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Writing contest by EssayPro

11 September 2016

Three prizes are given weekly.1st, 2nd and 3rd place

will be awarded $50 each and recognition from some

of the best academic writers in the US! We’ll publish

the best articles on our website and share through

every social media channel we have (If author’s permission is granted).

Entries should be previously unpublished.

Deadline: 09.21.2016

Details: http://essaypro.com/blog/scholarship-essay-contest/

THE BARTHELME PRIZE FOR SHORT PROSE

4 August 2016

ACCEPTING ENTRIES UNTIL AUGUST 31ST, 2016 (8/31/2016), AT 11:59 CST

The Barthelme Prize for Short Prose is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will receive $250, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives. To view last year’s winner and honorable mentions, you can purchase issue 28.2 here.

Deadline: August 31, 2016

All entrants to the Barthelme Prize receive a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast, beginning with the year in which the corresponding prize winner is published.

2016 Barthelme Prize Judge Jim Shepard has written seven novels, including The Book of Aron, published in 2015, which won the Sophie Brody Medal for Excellence in Jewish Literature and the PEN/New England Award for Fiction, and four story collections, includingLike You’d Understand, Anyway, a finalist for the National Book Award and Story Prize winner. His previous novel, Project X, won the Library of Congress/Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction as well as the ALEX Award from the American Library Association. His short fiction has appeared in, among other magazines,Harper’s, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The New Yorker, Granta, Zoetrope: All-Story,Playboy, and Electric Literature. He’s won a Guggenheim Fellowship, five of his stories have been chosen for The Best American Short Stories, two for The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, and one for a Pushcart Prize. He teaches creative writing and film at Williams College.

We will accept submissions both via our online submissions manager and via postal mail.

Barthelme Prize Guidelines: Online Submissions

  • Submissions accepted via Gulf Coast’s online submissions manager.
  • Submit up to three pieces of short prose in a single .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf file.
  • Only previously unpublished work will be considered.
  • The contest will be judged blindly, so please do not include your cover letter, your name, or any contact information in the uploaded document. This information should only be pasted in the “Comments” field.

Barthelme Prize Guidelines: Postal Mail Submissions

  • Only previously unpublished work will be considered.
  • Please address postal mail entries to:
    Gulf Coast
    ATTN: Barthelme Prize in Short Prose
    Department of English
    University of Houston
    Houston, TX 77204-3013
  • The contest will be judged blindly, so your contact information should appear only on your cover letter.
  • Please include your $18 reading fee, payable in U.S. dollars to “Gulf Coast.”

Visit the website:  http://gulfcoastmag.org/contests/barthelme-prize/

*Verbolatry Laugh-a-Riot Contest 2016*

19 July 2016

*Verbolatry Laugh-a-Riot Contest 2016*

Entries are now being accepted for the Verbolatry Laugh-a-Riot
Contest. Humorous essays and cartoons about writing/publishing.

Prize: £150 to the winning entry, via PayPal & publication in the Verbolatry newsletter
Eligibility: Anyone over the age of 18, except contest judges and family
Topic: Writing/publishing
Language: English
Genres: Humorous fiction, humorous nonfiction
Types: Cartoon, Essay
Specifications:
Cartoon – JPG, PNG or GIF file, resolution 75dpi min., dimensions 900x1400px max., as attachment
Essay – 100 words min., 500 words max., in message body
Original, previously unpublished work only
One entry per author, regardless of type
Mention the category and title of your entry in the subject line
Include an accurate word count
Tell us where you heard about this contest (Our charismatic promoters)
Send entry to: v3rbolatry(at)gmail(dot)com
“Early Bird” submission period*: 1 April 2016 to 31 July 2016
Last date: 31 August 2016
Results announced: October 2016 newsletters
Send us your funnies about writing, and win £150!

Deadline 31 August 2016.

Two categories, free and paid,

Entry fee:  £5 per entry via PayPal , with cash
prizes and publication.

Results announced October 2016. Sponsored by
Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat.

Details at:
http://devyaniborade.blogspot.com

TWITTER: @v3rbolatry
http://bit.ly/1pSghsz
#Verbolatry #LaughContest

Introducing Our Next Short Story Contest!‏ Lesson Learned

1 July 2016

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

 

Deadline: August 31st, 2016

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

Word count: 2,000 words or less

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

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

 

Guidelines:

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

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

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

• You may enter simultaneously submitted work.

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

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

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

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

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

• All submissions must be previously unpublished.

• Entry fees are non-refundable.

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

• Must be 18 years or older to enter.

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

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2016

13 June 2016

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that’s worth telling everyone! And welcome to all, having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00. All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com

Guidelines:

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

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

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: August 17, 2016

All contest winners will be announced on October 9, 2016

Prizes:

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

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

Entry fees:

$5 per poem, $10 per story

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”

Mail to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

 

Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com for details on how to enter!

 

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

9 Magazines with Contests and Deadlines This Month

7 June 2016

Electric Literature Opens For Essays

We love Electric Literature for all its offerings: stories, essays, news, and op-eds, and now you have a chance to submit to them directly. From the website: “We’re particularly interested in pieces that examine the intersection of the literary world and other creative disciplines: film, fine art, music, video games, architecture–you name it.” Payment is $50. Submit to Electric Literature here.
Submission fee: No Fee. Deadline: Not listed.

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Southern Indiana Review Nonfiction Award

Southern Indiana Review awards $2000 and publication to the best piece of nonfiction submitted by June 1st. Entries up to 35 pages double-spaced must be postmarked by the deadline. Michael Martone will select the winning entry. Full details on the Southern Indiana Review Award can be found here.
Submission fee: $20 ($5 for every additional entry) Deadline: June 1, 2016

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Mslexia Women’s Poetry Award

Poets, this one’s for you! Mslexia is committed to nurturing women’s poetry with some excellent prizes including £2,000, a retreat at the beautiful Cove Park, and a mentoring session with The Poetry Review editor. Full details on the Mslexia Poetry Award can be found here.
Submission fee: £7 up to three poems Deadline: June 13, 2016

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American Short Fiction Contest – Extended Deadline!

Victor LaValle is judging American Short Fiction’s contest this year, which awards $1000 and publication to the winning story. Note the extended deadline to June 15. Submit between 2000 – 6500 to be considered. Full contest details here.
Submission fee: $20 for each category –  Deadline: June 15, 2016

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december Magazine Curt Johnson Prose Awards

Anthony Marra and Eula Biss will select the winner of december magazine’s 2016 Curt Johnson Prose awards in fiction and nonfiction, respectively. Writers in each category can submit up to 8000 words for consideration. $1500 to the winner in each category and $500 to honorable mentions. Submit todecember magazine here.
Submission fee: $20 for each category –  Deadline: June 15, 2016

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New Rivers Press American Fiction Short Story Award

New Rivers Press will publish no more than twenty stories in its sixteenth anthology volume, which recognizes short fiction by emerging writers. $1750 will be awarded in prizes along with national publication and distribution, author discount, and complimentary copies. 10,000 word count. Submit here.
Submission fee: $17 – Deadline: June 15, 2016

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New American Press Fiction Prize

Full-length manuscripts welcome! Up to 100 pages will be considered. Winners will receive $1000, publication contract, and contributors copies. This year’s prize is judged by Gina Frangell. Full submission details can be found here. Note the extended deadline!
Submission fee: $17  – Deadline: June 24, 2016

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The Moth International Short Story Prize

Judged this year by John Boyne, The Moth awards £3000 and publication to the best piece of fiction under 6000 words, open to anyone. Second and third place prizes include £1000 and enrollment in the Circle of Misse writing retreat. Full submission details here.
Submission fee: $12 for each category –  Deadline: June 30, 2016

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Autumn House Literary Prizes

The Autumn House Contests award publication of full-length manuscripts in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, selected by three judges. Each winner also receives $2,500 ($1,000 advance against royalties and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote the book). Submit by mail or online via the Autumn House submission manager.
Submission fee: $30 for each category –  Deadline: June 30, 2016

Annual Dialogue Only Contest

7 June 2016

Bartleby Snopes 8th Annual Dialogue Only Contest  begins on June 1, 2016. All initial submissions up to 2,000 words must be received by September 15, 2016. Winners will be announced by October 19, 2016.. Compose a short story entirely of dialogue with no narration or tag lines for one $10 fee. No editors or judges receive any portion of the entry fees. Our contest runs with a rolling rejection process. We will always keep our five favorite stories. Contestants will be notified immediately if their story falls out of the top five and have the opportunity to resubmit. A minimum of $500 will be awarded, with at least $300 going to the grand prize winner. Our five finalists will also appear in Issue 15 of the magazine. For every entry over 50, an additional $5 will be added to the total prize money. Last year we awarded $1,900 in with a $1,161 grand prize. We welcome Kathy Fish & Rebecca McDowell as the 2016 judges. No previously unpublished work or simultaneous submissions permitted. All rights revert back to the author after publication.

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

These are the current annual contests sponsored by Winning Writers.

20 May 2016

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

  • All styles and themes
  • Submission period: April 15-September 30, 2016
  • Total prizes: $4,000
  • Accepts published and unpublished work
  • Special award for verse that rhymes or has a traditional style

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North Street Book Prize

  • For self-published books
  • Categories: Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction & Memoir
  • Submission period: February 15-June 30, 2016
  • Total prizes: $6,000
  • Top winners receive expert marketing services

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Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee)

  • Seeks humor poems
  • Submission period: August 15, 2016 – April 1, 2017
  • Total prizes: $2,250
  • No fee!
  • Accepts published and unpublished work

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Call for submissions: Lagos Literary and Arts Journal

20 May 2016

Lagos Literary and Arts Journal is always in search of exceptional talents to promote.

If you feel you believe you are a good writer whose voice should be heard all over the world, send us your best short fiction, essay or poem.
If you have taken some extraordinary photographs, and you think you should rank amongst the best, send them to us with your bio.
If you have written a review about a book you have just read, and you want other people to know about the same book, send us the review and we will pass the message along.
If you have met a great artiste (writer, musician , artist) you think is so amazing and is worth promoting, send us your report .
If you have interviewed any of them, all the better, send us the interviews and some pictures, we will do our best

Lagos Literary and Arts Journal publishes all genres of creative writing and media related to creative endeavors – including but not limited to poetry, fiction, essay, memoir , drama; political essays, satire, profiles, book reviews, anything to stimulate public interest in Nigerian art and culture. As much as possible please keep the length of all submissions below 2500 words; and the size of other media (image. video. audio) less than 3MB
You may submit files of following type; doc , rtf, jpg , gif , png,
Submissions are invite from all over the world.
All work to be considered for publishing should be sent to the editor at the following : editor@lagosliteraryjournal.com.

Payment
LLAJ is primarily a promotional publication, aiming to bring to light the work of new talents. We generally only pay an honorarium of $20 ($10 for poetry) for any work used in the print edition.

To obtain a sample copy of the journal (N800), visit our editorial and fulfillment office at:
AM Book and Team Publishing Limited
1 Olanipekun Street, Ososami Road,
Ibadan

Visit the website:  http://www.lagosliteraryjournal.com/content/submissions

I MUST BE OFF CONTEST

20 May 2016

2016 Travel Writing Contest — Submissions are Open!

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

Submission Guidelines:

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

The Prizes: 

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

Good luck and happy writing!

I must be off,
Christopher

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

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Previous Winners and Placers:

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

    

      Pictured above: The 2016 Judge — Paola Fornari

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Switchback Flash Contest

20 May 2016

Switchback is an online publication of the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco. We are a biannual journal because that’s about all we can handle. We generally open submissions for a few months at a time, then catch our breath while we put together the issue. Please read the guidelines below carefully before submitting. On behalf of everyone here at Switchback, thank you for considering us!

General Guidelines OR Things You’ll Want to Know about Us Quickly

1. We only consider previously unpublished works. No exceptions. Thank you.
2. We do not accept submissions via email or postal service. You can submit your work to us through Submittable. If you run into any technical difficulties in uploading your submission, please contact us at submissions@swback.com.
3. We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, we ask that you notify us as soon as humanly possible if your work is accepted elsewhere. If you’re exclusively submitting work to us, we appreciate the thought.
4. If you’re submitting prose, please limit your submission to one story or essay at a time. And make sure your work clocks in at or under 7500 words. We won’t consider any prose pieces over 7500 words. Period. Sorry, but dem’s the breaks.
5. If you’re submitting poetry, please submit to us no more than three poems. We like things in threes: Olympic medals, wishes, Cerberus heads, jazz ensembles. We don’t like things in fours, except when it comes to lists of things in threes.
6. Before submitting, please read some of our back issues to familiarize yourself with the content we choose to publish. It’s all readily available on our Web site, so there’s really no reason not to.

Following these guidelines will allow us to take you and your work more seriously. If you break the rules, we will swiftly and speedily fail to read your work.

How to submit:  http://www.swback.com/call

Now a quick word from our respective genre editors.

FICTION MANIFESTO:

This issue the fiction team anticipates receiving more submissions than ever before; and trust me, there were a lot before. What can you do to make your story stand out? Fancy type won’t do it. Unneccessarily strange structure won’t do it. And length won’t do it either. All you can do is send us something that is so good, we’re sad when we get to the last page. We love to read. We’re excited to read your story. Give us something great.

-Carrie

NONFICTION MANIFESTO:

We want good essays, personal or not. Send us the story of a family through generations or a history of the thimble. Send us whatever true thing you want, and make it pretty. There’s nothing we won’t look at, and no subject we believe unworthy.

– Robert

POETRY MANIFESTO:

We are looking for inventive poetic connections. Send us poems that are artful, intelligent, and inspired by the world around you. We seek work which embodies a broad view, even while exploring the minutia of everyday life. We encourage poems with an eye on social justice themes (but save us from reading rants, please). Send us informed pieces that use form and structure as essential scaffolding of your poetry, whether that is in a form, prose, or using white space. We love complexity balanced with simple poetic moments. Switchback accepts pieces from well-read writers, attentive to not only the American poetry lineage, but poetry’s global roots as well. Please remember, three poems at a time.

– Virginia

LITERARY REVIEWS MANIFESTO:

Switchback regularly publishes reviews of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry on our Web site. As a rule, we generally prefer to read reviews of lesser known works, of books you’re less likely to come across in the New York Times Book Review or Publishers Weekly, but we’re open to all good writing. Reviews should fall somewhere between 500 and 2000 words. Please state in your cover letter what genre your review falls under, so we may pass it along to the correct genre editor. Publicists interested in sending us catalogue listings or review galleys of forthcoming titles should send a query to editor@swback.com.

ART MANIFESTO:

Switchback features artwork in a number of different contexts. If possible, please include a statement with your submission indication how you envision your art being featured in Switchback.

1. As “cover” art, used as the background art for our issue.
2. Single pieces, to be displayed alongside an individual work of writing.
3. As part of a “featured artist” feature. To be considered as one of Switchback‘s featured artists, we ask that you submit a series of at least five pieces, along with an artist’s statement about the work.

Questions? Just email editor@swback.com.

Switchback at SubmittableOnce again, Switchback no longer accepts email or hard copy submissions. SUBMIT TO SWITCHBACK USING SUBMITTABLE. If you experience any technical difficulties uploading your submission, please contact us at: submissions@swback.com.

 

Last call! HARD TIMES ESSAY CONTEST

18 May 2016
Deadline: Postmarked by May 30, 2016

 

AWARDS:
 
1st Place: Your choice of a 2 night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B; or 2 free workshops (in person or on-line); or 50 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff.
2nd Place: Two free workshops, in person or on-line; or 35 pages line-edited.
3rd Place: One free workshop; or 25 pages line-edited.
10 Honorable Mentions
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 should not exceed 4,000 words (double-spaced, 12 point font). Multiple entries are accepted.
Your name, address, email and title of work should appear on the first page. The entry fee is $25 ($20 for Workshop members) per entry.
Enclose legal size self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners.  Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  Hard Times Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805. Entry fee is payable online at www.twwoa.org.
Emailed submission may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with “Hard Times Contest” in the subject. Comments will be emailed, so no SASE is necessary. The entry fee is payable online at www.twwoa.org, or by mail.

Narrative Magazine’s Spring 2016 Story Contest

13 May 2016

OUR SPRING 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 collections such as The Best American Short Stories,The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and many others. View the recent awards won by Narrative authors.
As always, we are looking for works with a strong narrative drive, with characters we can respond to, 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 up to ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication.

Submission Fee: There is a $24 fee for each entry. 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 and for acceptance as a Story of the Week.

Timing: The contest deadline is July 31, 2016, 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 August 31, 2016. All writers who enter will be notified by email of the judges’ decisions, which will be final. The judges reserve the option to declare ties and to designate and award only as many winners and/or finalists as are appropriate to the quality of contest entries and of work represented in the magazine.

Submission Guidelines: Please read our Submission Guidelines 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.

Visit the website to submit your work:  http://www.narrativemagazine.com/node/332521

Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction Winner: $60,000; Finalists: $5,000

25 April 2016

Prize Guidelines

A prize of $60,000 will be awarded to a literary nonfiction book published between September 18, 2015 and September 30, 2016 that, in the opinion of the jury, is the year’s best book of nonfiction. Literary nonfiction includes, among other forms, works of personal or journalistic essays, memoirs, commentary, criticism both social and political, history, and biography. Finalist works will demonstrate a distinctive voice, as well as a persuasive and compelling command of tone, narrative, style, and technique. The overall effect of such writing should provide the general reader with an informed, unique perspective on the issue at hand. The jurors will shortlist between three and five titles. Prizes of $5,000 will be awarded to each of the finalists.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Titles must be published in Canada between September 18, 2015 and September 30, 2016. Books that are not yet in final published form by the final deadline of July 27 may be submitted as bound galleys.
  • Books must be English-language, first-edition trade books published by a Canadian press, written by Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Previous publication in another country does not disqualify a book.
  • Translations from other languages into English are eligible and will be considered in the year in which the English translation is published. In the event of a translation winning the prize, the prize money will be divided as follows: $45,000 to the author, $15,000 to the translator.
  • To be eligible publishing houses must have a professional editorial process independent from the authors whose books are submitted for consideration. They must not charge authors for publishing their works.
  • All books must have an ISBN number and be available in Canadian bookstores.
  • Titles may be single-authored or co-authored. Multi-authored collections, anthologies, and conference proceedings are not eligible.
  • Self-published books are not eligible.
  • Ghostwritten books are not eligible.
  • No more than 20% of the manuscript can have previously been published in book form.
  • Books whose author was deceased at the time of publication are not eligible.
  • Publishers should note that the prize is for literary excellence; they should only submit books deemed outstanding in this regard.

Nomination Process

The schedule for submissions is tied to publication dates as follows:

Deadline 1: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 
For books published between September 18, 2015 and March 22, 2016

Deadline 2: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 
For books published between March 23, 2016 and May 24, 2016

*Deadline 3: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 
For books published between May 25, 2016 and September 30, 2016

Publishers are strongly encouraged to submit books prior to the deadlines. Submissions upon release of titles are appreciated. If a publisher, for any reason whatsoever, feels they cannot submit titles in accordance with the above schedule it is requested that they contact the Program Manager to discuss the possibility of an extension.

Number of Submissions

All Canadian-based publishers of original manuscripts may enter two books; companies publishing more than ten eligible nonfiction titles may add one book for every additional ten eligible books (or fraction thereof) on their nonfiction list, up to a maximum of five. See the chart below for reference.

Books Published:  Eligible to Submit:
10 or fewer 2
11 – 20 3
21 – 30 4
31 or more 5

 

Required Materials

The following must be submitted by the final deadline on July 27, 2016:

  • Five copies of each eligible title in book form; or three bound galleys, with at least two copies of the finished book to be received by the Writers’ Trust upon publication
  • A Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction submission form listing all submitted titles and planned submissions sent with the first shipment of books (do not send multiple copies unless you make changes to your submission plans)
  • Publishers submitting more than two titles must provide a list of all titles published during the calendar year on which that publisher’s eligibility is based. This list should include authors, titles, and dates of publication.
  • Electronic images of the author and book cover suitable for reproduction in print materials – please name each file as follows: “Nonfiction_AuthorLastName_FirstName” and “Nonfiction_AuthorLastName_BookTitle”. Contact the Program Manager for instructions on sending large images.

 

Jury Composition

The finalists of the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction are chosen by a three-person jury. Each juror may request an unlimited number of additional titles from a publisher’s list. Such titles are on equal footing with all other submissions, provided that their publishers agree to abide by the conditions laid out in this document. The jury acts independently of the Writers’ Trust and is charged with interpreting the mandate and eligibility criteria of the prize, as well as determining which of the submissions best reflect the prize mandate. In evaluating the writing, literary merit is the sole criteria. The judgment of the jury in selecting the winners, determining eligibility, and interpreting these rules is final.

Announcement of Nominees & Winners

The list of finalist authors will be announced in September 2016 and the award will be presented in November 2016 at an event in Toronto.

Publisher Obligations

If an author is a finalist the publisher will agree to:

  • Supply the Writers’ Trust with 18 additional copies of the shortlisted book for publicity.
  • Affix stickers provided by the Writers’ Trust to all outgoing copies of the current edition of the finalist and winning books and include prize sticker artwork on any subsequent editions.
  • Participate in promotion and publicity efforts undertaken by the Writers’ Trust and stress the importance of this with their authors.

Send submissions to:

Amanda Hopkins, Program Manager
Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction
Writers’ Trust of Canada
600 – 460 Richmond Street West
Toronto, ON  M5V 1Y1

Visit the website:  http://www.writerstrust.com/Awards/Hilary-Weston-Writers-Trust-Prize/Prize-Guidelines.aspx

New Letters Literary Awards

25 April 2016

Deadline: May 18, 2016.

New Letters invites you to submit fiction, essays, or poetry to the New Letters Literary Awards. Winners receive $1,500 for best essay, $1,500 for best poetry, and $1,500 for best fiction, and publication inNew Letters.

All entries are considered for publication and must be unpublished. Winners will be announced mid-September 2016. Essay and fiction entries may not exceed 8,000 words; poetry entries may contain one to six poems. $20 (postal mail)/ $25 (online) for first entry; $15 (postal mail)/ $20 (online) for each entry after. $20/$25 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to New Letters.

Previous judges have included Philip Levine, Joyce Carol Oates, Rishi Reddi, Mary Jo Salter, Carole Maso, Cornelius Eady, Margot Livsey, Benjamin Percy, Robin Hemley, and Kim Addonizio. For complete guidelines, visit http://www.newletters.org/writers-wanted/writing-contests, or send an S.A.S.E. to Ashley Wann, Contest Coordinator, New Letters, 5101 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110.

I MUST BE OFF! TRAVEL WRITING COMPETITION

13 April 2016

I MUST BE OFF! TRAVEL WRITING COMPETITION

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

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

OmniPapers Writing Contest: The Ideal Higher Education Model for My Country

11 April 2016

OmniPapers, with the support of our founder Emily Johnson, announce an international essay contest!

It’s a perfect opportunity to show your creativity and writing skills with a chance to win $500!

Guidelines

The contest is open to all students from worldwide.

What is the task?

Write an essay on the topic “The ideal higher education model for my country.”

Try your best to cover the following questions:

1. What higher education model do you see ideal?

2. What changes would you make to improve your country’s higher education model?

Don’t be afraid of experiments and remember: the most creative works have more chances to win.

Send your essays to info@omnipapers.com. Also, don’t forget the subject line of your message should be “OmniPapers Writing Contest”. And write your name in the body of this message.

Anything else?

  • The language of your essay should be English.
  • You can write it in academic or non-academic style.
  • The number of words should be between 1,000-1,500.
  • Save and send your essay in Word Doc or PDF formats.
  • Participants must be 20-25 years old.

One student can submit only one essay!

Awards

  • $500 – the 1-st place
  • $200 – the 2-nd place
  • $100 – the 3-rd place

Deadline: June 30, 2016.

Winners will be announced on July 11, 2016 and they’ll be notified by email. We’ll also publish their works at our blog.

Who Are They to Judge Us?

All essays will be evaluated for creativity, originality, and proper grammar by Emily Johnson, the author of this blog about reviews of best essay writing services.

Feel free to share this info with your friends in Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, using the #essaycontest hashtag.

More details needed? Ask your questions at info@omnipapers.com or in comments below.

Good luck, and may the writing force be with you!

Visit the website:  http://omnipapers.com/essay-contest/

TOM HOWARD/JOHN H. REID FICTION & ESSAY CONTEST – LAST CALL!

11 April 2016

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

Arthur Powers

The deadline is April 30 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:

  • Final judge: Arthur Powers (see his advice)
  • Top prizes: Best Story, $1,500; Best Essay, $1,500
  • Submit as many entries as you like
  • Entry fee: $18 per entry
  • Enter using Submittable or our standard entry form
  • 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 form, 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

Please include a check or money order for $18 payable to Winning Writers, and note your email address and phone number with your payment.

HARD TIMES ESSAY CONTEST

28 March 2016

The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville is sponsoring its 26th Annual Hard Times Essay Contest, open to any writer regardless of residence.

The deadline is: postmarked or emailed by May 30, 2016.

Awards: 

1st Place: Your choice of a 2 night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B; or 2 free workshops (in person or on-line); or 10 poems line-edited and revised by our editorial staff.

2nd Place: Two free workshops, in person or on-line; or 8 poems line-edited.

3rd Place: One free workshop; or 5 poems line-edited.

10 Honorable Mentions 

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 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. 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. The entry fee is payable online.

 

Visit the website:  http://www.twwoa.org/\

Hard Times Writing Contest

24 March 2016

Hard Times Writing Contest

Deadline: Postmarked by May 30, 2016.

  •  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.

Visit the website:  http://www.twwoa.org/

Enter here

Writing Contest: HOW WINNING ARE YOUR ESSAYS?

23 March 2016

Writing Contest: HOW WINNING ARE YOUR ESSAYS?

Deadline:

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Entry Fees

None

Prizes

1st place – $500, 2nd place – $300, 3rd place – $100.

Description

If you like to write and do it the best, if your parents, friends and family say that you have a talent, if you can’t imagine your life without writing, then you should take part in this contest.

Write a unique essay in English between 800 and 1,000 words. Upload your files in the text formats .doc, .docx, .rtf, and .odt.

For more details please read “Instructions” on http://24writer.com/writing-contest

Select the topic that you like the most from “Topics” on http://24writer.com/writing-contest/.  After your essay is ready, send it to our support team via an online form (first name, email address and upload file).

Submit by 23:59 on May 15, 2016.

Our three winners will be notified via email and Facebook on June 1, 2016.

24Writer, the host of this contest, is an online resource which renders services in writing sphere.

Visit the website:

http://24writer.com/writing-contest/

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

23 March 2016

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

Welcome to the 24th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $4,000 in prizes. Now featuring the Submittable entry system.

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.

Deadline: April 30, 2016.

Results announced on October 15, 2016.

Please submit as many stories and essays as you like. All themes accepted. Entries may be published or unpublished. Length limit: 6,000 words. Fee: $18 per entry.

Click “HERE” for complete guidelines

Last Call! THE FLORIDA REVIEW EDITORS’ AWARDS

23 March 2016

THE FLORIDA REVIEW EDITORS’ AWARDS

$15 ENTRY FEE.

For prose, submit up to 25 pages.

For poetry, submit up to five poems.

Deadline March 31, 2016.

Winners receive $1,000 and publication.

Finalists are published as well.

Visit the website for details on how to enter: http://floridareview.cah.ucf.edu/editorsinfo.php

WRITERS DIGEST ANNUAL WRITING COMPETITION

23 March 2016

DEADLINE: May 6, 2016

Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years. Enter our 85th Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! 501 winners will be chosen.The top winning entries of this writing contest will also be on display in the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.

Prizes
One Grand Prize winner will receive:

  • An announcement of the winner on the cover of Writer’s Digest (subscriber issues only)
  • $5,000 in cash
  • An interview with the author in Writer’s Digest
  • One on one attention from four editors or agents
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!
  • A one year subscription to Writer’s Digest Tutorials
  • A 30-minute Platform Strategy Consultation with Chuck Sambuchino

The First place winner in each category will receive $1,000 in cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

The Second place winner in each category will receive $500 cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

The Third place winner in each category will receive $250 in cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

The Fourth place winner in each category will receive $100 in cash and $50 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

The Fifth place winner in each category will receive $50 in cash and $50 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

The Sixth through Tenth place winners in each category will receive $25 in cash and $25 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

All top winners will also receive:

  • A one-year Writer’s Digest VIP membership, which includes a one-year subscription (new or renewal) to Writer’s Digest magazine, access to WritersMarket.com for one year, discounts on Writer’s Digest University workshops and discounts off of purchases made at WritersDigestShop.com.
  • Their names listed in Writer’s Digest, on WritersDigest.com and in the 84th Annual Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition Collection.

All Honorable Mentions receive:

  • 20% discount off of purchases made at WritersDigestShop.com
  • Their names listed in the 84th Annual Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition Collection.

Categories

  • Inspirational Writing (Spiritual/Religious)
  • Memoirs/Personal Essay
  • Magazine Feature Article
  • Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.)
  • Mainstream/Literary Short Story
  • Rhyming Poetry
  • Non-rhyming Poetry
  • Stage Play
  • Television/Movie Script
  • Children’s/Young Adult Fiction

DEADLINE: May 6, 2016

How to Enter

  • Enter online or submit your entry via regular mail. Offline entries must be accompanied by an Entry Form, and the required entry fee (credit card information, check or money order made payable to F+W Media, Inc.). If you are entering more than one manuscript, you may mail all entries in the same envelope and write one check for the total entry fee; however, each manuscript must have its category indicated in the upper left-hand corner. You may enter online even if you are paying with a check. All checks will be cashed within 60 days of the competition final deadline. Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • Your entry must be original, in English, unpublished* and unproduced, not accepted by any other publisher or producer at the time of submission. Writer’s Digest retains one-time nonexclusive publication rights to the Grand Prize and First Place winning entries in each category to be published in a Writer’s Digest publication.* Entries in the Magazine Feature Article category may be previously published. Any piece posted online, anywhere other than a personal blog, is considered published. For poetry, all online postings are considered published.
  • If you are submitting your entry via regular mail (NOT using the online entry form), the entry must be typed on one side of 8-1/2 x 11 or A4 white paper. Scripts and poems may be either double-or single-spaced; all other manuscripts must be double-spaced. The competition category and word count/line count must appear in the upper left-hand corner of the first page —otherwise your entry is disqualified. The first page should also include the entry’s title. As judging is blind, do not include your name, address, phone number, email address or other identifying information in the upper left-hand corner of the first page.
  • BE SURE OF YOUR WORD COUNT! Entries exceeding the word or page limits will be disqualified. Type the exact word count (counting every single word, except the title) at the top of the manuscript.
  • Mailed entries that are more than one page in length must be stapled.
  • Due to U.S. Government restrictions we are unable to accept entries from Syria, Iran, North Korea, or Sudan.
  • For more information visit our Preparing Your Entry Page or our FAQ page.

DEADLINE: May 6, 2016

Visit the website for details on how to enter:  http://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/annual-writing-competition

Dream Quest One is now accepting poems and short stories!

14 March 2016

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves arranging words into the beautiful art of poetry and/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, fiction, nonfiction or creative nonfiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). All entries must be either typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: August 17, 2016

All contest winners will be announced on October 9, 2016

Prizes:

Writing First Prize is $500, 2nd – $250, 3rd – $100.

Poetry First Prize is $250, 2nd – $125, 3rd – $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