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.