Our author, Susan Miura, was gracious enough to put together this list of upcoming conferences and writing contests for fellow authors. This took a lot of work, and we’re thankful she shared it with our authors so we’re sharing it with you!
By the way, if you’re interested in compelling, young adult fiction, pick up a copy of Susan’s book, Healer. It’s the first in a series, and the sequel’s coming this summer!
A Sampling of 2019 Conferences and Contests
(Some Christian, some not. NOT all-inclusive & not endorsed by ACFW-Chicago)
ACFW Conference, Sept. 26-29, San Antonio, TX
Write to Publish, June 19-22, Wheaton, IL
Blue Ridge Mountains Writers Conference, May 19-23, Ridgecrest, NC (near Asheville)
Colorado Christian Writers Conference, May 15-18, Estes Park, CO
Mt. Hermon Writers Conference, April 12-16
Romance Writers of American (RWA), July 24-27, New York, NY
Mystery Writers of America (MWA), List of various mystery conferences and events: mwany.org/conferences-festivals/
Society of Childrens Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), 2019 conference is SOLD OUT https://www.scbwi.org/events/20th-annual-scbwi-winter-conference-in-new-york-ny19/
BOOK AWARD CONTESTS
ACFW’s Carol Award –Finalists announced June 28. Winners announced at conference banquet on Sept. 28, San Antonio. Deadline: March 1. – acfw.com/carol/
Serious Writer, Book of the Year – seriouswriter.com/contests/
Comprehensive list of book award contests – http://www.goodreads.com/award
SCBWI’s Golden Kite – Opens in October. Deadline: Dec. 1 – http://www.scbwi.org/awards/golden-kite-award/
The Wishing Shelf – http://www.thewsa.co.uk/
Goodreads: List of numerous book award contests – goodreads.com/award
Christy Awards – Submission Period: March 1-31 – ecpa.org/page/christy_submissions
Publisher’s Weekly Booklife Prize – Indie authors
Moonbeam (childrens books and YA) – March 24-Aug. 10 with an earlybird discount – moonbeamawards.com/38/guidelines
Christian Book Award from ECPA (an association of Christian publishers) – Submission Period:
Sept. 1-30. ecpa.org/page/cba_1_overview
Chanticleer Chatelaine Awards – chantireviews.com/contests. Deadlines vary, depending on contest entered.
Reader’s Favorite Book Awards – Deadline: April 1. – readersfavorite.com/annual-book-award-contest.htm
Selah Awards (Blue Ridge Mtn. Christian Writer’s Conference): Opens Jan. 5. Deadline: April 1.
Story Monsters Royal Dragonfly – Deadline: Oct. 1.
Illumination Book Awards – Deadline: in December.
Best Book Awards (sponsored by American Book Fest).
Fiction and nonfiction writers who have recently published a book that “contributes to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures” are eligible for this award, which offers $10,000 cash as well media and publicity opportunities.
Submissions must be published in the prior year.
Deadline: Annual submission window is Sept. 1 through Dec. 31.
This biannual prize honors mid-career writers who have recently published their third, fourth or fifth work of fiction. The winner receives $50,000 but must be able to appear at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY to deliver a talk on their work and teach a mini-workshop in fiction to St. Francis students. Deadline: Biannually; the deadline for work published between June 2017 and May 2019 has not yet been announced.
This $10,000 award recognizes “young authors,” which the rules define as any author aged 35 or younger. Submit any novel or short story published or scheduled to be published in the calendar year. Works must be written for adults; children’s or YA pieces are ineligible.
Deadline: Annually in the fall (most recently in August or September). Deadline for 2019 TBA.
This boutique publishing firm offers a $300 cash prize to its contest winner. Submit a novel of 20,000 words or more in any fiction genre (no fanfic, short stories or poetry) and if it’s selected, Inkitt will award you $300 in cash, special promotion on its contest winners list, as well as eligibility for future publishing deals. Inkitt runs contests regularly, so be sure to check back often. Deadline: See individual contest pages.
If you’re a war buff, this competition is for you. It awards $5,000 to the best piece of fiction set during a period when the U.S. was at war (war may either be the main plot of the piece or simply provide the setting). Submissions may be adult or YA novels.
Deadline: Annually on December 1.
UNPUBLISHED WRITER CONTESTS
Genesis – ACFW
Manuscripts must be complete in order to enter Genesis.
FEES: $35 per entry for current ACFW members, $95 per entry for non-members. You may choose to join ACFW at the time of entrance in order to receive the member entry fee rate.
- Multiple entries require multiple entry fees. Can not enter one manuscript into multiple categories. Deadline: March 15.
Romance Writers of American (RWA)
Mystery Writers of American (MWA) https://mysterywriters.org/about-mwa/st-martins/
Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
Serious Writer, Writer of the Year – www.seriouswriter.com/contests/
53-Word Story Contest – Prize: Publication, a free book from Press 53
Sponsor: Prime Number Magazine
Description: Each month Prime Number Magazine invites writers to submit a 53-word story based on a prompt. Deadline: Frequent contests
Helen Sheehan Book Prize – Manuscripts
You can win $15,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press with this prize, awarded for a collection of short fiction. You may submit an unpublished manuscript of short stories, two or more novellas or a combination of novellas and short stories. Your total word count should be between 150 and 300 typed pages. Deadline: Annual submissions must be postmarked between May 1 through June 30.
Presented by St. Martin’s Press and WORDHARVEST, this prize awards the best first mystery novel set in the Southwest with $10,000 and publication by St. Martin’s Press. Open to professional or non-professional writers who have not yet had a mystery published, and there are specific guidelines for the structure of your story: “Murder or another serious crime or crimes must be at the heart of the story, with emphasis on the solution rather than the details of the crime.” Deadline: TBD