James Jones Literary Society
First Novel Fellowship
James Jones Literary Society, First Novel Fellowship, Creative Writing Program, Wilkes University, 84 West South Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766. Bonnie Culver, Program Director.
information about creative writing contests, poetry contests, literary magazine theme issues, writing residencies, grants, fellowships etc. Now accepting creative writing contests news and announcements!
James Jones Literary Society, First Novel Fellowship, Creative Writing Program, Wilkes University, 84 West South Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766. Bonnie Culver, Program Director.
A prize of $1,000, publication by Sowilo Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, and 10 author copies is given annually for a first novel or short story collection by a woman over the age of 40 who has not published a book of fiction. Submit a manuscript of any length with a synopsis, an author bio, a resume, and a $30 entry fee by March 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Hidden River Publishing, Eludia Award, P.O. Box 63927, Philadelphia, PA 19147. (610) 764-0813. Debra Leigh Scott, Director.
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 www.PublishOrPerishContest.com.
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: http://www.publishorperishcontest.com/
$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. http://brighthorsebooks.com.
The 2015 Adventure Writer’s Competition is sponsored by the Clive Cussler Collector’s Society and is open for submissions:
Deadline: July 1, 2015.
In our fifth year, we remain focused on adventure novels of all types, and accept unpublished novels, as well as e-published or traditionally published novels that have sold or given away less than 5000 copies. $1000 prize awarded October 10 in Las Vegas!, along with other prizes. $25 entry fee that is used solely to promote the winners and the contest. Please visit our website for more details: www.adventurewriterscompetition.com
Here is a link to our full marketwired press release: http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/novel-writing-contest-sponsored-clive-cussler-collectors-society-open-submissions-april-2005106.htm
Looking for a writer’s sanctuary? A place where you can leave the distractions of life behind and just sit down in peace to put words on the page? That’s what we offer here at theOffice – a quiet, communal workspace on the westside of Los Angeles. We have a roster filled with A-list screenwriters, novelists and more, but sometimes the cost of membership can be too much for up-and-coming writers. That’s why five years ago we started our free fellowship to theOffice. And we’re happy once again to offer it to you.
It works like this:
You send us an example of your best piece of writing along with a paragraph or two explaining why this fellowship would help you. We select one winner who will receive 6 months of free 24/7* access to the space. This is equivalent to a Premium Membership, the highest level of membership we offer, worth upwards of $2500. Winner gets his/her own door code to the space with the ability to come and go even when staff isn’t here. You wanna write at 2AM on a Wednesday night? The space is all yours. You also get all the other perks of membership including unlimited, free coffee & tea, wifi, ergonomic workstations with Aeron chairs, a small reference library and all the peace and quiet you can handle.
The fellowship starts May 1st and goes through October 31st, 2015. It is completely free to enter. Winner will be announced the last week of April. Contest is open to all new/aspiring/struggling writers who are looking to kick their productivity into overdrive.
Think of this as your very own writer’s retreat right here in the city.
Here’s what we need from you:
Email to: theOfficeFellowship(at)gmail(dot)com by April 15, 2015. That’s it. You’re done!
Some important points to remember:
*theOffice is closed to ALL members Mondays 6PM-11PM, Saturdays 8AM-10AM, Sundays 8AM-10:30AM due to outside rentals. Otherwise, the space is yours.
Visit the website:
SUBMIT A SHORT SYNOPSIS AND FIRST CHAPTER
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: FRIDAY, MARCH 20th, 2015.
FIVE SEMI-FINALISTS WILL BE SELECTED BY APRIL 20th, 2015.
Semi-finalists will submit a full manuscript at that time.
WINNERS WILL BY ANNOUNCED, MONDAY JUNE 1st, 2015.
ENTRY FEE: $20
Upon payment, you will receive an email with instructions on submitting your synopsis and chapter.
How to enter, visit: http://merrimackmedia.com/2015-outstanding-writer-contest/
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
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.
(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
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.
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.