2017 Linda Howard Award of Excellence

All you need is the first 5,000 words of your unpublished, non-contracted romance manuscript (any genre). It will be read and judged by three trained judges. The top scoring entries of each category will go on to the finals round and judged by some of the industry’s top agents and acquiring editors. OPEN TO UNPUBLISHED …

Published: April 20, 2017

Inkitt Novel Competition

Inkitt is a new boutique publishing house. Our first novel launched mid 2016, and since then we’ve published 16 books, 15 of which became Amazon Bestsellers in their categories and ranked Top 100 among the four million books on Amazon. – Every month one winner will be selected for publication – No entry fee – …

Published: April 20, 2017

The Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers

The Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers honor the work of writers at the beginning of their careers. Eligibility: Open only to writers whose work has not appeared or is not scheduled to appear in more than 2 publications. (Self-published works or works with a distribution of less than 100 copies are not considered toward …

Published: April 20, 2017

Haiku Poetry Contest

Write a Haiku poem to enter this poetry contest. Haiku is a three lines poem. Usually the first line contains five (5) syllables, the second line seven (7) syllables, and the third line contains five (5) syllables.

Published: April 20, 2017

Spring Cleaning

Spring is finally here. To celebrate, we’re encouraging our readers to do a little spring cleaning of their own…in their draft folders. Pick your very best draft, polish it up, and send it for consideration in our short story contest. No theme, no genre restrictions, just your favorite draft in 2000 words or less. Don’t …

Published: April 20, 2017

California Dreamin’ Writers’ Conference

California Dreamin’ is a joint non-profit effort of the four Southern California chapters of Romance Writers of America. It offers pitch sessions, a multi-author book signing, over 50 workshops (including Lisa Cron’s “Wired For Story” and Robin Blakely’s STORYography Cards), and keynote speeches by NYT Best selling authors Robyn Carr and Sarah MacLean. There is …

Published: April 6, 2017

The Enraptured Reader: Writing to Stir the Emotions

SANSKRIT LITERATURE seeks to evoke intense, visceral, and emotional responses in the reader, much like someone mesmerized by a work of art, or spellbound by a performance, experiences. Known as the Rasa Theory, this phenomenon “can also help artists and writers effectively represent and harness emotions, creating suspense and surprise in their art.” (Rita Banerjee, …

Published: April 6, 2017

Santa Barbara Writers Conference

Join us June 18-23, 2017! Since 1972, the Santa Barbara Writers Conference has been connecting writers with mentors, agents and editors. Every summer, writers in many genres from around the world gather to participate in a magical week of intensive work focused on story, voice, craft, marketing, and networking with fellow writers and publishing professionals.

Published: April 6, 2017

Free Verse Poetry

If you enjoy writing poems without set rules – this contest is for you. Write a free verse poem. This is a method of writing poetry, which does not essentially follow any particular style. There is no requirement for a specific meter or rhyme.

Published: April 3, 2017