Contest Rules & Eligibility

The Star Award contest is open to the first fifty (50) entries only. Only one entry per person per category.

You need not be a member of WFWA to enter, but contest opens first to members only. There is no guarantee that there will be slots open for non-members.

Entry fee: $40 for WFWA members. $50 for non-members. Entrants who agree to judge the Rising Star Contest for unpublished manuscripts will receive $10 off their entry fee.

Entry: The Star Award Contest accepts paperback and hardcover entries only. If your novel is only available in e-book format, that’s fine, but you must submit a physical book for the contest (Traditionally bound as a hardcover, trade or paperback. No unprofessionally printed manuscripts will be accepted.)


Entries must be submitted to WFWA’s Entries Coordinator by February 15, 2018. Entrants who fail to meet this deadline will be disqualified, and the entry fee will be forfeited.

First round: Every entry will be judged by three (3) readers of Women’s Fiction. They will judge on a scale of 1-10 (1 is lowest, 10, highest) on quality and enjoyment of the book. Fractions are encouraged to lower the incidence of ties.

Final round: Will be judged by three librarians who enjoy Women’s Fiction. The scale remains the same.

There will be two winners – one in the Debut category, one in the general category. It is feasible those two winners could be the same book.