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DEADLINE: 2023 Manuscript Contest

June 20, 2023

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The 2023 Manuscript Contest is now closed for submissions through June 20, 2023.

Have you been working hard on an unpublished manuscript that’s finally ready to see the light of day? Are you looking for some constructive feedback on your work-in-progress? Would you like to meet one-on-one with a literary agent to discuss your project?

You’re invited to submit a short synopsis and the opening pages of your unpublished work to the WLT’s 23rd annual Manuscript Contest. (And no, you don’t have to live in Texas to enter this contest. It’s open to everyone, everywhere!)

The winner in each category will meet virtually with a top literary agent (and the final judge in their category) via Zoom. All entrants who opt for a critique—whether winners or not—will receive feedback on their submission from an experienced editor. And, brand new this year, the WLT is launching the WLT Inklist – a catalog of short pitches for all winners’ and finalists’ projects that will be shared with an extensive list of industry professionals (literary agents and book editors) in Fall 2023. This unprecedented catalog of works-in-progress will offer the gatekeepers of publishing an exclusive peek at our honorees’ projects. (If you’ve heard of the Hollywood Blacklist, it’s like that but for books!)

Best of all, you do NOT need to have a complete, finished manuscript to enter this contest. All you need are the first (roughly) ten pages of the manuscript plus a synopsis that describes the rest of the book you have planned.

To read the full rules & guidelines, including FAQs, FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE MANUSCRIPT CONTEST PAGE on our website. 


June 20, 2023
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