Archive for the 'Memoir Writing Contests' Category

22nd ANNUAL MEMOIRS COMPETITION

13 October 2014

Deadline: Postmarked by November 30, 2014.


AWARDS:

1ST Place:  Your choice of a 2 night stay at The Mountain Muse B&B in Asheville; or 3 free workshops (in person or online); or 50 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff

2nd Place: Two free workshops; or 35 pages line-edited

3rd Place:  One free workshop, or 25 pages line-edited

10 Honorable Mentions

GUIDELINES:

Submit a memoir of 5,000 words or less.  Multiple entries are accepted.  All work must be unpublished.

Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, email, phone and title of work also on a cover sheet. Double-space, and use 12 point font. The entry fee is $25 per story, or $20 for Workshop members.

 Enclose self-addressed stamped envelope for critique and list of winners.

Please make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:

Memoirs Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.

Emailed submissions may be sent to: writersw@gmail.com, with “Memoirs Contest” in the subject. No SASE is necessary.

The entry fee is payable online at www.twwoa.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Paste previously unpublished fiction, poetry,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

Houston Writers Guild Fall Contest 2014

6 July 2014
2014 Houston Writers Guild Fall Contest is open for submission!

Entry fee $35 for fiction/nonfiction. $25 for poetry.
Open to all writers, regardless of publishing status.
Winners will be announced at our annual Fall Conference.
$75 prize awarded to first place in each category.
Entering is easy. Deadline is September 1, 2014.

For more information visit:  http://houstonwritersguild.org/contests

HARD TIMES WRITING CONTEST – Deadline Extended to July 30, 2014

20 June 2014
Deadline: Extended to July 30, 2014

 

AWARDS:

1ST PLACE: Your choice of a 3 night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B, 3 free workshops, or 100 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff.                                                                             

2nd PLACE: 2 night stay at our B&B; or 2 free workshops; or 50 pages line-edited.                                 

3rd PLACE: One free workshop; or 25 pages line-edited.                                                                            

10 Honorable Mentions

 Guidelines:

 

Write about a difficult experience in your life, how you overcame this obstacle, and how you were changed by it. Winning stories will be chosen for originality and creative writing style. Stories should be previously unpublished, and should not exceed 5,000 words (double-spaced, 12 point font).

 

Your name, address, email and title of work should appear on a separate cover sheet. The entry fee per submission is $25 ($20 for Workshop members).Multiple entries are accepted. Enclose legal size self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Do not use Fedex, certified mail, etc.

 
Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  
Hard Times Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.                                          Emailed submissions may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with “Hard Times Contest” in the subject. Please put your entry and cover sheet in one document (Word). 
The entry fee is payable online at:
http://www.twwoa.org/
 

CONSTANCE ROKE CREATIVE NONFICTION CONTEST

20 June 2014

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine,

invites emerging and established writers from Canada, the United States, and elsewhere to enter.

$1,000 awarded to the best work that embraces, but is not limited to, the personal essay, memoir,

narrative nonfiction, social commentary, travel writing, historical accounts, and biography,

all enhanced by such elements as description, dramatic scenes, dialogue, and characterization.

All entries should be previously unpublished, and between 2,000-3,000 words in length.

ENTRY FEE $35 for Canadian entries, $40 for U.S. entries, and $45 elsewhere.

Deadline August 1, 2014 (postmark date).

Visit the website for details:

http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/creative_non-fiction_prize/info.html

The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville, NC: National Writing Contests

31 May 2014

The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville, NC is sponsoring four annual contests, open to any writer regardless of residence.

Guidelines can be found at www.twwoa.org., or by emailing writersw@gmail.com or calling 828-254-811.

The awards for all contests are:

 

1ST PLACE: Your choice of a 3 night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B, 3 free workshops, or 100 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff.

 

2nd PLACE: 2 night stay at our B&B; or 2 free workshops; or 50 pages line-edited.

 

3rd PLACE: One free workshop; or 25 pages line-edited.

 

10 Honorable Mentions

 

Hard Times Essay Contest

Deadline: Postmarked by May 30, 2014.

Literary Fiction Contest

Deadline: Postmarked by August 30, 2014.

24th Annual Memoirs Competition

Deadline: Postmarked by November 30, 2014.

26th Annual Poetry Contest

Deadline: Postmarked by Feb. 28, 2015.

 

  Guidelines can be found at www.twwoa.org

ORDINARY GURU CONTEST

25 April 2014

NO ENTRY FEE.

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.

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

Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States

and the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec),

who are 18 years and older.

Contest ends August 31, 2014.

Visit the website:  http://ordinarygurus.com/

SLO NightWriters 25th Annual Writing Contest

12 April 2014

The 2014 Golden Quill Awards

Short Story/Memoir – 1,000 word maximum; Poetry – 40 line maximum

Entries must include the words ‘Déjà vu’ and depict the theme.

Entry Fee: $15 per entry, multiple entries are allowed in both categories

Prizes: $750 – First Prize, $400 – Second Prize, for each category, plus Honorable Mentions

Deadline: June 30th, 2014

ALL WRITERS ARE WELCOME!

Visit our website for more contest details at:  www.slonightwriters.org

Tom Snow, Contest Director

Contest email:  nightwriterscontest@gmail.com

In association with The Central Coast Writers Conference

www.communityprograms.net

Tribe Yoga Teacher Training and Retreats: Yoga Scholarship Competition 2014

25 October 2013

Yoga Scholarship Competition


1st Annual Tribe Scholarship Writing Competition

Win a scholarship on a forthcoming Tribe Yoga Teacher Training
or 500 Euros cash prize!

SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION DEADLINE EXTENSION
YOU HAVE MORE TIME TO WRITE YOUR STORY
RELAUNCH OF COMPETITION IN JANUARY 2014

Competition ends 31st March 2014.

POST NOTE: after cancelling the scholarship competition due to very few entries some people wrote in to tell us they were still writing!! If you have a story hold on to it. We will relaunch the competition in Jan 2014. The 3 entries we did receive were truly beautiful reads and worthy to be shared . We still would love to make a yoga stories book and with your participation we can. So please prepare your story and tell your friends to send in their stories too.
The winning TTC scholarships will be for 2014/2015
The entry fee has been reduced to 15 euros per entry

Tribe is offering a great opportunity to combine the art of writing with the spirit of Yoga. If you have experienced yoga, practiced yoga, lived yoga or just observed yoga, then you probably have a story to tell.

We hope this competition motivates you to pick up a pen and paper and write down yoga stories that will inspire, educate, enthuse or simply entertain others about the yoga world, yoga community or yoga practice.

Submit your stories, memoirs, essays, poetry, etc before the end of March 2014 for the chance to get your entry published and/or win a scholarship for one of our upcoming Yoga Alliance-Certified Yoga Teacher Trainings or 500 euros prize money.

A selection of yoga stories from those submitted will be chosen for publication in a book which will also offer insight into yoga practice and yogic living. All featured yoga stories will be complimented by text that explores the theme, message, experience, etc. that each story tells.

Not sure what yoga story you have to tell? Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

A specific incident that happened on the yoga mat, that magical moment when everything clicked into place.

Your story of healing through yoga.

Experiencing a particular yoga practice or discipline.

How yoga changed the way you live, think, love, exist?

A funny experience in a yoga retreat or in a yoga class.

How learning about the yamas & niyamas can impact one’s life.

A tangible experience of the chakras.

A mind-blowing breakthrough, that ‘Eureka’ yoga moment which brought you to a new understanding of yourself or the practice.

Meeting a ‘famous’ yoga personality, an Indian Guru, a well-known yoga teacher.

Your yoga story can be something you want to share or something you want to say. It can be philosophical, funny, moralistic, educational, touching, dramatic, etc. It can be told from a personal view or in the third person.
Winners:
Writers of the top three winning stories will be awarded a choice of a FREE place in a Tribe Yoga Teacher Training (as below) or a 500 Euros cash prize. The winning submissions along with other top stories will be published by Tribe in the forthcoming ‘Yoga Stories’ book.

All writers of any story published in the ‘yoga stories’ book will be credited in the book and will recieve a free copy.

Level 2 300hr Yoga Teacher Training in Austria, 8th June – 4th July, 2014 (Tribe Level 1 Graduates only)

Level 1 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in Goa, 23rd Nov – 19th Dec, 2014

Level 1 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in Goa, 4th Jan – 30th Jan, 2014

OR 500 euros prize money


Judging Criteria: Winners will be selected based on:

Personal Style (33%);

Content/Creativity (33%); and

Writing Skills (34%).

Judges
The winning stories will be selected by a panel of 3 judges. All jugdes are Tribe Faculty Teachers. In the event that a decision on 3 winners cannot be made the finalist entries will be placed in a hat and drawn at random.

Entry Fee

The 15 Euros entry fee payable when you submit your story contributes towards the publishing cost for the ‘Yoga Stories’ book. Any excess funds will be given to a charity of Tribe’s choice. You can enter as many individual stories as you like.

Competition ends 31st March 2014.

All entrants must be 18 years or older to enter.

VISIT THE WEBSITE TO READ THE COMPLETE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

http://www.tribe-yoga.com/competition-entry.html

YA Novel Discovery Contest

25 October 2013

Serendipity Literary Agency in conjunction with Sourcebooks Inc. is hosting their fifth annual 

YOUNG ADULT DISCOVERY COMPETITION

No query? No pitch? No problem!

Have a young adult novel—or a YA novel idea—tucked away for a rainy day? Are you putting off pitching your idea simply because you’re not sure how to pitch an agent? No problem! All you have to do is submit the first 250 words of your novel and you can win exposure to editors and a review of your manuscript from one of New York’s TOP young adult literary agents, Regina Brooks.?

NOVEMBER IS NaNoWriMo

In honor of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo.org)—an international event where aspiring novelists are encouraged to write an entire novel in 30 days—this contest is meant to encourage the aspiring YA author to get started on that novel by offering an incentive for completing the first 250 words.

The contest opens November 1st and closes November 30th, 2013 at 11:59PM.

GREAT PRIZES

The Grand Prize Winner will have the opportunity to submit an entire manuscript to YA literary agent Regina Brooks AND receive a free, 10-week writing course, courtesy of Gotham Writers’ Workshop, plus a collection of gourmet teas from Possibiliteas.co!

The Top Five Entrants (including the Grand Prize winner) will receive a 15-minute, one-on-one pitch session with Regina Brooks, one of New York’s premier literary agents for young adult books. They will also receive commentary on their submissions with editors from Scholastic, Feiwel and Friends, Random House/Penguin, Kensington, Kimani Tru, Candlewick, Bloomsbury, Simon and Schuster, and Sourcebooks. In addition, they will receive a year’s subscription to The Writer magazine!

First 50 Entrants will receive a copy of Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks.

YA literary agent Regina Brooks and her team will read all of the entries and determine the top 20 submissions. These submissions will then be read by Deidre Jones Little Brown, Nicole Raymond Candlewick, Aubrey Poole Sourcebooks, Kendra Levin Viking Penguin, Mercedes Fernandez Kensington, Annie Nybo Simon and Schuster, Erica Finkel Abrams Books, Monica Jean Random House/Penguin , Catherine Laudone Simon and Schuster, Stacey Friedberg Penguin Group, Laura Whitaker Bloomsbury, Anna Roberts Feiwel and Friends.

These judges will whittle the top 20 down to five, and each of the five winners will be provided commentary on their submissions.

One entry per person; anyone age 14+ can apply. Open to the U.S. & Canada (void where prohibited). Entries for the YA Novel Discovery Contest will be accepted from 12:01am (ET) November 1st, 2013 until 11:59pm November 30th, 2013 (ET). There is a $15 entry fee.”

What are the judges looking for in a submission? 
Entries will be judged based upon creativity, word usage, and the ability to instantly draw a reader into a story. Since the contest is limited to a title and 250 words, each word must be carefully chosen to have the most impact. This simulates the browsing experience of the average book buyer, who reads the title and first paragraph of a book before making a purchasing decision.

Visit the website for complete guidelines: https://tellitslant.com/home/journal_details/31

The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville: 22nd Annual Memoir Competition

25 October 2013

22nd Annual Memoir Competition

Deadline: Postmarked by November 30, 2013. 

Enter here

  •  Submit a memoir of 4,000 words or less.  Multiple entries are accepted.  All work must be unpublished.
  • Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, phone and title of work on a cover sheet. Double-space, and use 12 point font.
  • The entry fee per submission is $25 ($20 for Workshop members). Entry fee is payable online.
  • Enclose legal size self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Do not send via Fedex, certified mail, etc.
  • Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  Memoirs Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.
  • Electronic submission may be sent to WritersW@gmail.com, with “Memoirs Contest” in the subject.

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

Call for Creative Writing Submissions at Zymbol

19 October 2013
Zymbol accepts work inspired by Symbolism & Surrealism year-round.
Currently reading for S/S 2014: Exploration of radicalism, deviancy and surrealism. Outsider thinking and artistic expression.We welcome submissions that transcend the boundaries of genre and form—as long as the “form” you’re transcending isn’t one of our supported file formats.

  • Art and Graphic Storytelling Guidelines

    Zymbol accepts submissions of visual art and graphic storytelling year-round. Email work in .jpg, .pdf or .tiff format to editor@zymbolmag.com with the subject line “A/G SUBMISSION.” Please keep files under 10MB (if accepted, we will ask you for the large high-quality file).

  • Poetry Guidelines

    We strongly recommend submitting .doc or .docx files written in 12-point Times New Roman font, single-spaced (.pdf format is acceptable for works that require special formatting). We accept up to 5 poems per submission. If submitting multiple poems, please put your last name and the number of poems submitted in the “Submission Title” field; for example: “Smith, 5 Poems.” Simultaneous submissions are fine—please notify us immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. Zymbol will consider work previously self-published or posted to a personal blog. We endeavor to respond to submissions within 10 weeks; you can log into the submissions manager to check on the status of your submission. If you encounter any technical problems, email us at tech@zymbolmag.com.

  • Fiction, Memoir, and Essay Guidelines

    We strongly recommend submitting .doc or .docx files written in 12-point Times New Roman font, single-spaced (.pdf format is acceptable for works that require special formatting). Submissions under 7,000 words are given preference over longer works; however, the editors will consider works of exceptional merit up to 10,000 words. Simultaneous submissions are fine—please notify us immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. Zymbol will consider work previously self-published or posted to a personal blog. We endeavor to respond to submissions within 10 weeks; you can log into the submissions manager to check on the status of your submission. If you encounter any technical problems, email us at tech@zymbolmag.com.

  • Visit the website for details on how submit your work at:

http://zymbolmag.com/submission-guidelines/

The Writers’ Workshop: Fiction and Memoirs Contests

19 October 2013

  The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville is sponsoring two contests, Fiction and Memoirs, open to any writer regardless of residence. The awards for both contests are:

 1ST PLACE:  Your choice of a 3 night stay at The Mountain Muse B&B in Asheville; or 3 free online workshops; or 100 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff

2nd PLACE: 2 night stay at the B&B; or 2 free workshops; or 50 pages line-edited

3rd PLACE:  One free workshop, or 25 pages line-edited

10 Honorable Mentions

Fiction Contest

Deadline: Postmarked by October 30, 2013.

Guidelines:

 Submit a short story or chapter of a novel of 5,000 words or less.  Multiple entries are accepted.  All work must be unpublished.

Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, phone and title of work on a cover sheet. Double-space, and use 12 point font.

The entry fee is $25 per story.  Enclose self-addressed stamped envelope for critique and list of winners. Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to: Fiction Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.

Emailed submissions may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with “Fiction Contest” in the subject.  No cover sheet or SASE is necessary. The entry fee is payable online at www.twwoa.org.

25th  Annual Memoirs Competition

Deadline: Postmarked by November 30, 2013.

 Guidelines:

 Submit a memoir of 5,000 words or less.  Multiple entries are accepted.  All work must be unpublished. Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, email, phone and title of work also on a cover sheet. Double-space, and use 12 point font.

The entry fee is $25 per story.  Enclose self-addressed stamped envelope for critique and list of winners.   

Please make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:

Memoirs Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.

Emailed submissions may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with “Memoirs Contest” in the subject. No cover sheet or SASE is necessary. The entry fee is payable online at www.twwoa.org

QUIRK BOOKS “LOOKING FOR LOVE” FICTION CONTEST

21 August 2013

DEADLINE: October 1, 2013

GENRE: Books

DETAILS: Any genre of novel is accepted, as long as it includes a love story.

“Boy meets girl, girl meets girl, girl meets shark, shark meets pirate — anything goes.”

Previously unpublished novel, 50,000 words minimum, no maximum.

PRIZE: $10,000 and publication by Quirk Books.

There are no entry fees.

URL: http://quirkbooks.com/lovestories

BWG Short Story Award 2014

16 August 2013

Announcing the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award 2014. 

Submissions open October 1, 2013 and the deadline is January 15th, 2014.

It is a short fiction or memoir contest, 2000 words or less on the theme “Food Stories”. 

First prize: $200, plus possible publication in BWG anthology.

Second prize: $100 plus publication in the Roundtable. 

Third prize: $50 plus publication in the Roundtable. 

Honorable Mentions may also be selected and published in the Roundtable. 

Entry fee: $10 per story

Go to: www.bwgwritersroundtable.com for more information.

The Society of Southwestern Authors Writing Contest

14 August 2013
We are again running our annual Writing Contest Chair for the Society of Southwestern Authors.
Categories:

Short Story – 2,500 words max

Personal Essay/Memoir – 2,500 words max

Poetry – 40 lines max

Prizes

1st: $250
2nd: $125
3rd: $75
Honorable mentions: $25

All work must be previously unpublished. 

The full set at rules are posted at http://www.ssa-az.org/contest.html

Deadline is August 31, 2013.  For more info contact Donna Young at karmamiranda@yahoo.com

WASAFIRI NEW WRITING PRIZE

8 June 2013

ENTRY FEE £6, £10 or £15
The competition is open to anyone worldwide who has not published a complete book. We are looking for creative submissions in one of three categories: Poetry, Fiction or Life Writing. £300 will be awarded to the winner in each category and their work will be published in Wasafiri. Deadline July 26, 2013.

Visit the website for details:

http://www.wasafiri.org/wasafiri-new-writing-prize.asp

Shirley You Jest! Book Awards

5 June 2013

Deadline: Monday, July 22, 2013

Categories

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Entry Fees

$50 per entry

Prizes

First and second place fiction and non-fiction winners receive interviews, reviews, special blog promos and social media mentions from SYJ! sponsors.

Description

Shirley You Jest! Book Awards honors books by self-published and traditionally published indie authors that “deliver the funny” in the categories of fiction and non-fiction. E-book and print titles released between 2012 – 2013 are eligible.

Contact Information

syjbookawards@gmail.com

Visit the website for details:

http://www.shirley-you-jest.net/#!the-contest

WRITER ADVICE ANNOUNCES ITS 8TH FLASH PROSE CONTEST

29 March 2013

WriterAdvice seeks flash fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction running 750 words or less. Enlighten, dazzle, and delight us. Finalists receive responses from all judges.

DEADLINE: Submit to the 8th WriterAdvice Flash Prose Contest by April 18, 2013.

JUDGES: Former prizewinners, Marcelle SovieroJLSchneider, and Madeline Stevens are this year’s judges. Read their pieces and biographies by clicking on the Archived Contest Entries button at www.writeradvice.com .

PRIZES: First Place earns $200; Second Place earns $100; Third Place earns $50; Honorable Mentions will also be published.

FOR BEST RESULTS:

1. Include your name, contact information, and title in the cover    letter, but only include your title in the submission so it remains anonymous.
2. Tell us if the submission is fiction or memoir in the cover letter.
3. Since we judge these anonymously, please don’t tell us your background or where you’ve been published. If you are a finalist, we’ll ask for a bio.
4. Please double-space your submission.

SUBMISSIONS: All entries should be submitted through Submittable, Submit to Writer Advice

You may enter UP TO THREE stories, but each is a separate submission with a separate fee of $13.

Names of all winners will be announced in the summer issue of WriterAdvice, http://www.writeradvice.com.

E-mail questions, but not submissions to editor B. Lynn Goodwin at  Lgood67334@comcast.net.

Visit the website: www.writeradvice.com

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