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2015 Arizona Mystery Writers 4th Annual – Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest

2 April 2015

2015 Arizona Mystery Writers 4th Annual-

Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest

Deadline is: June 1, 2015

$10 entry fee.



We are now accepting – Mystery, suspense, or thriller stories.

2500 word maximum length.

Blind judging.

Contest rules and entry form on the website:

Past winners are posted on the website. We are an independent, nonprofit club supporting mystery writing in Arizona. Contest deadline: June 1, 2015.

This contest is open to all.


Visit our website for details:


Enter Caladria’s FREE fantasy short story competition

2 April 2015

The competition

You are invited to write a fantasy short story between 1,500 and 3000 words.

So how does it work?

  • Caladria provides three themes. Choose one of these for your story.
  • You can enter as many times as you want before closing date.
  • Your story must take place on the fantasy world of Caladria ( Sufficient briefing about Caladria is included here, but if you register in the world you will gain access to several free publications containing information that might help you further.
  • Entry is FREE.

So what are the Prizes?

The winner will receive a £25 Amazon digital giftcard and his or her story will appear in our e-zine Fab Fables.

The stories of two runners-up will appear in Fab Fables.

Additionally, all stories published in Fab Fables receive a commission from the revenue received for that issue.


DEADLINE: May 31st, 2015.

How to enter

  • Entry is by email.
  • Please type your entry in double-line spacing and export content into RTF, DOC or TXT format.
  • Call the attachment by your name and the number of the theme you have chosen e.g. 1 Marjorie Smith.* Do not put your name on the actual entry.
  • Include the following details in the body of your email: your name, the number of the theme, and number of words.
  • Send your entries, titled ‘Caladria Competition Entry’ to (


  • Entries must be in English and entirely your own work.
  • You can enter as many times as you wish, but each entry must be sent on separate emails.
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Entries not complying with the competition rules will be disqualified.
  • Copyright of stories published in Fab Fables belongs to While copyright of stories not published in Fab Fables remains with the author, no content can be published about Caladria without permission.
  • Winners will be notified by email.
  • By entering the competition you agree that from time to time may mail you with news (including other competitions).

The Themes for the Competition’s Stories

Theme 1

Two dragons, brother and sister, have an uneasy truce with each other. They have hit on a way to gain food without effort. One dragon guards a bridge over a dry river bed upstream, the other does the same for a downstream crossing over the same dry river bed. They exact tolls (in the form of food) from the goblins who cross the river. It has always cost the same to use either crossing. An entrepreneurial goblin, using his knowledge that the two dragons do not really get on, persuades one of them to take less food for the crossing. Soon all traffic uses the cheaper bridge. The other dragon is not amused (and hungry).

Theme 2

The goblin matriarchy has decided that a mate for their most attractive female should come from outside the village. They despatch a party to find a candidate and await their return with much excitement and anticipation. The party arrives bringing a goblin whose physical characteristics differ significantly from those in the village. Consternation! To accept him would add an unwanted difference to their society, but they cannot return him because they would lose face.

Theme 3

For years a dragon has ruled the island, but he has grown old and tired. A hard, tough young female dragon has arrived and laid down a challenge for his domain. Tomorrow, a fight to the death will occur. The old dragon does not feel confident. As he dozes, a deputation arrives from the goblins that he has allowed to settle in the island. They show him a liquid which they suggest will cause the young female to accept him as a mate, not a rival. While remembering that he should not always trust goblins, the dragon considers which of the two fates would suit him better.

Learn more about the setting of the island of Molai here and a bunch of maps here

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Knoxville Writers’ Guild Now Seeking Submissions for Contest

2 April 2015

The Knoxville Writers’ Guild is thrilled to announce submissions are being accepted now through midnight, Tuesday, June 30 for its 2015 writing contest.

More than $1,000 in prizes are being offered in six different categories, including the Libba Moore Gray Award for Poetry, the KWG Award for Creative Nonfiction, the KWG Award for Genre Fiction, the Young Writers’ Prize and the Leslie Garrett Award for Literary Fiction.

“Every year the contest receives many submissions from out-of-state writers, which enhance the prestige of and esteem for our contest and the fine writers of Knoxville and East Tennessee,” 2015 KWG president, Donna Kapa, said.

“This year’s contest chair, Jeff Shoffner, has reached out to the membership with a survey, as well as personal emails and phone calls to ensure the interests the Knoxville Writers’ Guild are represented by the contest categories and organization.”

Judges will be announced shortly. Please see the below General Contest Guidelines, followed by Specific Contest Guidelines.

Questions should be sent to

For more information, please visit


General Contest Guidelines

The following guidelines apply to all KWG contests. See specific guidelines under each contest heading for individual exceptions or additions. Contestants may submit work through midnight, June 30, 2015.

Note: Failure to adhere to any rule renders your entry subject to rejection with forfeiture of contest entry fee. Please read the rules carefully; they help us process entries more efficiently and fairly.

  1. Contests are open to all individuals above the age of 18 with the following exceptions: Members of the KWG board of directors and contests committee may not submit entries to KWG competitions. Previous first prizewinners are barred from the contest they won for one year. Also, see Specific Guidelines under Young Writers Prize for exceptions to that contest.
  2. Use black type on a white page with 12 point Times New Roman or Courier fonts. Set your margins to one inch, and do not justify.
  3. Contestants may enter more than one contest simultaneously. Additionally, contestants may enter a single contest more than once, with the exclusion of the Leslie Garrett Award for Literary Fiction. A separate entry fee is required for each submission.
  4. All submissions must be emailed before midnight Eastern Standard Time on June 30, 2015. No printed copies will be accepted this year. Electronic versions only.
  5. You can submit entries in two ways.

Fill out the form at, once for each entry.


Send a separate email for each entry to, with the subject line formatted as follows:

Category, Entry Title (as it appears below)

The email body should also indicate which contest you are entering and should include the following:

-Author name

-Mailing address

-Phone number

-Payment method and reference (check number or PayPal confirmation number).

-Word count, poem count, or estimated length as dictated by category-specific guidelines below.

We are accepting only electronic submissions in order to process entries in a more efficient and standardized manner. Your local library or copy center should be able to help you convert your printed document to an electronic format for emailing.

  1. Entries must be submitted through the entry form on or as email attachments in any reasonable electronic format. Likely candidates include rtf, plain text, pdf, and various flavors of Word or OpenOffice. The title of your attachment should match the title of your submission. You should receive an automated email confirmation that we’ve received your entry. Please send a follow-up inquiry if you don’t.
  2. Do not put your name, pen name or any other identifying information on the entries themselves. Failure to follow this rule will result in rejection of your entry and forfeiture of your entry fee.
  3. Do not submit previously published works.
  4. See below for descriptions of individual contests, deadlines, and any specific rules for a particular contest.
  5. Except for the Leslie Garrett Award for Literary Fiction and the Young Writers category, contests charge a $20 entry fee for nonmembers and $10 for Guild members. The Young Writers category charges a reduced fee of $5 per entry.

Guild membership is $30 per year; $15 for students. To join, make checks payable to KWG or pay by credit card at

  1. Note: You can pay entry fees in two ways: either by personal check to the address below or by credit card via PayPal at

If you opt to pay by check, include the title of your entry in the memo line and the check number in your entry email.

Payments by check should be sent to:

(Name of Contest)
Awards Office
The Knoxville Writers’ Guild
P.O. Box 10326
Knoxville, TN 37939

  1. The following prizes will be awarded for each category: First Prize – $100, Second Prize – $50, Third Prize – $25.
  2. KWG reserves the right to award only one prize if there are insufficient entries in a given category.
  3. No one person may win multiple prizes in a single category.
  4. KWG reserves publishing rights and electronic rights for one year from the date winners are announced. Afterwards, all rights revert to the author.
  5. Winners and runners-up will be announced on the KWG website.
  6. A collection of winning contest entries will be published later in the year.

Specific Contest Guidelines


The Leslie Garrett Award for Literary Fiction

In memory of the late Knoxville author, Leslie Garrett.
Fee: There is no fee for entering this contest.
Specific Guidelines:

  1. Entry consists of one short story totaling no more than 3,000 words, double spaced.
  2. Only one entry per contestant.
  3. See General Guidelines


The KWG Award for Novel Excerpt

Send us something that makes us want to read more.
Fee: $10 for KWG members; $20 for nonmembers.
Specific Guidelines:

  1. Entry consists of typed, double-spaced novel excerpt or novella totaling no more than 10,000 words.
  2. Please include the word count on the cover sheet. See General Guidelines.


The Libba Moore Gray Award for Poetry

In memory of Libba Moore Gray, noted local author, actress and educator.

Fee: $10 for KWG members; $20 for nonmembers.
Specific Guidelines:

  1. Entry consists of no more than three typed poems totaling 100 lines or fewer. If more than one poem is entered, poems will be judged as a collection.
  2. There are no restrictions as far as style, content or spacing.
  3. See General Guidelines.


The KWG Award for Creative Nonfiction

Creative nonfiction is the truth as you know it; the telling of a true story using the tools of fiction. However, names of people and places can be changed.
Fee: $10 for KWG members; $20 for nonmembers.
Specific Guidelines:

  1. Entry consists of one typed, double-spaced nonfiction essay of no more than 3,000 words.
  2. See General Guidelines.


The KWG Award for Genre Fiction

Fee: $10 for KWG members; $20 for nonmembers.
Specific Guidelines:

  1. Entry consists of one short story in genre style (e.g. romance, mystery, science fiction, etc.) totaling no more than 3,000 words, double-spaced.
  2. See General Guidelines.


The Young Writers Prize

Fee: $5
Specific Guidelines:

  1. Entry consists of:

– one short story or stand-alone novel excerpt totaling no more than 3,000 words, double-spaced.


-no more than three typed poems totaling 100 lines or fewer with no restrictions as far as style, content or spacing.  Poems will be judged as a collection.

  1. Open to all high school students, grades 9 through 12, of the Greater Knoxville area of East Tennessee. No identifying information on stories themselves.
  2. If you are a teacher or school submitting entries on behalf of your students, please add the following in the email body (in addition to the information required by the General Guidelines):

-School name

-School address

-School phone number

  1. Please contact KWG President Donna Kapa if your school or club needs any additional information for bookkeeping or payment purposes.

For more information, contact:

Adria Amos


Knoxville Writers’ Guild


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Call for Submissions: WOW! Women On Writing Spring 2015 Flash Fiction Contest

2 April 2015
WOW! Women On Writing invites entries to its Spring 2015 Flash Fiction Contest, sponsored by BookBaby. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, good storytelling, and provide well-rewarded recognition to writers of all levels.
Guest Judge: Literary Agent Vicki Selvaggio of The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
Guidelines: Seeking short fiction of any genre between 250 – 750 words. Electronic submissions via e-mail only; reprints are okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail. Writers retain all copyright to their stories. Open internationally. 
Prizes: 1st Place: $350, The Complete Publishing Package from BookBaby ($579 value), $25 Amazon Gift Card; 2nd Place: $250, $25 Amazon Gift Card; 3rd Place: $150, $25 Amazon Gift Card; 7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards; and 10 Honorable mentions receive $20 Amazon Gift Cards. Top 10 stories are published in the WOW! Women On Writing e-zine, and contestants are interviewed on WOW’s blog, The Muffin. 
Limited to 300 entries. $10 entry fee. Critique option also available. 
Deadline: May 31, 2015

Prairie Seed Poetry Prize

2 April 2015
Entry fee: $20.00 USDEnds on 7/31/2015

The Prairie Seed Poetry Prize is awarded to a collection of poetry that examines how we can best live in and better understand the Midwest Region of the USA. This can involve any connection you may have with the region: family history, an old farm, memories, relatives, a small town, a big town, weather, sky, rivers, … your unique poetry is what we are looking for. The Ice Cube Press has used the literary arts since 1993 to better understand the Midwest.

Information for the 2015 contest: Poetry collections are to be between 48 – 70 pages of poetry. The 2015 winner will come with an Introduction from selecting judge Debra Marquart. Debra Marquart is a professor of English at Iowa State University. She teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment at Iowa State University and the Stonecoast Low-Residency MFA Program at University of Southern Maine. The 2016 winner will be judged and introduced by Jennifer L. Knox. Jennifer currently teaches at Iowa State University and is the proprietor of a little company called Saltlickers.The winner will have their book published, sold, and nationally distributed by the Ice Cube Press, LLC. The 2015 & 2016 winning collections will be included at the Great Lakes Independent Bookseller Association and Midwest Independent Booksellers Association Fall Forum trade shows. The winner will receive 20 free copies of his/her book as well one-on-one marketing and promotion with the publisher.

Our Inaugural Prairie Seed Poetry Prize winner was Diamond Grove Slave Tree by Xavier Cavazos. Diamond Grove Slave Tree is being released at AWP15 in Minneapolis and includes an off-site reading. Several additional readings are being planned. Xavier was the 2013 Poetry Society of America National Chapbook Fellow. He will assist with the screening of this year’s prize.

1) Winner will be announced during the fall of 2015.
2)We will post any improvements and changes to the contest here and on our website as soon as possible.