Contest: St. Martin’s Minotaur/ Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition

Deadline: January 11th, 2019
Payment: The winner will receive an advance against future royalties of $10,000. Read on for more details.

Rules for the 2019 St. Martin’s Minotaur/ Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition

Sponsored by Minotaur Books and Mystery Writers of America (MWA)

1. The Competition is open to any writer, regardless of nationality, aged 18 or older, who has never been the author of any Published Novel (in any genre), as defined by the guidelines below, (except that authors of self-published works only may enter, as long as the manuscript submitted is not the self-published work) and is not under contract with a publisher for publication of a novel. Employees, and members of their immediate families living in the same household, of Minotaur Books or Mystery Writers of America (or a parent, subsidiary, or affiliate of either of them) are not eligible to enter.  Only one manuscript entry (the “Manuscript”) is permitted per writer. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Please read all of the rules and guidelines before submitting your entry.

Taking Submissions: Magical Mail Writing Contest

Deadline: December 15th, 2018
Prizes: One First Place winner will receive $500, one Second Place winner will receive $250, and one Third Place winner will receive $100. We may select up to 11 Honorable Mention winners (1 for each month). Any Honorable Mentions will receive $25.

Since 1996 Legendary Letters has been sending magical mail to people all over the world. Some of the lesser known magical beings (who aren’t as experienced letter writers) are hoping you can help them out and give them some good ideas. Winning letters will eventually be sent to real children all over the world!


Taking Submissions: 2100 A Health Odyssey Contest

Deadline: December 1st, 2018
Prizes: A first prize of $10,000 and second prize of $5,000 will be awarded. Runners up and other prizes will also be awarded

Children born today will likely welcome in the next century. The care they receive and health they enjoy throughout their lives will be radically different than what we experience today. But how? We invite you to help us explore the question:

Taking Submissions: Black Labyrinth Anthology I : Possession

Deadline: January 31st, 2019
Payment: Contest with $2,000 Prize Pool – 1st Place: $800 2nd Place: $400 3rd place: $300 4th place: $200 5th place: $100 6th place: $100 7th place: $100 – Each winner receives author copies: 1 signed hardcover, 5 paperbacks and a digital copy of the book.
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