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PNWA Literary Contest: Create, Develop, Submit

There comes a time when you know you need to send your work out in the world and see what readers think. The PNWA Literary Contest offers that opportunity. Every entry receives two valuable critiques – feedback that will help you grow as a writer.  There are also cash prizes.  First, second and third place winners are chosen by agents and publishers. Winners are announced every year at the Summer Conference in front of writers, agents and publishers.  There are 12 categories and you can enter more than one. All for just $35 per entry for current PNWA members/ $50 per entry for non-members. What are you waiting for? Be bold and enter.


Entry Options for PNWA 2018 Literary Contest

Based on your feedback, we’ve made some changes to our contest this year.  You will still be able to enter via mail or online. However, the online process is a hybrid one.  You submit your manuscript online, but you mail in your entry form and a self-addressed stamped envelope to receive your critiques in the mail.  We feel this is the best way to ensure everyone receives their critiques in a timely manner.  



To enter by Mail, follow the directions HERE.
To enter Online, you will find the directions HERE.



Click the following links for more information:

category definitions rules & guidelines FAQ's

  1. mainstream
  2. historical
       Sponsor: Pam Binder
  3. romance/women's fiction
       Sponsor: Gerri Russell

  4. mystery/thriller
       Sponsor: Robert Dugoni
  5. sci-fi/fantasy/paranormal
       Sponsor: Ethan Reed

  6. young adult
       Sponsor: Melinda Rucker Hayes

  7. middle grade
  8. nonfiction/memoir
       Sponsor: Donna Conrad
  9. poetry
  10. short story
  11. children's picture/chapter book
  12. adult short topics (articles/essays/memoir)
    Behler Publications

prizes & benefits
  • FIRST PLACE: $600
  • SECOND PLACE: $300
  • THIRD PLACE: $100
  • Winners are selected by an agent or editor attending our conference.
  • Winners will be announced at the PNWA summer conference.
  • Mingle with agents and editors during our 2018 summer conference.

added details
  • Every entry accepted in the contest will receive two critiques.
  • The eight finalists in each category will be notified in June 2018 prior to the PNWA summer conference (September 13 - 16, 2018).
  • Finalists who attend the PNWA summer conference will be given high visibility during the conference.

    success story
    PNWA Literary Contest Entrant: Stephen Wallenfels

    My latest novel, Tanum Creek Bridge was acquired by Disney/Hyperion last week.  The editor will be Julie Rosenberg, the same editor I had for my novel BAD CALL scheduled for release in in Fall 2017.  My agent was Doug Stewart from Sterling Lord Literistic.

    PNWA Literary Contest Entrant: Melee Vandervelde

    Eric Ruben has asked me to join his agency, and I have PNWA to thank for giving me the opportunity to meet him and make my pitch. I'm very excited to be working with such a talented agent.

    PNWA Literary Contest Entrant: Connie Curley

    "Because of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, two of my articles have recently been published.

    First, buoyed by favorable comments on an item I had entered in the 2007 PNWA Literary Contest, I submitted it to several magazines for publication. It was purchased by Mature Living magazine and appears in their July 2009 issue.

    Second, a PNWA eNotes which was sent out the end of November 2007 included a "Call for Stories From Cancer Patient." The selected submissions were to be included in an upcoming book by Dr. Bernie Siegel. The book came out in April of this year, and my story is a part of it.

    Thank you for the inspiration and the information!"

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