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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(Please note that these FAQs are ONLY geared toward our literary contest for unpublished manuscripts.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: Is the contest for unpublished writers only?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, the entry itself must be original and not previously published or accepted for publication or production (this includes independent and self-published works).

Q: Where do I submit my work?
A:  You may submit your work in one of three ways - mail, office drop off , or online.  
For Mail: Send your submission to:
PMB 2717 - 1420 NW Gilman Blvd, Ste. 2, 
Issaquah, WA 98027
Drop off at:
Writers' Cottage 317 NW Gilman Blvd., Ste. 8, Issaquah, WA 98027

Email to:

 Email your submission to: contest@pnwa.org with “PNWA 2017 Lit Contest – Category (INSERT THE CATEGORY number and name for your entry).   As an example, if  you are entering a piece in the Romance/Women’s Fiction category, the subject line would read:  PNWA 2017 Lit Contest – Category 3: Romance/Women’s Fiction

In the body of the email, include the following as attachments:

  • Scan of completed contest entry form
  • Screen shot of proof of payment
  • Your contest entry

NOTE:  BE SURE YOU REFER TO THE SPECIFIC ONLINE INSTRUCTIONS.  YOU WILL NEED TO MAIL IN A SELF-ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOP TO RECEIVE YOUR CRITIQUES.

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, 2nd, and 3rd place winners are selected from the finalists, are numbers 4 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.

Q: Can I turn in changes to my entry after the deadline?

A: No. Changes may only be made if we contact you because your piece does not meet entry requirements (not double-spaced, more than 28 pages, etc). If you do not send back the changes by the deadline, your piece will be disqualified.

Q: Do I still need to turn in 3 copies now that the contest is paperless?

A: No. Please only attach one copy/document per entry.


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

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