Seven Hills Literary Contest and Penumbra Poetry and Haiku Contest

The Seven Hills Literary Contest is in its twenty-first year. Penumbra is in its twenty-ninth year. Winners are published in the Seven Hills Review the following year, usually before the end of February. 

All judging is blind by professional, published authors.

Seven Hills Literary Contest Rules (Prose entries)
Deadline: August 31,2017 (Midnight)

1. Contest does not accept work previously published or having received awards in other competitions. Notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

2. DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS ON THE MANUSCRIPTS YOU UPLOAD. Remember to remove your name from headers. Names or identifying information will disqualify your manuscript.

3. Entries exceeding maximum word counts are disqualified.

4. Format all manuscripts in 12 point type, Times Roman font with 1 inch margins. Optional header information: Title and (page) of (pages)

5. The cover letter is not a necessity. IF your submission is selected for publication, we will need a 250-300 word bio. NOT a listing of your prior winners or publications.

• $100 first place winners, $75 second, and $50 third
• Plus publication in the Seven Hills Review and one complimentary copy


Contest Categories

All categories; No adult only content. Adult content submissions will be rejected.  Remember, judging is blind. Author's name posted in the document will be a cause for rejection.

  • Short Story: 3,000 word maximum, any genre.
  • NEW THIS YEAR – Graphic Short Story. 8 page maximum. Grey scale only, color entries will not be accepted. Any number of panels per page as long as they fit the 8 page maximum. Landscape or portrait layouts ok. Formats available are png, eps, jpg, pdf. All final page images should be minimum 300 dpi with 5.25” x 8.5” maximum image size (no double truck layouts, no gutter bleeds).
  • Creative Nonfiction: 2,500 word maximum. Submissions in this genre could include (but are not limited to) memoir, food or travel writing, personal essays, new journalism, biography, nonfiction stories, and nature writing. The emphasis in creative nonfiction is on factually true yet elegant literary expression.
  • Children's Picture Books: 1,500 words, no pictures, text only.
  • Young Adult Novel: Submit a 3,000 word (maximum) excerpt of a young adult novel's first pages plus a 100 word (or less) synopsis that is included at  the beginning of the document. 
  • Adult Novel Excerpt: Submit a 3,000 word (maximum) excerpt of a an adult novel's first pages. Any genre. Please add a 150 word (or less) plot synopsis at  the beginning of the document.
  • Flash Fiction: 500 word maximum, any genre.

Penumbra Poetry Contest

Deadline: August 31, 2017, 2017 (Midnight)

PLEASE DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS ON THE MANUSCRIPTS YOU UPLOAD. Remember to remove your name from headers. Names or identifying information will disqualify your entry.

All submissions will be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically, and not  accepted for publication elsewhere.

There is no limit to the number of entries. All skill levels welcome.

Up to 50 lines, any style or subject; line length may be edited to fit 6x9 publication format.
Prizes: $100, $75, $50; Winners and honorable mentions, if any, are published in the Seven Hills Review and mailed a complimentary copy.


Penumbra Poetry Entries:
1. All submissions will be electronically submitted, through submittable.com, formatted for 8½ x 11 paper, black Times-New Roman font 12-point, single-spaced with no identifying names or marks, including, but not limited to, illustrations and borders. No audio or video will be accepted. No website insertions. One submission per page as a separate attachment.
2. Each poem will be submitted as a separate attachment. Submission fee: $8 non-members, $6 TWA members with paid dues per poem.
3. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in disqualification.

4. The cover letter is not a necessity. If you include one, a two or three sentence biography is suggested.

Judging: Judges are published, recognized poets.

Haiku Contest

Deadline: August 31, 2017

 PLEASE DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS ON THE MANUSCRIPTS YOU UPLOAD. Remember to remove your name from headers. Names or identifying information disqualify your manuscript.

All submissions will be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically, not under consideration or accepted for publication.
There is no limit to the number of entries. All skill levels welcome.

3-line haiku need not conform to strict syllable count.
Prizes: $50, $35, $20.

Winners and honorable mentions, if any, are published in the Seven Hills Review and mailed a complimentary copy.


Entries:
1. All submissions will be electronically submitted, through submittable.com, formatted for 8½ x 11 paper, black Times-New Roman font 12-point, single-spaced with no identifying names or marks, including, but not limited to, illustrations and borders. No audio or video will be accepted. No website insertions. One submission per page as a separate attachment.
2. Each haiku will be submitted as a separate attachment. Submission fee: $6 nonmembers; $4 TWA members with paid dues per haiku.
3. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in disqualification.

Judging: Judges are published, recognized haiku experts.


Winners of all contests will be notified and posted on the TWA website by December 2017. https://www.twaonline.org

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Ends on August 31, 2017$15.00 - 20.00
$15.00 - 20.00

# Creative Nonfiction 2,500 word maximum. Submissions in this genre could include (but are not limited to) memoir, food or travel writing, personal essays, new journalism, biography, nonfiction stories, and nature writing. The emphasis in creative nonfiction is on factually true yet elegant literary expression. No Illustration's or photographs, 12Pt. Times New Roman, 1.5 to 2x Spaced

Ends on August 31, 2017$15.00 - 20.00
$15.00 - 20.00

Submit a 3,000 word excerpt of first chapter of an adult novel, any genre, plus a 100 word (or less) synopsis. The synopsis should state the genre (horror, historical, romance, etc.) to the judges have an idea what the writer wants to achieve. 12Pt. Times New Roman, 1.5 to 2x Spaced

Ends on August 31, 2017$15.00 - 20.00
$15.00 - 20.00
Submit a 3,000 word (maximum) excerpt of a young adult novel (first pages please) plus a 100 word (or less) synopsis. The synopsis should state the genre (horror, historical, romance, etc.) so the judges have an idea what the writer wants to achieve.  The typical Y/A novel is written for ages ranging from fifteen years up to the age of twenty-four and features a teen or young adult protagonist. Judging is blind. 12Pt. Times New Roman, 1.5 to 2x Spaced. 
Ends on August 31, 2017$12.00 - 15.00
$12.00 - 15.00

 Flash Fiction 500 word maximum, any genre. 12Pt. Times New Roman, 1.5 to 2x Spaced

Ends on August 31, 2017$15.00 - 20.00
$15.00 - 20.00

Short Story 3,000 word maximum, any genre. P12Pt. Times New Roman, 1.5 to 2x Spaced

Ends on August 31, 2017$20.00 - 25.00
$20.00 - 25.00
This is a new category for Seven Hills and has us excited at the prospects. Your submission will be limited to eight pages. The finished page size is 6x9, so plan accordingly. We may go full bleed next year depending on our first year's results. Printing will be in black and white on conventional bond, so either work in grays, or prepare your pdf in gray scale. There is no limit to the number of panels, layout, portrait or landscape. We don't want to limit your graphic styles. Excerpts must include the first eight pages. Graphic content must reproduce at a minimum resolution of 300dpi at full scale. No Adult Only themes! No gutters, no double trucks.
Ends on August 31, 2017$8.00 - 10.00
$8.00 - 10.00

There is no limit to the number of entries. All skill levels welcome.

Up to 50 lines, any style or subject; line length may be edited to fit 6x9 publication format.



Ends on August 31, 2017$5.00 - 8.00
$5.00 - 8.00


Three-line poem. Strict syllable count not required.

Multiple entries encouraged, but each is a separate submission

   

Ends on August 31, 2017$15.00 - 17.00
$15.00 - 17.00

Children’s Chapter Books or short stories are targeted toward children ages 6-12.  If geared toward the 6-8 age range, the pieces should use simple vocabulary that the child could read with some assistance from parents.  If geared from 9-12, children should be able to read the material on their own.  Submit a 2,500 word (maximum) excerpt plus a 100 word (or less) synopsis. No illustrations. Judging is blind. Indicate the target age range.