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Narrative Prize

7 June 2016

THE $4,000 NARRATIVE PRIZE is awarded annually for the best short story, novel excerpt, poem, one-act play, graphic story, or work of literary nonfiction published by a new or emerging writer in Narrative.

The deadline for entries for each year’s award is June 15.The winner is announced each September, and the prize is awarded in October. The award, citing the winner’s name and the title and genre of the winning piece, is widely publicized, and each winner is cited in an ongoing listing in Narrative. The prize will be given to the best work published each year in Narrative by a new or emerging writer, as judged by the magazine’s editors. In some years, the prize may be divided between winners, when more than one work merits the award.


How to Send Us Your Work: We accept submissions only through our electronic submission system. We do not accept submissions through postal services or email. You may send us manuscripts for the following submission categories: General Submissions, Story of the Week, Readers’ Narrative, or a specific Contest. Your manuscript must be in one of the following file forms: .doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf, .txt, .odf, .mp3, .mp4, .mov, and .flv.

Technical Difficulties: If you have any questions or encounter technical difficulties, please Contact Us.

Formatting Your Manuscript: All manuscripts should be in 12-point type, with at least one-inch margins, and sequentially numbered pages. Fiction and nonfiction should be double-spaced. Poetry should be single-spaced. The author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address should be typed at the top of the first page. Contributors are asked to include a brief biographical note with their submissions.

Timing: Submissions may be sent to us at any time, year-round.

Simultaneous Submissions: We accept multiple submissions, since we feel that it’s unreasonable to expect writers to give a magazine an exclusive look at a work unless the magazine can respond within two to three weeks. We want writers to have every possible opportunity for success, so we’re willing to risk losing a story we want when someone at another magazine may have done their reading before we have, and in that case we’ll be sorry to lose the piece but happy for the writer.

Response Time: Our response time varies from four to twelve weeks, with the slowest times usually being August/September and December/January.

Submission Fees: Narrative is a nonprofit organization with the ambition of encouraging good literary work. We do not charge readers for the magazine. However, for unsolicited submissions, we do charge a nominal fee, which helps cover the basic administrative costs related to receiving, reading, and responding to submissions. Also, a portion of the reading fee helps fund our annual Narrative Prize. Our desire is to connect readers and writers, and we strongly encourage anyone interested in submitting work to read the magazine before submitting. You may read the magazine for free. If you enjoy reading it and wish to submit, we hope you will feel that the reading fee, which is lower than most literary magazine subscription fees, is more than justified by the quality of the work the magazine offers. We are strongly committed to publishing debut and emerging writers, and those writers account for a third of the three to four hundred works we publish each year.

Open Reading Periods: During the first two weeks of April, we do not require a reading fee for general submissions made specifically to the Open Reading category via our submissions page. However, manuscripts submitted during this period are not eligible for the Narrative Prize.

Payment to Authors: Narrative is strongly committed to supporting our authors’ work. Our current rates for work are as follows:

—$150 for a Story of the Week, with $400 each for the annual Top Five Stories of the Week.
—$150 to $350 for 500 to 2,000 word manuscripts.
—$350 to $1,000 for 2,000 to 15,000 word manuscripts.
—Rates for book-length works vary, depending on the length and nature of the work.
—$50 minimum for each accepted poem and audio piece. ($25 for poetry reprints.)
—$200 each for the annual Top Five Poems of the Week.
—$100 for Readers’ Narratives.

All submissions with a reading fee, from new or emerging writers, are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize, awarded annually.

$4,000 Narrative Prize: The Narrative Prize is awarded annually for the best short story, novel excerpt, poem, or work of literary nonfiction published by a new or emerging writer in Narrative. The deadline for entries for each year’s award is June 15. The winner is announced each September, and the prize is awarded in October. The winner is widely publicized and is cited in an ongoing listing in Narrative. The prize is judged by the magazine’s editors and, in some years, may be divided between winners, when more than one work merits the award.

Word Count Guidelines:

SHORT SHORT STORY manuscripts must be between two and five pages in length, and no less than 500 and no more than 2,000 words.

MANUSCRIPTS OF 2,000 to 15,000 WORDS can include short stories, essays, one-act plays, and other complete short works of nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of fiction and nonfiction.

NOVELLAS and other long works that are less than book length may run between 15,000 and 40,000 words. For works of this length, please submit the first 15,000 words with a synposis. (Based on our reading of the first 15,000 words, we will ask to see the complete manuscript if we think the work is suitable for Narrative.)

SERIALIZATION OF BOOK-LENGTH WORKS. For consideration for serialization, please send the first chapter and a one-page synopsis of the book. (Based on our reading of the first chapter and synopsis, we will ask to see the complete book manuscript if we think the book is suitable for serialization inNarrative. For further information on our program of serializations, please click here.)

POETRY submissions may contain up to five poems. The poems should be contained in a single file. Your submission should give a strong sense of your style and range. We accept submissions of all poetic forms and genres but do not accept translations.

ONE-ACT PLAYS: We are particularly interested in finding dramas whose impact can be experienced as much on the page as in production. We are open to plays that have been previously published but are out of print, to plays that have been produced, and to ones that have never been produced or published. Length can run up to 15,000 words.

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD AUDIO PROSE submissions may be fiction or nonfiction but should take a storytelling form. Audio prose submissions must be in MP3 format and may be up to ten minutes long.

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD AUDIO POETRY submissions must be in MP3 format and may be up to ten minutes long.

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD VIDEO submissions may be short films and documentaries of up to 15 minutes. Submissions must be in .mp4 or .mov format.

READERS’ NARRATIVES may run up to 1,500 words.

Visit the website for guidelines:


North Street Book Prize for self-published books.

7 June 2016

Deadline June 30: North Street Book Prize for Self-Published Books

The deadline is June 30, 2016 for our second annual North Street Book Prize for self-published books. Three top winners will receive $1,500 each, plus a credit towards the high-quality publishing services at BookBaby, free advertising in the Winning Writers newsletter, and expert marketing advice from Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of The Frugal Book Promoter. $6,000 will be awarded in all, with free gifts for everyone who enters.

Submit online or by mail. Entry fee: $50 per book. Final judges: Jendi Reiter and Ellen LaFleche. This year’s contest categories include:

  •  Mainstream/Literary Fiction
•  Genre Fiction
•  Creative Nonfiction & Memoir

Read about the winners of our first contest.
Questions? Please email


9 Magazines with Contests and Deadlines This Month

7 June 2016

Electric Literature Opens For Essays

We love Electric Literature for all its offerings: stories, essays, news, and op-eds, and now you have a chance to submit to them directly. From the website: “We’re particularly interested in pieces that examine the intersection of the literary world and other creative disciplines: film, fine art, music, video games, architecture–you name it.” Payment is $50. Submit to Electric Literature here.
Submission fee: No Fee. Deadline: Not listed.


Southern Indiana Review Nonfiction Award

Southern Indiana Review awards $2000 and publication to the best piece of nonfiction submitted by June 1st. Entries up to 35 pages double-spaced must be postmarked by the deadline. Michael Martone will select the winning entry. Full details on the Southern Indiana Review Award can be found here.
Submission fee: $20 ($5 for every additional entry) Deadline: June 1, 2016


Mslexia Women’s Poetry Award

Poets, this one’s for you! Mslexia is committed to nurturing women’s poetry with some excellent prizes including £2,000, a retreat at the beautiful Cove Park, and a mentoring session with The Poetry Review editor. Full details on the Mslexia Poetry Award can be found here.
Submission fee: £7 up to three poems Deadline: June 13, 2016


American Short Fiction Contest – Extended Deadline!

Victor LaValle is judging American Short Fiction’s contest this year, which awards $1000 and publication to the winning story. Note the extended deadline to June 15. Submit between 2000 – 6500 to be considered. Full contest details here.
Submission fee: $20 for each category –  Deadline: June 15, 2016


december Magazine Curt Johnson Prose Awards

Anthony Marra and Eula Biss will select the winner of december magazine’s 2016 Curt Johnson Prose awards in fiction and nonfiction, respectively. Writers in each category can submit up to 8000 words for consideration. $1500 to the winner in each category and $500 to honorable mentions. Submit todecember magazine here.
Submission fee: $20 for each category –  Deadline: June 15, 2016


New Rivers Press American Fiction Short Story Award

New Rivers Press will publish no more than twenty stories in its sixteenth anthology volume, which recognizes short fiction by emerging writers. $1750 will be awarded in prizes along with national publication and distribution, author discount, and complimentary copies. 10,000 word count. Submit here.
Submission fee: $17 – Deadline: June 15, 2016


New American Press Fiction Prize

Full-length manuscripts welcome! Up to 100 pages will be considered. Winners will receive $1000, publication contract, and contributors copies. This year’s prize is judged by Gina Frangell. Full submission details can be found here. Note the extended deadline!
Submission fee: $17  – Deadline: June 24, 2016


The Moth International Short Story Prize

Judged this year by John Boyne, The Moth awards £3000 and publication to the best piece of fiction under 6000 words, open to anyone. Second and third place prizes include £1000 and enrollment in the Circle of Misse writing retreat. Full submission details here.
Submission fee: $12 for each category –  Deadline: June 30, 2016


Autumn House Literary Prizes

The Autumn House Contests award publication of full-length manuscripts in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, selected by three judges. Each winner also receives $2,500 ($1,000 advance against royalties and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote the book). Submit by mail or online via the Autumn House submission manager.
Submission fee: $30 for each category –  Deadline: June 30, 2016

New writing scholarships / contests for writers from Killer Nashville

7 June 2016
The Lisa Jackson Scholarship: The Lisa Jackson Scholarship is designed to help someone who is struggling financially attend The Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference. Funds will be awarded to authors who demonstrate need in an essay format. The money will be used to pay for attendance to the conference, breakout sessions, a critique, and lodging on a case-needed basis. Write a 500-word essay that illustrates your financial need and why you want to attend the Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference. Scholarships will be awarded by July 31, 2016. The conference isAugust 18-21, 2016 and is being held at the Embassy Suites Nashville South Cool Springs.
Deadline: July 1, 2016.
For entry details, see here.
The Jimmy Loftin Memorial ScholarshipThe Jimmy Loftin Memorial Scholarship is designed to help someone who is struggling financially attend The Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference. Funds will be awarded to authors who demonstrate need in an essay format. The money will be used to pay for attendance to the conference, breakout sessions, a critique, and lodging on a case-needed basis. Write a 500-word essay that illustrates your financial need and why you want to attend the Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference. The conference is August 18-21, 2016 and is being held at the Embassy Suites Nashville South Cool Springs. 
Deadline: July 31, 2016.
For entry details and prizes, see here.   
The Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference was founded in 2006 by writer and filmmaker Clay Stafford as a trademarked charitable production of American Blackguard, Inc. With 500 participants every year, it has developed a reputation as a leading advocate for writers and readers of all genres.
The next conference will be held August 18-21, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. 

The Dalhousie Review Short Story Contest

7 June 2016

The Dalhousie Review, one of Atlantic Canada’s longest-running literary journals, announces its 3rd annual short story contest. This year’s judge is Marina Endicott, award-winning author of Good to a Fault (2008),The Little Shadows (2011) and Close to Hugh (2015). All entrants will receive a one-year subscription, and winners will receive cash prizes ($750 for first place, $250 for second place) and see their work published in the autumn 2016 issue.

Fee: $25 for Canadian entries; $30 for U.S. and overseas entries

Maximum length: 3000 words

Submission guidelines: send .doc or .pdf files to and send payments (cheque or money order) to Dalhousie Review, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2

Postmark deadline: September 5, 2016

For more information, please contact or visit our website at:

Annual Dialogue Only Contest

7 June 2016

Bartleby Snopes 8th Annual Dialogue Only Contest  begins on June 1, 2016. All initial submissions up to 2,000 words must be received by September 15, 2016. Winners will be announced by October 19, 2016.. Compose a short story entirely of dialogue with no narration or tag lines for one $10 fee. No editors or judges receive any portion of the entry fees. Our contest runs with a rolling rejection process. We will always keep our five favorite stories. Contestants will be notified immediately if their story falls out of the top five and have the opportunity to resubmit. A minimum of $500 will be awarded, with at least $300 going to the grand prize winner. Our five finalists will also appear in Issue 15 of the magazine. For every entry over 50, an additional $5 will be added to the total prize money. Last year we awarded $1,900 in with a $1,161 grand prize. We welcome Kathy Fish & Rebecca McDowell as the 2016 judges. No previously unpublished work or simultaneous submissions permitted. All rights revert back to the author after publication.

Go to for more information, previous years’ winning stories & to submit.  

The Cheshire Prize for Literature competition

7 June 2016

Cheshire Prize for Literature competition
Prizes: The prize-winner will receive £2,000. Additional prize-money of £750 will be awarded and the best entries will be published.

Deadline: September 1, 2016
Free to enter.
Looking for: An original and previously unpublished poem or collection of poems. Individual poems should not exceed 50 lines and no more than 100 lines per entrant.
Further info: The writer must have been born, live or have lived, study or have studied, work or have worked, in Cheshire. Entrants must be aged 18 years or over on 1st September 2016.

The FundsforWriters Killer Nashville Scholarship Giveaway – Deadline July 1, 2016‏

7 June 2016

Want to attend a conference but can’t afford the cost? 

Want to be around others who enjoy reading mystery and suspense? 

FundsforWriters, in partnership with 2016 Killer Nashville, is offering a scholarship to one lucky individual who wishes to hob-nob with other mystery enthusiasts for the three days of August 18-21, 2016 in Franklin, TN.

But wait, there’s more. Guess who will be the Guests of Honor at this shin-dig?

Besides so many other published and almost-published authors . . .besides a sea of mystery aficionados?

Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the
Stephanie Plum series, the Fox and O’Hare series with co-author Lee
Goldberg, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the
Alexandra Barnaby novels, the Troublemaker graphic novel, and
How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author.

Before his thrillers landed him on The New York Times Bestseller list, Kevin O’Brien was a railroad inspector who worked all the live long day and wrote novels at night. His first thriller, The Next To Die (2001)
became a USA Today Bestseller. Then came The Last Victim (2005), which hit the New York Times Bestseller list and won the Spotted Owl Award for Best Pacific Northwest Mystery.

So, what does this scholarship include?

  • 3-day full registration for the conference ($300 value)
  • Agent/Editor Roundtable participation (free for you because you have a 3-day registration)
  • A free Network Lunch on Saturday with Guest of Honor Janet Evanovich ($45 value)
  • A free Breakout Session any of the three days ($15 value and only open to 3-day registrants)
  • A ticket to the Guest of Honor Dinner & Awards Banquet ($95 value)
  • $100 toward travel and transportation (issued by FundsforWriters to winner, not via Killer Nashville).
  • Total value $555

***NOTE: Conference does not include all costs of transportation or motel accommodations.
See Killer Nashville’s site for information on the special hotel rates for this conference.

So, how do you enter for a chance to win this opportunity?

  • Email with KILLER NASHVILLE SCHOLARSHIP in the subject.
  • Include name, address, phone, email, website/blog/Facebook (if applicable)
  • Explain what this scholarship means to you in 100-500 words.
  • Agree to write a 500-600-word piece for FundsforWriters within 30-days after the event,
    talking about the conference and how you benefited from the experience.
    Piece will also be considered for publication on the Killer Nashville site.
  • Winner selected based upon the quality of submission.

DEADLINE for entries is midnight (Eastern Time), on July 1, 2016. (Winner to be announced July 8, 2016.)

So, why is FundsforWriters sponsoring this contest?

  • Because C. Hope Clark is an avid mystery author and enthusiast and wants to share that joy.
  • Because C. Hope Clark believes every author ought to experience the thrill of a writing conference.
  • Because C. Hope Clark wants to give back to the readers of her mysteries.

Thanks . . . looking forward to your entries . . .


Direct any questions to

DISCLAIMER: C. Hope Clark reserves the complete right to make the final decision of winner, not to be disputed.
Article to be submitted upon return from the conference to be turned in no later than September 23, 2016 and will
not receive additional compensation. The scholarship is not transferable. If winner cannot attend,
C. Hope Clark/FundsforWriters reserves the right to give the scholarship to the runner-up on her choice in the contest., 140A Amicks Ferry Road #4, Chapin, SC 29036, USA

2016 Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest Entry Deadline Approaches‏

6 June 2016

2016 Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest

Is Now In Its Third Month  

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that the countdown to the July 23, 2016, entry deadline for this year’s contest is underway. We only have 51 days until the end of the contest.  All poets are encouraged to submit their own poems, encourage a friend or relative to submit a poem, or post a flyer where others can see it. Do not procrastinate or you could miss the deadline.

Anything you can do to make both established and budding poets of all ages aware of this exciting opportunity is appreciated.  Attached are the contest “Rules and Entry Form” and the “Contest Flyer.” 

For those of you who already have submitted your three poems or have helped us publicize the contest through posting flyers and/or posting contest information on your website, THANK YOU!!!!

If you need additional information, please do not hesitate to email contact Alan Lowe at, or call me at 916-408-1274.



1. Poets wanted! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be selected in each contest category.

2. The five (5) contest categories include the following: Things My Parents Taught Me, The Best Gift I Ever Received, It Happened One Night, If I Were Rich And Famous, and You Can Count On Me.

3. Poets may submit a maximum of three (3) poems. Select three (3) of the contest categories and submit one poem from each.

4. Poems may be in rhyme, free verse, Haiku, or other accepted poetry forms and of any length, up to a maximum of 60 lines.

5. Poems should be typewritten and not centered (read left to right). Please use the Arial font 12-point. The title should be listed at the top of the poem and the category should be included at the top right corner of the poem. The name of the poet should not be included on the poem.

6. Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets” category. Young poets should follow the same rules as noted above. However, they should include their age, grade, and school on the Entry Form.

7. All poems must be submitted on hard copy to the address listed on the Entry Form below and must be received no later than Saturday, July 23, 2016.

8. Early submissions are appreciated. A separate Entry Form should be attached to the hard copy of each poem submitted. Duplication of the form is permitted. Questions—contact Alan Lowe at

9. The top three winners in each category will be contacted by phone. Winners will be asked to submit their poems electronically, by email attachment. Winners will read their poems on Sunday, October 9, 2016, at the Voices of Lincoln event to be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges (Willow Room), 485 Twelve Bridges Drive, Lincoln, CA. Winners also will be presented with a commemorative chapbook of the winning poems.

Click here for “Rules and Entry Form” and the “Contest Flyer.”

KEEP 13 IN PLAY: by C. Hope Clark of

6 June 2016

I cover this subject annually, and each year it seems to draw lots of appreciative emails in return.

All writers should freelance. It’s a grand way to develop a platform as well as get paid. But we often don’t know when to submit, or how many times is enough. We can become so wrapped up in waiting to hear back that we neglect pitching, too. So here’s a plan to aid you in managing the freelance writing part of your career.

Keep 13 in Play is my tool. It consists of three spreadsheets (or just lists, if you like). In essence, you switch the same information around for the three lists, but you’ll see why.

SHEET 1) – Date sent, name of article, name of publication, contact, follow-up date, notes
SHEET 2) – Name of article, name of publication, date, follow-up date, notes
SHEET 3) – Name of publication, name of articles, date, follow-up date, notes

Why the difference?

With Sheet 1, you keep up with your activity on a daily basis – measuring your work output and offering a sheet to be used for your income tax filing.

With Sheet 2, you keep up with where you continue to send any particular article. For instance, if it doesn’t work for Magazine A, you sent it to Magazine B, and when you’re rejected by Magazine B, you sent it to Magazine C. You monitor where an article is at any time.

With Sheet 3, you keep up with markets. This way you don’t accidentally pitch the same piece to the same market. It also shows you over time the types of articles certain publications appreciate.

This system keeps you streamlined and organized, which should raise your acceptance rate. So what’s the 13 mean? Frankly, you can pick whatever number you desire. I use 13 just so I can stare the unlucky number in the eye in defiance, but you can use 10, 25, or whatever you prefer. While those numbers seem high, they are not. You’ll never be accepted for all 13 at once, but still, if you are, that’s just plain marvelous.

Your goal is to perpetually keep 13 in play. Your number drop to 12 because of an acceptance or rejection? Stop and pitch to maintain that 13. Keep 13 queries in play . . . always. You’ll soon learn to forget the list until someone responds, and then you instantly refill it to 13. It becomes all about the pitching, not the looking back and waiting for a reply.

~By C. Hope Clark, an author and editor at:

Live free and Write: A New Hampshire Getaway for Writers

6 June 2016


Murphy Writing of Stockton University Presents
August 14-19, 2016, Dexter’s Inn, Sunapee, NH

Join us in New Hampshire for a supportive writing retreat. Spend a week working on your memoir or poetry chapbook. Enjoy the refreshing New England summer with plentiful writing time, encouraging workshops, homemade meals and time to relax. Scholarships available.

Workshops include: “Reimagining Memoir” with Mimi Schwartz and “Poetry Chapbook Workshop” with Lois Marie Harrod; retreat hosted by Peter Murphy.

“I’ve never done an overnight writing retreat before and was amazed at how much writing happened just being away from home. The atmosphere was perfect: open, honest, sincere and so encouraging. Definitely worth the money, the drive and the time!” — Anne, Belmont, MA

Register by July 1 and save: