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2017 Cinematic Short Story Competition – Deadline Soon!

26 October 2017

ScreenCraft’s 3rd annual Cinematic Short Story Contest is now accepting entries!  This year’s judges are from Random House StudiosHarper’s Magazine and Tin House Magazine!

The jury is looking for short fiction (not scripts) with special cinematic potential. Whether you’re writing flash fiction or a novella, the judges want to read your story!

The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and personal introductions to literary agents, managers, film and TV producers and publishers. The top 5 finalists will be read by ScreenCraft’s network of over 40 literary and entertainment industry professionals. All rights and ownership to stories submitted to this contest remain with the author, until and unless other agreements are made.

Early deadline: November 4th, 2017 – Mark your calendar! 

Meanwhile, don’t miss ScreenCraft’s article in the Huffington Post: 5 Reasons Why Short Stories Are Easier to Adapt Than Novels

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The 2017 jury includes: 

  • Valerie Cates, Executive Story Editor at Random House Studios, the publishing giant’s film and TV production company responsible for developing and adapting the company’s huge library of books and stories.

  • Cheston Knapp, Managing Editor of Tin House Magazine, which Stephen King called “an invaluable repository of fine American writing and American fiction, presented in a crisp and entertaining visual format.”

  • Emily Cooke, Senior Editor at Harper’s Magazine, one of the most highly regarded publications for short stories in the English language, “providing readers with a unique perspective on politics, society, the environment, and culture. The essays, fiction, and reporting in the magazine’s pages come from promising new voices, as well as some of the most distinguished names in American letters, among them Annie Dillard, Barbara Ehrenreich, Jonathan Franzen, Mary Gaitskill, David Foster Wallace, and Tom Wolfe.”

ENTER HERE

And if you’re writing a screenplay, take a look at the prestigious ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship, designed to develop and launch the careers of talented emerging screenwriters:

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Early Deadline: 11/11/2017
Final Deadline: 3/1/2018

Featuring mentors at 5 major studios! Apply Here.

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9th annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Prize

2 August 2017

9th annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Prize
First Prize: $1,000

Second Prize: $100
Four Honorable Mentions: $25 each
Entry fee: $5

Deadline: August 31, 2017

Maximum length: 1,000 words

All six finalists will be published online in the October 2017 issue of Gemini.

Surprise us, shock us, make us fall in love in a complete story of 1,000 words or less! We are open to any subject, style or genre. Entries must be unpublished, but stories displayed on personal blogs are eligible.

All entries are read blind so everyone gets an equal chance.

Click http://gemini-magazine.com/contest.html to read any of the four dozen previous winners and finalists and see the diverse material we have published. We look forward to reading your work!

WOW! Women On Writing – SUMMER 2017 FLASH FICTION CONTEST

11 July 2017

OVERVIEW:

WOW! hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months, and has done so since 2006. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, great writing, and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles and genres of flash fiction, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season (upper right hand corner) if you are serious about winning. Please make sure you download our Contest Terms & Conditions PDF below for complete guidelines. Get creative, and let’s have some fun! We look forward to reading your work!

WORD COUNT:

Maximum: 750

Minimum: 250

The title is not to be counted in your word count. We use MS Word’s word count to determine the submitted entry’s word count.

PROMPT:

OPEN PROMPT!

That’s right, this is your chance to shine, and get creative. You can write about anything, as long as it’s within the word count and fiction. If you’re feeling inspired, write something new, or dig out those stories you started way back when and tailor them to the word count.

We’re open to any style and genre. From horror to romance. So, get creative, and most of all, have fun.

Click to Download the SUMMER 2017 FLASH FICTION Contest Terms & Conditions PDF

CONTEST DEADLINE:

SUMMER: August 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – NOW OPEN!

ENTRY FEE: $10.00

This is not a reading fee. Entry fees are used to award our 20 winners as well as administrative costs.

OR

Buy Entry with Critique: $20.00

Upon the close of our contest, and after the winners are announced, you will receive a critique from one of our round table judges on three categories:

  • Subject
  • Content
  • Technical

You will be provided with your scores (1-5) in each category, and personal editorial feedback for each category as well. There’s also an additional category that does not get scored: Overview. That is the general impression your story had on the reader. Please be patient upon the close of our contest and allow time for our editors to thoroughly critique your piece. We send out critiques after the contest winners are announced.

PRIZES: 20 WINNERS TOTAL!

We raised the cash prizes this season!

FIRST PLACE:

  • $400.00 cash prize
  • $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
  • Entry published on WOW! Women On Writing
  • Interview on the WOW! Women On Writing Blog

SECOND PLACE:

  • $300.00 cash prize
  • $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
  • Entry published on WOW! Women On Writing
  • Interview on the WOW! Women On Writing Blog

THIRD PLACE:

  • $200.00 cash prize
  • $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
  • Entry published on WOW! Women On Writing
  • Interview on the WOW! Women On Writing Blog

7 RUNNERS UP:

10 HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • $20 Gift Certificate from Amazon
  • Name, state, and title entry published on WOW! Women On Writing

Click to Download the SUMMER 2017 FLASH FICTION Contest Terms & Conditions PDF

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF. Download the latest version at http://www.adobe.com

Please read the contest terms & conditions in full before submitting your entry. Please make sure you read the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) before sending us an email.

Note: Previous winners who placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd ARE allowed to reenter this season. Also, if you placed as a runner up or honorable mention previously, you may enter again. Basically, everyone is welcome to enter!

9th annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Prize

1 June 2017

First Prize: $1,000
Second Prize: $100
Four Honorable Mentions: $25 each
Entry fee: $5

Deadline: August 31, 2017

Maximum length: 1,000 words

All six finalists will be published online in the October 2017 issue of Gemini.

Surprise us, shock us, make us fall in love in a complete story of 1,000 words or less! We are open to any subject, style or genre. Entries must be unpublished, but stories displayed on personal blogs are eligible.

All entries are read blind so everyone gets an equal chance.

Click http://gemini-magazine.com/contest.html to read any of the four dozen previous winners and finalists and see the diverse material we have published. We look forward to reading your work!

 

The Malahat Review: Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction

1 April 2017

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites emerging short-story writers from Canada and abroad to enter the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction.

Eligible authors have yet to publish their fiction in book form (a book is defined to have a length of 48 pages or more). Publication in literary magazines is acceptable. One prize of $1,000 (CAD) is awarded.

2017 Contest Information

This year’s contest deadline is May 1, 2017. Submissions are now open!

Judge

Steven Price

Guidelines

  • Eligible writers have yet to publish their fiction in book form and may submit one short story per entry.
  • Writers who have self-published a book of fiction are considered to have published their fiction in book form and are therefore ineligible to enter the Far Horizons Awards. You are, however, welcome to enter your work in our Open Season Awards.
  • The story must not exceed 3,500 words. Please double space your work.
  • Entry fee required:
    • $25 CAD for Canadian entries;
    • $30 US for American entries;
    • $35 US for entries from Mexico and outside North America.
    • see How to Pay below
    • $15 CAD for any additional entries, no limit
  • Entrants receive a one-year print subscription to The Malahat Review for themselves or a friend. Digital subscriptions or digital/print bundle subscriptions are not available through Malahat contests.
  • Entries already published, accepted, or submitted elsewhere are ineligible. Should Malahat discover that an entry it has received fails to satisfy this criterion, it will be immediately disqualified, no matter at what point it has arrived at—submission processing, screening, shortlisting, or final judging—in the adjudication process. Should an entry be disqualified, the entry fee will not be reimbursed; the entrant, however, will still receive his or her one-year subscription to the magazine.
  • Previous publication is considered to be any appearance in print or online, including on or in a newspaper, newsletter, magazine, anthology, chapbook, book, website, electronic magazine, personal blog, Twitter, or Facebook. Please note that even if the print run or circulation of the print publication where the work has previously appeared is small, this is still considered previous publication. No work that has been excerpted elsewhere is eligible for submission; nor is a work that has been revised since its original publication.
  • When submitting by email, please ensure you include a cover letter with relevant contact details (more below under Enter by Email); do not simply put this information in the body of the email. We also ask that no personal or contact information is written anywhere on submission itself.
  • Entrants’ anonymity is preserved throughout the judging. Contact information (including an email address) should not appear on the submission.
  • The winner will be notified via email.
  • Entrants will not be notified about the judges’ decisions even if an SASE is enclosed for this purpose.
  • The winner and finalists will be announced on The Malahat Review‘s website and Facebook page, with the publication of only the winning entry appearing in the Winter 2017 issue.
  • The winner will be interviewed. The interview will appear on our website and in Malahat lite, the magazine’s e-newsletter, in September 2017.
  • No entries will be returned, even if accompanied by an SASE.

How to enter, visit:

http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/far_horizons_fiction/info.html

Be A Hero Contest – 2017

28 February 2017

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Deadline: May 29, 2017

(midnight – Eastern Standard Time (EST))

At this precarious time in the United States, we need people to be heroes. This isn’t a battle between Republicans and Democrats. This is a battle between right and wrong. And we need heroes who are willing to fight for what is right—across this country and around the world.

In that spirit, we invite you to write a story about a hero in 50 words or fewer. (You can use a title, if you choose, which doesn’t go into the word count.) It should be about someone who fought for the right thing in a way that called for courage and commitment. This can be a personal story about, say, your father rescuing you when you were lost in the woods, or a public story about, say, Rosa Parks not moving to the back of the bus. It could also be a made-up story, even an artful retelling of a favorite, such as Erin Brockovich or A Tale of Two Cities.

We will send the winning entry to each of the 100 U.S. senators and the 435 members of the House of Representatives, along with an entreaty for them to be heroes, protecting our country by standing up for what is obviously right, despite any political risk.

Also, the winner gets a free Gotham class of his or her choosing.

We will broadcast this contest as far and wide as we possibly can, hoping to inspire people everywhere to be heroes.

The Details:

  • Submit a 50-word story about a hero
  • Entry must consist of no more than 50 words. Longer entries will be disregarded.
  • You may use a title, though it’s not essential. But it won’t go into your word count.
  • Entries must be submitted online by midnight – Eastern, May 29, 2017.
  • Only online entries will be accepted.
  • Entry is free. Limit one entry per person.
  • Entry must be original and unpublished.
  • Entries will be judged on originality, quality, spelling, and grammar.
  • Gotham will post the winning entry at GothamWriters.com and send it to all members of the U.S. Congress.
  • The winner will be notified by June 28, 2017.

How to enter, visit the website:

https://www.writingclasses.com/contest/be-a-hero

F(r)iction’s Winter 2017 Literary Contests

10 February 2017

Contest Submissions


TBL is pleased to announce the F(r)iction Winter Literary Competition. There are four submission categories: 1) creative nonfiction ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 2) short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 3) flash fiction with a word limit of 750 words, and 4) poetry no longer than three pages. Winners of the contest will be published in a future issue of F(r)iction alongside stunning original artwork from TBL’s talented team of artists. F(r)iction is dedicated to publishing the best writing of all kinds, and we encourage submissions that push boundaries and take risks in genre, plot, and style.

The Winter 2017 contests are now open for submissions! 

Creative Nonfiction Contest 

The winner of our creative nonfiction contest will be awarded $500.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.
Criteria: Any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words.
Fees: $10.00 USD entry fee for each submission.

DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2017

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Short Story Contest

The winner of our short story contest will be awarded $1,000.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.
Criteria: Any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words.
Fees: $15.00 USD entry fee for each submission.

DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2017

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Flash Fiction Contest

The winner of our flash fiction contest will be awarded $300.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.
Criteria: Any genre with a word limit of 750 words.
Fees: $8.00 per entry, or three entries for $12.00.

DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2017

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Poetry Contest

The winner of our poetry contest will be awarded $300.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.

Criteria: Any genre or form, three pages or less per poem.
Fees: $8.00 per entry, or three entries for $12.00.

DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2017

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Winter 2017 Judges:
Simon Tolkien, renowned author and grandson of THE J.R.R., will be judging short story submissions. Bryn Greenwood, author of the gorgeous debut All the Ugly and Wonderful Things (which won second place in the Goodreads Choice Awards for fiction), will select the winning flash fiction. Linda Pastan, legendary American poet, is our poetry judge. And Sarah Hepola—New York Times bestselling author of the memoir Blackout—will be judging TBL’s first ever nonfiction contest!

Submission Guidelines: Please visit our formatting guidelines page to properly format your work for submission. Staff members are not eligible for participation. Any work previously submitted to TBL for publication is not eligible if the piece received free edits from our team.

We strongly recommend checking out an issue of F(r)iction to get an idea of our aesthetic. You can do so at the TBL Store.

Notes: Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify TBL as soon as possible if your work is selected for publication elsewhere—work must be previously unpublished to be eligible for publication in F(r)iction. We encourage writers to submit as many stories as they wish. All stories will be considered for publication in F(r)iction Series, our triannual print journal.

Our judges also reserve the right not to award a winner in any category if submissions do not meet our standards of publication.

Tethered by Letters reserves the right to discuss contest entries, finalists, and winners in the Untethered Podcast.

Other Categories: Please visit our submissions page for more ways to submit your work to TBL for possible publication and learn about our free-editing policy for work submitted to our journal.

#Blink! TBL’s Twitter Contest

TBL is excited to announce a new Twitter contest!
If you think you can tell a story in 140 characters or fewer, we want to hear from you!

Every two weeks an acclaimed judge will choose the winning story. The winner will receive a free digital copy of F(r)iction, and potential publication of the Tweet in a future issue of F(r)iction.

Don’t blink, or you’ll miss it! Tweet your tiny narratives using the hashtag #BlinkTBL, and be sure to check the @TethrdByLettrs and @FrictionSeries Twitter pages for start dates, deadlines, and judging info!

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

https://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest/

 

Call for submissions: PANK Books Listing

10 February 2017

PANK Books.

We’re looking for poetry, fiction, short fiction, multi-genre work, experimental, traditional, nonfiction and collaborative work. Manuscript guidelines are open.

Visit the website for submission details:

http://pankmagazine.com/submit-2/

Call For Entries >> International Atlantis Short Story Contest:

2 December 2016

Atlantis Short Story Contest 

We are pleased to announce that the deadline has been extended up to December 11, 2016, in response to numerous requests and due to the increased interest in the Atlantis Short Story Contest.

Cash prizes 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: December 11, 2016

Submit here: http://www.atlantis-shortstorycontest.com/

Tanka Poetry Contest

2 December 2016

Tanka Poetry Contest

Deadline:

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Entry Fees

$9.95 to enter this contest and all contests at FanStory

Prizes

$100 cash prize

Description

For this contest you are challenged to write a Tanka poem. Tanka is a form of poetry that often follows a specific syllable count.

line 1 – 5 syllables
line 2 – 7 syllables
line 3 – 5 syllables
line 4 – 7 syllables
line 5 – 7 syllables

It contains five unrhymed lines of five, seven, five, seven, and seven syllables. (5, 7, 5, 7, 7).

Contact Information

FanStory

Website:

http://www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=103638

NIGHTLIGHT READINGS SHORT STORY WRITERS CONTEST

2 December 2016

NIGHTLIGHT READINGS SHORT STORY WRITERS CONTEST

Deadline December 31, 2016.

NO ENTRY FEE.
The 2016 Nightlight Readings Short Story Writers Contest is open to short stories up to 5,000 words. Stories should appeal to at-risk boys in the 10-12 year age group who often stop reading for pleasure. This year’s theme is mystery. Prizes: First, second, and third place winners will receive prizes of up to $1,000 award plus certificate and publication of the story. All award winners will be publicized nationally by Nightlight Reading.

Visit the website:  http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2016/10/30/2016-nightlight-readings-short-story-writers-contest/

THE FICTION DESK GHOST STORY COMPETITION

2 December 2016

THE FICTION DESK GHOST STORY COMPETITION
£8 ENTRY FEE.
Most of the stories we publish at The Fiction Desk are more or less realistic, but we try to stray outside that from time to time: Some genre fiction should be part of any balanced reading diet. One genre that we particularly like to feature is the ghost story. This year, there is a first prize of £500, a second prize of £250, and a third prize of £100.

The deadline is Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

All stories must be written in English, and be entirely the author’s own work. All entrants must be aged 16 or over at the time of entry; there is no upper age limit. Entries must be between 1,000 and 7,000 words in length.

Visit the website:  http://www.thefictiondesk.com/submissions/ghost-story-competition.php

DEVIL’S KITCHEN READING AWARDS

2 December 2016

DEVIL’S KITCHEN READING AWARDS

Postmarked deadline: February 2, 2017.
$20 ENTRY FEE. One book of poetry (book-length work or single-author collection of poems), one book of fiction (novel, novella, or single-author short fiction collection) and one book of prose nonfiction (literary nonfiction, memoir, or single-author essay collection) will be selected from submissions of single-author titles published in 2016, and the winning authors will receive an honorarium of $1,000 and will present a public reading and participate in panels at the Devil’s Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. The dates for the 2017 festival will be October 25-27, 2017. Travel and accommodations will be provided for the three winners.

Visit the website:  http://grassroots.siu.edu/dkawards.html

Call For Entries >> International Atlantis Short Story Contest:

25 November 2016

Atlantis Short Story Contest 

We are pleased to announce that the deadline has been extended up to December 11, 2016, in response to numerous requests and due to the increased interest in the Atlantis Short Story Contest.

Cash prizes 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: December 11, 2016

Submit here: http://www.atlantis-shortstorycontest.com/

FALL 2016 FLASH FICTION CONTEST

4 November 2016

OVERVIEW:

WOW! Women on Writing hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter, and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles and genres of writing, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season (upper right-hand corner) if you are serious about winning. We love creativity, originality, and light-hearted reads. That’s not to say that our guest judge will feel the same… so go wild! Express yourself, and most of all, let’s have some fun!

WORD COUNT:

Maximum: 750

Minimum: 250

The title is not to be counted in your word count. We use MS Word’s word count to determine the submitted entry’s word count.

PROMPT:

OPEN PROMPT!

That’s right, this is your chance to shine, and get creative. You can write about anything, as long as it’s within the word count and fiction. So, dig out those stories you started way back when and tailor them to the word count.

We’re open to any style and genre. From horror to romance. So, get creative, and most of all, have fun.

Click to Download the FALL 2016 FLASH FICTION Contest Terms & Conditions PDF

CONTEST DEADLINE:

November 30th, 2016 – 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – NOW OPEN!

ENTRY FEE: $10.00

This is not a reading fee. Entry fees are used to award our 20 winners as well as administrative costs.

We are limiting the number of entries to a maximum of 300 stories. Please enter early to ensure inclusion. If we reach 300 entries, we will disable the PayPal buttons.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php

Last Call! The Masters Review: Awards For New Writers

4 November 2016

Deadline: November 15, 2016

Our Fall Fiction Contest, which awards $2000 and publication to the winner, is open until November 15, 2016. This year the incredible Kelly Link will judge stories. Full details and guidelines below:

  • Winner receives $2000, a year’s subscription to Duotrope, and publication
  • Second and third place prizes ($200, $100, and publication)
  • Stories under 7000 words
  • Deadline: November 15, 2016
  • Simultaneous and multiple submissions allowed
  • Emerging writers only (We are interested in offering a larger platform to new writers. Self-published writers and writers with story collections and novels with a small circulation are welcome to submit.)
  • International submissions allowed
  • $20 entry fee
  • Please no identifying information on your story
  • All stories are considered for publication

To submit a story visit: 

https://mastersreview.com/short-story-award-for-new-writers/

Tethered by Letters’ 2016 Fall Writing Contest

23 September 2016

The deadline for Tethered by Letters’ 2016 Fall Writing Contest is November 1st, 2016. This time around, Tethered by Letters is offering $1600 in prizes for our Fall Contest winners.

Contest Submissions

TBL is pleased to announce the F(r)iction Fall Literary Competition. There are three submission categories: 1) short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 2) flash fiction with a word limit of 750 words, and 3) poetry no longer than three pages. Winners of the contest will be published in a future issue of F(r)ictionalongside stunning original artwork from TBL’s talented team of artists. F(r)iction is dedicated to publishing the best writing of all kinds, and we encourage submissions that push boundaries and take risks in genre, plot, and style.

Judging: The finalists for each category will be read by a guest judge, who will select a winner to be published in the Spring 2017 issue of F(r)iction. Matt Gallagher, author of Youngblood, will be reading the short story submissions. Renowned performance poet Ken Arkind will be judging the poetry submissions. And Sari Wilson, author of Girl Through Glass, will choose the winning flash fiction submission.

Submission Guidelines: Please visit our formatting guidelines page to properly format your work for submission. Staff members are not eligible for participation. Any work previously submitted to TBL for publication is not eligible if the piece received free edits from our team.

Short Story Contest

The winner of our short story contest will be awarded $1,000.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.
Criteria: Any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words.
Fees: $15.00 USD entry fee for each submission.

Flash Fiction Contest

The winner of our flash fiction contest will be awarded $300.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.
Criteria: Any genre with a word limit of 750 words.
Fees: $8.00 per entry, or three entries for $12.00.

Poetry Contest

The winner of our poetry contest will be awarded $300.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.

Criteria: Any genre or form, three pages or less per poem.
Fees: $8.00 per entry, or three entries for $12.00.

We strongly recommend checking out an issue of F(r)iction to get an idea of our aesthetic. You can do so at the TBL Store.

#Blink! TBL’s Twitter Contest

TBL is excited to announce a new Twitter contest!
If you think you can tell a story in 140 characters or fewer, we want to hear from you!

Every two weeks an acclaimed judge will choose the winning story. The winner will receive a free digital copy of F(r)iction, and potential publication of the Tweet in a future issue of F(r)iction.

Don’t blink, or you’ll miss it! Tweet your tiny narratives using the hashtag #BlinkTBL, and be sure to check the @TethrdByLettrs and @FrictionSeriesTwitter pages for start dates, deadlines, and judging info!

Notes: Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify TBL if your work is selected for publication elsewhere as soon as possible. We encourage writers to submit as many stories as they wish. All stories will be considered for publication inF(r)iction Series, our triannual print journal.

Our judges also reserve the right not to award a winner in any category if submissions do not meet our standards of publication.

Tethered by Letters reserves the right to discuss contest entries, finalists, and winners in the Untethered Podcast.

Other Categories: Please visit our submissions page for more ways to submit your work to TBL for possible publication and learn about our free-editing policy for work submitted to our journal.

Visit the website: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest/

 

Creative Writing Institute’s Annual Short Story Contest

9 August 2016

Get Published in our 2016 Anthology

DEADLINE: September 15, 2016

First, second and third place winners and seven additional Judge’s Choice stories will receive publication in our fourth annual anthology, and for the first time, we are awarding professionally designed eMedals to post on your site or blog. You’ll love them! Make them any size you want.

First place: Professionally designed Gold eMedal and $100, plus publication

Second place: Striking Silver eMedal and $50, plus publication

Third place: Brilliant Bronze eMedal and $25, plus publication

 Fourth and Fifth place: Finalist eMedal and publication

This is a themed contest and this exact sentence must appear in the story:

“Explain how that happened.”

  • Open genre
  • Your story must be between 1,500 and 2,000 words.
  • No swearing, profanity, explicit sexual scenes, graphic violence, etc.
  • Your story must not have been published before. By entering this contest, winners grant minor editing rights for publication; Creative Writing Institute has first, non-exclusive, electronic rights to publish the winners and Judge’s Choice stories in our anthology. All Rights return to the author upon publication.
  • ONE submission per person, please
  • Entry fee: $5
  • Accepting submissions until September 15, 2016, midnight, USA Eastern Standard Time. No early or late submissions, please.
  • Entries will only be accepted through the form at https://CreativeWritingInstitute.submittable.com/submit
  • As you go through the submission process, there will be a space for you to copy and paste your document. Do NOT email attachments as these will not be accepted.

VISIT THE WEBSITE:  http://www.creativewritinginstitute.com

Please direct questions to Ms. Jo Popek, head judge, at ms.jo@cwinst.comOur special thanks to assisting Competition Co-coordinator and award winning author, Jianna Higgins.

Mike’s Not-Entirely-Serious Wantonly-Rule-Breaking Adverb Writing Challenge

9 August 2016

Greetings from Bristol,

In the last couple of emails I’ve mentioned the rather fun and not particularly serious Adverb Writing Challenge. I’m pleased to say we have received over 20 stories, so the challenge now has a dedicated page on my website.

I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to all the writers that have submitted their stores and supported this rather crazy project. Special mentions go to Mike Scott Thomson, for co-creating the challenge with me, and Allen Ashley, who has spread the word like a madman and encouraged many of the entries.

Because everyone is giving their time for free, Mike and I thought it would be nice if the challenge were to support a charity. So, this is how it will work…

How the Adverb Challenge Works

  • 100 words max
  • Cram your story with as many adverbs as you can
  • Entry is FREE
  • EVERY story is published
  • If we receive over 100 stories, we’ll produce an anthology

If we do get to 100 stories, the anthology will be released in print and eBook formats.

Any profit made from book sales will be donated to First Story, a charity that supports and inspires creativity, literacy and confidence in UK secondary schools where over 50% of the pupils are considered deprived.

So, by writing a short adverb-riddled tale, you will be supporting a very worthy charity and you’ll be published. Everyone wins 🙂 You can learn far more details and read all the entries on the Adverb Writing Challenge page.

Extended deadline: Tethered by Letters’ 2016 Spring Writing Contests

13 July 2016

Extended Deadline: August 1, 2016

Tethered by Letters (TBL), a literary nonprofit and independent publisher. Our tri-annual publication, F(r)iction, is an art and literature imprint that is distributed around the world. It features short fiction, flash fiction, poetry, and even a selection of graphic stories. It also showcases amazing artwork.

The deadline for Tethered by Letters’ 2016 Spring Writing Contests is August 1, 2016! This time around, Tethered by Letters is offering $1600 in prizes for our Spring Contest winners.

Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven, will be judging short story submissions; poet, teacher, and activist Suzi Q. Smith is the poetry judge; and Helen Phillips, author of The Beautiful Bureaucrat, will choose the best flash fiction submissions.

In addition to a weighty cash prize, winners of the Spring Contest will be considered for publication in F(r)iction, our tri-annual journal of fine art and literature.

The deadline (August 1, 2016) is fast approaching! Visit TBL’s website for guidelines and more information.

Guidelines: http://tetheredbyletters.com/friction-guidelines/

 

Visit the website: http://tetheredbyletters.com/

On The Premises Short Story Contest (no fee)

16 June 2016

Deadline: September 2, 2016. The premise of our 28th short story contest is “Darkness”. Write a creative, compelling, well-crafted story between 1,000 and 5,000 words long in which the concept of “darkness” plays an important role. You may interpret “darkness” any way you want—literally, metaphorically, or any other way. Darkness doesn’t have to have a value judgment attached to it, and it doesn’t have to be symbolic in any way, although it can.

Please remember that we value creativity. A story about “the forces of light” fighting “the forces of darkness” will struggle to rate highly on the creativity meter. Try something else.

Winners receive between US$60 and US$220, and publication. There is no fee to enter our contest.

GENRE NOTE: Any genre except children’s fiction, exploitative sex, or over-the-top gross-out horror is fine. We will also never accept parodies of another author’s specific fictional character(s) or world(s). No exceptions!

Click for details and instructions on submitting your story. To be informed when new contests are launched, subscribe to our free, short, monthly newsletter. On The Premises magazine is recognized in Duotrope, Writer’s Market, Ralan.com, and other short story marketing resources.

Visit the website:  http://onthepremises.com/current-contest/

 

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2016

13 June 2016

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’s 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 17, 2016

All contest winners will be announced on October 9, 2016

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

Christopher Fielden’s Annual Short Story Competition

8 June 2016

A Humorous Writing Contest – Deadline: July 31, 2016

Quick links on this page:

prizeskey datesruleshow to enterterms & conditionsextra details

2015 results2016 competition now open

The 2016 To Hull & Back Competition

Welcome!

The third ‘To Hull & Back’ Short Story Competition is an annual short story contest with a humorous twist that celebrates the most imaginative and amazing short stories from writers all over the world. Some highly prestigious writing contests offer huge cash prizes – Writers of the Future award a top prize of $5,000, the BBC award £15,000 and the Sunday Times give a whopping £30,000 to their winner. What can you win by entering this competition that contends with these short story prize giving heavyweights? THE most amazing, innovative and sought after writing prize on the planet! Forget the Pulitzer. THIS is the badger*.

Admittedly, I may have slipped into sales-pitch-chaos-mayhem-overdrive-mode whilst writing the first paragraph, but I firmly believe that I can live up to expectation. See if you agree.

Prizes:

If you’re selected as a winner:

You Will Win Cash

1st Prize: £1,000

2nd Prize: £150

3rd Prize: £75

But it doesn’t end there, my fine writing friends, oh no, not by a LONG shot.

You Will Be Published

All winners and short listed entries will be published in the To Hull & Back Short Story Anthology. This will be available as a professionally published, printed book and as a Kindle download. The book will have an ISBN number.

If you’re published in the book, a writer’s profile will appear alongside your story and on my website. This will consist of a delightful picture of you, a short bio telling readers all about how amazing you are and details of your website, if you have one.

In addition to this, an author interview with the winner will be published alongside their story.

And there’s more…

You Will Win the Most Awesomely Awesome in its Awesomeness Writing Prize in the Known Macrocosm

This is the bit that will send tingles down your spine. Joy will ravage your very being and you will feel compelled to dance naked for no reason, no matter where you might be. I guarantee it**.

The winner will be taken to Hell Hull and back.

Allow me to explain.

The winner’s face will appear on the front cover of the To Hull & Back Anthology. They will be depicted riding a flaming motorcycle and holding a quill of wrath. Each year, the cover will be unique and created by a different artist.

Hull is a city in the UK that sounds (and looks) like somewhere else reported to be rather unpleasant, fiery and obsessed with eternal damnation. I dwell in the fair city of Bristol. I will ride the book to Hull. And back.

OK. So now you have to enter, right? Before doing so, PLEASE read the rules and terms and conditions. If you don’t abide by the rules, you may be disqualified.

I’ve been involved with administrating other competitions. The number of stories that are disqualified because writers can’t be bothered to read the rules is staggering. One year, 40% of entries were disqualified for sending in stories that did not obey the rules. PLEASE READ THE RULES AND TERMS AND CONDITIONS THOROUGHLY BEFORE ENTERING.

Key Dates

The competition closes to entries 11.59pm GMT (Greenwich meantime, the time in London, UK) on 31st July 2016*. The competition is run annually, so stories received after this deadline will be entered into next year’s competition, which opens immediately after the current contest closes.

The shortlist will be announced on this website by 19th September 2016.

Winners will be contacted by email or telephone by 30th September 2016 and announced on this website, celebrated and generally adored by 1st October 2016.

Prize money will be paid to winners via PayPal in October 2016.

The ‘To Hull and Back Anthology’ will be released on 31st October 2016. ‘Hulloween’ seemed like an appropriate launch date…

The winner’s book will be taken to Hull and back during spring 2017 (usually around March/April), weather permitting. Shortly afterwards the winner’s copy of the anthology will be delivered to them and the video of the book’s journey will be made available on YouTube and this website.

* Previous competitions have closed on the 31st August. Due to the large volume of entries received in the most recent competition, the contest will now close in July to allow more time to read entries and compile the shortlist.

Visit the website for complete guidelines on how to enter:

http://www.christopherfielden.com/short-story-competition/

9 Magazines with Contests and Deadlines This Month

7 June 2016

Electric Literature Opens For Essays

We love Electric Literature for all its offerings: stories, essays, news, and op-eds, and now you have a chance to submit to them directly. From the website: “We’re particularly interested in pieces that examine the intersection of the literary world and other creative disciplines: film, fine art, music, video games, architecture–you name it.” Payment is $50. Submit to Electric Literature here.
Submission fee: No Fee. Deadline: Not listed.

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Southern Indiana Review Nonfiction Award

Southern Indiana Review awards $2000 and publication to the best piece of nonfiction submitted by June 1st. Entries up to 35 pages double-spaced must be postmarked by the deadline. Michael Martone will select the winning entry. Full details on the Southern Indiana Review Award can be found here.
Submission fee: $20 ($5 for every additional entry) Deadline: June 1, 2016

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Mslexia Women’s Poetry Award

Poets, this one’s for you! Mslexia is committed to nurturing women’s poetry with some excellent prizes including £2,000, a retreat at the beautiful Cove Park, and a mentoring session with The Poetry Review editor. Full details on the Mslexia Poetry Award can be found here.
Submission fee: £7 up to three poems Deadline: June 13, 2016

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American Short Fiction Contest – Extended Deadline!

Victor LaValle is judging American Short Fiction’s contest this year, which awards $1000 and publication to the winning story. Note the extended deadline to June 15. Submit between 2000 – 6500 to be considered. Full contest details here.
Submission fee: $20 for each category –  Deadline: June 15, 2016

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december Magazine Curt Johnson Prose Awards

Anthony Marra and Eula Biss will select the winner of december magazine’s 2016 Curt Johnson Prose awards in fiction and nonfiction, respectively. Writers in each category can submit up to 8000 words for consideration. $1500 to the winner in each category and $500 to honorable mentions. Submit todecember magazine here.
Submission fee: $20 for each category –  Deadline: June 15, 2016

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New Rivers Press American Fiction Short Story Award

New Rivers Press will publish no more than twenty stories in its sixteenth anthology volume, which recognizes short fiction by emerging writers. $1750 will be awarded in prizes along with national publication and distribution, author discount, and complimentary copies. 10,000 word count. Submit here.
Submission fee: $17 – Deadline: June 15, 2016

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New American Press Fiction Prize

Full-length manuscripts welcome! Up to 100 pages will be considered. Winners will receive $1000, publication contract, and contributors copies. This year’s prize is judged by Gina Frangell. Full submission details can be found here. Note the extended deadline!
Submission fee: $17  – Deadline: June 24, 2016

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The Moth International Short Story Prize

Judged this year by John Boyne, The Moth awards £3000 and publication to the best piece of fiction under 6000 words, open to anyone. Second and third place prizes include £1000 and enrollment in the Circle of Misse writing retreat. Full submission details here.
Submission fee: $12 for each category –  Deadline: June 30, 2016

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Autumn House Literary Prizes

The Autumn House Contests award publication of full-length manuscripts in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, selected by three judges. Each winner also receives $2,500 ($1,000 advance against royalties and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote the book). Submit by mail or online via the Autumn House submission manager.
Submission fee: $30 for each category –  Deadline: June 30, 2016

The Dalhousie Review Short Story Contest

7 June 2016

The Dalhousie Review, one of Atlantic Canada’s longest-running literary journals, announces its 3rd annual short story contest. This year’s judge is Marina Endicott, award-winning author of Good to a Fault (2008),The Little Shadows (2011) and Close to Hugh (2015). All entrants will receive a one-year subscription, and winners will receive cash prizes ($750 for first place, $250 for second place) and see their work published in the autumn 2016 issue.

Fee: $25 for Canadian entries; $30 for U.S. and overseas entries

Maximum length: 3000 words

Submission guidelines: send .doc or .pdf files to dalhousie.review@dal.ca and send payments (cheque or money order) to Dalhousie Review, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2

Postmark deadline: September 5, 2016

For more information, please contact dalhousie.review@dal.ca or visit our website at: dalhousiereview.dal.ca.