*Please note that failure to comply with any of the rules will disqualify the entry, resulting in a forfeit of the entry fee.

*Entry date was changed from September 1, 2017,  to October 1, 2017, due to the massive flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. We thank you for your understanding. Deadline to enter The 2018 Emily Contest is midnight, November 2, 2017.


  All manuscripts must be the author's original work

  Unpublished authors may enter manuscripts in any category.

  Published authors may enter any category in which they have not been contracted in the past three years in any novel-length work of fiction (40,000 + words or more in any format, including but not limited to e-book, mass market, etc.).

  Published refers to both traditionally and self-published manuscripts.

  The contest is open to RWA and non-RWA members.

  Entrants may enter as many manuscripts as they wish; however, each manuscript may be entered in only one category.

Contest Rules

  Entries will be accepted beginning October 1, 2017.

  All entries must be received by midnight (Central Time) November 2, 2017.

  A total of 200 entries will be accepted for the contest. The contest will close early if the maximum number of 200 entries are received before November 2, 2017.

  Entries may be submitted electronically as a DOC or DOCX (MS Word) or RTF file.

  Each submission should consist of one (1) copy of up to the first 5600 words of a manuscript.

  A separate electronic entry form must be submitted for each submission.

  The document title must be the title of the manuscript only.

  Please do not send a synopsis.

  By submitting to The Emily Contest you are giving consent to West Houston RWA to use your name (or chosen pen name) on social media,
including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, and our website.


  $25.00 (US Funds) for WHRWA members. Payment will be accepted via PayPal.

  $35.00 (US Funds) for non-members. Payment will be accepted via PayPal.


Entries must adhere to the following formatting standards:

♥  Times New Roman font only

  12 point font size

  1” margins

  Double spaced

  Header must include title, category, and page number


Judging & Scoring

♥  There will be two rounds of judging in the Emily Contest.

  During the first round, each entry will be scored by three judges, at least one of whom is a published author.

  Each entry will be scored out of a possible 100 points. The lowest score will be dropped. The two remaining scores will be added together for the First Round Combined Score.

♥   The three highest First Round Combined Score entries in each category will advance to the Final Round.

  Finalists will be notified on or around January 15, 2018. First Round score sheets and manuscripts will be returned at this time

  Final Round judges will consist of one editor and one agent.

  Final Round judges will rank each finalist from 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest score.

  All category finalists will move on to the Best of the Best category, which will be judged by an industry professional

  The Best of the Best winner will receive a grand prize of $100.


Questions: Email the Emily Chair via the Contact Form or at emily.contest@whrwa.com