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The Quills Awards

For Published Texts

The Quills Awards are open to League of Utah Writers members who have published a book in the past year

Winners announced at the Quills Conference Awards Ceremony
August 10, 2024


Welcome to the Quills Awards Writing Contest 2024 as hosted by the League of Utah Writers!  


Entry Fee


$40 per entry. Each submission may be entered in one category only.


Rules and Guidelines


Submission period begins March 11th and closes May 10th.


Must be a member of the League of Utah Writers. Note: At contest close, submissions will be verified for member eligibility at contest close. If membership will have lapsed or will be lapsed by September 2024, the submitter will be prompted to renew their membership. If a week goes by without their membership being renewed, the submission will be denied without their entry fee being refunded. 


Publishing Date of submitted work must be between  May 2023 - May 10, 2024. For traditionally published works, if an ARC is available prior to the submission deadline with a release date before July 31, 2024, the work is eligible.

All forms of publication are welcome - indie, traditional, etc - as long as it's in its final form and available to audiences.

Previous winning works are ineligible to be entered again.

2024 Categories


  • Novel (40k+ words)

  • Novella/Novelette (10k-40k words)

  • Middle Grade 

  • Young Adult (40k+ words)

  • Collections. This category is open to editors who edited an anthology and single author collections.  Authors who submitted a short to an anthology collection, please submit your short story to the Typewriters.

  • Graphic Novels -- minimum of 50 pages

  • Nonfiction (all types) (25k+ words)


Gold Quill, Silver Quill, and Bronze Quill awards are given in each category.


The Diamond Quill Award is given to the highest score among all entries.


Categories may also include Recommended Read awards in the event of close scores.


Restrictions and Judging


Multiple entries may be submitted, but each text may only be entered into one category.


Judges are anonymous professionals from outside the League of Utah Writers.


Judges will know the author's name since it is impossible to redact names or other identifying information.


In no way does the League of Utah Writers share your personal information with any third party. Any information of such a nature is only for use in contacting the submitter, should you need assistance.


Award winners will be announced at the Quills Awards during the Quills Conference. Please make sure your submission provides a valid MAILING ADDRESS, along with your email address. You do not need to be present at the awards ceremony to win. If you are not present and you place in a category, we will mail you your award, but can only do so with a valid mailing address. 




Entries can only be accepted electronically via Submission Manager.


Formats Accepted: PDF, DOC, DOCX


Please include your cover for marketing purposes should your piece place.


File will be deleted at the conclusion of judging.


Final Notes


Contacting a judge, editor, or agent regarding the contest (before, during, and after) will result in the contestant being disqualified from future participation in any hosted contests by The League. 


Violation of the rules will result in a non-judged piece and forfeiture of entry fees. 


Categories may be combined if there are insufficient entries. 


For any questions regarding the Quills published book contest, please email us!

Past Winners:






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