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Writing Contest

Pacific Northwest Writers' Association presents its

Writing Contest for Unpublished Work-  Be Bold and Enter


Finalists to be announced mid to late August. Winners will be announced at #PNWA2020.

  • 12 categories. You can enter multiple categories, but only one unique entry per category
  • Each accepted entry receives 2 critiques
  • Chance to win cash prizes - First Place ($600), Second Place ($250), Third Place ($150)
  • Cost: $37 per entry for current PNWA members;  $52 per entry for non-members


Deadlines for Entries

  • DIGITAL entries must be submitted online by MIDNIGHT,  March 27th.
  • PAPER entries are CLOSED. Because of the inconvenience, any entries postmarked by March 17th will be processed.

Paper Entries - Directions HERE.
Digital Entries - Directions HERE.



Click the following links for more information:

category definitions CONTEST rules category rules FAQ's

  1. Mainstream/Literary
       Sponsor: Kelli Estes
  2. Historical
       Sponsor: Pam Binder
  3. Romance/Women's Fiction
       Sponsor: Gerri Russell

  4. Mystery/Thriller/Horror
       Sponsor: Robert Dugoni
  5. Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Paranormal
       Sponsor: Melinda Rucker Haynes

  6. Young Adult
       Sponsor: Anonymous Sponsor

  7. Middle Grade
       Sponsor: Flamingo Writer's Group

  8. Nonfiction/Memoir
       Sponsor: Donna Conrad

  9. Short Story
       Sponsor: Kelly Vincent
  10. Children's Picture/Chapter Book
       Sponsor: DeeAnna Galbraith
  11. Adult Short Topics (articles/essays/memoir)
    Behler Publications
  12. Screenwriting / TV Pilots
       Sponsor: 5x5 Productions


    • Winners are selected by an agent or editor attending our conference.
    • Winners will be announced at the PNWA conference.
    • Winners are invited to attend a private reception to mingle with agents and editors during our 2020 conference.

    Added Details

    • Critiques will be sent out for categories 1-11 by August. Category 12, Screen Writing, will not receive critiques. There is an entry cap on Category 12 of 50 entries.
    • Eight Finalists in each category will be notified prior to the PNWA conference (September 24 - 27, 2020).
    • Finalists who attend the PNWA conference will be given high visibility during the conference.
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