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Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival Poetry Contest Poetry Poem must be unpublished and have not won other prizes or contests. Open to writers who have not published a book of poetry with an ISBN number. Postmark / e-deadline Nov 15, 2017; winners announced late Feb 2018. 2-4 unpublished poems of any theme with combined length of up to 400 lines $15 via Submittable or via check or money order. online via Submittable Judge: Jericho Brown Prize: $1,000; public reading and VIP All Access Pass ($600 value) for next festival, public reading at next festival, and publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas. Top 9 finalists receive a panel pass ($100 value) to attend the next festival, and their names will be published on website.
Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival Very Short 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 Story must be unpublished and cannot have won or placed in any other writing contest.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 8, 2017. Winner announced late Feb 2018. Original short story, written in English, up to 1,000 words. $10 via Submittable or via check or money order. online via Submittable Judge: Justin Torres Grand Prize: $500; Passes to Panels and Master Classes ($200 value); public reading at the Festival; publication in New Orleans Review.
Fresh Voices Screenwriters' Resource Screenplay Competition Feature Screenplay, TV Pilot, TV Spec, Short Scripts Open to all English language screenplays and writers who have earned less than $25k writing Final deadline is Nov 7, 2017 at 11:59 PM (early deadline for reduced fees start Aug 9); quarter finalists announced Jan 2018; finalists announced March; winners announced April feature screenplay (less than 130 pp), TV categories (less than 75 pp); short script (less than 25 pp) $45-$75 depending on category and submission date electronic submission 15 competition categories for feature films, tv pilots, and short scripts plus 10 Spotlight Awards. See website. Over $20,000 in Cash & Prizes.
West Houston Romance Writers of America The Emily Romance unpublished / not published in category entered in past 3 yrs with unpublished, uncontracted entry. Entries capped at 200. Traditional, epubbed, indie-published are eligible. Need not be RWA member. Nov 2, 2017 (was previously Oct 2); finalists announced ~Jan 15, 2018. 1st 5,600 words, max in TNR 12 point, submitted as MS Word doc or RTF $25 WHRWA members, $35 all others, via PayPal online 3 judges for 1st round, lowest score dropped. Finalists judged by 2 experts (agent, editor). 3 finalists per category. Long Contemp (Norma Perez-Hernandez, Kensington Publishing Corp; Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency); Short Contemp (Brenda Chin, Entangled Publishing LLC; Elaine Spencer, The Knight Agency); FFP (Kristine Swartz, The Berkley Publishing Group; Rebecca Strauss, DeFiore and Company); HR (Tara Gelsomino, Crimson Romance; Courtney Miller-Callihan, Handspun Literary); RS (Laura Costello, Sourcebooks; Cori Deyoe, 3 Seas Literary Agency); YA (Alyssa Miele, Harper Collins; Becca Stumpf, Prospect Agency); Best of the Best (Karla Hodde, Katy Budget Books) 1st Place: EMILY brooch, all other finalists: certificate. Best of the Best receives $100.
Hudson Valley Romance Writers of America Hook, Line and Sinker Romance anyone, published or unpublished Midnight Nov 1, 2017; winners announced Jan 2018 1st 3 pp of unpublished manuscript in MS Word $15 via check or PayPal email All romance genres. First round: 3 judges, at least two published. Top 5 entries will be ranked by final judge Allison Lyons, Editor, Harlequin. Trophies awarded 1st through 3rd places.
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 between Sept 1, 2016, and Aug 31, 2017, in English language by an ITW recognized publisher. Received by Nov 1, 2017; finalists announced in Spring 2018; winners announced at Thriller Fest July 14. Submit via NetGalley or in pdf format 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).  
Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival One Act Play Contest One-act play Plays that have won any other playwriting contest are ineligible. Postmark / e-deadline Nov 1, 2017. Winner announced late Feb 2018. Submit unpublished, never publicly performed one-act play up to one hour in length. See guidelines for more info. $25 via Submittable or via check or money order. online via Submittable Final Judge: Lisa D'Amour Grand Prize: $1,500; staged reading at the next Festival; VIP All-Access Festival pass ($600 value); publication in Bayou. Top 9 Finalists will also receive a panel pass ($100 value) to attend the Festival.
Tethered By Letters Fall Literary Contest Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Flash Fiction Authors of any age in any part of the world Nov 1, 2017 midnight PT; winners announced in December. For short story, 1,000 to 7,500 words, open genre; for flash fiction up to 750 words; and for poetry submit max of 3 pages per poem $15 per Short Story; $8 per Flash Fiction OR $12 for three Flash Fictions; $8 per poem OR $12 for three poems. online. Pay by credit or debit through submission manager Submittable Any genre. Judged by Celeste Ng (short story), Megan Giddings (flash fiction), and Tommy "Teebs" Pico (poetry) $1,000 for Short Story, $300 for Flash Fiction, $300 for Poetry plus publication in F(r)iction. Finalists will receive professional edits on submissions and be considered for later publication.
ArtAscent "Paradise International Call for Writers Fiction, poetry, short stories Any writer 18 yrs or older. Entries must be original work of applicant. Can be previously published or unpublished. Oct 31, 2017; winners announced Nov 1. 900 words max with theme of "Paradise." Share your interpretation. $10 via PayPal online Entries include fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations. Judges: ArtAscent The Gold writer will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal complete w/ 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.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Ozma Awards Fantasy Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. 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, 2017; finalists announced Jan 2018; 1st Place category winners announced Feb 2018; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Adventure / Mystery / Thriller; Paranormal Romance; Magical Beings & Creatures; Strange and Unexplained; Supernatural powers 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345. Category winners compete for Ozma Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 cash prize, blue ribbon, digital badges, and book stickers, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year (prize is $1,000).
Chanticleer Book Reviews Paranormal Awards Paranormal (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. 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, 2017; finalists announced June 2017; 1st Place category winners announced Aug; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Adventure / Mystery / Thriller; Paranormal Romance; Magical Beings & Creatures; Urban / Edgy; Supernatural Powers 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345. Category winners compete for Paranormal Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 cash prize, blue ribbon, digital badges, and book stickers, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year (prize is $1,000).
Colorado Romance Writers of America Happily Ever After Romance unpublished manuscript Oct 31, 2017; winners announced TBA A 1-page synopsis and the final 3 chapters or final 10,000 words in non-DRM pdf format. $25 for first entry ($20 for CRW members), $5 less each additional. Online only through RWA website link Categories Contemp, ER, HR, Para, Novella, Romance w/ Religious or Spiritual Elements, RS, YA. Judges: Three first-round judges that include at least one published author. Final Judges: Finalists from each category will be judged by an industry judge. TBA
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 Oct 31, 2017; winner announced in 2018 unpublished poetry collection, 48 - 96 pp.   via Submittable online Final Judge: Richard Blanco $3,000, publication of the collection by Red Hen Press, and 4-week PLAYA Residency.
Women On Writing (WOW) Creative Nonfiction Contest Creative nonfiction, open topic Anyone, any age. Entry must be in English. 11:59 PM PT Oct 31, 2017. Capped at 300 entries. 200 words min to 1,000 words max (title not included in count) $12 (extra $13 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. 1st-3rd Place receive cash prizes ($500, $300, $200); 7 runners-up receive $25 Amazon gift certificate.
Miami University Press Miami University Novella Prize Novella Unpublished entry Oct 15, 2017; winner announced in early 2018 18,000 - 40,000 wds $25 Online through Submittable Final judge: Author TaraShea Nesbit $750, a standard contract, publication and 10 copies of book
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 midnight CT, Oct 14, 2017; winners announced ~31 December Story between 1,500 and 7,000 words $10 online Judges include literary agents, authors, and essayists. Winners decided by highest score in 10 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.
North Louisiana Storytellers & Authors of Romance (NOLA STARS) The Suzannah Romance Anyone. Entry must be unpublished and uncontracted in any format. Entries capped at 120. Midnight CST Oct 1, 2017; finalists announced Dec 1; winner announced March 3, 2018. 7,200 words max, including synopsis and beginning of manuscript $35; $5 discount before Sept 1; $5 discount to NOLA members.. via email 1st round judges are published authors, RWA Pro members, industry professionsals. 3 scores, lowest one dropped. Final judges: Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill Associates; JoAnna MacKenzie, Nelson Agency; Jessica Alvarez, Bookends Literary Agency; Lexi Smail, Grand Central Publishing; Susan Grimshaw, Random House; Alicia Condon, Kensington Books; others TBA. Grand prize winner announced at conference in March 2017. Winner receives $300 and trophy. All other finalists receive certificates. Results published on website, loops, and in the RWR.
Bauhan Publishing The Monadnock Essay Collection Prize Nonfiction Essays Unpublished book-length collection (120-160 pp or 50,000-60,000 words) of essays Sept 30, 2017 Enter the full collection of essays, 120-160 pp in length, single-spaced (50,000 - 60,000 words). $25 Submit online through Submittable; print submissions accepted through USPS Any form: personal essays, memoir in essay form, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel, historical account, etc. Judge: Journalist, essayist, and poet Andrew Merton. The winning author receives $750 prize money, publication of the collection, 50 copies of the book, and distribution with our other titles
Chanticleer Book Reviews Clue Awards Suspense / Thriller Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. 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, 2017; finalists announced Dec 2017; 1st Place category winners announced Jan 2018; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Detective / Crime; Suspense / Thriller; Private Eye / Noir; Legal / Medical / Police Procedural; Spy / Espionage 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345. Category winners compete for Clue Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 cash prize, blue ribbon, digital badges, and book stickers, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year (prize is $1,000).
Chanticleer Book Reviews Little Peeps Awards Children's (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. 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, 2017; finalists announced Dec 2017; 1st Place category winners announced Jan 2018; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Chapter Book; Story Book; Picture Book; Activity Book; Educational Book 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345. Category winners compete for Little Peeps Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 cash prize, blue ribbon, digital badges, and book stickers, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year (prize is $1,000).
Mid-America Romance Writers of America Fiction from the Heartland Romance unpublished during past five years and uncontracted at time of deadline in book-length fiction; excludes MARA members Received by 11:59 PM CST Sept 22, 2017; finalists notified last week of Oct; winners announced by Feb 1, 2018. beginning of ms +, synopsis (10,000 words max) $35 by PayPal or check 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 (Brenda Chin, Entangled Publishing; Tricia Skinner, Fuse Literary); Contemp ST (Gail Chasen, Harlequin Special Edition; Elizabeth Winick Rubenstien, McIntosh & Otis, Inc.); HR (Carolyn Coons, Harper Collins Publishers; Cheryl Ferguson, The Ferguson Literary Agency); RS (Patience Bloom, Harlequin; Cori Deyoe, Three Seas Literary Agency); Para (Cindy Davis, The Wild Rose Press; Tricia Skinner, Fuse Literary); ER (Charles Griemsman, Harlequin; Cori Deyoe, Three Seas Literary Agency); YA / NA (Niki Flowers, BelleBooks; Jenna Haskin, Metamorphosis Literary Agency); Inspirational (Johanna Raisanen, Harlequin Series; Jenna Haskin, Metamorphosis Literary Agency) 1st Place receives $50 and a plaque. 2nd and 3rd place receive Placement Certificate. All other finalists receive Honorable Mention Certificate.
Spruce Mountain Press Past Loves Day Story Contest Non-fiction Open to anyone with a past true love Sept 17, 2017; winners announced Nov 17 True story (700 wds max) about a past true love Free email or postal mail No categories; judges are from Spruce Mountain Press. 1st Prize: $100; 2nd prize: $75; 3rd Prize: $50; Honorable Mention(s) Winning stories will be posted (anonymously, if requested by author) on the website.
Missouri Romance Writers of America Gateway to the Best Romance Writers not contracted / not published since July 30, 2014. Self-published authors may enter with unpublished work. 11:59 PM CDT, Sept 15, 2017; 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 money order 3 judges for 1st round, lowest score dropped. Grand Prize awarded to entry with highest score of all 3 first round scores. Final judges and categories: ST / Contemp Series / RS (Tera Cuskaden, Entangled Publishing); HR (Nicola Caws, Harlequin Historical / Mills & Boon Historical Romance); Women's Fiction w/ SRE (Rhonda Penders, Wild Rose Press); Para / F/F (Stephanie Doig, Assistant Editor, Harlequin); RS (Tera Cuskaden, Entangled Publishing); YA / NA (Kinan Werdski, Wild Rose Press). Top Prize: Full Content Edit of up to 80, 000 words provided by Joy Editing plus Gateway Charm; 1st - 3rd place receive certificates; 1st and 2nd place receive one-yr membership to MoRWA e-newsletter..
Music City Romance Writers of America Melody of Love Romance Published and unpublished writers. Entry must be for book not under contract as of March 1. Need not be RWA member. Sept 15, 2017, finalists announced ~Nov 1, winners announced Dec 1 first 15 pp of full-length novel (minimum length 50,000 wds). A Short blurb (200 wds max, optional and not judged unless critique requested for additional fee) $20-$35 via PayPal or check; critique of blurb is additional $10 email Three 1st round judges : PAN / PRO members, three judges per entry. Lowest score dropped. Top 10% final. Final judges: Contemp (Jennie Conway, St. Martin's Press; Janna Bonikowski, The Knight Agency); HR (Jennie Conway, St. Martin's Press; Amanda Jain, Inklings Literary); Para (Sarah Blumenstock, Penguin Random House; Victoria Lea, Aponte Literary / Aponte-Burns Publishing); YA (Annette Pollert -Morgan, Sourcebooks; Elizabeth Poteet, The Seymour Agency); “Wild Card” / novel with RE (Victoria Lea, Aponte Literary / Aponte-Burns Publishing; Latoya Smith, L. Perkins Agency) . Finalists in each category receive a certificate and announcement in RWR and the MCRW website. #1 Finalist in each category also receives a $25 cash prize. Each entry has a chance to win a 50 page professional critique. Winner selected by random drawing. Entries capped at 60.
Windy City Romance Writers of America Four Seasons Award Romance Unpublished or not published in past 3 yrs in novel-length fiction in any format in category entered. Windy City members not eligible. e-deadline midnight Sept 8, 2017; winners notified Nov 10 1st 25 pp $25 RWA member, $35 non-RWA member, via PayPal or check electronic entry 1st round: 3 judges with at least one a published member of Windy City RWA; lowest score dropped. Four finalists per category. Final judges HR (St. Martin's Press editor TBA; Terrie Wolf, AKA Literary Agency); ST (Cat Cline, Sourcebooks; Sara Megibow, KT Literary); F / F / Para (Tiffany Shelton, St.Martin’s Press; Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Agency); YA (Kate Brauning, Entangled; Sarah LaPolla, Bradford Literary); Inspirational (Shana Asaro, Harlequin; Spencer Hill Associates agent TBA); RS (Brittany Lavery, Harlequin; Dawn Dowdle, Blue Ridge Agency) Prizes to the top three winners: 50 page Critique from WC’s Darling & Rita Nominee Sonali Dev; 50 page Critique from Best First Book Rita Nominee Stephanie Scott; 50 page Critique from our very own Two-time Golden Heart Finalist Melonie Johnson
New York City Romance Writers of America Kathryn Hayes "When Sparks Fly" Fiction Published with original publication date in calendar year 2016 Sept 1, 2017; finalists announced Nov 10; winners announced Dec 2 full manuscript of published book in pdf or mobi format RWA NYC members: 1st title free, then $25; RWA Members: $25; Non-RWA: $35 electronic only (mobi or pdf) Top 3 in each category move to final round. Contemp; Erotic, Para / Sci-Fi / Fantasy; RS; HR. Multicultural, LGBT submissions welcome in all categories. Judges: Published Authors Prize: $75.00
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, 2017; finalists notified Oct 31; winners announced Dec 15. beginning of ms (25 pp max) and synopsis (3-5 pp). Total entry cannot exceed 30 pp. Valley of the Sun RW members: $25; non-chapter members: $30. Check, money order, PayPal, cash. mail or electronic. 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, Inspirational. Final judges are editors TBA Grand prize TBA. Finalists receive certificate, graphic for website and acknowledgment in RWR.
ArtAscent "Lost International Call for Writers Fiction, poetry, short stories Any writer 18 yrs or older. Entries must be original work of applicant. Can be previously published or unpublished. August 31, 2017; winners announced October 1. 900 words max with theme of "Lost." Share your interpretation. $10 via PayPal online Entries include fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations. Judges: ArtAscent The Gold writer will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal complete w/ 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.
Kwill Books Baum Indie Book Prize Fiction and non-fiction of any genre, including poetry and children's books Anyone 18 years or older. Author must have full rights. Entry must be unpublished* and uncontracted, completed, and in English. See website for details. (*Author must be willing to republish as a new edition from scratch if work was previously published.) August 31, 2017 at 5PM PST; finalists announced Sept 21; winner announced Oct 15. submit full manuscript through the website $20 Early Bird (thru May 1) / SPR Members; $25 Standard Entry submit thru website using Dropbox and PayPal Judged by Kwill Books. All categories welcome. $3,999 book deal at Kwill Books including editing, formatting, design, and marketing.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Chatelaine Awards Romance & Women's Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. 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, 2017; finalists announced Dec 2017; 1st Place category winners announced Jan 2018; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Contemp; Romantic Adventure & Suspense; HR; Inspirational / Restorative; Romantic Steamy / Sensual 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345. Category winners compete for Chatelaine Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 cash prize, blue ribbon, digital badges, and book stickers, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year (prize is $1,000).
San Francisco Area Romance Writers of America Heart to Heart Romance unpublished in novel or novella format as of final winner announcement. Published is defined as having an ISBN and/or ASIN number on any work of novel or novella length. e-deadline August 31, 2017; finalists notified Oct 5; winners announced Nov 6. hero and heroine's first meeting or first time they feel that "spark," 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 RWA payment portal 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 (Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill Associates; Sue Grimshaw, Penguin-Random House Ballantine, Bantam, Dell; Toni Kelley, Extasy Books); RS (Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency; Mary Altman, Sourcebooks; Rhonda Merwarth, Carina Press); ER (Agent TBA; Melissa Bendixen, Gallery / Simon and Schuster; Tera Cuskaden, Entangled, Select Otherworld); HR (Lizzie Poteet, Seymour Agency; Jennie Conway, St. Martin’s Press; Alycia Tornetta, Entangled); Para (Lane Haymont, The Tobias Literary Agency; Print editor TBA; Stephanie Doig, Carina Press); YA (Laurie McLean, Fuse Literary; Michael Strother, Harlequin / TEEN; Samantha McMahon, SoulMate Publishing) Certificates will be awarded to the top winner in each category.
Southwest Florida Romance Writers of America The Joyce Henderson Contest Romance Unpublished or not published in last 5 yrs in category entered. Entry must be author's original work, uncontracted, unpublished, and in English. Open to RWA members only. 11:59 PM ET August 31, 2017; winners announced Dec 20. first 20 pp and synopsis (1 pp max). Synopsis will not be judged. SFRW members $25; all others $30 Via PayPal electronic entry 1st Round: 2 judges, at least one published. Final judges: Contemp including Women’s Fiction (Lexi Smail, Grand Central Publishing; Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency); HR (Robin Haseltine, Entangled Publishing; Julie Gwinn, The Seymour Agency); Para / Sci-Fi / Fantasy (Nancy Schumacher, Melange Books; Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency); YA (Jennie Conway, St. Martin’s Press; Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Literary Agency); RS (Georgia Woods, Hartwood Publishing; Erin Niumata, Folio Literary Management); Inspirational (Sandra Barela, Celebrate Lit Publishing; Dawn Dowdle, Blue Ridge Agency) 1st place in each category wins $50 and Certificate. 2nd place wins $20 and Certificate. 3rd place wins Certificate. Winners announced 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. August 31, 2017; awards announced Nov 16. 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, PDF format for entries 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 5 of each award.
XPRIZE Seat 14C Science Fiction Anyone ages 18+ as of August 25 (deadline date) August 25, 2017; winner announced Sept 29 A previously unpublished short story, up to 4,000 words Free Online Form Winning story will be selected by a panel of science fiction authors. Judged based on the creation of a unique vision of the future, adherence to prompt details, and alignment with the idea that developing technology can have a positive impact on society The winner will receive a prize package worth $10,000 including a trip for two to Tokyo.
Dream Quest One Dream Quest One Summer Poetry & Writing Contest Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry Unpublished, published, All entries must be original. Recieved by 11:59 PM CST August 15, 2017; winners announced Oct 9. 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.
Fairytalez Best New Fairy Tale Competition Fiction, fairy tales, folklore None. Deadline August 15, 2017; winner announced Aug 30 Stories between 300 and 5,000 words. Must register and make a profile, and upload story using their program. Free Stories submitted online through their self-publishing program Judged by Fairytalez The winner will receive: Active promotion across all of Fairytalez’s social networks, a digital winner badge published with your story and on your profile page, digital winner badge for your blog or website, $300 Amazon gift certificate. The four finalists will receive: Active promotion across Fairytalez’s social networks, a digital runner-up badge published with your story and on your profile page, a digital runner-up badge for your blog or website
Mid-Michigan Romance Writers of America Best Banter Romance Unpublished during past five years, or published with first copyright date of 2016 Received by August 1, 2017 at midnight ET; finalists notified Sept 5, winners announced Sept 29 5 pp or 1,500 words max of your best story banter plus a 250-word scene introduction, which will not be judged or included in word count. Published authors must provide an additional page with copyright info. $20, $15 for MMRWA members via Paypal electronic Categoreis: Contemp, HR, Para, YA. Judges unknown. Finalists receive website badge and listing in RWR and on MMRWA website.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Laramie Awards Western, Pioneer, Civil War Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. 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, July 31, 2017; finalists announced Nov 2017; 1st Place category winners announced Jan 2018; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Western Romance; Adventure / Caper; Classic; Civil War / Prairie / Pioneer; Contemporary Western; Western YA 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345. Category winners compete for Laramie Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 cash prize, blue ribbon, digital badges, and book stickers, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year (prize is $1,000).
Land of Enchantment Romance Writers of America The Writer Romance unpublished manuscripts July 31, 2017 1st 5,000 wds $20 members, $25 non-members   3 first round judges, at least one a published author. Final judges are established authors in the category genres. Contemp Long, Contemp Short, Para / Speculative Fiction / Urban Fantasy Romance, RS, YA Top Prize: Mentoring and social media support from patron author and entire LERA chapter.
Fencon Fencon Short Story Contest Science Fiction or Fantasy Short Story Open to anyone who has not sold a work of fiction of any length to any professional publication before July 10, 2017; no "fanfic" or shared-worlds fiction Received by July 20, 2017; winners announced Sept 22 5,000 words max in RTF format; see formatting rules free for 1st entry, $10 for additional entries email Sci-Fi or Fantasy short story, any topic, Final Judges are top industry professionals. 1st Place: $100 and publication in the FenCon XIII program book.Two runners-up: $50 and possible publication in the FenCon program book. All receive certificate and 2018 Fencon membership.
Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition EPIC Ebook Competition Ebook, Novella, Fiction / Romance Short Works Published in English and released for sale June 1, 2016 - May 31, 2017. Self published are eligible. July 15, 2017; winners announced Spring 2018. Submit entry in non-DRM PDF format. Must provide a "buy" link to the ebook. $25 EPIC members, $35 others, via PayPal. Online as non-DRM PDF Judges are published authors, publishers, editors; 3 judges in every round. 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.  
Oklahoma Romance Writers of America International Digital Awards Novel or short work Open to all works of fiction in English with original copyright date in 2016 or 2017 that are available only in digital format or print on demand; entries capped at 50 per category. Midnight CST July 15, 2017; winners announced ~Oct 22. Novel (40,000 words minimum) or Short length work (7,500-39,999 words) Novels $25, Shorts $20 submit in non-DRM .pdf format as email attachment 3 judges; five finalists per category per entry type (novel or short work). Categories: Contemp, Erotic, Historical, Inspirational, Para, Suspense, YA Prizes include an engraved paper weight for the first-place winner in each and certificates for the finalists. PLUS – Winners of each category are guaranteed three reviews plus tweets and Facebook posts about their winning title.
Final Draft Big Break Scripts Anyone 18 years or older at date of entry. July 14, 2017; quarter-finalists announced late Sept; semi-finalisas announced in Oct; top 10 finalists announced early Nov; top 5 in mid-Nov; winners in early Dec; Grand Prize winners at the 11th Annual Awards in Feb 2018 Logline plus full-length script (150 pp max) in English in standard industry format. Must submit in Final Draft or pdf format. $65 ($40 if submitted by Feb 29; $50 if by June 30) online entry system Entries are narrowed down to approximately 350 quarterfinalists, then down to the top 10 in each feature genre and TV category. Final judges choose the top 3 and winners in each genre and category. Genres: Action / Adventure; Comedy / Rom-Com; Diversity; Drama; Family / Animated; Period / Historical / War; Sci-Fi / Fantasy; Thriller / Horror. TV categories: Diversity Pilot, Half-Hour, Hour-Long Pilot. Two Grand Prize winners are flown to Hollywood for a series of meetings and networking with industry professionals
Land of Enchantment Romance Writers of America The Rebecca Romance Published or unpublished authors with unpublished, uncontracted entry. Postmark  / e-deadline July 14, 2017; finalists notified Sept 10; winners announced at LERA Conference Oct 14. First 5,000 words of ms $20 members, $25 non-members via PayPal electronic Top 3 entries in each category final. Categories: Contemp, Para / Speculative Fiction / Urban Fantasy; Suspense; YA. Final judges TBA. 1st Place winners in each category: $25. 1st through 3rd receive certificates
Indiana Romance Writers of America Golden Opportunity Romance Open to any unpublished / uncontracted author in novel or novella length fiction by a non-vanity / non-subsidy publisher (according to RWA publishing standards) in the past three (3) years, except members of IRWA. Deadline July 1, 2017; finalists notified ~Sept 8-10; winners announced ~Oct 14; Best of the Best announced ~Nov 20. Beginning of ms and synopsis (10 pp max) for a total of 55 pp max submitted as doc or docx file. $35. Check or PayPal. electronic entry 1st round: 2 trained judges. If the 2 scores are 75 or more points apart, a 3rd judge is used and the 2 scores closest to each other prevail. 3 finalists per category. 1st place winner in each category moves on the Best of the Best to determine overall winner. Final judges and categories: Contemp (Selena James, Kensington Publishing; Heather Howland, Entangled Publishing); ER (Sarah Blumenstock, Berkley Publishing Group; Lexi Smail, Grand Central); HR (Madeleine Colavita, Grand Central; Erin Molta, Entangled Publishing); Inspirational (Shana Asaro, Harlequin Love Inspired; Miranda Hill, Berkley); Para (Norma Perez-Hernandez, Kensington Books; Angela James, Carina Press, Harlequin); RS (Patience Bloom, Harlequin Books; Deb Nemeth, Carina Press); YA (Lauren Smulski, Harlequin; Stephanie Taylor, Clean Reads); Best-of-the-Best (Lily Choi, Berkley Publishing Group) First place category winners receive $50 and a certificate; Best of the Best winner will receive a special keepsake award.
Mid-America Romance Authors The Carla - Crown Jewel of Books Romance Novel Book self- published or traditionally published in 2016 Register by 11:59 PM CDT July 1, 2017; books received by July 15; finalists notified last week of Oct; winners announced Nov 3 perfect-bound copies of book $25 Email and postal mail Judges are Midwest readers incl. participating librarians, book clubs. Categories: Category series, Contemp ST, HR, RS, Para, ER, YA/NA, Inspirational. Final judge: Tina Smith of Dog-Eared Books. 1st place book receives trophy, publicity on the MARA Facebook page and in the RWR. Finalists receive a Finalist Certificate.
New Jersey Romance Writers of America Put Your Heart In A Book Romance RWA member, unpublished / not contracted in book-length romantic fiction at the contest deadline by any publisher and in any format within the last five years. Received by 12:01 a.m. EST July 1, 2017; finalists notified Aug 10; winners announced Oct 14 at NJRW Conference. synopsis (2-5 pp), prologue / first chapter; 30 pp max entry $25 NJRW members, $35 all others. Check, money order, or PayPal electronic only 2 judges for 1st round; 3rd judge if difference of 45 points or more. Score is averaged of 2 highest scores. The 3 top entries in each category final. Categories: Contemp Series, ST Contemp, HR, Para, RS, YA. Final Judges TBA 1st Place: $50 + plaque; 2nd Place: $35 + certificate; 3rd Place: $25 + certificate
Ancient City Romance Authors Heart of Excellence Romance Book Books with original copyright date or first US print date in calendar year 2016 Postmark / email by June 30, 2017; finalists announced mid-Aug; winners announced at Sept ACRA Conference ebooks in two of these 3 formats: Kindle, Nook, PDF $25 via PayPal or check. online First round judges: Romance readers. Final judges booksellers and librarians. A title may be entered in more than one category. Categories: Short Contemp; Long Contemp; RS; HR; Clean Reads (includes but not limited to Inspirational); Para; Strong RE. 1st Place winners in each category will receive a trophy, certificate, and a winner’s graphic to include on their website. 2nd and 3rd Place winners will receive a certificate and a graphic for their website. Announcement will be sent to RWR.
ArtAscent "Abstract" International Call for Writers Fiction, poetry Any writer 18 yrs or older. Entries must be original work of applicant. Can be previously published or unpublished. June 30, 2017; winners announced in July. 900 words max with theme of "bliss." Share your interpretation. $10 via PayPal online Entries include fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations. Judges: ArtAscent The Gold writer will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal complete w/ 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.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Chaucer Awards Historical Fiction Pre-Industrial (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. 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, June 30, 2017; finalists announced Oct; 1st Place category winners announced Dec; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Pre-Historical Fiction; Ancient Historical Fiction; Dark Ages / Medieval / Renaissance; Elizabethan / Tudor; 1600's; World / International History Pre-1750s; America's - Historical Fiction Pre-1750s 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345. Category winners compete for Chaucer Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 cash prize, blue ribbon, digital badges, and book stickers, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year (prize is $1,000).
Chanticleer Book Reviews Goethe Awards Historical Fiction Post Industrial (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. 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, June 30, 2017; finalists announced Oct; 1st Place category winners announced Dec; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Regency / Victorian / 1700s / 1800s; 20th Century; World Wars and Other Wars; World / International History Post 1750s; US History 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345. Category winners compete for Goethe Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 cash prize, blue ribbon, digital badges, and book stickers, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year (prize is $1,000).
From The Heart Romance Writers of America Pages From The Heart Romance RWA members who are published or unpublished with original, unpublished, uncontracted entry. Deadline 11:59 PM PT, June 30, 2017; finalists announced Sept 1; winners announced Nov 6. 6,000 words max $21 FTH members; $26 RWA members; $16 each add'l entry (US funds via paypal) electronic only 1st round: Three Judges per entry; lowest score dropped, but will be used in case of a tie. Categories and Final Judges for Published Author entries: Short Contemp (Patience Bloom, Harlequin; Kristine Swartz, The Berkley Publishing Group); Long Contemp (Jessica Watterson, Sandra Dijkstra and Associates Literary Agency; Kerri Buckley, Carina Press); RS / Mystery ( Elizabeth May, Kensington Books; Stephanie Doig, Carina Press); HR (Linda Scalissi, Three Seas Literary Agency; ;Jennie Conway, St. Martin’s Press; Para / FF / TT (Keyla Hernandez, Harlequin; Mary Altman, Sourcebooks); YA (Alexandra Sehulster, St. Martin’s Press; Alycia Tornetta, Entangled Publishing). Categories and Final Judges for Unpublished Author entries: Long contemp (Erin Niumata, Folio Literary Management; Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks); Short Contemp (Scott Eagan, Greyhaus Literary Agency; Janet Clementz, Soul Mate Publishing); HR (Cheryl Ferguson, The Ferguson Literary Agency; Erin Molta, Entangled Publishing); RS / Mystery (Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Inc.; Kayla King, Harlequin); Para / F / F / TT (Julie Gwinn, The Seymour Agency; Sarah Blumenstock. Berkley); YA (Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency; Alice Jerman, HarperCollins) Hero of our Heart Award: Nicole Resciniti The Seymour Agency) 1st Place: $30.00; 2nd Place: 1-year paid membership to FTHRW; 1st thru 3rd and Honorable Mention receive website / avatar graphic, printable e-certificate, and name in contest winners section of the RWR. Hero of Our Heart Prizes: 1st Place: $50 and name in contest winners section of RWR. 1st thru 4th Place recieve website / avatar graphic and printable e-certificate.
Wells Festival of Literature Wells Competitions Poetry, short story, children's book Anyone. Entry must be in English, exclusive to author, uncontracted, unpublished, and not submitted to any other competition at time of entry Received by midnight June 30, 2017; winners announced Oct 15 Poetry: 40 lines max; short story: 1,000 to 2,000 words; children's book: for ages 9-16, synopsis and first 3 chapters £6 payment in sterling via cheque or postal order or online via PayPal via postal mail or submitted online Judges: Poetry: Gillian Clarke; Short Story: Maria McCann; Children's Book: Steve Voake In each category: 1st Place £750, 2nd Place £300, 3rd Place £200, Local prize £100
International Screenwriters' AssociationU Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition Screenplay, TV Script Original screenplay or teleplay written in English, unencumbered by any third party. Entry cannot have been sold or produced for profit. Must be 18 or have legal guardian permission to participate. final submission deadline June 28, 2017. Top 100 announced Aug 31; Top 6 and Grand prize winner announced Oct 4 Full-Length Features: 80-120 pp; TV Pilots: 70 pp max submitted in pdf, ms word doc, RTF, or Final Draft format in 12 point courier font $65 USD via PayPal or through ISA website ($55 if submitted by May 3; $45 if by April 18). Additional entries after first are discounted. electronic 1st round judged by logline entries and 1st 30 pp; for 2nd round, the top 100 screenplays will be read and rated. Screenplay judged in final round. Genres: Action / Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller Grand Prize: $10.000 in cash and other prizes. 2nd Place $5,000; 3rd Place $4,000; 4th Place $3,000; 5th Place $2,000; 6th Place $1,000. All 6 receive full scholarship to New York Story Seminar, FAST Screenplay Screenwriting Process, 1 yr subscription to Storylogue.
New Millennium Writings New Millennium Writings Literary Awards Fiction, Nonfiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry Original work. Previously published works accepted if print circulation was under 5,000 or the work was published online only. June 18, 2017; winner announced in October Fiction: 6,000 words max; Nonfiction: 6,000 wds max; Flash Fiction: 1,000 wds max; Poetry: 3 poems, up to 5 pages total $20; 3 entries for $45; 5 entries for $72 online or via postal mail various Each category winner receives $1000 + publication online in print anthology.
New Jersey Romance Writers of America Golden Leaf Romance Novel, Novella All NJRW members and RWA members published in novel-length fiction. Romance novels with 1st copyright date or 1st NA print date of July 2016 - June 2017. Capped at 25 books per category. Entry deadline June 11, 2017. Books must be received by June 14. Finalists notified early Sept. Winners announced Oct 14 at PYHIAB conference. 4 autographed copies of book; e-books in print book format, with copyright page produced by publisher, with perfect or case binding and print on both sides of the page. $25 NJRW members, $30 others. Subsequent entries after first entry are discounted $10. Register online. Mail in entry. Judges are booksellers, librarians, readers groups, romance readers. Three finalists per category: Best First Book; Short Contemp, Mid-Length Contemp, Long Contemp, HR, Novella, Para, RS, ER Winners announced at "Put Your Heart In A Book" Confrerence
FenCon Science Fiction Convention (Dallas Future Society) FenCon Short Story Contest: Young Authors Division Sci-Fi or Fantasy short story This contest is geared toward JH and HS writers, but is open to students in grades 3 - 12 as of the 2016-17 school year. June 10, 2017; winner announced Sept 22 at FenCon conference Fewer than 5,000 words Free. Email as RTF document. Final judging will be done by experienced educators and top industry professionals. The first place winner will be awarded $50 plus a certificate, a FenCon 2018 membership, and the story may be printed on the FenCon XII website. The first two runners-up will each be awarded $25 plus a certificate, a FenCon 2018 membership, and the stories may be posted (at the judges’ discretion) on the FenCon website.
New Jersey Romance Writers of America Golden Leaf Romance Novel, Novella All NJRW members and RWA members published in novel-length fiction. Romance novels with 1st copyright date or 1st NA print date of July 2016 - June 2017. Capped at 25 books per category. Entry deadline June 11, 2017. Books must be received by June 14. Finalists notified early Sept. Winners announced Oct 14 at PYHIAB conference. 4 autographed copies of book; e-books in print book format, with copyright page produced by publisher, with perfect or case binding and print on both sides of the page. $25 NJRW members, $30 others. Subsequent entries after first entry are discounted $10. Register online. Mail in entry. Judges are booksellers, librarians, readers groups, romance readers. Three finalists per category: Best First Book; Short Contemp, Mid-Length Contemp, Long Contemp, HR, Novella, Para, RS, ER Winners announced at "Put Your Heart In A Book" Confrerence
Northwest Houston Romance Writers of America Lone Star Romance anyone unpublished or not published in last 5 yrs with uncontracted, unpublished (in any format) entry. e-deadline midnight CDT June 4, 2017; winners announced in October. first 5,000 words saved in RTF only. $25 via PayPal Email 3 first round judges, at least 2 of them published. Lowest score dropped. Top 3 high scores in each category final; finalists can revise based on critiques. Categories: Contemp Series (Piya Campana, Harlequin; Sarah Phair, Trident Media Group; Kristy Hunter, The Knight Agency); F/F/P (Mary Altman, Sourcebooks; Priyanka Krishnan, HarperCollins; Rachel Ridout, Harvey Klinger Agency); HR (Elizabeth May, Kensington Publishing; Janet Clementz, Soul Mate Publishing; Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency); Inspirational (Raela Schoenherr, Bethany Books; Nicola Martinez, Pelican Books; Dina Davis, Harlequin); RS (Tara Gelsomino, Crimson Romance; 2nd Judge, TBA; Nicole Resciniti, The Seymour Agency); ST (Susan Grimshaw, Penguin-Random House; Junessa Viloria, Random House; Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency); YA (Alycia Tornetta, Entangled; Michelle Klayman, Bouroughs Publishing; Jennifer Wills, The Seymour Agency) First place winners in each category will receive the Lone Star Brooch. Achievement certificates will be awarded to all finalists.
Arizona Mystery Writers Arizona Mystery Writers Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest Mystery / Suspense / Thriller Short Story Open to the public. Work must be original and unpublished prior to judging. Postmark by June 1, 2017; winners announced at Awards Luncheon Sept 9. 2,500 words max $15 by check or Money Order. Email or mail (3 copies); entry fee must be mailed. Categories: Mystery, suspense, and / or thriller (no horror or sci-fi). 1st prize $200; 2nd $100; 3rd $75; certificate, publication on the club's web site, free lunch (Tucson, AZ), and everlasting glory
Heart of Denver Romance Writers of America Aspen Gold Reader's Choice Romance Book / Novella / Short Story book length traditional or self-published romantic fiction with original copyright or first print date in calendar year 2016. Received by June 1, 2017; finalists and winners announced TBA. 3 print copies of book or one electronic version in as many formats (pdf, mobi, epub) as possible. Finalists will be asked for 2 additional copies. Short stories are $15. Other entry types: $20 HODRW members, $25 other RWA members, $30 all others. Via PayPal. print books by mail; ebooks uploaded Categories: Short Story, YA, Short Contemp, Long Contemp, HR, Para / TT / F, RS, ER, Novella. First round judged by romance readers. Top 3 books in each category advance to final round. Final judges: Librarians. 1st Place winner receives Aspen Gold award. Finalists receive certificates. Results publicized on website, loops and in the RWR.
Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award Fiction and Non-fiction Any book-length work published for the first time in 2016. Received by June 1, 2017. Winner announced August 24-27. Both a digital and hard copy of book $79. Registered attendees of Killer Nashville can enter first book for free. mail Categories: FICTION; Adventure, Fantasy / SciFi / Alternate History / Speculative; Horror; Graphic Novel; Mystery; Suspense; Thriller; Western; Short Story Anthology (multiple); Short Story Collection (single); Children’s Board Book (Newborn to age 3); Children’s Picture Book (ages 3-8); Children’s First Reader Book (ages 5-8); Children’s First Chapter Book (ages 7-10); Tween Adult (10-14); Young Adult (14 and up). NONFICTION: Academic; Forensics; Historical; Memoir / Biography; Reference; True Crime; Writing Business; Writing Craft; Children’s Board Book (Newborn to age 3); Children’s Picture Book (ages 3-8); Children’s First Reader Book (ages 5-8); Children’s First Chapter Book (ages 7-10); Tween Adult (10-14); Young Adult (14 and up); Essay Anthology (multiple); Essay Collection (single); Poetry; Experimental Category winners receive a personalized award medal. Overall Best Fiction and Best Nonfiction also receive a $500 cash prize.
Central Ohio Fiction Writers Ignite the Flame Romance Entry must be unpublished, uncontracted completed book-length ms (40k words or more). Postmark / e-deadline 11:59 pm EST May 31, 2017. Hero and heroine's first meeting, 15 pp max + set-up if needed (set-up will not be judged) $20 COFW members; $25 others money order, or PayPal. email 1st round judges are published authors and PRO members. 3 finalists in each category. Final Judges: Contemp (Stephany Evans, Fine Print Literary Agency); Erotic (Christine Klocek-Lim, Evernight Publishing); HR (Tara Gelsomino, Crimson Romance); Inspirational (Emily Rodmell, Harlequin Love Inspired); Para / F / F / TT (Cori Deyoe, Three Seas Literary Agency); RS (Alexandra Sehulster, St. Martin's; YA / NA (Michelle Grajkowski, Three Seas Literary Agency) Grand Prize: Full manuscript critique and evaluation from award-winning romance author and instructor Leigh Micheals, a prize valued at $295. 1st, 2nd, 3rd place category winners receive certificate and entry will be sent to an agent or editor.
Heart of Denver Romance Writers of America The Molly  Romance unpublished in novel-length fiction in past 3 yrs Received by 11:59 PM MDT, May 31, 2017; 1st round semi-finalists notified ~late July; 2nd round finalists notified ~late Aug; winners notified in Oct. 1st 25 pp plus 5-pp max synopsis, which will not be judged. (30 pp max entry.) Format is .doc in TNR 12 or 14 point or Courier 12 point. $30 - HODRW members, $35 - other RWA members; $40 non-RWA members. $5 early bird discount by May 1. Pay by money order, check, or Paypal email 1st Round has 3 qualified judges. Top 30% in each category moves to 2nd round. 2nd Round judged by 2 published authors. After the 5 scores from 1st and 2nd round are received, the lowest of the 5 scores is dropped. The 3 entries with highest total of the 4 remaining scores advances to finals. Final round judges: Contemp Long (Liz Parker, Inkwell Management; ;Lexi Small, Grand Central Publishing); Contemp Short: ( Jessica Alvarez, BookEnds Literary Agency; Penny Barber, Lyrical Press, Carina Press); HR (Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency; Kate Dresser, Simon & Schuster); Para / TT / Futuristic (Amanda Leuck, Spencerhill Associates; Tera Cuskaden, Entangled Select Otherworld and Kensington); YA (Jennifer Wills, The Seymour Agency; Brenda Chin, Entangled Publishers); ST/MS (Editor TBA; Jessica Watterson, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency); RS (Nikki Terpilowski, Holloway Literary; Alex Logan, Grand Central Publishing); Unsinkable Heroine; Heart of Molly, member-only award The 1st Place winner in each category will receive the Molly Award plaque. All other finalists will receive certificates. Results will be in the RWR.
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Fiction Unpublished, uncontracted in book length fiction through traditional publishing house at time of entry. E-deadline 11:59 PM MST May 31, 2017; finalists announced Aug 1; winners announced Sept. 9. first 4,000 words + 750 word synopsis $30; critique is add'l $25. email 2 judges evaluate each entry. 5 highest-scoring entries scoring 130 or more in each category will final. Categories and Final Judges: Action / Thriller (Eric Campbell, Down and Out Books); Mystery / Suspense (Sharon Bowers, Miller Bowers Griffin Literary Management); Womens Fiction (Alicia Clancy, Editor, St. Martin's Press); Speculative Fiction (Kristen Nelson, Nelson Literary Agent); YA / Middle Grade (TBD); MS and Other Genres (TBA) 1st Place winner $150, 2nd Place $100, 3rd Place $75, 2 remaining finalists $30.
Storgy Exit Earth Short Story Anyone May 31, 2017 by 11PM; winners announced in June 5,000 words max saved as Word document £10 via PayPal via email Judged by STORGY staff and critically acclaimed author Diane Cook First prize: £1000; Second prize: £500; Third prize: £250
Southern Magic Romance Writers of America Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Romance Book, Novella Entries must have copyright and original publication date of 2016; traditionally or self-published Received by May 31, 2017, by 11 PM CT 4 copies of the entered book; e-books (with copyright page produced by publisher) may be entered if not available in print. $25 via PayPal via mail and/or electronic Judged by romance readers, booksellers, and / or librarians.3 judges, lowest score dropped. Lowest score used in case of tie. to form the final score. Categories: Contemp ST, Contemp Series, Inspirational ST, Inspirational Series, RS, RS Series, HR, Para / F / F / TT, NA, Teen, Novella (20-40k wds) All finalists receive a certificate. Winners receive a commemorative golden lapel pin and inclusion in a full-page RWR ad.
Southern Magic Romance Writers of America Linda Howard Award of Excellence Romance Unpublished, uncontracted entry e-deadline 10 PM CST May 31, 2017 by 11 PM CT; finalists announced in August; winners announced in Nov. First chapter (5,000 words max, including prologue). Finalists must supply a 2-pp max double-spaced synopsis with revised entry $25 via PayPal; $20 for subsequent entries via entry form 1st round: 3 judges. Lowest score will be dropped except in case of tie. Top 3-5 entries in each category will final. Final judges: Contemporary (Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency); HR (Barbara Rosenberg, The Rosenberg Group ); Para (Victoria Lea, Aponte Literary Agency); LGBTQ (Rachel Haimowitz, Riptide Publishing); RS (Cheryl Yeko, Soul Mate Publishing); Inspirational (TBA); YA/NA (Kristy Hunter, The Knight Agency ); Sensual and Sizzling (Ric Savage, Black Velvet Seductions Publishing); The Write Magic (for Southern Magic members only (Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency) First place will receive a commemorative pin. First through third place receive a certificate and have names printed in RWR.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Dante Rossetti Awards Young Adult Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay.. 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, May 30, 2017; finalists announced Sept; 1st Place category winners announced Nov; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Contemporary YA; SFF & Para; YA Adventure / Romance; YA Historical; Dystopian / Edgy / Urban; Mystery / Thriller / Suspense; 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345. Category winners compete for Dante Rossetti Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 cash prize, blue ribbon, digital badges, and book stickers, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year (prize is $1,000)
Chanticleer Book Reviews Gertrude Warner Awards Middle Grade Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. 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, May 30, 2017; finalists announced Sept; 1st Place category winners announced Nov; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Contemp Middle Grade; SFF & Paranormal Middle Grade; Mystery Middle Grade; Historical Middle Grade; Adventure Middle Grade 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345. Category winners compete for Gertrude Warner Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 cash prize, blue ribbon, digital badges, and book stickers, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year (prize is $1,000)
Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers of America On the Far Side Novel-length fiction with Romantic and Futuristic, Fantasy, or Paranormal Elements Unpublished / not published in the genre entered during the last 5 years 11:55 PM EDT May 14, 2017; finalists notified July 3; winners announced ~August 8. Beginning of manuscript and an optional 2-page synopsis which will not be judged, 20 pp max including optional synopsis $20 for FF&P Member, $25 others email Four 1st round judges with lowest score dropped. Three finalists advance to final round. Categories: Dark Para (Tahra Seplowin, Harlequin); Light Para (Theresa Cole, Entangled Publishing); Sci-Fi / Futuristic (Sarah Younger, Nancy Yost Literary Agency); Fantasy (Jim McCarthy, Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret LLC); Urban Fantasy (Gail Delaney, Desert Breeze Publishing); Steampunk ( Mary Altman, Sourcebooks); Erotic (Deborah Nemeth, Carina Press); HR (Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Literary Agency); YA (Amanda Leuck, Spencerhill Associates); NA (Tricia Skinner, Fuse Literary) Top Prize: Certificate and OTFS pin.
Tampa Area Romance Writers of America TARA Romance (except women's fiction category which must center on female protagonist) Entry must be original work, unpublished and uncontracted  as of deadline; need not be RWA member Received by 11:59 PM EST May 13, 2017; winners announced ~Sept. 1st 4,500 words; finalists must supply a synopsis of up to 5 pp $20 for TARA members, $25 others via PayPal or check uploaded to website At least 2 judges (published authors or TARA-trained and certified). Up to 3 finalists per category. To final, entry must have min overall score of at least 40. Finalists have approx. a week to make changes & submit synopsis before final round. Category / Series Contemp (Brenda Chin, Entangled Brazen / Scorched); HR (Gabrielle Keck, Avon / Harper Collins); Para (Tera Cuskaden, Entangled Otherworld); ST (Lexi Small, Grand Central Publishing / Forever); Women's Fiction (Alexandra Sehulster, St. Martin’s Press); RS (Alison Dasho, Montlake Publishing); Inspirational (Giselle Regus, Harlequin Love Inspired) 1st Place category winners receive Sterling Silver TARA pendant, and contest winner graphic for website. Finalists receive certificates. Winners announced in RWR.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Nicholl Fellowship Script Screenwriters who have not earned more than $25,000 writing for film or television (see rules). Up to 2 authors per script. Uploaded by 11:59 pm PT May 1, 2017; quarterfinalists notified by Aug 1; semifinalists notified by early Sept Original feature film screenplay, 70-160 pp, in PDF format, written in English. $85 via credit card electronic First, quarter-final, semi-final and final rounds of judging. Semi-final round judged by Academy members of the motion picture industry. Final round judged by the Nicholl committee. Finalists must write a letter to Nicholl Committee, giving the Committee some idea of the writer’s personal and professional interests should he or she receive a Fellowship. Up to five $35,000 fellowships are awarded
Arizona Mystery Writers Mary Ann Hutchison Story Contest For Youth Mystery Open to anyone age 9-14. Work must be original and unpublished prior to judging. Postmark by May 1, 2017; winners announced at Awards Luncheon July 8, 2017. Short story (2,500 words max ) $5 by check or money order. Entry form and fee by postal, entries may be email or postal Categories: Mystery, Suspense, and / or thriller 1st prize $25; 2nd $20; 3rd $15; certificate, and publication on the club's web site.
The Kindle Book Review and Digital Book Today Kindle Book Awards Various Any independent or small press publisher. eBooks must be written in English, 25,000 words minimum, in mobi format, and published on Amazon between May 1, 2015 and may 1, 2017 May 1, 2017; category semi-finalists announced July 1; Top-5 category finalists announced Oct 1; winners announced Nov 1. book in mobi format $29 electronic Judged by the Kindle Book Review Team & Reviewers (volunteers). Categories: Mystery / Thriller, Romance, YA, Sci-fi / Fantasy, Literary Fiction, Horror / Suspense, Non-Fiction 7 category winners receive $300 cash, and $549 in promotion & tools.
Peninsula Pulse The Hal Prize Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry Open to writers throughout the United States Deadline May 1, 2017; winners announced Aug 4. fiction and nonfiction: 2,000 words max; poetry: preferred as MS Word or .rtf file; poem no longer than one page. Also include cover letter and a 25-50 word bio. $5 for fiction and nonficiton; $2.25 for poetry online submission This year’s judges are author and English professor David Haynes, historian and Wisconsin Life Executive Producer Erika Janik, nationally renowned photographer Kevin J. Miyazaki, and the poetry editors of Milwaukee literary journal cream city review (Alessandra Simmons, Soham Patel and Tobias Wray). Publication to a readership of more than 17,000, cash awards for first place winners, a week stay at Write On, Door County, and other prizes.
ArtAscent "Orange" International Call for Writers Fiction, poetry Any writer 18 yrs or older. Entries must be original work of applicant. Can be previously published or unpublished. April 30, 2017; winners announced June 30. 900 words max with theme of "bliss." Share your interpretation. $10 via PayPal online Entries include fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations. Judges: ArtAscent The Gold writer will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal complete w/ 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.
Georgia Romance Writers of America Maggie Unpublished Romance Unpublished in full length romance within last 5 yrs. Entries limited to first 70 received in each category. Entry must have minimum length of 40,000 wds. April 30, 2017 by 10 PM ET; finalists notified June 29; winners announced Sept 30 at moonlight & Magnolias conference synopsis, prologue and first chapter, 35 pp max for all. $25 GRW members, $30 RWA member, $40 others via Paypal. electronic 3 published authors judge each entry. 5 finalists per category. No scoresheets, scores not released to entrants. Judges write on ms. Final judges: ST Contemp (Stephanie Doig, Carina Press / Harlequin); Contemp Series (Cindy Davis, Wild Rose Press); Romance w/Religious or Spiritual Elements (Raela Schoenherr, Bethany House Publishers); HR (Michele Bidelspach, Grand Central Publishing / Hachette Book Group); Para (Mary Altman, Sourcebooks); YA (Kate Brauning, Entangled Publishing); MS w/Central Romance (Amy Stapp, Tor Teen / Forge Books); RS (Cheryl Yeko, Soul Mate Publishing) 1st Place winner in each category receives Maggie Medallion. All finalists receive certificates.
New England Crime Bake Al Blanchard Award Contest Crime short story Story must be a previously unpublished (in print or electronically, including author website) crime story by a New England author or with a New England setting April 30, 2017 at midnight. Winner announced in November at conference. 5,000 words max in Word format, double-spaced Free email Mystery, thriller, suspense, caper, or horror Winner receives $100 plus publication in Windward, Level Best Books' crime fiction anthology, free admission to Crime Bake, and a handsome plaque.
Orange County Romance Writers of America Orange Rose Romance RWA member unpublished / not contracted in book-length or novella length fiction in last 5 yrs, prior to June 30. Limited to first 150 entries. April 30, 2017 at midnight PT; finalists announced July 8; winners announced Oct 14. 5 copies of synopsis plus beginning of ms (35 pp max) $25 for OCC members, $35 other RWA members. PayPal or check Email with RTF attachment 3 in-depth critiques by published authors; scores averaged. Top 10 finalists across all categories (must receive min. of 82% of points) go to 2 editors for final judging; scores averaged. Categories: Contemp, RE, Para, HR, RS, ER, Inspirational, YA, Novella. Final judges: TBA Finalists receive certificate and a gold rose lapel pin. Overall winner of the Golden Rose Contest and receives a $100 gift certificate. One-year RCRW membership* for the overall winner and first place winners in each category
Rose City Romance Writers of America Golden Rose Romance Open to non-contracted authors of romantic fiction (RWA and non-RWA members) unpublished in book-length (40k words or more) in the last 3 years and any member of RWA not eligible to join RWA-PAN. April 30, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST first 10,000 words of full-length novel with projected length of 50,000 wds or more; finalists must supply a 500-word synopsis RCRW members, $30, RWA members $35. Early birds (by 11:59 PM PST March 31) receive $5 discount. electronic only; pay by PayPal or check Preliminary round: 3 trained judges, at least one will be published author or RWA Pro. Lowest score will be dropped (unless needed to break tie). The top 3 in each category final. Categories and Final Judges: HR (Gabrielle (Elle) Keck, Avon / Harper Collins); RS (Kierstin Cherry, Loose Id); MS w/SRE (Alexandra Sehulster, St. Martin’s); YA / NA (Amy Stapp, Tor); Contemp ST (Sinclair Sawhney, Tule Publishing Group); Para (Robin Haseltine, Entangled Publishing); Contemp Series (Megan Broderick, HQN). All heat levels across all categories. Top Prize: $100 Amazon gift certificate, winner web site banner, certificate, gold rose lapel pin, finalist certificate with ranking, and a one-year RCRW membership (does not include RWA membership fees).
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.
Orange County Romance Writers of America Book Buyer's Best Award Romance Book Published RWA members with first copyright date, first electronic publishing date, or first North American release dated in 2016. Print, ebooks, and self-published accepted. April 15, 2017; finalists announced July 9; winners announced Oct 14. 5 autographed Books. E-published books must be submitted in book format, printed and bound, or in PDF readable format. $30 by payPal, check, or money order Pay by Paypal, check or money order. Preliminary round judged by booksellers, librarians, and romance readers. Highest score in each category advances to final round. Final judge: Sue Grimshaw, romance book buyer for Borders Group, Inc. Categories: Contemp Series Romance, Contemp ST, MS w/ RE, HR & Regency, RS & Mystery w RE, Para / TT / F / F, YA, Inspirational, ER, Novella. Finalists and Winners will receive certificates or plaques, lapel pins, and BBB logo image file for authors’ website; and will be announced in RWR.
PAGE International Screenwriting Awards PAGE International Screenwriting Awards Screenplay / scripts Anyone 18 years or older who has not earned more than $25,000 for work as screenwriter and / or fictional television writer. Must be original work, unemcumered by any third party (not sold, produced or under option), and in English. Received by 11:59 PM PT April 15, 2017; quarter-finalists announced July 15; semi-finalists announced Aug 15; finalists announced Sept 15; winners announced Oct 15. see categories for page length $69 per entry. Discounted entry fees of $39-$59 apply for early entries. submit online (preferred) or by mail as pdf (preferred), Final Draft, MS Word, or text file. Pay via check, MO, or online with credit card, PayPal or bank transfer. Categories:  Full length Features of 80-120 pp (Action / Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family film, Historical Film, Science Fiction, Thriller / Horror); Short Film Scripts under 30 pp; TV Pilots (Drama or Comedy) 25-70 pp. See website for list of judges and process. Over $50,000 in cash and prizes, including a $25,000 Grand Prize plus Gold, Silver and Bronze Prizes in ten different genre categories.
Passionate Ink Passionate Plume  Sexy/ spicy and erotic Romance Book, Novella Open to all authors published in the erotic romance sub-genre. Entry must have 1st copyright date of 2016. Received by April 15, 2017; winners announced at Passionate Ink gathering at RWA National convention. submit in pdf format $20 Passionate Ink members; $25 RWA members; $30 others Online entry form, email entry. 1st round judged by readers, writers, reviewers, booksellers, librarians. Final round judged by multi-published authors and reviewers. Contemp; HR; F / F / Sci-Fi; Para / TT; Novella (25,000 wds or less) for each category. 1st round judges: Readers, writers, reviewers, booksellers, librarians. Final Round Judges: Multi-published authors and reviewers. 5 finalists in each category. 1st Place winners receive a Passionate Ink pendant and award graphic for their website. All others will receive certificates and a finalist graphic for their website. Names published in the RWR and announced at RWA National.
Ruminate Magazine William Van Dyke Short Story Prize Fiction Unpublished authors of all ages are eligible. April 15, 2017; winners announced Dec 2017 Winter issue 5,500 words or fewer $20 (includes free copy of the Spring issue)   A blind reading of all entries will be conducted by a panel of RUMINATE readers, who will select 10 short stories as finalists. See website for final judge. $1000 will be awarded to the winner and publication in the Spring Issue will be awarded to the winning story and runner-up story.
Georgia Romance Writers of America Maggies Published Romance Book Any author, traditional or independent. Books must have 2016 copyright date with an ISBN. April 9, 2017; finalists notified by June 29; winners announced Sept 30 at Moonlight & Magnolias banquet 3 copies of book, professionaly bound print copies with ISBN. Mobi ebooks acceptable if physical book not available. $20 GRW members, $25 RWA members, $30 non-memers via PayPal only. Mail books. 3 judges from bookseller / librarian pool will score each entry from 1 to 10. Contemp Series, HR, Contemp ST, Para /TT / F, Inspirational, YA, NSRE, Novella.  1st Place winner per category receives Maggie Medallion
Valley Forge Romance Writers of America The Sheila Romance All RWA members (published, unpublished, self published). Entry cannot have been published in any format anywhere and cannot be contracted by deadline. April 8, 2017 by 11:55 PM EDT; finalists notified by ~June 7; winners notified by June 29. First 20 pp and up to 5-pp synopsis (wil not be judged unless the entry finals) $25 (VFRW members), $30 all others, via PayPal electronic First round = 3 trained judges. Top 5 in each category final (must receive total 240 points out of 300 possible). Categories and final judges: ST ( Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency); HR (Keren Reed, Loose ID); Erotic (Tera Cuskaden, Cuskaden Editorial and Publishing Services ); RS (Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks); F / F / Para (Nicole Resciniti, The Seymour Agency). Best of the Best: 1st place winners from each category from the final round will move on to the Best of the Best round, judged by bestselling authors Terri Brisbin, Kate Welsh, and Mariah Stewart; and bookseller Joan Silvestro, Book Trader. All finalists receive certificates. First through fourth place winners will have their names printed in RWR Magazine. Grand Prize for Best of the Best: $100.
Faith, Hope & Love Romance Writers of America Touched By Love Inspirational Romance Unpublished / not published or contracted in last 3 yrs in fiction of 20,000 words or more. Midnight PST, April 1, 2017; finalists notified by May 16; winners announced at RWA National Conference Up to first 20 pp plus synopsis (2 pp max, double-spaced, will not be judged) of inspirational romance $20, $25 Email. Pay by check or PayPal Long Contemp, Short Contemp, HR. Three judges, one published or PRO; lowest score dropped. Final judges: published authors. Overall winner from the 3 category winners receives a critique of their entry by an editor; remaining two 1st place category winners receive will have entries sent to editor to review.
Killer Nashville Claymore Award Mystery / Thriller Anyone. Entry must be unpublished and uncontracted. April 1, 2017. Winner announced August 24-27. First 50 pages of manuscript $40 by check or PayPal mail Judged by a jury of publishing and writing peers within each genre. Top 10 entries are sent to Morgan Elwell of Kensington Books who chooses the Top 3 winners. Over $3,000 worth of prizes. Top 10 finalists receive free admission to Killer Nashville and Awards Dinner.
Virginia Romance Writers of America Fool for Love Romance Published and Unpublished Authors 18 yrs and older; need not be a member of RWA. Entry cannot have been published in any form and must be uncontracted as of April 1. April 1, 2017 by 11:59 PM; winners announced ~May 10. beginning of book 7,500 words max $30 members, $35 non-members. $5 discount for entrants who judge a category not entered electronic; pay by PayPal or check. Detailed score sheets from 2 qualified judges. A 3rd judge for scores differing by 25 points or more with lowest score dropped. 3 finalists per category; finalists have 48 hrs to revise ms. Short Contemp Keren Reed, Loose ID); Long Contemp (Sue Grimshaw, Penguin / Random House; HR (Alethea Spirodon, Entangled Publishing).; Dark Para (Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Agency); Light Para (Tricia Skinner, Fuse Literary Agency); RS (Alexandra Sehulster, St. Martin's Press); NA (Amanda Leuck, Spencerhill Associates); YA (Taylor Haggerty, Waxman Leavell Agency); Published Author (Nicole Fischer, Avon) Winner in each category receives $50 and free entry in 2018 contest. 2nd and 3rd place receive certificate and free entry in 2018 contest.
Young Adult Romance Writers of America Rosemary Contest Young Adult and New Adult Fiction Published or unpublished. Entries must be new, original, unpublished (incl. self-published), and uncontracted; manuscript must be 40k+ words. April 1, 2017; finalists announced ~June 1; winners announced at YARWA Day of YA Event at RWA National conference in July First 25 pp $15 YARWA members; $25 others. PayPal only. electronic 3 first-round judges, published and / or trained; lowest score dropped. Categories (all YA) Contemp, Historical, Para, Speculative, NA. Final Judges TBA. All finalists will receive a website badge, an ad in RWR, and a free YARWA class of their choice. Finalists and winners announced on YARWA website.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Mystery & Mayhem Awards Cozy Mystery Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. 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, March 31, 2017; finalists announced June 2017; 1st Place category winners announced Aug; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Amateur Sleuth, Romantic Suspense, Historical Mystery, Classic / British Cozy, Mystery Caper / Adventure 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345. Category winners compete for Journey Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 cash prize, blue ribbon, digital badges, and book stickers, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year (prize is $1,000).
Fabula Press Nivalis Short Story Contest Fiction (excludes Chick Lit, fantasy, Children's stories, YA, and hardcore Sci-Fi) Anyone aged 18 and above. Stories must be in English, original and unpublished at time winners are declared 11:59 PM US CT March 31, 2017; winners announced ~June 30. Stories from 1,500 wds minimum to 7,000 wds max. $10 online submissions manager tool Judged by an independent panel comprising Literary agents, authors and essayists. Winners decided by highest score in 9-point scoring matrix. 1st Prize US$250, 2nd Prize US$150, 3rd Prize US$100 made through PayPal. All longlisted finalists receive $50 and are published in an anthology.
First Coast Romance Writers of America National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award Romance Book, Novella Books published with original copyright date of 2016 and available for purchase in U.S. Any publishing venue (Traditional, POD, self-pubbed, ebook, etc.) Print entries capped at 50. PDF format is capped at 150 entries. March 31, 2017 by 11:59 PM EST for payment; books postmarked or electronically received by 7:00 PM EST April 3; finalistannounced June 7; winners announced July 7. 4 copies of print book (5 if entering Best First Book) or 1 PDF if ebook-published only $25 electronic entries, $30 print entries; $5 addl to enter best first book Mail. Pay by check or Paypal. First round judges: 3 romance readers. Top 3 books advance to final round. Final Judges: Bloggers, Booksellers, Librarians. Categories: Contemp; HR / Regency; Inspirational; Para / Fantasy / Sci-Fi; RS; Best First Book. First place per category - Lapel Pin. All finalists and winners receive a NERFA Finalist web logo and are announced in RWR.
Gemini Magazine Short Story Contest Fiction short story Open to all. Stories must be unpublished (work displayed on personal blogs IS eligible). Postmark / e-deadline March 31, 2017; finalists announced in June Any style, subject or length. Paste story into email. $5 email and PayPal; snail mail and check or money order Final judge: David Bright. 1st place: $1,000; 2nd place: $100; three honorable mentions: $25. All five finalists published in June issue of Gemini.
Hearts Through History Romance Writers of America Romance Through The Ages Historical Romance or Romantic Historical Fiction Entry which is unpublished and uncontracted in category entered within five years as of deadlkine. Do not need to be an RWA member. Previous 1st place entries not eligible. March 31, 2017; finalists announced ~May 26; winners announced at HTH annual meeting at RWA National conference July 26 First 25 pp + 1-2 pp synopsis (will not be judged,) $20 for members, $25 all others by PayPal, U.S. or Canadian check or money order. Electronic only. Three 1st round judges, lowest score dropped. Scores less than 3 must have comment. Finalists can revise entry. Categories and Final Judges: Ancient/ Medieval/Renaissance (Alethea Spiridon, Entangled); Colonial/ Civil War/ Western (Janet Clementz, Soulmate Publishing); Georgiana/ Regency/ Victorian (Deborah Nemeth, Carina Press); Post Victorian / World War II (Laura Bradford, Bradford Agency); TT / Para (Rhonda Pender, The Wild Rose Press); Legends Award - A Man for all Reasons (Junessa Viloria, Penguin Random House). 1st Place category winners and Legend Award receive $50. 1st - 3rd Place winners receive certificate, social media badge' All winners announced in RWR.
Hearts Through History Romance Writers of America Romancing the Novel Published Authors Contest Romance Novel, Novella Copyright or first print date of 2016. March 31, 2017 Entries must be submitted in electronic format (PDF, Kindle, or epub). $20 HHRW members, $25 other RWA members, $30 all others. digital entries. 4 judges for each category, lowest score dropped except in case of tie. Historical Romance Categories: Ancient / Medieval/Renaissance; Georgian / Regency / Victorian; Colonial / Civil War / Western; Post-Victorian / WWII / up to 1960; Inspirational; TT /Para; YA / NA; Novella (less than 40,000 words) Best First Novel. Other Categories: Contemp; RS; Inspirational; Para / FF / TT; YA / NA; Novella; Best First Novel Category winners included in full-page RWR ad, full-page InD'tale magazine ad, press release to winners' local newspapers and to review sites, $25 Facebook or similar gift certificate.
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. March 31, 2017 by 11:59 PM EST; finalists notified ~July 9; winners announced Sept 9. Prologue / first chapter (5,000 words max; 3,000 words if novella). 1-2 page synopsis (500 wds max) is optional and will not be judged. $20 for NEORWA members; $25 all others. By check or PayPal. Email Top 3 finalists in each category proceed to final round. Final Judges: Contemp Long (Mary Altman, Sourcebooks; Heidi Shoham, Entangled Publishing; Elaine Spencer, The Knight Agency); Contemp Short (Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency; Latoya C. Smith, LCS Literary Services; TBA); HR (Allison Byers (The Wild Rose Press; Debby Gilbert, Soul Mate Publishing; TBA); Para (Mo Ferrara, BookEnds Literary Agency; TBA); Novella (TBA); MS w/SRE (TBA); YA / NA (TBD) Winners of each category will receive a refund of their entry fee, a certificate, and a website graphic.
Tethered By Letters F(r)iction Winter Literary Contest Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry Authors of any age in any part of the world March 31, 2017; midnight PT; winners announced in May. For creative nonfiction and short story fiction submit 1,000 to 7,500 words; for flash fiction 750 words max; and for poetry submit max of 3 pages per poem $15 per short story; $10 per creative nonfiction, flash fiction and poetry $8 for one entry or $12 for three. online. Pay by credit or debit through submission manager Submittable Any genre. Judges: short story (Simon Tolkien, author of THE J.R.R. and grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien); creative nonfiction (Sarah Hepola, NYT bestselling author of the memoir Blackout); flash fiction (Bryn Greenwood, author of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things); poetry (Linda Pastan, legendary American poet) $1,000 for Short Story, $500 for creative nonfiction, $300 for flash fiction, $300 for Poetry; plus publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists in each category will receive professional edits on submissions and be considered for later publication.
The Masters Review Emerging Writers Contest Fiction, creative nonfiction Writers who have not published a novel-length work; entered work must be previously unpublished March 31, 2017; finalists announced April 15; winners announced May 15 8,000 words of fiction or creative nonfiction $20 Submittable online form Judge: Kevin Brockmeier $500 each to ten winners. Winning authors are part of an exclusive mailing to agents, editors, and publishers around the country. An extensive effort is made to promote our ten selected authors. Winners are published in a nationally distributed book available in all major retailers.
The Beau Monde Romance Writers of America Royal Ascot Regency Romance Unpublished or published but seeking representation or a new publisher. Entry must be unpublished and uncontracted. March 27, 2017; finalists announced May 25 winners announced July 26 at Beau Monde Soiree. Beginning of ms (7,000 words max). Must be set within the United Kingdom and during the Regency, broadly defined for the purpose of the contest as between 1780 and 1840. $24 for Beau Monde members, $30 for non members first entry, $20 for subsequent entries. Online form entry 1st round panel includes at least one author published in Regency romance. Lowest score dropped unless needed in case of tie. Four finalists total across all categories. Categories: Regency Historical (longer Regency or Mainstream Regency-set); Hot Regency (Very sensual to Erotic Regency); Wild Regency (Para, TT, other similar Regency); Sweet & Mild Regency (Traditional, Inspirational, YA or other w/o explicit sex). Final Round Judges: Leanne Burroughs, CEO Publisher, The Highland Press; Allison Byers of The Wild Rose Press; Brenda Chin of Imajinn / Belle Books. Grand Prize winner: $100; $25 and certificate for finalists.
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.
Chicago-North Romance Writers of America Fire and Ice Romance Unpublished / not published in novel-length fiction of 20,000 wds or more in category entered within 5 yrs of deadline. Entry must have projected minimum length of 50,000 wds. Contest capped at 120 entries. March 17, 2017 at 5PM CT. Finalists announced ~April 17; winners announced ~May 22. First 3,000 words and optional query letter. $25 RWA members, $30 all others electronic; payment must be made via PayPal 3 first-round judges including at least one published author. Lowest score dropped. Three finalists per category. Contemp Long (Stephanie Doig, Carina Press; MacKenzie Fraser-Bub, Fraser-Bub Literary); Contemp Short ( Carly Silver, Harlequin; Jessica Alvarez, Bookends Literary Agency); HR (Nicole Fischer, Avon / HarperCollins; Courtney Miller-Callihan, Handspun Literary); YA (Erin Molta, Entangled Publishing; Carrie Pestritto, Prospect Agency); Wildcard (Norma Perez-Hernandez, Kensington Publishing; Jessica Watterson, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency) 1st Place Winner: $30. All finalists receive certificates. Announced in RWR.
Cassell Network of Writers International Writers Competition Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry Unpublished or self-published entries (except for category (A) Postmark by March 15, 2017; winners announced ~ May 31. See rules for category entry info $20 for fiction or non-fiction entry; $5 for poem (members pay $10 and $3) via check, money order, or PayPal Email. See website for further breakdown of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry categories. In each category: 1st Place - $150 plus certificate; 2nd Place - 100 plus certificate 3rd Place - $75 plus certificate; Honorable Mention certificates will be awarded in each category as warranted.
Kiss of Death Romance Writers of America Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence: Published Romantic Mystery / Suspense Book Book (40,000+ wds) w/ 2016 copyright. E-books, POD, subsidy, self-published are eligible in mass market or trade paperback size. Entry caps on categories. RWA membership not required. March 15, 2017 11:59 PM MT; finalists announced ~May 25; winners announced at Death by Chocolate Party at RWA National conference in July. 4 copies of book. E-books, self-published, print-on-demand must be in mass market or trade paperback size. No unbound submissions will be accepted. $30 Entry forms are electronic. Books must be mailed. 3 judges, lowest score dropped. Top 5 entries proceed to final round. All categories must be Romantic Mystery / Suspense except MS category, where romance is optional. Category (Series) romance; HR; Inspirational romance; MS; Para / TT / F; ST romance. 1st Place winners receive engraved bookmark and gift certificate for one COFFIN online class. A certificate of recognition will be awarded to the editor of the winning entry. All other finalists will be awarded a certificate. The top overall scoring entry will receive the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellencein Mystery / Suspense. Results published in the RWR®.
Kiss of Death Romance Writers of America Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence: Unpublished Romantic Mystery / Suspense (except MS category, where romance is optional).  Never contracted in book-length fiction from any publisher. Entry caps on categories. March 15, 2017 11:59 PM MT; finalists announced ~May 5; winners announced at Death by Chocolate Party at RWA National conference in July Prologue / 1st chapter, 5,000 wds max. Finalists must submit first 25 pp and a synopsis of 2 pp double-spaced, max. $15 KOD members, $30 all others, via PayPal, US check or money order. Electronic. Four 1st round judges, lowest score dropped but all scoresheets returned. Five finalists per category. Final judges: Series (Nikki Terpilowski, Holloway Literary Agency; Elizabeth Mazer, Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense); HR (Janna Bonikowski, The Knight Agency; Megha Parekh, Grand Central Publishing); Inspirational (Linda Glaz, Hartline Literary Agency; Kathleen Kerr, Harvest House Publishers); Para (Sandy Harding, Spencerhill Associates; Melissa Singer, Tor/Forge); ST (Rebecca Strauss, DeFiore and Company; Tara Gavin, Kensington Publishing); MS (Marlene Stringer, Stringer Literary Agency; Sarah Blumenstock, The Berkley Publishing Group) The top overall scoring entry receives the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery / Suspense with commenorative pin, award certificate, and digital medallion. 1st Place winners receive engraved bookmark and $25. 2nd Place winners receive certificate and $15. 3rd Place winners receive certificate and $10. HMs receive certificates. All above, including HMs, receive voucher for one COFFIN online class. Results published in the RWR®.
Futuristic, Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Writers of America Prism Contest Romance with Futuristic, Fantasy or Paranormal elements Novels (40,000 words +) and novellas (20,000 - 40,000 wds) (including traditionally published, Indie published, and ebooks) with first copyright or first printing date of 2016. Must contain paranormal elements and significant (40% - 60%) romance. Need not be RWA member. March 10, 2017; finalists announced week of June 4th; winners announced at RWA National conference in July 3 printed copies of book; if ebook only entry, must be in PDF format (other ereader formats encouraged in addition to PDF) $30 for members, $40 all others. PayPal or check. Online and mail. 3 judges per entry. Dark Para, Light Para, Futuristic, Fantasy, TT / Steampunk, Erotica / Romantica, Novella, YA, Best of the Best, Best First Book. Top 3 finalists for each category receive a commemorative FF&P Finalist Pin and Certificate. 1st Place Winners receive the FF&P exclusive, Prism Statue, a commemorative FF&P Winner / Finalist Pin and Certificate. Best of the Best and Best First Book Winners receive FF&P Prism Statue, a commemorative Best First Book, and Best of the Best FF&P Winner Pin and Certificate.
Faith, Hope & Love Romance Writers of America FHL Reader's Choice Award Romance Book, Novella Christian fiction books with a 2016 copyright. March 1, 2017; finalists announced end of May; winners announced at FHL meeting at RWA National Conference July 13. 4 new, autographed copies of book. If there is a tie, 3 more copies must be submitted. $20 for FHL members, $25 all others by check, money order or PayPal Mail books; entry form by mail or electronic; payment by check or PayPal. Judges: Christian ficiton readers. Categories: Short Contemp, Long Contemp, Short HR, Long HR, RS, Women's Fiction, Novella Finalists in all categories receive certificates. Winner in each category receives an engraved box.
Wisconsin Romance Writers of America Fabulous Five Romance Unpublished / uncontracted by any non-subsidy / non-vanity publisher in fiction of 20,000 words or more. Independent authors who have published via Smashwords or similar programs in which the author bears the publishing cost are welcome to enter the contest with an unpublished manuscript. Received by 11:59 PM CST March 1, 2017; finalists notified mid-April; winners announced May 20 at WisRWA conference. first 2,500 words of unpublished ms $18 WisRWA members; $25 all others by PayPal Online entry 3 judges, lowest score dropped. Top 5 entries (out of 35 max entries) in each category final. Final judges: Contemp (Meghan Farrell, Tule Publishing; Rachel Burkot, Holloway Literary Agency); HR (Lexi Smail, Grand Central Publishing; Lisa Rodgers, JABberwocky Literary Agency); Inspirational (Shana Asaro, Harlequin Love Inspired; Jessica Kirkland, Blythe Daniels Agency); Para/ F/ F/ TT (Theresa Cole, Entangled Publishing; Tricia Skinner, Fuse Literary) RS (Tara Gavin, Kensington Publishing Corp; Jennifer March Soloway, Andrea Brown Literary Agency); Women’s Fiction (Caitlin Dareff, St. Martin’s Press; Sarah Phair, Trident Media); YA / NA (Mekisha Telfer, Simon and Schuster; Shannon Powers, McIntosh and Otis) 1st Place winner in each category receives Silver Quill Award. 2nd - 4th receive certificates. Final placements posted on WisRWA website and announced in August RWR.
Young Adult Romance Writers of America Athena Contest Young Adult and New Adult Fiction YA or NA novel (minimum 40,000 wds) or novella (20,000-40,000 wds) published in any publishing venue (incl digital and self-pub) with a 2016 copyright March 1, 2017 11:59 PM EDT; finalists announced ~May 15; winners announced July 26 5 physical books for print format; 1 pdf for ebook only format $30 YARWA members; $40 others. PayPal only. Submit entry form online; email pdf if submitting ebook or submit 5 physical book copies by postal mail 3 judges, lowest score dropped. Categories: Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Speculative, New Adult, Novella. Final Judges - Bloggers & Librarians Plaque, Contest Pin, Website graphic
Chanticleer Book Reviews Global Thriller Awards Global Thriller, Lab Lit (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. 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, Feb 28, 2017; finalists announced June 2017; 1st Place category winners announced Aug; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Historic, Lab Lit, Sci-Fi, Dramatic, Action / Adventure, CyberTech 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345. Category winners compete for Global Thriller Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 cash prize, blue ribbon, digital badges, and book stickers, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year (prize is $1,000).
Chanticleer Book Reviews Journey Awards Narrative Nonfiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (40,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2014. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. 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, Feb 28, 2017; finalists announced June 2017; 1st Place category winners announced Aug; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Travelogue Experiences; Global Enlightenment; Culinary / Hobby / Professional Experiences; Memoir; How To - Self Help, Memoir 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345. Category winners compete for Journey Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 cash prize, blue ribbon, digital badges, and book stickers, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year (prize is $1,000).
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.
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.
Pacific Northwest Writer's Association PNWA Literary Contest Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, picture book, memoirs Entries must be original, in English, and not previously accepted for publication or production at time of submission. Received by Feb 17, 2017; finalists notifed  in June; winners announced at summer conference See for exact instructions in each category. $35 PNWA members, $50 others Online via Submittable 8 finalists in each category. Final judges are agents or editors. 1-MS;  2-Historical; 3-Romance / Women's Fiction; 4-Mystery / Thriller; 5-Sci-Fi / Para; 6-YA; 7-Middle Grade; 8-Nonfiction / Memoir; 9-Poetry; 10-Short Story; 11-Children's Picture Book, / Chapter Book; 12-Adult Short Topics (Article / Essay / Short Memoir) Every entry receives two critiques. 1st Place: $600; 2nd Place $200, 3rd Place $200. Finalists who attend PNWA Conf. receive finalist ribbon for name badge. Finalists’ mss made available to agents and editors during conf. Winners have opportunity to attend Agents and Editors Reception at PNWA Summer Conference.
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.  
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 16, 2017; finalists notified ~March 1; winners announced April 22 at WRW Retreat. synopsis up to 5 pp and beginning of ms (35 pp max for entry). $25 for WRW members, $30 all others via PayPal only. $5 discount if paid by Dec 31. electronic submission 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 and Critique Authors: ER (Rhonda Helms, Carina Press; Author TBA); HR (Lexi Smail, Forever Romance; AuthorElizabeth Essex); Para (Editor TBA; Author Mindy Klasky); RE (Amanda Leuck, Spencerhill Associates; Author Tracy Brogan); RS (Alethea Spiridon, Entangled Publishing; Author Cristin Harber); Series Contemp (Johanna Raisanen, Harlequin; Author Robin Covington); ST (Editor TBA; Author Kimberly Kincaid); YA (Wendy Loggia, Random House; Author TBA) The winner in each category receives a pendant, certificate, and detailed critique bu a published author. All other finalists will receive certificates.
Passionate Ink Sexy Scribbles Contest Erotic Romance novel / novella excerpt or unpublished manuscript Published or unpublished author with an unpublished work or a work published with 2016 copyright. Received by Dec 15, 2016; semi-finalists announced Feb 14, 2017; finalists announced March 17; winner announced April 17. a scene of 3,000 words or less of the first meeting (first kiss or first time...) in a pdf file $15 for Passionate Ink members; $20 for RWA members, $25 all others via PayPal Online and email. 1st round judges are readers, writers, reviewers, booksellers, and librarians. 3 semi-finalists per category. Contemp, HR, Futuristic / Sci-Fi, Para, Suspense / Thriller / Mystery. All finalists receive a critique from the judge as well as a certificate, digital badge, and $25 cash prize. Winner receives digital graphic.
San Antonio Romance Writers of America (SARA) Emma Merritt Romance Published or unpublished authors with unpublished / uncontracted entry from manuscript projected to be 55,000+ words Nov 30, 2016 Midnight, CT; finalists notified week of Feb 13, 2017; winners notified April 10. beginning of ms, 8,000 words max $35 by PayPal via email 3 judges, lowest score dropped. 3 finalists per category. Categories / Final Judges: Contemp (Piya Campana, Harlequin Super Romance; Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency); Para / Sci-Fi / Fantasy (Tara Cuskaden, Entangled Select-Otherworlds; Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Agency); Suspense / Mystery (Patience Bloom, Harlequin Suspense; Marisa Corvisiero, Corvisiero Literary Agency); HR (Tara Gavin, Kensington Publishing; Robin Haseltine, Entangled); LGBTQ (Angela James, Carina Press; Sara Megibow, KT Literary, LLC) Women’s Fiction (Susan Litman, Harlequin Special Editions; Danielle Marshall, Lake UnionPublishing, an Amazon imprint); Inspirational (Raela Schoenherr, Bethany House / Baker; Cori Deyoe, 3 Seas Literary Agency); YA (Susan Chang, Tor / Tor Teen; Louise Fury, Jenny Bent Literary Agency) 1st Place: $50, 2 Place: $25. 1st through 3rd places receive badge and certificate.
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.
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 1st 5,000 words of ms $25 FCRW members, $30 RWA members, $35 others electronic; cn pay by check or PayPal Categories and Final Judges: Category Romance (TBA); Contemp ST (TBA); ER (TBA); HR (TBA); RE (TBA); Inspirational (TBA); Para / F / F (TBA); RS (TBA); YA (TBA) 1st place per category - Beacon Lapel Pin. All finalists will receive a certificate.
Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America Emerald City Opener Romance Unpublished / not published in romance in past 5 yrs in category entered Received by midnight PDT, May 31, 2016; winners announced in Oct. first 7 pp of ms $12 members; $20 all others by PalPal, check or money order electronic 1st round judges are RWA PRO and published authors. Categories: Contemp, HR, Para, RS.  
Washington - Centerville Public Library Erma Bombeck Writing Competition Humor and Human Interest Open to writers 13 years of age and older. Entry cannot have been published in any medium. 8 am EST Feb 15, 2016 (opens Jan 4); winners announced in March 450 words or fewer written in the "spirit" of Erma Bombeck $15 online Two categories: Humor, Human Interest. Two rounds - first round judged by a panel of volunteer judges from across the United States and Australia, and then by a final judge in each category. Four $500 prizes awarded (2 in Humor and 2 in Human Interest) plus registration fee ($425 value) to Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop held at the University of Dayton March 31-April 2, 2016. Winning essays will be published on Washington-Centerville Public Library's website and in a local newspaper.