Posts Tagged ‘creative writing contest’

9th annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Prize

1 June 2017

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

Deadline: August 31, 2017

Maximum length: 1,000 words

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

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 Entries must be unpublished, but stories displayed on personal blogs are eligible.

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

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

 

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Creative Writing Institute’s Annual Short Story Contest

9 August 2016

Get Published in our 2016 Anthology

DEADLINE: September 15, 2016

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

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

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

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

 Fourth and Fifth place: Finalist eMedal and publication

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

“Explain how that happened.”

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

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

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

On The Premises Short Story Contest (no fee)

16 June 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Krampusnacht 2 submission info

20 May 2016

As you may know, Krampus, Santa’s dark companion, is in the spotlight these days. Thousands of people across the globe celebrate Krampusnacht on December 5 of each year. And the movie, Krampus, was a hit during the 2015 holiday season. Krampusnacht: Twelve Nights of Krampus, which I anthologized, and World Weaver Press published, was a hit as well, so we’re publishing another volume. For now, it’s just called Krampusnacht Two. World Weaver Press andEnchanted Conversation are behind this anthology too.

Remember, Krampus is the “corrective” to Saint Nick or Santa’s indulgence and generosity. He carries a switch, and chains and sometimes throws very rotten children in a basket he carries on his back. He has horns, hooves, and a creepy, long tongue. He’s horrible and fascinating at the same time. You can learn a lot about him simply by Googling, and you should read Krampusnacht: Twelve Nights of Krampus as well, to see what we like. But we are interested in new, fresh stories, not retreads of what we have already published. This site is especially great for Krampus information.
Although the book is yet to be named, we hope you’ll explore every possible Krampus angle via short stories. He’s a nasty old dude, and we hope your imaginations will get the better of you.

Now for the fine print. Rights and compensation: Payment: $10 from Enchanted Conversation and paperback copy of the anthology from World Weaver Press. We are looking for previously unpublished works in English. We are seeking first world rights in English and exclusive right to publish in print and electronic format for six months after publication date, after which publisher retains non-exclusive right to continue to publish for life of the anthology.

Deadline: August 15, 2016. 

Length: Under 10,000 words. But not less than 1,000.

Submission method: Email cover letter and story to enchantedconversation[at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line “Krampus Anthology – story title.” Cover letter should contain your name, contact info (email), story’s title, and approximate word count; no need to summarize the story, let it speak for itself. (Please make sure to check the email address you send the story from–it makes the editing process easier.) Then paste the full story into the body of the email following your letter. Please make it very clear where paragraphs break — this means if your email doesn’t let you indent paragraphs, you’ll need to put an extra space between each paragraph for submission purposes. Do not send unrequested attachments.

Simultaneous submissions = okay. Multiple submissions = no.

Must be 18 years of age or older.

Visit the website:  http://www.fairytalemagazine.com/p/you-know-jolly-old-elf-of-christmas.html

Note from Kate Wolford: I have a strict, no feedback policy about submissions, including why they were rejected. I also do not provide mid-process feedback.

Write your story, change the world

18 May 2016

New Contest Seeks to Change the Future


Contest Partners with Award-Winning Author to Elevate New Voices

A university-based civic innovation office has launched a new writing competition to create a roadmap for the city of tomorrow. FutureScapes Writing Contest seeks short works of fiction of up to 8,000 words that envision life in future “Cities of Empowerment.”


The contest offers a $2,000 first-place prize, a $1,000 second-place prize, and $500 to each of four additional finalists as well as publication in an anthology that will be distributed to mayors, governors, and members of Congress. There is no entry fee, and winners will be published alongside prominent, established authors of science fiction.


“This contest really takes seriously the notion that ‘life imitates art,’” said Luke Peterson, contest director. “We want to use fiction to give policymakers a vision of what might be.”


Finalists will be judged by Hugo Award-winning author Mary Robinette Kowal. This year the theme of the contest is “Cities of Empowerment,” and those interested in entering are encouraged to carefully read the rules and theme for the contest before preparing a contest entry. Deadline: JULY 15, 2016

Visit the website for details on how to enter:  http://futurescapescontest.org/

Sponsored by Utah Valley University

Hunger Mountain – Literary Prizes

18 January 2016

Hunger Mountain

Literary Prizes

Deadline: March 1, 2016
Entry Fee: $20
E-mail address: hungermtn@vcfa.edu

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Hunger Mountain are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Lee Upton will judge in poetry, Janet Burroway will judge in fiction, and Robert Michael Pyle will judge in nonfiction. Submit up to three poems or a story or essay of up to 10,000 words with a $20 entry fee by March 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Hunger Mountain, Literary Prizes, Vermont College of Fine Arts, 36 College Street, Montpelier, VT 05602. (802) 828-8517. Samantha Kolber, Managing Editor.

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

Fish Short Story Prize 2013/14

19 October 2013

Ten Best Stories Published
Claire Kilroy is the judge.

We are honoured that she will select the best ten stories for publication in the 2014 Fish Anthology.

Clare Kilroy is the acclaimed author of 4 novels including All Summer, (recipient of the 2004 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and was short-listed for the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award), Tenderwire (shortlisted for the Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel Award), All Names Have Been Changed and The Devil I Know.

In 2002 she received an Arts Council Literature Award.

Closing Date: 30 November 2013.

Word limit is 5,000. There is no restriction on theme or style, and the prize is open to writers from all countries who are writing in English.

First Prize: €3,000, of which €1,000 is for travel to the launch of the Fish Anthology in July 2014 at the West Cork Literary Festival.

Second Prize: a week at the Anam Cara Writers Retreat in West Cork, plus €300.

Third prize: €300.

Entry fee: €20 (€10 subsequent entries). Online Entry. Once you register and enter online, you can login and check your entry(ies) at any time.

Results will be announced on 17 March on the Fish website, and sent out in the newsletter.

 

Enter Online

 

Stories must not have been published previously, and must be eligible for publication in the 2014 Fish Anthology.

Stories cannot be altered or changed after they have been entered. Judging at all stages is anonymous. Names or addresses must not appear on the stories, but on a separate sheet if entering by post, or in the appropriate place if entering online.

Postal entries: €22 (€12 subsequent entries)

Address: Fish Publishing, Durrus, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland.

Visit the website: http://author.fishpublishing.com/accounts/login/?next=/

National Writing Contest in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry

15 May 2013

 

 

*** $1,000 First Place Prize ***

 

 

Postmark Deadline: October 1, 2013 

 

 

Our annual contest awards $1000 plus publication for the first place winners in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Finalists in each genre will be recognized as such, published, and paid in copies. Cost of entry: $15, checks or money orders payable to Alligator Juniper. Every entrant receives one copy of the 2014 issue, a $10 value. The issue will come out in late spring 2014. There is no theme for this issue; work is selected upon artistic merit. By entering our contest, you agree to allow us to select your work for publication, as a finalist. We encourage submissions from writers of all levels, including emerging or early-career writers. We accept simultaneous submissions; inform us in your cover letter and contact us immediately, should your work be selected elsewhere.

 

Submission Guidelines:

 

Submissions accepted August 15 through October 1, 2013 (postmark deadline).

 

Include a brief cover letter; please let us know if yours is a simultaneous submission.

 

Include SASE for response only; manuscripts are recycled, not returned.

 

Include a $15 entry fee payable to Alligator Juniper for each story or essay (30-page limit), or up to five poems. Additional categories require additional fee.

 

Indicate category with a large F, NF, or P on cover letter and mailing envelope.

 

Manuscripts must be typed with numbered pages. Prose double-spaced.

 

Double-sided submissions are encouraged. No email submissions.

 

Send to: Alligator Juniper, Prescott College, 220 Grove Avenue, Prescott, AZ 86301
Note: We usually inform in January.

 

We are now accepting submissions online through our blog alligatorjuniper.wordpress.com

 

For full submission guidelines visit http://www.prescott.edu/alligatorjuniper/national-contest/index.html

 

or visit our blog at:

 

http://alligatorjuniper.wordpress.com

 

 

For questions, email:  alligatorjuniper@prescott.edu

Last Call For Writers Deadline April 30, 2013 – International Writing Competition

25 April 2013

LAST CALL!

Three prizes of $50, publication in ArtAscent Magazine including your name a link to your website, as well as exposure in ArtAscent website and social media. Non-winning entries will not be published. You retain rights to your work.

The competition theme is Emergence. Emergence can mean the gradual beginning or coming forth; the event consisting of the start of something; a growth in strength or number or importance; the becoming visible. How you interpret it – literally or symbolically – is up to you.

This call for entries may include original fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 500 words).
Submission Deadline: April 30, 2013
Entry $7
See www.artascent.com for submission details and to enter.

Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest

25 April 2013
We are pleased to announce the Fifth Annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest.
GRAND PRIZE: $1,000. Second place wins $100 and four honorable mentions each receive $25. All six finalists will be published online in the October 2013 issue of Gemini.
Maximum length: 1,000 words. Deadline: August 31, 2013. Open to ANY subject, style or genre. Both new and established writers are welcome.
ENTRY FEE: just $4 ($3 for each additional flash). Enter by email or snail mail. 
Kudos to previous fiction contest winners: Beverly Akerman, who won our first Flash Fiction Contest in 2009 for “Pie,” has received multiple awards (the David Adams Prize, the CBC-Scotiabank Giller Prize “Readers’ Choice Top 10” and others) for her collection, “The Meaning of Children.” The collection includes “Pie” and 13 other stories.
Seamus Scanlon’s “As Close as You’ll Ever Be” was named one of the best short story collections of 2012 by Library Journal. Scanlon won our 2011 Short Story Prize for “My Beautiful, Brash, Beastly Belfast,” which is part of the collection.
Full details at:

Look for our May issue in a few weeks, and in June, the winners of this year’s Short Story Contest.

Love + Lust – Open Call for Writing – Juried Book Competition

2 April 2013
Open to Interpretation brings together photographers and writers in an exciting and innovative book project that has never been done before. Each book begins with a themed call for photos. The chosen photos become the literary inspiration for the writers’ submissions. A book is created that matches each winning photo with two stories or poems that offer different interpretations of the image. 
 
Announcing Love + Lust

 

The photographers sent us their images and interpretations of Love + Lust. Now it’s the writers turn to use the images to inspire your words. Poems and stories may include a literal description of the work, personal memories, metaphorical associations, or your mood inspired by the image. 
 
Poetry, flash fiction, narrative, ekphrastic poetry, short story, memoir, non-fiction, song lyrics, myth, tall tale or fairy tale – all genres are acceptable.
 
______________________________
 
Book Title: Open to interpretation
Theme: Love + Lust
Judge: Dorianne Laux
Submission Fee: $15 for first submission, $10 additional
 
Deadline for submission: August 6, 2013
 
Awards:  $500 Judge’s Selection Award
 

For full details go to Open to Interpretation’s site.

WRITER ADVICE ANNOUNCES ITS 8TH FLASH PROSE CONTEST

29 March 2013

WriterAdvice seeks flash fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction running 750 words or less. Enlighten, dazzle, and delight us. Finalists receive responses from all judges.

DEADLINE: Submit to the 8th WriterAdvice Flash Prose Contest by April 18, 2013.

JUDGES: Former prizewinners, Marcelle SovieroJLSchneider, and Madeline Stevens are this year’s judges. Read their pieces and biographies by clicking on the Archived Contest Entries button at www.writeradvice.com .

PRIZES: First Place earns $200; Second Place earns $100; Third Place earns $50; Honorable Mentions will also be published.

FOR BEST RESULTS:

1. Include your name, contact information, and title in the cover    letter, but only include your title in the submission so it remains anonymous.
2. Tell us if the submission is fiction or memoir in the cover letter.
3. Since we judge these anonymously, please don’t tell us your background or where you’ve been published. If you are a finalist, we’ll ask for a bio.
4. Please double-space your submission.

SUBMISSIONS: All entries should be submitted through Submittable, Submit to Writer Advice

You may enter UP TO THREE stories, but each is a separate submission with a separate fee of $13.

Names of all winners will be announced in the summer issue of WriterAdvice, http://www.writeradvice.com.

E-mail questions, but not submissions to editor B. Lynn Goodwin at  Lgood67334@comcast.net.

Visit the website: www.writeradvice.com

L. RON HUBBARD’S WRITERS OF THE FUTURE CONTEST

29 March 2013

WRITERS OF THE FUTURE
CONTEST RULES

“A culture is as rich and as capable of surviving as
it has imaginative artists. The artist is looked upon to start things.
The artist injects the spirit of life
into a culture. And through his creative endeavors,
the writer works continually to give tomorrow a new form.”—L. Ron Hubbard

    >>  ENTRANTS RETAIN ALL PUBLICATION RIGHTS
    >>  NO ENTRY FEE IS REQUIRED
    >>  ALL AWARDS ARE ADJUDICATED BY PROFESSIONAL WRITERS ONLY
    >>  PRIZES EVERY THREE MONTHS: $1,000, $750, $500
    >>  ANNUAL GRAND PRIZE: $5,000 ADDITIONAL!
    >>  OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW AND AMATEUR WRITERS OF NEW SHORT STORIES OR NOVELETTES OF SF OR FANTASY

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, 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, and at least 5,000 copies, or 5,000 hits.

6. Entries submitted hardcopy must be typewritten or a computer printout in black ink on white paper, printed only on the front 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, email 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, email 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 for which no delivery signature is required by 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 U.S. dollars or the recipient’s locally equivalent amount. In addition, at the end of the year the four First Place winners will have their entries rejudged, and a Grand Prize winner shall be determined and receive an additional $5,000. All winners  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.

14. Winners in each quarter will be individually notified of the results by phone, mail or email.

15. This Contest is void where prohibited by law.

READ THE CONTEST HISTORY >>

 SEND YOUR ENTRY BY MAIL TO:
 L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest
 PO Box 1630
 Los Angeles, CA 90078

VISIT THE WEBSITE:

http://www.writersofthefuture.com/contest-rules

First Chapter Writing Contest–So You Think You Can Make Me Laugh? Ha!

28 March 2013

First Chapter Writing Contest

Contest Submission Period: April Fool’s Day-June 1st, 2013

Entry Fee: Zilch. Nada. Zippo. It’s totally free to enter!

Contest Benefits: I will provide a short critique for all submissions highlighting the good, the bad, and the ugly. This is a HUGE benefit of entering my contest. We writers crave feedback. Feedback makes us better.

Prize: The winner will receive a $25 gift card to Amazon. But wait there’s more! As the champion, your winning story, your picture, and a little blurb about YOU will be featured on my website. And I’ll talk about you in social media land.

What to submit: Your funny first chapter. True or not true or a mixture of both, it doesn’t matter as long as it’s funny. I will have a funny meter and you will receive a score as part of your critique.

What not to submit (Big No-No’s): Prose of a nasty, evil, mean-spirited, or pornographic/graphic nature.

Word Count: 1000 word max meaning do NOT exceed 1000 words.

Two Kinds of Entry formats accepted: 1. I’ll accept a video clip if you think an oral delivery will enhance the comedic nature of your work. Big risk, big potential pay-off IF YOU NAIL IT. If you don’t . . . well let’s just say you want the right kind of laughter.

2. I’ll accept your written entry as part in the body of an e-mail only. I WILL NOT OPEN attachments. Repeat after me. Terri will not open attachments.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

http://terriweeding.com/little-ole-humor-writin-contest/

Gotham Writers’ Workshop: A Very Short Story Contest

6 March 2013

A Very Short Story Contest

It may be apocryphal, but the story goes that Ernest Hemingway won a bet by writing a short story that ran fewer than ten words. One version of the story places the bet at the famed Algonquin round table. Whether true or not, there is an actual bet-winning short story attributed to Hemingway:

For sale. Baby Shoes. Never worn.
 
You have to admit its pretty good. It builds, and there’s a whole world of background and emotion lurking beneath those words.
 
We would like to make a similar bet with you. Write a great short story in ten words or fewer. (You may use a title, but that goes into the word count.) Submit it to our contest. Entry is free. Winner of the bet gets a free Gotham ten-week workshop.

One entry per person only.

The deadline for entering the contest is April 23rd, 2013

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

http://www.writingclasses.com/ContestPages/10W.php

Writer Advice’s 8th Flash Prose Contest

6 March 2013

Writer Advice seeks flash fiction, memoir,

and creative non-fiction running 750 words or less.

Enlighten, dazzle, and delight us with your prose.

Finalists receive responses from all judges.

Submit your work to the 8th WriterAdvice Flash Prose Contest 

Deadline: April 18, 2013

Complete details and Submittable link at www.writeradvice.com

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition 2013

5 February 2013

$2,500 Awaits Winners of Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

Writers of short fiction are encouraged to enter the 2013 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. The competition has a thirty-one year history of literary excellence, and its organizers are dedicated to enthusiastically supporting the efforts and talent of emerging writers of short fiction whose voices have yet to be heard. Lorian Hemingway, granddaughter of Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway, is the author of three critically acclaimed books: Walking into the River, Walk on Water, and A World Turned Over. Ms. Hemingway is the competition’s final judge.

Prizes and Publication:

The first-place winner will receive $1,500 and publication of his or her winning story in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts. The second – and third-place winners will receive $500 each. Honorable mentions will also be awarded to entrants whose work demonstrates promise. Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts was founded by editor-in-chief Pamela Uschuk, winner of the 2010 American Book Award for her book Crazy Love: New Poems, and by poet William Pitt Root, Guggenheim Fellow and NEA recipient. The journal contains some of the finest contemporary fiction and poetry in print, and the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition is both proud and grateful to be associated with such a reputable publication.

Eligibility requirements for our 2013 competition are as follows:

What to submit:

• Stories must be original unpublished fiction, typed and double-spaced, and may not exceed 3,500 words in length. We have extended our word limit for the first time in thirty years to 3,500 words rather than 3,000. There are no theme or genre restrictions. Copyright remains property of the author.

Who may submit:

• The literary competition is open to all U.S. and international writers whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation of 5,000 or more. Writers who have been published by an online magazine or who have self-published will be considered on an individual basis.

Submission requirements:

• Submissions may be sent via regular mail or submitted online. Please visit our online submissions page for complete instructions regarding online submissions. Writers may submit multiple entries, but each must be accompanied by an entry fee and separate cover sheet. We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, the writer must notify us if a story is accepted for publication or wins an award prior to our July announcements. No entry confirmation will be given unless requested. No SASE is required. • The author’s name should not appear on the story. Our entrants are judged anonymously. Each story must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet with the writer’s name, complete mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, the title of the piece, and the word count. Manuscripts will not be returned. These requirements apply for online submissions as well.

Deadlines and Entry Fees:

• The entry fee is $15 for each story postmarked by May 1, 2013. The late entry fee is $20 for each story postmarked by May 15, 2012. We encourage you to enter by May 1 if at all possible, but please know that your story will still be accepted if you meet the later deadline. Entries postmarked after May 15, 2013 will not be accepted. Entries submitted online after May 15, 2013 will not be accepted. Writers may submit for the 2014 competition beginning May 16, 2013.

How to pay your entry fee:

• Entry fees submitted by mail with their accompanying stories may be paid — in U.S. funds — via a personal check, cashier’s check, or money order. Please make checks payable to LHSSC or The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. Entry fees for online submissions may be paid with PayPal.

Announcement of Winners and Honorable Mentions:

Winners of our 2013 competition will be announced at the end of July 2013 in Key West, Florida, and posted on our website soon afterward. Only the first-place entrant will be notified personally. All entrants will receive a letter from Lorian Hemingway and a list of winners, either via regular mail or e-mail, by October 1, 2013. All manuscripts and their accompanying entry fees should be sent to The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, P.O. Box 993, Key West, FL 33041 or submitted online.

For more information, please explore this website:   http://www.shortstorycompetition.com/index.php

or e-mail: shortstorykw@gmail.com

Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest

4 February 2013

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Ploughshares will be given to work by an

emerging writer in each of three genres-fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. 

Writers who haven’t published or self-published a book can submit 3-5 poems

or under 6,000 words of prose with a $24 entry fee

(which includes a one-year subscription to Ploughshares) .

Deadline: April 2, 2013 at 12 noon EST. 

The entry fee is waived for writers subscribed to Ploughshares through Winter 2013.

Visit http://www.pshares.org/EmergingAward for more information or to submit.

WRITER ADVICE 8TH FLASH PROSE CONTEST

3 February 2013

WRITER ADVICE 8TH FLASH PROSE CONTEST
http://www.writeradvice.com/

$13 ENTRY FEE

WriterAdvice seeks flash fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction running 750 words or less.

Enlighten, dazzle, and delight us.

Finalists receive responses from all judges.

Deadline: April 18, 2013

First Place earns $200; Second Place earns $100; Third
Place earns $50; Honorable Mentions will also be published.

Visit the website: http://www.writeradvice.com/

Call for submissions for Green Blotter Magazine

3 February 2013

Green Blotter magazine

Call for Submissions

Deadline: Feb. 28

Entry Fee: None

Categories: Fiction, Poetry & Artwork

Prizes: Publication

We are looking for the best fiction, poetry and artwork by undergraduate students anywhere in the world.

Submit up to 5,000 words of fiction, 5 pages of poetry or 6 images to GB-submissions@lvc.edu

See our website, http://www.lvc.edu/greenblotter, for full submission guidelines.

MyMateKindle.com: Monthy Short Story Competition

3 February 2013

Frequency: monthly (submit by last day of each month – e.g. Feb 13 comp will close on 28th Feb 2013 with results posted last week of March)

Website: www.MyMateKindle.com

Genre: Any theme unless specified for that month (but no children’s or non-fiction)

Location: Australia but international entries highly encouraged

Word count: 2,000 – 3,000

Entry fee: $8 AUD

Prizes: Placed entries will be published on Kindle and offered on Amazon within 2 weeks of the results being published. Monetary prizes will be dependent on number of entries.

Visit the website for complete details: http://www.mymatekindle.com/be-published-on-kindle/writing-competition/

AWPWriter.org – WC&C Scholarship Competition

3 February 2013

AWP offers two annual scholarships to emerging writers who wish to attend a writers’ conference,
center, retreat, festival, or residency. The scholarships are applied to fees for winners who attend
one of AWP’s member WC&C programs. Winners and four finalists also receive a one-year
individual membership in AWP.
Eligibility Requirements:
• Former or current students of the judge are ineligible. Previous recipients of WC&C
scholarships are also not eligible to submit.
• Submissions in fiction and poetry will be considered. Separate submissions in each genre are
permitted.
Guidelines:
• Writers’ names must not appear on submissions. A separate cover sheet must accompany
submissions and include the following: name, address, phone number, email address, title,
and genre. Please bind submissions by staple, binder clip, or paper clip. If you wish to be
notified that your manuscript was received please include a self-addressed, stamped
postcard.
• All manuscripts must be single-sided and typed. Prose must be double-spaced. A maximum
of one short story (or novel excerpt) up 25 pages or 10 pages of poetry will be considered.
Each new poem must start a new page.
• You may enter in more than one genre, and you may also enter multiple manuscripts in one
genre, provided that each manuscript is accompanied by its own entry fee.
• A $10 reading fee, either as a check or money order in U.S. dollars made payable to AWP,
must accompany each submission.
Submissions are accepted between December 1 and March 30 of each year and should be mailed to:
WC&C Scholarship Competition
Association of Writers & Writing Programs
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
MSN 1E3
Fairfax, VA 22030

Visit the website:  https://www.awpwriter.org/contests/wcc_scholarships_overview

Free Flash Fiction Writing Contests

2 February 2013

Free Flash Fiction is hosting a new flash fiction writing contest every month. Each month’s contest will have its own unique theme. There will be one First Prize winner and a number of stories chosen for a shortlist.

Entry Fee: Free

First Prize: $10, publication at freeflashfiction.com, inclusion in an upcoming anthology, a badge for your website, and the right to claim that you’re an award-winning author.

Shortlist Prizes: Publication at freeflashfiction.com, inclusion in an upcoming anthology, a badge for your website, and the right to brag about how your story was shortlisted in a Free Flash Fiction writing contest.

Contest Rules

One entry per person.
Prize money will be awarded via PayPal. You may also choose to donate your winnings back to Free Flash Fiction.
Stories must be 200-1000 words.
No poetry accepted.
Stories must be written in English.
Stories must not be previously published online.
No fan fiction or stories based in another author’s universe.
The publication rights outlined in the regular contract apply to contest entries.

See this month’s theme and enter at:
http://www.freeflashfiction.com/index.php/contests/current-contest/

Eighth International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest, 2013

31 January 2013
Albedo One, Ireland’s magazine of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, proudly announces the launch of the Eighth International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest, 2013. The Aeon Award is a writing competition, and its goals are to promote writers and writing in the speculative fiction genres, including science fiction, fantasy, horror or anything unclassifiable or in-between.
 
The contest is open to writers from all nationalities for stories of up to 10,000 words long, that are previously unpublished in English. Grand Prize is €1000 and publication in Albedo One. Second and third place prizes are €200 and €100 and publication in Albedo One.
The contest is open from January 1st 2013 to the end of November 2013,
after which the winning stories are chosen by our Grand Judges, Ian Watson, Mike Resnick, Todd J. McCaffrey and Michael Carroll.
 
Since 2004, the Aeon Award contest has promoted exceptional work of authors in speculative fiction. Aside from winning the cash prizes and publication in Albedo One, winning and shortlisted stories have been given Honourable Mentions or been reprinted in prestigious volumes such as the Year’s Best Science Fiction, edited by Gardner Dozois, and the Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link and Gavin Grant. Other winning stories have been translated and published in prestigious European magazines, including Phase X (Germany), edited by Ulrich Blode, and Galaxies SF (France), edited by Pierre M. Gevart.
 
A modest entry fee of 7.50 euro applies, which can be paid easily and securely online via PayPal on our website.
See full guidelines: (http://www.albedo1.com/?page_id=723)