JewishStoryWriting.com – Prose and Poetry contests surrounding Jewish/Israeli themes

15 February 2012

Short Story Contest:

Judge

Joan Leegant is the author of Wherever You Go (W.W. Norton) and the story collection, An Hour in Paradise (W.W. Norton), which won the Winship/PEN New England Book Award, the Wallant Award for Jewish Fiction, and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. The collection was also selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers series. Her new work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Normal School, Colorado Review, Bellevue Literary Review, and The Literarian. Since 2007, Joan has been a regular visiting writer at Bar-Ilan University where she teaches in the Shaindy Rudoff Creative Writing Program.

Maximum Length

5000 words

Submission Deadline

March 15 2012

Winners Announced

May 1 2012

Prizes

1st Place Winner: $500

Plus publication in our annual JewishStoryWriting.com Anthology

2nd, 3rd, 4th Place Winner: $50

Fees

Contest Entry: $25.00

Critique only: $35.00

Contest Entry with Critique: $55.00

Eligibility

Stories must be previously unpublished and contain Jewish Content. By submitting a story the author grants JewishStoryWriting.com first publication rights for 18 months. Author retains copyright at all times. Multiple submissions accepted.

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Poetry Contest:

 Judge

Michael Dekel’s prize-winning poetry and photographs have appeared in print and online inSketchbook, Zeek, Poetry Midwest, Neon Beam, why vandalism? and Poetica Magazine. He is the author of the poetry and art book, The World Behind It, Chaos. Michael directed the Student Writing Center at the University of Minnesota and the Macalester Academic Excellence Center at Macalester College. He has received top awards in the Reuben Rose Poetry Competition (2008 and 2009), and was co-editor of the Voices Israel Poetry Anthology (2010). He holds degrees in literature, creative writing and psychology.

Maximum Length

1500 words

Submission Deadline

March 15 2012

Winners Announced

April 20 2012

Prizes

1st Place Winner: $250

Plus publication in our annual JewishStoryWriting.com Anthology

2nd, 3rd, 4th Place Winner: $50

Fees

Contest Entry: $25.00

Critique only: $35.00

Contest Entry with Critique: $55.00

Guidelines

You may submit one or a series of poems, as long as the total word count does not       exceed 1500.

Eligibility

Poems must be previously unpublished and contain Jewish Content. By submitting a poem or poems the author grants JewishStoryWriting.com first publication rights for 18 months. Author retains copyright at all times. Multiple submissions accepted.

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Tween Story Contest:

Judge

Dvora Waysman is the author of 11 books, including the bestselling title, The Pomegranate Pendant, which has been made into a movie, “The Golden Pomegranate”, to be released in theaters worldwide in 2012. She is a syndicated journalist as well as a teacher of creative writing. Dvora has won “The  Jerusalem Award” for her poems, fiction and articles about Jerusalem. She was also selected by Brandeis University to be featured in their 2011 calendar highlighting important Jewish writers around the world.

Maximum Length

5000 words

Submission Deadline

March 15, 2012

Winners Announced

May 1 2012

Prizes

1st Place Winner: $500

Plus publication in our annual JewishStoryWriting.com Anthology

2nd, 3rd, 4th Place Winner: $50

Fees

Contest Entry: $25.00

Critique only: $35.00

Contest Entry with Critique: $55.00

Guidelines

Stories must be appropriate for ages 8-12. You may enter a single story or multiple chapters of a proposed novel.

Eligibility

Stories must be previously unpublished and contain Jewish Content. By submitting a story the author grants JewishStoryWriting.com first publication rights for 18 months. Author retains copyright at all times. Multiple submissions accepted.

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Early Childhood Story Contest:

Judge

Sylvia Rouss is the author of over 30 children’s titles, including two beloved series of children’s books: Sammy the Spider, and TheLittlest Series, which includes The Littlest Pair,winner of the National Jewish Book Award and the Storytelling Award. Her latest children’s book,Mitzvah the Mutt, won the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award (2010).

Maximum Length

1500 words

Submission Deadline

March 15, 2012

Winners Announced

April 3, 2012

Prizes

1st Place Winner: $250

2nd, 3rd, 4th Place Winner: $50

Special Early Childhood Publishing Prize  

The winners of each Early Childhood Contest (there are 4 contests yearly) will automatically be entered into the Early Childhood Short Story Finals. The winner of the Finals will have his/her book illustrated and published by JewishStoryWriting.com.

Fees

Contest Entry: $25.00

Critique only: $35.00

Contest Entry with Critique: $55.00

Guidelines  

Stories must be appropriate for ages 3-7

Eligibility

Stories must be previously unpublished and contain Jewish Content. By submitting a story the author grants JewishStoryWriting.com first publication rights for 18 months. Author retains copyright at all times. Multiple submissions accepted.

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