Wednesday, November 2, 2011

PNWA Writing Contest Open

Do you want to make it in the publishing world? Then a little street cred can go a long way. For Inside the Publishing World today I am focusing on writing contests. Winning one is gold on a query and can make an agent or editor take notice amongst piles of same old- same old letters.

One of my favorites is now open: The Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest 2012.
Why do I like this one? Because the benefits of winning are huge. Most contest offer a cash prize. This contest does too, but finalists' also get a  nudge into the publishing world. First off, finalists’ manuscripts are made available to agents and editors during the summer conference. In addition, finalists entries are read and judged by an agent or editor to determine the top TWO in each category. Then, the winners are given the opportunity to attend an exclusive Agents and Editors Reception.

Here are more details:
 Contest Categories:

1. Mainstream
2. Historical
3. Romance (electronic only)
4. Mystery/Thriller
5. Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
6. Young Adult/Middle Grade
7. Nonfiction/Memoir/How-To
8. Screenwriting
9. Poetry
10. Short Story
11. Children's Picture/Chapter Book
12. Adult Short Topics (Article/Essay/Short Memoir)

Awards will be given as follows:

*First Place: $700 and the Zola Award (The Zola Award honors founding member Zola Helen Ross for her vision in creating a writing community more than 50 years ago.)
*Second Place: $300

Entries must be RECEIVED BY February 17, 2012.

For all of the details and submission guidelines please go to

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