From the Guild’s Mailbox: Contests

Two messages regarding writing contests recently arrived in the Guild's inbox. The first, from The Writers' Workshop of Ashville, North Carolina, closes on September 30. The second, from Australian author and editor, Bob Rich, closes on October 15. Prizes for the winners vary.

From The Writers' Workshop of Ashville, NC

We would be very grateful if you could share the following information with your membership.

We are a month out from the deadline for our annual Literary Fiction Contest! Writers from all over the world are encouraged to submit their entries by September 30th.

Submit a short story or chapter of a novel of 5,000 words or less.

Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, phone number, and title of work on the first page. Double-space, and use 12 point font.

The entry fee is $25 per story, or $20 for Workshop members. Multiple entries are accepted.  Enclose legal size self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners.

Payment information, entry submission requirements, and prizes are detailed at

From Bob Rich

I am offering a contest with the prize being a free edit of a full-length manuscript. Entry is free. Details are here.

As a professional editor since 1999, I work for a number of small, independent publishers, and a steady stream of authors pre-submission. In 2007, I won the Preditors and Editors “Best Editor” award (because one of my clients entered my name, then drummed up support).

Deadline for submissions is October 15, 2018.


Webmaster's notes: I asked Bob about the earlier two times he made this offer. His first offer was in 2001 and the second in 2007. In 2001 Ron Peters won with his novel Castles of Deceit, the third in his series of novels with private investigator Dun Wheeling as his protagonist. in 2007, Jill Harrington won for her book, Lupus Recovery Diet. Both Peters and Harrington are American authors.

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