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The Beau Monde Romance Writers of America Royal Ascot Regency Romance Unpublished or published but seeking representation or a new publisher. Entry must be unpublished and uncontracted.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.
Hour of Writes Hour of Writes Fiction, poetry Open to anyone 16 yrs and older. March 20, 2017, 11PM UK time; winner announced ~10 days later. (Note: this contest runs weekly) Up to 2000 words responding to the theme. Entrants must mark 3 other entries £3 Online through website Peer reviewed; winner chosen by HOW staff and/or guest judge Winner receives half of net fees received for that competition (£50 minimum)
Chicago-North Romance Writers of America Fire and Ice Romance Unpublished / not published in novel-length fiction of 20,000 wds or more in category entered within 5 yrs of deadline.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
ArtAscent "Bliss" 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. Feb 28, 2017; winners announced March 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.
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.
North Texas Romance Writers of America The Carolyn Readers Choice Award Romance Novel Not published in novel-length romance in past 5 yrs. Original copyright must be calendar year 2016. Need not be RWA member. Feb 14, 2017; finalists notified April 7; winners announced May 6. Your entry must be between 10k and 110k and submitted in PDF format $20, $25 depending on entry date electronic only Each entry judged by five readers not associated with any writing organization or with the publishing industry in any way. 3-4 entries continue to final round. Categories: ER, HR, RS / Series Action Adventure, Contemp, Specialized (Alternate Earth Histories, Dystopian, Urban Fantasy, F / F / TT / P) Winners will be featured on a banner ad on the RT Daily Blog (collectively, not individually) for a two week period(a $550+ value). All finalists and winners receive an appropriate website icon.
Utah Romance Writers of America Great Beginnings Romance Published or unpublished authors submitting unpublished, uncontracted manuscript. Published authors must not be published in category entered within past 3 yrs. Feb 14, 2017 ; finalists notified March 31; winners announced April 30. 1st 5 pp of ms with a projected length of at least 50,000 wds $10 for URWA members, $15 others. Email entry. Can pay via PayPal. 3 judges for first round, at least one a PAN member. Final judges: RS (E.L. Felder, The Wild Rose Press); Para (Lane Heymont, The Tobias Literary Agency); Contemp (Marlene Stringer, Stringer Literary Agency); HR (Nicole Resciniti, Seymour Agency). 1st Place recipients receive choice of one of three top prizes: A 30-page critique and edit by a multi-published author or a $20 Amazon gift card. All finalists recognized in the Romance Writers Report.
Women Writing the West WILLA Award Romance Book about girl or woman set in the American West Books with original copyright of 2016 (in any form - hardcover, softcover, e-books, CD, Internet downloads, POD, etc.) Postmark by Feb 1, 2017; winners announced at conference 3 books, if paper books.  If e-books or electronic, such as CD, etc., one copy of the actual product plus 3 bound, hard copies. $50 by check Mail Judges:  Panel of professional librarians. Categories:  Contemp Fiction; Creative Nonfiction; Scholarly Nonfiction; Historical Fiction; Poetry; Original Softcover Fiction; Children's / YA Fiction & Nonfiction  
Chanticleer Book Reviews Cygnus Awards Science 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, Jan 31, 2017; finalists announced inMay; 1st Place category winners announced in July; Grand Prize winner announced at awards banquest April 2018 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Speculative Fiction, Soft Sci-Fi / YA, Alternate History, Hard Science Fiction, Apocalyptic / Dystopian, Space Opera 1st Place Category winners are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $345 and compete for Cygnus Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner receives $200 prize, a 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).
Dream Quest One Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest Fiction, Nonfiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry Unpublished, published, All entries must be original. Postmark by 11:59 PM PST Jan 31, 2017; winners announced March 26 Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject and / or write a short story, 5 pages max single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme. $5 per poem; $10 per short story. Multiple submissions accepted. Mail or email. Can pay via PayPal, check, money order. All categories welcome. Judges: Dare to Dream Master Selection Committee. Final judge, Andre L. West. Prizes: Writing First Prize: $500, Second: $250, Third: $100; Poetry First Prize: $250, Second: $125, Third: $50. All winning entries will be published online in the Dare to Dream pages.
Pacific Northwest Writer's Association Nancy Pearl Book Award Published Book Books with original copyright date of 2016. Received by Jan 31, 2017; winners announced in July at conference See submission guidelines for exact instructions in each category. $35, $50 Mail except for #3 Romance, which is electronic. Payment must be mailed. 2 categories: MS or Literary Fiction; Genre Fiction Cash prize of $1,000, prominent book placement at the PNWA Summer Conference Autograph Party, showcased as a featured author on both PNWA and Author magazines' websites for a month
Southern California Romance Writers California Hooker Romance Open to anyone; entries cannot be published in any format or contracted. Received by midnight PST Jan 31, 2017; winners announced in March. 3 pp of your manuscript which includes the hook in RTF format $10 via PayPal only. online 1st round judges trained PRO and PAN members. Final judges: acquiring editors in the romance publishing community.  
Toronto Romance Writers of America The Catherine Romance Open to unpublished writers 18 yrs or older who have not accepted a publishing offer for original fiction or self published a work of original fiction on a platform where work can be commercially available before Jan 31. Need not be RWA member. Received by 11:59 PM EST Jan 31, 2017; finalists notified early April; winners announced Sept 1. 30 pp ( 5,000 words max) including 5 pp max synopsis; entries capped at 120 $25 TRW members, $30 others, by PayPal Email 1st round has 2 judges; 3rd judge used if scores differ 20+ points andlowest of the 3 scores is dropped. Final Judges: Contemp (Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks; Shira Hoffman, McIntosh & Otis); Contemp Short (Piya Campana, Harlequin; Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency); ER (Brenda Chin, Entangled Publishing; Courtney Miller-Callihan, Handspun Literary); HR (Jennie Conway, St. Martin’s Press; Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency); RS (Elizabeth May, Kensington Publishing; Stacey Donaghy, Donaghy Literary Group); Para (Angela James, Carina Press; Jim McCarthy, Dystel, Goderich & Bourrett LLC); YA (Annie Berger, Sourcebooks; Vanessa Robins, The Corvisiero Literary Agency); MS w/ RE (Allison Carroll, Graydon House Books; Janna Bonikowski, The Knight Agency) 1st Place category winners receive critique of entry by a published author and are entered into the Gold Ticket competition judged by Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency. Winner of Gold Ticket will receive a 3 month critique from Molly O'Keefe or Eve Silver.
Hoffer Award Eric Hoffer Award Independent Book Open to academic, independent, small press, and self-published books that were released or copyrighted in the last 2 years, including unique books with small print runs. (Books over 2 years enter the Legacy Fiction or Legacy Nonfiction category.) Postmark by Jan 21, 2017; winners announced in May Submit book $55 via check, money order, or PayPal By mail, or if ebook, by email with pdf attachment of ebook Judges may include authors, editors, agents, publishers, book producers, artists, experienced category readers, and health and business professionals. Categories: Categories include Art, Poetry, General Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Children, Young Adult, Culture, Memoir, Business, Reference & How-to, Home, Health, Self-Help/Spiritual, Legacy Fiction, Legacy Nonfiction, E-book Fiction, and E-book Nonfiction. Additional honors for press type categories Self-published, Micro, Small, Academic. $2,000 Grand Prize. In addition, each category will be awarded a winner, runner-up, and multiple honorable mentions. Books must be registered by category and then are automatically considered for Individual Press Awards, the Montaigne Medal, the da Vinci Eye, and the Hoffer Grand Prize.
Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America Booksellers' Best Award Romance Book Open to RWA members. Books with 2016 copyright or 1st US printing; includes e-books, which must be printed. Entry forms / fees due by Jan 19, 2017; books must be received by Jan 23; finalists notified by May 14; winners announced at RWA National Conference 4 autographed copies of book $30, add'l $5 to enter Best 1st Book. Pay via PayPal or check. Online or mail for entry form, fee. Mail books. Judges: Booksellers, librarians. They try to match book with judges from another region. Categories:  Short Contemp (under 70K wds), Long Contemp, ST / MS, RS, YA, Erotic, HR, Para / TT / F, Inspirational (contemp or historical), Best First Book; Novella (under 45K wds) Uniquely designed award to each winner; gift for winning book's editor; reception for all finalists at National RWA conference; winners’ names listed in RWR; finalists' / winners' names and book covers posted on GDRWA site; certificates to all finalists and winners
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.
Virginia Romance Writers of America Holt Medallion Romance Book Original copyright date must be in 2016. Need not be RWA member or have an RWA approved publisher. Self published books permitted. Categories capped at 50 entries. Received on or by 9 PM EST Jan 15, 2017; finalists announced in May; winners announced in June. 4 autographed copies of print book or ebook emailed in Kindle AND ePub formats (non-DRM). $30 payable by check, money order, or PayPal. VRW members may enter one book free of charge. Online and by mail. Each book scored by at least 3 romance readers.4 Award of Merit finalists and 1 HOLT Mediallion winner per category. Categories: HR, MS / ST Contemp, Long Contemp, Short Contemp, Long Inspirational, Short Inspirational, Para / F / F / T, RS, Extra Spicy / Erotic, Strong RE, Novella. Bonus Categories: Best First Book; Best Book by a Virginia Author Each category winner receives certificate and pewter HOLT Medallion. Merit winners receive certificate. Winners and Merit recipients will appear in a full-page ad in RWR.
Desert Rose Romance Writers of America Golden Quill Romance Book, Novella Published RWA members. Original copyright date or 1st North American printing / release date or if submitting ebook format, the first electronic publishing date must be in 2016. Books must be a minimum of 40,000 words except novella category. Received by Jan 13, 2017; finalists announced ~May 1, winners announced in July RWR. 5 autographed copies of each book; e-books must be submitted in book or bound galley format or in PDF format on five separate CD with copy of autographed cover inside the case. $30 per book and / or each category or $75 for 3 entries. mail; pay by check, money order or Paypal Judges: romance readers and librarians. Categories: HR; Contemp (includes Novel w/SRE); Category Series; Sweet Traditional; Para / Urban Fantasy; Fantasty / Sci-Fi / Futuristic; Inspirational (includes Inspirational RS); RS; LGBT; ER / Hot / Sexy; YA / NA; Best First Book; Novella (40,000 words max). Category winner will be highest scoring book in its category, providing the score is in the upper 25% of scores of all contest entries received. If none of the entries in a given category scores in the overall top 25%, there will be no finalist in that category. Winners announced in July RWR.
San Francisco Writers Conference San Francisco Writing Contest Fiction, nonfiction, Children / YA Entries may have been self-published or not-yet published, but not traditionally published 5 PM PT January 13, 2017; finalists announced Feb 3; winners announced Feb 17 at Conference 1,500 words max $35 via postal mail or online Categories: Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction (including memoir), Children’s / YA. Judges approved by SFWC management team will select top 5 entries in each category. A group of publishing industry professionals will select the grand prize winner and category winners. Grand Prize winner receives $250 and a 15-minute in-person meeting at the conference or a 15-minute scheduled telephone call with a literary agent who represents work like yours. 1st place winners in each category receive $100.
Romance Writers of America (RWA) Golden Heart Romance; ms must be at least 40,000 words. Caps at 1,200 entries. Open to RWA members age 18 or older who have not accepted a publishing offer for, or self-published, a work of fictional prose of more than 40,000 words by deadline. Caps at 1,200 entries. Received by RWA by 5 PM CST Jan 11, 2017; finalists announced March 21, 2017; winners announced at the RWA conference Beginning of manuscript and 15 pp max synopsis (together not to exceed 55 pp double-spaced), plus full manuscript. These 3 items are uploaded as separate PDF files. $30 Online 1st round judges: PAN, PRO, other RWA members. Final round judged by 3 editors. Contemp (65k+ wds); ER; HR; Romance with Religious / Spiritual elements; Para; RS; Short Contemp; YA. See website for judging details. Finalists are announced in Romance Writers Report, online at RWA website and at RWA National conference. Winner receives a golden heart necklace.
New England Romance Writers of America Readers' Choice Bean Pot Award Romance Novel or Novella Printed novels (including self-published) with original copyright of 2016. Jan 6, 2017; finalists notified by March 1; winners announced at April conference. 3 autographed print copies of book $25 by check or PayPal Mail books Judges: Readers, librarians, booksellers. Judges give each entry a score of 3-10 (10 is highest). Different judges rank entries in the event of a tie. Categories: Short Contemp; Long Contemp; RS; HR; ER; F / F / TT / Para; Romance with Religious / Spiritual elements; Novella 1st Place in each category: engraved trophy and a certificate. 2nd & 3rd Place: certificate. Winners announced on website, in newsletter, and in RWR.
North Texas Romance Writers of America Great Expectations Romance Must be unpublished and uncontracted in book-length romantic fiction, or published authors who have not published or contracted in the entered category within the past 3 yrs. Received by midnight Jan 4, 2017; finalists announced ~Feb 8; winners announced ~March 19. 5,000 words in TNR 14 pt font $25 for members of North Texas & Dallas RWA chapters, $30 all others. $5 off if you enter by Dec 18, 2016. Via PayPal only. electronic 1st round: 3 judges. If 2 lowest scores differ by 30 points and entry has potential to be a finalist, a 4th judge will be used and lowest of the 4 scores dropped. 4 finalists per category. Contemp Series (TBA); HR (Elle Keck, Avon); Inspirational (Raela Schoenherr, Bethany House); NA (TBA); MS w/ RE (Marla Daniels, Simon and Schuster); RS (TBA); ST (Madeleine Colavita, Grand Central Publishing); Specialized Romance (Kristine Swartz, Berkley); YA (Alice Jerman, Harper Collins). All finalists will have opportunity to update their entry for the final round of judging. First Place receives $50. All finalists receive certificates. Winners will have their names printed in the RWR.
Gemini Magazine Poetry Open Poetry Anyone e-deadline / postmark by Jan 3, 2017 up to 3 poems, any style or length $5 via PayPal, check or money order email or mail Judges: Gemini staff. 1st place: $1,000; 2nd place: $100; four honorable mentions: $25. All six finalists published in March issue of Gemini.
ArtAscent "Portraits" International Call for Writers Fiction, poetry Any writer 18 yrs or older. Dec 31, 2016; winners announced in January. 900 words max with theme of "Portraits." Share your interpretation. $10 via PayPal online Entries include fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations. Judges: ArtAscent The Gold writer will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal complete with an artist profile review written by our art writer. Up to 10 writers will be published in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal, showcased, along with website links, in an online exhibition on the ArtAscent website for at least two years, and promoted on the ArtAscent Facebook and Twitter feeds.
Hour of Writes Hour of Writes Fiction, poetry Open to anyone 16 yrs and older. Dec 19, 2017 11 PM UK time; winner announced ~10 days later. (Note: this contest runs weekly) Up to 2000 words responding to the theme. Entrants must mark 3 other entries £3 Online through website Peer reviewed; winner chosen by HOW staff and/or guest judge Winner receives half of net fees received for that competition (£50 minimum)
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.
Oklahoma Romance Writers of America National Readers' Choice Awards Romance Book,  Novella Published romance novel with original copyright date or 1st US printing date of 2016 and must have been available for sale in 2016; e-book OK if submitted in either perfect bound or spiral bound, galley-printed book form with an ISBN and evidence of copyright date of 2016 is provided. Deadline for registration and payment by check Dec 1, 2016; deadline for receipt of books is Jan 15, 2017 5 copies of Book (see Eligibility column for e-book info) $30 (+ $5 if entering Best 1st Book category also) via PayPal or check. Online form entry, books sent via mail. Judged by readers. Traditional; Contemp Series; Contemp RS / Adventure Series; ST Contemp; YA; HR; Para; RS; Inspirational; Novel with SRE; ER, Novella; Best First Book. Judges are readers from across the U.S. Entries accepted from authors, editors, publishers, agents, readers, etc. - from whomever wishes to fill out the entry form, pay the entry fee, and supply the required number of copies of the title being entered.
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.
Scribes Valley Publishing Annual Short Story Writing Contest Fiction Short Story Anyone, any genre , entry in English. Entry must be original and unpublished. Deadline Nov 30, 2016; winners announced ~Jan 15, 2017. 5,000 words max $7 via check, money order or PayPal via postal mail or online Judges: Scribes Valley Publishing All finalists published in annual contest anthology. Top three finalists receive monetary prize based on overall contest participation - the more entries, the bigger the prizes.
Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival Fiction Contest Short Story Open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Includes self-published books with ISBN. Story must be unpublished and cannot have won or placed in any other writing contest. Postmark / e-deadline Nov 30, 2016. Winner announced late Feb 2017. Original short story, written in English, up to 7,000 words. $25 via Submittable or via check or money order. online via Submittable Judge: Dorothy Allison Grand Prize: $1,500; Domestic airfare (up to $500) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the next festival in New Orleans; VIP All-Access Festival Pass ($500 value); public reading at the Festival; publication in Louisiana Literature; Top 9 Finalists will receive a panel pass ($75 value) to next Festival.
Women On Writing (WOW) Flash Fiction Contest Fiction, see website for theme Anyone, any age. Entry must be in English. 11:59 PM PT Nov 30, 2016. Capped at 300 entries. 250 words min to 750 words max (title not included in count) $10 (extra $10 if you want a critique) Online submission. Pay via PayPal (Assume) judges are Women On Writing editorial staff. You will be provided with your scores (1-5) in each category, and personal editorial feedback for each category as well. 20 winners. 1st-3rd Place receive cash prizes ($350, $250, $150); 1st-3rd plus 7 runners-up receive $25 Amazon gift certificate and will be interviewed on WOW Blog; all winning entries published on WOW! Women on Writing website. 10 Honorable Mentions receive $20 Amazon gift certificate and entry info published on website
Romance Writers of America (RWA) RITA Romance Book, Novella Original romantic fiction published in English with original copyright date of 2016. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age by registration deadline. Limited to first 2,000 entries. Register by 5 pm CST Nov 21, 2016. Books must be received by 5 pm. CST Jan 4, 2017. Finalists announced March 21, 2017. 5 copies of the book submitted in print book format, complete with copyright page, authorized by the publisher (or author if self-published), with perfect or case binding and printing on both sides of the page. Text and formatting must be identical to published version. $50 for RWA members; $170 for non-members RWA members register by mail or online; non-members by mail. Entries sent by mail. Contemp Long (84k+ wds); Contemp Mid-Length (56k to 84k wds); Contemp Short (40k - 56k wds); HR Long (89k+ wds); HR Short (40k - 89k wds); Romance with Spiritual / Religious Beliefs; ER; Para; Novella (20k - 40k wds); RS; YA; MS with Central Romance; Best First Book Finalists are announced in Romance Writers Report, online at RWA website and at RWA National conference. Winner receives a Rita statue.
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, 2016; winners announced late Feb 2017. 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: Peter Cooley Prize: $1,000; public reading and VIP All Access Pass ($500 value) for next festival, public reading at next festival, and publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas. Top 9 finalists receive a panel pass ($75 value) to attend the next festival, and their names will be published on website.
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 3, 2016 at 11:59 PM (early deadline for reduced fees start Aug 9); quarter finalists announced Jan 2017; 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. Headline judge: Hossein Amini. See website. Over $15,000 in Cash & Prizes.
Hudson Valley Romance Writers of America Hook, Line and Sinker Romance anyone, published or unpublished Postmark by midnight Nov 1, 2016; winners announced Jan 2017 1st 3 pp of unpublished manuscript $15 via check or PayPal mail or email First round: 3 judges, at least two published. Top 5 entries will be ranked by final judge Allison Lyons from Harlequin.  
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, 2016. Winner announced late Feb 2017. 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 Judges: University of New Orleans’ Creative Writing Workshop and the Department of Film, Theatre, and Communication Arts Grand Prize: $1,500; staged reading at the next Festival; VIP All-Access Festival pass ($500 value); publication in Bayou. Top 9 Finalists will also receive a panel pass 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, 2016 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 Matt Gallagher(short story), Sari Wilson (flash fiction), and Ken Arkind (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.
Miami University Press Miami University Novella Prize Novella Unpublished entry Oct 15, 2016; winner announced in early 2017 18,000 - 40,000 wds $25 Online through Submittable Final judge: Brian Ascalon Roley author of Last Mistress of Jose Rizal: Stories, and American Son: a novel, which was a Los Angeles Times Best Book and New York Times Notable Book among other honors. $750, a standard contract, publication and 10 copies of book
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 Oct 10, 2016; finalists notified by Nov 10; winners announced Dec 20. 1st 25 pp of ms in RTF. $25 RWA member, $30 non-RWA member, via PayPal or check online submission 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 (Kristine E. Swartz, Berkeley Publishing Group; Terrie Wolf, AKA Literary Agency); ST (Cat Clyne, Sourcebooks; Saba Sulaiman, Talcott Notch Literary Services); F / F / Para (Deborah Nemeth, Carina Press; Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Agency); YA (Amy Stapp, Tor/Forge; Marisa A. Corvisiero, Corvisiero Agency); Inspirational (Elizabeth Mazer, Harlequin Love Inspired; Lane Heymont, Seymour Agency); RS (Brittany Lavery, Harlequin; Dawn Dowdle, Blue Ridge Agency) Top prize: Top THREE entries to receive ONE critique by a Golden Heart Nominee, RITA Nominee, and / or a Best-selling Author.Winners will receive a Windy City Four Seasons Plaque and will be announced in the Romance Writers Report. All finalists receive certificates.
Southwest Florida Romance Writers of America The Joyce Henderson Contest Romance Unpublished or not published in last 5 yrs. Entry must be uncontracted and unpublished and in English. Need not be RWA member. 11:59 PM ET Oct 9, 2016; winners announced ~Dec. first 20 pp and synopsis (1 pp max). Synopsis will not be judged. SFRW members $20; all others $25 Via PayPal electronic entry 1st Round: 2 judges, at least one published. Final judges: Contemp incl. Women’s Fiction (Sue Grimshaw, Penguin Random House; Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill Associates); HR (Lee Lawless, Tor/Forge Publishing; Dawn Dowdle, Blue Ridge Literary Agency); Para / Sci-Fi / Fantasy (Georgia Woods, Hartwood Publishing; Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency); YA (Mary Altman, Sourcebooks; Sara Megibow, KT Literary Agency); RS (Junessa Viloria, Penguin Random House; Jessica Waterson, Dijkstra Agency) 1st place in each category wins $50 and Certificate. 2nd place wins $20 and Certificate. 3rd place wins Certificate. Winners announced in RWR.
West Houston Romance Writers of America The Emily Romance unpublished / not published in category entered in past 3 yrs. Entries capped at 200. Traditional, epubbed, indie-published are eligible. Oct 2, 2016; finalists announced Dec 17; winners announced Feb 11, 2017 1st 5,600 words, max in TNR or Courier, 12 or 14 point size $25 WHRWA members, $35 all others online 3 judges for 1st round, lowest score dropped. Finalists judged by 2 experts (agent, editor). 3 finalists per category. Long Contemp (Danielle Marshall, Amazon / Lake Union Publishing; Paige Wheeler, Creative Media Agency, Inc.); Short Contemp (Brenda Chin, Entangled Publishing LLC; Carrie Pestritto, Prospect Agency); FFP (Angela James, Harlequin Enterprises; Moe Ferrara, BookEnds Literary Agency); HR (Janet Clementz, Soul Mate Publishing; Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency); RS (Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks; Elaine Spencer, The Knight Agency); YA (Alice Jerman, Harper Collins; Tricia Skinner, Fuse Literary) 1st Place: EMILY brooch, all other finalists: certificate. Best of the Best receives $100.
North Louisiana Storytellers & Authors of Romance (NOLA STARS) The Suzannah Romance Anyone. Entry must be unpublished and uncontracted in any format before Nov 30. Entries capped at 120. Midnight CST Oct 1, 2016; finalists announced Dec 1; winner announced March 2017. 7,200 words max, including synopsis and beginning of manuscript $30 for NOLA members, $35 others. via email 1st round judges are published authors, RWA Pro members, industry professionsals. 3 scores, lowest one dropped. Final judges are panel of at least 6 agents and editors including Linda Scalissi, Three Seas Literary Agency; Sharon Pelletier, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management; Jessica Errera, Jane Rotrosen Agency; Victoria Curran, Harlequin; Lexi Smail, Grand Central Publishing; Candace Havens, Entangled Grand prize winner announced at conference in March 2016. Winner receives $300 and trophy.
Chesapeake Romance Writers of America The Rudy formerly "Finish the Damn book" Romantic fiction Published or unpublished. Need not be RWA member. Manuscript must have projected length of 40,000 words minimum. Midnight, Sept 30, 2016; winners announced January 14, 2017 First and Last chapters plus two-page synopsis (synopsis will not be judged). Total submission 40 pp max.. $15 member; $20 others electronic Judges: Trained, published and unpublished authors. Categories: Contemp, ER, MS, YA / NA, HR, Para, and Novella. Final judges Editors TBA. 1st Place winner receives $50; 1st - 3rd finalists receive certificates.
Fabula Press Aestas Short Story Competition Fiction Anyone aged 18 and above. Stories must be in English, original and unpublished at time winners are declared Received by Sept 30, 2016; winners announced ~December Story between 1,500 and 7,000 words $10 online Judges include literary agents, authors, and essayists. Winners decided by highest score in 9 point matrix. 1st Prize : US$250; 2nd Prize: US$150; 3rd Prize: US$100. Longlisted stories published in the Fabula Press winter anthology, and are paid US$50. At Editor's discretion, special awards may be given out in "Editor's Pick" category - the last edition of the contest had two such prizes.
Hour of Writes Hour of Writes Fiction, poetry Open to anyone 16 yrs and older. Sept 19, 2016 11 PM UK time; winner announced ~10 days later. (Note: this contest runs weekly) Up to 2000 words responding to the theme. Entrants must mark 3 other entries £3 Online through website Peer reviewed; winner chosen by HOW staff and/or guest judge Winner receives half of net fees received for that competition (£50 minimum)
Alaska Romance Writers of America Grab Me! Romance Book Books published after January 1, 2014 (either digital or print) Sept 17, 2016, midnight, Alaska DT; finalists announced Oct 8; winner announced Oct 31 Book blurb (500 words max) plus book's ISBN or AISN $15 electronic, pay via PayPal Judges: AKRWA trained, Pro and published authors. Grand Prize Judge: Tom Luce, Powell's Books.Categories: Contemp, Sci-fi, Para, Thriller / Mystery, YA, Inspirational, ER, HR Grand Prize: A beautifully designed and engraved traditional Alaskan Gold Pan!
Spruce Mountain Press Past Loves Day Story Contest Nonfiction Anyone who has a true story of a past love Received by midnight, Sept 17, 2016; winner announced Nov 17 True story, up to 700 words free email or postal mail No categories. Judge by Spruce Mountain Press. First Prize: $100, Second Prize: $75, Third Prize: $50, Honorable Mention(s). Winning stories will be posted (anonymously, if requested by author) on this website.
Bartleby Snopes Dialogue Only Fiction Anyone. Entry cannot have been previously published stories (includes blogs, message boards, personal websites, etc.) Sept 15, 2016; winners announced Oct 19. Short story composed of dialogue (2,000 words max) $10 online Final judges: Kathy Fish (author of Together We Can Bury It and co-author of Rift) and last year's contest winner Rebecca McDowell 1st Place $300+; 2nd Place $100+; 3rd Place $50+; 4th Place $30+; 5th Place $20+.
Harlequin Enterprises Limited So You Think You Can Write: Sexy Blitz Sexy Romance Entry must be in English, unpublished, and uncontracted. Sept 15, 2016; entrants receive feedback by Sept 30 3 chapters and a synopsis Free submit entry through Submittable Contemporary; heat level explicit and graphic. See guidelines here. Judged by Harlequin editors. Award: possible publication with Harlequin's new sexy contemporary series to launch July 2017.
New York City Romance Writers of America Kathryn Hayes "Back to School" Contest Fiction Unpublished, uncontracted entry from novel or novella 11:59 p.m., Sept15, 2016 20 pp max scene (plus 2 page synopsis) in which protagonist learns something RWA Members: $25; Non-RWA: $30 electronic only Judges: Published Authors Prize: $75.00
Harlequin Enterprises Limited So You Think You Can Write: Ooooh... Canada! Blitz Romance with Canadian hero Entry must be in English, unpublished, and uncontracted. Sept 12, 2016; entrants receive feedback by Dec 1 1st chapter and 3-7 pp synopsis Free submit entry through Submittable Contemporary. See guidelines here. Judged by Harlequin editors. Award: possible publication with Harlequin.
Missouri Romance Writers of America Gateway to the Best Romance Writers not contracted / not published within last 3 yrs from July 30, 2015. Self-published authors may enter with unpublished work. 11:59 PM CDT, Sept 9, 2016; finalists announced Oct 31; winners announced ~Nov 30. up to 1st 7,000 words $20 for members, $30 non-members; half price for add'l entries electronic; pay by PayPal, check or MO. 3 judges for 1st round, lowest score dropped. Final judges and categories: ST / Contemp Series (Diana Steger, Evernight Publishing); HR (Kathryn Chesire, Mills Boon / Harlequin); Women's Fiction w/ SRE (Kristine Swartz, , Berkley); Para (Stephanie Doig, Carina Press); RS (Tera Cuskaden, Entangled Publishing); YA / NA (Megah Parekh, Grand Central Publishing). Grand Prize winner receives a 2 hour coaching session with writing coach Michael Hauge, valued at $700 plus Gateway Charm; 1st - 3rd place receive certificates; 1st and 2nd place receive one-yr membership to MoRWA e-newsletter..
Mid-America Romance Writers of America Fiction from the Heartland Romance unpublished and uncontracted during past five years; excludes MARA members Received by 11:59 PM Sept 7, 2016; finalists notified last week of Oct; winners announced by Feb 1, 2017. beginning of ms +, synopsis (10,000 words max) $35. electronic entry No more than 10 overall finalists from all categories. First round has 2 judges, one of which will be a published author. Final judges: Category (Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency; Patience Bloom, Harlequin); Contemp ST (Shira Hoffman, McIntosh and Otis; Elle Keck, Harper Collins); HR (Marisa Corvisiero, Corvisiero Lit Agency; David Long, Bethany House); RS (Nicole Resciniti, Seymour Agency; Patience Bloom, Harlequin); Para (Shira Hoffman, McIntosh and Otis; Theresa Cole, Entangled); ER (Marisa Corvisiero, Corvisiero Literary Agency; Elle Keck, Harper Collins); YA / NA (Nicole Resciniti, Seymour Agency; Theresa Cole, Entangled); Inspirational (Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency; David Long, Bethany House) 1st Place receives $50 and a plaque. @nd and 3rd place receive Placement Certificate. All other finalists receive Honorable Mention Certificate. Winners listed on website and in RWR.
Yellow Rose Romance Writers of America Cover the Words Romance Book, Novella Anyone with currently published romance or novella. Sept 4, 2016; winners announced Oct 1. Front cover of romance novel or novella $15 Electronic All categories. Overall Winner and Top Three Finalists in each category will be determined through popular voting. 1st - 3rd places receive badge to display on website, will be displayed on Yellow Rose website and FB page, and announced in RWR.
Sustainable Arts Foundation Sustainable Arts Foundation Award and Sustainable Arts Foundation Promise Award Various - see Categories. (Note: 1/2 of the awards will go to applicants of color) Anyone who is a parent with a child under age 18. Entry must be in English and be recent work. Sept 2, 2016, 5 PM PT; awards announced Nov 18. Writers: 25 pages maximum. You may submit a single long sample or multiple shorter samples. Poets: 10 poems, not to exceed 25 pages total. Additionally, you must answer 4 questions. See website for visual arts submission info. $15 online submission through their form Approximately 10 finalists with typically 5 winners. Categories: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Long Form Journalism, Playwriting, Picture Books, Early and Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Graphic Novel. There are also visual arts categories (see website for details). Judged by at least two jurors (fellow artists and writers). Sustainable Arts Foundation Award: $6,000. Sustainable Arts Foundation Promise Award: $2,000. Typically there are 5of each award.
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 September 1, 2016; winner announced in Jan 2017 unpublished poetry collection, 48 pp minimum.. $25 Mail or via Submittable online Judge: Carl Phillips, author and Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis. $3,000 and publication of the collection by Red Hen Press.
Valley of the Sun Romance Writers of America Hot Prospects Romance Anyone with uncontracted, unpublished romance entry e-deadline / postmark 11:59 p.m. PST Sept 1, 2016; finalists notified Oct 31; winners announced ~Dec 15. beginning of ms (25 pp max) and synopsis (3-5 pp max). Total entry cannot exceed 30 pp. $25 members, $30 all others mail or electronic. Pay by check, MO, or PayPal. 1st round - 2 judges. If scores vary by 26 or more points, there will be a 3rd judge with lowest score dropped. 3 finalists per category. Categories: ST Contemp, RS, HR / Regency, F/F/P Grand prize winner will have entire manuscript (400 pp max) reviewed by two professional editors at Novel Needs. Finalists receive certificate, graphic for website and acknowledgment in RWR.
First Coast Romance Writers of America Beacon Award, Unpublished Romance unpublished / not contracted in category entered in book-length (40K min) in last 3 yrs; RWA membership not required 11:59 pm EST August 31, 2016; finalists announced Oct 15; Dec 15 winners announced 1st 20 pp of ms $25 FCRW members, $30 RWA members, $35 others electronic; cn pay by check or PayPal Categories and Final Judges: Category Romance (Scott Eagan, Greyhaus Literary Agency; Kathryn Lye, Harlequin); Contemp ST (Rebecca Strauss, De Fiore & Co. Literary Agency; Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin’s Press); ER (LaToya C. Smith, Lori Perkins Agency; Toni Kelley, eXtasy Books); HR (Courtney Miller, Callihan, Handspun Literary Agency; Elle Keck, HarperCollins / Avon); RE ( Shannon Hassan, The Marsal Lyon Agency; Susan Litman, Harlequin); Inspirational (Melissa Jeglinski, The Knight Agency; Shana Asaro, Harlequin Love Inspired); Para / F / F (Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Agency; Tera Cuskaden, Entangled’s Select Otherworld); RS (Laurie McLean, Fuse Literary Agency; Nicole Fischer, Harper Collins / Avon); YA (Jessica Errera, Jane Rotrosen Agency; KC Mead, Brewer, Bancroft Press). 1st place per category - Beacon Lapel Pin. All finalists will receive a certificate.
San Francisco Area Romance Writers of America Heart to Heart Romance unpublished by RWA-approved publisher as of deadline. Entrants may be published with non RWA-recognized publisher, but may not enter books / manuscripts that have been professionally edited or have ISBN numbers. e-deadline August 31, 2016; finalists notified Oct 5; winners announced Nov 6. hero and heroine's first meeting, 15 pp max (numbered as it appears in the ms) plus optional unjudged, double-spaced, one-page set-up. $15 for SFRWA members, $25 via PayPal electronic Four 1st round judges includes one PRO or PAN. The lowest score is dropped. Final-round judges are acquiring editors and agents. Top 3 entries in each category final.  Contemp (Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency; Elle Keck, Harper Collins; Toni Kelley, Extasy Book); ER (TBA; Adam Wilson, Gallery/Simon and Schuster; TBA); HR (Tamar Rydzinski, Laura Dail Literacy Agency; Nicole Fisher, Avon; Alycia Tornetta, Entangled); Para (Lane Haymont, The Seymour Agency; Bethany Blair, Berkley; Stephanie Doig, Carina Press); YA (Laurie McLean, Fuse Literary; TBA; TBA) Certificates will be awarded to the top winner in each category.
The Writer Lesson Learned Short fiction Writers 18 years and older. International submissions are welcome. deadline August 31, 2016; winner announced in December A previously unpublished short story up to 2000 words. $25 for first entry; $15 for each additional entry Online via Submittable All genres welcome. The magazine's editorial staff will judge. 1st prize: $1,000 and publication in December issue and on website. 2nd prize: $500 and publication on website. 3rd prize: $250 and publication on website
87 Bedford 87 Bedford Short Story Contest Literary Short Story Anyone; story must be original andunpublished August 28, 2016; winner announced Sept 30 Literary short story between 2,000 to 8,000 words and set in a continent other than that which the writer lives. $10 online only Literary fiction; judges are editorial staff 1st place winner receives $150+; 2nd place receives $50+; all winners and honorary mentions will have the opportunity to be published. $3 will be added to prizes for 1st and 2nd for every initial entry beyond 20.
Dream Quest One Dream Quest One Summer Poetry & Writing Contest Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry Unpublished, published, All entries must be original. Recieved by midnight August 17, 2016; 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.
Chatter House Press Essay Contest Fiction or memoir United States residents who are 18 years old or older August 14, 2016; winners announced in Septemer 2,500 - 4,500 words that demonstrates how you live courageously Free through link on website Essay content must be about "Psychoanalyzing Science - Essays on Artificial Intelligence." Judge will be selected by Chatter House Press. 1st Prize: Book publication contract (memoir, poetry, fiction, or non-fiction); publication of the essay along with author bio in the anthology of winning essays; 4 copies of winning essay book. See website for 2nd, 3rd, and honorable mention prizes.
Tethered By Letters Spring Literary Contest Short Story, Flash Fiction, Poetry Anyone. International submissions welcome. August 1, 2016 midnight PT; winner announced in December For short story submit 1,000 to 7,500 words, open genre; for flash fiction submit either 750 words max; and for poetry submit max of 3 pages per poem $15 per Short Story; $8 per Flash Fiction ($12 for 3); $7 per poem ($12 for 3) online. Pay by credit or debit through submission manager Submittable Any genre. Judges: Short Story Contest (Emily St. John); Flash Fiction (Helen Phillips); Poetry (Suzi Q. Smith) $1000 for Short Story; $300 for Flash Fiction, $300 for Poetry plus publication in F(r)iction. Finalists receive professional edits on submissions and will be considered for later publication.
Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition Ariana Ebook Cover Art Competition Cover Art Published in English and released for sale June 1, 2015 - May 31, 2016. Self published is eligible July 31, 2016; winners announced Spring 2017 Cover file 200 x 300 pixels in jpg or jpeg format. $10, paid online Online Categories: Children / YA, Erotica, Fantasy / Para, General Fiction / Non-Fiction, Historical, Horror, Mystery / Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi / Futuristic, Spiritual, Suspense / Thriller  
Library Journal and BiblioBoard Library Journal Indie Ebook Awards Competition Fiction (see categories) Self-published ebooks written in English. Author must hold copyright and rights to digital distribution. No publication date restrictions. Received by July 31, 2016; winners announced Jan 20, 2017 Full self-published ebook Free online form Categories: Romance, Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult. Judges: Library Journal editors, public library collection development & acquisition librarians, some winners of the 2015 contest. One winner and two honorable mentions per category. Category winners receive $1,000. All winners and honorable mentions also receive: a full LJ review in print and online; promotional ad in LJ’s December “Best of Books” issue; recognition at LJ Self-Published Ebook Awards reception at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia
Land of Enchantment Romance Writers of America The Rebecca Romance Published or unpublished authors with unpublished, uncontracted entry. Postmark  / e-deadline July 31, 2016; finalists notified Sept 6; winners announced at LERA Conference Oct 8. First 5,000 words of ms $20 members, $25 non-members electronic, pay via PayPal or check Top 3 entries in each category final. Contemp (Tahra Seplowin, Harlequin); HR (Chelsey Emmelhainz, Harper-Collins); Para / Urban / Speculative (Tricia Skinner, Fuse Literary); NA (Peter Senftleben, Kensington Books); YA (Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary); Suspense (Peter Senftleben, Kensington) 1st Place winners in each category: $25
New Millennium Writings New Millennium Writings Literary Awards Fiction, Nonfiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry   July 31, 2016; 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.
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, 2016; no "fanfic" or shared-worlds fiction Received by July 20, 2016; winners announced Sept 23 5,000 words max in RTF format; see formatting rules free for 1st entry, $10 for additional entries email Categories: YA, Adult, Judges TBA. 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 2017 Fencon membership.
Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition EPIC Ebook Competition Ebook, Novella, Fiction / Romance Short Works Published in English and released for sale June 1, 2015 - May 31, 2016. Self published is eligible July 15, 2016 Submit entry in non-DRM PDF format. Must provide a "buy" link to the ebook. $25 EPIC members, $35 others, pay online Online 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.  
Final Draft Big Break Scripts Anyone 18 years or older at date of entry. July 15, 2016; 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 2017 Logline plus full-length script (150 pp max) in English in standard industry format. Must submit in Final Draft or pdf format. $40 before Feb 29; $50 by June 30; $65 after 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; Drama; Family / Animated; Period / Historical / War; Sci-Fi / Fantasy; Thriller / Horror. TV categories: Half-Hour, Hour-Long Spec, and Pilot. Two Grand Prize winners are flown to Hollywood for a series of meetings and networking with industry professionals
International Screenwriters' AssociationU Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition Screenplay, TV Script original screenplay or teleplay written in English, unencumbered by any third party. final submission deadline July 8, 2016. Top 100 announced Aug 23; Top 6 and Grand prize winner announced Oct 3 Full-Length Features: 80-130 pp; TV Pilots: 10-70 pp submitted in pdf, ms word doc, RTF, or Final Draft format in 12 point courier font $65 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, Thriller; Animation, Fantasy, Sci-Fi;  Comedy; Drama / Family, Historical; Horror 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.
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, 2016; finalists notified ~Sept 9-13; winners announced ~Oct 8; 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 (Megha Parekh, Grand Central Publishing; Heather Howland, Entangled Publishing); ER (Allison Janice, Berkley Publishing; Michele Paulin, Resplendence Publishing); HR (Elle Keck, Avon Books; Erin Molta, Entangled Publishing); Inspirational (Shana Asaro, Harlequin Love Inspired; Becky Philpott, HarperCollins Christian Publishing); Para (Tara Gavin, 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 (Katherine Pelz, 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 2015 Register by 11:59 CDT July 1, 2016; books received by July 15; finalists notified last week of Oct; winners announced Nov 5 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, 2016; winners announced in Oct at NJRW Conference. synopsis, prologue / first chapter, 30 pp max. $25 NJRW members, $35 all others. Check, MO 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, YA, RS. Final judges: Contemp Series (Jane Dystel, Dystel and Goderich;Theresa Cole, Entangled Publishing; Author Katherine Gilles Seidel); ST (Michelle Johnson, Inklings Literary Agency; Sinclair Sawhney, Tule Publishing; ​Author Nancy Herkness); HR (Miriam Goderich, Dystel and Goderich; Esi Sogah, Kensington Books; Author Tessa Dare); Para (Margaret Bail, Inklings Literary Agency; Lori Whitwam, Limitless Publishing; ​Author Terri Brisbin); YA (Eric Ruben, The Ruben Agency; Jennifer Herrington, BookFish Books; Author Christina June); RS (Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary; Patience Bloom, Harlequin; Author HelenKay Dimon); Alternate / Interested Agent, Lisa Rodgers, JABberwocky Literary Agency. 1st Place: $50 + plaque; 2nd Place: $35 + certificate; 3rd Place: $25 + certificate
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 June 30, 2016. 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. 3 finalists in each category. Final Judges: Contemp (Elle Keck, Harper Collins); Erotic (Christine Klocek-Lim, Evernight Publishing); HR (Tara Gelsomino, Crimson Romance); Inspirational (Emily Rodmell, Harlequin Love Inspired); Para / F / F / TT (Tahra Seplowin, Harlequin HQN); RS (Megha Parekh, Grand Central); YA / NA (Liz Pelletier, Entangled) 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.
From The Heart Romance Writers of America Pages From The Heart Romance Novel or Novella RWA members who are published or self published. Entry must not be contracted or published. Deadline midnight PT, June 30, 2016; finalists announced Sept 1; winners announced Nov 2. 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: Short Contemp (Elle Keck, Avon Books; Carly Silver,Harlequin); Long Contemp (Courtney Miller-Callahan, Handspun Literary Agency; Meredith Rich, Bloomsbury Spark); RS (Caroline Acebo, Grand Central Publishing; Allison Lyons, Harlequin Intrigue); HR (Deborah Gilbert, Soulmate Publishing; Erin Molta, Entangled Publishing); Para / F / TT (Jennie Goloboy, Red Sofa Literary Agency; Elizabeth May, Kensington Publishing); YA (Alysia Tornetta, Entangled Publishing; Sarah Blumenstock, Berkley / NAL); Inspirational (Michelle Grajkowski, Three Seas Literary Agency; Nicola Martinez, Pelican Ventures Book Group); Hero Of Our Heart Award (Stacy Donaghy, Donaghy Literary Agency; Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin's Press) 1st Place each category: $30, 1 yr free membership to FTH; 2nd Place and Hero of Our Heart winner: 1 yr free membership to FTH. 1st thru 3rd Place also receive RWR announcement, website graphic, printable e-certificate. A BONUS of 5 points will be added to the total score of every entry that follows our formatting rules
From The Heart Romance Writers of America Pages From The Heart Romance RWA members who are unpublished with uncontracted entry. Deadline midnight PT, June 30, 2016; finalists announced Sept 1; winners announced Nov 2. 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: Long Contemp (Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Agency; Alexandra Sehulster, St. Martin's Press); Short Contemp (Scott Eagan, Greyhaus Literary Agency; Patience Bloom, Harlequin); HR (Jessica Watterson, Sandra Dijkstra Agency; Janet Clementz, Soulmate Publishing); RS (Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency; Carly Silver, Harlequin Intrigue); Para (Sara Megibow, KT Literary Agency; Kayla King, Harlequin Nocturne); YA (Linda Scalissi, Three Seas Literary Agency; Alycia Tornetta, Entangled Publishing); Inspirational (Nicole Resciniti, The Seymour Agency; Raela Schoenherr, Bethany House); Hero Of Our Heart Award (Stacy Donaghy, Donaghy Literary Agency; Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin's Press) 1st Place each category: $30, 1 yr free membership to FTH; 2nd Place: 1 yr free membership to FTH. 1st thru 3rd Place also receive RWR announcement, website graphic, printable e-certificate.
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 2015 or 2016 that are available only in digital format or that are digital first print on demand; entries capped at 50 per category. Midnight CST June 30, 2016; winners announced Oct 15. Novel or Short length work (minimum 10,000 words) Novels $20, Shorts $15 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.
Southern Magic Romance Writers of America Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Romance Book, Novella Entries must have copyright of 2015; traditionally or self-published Received by June 30, 2016. 3 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 an engraved bookmark 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 June 30, 2016; finalists announced in August; winners announced in Sept. First 5,000 words of ms. Finalists must supply a 2-pp max double-spaced synopsis with revised entry $25 via check, money order, or PayPal via entry form 1st round: 3 judges. Lowest score will be dropped except in case of tie. Final judges: ST (Alicia Condon, Kensington Publishing); Series (Pamela Harty, The Knight Agency); HR (Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency); Para (Ansley Blacksstock, Liquid Silver Books); YA (Michelle Grajkowski, Three Seas Literary Agency); Sensual and Sizzling (Cheryl Yeko, Soul Mate Publishing); The Write Magic (for Southern Magic members only (Kristy Hunter, Submissions Coordinator & Associate Agent, The Knight Agency) First place will receive a commemorative pin. First thru third place receive a certificate and have name printed in RWR.
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 2015-16 school year. June 15, 2016; winner announced Sept 25 Fewer than 5,000 words None. 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 2017 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 2017 membership, and the stories may be posted (at the judges’ discretion) on the FenCon website.
Hearts Through History Romance Writers of America Romancing the Novel Published Authors Contest Romance Novel, Novella Copyright or first print date of 2015. June 15, 2016 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.
New Jersey Romance Writers of America Golden Leaf Romance Novel, Novella All NJRW members and RWA members in Region One published in novel-length fiction. Romance novels with 1st copyright date or 1st NA print date of July 2015 - June 2016. Capped at 25 books per category. Entry deadline June 12, 2016. Books must be received by June 17. 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 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 and uncontracted until deadline with uncontracted, unpublished (in any format) entry. e-deadline midnight CDT June 5, 2016; 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; Cindy Davis, Wildrose Press; Victoria Lowe, The Bent Agency); F/F/P (Brenda Chin, Imajinn Books; Debbie Gilbreath, Soulmate Publishing; Sarah Hershman, Hershman Rights Management); HR (Char Chaffin, Soulmate Publishing; Allison Byers-Editor, WildRose Press; Robin Hasletine, Entangled Publishing); Inspirational Raela Schoenherr, Bethany Books; Nicola Martinez, Pelican Books; 3rd TBA); RS (Tara Gelsomino, Crimson Romance; Andrea Somberg, Harvey Jkubger Agency Michelle Graikowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency); ST (Alicia Condon, Kensington Books; Chris Kessler, Boroughs Publishing; Jill Marsal, Marsallyon Literary Agency); YA/NA (Alycia Tornetta, Entangled; Sarah Blumenstock, Berkley; 3rd TBA) First place winners in each category will receive the Lone Star Brooch. Achievement certificates will be awarded to all finalists.
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 2015. Received by June 1, 2016; 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. $20 HODRW members, $25 other RWA members, $30 all others by 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.
Las Vegas Romance Writers of America I Heart Indie Contest Romance Books and novellas independently published (as ebook or print) between Jan 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016. Categories capped at 50. 5 pm, PST on June 1, 2016; finalists notified Aug 1; winners announced Oct 15. The book's cover in jpg, jpeg, or png format, and the text of the back cover copy. Can enter up to three entries per category. $15 Electronic only. Categories: Contemp, HR, ER, Inspirational, Para, Suspense, YA, NA, Western, Sci-Fi / Fantasy, Novella. 1st round judges are book club members who are avid readers. Top 5 entries in each category will be judged by agents experienced in working with Indie authors. Winners announced in RWR; covers and back cover copy will be published on LVRW website. Winners also receive electronic badge.
Ancient City Romance Authors Heart of Excellence Romance Book Books with original copyright date or first US print date in calendar 2015 Postmark / email by May 31, 2016; 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 Judges are romance readers, 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.
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.  
Heart of Denver Romance Writers of America The Molly  Romance unpublished in book-length fiction in past 3 yrs Received by 11:59 PM MDT, May 31, 2016; 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. 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 (Editor Stephanie Doig, Carina Press; Stephany Evans, Fine Print Literary Manaagements); HR (Editor TBA; Kristy Hunter, The Knight Agency); Para / TT / Futuristic (Chris Keeslar, Boroughs Publishing Group; TBA); YA (Lauren Smulski, Harlequin; Elaine Spencer, The Knight Agency); ST/MS (Editor TBA; Jessica Watterson, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency); RS (Tara Gavin, Kensington; Courtney Miller-Callihan, Handspun Literary Agency); Unsinkable Heroine (Erin C. Niumata, FOLIO Literary Management, LLC); Heart of Molly, member-only award (TBA) 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, 2016; finalists announced Aug 4; winners announced Sept. 10. 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 (Peter Joseph, St. Martin's Press); Mystery / Suspense (Amy Stapp, Tor Books); Romance ( Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin's Press); Speculative Fiction (Diana Pho, Tor Books); YA / Middle Grade (Shannon Hassan, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency); MS Other Genres (Rachelle Gardner, Books & Such Literary Management) 1st Place winner $150, 2nd Place $100, 3rd Place $75, 2 remaining finalists $30.
Gival Press Gival Press Novel Award There's no direct link to the contest page. Click on Contests and then "Novel Award -- Guidelines" Fiction Unpublished novel written in English Postmark by May 30, 2016 Submit a manuscript of 30,000 to 100,000 words $50. See website for details. via mail or Submittable   Prize of $3,000, publication by Gival Press, plus 20 author copies
Tampa Area Romance Writers of America TARA Romance (except women's fiction category) Open to unpublished and published authors of novel length fiction; entry must be original work, unpublished and uncontracted  as of deadline Received by 11:59 PM EST May 25, 2016; finalists notified ~July 1; winners announced ~Sept 30. 1st 25 pp; 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 (Liz Pelletier, Entangled Publishing); HR (Brenda Chin, Imajinn Books); Para (Latoya Smith, Samhain Publishing); ST (Gabrielle Keck, Avon / Harper Collins); Women's Fiction (Junessa Viloria, Ballantine Bantam Dell); RS (Alison Dasho, Montlake Publishing); Inspirational (Raela Schoenherr, Bethany House) 1st Place category winners receive Sterling Silver TARA pendant, $25, and contest winner graphic for website. Finalists receive certificates. Winners announced in RWR.
Anhinga Press Anhinga–Robert Dana Prize for Poetry Poetry Previously submitted manuscripts and manuscripts under consideration by other publishers are eligible. May 20, 2016; finalists and winner announced in the fall Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages, single or double-spaced $25 if by maill $28 for electronic submissions online via Submittable or submit hard copy by mail Final judge: Evie Shockley A prize of $2,000, publication by Anhinga Press, a reading tour of selected Florida colleges and universities, and 25 author copies. Contest results are published in Poets & Writers, The Writers' Chronicle, New Pages, and other magazines.
Hour of Writes Hour of Writes Fiction, poetry Open to anyone 16 yrs and older. May 20, 2016 11 PM UK time; winner announced ~one week later. (Note: this contest runs weekly) Up to 2000 words responding to the theme. Entrants must mark 3 other entries £3 Online through website Peer reviewed; winner chosen by HOW staff and/or guest judge Winner receives half of net fees received for that competition (£50 minimum)
Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers of America On the Far Side Novel-length fiction with Paranormal Elements Unpublished / not published in the genre entered during the last 5 years Midnight EDT May 15, 2016; finalists notified July 5; winners announced August 8. Beginning of manuscript and an optional 2-page synopsis which will not be judged, 20 pp max $20 for FF&P Member, $25 others email Four 1st round judges with lowest score dropped. Three finalists advance to final round. Categories: RE (Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Inc.); Hard Sci-Fi / SF / Futuristic (Laurie McLean, Fuse); Dark / Light / General Para (Peter Senftleben, Kensington); TT / Steampunk (Robin Haseltine, Entangled Publishing); Urban Fantasy (Melissa Singer, Tor); Fantasy (Chris Keeslar, Boroughs Publishing); YA (Becca Stumpf, Prospect Agency); NA (Samantha McMahon, Soul Mate Publishing); HR (Penny Barber, Lyrical Press); Erotica (Deelylah Mullin, Torquere Press) Top Prize: Certificate and OTFS pin.
River City Romance Writers of America Cover Me Contest Covers of books copyright date between Jan 1, 2015 and May 6, 2016 Authors published traditionally, by epub houses, POD publisehd or self. May 7, 2016; winners anotified in July jpeg file of cover $15 via PayPal email Judges are local and national booksellers. Categories: Contemp, RS, Para, HR, ER / Erotica, YA Category winning covers featured on RCRW website for month of August and displayed 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 2, 2016; 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 ($45 if by March 7, $60 if by April 18) 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
Peninsula Pulse The Hal Prize Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry Open to writers throughout the United States Deadline May 1, 2016; winners announced Aug 5. fiction and nonfiction: 2,000 words max; poetry: preferred as MS Word or .rtf file peom no longer than one page $5 for fiction and nonficiton; $2.25 for poetry online submission Judges for each category include prestigious and professional authors Jerry Apps, Nicole Helget, Oliver de la Paz and photographer Wing Young Huie. 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.
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, 2014 and may 1, 2016 May 1, 2016; 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.
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, 2016 by 10 PM ET; finalists notified by July 1; winners announced Oct 1 at moonlight & Magnolias conference synopsis, prologue and first chapter, 35 pp max for all. $25 GRW members, $30 RWA member, $40 others. Via Paypal only. 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 (Angela James, Carina Press / Harlequin); Contemp Series (Laura Barth, Harlequin); Inspirational (Sarah Mason Rische, Tyndale House Publishers); HR (Nicole Fischer, William Morrow / Avon); Para (Latoya Smith, Samhain Publishing); YA (Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin’s Press); NSRE (Patience Bloom, Harlequin); novella (Tera Cuskaden, Samhain Publishing) 1st Place winner in each category receives Maggie Medallion. All finalists receive certificates.
Ruminate Magazine William Van Dyke Short Story Prize Fiction Unpublished authors of all ages are eligible. April 15, 2016; winners announced Dec 2015 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.
Music City Romance Writers PITCH Romance Published and unpublished writers. Entry must be for book not under contract as of March 1. April 9, 2016. pitch / back cover blurb (200 words max) $15 via PayPal or check email Judged fully by PAN members, three judges per entry. Top 10% final. Final judges: Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency; Cori Deyoe, 3 Seas Literary Agency; Linda Camacho, Prospect Agency; Carrie Pestritto, Prospect Agency 1st thru 3rd places receive e-Copy of “QUERY: Everything You Need to Get Started, Get Noticed, and Get Signed”along with a 25-page developmental edit, a 30-minute Skype chat or phone call with an acquiring agent, and a bonus critique of your query by a second acquiring agent. Announced in 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 March 1, 2016; winner announced June 1 Enter the full collection of essays. $30 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: Alice B. Fogel, New Hampshire Poet Laureate and award-winning author, poet, and teacher The winning author receives $1,000 prize money, publication of the collection, 100 copies of the book, and distribution with our other titles
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.
Colorado Romance Writers of America Award of Excellence Romance Novel or Novella Romance and fiction with romantic elements with original copyright in 2015; e-books accepted. Received by Feb 2, 2016; finalists notified by May 15. 3 copies of printed book, and 1 ebook copy for the finals or 1 ebook version of digital-first / digital-only works. $25-$30 via PayPal or check mail print books; email digital books. Judges: Readers, booksellers, librarians, and published authors.  Categories: Contemp Series; Contemp ST, RS, HR, Para, Inspirational, MS w/ RE, ER, YA, NA, Novella, Best Cover. Best Cover includes a prize for each category plus Sweetest cover, Spiciest cover, and Hottest Male Chest cover. Top prize: Award of Excellence Trophy, graphic medallion, letter of congratulations. Editor also receives email of congratulations. All finalists receive certificate. Announcement in RWR.
International Thriller Writers Thriller Awards Thriller fiction novel or short story Novel or short story (fewer than 35,000 words) first published in any format in calendar year 2015 in print or ezine format in English language by an ITW recognized publisher. Received by Dec 31, 2015; finalists announced in April 2016; winners announced at Thriller Fest in July. pdf format attached to submission form. No fee. electronic Categories: Best Hard Cover Novel; Best Paperback Original Novel; Best First Novel; Best E-Book Original Novel; Best Young Adult Novel; Best Short Story (includes novellas under 35,000 wds).