Time’s Running Out to Enter the 2009 Novel and Short Works Contests!

Deadlines are looming to submit your entries for the Maryland Writers’ Association’s 2009 Novel and Short Works contests! The deadline for submissions to the Novel contest is February 28, 2009, and for the Short Works contest the deadline is March 14, 2009.

The goal of the MWA contests is to encourage and develop authors by providing reputable literary critiques and contest experiences. An award from our contest is a bona fide seal of approval from an incorporated group of professional and published writers. As such, it is well suited for drawing the attention of editors and agents to your work. Winners will be announced at MWA’s June 10, 2009 meeting; winner’s need not be present to win.

Entries in the Novel contest will be accepted in the categories:

  • Action/Adventure/Horror
  • Mainstream/Literary
  • Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
  • Romance/Historical
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy/Speculative
  • Young Adult

The entry fee for the Novel contest is $35 per submission for MWA members, $38 per submission for non-members. The Grand Prize winner will receive $150.00. The first place entry in each category will receive $100.00. The second place winner in each category $50.00. Each winner will receive an Award Certificate and a quotable letter from the Maryland Writers’ Association, which you may use to publicize your work. All entrants will receive two (2) judges’ critiques of their submission.

Entries for the Short Works contest will be accepted in the following categories:

  • Poetry
  • Short Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Editorial Essay

The entry fee for the Short Works contest is $13 for MWA members and $16 for non-members. The First Place winner receives $100, publication in Scribble of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction, and a certificate. The Second Place winner receives $75 and a certificate. The Third Place winner receives $50 and a certificate.

Full contest details, rules, and submission information, along with links to past winners, are available on the MWA website. Don’t wait, enter today!

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