Writing Contest Winners 2021

2022 Guidelines  - Contest Descriptions

The Hal Bernard Memorial Award for Novel (sponsored by Buzz Bernard)
1. Where the Blacktop Ends – Candace Carter
2. Mia Zia Italian Misadventures – Muriel Pritchett
3. Being Blue – Kasie Whitener
HM Banshee’s Wail – Terry Friedman
HM In Her Enemies’ House – Sherri Stewart


The Vega Award for Speculative Short Fiction (sponsored by Sandra Giles)
1. Xtabay  - Wulf Moon
2. Kalar and the Giant - Ginny Shephard
3. Killed or Injured - Susan Lindsley

The Award for Excellence in Inspirational Writing (sponsored by Mary Stripling)
1. Grieving over Purses – Martha Thwaite Weeks
2. My Pandemic Uprising – Sheri Denkensohn
3. When I am Dead – Susan Lindsley

The Humor Award (sponsored by Authors Ignite)
1. Bring on the Ravens – Terry Friedman
2. Dream On – Leah Miller

Microcosm Award (sponsored by Charlotte Henley Babb)
1. Who’s Joey -  Ginny Shephard
2. Lilith and the Thronguk -  Wulf Moon
3. Uncanny -  Shannon Fox
HM (Un) Broken Pipe -Susan Lindsley

Young Adult/Midgrade Award (sponsored by Amy Wethington)
1. Aliens Spurlock – Muriel Pritchett
2. Ford the Pacholet – Richard Meehan

Award for Historical Fiction (sponsored by Jim Furry & Eye on the Page)
1. Murder on Parade – Susan Lindsley
2. White Smoke – Wulf Moon

The Lowcountry Award for Excellence in Southern Writing (sponsored by Dana Ridenour)
1. Detour – Martha Thwaite Weeks
2. The Anniversary – Allen Stevenson
3. The Man Inside  – John MacIlroy

The Amy Munnell Award for Character Essays (sponsored by Cappy Hall Rearick)
1. Three Buses – John MacIlroy
2. Flannery – Susan Lindsley
3. Jersey Shrimper – Teri Ward

The Southern Pen Bookshop First Novel Award (sponsored by Vickie Bley)
1. Death Rides in Autumn – Shannon Fox
2. Bone Pendant Girls – Terry Friedman
3. Driftweaver – Wulf Moon


 

 

 

 

Writers Helping Writers Award recipient

CD Mitchell is being honored for his generous donation of his time and talents last October (2020) in leading a four-part writer workshop series.

 

Contest Submission Guidelines Here 

 


2020 Contest Winners Here

Contest Closed until 2022

$35 entry fee includes all contests and membership to SWA through June 2022

Contests are judged by the sponsors (unless otherwise stated).

Manuscript can only be entered into one category.

Must not be published on web or in print

Contest Descriptions

The Hal Bernard Memorial Award for Novel

(sponsored by Buzz Bernard)

The first 10 pages (double-spaced); 1-page synopsis 1-paragraph “elevator pitch”

Any genre, literary or mainstream

 

The Vega Award for Speculative Short Fiction

(sponsored by Sandra Giles)

Complete manuscript not over 4,000 words’; Short fiction in any of the fantastical genres: science fiction, fantasy, horror, weird, magical, supernatural, superhero, utopian or dystopian, apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic, alternate history.  Short story or flash; Stand-alone novel chapters also accepted.

 

The Award for Excellence in Inspirational Writing

(sponsored by Mary Stripling)

The piece may be religious or secular. It should be wholesome and leave the reader with a “take away” message of encouragement, hope, comfort, fresh motivation, or renewed spiritual strength. Complete manuscript not over 1,500 words

 

The Humor Award

(sponsored by Authors Ignite)

Complete manuscript not over 1,000 HILARIOUS words. Any subject suitable for all ages.

 

Microcosm Award

(sponsored by Charlotte Henley Babb)

Fiction, any genre, no poetry, slice of life, or vignette. A complete story with beginning, middle and end; is character driven and has a resolution. Less than 1000 words: up to 999 words, not counting title. 

 

Young Adult/Midgrade Award

(sponsored by Amy Wethington)

Complete manuscript not over 5,000 words OR novel (first 5,000 words + 1-page synopsis + elevator

pitch [not over 300 words]).

 

Award for Historical Fiction

(sponsored by Jim Furry & Eye on the Page)

Complete manuscript not over 2,000 words based on an easily identifiable historical period of time.

Judged on originality, theme, accuracy within the historical period, and composition.

 

The Lowcountry Award for Excellence in Southern Writing

(sponsored by Dana Ridenour)

Award for best complete manuscript limited to 2,500 words set in the American

South. Author may live anywhere however the story must be set in the American South.

 

The Amy Munnell Award for Character Essays

(sponsored by Cappy Hall Rearick)

Subject matter to include but not limited to personal experience. 800 words. Double

space, 12 pt. font, 1 inch borders.

 

The Southern Pen Bookshop First Novel Award

(sponsored by Vickie Bley)

Work that has not been previously published.  Word Count: 5,000-6,000 words; File to include: Query letter, Synopsis (1000 words or less), First three chapters (1200 words or less) Title Page.

 
 
 

 Winners 2020 SWA Annual Writing Contest

The Hal Bernard Memorial Award

First Place:           Robert Herold for Moonlight Becomes You

Second Place:               Lynn Hesse for A Matter of Respect

Third Place (tie):          Denise Roosendaal for Barefoot Over Broken Glass

Third Place (tie):          Ryan Jo Summers for Flashes of Lightning

Honorable Mention:    M.A. Naatz for Killing Unicorns

 

The Purcell Award for Best Novel by First-Time Entry

First Place:           Robert Herold for Moonlight Becomes You

 

The Vega Award for Speculative Fiction

First Place:           L.N. Passmore for  "Moonshine and the Zombie Cats" 

Second Place:              Ryan Jo Summers for  "Wishing on Time" 

Third Place:                 Susan Lindsley for  "The Mason Jar" 

 

The Bill Westhead Award

First Place:           Gary P. Jones for  "My Love Affair with the Navy "

Second Place:               Jan Walker for  "The Barber"

 

The Award for Excellence in Inspirational Writing

First Place:           James R. Brooks for  "One Old Man" 

Second Place:               Sheri Denkensohn for  "Double Mourning During the Time of Coronavirus"

Third Place:                  Ryan Jo Summers for  "Praising through the Pain" 

 

The George Thomas Youngblood Award for Short Stories

First Place:               Micki Morency for  "Fatal Fare"

Second Place:               James R. Brooks for  "A Trapping Bond"

Third Place:                 Susan Lindsley for  "The Old Lady and the Wooden Spools"

 

The Humor Award

First Place:           Susan Lindsey for  "Flower of the Fleet"

Second Place:               Sheri Denkensohn for  "Hawaiian Adventure"

 

Flash Fiction Contest

First Place:           L.N. Passmore for  "But Momma" 

Second Place:               Micki Morency for  "Vanishing Color" 

Third Place:                  Susan Lindsley for  "Halloween Party"

 

Young Adult/Midgrade Award

First Place:           Susan Antony for It Happened on Thunder Road

Second Place:               Susan Lindsley for  "Robbie and a Car Named Bradley"

Third Place:                 Heather Trim for  Wingspan (Book 3)

 

Historical Fiction Award

First Place:           Susan Lindsley for "A Saturday Afternoon in Georgia"