Creating a Business and Legal Considerations – February 13th Professional Development Class

Join us on Thursday evening for a professional development class on setting up the legal infrastructure for your work as an author.

There’s a lot of bad and confusing information out there. We’ll share with you what the law says and the best ways we’ve seen other authors implement smart, inexpensive strategies to keep themselves and their work safe.

We’ll cover how to setup a business and banking. We’ll talk about copyrights, trademarks, fair use, and intellectual property.

If you’re serious about creating work for sale, this is must-have information.

This class will help you to put these topics to bed. No more wondering if you understand it or if you’re doing it right. We’ll share stories of other authors with positive results, so that you can be confident you’re on the right track.

This class is live online at 7pm ET. If you can’t make it to the live class, sign up anyway and you can watch the recorded video for 7 days following the class. We expect a small group for this class, so it will be small enough that you can ask questions if you have them.

Click here to sign up for this class and others.

Two Day Warning — Great Novel Contest 2020

February is almost here, which means you only have two days left so submit your manuscript to The Great Novel Contest 2020! The submission period officially closes on January 31 at midnight.

Hurry and submit your novel before the contest ends!

Submit your manuscript for a chance to win $1,000 and a publishing contract with Bellwether

One runner up will receive $500 and a publishing consultation with OWA president and publishing expert Brad Pauquette, as well as a letter of recommendation for agents and publishers.

Ten finalists will be featured in a Finalist Spotlight article on the OWA site and receive a $50 voucher for OWA writing classes.

We can’t think of a better way to kick off the new decade than living the #publishedlife with a bit of extra pocket money.

Read The Great Novel Contest 2020 guidelines and instructions here.

If you have any additional questions, chat with an OWA volunteer at info@ohiowriters.org.


Novel not ready for submitting yet? Check out our calendar of events for workshops, classes, and future submission opportunities like The Great Novel Contest 2020!

The Great Novel Contest 2020 – Five Days Left

The end of the month is approaching, which means time is running out to submit to The Great Novel Contest 2020! The submission period officially closes on January 31 at midnight.

Submit your novel here before it’s too late!

You only have five days left to submit your manuscript to The Great Novel Contest for a chance to win $1,000 and a publishing contract with Bellwether.

The runner up will receive $500, a publishing consultation with OWA president Brad Paquette, and a letter of recommendation to publishers and agents.  

Ten finalists will be recognized for their quality novels via Finalist Spotlight articles and receive a $50 voucher for 2020 OWA writing courses.

Read more about The Great Novel Contest 2020 rules and guidelines here.

Don’t miss your chance to win some sweet, sweet cash and achieve your dream of becoming a published author.

If you have any additional questions, you can chat with an OWA volunteer at info@ohiowriters.org.


Not finished writing that next great novel? Check out our calendar of events for workshops, classes, and future submission opportunities like The Great Novel Contest 2020!

February Workshop – Submit by January 27

Our next writers’ workshop will be held Wednesday evening, February 5th, in Pickerington, Ohio.

Get the complete details, including time and location, by logging in to your free account and navigating to “Workshop Materials and Information.Don’t have an account, create one here for free.

If you’d like your work critiqued at this workshop, you must email it to workshops@ohiowriters.org no later than 7am on Monday, January 27th.

There are no special formatting requirements for your work. We recommend that you include page numbers, and we prefer that you send your work as a PDF.

This workshop is free and open to the public. Anyone can submit their work to receive hard, honest peer feedback, but you must be present at the workshop. Please only submit if you’re confident you can attend.

If you’re not ready to submit, but you’d like to check it out and maybe give feedback to others, you’re welcome to attend.

You do NOT need to be a paid member of the Ohio Writers’ Association to participate. All are welcome.

Questions? Please email us at workshops@ohiowriters.org.

Writers Workshop Columbus Ohio

The Great Novel Contest 2020: Ten Days Out

It’s January 20, which means there are ten days left to submit a manuscript for The Great Novel Contest 2020! The submission period officially closes on January 31 at midnight.

Dust off that manuscript and submit it here.

Submit your manuscript for a chance to win $1,000 and a publishing contract with Bellwether

The runner up will receive $500, a publishing consultation with OWA President Brad Pauquette, and a letter of recommendation for agents and publishers. 

The top ten finalists will take home a $50 voucher for 2020 OWA writing classes and be publicly recognized for their awesome manuscripts. 

Submit your manuscript here and take a step closer to that dream of being published. And, you know, money. 

Read The Great Novel Contest 2020 guidelines and instructions here.

If you have any additional questions, chat with an OWA volunteer at info@ohiowriters.org.


Need some more polish on that story? Check out our calendar of events for workshops, classes, and future submission opportunities like The Great Novel Contest 2020!

The Great Novel Contest 2019 Finalist Spotlights – Jonathan Rosen

Jonathan Rosen is one of The Great Novel Contest 2019’s finalists for his manuscript, The Museum of an Extinct Race.

Don’t forget to submit your manuscript to The Great Novel Contest!

Jonathan Rosen is a family physician and heads a non-profit, The Connecticut Center for Primary Care. On top of that, he’s the Vice Chairman of ProHealth Physicians and still manages to make time to write. He earned his BA in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Sometimes he wonders if he leans more towards the role of writer or doctor. So far, he’s written six novels with the most recent being The Museum of an Extinct Race.

The Museum of an Extinct Race takes place in a dystopian society where Hitler won WWII by developing the atom bomb before the US. Four decades later, “The Museum of an Extinct Race” was erected in Prague to celebrate the elimination of Judaism from the planet. In the midst of this world run by Nazis, a tour guide and museum curator begin to fall in love as they strive to resurrect an extinguished religion.

The start of Jonathan’s literary journey began with The Catcher in the Rye, which first introduced him to “the magic of the written word’s ability to link imagination to reality.” From there he moved on to Catch-22 and fell in love with reading and writing. For all writers, Jonathan recommends reading Haruki Murakami “for mind-blowing inventiveness and audacity,” as well as anything by Philip Roth and Michael Chabon.

His wife supports him in his writing endeavors, and he receives some critiques from his son who is an English professor. Creating a book is difficult, and Jonathan suggests that anyone who has trouble finishing a novel should “keep going back to why [they] wanted to write the novel in the first place.”

He initially discovered The Great Writing Contest 2019 through Poets & Writers, which collects a host of submission opportunities and contests into one convenient resource. Looking into the contest, Jonathan thought OWA “seemed amazingly well organized and receptive” so he submitted The Museum of an Extinct Race.

He plans to try and publish the manuscript once more after going through another round of edits, and he hopes to find a “small press with enough cache to get [his] foot in the door and enough freedom to promote the novel as [he] would hope to.”


Do you have an unpublished manuscript that deserves recognition?

The Great Novel Contest 2020 is open now! Click here to submit your manuscript.

Not quite ready to submit a piece?

Check out some of our upcoming events, classes, and workshops!



The Great Novel Contest 2020 — Halfway Mark

The first month of the new decade is now halfway through, and that means we’ve reached the halfway point for The Great Novel Contest 2020! Have you submitted your manuscript yet?

Time is running out! Submit your novel here.

Don’t miss out on your chance to win $1,000 and a publishing contract with Bellwether. We can’t think of a better way to start off the new decade than with cash in my pocket and a published book on the way.

You’ll also be featured in the OWA Contest Winner article to showcase your writing talents and promote your upcoming book.

The runner up will receive $500 and a publishing consultation with OWA President and publishing expert Brad Paquette. Ten finalists will receive a $50 voucher for OWA classes and be featured in a Finalist Spotlight post.

What have you got to lose? Push past your fear and submit here!

Read The Great Novel Contest 2020 guidelines and instructions.

If you have any additional questions, chat with an OWA volunteer at info@ohiowriters.org.


Need some more polish on that story? Check out our calendar of events for workshops, classes, and future submission opportunities like The Great Novel Contest 2020!

The Great Novel Contest 2019 Finalist Spotlights – Steven Hiller

Steven Hiller, with his manuscript Breach of the Covenant, is another finalist for The Great Novelist Contest 2019. 

Still haven’t entered The Great Novel Contest 2020? You can do that here!

Steven graduated with his bachelor’s from Urbana University and earned his Master of Arts in Creative Writing and English degree from Southern New Hampshire University in 2014. Now he works as an English Professor at the University of Northwestern Ohio. When he’s not grading papers or jotting down the next chapter of his story, he’s often found playing a relaxing game of chess.  

The Breach of the Covenant takes an imaginative spin on the story of Adam and Eve, where the Forbidden Fruit didn’t just make them intelligent: it gave them access to all of God’s knowledge. In the wake of the chaos that followed, a small species was created by mistake. Now, this race must limit humanity’s knowledge and prevent humans from learning what they already know.

Some of Steven’s favorite books include The Chocolate War, Arrow in the Sun, and works by Dr. Suess, Steinbeck, and Shakespeare. If you’re interested in learning craft, he swears by The Elements of Style by Strunk and White and East of Eden by Steinbeck. 

A good support group is key to writing, and Steven has his wife and son to encourage him. After Steven was announced as a finalist “more people have started to believe in [his] writing.” 

Observation and persistence are two other qualities that Steven recommends to anyone who has a hard time finishing their novel. He also suggests that “you must pay attention to what is around you…writing is not something done on occasion; it is a laborious task like a marathon.”

Steven discovered Ohio Writers’ Association and The Great Novel Contest 2020 through Facebook. As someone who’s entered multiple writing contests in the past, he knows that it’s worth submitting. “The worst answer is no, and I hear that often enough,” he said. 

Steven hopes to be published by a traditional publishing house someday, and he continues to be a prolific writer. His psychological drama Screaming in Silence was shortlisted for the 2016 William Wise-William Faulkner Contest, and he’s already completed a sequel to Breach of the Covenant.


Do you have an unpublished manuscript that deserves recognition?

The Great Novel Contest 2020 is open now! Click here to submit your manuscript.

Not quite ready to submit a piece?

Check out some of our upcoming events, classes, and workshops!

The Great Novel Contest 2020 Ten-Day Update

The Great Novel Contest 2020 has been live for ten days! Have you submitted a manuscript yet? 

If not, you’re missing out on a chance to win $1,000 and a publishing contract from Bellwether. That dream of getting your book published might be a lot closer than you think.

Click here to submit your novel.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

Maya Angelou

The runner up will receive $500, a letter of recommendation to publishers and agents, and a publishing consultation session with OWA President and publishing expert Brad Pauquette.

The top ten finalists will be featured in a Finalist Spotlight post and receive a $50 OWA gift card for writing courses.

Not sure if your manuscript is a good fit? Check out the rules and guidelines here.

This is a fantastic opportunity for writers everywhere, whether this manuscript is your first or fifth. Don’t pass up this chance to submit your novel, win cash, and get published!


If you have any additional questions about the contest, you can contact a helpful OWA member at info@ohiowriters.org.

If you have a great idea but haven’t finished writing yet, check out some of our novel-writing courses and workshops.

Great Novel Contest 2019: Bill Hughes – Finalist Spotlight

Bill Hughes is one of the top ten finalists of The Great Novel Contest 2019 for his thought-provoking manuscript, The Thin Red Jellies Within.

The Great Novel Contest 2020 is here! Check out the details.

Bill earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in English from Ohio State, and he currently lives in the Columbus area with his wife and son. During his free time, he enjoys reading nineteenth-century novels, Samuel Beckett, pulp crime fiction, and watching cheap horror movies.

He’s published multiple stories in a variety of magazines such as The Edge, The Pedestal, Byzarium, and Page and Spine.  After being an editor for the small-press magazine Dread, he took a fifteen-year hiatus from the writing and publishing world, and he feels like he’s “starting from scratch.” The Thin Red Jellies Within is his first novel-length project and marks his return to writing.

The Thin Red Jellies Within walks the line between genres as a man tries his best to handle the bizarre new life he’s handed after his wife disappears. She’s eventually finally found, but something feels off about her. Is this really the person he fell in love with?

The Thin Red Jellies Within is a mystery, one that questions identity and the limits of reason viewed through the prism of historic Ohio.

One of Bill’s earliest writing inspirations was the Hardy Boys series, and he wrote a story about them in the fourth grade. Now he’s influenced by works such as Sister Carrie and American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser, Huck Finn, Joe R. Lansdale’s A fine Dark Line, Gifune’s Deep Night, Little Girl Lost and Songs of Innocence by Richard Aleas, and Tremblay’s The Cabin at the End of the World. He also recommends reading the works of Henry James, Jim Thompson, and any of Richard Wright’s works — especially American Hunger.

Persistence was key to finishing The Thin Red Jellies Within, and Bill believes that persistence is most important for anyone struggling to finish a novel. After his long hiatus, Bill is building up his writing support group. “I’m just starting to share work with people and build new relationships.”

Bill is a long-standing member of OWA, and he spotted The Great Novel Contest 2019’s announcement on the website. At first, he felt unsure about submitting, but then he thought: “What the heck. OWA is a very supportive organization, and I’ve always gotten good feedback when I’ve participated in their workshops. I felt that something positive would come of it.”

To Bill, the ideal situation would be finding a good editor who enjoys his writing style and building a relationship with them. He will continue submitting The Thin Red Jellies Within to small-press editors in hopes that the manuscript will find a good home in the future.


Do you have an unpublished manuscript that deserves recognition?

The Great Novel Contest 2020 is open now! Click here to submit your manuscript.

Not quite ready to submit a piece?

Check out some of our upcoming events, classes, and workshops!