Editing and Reviews
2022 WINNERS SELECTED
2023 COMING UP
THE ANNUAL "A WOMAN'S WRITE" UNPUBLISHED NOVEL CONTEST
A Woman's Write Writers Getting Published...
NEW: AWW Review services. Placement on at least 2 sites. Check out our Review Services page!
ENTER for 2023
Begins January 1 every year!
Enter the Annual AWW International [Unpublished] Novel Contest. All submissions receive a timely, thorough, thoughtful critique. Winners receive money, certificates and notification on our site. Submit only the first 50 pages for the competition.
• PRIZE: $500USD
• ENTRY FEE : $40USD, includes a fair, professional critique, for the first 10 pages of the 50, and then an additional $20 entry free if you decide to change what you've learned in the first 50 pages from the editing of your first 10 pages and resubmit your work.
• ANNUAL DEADLINE: Always November 30 of current year
Contest entries are accepted from January 1 ANNUALLY. You can submit up until midnight, November 30, each year.
COMPETITION FOR 2024
ON ITS WAY
There is a great variety among the women who send their work to us: young women writing a first book; experienced non-fiction writers having a go at fiction; women with degrees in Creative Writing or Journalism; and older women, in their seventies or eighties, still motivated by artistic creativity. We are overwhelmed by the support our competition receives, the notes of thanks and feeling of trust we get, and the sense that we are helping new and practiced writers hone their skills.
A Woman's Write has truly become
A Woman's International
across the US
as well as Canada,
the UK, the Caribbean,
Spain, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand,
Australia, India, Africa,
Czech Republic, Hong Kong and more...
THE BEST WRITING TIP EVER:
WRITE 1,000 WORD OF MEANINGFUL TEXT--A STORY, POEM, ESSAY OR ARTICLE. THEN CUT THE WORD COUNT TO 500. DO THIS ONCE A WEEK.
2022 AWW Grand Prize Winner
The 2022 recipient of the annual $500USD Grand Prize for Best Unpublished Novel:
of St. Lucia,
Stella says: “Winning this competition has boosted my confidence massively and encouraged me to keep going with The Salliniquai Chronicles. That A Woman's Write saw value in and enjoyed my story is hugely complementary.”
Honorable Mention Winners 2022
US writer SARAH SHINDELMAN for her novel, Dreamer: “Your edits were very useful and helped refine my prose. Thank you, especially, for your encouraging comments. As a new writer, that positivity means a lot!”
US writer ELAINE MARSH for her novel, King of the Dicks: “The feedback I've received was invaluable and gave me the encouragement that I needed to continue pursuing publication.”
Honorable Mention Winners are given a refund of the original $40 submission fee. ALL ENTRANTS receive a significant discount if they choose A Woman’s Write Editing Services in the coming year.
Let's Talk About A Woman's Write! Send us a message at: Krisraww@gmail.com
As many of you already know, the one who takes the prize in the AWW Novel Contest is not the only winner at A Woman’s Write. A large percentage of our entrants go on to publication, and we like to think that our critiques give them a pat on the back (or a kick in the pants) that helps steer them toward that success.
Sometimes one of our contestants will come back to us for full editing services, all types, all offered at absurdly low prices -- professional assistance and that extra pair of eagle eyes that can make her book shine when it reaches a publisher’s desktop. Honorable Mention winners also get a rebate of the original entry fee and discount on our editing services.
Please ask about our price structure for editing, opinion/analysis, Beta reading, and reviews. Our rates may even go down with second or third books!
Who else does that?
While you're here, listen to
Editor Kristan Ryan's Weekly Writing Tip
Kelly Z. Conrad, author of Shaman, an entry in A Woman's Write, has created a new, intriguing sequel, The Passage:
"A family is nearly split apart by rivalry, danger and elitism but maintains its cohesion through genuine love that transcends social strictures, in this engaging historical drama by award-winning author Kelly Z. Conrad.
The story opens in 1869 as surgeon Matt Tyler visits his father’s grave and meets a mysterious woman who tells him something about his highly respected father that could bring his new life crashing down if it were widely known. Matt has recently returned to the Washington area with his wife Degan and their toddler son Adam. It has been a struggle to set minds at ease about his arrangement with Degan, as she is a Seneca Indian whom he’d met during his medical work following the Civil War."
(See more of Barbara Bamberger Scott's review at Amazon.com)
Rebecca Hope was A Woman’s Write 2016 Grand Prize Winner. We wrote this about her NEWLY PUBLISHED book, SILKEN STRANDS. More detail can be found on Amazon and other websites: One man's utopia is a young woman's worst nightmare. Seventeen-year-old Millie Langston lives in a nineteenth century American “utopia” where girls usually become communal wives at age thirteen, but she has somehow been passed over. Now that she’s old enough to know she wants a romance with just one man, she balks at her impending “marriage.”
Ruthie Stevens is a participant in the A Woman's Write competition who used our help and advice for her newly published novel, You Can't Blame the Flower, portraying danger, drunken delights, and love – romantic, friendly and just plain sexy – all arrayed in a rich tapestry of Covid complexities, corporate scheming, and a bright young woman’s craving for true affection.
THE ECLIPSE DANCER
Author Laura Koerber sent an entry to the 2019 A Woman's Write competition, along with a copy of THE ECLIPSE DANCER for our review. In this magically real novel, a sixty-something female examines her life and her heritage as a mixed species creature – half human, half fairy. Andy is sixty-five, still living in the central Iowa farm region where she was born, and still with her mother, Cindy, who is slowly perishing from cancer, dementia and the lack of the booze she loved so well. Andy’s days would be tough but for her love of nature and her prodigious memory of past events...(Full review by Barbara Bamberger Scott on Amazon and Good Reads.)
WOMEN RISE UP
WOMEN RISE UP is a new book by women's justice advocate Katey Zeh. It offers new perspectives on Biblical women, showing the rebellion and strength behind their actions, and correcting the sexist interpretations given by male scholars, even popes, over the ages. Lively, conversational, highly intelligent look at scripture from a strong female viewpoint. (Full review by Barbara Bamberger Scott appears on Amazon, Good Reads, and Book Reporter.)
Averil Drummond of Australia won an AWW Honorable Mention Prize in 2015. Here is her award-winning book, GLOAM, newly published, a vibrant fantasy combining intrigue, romance, and a serious look at global warming. You'll love reading it. We promise.