Pacific Northwest Writers Association

2009 Literary Contest

Literary Contest winners are announced at the PNWA summer conference event attended by writers, agents and editors.

Bob Dugoni

Literary Contest Success Story

“I owe much of my success in writing to the PNWA Literary Contest and its annual conference. Attending the conference over the years improved my craft immensely and put me in contact with more writers, agents and editors than any other thing I’ve done in my writing career, and the fellowship with other authors is unparalleled. Each year I’ve learned something new.”

Robert Dugoni, New Your Times best selling author of The Jury Master, Damage Control and the non-fiction exposé The Cyanide Canary.



  • $12,000 in total prize money
  • Every qualified entry receives two critiques
  • Finalists critiqued by an agent or editor
  • Winners invited to attend the Agents & Editors Reception

What's the Literary contest?

It's your chance to shine. Every writer knows there comes a time to send their work out into the world. Don't miss this opportunity to put your work to the test and compete with some of the best at the Annual PNWA Literary Contest. There are 12 categories, cash prizes and accepted entries receives two valuable critiques. Winners are announced every year at the Summer Conference in front of writers, agents and editors. How cool is that?

Who's Zola and what's her award about?

She's Zola Helen Ross, the woman whose vision of a writing community in the northwest started PNWA almost 50 years ago. All first place awards are given in honor of Zola and her tremendous vision. First place winners receive a $600 cash prize, a Zola pin commemorating their achievement, as well as the recognition and admiration of everyone at the conference.

Featuring 12 Categories:

  1. Mainstream
  2. Inspirational Genre
  3. Romance Genre
  4. Mystery/Thriller Genre
  5. Science Fiction/Fantasy
  6. Young Adult Novel
  7. Non-Fiction Book/Memoir
  8. Screen Writing
  9. Poetry
  10. Short Story
  11. Children's Picture Book or Chapter Book
  12. Adult Short Topics (Article/Essay/Short Memoir)