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Prepublished Entry Form

The Maggie Award for Excellence for Pre-published writers opens Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2024. Entries must be RECEIVED by April 21, 2024 at 10pm Eastern, and must follow all format requirements listed on the entry form. Finalists will be notified June 24th, 2024, and winners will be announced at the Maggie Award banquet on October 5th, 2024.

Please Note: You will be asked for your PayPal payment confirmation number before this form can be submitted. It is recommended that you go through the payment process before filling out this electronic document.

Review the following information before completing your entry to insure your entry meets eligibility and formatting requirements.


Eligibility Requirements:


  • If you are published with more than 40,000 words--through traditional or self-published means--by the date the contest opens, you are NOT eligible to enter the Prepublished Maggie Award for Excellence. Please see the PUBLISHED RULES listed on GRW's website.

  • If you are a published author who has not been published in 5 years or more, you are eligible.

  • Entered works must not be published or contracted for publication as long as they are under consideration for the Maggie Award.

  • An author is limited to three (3) entries per category. There is no cap on the number of categories an author may enter.

  • An entry may not be submitted to more than one category.

  • An entry must not have previously received a Maggie Award Medallion; however, entries that have previously been submitted and/or in the finals, but have not received the Medallion, may be reentered.

  • Categories with fewer than 10 submissions may be canceled. Entrants will be contacted to either select another category or request a refund.

  • Format Requirements: Please read instructions carefully. If your entry does not meet these format requirements, it will be disqualified with no refund.

  • Standard manuscript format; double spaced, one inch margins, no more than 27 lines per page with header

  • Header should have title and contest category in upper left, and page number in upper right.

  • 12-pt font in either Times New Roman or Courier.

  • Title must match what is listed on your online entry form.

  • Author name must NOT appear on the manuscript or your entry will be disqualified and entry fee forfeited.

  • All identifying information from the document must be removed (using the Document Inspector tool). If you do not know how to do this, please visit our page Removing Identifying Info. IMPORTANT: If personal information is anywhere in the entry, the entry will be disqualified due to privacy concerns and contest guidelines outlining participant and judge anonymity.

  • Total number of double-spaced pages may not exceed 35 pages per entry. Entry must be ONE document: prologue (if applicable), first 3 chapters, synopsis (no more than 5 pages as a part of your 35 page entry, double-spaced, and placed at the end of the entry). Note: synopsis comes last, not first.

  • Entry to be submitted electronically and must be formatted in Word (.doc) or (.rtf).

Please Note:

PayPal is the only accepted form of payment in order to enter the Maggie Award of Excellence. To begin your entry, remit your payment using the form below. Once your payment is received, you will be redirected to the submission page. Please keep your PayPal confirmation number because it will be a required component of your entry form. 

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