Disclaimer:  This website owner is not responsible for misinformation, and the listing of these contests does not constitute an endorsement!! Please do your own homework. Categories abbreviations used: Contemp (Contemporary), ER (Erotic Romance), FFTP (Futuristic / Time-Travel, Fantasy or Paranormal), HR (Historical Romance), MS (Mainstream), Para (Paranormal), RC (Romantic Comedy), RE (Romantic Elements), RS (Romantic Suspense), ST (Single Title), YA (Young Adult). Contests for published works show "Type" in pink font; contests for unpublished works are in black. To add a contest, please click here to submit info.

Contests with deadlines that have passed
Return to CURRENT CONTESTS

Sponsor / Org Contest Type Eligibility Dates Entry Fee Submission Categories / Judges Awards / Other Info
Fairytalez.com Best Little Red Riding Hood Tale Fiction Anyone can enter June 7, 2019; winner announced June 12 Retell Little Red Riding Hood in any genre or style with any setting. Just include the core elements of the story: a figure with a cloak, a Big Bad Wolf figure, and a journey. 300 words min; 5,000 words max. Free online at website Judges are from Fairytalez.com Winner receives $200 gift certificate to Amazon.com, digital badge published with story and on your profile page; digital badge for blog or website, active promotion across their networks
Arizona Mystery Writers Arizona Mystery Writers Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest Mystery / Suspense / Thriller Short Story Open to adults 15 yrs of age and older. Work must be original and unpublished prior to judging. Postmarked or file stamped by June 1, 2019; winners announced July 13 and officially at the Sept 2019 Award luncheon. 2,500 words max $15 by check or Money Order. Email or mail (3 copies); entry fee must be mailed. Blind judging for all entries. One category - mystery, thriller or suspense. 1st prize $200; 2nd $100; 3rd $75. Winners also receive certificate and winning story published on the club's web site.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Dante Rossetti Awards Young Adult Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (50,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2016. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, May 31, 2019; winners announced at awards banquet April 2020 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $75 online Categories: Contemporary YA; SFF & Para; Dystopian / Edgy / Urban; Mystery / Thriller / Suspense; Historical YA; YA Adventure / Romance 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $425. Category winners compete for Grand Prize. See website for details.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Gertrude Warner Awards Middle Grade Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (20,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2016. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, May 31, 2019; winners announced at awards banquet April 2020 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $75 online Categories: Contemp Middle Grade; SFF & Paranormal Middle Grade; Mystery Middle Grade; Historical Middle Grade; Adventure Middle Grade; Graphic Novels 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $425. Category winners compete for Grand Prize. See website for details.
Reedsy Reedsy Short Story Contest Short Story Anyone can enter May 31, 2019 (this is a weekly contest, so every Friday) Short story of 1,000 - 3,000 words. Subscribe to their newsletter to receive 5 wriitng prompts every Friday. Free email Reedsy editors are assumed to be judging. $50 possible win
Farifield Scribes Feature Story Contest - Don't Be A Hero: A VILLAINthology Fiction Entry must be unpublished Deadline May 1, 2019; winner announced June 1 .Doc, .docx, or .rtf format. Short story between 2,000 and 10,000 words. Includes possibility of a flash series of 2-4 pieces if total word count for all pieces together is 2,000 - 4,000 words and stories are related in some way. Free email Judged by at least 2 editors of Fairfield Scribes Winner recieves publication, promotion, an electronic and hard copy of the anthology, and tips in navigating the publishing industry. Finalists have chance to contribute to the next anthology as invited authors.
Peninsula Pulse The Hal Prize Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry Open to writers throughout the United States Deadline May 1, 2019; winners announced Aug 2. fiction and nonfiction: 2,000 words max; poetry: preferred as MS Word or .rtf file; poem no longer than one page. Also include cover letter and a 25-50 word bio. $5 for fiction and nonficiton; $2.50 for poetry online submission This year’s judges TBA. Publication to a readership of more than 18,000, cash awards for first place winners, a week stay at Write On, Door County, and other prizes.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Cygnus Awards Science Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (60,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2016. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older Received by midnight, April 30, 2019; winners announced at awards banquet April 2020 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $75 online Categories: Speculative Fiction, Soft Sci-Fi / YA, Alternate History, Hard Science Fiction, Apocalyptic / Dystopian, Space Opera 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $425. Category winners compete for Grand Prize. See website for details.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Journey Awards Narrative Nonfiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (50,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2016. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, April 30, 2019; winners announced at awards banquet April 2020 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $75 online Categories: Travelogue Experiences; Global Enlightenment; Culinary / Hobby / Professional Experiences; Memoir; Personal Journeys / Experiences 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $425. Category winners compete for Grand Prize. See website for details.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Mystery & Mayhem Awards Cozy Mystery Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (50,000+ wds) written in English and with copyright after Dec 31, 2016. Manuscripts, tradionally pubbed, self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, e-pubbed okay. All entries except manuscripts must have ISBN or ASIN designation at time of submission. Entrant must be 18 yrs of age or older. Received by midnight, April 30, 2019; winners announced at awards banquet April 2020 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $75 online Categories: Romantic Suspense; Mystery Caper / Adventure; Amateur Sleuth; Classic / British Cozy; Historical Mystery; Animal Mystery ; Small Town Cozy Mystery 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $425. Category winners compete for Grand Prize. See website for details.
New England Crime Bake Al Blanchard Award Contest Crime short story Story must be a previously unpublished (in print or electronically, including author website) crime story by a New England author or with a New England setting April 30, 2019 at midnight. Winner announced in November at conference. 5,000 words max in Word format, double-spaced Free email Mystery, thriller, suspense, caper, or horror Winner receives $100 plus publication in Windward, Level Best Books' crime fiction anthology, free admission to Crime Bake, and a handsome plaque.
Rose City Romance Writers of America Golden Rose Romance Open to non-contracted authors of romantic fiction (RWA and non-RWA members) unpublished in book-length (50k words or more) in the last 3 years and any member of RWA not eligible to join RWA-PAN. April 30, 2019 at 11:59 PM PDT; finalists notified June 25; winners announced Aug 31 first 10,000 words of full-length novel with projected length of 50,000 wds or more; finalists must supply a 500-word synopsis RCRW members, $30, other RWA members $35. electronic only; pay by PayPal or check Preliminary round: 3 trained judges, at least one will be published author or RWA Pro. Lowest score will be dropped (unless needed to break tie). The top 3 in each category final. Categories and Final Judges: Contemp ST (John Jacobson, Carina Press; Cate Hart, Corvisiero Literary Agency); Contemp Series (Jay Austin, eXtasy Books / Devine Destinies; Kelly Peterson, Rees Literary Agency); YA (Lydia Sharp, Entangled Publishing); Karly Caserza, Fuse Literary); Novel w/SRE (Ann Leslie Tuttle, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret); HR (Janna Bonikowski, Knight Agency; Mara Delgado-Sanchez, St. Martins); Para (Heather McCorkle, City Owl); RS (Val Mathews, Wild Rose Press; Stephany Evans, Pande Literary Agency) Finalists in each category receive an award certificate and gold rose lapel pin. The highest scored manuscript in the first round judging is awarded overall winner of the Golden Rose Contest and also receives a $100 gift certificate. First place category winners and overall winner receive RCRW one-year membership.
Georgia Romance Writers of America Maggie Unpublished Romance Unpublished in full length romance within last 5 yrs. Entries limited to first 70 received in each category. Entry must have minimum length of 40,000 wds. April 27, 2019 by 10 PM ET; finalists notified June 27; winners announced Oct 7 at moonlight & Magnolias conference synopsis, prologue and first chapter, 10,000 words max $30 GRW members, $35 RWA member, $40 others via Paypal. electronic 3 published authors judge each entry. 5 finalists per category. No scoresheets, scores not released to entrants. Judges write on ms. Final judges: Contemp (Alycia Tornetta, Entangled); Contemp Short (Vic Britton, Harlequin); Romance w/Religious or Spiritual Elements (TBA); HR (Char Chaffin, Soul Mate); Para (Amanda Barnette, Wild Rose Press); YA / NA (TBA); MS w/Central Romance (TBA); RS (Sinclair Sawhney, Tule Publishing) 1st Place winner in each category receives Maggie Medallion. All finalists receive certificates.
Hektoen International Grand Prix Essay Competition Nonfiction Anyone 18 yrs or older; entry must be in English April 15, 2019 at 12 pm CST, winners announced 3 months later Any work covering the topic of the medical humanities, 1600 words max Free email evaluated by journal editors and contest judges for Hektoen International winning articles will be published in upcoming issue of Hektoen International
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 2018. Print, ebooks, and self-published accepted. Capped at 150. April 15, 2019; finalists announced July 13; winners announced Oct 12. 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, MS w/ central romance, 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.
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 with minimum projected length of 50,000 wds for book or 15,000-50,000 for novella April 15, 2019 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/CR, 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.
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 15, 2019; quarter-finalists announced July 15; semi-finalists announced Aug 15; finalists announced Sept 15; winners announced Oct 15. see categories for page length $45 - $75 depending on date of entry. 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.
Valley Forge Romance Writers of America The Sheila 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. RWA membership not required. April 13, 2019 by 11:59 EDT PM; finalists notified week of June 17; winners announced week of Aug 5; Best of the Best winner announced week of Sept 9. 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). $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: Contemp (Rhonda Penders, Wild Rose Press); F / F / Para (Lori Polito, Soul Mate Publishing); HR (Claudia Fallon, Wild Rose Press); MS w/central romance (Scott Eagen, Grey Haus Agency); RS (Meghan Farrell, Tule Publishing);YA (Tara Gelsomino, One Track Literary Agency). A cash prize of $100 will be awarded to the Best of the Best (see details on website).
Tethered By Letters F(r)iction Spring Literary Contest Short Story Ficiton, Creative Nonfiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry Authors of any age in any part of the world April 5, 2019; midnight PT; winners announced in May. For short story fiction and creative nonfiction, 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 (Annie Neugebauer); creative nonfiction (Lee Gutkind); flash fiction (Meg Pokrass); poetry (Jenny Xie) $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.
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, 2019; 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 for FHL members, $25 others Email. Pay by check or PayPal Long Contemp, Short Contemp, HR, Sweet. 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 / Crime / Suspense Anyone. Entry must be unpublished and uncontracted. April 1, 2019; finalists announced ~June 1, winners announced at Killer Nashville Intl Conference Aug 24. 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.
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.
First Coast Romance Writers of America National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award Romance Book, Novella Books published with original copyright date of 2018 and available for purchase in U.S. Any publishing venue (Traditional, POD, self-pubbed, ebook, etc.) March 31, 2019 by 11:59 PM EST for payment; received by 7:00 PM EST April 6 (both print and ebooks); finalist announced June 1; winners announced July 8. 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 Long, Contemp Short, HR / Regency, F/F/P, RS, Romance w/religious or spiritual elements, ER, YA, MF with central romance, Novella, Best First Book First place per category - Lapel Pin. All finalists and winners receive a NERFA Finalist web logo and are announced in RWR.
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, 2019; winners announced in July 1 copy of book in both print and electronic format (Word, PDF, Mobi) if available, plus blurb (i.e., the back-cover description that would be on a physical book). If both print and electronic versions are not available, please send one or the other. £37 ($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, Kerry Hadley-Pryce, and Clare Morrall. Book of the Year award is £1500 via cheque or PayPal (approx 2000 USD) The winning book will also be read by a top literary agent at MBA. Category winners each win £150 (approx 200 USD)
Georgia Romance Writers of America Maggies Published Romance Book Any author, traditional or independent. Books must have 2018 copyright date with an ISBN. Received by 10 PM ET March 30, 2019; finalists notified by June 26; winners announced Oct 7 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, HR, MS w/central romance, Para, Romance w/Religious or Spiritual elements, RS, YA / NA, Novella 1st Place winner per category receives Maggie Medallion
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 22, 2019; finalists announced May 17 winners announced in July at Beau Monde Soiree at RWA National Convention. Beginning of ms (7,000 words max) and optional 1-2 pp double-spaced synopsis (will not be judged). 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: Editors Brenda Chin, Entangled Publishing; Janet Clementz, Soul Mate Publishing; Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks; and Agents Janna Bonikowski, The Knight Agency; Lizzie Poteet, The Seymour Agency. Grand Prize winner: $100; $25 and certificate for finalists.
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 22, 2019; finalists notifed  in June; winners announced at summer conference See for exact instructions in each category. $35 PNWA members, $50 others. Add'l $2 for digital entries. 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 / Fantasy / 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 $250, 3rd Place $150. 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.
Desert Rose Romance Writers of America Diamonds in the Desert Contest Romance Unpublished and published authors; entry must be from unpublished, uncontracted manuscript with a length of at least 40,000 words March 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM MST; finalists notified April 30; winners notified June 15 Up to 200-word blurb and the first 25 pages. Finalists will be required to provide a synopsis. $25 for Desert Rose members; all others $30 online 3 judges, lowest score dropped. Three finalists per category. Categories: Contemp, HR, Para / Fantasy, RS, Sci-Fi / Futuristic, YA / NA Unknown
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 original publication date of 2018 (for both electronic and print formats). Must contain fantasy, futuristic, or paranormal elements essential to plot, as well as a central love story. Need not be RWA member. March 15, 2019; finalists announced week of June 10th; 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, Sci-Fi & Futuristic, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Steampunk, Erotic, Historical, YA, NA, Best of the Best, Best First Book, Novella Top 3 finalists for each category receive FF&P Finalist Pin and Certificate. 1st Place Winners receive the FF&P exclusive, Prism Statue, FF&P Winner / Finalist Pin and Certificate. Best of the Best and Best First Book Winners receive FF&P Prism Statue, Best First Book, and Best of the Best FF&P Winner Pin and Certificate.
Kiss of Death Romance Writers of America Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence: Published Romantic Mystery / Suspense Book Book (40,000+ wds) w/ 2018 copyright. Books with a 2017 copyright but not available for public release until 2018 also accepted with proper documentation. Entry caps on categories. RWA membership not required. March 15, 2019 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 through RWA invoicing system, submitted via PayPal, credit card, U.S. check or money order 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. All finalists receive award certificate, digital medallion, and a voucher for one COFFIN online class. The top overall scoring entry will also receive the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellencein Mystery / Suspense and commemorative pin. 1st Place winners also receive engraved bookmark. 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). RWA membership not required. Open to writers not published or contracted in book-length fiction during last five years and never published in mystery/ suspense. Cap of 50 on each category. March 15, 2019 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 and a synopsis of no more than 675 words (. Synopsis will not be judged. $15 KOD members, $30 all others, via PayPal, US check or money order through RWA invoicing system Electronic Four 1st round judges, lowest score dropped but all scoresheets returned. Five finalists per category. Final judges: Series (Lesley Sabga, Seymour Agency; Sinclair Sawhney, Tule Publishing); HR (Paige Wheeler, Creative Media Agency, Inc.; Elizabeth May, Kensington Publishing Corp.); Inspirational (Sarah Freese, WordServe Literary; Shana Asaro, Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense); Para (Amanda Leuck, Spencerhill Associates; Anna Michels, Sourcebooks Publishing); ST (Kelli Martin, Wendy Sherman Associates, Inc.; Keely Kundell, HQN/Graydon House); MS (Jennifer Jackson, Donald Maass Literary Agency; Liz Pearson, Thomas & Mercer) All entries, including HMs, receive award certificate, digital medallion, and voucher for one COFFIN online class. The top overall scoring entry also receives the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery / Suspense with commenorative pin. 1st Place winners also receive engraved bookmark and $25. 2nd Place winners also $15. 3rd Place winners also receive $10. Results published in the RWR®.
Chicago-North Romance Writers of America Fire and Ice Romance Unpublished / not published in novel-length fiction of 20,000 wds or more in category entered since Jan 1, 2014. Entry must have projected minimum length greater than 20,000 wds. Contest capped at 60 entries. March 1, 2019, at 5PM CST. Winners announced by May 1. Beginning of manuscript (6,000 wds max) $35 electronic; payment must be made via PayPal 3 first-round judges including at least one published author. Lowest score dropped. Six finalists. Final judges: Tara Gelsomino, One Track Literary Agency; Joanna MacKenzie, Nelson Literary Agency; Lydia Sharp, Entangled Publishing; Mackenize Walton, Carina Press; Paige Wheeler, Creative Media Agency 1st Place Winner: $75; 2nd Place: $50; 3rd Place: $25. All finalists receive certificates.
Faith, Hope & Love Romance Writers of America FHL Reader's Choice Award Romance Book, Novella Christian fiction books with a 2018 copyright, first printing date, or first North American printing date. March 1, 2019; finalists announced end of May; winners announced at FHL meeting at RWA National Conference in July. 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 fiction 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, 2019; finalists notified mid-April; winners announced in June. beginning of unpublished novel (2,500 words max) $25 WisRWA members; $30 all others by PayPal Online entry 3 judges, lowest score dropped. 5 finalists per category.. Final judges: Contemp (Carrie Lofty, Carina Press; Jessica Errera, Jane Rotrosen Agency); HR (Tessa Woodward, Avon Romance; Kaitlyn Johnson, Corvisiero Literary Agency); Inspirational (Raela Schoenherr, Bethany House; Jessie Stover, Seymour Agency); Para/ F/ F/ TT (Ronan Sadler, Carina Press; Naomi Davis, BookEnds Literary Agency); RS (Anna Michels, Sourcebooks Amanda Leuck, Spencerhill Associates); Women’s Fiction (Alethea Spiridon, Entangled Publishing; Laura Crockett, Triada US); YA / NA (Lydia Sharp, Entangled Teen; Kat Enright, Seymour Agency) Final placements posted on website and in the RWR August 2019 edition.
Young Adult Romance Writers of America Athena Contest Young Adult and New Adult Fiction YA or NA novel (minimum 40,000 wds) with romantic elements published in any publishing venue with a 2018 copyright. RWA membership not required. Entry forms by March 1, 2019 11:59 PM EST, physical books postmarked by March 2 / pdfs received by 11:59 PM CST; finalists announced by June 1; winners announced at the Day of YA event at RWA National Conference in July 2019 3 physical books (hard cover, mass market, or trade paperback) for print book format; for ebook-only books submitted in print format, the book must be submitted in perfect bound, galley-printed format. ebook-only books may be submitted as pdf file instead of print format. $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. YA Contemporary (capped at 40), NA Contemporary (capped at 40), YA/NA Para (capped at 30), YA/NA Historical (capped at 30), YA/NA Speculative (capped at 30). Finalists whose entry is their first novel are automatically entered into Best First Book category for no additional fee. Plaque, Contest Pin, Website graphic
Music City Romance Writers of America Melody of Love Romance Original, unpublished, and uncontracted entry Feb 28, 2019 1st 25 pp (7,500 words max) $22 for MCRW members, $25 for RWA members, $30 all others.   3 judges per entry (RWA PAN, PRO, or trained general members). Finalists judged by one editor and one agent. Categories: Contemp, MS / Women’s Fiction, FF&P , HR, YA. Final Round Judges: Agents Elizabeth Poteet, The Seymour Agency; Janna Bonikowski, The Knight Agency; Ann Rose, Prospect Agency; and Editors Sarah Blumenstock, Penguin Random House; Annette Pollert, Bloomsbury; and Lexi Smail, Grand Central / Forever Yours. Other Final Round Judges TBA. Category finalists receive certificate. Winners receive $50 cash prize, a 50-page critique by a published author or editor, and a commemorative Melody of Love pin. Finalists and winners announced in RWR.
Women On Writing (WOW) Flash Fiction Contest Flash Fiction Anyone, any age. Entry must be in English. Deadline 11:59 PM PT Feb 28, 2019. Capped at 300 entries. Winners announced~end April. 250 words min to 750 words max $10 (extra $10 if you want a critique) Email submission. Pay via PayPal Judge: Literary Agent Kari Sutherland 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
Reedsy Reedsy Short Story Contest Short Story Anyone can enter Feb 22, 2019 (this is a weekly contest, so every Friday) Short story of 1,000 - 3,000 words. Subscribe to their newsletter to receive 5 wriitng prompts every Friday. Free email Reedsy editors are assumed to be judging. $50 possible win
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.
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.
North Texas Romance Writers of America The Carolyn Readers Choice Award Romance Novel Not published in novel-length romance in past 5 yrs. Original copyright must be calendar year 2018. Need not be RWA member. Feb 14, 2019; finalists notified by April 4; winners announced May 4. Your entry must be between 10k and 110k and submitted in PDF format (cover not required) $20 or $25 depending on entry date electronic only Each entry judged by five readers not associated with any writing organization or with the publishing industry in any way. Five finalists per category. Categories: ER, LGBTQ Romance, HR, RS, Contemp, Specialized (Alternate Earth Histories, Dystopian, Urban Fantasy, F / F / TT / P) Winners will be featured in an ad (collectively, not individually) for 2 weeks starting week of RWA national conference ($550 value). All finalists and winners receive an appropriate website icon.
Utah Romance Writers of America Great Beginnings Romance Published or unpublished authors submitting unpublished, uncontracted manuscript. Feb 14, 2019 ; finalists notified March 31; winners announced April 30. First 5 pp of ms with a projected length of at least 50,000 wds $10 for URWA members, $15 others, paid via PayPal Email entry 3 judges for first round, at least one a PAN member. Final judges: Contemp (Lane Heymont, The Tobias Agency); Para (E.L. Felder, The Wild Rose Press); RS (Nicole Resciniti, The Seymour Agency); HR (Karen Solem, Spencerhill Associates) 1st Place recipients receive choice of one of three top prizes: a 30-page critique and edit by a multi-published PAN author or a $25 Amazon gift card. All finalists recognized in the Romance Writers Report.
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
Toronto Romance Writers The Catherine Romance Open to unpublished writers 18 yrs or older, including authors who have not published or self published or accepted a publishing offer within the last 5 years. Need not be RWA member. Received by 11:59 PM EST Feb 1, 2019; finalists notified late March; category winners announced May 13; Gold Ticket results for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall winners announced June 21. First 25 pp plus a 2-5 pp synopsis (30 pp max entry) $25 TRW members, $30 others, by PayPal Email 1st round judged by 2 TRW members. 3rd judge used if scores differ 20+ points; lowest of the 3 scores is dropped. Final Judges: Contemp (Lexi Smail, Grand Central Publishing; Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary and Media); Contemp Short (Sue Grimshaw, Loveswept; Scott Eagan, Greyhaus Literary Agency); HR (Jennie Conway, St. Martin's Press; Rebecca Strauss, DeFiore and Company); RS (Patience Bloom, Harlequin; Nikki Terpilowski, Holloway Literary); Para / F / F / TT (Angela James, Carina Press; Jennifer Grimaldi, Chalberg and Sussman); YA (Annie Berger, Sourcebooks; Jim McCarthy, Dystel, Goderich & Bourrett LLC); MS w/ Central Romance (Brittany Lavery, Graydon House Books, HQN Books; Rachel Brooks, Bookends Literary Agency); Romantic Elements (Tessa Woodward, Harper Collins; Courtney Miller-Callihan, Handspun Literary). Gold Ticket judge is Joanna MacKenzie, Nelson Literary Agency. Finalists and winners announced in RWR. 1st Place Gold Ticket winner receives a 3-month mentorship with Mary Sullivan which includes a critique of an additional 3 chapters or 10,000 words; 2nd and 3rd Place receive a Published Author Critique from either Jenny Holiday or Alana Delacroix.
Women Writing the West WILLA Award Romance Book about girl or woman set in the American West Books with original copyright of 2018 (in any form - hardcover, softcover, e-books, CD, Internet downloads, POD, etc.) featuring women's or girls' stories set in the American West. Postmark by Feb 1, 2019; winners announced at conference in October 3 books, if paper books.  If e-books or electronic, such as CD, etc., one copy of the actual product plus 3 bound hard copies. $65 by check Mail Judges:  Panel of professional librarians. Categories:  Contemp Fiction; Historical Fiction; Original Softcover Fiction; Creative Nonfiction; Scholarly Nonfiction; Poetry; YA Fiction & Nonfiction; Children's Fiction and Nonfiction None mentioned on website
Gulf Coast Writers Association GCWA Writing Contest Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children's stories   Received by January 31, 2019; winners announced in April Submit 3 copies each. Fiction, nonfiction, children's stories: 1500 word limit; poetry: 40 line limit $20 first entry, $10 subsequent entries, $10 student entry, $5 youth entry. Pay via PayPal or check. Entry form is downloadable. Submit via postal mail. Categories are Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Children’s Stories. Judges are assumed to be from GCWA. First in each category $100; Second in each category $50; Third in each category $25
Women On Writing (WOW) Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest Creative nonfiction essay Anyone, any age. Entry must be in English. Deadline 11:59 PM PT Jan 31, 2019. Winners announced ~end of March. 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.
Wisconsin Romance Writers of America Write Touch Readers' Award Romance Novel Original publication date of 2018. 11:59 CST, Jan 25, 2019; finalists and winners notified by April 1. Submit 3 copies of book in bound print form or 1 PDF file WisRWA authors allowed one free entry; $25 for RWA members; $30 all others Enter online. Upload ebook; mail print books Judges are romance readers not associated with the publishing industry. 3 judges per entry. 3 finalists per category. 10 categories: Long Contemp, Mid-length Contemp, Short Contemp, ER, HR, Para / TT / F, Inspirational, RS, MS w/ Central Romance, YA Winners receive plaque.
Fairytalez.com Best Winter Tale Fiction Anyone can enter Jan 22, 2019; winner announced Jan 30 Fairy tale or folk tale between 300 and 5,000 words, themed around winter and its elements, such as snow, ice, frost, blizzards, etc. Free; stories must receive 5 FB likes to be eligible to win. online at website Judges are from Fairytalez.com. Winner receives $200 gift certificate to Amazon.com. Winner and 4 finalists receive: active promotion across all Fairytalez’s social networks; digital badge published with story and on your profile page; digital badge for blog or website.
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.
North Texas Romance Writers of America Great Expectations Romance Must be unpublished and uncontracted in book-length romantic fiction, OR published authors who have not published or contracted in the entered category within the past 3 yrs. Received by midnight Jan 19, 2019; finalists announced ~Feb 17, 2019; winners announced ~March 23 5,000 words max in TNR 14 pt font $25 for members of North Texas & Dallas RWA chapters, $30 all others. $5 off if you enter by Dec 31, 2018. Via PayPal only. electronic 1st round: 3 judges. If 2 lowest scores differ by 30 points and entry has potential to be a finalist, a 4th judge will be used and lowest of the 4 scores dropped. 3 or 4 finalists per category. Final judges: Contemp (Brittany Lavery, HQN); HR (Elle Keck, Avon); Inspirational (Raela Schoenherr, Bethany House); MS w/RE (TBA); NA (Julie Mianecki, Berkley); RS (Lexi Smail, Grand Central Publishing); ST (Madeleine Colavita, Hachette Book Group); Specialized (FFTTP) (Kristine Swartz, Berkley); YA (Alice Jerman, Harper Collins) All finalists will have opportunity to update their entry for the final round of judging. All finalists and winners receive website icon. First Place receives $50. All finalists receive certificates. Winners will have their names printed in the RWR.
Virginia Romance Writers of America Holt Medallion Romance Book Book with original copyright date in 2018, or with copyright date of 2017 but with a first print or first ebook release in 2018. Need not be RWA member or have an RWA approved publisher. Self published books permitted. Categories capped at 50 entries. Received on or by 9 PM EST Jan 15, 2019; finalists announced in May; winners announced in June. 4 autographed copies of print book, or ebook emailed in Kindle AND ePub formats (non-DRM) (ebooks limited to first 200 received). $30 payable by check, money order, or PayPal. VRW members may enter one book free of charge. Online or by mail. Each book scored by at least 3 romance readers. Four Award of Merit finalists and 1 HOLT Mediallion winner per category. Categories: HR, MS / ST Contemp, Long Contemp, Short Contemp, Long Inspirational, Short Inspirational, Para / F / F / T, RS, Extra Spicy / Erotic, Long Inspirational, Short Inspirational, Novel w/ Strong RE, Novella. Bonus Categories: Best First Book; Best Book by a Virginia Author Each category winner receives certificate and pewter HOLT Medallion. Merit winners receive certificate. Winners and Merit recipients will appear in a full-page ad in RWR.
Desert Rose Romance Writers of America Golden Quill Romance Book, Novella Published RWA members. Original copyright date or 1st North American printing / release date or if submitting ebook format, the first electronic publishing date must be in 2018. Books must be a minimum of 40,000 words except novella category. Received by Jan 11, 2019; finalists announced ~May 1, winners announced in July RWR. 5 autographed copies of each book; e-books must be submitted in book or bound galley format or in PDF format on five separate CDs with copy of autographed cover inside the case. $30 per book and / or each category. $60 for 2 entries, or $75 for 3 entries. mail; pay by check, money order or Paypal Judges: romance readers and librarians. Categories: Best First Book, Series Romance Contemp Romance (includes Novel w/ SRE), Erotic / Hot / Sexy, Sci-Fi / F / F, HR, Inspirational (includes Inspirational RS), Para /Urban Fantasy, RS, Sweet Traditional, LGBT, YA / NA, Novella (40,000 words max). Category winner will be highest scoring book in its category, providing the score is in the upper 25% of scores of all contest entries received. If none of the entries in a given category scores in the overall top 25%, there will be no finalist in that category. Winners announced in July RWR.
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.
San Francisco Writers Conference San Francisco Writing Contest Adult fiction, adult nonfiction, children / YA Entries may have been self-published or not-yet published, but not traditionally published 5 PM PT Jan 11, 2019; finalists announced Feb 1 on website; winners announced Feb 15 at Conference First 1,500 words of manuscript or self-published book $35 via check for those submitting postal mail, or submit payment and entry online via postal mail or online Categories: Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction (including memoir), Children’s / YA. Judges approved by SFWC management team will select top 5 entries in each category. A group of publishing industry professionals will select the grand prize winner and category winners. Grand Prize winner receives $250 and a 15-minute in-person meeting at the conference or a 15-minute scheduled telephone call with a literary agent who represents work like yours. 1st place winners in each category receive $100.
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
Gemini Magazine Poetry Open Poetry Anyone e-deadline / postmark by Jan 2, 2019 up to 3 poems, any style or length $7 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 March issue of Gemini.
ArtAscent "Figures" 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. Dec 31, 2018; winners announced Dec 1. 900 words max with theme of "figures." 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 Instruction & Insight Book Awards Non-Narrative / Non Fiction (includes unpublished manuscripts) Books (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, Dec 31, 2018; winners announced April 2019 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $75 online Categories: The Arts: Music, Photography, Performing Arts, Fine Arts; Cookbooks, Home and Garden; Motivational: Career, Business, Sports, Self-help; Arts and Crafts How-To; Nature and Environment; Travel Guides; Science; Pets and the Animal World; Health, Diet, and Fitness; History; Writing Guides; Pop Culture and Social Issues 1st Place Category winners receive physical blue ribbon, digital badge, book stickers, and promo on website, magazine, newsletter and social media, and are placed in queue to receive a book review package valued at $425. Category winners compete for Grand Prize. See website for details.
Passionate Ink Romance Writers of America Sexy Scribbles Erotic or Sexy / Steamy Romance (short story, novella, or novel) Published or unpublished authors. Entry must be taken from a completed work of any length Deadline Dec 15, 2018; finalists announced Jan 15, 2019; winners announced Feb 14. 3,000 words max scene showcasing sexual tension. May or may not include sexual acts. $10 for Passionate Ink members, $15 for RWA members, $20 all others email entry as pdf file 3 finalists per category will be judged by authors, editors, librarians, and readers. Categories: Contemp, BDSM, Historical, Speculative, Suspense / Mystery / Thriller Category winners receive a $25 Amazon gift card. The highest overall winner will receive a year's membership in Passionate Ink. Finalists and winners will be listed in the RWR.
Oklahoma Romance Writers of America National Readers' Choice Awards Romance Book,  Novella Published romance novel with original copyright date or 1st US printing date of 2018 and must have been available for sale in 2018; e-book OK if submitted in either perfect bound or spiral bound, galley-printed book form with an ISBN and evidence of copyright date of 2018 is provided. Deadline for registration and payment by check Dec 1, 2018; deadline for receipt of books is Jan 15, 2019 5 copies of Book (see Eligibility column for e-book info) $35 (+ $5 if entering Best 1st Book category also) via PayPal or check. Online form entry, books sent via mail. Judged by readers. Contemp Series; Contemp RS / Adventure Series; ST Contemp; Erotic; HR; Inspirational; Novel with SRE; Novella; Para; RS; YA; Best First Book. Judges are readers from across the U.S. Entries accepted from authors, editors, publishers, agents, readers, etc. - from whomever wishes to fill out the entry form, pay the entry fee, and supply the required number of copies of the title being entered.
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.
Reedsy Reedsy Short Story Contest Short Story Anyone can enter Nov 30, 2018 (this is a weekly contest, so every Friday) Short story of 1,000 - 3,000 words. Subscribe to their newsletter to receive 5 wriitng prompts every Friday. Free email Reedsy editors are assumed to be judging. $50 possible win
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.
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.
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.
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).  
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.
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
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 Elle Keck, Avon / William Morrow Books; Agent Kim Lionetti, BookEnds Literary Agency); Short Contemp (Editor Sinclair Sawhney, Tule Publishing Group; Agent Nikki Terpilowski, Holloway Literary Agency); FFP (Editor Cheryl Yeko, Soul Mate Publishing; Agent Maura Kye-Casella, Don Congdon Agency ); HR (Editor Alex Logan, Grand Central Publishing; Agent Beth Miller, Writers House); RS (Editor Esi Sogah, Kensington Publishing Corp.; Agent Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill Associates ); YA (Editor Lily Kessinger, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH Teen); Agent Kelly Peterson, Corvisiero Agency); Best of the Best (Anna Brown, Katy Budget Books) 1st Place: EMILY brooch, all other finalists: certificate. Best of the Best receives $100.
Mid-America Romance Writers of America Fiction from the Heartland Romance writer must be unpublished in book-length fiction (40K words or mroe) in past five years and uncontracted in book -length fiction at time of deadline Received by 11:59 PM CST Oct 1, 2018; finalists notified by Dec 1; winners announced by March 1, 2019. beginning of ms +, synopsis (10,000 words max) saved as MS Word document. $35 by PayPal or check electronic entry No more than 10 overall finalists from all categories. First round has 2 judges, one of which will be a published author. Categories: Category Romance, Contemp ST, HR, RS, Para / TT / F / F, ER, YA / NA, Inspirational. Final judges: Editors: Grace House, Berkley Publishing; Brenda Chin, Entangled Publishing; Patience Bloom, Harlequin; Sinclair Sawhney, Tule Publishing; Rhonda Penders, Wild Rose Press. Agents: Kaitlyn Johnson, Corvisiero Literary Agency; Elizabeth Winick, Rubenstein, McIntosh & Otis; Ann Rose, Prospect Agency; Cori Deyoe, Three Seas Literary Agency 1st Place receives $50 and a plaque. 2nd and 3rd place receive certificate. All other finalists receive Honorable Mention Certificate. Winners announced on website and in RWR and on MARA website.
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.
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: Anne Barngrover’s second book of poetry, Brazen Creature, was recently published with University of Akron Press. Her poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, Ecotone, Copper Nickel, North American Review, and others, and her creative nonfiction can be found in River Teeth. 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.
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.
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.
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 (Laura Kelly, The Wild Rose Press); HR (Erin Molta, Entagled Publishing); Para (Stacy Holmes, The Wild Rose Press). Published: Contemp (Maura Kye-Casella, Don Congdon Associates, Inc.); HR (Kathryn Le Veque, Dragonblade Publishing); Para (TBA) 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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 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
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.
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
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.
Indiana Romance Writers of America Golden Opportunity Romance Open to any unpublished / uncontracted author in novel-length fiction in the past three (3) years. Deadline July 1, 2018; finalists notified ~Sept 8-10; winners announced ~Oct 14; Best of the Best announced ~Nov 20. Beginning of ms and synopsis (10 pp max) for a total of 55 pp max submitted as doc or docx file. $35. Check or PayPal. Electronic entry 1st round: 2 trained judges. If the 2 scores are 75 or more points apart, a 3rd judge is used and the 2 scores closest to each other prevail. 3 finalists per category. 1st place winner in each category moves on the Best of the Best to determine overall winner. Final judges and categories: Contemp (Selena James, Kensington Publishing; Heather Howland, Entangled Publishing); ER (Sarah Blumenstock, Berkley Publishing Group; Lexi Smail, Grand Central); HR (Madeleine Colavita, Grand Central; Erin Molta, Entangled Publishing); Inspirational (Shana Asaro, Harlequin Love Inspired; Miranda Hill, Berkley); Para (Norma Perez-Hernandez, Kensington Books; Angela James, Carina Press, Harlequin); RS (Patience Bloom, Harlequin Books; Deb Nemeth, Carina Press); YA (Lauren Smulski, Harlequin; Stephanie Taylor, Clean Reads); Best-of-the-Best (Lily Choi, Berkley Publishing Group) First place category winners receive $50 and a certificate; Best of the Best winner will receive a special keepsake award.
Mid-America Romance Authors The Carla - Crown Jewel of Books Romance Novel Book self-published or traditionally published with original copyright date of 2017 Register by 11:59 PM CDT July 1, 2018; books received by July 15; finalists notified last week of Sept; winners announced ~Nov 15 3 perfect-bound copies of book $25 via PayPal or check Email and postal mail Judges are Midwest readers incl. participating librarians, book clubs. Categories: Category series, Contemp ST, HR, RS, Para, ER, YA/NA, Inspirational. Final judge by a bookseller. 1st place book receives trophy, publicity on the MARA Facebook page and in the RWR. Finalists receive a Finalist Certificate.
ArtAscent "Youth" 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. June 30, 2018; winners announced in early August 900 words max with theme of "youth." 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.
Chanticleer Book Reviews Chaucer Awards Historical Fiction Pre-Industrial (includes unpublished manuscripts) Novels (70,000+ 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, June 30, 2018; winners announced at awards banquet April 20, 2019 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $75 online Categories: Pre-Historical Fiction; Ancient Historical Fiction; World / International History (non-western culture historical fiction); Dark Ages / Medieval / Renaissance; Elizabethan / Tudor; 1600's; America's - Historical Fiction Pre-1750s 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 Goethe Awards Historical Fiction Post Industrial (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, June 30, 2018; winners announced at awards banquet April 20, 2019 Full work as PDF or DOC file format. $75 online Categories: Regency / Victorian; World / International History (non-western culture historical fiction); 19th Century; 20th Century; World and Other Wars; US History 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.
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.
New Millennium Writings New Millennium Writings Literary Awards Fiction, Nonfiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry Original work. Previously published works accepted if print circulation was under 5,000 or the work was published online only. June 30, 2018; winner announced in October Fiction: 6,000 words max; Nonfiction: 6,000 wds max; Flash Fiction: 1,000 wds max; Poetry: 3 poems, up to 5 pages total $20; 3 entries for $45; 5 entries for $72 online or via postal mail various Each category winner receives $1000 + publication online in print anthology.
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
International Screenwriters' Association Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition Screenplay, TV Script Original screenplay or teleplay written in English, unencumbered by any third party. Entry cannot have been sold or produced for profit. Must be 18 or have legal guardian permission to participate. final submission deadline June 28, 2018. Top 100 announced Nov 2; Top 6 and Grand prize winner announced Dec 7 Full-Length Features: 80-130 pp; TV Pilots: 70 pp max submitted in pdf, ms word doc, RTF, or Final Draft format in 12 point courier font $70 USD via PayPal or through ISA website. Additional entries after first are discounted. electronic 1st round judged by logline entries and 1st 30 pp; for 2nd round, the top 100 screenplays will be read and rated. Screenplay judged in final round. Genres: Action / Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller Grand Prize: $10.000 in cash and other prizes. 2nd Place $5,000; 3rd Place $4,000; 4th Place $3,000; 5th Place $2,000; 6th Place $1,000.
Northwest Houston Romance Writers of America Lone Star Romance published and unpublished writers with uncontracted, unpublished (in any format) entry. e-deadline midnight CDT June 8, 2018; winners announced in October. first 5,000 words saved in RTF only. $25 via PayPal Email 3 first round judges, at least 2 of them published. Lowest score dropped. Top 3 high scores in each category final; finalists can revise based on critiques. Categories: Contemp Series (Susan Litman, Harlequin; Sharon Roe, Soul Mate Publishing; Kate Brauning, Entangled Publishing); F/F/P (Laura Costello, Sourcebooks Casablanca; Callie Lynn Wolfe, The Wild Rose Press; Tera Cuskaden, Entangled Publishing); HR (Janet Clementz, Soul Mate Publishing; Allison Byers, The Wild Rose Press); Inspirational (Nicola Martinez, Pelican Books; Dina Davis, Harlequin; Raela Schoenherr, Bethany House Publishers); RS (Nicole Resciniti, The Seymour Agency; Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency); ST (Susan Grimshaw, Penguin-Random House; Alicia Condon, Kensington Publishing; Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks Casablanca); YA (Alycia Toretta, Entangled Publishing; Michelle Klayman, Boroughs Publishing) First place winners in each category will receive the Lone Star Brooch. Achievement certificates will be awarded to all finalists.
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.
Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award Fiction and Non-fiction Any book-length work published for the first time in 2017. Received by June 1, 2018. Winner announced August 24-27. Both a digital and hard copy of book $79. Registered attendees of Killer Nashville can enter first book for free. mail Categories: FICTION; Adventure, Fantasy / SciFi / Alternate History / Speculative; Horror; Graphic Novel; Mystery; Suspense; Thriller; Western; Short Story Anthology (multiple); Short Story Collection (single); Children’s Board Book (Newborn to age 3); Children’s Picture Book (ages 3-8); Children’s First Reader Book (ages 5-8); Children’s First Chapter Book (ages 7-10); Tween Adult (10-14); Young Adult (14 and up). NONFICTION: Academic; Forensics; Historical; Memoir / Biography; Reference; True Crime; Writing Business; Writing Craft; Children’s Board Book (Newborn to age 3); Children’s Picture Book (ages 3-8); Children’s First Reader Book (ages 5-8); Children’s First Chapter Book (ages 7-10); Tween Adult (10-14); Young Adult (14 and up); Essay Anthology (multiple); Essay Collection (single); Poetry; Experimental Category winners receive a personalized award medal. Overall Best Fiction and Best Nonfiction also receive a $500 cash prize.
New Jersey Romance Writers of America Golden Leaf Romance Novel, Novella All NJRW members and RWA members published in novel-length fiction. Romance novels with 1st copyright date or 1st NA print date of July 2017 - May 2018. Capped at 25 books per category. Entry deadline June 1, 2018. Books must be received by June 5. Finalists notified by Aug 31. Winners announced Oct 20 at PYHIAB conference. 4 autographed copies of book; e-books in print book format, with copyright page produced by publisher, with perfect or case binding and print on both sides of the page. $25 NJRW members, $30 others. Subsequent entries after first entry are discounted $10. Register online. Mail in entry. Judges are booksellers, librarians, readers groups, romance readers. Three finalists per category: Best First Book; Short Contemp, Mid-Length Contemp, Long Contemp, HR, Novella, Para, RS, ER, Best Book by New Jersey Romance Author  
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
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
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Fiction Unpublished, uncontracted in book length fiction through traditional publishing house at time of entry. E-deadline 11:59 PM MST May 31, 2018; finalists announced Aug 1; winners announced Sept. 9. first 4,000 words + 750 word synopsis $30; critique is add'l $25. email 2 judges evaluate each entry. 5 highest-scoring entries scoring 130 or more in each category will final. Categories and Final Judges: Action / Thriller (Eric Campbell, Down and Out Books); Mystery / Suspense (Sharon Bowers, Miller Bowers Griffin Literary Management); Womens Fiction (Alicia Clancy, Editor, St. Martin's Press); Speculative Fiction (Kristen Nelson, Nelson Literary Agent); YA / Middle Grade (TBD); MS and Other Genres (TBA) 1st Place winner $150, 2nd Place $100, 3rd Place $75, 2 remaining finalists $30.
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.
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.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Nicholl Fellowship Script Screenwriters who have not earned more than $25,000 writing for film or television (see rules). Up to 2 authors per script. Uploaded by 11:59 pm PT May 1, 2018; quarterfinalists notified by Aug 1; semifinalists notified by early Sept Original feature film screenplay, 70-160 pp, in PDF format, written in English. $85 via credit card electronic First, quarter-final, semi-final and final rounds of judging. Semi-final round judged by Academy members of the motion picture industry. Final round judged by the Nicholl committee. Finalists must write a letter to Nicholl Committee, giving the Committee some idea of the writer’s personal and professional interests should he or she receive a Fellowship. Up to five $35,000 fellowships are awarded
Arizona Mystery Writers Mary Ann Hutchison Story Contest For Youth Mystery Open to anyone age 9-14. Work must be original and unpublished prior to judging. Postmark by May 1, 2018; winners announced at Awards Luncheon July 8, 2017. Short story (2,500 words max ) $5 by check or money order. Entry form and fee by postal, entries may be email or postal Categories: Mystery, Suspense, and / or thriller 1st prize $25; 2nd $20; 3rd $15; certificate, and publication on the club's web site.
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.
The Kindle Book Review and Digital Book Today Kindle Book Awards Various Any independent or small press publisher. eBooks must be written in English, 25,000 words minimum, in mobi format, and published on Amazon between May 1, 2015 and may 1, 2017 May 1, 2018; category semi-finalists announced July 1; Top-5 category finalists announced Oct 1; winners announced Nov 1. book in mobi format $29 electronic Judged by the Kindle Book Review Team & Reviewers (volunteers). Categories: Mystery / Thriller, Romance, YA, Sci-fi / Fantasy, Literary Fiction, Horror / Suspense, Non-Fiction 7 category winners receive $100 cash, and $549 in promotion & tools.
Utah Romance Writers of America Book of the Year Romance Novel Self published or traditionally published authors with romance novel at least 25,000 words in length with copyright date of 2017. April 30, 2018, books due by May 7; finalists announced Aug 1; winners announced Oct 13. ebook (mobi/Kindle, ibook, pdf) or 5 hard copies. $25 via PayPal email or mail First 50 pp judged (3 judges) in preliminary round with 5 finalists. Final judges are librarians, writers, and readers. Winner receives engraved award. Winner and finalists receive badge for website and names posted in RWR.
Cultural, Interracial, and Multicultural Special Interest Romance Writers of America (CIMRWA) Elevation of Love Romance Published or unpublished author with completed, unpublished manuscript of no less than 40,000 words that features diverse cultural, interracial, or multicultural romance. April 15, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST. First 5,000 words of completed manuscript. Finalists must submit synopsis (5 pp max, will not be judged). $20 for CIMRWA members, $25 RWA members, $30 all others via PayPal   3 judges (published, RWA pro, or CIMRWA-trained and certified) per entry. Up to 3 finalists per category. Categories and final judges: Contemp (LaToya Smith, L Perkins Agency; Brenda Chin, Entangled Publishing); RS (Leticia Gomez, Savvy Literary; ​Angela James, Carina Press); Women's Fiction / RE (Agent TBA; Rhonda Merwarth); YA (Agent TBA; Kate Brauning, Entangled); HR (Jessica Watterson, Sandra Dijkstra & Assoc.; Mackenzie Walton, Carina Press); F / F / Para (Tricia Skinner, FUSE Literary; Heidi Shoham, Entangled); Erotica (Saritza Hernandez, Corvisiero Literary Agency; ​Diana Carlisle, Wild Rose Press). 1st place winners in each category receive CIMRWA pin and a graphic for websites and/or blogs. All other finalists receive certificates. Winners are announced in the 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.
Contemporary Romance Writers of America Stiletto Contest Romance Published or unpublished authors with manuscript that is unpublished (in any format) and uncontracted when winners are announced. RWA membership not required. April 13, 2018 by 11:59 PM; finalists notified May 14; winners announced at RWA National Conference July 20. First 7,000 words plus a 500-word synopsis $15 Contemporary Romance Writers members; $25 non-members via PayPal online 5 finalists per category. Contemp Short / Novella (25-50k), Contemp Mid-length (51k-84k) Contemp Long (85k and up), Suspense / Mystery, NA, YA. Final judges: Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks; Stephanie Doig, Carina Press; Rhonda Penders, Wild Rose Press; Melissa Keir, Inkspell First place winners receive an award and certificate and announcement in RWR; all finalists receive free entry into the Stiletto Contest Awards Ceremony and a discount to the Stiletto Party.
Contemporary Romance Writers of America Stiletto Contest Romance Book Traditional, small press, e-published, and self-published books with 2017 copyright date April 13, 2018; finalists notified June 17; winners announced at RWA National Conference July 20. E-books submitted in both mobi and ePub file formats OR 5 signed copies of paperback book (addtional $15 fee applies) $15 Contemporary Romance Writers members; $25 non-members via PayPal only; additional fees for paperback entries via PayPal only online for ebooks; paperback books can be sent by mail First round judges are RWA General, PRO, and PAN members; 5 finalists per category. Contemp Short / Novella (25-50k), Contemp Mid-length (51k-84k) Contemp Long (85k and up), Suspense / Mystery, NA, YA. Final judges for unpublished:: Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks; Stephanie Doig, Carina Press; Rhonda Penders, Wild Rose Press; Melissa Keir, Inkspell First place winners receive an award and certificate and announcement in RWR; all finalists receive free entry into the Stiletto Contest Awards Ceremony and a discount to the Stiletto Party.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
San Antonio Romance Authors SARA Synopsis Slayer Romance Romance, any genre. Published or unpublished authors with unpublished entry. Contest limited to the first 150 received. Jan 12, 2018; finalists announced Jan 27 on website; ranking of winners announced first week of February. A 3-page, double-spaced synopsis of any subgenre of romance. Entry must be for an unpublished manuscript. Contest limited to the first 150 received. $15 SARA members, $20 non-members via mail Three first-round judges that include at least one published author. Top three entries will be read and ranked by Meghan Farrell, Managing Editor at Tule Publishing Group. TBA
Washington - Centerville Public Library Erma Bombeck Writing Competition Humor and Human Interest Open to writers 13 years of age and older. Entry cannot have been published in any medium. 8 am EST Jan 3, 2018; winners announced in April 450 words or fewer written in the "spirit" of Erma Bombeck $15 online Two categories: Humor, Human Interest. Two rounds - first round judged by a panel of volunteer judges from across the United States and Australia, and then by a final judge in each category. Four $500 prizes awarded (2 in Humor and 2 in Human Interest) plus registration fee ($425 value) to Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop. Winning essays will be published on Washington-Centerville Public Library's website and in a local newspaper.