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2021 MWA Writers’ Novel Contest: “Keeping it short”

Calling all MWA Novelists. If you have published (or will publish) a book between October 1, 2017- December 31, 2020 we welcome you to enter our Novel competition. MWA Members can submit up to 10 pages of their finished work in one of five categories:

  • Romance / Historical
  • Mystery / Suspense / Thriller / Action / Adventure
  • Science Fiction / Fantasy / Speculative
  • Main Stream / Literary Fiction
  • Young Adult

The top winners in each of the five categories will receive a cash prize of $100 and will be acknowledged at the annual Maryland Writers’ Association meeting taking place June, 2021. Critiques of submissions will not be provided.

How to Enter

Check out the Contest Page for more details. If you are an MWA member click here to submit your work . If you have any questions, please email [email protected] 


The Contest closes January 31, 2021.

The Judges

Charlie N. Holmberg is the award-winning author of the Numina series, The Fifth Doll, and many others. Her Wall Street Journal Bestselling Paper Magician series, which includes The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician, and The Master Magician, has been optioned by the Walt Disney Company. Charlie’s stand-alone novel, Followed by Frost, was nominated for a 2016 RITA Award for Best Young Adult Romance. Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters, who also have boy names. She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and finally adopted a dog. She currently lives with her family in Utah. Visit her at

Angela Johnson has a love of literature and all things Regency. Her debut novel The Earl of Arundel released in June 2020.Angela received a BS in English from Utah Valley University, a MPC, master of Professional Communications from Weber State University, an MA in publishing and is working on an MFA in creative writing at Western Colorado University. Traveling and reading are favorite pastimes and help her form ideas for writing. As a native of Utah, Angela loves the mountains and despises snow. Visit her at

Kate Surles is a Young Adult fiction writer from Accokeek, Maryland. She obtained her Bachelor’s in English from Towson University and went on to earn her Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University. Her poems have appeared in both Connections Magazine and Grub Street Magazine under the pseudonym “Margo Fitch.” She teaches English at the College of Southern Maryland by day and is a cat mom of four by night.

LaTonya T. Holland is an educator, mentor and counselor.  She currently serves as an Adjunct College Professor at the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata, and at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, MD where she teaches Speech Communication and Developmental English courses.  She has also taught Basic English at The Academy of Hope in Washington, DC to assist adults with completing their high school diploma; and has worked as an English teacher and tutor online for kids in China to assist them with learning English.  

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