Enter Our Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

10 February 2017

Enter Our Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

Judy JuanitaOur 25th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest welcomes your entries through April 30. Our final judge this year is Judy Juanita, author of the novel Virgin Soul and of De Facto Feminism: Essays Straight Outta Oakland. She will be assisted by Lauren Singer. We will award $4,000 in prizes, including two top awards of $1,500 each. Winners are published on our website.

This contest welcomes published and unpublished work. Each entry may have up to 6,000 words. You may enter as often as you like. The reading fee is $18 per entry.

Click to submit your stories and essays

Please enjoy Ms. Juanita’s advice to contestants:

My favorite bedtime reading is the great Irish writer Frank O’Connor. I never tire of his short stories or insights. Rather than pretending to have great advice, I defer to him because I have an affinity for what he terms “might-have-beens” or “outlawed figures wandering at the fringes of society.” O’Connor said, “There is in the short story at its most characteristic something we do not often find in the novel—an intense awareness of human loneliness.” (The Best of Frank O’Connor, Knopf, 2009). He also wrote extensively about childhood though he was an only child. He’s said, “Children…see only one side of any question and because of their powerlessness see this with hysterical clarity.” So that’s a small essential for writing—look at marginalia, the smallest, youngest, the never-was, the never-will-be.Tim O’Brien talks of the consoling power of stories: “If I’m lying in bed at night I’m a little less lonely in a lonely universe. Stories connect me not just to other people, but to myself.” Is that another way of saying you need to write a feel-good story? It is not. When we manage to plumb the heart, we touch the reader’s heart. It may sting, comfort, sadden, dishearten even, but the touch is the measuring rod.

Essays are a horse of a different color. Opaque doesn’t work well in essays; a through line does. I want to follow the complexity of an argument but need markers along the way, like subheadings and bullets. The main lesson I’ve learned from writing a column is the necessity of moving from the personal to the universal/global. Being 100% personal reads as smug or self-indulgent and tries the reader’s patience. Being transparent has enormous value, but the writer has to lead the reader from the deeply intimate detail, e.g. a family tragedy, through extrapolation to the deeper meaning in the detail.Sometimes, the elements of an essay are like a family—they don’t all get along. Some people suffer from too little or too much closeness to a relative. Nowhere is copy and paste handier than in essay writing. Set your essay with care like you would a family dinner. And, remember, you can’t invite everybody to everything, even if they are family. You can’t dump all your set pieces into one essay.

All the winning entries and judges’ comments from the past decade are available for reading in our website archives.

Submit your 2017 entries now at
WinningWriters.com/tomstory


F(r)iction’s Winter 2017 Literary Contests

10 February 2017

Contest Submissions


TBL is pleased to announce the F(r)iction Winter Literary Competition. There are four submission categories: 1) creative nonfiction ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 2) short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 3) flash fiction with a word limit of 750 words, and 4) poetry no longer than three pages. Winners of the contest will be published in a future issue of F(r)iction alongside stunning original artwork from TBL’s talented team of artists. F(r)iction is dedicated to publishing the best writing of all kinds, and we encourage submissions that push boundaries and take risks in genre, plot, and style.

The Winter 2017 contests are now open for submissions! 

Creative Nonfiction Contest 

The winner of our creative nonfiction contest will be awarded $500.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.
Criteria: Any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words.
Fees: $10.00 USD entry fee for each submission.

DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2017

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Short Story Contest

The winner of our short story contest will be awarded $1,000.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.
Criteria: Any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words.
Fees: $15.00 USD entry fee for each submission.

DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2017

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Flash Fiction Contest

The winner of our flash fiction contest will be awarded $300.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.
Criteria: Any genre with a word limit of 750 words.
Fees: $8.00 per entry, or three entries for $12.00.

DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2017

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Poetry Contest

The winner of our poetry contest will be awarded $300.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.

Criteria: Any genre or form, three pages or less per poem.
Fees: $8.00 per entry, or three entries for $12.00.

DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2017

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Winter 2017 Judges:
Simon Tolkien, renowned author and grandson of THE J.R.R., will be judging short story submissions. Bryn Greenwood, author of the gorgeous debut All the Ugly and Wonderful Things (which won second place in the Goodreads Choice Awards for fiction), will select the winning flash fiction. Linda Pastan, legendary American poet, is our poetry judge. And Sarah Hepola—New York Times bestselling author of the memoir Blackout—will be judging TBL’s first ever nonfiction contest!

Submission Guidelines: Please visit our formatting guidelines page to properly format your work for submission. Staff members are not eligible for participation. Any work previously submitted to TBL for publication is not eligible if the piece received free edits from our team.

We strongly recommend checking out an issue of F(r)iction to get an idea of our aesthetic. You can do so at the TBL Store.

Notes: Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify TBL as soon as possible if your work is selected for publication elsewhere—work must be previously unpublished to be eligible for publication in F(r)iction. We encourage writers to submit as many stories as they wish. All stories will be considered for publication in F(r)iction Series, our triannual print journal.

Our judges also reserve the right not to award a winner in any category if submissions do not meet our standards of publication.

Tethered by Letters reserves the right to discuss contest entries, finalists, and winners in the Untethered Podcast.

Other Categories: Please visit our submissions page for more ways to submit your work to TBL for possible publication and learn about our free-editing policy for work submitted to our journal.

#Blink! TBL’s Twitter Contest

TBL is excited to announce a new Twitter contest!
If you think you can tell a story in 140 characters or fewer, we want to hear from you!

Every two weeks an acclaimed judge will choose the winning story. The winner will receive a free digital copy of F(r)iction, and potential publication of the Tweet in a future issue of F(r)iction.

Don’t blink, or you’ll miss it! Tweet your tiny narratives using the hashtag #BlinkTBL, and be sure to check the @TethrdByLettrs and @FrictionSeries Twitter pages for start dates, deadlines, and judging info!

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

https://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest/

 


Call for submissions: PANK Books Listing

10 February 2017

PANK Books.

We’re looking for poetry, fiction, short fiction, multi-genre work, experimental, traditional, nonfiction and collaborative work. Manuscript guidelines are open.

Visit the website for submission details:

http://pankmagazine.com/submit-2/


8th Annual Festival of Shorts Playwriting Contest

10 February 2017

Thank you for your interest in the 8th Annual Festival of Shorts hosted at the Wade James Theater by Edmonds Driftwood Players. The Festival this year will be presented in four performances – Friday and Saturday, July 7 and 8 at 8pm; Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9 at 2pm.

We are so excited to announce our theme for 2017:  “Unintended Consequences

How many times have you never meant to do something but ended up doing the very thing you tried to avoid? Or perhaps you wanted to help someone and ended up creating a bigger mess? Maybe you didn’t want to help someone and ended up being the biggest blessing they ever received. So often, our actions produce consequences that we never thought, never foresaw, never believed could happen. For good, for bad, for ugly, for interesting, for hilarious…the details are up to you!

In order to enter the festival, please DO the following:

  1. Submit an original, never before produced script for a play that will last no longer than 15 minutes with 6 characters or less, which can be staged with minimal sets, props, and costumes.
  2. Incorporate the theme of “Unintended Consequences” into your story.
  3. Submit two documents:
  1. A cover page with the name of the title and your full name, address, email address and phone number.
  2. Your play in ‘Standard Stage Play Format’ with the title of the play ONLY. No identifying information about the playwright is to appear in this “blind” copy. All plays which fail to submit a blind copy of their play will be disqualified. The blind copy of the script preserves anonymity in our judging process.
    1. Submit your play by 5:00 PM, Pacific Standard Time (PST), on Friday, March 31, 2017.

In order to enter the festival, please DON’T do the following:

  1. Don’t submit a play with a single character. This means NO monologues, please!
  2. Don’t submit a play that includes nudity, excessive bad language or could in any way be construed as a hard ‘R’ or ‘X’ rating.
  3. Don’t include excessive props or things like glitter or feathers that would be hard to clean up and delay transitions for our festival. Eight plays will be presented at each performance (4 plays before intermission, 4 plays after intermission). Please don’t make it hard for our production team to stage your show.
  4. Don’t submit a play that has been produced on any stage, anywhere prior to March 31, 2017. We will do a search for each play before notifying our 8 finalists. Any evidence that a play has been previously produced will result in disqualification of the script from our festival.

We look forward to hearing from people all over the planet so have fun! Hopefully your story about unintended consequences will be a hit with our judges and we’ll see you in July for our 8th Annual Festival of Shorts!

Visit the website:  http://edmondsdriftwoodplayers.org/2016-2017-season/8th-annual-festival-shorts/


27th Annual Memoirs Competition

10 February 2017

The Writers’ Workshop 27th Annual Memoirs Competition

Deadline: Postmarked by November 30, 2017. 

AWARDS:

1ST PLACE: Choice of a 2-night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B, 3 free workshops, or 50 pages (or 10 poems)
line-edited and revised by our editorial staff

2nd PLACE: Choice of a 1-night stay at our B&B, 2 free workshops, or 35 pages (or 8 poems) line-edited

3rd PLACE: Choice of 1 free workshop, or 25 pages (or 5 poems) line-edited

Up to 10 Honorable Mentions

  • Submit a memoir of 5,000 words or less.  Multiple entries are accepted.  All work must be unpublished.
  • Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, phone and title of work on a cover sheet. Double-space, and use 12 point font.
  • The entry fee per submission is $25 ($20 for Workshop members). Entry fee is payable online.
  • Enclose legal size self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Do not send via Fedex, certified mail, etc.
  • Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  Memoirs Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.
  • Emailed submission may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with “Memoirs Contest” in the subject.

ENTER HERE:  http://www.twwoa.org/entercontest.html


Literary Fiction Contest

10 February 2017

The Writers’ Workshop Literary Fiction Contest

Deadline: Postmarked by August 30, 2017. 

AWARDS:

1ST PLACE: Choice of a 2-night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B, 3 free workshops, or 50 pages (or 10 poems)
line-edited and revised by our editorial staff

2nd PLACE: Choice of a 1-night stay at our B&B, 2 free workshops, or 35 pages (or 8 poems) line-edited

3rd PLACE: Choice of 1 free workshop, or 25 pages (or 5 poems) line-edited

Up to 10 Honorable Mentions

  •  Submit a short story or chapter of a novel of 5,000 words or less.  Multiple entries are accepted.  All work must be unpublished.
  • Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, phone and title of work on a cover sheet. Double-space, and use 12 point font.
  • The entry fee per submission is $25 ($20 for Workshop members). Entry fee is payable online.
  • Enclose self-addressed stamped envelope for critique and list of winners.
  • Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  Fiction Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.
  • Emailed submissions may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with “Fiction Contest” in the subject. No cover sheet or SASE is necessary. The entry fee is payable online at www.twwoa.org.

ENTER HERE: http://www.twwoa.org/entercontest.html

 


The Writers’ Workshop Hard Times Writing Contest

10 February 2017

Deadline: Postmarked by May 30, 2017. 

AWARDS:

1ST PLACE: Choice of a 2-night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B, 3 free workshops, or 50 pages (or 10 poems)
line-edited and revised by our editorial staff

2nd PLACE: Choice of a 1-night stay at our B&B, 2 free workshops, or 35 pages (or 8 poems) line-edited

3rd PLACE: Choice of 1 free workshop, or 25 pages (or 5 poems) line-edited

Up to 10 Honorable Mentions

  •  Write about a difficult experience in your life, how you overcame this obstacle, and how you were changed by it. Winning stories will be chosen for originality and creative writing style. Stories should be previously unpublished, and should not exceed 5,000 words (double-spaced, 12 point font).
  • Your name, address, email and title of work should appear on a separate cover sheet. The entry fee per submission is $25 ($20 for Workshop members).
  • Multiple entries are accepted.
  • Enclose legal size self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Do not use Fedex, certified mail, etc.
  • Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  Hard Times Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.
  • Emailed submission may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with “Hard Times Contest” in the subject. Entry fee is payable online.

ENTER HERE:  http://www.twwoa.org/entercontest.html


The Writers’ Workshop 28th Annual Poetry Contest

10 February 2017

Deadline: Postmarked by March 31, 2017.

AWARDS:

1ST PLACE: Choice of a 2-night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B, 3 free workshops, or 50 pages (or 10 poems)
line-edited and revised by our editorial staff

2nd PLACE: Choice of a 1-night stay at our B&B, 2 free workshops, or 35 pages (or 8 poems) line-edited

3rd PLACE: Choice of 1 free workshop, or 25 pages (or 5 poems) line-edited

Up to 10 Honorable Mentions

  •  All work must be unpublished.
  • Your name, address, email and title of work should appear on a separate cover sheet. The entry fee is $25 ($20 for Workshop members) for up to three entries.
  • Multiple entries are accepted. Each poem should not exceed two pages.
  • Enclose legal size self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Do not use FedEx, certified mail, etc.
  • Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  Annual Poetry Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805. Entry fee is payable online.
  • Emailed submission may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with “Poetry Contest” in the subject.

How to enter, visit: http://www.twwoa.org/entercontest.html


Last Call! TV One Screenplay Competition 2017

10 February 2017

TITLE: TV One Screenplay Competition 2017
WEBSITE: https://tvone.tv/screenplay-competition-abff
TYPE: Feature Length Film Screenplay 84 to 90 pages.
QUALIFICATIONS: The “TV  One  Screenplay  Competition”  (the  “Contest”)  is  open only to legal residents who are physically located in one (1) of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia, and are at least twenty-one (21) years of age or older.  Employees of Sponsor, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, distributors and other prize  suppliers, directors,  officers, and each of their immediate family members (spouse, domestic partner, parents, legal guardians,  in-laws, grandparents, siblings, children and grandchildren) and/or those living in the same household (whether legally related or not) of each are not eligible to enter the Contest or win. Void where prohibited by law.Previous Grand Prize Winners of the Contest are not eligible to enter again.
DEADLINE: Submit online by 11:59 pm EST, February 16, 2017
PRIZES: 3 finalists will receive a trip to the 21st Annual American Black Film Festival in Miami, Florida, taking place June 14, 2017 through June 18, 2017.  In addition to the trip, 1 Grand Prize winner will receive $5000 and the opportunity to have their script turned into a TV One film.

The TV ONE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION 2017 is meant to encourage and promote the production of creative, contemporary, engaging and relatable screenplays that can be turned into original movies for television. The competition is meant to:
  • Encourage filmmakers to offer a fresh perspective and submit contemporary stories with a focus on the American black cultural experience with wide audience appeal.
  • Encourage filmmakers to creatively center around entertaining, heart-felt and relatable topics that resonate and appeal to African American audiences.
  • Expand upon the genres/formats that tell these entertaining stories. Genres include, but are not limited to comedies, romantic comedies, dramas, and family adventures (submissions should be non-period stories).
One (1) Grand Prize Winner will be selected from three (3) Finalists and announced at the closing night event of ABFF.
Visit the website for details on how to enter:  https://tvone.tv/screenplay-competition-abff

 


2017 Arizona Mystery Writers Contests are now accepting entries!

30 January 2017

Cash prizes! Two short story contests.

Arizona Mystery Writers is proud to announce a new contest for youth ages 9-14

PLUS our annual short story contest for ages 15+.

2017 Arizona Mystery Writers Annual Jim Martin Memorial Short Story Contest for ages 15+

(entry fee $15, Prizes: 1st=$200, 2nd=$100, 3rd=$75)

DEADLINE: JUNE 1, 2017

~AND~

Mary Ann Hutchinson Short Story Contest for ages 9-14,

(Entry fee $5, Prizes: 1st=$25, 2nd=$20, 3rd=$15)

Mystery, suspense, or thriller, 2500 words max. Blind judging.

DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2017

Past winners are on the website. We are an independent, nonprofit club supporting mystery writing in Arizona.

Contests are open to all.

For all contest rules and entry forms on the website, visit:

http://www.arizonamysterywriters.com/?page_id=1449 

Contact email: amwcontest@gmail.com with questions.


WATERSTON DESERT WRITING PRIZE

24 January 2017

Deadline April 1, 2017

NO ENTRY FEE.
Prize annually honors literary nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place, and desert literacy – with the desert as both subject and setting. Will recognize one writer with a $2,000 cash award, a reading and reception at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon, and a four-week residency at PLAYA at Summer Lake, Oregon.

Visit the website:

http://www.writingranch.com/waterston-prize-for-desert-writers


THE WRITER ESSAY CONTEST

24 January 2017

Deadline February 25, 2017.
$25 ENTRY FEE.
Our “Your Turn” essay contests asks readers to write a 2,000-word essay about any aspect of the writing life. Any topic is fair game, so long as it pertains to some aspect of writing.  Grand prize: $1,000 and publication in our magazine. However, every essay we receive will be considered for paid publication in The Writer. Word count: 2,000 words or less. 

Visit the website:

http://www.writermag.com/writing-resources/contests


AMERICA MEDIA CONTEST

24 January 2017

A Smart, Catholic Take on Faith and Culture

Deadline February 17, 2017
NO ENTRY FEE

America Media is seeking submissions from young writers for this year’s Generation Faith Essay Contest. We want to hear from high school and college students interested in reflecting on the joys and challenges that come with living out (or struggling with) one’s faith in the midst of real life. All entries should be true personal essays, between 800 and 1,200 words. The essays should feature strong narratives and real-life examples from the writer’s experience as a young person in the church today. Writers should think creatively and broadly about their faith experience. The winning entry will be awarded $1,000 and will be published in America. Additional entries may be chosen for publication in America. The judging panel will consist of the editors of America and The Jesuit Post. 

https://americamedia.submittable.com/submit


Freelance Markets & Jobs

24 January 2017

WOMENARTS BLOG
http://www.womenarts.org/blog/womenarts-blog-submission-guidelines
We are looking for reporters who can help us cover more of the inspiring work that women artists are doing, the latest research on gender parity in the arts, and the actions women are taking to end gender discrimination in the arts.  We are looking for news articles.  We are not seeking personal essays at this time. We prefer articles that are 500 – 800 words in length. It is extremely rare for us to publish articles longer than 1,000 words. Our maximum fee will be $200 for articles of 500 – 1,000 words that we publish that have not been published elsewhere. The fee will be negotiated on a case by case basis for shorter or previously published articles.

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HIGH COUNTRY NEWS
https://www.hcn.org/about/submissions
High Country News will consider pitches for well-researched stories on any natural resource or environmental topic, as long as it concerns the American West as a region. We define resources to include people, politics, culture and aesthetic values, not just coal, oil and timber. We divide submissions into front-of-book stories (500 to 1,600 words) and features (2,400 words and up). We pay on publication, between $0.50 and $1.50 per word, depending on the writer’s experience and our experience with the writer. Kill fee is 25 percent.

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EDGE
http://www.edgenorth.ca/contributors-guidelines/
EDGE YK magazine is a free publication dedicated to showcasing some of the vast creative talent within Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. We’re interested in well-told first-person narrative stories, as well as pieces on the issues, ideas and people affecting the city’s past, present and future.

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DEEP MAGIC
http://deepmagic.co/submissions/#
Deep Magic is a bi-monthly electronic magazine that publishes clean short fiction in the fantasy and science fiction genres. Our issues are also filled with author interviews, art features, book reviews and tips for writers. Most of our non-fiction pieces are invitation only to industry professionals and Deep Magic staff, but if you have a fantastic piece, please send it our way. We pay $.08 per word for the first 5,000 words and $.06 per word for each word between 5,001 and 16,000 words, with payment capped at $1,060 for stories longer than 16,000 words.
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JOBS

ASSOCIATE EDITOR
http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/careers/associate-editor
Zócalo Public Square, the Los Angeles-based online ideas daily, seeks a driven and dynamic Associate Editor to join our team. We’re looking for an experienced editor with strong writing and organizational skills who excels at working with both outside writers and fellow editors. This is a terrific opportunity for a creative and responsible editor to become part of a smart, growing, incessantly curious, and tight-knit team. The Associate Editor must be able to work out of our offices in Santa Monica and Downtown Los Angeles, and be available for occasional weekend and evening work, and some travel.


Grants, Scholarships, Fellowships, Awards & stuff like that…

24 January 2017

DON AND GEREL NICHOLL FELLOWSHIPS IN SCREENWRITING
https://nicholl.oscars.org
This international screenwriting competition awards up to five fellowships of US$35,000 each year. The competition is open to writers based anywhere in the world, regardless of citizenship. All entrants must be aged over 18. The fellowships are intended for new and/or amateur screenwriters. In order to be eligible, an entrant’s total earnings for motion picture and television writing may not exceed US$25,000 before the end of the competition.

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COMMUNITY OF WRITERS
https://communityofwriters.org/workshops/financial-aid-scholarships
A limited amount of financial aid is available each year for both the Poetry Workshop and Writers Workshops. Much of the financial aid is granted in the form of tuition waivers and scholarships, which are funded by donations from our past participants, staff and friends. Some of the scholarships are noted for specific populations. Location Nevada City, California.

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ASSOCIATION OF WRITERS & WRITING PROGRAMS WRITER TO WRITER PROGRAM
https://awp.submittable.com/submit/51044/writer-to-writer-mentor-application
AWP’s mentorship program, Writer to Writer, matches emerging writers and published authors for a three-month series of modules on topics such as craft, revision, publishing, and the writing life. Mentors volunteer their time and receive a free one-year AWP membership. Writer to Writer is free of charge to mentees.


Call for submissions: Christopher Fielden’s Writing Challenges

24 January 2017

Adverb Challenge:
We sold 101 copies of Adverbially Challenged Volume 1 on the run up to Christmas, so we donated £101 to First Story at the beginning of January. The charity asked me to say a big thank you to everyone involved. If you haven’t purchased your copy yet, you can do so here.
We’ve almost reached the next milestone – 200 submitted stories. This means Adverbially Challenged Volume 2 will go into production soon. If you want to be in the book, you can submit your stories here. Be quick – there are only a few spaces left.

Nonsense Challenge
We’re also over halfway to our goal of 100 stories for the first nonsense challenge anthology. There have been some amazing submissions so far. You can read them and submit your own stories on the nonsense challenge page.

Sensory Overload Challenge
This is a new challenge, conceived by Allen Ashley. We’ll be launching it in March 2017. You can learn a bit more about it (and see a wonderful photo of me and Allen that definitely hasn’t been anywhere near Photoshop) on the main writing challenges page.

Preposition Challenge
This is another new challenge, conceived by Ville Nummenpää. We’ll be launching that one later in the year. Again, see the main writing challenges page for details.

Visit the website details on all writing challenges:

http://www.christopherfielden.com/writing-challenges/

 


Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

24 January 2017

Welcome to the 25th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $4,000 in prizes.

Please submit until April 30, 2017.

We will award $1,500 each for the top story and the top essay.

Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each (any category).

The top 12 entries will be published online.

Judge: Judy Juanita, assisted by Lauren Singer.

Please submit as many stories and essays as you like.

All themes accepted. Entries may be published or unpublished.

Length limit: 6,000 words.

No restrictions on age or country.

Fee: $18 per entry.

The results of our 25th annual contest will be announced on October 15, 2017.

How to enter, visit:

https://winningwriters.submittable.com/submit/49862/tom-howard-john-h-reid-fiction-essay-contest


Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee)

24 January 2017

Now in its 16th year, this contest seeks today’s best humor poems. No fee to enter. Submit published or unpublished work. $2,250 in prizes.

Please submit one humor poem until April 1, 2017. 

No fee to enter.

We will award a first prize of $1,000 and a second prize of $250.

Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each.

The top 12 entries will be published online.

Judge: Jendi Reiter, assisted by Lauren Singer.

Length limit: 250 lines.

No restrictions on age or country.

The results of our 16th annual contest will be announced on August 15, 2017.

How to enter, visit:

https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/wergle-flomp-humor-poetry-contest-free


42 Miles Press Poetry Award

24 January 2017

42 Miles Press Poetry Award

David Dodd Lee

Deadline: March 1, 2017

Judge: David Dodd Lee, Series Editor

The 42 Miles Press Poetry Award was created in an effort to bring fresh and original voices to the poetry reading public. The prize is offered annually to any poet writing in English, including poets who have never published a full-length book as well as poets who have published several. New and Selected collections of poems are also welcome.

Manuscripts submitted for the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award should exhibit an awareness of the contemporary “voice” in American poetry, an awareness of our moment in time as poets. We are excited to receive poetry that is experimental as well as work of a more formalist bent, as long as it reflects a complexity and sophistication of thought and language.

Urgency, yes; melodrama, not so much.

The winning poet will receive $1,000, publication of his or her book, and 50 author copies. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at Indiana University South Bend as part of the release of the book. The final selection will be made by the Series Editor. Current or former students or employees of Indiana University South Bend, as well as friends of the Series Editor, are not eligible for the prize.

Winners will be announced via our website in the summer of 2017. We will also announce the winner in major magazines such as Poets & Writers. The winning book will be published in September 2018 and be available to purchase on SPD and Amazon. Previous 42 Miles Press publications include books by Allan Peterson, Betsy Andrews, Bill Rasmovicz, Carrie Oeding, Erica Bernheim, Kimberly Lambright, Nate Pritts, Tracey Knapp, and Christine Garren.

See the complete guidelines and submit by mail or email.


WOW! Women On Writing: Flash Fiction Contest – Winter 2017

24 January 2017

Winter 2017 Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline: February 28, 2017

Open Prompt: You can write about anything in any genre as long as it’s fiction.
Word Count: 250 words minimum; 750 words maximum
Submission Types: Electronic submissions via e-mail only; no postal submissions; reprints are okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail, simultaneous submissions are okay.
Entry Fee: $10 per story; option to purchase a critique for an additional $10
Guest Judge: Literary Agent Abby Saul
Literary Agent Abby Saul

Abby founded The Lark Group after a decade in publishing at John Wiley & Sons, Sourcebooks, and Browne & Miller Literary Associates. She’s worked with and edited bestselling and award-winning authors as well as major brands. At each publishing group she’s been a part of, Abby also has helped to establish ebook standards, led company-wide forums to explore new digital possibilities for books, and created and managed numerous digital initiatives.

A zealous reader who loves her iPad and the ebooks on it, she still can’t resist the lure of a print book. Abby’s personal library of beloved titles runs the gamut from literary newbies and classics, to cozy mysteries, to sappy women’s fiction, to dark and twisted thrillers. She’s looking for great and engrossing adult commercial and literary fiction. A magna cum laude graduate of Wellesley College, Abby spends her weekends–when she’s not reading–cooking and hiking with her husband.

Find Abby @BookySaul on Twitter.

Check out Abby’s manuscript with list: http://www.manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/abby-saul/

Prizes:

20 winners total! $1,200 in cash prizes.

1st Place: $350 cash prize; $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; Published on WOW!; Interview on The Muffin

2nd Place: $250 cash prize; $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; Published on WOW!; Interview on The Muffin

3rd Place: $150 cash prize; $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; Published on WOW!; Interview on The Muffin

7 Runners Up: $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; Published on WOW!; Interview on The Muffin

10 Honorable Mentions: $20 Amazon Gift Certificate; Name and title of story published on WOW!

How to Enter: Visit the Contest Page and download the Winter 2017 Flash Fiction Contest PDF for full guidelines, pay the entry fee on the contest page (link below), and submit via e-mail to contest[at]wow-womenonwriting[dot]com.

Limit 300 entries! Submit early to ensure your spot.

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


2017 GINOSKO FLASH FICTION CONTEST

13 January 2017

$500 Award, $5 entry fee

Deadline March 1, 2017.

Submit up to 2 pieces, 800 words maximum each piece.
Awarded work will be published on Ginosko Literary Journal website and in forthcoming issue, http://GinoskoLiteraryJournal.com.

Procedures and Considerations
Please submit work, along with a brief bio and cover letter if desired, by Submittable: https://ginosko.submittable.com/submit. Name of author not to be on submission.

Guidelines and Eligibility
The Ginosko Flash Fiction Award is for an unpublished work of flash fiction. Awarded piece is selected through a submission process open to all writers with the following exception:
Relatives or individuals having a personal or professional relationship with any of the final judges where they have taken any part whatsoever in shaping the submitted manuscript.

Final Judges
Amanda Yskamp, Michael Hettich, Gary Lundy, E M Schorb, Andrena Zawinski, Andrei Guruianu, Robert Paul Cesaretti.


The Editor’s Choice Award

13 January 2017
Our deadline is January, 27 2017,
 with a grace period extension until February 5, 2017.

Thanks to a patron of the arts founding our Editor’s Choice Award, we are able to give $100 to a work of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or artwork.  The Editor’s Choice Award will be given to the work that best embodies and achieves the goal of States of the Union. All contributors will be considered. If you have already submitted, your work will be in the running. We hope you will submit to us your thoughts on the election of Donald J. Trump. Whatever your medium, perspective, or age, we welcome your contributions.  Thank you!

Website: www.statesoftheunionbook.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/StatesOf

Twitter: @StatesOf_

Instagram: StatesoftheUnion

Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/statesof/states-of-the-union-book?ref=c8ysre


Dangerous Creations: Real-life Frankenstein Stories

12 January 2017

Deadline: March 20, 2017

In the summer of 1816, in response to a challenge from friends to write the most terrifying possible ghost story, the young Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley dreamed up the story of a young scientist and his monstrous creation. The “Frankenstein monster” has fascinated the imagination ever since.

In conjunction with the ASU Frankenstein Bicentennial Project, Creative Nonfiction magazine is daring writers (as Mary Shelley was dared in Geneva) to write original and groundbreaking stories in the spirit of Frankenstein—but nonfiction. That is to say, we’re looking for true stories that explore humans’ efforts to control and redirect nature, the evolving relationships between humanity and science/technology, and contemporary interpretations of monstrosity.

Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element and reach beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. We’re open to a broad range of interpretations of the “Frankenstein” theme, with the understanding that all works submitted must tell true stories and be factually accurate. Above all, we’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice.

Creative Nonfiction editors and a judge (to be announced) will award $10,000 and publication for Best Essay and two $2,500 prizes and publication for runners-up. All essays will be considered for publication in the winter 2018 issue of the magazine.

Guidelines:  Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. There is a $20 reading fee, waived for current subscribers. You can also submit and become a subscriber, extend your subscription, or give a gift subscription by submitting $25 to include a 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction (US addresses only). Multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay) as are entries from outside the United States (though due to shipping costs we cannot offer the subscription deal).

A note about fact-checking: Essays accepted for publication in Creative Nonfiction undergo a rigorous fact-checking process. To the extent your essay draws on research and/or reportage (and it should, at least to some degree), editors will ask you to send documentation of your sources and to help with the fact-checking process. We do not require that citations be submitted with essays, but you may find it helpful to keep a file of your essay that includes footnotes and/or a bibliography.

You may submit essays online or by regular mail:

By regular mail:

Postmark deadline March 20, 2017

Please send manuscript, accompanied by cover letter with complete contact information including the title of the essay and word count; SASE or email for response; and payment to:

Creative Nonfiction
Attn: Frankenstein
5119 Coral Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Online:

Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm Eastern Time, March 20, 2017

How to enter:

https://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/dangerous-creations-real-life-frankenstein-stories

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TheNextBigWriter – Locked Room Mystery Writing Contest

12 January 2017

The challenge of this contest is to write a locked room mystery that takes place somewhere other than earth, where one of the main characters is either deaf, dumb, or blind.

Don’t know what a locked room mystery is?  A locked room mystery is one in which the perpetrator commits a crime, usually a murder, under circumstances which seem impossible. For instance, a murder is committed in a room that is locked with no windows. How did the perpetrator get into the room? How could the crime be committed? In locked room mysteries there is usually a crime scene with no indication of how the perpetrator could have entered or exited, or committed the crime. For more of an explanation, as well as examples, please visit the following links:

Wikipedia – Locked-room mystery

TV Tropes – Locked Room Mystery

You can find additional examples by Googling the term.

Criteria:

  • Locked room mystery.
  • Does not take place on earth.
  • One of the characters must be deaf, dumb, or blind.

There is no minimum length. The maximum length is 5,000 words.

Two entries are allowed per member. In the case of more than two entries, the first two entries submitted will be judged.

The first-place winner will receive $100. Two second-place winners will receive $25. We’re looking for the most original and entertaining stories. Good luck!

Open to Premium Members of TheNextBigWriter.

Start: January 09, 2017

Deadline: February 28, 2017

Posting Date: Postings that are eligible for this contest must be published on site after January 09, 2017

Prize: $100 First-place, Two $25 Second-place prizes.

How to enter:  https://www.thenextbigwriter.com/guide/contest-how-to-enter


Last Call! The Masters Review: Short Story Award For New Writers

3 January 2017

Awards for New Writers

$2000 + Publication + Agency Review

Because of the popularity of our Short Story Award this summer and because the agents we work with were eager to see more, we are hosting a winter award. The winning story will be awarded $2000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $200 and $100 respectively. All winners and honorable mentions will receive agency review by: Amy Williams of The Williams Agency, Victoria Marini from Irene Goodman, and Laura Biagi from Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc. We want you to succeed, and we want your writing to be read. It’s been our mission to support emerging writers since day one.

GUIDELINES:

  • Winner receives $2000, publication, and agency review
  • Second and third place prizes ($200/$100, publication, and agency review)
  • Stories under 7000 words
  • Simultaneous and multiple submissions allowed
  • Emerging writers only (We are interested in offering a larger platform to new writers. Self-published writers and writers with story collections and novels with a small circulation are welcome to submit.)
  • International submissions allowed
  • $20 entry fee
  • Deadline: January 15, 2017
  • Please no identifying information on your story
  • All stories are considered for publication

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Visit the website for details on how to enter!

https://mastersreview.com/short-story-award-for-new-writers/

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About The Masters Review:

At The Masters Review, our mission is to support emerging writers. We only accept submissions from writers who can benefit from a larger platform. Typically, writers without published novels or story collections, or, publications with low circulation. We publish fiction and nonfiction online year round and put out an annual anthology of the ten best emerging writers in the country, judged by an expert in the field. We publish articles and book reviews on the blog and hold workshops that connect emerging and established writers.