Archive for January, 2014

2014 Ledge Fiction Awards Competition

27 January 2014

PRIZES: First prize: $1,000 and publication in The Ledge Magazine. Second prize: $250 and publication in The Ledge Magazine. Third prize: $100 and publication in The Ledge Magazine.

ENTRY FEE: $15 for the first story; $7 for each additional story. $22 subscription (two issues) to The Ledge gains free entry for the first story.

ALL STORIES must be previously unpublished and not exceed 7,500 words. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable but we must be notified if your story is accepted elsewhere for publication.

PLEASE include your name, mailing address and email address on each story. Please also enclose a SASE for the competition results or manuscript return.

POSTMARK DEADLINE: February 28, 2014.


The Ledge 2014 Fiction Awards Competition
40 Maple Avenue
Bellport, NY 11713

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Thunderbird Stories Writing Contest — No Entry Fee Prize: $1,000.00. Entry fee: $0.00. Deadline: 02-28-2014 WRITING CONTEST WEBSITE Thunderbird Times has launched its first Thunderbird Stories Writing Contest and invites Canadian writers to submit stories about legends that have become a foundation of Canadian culture, history, and society. The finalist will receive a cash prize of $1,000; the second-place winner will receive $500, and a third-place winner will receive $250. Thunderbird Times will publish their stories as well as stories from other honorable mentions in a special book. All stories must feature Indigenous subject matter. Word length: under 2K words.Read more at:
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27 January 2014

Deadline February 28, 2014. $2,000 and $6,000 awards. To be eligible, the applicant must have at least one child under the age of 18. The foundation offers awards in two major categories: visual arts and writing. We encourage writers working in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and poetry to apply. $10 application fee. Writing portfolios should be no more than 25 pages.

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27 January 2014

A competition for unpublished short stories of up to 2,200 words. We accept work on all subjects, so write about anything and everything you fancy – we love to read it. First prize £2,000 plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Chawton House Library, and a day with a Virago editor. Second prize: £500. Third prize: £250. Three other finalists each receive £100. Deadline March 17, 2014. All winning stories will be published in the Jun/Jul/Aug 2014 edition of Mslexia.

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27 January 2014

Each one accepts published as well as unpublished work. Winners are promoted online and in our email newsletter, with over 50,000 subscribers. Follow us on Twitter at @winningwriters.

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

No fee, $2,000 in prizes, April 1, 2014 deadline

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest
All subjects welcome. $16 fee, $3,000 in prizes, April 30, 2014 deadline

Sports Fiction & Essay Contest
$16 fee, $3,000 in prizes, May 31, 2014 deadline

The Poetry Market Ezine – poetry news and updates‏

27 January 2014

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Spoon River Poetry Review – Editors’ Prize Contest

27 January 2014

SRPR Editors’ Prize Contest

First Place Prize: $1,000, publication, and introduction written by prominent outside judge

Entry Fee: $20, includes one-year subscription to SRPR (two issues).

Deadline: April 15, 2014 (postmark)

Submission: ONLINE as well postal

SRPR (Spoon River Poetry Review) is pleased to announce the opening of our annual Editors’ Prize Contest! One winning poem will be awarded $1,000, two runners up will be awarded $100 each, and three-five honorable mentions will be selected. All winning poems, honorable mentions, and several finalists are published in the winter issue of SRPR. Please note that we are now accepting online submissions.

Recent judges include Juliana Spahr, David Baker, C.S. Giscombe and Jeanne Marie Beaumont. Judges are announced after winners are selected. Please check our new website in August for announcement of winners. For full guidelines please visit our website:

Win a £500 ($800) bursary for your debut novel

27 January 2014

$800 bursary offered to debut novelists


Debut novelists can win a $800 bursary to have their novel professionally critiqued at the Writers’ Village Foundation, a not-for-profit award scheme established to help new authors. The top eight submissions will also gain personal feedback from the award judge, novelist Michelle Spring, a Royal Literary Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge.


Entry is $19 and the deadline is 31st March 2014.

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Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2014

9 January 2014

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2014 is open to anyone who loves expressing their innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful art of poetry or writing a story that is worth telling everyone! Welcome to all having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original.


Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

New Postmark deadline: July 31, 2014

All contest winners will be announced on September 20, 2014.


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

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

Entry fees:

$10 per short story, $5 per poem.

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 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

Tide Lock Prize

8 January 2014


Saturday, February 1, 2014



Entry Fees



Publication in both print and digital editions.


Submit unpublished novel, novella or collection of stories. Submissions must be 150 pages (approximately 35,000 words) or longer. Submit through online submission manager.

Contact Information

Waxing Press.


Glimmer Train: Very Short Fiction Award

8 January 2014


Friday, January 31, 2014



Entry Fees



First place receives $1,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories. Second place receives $500 (or $700 if accepted for publication). Third place receives $300 (or $700 if accepted for publication).


Awards short stories, maximum 3,000 words. Submit through online submission manager.

Contact Information

Glimmer Train Press, 4763 SW Maplewood, P.O. Box 80430, Portland, OR 97280.


Senior Travel Expert – Travel Writing Competition

8 January 2014

Closing date: Midnight on 1st June 2014

Prizes: £100.00 on a prepaid currency card and published on website.

Entry fee: Free to enter.

For an exciting, original travel article up to 1,000 words,

which may or may not relate to a senior travel experience.

Fiction or non-fiction.

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The Lamar York Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction

8 January 2014

Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2014


Fiction, Nonfiction

Entry Fees

$15 (includes one-year subscription).


$1,000 in each category and publication in The Chattahoochee Review.


Submit stories or essays of up to 5,000 words via online submission manager.

Contact Information

The Chattahoochee Review.


Story Share $50,000 Writing Contest

7 January 2014

Saturday, February 1, 2014


Children’s, Drama, Fiction, General, Mystery, Nonfiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Entry Fees



Beginning Reading Level Grand Prize: $10,000
Beginning Reading Level Second Prize: $5,000
Intermediate Reading Level Grand Prize: $7,500
Intermediate Reading Level Second Prize: $4,500
Best Series or Collection: $5,000
Best Character-Based Story: $3,000
Best Use of Images or Illustrations: $3,000
People’s Choice Best Submission by Educator: $5,000
People’s Choice Best Submission by Parent: $3,000
People’s Choice Best Submission by Author/Creative Writer: $2,000
People’s Choice Best Submission by Student Author or Classroom: $2,000


Benetech, the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) and Orca Book Publishing have come together to expand the body of contemporary leveled reading material available to young adults aged 13+ who struggle with reading.

Prior experience writing for struggling reader audiences is not required. A step-by-step guide available at will assist writers in leveling their stories.

At the close of the contest, all writer submissions will be added to free open platforms that will serve as easily accessible online libraries for struggling or beginning readers of all ages.

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Tethered By Letters’ Spring Short Story Contest

7 January 2014


Friday, January 31, 2014


Entry Fees

Entry Fee: $10 per story


$250 and publication in our quarterly journal


Currently accepting short stories of any genre ranging from 2,000 to 7,500 words. TBL strives to publish writers with engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh perspectives and styles. All winners will be published in Tethered By Letters’ Spring Quarterly Journal and finalists will be considered for later publication, after working with a senior editor. International submissions welcome.

Contact Information

Contact Info: Elliot Hughes,



7 January 2014


Deadline January 13, 2014.

All women who consider themselves emerging playwrights (as distinct from fledgling or mid-career playwrights) are eligible to apply for the FEWW Prize. Playwrights from all over the world are encouraged to apply, but the play must be written in English. Eligibility does not require that a submitted work adhere to the traditional three-act structure. One-acts, two-acts (even four-, five-, six- acts), monologues, adaptations, and any other wild (or deceptively tame) format will be considered with equal seriousness. The only absolute requirement is that the submitted text be a completed full-length work for theater. The winner will receive a cash award of $1,000 as well as a staged reading of her play hosted by FEWW at a theater in New York City. In addition, a stipend of up to $700 for travel and accommodation may be provided by FEWW if necessary.


7 January 2014

Greg Grummer Poetry Award

Judge: Eduardo C. Corral

DEADLINE: February 1, 2014
PRIZE: $1,000, publication in Phoebe 43.1, and a one year subscription.
SUBMISSION SIZE: Up to 4 poems per submission, totaling no more than 10 pages.



Judge: Benjamin Percy

One piece per submission, up to 7,500 words. Novel excerpts will
not be accepted. Prizes: $1,000 and publication.


February 1, 2014.


Annual Creative Nonfiction Prize

Judge: Cheryl Strayed

DEADLINE: February 1, 2014
PRIZE: $750, publication in Phoebe 43.1, and a one year subscription.
SUBMISSION SIZE: 1 piece per submission, up to 5,000 words.