Arizona Mystery Writers

25 May 2021

Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest

Open to Adults 18 Years and Over

FIRST PLACE: $200  SECOND PLACE: $100  THIRD PLACE: $75

Get admiring applause at the awards luncheon, your winning story posted on the AMW website, and validation as a writer.

Submission Deadline: July 1, 2021

Awards Luncheon: TBD

Who Can Enter: Anyone who can write a mystery story in English. You don’t have to be a member of AMW. No prior experience necessary. Writer must be a Southwestern state resident (Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, California, Colorado).

What Kind of Story? Any sort of mystery, suspense, or thriller. The Requirements Here.

Who was Jim Martin? Jim Martin was a long-time member of Arizona Mystery Writers. His family left a generous contribution to the club and we remember him by dedicating the annual story-writing contest to him.

How to Submit: See the Requirements page and the Entry Form for official rules. Entries are judged “blind,” that is, without the judges knowing who wrote the stories.  A correct entry form must accompany EACH submission.

Past Winners: You can read the most recent winning stories from the contest for all ages by clicking the “Winners” tab under the “Contest” tab.

Questions? email amwcontest@gmail.com

Visit the website: https://www.arizonamysterywriters.com/?page_id=3486


Ruminate Magazine Editor – Employment Opportunity

22 May 2021

Ends on June 15, 2021

Organization:

Founded in 2006, Ruminate is committed to cultivating authenticity through nourishing conversations while spiritually sustaining life together through action & art. We do this by publishing an award-winning quarterly literary arts print magazine, Ruminate Magazine, hosting our online publication, The Waking, and serving our local and broader community through online and in person events.

Objective:

The Editor will uphold Ruminate’s mission of supporting our community of artists, seekers, and readers seeking spiritually nourishing conversations, and will develop and maintain a long-term editorial strategy that continues the high editorial standards and Ruminate’s distinctive contemplative sensibility. The Editor will prioritize expanding the range of editorial and contributor voices to reflect a growing and changing audience and will continue to grow Ruminate’s audience beyond its original roots in the Christian community by pursuing new networking and relationship opportunities.

Reporting to the Conservator of Ruminate, the Editor is responsible for overseeing production of the print magazine, mentoring and supporting the magazine contract staff editors, and working closely with the operations team to ensure the print quality, accuracy, and on-schedule publication of each issue. The Editor also is responsible for managing and overseeing the magazine staff schedules and responsibilities and contributing to editorial planning for both the print journal and online content. This position requires impeccable editing and task management skills, a heart for all that Ruminate represents, and compassionate management skills. This is a highly responsible position that requires considerable independent judgment and long-term vision planning.

Salary & Time Commitment:

  • average hours are 15-20 hours/week, $15,000/annually
  •  3-month trial period to ensure that the position is a good fit

Editorial duties include:

  • Deciding the theme for each issue based on feedback from staff, reviewing manuscripts as needed, planning special issues
  • Communicating and coordinating with the Operations Team & The Waking staff regarding publication strategies & marketing schedules
  • Initiating communication and direction setting for genre editors, including occasional meetings, workflow discussions and assigning tasks
  • Managing and overseeing magazine staff invoices and annual reviews
  • Overseeing and consulting with editors and readers to ensure they are meeting their respective production deadlines
  • Assisting with management of the submissions queue, ensuring timely responses to submittors, the timely opening & closing of contest calls, quarterly calls for Reader Notes & regular submission periods
  • Managing contest readers/panelists, occasionally soliciting panelists and judges
  • Managing & maintaining publication files in an orderly & efficient manner
  • Outreach to contributors and other editors in the literary community for cross-promotion & networking events
  • Responding to communication from submitters and contributors to maintain strong, positive relationships with Ruminate’s wider community
  • Writing the editor’s note for the magazine each quarter, and writing a monthly e-newsletter
  • Collaborating with the Operations Team as needed regarding marketing
  • Collaborate with the Operations Team as needed to ensure magazine content hosted on the website is accurate and up-to-date
  • Assisting in interviewing and hiring contract editors and other organizational positions when needed
  • Attending regular Leadership Team meetings with the Director of Operations, The Waking editor, and the Conservator
  • Production duties include working with the contracted typesetter and printer, approving layout of all content and artwork, and approval of all final copy, as well as:
  1. Establishing and maintaining a production schedule
  2. Proofreading page proofs and checking all corrections
  3.  Overseeing and coordinating with an outside proofreader when needed
  4. Sending page proofs to editors and placing final corrections
  5. Working with printers regarding production scheduling, etc
  6. Selecting, developing and editing web content in coordination with Operations & The Waking

The Editor may also be involved with the following: evaluating submitted manuscripts, grant writing, and representing Ruminate at national events.

Physical Demands:

Ability to sit for long periods of time working at a computer. We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.

How to apply, visit: https://ruminatemagazine.submittable.com/submit/a4d5bbe0-23ef-4259-9e54-b053490b83ad/ruminate-magazine-editor


Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2021

14 May 2021

https://www.dreamquestone.com

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! And 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; fiction, nonfiction or creative nonfiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Deadline: September 22, 2021

All contest winners will be published on May 31, 2021

Prizes:

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

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

Entry fees:

$5 per poem, $10 per story

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your 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!

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One

 


Segora International Writing Competitions

13 May 2021

Poetry: first prize £300, Judge Derek Sellen, single entry £5, deadline 15th June 2021 – Max 50 lines, Discounts for multiple entries rules/ submissions  www.poetryproseandplays.com


Short Story: first prize £300, Judge Isabelle Llasera, single entry £8, deadline 15th June 2021 Minimum length 1,500 max 3,000  rules/submissions www.poetryproseandplsays.com


Vignette: first prize £100, Judge Oz Hardwick, single entry £5, deadline 15th June 2021 max 300 words rules/submissions www.poetryproseandplays.com


Play: first prize £100, Judge Oliver Eade, single entry for 10 minute or 35 minute play £12, deadline 15th June 2021 rules/submissions www.poetryproseandplays.com

Visit the website for details: http://www.poetryproseandplays.com/


Fabula Press’ Aestas Short Story Contest 2021

13 May 2021

Deadline: July 31, 2021 

Word Limit: Min 2000 words, maximum 6000 words

Theme: None. We are not very strict about genre either, and are happy to read literary fiction, crime/mystery, horror, and light science fiction (e.g. alternative history) – what we are looking for is brilliant writing around a plausible plot. However, for the sake of consistency of the publication, we are unable to consider hard / highly technical science fiction, fantasy, YA, or Chick-Lit.

Prizes: 

  1. First prize:  US$500 and publication 
  2. Second Prize: US$250 and publication 
  3. Third Prize: US$150 and publication 

Apart from the winners, all other longlisted authors selected for publication in the anthology will be paid an honourarium of USD$75 each. 

Entry fee: US$10

Deadline: July 31, 2021

Past and present contest judges include Clare Wallace ( Literary Agent   with Darley Anderson), Sandra Sawicka (Literary Agent with Marjacq Scripts), Brett Alan Sanders (Author/Columnist), and Anisha Bhaduri (Award winning Journalist)

Visit the website for details on how to enter: https://www.pressfabula.com/submission/


Last call for entries! Jokes for Teachers Contest – Extended deadline: May 22, 2021

3 May 2021

$1000 PRIZE!!!

Extended deadline: May 22, 2021

No Entry Fees.

Teachers have the most difficult, important, and absurd job on Earth.Why aren’t there more jokes about that work? Help us find the funny in teaching. 

If you’ve ever known a teacher, you’re eligible. If you’re a working comic, even better.

First prize is $1000. Runners up get $100. 

Winning jokes will be featured wherever we can place them. 

The great Bonnie McFarlane will be the judge. Nowadays, she’s everywhere, but Bonnie made her national breakthrough on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and has performed many times on The Late Show and The Tonight Show and in specials on HBO and Comedy Central. 

Guidelines:
• Everyone is welcome to submit. You don’t have to be a teacher.
• You do have to be 18 or older.
• Jokes must center on a K-12 teacher.
• Only video submissions under 60 seconds.
• Only one submission per person.
• Entries must be original and never-before-published.
• Sentimentality is discouraged and education jargon is forbidden, unless it’s funny.
• Roast jokes okay, just not too mean.

The extended deadline is May 22, 2021.

Judged by Bonnie McFarlane

Winners will be announced by mid-June.

Why aren’t there more jokes about that work?

Visit the website for details about how to enter at https://www.pandemic-edition.academyforteachers.org/jokes-for-teachers-contest/


Last call! Summer Shorts 2021 SUBMISSIONS: Win CASH AWARDS FOR ORIGINAL PLAYS!!!

21 March 2021

Theatre Workshop of Owensboro (TWO) will accept original one-act plays for SUMMER SHORTS 2021, a festival of exciting new plays!

A CASH AWARD of $500 will be given for the piece voted BEST PLAY. A prize of $250 will go to the AUDIENCE FAVORITE.


To submit your play, you need to do two things.


First, send your script to summershortsscriptsfortwo@gmail.com, in PDF format. Include your contact information: name, address, email, and phone number in the email that accompanies your submitted script. DO NOT put this information on the cover page of your script. This will allow the reading committee to read your submission “blindly.”


Second, pay your entry fee through our ticketing system. Visit our tickets calendar page, look for “Summer Shorts 2021 SUBMISSIONS” and click Buy Tickets. From there select the event date and enter the number of scripts you will submit.
The entry fee is $20 per submission.


There is a two script limit per playwright. No more than one play per playwright will be produced.

Submissions will be accepted through March 31, 2021.


Once we have confirmed your entry fee has been paid, your script will be evaluated to assure it meets the criteria of the competition as listed below. Playwrights whose work is selected for production will be notified by April 15, 2021.
Script Criteria:


Scripts must not have been published (other than by the playwright) or performed (other than staged readings) prior to this competition.


Scripts must be no longer than 20 pages (not including title pages or character descriptions) in PDF format. Scripts must not call for more than 5 characters.

Scripts should require minimal sets and set pieces. This will be a factor in final selection for production in SUMMER SHORTS 2021.

Scripts can be of any topic or genre the playwright chooses. There are no restrictions on language or content.

THE DETAILS
1. Submit your script in PDF format to summershortsscriptsfortwo@gmail.com
2. Include your contact information within the email, not on your cover page.
3. Pay your submission fee: $20 per entry at our tickets calendar page.
4. You will receive confirmation of receipt of your material and payment.


We look forward to reading some exciting new works!

VISIT THE WEBSITE: http://www.theatreworkshop.org/summer-shorts/


The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville, NC Writing Competitions

21 March 2021

Any writer may enter our contests, regardless of residence. All entries will receive comments from the judges. Authors retain all rights. The entry fee for all contests is $25, or $20 for Workshop members.
The entry fee is payable online through PayPal, check, or money order. 
The judges will pick the winners about 6 weeks after the contest deadline.
Scroll down for submission guidelines.

2021 WRITING CONTESTS

Awards for all contests:

1st Place: Your choice of a 2-night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B (at a “safe” future date); or 3 free workshops; or 50 pages (or 10 poems for poetry contests) line-edited and revised by our editorial staff.
2nd Place: Two free workshops; or 35 pages (or 8 poems) line-edited.
3rd Place: One free workshop; or 25 pages (or 5 poems) line-edited.
10 Honorable Mentions

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28th ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST   

Deadline: Postmarked or emailed by March 31, 2021.

Guidelines:
Your name, address, and email should appear on the first page.
The entry fee is $25 ($20 for Workshop members) for every three poems.
Multiple entries are accepted. Each poem should not exceed two pages.
Enclose self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners.
  Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  Poetry Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805. The entry fee is also payable online at twwoa.org.
Emailed submissions may be sent (in Word Doc) to writersw@gmail.com, with “Poetry Contest” in the subject. Critiques will be emailed back, so no SASE is required.                                        

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HUMOR ME WRITING CONTEST  
Deadline: Postmarked or emailed by June 30, 2021

Guidelines:
Email or snail-mail a humorous story (fiction or non-fiction) of 5,000 words or less. Use of witty, dry humor is encouraged. Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, phone and title of work on the first page. Double-space, and use 12 point font. Mention if this is fiction or not.
The entry fee per story is $25/$20 Workshop members. Multiple entries are accepted.   Enclose self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:
Humor Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.
    Emailed submissions may be sent in Word doc attachment to writersw@gmail.com, with “Humor Contest” in the subject.  No sase is required – comments will be emailed.  
PLEASE NOTE: FOR THIS NEW CONTEST, PLEASE PAY THE ENTRY FEE BY CLICKING HERE.

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HARD TIMES WRITING CONTEST
Deadline: Postmarked or emailed by August 30, 2021

Guidelines:
       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 not exceed 5,000 words (double-spaced, 12 point font).
Your name, address, email, phone and title of work should appear on the first page. Enclose a self-addressed, self-sealing stamped envelope for critique and list of winners, and the reading fee of $25 per entry. Multiple entries are accepted. Please make check or money order payable to Writers’ Workshop, and send to: Hard Times Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, N.C.  28805.
Emailed submissions in Word Doc may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with “Hard Times Contest” in the subject. Entry fee is payable online at www.twwoa.org

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 LITERARY FICTION CONTEST          
Deadline: Postmarked or emailed by September 30, 2021

Guidelines:
Submit a short story or chapter of a novel of 5,000 words or less.  Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, phone and title of work on the first page. Double-space, and use 12 point font.
The entry fee is $25 per story. Multiple entries are accepted.   Enclose self-sealing SASE 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. Or pay at our Registration Page.
Emailed submissions in Word Doc may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with “Fiction Contest” in the subject. Entry fee is payable at our Registration Page.

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ANNUAL MEMOIRS COMPETITION      
Deadline: Postmarked or emailed by December 30, 2021

Guidelines:
Submit a memoir of 5,000 words or less.  Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, email, phone and title of work on the first page. Double-space, and use 12 point font.
The entry fee is $25 per memoir. Multiple entries are accepted.   Enclose self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners.  Please make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:
Memoirs Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.
The entry fee is also payable  at our Registration Page.
Emailed submissions may be sent in Word Doc to writersw@gmail.com, with “Memoirs Contest” in the subject. Entry fee is payable at our Registration Page.

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 How to submit an entry:  

Online:

  • Email a Microsoft Word document of your entry to writersw@gmail.com with “Name of contest” in the subject line.
  • Pay entry fee online at our Registration Page, or send check to The Writers’ Workshop, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC 28805.  The judges’ comments will be emailed to you.

​By mail:

  • Enclose your submission, and a SASE (self-sealing self-addressed stamped envelope) for judges’ critique and list of winners. 
  • Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  [Name of contest], The Writers’ Workshop, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.
  • If you are submitting an entry by mail, you can pay the entry fee online at our Registration Page, or enclose a check with your entry.

VISIT THE WEBSITE: https://www.twwoa.org/contests.html


F(r)iction Contests – Short Story, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction

10 March 2021

Deadline: April 29, 2021
Results: Announced September 8, 2021
Prizes: Win $1,600 in Prizes!
Guest Judges: Stephen Graham Jones, Damhnait Monaghan, Emma Bolden, and Hannah Grieco
Categories: Short Story, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction

Categories are currently open for short stories up to 7,500 words, poetry (5 per submission), flash fiction (1,000 words), and creative nonfiction up to 6,000 words. This year’s guest judges are Stephen Graham Jones, Damhnait Monaghan, Emma Bolden, and Hannah Grieco.  Entry fees are as follows: Poetry ($10 for a single entry or $12 for a three-pack), Short Stories ($15), Creative Nonfiction ($15), and Flash Fiction ($12 for a three-pack). Up to $1,600 in prizes are available. 

For full Submission Guidelines, please read the information on our Submittable page carefully. And please visit our formatting guidelines page to properly format your work for submission.

To give you a bit more of a sense of what we’re about, F(r)iction is a triannual publication that boasts work from both industry legends and emerging writers. Each issue is carefully curated to evaluate an important cultural topic from vastly different perspectives. We accept short fiction, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, comics, and poetry submissions all year round, and also host contests featuring celebrity guest judges and cash prizes twice a year (each spring and fall). Every piece published in F(r)iction is also accompanied by custom artwork, making our journal a visual odyssey from cover to cover!

An insider tip for you all: We seek work that actively pushes boundaries, that forces us to question traditions and tastes. If your work takes risks, we want to read it. We like strong narratives that make us feel something and stories we haven’t seen before. To get an idea of the kind of work we look for, please check out this page from our editors detailing what we look for in our submissions.

We also strongly recommend checking out a past issue of F(r)iction before submitting to our contests to get an idea of our general publishing aesthetic. We have several pieces available online, but there’s nothing like holding a glossy, full-color issue in your hands. You can check out all of our issues in our shop.

Visit the website: https://frictionlit.org/contests/


Imagine 2200: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors

6 March 2021

DEADLINE: APRIL 12, 2021

Grist’s solutions lab, Fix, is excited to announce the launch of our first-ever, free-entry, climate-fiction short story contest — Imagine 2200: Climate fiction for future ancestors. We’re dipping a toe into the world of fiction, and we want you to join us.

Grist’s mission is to make the story of a better world so irresistible, you want it right now. Our award-winning journalism has done that for the past 20 years (if we do say so ourselves). And now, with this contest, we’re embracing the opportunity to look beyond the confines of the present moment and share visions of solutions that haven’t even been dreamt up yet. Imagine 2200 draws inspiration from Afrofuturism, as well as Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, disabled, feminist, and queer futures, and the genres of hopepunk and solarpunk. We especially want to see — and share — stories that center climate solutions from the most impacted communities and bring into focus what a truly just, regenerative future could look like.

Submissions are now openFind everything you need to submit a story in our Submissions portal. We’re calling for 3,000- to 5,000-word stories that envision the next 180 years of climate progress — roughly seven generations. The winning writer will be awarded $3,000, with the second-and third-place finalists receiving $2,000 and $1,000, respectively. An additional nine finalists will each receive a $300 honorarium. Winners and finalists will be published in a stunning (trust us), immersive digital collection on Fix’s website and will be celebrated in a public-facing virtual event. Our board of expert literary judges includes authors Adrienne Maree BrownMorgan Jerkins, and Kiese Laymon.

Eager to learn more? Get answers to all of your questions here, or feel free to contact us. We’ve included some FAQs below. If you’re ready to get writing (and want to help spread the word), you can find our submissions portal here. And if you’d like to get in touch, you can reach us at imaginefiction@grist.org.

Visit the website: https://grist.org/fix/climate-fiction-writing-contest-imagine-2200-prizes/?utm_source=fundsforwriters&utm_medium=image&utm_campaign=clifi

Imagine 2200

Imagine FAQs

Q. How did this whole thing get started?

A.In the spring of 2020, Fix convened a group of climate and justice leaders for a multiday gathering. Through a visioning exercise, we collectively charted out the next 180 years of climate progress, focusing on the goal of a clean, green, and just future in the year 2200. This assembly visualized a complete societal transformation: A dissolution of political parties and borders. Reparations. The return of land to Indigenous and Black stewardship. Restorative justice replacing prisons. Granting rights to the earth and non-human kin. Food sovereignty and heirloom seeds triumphing over monoculture farming. An economy built on ecological restoration, mutual aid, and care work. The pursuit of right relationships in all our systems and designs.

Out of their visions grew the idea for a climate-fiction initiative, to lift up more voices in the climate narrative, and to breathe life into the ideas we heard.

Q. Why fiction? And what is cli-fi, anyway?

A. Fiction gives us an opportunity to imagine the world we want to live in, in a way that journalism doesn’t. Our hope is that the stories presented in the Imagine 2200 collection will inspire, delight, and motivate readers to take action to make elements of those worlds a reality.

Although it has deep roots, climate-fiction (cli-fi) has been coming into its own as a genre over the past several years. (In fact, with the state our planet’s in, it’s been posited that any stories that don’t consider the fate of the climate will soon start to look pretty otherworldly.) Fix is getting in the game to offer cli-fi that’s hopeful, intersectional, and grounded in justice.

Q. Is there a cost to enter the contest?

A. Zero dollars!

Q. Who can submit? Are there any restrictions on age, geography, etc.?

A. Writers need to be at least 18 years old to submit to Imagine 2200. (Sorry, kiddos.) The contest is open to folks anywhere in the world, though stories do need to be written primarily in English. And we are accepting coauthored submissions — each author should fill out the eligibility form independently, but there’s a space to note if you’re submitting a joint effort. If a coauthored piece makes it into the final collection, each author will be credited and the prize money will be split.

Q. Will authors keep the rights to their stories?

A. Grist retains the first serial rights to publish, produce, reproduce, distribute, and market the 12 final stories accepted to the Imagine 2200 collection. All remaining rights will revert back to the authors upon publication. And if the story gets published elsewhere after the contest, we’ll just ask for a credit line indicating that the work first appeared in Grist and Fix’s Imagine 2200 collection.

Q. OK, I’m in! How do I submit a story, and how can I help spread the word?

A. Head right here. If you’d like to receive regular updates from us and help get the word out to infinity and beyond, drop us a note at imaginefiction@grist.org.

Q. Does my story need to be set in the year 2200?

A. Nah. We’d be just as happy to see your visions for amazing, just, and regenerative worlds in 2136 or 2098. Or some unspecified time (as long as it’s in the future). You could even show us a snapshot of the real work and struggle that will be needed in the near-er future to get us on the right path to 2200 — because we know it’s going to take real work and struggle.

Q. TBH, I’m not that hopeful about the future of the planet. Can my story be grimdark and apocalyptic?

A. Why would you want to make us sad? Jokes aside, we’re not asking anyone to feign optimism or paint a rosy, pollyannaish picture of a conflict-free climate utopia. But our name is Fix, after all, and we are a solutions lab. We’re not likely to publish any stories about a planet that burns and a future that sucks.

Q. Can my story include supernatural or fantastical elements?

A. Sure! We will be judging stories in part based on the rigor of environmental, scientific, historical, and/or cultural background that goes into them. But we’re open to magical realism, spiritual elements, and supernatural twists, especially where they’re culturally significant. Just please refrain from going full Star Wars or Game of Thrones, OK?

Q. I love this!

A.Thanks! Us, too. For more complete guidelines and criteria, head on over to our submissions portal. We can’t wait to read your story!


Last call! Daphne Du Maurier Awards for Mystery and Suspense 2021

6 March 2021

Deadline: March 15, 2021

The Kiss of Death chapter of RWA is proud to announce the Daphne Du Maurier Awards for Mystery and Suspense is now open for entries. This year we are accepting unpublished manuscripts and novels published in 2019 and 2020 in six categories:

  • Short Romantic Mystery/Suspense: works with a central romance that have a word count of 40k-65k. 
  • Long Romantic Mystery/Suspense: works with a central romance that have a word count of 65k and above. 
  • Historical Romantic Mystery/Suspense: works with a central romance set in a time that predates the end of World War II. 
  • Inspirational Romantic Mystery/Suspense: works in which any religious or spiritual beliefs form a significant part of the story and could not be removed without damaging the storyline. 
  • Paranormal (PTTF) Romantic Mystery/Suspense: works with a central romance and in which paranormal, time travel, and/or futuristic elements play a significant role.
  • Mainstream Mystery/Suspense: any work where the mystery/suspense is the main plot. Entries in the Mainstream Mystery/Suspense category may contain only minor elements of romance or none at all.

The contest provides helpful feedback by trained judges. Winning or placing in the competition adds a boost to the entrant’s writing career. 

DEADLINE: We are accepting entries until March 15, 2021. But don’t wait! When categories reach their cap, they will be closed.   

LINKS FOR INFORMATION AND ENTRY

For details, rules, past winners and sample score sheets, visit https://www.rwakissofdeath.org/rwakissofdeath-org-contest/ 

If you have entered or judged previously, you can log in to your profile on the contest site: https://writingcontest.website/
CALL FOR JUDGES Authors – we are also looking for first-round judges. Training is provided. Once you log in, click the Judges button and fill in your preferences. You do not have to be a member of RWA to judge. 
If you have any questions about the contest, contact KODContest@gmail.com

Stay as safe as you can,
Raimey, Daphne du Maurier Awards Contest Committee

Raimey Gallant
www.raimeygallant.com


Emerging Writer’s Contest 2021

6 March 2021

Deadline: May 15, 2021 at noon EST.

The Emerging Writer’s Contest is now open.

Since 1971, Ploughshares has been committed to promoting the work of up-and-coming writers. Over the years, Ploughshares has helped launch the careers of great writers like Edward P. Jones, Sue Miller, Mona Simpson, Tim O’Brien, and many more. 

In the spirit of the journal’s founding mission, the Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest recognizes work by an emerging writer in each of three genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. One winner in each genre per year will receive $2,000 and publication in the literary journal.  We consider authors “emerging” if they haven’t published or self-published a book.

To submit, see our guidelines below. The 2021 contest judges are Kiley Reid (Fiction), Paige Lewis (Poetry) and Paul Lisicky (Nonfiction). The winners will also receive a conversation with our partnering literary agency, Aevitas Creative Management, regarding their work and writing careers.

The Emerging Writer’s Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book. Read past winners of the contest here

We award publication, $2,000, review from Aevitas Creative Management, and a 1-year subscription for one winner in each of the three genres. Submit to the Emerging Writer’s Contest through our submission manager. You must be logged in to access our submission manager.

The 2021 contest judges are Kiley Reid (Fiction), Paige Lewis (Poetry) and Paul Lisicky (Nonfiction). 

Publication

The winning story, essay, and poems from the 2021 contest will be published in the Winter 2021-22 issue ofPloughshares. 

Eligibility

You are eligible if you:

  • Have yet to publish a book (including eBooks, translations, books in other languages/countries, self-published works, and poetry chapbooks with a print run of more than 300).
  • Have no book forthcoming before April 15, 2022.
  • Are not affiliated with Emerson College or with Ploughshares as a contributing author, volunteer screener, intern, student, staff member, or faculty member.
  • Will not have a relationship with Emerson before April 15, 2022 (example: if there is a chance you will attend the Emerson MFA program in the coming year or if your work has been accepted for publication for an upcoming issue).

Submitting

Deadline: May 15, 2021 at noon EST. We will announce the winners in mid-September of 2021. 

Fiction and Nonfiction: Under 6,000 words
Poetry: 3-5 pages

Submit one entry per year via our online submission manager. 

  • No entries via email or mail will be considered for the contest.
  • Submitted work must be original and previously unpublished in any form.
  • For poetry, we will be reading both for the strongest individual poem and the general level of work, and may choose to publish one, some, or all of the winner’s submitted poems.
  • International submissions welcome.
  • We cannot accomodate revisions once a manuscript has been submitted. 
  • Cover letters are not necessary. Please remove all identifying information from your submission as they will be read anonymously. 

Simultaneous vs. Multiple Submissions
We only consider one submission per author for the duration of the contest, regardless of genre. Simultaneous submissions to other journals are fine as long as we are notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere via email (pshares@pshares.org) or our online contact form. 

Entry Fee

If you are a current subscriber through our Winter 2021-2022 issue, your contest entry is free of charge. You will still be prompted to “checkout” but you will not be required to enter payment information and will not be charged. If you’re not sure when your subscription expires, feel free to email us at pshares@pshares.org.

If you are not a subscriber, or your subscription expires before our Winter 2021-2022 issue, the submission manager will prompt you to pay the $24 fee at checkout. The fee includes a 1-year subscription to Ploughshares (beginning with the Spring 2021 issue and ending with the Winter 2021-2022 issue) and free submissions to the 2020 regular reading period. 

If you are an international submitter, please be in touch via email for more information about this process. 

Submit to the Emerging Writer’s Contest through our submission manager.

Visit the website: https://www.pshares.org/submit/emerging-writers-contest


WOW! Women On Writing Q2 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

21 December 2020

Deadline: January 31, 2021

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

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

Limit: 300 entries.

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

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

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


WOW! Women On Writing Winter 2021 Flash Fiction Contest

21 December 2020

Deadline: February 28, 2021

Guest Judge: Literary Agent Maria Rogers with The Tobias Literary Agency

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

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

Limit: 300 entries.

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

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

How to enter: https://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php


Short Memoir Prize

21 December 2020

Short Memoir Prize 2021

Closing on 31 January 2021

Ten memoirs will be selected for publication in the Fish Anthology 2021.

Judge: Blake Morrison 

Word Limit: 4,000

Closes: 31 Jan 2021

Results: 1 April 2021

Anthology Published: July ’21

Entry Fee: €18 (US$20) (€10 subsequent entries)

Prizes:
The ten winning memoirs will be published in the FISH ANTHOLOGY 2021.   

1st: €1,000

2nd: Online Writing Course + €200

3rd: €200 

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ANNOUNCING THE MAIN STREET WOOSTER SHORT STORY CONTEST

2 December 2020

This contest was designed to encourage people to safely explore historic Downtown Wooster, OHIO – USA, get inspired, and get creative. Here are the rules:

Contest Guidelines:

To qualify, stories must:

  • Be written in English
  • Be less than 5000 words
  • Be appropriate for readers ages 13+
  • Take place in Downtown Wooster for at least half of the word count
  • Have some factual basis (examples include historical fiction, realistic fiction, and creative non-fiction).

Submission Deadline: February 8, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Prizes:

    • First Place: $300, publication of story in the Daily Record, and audio version of story produced by WQKT.
    • Second Place: $150
    • Third Place: $50
    • Top ten stories will be published in an anthology which will be offered for sale, proceeds to benefit Organizer’s non-profit mission. Each of the authors included in the anthology will be provided one paperback copy, free of charge.

For more information, please see the Contest Rules.*

Special thanks to our sponsors:

The Kelly Brunn Passion Fund for the cash prizes

MCTV for paperback publication of the anthology

Daily Record for publication of the first prize winner

WQKT for production of an audio book of the first prize winner

*Rules subject to change without notice

Visit the website: https://sites.google.com/mainstreetwooster.org/short-story-contest/home

MAIN STREET WOOSTER CONTEST RULES

Contest Organizer:

This Short Story Competition (“Contest”) is presented by Main Street Wooster, Inc., a

501(c)(3) non-profit organization (“Organizer”).

Submission Deadline:

February 8, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Prizes:

First Place: $300, publication of Entry in the Daily Record, and audio version of Entry produced by WQKT.

Second Place: $150

Third Place: $50

Top ten Entries will be published in an anthology which will be offered for sale, proceeds to benefit Organizer’s non-profit mission. Each of the Authors included in the anthology will be provided one free paperback copy.

No other consideration will be given for Entries. Organizer may solicit sponsorships, and any funds raised in excess of the Contest expenses may be used in the normal course of Organizer’s business.

Contest Guidelines:

To qualify, Entries must:

  • Be a standalone short story
  • Be written in English
  • Be less than 5,000 words
  • Be appropriate for readers ages 13+, decided at the discretion of the Organization
  • Take place in downtown Wooster for at least half of the word count
  • Have some factual basis (examples include historical fiction, realistic fiction, and creative non-fiction).
  • Draw attention to life in Wooster or Wooster as a setting, with the understanding that the goal of the Contest is to showcase Wooster, OH. Preference will be given to those stories that can seamlessly weave facts and details about Wooster into the overall narrative, whether those details be contemporary or historical.

Formatting Guidelines:

  • Separate Title Page:
  • Top right must contain:
  • Author’s Name,
  • Author’s Email
  • Author’s Phone Number
  • Word Count
  • Genre of the Entry
  • Title must be centered
  • Underneath the title, a short paragraph summarizing which parts are factual.
  • Font = 12 point Times New Roman
  • Double-Spaced
  • Left-Justified

Submission of Stories:

There are no fees to submit stories to the Contest. By submitting a story, Authors consent and agree to all Contest rules, terms, and eligibility requirements. The Organizers are not responsible for any Entries which are not received prior to the Deadline. Entries must be emailed to Shannon@MainStreetWooster.org with the subject line “Short Story Contest Entry.” Entries may be submitted by one of two methods:

  • Preferred Method: Attach the Entry as (1) a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), or (2) another editable text document format usable by the majority of commercial word processors. Multiple Entries may be submitted per email with this method.
  • Alternate Method: Paste your entire story, including title page, in the body of your email. Only one story per email may be submitted with this method.

Repeat Entries:

There is no limit on the number of stories an Author may submit for the Contest (each an “Entry”).

Author Requirements:

The Contest is open to all legal U.S. residents who are (1) 18 years of age or older or (2) those under 18 who have the express consent of a parent or guardian (“Author”). Parents of minors must agree to sign any required releases which may be necessary.

The Entry Must Not Violate Any Laws:

Author must be the creator of the Entry and own all rights to the Entry and its contents. The Entry must not violate any laws, including but not limited to copyright, plagiarism, defamation, libel, the right of publicity or right to privacy. Entries may not feature characters, locations, terms, or any other content protected by another’s copyright, trademark, or intellectual property rights. Upon submitting an Entry to the Contest, Author represents that the Author created the Entry and has the sole rights to use it and to grant the Organization a license to use it. Authors are solely responsible for any infringement on copyrighted materials and will indemnify and hold the Organizers harmless from any and all claims of the same which may be asserted by third parties, including but not limited to the Organizers’ reasonable attorney’s fees incurred. The Organizers reserve the right to request proof that an Entry is an Author’s original content.

Non-exclusive Permissions:

By entering this Contest, the Author grants the Organization a non-exclusive, royalty-free, irrevocable, and perpetual license to use the Entry in whole or in part for any and all purposes related to the normal course of business of the Organizer or related to the commercial use of the Entry.

Previously Unpublished Entries Only

Contest is only open to Entries that have not been previously commercially published.

Simultaneous Submissions

Contest is open to simultaneous submissions of Entries sent to publishers, journals, or other contests at the same time as they are under consideration for this Contest. Authors must send written notice to the Organization in the event that a simultaneously submitted Entry is accepted for publication in any way that may impede the rights of the Organization to the Entry.

Editing:

Organizer reserves the right to edit the winning Entries prior to any form of publication.

Main Street Wooster, Inc., 377 W. Liberty St., Wooster, OH 44691

Main Street Wooster works to make our historic downtown a vibrant place to dine, shop, live and play.

Visit the website: https://sites.google.com/mainstreetwooster.org/short-story-contest/home


The Lumiere Review Writing Contest

2 December 2020

The Lumiere Review is excited to announce our first ever Writing Contest! We accept both poems and prose from all writers. That said, we particularly encourage emerging writers, as well as those who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQIA, or disabled, to submit to our contest.

We seek submissions that have electrifying and inventive narratives, honest and visceral language, and a distinguished sense of craft.

Details

Submissions are accepted from December 1, 2020 to January 15, 2021, 11:59 EST. All submissions are also considered for publication in ISSUE 04. We accept entries from previous contributors and submitters.

We will choose one winner each for POETRY and PROSE. They will each receive a $100* prize and publication in our upcoming issue. We will also be shortlisting a few finalists in each category whose works will also be considered for publication.

Our staff editors will select a longlist of poetry and prose to send to our contest judges, who will select the winners and finalists. Read more about our judges (Yanyi, Cathy Linh Che, and Elle Nash) and the work they are looking for. We will notify winners and finalists by early March.

The contest is free for all and you may submit one prose piece or up to 3 poems as a single attachment. You may submit once in each category.

*Prize money may increase from $100.

Submissions

All contest submissions should be sent to writingcontest.lumiere@gmail.com with the subject line “Contest Submission – Genre”. Submissions without this subject line will not be considered for the contest. We are open to general submissions as well.

Cover letters are encouraged but not necessary, but we do require a 3rd person biography in the body of the email. Prose or a group of 3 poems should be attached in the email as a single Word or PDF document. Each poem should not be longer than 2 pages and prose should not exceed 2,000 words.

We accept simultaneous submissions. Do let us know if an unpublished piece has been accepted elsewhere. We also accept previously published work as long as you have the rights to them (and that you provide us with details on which publication to credit).

Do NOT include any identifying information on the document, including name, contact information, biographies, etc. Any submissions with such information will be disqualified.

Visit the website for details: https://lumierereview.com/contest


Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition

2 December 2020

Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition
Writers of short fiction are invited to enter the Anthology Magazine Short Story
Competition.  Established to recognise and encourage creative writing and provide a
platform for publication, it is open to original and previously unpublished short stories in the
English language by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Stories
submitted must be on the theme of ‘Memories’ and not exceed the maximum of 1,500
words. Writers can submit as many entries as they wish.
It is not a requirement but is advisable to refer to Anthology Magazine or purchase a copy
before submitting your work, so that you can see the type of material we publish.
Subscriptions and single copies are available to purchase through our online shop.
The winner will receive a €500 cash prize and the chance to see their work published in a
future issue of Anthology.
The winner will also receive a one-year subscription to Anthology Magazine
Submission Deadline & Entry Fees: 
Early Bird: 30 April 2021 – €10 per poem
Deadline: 31 July 2021 – €15 per poem

Terms and Conditions
 To enter, submit an original, unpublished short story, written in English on the subject of
‘Memories’ with a maximum of 1,500 words.
Entry fee: €10 per story if entered by midnight on 30 April 2021, or €15 per story if entered
by midnight on 31 July 2021.
 
 There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit. 
 There is no age limit.
The closing date for receipt of entries is Saturday 31 July 2021 at midnight. 
 Submissions will be judged on literary merit, originality and readability.
 Once selected, the winner will be contacted by email or telephone.
 Copyright remains with the author but Anthology Magazine reserves the right to be the first
to publish or arrange a broadcast of selected works. The right to use the stories to further
publicise this award is also retained.
 Submission of a written piece implies the author’s acceptance of the rules and conditions.
 Anthology Magazine reserves the right to change the prizes in the event of unforeseen
circumstances.

How to enter, visit: https://anthology-magazine.com/short-story/


CRAFT CREATIVE NONFICTION AWARD

23 November 2020

2020 CRAFT Creative Nonfiction Award
November 1 to December 31, 2020

Judged by Joy Castro


Welcome to our inaugural award for unpublished creative nonfiction up to 6,000 words!

Joy Castro will select three winning pieces for publication
Each will be awarded $1,000 & a complete set of Graywolf Press’s The Art Of series.

GUIDELINES:

  • Open November 1 to December 31
  • CRAFT submissions are open to all writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Creative nonfiction only! (please no academic work or fiction)
  • Please submit work in English only
  • 6,000 word count maximum
  • We review literary nonfiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles including memoir, lyric essays, personal essays, narrative nonfiction, and experimental prose—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft
  • Previously unpublished work only—we do not review reprints, including self-published work, for contests
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your entry if your work is accepted elsewhere
  • $20 reading fee per entry allows ONE creative nonfiction piece from 1,001 to 6,000 words OR up to TWO flash creative nonfiction pieces of 1,000 words or fewer each—if submitting two flash pieces (2,000 words maximum combined/1,000 words maximum each), please put them both in a SINGLE document
  • We allow multiple submissions—each entry should be accompanied by a reading fee
  • All entries will also be considered for publication in CRAFT
  • All submissions must be made via Submittable
  • All entrants will receive an exclusive digital compilation next summer that includes: the winning pieces with Joy Castro’s introductions and the winners’ craft essays; the editors’ choice winners; excerpts from finalist pieces; and more
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)
  • We do not require anonymous submissions
  • We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, or for any other reason
  • Additionally, we do not tolerate discrimination in the writing we consider for publication: work we find discriminatory on any of the bases stated here will be declined without complete review (you will be refunded, less fees)

Friends, family, and associates of the judge are not eligible for consideration for the award.


AWARDS

The writers of the three winning essays will receive:

  • $1,000 each
  • A complete set of fourteen titles of Graywolf’s The Art Of series
  • Publication in CRAFT, each with an introduction by Joy Castro
  • Publication of an Author’s Note (craft essay) to accompany the piece

The $600 editors’ choice round:

  • Publication and a cash prize to a piece or pieces we just can’t let go
  • A complete set of fourteen titles of Graywolf’s The Art Of series

How to enter: https://www.craftliterary.com/craft-cnf-award/?utm_source=WinningWriters&utm_medium=DirectEmail&utm_campaign=CNFAward2020

Born in Miami, raised in England and West Virginia, and educated in Texas, Joy Castro is the award-winning author of the memoir The Truth Book, two literary thrillers set in post-Katrina New Orleans: Hell or High Water and Nearer Home, the essay collection Island of Bones, and the short fiction collection How Winter Began. Her work has appeared in venues including PloughsharesSenses of Cinema, BrevityFourth GenreNorth American Review, SalonAfro-Hispanic ReviewGulf Coast, and the New York Times Magazine. Winner of the Nebraska Book Award and an International Latino Book Award, finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award, an alternate for the Berlin Prize, editor of the anthology Family Trouble, and a former Writer in Residence at Vanderbilt University, she’s the Willa Cather Professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she teaches creative writing, literature, and Latinx studies.


Graywolf Press is a nonprofit literary publisher of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and work in translation.

Their mission:

Graywolf Press is a leading independent publisher committed to the discovery and energetic publication of twenty-first century American and international literature. We champion outstanding writers at all stages of their careers to ensure that adventurous readers can find underrepresented and diverse voices in a crowded marketplace.

We believe works of literature nourish the reader’s spirit and enrich the broader culture, and that they must be supported by attentive editing, compelling design, and creative promotion.

How to enter: https://www.craftliterary.com/craft-cnf-award/?utm_source=WinningWriters&utm_medium=DirectEmail&utm_campaign=CNFAward2020


5 days left to enter Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition

26 October 2020

Closing date: 31 October 2020
Judge: Roger Elkin, author of Marking Time and Sheer Poetry

Enter your poem or suite of poems in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition closing on 31st October 2020. This competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English Language, on any subject, in any style up to 50 lines long. Visual poems are welcome as long as the image fits into one page. Poets of all nationalities living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.

Prizes: £250.00 (first), £100.00 (second), £50.00 (third), £30 x 3 (high commendation), £15.00 x 3 (commendation) and 3 x SLQ paperback (special mentions). 

Entry Fees: £5/1, £8/2, £10/3, £12/4, £14/5, £16/7, £22/10)

Enter online now at https://sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/poetry/index.htm

or download an Entry Form for postal entry here


F(r)iction Contests: Short Stories, Flash Fiction, and Poetry

5 October 2020

F(r)iction’s Fall 2020 Contests are now open!

Deadline: October 30, 2020
Results: Announced March 8, 2021
Prizes: Win $1,600 in Prizes!
Guest Judges: Lev Grossman, Benjamin Woodard, and Rachel Mennies
Categories: Short Story, Flash Fiction, Poetry

Categories Accepted

  • Short stories: 1,001 – 7,500 words
  • Flash fiction: (up to three pieces in the same document) up to 1,000 words per piece
  • Poetry: (up to five poems in the same document) up the three pages per poem

Please visit our guidelines page to properly format your work for submission. We won’t reject a submission flat out for not following guidelines, but we will frown the whole time we’re reading.

What We Look For in Submissions

Our editors have drafted up this fantastic page on our website to share what we look for in our creative submissions. We strongly recommend you read this and check out the examples before submitting to get an idea of our general publishing aesthetic. 

We also highly recommend checking out a past issue of F(r)iction. We have several pieces available online, but there’s nothing like holding a glossy, full-color issue in your hands. You can check out all of our issues in our shop

Our Submission Guidelines

The winner will be announced publicly on March 8, 2021. All participants will be notified about the contest results through their Submittable account. Judges’ decisions are final. 

We accept work, written in English, from anywhere in the world—regardless of genre, style, or origin—and welcome speculative writing and experimental literature. Strange is good. Strange with a strong character arc is even better. Keep it weird, folks.

Writers over the age of thirteen are welcome to submit. Please note that if your work is selected for publication, we will require a signature from a parent or a guardian.

We are unable to offer refunds for contest submissions, so please read these guidelines and choose your submission category carefully. 

Staff members are not eligible for participation.    

We read all submissions anonymously. Please include your name and contact information in your cover letter only and remove any identifying information from both the submitted manuscript and the file name as well.

Any work previously submitted to F(r)iction for publication is not eligible.

Please also be aware that as we receive hundreds of submissions for each of our contest we are unable to offer personalized feedback. It’s not that we don’t want to, but there’s only so many volunteer staffers on our team.

We accept, and encourage, simultaneous submissions and only ask that you withdraw your piece(s) using Submittable upon acceptance elsewhere. 

We edit every piece accepted for publication, including all our contest winners whether you work is selected for publication through our online blog or in our print magazine. For this collaborative process we will pair you with one of our Senior Editors. All our editors have been trained to help guide the development of each piece to reach its fullest potential in keeping with the author’s vision. This does not mean we will take on a wild jumble of words and half-formed musings. But it does mean that we value your work and want to help each piece to be as unforgettable as possible.

NOTES: 

F(r)iction (and its parent nonprofit organization, Brink Literacy Project) reserves the right to discuss contest entries, finalists, and winners in podcasts and marketing materials.

F(r)iction reserves the right to NOT award a winner in any categories if the submissions do not reach a publishable standard. In this case, reading fees will NOT be refunded and a winner will not be announced. Although this has rarely come to pass in our six year publishing history, our top priority must remain with the quality of work we publish.

For full Submission Guidelinesplease read the information on our Submittable page carefully. And please visit our formatting guidelines page to properly format your work for submission.

An insider tip for you all: We seek work that actively pushes boundaries, that forces us to question traditions and tastes. If your work takes risks, we want to read it. We like strong narratives that make us feel something and stories we haven’t seen before. To get an idea of the kind of work we look for, please check out this page from our editors detailing what we look for in our submissions.

We also strongly recommend checking out a past issue of F(r)iction before submitting to our contests to get an idea of our general publishing aesthetic. We have several pieces available online, but there’s nothing like holding a glossy, full-color issue in your hands. You can check out all of our issues in our shop.

How to enter: https://frictionlit.org/contests/

Visit the website: https://frictionlit.org/


WOW! Women On Writing Fall 2020 Flash Fiction Contest

16 September 2020

WOW! Women On Writing Fall 2020 Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline: November 30, 2020

Guest Judge: Literary Agent Kristina Pérez with Zeno Literary Agency

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

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

Limit: 300 entries.

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

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

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


WOW! Women On Writing Q1 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

16 September 2020

WOW! Women On Writing Q1 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

Deadline: October 31, 2020

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

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

Limit: 300 entries.

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

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

Visit the website:

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


THE ANZALDUA POETRY PRIZE 2020

25 August 2020

Deadline September 15, 2020.

First place is publication, $1,000 prize, and 25 contributor copies.

Three finalists will be announced, and all previously unpublished work

will be considered for publication as a general submission to the journal.

Submit 15 to 30 pages of poetry.

Please include no more than one poem per page.

$15 ENTRY FEE.

Visit the website for details on how to enter: https://newfound.org/poetry-prize/

 


2020 BOOKSIE POET LAUREATE PRIZE

25 August 2020

Deadline November 7, 2020. The poetry can be of any type, length, or content, but it must be your own. The poetry can be serious or whimsical, fact or fiction, but it should strike a chord that makes us sit up and take notice. Grand prize winner (Booksie Gold Poet Laureate) – $1,000, gold winner badge, writing featured across the site, $20 in books chosen by winner from the Booksie Bookstore, and two runners-up (Booksie Silver Poet Laureates). Runner-up $150, silver winner badge, writing featured across the site, $20 in books chosen by winner from the Booksie Bookstore. $7.95 ENTRY FEE.

How to enter, visit: https://www.booksie.com/contest/the-booksie-2020-poetry-contest-20