Archive for the 'Non-Fiction Contests' Category

Cycles Theme – Nonfiction Stories Wanted

1 February 2015

Deadline: Sunday, March 1, 2015

Entry Fees:

None

Prizes:

Every contributor accepted for the issue will receive a $30 CanvasPop gift card and a digital contributors copy of the issue.

Description

Vol 3, Issue 1 2015 – Thought Notebook Journal

The space and time continuum that we live in produces many instances of cycles. Our breathing continues on in a cyclical nature, as does many processes in science, and society. These rhythmic events are observed all around us, some unconsciously and others controlled.

Be challenged and consider submitting your Cycles themed literary and visual art for our next journal issue. Think deeper about your work and provide a thematic connection with your submission.

All literary art submitted should be 3000 words or less. We are open to various sizes of visual art. Along with you submission please provide some thoughts on how your piece connects with the theme. See our guidelines page for additional details at www.thoughtcollection.org/submissions

See www.thoughtnotebook.org/journal-issues to learn more about our journal and our current issue just released – The Nature Of Occurrences. The journal is available in print and digital. The digital issue is only $0.99 as we believe in equal access to art and literature.

Contact Information:

journal@thoughtcollection.org

Visit the website:

http://www.thoughtcollection.org/calls.html

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 Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.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.

FormSwift $1,000 Scholarship Contest

21 January 2015

Either Write a One-Page Business Plan, Make a Brief PowerPoint, or Make a Two-Minute Video about one of the following topics for a chance to win the FormSwift Scholarship:

  • How Student Organizations Could Use FormSwift
  • The Benefit of FormSwift to Schools & Colleges
  • Registration Documents That Should Be Online
  • How Volunteer Groups Could Use FormSwift
  • The Environmental Benefits of E-Signature/Paperless Documents                                                                                  

To be eligible:
1. You must be a graduating senior in high school or either a freshmen, sophomore or junior in college.
2. You may not be related to any of FormSwift’s staff or our extended family.
3. You must be graduating high school or in college between the ages of 16 and 35.
4. We reserve the right to verify date of high school graduation and/or college enrollment.

Here is how you enter:
1. As mentioned above, either write a one-page business plan, make a brief PowerPoint, or make a two-minute video about one of the suggested topics.
2. Send your entry to jamie[at]formswift.com by February 28, 2015 with the email subject line “FormSwift Scholarship Entry”
3. Make sure to include your full name, state, and date of birth within your submission.

We will notify and announce the winner on March 30, 2015.   

Visit the website:  http://formswift.com/startup-scholarship

2014 Kids Write 4 Kids – Creative Challenge

31 December 2014

Kids Writing Contest – Open to Canadian Residents

Kids Write 4 Kids is excited to launch its third annual writing contest!  This year, we are seeking out students in grades 4 to 8 share their creative stories. Selected story (or stories) will be published as an e-book.

Over the last two years our panel of judges have selected six authors. Each author has their ebook available on iBookstore, Amazon Kindle and Kobo. Click here to take a look at some of the previously published Kids Write 4 Kids ebooks. The selected story (or stories) will be published as an e-book, and proceeds from its sale will go to support the author’s school. E-books are sold for $3.99 and net proceeds for all KW4K books sold in 2015 will be donated to the school(s) of this year’s author. Entries are accepted online only. View complete contest rules and download Kids Write 4 Kids brochure.

ENTRY DETAILS
  • To be eligible, authors must be enrolled full-time in an educational institute in Canada
  • Authors must be in grades 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8
  • Stories must be original and written entirely by the author
  • Only one entry per author will be accepted; all subsequent entries will be disqualified
  • Only single author stories qualify (no co-authored stories)
  • Stories are accepted in English only
  • Stories can be fact or fiction, prose or poetry
  • Stories will be published in their original format, so please check spelling, etc. prior to submitting
  • There are no entry fee and no purchase is necessary
WORD COUNT
  • Story must have a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 7,500 words.
  • The word count includes “a,” “an,” and “the,” but not the words on non-story pages such as the title page or those captions for illustrations or photography.
  • Invented spelling is accepted.
FILE FORMAT AND SUBMISSION
  • Story must be typed and submitted as Word .doc
  • Optional images including photography can be submitted to accompany the story but must be original images created by the author
  • All images must be scanned and submitted in .jpg file format
  • Please keep original copies of images, if your story is selected a representative from Ripple Digital Publishing will contact you to obtain original images
SUBMISSION

Submission deadline: March 31, 2015.
Only entries submitted on this online form will be considered for publication.

- See more at: http://www.ripplepublishing.ca/kids-write-4-kids/#sthash.fZ8hLa0x.dpuf

Last Call for entries! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Winter 2014 – 2015

18 December 2014

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 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. All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com
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, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (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.
Extended Postmark deadline: January 10, 2015, 11:59PM, CST.
All contest winners will be announced on February 25, 2015
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 short 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

Share Your Driving Stories and Earn Cash!

19 November 2014

Share Your Driving Stories and Earn Cash!
Safe2Drive is seeking true stories about your experiences as a new or young driver to be published in our driver education course and textbook. We want to hear from teens about what it’s really like out there on the road. What experiences challenged you? Changed you? Scared you straight? Made you proud of your defensive driving skills?
Below are some of the topics you may choose to write about, though you are not required to write about any of these topics as long as your story is related to driving.

• Getting your permit or license
• Challenges or fears you faced when you first started driving
• Mistakes you made or witnessed while driving
• Aggressive driving or road rage
• Drinking and driving
• Texting and driving
• Being distracted while behind the wheel
• A time you did or did not use IPDE
• An accident caused by tailgating or not using proper space management
• Giving the right-of-way correctly/incorrectly
• Parallel parking
• Sharing the road with trucks, motorcycles or vulnerable roadway users
• Vehicle breakdowns or malfunctions
• Taking a road trip

Writing Guidelines:
• Your story must be written in the first person and be about you.
• Your story must be true. No fictional accounts.
• Your story must be between 250-1,200 words.

Writing Tips:
• Make it a story—something funny, exciting, or scary—that readers can relate to. We are not looking for an essay with a thesis or a journalistic article that you would see in a newspaper. This should feel personal.
• Try incorporating dialogue and descriptions of the people and setting to draw the reader in and make them feel like they are really there, experiencing this along with you. Try evoking the five senses.
• Think about having a beginning, middle, and end to the story. In the beginning, you should introduce the setting (i.e. time and place).
• Start as close to the main action/event as possible.
If Your Story is Chosen
If we choose your story for publication in our course, we will notify you by email and request your permission to publish it. You will be paid $100 for all rights to your work. You may use a pen name if you do not feel comfortable using your real name.

Submission Deadline: January 1, 2015

Please submit your story to:  safe2drive1@gmail.com

Visit the website:  http://www.safe2drive.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

Announcing a Bibliophilia writing contest:

11 October 2014

“What does your avatar say about you?”

Ah, the avatar–as forum communities grow, new and creative ways of self-expression flourish. One such way is through the use of avatars, an image that reflects some aspect of the user’s personality. An avatar can either chip away at the bland anonymity of cyberspace or it can symbolize something private to the user–or both at the same time. It can deceive, invent, re-invent, encapsulate, magnify, or downplay. An avatar can relate to a forum member’s username, but it doesn’t have to. It may or may not be obvious to other members of the same forum what that avatar symbolizes.

Bibliophilia is running a contest to challenge our members to answer the question “What does your avatar say about you?” Write a fiction or non-fiction piece, or even a poem, that works with the visual component of your avatar and guides us in interpreting your avatar.

Entry is free. If you are not already a member of Bibliophilia, you can register for free, upload an avatar, and enter the contest before the November 1, 2014 deadline.

General Guidelines:

Entrants must be registered members of Bibliophorum.org by the deadline of midnight GMT, November 1; registration is free.
Entrants must have posted an avatar to their user profile by the deadline of midnight GMT, November 1, 2014 (see “Avatar guidelines” below).
Entrants must write 500 words of prose or less (exclusive of the title) or 40 lines or less of poetry (exclusive of the title) to answer the question “What does your avatar say about you?” Entries may be non-fiction or fiction prose or a poem, and must not be published elsewhere either in print or in any digital form (including online).
Entries must have a title.
Entries must include a cover letter with the entrant’s username, legal name, pen name (if applicable), mailing address, and email address, as well as a brief (2-3 sentence) bio that will be posted online with the winning entries.
Individuals may enter only once, regardless of how many user profiles they have at the forum. In the event that an individual is found to have entered the contest more than once, all entries from that individual will be deemed invalid.
Entries must be submitted by email to:
bibliophorum1 (at) gmail.com
with the required information and the text of the entry pasted into the body of the email. The administrator of Bibliophilia.org and Bibliophorum.org is not responsible for lost entries.
Judge’s decisions are final. Judge will not enter into any correspondence with the entrants.
No amendments, additions, or changes to an entry are allowed once the entry has been submitted to the above email address. You may withdraw your entry from the contest at any time by emailing us at:
bibliophorum1 (at) gmail.com
Simultaneous submissions are discouraged; please do not submit a work to this contest that is under consideration for publication elsewhere, and please do not submit your entry to this contest for consideration for publication elsewhere until the winners of this contest are announced.
Avatar guidelines:

Entrant’s avatar may not be a copyrighted image and must not be previously published in print or in digital form (including online).
Entrant’s avatar may not be blank, i.e. the entrant must upload an avatar to their user profile by the deadline of midnight GMT, November 1, 2014.
The avatar must be no larger than 120 x 120 pixels and no smaller than 100 x 100 pixels.
The avatar which is the basis of an individual’s entry must remain part of their user profile until a winner is announced.
Prizes

The top three entries will be published on Bibliophilia.org and archived on the site with unrestricted public access. By entering this contest, entrants are thereby agreeing to have their entry published on the site.
First prize: five books authored by Bibliophilia members to be delivered to the prizewinner’s mailing address by regular post. Books will represent various genres, including poetry and non-fiction.

Second prize: four books authored by Bibliophilia members to be delivered to the prizewinner’s mailing address by regular post. Books will represent various genres, including poetry and non-fiction.

Third prize: three books authored by Bibliophilia members to be delivered to the prizewinner’s mailing address by regular post. Books will represent various genres, including poetry and non-fiction.
Prizewinners will not receive copies of their own book.
Judging

The judge for this competition will be Victor Martinez (*read a note from the judge below).
Entries will be judged on the basis of expressiveness, writing skill, creativity in answering the focus question, and the degree of congruence between the entrant’s avatar and written entry.
The administrator of Bibliophilia.org and Bibliophorum.org reserves the right not to award any or all of the prizes in the event that none of the entries are judged to be of sufficient merit.
The administrator of Bibliophilia.org and Bibliophorum.org reserves the right to extend the deadline in the event that none of the entries submitted by the deadline of midnight GMT, November 1, 2014 are judged to be of sufficient merit.
Response time for the announcement of the winners will depend on the number of entries received.

If you have any questions, please email the forum administrator (bintarab) at:

bibliophorum1 (at) gmail.com
*A Note From the Judge, Victor Martinez

My name is Victor Martinez, and I have been asked to judge the Bibliophilia Avatar Writing Contest. You know how judging a literary contest can be, it all depends on how the judge feels on that particular day. I can tell you that most nights, I don’t sleep well, so I promise to take the appropriate dosage of pills the night before I get into judging mode.

As for my experience, I have written one novel, two plays, countless short stories, and a bunch of poetry. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, and as a result I spent 16 years as an English teacher always with a ton of papers to grade, developing rubrics that would be fair to all students. So, all I can hope is that I will be a fair judge to all you writers out there. I look forward to reading your entries, and most of all, to your enthusiasm.

Visit the website:  http://www.bibliophilia.org/

Call for submissions: GeminiMagazine

11 October 2014

We have no guidelines or restrictions on
writing style or content—nada, zilch, keine. As
Charlie “Bird” Parker pointed out, “There’s no
boundary line to art.” We don’t want to set any
boundaries so we use a clean, simple selection
process: if it strikes a chord with us we print it.

Payment: $10 per published piece

TO SUBMIT BY EMAIL (except contest entries):

Paste previously unpublished fiction, poetry,
essays, memoirs, short plays or other
interesting work into body of email and send to:

submissions@gemini-magazine.com

No attachments except JPEG images for art and
photography. Don’t send contest entries to this
email address. See box at top for contest info.

TO SUBMIT BY SNAIL MAIL:

Gemini Magazine
P.O. Box 1485
Onset, MA 02558 USA

(include SASE/email address for reply)

*****

Submission period: 365 days per year

Response time: We have a large backlog and
are making every effort to catch up. After 60
days please feel free to inquire about your
submission. We will respond to all submissions.

Rights: All rights revert to author upon
publication in Gemini Magazine.

Visit the website:  http://www.gemini-magazine.com/submit.html

SENTINEL ANNUAL POETRY & SHORT STORY COMPETITIONS 2014

11 October 2014

Sentinel Annual Poetry Competition 2014

Closing Date: 21 December 2014

The Sentinel Annual Poetry Competition 2014 is now accepting entries. Now in its 5th year, previous winners include Bridport Winner Terry Jones, Oz Hardwick, and Sharon Black. Marking Time author and former editor of Envoi, the multi-award-winning poet Roger Elkin returns to judge this competition for the 5th time.

Details: This competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English Language on any subject, in any style, up to 60 lines long (excluding title). Poems entered should not be under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere.

Eligibility: Poets of all ages, gender, and nationality living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.

First Prize: £700

Second Prize: £350

Third Prize: £175

High Commendation: £55 x 5

Commendation: Publication in winners anthology only

First Publication: All prize winners and commended poets will receive first publication in an anthology of winners scheduled for September 2015.

Entry Fees: £5 per poem. No maximum number of entries.

Results: Will be announced on 2nd March 2015

How to Enter:  http://www.sentinelpoetry.org.uk/sawc/poetry.html

 

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Sentinel Annual Short Story Competition 2014

Closing Date: 21 December 2014

The Sentinel Annual Short Story Competition 2014 is now accepting entries. Now in its 3rd year, the maiden prize was won in 2012 by Alison Bouhmid, and the 2014 prize was won by Clare Marsh. Tears in the Fence Editor, David Caddy returns to judge the competition for a third time.

Details: This competition is for original, previously unpublished short stories in English Language on any subject, in any style, up to 2000 words long (excluding title). Stories entered should not be under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere.

Eligibility: Writers of all ages, gender, and nationality living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.

First Prize: £700

Second Prize: £350

Third Prize: £175

High Commendation: £55 x 5

Commendation: Publication only

First Publication: All prize winners and commended authors will receive first publication in an anthology of winners scheduled for September 2015.

Entry Fees: £5 per story. No maximum number of entries.

Results: Will be announced on 2nd March 2015

How to Enter:  http://www.sentinelpoetry.org.uk/sawc/short-story.html

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Winter 2014 – 2015

7 July 2014

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful 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. http://www.dreamquestone.com
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, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be typed or neatly hand printed.
Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.
Postmark deadline: December 31, 2014
All contest winners will be announced on February 25, 2015.
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 short 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

Stage of Life Writing Contest

7 July 2014

Deadline:

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Entry Fees:

$0. No entry fees.

Prizes

In addition to a SWAG package, Stage of Life’s educational literacy sponsors Papa John’s, IHOP, Applebee’s, and SpaWeek donate gift cards to the winning teen and adult essay writers each month.

Description

What’s your story? Educational literacy initiative, StageofLife.com, hosts an international writing contest every month centered around a specific “life” topic. Topic themes have ranged from mental health to consumerism to fear to goal setting to our relationship with nature. The writing community welcomes nearly 1,000,000 teens, college students, teachers, parents and bloggers each year who come to read the stories or enter the writing contests. Answer the monthly “life question” by submitting a 500-word essay to StageofLife.com tailored to the writing prompt and be automatically entered into the writing contest.

Contact Information

contact@stageoflife.com

Website:

http://www.stageoflife.com/Writing_Contests.aspx

Midlife Collage Contests

7 July 2014

Deadline:

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Entry Fees

No Fee.

Prizes

Cash prize of $50. Winners are eligible for $100 contest.

Description

Free, weekly writing contest for a cash prize. We collect submissions 24/7; it’s a rolling deadline. Must be age 40 or older to enter a short story. See submissions page for guidelines. Go to our Calendar page and watch the short videos for topic ideas.

Contact Information:

ContactUs@MidlifeCollage.com

Website:

http://midlifecollage.com/

NBF Annual Legal Writing Contest

7 July 2014

Deadline:

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Entry Fees:

None, Free to Enter

Prizes

The winner will be awarded with $1,500 to be applied towards law school or college tuition. The winning submission will also be published to the National Bankruptcy Forum website.

Description

The contest is for law school or college students. To participate in the contest, students will have to submit an essay arguing how best to solve America’s student loan problem.

Essay Requirements:
– Submitted work must be at least 2,000 words
– Submissions are due by November 15
– Submissions can be sent using the submission form on the NBF website

Eligibility:
– Recipient must be a law school or college student
– Recipient is a U.S. citizen or legal resident

The winner will be announced by December 1, 2014.

Website:

http://www.natlbankruptcy.com/scholarship/

Chanticleer Book Review Blue Ribbon Awards

7 July 2014

Deadline:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Entry Fees

$40

Prizes

First Place Category award winners will compete for the Overall Best Book CBR Grand Prize of a $1,000 and 1st Place Genre Awards for $250.
Award winning books will have the opportunity to be placed on the Chanticleer Book Shelves (which sell and promote the winning titles). Our CBR Book Shelves are located in participating Independent Book Stores across the U.S.
A Chanticleer Book Review
A CBR Blue Ribbon embossed with the Contest Name, Author Name, and Book Title to use in promotion at book signings and book festivals
Digital award stickers for on-line promotion
Adhesive book stickers
Shelf-talkers and other promotional items
Promotion in print and on-line media
Review of book distributed to on-line sites and printed media publications
Review, cover art, and author synopsis listed in CBR’s newsletter

Description

The Chanticleer Book Review (CBR) is looking for published novels and unpublished manuscripts in the following categories:

  • Fantasy and Science Fiction (deadline Jan. 31)
  • Narrative Nonfiction (deadline Feb. 28)
  • Cozy Mystery (deadline March 31)
  • Young Adult (deadline April 30)
  • Romance (deadline May 31)
  • Historical Fiction (deadline June 30)
  • Western, Pioneer, Civil War Historical Fiction, Pre-1900s (deadline July 31, 2014)
  • Mystery/Thriller/Suspense (deadline Sept. 30, 2014)
  • Paranormal/Speculative Fiction (deadline Oct. 31, 2014)

Stories will be judged based on effective use of characterization, an intriguing opening, continuity, a unique story, writing craft, professionalism of editing and formatting throughout the piece, and a satisfying (not necessarily happy) ending. No erotica or graphic violence, please.

Novels may be self-published, indie published or traditionally published. E-pub novels with ISBN or ASIN designations will be accepted in the published division. All novels must have an ISBN or ASIN designation. Entries must be in the English language (please note if British Standard English –BSE – is used instead of ASE). Novels must be 30,000 plus words.

Accepts work in two divisions: Published (Legacy, Indie, Self-Pub, Small Press, E-pub) and Manuscripts.

Contact Information:

info@ChantiReviews.com

Website:

http://chantireviews.com/contests

2014 Green River Writers Contests

7 July 2014

Deadline:

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Entry Fees

$2-$3 for GRW members
$3-$5 for non-members

Prizes

2 Grand Prizes
1st: $175
2nd: $100
3rd: $50

16 Fiction and Poetry Categories
1st: $30
2nd: $20
3rd: $10

Some are higher, varies by category & sponsor

Description

Offers contests for short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and writing for children in a variety of subjects and forms. Poetry categories include sonnets, limericks, rhymed poems, humorous poems, persona poems and free verse. Also offers poetry and nonfiction categories that address social injustice, environmental issues or a love nature. See website for category guidelines.

Contact Information:

contest@greenriverwriters.org
Chuck Suddeth

Green River Writers, Inc.
2014 Writing Contest
c/o Charles Suddeth
9815 Farnham Drive
Louisville, KY 40223

Website:

http://www.greenriverwriters.org/contest2.html

The Ordinary Guru Contest

6 July 2014

Deadline:

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Entry Fees:

FREE to enter!

Prizes:

First Prize: $5,000
Second Prize: $2,500
Third Prize: $1,500

Description:

Have you ever met an everyday, ordinary guru who helped you break a myth that held you back, sparked insight, or helped you see the world a little differently? If so, tell us your story by entering the Ordinary Guru Contest. You can submit a short story, essay, memoir, photo essay, cartoon,graphic novel or poem.

Whomever/whatever the ordinary guru, your story must embody a personal experience. We’re looking for short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, cartoons, and poems about ordinary gurus. Ordinary gurus teach us what we need to know in order to expand our view of ourselves and the world. These gurus aren’t just people— they can also be anything in nature that offers you an insight or life-lesson, perhaps a pet, a wild animal, or even a tree that helps you see yourself or life differently.

Contact Information:

Nicholas Kent
nick@mindadventure.com

Website:

http://ordinarygurus.com

Call for Submissions: The Chattahoochee Review – Fall/Winter 2014

6 July 2014

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: SKIN

The Chattahoochee Review seeks submissions for its Fall/Winter 2014 double issue with a special focus on “Skin.” Literal and figurative explorations of the theme welcome. We’re particularly interested in sophisticated treatments, whether of sexuality, race, health, species, food, anatomy, or surfaces. Please note the call for submissions in a cover letter and follow the general guidelines below. Our special-focus issues fill quickly; we encourage submissions by August 1, 2014.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

TCR welcomes online submissions via Submittable. We no longer accept paper submissions. General submissions will close during the month of January, but prize submissions will be open during that time.

Since we acquire first North American rights, submissions should be works previously unpublished in North America. Please single-space between sentences. We appreciate a short cover letter with a concise bio that could be used should we publish the work. Please inform us of a simultaneous submission and email us immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. Please do not mail or email submissions; to be fair to all submitters, these will be returned unread. Questions? Need to withdraw a poem or part of a submission? Email us at gpccr@gpc.edu. Need to withdraw another genre or an entire submission? Please do so via Submittable.

Familiarity with our journal is the best way to know whether or not work is right for us, and reading in general improves writing; we strongly encourage reading a sample copy or subscribing before submitting. Our current issue, Volume 34.1, is available in a Kindle Edition for $3.99, and the first issue under new editorship, featuring Aimee Bender and Natasha Trethewey, is available for $4 in PDF. Please consider reading an issue before submitting. Our response time averages three to four months, longer only in special circumstances. We read year-round.

Submit only your very best work with our assurance it will be given every consideration.

FICTION
TCR publishes high quality literary fiction characterized by interest in language, development of distinctive settings, compelling conflict, and complex, unique characters. Please read a sample copy. Fiction should be double-spaced with numbered pages and one-inch margins. Submit only one story or up to three short-shorts (500-1,000 words each). We consider longer stories of up to 6,000 words and novellas.

POETRY
TCR publishes excellent poetry of all types, including informal personal narratives, prose poems, and formal poems. We consider English translations of poetry from other languages, in which case a brief biography of the poet and translator should be included. Poetry should be single-spaced and include three to five poems per submission.

NONFICTION
TCR publishes distinctive topical essays and personal creative nonfiction of any kind; this includes pieces that might fit into the memoir, travel, and historical nonfiction categories. We are not an academic journal and publish for a general readership. Above all, we are interested in publishing nonfiction that surprises and intrigues us.

INTERVIEWS
TCR publishes interviews with writers of all kinds: literary, academic, journalistic, and popular. Recent interviews have featured Kwame Dawes, Tony Grooms, Wells Tower, Larry Brown, Claude Wilkinson, Ferreira Gullar, and Kunal Basu. Please query us at gpccr@gpc.edu with a proposal for a particular interview.

REVIEWS AND REVIEW ESSAYS
TCR publishes reviews of current fiction, poetry, and nonfiction books, especially those from writers with an innovative approach to subject matter. Several related works may be reviewed at more length in a review essay that engages critical issues not appropriate to a single review. We are always in search of new reviewers. Please query us at gpccr@gpc.edu about the possibility of a particular review or review essay, specifying your credentials for the review.

VISUAL ART
TCR accepts visual art submissions, photography included, by invitation only.

PAYMENT

All contributors receive two copies.

Deadline: August 1, 2014

Visit the website:  http://thechattahoocheereview.gpc.edu/submissions.htm

Houston Writers Guild Fall Contest 2014

6 July 2014
2014 Houston Writers Guild Fall Contest is open for submission!

Entry fee $35 for fiction/nonfiction. $25 for poetry.
Open to all writers, regardless of publishing status.
Winners will be announced at our annual Fall Conference.
$75 prize awarded to first place in each category.
Entering is easy. Deadline is September 1, 2014.

For more information visit:  http://houstonwritersguild.org/contests

2014 Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest

21 June 2014

2014 Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest

1st Prize $1500 | 2nd Prize $750 | 3rd Prize $500

Our Topic for 2014 – “Lincoln and the Hard Hand of War”

In 1864 the American Civil War became even more savage. Casualties rose and prisoner exchanges stopped. During William Tecumseh Sherman’s March to the Sea and Phil Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley campaign, civilian property was deliberately targeted. Was Lincoln in part responsible for this hardening and brutalization of war in 1864, or was it an unpreventable development–a consequence of war’s inertia? Should he have tried to mitigate it? Was this more brutal war and its hundreds of thousands of casualties and endless destruction justified in the effort to save the Union and destroy slavery – or was it not acceptable for any reason?

Contest Rules
  • Please examine the rules below closely before contacting The Lincoln Forum or the contest coordinator with eligibility questions.
  • The scholarship essay contest is designed for students who are FULL TIME, undergraduate students in an AMERICAN COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY during the Spring 2014 semester. The July 31, 2014 deadline is designed to give these students time to finish their essays, if need be, after final exams.
  • You do not have to be an American citizen, but you do need to be attending an AMERICAN COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY during the eligibility period.
  • It is NOT open to high school students. Key question to consider; when we contact your college or university registrar will they be able to confirm that you were enrolled as a full-time college student during the spring 2014 semester? If the answer is no, you are not eligible.
  • The eligibility of entrants will be confirmed by the Lincoln Forum prior to the awarding of prizes.
  • Entries will be judged by the essay committee of The Lincoln Forum.
  • Deadline for entries is July 31, 2014
  • Entries must contain a minimum of 1,500 and a maximum of 5,000 words.
  • Essays may be submitted via regular mail (postmarked by July 31, 2014) or via e-mail (time stamped before midnight PST July 31, 2014) to the address below.
  • The essay must be typed and include a works-cited page or bibliography. End notes are suggested but not required.
  • There is no application form for the contest. The essay and your contact information serves as your application.
  • Applicants must include the name of their college or university with their entire and all contact information (regular and email address) must be put on the essay proper.
  • Judging will take place during the fall. The three winners will be announced at the Lincoln Forum annual meeting in Gettysburg on November 18th. Checks from the Lincoln forum will be sent to the winners in December 2014 The scholarship prize money is designed as a reward for academic excellence. It can be used for any purpose the winner desires.
  • The essay can be sent via email ( e-mail: archives@akspl.org ) or regular mail to the address below.

Don McCue, curator of The Lincoln Shrine in Redlands, California serves as coordinator of the Essay Contest.

Visit the website:  http://www.thelincolnforum.org/scholarship-essay-contest.php

If the above information does not answer your question please contact:

Submit Work to Teen Ink & Get Published!

21 June 2014

Teen Ink has no staff writers; we depend completely on you to send writing, art, and photos. There is no charge to submit or be published. All submissions will be considered for publication in Teen Ink’s print magazine and website.

General Guidelines
  • All submissions of writing and artwork will be considered for publication in our monthly print magazine and on TeenInk.com, and are also automatically entered into any relevant contests.
  • Teen Ink has no deadlines. We accept submissions year round. If, however, you are sending work that is holiday-specific, please submit it at least two months ahead.
  • You must be 13 to 19 years old to be a TeenInk.com user and be published in Teen Ink magazine.
  • Requesting anonymity. If, due to the personal nature of a piece, you don’t want your name published, please check the anonymous box when submitting your work. We will respect your request and not publish your name in print or online, but we must still have accurate name and address information for every user.
  • All materials submitted become the property of Teen Ink. By submitting your work to us, you are giving Teen Ink and its partners, affiliates, and licensees the non-exclusive right to publish your work in any format, including print, electronic, and online media. However, all individual contributors to Teen Ink retain the right to submit their work for non-exclusive publication elsewhere, and you have our permission to do so. Teen Ink is copyrighted by the Young Authors Foundation, Inc.
  • Plagiarism. Teen Ink has a no-tolerance policy for plagiarism. We check the originality of all published work through WriteCheck.

How to submit, visit:  http://www.teenink.com/submit

HARD TIMES WRITING CONTEST – Deadline Extended to July 30, 2014

20 June 2014
Deadline: Extended to July 30, 2014

 

AWARDS:

1ST PLACE: Your choice of a 3 night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B, 3 free workshops, or 100 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff.                                                                             

2nd PLACE: 2 night stay at our B&B; or 2 free workshops; or 50 pages line-edited.                                 

3rd PLACE: One free workshop; or 25 pages line-edited.                                                                            

10 Honorable Mentions

 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 be previously unpublished, and should not exceed 5,000 words (double-spaced, 12 point font).

 

Your name, address, email and title of work should appear on a separate cover sheet. The entry fee per submission is $25 ($20 for Workshop members).Multiple entries are accepted. Enclose legal size self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Do not use Fedex, certified mail, etc.

 
Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  
Hard Times Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.                                          Emailed submissions may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with “Hard Times Contest” in the subject. Please put your entry and cover sheet in one document (Word). 
The entry fee is payable online at:
http://www.twwoa.org/
 

Call For Submissions: “Dammit, I Love You”

20 June 2014

Brandt Street Press is now accepting story submissions

for the next anthology in our Dammit Nonfiction Series: “Dammit, I Love You.”

We seek stories that reveal a lesson learned from love.

The story must be true and not published somewhere else.

It should amaze and inspire. And, more than anything else, it should be entertaining.

Deadline: October 15, 2014

For complete submission guidelines, please visit www.dammitbook.com

and click on the “Want to be a Dammit Author?” link.

We are a very author-friendly press and pay royalties at or above industry standard.

CONSTANCE ROKE CREATIVE NONFICTION CONTEST

20 June 2014

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine,

invites emerging and established writers from Canada, the United States, and elsewhere to enter.

$1,000 awarded to the best work that embraces, but is not limited to, the personal essay, memoir,

narrative nonfiction, social commentary, travel writing, historical accounts, and biography,

all enhanced by such elements as description, dramatic scenes, dialogue, and characterization.

All entries should be previously unpublished, and between 2,000-3,000 words in length.

ENTRY FEE $35 for Canadian entries, $40 for U.S. entries, and $45 elsewhere.

Deadline August 1, 2014 (postmark date).

Visit the website for details:

http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/creative_non-fiction_prize/info.html

The Atlantis Short Story Competition 2014

20 June 2014

Cash prizes ($450, first prize is $300) and in-depth feedback await unpublished writers.

No theme or genre restrictions.

Maximum 2,500 words.

Entry fee: starts from $10 (depends on level of feedback wanted when the story does not place)

Deadline: November 30, 2014

Info: http://www.atlantis-shortstorycontest.com/

Contact e-mail: inquiry@atlantis-shortstorycontest.com

For further updates & announcements (dates), check atlantis-shortstorycontest.com !

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