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The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence: Honoring Louisiana’s Traditions and Promoting Great New Fiction

23 June 2019

The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence honors Louisiana’s revered storyteller, Ernest J. Gaines, and serves to inspire and recognize rising African-American fiction writers of excellence at a national level. The book award, initiated by donors of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, is now in its 13th year and has become nationally recognized in its role of enhancing visibility of emerging African-American fiction writers while also expanding the audience for this literature. The annual award of a $10,000 cash prize is to support the writer and help enable her/him to focus on her/his art of writing.

The 2019 panel of judges are themselves renowned contributors to the literary world. They are Anthony Grooms, Edward P. Jones, Elizabeth Nunez, Francine Prose and Patricia Towers.

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation sponsors the winner’s travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to receive the prize at a ceremony attended by Ernest Gaines where the author reads an excerpt from the selected work of fiction. A reception follows. The evening is free, open to the public and attracts a diverse audience.

The literary award winner also participates in educational activities at selected area schools and after-school programs in keeping with the Gaines Award’s interest in emphasizing the role of literature and arts in education. Through small creative writing workshops with the winning author, students are encouraged to pursue reading, delve into their own creativity, and to consider becoming an author.

Criteria for the 2019 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence:

• A work of fiction (novel or collection of short stories) that will be published in 2019. Galleys for a 2019 publication are also accepted.
The nominee must be a rising author, not yet widely recognized for their work.
• Author must be an African-American U.S. citizen.
• Self-published books will not be accepted. Self-published is publishing one’s work independently and at one’s own expense.
• Emailed entries will not be accepted.

The winning author must be willing to attend the award ceremony on January 30, 2020, and participate in educational outreach activities during that week.

To enter a published book or galley for review, send the completed REGISTRATION FORM and 8 copies to:

Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence
c/o Baton Rouge Area Foundation
100 North St., Suite 900
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802

Non-winning entries will be donated to an area nonprofit. Ineligible entries will not be returned.

The Literary Award, initiated by donors of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation to honor Mr. Gaines, is designed to inspire and recognize rising African-American writers of excellence as they work to achieve the literary heights for which Ernest J. Gaines is known. 

DEADLINE: Entries must be RECEIVED at the Foundation offices by August 15, 2018.


April 1, 2019 – August 15, 2019  Eligible entries for 2019 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence will be accepted. See criteria for submission above for eligibility. All entries for the book award will receive written notification of receipt.

November 2019  The winner will be selected by a national panel of judges. The judges reserve the right not to issue the award if they feel the selection pool lacks an acceptable candidate. Once the winner is selected, written notification will be sent to all eligible entries.

January 30, 2020  The 12th Annual Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence Ceremony will take place in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

For additional information, please email

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Early Historical Fiction Novel Writing Contest

7 June 2016
Historical Fiction Pre-1750s Writing Contest | Chanticleer Book Reviews

The Chaucer Awards ~ Early Historical Fiction Novel Writing Contest ~2016
The search for 2016’s best Early Historical Fiction Books

Deadline June 30th, 2016

Chanticleer Book Reviews is seeking for the best books featuring Pre-1750s Historical Fiction, including pre-history, ancient history, Classical, world history (non-western culture), Dark Ages and Medieval Europe, Renaissance, Elizabethan, Tudor, 1600s, we will put them to the test and choose the best among them.

Prizes to be won:

  • All First in Category Winning Titles will be placed in the queue to receive a coveted Chanticleer Book Review Package (value $345)and go on to compete for the Chaucer Grand Prize
  • The Chaucer Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Early Historical Fiction Book of the Year, awarded a $200 prize, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year
  • The Overall Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Book of the Year, and awarded the $1000 prize
  • All Winners receive a Chanticleer Prize Package which includes a digital badge, a ribbon and a whole assortment of goodies detailed below (winners outside the US pay a shipping & handling fee)

That’s more than $30,000.00 worth of cash and prizes! The Fine Print.

~$1000 for one lucky Overall Grand Prize Winner
~$2800 in Genre Grand Prizes
~$28,980 in reviews, prizes, and promotional opportunities awarded to Category Winners

Currently accepting entries. Deadline: June 30th, 2016.

What are you waiting for? Enter today!

Chaucer Award Winners will be announced at the 2017 Historical Novel Society Conference

The Chanticleer Prize Package includes:

  • A Prize Ribbon to use in promotion at book signings and book festivals
  • Digital Badges for display on your website or incorporation into book covers
  • Book stickers to identify your print books to book store shoppers as they browse

In addition to all the ribbons and badges and cash awards we will be showering you with, you will also receive a powerful promotional boost from Chanticleer Reviews, with:

  • Your name and book title announced on our high traffic website at the finalist stage, the category winner stage, the genre grand prize stage, and the overall grand prize stage, depending on how far you go in the competition
  • Corresponding social media announcements of your contest advancements
  • Corresponding newsletter announcements to our sizable email list
  • Your winning title’s review published in our Chanticleer Reviews Magazine
  • Your book may also receive trade show representation as we show off our winners at conferences and trade shows across the US and Internationally. We like to show off our winners in as many ways as we can.
  • Your book may also be seen and noticed by agents, publishers, Hollywood producers, and others within the publishing and entertainment industry who see our contests as a way to spot new and upcoming talent and original story ideas

The Chaucer Awards Categories are:

  • Pre-Historical Fiction
  • Ancient Historical Fiction
  • World/International History (non-western culture historical fiction)
  • Dark Ages, Medieval, Renaissance
  • Elizabethan/Tudor
  • 1600’s
  • America’s – Historical Fiction Pre-1750s

Each work submitted will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Is the story compelling?
  • Professionalism of editing and formatting
  • Characterization
  • Continuity of storyline
  • Satisfying ending (not necessarily “happy”)
  • Intriguing opening
  • Uniqueness of story
  • Writing craft
  • World construct
  • Premise

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Novels may be Manuscripts, Self-published, Indie Published or Traditionally Published.
  • E-pub accepted.
  • All published novels must have ISBN/ASIN designation, manuscripts are not required to have this designation at the time of submission.
  • Entries must be in the English language.
  • No erotica. No graphic violence, please.
  • Copyrighted works before Dec. 31, 2013 will not be accepted.
  • Novels must be 40,000 plus words.
  • You may enter in more than one category. However, each entry must be accompanied by the entry fee.
  • You may enter more than one novel into a given contest.
  • Default winners will not be declared. Contests are based on merit and writing craft.
  • Digital Files must be submitted in PDF or Word DOC format.
  • Fees and Digital File must be received before June 30th, 2016 midnight.
  • Please read our Terms and Conditions page aka The Fine Print. Prizes and Award Packages may change without notice.

VISIT THE WEBSITE:!/Historical-Fiction-Contest/p/21521105/category=5193080


Helpful Links

Announcement Schedule

Previous Winners:

2014 Grand Prize & Best Book Winners

2013 Grand Prize & Best Book Winners

2012 Grand Prize & Best Book Winners

How The Contests Work

The Fine Print

If you have any questions or concerns, please email:

Note: You will receive a confirmation email after you have uploaded your work and paid entrance fees through PayPal. PayPal also sends us your contact information. If we have any questions or concerns, we will contact you within 72 business hours of receiving entry(ies).

You should receive a confirmation emails from PayPal and from Chanticleer Book Reviews & Media. If you have any questions or concerns about your submission, please contact us at

Claim A $800 Cash Award For Your Unpublished Novel

2 May 2014

A $800 cash prize can be won for a debut novel

in the Writers’ Village International Novel award,

Deadline: 30th June 2014

Novels that have previously been self-published are also eligible.

The winning author will be assessed by international literary agency

A. M. Heath for possible representation.

The top eight contestants will receive personal feedback on their novels by the judge,

novelist Michelle Spring, Royal Literary Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

Entries are welcome worldwide.

Entry is $22.

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YA Novel Discovery Contest

25 October 2013

Serendipity Literary Agency in conjunction with Sourcebooks Inc. is hosting their fifth annual 


No query? No pitch? No problem!

Have a young adult novel—or a YA novel idea—tucked away for a rainy day? Are you putting off pitching your idea simply because you’re not sure how to pitch an agent? No problem! All you have to do is submit the first 250 words of your novel and you can win exposure to editors and a review of your manuscript from one of New York’s TOP young adult literary agents, Regina Brooks.?


In honor of National Novel Writing Month (—an international event where aspiring novelists are encouraged to write an entire novel in 30 days—this contest is meant to encourage the aspiring YA author to get started on that novel by offering an incentive for completing the first 250 words.

The contest opens November 1st and closes November 30th, 2013 at 11:59PM.


The Grand Prize Winner will have the opportunity to submit an entire manuscript to YA literary agent Regina Brooks AND receive a free, 10-week writing course, courtesy of Gotham Writers’ Workshop, plus a collection of gourmet teas from!

The Top Five Entrants (including the Grand Prize winner) will receive a 15-minute, one-on-one pitch session with Regina Brooks, one of New York’s premier literary agents for young adult books. They will also receive commentary on their submissions with editors from Scholastic, Feiwel and Friends, Random House/Penguin, Kensington, Kimani Tru, Candlewick, Bloomsbury, Simon and Schuster, and Sourcebooks. In addition, they will receive a year’s subscription to The Writer magazine!

First 50 Entrants will receive a copy of Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks.

YA literary agent Regina Brooks and her team will read all of the entries and determine the top 20 submissions. These submissions will then be read by Deidre Jones Little Brown, Nicole Raymond Candlewick, Aubrey Poole Sourcebooks, Kendra Levin Viking Penguin, Mercedes Fernandez Kensington, Annie Nybo Simon and Schuster, Erica Finkel Abrams Books, Monica Jean Random House/Penguin , Catherine Laudone Simon and Schuster, Stacey Friedberg Penguin Group, Laura Whitaker Bloomsbury, Anna Roberts Feiwel and Friends.

These judges will whittle the top 20 down to five, and each of the five winners will be provided commentary on their submissions.

One entry per person; anyone age 14+ can apply. Open to the U.S. & Canada (void where prohibited). Entries for the YA Novel Discovery Contest will be accepted from 12:01am (ET) November 1st, 2013 until 11:59pm November 30th, 2013 (ET). There is a $15 entry fee.”

What are the judges looking for in a submission? 
Entries will be judged based upon creativity, word usage, and the ability to instantly draw a reader into a story. Since the contest is limited to a title and 250 words, each word must be carefully chosen to have the most impact. This simulates the browsing experience of the average book buyer, who reads the title and first paragraph of a book before making a purchasing decision.

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2013 DANA AWARDS – Ficiton, Poetry, Novels

4 June 2013



$1,000 each for Novel, Short Fiction,  Poetry // $3,000 in awards

RESULTS LETTERS by MAY 1, 2014 (to your email address or via SASE) 


E-MAIL:   for questions only.






IMPORTANT:  FOR ALL AWARDS, THE TERM MANUSCRIPT DOES NOT MEAN A FULL BOOK. We mean first 40 pages for a  Novel ms., 1 short story for a Short Fiction ms.,  and 5 poems for a Poetry ms.

                            OUR 3 AWARDS:


for the first 40 pages ONLY of a  novel either completed or in progress (in-progress submissions should be as polished as possible).  All types of novels accepted (NO MEMOIRS).  No novels for or by persons under 16.  Typed, double-spaced only.


for the best short fiction (NO MEMOIRS for this award.  Instead, submit under ESSAY category below).  Maximum 10,000 words per short story.  No stories for or by persons under 16.  Typed, double-spaced only.


for the best group of 5 poems, judged on the overall excellence of all 5. 5 poems per entry.  No light verse or verse for or by persons under 16.  Poems may be thematically related but need not be. Poems longer than 100 lines are discouraged.  Typed. Single-spaced preferred.

$15 per 5 poems

$15 per short story 

$25 per novel entry


From outside U.S., send INTERNATIONAL money orders, traveler’s checks, or bank checks (all must be formally stamped by the issuing bank as “U.S. funds” AND must be drawn on U.S. banks only).

COVER SHEET:  Include SEPARATE COVER SHEET with name, address, phone number, e-mail address, title(s) of work(s) submitted.  NO AUTHOR’S NAME ON MANUSCRIPT.







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Cinnamon Press Writing Awards – Poetry, Short Stories, Novel/Novella

29 October 2012

Cinnamon Press Writing  Awards

Cinnamon Press competitions have been offering new and established writers excellent publication opportunities for the last seven years. Several authors who have won the competition have gone on to win other prestigious prizes or been short listed for major awards. From autumn 2012 we are re-launching the writing awards to make them even more accessible to a greater number of writers. The competitions in three genres will continue to run twice a year, but with a new pricing structure and new prize structure. We hope that writers will continue to enjoy the competitions and take advantage of the opportunities they provide.


Poetry Collection Award £150

The aim of this award is to provide a platform for new voices in poetry.


Short Story Award: £150

The competition is open to new and published authors.


Novel / Novella Award £400

The aim of this award is to encourage new novelists, encouraging debut novel and novella writers to achieve a publication in this genre.


Guidelines for all Genres:

Entrants for the novel/novella and poetry categories should not previously have had a novel/novella or full poetry collection published (those with pamphlets and self published collections are eligible).
Short story writers may have previous publications of single stories or story collections or may be new writers, but the story submitted must be unpublished.
Entries should be submitted electronically – send as two email attachments – one with the work and the other with contact details – please ensure you have up to date virus protection and send as a .doc or .docx or .rtf file. (If you have problems preventing electronic submission please email for guidance)
Submit the first ten thousand words of your novel/novella or 10 poems up to 40 lines (unpublished) or story of 2,000-4,000 words (unpublished) in a clear type script, double spaced for prose.
Please mark your story/poetry/novel/la with a nom de plume and working title in the header (this is simply for reading purposes to guarantee that all pieces are read blind and judged fairly)
Do not put any other identification on the work, but enclose a separate attachment with name, address, email contact & nom de plume and titles of poems/working title of novel/story title.

Deadlines fall twice a year on 30th June & 30th November.

The next deadline is 30th November 2012.

Entry is £12 per entry for all categories. You can optionally add £4 to this to include a copy of the winners’ anthology for the poetry and short story categories, or a novel/la by a previous competition winner for the novel/la category (worth £8.99).
Payments can be made online at using PayPal.
Work will not be returned, so please keep a copy.


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The Black Mountain Press Literary Contest

25 October 2012
The Asheville Award by the Black Mountain Press
The Asheville Award is a twice  annual international competition offering $500 plus publication by the Black Mountain Press for a book length poetry, and novel or collection of short stories. Manuscripts are accepted for review this year by June 15th and October 19th. The winner will be announced 90 days after the deadline and the book and author will be featured in the Black Mountain Press website along with a list of finalists.
 Contest Deadlines: October 19th, 2012 and May 17th 2013
Winners announced:  Jan. 31st 2013- and July 2013
Award: $500 and publication by the Black Mountain Press
Entry Fee: $25 check or money order only.
 Send manuscripts or 48 or more pages of poetry, a novel or collection of short stories, no more than one poem per page, no smaller than 12pt type in an easily readable font. Work may have appeared in journals, magazines, or chapbooks, but not in full-length, single author collections.
 Your name address, phone number, e-mail address, and title of work must appear on the cover page only. This will be a blind judging so author’s name should not appear anywhere in the manuscript except on the cover letter. There is no restriction on content, style or subject, we are just looking for the best manuscripts.
 All checks or money orders for the reading fee of $25, must be made payable to: Courtyard Agency, who will be responsible for the judging. Add $10 if you would like a sample publication. Submissions without this reading fee will not be considered. A $40 fee will be charged for returned checks.
Mailed Entries
If mailed, use white, lightweight paper typed and printed on one side of the paper only, double  spaced and with a 12pt easily readable font. No handwriting should appear anywhere in the manuscript.  All manuscripts should be sent to: The Black Mountain Press, PO Box 9907, Asheville, NC, 28815. Entry fee is $25 for mailed entries made out to the Courtyard Agency.
Emailed Entries.
Guidelines for emailed entries are the same as mailed entries but saved as a .doc or .txt ONLY. All others will be disqualified. NO DOCX!  Electronic manuscripts should be emailed to   Entry fee for emailed entries is $35 to help offset our costs of printing and filing and processing fees of ebay and paypal. You can pay for your entry on ebay here:
Pay for the reading fee first then include the invoice receipt number with your emailed entry.
For all entries: Mail a SASE (number 10 envelope), with sufficient postage for notification of the results of judging. Manuscripts will not be returned and will be recycled. Entries can be mailed or emailed.
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