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

14 March 2015

Looking for a writer’s sanctuary? A place where you can leave the distractions of life behind and just sit down in peace to put words on the page? That’s what we offer here at theOffice – a quiet, communal workspace on the westside of Los Angeles. We have a roster filled with A-list screenwriters, novelists and more, but sometimes the cost of membership can be too much for up-and-coming writers. That’s why five years ago we started our free fellowship to theOffice. And we’re happy once again to offer it to you.

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

It works like this:

You send us an example of your best piece of writing along with a paragraph or two explaining why this fellowship would help you. We select one winner who will receive 6 months of free 24/7* access to the space. This is equivalent to a Premium Membership, the highest level of membership we offer, worth upwards of $2500. Winner gets his/her own door code to the space with the ability to come and go even when staff isn’t here. You wanna write at 2AM on a Wednesday night? The space is all yours. You also get all the other perks of membership including unlimited, free coffee & tea, wifi, ergonomic workstations with Aeron chairs, a small reference library and all the peace and quiet you can handle.

The fellowship starts May 1st and goes through October 31st, 2015. It is completely free to enter. Winner will be announced the last week of April. Contest is open to all new/aspiring/struggling writers who are looking to kick their productivity into overdrive.

Think of this as your very own writer’s retreat right here in the city.

Here’s what we need from you:

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

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

Some important points to remember:

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

*theOffice is closed to ALL members Mondays 6PM-11PM, Saturdays 8AM-10AM, Sundays 8AM-10:30AM due to outside rentals. Otherwise, the space is yours.

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Spring 2015 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest

2 March 2015

Fiction Contest

Welcome to the 2015 Leapfrog Fiction Contest page!

Deadline: May 1, 2015

Adult, YA, and middle grade novels, novellas and story collections; minimum length 22,000 words. 

Finalist: $150 plus manuscript critique by this year’s finalist judge, author Mark Brazaitis.

First prize: Finalist awards plus publication contract with $1,000 royalty advance.

Past Winners: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

the entry fee is $30.

What to Enter

Adult, young adult (YA) and middle grade (MG) novels, novellas, and short story collections are accepted. Minimum word count: 22,000. Individual stories in a collection may have been published in journals. Books that have been self-published will be considered “:unpublished” if fewer than about 200 copies were printed.

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

How to Enter

All entries must be submitted by email to . Subject line: “Contest entry Book Title–adult novel.” Use your actual manuscript title or part of it, and indicate whether it is a novel, story collection, novella, YA novel, or MG novel. If you are unsure whether it is for adults or young adults, or should be called a novel or a novella, just take a guess. We are not picky about category.

In the body of your email message, please include your name, complete manuscript title, mailing address, and email address. Please do not include any biographical information. Indicate whether your entry fee will be coming by check or via PayPal/credit card. This helps us match PayPal payments to manuscripts.

Attach your complete manuscript to your message as a Word or PDF file. Please REMOVE any identifying information from the file before sending: no author name or address should be included. This includes information in page headers/footers, title pages, and so forth. If you forget, don’t worry: we’ll remove the information before the manuscript reaches the judges.

We ask that you do not attach a file greater than bout 1.5 MB. If this is a problem, please contact us. You may send larger files by Hightail or some other file-sharing system, but we need to know in advance if you are doing so. However, there is no reason for any manuscript file to exceed a couple of MB at the most. If yours does, it has illustrations that need to be removed or made smaller (lower resolution).

Finally, use the PayPal link below for your entry fee of $30, or send a check to Leapfrog Press 2015 Fiction Contest, PO Box 505, Fredonia, NY 14063.

Visit the website for complete guidelines:


1 February 2015


For a novel or collection of short fiction published in 2014.

$1,000 award.

Deadline April 1, 2015.

For details, visit:

Top of the Mountain Book Award

11 October 2014

Two Categories:

Fiction & Creative/Narrative Nonfiction

Dates of submission:

September 15, 2014 to February 1, 2015

PRIZE: $1,000

Finalists will be announced and notified on or around March 1, 2015 and the winners will be announced in March 27, 2015 during dinner at the NCW 10th Anniversary Writers Conference. Attendance at the conference is not required.

First Place: Framed certificate and $1,000 

Finalists: Certificate

*Please read guidelines carefully and thoroughly; some rules have changed. Failure to properly submit entry per guidelines may result in disqualification and your entry fee will be forfeited.*

*Manuscripts cannot be print form (or e-published) during submission dates. Should it be published in any form during submission dates, please contact us via email: and let us know. Your submission will not be considered and you’ll be refunded your entry fee. If your manuscript is found to be published, your entry fee will not be refunded and your manuscript will not be considered.*



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Call for Entries: Self-Published/Independently Published Authors

12 August 2014

Deadline: October 1, 2014

Announcing the Third Annual Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Independently Published Book, sponsored by Bowker.

Details and rules are here:

The winner, finalists, and more than 100 notable books from the competition

will be featured in the December/January 2015 issue of Shelf Unbound magazine.

The overall winner will receive a year’s worth of full-page ads in Shelf Unbound magazine

(rate card value $6,000).

Entry fee: $40 per book

Contact: Margaret Brown, publisher,

The Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature

21 June 2014

DEADLINE: July 31, 2014

PRIZES: $3,000
DETAILS: Open to Kentucky residents, or writers whose work is set in or is about Kentucky. Winner must be willing to travel to KY for readings and events. Submissions may include: a collection of poetry (48-100 pages); a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, a short novel, a collection of essays or creative nonfiction (to 250 pages). No history, scholarly works, children’s literature, plays, genre literature. No single stories or poems under 150 pages.

The Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature,

Sarabande Books, Inc.

2234 Dundee Road

Suite 200, Louisville, KY 40205



21 June 2014

DEADLINE: July 1, 2014
PRIZES: Advance against royalties of $10,000
DETAILS: Open to any professional or non-professional writer who has never been the author of a published “private eye” novel and who is not under contract with a publisher for publication of a “private eye” novel. Must be book-length (approx. 60,000 words) in English. A “private eye” novel is defined as: A novel in which the main character is an independent investigator who is not a member of any law enforcement or government agency, and who receives a fee for his or her investigative services.
CONTACT: PWA Best First Private Eye Novel Competition, Thomas Dunne
Books, St. Martin’s Press, 175 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10010
(entry form will provide submission address)

Shelf Unbound Magazine Launches Third Annual Contest to Discover the Best in Self-Published Books

20 June 2014

Now sponsored by Bowker, the annual competition for independent publishers is accepting entries through October 1, 2014.

Book review magazine Shelf Unbound is accepting entries for its third annual competition to crown the best from independent presses, self-published authors and publishers producing five or less titles per year. The winning entry, selected by the editors of Shelf Unbound, will be featured with runners-up in the magazine’s December/January 2015 issue – read by 125,000 book. This year’s competition is sponsored by Bowker, the official U.S. ISBN registration agency and creator of

“The publishing universe is transforming, opening to many more authors and providing an extraordinary new range of books for readers,” said Beat Barblan, director of Identifier Services at Bowker, a ProQuest affiliate. “Bowker has always played a key role in connecting publishers with readers. We see this wonderful competition as a way to extend that mission in a fun and exciting new way.”

More than 391,000 books were self-published in 2012 – more than 400% growth in just five years, according to Bowker’s renowned industry tracking. While traditional book reviewing media rarely feature titles from small presses, Shelf Unbound curates the best of independently published books, helping to connect readers with high-quality titles that might otherwise be missed. Two years ago, they founded the Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Independently Published Book. Past winners include The Last Death of Tev Chrisini by Jennifer Bresnick and The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson by Nancy Peacock.

“The quality of the best of self-published books is extraordinary, and we are thrilled to discover and promote the cream of the crop,” said Shelf Unbound Publisher Margaret Brown. “The December/January issue of Shelf Unbound featuring our competition winners, finalists, and notable books has become one of our editors’ and readers’ favorites – a place to find the best indie books in a variety of genres.”

Any independently published book or e-book in any genre with any publication date is eligible for entry and the competition is open to authors around the globe. This year the competition also introduces the Pete Delohery Award for Best Sports Book, open to fiction and non-fiction sports-related books, in honor of Pete Delohery, author of Lamb to the Slaughter.

Entry fee is $40 per book. There is no limit to the number of books an individual can enter. The deadline is midnight on October 1, 2014, with winners notified by November 2, 2014. Rules and submission details can be found at

About Shelf Media Group
Dallas-based Shelf Media Group is the publisher of Shelf Unbound, a book review magazine that presents the best of independent publishing in a digital format. Curated by editors with their fingers on the pulse of small press, independent, and self-published books, Shelf Unbound features “must read” new fiction and nonfiction releases in a rich, visually engaging design.

Media Contact: Beth Dempsey, for Shelf Unbound

Email or 248-915-8160

SOURCE Shelf Media Group

The First Annual Authors First Writing Contest

31 May 2014
For the novel contest, entrants can submit a work of 40,000 words or longer. There is no limit on the genre – the author just has to show a passion for writing on the page. The work cannot have been previously published anywhere. The winner will receive a publishing contract from The Story Plant, $5000, and an iPad mini loaded with a year’s worth of Story Plant books. Five runners-up will receive an iPad mini loaded with a year’s worth of Story Plant books.
Deadline:  September 30, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST
For the short story contest, entrants can submit a work of 20,000 words or less. The same stipulations apply – there is no limit on genre or topic, just demonstrate a passion for writing on the page. Twenty winners will be picked and each will receive a publishing contract to have their work included in an Authors First anthology (published by The Story Plant) along with a pro-rated share of royalties, a one hour editorial/publishing consultation with a member of Authors First, and five Story Plant e-books of your choosing.
You can find the contest rules and the submission form at the website:

Knoxville Writers’ Guild: Writing and Poetry Contests

31 May 2014

Enter as many of the following contests as you wish.

The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2014.

Entries must be received before the deadline to be considered.
See Contest Guidelines for more information, like how to submit your entries and other fun facts.


Creative Nonfiction

A piece written on a given topic. Creative nonfiction is the truth as you know it; the telling of a true story using the tools of fiction. However, names of people and places can be changed.


Entry consists of one typed, double-spaced nonfiction essay of no more than 3,000 words.

See General Guidelines.

Entry Fee – Members:
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
For This Years Entries: Topic: Local Ghost Stories.
Judged by: Not Named Yet




Entry consists of one short story in the crime/mystery genre totaling no more than 3,000 words, double-spaced.

See General Guidelines.

Entry Fee – Members:
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
Judged by: Not Named Yet

Fiction – SciFi/Fantasy


Entry consists of one short story or standalone novel excerpt in the SciFi/Fantasy genre totaling no more than 3,000 words, double-spaced.

All forms of Sci-Fi/Fantasy are acceptable, including the following: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Young Adult, Steampunk, Cyberpunk, Splatterpunk, Alternative History, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, High Fantasy, etc., or a combination thereof.

See General Guidelines.

Entry Fee – Members:
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
Judged by: Not Named Yet

Leslie Garrett Award For Literary Fiction

In memory of the late Knoxville author, Leslie Garrett.
Fee: There is no fee for entering this contest.


Entry consists of one short story totaling no more than 3,000 words, double-spaced.

Only one entry per contestant.

See General Guidelines.

Entry Fee – Members:
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
Judged by: Not Named Yet


Novel Excerpt

Send us something that makes us want to read more.


Entry consists of typed, double-spaced novel excerpt or novella totaling no more than 10,000 words.

Please, include the word count on the cover sheet.

See General Guidelines.

Entry Fee – Members:
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
Judged by: Not Named Yet

One Act Play


15-50 minutes in length

The script should follow common playwriting guidelines and formatting.

Produced but not published plays accepted.

Entry Fee – Members:
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
Judged by: Not Named Yet



Entry consists of three typed poems of no more than totaling 100 lines or fewer. If more than one poem is entered, poems will be judged as a collection.

No restrictions as to style or content, or spacing.

See General Guidelines.

Entry Fee – Members:
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
Judged by: Not Named Yet


Entry Fee – Members:
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
Judged by: Not Named Yet



A one-hour or less script, 10 – 55 pages.

The script should follow common scriptwriting guidelines and formatting. Camera transitions are not necessary.

If the author is writing a television script, the script should not be for any existing television show, but should include original material.

Entry Fee – Members:
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
Judged by: Not Named Yet

Young Writers’ Fiction Prize

Highschool students only.


Entry consists of one short story totaling no more than 3,000 words, double-spaced.

Open to all high school students in the Greater Knoxville Area of East Tennessee, grades 9-12. No identifying information on poems themselves.

If you are a teacher or school submitting entries on behalf of your students, please add the following in the email body (in addition to information required by the Genera Guidelines):




    Phone Number

Please contact KWG President Erin Atchley if your school or club needs any additional information for bookkeeping or payment purposes.

Entry Fee – Members:
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
Judged by: Not Named Yet

Young Writers’ Poetry Prize

Highschool students only.


Entry consists of three typed poems of no more than totaling 100 lines or fewer. If more than one poem is entered, poems will be judged as a collection.

No restrictions as to style or content, or spacing.

Open to all high school students in the Greater Knoxville Area of East Tennessee, Grades 9-12. No identifying information on poems themselves.

If you are a teacher or school submitting entries on behalf of your students, please add the following in the email body (in addition to information required by the Genera Guidelines):




    Phone Number

Please contact KWG President Erin Atchley if your school or club needs any additional information for bookkeeping or payment purposes.

Entry Fee – Members:
Entry Fee – Non-Members:
Judged by: Not Named Yet

Claim A $800 Cash Award For Your Unpublished Novel

2 May 2014

A $800 cash prize can be won for a debut novel

in the Writers’ Village International Novel award,

Deadline: 30th June 2014

Novels that have previously been self-published are also eligible.

The winning author will be assessed by international literary agency

A. M. Heath for possible representation.

The top eight contestants will receive personal feedback on their novels by the judge,

novelist Michelle Spring, Royal Literary Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

Entries are welcome worldwide.

Entry is $22.

Details at:


19 April 2014

DEADLINE: June 1, 2014
GENRE: Books
OPEN TO: Authors with no published fiction books
DETAILS: Murder or another serious crime or crimes is at the
heart of the story, and emphasis is on the solution rather than the
details of the crime. The story’ primary setting is the
Southwestern United States, including at least one of the following
states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico,
Oklahoma, Texas, and/or Utah. 60,000 words max.
PRIZE: $10,000 advance against royalties

Criminal Lines

19 April 2014


DEADLINE: May 5, 2014

OPEN TO: Unagented debut authors born or resident in UK or Ireland

GENRE: Books DETAILS: Submit the first 15,000 words of your crime/thriller novel and a synopsis of a maximum 800 words.

PRIZE: £1000 and chance to meet with AM Heath agents.


The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel

12 April 2014

The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel                

Win £1,000

plus expert mentoring and possible publication for your first novel

Judge:   Alison Moore

The novel is still the holy grail of writing.  Named after its founder, Peggy Chapman-Andrews, the Bridport Prize is delighted to announce a new award for talented novelists who are yet to be published or represented by a literary agent.

Alongside the Bridport Prize in this terrific opportunity for the aspiring novelist, are partners The Literary Consultancy and A.M. Heath Literary Agents, offering mentoring and possible publication for the winning novel. 

Up-and-coming writers take note!  For the first stage, all you need to enter are the first chapters of your novel, up to 8,000 words, with a strong synopsis.  Those longlisted and later shortlisted will need to submit further chapters at the relevant stages.  Your novel does not have to be complete to win.  The Literary Consultancy will offer mentoring and feedback over a period of time whilst you finish the novel.  And should it turn out to be a riveting read, A.M. Heath Literary Agents will consider representing you and offering the novel to a publisher they recommend. 

Judging the competition alongside The Literary Consultancy and A.M. Heath, will be acclaimed author, Alison Moore, shortlisted for The Booker Prize in 2012 for her novel The Lighthouse.  When looking for a winning entry Alison will be searching for “evidence of a feel for language. A story that draws me in, involves me in its world, moves me in some way, and lingers in my head long after I’ve finished reading.”

Rebecca Swift of The Literary Consultancy says of the project: “The Bridport Prize holds a romantic place in my imagination, as it was one of the first National prizes I became aware of, and seemed a glamorous, serious and exciting initiative full of promise.   Many years later, I am extremely proud that my company, The Literary Consultancy has been asked to be involved with helping to support their new prize, aimed for the first time, at novelists. Bridport stands out in terms of its serious commitment to unearthing, and supporting writing talent, and we look forward to being part of the process of helping those involved to the best of our capabilities.”

A.M. Heath’s Euan Thorneycroft says Discovering new writers is one of the most exciting things about reading, whether you are an agent, a publisher, a bookseller or a book buyer. This is why A.M. Heath is delighted to be involved with a prize dedicated to that aim, particularly one that is founded by the much loved and highly respected Bridport Prize. I am sure we are going to find many literary stars of the future.” 

The award is open to writers, resident in the UK, with a part-written or completed novel in any adult fiction genre.  The winning writer must be unpublished, nor signed with a literary agent, (although they may have self published or have published for other genres such as poetry, short stories, non fiction).  It will be judged anonymously and the entry fee is £20 for each submission.

The first prize is £1000, plus a personal critique from Alison Moore and one to one appraisal and mentoring from The Literary Consultancy to assist with the completion of the novel.  In addition, meetings will be arranged with A.M. Heath Literary Agents to discuss the progress of the work.

The runner-up will receive £500 and written professional feedback from The Literary Consultancy.

The closing date is 31st May 2014 and full details are on the Bridport Prize website:

Last call for entries! Able Muse Book Award (for Poetry) — 2014

23 March 2014

$1000 prize plus publication of the winning manuscript by Able Muse Press.

Finalists will also be considered for publication.

Entry deadline: March 31, 2014

Final Judge: Molly Peacock


Blind Judging by the Final Judge Molly Peacock.

Initial screening by the Able Muse Editors.

Entries may not be previously published, but individual poems and chapbook-length sections may have been if the previous publisher gives reprint permission. (Still, more than half of the manuscript. may not have been previously published as a collection.)

Simultaneous submissions accepted as long as we’re immediately notified if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Unlimited entries per person.

All poetry styles are welcome (metrical or free verse).

A poetry manuscript of 50 to 120 pages

Acknowledgments may be included in the manuscript but are not required.

We prefer online entries, however, paper/snail mail entry is available for those who insist on the traditional submission method.

If you wish to enter more than once, then a separate entry fee and submission form must be completed for each entry.

If you’re entering by paper/snail mail, the manuscripts cannot be returned so, do not send us your only copies.

For paper/snail mail entries, include an SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) to receive the announcement of the winner.

The contests will be judged blind by the final judge, so:

Author’s name should only appear on cover page/cover letter and nowhere else.

Initial screening will be done by the editors of Able Muse.

The final judge will received anonymized manuscripts (five to ten depending and the number of total entries and their quality).

The final judge will be instructed to disqualify any work that he recognizes. The entry fee the work thus disqualified will be refunded.

Include on your cover page ONLY:

the title of your manuscript

a brief bio

the poet’s/writer’s name


phone number, and

email address.

Entry Methods:

Preferred method is our online entry form

DO NOT type or copy and paste your manuscript in the poem text box. Rather, upload your submission file from the upload field (accepted formats are: Text, RTF, Word, Wordperfect, PDF, HTML).

Only send one file attachment with everything (50 to 120 pages), with the cover page prepared as described in the blind judging section above (do NOT attach a separate file for each poem!)

There should be no identification in the manuscript file itself as described in the blind judging section above.

Enter at online.

Second favorite entry method is via e-mail—

Again, do not type your submission in the body of the email. Rather, attach your submission file to the email (accepted formats are: Text, RTF, Word, Wordperfect, PDF, HTML).

The subject of the email should be: “<Your Name>: Book Award (poetry)”

Email your entry to without any identification in the manuscript file itself as described in the blind judging section above.

Least favorite entry method is paper by snail mail—

The manuscript should be without any identification as explained in the blind judging section above.

The cover page should be prepared as explained in the blind judging section above.

Duplicates not required, so do NOT send duplicate of the manuscript.

Send your entry to:

Able Muse Review
Book Award for poetry Contest
467 Saratoga Avenue #602
San Jose, CA 95129

Entry Fees:

$25 for a manuscript of 50 to 120 pages.

No matter how you choose to enter (online or email or snail mail) you may choose to pay:

Online ( right below!), OR,

By check: Able Muse Review, and sent to the contest address indicated above.

In the event of a withdrawal, entry fees are non-refundable.

To enable us to match your payment to your entry, be sure to indicate the name you entered with in your manuscript (i.e. your pen name, etc), if it’s different from the one under which payment was made, and this applies for online or check payment by snail mail.

For details on how to enter:

32nd Annual SouthWest Writers International Competition

20 March 2014

Visit for complete rules and entry form. Entries are open from February 1 to May 1, 2014 and may be submitted after May 1 until May 15 with payment of a late fee.

Deadline: Thursday, May 15, 2014


Fiction, Non-fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Poetry

Entry Fees:

Poetry: $10 for SouthWest Writers members, $20 for all other entrants.
All entries except poetry: $20 for SouthWest Writers members, $30 for all other entrants.

For an additional $20 for poetry entries or $25 for all other entries, you’ll be entered in the contest but also receive a critique of your entry.

Late entries through May 15th accepted with a late fee.


A 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place winner will be judged in each of the 10 categories.

1st Place: $300
2nd Place: $200
3rd Place: $150

Winners will be notified in August 2014. Winners’ names will be posted on the Southwest Writer website at or about the same time.


The 32nd Annual SouthWest Writers International Competition is open to all original, unpublished work by English-language writers in 10 categories for novels, creative nonfiction, essay, short stories, children’s picture books, and poetry.

Winners are selected by agents or editors unaffiliated with SouthWest Writers. First place winning entries in prior SWW contests may not be resubmitted for judging in 2014.

Contact Information:


SouthWest Writers
Carlisle Executive Offices
3200 Carlisle Blvd NE, Suite 114
Albuquerque, NM 87110


William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition

20 March 2014

Deadline Thursday, May 1, 2014 

Categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry Entry

Fees: Between $10 and $200 depending on category and manuscript length.

Prizes: Between $750 and $7,500 depending on category

Description: Accepting entries in eight categories: novel, novella, book-length narrative nonfiction, novel-in-progress, short story, essay, poetry and short story by a high school student. Only unpublished work accepted. No self-published or web-published material. See website for category details. Submit by regular mail.

Contact Information: Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, 624 Pirate’s Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116.



A Writer’s Weekend with Dr. Wayne Dyer: You could be the NEXT Hay House Author

13 March 2014

Date: May 03, 2014 – May 04, 2014

Sponsored by: Hay House

Format: Lectures & Events

Location: Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale, FL $450.00

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to work side by side with one of the most prolific authors of all time and give yourself permission to make your writing and publishing dreams come true! Imagine empowering others with your book.

Author of 16 New York Times best-sellers including The Power of Intention, Wishes Fulfilled, and Your Erroneous Zones – the #1 bestselling non-fiction book of the decade for the 1970s, Wayne shares his personal insights and writing practices to inspire you to write the book of your dreams!

Reid Tracy (President and CEO of Hay House) shares expert information about publishing and building a platform to get attention.

PLUS! Your chance to enter and win a $10,000 Publishing Advance from Hay House!

First Runner-Up receives a Balboa Press Master Package
(a $7999 value)

Second Runner-Up wins Balboa Press Inspire Package
(a $3599 value)

Read more about our special offer
and view other exciting events.

Visit the website for details:


13 March 2014

  — $65 ENTRY FEE.

This prize is the only recognition of the art of humor writing in the United States.

The winner receives $5,000, a commemorative plaque, and is invited to Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio.

Deadline April 1, 2014.

Eligible books are those that are published in book form, whether as a hardcover or as an original paperback,

in the United States. Fiction, nonfiction, and collections of short stories are eligible.

Visit the website for details:


13 March 2014

 — $28 ENTRY FEE.

Categories of fiction and poetry.

Winners will receive a cash award of $1,000.

Deadline April 30, 2014.

Debut books first published in North America between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013 are eligible in fiction and poetry.

Authors, agents, publicists, or publishers may submit entries.

Entries must be published in English and available for purchase in either hardcover or bound paperback book form.

Visit the website for details:

The Rosemary Contest for Unpublished Young Adult and New Adult manuscripts

4 March 2014

Young Adult Romance Writers of America (YARWA) is proud to announce the Rosemary Contest for Unpublished Young Adult and New Adult manuscripts, in all genres.

New Adult
YA Contemporary
YA Historical
YA Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal
YA Fusion (Any YA novel that doesn’t fit into one of the above categories.)

*Romantic Elements in the novel are NOT required to enter this contest and RWA Membership is NOT required to enter. All authors, regardless of publishing status, are welcome to enter this contest.*

Submitted manuscripts must be new, original YA or NA fiction that has not been published, self-published, or contracted to be published. Manuscripts must have a word count of at least 40,000 words.

Fee: $15 YARWA members/$25 non-members

The contest will run from March 1 – March 31, 2014. Finalists will be announced by June 1 and winners will be announced at the 2014 Day of YA event in San Antonio, TX.

For a complete list of rules and a list of final round judges, visit

While there is no remuneration, contest finalists in each category will have their work read by an agent, and 2 editors, and has the potential for a manuscript request.


1 February 2014



$1,000 prize plus publication of the winning manuscript by Able Muse Press.

Finalists will also be considered for publication.

Entry deadline: March 31, 2014.

A poetry manuscript of 50 to 120 pages.

Leapfrog 2014 Fiction Contest

1 February 2014

Leapfrog 2014 Fiction Contest.

Open January 15-May 1, 2014.

Entry fee: $30.  

Adult, middle grade, and YA novels, novellas,

and short-story collections, minimum 22,000 words.

First prize: Publication contract offer with advance, plus finalist awards.

Finalists: $150 plus manuscript critique by finalist judges.

Judges: author Mark Brazaitis and the Leapfrog editorial staff.

For details, visit:


Win a £500 ($800) bursary for your debut novel

27 January 2014

$800 bursary offered to debut novelists


Debut novelists can win a $800 bursary to have their novel professionally critiqued at the Writers’ Village Foundation, a not-for-profit award scheme established to help new authors. The top eight submissions will also gain personal feedback from the award judge, novelist Michelle Spring, a Royal Literary Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge.


Entry is $19 and the deadline is 31st March 2014.

Details at:

Tide Lock Prize

8 January 2014


Saturday, February 1, 2014



Entry Fees



Publication in both print and digital editions.


Submit unpublished novel, novella or collection of stories. Submissions must be 150 pages (approximately 35,000 words) or longer. Submit through online submission manager.

Contact Information

Waxing Press.



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