The 2016 Cascade Writing Contest Opens Valentine’s Day
by Julie McDonald Zander, Co-Chair of the Cascade Writing Contest
“When I heard the first few words of my novel being read, I instantly doubled over, teary-eyed and shaking,” said Becky Cuadra George, whose unpublished novel won the 2015 Contemporary Fiction Award. “Thirteen years and counting on that manuscript, but now there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. And it was so wonderful to meet my fellow authors and friends in person! What a wonderful night.”
That elation could be yours. The 2016 Cascade Writing Contest is open to published (in 2015) and unpublished writers in multiple genres. It’s a great way to gain attention for your writing and get valuable insights as you edit your work or launch into your next book project.
Winning the Cascade Award, or even placing as a finalist, can open doors to booksellers, agents, and editors.
Awards will be presented at the OCW summer conference the evening of Wednesday August 17. Winners will receive a Cascade Awards certificate and lapel pin.
We are thankful for the many preliminary and finals judges who encourage writers through the Cascade Contest. Our finals judges include: Sally Apokedak (Les Stobbe Literary), Kim Bangs (Bethany/Chosen), Robyn Burwell (Zonderkidz/Blink, brands of HarperCollins), Alice Crider (David C. Cook), Lonnie Hull DuPont (Revell, a division of Baker Books), Joanna Echols (Focus on the Family), Nick Harrison (WordServe Literary), Bill Jensen (William K Jensen Literary), Terri Kalfas (Grace Publishing), Susan King (The Upper Room), Sherri Langton (Bible Advocate), Chad McComas (The Christian Journal), Paul Smith (LIVE), Tamela Hancock Murray (The Steve Laube Agency).
The published book entry fee is $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers. The fee for all other entries is $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers.
See the OCW website for Contest Rules and Scoring Elements, and start polishing your entries! Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.