Submit your finished romance novel
of 40,000 words or more
for the chance to win $1000.
Deadline: December 15, 2016
Visit the website for details on how to enter!
information about creative writing contests, poetry contests, literary magazine theme issues, writing residencies, grants, fellowships etc. Now accepting creative writing contests news and announcements!
Deadline December 16, 2016 (must be received by this date). Recommended free contest awards four prizes of $500 for books of fiction, nonfiction, first novel, and poetry written by an African-American and published in the US during the current year. The awards honor books that depict the “cultural, historical, or sociopolitical aspects of the African Diaspora”. Must be nominated by the publisher. Sets and multi-volume works are eligible but inspirational, self-help, and adult graphic novels are not. Send hard copy to each member of the judging committee, along with all available information regarding the submission (e.g., promotional material, author biography, available news articles, and reviews).
Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Black Caucus of the American Library Association
P.O. Box 5837
Chicago, Illinois 60680
Published Poetry Book
Published Prose Book
Fiction, nonfiction, and first novel
Received By Deadline
“2017” contest has a 2016 deadline. Note the new deadline for 2016 (formerly December 18).
$500 in each genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and first novel)
Honor Book citations may also be awarded in each category. In addition, an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation is awarded. (These citations are awarded without any accompanying remuneration.)
Entries “must portray some aspect of the African-American experience past, present, or future”. BCALA presents four monetary awards: one for adult fiction, one for nonfiction, one for a first novel, and one for poetry. These awards acknowledge outstanding achievement in the presentation of the cultural, historical, and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora.
– The Fiction Award recognizes depictions of sensitive and authentic personal experience either within the framework of contemporary literary standards and themes or which explore innovative literary formats.
– The Nonfiction Award honors cultural, historical, political, or social criticism or academic and/or professional research which significantly advances the body of knowledge currently associated with the people and the legacy of the Black Diaspora. (Categories could include the humanities, science and technology, social and behavioral sciences, and reference.)
– The First Novelist Award acknowledges outstanding achievement in writing and storytelling by a first-time African-American fiction writer.
– The Poetry Award strives to recognize and promote emerging and established poets that introduce and foster the joys of poetry writing.
Postal Mail Only
Must be submitted by publisher. Sets or multi-volume works are eligible. New editions of previously published works are eligible only if more than 30% of the total content is new or revised material. Inspirational, self-help, and adult graphic novels are ineligible. Only finished, published books should be submitted; galleys (bound or unbound) and chapbooks are unacceptable.
Authors with Published Books
All authors, editors, and contributors must be African-American(s) born in the United States, and books must have been published in the US during the current calendar year.
Black Authors Only
Books must be sent to the individual judges’ addresses, NOT to the BCALA office.
BCALA’s purpose is to call to the attention of the American Library Association (ALA) the need to respond positively on behalf of the Black members of the profession and the information needs of the Black community by reviewing, analyzing, evaluating, and recommending to the ALA actions on the needs of Black librarians that will influence their status in the areas of recruitment, development, advancement, and general working conditions.
These awards acknowledge outstanding literary works for adult audiences by African-American authors. Recipients of this award offer compelling depictions of the cultural, historical, or sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora and embody the highest quality of writing style and research methodology, if applicable.
See http://bcala.org/literary-award-committee/ for a list of the judges.
(Contest year is designated based on when prizes are awarded, which is the year after the deadline.)
Fiction: Toni Morrison, ‘God Help the Child’
Nonfiction: Pamela Newkirk, ‘Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga’
First Novel: Angela Flournoy, ‘The Turner House’
Poetry: Nate Marshall, ‘Wild Hundreds’
Fiction: Lalita Tademy, ‘Citizens Creek: A Novel’
Nonfiction: Jeffrey B. Leak, ‘Visible Man: The Life of Henry Dumas’
First Novel: Dwayne Alexander Smith, ‘Forty Acres: A Thriller’
Poetry: Kevin Young, ‘Books of Hours: Poems’
Fiction: James McBride, ‘The Good Lord Bird: A Novel’
Nonfiction: Craig Steven Wilder, ‘Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities’
First Novel: Edward Kelsey Moore, ‘The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat: A Novel’
Poetry: Nikki Giovanni, ‘Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid’
Prizes in Each Category
Entries cannot be returned. Winners will be announced by May 2017.
Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish to receive a list of winners.
VISIT THE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS:
2016 results coming soon – 2017 competition now open
We have launched the fourth ‘To Hull & Back’ Short Story Competition, an annual short story contest with a humorous twist that celebrates the most imaginative and amazing short stories from writers all over the world.
Some highly prestigious writing contests offer huge cash prizes – the BBC award £15,000 and the Sunday Times give a whopping £30,000 to their winner. What can you win by entering this competition that contends with these short story prize giving heavyweights? THE most amazing, innovative and sought after writing prize on the planet. Forget the Pulitzer. THIS is the badger*.
Admittedly, I may have slipped into sales-pitch-chaos-mayhem-overdrive-mode whilst writing the opening paragraphs, but I firmly believe that I can live up to expectation. See if you agree.
If you’re selected as a winner:
1st Prize: £1,000
2nd Prize: £200
3rd Prize: £100
3 x Highly Commended: £50
14 x Shortlisted: £25
But it doesn’t end there, my fine writing friends, oh no, not by a LONG shot.
All winners and short listed entries will be published in the To Hull & Back Short Story Anthology. This will be available as a professionally published, printed book and as a Kindle download. The book will have an ISBN number.
If you’re published in the book, a writer’s profile will appear alongside your story and on my website. This will consist of a delightful picture of you, a short bio telling readers all about how amazing you are and details of your website, if you have one.
In addition to this, an author interview with the winner will be published alongside their story.
And there’s more…
This is the bit that will send tingles down your spine. Joy will ravage your very being and you will feel compelled to dance naked for no reason, no matter where you might be. I guarantee it**.
The winner will be taken to
Hell Hull and back.
Allow me to explain.
The winner’s face will appear on the front cover of the To Hull & Back Anthology. They will be depicted riding a flaming motorcycle and holding a quill of wrath. The covers from previous competitions can be seen below. Each year, the cover will be unique and created by a different artist.
Now that’s a prize.
But it doesn’t end there.
The winner will also receive a printed copy of the anthology. Before being sent to them, their book will be strapped to the handlebars of a two-wheeled chariot of delight (otherwise known as a Harley Davidson FLSTFi Fatboy 1584cc V-Twin motorcycle) and filmed being ridden to Hull and back.
Entries will be accepted from the 1st August 2016 to the 31st of July 2017!
There is an ‘early bird’ entry fee in place until 30th April 2017: £7 for 1 story, £12 for 2 stories, £15 for 3 stories.
From 1st May 2017 to 31st July 2017, the entry fee increases to: £9 for 1 story, £15 for 2 stories, £18 for 3 stories. I’ve put the ‘early bird’ fee in place because in 2016 I received approximately 60% of the entries in the final month. As the number of entries goes up every year, I hope the ‘early bird’ fee will encourage people to enter earlier so reading all the stories and preparing the shortlist is more manageable.
The competition closes to entries at 11.59pm GMT (Greenwich meantime, the time in London, UK) on 31st July 2017. The competition is run annually, so stories received after this deadline will be entered into next year’s competition, which opens immediately after the current contest closes.
The shortlist will be announced on this website by 20th September 2017.
Winners will be contacted by email or telephone by 30th September 2017 and announced on this website, celebrated and generally adored by 1st October 2017.
Prize money will be paid to winners via PayPal in October 2017.
The fourth ‘To Hull and Back Anthology’ will be released on 31st October 2017. ‘Hulloween’ seems like an appropriate launch date…
The winner’s book will be taken to Hull and back during spring 2018 (usually around March/April), weather permitting. Shortly afterwards the winner’s copy of the anthology will be delivered to them and the video of the book’s journey will be made available on YouTube, Facebook and this website.
They’re quite simple, but please read them carefully. Visit the website for official rules and details on how to enter:
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
$9.95 to enter this and all contests at FanStory.com
$100 cash prize
Sudden Fiction is a flash fiction story that uses around 750 words. The challenge of this contest is to write a story with 750 words. The story can be on any topic. But the story must be 750 words (or very close to it).
Saturday, September 16, 2017
$9.95 to enter this contest and all contests at FanStory
$100 cash prize
For this contest you are challenged to write a Tanka poem. Tanka is a form of poetry that often follows a specific syllable count.
line 1 – 5 syllables
line 2 – 7 syllables
line 3 – 5 syllables
line 4 – 7 syllables
line 5 – 7 syllables
It contains five unrhymed lines of five, seven, five, seven, and seven syllables. (5, 7, 5, 7, 7).
Deadline: May 15, 2017.
$10 ENTRY FEE.
Please send your best fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic narrative, or hybrid genres.
Manuscripts should be roughly 35-50 pages, but we’re flexible.
The $10 entry fee comes with an electronic issue of Palooka.
The winner receives publication by Palooka Press (a perfect-bound book with a glossy color cover),
$200 honorarium, 20 free copies of the book, a bio and photo featured on our website,
and chapbook sent out for review and promotion.
Visit the website: https://palookamag.submittable.com/submit
THE FICTION DESK GHOST STORY COMPETITION
£8 ENTRY FEE.
Most of the stories we publish at The Fiction Desk are more or less realistic, but we try to stray outside that from time to time: Some genre fiction should be part of any balanced reading diet. One genre that we particularly like to feature is the ghost story. This year, there is a first prize of £500, a second prize of £250, and a third prize of £100.
The deadline is Tuesday, January 31, 2017.
All stories must be written in English, and be entirely the author’s own work. All entrants must be aged 16 or over at the time of entry; there is no upper age limit. Entries must be between 1,000 and 7,000 words in length.
Visit the website: http://www.thefictiondesk.com/submissions/ghost-story-competition.php
Postmarked deadline: February 2, 2017.
$20 ENTRY FEE. One book of poetry (book-length work or single-author collection of poems), one book of fiction (novel, novella, or single-author short fiction collection) and one book of prose nonfiction (literary nonfiction, memoir, or single-author essay collection) will be selected from submissions of single-author titles published in 2016, and the winning authors will receive an honorarium of $1,000 and will present a public reading and participate in panels at the Devil’s Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. The dates for the 2017 festival will be October 25-27, 2017. Travel and accommodations will be provided for the three winners.
Visit the website: http://grassroots.siu.edu/dkawards.html
Be it historical or contemporary, a grand love story or the gripping tale of a torrid affair,
through December 15, 2016, submit your Romance novel for the chance to win prizes
and be read by judges from Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Hachette Book Group.
This is an open call for writers of romance novels targeted towards an adult audience
or a young adult/adult crossover audience. The submission must be a Romance novel,
i.e. a narrative that is driven by a romantic relationship and has a satisfying ending.
Deadline December 15, 2016.
First prize $200, second prize $100, third prize $50.
All three winners become featured submissions to the partner publishers and agents.
Fill out the forms and upload a minimum of the first 30 pages.
Complete manuscripts are welcome.
Visit the website: https://www.authors.me/romance-contest/
Get your keyboards ready! We’ve kicked off a new competition to get your writing minds juiced this fall. The challenge of this competition is to post the most original, creative short story that contains the following characteristics:
Two entries are allowed per member. In the case of more than two entries, the first two entries submitted will be judged.
The winner will receive $100. Good luck!
Open to Premium Members of TheNextBigWriter.
Submission deadline: November 30, 2016
Know someone who else who might be interested? Feel free to forward this post.
Get motivated to write!
Haven’t written in awhile? Use this as an opportunity to get back into the writing mode. Visit TheNextBigWriter to keep yourself motivated and energized. Together we can reach our writing goals.
How to enter, visit: https://www.thenextbigwriter.com/guide/contest-how-to-enter
Judge: JoeAnn Hart
The winner will receive a cash award of $1,000
A four-week residency at PLAYA (Details below)
The contest is open to published or unpublished full-length prose manuscripts, including novels, memoirs, short story collections, and essay collections.
Manuscripts should be approximately 40,000 to 90,000 words (i.e., please do not send novellas or individual essays or stories; please also note the contest is not open to poetry or children’s books).
Published books eligible for the prize must have been published within the past five (5) years; books published in the year 2010 or earlier are not eligible.
“New environmental literature” refers to literary works that focus on the environment, animal protection, ecology, and wildlife.
We’re looking for work that redefines our notions of environmentalism and sustainability, particularly when it comes to animal protection. We are not seeking books about hunting, fishing, or eating animals—unless they are analogous to a good anti-war novel being all about war. Under these basic guidelines, however, we’re open to reading a wide range of fiction and nonfiction with environmental and animal themes.
About the name:
The Siskiyou Prize is named for the Klamath-Siskiyou region of northern California and southern Oregon, one of the most diverse eco-regions in the world. The Klamath-Siskiyou has the highest concentration of Wild and Scenic Rivers in the nation, the largest area of roadless wildlands in the Pacific Northwest, and the tallest old-growth trees on earth. Due to this large network of still-intact lands, the region is a refuge for fish and other wildlife that struggle for survival in other parts of the world. Considered a global center of biodiversity, the Klamath-Siskiyou region is an inspiring example of the importance of preservation.
Manuscripts must be received between September 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
All submissions must be made online via Submittable and must include the following:
A Few More Details…
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Visit the website for details: http://www.siskiyouprize.com/
On the edge of the Great Basin in central Oregon, PLAYA offers creative individuals the space, the solitude, and the community to reflect and to engage their work. The winner of the Siskiyou Prize will receive a four-week residency at PLAYA.
A residency at PLAYA provides private lodging in a fully equipped cabin with kitchen/living room, a place to write, and two dinners a week (Mondays & Thursdays) with a cohort of residents, at no charge. (Transportation and other meals are not included.) Playa allows uninterrupted time and solitude amidst a spectacular landscape.
PLAYA is a nonprofit organization supporting innovative thinking through work in the arts, literature, natural sciences, and other fields of creative inquiry.
WOW! Women on Writing hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter, and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles and genres of writing, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season (upper right-hand corner) if you are serious about winning. We love creativity, originality, and light-hearted reads. That’s not to say that our guest judge will feel the same… so go wild! Express yourself, and most of all, let’s have some fun!
The title is not to be counted in your word count. We use MS Word’s word count to determine the submitted entry’s word count.
That’s right, this is your chance to shine, and get creative. You can write about anything, as long as it’s within the word count and fiction. So, dig out those stories you started way back when and tailor them to the word count.
We’re open to any style and genre. From horror to romance. So, get creative, and most of all, have fun.
ENTRY FEE: $10.00
This is not a reading fee. Entry fees are used to award our 20 winners as well as administrative costs.
We are limiting the number of entries to a maximum of 300 stories. Please enter early to ensure inclusion. If we reach 300 entries, we will disable the PayPal buttons.
Visit the website for details on how to enter:
Our Fall Fiction Contest, which awards $2000 and publication to the winner, is open until November 15, 2016. This year the incredible Kelly Link will judge stories. Full details and guidelines below:
To submit a story visit:
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
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: January 31, 2017
All contest winners will be announced on March 26, 2017
Writing First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.
Poetry First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.
$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”
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
TBL is pleased to announce the F(r)iction Fall Literary Competition. There are three submission categories: 1) short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 2) flash fiction with a word limit of 750 words, and 3) poetry no longer than three pages. Winners of the contest will be published in a future issue of F(r)ictionalongside stunning original artwork from TBL’s talented team of artists. F(r)iction is dedicated to publishing the best writing of all kinds, and we encourage submissions that push boundaries and take risks in genre, plot, and style.
Judging: The finalists for each category will be read by a guest judge, who will select a winner to be published in the Spring 2017 issue of F(r)iction. Matt Gallagher, author of Youngblood, will be reading the short story submissions. Renowned performance poet Ken Arkind will be judging the poetry submissions. And Sari Wilson, author of Girl Through Glass, will choose the winning flash fiction submission.
Submission Guidelines: Please visit our formatting guidelines page to properly format your work for submission. Staff members are not eligible for participation. Any work previously submitted to TBL for publication is not eligible if the piece received free edits from our team.
The winner of our short story contest will be awarded $1,000.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.
Criteria: Any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words.
Fees: $15.00 USD entry fee for each submission.
The winner of our flash fiction contest will be awarded $300.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.
Criteria: Any genre with a word limit of 750 words.
Fees: $8.00 per entry, or three entries for $12.00.
The winner of our poetry contest will be awarded $300.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.
Criteria: Any genre or form, three pages or less per poem.
Fees: $8.00 per entry, or three entries for $12.00.
TBL is excited to announce a new Twitter contest!
If you think you can tell a story in 140 characters or fewer, we want to hear from you!
Every two weeks an acclaimed judge will choose the winning story. The winner will receive a free digital copy of F(r)iction, and potential publication of the Tweet in a future issue of F(r)iction.
Don’t blink, or you’ll miss it! Tweet your tiny narratives using the hashtag #BlinkTBL, and be sure to check the @TethrdByLettrs and @FrictionSeriesTwitter pages for start dates, deadlines, and judging info!
Notes: Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify TBL if your work is selected for publication elsewhere as soon as possible. We encourage writers to submit as many stories as they wish. All stories will be considered for publication inF(r)iction Series, our triannual print journal.
Our judges also reserve the right not to award a winner in any category if submissions do not meet our standards of publication.
Tethered by Letters reserves the right to discuss contest entries, finalists, and winners in the Untethered Podcast.
Other Categories: Please visit our submissions page for more ways to submit your work to TBL for possible publication and learn about our free-editing policy for work submitted to our journal.
Visit the website: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest/
The 2017 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize will be judged by Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies. The winning work will be performed and recorded live at a Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space in May 2017, and published on Electric Literature. The winning writer will receive $1000 and a free 10-week course with Gotham Writers.
Contest Details and Guidelines:
For more information, visit the Selected Shorts site.
The San Francisco Writers Conference is pleased to announce the 2017 San Francisco Writing Contest. The contest is open to all writers everywhere, including those attending the 2017 San Francisco Writers Conference. The entry fee is $35 per item.
Your entry must fit into one of the following categories:
* Adult Fiction
* Adult Nonfiction (including memoir)
* Children’s/YA Books
Entries may have been self-published or not-yet published, but not traditionally published. Entries can be up to 1500 words in length (or less, but not more).
Please use the contest registration form on this web site SFWriters.org/contest-registration to upload your entry/entries and pay. It’s easy! If you prefer to send your fee by check, mail both the entry and check to SF Writing Contest, PO Box 326, Oakley, CA 94561.
All fees and entries must be received by 5:00 pm Pacific Time on January 13, 2017.
Finalists will be announced on the website on February 3, 2017.
Winners will be announced during lunch on Friday, February 17, 2017, at the Conference.
The Grand Prize winner will receive $250 and a 15-minute in-person meeting at the conference or a 15-minute scheduled telephone call with a literary agent who represents work like yours. First place winners in each category will receive checks for $100.
Questions? Problems? Contact Contest Coordinator Tricia Skinner at SFWritingContest@gmail.com.
Contest Rules: https://sfwriters.org/2017-contest-rules/