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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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 2016, 2017, or 2018 copyright date Feb 23, 2018 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.
Dream Quest One Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest Fiction, Nonfiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry Unpublished, published, All entries must be original.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 Feb 28, 2018; winners announced March 31 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.
Faith, Hope & Love Romance Writers of America FHL Reader's Choice Award Romance Book, Novella Christian fiction books with a 2017 copyright. March 1, 2018; 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 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 Writers who are unpublished and/ uncontracted in fiction. Received by 11:59 PM CST March 1, 2018; finalists notified mid-April; winners announced in May. beginning of unpublished novel (2,500 words max) $18 WisRWA members; $25 all others by PayPal Online entry 3 judges, lowest score dropped. 5 finalists per category.. Final judges: Contemp (TBD; Ann Leslie Tuttle, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret); HR (Norma Perez-Hernandez, Kensington Publishing Corp; Nikki Terpilowski, Holloway Literary Agency); Inspirational (TBD; Julie Gwinn, Seymour Agency); Para/ F/ F/ TT (Mackenzie Walton, Carina Press; Samantha Wekstein, Writers House Literary Agency) RS (Kristine Swartz, Penquin Random House; Cori Deyoe, 3 Seas Literary Agency); Women’s Fiction (TBD; TBD); YA / NA (Ashley Hearn, Page Street Publishing; Veronica Park, Corvisiero Literary Agency) Unknown / not on website.
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 with a 2017 copyright Entry forms by March 1, 2018 11:59 PM EDT, physical books postmarked by March 2 / pdfs received by 11:50 PM CST; finalists announced June 1; winners announced in July 3 physical books (mass market or trade paperback) for print book format; for ebook-only published books, 1 pdf for or submit in perfect bound, galley-printed $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. 3 Judges for each book; lowest score dropped. YA/NA Categories: Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal; Novella. Finalists whose entry is their first novel are automatically entered into Best First Book category for no additional fee. Plaque, Contest Pin, Website graphic
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 16, 2018; 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.
Cassell Network of Writers International Writers Competition Fiction; Non-Fiction; Children's Literature; Poetry Unpublished or self-published entries (except for category (A) Postmark by March 15, 2018; winners announced by 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, 2018 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, 2018 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®.
Enizagam Journal Enizagam Literary Contest for Poetry & Fiction Fiction, Poetry Anyone March 23, 2018; 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 Poetry judge is Jesse Nathan, poetry editor at McSweeney's and author of Cloud 9 and Dinner. Nathan has been published in Adbusters, the San Francisco Chronicle, Tin House, Poetry International, McSweeney’s, The Believer, and others. Fiction judge is Rachel Khong, former executive editor of Lucky Peach magazine. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Joyland, American Short Fiction, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Believer, and California Sunday. Khong recently released GOODBYE, VITAMIN, her first novel. Winners receive $1,000; blurbs about their work from the esteemed judges; 2 copies of the journal; and nomination for the Pushcart Prize.
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 March 23, 2018; 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.
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 25, 2018; finalists announced May 17 winners announced in July at Beau Monde Soiree. Beginning of ms (7,000 words max). All entries must have at least partial Regency (Late Georgian) setting, broadly defined: within the United Kingdom between 1780 and 1840. $24 for Beau Monde members, $30 for non members first entry, $20 for subsequent entries. Electronic only. 1st round panel of 4 judges 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 TBA. Grand Prize winner: $100; $25 and certificate for finalists.
Chesapeake Romance Writers of America The Rudy Romantic fiction Published or unpublished. Need not be RWA member. Manuscript must have projected length of 40,000 words minimum. Midnight, March 31, 2018 First chapter plus two-page synopsis (synopsis will not be judged). Total submission 22 pp max.. $15 member; $20 others electronic Judges: Trained, published and unpublished authors. 1. Final judges: HR (Norma Perez-Hernandez, Kensington); ER (TBD); LGBTQ (Norma Perez-Hernandez, Kensington); Para / Sci-Fi / TT/ F/ F (TBD); Contemp (Brenda Chin, Entangled Publishing); YA / NA (Nicole Resciniti, The Seymour Agency); MS w/ RE (Ann Leslie Tuttle, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management); RS (Julie Sturgeon, Crimson Romance) 1st Place winner receives $50; 1st - 3rd finalists receive certificates.
First Coast Romance Writers of America National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award Romance Book, Novella Books published with original copyright date of 2017 and available for purchase in U.S. Any publishing venue (Traditional, POD, self-pubbed, ebook, etc.) Print entries capped at 50. PDF format is capped at 150 entries. March 31, 2018 by 11:59 PM EST for payment; books postmarked or electronically received by 7:00 PM EST April 6; finalistannounced June 1; winners announced July 6. 4 copies of print book (5 if entering Best First Book) or 1 PDF if ebook-published only $35; $5 addl to enter best first book Mail. Pay by check or Paypal. First round judges: 3 romance readers. Top 3 books advance to final round. Final Judges: Bloggers, Booksellers, Librarians. Categories: Contemp; HR / Regency; Inspirational; Para / Fantasy / Sci-Fi; RS; Best First Book. First place per category - Lapel Pin. All finalists and winners receive a NERFA Finalist web logo and are announced in RWR.
Gemini Magazine Short Story Contest Fiction short story Open to all. Stories must be unpublished (work displayed on personal blogs IS eligible). Postmark / e-deadline March 31, 2018; finalists announced in June Any style, subject or length. Paste story into email. $5 email and PayPal; snail mail and check or money order Final judge: David Bright. 1st place: $1,000; 2nd place: $100; three honorable mentions: $25. All five finalists published in June issue of Gemini.
Hearts Through History Romance Writers of America Romance Through The Ages Historical Romance or Romantic Historical Fiction Entry which is unpublished and uncontracted in category entered within five years as of deadlkine. Do not need to be an RWA member. Previous 1st place entries not eligible. Midnight CDT on March 31, 2018; finalists announced ~May 31; winners announced at HTH annual meeting at RWA National conference July 18 First 15 pp + 1-2 pp optional synopsis (will not be judged,) $20 for members, $25 all others by PayPal, U.S. or Canadian check or money order. Electronic only. Three 1st round judges, lowest score dropped. Scores less than 3 must have comment. Finalists can revise entry. Categories and Final Judges: Ancient/ Medieval/ Renaissance (TBA); Colonial/ Civil War/ Western (TBA); Georgiana/ Regency/ Victorian (TBA); Post Victorian / World War II (TBA); TT / Para (TBA); Legends Award - A Man for all Reasons (TBA). 1st Place category winners and Legend Award receive $50. 1st - 3rd Place winners receive certificate, social media badge' All winners announced in RWR.
Hearts Through History Romance Writers of America Romancing the Novel Published Authors Contest Romance Novel, Novella Copyright or first print date of 2017. March 31, 2018 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.
Rubery Book Award International Rubery Book Award Self published or and independently published books Books / ebooks in any genre self published or published by independent presses. March 31, 2018; winners announced in July 1 copy of book in both print and electronic format (Word, PDF, Mobi) if available, plus blurb (what would be the back-cover description on a physical book). If both print and electronic versions are not available, please send one or the other. £36 ($60 USD) via PayPal. Other currencies accepted (see website). Can pay by cheque in pound sterling only. by mail for printed book, by email for ebook Categories: Fiction (all genres), YA, Children's, Biographies, Non-fiction, Self-help, Cookery, Poetry, Photography, etc. Final judges: Paul McDonald - senior lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Wolverhampton. He is the author of fifteen books, including three novels and three collections of poetry. Pauline Morgan has been on the panel of judges for the critically acclaimed international Arthur C. Clarke Award. She is an experienced reviewer of fiction, appearing regularly in the on-line reviews magazine, SFCrowsnest. Clare Morrall - her debut novel, Astonishing Splashes of Colour, was shortlisted for the MAN Booker Prize. Morrall was also shortlisted for British Newcomer of the Year 2003. Her fourth novel, The Man who Disappeared, was selected for the TV Book Club 2010. In 2012 The Roundabout Man was released to critical acclaim. First Prize £1500 via cheque or PayPal (approx 2000 USD) The winning book will also be read by a top literary agent at MBA. Plus a minimum of the 3 category winners each winning £150 (approx 200 USD)
Tethered By Letters F(r)iction Spring Literary Contest Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry Authors of any age in any part of the world March 31, 2018; midnight PT; winners announced in May. For creative nonfiction and short story fiction submit 1,000 to 7,500 words; for flash fiction 750 words max; and for poetry submit max of 3 pages per poem $15 per short story; $10 per creative nonfiction, flash fiction and poetry $8 for one entry or $12 for three. online. Pay by credit or debit through submission manager Submittable Any genre. Judges: short story (Mercedes M. Yardley); creative nonfiction (Sarah Gerard); flash fiction (Kirsty Logan); poetry (Jeremy Radin) $1,000 for Short Story, $500 for creative nonfiction, $300 for flash fiction, $300 for Poetry; plus publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists in each category will receive professional edits on submissions and be considered for later publication.
The Masters Review Emerging Writers Contest Fiction, creative nonfiction Writers who have not published a novel-length work; entered work must be previously unpublished March 31, 2018; finalists announced April 15; winners announced May 15 8,000 words of fiction or creative nonfiction $20 Submittable online form Judge: Rebecca Makkai $500 each to ten winners. Winning authors are part of an exclusive mailing to agents, editors, and publishers around the country. An extensive effort is made to promote our ten selected authors. Winners are published in a nationally distributed book available in all major retailers.
Faith, Hope & Love Romance Writers of America Touched By Love Christian Fiction Romance Unpublished / not published or contracted in last 3 yrs in fiction of 20,000 words or more. Midnight (11:59:59 PM) PST, April 1, 2018; finalists notified by May 16; winners announced at RWA National Conference Up to first 20 pp plus synopsis (2 pp max, double-spaced, will not be judged) of inspirational romance $20, $25 Email. Pay by check or PayPal Long Contemp, Short Contemp, HR. Three judges, one published or PRO; lowest score dropped. Final judges: published authors. Overall winner from the 3 category winners receives a critique of their entry by an editor; remaining two 1st place category winners receive will have entries sent to editor to review.
Killer Nashville Claymore Award Mystery / Thriller Anyone. Entry must be unpublished and uncontracted. April 1, 2018. Winners announced at Killer Nashville Awards Dinner. First 50 pages of manuscript $40 by check or PayPal mail Judged by a jury of publishing and writing peers within each genre. Top 10 entries will be sent to a committee of editors and publicists at Kensington Books. The top 3 winners will be announced at the annual Killer Nashville Awards Dinner. Over $3,000 worth of prizes. Top 3 finalists receive free admission to Killer Nashville and Awards Dinner. The Top 3 who are already registered as Killer Nashville attendees will be refunded a portion of their registration fees for that year. Any manuscripts considered of exceptional merit above the Top 20 will also be forwarded to agents and/or editors.
Toronto Romance Writers of America Northern Hearts Romance Novel or Novella Original romance novel / novella published in 2017 April 1, 2018 by 11:59 pm EST / DST; finalists announced July 1; winners announced Sept 22 at conference One .pdf file of book (English) complete with copyright page $35 CDN for RWA members, $45 CDN others email Four judges, lowest score will be dropped in case of tie. Categories: Novella, Contemp, RS, HR, Para / Futuristic, YA, and Canadian Author Award.  
Young Adult Romance Writers of America Rosemary Contest Young Adult and New Adult Fiction Published or unpublished. Entries must be new, original, unpublished (incl. self-published), and uncontracted; manuscript must be 40k+ words. April 1, 2018; finalists announced ~June 1; winners announced at YARWA Day of YA Event at RWA National conference in July First 25 pp $15 YARWA members; $25 others. PayPal only. electronic 3 first-round judges, published and / or trained; lowest score dropped. Categories YA Contemp (Agent Kathleen Rushall, Andrea Brown Literary; Editor Lisa Yoskowitz, Little Brown; Editor Vicki Lame, St. Martin’s Press); YA Historical (Agent Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary; Editor Elayne Becker, Tor/ Forge; Editor TBA); YA Para (Agent Cate Hart, Corvisiero Literary; Editor Hannah Milton, Little Brown; Editor TBA); YA Speculative (Agent Nicole Resciniti, The Seymour Agency; Editor Alison Fisher, Tor/ Forge; Editor Mary Altman, Sourcebooks); NA (final judges TBA). All finalists will receive a website badge, an ad in RWR, and a free YARWA class of their choice. Finalists and winners announced on YARWA website.
Georgia Romance Writers of America Maggies Published Romance Book Any author, traditional or independent. Books must have 2017 copyright date with an ISBN. April 2, 2018; finalists notified by June 28; winners announced Oct 6 at Moonlight & Magnolias banquet 3 copies of book, professionaly bound print copies with ISBN or digital eBook in Mobi format. $30 GRW members, $35 RWA members, $40 non-memers via PayPal only. Mail books. 3 judges from bookseller / librarian pool will score each entry from 1 to 10. Best New Book by a GRW author, Contemp Long, Contemp Short, ER, HR, MS w/CR, Para, Novella, Romance w/Religious or Spiritual elements, RS, YA/NA 1st Place winner per category receives Maggie Medallion
Virginia Romance Writers of America Fool for Love Romance Published and Unpublished Authors 18 yrs and older; need not be a member of RWA. Entry cannot have been published in any form and must be uncontracted as of April 1. April 2, 2018 by 9 AM; winners announced ~May 10. beginning of book 7,500 words max $30 members, $35 non-members. $5 discount for entrants who judge a category not entered electronic; pay by PayPal or check. Detailed score sheets from 2 qualified judges. A 3rd judge for scores differing by 25 points or more with lowest score dropped. 3 finalists per category; finalists have 48 hrs to revise ms. Short Contemp (Michelle Grajkowski. 3 Seas Literary Agency); Long Contemp (Allison Lyons, Harlequin); HR (Jennie Conway, St. Martin's Press); Dark Para (Sara Megibow, KT Literary); Light Para (Ann Leslie Tuttle, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC); RS (Taylor Haggerty, Root Literary); NA (Gabrielle Kelly, Grand Central Publishing); YA (Alethea Spiridon, Entangled Publishing); Published Author (Sue Grimshaw, Penguin / Random House) Winner in each category receives $50 and free entry in either of VRW's annual contests. 2nd and 3rd place receive certificate and free entry in next year's Fool For Love contest.
Valley Forge Romance Writers of America The Sheila (website not updated as of 2/17/18) Romance RWA or non-RWA members (published, unpublished, self published). Entry cannot have been published in any format anywhere and cannot be contracted at time of submission. April 7, 2018 winners announced July 18. First 20 pages of an original, unpublished manuscript plus a synopsis (synopsis shouldn’t be longer than 5 pages and will not be judged unless the entry finals in the contest). The entry may not exceed 25 pages in length. $25 for VFRW members, $30 all others, via PayPal Complete online entry form and submit online entry in .doc format Three trained judges, all members of RWA (General, PRO, and PAN members). The top five entries in each category will advance to the final judging round. Final judges include: ST (Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary); HR (Nicola Caws, Harlequin / Mill & Boon); F/F/Para (Tera Cuskaden, Cuskaden Editorial and Publishing Services); YA (Kate Brauning, Entangled Publishing); RS (Rebecca Strauss, DeFiore and Company Literary Agency). Winners will be announced in each category and a final Best of the Best will be named at the end of judging. A cash prize will be awarded to the Best of the Best (see details on website). All category winners will be listed on VFRW’s website and RWA loops
Orange County Romance Writers of America Book Buyer's Best Award Romance Book Published RWA members with first copyright date, first electronic publishing date, or first North American release dated in 2017. Print, ebooks, and self-published accepted. Capped at 150. April 15, 2018; finalists announced July14; winners announced Oct 13. 5 autographed Books. E-published books must be submitted in book format, printed and bound, or in PDF readable format. $30 by PayPal, check, or money order Pay by Paypal, check or money order. Preliminary round judged by booksellers, librarians, and romance readers. 3 highest scores in each category advance to final round. Final judge: Bea & Leah Koch Owners of The Ripped Bodice. Categories: Contemp Series Romance, Contemp ST, MS w/ RE, HR & Regency, RS & Mystery w RE, Para / TT / F / F, YA, Inspirational, ER, Novella. Finalists and Winners will receive certificates or plaques, lapel pins, and BBB logo image file for authors’ website; and will be announced in RWR.
Passionate Ink Passionate Plume  Sexy/ spicy and erotic Romance Book, Novella Open to all authors published in the erotic romance sub-genre. Entry must have 1st copyright date of 2017. Received by April 15, 2018; winners announced at Passionate Ink gathering at RWA National convention. submit in pdf format $25 Passionate Ink members; $30 RWA members; $35 others Online entry form, email entry. 1st round judged by readers, writers, reviewers, booksellers, librarians. Final round judged by multi-published authors and reviewers. Contemp; HR; F / F / Sci-Fi; Para / TT; Novella (15,000-39,999 wds) for each category. 1st round judges: Readers, writers, reviewers, booksellers, librarians. Final Round Judges: Multi-published authors and reviewers. 5 finalists in each category. 1st Place winners receive a Passionate Ink pendant and award graphic for their website. All others will receive certificates and a finalist graphic for their website. Names published in the RWR and announced at RWA National.
PAGE International Screenwriting Awards PAGE International Screenwriting Awards Screenplay / scripts Anyone 18 years or older who has not earned more than $25,000 for work as screenwriter and / or fictional television writer. Must be original work, unemcumered by any third party (not sold, produced or under option), and in English. Received by 11:59 PM PT April 16, 2018; quarter-finalists announced July 15; semi-finalists announced Aug 15; finalists announced Sept 15; winners announced Oct 15. see categories for page length $65 if entered by March 15, $75 by April 16. submit online (preferred) or by mail as pdf (preferred), Final Draft, MS Word, or text file. Pay via check, MO, or online with credit card, PayPal or bank transfer. Categories:  Full length Features of 80-120 pp (Action / Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family film, Historical Film, Science Fiction, Thriller / Horror); Short Film Scripts under 30 pp; TV Pilots (Drama or Comedy) 25-70 pp. See website for list of judges and process. Over $50,000 in cash and prizes, including a $25,000 Grand Prize plus Gold, Silver and Bronze Prizes in ten different genre categories.
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.
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 Website not updated as of 2/17/18 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 TBA.  
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.