OCWW Manuscript and Contest Guidelines

One of the outstanding benefits to being an OCWW member is the opportunity to have your work critiqued by some of our highly qualified speakers. To check if a speaker is accepting manuscripts please scroll down to the list below. 

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Manuscript Critiques and Contests are for 2021-2022 OCWW members only

Contests are Free to Enter!

For all Speakers, unless otherwise indicated. Manuscripts and Contest Submissions should be sent as an attachment to email: ocww.info@gmail.com. Please make the email subject OCWW Manuscript. Manuscripts and Contest Submissions should be in Word, double spaced, Times New Roman 12 point font with one inch margins, pages numbered, with name and email on the front or in the header. They should be received and paid for by the deadline found in the list posted below. Your manuscript critique will be returned by email the evening before or the day of the speaker’s session, with the exception of Fred Shafer, who will return manuscripts by September 23. If you haven't received confirmation of receipt of your contest entry within 24 hours please email us at ocww.info@gmail.com.  Contest winners will be announced at the session (of the judge). 

  PLEASE NOTE: Different speakers may have additional requirements or guidelines for manuscript submission. See the list  below for complete details.

3.  Mandatory $10 Speaker Session Fees for Critique and Contests:

In addition to the manuscript critique fee, a single $10 session fee is required to submit a manuscript for an OCWW speaker’s critique. This $10 fee pays for the attendance of the session; this fee is due even if the member does not attend the speaker’s session. 

4.  Speaker’s Critique Fee:

 $3 per page, with a 20 page maximum. *Please note there is a $15 minimum (even if you submit less that 5 pages) *

5.  How to Pay for Your Critique:

ยท       Once your manuscript is received, you will be sent an invoice to allow for quick and easy online payment. Manuscripts cannot be passed on to the speaker without advance payment. Please contact ocww.info@gmail.com if you haven't received your invoice within 24 hours of submission. 

All OCWW Contests are member only and FREE to enter! 

Manuscripts, Speakers and Deadlines:

Manuscripts                         Speaker                                             Due Date


All genre                                  Fred Shafer                                        September 2

For all ages                              Fred Shafer                                        September 9

Prose any genre                      Samantha MacLeod                             October 6 

First 20 pg of novel                Susan Scarf Merrell                             Accepting first 5 submissions

No line editing                                                                                    October 27

Sole purpose to 

ID core question

Prose any genre                      Ian Belknap                                        December 15 `                       `           

Prose                                         Michael Zapata                                  Accepting first 2 submissions

                                                                                                        January 20

Poetry and Prose                    John McCarthy                                    March 9

Query Letter                           Rick Kaempfer and David Stern             March 23

First 10 pages                                                

Prose                                      Joseph Scapellato                              March 30

Prose                                       Goldie Goldbloom                               Accepting first 2 submissions 

April 6

Prose                                      Jennifer Solheim                                April 27

Contests, Judges, and Due Dates: 

Best Sex Scene Contest              Samantha MacLeod            September 29

5 page maximum

Children’s Lit Contest           Alice B. McGinty                   November 18

Through Middle Grade

5 page maximum

High Drama Scene Contest  Mary Ruth Clarke                 December 23

6 page maximum.

Please see session info

for specifics 

Flash Contest          Kathleen Rooney                  April 13

500 word limit

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