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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Tethered By Letters Summer Literary Contest Fiction, Poetry, Flash Fiction Authors of any age in any part of the world July 15, 2018 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 Alyssa Wong (short story), Len Kuntz (flash fiction), and Jericho Brown (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.
Final Draft Big Break Scripts Anyone 18 years or older at date of entry. July 17, 2018; quarter-finalists announced late Sept; semi-finalists announced in Oct; top 10 finalists announced early Nov; top 5 in mid-Nov; winners in early Dec; Grand Prize winners at the Annual Awards in Feb 2019 Full-length script in English in standard industry format. Must submit in Final Draft (FDX) or pdf format. $75 ($65 if submitted by July 2) online entry system Entries are narrowed down to approximately 350 quarterfinalists, then down to the top 10 in each feature genre and TV category. Final judges choose the top 3 and winners in each genre and category. Genres: Action / Adventure; Comedy / Rom-Com; Diversity; Drama; Family / Animated; Period / Historical / War; Sci-Fi / Fantasy; Thriller / Horror. TV categories: Diversity Pilot, Half-Hour, Hour-Long Pilot. Two Grand Prize winners are flown to Los Angeles and receive NYFA Fellowship; 11 winners share up to $80,000 in cash and prizes
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 2017 or 2018 that are available only in digital format or print on demand; entries capped at 50 per category. Midnight CST July 30, 2018; winners announced ~Nov 7. Novel (40,000 words minimum) or Short length work (7,500-39,999 words) Novels $25, Shorts $20 via PayPal submit in 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.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Laramie Awards Western, Pioneer, Civil War Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (60,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2015. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, July 31, 2018; winners announced at awards banquet April 20, 2019 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $75 online Cate ories: Classic; Civil War / Prairie / Pioneer; YA; Drama; Adventure / Caper; 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 $395. Category winners compete for Grand Prize. See website for details.
Land of Enchantment Romance Writers of America The Writer Romance Published or unpublished authors with unpublished, uncontracted entry. Deadline is 11:59 pm July 31, 2018; finalists notified Sept 8; winners announced Nov 10. First 5,000 words of ms with romance or romantic elements and a HEA/HFN ending $20 members, $25 non-members via PayPal electronic Top 3 entries in each category final. Categories and final judges: Contemp (Katie Lane); Para / Sci-Fi / Urban / Speculative / Fantasy (Jeffe Kennedy); RS (Robin Perini); HR (Minerva Spencer); YA (Darynda Jones) Unknown
Women On Writing (WOW) Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest Creative nonfiction essay Anyone, any age. Entry must be in English. Deadline 11:59 PM PT July 31, 2018. Winners announced end Sept / early Oct. Capped at 300 entries. creative nonfiction essay between 200 - 1000 words on any topic and in any style. (Title not included in count.) 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.
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 Aug 3, 2018; winners notified Nov 1 1st 25 pp $25 RWA member, $35 non-RWA member, via PayPal or check electronic entry 1st round: 3 judges with at least one a published member of Windy City RWA; lowest score dropped. Four finalists per category. Categories: HR, ST, F/F/P, YA, Inspirational, RS. Final judgesTBD. Prizes unknown.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Chatelaine Awards Romance & Women's Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (60,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2015. 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, Aug 31, 2018; winners announced at awards banquet April 2019 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $55 online Categories: Contemp Romance; Historical Romance; Adventure & Suspense; Romantic Steamy / Sensual (Not Erotic); Inspirational / Restorative 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 $395. Category winners compete for Grand Prize. See website for details.
Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Fiction Anyone e-deadline / postmark by Aug 31, 2018; winners announced ~Oct   $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 October 2018 issue of Gemini.
Miami University Press Miami University Novella Prize Novella Unpublished entry Aug 31, 2018; winner announced in early 2019 18,000 - 40,000 wds $25 Online through Submittable Final judge: Author Daisy Hernández $750, a standard contract, publication and 10 copies of book
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. Aug 31, 2018, 5 pm ET; awards announced Nov 16. Prose writers: 15 double-spaced pp max; Poets: 10 poems, 15 pp max; Playwrights: 25 pp max. All must also answer 4 questions posted on website. $15 online submission through their form, PDF format for entries 20 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). $5,000 each to 20 artists and writers.
Women On Writing (WOW) Flash Fiction Contest Flash Fiction Anyone, any age. Entry must be in English. Deadline 11:59 PM PT Aug 31, 2018. Capped at 300 entries. Winners announced end Oct / early Nov. 250 words min to 750 words max (Title not included in count.) $10 (extra $10 if you want a critique) Email submission. Pay via PayPal Judge: Literary Agent Jennifer Thompson with Nordlyset Literary Agency. 20 winners. 1st-3rd Place receive cash prizes ($400, $300, $200) plus $25 Amazon gift certificate, publication, and interview; 7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication, and interview; and 10 Honorable mentions receive a $20 Amazon Gift Certificate
New York City Romance Writers of America Kathryn Hayes "When Sparks Fly" Fiction Published with original publication date in calendar year 2017 Sept 1, 2018; finalists announced Nov 12; winners announced Dec 7 full manuscript of published book in pdf or mobi format RWA NYC members: 1st title free, then $25; RWA Members: $25; Non-RWA: $35 electronic only (mobi, ePub, or pdf) Top 3 in each category move to final round. Contemp; Erotic, Para / Sci-Fi / Fantasy; RS; HR. Final Judges: Published Authors Unknown / not on website
Southern Magic Romance Writers of America Award of Excellence Romance Book, Novella Entries must have copyright and original publication date of 2017; traditionally or self-published Received by Sept 1, 2018; winners announced in Nov. 4 copies of the entered book; e-books (with copyright page produced by publisher) may be entered if not available in print. $25 via PayPal via mail and/or electronic Judged by romance readers, booksellers, and / or librarians. Categories: Contemp, Inspirational, RS, HR, Para / F / Sci-Fi, Teen / YA, NA, Novella (20-40k wds) Unknown / not on website
Valley of the Sun Romance Writers of America Hot Prospects Romance Anyone with uncontracted, unpublished romance entry (as of Sept 1) e-deadline / postmark 11:59 p.m. MST Sept 2, 2018; finalists notified Oct 2; winners notified Dec 15. First 15 pp (max) of author's original work and a back cover blurb (300 words max) Valley of the Sun RW members $20; non-chapter members $25; non-RWA members $30, via PayPal. email 1st round - 2 judges. If scores vary by 30 or more points, there will be a 3rd judge with lowest score dropped. 3 finalists per category. Categories and final judges: ST Contemp (Stacy Boyd, Harlequin Desire; Stephanie Doig, Carina Press); RS (Johanna Raisanen, Harlequin); HR / Regency (Jessica Alvarez, Bookends Literary; Sarah Blumestock, Penquin-Random House); F/F/P (Agent / Editor TBA); Inspirational (Dina Davis, Love Inspired – Harlequin; Raela Schoenherr, Baker Publishing Group); YA / NA (Mary Altman, Source Books; Michelle Grajkowski, Three Seas Literary Agency); Erotica (Agent / Editor TBA). Grand prize $400 in services (winner's choice) from BellaMediaManagement.com. Top 3 finalists in each category receive graphic for website and acknowledgment in RWR.
San Francisco Area Romance Writers of America Heart to Heart Romance Unpublished in novel or novella-length work for at least five years. Need not be RWA member. e-deadline Sept 3, 2018; finalists notified Oct 1; winners announced Nov 5. First 15 pp (4,000 words max) $15 for SFRWA members, $25 all others electronic Three 1st round judges includes experienced, trained PRO and PAN members. The lowest score is dropped. Final-round judges are acquiring editors and agents. Top 3 entries in each category final. Contemp (Sue Grimshaw, Penguin-Random House – Ballantine, Bantam, Dell – Loveswept, Flirt; Toni Kelley, Extasy Books; Eva Scalzo, Speilburg Literary Agency); HR (Alycia Tornetta, Entangled; Jennie Conway, St. Martin’s Press; Lizzie Poteet, Seymour Agency); Speculative Fiction (Mackenzie Walton, Carina Press; 2nd and 3rd judges TBD); YA (Nikki Garcia, Little, Brown Children’s; Laurie McLean, Fuse Literary Literary; Holly West, Swoon Reads); Suspense (Mary Altman, Sourcebooks Romance; Tara Gelsomino, One Track Literary Agency; 3rd judge TBD) Unknown / not on website
Missouri Romance Writers of America Gateway to the Best Romance Writers not contracted / not published for last 3 years (as of July 30, 2018). Self-published authors may enter with any unpublished work. 11:59 PM CST, Sept 8, 2018; finalists announced Oct 30; winners announced ~Nov 26. up to 1st 7,000 words $20 for members, $30 non-members; half price for add'l entries. Payment via PayPal, check, or money order in U.S. currency. electronic 3 judges for 1st round, lowest score dropped. 3 finalists per category. Grand Prize (if awarded) goes to entry with highest score of all 3 first round scores. Final judges and categories: ST / Contemp Series / RS (Rhonda Penders, Wild Rose Press); HR (Nicola Caws, Harlequin Historical / Mills & Boon Historical Romance); Women's Fiction (Kristy Hunter, The Knight Agency); Para / F/F (Laurie Johnson, Harlequin); YA / NA (Lynette Novak, The Seymour Agency). Grand Prize Winner receives Gateway Charm plus certificate; 1st - 3rd place receive certificates; 1st and 2nd place receive one-yr membership to MoRWA e-newsletter.
Mid-Michigan Romance Writers of America Best Banter Romance For unpublished authors: unpublished during past five years with uncontracted entry. For published authors: entry must be published with first copyright date of 2017. Received by Sept 10, 2018 1,500 words max of your best story banter plus a 250 word max scene introduction, which will not be judged or included in word count. Published authors must provide an additional page with copyright info. $20, $15 for MMRWA members via Paypal electronic Categories and final judges: Unpublished: Contemp (TBA); HR (Erin Molta, Entagled Publishing); Para (TBA). Published: Contemp (TBA); HR (Kathryn Le Veque, Dragonblade Publishing); Para (TBA) Unknown / not on website
Dream Quest One Dream Quest One Summer Poetry & Writing Contest Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry Unpublished, published, All entries must be original. Deadline Sept 15, 2018; winners announced Oct 31. Poem: 30 lines or fewer, on any subject; 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.
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.
Bauhan Publishing The Monadnock Essay Collection Prize Nonfiction Essays Unpublished book-length collection (120-160 pp) Sept 30, 2018 Enter the full collection of essays, 120-160 pp in length $25 Submit online through Submittable; print submissions accepted through USPS Any form: personal essays, memoir in essay form, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel, historical account, etc. Judge TBA. The winning author receives $750 prize money, publication of the collection, 50 copies of the book, and distribution with our other titles
Chanticleer Book Reviews Clue Awards Suspense / Thriller Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (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, Sept 30, 2018; winners announced at awards banquet April 2019 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $75 online Categories: Suspense / Thriller; Detective / Crime; Private Eye (Noir); Legal / Medical / Police Procedural; Spy / Espionage 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $395. Category winners compete for Grand Prize. See website for details.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Little Peeps Awards Children's (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2015. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, Sept 30, 2018; winners announced at awards banquet April 2019 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. Please enter entire book with artwork if applicable. $55 online Categories: Chapter Book; Story Book; Picture Book; Activity Book; Educational Book 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $395. Category winners compete for Grand Prize. See website for details.
North Louisiana Storytellers & Authors of Romance (NOLA STARS) The Suzannah Romance Anyone. Entry must be unpublished and uncontracted (through Nov 30) in any format. Entries capped at 120. Midnight CST Oct 1, 2018; finalists announced Dec 1; winner announced at luncheon in March 2019. 7,200 words max, including synopsis and beginning of manuscript $30 for NOLA members, $35 all others. $5 discount by midnight CST Aug 31. Via PayPal or check. via email 1st round judges are published authors, RWA Pro members, industry professionsals. 3 scores, lowest one dropped. Final judges: Pamela Harty, The Knight Agency; Erin Niumata, Folio Literary Management; Barbara Collins Rosenberg, The Rosenberg Group; Patience Bloom, Harlequin; Tessa Woodward, Harper Collins; Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks. Grand prize winner announced at conference in March 2018. Winner receives $300 and trophy. All other finalists receive certificates. Results published on website, loops, and in the RWR.
Southwest Florida Romance Writers of America The Joyce Henderson Contest Romance Unpublished or not published in last 5 yrs in category entered. Entry must be author's original work, uncontracted, unpublished, and in English. 11:59 PM ET Oct 1, 2018; winners announced Dec 20. first 20 pp of unpublished manuscript SFRW members $25; all others $30 via PayPal electronic entry 1st Round: 2 judges, at least one a published author. Final judges: Contemp, including Women’s Fiction (Tahra Seplowin, HarperCollins Publishers; Scott Eagan, Greyhaus Literary Agency); HR (Robin Haseltine, Entangled Publishing; Nicole Resciniti, The Seymour Agency); Para / Sci-Fi / Fantasy (Nancy Schumacher, Melange Book; Kat Enright, The Seymour Agency); YA (Jennie Conway, St. Martin’s Press; Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Literary Agency); RS (Georgia Woods, Hartwood Publishing; Dawn Dowdle, Blue Ridge Literary Agency) 1st place in each category wins $50 and Certificate. 2nd place wins $20 and Certificate. 3rd place wins Certificate. Winners announced in RWR.
Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival Fiction Contest (Saints & Sinners) Short Story Open to writers at all stages of their careers and to stories in all genres. Story must be unpublished and cannot have won or placed in any other writing contest. Postmark / e-deadline Oct 1, 2018. Winner announced late Feb 2019. Original, unpublished short story, written in English, between 3,000 and 7,000 words with LGBT content on broad theme of Saints and Sinners. $20 via Submittable online via Submittable Judge: Jeff Mann Grand Prize: $500; Two 2nd Place Prizes of $100 each. Top stories published in anthology from Bold Strokes Books.
Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival TWF 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 Oct 1, 2018. Winner announced late Feb 2019. Original, unpublished short story, written in English, 7,000 words max. $25 via Submittable online via Submittable Judge: Hannah Pittard Grand Prize: $1,500; Domestic airfare (up to $500) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the next festival in New Orleans; VIP Festival Pass ($600 value); public reading at the Festival; publication in Louisiana Literature.Top Finalists receive a panel pass ($75 value) to next Festival.
Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival One Act Play Contest One-act play Plays that are under option or have won any other playwriting contest are ineligible. Play cannot have been professionaly produced, published, or performed. Postmark / e-deadline Oct 1, 2018. Winner announced late Feb 2019. Submit unpublished, never publicly performed one-act play up to one hour in length. See guidelines for more info. $25 via Submittable online via Submittable Final Judge: John Guare Grand Prize: $1,500; staged reading at the next Festival; VIP Festival pass ($600 value); publication in Bayou magazine. Top Finalists receive a panel pass ($75 value) to the next Festival.
West Houston Romance Writers of America The Emily Romance unpublished or not published in category entered in past 3 yrs with unpublished, uncontracted entry. Entries capped at 200. Traditional, epubbed, indie-published are eligible. Need not be RWA member. Midnight Oct 2, 2018; finalists announced ~Dec 15; winners announced 1st 5,600 words, max in TNR 12 point, submitted as MS Word document or RTF $25 WHRWA members, $35 all others, via PayPal online 3 judges (at least one published author) for 1st round, lowest score dropped. Three finalists per category. Long Contemp (Editor TBA; Agent TBA); Short Contemp (Editor TBA; Agent TBA); FFP (Editor TBA; Agent TBA); HR (Editor TBA; Agent Beth Miller, Writers House); RS (Editor TBA; Agent TBA); YA (Editor TBA; AgentKelly Peterson - Corvisiero Agency); Best of the Best (Karla Hodde, Katy Budget Books) 1st Place: EMILY brooch, all other finalists: certificate. Best of the Best receives $100.
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 Oct 15, 2018; winners announced late Feb 2019. 2-4 unpublished poems of any theme with combined length of up to 400 lines $15 via Submittable online via Submittable Judge: Greg Brownderville Prize: $1,000; public reading and VIP All Access Pass ($600 value) for next festival, public reading at next festival, and publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas. Top finalists receive a panel pass ($75 value) to attend the next festival, and their names will be published on website.
Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival Very Short Fiction Contest Short Fiction 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 Oct 15, 2018. Winner announced late Feb 2019. Original short story, written in English, up to 1,000 words. $10 via Submittable online via Submittable Judge: Robert Olen Butler Grand Prize: $500; VIP Festival Pass ($600 value); public reading at the Festival; publication in New Orleans Review Web Features
Chanticleer Book Reviews Ozma Awards Fantasy Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (50,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2015. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, Oct 31, 2018; winners announced at awards banquet April 2019 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $75 online Categories: Magic, Heroes & Villains; Coming of Age; Steampunk / Dieselpunk / Gaslight Fantasy; Historical Fantasy; Modern / Urben Fantasy; Fairy Tale, Fable, Myth & Legend 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 $395. Category winners compete for Grand Prize. See website for details.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Paranormal Awards Paranormal (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (50,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2015. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, Oct 31, 2018; winners announced at awards banquet April 2019 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $75 online Categories: Paranormal Romance; Urban / Edgy; Magical Beings & Creatures; Supernatural Powers; Adventure / Mystery / Thriller 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 $395. Category winners compete for Grand Prize. See website for details.
Red Hen Press Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award Poetry Previously unpublished poetry manuscript. Open to anyone not affiliated or associated with Red Hen Press. Postmark by Oct 31, 2018; winner announced in 2019 unpublished poetry collection, 48 - 96 pp. $25 via Submittable online Final Judge: Marilyn Nelson $3,000, publication of the collection by Red Hen Press, and 4-week PLAYA Residency.
Fresh Voices Screenwriters' Resource Screenplay Competition Feature Screenplay, TV Pilot / Spec, Short Script Open to all English language screenplays and writers. Entry must be unpublished and cannot have been professionally produced through end of judging period. Final deadline is Nov 7, 2018 at 11:59 PM (early deadline for reduced fees start Aug 14); quarter finalists announced Jan 2019; 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-$70 depending on category and submission date electronic submission 14 competition categories for feature films, tv pilots, and short scripts plus 10 Spotlight Awards. See website. Over $20,000 in Cash & Prizes.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Global Thriller Awards Global Thriller, Lab Lit (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (60,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2015. 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, Nov 30, 2018; winners announced at awards banquet April 2019 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $75 online Categories: Historic, LabLit, 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 $395. Category winners compete for Grand Prize. See website for details.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Somerset Awards Contemporary / Literary / Mainstream Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (60,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2015. 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, Nov 30, 2018; winners announced at awards banquet April 2019 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $75 online Categories: Literary; Contemporary; Adventure / Suspense; Literary; Humor / Satire; Women's Fiction; Magic Realism 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 $395. Category winners compete for Grand Prize. See website for details.
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, 2018; winners announced ~Jan 15, 2019. 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.
Next Generation Indie Book Awards Next Generation Indie Book Awards Independent Books Open to independent authors and publishers worldwide for books written in English and with a copyright date of (or released in) 2017, 2018, or 2019. Feb 15, 2019 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; $60 each add'l category, via PayPal 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 + trophy for 2nd place, $500 + trophy for 3rd place, $100 + Gold Medal to winner of each of the 70 categories. See website for details.
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 $395. 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 $395. 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 $395. Category winners compete for Grand Prize. See website for details.
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 $395. 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 $395. Category winners compete for Grand Prize. See website for details.