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Unleash Work-in-Progress (WIP) Award 2024 

We aim to assist writers in the completion of an important literary project and vision. The Unleash WIP Award offers writers support in the amount of $500 to supplement costs to aid in the completion of a book-length work of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Writers will receive editorial feedback, coaching meetings, and an excerpt/interview feature in Unleash Lit

This contest is designed to support writers who are just starting or who have been toiling away but need a little boost to keep going.

The Unleash Board of Directors will select the winner and provide individual support and mentorship. 

“This contest is designed to support an artist with a clear vision who would benefit from mentorship and support to finish a writing project.”  –Jen Knox, Executive Director, Unleash

​Guidelines: 

Submit up to the first 25 pages of your WIP (.doc, .docx) and answers to the following questions in the same document:

  • Who are you as a creative person, and what is your creative vision? (No CV or resumes here)
  • Who is your intended audience for this project, and why?

​Entries will be judged on originality, emotional resonance, and the author’s vision of the work they'd like to create. Please keep your name off all attachments. Share who you are as a creative, without disclosing your name. 

  • Submissions will be accepted until July 15, 2024.
  • There are no refunds if you withdraw a submission.
  • Multiple submissions may be submitted as separate applications.
  • Please leave all identifying information off of the manuscript.
  • The maximum length of a sample from your manuscript is 25 pages double-spaced.
  • Genres accepted include fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and experimental/hybrid.
  • If guidelines are not followed, the manuscript will be automatically rejected (e.g., including identifying information on the manuscript).
  • Previously self-published works are accepted.
  • Previously traditionally published works are only accepted if the author received little to no support.

We abide by the CLMP Code of Ethics and pledge 

  • to conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors;
  • to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—define conflict of interest for all parties involved, and
  • to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. Namely, submissions are read without identifying information (see guidelines). All manuscripts are evaluated by at least two raters/readers.
     
$30.00

$1,000 advance and an optional/standard contract from Unleash Press for one winning manuscript. 

Finalists will be considered for publication. Novels, poetry collections, short story collections, and creative nonfiction manuscripts are accepted. Full-length, completed manuscripts only. Reprints are welcome so long as the author maintains full rights.

  • Early submissions (before July 1) are $30.
  • Submissions after July 1 are $35.

 Guidelines (please read before submitting):

  • Submissions will be accepted until December 1, 2024. 
  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if you wish to withdraw it from consideration.
  • Multiple submissions are accepted. Please submit each manuscript separately.
  • There are no refunds if you withdraw a submission.
  • Please include a cover letter with a summary. Your name and contact information may appear in the cover letter area. 
  • Please leave all identifying information off the manuscript as the first round of reading is blind.
  • The minimum length of a manuscript is 30,000 words for prose or 70 pages for poetry.
  • Genres accepted include fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and experimental/hybrid. 
  • If guidelines are not followed, the manuscript will be automatically rejected (e.g., including identifying information on the manuscript).
  • *Note: The publishing contract is optional and contingent on the author maintaining full rights to the work. Reprints are accepted for consideration.

Formatting:

  • Please include page numbers.
  • Please double-space and use a 12pt font.
  • Your name should not be anywhere on the manuscript. (See above.) 
  • Submit as a .doc, .docx, .rtf, or PDF file format.

While you wait for us to read, check out our new lit journal home at www.unleashlit.com!


*Note: This year, we will be reading and reviewing manuscripts on a rolling basis, which means if we choose not to move forward, you may hear from us before the end of the contest.


We abide by the CLMP Code of Ethics and pledge 

  • to conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors;
  • to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—define conflict of interest for all parties involved; and
  • to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. Namely, submissions are read without identifying information (see guidelines). All manuscripts are evaluated by at least two raters/readers.
     

Unleash is looking to feature art at unleashlit.com inthe month of September. This online exhibit will inspire an ekphrastic follow-up publication. Writers will be challenged to write to their favorites, and we'll publish those in January 2025.

Eligibility
Open to all artists.
All visual art mediums accepted including painting, drawing, photography, digital art, sculpture, etc.
 

Artwork Requirements
Artwork must be original and created solely by the submitting artist
Maximum of 5 artwork submissions per artist
Images must be high-resolution JPG or PNG files, minimum 300 dpi

Submission:
Complete the artwork submission form including:
Title of artwork
Year created
Medium
Dimensions
Brief description (150 words max)
Upload artwork image file(s)
Submit for consideration

 

Important Dates
Submissions deadline: August 15th
Exhibition dates: The month of September

 

By submitting, artists agree that their artwork may be displayed online and used for promotional purposes. All rights remain with the artist.

Unleash Press