Screencraft: Comedy Screenplay Contest 2018

21 April 2018

DEADLINE: JUNE 1, 2018

Whether you have a romantic comedy or an action-comedy blockbuster, we want to read your script!

We’re thrilled to announce our 2018 Comedy Screenplay Contest. Big or small, our jury is looking for smart feature film screenplays with a strong command of the craft, lots of heart and unique comedic voices. All entries are eligible for optional feedback from a studio-trained professional reader.

1st Place: Feature GRAND PRIZE $ 1,000 Cash

  • phone consultations with top Hollywood literary managers and agents
  • personal introduction to studio executives and producers

2nd Place: $ 200 Cash

  • will receive a in-depth development and career strategy with the ScreenCraft team
  • personal introductions to managers, agents, producers and development executives

Top 3 Finalists:

  • written feedback from one of our professional Hollywood readers
  • Free license to Final Draft 10 screenwriting software.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • All writers at least 18 years of age are eligible. However, a writer who has earned more than $50,000 (or equivalent currency) from professional writing services for film or TV in the preceding year is not. (Contest winnings not included.)
  • All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible; however the material submitted must be in English.
  • All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible.
  • There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
  • The material submitted must not be encumbered by any obligation to, or option held by, a third party prior to entering the competition.
  • Any submitted work that becomes optioned, published, produced or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period will no longer be eligible.
  • Material should be submitted in standard screenplay format, font, spacing and margin.
  • We have no preferences regarding title page content. Title and name of writer would suffice.
  • Adaptations are ineligible unless the underlying rights are owned by the writer or the work is in the public domain.
  • Feature screenplays longer than 140 pages will not be eligible.
  • All material must be submitted electronically as a PDF or it will not be eligible.

RULES:

  • Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only, between March 15, 2018 and June 1, 2018.
  • Entry fee for each screenplay is $49 until the early deadline on April 16th, and then $69 until final deadline on June 1st.
  • There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
  • Entries must be received on or before the deadlines and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.
  • Please proofread your script carefully before submitting.
  • Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the submitted material will be allowed for a limited time with a $5 reentry fee via Coverfly (instructions will be provided in your submission confirmation email).
  • All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
  • Material must be submitted by the writer. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s).  All writers must be credited on title page.
  • If a writing team is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given to the person who submits the project. Each team is responsible for dividing or sharing the prize money.
  • It is recommended that original material be registered with the WGA or The Library of Congress before submitting to any competition, however we do not require registration.
  • All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders. 

APPLY HERE before the final deadline on June 1st, 2018 — Mark your calendar!

Here’s the 2018 jury:

  • Joseph Garner (Film Producer of HANGOVER PART II & IIIDUE DATEWAR DOGS, and XOXO. Development Executive for Bradley Cooper and Todd Philip’s company Joint Effort with a 3-year production deal at Warner Bros.)
  • Joe Farrell (Development Executive at Funny or Die Films, the company behind some of the funniest online videos (and now feature films) with access to top Hollywood talent.)
  • Cara Masline (Literary Manager at 3 Arts Entertainment, the production and management company behind such celebrated comedy Hollywood talent as Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Kevin Hart, Mindy Kaling, Matt LeBlanc, BJ Novak, Charlie Day, Geroge Lopez, James Franco, Aziz Ansari, Louis CK and many more!)

The final deadline is June 1st, 2018.

“CLICK HERE to VISIT THE WEBSITE”

We look forward to reading your screenplay. We hope you will become one of our ScreenCraft success stories!

– Team ScreenCraft

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Last call for entries! All Poets & Writers are Welcome – Postmarked deadline: April 23, 2018, 11:59 PM, PST

21 April 2018

*Attention: Yes, there is still time to send your wonderful poetry and short story entries! All entries must be submitted via postal mail or electronically via email by April 23, 2018 at 11:59 PM, Pacific Standard Time (PST).

THE DREAM QUEST ONE POETRY & WRITING CONTEST is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that is worth telling everyone! Guidelines: (1) Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, form or style. And/or (2) Write short story, five pages maximum length, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme, fiction, nonfiction, or creative nonfiction. Multiple and simultaneous entries are accepted. (www.dreamquestone.com/rules.html) *Postmarked deadline: April 23, 2018 at 11:59 PM, PSTPrizes: Writing First Prize is $500; Second: $250; Third: $100. Poetry First Prize: $250; Second: $125; Third: $50. All contest winners works will be published online in the Dare to Dream pages, on May 31, 2018. Entry fees: $10 per story, $5 per poem. To send entries by mail: Include title of poem(s) or story(ies), name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself) on the coversheet; add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation.

Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”

Mail to:

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

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


SPRING 2018 FLASH FICTION CONTEST

21 April 2018

SPRING 2018 FLASH FICTION CONTEST WITH GUEST JUDGE LITERARY AGENT SHARON PELLETIER

Deadline: May 31, 2018.

Do you need some writing inspiration? Contests are a great way to spark your creativity, and you may even win a prize! Get your best work together and consider entering the WOW! quarterly flash fiction contest with guest judge, literary agent Sharon Pelletier with Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. Stop by the contest page, download the pdf guidelines, and read all about Sharon’s preferences. The Spring Contest is open to all genres of fiction between 250 – 750 words. Only 300 stories are accepted, so enter early to ensure your spot in the contest. This season, we’ve raised the cash prizes!

For details on how to enter: http://wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php#FlashFictionContest


Last call for entries! CREATIVE NONFICTION ESSAY CONTEST

21 April 2018

Q3 2018 CREATIVE NONFICTION ESSAY CONTEST

Deadline: April 30, 2018.

WOW! is proud to introduce our newest essay contest! Writers have been asking us to host an essay contest for many years, and we’ve finally listened. The mission of this essay contest is to inspire creative nonfiction and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. Your story must be true, but the way you tell it is your chance to get creative. We are open to all styles of essay—from personal essay to lyric essay to hybrid essay, and beyond! Word Count: 200 – 1,000 words. Only 300 stories are accepted, so enter early to ensure your spot in the contest. 1st Place: $500. 

For details on how to enter, visit: http://wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php#EssayContest


$5,500 in awards for writers | Deadline: May 18, 2018

10 April 2018

The $2,500 Conger Beasley Jr. Award for Nonfiction

for the best Essay.

The $1,500 New Letters Prize for Poetry

for the best group of three to six poems.

The $1,500 New Letters Prize for Fiction

for the best short story.

GUIDELINES:

Upload your writing online by midnight Friday, May 18th, 2018. Entries sent after midnight May 18th, 2018 cannot be considered or refunded. Please read guidelines carefully to ensure the best service.  For a printable version of the guidelines, click here.

Postmark by May 18, 2018.

Mail Entries to:
New Letters Awards for Writers
UMKC, University House
5101 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO  64110-2499

Enclose with each entry:

$24 entry fee for each manuscript submitted. A one-year subscription or subscription renewal to New Letters, shipped to any address within the United States, is included in the price of the first entry.  (Subscriptions mailed outside the U.S. require a $15 postal surcharge.)  Make checks payable to New Letters. Your personal information should not appear anywhere on the entry.

ONLINE ENTRIES:

  • Please include two cover sheets: the first with complete name, address, e-mail address, phone number, genre, and title(s); and the second with genre and title only.  Your personal information should not appear anywhere else on the entry.  For sample cover sheets, click here.

POSTAL MAIL ENTRIES:

  • Please include two cover sheets: the first with complete name, address, e-mail address, phone number, genre, and title(s); and the second with genre and title only.  Your personal information should not appear anywhere else on the entry.  For sample cover sheets, click here.
  • Optional: A stamped, self-addressed postcard for notification of receipt and entry number. A stamped, self-addressed envelope for a list of winners.

RULES AND NOTES

  • Simultaneous submissions of unpublished entries are accepted with proper notification upon acceptance elsewhere.
  • All entries will be considered for publication in New Letters.
  • Fiction and essay entries should not exceed 8,000 words.  A single poetry entry may contain up to six poems, and those poems need not be related.
  • Multiple entries are accepted with appropriate fees.  Please make cover sheets for each entry of fiction, essay, or group of poems.
  • Manuscripts will not be returned.
  • No substitutions after submissions.  No refunds will be offered for withdrawn material.
  • Current students and employees of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and current volunteer members of the New Letters and BkMk Press staffs, are not eligible.

TIMELINE

  • Finalists are notified in mid-August, after preliminary judging.
  • Final judging selects one winner and one runner-up in each category, announced the third week of September.
  • Judges have the option to select work for second runner-up and honorable mentions.
  • All finalists are listed in the New Letters issue in which the winners are published.
  • These and all other entries will be considered for publication by the New Letters editor.

For details on how to enter, visit:  http://newletters.org/writers-wanted/writing-contests


“We shall arrive soon” near-future science fiction contest

9 April 2018

“We shall arrive soon” near-future science fiction contest

As part of True North 2018, we are inviting submissions of original near-future fiction of 1,000 words or less on the theme “We shall arrive soon”.

We invite authors to imagine how technology will affect our lives in the coming decades. We want you to explore how technology may be used to improve human well-being, contribute to healthier and safer communities and bring about innovations that benefit us all. We also want you to examine how technology could be misused, or applied in ways that have negative impacts on individuals, groups or wider communities. We are looking for stories that depict a complex reality and fit the theme of True North’s vision of tech for good.

The winner will be selected by Erin Bow, physicist turned poet turned science fiction and fantasy author.

What to submit: Original, unpublished fiction of 1,000 words or less

Due date: 25 April 2018

Prizes: First place prize of $1,000, with two runners-up prizes of $250 each (Canadian dollars)

Who can enter: Anyone, anywhere in the world

Entry form and more info:  http://truenorthwaterloo.com/short-story-contest/


Linda Flowers Literary Award

9 April 2018

Linda Flowers Literary Award Description

Deadline: July 18, 2018

The North Carolina Humanities Council invites original, unpublished entries of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry for the Linda Flowers Literary Award.

With the annual award, the Council seeks to celebrate excellence in the humanities achieved by people, like Linda Flowers, who not only identify with North Carolina, but who explore the promises, the problems, the experiences, the meanings, and the many cultures of North Carolina.

The winner of the 2018 Linda Flowers Literary Award will receive a cash prize of $1,500 and a stipend for a writer’s residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines, North Carolina. The winner will be announced at the North Carolina Writers’ Network’s Fall Conference in November 2018.

Submission Guidelines

  • Entries should detail examinations of intimate, provocative, and inspiring portraiture of North Carolina, its people and cultures, bringing to light real men and women having to make their way in the face of change, loss, triumph, and disappointments.
  • Entries must be deeply engaged with North Carolina by drawing on particular North Carolina connections and/or memories.
  • Entries should celebrate excellence in the humanities.
  • Entries must be from authors who are at least 18 years of age and currently live in North Carolina
  • Entries, regardless of genre, should be original, unpublished works of no more than 10 pages. Entries that fall outside these length stipulations will be disqualified.
  • Entries should be typed in a standard 12 point font. The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the work.
    • Prose should be double-spaced.
    • Poetry, whether a suite of poems or one long poem, should be single spaced.
    • If you submit an excerpt from a larger work, you must include a one-page synopsis of the work as a whole within the 10-page maximum.
  • Only one entry per writer will be accepted.

Submission Instructions

Entries will only be accepted electronically through the Council’s Foundant Application Portal. Submissions sent through email will be disqualified. Incomplete submissions and entries that fall outside the stated submission guidelines and instructions will be disqualified.

  1. Please review the submission guidelines (above) before completing your entry
  2. Review the application instructions and FAQs then watch this video tutorial on the application process.
  3. Get started on your entry by creating an account in our Foundant Application Portal. 
  4. Once you have created your account and are logged in to your Applicant Dashboard, click “Apply” in the upper left-hand corner to view an alphabetical list of all open Council opportunities.
  5. Scroll down and select “2018 Linda Flowers Literary Award” and complete your entry.

Contact the Program and Grants Manager, Caitlin Patton, if you have any questions.

Submission Timeline

  • Submission accepted beginning: April 9, 2018
  • Submission deadline: July 13, 2018 
  • Winner notified by the Council:  by October 15, 2018
  • Winner announced: November 2-4 2018 at the North Carolina Writers Network Fall Conference

Selection Process

  • A panel of judges will select the Linda Flowers Literary Award winner.

Award Prize

  • The winner of The Linda Flowers Literary Award will receive a cash prize of $1,500 and a stipend for a writer’s residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines, North Carolina.

History of the Linda Flowers Literary Award

The North Carolina Humanities Council was privileged to have Linda Flowers as one of its trustees from 1992 to1998. During the years we shared with Linda, she exemplified, above all else, what it means to live by one’s belief that “the humanistic apprehension is as necessary for living fully as anything else. Education in the humanities,” she wrote, “is equipment for living.”

In addition to honoring Linda Flowers (1944–2000) with an award named for her, the North Carolina Humanities Council wishes to celebrate excellence in the humanities achieved by people like her, those who not only identify with our state, but who explore the promises, the problems, the experiences, the meanings, in lives that have been shaped by North Carolina and its many cultures.

Linda Flowers was somewhat surprised by the strong connections readers made to her book Throwed Away: Failures of Progress in Eastern North Carolina in 1990. She believed they were responses to “the book’s humanistic dimension: the focus on real men and women having to make their way in the face of a changing, onrushing and typically uncaring world.” This is true to the portraits in Throwed Away; it is just as true of “I Have Come Home,” the essay Linda wrote about her experience with cancer for NC Crossroads (May 1999). Both are superb examinations of intimate, provocative, inspiring portraiture of North Carolina, its people and cultures. The Linda Flowers Literary Award is intended for a literary work that demonstrates these powers of recognition.

Visit the website: http://www.nchumanities.org/content/2018-linda-flowers-award-details-and-guidelines


The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans

9 April 2018

Submissions for the 2018 contest will open May 1, 2018, and this year’s judge is Brian Turner, author My Life as a Foreign Country.

Deadline: June 1, 2018

This creative writing contest for U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel is hosted by The Iowa Review and made possible by a gift from the family of Jeff Sharlet (1942–69), a Vietnam veteran and antiwar writer and activist. The contest is open to veterans and active duty personnel writing in any genre and about any subject matter.

Prizes: First place: $1,000 plus publication in an issue of The Iowa Review. Second place: $750. Three runners-up: $500 each.

2018 Contest Rules

  • Submit a manuscript in any genre (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction) of up to 20 pages. Prose submissions must be double-spaced. Work must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are fine, assuming you inform us of acceptance elsewhere.
  • The judge will select winners from a group of finalists chosen by Iowa Review editors. All manuscripts, whether selected as finalists or not, are considered for publication.
  • Proof of military service is not required when submitting. (We request documentation only when a writer’s work makes it to the final round of judging.)
  • To submit online, please visit https://iowareview.submittable.com/submit between May 1 and June 1, 2018, and follow the instructions.
  • To submit via mail, please follow these guidelines:
    1. Manuscripts must include a cover page listing your name, address, e-mail address and/or telephone number, and the title of each work, but your name should not appear on the manuscript itself.
    2. Label your envelope as a contest entry and note its genre. For example: “Veterans’ Contest: Fiction.” One entry per envelope. (Note: multiple poems or prose pieces can comprise a single entry if the total number of pages does not exceed 20. For instance, you may submit two short stories of ten pages each in a single envelope, with a single entry fee.)
    3. Enclose a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) for final word on your work. Manuscripts will not be returned.
    4. Postmark submissions by June 1, 2018, and mail to the address below:

The Iowa Review
308 EPB
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

There is no entry fee.

Read Sample Submissions

These were named winner or runners-up in our 2012 Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans contest and were published in our Spring 2013 issue. We announced the winners and runners-up of our 2014 contest the following September (read the announcement); their work appeared in our Spring 2015 issue. For more veterans’ writing, as well as resources for veteran writers, please visit our Veterans’ Writing Gallery.

Eligibility and Conflicts of Interest

Current students, faculty, or staff of the University of Iowa are not eligible to enter the contest.

Work is ineligible to win our contest if it is slated for publication before April 2019, whether in another magazine or as part of a book, or if it has been named the winner or runner-up in any other contest. Please withdraw work from our contest immediately if these conditions apply.

The judge has been instructed not to award the prize to entrants with whom he has had a personal or professional relationship. Despite reading the entries with author names removed, the judge may sometimes be able to guess the identity of the entrant. Even if he can’t tell during the judging process, he has the right to change his decision if it turns out that the entrant is someone with whom there is any appearance of a conflict of interest. Therefore, we advise entrants not to enter the contest if the judge is someone they know personally or have worked with professionally.

Visit the website: https://iowareview.org/veteranswritingcontest

The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans is supported by a 2016 Art Works Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

9 April 2018

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

Welcome to the 26th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $5,000 in prizes.

Deadline: April 30, 2018.

Prizes:

  • STORY: First Prize, $2,000
  • ESSAY: First Prize, $2,000
  • 10 Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each (any category)
  • Top 12 entries published online

For this contest, a story is any short work of fiction, and an essay is any short work of nonfiction. Judge: Dennis Norris II, assisted by Lauren Singer. Please submit as many entries as you like. All themes accepted. Entries may be published or unpublished. Length limit: 6,000 words. No restrictions on age or country. Please click the Submittable button below for full details. Fee: $20 per entry. The results of our 26th annual contest will be announced on October 15, 2018.

How to enter, click here —-> WinningWriters


Teen Ink Writing & Poetry Contests

9 April 2018

Fiction Contest

If it has a beginning, middle and end … if it has a well-developed plot and interesting characters … it if takes place in the past, present or future … then submit your story to Teen Ink’s Fiction Contest.

Prizes

Winning stories are published in Teen Ink magazine and contest winners receive a copy of the magazine featuring their work. Plus, they’ll have the opportunity to choose from an exciting selection of Teen Ink merchandise – apparel and other items – available exclusively from Teen Ink.

Guidelines

Teen Ink will only consider original fiction written by teens. Entries of all genres are accepted, whether fantasy, horror, historical, sci-fi, or romance. Short stories should be between 500 and 2,500 words.

Submit entries through our website. All fiction pieces submitted to Teen Ink are automatically considered for the contest. See our submission guidelines for more information.

Deadlines

There are no deadlines. Entries are accepted and considered for publication in Teen Ink magazine and online throughout the year. Winning fiction pieces are announced in June.

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Nonfiction Contest

Make us laugh, move us to tears … write a fabulous, memorable nonfiction piece and you may be one of our two monthly winners. Eligible sections include: Nonfiction, Focus/Special Issue, College Essays, Heroes, Pride & Prejudice, Health, Points of View, and Sports.

Prizes

Winning articles are published in Teen Ink magazine, and contest winners receive a copy of the magazine featuring their work. Plus, they’ll have the opportunity to choose from an exciting selection of Teen Ink merchandise – apparel and other items – available exclusively through Teen Ink.

Guidelines

Teen Ink will only consider original writing by teens. Entries of all kinds are accepted – serious, funny, long or short. We like to read it all!

Submit entries through our website. All nonfiction works submitted to Teen Ink are automatically considered for the monthly contest. See our submission guidelines for more information.

Deadlines

There are no deadlines; entries are accepted throughout the year. Winning nonfiction pieces are published in Teen Ink magazine and online each month. Keep in mind if your submission has a seasonal or holiday theme, it’s best to send it in early.

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Poetry Contest

Are you inspired by Maya Angelou, e.e. cummings or Dr. Seuss? Do you love writing haiku? Do verses just run through your head? Submit your work to Teen Ink. Of all the poems published each month in Teen Ink, up to three will be selected as contest winners.

Prizes

Winning poems are published in Teen Ink magazine and contest winners receive a copy of the magazine featuring their work. Plus, they’ll have the opportunity to choose from an exciting selection of Teen Ink merchandise – apparel and other items – available exclusively from Teen Ink.

Guidelines

Teen Ink will only consider original poetry written by teens. Entries of all kinds are accepted – serious, funny, long or short.

Submit entries through our website. All poems submitted to Teen Ink are automatically considered for the Poetry Contest. See our submission guidelines for more information.

Deadlines

There are no deadlines; entries are accepted and published throughout the year.

For more contests to enter at Teen Ink, visit: http://www.teenink.com/Contests

 


QUARTERLY CREATIVE NONFICTION ESSAY CONTEST

10 January 2018

QUARTERLY CREATIVE NONFICTION ESSAY CONTEST

OVERVIEW:

WOW! is proud to introduce our newest essay contest! Writers have been asking us to host an essay contest for many years, and we’ve finally listened. The mission of this essay contest is to inspire creative nonfiction and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. Your story must be true, but the way you tell it is your chance to get creative. We are open to all styles of essay—from personal essay to lyric essay to hybrid essay, and beyond! Please make sure you download our Contest Terms & Conditions PDF below for complete guidelines. Get creative, dig deep, and let’s have some fun! We look forward to reading your work!

WORD COUNT:

Maximum: 1000

Minimum: 200

The title is not to be counted in your word count. We use MS Word’s word count to determine the submitted entry’s word count.

TOPIC:

OPEN TOPIC!

You can write about any subject you want to explore, as long as it’s within the word count and nonfiction. If you’re feeling inspired, write something new, or dig out those essays you started way back when and tailor them to the word count.

Click to Download the CREATIVE NONFICTION ESSAY CONTEST Terms & Conditions PDF

CONTEST DEADLINES
Q2: November 1 – January 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – NOW OPEN!

ENTRY FEE: $12.00

This is not a reading fee. Entry fees are used to award our winners as well as administrative costs.

We are limiting the number of entries to a maximum of 300 essays. Please enter early to ensure inclusionIf we reach 300 entries, we will disable the PayPal buttons.

OR

Buy Entry with Critique: $25.00

ADDITIONAL OPTION: Due to popular demand, we now have two options for your entry. For an additional $13.00 you can purchase a critique of your contest entry.

Upon the close of our contest, and after the winners are announced, you will receive a critique from one of our roundtable judges on three categories:

  • Subject
  • Content
  • Technical

You will be provided with your scores (1-5) in each category, and personal editorial feedback as well. There’s also an additional category that does not get scored: Overview. That is the general impression your story had on the reader. Please be patient upon the close of our contest and allow time for our editors to thoroughly critique your piece. We send out critiques after the contest winners are announced.

PRIZES!

FIRST PLACE:

SECOND PLACE:

THIRD PLACE:

7 RUNNERS UP:

  • $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
  • Essay published on WOW! Women On Writing

10 HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • Name, state, and title entry published on WOW! Women On Writing

Click to Download the CREATIVE NONFICTION ESSAY CONTEST Terms & Conditions PDF

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF. Download the latest version at http://www.adobe.com

Please read the contest terms & conditions in full before submitting your entry. Please make sure you read the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) before sending us an email.

Best of luck!

PREVIOUS WINNERS:

How to enter, visit: http://wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php#EssayContest


Win up to $500 for writing a poem or short story!

9 January 2018

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who enjoys expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into 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. http://www.dreamquestone.com

 

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 or creative nonfiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries, short screenplays and screenwriting). All entries must be either typed or legibly hand printed. Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Extended Postmark deadline: April 23, 2018

All winners will be announced on May 31, 2018

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, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the cover sheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”

Mail to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

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


Achieve Your Dreams With Your Writers Blog in 2018

28 December 2017
If you have a new book coming out in the next two months please send a 300-500 word post as an attachment by reply, with two pics and short paragraphs to make it easy to read, to be sent out for other members to consider for their blogs over the next few months. And please make sure you have a link to your book on Amazon at the bottom of your post.
For post suggestions and our style guide see: 
Achieve Your Dreams With Your Writers Blog in 2018
Visit: http://bit.ly/2AniYHU

$1,500 Nature-Saving Scholarship for Students

7 December 2017

Eligibility: students who are currently enrolled in high school, university, or college in any location can participate

Award: the first place winner will get $1,000 and the second place, $500

Deadline: we provide two contests a year. The application deadline for the current one is March 11, 2018

How to enter:  https://hikeandcycle.com/scholarship/


The Shelterbelt Press 2017 Fiction Prize

30 October 2017

We are excited to announce the first Shelterbelt Press Fiction Prize. The winning book will be published by Shelterbelt Press, housed at the University of Illinois Springfield, in Spring of 2019. Winners receive a $500.00 award, 25 copies of their book, plus a trip to the University of Illinois Springfield for a reading and launch party.

We believe in literature’s potential to create meaningful social change. To ensure that our winning books make it into the hands of readers and become part of the cultural landscape, we develop a specialized promotion plan for each winning author. This includes sending out review copies, marketing the book at a range of regional and national book fairs, creating broadsides of individual pieces, providing promotional materials, featuring the book on the Shelterbelt website, and working with the author to schedule readings.

*Manuscripts should be between 120-200 pages, and should be submitted in Microsoft Word, RTF, or PDF formats.

*We are happy to consider hybrid or collaborative works.

*Individual pieces may have been previously published in anthologies, print journals, online journals, etc., but cannot have appeared in any full-length collection, including self-published collections.

*Please remove your name and any identifying information from the manuscript itself. You may, however, include an acknowledgments page.

*The final judge for this year’s competition is Amina Gautier.

Amina Gautier is the author of three award-winning short story collections: The Loss of All Lost Things, which won the Elixir Press Award in Fiction and received the Chicago Public Library’s 21st Century Award; Now We Will Be Happy, which won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, the USA Best Book Award in African American Fiction, the International Book Award, a Silver IPPY Award in Multicultural Fiction, a Florida Authors and Publishers Association Award Gold Medal in Short Fiction, and was Long-listed for The Chautauqua Prize in Fiction; and At-Risk, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, an Eric Hoffer Legacy Award, and a First Horizon Award.

You can read more about Amina here: https://aminagautier.wordpress.com/

*We will accept manuscripts from September 1, 2017, 12am CST – December 31st, 2017, 12 am CST. 

*Submit your contest manuscript through Submittable. We cannot accept hard copy manuscripts at this time.

*The entry fee is $20.00. Payments may be made with a credit card or PayPal via Submittable.

*We cannot allow revisions to manuscripts during the contest selection process.

*Winners and 10 finalists will be announced in Spring of 2018.

Eligibility: Previous book publication is not a consideration. Students and former students of University of Illinois Springfield or of this year’s judge may not enter; close friends of the judge or acquaintances whose relationship with the judge might be seen as close for other reasons that would seem to be a conflict of interest are also not considered eligible. (Query the press if doubtful.)

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but entrants are asked to notify Shelterbelt Press immediately if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Visit the website:

https://shelterbeltpress.submittable.com/submit/91573/the-shelterbelt-press-2017-fiction-prize


Lex:lead Scholarship Competition – 2017

30 October 2017

NO ENTRY FEE.

Deadline: November 30, 2017

Lex:lead is a group of international lawyers and friends who support economic development focusing on the world’s least developed countries. We offer an annual essay competition on topics of law and development to the world’s least developed countries. In this way we transfer one-time US$500 awards to students addressing our fundamental question: What can law do to reduce poverty and foster economic growth? Candidates must have citizenship in an eligible country and be a law student enrolled in studies in an eligible country at the time of award. Up to ten awards will be granted in February 2018.

Visit the website:

http://www.lex-lead.org/Scholarships.php

 


ThePensters Essay Writing Contest: $1000 Scholarship for Your Essay

27 October 2017

Take part in ThePensters Essay Writing Contest and get a chance to win $1000 scholarship for your college study!


2017 Cinematic Short Story Competition – Deadline Soon!

26 October 2017

ScreenCraft’s 3rd annual Cinematic Short Story Contest is now accepting entries!  This year’s judges are from Random House StudiosHarper’s Magazine and Tin House Magazine!

The jury is looking for short fiction (not scripts) with special cinematic potential. Whether you’re writing flash fiction or a novella, the judges want to read your story!

The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and personal introductions to literary agents, managers, film and TV producers and publishers. The top 5 finalists will be read by ScreenCraft’s network of over 40 literary and entertainment industry professionals. All rights and ownership to stories submitted to this contest remain with the author, until and unless other agreements are made.

Early deadline: November 4th, 2017 – Mark your calendar! 

Meanwhile, don’t miss ScreenCraft’s article in the Huffington Post: 5 Reasons Why Short Stories Are Easier to Adapt Than Novels

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The 2017 jury includes: 

  • Valerie Cates, Executive Story Editor at Random House Studios, the publishing giant’s film and TV production company responsible for developing and adapting the company’s huge library of books and stories.

  • Cheston Knapp, Managing Editor of Tin House Magazine, which Stephen King called “an invaluable repository of fine American writing and American fiction, presented in a crisp and entertaining visual format.”

  • Emily Cooke, Senior Editor at Harper’s Magazine, one of the most highly regarded publications for short stories in the English language, “providing readers with a unique perspective on politics, society, the environment, and culture. The essays, fiction, and reporting in the magazine’s pages come from promising new voices, as well as some of the most distinguished names in American letters, among them Annie Dillard, Barbara Ehrenreich, Jonathan Franzen, Mary Gaitskill, David Foster Wallace, and Tom Wolfe.”

ENTER HERE

And if you’re writing a screenplay, take a look at the prestigious ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship, designed to develop and launch the careers of talented emerging screenwriters:

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Early Deadline: 11/11/2017
Final Deadline: 3/1/2018

Featuring mentors at 5 major studios! Apply Here.


2018 WILLIAM SAROYAN INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR WRITING

25 October 2017

Deadline for entries: January 31, 2018

Submissions are now being accepted for the 8th William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Given by Stanford University Libraries in partnership with the William Saroyan Foundation, the award recognizes newly published works of fiction and nonfiction with a $5,000 award for the winner in each category. The prize is designed to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality and stylistic innovation.

Entries must be received by January 31, 2018. For entry forms and more information on the prize, visit the Saroyan Prize website: http://library.stanford.edu/saroyan.

What works are eligible for the Saroyan Prize?
Works of fiction (novels, short story anthologies, or drama) or non-fiction (biography, history, or memoirs) by authors from around the world and first published during 2016-2017 are eligible for consideration. Works must be imprinted with either a 2016 or 2017 copyright date. Poetry will not be considered in this cycle. All entries must be predominately in English, and available for individual purchase by the general public. Works by members of The Saroyan Writing Prize Committee, members or officers of the William Saroyan Foundation, or previous winners are not eligible. Eligibility rules may be modified over time.

While all works fitting the above description are eligible, and all entries are welcome, note that the judges will be looking for works with strong literary merit that honor the Saroyan legacy. In past prize cycles, works that fell into a specific publishing sub-genre – juvenile, science fiction, Western, mystery, romance, erotic, self-help, religion, etc. – were frequently found to be outside of that legacy.

The award honors the Saroyan literary legacy. What is the Saroyan legacy or style?
Saroyan’s literary style is characterized by originality, stylistic innovation and what is often described as an “exuberant humanism”. It is this exuberance and desire to move art in new directions, rather than relevance to the particulars of Saroyan’s common settings or themes, that Saroyan Prize judges will be seeking. Of course, any artist’s work is best understood through direct experience, and judges for the Saroyan prize will make their choices based on their personal experience with Saroyan’s writings.

The prize is intended to encourage new or emerging writers. How is that defined?
Authors’ careers follow many different paths, and no single definition fits. Our judges will look at biographies and other background material to assess each submission. However, in general, authors who have published four or more books will not be considered new and emerging.

  • What if I have published other literary material such as poetry or essays, does that count towards the four book limitation?
    The four book limitation is a guideline for the Saroyan Prize Committee and for those determining whether or not they are an author that is new and emerging, no matter the genre. If you consider yourself new and emerging, please do submit your book.

What is the deadline for entry?
Entries must be received at the Stanford University Libraries on or before January 31, 2018.

What materials must I submit to be considered for the prize?
A complete entry, consisting of the materials listed below, is required for consideration.

  • A completed entry form, available here.
  • Five copies of the publication (or PDF file if submitting an e-book).
  • A $50 non-refundable entry fee. Payment may be made using Visa, MasterCard or American Express at the above website, or by check. Checks should be made payable to Stanford University/Saroyan Writing Prize, and must indicate the title(s) of book(s) being submitted. Multiple entries may be paid with one check.

What is the address for submission of entries?
Administrator of the Saroyan Prize
Stanford University Libraries
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6004

Must the publisher make the entry?
No, anyone (including the author) may submit an eligible entry.

Do you accept books that have been published outside of the United States?
Yes, we accept books that have been published from publishers in any country around the world.

Are self-published books eligible?
Yes, self-published books are eligible as long as they are available for individual purchase by the general public.

Are electronic books eligible?
Yes, books published electronically are eligible, assuming they are in a fixed state (such as a PDF) and readily available for purchase by the public. You may save a copy of your work on a flash drive and send it with your entry form and entry fee to the address above. Or, once you have submitted your form and entry fee, you may email the file directly to Sonia Lee.

Are translations eligible?
No, English translations of previously published foreign works are not eligible.

What is your Tax ID Number (TIN)?
94-1156365

I need a copy of your W-9 form to process a check for the entry fee. Where can I find the form?
You may find Stanford’s W-9 form here.

May I get my entry or entry fee back after I submit it to the Prize competition?
Entries are not returnable or refundable under any circumstance.

When will the winners be announced?
The winners will be announced in the summer of 2018.

How can I support the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing?
Individuals may encourage authors and publishers to submit excellent works for the competition. Individuals affiliated with Stanford University may also be eligible to help screen entries in early 2016. Please contact Sonia Lee at sonialee@stanford.edu for additional information about volunteering.

Administration of the prize also involves significant expense, and monetary support is always greatly appreciated. Tax-deductible cash gifts to the Stanford Libraries are, of course, always appreciated and can be directed specifically to the Saroyan Prize.

Who can I contact with further questions?
Please direct questions to Sonia Lee, sonialee@stanford.edu or 650-736-9538.


Search.University Essay Scholarship Contest

25 October 2017

Search.University, a vast database of colleges and universities, announces a $2,000 scholarship contest to help students achieve their goals. We provide information on U.S. educational institutions to help students make the right choice, and are happy to run a contest to encourage current students to help others too.

To participate in the contest write an essay on the following theme: How my college helps me become a better specialist in the future.

Essay Requirements

  • Minimum 250 words, no upper limit.
  • Text must be unique and structured.

Share your personal experience and give an insight into the student life in a college/university you are currently studying at or are planning to enroll in. Make your essay useful to other students, current and prospective.

Eligibility Criteria

  • You must be a student of any degree or majors or plan to apply to U.S. college or university.
  • You must be above 17 years.
  • High school students can participate in the contest.

To Submit an Essay:

  1. Send your essay to scholarship@search.university as a text file in .doc or .pdf format (put “Search University Essay Contest” in the subject line) before February 15, 2018.
  2. Mention your name, age, contact phone and the educational institution you study at or plan to enroll in.

Prizes

Authors of the three best essays will receive scholarships of $2000 in total:

  • 1st place – $1000
  • 2nd place – $600
  • 3rd place – $400

Privacy

All private information will be kept confidential and will not be sold or used for spam. We reserve the right to publish your essay on the Search.University website.

We encourage college and high school students to take part in the contest and win a scholarship.

Visit the website:  https://search.university/essay-contest


Fund Raising Event benefiting Carnegie Art Museum’s exhibit and education programs!

28 September 2017

Fiesta Noche de Recuerdos

celebrate memories, contemporary art and heritage

Saturday, October 14 , 2017  – 6-9pm

at Carnegie Art Museum/ reservations required

info:  carnegieam.org/ 805 385-8158

Event Information:

Fiesta Noche de Recuerdos

A Spectacular Evening cherishing memories and remembering loved ones while aiding the Museum’s exhibit and education programs! Music by Dueto Romantico Angel y Paloma, hops, specialty drinks, catering by Pacifica Culinary Arts Academy, amazing desserts, VIP preview hour, affordable art, and a Día de los Muertos Altar in memory of Jackson Wheeler.  Costumes in the Day of the Dead theme appreciated but not obligatory. View Linda Arreola’s exhibit The Avalanche and The Silence and a select showing of California Latino Art by Frank Romero, Gronk, David Flury, Carlos Almaraz, Patssi Valdez and Andrea Yomtob.

 

RSVP by October 7, 2017 – 805.385.8158 or @carnegieam.org

$100 VIP 6pm preview admission, swag bag & drawing ticket

$90 VIP 6pm preview admission & swag bag

$50 CAM members 7-9pm admission & refreshments

$60 general 7-9pm admission & refreshments

Fiesta Art Sale Fundraiser

Purchase small masterpieces donated by SoCal artists before public release.

VIPs have first purchase opportunity during 6-7pm preview.


Supported by Carnegie Art Museum Cornerstones – a 501©3 non-profit.

Proceeds benefit Museum exhibit and education programs.

 

Fiesta Noche de Recuerdos Sponsors:

Fuego/Fire –

Amy Cherot

Law Office Of Joseph A. Rund

Agua/Water –

Grant courtesy Suzanne Chadwick

Keith & Arlene Beckwith, Realtors, affiliated with Keller Williams

Darin and Lisa Hornbaker

Denise and Greg Sanford

The Green Law Group, LLP

 

Fiesta Brew Sponsor – Anacapa Brewing Company

Fiesta Dessert Sponsor – Desserts To Die For

Fiesta Marigold Sponsor – Sun Valley Floral

 

Fiesta Noche de Recuerdos will be set amid the smart, geometric art of one of California Community Foundation’s 2016 Fellowship in Visual Arts Award Winners, Linda Arreola, whose major Carnegie exhibit will coincide with the Getty’s own Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exploring Latin American and Latino art in exhibits from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Above in Carnegie’s Mezzanine Gallery to spread the educational value of the Día de los Muertos tradition, will be an ofrenda (altar) in memory of the late poet and art collector Jackson Wheeler. Hanging above will be papel picado designs customized by Los Angeles print artist Daniel Gonzalez. California Latino art from Carnegie’s collection will also be exhibited, including the 21ft History of the Chicano Movimiento by Frank Romero newly returned from his retrospective at the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach. Live music by Dueto Romantico Angel Y Paloma, hops by Anacapa Brewing Company, specialty desserts and drinks, catering by Pacifica Culinary Arts Academy, a VIP preview hour, swag bags, an affordable art sale and prizes, shall all make this event one to be proud to help and fun to attend.

Contacts:

Lisa Horan  805 385-8254/ Suzanne Bellah  805 444-2411

lisa.horan@oxnard.org       /           suzanne.bellah@oxnard.org

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM/  424 South C Street / Oxnard, California  93030

Thurs-Sat  10am-5pm & Sun 1-5pm   closed holidays

805.385.8157/5158 carnegieam.org

 


Deadline: September 30, 2017! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Winter 2017

28 September 2017

LAST CALL FOR ENTRIES!

THE DREAM QUEST ONE POETRY & WRITING CONTEST is international, and open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry or writing a story that is worth telling everyone! Guidelines: (1) Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, form or style. And/or (2) Write short story, 5 pages maximum length, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme. Genres: fiction, nonfiction or creative nonfiction. Multiple poem and short story entries are accepted. (www.dreamquestone.com)

Postmarked deadline: All entries must be submitted by:

September 30, 2017 at 11:59 PM – Central Standard Time (CST)

Prizes:

Writing First Prize is $500;

Second: $250; Third: $100.

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Poetry First Prize: $250;

Second: $125;

Third: $50.

All contest winners works will be published online in the Dare to Dream pages, on November 12, 2017.

Entry fees: $10 per story, $5 per poem.

To send entries by mail: Include title of poem(s) or stori(es), name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself) on the coversheet; add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation.

Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”

Mail to: Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

 

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


ThePensters Essay Writing Contest: $1000 Scholarship for Your Essay

28 September 2017

Take part in ThePensters Essay Writing Contest and get a chance to win $1000 scholarship for your college study!


2017 Readers Choice Awards Contest by TCK Publishing

28 September 2017

2017 Readers Choice Awards by TCK Publishing

Winner will receive a Kindle Fire HD 8 Tablet + A Book Review.

TCK Publishing is recognizing indie, self-published, and traditionally published authors and we’re inviting all of you to join this year’s Readers Choice Book Awards contest.

Get connected with your fans and ask them for their support by voting for you to boost your chances of winning!

Readers Choice Award Categories

  • General Non-Fiction
  • Advice
  • Self-Help
  • Business and Investing
  • Health
  • Romance
  • Fantasy
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
  • Science Fiction
  • YA and Middle Grade
  • Children’s Book
  • Historical Fiction
  • General Fiction
  • Memoir
  • Religion

How the Contest Works

1. Self-published and indie authors may submit one (1) book in any of the given categories for FREE. Limit one free entry per author and per email address. Entries for additional books after your first may be purchased here.

2. Entries are subject to evaluation and review by the TCK Publishing Readers Choice Awards committee (they’re not just automatically approved).

3. The TCK Publishing Readers Choice Awards committee will review and determine the final book entries.

4. Successful entries will be notified through a confirmation email from TCK Publishing.

5. All approved submissions will be featured on the Readers Choice Voting Page.

6. Casting of votes will be open until December 10, 2017 (authors are allowed to vote once).

7. The book entry with the highest votes will be declared the winner.

8. Declaration of winner and awarding of prizes will be on December 17, 2017.

9. The winner will be notified through an email from the TCK Publishing Readers Choice Awards committee.

Deadline for submission is until December 10, 2017. 

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

https://www.tckpublishing.com/2017-readers-choice-awards/


The 3rd Annual “Storytellers of Tomorrow” – High School Creative Writing Contest

28 September 2017

The 3rd Annual “Storytellers of Tomorrow”

High School Creative Writing Contest

The Ringling College of Art + Design Creative Writing Program was created to support, empower, and honor young writers. It’s an exciting time to be a writer thanks to the increasing number of narrative possibilities that new technologies and media offer. We believe that well-told stories can speak truths and communicate ideas in a way that nothing else can.

To that end, we’re inviting all high-school age students to submit unpublished, original English-language stories of up to 2,000 words in length for the 3rd Annual “Storytellers of Tomorrow” Contest. The criteria for earning prizes in this contest is simply overall quality, meaning that well-edited, engaging, and evocative stories have the best chance of wowing the judges.

Submission Guidelines: Send your story as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf attachment through email. Along with your submission, please include your name, your high school, your current grade level, and a few sentences about your background in writing, your hobbies/interests, or anything else you’d like to share to give us a stronger sense of who you are.

Students are asked to send no more than one (1) submission per category. The two categories are Literary Stories (think Tim O’Brien, O. Henry, John Green, and Alice Walker) or Genre Stories (think Neil Gaiman, Edgar Allen Poe, J.K. Rowling, and Philip K. Dick). Students can submit work to both contests if they choose. While these submissions can be traditional short stories, we are also quite open to graphic narratives, scripts, picture book manuscripts, comics, and other literary forms/blends for either submission category.

Submission Address: creativewriting@ringling.edu

(please include “Storytellers of Tomorrow” in the subject line)

Deadline: December 1, 2017

(Winners will be notified in January 2018)

Initial Judges: The Ringling College of Art + Design Creative Writing Program faculty

Final Judge: Virgil Suarez, author of Latin Jazz and The Soviet Circus Comes to Havana & Other Stories

Entry Fee: None

Prizes in each category:

1st prize: $200 & a Ringling College of Art + Design t-shirt

2nd prize: $100 & a Ringling College of Art + Design t-shirt

3rd prize: $50 & a Ringling College of Art + Design t-shirt

**The judges reserve the right to award as many Honorable Mentions as the submissions merit. This honor includes each author receiving a Ringling College of Art + Design t-shirt.

**The top winner in each category will have the opportunity for their story to be published in Shift, the Creative Writing Program’s new literary arts journal. Beyond that one-time publication, authors retain all rights to their stories.

Visit the website:  https://www.ringling.edu/writingcontest

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Ryan G. Van Cleave

Author, Writing Coach, & Keynote Speaker

Ringleader of the Creative Writing Program @ The Ringling College of Art + Design

Visit Me: www.ryangvancleave.com

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