GUIDELINES FOR THE 2019 LITERARY CONTEST
The 2019 Contest opens January 1, 2019. Submissions will be accepted through July 1, 2019.
Published Categories ~ Fiction, Nonfiction (NOTE: Cookbooks is back as a separate nonfiction category in 2019!) and Children’s Literature (Board & Chapter Books evaluated separately)
- Publishing / copyright date must by 2018 or 2019.
- Dates of publication, copyright, ISBN and publisher information must be identified on the copyright page.
- Electronic publications (EBooks) may be entered but only in printed and bound format, as in a professional galley or Advance Review Copy (ARC). Dates of publication, copyright, ISBN and publisher information must be identified on the copyright page.
- THREE (3) copies of the published book must be provided with the completed entry form.
- Authors are encouraged to submit multiple works. A separate entry form is required for each book submitted. Competitors may submit one check or one total PayPal payment for all submissions.
- Books will not be returned, but instead will be donated to local libraries, schools, senior centers and/ or healthcare facilities.
Unpublished Categories ~ Poetry, New Drama, Essay/Article/True Story, Short Story and Unpublished Novel)
- Entries must be unpublished. To qualify for an award, entries must remain unpublished until literary awards are announced on November 2, 2019. To clarify, by entering the 2019 Arizona Literary Contest, all unpublished contestants agree to consign first serial rights to Arizona Authors’ Association. The Association reserves the right to publish the entry or an excerpt of same one time only in the subsequent Arizona Literary Magazine before any other publication. Once the entry or an excerpt of same is published in the Arizona Literary Magazine, all rights of publication revert to the writer/author.
- THREE (3) copies of each entry must be provided with the completed entry form.
- Writers are encouraged to submit multiple works, in multiple categories. A separate entry form is required for each work submitted. Competitors may submit one check or one total PayPal payment for all submissions.
- Author’s name shall NOT appear anywhere other than on the entry form. If an author’s name appears on the manuscript, poem, short story, etc., that entry may be disqualified without further notice to the author.
- Except for poems, all manuscripts must be double-spaced, with 12-point characters and 1-inch margins on all four sides. PLEASE COMPLY WITH THESE SPECIFICATIONS or risk having the submission summarily disqualified without further notice to the author.
- Page headers MUST include the Title and Page Number (on each page). Again, do not list author’s name anywhere on the literary submission.
- Short Stories and Essays – 25-page maximum.
- Unpublished Novel category only – THREE (3) copies of ONLY the first 30 pages PLUS another 5-page synopsis must be submitted for each entry. Also, please comply with above-listed pagination, spacing and page header instructions. The entire novel must be immediately available to the Literary Contest Director, for review, however, upon request.
- New Drama category only – This writing is limited to a maximum of six (6) cast members and 30 minutes in length.
- Manuscripts will not be returned to the author unless critiques are ordered.
- The First and Second Place winners in the Poetry, Essay and Short Story categories will be nominated for the following calendar year PushCart Prize.
- The top four finalists, if applicable, in all categories except New Drama will be published or featured in the Arizona Literary Magazine 2019. The winning New Drama script, if there is one, will be published in its entirety.
- Entries will be accepted between Tuesday, January 1, 2019 and Monday, July 1, 2019 (entries postmarked July 1st but received later are acceptable).
- Photocopies of the Official Entry Form are acceptable.
- Entries will not be returned, unless critiques are ordered (see Official Entry Form). Manuscripts will be destroyed and published books will be donated as stated above.
- Receipt of all entries is confirmed via email only. A valid and working email address is required. Please ensure AzAuthors@gmail.com is allowed in email inboxes.
- All category Finalists will be notified via email and/or telephone on or before September 9, 2019.
- Arizona Literary Contest Judges reserve the right to switch any entry to another category when deemed appropriate. The Literary Contest Director reserves the right to cancel any category(ies) if the number of entries is deemed insufficient or substandard and/or reserves the right to decline awarding prize money, etc. in any given category(ies) if the quality of best entries does not meet Arizona Authors’ Association literary standards.
- Any entry not conforming to these guidelines may be disqualified without notice to the author. There is no refund for any submissions.