A chance for published RWA members to try their luck with an unpublished novel/novella in any genre. A great opportunity to get reader feedback!

Download the contest entry form/conditions below for more information. The initial round will judge the first 10,000 words – and then the top 15 entries will have their full manuscript judged by reader judges.

Judging is anonymous, and you can elect to keep your name a secret should you win a prize. So it’s a great way of getting anonymous feedback, with no risk! This year, we’re having a third round of judging, by an editor/agent final judge, just like the ‘unpublished’ Emerald. So in addition to getting valuable anonymous feedback from readers, our three finalists will have their full manuscript read by our final judge – Esi Sogah, Senior Editor, Kensington Books.

Opens: 31 October 2016
Midnight Sydney time, 21 November 2016

Eligibility: RWA members only. Categories: Established, or Emerging with works of fiction commercially available or contracted. The entry must be unpublished/uncontracted. See the Contest FAQ for clarification.

(If you are an Aspiring member, or Emerging member with no works of fiction commercially available/contracted, you can enter the Emerald Award.)

Entry: the first 10,000 words of your manuscript. The contest is in 2 rounds: the second round requires the full manuscript. Judging is by reader judges.

Entry fee: $40.00 inc GST ,and $36.36 ex GST


1st  ~ $$250 plus OWL of the winner’s choice

2nd ~ OWL of the winner’s choice

3rd ~ OWL of the winner’s choice

Final Judge:  Esi Sogah, Senior Editor, Kensington Books.

Entry form/conditions

Sample scoresheet

Formatting sample

Questions? Contact the contest manager: Marnie St Clair