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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ArtAscent "Yellow" 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 Can be previously published or unpublished. Oct 31, 2018; winners announced Dec 1. 900 words max with theme of "yellow." Share your interpretation. (Other types of media are also accepted. See website for more info.) $10 via PayPal online Judges: ArtAscent Be profiled, get published, and shine on! Up to 40 applicants will be selected. Plus, if you are chosen as one of the top 4 applicants, you will also be highlighted in a feature section with a profile written about you and your work. All selected artists and writers are showcased in the magazine and the juried online exhibition.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Ozma Awards Fantasy Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (50,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2015.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Chanticleer Book Reviews Paranormal Awards Paranormal (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (50,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2015.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.
Women On Writing (WOW) Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest Creative nonfiction essay Anyone, any age. Entry must be in English. Deadline 11:59 PM PT Oct 31, 2018. Winners announced end Dec/ early Jan. 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.
Hudson Valley Romance Writers of America Hook, Line and Sinker Romance anyone, published or unpublished Midnight Nov 1, 2018; winners announced Jan 2019 1st 3 pp of unpublished manuscript in MS Word $15 email All romance genres. First round: 3 judges, at least two published. Top 5 entries will be ranked by final judge Allison Lyons from Harlequin Unknown. Not on webside as of Sept 7.
International Thriller Writers Thriller Awards Thriller fiction novel or short story Novel or short story (fewer than 35,000 words) first published in any format between Sept 1, 2017, and Dec 31, 2018, in English language by an ITW recognized publisher. Nov 1, 2018; finalists announced April 2019; winners announced July 13, 2019 Submit via NetGalley or in pdf format No fee. electronic Categories: Best Hard Cover Novel; Best Paperback Original Novel; Best First Novel; Best E-Book Original Novel; Best Young Adult Novel; Best Short Story (includes novellas under 35,000 wds).  
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.
Romance Writers of America (RWA) RITA Romance Book, Novella Original romantic fiction published in English with original publication date of 2018. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age by registration deadline. Limited to first 2,000 entries. 5 pm CT Nov 21. Books must be received by 5 pm CT Jan 3, 2019. Finalists announced March 21, 2019. Book must be submitted as a single pdf file complete with copyright page, authorized by the publisher (or author if self-published). $50 for RWA members; $170 for non-members Electronic Contemp Long; Contemp Mid-Length; Contemp Short; HR Long; HR Short; Romance with Spiritual / Religious Elements; ER; Para; Novella; RS; YA; MS with Central Romance; Best First Book Finalists are announced in Romance Writers Report, online at RWA website and at RWA National conference. Winner receives a Rita statue.
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.
Wonder Editions Wonder Poetry Contest   Entries must be written in English, original, unpublished, with copyright owned by the entrant, who must be aged 16 or older. Deadline Nov 30, 2018; Poems of any length £5.00 GBP for one poem or £10 for six online through Submittable Judges: the Wundor Editorial team Winner receives £500 and consideration for print publication. Winner and two runners up will have their poems published on the Wundor website.
Women On Writing (WOW) Flash Fiction Contest Flash Fiction Anyone, any age. Entry must be in English. Deadline 11:59 PM PT Nov 30, 2018. Capped at 300 entries. Winners announced end Dec / early Jan. 250 words min to 750 words max $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
Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America Booksellers' Best Award Romance Book or Novella Books with copyright or 1st US printing between Dec 2017 and Dec 2018; includes e-books, which must be printed and bound. Entry forms / fees due by Jan 7, 2019; books must be received by Jan 16; finalists notified by May 13; winners announced at RWA National Conference in July 4 autographed copies of book $30 for RWA members; $40 for non-RWA members; add'l $5 to enter Best First Book. Pay via PayPal or check. Online or mail for entry form, fee. Mail books. Each entry judged by 3 booksellers and/or librarians. They try to match book with judges from another region. Categories:  Short Contemp, Mid Contemp, Long Contemp, ST / SRE, Inspirational (contemp or historical), HR, ER, Para, YA, Novella Uniquely designed award for each winner; gift for winning book's editor; reception for all finalists at National RWA conference; winners’ names listed in RWR; finalists' / winners' names and book covers posted on GDRWA site; certificates to all finalists and winners
Romance Writers of America (RWA) Golden Heart Romance; ms must be at least 40,000 words. Caps at 1,200 entries. Open to RWA members age 18 or older who have not accepted a publishing offer for, or self-published, a work of fictional prose of 20,000 words or more by deadline. Caps at 1,200 entries. Received by RWA by 5 PM CT Jan 11, 2019; finalists announced by 2 PM March 21, winners announced at the RWA conference Beginning of manuscript and 15 pp max synopsis (together not to exceed 55 pp double-spaced), plus full manuscript. $30 Online, uploaded in pdf format 1st round judges: PAN, PRO, other RWA members. Final round judged by 3 editors. Contemp (65k+ wds); ER; HR; Romance with Religious / Spiritual elements; Para; RS; Short Contemp; MS w/ a central romance; YA. See website for judging details. Finalists are announced in Romance Writers Report, online at RWA website and at RWA National conference. Winner receives a golden heart necklace.
Hoffer Award Eric Hoffer Award Independent Book Open to academic, independent, small press, and self-published books that were released or copyrighted in the last 2 years, including unique books with small print runs. (Books over 2 years enter the Legacy Fiction or Legacy Nonfiction category.) Postmark by Jan 21, 2019; winners announced in May Submit book $62 ($42 for chapbook category) By mail, or if ebook, by email with pdf attachment of ebook Judges may include authors, editors, agents, publishers, book producers, artists, experienced category readers, and health and business professionals. Categories include Art, Chapbook, Children, Middle Reader, Poetry, YA. Adult Fiction: Commercial, General, Historical, Mystery / Crime, Sci-Fi / Fantasy, Short Story / Anthology. Nonfiction: Business, Culture, Health, Home, Memoir, Reference & How-to, Self Help, Spiritual. Ebook: Fiction, Nonfiction. Legacy: Fiction, Nonfiction. $2,500 Grand Prize. In addition, each category will be awarded a winner, runner-up, and multiple honorable mentions. Books must be registered by category and then are automatically considered for Individual Press Awards, the Montaigne Medal, the da Vinci Eye, the First Horizon Award, and the Hoffer Grand Prize.
New England Romance Writers of America Readers' Choice Romance Novel or Novella Printed novels (including self-published) with original copyright of 2018. Limited to 35 entries per category. Feb 1, 2019 11:59 PM ET; finalists notified by March 15; winners announced April 27. 1 e-pub copy if available, otherwise 3 print copies $25 RWA-New England members, $30 all others. By check or PayPal electronic; mail for physical books Judges: Readers, librarians, booksellers. Judges give each entry a score of 3-10 (10 is highest). Different judges rank entries in the event of a tie. Categories: Short Contemp; Long Contemp; RS; HR; ER; Para / F / TT / Sci-Fi; YA; Romance with Religious / Spiritual elements; Novella; Short Story Grand prize winner receives a Publicity Package or an Author Coaching package (winner’s choice) worth $250! The first, second, and third place winners in each category will receive a web badge and printed award certificate. Winners announced on the NECRWA website, in RWR, and on social media accounts
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.
Ruminate Magazine William Van Dyke Short Story Prize Fiction Entry must be unpublished Feb 15, 2019 5,500 words or fewer $20 (includes free copy of the Spring issue)   A blind reading of all entries will be conducted by a panel of RUMINATE readers, who will select 10 short stories as finalists. See website for final judge. Cash prizes of $1,500 to winner and $200 to runner-up plus publication in Ruminate Magazine.
Michael Terence Publishing MTP Short Story Competition Fiction and Nonfiction Open to writers 16 years and older who have never published a full-length work. Deadline midnight (BST, London) Feb 17, 2019; winners announced Feb 25 3,000 words max short story £6 (GBP) via PayPal online via website Independently judged. Most genres accepted in fiction, science fiction, and non-fiction (e.g., biography, memoir, true story) 1st Place £300; 2nd Place £200; 3rd Place £100. All 3 placements also receive publication in Winter Anthology (print book) and publication on website.
Self-Publishing Review SPR Book Awards Fiction, Nonfiction Anyone who has published a book in English on Amazon KDP from Sept 1, 2017 - April 1, 2019 April 1, 2019, winners announced April 10 upload book $30 ($25 if by Jan 5) online Fiction and Nonfiction, all genres Winner receives promo package valued at 1,899; Silver Prize winner receives promo package valued at $577; Bronze Prize winner receives review worth $219.
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.
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 $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.