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Last Call for Entries! The Booksie 2019 Short Story Contest

15 November 2019

The Booksie 2019 Short Story Contest 

$9.95 ENTRY FEE. 

Deadline: November 29, 2019

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

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

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

How to enter:

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

Fresh.Ink Writing Contest

17 October 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why We’re Doing It

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

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

Deadline:

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

To qualify for scoring and winning:

Work must not have been withdrawn prior to December 1st, 2019

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

NO ENTRY FEES!

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

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

Published Work

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

Self-Promotion

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

How the Contest Works

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

fiImpressions – how many matched readers saw your title and description

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

fiCompletions – number of readers who finished your writing

fiRating – star rating out of 5

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

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

Entrants are scored out of 300:

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

fiYour average completion rate Eg 50% (50 points)

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

10 + 50 + 84.4 = 144.4 points.

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

To qualify for scoring and winning:

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

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

Application Process

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

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

Fanfiction

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

Who Can Enter

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

Languages

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

Multiple Submissions

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

Rights

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

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

Editing

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

fiFormatting changes to support the mobile reading app.

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

How Do We Make Money?

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

Can I Keep the Feedback?

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

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

 

 

THE RESTLESS BOOKS PRIZE FOR NEW IMMIGRANT WRITING

17 October 2019

THE RESTLESS BOOKS PRIZE FOR NEW IMMIGRANT WRITING

  • For an outstanding debut literary work by a first-generation immigrant
  • Winner receives $10,000 and publication by Restless Books
  • To be awarded for fiction and nonfiction in alternating years
  • Submissions for the 2020 Prize in Fiction are open from October 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020 
  • The winner of the 2019 Prize in Nonfiction is Rajiv Mohabir for his memoir Antiman. Read more here.
  • The winner of the 2018 Prize in Fiction is Priyanka A. Champaneri for her novel The City of Good Death. Read more here.
  • The winner of the 2017 Prize in Nonfiction is Grace Talusan for her memoir The Body Papers. Read more here
  • The 2016 winner is Deepak Unnikrishnan for his novel Temporary People. Read more here.
INTRODUCTION:
The ethos of the modern world is defined by immigrants. Their stories have always been an essential component of our cultural consciousness, from Isaac Bashevis Singer to Isabel Allende, from Milan Kundera to Maxine Hong Kingston. In novels, short stories, memoirs, and works of journalism, immigrants have shown us what resilience and dedication we’re capable of, and have expanded our sense of what it means to be global citizens. In these times of intense xenophobia, it is more important than ever that these boundary-crossing stories reach the broadest possible audience. With that in mind, we are proud to present, The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. We are looking for extraordinary unpublished submissions from emerging writers of sharp, culture-straddling writing that addresses identity in a global age. Each year, a distinguished panel of judges will select a winning manuscript to be published by Restless Books. We can’t wait to read and share what the new voices of the world have to say.—Ilan Stavans, Publisher
SUBMISSIONS AND GUIDELINES ELIGIBILITIES
The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing [hereafter referred to as “the Prize”] alternates yearly between accepting unpublished fiction and nonfiction submissions. Fiction submissions can take the form of a novel or a book-length collection of short stories. Nonfiction submissions can take the form of a memoir, a collection of essays, or a book-length work of narrative nonfiction. The submission should address some combination of identity, the meeting of cultures and communities, immigration and migration, and today’s globalized society. Fiction manuscripts must be complete. Nonfiction submissions must consist of either a complete manuscript, or a sample of at least 25,000 words and a detailed proposal that includes a synopsis and an annotated table of contents. All submissions must be in English (translations welcome). Candidates must be first-generation residents of their country. “First-generation” can refer either to people born in another country who relocated, or to residents of a country whose parents were born elsewhere. Fiction candidates must not have previously published a book of fiction in English. Nonfiction candidates must not have previously published a book of nonfiction in English. We encourage applicants to look at the other titles Restless has published and previous contest winners to get a sense of our aesthetic. We will accept only one submission per candidate per submission period, and submissions must be under the author’s real name, not under a pseudonym. Agented submissions are welcome. Candidates may not submit the same manuscript for the Prize in subsequent years unless specifically invited by Restless. Restless reserves the right to invite writers to submit for the Prize. Restless reserves the right to consider any Prize submission for publication. Submitted manuscripts may be simultaneously under consideration for publication by other publishing houses. Once a manuscript has been selected as the winner of the Prize, Restless will contact the author and ask that the manuscript be withdrawn from consideration elsewhere. A publishing contract between the winning author and Restless Books must be signed before the winner is announced.* Please note that while Restless Books welcomes all submissions for the Prize, we do not accept unsolicited manuscripts for our publishing program.
THE PRIZE
The winner will receive a $10,000 advance and publication by Restless Books in print and digital editions. We expect to work closely with the winner and provide editorial guidance.
REQUIRED MATERIALS
Candidates are asked to submit a CV and a one-page cover letter as the first pages of their manuscript. The cover letter should address the candidate’s background as a writer, experience as an immigrant, and inspiration for the submitted work. Restless will accept only electronic submissions by way of our submissions manager. The manuscript should be a PDF or Word file (.doc and .docx), and the text should be double-spaced, in twelve-point font, and with numbered pages. Fiction manuscripts must be a minimum of 45,000 words. Nonfiction samples must be at least 25,000 words. There is no fee to submit a manuscript for consideration.
SUBMISSION PERIOD
Submissions for the 2020 Prize in Fiction will be accepted from October 1, 2019, until March 31, 2020.
PROCEDURE

Restless will accept open submissions in addition to soliciting nominations from authors and professionals in the field.  The Restless editorial staff will review submissions and recommend a shortlist to the judges, who will select the finalists and winner.

VISIT THE WEBSITE: https://restlessbooks.org/prize-for-new-immigrant-writing

Last call: PEN/Faulkner Foundation: Award For Fiction

17 October 2019

PEN/Faulkner Foundation: Award For Fiction

This year’s judges are getting ready to read the novels, novellas, and collections of short stories and to choose next year’s winner and finalists.

A prize of $15,000 is given annually for a book of fiction published during the current year. Four finalists will each receive $5,000. The winner and finalists will also be invited to read in Washington, D.C., in May 2020. Submit five copies (or bound galleys) of a short story collection, novella, or novel published in 2019 by October 31. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Our submission guidelines are as follows:

  • Books must be published in 2019.
  • Authors must be living American permanent residents.
  • Books must be published by a commercial, academic, or small press. No self-published books are accepted.
  • There are no submission fees or application forms.
  • Bound proofs are eligible for submission for books that will be published in November or December of 2019.
  • All submissions must be postmarked by October 31, 2019.

Please send FIVE copies of each book to the following address for forwarding to the judges. You are invited to send as many shipments as you like, and you are encouraged to send available books as soon as possible.

PEN/Faulkner Award Submissions
641 S Street NW
3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20001

The award was founded by members of the international writers’ organization PEN and is now governed by an independent foundation board. The budget for the award and its administration is funded by gifts and grants. We are always grateful for support of the award and of other PEN/Faulkner programs.

The winning writer and four finalists are honored at a ceremony held in Washington, DC in May 2020. To browse a list of past winners and finalists, click here.

If you have any questions regarding the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, please send them to Shahenda Helmy, our Programs & Logistics Director, at shahenda@penfaulkner.org.

Visit the website: https://www.penfaulkner.org/award-for-fiction/submission-guidelines/

2020 WILLIAM SAROYAN INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR WRITING

25 September 2019

Deadline for entries: January 31, 2020

The Stanford Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation jointly award the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, a biennial competition for newly-published books.

The prize commemorates the life, legacy and intentions of William Saroyan – author, artist, dramatist, composer – and is intended to encourage new or emerging writers, rather than to recognize established literary figures.

Submissions are now being accepted for the 9th William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Given by Stanford Libraries in partnership with the William Saroyan Foundation, the award recognizes newly published works of fiction and nonfiction with a $5,000 award for the winner in each category. The prize is designed to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality and stylistic innovation.

What works are eligible for the 2020 Saroyan Prize?
Works of fiction (novels, short story anthologies, or drama) or non-fiction (biography, history, or memoirs) by authors from around the world and first published during 2018-2019 are eligible for consideration for the 2020 Saroyan Prize. Works must be imprinted with either a 2018 or 2019 copyright date. Poetry will not be considered in this cycle. All entries must be predominately in English, and available for individual purchase by the general public. Works by members of The Saroyan Writing Prize Committee, members or officers of the William Saroyan Foundation, or previous winners are not eligible. Eligibility rules may be modified over time.

While all works fitting the above description are eligible, and all entries are welcome, note that the judges will be looking for works with strong literary merit that honor the Saroyan legacy. In past prize cycles, works that fell into a specific publishing sub-genre – juvenile, science fiction, Western, mystery, romance, erotic, self-help, religion, etc. – were frequently found to be outside of that legacy.

The award honors the Saroyan literary legacy. What is the Saroyan legacy or style?
Saroyan’s literary style is characterized by originality, stylistic innovation and what is often described as an “exuberant humanism”. It is this exuberance and desire to move art in new directions, rather than relevance to the particulars of Saroyan’s common settings or themes, that Saroyan Prize judges will be seeking. Of course, any artist’s work is best understood through direct experience, and judges for the Saroyan prize will make their choices based on their personal experience with Saroyan’s writings.

The prize is intended to encourage new or emerging writers. How is that defined?
Authors’ careers follow many different paths, and no single definition fits. Our judges will look at biographies and other background material to assess each submission. However, in general, authors who have published four or more books will not be considered new and emerging.

  • What if I have published other literary material such as poetry or essays, does that count towards the four book limitation?
    The four book limitation is a guideline for the Saroyan Prize Committee and for those determining whether or not they are an author that is new and emerging, no matter the genre. If you consider yourself new and emerging, please do submit your book.

What is the deadline for entry?
Entries must be received by January 31, 2020.

For entry forms and more information on the prize, visit the Saroyan Prize website: http://library.stanford.edu/saroyan.

WOW! Women On Writing Fall 2019 Flash Fiction Contest

25 September 2019

Deadline: November 30, 2019

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

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

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

Limit: 300 entries.

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

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

How to enter, visit:

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

Call for Submissions: 2020 Saroyan Prize for Writing

17 September 2019

2020 WILLIAM SAROYAN INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR WRITING

— Call for Submissions —

Deadline for entries: January 31, 2020

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

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

the award recognizes newly published works of fiction and nonfiction

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

The prize is designed to encourage new or emerging writers

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

Entries must be received by January 31, 2020.

For entry forms and more information on the prize,

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

2020 International Rubery Book Award is now OPEN!

17 September 2019
for self-published and independently published books 

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

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

Closing date 31st March 2020

Judges 
TBC

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

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

30 August 2019

11th annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Prize

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

Deadline: August 31, 2019

Maximum length: 1,000 words

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

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

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

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

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

The eighth annual Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards

12 August 2019

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

Deadline: October 31, 2019.

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

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

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

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

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

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

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

Click here to make your submission!

The Booksie 2019 Short Story Contest

9 August 2019

The Booksie 2019 Short Story Contest 

$9.95 ENTRY FEE. 

Deadline: November 29, 2019. 

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

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

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

How to enter:

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

The Hershey Story History Contest for Young Writers

11 July 2019

The Hershey Story offers this writing contest as a way to encourage students to communicate their interest in and knowledge of history in a creative and coherent manner. Awards are presented in support and acknowledgement of students’ efforts and for public recognition of their success.

Entry Information

Entries must be submitted on The Hershey Story’s website.

Contest Opening Date and Deadline

Students may submit History Contest entries beginning November 1, 2019.

Eligibility

Any student enrolled in public, private or home school, grades 5 through 8, in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry or York County is eligible to submit one entry to the contest.

Entries must be the work of one individual student.

Each entry must be the original work of the contest entrant, but may also have been submitted as an assigned school project as long as it fulfills the requirements below.

Age Division

  • Grades 5 and 6, Junior
  • Grades 7 and 8, Senior

We suggest that entrants use the MLA format. For guidance, consult a website such as www.easybib.com (Please note that not all bibliography formatting may be preserved during the online submission process.)

Categories

Students may submit an entry in one of the following categories:

  • Non-fiction: An essay about a historical event, era or person(s). The entry must include an explanation of the student’s personal interest in the chosen topic. For example, the student may include examples of personal experiences that influenced the choice of topic, or books, classroom activities, or travel experiences that sparked the student’s interest.
  • Fiction: A piece of creative writing, such as a fictional diary or story, about a historical event, era or person(s).
  • Poetry: A poem about a historical event, era or person(s).
  • Science/Health: A non-fiction essay about a historical science or health-related event, era or person(s). The entry must include an explanation of the student’s personal interest in the chosen topic. For example, the student may include examples of personal experiences that influenced the choice of topic, or books, classroom activities, or travel experiences that sparked the student’s interest.

Length

Essay entries must be at least 400 words but no more than 1000 words. Poems must be at least 35 lines but no more than 100 lines.

Format

Please indicate paragraphs by either indenting the first line or adding an extra line between paragraphs. The form will allow the use of bold and italics. The entry form will strip any special characters or fonts that are used when the entry is submitted online.

Student & School Information

To complete the entry form, the following information is required. Please assemble required information before beginning the entry process.

  • Title of Entry
  • Category (Non-fiction, Fiction, Poetry, Science/Health)
  • Name of Contest Entrant
  • Home Address
  • Parent’s Email
  • Home Phone Number
  • Age
  • Grade
  • School
  • Teacher’s Name
  • Teacher’s Email

Bibliography

A bibliography must be included with each entry (including poetry). The bibliography is not included in the word count. A least two (2) of the following types of sources must be cited:

  • Book
  • Magazine/Journal article
  • Interview (oral or video)
  • Internet (please include complete URL)

Students must use at least one source that is not from the Internet.

Judging

Entries will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Evidence of an understanding of the historical context surrounding the event, era, or person(s) discussed in the entry
  • Historical accuracy
  • Clarity and coherence
  • Creativity and imagination in the choice of subject and presentation.
  • Grammar, spelling and compositional structure

Judging Committee

The judging panel includes historians, educators and other community leaders who are not employed by The Hershey Story. The decisions of the judges are final.

Awards

Eight (8) first place and eight (8) second place awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Grades 5/6: Non-Fiction
  • Grades 5/6 Fiction
  • Grades 5/6 Poetry
  • Grades 5/6 Science/Health
  • Grades 7/8: Non-Fiction
  • Grades 7/8: Fiction
  • Grades 7/8: Poetry
  • Grades 7/8: Science/Health

1st place winners receive:

  • 1st place certificate
  • $100
  • One year family membership to The Hershey Story Museum
  • Hershey’s Chocolate gift basket and 30 Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars to share with winner’s class (donated by The Hershey Company)
  • Two 1-day tickets to Hersheypark (donated by Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company)

2nd place winners receive:

  • 2nd place certificate
  • One year family membership to The Hershey Story Museum
  • Two 1-day tickets to Hersheypark (donated by Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company)
  • A 1 lb Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bar (donated by The Hershey Company)

First place winners will be notified by April 3, 2019 and will be recognized at The Hershey Story Business Breakfast to be held on Thursday, April 25, 2019.  Second place and honorable mention students will be notified by May 10, 2019.

Publication

By entering the contest, participants grant permission to The Hershey Story to publish winning entries and/or winners’ names and photographs for publicity purposes.

The Hershey Story – Background

The Hershey Story is a non-profit educational institution founded in 1933 by Milton S. Hershey. He believed in providing educational and cultural opportunities for Hershey residents and the Central Pennsylvania region. In keeping with Mr. Hershey’s philosophy, the museum is dedicated to helping people of all ages understand and enjoy many aspects of history.

For Further Information
Contact Susan Hetrick, Public Programs Supervisor @ 717-520-5587 or email SMHetrick@HersheyStory.org.

Enter the History Contest for Young Writers here.

View the Winning Entries from the 2018-2019 History Contest for Young Writers Here

The Hershey Story is a non-profit educational institution founded in 1933 by Milton S. Hershey who believed in providing educational and cultural opportunities for the people of Hershey and the Central Pennsylvania region. In keeping with Mr. Hershey’s philosophy, The Hershey Story is dedicated to helping people of all ages understand and enjoy many aspects of history.

The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence: Honoring Louisiana’s Traditions and Promoting Great New Fiction

23 June 2019

The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence honors Louisiana’s revered storyteller, Ernest J. Gaines, and serves to inspire and recognize rising African-American fiction writers of excellence at a national level. The book award, initiated by donors of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, is now in its 13th year and has become nationally recognized in its role of enhancing visibility of emerging African-American fiction writers while also expanding the audience for this literature. The annual award of a $10,000 cash prize is to support the writer and help enable her/him to focus on her/his art of writing.

The 2019 panel of judges are themselves renowned contributors to the literary world. They are Anthony Grooms, Edward P. Jones, Elizabeth Nunez, Francine Prose and Patricia Towers.

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation sponsors the winner’s travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to receive the prize at a ceremony attended by Ernest Gaines where the author reads an excerpt from the selected work of fiction. A reception follows. The evening is free, open to the public and attracts a diverse audience.

The literary award winner also participates in educational activities at selected area schools and after-school programs in keeping with the Gaines Award’s interest in emphasizing the role of literature and arts in education. Through small creative writing workshops with the winning author, students are encouraged to pursue reading, delve into their own creativity, and to consider becoming an author.

Criteria for the 2019 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence:

• A work of fiction (novel or collection of short stories) that will be published in 2019. Galleys for a 2019 publication are also accepted.
The nominee must be a rising author, not yet widely recognized for their work.
• Author must be an African-American U.S. citizen.
• Self-published books will not be accepted. Self-published is publishing one’s work independently and at one’s own expense.
• Emailed entries will not be accepted.

The winning author must be willing to attend the award ceremony on January 30, 2020, and participate in educational outreach activities during that week.

To enter a published book or galley for review, send the completed REGISTRATION FORM and 8 copies to:

Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence
c/o Baton Rouge Area Foundation
100 North St., Suite 900
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802

Non-winning entries will be donated to an area nonprofit. Ineligible entries will not be returned.

The Literary Award, initiated by donors of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation to honor Mr. Gaines, is designed to inspire and recognize rising African-American writers of excellence as they work to achieve the literary heights for which Ernest J. Gaines is known. 

DEADLINE: Entries must be RECEIVED at the Foundation offices by August 15, 2018.

TIMELINE:

April 1, 2019 – August 15, 2019  Eligible entries for 2019 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence will be accepted. See criteria for submission above for eligibility. All entries for the book award will receive written notification of receipt.

November 2019  The winner will be selected by a national panel of judges. The judges reserve the right not to issue the award if they feel the selection pool lacks an acceptable candidate. Once the winner is selected, written notification will be sent to all eligible entries.

January 30, 2020  The 12th Annual Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence Ceremony will take place in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

For additional information, please email gainesaward@braf.org

Visit the website for complete details: http://www.ernestjgainesaward.org/

 

The New Voices Award 2019: Writing Contest for Picture Books by Authors of Color and Native Nations

23 June 2019

The New Voices Award is given annually by children’s book publisher Lee & Low Books for a children’s picture book manuscript by a writer of color or Native/Indigenous writer.

Established in 2000, the New Voices Award encourages writers of color and Native nations to submit their work to a publisher that takes pride in nurturing new talent. Past New Voices Award submissions we have published include The Blue Roses, winner of the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People; Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story, a Texas Bluebonnet Masterlist selection; and It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw, winner of the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award Honor.

2018 Winner and Honor

SD Youngwolf of Moffat, Colorado is the winner of the company’s nineteenth annual New Voices Award for his manuscript, The Echo PeopleThe Echo People is the story of two children who go on a special journey with their grandfather and, through their different experiences, learn how we create our own realities through the words and actions we give to the world. Patty Cisneros Prevo of Wheat Ridge, Colorado has received the New Voices Award Honor for her picture book manuscript, Unstoppable: Thirteen Adventures Alongside Athletes with Physical Disabilities. Prevo introduces readers to a variety of modern-day athletes with physical disabilities who have overcome challenging obstacles to achieve great successes in their lives.

Read more about the 2018 winner and honor recipients.

Eligibility

  1. The contest is open to writers of color and Native nations who are residents of the United States, 18 years or older at the time of entry, and who have not previously had a children’s picture book published.
  2. Writers who have published work in other venues and genres, including children’s magazines, young adult, and adult fiction or nonfiction, are eligible. Only unagented submissions will be accepted.
  3. Work that has been published in any format, including online and self published, is not eligible.
  4. Manuscripts previously submitted for this award or to LEE & LOW BOOKS will not be considered.

Submissions

  1. Manuscripts should address the needs of children of color and Native nations by providing stories with which they can identify and relate, and which promote a greater understanding of one another. Themes relating to non-traditional family structures, gender identity, or disabilities may also be included.
  2. Submissions may be FICTION, NONFICTION, or POETRY for children ages 5 to 12. Stories with anthropomorphic animal characters will not be considered.
  3. Manuscripts should be no more than 1500 words in length and accompanied by a cover letter that includes the author’s name, address, phone number, email address, brief biographical note, relevant cultural and ethnic information, how the author heard about the award, and publication history, if any.
  4. Manuscripts should be typed double-spaced on 8-1/2” x 11” paper. A self-addressed, stamped envelope with sufficient postage must be included if you wish to have the manuscript returned.
  5. Up to two submissions per entrant. Each submission should be mailed separately.
  6. Submissions should be clearly addressed to:
    LEE & LOW BOOKS
    95 Madison Avenue, suite 1205
    New York, NY 10016
    ATTN: NEW VOICES AWARD
  7. Manuscripts may not be submitted to other publishers, mentorship contests, writing contests, or to LEE & LOW’s general submissions while under consideration for this award. 
  8. LEE & LOW BOOKS is not responsible for late, lost, or incorrectly addressed or delivered submissions.

Dates for Submission

All submissions must be postmarked by August 31, 2019If you want to know whether your manuscript has arrived safely, use an express shipping service or USPS Delivery Confirmation. A self-addressed, stamped envelope with sufficient postage must be included if you wish to have the manuscript returned.

Prize

The Award winner receives a cash prize of $2,000 and our standard publication contract, including our basic advance and royalties for a first-time author. An Honor Award winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000.

Announcement of the Award

  1. The Award and/or Honor Award winners will be notified no later than December 31, 2019. 
  2. We will announce the winners on January 21, 2020.
  3. The judges are the editors of LEE & LOW BOOKS. The decision of the judges is final.
  4. At least one Honor Award will be given each year, but LEE & LOW BOOKS reserves the right not to choose an Award winner.
  5. For FAQ and previous winners, visit leeandlow.com/writers-illustrators/new-voices-award.

Check out the New Voices Award Winners & Honors Collection.

Visit the website: https://www.leeandlow.com/writers-illustrators/new-voices-award

Last call for entries! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest

2 May 2019

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

Guidelines:

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

And/or write a short story, 5 pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, 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: May 31, 2019

All winners will be announced on June 30, 2019

Prizes(USD):

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

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

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

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

Mail to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

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

 

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

Salamander Magazine Fiction Contest 2019

2 May 2019

 DEADLINE: JUNE 3, 2019

 

Salamander magazine will award cash prizes of $1,000 and $500 plus publication for the two best fiction stories. All entries will be considered for publication. All entries will be considered anonymously. Send no more than one story per entry. Each story must not exceed 30 double-spaced pages in 12 point font. Multiple entries are acceptable, provided that a separate reading fee is included with each entry. Contest reading fee includes a one-year subscription. There is a reading fee of $15, and all contest results will be posted on salamandermag.org by August 1, 2019.

 

Judge: Wayétu Moore

Wayétu Moore is the author of She Would Be King, published by Graywolf Press in 2018. She is the founder of One Moore Booka non-profit publisher of culturally relevant children’s books. Her writing can be found in The Paris Review, Frieze Magazine, Guernica, The Atlantic Magazine and other publications.  Moore is an Africana Studies lecturer at City University of New York’s John Jay College, and founding faculty member of the Randolph College MFA program. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

 

Submit Entries Online (salamandermag.org/contests) or by Mail to:
2019 Fiction Prize
Salamander/Suffolk University English Dept.
8 Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108

 

Visit the website for details: http://salamandermag.org/contests/

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

10 April 2019

Our Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest will award $2,000 for the best story and $2,000 for the best essay, and the top winners will receive prominent exposure on our home page. For this contest, a story is any short work of fiction, and an essay is any short work of nonfiction. Enter by April 30, 2019.

Key contest information:
  • Final judge: Dennis Norris II
  • 12 cash prizes totaling $5,000
  • All 12 winning entries published on our website
  • Entry fee: $20 per entry
  • Enter online using Submittable
  • Length limit: 6,000 words per entry
  • Subject: Any
  • Multiple entries OK? Yes
  • Previously published work OK? Yes
  • Writers from all countries eligible
  • See past winning entries with judges’ remarks
  • Read Duotrope’s interview with Winning Writers editor Jendi Reiter about this contest

 

CLICK HERE TO ENTER ONLINE VIA SUBMITTABLES

 

Prefer to enter by mail? 

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

Winning Writers
Attn: Fiction & Essay Contest
351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222
Northampton, MA 01060-3961
USA

Please include a check or money order for $20 payable to Winning Writers, and note your email address and phone number with your payment. You may mail multiple submissions in a single envelope with one combined payment. Please send US funds drawn on a US bank, or send your fee as US currency.
Postmark your Entry by April 30, 2019.
Click on the link below to visit the website:
https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/tom-howard-john-h-reid-fiction-essay-contest?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=190410a%20Tom%20Story&utm_content=190410a%20Tom%20Story+Version+A+CID_bd538760260a65a7a1e6a6b36e8d6613&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=Dennis%20Norris%20II%20is%20the%20final%20judge%20of%20our%20Fiction%20%20Essay%20Contest

WOW! Women On Writing Spring 2019 Flash Fiction Contest

10 April 2019
 
Deadline: May 31, 2019
 
Guest Judge: Literary Agent Savannah Brooks of the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
 
Seeking short fiction of any genre between 250 – 750 words. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants. 
 
Prizes (20 winners!):
1st Place: $400, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
3rd Place: $200, publication, interview and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication and interview
10 Honorable mentions receive $20 Amazon Gift Card
Top 10 stories are published in the WOW! Women On Writing e-zine, and contestants are interviewed on WOW’s blog, The Muffin. 
 
Details: Electronic submissions via e-mail only; reprints are okay; simultaneous submissions okay; reprints okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail. 
 
Open internationally. 
 
Entry: $10 entry fee; critique option for an additional $10 
 
Limit: 300 entries
Visit the website:

American Literary Translators Association: Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize

30 March 2019
Deadline: 
April 15, 2019
Cash Prize:
$5,000

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction translated from an Asian language into English and published in the previous year. Publishers or translators may submit a book translated from Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Sanskrit, Tamil, Thai, or Vietnamese into English and published in 2018 by April 15, 2019. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

American Literary Translators Association, Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize, University of Arizona, Esquire Building #205, 1230 North Park Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85721. Rachael Daum, Communications and Awards Manager.

ServiceScape Short Story Writing Contest 2019

30 March 2019

For this writing award, any genre or theme of short story is accepted.

All applicants should submit their original, unpublished work of short fiction or nonfiction, up to 5,000 words.

Deadline: November 30, 2019

Along with receiving an award for $1,000.00 USD,

the winner will have his or her short story featured within our blog,

which reaches thousands of readers per month.

You can find more information on our free short story writing contest at https://www.servicescape.com/short-story-award.

 

Last year’s ServiceScape Short Story Award winner can be found here:

https://www.servicescape.com/blog/announcing-the-winner-of-the-2018-servicescape-short-story-award

Nineteenth Annual Young Lions Fiction Award

6 December 2018

Below, please find the award’s guidelines.  You may submit online or using the submission form. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Young Lions Office at 212.930.0885 or younglions@nypl.org

Young Lions Fiction Award

To be considered for this prize, the candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • The writer must be age 35 or younger at the time of the book’s publication during 2018.
  • The book must be written for adults (no children’s or YA).
  • He or she must be a citizen of the United States.
  • The work must be either a novel or a collection of short stories published between January 2018 and December 2018.  We will accept submissions in galley form for works to be published after the submission deadline of Friday, August 31, 2018.

The publisher must submit all books.  Authors may not submit their work on their own.

Visit the website: https://www.nypl.org/help/about-nypl/awards/young-lions-fiction-award/submission-form

$50,000 for a 3rd to 5th published work of fiction

5 December 2018

About the $50,000 St. Francis College Literary Prize

The biennial $50,000 Literary Prize is sponsored by St. Francis College to offer its support and encouragement to the literary community and mid-career authors who have recently published their 3rd to 5th work of fiction.

  • Self-published books and English translations are considered.
  • The next Prize will be for work published between June 2017 and May 2019.

Deadline for Prize Submissions: May 15, 2019
Shortlist Announced: August 15, 2019
Winner Awarded: BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL GALA, SEPTEMBER 2019.

2019 SFC Literary Prize Jury: TBA

2017 SFC Literary Prize Jury (read more about the jurors below):

    • Ellen Litman (University of Connecticut)
    • Jeffery Renard Allen (University of Virginia)
    • Rene Steinke (Fairleigh Dickinson University)

To Enter, Please Submit 5 Copies of the Work to:

SFC Literary Prize
St. Francis College
180 Remsen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Questions?: Email: Professor Ian MaloneyOpens a New Window.

The other writers on the 2017 Short List were:
  • Amina Gautier, The Loss of All Lost Things
  • Mohsin Hamid, Exit West
  • Adam Haslett, Imagine Me Gone
  • Selah Saterstrom, Slab
  • Deb Olin Unferth, Wait Till You See Me Dance
2017 Jury
  • Ellen Litman (University of Connecticut)
  • Jeffery Renard Allen (University of Virginia)
  • Rene Steinke (Fairleigh Dickinson University

Past Winners

2017: Dana Spiotta, Innocents and OthersOpens a New Window.
(Jury: Ellen Litman, Jeffery Renard Allen, René Steinke)

2015: Maud Casey, The Man Who Walked AwayOpens a New Window.
(Jury: Sigrid Nunez, Erin McGraw, Daniel Torday)

2013: David Vann, DirtOpens a New Window.
(Jury: Peter Cameron, Jonathan Dee,Kate Christensen)

2011: Jonathan Dee, The PrivilegesOpens a New Window.
(Jury: Rick Moody, Darcey Steinke, Francine Prose)

2009: Aleksandar Hemon, Love and Obstacles Opens a New Window.
(Jury: Heidi Julavits, Jonathan Lethem, Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman, Ben Marcus

Lazuli Literary Group Writing Contest

26 November 2018

Deadline

Monday, December 31, 2018

Entry Fees

$10
You may submit multiple pieces as long as each is accompanied by a separate entry fee. One poetry submission may include up to 5 unrelated (or related) poems.

Prizes

$100 and potential publication in our magazine, “AZURE: A Journal of Literary Thought”

Description

Both previously published and unpublished works are eligible, provided that publication on the Lazuli Literary Group website does not infringe on previously held rights. A cover letter is not required and will not affect the success of your submission. ​We want work that grows in complexity upon each visitation; we enjoy ornate, cerebral, and voluptuous prose or poetry executed with thematic intent. Writers we admire are Zadie Smith, Virginia Woolf, Tom Wolfe, Jorge Luis Borges, Charles Dickens, Toni Morrison, Thomas Mann, Robert Musil, Tom Stoppard, John Keene, and James Baldwin.

Contact Information

For questions, e-mail editors: Sakina Fakhri (sakina.lazuliliterary@gmail.com) and Diana McClure (diana.lazuliliterary@gmail.com)

SUBMIT TO CONTEST here: https://www.lazuliliterarygroup.com/contests.html

For details, visit website:

https://www.lazuliliterarygroup.com/contests.html

Hamlin Garland Award for the Short Story

26 November 2018

Deadline

Monday, December 10, 2018

Entry Fees

A reading fee of $20 must accompany each entry. Please make checks payable to Beloit Fiction Journal or pay entry fee through Submittable.

Prizes

$2,000 and publication in the Beloit Fiction Journal

Description

Entries must be works of fiction of 7,000 words or less. The judge for this year’s contest is Bonnie Nadzam, author of Lions: A Novel.

“Established 1985, the Beloit Fiction Journal publishes the best in contemporary short fiction. Traditional and experimental narratives find a home in our pages. We publish new writers alongside established writers. Our fiction-only format allows us to consider very long as well as very short stories. We occasionally publish excerpts.”

Contact Information

Send entries and self-addressed, stamped envelope to:

Chris Fink, editor

Beloit Fiction Journal

Beloit College

700 College Street

Beloit, WI, 53511

Alternatively, entries may be submitted electronically via Submittable ( https://beloitfictionjournal.submittable.com/submit ).

Please email bfj@beloit.edu or visit https://www.beloit.edu/bfj/garland/ with any questions.

Website:

https://www.beloit.edu/bfj/

Last Call for Entries! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2018

28 October 2018

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

Guidelines:

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

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

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Extended Postmarked deadline: October 29, 2018

All contest winners will be announced on November 30, 2018

Prizes:

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

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

Entry fees:

$10 per story, $5 per poem.

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

Mail to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

 

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

 

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