August 2015 Contest Roundup

SIC Contest Roundup Summer around here can be crazy busy. That’s what I get for living on a garlic farm. I was happy to get out of the dirt and round up some contests for you! There are quite a few coming up. I hope you find one that fits your work but if not, like I always say, querying directly is a good way to go.

I haven’t had much time online this month, so if I missed any good contests please link us up in the comments. Cheers!


7/31: Killer Fiction – Crime & Thriller Competition Manuscript does not need to be complete. Submit the first 2,000 words of your crime/thriller manuscript. Winner receives a pair of tickets to the upcoming Writing Crime & Thriller Fiction event in the UK and direct feedback from a literary agent on your work. Two runners-up will receive a copy of the W&A Companion Guide to Novel Writing and the W&A Companion Guide to Crime and Thriller Writing.


8/1: #AdPit – This adult pitch twitter party now opens up with a forum where you can post your pitch for your adult work on genre specific FINAL SUBMISSIONS boards where agents and editors are planned to be perusing 8/6 -8. Looks like there will be categories for Query, Synopsis, First Page and First Chapter. Check the blog for extra details, and keep an eye on the #AdPit hashtag for the names of participating agents.

8/1: Page Street Publishing Cookbook Contest – Enter your cookbook proposal. Final cookbook will require a minimum of 100 recipes. Winner to receive a book contract with Page Street Publishing “with an estimated retail value of $8000.”

8/11: #AdPit Twitter Pitch Party – Pitch your adult works via Twitter using the #AdPit hashtag. Check the #AdPit feed on Twitter for updates.

8/14: The Richell Prize Open to writers in Australia. “Writers need not have completed a full manuscript at the time of submission, although they must intend to finish one. The prize will be judged on their first three chapters and a synopsis outlining the direction of the proposed work, with detail about how the author’s writing career would benefit from winning the award.” $10,000 prize money, Hachette Australia will offer a year’s mentoring with one of its publishers to help develop the winning author’s first manuscript towards publication.

8/15: Pockets Annual Fiction Contest – Enter your 750 to 1,000 word children’s magazine piece for children age 6-12. Winner to receive $500.00 and publication in Pockets magazine. Submissions at Pockets should support the purpose of the magazine to help children grow in their faith, though all submissions do not need to be overtly religious.

8/17: Pitch Wars – Open to Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult. Submission window opens for writers to send in their applications to mentors leading to an agent round.

8/28: #PitchCB –  Open to fiction and non-fiction of any genre. Pitch the Curtis Brown and Conville & Walsh agents on Twitter using the #PitchCB hashtag. The pitch window is open for 24 hours. (Do keep in mind that these agencies are in the UK.) Tweet your pitch one time only. Curtis Brown has posted specifics on how to participate.

8/31: Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards – Open to residents of Victoria. Enter via form. Categories for short stories, poetry, novella, graphic short story, narrative non-fiction. Category winners receive $1000. Overall winner, $5000.


9/1: The Scholastic Asian Book Award – This contest is open to unpublished manuscripts “written by writers of Asian descent, living in Asia”. Must be a chapter book or novel of no less than 6,000 words.  See the Rules and Regulations for details. Top winner will receive a prize of SGD 10,000 and have their manuscript considered by Scholastic Asia for publication. Two runners up will be offered advice by Scholastic Asia on editing their manuscripts to submit for publication.

9/10:  #PitMad – Pitch your completed manuscript on Twitter using the #PitMad hashtag from 8AM – 8PM EDT.

9/21: Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write – Enter you romance novel. Grand prize is a 2-book contract with Harlequin. Entrants must enter via Wattpad and hashtag their entry. See the Contest Categories page. Only one entry per person. See Official Rules for details.

9/30: Lee & Low New Voices Award – “Open to writers of color who are residents of the United States and who have not previously had a children’s picture book published.” Enter your 1500 word or less fiction, nonfiction, or poetry manuscript for children ages 5-12. Winner receives a publication contract and $1000. Honor Award winner receives $500.


10/31: New Visions Award Open to MG and YA by writers of color living in the U.S.  “Manuscripts should address the needs of children and teens of color by providing stories with which they can identify and relate, and which promote a greater understanding of one another. Themes relating to LGBTQ+ topics or disabilities may also be included.” Submit your synopsis, first five chapters, and a cover letter. Winner to receive $1000.00 and a standard publishing contract from Tu Books. Honor Award winner to receive $500.00.

10/?: Nightmare on Query Street – This contest from Michelle Hauck is all about fear. Last year entrants had to write a paragraph about their characters most fearsome obstacle. More info to come on this contest soon.

12/4: #PitMad – Pitch your completed manuscript on Twitter using the #PitMad hashtag from 8AM – 8PM EDT.

12/? #SFFPit  – Pitch your Science Fiction and Fantasy on Twitter using the #SFFPit hashtag. Open to picture books, middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult works.

Know of a missed contest? Link us up in the comments!

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