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Screencraft: Comedy Screenplay Contest 2018

21 April 2018

DEADLINE: JUNE 1, 2018

Whether you have a romantic comedy or an action-comedy blockbuster, we want to read your script!

We’re thrilled to announce our 2018 Comedy Screenplay Contest. Big or small, our jury is looking for smart feature film screenplays with a strong command of the craft, lots of heart and unique comedic voices. All entries are eligible for optional feedback from a studio-trained professional reader.

1st Place: Feature GRAND PRIZE $ 1,000 Cash

  • phone consultations with top Hollywood literary managers and agents
  • personal introduction to studio executives and producers

2nd Place: $ 200 Cash

  • will receive a in-depth development and career strategy with the ScreenCraft team
  • personal introductions to managers, agents, producers and development executives

Top 3 Finalists:

  • written feedback from one of our professional Hollywood readers
  • Free license to Final Draft 10 screenwriting software.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • All writers at least 18 years of age are eligible. However, a writer who has earned more than $50,000 (or equivalent currency) from professional writing services for film or TV in the preceding year is not. (Contest winnings not included.)
  • All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible; however the material submitted must be in English.
  • All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible.
  • There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
  • The material submitted must not be encumbered by any obligation to, or option held by, a third party prior to entering the competition.
  • Any submitted work that becomes optioned, published, produced or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period will no longer be eligible.
  • Material should be submitted in standard screenplay format, font, spacing and margin.
  • We have no preferences regarding title page content. Title and name of writer would suffice.
  • Adaptations are ineligible unless the underlying rights are owned by the writer or the work is in the public domain.
  • Feature screenplays longer than 140 pages will not be eligible.
  • All material must be submitted electronically as a PDF or it will not be eligible.

RULES:

  • Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only, between March 15, 2018 and June 1, 2018.
  • Entry fee for each screenplay is $49 until the early deadline on April 16th, and then $69 until final deadline on June 1st.
  • There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
  • Entries must be received on or before the deadlines and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.
  • Please proofread your script carefully before submitting.
  • Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the submitted material will be allowed for a limited time with a $5 reentry fee via Coverfly (instructions will be provided in your submission confirmation email).
  • All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
  • Material must be submitted by the writer. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s).  All writers must be credited on title page.
  • If a writing team is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given to the person who submits the project. Each team is responsible for dividing or sharing the prize money.
  • It is recommended that original material be registered with the WGA or The Library of Congress before submitting to any competition, however we do not require registration.
  • All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders. 

APPLY HERE before the final deadline on June 1st, 2018 — Mark your calendar!

Here’s the 2018 jury:

  • Joseph Garner (Film Producer of HANGOVER PART II & IIIDUE DATEWAR DOGS, and XOXO. Development Executive for Bradley Cooper and Todd Philip’s company Joint Effort with a 3-year production deal at Warner Bros.)
  • Joe Farrell (Development Executive at Funny or Die Films, the company behind some of the funniest online videos (and now feature films) with access to top Hollywood talent.)
  • Cara Masline (Literary Manager at 3 Arts Entertainment, the production and management company behind such celebrated comedy Hollywood talent as Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Kevin Hart, Mindy Kaling, Matt LeBlanc, BJ Novak, Charlie Day, Geroge Lopez, James Franco, Aziz Ansari, Louis CK and many more!)

The final deadline is June 1st, 2018.

“CLICK HERE to VISIT THE WEBSITE”

We look forward to reading your screenplay. We hope you will become one of our ScreenCraft success stories!

– Team ScreenCraft

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Last call for entries! All Poets & Writers are Welcome – Postmarked deadline: April 23, 2018, 11:59 PM, PST

21 April 2018

*Attention: Yes, there is still time to send your wonderful poetry and short story entries! All entries must be submitted via postal mail or electronically via email by April 23, 2018 at 11:59 PM, Pacific Standard Time (PST).

THE DREAM QUEST ONE POETRY & WRITING CONTEST is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that is worth telling everyone! Guidelines: (1) Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, form or style. And/or (2) Write short story, five pages maximum length, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme, fiction, nonfiction, or creative nonfiction. Multiple and simultaneous entries are accepted. (www.dreamquestone.com/rules.html) *Postmarked deadline: April 23, 2018 at 11:59 PM, PSTPrizes: Writing First Prize is $500; Second: $250; Third: $100. Poetry First Prize: $250; Second: $125; Third: $50. All contest winners works will be published online in the Dare to Dream pages, on May 31, 2018. Entry fees: $10 per story, $5 per poem. To send entries by mail: Include title of poem(s) or story(ies), 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 http://www.dreamquestone.com for details on how to ENTER NOW!

SPRING 2018 FLASH FICTION CONTEST

21 April 2018

SPRING 2018 FLASH FICTION CONTEST WITH GUEST JUDGE LITERARY AGENT SHARON PELLETIER

Deadline: May 31, 2018.

Do you need some writing inspiration? Contests are a great way to spark your creativity, and you may even win a prize! Get your best work together and consider entering the WOW! quarterly flash fiction contest with guest judge, literary agent Sharon Pelletier with Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. Stop by the contest page, download the pdf guidelines, and read all about Sharon’s preferences. The Spring Contest is open to all genres of fiction between 250 – 750 words. Only 300 stories are accepted, so enter early to ensure your spot in the contest. This season, we’ve raised the cash prizes!

For details on how to enter: http://wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php#FlashFictionContest

Last call for entries! CREATIVE NONFICTION ESSAY CONTEST

21 April 2018

Q3 2018 CREATIVE NONFICTION ESSAY CONTEST

Deadline: April 30, 2018.

WOW! is proud to introduce our newest essay contest! Writers have been asking us to host an essay contest for many years, and we’ve finally listened. The mission of this essay contest is to inspire creative nonfiction and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. Your story must be true, but the way you tell it is your chance to get creative. We are open to all styles of essay—from personal essay to lyric essay to hybrid essay, and beyond! Word Count: 200 – 1,000 words. Only 300 stories are accepted, so enter early to ensure your spot in the contest. 1st Place: $500. 

For details on how to enter, visit: http://wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php#EssayContest

$5,500 in awards for writers | Deadline: May 18, 2018

10 April 2018

The $2,500 Conger Beasley Jr. Award for Nonfiction

for the best Essay.

The $1,500 New Letters Prize for Poetry

for the best group of three to six poems.

The $1,500 New Letters Prize for Fiction

for the best short story.

GUIDELINES:

Upload your writing online by midnight Friday, May 18th, 2018. Entries sent after midnight May 18th, 2018 cannot be considered or refunded. Please read guidelines carefully to ensure the best service.  For a printable version of the guidelines, click here.

Postmark by May 18, 2018.

Mail Entries to:
New Letters Awards for Writers
UMKC, University House
5101 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO  64110-2499

Enclose with each entry:

$24 entry fee for each manuscript submitted. A one-year subscription or subscription renewal to New Letters, shipped to any address within the United States, is included in the price of the first entry.  (Subscriptions mailed outside the U.S. require a $15 postal surcharge.)  Make checks payable to New Letters. Your personal information should not appear anywhere on the entry.

ONLINE ENTRIES:

  • Please include two cover sheets: the first with complete name, address, e-mail address, phone number, genre, and title(s); and the second with genre and title only.  Your personal information should not appear anywhere else on the entry.  For sample cover sheets, click here.

POSTAL MAIL ENTRIES:

  • Please include two cover sheets: the first with complete name, address, e-mail address, phone number, genre, and title(s); and the second with genre and title only.  Your personal information should not appear anywhere else on the entry.  For sample cover sheets, click here.
  • Optional: A stamped, self-addressed postcard for notification of receipt and entry number. A stamped, self-addressed envelope for a list of winners.

RULES AND NOTES

  • Simultaneous submissions of unpublished entries are accepted with proper notification upon acceptance elsewhere.
  • All entries will be considered for publication in New Letters.
  • Fiction and essay entries should not exceed 8,000 words.  A single poetry entry may contain up to six poems, and those poems need not be related.
  • Multiple entries are accepted with appropriate fees.  Please make cover sheets for each entry of fiction, essay, or group of poems.
  • Manuscripts will not be returned.
  • No substitutions after submissions.  No refunds will be offered for withdrawn material.
  • Current students and employees of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and current volunteer members of the New Letters and BkMk Press staffs, are not eligible.

TIMELINE

  • Finalists are notified in mid-August, after preliminary judging.
  • Final judging selects one winner and one runner-up in each category, announced the third week of September.
  • Judges have the option to select work for second runner-up and honorable mentions.
  • All finalists are listed in the New Letters issue in which the winners are published.
  • These and all other entries will be considered for publication by the New Letters editor.

For details on how to enter, visit:  http://newletters.org/writers-wanted/writing-contests

“We shall arrive soon” near-future science fiction contest

9 April 2018

“We shall arrive soon” near-future science fiction contest

As part of True North 2018, we are inviting submissions of original near-future fiction of 1,000 words or less on the theme “We shall arrive soon”.

We invite authors to imagine how technology will affect our lives in the coming decades. We want you to explore how technology may be used to improve human well-being, contribute to healthier and safer communities and bring about innovations that benefit us all. We also want you to examine how technology could be misused, or applied in ways that have negative impacts on individuals, groups or wider communities. We are looking for stories that depict a complex reality and fit the theme of True North’s vision of tech for good.

The winner will be selected by Erin Bow, physicist turned poet turned science fiction and fantasy author.

What to submit: Original, unpublished fiction of 1,000 words or less

Due date: 25 April 2018

Prizes: First place prize of $1,000, with two runners-up prizes of $250 each (Canadian dollars)

Who can enter: Anyone, anywhere in the world

Entry form and more info:  http://truenorthwaterloo.com/short-story-contest/

Linda Flowers Literary Award

9 April 2018

Linda Flowers Literary Award Description

Deadline: July 18, 2018

The North Carolina Humanities Council invites original, unpublished entries of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry for the Linda Flowers Literary Award.

With the annual award, the Council seeks to celebrate excellence in the humanities achieved by people, like Linda Flowers, who not only identify with North Carolina, but who explore the promises, the problems, the experiences, the meanings, and the many cultures of North Carolina.

The winner of the 2018 Linda Flowers Literary Award will receive a cash prize of $1,500 and a stipend for a writer’s residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines, North Carolina. The winner will be announced at the North Carolina Writers’ Network’s Fall Conference in November 2018.

Submission Guidelines

  • Entries should detail examinations of intimate, provocative, and inspiring portraiture of North Carolina, its people and cultures, bringing to light real men and women having to make their way in the face of change, loss, triumph, and disappointments.
  • Entries must be deeply engaged with North Carolina by drawing on particular North Carolina connections and/or memories.
  • Entries should celebrate excellence in the humanities.
  • Entries must be from authors who are at least 18 years of age and currently live in North Carolina
  • Entries, regardless of genre, should be original, unpublished works of no more than 10 pages. Entries that fall outside these length stipulations will be disqualified.
  • Entries should be typed in a standard 12 point font. The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the work.
    • Prose should be double-spaced.
    • Poetry, whether a suite of poems or one long poem, should be single spaced.
    • If you submit an excerpt from a larger work, you must include a one-page synopsis of the work as a whole within the 10-page maximum.
  • Only one entry per writer will be accepted.

Submission Instructions

Entries will only be accepted electronically through the Council’s Foundant Application Portal. Submissions sent through email will be disqualified. Incomplete submissions and entries that fall outside the stated submission guidelines and instructions will be disqualified.

  1. Please review the submission guidelines (above) before completing your entry
  2. Review the application instructions and FAQs then watch this video tutorial on the application process.
  3. Get started on your entry by creating an account in our Foundant Application Portal. 
  4. Once you have created your account and are logged in to your Applicant Dashboard, click “Apply” in the upper left-hand corner to view an alphabetical list of all open Council opportunities.
  5. Scroll down and select “2018 Linda Flowers Literary Award” and complete your entry.

Contact the Program and Grants Manager, Caitlin Patton, if you have any questions.

Submission Timeline

  • Submission accepted beginning: April 9, 2018
  • Submission deadline: July 13, 2018 
  • Winner notified by the Council:  by October 15, 2018
  • Winner announced: November 2-4 2018 at the North Carolina Writers Network Fall Conference

Selection Process

  • A panel of judges will select the Linda Flowers Literary Award winner.

Award Prize

  • The winner of The Linda Flowers Literary Award will receive a cash prize of $1,500 and a stipend for a writer’s residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines, North Carolina.

History of the Linda Flowers Literary Award

The North Carolina Humanities Council was privileged to have Linda Flowers as one of its trustees from 1992 to1998. During the years we shared with Linda, she exemplified, above all else, what it means to live by one’s belief that “the humanistic apprehension is as necessary for living fully as anything else. Education in the humanities,” she wrote, “is equipment for living.”

In addition to honoring Linda Flowers (1944–2000) with an award named for her, the North Carolina Humanities Council wishes to celebrate excellence in the humanities achieved by people like her, those who not only identify with our state, but who explore the promises, the problems, the experiences, the meanings, in lives that have been shaped by North Carolina and its many cultures.

Linda Flowers was somewhat surprised by the strong connections readers made to her book Throwed Away: Failures of Progress in Eastern North Carolina in 1990. She believed they were responses to “the book’s humanistic dimension: the focus on real men and women having to make their way in the face of a changing, onrushing and typically uncaring world.” This is true to the portraits in Throwed Away; it is just as true of “I Have Come Home,” the essay Linda wrote about her experience with cancer for NC Crossroads (May 1999). Both are superb examinations of intimate, provocative, inspiring portraiture of North Carolina, its people and cultures. The Linda Flowers Literary Award is intended for a literary work that demonstrates these powers of recognition.

Visit the website: http://www.nchumanities.org/content/2018-linda-flowers-award-details-and-guidelines

The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans

9 April 2018

Submissions for the 2018 contest will open May 1, 2018, and this year’s judge is Brian Turner, author My Life as a Foreign Country.

Deadline: June 1, 2018

This creative writing contest for U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel is hosted by The Iowa Review and made possible by a gift from the family of Jeff Sharlet (1942–69), a Vietnam veteran and antiwar writer and activist. The contest is open to veterans and active duty personnel writing in any genre and about any subject matter.

Prizes: First place: $1,000 plus publication in an issue of The Iowa Review. Second place: $750. Three runners-up: $500 each.

2018 Contest Rules

  • Submit a manuscript in any genre (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction) of up to 20 pages. Prose submissions must be double-spaced. Work must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are fine, assuming you inform us of acceptance elsewhere.
  • The judge will select winners from a group of finalists chosen by Iowa Review editors. All manuscripts, whether selected as finalists or not, are considered for publication.
  • Proof of military service is not required when submitting. (We request documentation only when a writer’s work makes it to the final round of judging.)
  • To submit online, please visit https://iowareview.submittable.com/submit between May 1 and June 1, 2018, and follow the instructions.
  • To submit via mail, please follow these guidelines:
    1. Manuscripts must include a cover page listing your name, address, e-mail address and/or telephone number, and the title of each work, but your name should not appear on the manuscript itself.
    2. Label your envelope as a contest entry and note its genre. For example: “Veterans’ Contest: Fiction.” One entry per envelope. (Note: multiple poems or prose pieces can comprise a single entry if the total number of pages does not exceed 20. For instance, you may submit two short stories of ten pages each in a single envelope, with a single entry fee.)
    3. Enclose a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) for final word on your work. Manuscripts will not be returned.
    4. Postmark submissions by June 1, 2018, and mail to the address below:

The Iowa Review
308 EPB
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

There is no entry fee.

Read Sample Submissions

These were named winner or runners-up in our 2012 Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans contest and were published in our Spring 2013 issue. We announced the winners and runners-up of our 2014 contest the following September (read the announcement); their work appeared in our Spring 2015 issue. For more veterans’ writing, as well as resources for veteran writers, please visit our Veterans’ Writing Gallery.

Eligibility and Conflicts of Interest

Current students, faculty, or staff of the University of Iowa are not eligible to enter the contest.

Work is ineligible to win our contest if it is slated for publication before April 2019, whether in another magazine or as part of a book, or if it has been named the winner or runner-up in any other contest. Please withdraw work from our contest immediately if these conditions apply.

The judge has been instructed not to award the prize to entrants with whom he has had a personal or professional relationship. Despite reading the entries with author names removed, the judge may sometimes be able to guess the identity of the entrant. Even if he can’t tell during the judging process, he has the right to change his decision if it turns out that the entrant is someone with whom there is any appearance of a conflict of interest. Therefore, we advise entrants not to enter the contest if the judge is someone they know personally or have worked with professionally.

Visit the website: https://iowareview.org/veteranswritingcontest

The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans is supported by a 2016 Art Works Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

9 April 2018

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

Welcome to the 26th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $5,000 in prizes.

Deadline: April 30, 2018.

Prizes:

  • STORY: First Prize, $2,000
  • ESSAY: First Prize, $2,000
  • 10 Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each (any category)
  • Top 12 entries published online

For this contest, a story is any short work of fiction, and an essay is any short work of nonfiction. Judge: Dennis Norris II, assisted by Lauren Singer. Please submit as many entries as you like. All themes accepted. Entries may be published or unpublished. Length limit: 6,000 words. No restrictions on age or country. Please click the Submittable button below for full details. Fee: $20 per entry. The results of our 26th annual contest will be announced on October 15, 2018.

How to enter, click here —-> WinningWriters

Teen Ink Writing & Poetry Contests

9 April 2018

Fiction Contest

If it has a beginning, middle and end … if it has a well-developed plot and interesting characters … it if takes place in the past, present or future … then submit your story to Teen Ink’s Fiction Contest.

Prizes

Winning stories are published in Teen Ink magazine and contest winners receive a copy of the magazine featuring their work. Plus, they’ll have the opportunity to choose from an exciting selection of Teen Ink merchandise – apparel and other items – available exclusively from Teen Ink.

Guidelines

Teen Ink will only consider original fiction written by teens. Entries of all genres are accepted, whether fantasy, horror, historical, sci-fi, or romance. Short stories should be between 500 and 2,500 words.

Submit entries through our website. All fiction pieces submitted to Teen Ink are automatically considered for the contest. See our submission guidelines for more information.

Deadlines

There are no deadlines. Entries are accepted and considered for publication in Teen Ink magazine and online throughout the year. Winning fiction pieces are announced in June.

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Nonfiction Contest

Make us laugh, move us to tears … write a fabulous, memorable nonfiction piece and you may be one of our two monthly winners. Eligible sections include: Nonfiction, Focus/Special Issue, College Essays, Heroes, Pride & Prejudice, Health, Points of View, and Sports.

Prizes

Winning articles are published in Teen Ink magazine, and contest winners receive a copy of the magazine featuring their work. Plus, they’ll have the opportunity to choose from an exciting selection of Teen Ink merchandise – apparel and other items – available exclusively through Teen Ink.

Guidelines

Teen Ink will only consider original writing by teens. Entries of all kinds are accepted – serious, funny, long or short. We like to read it all!

Submit entries through our website. All nonfiction works submitted to Teen Ink are automatically considered for the monthly contest. See our submission guidelines for more information.

Deadlines

There are no deadlines; entries are accepted throughout the year. Winning nonfiction pieces are published in Teen Ink magazine and online each month. Keep in mind if your submission has a seasonal or holiday theme, it’s best to send it in early.

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Poetry Contest

Are you inspired by Maya Angelou, e.e. cummings or Dr. Seuss? Do you love writing haiku? Do verses just run through your head? Submit your work to Teen Ink. Of all the poems published each month in Teen Ink, up to three will be selected as contest winners.

Prizes

Winning poems are published in Teen Ink magazine and contest winners receive a copy of the magazine featuring their work. Plus, they’ll have the opportunity to choose from an exciting selection of Teen Ink merchandise – apparel and other items – available exclusively from Teen Ink.

Guidelines

Teen Ink will only consider original poetry written by teens. Entries of all kinds are accepted – serious, funny, long or short.

Submit entries through our website. All poems submitted to Teen Ink are automatically considered for the Poetry Contest. See our submission guidelines for more information.

Deadlines

There are no deadlines; entries are accepted and published throughout the year.

For more contests to enter at Teen Ink, visit: http://www.teenink.com/Contests