Arizona Authors Association 2022 Literary Contest
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For the past four decades, the Arizona Authors Association Annual Literary Contest has presented awards for outstanding books, short stories, and poetry. We do not judge a book by its author's popularity or by any criteria other than excellence in the work itself. Whether your book is unknown or a New York Times best seller, it has an equal shot at winning. Our prizes not only include the recognition and bragging rights associated with a win in a respectable literary contest, but also, monetary prizes, publication in our magazine, and nominations for various industry awards.
Categories: Published Fiction
Published Juvenile/Young Adult
Published Oldie but Goldie
Unpublished Short Story/Essay/Narrative
First Prize: $100
Second Prize: $50
Third Prize: $25
All Winners, Including Honorable Mention, will be featured in the Arizona Authors Literary Magazine.
Winners in the Poetry, Essay or Short Story categories will be nominated for the National Pushcart Prize (Value: Priceless!)
TITLE OF SUBMISSION: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________
BELOW, check category you wish to enter, fill in price and TOTAL AMOUNT DUE AT BOTTOM
PUBLISHED ENTRIES ($30 for members, $35 non-members)
____FICTION: Novel/Novella/Short Story Compilation =$_____
____CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK =$_____
____JUVENILE/YOUNG ADULT =$_____
____OLDIE BUT GOLDIE =$_____
____POEM ($20 for members, $25 non-members) =$_____
____SHORT STORY, ESSAY, PERSONAL NARRATIVE, REVIEW ($25 for members, $30 non-members) =$_____
____NOVEL/NOVELLA ($35 for members, $40 non-members) =$_____
CRITIQUES For Unpublished Only
____POEMS ($25 for members, $30 non-members) =$_____
_____SHORT STORY, ESSAY, PERSONAL NARRATIVE, REVIEW ($30 for members, $35 non-members) =$_____
NOVEL, NOVELLA ($35 for members, $40 non-members) =$_____
TOTAL AMOUNT DUE (for entries & critique requests) =$_____
Checks payable & entries mailed to:
Arizona Authors Association
1119 East Le Marche Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85022 OR Pay by Venmo or PayPal:
Contest and Submission Rules
Contest starts January 1, 2022 and ends midnight MST July 1, 2022.
ALL BOOKS/E-BOOKS IN PUBLISHED CATEGORIES – Submit 2 copies. Books must include ISBN, copyright date, and publisher information. E-Books must be submitted in print & bound form like a gallery or ARC. No books returned; all will be donated after judging.
OLDIE BUT GOLDIE entry can have any publication date, but must never have won this contest. Must be indie work. ALL OTHER PUBLISHED ENTRIES must have 2021 or 2022 publication date.
No submissions by publishers unless entry is a compilation of authors.
UNPUBLISHED CATEGORIES – IF BY MAIL: Submit 3 copies; IF BY EMAIL: Submit PDF file (See payment section for addresses)
Poetry entries - 50 line maximum in 12-point plain font. Single-spacing within stanzas OK.
Short Story/Essay/Personal Narrative/Review entries cannot exceed 15 pages and must be printed in 12-point plain font, double-spaced lines, 1-inch margins, title and page numbers in header. Author’s name cannot appear anywhere in text—only on entry form.
Novel/Novella entries must include a synopsis (max. 5 pages) and the first 25 pages of manuscript. The synopsis must summarize entire story. Must be printed in 12-point plain font, double-spaced lines, 1-inch margins, title and page numbers in header. No author's name in text – only on entry form. Manuscripts must be completed and available upon request. They will not be returned except if critique is requested.
Winners in unpublished categories automatically consign first serial rights to Arizona Authors’ Association, our right to publish in the Arizona Literary Magazine in November, 2022, before anywhere else.
Multiple entries – need an entry form for each entry. You may print extra forms from our website (www.ArizonaAuthors.org or .com) or photocopy this form.
We reserve the right to switch an entry’s category, cancel a category, or not award any winners if they don’t meet publishing industry standards. Any entry not following rules will be disqualified without notification or refund.
Good luck to all our entrants!
Check out past winners in our Literary Magazine. Your name could be in our next issue!