Archive for August 14th, 2013

Flash fiction writing contest

14 August 2013

The Renegade Word, is holding our first flash fiction contest this summer and I was hoping you’d be able to put up a listing on Creative Writing Contests and help us spread the word.

We’re offering a $100 prize for the best story under 1000 words.
There is no entry fee.
You have until midnight, PST on August 31st, 2013 to submit your entries.
All stories need to be based on one of the writing prompts published on our site. Writers from around the world are encouraged to enter.
The rest of the guidelines and entry instructions are available on our blog:

Ashe County On the Same Page Literary Festival

14 August 2013

Event: On the Same Page Literary Festival to be held September 17-21, 2013 in West Jefferson, NC. 

Description:  The literary festival will focus on the theme “Secrets” and will include a writing competition, a community read, a book fair, a quilt fair, and a farmers market.  Scheduled authors include Joseph Bathanti, Emily Colin, Kevin Duffus, Georgann Eubanks, Amy Greene, D.G. Martin, Karen Musgrave, Janet Pittard & Stephen Shoemaker

Almost all events are free and details can be found at


Manchester Poetry and Fiction Prizes

14 August 2013

The Manchester Writing School at MMU is launching the next Manchester Poetry and Fiction Prizes – a major international literary competition celebrating excellence in creative writing. Both prizes are open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over. There is a £17 entry fee and the deadline for entries is Friday 30th August 2013. The prizes will be awarded at a gala ceremony hosted as part of the 2013 Manchester Literature Festival on Friday 18th October 2013.

The Manchester Poetry Prize 2013

First prize £10,000
Chair: Adam O’Riordan
Judges: Carcanet poets Bernard O’Donoghue and Fiona Sampson

The Manchester Poetry Prize will award a cash prize of £10,000 to the writer of the best poems submitted. All entrants are asked to submit a portfolio of three to five poems, which can be on any subject, and written in any style, but must be new work, not previously published, or submitted for consideration elsewhere during this competition.

The Manchester Fiction Prize 2013

First Prize £10,000
Chair: Nicholas Royle
Judges: Alison Moore and Robert Shearman

The Manchester Fiction Prize will award a cash prize of £10,000 to the writer of the best fiction submitted. All entrants are asked to submit a story of up to 2,500 words in length. The story may be on any subject, and written in any style, but must be fiction and new work, not previously published or submitted for consideration elsewhere.

For further details, to enter online, or to download a printable entry form for postal submission go to contact James Draper to order a printed entry pack: +44 (0)161 247 1787 or

Wag’s Revue Summer Contest 2013

14 August 2013

Wag’s Revue Summer Contest is open and will close at the end of August 2013.

We’re offering a $1000 first prize (and guaranteed publication), $500 second prize, and $100 third, and all submissions will be considered for publication.

The contest is open to all three genres–poetry, essays and fiction–and will be judged by the editors.

There is a $20 reading fee per contest submission, plus Submittable’s fee.

All contest details, as well as the online submission manager, can be found at our Submit page.

Earth Vision Writing Contest

14 August 2013

The Earth Vision nature writing contest is for writers of short fiction, short creative non-fiction, poetic prose, or poetry, with a theme that celebrates the natural environment.
First prize is $500. Two second prizes are $100. The competition was not held in 2012.

Entries for the 2013 competition close November 1, 2013.

Entry fee is $15.

Entries can be made by going to

Entry rules are at

Bitterzoet Magazine looking for new micro fiction and poetry!

14 August 2013

Hey! I’m an editor for the new independent magazine Bitterzoet (found at and we’re looking for new poetry, fiction, and artwork to compliment our online zine and print editions, as well as our mini chapbooks. Our guidelines are below; there is no entry fees to enter. 

Regular Submissions: 

We seek writing that will make us salivate. Words that will make our stomachs growl. We want engorging work that satiates our minds in its reflection of life. Like the title of our beloved magazine; we especially want to see the interplay between bitterness and sweetness; light and darkness, salvation and damnation. If your writing paints a dark cavern, show us the matchstick. If it speaks to the large macrocosm of life, let us see it through a pinhole lens. We want pieces that teeter; balancing on the paradoxical and undefined. We want work that we can’t pigeonhole; defying labels and societal expectations. Give us the tart wine, the honeyed poison. Our favorite part of consuming chocolate is the sweet aftertaste that follows the bitter bite.


We accept all submissions through our Submittable page here.


A bonbon is a French term describing small sweets such as soft nougat, fondant, fruit, or nuts, enrobed in chocolate. They are commonly presented in delicate wrappers and elaborate boxes. Literally meaning “good good,” bonbons are the epitome of catered indulgence and traditional romance. In a literary/print sense, think of Bitterzoet bonbons as mini chapbooks. A small taste of the work of an individual artist; enough to intrigue; tantalize, and leave one hungry for more.


They will highlight the subtle flavors that will make your box of chocolates a taste sweet unto its own cohesiveness. In short, we want delicious, delicate poems, fiction and creative art pieces that we can present in the form of a small chocolate sampler, to unleash upon the world. We want savory work; work that will satisfy and surprise our intellectual and creative palettes without overwhelming us; a taste of the delicate and the dark.


We accept all submissions through our Submittable page here.

The Society of Southwestern Authors Writing Contest

14 August 2013
We are again running our annual Writing Contest Chair for the Society of Southwestern Authors.

Short Story – 2,500 words max

Personal Essay/Memoir – 2,500 words max

Poetry – 40 lines max


1st: $250
2nd: $125
3rd: $75
Honorable mentions: $25

All work must be previously unpublished. 

The full set at rules are posted at

Deadline is August 31, 2013.  For more info contact Donna Young at

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award for Imaginative Fiction

14 August 2013

Rosebud magazine is proud to announce the fifth biannual Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley competition for original works of fantasy, science fiction, mystery, or horror. Ideal length is 1500 to 3500 words.

Grand prize: $1,000, 4 runners-up receive $100. All winning pieces published in ROSEBUD. Entry fee: $10/story. Rosebud acquires first rights for the five winning entries.

Deadline: September 15, 2013.

For details visit: