November 2017 Contest Roundup

Logo_of_National_Novel_Writing_MonthNovember is happening and you know what that means. It’s National Novel Writing Month!

NaNoWriMo is not really a contest, it’s a challenge. Some of us in Sub It Club are planning to take the dive. If you want some writing buddies join us!

Of course, there are writing contests and pitch days coming up too. Please read the rules for each contest before you decide whether or not to participate. With pitch days you can check the contest organizer’s website as well as the hashtag. There are a few pitch days where you’ll need to dig to learn about participating agents and editors.

Alright, are you all ready? Let’s do this.


10/31: We Need Diverse Books MG Short Story Contest – Open to short stories about a diverse experience inspired by the idea of “heroes next door.” Story must be 4,000 words or less and written by a diverse writer. Winner to receive $1000 plus publication.

10/31: New Visions Award – Open to U.S. writers of color who have not had a middle grade or young adult novel published. Submit via Submittable. Chosen winner to receive $1000 and a publishing contract with advance.

10/31: Halloweensie Contest – Enter a 100 word Halloween story for children to be eligible to win some cool kidlit prizes from classes, to critiques, to books.


11/8: Kick! Jump! Chop! Query Letter + 5 Page Critique Giveaway –  Open to all genres.Enter via Rafflecopter to win a query letter and first 5 pages critique from me. 🙂

11/8: #AdPit – Open to Adult and New Adult fiction and nonfiction. Pitch your manuscript via Twitter using the #AdPit hashtag between 9am and 3pm CST.

11/8: #KidPit – Open to board books, picture books, easy readers, chapter books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult. Pitch your manuscript via Twitter using the #KidPit hashtag between 9am and 3pm CST.

11/17: Sparkhouse Family Picture Book Contest Open to picture book manuscripts, 1,000 words or less, that “help kids thrive in every part of who they are—emotionally, socially, and spiritually.” Winner to receive $5000 and possible publication.


12/1: Blue Mountain Arts 31st Biannual Poetry Card Contest – Open to poetry. “The author gives permission to Blue Mountain Arts, Inc. to publish and display the entry on the Web (in electronic form only) ifthe entry is selected as a winner or finalist.” 1st prize: $350,  2nd prize: $200,  3rd prize: $100.

12/7: #Pitmad Twitter Pitch Party – Open to all genres. Pitch your manuscript via Twitter using the #Pitmad hashtag.

12/31: Dwayne McDuffie Award – Open to work that promotes diversity in the comic book industry. Submit via form along with first issue or other example of the work.

12/31: Writer’s of the Future Contest – Open to SciFi and Fantasy short stories up to 17,000 words. Cash prizes of $1000, $750, & $500. See Contest Rules for details.

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

Of course, if you know of a great contests that’s not on the Roundup please add it in the comments.sic-contest-roundup

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