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Last call! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2021

15 September 2021

Deadline September 22, 2021

ENTRY FEE $5 per poem/$10 per story.

Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed. And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme; fiction, nonfiction, or creative nonfiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries, and screenwriting). Writing First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100. Poetry First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50. Enter Now!

How to enter, visit: https://www.dreamquestone.com/

The Missouri Review – 31st annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.

14 September 2021

DEADLINE: October 1, 2021

$5,000 Fiction | $5,000 Nonfiction $5,000 Poetry 

CONTEST NOW OPEN!

Winners receive publication, invitation to a reception and reading in their honor, and a cash prize.

Guidelines

  • Submit one piece of fiction or nonfiction up to 8,500 words or any number of poems up to 10 pages. Please double-space fiction and nonfiction entries.
  • Multiple submissions and simultaneous submissions are welcome, but you must pay a separate fee for each entry and withdraw the piece immediately if accepted elsewhere.
  • Entries must be previously unpublished.
  • Standard Entry fee: $25. Each entrant receives a one-year subscription to the Missouri Review in digital format (normal price $24) and a digital copy of the fifth title in our imprint, TMR Books, Private Lives, a short story anthology by former Editors’ Prize-winners and contributors (normal price $7.95).
  • “All Access” Entry fee: $30. In addition to the one-year digital subscription to the Missouri Review and Private Lives, the “All Access” entry fee grants access to the last 10 years of digital issues and the audio recordings of each digital issue.

Eligibility

  • Previous winners of the Editors’ Prize and current University of Missouri students and faculty are ineligible.
  • Previous Editors’ Prize finalists are welcome to enter again.

Submit

DEADLINE: October 1, 2021

Winners will be announced in early 2022.

Questions? E-mail contest_question@moreview.com

Visit the website: https://www.missourireview.com/contests/jeffrey-e-smith-editors-prize/

Early Bird Discount – Call for Entries: 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

2 September 2021

If you would like to receive greater recognition, monetary prizes, awards and exposure for your books, here is an opportunity not to miss. Enter the 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Calling all indie book authors and publishers – including small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors who have a book written in English released in 2020, 2021 or 2022 or with a 2020, 2021 or 2022 copyright date to enter the most rewarding book awards program.

Offering +80 Categories – More than 80 Awards – with over 80 monetary prizes totaling more than $10,000 in cash, including $1,500 cash prizes plus trophies for best fiction book and best non-fiction book, $750 cash prizes plus trophies for second best fiction book and non-fiction book and $500 cash prizes plus trophies for third best fiction book and non-fiction book!

80+Categories for the 2022 Indie Book Awards

Take advantage of this offer and enter by September 30, 2021 and receive the second category for free!

Enter the Early Bird Special!

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest International awards program for indie authors and independent publishers and the only book awards program of its kind offering more monetary prizes, more awards, more recognition and more exposure including exposure to a leading Literary Agent for possible representation in areas such as distribution, foreign rights, film rights, and other rights!

Presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (IBPPG) in conjunction with Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards was established to recognize and honor the top independently published books of the year. IBPPG was formed to provide support and recognition for the independent book publishing profession, and we encourage all independent authors and publishers to enter their books in the 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards so that they too can earn recognition and receive other benefits from having an award-winning book!

Awards given to the Finalists and Winners of the 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards are:

▪              $1,500 cash prize and trophy for the best Fiction Book

▪              $1,500 cash prize and trophy for the best Non-Fiction Book

▪              $750 cash prize and trophy for the second best Fiction Book

▪              $750 cash prize and trophy for the second best Non-Fiction Book

▪              $500 cash prize and trophy for the third best Fiction Book

▪              $500 cash prize and trophy for the third best Non-Fiction Book

▪              $100 Cash Prize & Gold Medal for all +80 category Winners

▪              Finalist Medals for each finalists in the +80 categories

Winners and Finalists will also receive:▪An invitation to the gala awards reception.Exposure for a full year at Next Generation Indie Book Awards as a Winner or Finalist.▪All Winners will be listed in the 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Catalog which will be distributed to thousands of book buyers, media, and others!▪The opportunity to display Finalist or Winner gold award stickers on your book.▪Other benefits of an award-winning book (such as potential increased revenue).
PLUS, the top 80 books will be sent to be reviewed by New York literary agent Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency or one of Ms. Allen’s co-agents for possible representation in areas that could generate even more revenue for your book (unless an entrant prefers not to have their book forwarded to the agent). Ms. Allen has over 25 years of sales and marketing experience, including serving as Senior Vice President, Associate Publisher, and Director of Marketing for Harper Collins and directing sales and marketing teams for Simon & SchusterPenguin Books and Avon Books. Ms. Allen has had the pleasure of working with many best-selling authors including Stephen KingKen FollettBarbara KingsolverJohn GrayMary Higgins Clark, and many more.”Independently-published books have become a major source for quality fiction and non-fiction, but often go unrecognized by the mainstream publishing industry,” notes Marilyn Allen. “Finally, an award program has been created to recognize talented authors from this important segment of our industry. Our agency represents over 100 authors and we’re always looking for new talent, so it is a great pleasure to be part of this program. We look forward to reviewing the works of the 70 best candidates and helping these authors gain the recognition they deserve.”
Final entry date for the 2022 awards program – February 11, 2022.

ENTER TODAY! at https://indiebookawards.com/myaccount/login.php

THE HISTORICAL FICTION COMPANY BOOK AWARDS

9 August 2021

Deadline: Extended to December 15, 2021

Opened to all authors with novels published in 2021 in the categories of Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Historical Biography, Historical Mystery, Historical Fantasy, Alternate Historical, and Historical Non-Fiction.

Grand Prize of $500 for Overall Book of the Year

Visit the website: www.thehistoricalfictioncompany.com

How to enter: www.thehistoricalfictionpress.com/book-awards

Contact information: Dee Marley, HFC CEO, thehistoricalfictioncompany@gmail.com

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2021

7 August 2021

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing their innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that is worth telling everyone! Welcome to all, having the ability to dream… Write a poem or a short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00. All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com

Guidelines:

Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, 5 pages maximum length, on any subject or theme; fiction, nonfiction or creative nonfiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: September 22, 2021

All contest winners will be published October 31, 2021

Prizes:

Writing First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.

Poetry First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.

All contest winners will be published online in our Dare to Dream pages on October 31, 2021.

Entry fees:

$10 per story, $5 per poem.

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”

Mail to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

USA

Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com for details on how to enter!

INDIANA REVIEW 2021 1/2K PRIZE

7 August 2021

Deadline August 15, 2021

$20 ENTRY FEE.

Remember to send up to three pieces. Any genre for this contest! Each piece should be 500 words or fewer and in a single document (.doc, .docx. or .pdf). Entry fee also buys you a subscription. Winner receives $1,000 and publication.

To Submit

  • Remember to send up to three pieces. Any genre for this contest! Each piece should be 500 words or fewer and in a single document (.doc, .docx. or .pdf).
  • Entrant’s name must not appear on the submission.
  • A cover letter is not required but can be included in the comments box if you like.
  • Each $20 fee gets you a year-long subscription of the journal. International addressees, please add $6 for postage ($3 for addresses in Canada).
  • We’re offering free entries for Black or Indigenous writers. The first thirty free entries will also include a year-long print subscription; after that, you can still enter for free, but we don’t have the funds to cover additional free print subscriptions.
    • [Note: As of 8/2/2021, we’ve hit our free-subscription cap.]
  • Be sure to select the correct genre on the submission form. Submissions with incorrectly designated genres will not be read.
  • Click the “submit entry” button on this page to get started. You will be redirected to the Submissions Manager to upload your submission after making the PayPal payment. If you are not automatically redirected, please contact inreview@indiana.edu and we will ensure you are able to complete your submission.

Keep in Mind:

  • IR doesn’t accept mailed or emailed submissions.
  • All entries are considered anonymously.
  • Previously published works and works forthcoming elsewhere cannot be considered.
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay, but the entry fee is non-refundable if the submitted work is accepted elsewhere or withdrawn for another reason.
  • Multiple entries are okay, as long as a separate reading fee is included with each entry.
  • Finally, IR cannot consider work from anyone currently or recently affiliated with Indiana University or the prize judges. This includes people who have studied or taught at IU in the past four years.

How to enter, visit: https://indianareview.org/prizes/1-2-k-prize-2/

Last call for entries! WRITER’S DIGEST 9th Annual – SELF-PUBLISHED EBOOK AWARDS

7 August 2021

Deadline August 16, 2021

$99 ENTRY FEE.

Honors the best self-published ebook(s) in eight of the most popular categories. Overall winner receives $5,000, interview in Writer’s Digest, and a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference. The first prize winner in each category will receive $1,000. Numerous honorable mentions and finalists. The competition is open to self-published authors of English-language ebooks which were published (or revised and republished) electronically between 2016 and 2021. Authors who have published in print via a traditional publisher but retained their ebook rights and self-published or subvented publication via independent publishers who publish fewer than twelve ebooks/year are also eligible.

How to enter, visit: https://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/self-published-ebook-awards

SMOKELONG QUARTERLY COMEDY PRIZE FOR FLASH

7 August 2021

Deadline November 15, 2021

This fall we are hosting our first annual prize for comedy in flash!

We want to feel your razor-sharp wit, share your sideways view of the world, hear your irresistibly bizarre voice. We want to laugh out loud and snort our coffee through our noses. Yes, we want this. All at the same time. Make us smile.

While there is no specific theme for this competition, your work should interpret the idea of comedy in some (in)appropriate way. Comedy can be dark or slapstick, burlesque or deadpan, a parody or even a mockumentary. It’s up to you. Give us your satire, your surrealism, or your absurdism. Or all four.

Guidelines:

  • Word Limit: 782 Words (not including the title, no minimum length requirement)
  • Open to anyone 18 years of age and/or older in the world who is not actively on staff at SmokeLong Quarterly.
  • Open to fiction, non-fiction, and anything in between. No poetry please.
  • Open to works previously unpublished as well as those previously published as long as the author has retained copyright. Narratives previously published by SmokeLong Quarterly are not eligible.
  • Open to narratives in any language as long as accompanied by an English translation. Judging will be based on the English translation. Prize will be split evenly between author and translator.
  • All entries are read blind. Please remove all identifying information from the document(s). In the case of previously published work, please do NOT indicate where the piece was published. Please also retitle the piece(s) so that they are not searchable by title online. All of this information should be in the cover letter, which the judges will not see until acceptance or rejection.
  • Formatted in a legible, dark 12pt font. No invisible ink please.
  • Prize money paid through Paypal.
  • Competition entry period: August 1 — November 15, 2021

Judging:

The SmokeLong staff will judge this competition. As always at SmokeLong, if two editors have passed on your work you will receive an immediate reply. You will not have to wait until the end of the competition to hear from us in this case. If, however, your work has been nudged up to the senior editors for comment, we will need longer. If your work has been in progress for more than 2 weeks, this is an encouraging sign. This means we’re discussing your work, maybe even cleaning coffee off our computer monitors.

Prizes:

Prize Fund: At least $1600

Each of the (at least) four narratives selected to win The SmokeLong Comedy Prize will receive $400 and publication in our December issue 2021.

A shortlist will be announced prior to publication of the December issue.

Entry fees:

August 1-October 31

1 entry — $7

2 entries — $12

Up to 5 entries – $22

November 1-November 15

1 entry — $8

2 entries — $14

Up to 5 entries — $26

For writers who are financially unable to pay an entry fee, please watch our social media channels for our free-entry day.

How to enter, visit: https://www.smokelong.com/comedy-prize-2021-opens-aug-1/

SEVEN HILLS LITERARY CONTEST & PENUMBRA POETRY & HAIKU CONTEST

5 August 2021

Deadline August 31, 2021

$30 ENTRY FEE.

Contest categories: 10-minute play, flash fiction, short story, adult novel excerpt, young adult novel excerpt, nonfiction, personal essay, poetry, and Haiku. Cash prizes for all prose categories are $150 for first place winners, $75 for second, and $50 for third. Prizes for Poetry are $100 first place winners, $75 second, and $50 third. Prizes for Haiku are $60 first place, $50 second, and $40 for third. All winning entries (first, second, and third place in each category) are published in the Seven Hills Review. First place winners in each category also receive one complimentary copy of the Seven Hills Review.

How to enter, visit: https://www.twaonline.org/events/2021-seven-hills-literary-contest-penumbra-poetry-haiku-contest

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2021

14 May 2021

https://www.dreamquestone.com

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that is worth telling everyone! And welcome to all, having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00. All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com

Guidelines:

Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, 5 pages maximum length, on any subject or theme; fiction, nonfiction or creative nonfiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Deadline: September 22, 2021

All contest winners will be published on May 31, 2021

Prizes:

Writing First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.

Poetry First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.

Entry fees:

$5 per poem, $10 per story

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”

Mail to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com for details on how to enter!

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One

 

The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville, NC Writing Competitions

21 March 2021

Any writer may enter our contests, regardless of residence. All entries will receive comments from the judges. Authors retain all rights. The entry fee for all contests is $25, or $20 for Workshop members.
The entry fee is payable online through PayPal, check, or money order. 
The judges will pick the winners about 6 weeks after the contest deadline.
Scroll down for submission guidelines.

2021 WRITING CONTESTS

Awards for all contests:

1st Place: Your choice of a 2-night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B (at a “safe” future date); or 3 free workshops; or 50 pages (or 10 poems for poetry contests) line-edited and revised by our editorial staff.
2nd Place: Two free workshops; or 35 pages (or 8 poems) line-edited.
3rd Place: One free workshop; or 25 pages (or 5 poems) line-edited.
10 Honorable Mentions

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28th ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST   

Deadline: Postmarked or emailed by March 31, 2021.

Guidelines:
Your name, address, and email should appear on the first page.
The entry fee is $25 ($20 for Workshop members) for every three poems.
Multiple entries are accepted. Each poem should not exceed two pages.
Enclose self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners.
  Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  Poetry Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805. The entry fee is also payable online at twwoa.org.
Emailed submissions may be sent (in Word Doc) to writersw@gmail.com, with “Poetry Contest” in the subject. Critiques will be emailed back, so no SASE is required.                                        

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HUMOR ME WRITING CONTEST  
Deadline: Postmarked or emailed by June 30, 2021

Guidelines:
Email or snail-mail a humorous story (fiction or non-fiction) of 5,000 words or less. Use of witty, dry humor is encouraged. Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, phone and title of work on the first page. Double-space, and use 12 point font. Mention if this is fiction or not.
The entry fee per story is $25/$20 Workshop members. Multiple entries are accepted.   Enclose self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:
Humor Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.
    Emailed submissions may be sent in Word doc attachment to writersw@gmail.com, with “Humor Contest” in the subject.  No sase is required – comments will be emailed.  
PLEASE NOTE: FOR THIS NEW CONTEST, PLEASE PAY THE ENTRY FEE BY CLICKING HERE.

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HARD TIMES WRITING CONTEST
Deadline: Postmarked or emailed by August 30, 2021

Guidelines:
       Write about a difficult experience in your life, how you overcame this obstacle, and how you were changed by it. Winning stories will be chosen for originality and creative writing style.
Stories should not exceed 5,000 words (double-spaced, 12 point font).
Your name, address, email, phone and title of work should appear on the first page. Enclose a self-addressed, self-sealing stamped envelope for critique and list of winners, and the reading fee of $25 per entry. Multiple entries are accepted. Please make check or money order payable to Writers’ Workshop, and send to: Hard Times Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, N.C.  28805.
Emailed submissions in Word Doc may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with “Hard Times Contest” in the subject. Entry fee is payable online at www.twwoa.org

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 LITERARY FICTION CONTEST          
Deadline: Postmarked or emailed by September 30, 2021

Guidelines:
Submit a short story or chapter of a novel of 5,000 words or less.  Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, phone and title of work on the first page. Double-space, and use 12 point font.
The entry fee is $25 per story. Multiple entries are accepted.   Enclose self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to: Fiction Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805. Or pay at our Registration Page.
Emailed submissions in Word Doc may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with “Fiction Contest” in the subject. Entry fee is payable at our Registration Page.

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ANNUAL MEMOIRS COMPETITION      
Deadline: Postmarked or emailed by December 30, 2021

Guidelines:
Submit a memoir of 5,000 words or less.  Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, email, phone and title of work on the first page. Double-space, and use 12 point font.
The entry fee is $25 per memoir. Multiple entries are accepted.   Enclose self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners.  Please make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:
Memoirs Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.
The entry fee is also payable  at our Registration Page.
Emailed submissions may be sent in Word Doc to writersw@gmail.com, with “Memoirs Contest” in the subject. Entry fee is payable at our Registration Page.

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 How to submit an entry:  

Online:

  • Email a Microsoft Word document of your entry to writersw@gmail.com with “Name of contest” in the subject line.
  • Pay entry fee online at our Registration Page, or send check to The Writers’ Workshop, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC 28805.  The judges’ comments will be emailed to you.

​By mail:

  • Enclose your submission, and a SASE (self-sealing self-addressed stamped envelope) for judges’ critique and list of winners. 
  • Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  [Name of contest], The Writers’ Workshop, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.
  • If you are submitting an entry by mail, you can pay the entry fee online at our Registration Page, or enclose a check with your entry.

VISIT THE WEBSITE: https://www.twwoa.org/contests.html

Emerging Writer’s Contest 2021

6 March 2021

Deadline: May 15, 2021 at noon EST.

The Emerging Writer’s Contest is now open.

Since 1971, Ploughshares has been committed to promoting the work of up-and-coming writers. Over the years, Ploughshares has helped launch the careers of great writers like Edward P. Jones, Sue Miller, Mona Simpson, Tim O’Brien, and many more. 

In the spirit of the journal’s founding mission, the Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest recognizes work by an emerging writer in each of three genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. One winner in each genre per year will receive $2,000 and publication in the literary journal.  We consider authors “emerging” if they haven’t published or self-published a book.

To submit, see our guidelines below. The 2021 contest judges are Kiley Reid (Fiction), Paige Lewis (Poetry) and Paul Lisicky (Nonfiction). The winners will also receive a conversation with our partnering literary agency, Aevitas Creative Management, regarding their work and writing careers.

The Emerging Writer’s Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book. Read past winners of the contest here

We award publication, $2,000, review from Aevitas Creative Management, and a 1-year subscription for one winner in each of the three genres. Submit to the Emerging Writer’s Contest through our submission manager. You must be logged in to access our submission manager.

The 2021 contest judges are Kiley Reid (Fiction), Paige Lewis (Poetry) and Paul Lisicky (Nonfiction). 

Publication

The winning story, essay, and poems from the 2021 contest will be published in the Winter 2021-22 issue ofPloughshares. 

Eligibility

You are eligible if you:

  • Have yet to publish a book (including eBooks, translations, books in other languages/countries, self-published works, and poetry chapbooks with a print run of more than 300).
  • Have no book forthcoming before April 15, 2022.
  • Are not affiliated with Emerson College or with Ploughshares as a contributing author, volunteer screener, intern, student, staff member, or faculty member.
  • Will not have a relationship with Emerson before April 15, 2022 (example: if there is a chance you will attend the Emerson MFA program in the coming year or if your work has been accepted for publication for an upcoming issue).

Submitting

Deadline: May 15, 2021 at noon EST. We will announce the winners in mid-September of 2021. 

Fiction and Nonfiction: Under 6,000 words
Poetry: 3-5 pages

Submit one entry per year via our online submission manager. 

  • No entries via email or mail will be considered for the contest.
  • Submitted work must be original and previously unpublished in any form.
  • For poetry, we will be reading both for the strongest individual poem and the general level of work, and may choose to publish one, some, or all of the winner’s submitted poems.
  • International submissions welcome.
  • We cannot accomodate revisions once a manuscript has been submitted. 
  • Cover letters are not necessary. Please remove all identifying information from your submission as they will be read anonymously. 

Simultaneous vs. Multiple Submissions
We only consider one submission per author for the duration of the contest, regardless of genre. Simultaneous submissions to other journals are fine as long as we are notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere via email (pshares@pshares.org) or our online contact form. 

Entry Fee

If you are a current subscriber through our Winter 2021-2022 issue, your contest entry is free of charge. You will still be prompted to “checkout” but you will not be required to enter payment information and will not be charged. If you’re not sure when your subscription expires, feel free to email us at pshares@pshares.org.

If you are not a subscriber, or your subscription expires before our Winter 2021-2022 issue, the submission manager will prompt you to pay the $24 fee at checkout. The fee includes a 1-year subscription to Ploughshares (beginning with the Spring 2021 issue and ending with the Winter 2021-2022 issue) and free submissions to the 2020 regular reading period. 

If you are an international submitter, please be in touch via email for more information about this process. 

Submit to the Emerging Writer’s Contest through our submission manager.

Visit the website: https://www.pshares.org/submit/emerging-writers-contest

WOW! Women On Writing Q2 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

21 December 2020

Deadline: January 31, 2021

Seeking creative nonfiction essays on any topic (200 – 1000 words) and in any style–from personal essay and memoir to lyric essay and hybrid, and more! The mission of this contest is to reward bravery in real-life storytelling and create an understanding of our world through thoughtful, engaging narratives.

Electronic submissions via e-mail only; reprints are okay; simultaneous submissions okay; reprints okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail. Open internationally.

Limit: 300 entries.

Prizes (20 winners!):
1st Place: $500, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store
2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store
3rd Place: $200, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store
7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store
10 Honorable mentions receive a gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store

Entry: $12 entry fee; critique option for an additional $13

How to enter: https://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php#EssayContest

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2020 – is now accepting entries!

2 July 2020

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that is worth telling everyone! And welcome to all, having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00. All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com

Guidelines:

Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, 5 pages maximum length, on any subject or theme; fiction, nonfiction or creative nonfiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: August 15, 2020

All contest winners will be published October 18, 2020

Prizes:

Writing First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.

Poetry First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.

Entry fees:

$10 per story, $5 per poem.

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”

Mail to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

 

Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com for details on how to enter!

 

 

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One

F(r)iction Creative Nonfiction Contest, Spring 2020

1 April 2020

Ends on 

$10.00 USD

Judge: TBA
Criteria: Any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words.
The winner will be announced publicly in late spring. All participants will be notified about the contest results by email. Judges’ decisions are final.
Awards: 1st prize receives $500.00 and will be considered for publication as the featured creative nonfiction piece in F(r)iction, our triannual print collection. Five finalists will be considered for subsequent F(r)iction publications as well as our online literary journal, F(r)iction Log. Each finalist will also qualify for free professional edits on their submission.
Submission Fee: $10.00
Important Submission Guidelines: Please visit our guidelines page to properly format your work for submission.
We prefer to read all our submissions blind. Please include your name and contact information only in your cover letter and remove any identifying information from the submitted manuscript itself.
Please also be aware that as we receive hundreds of submissions for each of our contest we are unable to offer personalized feedback. If you are specifically seeking feedback on your work, please consider submitting elsewhere.
We are unable to offer refunds for contest submissions, so please read these options and choose your submission category carefully. Note that for poetry and flash fiction, you can submit ONE ENTRY or a THREE PACK.
We strongly recommend checking out a past issue of F(r)iction to get an idea of our aesthetic before submitting. You can do this at our online store.
Staff members are not eligible for participation. Any work previously submitted to F(r)iction for publication is not eligible.
Note: F(r)iction (and it’s parent organization, Brink Literacy Project) reserves the right to discuss contest entries, finalists, and winners in podcasts and marketing materials.

Visit the website:  https://frictioncontests.submittable.com/submit/156761/friction-creative-nonfiction-contest-spring-2020

F(r)iction reserves the right to NOT award a winner in any category if the submissions do not reach a publishable standard. In this case, reading fees will NOT be refunded and a winner will not be announced. Although this has never come to pass in our six-year-publishing history, our top priority must remain with the quality of work we publish.

Globe Soup Spring 2020 Travel Writing Competition

10 March 2020

We’re looking for the best piece of NON-FICTION travel writing, written around the competition theme. You can write about any destination you want, in any style you want. You can even write about travel generally or give us an opinion piece. The possibilities are endless!

Prize: £1000

Entry Fee: £5 for Early Entry, £8 for General Entry

Deadline: 23:00 (GMT) 1st April 2020

Winner Announced: 22nd April 2020

Are you an aspiring travel blogger or writer?

Globe Soup is looking for the best piece of NON-FICTION travel writing (1,000 words or less) written as a blog post or article. Every Globe Soup writing competition has a secret theme, which is only revealed after you enter! The themes are always broad and fun. They don’t restrict you, so you can write about anywhere you want, in whatever style you want. Globe Soup competitions are for everyone. You don’t have to be a professional writer to enter. Since we only publish the winning piece, your work is yours. If you don’t win you can put it on your own blog. But why wouldn’t you win, right?

How to enter:

  1. First, read the competition rules carefully.

  2. Next, buy a ticket. We use Eventbrite to sell our tickets, so you can feel secure when making your purchase.

  3. Now you receive an email with the competition theme and instructions on how to submit.

  4. You can begin writing and you have until the closing time to submit. Good luck!

Visit the website: https://www.globesoup.net/spring-2020

Emerging Writer’s Contest

10 March 2020

The Emerging Writer’s Contest is now open.

The 2020 Emerging Writer’s Contest will run from March 1, 2020 at noon EST to May 15, 2020 at noon EST.

Since 1971, Ploughshares has been committed to promoting the work of up-and-coming writers. Over the years, Ploughshares has helped launch the careers of great writers like Edward P. Jones, Sue Miller, Mona Simpson, Tim O’Brien, and many more.

In the spirit of the journal’s founding mission, the Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest recognizes work by an emerging writer in each of three genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. One winner in each genre per year will receive $2,000 and publication in the literary journal.  We consider authors “emerging” if they haven’t published or self-published a book.

To submit, see our guidelines. The 2020 contest judges are Kirstin Valdez Quade (Fiction), Ilya Kaminsky (Poetry) and Esmé Weijun Wang (Nonfiction). The winners will also receive a conversation with our partnering literary agency, Aevitas Creative Management, regarding their work and writing careers.

Guidelines

The Emerging Writer’s Contest is now open. Submit to the Emerging Writer’s Contest by logging in to your pshares.org account or creating an account and then visiting our submission manager here

The 2020 Emerging Writer’s Contest will run from March 1, 2020 at noon EST to May 15, 2020 at noon EST.

The Emerging Writer’s Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book. Read past winners of the contest here.

We award publication, $2,000, review from Aevitas Creative Management, and a 1-year subscription for one winner in each of the three genres. Submit to the Emerging Writer’s Contest through our submission manager. You must be logged in to access our submission manager.

The 2020 contest judges are Kirstin Valdez Quade (Fiction), Ilya Kaminsky (Poetry) and Esmé Weijun Wang (Nonfiction).

Publication

The winning story, essay, and poems from the 2020 contest will be published in the Winter 2020-21 issue of Ploughshares.

Eligibility

You are eligible if you:

  • Have yet to publish a book (including eBooks, translations, books in other languages/countries, self-published works, and poetry chapbooks with a print run of more than 300).
  • Have no book forthcoming before April 15, 2021.
  • Are not affiliated with Emerson College or with Ploughshares as a contributing author, volunteer screener, intern, student, staff member, or faculty member.
  • Will not have a relationship with Emerson before April 15, 2021 (example: if there is a chance you will attend the Emerson MFA program in the coming year or if your work has been accepted for publication for an upcoming issue).

Submitting

The contest opens March 1, 2020 at noon EST and closes on May 15, 2020 at noon EST. We will announce the winners in mid-September of 2020.

Fiction and Nonfiction: Under 6,000 words
Poetry: 3-5 pages

Submit one entry per year via our online submission manager.

  • No entries via email or mail will be considered for the contest.
  • Submitted work must be original and previously unpublished in any form.
  • For poetry, we will be reading both for the strongest individual poem and the general level of work and may choose to publish one, some, or all of the winner’s submitted poems.
  • International submissions welcome.
  • We cannot accommodate revisions once a manuscript has been submitted.
  • Cover letters are not necessary. Please remove all identifying information from your submission as they will be read anonymously. 

Simultaneous vs. Multiple Submissions
We only consider one submission per author for the duration of the contest, regardless of genre. Simultaneous submissions to other journals are fine as long as we are notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere via email (pshares@pshares.org) or our online contact form.

Entry Fee

If you are a current subscriber through our Winter 2020-2021 issue, your contest entry is free of charge. You will still be prompted to “checkout” but you will not be required to enter payment information and will not be charged. If you’re not sure when your subscription expires, feel free to email us at pshares@pshares.org.

If you are not a subscriber, or your subscription expires before our Winter 2020-2021 issue, the submission manager will prompt you to pay the $24 fee at checkout. The fee includes a 1-year subscription to Ploughshares (beginning with the Spring 2020 issue and ending with the Winter 2020-2021 issue) and free submissions to the 2020 regular reading period.

If you are an international submitter, please be in touch via email for more information about this process. 

Submit to the Emerging Writer’s Contest through our submission manager.

Visit the website:  https://www.pshares.org/submit/emerging-writers-contest

Last call! ORWELL PRIZES

5 January 2020

Deadline January 13, 2020.

NO ENTRY FEE.

The Orwell Prizes aim to encourage good writing and thinking about politics. Honors exceptional fictional and nonfictional works that “make political writing into an art.” Only in its second year, this prize awards £3,000 to its winners. Books must be submitted by their publishing house, and the book must have been first published, or published simultaneously, in the UK. The Orwell Prize asks shortlisted publishers to contribute £150.

How to enter, visit: https://www.orwellfoundation.com/the-orwell-prizes/

Last call! The Bethesda Urban Partnership & Bethesda Magazine: Writing Contests

5 January 2020

The Bethesda Urban Partnership & Bethesda Magazine have partnered to honor essays and short stories. All Essay and Short Story Contest winners will be published on the Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Magazine websites and honored at a special event during Local Writer’s Showcase in April 2020.

Essay Contest

Topic: Open
Deadline for application: Friday, January 17, 2020

Awards (Adult)
First Place: $500 and published in Bethesda Magazine
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $150
Honorable Mentions: $75
Online Application for Adult Essay Contest

Awards (High School)
First Place: $250 and published in Bethesda Magazine
Second Place: $100
Third Place: $50
Honorable Mentions: $25
Online Application for High School Essay Contest

All winning essays will be published on the Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Magazine websites and will be honored at a special event during the Local Writer’s Showcase in April 2020.

Requirements
Essays must be limited to 500 words or less about a topic of the writer’s choosing. Only one entry per person. Your essay must be your original work. Any essays containing material that is obscene or objectionable will be disqualified.  Previously published essays are not eligible.

Eligibility
Residents of Washington, D.C. and the select counties of Maryland (Montgomery, Prince George’s, Howard and Frederick) and Virginia (Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William) are eligible. Current and former employees, contractors, directors, and officers of the Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) and their immediate family members are ineligible. Current students, relatives, or close personal friends of the judge(s) are also ineligible.

Judges: 2020 Judges to be announced soon!

Notification: Winners will be contacted by March 23, 2020.

Copyright
All entrants retain the copyright rights that they have in the essays they submit, but by participating in this contest and submitting essays, all entrants grant Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) the right, license, and ability to use and publish all submitted essays (in complete form or in excerpted form) on the BUP Web site, on other Web sites, and in other media.

Visit the website: https://www.bethesda.org/special-events/writing-contests

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Short Story Contest

Topic: Open
Deadline for application: Friday, January 17, 2020
Online Application for Short Story Contest

Awards (Adult)
First Place: $500 and published in Bethesda Magazine
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $150
Honorable Mention: $75

Awards (High School)
First Place: $250 and published in Bethesda Magazine
Second Place: $150
Third Place: $50
Honorable Mention: $25

All winning short stories will be published on the Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Magazine websites and will be honored at a special event during the Local Writer’s Showcase in April 2020.

Requirements
Stories must be limited to 4,000 words or less. Only one entry per person permitted.

Eligibility
Residents of Montgomery County, MD and Upper NW Washington, D.C. (20015 and 20016 ZIP codes) are eligible.
The contest will take entries in two categories: High School (grades 9-12) and Adult (ages 18+).

Visit the website: https://www.bethesda.org/special-events/writing-contests

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

5 January 2020

Welcome to the 28th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $8,000 in prizes.

Please submit until April 30, 2020

Prizes:

  • STORY: First Prize, $3,000
  • ESSAY: First Prize, $3,000
  • The top two winners will also receive two-year gift certificates from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $100 value)
  • 10 Honorable Mentions will receive $200 each (any category)
  • Top 12 entries published online
  • Enter via Submittable

For this contest, a story is any short work of fiction, and an essay is any short work of nonfiction. Judge: Dennis Norris II, assisted by Lauren Singer Ledoux. Please submit as many entries as you like. All themes accepted. Entries may be published or unpublished. Length limit: 6,000 words maximum. No restriction on age of author. All countries eligible except Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Crimea (due to US government restrictions). Please click the Submittable button below for full details. Fee: $20 per entry. Read the winning entries from the 27th contest. The results of our 28th contest will be announced on October 15, 2020.

Visit the website for details: https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/tom-howard-john-h-reid-fiction-essay-contest

Last call for entries! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Winter 2019 – 2020

5 December 2019

Deadline: December 28, 2019 – 11:59 PM

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who enjoys expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry or writing a story that is worth telling everyone! And welcome to all, having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00! All works must be original.

Guidelines:

Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, fiction, nonfiction or creative nonfiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be typed or legibly hand-printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Prizes:

Writing First Prize is $500. Second: $250. Third: $100.

Poetry First Prize is $250. Second: $125. Third: $50.

Entry fees: $5 per poem, $10 per story

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the cover sheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”

Mail to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com for details on how to enter!

 

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One

Fall 2019 Travel Writing Contest

5 December 2019

Award-winning literary travel magazine Nowhere is accepting submissions for our Fall 2019 Travel Writing Contest.

We are looking for young, old, novice and veteran writers to send us stories that possess a powerful sense of place. Stories can be fiction, nonfiction, poetry or essay, but please indicate which genre at the top of your manuscript. Entries should be between eight hundred and five thousand words (poetry may be any length and several poems, themed together, may be submitted as one entry), written in English and must not have been previously chosen as a winner in another contest. Previously published work and simultaneous submissions are accepted, but again, please indicate this. Multiple entries from a single author, submitted individually, are welcome. Every submission will be read blind, so anyone can win…

The winner will receive $1,000, with publication in Nowhere granted under First North American Serial Rights (FNASR). Up to ten finalists also will be published. Brush off your manuscripts or write something new and send it to the only literary travel magazine going.

The contest deadline is 11:59 p.m. EST on January 1, 2020. We look forward to reading your work!

Read our general guidelines.

How to enter, visit: http://nowheremag.com/contests/

2019 ACCENTI WRITING CONTEST

5 December 2019

Topic
The topic is open. Any type of entry that meets the submission criteria below is eligible. Multiple entries welcome.

Submission Criteria
• The contest is open to prose works.
• Entries can be fiction, non-fiction or creative non-fiction.
• Entries must be previously unpublished and not under consideration by any other publication.
• Entries must be original and not a translation of a previously published work.
• Maximum length: 2000 words.

IMPORTANT
• No poetry, plays, reviews, and scholarly essays. No footnotes and endnotes. No pseudonyms.
• Submissions must be in Word or txt format.
• No email or fax submissions.

Language
• Submissions must be in English.
• Submissions can be an English translation of the author’s unpublished original work in another language.

Participants
The contest is open to all writers, established and emerging, worldwide.

Entry Fee
$30.00 (CDN) per entry, non-refundable.

Deadline: February 3, 2020, 11:59 PM, Pacific Time (North America), UTC-8

Judging
Winners are chosen by blind judging. Four finalists make the shortlist, from which the judges choose the winner. The judges’ names are announced with the winners.

Popular Vote
The popular vote winner is the submission from among the four finalists that receive the most votes by Accenti readers.

Announcement of Results
Winners’ names, bios and submissions will be posted on Accenti in May and reported in the Accenti Newsletter.

Prizes
• Top prize: $1000.00 (CDN) and publication in Accenti.
• Two runner-up prizes: $100.00 (CDN) each and publication in Accenti.
• Popular Vote prize: $100.00 (CDN) and publication in Accenti.

How to Submit
Each submission must be accompanied by a duly completed entry form and entry fee.

Click HERE to submit.

Visit the website: https://accenti.ca/writing-contest/about/

THE 84TH ANNUAL ANISFIELD-WOLF BOOK AWARDS

5 December 2019

Submission Guidelines

The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognizes outstanding works that contribute to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of cultural diversity.  Awards are given for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Submissions will be accepted beginning September 1. The submission deadline is December 31, 2019. The winners are announced in the spring.

To submit a book for consideration, send five copies with a completed copy of the Entry Form to:

Karen R. Long
c/o Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
The Cleveland Foundation
1422 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1300
Cleveland, OH 44115

Phone: 216.685.2018
Email: Submit@Anisfield-Wolf.org

Upon receipt, the books will be forwarded to the jury. All submitted materials become the property of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards and will not be returned. No electronic submissions of an author’s work of any kind are accepted.

Eligibility

  • Books must be written in English and published and copyrighted in 2019 to be eligible for the 2020 prize.
  • Awards are given in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.
  • All submitted materials become the property of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards and will not be returned.
  • No entry fees.
  • The deadline for submission is December 31, 2019. Entries arriving after the deadline must be postmarked by December 31, 2019, to be eligible.
  • Confirmation of delivery receipt is not provided.
  • The following are NOT eligible for consideration:
    • Plays
    • Screenplays
    • Works in progress
    • Manuscripts
    • Print-on-demand
    • Electronically published or e-books
    • Self-published works

For Publishers – Prizes and Recognition

  • Anisfield-Wolf winners receive their prize at a ceremony in Cleveland in September.
  • Award recipients traditionally receive $10,000 from the Anisfield-Wolf fund.
  • Winners are required to participate in media interviews and publicity opportunities in conjunction with the prize.
  • Publishers are encouraged to congratulate their winners in advertisements and via social media.
  • Publishers are encouraged to mention the Anisfield-Wolf prize in new editions, general publicity and web posts about their winning authors.

Visit the website for details:

http://www.anisfield-wolf.org/submissions/submission-guidelines/

Last Call for Entries! The Booksie 2019 Short Story Contest

15 November 2019

The Booksie 2019 Short Story Contest 

$9.95 ENTRY FEE. 

Deadline: November 29, 2019

One grand prize winner will receive $1,500, and exposure on the Booksie.com website, 

which receives millions of readers per month. Two runner-ups will receive $150. 

The short stories can be of any topic. Contest judge is author Ann Everett.  

How to enter:

https://www.booksie.com/contest/booksie-2019-short-story-contest-17