Contest Submission Guidelines 2021

  • 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 ten 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.

Eligibility Rules

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 Manuscript must be previously UNPUBLISHED.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

  2. ONE Manuscript per contest, but the same manuscript MAY NOT be submitted to multiple contests.  (NO Exceptions) Failure to follow all guidelines will result in disqualification.

  3. Each contest is entered by separate email following guidelines below.


Manuscript Format Guidelines

  1. Files will be submitted in MS Word .doc or .docx format. All word processors will save or export to this format. 

  2. Files should have standard format of 1-inch margins on all sides, 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced.  Manuscript title and page number should be in the header. NO identifying author information is allowed in the manuscript.

  3. If the contest sponsor allows several parts, such as elevator pitch, synopsis, and pages, all parts must be attached in ONE file. 

How to Submit

  1. Create an email to

  2. The subject line of the email should be Manuscript Title + Contest Award Name. For example:
    My Great Novel – The Hal Bernard Memorial Award for Novel.

  3. In the body of the email include the following:

  • Author's​ name, address, and telephone number

  • PayPal transaction number OR registrar proof of current membership

  • Manuscript title, word count, and name of contest

  • Attach  MS Word .doc or .docx file as described above