CONTESTS & AWARDS
Two awards will be presented at the banquet to alumni who attend this year. To be considered, mail a copy of the published book or a photocopy of another published manuscript after you register, postmarked by May 1, to Lin Johnson, Write-to-Publish, 9118 W. Elmwood Drive, Ste. 1G, Niles, IL 60714-5820. Only one entry per person. Indicate which award you are entering.
New Writer: For the best, first-published manuscript by a conferee who attended in 2018 or 2019 and who had never been published before attending. The winner will receive a package of books worth $75.
Writer of the Year: For the best work published since 2018. Not open to alumni on faculty. The winner will receive a check for $100.
Brimstone Fiction Editor’s Choice Award
Rowena Kuo, executive editor of Brimstone Fiction, will choose the best novel from a yet-to-be-published book author at the conference. This award includes mentoring and a full book edit with the intent to submit the work to the publication board on completion. The manuscript must be finished and should be 60,000 to 80,000 words, in any category of fiction for the Christian or general market. To be considered, bring your first chapter to the conference, schedule an appointment with Rowena, and attend any of the manuscript critique groups she leads.
Serious Writer Awards
Two awards are open to all writers, whether you attend the conference or not.
Almost an Author Award: Unpublished categories are open to anyone who has not published a manuscript in the genre in which they choose to submit. Sponsored by Almost an Author.
Serious Writer Medal: Published categories are open to anyone published in 2021, both traditionally and self-published. Sponsored by Serious Writer, Inc.
Entry Fees: Contest fees are $39 per entry, nonrefundable.
Deadline: Submissions and payment must be received by May 1 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.
How to Enter: All the details are here: www.seriouswriteracademy.com/Write-to-Publish-Contests.
EABooks Publishing Contest
Twenty to twenty-five submissions of a short story, article, devotion, poem, or prayer will be chosen for inclusion in Anchors in the Storm, published by Living Parables, an imprint of EABooks Publishing. Manuscripts that best reflect the theme of the book title, meet submission guidelines, and represent the best writing of nonbook authors will be chosen for inclusion in the book. Winners will be announced during the conference and must meet with Cheri Cowell, publisher, to go over edits. (Time will be announced at the conference.) Authors will be able to purchase books at a reduced price and keep the profit from their sales.
Theme: When storms come in life, we often turn to anchors the world promotes: success; relationships; our abilities; and even food, drugs, and alcohol. But soon we discover these anchors don’t hold, and we drift further out to sea. The stories, poems, and devotions in this collection point us to the one anchor that holds no matter the storm: Jesus! He’s the only anchor we can trust, and in reading them we hope you are encouraged to hold tight to Jesus in your own storms.
Eligibility: Open to writers who attend the full conference and have not published a royalty book.
Deadline: Submissions must be received by June 1, midnight Eastern time.
Format: 12-point Times New Roman/Times Roman font, double-spaced, 1″ margins, Word (.doc or .docx) format only
• You must be registered for the full conference at the time of submission.
• Only one submission per person.
• Only short stories, articles, devotions, poems, and prayers will be considered.
• Length: 1,500 words maximum.
• Include your name with contact information (address, phone number, and email) at the top of the first page, along with a title.
• Include a 50-word bio written in third person at the end of the manuscript.
• Email as an attachment to email@example.com. Put “Write-to-Publish Conference” in the subject line.