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Top of the Mountain Book Award


Two Categories: Fiction & Creative/Narrative Nonfiction

Dates of submission: October 21, 2013 to February 1, 2014


PRIZE: $1,000

Finalists will be announced and notified on or around March 1, 2014 and the winners will be announced on March 28, 2014 during dinner at the NCW 9th Annual Writers Conference. Attendance at the conference is not required.


FIRST PLACE: Chuck Harrelson, The Rax


Jerry Eckert, Fire in the Grass

Anne Randolph, The Sweet Not Enough

Colleen M. Story- Idaho Falls, ID - The Beached Ones

Barbara Bamberger Scott- Mount Airy, NC - Cante Hondo


PLEASE NOTE: Due to lack of entries, there will not be a nonfiction award.

Thank you to all who entered!


Submissions are now closed for this year's award, but will reopen for the 2015 award on September 15, 2014. Check back for full contest rules. Thanks to all who entered and good luck!

Read more: Top of the Mountain Book Award

2014 Writing Contests

NCW hosts three writing contests each year in Short Fiction, Personal Essay, and Poetry. Winners receive prize money and their winning entries are published in the annual Pooled Ink anthology. 

Pooled Ink: Celebrating the 2013 NCW Contest Winners is now available!

Get your copy on Amazon.com or buy directly from our e-store: https://www.createspace.com/4509333


Contest Categories

NOW OPEN: Poetry  
DEADLINE: September 30, 2014
Poems can be in any style, up to 250 lines. Submit up to three poems per entry fee in this category (see submission formatting instructions below). The final judge for poetry is Lisa Zimmerman

Read more: 2014 Writing Contests

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