The Great Novel Contest: Open for Submissions Now!

The Great Novel Contest is officially open for submissions! Submit your manuscript here.

This year’s winner will take home a publishing contract with Bellwether and $1,000 cash!

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

Ten finalists will receive public recognition for their achievement, as well as a $50 voucher to take an OWA class in 2020.

This contest is open to all previously unpublished manuscripts, with the exception of children’s books and erotica. Manuscripts must be between 50,000 and 125,000 words in length.

Read the contest rules and find instructions for entering here.

This is your chance to be discovered. (And the cash is nice too.) Submit your novel to The Great Novel Contest 2020 here.

May the best novel win!

Questions about the contest? Contact a helpful OWA volunteer at

The Great Novel Contest 2020 is sponsored by Columbus Publishing Lab, which provides production, marketing, and consultation for small presses and self-publishers. Learn more at

Columbus Publishing Lab