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WOW! Women On Writing Winter 2020 Flash Fiction Contest

9 January 2020

WOW! Women On Writing Winter 2020 Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline: February 29, 2020

Guest Judge: Literary Agent Marlo Berliner with the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

Seeking short fiction of any genre between 250 – 750 words. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants.

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

Limit: 300 entries.

Prizes (20 winners!):
1st Place: $400, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
3rd Place: $200, publication, interview and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication and interview
10 Honorable mentions receive $20 Amazon Gift Card
Top 10 stories are published in the WOW! Women On Writing e-zine, and contestants are interviewed on WOW’s blog, The Muffin.

Entry: $10 entry fee; critique option for an additional $10

Visit the website:
https://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php

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

5 January 2020

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

Essay Contest

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

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

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

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

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

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

Judges: 2020 Judges to be announced soon!

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

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

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

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Short Story Contest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

5 January 2020

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

Please submit until April 30, 2020

Prizes:

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

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

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

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest

5 January 2020

WELCOME TO THE WRITERS OF THE FUTURE

Deadline: March 31, 2020

The most enduring and influential contest in the history of SF and Fantasy

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest is an opportunity for new writers of science fiction and fantasy to have their work judged by some of the masters in the field and discovered by a wide audience.

No entry fee is required and entrants retain all publication rights.

Entries in the Writers of the Future Contest are adjudicated only by professional writers. Prizes of $1000, $750 and $500 are awarded every three months. From the four quarterly 1st Place winners each year, a panel of judges select one story as the grand prize winner. The writer of the grand-prize-winning story receives the L. Ron Hubbard Golden Pen Award and an additional $5000 cash prize.

  • PRIZES EACH QUARTER: $1000, $750, $500
  • QUARTERLY 1st PLACE WINNERS COMPETE FOR $5000 ADDITIONAL ANNUAL PRIZE
  • OPEN TO NEW AND AMATEUR SCI-FI & FANTASY WRITERS
  • ALL JUDGING DONE BY PROFESSIONAL WRITERS ONLY
  • NO ENTRY FEE IS REQUIRED
  • ENTRANTS RETAIN ALL PUBLICATION RIGHTS
  1. No entry fee is required, and all rights in the story remain the property of the author. All types of science fiction, fantasy and dark fantasy are welcome.
  2. By submitting to the Contest, the entrant agrees to abide by all Contest rules.
  3. All entries must be original works by the entrant, in English. Plagiarism, which includes the use of third-party poetry, song lyrics, characters or another person’s universe, without written permission, will result in disqualification. Excessive violence or sex, determined by the judges, will result in disqualification. Entries may not have been previously published in professional media.
  4. To be eligible, entries must be works of prose, up to 17,000 words in length. We regret we cannot consider poetry, or works intended for children.
  5. The Contest is open only to those who have not professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium. Professional publication is deemed to be payment of at least eight cents per word, and at least 5,000 copies, or 5,000 hits.
  6. Entries submitted in hard copy must be typewritten or a computer printout in black ink on white paper, printed only on the front of the paper, double-spaced, with numbered pages. All other formats will be disqualified. Each entry must have a cover page with the title of the work, the author’s legal name, a pen name if applicable, address, telephone number, e-mail address and an approximate word count. Every subsequent page must carry the title and a page number, but the author’s name must be deleted to facilitate fair, anonymous judging. Entries submitted electronically must be double-spaced and must include the title and page number on each page, but not the author’s name. Electronic submissions will separately include the author’s legal name, pen name if applicable, address, telephone number, e-mail address and approximate word count.
  7. Manuscripts will be returned after judging only if the author has provided return postage on a self-addressed envelope.
  8. We accept only entries that do not require a delivery signature for us to receive them.
  9. There shall be three cash prizes in each quarter: a First Prize of $1,000, a Second Prize of $750, and a Third Prize of $500, in US dollars. In addition, at the end of the year the first place winners will have their entries judged by a panel of judges, and a Grand Prize winner shall be determined and receive an additional $5,000. All winners will also receive trophies.
  10. The Contest has four quarters, beginning on October 1, January 1, April 1 and July 1. The year will end on September 30. To be eligible for judging in its quarter, an entry must be postmarked or received electronically no later than midnight on the last day of the quarter. Late entries will be included in the following quarter and the Contest Administration will so notify the entrant.
  11. Each entrant may submit only one manuscript per quarter. Winners are ineligible to make further entries in the Contest.
  12. All entries for each quarter are final. No revisions are accepted.
  13. Entries will be judged by professional authors. The decisions of the judges are entirely their own and are final and binding.
  14. Winners in each quarter will be individually notified of the results by phone, mail or e-mail.
  15. This Contest is void where prohibited by law.
  16. To send your entry electronically, go to: writersofthefuture.com/enter-writer-contest and follow the instructions.

To send your entry in hard copy, mail it to:
L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest
7051 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90028

Visit the website for details: https://www.writersofthefuture.com/enter-writer-contest/

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

5 December 2019

Deadline: December 28, 2019 – 11:59 PM

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

Guidelines:

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

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

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Prizes:

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

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

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

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

Mail to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

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

 

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

Jacobs/Jones African-American Literary Prize

5 December 2019

Deadline

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Categories

Entry Fees

$20 ($10 NCWN members)

Prizes

$1,000 and possible publication of the winning entry in The Carolina Quarterly.

Description

The Jacobs/Jones African-American Literary Prize honors Harriet Jacobs and Thomas Jones, two pioneering African-American writers from North Carolina, and seeks to convey the rich and varied existence of Black North Carolinians. The contest, sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network, is administered by the Creative Writing Program at UNC-Chapel Hill. Entries may be fiction or creative nonfiction, but must be unpublished, no more than 3,000 words, and concerned with the lives and experiences of North Carolina African-Americans. Entries may be excerpts from longer works, but must be self-contained. Entries will be judged on literary merit.

Contact Information

Submit online: https://ncwriters.submittable.com/submit

Or

Submit by USPS:

Jacobs/Jones African-American Literary Prize
UNC Creative Writing Program
Attn: Anita Braxton
Greenlaw Hall, CB#3520
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3520

Visit the website:

www.ncwriters.org

Last Call for Entries! The Booksie 2019 Short Story Contest

15 November 2019

The Booksie 2019 Short Story Contest 

$9.95 ENTRY FEE. 

Deadline: November 29, 2019

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

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

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

How to enter:

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

ServiceScape Short Story Award 2019

17 October 2019

DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 29, 2019 (CST)

Calling all short story writers: Are you a short story writer interested in gaining more exposure and a bigger audience for your creative work? Would an extra $1,000.00 USD in your pocket be a great thing right now?

If so, our ServiceScape Short Story Award is the perfect way to achieve both. For this award, any genre or theme of a short story is accepted. All applicants should submit their original unpublished work of short fiction or nonfiction, 5,000 words or fewer, to be considered. Along with receiving an award for $1,000.00 USD, the winner will have his or her short story featured within our blog, which reaches thousands of readers per month. Rules and exclusions apply.

View the winners from previous years

Terms and Conditions: (No Entry Fee)

  • All submitted entries must be original, unpublished works of short fiction or nonfiction, up to 5,000 words in length. The winner retains full rights to his or her submitted piece. We require only that the winning short story be published online first in a permanent blog post on the ServiceScape.com site. The winner retains all other copyright, publishing, and reprint rights and ownership of the story. He or she retains the right to publish his or her work elsewhere and at any time without restriction after the competition is over, as long as the winning short story can remain published on the ServiceScape.com blog as well.
  • In order to qualify as a contest participant, a person must successfully submit the application form below and must be at least 18 years old. ServiceScape is not responsible for any situation that constitutes an application form submission failure, including technical malfunctions experienced by the form submitter or by ServiceScape. ServiceScape employees and/or their immediate family and household members are not eligible to be contest participants. There is no purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law.
  • Each contest participant can enter only once.
  • Contest participants’ application form submissions must be written in English.
  • The contest starts on ends on .
  • Contest participants will be judged on their quality of writing. All decisions are final. Non-winning entries will be discarded after the winner has been chosen and the contest participants will retain all the rights to their submitted work.
  • The potential winner will be notified via email in December 2019. The potential winner must send a headshot photograph within 10 days of the prize notification. The potential winner must also sign and return an affidavit of eligibility, a liability release, and a publicity release (where legal) within 10 days of the prize notification. If the potential winner does not deliver these required items within the specified time period or if the potential winner cannot be contacted for any reason, the prize will be forfeited and an alternate potential winner will be selected. If all required items are delivered within 10 days of the prize notification, the potential winner will be considered the winner of the contest.
  • The winner of the contest will be awarded $1,000.00 USD, payable by check and mailed within 4 weeks. The prize is non-transferable. All federal, state, and local taxes imposed on the acceptance of a prize are solely the responsibility of the winner. The winner’s name, headshot photograph, and writing will be featured within the ServiceScape blog soon thereafter.
  • ServiceScape Incorporated reserves the right to modify or terminate this contest at any time without prior notice.

How to enter, visit: https://www.servicescape.com/short-story-award

Fresh.Ink Writing Contest

17 October 2019

fresh.ink is a new, free way to get connected with beta readers

Ahead of our launch, we’re hosting a writing contest with $7,500 of prizes available across 4 fiction categories: Short-story, novelette, novella, and novel.

We know there are a lot of contests out there, so we want to be transparent and make sure you understand your rights, how your work is judged and what winning involves.

There is one 1st place prize per each of the following categories:

fiShort-story — $1,000 Under 7,500 words

fiNovelette — $1,500 From 7,500 to 17,499 words

fiNovella — $2,000 From 17,500 to 39,999 words

fiNovel — $3,000 40,000 words and over

Why We’re Doing It

We’re launching software that connects authors with beta readers to get early feedback on their fiction work. This competition is a way for us to launch our service and allow authors to try it out while we’re still in beta mode. Our goal is to give you a chance to share your work with beta readers without having to self-promote. We’re not an agency or publisher, and don’t help you to promote your work to those companies. We’re about connecting you to beta readers – for free.

Our prizes are monetary, we’re not a literary agency or publisher and don’t offer publishing deals.

Deadline:

Submissions are due by December 1st, 2019 at midnight EST. Winners will be notified on February 3rd, 2020. On that date, the writing in each category with the highest score will win the prize for that category. In the rare instance that more than one piece of work achieves the highest score, prize money will be split equally.

To qualify for scoring and winning:

Work must not have been withdrawn prior to December 1st, 2019

Work must have at least 10 completed reader ratings (so submit soon!)

NO ENTRY FEES!

It’s free to enter, and we promise there are no hidden costs or follow up solicitations. We don’t charge authors, ever. And we never spam.

There are no hidden fees, promotional offers, advertisements, or any other nonsense. Writer’s won’t pay a penny, nor are we trying to sell anything to authors.

Published Work

You’re free to submit already-published stories to our contest, we don’t require any form of exclusivity or claim any rights.

Self-Promotion

The software is designed to give you real, honest feedback. We match your work with readers for you, which means you won’t be able to self-promote or share your work with family and friends for more points. This way, we can ensure everyone has a fair shot. This isn’t an author popularity contest, it’s all about your writing.

How the Contest Works

fresh.ink is a platform that will connect your writing to highly targeted beta readers for ratings, engagement analytics, and valuable feedback. Our judging process works the same way. Rather than using a small team of editors to decide, we’ll match your work with a subset of readers on our fresh.ink mobile reading app. Each reader will see the title and description of a few dozen contest entries, and can choose one of these entries to begin reading. We measure the following metrics and share them with you:

fiImpressions – how many matched readers saw your title and description

fiOpens – number of readers who opened your piece and began reading

fiCompletions – number of readers who finished your writing

fiRating – star rating out of 5

fiStructured feedback – we also ask readers to complete some beta-reader questions about what they enjoyed, disliked, found confusing etc. This isn’t used in the contest, it’s just for you.

We want to be very transparent, and our scoring formula is a little nuanced, so the fresh.ink author’s dashboard shows a live real-time view of your score and position throughout the contest. Here’s how we calculate the winning scores:

Entrants are scored out of 300:

fiYour average “choose” rate Eg 10% (10 points)

fiYour average completion rate Eg 50% (50 points)

fiYour average star rating, multiplied by 20 Eg 4.22 stars (4.22 * 20 = 84.4 points)

10 + 50 + 84.4 = 144.4 points.

Submissions are due by December 1st, 2019 at midnight EST. Winners will be notified on February 3rd, 2020. On that date, the writing in each category with the highest score will win the prize for that category. In the rare instance that more than one piece of work achieves the highest score, prize money will be split equally.

To qualify for scoring and winning:

Work must not have been withdrawn prior to December 1st, 2019

Work must have at least 10 completed reader ratings (so submit soon!)

Application Process

We use an application process to ensure high-quality writing for our readers. You’ll be notified as soon as a decision is made. We’ll do our best to provide feedback, but in the cases where we reject work, it’s because we don’t think we’ll have enough readers that are interested in your genre, topic or writing style.

fresh.ink maintains a community of beta readers by ensuring they are consistently matched with high-quality, relevant and unique writing. If we analyze your work and don’t think we can find enough readers to match it to, we’ll not be able to accept your entry. This shouldn’t be taken as a reflection on your writing, but rather a mismatch between fresh.ink’s reader demographics and your target audience.

Fanfiction

Sorry, but we don’t accept fanfiction or other derivative work (unless you own the rights to the original).

Who Can Enter

You must be 18 years or older and own the rights to the work you’re submitting. Although we don’t require you to reside in the United States, winners will be paid via ACH bank transfer or check (depending on your preference) in US dollars. Please make sure you can accept at least one of those two options before applying.

Languages

We require all submissions to be in US English at this time. We hope to localize later!

Multiple Submissions

You may submit as many times as you like, as long as each submission is a distinct piece of work. fresh.ink can spot even subtle duplicates!

Rights

fresh.ink makes no claims to any rights over your work, even if you win.

fresh.ink never makes your work searchable (either publicly on search engines such as Google, or within fresh.ink), readers must always be logged in and they can’t see work that they weren’t explicitly matched with. You can also opt in to take full control of who gets access to your work, approve any readers before they can open your story and limit how many readers can read your work. And of course, you can instantly withdraw and delete your work at any time via your fresh.ink dashboard and we’ll stop matching it to new readers, remove it from existing matched readers, and give any readers that are currently reading 90 days to finish before deleting it from their device automatically.

Editing

Our platform does perform some light editing to your work. These fall into two categories:

fiFormatting changes to support the mobile reading app.

fiFixing spelling and grammar issues we identify. You are granted full rights on all edits we make, and you’ll be asked to approve any changes.

How Do We Make Money?

This is phase 1 of building our author reader matching platform – we want to change the way authors get feedback and iterate those critical final drafts. Our vision beyond phase 1 involves playing a hand in connecting authors with legitimate, reputable literary agents, and helping authors opting for the self-publishing route to monetize their work. But right now we’re heads down on building the best possible feedback platform for authors and readers alike.

Can I Keep the Feedback?

Yes. Any feedback you receive from readers is yours – and it’s valuable stuff!

HOW TO ENTER, VISIT: https://fresh.ink/#how

 

 

Last call: PEN/Faulkner Foundation: Award For Fiction

17 October 2019

PEN/Faulkner Foundation: Award For Fiction

This year’s judges are getting ready to read the novels, novellas, and collections of short stories and to choose next year’s winner and finalists.

A prize of $15,000 is given annually for a book of fiction published during the current year. Four finalists will each receive $5,000. The winner and finalists will also be invited to read in Washington, D.C., in May 2020. Submit five copies (or bound galleys) of a short story collection, novella, or novel published in 2019 by October 31. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Our submission guidelines are as follows:

  • Books must be published in 2019.
  • Authors must be living American permanent residents.
  • Books must be published by a commercial, academic, or small press. No self-published books are accepted.
  • There are no submission fees or application forms.
  • Bound proofs are eligible for submission for books that will be published in November or December of 2019.
  • All submissions must be postmarked by October 31, 2019.

Please send FIVE copies of each book to the following address for forwarding to the judges. You are invited to send as many shipments as you like, and you are encouraged to send available books as soon as possible.

PEN/Faulkner Award Submissions
641 S Street NW
3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20001

The award was founded by members of the international writers’ organization PEN and is now governed by an independent foundation board. The budget for the award and its administration is funded by gifts and grants. We are always grateful for support of the award and of other PEN/Faulkner programs.

The winning writer and four finalists are honored at a ceremony held in Washington, DC in May 2020. To browse a list of past winners and finalists, click here.

If you have any questions regarding the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, please send them to Shahenda Helmy, our Programs & Logistics Director, at shahenda@penfaulkner.org.

Visit the website: https://www.penfaulkner.org/award-for-fiction/submission-guidelines/

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

17 October 2019
  • Award Amount: $1,000 to $10,000 scholarships
  • Deadline: Varies
  • Fee: $5 for single entry, $20 for portfolio

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards celebrate art by students in grades seven through twelve on a regional and national scale. These awards have a huge number of categories and styles, including cash prizes or scholarships for some distinguished award winners. Categories include science-fiction and fantasy writing, humor, critical essays, and dramatic scripts, among others.

Deadlines vary by region, so use Scholastic’s Affiliate Partner search to find out when projects are due for your area.

Scholastic partners with other organizations to provide prizes to winners, so what you can win depends on what you enter and what competition level you reach. Gold medal portfolio winners can earn a $10,000 scholarship, and silver medal winners with distinction can earn a $1,000 scholarship, as well as many other options in different categories.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are open to private, public, or home-schooled students attending school in the US, Canada, or American schools in other countries. Students must be in grades seven through twelve to participate. Eligibility varies between regions, so consult Scholastic’s Affiliate Partner search tool to figure out what applies to you.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards have a $5 entry fee for individual submissions and $20 for portfolio submissions, which may be waived for students in need. These fees may vary depending on location, so be sure to check your local guidelines.

Visit the website: https://blog.prepscholar.com/writing-contests-for-high-school-students

Last call for entries! – 11th annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Prize

30 August 2019

11th annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Prize

First Prize: $1,000
Second Prize: $100
Four Honorable Mentions: $25 each
Entry fee: $6

Deadline: August 31, 2019

Maximum length: 1,000 words

All six finalists will be published online in the October 2019 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, writing style or genre. No themes or prompts. Simply send your best, most original short-short story. 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/flashcomp.html to read any of the five dozen previous winners and finalists and see the diverse material we have published. We look forward to reading your work!

How to enter, visit: http://gemini-magazine.com/flashcomp.html

The Booksie 2019 Short Story Contest

9 August 2019

The Booksie 2019 Short Story Contest 

$9.95 ENTRY FEE. 

Deadline: November 29, 2019. 

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

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

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

How to enter:

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

The Hershey Story History Contest for Young Writers

11 July 2019

The Hershey Story offers this writing contest as a way to encourage students to communicate their interest in and knowledge of history in a creative and coherent manner. Awards are presented in support and acknowledgement of students’ efforts and for public recognition of their success.

Entry Information

Entries must be submitted on The Hershey Story’s website.

Contest Opening Date and Deadline

Students may submit History Contest entries beginning November 1, 2019.

Eligibility

Any student enrolled in public, private or home school, grades 5 through 8, in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry or York County is eligible to submit one entry to the contest.

Entries must be the work of one individual student.

Each entry must be the original work of the contest entrant, but may also have been submitted as an assigned school project as long as it fulfills the requirements below.

Age Division

  • Grades 5 and 6, Junior
  • Grades 7 and 8, Senior

We suggest that entrants use the MLA format. For guidance, consult a website such as www.easybib.com (Please note that not all bibliography formatting may be preserved during the online submission process.)

Categories

Students may submit an entry in one of the following categories:

  • Non-fiction: An essay about a historical event, era or person(s). The entry must include an explanation of the student’s personal interest in the chosen topic. For example, the student may include examples of personal experiences that influenced the choice of topic, or books, classroom activities, or travel experiences that sparked the student’s interest.
  • Fiction: A piece of creative writing, such as a fictional diary or story, about a historical event, era or person(s).
  • Poetry: A poem about a historical event, era or person(s).
  • Science/Health: A non-fiction essay about a historical science or health-related event, era or person(s). The entry must include an explanation of the student’s personal interest in the chosen topic. For example, the student may include examples of personal experiences that influenced the choice of topic, or books, classroom activities, or travel experiences that sparked the student’s interest.

Length

Essay entries must be at least 400 words but no more than 1000 words. Poems must be at least 35 lines but no more than 100 lines.

Format

Please indicate paragraphs by either indenting the first line or adding an extra line between paragraphs. The form will allow the use of bold and italics. The entry form will strip any special characters or fonts that are used when the entry is submitted online.

Student & School Information

To complete the entry form, the following information is required. Please assemble required information before beginning the entry process.

  • Title of Entry
  • Category (Non-fiction, Fiction, Poetry, Science/Health)
  • Name of Contest Entrant
  • Home Address
  • Parent’s Email
  • Home Phone Number
  • Age
  • Grade
  • School
  • Teacher’s Name
  • Teacher’s Email

Bibliography

A bibliography must be included with each entry (including poetry). The bibliography is not included in the word count. A least two (2) of the following types of sources must be cited:

  • Book
  • Magazine/Journal article
  • Interview (oral or video)
  • Internet (please include complete URL)

Students must use at least one source that is not from the Internet.

Judging

Entries will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Evidence of an understanding of the historical context surrounding the event, era, or person(s) discussed in the entry
  • Historical accuracy
  • Clarity and coherence
  • Creativity and imagination in the choice of subject and presentation.
  • Grammar, spelling and compositional structure

Judging Committee

The judging panel includes historians, educators and other community leaders who are not employed by The Hershey Story. The decisions of the judges are final.

Awards

Eight (8) first place and eight (8) second place awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Grades 5/6: Non-Fiction
  • Grades 5/6 Fiction
  • Grades 5/6 Poetry
  • Grades 5/6 Science/Health
  • Grades 7/8: Non-Fiction
  • Grades 7/8: Fiction
  • Grades 7/8: Poetry
  • Grades 7/8: Science/Health

1st place winners receive:

  • 1st place certificate
  • $100
  • One year family membership to The Hershey Story Museum
  • Hershey’s Chocolate gift basket and 30 Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars to share with winner’s class (donated by The Hershey Company)
  • Two 1-day tickets to Hersheypark (donated by Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company)

2nd place winners receive:

  • 2nd place certificate
  • One year family membership to The Hershey Story Museum
  • Two 1-day tickets to Hersheypark (donated by Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company)
  • A 1 lb Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bar (donated by The Hershey Company)

First place winners will be notified by April 3, 2019 and will be recognized at The Hershey Story Business Breakfast to be held on Thursday, April 25, 2019.  Second place and honorable mention students will be notified by May 10, 2019.

Publication

By entering the contest, participants grant permission to The Hershey Story to publish winning entries and/or winners’ names and photographs for publicity purposes.

The Hershey Story – Background

The Hershey Story is a non-profit educational institution founded in 1933 by Milton S. Hershey. He believed in providing educational and cultural opportunities for Hershey residents and the Central Pennsylvania region. In keeping with Mr. Hershey’s philosophy, the museum is dedicated to helping people of all ages understand and enjoy many aspects of history.

For Further Information
Contact Susan Hetrick, Public Programs Supervisor @ 717-520-5587 or email SMHetrick@HersheyStory.org.

Enter the History Contest for Young Writers here.

View the Winning Entries from the 2018-2019 History Contest for Young Writers Here

The Hershey Story is a non-profit educational institution founded in 1933 by Milton S. Hershey who believed in providing educational and cultural opportunities for the people of Hershey and the Central Pennsylvania region. In keeping with Mr. Hershey’s philosophy, The Hershey Story is dedicated to helping people of all ages understand and enjoy many aspects of history.

Last call for entries! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest

2 May 2019

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who enjoys expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry or writing a story that’s worth telling everyone! 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 or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries, short screenplays, and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or legibly hand printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: May 31, 2019

All winners will be announced on June 30, 2019

Prizes(USD):

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

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

Entry fees(USD): $5 per poem, $10 per story

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

Mail to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

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

 

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

Salamander Magazine Fiction Contest 2019

2 May 2019

 DEADLINE: JUNE 3, 2019

 

Salamander magazine will award cash prizes of $1,000 and $500 plus publication for the two best fiction stories. All entries will be considered for publication. All entries will be considered anonymously. Send no more than one story per entry. Each story must not exceed 30 double-spaced pages in 12 point font. Multiple entries are acceptable, provided that a separate reading fee is included with each entry. Contest reading fee includes a one-year subscription. There is a reading fee of $15, and all contest results will be posted on salamandermag.org by August 1, 2019.

 

Judge: Wayétu Moore

Wayétu Moore is the author of She Would Be King, published by Graywolf Press in 2018. She is the founder of One Moore Booka non-profit publisher of culturally relevant children’s books. Her writing can be found in The Paris Review, Frieze Magazine, Guernica, The Atlantic Magazine and other publications.  Moore is an Africana Studies lecturer at City University of New York’s John Jay College, and founding faculty member of the Randolph College MFA program. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

 

Submit Entries Online (salamandermag.org/contests) or by Mail to:
2019 Fiction Prize
Salamander/Suffolk University English Dept.
8 Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108

 

Visit the website for details: http://salamandermag.org/contests/

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

10 April 2019

Our Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest will award $2,000 for the best story and $2,000 for the best essay, and the top winners will receive prominent exposure on our home page. For this contest, a story is any short work of fiction, and an essay is any short work of nonfiction. Enter by April 30, 2019.

Key contest information:
  • Final judge: Dennis Norris II
  • 12 cash prizes totaling $5,000
  • All 12 winning entries published on our website
  • Entry fee: $20 per entry
  • Enter online using Submittable
  • Length limit: 6,000 words per entry
  • Subject: Any
  • Multiple entries OK? Yes
  • Previously published work OK? Yes
  • Writers from all countries eligible
  • See past winning entries with judges’ remarks
  • Read Duotrope’s interview with Winning Writers editor Jendi Reiter about this contest

 

CLICK HERE TO ENTER ONLINE VIA SUBMITTABLES

 

Prefer to enter by mail? 

If you are using a mobile device, or are otherwise having difficulty using our online entry system, you may mail your entry to:

Winning Writers
Attn: Fiction & Essay Contest
351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222
Northampton, MA 01060-3961
USA

Please include a check or money order for $20 payable to Winning Writers, and note your email address and phone number with your payment. You may mail multiple submissions in a single envelope with one combined payment. Please send US funds drawn on a US bank, or send your fee as US currency.
Postmark your Entry by April 30, 2019.
Click on the link below to visit the website:
https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/tom-howard-john-h-reid-fiction-essay-contest?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=190410a%20Tom%20Story&utm_content=190410a%20Tom%20Story+Version+A+CID_bd538760260a65a7a1e6a6b36e8d6613&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=Dennis%20Norris%20II%20is%20the%20final%20judge%20of%20our%20Fiction%20%20Essay%20Contest

ServiceScape Short Story Writing Contest 2019

30 March 2019

For this writing award, any genre or theme of short story is accepted.

All applicants should submit their original, unpublished work of short fiction or nonfiction, up to 5,000 words.

Deadline: November 30, 2019

Along with receiving an award for $1,000.00 USD,

the winner will have his or her short story featured within our blog,

which reaches thousands of readers per month.

You can find more information on our free short story writing contest at https://www.servicescape.com/short-story-award.

 

Last year’s ServiceScape Short Story Award winner can be found here:

https://www.servicescape.com/blog/announcing-the-winner-of-the-2018-servicescape-short-story-award

Last call for entries! Gemini Magazine 10th Annual Short Story Contest

29 March 2019

Gemini Magazine 10th Annual Short Story Contest

– First prize: $5,000
– Second prize: $250
– Honorable mentions (3): $50 each
– Entry fee: $10

– Deadline: April 1

We are open to any subject, style, genre or length. Send your best, most powerful, unpublished work by email or snail mail. All five finalists will be published online in the June/July 2019 issue of Gemini. Both new and experienced writers have won our contests. All entries are read blind so everyone gets an equal chance. Last year’s winner, “Bedlam” by George Harrar, featured a psych ward nurse dealing with traumatic issues of her own. Other winners have addressed such topics as prostitution, a sex-less future society, and the Troubles of Northern Ireland. Read more than 40 winners/finalists online.

Enter at www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html

Hamlin Garland Award for the Short Story

26 November 2018

Deadline

Monday, December 10, 2018

Entry Fees

A reading fee of $20 must accompany each entry. Please make checks payable to Beloit Fiction Journal or pay entry fee through Submittable.

Prizes

$2,000 and publication in the Beloit Fiction Journal

Description

Entries must be works of fiction of 7,000 words or less. The judge for this year’s contest is Bonnie Nadzam, author of Lions: A Novel.

“Established 1985, the Beloit Fiction Journal publishes the best in contemporary short fiction. Traditional and experimental narratives find a home in our pages. We publish new writers alongside established writers. Our fiction-only format allows us to consider very long as well as very short stories. We occasionally publish excerpts.”

Contact Information

Send entries and self-addressed, stamped envelope to:

Chris Fink, editor

Beloit Fiction Journal

Beloit College

700 College Street

Beloit, WI, 53511

Alternatively, entries may be submitted electronically via Submittable ( https://beloitfictionjournal.submittable.com/submit ).

Please email bfj@beloit.edu or visit https://www.beloit.edu/bfj/garland/ with any questions.

Website:

https://www.beloit.edu/bfj/

Last Call for Entries! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2018

28 October 2018

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. Genres: 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.

Extended Postmarked deadline: October 29, 2018

All contest winners will be announced on November 30, 2018

Prizes:

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

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

Entry fees:

$10 per story, $5 per poem.

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

Mail to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

 

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

 

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

ServiceScape Short Story Award 2018

29 April 2018

Deadline: November 29, 2018 – CST

ServiceScape Short Story Award 2018.

This is a free-to-enter writing contest.

For this writing award, any genre or theme of short story is accepted.

All applicants should submit their original unpublished work

of short fiction or nonfiction, up to 5,000 words.

Along with receiving an award for $1,000.00 USD,

the winner will have his or her short story featured within our blog,

which reaches thousands of readers per month.

You can find more information on our short story writing contest

at https://www.servicescape.com/short-story-award.

“We shall arrive soon” near-future science fiction contest

9 April 2018

“We shall arrive soon” near-future science fiction contest

As part of True North 2018, we are inviting submissions of original near-future fiction of 1,000 words or less on the theme “We shall arrive soon”.

We invite authors to imagine how technology will affect our lives in the coming decades. We want you to explore how technology may be used to improve human well-being, contribute to healthier and safer communities and bring about innovations that benefit us all. We also want you to examine how technology could be misused, or applied in ways that have negative impacts on individuals, groups or wider communities. We are looking for stories that depict a complex reality and fit the theme of True North’s vision of tech for good.

The winner will be selected by Erin Bow, physicist turned poet turned science fiction and fantasy author.

What to submit: Original, unpublished fiction of 1,000 words or less

Due date: 25 April 2018

Prizes: First place prize of $1,000, with two runners-up prizes of $250 each (Canadian dollars)

Who can enter: Anyone, anywhere in the world

Entry form and more info:  http://truenorthwaterloo.com/short-story-contest/

The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans

9 April 2018

Submissions for the 2018 contest will open May 1, 2018, and this year’s judge is Brian Turner, author My Life as a Foreign Country.

Deadline: June 1, 2018

This creative writing contest for U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel is hosted by The Iowa Review and made possible by a gift from the family of Jeff Sharlet (1942–69), a Vietnam veteran and antiwar writer and activist. The contest is open to veterans and active duty personnel writing in any genre and about any subject matter.

Prizes: First place: $1,000 plus publication in an issue of The Iowa Review. Second place: $750. Three runners-up: $500 each.

2018 Contest Rules

  • Submit a manuscript in any genre (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction) of up to 20 pages. Prose submissions must be double-spaced. Work must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are fine, assuming you inform us of acceptance elsewhere.
  • The judge will select winners from a group of finalists chosen by Iowa Review editors. All manuscripts, whether selected as finalists or not, are considered for publication.
  • Proof of military service is not required when submitting. (We request documentation only when a writer’s work makes it to the final round of judging.)
  • To submit online, please visit https://iowareview.submittable.com/submit between May 1 and June 1, 2018, and follow the instructions.
  • To submit via mail, please follow these guidelines:
    1. Manuscripts must include a cover page listing your name, address, e-mail address and/or telephone number, and the title of each work, but your name should not appear on the manuscript itself.
    2. Label your envelope as a contest entry and note its genre. For example: “Veterans’ Contest: Fiction.” One entry per envelope. (Note: multiple poems or prose pieces can comprise a single entry if the total number of pages does not exceed 20. For instance, you may submit two short stories of ten pages each in a single envelope, with a single entry fee.)
    3. Enclose a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) for final word on your work. Manuscripts will not be returned.
    4. Postmark submissions by June 1, 2018, and mail to the address below:

The Iowa Review
308 EPB
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

There is no entry fee.

Read Sample Submissions

These were named winner or runners-up in our 2012 Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans contest and were published in our Spring 2013 issue. We announced the winners and runners-up of our 2014 contest the following September (read the announcement); their work appeared in our Spring 2015 issue. For more veterans’ writing, as well as resources for veteran writers, please visit our Veterans’ Writing Gallery.

Eligibility and Conflicts of Interest

Current students, faculty, or staff of the University of Iowa are not eligible to enter the contest.

Work is ineligible to win our contest if it is slated for publication before April 2019, whether in another magazine or as part of a book, or if it has been named the winner or runner-up in any other contest. Please withdraw work from our contest immediately if these conditions apply.

The judge has been instructed not to award the prize to entrants with whom he has had a personal or professional relationship. Despite reading the entries with author names removed, the judge may sometimes be able to guess the identity of the entrant. Even if he can’t tell during the judging process, he has the right to change his decision if it turns out that the entrant is someone with whom there is any appearance of a conflict of interest. Therefore, we advise entrants not to enter the contest if the judge is someone they know personally or have worked with professionally.

Visit the website: https://iowareview.org/veteranswritingcontest

The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans is supported by a 2016 Art Works Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

9 April 2018

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

Welcome to the 26th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $5,000 in prizes.

Deadline: April 30, 2018.

Prizes:

  • STORY: First Prize, $2,000
  • ESSAY: First Prize, $2,000
  • 10 Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each (any category)
  • Top 12 entries published online

For this contest, a story is any short work of fiction, and an essay is any short work of nonfiction. Judge: Dennis Norris II, assisted by Lauren Singer. Please submit as many entries as you like. All themes accepted. Entries may be published or unpublished. Length limit: 6,000 words. No restrictions on age or country. Please click the Submittable button below for full details. Fee: $20 per entry. The results of our 26th annual contest will be announced on October 15, 2018.

How to enter, click here —-> WinningWriters