Annual Emerging Writer Prize

2014 and the 7th annual emerging writer prize!

This year the Victoria A. Hudson Emerging Writer Prize goes electronic with online submissions via submittable. The submission manager for entry is here.

The Victoria A. Hudson Emerging Writer Scholarship will award a registration scholarship to one emerging writer of any genre to attend the San Francisco Writers Conference, February 13-16, 2014. Scholarship covers registration fee only, does not include transportation, lodging, food (except what is included with registration) or speed dating with agents.

Again in 2014: The winner will also receive a BookBaby Standard Ebook Publishing package ($149 value) generously donated by BookBaby.

Emerging writer is defined as: Does not have an agent or book contract, writing is not your primary occupation or generating income greater than $500/month. If self published, less than 500 copies sold. You know if you are emerging. This is for the many still struggling and dreaming.

If selected for another SFWC scholarship, you may not also receive this scholarship.

Submission period is 8 September – 1 December, 2012. 

To Enter:

Submit three pages of writing, any genre plus an essay on the topic “I write because…” not to exceed 600 words.  Poets should submit 3 poems.

No identifying information should be on any page. The writing sample must identify if Fiction, Nonfiction, or Poetry on the first page and by title and genre in the cover letter.

Please includes your contact information and a short bio with your cover letter.

Judging methodology:

Each entry is first evaluated by the quality of the essay. This is the preliminary stage of evaluation and each essay is evaluated on its own merits. Those essays selected during this stage are read again in round two, where they are evaluated individually and collectively with all entries that have proceeded to this round. Only the best of the round two essays are selected to move to stage three. In stage three, the entered writing sample is also read and evaluated. The finalist list is selected during stage three. Historically, about 50% at each stage move forward. The previous year’s winning essay may be found at

Enter the 2014 Victoria A. Hudson Emerging Writer Prize here.

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