A Thou$and Reasons to Write: AWwYP Second Annual Literary Award

A Word with You Press announces our Second Annual

Literary Excellence Award

A Thou$and Reasons to Write


Demand our attention! With just your first 1,000 words, pull us in, and don’t let go. The guillotine falls exactly at 1,000 words so make each word matter. (Title and author-identification excluded from the word-count.)

Open to all unpublished manuscripts or works-in-progress of fiction in any genre, including memoirs, short stories, poetry, or screenplay. The entry that most inspires us to read further wins $1,000, a plaque commemorating your achievement, and a complimentary professional overview of your manuscript, normally offered at $2 per page. Oh…and bragging rights!

Send your best to thorn@awordwithyoupress.com as a separate Word attachment.

We’ll post each entry on our website and include a synopsis and author bio. This is a great way to build your platform, and winning will up your chances of snagging an agent or publisher.

Submissions will be posted as we receive them, and the contest closes November 1st. All submissions will be posted by November 15th, and the winner announced on Thanksgiving!  Cash prize delivered via Paypal by December 1st.

Entry fee is 25 bucks. Send no money now; we’ll bill you after we post your entry. If you order Fire in the Belly: How to write your novel with Purpose and Passion for 4.98  on Amazon and post an honest review ( buy here ), we’ll reduce the entry fee to $15. Simply write any sentence from deep in the book on the top of your submission to have the discount apply.

We hope that by sharing your work you’ll inspire others to do the same, helping us expand a vibrant community of writers. Limit synopsis to about 100 words, same with the bio.  Include a jpg of your handsome/beautiful face if you’d like to share it.

Publishing rights:  By submitting your work, you are giving AWwYP the right to publish your work on this site and one-time rights in hard copy and/or eBook, after which all rights revert back to the author.  We reserve the right not to publish anything that is sent to us.


  • MS Word compatible (.doc or .rtf; please do NOT use docx, as some of our editors do not use Word for PC)
  • Double-spaced
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Title, and author at the top (will be displayed if published)
  • Author email and contact info (will not display)
  • Optional: link to your website and a request to post the link at the end of your story.




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