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Contest Submission Guidelines 2023

Contests are Currently Closed for 2022.

  • All submissions require a PayPal receipt (transaction ID)  or text copied from your Registrar's email for current SWA membership.

  • One entry fee covers ALL eight contests, but each contest requires a separate email submission.

  • You do not have to have a PayPal account to enter, only a debit or credit card.

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Eligibility Rules

  1. Conference attendees may submit to ALL contests, but MAY NOT submit same manuscript. Only ONE manuscript per contest. You must pay be registered and attend at least one day of conference to qualify. (NO Exceptions) YOU MUST INDICATE A PAYPAL # OR A TRANSACTION # IN PROOF OF PAYMENT. 

  2. Manuscripts will be accepted ONLY BY E-MAIL.

  3. Manuscript contest runs from February 15-MAY 1, 2022. 

  4. Manuscript must be previously UNPUBLISHED. If your manuscript has been critiqued online, in a blog, or article directory website, it is considered PUBLISHED and not eligible.

Manuscript Format Guidelines

Manuscript Guidelines
  1. Manuscripts should have standard 1-inch margins all around, must be doubled-spaced and in 12-point Times New Roman font.  IF SPONSOR INDICATES MORE THAN ONE ITEM FOR ENTRY – PUT ALL ITEMS IN ONE FILE. (NOVEL- CASE IN POINT) (only one file with all items required) The entire submission should be included in one attachment. For example: A book chapter and synopsis should be submitted in ONE FILE with NO contact information on any of the pages.

  2. Entry must be “blind.” NO CONTACT OR IDENTIFYING AUTHOR INFORMATION. Manuscript title and page number MUST appear in the header of each page.

  3. Manuscripts should be attached to E-MAIL in Microsoft Word file either in doc or docx format attachment. 

How to Submit

  1. The SUBJECT LINE of the E-MAIL should include “Manuscript Title + Contest Award Name.” For example: “My Great Novel – The Hal Bernard Memorial Award for Novel.”

  2. Author’s name, address, telephone #, and payment received information must appear in the body of the E-MAIL. Your PayPal receipt of payment or the text from the E-MAIL you received from the Registrar is proof of registration.

  3. The manuscript title, word count, and contest award must be included in the body of the E-MAIL.

  4. Email manuscript contest entries to:

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