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The Writer: Spring 2020 – Short Story Contest

4 April 2020

Deadline: June 2, 2020

Submit your very best fictional short story in 2,000 words or less. Any theme, subject, or genre is fair game, as long as it falls under 2,000 words.

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.

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PLEASE READ ALL GUIDELINES BEFORE SUBMITTING OR YOUR WORK MAY BE DISQUALIFIED.

Guidelines:
The submission period is from April 1 to 11:59 EDT on June 2, 2020. Please note that the
deadline is eastern time. If you are unsure when that would be in your time zone, we recommend using an online time zone converter, such as thetimezoneconverter.com. Every year, we receive emails from writers who waited until the last minute to enter and experienced a technical glitch or another emergency. To be safe, we recommend submitting before the final deadline to account for any problems. If you experience a technical problem or glitch, we recommend contacting Submittable directly at support@submittable.com. If you experience a non-technical problem or you have a question, contact tweditorial@madavor.com and we will do our very best to help you, but please read through ALL guidelines before emailing as your question may have already been answered.

• Please remove your name, bio, and any contact info from the file that you submit – including title page, header and footer. This is a blind contest and your confidentiality is essential. Once we close the contest and determine our winners, Submittable will allow us to contact you via your account information. There is no need whatsoever to include your personal information in your document.

• The entry fee is $25 (including processing fees). All entries MUST be submitted through Submittable to be considered. We cannot accept mailed or emailed submissions.

• We encourage you to submit multiple entries 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 4 per transaction) will be $15.

• You may choose to add on a critique of one of your entries for an additional $25. Our critiques
are roughly 200 words and aim to show both your work’s best strengths in addition to what might need improvement. If you submit more than one piece, our judging panel will critique the story that we felt was the strongest overall. Again, if you submit more than one entry and you add-on a critique fee, we will only critique one piece. You will receive your critique in an email via Submittable once we close the contest and announce the winners. It takes a great deal of time to read all entries and craft our critiques, so please have patience with us as we work through our entries. Our critique times vary based on how many submissions we received and can take up to six months for our staff to process. Please do not contact us about the status of your critique until November 30, 2020. It is our hope to have completed all critiques sooner than that date, but we anticipate this contest being very popular with our readers and want to give our staff ample time to craft thoughtful critiques. If you need a critique sooner than that date, please do not purchase the critique option.

• You may enter simultaneously submitted work. However, if one of your pieces is accepted for publication anywhere else, please withdraw your entry on Submittable and email us at tweditorial@madavor.com immediately so we know your story is no longer under consideration. We are not able to give refunds for contest entries that were accepted for publication elsewhere, so consider your options carefully before entering simultaneously submitted work.

• Do not submit any work over 2000 words or it will be disqualified. (Your piece’s title will not be included in the final word count.)

• We prefer Word documents, but we do accept some other file types (such as PDFs). Please do give your piece a title and make sure that title matches the name you enter in the Submittable “title” form. (Your title will not be included in the maximum word count). For multiple submissions, simply enter one of your stories’ titles in the Submittable form.

• A blind reading of all entries will be conducted by our judging panel.

• $1,000 and publication in a future issue of our magazine will be awarded to the winner. The runner-up will receive $500 and publication on writermag.com. The third-place winner will receive $250 and publication on writermag.com.

• Although we very rarely do so, please know that we reserve the right to extend the official deadline as needed. Any deadline extensions will be announced via our newsletter, which you
can subscribe to here: writermag.com/newsletter-2/.

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

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

• All submissions must be previously unpublished. A work that has previously appeared on a
blog or website is considered previously published and is thus ineligible for our competition.
• Entry fees are non-refundable.
• International (non-US) writers are welcome to submit.
• Must be 18 years or older to enter.

Website: https://www.writermag.com/contests/

How to enter: https://writermag.submittable.com/submit

 

WOW! Women On Writing Spring 2020 Flash Fiction Contest

1 April 2020

Deadline: May 31, 2020

Guest Judge: Literary Agent Quressa Robinson with Nelson Literary Agency

Seeking short fiction of any genre between 250 – 750 words. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants.

Electronic submissions via e-mail only; reprints are okay; simultaneous submissions okay; reprints okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail. Open internationally.

Limit: 300 entries.

Prizes (20 winners!):
1st Place: $400, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
3rd Place: $200, publication, interview and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication and interview
10 Honorable mentions receive $20 Amazon Gift Card
Top 10 stories are published in the WOW! Women On Writing e-zine, and contestants are interviewed on WOW’s blog, The Muffin.

Entry: $10 entry fee; critique option for an additional $10

Visit the website:
https://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php

F(r)iction Short Story Contest, Spring 2020

1 April 2020

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Judge: Charlie Jane Anders
Criteria: Any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words. We accept all work, written in English, from anywhere in the world.
The winner will be announced publicly in late spring 2020. All participants will be notified about the contest results by email. Judges’ decisions are final.
Awards: 1st prize receives $1,000.00 and will be considered for publication as a featured short story in F(r)iction, our triannual print collection. Five finalists will be considered for subsequent F(r)iction publications. Each finalist will also receive one round of free professional edits on their submission.
Submission Fee: $15.00
Important Submission Guidelines: Please visit our guidelines page to properly format your work for submission.
We prefer to read all our submissions blind. Please include your name and contact information in your cover letter only and remove any identifying information from the submitted manuscript itself.
Please also be aware that as we receive hundreds of submissions for each of our contest we are unable to offer personalized feedback. If you are specifically seeking feedback on your work, please consider submitting elsewhere.
Writers over the age of thirteen are welcome to submit. Please note that if your work is selected for publication, we will require a signature from a parent or a guardian.
We are unable to offer refunds for contest submissions, so please read these options and choose your submission category carefully. We strongly recommend checking out a past issue of F(r)iction to get an idea of our aesthetic before submitting. You can do this at our online store.
Staff members are not eligible for participation. Any work previously submitted to F(r)iction for publication is not eligible.

Note: F(r)iction (and it’s parent organization, Brink Literacy Project) reserves the right to discuss contest entries, finalists, and winners in podcasts and marketing materials.

Visit the website: https://frictioncontests.submittable.com/submit/156763/friction-short-story-contest-spring-2020

* F(r)iction reserves the right to NOT award a winner in any categories if the submissions do not reach a publishable standard. In this case, reading fees will NOT be refunded and a winner will not be announced. Although this has never come to pass in our six-year-publishing history, our top priority must remain with the quality of work we publish.

Emerging Writer’s Contest

10 March 2020

The Emerging Writer’s Contest is now open.

The 2020 Emerging Writer’s Contest will run from March 1, 2020 at noon EST to May 15, 2020 at noon EST.

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. The 2020 contest judges are Kirstin Valdez Quade (Fiction), Ilya Kaminsky (Poetry) and Esmé Weijun Wang (Nonfiction). The winners will also receive a conversation with our partnering literary agency, Aevitas Creative Management, regarding their work and writing careers.

Guidelines

The Emerging Writer’s Contest is now open. Submit to the Emerging Writer’s Contest by logging in to your pshares.org account or creating an account and then visiting our submission manager here

The 2020 Emerging Writer’s Contest will run from March 1, 2020 at noon EST to May 15, 2020 at noon EST.

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 2020 contest judges are Kirstin Valdez Quade (Fiction), Ilya Kaminsky (Poetry) and Esmé Weijun Wang (Nonfiction).

Publication

The winning story, essay, and poems from the 2020 contest will be published in the Winter 2020-21 issue of Ploughshares.

Eligibility

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, 2021.
  • 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, 2021 (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).

Submitting

The contest opens March 1, 2020 at noon EST and closes on May 15, 2020 at noon EST. We will announce the winners in mid-September of 2020.

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 accommodate 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 (pshares@pshares.org) or our online contact form.

Entry Fee

If you are a current subscriber through our Winter 2020-2021 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 pshares@pshares.org.

If you are not a subscriber, or your subscription expires before our Winter 2020-2021 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 2020 issue and ending with the Winter 2020-2021 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.

Visit the website:  https://www.pshares.org/submit/emerging-writers-contest

Inkitt’s Horror Writing Contest

10 March 2020

Inkitt’s Horror Writing Contest

Submit your spine-chilling stories to be in with the chance of winning $1000

Inkitt’s brand new horror writing contest is an opportunity to share your terrifying stories with our 2 million readers and writers around the world. Whether it’s psychological thriller, a ghoulish tale or terrifying gorey details – your captivatingly scary books will be most welcome here.

With a 1st place prize including $1,000 cash, one to one coaching with a professional writing coach worth $500, a social media feature on Inkitt’s social pages, and an exclusive book badge award, this contest gives you the chance broaden your readership, earn cash and improve your writing!

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

11:59pm PST on March 31st, 2020

WHAT YOU WIN

Cash prizes

One grand prize winner, and two runners up will be selected from this contest.

1st prize: $1,000, a one-on-one writing coaching class worth $500, a feature on Inkitt’s social media platforms and an exclusive book badge!
2nd prize: $250 and shout out on Inkitt’s social media pages!
3rd prize: $100!

CONTEST TERMS

 

  • Judged by our algorithm, the winning author will be selected based on reader engagement at the end of the contest. This is a combination of likes, reads, reviews and shares.
  • We collect data on your submission from the date you submit your story to the contest
  • Poetry and fanfiction will not be accepted
  • You may submit multiple entries over multiple months
  • The minimum word count per submission is 20,000 words
  • Novels must be in English
  • You must own the rights to the novel
  • Previously or currently self-published books are accepted
  • You retain all rights to your stories while posted on Inkitt
  • Inkitt reserve the right to announce contest winners within 3 months of the contest closing

Visit the website: https://www.inkitt.com/horror-writing-contest

Not a horror writer? Have no fear, check out our Novel Writing ContestFanfiction Contest and Short Story Contest

 

FIRST PAGES PRIZE

5 January 2020

Deadline: This contest closes at 23:59 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) February 2, 2020, with an extended deadline until 23:59 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) February 16, 2020

Guidelines

  1. The First Pages Prize is an annual prize awarded to three emerging writers. The competition is for writers who are NOT currently represented by a literary agent, whether previously published or unpublished.

  2. The three winners receive:

    a. a cash award (1st – $1,000, 2nd – $750, 3rd – $500 in US dollars)

    b. partial developmental editing to support the completion of their full manuscript

    c. invitation to a public reading of their work and prize presentation events in Paris, France on June 9-10, 2020 for the 1st and 2nd place winners

    d. travel stipend (based on geographic location) to Paris, France and two nights’ lodging for the 1st and 2nd place winners.

  3. Cash prizes are not transferable.

  4. The developmental edit is not transferable or redeemable.

  5. Travel to Paris must be reserved by the winners and any visas or entry requirements to visit France must be organized by the winners.

  6. Prizes are supported by The First Pages Prize, Inc. and The de Groot Foundation.

Eligibility

  1. The entrant’s name MUST NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript of the entry to ensure judging anonymity. The entrant’s name MUST NOT be part of the story title. Any entry failing to comply with this rule is immediately disqualified without refund of entry fee.

  2. Writers from anywhere the world may enter, if eligible.

  3. Entrants must be individuals, not a company or organization.

  4. Entrants must submit the work using their name, not a pen name. A pen name may be used when announcing their win, if requested.

  5. Entrants must be over 18 years of age at the time of entering their work.

  6. Entries must be an unpublished, original work.

  7. Entries must be written in English.

  8. Entrants must be currently unagented. If you are working with an agent, you are NOT eligible to enter.

  9. Previously published entries (including on a website, Wattpad or any other online or offline platform) are NOT eligible to enter.

  10. If your entry wins another writing competition after you entered the FIRST PAGES PRIZE you must withdraw from the FIRST PAGES PRIZE by emailing us at firstpagesprize@gmail.com. Your entry fee will be refunded (minus processing + transaction fees) unless you enter a different entry (by the final date of the entry period).

  11. Entries (or drafts of entries) that have won 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in any other competition are not eligible.

  12. Entries (or drafts of entries) that previously entered the FIRST PAGES PRIZE and did not place 1st, 2nd or 3rd ARE eligible to enter.

  13. Translated works are not eligible.

  14. This competition is NOT open to members of the board or employees of the First Page Prize, The de Groot Foundation, the reviewers or juror. Family members of the aforementioned are also NOT eligible.

Entry Terms & Conditions

  1. Entries must be your original work.

  2. Entries must be written in English.

  3. Entries must not infringe upon the copyright of any person or entity.

  4. Copyright remains with the author.

  5. No entry will be returned or kept after the winners have been announced.

  6. Entries will be acknowledged upon submission.

  7. Cash awards will be paid within 15 days of prize presentation by bank transfer or TransferWise.

  8. By entering, entrants accept that their email address is added to the mailing list of the First Pages Prize.

  9. Travel stipends are awarded by geographical location in bands of: within Europe, from the US/Canada, from the Middle East, and from elsewhere worldwide.

  10. Entrants may submit more than one entry. Each entry needs to be submitted as a separate entry and you need to pay the fee for each entry.

  11. Specifics for entering:

    a. All entries must be made through the SUBMITTABLE platform https://firstpagesprize.submittable.com/submit

    b. Please submit the first 1,250 words (maximum) of a fiction or creative non-fiction manuscript (such as a novella, novel, memoir, etc.)

    c. Kindly double space your pages, using Times New Roman 12-point font

    c. No alteration may be made to the entry once it is submitted

  12. Entry timeline:

    a. Entries for the 2020 competition will open on January 1, 2020 and close at 23:59 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) February 2, 2020, with an extended deadline until 23:59 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) February 16, 2020

    Please check a time zone converter to avoid disappointment and inability to enter http://www.timebie.com/std/pst.php or https://www.thetimezoneconverter.com

    b. Only entries received and paid for by the entry deadline will be considered.

    c. Entries that are not paid for, are incomplete, corrupted or submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

    d. The entry fee for each entry is $25.00 and for extended deadline entries it is $35.00 in US dollars.

  13. By entering this competition, each entrant agrees to be bound by the competition guidelines, terms and conditions.

Review & Juror Process

  1. The FIRST PAGES PRIZE entries are submitted to a blinded review process. The identity of the author is unknown to reviewers.

  2. Each entry is reviewed by multiple reviewers.

  3. Our judging criteria is: quality of writing, character development, originality, a sense of a story or bigger narrative emerging, and how much the writing hooked the reviewer.

  4. Our review and juror process adheres to the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics (see below).

  5. Only winners will be contacted.

  6. A “general feedback” email will be sent to all entrants in May, 2020. No individual feedback will be provided.

  7. The decisions of the reviewers and the juror are final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the judging process.

We look forward to receiving YOUR entries.


CLMP Contest Code of Ethics

The FIRST PAGES PRIZE competition adheres to the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses Contest Code of Ethics as stated below.

“CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.”

Last call! The Bethesda Urban Partnership & Bethesda Magazine: Writing Contests

5 January 2020

The Bethesda Urban Partnership & Bethesda Magazine have partnered to honor essays and short stories. All Essay and Short Story Contest winners will be published on the Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Magazine websites and honored at a special event during Local Writer’s Showcase in April 2020.

Essay Contest

Topic: Open
Deadline for application: Friday, January 17, 2020

Awards (Adult)
First Place: $500 and published in Bethesda Magazine
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $150
Honorable Mentions: $75
Online Application for Adult Essay Contest

Awards (High School)
First Place: $250 and published in Bethesda Magazine
Second Place: $100
Third Place: $50
Honorable Mentions: $25
Online Application for High School Essay Contest

All winning essays will be published on the Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Magazine websites and will be honored at a special event during the Local Writer’s Showcase in April 2020.

Requirements
Essays must be limited to 500 words or less about a topic of the writer’s choosing. Only one entry per person. Your essay must be your original work. Any essays containing material that is obscene or objectionable will be disqualified.  Previously published essays are not eligible.

Eligibility
Residents of Washington, D.C. and the select counties of Maryland (Montgomery, Prince George’s, Howard and Frederick) and Virginia (Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William) are eligible. Current and former employees, contractors, directors, and officers of the Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) and their immediate family members are ineligible. Current students, relatives, or close personal friends of the judge(s) are also ineligible.

Judges: 2020 Judges to be announced soon!

Notification: Winners will be contacted by March 23, 2020.

Copyright
All entrants retain the copyright rights that they have in the essays they submit, but by participating in this contest and submitting essays, all entrants grant Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) the right, license, and ability to use and publish all submitted essays (in complete form or in excerpted form) on the BUP Web site, on other Web sites, and in other media.

Visit the website: https://www.bethesda.org/special-events/writing-contests

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Short Story Contest

Topic: Open
Deadline for application: Friday, January 17, 2020
Online Application for Short Story Contest

Awards (Adult)
First Place: $500 and published in Bethesda Magazine
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $150
Honorable Mention: $75

Awards (High School)
First Place: $250 and published in Bethesda Magazine
Second Place: $150
Third Place: $50
Honorable Mention: $25

All winning short stories will be published on the Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Magazine websites and will be honored at a special event during the Local Writer’s Showcase in April 2020.

Requirements
Stories must be limited to 4,000 words or less. Only one entry per person permitted.

Eligibility
Residents of Montgomery County, MD and Upper NW Washington, D.C. (20015 and 20016 ZIP codes) are eligible.
The contest will take entries in two categories: High School (grades 9-12) and Adult (ages 18+).

Visit the website: https://www.bethesda.org/special-events/writing-contests

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

5 January 2020

Welcome to the 28th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $8,000 in prizes.

Please submit until April 30, 2020

Prizes:

  • STORY: First Prize, $3,000
  • ESSAY: First Prize, $3,000
  • The top two winners will also receive two-year gift certificates from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $100 value)
  • 10 Honorable Mentions will receive $200 each (any category)
  • Top 12 entries published online
  • Enter via Submittable

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 Ledoux. Please submit as many entries as you like. All themes accepted. Entries may be published or unpublished. Length limit: 6,000 words maximum. No restriction on age of author. All countries eligible except Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Crimea (due to US government restrictions). Please click the Submittable button below for full details. Fee: $20 per entry. Read the winning entries from the 27th contest. The results of our 28th contest will be announced on October 15, 2020.

Visit the website for details: https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/tom-howard-john-h-reid-fiction-essay-contest

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest

5 January 2020

WELCOME TO THE WRITERS OF THE FUTURE

Deadline: March 31, 2020

The most enduring and influential contest in the history of SF and Fantasy

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest is an opportunity for new writers of science fiction and fantasy to have their work judged by some of the masters in the field and discovered by a wide audience.

No entry fee is required and entrants retain all publication rights.

Entries in the Writers of the Future Contest are adjudicated only by professional writers. Prizes of $1000, $750 and $500 are awarded every three months. From the four quarterly 1st Place winners each year, a panel of judges select one story as the grand prize winner. The writer of the grand-prize-winning story receives the L. Ron Hubbard Golden Pen Award and an additional $5000 cash prize.

  • PRIZES EACH QUARTER: $1000, $750, $500
  • QUARTERLY 1st PLACE WINNERS COMPETE FOR $5000 ADDITIONAL ANNUAL PRIZE
  • OPEN TO NEW AND AMATEUR SCI-FI & FANTASY WRITERS
  • ALL JUDGING DONE BY PROFESSIONAL WRITERS ONLY
  • NO ENTRY FEE IS REQUIRED
  • ENTRANTS RETAIN ALL PUBLICATION RIGHTS
  1. No entry fee is required, and all rights in the story remain the property of the author. All types of science fiction, fantasy and dark fantasy are welcome.
  2. By submitting to the Contest, the entrant agrees to abide by all Contest rules.
  3. All entries must be original works by the entrant, in English. Plagiarism, which includes the use of third-party poetry, song lyrics, characters or another person’s universe, without written permission, will result in disqualification. Excessive violence or sex, determined by the judges, will result in disqualification. Entries may not have been previously published in professional media.
  4. To be eligible, entries must be works of prose, up to 17,000 words in length. We regret we cannot consider poetry, or works intended for children.
  5. The Contest is open only to those who have not professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium. Professional publication is deemed to be payment of at least eight cents per word, and at least 5,000 copies, or 5,000 hits.
  6. Entries submitted in hard copy must be typewritten or a computer printout in black ink on white paper, printed only on the front of the paper, double-spaced, with numbered pages. All other formats will be disqualified. Each entry must have a cover page with the title of the work, the author’s legal name, a pen name if applicable, address, telephone number, e-mail address and an approximate word count. Every subsequent page must carry the title and a page number, but the author’s name must be deleted to facilitate fair, anonymous judging. Entries submitted electronically must be double-spaced and must include the title and page number on each page, but not the author’s name. Electronic submissions will separately include the author’s legal name, pen name if applicable, address, telephone number, e-mail address and approximate word count.
  7. Manuscripts will be returned after judging only if the author has provided return postage on a self-addressed envelope.
  8. We accept only entries that do not require a delivery signature for us to receive them.
  9. There shall be three cash prizes in each quarter: a First Prize of $1,000, a Second Prize of $750, and a Third Prize of $500, in US dollars. In addition, at the end of the year the first place winners will have their entries judged by a panel of judges, and a Grand Prize winner shall be determined and receive an additional $5,000. All winners will also receive trophies.
  10. The Contest has four quarters, beginning on October 1, January 1, April 1 and July 1. The year will end on September 30. To be eligible for judging in its quarter, an entry must be postmarked or received electronically no later than midnight on the last day of the quarter. Late entries will be included in the following quarter and the Contest Administration will so notify the entrant.
  11. Each entrant may submit only one manuscript per quarter. Winners are ineligible to make further entries in the Contest.
  12. All entries for each quarter are final. No revisions are accepted.
  13. Entries will be judged by professional authors. The decisions of the judges are entirely their own and are final and binding.
  14. Winners in each quarter will be individually notified of the results by phone, mail or e-mail.
  15. This Contest is void where prohibited by law.
  16. To send your entry electronically, go to: writersofthefuture.com/enter-writer-contest and follow the instructions.

To send your entry in hard copy, mail it to:
L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest
7051 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90028

Visit the website for details: https://www.writersofthefuture.com/enter-writer-contest/

Last call for entries! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Winter 2019 – 2020

5 December 2019

Deadline: December 28, 2019 – 11:59 PM

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who enjoys expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry or writing a story that is 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.

Guidelines:

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

And/or write a short story, five 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 typed or legibly hand-printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Prizes:

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

Poetry First Prize is $250. Second: $125. Third: $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 cover sheet. 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

Jacobs/Jones African-American Literary Prize

5 December 2019

Deadline

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Categories

Entry Fees

$20 ($10 NCWN members)

Prizes

$1,000 and possible publication of the winning entry in The Carolina Quarterly.

Description

The Jacobs/Jones African-American Literary Prize honors Harriet Jacobs and Thomas Jones, two pioneering African-American writers from North Carolina, and seeks to convey the rich and varied existence of Black North Carolinians. The contest, sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network, is administered by the Creative Writing Program at UNC-Chapel Hill. Entries may be fiction or creative nonfiction, but must be unpublished, no more than 3,000 words, and concerned with the lives and experiences of North Carolina African-Americans. Entries may be excerpts from longer works, but must be self-contained. Entries will be judged on literary merit.

Contact Information

Submit online: https://ncwriters.submittable.com/submit

Or

Submit by USPS:

Jacobs/Jones African-American Literary Prize
UNC Creative Writing Program
Attn: Anita Braxton
Greenlaw Hall, CB#3520
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3520

Visit the website:

www.ncwriters.org

Fall 2019 Travel Writing Contest

5 December 2019

Award-winning literary travel magazine Nowhere is accepting submissions for our Fall 2019 Travel Writing Contest.

We are looking for young, old, novice and veteran writers to send us stories that possess a powerful sense of place. Stories can be fiction, nonfiction, poetry or essay, but please indicate which genre at the top of your manuscript. Entries should be between eight hundred and five thousand words (poetry may be any length and several poems, themed together, may be submitted as one entry), written in English and must not have been previously chosen as a winner in another contest. Previously published work and simultaneous submissions are accepted, but again, please indicate this. Multiple entries from a single author, submitted individually, are welcome. Every submission will be read blind, so anyone can win…

The winner will receive $1,000, with publication in Nowhere granted under First North American Serial Rights (FNASR). Up to ten finalists also will be published. Brush off your manuscripts or write something new and send it to the only literary travel magazine going.

The contest deadline is 11:59 p.m. EST on January 1, 2020. We look forward to reading your work!

Read our general guidelines.

How to enter, visit: http://nowheremag.com/contests/

2019 ACCENTI WRITING CONTEST

5 December 2019

Topic
The topic is open. Any type of entry that meets the submission criteria below is eligible. Multiple entries welcome.

Submission Criteria
• The contest is open to prose works.
• Entries can be fiction, non-fiction or creative non-fiction.
• Entries must be previously unpublished and not under consideration by any other publication.
• Entries must be original and not a translation of a previously published work.
• Maximum length: 2000 words.

IMPORTANT
• No poetry, plays, reviews, and scholarly essays. No footnotes and endnotes. No pseudonyms.
• Submissions must be in Word or txt format.
• No email or fax submissions.

Language
• Submissions must be in English.
• Submissions can be an English translation of the author’s unpublished original work in another language.

Participants
The contest is open to all writers, established and emerging, worldwide.

Entry Fee
$30.00 (CDN) per entry, non-refundable.

Deadline: February 3, 2020, 11:59 PM, Pacific Time (North America), UTC-8

Judging
Winners are chosen by blind judging. Four finalists make the shortlist, from which the judges choose the winner. The judges’ names are announced with the winners.

Popular Vote
The popular vote winner is the submission from among the four finalists that receive the most votes by Accenti readers.

Announcement of Results
Winners’ names, bios and submissions will be posted on Accenti in May and reported in the Accenti Newsletter.

Prizes
• Top prize: $1000.00 (CDN) and publication in Accenti.
• Two runner-up prizes: $100.00 (CDN) each and publication in Accenti.
• Popular Vote prize: $100.00 (CDN) and publication in Accenti.

How to Submit
Each submission must be accompanied by a duly completed entry form and entry fee.

Click HERE to submit.

Visit the website: https://accenti.ca/writing-contest/about/

Last Call for Entries! The Booksie 2019 Short Story Contest

15 November 2019

The Booksie 2019 Short Story Contest 

$9.95 ENTRY FEE. 

Deadline: November 29, 2019

One grand prize winner will receive $1,500, and exposure on the Booksie.com website, 

which receives millions of readers per month. Two runner-ups will receive $150. 

The short stories can be of any topic. Contest judge is author Ann Everett.  

How to enter:

https://www.booksie.com/contest/booksie-2019-short-story-contest-17 

ServiceScape Short Story Award 2019

17 October 2019

DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 29, 2019 (CST)

Calling all short story writers: Are you a short story writer interested in gaining more exposure and a bigger audience for your creative work? Would an extra $1,000.00 USD in your pocket be a great thing right now?

If so, our ServiceScape Short Story Award is the perfect way to achieve both. For this award, any genre or theme of a short story is accepted. All applicants should submit their original unpublished work of short fiction or nonfiction, 5,000 words or fewer, to be considered. Along with receiving an award for $1,000.00 USD, the winner will have his or her short story featured within our blog, which reaches thousands of readers per month. Rules and exclusions apply.

View the winners from previous years

Terms and Conditions: (No Entry Fee)

  • All submitted entries must be original, unpublished works of short fiction or nonfiction, up to 5,000 words in length. The winner retains full rights to his or her submitted piece. We require only that the winning short story be published online first in a permanent blog post on the ServiceScape.com site. The winner retains all other copyright, publishing, and reprint rights and ownership of the story. He or she retains the right to publish his or her work elsewhere and at any time without restriction after the competition is over, as long as the winning short story can remain published on the ServiceScape.com blog as well.
  • In order to qualify as a contest participant, a person must successfully submit the application form below and must be at least 18 years old. ServiceScape is not responsible for any situation that constitutes an application form submission failure, including technical malfunctions experienced by the form submitter or by ServiceScape. ServiceScape employees and/or their immediate family and household members are not eligible to be contest participants. There is no purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law.
  • Each contest participant can enter only once.
  • Contest participants’ application form submissions must be written in English.
  • The contest starts on ends on .
  • Contest participants will be judged on their quality of writing. All decisions are final. Non-winning entries will be discarded after the winner has been chosen and the contest participants will retain all the rights to their submitted work.
  • The potential winner will be notified via email in December 2019. The potential winner must send a headshot photograph within 10 days of the prize notification. The potential winner must also sign and return an affidavit of eligibility, a liability release, and a publicity release (where legal) within 10 days of the prize notification. If the potential winner does not deliver these required items within the specified time period or if the potential winner cannot be contacted for any reason, the prize will be forfeited and an alternate potential winner will be selected. If all required items are delivered within 10 days of the prize notification, the potential winner will be considered the winner of the contest.
  • The winner of the contest will be awarded $1,000.00 USD, payable by check and mailed within 4 weeks. The prize is non-transferable. All federal, state, and local taxes imposed on the acceptance of a prize are solely the responsibility of the winner. The winner’s name, headshot photograph, and writing will be featured within the ServiceScape blog soon thereafter.
  • ServiceScape Incorporated reserves the right to modify or terminate this contest at any time without prior notice.

How to enter, visit: https://www.servicescape.com/short-story-award

Fresh.Ink Writing Contest

17 October 2019

fresh.ink is a new, free way to get connected with beta readers

Ahead of our launch, we’re hosting a writing contest with $7,500 of prizes available across 4 fiction categories: Short-story, novelette, novella, and novel.

We know there are a lot of contests out there, so we want to be transparent and make sure you understand your rights, how your work is judged and what winning involves.

There is one 1st place prize per each of the following categories:

fiShort-story — $1,000 Under 7,500 words

fiNovelette — $1,500 From 7,500 to 17,499 words

fiNovella — $2,000 From 17,500 to 39,999 words

fiNovel — $3,000 40,000 words and over

Why We’re Doing It

We’re launching software that connects authors with beta readers to get early feedback on their fiction work. This competition is a way for us to launch our service and allow authors to try it out while we’re still in beta mode. Our goal is to give you a chance to share your work with beta readers without having to self-promote. We’re not an agency or publisher, and don’t help you to promote your work to those companies. We’re about connecting you to beta readers – for free.

Our prizes are monetary, we’re not a literary agency or publisher and don’t offer publishing deals.

Deadline:

Submissions are due by December 1st, 2019 at midnight EST. Winners will be notified on February 3rd, 2020. On that date, the writing in each category with the highest score will win the prize for that category. In the rare instance that more than one piece of work achieves the highest score, prize money will be split equally.

To qualify for scoring and winning:

Work must not have been withdrawn prior to December 1st, 2019

Work must have at least 10 completed reader ratings (so submit soon!)

NO ENTRY FEES!

It’s free to enter, and we promise there are no hidden costs or follow up solicitations. We don’t charge authors, ever. And we never spam.

There are no hidden fees, promotional offers, advertisements, or any other nonsense. Writer’s won’t pay a penny, nor are we trying to sell anything to authors.

Published Work

You’re free to submit already-published stories to our contest, we don’t require any form of exclusivity or claim any rights.

Self-Promotion

The software is designed to give you real, honest feedback. We match your work with readers for you, which means you won’t be able to self-promote or share your work with family and friends for more points. This way, we can ensure everyone has a fair shot. This isn’t an author popularity contest, it’s all about your writing.

How the Contest Works

fresh.ink is a platform that will connect your writing to highly targeted beta readers for ratings, engagement analytics, and valuable feedback. Our judging process works the same way. Rather than using a small team of editors to decide, we’ll match your work with a subset of readers on our fresh.ink mobile reading app. Each reader will see the title and description of a few dozen contest entries, and can choose one of these entries to begin reading. We measure the following metrics and share them with you:

fiImpressions – how many matched readers saw your title and description

fiOpens – number of readers who opened your piece and began reading

fiCompletions – number of readers who finished your writing

fiRating – star rating out of 5

fiStructured feedback – we also ask readers to complete some beta-reader questions about what they enjoyed, disliked, found confusing etc. This isn’t used in the contest, it’s just for you.

We want to be very transparent, and our scoring formula is a little nuanced, so the fresh.ink author’s dashboard shows a live real-time view of your score and position throughout the contest. Here’s how we calculate the winning scores:

Entrants are scored out of 300:

fiYour average “choose” rate Eg 10% (10 points)

fiYour average completion rate Eg 50% (50 points)

fiYour average star rating, multiplied by 20 Eg 4.22 stars (4.22 * 20 = 84.4 points)

10 + 50 + 84.4 = 144.4 points.

Submissions are due by December 1st, 2019 at midnight EST. Winners will be notified on February 3rd, 2020. On that date, the writing in each category with the highest score will win the prize for that category. In the rare instance that more than one piece of work achieves the highest score, prize money will be split equally.

To qualify for scoring and winning:

Work must not have been withdrawn prior to December 1st, 2019

Work must have at least 10 completed reader ratings (so submit soon!)

Application Process

We use an application process to ensure high-quality writing for our readers. You’ll be notified as soon as a decision is made. We’ll do our best to provide feedback, but in the cases where we reject work, it’s because we don’t think we’ll have enough readers that are interested in your genre, topic or writing style.

fresh.ink maintains a community of beta readers by ensuring they are consistently matched with high-quality, relevant and unique writing. If we analyze your work and don’t think we can find enough readers to match it to, we’ll not be able to accept your entry. This shouldn’t be taken as a reflection on your writing, but rather a mismatch between fresh.ink’s reader demographics and your target audience.

Fanfiction

Sorry, but we don’t accept fanfiction or other derivative work (unless you own the rights to the original).

Who Can Enter

You must be 18 years or older and own the rights to the work you’re submitting. Although we don’t require you to reside in the United States, winners will be paid via ACH bank transfer or check (depending on your preference) in US dollars. Please make sure you can accept at least one of those two options before applying.

Languages

We require all submissions to be in US English at this time. We hope to localize later!

Multiple Submissions

You may submit as many times as you like, as long as each submission is a distinct piece of work. fresh.ink can spot even subtle duplicates!

Rights

fresh.ink makes no claims to any rights over your work, even if you win.

fresh.ink never makes your work searchable (either publicly on search engines such as Google, or within fresh.ink), readers must always be logged in and they can’t see work that they weren’t explicitly matched with. You can also opt in to take full control of who gets access to your work, approve any readers before they can open your story and limit how many readers can read your work. And of course, you can instantly withdraw and delete your work at any time via your fresh.ink dashboard and we’ll stop matching it to new readers, remove it from existing matched readers, and give any readers that are currently reading 90 days to finish before deleting it from their device automatically.

Editing

Our platform does perform some light editing to your work. These fall into two categories:

fiFormatting changes to support the mobile reading app.

fiFixing spelling and grammar issues we identify. You are granted full rights on all edits we make, and you’ll be asked to approve any changes.

How Do We Make Money?

This is phase 1 of building our author reader matching platform – we want to change the way authors get feedback and iterate those critical final drafts. Our vision beyond phase 1 involves playing a hand in connecting authors with legitimate, reputable literary agents, and helping authors opting for the self-publishing route to monetize their work. But right now we’re heads down on building the best possible feedback platform for authors and readers alike.

Can I Keep the Feedback?

Yes. Any feedback you receive from readers is yours – and it’s valuable stuff!

HOW TO ENTER, VISIT: https://fresh.ink/#how

 

 

WOW! Women On Writing Fall 2019 Flash Fiction Contest

25 September 2019

Deadline: November 30, 2019

Guest Judge: Literary Agent Cari Lamba with the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

Seeking short fiction of any genre between 250 – 750 words. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants.

Electronic submissions via e-mail only; reprints are okay; simultaneous submissions okay; reprints okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail. Open internationally.

Limit: 300 entries.

Prizes (20 winners!):
1st Place: $400, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
3rd Place: $200, publication, interview and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication and interview
10 Honorable mentions receive $20 Amazon Gift Card
Top 10 stories are published in the WOW! Women On Writing e-zine, and contestants are interviewed on WOW’s blog, The Muffin.

Entry: $10 entry fee; critique option for an additional $10

How to enter, visit:

https://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php

Call for Submissions: 2020 Saroyan Prize for Writing

17 September 2019

2020 WILLIAM SAROYAN INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR WRITING

— Call for Submissions —

Deadline for entries: January 31, 2020

Submissions are now being accepted for the 9th William Saroyan International Prize for Writing.

Given by Stanford Libraries in partnership with the William Saroyan Foundation,

the award recognizes newly published works of fiction and nonfiction

with a $5,000 award for the winner in each category.

The prize is designed to encourage new or emerging writers

and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality and stylistic innovation.

Entries must be received by January 31, 2020.

For entry forms and more information on the prize,

Visit the Saroyan Prize website: http://library.stanford.edu/saroyan.

2020 International Rubery Book Award is now OPEN!

17 September 2019
for self-published and independently published books 

PRIZES 
Book of the Year £1500 (approx 2000 US$; 1800€ ) 
The winning book will be read by a top London Literary Agent 

Plus a minimum of 3 category winners each winning £150 (approx 200$, 180€) 

Closing date 31st March 2020

Judges 
TBC

Please see website for more details: www.ruberybookaward.com
2019 Winners: https://www.ruberybookaward.com/2019-winners.html

Last call for entries! – 11th annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Prize

30 August 2019

11th annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Prize

First Prize: $1,000
Second Prize: $100
Four Honorable Mentions: $25 each
Entry fee: $6

Deadline: August 31, 2019

Maximum length: 1,000 words

All six finalists will be published online in the October 2019 issue of Gemini.

Surprise us, shock us, make us fall in love in a complete story of 1,000 words or less! We are open to any subject, writing style or genre. No themes or prompts. Simply send your best, most original short-short story. Entries must be unpublished, but stories displayed on personal blogs are eligible.

All entries are read blind so everyone gets an equal chance.

Click http://gemini-magazine.com/flashcomp.html to read any of the five dozen previous winners and finalists and see the diverse material we have published. We look forward to reading your work!

How to enter, visit: http://gemini-magazine.com/flashcomp.html

The eighth annual Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards

12 August 2019

The eighth annual Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards is now accepting fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for the 2020 competitions.

Deadline: October 31, 2019.

First-place winners in each category will receive $1,000. Second-place winners receive $500, and third-place winners $250. All winners will be awarded scholarships to the 2020 Tucson Festival of Books Masters Workshop in March, on the University of Arizona campus, following the Tucson Festival of Books (tucsonfestivalofbooks.org).

The top 50 entrants will be invited to attend the Masters Workshop ($300), the faculty for which is drawn from the Festival’s presenters. Past faculty include Ann Hood, Marilyn Chin, Andre Dubus III, and Luis Alberto Urrea.

For information on the literary awards and the workshop, contact Meg Files at masters@tucsonfestivalofbooks.org.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Submit five poems of any length, a short story or novel chapter, or a nonfiction piece or book chapter per submission.
  • Maximum length for prose is 5,000 words per submission.
  • Label each submission’s genre with the title: fiction, nonfiction, poetry.
  • $20 entry fee per submission
  • No limit to number of entries ($20 fee per entry)
  • Categories NOT accepted: stories for children or young adults, academic or how-to nonfiction.
  • Double space prose submissions.
  • Submit poems in a single document with appropriate page breaks (up to five poems per submission).
  • Submissions must be in English and unpublished at the time of submission (self-published allowed).
  • Writers must be age 18 or older.
  • The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript or the subject heading or the title of the attachment. Include name and contact information in the “Cover Letter” box only. Manuscripts with the author’s name anywhere on them will be disqualified.
  • Authors retain all rights to submitted work.
  • Winning entries may be published in an anthology of winners.
  • Deadline: October 31, 2019
  • Winners and the top 50 will be notified by December 22, 2019.
  • First-, second-, and third-place winners in each category receive scholarships to the Masters Workshop, March, 2020. The top 50 finalists will be invited to attend the Masters Workshop ($300 fee).

For more information contact Meg Files at masters@tucsonfestivalofbooks.org

Visit the website: http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/?id=436

Click here to make your submission!

THE JAKE ADAM YORK PRIZE

11 August 2019

The Jake Adam York Prize for a first or second poetry collection is a collaboration between Copper Nickel and Milkweed Editions.

Book-length manuscripts can be Submitted via Submittable until the

DEADLINE: October 15, 2019.

(See the Guidelines. See information about the 2018-19 winner.)

The prize-winning poet receives $2,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions.

Initial screening for the prize will be facilitated by the poetry editors of Copper Nickel. (All screeners for the prize will have published at least one book of poetry.) The winner is announced in early March.

Our goal in instituting the Jake Adam York Prize is to honor Jake’s name and legacy with a top-tier, ethical book prize that will offer not just publication but also high-quality designmarketing, and strong national distribution­. Milkweed Editions—which has an excellent marketing team and national distribution through Publishers Group West (PGW)—can offer these things. We at Copper Nickel are grateful and excited for their partnership.

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GUIDELINES for 2019-20

For the 2019-20 prize we will begin accepting online submissions of book-length (i.e., more than 48 pages) poetry manuscripts on July 1, 2019. The final due date for submission will be October 15, 2019. The prize winner will be announced in early March, 2020.

Unfortunately, Gregory Pardlo has become overwhelmed by additional commitments in early 2020 and has asked to pull out of judging the Jake Adam York Prize.

Our new judge is FRANCINE J. HARRIS, author of play dead (Alice James, 2016)—which won the Lambda Literary Award, the Publishing Triangle Award, the Audre Lorde Award, and was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award—and allegiance (Wayne State UP, 2012), which was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Open Book Award. Harris has won the Boston Review Poetry Contest and has received fellowships from Cave Canem and the NEA. She teaches at the University of Houston.

To be eligible for the prize, poets cannot have published more than one full-length book of poetry. (Chapbooks of less than 48 pages and individual poems in magazines are OK.)

Self-published books count as previous book publications if they are at least 48 pages and saw any real distribution whatsoever. (I.e., if your self-published book has an ISBN, and/or has been distributed through Amazon, and/or has had a web presence—even a very limited one—that counts as a previously published book.)

Previously self-published books are ineligible for submission for the prize, as are co-authored books.

Poets must be US Citizens (living abroad is fine) or must live in the US and be writing in English.

Poets who are family, current colleagues, close friends, or recent students (within the past three years) of the judge are not eligible to enterFormer student editors and interns of Copper Nickel and Milkweed Editions are also ineligible.

Entrants to the Jake Adam York Prize are welcome to submit to other Milkweed Editions prizes (the Ballard Spahr Prize, the Max Ritvo Prize, and the National Poetry Series). All these prizes are facilitated differently and, each year, have different judges.

Manuscripts can—but don’t have to—include work previously published in literary periodicals and/or chapbooks. If your manuscript includes previously published work, please include an acknowledgments page.

Final judging for the prize is anonymous. For this reason, please do not include your name or other identifying marks on the manuscript itself. (We will be able to obtain that information from Submittable, and the information will not be forwarded to the final judge.)

All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Copper Nickel (worth $20) in exchange for a $25 reading fee, and all money raised beyond production costs for the prize will go toward paying Copper Nickel contributors.

Please note that when you submit your work to the Jake Adam York Prize you’re adding yourself to our contact list and, thus, consenting to receiving infrequent emails about our book prize, subscriptions drives, etc. We send no more than 2-3 of these emails per year.

Here’s the link one more time: SUBMIT.

Visit the website: http://copper-nickel.org/bookprize/

Enter the Poetry SuperHighway 2019 Poetry Contest

11 August 2019

Deadline: October 5, 2019

Entry Guidelines

  • The Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contest is open to all human beings on planet Earth. (except for the three judges)
  • Enter as many poems as you like.
  • Poems may be of any style, length, or subject matter.
  • Previously published poems are accepted. However, because the contest is judged blindly (with names removed from the poems) if a judge recognizes a poem from somewhere, they have the right to mark it as ineligible.
  • This contest is separate from weekly Poet of the Week consideration. Submissions for Poet of the week consideration must be separate from Contest Submissions and the same poems may not be submitted for both.
  • There is a One Dollar Per Poem (US Funds Only) entry fee.
  • Poems are sent to the three contest judges with your name removed. The judges score each poem from 0-5 using quarter point intervals. (0, .25, .5, .75, 1, 1.25, 1.5, etc…)
  • Poems are sent to judges only after you fill out the Contest Entry Form and we have received your payment.

There are three easy steps to entering the contest:

    1. Fill out the entry form
    2. E-mail your poems
      Guidelines on how and where to email poems will be displayed once you submit the contest entry form.
    3. Pay the Entry Fee
      Guidelines on how and where to submit your $1 per poem entry fee will be displayed once you submit the contest entry form.

Click here to go to the entry form.

Deadlines Etcetera

  • Deadline for postmarking entry fees (or paying them via PayPal or Venmo) is Saturday, October 5, 2019.
  • Regardless of when you postmark, your entry fees must be received by Wednesday, October 9, so if you’re mailing your entry fee, please account for the amount of time it will take for your it to travel between your home and Los Angeles.
  • This is a not for profit contest. All of the collected entry fees will be divided between the top three scoring poems (minus postage for mailing out additional prizes. See Prize List below)
  • Once your entry fee is received, your poems will be sent with your name removed to the three judges who will score them 0 – 5 (5 being best).
  • Your poems will not be forwarded to the judges until your entry fee is received.
  • If you have any questions or need any of the contest details clarified, please e-mail Rick@PoetrySuperHighway.com

Visit the website: http://poetrysuperhighway.com/psh/2019-poetry-contest/


Prizes

First Prize: 50% of the entry fees collected plus winning poem featured on the PSH

Second Prize: 30% of the entry fees collected plus winning poem featured on the PSH.

Third Prize: 20% of the entry fees collected plus winning poem featured on the PSH.

In addition, thanks to sponsor Cindy Tebo ($25) and Jayanta Bhaumik($30), an additional $55 will be added to the entry fees collected and divided with the above percentages among the top three scoring poets.

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we are able to supplement the cash prizes with an impressive array of prizes which would be of interest to poets and writers.

The following prizes will be used to bolster first through third prize as well as distributed to other contest entrants.

Our goal is to be able to send every single person who enters the contest something.


Additional Prizes:

Alan Britt
2 copies of the poetry book “Lost Among the Hours” by Alan Britt

Alexandra Umlas
http://www.alexandraumlas.com
2 copies of the book “At the Table of the Unknown” by Alexandra Umlas

Alice Pero
http://alicepero.com
5 copies of the book “Thawed Stars” by Alice Pero

Angélique Jamail, Author
http://www.AngeliqueJamail.com
3 copies of the book “FINIS.” by Angélique Jamail

Blue Lyra Press
http://bluelyrapress.com/
1 copy of the book “The Floating Door” (poems) by M. E. Silverman
4 copies of Blue Lyra Press’ latest Delphi Chapbook volume

Charlie Brice
1 copy of the book “An Accident of Blood” by Charlie Brice

Cindy Tebo
$25.00 Cash Donation Added to the Prize Pot Shared by the Contest Winners

Clint Hirschfield
2 copies of the Pendle War Poetry Anthology “Selected Poems 2018: Under 18 & Overseas”

David C. Kopaska-Merkel
https://dreamsandnightmaresmagazine.blogspot.com/
2 one-year digital subscriptions to Dreams and Nightmares magazine (3 issues)

David Flynn
2 copies of the book “Selected Poems” by David Flynn

Diana Raab
http://dianaraab.com
2 copies of the book “Lust” by Diana Raab

Ed Werstein
https://edwerstein.com/
1 copy of the book “A Tar Pit to Dye In” by Ed Werstein

Elizabeth Marchitti
1 copy of the chapbook “Let Winter Come: by Elizabeth Marchitti

Ellaraine Lockie
1 copy of the chapbook “Sex & Other Slapsticks” by Ellaraine Lockie

Emily Vieweg
http://www.emilyvieweg.com/
1 11×13 Broadside Print of your choice from Emily Vieweg’s store. 3 poems available to choose from.

Jayanta Bhaumik
$30 Cash Donation Added to the Prize Pot Shared by the Contest Winners

Jerry Garcia
http://www.gratefulnotdead.com/
1 copy of the chapbook “Hitchhiking With the Guilty” by Jerry Garcia
1 copy of the book “On Summer Solstice Road” by Jerry Garcia

Jim D. Babwe
1 copy of the book “Kite String Theory” by Jim D. Babwe

John FitzGerald
https://www.pw.org/directory/writers/john_fitzgerald
2 copies of the book “The Mind” by John FitzGerald

Judith R. Robinson
http://www.judithrrobinson.com/
2 copies of the book “Carousel” by Judith R. Robinson

Katherine L. Gordon
1 copy of prize-winning book “Caution: Deep Water” by Katherine L. Gordon

Kaye Abikhaled
3 copies of the book “Club des Poètes”, by Kaye Voigt Abikhaled

Ken Allan Dronsfield
http://arevenantpoet.wordpress.com/
1 copy of the book ” Zephyr’s Whisper” by Ken Allan Dronsfield

Kimberly Burnham
https://www.nervewhisperer.solutions/
5 two hour consultation on setting up an Amazon Authors Page via phone, skype, or email.

Larry O. Bubar
1 copy of the book “Breathe 2” by Larry Bubar

Lawrence R. Berger
https://www.linkedin.com/in/lawrenceberger/
1 copy of the book “Entitlement: Instant Poetry (Just add words!) volume 2” by Lawrence R. Berger

LB Sedlacek
http://www.lbsedlacek.com
1 copy of the book “Hey Astro!” poetry chapbook by LB Sedlacek

LONE STARS Poetry Magazine
1 Copy of “LONE STARS Poetry Magazine”, 30 pgs Contemporary Poets and Poetry.

M. J. Arcangelini
https://joearky.wordpress.com/
2 copies of the book “What the Night Keeps” by M. J. Arcangelini

Magdalena Ball
http://www.compulsivereader.com/
1 month advertisement on Compulsive Reader including newsletter ad ($40 value)

Margaret King
1 copy of the book “Isthmus” by Margaret King

Marie C Lecrivain
http://www.poeticdiversity.org
1 copy of the book “The Virtual Tablet of Irma Tre” (c) 2014 Edgar and Lemore’s Publishing House

Mary Eastham’s 30 IN 30 Workshop
http://www.rp-author.com/MKE
2 copies of Mary Eastham’s 30 in 30 Workshop – Write a Poem A Day For A Month

Nancy Shiffrin
1 copy of the book “Game With Variations” by Nancy Shiffrin

Neil Leadbeater
2 copies of the book “River Hoard” by Neil Leadbeater

Nine Muses Poetry
https://ninemusespoetry.com
2 copies of the poetry chapbook “Surfacing” by Annest Gwilym.

Notes and Letters
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcBq6xyF20DFZNuqaM_1x6Q
3 copies of the latest edition of “Notes and Letters”, the chapbook associated with the collaboration between poet Bill Cushing and musician Chuck Corbisiero

Paula Weld-Cary
2 copies of the book “Maddie Mulligan and the Monarch Butterfly” by Paula Weld-Cary

R. Bremner
https://www.instagram.com/beat_poet1/
1 copy of the book “Pencil Sketches” (Clare Songbirds Publications) by R. Bremner

Rick Lupert
http://www.poetrysuperhighway.com
1 copy of the book “Hunka Hunka Howdee!” by Rick Lupert

Rochelle Potkar
https://rochellepotkar.com/
1 copy of the poetry book “Four Degrees of Separation” by Rochelle Potkar
1 copy of the haibun book “Paper Asylum” by Rochelle Potkar

Rohini Sunderam
https://fictionpals.wordpress.com/
1 copy of the book “Five Lives One Day in Bahrain” by Rohini Sunderam
1 copy of the book “The Meating Room by TF Muir”

Ron Kolm
2 copies of the book “Welcome to the Barbecue” by Ron Kolm

Sandra Soli
1 copy of the poetry chapbook book “What Trees Know” (winner of Oklahoma Book Award) by Sandra Soli

Stanley Barkan
1 copy of the poetry and art book “Freya’s Tears” by Mia Barkan Clarke

Susan Beth Furst
http://www.beautifuldefect.com
1 copy of the chapbook “Souvenir Shop: Memories of the Highland Park Zoo” by Susan Beth Furst with 1 copy of the picutre book “Electric Pink: A Christmas Haubun” by Susan Beth Furst
1 copy of the chapbook “Midwinter Moon: A Collection of Christmas Haiku” by Susan Beth Furst with 1 copy of the picutre book “Electric Pink: A Christmas Haubun” by Susan Beth Furst

Tebot Bach
http://www.tebotbach.org/
5 copies of Spillway Magazine
1 two-issue subscription to Spillway beginning with issue 27
2 books of choice from the Tebot Bach Bookstore
2 sets of two books of the winner’s choice from the Tebot Bach Bookstore

TerryLee, Poet
2 copies of the book “Penny Pages of Poetry” by TerryLee sold on street corners.

Texture Press
http://www.poemsforthewriting.com
1 copy of the book “Bilateral Asymmetry” by Don Riggs
1 copy of the book “Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets Second Edition” by Valerie Fox and Lynn Levin

The Blue Nib
http://thebluenib.com
1 Three month subscription to The Blue Nib website and the current issue of The Blue Nib magazine (print or eBook version – winner’s choice of format).

The New Short Fiction Series
http://www.newshortfictionseries.com
2 tickets to the November 10, 2019 performance of The New Short Fiction Series’ 23rd season at The Federal NoHo

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association
http://sfpoetry.com
2 one-year digital subscriptions to Star*Line the SFPA’s quarterly journal

The Song Is
http://thesongis.blogspot.com
5 copies of the book “I Dream of Empathy” by Marianne Szlyk
5 copies of the book “On the Other Side of the Window” by Marianne Szlyk

Tresha Faye Haefner
http://www.thepoetrysalon.com
1 registration to the E-Course “How to Think Like a Poet”
1 copy of the book “Method and Mystery: A Research-Based Guide to Teaching (and Writing) Poetry” by Tresha Faye Haefner

Trish Lindsey Jaggers
https://www.facebook.com/trish.jaggers
2 copies of the book “Holonym: a collection of poems” by Trish Lindsey Jaggers

TrishHopkinson.com
https://trishhopkinson.com/
1 signed copy of the chapbook “Footnote” by Trish Hopkinson

Unlikely Books
http://www.unlikelystories.org/
1 copy of the book “Left Hand Dharma: New and Selected Poems” by Belinda Subraman
1 copy of the book “The Mercy of Traffic” by Wendy Taylor Carlisle
1 copy of the book “ASHES AND SEEDS” by Michelle Greenblatt
2 copies of the book “a ship on the line” by Vincent A. Cellucci & Christopher Shipman
2 copies of the book “#specialcharacters” by Larissa Shmailo
1 copies of the book “Apocalyptics” by C. Derick Varn
1 copy of the book “Ghazals 1-59 and Other Poems” by Sheila E. Murphy & Michelle Greenblatt
1 copy of the book “Citizen Relent” by Jeff Weddle

Vincent O’Connor
https://vinceoconnor.com/
1 copy of the book “”Wishbones”” by Ben-Moeller-Gaa
1 copy of the book “”Distant Noise”” by Jean Fremon

Voices Israel
1 copy of the Voices Israel 2015 Anthology
1 copy of “A Second Decade of Poems from Voices Israel”

Walking Press
http://www.walkingpress.com/
The 1st Place PSH Contest Winner will be a Featured Writer/Poet/Artist in our bi-monthly Boom Songs publication – a small-run, chapbook handmade using recycled coffee cup sleeves as covers. The profits of the chapbook are split with the featured poet.

Winning Writers
https://winningwriters.com
2 copies of the book “Our Last Six Months” by Emily Bracale, Grand Prize Winner, North Street Book Prize for Self-Published Books

Zvi A. Sesling
1 poetry book from Zvi A. Sesling’s personal collection


Meet Your Judges

Alexandra Umlas (Huntington Beach, California)
Alexandra Umlas is author of At the Table of the Unknown (Moon Tide Press). She won first place in the 2018 Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contest, and serves as a reader for Palette Poetry. She holds an M.F.A. in Poetry from California State University, Long Beach and an M.Ed. in Cross-cultural Education. Born in Long Beach, CA she currently lives in Huntington Beach, CA with her husband and two daughters. Visit her on the web at www.alexandraumlas.com

Angele Ellis (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Angele Ellis won third place in the 2018 Poetry Super Highway Contest with her poem “Bloodchild”. She is author of Arab on Radar (Six Gallery Press), whose poems earned a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; Spared, (A Main Street Rag Editors’ Choice Chapbook), and Under the Kaufmann’s Clock (Six Gallery), a hybrid poetry-fiction tribute to her adopted city of Pittsburgh, with photographs by Rebecca Clever.

Debbie Hall (Escondido, California)
Debbie Hall is a psychologist and writer whose poetry has appeared in a number of literary journals and anthologies, including the San Diego Poetry Annual, Serving House Journal, Sixfold, Poets Reading the News, Poetry24, Bird’s Thumb, Califragile, Gyroscope Review and Hawaii Pacific Review. She received an honorable mention in the 2016 Steve Kowit Poetry Prize and won second place in the 2018 Poetry Super Highway contest. Debbie is the author of the poetry collection, What Light I Have (2018, Main Street Rag Books). Her chapbook, Falling Into The River, won third place in The 2019 Poetry Box Chapbook Prize and will be published this upcoming winter.


The Poetry SuperHighway Contest Calendar

  • July 18: Contest begins
  • July 22 – 28: Judges featured as Poets of the Week
  • July 28, 2:00 pm (pacific): PSH Live Judges Event: Live broadcast where Judges will have the chance to read poems and discuss the contest and you can call in live and ask them questions. Click here for more info and to tune in.
  • October 5: Final deadline for contest entries. (Entry fees must be received by PayPal or postmarked by October 5 or they’ll be returned.)
  • October 11: Judges deadline for returning scored poems.
  • October 18 Second round scoring deadline (in the event of tied scores.)
  • October 20: 2pm (pacific) PSH Live Event: “Winners Announced” in a special broadcast. Listen to it live and if any of the winners happen to be listening, they’ll be invited to call in and read their winning entries live on the air..
  • October 21 – 27: Contest Winners featured as Poets of the Week.

Visit the website: http://poetrysuperhighway.com/psh/2019-poetry-contest/

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee)

11 August 2019

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee)

Now in its 19th year, this contest seeks today’s best humor poems. No fee to enter. Submit published or unpublished work. $2,250 in prizes.

Please submit once during August 15, 2019-April 1, 2020.

Prizes:

  • First Prize: $1,000 plus a two-year gift certificate from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $100 value)
  • Second Prize: $250
  • Honorable Mentions: 10 awards of $100 each
  • Top 12 entries published online
  • Enter via Submittable

No fee to enter. Judge: Jendi Reiter, assisted by Lauren Singer Ledoux. Length limit: 250 lines maximum. No restriction on age of author. All countries eligible except Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Crimea (due to US government restrictions). When the contest is open, click the Submittable button below for full details. Read the winning poems from our 17th contest. The results of our 18th contest will be announced on August 15, 2019. The results of our 19th contest will be announced on August 15, 2020.

How to enter, visit:

https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/wergle-flomp-humor-poetry-contest-free

The Booksie 2019 Short Story Contest

9 August 2019

The Booksie 2019 Short Story Contest 

$9.95 ENTRY FEE. 

Deadline: November 29, 2019. 

One grand prize winner will receive $1,500, and exposure on the Booksie.com website, 

which receives millions of readers per month. Two runner-ups will receive $150. 

The short stories can be of any topic. Contest judge is author Ann Everett.  

How to enter:

https://www.booksie.com/contest/booksie-2019-short-story-contest-17