Archive for the 'Fiction Contests' Category

Narrative Magazine is Seeking iStories and iPoems

25 April 2016

iStory Guidelines

OUR IPHONE APPLICATION places the magazine’s complete contents for free at the touch of a button on your iPhone, iPad, or Touch. Now you can take all of Narrative’s stories, poems, cartoons, and audio and video files with you anywhere.

Our App is FREE and contains a state-of-the-art eReader that’s easy and a pleasure to use. The App is currently available for download directly from Apple’s App Store.
To celebrate the launch of the App, we’ve created a new genre—the iStory—and we’re inviting submissions for publication both in the magazine and on the iPad, iPhone, and Touch.

THE GUIDELINES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

An iStory is a short, dramatic narrative, fiction or nonfiction, up to 150 words long. We are particularly interested in works that give readers a strong sense of having read a full and complete story in a brief space.

Payment: We will pay $100 for each iStory accepted for publication.

Submission Fee: There is a $22 fee for each submission. And with your submission, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.

Formatting Your Manuscript: Your manuscripts should be in 12-point type, with at least one-inch margins, and double-spaced. Your name, address, telephone number, and email address should be typed at the top of the first page. You may also include a brief biographical note with your submission.

Other Submission Categories: In addition to the iStory category, please review our other Submission Categories for areas that may be right for you work.
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iPoem Guidelines

OUR IPHONE APPLICATION places the magazine’s complete contents for free at the touch of a button on your iPhone and iPad. Now you can take all ofNarrative’s stories, poems, cartoons, and audio and video files with you anywhere.

Our App is FREE and contains a state-of-the-art eReader that’s easy and a pleasure to use. The App is available for download directly from Apple’sApp Store on your iPhone, iPad, or Touch.
With the launch of the App, we created a new poetic form—the iPoem—and we’re inviting submissions for publication both in the magazine and on the iPhone.

THE GUIDELINES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

An iPoem is a short poem that will fit within no more than two screens on the iPhone. An iPoem may be up to 150 words long. However, we favor iPoems that can be read in a single screen, which would be a poem of about forty words, allowing space for title and byline.
Just as the advent of the typewriter both limited and enhanced the form of poetry, the new media are making an impact on the form and how readers experience it. So, without establishing specific formal criteria for the iPoem, other than length, we are nonetheless interested in seeing works that indicate the poet’s awareness of how the new media affect, for instance, the line in poetry. We favor works that demonstrate an awareness of and interest in prosody.
Payment: We will pay $50 for each iPoem accepted for publication.
Submission Fee: There is a $20 fee for each submission. A submission may include up to four iPoems. With your submission, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.
Formatting Your Manuscript: Your manuscripts should be in 12-point type, with at least one-inch margins, and double-spaced. Your name, address, telephone number, and email address should be typed at the top of the first page. You may also include a brief biographical note with your submission.
Other Submission Categories: In addition to the iPoem category, please review our other Submission Categories for areas that may be right for you work.
Visit the website: http://www.narrativemagazine.com/

New Letters Literary Awards

25 April 2016

Deadline: May 18, 2016.

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

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

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

Publishers/Agents

24 April 2016

JOLLY FISH PRESS
http://www.jollyfishpress.com/about-us.html
We are Jolly Fish Press, a publishing house based in Provo, Utah, which publishes trade fiction and select non-fiction books in the national and international market. We excel in exceptional cover design, worldwide online and brick-and-mortar distribution, expansive publicity and marketing campaigns, subsidiary rights representation, and most of all, our drive and ability to find exceptional, yet undiscovered authors, jumpstarting their careers with maximum exposure, sales, mentoring, and higher than industry average royalty rates.

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SEVENTH STREET BOOKS
http://www.seventhstreetbooks.com/submissions.html
Seventh Street Books publishes only mystery and thriller fiction. We are not currently looking for short story collections, anthologies, novellas, or nonfiction.

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CAROLYN JENKS
http://www.carolynjenksagency.com/
Carolyn Jenks brings a professional background in publishing, theatre and film to her work as an agent. She combines those disciplines and her love of literature with the art of agenting. The home office is in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where the agency continues to introduce new writers of all genres.

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RIPPLE GROVE PRESS
http://www.ripplegrovepress.com/submissions/
We are looking for picture driven stories for children ages 2-6. Please do not send early readers, middle grade, or YA manuscripts. No religious or holiday themed stories. Please do not submit your story with page breaks or illustration notes. Do not submit a story with doodles or personal photographs. Do not send your idea for a story, send your story in manuscript form. We are not looking for: Lullaby stories or stories about how much I love you. Or my younger brother annoys me. Or there’s a new baby in the house. Or there’s a monster under my bed. Or I want to turn my sister into a monster. Or you’re the star in my heaven. We want something fresh and original.

ROYAL NONESUCH HUMOR WRITING CONTEST

24 April 2016

“Against the assault of Laughter nothing can stand.” 

                                                                                          — Mark Twain

Welcome to the THIRD annual Mark Twain House & Museum’s “Royal Nonesuch” Humor Writing Contest for writers of all ages from all corners of the globe!

Recognizing that Samuel Clemens (aka: Mark Twain) began writing at an early age and to encourage other young authors, we welcome submissions for two categories:

  • Adult (age 18 and over at time of submission) at $23 per submission, and
  • Young Author (age 17 and under at time of submission) at $13 per submission.
  • Submissions fees go towards the preservation of The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT. This contest is a whole new way for “Twainiacs” to support Mark Twain’s legacy. We thank you sincerely!

Celebrity Judges will be announced soon.

Your deadline is Sunday, July 10, 2016. Word limit is 7,000 words. 

Submit your original humorous essays and stories for a chance at a cash prize, and best of all – bragging rights! Last year’s winners took home $3,500+ in prizes.

“If Mark Twain were alive, he’d be happy about this contest, because he’d win it.” – Andy Borowitz

Entry fee: $23.00 USD, $13.00 USD

Deadline: July 10, 2016

  •  Submit 7,000 words (or fewer) of any original work of humor writing. (Entries longer than 7,000 words will be disqualified.)

•  Previously published work is acceptable; please do not submit work that has won other humor prizes.

•  Submissions must be in English.

•  Submissions are not required to be in the style of Mark Twain or about Mark Twain. We want to hear your voice. And we want you to make us laugh!

•  Submissions will be judged by our Mark Twain House staff and scholars, Trinity College faculty, and celebrity judges (to be announced).

•  Submissions are due by July 10, 2016.

•  Winners may be asked to provide age verification regarding submission category.

•  You may submit more than one entry; a separate fee is required for each entry.

•  Winners will be notified by September 12, 2016.

•  Winners will retain ownership of their work. The Mark Twain House & Museum reserves the right to publish winning pieces in a public forum with credit to the author.

PRIZES (winners in both categories):

•      1st Prize: $1,000 (Adult), $1,000 (Young Author)

•      2nd Prize: $500 (Adult), $500 (Young Author)

•      3rd Prize: $250 (Adult), $250 (Young Author)

•      Three Honorable Mention Prizes: $100 Gift Certificate for the Mark Twain Museum Store (Adult & Young Author).

•  Staff and immediate family members of the Mark Twain House are not eligible.

The mission of The Mark Twain House & Museum is to foster an appreciation of the legacy of Mark Twain as one of our nation’s defining cultural figures, and to demonstrate the continuing relevance of his work, life and times. The Mark Twain House & Museum operates as a non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation. Mark Twain built the house in 1874 and lived here with his wife and children until 1891. This is where he wrote such masterpieces as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and is located at 351 Farmington Avenue in Hartford, CT. We appreciate your participation in this inaugural writing contest as it supports our preservation efforts.

Visit the website to enter:  https://twainhouse.submittable.com/submit

PALOOKA PRESS CHAPBOOK PRIZE

24 April 2016

 

About Palooka Press

The press was founded in 2012 to offer a publishing opportunity for writers seeking a home for shorter manuscripts.

How It Works

As always, we take great pride in reading every word and giving each manuscript its due attention and thorough consideration. We consider manuscripts of all types, styles, and genres and aren’t looking for a particular aesthetic; we’re wiling to give anything a fair chance. Please send your best fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic narrative, or hybrid. Manuscripts should be roughly 35-50 pages, but we’re flexible with this in either direction. There is a $10 entry fee that comes with an electronic issue of Palooka. All pieces within entries are also considered for publication in the magazine.

The Winner Receives…

       *Publication by Palooka Press (a professionally made perfect-bound book with a glossy color cover)
*20 free copies of the book
*$200 honorarium
*A bio and photo featured on our website
*Chapbook will be sent out for review and promotion

Deadline: 8/1/2016

Judging

All submissions will be read “blind” to ensure pure contest ethics. Palooka also prohibits submissions from any friends or family of the judge. The judge for the contest is Jonathan Starke, the founding editor of Palooka. Jonathan has published essays, stories, plays, and poetry in The Sun, Missouri Review, Threepenny Review, North American Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Greensboro Review, Shenandoah, Gulf Coast, Brevity, River Teeth, Fourth Genre, Post Road, Passages North, and Third Coast, among others.

Guidelines

*Amount: Multiple submissions are permitted, but each submission must be accompanied by the proper entry fee and submitted to the proper Submittable category.
*Page count: 35-50 pages, roughly, but we’re open to more or less.
*Formatting: No author information anywhere on the manuscript. Please put author information only in the Cover Letter/Bio section when submitting. 12-point font, one-inch margins, double-spaced (for prose).
*Entry fee: $10 (comes with an electronic issue of Palooka)
*Cover Letter/Bio section should include: manuscript title, page count, author’s name, phone number, and e-mail address.
*Simultaneous submissions are encouraged as long as you withdraw your manuscript if accepted elsewhere. As always, we will offer you a sturdy e-handshake for your accomplishment.
*It is perfectly fine if some of the works have been published elsewhere as the proper permission from other magazines/journals will be requested and cited on an acknowledgements page.

Contact:

For questions, please e-mail the editor at palooka [at] protonmail.com

How to enter:  https://palookamag.submittable.com/submit

Feedback for Your Writing/Enter Fan Story Writing Contests

19 April 2016

At Fan Story You Will:


Learn from feedback
 written on everything you write. Share your poetry, stories and book chapters.

Enter fun writing contests.  All contests with cash prizes are free to enter with your upgraded membership. Upgraded membership is only $9.95 per month. Enter our Acrostic Poetry Contest, ourFaith Poetry Contest, the 5-7-5 Poety Contest and  the Character Writing Contest. That’s just a sample from over 50 writing contests every month.  View the full listing.

Be part of a community for writers of all skill levels. Make connections and friends. Enjoy sharing your writing.

Find out more:  http://www.fanstory.com/index1n.jsp

2016 Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Literary Contest – Deadline: June 30, 2016.

18 April 2016

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

Creative Non-Fiction (2500 words max.)

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. 18, 2016.

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 Cres.

Guelph, ON N1K 1T6

 

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2016

For more information, please email lmlmarso@gmail.com.  

For information about the Festival, visit our website http://www.edenmillswritersfestival.ca/

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award for Imaginative Fiction

14 April 2016

Rosebud​ magazine announces the sixth biennial Shelley Award competition for imaginative fiction. Original works of fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and horror are welcome, but the editor is also open to any pieces that reach beyond the boundaries of those genres, take literary and creative risks, and tell a good story. Pieces must be under 5000 words. First prize is $1,000, with four runner-up prizes of $100 each.

Entry deadline is June 15, 2016.

This year we are offering a special discount for users of this website. Just include the code PXCWC on the memo line of your check, and pay only a $10 entry fee. (That’s 1/3 off the regular fee of $15.)

Compete rules and entry instructions at: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award Announcement.

DEAD BISON EDITORS’ PRIZE IN FICTION, NONFICTION, POETRY

13 April 2016

DEAD BISON EDITORS’ PRIZE IN FICTION, NONFICTION, POETRY

Deadline: April 30, 2016

$15 ENTRY FEE.

Submit up to 25 pages of prose and up to ten pages of poetry. We’re interested in both individual pieces and combinations of shorter pieces. That said, we’ll be judging the submission as a whole; multiple short pieces must work together for the purpose of a singular effect, and won’t be judged on an individual basis. Interested in literary, not genre.

The winner in each category will receive $1,000 and publication in the fall issue of Arcadia. The runner-up in each category will also be published in the fall issue.

Visit the website:  https://arcadiajournal.submittable.com/submit

EARTH DAY SHORT FICTION CONTEST

13 April 2016

EARTH DAY SHORT FICTION CONTEST

Deadline: April 22, 2016

NO ENTRY FEE.

Prizes are $1,000, $500, and $300.

Sapiens Plurum’s latest literary challenge is to personalize the consequences of climate change so readers feel as well as know them. But stories must offer hope, at least a possibility, for without hope people rarely act. Your job, as author, is to inspire scientists and states-persons around the world to live up to the promise of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.  Limited to 1,500 to 3,000 words.

http://www.sapiensplurum.org/fiction-contests.html

Teen Ink Contests for teens

11 April 2016

Cover Art Contest

Send your best photo or artwork and it could be published on the cover of Teen Ink magazine.

Nonfiction Contest

Two winners selected every month out of the following nonfiction sections: Nonfiction, Focus/Special Issue, College Essays, Heroes, Pride & Prejudice, Health, What Matters, and Sports.

Poetry Contest

Are you the next Maya Angelou or e.e. cummings? Serious, funny, long or short – send us your poems today! One winner selected each month!

Educator of the Year Contest
Nominate that amazing teacher in your life and give her the recognition she deserves.

Fiction Contest

Fairy tales, sci-fi, horror, romance – short stories galore!
Entries of all kinds are accepted throughout the year.

Travel & Culture Contest

Hiking in Yosemite. Strolling through Paris. Celebrating Chinese New Year – describe your latest cultural adventures at home or abroad.

Environment Contest

Hybrid cars? Required recycling? Tell us about a problem facing the planet … and about your solutions and ideas. Winners selected annually.

THE $4,000 NARRATIVE PRIZE

11 April 2016

THE $4,000 NARRATIVE PRIZE is awarded annually for the best short story, novel excerpt, poem, one-act play, graphic story, or work of literary nonfiction published by a new or emerging writer in Narrative.

The deadline for entries for each year’s award is June 15, 2016.

How to Send Us Your Work: We accept submissions only through our electronic submission system. We do not accept submissions through postal services or email. You may send us manuscripts for the following submission categories: General Submissions, Story of the Week, Readers’ Narrative, or a specific Contest. Your manuscript must be in one of the following file forms: .doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf, .txt, .odf, .mp3, .mp4, .mov, and .flv.

Technical Difficulties: If you have any questions or encounter technical difficulties, please Contact Us.

Formatting Your Manuscript: All manuscripts should be in 12-point type, with at least one-inch margins, and sequentially numbered pages. Fiction and nonfiction should be double-spaced. Poetry should be single-spaced. The author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address should be typed at the top of the first page. Contributors are asked to include a brief biographical note with their submissions.

Timing: Submissions may be sent to us at any time, year-round.

Simultaneous Submissions: We accept multiple submissions, since we feel that it’s unreasonable to expect writers to give a magazine an exclusive look at a work unless the magazine can respond within two to three weeks. We want writers to have every possible opportunity for success, so we’re willing to risk losing a story we want when someone at another magazine may have done their reading before we have, and in that case we’ll be sorry to lose the piece but happy for the writer.

Response Time: Our response time varies from four to twelve weeks, with the slowest times usually being August/September and December/January.

Submission Fees: Narrative is a nonprofit organization with the ambition of encouraging good literary work. We do not charge readers for the magazine. However, for unsolicited submissions, we do charge a nominal fee, which helps cover the basic administrative costs related to receiving, reading, and responding to submissions. Also, a portion of the reading fee helps fund our annual Narrative Prize. Our desire is to connect readers and writers, and we strongly encourage anyone interested in submitting work to read the magazine before submitting. You may read the magazine for free. If you enjoy reading it and wish to submit, we hope you will feel that the reading fee, which is lower than most literary magazine subscription fees, is more than justified by the quality of the work the magazine offers. We are strongly committed to publishing debut and emerging writers, and those writers account for a third of the three to four hundred works we publish each year.

Open Reading Periods: During the first two weeks of April, we do not require a reading fee for general submissions made specifically to the Open Reading category via our submissions page. However, manuscripts submitted during this period are not eligible for the Narrative Prize.

Payment to Authors: Narrative is strongly committed to supporting our authors’ work. Our current rates for work are as follows:

—$150 for a Story of the Week, with $400 each for the annual Top Five Stories of the Week.
—$150 to $350 for 500 to 2,000 word manuscripts.
—$350 to $1,000 for 2,000 to 15,000 word manuscripts.
—Rates for book-length works vary, depending on the length and nature of the work.
—$50 minimum for each accepted poem and audio piece. ($25 for poetry reprints.)
—$200 each for the annual Top Five Poems of the Week.
—$100 for Readers’ Narratives.

All submissions with a reading fee, from new or emerging writers, are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize, awarded annually.

$4,000 Narrative Prize: The Narrative Prize is awarded annually for the best short story, novel excerpt, poem, or work of literary nonfiction published by a new or emerging writer in Narrative. The deadline for entries for each year’s award is June 15. The winner is announced each September, and the prize is awarded in October. The winner is widely publicized and is cited in an ongoing listing in Narrative. The prize is judged by the magazine’s editors and, in some years, may be divided between winners, when more than one work merits the award.

Word Count Guidelines:

SHORT SHORT STORY manuscripts must be between two and five pages in length, and no less than 500 and no more than 2,000 words.

MANUSCRIPTS OF 2,000 to 15,000 WORDS can include short stories, essays, one-act plays, and other complete short works of nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of fiction and nonfiction.

NOVELLAS and other long works that are less than book length may run between 15,000 and 40,000 words. For works of this length, please submit the first 15,000 words with a synposis. (Based on our reading of the first 15,000 words, we will ask to see the complete manuscript if we think the work is suitable for Narrative.)

SERIALIZATION OF BOOK-LENGTH WORKS. For consideration for serialization, please send the first chapter and a one-page synopsis of the book. (Based on our reading of the first chapter and synopsis, we will ask to see the complete book manuscript if we think the book is suitable for serialization inNarrative. For further information on our program of serializations, please click here.)

POETRY submissions may contain up to five poems. The poems should be contained in a single file. Your submission should give a strong sense of your style and range. We accept submissions of all poetic forms and genres but do not accept translations.

ONE-ACT PLAYS: We are particularly interested in finding dramas whose impact can be experienced as much on the page as in production. We are open to plays that have been previously published but are out of print, to plays that have been produced, and to ones that have never been produced or published. Length can run up to 15,000 words.

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD AUDIO PROSE submissions may be fiction or nonfiction but should take a storytelling form. Audio prose submissions must be in MP3 format and may be up to ten minutes long.

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD AUDIO POETRY submissions must be in MP3 format and may be up to ten minutes long.

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD VIDEO submissions may be short films and documentaries of up to 15 minutes. Submissions must be in .mp4 or .mov format.

READERS’ NARRATIVES may run up to 1,500 words.

How to submit:  https://www.narrativemagazine.com/submission

Visit the website:  http://www.narrativemagazine.com/

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

11 April 2016

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

Arthur Powers

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

Key contest information:

  • Final judge: Arthur Powers (see his advice)
  • Top prizes: Best Story, $1,500; Best Essay, $1,500
  • Submit as many entries as you like
  • Entry fee: $18 per entry
  • Enter using Submittable or our standard entry form
  • Length limit: 6,000 words per entry
  • Subject: Any
  • Previously published work OK? Yes
  • Writers from all countries eligible
  • Past winning entries with judges’ remarks: See our archives

Click to submit your entry

Questions? Please email adam@winningwriters.com.

Can’t Enter Online?

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

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

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

Call for submissions: PRISM international

11 April 2016

PRISM international publishes exciting, original, literary material from established and emerging writers in Canada and around the world. We accept submissions year-round. Due to the high volume of submissions we receive each month, reply times range between 2 to 6 months, depending on the time of year.

A good deal of our content is generated from our annual Fiction, Poetry and Creative Non-Fiction Contests. Please visit our contest page for more details.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
Please submit to only one genre at a time, and await a reply before submitting
again. See the particular guidelines for each genre below.

Guidelines for Prose (Short Fiction, Literary Non-Fiction, Drama)

  • Please submit only one piece at a time, unless you are submitting flash fiction or non-fiction (under 1000 words), in which case you can submit up to three pieces in a single document. While we accept submissions of up to 25 pages (6,250 words), it is generally easier to place shorter work. If you’re going to write long, it should really blow our socks off.
  • Include in your cover letter your full contact information (including email address) and a short bio. Please also specify the genre you are submitting.
  • Submissions should be typed, double-spaced, and paginated. No wacky fonts, please.
  • Non-fiction pieces should be creative, exploratory, or experimental in tone. We do not publish rhetorical, academic, or journalistic non-fiction.
  • We welcome translations into English. Such works must be undertaken with the permission of the original author. Please include a copy of the original work with your submission.
  • We strongly prefer online submissions, and to reply to mailed submissions via email. Please only include a SASE if you cannot be reached via email. And remember: we’re in Canada – unless you are too, your stamps don’t work here.
  • We do not accept email submissions. Online submissions must be submitted through Submittable, and come with a $3 submission fee.
  • We do not return manuscripts. Please ensure that you retain a copy of your submission for your files.
  • Please send only one submission per three-month period.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but if your piece is accepted elsewhere please let us know immediately.
  • Submissions must be previously unpublished, in print and online.
  • We purchase first North American serial rights, and pay $30/printed page for prose. Contributors will receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears.

Click here to submit Fiction, Non-Fiction and Drama via
Submittable.

If you prefer to send your submission via post, please mail it to:
Christopher Evans
Prose Editor
PRISM international
Creative Writing Program, UBC
Buch. E462 – 1866 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1
Canada

If you have any questions about these guidelines, or a piece you’ve already
submitted, please email Christopher at prose@prismmagazine.ca.

Guidelines for Poetry

  • Submit one to four poems.
  • Include in your cover letter your full contact information (including email address), a short bio, and the number of poems you are submitting.
  • Submissions should be typed and single-spaced.
  • We welcome translations into English. Such works must be undertaken with the permission of the original author. Please include a copy of the original work with your submission.
  • We strongly prefer online submissions, and to reply to mailed submissions via email. Please only include a SASE if you cannot be reached via email. And remember: we’re in Canada – unless you are too, your stamps don’t work here.
  • We do not accept email submissions. Online submissions must be submitted through Submittable, and come with a $3 submission fee.
  • We do not return manuscripts. Please ensure that you retain a copy of your submission for your files.
  • Please send only one submission per three-month period.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but if your piece is accepted elsewhere, please let us know immediately
  • Submissions must be previously unpublished, in print and online.
  • We purchase first North American serial rights, and pay $40/printed page for poetry. Contributors will receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears.
  • The editorial board awards an annual $500 prize to an outstanding poetry contributor each year.

Click here to submit Poetry via Submittable.

If you prefer to send your submission via post, please mail it to:
Dominique Bernier-Cormier
Poetry Editor
PRISM international
Creative Writing Program, UBC
Buch. E462 – 1866 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1
Canada

If you have any questions about these guidelines, or a piece you’ve already
submitted, please email Dominique at poetry@prismmagazine.ca.

Guidelines for Cover Art

  • We accept photography only, submitted by email in high resolution PDF, TIF or PNG files. We pay $300 CAD for the cover of one issue, along with three copies of that issue. An image of the cover will also appear on our website, the British Columbia Association of Magazine Publishers website, and the affiliated websites of Magazines Canada.
  • Please send photography submissions to Jen Macdonald, Executive Editor, Circulation at circulation@prismmagazine.ca.

Reasonable exceptions to our guidelines will be made for submissions from
writers in prison.

Please note: PRISM does not accept submissions from current and incoming
students and faculty of the University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing
Program (this includes the UBC Optional-Residency MFA Program). Work submitted by incoming students prior to their acceptance to the UBC Creative Writing Program, if still under consideration, must be withdrawn. In order to submit, UBC alumni cannot have taken a UBC Creative Writing Program course during the previous two years.

Please note that it is also our policy not to publish the same writer more than once within a twelve-month period.

Literary Fiction Contest

24 March 2016

Literary Fiction Contest

Deadline: Postmarked by August 30, 2016.

  •  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 ($20 for Workshop members). Entry fee is payable online.
  • 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 writersw@gmail.com, with “Fiction Contest” in the subject. No cover sheet or SASE is necessary. The entry fee is payable online at www.twwoa.org.

Enter here

The Chattanooga Writers’ Guild 2016 Spring Writing contest

24 March 2016

The Chattanooga Writers’ Guild is sponsoring its

2nd Annual Spring Writing
Contest

Eligibility:
Open to any piece that has not been previously published.

Deadline: April 15, 201​6

Categories:

  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Creative Non-fiction

Length:

  • Poetry: 40 lines or fewer
  • Prose: 2,500 words or fewer

Judging:
CWG Board Members will select the finalists in a blind judging. Winners will be selected by:

Initial judging by CWG board: April 16 to May 15

Final judging by guest judges: May 16 to May 31

​Winners will be notified by email and announced at the CWG monthly meeting on June 14 and on the website in early June.

Fees:
$5 per entry for CWG members; $10 per entry for non-members. Pay below via PayPal or mail a check payable to:
Chattanooga Writers’ Guild
2288 Gunbarrel Rd, Ste. 154-251
Chattanooga, TN 37421

Prizes (for each category):
First place: $50
Second place: $30
Third place: $20

​All winners and honorable mentions will also be published in the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild 2016 Anthology! 
Click here to buy a copy of last year’s anthology.

How to Submit: 

  • All submissions must be attached as a Word document, with no identifying information on the manuscript itself.
  • A cover page must be attached separate from the manuscript, with your full name, address, phone number, email address, and title of the manuscript.
  • Email entries to submissions@chattanoogawritersguild.org, or click the button at the top of the page.
  • Don’t forget to pay your entry fee!

Any questions? Contact: Rosemary Walch (info@chattanoogawritersguild.org)

Visit the website for details and PayPal entries:

http://www.chattanoogawritersguild.org/2016-spring-writing-contest.html

THE DEADLY QUILL SHORT STORY WRITING CONTEST

24 March 2016

What we want: We want stories that reach out and grab us and won’t let us stop reading until we get to the very last sentence. Multiple submissions are welcome but we do not want simultaneous submission.

Entry fee: $10.00 CAD payable through PayPal to lorne@deadlyquill.com. Be sure to include payment number in the body of the email so we can mark down that you are entered.

Length: 1500 to 3000 words. This is absolute. If you send a story with 1499 or 3001 words, your story will be disqualified. That number does not include the title.

Judges: Renowned author Edward Willett (EC Blake)

             Author and editor of Deadly Quill Lorne McMillan

             Author Colin Douglas

             Another yet to be determined

Deadline: August 31st, 2016

Prizes: 1st 2nd and 3rd prize will all include payment for their stories – $250.00, $200.00, and $150.00 respectively – and publication in an anthology of all the winners. They will also receive a free hard copy of the anthology. 4th place to 10th will receive publication and a hard copy of the anthology. Places 11 to 25 will get published in the anthology and receive free ebook editions. The top 5 will also receive two years free subscription to the Deadly Quill Ezine. All monetary prizes are in CAD.

Rights: Deadlyquill.com and Lorne McMillan gets one time non-exclusive publication rights to all contest entrants, even non-winning entries, for later publication in the Deadly Quill ezine.

How to submit: Stories must be in standard manuscript professional submission style. No unusual fonts. Anything hard to read won’t be read, the same going for if it isn’t formatted professionally. Add all your information, as well as a short bio in the body of the email. Don’t forget to include the PayPal transaction number. Make sure stories are sent as attachment in .docx format. If it doesn’t open easily, it will be disqualified. If for some reason you are not able to send in this format, please state reason in body of email so that can be given consideration. Email entries to: contest@deadlyquill.com

Contact:  lorne@deadlyquill.com

Visit the website for details: http://www.deadlyquill.com/#!the-contest/dy4nv

The Chatelaine Awards ~ Romantic Fiction Novel Writing Contest ~2016

24 March 2016

Chatelaine Awards

Deadline:

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Entry Fees:

$55

Prizes: Chanticleer Book Reviews runs 14 genre writing competitions during the year, all together there are 78 first place category winners, who receive a Chanticleer prize package (including ribbon, book stickers and digital badge, and an editorial book review and marketing package (over $345 value), 14 grand prize genre winners, who receive $200, and 1 overall grand prize winner, who receives $1,000.

Grand prize winners announced in April 2017 at our Chanticleer Awards Gala. The gala features includes a PNW dinner buffet and is a part of our Chanticleer Authors Conference, which hosts authors from around the world and focuses on the business side of writing.

Description:

Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring romantic themes and adventures of the heart, historical love affairs, perhaps a little steamy romance.

Categories:
Contemporary romance,
Romantic adventure & suspense,
Historical romance,
Inspirational/restorative romance,
Romantic steamy/sensual

Contact Information:

editor@chantireviews.com (submissions via website only please)

Visit the website:

http://chantireviews.com/services/#!/Romance-&-Womens-Fiction-Writing-Contests/p/21521080/category=5193080

The Laramie Awards ~ Western, Pioneer, Civil War Fiction Novel Writing Contest ~2016

24 March 2016

Laramie Awards

Deadline:

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Categories

FictionYoung Adult

Entry Fees

$55

Prizes

Prizes: Chanticleer Book Reviews runs 14 genre writing competitions during the year, all together there are 78 first place category winners, who receive a Chanticleer prize package (including ribbon, book stickers and digital badge, and an editorial book review and marketing package (over $345 value), 14 grand prize genre winners, who receive $200, and 1 overall grand prize winner, who receives $1,000.

Grand prize winners announced in April 2017 at our Chanticleer Awards Gala. The gala features includes a PNW dinner buffet and is a part of our Chanticleer Authors Conference, which hosts authors from around the world and focuses on the business side of writing.

Description

Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring cowboys, the wild west, pioneering, civil war and early North American history.

Eligibility: Work must be at least 40,000 words in length. Books may be published, unpublished, indie or traditional. More eligibility requirements: http://www.chantireviews.com/contests/contest-guidline/

Submissions are online, entries must be the full work as PDF or DOC file format. Fee: $55

Genre: Western/pioneer/Civil War fiction

Categories:
Western romance
Adventure/caper
Classic
Civil War/prairie/pioneer
Contemporary western
Western YA

Contact Information

editor@chantireviews.com (submit via website only)

Visit the website:

https://chantireviews.com/services#!/Western-Pioneer-&-Civil-War-Historical-Fiction-Novels-Pre-1900s/p/21521125/category=5193080

Saturday Evening Post 2017 Great American Fiction Contest

24 March 2016

Saturday Evening Post 2017 Great American Fiction Contest

Deadline:

Friday, July 1, 2016

Entry Fees:

$10

Prizes

Winning story will be published in the January/February 2017 edition of The Saturday Evening Post, and the author will receive $500. Five runners-up will each receive $100 and will also have their stories published online.

Description

In its nearly three centuries of existence, The Saturday Evening Post has published short fiction by a who’s who of American authors — Ray Bradbury, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Louis L’Amour, Jack London, Joyce Carol Oates, Edgar Allan Poe, Anne Tyler, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Sinclair Lewis, among many others — ultimately helping to define what it means to be an American.

Now you have the opportunity to join this illustrious lineup by entering The Saturday Evening Post’s Fifth Annual Great American Fiction Contest.

Submission guidelines
• Stories must be between 1,500 and 5,000 words in length.
• All stories must be previously unpublished.
• No extreme profanity or graphic sex scenes.
• All stories must be submitted by the author and in Microsoft Word format with author’s name, address, telephone number and email address on the first page.
• Entries should represent the highest quality fiction, regardless of genre.
• All entries must be received electronically (see http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/fiction-contest for more entry details and other guidelines).

Contact Information

For more information and guidelines, visit us at http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/fiction-contest

Visit the website:

http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/fiction-contest

The Impress Prize for New Writers 2016

24 March 2016

The Impress Prize for New Writers

Deadline:

Friday, July 1, 2016

Entry Fees:

£15

Prizes:

Winner gets a publishing contract, and their book is published with the following year in ebook and paperback forms. Runners up also considered for publishing potential.

Description:

The prize was created to discover and publish new writing talent. Entries are assessed by the Impress team and a shortlist produced from which a panel chooses the winner. The panel is comprised of representatives from the publishing industry and the writing community.

The winner of the prize is offered a publishing contract with Impress Books with the aim of publishing the book in the year following the award. The Impress team also looks at all entries, whether on the shortlist or not, with a view to publication by Impress Books. Numerous entries from previous years have gone on to be published by Impress Books and other publishers, and many authors who have entered the prize have also gone on to be represented by agents.

It is our firm belief that the prize is not just about the winner but should also encourage emerging authors to write and to provide them with a focus and forum for their talent.

Contact Information:

enquiries@impress-books.co.uk

Visit the website:

http://www.impress-books.co.uk/impress-prize/

Goethe Awards

24 March 2016

Goethe Awards

Deadline:

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Entry Fees:

$55

Prizes:

Prizes: Chanticleer Book Reviews runs 14 genre writing competitions during the year, all together there are 78 first place category winners, who receive a Chanticleer prize package (including ribbon, book stickers and digital badge, and an editorial book review and marketing package (over $345 value), 14 grand prize genre winners, who receive $200, and 1 overall grand prize winner, who receives $1,000.

Grand prize winners announced in April 2017 at our Chanticleer Awards Gala. The gala features includes a PNW dinner buffet and is a part of our Chanticleer Authors Conference, which hosts authors from around the world and focuses on the business side of writing.

Description:

Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring late period historical fiction. Regency, Victorian, 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century, World and other wars, history of non-western cultures, set after the 1750s.

Eligibility: Work must be at least 40,000 words in length. Books may be published, unpublished, indie or traditional. More eligibility requirements: http://www.chantireviews.com/contests/contest-guidline/

Submissions are online, entries must be the full work as PDF or DOC file format. Fee: $55

Genre: Historical fiction post-1750

Category:
Regency, Victorian, 1700s/1800s
Turn of the century
20th Century
World wars and other wars
World/international history post 1750s
U.S. history

Contact Information:

editor@chantireviews.com

Visit the website:

https://chantireviews.com/services#!/Late-Historical-Fiction-Writing-Contest-Chanticleer-Book-Reviews/p/57936173/category=5193080

Chaucer Awards

23 March 2016

Chaucer Awards

Deadline:

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Entry Fees:

$55

Prizes:

Prizes: Chanticleer Book Reviews runs 14 genre writing competitions during the year, all together there are 78 first place category winners, who receive a Chanticleer prize package (including ribbon, book stickers and digital badge, and an editorial book review and marketing package (over $345 value), 14 grand prize genre winners, who receive $200, and 1 overall grand prize winner, who receives $1,000.

Grand prize winners announced in April 2017 at our Chanticleer Awards Gala. The gala features includes a PNW dinner buffet and is a part of our Chanticleer Authors Conference, which hosts authors from around the world and focuses on the business side of writing.

Description:

Chanticleer Book Reviews is seeking for the best books featuring pre-1750s historical fiction, including pre-history, ancient history, classical, world history (non-western culture), Dark Ages and Medieval Europe, Renaissance, Elizabethan, Tudor, 1600s.

Eligibility: Work must be at least 40,000 words in length. Books may be published, unpublished, indie or traditional. More eligibility requirements: http://www.chantireviews.com/contests/contest-guidline/

Submissions are online, entries must be the full work as PDF or DOC file format. Fee: $55

Genre: Historical fiction pre-1750s

Categories:
Pre-historical fiction
Ancient historical Fiction
Dark Ages, Medieval, Renaissance
Elizabethan/Tudor
1600s
World/international history pre-1750s
Americas – historical fiction pre-1750s

Contact Information:

editor@chatireviews.com (website form for entries please)

Visit the website:

http://chantireviews.com/services/#!/Historical-Fiction-Contest/p/21521105/category=5193080

Hourglass Literary Magazine Writing Contest

23 March 2016

Hourglass Literary Magazine Writing Contest

Deadline:

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Entry Fees

Entry fee: $13.59 per paper ($20 for up to three pieces); except for poetry, where up to three submissions are accepted for $13.59.

Prizes

Best Short Story ($1,000)
Best Poem ($1,000)
Best Essay ($1,000)

The jury, comprising highly-respected authors Sibelan Forrester, Jelena Lengold and John K. Cox, has the right to give a special prize (US$ 500 for entry in each category).

Ten finalists in each category will be published in the first issue of the literary magazine.
All published works will be financially compensated and finalists will be provided with one copy of the printed edition of the Hourglass Literary Magazine.

Description

Hourglass Literary Magazine is an annual and bilingual magazine published in print and digital form in English, as well as the languages of the region (BCMS).

The international competition is open to all authors writing in English or any of the BCMS languages. No theme, genre limitations or boundaries. Work must be original and unpublished. One author can compete in all categories, for all three awards respectively. Limited multiple submissions are allowed (as well as simultaneous submissions).

We want to achieve an intercultural mélange, which is first and foremost literary. We aim to pose a series of questions on the pages of Hourglass Literary Magazine, such as: What are poetics and the formal solutions and (pre)dominant themes for authors who write in English? What remained of post-modernism, textual acrobatics and semantic gymnastics (John Barth, Robert Coover, Ronald Sukenick, etc.)? “Return to tradition”? How does the “Beat” generation echo in the work of contemporary writers? Where do we write from? What do we write about when we write about love?

Contact Information

Information about contest: contest@hourglassonline.org
Press inquiries: press@hourglassonline.org
Board and editorial staff: hourglass.literary.magazine@gmail.com
Voki Erceg, Editor-in-Chief: vokierceg@hourglassonline.org

Visit the website:

http://www.hourglassonline.org/

The Gertrude Warner Awards ~ Middle Grade Fiction Novel Writing Contest ~2016

23 March 2016

Gertrude Warner Awards

Deadline:

Monday, May 30, 2016

Entry Fees

$55

Prizes: Chanticleer Book Reviews runs 14 genre writing competitions during the year, all together there are 78 first place category winners, who receive a Chanticleer prize package (including ribbon, book stickers and digital badge, and an editorial book review and marketing package (over $345 value), 14 grand prize genre winners, who receive $200, and 1 overall grand prize winner, who receives $1,000.

Grand prize winners announced in April 2017 at our Chanticleer Awards Gala. The gala features includes a PNW dinner buffet and is a part of our Chanticleer Authors Conference, which hosts authors from around the world and focuses on the business side of writing.

Description:

Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring stories of all shapes and sizes written to an audience between the ages of about 8 to 12. Science fiction, fantasy, mystery, paranormal, historical, adventure. We will put them to the test and choose the best middle grade books among them.

Eligibility: Work must be at least 40,000 words in length. Books may be published, unpublished, indie or traditional. More eligibility requirements: http://www.chantireviews.com/contests/contest-guidline/

Submissions are online, entries must be the full work as PDF or DOC file format. Fee: $55

Genre: Middle grade

Categories:
Contemporary middle grade
SFF & paranormal middle grade
Mystery middle grade
Historical middle grade
Adventure middle grade

Contact Information

editor@chantireviews.com (submissions on website only)

Visit the website:

https://chantireviews.com/services#!/Middle-Grade-Fiction-Writing-Contests-Chanticleer-Book-Reviews/p/58078131/category=5193080

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