JRW Best Self-published Novel Contest, members & VA residents, deadline: 07.15.16

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    Spriggan Radfae

    Best Self-published Novel Contest

    James River Writers recognizes the writing talents and entrepreneurial skills of indie authors by continuing The Best Self-Published Novel Contest, which we started in 2014. One first-prize winner will receive $500 and a ticket to the annual James River Writers Conference. The winner will be announced in October 2016 at the James River Writers Conference. Press releases will also recognize the winner.

    Two finalists each receive $200.


    To pay the $25 entry fee with a credit card, use the “Register Today” button below. Once you have submitted payment, you will receive a receipt via email. Print your receipt and follow the guidelines below to mail in your submission. To pay with a check, follow the guidelines below.




    To submit an entry, the author must be a resident of Virginia, a student at a Virginia college or university, or a member of JRW. (Out-of-state writers may enter the contest by becoming members. You may join at the same time as paying your entry fee by using the “Register Today” button above or by including an additional $40 in your check amount.)

    Submissions for the 2016 contest will be accepted from May 1 through July 15, 2016 (postmark deadline of Friday, July 15). Note that this contest is for fiction only. Please do not send your novel to us via certified mail or any other method that requires a signature.

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