Archive for March 20th, 2014

Lush Triumphant Literary Awards

20 March 2014

Our Annual Lush Triumphant Literary Awards competition is now open for submissions.

DEADLINE for entries: May 15, 2014 (postmarked)

The Competition awards cash prizes & publication:

3 categories

3 cash prizes

one deadline

$3,000 in cash prizes, plus publication

The skinny . . .

FICTION MAXIMUM 3,000 WORDS (no specific theme, we simply want to be amazed!)


CREATIVE NON-FICTION (Based on fact, adorned w/fiction) MAXIMUM 4,000 WORDS

ENTRY FEE: $27.50 PER ENTRY. You may send a cheque or money order along with your submission (cheque/money order made payable to subTerrain Magazine) or submit your entry and payment online at the link below.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: MAY 15th annually (POSTMARKED — Or submit online at the link below)

You may submit as many entries in as many categories as you like!

The winning entries in each category will receive a $750 cash prize (plus payment for publication) and will be published in our Winter issue. First runner-up in each category will receive a $250 cash prize and be published in our Spring issue of the following year.

All entries MUST be previously unpublished material and not currently under consideration in any other contest or competition. Entries will NOT be returned (so keep a copy for yourself). Results of the competition are posted here in the fall, prior to publication in our Winter issue.


 SUBMIT ONLINE HERE: Submit to Subterrain Magazine

Or …


Lush Triumphant Literary Awards

c/o subTerrain Magazine

PO Box 3008, Main Post Office

Vancouver, BC V6B 3X5

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32nd Annual SouthWest Writers International Competition

20 March 2014

Visit for complete rules and entry form. Entries are open from February 1 to May 1, 2014 and may be submitted after May 1 until May 15 with payment of a late fee.

Deadline: Thursday, May 15, 2014


Fiction, Non-fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Poetry

Entry Fees:

Poetry: $10 for SouthWest Writers members, $20 for all other entrants.
All entries except poetry: $20 for SouthWest Writers members, $30 for all other entrants.

For an additional $20 for poetry entries or $25 for all other entries, you’ll be entered in the contest but also receive a critique of your entry.

Late entries through May 15th accepted with a late fee.


A 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place winner will be judged in each of the 10 categories.

1st Place: $300
2nd Place: $200
3rd Place: $150

Winners will be notified in August 2014. Winners’ names will be posted on the Southwest Writer website at or about the same time.


The 32nd Annual SouthWest Writers International Competition is open to all original, unpublished work by English-language writers in 10 categories for novels, creative nonfiction, essay, short stories, children’s picture books, and poetry.

Winners are selected by agents or editors unaffiliated with SouthWest Writers. First place winning entries in prior SWW contests may not be resubmitted for judging in 2014.

Contact Information:


SouthWest Writers
Carlisle Executive Offices
3200 Carlisle Blvd NE, Suite 114
Albuquerque, NM 87110


William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition

20 March 2014

Deadline Thursday, May 1, 2014 

Categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry Entry

Fees: Between $10 and $200 depending on category and manuscript length.

Prizes: Between $750 and $7,500 depending on category

Description: Accepting entries in eight categories: novel, novella, book-length narrative nonfiction, novel-in-progress, short story, essay, poetry and short story by a high school student. Only unpublished work accepted. No self-published or web-published material. See website for category details. Submit by regular mail.

Contact Information: Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, 624 Pirate’s Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116.



Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

20 March 2014

Deadline: Apr 30, 2014

Results Announced: Sep 15, 2014

Theme: All themes accepted

Word Limit: 6,000 words

Entry Fee: $16.00 per entry. You may submit multiple entries.

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Prizes: FICTION: First Prize, $1,000; Honorable Mentions, 5 awards of $100 each | ESSAYS: First Prize, $1,000; Honorable Mentions, 5 awards of $100 each

Full Guidelines

The Wolfe Pack Black Orchid Award Celebrating the Novella Format

20 March 2014
An important part of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe’s opus are novellas. To celebrate this format, the Wolfe Pack and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine have partnered to sponsor the Black Orchid Novella Award.

Want to submit an entry for the this year’s contest? It’s important that you read the rules and follow the procedures carefully. Click here to read this year’s contest flyer.

The initial announcement in 2006 was greeted with enthusiasm by the mystery community. Jane Cleland, long-term Wolfe Pack member, is the chair of the event. “At every mystery conference and event I attend, people are excited about the opportunity to write a novella—and they’re excited about the great prize—$1,000 from Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine—plus, of course, publication in the magazine!”

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine editor, Linda Landrigan, explains, “We’re delighted to be associated with the Wolfe Pack. And we’re thrilled to participate in this award.” (Read the announcement to the media!)

Heed the words of Linda Landrigan, editor-in-chief of AHMM. She says, “We need to stress that a novella is not a padded short story. A novella needs to be as tight and fast-paced as a short story or a novel. Authors need to ensure that the story they want to tell is properly sized for whatever format they choose.”

Postmark deadline: May 31, 2014

For additional Information, see:

Visit the website for details:

For questions regarding the Black Orchid Novella Award, please email the Chair, Jane K. Cleland.

* If no acceptable candidates are received, AHMM and The Wolfe Pack reserve the right to declare no winner in any given year.