To stand the best possible chance of submitting a successful entry – one which will see your work progressing through the various stages of the judging process – you need to make sure that your submission ticks all the boxes and hits all the right buttons!

Please read the submissions criteria for our awards categories carefully before submitting your entries to the America Writers’ Awards Unpublished 2013… You will also find it helpful to read the FAQs: entering your work page.

The very first hurdle is ensuring that your entry is submitted in the correct format. If you don’t get that right, you don’t progress any further. It’s strict, but simple. So follow the instructions carefully.

All unpublished/self-published entries should be submitted in the correct format (with the exception of entries for Songwriting):

• Single PDF, Word document

• Black, 12pt, Arial type

• Numbered pages

• Title of entry

(No other author contact information must appear on your entry – this is stored online when you submit your work.)

We have simplified our submissions criteria for 2013. In every category, our judges will be looking equally for…

• Technical ability (such as writing and compositional skills, presentation, form, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and so on)

• Creativity and originality (including structure, flow, development of characters, concepts or melodies, and so on)

• Saleability and potential for publication (including audience-appropriateness and appeal).

As well as all of the above, there are a few specific things to think about in each category:

Award categories for adults -

Poetry (unpublished & self-published)

Each entry should comprise a collection of five poems – with a minimum of six lines and a maximum of 40 lines per poem (unless it is a haiku).

Short stories (unpublished & self-published)

Each story should be a minimum of 1,000 words and a maximum of 5,000 words.

Novels (unpublished & self-published)

Each entry should comprise three sample chapters (ideally the first three chapters, but a different three consecutive chapters may be submitted) and a useful, relevant synopsis. The synopsis should be at the beginning of the document, followed by the 3 chapters and it should all be uploaded in one document.

Non-fiction (unpublished & self-published)

Entries must be an ‘acceptable work of non-fiction’ – dissertations and research papers will be accepted. Please use, if applicable, chapters and chapter titles. Entries exceeding 1000 words in length must start with a synopsis, hypothesis or description of no longer than one page.

Stories for children (unpublished & self published)

Entries can be of any length but must be aimed at readers aged 17 or under. Entries for this category must start with a synopsis. The synopsis followed by the story must be uploaded within the same document.

Songwriting (unpublished)

Our judges will be looking to see how well the melody fits with the lyrics. Please upload your Mp3 files only at this stage. If you reach the finals then you will be asked for your lyrics as a word or PDF document.

Stage and screen plays (unpublished)

Submissions for stage/theatre plays must:

1. Be unpublished and unperformed

2. Be clearly typed and laid out

3. Be clearly labeled as Stage Play or Musical on the first page

4. Be written for the stage, however, adaptations of films, novels or other works are admissible, as are recently transferred productions from Off-Broadway or the West End.

5. No complete plays should be submitted at the initial application stage – please upload a synopsis/brief description of no more than 150 words followed by the first part of the work, up to 5000 words

6. Stage plays must be in English

7. Entrants may include those with previous experience of production and/or development by a professional body. This may include work-in-progress readings, college or fringe theatre, mentor programs or rehearsed readings

Submissions for Screen Plays must:

1. Not have been previously produced.

2. Be clearly typed and laid out

3. Be clearly labeled as Screenplay on the first page

4. If a winning screenplay has been written by two or more writers, one author should be the designated prime contact. Awards will be divided equally among the writers.

5. Screenplays must be in English.

6. No complete Screenplays should be submitted – please upload a synopsis/brief description of no more than 150 words followed by the first part of the work, up to 5000 words (together in one document)

7. Screenplays that have received awards from other competitions will be eligible.

8. Judges decisions are final.

9. Submissions are scored on character development, story, dialogue, structure and originality in all genres.

Published Writer of the Year: The only category for published writers (this does not include self-published work)

1. Nominations in this category may made by publishers, authors and agents.

2. This category only applies to published novels.

3. Each publisher, author or agent must send five hard copies of each of the nominated books to the AWA office: America Writers’ Awards, 255 Windsor Ave, Westfield NJ 07090

4. These three books must have been published within 24 months either side of the closing date.

5. Each nominated book must have been published in English.

6. Each entrant must submit a short biography and photo of each nominated writer, as well as an image of each book cover and a synopsis for each nominated book, plus a short profile of their own business (if they are publishers or agents). These can be emailed to kim@americawriters.com or sent to the AWA office on a CD-ROM at the same time as the hard copies of each book.

7. It is the responsibility of publishers and agents to inform writers of their nominations.

8. The Published Writer of the Year will be announced at the America Writers’ Awards Gala ceremony for 2013 (date to be confirmed).

Bloggers (unpublished & self-published)

Each story should be a minimum of 1,000 words and a maximum of 5,000 words.

Book Cover Design (unpublished & self-published)

• Single PDF, Word document

• Black, 12pt, Arial type

• Numbered pages

• Title of entry

Awards categories for young people (17 and under)

Poetry (unpublished & self-published)

Each entry should consist of a collection of three poems – with a minimum of six lines and a maximum of 40 lines per poem (unless it is a haiku).

Short stories (unpublished & self-published)

Short stories submitted by children should be a maximum of 3,000 words long.

Songwriting (unpublished & self-published)

Our judges will be looking to see how well the melody fits with the lyrics. Please upload your MP3 files only at this stage. If you reach the finals then you will be asked for your lyrics as a word or PDF document.

And then the rest is up to our judges. The more you interest, engage and excite them with your words, the more points they will award your entry.

Good luck!

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