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QUARTERLY CREATIVE NONFICTION ESSAY CONTEST

10 January 2018

QUARTERLY CREATIVE NONFICTION ESSAY CONTEST

OVERVIEW:

WOW! is proud to introduce our newest essay contest! Writers have been asking us to host an essay contest for many years, and we’ve finally listened. The mission of this essay contest is to inspire creative nonfiction and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. Your story must be true, but the way you tell it is your chance to get creative. We are open to all styles of essay—from personal essay to lyric essay to hybrid essay, and beyond! Please make sure you download our Contest Terms & Conditions PDF below for complete guidelines. Get creative, dig deep, and let’s have some fun! We look forward to reading your work!

WORD COUNT:

Maximum: 1000

Minimum: 200

The title is not to be counted in your word count. We use MS Word’s word count to determine the submitted entry’s word count.

TOPIC:

OPEN TOPIC!

You can write about any subject you want to explore, as long as it’s within the word count and nonfiction. If you’re feeling inspired, write something new, or dig out those essays you started way back when and tailor them to the word count.

Click to Download the CREATIVE NONFICTION ESSAY CONTEST Terms & Conditions PDF

CONTEST DEADLINES
Q2: November 1 – January 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – NOW OPEN!

ENTRY FEE: $12.00

This is not a reading fee. Entry fees are used to award our winners as well as administrative costs.

We are limiting the number of entries to a maximum of 300 essays. Please enter early to ensure inclusionIf we reach 300 entries, we will disable the PayPal buttons.

OR

Buy Entry with Critique: $25.00

ADDITIONAL OPTION: Due to popular demand, we now have two options for your entry. For an additional $13.00 you can purchase a critique of your contest entry.

Upon the close of our contest, and after the winners are announced, you will receive a critique from one of our roundtable judges on three categories:

  • Subject
  • Content
  • Technical

You will be provided with your scores (1-5) in each category, and personal editorial feedback as well. There’s also an additional category that does not get scored: Overview. That is the general impression your story had on the reader. Please be patient upon the close of our contest and allow time for our editors to thoroughly critique your piece. We send out critiques after the contest winners are announced.

PRIZES!

FIRST PLACE:

SECOND PLACE:

THIRD PLACE:

7 RUNNERS UP:

  • $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
  • Essay published on WOW! Women On Writing

10 HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • Name, state, and title entry published on WOW! Women On Writing

Click to Download the CREATIVE NONFICTION ESSAY CONTEST Terms & Conditions PDF

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF. Download the latest version at http://www.adobe.com

Please read the contest terms & conditions in full before submitting your entry. Please make sure you read the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) before sending us an email.

Best of luck!

PREVIOUS WINNERS:

How to enter, visit: http://wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php#EssayContest

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Win up to $500 for writing a poem or short story!

9 January 2018

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’s worth telling everyone! 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. Genres: fiction, non-fiction or creative nonfiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries, short screenplays and screenwriting). All entries must be either typed or legibly hand printed. Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: February 28, 2018

All winners will be announced on March 31, 2018

Prizes(USD):

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

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

Entry fees(USD): $5 per poem, $10 per story

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

Lex:lead Scholarship Competition – 2017

30 October 2017

NO ENTRY FEE.

Deadline: November 30, 2017

Lex:lead is a group of international lawyers and friends who support economic development focusing on the world’s least developed countries. We offer an annual essay competition on topics of law and development to the world’s least developed countries. In this way we transfer one-time US$500 awards to students addressing our fundamental question: What can law do to reduce poverty and foster economic growth? Candidates must have citizenship in an eligible country and be a law student enrolled in studies in an eligible country at the time of award. Up to ten awards will be granted in February 2018.

Visit the website:

http://www.lex-lead.org/Scholarships.php

 

ThePensters Essay Writing Contest: $1000 Scholarship for Your Essay

27 October 2017

Take part in ThePensters Essay Writing Contest and get a chance to win $1000 scholarship for your college study!

Search.University Essay Scholarship Contest

25 October 2017

Search.University, a vast database of colleges and universities, announces a $2,000 scholarship contest to help students achieve their goals. We provide information on U.S. educational institutions to help students make the right choice, and are happy to run a contest to encourage current students to help others too.

To participate in the contest write an essay on the following theme: How my college helps me become a better specialist in the future.

Essay Requirements

  • Minimum 250 words, no upper limit.
  • Text must be unique and structured.

Share your personal experience and give an insight into the student life in a college/university you are currently studying at or are planning to enroll in. Make your essay useful to other students, current and prospective.

Eligibility Criteria

  • You must be a student of any degree or majors or plan to apply to U.S. college or university.
  • You must be above 17 years.
  • High school students can participate in the contest.

To Submit an Essay:

  1. Send your essay to scholarship@search.university as a text file in .doc or .pdf format (put “Search University Essay Contest” in the subject line) before February 15, 2018.
  2. Mention your name, age, contact phone and the educational institution you study at or plan to enroll in.

Prizes

Authors of the three best essays will receive scholarships of $2000 in total:

  • 1st place – $1000
  • 2nd place – $600
  • 3rd place – $400

Privacy

All private information will be kept confidential and will not be sold or used for spam. We reserve the right to publish your essay on the Search.University website.

We encourage college and high school students to take part in the contest and win a scholarship.

Visit the website:  https://search.university/essay-contest

ThePensters Essay Writing Contest: $1000 Scholarship for Your Essay

28 September 2017

Take part in ThePensters Essay Writing Contest and get a chance to win $1000 scholarship for your college study!

Scholarship Essay Competition

16 September 2017

Deadline: November 30, 2017

Best Essay Education is a top academic writing service that, for years, has produced high quality academic writing for students in high school, college and graduate/professional programs. We pride ourselves in employing only the best writers, with Bachelor’s through Ph.D. degrees in all academic disciplines, so that we can serve any student need. As students use our service, and receive original, custom academic writing, they are able study those pieces and become better writers themselves. Best Essay Education has created a scholarship essay competition to encourage students to produce their own great essays and have the opportunity to win a sizeable financial award to help with their own educational expenses. Below, you will find all of the details. If you meet our entry requirements and are ready to craft that perfect essay, we urge you to enter.

Who is Eligible?

To apply, you must be a student at an accredited college, university, community college, oct-tech certificate program, or any graduate or equivalent professional program. High school students who have just enrolled in college, are certainly eligible.

Essay Prompts

Entrants must choose one of the following three prompts:

Should students have the right to evaluate their teachers? Why or why not? If so, how should this be done? What new innovations promise to significantly change your life in college? How will they change your life? Of all of the environment threats, which do you see as the most dangerous right now?

Rules

1. The entry is free, but a student may only enter one time

2. The essay has a word maximum of 1,000 words and must be in English

3. Essays must be submitted through our application form or as a Word attachment, sent to bestessay.education@gmail.com, with the subject line “Scholarship Essay Contest.”

4. Once the essay is submitted, entrants must access their Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard or Stumbleupon page and repost this page. Help us to spread the word about the scholarship to as many students as possible.

5. Entrants must also “Like” our Facebook page and “follow” us on Twitter.

6. No offensive, harassing, or incendiary, defaming content may be used.

7. By submitting an essay, the student is certifying that the content in fully original.

8. Entry automatically constitutes agreement on the part of the entrant to all of the Terms and Conditions listed below.

9. Entrant’s full name, email, and social media account ID’s should appear on a separate page and submitted with the essay.

Methods of Judging

All eligible essays will be evaluated by a panel of Best Essay Education writers and editors.

The following criteria will be used:

  • Originality of thought and structure
  • Quality of grammar and composition, including organization, vocabulary, etc.
  • Creativity and depth of thought

The panel shall determine the top three winners, based upon a scored rubric, and will then publish those winner names on its site, and social media pages, as it deems appropriate. Winners will receive notification via email and will be required to reply to those emails. Should a winner fail to respond to the email or, for any reason, refuse the prize award, the award will be provided to the entrant who is next in line.

Deadline for entries is 30 November, 2017.  

Visit the website:  https://bestessay.education/blog/best-essay-scholarship-contest

 

 

Terms and Conditions: 

By submitting an entry to Scholarship Contest, the entrant automatically agrees to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. Entrants attest that any entry submitted to the Best Essay.Education scholarship essay contest will be fully original and is one that has never been submitted or published anywhere else. We reserves the right to subject every entry to a plagiarism-scan, in order to verify originality. Once an entry is submitted, entrant agrees that all ownership rights to that essay are transferred to BestEssay.Education, and all copyright laws protect ownership by BestEssay.Education. Entrant understands and agrees that s/he may not reproduce, transfer, share, republish, or otherwise use or distribute the entry essay in any way, without express written permission. Entrant agrees that the company may use his/her name in publishing the contest entrants and/or winners. BestEssay.Education shall protect all other personal information of every contestant and shall not provide that personal information to any third party.

ThePensters Essay Writing Contest: $1000 Scholarship for Your Essay

1 August 2017

Take part in ThePensters Essay Writing Contest and get a chance to win $1000 scholarship for your college study!

 

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2017

1 August 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. Genres: 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: Postmarked by September 30, 2017

All contest winners will be announced on November 12, 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

C&R Press is open for full length manuscripts

1 August 2017

C&R Press is open for full length manuscripts in all categories for our 2017-18 catalog. Novels, poetry, short story collections, creative non-fiction, memoir, experimental and hybrid work. 

C&R Press submissions are open for our Winter Soup Bowl Chapbook and New York reading series. 

C&R Press is engaging more than ever in our community, seeking diverse and submerged voices, hosting readings and events at festivals from the Brooklyn Book Festival and the Miami Book Festival, to Sewanee and the Texas Book Festival, to off-site gatherings at AWP. (Next Spontaneous Literary Mixer is 9/16/17 in NYC – Concrete&Water). 

C&R has never held a formal reading period. We accept work that will hold people’s attention for years to come. It’s true that not all submitted work can be taken for publication, but please know each contribution helps support our cause (we’re poets and writers, too!)—which is to celebrate and promote literature. The funds created by the reading period go toward one goal: the creation of author-friendly contract models and opportunities to market and promote essential literature. 

We look forward to seeing your work!

*Please note that for work we’ve classified In Progress we do not allow edits or changes to the manuscript. 

Entries to our Summer “Tide Pool” Chapbook Series are open from the Summer Solstice (June 21) to the Autumnal Equinox (Sept 22). 

In Spring 2018 C&R Press will publish 1-3 chapbooks of poetry, short stories, or other types of literary or mixed work. Summer Tide Pool Chapbooks of poetry are between 20-40 pages, and chapbooks of fiction, creative nonfiction, essays and mixed work are between 25-60 pages not including front matter. There are entry fees. Manuscript authors selected for publication receive ten copies of the book, $100 dollars and a reading in New York City. 

We are looking for work that is developed, polished, and has a strong singular voice. We encourage emerging and established authors in the manuscript process to submit their best work. 

Please visit our Submittable for all submissions or our website for more information at:

http://www.crpress.org/submissions

 

ThePensters Essay Writing Contest: $1000 Scholarship for Your Essay

19 May 2017

Take part in ThePensters Essay Writing Contest and get a chance to win $1000 scholarship for your college study!

The Writer’s Workshop Writing Contests

5 May 2017

The Writers’ Workshop, a non-profit organization, sponsors 4 contests a year, and welcomes all writers regardless of residence.

For guidelines, see www.twwoa.org.

The awards for all contests are:

1st Place:  Your choice of a 2-night stay at The Mountain Muse B&B in Asheville; or 3 free online workshops; or 50 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff

2nd Place: A one-night stay at our B&B, or two free workshops; or 35 pages line-edited

3rd Place:  One free workshop, or 25 pages line-edited

10 Honorable Mentions

 

Annual Poetry Contest:  Deadline Extended to May 15, 2017

 (Guidelines are posted at www.twwoa.org)

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Hard Times Personal Essay Contest   

Deadline: Postmarked by May 30, 2017.

Guidelines:

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  not exceed 4,000 words (double-spaced, 12 point font). Multiple entries are accepted.

Your name, address, email, phone and title of work should also appear on a cover sheet. Enclose a self-addressed, self-sealing stamped envelope for critique and list of winners, and the reading fee of $25 per entry. Please make check or money order payable to Writers’ Workshop, and send to: Hard Times Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, N.C.  28805. Emailed submissions may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with “Hard Times Contest” in the subject. Please put cover sheet and entry all in one document (Word). Entry fee is payable online at www.twwoa.org.

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Literary Fiction Contest

Deadline: Postmarked by August 30, 2017.

Guidelines:

Submit a short story or chapter of a novel of 5,000 words or less.  Multiple entries are accepted.  All work must be unpublished. Your name, address, email, phone and title of work should also appear on a cover sheet. Enclose a self-addressed, self-sealing stamped envelope for critique and list of winners, and the reading fee of $25 per entry. Please make check or money order payable to Writers’ Workshop, and send to: Fiction Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, N.C.  28805. Emailed submissions may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with “Fiction Contest” in the subject. Please put cover sheet and entry all in one document (Word). Entry fee is payable online at www.twwoa.org.

MOTHER’S DAY 2017 ESSAY CONTEST

4 April 2017

DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2017 – 11:59PM

This year for Mother’s Day, in honor of the strength and commitment mothers provide for their children and families, Swift River and Shame Kills are proud to sponsor the “My Mother, My Hero” essay contest. This contest is free with a $200 prize for the winning essay!

In the world of addiction, it is often the families who help pull a loved one out of the clutches of substance abuse. It’s through their support that many people find healing, and quite often it is a mom (or a mother figure) who is always there in a time of need. Of course, it’s also likely that a mom has been hurt most in watching her child suffer the pain of addiction, which doesn’t just affect the addict, it touches everyone in their life.

In 250 words or less, tell us why your mother is your hero.

WHAT HAS SHE DONE TO LIFT YOU UP AND KEEP YOU ON THE RIGHT TRACK?

HOW HAS SHE INFLUENCED OR INSPIRED YOU?

HOW HAS SHE HELPED YOU STAY ON THE PATH TOWARDS HEALING?

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

http://www.swiftriver.com/my-mother-my-hero/

Deadline April 30: $1,500 For a Story, $1,500 For an Essay

3 April 2017

$1,500 For a Story, $1,500 For an Essay

Judy Juanita

The deadline is April 30, 2017 to enter this year’s Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. We’ll award 12 cash prizes totaling $4,000. The winning entries will be published on our website. The top winners will receive prominent exposure on our home page.

Key contest information:

  • New final judge: Judy Juanita (see her advice)
  • Top prizes: Best Story, $1,500; Best Essay, $1,500
  • Submit as many entries as you like
  • Entry fee: $18 per entry
  • Enter online using Submittable
  • Length limit: 6,000 words per entry
  • Subject: Any
  • Previously published work OK? Yes
  • Writers from all countries eligible
  • Past winning entries with judges’ remarks: See our archives
Click to submit your entry

Questions? Please email adam@winningwriters.com.

Can’t Enter Online?

If you are using a mobile device, or are otherwise having difficulty using our online entry system, you may mail your entry to:

Winning Writers
Attn: Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest
351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222
     Northampton, MA 01060-3961
     USA

Please include a check or money order for $18 payable to Winning Writers, and note your email address and phone number with your payment. You may mail multiple submissions in a single envelope with one combined payment. Please send US funds drawn on a US bank, or send your fee as US currency.

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

Enter Our Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

10 February 2017

Enter Our Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

Judy JuanitaOur 25th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest welcomes your entries through April 30. Our final judge this year is Judy Juanita, author of the novel Virgin Soul and of De Facto Feminism: Essays Straight Outta Oakland. She will be assisted by Lauren Singer. We will award $4,000 in prizes, including two top awards of $1,500 each. Winners are published on our website.

This contest welcomes published and unpublished work. Each entry may have up to 6,000 words. You may enter as often as you like. The reading fee is $18 per entry.

Click to submit your stories and essays

Please enjoy Ms. Juanita’s advice to contestants:

My favorite bedtime reading is the great Irish writer Frank O’Connor. I never tire of his short stories or insights. Rather than pretending to have great advice, I defer to him because I have an affinity for what he terms “might-have-beens” or “outlawed figures wandering at the fringes of society.” O’Connor said, “There is in the short story at its most characteristic something we do not often find in the novel—an intense awareness of human loneliness.” (The Best of Frank O’Connor, Knopf, 2009). He also wrote extensively about childhood though he was an only child. He’s said, “Children…see only one side of any question and because of their powerlessness see this with hysterical clarity.” So that’s a small essential for writing—look at marginalia, the smallest, youngest, the never-was, the never-will-be.Tim O’Brien talks of the consoling power of stories: “If I’m lying in bed at night I’m a little less lonely in a lonely universe. Stories connect me not just to other people, but to myself.” Is that another way of saying you need to write a feel-good story? It is not. When we manage to plumb the heart, we touch the reader’s heart. It may sting, comfort, sadden, dishearten even, but the touch is the measuring rod.

Essays are a horse of a different color. Opaque doesn’t work well in essays; a through line does. I want to follow the complexity of an argument but need markers along the way, like subheadings and bullets. The main lesson I’ve learned from writing a column is the necessity of moving from the personal to the universal/global. Being 100% personal reads as smug or self-indulgent and tries the reader’s patience. Being transparent has enormous value, but the writer has to lead the reader from the deeply intimate detail, e.g. a family tragedy, through extrapolation to the deeper meaning in the detail.Sometimes, the elements of an essay are like a family—they don’t all get along. Some people suffer from too little or too much closeness to a relative. Nowhere is copy and paste handier than in essay writing. Set your essay with care like you would a family dinner. And, remember, you can’t invite everybody to everything, even if they are family. You can’t dump all your set pieces into one essay.

All the winning entries and judges’ comments from the past decade are available for reading in our website archives.

Submit your 2017 entries now at
WinningWriters.com/tomstory

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

THE WRITER ESSAY CONTEST

24 January 2017

Deadline February 25, 2017.
$25 ENTRY FEE.
Our “Your Turn” essay contests asks readers to write a 2,000-word essay about any aspect of the writing life. Any topic is fair game, so long as it pertains to some aspect of writing.  Grand prize: $1,000 and publication in our magazine. However, every essay we receive will be considered for paid publication in The Writer. Word count: 2,000 words or less. 

Visit the website:

http://www.writermag.com/writing-resources/contests

AMERICA MEDIA CONTEST

24 January 2017

A Smart, Catholic Take on Faith and Culture

Deadline February 17, 2017
NO ENTRY FEE

America Media is seeking submissions from young writers for this year’s Generation Faith Essay Contest. We want to hear from high school and college students interested in reflecting on the joys and challenges that come with living out (or struggling with) one’s faith in the midst of real life. All entries should be true personal essays, between 800 and 1,200 words. The essays should feature strong narratives and real-life examples from the writer’s experience as a young person in the church today. Writers should think creatively and broadly about their faith experience. The winning entry will be awarded $1,000 and will be published in America. Additional entries may be chosen for publication in America. The judging panel will consist of the editors of America and The Jesuit Post. 

https://americamedia.submittable.com/submit

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

24 January 2017

Welcome to the 25th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $4,000 in prizes.

Please submit until April 30, 2017.

We will award $1,500 each for the top story and the top essay.

Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each (any category).

The top 12 entries will be published online.

Judge: Judy Juanita, assisted by Lauren Singer.

Please submit as many stories and essays as you like.

All themes accepted. Entries may be published or unpublished.

Length limit: 6,000 words.

No restrictions on age or country.

Fee: $18 per entry.

The results of our 25th annual contest will be announced on October 15, 2017.

How to enter, visit:

https://winningwriters.submittable.com/submit/49862/tom-howard-john-h-reid-fiction-essay-contest

The Editor’s Choice Award

13 January 2017
Our deadline is January, 27 2017,
 with a grace period extension until February 5, 2017.

Thanks to a patron of the arts founding our Editor’s Choice Award, we are able to give $100 to a work of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or artwork.  The Editor’s Choice Award will be given to the work that best embodies and achieves the goal of States of the Union. All contributors will be considered. If you have already submitted, your work will be in the running. We hope you will submit to us your thoughts on the election of Donald J. Trump. Whatever your medium, perspective, or age, we welcome your contributions.  Thank you!

Website: www.statesoftheunionbook.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/StatesOf

Twitter: @StatesOf_

Instagram: StatesoftheUnion

Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/statesof/states-of-the-union-book?ref=c8ysre

Narrative Magazine: Winter 2017 Story Contest

3 January 2017

Winter 2017 Story Contest

OUR WINTER CONTEST is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We’re looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.

Narrative winners and finalists have gone on to win the Pushcart Prize, the Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Atlantic prize, and have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and others. View all the recent awards won byNarrative authors.
As always, we are looking for works with a strong narrative drive, with characters we can respond to as human beings, and with effects of language, situation, and insight that are intense and total. We look for works that have the ambition of enlarging our view of ourselves and the world.
We welcome and look forward to reading your pages.
Awards: First Prize is $2,500, Second Prize is $1,000, Third Prize is $500, and ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication.

Submission Fee: There is a $25 fee for each entry. And with your entry, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.

All contest entries are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize for 2017 and for acceptance as a Story of the Week.

DEADLINE: The contest deadline is March 31, 2017, at midnight, Pacific daylight time.

Judging: The contest will be judged by the editors of the magazine. Winners and finalists will be announced to the public by April 30, 2017. All writers who enter will be notified by email of the judges’ decisions. The judges reserve the option to declare a tie in the selection of winners and to award only as many winners and finalists as are appropriate to the quality of work represented in the magazine.

Submission Guidelines: Please read our Submission Guidelines at http://www.narrativemagazine.com/node/360 for manuscript formatting and other information.

Other Submission Categories: In addition to our contest, please review our other Submission Categories for areas that may interest you.

The Writer: “YOUR TURN” Essay Writing Contest

3 January 2017

To celebrate our 130th year in print, we’re opening up our pages to our readers. Our “Your Turn” essay contests asks readers to write a 2,000-word essay about any aspect of the writing life. Any topic is fair game, so long as it pertains to some aspect of writing.  You only have until February 25th, 2016 to enter!

Deadline: February 25th, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Grand prize: $1,000 and publication in our magazine. However, every essay we receive will be considered for paid publication in The Writer.

Word count: 2,000 words or less

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 11:59 p.m. eastern time on February 25th, 2017. Please note that the deadline is eastern standard 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, especially since our staff is out of the office on weekends. If you do experience a technical problem, contact customerservice@madavor.com and we will do our very best to help you.

• 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 essays – 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.

• While we enjoy good writing in all forms, our magazine is strictly about writing and publishing, as either a career, a passion, a craft, or a lifestyle. No matter how strong an essay may be, if it does not somehow tie into some aspect of writing, we most likely will not be able to find a place for it in our magazine. For examples of the types of essays we accept, look to essays we’ve published in our magazine and on writermag.com.

• You may enter simultaneously submitted work.

• This is an essay (nonfiction) contest. Do not submit short stories, poetry, or other works of fiction. Do not submit any work over 2000 words or it will be disqualified.

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.

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

• $1,000 and publication in the June 2017 issue will be awarded to the winner.

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

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

• We prefer Word documents, but we do accept some other file types (such as PDFs).

• 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.

Visit the website for details on how to enter: 

http://www.writermag.com/writing-resources/contests/

 

 

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