Archive for the 'Fiction Contests' Category


8 July 2015


First Prize $300.00 – 2nd Prize $150.00 – 3rd Prize $50.00 and First, Second and Third Prizes receive Publication on our website as the “ Best Golf Stories Ever Heard.” Winners will also receive an Award Certificate Of Acknowledgement from

No Entry fee.

We’re looking for original unpublished golf stories. Fact or Fiction (Yes, that’s right, we’re lumping fiction and non-fiction together to compete in this contest – since non-fiction golf stories are usually stretched into fiction Haha!). What should be common to both fact and fiction is a golf theme. How creative or dramatic are you? Are you a great story teller? Golfers from all countries and all ages are welcome to enter (Yes, that’s right were lumping all ages together – this is our first contest). Stories should be 700 words or less. Enter as often as you wish.

Deadline: December 31, 2015

To Enter: Email your story to:


1. Your name, address and age.
2. Your story (no longer than 700 words).

Visit the website:

Last Call for entries! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2015

8 July 2015
Attention! The postmark deadline has been extended from July 31, 2015 to August 9, 2015. Yes, there is still time to submit your wonderful poems and short stories to enter this contest electronically via email or by postal mail. So far there have been many beautifully written entries received and we will continue accepting entries until the extended postmark deadline of August 9, 2015 at 11:59PM – Pacific Standard Time (PST). Multiple and simultaneous entries in both the Poetry & Writing Contests are welcome. Enter Now! for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00. Keep writing and never stop dreaming! 
Wishing you the best,
Andre L. West, Editor

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 is 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.
Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.
And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or legibly hand printed.
Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Extended Postmark deadline: AUGUST 9, 2015
All winners will be announced on September 26, 2015

Writing First Prize is $500. Second: $250. Third: $100.
Poetry First Prize is $250. Second: $125. Third: $50.
Entry fees: $10 per story, $5 per poem
To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”
Mail to:
Dream Quest One
Poetry & Writing Contest
P.O. Box 3141
Chicago, IL 60654

Visit 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

Sequestrum New Writer Awards

8 July 2015
Sequestrum is pleased to announce our New Writer Awards, in which over $500 will be awarded to up-and-coming writers and poets. The contest will accept both prose (fiction & creative nonfiction) and poetry submissions, with first-prize winners selected in each genre.
$15 entry fee.
Deadline: November 15, 2015
Fiction and nonfiction entries up to 10,000 words accepted. Poetry: Up to to three pieces per submission. Most Sequestrum poems average under 40 lines. See our contests page for full guidelines.
Visit the website:
Happy submitting and best of luck.


8 July 2015

Now open for entries. Age 18+

Closing date: 31 July 2015

There are six prizes available:
Winner: £250
Runner Up: £50.00
4 x Highly Commended: £25.00

All prize-winners will have their story published to the InkTears Readership and their Bio published on the InkTears website.

Submissions must be 500 words or less in length, any theme.

Fees: 1 entry £3.00 GBP; 2 entries £5.00 GBP; 3 entries £6.50 GBP; 4 entries £7.50 GBP

Full results will be posted on the InkTears website by 10 November 2015.
NB: stories may have been previously published in a magazine or online (providing the author still owns the copyright and there is no exclusivity with the prior publication) or unpublished.

Visit for full details and how to enter.

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New Publish or Perish Contest Celebrates Authors as Marketers

8 July 2015

JOHNSBURY, VT.– Brigantine Media is proud to announce the first publishing contest that rewards both writing quality and marketing muscle. The Publish or Perish contest will reward an author who has both written a great manuscript and developed a strong platform for marketing the book.

The winner of the Publish or Perish contest will receive a publishing contract for the book and a $2,000 advance against royalties. The book quality and marketing plan are given equal weight in determining the winning entry. Writers can enter the contest at

There is no fee for entering the contest.

“Think American Idol crossed with Shark Tank,” said Neil Raphel, acquisitions editor of Brigantine Media. “Even a great book won’t get attention from readers unless there is a plan for developing an audience. Our experience is that publishing success or failure depends on our authors’ commitment to marketing.”

Brigantine Media is hoping to identify a number of promising book projects from the contest entries. “We typically publish business, fiction, and education books,” said Janis Raye, editorial chief at Brigantine Media, “but we’re accepting manuscripts for books of any genre in the Publish or Perish contest.”

Successful Brigantine Media authors have built their audience in a variety of ways: business authors who are acknowledged experts in their fields; bloggers who have devoted readers eagerly awaiting their next book; writers who speak frequently to audiences about their book. The winning entry in the Publish or Perish contest will include a well-developed plan to help the book be successful.

   The Publish or Perish contest deadline for entries is August 15, 2015 and the winner will be announced September 15, 2015.

Visit the website for details:


Whisper Poetry Club Annual Competition – Multimedia

7 May 2015

Hi FOLKS Whisper Poetry Club is sending out a call for you to enter any of the five categories in our annual competition closing 30th September 2015.

The Categories are:

Poetry (32 Lines max)

Short Stories (2000 words max)




For a small contribution payable via the PayPal facility on our Web Site ( you stand a chance to win one of our valuable prizes.

If selected you could see your work published in our annual Book of Verse and Short Stories.

We believe this is going to be a record year for Whisper Poetry and your support can make this happen.

More details from:

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2015 Arizona Mystery Writers 4th Annual- Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest

7 May 2015

2015 Arizona Mystery Writers 4th Annual-
Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest

Opens January 1, 2015

Deadline is: June 1, 2015

$10 entry fee.


We are now accepting – Mystery, suspense, or thriller stories.
2500 word maximum length.

Blind judging.

Contest rules and entry form on the website:

Past winners are posted on the website. We are an independent, nonprofit club supporting mystery writing in Arizona. Contest deadline: June 1, 2015.

This contest is open to all.


Visit our website for details:

The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville 2015 Writing Competitions

7 May 2015

The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville is sponsoring two writing competitions, open to any writer regardless of residence. The awards for both contests are:

1st Place: Your choice of a 2 night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B, 2 free workshops (in person or on-line), or 50 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff.

2nd Place: Two free workshops, in person or on-line; or 50 pages line-edited.

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

      10 Honorable Mentions

Hard Times Essay Contest   

Deadline: Postmarked by May 30, 2015.

 Write about a difficult experience in your life, how you overcame this obstacle, and how you were changed by it. Winning stories will be chosen for originality and creative writing style. Stories should be previously unpublished, and should not exceed 5,000 words (double-spaced, 12 point font).

Your name, address, email and title of work should appear on a separate cover sheet. The entry fee per submission is $25.

Multiple entries are accepted. Enclose SASE for critique and list of winners. Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  Hard Times Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.

Emailed submission may be sent to, with “Hard Times Contest” in the subject. The entry fee is payable online at


Literary Fiction Contest      

Deadline: Postmarked by August 30, 2015.

Submit a short story or chapter of a novel of 5,000 words or less.  Multiple entries are accepted.  All work must be unpublished. Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, phone and title of work on a cover sheet. Double-space, and use 12 point font.

The entry fee per submission is $25. Enclose self-addressed stamped envelope for critique and list of winners. Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  Fiction Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805. Emailed submissions may be sent to, with “Fiction Contest” in the subject. No cover sheet or SASE is necessary. The entry fee is payable online at

Eden Mills Literary Festival: 2015 Literary Contest

7 May 2015

Submission Deadline: July 31, 2015

Open internationally to aspiring or and modestly published writers, over the age of 16. 

Contest categories:

  • Short story (2500 words max.)
  • Poetry collection ( of 5 poems or less), or
  • one-act play

The best entry in each category will win a $250 prize. Winners will be invited to read a short selection of one to two minutes from their work at the Eden Mills Writers Festival on Sunday Sept. 13, 2015.

Entry Requirements:

  • Include four copies of each submission*
  • On a cover page, include title, with your name address, phone number, and email. Name and contact info should not appear on the copies of your manuscript.
  • Email entries will not be accepted.
  • Manuscripts will not be returned.

Submission Fee:

$15.00 (CDN) per entry. Cheques to be made payable to Eden Mills Writers’ Festival.

*A combination of entries may be sent in one envelope with one payment for each entry (e.g. a short story and a poetry collection, and $30.00).

To submit, mail four copies to:

Laurel Marsolais
39 Bushmills Crescent
Guelph, ON N1K 1T6

For more information, please email:

Visit the website:

Salamander 2015 Fiction Prize $1,500 Honorarium and Publication

7 May 2015

Submissions run from May 1 – June 1, 2015

Salamander magazine will award a cash prize of $1,500 plus publication for the best fiction story. All entries will be considered for publication. 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: $15, includes a one-year subscription. 

Judge: Andre Dubus III
Andre Dubus III, author of six books, has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for Fiction, and a 2012 Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His novel House of Sand and Fog was a National Book Award finalist, a #1 New York Times Bestseller, and an Academy Award-nominated film. His book Dirty Love, published in 2013, was a New York Times “Notable Book” and a New York Times “Editors’ Choice” selection. His novel The Garden of Last Days is soon to be a major motion picture. 

Submit Entries Online or by Mail to:
2015 Fiction Prize
Salamander/Suffolk University English Dept.
8 Ashburton Place 
Boston, MA 02108

Contest guidelines:

Call for Entries! Big Pond Rumours, the Literary E-Zine

27 April 2015

This is a call for entries to the contest in every issue of Big Pond Rumours, the International Literary E-Zine. We have two issues a year with the deadline for the Summer issue being June 30th and deadline for the Winter issue is November 30th. BPR strives to have two independent Judges for each issue and delivers publication and $350 in prizes to the contest winners. We have no particular preference for genre and the primary requirement is that all submissions be previously unpublished.


1st place $100

2nd place $50

3rd place $25


1st place $100

2nd place $50

3rd place $25

Please submit:

1-3 poems for $5 USD;

1-3 flash fiction for $5 USD;

or 1 story of 3,500 to 5,000 words for $5 USD

We seek quality in the writing and do not have a preference for any particular genre.

Check us out at:

Submit your entries online, electronically at:

Sledgehammer 36-Hour Writing Contest – July 25 to July 26, 2015

23 April 2015

Deadline: Sunday, July 26, 2015

Entry Fees

$36 adults, $3.60 students in high school or lower


$1,000+ divided among First-Place Individual, First-Place Team, Readers’ Choice, Judge’s Choice, and Youth


Sledgehammer is a quirky writing contest that incorporates an online scavenger hunt, four writing prompts, a 36-hour time window (start at noon PST, Saturday, July 25, 2015; end by 11:59 p.m. PST, Sunday, July 26, 2015), the option to write as a team or solo, a celebrity judge and cash prizes.

Read past winning stories and contest details at

Contact Information

Ali McCart, Director


Brighthorse Book Prize

23 April 2015

Deadline: Sunday, August 16, 2015

Entry Fees

$25 per entry


$1,000 and publication to the best novel, collection of short stories, and collection of poetry received.


The Brighthorse Book Prize, now in its second year, is an annual awards series honoring unpublished novels, collections of short fiction and poetry collections. Three prizes will be given in 2015. Authors writing in English—regardless of nationality, residence or publication history—may submit to the competition. Winning manuscripts will be published by Brighthorse Books. A $1,000 prize and publication will be offered to one writer in each category. The editors reserve the right to offer to publish any manuscripts submitted to the competition in addition to the prize winners.

Contact Information


Dream World Defenders Call-To-Write Challenge

23 April 2015

Deadline: Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Entry Fees

No entry fee.


Publication in a collaboration book.


Award-Winning Author Kathleen J. Shields is proud to announce her highly anticipated “Dream World Defenders” chapter book for ages 8 and up. At the end of the book she included a ‘Call to Write’ for all children in hopes that they would use their highly active imaginations to end the story. She had hoped this would be an excellent creative writing assignment for classrooms, but Erin Go Bragh Publishing Company has taken that dream a step further.

We call it the Dream World Defenders Call to Write Challenge – and we are encouraging readers ages 8-15 to finish the story and submit it to us for publication.

Step 1: Read Dream World Defenders (paperback or ebook)

Step 2: Write Your Own Ending (short story no more than 1500 words)

Step 3: Submit it and your signed release with parent’s permission to Erin Go Bragh Publishing

At the end of the year, Erin Go Bragh Publishing will combine the best stories into a collaboration book via ebook and print so every child can see their name and story published. Each author will receive a link to download their free e-book. Print books must be purchased. There is no entry fee or charge for publication. Author retains all rights to their story. No purchase required.


Age Range: 8-15
Word Count: 500 – 1500
Deadline: December 15, 2015
Language: English only
Permission: Must have Parents Permission


• Must begin at the end of the last chapter and must include the characters in the book.
• Profanity, violence, crimes and death will instantly be rejected.
• Story must be submitted as doc or txt file provided digitally. No PDFs or hand written pages.
• Please supply a title to your story.
• Contest open to all US residents, age 8-15.
• Minors must have parent’s permission.

Learn more at:

Contact Information

Erin Go Bragh Publishing
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Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge

23 April 2015

Deadline: Thursday, December 31, 2015

Entry Fees



Each Friday afternoon, the winner will be recognized as we post the winning entry along with the picture as a feature. Then, at year end, the winners will be featured in an anthology published by Indies Unlimited.


Ongoing, weekly contest: Every Saturday at 9 a.m. Pacific time, Indies Unlimited hosts a Flash Fiction Challenge. In 250 words or less, write a story incorporating the elements in the picture and/or the written prompt provided. Do not include the prompt in your entry. The 250 word limit will be strictly enforced. Please keep language and subject matter to a PG-13 level. Use the comment section on the prompt’s page to submit your entry. Entries for that week’s prompt are accepted until Tuesday at 5:00 PM Pacific Time. On Wednesday afternoon, we will open voting to the public with an online poll for the best writing entry accompanying the photo. Voting will be open until 5:00 PM Thursday. More details and information are available at

Contact Information


The New Guard Fiction & Poetry Contests: Volume V

23 April 2015

Deadline is August 20, 2015

$3,000 in prizes.

$20 to submit.

MACHIGONNE FICTION CONTEST: $1,500 and publication for an exceptional work of fiction in any genre. Submit up to 5,000 words: anything from flash to the long story. Novel excerpts are welcome if the excerpt functions as a stand-alone story. Judge: ADAM BRAVER.

Fiction submissions click here


KNIGHTVILLE POETRY CONTEST: $1,500 and publication for an exceptional poem in any form. Three poems per entry. Up to 150 lines per poem. Please submit all three poems in a single document. Judge: ROGER BONAIR-AGARD.

Poetry submissions click here:

We also have a year-round call for submissions via our BANG! page, where we showcase a single author online for one month.

Palaver Journal call for submissions

23 April 2015
Palaver is UNCW’s online interdisciplinary journal housed in the Graduate Liberal Studies program.
Palaver seeks creative and academic submissions that defy the confines of a single discipline.
We accept art submissions in any medium, including video, still image, and multimedia.
Visit us at to peruse our past issues and to submit your work!
Email us at with any questions.
Please make sure you follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.
We look forward to reading your work!
Visit the website for details:

The 2015 RRofihe Trophy No-Fee Short Story Contest

23 April 2015

2015 RRofihe Trophy

For an unpublished short story
(Minimum word count: 3,500; maximum to 5,000 words)

Winner Receives:

$500 cash
Announcement & Publication on

Judged by Rick Rofihe

2015 Contest Assistant: Carolyn Wilsey
Carolyn Wilsey has read fiction for Esquire and Swink,
and is the Managing Editor of Anderbo. She teaches
writing privately and at colleges in New York City.

2015 Contest Reader: Jean Hartig
Jean Hartig is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn. She is
former associate editor of Poets & Writers Magazine and
has served on the editorial staff of A Public Space and Lumina,
published by Sarah Lawrence College, where she earned her MFA.
–Stories should be typed, double-spaced, with the author’s
name, the story’s title, and contact information on the
first page
–Submissions must be received by October 15th, 2015
–Limit one submission per author
–Author must not have been previously published
on Anderbo
–E-mail submissions to: with
RROFIHE TROPHY in the subject line
–THERE IS NO READING FEE and all literary rights will
remain with the author

Contest Judge Rick Rofihe is the author of FATHER MUST, a collection of short stories published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Grand Street, Open City, Swink, Unsaid, and on epiphanyzine, slushpilemag, and fictionaut. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, SPY, and The East Hampton Star, and on mrbellersneighborhood. A recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award, he has taught MFA writing at Columbia University. He currently teaches privately, and was an advisor to the Vilcek Foundation for their 2011 prizes in the field of literature. Rick is the Editor of Anderbo.

Visit the website for guidelines:

The 2015 Winter Tangerine Awards

23 April 2015
The Awards will honor new and emerging poets and prose writers. Our two judges are Ocean Vuong, in poetry, and Jaquira Diaz, in prose. Like other Winter Tangerine ventures, the Awards will be judged blindly, so the focus is on the merit of the work rather than the prestige of the writer’s name.
We will be accepting free submissions of unpublished poetry and prose from April 1st to June 1st, 2015
We want to use this award to give writers the opportunity for recognition without imposing (sometimes restrictive) reading or contest fees on them – we want to make the WT Awards as inclusive of a competition as possible. We are very much interested in recognizing emerging writers specifically, so we will only accept submissions from writers who have not yet published a chapbook, collection of short stories, or a novel.
After going through an initial screening by WTR readers, the top 10 pieces in each category will be forwarded to the judges by June 5th for the final call of one winner and four finalists. The winners will be announced on July 1st. The winner in poetry and the winner in prose will receive a cash prize of $250 each, as well as a small box of (gently used) books and (never used) cookies.
Past features by WTR include Hands Up Don’t Shoot (guest-edited by Danez Smith, Alysia Harris, Sam Vernon & other extraordinary black writers), which explored what it means to be black in America, and Fragments of Persephone (guest-edited by Alexandra Levasseur and Jeanann Verlee) which explores the spectrum of femininity. We are truly dedicated to amplifying voices that deserve to be heard and we hope you join us in this effort.
For more information please visit:

Poetic Republic Poetry Prize 2015 | Short Story Prize 2015

23 April 2015

First Prize:  2 x £2,000

Poems up to 42 lines | Stories up to 3,000 words

Both prizes are judged through an anonymous peer review online process.

Established eBook anthologies.

Closing date: 30 April 2015

More information:


$1600 top prize for short fiction in Writers’ Village Contest summer 2015

23 April 2015

$1600 is the top prize on offer for short fiction in the Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award summer 2015, with cash prizes totaling $3200. The second prize is $800, third prize $400 and there are five runner up prizes of $80. Ten further Highly Commended entrants will have their stories acknowledged at the site.

Everyone wins because every contestant, win or lose, gains feedback on how their stories were graded – plus tips for improvement.

Winners will be awarded the title ‘Winner, the Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award summer 2015’ and see their work showcased online.

Any genre of prose fiction may be submitted up to 3000 words, except playscripts and poetry. Entries are welcomed world-wide. The fee is $24 and multiple entries are permitted.

Deadline is midnight 30th June 2015.

Entry rules plus all winning stories since 2009 can be found at:

Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2015

23 April 2015

The Wasafiri New Writing Prize welcomes entries from around the world in three categories:

Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing and is judged this year by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Toby Litt and Roger Robinson.

The competition is open to anyone who has not published a complete book in their chosen category.

Entries should be no longer than 3000 words or a maximum of 5 poems and

should be submitted by 5pm GMT on 24 July 2015

along with a completed application form and appropriate fee.

For further information contact:

or Visit the website for details:

Prolitzer Prize for prose writing, 2015

23 April 2015

Prize: Winner: £200, publication in Prole; 2 x runner up: £50, possible publication in Prole 18; publication on the Prole website

Judge: Jaki McCarrick. Entries are anonymised prior to judging.

Deadline: October 1st 2015

Details: Open in style or form. Unpublished only. Word limit 2500.

Fees: £4.00 for one entry, £3.00 each for further entries.

How to enter: Via our website (preferred) – or by post to: P Robertson, 27 Thornton Avenue, Heaton, Bolton, BL1 5PJ

Payment can be made by PayPal on website, or by cheque in GBP, made out to P Robertson

Full details on our website:

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

23 April 2015

The deadline is April 30, 2015, for this year’s Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. We’ll award 12 cash prizes totaling $4,000. The winning entries will be published on our website. The top winners will receive prominent exposure on our home page.

Key contest information:

  • Judge: Arthur Powers (see his advice)
  • Top prizes: Best Story, $1,500; Best Essay, $1,500
  • Submit as many entries as you like
  • Entry fee: $16 per entry
  • Length limit: 6,000 words per entry
  • Subject: Any
  • Previously published work OK? Yes
  • Writers from all countries eligible
  • Past winning entries with judges’ remarks: See our archives

Submit online here

Questions? Please email

Can’t Enter Our Contest Online?

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

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

Include a check or money order for $16 payable to Winning Writers, and note your email address and phone number with your payment. Please postmark your entry by April 30, 2015.

Visit the website:  Submit online here

2015 Spider’s Web Flash Fiction Prize

23 April 2015

“Fiction is like a spider’s web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners.”

―Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

We at Spider Road Press are celebrating excellent, unpublished flash fiction featuring a female protagonist. Enter your compelling flash fiction about complex women to win the 2015 Spider’s Web Flash Fiction Prize!

First Prize:  $100 and publication in the print and e-book editions of the next Spider Road Press anthology.

Second Prize: $25, publication on the Spider Road Press website, and a free copy of any Spider Road Press title.

Honorable Mention: Publication on the Spider Road Press website and a certificate.

Entries accepted March 1-May 1, 2015.

Fiction will be judged “blind” by a panel that includes authors Lani Longshore, Pamela Mooman, and Patricia Flaherty Pagan. Winners will be contacted in June, 2015. Enter your fiction today!

Submissions criteria:

•  Unpublished flash fiction featuring a female protagonist.

•  750 word limit per piece.

•  $12 entry fee per piece. (A $5 entry fee is available for graduate/undergraduate students, qualifying Texas writers, & Goddard College alumni. Students must state the name of their university in their cover email.)

•  No more than three submissions per writer.

•  Standard formatting. Please include your home address in your cover email.

•  Excerpts from longer works are not eligible.

•  No children’s fiction, romance, erotica, extreme horror or gore, young adult fiction, vampire or werewolf fiction, dark fantasy, erotic horror, or fan fiction.

•  No explicit scenes of sexual violence or child abuse.

•  Writers who enter simultaneous submissions must contact us should their work be published before June, 2015.

•  We regret that we cannot accept any submissions from writers under the age of 18.

•  We regret that, due to our small staff, it may take us four months to get back to writers about non-winning entries.

·  In recognition of their contribution to the writing community, members of the Houston Writers Guild, Writers’ League of Texas, and Goddard College alumni community may pay a reduced submission fee of $5. The willingness to provide us with a copy of your membership information (upon request) or Goddard graduation date are required.

Visit the website for details:

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