2022 SWA Contests!
CONTESTS ARE JUDGED BY THE SPONSORS. MANUSCRIPT CAN ONLY BE ENTERED INTO ONE CATEGORY. MUST NOT BE PUBLISHED ON WEB OR PRINT.
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 Babb)
Fiction, any genre, no poetry, slice of life, or vignette. A complete story with beginning, middle and end: a complete story which is character driven and has a resolution. Less than 1000 words: up to 999 words, not counting the 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]) OR short story.
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
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.