Posts Tagged ‘creative writing competition’

Last call for the Last Word Press Flash Ficton Halloween Contest

25 October 2013

Last Word Press Flash Fiction Halloween Contest

Closing date: October 30, 2013
Max word length : 750

No entry fee

As the solstice approaches, and our thoughts turn (well, occasionally) to thoughts of otherworldly activity, what better time than to think up a tale or two to tell by candlelight?

In celebration of Halloween therefore, Lost World Press is hosting a Flash Fiction Competition:

Whether recalling the ancient Samhain or Celtic Calan Gaeaf, or plain pumpkin bashing in your neighbourhood, think up something speculative (lost worlds, sci-fi, parallel/alternative, parody,steam/clockpunk…) pertaining to that special time of year when :

“  … the Night Hag shall ride

And all her nine-fold sweeping on by Her side,
Whether the wind sing lowly or loud,
Stealing through moonshine or swathed in cloud…”

                                                                  (Sir Walter Scott)

Authors are welcome (actively encouraged in fact!) to illustrate their own tales (if you use an image not created by you, please ensure it is either in the public domain or that you have the artist’s permission to use it).


Max word length : 750

Entries in by October 30th via the main contact page, or email as attachments either to:

(with ‘Halloween Flash’ as email heading)

Winning entries will be posted here on the competition page; and to further whet the appetite of potential spooky scribes there will also be special prizes of Amazon gift vouchers:

1st prize: £20 Voucher (approx $32.00)

2nd prize:£15 Voucher (approx $24.00)

3rd prize £10 Voucher (approx $16.00)

Visit the website:

Last Call: Crow Woods Publishing: New!! 1st Art Inspired Story Writing Contest

25 April 2013

New!!! 1st Art-Inspired Story Writing Contest
A short story inspired by a work of art in the Crow Woods art books

Submission Guidelines

Entry deadline – April 30, 2013

Results Announced – June 30, 2013

First prize – $500

Second prize – $300
Third prize – $200

Tony Ardizzone, originally from the North Side of Chicago, is the author of eight books of fiction, including the novel The Whale Chaser (2010) and the recently completed interconnected collection, The Calling of Saint Matthew: Stories of Rome. He is a winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and a Chancellor’s Professor of English at Indiana University.

The decisions of the judge are entirely his own, and are final. Winners will be notified by email.

All entries will get feedback. Winning short stories will receive a short paragraph from the judge and will be published.

Signing Up
Sign up at this site. A $35 reading fee includes a complimentary copy of one of the Crow Woods art books: The Chicago Art Scene, or Living Artists. Payment is handled through Paypal or by mail.

Visit the website for details on how to enter: