Archive for the 'Fiction Contests' Category

New Call for Cross-Genre Travel Writing!

13 October 2014

Here is a little blurb about our journal:

This is not so much a journal as a collaborative literary geography of the places we’ve read about, and subsequently visited.
We live thousands of lives through the pages of our beloved books, and sometimes we are blessed with the luck of being able to physically visit the spaces occupied by our fictional friends (or foes). This is a place to discover those spaces; and perhaps find a new one or two near you.
If you know of a destination or landmark that can be found in a book, or you have a sneaking suspicion of one, please, submit to us your encounter. Give us your thoughts, feelings, even pictures. The strange, funny, sad, and silly are all welcome here.

And here is a description of what we are looking for specifically:

Any piece published on this site must contain two things:
1. It must contain a physical place.
2. It must contain a specific geographical point from an actual book, author, genre, or period of writing.
I am looking for engaging, touching, funny, soulful, sad, silly, enchanting, and interesting pieces about the interactions between the fictional books we love (and the people that wrote them) and the places they wrote about, the places they wrote in, or the places they wished existed which now exist.
The only exception to this is literary landmarks that stand on their own such as libraries.
Preferably posts would come with pictures, but it is not necessary.

Visit our website for details: http://bibliophilicwanderlust.com/about/

Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2015 Short Story Award

13 October 2014

We are now accepting submissions of
short fiction or memoir
(2000 words or fewer)
once again on the theme
“Food Stories”
for our
2015 Short Story Award
Contest runs from 10/1/14 – 1/31/15

The First Place winner story will receive a $200 cash award and publication of the winning story either in the Bethlehem Writers Group’s upcoming anthology of food stories, A Readable Feast: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Tales for Every Taste, or as a featured story in Bethlehem Writers Roundtable.
Our first anthology, A Christmas Sampler: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Holiday Tales (2009), won two Next Generation Indie Book Awards: Best Anthology and Best Short Fiction. Our second anthology, Once Around the Sun: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Tales for All Seasons came out on November 5, 2013, and was a Finalist for Best Anthology in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Second and Third Place winners will receive a cash award ($100 and $50 respectively) and publication in Bethlehem Writers Roundtable.
Entry Requirements:
• Stories must be submitted using the form below
• Entries must be no more than 2000 words
• All entries must be previously unpublished, and adhere to our Terms and Conditions. (visit website)
• Submissions open at 12:01 a.m. on October 1, 2014 and must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST, January 31, 2015.
• Payments are requested within 24 hours of submissions. All payments must be received through PayPal no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on February 2, 2015.

Entry Fee:
• $10 per story.

Prizes:
• First prize: $200 and consideration for inclusion in the upcoming BWG anthology, A Readable Feast: . If it is not accepted for publication in the print anthology, it will be featured in an upcoming edition of the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable. (There is no guarantee of print publication, but all previous contest winners have been accepted to be published in print.)
• Second prize: $100 and publication in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable.
• Third prize: $50 and publication in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable.
• Honorable Mentions: Stories may be selected for Honorable Mention and offered publication in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable.
Judging:
• Initial blind judging will be performed by members of the Bethlehem Writers Group, LLC. Finalists will be notified by March 30, 2015.
• Final selection of winners will be done by author Curtis Smith. Prize winners will be notified by April 30, 2015.
• Contest winners will be announced on the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable website and on the Bethlehem Writers Group website (www.bethlehemwritersgroup.com) by May 1, 2015.

Visit the website for Terms and Conditions:  http://www.bwgwritersroundtable.com/

2nd GINOSKO FLASH FICTION CONTEST

13 October 2014

$500 Award, $10 entry fee,

deadline: March 1, 2015

Submit up to 2 pieces, 800 words maximum each piece.

Final Judges: 
Maggie Heaps, Michael Hettich, Gary Lundy, E M Schorb, Larissa Shmailo, Andrena Zawinski, Andrei Guruianu, Robert Paul Cesaretti.

Awarded work will be published on Ginosko Literary Journal website.

Guidelines and Eligibility:

The Ginosko Flash Fiction Award is for an unpublished work of flash fiction. Awarded piece is selected through a submission process open to all writers with the following exception:

Relatives or individuals having a personal or professional relationship with any of the final judges where they have taken any part whatsoever in shaping the submitted manuscript.

Procedures and Considerations:

Please submit work, along with a brief bio, and cover letter if desired, to GinoskoContest@gmail.comAttachments must be in .wps, .doc, .rtf, or .pdf form, otherwise they will not be considered (please include last name on every page submitted).

Send print submissions to:

CONTEST
Ginosko Literary Journal
PO Box 246
Fairfax, CA 94978

Payment Procedures:

Online submissions will receive emailed invoices via PayPal, though you do not need a PayPal account. Print submissions may send $5 in cash or check (made payable to Ginosko Literary Journal) to the above address. 

Visit the website:  http://www.ginoskoliteraryjournal.com/contest.htm

2104 Walker Percy Prize in Short Fiction

11 October 2014

The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life. To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. —Walker Percy

We are looking for well-crafted, dynamic writing that demonstrates attention to the language, writing that engages, surprises, and moves us. We subscribe to the belief that in order to truly write well, one must master the basics: grammar and syntax, punctuation, diction, the sentence, the paragraph. Beyond that, we are looking for writing that has something honest to say about human experience—writing that, in the spirit of Walker Percy, is onto something.

Winner receives $1,000 and publication in New Orleans Review. All finalists considered for publication.

Enter previously unpublished original stories up to 7,500 words. The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript. Entries may be simultaneous submissions but the entry fee is nonrefundable if the story is accepted elsewhere. Please notify us immediately to withdraw a story that is taken elsewhere. There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit.

Contest open to all writers in English with the exception of current students or employees or others affiliated with New Orleans Review or Loyola University New Orleans. Writers who have a strong personal or professional relationship with the editorial staff or with the final judge are asked to abstain from entering the contest in order to prevent a conflict of interest. We comply with the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) Code of Ethics. Final judge: Christopher Chambers.

Entry fee: $15.00

Deadline December 15, 2014. Winner announced and published in 2015.

How to enter, visit:  https://walkerpercy.submittable.com/submit

InkTears Short Story Competition 2014

11 October 2014

Now open for entries.

Deadline: 30 November 2014

Type: Short story (UK + International)

Prizes:

Winner:  £1,000

Runner-up: £100

4 x Highly Commended £25

All prizewinners will have their story published to the InkTears Readers and their Bio published on the InkTears website.

Full results will be announced by 30 March 2015.

Fee: £6.00.  Length:1000-3500 words, any theme and open to age 18+.

NB: stories may have been previously published or unpublished – see website Rules 2 and 3.

www.inktears.com for full details and how to enter.

 

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theNewerYork Department of Forms and Records Contest

11 October 2014

theNewerYork Department of Forms and Records

is a large, desolate building

You can hear the wind whistling through our empty filing cabinets. The dazed bureaucrats in our skyscrapers have no one to direct. They have each other sign documents in triplicate out of boredom. We need your help to make our government real, because we’ll never be a real fictional city-state without halls of paperwork.

Fill our coffers with your weirdness

We need you to take the dull bureaucracy of paperwork, legal documents, laws, and forms and tell some stories, make some art. We’re looking for stories that looks like or are inspired by the drudgery of paperwork, straight faced legal forms, the sub-clauses found in laws, or the elaborate and confusing Terms and Conditions we lie about having read almost every day. Think fictional contracts, procedural documents, policy summations, court transcripts, and so on. We want to see how much drama, excitement, satire, and pathos you can infuse into the barren wordscape of legal mumbojumbo.


 

Entry fee: $11.15

Entry fee + judge’s response (critique/review): $26.15

1st Place: $511.10

Also:

  • Story will be featured on the website (and social media)
  • You’ll receive a framed and designed poster/printed version of the story
  • Free copies of all (5) of theNewerYork’s print books
  • “Stay Horny for Art” tote bag

2nd Place: $103.34

Also:

Runners-Up:

Several pieces will be chosen and put together to be printed into standardized-test-style pamphlets and printed on demand from the website, with royalties given. Depending on final numbers, we will probably send free copies to all included writers.

Visit the website for details on how to enter!  http://theneweryork.com/bureaucrat/

 

Announcing a Bibliophilia writing contest:

11 October 2014

“What does your avatar say about you?”

Ah, the avatar–as forum communities grow, new and creative ways of self-expression flourish. One such way is through the use of avatars, an image that reflects some aspect of the user’s personality. An avatar can either chip away at the bland anonymity of cyberspace or it can symbolize something private to the user–or both at the same time. It can deceive, invent, re-invent, encapsulate, magnify, or downplay. An avatar can relate to a forum member’s username, but it doesn’t have to. It may or may not be obvious to other members of the same forum what that avatar symbolizes.

Bibliophilia is running a contest to challenge our members to answer the question “What does your avatar say about you?” Write a fiction or non-fiction piece, or even a poem, that works with the visual component of your avatar and guides us in interpreting your avatar.

Entry is free. If you are not already a member of Bibliophilia, you can register for free, upload an avatar, and enter the contest before the November 1, 2014 deadline.

General Guidelines:

Entrants must be registered members of Bibliophorum.org by the deadline of midnight GMT, November 1; registration is free.
Entrants must have posted an avatar to their user profile by the deadline of midnight GMT, November 1, 2014 (see “Avatar guidelines” below).
Entrants must write 500 words of prose or less (exclusive of the title) or 40 lines or less of poetry (exclusive of the title) to answer the question “What does your avatar say about you?” Entries may be non-fiction or fiction prose or a poem, and must not be published elsewhere either in print or in any digital form (including online).
Entries must have a title.
Entries must include a cover letter with the entrant’s username, legal name, pen name (if applicable), mailing address, and email address, as well as a brief (2-3 sentence) bio that will be posted online with the winning entries.
Individuals may enter only once, regardless of how many user profiles they have at the forum. In the event that an individual is found to have entered the contest more than once, all entries from that individual will be deemed invalid.
Entries must be submitted by email to:
bibliophorum1 (at) gmail.com
with the required information and the text of the entry pasted into the body of the email. The administrator of Bibliophilia.org and Bibliophorum.org is not responsible for lost entries.
Judge’s decisions are final. Judge will not enter into any correspondence with the entrants.
No amendments, additions, or changes to an entry are allowed once the entry has been submitted to the above email address. You may withdraw your entry from the contest at any time by emailing us at:
bibliophorum1 (at) gmail.com
Simultaneous submissions are discouraged; please do not submit a work to this contest that is under consideration for publication elsewhere, and please do not submit your entry to this contest for consideration for publication elsewhere until the winners of this contest are announced.
Avatar guidelines:

Entrant’s avatar may not be a copyrighted image and must not be previously published in print or in digital form (including online).
Entrant’s avatar may not be blank, i.e. the entrant must upload an avatar to their user profile by the deadline of midnight GMT, November 1, 2014.
The avatar must be no larger than 120 x 120 pixels and no smaller than 100 x 100 pixels.
The avatar which is the basis of an individual’s entry must remain part of their user profile until a winner is announced.
Prizes

The top three entries will be published on Bibliophilia.org and archived on the site with unrestricted public access. By entering this contest, entrants are thereby agreeing to have their entry published on the site.
First prize: five books authored by Bibliophilia members to be delivered to the prizewinner’s mailing address by regular post. Books will represent various genres, including poetry and non-fiction.

Second prize: four books authored by Bibliophilia members to be delivered to the prizewinner’s mailing address by regular post. Books will represent various genres, including poetry and non-fiction.

Third prize: three books authored by Bibliophilia members to be delivered to the prizewinner’s mailing address by regular post. Books will represent various genres, including poetry and non-fiction.
Prizewinners will not receive copies of their own book.
Judging

The judge for this competition will be Victor Martinez (*read a note from the judge below).
Entries will be judged on the basis of expressiveness, writing skill, creativity in answering the focus question, and the degree of congruence between the entrant’s avatar and written entry.
The administrator of Bibliophilia.org and Bibliophorum.org reserves the right not to award any or all of the prizes in the event that none of the entries are judged to be of sufficient merit.
The administrator of Bibliophilia.org and Bibliophorum.org reserves the right to extend the deadline in the event that none of the entries submitted by the deadline of midnight GMT, November 1, 2014 are judged to be of sufficient merit.
Response time for the announcement of the winners will depend on the number of entries received.

If you have any questions, please email the forum administrator (bintarab) at:

bibliophorum1 (at) gmail.com
*A Note From the Judge, Victor Martinez

My name is Victor Martinez, and I have been asked to judge the Bibliophilia Avatar Writing Contest. You know how judging a literary contest can be, it all depends on how the judge feels on that particular day. I can tell you that most nights, I don’t sleep well, so I promise to take the appropriate dosage of pills the night before I get into judging mode.

As for my experience, I have written one novel, two plays, countless short stories, and a bunch of poetry. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, and as a result I spent 16 years as an English teacher always with a ton of papers to grade, developing rubrics that would be fair to all students. So, all I can hope is that I will be a fair judge to all you writers out there. I look forward to reading your entries, and most of all, to your enthusiasm.

Visit the website:  http://www.bibliophilia.org/

Call for submissions: GeminiMagazine

11 October 2014

We have no guidelines or restrictions on
writing style or content—nada, zilch, keine. As
Charlie “Bird” Parker pointed out, “There’s no
boundary line to art.” We don’t want to set any
boundaries so we use a clean, simple selection
process: if it strikes a chord with us we print it.

Payment: $10 per published piece

TO SUBMIT BY EMAIL (except contest entries):

Paste previously unpublished fiction, poetry,
essays, memoirs, short plays or other
interesting work into body of email and send to:

submissions@gemini-magazine.com

No attachments except JPEG images for art and
photography. Don’t send contest entries to this
email address. See box at top for contest info.

TO SUBMIT BY SNAIL MAIL:

Gemini Magazine
P.O. Box 1485
Onset, MA 02558 USA

(include SASE/email address for reply)

*****

Submission period: 365 days per year

Response time: We have a large backlog and
are making every effort to catch up. After 60
days please feel free to inquire about your
submission. We will respond to all submissions.

Rights: All rights revert to author upon
publication in Gemini Magazine.

Visit the website:  http://www.gemini-magazine.com/submit.html

Top of the Mountain Book Award

11 October 2014

Two Categories:

Fiction & Creative/Narrative Nonfiction

Dates of submission:

September 15, 2014 to February 1, 2015

www.NorthernColoradoWriters.com

PRIZE: $1,000

Finalists will be announced and notified on or around March 1, 2015 and the winners will be announced in March 27, 2015 during dinner at the NCW 10th Anniversary Writers Conference. Attendance at the conference is not required.

First Place: Framed certificate and $1,000 

Finalists: Certificate

*Please read guidelines carefully and thoroughly; some rules have changed. Failure to properly submit entry per guidelines may result in disqualification and your entry fee will be forfeited.*

*Manuscripts cannot be print form (or e-published) during submission dates. Should it be published in any form during submission dates, please contact us via email: TOM@northerncoloradowriters.com and let us know. Your submission will not be considered and you’ll be refunded your entry fee. If your manuscript is found to be published, your entry fee will not be refunded and your manuscript will not be considered.*

FICTION GUIDELINES

CREATIVE NONFICTION GUIDELINES

Visit the website:  http://northerncoloradowriters.com/upcoming-events-mainmenu-133/writing-contests

Green Lady Award for Fiction

11 October 2014

Green Lady Press is offering up-and-coming writers from around the world the chance to be published. We will award prizes for outstanding fiction, plus feature selected works in an online anthology for our launch. The theme is ‘resistance’ and we will be looking for innovative interpretations. Deadline is November 30th, midnight GMT. Winners and shortlisted entries will be announced in January 2015. The anthology will be made available free for all entrants and their families.

1st Place: £50

2nd Place: £25

During the competition process, exceptional entries may be singled out for ‘Author Highlight’ features which may involve a brief excerpt, Q and A, and link to the author’s website. 

10th Sept update: we’ve had some wonderful entries so far! Should the quality of the anthology be high enough, we will invest in a small print run for The Book of Resistance; a beautiful book for sale in UK gift shops.

18th Sept update: please note that ‘resistance’ does not always have to be overt. We appreciate subtlety too, and the many ways in which the word can be interpreted!

Guidelines:

* The work must be your own, and previously unpublished in print or online. 

* Word limit: 3000 words. We prefer shorter, highly compact stories. 

* The entry fee is £5. A maximum of 3 stories may be submitted. 

* All genres are permitted. 

Visit the website for details on how to enter: 

http://www.greenladypress.com/#!competition/c18g4

SENTINEL ANNUAL POETRY & SHORT STORY COMPETITIONS 2014

11 October 2014

Sentinel Annual Poetry Competition 2014

Closing Date: 21 December 2014

The Sentinel Annual Poetry Competition 2014 is now accepting entries. Now in its 5th year, previous winners include Bridport Winner Terry Jones, Oz Hardwick, and Sharon Black. Marking Time author and former editor of Envoi, the multi-award-winning poet Roger Elkin returns to judge this competition for the 5th time.

Details: This competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English Language on any subject, in any style, up to 60 lines long (excluding title). Poems entered should not be under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere.

Eligibility: Poets of all ages, gender, and nationality living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.

First Prize: £700

Second Prize: £350

Third Prize: £175

High Commendation: £55 x 5

Commendation: Publication in winners anthology only

First Publication: All prize winners and commended poets will receive first publication in an anthology of winners scheduled for September 2015.

Entry Fees: £5 per poem. No maximum number of entries.

Results: Will be announced on 2nd March 2015

How to Enter:  http://www.sentinelpoetry.org.uk/sawc/poetry.html

 

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Sentinel Annual Short Story Competition 2014

Closing Date: 21 December 2014

The Sentinel Annual Short Story Competition 2014 is now accepting entries. Now in its 3rd year, the maiden prize was won in 2012 by Alison Bouhmid, and the 2014 prize was won by Clare Marsh. Tears in the Fence Editor, David Caddy returns to judge the competition for a third time.

Details: This competition is for original, previously unpublished short stories in English Language on any subject, in any style, up to 2000 words long (excluding title). Stories entered should not be under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere.

Eligibility: Writers of all ages, gender, and nationality living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.

First Prize: £700

Second Prize: £350

Third Prize: £175

High Commendation: £55 x 5

Commendation: Publication only

First Publication: All prize winners and commended authors will receive first publication in an anthology of winners scheduled for September 2015.

Entry Fees: £5 per story. No maximum number of entries.

Results: Will be announced on 2nd March 2015

How to Enter:  http://www.sentinelpoetry.org.uk/sawc/short-story.html

The Magic Oxygen Literary Competition

11 October 2014

Our short story and poetry competition has an incredible prize fund of £3,000, which will be awarded to each category as follows:

  • First Prize – £1,000
  • Second Prize – £300
  • Third Prize – £100
  • Two Highly Commended – £50

In addition, we will be planting a tree in Kenya for each entry, so every entrant is a winner! When the contest closes we will email the GPS co-ordinates of your tree to you.

Please Read the Rules Before Entering!

In brief, they are:-

  • Short Stories up to 4,000 words, excluding title
  • Poetry up to 50 lines, excluding title and lines between stanzas
  • The theme is open
  • Online entries preferred but written entries are also accepted (Click here for the address and postal details)
  • Open to writers all over the world
  • Entrants must be 16 or over at the time of submission
  • Entries must be written in English and must be your own previously unpublished work
  • Entries must show no name, address or identifying marks other than the title.
  • You may submit as many entries as you wish
  • £5 per entry
  • Closing date midnight 30th November 2014

Visit the website for details on how to enter:  http://www.magicoxygen.co.uk/competition/

 

Call for submissions to Big Pond Rumours, the Literary E-Zine

11 October 2014

BIG POND RUMOURS is returning with both summer and winter issues! On hiatus since the Winter 2008 issue, this literary e-zine is coming back with a difference. We are still international but now you can make a regular submission (not considered for the contest) or you can submit to the contest (mark “Contest” on each poem or story). The contest pays the winners in addition to publishing them!

1st place for poetry or story $50, 2nd place $25, 3rd place $10.

The entry fees are: $10 for up to 3 poems (75 lines total) and $15 for each story (up to 3,500 words) or $20 for longer stories (3,500 to 5,000 words).

We seek quality in the writing and do not have a preference for any particular genre.

Mail your submissions to:

Sharon Berg, Big Pond Rumours, 67 Emerald Street North, Hamilton, Ontario, L8L 5K2

or email them to editor@big-pond-rumours.com

If you are emailing contest submissions simply e-transfer the appropriate fee. 

Submission deadline is November 30th, 2014 for the Winter 2015 issue.

Check us out at: http://www.big-pond-rumours.com

TOM HOWARD/JOHN H. REID FICTION & ESSAY CONTEST

11 October 2014

23rd year. Bigger prizes! Best short story wins $1,500.

Best essay wins $1,500. Total prizes: $4,000.

Winning entries published online.

Fee: $16.

Limit: 6,000 words per entry. Both published and unpublished work accepted.

Submit by April 30, 2015.

Final judge: Arthur Powers.

See guidelines, past winners, and submit online at 
https://www.winningwriters.com/tomstory 

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Competitions

12 August 2014

SENTINEL LITERARY QUARTERLY SHORT STORY COMPETITION

For original, previously unpublished short stories in English language on any subject, in any style up to 1500 words long.

Closing Date: August 31, 2014

Judge: Brindley Hallam Dennis

Prizes: £200 (1st), £75 (2nd), £50 (3rd), £20 x 3 (High Commendation)

Fees: £5/1, £8/2, £10/3, £12/4

Enter competition now

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SENTINEL LITERARY QUARTERLY POETRY COMPETITION

For original, previously unpublished poems in English language on any subject, in any style up to 50 lines long.

Closing Date: August 31, 2014

Judge: Will Daunt

Prizes: £200 (1st), £75 (2nd), £50 (3rd), £20 x 3 (High Commendation)

Fees: £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/4, £12/5, £16/7, £22/10

Enter competition now

The Magic Oxygen Literary Competition

12 August 2014

Our short story and poetry competition has an incredible prize fund of £3,000, which will be awarded to each category as follows:

  • First Prize – £1,000
  • Second Prize – £300
  • Third Prize – £100
  • Two Highly Commended – £50

In addition, we will be planting a tree in Kenya for each entry, so every entrant is a winner! When the contest closes we will email the GPS co-ordinates of your tree to you.

Brief guidelines:

  • Short Stories up to 4,000 words, excluding title
  • Poetry up to 50 lines, excluding title and lines between stanzas
  • The theme is open
  • Online entries preferred but written entries are also accepted
  • Open to writers all over the world
  • Entrants must be 16 or over at the time of submission
  • Entries must be written in English and must be your own previously unpublished work
  • Entries must show no name, address or identifying marks other than the title.
  • You may submit as many entries as you wish
  • £5 per entry
  • Closing date midnight 30th November 2014

For complete guidelines on how to enter, visit http://www.magicoxygen.co.uk/competition/

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Winter 2014 – 2015

7 July 2014

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful art of poetry or writing a story that is worth telling everyone! And welcome to all having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00. All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com
Guidelines:
Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.
And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be typed or neatly hand printed.
Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.
Postmark deadline: December 31, 2014
All contest winners will be announced on February 25, 2015.
Prizes:
Writing First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.
Poetry First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.
Entry fees:
$10 per short story, $5 per poem.
To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”
Mail to:
Dream Quest One
Poetry & Writing Contest
P.O. Box 3141
Chicago, IL 60654

Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com for details on how to enter!

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One

The Third Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize

7 July 2014

Deadline:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Entry Fees

Donation of $15 per entry.

Prizes

The first prize in each category (fiction and poetry) is $1,000 and a package of books from some of Canada’s best publishers (including Coach House, House of Anansi, and Bookthug) valued at $700, plus publication in our Fall 2014 issue.

Description

The Third Annual Thomas Morton Prize is a yearly contest run by The Puritan Magazine which searches for the finest in groundbreaking fiction and poetry. This year, we are thrilled to announce that our judges will be MARGARET ATWOOD (poetry) and ZSUZSI GARTNER (fiction).

If you have previously unpublished fiction or poetry that you’d like to have considered, submissions can be made through our website at http://www.puritan-magazine.com/submissions/. Each submission is $15.

Full submission rules and formatting guidelines can be found on our website, but basic length rules are: Fiction – no longer than 8,000 words, double-spaced. Poetry – either four poems or four pages, whichever comes first.

Contact Information

For more information, please visit our website at:  www.puritan-magazine.com

Website:

http://puritan-magazine.com/submissions/

Chanticleer Book Review Blue Ribbon Awards

7 July 2014

Deadline:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Entry Fees

$40

Prizes

First Place Category award winners will compete for the Overall Best Book CBR Grand Prize of a $1,000 and 1st Place Genre Awards for $250.
Award winning books will have the opportunity to be placed on the Chanticleer Book Shelves (which sell and promote the winning titles). Our CBR Book Shelves are located in participating Independent Book Stores across the U.S.
A Chanticleer Book Review
A CBR Blue Ribbon embossed with the Contest Name, Author Name, and Book Title to use in promotion at book signings and book festivals
Digital award stickers for on-line promotion
Adhesive book stickers
Shelf-talkers and other promotional items
Promotion in print and on-line media
Review of book distributed to on-line sites and printed media publications
Review, cover art, and author synopsis listed in CBR’s newsletter

Description

The Chanticleer Book Review (CBR) is looking for published novels and unpublished manuscripts in the following categories:

  • Fantasy and Science Fiction (deadline Jan. 31)
  • Narrative Nonfiction (deadline Feb. 28)
  • Cozy Mystery (deadline March 31)
  • Young Adult (deadline April 30)
  • Romance (deadline May 31)
  • Historical Fiction (deadline June 30)
  • Western, Pioneer, Civil War Historical Fiction, Pre-1900s (deadline July 31, 2014)
  • Mystery/Thriller/Suspense (deadline Sept. 30, 2014)
  • Paranormal/Speculative Fiction (deadline Oct. 31, 2014)

Stories will be judged based on effective use of characterization, an intriguing opening, continuity, a unique story, writing craft, professionalism of editing and formatting throughout the piece, and a satisfying (not necessarily happy) ending. No erotica or graphic violence, please.

Novels may be self-published, indie published or traditionally published. E-pub novels with ISBN or ASIN designations will be accepted in the published division. All novels must have an ISBN or ASIN designation. Entries must be in the English language (please note if British Standard English –BSE – is used instead of ASE). Novels must be 30,000 plus words.

Accepts work in two divisions: Published (Legacy, Indie, Self-Pub, Small Press, E-pub) and Manuscripts.

Contact Information:

info@ChantiReviews.com

Website:

http://chantireviews.com/contests

Bartleby Snopes Literary Magazine 6th Annual Dialogue Only Writing Contest

7 July 2014

Deadline:

Monday, September 15, 2014

Entry Fees

$10 for unlimited entries (only one entry allowed at a time; see Response/Notification section for more details). Entry fee is due at time of submission and will be collected through Submittable.

Prizes

Prizes: A minimum of $500 will be awarded, with at least $300 going to the grand prize winner. Our five finalists will also appear in Issue 13 of the magazine due out in January 2015. Last year we awarded $945 in prize money. For every entry over 50, an additional $5 will be added to the total prize money.

2014 Prize Structure:
1st Prize: $300 minimum + $3 for every entry over 50
2nd Prize: $100 minimum + $1 for every entry over 50
3rd Prize: $50 minimum + $1 for every two entries over 50
4th Prize: $30 minimum + $1 for every 4 entries over 50
5th Prize: $20 minimum + $1 for every 4 entries over 50

Description

Compose a short story entirely of dialogue. You may use as many characters as you want. Your entry must be under 2,000 words. Your entry does not have to follow standard rules for writing dialogue. Your entry cannot use any narration (this includes tag lines such as he said, she said, etc.). Be sure to read our dialogue writing tips for advice on crafting your entry. You can also read our past winners while you’re there.

All finalists will be chosen by the Staff of Bartleby Snopes.

 

Bartleby Snopes was named one of Flavorwire’s “Top Ten Online Literary Magazines You Should Be Reading”. It has nominated yearly for storySouth’s Million Writer’s Award, The Pushcart Prize, and Best of the Net, and has become a force as a short story publication.

Contact Information

http://www.bartlebysnopes.com

Website:

http://www.bartlebysnopes.com/contests.htm

2014 Book Pipeline Contest

7 July 2014

Deadline:

Monday, September 15, 2014

Entry Fees

$50 per entry

Prizes

- Entrance to the Book Pipeline event in Santa Monica, CA in November 2014, where one winner is announced (finalists chosen will range from 2-8) The event will include representatives from Energy Entertainment, Benderspink, and Paradigm.
– $1,000 cash to winning entry
– Airfare to attend the Book Pipeline event (or $500 airfare reimbursement for international finalists)
– Additional development assistance and consultation from Script Pipeline executives

Description

The Book Pipeline Competition, presented by Script Pipeline, is searching for playwrights and authors with material well-suited for film or television adaptation. The winning writer will have meetings with Energy Entertainment (Extant), Benderspink (We’re the Millers, A History of Violence), and Paradigm to discuss further development and the potential for production.

After 12 seasons running the successful Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, the 1st Annual Book Pipeline Contest aims to continue discovering new talent and delivering unique, compelling stories to the industry–with the specific intent of getting projects on the fast-track to production.

Contact Information:

Email: entry@scriptpipeline.com

Phone: 323-424-4243

Website:

http://www.bookpipeline.com

2014 Green River Writers Contests

7 July 2014

Deadline:

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Entry Fees

$2-$3 for GRW members
$3-$5 for non-members

Prizes

2 Grand Prizes
1st: $175
2nd: $100
3rd: $50

16 Fiction and Poetry Categories
1st: $30
2nd: $20
3rd: $10

Some are higher, varies by category & sponsor

Description

Offers contests for short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and writing for children in a variety of subjects and forms. Poetry categories include sonnets, limericks, rhymed poems, humorous poems, persona poems and free verse. Also offers poetry and nonfiction categories that address social injustice, environmental issues or a love nature. See website for category guidelines.

Contact Information:

contest@greenriverwriters.org
Chuck Suddeth

Green River Writers, Inc.
2014 Writing Contest
c/o Charles Suddeth
9815 Farnham Drive
Louisville, KY 40223

Website:

http://www.greenriverwriters.org/contest2.html

The Ordinary Guru Contest

6 July 2014

Deadline:

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Entry Fees:

FREE to enter!

Prizes:

First Prize: $5,000
Second Prize: $2,500
Third Prize: $1,500

Description:

Have you ever met an everyday, ordinary guru who helped you break a myth that held you back, sparked insight, or helped you see the world a little differently? If so, tell us your story by entering the Ordinary Guru Contest. You can submit a short story, essay, memoir, photo essay, cartoon,graphic novel or poem.

Whomever/whatever the ordinary guru, your story must embody a personal experience. We’re looking for short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, cartoons, and poems about ordinary gurus. Ordinary gurus teach us what we need to know in order to expand our view of ourselves and the world. These gurus aren’t just people— they can also be anything in nature that offers you an insight or life-lesson, perhaps a pet, a wild animal, or even a tree that helps you see yourself or life differently.

Contact Information:

Nicholas Kent
nick@mindadventure.com

Website:

http://ordinarygurus.com

The 3rd Hysteria 2014 Writing Competition

6 July 2014

Deadline:

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Entry Fees

£5 for each short story entry and £3 for each flash fiction and poetry entry. Entries are made through the website at http://ht.ly/tlczg where more information, competition rules and guidelines can be found.

Prizes

There are three prizes in each category of £150 (short story), £75 (flash fiction) and £75 (poetry). Each category winner will receive a copy of the final anthology and an interview to help promote them and their work. Second and third prize winners in each category will each get a copy of the anthology to add to their collection and with an author interview.

The top ten stories in each category will also be incorporated into the third anthology, Hysteria 3, which is due for release on December 1, 2014.

Description

The 3rd Hysteria Writing Competition for women opens to entries on April 1 and will close on August 31, 2014.

The Hysteria Writing Competition is organized by The Hysterectomy Association for women only. This year we have three different competitions: short stories of up to 2,000 words, flash fiction of up to 200 words and poetry of up to 20 lines. As usual we are looking for entries that are inspiring and relevant to women.

Contact Information:

More information can be obtained on the website at:  http://www.hysterectomy-association.org.uk/hysteria-writing-competition/ or by emailing linda@hysterectomy-association.org.uk

Website:

http://www.hysterectomy-association.org.uk/hysteria-writing-competition/

Writer’s Digest Short Story Competition 2014

6 July 2014

We’re looking for short stories! Think you can write a winning story in less than 1,500 words? Enter the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for your chance to win $3,000 in cash, get published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to our ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference! The winning entries will be on display in the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.

Wondering what’s in it for you?

  • A chance to win $3,000 in cash
  • Get national exposure for your work
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference

How to enter: register and pay online or download a printable entry form. (Early-Bird Entry fees are $20 per manuscript.)

Early-Bird Entry Deadline: November 17, 2014

Entry Deadline: December 15, 2014

The early-bird entry fee is $20 per manuscript. The regular deadline entry fee is $25 per manuscript.You may enter as many manuscripts as you wish. If you are submitting your entry via regular mail, you may send one check (in U.S. funds) and one entry form for all entries. We accept checks or money orders, Visa, American Express, Discover, and Mastercard for all entries submitted online or via regular mail. Checks should be made out to F+W Media, Inc. Credit cards will be charged within 30 days of the contest deadline. Charges will appear on your statement as “F+W Contests.”

One First Place Winner will receive:

  • $3,000 in cash
  • Their short story title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2015 issue
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!
  • A copy of the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
  • A copy of the 2015 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
  • A copy of the 2015 Guide to Literary Agents

The Second Place Winner will receive:

  • $1,500 in cash
  • Their short story title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2015 issue
  • A copy of the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
  • A copy of the 2015 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
  • A copy of the 2015 Guide to Literary Agents

The Third Place Winner will receive:

  • $500 in cash
  • Their short story title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2015 issue
  • A copy of the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
  • A copy of the 2015 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
  • A copy of the 2015 Guide to Literary Agents

Fourth through Tenth Place Winners will receive:

  • $100 in cash
  • Their short story titles published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2015 issue
  • A copy of the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
  • A copy of the 2015 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
  • A copy of the 2015Guide to Literary Agents

Eleventh through Twenty-Fifth Place Winners will receive:

  • A $50 gift certificate for writersdigestshop.com
  • A copy of the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection

 

Early-Bird Entry Deadline: November 17, 2014

Entry Deadline: December 15, 2014

 

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Be sure to check out more writing contests sponsored by Writer’s Digest.


About 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Story Competition Collection
This special competition collection features the winning entries by the top 25 winners. You can purchase a copy online or order by mailing in the printable entry form. (You are not required to purchase the collection to enter the competition.)


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