The Great Novel Contest

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

Mark your calendar for May 1st, and put the finishing touches on your novel manuscript.

Submissions will be 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 10 finalists, and select the grand-prize winner and runner-up from among them.

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

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Prizes & 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 the publishing offer from Bellwether, OWA's Publishing Imprint, 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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