A chance for published RWA members to try their luck with an unpublished novel/novella in any genre.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 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! There is a third round of judging, by an editor/agent final judge, just like the ‘unpublished’ Emerald.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.

Current and previous winners can be seen here.

Opens: 5 September 2022 – 1700 Sydney time
3 October 2022 – 1700 Sydney time

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 The entry must be unpublished/uncontracted.

(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: $49.00 inc GST

Final Judge: TBA

Submissions open on 5 September 2022 for The Sapphire.

Terms and Conditions

Sample scoresheet

Formatting sample

Queries – Contact the Contest Coordinator,  Jacinta Peachey

You must be logged in as a member to purchase entry to this contest

This contest will open at 1700 Sydney time on Monday 5 September 2022