Poetry Super Highway Great Poetry Exchange

2 February 2023

The mission of the Poetry Super Highway is to expose as many people to as many other people’s poetry as possible.

What?

Send a book – Get a book. In February 2022, the Poetry Super Highway will coordinate a great free exchange of poetry publications amongst poets worldwide.

It’s not a contest. There are no judges, entry fees, winners, or losers.

Last year 89 poets participated both sending their book and receiving another poet’s book from another randomly selected participant

By agreeing to participate, someone will be exposed to your poetry, and you will be exposed to someone else’s poetry.

How?

To participate you must volunteer to mail one copy of one poetry book that you have written to one other person participating. Just one book. In exchange, you will receive in the mail one copy of one poetry book written by a different participating poet.

Please note it is a circular exchange. You will be sending your book to a different poet than you will be receiving one from.

E-books are not eligible for the Great Poetry Exchange. (Save those for our annual e-Book Free-For-All in November!) Your book must be a physical entity. Even if it’s self-published, or ‘one of one’ that you printed from your computer and stapled together…but please, no e-books.

In early March, we will randomly assign the books to each participant and email you the name and address of the person you are supposed to send your book.

We will also list your book and description on this web page along with the link to your website for all to see. In addition, we will list the new books in our weekly e-mail update which goes out to thousands of people.

Please note, as the Great Poetry Exchange is open to everyone on planet Earth, it’s possible that you will be required to send your book to someone outside of your own country which will, of course, cost you more in postage than it would to send it domestically.

Also as our readership, our primarily English speakers, included books must be written in English or at least include an English translation.

Also. we’ll ask that you send us an e-mail in March once your book has actually been sent so we can keep track and make sure that all participants who send a book also get one.

You also must agree to send out your book within 2 weeks of being notified of who to send your book to.

To submit your book, please click here —>> ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM<<–

A Forest in His Pocket by Ray Cicetti
A Forest in His Pocket includes poems of whimsy and imagination, as well as explorations of family relationships. But the poems also speak to something greater that moves and shapes us within the poems themselves.

All Shards and Paste by Joanna “Joey” Polisena
Shards are the chipped-off pieces and eroded grains of myself that I collected from my mid-20s, when I was almost homeless again (yes, again), through my 30s, when I fought through that poverty, depression, and grief to find myself as a survivor.
https://scorchedfeathers.com


Books Pledged So Far:

Anthracite Coal Country; A Bygone Era In PoetryAnd Prose by GC Smith
A poetic history of anthracite coal mining in north-eastern Pennsylvania told through the eyes of the underground miners and their families. Honors those lost to mine disasters.

Armed and Luminous by Richard Allen Taylor
Armed and Luminous riffs on the premise that “If I were running Heaven, I’d have an angel for everything, not just for annunciations and deaths, but one for chance, one for maps, one each for happiness, grief, melodrama, procrastination.”

Coronary Truth by Diane Elayne Dees
Coronary Truth (Kelsay Books, 2020), is a collection of poems that examine our shared experience of fragility through such diverse subjects as the lifespan of a dragonfly, the shock of a friend’s heart attack, the navigation of blind fish, and the mystical waters of baptism.
https://dianeelaynedeesauthor.blogspot.com/

Drowning the Boy by Daniel McGinn
Published by SurVision Magazine in Dublin Ireland, Drowning the Boy was the winner of the James Tate Poetry Prize 2021.

Hogwash Too by Daniel Irwin
A digest size book of forty pages of off the wall, humorous, irreverent, sometimes insane poetry in colorful blank verse. A tribute to life; sex, drugs, rock and roll…toned down for the masses.

I Am Not Writing a Book of Poems in Hawaii by Rick Lupert
Rick Lupert’s 26th collection and latest book of travel poems written in the “holei” land.
https://www.poetrysuperhighway.com/

In Search Of The Wondrous Whole by Lara Dolphin
In Search Of The Wondrous Whole “is a book of joyous, juicy, necessary observations of the crucial stuff of everyday life, from the nature of waiting to Linus Pauling choosing a flavor of ice cream. Smooth and knowing, wise and open, these are the poems we need–right now.”– Robert Fromberg
https://www.amazon.com/Search-Wondrous-Whole-Lara-Dolphin/dp/B09RM8GGHM

Invitation to the Dance by June Sanders
A chapbook of Poems of the Fairy Folk, in villanelle, rhyme, un-rhyme, and free verse.
The fairy poet takes a sheet Of moonbeam, silver white;
His ink is dew from daisies sweet, His pen a point of light.
– Joyce Kilmer

Mirror, Mirror by Cathy MacKenzie
An eclectic collection of poems; some of my favourites, most of them printed here for the first time. Darkish poetry about life and death, although there are a couple of happier ones. Free verse, rhyming, prose-poetry. Several written in collaboration with A.I.
https://writingwicket.wordpress.com/

Music Speaks by Bill Cushing
A chapbook of poems focused on music with illustrations to accompany selected pieces. The is a re-formatting of a book that won awards from both Southern California (2019) and New York City (2021). Topics cover classical to rock but mostly jazz.

Nebraska–Conflicting Reports by Charles Peek
Poems and occasional short essays taken from the award-winning author’s life-long experience of the people and places in the nation’s heartland state, with topical photos.

Opaque Melodies that Would Bug Most People by Corey Mesler
While each poem recounts a snippet of life, together the poems create an earthy blanket that connects readers to a single mind whose voice throughout remains delicate, concrete, and vital, like an old friend. The verse engages the commonplace and the abstract with equal measures thoughtfulness.

Stumbling in CrazyTown by Peggy Gerber
Winner of the 2021 Open Contract Challenge, Stumbling in CrazyTown takes you on a journey from mental illness to back again, and all the lessons learned along the way.

Swimming in the Shallow End by Ron Kolm
A collection of recent poems, many of them dealing with the bookstore I worked in before and after the pandemic of COVID-19.

Trumpets in the Sky by Jerry Garcia
Trumpets in the Sky is a collection of poems that point to the universe while proclaiming the complexities of living on planet earth. These poems are full of astonishment, absurdity, reverence, and social science. Some are surreal, some are staid, all are sincere.
https://www.gratefulnotdead.com/

How to submit your poetry book, go to the online submission form at:

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Resident Artist with Mission First Housing Group (F/T, 40 weeks, $40,000)

1 February 2023

Deadline: Only submissions received by Friday, February 24, 2023, 11:59pm will be considered.

POSITION SUMMARY

coLAB Arts is looking to hire a trained and experienced socially-engaged artist for a nine-month residency in Edison, NJ with partner agency, Mission First Housing Group (MFHG). This individual should have a passion for community and civic engagement and in telling local, relevant, and resonant stories. This is not a discipline-specific position. Artists of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply including but not limited to performances artists, visual artists, social practice artists, musicians and composers, art therapists, writers, and storytellers.

This is a full-time in-person position over 40 weeks, split between office, studio, and outreach work. Salary will be set at $40,000 for the full term. Artist will also have their own production budget for use through the residency term.

The artist will be working in partnership with MFHG at their two Edison, NJ locations, Imani Park and Amandla Crossing. Studio, office space, and equipment will be made available for the full term of the residency at coLAB Arts’ New Brunswick location. The position is administered by coLAB Arts and supervised by Dan Swern, Producing Director for coLAB Arts.

BACKGROUND

coLAB Arts engages artists, social advocates, and communities to create transformative new work. coLAB Arts and MFHG are committed to cultivating and sharing person-centered narratives from our communities.

MFHG POSITION DESCRIPTION

The coLAB Arts Resident Artist with MFHG in Edison, NJ will be responsible for the development of new work responding to the communities of residents at both the Imani Park and Amandla Crossing permanent supportive housing facilities. The Resident Artist will work in collaboration with service providers of MFHG and their partner organizations, engaging in services and advocacy in support of their residents.

 

DELIVERABLES FOR THE POSITION

Full project deliverables will be developed alongside the applicant in response to their practice and experience but will include:

  1. Conduct regular oral histories with service providers, stakeholders, and community members.
  2. Facilitate regular monthly public workshops in response to applicant’s practice and experience.
  3. Facilitate and attend regular outreach programs with MFHG and partner organizations.
  4. Develop and facilitate a final (or series of) creative intervention in collaboration with the coLAB Arts producing team and MFHG in response to the outreach and engagement of the residency, as well as residency goals to be outlined between Residency Artist and partners.

Regular responsibilities include:

  1. Public documentation on weekly project and engagement work.
  2. Hour tracking and reporting on weekly work deliverables.
  3. Public digital archive development and maintenance of produced oral histories.
  4. Curriculum development and lesson planning for regular monthly workshops.
  5. Weekly meetings and quarterly evaluations with coLAB Arts and MFHG staff.
  6. Logistics and attendee management for all facilitated workshop and outreach events.
  7. Regular contact with MFHG and coLAB Arts communications teams including sharing of creative content and developing materials based on artist’s work for internal and external communications use.

APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS

Competitive applicants should have demonstrated experience and strength in the following areas:

  1. Applicant should have a portfolio of new work, with recent credits indicating continuous production. 
  2. Applicant must have a background in socially-engaged art through either a studio or public art practice.
  3. Applicant should have demonstrated experience with community engagement and community organizing, and will be expected to lead workshops, classes, and outreach events.
  4. Applicant should be able to demonstrate strong writing and communication skills.

Additional Requirements:

  1. BFA/BA/BM degree, MFA/MM, and/or MSW preferred
  2. At least 5 years of professional experience in socially-engaged creative work
  3. Experience with Microsoft Office and Google Suite
  4. Preferred that the candidate be bilingual in English and Spanish
  5. Have access to a personal computer
  6. Be able to work independently
  7. Applicant is responsible for their own transportation. Please note that both site locations are not near public transportation.
  8. Applicant is responsible for their own procurement of and logistics for specialized equipment for their personal artistic practice.

coLAB Arts does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, disability, national origin, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship, or authorized alien status, or veteran status.

coLAB Arts’ Anti-Racism Action Statement.

Full Land Acknowledgment, accessibility information, and location directions.

To submit, applicant should send resume with three references, artist website (portfolio if available), and cover letter with artist statement to coLAB Arts using the registration form below. Only submissions received by Friday, February 24, 2023 at 11:59pm will be considered.

MANAGING ORGANIZATION, coLAB Arts:

coLAB Arts engages artists, social advocates, and communities to create transformative new work. coLAB Arts facilitates creative conversation through innovative programs and artist infrastructure, connects artists with community partners and mentors, and executes productions that challenge perceptions and inspire action. http://www.colab-arts.org | @colabarts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

PARTNER AGENCY, Mission First Housing Group:

Mission First Housing Group is a nonprofit organization working to ensure everyone has a safe, affordable place to call home. We develop and manage affordable, equitable, safe, sustainable homes that support residents and strengthen communities. Mission First provides housing and services across the Mid-Atlantic to a diverse resident population that includes low-income individuals and families as well as veterans, survivors of domestic violence, homeless, seniors and individuals with disabilities. Today we provide affordable, safe housing to 6,000 residents in nearly 4,000 rental apartments. In Edison, NJ Mission First operates two permanent supportive housing developments, providing a critical combination of housing and services to 46 homeless households.

How to submit your registration application, visit: https://colab-arts.org/jobs/mfhgapplication


Booksie 2023 Poetry Contest

23 January 2023

Deadline: June 15, 2023

The poetry can be of any type, length, or content, but it must be your own. The poetry can be serious or whimsical, fact or fiction, but it should strike a chord that makes us sit up and take notice. We’re looking for poems that say something and make a reader sit up and think. You may submit as many entries as you like.

One winner will receive:

Grand prize winner (Booksie Gold Poet Laureate). 

  • $1,000 cash award
  • Gold winner badge
  • Promotion across Booksie in the contest winner sections of the site

Two runners-up will receive:

Two runners-up (Booksie Silver Poet Laureates).

  •  $150 cash
  • Silver winner badge
  • Promotion across Booksie in the contest winner sections of the site

Entry fee: $6.95

$3.48 for Premium members

Link to contest:

https://www.booksie.com/contest/booksie-2023-poetry-contest-32


Last call for entries: WOW! Women On Writing Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

16 January 2023

Deadline: January 31, 2023

Seeking creative nonfiction essays on any topic (200 – 1000 words) and in any style–from personal essay and memoir to lyric essay and hybrid, and more! The mission of this contest is to reward bravery in real-life storytelling and create an understanding of our world through thoughtful, engaging narratives.

Electronic submissions via e-mail only; reprints/previously published okay; simultaneous submissions okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail. Open internationally.

Limit: 300 entries.

Prizes (20 winners!):
1st Place: $500, publication, interview, and gift code good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store
2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and gift code good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store
3rd Place: $200, publication, interview, and gift code good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store
7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication, interview, and gift code good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store
10 Honorable mentions receive a gift code good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store

Entry: $12 entry fee; critique option for an additional $13

Visit the website: https://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php#EssayContest


WOW! Women on Writing Winter 2023 Flash Fiction Contest

16 January 2023

Deadline: February 28, 2023

Guest Judge: Literary Agent Emily Forney with BookEnds Literary Agency

Seeking short fiction of any genre between 250 – 750 words. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, great writing, and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants.

Electronic submissions via e-mail only; reprints/previously published okay; simultaneous submissions okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail. Open internationally.

Limit: 300 entries.

Prizes (20 winners!):
1st Place: $400, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
3rd Place: $200, publication, interview and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication and interview
10 Honorable mentions receive $20 Amazon Gift Card
Top 10 stories are published in the WOW! Women On Writing e-zine, and contestants are interviewed on WOW’s blog, The Muffin.

Entry: $10 entry fee; critique option for an additional $10

Visit the website: https://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php

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Emerald Theatre Company’s 6th Annual 10-Minute Play Festival

16 January 2023

Submissions deadline is May 31, 2023

Hello Playwrights,

 I hope your new year is bringing you happiness, health, and creativity! I wanted to share with you information about our next 10-minute play festival!!

Emerald Theatre Company’s 6th Annual 10-Minute Play Festival.

This year’s theme is The 7 Deadly Sins                                                                                            

Playwrights choose one and get creative!

Contest Rules:  No more than 10 minutes in length, 10 pages maximum, no more than 3 characters and relates to the theme.

Absurd, Comedic, Dark, Dramatic, Farce, Tragedy…literal or figurative, that is up to you!

Work must be original and unproduced.

These are black box productions so minimal sets are required.

SUBMISSIONS RULES: Send 2 printed copies. The cover page should only have the title of the play and what SIN is represented. On a separate page include the playwright’s name, address, phone and email. These do not count as one of the 10 pages.

Entry Fee: $10.00 money order or check payable to Emerald Theatre Company. Submissions deadline is May 31, 2023. Winners contacted and announced on July 1, 2023 and the play festival is September 1-3, 2023

Prizes                                                                                                                                          

 1st – $100.00 plus a medal plus stage performance

2nd $ 50.00 plus a medal plus stage performance                                                                      

3rd a medal plus stage performance. A total of 7 plays will be performed.

For additional information email Hal at hharmon299@aol.com and also check out our website at etcmemphistheater.com

MAIL TO:
Hal Harmon
c/o ETC
1402 Linden Ave.

Memphis, TN 38104


Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee)

16 January 2023

22nd annual free contest, sponsored by Winning Writers and Duotrope. The top two prizes are $2,000 and $500. $3,500 in total prizes. No fee to enter. Submit one humor poem online. Both published and unpublished work are welcome.

All entries that win cash prizes will be published on WinningWriters.com. Final judge: Jendi Reiter, assisted by Lauren Singer.

This contest is recommended by Reedsy. See guidelines, past winners, and submit online at https://winningwriters.com/werglepsh2301

For writing resources and contest opportunities, follow Winning Writers on Facebook and Twitter.


Dream Quest One is now accepting poems and short story entries!

12 January 2023

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who enjoys expressing their innermost thoughts and feelings in the beautiful literary art of poetry or writing a story that’s worth telling everyone! Welcome to all, having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00! All works must be original.

Guidelines:

Write a poem of 30 lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand-printed.

And/or write a short story, 5 pages maximum length, on any subject or theme. Genres: fiction, non-fiction, and creative nonfiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries, short screenplays, stage plays, and screenwriting). All entries must be either typed or legibly hand-printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: March 19, 2023

All contest winners will be published on April 30, 2023

Prizes (USD):

Writing First Prize is $500. Second: $250. Third: $100.

Poetry First Prize is $250. Second: $125. Third: $50.

Entry fees (USD): $5 per poem, $10 per story

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, mailing address, phone#, email, and 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 804632

Chicago, IL 60680

Visit https://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 14th Annual Gemini Magazine Short Story Contest

5 January 2023

FIRST PRIZE: $1,000

Second Prize: $100
Three Honorable Mentions: $25
Entry Fee: $8
Deadline: March 31, 2023

All Five Finalists Will Be Published Online in the June 2023 Issue of Gemini

  • Any Subject, Style or Length
  • Entries Must Be Unpublished
  • Multiple Entries Are Allowed
  • Stories from Blogs Allowed
  • All Entries Are Read Blind


VISIT THE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO ENTER BY EMAIL:

https://www.gemini-magazine.com/short-story-contest/

  1. Pay entry fee with credit, debit or PayPal: $8 each. Combine multiple entry fees into one payment. You will receive a transaction or receipt number.
  2. Paste the number you receive into an email.
  3. Attach entry as a .doc or .pdf file with NO identifying information or paste into body of email. Send to fictioncomp@gemini-magazine.com

Do not include bio. Include contact info in email only. (It is removed before reading.)

Contact editor here if you don’t receive a confirmation email. We will add you to our mailing list for new issues, news and contest info. Unsubscribe anytime.

ENTER BY SNAIL MAIL:

Mail previously unpublished entry with $8 check or money order, payable to Gemini Magazine, to:

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

Include $8 for each additional entry. Put name/contact info on separate page only. Include SASE for reply.

Postmark deadline: March 31, 2023

READ PREVIOUS SHORT STORY CONTEST WINNERS HERE.

VISIT THE WEBSITE: https://www.gemini-magazine.com/short-story-contest/


Askew’s Word on the Lake Writing Contest 

5 January 2023

Deadline: January 31, 2023

Whether you’re an established or emerging writer, the annual Askew’s Word on the Lake Writing Contest has a place for you! Part of the Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival in Salmon Arm, BC, Canada, the contest is open to submissions in short fiction (up to 1,500 words), nonfiction (up to 1,500 words), and poetry (up to three one-page poems).

Entry fee: $15 Canadian, which goes directly to supporting the Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival

Prizes: First Place: $200 and a Word on the Lake festival registration package. Second Place: $125 and tickets to the Word on the Lake award banquet. Honourable Mention: $100 and tickets to the Word on the Lake award banquet. Additionally, all winners will be published in the annual Askew’s Word on the Lake Anthology and will receive copies of the anthology in print and ebook.

How to enter, visit: https://wordonthelakewritersfestival.com/saw/writing-contest/


THE WRITER 100-WORD CONTEST

9 December 2022

Deadline: January 2, 2023.

Can you tell a story in 100 words or less? This is no simple feat. Showcase your ability to harness the meaning behind every word in our third annual 100-Word Contest. Write anything under 100 words – nonfiction or fiction – for a chance to win the grand prize: $1,000 and publication in The Writer magazine. Second prize is $500 and publication. Third prize is $250 and publication.

How to enter, visit: https://www.writermag.com/the-writer-contests/100-word/


BRIDPORT PRIZE

9 December 2022

Deadline: May 31, 2023

£11-£24 ENTRY FEES. Categories poetry, short story, flash fiction, and novel open for this deadline. Our short story, poetry, flash fiction and memoir competitions are open to international applicants, whilst the novel award is open to writers living in Britain and Ireland, British writers living overseas and writers living in British Overseas Territories. Poetry first prize £5,000. Limit 42 lines. Short story first prize £5,000. Limit 5,000 words. Flash Fiction first prize £1,000. Limit 250 words.
Novel winner receives £1,500 plus package. Limit 8,000 words and a synopsis – initially. Up to a year’s mentoring from The Literary Consultancy through their Chapter & Verse scheme (worth £2,640) and a detailed critique from the novel judge. Runner-up receives £750 plus full manuscript appraisal and Industry Day place from The Literary Consultancy.

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


NOWW 25th Annual International Writing Contest

9 December 2022

Contest Opens: Jan 01, 2023

2023 Categories:


Poetry

  • One entry consists of a minimum of 1 poem and a maximum of 5 poems.
  • Poems may be in any style or theme.
  • Combined line count of the total entry must not exceed 100 lines. 
  • Poem titles or spaces between poems do not count toward the total number of lines.
  • All poems per entry must be submitted in one file.
  • It is strongly recommended that you do not submit poems that require unusual formatting. If you choose to rely on a specific formatting, submit your entry as a PDF rather than a Word file. NOWW cannot guarantee formatting will remain the same and we cannot be held responsible for any adverse changes to your formatting at any point in the submission or review/judging process, or at the time of publication (should your entry win).

Short Fiction

  • A complete piece of literary fiction.
  • Entry must be between 2000-3500 words.
  • Title is not counted toward the total word count.

Creative Nonfiction

  • A complete piece of creative nonfiction; note that memoir and personal essay can be considered creative nonfiction.
  • Entry must be between 1500-3000 words.
  • Title is not counted toward total word count.

Bill MacDonald Prize for Prose

  • This contest category recognizes author and teacher Bill MacDonald, who published 39 books, most of which were set in the region, often Thunder Bay. The prize category was established in 2016, two years after his death. The category alternates yearly between fiction and non-fiction set in the Northwest, just as Bill’s work did.
  • For 2023, a complete piece of fiction.
  • A Northwestern Ontario setting must be central to the work. Northwestern Ontario includes the districts of Thunder Bay, Rainy River, and Kenora.
  • An entry submitted to this category may not be submitted to any other category.
  • Entry must be between 2000-3500 words.
  • Title is not counted toward the total word count.

Short Crime Fiction

  • A complete piece of crime fiction. The story should be a work in which crime is central to the plot. The category is broad and can include stories that may be considered mystery, thriller, cozy, or procedural.
  • Entry must be between 2000-3500 words.
  • Title is not counted toward the total word count.

Literary Critical Writing

  • A concise critical review of any art form. This could include but is not limited to, a review of a book, movie, television program, music release, concert, theatre performance, or the works of an individual artist. 
  • Your entry should aim to do two things: inform the reader about what you saw/read/listened to, and provide your evaluation, opinions, and final judgment.
  • If the entry has been previously published, it must have been within the last two years (2021/2022).
  • Entry must be between 300-500 words.
  • Title is not counted toward the total word count.

2023 Rules:

Eligible Writers

This contest is open to individuals (Canadian and international) age 18 and over.

Deadline

Entries must be emailed no later than February 28, 2023, at midnight Eastern Time.

Rules

  • Entries must be original and unpublished.
  • Entries must be written in English.
  • Entries must not bear the author’s name (other than on the cover page) or any other information that would make the author’s identity known to screeners or judges. Entries that do will be disqualified.
  • Edits and revisions are prohibited. Once submitted, your entries are final.
  • Authors agree that winning entries may be read at NOWW’s year-end celebration and published online on NOWW’s website and in the NOWW magazine without compensation to the author beyond that of the awarded prize money. With these exceptions, the author retains copyright in all work submitted. Winning entries may be edited prior to publication.
  • Winners must provide a photo and brief biography.
  • Submissions that do not follow the “How to Submit” instructions may be subject to disqualification.

Judging Process

  • Judging is blind.
  • Screeners will select six finalists per category to be sent to a final judge.
  • Final judges reserve the right not to select winners if, in their opinion, none of the entries is of publishable quality.

Results

  • Winners will be announced at NOWW’s year-end celebration and on the NOWW website on or after May 30, 2023.
  • The finalists for each category will be notified by email after June 1, 2023, that their entries were shortlisted. 

Prizes

  • Each category will be awarded a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize.
  • 1st prize is awarded $150.
  • 2nd prize is awarded $100.
  • 3rd prize is awarded $50.

Entry Fee

  • Entry is free for NOWW members in good standing.
  • Non-members must pay a fee of $10 in Canadian funds per entry before the contest closing date (February 28, 2023, midnight Eastern Time).
  • Payment may be made online through PayPal at the time of submission.
  • Cheques must be payable to NOWW and must be received by regular mail or hand delivered no later than February 28, 2023, at midnight Eastern Time.

How to Submit

  • Two (2) entries may be made per category.
  • Only electronic submissions will be accepted.
  • We prefer submissions in .doc or .docx. We will also accept PDF files. All other file types will be disqualified.
  • All files are to be labeled with the category and the submission title of your entry.

·        Examples: “Short Fiction Dracula is Back.doc” or “Poetry Three Poems.doc”

  • Prose manuscripts must be double-spaced in Times New Roman 12-point font with one-inch margins on all sides and the pages numbered. Do not add your name or any identifying features in the header or footer of the document.
  • Poetry must be single-spaced in Times New Roman 12-point font with one-inch (or greater) margins on all sides and the pages numbered. Do not add your name or any identifying features in the header or footer of the document.
  • All entries must be submitted by the closing date of the contest which is no later than midnight EST, February 28, 2023, regardless of payment for entry. No refunds will be made should you not submit in time. 
  • Each entry must include a cover page in a separate file with the following information:
    • Name*
    • Email address*
    • Mailing address*
    • Phone number*
    • Title of entry*
    • Category *

·        Line count (poetry only)*

·        Word count (all prose categories)*

·        How you heard about the contest

·        If you are a member of NOWW

1.      If your name appears anywhere besides the cover page or if there is any information within the body of the text that identifies you to screeners or judges, the entry will be disqualified.

2.      Counts must be exact, not estimates (do not include the title in the word count).

3.      Email entries to: admin@nowwwriters.ca 

4.      Pay entry fees via PayPal on our website: https://www.nowwwriters.ca/ 

5.      Include the name as it appears on your emailed entry in the comment section in PayPal to ensure it is matched with the correct entry.

6.      Send entry fees by cheque to:

NOWW Writing Contest

Box 425

1100 Memorial Avenue

Thunder Bay, ON

P7B 4A3

  • Due to the volume of entries, we do not send confirmation of receipt of submission.
  • For more information, contact Don at admin@nowwwriters.ca

Sponsor’s Name: Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop (NOWW)

Address: Box 425, 1100 Memorial Ave., Thunder Bay, ON  P7B 4A3

Email: admin@nowwwriters.ca

Contact Person–not for publication, but to facilitate confirmation of information.

Contact Person: Clayton Bye

Email: claytoncbye@gmail.com


Last call: WOW! Women on Writing Fall 2022 Flash Fiction Contest

14 November 2022

Deadline: November 30, 2022

Guest Judge: Literary Agent Savannah Brooks with KT Literary Agency

Seeking short fiction of any genre between 250 – 750 words. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, great writing, and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants.

Electronic submissions via e-mail only; reprints/previously published okay; simultaneous submissions okay; reprints/previously published are okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail. Open internationally.

Limit: 300 entries.

Prizes (20 winners!):
1st Place: $400, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
3rd Place: $200, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication, and an interview
10 Honorable mentions receive $20 Amazon Gift Card
Top 10 stories are published in the WOW! Women On Writing e-zine and contestants are interviewed on WOW’s blog, The Muffin.

Entry: $10 entry fee; critique option for an additional $10

How to enter, visit:

https://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php


2023 International Rubery Book Award is now OPEN for self-published and independently published books 

14 November 2022

The Rubery Prize is a prestigious international book award seeking the best books by indie writers, self-published authors, and books published by independent presses, judged by reputable judges. Creative writing is such a key part of life for those who enjoy writing yet it is increasingly difficult to become traditionally published. Through our reputation of finding quality and outstanding books, we aim to bring recognition to the works that win and heighten an author’s profile.
The Rubery Prize is a well-established name in the publishing world. 

We are now accepting entries for 2023. 

Books and Ebooks

  • As of the 2018 award, we would like you to send both versions of your book if you have the two available. This isn’t compulsory but would help us. When doing this you MUST make it clear that both versions have been sent to us on the entry form.

Books

  • You should send one copy of each book.
  • Entries should be postmarked no later than the 31st of March 2023. If you think your book will be delayed in the post please contact us. Any entries received after the closing date will automatically be put into the next competition.

Ebooks

  • We are happy to receive ebooks if no print version is available or if there is a problem receiving your print version.
  • Ebooks should be uploaded to us from the entry form in any of the following formats: Word, PDF, Mobi. If your ebook is in a different format please use Calibre to convert the file. 
  • Please be aware that books with lots of images will be large files and it may be better to send a hard copy version.
  • Your cover should be included in the file and not added as a separate file.
  • We cannot accept ebooks that are sent as a gift to download from Amazon. This is because the gift goes to just one person. Because of the judging process, the ebook may need to be read by multiple people. 
  • We will not accept invitations to download files from websites.

Terms and conditions

  • This is an international competition and we accept submissions from anyone in the world provided all submissions are in English.
  • Each entrant will submit one copy of their book.
  • Entrants may be asked to send a further copy of their book.
  • Each entrant will fill out the entry form and either send with their book or submit it electronically.
  • Books published by independent presses and self-published books are eligible to enter.
  • Entry fees will be paid either by PayPal or cheque (cheques in pound sterling ONLY). If paid by PayPal, your email confirmation should be printed out and sent with your book.
  • You may enter the competition as many times as you wish so long as each submission is accompanied with the relevant submission fee.
  • There is no publication date requirement but books should not be out of print.
  • Unpublished manuscripts are not accepted and will not be returned. No refund will be issued.
  • Entries cannot be returned.
  • The Rubery Book Award holds no responsibility for incomplete or ineligible entries. 
  • The website makes clear that books sent via a courier cannot be delivered to a PO Box. We are therefore not accountable if you go ahead and use a courier. We will also not issue refunds for undeliverable books.
  •  Anybody associated with the Rubery Book Award and employees is not eligible to enter.
  • Entries containing unacceptable (in Rubery Book Award’s opinion), indecent, defamatory, or discriminatory language, pornographic, or other unlawful content shall not be considered. 
  • You must not use a courier when posting your entry. It is also your responsibility to fill out the customs forms and declarations correctly. Not doing so will result in your entry being returned. We take no responsibility for this.
  • If your entry is returned to you we will expect you to email us your entry as an ebook or Word document.
    If in our judgment a refund is due, the request must be made within twenty-eight days of the entry being made.
  • All prizes will be paid in sterling either by Cheque or PayPal. The Rubery Book Award cannot be held responsible for any fees levied by PayPal or fees associated with currency conversions.
  • By entering you agree that if you win one of our awards you will send us a photo with your award for us to post on our website and/or social media and to be used for any advertising.
  • The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 
  • No feedback is offered and no personal comments regarding entries will be given.
  • Entries received after the closing date will automatically be put forward for the following competition. No refunds will be given.​
  • You retain all rights to your work.
  •  By entering this competition each entrant agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions.

Visit the website for details: https://www.ruberybookaward.com/


Last call! THE PLAZA PRIZES, NEW INTERNATIONAL WRITING COMPETITIONS

14 November 2022

Deadline: November 30, 2022

I’m an Irish author and I run The Plaza Prizes – a series of international literary, art, and dramatic competitions, based in the UK. We have Toby Litt, Sam Blake, Roland Watson-Grant, Tara Laskowski, Richard Skinner, Maya C Popa, Simon Trewin, Anthony Joseph, and many more writers, screenwriters, dramatists, and artists, slated to talent spots in 20 competitions over 2022-23, with over £20,000 in prizes on offer.

These are fabulous opportunities for writers to create a worldwide platform.

Here are some details:

Sudden Fiction

Prize: £1,000, US$1,100 (and publication in an anthology)

Judge: Tara Laskowski

Word limit: 1,500

Deadline: 30th Nov 2022

Short Story

Prize: £2,000, US$2,200 (and publication in an anthology)

Judge: Roland Watson-Grant

Word limit: 8,000

Deadline: 30th Nov 2022

So far, we have seven live comps, Poetry, Prose Poetry, Memoir: First Chapters, Literary: First Chapters, and Crime: First Chapters. Just like the Bridport Prize, we set up a FREE ENTRY Bursary Scheme for low-income and under-represented writers.

For more details, please go to: https://theplazaprizes.com/


Pet Flash Fiction Contest

14 November 2022

Deadline: February 28, 2023

Pet Flash Fiction Contest! Grand prize of $250.

Dogs, cats, parrots, gerbils, hamsters, iguanas, etc. The list of pets could go on and on. The challenge of this contest is to write a true story about a pet in 300 words or fewer. The story can be funny, silly, scary, sad, or any other adjective as long as it involves a pet. And to make it extra interesting, include a picture of the pet in the story if you can.

Remember, the challenge of flash fiction is to create a thought-provoking story within the tight word constraints of the writing form. Good luck and have fun!

The story can be any genre as long as it is based on the picture.

Prizes:

  • One winner will receive
    • $250 in cash
    • Promotion across Booksie
    • A gold contest badge
    • $15 in ebooks from the Booksie bookstore.
  • Two runners-up will receive:
    • $50 in cash
    • Exposure across Booksie
    • A silver contest badge.

Entry fees:

The cost to enter is $4.99 for regular members and $2.50 for Premium members (Premium members receive a 50% discount on all contest entries).

Frequently Asked Questions

Many of the most common questions are answered in our contest rules

Is there a word limit on contest entries?

Yes, this is flash fiction. The maximum length of your story is 300 words.

Can I enter as many stories as I want?

Yes, you can enter an unlimited number of stories.

Do I have to be a member of Booksie to enter?

Yes, you must be a Booksie member but membership is free. If you are not a member, you can easily become one as part of the entry process.

About Booksie Contests

Booksie is an online writing platform to help writers tell their stories and promote their written work. It is not a publisher and does not take any ownership of the writing posted to the site. Booksie has run writing contests for the last three years. Our sister writing workshop site, TheNextBigWriter, has run writing contests for the last thirteen years. Click here to view a list of previous Booksie winners.

Deadline: February 28, 2023

Prizes: $250 grand prize. Two $50 runner-up prizes. Writing fun!

Visit the website for details on how to enter at:

https://www.booksie.com/contest/pet-flash-fiction-contest-31


Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

23 August 2022

Deadline: September 30, 2022

Welcome to the 20th annual Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $8,000 in prizes.

Prizes:

  • TOM HOWARD PRIZE: $3,000 for a poem in any style or genre
  • MARGARET REID PRIZE: $3,000 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style
  • The top two winners will also receive two-year gift certificates from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $100 value)
  • Honorable Mentions: 10 awards of $200 each (any style)
  • Top 12 entries published online
  • Enter via Submittable

Length limit: 250 lines maximum per poem. No restriction on age of author. Authors from all countries eligible except Syria, Iran, North Korea, Crimea, Russia, and Belarus (due to US government restrictions). First time entering? We prepared this brief video to guide you. See also our short entry checklist, then click the button below to submit. Read the winning entries from the 19th contest. The results of the 20th contest will be announced on April 15, 2023. Fee: $20 per submission of 1-3 poems. Enter as many submissions as you wish.

How to submit, visit:

https://winningwriters.submittable.com/submit/58274/tom-howard-margaret-reid-poetry-contest


Write your best poem and/or story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00!

8 August 2022

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who enjoys expressing innermost thoughts and feelings in the beautiful literary art of poetry or writing a story that’s worth telling everyone! 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.

Guidelines:

Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, 5 pages maximum length, on any subject or theme. Genres: fiction, non-fiction, and creative nonfiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries, short screenplays, and, stageplays, and screenwriting). All entries must be either typed or legibly hand printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: September 30, 2022

All contest winners will be published on November 30, 2022

Prizes(USD):

Writing First Prize is $500. Second: $250. Third: $100.

Poetry First Prize is $250. Second: $125. Third: $50.

Entry fees(USD): $5 per poem, $10 per story

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, mailing address, phone#, email, and 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 804632

Chicago, IL 60680

Visit https://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 Booksie 2022 Short Story Contest

8 August 2022

The Booksie 2022 Short Story Contest

Deadline: September 24, 2022

We’re looking for the most interesting, original stories that will make us laugh, cry and see the world in a slightly different way. The winner will receive the Booksie Short Story Award, which comes with a hefty cash prize, a gold trophy badge, and one week of free Boosts. We also have awards for the runner-ups. The maximum length of 5,000 words.

Submissions via the Booksie website; reprints/previously published okay; simultaneous submissions okay; reprints/previously published are okay; multiple submissions are okay. Open internationally per the contest rules.

Prizes:

Grand prize winner
– $500 cash award
– Gold winner badge
– A free week of Promote for any published content of the winner’s choice (Promote features the content in front of Booksie’s millions of monthly readers).
– A Pro Review of the winning entry by Sol Nasisi, the publisher of WorldMaker Media.

Two runners-up
– $100 cash
– Silver winner badge
– One free week of Promotes for any published content of the winner’s choosing (Promote features the content in front of Booksie’s millions of monthly readers).

Entry: $5.99 entry fee; $3.00 for Premium members of Booksie.

Visit the website for details:

https://www.booksie.com/contest/the-booksie-2022-short-story-competition-28


WOW! Women on Writing Summer 2022 Flash Fiction Contest

8 July 2022

WOW! Women on Writing Summer 2022 Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline: August 31, 2022

Guest Judge: Literary Agent Amy Elizabeth Bishop with DG&B Literary Agency

Seeking short fiction of any genre between 250 – 750 words. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, great writing, and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants.

Electronic submissions via e-mail only; reprints/previously published okay; simultaneous submissions okay; reprints/previously published are okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail. Open internationally.

Limit: 300 entries.

Prizes (20 winners!):
1st Place: $400, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
3rd Place: $200, publication, interview and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication and interview
10 Honorable mentions receive $20 Amazon Gift Card
Top 10 stories are published in the WOW! Women On Writing e-zine, and contestants are interviewed on WOW’s blog, The Muffin.

Entry: $10 entry fee; critique option for an additional $10

https://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php


WOW! Women On Writing Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

8 July 2022

WOW! Women On Writing Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

Deadline: July 31, 2022

Seeking creative nonfiction essays on any topic (200 – 1000 words) and in any style–from personal essay and memoir to lyric essay and hybrid, and more! The mission of this contest is to reward bravery in real-life storytelling and create an understanding of our world through thoughtful, engaging narratives.

Electronic submissions via e-mail only; reprints/previously published okay; simultaneous submissions okay; reprints/previously published are okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail. Open internationally.

Limit: 300 entries.

Prizes (20 winners!):
1st Place: $500, publication, interview, and gift code good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store
2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and gift code good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store
3rd Place: $200, publication, interview, and gift code good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store
7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication, interview, and gift code good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store
10 Honorable mentions receive a gift code good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store

Entry: $12 entry fee; critique option for an additional $13

https://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php#EssayContest


News from Poetry Kit – Short Courses April – May 2022

16 March 2022

UPCOMING SHORT COURSES
can be booked by paying the fee using the PayPal link below the required course. 

BOOK NOW FOR THESE COURSES 

APRIL

Sonnet Workshop  – NEW – 4th – 24th April 2022
This short 3-week course looks at the sonnet in its traditional form and how poets are rediscovering it as a vehicle in contemporary poetry. This has always been a popular form but in many ways not fully understood.  This course will focus on producing sonnets and discovering possibilities in the form that have not been considered. The cost of this course costs £30.
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=DN8LBA3KTDN62

Ekphrastic Poetry- Part 2 – 4th – 24th April 2022
This is a continuation course from our original Ekphrastic Poetry Course. The aim of this course is to look at the different approaches that can be taken to bring new insights to poems that engage with a broader range of Ekphrastic poetry.  During the course, poets will be asked to respond to a series of paintings using a variety of techniques. Poems will be workshopped, and full feedback is given. The cost of this course is £30
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=8MNJMWTSYSBBW

Poems in the Everyday  – 4th – 24th April 2022
The poet interacts with the world in a variety of ways. In this short course, we will look at how the poet can interact with the world and find poems in everyday events. We also look at journaling and notebooks. The course will be conducted online over three weeks, at a cost of £30 – https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=YBZH2UU6PN6WG

Poetry in changing times – 4th – 24th April 2022
This is a short online course for poets who want to look at the way their poetry can stay relevant in changing times.  We will be looking at relevance, authenticity, and voice as cornerstones for producing poems that engage with change. We will look at personal, scientific, and imagined responses.   The course will be conducted online over three weeks, at a cost of £30 –
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=AMXZ6LGUKBKYU

MAY

Metaphor and revelation in poetry (NEW) – 9th- 30th May 2022
This 3-week course looks at the transformative qualities of metaphor in poetry.  The way metaphor can be used in exciting ways to bring new revelation and understanding in a poem.  We will look at metaphor in different ways and see how important it is.  The cost of this course costs £30.
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=55WBNXUYUL8CJ

 Images, short forms, and haiku – 9th- 30th May 2022
This course looks at the role played by images in poetry.  It considers their use in short forms and how they can be used to develop engaging and memorable poems.  As part of this process, we will be looking at the opportunities and challenges presented by short forms including haiku.  The course will be conducted online over three weeks, at a cost of £30 –
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=W48NLELP3TB92

Strategies for Writing Poetry – 9th- 30th May 2022
What do you do when you hit a point when the ideas and ability that you rely on for writing poetry dry up.  This happens to most writers from time to time, and in this course, we will look at proven strategies to get past this point.  This is a course suitable for everyone even if you do not have a problem as these are strategies to help approach poetry in new ways.  The course will be conducted online over three weeks, at a cost of £30 –
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=YSCXM42LTKWGU

Journals, Diaries and Dreams  – 9th- 30th May 2022
This three-week course looks at notebooks and journals as a key resource for writers and poets. Learn more about how these can be used and how to use them more effectively, recording events and snapshots, scrapbooking and dreams, and how to use these in poetry.   The course costs £30. 

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=729CEH4CJ2LG4

SPECIAL OFFER
Book any two of these short courses for £50 using the link below, and then please write to us at info@poetrykit.org to let us know which two courses you would like.
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8th Annual Mystery & Thriller Virtual Conference

15 March 2022

March 25, 2022 to March 27, 2022

Writer’s Digest University is pleased to present an exclusive online event for mystery & thriller writers! On March 26 and March 27, our 8th Annual Mystery & Thriller Virtual Conference will provide expert insights from SIX award-winning and best-selling authors on the finer points of how to write within the mystery and thriller genres. Spend the weekend learning techniques for honing your craft from six different published authors*, then (if you choose) pitch your novel via query letter to a literary agent specifically looking for material in the mystery or thriller genre. The agent will provide you with a personalized critique of your query – and maybe ask to see more.

  • How to Write an Opening That Pulls the Reader In by Wanda M. Morris
    In this session, we will delve into the elements that make a great opening to your story or novel.
  • How to Keep Readers Engaged by Chris Mooney
    If you want to get an agent interested in your book, you’ve got to keep them interested, which is why the first few pages of your novel are critical.
  • The Challenges and Advantages of Amateur Sleuths by Mia P. Manansala
    This session will answer these questions and more as we dissect amateur sleuths in popular fiction and learn how to make the most out of this common character trope through discussion and exercises.
  • I Got This Idea…: How to Turn Ideas Into Stories by Rachel Howzell Hall
    In this session, you will learn ways to move your good idea from your head onto the page as a full-realized story.
  • Creating Engaging Character Arcs in the Novel and Novel Series by C. Hope Clark
    In this session, award-winning author C. Hope Clark will share effective strategies for creating compelling character arcs in the novel as well as in a series of novels.
  • Point of View: Special Issues for the Mystery and Thriller Writer by Hallie Ephron
    In this session we’ll discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different viewpoints
  • Virtual Conference Enrollment fee: $199.99 per person

Visit the website: https://www.writersonlineworkshops.com/courses/wdu-mystery-and-thriller-virtual-conference


The 2022 First Pages Prize

15 March 2022

Deadline: April 10, 2022

Guidelines

By entering the First Pages Prize 2022, you agree to the following terms and conditions.

Prizes

  • Five prizes are awarded annually to emerging writers.
  • The competition is for writers who are NOT currently represented by a literary agent.
  • The winners receive:a. A cash award (1st – $2,000, 2nd – $1,500, 3rd – $1000, 4th – $750, 5th – $750 in US dollars)b. A tailored edit up to the first 100 pages to support the completion of their full manuscript (must be completed before end of prize year)c. Consultation with an agent via Zoom
  • Cash prizes are not transferable. The developmental edit and agent consultation are not transferable or redeemable.

Eligibility – Entrants

  • Eligible writers from anywhere in the world may enter.
  • Entrants must be individuals, not a company or organization.
  • Entrants must be over 18 years of age at the time of entering their work.
  • Entrants must be currently unagented. If you are represented by or signed with an agent, you are NOT eligible to enter.
  • If an entrant signs with an agent prior to winners being announced they must notify First Pages Prize immediately to withdraw and their entry fee will be refunded (minus fees).
  • Entrants may submit more than one entry. Each entry needs to be submitted as a separate entry and you need to pay the fee for each entry.
  • Entrants must submit the work using their name, not a pen name. A pen name may be used when announcing their win, if requested.
  • By entering, entrants accept that their email address is added to the mailing list of the First Pages Prize.
  • By entering, winners accept that quotes from their entry and their photo and bio details may be used to promote the First Pages Prize.
  • This competition is NOT OPEN to members of the board or employees of The First Page Prize, Inc., The de Groot Foundation, the reviewers or judge. Family members of the aforementioned are also NOT eligible.

Eligibility – Entries

  1. Entries are blinded. The entrant’s name MUST NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript of the entry to ensure judging anonymity. The entrant’s full name MUST NOT be part of the story title. Any entry failing to comply with this rule is immediately disqualified without refund of entry fee.
  2. Must be your unpublished, original work.
  3. Must be written in English.
  4. Entries may be for works of Fiction or Creative Non-Fiction.
  5. Must not infringe upon the copyright of any person or entity.
  6. No entry will be returned or kept after the winners have been announced.
  7. Entries will be acknowledged upon completion of submission.
  8. Copyright remains with the author.
  9. Entries that were previously entered into the First Pages Prize and did not place 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or received a Readers’ Pick are eligible to be resubmitted.

Works that are not Eligible

  1. Previously published entries (including on a website, Wattpad or any other online or offline platform).
  2. Entries (or drafts of entries) that won 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place in any other competition.
  3. Translated works.
  4. SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS are possible, however, if your entry wins 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in another competition you must withdraw from the First Pages Prize by emailing info@firstpagesprize.com. Your entry fee will be refunded (minus processing + transaction fees) unless you submit a different entry (within the period).

How to Enter

  1. All submissions must be made through the Submittable platform https://firstpagesprize.submittable.com/submit
  2. Please submit the first pages (1,250 words maximum) of a longer work of fiction or creative non-fiction.
  3. Kindly double space your pages, using Times New Roman 12-point font.
  4. Name your file with your story title and make sure your story title does not include your name.
  5. Acceptable file types are .PDF, .DOCX, .RTF, .ODT, .DOC, and .TXT
  6. Entries for the 2022 competition open on March 1, 2022 at 00:00 am Pacific Standard Time and close on April 10, 2022 at 23:59 (11:59 p.m.) Pacific Standard Time. An extended entry period opens on April 10, 2022 at 00:00 am Pacific Standard Time and closes on April 24, 2022 at 23:59 (11:59 p.m.) Pacific Standard Time. Please check a time zone converter to avoid disappointment and inability to enter http://www.timebie.com/std/pst.php or https://www.thetimezoneconverter.com 
  7. Only submissions received and paid for within the entry periods will be considered.
  8. Entries that are not paid for, are incomplete, corrupted or submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
  9. The entry fee is $20 US dollars per entry. The extended entry fee is $35 US dollars per entry.
  10. No alteration may be made to the entry once it is submitted.

By entering this competition, each entrant agrees to be bound by the competition guidelines, terms, and conditions.

Review & Judging Process

  1. All entries to the First Pages Prize are submitted to a blinded review process. Reviewers and judge do not know the identity of entrants submitting.
  2. Our judging criteria are: quality of writing (including character development and originality), a sense of story or bigger narrative emerging, and how much the reviewers and judge are hooked by the writing.
  3. Our review and judging process adheres to the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics (see below).
  4. Only winners will be contacted.
  5. No individual feedback will be provided except to the top five Finalists.
  6. The decisions of the reading panel and judge are final. No correspondence will be entered into regarding the judging process.

How to enter, visit: https://www.firstpagesprize.com/guidelines-and-termsconditions