The Hawthorne Prize is an elite writing award founded by AmericanWritingAwards.com in honor of renowned American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne. A team of judges chooses one winner from among the year's best works of fiction--judges reserve the right to award more than one winner if they believe multiple works merit recognition. A SHORTLIST of finalists is announced, followed by a Hawthorne Prize FINALIST announcement, then the WINNER declaration a week later. The WINNER is hailed 'first among equals.'
Authors of age between 18-120 can apply. Any book of FICTION published in the 4 years prior to the competition year and any book of fiction being published in the year following the competition year. Unpublished works of fiction are also accepted.
Authors must submit a work of FICTION--novel, novella, or short story collection--for consideration. The book must have a publication date within 4 years of the competition year and be published by an academic, commercial, or small press. Self-published books and unpublished manuscripts are also accepted. Electronic submission is the only accepted form of submission. Entries are judged based on multiple writing criteria, which include an author's story-telling ability, transitions, hooks, pacing, character development, dialogue, grammar, punctuation, and the overall impact it has on our judges. Check the entry form for more details.
Winners of the prestigious Hawthorne Prize will receive an official high-resolution Hawthorne Prize seal for promotional use and possible cover placement. The results of the competition will be published and promoted on AmericanWritingAwards.com and its different media channels, the author will be featured in the "Featured Author" section of the website, and the press release of winner(s), finalists, and short listers will be submitted to newspapers and media nationwide as well as referred to talent agents in New York and Los Angeles for possible manuscript review.
WE THE PRESIDENTS: How American Presidents Shaped the Last Century is not a traditional presidential history. Written by former tech CEO Ronald Gruner, this history is born out of his interest in understanding how and when American politics transitioned from merely polarized to openly hostile. Beginning with Warren G. Harding in 1921 and ending with Donald Trump in 2021, Gruner examines not a single presidency but instead the development of the presidency through a century of administrations. His experience as a CEO produces a very different view of presidential history. Instead of political power, Gruner concentrates on the economic and social accomplishments over seventeen presidencies inter-connecting American history.
Growing up in Oklahoma and then living most of his adult life in Massachusetts, Gruner questioned how Americans had lost the common thread of Presidents over the last century working to build an America that represented and benefitted all. His goal was to write a history of the last century devoid of politics, political battles, and behind-the-scenes intrigue. Instead, readers will find a history of what impacted Americans and their economic well-being. WE THE PRESIDENTS discusses economic growth, personal income, income equality and taxation during each presidency and the influence those policies had through the decades on the American way of life.
Ronald Gruner’s experience as an accomplished executive has resulted in a different breed of presidential history. Gruner founded and served as chief executive of three successful technology firms during his long career. Taken from his business experience, WE THE PRESIDENTS focuses on results rather than politics; on economics rather than ideology, and on the interconnections linking presidential administrations rather than isolated presidencies.
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OFFICIAL 2022 AWA CATEGORIES
Did you know that the American Writing Awards has added TWO unique categories for OLDER books? The Legacy Fiction and Legacy Nonfiction categories accept books older than three years. Give your timeless book a chance at an award.
Check out our full list of categories.
· Animals/Pets – General
· Anthologies – Non-Fiction
· Best Cover Design – Fiction
· Best Cover Design – Non-Fiction
· Best New (Debut) Fiction
· Best New (Debut) Non-Fiction
· Biography – General
· Business – General
· Business – Entrepreneurship & Small Business
· Business – Management & Leadership
· Business – Personal Finance/Investing
· Business – Sales
· Children’s Educational
· Children's Fiction
· Children's Interactive
· Children's Non-Fiction
· Children’s Picture Book
· Children's Religious
· Fiction – General
· Fiction – Anthologies
· Fiction – Fantasy
· Fiction – Historical
· Fiction – Horror
· Fiction – Inspirational
· Fiction – LGBTQ Fiction
· Fiction – Multicultural
· Fiction – Mystery/Suspense
· Fiction – New Age Fiction
· Fiction – Novelette (7,500 to 17,500 words)
· Fiction – Novella (17,500 to 40,000 words)
· Fiction – Religious
· Fiction – Romance
· Fiction – Science Fiction
· Fiction – Thriller/Adventure
· Fiction – Women's Fiction
· Fiction – Young Adult
· Health – General
· History – General
· History – Military
· History – United States
· Home & Garden
· Legacy - Fiction (Older than 3 years)
· Legacy - Non-Fiction (Older than 3 years)
· LGBTQ – Non-Fiction
· Multicultural Non-Fiction
· Non-Fiction – Narrative
· Parenting & Family
· Performing Arts – Film, Theater, Dance, Music
· Social Change
· True Crime – Non-Fiction
· Young Adult – Non-Fiction
· Women's Issues
No. The American Writing Awards and the Hawthorne Prize are separate contests with different categorical structures and award distributions.
Works are submitted through our easy nomination process by simply following the submission guidelines on the contest entry form. Entry forms can be found below or on one of the designated contest pages.
No. AmericanWritingAwards.com only accepts electronic submissions.
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