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PNWA Literary Contest    frequently asked questions

(Please note that these FAQs are ONLY geared toward our literary contest for unpublished manuscripts. For details on our new contest for published books, the Nancy Pearl Award, click here.)

Q
: Is the contest for unpublished writers only?
A: No. However, then entry itself must be original and not previously published or accepted for publication or production (this includes independent and self-published works).

Q: Should the novel be complete before submission?
A: Not necessarily.

Q: Can one person enter more than one work into the same category?

A: No, an author may enter separate works in different categories only.

Q: What is a synopsis?
A: A synopsis is a narrative summary of your entire novel. Click here to download 'writing a synopsis'.

Q: When submitting chapters, can I skip around?
A: No.

Q: Can an entry from a previous year which has been revised be re-submitted?
A: Entries from previous PNWA contests may be revised and re-entered (except for finalist entries from previous years which may NOT be re-entered).

Q: If the 28 page submission places as a finalist, will the entire manuscript be requested?
A: No.

Q: After 1st, and 2nd place winners are selected from the finalists, are numbers 3 through 8 ranked?
A: No.

Q: My nonfiction book includes endnotes/footnotes. Can my endnotes/footnotes be single spaced?
A: Yes, as long as the entire submission is a maximum of 28 pages.

Q: Does the category need to be on every page of the submission?
A: All pages of the submission must have the category number, manuscript title, and page numbers located in the upper right-hand corner.

Q: Are entry fees refunded if my entry is disqualified?
A: No, entry fees are non-refundable.


REVIEW YOUR CHECKLIST CAREFULLY. DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON THE PAGES OF YOUR SUBMISSION.

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