The Great Novel Contest

Break Out This Year
Win a Publishing Contract and Author Development Package

The Great Novel Contest 2019 Submissions Are Now Closed!
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Enter your novel manuscript for an opportunity to win a publishing package that will transform your writing career.

In addition to infinite bragging rights, the winner of this year's Great Novel Contest will win a publishing contract from Bellwether!

Bellwether Publishing

he grand prize winner will also win $3,000 in credit with Columbus Publishing Lab. This credit can be used to hire a professional team of publishing consultants, designers, and experts to make over your author brand (or launch it!), so that you'll have the assets a professional author deserves. You'll be a published author with a well-rounded, active platform by the end of the year.

Columbus Publishing Lab

The submission period is open during the month of May. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, May 31st.

OWA's team of judges will select ten finalists. The grand prize winner and runner-up will then be selected from that shortlist.

The cost to enter the contest is $25 per manuscript for OWA members ($50 for non-members).

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Selection Process & Winners

A team of judges selected by the Ohio Writers' Association will choose ten finalists from all of the submitted manuscripts. Every manuscript submitted will be reviewed by at least one judge, without exception. All manuscripts will be judged "blind" (the judge will not be provided with the author's name).

The list of ten finalists will be published to the OWA website. All ten finalists will be read in full by a team of carefully selected judges, who will select the winner and runner-up.

The winner will receive a publishing offer from Bellwether, and $3,000 in credit for author development services from Columbus Publishing Lab, as well as public recognition of the achievement.

The runner-up will receive $1,000 in credit for author development services, as well as recognition for the achievement!

Credit with Columbus Publishing Lab can be used for a variety of services of the author's choice, including website design, platform building, social media marketing, e-mail marketing, and consultation. Some restrictions may apply. Learn more about Columbus Publishing Lab's services here.

All ten finalists will receive recognition of their achievement, a letter of recommendation for potential agents and publishers, and a publishing consultation with Ohio Writers' Association President Brad Pauquette!

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