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21 March 2021

Theatre Workshop of Owensboro (TWO) will accept original one-act plays for SUMMER SHORTS 2021, a festival of exciting new plays!

A CASH AWARD of $500 will be given for the piece voted BEST PLAY. A prize of $250 will go to the AUDIENCE FAVORITE.

To submit your play, you need to do two things.

First, send your script to, in PDF format. Include your contact information: name, address, email, and phone number in the email that accompanies your submitted script. DO NOT put this information on the cover page of your script. This will allow the reading committee to read your submission “blindly.”

Second, pay your entry fee through our ticketing system. Visit our tickets calendar page, look for “Summer Shorts 2021 SUBMISSIONS” and click Buy Tickets. From there select the event date and enter the number of scripts you will submit.
The entry fee is $20 per submission.

There is a two script limit per playwright. No more than one play per playwright will be produced.

Submissions will be accepted through March 31, 2021.

Once we have confirmed your entry fee has been paid, your script will be evaluated to assure it meets the criteria of the competition as listed below. Playwrights whose work is selected for production will be notified by April 15, 2021.
Script Criteria:

Scripts must not have been published (other than by the playwright) or performed (other than staged readings) prior to this competition.

Scripts must be no longer than 20 pages (not including title pages or character descriptions) in PDF format. Scripts must not call for more than 5 characters.

Scripts should require minimal sets and set pieces. This will be a factor in final selection for production in SUMMER SHORTS 2021.

Scripts can be of any topic or genre the playwright chooses. There are no restrictions on language or content.

1. Submit your script in PDF format to
2. Include your contact information within the email, not on your cover page.
3. Pay your submission fee: $20 per entry at our tickets calendar page.
4. You will receive confirmation of receipt of your material and payment.

We look forward to reading some exciting new works!



The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville, NC Writing Competitions

21 March 2021

Any writer may enter our contests, regardless of residence. All entries will receive comments from the judges. Authors retain all rights. The entry fee for all contests is $25, or $20 for Workshop members.
The entry fee is payable online through PayPal, check, or money order. 
The judges will pick the winners about 6 weeks after the contest deadline.
Scroll down for submission guidelines.


Awards for all contests:

1st Place: Your choice of a 2-night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B (at a “safe” future date); or 3 free workshops; or 50 pages (or 10 poems for poetry contests) line-edited and revised by our editorial staff.
2nd Place: Two free workshops; or 35 pages (or 8 poems) line-edited.
3rd Place: One free workshop; or 25 pages (or 5 poems) line-edited.
10 Honorable Mentions



Deadline: Postmarked or emailed by March 31, 2021.

Your name, address, and email should appear on the first page.
The entry fee is $25 ($20 for Workshop members) for every three poems.
Multiple entries are accepted. Each poem should not exceed two pages.
Enclose self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners.
  Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  Poetry Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805. The entry fee is also payable online at
Emailed submissions may be sent (in Word Doc) to, with “Poetry Contest” in the subject. Critiques will be emailed back, so no SASE is required.                                        


Deadline: Postmarked or emailed by June 30, 2021

Email or snail-mail a humorous story (fiction or non-fiction) of 5,000 words or less. Use of witty, dry humor is encouraged. Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, phone and title of work on the first page. Double-space, and use 12 point font. Mention if this is fiction or not.
The entry fee per story is $25/$20 Workshop members. Multiple entries are accepted.   Enclose self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:
Humor Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.
    Emailed submissions may be sent in Word doc attachment to, with “Humor Contest” in the subject.  No sase is required – comments will be emailed.  


Deadline: Postmarked or emailed by August 30, 2021

       Write about a difficult experience in your life, how you overcame this obstacle, and how you were changed by it. Winning stories will be chosen for originality and creative writing style.
Stories should not exceed 5,000 words (double-spaced, 12 point font).
Your name, address, email, phone and title of work should appear on the first page. Enclose a self-addressed, self-sealing stamped envelope for critique and list of winners, and the reading fee of $25 per entry. Multiple entries are accepted. Please make check or money order payable to Writers’ Workshop, and send to: Hard Times Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, N.C.  28805.
Emailed submissions in Word Doc may be sent to, with “Hard Times Contest” in the subject. Entry fee is payable online at


Deadline: Postmarked or emailed by September 30, 2021

Submit a short story or chapter of a novel of 5,000 words or less.  Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, phone and title of work on the first page. Double-space, and use 12 point font.
The entry fee is $25 per story. Multiple entries are accepted.   Enclose self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to: Fiction Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805. Or pay at our Registration Page.
Emailed submissions in Word Doc may be sent to, with “Fiction Contest” in the subject. Entry fee is payable at our Registration Page.


Deadline: Postmarked or emailed by December 30, 2021

Submit a memoir of 5,000 words or less.  Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, email, phone and title of work on the first page. Double-space, and use 12 point font.
The entry fee is $25 per memoir. Multiple entries are accepted.   Enclose self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners.  Please make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:
Memoirs Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.
The entry fee is also payable  at our Registration Page.
Emailed submissions may be sent in Word Doc to, with “Memoirs Contest” in the subject. Entry fee is payable at our Registration Page.

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 How to submit an entry:  


  • Email a Microsoft Word document of your entry to with “Name of contest” in the subject line.
  • Pay entry fee online at our Registration Page, or send check to The Writers’ Workshop, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC 28805.  The judges’ comments will be emailed to you.

​By mail:

  • Enclose your submission, and a SASE (self-sealing self-addressed stamped envelope) for judges’ critique and list of winners. 
  • Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  [Name of contest], The Writers’ Workshop, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.
  • If you are submitting an entry by mail, you can pay the entry fee online at our Registration Page, or enclose a check with your entry.


F(r)iction Contests – Short Story, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction

10 March 2021

Deadline: April 29, 2021
Results: Announced September 8, 2021
Prizes: Win $1,600 in Prizes!
Guest Judges: Stephen Graham Jones, Damhnait Monaghan, Emma Bolden, and Hannah Grieco
Categories: Short Story, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction

Categories are currently open for short stories up to 7,500 words, poetry (5 per submission), flash fiction (1,000 words), and creative nonfiction up to 6,000 words. This year’s guest judges are Stephen Graham Jones, Damhnait Monaghan, Emma Bolden, and Hannah Grieco.  Entry fees are as follows: Poetry ($10 for a single entry or $12 for a three-pack), Short Stories ($15), Creative Nonfiction ($15), and Flash Fiction ($12 for a three-pack). Up to $1,600 in prizes are available. 

For full Submission Guidelines, please read the information on our Submittable page carefully. And please visit our formatting guidelines page to properly format your work for submission.

To give you a bit more of a sense of what we’re about, F(r)iction is a triannual publication that boasts work from both industry legends and emerging writers. Each issue is carefully curated to evaluate an important cultural topic from vastly different perspectives. We accept short fiction, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, comics, and poetry submissions all year round, and also host contests featuring celebrity guest judges and cash prizes twice a year (each spring and fall). Every piece published in F(r)iction is also accompanied by custom artwork, making our journal a visual odyssey from cover to cover!

An insider tip for you all: We seek work that actively pushes boundaries, that forces us to question traditions and tastes. If your work takes risks, we want to read it. We like strong narratives that make us feel something and stories we haven’t seen before. To get an idea of the kind of work we look for, please check out this page from our editors detailing what we look for in our submissions.

We also strongly recommend checking out a past issue of F(r)iction before submitting to our contests to get an idea of our general publishing aesthetic. We have several pieces available online, but there’s nothing like holding a glossy, full-color issue in your hands. You can check out all of our issues in our shop.

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Imagine 2200: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors

6 March 2021


Grist’s solutions lab, Fix, is excited to announce the launch of our first-ever, free-entry, climate-fiction short story contest — Imagine 2200: Climate fiction for future ancestors. We’re dipping a toe into the world of fiction, and we want you to join us.

Grist’s mission is to make the story of a better world so irresistible, you want it right now. Our award-winning journalism has done that for the past 20 years (if we do say so ourselves). And now, with this contest, we’re embracing the opportunity to look beyond the confines of the present moment and share visions of solutions that haven’t even been dreamt up yet. Imagine 2200 draws inspiration from Afrofuturism, as well as Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, disabled, feminist, and queer futures, and the genres of hopepunk and solarpunk. We especially want to see — and share — stories that center climate solutions from the most impacted communities and bring into focus what a truly just, regenerative future could look like.

Submissions are now openFind everything you need to submit a story in our Submissions portal. We’re calling for 3,000- to 5,000-word stories that envision the next 180 years of climate progress — roughly seven generations. The winning writer will be awarded $3,000, with the second-and third-place finalists receiving $2,000 and $1,000, respectively. An additional nine finalists will each receive a $300 honorarium. Winners and finalists will be published in a stunning (trust us), immersive digital collection on Fix’s website and will be celebrated in a public-facing virtual event. Our board of expert literary judges includes authors Adrienne Maree BrownMorgan Jerkins, and Kiese Laymon.

Eager to learn more? Get answers to all of your questions here, or feel free to contact us. We’ve included some FAQs below. If you’re ready to get writing (and want to help spread the word), you can find our submissions portal here. And if you’d like to get in touch, you can reach us at

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Imagine 2200

Imagine FAQs

Q. How did this whole thing get started?

A.In the spring of 2020, Fix convened a group of climate and justice leaders for a multiday gathering. Through a visioning exercise, we collectively charted out the next 180 years of climate progress, focusing on the goal of a clean, green, and just future in the year 2200. This assembly visualized a complete societal transformation: A dissolution of political parties and borders. Reparations. The return of land to Indigenous and Black stewardship. Restorative justice replacing prisons. Granting rights to the earth and non-human kin. Food sovereignty and heirloom seeds triumphing over monoculture farming. An economy built on ecological restoration, mutual aid, and care work. The pursuit of right relationships in all our systems and designs.

Out of their visions grew the idea for a climate-fiction initiative, to lift up more voices in the climate narrative, and to breathe life into the ideas we heard.

Q. Why fiction? And what is cli-fi, anyway?

A. Fiction gives us an opportunity to imagine the world we want to live in, in a way that journalism doesn’t. Our hope is that the stories presented in the Imagine 2200 collection will inspire, delight, and motivate readers to take action to make elements of those worlds a reality.

Although it has deep roots, climate-fiction (cli-fi) has been coming into its own as a genre over the past several years. (In fact, with the state our planet’s in, it’s been posited that any stories that don’t consider the fate of the climate will soon start to look pretty otherworldly.) Fix is getting in the game to offer cli-fi that’s hopeful, intersectional, and grounded in justice.

Q. Is there a cost to enter the contest?

A. Zero dollars!

Q. Who can submit? Are there any restrictions on age, geography, etc.?

A. Writers need to be at least 18 years old to submit to Imagine 2200. (Sorry, kiddos.) The contest is open to folks anywhere in the world, though stories do need to be written primarily in English. And we are accepting coauthored submissions — each author should fill out the eligibility form independently, but there’s a space to note if you’re submitting a joint effort. If a coauthored piece makes it into the final collection, each author will be credited and the prize money will be split.

Q. Will authors keep the rights to their stories?

A. Grist retains the first serial rights to publish, produce, reproduce, distribute, and market the 12 final stories accepted to the Imagine 2200 collection. All remaining rights will revert back to the authors upon publication. And if the story gets published elsewhere after the contest, we’ll just ask for a credit line indicating that the work first appeared in Grist and Fix’s Imagine 2200 collection.

Q. OK, I’m in! How do I submit a story, and how can I help spread the word?

A. Head right here. If you’d like to receive regular updates from us and help get the word out to infinity and beyond, drop us a note at

Q. Does my story need to be set in the year 2200?

A. Nah. We’d be just as happy to see your visions for amazing, just, and regenerative worlds in 2136 or 2098. Or some unspecified time (as long as it’s in the future). You could even show us a snapshot of the real work and struggle that will be needed in the near-er future to get us on the right path to 2200 — because we know it’s going to take real work and struggle.

Q. TBH, I’m not that hopeful about the future of the planet. Can my story be grimdark and apocalyptic?

A. Why would you want to make us sad? Jokes aside, we’re not asking anyone to feign optimism or paint a rosy, pollyannaish picture of a conflict-free climate utopia. But our name is Fix, after all, and we are a solutions lab. We’re not likely to publish any stories about a planet that burns and a future that sucks.

Q. Can my story include supernatural or fantastical elements?

A. Sure! We will be judging stories in part based on the rigor of environmental, scientific, historical, and/or cultural background that goes into them. But we’re open to magical realism, spiritual elements, and supernatural twists, especially where they’re culturally significant. Just please refrain from going full Star Wars or Game of Thrones, OK?

Q. I love this!

A.Thanks! Us, too. For more complete guidelines and criteria, head on over to our submissions portal. We can’t wait to read your story!

Last call! Daphne Du Maurier Awards for Mystery and Suspense 2021

6 March 2021

Deadline: March 15, 2021

The Kiss of Death chapter of RWA is proud to announce the Daphne Du Maurier Awards for Mystery and Suspense is now open for entries. This year we are accepting unpublished manuscripts and novels published in 2019 and 2020 in six categories:

  • Short Romantic Mystery/Suspense: works with a central romance that have a word count of 40k-65k. 
  • Long Romantic Mystery/Suspense: works with a central romance that have a word count of 65k and above. 
  • Historical Romantic Mystery/Suspense: works with a central romance set in a time that predates the end of World War II. 
  • Inspirational Romantic Mystery/Suspense: works in which any religious or spiritual beliefs form a significant part of the story and could not be removed without damaging the storyline. 
  • Paranormal (PTTF) Romantic Mystery/Suspense: works with a central romance and in which paranormal, time travel, and/or futuristic elements play a significant role.
  • Mainstream Mystery/Suspense: any work where the mystery/suspense is the main plot. Entries in the Mainstream Mystery/Suspense category may contain only minor elements of romance or none at all.

The contest provides helpful feedback by trained judges. Winning or placing in the competition adds a boost to the entrant’s writing career. 

DEADLINE: We are accepting entries until March 15, 2021. But don’t wait! When categories reach their cap, they will be closed.   


For details, rules, past winners and sample score sheets, visit 

If you have entered or judged previously, you can log in to your profile on the contest site:
CALL FOR JUDGES Authors – we are also looking for first-round judges. Training is provided. Once you log in, click the Judges button and fill in your preferences. You do not have to be a member of RWA to judge. 
If you have any questions about the contest, contact

Stay as safe as you can,
Raimey, Daphne du Maurier Awards Contest Committee

Raimey Gallant

Emerging Writer’s Contest 2021

6 March 2021

Deadline: May 15, 2021 at noon EST.

The Emerging Writer’s Contest is now open.

Since 1971, Ploughshares has been committed to promoting the work of up-and-coming writers. Over the years, Ploughshares has helped launch the careers of great writers like Edward P. Jones, Sue Miller, Mona Simpson, Tim O’Brien, and many more. 

In the spirit of the journal’s founding mission, the Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest recognizes work by an emerging writer in each of three genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. One winner in each genre per year will receive $2,000 and publication in the literary journal.  We consider authors “emerging” if they haven’t published or self-published a book.

To submit, see our guidelines below. The 2021 contest judges are Kiley Reid (Fiction), Paige Lewis (Poetry) and Paul Lisicky (Nonfiction). The winners will also receive a conversation with our partnering literary agency, Aevitas Creative Management, regarding their work and writing careers.

The Emerging Writer’s Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book. Read past winners of the contest here

We award publication, $2,000, review from Aevitas Creative Management, and a 1-year subscription for one winner in each of the three genres. Submit to the Emerging Writer’s Contest through our submission manager. You must be logged in to access our submission manager.

The 2021 contest judges are Kiley Reid (Fiction), Paige Lewis (Poetry) and Paul Lisicky (Nonfiction). 


The winning story, essay, and poems from the 2021 contest will be published in the Winter 2021-22 issue ofPloughshares. 


You are eligible if you:

  • Have yet to publish a book (including eBooks, translations, books in other languages/countries, self-published works, and poetry chapbooks with a print run of more than 300).
  • Have no book forthcoming before April 15, 2022.
  • Are not affiliated with Emerson College or with Ploughshares as a contributing author, volunteer screener, intern, student, staff member, or faculty member.
  • Will not have a relationship with Emerson before April 15, 2022 (example: if there is a chance you will attend the Emerson MFA program in the coming year or if your work has been accepted for publication for an upcoming issue).


Deadline: May 15, 2021 at noon EST. We will announce the winners in mid-September of 2021. 

Fiction and Nonfiction: Under 6,000 words
Poetry: 3-5 pages

Submit one entry per year via our online submission manager. 

  • No entries via email or mail will be considered for the contest.
  • Submitted work must be original and previously unpublished in any form.
  • For poetry, we will be reading both for the strongest individual poem and the general level of work, and may choose to publish one, some, or all of the winner’s submitted poems.
  • International submissions welcome.
  • We cannot accomodate revisions once a manuscript has been submitted. 
  • Cover letters are not necessary. Please remove all identifying information from your submission as they will be read anonymously. 

Simultaneous vs. Multiple Submissions
We only consider one submission per author for the duration of the contest, regardless of genre. Simultaneous submissions to other journals are fine as long as we are notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere via email ( or our online contact form. 

Entry Fee

If you are a current subscriber through our Winter 2021-2022 issue, your contest entry is free of charge. You will still be prompted to “checkout” but you will not be required to enter payment information and will not be charged. If you’re not sure when your subscription expires, feel free to email us at

If you are not a subscriber, or your subscription expires before our Winter 2021-2022 issue, the submission manager will prompt you to pay the $24 fee at checkout. The fee includes a 1-year subscription to Ploughshares (beginning with the Spring 2021 issue and ending with the Winter 2021-2022 issue) and free submissions to the 2020 regular reading period. 

If you are an international submitter, please be in touch via email for more information about this process. 

Submit to the Emerging Writer’s Contest through our submission manager.

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