BOB Contest

ANWA BOB Contest

Every year, ANWA hosts a Beginning of Book (BOB) Contest for all in-person and online ANWA Conference attendees, published or unpublished. Participants enter the first 500 words of a manuscript. All entries must be original and not previously accepted for publication or production at the time of submission. *Ineligible: All 2021 ANWA conference committee members, 2021 ANWA conference instructors and agented authors are ineligible to submit an entry for the BOB contest.  Registration for the BOB Contest is a separate event and NOT included on the conference registration form.



  • Middle Grade

  • Young Adult General Fiction

  • Young Adult Fantasy (Historical Fantasy / High Fantasy / Urban Fantasy)

  • Young Adult Speculative (Magical Realism / Sci-fi / Dystopia)

  • Adult Speculative (Fantasy / Sci-fi / Dystopia)

  • Romance (Contemporary / Historical)

  • Mystery / Suspense

  • Fiction / Historical Fiction

  • Nonfiction / Memoir

Who may enter


  • All writers registered for the ANWA 2021 Writers Conference, published and unpublished, may enter. *Ineligible: All 2021 ANWA conference committee members, conference instructors, and agented authors are ineligible to submit an entry for the BOB contest.

  • All entries must be original and not previously accepted for publication or production at the time of submission.

  • The conference committee members responsible for BOB are required to maintain anonymity of the judges and the competitors.



  • Prizes will be awarded at the 2021 ANWA Conference on Friday, September 10, 2021.

  • All entries will receive critiques from three separate judges and emailed directly to the contestants within two weeks of the conclusion of the ANWA Writers Conference.

  • First, Second and Third place winners receive a cash prize.

  • All first place prize winners are entered into the grand prize contest.

  • Grand prize for 2021 to be determined. (Past prizes have included complete manuscript editing packages by Eshler Editing, cash, the following year’s conference registration, in addition to get-out-of-the-slush pile invitations from publishers and agents.)

  • Mystery Prizes (donations by sponsors and generous community members).

How to enter

  • You must register for the in-person or online conference before you enter the BOB Contest.

  • All entries due by Midnight on Sunday, July 11, 2021 (MST/AZ time).

  • Email entries to:

  • You will receive a personal response once your entry has been logged by those mananging the BOB Contest.

  • Submit the first 500 words ONLY.

  • Submit your BOB entry as an e-mail attachment, .doc or .docx format.

  • Style Guide: Times New Roman, 12pt, and double spaced.

  • Entries not submitted correctly before the deadline will lose points or may be disqualified.

  • The subject of your email should include: Your name, TITLE of your work (in all caps), and Contest Category (Genre.) Example entry: Annie Anwa, THE BEST MANUSCRIPT EVER, Young Adult Fantasy (Urban Fantasy).

  • Your document should be submitted and saved with the TITLE (in all caps), and Genre.

  • Please remove any mention of your name from the actual manuscript portion of the attachment.

  • *OPTIONAL* Once you’ve submitted your entry, let everyone know by saving one or more of the buttons below and posting to your social media!

  • Note: The same submission cannot be entered into multiple genre categories in a single contest year. However, you are welcome to enter more than one submission into the contest.

Terms & Conditions


  • Conference Committee reserves the right to disqualify any entry it believes contains obscene, offensive, or inappropriate content.

  • Conference Committee reserves the right to combine categories due to insufficient numbers of entries or split categories due to a high volume of entries.

  • This is a double blind contest, where the authors don’t know the judges names and the judges don’t know the authors names.

  • Entrants must be current on-line or in-person conference attendees to place and receive prizes.

  • Entrants who cancel their conference registration after the submission deadline will still receive critiques, but will be ineligible to place.