Archive for the 'Fiction Contests' Category

Word by Word

22 January 2016
Deadline: Thursday, March 31, 2016
Entry Fees:  $15.00 CAD
Prizes:
1st prize: $500 and publication on WCSC website
2nd prize: $250 and publication on WCSC website
3rd prize: $100 and publication on WCSC website
Judge: Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists.
1st prize will also receive commentary from Ms. McMahon.
Description:
Any subject, just send us your best work (Fiction only – no non-fiction or poetry for this contest)
Word count: max 1,500
Winners announced at June 12, 2016 meeting
Contact Information:
Send entries to: contest@simcoewriters.ca

How to Enter: Please send the story as an attachment in Word format. Judging is blind, so make sure there is no identification on the story. Your name, email, phone number, word count and title should appear in the body of the email.

Website:
http://simcoewriters.ca/simcoe/contest/

Fabula Press’ Nivalis Short Story Contest 2016

22 January 2016
Deadline:

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Entry Fees:

USD $10.00

Prizes: The contest carries the following prizes:
First prize: US$250
Second prize: US$150
Third prize: US$100

All long-listed entries (top 10-15) get published in an anthology, and non-prize winning published entries will be paid US $50 each. Also, at the sponsors’ discretion, additional prizes may be declared for ‘Editors’ Pick’ category (in the last edition of the contest, four such prizes of US$50 each were declared).

Description:

There is no theme or genre restriction, and we are happy to read historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and horror. However, for consistency of presentation we cannot accept children’s stories, fantasy, young adult or chick lit; likewise hardcore science fiction is not something we are looking for, but are open to science-based/alternative history-based literary works. In case of doubt, it is best to query the editorial team.

Word count: Minimum 1500, maximum 7000.

Entry fee: US $10.

Judges: The panel of judges includes literary agents, authors and essayists.

Detailed guidelines are available on our website – www.fabulapress.com

Contact Information:

email: editors@fabulapress.com
website: www.fabulapress.com
FaceBook – www.facebook.com/fabula.press
Twitter – @FabulaPress
Google+ – google.com/+Fabulapress

Website: www.fabulapress.com

Narrative Winter 2016 Story Contest

18 January 2016

Narrative Winter 2016 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 $24 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 2016 and for acceptance as a Story of the Week.

Timing: The contest deadline is March 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 April 30, 2016. 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 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: http://www.narrativemagazine.com/winter-2016-story-contest

The Masters Review Anthology Volume V – Jan 15 – Mar 31, 2016

18 January 2016

$5000 Awarded – Ten Writers Recognized

Every year The Masters Review opens submissions to produce our anthology, a collection of ten stories written by the best emerging authors. Our aim is showcase ten writers who we believe will continue to produce great work. The ten winning writers are nationally distributed in a printed book with their stories and essays exposed to top agents, editors, and authors across the country. Our third volume was awarded the Silver Medal for Best Short Story Collection through the INDIEFAB Awards in 2015, and our fourth volume published this fall. The deadline to submit to Volume V is March 31.To learn about past volumes, click here.

Submission Guidelines:

  • fiction and narrative nonfiction
  • 7000 word count maximum
  • international submissions allowed
  • simultaneous and multiple submissions are allowed, but please inform us if your story has been accepted elsewhere
  • previously unpublished work only
  • emerging writers only: cannot have a novel published at the time of submission (self-published authors and writers with published story collections are free to submit. Authors with a contract for a novel are also free to submit.)
  • $20 reading fee per story

Winners Receive:

  • $500 award
  • Publication in a nationally distributed journal
  • Exposure to over 50 literary agencies
  • Contributor’s copy
  • All writers are part of an exclusive mailing. We send our anthology to editors, writers, and literary institutions across the country

“I read your issues like clockwork! I’m a literary agent, and there’s such a great cast of emerging writers on this site that I’m always checking in to see if there’s anyone who might be looking for representation for longer form work.” –VICTORIA MARINI, GELFMAN SCHNEIDER / ICM PARTNERS

“If these are the voices we’ll be hearing from, American literature has an awful lot to look forward to.” –RAMONA AUSUBEL, author of No One is Here Except All of Us and A Guide to Being Born

The shortlist will be announced on April 15th, 2016.

The winners will be announced on or before May 15th, 2016.

How to enter, visit: https://mastersreview.com/short-story-award-for-new-writers/

Hunger Mountain – Literary Prizes

18 January 2016

Hunger Mountain

Literary Prizes

Deadline: March 1, 2016
Entry Fee: $20
E-mail address: hungermtn@vcfa.edu

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Hunger Mountain are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Lee Upton will judge in poetry, Janet Burroway will judge in fiction, and Robert Michael Pyle will judge in nonfiction. Submit up to three poems or a story or essay of up to 10,000 words with a $20 entry fee by March 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Hunger Mountain, Literary Prizes, Vermont College of Fine Arts, 36 College Street, Montpelier, VT 05602. (802) 828-8517. Samantha Kolber, Managing Editor.

Colorado Review – Nelligan Prize

18 January 2016

Colorado Review

Nelligan Prize

Deadline: March 14, 2016
Entry Fee: $15
E-mail address: creview@colostate.edu

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review is given annually for a short story. Gish Jen will judge. Submit a story of any length with a $15 entry fee by March 14. All entries are considered for publication. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Colorado Review, Nelligan Prize, Colorado State University, English Department, 9105 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO 80523. (970) 491-5449. Stephanie G’Schwind, Editor.

Hidden River Publishing – Eludia Award

18 January 2016

Eludia Award

Deadline: March 15, 2016
Entry Fee: $30
E-mail address: hiddenriverarts@gmail.com

A prize of $1,000, publication by Sowilo Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, and 10 author copies is given annually for a first novel or short story collection by a woman over the age of 40 who has not published a book of fiction. Submit a manuscript of any length with a synopsis, an author bio, a resume, and a $30 entry fee by March 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Hidden River Publishing, Eludia Award, P.O. Box 63927, Philadelphia, PA 19147. (610) 764-0813. Debra Leigh Scott, Director.

Image – Milton Postgraduate Fellowship – 9 months

18 January 2016

Milton Postgraduate Fellowship

Deadline:
March 15, 2016
Entry Fee: $25
E-mail address: programs@imagejournal.org

A nine-month fellowship is given annually to a Christian writer of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction to complete a first book. The fellowship, valued at $25,000, includes a $5,000 stipend, a teaching salary of approximately $7,900, a private apartment, and health insurance. Writers who are U.S. citizens and have completed an MFA in creative writing or an MA in creative writing, English, or the humanities are eligible. The fellowship will take place on the campus of Seattle Pacific University from September 15, 2016, to June 15, 2017. Fellows will teach courses in the SPU English department and will give a reading and a lecture at events hosted by Image. Submit 8 to 12 poems or 30 to 50 pages of prose, a book proposal, an author bio, a brief explanation of goals, and three letters of recommendation (sent directly to Image by the references) with a $25 entry fee by March 15. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Image, Milton Postgraduate Fellowship, 3307 Third Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98119. (206) 281-2988.

A Room of Her Own Foundation

18 January 2016

Gift of Freedom Award

Deadline:
November 2, 2016
Entry Fee:

$45

E-mail address:

tracey@aroho.org

A prize of $50,000 is given biennially to a female poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer to complete a project for publication over a two-year period. The top finalist in each of the two remaining genres will receive $5,000. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or prose, an essay on financial status, an essay on the meaning of writing, an artist’s statement, a project plan, and a community benefit proposal with a $45 entry fee ($35 for electronic submissions) by November 2, 2016. Send an SASE or visit the website for the required application and complete guidelines.

A Room of Her Own Foundation, Gift of Freedom Award, P.O. Box 778, Placitas, NM 87043. (505) 867-5373. Tracey Cravens-Gras, Associate Director.

PEN Northwest – Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency for 2018

18 January 2016

Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency for 2018

Deadline:
March 1, 2016
Entry Fee: $25
E-mail address:

johndaniel48@yahoo.com

A seven-month residency from April to October, which includes a $5,000 honorarium, is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer to live and work at the Dutch Henry Homestead near the Rogue River in southwestern Oregon. The residency requires one hour of general homestead maintenance per day. A committee of PEN Northwest members will judge. The 2017 resident has already been chosen. For the 2018 residency, submit three copies of 10 pages of poetry or 20 pages of prose, a résumé, and a letter of intent with a $25 entry fee by March 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

PEN Northwest, Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency, c/o John Daniel, 23030 West Sheffler Road, Elmira, OR 97437. John Daniel, Contact.

Lake Forest College – Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency

18 January 2016

Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency

A prize of $10,000, publication by &NOW Books, an imprint of Lake Forest College Press (with distribution by Northwestern University Press), and a three-week residency at Lake Forest College is given in alternating years to an emerging poet or fiction writer to complete an innovative work-in-progress. This year the residency will be offered to a fiction writer. Brian Evenson will judge. Writers who are under the age of 40 and who have not published a book are eligible. Using the online submission system, submit up to 30 pages of prose, a project statement, and a curriculum vitae by March 1. Only the first 200 entries will be considered. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Lake Forest College, Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency, English Department, P.O. Box A16, 555 North Sheridan Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045. (847) 735-5274. Joshua Corey, Contact.

Mississippi Arts Commission

18 January 2016

Literary Artist Fellowships

Grants of up to $5,000 each are given in alternating years to Mississippi poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. This year the fellowships will be offered in poetry and fiction. Applicants must be permanent residents of Mississippi at the time of application and through the duration of the grant. Students enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program are ineligible. Using the online submission system, submit 15 to 20 pages of poetry or fiction, a résumé, a brief biography, and a writer’s statement by March 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Mississippi Arts Commission, Literary Artist Fellowships, 501 North West Street, Woolfolk Building, Suite 1101A, Jackson, MS 39201. (601) 359-6035. Connie Souto Learman, Contact.

Leeway Foundation

18 January 2016

Art and Change Grants

Deadline:
March 1, 2016
E-mail address:

info@leeway.org

Project grants of up to $2,500 each are given twice yearly by the Leeway Foundation to women and transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in the Delaware Valley region to fund art for social change projects. Writers living in Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia counties who are at least 18 years old and who are not full-time students in a degree-granting arts program are eligible. Applicants must identify a person, an organization, or a business as a partner for the project. Submit a project description and budget with the required entry form by March 1. There is no entry fee. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Leeway Foundation, Art and Change Grants, Philadelphia Building, 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 832, Philadelphia, PA 19107. (215) 545-4078. Melissa Hamilton, Program Assistant.

Alabama State Council on the Arts

18 January 2016

Individual Artist Grants

Deadline:
March 1, 2016

Contact: Anne Kimzey

Alabama State Council on the Arts

Individual Artist Grants

201 Monroe Street,

Montgomery, AL 36130

(334) 242-4076

 

 

EXPLORE LOVE IN OUR FIRST LITERARY CONTEST:

16 January 2016

We are now accepting entries!

Fiction (maximum 2,000 words)*

Non-fiction (maximum 2,000 words)*

Poetry (1-3 poems per single submission) (total maximum 75 lines)*

OPEN for SUBMISSIONS until Midnight, Valentine’s Day, Feb 14, 2016

 

FIRST PRIZE: $1000.00 CDN (per category) plus a full manuscript review** by the literary agency The Rights Factory

THREE HONOURABLE MENTIONS PER CATEGORY: Guaranteed publication in donttalktomeaboutlove.com

What does LOVE mean to you? We want your fiction, non-fiction and poetry, exploring love in any of its myriad expressions: romantic, platonic, parental, and much, much more. We know there is a whole world of love out there, and we want to read about it.

All submitted works must be original and unpublished works. All works that have published in print or on the Internet, including self-published works, as well as works that have been broadcast or delivered in front of a public audience, are considered previously published and are therefore not eligible for submission.

Texts must be written in English. All works must fall within one of the following categories and be within the specified word/line count.*

Participants may submit as many texts as they wish in one or all categories. A writer can win only one prize per category. Each text may be submitted to only one category. For each entry, participants must complete a separate submission form and pay the entry fee. Please see complete Submission Guidelines on the Submittable submissions form.

*   Word count includes titles, except poetry. Submissions over the specified word count will be disqualified. Word counts are determined using Microsoft Word’s word counter.

**  Manuscript review for up to 75,000 words for Fiction and Non-fiction; 10,000 words for Poetry. Review will be in the form of a one-hour personal/skype/telephone meeting.

Winners will be announced in June 2016

Visit the website for details: http://www.donttalktomeaboutlove.com/contest/

Last call! DreamQuestOne Writing Competition

14 January 2016

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is international, 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, fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries, short screenplays and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or legibly hand printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: All electronic and postal mail entries must be sent off before or on January 31, 2016 by 11:59 PM, Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Yes, there is still time to send your wonderful poems and short stories to enter now!

All winners will be announced on March 17, 2016

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 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

Narrative Magazine’s Winter Writing Contest

14 January 2016

Winter 2016 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 by Narrative 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.

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR WORK.

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 $24 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 2016 and for acceptance as a Story of the Week.

Timing: The contest deadline is March 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 April 30, 2016. 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 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.

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR WORK.

Visit the website:  http://www.narrativemagazine.com/winter-2016-story-contest

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest

13 January 2016

Writer Contest Rules

Deadline: MARCH 31, 2016

• ENTRANTS RETAIN ALL PUBLICATION RIGHTS

• NO ENTRY FEE IS REQUIRED

• ALL AWARDS ARE ADJUDICATED BY PROFESSIONAL WRITERS ONLY

• PRIZES EVERY THREE MONTHS: $1,000, $750, $500

• ANNUAL GRAND PRIZE: $5,000 ADDITIONAL!

• OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW AND AMATEUR WRITERS OF NEW SHORT STORIES OR NOVELETTES OF SF OR FANTASY

1. No entry fee is required, and all rights in the story remain the property of the author. All types of science fiction, fantasy and dark fantasy are welcome.

2. By submitting to the Contest, the entrant agrees to abide by all Contest rules.

3. All entries must be original works, in English. Plagiarism, which includes the use of third-party poetry, song lyrics, characters or another person’s universe, without written permission, will result in disqualification. Excessive violence or sex, determined by the judges, will result in disqualification. Entries may not have been previously published in professional media.

4. To be eligible, entries must be works of prose, up to 17,000 words in length. We regret we cannot consider poetry, or works intended for children.

5. The Contest is open only to those who have not professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium. Professional publication is deemed to be payment of at least six cents per word, and at least 5,000 copies, or 5,000 hits.

6. Entries submitted in hard copy must be typewritten or a computer printout in black ink on white paper, printed only on the front of the paper, double-spaced, with numbered pages. All other formats will be disqualified. Each entry must have a cover page with the title of the work, the author’s legal name, a pen name if applicable, address, telephone number, e-mail address and an approximate word count. Every subsequent page must carry the title and a page number, but the author’s name must be deleted to facilitate fair, anonymous judging.

Entries submitted electronically must be double-spaced and must include the title and page number on each page, but not the author’s name. Electronic submissions will separately include the author’s legal name, pen name if applicable, address, telephone number, e-mail address and approximate word count.

7. Manuscripts will be returned after judging only if the author has provided return postage on a self-addressed envelope.

8. We accept only entries that do not require a delivery signature for us to receive them.

9. There shall be three cash prizes in each quarter: a First Prize of $1,000, a Second Prize of $750, and a Third Prize of $500, in US dollars. In addition, at the end of the year the winners will have their entries rejudged, and a Grand Prize winner shall be determined and receive an additional $5,000. All winners will also receive trophies.

10. The Contest has four quarters, beginning on October 1, January 1, April 1 and July 1. The year will end on September 30. To be eligible for judging in its quarter, an entry must be postmarked or received electronically no later than midnight on the last day of the quarter. Late entries will be included in the following quarter and the Contest Administration will so notify the entrant.

11. Each entrant may submit only one manuscript per quarter. Winners are ineligible to make further entries in the Contest.

12. All entries for each quarter are final. No revisions are accepted.

13. Entries will be judged by professional authors. The decisions of the judges are entirely their own, and are final.

14. Winners in each quarter will be individually notified of the results by phone, mail or e-mail.

15. This Contest is void where prohibited by law.

How to enter, visit: http://www.writersofthefuture.com/enter-writer-contest/

Last call: The Crazyhorse Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, & Poetry

12 January 2016

The Crazyhorse Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, & Poetry

Deadline: January 31, 2016

From January 1st to January 31st, 2016, submit short stories and essays of up to 25 pages or a set of 1-3 poems. Winners in each genre will receive $2,000 and publication.

This year’s judges are: Joan Silber (fiction), Brenda Miller (nonfiction), and Khaled Mattawa (poetry). 

All entries will be considered for publication, and more than one manuscript may be entered. Before you submit, please remove your name and any other identifying information from your manuscript. Simultaneous submissions are okay, as long as you contact us should the work be accepted elsewhere. The $20 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Crazyhorse.

How to enter: http://crazyhorse.cofc.edu/prizes/

The Fresher Writing Prize 2016

12 January 2016

Please read the rules carefully before entering. By submitting an entry you are agreeing to be bound by these rules.

  1. Closing date for receipt of entries is 31st January at midnight BST. All entries received after this deadline will be automatically disqualified.
  2. Entrants must be over 16 years old on the closing date.
  3. The maximum length of submissions is 3,000 words (does not include title), there is no minimum length. Stories can be on any theme or subject and are welcome in any style including graphic, verse or genre-based (Crime, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Children’s etc).
  4. The Fresher Writing Prize is open to all writers who do not currently have representation by an agent/publisher. Entries can be made online or by post.  All entries should be in English. Postal entries will only be accepted as printed typescripts. There are no specific formatting requirements – font type, font size, line spacing etc. Writers may format their work in the way they feel is most appropriate. Please send postal entry/entries to: Fresher Writing Prize, Bournemouth University, Weymouth House, Fern Barrow BH12 5BB
  5. Authors may enter as many stories as they like. Stories must be entered separately; there is an entry fee of £6 for each story submitted. Payment for online entries should be made via the website https://fresherwritingprize2016.eventbrite.co.uk
  6. Payment for postal entries should be made by cheque. Cheque payments must be in pounds sterling and cheques should be made payable to ‘Bournemouth University’.
  7. Entries will not be returned. Please keep a copy. No corrections or alterations can be made after receipt of an entry.
  8. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been previously published, in print or online (including self-published, magazines, journals, websites, blogs, social network sites), or broadcast or won a prize in another writing competition.  Any entry found to have been plagiarised will be disqualified. Simultaneous submissions are welcome – but please let us know as soon as possible if a story is to be published elsewhere or has won a prize in another writing competition.
  9. Entries will be read and judged anonymously by the Panel; entrants names and contact details should only appear on the entry form and not anywhere on their stories/manuscripts. The stories/manuscripts must be free of all personal information about the author. This includes age and address.
  10. If you require acknowledgement of receipt of your postal entry then please enclose a stamped addressed postcard marked ‘Acknowledgment’. Online entries will be acknowledged by email. If an entrant does not receive an email acknowledgement for an online entry they are very welcome to contact Fresher to confirm their entry has been received. Contact via email to competitions@fresherpublishing.co.uk
  11. By submitting an entry, entrants agree to have their work published in the Fresher Writing Prize Anthology 2016, in both print and ebook formats, should they be the author of one of the 20 shortlisted stories. Authors will retain worldwide copyright on their work (including film and dramatic rights) but Fresher Writing Prize has first publication rights to publish the shortlisted stories in The Fresher Writing Prize anthology, in both print and ebook formats.
  12. Each of the shortlisted authors will receive 2 free copies of the paperback version of The Fresher Writing Prize Anthology and will be able to purchase further copies at a discount of 50%. All shortlisted writers will be able to purchase any number of copies of any volume of The Fresher Writing Prize Anthology at a discount of 50%. Any profit from the sale of the The Fresher Writing Prize Anthology will go towards future events to support new writers.
  13. No competitor may win more than one prize. Entries will be read by a panel of writers/lecturers. They will select a longlist for judging panel. The judging panel will select the stories to be published in the Fresher Writing Prize Anthology 2016 and the top prize winning stories. The judges’ decision is final and no individual correspondence will be entered into.Judges or readers will not comment on individual storiesor give feedback on individual stories.
  14. Prizes are allocated at the discretion of the judges.
  15. Prizes will be awarded at the Fresher Writing Prize 2016 Awards Ceremony on May 19th 2016 and will be sent to any of the finalists who are unable to attend the awards ceremony. Prizes, including free copies of the anthology are not dependent on winners attending the Awards Ceremony. Entrants will not be contacted individually about the competition results unless they are selected for the shortlist. The shortlist will be announced on the website by April 15th. The top prize-winners will be displayed on the BU website within one week after the awards ceremony.
  16. Any entrant wishing to withdraw a story from the competition before the closing date will receive a full refund. Please contact us on competitions@fresherpublishing.co.uk We will not be able to refund any withdrawn stories after the closing date; however, stories may still be withdrawn after this date upon an entrant’s request.
  17. Fresher and Bournemouth University reserve the right to use photographs and video of entrants in their publicity materials.
  18. Entry implies an acceptance of all the Fresher Writing Prize 2016 rules. Entries that fail to comply with the entry rules and requirements may be disqualified.
  19. Bournemouth University reserves the right to suspend, cancel or amend the rules of the competition where it becomes necessary to do so.

Visit the website: http://www.fresherpublishing.co.uk/

1000 WORDS or LESS – FLASH FICTION COMPETITION

10 January 2016

1000 WORDS or LESS – FLASH FICTION COMPETITION

1000 WORDS or LESS wishes to give writers the opportunity to showcase their creative skill in the shorter story genre.

Up to 50 entries will be selected for printed and e-book publication to capture the creativity,

inspiration, ideas and thoughts of a diverse range of writers and provide a permanent published record of contemporary,

past or futuristic ideas or themes.  The entrant may choose any subject, theme, idea or inspiration.

The entry must be fictitious and not exceed 1,000 words.

The competition is open to writers in Australia and overseas.

First prize is $1,000 AUD.

There are additional cash prizes of $100 AUD for up to 5 other entries.

Entry fee is $15 AUD.

Competition closes 31 January 2016 AEST.

Please contact 1000wordsorless@1000wordsorless.com.au for entry details.

More information is available from http://www.1000words-or-less. com.au

Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest

10 January 2016

Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest

Deadline:

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Entry Fees

$30

Prizes

First Prize: publication contract offer from Leapfrog Press, with an advance payment, plus the finalist awards (see below).

Finalists: $150 and one or two critiques of the manuscript from contest judges; permanent listing on the Leapfrog Press contest page as a contest finalist, along with short author bio and description of the book

Description

Unpublished novels, novellas and short story collections over 22,000 words. Novels may be adult, young adult (YA) or middle grade (MG).

We look for literary fiction and mainstream fiction, including science fiction. Generally we are less interested in strict genre fiction, but if a manuscript is good and grabs our attention, we don’t care what the genre is.

See http://leapfrogpress.com/contest.htm for further information.

Contact Information

fictioncontest@leapfrogpress.com

Website

http://leapfrogpress.com/index.html

Calls for submissions: NEON LITERARY MAGAZINE

9 January 2016

HOW TO SEND WORK FOR PUBLICATION

Before sending your work for possible publication… please read the magazine! Doing so is the only way to understand what I want to publish, and doesn’t cost much. In fact, digital issues are free and print issues cost less than a sandwich and a coffee. By subscribing, purchasing a sample copy, or making a donation you’ll be helping to keep the magazine alive, and allowing me to pay the authors I publish.

You can find a wealth of good reasons to subscribe to Neon in this article. I hope that you’ll consider doing so; if just one in ten people who submitted work also subscribed to the magazine, Neon would never be short of funds. If you do support the magazine with a purchase, subscription or donation, please mention this in your cover letter. As a thankyou for your support, I’ll try and provide some personal feedback on your submission.

 

1. What I’m Looking For

There is no set word limit, but please send enough work to cover approximately three pages of the magazine. This could be one story, a couple of flash fictions, or several poems. I prefer darker pieces, especially those with an element of the surreal or speculative. I am open to reading anything, however, and am often surprised by pieces that don’t fall into these categories.

Images, comics and graphic poems are also welcome, as are self-contained extracts. If you have any doubts about whether something is suitable, please send it anyway and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

 

2. Terms

Reprints and simultaneous submissions are okay, but please let me know if a piece is published elsewhere. On acceptance Neon takes one-time non-exclusive rights to your work, as well as the right to archive it. Accepted authors receive one contributor copy, as well as a royalty derived from sales, subscriptions and donations – usually about £8.

 

3. How To Submit

Include a covering letter and a 50-word biography in the body of the email. The subject line should include the word “Submission”. The editor is Krishan Coupland. Send work by email to subs@neonmagazine.co.uk. Paste work into the body of the email if possible.

Please add Neon to your “Safe Senders” list, and query if you have received no response after two months. You may also wish to follow Neon on Facebook, Twitter or Google+, or join the mailing list, to be kept informed of any submissions-related news.

If you are new to sending your work out for publication, you might find this guide useful.

 

4. Feedback

If you are a current subscriber to the magazine, or if you have recently made a donation orpurchased a sample copy, please mention this in your covering letter. I’ll try and give some personalised feedback in my response. All submissions are given equal consideration, regardless of whether or not the author supports the magazine.

Visit the website: http://neonmagazine.co.uk/

Call for submissions: LUNARIS REVIEW Journal

9 January 2016

GUIDELINES FOR FICTION, CREATIVE NON-FICTION AND ESSAYS SUBMISSION

We publish literary fiction (flash fiction, short story and creative nonfiction). Lunaris Review accepts submission of flash fiction up to 1,000 words; short story, creative non-fiction up to 4,000 words and essay not longer than 7,500 words. We do not accept sci-fi and erotic compositions.

Submission should be sent as attachment in .doc or .pdf format using double line spacing. The attachment should include your name, email address, the title of the story and the word count. In the subject line write in caps: YOUR NAME: FICTION/ESSAY SUBMISSION.

Guidelines for Poetry

Lunaris Review accepts poems of diverse thematic pre-occupations, forms and styles. Please do not send more than four poems per submission period and the length of individual poems should not exceed 40 lines. Although, longer poems would not be declined, but shorter poems would be given first consideration.

Submission should be sent as attachment in .doc or .pdf format using double line spacing. The attachment must include your name, email address, the title of the poem(s) and the number of lines. In the subject line write in caps: YOUR NAME: POETRY SUBMISSION.

Guidelines for Artwork and Photography

Visual Artwork (photographs inclusive) will be considered for the cover and/or interior of each issue. Please do not send more than seven pieces per submission period. Any format is acceptable

Attach your works as high-resolution files. In the subject line write in caps: YOUR NAME: ARTWORKS/PHOTOGRAPHY SUBMISSION.

General Guidelines and Policy

In the body of the email, include; your name, your email, and a brief biography. We publish only works that have not been previously published, either online or in print. Multiple submissions are not accepted. We accept simultaneous submissions; however let us know right away when/if such work has been accepted elsewhere, in the case of which you would need to withdraw your submission through an email notification. All submissions should be sent to africa@lunarisreview.com.

By sending us your work you are stating that the work is your own, and do not infringe on any copyright. You are also stating that we acquire first rights (that is, we do not accept previously published works) to publish your work in the event that it is accepted. The rights of any published work in this journal remain with the contributor, and we ask that you acknowledge Lunaris Review if you republish such work.

We reserve the right to copyedit your work before publishing it. Any significant changes to content will be approved by the author prior publication. We also reserve the right to use your work in all promotional material for the journal. We do not charge submission fees and do not pay contributors for now but would put up necessary information should/whenever that change.

Entrust us with your best work and let us share your creativity.

JOURNAL SUBMISSION WINDOWS

    • January issue: October 1st – November 30th
    • April Issue: January 1st – February 28th
    • July issue: April 1st – May 31st
    • October Issue: July 1st – August 31st

Any work received after the deadline would be automatically considered for the following issue.

How to submit, visit: http://lunarisreview.com/submit-journal

24th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

9 January 2016

Deadline: Apr 30, 2016

Results Announced: Oct 15, 2016

Theme: All themes accepted

Length Limit: 6,000 words

Entry Fee: $18 per entry. Please submit entries one at a time.

Prizes:

  • FICTION: First Prize, $1,500
  • ESSAYS: First Prize, $1,500
  • 10 Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each (any category)
  • Top 12 entries published online

Visit the website for details:

https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/tom-howard-john-h-reid-fiction-essay-contest

 

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