Archive for the 'Novella Contests' Category

The Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature

21 June 2014

DEADLINE: July 31, 2014

NO ENTRY FEES
PRIZES: $3,000
DETAILS: Open to Kentucky residents, or writers whose work is set in or is about Kentucky. Winner must be willing to travel to KY for readings and events. Submissions may include: a collection of poetry (48-100 pages); a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, a short novel, a collection of essays or creative nonfiction (to 250 pages). No history, scholarly works, children’s literature, plays, genre literature. No single stories or poems under 150 pages.
CONTACT:

The Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature,

Sarabande Books, Inc.

2234 Dundee Road

Suite 200, Louisville, KY 40205

WEBSITE: http://www.sarabandebooks.org/submissions-bruckheimer

THE WOLFE PACK BLACK ORCHID AWARD FOR THE NOVELLA

19 April 2014

— NO ENTRY FEE.

Entries must be 15,000 to 20,000 words in length,

Submitted by May 31, 2014.

Each entry must be an original unpublished work of fiction

that conforms to the tradition of the Nero Wolfe series.

The mystery should be “traditional” in flavor.

The crime must be solved using the deductive abilities of the sleuth.

No coincidences.

The detective could be a professional or amateur.

The setting could be NYC or Boston or wherever.

We’re not looking for anything derivative of the Nero Wolfe character, milieu, etc.

Visit the website:   http://www.nerowolfe.org/htm/literary_awards/black_orchid_award/Black_Orchid_award_intro.htm

William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition

20 March 2014

Deadline Thursday, May 1, 2014 

Categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry Entry

Fees: Between $10 and $200 depending on category and manuscript length.

Prizes: Between $750 and $7,500 depending on category

Description: Accepting entries in eight categories: novel, novella, book-length narrative nonfiction, novel-in-progress, short story, essay, poetry and short story by a high school student. Only unpublished work accepted. No self-published or web-published material. See website for category details. Submit by regular mail.

Contact Information: Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, 624 Pirate’s Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116.

Email: faulkhouse@aol.com

Website:  http://www.wordsandmusic.org/competition.html

The Wolfe Pack Black Orchid Award Celebrating the Novella Format

20 March 2014
An important part of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe’s opus are novellas. To celebrate this format, the Wolfe Pack and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine have partnered to sponsor the Black Orchid Novella Award.

Want to submit an entry for the this year’s contest? It’s important that you read the rules and follow the procedures carefully. Click here to read this year’s contest flyer.

The initial announcement in 2006 was greeted with enthusiasm by the mystery community. Jane Cleland, long-term Wolfe Pack member, is the chair of the event. “At every mystery conference and event I attend, people are excited about the opportunity to write a novella—and they’re excited about the great prize—$1,000 from Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine—plus, of course, publication in the magazine!”

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine editor, Linda Landrigan, explains, “We’re delighted to be associated with the Wolfe Pack. And we’re thrilled to participate in this award.” (Read the announcement to the media!)

Heed the words of Linda Landrigan, editor-in-chief of AHMM. She says, “We need to stress that a novella is not a padded short story. A novella needs to be as tight and fast-paced as a short story or a novel. Authors need to ensure that the story they want to tell is properly sized for whatever format they choose.”

 
Postmark deadline: May 31, 2014

For additional Information, see:

Visit the website for details: http://www.nerowolfe.org/htm/literary_awards/black_orchid_award/Black_Orchid_award_proc.htm

For questions regarding the Black Orchid Novella Award, please email the Chair, Jane K. Cleland.

* If no acceptable candidates are received, AHMM and The Wolfe Pack reserve the right to declare no winner in any given year.

THURBER PRIZE FOR AMERICAN HUMOR

13 March 2014

  — $65 ENTRY FEE.

This prize is the only recognition of the art of humor writing in the United States.

The winner receives $5,000, a commemorative plaque, and is invited to Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio.

Deadline April 1, 2014.

Eligible books are those that are published in book form, whether as a hardcover or as an original paperback,

in the United States. Fiction, nonfiction, and collections of short stories are eligible.

Visit the website for details: http://thurberhouse.org/2014-thurber-prize-for-american-humor1.html

Leapfrog 2014 Fiction Contest

1 February 2014

Leapfrog 2014 Fiction Contest.

Open January 15-May 1, 2014.

Entry fee: $30.  

Adult, middle grade, and YA novels, novellas,

and short-story collections, minimum 22,000 words.

First prize: Publication contract offer with advance, plus finalist awards.

Finalists: $150 plus manuscript critique by finalist judges.

Judges: author Mark Brazaitis and the Leapfrog editorial staff.

For details, visit: http://www.leapfrogpress.com/contest.htm

Email: fictioncontest@leapfrogpress.com.

Tide Lock Prize

8 January 2014

Deadline:

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Categories

Fiction

Entry Fees

$5

Prizes

Publication in both print and digital editions.

Description

Submit unpublished novel, novella or collection of stories. Submissions must be 150 pages (approximately 35,000 words) or longer. Submit through online submission manager.

Contact Information

Waxing Press. info@waxingpress.com

Website

http://www.waxingpress.com

University of Pittsburgh Press Drue Heinz Literature Prize

4 June 2013
Deadline: June 30, 2013

NO ENTRY FEE

A prize of $15,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. The prize is open to writers who have published a book of fiction or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in nationally distributed magazines or literary journals. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages between May 1 and June 30, 2013. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

University of Pittsburgh Press, Drue Heinz Literature Prize, Eureka Building, 5th Floor, 3400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.

The AWW “Good Read” Fiction Book Competition

15 May 2013

Contact: www.awomanswrite.com

Prize: $500

Entry fee $40 includes a thorough, thoughtful critique, and the option to resubmit during the same contest period.

The Good Read competition is for novels written by women 18 or older in English. Send 75 pages, a query letter and a two-page synopsis.

Contest begins January 1 annually, and closes November 30 annually.

We are more interested in a good story well told and a point well made than in attempts to sound literary or poetic. Send us your best, simplest work. Make us love or hate your characters, believe or disbelieve your thesis, by your excellent prose composition. Get us involved in the narrative, or interested in the facts, by moving us skillfully from point A to point B.

AWW is a resource for creative women. We want to encourage work by, for and about women, but stories about men will not be overlooked. Just be sure that your viewpoint rings true and the experiences you portray are authentic to the character and setting. Be natural.

Do not use special script for emphasis. Read rules for the use of italics and do not use italics for simple emphasis. Do not overuse the exclamation point. Books will be judged on objective standards and demerits will be assigned for: word repetition, incorrect grammar and syntax, incorrect punctuation, improper formatting of paragraphs, weak characterizations, contradictory or illogical plot development, unbelievable or inconsistent setting. It will also be judged subjectively by our editors, as nearly as possible to mimic the experience of a new enthusiastic reader who has picked your book off the shelf and is embarking on the adventure of involvement in the world you have created. What stops, bores, or confuses that reader/editor will stop, bore, and confuse a larger audience.

Read the instructions carefully and submit accordingly. Inattention to detail can result in disqualification. The editors of AWW are themselves contest entrants (and occasional winners) and are well acquainted with the frustrations of getting it wrong and kicking oneself for having gotten it wrong. Please, read. For questions, email us.

Important: Contestants should be 18 or older. Submitting your entry certifies that you are eligible, and that all work submitted is your own. Entry fees are non-refundable and are payable only through PayPal. Judge’s decisions are final.

Visit the website for Guidelines for the AWW “Good Read” Fiction Book Competition 

at:  http://www.awomanswrite.com/rules.html#enter

The Return of the Miami University Press Novella Contest!

2 May 2013

After a brief hiatus, Miami University Press invites submissions to the 2014 Novella Contest. This award has been given annually since 2005 to a novella length manuscript of original fiction. The winning manuscript will receive $750 and publication.

Submissions are currently open. All entries will be reviewed blindly.

  • Deadline: October 14, 2013
  • Submission Fee: $25
  • Judge: Joseph Bates, author of Tomorrowland

For more information on how to enter, please visit the website, http://www.orgs.muohio.edu/mupress/

Colony Collapse Press 2013 Novella Prize

25 April 2013
Colony Collapse Press will award a prize of $300, publication, and 20 complimentary copies for the best novella, as judged by our editorial board.
Deadline: July 31, 2013.
Length: 15,000 words minimum and 50,000 words maximum per each individual submission. These pages must comprise a single work of fiction or novella-length narrative nonfiction.
Entry fee: $10 per manuscript. This fee is nonrefundable and must be paid by credit card from within the online submission manager.
Multiple submissions are permissible. Each additional entry requires its own separate entry fee.
Portions of the manuscript may have been previously published, but the manuscript, as a whole must be unpublished and must be available for exclusive book-length publication by Colony Collapse Press. Previously self-published works are not eligible. For excerpts published individually in journals or magazines, the writer must hold copyright. Include an acknowledgments page listing previous publication of included work, if applicable.
All submissions will be considered for publication. All themes and/or subject matters are eligible. All rights revert to the writer upon publication.
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but if the manuscript is published/accepted by another press while under consideration, the author must promptly withdraw the entry.
Book bundle: As a special deal to contest entrants, Colony Collapse Press offers any published book for an additional $6. For $16 total, submit to the contest and choose from a copy of the winning novella from the contest, or either of our two previously published books, Michael Sheehan’s Proposals for the Recovery of the Apparently Drowned, or Kara Weiss’s Late Lights.
Complete guidelines available at: http://www.colony-collapse.com/contests.html
Submissions: http://colonycollapse.submittable.com/submit

BOROUGHS 2013 NOVELLA CONTEST

28 March 2013

What’s in a Name?

Boroughs 2013 Novella Contest

Has the title of a song ever inspired you to write? We’re betting it has…and that you can take that title and make it your own.

We invite you to submit your 25,000-40,000 word, completed novella based on the title of a song – any song – that you adopt as the title of your story to: Submissions@BoroughsPublishingGroup.com no later than May 31st 2013.

Your submission MUST include a two paragraph synopsis of your story. The first round of voting will begin on June 10th 2013 and will be based upon your two paragraph synopsis so make it snap, crackle and pop.

First Round of Voting: By noon, PST, Monday, June 10th 2013 story titles and your synopsis will be posted ANONYMOUSLY on our website. Those that receive the top 25% of the vote in their sub-genre will be selected as SEMI-FINALISTS to go on to the…

Second Round of Voting: By noon PST, Monday, June 24th 2013 the story’s first 300 words (approximately 1 page) will be posted ANONYMOUSLY on our website for votes along with the title and the synopsis. In this phase, our Editors will weigh in and the top three vote-getting stories in each sub-genre will be selected as FINALISTS to go on to the…

Third Round of Voting: By noon PST, Monday, July 8th 2013, votes will be tallied one last time. The first 1,000 words (approximately 3-4 pages) of the story will be posted ANONYMOUSLY for consideration, along with the title and synopsis. The Winner of the WHAT’S IN A NAME contest will be announced at our Open House during the RWA national convention in Atlanta, Georgia (July 17th – 20th 2013) and we will have the results publicized on our website, FB page, Twitter feed and on Pinterest.

TO VOTE

Beginning Monday, June 10th 2013, and for each phase of the contest, you and everyone you know should visit www.BoroughsPublishingGroup.com find the link to the WHAT’S IN A NAME contest, then cast your votes for stories that tickle your fancy and make you want more. You may vote for every story you like.

PRIZES

ALL FINALISTS will be offered:

  • A contract to have their story published and sold by Boroughs Publishing Group
  • A full editorial process to make their story shine

THE FINALIST with the most popular website votes will be offered:

  • A critique by an editor of a full-length manuscript submission to Boroughs, with a turn-around time of two months

THE WINNER, chosen from our FINALISTS by our editorial staff, will receive:

  • cover art specifically tailored to the story
  • a blog tour promoting your novella
  • A critique by our Editor-in-Chief of a full-length manuscript submissions to Boroughs, with a turn-around time of two months
  • 75% of the winning story’s net royalties

Sign up for contest results through our newsletter or check back whenever you like for results.

VISIT THE WEBSITE: http://www.boroughspublishinggroup.com/about/enews/february-2013-e-newsletter

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