Categories abbreviations used: Contemp (Contemporary, Series, Category romance), ER (Erotic Romance), FFTP (Futuristic / Time-Travel, Fantasy, Paranormal), HF (Historical Fiction), HR (Historical Romance), MS (Mainstream), Mys / Sus (Mystery / Suspense), NA (New Adult), NSRE (Novel with Strong Romantic Elements), Para (Paranormal), RC (Romantic Comedy), RE (Romantic Elements), RS (Romantic Suspense), ST (Single Title), Sci-Fi (Science Fiction), YA (Young Adult).
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Georgia Romance Writers of America Maggie Unpublished Romance Unpublished in full length romance within last 5 yrs.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 27, 2019 by 10 PM ET; finalists notified June 27; winners announced Oct 7 at moonlight & Magnolias conference synopsis, prologue and first chapter, 10,000 words max $30 GRW members, $35 RWA member, $40 others via Paypal. electronic 3 published authors judge each entry. 5 finalists per category. No scoresheets, scores not released to entrants. Judges write on ms. Final judges: Contemp (Alycia Tornetta, Entangled); Contemp Short (Vic Britton, Harlequin); Romance w/Religious or Spiritual Elements (TBA); HR (Char Chaffin, Soul Mate); Para (Amanda Barnette, Wild Rose Press); YA / NA (TBA); MS w/Central Romance (TBA); RS (Sinclair Sawhney, Tule Publishing) 1st Place winner in each category receives Maggie Medallion. All finalists receive certificates.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Cygnus Awards Science Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (60,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2016. 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, April 30, 2019; winners announced at awards banquet April 2020 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $75 online Categories: Speculative Fiction, Soft Sci-Fi / YA, Alternate History, Hard Science Fiction, Apocalyptic / Dystopian, Space Opera 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 $425. Category winners compete for Grand Prize. See website for details.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Journey Awards Narrative Nonfiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (50,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2016. 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, April 30, 2019; winners announced at awards banquet April 2020 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $75 online Categories: Travelogue Experiences; Global Enlightenment; Culinary / Hobby / Professional Experiences; Memoir; Personal Journeys / Experiences 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 $425. Category winners compete for Grand Prize. See website for details.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Mystery & Mayhem Awards Cozy Mystery Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (50,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2016. 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, April 30, 2019; winners announced at awards banquet April 2020 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $75 online Categories: Romantic Suspense; Mystery Caper / Adventure; Amateur Sleuth; Classic / British Cozy; Historical Mystery; Animal Mystery ; Small Town Cozy Mystery 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 $425. Category winners compete for Grand Prize. See website for details.
New England Crime Bake Al Blanchard Award Contest Crime short story Story must be a previously unpublished (in print or electronically, including author website) crime story by a New England author or with a New England setting April 30, 2019 at midnight. Winner announced in November at conference. 5,000 words max in Word format, double-spaced Free email Mystery, thriller, suspense, caper, or horror Winner receives $100 plus publication in Windward, Level Best Books' crime fiction anthology, free admission to Crime Bake, and a handsome plaque.
Rose City Romance Writers of America Golden Rose Romance Open to non-contracted authors of romantic fiction (RWA and non-RWA members) unpublished in book-length (50k words or more) in the last 3 years and any member of RWA not eligible to join RWA-PAN. April 30, 2019 at 11:59 PM PDT; finalists notified June 25; winners announced Aug 31 first 10,000 words of full-length novel with projected length of 50,000 wds or more; finalists must supply a 500-word synopsis RCRW members, $30, other RWA members $35. electronic only; pay by PayPal or check Preliminary round: 3 trained judges, at least one will be published author or RWA Pro. Lowest score will be dropped (unless needed to break tie). The top 3 in each category final. Categories and Final Judges: Contemp ST (John Jacobson, Carina Press; Cate Hart, Corvisiero Literary Agency); Contemp Series (Jay Austin, eXtasy Books / Devine Destinies; Kelly Peterson, Rees Literary Agency); YA (Lydia Sharp, Entangled Publishing); Karly Caserza, Fuse Literary); Novel w/SRE (Ann Leslie Tuttle, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret); HR (Janna Bonikowski, Knight Agency; Mara Delgado-Sanchez, St. Martins); Para (Heather McCorkle, City Owl); RS (Val Mathews, Wild Rose Press; Stephany Evans, Pande Literary Agency) Finalists in each category receive an award certificate and gold rose lapel pin. The highest scored manuscript in the first round judging is awarded overall winner of the Golden Rose Contest and also receives a $100 gift certificate. First place category winners and overall winner receive RCRW one-year membership.
Farifield Scribes Feature Story Contest - Don't Be A Hero: A VILLAINthology Fiction Entry must be unpublished Deadline May 1, 2019; winner announced June 1 .Doc, .docx, or .rtf format. Short story between 2,000 and 10,000 words. Includes possibility of a flash series of 2-4 pieces if total word count for all pieces together is 2,000 - 4,000 words and stories are related in some way. Free email Judged by at least 2 editors of Fairfield Scribes Winner recieves publication, promotion, an electronic and hard copy of the anthology, and tips in navigating the publishing industry. Finalists have chance to contribute to the next anthology as invited authors.
Peninsula Pulse The Hal Prize Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry Open to writers throughout the United States Deadline May 1, 2019; winners announced Aug 2. fiction and nonfiction: 2,000 words max; poetry: preferred as MS Word or .rtf file; poem no longer than one page. Also include cover letter and a 25-50 word bio. $5 for fiction and nonficiton; $2.50 for poetry online submission This year’s judges TBA. Publication to a readership of more than 18,000, cash awards for first place winners, a week stay at Write On, Door County, and other prizes.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Dante Rossetti Awards Young Adult Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (50,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2016. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, May 31, 2019; winners announced at awards banquet April 2020 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $75 online Categories: Contemporary YA; SFF & Para; Dystopian / Edgy / Urban; Mystery / Thriller / Suspense; Historical YA; YA Adventure / Romance 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 $425. Category winners compete for Grand Prize. See website for details.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Gertrude Warner Awards Middle Grade Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (20,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2016. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, May 31, 2019; winners announced at awards banquet April 2020 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $75 online Categories: Contemp Middle Grade; SFF & Paranormal Middle Grade; Mystery Middle Grade; Historical Middle Grade; Adventure Middle Grade; Graphic Novels 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 $425. Category winners compete for Grand Prize. See website for details.
Reedsy Reedsy Short Story Contest Short Story Anyone can enter May 31, 2019 (this is a weekly contest, so every Friday) Short story of 1,000 - 3,000 words. Subscribe to their newsletter to receive 5 wriitng prompts every Friday. Free email Reedsy editors are assumed to be judging. $50 possible win
Arizona Mystery Writers Arizona Mystery Writers Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest Mystery / Suspense / Thriller Short Story Open to adults 15 yrs of age and older. Work must be original and unpublished prior to judging. Postmarked or file stamped by June 1, 2019; winners announced July 13 and officially at the Sept 2019 Award luncheon. 2,500 words max $15 by check or Money Order. Email or mail (3 copies); entry fee must be mailed. Blind judging for all entries. One category - mystery, thriller or suspense. 1st prize $200; 2nd $100; 3rd $75. Winners also receive certificate and winning story published on the club's web site.
Reedsy Reedsy Short Story Contest Short Story Anyone can enter Aug 30, 2019 (this is a weekly contest, so every Friday) Short story of 1,000 - 3,000 words. Subscribe to their newsletter to receive 5 wriitng prompts every Friday. Free email Reedsy editors are assumed to be judging. $50 possible win