Archive for April, 2010

2nd Annual: Go! Magazine Writing Contest 2010

29 April 2010

2nd annual


Writing Contest 2010



(special prize for best entry by student writer age 13 through 18)


$500 prize for best short story (fi ction) ~ $500 prize for best article (nonfi ction)$500 prize for best short story (fi ction) ~ $500 prize for best article (nonfi ction)

(special prize for best entry by student writer age 13 through 18)


Go! transportation magazine (, published by Iowa State University’s Institute for Transportation. Its our 2nd annual writing contest; you can see last year’s entries here:

Both students and professional writers are encouraged to submit pieces to the nonfiction and fiction categories. We offer $500 prizes for both categories. Students can win an additional $500 bookstore gift certificate (which can be used by anybody regardless of location, as purchases can be made through the Iowa State bookstore website — — or by phone).

The flyer with contest rules is available at

The entry deadline is May 28, 2010.


Experience Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2010 Contest

28 April 2010

Contest Deadline: May 4th

Prize: A set of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2010 shortlisted books and a jeroboam of champagne.

Details: Pen a spiffing title for a ‘new’ Wodehouse novel (either on twitter or via the comments area) by 4th May. The winner will be announced on the 7th May.


The ‘High Prairie Poets New Mexico State Poetry Society Bi-Monthly Contests’

28 April 2010

Next Contest is: MAY 20, 2010

ELIGIBILITY: All Poets; U.S. and Worldwide.
Poems must be in English, aligned on left margin of paper, (Do Not Center Poem on Page). 12 point font is a must.

Titles of Poems Should Look like this: “Life as a Jelly Bean”; Not Like: “LIFE AS A JELLY BEAN”.

DEADLINE: Postmarked by the 20th of the month.

LINE LIMIT: At this time there is a 25 line limit.

ENTRY FEE: $2.00 entry fee for the first poem and $1.00 for each additional poem. No email entries.


SUBMISSION: Please send two (2) copies of each poem (poet‘s choice), ONE BLANK and the other with NAME, ADDRESS and TITLE OF
POEM. Do not send cover letter or biography. One poem on a page, 66 characters per line. No Themes. No Obscene language.

NOTIFICATION: By the tenth of the following month, IF you include an SASE. Always include a “SASE”.

JUDGING: Qualified, blind judging; Judge’s decisions are final.


Send all entries to:
Silver Arrow Estates
2601 South Elm Place, Apt. #108
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 74012

Any entries not following these Guidelines will be disqualified.

2010 Codhill Press Poetry Chapbook Award

27 April 2010

Contest Deadline: November 30, 2010

This year’s prize: $1000 cash and 50 copies of the winning submission.

This year’s judge: Pauline Uchmanowicz

Manuscripts are judged anonymously. Codhill Press will consider all finalists for publication. Please visit for a list of last year’s winner and finalists.

Here are the contest guidelines:

The competition is open to any poet who writes in English. Previously published poems with proper acknowledgment are acceptable. Translations and previously self-published books are not eligible.

Poets should submit twenty to thirty pages (no more than one poem per page) plus SASE for contest results and $25 reading fee. Manuscripts should be on good quality white paper, paginated consecutively, with a table of contents and acknowledgments and bound with a clip. Include two cover pages, one with the title of the manuscript alone, and a second with your name, address, phone number, and email address, together with the title. Your name must not appear anywhere else on the manuscript.

Entries must be postmarked by November 30, 2010.

No UPS or FedEx. You may include a SASE postcard for confirmation. Manuscripts will not be returned. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers are permitted, but Codhill Press must be notified immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Mail manuscript and entry fee to:

Pauline Uchmanowicz
Codhill Poetry Chapbook Prize
P.O. Box 280
Bloomington, NY 12411-0280

Contest Procedures and Ethical Concerns:

Codhill Press is committed to safeguarding the integrity of its contest. You should not enter if you have studied with the judge or received her help in shaping a manuscript. Similarly, in order to avoid any impropriety, the judge is instructed to set aside any manuscript she has had a hand in creating. Codhill subscribes to the CLMP contest code of ethics, and agrees to

1. conduct our contest as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors;

2. provide clear and specific contest guidelines–defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and

3. make the mechanics of the selection process available to the public.

Other things to consider:
Before you submit a manuscript to the Codhill competition, please read the work of the poets we publish. We publish a diversity of approaches, from the formal to the openly experimental. Codhill has published books by poets in academe and by poets having no connection to academics. We have published books that are accessible and ones that are abstract and demanding–and the range between. All publications rely on vivid language use, a musicality, technique, importance of content, and a willingness to take risks.

Visit the website:

Get your poem published by Frontenac House in *Extravaganza*!

27 April 2010

CALGARY, CANADA –(– Do you have a poem pacing about in the confines of your computer or your mind? Is it wild? Gentle? Hilarious? Tragic? Insane? Serious? Abstract? Concrete? All of the above? Or is it something completely different? Submit it to Wattpad and you may get published! Be sure to include the tag poetrycontest.

The winners will be determined by Frontenac House.

Submissions must be original, in English, and may not have been previously published anywhere else. Contest deadline July 31, 2010. Winners will be announced on September 15, 2010.

The year 2010 marks the 10th anniversary of Frontenac House and the Quartet poetry series. To celebrate, Frontenac extended its usual quartet to ten books – Dektet 2010 – released this April.

But that’s not all. Frontenac has joined forces with Wattpad to create *Extravaganza!*, a unique poetry competition that invites young poets from all over the planet to upload and share their best poem.

The winning poems will be published in *Extravaganza!*, a Frontenac House poetry book to be released towards the end of 2010. The book will be published in digital formats as well as a limited edition print version.

About Wattpad

Founded in 2006, Wattpad’s vision is to revolutionize the way we publish and read written works. The material on Wattpad is created by the community of users. Anyone can publish what they have written – a romantic story, a fan fiction, poetry or a novel – and read by anyone. All the content is easily accessible on Wattpad’s website (, mobile site ( or through the Wattpad application available on all mobile devices including Apple iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Nokia, Motorola, Samsung and more.

About Frontenac House

Frontenac House ( is a dynamic Calgary-based literary press that publishes poetry, aviation history, political satire and fine art books. Frontenac House made its debut as a poetry press in 2001 with the publication of its first four poetry books, Quartet 2001. The Quartets have become an annual event; Quartet books and poets have won or been nominated for most of the major poetry prizes in the country, including the Stephan Stephansson Award, the Trillium Poetry Prize, and the Griffin Poetry Prize.

For further information, contact Lyn Cadence at or Tel.# 403.465.2345.


Room Magazine’s Annual Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Non-fiction Contest – 2010

26 April 2010

Calling all women writers! Room invites you to participate in our 2010 Annual Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Non-Fiction Contest.

Deadline: Entries must be postmarked no later than June 15, 2010.
Entry Fee – Canada: $27 Canadian dollars per entry

Entry Fee – International: $39 Canadian dollars per entry

Entry fee includes a complimentary one-year subscription to Room.

Prizes: 1st prize in each category – $500, 2nd prize – $250. Winners will be published in a 2011 issue of Room. Other manuscripts may be published.

Fiction: June Hutton
Poetry: Jennica Harper
Creative Non-Fiction: Lynne Van Luven

Please visit for complete details. We look forward to your submissions!


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Page To Fame Online Writing Competition

26 April 2010


PageToFame is an online writing competition with multiple rounds and thousands of readers. Authors start by submitting a single page of their manuscript (250 words) that is then rated by the general public on a scale of 1-5. Pages with high ratings are elevated to round 2, where authors may submit five pages for rating. There are 4 rounds of PageToFame, with the final round requiring the submission of a full manuscript. Between each round, elevated pages are read and rated by our panel of judges, which include literary agents and publishing professionals. At any time, the judges have to option of offering authors representation.

How to enter: Go to and click “submit your first page.”

Restrictions: Must be 13+ years old

Prizes: PageToFame prizes are different than most competitions. Authors have access to the ratings they receive from the general public, as well as feedback from literary agents (if they are elevated past the first round). Authors who make it to the final round also have a greatly improved chance securing representation with a top-notch professional literary agent, who will work to get a strong commercial publishing contract.

Entry fee(s): $9.95

Closing Date: None, PageToFame is an ongoing contest that is constantly accepting new pages for rating.

Judges: Literary Agents: Rebecca Strauss, Elizabeth Winick, Tamar Rydzinski, Dawn Michelle-Frederick, and Abigail Koons.
Dan Weiss, Publisher-at-Large, St. Martin’s Press

For more info. visit:

Links to Official Rules: – Page to Fame Competition

2010 Script Showcase Screenwriting Competition

26 April 2010

Call For Entries!

The early entry deadline for our second annual Script Showcase Screenwriting Competition is rapidly approaching! There are only five days left to take advantage of the discount for early entrants.

You can choose to take advantage of an extraordinary opportunity for talented screenwriters to open the door to Hollywood and its deal-makers and have your work submitted to over 60 participating companies that have already requested our top three Winners.

When we asked writers what they really wanted from a screenwriting competition the response was overwhelming, ACCESS TO HOLLYWOOD.

We’ve taken this a step further to give THREE WINNERS unprecedented levels of industry exposure and access, plus some cool prizes and cash on top.

There are also plenty of other opportunities and prizes to go around, with five finalist prize packages and random entry prizes. There’s a lot of stuff just waiting to be won.

Moviebytes members receive a 10% discount on all entries!

Enter by April 30th and qualify for discounted entry!

Submissions Begin:
February 23, 2010

Early Entry Deadline:
April 30, 2010
(4 Days Left!)

Entry Deadline:
June 15, 2010

Quarter-Finalists Announced:
August 15, 2010

Semi-Finalists Announced:
October 15, 2010

Finalists Announced:
November 15, 2010

Winners Announced:
December 01, 2010

Check it out at

Strongest Start Novel Competition 2010

25 April 2010

Submit the first three chapters of your novel. Grand prize award of:

$500 cash.
$2,500 self-publishing solution from CreateSpace.
Feedback on every chapter you submit.
The chance to meet other authors, get motivated, and get noticed.

$100 cash awards for the following sub-categories:

Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror
Memoir and Non-fiction

Everyone who enters receives feedback, motivation, and advice.

Keep Us Reading

We know that writing a compelling start isn’t easy. So, for the fourth year we’ve put together a motivational competition to help you hone your first three chapters to perfection (if you haven’t already). We’re looking for opening chapters that will create a burning need to find out what happens, how the characters turn out, how the novel resolves itself. The kind of start that gets an agent to call back, a publisher to show interest, and a reader to plunk down their hard earned money. Above all, give us three opening chapters that will keep us reading.

Submission deadline: June 8, 2010

Learn more about the Strongest Start Novel Competition

Santa Fe Writers Project: 2010 Literary Awards Program

22 April 2010

The 10th Anniversary of the Literary Awards Program runs January 15th, 2010 through July 16th, 2010.

Get the Entry Form right here!

Screenplay Awards: February 1st through August 1st

The 2010 Literary Awards Program is offering $3,750 in cash awards and the opportunity to be considered for representation by the Irene Goodman Agency. The 2010 Program starts on January 15th. The grand prize is $1,750, with two runner-up prizes of $1000 each. Winners will be featured on our online literary journal.

In 2010, Robert Olen Butler returns as the judge. We’ve also partnered with the Grub Street writer’s center to offer discounts and free memberships to the winners.

Since 2000, the SFWP Literary Awards Program has recognized excellence in writing, judged by National Book Critics Circle Award-winner and NBA finalist Jayne Anne Phillips, two-time NEA fellow and Hemingway Award finalist Richard Currey, Granta “best novelist under 40″ and Guggenheim fellow Chris Offutt, popular essayist Ayun Halliday, Pulitzer prize-winner Robert Olen Butler, and the “Queen of the Zines,” Pagan Kennedy.

Contest Guidelines:


Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Poetry Writing

21 April 2010

We’re running our first ever Poetry Contest here at the Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans!

Here are the details:
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Poetry Writing Contest. Judge: Louisiana Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque. 2-4 unpublished poems of any theme with combined length of up to 400 lines.

Prize: $1000, public reading and VIP Festival pass($500 value) at 25th anniversary Festival (March 23-27, 2011), publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas.

Deadline: 8/15/2010

Entry fee: $20

Mail to:
Poetry Contest
938 Lafayette Street, Suite 514
New Orleans, LA 70113


CenTENNial celebration: March 23-27, 2011
25th anniversary Festival & the 100th birthday of Tennessee Williams! Celebrate with us!

Support the arts and enjoy all the great perks of being a Friend of Tennessee!

Sign up for Festival e-news:
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans
Literary Festival
938 Lafayette Street, Suite 514
New Orleans, LA 70113

The Festival’s mission is threefold: to serve the community through educational, theatrical, literary, and musical programs; to nurture, support, and showcase regional, national and international writers, actors, musicians, and other artists; to honor the creative genius of Tennessee Williams, who considered this city his spiritual home.


21 April 2010

DEADLINE: June 1, 2010

GENRE: Poetry

DETAILS: Poems by disabled authors or on the theme of disability, from a Philadelphia center for wheelchair-bound adults. Prefers unpublished but accepts published work also. Category 1): Open contest: Poems must relate to disabilities Category 2): Disabled authors contest: Any style or theme. Maximum 75 lines per poem; 1-2 poems per author for open contest, 1-3 poems for disabled contest

PRIZES: $50, $30, $20



21 April 2010

DEADLINE: June 30, 2010

GENRE: Short Stories

OPEN TO: Authors with No Published Books: The Contest is open only to those who have not had professionally published a novel or shortnovel, or more than one novelette, or more than three shortstories, in any medium. Professional publication is deemed to be payment, and at least 5,000 copies, or 5,000 hits for online publication.

DETAILS: Fantasy, Sci-Fi or Horror: All types of science fiction, fantasy and horror with fantastic elements, are welcome. 17,000 words welcome.

PRIZES: $1,000 first prize awarded each quarter; one of those winners also receives the $5,000 annual “Gold Award” grand prize. Each quarter, 2nd Prize $750, 3rd Prize $500; winners and finalists receive all-expense-paid trip to the award ceremony in Seattle and tuition for week-long workshop with science fiction professionals, plus publication in the award-winning anthology series ‘L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future



21 April 2010

DEADLINE: June 30, 2010

GENRE: Short Stories, Nonfiction

DETAILS: Unpublished short fiction or essays up to 10,000 words. Deadlines are quarterly but the prize is awarded annually.

PRIZE: $500 and publication in Best New Writing anthology



21 April 2010

DEADLINE: June 18, 2010
GENRE: Short Stories
OPEN TO: UK residents and British Citizens aged 18+ with some print publication history.
DETAILS: One story, any genre, max 8000 words.

PRIZE: 1st £15,000; 2nd £3,000; three at £500.



21 April 2010

DEADLINE: June 1, 2010
GENRE: Novels
OPEN TO: Authors with No Published Books: The Competition is open
to any professional or non-professional writer, regardless of
nationality, who has never been the author of a published mystery,
and is not under contract with a publisher for publication of a
DETAILS: Murder or another serious crime or crimes is at the heart
of the story, and emphasis is on the solution rather than the
details of the crime. The story’s primary setting is the
Southwestern United States, including at least one of the following
states: Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas,
and/or Utah. Minimum 220 pages/60,000 words
PRIZES: $10,000 advance against royalties and publication by St.
Martin’s Press.


21 April 2010 is an exciting, independent and free online channel for kids (3 – 8 years old)
to watch great new stories being read by other kids.
Click here to start watching.

If you have an unpublished children’s story, you can submit it here.
We are offering US$1,500 worth of prize money for the 5 best stories submitted each month.

The current competition closes 30 April 2010.
You can submit from anywhere in the world.
Submission is free.


A shortlist of the 50 stories we like best will be announced on 05 May.
These 50 stories will then get narrated by kids, which we film.
The 50 films will then appear on on 01 June.
To remove bias, film positioning on the channel will be randomised every time the page is opened.
Viewers will be able to rate the stories .
After a month, 5 winners will be announced based on the number of views they receive.
This cycle will be repeated every month. Yay!


First Prize: US$500
Second Prize: US$400
Third Prize: US$300
Fourth Prize: US$200
Fifth Prize: US$100

We are receiving submissions from all over the world.
If you are a winner outside the US, the prize money will be converted into your local currency.


Not be longer than 750 (seven hundred and fifty) words.
Text only, in English.
Must be fiction for children from 3 to 8 years old.
Poetry & rhyming stories may also be submitted.
You must be the writer or owner of the copyright.
A maximum of two stories per writer per month can be submitted.
Typos, syntax and grammatical errors will prejudice your chances of selection.
No redrafts accepted. Final versions only.


05 May 2010: Shortlist of the 50 stories announced.
01 June 2010: The completed films will simultaneously appear on the smories online channel.
30 June 2010: The 5 stories receiving the highest traffic & ratings over the preceding 30 days will win the prizes.


Stories will appear online on the smories channel only (
Full credit and copyright will be attributed to the writer.
All rights will remain with the writer.
Stories can be removed from the smories channel at any time at the behest of the writer. will hold no claim to the story in any form.

See our FAQ page at for more detailed explanation of Rights.

For more info visit:

The New Writer Magazine Prose and Poetry Prizes 2010

21 April 2010

Prose and Poetry Prizes 2010
from The New Writer magazine

Closing date: 30 November 2010

Established in 1997, one of the major annual international competitions for short stories, novellas, single poems, poetry collections, essays and articles; offers cash prizes as well as publication for the prize-winning writers in The Collection, special edition of The New Writer magazine each July (back copies available on TNW website).

Further information including guidelines and entry fees at:
Writers can enter online at our secure credit card server at:
Or, the entry form can also be downloaded from that page on the website and sent in the post with your entry.

Also, we can supply this years printed Entry Forms on request, and in bulk to writers’ groups and organizations – just let us know, no SAE required.

The winners of the 2009 Prose & Poetry Prizes are announced on this webpage:

The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

20 April 2010

$2000 Awaits Winners of Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition
Deadline: May 15, 2010

The Saturday Evening Post To Publish First-Place Winner

Writers of short fiction are encouraged to enter the 2010 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. The competition has a twenty-nine-year history of literary excellence, and its organizers are dedicated to enthusiastically supporting the efforts and talent of emerging writers of short fiction whose voices have yet to be heard.

Lorian Hemingway, granddaughter of Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway, is the author of three critically acclaimed books:
Walking into the River, Walk on Water, and A World Turned Over.
Ms. Hemingway is the competition’s final judge.

Prizes and Publication:

The first-place winner will receive $1,000. The second and third-place winners will receive $500 each. Honorable mentions will also be awarded to entrants whose work demonstrates promise.

The Saturday Evening Post To Publish First-Place Winner:

The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition is pleased to announce that each year — beginning with our 2009 competition — The Saturday Evening Post will publish our first-place winner in its pages. And occasionally, the Post may also choose to publish our runners-up, either in its pages or on its website.

The Post will pay a fee to winners upon publication of his or her story, in addition to the $1,000 first-place prize given by the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. The Post’s payment will be in keeping with the magazine’s general rate structure for fiction at the time of publication. Entrants whose stories are published will allow the Post first serial rights, nonexclusive electronic (including online) rights, and nonexclusive anthology rights. This is a standard agreement for magazine publication.

For many years it has been our dream to be able to offer an assured publication for our first-place winner. The Saturday Evening Post, through its generosity and deep appreciation for new voices in literary fiction, has made that dream come true.

Eligibility requirements for our 2010 competition are as follows:

What to submit:

• Stories must be original unpublished fiction, typed and double-spaced, and may not exceed 3,000 words in length. There are no theme restrictions. Copyright remains property of the author, with the exception of the first-place winner, whose work will be published in The Saturday Evening Post.

Who may submit:

• The literary competition is open to all U.S. and international writers whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation of 5,000 or more. Writers who have been published online or who have self-published will be considered on an individual basis.

Submission requirements:

• Submissions may be sent via regular mail or submitted online at: Please visit our online submissions page for complete instructions regarding online submissions. Writers may submit multiple entries, but each must be accompanied by an entry fee and separate cover sheet. We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, the writer must notify us if a story is accepted for publication or wins an award prior to our July announcements. No entry confirmation will be given unless requested. No SASE is required.

• The author’s name should not appear on the story. Our entrants are judged anonymously. Each story must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet with the writer’s name, complete mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, the title of the piece, and the word count. Manuscripts will not be returned. These requirements apply for online submissions as well.

Deadlines and Entry Fees:

• The entry fee is $12 for each story postmarked by April 1, 2010. The late entry fee is $17 for each story postmarked between April 2 and May 15. We encourage you to enter by April 1 if at all possible, but please know that your story will still be accepted if you meet the later deadline. Our dual deadline must be imposed this year due to information already in print in Writer’s Market, etc. that states May 15 as our final deadline. We apologize for this inconvenience. Beginning with our 2011 competition we will have a single deadline. Entries postmarked after May 15, 2010 will not be accepted. Entries submitted online after May 15 will not be accepted. Writers may submit for the 2011 competition beginning May 16, 2010.

How to pay your entry fee:

• Entry fees submitted by mail with their accompanying stories may be paid — in U.S. funds — via a personal check, cashier’s check, or money order. Please make checks payable to LHSSC or The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. Entry fees for online submissions may be paid with PayPal.

Announcement of Winners and Honorable Mentions:

Winners will be announced at the end of July 2010 in Key West, Florida, and posted on our website soon afterward. Only the first-place entrant will be notified personally. All entrants will receive a letter from Lorian Hemingway and a list of winners, either via regular mail or e-mail, by October 1, 2010.
All manuscripts and their accompanying entry fees should be sent to The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, P.O. Box 993, Key West, FL 33041 or submitted online at:

For more information, please explore this website at:

or e-mail:

Call For Blog Nominations

19 April 2010

Nominate a Blog!

Creative Nonfiction is seeking narrative blog posts to reprint in our next issue (#39: Summer Reading) forthcoming in July 2010.

We’re looking for: Vibrant new voices with interesting, true stories to tell. Narrative, narrative, narrative. Posts must be able to stand alone, 2000 words or fewer, and posted between November 1, 2009 and March 31, 2010. Nominate something from your own blog, from a friend’s blog, from a stranger’s blog.

The small print: We will contact individual bloggers before publication; we pay a flat $50 fee for one-time reprint rights. We will be accepting nominations from now till noon, Monday, April 26, 2010.

To nominate a blog post or for more info, go here:

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest

17 April 2010

Welcome to the eighth annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest sponsored by Tom Howard Books. First prize is $3,000. A total of $5,550 in prizes will be awarded. Submit poems in any style, theme or genre. Click here to read the winning entries from past contests.

Submission Period
Entries accepted December 15, 2009-September 30, 2010 (postmark dates)

What to Submit
Poetry in any style or theme. Your entry should be your own original work. You may submit the same poem simultaneously to this contest and to others, and you may submit poems that have been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the online publication rights.

Prizes and Publication
First prize: $3,000. Second prize: $1,000. Third prize: $400. Fourth prize: $250. There will also be six Most Highly Commended Awards of $150 each. The top 10 entries will be published on the Winning Writers website (over one million page views per year) and announced in Tom Howard Contest News and the Winning Writers Newsletter, a combined audience of over 30,000 readers.

Entry Fee
The reading fee is $7 for every 25 lines you submit. If you submit a sonnet of 14 lines and a haiku of 3 lines, totaling 17 lines, the fee would be $7. If you submit three poems of 15 lines each, totaling 45 lines, the fee would be $14. Exclude your poem titles and any blank lines from your line count. There is no limit on the number of lines or number of poems you may submit. Please note: Generally entry fees are not refundable. However, if you believe you have an exceptional circumstance, please contact us within one year of your entry.

September 30, 2010. Your entry must be postmarked or submitted online by this date.

How To Submit
Click here to submit online (credit card)
Click here to submit by mail (check or money order)
Click here to submit via PayPal

Announcement of Winners
The winners of the eighth contest will be announced on February 15, 2011. Entrants with valid email addresses will receive an email notification.

English Language
Poets of all nations may enter. However, the poems you submit should be in English. If you have written a poem in another language, you may translate your poem into English and submit the translation.

Your privacy is assured. Neither Winning Writers nor Tom Howard Books will rent your information to third parties. Winning Writers processes entries and fees for this contest as a service to Tom Howard Books. Winning Writers is not a sponsor and does not judge the entries.

If your entry wins any cash prize, you agree to give both John H. Reid and Winning Writers a nonexclusive license to publish your work online. From time to time, selected winning entries may also be published in printed collections. If you win a prize, we may ask you for permission to include your entry in one of these books. You may accept or decline this invitation as you choose. Your entry will not be published in print without your consent, and you retain all other rights. You are free, for example, to publish your work in print or online elsewhere, and to enter it into other contests, whether or not you win a prize in this contest.

A former journalist and magazine editor, John H. Reid has judged literary contests for over 15 years. He has published several novels, a collection of poetry, a guide to winning literary contests and 24 books of film criticism and movie history. See his work at Lulu. Mr. Reid is assisted by Dee C. Konrad. A leading educator and published author, Ms. Konrad was Associate Professor in the English faculty of Barat College of DePaul University, and served as Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences for the year 2000-2001.

About Winning Writers
Winning Writers finds and creates quality resources for poets and writers. Our expert online poetry contest guide, Poetry Contest Insider, profiles over 750 poetry contests. We directly sponsor the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest and the War Poetry Contest. We also assist the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest, the Margaret Reid Poetry Contest for Traditional Verse and the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest. Winning Writers is proud to be one of “101 Best Websites for Writers” (Writer’s Digest, 2005-2009) and a recipient of the Truly Useful Site Award (Preditors & Editors, March 2006).

Questions about this contest? Please see the Frequently Asked Questions or click here to email a note to the contest administrator.

Submit entry online

Submit entry by mail

Click here for John Reid’s advice for Tom Howard Poetry Contest participants…

The Smoking Poet’s Third Annual Short Story Contest

17 April 2010

The Smoking Poet is a literary ezine, established in 2006, and published online on a quarterly basis. TSP’s third annual short story contest is open to all writers, whether they have been past contributors to TSP or not, and in any genre.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three stories: first prize, $300; second prize, $100; third prize, $50. All of the winners will be published in the summer issue of The Smoking Poet, online in mid June 2010.

An entry fee of $10 per submission is required, payment to be made through PayPal. Once you have sent in your submission and we determine it meets our contest guidelines, we will send you the PayPal link for payment with an invoice for your records.

Entries must be submitted as a Word doc file, one per e-mail, in Times New Roman, 12-point font, and double-spaced. The author’s name, address, and telephone number must appear in the upper right hand corner. Word count must not exceed 4,000. Please include a short bio statement, not to exceed 100 words, in the body of your e-mail.

The judges for the contest are Zinta Aistars, editor-in-chief of The Smoking Poet; Jeanette Lee, coeditor of The Smoking Poet; Lorena Audra Rutens, “A Good Cause” editor at The Smoking Poet; and honorary judge of TSP’s Third Annual Short Story Contest is Kevin Morgan Watson, founding publisher and editor of Press 53, a small literary publishing company in Winston-Salem, NC. Literate Yourself!

Submission deadline for the contest is May 31, 2010. Please send your submission with the subject line stating CONTEST/Last Name to If the subject line does not state CONTEST, then we will assume it is a submission for the ezine.

We look forward to reading your best work! See also general submission guidelines for the upcoming summer issue.

“Life begins…” Contest: Spring is a time for new life, new motivation, and a brand new start.

16 April 2010

We are accepting entries to publish your story or poem on our website for our “Life begins…” contest.

Contest runs through May 31, 2010.

*First place winner will receive $250.00.
Second place winner will receive $100.00.*

*Publisher reserves the right to cancel the contest for lack of entries.*

Contest rules:
Stories/poetry should be non-fiction and include testimonies of faith and inspiration.

Please self-edit your work and make sure it is virtually free of spelling or grammar errors.

Only e-mail submissions will be accepted.

Submissions must be in plain text (rtf) or PDF format as an attachment. Please make sure this is virus-free.

Please include in the subject line, “Life begins…” contest.

In your email, also include your name, email address, phone number (in case you’re the winner) and any writing experiences. If you have a website, you can also list it.

All entries must follow these rules or they will be disqualified.

A non-refundable contest entry fee of $25.00 is required to cover administration fees for running the contest. You may submit more than one entry, but each must be done separately with a fee of $25.00 each.

The winners will be notified by email approximately one week after the contest has ended.
The winner will be announced on the website on or about June 15, 2010.

For MJR Publications – “Life begins…” contest information:


Email: MJR Publications –

Kelli’s Korner Writing Contests

14 April 2010

Welcome to our ‘kick off’ writing contests! These contests are our way of celebrating our grand opening (date not yet determined) and to award some cash prizes for our lucky winners!

We have 3 writing contests going currently. Each contest pays AT LEAST $50 to the winner guaranteed. However, depending upon how many entries we receive, that prize money may just increase! In addition to a cash prize, the top winners will have their work featured in our newsletter (coming soon) as well as on our website.
Basic contest rules are listed below. To enter into any of our 3 contests, just click on the appropriate link(s) located on the right hand side.


These rules apply to ALL writing contests unless otherwise noted:

All entries must be original works, never published
All entries must be received by midnight PST on the deadline
Entries are submitted via email either pasted into the body of the email or as a word doc.
You can submit as many entries as you’d like but only one entry per email.
Each submission counts as a separate entry and must be covered by the entry fee
You must be 18 years of age to participate
You may participate is as many contests as you’d like
Kelli’s Korner has exclusive rights to the works for 30 days (for publishing purposes on our website and in the newsletter). After 30 days we may still keep the works on our site unless the author specifically asks us to remove it. Conditions may apply. We may want to showcase your work in other ways.


These awards apply to ALL writing contests unless otherwise noted.
All prize monies will be awarded within 24 hours of announcing the winner.
All award monies will be sent via PayPal only.
Winning works will be posted on our website as well as in our newsletter.
Winning authors will be featured with links to their website (if they wish)

Contest deadlines are: May 15, 2010

Visit the website for details on how to enter the Short Story, Word Challenge and Dialogue Challenge Contests at

2010 Professional Writers of Prescott Writing Contest: Fiction, Non-fiction & Poetry

14 April 2010

$10 entry fee, additional $10 fee for critique. First place, $100, second place $50, third place $25 will be awarded in each category. May 29, 2010 postmark deadline.

Winners will be announced by September 15. Winners’ names will be published in the PWP newsletter, on the PWP website, and in general publicity. Winners will also be invited to read their entries at the November PWP meeting in Prescott, AZ.

For an entry form and complete guidelines, see