March 2, 2016

Adventure Writers Competition sponsored by the Clive Cussler Collector's Society opens for entries March 1

If you write anything along the lines of adventure, this is the competition you want to enter. Enter the competition" — 2015 Finalist James Marshall Smith

PHOENIX, Arizona - – The 2016 Adventure Writers Competition, sponsored by the Clive Cussler Collector's Society, will be open for submissions March 1 through June 30! In it's sixth year, the competition is open to all new adventure novels, newly published or unpublished. Semi-finalist and finalist rounds precede the announcement of the winner. The $1000 cash prize is awarded to our "Grandmaster" in October during the Clive Cussler Collector's Society annual meeting, location to be announced. Other prizes may include press releases, consideration by a publisher, free professional editing sample, conversations with past winners and finalists, artwork cover sketches and, of course, the "Clive", the Grandmaster Award trophy.

"The Adventure Writers Competition is unique, because we are the only competition we know of in the world that focuses on the genre of adventure," said Peter Greene, competition director. "We accept a wide range of adventure novels, from classic, to military, to spy, to legal, to outdoor to, well, pretty much everything, though there are some restrictions! But unlike so many competitions, we have one category, one genre, one winner. We are not in this to make money, we are in it to help writers, period."

The competition accepts novels from all over the world, and past winners and finalists have represented Australia, Russia, England, Japan and even...Atlanta!

The entries are sent to judges anonymously, ensuring that each novel gets a fair chance. "No political weirdness here," said Greene. Each entry is read by up to fifteen judges in two separate rounds: synopsis and full length manuscript. Writers considering entry are encouraged to read the rules and entry procedures on the competition website,, and also view the video explaining the 2015 competition.

All proceeds from the $25 entry fee go to promoting the contest and to prizes.

You may be a fantastic writer, but we will never know, unless you do something about it!