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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Less than 100 words Less than 100 words All genres Anyone 18 yrs or older Nov 27 , 2015; winner announced ~Nov 30 (Note: this contest runs weekly, with submission deadline every Friday) A story in less than 100 words, incorporating the prompt given £0.99 Online form Judges: Less than 100 Words team £20 for winner Also prize for runner up
Scribes Valley Publishing Annual Short Story Writing Contest Fiction Short Story Anyone, any genre , entry in English. Entry must be original and unpublished. Deadline Nov 30, 2015; winners announced ~Jan 15, 2016. 5,000 words max $7 via check, money order or PayPal via postal mail or online Judges: Scribes Valley Publishing All finalists published in annual contest anthology. Top three finalists receive monetary prize based on overall contest participation - the more entries, the bigger the prizes.
Stage of Life Monthly Themed Writing Contest nonfiction, memoir Theme based contest. Anyone can enter. Check category rules for specifics. Entry must be original. 11:59 PM, Nov 30, 2015. 500 words max Free Must create and submit through a free account Contest Categories: High School; College; On My Own; Engagement and Wedding; Married without Kids; Having a Baby; Home Ownership; Having a Baby; Raising a Family; Grandparents; Retirement. Judging goes through several rounds with an Editor and a Peer Editor. Stage of Life staff vote on the selected finalist entries. Awards and prizes vary each month and between categories. Check each month for new awards or prizes for each category.
Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival Fiction Contest Short Story Open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Includes self-published books with ISBN. Story must be unpublished and cannot have won or placed in any other writing contest. Postmark / e-deadline Nov 30, 2015. Winner announced late Feb 2016. Original short story, written in English, up to 7,000 words. $25 via Submittable or via check or money order. online via Submittable Judge: Claire Vaye Watkins Grand Prize: $1,500; Domestic airfare (up to $500) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the next festival in New Orleans; VIP All-Access Festival Pass ($500 value); public reading at the Festival; publication in Louisiana Literature; Top 9 Finalists will receive a panel pass ($75 value) to next Festival.
Women On Writing (WOW) Flash Fiction Contest Fiction, see website for theme Anyone, any age. Entry must be in English. Midnight PST Nov 30, 2015. Capped at 300 entries. 250 words min to 750 words max (title not included in count) $10 (extra $10 if you want a critique) Online submission. Pay via PayPal (Assume) judges are Women On Writing editorial staff. You will be provided with your scores (1-5) in each category, and personal editorial feedback for each category as well. 20 winners. 1st-3rd Place receive cash prizes ($350, $250, $150); 1st - 3rd plus 7 runners-up will be interviewed on WOW Blog; all winning entries published on WOW! Women on Writing website.
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 2015 and must have been available for sale in 2015; 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 2015 is provided. Deadline for registration and payment by check Dec 1, 2015; deadline for receipt of books is Jan 15, 2016 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.
The Los Angeles Review Ekphrasis Submissions for The Los Angeles Review Story, poetry, essay related to art or a work of art Open to anyone Dec 1, 2015; winner announced early 2016 3-5 poems; short fiction (1,000 wds max); longer fiction (4,000 words max); nonfiction (1,000 - 4,000 words) or nonfiction flash $3 Online Submittable form or via US mail Categories: poetry, fiction, nonfiction A chance to appear in Vol. 20 of The Los Angeles Review
ArtAscent "Portraits" International Call for Writers Fiction, poetry Any writer 18 yrs or older. December 31, 2015; winner announced Feb 1, 2016. 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 7 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.
Hourglass Literary Magazine Hourglass Literary Magazine Writing Contest Short Story, Poetry, Non-fiction Essay For writers writing in English AND in the BCMS languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, and Montenegro Dec. 31, 2015 by 11:59 P.M. US Central time (Early Bird); winner announcement Sept 1, 2016 Short story: 7,000 wds max; Poem: 3,500 words max; Essay: 1,000 wds minimum, 9,000 wds max. $8 for up to three poems, $15 for up to three essays or short stories via online Submittable form Categories: Best Short Story, Best Essay, Best Poem. 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 and winning entries will be published in Hourglass Literary Magazine in the original language (English / BCMS) and translated (BCMS / English). See website for more.
International Thriller Writers Thriller Awards Thriller fiction novel or short story Novel or short story (fewer than 35,000 words) first published in any format in calendar year 2015 in print or ezine format in English language by an ITW recognized publisher. Received by Dec 31, 2015; finalists announced in April 2016; winners announced at Thriller Fest in July. pdf format attached to submission form. No fee. electronic Categories: Best Hard Cover Novel; Best Paperback Original Novel; Best First Novel; Best E-Book Original Novel; Best Young Adult Novel; Best Short Story (includes novellas under 35,000 wds).  
Tethered By Letters Fall Literary Contest Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Flash Fiction Authors of any age in any part of the world Dec 31 , 2015 midnight PT; winners announced after Dec 31. 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 OR $15 for three Flash Fictions; $7 per poem OR $15 for three poems. online. Pay by credit or debit through submission manager Submittable Any genre. Judged byAllegra Hyde (short story), David Abrams (flash fiction), and Andrew McFayden-Ketchum (poetry) $500 for Short Story, $150 for Flash Fiction, $150 for Poetry plus publication in F(r)iction. Finalists will receive professional edits on submissions and be considered for later publication.
Gemini Magazine Poetry Open Poetry Anyone e-deadline / postmark by Jan 2, 2016 up to 3 poems, any style or length $5 via PayPal, check or money order email or mail Judges: Gemini staff. 1st place: $1,000; 2nd place: $100; four honorable mentions: $25. All six finalists published in March issue of Gemini.
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 3, 2016; finalists announced ~Feb 4; winners announced ~March 16. 5,000 words; finalists will be asked to send a synopsis $25 for members of North Texas & Dallas RWA chapters, $30 all others via PayPal only. $5 off if you enter by Dec 1 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 (Karen Reid, Harlequin); HR (Gabrielle Keck, Avon / William Morrow); Inspirational (Raela Schoenherr, Bethany House); NA (Julie Mianecki, Berkley); MS w/ RE (Isabel Farhi, Berkley Publishing Group); RS (Alex Logan, Editor, Grand Central Publishing); ST (TBA); 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.
Desert Rose Romance Writers of America Golden Quill Romance Book, Novella Published RWA members. Original copyright dates or 1st North American printing / release date in 2015. Books must be a minimum of 40,000 words except novella category. Received by Jan 8, 2016; 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 CDs. $30 per book and / or each category mail; pay by check, money order or Paypal Judges: romance readers and librarians. Categories: HR; Contemp; Category Series; Sweet Traditional; Para / Urban Fantasy; Fantasty / Sci-Fi / Futuristic; Inspirational; RS; ER / Hot / Sexy; YA; 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 and finalists will receive plaques or certificates, lapel pins and Golden Quill logo graphics for authors' websites, as shown on their site. Announced in July RWR.
Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America Booksellers' Best Award Romance Book Open to RWA members. Books with 2015 copyright or 1st US printing; includes e-books, which must be printed. Entry forms / fees due by Jan 8, 2016; books must be received by Jan 22; finalists notified by May 15; winners announced at RWA National Conference 4 autographed copies of book $27, add'l $6 to enter Best 1st Book Online or mail for entry form, fee. Mail books. Pay by check, credit card or Paypal. 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, ER, HR, Para / TT / F, Inspirational (contemp or historical), Best First Book; Novella (under 45K wds) Roster of winners’ names and covers printed and mailed to booksellers nationwide; uniquely designed award to each winner; 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
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 20,000 words or more by deadline. Caps at 1,200 entries. Received by RWA by 5 PM CST Jan 11, 2016; finalists announced March 25, 2016; winners announced at the RWA conference Beginning of manuscript and 15 pp max synopsis (together not to exceed 55 pp double-spaced), plus full ms saved as pdf. These 3 files are uploaded as separate documents. $50 Online 1st round judges: PAN, PRO, other RWA members. Final round judged by 3 editors. Contemp (65k+ wds); ER; HR; Inspirational; 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.
Highfield Press "Picture Worth 1000 Words” Winter 2015 Essay Contest Essay Entry must be unpublished Jan 15, 2016; winner announcement ~Feb 28, 2016 500-1,000 words inspired by the theme "Indigo Winter" and the photo on the contest page. $20 Online form Can be 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.
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 20, 2016. Winners announced ~April. synopsis up to 5 pp and beginning of ms (35 pp max for entry). 12 pt courier, courier new, or TNR fonts only, 25 lines per page. $25 for WRW members, $30 all others via PayPal only. $5 discount if paid by Dec 31. email 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 TBA. The winner in each category receives a pendant, certificate, and personalized manuscript critique bu a published author. All other finalists will receive certificates.
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, 2016; winners announced April / May Submit book $50 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.
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 24, 2016; winners announced Feb 29 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 published in 2015. Received by Jan 31, 2016; finalists notifed  in June; winners announced at summer conference See submission guidelines for exact instructions in each category. $35, $50 Mail except for #3 Romance, which is electronic. Payment must be mailed. 3 categories, 5 finalists in each. Fiction, MS, or Literary; Fiction, genre; Memoir 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
The Word Hut Short Story Writing Competition Fiction Short Story Entrant must be over 18 years of age. Entries must be in English. New stories as well as those previously blogged are eligible; entry cannot have won a prize elsewhere or be under consideration in another competition Jan 31 2016 , midnight GMT; results posted by Feb 14. 1,000 words max £4 GBP via PayPal email All stories will be read and judged by James who has a background in publishing and teaching; Jessica, who is an Oxford English Language and Literature graduate currently working in theatre production and writing her first novel; and Wendy, who is a published author of three novels. 1st = £70; 2nd = £35; 3rd = £15 Winning story published on website.
New England Romance Writers of America Readers' Choice Bean Pot Award Romance Novel or Novella Printed novels (including self-published) with original copyright of 2015. Postmarked by Feb 1, 2016; finalists notified by March 30; 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: Novella; Short Contemp; Long Contemp; RS; HR; ER; F / F / TT / Para; First Book 1st Place in each category: engraved trophy and a certificate. 2nd & 3rd Place: certificate. Winners announced on website, in newsletter, and in RWR.
Next Generation Indie Book Awards Next Generation Indie Book Awards Independent Books Open to independent authors and publishers worldwide for books written in English and published in 2014, 2015, or 2016 or with a 2014, 2015, or 2016 copyright Feb 12, 2016 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.
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. Received by 11:59 PM EST Feb 14, 2016; winners announced May 30. Prologue / first chapter (5,000 words max; 3,000 words if novella). A 1-2 page synopsis (500 wds max) is optional and will not be judged. $20 NEORWA members, $25 all others. By check or PayPal. Email Top 3 finalists in each category proceed to final round. Contemp (Brittany Booker, The Booker Albert Literary Agency; Tracey Montoya, Entangled Publishing; Mary Altman, Sourcebooks); HR (Allison Byers, The Wild Rose Press; Dominique Eastwick, Musa Publishing, LLC; Kerry D’Agostino, Curtis Brown Ltd); Para (Cat Clyne, Sourcebooks; Rhonda Helms, Carina Press; Sara Megibow, KT Literary, LLC); MS with Strong RE (Linda Scalissi, 3 Seas Literary Agency; Leis Pederson, Berkley; Debby Gilbert, Soul Mate Publishing); YA / NA (Latoya C. Smith, Samhain Publishing; Ethan Ellenberg, The Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency; Emily Brown, Foundry Literary & Media) Winners of each category will receive a refund of their entry fee, a certificate, and a website graphic.
Less than 100 words Less than 100 words All genres Anyone 18 yrs or older February 26 , 2016; winner announced ~Feb 29 (Note: this contest runs weekly, with submission deadline every Friday) A story in less than 100 words, incorporating the prompt given £0.99 Online form Judges: Less than 100 Words team £20 for winner Also prize for runner up
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, 2016; long-listed entrants announced ~July Print book: one copy; ebook: copy in pdf, mobi or epub format plus blurb (what would be the back-cover description on a physical book) £35 ($60 USD) via check or PayPal. Other currencies accepted. by mail for printed book, by email for ebook Final judges: Booker Shortlisted author, Clare Morrall; Poet and Stand Winner Jeff Phelps; author, dramatist and lecturer William Gallagher. First Prize £1000 (approx 1590 US$, 1277€ ) The winning book will also be read by a top London literary agent. Plus a minimum of the 3 category winners each winning £100 (approx 159$, 127€)