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
- 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.
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 All manuscripts must be previously unpublished.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!