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(Please note that these FAQs are ONLY geared toward our literary contest for unpublished manuscripts.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

: Is the contest for unpublished writers only?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: 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 your entry as an attachments.

Please note: all entries regardless of how they are submitted include a $2.00 handling fee. This covers postage, envelops, printing out additional copies of materials if required.

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.  We have two articles to use a reference.  Click HERE  to download a short article called, How to Write a Synopsis.  Click HERE to download the article, Attack the Scary 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 winners entries from previous years which may NOT be re-entered.  If your entry came in first, second or third place in a prior year, you can not resubmit that entry.).

Q: If your 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 including endnotes/footnotes is within the word count limit.

Q: Does the category need to be on every page of the submission?
A: Yes. 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, over the word count limit, 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: If you are submitting your entry digitally, you only need to submit 1 copy.  If you are submitting a hard copy of your entry, then yes, you need to submit 3 hard copies of your entry.


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