Posted by: anitanolan | January 21, 2011

2012 Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest

I have been both a finalist and a judge for this contest, and it’s a great one (for unpublished works.)
Contest Categories:

1. Mainstream
2. Historical
3. Romance (electronic only)
4. Mystery/Thriller
5. Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
6. Young Adult/Middle Grade
7. Nonfiction/Memoir/How-To
8. Screenwriting
9. Poetry
10. Short Story
11.  Children’s Picture/Chapter Book
12. Adult Short Topics (Article/Essay/Short Memoir)

Awards and Benefits:

  • The eight finalists in each category will be notified June 2012 prior to the PNWA Summer Conference July 19 – 22, 2012.
  • Award Winners will be announced at the conference.
  • Every entry accepted in the contest will receive two –critiques—a useful tool for any writer.
  • Finalists who attend the PNWA Summer Conference will receive a Finalist ribbon for their name badge, giving them high visibility to the agents and editors at the conference. Finalists’ manuscripts will be made available to agents and editors during the conference.
  • In addition, finalists entries are read and judged by an agent or editor to determine the top TWO in each category.
  • Winners are given the opportunity to attend the Agents and Editors Reception at the PNWA Summer Conference.

Awards will be given as follows:

  • First Place: $700 and the Zola Award (The Zola Award honors founding member Zola Helen Ross for her vision in creating a writing community more than 50 years ago.)
  • Second Place: $300

Entries must be RECEIVED BY February 17, 2012.

Details are here:


  1. Thank you for sharing this information! As a finalist, were you contacted about your status by email or snail mail?

    • I believe it was email, but it was several years ago.

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