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Two Categories: Fiction & Creative Nonfiction

Dates of submission: September 15, 2017 to February 1, 2018

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2017 WINNERS!

Fiction: I Want You to Know by Sandy Speers Markwart
Nonfiction: Fall Risk by JGC Wise

 

The finalists for both categories are as follows:

FICTION
Heart of a Hussar by Griffin Brady
Two Worlds of Lilli DeVille by Larkin Edwin Greer
I Want You to Know by Sandy Speers Markwart
To Zenzi by Robert Shuster
I Hear You by Jim & Stephanie Kroepfl

NONFICTION
Putting My Heels Down by Kara Tatelbaum
Pretty Things by JoeAnn Hart
Through Mist and Stone by Christine Mulvey
Fall Risk by JGC Wise

 

 In memory of 2015 nonfiction winner and longtime NCW member, Jerry Eckert, a scholarhip fund has been set up in his honor. To learn more about his extraordinary life and to donate, please click here.

First Place: $1000

**Please read guidelines carefully and thoroughly as some rules have changed. Failure to properly submit entry per guidelines may result in disqualification and your entry fee will be forfeited.

FICTION GUIDELINES

CREATIVE NONFICTION GUIDELINES

 



FICTION GUIDELINES

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Fiction

      • You do not need to be a member of NCW or in Colorado to enter.
      • The contest is open to unpublished (self-published counts as published), novel-length fiction of any genre. Word count of finished manuscript must be at least 50K.
      • Please note: at this time, we are not accepting short story or poetry collections. 
      • Authors may be previously published, as long as the submission is an unpublished work (self-published counts as published).
      • Submissions must be author’s original work.
      • NCW reserves the right to exclude any works deemed obscene, libelous, defamatory, threatening, pornographic, or racially or ethnically offensive. 
      • Authors need not attend Conference to win.
      • A shortlist of the top 20 fiction entries will be announced on or around March 15, 2018.
      • One of the literary agents (TBD) attending the 2018 Conference will read the top 20 and select our winner.
      • If you have any questions before submitting, please contact Jennifer Top, contest coordinator, at TOM [at] northerncoloradowriters.com

HOW TO SUBMIT

      • Submission must include a synopsis of 800 words or less and the first 25 pages of the manuscript (the first 25 pages should not include the title page or dedication).
      • Submission must be sent electronically to TOM[at]northerncoloradowriters.com. In one email attach two separate documents: 
        1. Cover page: Author’s name, mailing address, email address, book title, and genre. (Inclusion of author name on the manuscript will result in disqualification. Only the cover sheet should have your name.) Document must be saved as: [TITLE] Cover Page (i.e. THE AWAKENING Cover Page).
        2. First 25 pages and the synopsis together in second document; manuscript must be first, then synopsis. Document must be saved as: [TITLE] (i.e. THE AWAKENING).
      • Manuscript must be formatted per standard industry guidelines:
        • Font: Times New Roman, 12 pt, black font only
        • 1-inch margins all around. Ragged right margins
        • Double-spaced
        • Header: Title and genre on left, page number on right or at the bottom of the page
        • Note: Do not end manuscript submission with an unfinished sentence.
        • Failure to properly format may result in disqualification.
      • Submissions must be in English.
      • Fee for entry is $25. Authors may submit multiple entries, but each must include entry fee.
      • Important:  Once a manuscript is submitted, you cannot send a revised or “new version” to replace original submission. You may withdraw your submission, but you will forfeit your entry fee and will be required to pay another entry fee should you resubmit. If you are disqualified for not following all the entry rules, you can resubmit after making corrections. You will need to pay a new entry fee. Please read instructions carefully before submitting. 

Helpful Links:

Judging criteria: 

      • Synopsis, including plot and character arcs
      • Beginning hook--how well does the story grab the reader?
      • Plot, pacing, and sense of story
      • Originality and voice
      • Setting/description/narrative
      • POV--is it clear, appropriate to the story, and consistent?
      • Dialogue
      • Mechanics--spelling, punctuation, grammar
      • Placement in correct genre
      • Correct formatting

Submission Steps: Fiction

        1. Read and follow Submission Guidelines (Print off and use as checklist)
        2. Format manuscript correctly (Read Submission Guidelines *CAREFULLY*)
        3. Write the title of manuscript in the box and pay $25 entry fee (click button below) Please indicate in your email if your PayPal user name is different than submission name.
        4. Email submission to: TOM [at] northerncoloradowriters.com -- CLOSED
Fiction Manuscript

 

 



CREATIVE/NARRATIVE NONFICTION GUIDELINES

 

Examples of creative/narrative nonfiction: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert; Blood Diamonds by Greg Campbell; In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (Memoir, history, biography, etc.)

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Narrative Nonfiction

      • You do not need to be a member of NCW or in Colorado to enter.
      • The contest is open to unpublished (self-published counts as published), book-length creative/narrative nonfiction. Word count of finished manuscript must be at least 50K
      • Please note: at this time, we are not accepting poetry or essay collectives.
      • Authors may be previously published, as long as the submission is an unpublished work (self-published counts as published). 
      • Submissions must be author’s original work
      • NCW reserves the right to exclude any works deemed obscene, libelous, defamatory, threatening, pornographic, or racially or ethnically offensive.
      • Authors need not attend Conference to win.
      • A short list of the top 20 entries will be posted on this website on or around March 15, 2018.
      • A literary agent (TBD) attending the 2018 Conference will read the top 20 and select the winner.
      • If you have any questions before submitting, please contact Jennifer Top, contest coordinator, at TOM [at] northerncoloradowriters.com

HOW TO SUBMIT

      • Submission must include a synopsis of 800 words or less OR a one-page book proposal AND the first 25 pages of the manuscript.
      • DO NOT include title page, dedication page, or table of contents.
      • Submission must be sent electronically to TOM [at] northerncoloradowriters.com. In one email, attach two separate documents:
        1. Cover page: Author’s name, mailing address, email address, book title, and category. (Inclusion of author name on the manuscript will result in disqualification. Only the cover sheet should have your name.) Document must be saved as: [TITLE] Cover Page For example, THE AWAKENING Cover Page
        2. First 25 pages and the synopsis or book proposal together in second document; manuscript must be first, followed by synopsis or proposal. Document must be saved as: [TITLE] For example, THE AWAKENING
      • Manuscript must be formatted per standard industry guidelines:
        • Font: Times New Roman, 12 pt, black ink only
        • 1-inch margins all around. Ragged right margins
        • Double-spaced
        • Header: Title and genre on left, page number on right
        • Note: Do not end submission with an unfinished sentence.
        • Failure to properly format will result in disqualification.
      • Submissions must be in English.
      • Fee for entry is $25. Authors may submit multiple entries, but each must include entry fee.
      • Important:  Once a manuscript is submitted, you cannot send a revised or “new version” to replace original submission. You may withdraw your submission, but you will forfeit your entry fee and will be required to pay another entry fee should you resubmit. If you disqualified for not following all entry rules, you can resubmit after making corrections. You will need to pay a new entry fee. Please read instructions carefully and thoroughly before submitting.
      • Helpful Links:

Judging criteria: 

      • Synopsis/book proposal: Does it give a clear overview of the book and its marketability
      • Voice: Is it strong and consistent? Does author have a clear sense of their own writing style
      • Pacing and sense of story/narrative
      • Originality: How is it different from other nonfiction of similar subject matter?
      • Setting/description/narrative
      • Is the message or theme clear and consistent?
      • Dialogue
      • Mechanics--spelling, punctuation, grammar
      • Appeal to intended audience?
      • Correct formatting

Submission Steps: Narrative Nonfiction

        1. Read and follow Submission Guidelines. (Print off and use as checklist.)
        2. Format manuscript correctly. (Read Submission Guidelines *CAREFULLY*.)
        3. Type the title of the manuscript in the box and pay $25 entry fee (click button below). Please indicate in your email if your PayPal user name is different than submission name.
        4. Email submission to: TOM [at] northerncoloradowriters.com -- CLOSED
NonFiction Manuscript

 

 


 

Past Winners

2016
FICTION: S. Spencer Smith, She Wept for the Lobsters of the World
NONFICTION: Susan Lindsley, Possum Cops and Poachers 

2015
FICTION: Edward Hamlin, Grace
NONFICTION: Jerry Eckert, Weeping Kings and Wild Boars: Moments of Magic and Sorrow From Forty Years of Trying to Save the World

2014
FICTION: Chuck Harrelson, The Rax

2013
FICTION: Michael Racette, Fool's Gold

2012
FICTION: Patricia Cook, Hiding in Plain Sight