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Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2017

7 May 2017

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’s worth telling everyone! And welcome to all, having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00. All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com

Guidelines:

Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, 5 pages maximum length, on any subject or theme; fiction, nonfiction or creative non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: August 15, 2017

All contest winners will be announced on October 16, 2017

Prizes:

Writing First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.

Poetry First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.

Entry fees:

$10 per story, $5 per poem.

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your 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!

 

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One

THE EIGHTH ANNUAL GeminiMAGAZINE SHORT STORY CONTEST

4 March 2017

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Gemini Magazine $1,000 Short Story Prize

FIRST PRIZE: $1,000
SECOND PRIZE: $100
HONORABLE MENTIONS (3): $25 each
Entry fee: $5

Deadline: March 31, 2017

All five finalists will be published online in the June 2017 Issue of Gemini.

We have no rules on content. We are open to ANY subject, writing style, genre or length. Stories must be unpublished but work displayed on personal blogs is eligible.

All entries are read blind—without the authors’ names or any identifying information. We delete this information when forwarding pieces to staff readers so all they see are the title and body of the story. Who can enter? Anyone from around the world. This is our eighth annual short story contest and both new and experienced writers have won the top prize. All three dozen previous winners and finalists may be read online.

PANNING FOR GOLD: HOW THE SELECTION PROCESS WORKS

We get a lot of entries and don’t want to miss any stories that might be potential winners. So here’s how our selection process works: On the first go-round, we break the entries down into two categories: MAYBE and NO. We read each one with an open mind, and if there’s a spark or something that even remotely captures a staff reader’s interest, we put it into the MAYBE pile. For emailed entries, we do this by clicking “Flag for Follow-up.” So what happens if we’re not sure? We click “Mark as Unread” and this entry gets a second chance too.

Snail mailed entries that show promise get a check mark on the back of the envelope. Those that don’t pique our interest get an X. Any undecideds go back into the initial pile for another read. We don’t call this a slush pile. We call it a gold mine.

At last the final story or poem has been read. Now comes the truly fun part because just about any piece we open in the second round will be good. We’re more at ease to enjoy the writing and fall into the world that it creates.

Every single piece that’s been flagged or checked gets another read. If an emailed entry doesn’t make this cut, we clear the flag. If a paper entry doesn’t survive, the check mark gets turned into an X.

At this point, the special pieces have started to rise. The ground starts to rumble. Tension and electricity fill the atmosphere and much discussion is generated. Friends, acquaintances—even complete strangers—are likely to hear a synopsis or a quote. In a way, the world becomes the judge.

By the third or fourth round, we are down to a short list of perhaps a dozen or so stories and it is time to pick the winners. But wait! Just to be sure and fair (and perhaps because the editor is a bit obsessive), we randomly go through many of the NO entries and take another look.

This is how Beverly Akerman’s wonderful story “Pie” was discovered in our first Flash Fiction Contest. It hadn’t been flagged or even marked as unread. But we gave it another look and it leaped to the top when we realized it wasn’t just about a recipe for pie; rather, it showed us a woman who swore she would never again bake her son’s favorite rhubarb pie—or any other pie—until he returned from war.

So here at Gemini, we’re very happy that nearly every entry gets a second look—and a second chance.

What are you waiting for? As Stephen King put it, “The scariest moment is always just before you start.”

Enter at www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html.

Be A Hero Contest – 2017

28 February 2017

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Deadline: May 29, 2017

(midnight – Eastern Standard Time (EST))

At this precarious time in the United States, we need people to be heroes. This isn’t a battle between Republicans and Democrats. This is a battle between right and wrong. And we need heroes who are willing to fight for what is right—across this country and around the world.

In that spirit, we invite you to write a story about a hero in 50 words or fewer. (You can use a title, if you choose, which doesn’t go into the word count.) It should be about someone who fought for the right thing in a way that called for courage and commitment. This can be a personal story about, say, your father rescuing you when you were lost in the woods, or a public story about, say, Rosa Parks not moving to the back of the bus. It could also be a made-up story, even an artful retelling of a favorite, such as Erin Brockovich or A Tale of Two Cities.

We will send the winning entry to each of the 100 U.S. senators and the 435 members of the House of Representatives, along with an entreaty for them to be heroes, protecting our country by standing up for what is obviously right, despite any political risk.

Also, the winner gets a free Gotham class of his or her choosing.

We will broadcast this contest as far and wide as we possibly can, hoping to inspire people everywhere to be heroes.

The Details:

  • Submit a 50-word story about a hero
  • Entry must consist of no more than 50 words. Longer entries will be disregarded.
  • You may use a title, though it’s not essential. But it won’t go into your word count.
  • Entries must be submitted online by midnight – Eastern, May 29, 2017.
  • Only online entries will be accepted.
  • Entry is free. Limit one entry per person.
  • Entry must be original and unpublished.
  • Entries will be judged on originality, quality, spelling, and grammar.
  • Gotham will post the winning entry at GothamWriters.com and send it to all members of the U.S. Congress.
  • The winner will be notified by June 28, 2017.

How to enter, visit the website:

https://www.writingclasses.com/contest/be-a-hero

F(r)iction’s Winter 2017 Literary Contests

10 February 2017

Contest Submissions


TBL is pleased to announce the F(r)iction Winter Literary Competition. There are four submission categories: 1) creative nonfiction ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 2) short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 3) flash fiction with a word limit of 750 words, and 4) poetry no longer than three pages. Winners of the contest will be published in a future issue of F(r)iction alongside stunning original artwork from TBL’s talented team of artists. F(r)iction is dedicated to publishing the best writing of all kinds, and we encourage submissions that push boundaries and take risks in genre, plot, and style.

The Winter 2017 contests are now open for submissions! 

Creative Nonfiction Contest 

The winner of our creative nonfiction contest will be awarded $500.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.
Criteria: Any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words.
Fees: $10.00 USD entry fee for each submission.

DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2017

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Short Story Contest

The winner of our short story contest will be awarded $1,000.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.
Criteria: Any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words.
Fees: $15.00 USD entry fee for each submission.

DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2017

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Flash Fiction Contest

The winner of our flash fiction contest will be awarded $300.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.
Criteria: Any genre with a word limit of 750 words.
Fees: $8.00 per entry, or three entries for $12.00.

DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2017

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Poetry Contest

The winner of our poetry contest will be awarded $300.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.

Criteria: Any genre or form, three pages or less per poem.
Fees: $8.00 per entry, or three entries for $12.00.

DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2017

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Winter 2017 Judges:
Simon Tolkien, renowned author and grandson of THE J.R.R., will be judging short story submissions. Bryn Greenwood, author of the gorgeous debut All the Ugly and Wonderful Things (which won second place in the Goodreads Choice Awards for fiction), will select the winning flash fiction. Linda Pastan, legendary American poet, is our poetry judge. And Sarah Hepola—New York Times bestselling author of the memoir Blackout—will be judging TBL’s first ever nonfiction contest!

Submission Guidelines: Please visit our formatting guidelines page to properly format your work for submission. Staff members are not eligible for participation. Any work previously submitted to TBL for publication is not eligible if the piece received free edits from our team.

We strongly recommend checking out an issue of F(r)iction to get an idea of our aesthetic. You can do so at the TBL Store.

Notes: Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify TBL as soon as possible if your work is selected for publication elsewhere—work must be previously unpublished to be eligible for publication in F(r)iction. We encourage writers to submit as many stories as they wish. All stories will be considered for publication in F(r)iction Series, our triannual print journal.

Our judges also reserve the right not to award a winner in any category if submissions do not meet our standards of publication.

Tethered by Letters reserves the right to discuss contest entries, finalists, and winners in the Untethered Podcast.

Other Categories: Please visit our submissions page for more ways to submit your work to TBL for possible publication and learn about our free-editing policy for work submitted to our journal.

#Blink! TBL’s Twitter Contest

TBL is excited to announce a new Twitter contest!
If you think you can tell a story in 140 characters or fewer, we want to hear from you!

Every two weeks an acclaimed judge will choose the winning story. The winner will receive a free digital copy of F(r)iction, and potential publication of the Tweet in a future issue of F(r)iction.

Don’t blink, or you’ll miss it! Tweet your tiny narratives using the hashtag #BlinkTBL, and be sure to check the @TethrdByLettrs and @FrictionSeries Twitter pages for start dates, deadlines, and judging info!

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

https://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest/

 

The Writers’ Workshop Hard Times Writing Contest

10 February 2017

Deadline: Postmarked by May 30, 2017. 

AWARDS:

1ST PLACE: Choice of a 2-night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B, 3 free workshops, or 50 pages (or 10 poems)
line-edited and revised by our editorial staff

2nd PLACE: Choice of a 1-night stay at our B&B, 2 free workshops, or 35 pages (or 8 poems) line-edited

3rd PLACE: Choice of 1 free workshop, or 25 pages (or 5 poems) line-edited

Up to 10 Honorable Mentions

  •  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 be previously unpublished, and should not exceed 5,000 words (double-spaced, 12 point font).
  • Your name, address, email and title of work should appear on a separate cover sheet. The entry fee per submission is $25 ($20 for Workshop members).
  • Multiple entries are accepted.
  • Enclose legal size self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Do not use Fedex, certified mail, etc.
  • Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  Hard Times Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.
  • Emailed submission may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with “Hard Times Contest” in the subject. Entry fee is payable online.

ENTER HERE:  http://www.twwoa.org/entercontest.html

Dangerous Creations: Real-life Frankenstein Stories

12 January 2017

Deadline: March 20, 2017

In the summer of 1816, in response to a challenge from friends to write the most terrifying possible ghost story, the young Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley dreamed up the story of a young scientist and his monstrous creation. The “Frankenstein monster” has fascinated the imagination ever since.

In conjunction with the ASU Frankenstein Bicentennial Project, Creative Nonfiction magazine is daring writers (as Mary Shelley was dared in Geneva) to write original and groundbreaking stories in the spirit of Frankenstein—but nonfiction. That is to say, we’re looking for true stories that explore humans’ efforts to control and redirect nature, the evolving relationships between humanity and science/technology, and contemporary interpretations of monstrosity.

Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element and reach beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. We’re open to a broad range of interpretations of the “Frankenstein” theme, with the understanding that all works submitted must tell true stories and be factually accurate. Above all, we’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice.

Creative Nonfiction editors and a judge (to be announced) will award $10,000 and publication for Best Essay and two $2,500 prizes and publication for runners-up. All essays will be considered for publication in the winter 2018 issue of the magazine.

Guidelines:  Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. There is a $20 reading fee, waived for current subscribers. You can also submit and become a subscriber, extend your subscription, or give a gift subscription by submitting $25 to include a 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction (US addresses only). Multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay) as are entries from outside the United States (though due to shipping costs we cannot offer the subscription deal).

A note about fact-checking: Essays accepted for publication in Creative Nonfiction undergo a rigorous fact-checking process. To the extent your essay draws on research and/or reportage (and it should, at least to some degree), editors will ask you to send documentation of your sources and to help with the fact-checking process. We do not require that citations be submitted with essays, but you may find it helpful to keep a file of your essay that includes footnotes and/or a bibliography.

You may submit essays online or by regular mail:

By regular mail:

Postmark deadline March 20, 2017

Please send manuscript, accompanied by cover letter with complete contact information including the title of the essay and word count; SASE or email for response; and payment to:

Creative Nonfiction
Attn: Frankenstein
5119 Coral Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Online:

Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm Eastern Time, March 20, 2017

How to enter:

https://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/dangerous-creations-real-life-frankenstein-stories

Upload submissions here >>

Last call! WOMEN’S NATIONAL BOOK ASSOCIATION – WRITING CONTEST

3 January 2017

Deadline January 15, 2017

$15 – $20 ENTRY FEE.
First place winners receive $250. There will be four awards in each category: 1, 2, 3, and Honorable Mention. All four winners will be published in a special Contest Edition of the WNBA’s National Newsletter, The Bookwoman. Fiction: 3,000-word maximum length, no theme required. Creative Nonfiction/ Memoir: 2,500 word maximum. Poetry: three to five pages of poetry (double-spaced).

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

https://wnba.submittable.com/submit

Last Call! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Winter 2016 – 2017

3 January 2017

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’s worth telling everyone! And welcome to all, having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00. All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com

Guidelines:

Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, 5 pages maximum length, on any subject or theme; fiction, nonfiction or creative nonfiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Deadline: January 31, 2017

Note: All postmarked and electronic entries are accepted now until January 31, 2017 – 11:59 PM, CST.

All contest winners will be announced on March 26, 2017

Prizes:

Writing First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.

Poetry First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.

Entry fees:

$10 per story, $5 per poem.

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your 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!

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One

EVENT 2017 Non-Fiction Contest

2 January 2017

Genre: Creative Non-Fiction.

Prize: $1,500 in prizes plus publication in EVENT. EVENT reserves the right to award the prize money as it sees fit (e.g.,  two prizes valued at $750, three at $500, or one at $1000 and one at $500, etc.) in accordance with the judge’s decision. Published entries will be paid our standard publication payment in addition to any prize money.

Cost: $34.95 per entry; includes a one-year subscription to EVENT and all applicable taxes and shipping—a great deal!

Deadline: April 15, 2017 (postmarked or submitted online)

Three Ways to Submit:

  1. Use our online submission form
  2. Email entries to event@douglascollege.ca (Subject: Non-Fiction Contest Entry) and pay the entry fee on our buy page via PayPal.
  3. Send your manuscript, along with a cheque or international money order, payable to EVENT, to the address below. (American entrants please pay in US dollars.)

EVENT
Non-Fiction Contest
PO Box 2503, New Westminster, BC
Canada, V3L 5B2

Rules

  • 5,000 word limit on entries.
  • Entries must not have been previously published, either in print or online, been accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • No simultaneous submissions.
  • Do not identify yourself on the entry.
  • If not using our online submission form, include a separate cover sheet with name, address, phone number / email, and title(s).
  • Multiple entries are allowed; however, each entry must be accompanied by its own $34.95 entry fee.
  • If already subscribed to EVENT, you will receive a one-year extension.
  • Entries will not be returned.
  • If entrants wish feedback and commentary on manuscripts, please check out our Reading Service for Writers.
  • Preliminary judging is done by the Editor and editorial assistants at EVENT.
  • Douglas College students, employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter. Douglas College students may enter two years after completing courses.
  • Entries must be postmarked or submitted online by April 15.
  • Contest results are posted on our website and through social media in August. The winning entries and judge’s essay are published in the December issue of EVENT.
  • For more information, contact us at event@douglascollege.ca or 604-527-5293.

37th Annual High School Writing Contest

3 December 2016

37th Annual High School Writing Contest

Deadline:

12/11/16

Prizes in Each Category

  • 1st-$100
  • 2nd-$50
  • 3rd-$25

All Finalists will receive a Certificate of Honorable Mention
All Winners will be considered for publication in Venture, Rider’s literary magazine

Categories

  • ESSAY: Write a personal essay, labeled ESSAY, on a topic of your choice of no more than five double-spaced, typed pages.
  • FICTION: Write a short story, labeled FICTION, of no more than five double-spaced, typed pages.
  • POETRY: Write a poem of no more than 50 lines.

Rules

  1. Type on the entry:
    Your Name and address
    Grade
    Teacher’s Name
    School Name and address
  2. Include a letter from a teacher stating that the work is original and by you.
  3. Entries must be typed.  Handwritten entries will not be read.  Stories and essays must be double-spaced.  Single-spaced prose will not be read.  Please give your story, essay and or poem a title.
  4. Only one entry per category will be considered.  Choose your best writing and send only one.
  5. Mail your entry postmarked no later than December 11, 2016 to:
    Dr. Roberta Clipper
    English Department
    Rider University
    2083 Lawrenceville Road
    Lawrenceville, NJ  08648

Entries cannot be returned.  Winners will be announced by May 2017.
Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish to receive a list of winners.

GOOD LUCK!

VISIT THE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS: 

http://www.rider.edu/academics/colleges-schools/college-liberal-arts-education-sciences/liberal-arts-programs/english/annual-high-school-writing-contest

2017 Past-Year Memoir Contest

1 December 2016
Gotham invites you to look back at 2016 and write about it. 
Specifically, we want you to tell us a true story from your life in 2016…in only 16 words. (You can use a title, but that will count toward your word limit.)
We want a personal story from your life, which can be hilarious, heartbreaking, puzzling, uplifting, or just plain strange. Look for something intriguing, perhaps something with emotional or intellectual resonance. It’s fine if you want to include current events from the year, as long as it’s mostly about you, or how you feel about it.
Whoever writes the 16-word memoir that most captivates us will win a free Gotham class of his or her choosing.
Entries must be submitted online by midnight Eastern Time, February 20, 2017
Visit our website to submit yours:  www.gothamwriters.com/contest/past-year

Last call for entries! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2016

19 July 2016

Attention: The contest deadline has been extended! All entries must be submitted via postal mail or electronically by August 18, 2016 – 11:59PM – Central Standard Time (CST).

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’s worth telling everyone! And welcome to all, having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00. All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com

Guidelines:

Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, 5 pages maximum length, on any subject or theme; fiction, nonfiction or creative nonfiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Extended deadline: August 18, 2016, 11:59PM, CST.

All contest winners will be announced on October 9, 2016

Prizes:

Writing First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.

Poetry First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.

Entry fees:

$10 per story, $5 per poem.

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your 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!

 

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One

Creative Nonfiction Contest

13 July 2016

How We Teach

Deadline: August 29, 2016

We’re currently seeking submissions for our “How We Teach” issue, which will go to print in the spring of 2017. We’re looking for original essays—compelling, true stories rich with scene, character, detail, and a distinctive voice—that give insight into what it means to teach.

For the spring 2017 issue of Creative Nonfiction magazine, we’re looking for original essays about teaching—whether in a traditional classroom or online; in summer camp or college; in preschool or in a prison; in the woods or in a workshop.

We welcome personal stories as well as profiles, and we’re open to a very wide range of experiences and circumstances. Above all, we are looking for narratives—true stories, rich with scene, character, detail, and a distinctive voice—that give insight into what it means to teach.

Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1,000 for best essay and $500 for runner-up, and all essays submitted will be considered for publication.

Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. All essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate. Everything we publish goes through a rigorous fact-checking process; editors may ask for sources and citations.

There is a $20 reading fee, waived for current Creative Nonfiction subscribers. You can also submit and become a subscriber, extend your subscription, or give a gift subscription by submitting $25 to include a 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction(US addresses only). Multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay) as are entries from outside the United States (though due to shipping costs we cannot offer the subscription deal).

You may submit essays online or by regular mail:

By regular mail:
Postmark deadline Monday, August 29, 2016.
Please send manuscript and reading fee, accompanied by cover letter with complete contact information including the title of the essay and word count; and SASE or email for response:

Creative Nonfiction
Attn: How We Teach
5119 Coral Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Online:

Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm EST August 29, 2016

You can view our call for submissions to the “How We Teach” issue here, and our complete guide to (and list of) submissions here.

Upload submissions here >>

Current Creative Nonfiction subscribers, upload submissions here >>

OR upload and renew your subscription here >>

 

Visit the website:  https://www.creativenonfiction.org/

Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2016 – less than one month to go

1 July 2016

Set up in 2009 to support emerging writers in competitive times,

the NWP has been successful in helping to boost the confidence of

creative voices of all ages and from all around the world.

Supported by renowned names in world literature, including Brian

Chikwava, Colin Grant, Maya Jaggi, Jackie Kay, Tabish Khair,

Toby Litt and Blake Morrison, we are delighted to have Diran Adebayo,

Imtiaz Dharker and Vesna Goldsworthy as this year’s judges,

with Wasafiri’s Founding Editor Susheila Nasta.

The prize welcomes submissions in three categories,

Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing,

HOW TO ENTER

The competition is open to anyone who has not published a complete book in the category entered. We welcome submissions in one of three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing.

Simply fill in anentry form and send it to us with your entry and fee of UK Sterling £6.00 if entering one category, £10.00 for two and £15.00 for three categories (please see the terms and conditions).

The closing date is 5:00pm GMT, on 15 July 2016. Entrants who are visually impaired or who are prevented from typing through disability can enter their work on audio CD.

PRIZES

£300 will be awarded to the winner of each category and the work will be published in Wasafiri.

JUDGES

Susheila Nasta MBE (Chair) Founding Editor of Wasafiri and Emeritus Professor of Modern Literature at the Open University.

Diran Adebayo Named ‘one of the Best Young Novelists’ in 2002, Adebayo is also a cultural critic, academic and journalist.

Imtiaz Dharker World-renowned prize-winning poet, Dharker also works as an artist and film-maker.

Vesna Goldsworthy Award-winning writer, former BBC World Service journalist and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.

and is open until 5pm GMT on Friday, 15 July 2016.

Further details are at: www.wasafiri.org/wasafiri-new-writing-prize.asp

Introducing Our Next Short Story Contest!‏ Lesson Learned

1 July 2016

School may be out for the summer, but The Writer is still looking to learn a thing or two. Our latest short story contest is about education in all forms: life lessons, coming-of-age lessons, lessons learned the hard way. Whether your character is steeped in academia or getting educated at the School of Hard Knocks, we want to see them at the brink of change – and about to learn a lesson they’ll never forget.

 

Deadline: August 31st, 2016

Grand prize: $1,000 and publication in our magazine

Word count: 2,000 words or less

Other prizes: Our second-place winner will receive $500 and publication on our website, writermag.com; our third-place winner will receive $250 and publication on writermag.com as well.  

Not the writing contest for you? Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to hear when we launch a new one. 

 

Guidelines:

• The submission deadline is midnight eastern time on August 31, 2016.

• The entry fee is $25 (including processing fees).

• We encourage you to submit multiple stories – for a discounted entry fee of $15. All entries must be submitted on the same transaction in order to get the discounted rate. The first submission will be $25 and each additional submission (up to 5 per transaction) will be $15.

• You may enter simultaneously submitted work.

• Please remove your name, bio and any contact info from the file that you submit – including title page, header and footer.

• A blind reading of all entries will be conducted by the editorial staff of The Writer.

• $1,000 and publication in the December 2016 issue will be awarded to the winner. The runner-up will receive $500 and publication on writermag.com. Third place winner will receive $250 and publication on writermag.com.

• Close friends and colleagues (current & former) of the The Writer staff and Madavor Media are not eligible to compete.

• All submissions must be submitted via our online submission form manager. We will not accept mail or email submissions. 

• All submissions must be previously unpublished.

• Entry fees are non-refundable.

• International (non-US) writers are welcome to submit. 

• Must be 18 years or older to enter.

How to submit, visit: https://writermag.submittable.com/submit/61113

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2016

13 June 2016

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’s worth telling everyone! And welcome to all, having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00. All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com

Guidelines:

Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, 5 pages maximum length, on any subject or theme; fiction, nonfiction or creative nonfiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: August 17, 2016

All contest winners will be announced on October 9, 2016

Prizes:

Writing First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.

Poetry First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.

Entry fees:

$5 per poem, $10 per story

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your 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!

 

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One

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

I MUST BE OFF CONTEST

20 May 2016

2016 Travel Writing Contest — Submissions are Open!

It’s that time of year again: time to type up those travel articles, travel anecdotes and travel reflections. If it’s about travel, we want to read it. We want to read about that place that changed you.We want to read about the experiences you can’t wait to share with other travelers. Whether your work is humorous, informative, quirky or profound–we want to read it.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Maximum 1200 words
  • Edited to the best of your ability for spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Up to three photos may be submitted with your entry. Photos not necessary to win.
  • Previously unpublished work only! Blog posts are considered published (and I research all finalists).
  • No entry fee. Yes, that’s right. You have nothing to lose.
  • Open to anyone worldwide, but you need (access to) a PayPal account
  • Entries must be in English
  • One entry per person
  • Deadline for submissions: July 31, 2016
  • Send entries with a 50-word third-person bio to christopher@imustbeoff.com with the heading TRAVEL WRITING CONTEST. Entries will be read blind by this year’s judge and travel writer, Paola Fornari. It is not necessary to delete identifying information from your entry. If your name appears anywhere, it will be removed before it’s forwarded to the judge.
  • Word doc, docx and rtf files only. 
  • Finalists announced in August 2016. Winners announced and published in late summer 2016.

The Prizes: 

  • The Top essays will be published at I Must Be Off! (Authors retain copyright.)
  • Second place prize: $50
  • First place prize: $200
  • Readers’ Choice Award ($50) based on unique hits and comments tallied on September 30, 2016.

Good luck and happy writing!

I must be off,
Christopher

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Christopher Allen is the author of Conversations with S. Teri O’Type (a Satire), an episodic adult cartoon about a man struggling with expectations. Allen’s writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Eclectica Magazine’s 20th-Anniversary Best of Speculative anthology, Indiana Review, Night Train, Quiddity, SmokeLong Quarterly: the Best of the First Ten Years anthology, Prime Number Magazine, [PANK] blog, Necessary Fiction, Word Riot, Bootsnall Travel, Chicken Soup for the Soul and lots of other good places. A finalist at Glimmer Train in 2011, Allen has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize twice.

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Previous Winners and Placers:

“A Leaf on the Wind” by Joel Hindson
“Burning My Boots in Cabo Fisterra” by Gabriella Brand
Discovering Hến Rice in Central Việt Nam” by Chris Galvin
“Oh, Calcutta” by Paola Fornari
“The Scarlet Mile” by Gillian Brown
“Bodrum, Turkey’s San Tropez” by Jack Scott
“The Children of Chitwan, Nepal” by Hannah Thompson-Yates
“God’s Own Country” by Saahil Acharya

    

      Pictured above: The 2016 Judge — Paola Fornari

Travel writer Paola Fornari was born on Ukerewe Island in Lake Victoria, Tanzania. She has lived in a dozen countries over four continents, speaks five and a half languages, dabbles in several others, and describes herself as an expatriate sine patria. In every new posting, her curiosity leads her to explore every corner of her host country, and experience as much ‘real life’ as she can.

Her travel and lifestyle articles have appeared extensively online, and in print magazines as diverse as Cycling World, Practical Fishkeeping The Oldie andThe Buenos Aires Herald.

She has judged several writing competitions, and was co-judge in Expatclic’s prestigious Travel Reflections competition in 2013.

In 2013 she won the Senior Travel Expert travel writing competition, and was third in the Go Walkabout competition.

Her relationship with I Must be Off goes back a long way. Apart from having several interviews published on the site, she was highly commended in the first I Must be Off travel essay contest in 2013, and won in 2014.

She recently moved from Dhaka, Bangladesh, to Accra, Ghana.

Visit the website:  http://www.imustbeoff.com/p/blog-page.html

UNDER THE GUM TREE CONTEST

20 May 2016

UNDER THE GUM TREE CONTEST

$20 ENTRY FEE.
The theme of this contest is (un)seen/(un)heard. For this contest, we are particularly interested in true stories, articulated in any form (straight-ahead narrative, lyric, modular, etc.), that invite us as readers and people into a space, experience, examination, or contemplation that brings us closer to our raw, complex, and varied humanity/ies, and challenges us to deeper authenticity with ourselves and fuller empathy toward others.

Deadline June 30, 2016.

Limit 5,000 words. One winner will receive a modest $300 (and more, if submission fees permit!), publication in our January 2017 issue, and a one-year subscription to keep or gift.

Visit the website:  http://www.underthegumtree.com/contest

Narrative Magazine is Seeking iStories and iPoems

25 April 2016

iStory Guidelines

OUR IPHONE APPLICATION places the magazine’s complete contents for free at the touch of a button on your iPhone, iPad, or Touch. Now you can take all of Narrative’s stories, poems, cartoons, and audio and video files with you anywhere.

Our App is FREE and contains a state-of-the-art eReader that’s easy and a pleasure to use. The App is currently available for download directly from Apple’s App Store.
To celebrate the launch of the App, we’ve created a new genre—the iStory—and we’re inviting submissions for publication both in the magazine and on the iPad, iPhone, and Touch.

THE GUIDELINES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

An iStory is a short, dramatic narrative, fiction or nonfiction, up to 150 words long. We are particularly interested in works that give readers a strong sense of having read a full and complete story in a brief space.

Payment: We will pay $100 for each iStory accepted for publication.

Submission Fee: There is a $22 fee for each submission. And with your submission, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.

Formatting Your Manuscript: Your manuscripts should be in 12-point type, with at least one-inch margins, and double-spaced. Your name, address, telephone number, and email address should be typed at the top of the first page. You may also include a brief biographical note with your submission.

Other Submission Categories: In addition to the iStory category, please review our other Submission Categories for areas that may be right for you work.
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iPoem Guidelines

OUR IPHONE APPLICATION places the magazine’s complete contents for free at the touch of a button on your iPhone and iPad. Now you can take all ofNarrative’s stories, poems, cartoons, and audio and video files with you anywhere.

Our App is FREE and contains a state-of-the-art eReader that’s easy and a pleasure to use. The App is available for download directly from Apple’sApp Store on your iPhone, iPad, or Touch.
With the launch of the App, we created a new poetic form—the iPoem—and we’re inviting submissions for publication both in the magazine and on the iPhone.

THE GUIDELINES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

An iPoem is a short poem that will fit within no more than two screens on the iPhone. An iPoem may be up to 150 words long. However, we favor iPoems that can be read in a single screen, which would be a poem of about forty words, allowing space for title and byline.
Just as the advent of the typewriter both limited and enhanced the form of poetry, the new media are making an impact on the form and how readers experience it. So, without establishing specific formal criteria for the iPoem, other than length, we are nonetheless interested in seeing works that indicate the poet’s awareness of how the new media affect, for instance, the line in poetry. We favor works that demonstrate an awareness of and interest in prosody.
Payment: We will pay $50 for each iPoem accepted for publication.
Submission Fee: There is a $20 fee for each submission. A submission may include up to four iPoems. With your submission, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.
Formatting Your Manuscript: Your manuscripts should be in 12-point type, with at least one-inch margins, and double-spaced. Your name, address, telephone number, and email address should be typed at the top of the first page. You may also include a brief biographical note with your submission.
Other Submission Categories: In addition to the iPoem category, please review our other Submission Categories for areas that may be right for you work.
Visit the website: http://www.narrativemagazine.com/

The Norman Mailer Center and the National Council of Teachers of English are pleased to offer writing awards for both students and teachers.

25 April 2016

Award Submissions

Guidelines:The writing you upload must include a title, your name, and page numbers within your file. Use a plain, common, and easily readable font, such as Times New Roman, 11- or 12-point. Accepted file types: .pdf, .doc, .docx, and .txt (maximum file size: 8 megabytes).

You must follow the page number requirements for the category you enter.

Submissions not falling within the specified category guidelines will not be considered.

Late entries can not be accepted.

Only one entry per student.

Authors retain copyright of their work.

JudgingLate entries can not be considered.Submissions will be read by national panels of teachers and writers. They will be judged by how well they achieve several qualities, including the artful treatment of subject matter; originality; quality of insight, image, voice, and style; artful arrangement of elements and materials; and overall aesthetic, emotional or intellectual effect.

FOR STUDENTS

High School Creative Non-Fiction Writing Award Competition is open to students currently enrolled in a high school accredited by the US. Students may submit one or more pieces of writing as one file, maximum 10 single-spaced pages, endorsed by a teacher and released by a parent or guardian. One winner will receive a cash award of $2,500 at a special award ceremony. Submission accepted online only through May 2, 2016, Noon CST.

Community College Creative Non-Fiction Writing Award Competition is open to full-time students enrolled in two-year colleges, junior colleges, and technical colleges. Maximum 15 single-spaced pages. One winner will receive a cash award of $2,500 at a special award ceremony. Submissions accepted online only through May 2, 2016, Noon CST.

Four-year College Creative Non-Fiction Writing Award Competition is open to current full-time undergraduate students. Maximum 15 single-spaced pages. One winner will receive a cash award of $5,000 at a special award ceremony. Submissions accepted online only through May 2, 2016, Noon CST.

College Poetry Writing Award is open to full time students enrolled in four-year colleges, two-year colleges, junior colleges, and technical colleges. Students may submit one or more poems, to a maximum of 10 pages. One winner will receive a cash award of $2,500 at a special award ceremony.Submissions accepted online only through May 2, 2016, Noon CST.

FOR TEACHERS

Middle and High School Teacher Creative Non-Fiction Writing Award Competition is open to full- and part-time middle and high school teachers. Teachers may submit one piece of writing with a maximum of 20 single-spaced pages. One winner will receive a cash award of $5,000 at a special award ceremony. Submissions accepted online only through July 15, 2016, Noon CST.

Visit the website: http://www.ncte.org/awards/nmwa

ROYAL NONESUCH HUMOR WRITING CONTEST

24 April 2016

“Against the assault of Laughter nothing can stand.” 

                                                                                          — Mark Twain

Welcome to the THIRD annual Mark Twain House & Museum’s “Royal Nonesuch” Humor Writing Contest for writers of all ages from all corners of the globe!

Recognizing that Samuel Clemens (aka: Mark Twain) began writing at an early age and to encourage other young authors, we welcome submissions for two categories:

  • Adult (age 18 and over at time of submission) at $23 per submission, and
  • Young Author (age 17 and under at time of submission) at $13 per submission.
  • Submissions fees go towards the preservation of The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT. This contest is a whole new way for “Twainiacs” to support Mark Twain’s legacy. We thank you sincerely!

Celebrity Judges will be announced soon.

Your deadline is Sunday, July 10, 2016. Word limit is 7,000 words. 

Submit your original humorous essays and stories for a chance at a cash prize, and best of all – bragging rights! Last year’s winners took home $3,500+ in prizes.

“If Mark Twain were alive, he’d be happy about this contest, because he’d win it.” – Andy Borowitz

Entry fee: $23.00 USD, $13.00 USD

Deadline: July 10, 2016

  •  Submit 7,000 words (or fewer) of any original work of humor writing. (Entries longer than 7,000 words will be disqualified.)

•  Previously published work is acceptable; please do not submit work that has won other humor prizes.

•  Submissions must be in English.

•  Submissions are not required to be in the style of Mark Twain or about Mark Twain. We want to hear your voice. And we want you to make us laugh!

•  Submissions will be judged by our Mark Twain House staff and scholars, Trinity College faculty, and celebrity judges (to be announced).

•  Submissions are due by July 10, 2016.

•  Winners may be asked to provide age verification regarding submission category.

•  You may submit more than one entry; a separate fee is required for each entry.

•  Winners will be notified by September 12, 2016.

•  Winners will retain ownership of their work. The Mark Twain House & Museum reserves the right to publish winning pieces in a public forum with credit to the author.

PRIZES (winners in both categories):

•      1st Prize: $1,000 (Adult), $1,000 (Young Author)

•      2nd Prize: $500 (Adult), $500 (Young Author)

•      3rd Prize: $250 (Adult), $250 (Young Author)

•      Three Honorable Mention Prizes: $100 Gift Certificate for the Mark Twain Museum Store (Adult & Young Author).

•  Staff and immediate family members of the Mark Twain House are not eligible.

The mission of The Mark Twain House & Museum is to foster an appreciation of the legacy of Mark Twain as one of our nation’s defining cultural figures, and to demonstrate the continuing relevance of his work, life and times. The Mark Twain House & Museum operates as a non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation. Mark Twain built the house in 1874 and lived here with his wife and children until 1891. This is where he wrote such masterpieces as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and is located at 351 Farmington Avenue in Hartford, CT. We appreciate your participation in this inaugural writing contest as it supports our preservation efforts.

Visit the website to enter:  https://twainhouse.submittable.com/submit

Feedback for Your Writing/Enter Fan Story Writing Contests

19 April 2016

At Fan Story You Will:


Learn from feedback
 written on everything you write. Share your poetry, stories and book chapters.

Enter fun writing contests.  All contests with cash prizes are free to enter with your upgraded membership. Upgraded membership is only $9.95 per month. Enter our Acrostic Poetry Contest, ourFaith Poetry Contest, the 5-7-5 Poety Contest and  the Character Writing Contest. That’s just a sample from over 50 writing contests every month.  View the full listing.

Be part of a community for writers of all skill levels. Make connections and friends. Enjoy sharing your writing.

Find out more:  http://www.fanstory.com/index1n.jsp

2016 Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Literary Contest – Deadline: June 30, 2016.

18 April 2016

Open internationally to aspiring or and modestly published writers, over the age of 16.

Contest categories:

Short story (2500 words max.)

Poetry collection (of 5 poems or less), or

Creative Non-Fiction (2500 words max.)

The best entry in each category will win a $250 prize. Winners will be invited to read a short selection of one to two minutes from their work at the Eden Mills Writers Festival on Sunday Sept. 18, 2016.

Entry Requirements:

Include four copies of each submission*

On a cover page, include title, with your name, address, phone number, and email. Name and contact info should not appear on the copies of your manuscript.

Email entries will not be accepted.

Manuscripts will not be returned.

Submission Fee:

$15.00 (CDN) per entry. Cheques to be made payable to Eden Mills Writers’ Festival.

*A combination of entries may be sent in one envelope with one payment for each entry (e.g. a short story and a poetry collection, and $30.00).

To submit, mail four copies to:

Laurel Marsolais

39 Bushmills Cres.

Guelph, ON N1K 1T6

 

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2016

For more information, please email lmlmarso@gmail.com.  

For information about the Festival, visit our website http://www.edenmillswritersfestival.ca/

I MUST BE OFF! TRAVEL WRITING COMPETITION

13 April 2016

I MUST BE OFF! TRAVEL WRITING COMPETITION

NO ENTRY FEE.
Deadline July 31, 2016. We want to read about the experiences you can’t wait to share with other travelers. This contest is open to anyone worldwide. Top essays will be published. First-place prize $200; second-place prize $50. There is also a readers’ choice award ($50) based on unique hits and comments tallied on September 30, 2016.

Visit the website:  http://www.imustbeoff.com/2016/03/announcing-fourth-annual-i-must-be-off.html