If you are working on a novel don’t worry you can still submit a section of your novel for this competition. Submit an excerpt no longer than 3,000 words as well as the text of the completed novel in a PDF but you also need to include a PDF of your entire novel. You can also include a brief summary 250-word of your novel so that judges can see the bigger picture and know what your novel is about. Adaptations of or sequels to existing published series are not accepted. Be creative and take chances.
Here are two quotes about what the judges are looking for. “ Work that breaks from convention, blurs the boundaries between genres, and challenges notions of how a particular concept or emotion can be expressed.” “Work that uses technique to advance an original perspective or a personal vision or voice, and shows skills being utilized to create something unique, powerful, and innovative.”
Deadline: December 5, 2018, if you live in New Jersey. It varies depending on where you live.
Prizes: Gold, silver, and bronze keys and medals, your work published, plus bragging rights.
Check www.artandwriting.org for more information.