Any author whose work has not been previously published in novella or book-length fiction (in ANY print or online form) is eligible to enter The Crown.
Authors who are published in non-fiction and picture books are eligible to enter an unpublished fiction manuscript.
There is no limit to the number of entries an author may submit, however, a single manuscript may not be entered into multiple categories.
Contest is open to ACFW-VA members and non-members.
Any author contracted for publication in fiction, on or before August 6, 2021, is not eligible to enter. If an entrant receives a contract after August 6, 2021, they may remain in the contest. Please email us to withdraw your entry if you are contracted for any work of fiction prior to this date.
Any author who has entered The Crown may not independently publish any work until after The Crown finalists are announced. However, if they are a finalist in the contest, then they may not independently publish any work until after the winners are announced on November 6, 2021.
In any category, if fewer than five (5) entries are received, the category will be dissolved and the entrant’s alternate choice category on their submission will be used. The author is responsible for choosing the appropriate category for their entry.
Previous winning entries of The Crown are not eligible to be entered in this year’s contest. Previous finalist (non-winning) entries may be entered again.
The manuscript should not contain profanity, graphic sex, gratuitous violence or other objectionable material, and must otherwise conform to generally accepted standards of the CBA. The ACFW-VA Conference Board may order the disqualification of submissions not meeting this requirement.
Manuscripts are not required to be complete in order to enter, but it is strongly suggested as industry professionals will judge the finalists.