Submit your finished romance novel
of 40,000 words or more
for the chance to win $1000.
Deadline: December 15, 2016
Visit the website for details on how to enter!
information about creative writing contests, poetry contests, literary magazine theme issues, writing residencies, grants, fellowships etc. Now accepting creative writing contests news and announcements!
Deadline December 16, 2016 (must be received by this date). Recommended free contest awards four prizes of $500 for books of fiction, nonfiction, first novel, and poetry written by an African-American and published in the US during the current year. The awards honor books that depict the “cultural, historical, or sociopolitical aspects of the African Diaspora”. Must be nominated by the publisher. Sets and multi-volume works are eligible but inspirational, self-help, and adult graphic novels are not. Send hard copy to each member of the judging committee, along with all available information regarding the submission (e.g., promotional material, author biography, available news articles, and reviews).
Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Black Caucus of the American Library Association
P.O. Box 5837
Chicago, Illinois 60680
Published Poetry Book
Published Prose Book
Fiction, nonfiction, and first novel
Received By Deadline
“2017” contest has a 2016 deadline. Note the new deadline for 2016 (formerly December 18).
$500 in each genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and first novel)
Honor Book citations may also be awarded in each category. In addition, an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation is awarded. (These citations are awarded without any accompanying remuneration.)
Entries “must portray some aspect of the African-American experience past, present, or future”. BCALA presents four monetary awards: one for adult fiction, one for nonfiction, one for a first novel, and one for poetry. These awards acknowledge outstanding achievement in the presentation of the cultural, historical, and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora.
– The Fiction Award recognizes depictions of sensitive and authentic personal experience either within the framework of contemporary literary standards and themes or which explore innovative literary formats.
– The Nonfiction Award honors cultural, historical, political, or social criticism or academic and/or professional research which significantly advances the body of knowledge currently associated with the people and the legacy of the Black Diaspora. (Categories could include the humanities, science and technology, social and behavioral sciences, and reference.)
– The First Novelist Award acknowledges outstanding achievement in writing and storytelling by a first-time African-American fiction writer.
– The Poetry Award strives to recognize and promote emerging and established poets that introduce and foster the joys of poetry writing.
Postal Mail Only
Must be submitted by publisher. Sets or multi-volume works are eligible. New editions of previously published works are eligible only if more than 30% of the total content is new or revised material. Inspirational, self-help, and adult graphic novels are ineligible. Only finished, published books should be submitted; galleys (bound or unbound) and chapbooks are unacceptable.
Authors with Published Books
All authors, editors, and contributors must be African-American(s) born in the United States, and books must have been published in the US during the current calendar year.
Black Authors Only
Books must be sent to the individual judges’ addresses, NOT to the BCALA office.
BCALA’s purpose is to call to the attention of the American Library Association (ALA) the need to respond positively on behalf of the Black members of the profession and the information needs of the Black community by reviewing, analyzing, evaluating, and recommending to the ALA actions on the needs of Black librarians that will influence their status in the areas of recruitment, development, advancement, and general working conditions.
These awards acknowledge outstanding literary works for adult audiences by African-American authors. Recipients of this award offer compelling depictions of the cultural, historical, or sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora and embody the highest quality of writing style and research methodology, if applicable.
See http://bcala.org/literary-award-committee/ for a list of the judges.
(Contest year is designated based on when prizes are awarded, which is the year after the deadline.)
Fiction: Toni Morrison, ‘God Help the Child’
Nonfiction: Pamela Newkirk, ‘Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga’
First Novel: Angela Flournoy, ‘The Turner House’
Poetry: Nate Marshall, ‘Wild Hundreds’
Fiction: Lalita Tademy, ‘Citizens Creek: A Novel’
Nonfiction: Jeffrey B. Leak, ‘Visible Man: The Life of Henry Dumas’
First Novel: Dwayne Alexander Smith, ‘Forty Acres: A Thriller’
Poetry: Kevin Young, ‘Books of Hours: Poems’
Fiction: James McBride, ‘The Good Lord Bird: A Novel’
Nonfiction: Craig Steven Wilder, ‘Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities’
First Novel: Edward Kelsey Moore, ‘The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat: A Novel’
Poetry: Nikki Giovanni, ‘Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid’
Prizes in Each Category
Entries cannot be returned. Winners will be announced by May 2017.
Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish to receive a list of winners.
VISIT THE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS:
Bronx Council on the Arts
Bronx Council on the Arts
1738 Hone Avenue
Bronx, New York 10461-1486
Received By Deadline
Note new deadline for 2016 (formerly December 2). “2017” contest has a 2016 deadline.
At least 25 grants of $3,000 will be awarded across all genres (literary arts category competes against media, performing, and visual arts categories)
Literary Arts Categories: Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction (includes essays, criticism, journalism, memoirs, and biography), Playwriting, Screenwriting, and Illustrated Text
(See website for categories within media, performing, and visual arts.)
Poetry: 5-15 single-spaced pages; Prose: Maximum 30 double-spaced pages
Limit one application per artist. Works submitted must have been created in the past 5 years (i.e., between 2011-2016 for current contest). Author must have an email address and a Social Security number to enter. Full-time college and graduate students are not eligible. Recipients of any previous Bronx Council on the Arts award may not enter for one year. All BRIO awardees are subject to verification and proof of Bronx residency at time of award notification. $2,500 of the award will be given upfront at awards ceremony in June; the remaining $500 will be paid when the recipient completes a public service activity.
US Regional Only
Entrants must reside in the Bronx borough of New York City.
Sponsor confirmed length limits for submissions via email on 11/14/16 and also indicated that applications should only include unpublished work.
See website for detailed application instructions.
BRIO stands for “Bronx Recognizes Its Own”. Since its inception in 1989, BRIO has provided direct support to individual Bronx artists who create literary, media, visual, and performing works of art. Over its 25 years, BRIO has grown from 10 annual awards of $1,500 to 25 annual awards of $3,000.
BRIO is administrated by the Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA), which is a private, nonprofit membership organization that has been the official cultural agency of Bronx County since 1962. Recognized nationally as a leading arts service organization in providing cultural services and arts programs, BCA serves a multicultural constituency of almost 1.4 million residents. BCA provides an array of services to 5,000 artists and more than 250 arts and community-based organizations.
The selection of the awardees is based solely on the artistic excellence of the work submitted and judged anonymously by a panel of arts professionals (different panelists each year) working in each respective field.
(Contest year is designated based on when the winners are announced, which is sometimes the year after the deadline.)
2016 (Literary Arts):
Poetry: Alison Koffler, Sarah Stern
Fiction: Court Wayne, Maryrose Wood
Screenwriting: Dominic Colon
Read about all the 2016 BRIO winners at:
2015 (Literary Arts):
Poetry: Rachel Ansong, Jose Olivarez
Fiction: Jon Lewis Katz
Nonfiction: Chiseche Salome Mibenge, A. A. Weiss
Playwriting: Antoinette Mullins
Illustrated Text: Derrick Michael Charles
Read about all the 2015 BRIO winners at:
Poetry: Judith Baumel, Paul Bulman, Orlando Ferrand-Rodriguez, Matthew Thorburn
Fiction: Mercedes Augusta, Gina Clark, Bruce Tallerman
Nonfiction: Nahshon Ratcliff
Read about all the 2014 BRIO winners at:
See links to past winners since 2009 on sponsor’s website.
Four months after deadline
2016 results coming soon – 2017 competition now open
We have launched the fourth ‘To Hull & Back’ Short Story Competition, an annual short story contest with a humorous twist that celebrates the most imaginative and amazing short stories from writers all over the world.
Some highly prestigious writing contests offer huge cash prizes – the BBC award £15,000 and the Sunday Times give a whopping £30,000 to their winner. What can you win by entering this competition that contends with these short story prize giving heavyweights? THE most amazing, innovative and sought after writing prize on the planet. Forget the Pulitzer. THIS is the badger*.
Admittedly, I may have slipped into sales-pitch-chaos-mayhem-overdrive-mode whilst writing the opening paragraphs, but I firmly believe that I can live up to expectation. See if you agree.
If you’re selected as a winner:
1st Prize: £1,000
2nd Prize: £200
3rd Prize: £100
3 x Highly Commended: £50
14 x Shortlisted: £25
But it doesn’t end there, my fine writing friends, oh no, not by a LONG shot.
All winners and short listed entries will be published in the To Hull & Back Short Story Anthology. This will be available as a professionally published, printed book and as a Kindle download. The book will have an ISBN number.
If you’re published in the book, a writer’s profile will appear alongside your story and on my website. This will consist of a delightful picture of you, a short bio telling readers all about how amazing you are and details of your website, if you have one.
In addition to this, an author interview with the winner will be published alongside their story.
And there’s more…
This is the bit that will send tingles down your spine. Joy will ravage your very being and you will feel compelled to dance naked for no reason, no matter where you might be. I guarantee it**.
The winner will be taken to
Hell Hull and back.
Allow me to explain.
The winner’s face will appear on the front cover of the To Hull & Back Anthology. They will be depicted riding a flaming motorcycle and holding a quill of wrath. The covers from previous competitions can be seen below. Each year, the cover will be unique and created by a different artist.
Now that’s a prize.
But it doesn’t end there.
The winner will also receive a printed copy of the anthology. Before being sent to them, their book will be strapped to the handlebars of a two-wheeled chariot of delight (otherwise known as a Harley Davidson FLSTFi Fatboy 1584cc V-Twin motorcycle) and filmed being ridden to Hull and back.
Entries will be accepted from the 1st August 2016 to the 31st of July 2017!
There is an ‘early bird’ entry fee in place until 30th April 2017: £7 for 1 story, £12 for 2 stories, £15 for 3 stories.
From 1st May 2017 to 31st July 2017, the entry fee increases to: £9 for 1 story, £15 for 2 stories, £18 for 3 stories. I’ve put the ‘early bird’ fee in place because in 2016 I received approximately 60% of the entries in the final month. As the number of entries goes up every year, I hope the ‘early bird’ fee will encourage people to enter earlier so reading all the stories and preparing the shortlist is more manageable.
The competition closes to entries at 11.59pm GMT (Greenwich meantime, the time in London, UK) on 31st July 2017. The competition is run annually, so stories received after this deadline will be entered into next year’s competition, which opens immediately after the current contest closes.
The shortlist will be announced on this website by 20th September 2017.
Winners will be contacted by email or telephone by 30th September 2017 and announced on this website, celebrated and generally adored by 1st October 2017.
Prize money will be paid to winners via PayPal in October 2017.
The fourth ‘To Hull and Back Anthology’ will be released on 31st October 2017. ‘Hulloween’ seems like an appropriate launch date…
The winner’s book will be taken to Hull and back during spring 2018 (usually around March/April), weather permitting. Shortly afterwards the winner’s copy of the anthology will be delivered to them and the video of the book’s journey will be made available on YouTube, Facebook and this website.
They’re quite simple, but please read them carefully. Visit the website for official rules and details on how to enter:
Sunday, April 30, 2017
ENTRY FEE – $15
ENTRY FEE for submitting up to three pieces – $25, except for POETRY category where up to three submissions are accepted for $15.
1. The Winning Entry in each category (short story, essay and poem) will receive US$1000 as prize money, apart from a symbolic artifact (clepsydra), digital stamp and diploma. Authors of winning entries will receive printed copy of the Hourglass Literary Magazine No. 2.
2. The jury has the right to give a special prize (US$ 500 for entry in each category).
3. Special prize of the Literature and Latte – Scrivener Award – consisting of the one licensed software solutions “Scrivener” and US$250.
4. Special prize of The Literary Encyclopedia – an online reference work for English-language readers interested in broad literary and cultural matters – consisting of one 2-year subscriptions and one 1-year subscriptions to LE for shortlisted authors.
5. Editorial staff and board members will take under consideration shortlisted works (not awarded a prize) for publication in the second issue of the Hourglass Literary Magazine. The selected works will be FINANCIALLY compensated.
At the confluence of the West and the East, Hourglass Literary Magazine proudly announces its second international writing competition for – Best Short Story, Best Poem, Best Essay.
– Jury/Judges: Sibelan Forrester, Jelena Lengold and John K. Cox.
– The competition is international and is open to all authors writing in English or any of the BCMS languages (comprising Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Montenegrin.)
– There are no theme, or genre limitations and boundaries.
– Short stories, essays and poems by writers who write in English will be translated in one of the BCMS languages and vice versa.
– Participants retain the copyright of their works.
– Work must be original and unpublished.
– One author can compete in all categories, for all three awards respectively.
– Limited multiple submissions are allowed (as well as simultaneous submissions).
– Contest is anonymous and will be blind judged.
– Learn more about past contest: http://hourglassonline.org/pastcontest/ .
– Magazine’s “Manifesto”: http://hourglassonline.org/about/ .
Detailed instructions for submissions:
…should not exceed 7000 words or be less than 700 words. Entry fee: $15 USD ($25 for submitting up to three pieces).
Poems should not have more than 3500 words. WRITERS CAN SUBMIT UP TO THREE POEMS/SONGS. Entry fee: $15 USD.
Essays should not exceed 9000 words or be less than 1000 words. Entry fee: $15 ($25 for submitting up to three papers).
We only accept submissions online via Submittable – http://hourglass.submittable.com .
E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .
Facebook – www.facebook.com/hourglassliterarymagazine
Twitter – www.twitter.com/hourglasslm
LinkedIn – http://linkedin.com/company/hourglass-literary-magazine/
Connect with us: http://hourglassonline.org/about/
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
$9.95 to enter this and all contests at FanStory.com
$100 cash prize
Sudden Fiction is a flash fiction story that uses around 750 words. The challenge of this contest is to write a story with 750 words. The story can be on any topic. But the story must be 750 words (or very close to it).
Saturday, September 16, 2017
$9.95 to enter this contest and all contests at FanStory
$100 cash prize
For this contest you are challenged to write a Tanka poem. Tanka is a form of poetry that often follows a specific syllable count.
line 1 – 5 syllables
line 2 – 7 syllables
line 3 – 5 syllables
line 4 – 7 syllables
line 5 – 7 syllables
It contains five unrhymed lines of five, seven, five, seven, and seven syllables. (5, 7, 5, 7, 7).
Deadline December 31, 2016.
NO ENTRY FEE.
The 2016 Nightlight Readings Short Story Writers Contest is open to short stories up to 5,000 words. Stories should appeal to at-risk boys in the 10-12 year age group who often stop reading for pleasure. This year’s theme is mystery. Prizes: First, second, and third place winners will receive prizes of up to $1,000 award plus certificate and publication of the story. All award winners will be publicized nationally by Nightlight Reading.
Deadline: May 15, 2017.
$10 ENTRY FEE.
Please send your best fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic narrative, or hybrid genres.
Manuscripts should be roughly 35-50 pages, but we’re flexible.
The $10 entry fee comes with an electronic issue of Palooka.
The winner receives publication by Palooka Press (a perfect-bound book with a glossy color cover),
$200 honorarium, 20 free copies of the book, a bio and photo featured on our website,
and chapbook sent out for review and promotion.
Visit the website: https://palookamag.submittable.com/submit
THE FICTION DESK GHOST STORY COMPETITION
£8 ENTRY FEE.
Most of the stories we publish at The Fiction Desk are more or less realistic, but we try to stray outside that from time to time: Some genre fiction should be part of any balanced reading diet. One genre that we particularly like to feature is the ghost story. This year, there is a first prize of £500, a second prize of £250, and a third prize of £100.
The deadline is Tuesday, January 31, 2017.
All stories must be written in English, and be entirely the author’s own work. All entrants must be aged 16 or over at the time of entry; there is no upper age limit. Entries must be between 1,000 and 7,000 words in length.
Visit the website: http://www.thefictiondesk.com/submissions/ghost-story-competition.php
Postmarked deadline: February 2, 2017.
$20 ENTRY FEE. One book of poetry (book-length work or single-author collection of poems), one book of fiction (novel, novella, or single-author short fiction collection) and one book of prose nonfiction (literary nonfiction, memoir, or single-author essay collection) will be selected from submissions of single-author titles published in 2016, and the winning authors will receive an honorarium of $1,000 and will present a public reading and participate in panels at the Devil’s Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. The dates for the 2017 festival will be October 25-27, 2017. Travel and accommodations will be provided for the three winners.
Visit the website: http://grassroots.siu.edu/dkawards.html
Be it historical or contemporary, a grand love story or the gripping tale of a torrid affair,
through December 15, 2016, submit your Romance novel for the chance to win prizes
and be read by judges from Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Hachette Book Group.
This is an open call for writers of romance novels targeted towards an adult audience
or a young adult/adult crossover audience. The submission must be a Romance novel,
i.e. a narrative that is driven by a romantic relationship and has a satisfying ending.
Deadline December 15, 2016.
First prize $200, second prize $100, third prize $50.
All three winners become featured submissions to the partner publishers and agents.
Fill out the forms and upload a minimum of the first 30 pages.
Complete manuscripts are welcome.
Visit the website: https://www.authors.me/romance-contest/
Listed in Poet’s Market and Dustbooks
2016 Annual “SongBook” Lyric-Poetry Contest
See, also, in Conceit Magazine
Entry Fee $2.oo per song-poem – as per Guidelines
Cash, Check, or Money Order
PayPal account: firstname.lastname@example.org
First Place – 50% of Entry Fees collected
Second Place – 30% of Entry Fees collected
Winners published in LONE STARS Magazine
Winners receive FREE 1 year LONE STARS Subscription
Submit entries on paper via USMail:
In the body of an email
(No documents, files, or attachments)
Lyric-Poems in any subject.
Typed the way you want to see them in print.
3 – 4 line Verses
1 – 4 line Chorus
Authors maintain all copyrights
LONE STARS asks one-time publication rights
Milo Rosebud, Ed. & Pub.
4219 Flinthill Street
San Antonio, TEXAS
LONE STARS 25+ years Publishing Poetry
Annual DEADLINE Extended: November 30, 2016
Judging Editors: Milo Rosebud and Perry Terrell
of LONE STARS and Conceit Magazines
READING FEE: $2.00 per poem
5 poems per submission
Unpublished, simultaneous and previously published entries accepted.
Entries are to be 32 lines or less, single spaced, camera ready – “the way you want to see it in print.”
Contest Name & Author’s Name and Address on each page
Include SASE or postcard for acknowledgment.
One-time magazine publication rights to each publisher. Author’s own copyrights guaranteed.
40% of fees collected – First Prize
20% of fees collected – Second Prize
20% of fees collected – Third Prize
PLUS: 1 YEAR Subscription to LONE STARS MAGAZINE
6 MONTH Subscription to CONCEIT MAGAZINE
US Mail to: LONE STARS Magazine
email to: Conceitmagazine2007@yahoo.com
Use PayPal: email@example.com
or US Mail entries and reading fees to:
LONE STARS Magazine
Milo Rosebud, Editor & Publisher
“THE LIGHT OF THE STARS” Poetry Contest
4219 Flinthill Drive
San Antonio, TX 78230-1619
Perry Terrell, Editor
“THE LIGHT OF THE STARS” Poetry Contest
P.O. Box 884223
San Francisco, CA 94188-4223
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