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The Great Novel Contest 2020 Announcement

The Great Novel Contest 2020 is almost here!

Columbus Publishing Lab is pleased to announce itself as a returning sponsor of The Great Novel Contest. Ohio Writers’ Association also welcomes new sponsors for this contest, so if you would like to sponsor this event, please contact OWA directly at info@ohiowriters.org.

Mark your calendar for January 1st and get ready to submit! OWA is holding its fifth novel contest, and there is a publishing contract waiting for a winner.

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

One 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.

All ten finalists will receive public recognition for their achievement, as well as $50 in credit 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This contest is open to all previously unpublished manuscripts, with the exception of children’s books and erotica.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.

You can also stay in the loop with news and reminders by joining the event on Facebook.

Polish off your manuscript and get ready! Mark your calendar for January 1, 2020.

Get all of the details at NovelContest.OhioWriters.org.

The Great Novel Contest 2019 is Open for Submissions!

The Great Novel Contest is now open for submissions!

Submitting is quick and easy.  Enter your manuscript in the contest here.

The winner of The Great Novel Contest will receive $3,000 in credit for author development services through Columbus Publishing Lab, as well as a publishing contract from Bellwether, an imprint of the Ohio Writers’ Association. The contest runner-up will receive $1,000 in credit for author development services through Columbus Publishing Lab. This contest is a fantastic opportunity for writers across the country, and we’re proud to be sponsoring prizes for this year’s winner and runner-up.

Examples of services that can be purchased with credit include:

  • Website design
  • Social media marketing
  • Platform building
  • Consultation
  • Editing and more!

Read one author’s social media success story here.  

Hurry! This contest closes on May 31. Don’t flirt with deadlines and miss your shot.

You can find more information about The Great Novel Contest 2019 here.

Or contact Ohio Writers’ Association with specific questions at info@ohiowriters.org, or call 614-805-3982.

May the best novel win!

Proud Sponsor of The Great Novel Contest 2019

We’re proud to partner with the Ohio Writers’ Association for The Great Novel Contest 2019, sponsoring prizes for both the grand-prize winner and the contest runner-up.

The Great Novel Contest opens on May 1, 2019 and runs through May 31, 2019. Find all of the contest details here. 

The winner of The Great Novel Contest will receive $3,000 in credit for author development services through Columbus Publishing Lab, as well as a publishing contract from Bellwether, an imprint of the Ohio Writers’ Association. The contest runner-up will receive $1,000 in credit for author development services through Columbus Publishing Lab. Examples of services that can be purchased with this credit include:

  • Website design
  • Social media marketing
  • Platform building
  • Consultation
  • Editing and more!

We work with authors, small presses, and midsize publishers every single day, producing professional books and then marketing them to the masses. The winner and runner-up of The Great Novel Contest will each receive a boost to their marketing  budgets, as well as access to our team of experts.

Read one author’s social media success story here.  

What is The Great Novel Contest? 

The Great Novel Contest is hosted and managed by the Ohio Writers’ Association, an organization that publishes books, hosts workshops and classes, and provides myriad resources to writers in Ohio (and beyond). OWA held its first novel contest in 2013, with the intent to produce a contest in a format that respects authors, is fair and equitable, and provides a legitimate opportunity.

This year’s contest is open to original novels or nonfiction manuscripts, such as a memoirs or creative non-fiction. No children’s books or erotica will be accepted. All manuscripts must be previously unpublished.

The Ohio Writers’ Association will begin accepting submissions beginning May 1, 2019.  Submissions will be accepted until May 31, 2019.  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).

This contest is a fantastic opportunity for authors both new and established. We’re thrilled to be a sponsor, and we wish all of the entrants luck as we head into the submission period. May the best novel win!

Questions? Contact us here.