas & Dallas RWA chapters, $30 all others. $5 off if you enter by Dec 18, 2016. Via PayPal only. electronic 1st round: 3 judges. If 2 lowest scores differ by 30 points and entry has potential to be a finalist, a 4th judge will be used and lowest of the 4 scores dropped. 4 finalists per category. Contemp Series (TBA); HR (Elle Keck, Avon); Inspirational (Raela Schoenherr, Bethany House); NA (TBA); MS w/ RE (Marla Daniels, Simon and Schuster); RS (TBA); ST (Madeleine Colavita, Grand Central Publishing); Specialized Romance (Kristine Swartz, Berkley); YA (Alice Jerman, Harper Collins). All finalists will have opportunity to update their entry for the final round of judging. First Place receives $50. All finalists receive certificates. Winners will have their names printed in the RWR.
New England Romance Writers of America Readers' Choice Bean Pot Award Romance Novel or Novella Printed novels (including self-published) with original copyright of 2016. Jan 6, 2017; finalists notified by March 1; 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: Short Contemp; Long Contemp; RS; HR; ER; F / F / TT / Para; Romance with Religious / Spiritual elements; Novella 1st Place in each category: engraved trophy and a certificate. 2nd & 3rd Place: certificate. Winners announced on website, in newsletter, and in RWR.
Romance Writers of America (RWA) Golden Heart Romance; ms must be at least 40,000 words. Caps at 1,200 entries. Open to RWA members age 18 or older who have not accepted a publishing offer for, or self-published, a work of fictional prose of more than 40,000 words by deadline. Caps at 1,200 entries. Received by RWA by 5 PM CST Jan 11, 2017; finalists announced March 21, 2017; winners announced at the RWA conference Beginning of manuscript and 15 pp max synopsis (together not to exceed 55 pp double-spaced), plus full manuscript. These 3 items are uploaded as separate PDF files. $30 Online 1st round judges: PAN, PRO, other RWA members. Final round judged by 3 editors. Contemp (65k+ wds); ER; HR; Romance with Religious / Spiritual elements; Para; RS; Short Contemp; YA. See website for judging details. Finalists are announced in Romance Writers Report, online at RWA website and at RWA National conference. Winner receives a golden heart necklace.
Desert Rose Romance Writers of America Golden Quill Romance Book, Novella Published RWA members. Original copyright date or 1st North American printing / release date or if submitting ebook format, the first electronic publishing date must be in 2016. Books must be a minimum of 40,000 words except novella category. Received by Jan 13, 2017; 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 CD with copy of autographed cover inside the case. $30 per book and / or each category or $75 for 3 entries. mail; pay by check, money order or Paypal Judges: romance readers and librarians. Categories: HR; Contemp (includes Novel w/SRE); Category Series; Sweet Traditional; Para / Urban Fantasy; Fantasty / Sci-Fi / Futuristic; Inspirational (includes Inspirational RS); RS; LGBT; ER / Hot / Sexy; YA / NA; 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 announced in July RWR.
San Francisco Writers Conference San Francisco Writing Contest Fiction, nonfiction, Children / YA Entries may have been self-published or not-yet published, but not traditionally published 5 PM PT January 13, 2017; finalists announced Feb 3; winners announced Feb 17 at Conference 1,500 words max $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.
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.
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.
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 Email 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.
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.
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.
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.
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€)
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)