James River Writers Unpublished Novel Contest

The Best Unpublished Novel Contest is a partnership between James River Writers and Richmond magazine.

The contest is open for submissions January 1 through March 31, 2017. Submissions are now closed.

Contest Overview

Writers may submit the first 50 pages of a previously unsubmitted novel and the $25 entry fee.

The first-prize winner receives $500, publication of an excerpt in the September issue of Richmond magazine, a ticket to the annual James River Writers Conference, and feedback on the manuscript. Two finalists each receive $200.