Posts Tagged ‘Creative Nonfiction Contests’

THE EIGHTH ANNUAL GeminiMAGAZINE SHORT STORY CONTEST

4 March 2017

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Gemini Magazine $1,000 Short Story Prize

FIRST PRIZE: $1,000
SECOND PRIZE: $100
HONORABLE MENTIONS (3): $25 each
Entry fee: $5

Deadline: March 31, 2017

All five finalists will be published online in the June 2017 Issue of Gemini.

We have no rules on content. We are open to ANY subject, writing style, genre or length. Stories must be unpublished but work displayed on personal blogs is eligible.

All entries are read blind—without the authors’ names or any identifying information. We delete this information when forwarding pieces to staff readers so all they see are the title and body of the story. Who can enter? Anyone from around the world. This is our eighth annual short story contest and both new and experienced writers have won the top prize. All three dozen previous winners and finalists may be read online.

PANNING FOR GOLD: HOW THE SELECTION PROCESS WORKS

We get a lot of entries and don’t want to miss any stories that might be potential winners. So here’s how our selection process works: On the first go-round, we break the entries down into two categories: MAYBE and NO. We read each one with an open mind, and if there’s a spark or something that even remotely captures a staff reader’s interest, we put it into the MAYBE pile. For emailed entries, we do this by clicking “Flag for Follow-up.” So what happens if we’re not sure? We click “Mark as Unread” and this entry gets a second chance too.

Snail mailed entries that show promise get a check mark on the back of the envelope. Those that don’t pique our interest get an X. Any undecideds go back into the initial pile for another read. We don’t call this a slush pile. We call it a gold mine.

At last the final story or poem has been read. Now comes the truly fun part because just about any piece we open in the second round will be good. We’re more at ease to enjoy the writing and fall into the world that it creates.

Every single piece that’s been flagged or checked gets another read. If an emailed entry doesn’t make this cut, we clear the flag. If a paper entry doesn’t survive, the check mark gets turned into an X.

At this point, the special pieces have started to rise. The ground starts to rumble. Tension and electricity fill the atmosphere and much discussion is generated. Friends, acquaintances—even complete strangers—are likely to hear a synopsis or a quote. In a way, the world becomes the judge.

By the third or fourth round, we are down to a short list of perhaps a dozen or so stories and it is time to pick the winners. But wait! Just to be sure and fair (and perhaps because the editor is a bit obsessive), we randomly go through many of the NO entries and take another look.

This is how Beverly Akerman’s wonderful story “Pie” was discovered in our first Flash Fiction Contest. It hadn’t been flagged or even marked as unread. But we gave it another look and it leaped to the top when we realized it wasn’t just about a recipe for pie; rather, it showed us a woman who swore she would never again bake her son’s favorite rhubarb pie—or any other pie—until he returned from war.

So here at Gemini, we’re very happy that nearly every entry gets a second look—and a second chance.

What are you waiting for? As Stephen King put it, “The scariest moment is always just before you start.”

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

 

Last Call! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Winter 2016 – 2017

3 January 2017

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.

Deadline: January 31, 2017

Note: All postmarked and electronic entries are accepted now until January 31, 2017 – 11:59 PM, CST.

All contest winners will be announced on March 26, 2017

Prizes:

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

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

Entry fees:

$10 per story, $5 per poem.

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

Mail to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

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

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

37th Annual High School Writing Contest

3 December 2016

37th Annual High School Writing Contest

Deadline:

12/11/16

Prizes in Each Category

  • 1st-$100
  • 2nd-$50
  • 3rd-$25

All Finalists will receive a Certificate of Honorable Mention
All Winners will be considered for publication in Venture, Rider’s literary magazine

Categories

  • ESSAY: Write a personal essay, labeled ESSAY, on a topic of your choice of no more than five double-spaced, typed pages.
  • FICTION: Write a short story, labeled FICTION, of no more than five double-spaced, typed pages.
  • POETRY: Write a poem of no more than 50 lines.

Rules

  1. Type on the entry:
    Your Name and address
    Grade
    Teacher’s Name
    School Name and address
  2. Include a letter from a teacher stating that the work is original and by you.
  3. Entries must be typed.  Handwritten entries will not be read.  Stories and essays must be double-spaced.  Single-spaced prose will not be read.  Please give your story, essay and or poem a title.
  4. Only one entry per category will be considered.  Choose your best writing and send only one.
  5. Mail your entry postmarked no later than December 11, 2016 to:
    Dr. Roberta Clipper
    English Department
    Rider University
    2083 Lawrenceville Road
    Lawrenceville, NJ  08648

Entries cannot be returned.  Winners will be announced by May 2017.
Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish to receive a list of winners.

GOOD LUCK!

VISIT THE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS: 

http://www.rider.edu/academics/colleges-schools/college-liberal-arts-education-sciences/liberal-arts-programs/english/annual-high-school-writing-contest

I MUST BE OFF CONTEST

20 May 2016

2016 Travel Writing Contest — Submissions are Open!

It’s that time of year again: time to type up those travel articles, travel anecdotes and travel reflections. If it’s about travel, we want to read it. We want to read about that place that changed you.We want to read about the experiences you can’t wait to share with other travelers. Whether your work is humorous, informative, quirky or profound–we want to read it.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Maximum 1200 words
  • Edited to the best of your ability for spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Up to three photos may be submitted with your entry. Photos not necessary to win.
  • Previously unpublished work only! Blog posts are considered published (and I research all finalists).
  • No entry fee. Yes, that’s right. You have nothing to lose.
  • Open to anyone worldwide, but you need (access to) a PayPal account
  • Entries must be in English
  • One entry per person
  • Deadline for submissions: July 31, 2016
  • Send entries with a 50-word third-person bio to christopher@imustbeoff.com with the heading TRAVEL WRITING CONTEST. Entries will be read blind by this year’s judge and travel writer, Paola Fornari. It is not necessary to delete identifying information from your entry. If your name appears anywhere, it will be removed before it’s forwarded to the judge.
  • Word doc, docx and rtf files only. 
  • Finalists announced in August 2016. Winners announced and published in late summer 2016.

The Prizes: 

  • The Top essays will be published at I Must Be Off! (Authors retain copyright.)
  • Second place prize: $50
  • First place prize: $200
  • Readers’ Choice Award ($50) based on unique hits and comments tallied on September 30, 2016.

Good luck and happy writing!

I must be off,
Christopher

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Christopher Allen is the author of Conversations with S. Teri O’Type (a Satire), an episodic adult cartoon about a man struggling with expectations. Allen’s writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Eclectica Magazine’s 20th-Anniversary Best of Speculative anthology, Indiana Review, Night Train, Quiddity, SmokeLong Quarterly: the Best of the First Ten Years anthology, Prime Number Magazine, [PANK] blog, Necessary Fiction, Word Riot, Bootsnall Travel, Chicken Soup for the Soul and lots of other good places. A finalist at Glimmer Train in 2011, Allen has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize twice.

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Previous Winners and Placers:

“A Leaf on the Wind” by Joel Hindson
“Burning My Boots in Cabo Fisterra” by Gabriella Brand
Discovering Hến Rice in Central Việt Nam” by Chris Galvin
“Oh, Calcutta” by Paola Fornari
“The Scarlet Mile” by Gillian Brown
“Bodrum, Turkey’s San Tropez” by Jack Scott
“The Children of Chitwan, Nepal” by Hannah Thompson-Yates
“God’s Own Country” by Saahil Acharya

    

      Pictured above: The 2016 Judge — Paola Fornari

Travel writer Paola Fornari was born on Ukerewe Island in Lake Victoria, Tanzania. She has lived in a dozen countries over four continents, speaks five and a half languages, dabbles in several others, and describes herself as an expatriate sine patria. In every new posting, her curiosity leads her to explore every corner of her host country, and experience as much ‘real life’ as she can.

Her travel and lifestyle articles have appeared extensively online, and in print magazines as diverse as Cycling World, Practical Fishkeeping The Oldie andThe Buenos Aires Herald.

She has judged several writing competitions, and was co-judge in Expatclic’s prestigious Travel Reflections competition in 2013.

In 2013 she won the Senior Travel Expert travel writing competition, and was third in the Go Walkabout competition.

Her relationship with I Must be Off goes back a long way. Apart from having several interviews published on the site, she was highly commended in the first I Must be Off travel essay contest in 2013, and won in 2014.

She recently moved from Dhaka, Bangladesh, to Accra, Ghana.

Visit the website:  http://www.imustbeoff.com/p/blog-page.html

Narrative Magazine is Seeking iStories and iPoems

25 April 2016

iStory Guidelines

OUR IPHONE APPLICATION places the magazine’s complete contents for free at the touch of a button on your iPhone, iPad, or Touch. Now you can take all of Narrative’s stories, poems, cartoons, and audio and video files with you anywhere.

Our App is FREE and contains a state-of-the-art eReader that’s easy and a pleasure to use. The App is currently available for download directly from Apple’s App Store.
To celebrate the launch of the App, we’ve created a new genre—the iStory—and we’re inviting submissions for publication both in the magazine and on the iPad, iPhone, and Touch.

THE GUIDELINES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

An iStory is a short, dramatic narrative, fiction or nonfiction, up to 150 words long. We are particularly interested in works that give readers a strong sense of having read a full and complete story in a brief space.

Payment: We will pay $100 for each iStory accepted for publication.

Submission Fee: There is a $22 fee for each submission. And with your submission, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.

Formatting Your Manuscript: Your manuscripts should be in 12-point type, with at least one-inch margins, and double-spaced. Your name, address, telephone number, and email address should be typed at the top of the first page. You may also include a brief biographical note with your submission.

Other Submission Categories: In addition to the iStory category, please review our other Submission Categories for areas that may be right for you work.
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iPoem Guidelines

OUR IPHONE APPLICATION places the magazine’s complete contents for free at the touch of a button on your iPhone and iPad. Now you can take all ofNarrative’s stories, poems, cartoons, and audio and video files with you anywhere.

Our App is FREE and contains a state-of-the-art eReader that’s easy and a pleasure to use. The App is available for download directly from Apple’sApp Store on your iPhone, iPad, or Touch.
With the launch of the App, we created a new poetic form—the iPoem—and we’re inviting submissions for publication both in the magazine and on the iPhone.

THE GUIDELINES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

An iPoem is a short poem that will fit within no more than two screens on the iPhone. An iPoem may be up to 150 words long. However, we favor iPoems that can be read in a single screen, which would be a poem of about forty words, allowing space for title and byline.
Just as the advent of the typewriter both limited and enhanced the form of poetry, the new media are making an impact on the form and how readers experience it. So, without establishing specific formal criteria for the iPoem, other than length, we are nonetheless interested in seeing works that indicate the poet’s awareness of how the new media affect, for instance, the line in poetry. We favor works that demonstrate an awareness of and interest in prosody.
Payment: We will pay $50 for each iPoem accepted for publication.
Submission Fee: There is a $20 fee for each submission. A submission may include up to four iPoems. With your submission, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.
Formatting Your Manuscript: Your manuscripts should be in 12-point type, with at least one-inch margins, and double-spaced. Your name, address, telephone number, and email address should be typed at the top of the first page. You may also include a brief biographical note with your submission.
Other Submission Categories: In addition to the iPoem category, please review our other Submission Categories for areas that may be right for you work.
Visit the website: http://www.narrativemagazine.com/

Feedback for Your Writing/Enter Fan Story Writing Contests

19 April 2016

At Fan Story You Will:


Learn from feedback
 written on everything you write. Share your poetry, stories and book chapters.

Enter fun writing contests.  All contests with cash prizes are free to enter with your upgraded membership. Upgraded membership is only $9.95 per month. Enter our Acrostic Poetry Contest, ourFaith Poetry Contest, the 5-7-5 Poety Contest and  the Character Writing Contest. That’s just a sample from over 50 writing contests every month.  View the full listing.

Be part of a community for writers of all skill levels. Make connections and friends. Enjoy sharing your writing.

Find out more:  http://www.fanstory.com/index1n.jsp

2016 Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Literary Contest – Deadline: June 30, 2016.

18 April 2016

Open internationally to aspiring or and modestly published writers, over the age of 16.

Contest categories:

Short story (2500 words max.)

Poetry collection (of 5 poems or less), or

Creative Non-Fiction (2500 words max.)

The best entry in each category will win a $250 prize. Winners will be invited to read a short selection of one to two minutes from their work at the Eden Mills Writers Festival on Sunday Sept. 18, 2016.

Entry Requirements:

Include four copies of each submission*

On a cover page, include title, with your name, address, phone number, and email. Name and contact info should not appear on the copies of your manuscript.

Email entries will not be accepted.

Manuscripts will not be returned.

Submission Fee:

$15.00 (CDN) per entry. Cheques to be made payable to Eden Mills Writers’ Festival.

*A combination of entries may be sent in one envelope with one payment for each entry (e.g. a short story and a poetry collection, and $30.00).

To submit, mail four copies to:

Laurel Marsolais

39 Bushmills Cres.

Guelph, ON N1K 1T6

 

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2016

For more information, please email lmlmarso@gmail.com.  

For information about the Festival, visit our website http://www.edenmillswritersfestival.ca/

The Chattanooga Writers’ Guild 2016 Spring Writing contest

24 March 2016

The Chattanooga Writers’ Guild is sponsoring its

2nd Annual Spring Writing
Contest

Eligibility:
Open to any piece that has not been previously published.

Deadline: April 15, 201​6

Categories:

  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Creative Non-fiction

Length:

  • Poetry: 40 lines or fewer
  • Prose: 2,500 words or fewer

Judging:
CWG Board Members will select the finalists in a blind judging. Winners will be selected by:

Initial judging by CWG board: April 16 to May 15

Final judging by guest judges: May 16 to May 31

​Winners will be notified by email and announced at the CWG monthly meeting on June 14 and on the website in early June.

Fees:
$5 per entry for CWG members; $10 per entry for non-members. Pay below via PayPal or mail a check payable to:
Chattanooga Writers’ Guild
2288 Gunbarrel Rd, Ste. 154-251
Chattanooga, TN 37421

Prizes (for each category):
First place: $50
Second place: $30
Third place: $20

​All winners and honorable mentions will also be published in the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild 2016 Anthology! 
Click here to buy a copy of last year’s anthology.

How to Submit: 

  • All submissions must be attached as a Word document, with no identifying information on the manuscript itself.
  • A cover page must be attached separate from the manuscript, with your full name, address, phone number, email address, and title of the manuscript.
  • Email entries to submissions@chattanoogawritersguild.org, or click the button at the top of the page.
  • Don’t forget to pay your entry fee!

Any questions? Contact: Rosemary Walch (info@chattanoogawritersguild.org)

Visit the website for details and PayPal entries:

http://www.chattanoogawritersguild.org/2016-spring-writing-contest.html

Last Call! THE FLORIDA REVIEW EDITORS’ AWARDS

23 March 2016

THE FLORIDA REVIEW EDITORS’ AWARDS

$15 ENTRY FEE.

For prose, submit up to 25 pages.

For poetry, submit up to five poems.

Deadline March 31, 2016.

Winners receive $1,000 and publication.

Finalists are published as well.

Visit the website for details on how to enter: http://floridareview.cah.ucf.edu/editorsinfo.php

Last call! Creative Nonfiction Seeks Essays on “Learning from Nature”

18 January 2016

Learning from Nature

Deadline: February 1, 2016

For an upcoming issue, Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays about LEARNING FROM NATURE.

The natural world has long been a source of inspiration. We’re interested in stories about how we learn from nature—whether it’s airlines developing boarding methods based on movement in ant colonies or aviation engineers studying eagles’ wings in order to build more aerodynamic planes; new-age fabric inspired by pine cones or energy-efficient skyscrapers modeled after termite mounds. We’re looking for well-crafted narratives that will illuminate the relationship between humans and the environment, particularly as we face the challenges of climate change.

Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element and reach beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. We’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice; all essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate.

The Biomimicry Center at Arizona State University will award $5,000 for best essay, and Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1,000 for runner-up. All essays will be considered for publication in a special “Learning from Nature” issue of the magazine to be published in fall 2016.

Guidelines:  Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. Multiple submissions are welcome, as are entries from outside the United States.

A note about fact-checking: Essays accepted for publication in Creative Nonfiction undergo a rigorous fact-checking process. To the extent your essay draws on research and/or reportage (and it should, at least to some degree), CNF editors will ask you to send documentation of your sources and to help with the fact-checking process. We do not require that citations be submitted with essays, but you may find it helpful to keep a file of your essay that includes footnotes and/or a bibliography.

You may submit essays online or by regular mail:

By regular mail

Postmark deadline February 1, 2016.

Please send manuscript, accompanied by cover letter with complete contact information including the title of the essay and word count; and an SASE or email address for response to:

Creative Nonfiction
Attn: LEARNING FROM NATURE
5119 Coral Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Online
:
Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm EST February 1, 2016
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Visit the website for details on how to enter: https://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/learning-nature

(Note: There is a $3 convenience fee to submit online.)

 

Leeway Foundation

18 January 2016

Art and Change Grants

Deadline:
March 1, 2016
E-mail address:

info@leeway.org

Project grants of up to $2,500 each are given twice yearly by the Leeway Foundation to women and transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in the Delaware Valley region to fund art for social change projects. Writers living in Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia counties who are at least 18 years old and who are not full-time students in a degree-granting arts program are eligible. Applicants must identify a person, an organization, or a business as a partner for the project. Submit a project description and budget with the required entry form by March 1. There is no entry fee. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Leeway Foundation, Art and Change Grants, Philadelphia Building, 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 832, Philadelphia, PA 19107. (215) 545-4078. Melissa Hamilton, Program Assistant.

Sequestrum New Writer Awards

8 July 2015
Sequestrum is pleased to announce our New Writer Awards, in which over $500 will be awarded to up-and-coming writers and poets. The contest will accept both prose (fiction & creative nonfiction) and poetry submissions, with first-prize winners selected in each genre.
$15 entry fee.
Deadline: November 15, 2015
Fiction and nonfiction entries up to 10,000 words accepted. Poetry: Up to to three pieces per submission. Most Sequestrum poems average under 40 lines. See our contests page for full guidelines.
Visit the website:  http://www.sequestrum.org/contests
Happy submitting and best of luck.

The Weather Contest for Creative Nonfiction Magazine

23 April 2015

Postmark (extended) deadline May 11 2015.

For an upcoming issue, Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays about THE WEATHER. We’re not just making idle chit-chat; the weather affects us all, and talking about the weather is a fundamental human experience. Now, as we confront our changing climate, talking about the weather may be more important than ever.

Send us your true stories—personal, historical, reported—about fog, drought, flooding, tornado-chasing, blizzards, hurricanes, hail the size of golf balls, or whatever’s happening where you are. We’re looking for well-crafted essays that will change the way we see the world around us.

Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element and reach beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. We’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice; all essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate.

A note about fact-checking: Essays accepted for publication in Creative Nonfiction undergo a rigorous fact-checking process. To the extent your essay draws on research and/or reportage (and it should, at least to some degree), CNF editors will ask you to send documentation of your sources and to help with the fact-checking process. We do not require that citations be submitted with essays, but you may find it helpful to keep a file of your essay that includes footnotes and/or a bibliography.

Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1,000 for Best Essay and $500 for runner-up. All essays will be considered for publication in a special “Weather” issue of the magazine.

Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. There is a $20 reading fee, or $25 to include a 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction (US addresses only). If you’re already a subscriber, you may use this option to extend your current subscription or give your new subscription as a gift. Multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay) as are entries from outside the United States (though due to shipping costs we cannot offer the subscription deal). All proceeds will go to prize pools and printing costs.

To submit: https://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/weather

Knoxville Writers’ Guild Now Seeking Submissions for Contest

2 April 2015

The Knoxville Writers’ Guild is thrilled to announce submissions are being accepted now through midnight, Tuesday, June 30 for its 2015 writing contest.

More than $1,000 in prizes are being offered in six different categories, including the Libba Moore Gray Award for Poetry, the KWG Award for Creative Nonfiction, the KWG Award for Genre Fiction, the Young Writers’ Prize and the Leslie Garrett Award for Literary Fiction.

“Every year the contest receives many submissions from out-of-state writers, which enhance the prestige of and esteem for our contest and the fine writers of Knoxville and East Tennessee,” 2015 KWG president, Donna Kapa, said.

“This year’s contest chair, Jeff Shoffner, has reached out to the membership with a survey, as well as personal emails and phone calls to ensure the interests the Knoxville Writers’ Guild are represented by the contest categories and organization.”

Judges will be announced shortly. Please see the below General Contest Guidelines, followed by Specific Contest Guidelines.

Questions should be sent to contest@knoxvillewritersguild.org.

For more information, please visit www.knoxvillewritersguild.org/contest.

 

General Contest Guidelines

The following guidelines apply to all KWG contests. See specific guidelines under each contest heading for individual exceptions or additions. Contestants may submit work through midnight, June 30, 2015.

Note: Failure to adhere to any rule renders your entry subject to rejection with forfeiture of contest entry fee. Please read the rules carefully; they help us process entries more efficiently and fairly.

  1. Contests are open to all individuals above the age of 18 with the following exceptions: Members of the KWG board of directors and contests committee may not submit entries to KWG competitions. Previous first prizewinners are barred from the contest they won for one year. Also, see Specific Guidelines under Young Writers Prize for exceptions to that contest.
  2. Use black type on a white page with 12 point Times New Roman or Courier fonts. Set your margins to one inch, and do not justify.
  3. Contestants may enter more than one contest simultaneously. Additionally, contestants may enter a single contest more than once, with the exclusion of the Leslie Garrett Award for Literary Fiction. A separate entry fee is required for each submission.
  4. All submissions must be emailed before midnight Eastern Standard Time on June 30, 2015. No printed copies will be accepted this year. Electronic versions only.
  5. You can submit entries in two ways.

Fill out the form at knoxvillewritersguild.org/contest/entry, once for each entry.

OR

Send a separate email for each entry to contest@knoxvillewritersguild.org, with the subject line formatted as follows:

Category, Entry Title (as it appears below)

The email body should also indicate which contest you are entering and should include the following:

-Author name

-Mailing address

-Phone number

-Payment method and reference (check number or PayPal confirmation number).

-Word count, poem count, or estimated length as dictated by category-specific guidelines below.

We are accepting only electronic submissions in order to process entries in a more efficient and standardized manner. Your local library or copy center should be able to help you convert your printed document to an electronic format for emailing.

  1. Entries must be submitted through the entry form on www.knoxvillewritersguild.org or as email attachments in any reasonable electronic format. Likely candidates include rtf, plain text, pdf, and various flavors of Word or OpenOffice. The title of your attachment should match the title of your submission. You should receive an automated email confirmation that we’ve received your entry. Please send a follow-up inquiry if you don’t.
  2. Do not put your name, pen name or any other identifying information on the entries themselves. Failure to follow this rule will result in rejection of your entry and forfeiture of your entry fee.
  3. Do not submit previously published works.
  4. See below for descriptions of individual contests, deadlines, and any specific rules for a particular contest.
  5. Except for the Leslie Garrett Award for Literary Fiction and the Young Writers category, contests charge a $20 entry fee for nonmembers and $10 for Guild members. The Young Writers category charges a reduced fee of $5 per entry.

Guild membership is $30 per year; $15 for students. To join, make checks payable to KWG or pay by credit card at www.knoxvillewritersguild.org.

  1. Note: You can pay entry fees in two ways: either by personal check to the address below or by credit card via PayPal at www.knoxvillewritersguild.org.

If you opt to pay by check, include the title of your entry in the memo line and the check number in your entry email.

Payments by check should be sent to:

(Name of Contest)
Awards Office
The Knoxville Writers’ Guild
P.O. Box 10326
Knoxville, TN 37939

  1. The following prizes will be awarded for each category: First Prize – $100, Second Prize – $50, Third Prize – $25.
  2. KWG reserves the right to award only one prize if there are insufficient entries in a given category.
  3. No one person may win multiple prizes in a single category.
  4. KWG reserves publishing rights and electronic rights for one year from the date winners are announced. Afterwards, all rights revert to the author.
  5. Winners and runners-up will be announced on the KWG website.
  6. A collection of winning contest entries will be published later in the year.

Specific Contest Guidelines

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The Leslie Garrett Award for Literary Fiction

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

  1. Entry consists of one short story totaling no more than 3,000 words, double spaced.
  2. Only one entry per contestant.
  3. See General Guidelines

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The KWG Award for Novel Excerpt

Send us something that makes us want to read more.
Fee: $10 for KWG members; $20 for nonmembers.
Specific Guidelines:

  1. Entry consists of typed, double-spaced novel excerpt or novella totaling no more than 10,000 words.
  2. Please include the word count on the cover sheet. See General Guidelines.

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The Libba Moore Gray Award for Poetry

In memory of Libba Moore Gray, noted local author, actress and educator.

Fee: $10 for KWG members; $20 for nonmembers.
Specific Guidelines:

  1. Entry consists of no more than three typed poems totaling 100 lines or fewer. If more than one poem is entered, poems will be judged as a collection.
  2. There are no restrictions as far as style, content or spacing.
  3. See General Guidelines.

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The KWG Award for Creative Nonfiction

Creative nonfiction is the truth as you know it; the telling of a true story using the tools of fiction. However, names of people and places can be changed.
Fee: $10 for KWG members; $20 for nonmembers.
Specific Guidelines:

  1. Entry consists of one typed, double-spaced nonfiction essay of no more than 3,000 words.
  2. See General Guidelines.

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The KWG Award for Genre Fiction

Fee: $10 for KWG members; $20 for nonmembers.
Specific Guidelines:

  1. Entry consists of one short story in genre style (e.g. romance, mystery, science fiction, etc.) totaling no more than 3,000 words, double-spaced.
  2. See General Guidelines.

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The Young Writers Prize

Fee: $5
Specific Guidelines:

  1. Entry consists of:

– one short story or stand-alone novel excerpt totaling no more than 3,000 words, double-spaced.

OR

-no more than three typed poems totaling 100 lines or fewer with no restrictions as far as style, content or spacing.  Poems will be judged as a collection.

  1. Open to all high school students, grades 9 through 12, of the Greater Knoxville area of East Tennessee. No identifying information on stories themselves.
  2. If you are a teacher or school submitting entries on behalf of your students, please add the following in the email body (in addition to the information required by the General Guidelines):

-School name

-School address

-School phone number

  1. Please contact KWG President Donna Kapa if your school or club needs any additional information for bookkeeping or payment purposes.

For more information, contact:

Adria Amos

Publicist

Knoxville Writers’ Guild

865-214-7650

AdriaAmosKWG@gmail.com

For more information, please visit www.knoxvillewritersguild.org/contest.

Call for entries! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2015

2 March 2015

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! Welcome to all having the ability to dream… We are now in the 10th year of our mission to inspire, motivate, and encourage anyone having the desire or love for poetry and writing, to continue doing so without fear of failure or success. Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00! All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com

Guidelines:
Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.
And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries 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: July 31, 2015
All winners will be announced on September 26, 2015

Prizes:
Writing First Prize is $500. Second: $250. Third: $100.
Poetry First Prize is $250. Second: $125. Third: $50.
Entry fees: $10 per story, $5 per poem

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

Mail to:
Dream Quest One
Poetry & Writing Contest
P.O. Box 3141
Chicago, IL 60654

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

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

Last Call! TulipTree Review Writing Contests

2 March 2015

TulipTree Review is looking for contest entries for its inaugural issue.

Enter short fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry (optional theme: Begin)

Deadline: March 9, 2015

Prizes are $1,000; $200; and $100 in for 1st-3rd place in each category.

Entry fee is $20 (enter up to 3 poems per entry fee). Editors will judge.

See http://www.tuliptreepub.com/contests.html for details.

EVENT Magazine’s Annual Non-Fiction Contest is now open for entries!

21 January 2015

EVENT, an award-winning literary journal showcasing fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, reviews and notes on writing by new and established writers from Canada and around the world, is currently in its 43rd year of publication. Our Annual Non-Fiction Contest deadline is coming up (April 15, 2015) and we’d like to advertise the contest as widely as possible. We would greatly appreciate your help in listing the information where it would get the most exposure and/or pass it along to individuals who may find it of interest.

EVENT is one of Canada’s most prestigious literary journals, and a strong supporter of literary non-fiction. Stories first published in EVENT have won numerous National and Western Magazine Awards, and have been featured in The Journey Prize, Pushcart Prize and Best Canadian Stories anthologies.

Writers are invited to submit manuscripts exploring the creative non-fiction form.

Deadline: April 15, 2015 (postmarked/online)

Entry Fee: $34.95 (includes 1 year of EVENT)

Multiple entries are allowed; however, each entry must be accompanied by a separate fee. No simultaneous submissions.

Maximum entry length is 5000 words, typed, double-spaced.
Prizes:  $1500 in prize monies available, plus payment for publication!
This year’s judge is Andrew Westoll ( http://www.eventmagazine.ca/contest-nf/ )

VISIT eventmagazine.ca for complete contest guidelines.

PRISM international writing contests

11 October 2014

All contests: Each entry includes a one-year subscription or subscription extension for PRISM international, beginning with the contest issue (Spring 2015 for Non-Fiction and Summer 2015 for Fiction/Poetry).

All 1st prize winners will be published in PRISM, and runners-up will be published at the discretion of the editors. All other entries will be considered for publication as regular submissions (for the possibility of publication in other issues of PRISM).

Please see below for details on each contest. Before you submit your entry, make sure you read the contest rules (found on the paper entry form and on the online submission system).

Creative Non-Fiction Contest

Contest Deadline: November 21st, 2014.

Prize: $1,500 grand prize, $300 runner-up, $200 2nd runner-up
Entry fee: $35 Canadian entries; $40 US entries; $45 Int’l entries (includes a one-year subscription or extension)

Additional entry: $5 each piece
Max. word count: 6,000

Short Fiction Contest

Contest Deadline: January 23rd, 2015.

Prize: $2,000 grand prize, $300 runner-up, $200 2nd runner-up
Entry fee: $35 Canadian entries; $40 US entries; $45 Int’l entries (includes a one-year subscription or extension)

Additional entry: $5 each piece
Max. word count: 6,000

Poetry Contest

Contest Deadline: January 23rd, 2015.

Prize: $1,000 grand prize, $300 runner-up, $200 2nd runner-up

Entry fee: $35 Canadian entries; $40 US entries; $45 Int’l entries (up to three poems may be submitted with each entry, each entry includes a one-year subscription or extension)
Additional entry: $5 each poem

PRISM MAGAZINE IS NOW ACCEPTING ONLINE SUBMISSIONS USING SUBMITTABLE at http://prisminternational.submittable.com/submit

MAIL CONTEST ENTRIES TO EXECUTIVE EDITOR, PROMOTIONS:
CLARA KUMAGAI
PRISM international
Creative Writing Program, UBC
Buch. E462 – 1866 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1
Canada

Visit the website:  http://prismmagazine.ca/contests/

If you have any questions, please contact:   promotions@prismmagazine.ca.

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

7 July 2014

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful art of poetry or writing a story that is worth telling everyone! And welcome to all having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00. All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com
Guidelines:
Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.
And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be typed or neatly hand printed.
Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.
Postmark deadline: December 31, 2014
All contest winners will be announced on February 25, 2015.
Prizes:
Writing First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.
Poetry First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.
Entry fees:
$10 per short story, $5 per poem.
To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”
Mail to:
Dream Quest One
Poetry & Writing Contest
P.O. Box 3141
Chicago, IL 60654

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

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

The Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature

21 June 2014

DEADLINE: July 31, 2014

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

The Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature,

Sarabande Books, Inc.

2234 Dundee Road

Suite 200, Louisville, KY 40205

WEBSITE: http://www.sarabandebooks.org/submissions-bruckheimer

The First Annual Authors First Writing Contest

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

NCW PERSONAL ESSAY/CREATIVE NONFICTION CONTEST

25 April 2014

$20 ENTRY FEE. 

Northern Colorado Writers is hosting its 4th annual Personal Essay/

Creative Nonfiction writing contest, open to everyone.

1st: $1,000; 2nd: $250; 3rd: $100.

Winners and honorable mentions of this and the other two contests in the series

(Poetry coming up next) will be published in

and receive a free copy of the winners’ anthology, POOLED INK.

Maximum 5,000 words.

Deadline June 30, 2014.

Visit the website:  http://northerncoloradowriters.com/upcoming-events-mainmenu-133/writing-contests/307-2012-writing-contests

MASON’S ROAD LITERARY PRIZE

12 April 2014

MASON’S ROAD LITERARY PRIZE  — $15 ENTRY FEE. Submissions for Issue 9 are open until May 15, 2014, and we are looking for creative and unique interpretations of our theme: TRUTH. ?Please submit only one document in a genre for each issue, and limit prose and screenplay/drama to 5,000 words (double-spaced), poetry to 3 poems (up to 3 poems in a single document). Our submissions period runs for three months: February 15 – May 15, 2014. There are two ways to submit to Mason’s Road. You can submit for free any time during our submissions period, and your work will be given thorough consideration for publication. Or, you can submit with a $10 fee, and your work will also be considered for our Mason’s Road Literary Prize, which includes publication and a $500 prize to the best entry we receive.

Visit the website:  http://www.masonsroad.com/about-2/submission-guidelines/