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OWC Writing Contest

The 2021 OWC Writing Contest is focused on mysteries this year. We look forward to reading the first 10 pages of your mystery novel!

Submissions will be accepted from Dec 16, 2020 through Jan 31, 2021 at midnight PST.


1st prize - A 5 day stay at Colonyhouse or a virtual mentorship session with published author.

2nd prize - A virtual mentorship session with a published mystery writer.

3rd prize - A full critique of your submission by a published author.

Honorable mention - 1 year OWC membership.

Submission rules:

Original, unpublished, 10 pages of your mystery novel. Double-spaced, indented paragraphs, 12 pt Times New Roman or similar.

  • No separate title page.
  • Title, word count and category on first page of manuscript.
  • NO author name anywhere on manuscript.
We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.