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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Land of Enchantment Romance Writers of America The Rebecca Romance Published or unpublished authors with unpublished, uncontracted entry. Postmark  / e-deadline July 30, 2015 (extended from July 15); 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.
Dream Quest One Dream Quest One Summer Poetry & Writing Contest Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry Unpublished, published, All entries must be original. Recieved by midnight July 31, 2015; finalists announced Sept 20. 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 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.
Mills & Boon, WHSmith, and Kobo Writing Life Romance Writing Life Romance Entry must be original, unpublished or self-published romance. 11:59 PM EDT July 31, 2015; full manuscript due Sept 30. Synopsis (500 wds max) and 1st chapter (5,000 words max). Winner must submit full manuscript of 70,000 words or more by Sept 30. Free Must have a Kobo Writing Life account and submit through the competition website. Categories: all Romance genres, including but not limited to, HR, NA, Contemp, and Para. Judges are Judging Panel. Winning book will be jointly promoted by Kobo, Mills & Boon, and WHSmith. 2nd and 3rd prize winners will be awarded the Kobo Glo HD.
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
Creative Writing Institute International Short Story Contest Short story - mystery preferred, but open genre Open to everyone, but entries must be in English Midnight EST August 15, 2015; winner announced Sept 30 2,000 words max Free Online form Judges: Jo Popek, head judge; Jianna Higgins, competition coordinator; Emily-Jane Hills Orford, tutor; Lynn Carroll, writing tutor 1st Place - free writing course with a private tutor; 2nd place - $50 or $150 discount on any writing course; 3rd place - $25 or $100 discount toward any writing course; 2 honorable mentions. Winners published in 2015 anthology.
Florida Romance Writers Golden Palm Romance Published or unpublished author. Entry must be new, original work not published (traditionally or self-published) or contracted. e-deadline midnight EST August 15, 2015; finalists notified ~Oct 25. First 25 pp $20 for FRW members, $30 others electronic entry, pay by check, MO or PayPal 1st round: at least one a published author. Final judges: Contemp (Karen Reid, Harlequin; Allison Caroll, Harlequin; Victoria Curran, Harlequin; Rebecca Lucash, Avon Impulse); HR (Marla Daniels, Pocket Books; Nicole Fischer, Avon Impulse; Chelsey Emmelhainz, Avon Impulse; Elle Keck, Avon Impulse); YA / NA (Piya Campana, Harlequin; Deirdre Mccluskey, Harlequin; Elana Cohen, Pocket Books; Amanda Leuck, Spencerhill Associates (Tentative)); Para (Laurie McLean, Fuse Literary Agent; Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill Associates; Laura Zats, Red Sofa Literary) Finalists can send a revised copy to final judges.  First Place in each category will received $25, along with a Certificate and a Golden Palm pin. Second and third in each category will receive a certificate.
Heartland Romance Writers of America Show Me The Spark! Website not updated as of 7/21 Romance Unpublished, not published in last 3 yrs. Work cannot be contracted before Oct 1, 2015 or must be withdrawn. midnight CST August 28, 2015; finalists notified Oct 10; winners announced Dec 1. 1st chapter, including prologue (3,500 words max) in 12 pt font, 24-27 lines per page. $30 for RWA members, $35 all others Email only. PayPal (preferred), check or MO. 1st round: 2 judges. Finalists have a week to revise entry. Contemp (TBA); ER (TBA); HR / Regency (TBA); Inspirational TBA); Para / Fantasy / Sci-Fi (TBA); RS (TBA); YA / NA (TBA) 1st prize: $25 and a certificate. All other finalists receive a certificate.
Less than 100 words Less than 100 words All genres Anyone 18 yrs or older August 28, 2015; winner announced ~Aug 31 (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
ArtAscent "Violet" International Call for Writers Fiction, poetry Any writer 18 yrs or older. August 31, 2015; winner announced Sept 30. 900 words max with theme of "Violet." 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 with artist profile review. From 3-7 writers will be published in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal w/ links to artists websites, promotion on website artist directory, and exposure in ArtAscent social media.
First Coast Romance Writers of America Beacon Award, Unpublished(website not updated as of 7/21) 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, 2015 1st 25 pp of ms $25 FCRW members, $30 RWA members, $35 others electronic; cn pay by check or PayPal Categories and Final Judges: Category Romance (TBA); ContempST (Rebecca Strauss, DeFiore and Co.; Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin’s Press); ER (Sara Megibow, KT Literary; Kristine Swartz, Berkley); HR (Courtney Miller-Callihan, Sanford J. Greenburge; Madeleine Colavita, Grand Central Publishing); Inspirational (Melissa Jeglinski, The Knight Agency; Shana Asaro, Harlequin Love Inspired); Para / F / F (Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill Associates); RE (Shannon Hassan, The Marsal Lyon Agency; Katherine Pelz, Berkley); RS (Beth Miller, Writers House Literary Agency; Rebecca Lucash, Harper Collins); YA (Laura Bradford, The Bradford Agency). 1st place per category - Beacon Lapel Pin. All finalists will receive a certificate.
New York City Romance Writers of America Kathryn Hayes When Sparks Fly Romance with humor not contracted / published in novella or novel-length fiction as of deadline. RWA membership NOT required. Self published authors welcome. Postmark or e-deadline 11:59 PM August 31, 2015. scene between hero and heroine (20 pp max) that best exemplifies contest theme "When Sparks Fly" plus synopsis (2 pp max, will not be not judged) to set up scene. $25 RWA members, $30 all others by PayPal or check email Judges = published authors. No categories, open to any romance genre in category or ST length, including erotica and LGBT. Final Judge: Esi Sogah, Kensington Publishing Grand Prize: $75
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.
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, 2015; 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, one of whom is a published author. The lowest score is dropped. Final-round judges are acquiring editors and agents. Top 3 entries in each category final.  Categories: Para, Contemp, HR, YA. Judges: PAN and PRO members, trained and unpublished members. Final Judges are acquiring editors and agents. The top three finalists in each category will have their entries read by a literary agent, a traditional publishing house editor and an e-publishing editor. Certificates will be awarded to the top winner in each category.
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.
Women On Writing (WOW) Flash Fiction Contest Fiction, see website for theme, if any. Anyone, any age. Entry must be in English. 11:59 PM PT August 31, 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, all receive Amazon gift certificates.
Yellow Rose Romance Writers of America Cover the Words Romance Book, Novella Anyone with published romance or novella. August 31, 2015; winners announced Oct 10 Electronic submission of any romance book or novella’s front cover $15 Electronic All categories. Overall Winner and Top Three Finalists in each category will be determined through popular voting. Final category winners will be judged by editors and publishing houses for 1st - 3rd place. 1st - 3rd places receive badge to display on website, will be displayed on Yellow Rose website, and announced in RWR.
Valley of the Sun Romance Writers of America Hot Prospects Romance Published or unpublished RWA member in good standing with uncontracted entry. e-deadline / postmark 11:59 p.m. PST Sept 1, 2015; finalists notified Oct 31; winners announced ~Dec 15. beginning of ms (25 pp) and synopsis (3-5 pp). 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. Final Judges: ST Contemp (Leanne Morgena, The Wild Rose Press; Cat Clyne, Sourcebooks; RS (Amy Stapp, Tor / Forge; Angela James, Carina Press); HR / Regency (Kristine Swartz, Berkley Publishing; Jess Verdi, Crimson Romance); F/F/ Para (Eileen Rothschild, St. Martin’s Press; Dana Hopkins, Harlequin) 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.
Mid-America Romance Writers of America Fiction from the Heartland website not updated as of 7/6 Romance unpublished and uncontracted during past five years; excludes MARA members Received by 11:59 PM Sept 7, 2015 beginning of ms +, synopsis (10,000 words max) $35. electronic entry Final Judges TBA. Categories: Category Romance, Contemp ST, HR, RS, Para, ER, YA / NA, Inspirational  
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.
Missouri Romance Writers of America Gateway to the Best Romance Writers not contracted / not published within last 3 yrs from July 30, 2015. Self-published authors may enter with unpublished work. 11:59 PM CDT, Sept 12, 2015; 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..
Contemporary Romance Writers of America Pitch (website not updated as of 7/6) Romance Published and non-published authors. Books cannot be under contract as of deadline. Sept 14, 2015 Pitch (will add more info when it is available) Free   Judge: Literary agent Laura Bradford. The agent will select winners to submit partial and / or full manuscripts.
Chesapeake Romance Writers of America The Rudy formerly "Finish the Damn book" Romantic fiction Published or unpublished. Need not be RWA member. Midnight, Sept 30, 2015 First and Last chapters (40 pp max) plus synopsis (5 pp max) which will not be judged. $15 RWA member; $20 others   Final judges TBA. Categories: Contemp, HR, Para, ER, YA / NA, MS w/RE 1st Place winner receives $50; 1st - 3rd finalists receive certificates.
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) Sept 30, 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.
Highfield Press "Picture Worth 1000 Words” Autumn 2015 Essay Contest Essay Entry must be unpublished Oct 15, 2015; winner announced ~Dec 30. 500-1,000 words inspired by the theme "Autumn Leaves" 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.
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.
Essaymama Summer Writing Contest Essay in English Anyone can enter. Entry must be original work. Deadline October 1, 2015; winners announced Oct 9. 800 to 1,300 words on 1 of 8 topics. See website for details. Free; must "Like" the Essaymama FB page OR follow Twitter profile and share/ retweet the contest info. See website for details. via email Judged by Essaymama team. 1st place - $500; 2nd place - $350; 3rd place - $200. Winning essays published on EssayMama blog
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
Less than 100 words Less than 100 words All genres Anyone 18 yrs or older November 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
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.
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