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The Romance Novelist Contest

3 December 2016

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The Romance Novelist Contest

Submit your finished romance novel

of 40,000 words or more

for the chance to win $1000.

Deadline: December 15, 2016

Visit the website for details on how to enter!

inkitt.com/romancenovelist?utm_source=cl_writingcontests

 

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Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Awards

3 December 2016

Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Awards

Deadline December 16, 2016 (must be received by this date). Recommended free contest awards four prizes of $500 for books of fiction, nonfiction, first novel, and poetry written by an African-American and published in the US during the current year. The awards honor books that depict the “cultural, historical, or sociopolitical aspects of the African Diaspora”. Must be nominated by the publisher. Sets and multi-volume works are eligible but inspirational, self-help, and adult graphic novels are not. Send hard copy to each member of the judging committee, along with all available information regarding the submission (e.g., promotional material, author biography, available news articles, and reviews).

Contest Basics

Sponsored By:

Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Guidelines URL:

http://bcala.org/book-award/

Address:

Black Caucus of the American Library Association
P.O. Box 5837
Chicago, Illinois 60680
United States

Contest Status:

Active

Recommendation Level:

Recommended

Poetry Contest Type:

Published Poetry Book

Prose Contest Type:

Published Prose Book

Fiction, nonfiction, and first novel

Deadline:

12/16/16

Deadline Type:

Received By Deadline

Deadline Comment:

“2017” contest has a 2016 deadline. Note the new deadline for 2016 (formerly December 18).

Contest Frequency:

Annual

Top Award:

$500.00

Top Award Comments:

$500 in each genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and first novel)

Other Awards:

Honor Book citations may also be awarded in each category. In addition, an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation is awarded. (These citations are awarded without any accompanying remuneration.)

Publication of Winners:

No

Entry Details

Genres:

No Restrictions

Themes:

Entries “must portray some aspect of the African-American experience past, present, or future”. BCALA presents four monetary awards: one for adult fiction, one for nonfiction, one for a first novel, and one for poetry. These awards acknowledge outstanding achievement in the presentation of the cultural, historical, and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora.

– The Fiction Award recognizes depictions of sensitive and authentic personal experience either within the framework of contemporary literary standards and themes or which explore innovative literary formats.

– The Nonfiction Award honors cultural, historical, political, or social criticism or academic and/or professional research which significantly advances the body of knowledge currently associated with the people and the legacy of the Black Diaspora. (Categories could include the humanities, science and technology, social and behavioral sciences, and reference.)

– The First Novelist Award acknowledges outstanding achievement in writing and storytelling by a first-time African-American fiction writer.

– The Poetry Award strives to recognize and promote emerging and established poets that introduce and foster the joys of poetry writing.

Length Limit:

Book-length

Unpublished Submissions:

No

Exclusive Submissions:

No

Submission Methods:

Postal Mail Only

Other Restrictions:

Must be submitted by publisher. Sets or multi-volume works are eligible. New editions of previously published works are eligible only if more than 30% of the total content is new or revised material. Inspirational, self-help, and adult graphic novels are ineligible. Only finished, published books should be submitted; galleys (bound or unbound) and chapbooks are unacceptable.

Eligibility Details

Experience Level:

Authors with Published Books

Geographic Eligibility:

US Only

Geographic Eligibility Comments:

All authors, editors, and contributors must be African-American(s) born in the United States, and books must have been published in the US during the current calendar year.

Gender/Ethnic Eligibility:

Black Authors Only

Age of Entrant:

No Restriction

Winning Writers Editor’s Comments:

Books must be sent to the individual judges’ addresses, NOT to the BCALA office.

Contest Background

Sponsor Details:

BCALA’s purpose is to call to the attention of the American Library Association (ALA) the need to respond positively on behalf of the Black members of the profession and the information needs of the Black community by reviewing, analyzing, evaluating, and recommending to the ALA actions on the needs of Black librarians that will influence their status in the areas of recruitment, development, advancement, and general working conditions.

These awards acknowledge outstanding literary works for adult audiences by African-American authors. Recipients of this award offer compelling depictions of the cultural, historical, or sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora and embody the highest quality of writing style and research methodology, if applicable.

Contest Judges:

See http://bcala.org/literary-award-committee/ for a list of the judges.

Recent Winners:

(Contest year is designated based on when prizes are awarded, which is the year after the deadline.)

2016:
Fiction: Toni Morrison, ‘God Help the Child’
Nonfiction: Pamela Newkirk, ‘Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga’
First Novel: Angela Flournoy, ‘The Turner House’
Poetry: Nate Marshall, ‘Wild Hundreds’

2015:
Fiction: Lalita Tademy, ‘Citizens Creek: A Novel’
Nonfiction: Jeffrey B. Leak, ‘Visible Man: The Life of Henry Dumas’
First Novel: Dwayne Alexander Smith, ‘Forty Acres: A Thriller’
Poetry: Kevin Young, ‘Books of Hours: Poems’

2014:
Fiction: James McBride, ‘The Good Lord Bird: A Novel’
Nonfiction: Craig Steven Wilder, ‘Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities’
First Novel: Edward Kelsey Moore, ‘The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat: A Novel’
Poetry: Nikki Giovanni, ‘Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid’

Winners Notified:

June

Contest Established:

1994

37th Annual High School Writing Contest

3 December 2016

37th Annual High School Writing Contest

Deadline:

12/11/16

Prizes in Each Category

  • 1st-$100
  • 2nd-$50
  • 3rd-$25

All Finalists will receive a Certificate of Honorable Mention
All Winners will be considered for publication in Venture, Rider’s literary magazine

Categories

  • ESSAY: Write a personal essay, labeled ESSAY, on a topic of your choice of no more than five double-spaced, typed pages.
  • FICTION: Write a short story, labeled FICTION, of no more than five double-spaced, typed pages.
  • POETRY: Write a poem of no more than 50 lines.

Rules

  1. Type on the entry:
    Your Name and address
    Grade
    Teacher’s Name
    School Name and address
  2. Include a letter from a teacher stating that the work is original and by you.
  3. Entries must be typed.  Handwritten entries will not be read.  Stories and essays must be double-spaced.  Single-spaced prose will not be read.  Please give your story, essay and or poem a title.
  4. Only one entry per category will be considered.  Choose your best writing and send only one.
  5. Mail your entry postmarked no later than December 11, 2016 to:
    Dr. Roberta Clipper
    English Department
    Rider University
    2083 Lawrenceville Road
    Lawrenceville, NJ  08648

Entries cannot be returned.  Winners will be announced by May 2017.
Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish to receive a list of winners.

GOOD LUCK!

VISIT THE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS: 

http://www.rider.edu/academics/colleges-schools/college-liberal-arts-education-sciences/liberal-arts-programs/english/annual-high-school-writing-contest

BRIO Literary Arts Awards

3 December 2016

Deadline December 9, 2016 (must be received by this date) Recommended free contest awards 25 grants of $3,000 to literary, visual, media, and performing artists aged 18+ who reside in the Bronx, NY. Full-time college and graduate students are not eligible. Works submitted must have been created in the past 5 years. See website for rules and length limits for each genre. Submit online. Sponsored by the Bronx Council on the Arts.

Sponsored By:

Bronx Council on the Arts

Guidelines URL:

http://www.bronxarts.org/brio.asp#brio16

Address:

Bronx Council on the Arts
1738 Hone Avenue
Bronx, New York 10461-1486
United States

Contest Status:

Active

Recommendation Level:

Recommended

Poetry Contest Type:

Fellowship

Prose Contest Type:

Fellowship

Deadline:

12/09/16

Deadline Type:

Received By Deadline

Deadline Comment:

Note new deadline for 2016 (formerly December 2). “2017” contest has a 2016 deadline.

Contest Frequency:

Annual

Top Award:

$3,000.00

Top Award Comments:

At least 25 grants of $3,000 will be awarded across all genres (literary arts category competes against media, performing, and visual arts categories)

Publication of Winners:

No

Entry Details

Genres:

No Restrictions

Genre Comments:

Literary Arts Categories: Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction (includes essays, criticism, journalism, memoirs, and biography), Playwriting, Screenwriting, and Illustrated Text
(See website for categories within media, performing, and visual arts.)

Length Limit:

Poetry: 5-15 single-spaced pages; Prose: Maximum 30 double-spaced pages

Unpublished Submissions:

Yes

Exclusive Submissions:

No

Submission Methods:

Electronic Only

Other Restrictions:

Limit one application per artist. Works submitted must have been created in the past 5 years (i.e., between 2011-2016 for current contest). Author must have an email address and a Social Security number to enter. Full-time college and graduate students are not eligible. Recipients of any previous Bronx Council on the Arts award may not enter for one year. All BRIO awardees are subject to verification and proof of Bronx residency at time of award notification. $2,500 of the award will be given upfront at awards ceremony in June; the remaining $500 will be paid when the recipient completes a public service activity.

Eligibility Details

Experience Level:

All Authors

Geographic Eligibility:

US Regional Only

Geographic Eligibility Comments:

Entrants must reside in the Bronx borough of New York City.

Age of Entrant:

Adult Only

Age of Entrant Comments:

18+

Winning Writers Editor’s Comments:

Sponsor confirmed length limits for submissions via email on 11/14/16 and also indicated that applications should only include unpublished work.

See website for detailed application instructions.

Contest Background

Sponsor Details:

BRIO stands for “Bronx Recognizes Its Own”. Since its inception in 1989, BRIO has provided direct support to individual Bronx artists who create literary, media, visual, and performing works of art. Over its 25 years, BRIO has grown from 10 annual awards of $1,500 to 25 annual awards of $3,000.

BRIO is administrated by the Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA), which is a private, nonprofit membership organization that has been the official cultural agency of Bronx County since 1962. Recognized nationally as a leading arts service organization in providing cultural services and arts programs, BCA serves a multicultural constituency of almost 1.4 million residents. BCA provides an array of services to 5,000 artists and more than 250 arts and community-based organizations.

Contest Judges:

The selection of the awardees is based solely on the artistic excellence of the work submitted and judged anonymously by a panel of arts professionals (different panelists each year) working in each respective field.

Recent Winners:

(Contest year is designated based on when the winners are announced, which is sometimes the year after the deadline.)

2016 (Literary Arts):
Poetry: Alison Koffler, Sarah Stern
Fiction: Court Wayne, Maryrose Wood
Screenwriting: Dominic Colon
Read about all the 2016 BRIO winners at:
http://www.bronxarts.org/brio_winners_2016.asp

2015 (Literary Arts):
Poetry: Rachel Ansong, Jose Olivarez
Fiction: Jon Lewis Katz
Nonfiction: Chiseche Salome Mibenge, A. A. Weiss
Playwriting: Antoinette Mullins
Illustrated Text: Derrick Michael Charles
Read about all the 2015 BRIO winners at:
http://www.bronxarts.org/brio_winners_2015.asp

2014:
Poetry: Judith Baumel, Paul Bulman, Orlando Ferrand-Rodriguez, Matthew Thorburn
Fiction: Mercedes Augusta, Gina Clark, Bruce Tallerman
Nonfiction: Nahshon Ratcliff
Read about all the 2014 BRIO winners at:
http://www.bronxarts.org/brio_winners_2014.asp

See links to past winners since 2009 on sponsor’s website.

Winners Notified:

Four months after deadline

Contest Established:

1989