Categories abbreviations used: Contemp (Contemporary), ER (Erotic Romance), FFTP (Futuristic / Time-Travel, Fantasy, Paranormal), HF (Historical Fiction), HR (Historical Romance), MS (Mainstream), Mys / Sus (Mystery / Suspense), NA (New Adult), NSRE (Novel with Strong Romantic Elements), Para (Paranormal), RC (Romantic Comedy), RE (Romantic Elements), RS (Romantic Suspense), ST (Single Title), Sci-Fi (Science Fiction), YA (Young Adult).
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Georgia Romance Writers of America Maggie Unpublished Romance Unpublished in full length romance within last 5 yrs.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 29, 2018 by 10 PM ET; finalists notified June 28; winners announced Oct 6 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 (TBA); Contemp Short (TBA); Romance w/Religious or Spiritual Elements (TBA); HR (TBA); Para (TBA); YA / NA (TBA); MS w/Central Romance (TBA); RS (TBA) 1st Place winner in each category receives Maggie Medallion. All finalists receive certificates.
ArtAscent "Black" International Call for Writers Fiction, poetry Any writer 18 yrs or older. Entries must be original work of applicant. Can be previously published or unpublished. April 30, 2018 ; winners announced in May/June. 900 words max with theme of "black." Share your interpretation. (Other types of media are also accepted. See website for more info.) $10 via PayPal online Judges: ArtAscent If your work is selected you will be: announced in the ArtAscent newsletter; published in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal, showcased for at least two years on the ArtAscent website online exhibition, listed by name online for at least two years on the ArtAscent website artist/ writer listing directory, promoted on the ArtAscent Facebook (16,000+ likes), Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram sites.
Orange County Romance Writers of America Orange Rose Romance RWA member unpublished or published author with 2 or fewer self published or traditionally published works that have not earned $1,000 or more on a single title. Limited to first 150 entries. Work must be unpublished. April 30, 2018 at midnight PT; finalists announced in July; winners announced in Oct. 5 copies of synopsis plus beginning of ms (35 pp max entry) $25 for OCC members, $35 other RWA members. PayPal or check Email with RTF attachment 3 finalists per category. Top scoring entry in each category (must receive min. of 82% of points) will be read by 2-3 editors and/or agents for final judging; scores averaged. Categories: Contemp, MS w/RE, Para, HR, RS, ER, Inspirational, YA, Novella. Final judges TBA 1st round finalists receive certificate. Final round finalsts receive lapel pin. Second, Third, and Foruth Place overall winners receive an award. Fist Place winner will receive The Charlotte award.
Rose City Romance Writers of America Golden Rose Romance Open to non-contracted authors of romantic fiction (RWA and non-RWA members) unpublished in book-length (40k words or more) in the last 3 years and any member of RWA not eligible to join RWA-PAN. April 30, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST first 10,000 words of full-length novel with projected length of 50,000 wds or more; finalists must supply a 500-word synopsis RCRW members, $30, RWA members $35. 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 Series ( Megan Broderick, Harlequin; Agent TBA); Contemp ST (Gabrielle (Elle) Keck, Avon / Harper Collins; Ann Leslie Tuttle, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret); HR (Deborah Nemeth, Carina Press; Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Inc.); Novel w/SRE (Tiffany Shelton, St. Martin’s Press; Kristy Hunter, The Knight Agency); Para (Mary Altman, Sourcebooks; Agent TBA); RS (Rhonda Merwarth, Hallmark; Agent TBA); YA (Heather Howland, Entangled; Laurie McLean, Fuse Literary) 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 receives a $100 gift certificate.
Women On Writing (WOW) Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest Fiction, see website for theme Anyone, any age. Entry must be in English. 11:59 PM PT April 30, 2018. Capped at 300 entries. creative nonfiction essay between 200 - 1000 words on any topic and in any style. Contests capped at 300 entries. $12 (extra $13 if you want a critique) Online submission. Pay via PayPal (assume) judges are Women On Writing editorial staff. 1st-3rd Place receive cash prizes ($500, $300, $200), 7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon gift card. All above also receive publication, interview, and gift card for one item from CreateWriteNow. 10 Honorable Mentions recive gift card for one item from CreateWriteNow.
Colorado Romance Writers of America The Beverley Romance Novel or Novella Any romance novel or novella published traditionally or independently with a copyright date of 2017. Entrants must be 18 years of age. Need not be RWA member. May 1, 2018; finalists announced by June 30; winners announced July 15 Romance novel or novella submitted in English language, in pdf format, complete with copyright page $25.00 electronic only Judges are romance readers, authors, and librarians. 5 finalists per category. Categories: Contemp, ER, HR, MS w/Central Romance, Para, Novella, Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements, RS, YA Winners featured in a Facebook Ad on the Colorado Romance Writers page and an official winner badge to post on your website.
Fairfield Scribes Feature Story Contest - ​When to Now: A Time Travel Anthology Any genre of fiction, as long as it contains some idea of time travel Open to anyone May 1, 2018; winner announced June 1 2,000 - 10,000 words, which includes the possibility of a flash series of 2-4 pieces (as long as the total word count for all pieces together is between 2,000-4,000 words and the stories are all related in some way) No Fee Email Initial entries will be judged by the anthology's lead editor. Finalists and the top winner will be decided by a committee of editors. Awards and other info: The top prize includes publication, promotion, and an electronic and hard copy of the anthology. All submissions, including non-winning entries, will receive personalized feedback.
Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers of America On the Far Side Novel-length fiction with Romantic and Futuristic, Fantasy, or Paranormal Elements Unpublished / not published in the genre entered during the last 5 years 11:55 PM EDT May 13, 2018; finalists notified ~June 18; winners announced ~August 6. Blurb in the format of back-cover copy and no more than the first 20 pages of your manuscript; finalists will be required to provide a synopsis of no more than 2 pp. $20 for FF&P Member, $25 others email Four 1st round judges with lowest score dropped. Three finalists advance to final round. Categories: Dark Para (Saritza Hernandez, Corvisiero Literary Agency; Amanda Barnett, The Wild Rose Press); Light Para (Margaret Bail, Fuse Literary; Gail Delaney, Desert Breeze Publishing); Sci-Fi / Futuristic (Caitie Flum, Liza Dawson Associates; Tessa Woodward, HarperCollins); Fantasy (Kurestin Armada, P.S. Literary Agency; Elizabeth May, Kensington Publishing); Urban Fantasy (Cori Deyoe, 3 Seas Literary Agency; Stephanie Doig, Carina Press); Steampunk (Miriam Kriss, Irene Goodman Literary Agency; Candace Havens, Entangled Publishing); HR (Lisa Rodgers, JABberwocky Literary Agency; Melissa Singer, Tor); YA (Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Literary Agency; Mary Altman, Sourcebooks); NA (Léonicka Valcius, Transatlantic Agency; Lexi Smail, Forever/Grand Central) Top Prize: Certificate and OTFS pin.
Tampa Area Romance Writers of America TARA Romance (except women's fiction category which must center on female protagonist) Entry must be original work, unpublished and uncontracted  as of deadline; need not be RWA member Received by 11:59 PM EST May 13, 2018; winners announced ~Sept. 1st 4,500 words; finalists must supply a synopsis of up to 5 pp $25 for TARA members, $30 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: Contemp ST, Para, HR, Inspirational, RS, Women's Fiction. Final judges TBA. 1st Place category winners receive sterling silver TARA pendant, and contest winner graphic for website. Finalists receive certificates and website graphic. Winners announced in RWR.
Northeast Ohio Romance Writers of America Cleveland Rocks Romance Unpublished (including self-published) in book-length (20,000 wds or more) fiction in last 5 years. Need not be RWA member to enter. May 15, 2018 by 11:59 PM EST; finalists notified ~July 9; winners announced Sept 9. Prologue / first chapter (5,000 words max; 3,000 words if novella). 1-2 page synopsis (500 wds max) is optional and will not be judged. $25 by check or PayPal. Email Top 3 finalists in each category proceed to final round. Final Judges: Contemp Long (Rachel Gilmer, Sourcebooks; Tara Gelsomino, Crimson; Kristy Hunter; The Knight Agency); Contemp Short (Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency; Latoya C. Smith, LCS Literary Services; Dana Grimaldi, Harlequin); HR (Allison Byers, The Wild Rose Press; Debby Gilbert, SoulMate Publishing; Rebecca Strauss, DeFiore & Company); Para (Sara Megibow, KT Literary; Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger; Alissa Davis, Carina Press); MS w/RE (Rebecca Angus, Golden Wheat Literary; Ann Leslie Tuttle, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret; TBA); YA/NA (Lydia Sharp, Entangled; Mary C. Moore, Kimberly Cameron & Associates; Whitney Ross, Irene Goodman Literary); NEW Published Author Category (Heidi Shoham, Entangled; Michelle Klayman, Boroughs Publishing Group; TBA) Winners of each category will receive a refund of their entry fee, a certificate, and a website graphic.
Heart of Denver Romance Writers of America Aspen Gold Reader's Choice Romance Book / Novella / Short Story book length traditional or self-published romantic fiction with original copyright or first print date in calendar year 2017. Received by May 31, 2018; finalists and winners announced TBA. e-entry only, uploaded as pdf file. Short stories are $15. Other entry types: $20 HODRW members, $25 other RWA members, $30 all others. Via PayPal. pdf, uploaded Categories: Short Romantic Story; YA, Short Contemp, Long Contemp, HR, Para, 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 and loops and in the RWR.
Heart of Denver Romance Writers of America The Molly  Romance unpublished in novel-length fiction in past 3 yrs Received by 11:59 PM MDT, May 31, 2018; finalists notified first week of August; winners notified by October 15. 1st 25 pp plus 5-pp max synopsis, which will not be judged. (30 pp max entry) $25 - HODRW members, $30 - other RWA members. Pay by money order, check, or Paypal email 1st Round has 3 qualified judges, at least one a published author. Lowest score will be dropped. Three finalists per category. Final round judges: Contemp Long, Contemp Short, HR, para, RS, YA.Each entry will also be judged for "The Unsinkable Heroine" award. The Heart of Molly award goes to a HODRW member. Final judges TBA. Finalists receive a Finalist pin. 1st Place Winner in each category receives Molly Award Plaque and a pin. Other finalists receive certificates. Results publised on website and loops, and in RWR
Wunder Editions Wundor Short Fiction Contest Novellas, Short Stories and Flash Fiction Open to anyone 16 years of age or older. Entry must be original, unpublished, and in English May 31, 2018; winner announced June 30 45,000 words max £10 Online through Submittable Judges are the Wundor Editors Winner receives £500. Winner and two runners up will have an extract of their work published on the Wundor website. Their work will be strongly considered for publication in print, in which case a publishing contract will be offered.
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, 2018; winners announced ~July 15 and officially at the Sept 8 Award luncheon. 2,500 words max $15 by check or Money Order. Email or mail (3 copies); entry fee must be mailed. Entries will be judged blind by a panel of three professional writers and educators. Each submission will receive a summary of the judges comments and feedback. 1st prize $200; 2nd $100; 3rd $75. Winners also receive certificate and winning story published on the club's web site.
New Jersey Romance Writers of America Put Your Heart In A Book Romance RWA member, unpublished / not contracted in book-length romantic fiction or fiction narrative prose of 20,000 words or more at the contest deadline by any publisher and in any format within the last five years. Received by 12:01 a.m. EST June 1, 2018; finalists notified Aug 31; winners announced Oct 20 at NJRW Conference. synopsis (2-5 pp), prologue / first chapter; 30 pp max entry $25 NJRW members, $35 all others. Check, money order, or PayPal email 2 judges for 1st round; 3rd judge if difference of 45 points or more. Score is average of 2 highest scores. The 3 top entries in each category final. Categories: Contemp Series, ST Contemp, HR, Para, RS, YA. Final Judges TBA 1st Place: $50 + plaque; 2nd Place: $35 + certificate; 3rd Place: $25 + certificate
Regulus Press The Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition Fiction Open to anyone. Entry must be original story and must use the opening and closing lines supplied. June 4, 2018; winners announced in September 3,000 words max in any genre, using the provided opening and closing lines from a classic work of literature a voluntary $10 entry fee is suggested (via PayPal) Email The judges of the 2018 contest include a variety of professional writers, poets, and playwrights, including Catherine Barnett (The Game of Boxes), Kelley Eskridge (Solitaire), Stephen Graham Jones (Mongrels), Holly Kowitt (The Principal's Underwear Is Missing), Brian Parks ("Americana Absurdum"), Michael Pronko (The Last Train), Becky Selengut (Good Fish), and Nisi Shawl (Everfair). Three winning stories will be selected, for a total prize of US $1500. In addition, winners and runners-up will be published by Regulus Press in a forthcoming 2018 Anthology of Literary Taxidermy.
From The Heart Romance Writers of America Pages From The Heart Romance RWA members who are published or unpublished with original, unpublished, uncontracted entry. Deadline 11:59 PM PT, June 30, 2018; finalists announced Sept 1; winners announced Nov 6. 6,000 words max $21 FTH members; $26 RWA members; $16 each add'l entry (US funds via paypal) electronic only 1st round: Three Judges per entry; lowest score dropped, but will be used in case of a tie. Categories and Final Judges for Published Author entries: Short Contemp (Erin Niumata, Folio Literary Management; Alycia Tornetta, Entangled Publishing); Long Contemp (Andrea Cascardi, Transatlantic Agency; Patience Bloom, Harlequin); RS / Mystery (Dawn Dowdle, Blue Ridge Agency; Allison Lyons, Harlequins); HR (Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger, Inc.; Norma Perez-Hernandez, Kensington Books); Para / FF / TT ( Kimberly Brower, Brower Literary; Mackenzie Walton, Carina Press); YA (Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency; Jennie Conway, St. Martins). Categories and Final Judges for Unpublished Author entries: Long Contemp (Michelle Grajkowski, Three Seas Literary Agency; Stephanie Doig, Carina Press); Short Contemp (Scott Eagan, Greyhaus Literary Agency; Susan Grimshaw, Loveswept (Penguin-Random House)); HR (Pam Victorio, D4EO Literary; Deborah Gilbert, Soulmate Publishing); RS / Mystery (Ann Leslie Tuttle, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret; Kristine Swartz, Berkley Publishing); Para / F / F / TT (Laurie McLean, Fuse Literary; Laura Costell, Sourcebooks); YA (Colleen Oefelein, Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency; Janet Clementz, Soulmate Publishing); Hero of our Heart Award (Jenn Haskin, Corvisiero Agency; Carrie Pestritto, Laura Dail Literary Agency) 1st Place: $30.00; 2nd Place: 1-year paid membership to FTHRW; 1st thru 3rd and Honorable Mention receive website / avatar graphic, printable e-certificate, and name in contest winners section of the RWR. Hero of Our Heart Prizes: 1st Place: $50 and name in contest winners section of RWR. 1st thru 4th Place recieve website / avatar graphic and printable e-certificate.
Wells Festival of Literature Short Story Competition Short Story Anyone. Entry must be in English, exclusive to author, uncontracted, unpublished, and not submitted to any other competition at time of entry Received by midnight June 30, 2018; winner announced Oct 21 complete story 1,000 to 2,000 words £6 payment in sterling via cheque or postal order or online via PayPal via postal mail or submitted online Judge: Helen Stevenson, author of three novels and a memoir. Her memoir Love Like Salt was chosen by the Guardian’s Maggie O’ Farrell as one of the best books of the year. 1st Place £750, 2nd Place £300, 3rd Place £200, Local prize £100
Wells Festival of Literature Poetry Competition Poetry Anyone. Entry must be in English, exclusive to author, uncontracted, unpublished, and not submitted to any other competition at time of entry Received by midnight June 30, 2018; winner announced Oct 21 Poem on any subject, 40 lines max £6 payment in sterling via cheque or postal order or online via PayPal via postal mail or submitted online Judge: Terry Gifford, author of A Feast of Fools (Cinnamon Press, 2018). In addition to his poetry, Terry is also the author of Green Voices: Understanding Contemporary Nature Poetry (2nd edn. 2011) as well as having written/edited seven books on Ted Hughes. 1st Place £750, 2nd Place £300, 3rd Place £200, Local prize £100
Wells Festival of Literature Book for Children Competition Book for Children (by adults) Anyone. Entry must be in English, exclusive to author, uncontracted, unpublished, and not submitted to any other competition at time of entry Received by midnight June 30, 2018; winner announced Oct 21 Children's book for ages 8+ (i.e., middle grade through young adult), synopsis and first 3 chapters plus cover letter; shortlisted authors must send complete manuscript. £6 payment in sterling via cheque or postal order or online via PayPal via postal mail or submitted online Judge: Gill McLay. Founder and artistic director of the Bath Kids Lit Fest, Gill McLay runs the Bath Literary Agency specialising in children’s writers of fiction, non-fiction and picture books. 1st £750 plus a 121 critique with the author; 2nd Place £300, 3rd Place £200, Local prize £100
Wells Festival of Literature Young Poets Competition Poetry Open to anyone aged 16 - 22. Entry must be in English, exclusive to author, uncontracted, unpublished, and not submitted to any other competition at time of entry Received by midnight June 30, 2018; winner announced Oct 21 A poem on any subject, 35 lines max £3 payment in sterling via cheque or postal order or online via PayPal via postal mail or submitted online Judge: Miriam Nash, poet, performer and educator. Her first collection of poems All the Prayers in the House won an Eric Gregory Award (2015) and was runner-up for the Edwin Morgan Award (2016). 1st £150, 2nd £75, 3rd £50; plus a year'a subscription to The Poetry Society
Spruce Mountain Press Past Loves Day Story Contest Non-fiction Open to anyone with a past true love Sept 17, 2018; winners announced Nov 17 True story (700 wds max) about a past true love Free email or postal mail No categories; judges are from Spruce Mountain Press. 1st Prize: $100; 2nd prize: $75; 3rd Prize: $50; Honorable Mention(s) Winning stories will be posted (anonymously, if requested by author) on the website.