Important Dates


Important Dates*


December 1, 2016: The contest will open for entries at 12:01 am EST.


January 31, 2017: Entries must be received in their entirety by 11:59 pm EST.


First week of February: Entries sent to preliminary round judges.


March 15, 2017: – Preliminary judging deadline.


March 31, 2017: Deadline for third judge.


Early April: Category finalists notified and given ONE WEEK to make revisions.


Mid-April: Category finalists’ entries sent to agents and editors.


May 15, 2017: Deadline for agents and editors.


Mid-May: Final Round winners announced in each category and entries forwarded to published authors for critique.


July 1, 2017: Deadline for published authors critique. At this time, entries will be sent back to entrants for further revision.


July 15, 2017: Deadline for revised entries. Final Round winners’ entries are sent to Kristin Nelson for the Gold Ticket Round.


September 1, 2017: Gold Ticket winner and runner-up are announced and entries are sent to Mentors.


Note: Judging deadlines and results announcements are subject to change.



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