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The Phoenix Rattler Writing Contest!

The 2012 Phoenix Rattler Writing Contest

Opens August 18th thru September 1st 2012



Sponsored by Christian Writers of the West (CWOW)

Arizona affiliate of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW)

CATEGORIES (Note: the Rattler categories have been expanded to match the Genesis contest)

  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Contemporary Romance
  • Historical Fiction
  • Historical Romance
  • Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Women’s Fiction
  • Speculative Fiction
  • Young Adult

FINAL-ROUND JUDGES to be announced


ENTRIES: 10 pages plus 100-word synopsis; required synopsis does not count in page total; formatting guidelines and contest rules available on contest website.


REWARDS:  The opportunity for your entry to be read by published authors in the preliminary round and prominent agents and editors as a category finalist.  Finalists and winners receive contest award certificate and are featured on our website.

GRAND PRIZE:             2013 ACFW Conference ‘paid’ registration (member’s fee)

                                          minimum of 150 entries required to award the grand prize

CATEGORY PRIZE:    $25 for each Category Winner


ELIGIBILITY: The 2012 Phoenix Rattler “Does Your Story Have Bite?” writing contest is open to all unpublished novelists. Published authors may enter if at least five years have passed since their last novel publication. Self-published and e-published manuscripts okay, if not printed or for sale in last five years.


FEE: $25 fee (PayPal)

ENTRIES DUE: Aug 18th-Sept 1st, 2012 (email only)         WINNER ANNOUNCED:  Jan 5th, 2013

Watch for details and entry forms:


General questions, contact:

CWOW President, Betty Springer bettyaspringer@gmail.com


About Avily Jerome

Avily Jerome is a writer and the editor of Havok Magazine. Her short stories have been published in various magazines, both print and digital. She has judged several writing contests and is a writing conference teacher and presenter. She writes speculative fiction, her ideas ranging from almost-real-world action/adventures to epic fantasies to supernatural thrillers.

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