The WLT 2015 Manuscript Contest


 Open to submissions: November 1, 2014 - February 7, 2015

Congratulations to the 2015 Manuscript Contest Winners and Finalists

Update (5/4/15): ALL judge critiques have now been sent to entrants via email. If you were expecting a judge critique and have not yet received one, please check your spam folder for an email sent on 5/3/15 or 5/4/15. If you still cannot locate an email with your judge critique attached, please email with the title and category of your entry.


Have you been working hard on an unpublished manuscript that's finally ready to see the light of day? Well, here's your chance! You are invited to submit a short synopsis and the opening pages of your unpublished work to the League’s 15th annual Manuscript Contest.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 individually with an agent at the 2015 Writers’ League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference in June 2015. All entrants—whether winners or not—will receive written feedback on their submission from a published author in their genre.

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.

This contest gives you the chance to…

• Attend a private meeting with a literary agent in your genre

• Have your work professionally critiqued by a published author

• Find out how your first ten pages rank against others in your genre

• Be recognized at the 2015 WLT Agents & Editors Conference


 What’s new for 2015?

This year we are pleased to introduce a category for memoirs! Memoirs and general nonfiction used to be lumped together in one group, but you requested separate categories, and we're happy to say we listened. Also new this year is an "opt-out" option for those who want to enter the contest but do not wish to receive a written critique.

Finally, like last year, we will continue to accept entries both online and offline. An online entry form is provided for those who prefer to submit digitally, and a downloadable paper entry form is available for those who prefer to submit via mail. 


How to Enter Online:

  1. Carefully review the complete list of contest rules and formatting instructions.
  2. Fill out out our online entry form and submit your payment online via credit card or PayPal.
  3. The entry form will prompt you to upload your file. Please upload only one file. It should include both your synopsis and the opening of your manuscript. (Acceptable formats: .doc, .docx, and .pdf)
  4. Once you upload your documents and submit your payment, you will receive an automated confirmation email. There is nothing further you need to do at this time. 

How to Enter by Mail:

  1. Carefully review the complete list of contest rules and formatting instructions.
  2. Download and print our paper entry form.
  3. Complete the form and return it to the Writers' League office by mail along with the following printed materials: a one-page, double-spaced synopsis of your manuscript (roughly 250-300 words); the opening ten pages of your manuscript (please refer to formatting instructions); a check for the entry fee made payable to “Writers’ League of Texas”. 
  4. In early March, you will receive a confirmation that we received your entry. Please do not call to inquire about the status of your entry until after March 15.  


Deadline: January 31, 2015 February 7, 2015 

Online entries must be submitted by midnight CST on February 7.
Printed entries must be postmarked by February 7, but may arrive later.

Submission Categories:

Fiction Categories
• Mainstream Fiction
• Thriller/Action-Adventure
• Mystery
• Romance
• Science-Fiction/Fantasy
• Historical Fiction

Nonfiction Categories
General Nonfiction
• Memoir

Children’s Categories
• Children/Middle Grade (no picture books)
• Young Adult


Entrance Fees

$55 members / $65 nonmembers

Note that your membership must be current in order to receive the member discount. As proof of current membership, you will be asked to provide your member number. If you’re not sure where to find your member number, log into and click on “my account". If you're not sure whether your membership is still current, you are also welcome to call our office.


All entries will be judged and critiqued by published professionals. Critiques are double blind - contest entrants will not know the name of their judge and all submissions will remain anonymous to the judges. Score sheets with comments from the judges will be emailed to each entrant after the finalists and winners are selected.

Multiple Entries

You may enter this contest in as many categories as you like, with up to three entries per category. Each entry requires separate payment. For each one, please supply a separate entry form and payment.


Winners in each category will receive a one-on-one consultation with an agent at our 2015 Agents & Editors Conference. Winners who cannot attend in person can opt for a phone consultation.


Deadline to enter: January 31, 2015 February 7, 2015
Finalists and winners announced: Prior to the 2015 WLT Agents & Editors Conference


Questions about the contest? Email


Archives of Winners & Finalists from Previous Years: