Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Top of the Mountain Book Award

By April Moore
It's that time of the year again where I start annoying urging all of you to enter your unpublished manuscripts in the Top of the Mountain Book Award contest. This September marks the 5th year for the contest and with each year, it continues to grow. In fact, last year, we had submissions from South Africa, Mexico, Argentina, and Canada.

Over the course of these five years, we've learned a lot about what makes a great writing contest, and what some people would rather do without, namely, synopses. (Judges and writers alike, really hate them.) We went from five-pages, to a three-pages, and this year, we're down to one-page. *Channeling my inner car salesman*: And that's as low as I can go!

From September 15, 2015 to February 1, 2016, the contest will be opened to both published and non-published authors to submit their best (unpublished), first 20 pages of their book-length manuscript. The two categories are Fiction and Creative/Narrative Nonfiction (we hope to someday expand this into sub-genres and even poetry, middle grade, etc.). We'd love to see more nonfiction (come on, you memoir writers) so that we can hand out two $1000 awards during the 11th Annual NCW Conference.

So I'll make this short and sweet: Visit the contests page, submit, and share it with your fellow writers. Also, if you are interested in being a judge, contact me at

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