I’ve decided to share some contest and grant opportunities with you this week, each with fast-approaching deadlines.
First, there are the SCBWI “Work in Progress” grants.
SCBWI “Work in Progress” grants are available to children’s book writers and illustrators to aid in the completion of a specific project. Grants for first place are $2000 and grants for runners up are $500. Grants are available in a variety of areas, including a general work in progress grant, a grant for a contemporary novel for young people, a grant for work by an unpublished writer, picture book grants, and a grant for work by multicultural authors.
Application is open to all SCBWI members and applications must be received between February 15th and March 15th. Click here for more information.
Next, there’s the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. (Thank you Lauren for letting me know about the almost-here deadline!)
The ABNA contest is free to enter and closes on January 27th (days away –yipes!). But for any of you with a finished manuscript ready to shop, or one that’s near its final editing stages, be sure to visit the ABNA page and enter soon. If they receive more than 10,000 entries before January 27th they’ll stop taking entries at that time. Winner to receive a publishing contract and $50,000 advance. Four others to receive publishing contracts and $15,000 advances.
Finally, the L. Ron Hubbard “Writers of the Future” contest is open to writers in the fantasy and science fiction genres and the next eligible contest quarter ends on April 1st. It is also FREE to enter. Additional rules can be found: here. Short fiction of 17,000 words or less.
Get out there and explore the opportunities, folks! And enjoy the holiday weekend. :)