(Please note that these FAQs are ONLY geared toward our literary contest for unpublished manuscripts. For details on our new contest for published books, the Nancy Pearl Award, click here.)
Q: Is the contest for unpublished writers only?
A: No. However, then entry itself must be original and not previously published or accepted for publication or production (this includes independent and self-published works).
Q: Should the novel be complete before submission?
A: Not necessarily.
Q: Can one person enter more than one work into the same category?
A: No, an author may enter separate works in different categories only.
Q: What is a synopsis?
A: A synopsis is a narrative summary of your entire novel. Click here to download 'writing a synopsis'.
Q: When submitting chapters, can I skip around?
Q: Can an entry from a previous year which has been revised be re-submitted?
A: Entries from previous PNWA contests may be revised
and re-entered (except for finalist entries from previous years which
may NOT be re-entered).
Q: If the 28 page submission places as a finalist, will the entire manuscript be requested?
Q: After 1st, and 2nd place winners are selected from the finalists, are numbers 3 through 8 ranked?
Q: My nonfiction book includes endnotes/footnotes. Can my endnotes/footnotes be single spaced?
A: Yes, as long as the entire submission is a maximum of 28 pages.
Q: Does the category need to be on every page of the submission?
A: All pages of the submission must have the category number, manuscript title, and page numbers located in the upper right-hand corner.
Q: Are entry fees refunded if my entry is disqualified?
A: No, entry fees are non-refundable.
REVIEW YOUR CHECKLIST CAREFULLY. DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON THE PAGES OF YOUR SUBMISSION.