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Our winter contest is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We’re looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.
Submission Fee: There is a $22 fee for each entry. And with your entry, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.
Timing: The contest deadline is March 31, 2015, at midnight, Pacific daylight time.
Judging: The contest will be judged by the editors of the magazine. Winners and finalists will be announced to the public by April 30, 2015. All writers who enter will be notified by email of the judges’ decisions. The judges reserve the option to declare a tie in the selection of winners and to award only as many winners and finalists as are appropriate to the quality of work represented in the magazine.
Submission Guidelines: Please read our Submission Guidelines for manuscript formatting and other information.
Other Submission Categories: In addition to our contest, please review our other Submission Categories for areas that may interest you.
Submit your most hilarious, most awfully,
awesome novel queries by midnight,
November 21, 2014, Midway Island Time.
Who knows, if it’s based on a real manuscript
you might even score a request!
The Crappy Query Contest does not discriminate
on the basis of genre, sub-genre, or sub-sub-genre.
For more information: www.rosequill.com
- Open to reprints of fiction and nonfiction in any original format (electronic or print).
- One $200 prize plus publication.
- One runner-up prize including publication and payment (just above our usual rates). Finalists listed on the site.
- $15 entry fee.
- Tentative close date of April 30th, 2015. (See site for details)
- Include the name and email address of the original publisher in your cover letter.
- Length and subject are open.
- Submit via our online submission system.
- Manuscripts reviewed on a rolling-basis.
- Multiple submissions allowed.
- No identifying information should be on your manuscript.
FFF Digital is a new publisher of quality fiction e-books.
We are searching for some of the best original fiction
out there, and hosting a contest to find it.
Four Finalists will receive an offer for a publishing deal with FFF Digital,
and one Grand Prize Winner will take home $10,000!
Worried you might not win? Don’t be!
Non-Finalists are still eligible to receive
an offer of a digital publishing contract.
So get crackin’, because our team is excited to read your work.
Here’s everything you need to know:
(1)Deadline: November 30th, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST).
(2) It is FREE to participate
(3) Participants must be at least 13 years of age
(4) Full Fathom Five employees, family members, or those living in the same household as FFF employees are not eligible to participate. All other participants are welcome, unless participation is prohibited by local law.
(5) Participants may enter multiple submissions
(6) Works written by multiple participants (“co-authors”) may be submitted as a single entry—but you’ll have to split the prize money!
All submissions must include:
(1) Participant’s legal name (which will be kept anonymous)
(2) Participant’s email address and phone number
(3) A full manuscript (DOC, DOCX, or PDF) of at least 50,000 words
(4) A brief pitch and synopsis of the manuscript (excluding name and/or pseudonym)
Your submission must be:
(1) An original unpublished or self-published work of fiction
(2) A minimum of 50,000 words. There is no word limit, and entries may be part of a larger series. We love series!
(3) Written for an Adult, New Adult, and/or Young Adult audience
(4) Identified as ONE of the following genres*:
– Science Fiction/Fantasy
*Submissions will be separated for judging by genre. Each individual submission may include more than one genre, but must be categorized by the participant under one of the four applicable genres for judging.
(5) Complete & Final. Submitted manuscripts cannot be edited or resubmitted after the fact. (If you believe you have made an error after submitting, please email email@example.com within 48 hours of the initial submission.)
(1) All submissions will be judged by a team of Full Fathom Five editors.
(2) To ensure anonymity during the judging process, all entries will be filtered through a third party. Submissions will contain none of your identifying information once it reaches our judges’ hands.
(3) Submissions will be judged against entries submitted within the same genre (horror, romance, science fiction/fantasy, or mystery/thriller). One Finalist will be selected from each of these genres, with a total of four Contest Finalists.
(3) One submission out of the four Finalists will be selected as the Contest Winner. Finalists and the Contest Winner will be notified at least 15 days prior to the winning announcement on February 25th, 2015.
(4) Submissions will be judged on a scale of 1–20 in each of the following categories, for a combined scored out of 60:
– Originality of concept /idea
– Quality of writing and structure
– Execution of concept, character and plot developement
(1) We’ll announce the Contest Winner right here, at www.fullfathomfive.com/contest, on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at 4PM EST.
(2) The Contest Winner will receive a prize of $10,000, and an offer for an exclusive publishing contract with Full Fathom Five Digital.
*Bonus: The $10,000 is not an advance to earn out—it’s yours to spend!*
(3) The remaining three Finalists will receive an offer for an exclusive publishing contract with Full Fathom Five Digital.
(4) Many wonderful submissions won’t make the final cut—but we may still be interested in publishing your work! If that’s the case, we promise to notify you within 90 days of completion of the contest.
READY, SET, SUBMIT! VISIT:
Fiction & Creative/Narrative Nonfiction
Dates of submission:
September 15, 2014 to February 1, 2015
Finalists will be announced and notified on or around March 1, 2015 and the winners will be announced in March 27, 2015 during dinner at the NCW 10th Anniversary Writers Conference. Attendance at the conference is not required.
First Place: Framed certificate and $1,000
*Please read guidelines carefully and thoroughly; some rules have changed. Failure to properly submit entry per guidelines may result in disqualification and your entry fee will be forfeited.*
*Manuscripts cannot be print form (or e-published) during submission dates. Should it be published in any form during submission dates, please contact us via email: TOM@northerncoloradowriters.com and let us know. Your submission will not be considered and you’ll be refunded your entry fee. If your manuscript is found to be published, your entry fee will not be refunded and your manuscript will not be considered.*
Here at BlueCat Screenplay Competition we provide written analysis for every script submitted. Our group of readers issue detailed notes with the goal of helping every entrant improve their screenplay. This process affords our entrants the option to rework, and then re-submit their scripts based on the feedback they receive. This is just one example of BlueCat’s main objective—to support and develop all screenwriters at every stage of the writing process.
2014 BlueCat Winner HF Crum has signed with manager Michelle Knudsen at MXN. Knudsen co-produced Jason Bateman’s “Bad Words” and also represents screenwriting team Yana Gorskaya & Maia Rossini, who are currently writing a film for FOX and director Paul Feig.
Aaron Guzikowski’s #1 Film “Prisoners,” starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Melissa Leo, was released in September 2013. He is also the creator of “The Red Road,” a Sundance Channel original series.
Young Il Kim’s script, “Rodham,” a 2012 Blacklist Script, recently attached director James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”). Young recently won the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant from Sundance, where he will write a biopic on Stephen Hawking.
Ana Lily Amipour’s debut feature, “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night,” premiered at 2014 Sundance.
Ashleigh Powell sold her script, “SomaCell,” to Warner Brothers, with David Goyer attached to produce.
Visit the website: http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/
CLICK HERE to see this year’s winner.
Submissions open: June 1, 2014 – February 28, 2015
Prize: $500 + Publication no later than early 2016 by Vine Leaves Press + 20 copies
Guest Judge: Sara Sargent
Sara Sargent is an Editor at Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. She acquires young adult fiction. Most recently she was an Associate Editor at Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books. Sara started her publishing career as an intern at Miramax Books at the age of 17 before eventually interning at Disney/Hyperion Books for Children, getting her Master of Science in journalism from Northwestern, and joining the editorial team at Harper. She is also Chair of the Young to Publishing Group. Sara has a soft spot for sweeping romance and kissing in YA. You can sometimes find her eating takeout and reading on the couch. You can always find her on Twitter and Instagram at Sara_Sargent. Sara lives in Brooklyn.
The Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award includes a cash prize of $500, publication by Vine Leaves Press (paperback and eBook), 20 copies of the paperback, worldwide distribution, and promotion through Vine Leaves Literary Journal and staff websites. Author will receive a 70% net royalty on all eBook and print sales. A copy of the publishing contract for your perusal can be downloaded HERE.
Manuscripts are judged by Vine Leaves Literary Journal staff, and guest judge, Sara Sargent. This competition is open to vignettes in English (poetry and/or prose), written by authors anywhere in the world. Individual pieces in a manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, print or web journals, or anthologies, but the work as a whole must be unpublished (this includes previously self-published books.)
Employees of Vine Leaves Literary Journal are not eligible to enter.
Submit a 50 to 60 page manuscript, plus $25 fee via Submishmash (poetry: 60 poems max; prose: approx 800 words maximum per piece, 20,000 words max in total; each vignette must begin on a new page. Collections may be a mixture of both poetry and prose.)
Manuscripts should be submitted with a table of contents and acknowledgments. Include two cover pages, one with your name, address, email address, and title of the manuscript, and a second with only the title of the manuscript. The author’s name should not appear elsewhere on the manuscript.
Simultaneous submissions to other publishers or contests are permitted, as long as you withdraw your manuscript from Submishmash immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.
Before you submit a manuscript, please consider exploring the work published in the Vine Leaves Literary Journal to familiarize yourself with the kind of work we are looking for.
Kindly refrain from requesting an individual response to confirm receipt of your manuscript. The electronic submission manager offers automated confirmations. We receive thousands of submissions each year and can no longer offer individual acknowledgments beyond these. Thank you for your understanding.
Results will be announced on, or before, the following dates:
Quarter-Finalists: March 30, 2015
Semi-Finalists: April 30, 2015 (will also be considered for publication)
Grand Finalist: April 30, 2015
The online submission system will be accepting Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award manuscripts between June 1, 2014 – February 28, 2015., 12 PM, EET.
Visit the website to submit online: http://www.vineleavesliteraryjournal.com/contests.html
*We are an independent, nonprofit literary journal. Submission fees help cover, though not fully, the prize money, publishing costs, and time reviewing manuscripts.
Deadline: October 1, 2014
Announcing the Third Annual Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Independently Published Book, sponsored by Bowker.
Details and rules are here: http://www.shelfmediagroup.com/pages/competition.html
The winner, finalists, and more than 100 notable books from the competition
will be featured in the December/January 2015 issue of Shelf Unbound magazine.
The overall winner will receive a year’s worth of full-page ads in Shelf Unbound magazine
(rate card value $6,000).
Entry fee: $40 per book
Contact: Margaret Brown, publisher, firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE: July 31, 2014
NO ENTRY FEES
DETAILS: Open to Kentucky residents, or writers whose work is set in or is about Kentucky. Winner must be willing to travel to KY for readings and events. Submissions may include: a collection of poetry (48-100 pages); a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, a short novel, a collection of essays or creative nonfiction (to 250 pages). No history, scholarly works, children’s literature, plays, genre literature. No single stories or poems under 150 pages.
The Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature,
Sarabande Books, Inc.
2234 Dundee Road
Suite 200, Louisville, KY 40205
DEADLINE: July 1, 2014
PRIZES: Advance against royalties of $10,000
DETAILS: Open to any professional or non-professional writer who has never been the author of a published “private eye” novel and who is not under contract with a publisher for publication of a “private eye” novel. Must be book-length (approx. 60,000 words) in English. A “private eye” novel is defined as: A novel in which the main character is an independent investigator who is not a member of any law enforcement or government agency, and who receives a fee for his or her investigative services.
CONTACT: PWA Best First Private Eye Novel Competition, Thomas Dunne
Books, St. Martin’s Press, 175 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10010
(entry form will provide submission address)
A $800 cash prize can be won for a debut novel
Deadline: 30th June 2014
Novels that have previously been self-published are also eligible.
The winning author will be assessed by international literary agency
A. M. Heath for possible representation.
The top eight contestants will receive personal feedback on their novels by the judge,
novelist Michelle Spring, Royal Literary Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge.
Entries are welcome worldwide.
Entry is $22.
Details at: http://www.writers-village.org/foundation.php
NO ENTRY FEE.
Have you ever met an everyday, ordinary guru who helped you break a myth that held you back,
sparked insight, or helped you see the world a little differently?
If so, tell us your story by entering the Ordinary Guru Contest.
You can submit a short story, essay, memoir, photo essay,
cartoon, graphic novel or poem.
First Prize: $5,000. Second Prize: $2,500. Third Prize: $1,500.
Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States
and the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec),
who are 18 years and older.
Contest ends August 31, 2014.
Visit the website: http://ordinarygurus.com/
HILLERMAN MYSTERY COMPETITION
DEADLINE: June 1, 2014
OPEN TO: Authors with no published fiction books
DETAILS: Murder or another serious crime or crimes is at the
heart of the story, and emphasis is on the solution rather than the
details of the crime. The story’ primary setting is the
Southwestern United States, including at least one of the following
states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico,
Oklahoma, Texas, and/or Utah. 60,000 words max.
PRIZE: $10,000 advance against royalties
CRIMINAL LINES -
DEADLINE: May 5, 2014
OPEN TO: Unagented debut authors born or resident in UK or Ireland
GENRE: Books DETAILS: Submit the first 15,000 words of your crime/thriller novel and a synopsis of a maximum 800 words.
PRIZE: £1000 and chance to meet with AM Heath agents.
$10 ENTRY FEE.
Two cash prizes will be awarded: First Prize of $1,000, and Second Prize of $500.
The judges may withhold prizes if in their opinion no play merits the award.
Only full-length scripts are accepted.
Deadline April 15, 2014.
The competition is open to all playwrights.
Submissions must be new full-length plays.
Musicals will not be considered.
Visit the website: http://www.netconline.org/john-gassner-award.php
What is the Katherine Paterson Prize for YA and Children’s Writing?
An annual prize for Young Adult and Children’s Literature. A chance for your YA and Children’s Lit to be read by Hunger Mountain editors and guest judges!
What will the winner receive?
One overall first place winner receives $1,000 and publication!
Three category winners receive $100 each and publication. The categories are
Young Adult (YA)
Middle Grade (MG)
Picture Book or Writing for Young Children
Who can enter the contest?
Who is this year’s judge?
The 2014 judge is Katherine Applegate, the Newbery Award winning author of The One and Only Ivan.
When is the deadline?
The postmark deadline is June 30th, 2014
Does Hunger Mountain accept electronic entries?
Yes! Please enter your original, unpublished piece under 10,000 words. Your entry may be a short story or a novel excerpt, but if it’s a novel excerpt it should really stand alone. Feel free to include a brief synopsis if your entry is a novel excerpt. Your name and address should not appear on the story; we read contest entries blind. Click the link below to access our online submission system. Once in the submission manager, you’ll need to choose “Katherine Paterson Prize” (scroll all the way to the bottom to find it!) Pay the $20.00 entry fee and upload your entry. Please include a cover letter in the comments section, letting us know what age group your piece is intended for: Enter the Katherine Paterson Prize
Does Hunger Mountain still accept Snail Mail entries?
Yes! Please send one original, unpublished piece under 10,000 words. Your entry may be a short story or a novel excerpt, but if it’s a novel excerpt it should stand on its own. Feel free to include a brief synopsis along with your novel excerpt. Include a $20 entry fee. Make checks payable to “Vermont College of Fine Arts.” Entries should be postmarked by June 30th, 2014. Your name or address should not appear anywhere on the story itself (we read entries blind.) Instead, enclose an index card with story title, intended age group (YA? MG?), your name, address, phone number, and email address. You may also enclose an SASE (self addressed stamped envelope) for notification of winners. Entries should be typed, and on one side of the paper only. No staples please! Send entries to:
Vermont College of Fine Arts
36 College Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
May I include illustrations with my Picture Book manuscript?
Yes. We do accept (but we don’t require) illustrations along with picture book manuscripts. These should be copies/pdfs only. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL ART! We’ll consider illustrated and text-only picture book entries.
If you submit by mail, send copies of art only. If you submit through Submittable, your illustrated entry should be a pdf.
Will my entry be considered for general publication as as well as for the Katherine Paterson Prize?
Yes, it will. Several stories we publish have come from the Katherine Paterson Prize entries.
May I enter more than one story in this prize?
Yes. Enter as many as you like! But each entry needs its own entry fee.
Are simultaneous submissions okay?
Yes, but please let us know right away if your work is accepted elsewhere. And unfortunately we can’t refund entry fees, if the work is accepted somewhere else.
I’m a child or a teenager. May I enter this prize?
You may. But your work will be evaluated alongside adult work. If you’re a serious writer, it’s okay with us if you enter the prize, just know this prize isn’t intended for teenagers or for children.
What if I have questions that aren’t answered here?
Email us at: email@example.com
Deadline Thursday, May 1, 2014
Categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry Entry
Fees: Between $10 and $200 depending on category and manuscript length.
Prizes: Between $750 and $7,500 depending on category
Description: Accepting entries in eight categories: novel, novella, book-length narrative nonfiction, novel-in-progress, short story, essay, poetry and short story by a high school student. Only unpublished work accepted. No self-published or web-published material. See website for category details. Submit by regular mail.
Contact Information: Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, 624 Pirate’s Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116.
— $65 ENTRY FEE.
This prize is the only recognition of the art of humor writing in the United States.
The winner receives $5,000, a commemorative plaque, and is invited to Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio.
Deadline April 1, 2014.
Eligible books are those that are published in book form, whether as a hardcover or as an original paperback,
in the United States. Fiction, nonfiction, and collections of short stories are eligible.
Visit the website for details: http://thurberhouse.org/2014-thurber-prize-for-american-humor1.html
— $28 ENTRY FEE.
Categories of fiction and poetry.
Winners will receive a cash award of $1,000.
Deadline April 30, 2014.
Debut books first published in North America between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013 are eligible in fiction and poetry.
Authors, agents, publicists, or publishers may submit entries.
Entries must be published in English and available for purchase in either hardcover or bound paperback book form.
Visit the website for details: http://latenightlibrary.org/category/contests/
Deadline : March 31 2014
Award : Publication, $1000 cash prize, and 25 contributor copies.
Eligibility : This CutBank Chapbook competition is open to original English language manuscripts in the genres of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. While previously published stand-alone pieces or excerpts may be included in a manuscript, the manuscript as a whole must be an unpublished work. Translations and previously self-published collections are ineligible. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable; please note that reading fees are non-refundable, and you must withdraw the manuscript immediately via Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere. Please do not include cover artwork with your submission; black and white illustrations are acceptable so long as you’ve obtained the rights. The author must not have a close personal or professional relationship with any current or previous CutBank staff members. Reading Fee: $20. Includes consideration and a copy of CutBank 81 upon its release in summer 2014. (International applicants must send an addition $5 to receive a copy of the issue)
What We’re Looking For: Startling, compelling, and beautiful original work. We’re looking for a fresh, powerful manuscript. Maybe it will overtake us quietly; gracefully defy genres; satisfyingly subvert our expectations; punch us in the mouth page in and page out. We’re interested in both prose and poetry – and particularly work that straddles the lines between genres. Manuscripts should be cohesive and coherent; in other words, your manuscript should resonate and make sense as a book.
Guidelines for Electronic Submissions: We only accept submissions electronically. Entries must be received no later than midnight MST on March 31, 2014. Please submit 25 to 40 pages of typed poetry or prose in either DOC/DOCX/RTF/PDF format. For poetry and short prose, please include no more than one piece per page. Images are acceptable, but only in black and white; you must obtain reprint rights for any included images. Include page numbers, table of contents, and, if applicable, an acknowledgments page addressing where sections have been previous published. Submissions should include two cover pages as the first two pages of the document: one with the manuscript’s title, the other with the title, author’s name, address, and e-mail address. The author’s name should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript. Results will be announced via e-mail and posted at http://www.cutbankonline.com in late May 2014.
Visit the website for details: http://www.cutbankonline.org/submit/contests/