Historical Novel Society New Novel Award

novel writing award 2015



  1.     Your novel can be in any genre of historical fiction. For the purpose of these rules, historical fiction shall mean fiction set in the main at least fifty years ago.
  2.     To qualify as a novel, your book must total at least 60,000 words. Novels submitted should be no longer than 150,000 words.
  3.     You may submit up to 5,000 words which must comprise the first words of the novel entered. Any preface, prologue or introduction must be included in your submission up to 5000 words. Please include a synopsis of up to a maximum of 500 words.
  4.     Your novel NEED NOT be complete before entering. Shortlisted entrants will however be asked to submit a full manuscript for the final stages of the judging process. Entrants will have a further three months after the announcement of the shortlist to complete their manuscript. Unfinished manuscripts will not be eligible for the prize.
  5.     The closing date for submissions is 1st April 2015.
  6.     Submissions may be made online only, via our submission form. All documents must be double spaced in Word with each page numbered in sequential order.
  7.     Your novel will be judged anonymously, so do not put your name or pseudonym anywhere on any document other than the submission form.
  8.     No alterations may be made to the beginning of a novel following submission until the shortlist has been chosen. No alterations may be made to a complete novel following submission of the final manuscript.
novel writing award 2015


  1.     Anyone may enter, regardless of age or nationality and whether or not previously published. Posthumous entries are not acceptable.
  2.     Novels should be in English and should not have been published or accepted for publication by a commercial publisher anywhere in the World.
  3.     Novels which are under contract to be published by a commercial publisher either in print or digitally are ineligible.
  4.     Novels that are self-published in print or digitally are eligible if *first* published after 1st December 2014.
  5.     Any novel entered must be your own original work and not a translation of another author’s work.
  6.     This Award shall not be open to anyone involved in its organization or judging or their families.

How to enter

  1.     Entries can be received online only via the 2015 competition entry page and entrants must follow the instructions on our submissions form carefully.
  2.     The entry fee of $35 ($20 for members of the Historical Novel Society) allows you to enter the beginning of one novel (up to 5000 words). You may enter as many novels as you like, provided each submission is accompanied by the entry fee.
  3.     Entry fees must be in US dollars. If you bank in another currency, PayPal will convert your fee automatically into US dollars.
  4.     If you would like a brief reader’s report on your submission, please add $15 to your entry fee for each entry. (Reader’s reports will not be full critiques and will not advise editorial changes. They will simply indicate where, in the reader’s opinion, the chapters fell short. No correspondence will be entered into by the society about reader’s reports, which are offered anonymously).


  •     Extracts and synopses will be assessed in the first instance by a panel of experienced readers and reviewers for the Historical Novel Society. The assessment will be moderated by the Chairman of the Society, Richard Lee.
  •     From the initial submissions a longlist of 15 will be selected for announcement on 1st July 2015 and the longlisted authors will be asked to submit full manuscripts by 1st October 2015.
  •     Full manuscripts will be assessed by the HNS reader panel and a shortlist of 5 selected for announcement on 1st January 2016.
  •     The winner will be chosen from the shortlist by three experienced and influential judges, and the result declared in March 2016.
  •     Longlisted authors must be prepared to give interviews and/or comment for publicity purposes and to supply author photographs.


  •     The prize for the Award will be £2000.

Application of rules

  •     Failure to comply with any of these rules will make entry liable to disqualification. The decision of the Award organizers as to the interpretation and application of these rules shall be final.

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Nimrod Literary Awards-The Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry

Contest Name: The 37th Nimrod Literary Awards
The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction &
The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry
Organized by Ruth G. Hardman
FIRST PLACE: $2,000 and publication
SECOND PLACE: $1,000 and publication
Deadline: Postmark April 30, 2015


  • Poetry: 3-10 pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems).
  • Fiction: 7,500 words maximum (one short story or a self-contained excerpt from a novel)
  • No previously published works or works accepted for publication elsewhere. Author’s name must not appear on the manuscript. Include a cover sheet containing major title and subtitles, author’s name, full address, phone & email. Manuscripts should be stapled, if possible; if not, please bind with a heavy clip. “Contest Entry” should be clearly indicated on both the outer envelope and the cover sheet.
  • Include SASE for results only. If no SASE is sent, no contest results will be sent; however, the results will be posted on Nimrod’s website. Manuscripts will not be returned.
  • Submitters must be living in the US by October of 2015 to enter the contest.
  • Winners will also be brought to Tulsa for the Awards Ceremony in October. All finalists will be considered for publication.
  • Entry/Subscription Fee: Each entry must each be accompanied by a $20 fee. Make checks payable to Nimrod. $20 includes both entry fee & a one-year subscription (two issues).

Nimrod Literary Awards

Send to:

Nimrod Journal
Literary Contest–Fiction or Poetry
The University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74104

The 2014 Nimrod Literary Awards Results

The editors of Nimrod International Journal are delighted to announce the winners, honorable mentions, finalists and semi-finalists of the 36th Nimrod Literary Awards.

Nimrod Literary Awards: The Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry

FIRST PRIZE: Mary-Alice Daniel, “Disease Map” and other poems

SECOND PRIZE: Christopher Buckley, “Reincarnation by the Sea” and other poems


Pam Bernard, “Lingua Franca” and other poems
Jude Nutter, “The Fields of The Somme, 2007” and other poems
Lex Runciman, “Events Are a Blunt Instrument”

Nimrod Literary Awards: The Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction

FIRST PRIZE: Shobha Rao, “Kavitha and Mustafa”

SECOND PRIZE: Jill Logan, “Little House”

Nimrod extends deep appreciation to all who submitted. Selecting the poetry and fiction finalists was a task that dominated the lives of Nimrod’s editors all spring. They approached their mission with dedication and discretion, reading and rereading the final group, comparing notes, and speaking for favorites. The finalists’ manuscripts, without cover letters or names, were sent to the judges for 2014. W. S. Di Piero, the author of Tombo, served as poetry judge, and Chris Abani, author of Graceland, served as fiction judge. They chose the winners and honorable mentions from the finalist groups.

The 37th Nimrod Literary Awards competition begins January 1, 2015; the postmark deadline is April 30, 2015. We welcome your submissions, knowing that each year brings new discoveries, often from those who have submitted to the competition before.

All entrants not previously contacted by Nimrod about their work may consider their work released at this time.

Source: here


2015 Award for Poets, Story Writers and Novelists

Catagories:  Award for Poets, Story Writers and Novelists
Presented by Cinnamon Press

writers award 2015

Cinnamon Press has a range of competitions to help writers establish a writing profile, including ALL NEW MAJOR AWARDS for poets (with categories for single poem, debut collection and pamphlets), story writers and novelists and a rolling programme of mini competitions. Scroll down to find out more about the competitions and the exciting opportunities they give to writers.

The MINI COMPETITIONS are a great way to showcase your work with us.

The first Liquorice Fish competition on the theme of ‘Lost Voices’ closed at the end of October. Many, many thanks to everyone who entered. The results will be announced soon.

The mini-competition returns to its normal format for the next competition, which is now open.


We’ve given our main competitions a fresh new approach with even more opportunities thanks to an incredibly generous donation, which has opened up the possibility of adding new categories, with fabulous prizes and outstanding adjudicators. Click on the title of each of the competitions for full details and to enter.

You can submit to the new competitions any time from now to the deadline of each category.

You will find results of the last adjudicated prize in each category here

Annual Short Story Prize

New prizes of £500, £100 & £50 + publication of the winners and up to 10 runners’ up stories. The competition will be judged by tbc
Open to all writers, published and beginners.
There is a £12 fee.
Deadline: 31 May, 2015.

Poetry Pamphlet Prizes

We have a brand new annual for pamphlets, opening to all poets.
There will be 4 prizes of £100 each + publishing contracts for each of the four winners judged by Ian Gregson.
Open to all writers, published and beginners.
The fee is £10.
Deadline: 31 March, 2015

Annual Debut Novel (or Novella) Prize

£700 first prize plus publishing contract.
Open to those who have not had a previous novel published.
The fee is £12.
Deadline: 31 July, 2015
Debut Poetry Collection Prize

Prize of £500 + a publishing contract & up to 25 runners up published in a poetry anthology.
Open to those who have not had a full collection published.
The fee is £12.
Deadline: 30 November, 2015

Single Poem Prize

There are prizes of £1000, £200 & £50 + publication.
Open to all writers, published and beginners.
Adjudicated by Judy Kendall.
The fees are £4 for 1 poem, £10 for 3 poems.
Deadline; 30 September, 2015

General Guidelines (please click on the category headers for specific fees, dates and full rules for each genre)

  1. Entrants for the novel/novella and poetry collection categories should not previously have had a novel/novella or full poetry collection published (single poem, pamphlets and story genres are open to all writers, both new and established).
  2. Entries should be submitted electronically if possible, but we will also accept hard copy – send as two email attachments – one with the work and the other with contact details – please ensure you have up to date virus protection and send as a .doc or .docx or .rtf file. (If you have problems preventing electronic submission please email for guidance) or send your work by post without your name on it and add a cover sheet with full details including the name of your work.
  3. Submit up to 6 poems of up to 50 lines each (single poem); 10 poems up to 40 lines (unpublished); 15-25 poems of up to 50 lines each (pamphlet); the first ten thousand words of your novel/novella or a story of 2,000-4,000 words (unpublished) in a clear type script, double spaced for prose.
  4. Please mark your story/poetry/novel/la with a nom de plume and working title in the header (this is simply for reading purposes to guarantee that all pieces are read blind and judged fairly)
  5. Do not put any other identification on the work, but enclose a separate attachment with name, address, email contact & nom de plume and titles of poems/working title of novel/story title.
  6. Deadlines fall throughout the year between 30 September and 31 July, depending on genre – please check the individual pages.
  7. Entry is £4 for single poems (£10 for 3) or £10 for the pamphlet prize or £12 per entry for novels, stories, and full poetry collections. You can optionally add £4 to this to include a copy of the winners’ anthology for the poetry collection and short story categories, or a novel/la by a previous competition winner for the novel/la category (worth £8.99) or one of the winning pamphlets.
  8. Payments can be made online at using PayPal or sent direct to via PayPal or by cheque made to ‘cinnamon press’. You will find a payment button on each of the individual category pages.
  9. Work will not be returned, so please keep a copy.
  10. Contact details: Cinnamon Press New Writing Prizes, Meirion House, Glan yr afon, Tanygrisiau, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, LL41 3SU or email to
  11. Results will be sent individually to all winners and runners up; published on the Cinnamon website and included in the newsletter.
  12. All enquiries:

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2015 Colorado Prize for Poetry Book Contest

Contest Name: Colorado Prize for Poetry
Prize: Each year’s prizewinner receives a $2,000 honorarium and publication

More About the Colorado Prize for Poetry book contest

The Colorado Prize for Poetry is an international literary contest started in 1995. Since the contest began, over 5,000 book-length poetry manuscripts have been entered. Each year’s prizewinner receives a $2,000 honorarium and publication of his or her book by the Center for Literary Publishing.

Poetry Book Contest

The Colorado Prize for Poetry adheres to the following Contest Code of Ethics, as adopted by the Council of Literary Presses and Magazines, of which the Center for Literary Publishing is a longtime member: “CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.”

Contest Procedures

When your manuscript arrives, it is logged into our Colorado Prize database by our office assistant. The top cover sheet (with your name and address) is removed and filed away until the contest is over. Identities of authors submitting their manuscripts online are not visible to any of the judges.

Once all the entries have been received and the authors’ identities removed, they are divided among three outside preliminary judges; the Center does not use interns or students to judge for this contest. Each judge receives approximately two hundred manuscripts from which to select up to ten finalists. If a judge recognizes the work of a colleague, student, or friend, he or she contacts the Center and that manuscript is sent to another judge.

The final judge then receives up to thirty finalists from which to select the winner. If the final judge wishes to see additional manuscripts from the preliminary judges, he or she may request them; the judge is not, however, permitted to request specific manuscripts. Friends, colleagues, and students (current or former) of the judge are not eligible to compete, and the judge agrees to refrain as well from selecting any manuscript that presents a conflict of interest (selecting, for example, a manuscript he or she has helped to develop).

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2015 The Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series

Prizes: $3000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press.
Contest Name: The Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series.
Deadline: Accepted between January 15 and March 15, 2014.

2015 writing awardThe Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series welcomes manuscripts from all living writers, including non-US citizens, writing in English. Both unpublished and published writers are welcome to submit manuscripts. However, we will not consider manuscripts that have previously been published, which includes self-publication. Writers may enter both contests. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we ask that you notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted for publication somewhere else. No past or present paid employee of Prairie Schooner or the University of Nebraska Press or current faculty or student at the University of Nebraska will be eligible for the prizes.

When to Send

Manuscripts will be accepted between January 15 and March 15, 2014.


We prefer that fiction manuscripts be at least 150 pages long and poetry manuscripts at least 50 pages long. Novels are not considered; we will consider manuscripts comprised either entirely of short stories or one novella along with short stories (please do not send a single novella or a collection of novellas). Prairie Schooner accepts electronic submissions as well as hard copy submissions. Please see below for further formatting guidelines and the link to submit electronically.

Electronic Submissions
The author’s name should not appear
anywhere on the manuscript. All entries will be read anonymously. An
acknowledgements page listing the publication history of individual
stories or poems may be included, if desired. No application forms are
necessary. Visit here to submit via Submittable.

Hard Copy Submissions

The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript. All entries will be read anonymously. Please include two cover pages: one listing only the title of the manuscript, and the other listing the author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address. An acknowledgements page listing the publication history of individual stories or poems may be included, if desired. No application forms are necessary.

For hard copy submissions, photocopies are acceptable. Please do not bind manuscripts with anything other than a binder clip or rubber band. Please include a self-addressed postage-paid postcard for confirmation of manuscript receipt. Please use a standard postcard—small index cards will not be accepted by the U.S. Postal Service. A stamped, self-addressed business size envelope must accompany the submission for notification of results. No manuscripts will be returned. All manuscripts that do not win will be recycled.

Entry Fee

A $25 processing fee must accompany each submission, payable to Prairie Schooner.


Winners will be announced on this website on or before July 15, 2014. Results will be emailed or mailed shortly thereafter.


Prairie Schooner Prize Series
Attn: Fiction or Poetry
123 Andrews Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0334

For information on submitting to the journal, please see our submission guidelines.

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