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Top of the Mountain Book Award

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Two Categories:

Fiction & Creative/Narrative Nonfiction

Dates of submission: September 15, 2014 to February 1, 2015

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PRIZE: $1,000

Finalists will be announced and notified on or around March 1, 2015 and the winners will be announced in March 27, 2015 during dinner at the NCW 10th Anniversary Writers Conference. Attendance at the conference is not required.

First Place: Framed certificate and $1,000 

Finalists: Certificate

*Please read guidelines carefully and thoroughly; some rules have changed. Failure to properly submit entry per guidelines may result in disqualification and your entry fee will be forfeited.*

*Manuscripts cannot be print form (or e-published) during submission dates. Should it be published in any form during submission dates, please contact us via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know. Your submission will not be considered and you'll be refunded your entry fee. If your manuscript is found to be published, your entry fee will not be refunded and your manuscript will not be considered.*

FICTION GUIDELINES

CREATIVE NONFICTION GUIDELINES

FICTION GUIDELINES

Submission Steps

  1. Read and follow Submission Guidelines (Print off and use as checklist)

  2.  Format manuscript correctly (Read Submission Guidelines CAREFULLY)

  3. Email submission to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.?subject=TOM:">TOM@northerncoloradowriters.com

  4. Pay entry fee: Fiction 

Manuscript Title

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Fiction

  • The contest is open to unpublished novel-length fiction of any genre. (MS does not need to be completed, but estimated word count for the finished novel should be 65,000 words or more.)
  • Authors may be previously published, as long as the submission is an unpublished work (self-published counts as published). 
  • Submissions must be author’s original work
  • Submission must include a three-page double-spaced synopsis and the first twenty pages of the manuscript.
  • Submission must be sent electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In one email attach two separate documents: 
    1.) Cover page: Author’s name, book title, genre, and email address. (Inclusion of author name on the manuscript will result in disqualification. Document must be saved as: [TITLE] Cover Page
    2.) First 20 pages and the synopsis together in second document; manuscript must be first, then synopsis. Document must be saved as: [TITLE] 
  • Manuscript must be formatted per standard industry guidelines:
    • Font: Times New Roman, 12 pt, black ink only.
    • 1-inch margins all around. Ragged right margins.
    • Double spaced.
    • The first page of each chapter must begin one-third of the way down the page.
    • Header: Title and genre on left, page number on right.
    • Note: Do not end manuscript submission with an unfinished sentence.
    • Failure to properly format may result in disqualification. 
  • Submissions must be in English.
  • Fee for entry is $25. Authors may submit multiple entries, but each must include entry fee.
  • Important: Once a manuscript is submitted, you cannot send a revised or “new version” to replace original submission. You may withdraw your submission, but you will forfeit your entry fee and will be required to pay another entry fee should you resubmit. Please read instructions carefully and thoroughly before submitting.
  • Authors need not attend conference to win.
  • Judges are experienced critiquers and authors. Each entry will be evaluated by 2-3 judges, using a standardized score sheet. Judges' decisions are final.
  • Entrants will receive at least one critique/score sheet with comments from initial screening team
  • Finalists will be notified by email or telephone on or around March 1, 2015.

Helpful Links

Judging criteria: (on a scale of 1-10, 100 points possible)

  • Synopsis, including plot and character arcs
  • Beginning hook – how well does the story grab the reader?
  • Plot, pacing, and sense of story
  • Originality and voice
  • Setting/description/narrative
  • POV–is it clear, appropriate to the story, and consistent?
  • Dialogue
  • Mechanics -- spelling, punctuation, grammar
  • Placement in correct genre
  • Correct formatting


CREATIVE/NARRATIVE NONFICTION GUIDELINES

Examples of creative/narrative nonfiction: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert; Blood Diamonds by Greg Campbell; In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (Memoir, history, biography, etc.)

Submission Steps

  1. Read and follow Submission Guidelines (Print off and use as checklist)

  2. Format manuscript correctly (Read Submission Guidelines CAREFULLY)

  3. Email submission to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  4. Pay entry fee: Narrative Nonfiction 

Manuscript Title


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Narrative Nonfiction

 

  • The contest is open to unpublished book-length creative/narrative nonfiction. (MS does not need to be completed, but estimated word count for the finished novel should be 65,000 words or more.)
  • Authors may be previously published, as long as the submission is an unpublished work
  • Submissions must be author’s original work
  • Submission must include a three-page double-spaced synopsis OR book proposal and the first twenty pages of the manuscript.
  • Submission must be sent electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In one email, attach two separate documents:
    1.) Cover page: Author’s name, book title, category, and email address. (Inclusion of author name on the manuscript will result in disqualification). Document must be saved as: [TITLE] Cover Page
    2.) First 20 pages and the synopsis or book proposal together in second document; manuscript must be first, followed by synopsis or proposal. Document must be saved as: [TITLE]
  • Manuscript must be formatted per standard industry guidelines:
    • Font: Times New Roman, 12 pt, black ink only.
    • 1-inch margins all around. Ragged right margins.
    • Double spaced.
    • The first page of each chapter must begin one-third of the way down the page.
    • Header: Title and genre on left, page number on right.
    • Note: Do not end submission with an unfinished sentence.
    • Failure to properly format will result in disqualification.
  • Submissions must be in English.
  • Fee for entry is $25. Authors may submit multiple entries, but each must include entry fee.
  • Important: Once a manuscript is submitted, you cannot send a revised or “new version” to replace original submission. You may withdraw your submission, but you will forfeit your entry fee and will be required to pay another entry fee should you resubmit. Please read instructions carefully and thoroughly before submitting.
  • Authors need not attend conference to win.
  • Judges are experienced critiquers and authors. Each entry will be evaluated by 2-3 judges, using a standardized score sheet. Judges' decisions are final.
  • Entrants will received at least one critique/score sheet with comments from initial screening team
  • Finalists will be notified by email or telephone on or around March 1, 2015.

Helpful Links

Judging criteria: (on a scale of 1-10, 100 points possible)

    • Synopsis/book proposal: Does it give a clear overview of the book and its marketability
    • Voice: Is it strong and consistent? Does author have a clear sense of their own writing style
    • Pacing and sense of story/narrative
    • Originality: How is it different from other nonfiction of similar subject matter?
    • Setting/description/narrative
    • Is the message or theme clear and consistent?
    • Dialogue
    • Mechanics -- spelling, punctuation, grammar
    • Appeal to intended audience?
    • Correct formatting

 

 

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