One of my favorite writing/literary contests is the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s annual literary contests for published and unpublished books. This week PNWA announced that the unpublished contest submission deadline is extended to February 23 due to a computer glitch. I entered the 2017 PNWA unpublished contest Romance Category to test drive a new story weeks before the deadline–always a happy thing to meet or beat a deadline. I learned that the hard way when I missed my publisher’s deadline for the third book in my Eternal Trust trilogy and lost my slot in the lineup. I had to wait nearly a year for the book to drop (be published and available for sale.)
PNWA Nancy Pearl Book Award for 2016 Published Books
This is the first year I entered the PNWA Nancy Pearl Book Award, a literary contest designed to recognize recently published works by PNWA members. There are two categories, Best Book, Fiction. Mainstream or Literary and Best Book, Fiction, Genre. The awards and benefits are excellent: CASH PRIZE: $1000. Prominent book placement at the PNWA 2017 summer conference. Showcased as a featured author on both PNWA and Author magazine’s websites for one month. Mingle with VIP’s during our 2017 summer conference. I entered my Arizona State Library’s OneBookAZ 2016 award-winning YA novel, The Haunting of Josh Weston, in the Nancy Pearl because every book accepted (I submitted before the deadline and the entry was accepted) will be judged by two librarians based on story, character, and narrative. The five finalists in each category will be notified in June 2017 prior to the PNWA summer conference (July 20-23, 2017). Winners will be announced at the conference. Finalists who attend the PNWA summer conference will be given high viability during the conference.
Wish us luck! Mmmmmmmmelinda
Melinda Rucker Haynes is the Young Adult Category SPONSOR of the PNWA 2017 Literary Contest.