North Avenue Publishing is a creative writers’ co-op dating back to 1984 when we formed our first Windy City Writers Club in Chicago, Illinois. Over the decades, we have sponsored countless writing contests in our quest to discover and develop new talent. With clubs spanning coast-to-coast, and a nationwide network of editors ready to help make your work shine, North Avenue Publishing is the "write" place for you and your writing dreams. All contests are free to enter, because that is just one way we are making publishing great again. Are you in?


North Avenue Publishing

​​​Where Windy City Writers Shine

Who should enter:
Contests are open to all writers from students looking to add credentials to their college/job applications to writers seeking additional income. Regardless of your skill level or experience, entering any of our contests will get your work in the hands of editors and that much closer to being discovered and published. Click here for a 2019 contest flyer PDF.

Basic contest guidelines:
- Must be original work and eligible for publication.
- Previously self-published works can be considered.
- Winners will be published in the respective anthology; novels will be published as stand-alone works.
- Exceptional writers will be offered a publishing contract worth $1,500 that includes cover design, editing, formatting, marketing material (assistance), and a private author's page to promote your books with a 30% royalty.

Contest submissions are accepted year round.  The month indicates when judging will begin. If you submit after a contest has closed, it will be carried forward to the next year’s judging. 

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