CWA's 3rd Annual First Chapter Contest Open for Entries
Are you currently writing an original work of fiction? Submit up to 10 pages of the first chapter of your book to CWA's 3rd Annual First Chapter Contest.
First prize is a full scholarship to attend the Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp & Writing Retreat May 19 to 25, 2019, at the Cedar Valley Center & Spa, 35 miles northwest of Milwaukee, near West Bend, Wisconsin (value: $1450). Second and third place winners will receive cash awards of $150 and $75, respectively. Each of the top three entries will also be published in CWA's e-zine, The Write City.
For each entry, a non‐refundable fee of fifteen dollars ($15) must be made to CWA via PayPal on the same date as the author’s entry is submitted.
Deadline is October 15, 2018. Winners will be announced in December.
If you are thinking of entering this contest, September might be a great time to get pre-submission feedback from Fred Shafer. Please see manuscript guidelines on our website: ocww.info
Prism Review Poetry and Short Story Contests
Fiction: one story or linked short-shorts (8000 words max)
Poetry: 1-5 poems, ten pages max
Winners receive: $250 each and publication in Prism Review
Contest deadline: midnight, November 30. All entries are considered for publication; all entrants receive the issue featuring the winning works.
Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest
Open to fiction submissions through 01 October 2018 (37 days from now).
Guest Judge: Colum McCann, winner of the National Book Award for Fiction
First prize: $1,000
Second prize: $500
Third prize: $250
The three prizewinners and seven honorable mentions will be considered for representation by William Morris Endeavor; ICM; the Wylie Agency; Aragi, Inc.; Regal Literary; Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency; Markson Thoma Literary Agency; Inkwell Management; Sterling Lord Literistic; Aitken Alexander Associates; Barer Literary; the Gernert Company; and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency.
Entries must be complete by October 1, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Results will be announced at the website December 15 and in the Winter 2018/2019 issue of Zoetrope: All-Story; and the winning story will be published as a special online supplement to that Winter 2018/2019 issue.
We accept all genres of literary fiction. Entries must be: unpublished; strictly 5,000 words or fewer; and accompanied by a $30 entry fee per story. There are no formatting restrictions; please ensure only that the story is legible. Please omit all personal information from the manuscript itself (i.e., name, address, email address, phone number), as all stories are read blindly.
We welcome multiple entries ($30/story), simultaneous submissions, and entrants from outside the United States. We will email contest updates and results to anyone who provides an active email address. Entrants retain all rights to their stories. Once a story is submitted, we cannot accept an updated draft. (However, an entrant is welcome to submit an updated draft as a new entry.) Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with further questions. Thank you for your interest, and good luck!
Many of our members have books available for sale on our website: ocww.info
Find the bookstore on the left side of the top menu bar.If you are a 2018-2019 member and would like your book included, please send your book cover jpeg and indiebound link to email@example.com If you are self- published, please send your link to purchase.
We also have a few dates available for members to sell their books at the session break. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request this opportunity.
|Your Publishing or Event News
2018-1019 OCWW members may submit third-person copy about their upcoming publishing news and events along with a jpeg image for the October Newsletter to email@example.com
Submission deadline is September 15
Plan Ahead to Get Feedback on Your Writing
Manuscript Critique Info and Deadlines 2018-2019
Manuscript Critiques are for 2018-2019 OCWW members only
1. For Fred Shafer Only
Fred will write comments on fiction manuscripts in all genres, for readers of all ages. Hard copy manuscripts up to 20 pages, double- spaced, Times New Roman font may be sent to his home, at 2128 Lincolnwood Drive, Evanston 60201. Allow time for mail delivery. Manuscripts and a check for $3.00 per page must be received by Friday, August 31. After that date, writers can bring their submissions and checks to the first three meetings (September 6, 13, 20) at the Winnetka Community House. He will not accept manuscripts at the final meeting. You must pay the $10 session fee or the 4-pack.
2. For all Speakers, unless otherwise indicated. Manuscripts should be sent as an attachment to email: firstname.lastname@example.org Manuscripts should be in Word, double spaced, Times New Roman 12 point font with one inch-margins, pages numbered, and name on the front or in the header. They should be received and paid for no later than 2 weeks before the workshop.
PLEASE NOTE: Different speakers may have additional requirements or guidelines for manuscript submission. See the event description below for complete details.
3. Mandatory $10 Speaker Session Fees:
In addition to the manuscript fee, a single $10 session fee is required to submit a manuscript for an OCWW speaker’s critique. This $10 fee pays for the attendance of the session; this fee is due even if the member does not attend the speaker’s session.
4. Speaker’s Critique Fee:
$3 per page, with a 20-page maximum. *Please note there is a $15 (5 page) minimum*
5. How to Pay for Your Critique:
Once your manuscript is received, you will be sent an invoice to allow for quick and easy online payment. Manuscripts cannot be passed onto the speaker without advance payment. Payment must be received at least two weeks before the workshop. Please plan ahead if you prefer to bring cash or check payable to OCWW to a meeting, or mail to OCWW, c/o Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, IL 60093. Please contact email@example.com if you haven't received your invoice.
Speakers and Deadlines:
Goldie Goldbloom: October 25
Emily Tedrowe: November 29 (will accept only the first 5 manuscripts)
Nadine Kenney Johnstone: January 17
Abby Saul (Query Letter $15) March 7
Tina Schwartz (First 5 pages) March 7
Eric Rampson: March 14
Jennifer Solheim: April 11
Matthew Bird: May 16