The Great Novel Contest

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

The Great Novel Contest 2020 Submissions will open on January 1!
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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 The Great Novel Contest 2020 will win a publishing contract from Bellwether!

Bellwether Publishing

Prizes are still in consideration. Last year's grand prize winner also won $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.

Columbus Publishing Lab

The submission period is open during the month of January. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, January 31st, 2020.

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.

Check back soon for a finalized list of sponsors and prizes!

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