2022 SWA Contest Winners!
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 MUST NOT BE PUBLISHED ON WEB OR PRINT.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
First Place: Heritage - M. Z. Thwaite
Second Place: The Next Home Run - Jayne Adams
Third Place: Project Observers - Amy Wethington
Honorable Mention: The Curse of the Illusionist - Ed Green
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.
First Place: Gironde – Melinda Farris
Second Place: Preserving Earth’s Children– Amy Wethington
Third Place: Operation Yellowstone - Susan Lindsley
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
First Place: Goodnight - Susan Lindsley
Second Place: His Final Flight – Jayne Adams
The Humor Award (sponsored by Authors Ignite)
Complete manuscript not over 1,000 HILARIOUS words. Any subject suitable for all ages.
First Place: Unfortunate Incident – Verne Hoyt
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.
First Place: Going Home – Susan Lindsley
Second Place: Spooky Action at a Distance – Amy Wethington
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.
No award given.
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.
First Place: The Secret of Tuileries - Melinda Farris
Second Place: Bloody Jasper - Susan Lindsley
Third Place: The Stargazing Rock - Amy Wethington
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.
First Place: Tree of Life - Jayne Adams
Second Place: The Secret of Harper Lee- Melinda Farris