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Our 2016 Full-Length Contests for Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction are now open!

8 June 2016

The annual Autumn House Press Contests award publication of full-length manuscripts in PoetryFiction, and Nonfiction. Send us your full-length manuscripts of poetry (50-80 pages), fiction (200-300 pages), and nonfiction (200-300 pages)! Each winner also receives $2,500 ($1,000 advance against royalties and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote the book). The postmark deadline for entries is June 30, 2016. To submit online, please visit our online submission manager. Please note that, at this time, Autumn House accepts unsolicited manuscripts only through these contests. Entry fee: $30 per manuscript.

Though we are open to all styles of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, we suggest you familiarize yourself with previous Autumn House publications before submitting. We are committed not just to publishing the prominent voices of our age, but also to publishing first books and lesser-known authors who will become the important writers of their generation. Many of our past winners have been first-book authors. We encourage writers from all backgrounds to submit; it is our goal at Autumn House to develop a rich and varied literary tradition.

For further questions, feel free to email us.

The judges of the 2016 contests are:
  • Poetry: David St. John
  • Fiction: William Lychack
  • Nonfiction: Michael Martone

Visit the website for details:  http://www.autumnhouse.org/contest-submissions/

Narrative Prize

7 June 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.The winner is announced each September, and the prize is awarded in October. The award, citing the winner’s name and the title and genre of the winning piece, is widely publicized, and each winner is cited in an ongoing listing in Narrative. The prize will be given to the best work published each year in Narrative by a new or emerging writer, as judged by the magazine’s editors. In some years, the prize may be divided between winners, when more than one work merits the award.

(SEE OUR GUIDELINES.)

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.

Visit the website for guidelines:  http://www.narrativemagazine.com/node/360

North Street Book Prize for self-published books.

7 June 2016

Deadline June 30: North Street Book Prize for Self-Published Books

The deadline is June 30, 2016 for our second annual North Street Book Prize for self-published books. Three top winners will receive $1,500 each, plus a credit towards the high-quality publishing services at BookBaby, free advertising in the Winning Writers newsletter, and expert marketing advice from Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of The Frugal Book Promoter. $6,000 will be awarded in all, with free gifts for everyone who enters.

Submit online or by mail. Entry fee: $50 per book. Final judges: Jendi Reiter and Ellen LaFleche. This year’s contest categories include:

  •  Mainstream/Literary Fiction
•  Genre Fiction
•  Creative Nonfiction & Memoir

Read about the winners of our first contest.
Questions? Please email adam@winningwriters.com.

    

The Strongest Start Book Competition 2016

25 April 2016

Submit the first three chapters of your novel. Grand prize award of:

  • A critique of the three chapters by star editor Anita Mumm.
  • A guaranteed read of the winning manuscript by Lisa Gus, the managing partner of Curiosity Quills Press.
  • The opportunity of having Chandler, a Hall of Fame Amazon reviewer, read and leave a review of your book when it is published. Chandler is also a contest judge.
  • $200 cash.
  • Free extra year of membership on TheNextBigWriter, valued at $69.95.
  • The ability to use the Strongest Start logo on your book (when it is published).

  Two runner-ups will receive:

  • $100 in cash.
  • Free extra three months of Premium Membership on TheNextBigWriter valued at $21.95.
  • The ability to use the Strongest Start logo on your book (when it is published).

Everyone who enters receives feedback, motivation, and advice.

Keep Us Reading

We know that writing a compelling start isn’t easy. So, for the eighth year we’ve put together a motivational competition to help you hone your first three chapters to perfection (if you haven’t already). We’re looking for opening chapters that will create a burning need to find out what happens, how the characters turn out, how the novel resolves itself. The kind of start that gets an agent to call back, a publisher to show interest, and a reader to plunk down their hard earned money. Above all, give us three opening chapters that will keep us reading.

Submission deadline: June 3, 2016

Visit the website for details on how to enter: https://www.thenextbigwriter.com/guide/how-to-enter-contest

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

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/

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

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/

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

Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest

23 March 2016

Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest

Deadline:

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Entry Fees

$30

Prizes

First Prize: publication contract offer from Leapfrog Press, with an advance payment, plus the finalist awards (see below).

Finalists: $150 and one or two critiques of the manuscript from contest judges; permanent listing on the Leapfrog Press contest page as a contest finalist, along with short author bio and description of the book

Description

Unpublished novels, novellas and short story collections over 22,000 words. Novels may be adult, young adult (YA) or middle grade (MG).

We look for literary fiction and mainstream fiction, including science fiction. Generally we are less interested in strict genre fiction, but if a manuscript is good and grabs our attention, we don’t care what the genre is.

See http://leapfrogpress.com/contest.htm for further information.

Contact Information

fictioncontest@leapfrogpress.com

Visit the website:

http://leapfrogpress.com/index.html

MasterClass Provides Aspiring Writers A Once-In-A Lifetime Chance To Co-Author A Book With New York Times Bestselling Author James Patterson

6 March 2016

The world’s bestselling author, James Patterson, will pick a student from his online writing MasterClass to be his co-author.

MasterClass (masterclass.com), the premiere online education platform offering classes taught by the world’s best, announced today a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students to collaborate with acclaimed authorJames Patterson. Aspiring authors from around the country can compete for the chance to co-author a novel with the New York Times bestselling writer.

The idea was proposed by Patterson after seeing the quality of work students were submitting in his MasterClass. “There are a lot of people who have the talent, but haven’t been shown the door to walk through. I’ve been surprised and impressed by the passion, devotion and talent of my students. They inspired me to want to help guide one of them through the publishing process. I’m looking forward to reading the submissions that are skillful, fast-paced and unpredictable,” said Patterson.

Students can visit http://www.masterclass.com/jp to signup and enroll in James Patterson’s writing class, where those who wish to enter the competition can submit an original book hook, story summary and a sample chapter. Each stage of the competition is designed to help writers learn how to craft and pitch their novel.  Students submit their initial submission through MasterClass’ website. The initial submission period begins February 16, 2016 and ends Tuesday, March 22, 2016. The top 10 semi-finalists will be awarded $1,000 and, from there, 3 finalists will be awarded $2,500 and given the opportunity to write an outline for their idea. Patterson will select the winner by May 24, 2016 and offer to co-author a future book with them. See Official Rules for details. There is no additional fee after enrollment and submissions are limited to one per student.

In the past year, MasterClass launched a series of popular courses, including those taught by Patterson (writing), Dustin Hoffman(acting), Serena Williams (tennis), and Usher (performance). Each of these classes make it possible for anyone to learn directly from the world’s best.

“The goal of MasterClass is to educate and inspire people around the globe by creating classes from the very best” said David Rogier, CEO and co-founder at MasterClass. “I don’t know if this sort of opportunity has ever been available in history before, and I can’t wait to see it unfold. It’s incredible that James wanted to select a student from his MasterClass to co-author a book with him,” Co-founder, CTO, and Creative Director Aaron Rasmussen added,

About James Patterson’s writing class:
Class synopsis: James Patterson, the author of a record breaking 19 consecutive No. 1 New York Times Best Sellers, teaches you everything he knows about writing a bestseller.

Class Includes:

  • 22 video lessons (3.5 hours)
  • A workbook filled with writing exercises
  • A complete outline of Patterson’s book Honeymoon
  • Additional class materials like excerpts from Patterson’s first drafts.
  • Collaborative learning: students can upload writing samples and receive feedback from other students (and sometimes even James himself!). When James gives feedback, he shares it with the whole class so everyone can learn from it.
  • Class discussions via an online community forum
  • Q&A: James answers select questions submitted by students the whole class can access.

About MasterClass:

San Francisco-based MasterClass was founded by David Rogier and Aaron Rasmussen on the idea that everyone should have access to genius. MasterClass makes it possible for anyone with an Internet connection to learn from the best through immersive online classes from the world’s most esteemed authors, actors, performers, athletes and more. Learn writing from James Patterson; acting from Dustin Hoffman or Kevin Spacey; tennis from Serena Williams; performance from Usher; or singing from Christina Aguilera. MasterClass pairs world-class instructors with Hollywood directors and Silicon Valley engineers to create a brand new type of learning experience. For more information, please visit:  www.masterclass.com.

CONTACT: Marian Koltai-Levine, PMK-BNC, Marian.Koltai@pmkbnc.com, O. +1 212.373.6130 M: +1 914.672.2418; Leesa D’Alto, Director, Moxie Communications, Leesa@moxiegrouppr.com, M. +1 516-524-7913

James Jones Literary Society – First Novel Fellowship

18 January 2016

James Jones Literary Society

First Novel Fellowship

Deadline: March 15, 2016
Entry Fee: $30
A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. A selection from the winning work is published in Provincetown Arts, and the winner will receive some travel expenses to attend the James Jones Literary Society Conference in Fall 2016. Runners-up will receive $1,000. Submit the first 50 pages of a novel-in-progress and a two-page outline of the book with a $30 entry fee ($33 for electronic submissions) by March 15. Send an SASE or visit the website for complete guidelines.

James Jones Literary Society, First Novel Fellowship, Creative Writing Program, Wilkes University, 84 West South Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766. Bonnie Culver, Program Director.

Hidden River Publishing – Eludia Award

18 January 2016

Eludia Award

Deadline: March 15, 2016
Entry Fee: $30
E-mail address: hiddenriverarts@gmail.com

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.

Many voices book project

9 January 2016
Awards: 100 dollar prize to finalists and the 20 Winners are also published in the final book. 
The authors collectively recieve 25% of royalties from book proceeds.
(Note:50% of proceeds goes to Charities)
Entry Fee:  Free
Deadlines: First round dead line is April 1st 2016  Last round deadline is Nov. 18 2018
Click the following link to see full list of Deadlines: https://onestoryroad.com/many_voices_rules_and_guidelines
Website URL: https://onestoryroad.com
Contace Email: Caleb@onestoryroad.com

New Publish or Perish Contest Celebrates Authors as Marketers

8 July 2015

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

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

 

Brighthorse Book Prize

23 April 2015

Deadline: Sunday, August 16, 2015

Entry Fees

$25 per entry

Prizes

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

Description

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.

Contact Information

info@brighthorsebooks.com

Website

http://brighthorsebooks.com

Clive Cussler Adventure Writer’s Competition

23 April 2015

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

Call for Submissions: 5th Annual Free 6-Month Fellowship to theOffice

14 March 2015

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.

Announcing our 5th Annual Free 6-Month Fellowship to theOffice.

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:

  • An email with your contact information: Full name, phone, and email address. We will contact the winner via email.
  • In the body of the email, please explain why you need this fellowship and what you hope to gain from it. (200 words or less, please)
  • A 10 page .pdf writing sample of your work. Attach this to the email. Your best 10 pages. Do not submit pages that need to be set up or explained. Send 10 pages that stand alone. Only pdf submissions. All other attachments will be deleted.

Email to: theOfficeFellowship(at)gmail(dot)com by April 15, 2015. That’s it. You’re done!

Some important points to remember:

  • Do your research on theOffice. Don’t submit if you’re not local, if you’re not sure you’ll be available, if you don’t like writing in a room with others. Be honest, if you live in Pasadena and won’t want to drive across town to write every day, then this fellowship isn’t for you. If you don’t flourish in a quiet space, skip it. We want this to be of major value to the winner.Serious submissions only please.
  • If you’ve never been to theOffice and would like to try it out before submitting, please do! You’re welcome to do the FREE WEEK. Just be sure to call first for availability. Contact info here. More photos of the space here.
  • The field is open to ALL new writers. Submit 10 pages of your screenplay, play, short story, novel, memoir, poem, article etc. We’ll read it all.
  • By “new writers” we mean you can have no feature film credits as a writer on IMDb (short films are okay) and no more than 1 hour of television credit as a writer on IMDb. For fiction writers, we just want to make sure you’re not someone with a three book deal and money to spare. Key words here are new/aspiring/struggling.
  • DEADLINE to enter is April 15th, 2015. No submissions accepted past midnight PST.
  • You must have sole writing credit for the sample pages you submit. This fellowship is for one (1) free membership and is non-transferrable.
  • If you have any questions, please comment here, email the fellowship gmail address listed above or ask us on Twitter:@theOffice_LA. theOffice staff will NOT be able to assist you with the fellowship so please DO NOT call, email, or drop by theOffice with questions.
  • Winner will be announced and notified by April 30thThis fellowship is an opportunity to take your craft and your career to the next level. If you are looking for a place to be inspired, a place to write with the big guns, a place to GET IT DONE, submit now. We look forward to reading your work!

*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:

http://theofficeonlineblog.com/2015/03/02/call-for-submissions-2015-fellowship-to-theoffice/

Merrimack Media 2015 Outstanding Writer Contest

2 March 2015

First place wins complete publication package, second place wins a book cover!

 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/

CSU ESSAY COLLECTION COMPETITION

21 January 2015
http://www.csupoetrycenter.com/essay-prize/
$28 ENTRY FEE.The winner will receive $1,000,
publication, and a standard royalty contract.
Deadline March 31, 2015.
All essay collections are welcome, regardless of author’s previous publications;
manuscripts should be approximately 100-300 pages in length.
The CSU Poetry Center reserves the right to consider all entrants for publication;
a listing of all winters and finalists will be posted on the Poetry Center website.

DZANC SHORT STORY CONTEST

21 January 2015

https://dzancbooks.submittable.com/submit

$25 ENTRY FEE.
Dzanc is currently holding its fifth annual contest for all authors wishing to submit a short story collection to Dzanc Books.
The winning author will be published by Dzanc in late 2016, and will receive a $1,000 advance.
Entry to the Dzanc Short Story Collection Contest requires a $25 reading fee and the submission of a full manuscript.
The contest deadline is January 31, 2014.

Narrative Magazine’s: Winter 2015 Story Contest

21 January 2015

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.

Narrative winners and finalists have gone on to win the Pushcart Prize, the Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Atlantic prize, and have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and others. View all the recent awards won by Narrative authors.
As always, we are looking for works with a strong narrative drive, with characters we can respond to as human beings, and with effects of language, situation, and insight that are intense and total. We look for works that have the ambition of enlarging our view of ourselves and the world.
We welcome and look forward to reading your pages.
Awards: First Prize is $2,500, Second Prize is $1,000, Third Prize is $500, and ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication.

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.

All contest entries are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize for 2015 and for acceptance as a Story of the Week.

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.

Last Call! RoseQuill Press’ First Annual Crappy Query Contest

19 November 2014

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.

Prizes

Third through First Prize gets a quarter and a certificate!

Winning queries will also be featured in our RoseQuill Quickies e-zine.

To Enter –

It’s free to enter. Send your Crappy Query to submissions@rosequill.com

Deadline: November 21, 2014, midnight – Midway Island Time

Make sure your email subject says “Crappy Query Contest.” 

If your Crappy Query is based on your (unpublished, and completed)

Romance novel include a P.S. alerting us to that fact. We just might request it!

For more information: www.rosequill.com

Sequestrum: Editor’s Reprint Award – 2015

19 November 2014
Sequestrum is accepting submissions for our first annual Editor’s Reprint Award! For complete guidelines, visit:  http://www.sequestrum.org/contests
Contest Guidelines:
  • 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.
Not previously published? No worries! We’re always accepting general submissions: http://www.sequestrum.org/submissions
 
About Sequestrum:
We average 1,000+ readers a month, keep our archives free and open to the public, are a paying market, and pair all our publications with stunning visual arts created by outside artists or our staff. Our contributors range from award-winning novelists and poets (with other works featured in publications including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The American Scholar, The Kenyon Review, many other university periodicals, and Best American Anthologies) to emerging voices and first-time writers.
We’re proud of our little plot on the literary landscape and the writers and artists we share it with. Come see why.
Visit the website:  http://www.sequestrum.org/contests
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