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23 September 2016

Essay writing contest awards scholarships of $1800 in total to the most vivid, versatile, and talented writers in our upcoming Essay Writing Contest.

  • The Essay Writing Contest starts on October 10, 2016, and lasts for two months.
  • Any student, regardless of academic level and location of studies, can participate.
  • Three winners will receive prizes totaling $1800.


The aim of the Essay Writing Contest is to give students the opportunity to demonstrate their writing talents and win an award for them.

Our Essay Writing Contest is not only about finding people who can write well. Indeed, the aim of the contest is to identify individuals who have both critical thinking and writing skills. The 2016 Essay Writing Contest focuses on two aspects:

  • The ability to think critically
  • The ability to express thoughts clearly and logically


There are no strict requirements for participants. requires the following:

  • Participants must be students of any educational institution in any location. Academic level and major do not matter.
  • Each student must write an essay on one of three given topics that fulfills all instructions and submit it before the deadline to
  • Participants must share this post on their Facebook, Google+, and Twitter accounts and attach screenshots to prove it when submitting the essay.
  • By submitting an entry, students agree to the terms and conditions of the contest and acknowledge that the choice of the judges is final.


Scholarships of $1800 in total will be awarded to the best three essay writers:

1st place — $800

2nd place — $600

3rd place — $400

Winners get more than just significant cash prizes—their talent will be recognized by our proficient writers and editors, and their works will be published on the Custom-Writing Blog.


Participants must follow all instructions to be eligible to win the contest.

  1. Write one essay on one of following three topics:
  • Why do you think it is important for students to improve their essay writing skills?
  • How can having less homework help improve learning?
  • Are the requirements of academic writing too strict? Should writing be simpler for students?
  1. Essay requirements:
  • Has a word count of 450 – 650 words (excluding footnotes, bibliography, title page, and article title)
  • Is written in US English
  • Contains no plagiarism
  • Has a file name of “Essay Writing Contest_Last Name”
  • Is submitted in .doc or .docx format
  • Has a bibliography that lists two or more peer-reviewed sources and no sources older than five years
  • Uses the APA formatting style

Please note that to be accepted, your essay must contain all required elements of APA formatting style:

  • Title page formatted correctly
  • Header with running head and page numbers on each page
  • References page

Send your completed essay to by the deadline given below. Late submissions will not be accepted.


Start of Essay Writing Contest — October 10, 2016

Duration — 2 months

Final deadline for submission — midnight EST on December 10, 2016

Winners announcement — January 20, 2017


Each participant can earn 100 points in total.

All works will be checked by the team of professional writers and editors at

Review the grading criteria below to make your essay perfect:

  • Correct APA style — 20 points
  • Excellent grammar, spelling, and punctuation— 20 points
  • Focused content — 20 points
  • Clear expression of thought and style — 20 points
  • Strong organization — 20 points


On December 28, 2016, the best 15 essays will be published on the Custom-Writing Blog, where readers will have the opportunity to help us determine the three winners.

Each reader will be able to vote for his or her favorite essay by sharing it only once on each social media account: Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Online voting will last until midnight EST on January, 18, 2017.

Taking into consideration the results of online voting and the grades from our expert writers and editors, we will determine the final three winners of the Essay Writing Contest.


Winners will be announced on January 20, 2017, on the Custom-Writing Blog.

To receive a prize, winners must provide proof of enrollment. In case the winner is unable to provide proof of enrollment, the prize will be given to the next eligible participant.

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9 Magazines with Contests and Deadlines This Month

7 June 2016

Electric Literature Opens For Essays

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


Southern Indiana Review Nonfiction Award

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


Mslexia Women’s Poetry Award

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


American Short Fiction Contest – Extended Deadline!

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


december Magazine Curt Johnson Prose Awards

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


New Rivers Press American Fiction Short Story Award

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


New American Press Fiction Prize

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


The Moth International Short Story Prize

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


Autumn House Literary Prizes

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

These are the current annual contests sponsored by Winning Writers.

20 May 2016

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

  • All styles and themes
  • Submission period: April 15-September 30, 2016
  • Total prizes: $4,000
  • Accepts published and unpublished work
  • Special award for verse that rhymes or has a traditional style


North Street Book Prize

  • For self-published books
  • Categories: Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction & Memoir
  • Submission period: February 15-June 30, 2016
  • Total prizes: $6,000
  • Top winners receive expert marketing services


Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee)

  • Seeks humor poems
  • Submission period: August 15, 2016 – April 1, 2017
  • Total prizes: $2,250
  • No fee!
  • Accepts published and unpublished work



Are you looking for our online database of The Best Free Literary Contests? Click here


OmniPapers Writing Contest: The Ideal Higher Education Model for My Country

11 April 2016

OmniPapers, with the support of our founder Emily Johnson, announce an international essay contest!

It’s a perfect opportunity to show your creativity and writing skills with a chance to win $500!


The contest is open to all students from worldwide.

What is the task?

Write an essay on the topic “The ideal higher education model for my country.”

Try your best to cover the following questions:

1. What higher education model do you see ideal?

2. What changes would you make to improve your country’s higher education model?

Don’t be afraid of experiments and remember: the most creative works have more chances to win.

Send your essays to Also, don’t forget the subject line of your message should be “OmniPapers Writing Contest”. And write your name in the body of this message.

Anything else?

  • The language of your essay should be English.
  • You can write it in academic or non-academic style.
  • The number of words should be between 1,000-1,500.
  • Save and send your essay in Word Doc or PDF formats.
  • Participants must be 20-25 years old.

One student can submit only one essay!


  • $500 – the 1-st place
  • $200 – the 2-nd place
  • $100 – the 3-rd place

Deadline: June 30, 2016.

Winners will be announced on July 11, 2016 and they’ll be notified by email. We’ll also publish their works at our blog.

Who Are They to Judge Us?

All essays will be evaluated for creativity, originality, and proper grammar by Emily Johnson, the author of this blog about reviews of best essay writing services.

Feel free to share this info with your friends in Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, using the #essaycontest hashtag.

More details needed? Ask your questions at or in comments below.

Good luck, and may the writing force be with you!

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11 April 2016

$1,500 For a Story, $1,500 For an Essay

Arthur Powers

The deadline is April 30 to enter this year’s Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. We’ll award 12 cash prizes totaling $4,000. The winning entries will be published on our website. The top winners will receive prominent exposure on our home page.

Key contest information:

  • Final judge: Arthur Powers (see his advice)
  • Top prizes: Best Story, $1,500; Best Essay, $1,500
  • Submit as many entries as you like
  • Entry fee: $18 per entry
  • Enter using Submittable or our standard entry form
  • Length limit: 6,000 words per entry
  • Subject: Any
  • Previously published work OK? Yes
  • Writers from all countries eligible
  • Past winning entries with judges’ remarks: See our archives

Click to submit your entry

Questions? Please email

Can’t Enter Online?

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

Winning Writers
Attn: Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest
351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222
Northampton, MA 01060-3961

Please include a check or money order for $18 payable to Winning Writers, and note your email address and phone number with your payment.


23 March 2016



Sunday, May 15, 2016

Entry Fees



1st place – $500, 2nd place – $300, 3rd place – $100.


If you like to write and do it the best, if your parents, friends and family say that you have a talent, if you can’t imagine your life without writing, then you should take part in this contest.

Write a unique essay in English between 800 and 1,000 words. Upload your files in the text formats .doc, .docx, .rtf, and .odt.

For more details please read “Instructions” on

Select the topic that you like the most from “Topics” on  After your essay is ready, send it to our support team via an online form (first name, email address and upload file).

Submit by 23:59 on May 15, 2016.

Our three winners will be notified via email and Facebook on June 1, 2016.

24Writer, the host of this contest, is an online resource which renders services in writing sphere.

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Narrative Winter 2016 Story Contest

18 January 2016

Narrative Winter 2016 Story Contest

OUR WINTER CONTEST is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We’re looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.

Narrative winners and finalists have gone on to win the Pushcart Prize,the Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Atlantic prize, and have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and others. View all the recent awards won byNarrative authors.
As always, we are looking for works with a strong narrative drive, with characters we can respond to as human beings, and with effects of language, situation, and insight that are intense and total. We look for works that have the ambition of enlarging our view of ourselves and the world.
We welcome and look forward to reading your pages.

Awards: First Prize is $2,500, Second Prize is $1,000, Third Prize is $500, and ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication.

Submission Fee: There is a $24 fee for each entry. And with your entry, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.

All contest entries are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize for 2016 and for acceptance as a Story of the Week.

Timing: The contest deadline is March 31, 2016, at midnight, Pacific daylight time.

Judging: The contest will be judged by the editors of the magazine. Winners and finalists will be announced to the public by April 30, 2016. All writers who enter will be notified by email of the judges’ decisions. The judges reserve the option to declare a tie in the selection of winners and to award only as many winners and finalists as are appropriate to the quality of work represented in the magazine.

Submission Guidelines: Please read our Submission Guidelines for manuscript formatting and other information.

Other Submission Categories: In addition to our contest, please review our other Submission Categories for areas that may interest you.

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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
5119 Coral Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm EST February 1, 2016

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

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


Last call! DreamQuestOne Writing Competition

14 January 2016

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


Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, 5 pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries, short screenplays and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or legibly hand printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: All electronic and postal mail entries must be sent off before or on January 31, 2016 by 11:59 PM, Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Yes, there is still time to send your wonderful poems and short stories to enter now!

All winners will be announced on March 17, 2016


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

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

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

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, mailing address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the 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 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

Many voices book project

9 January 2016
Awards: 100 dollar prize to finalists and the 20 Winners are also published in the final book. 
The authors collectively recieve 25% of royalties from book proceeds.
(Note:50% of proceeds goes to Charities)
Entry Fee:  Free
Deadlines: First round dead line is April 1st 2016  Last round deadline is Nov. 18 2018
Click the following link to see full list of Deadlines:
Website URL:
Contace Email:

Announcing the Rothstein Diversity Prize: an Essay Contest for Teachers on Diversity in the Classroom

7 May 2015

The Rothstein Diversity Prize is open to teachers of any grade, from private or public school, child care through four-year universities. Retired teachers are also eligible to enter. Entries may be on any subject related to diversity, but winning essays will be grounded in storytelling that brings the topic and the people involved to life.

The deadline for entries is 11:59 PM on June 1, 2015.

The Prize has no entry fee.

The winner will receive $300 and a copy of Irving Rothstein’s memoir It Couldn’t Have Been the Pay. 

Three runners-up will receive a copy of Rothstein’s memoir.

Essays by the winner and four runners-up will be featured on the Rocín website along with other selected submissions. Meaningful excerpts that share poignant ideas or perspectives on teaching and diversity may be showcased on social media.

Essays have no requirements for length or form. The essay’s content is most important.

Excerpts from all submissions may be featured on Rocín social media accounts, including Facebook and Twitter.

Entries must be submitted through the form at the bottom of this page, and must include a bio that includes a brief overview of their teaching career.

Winners will be announced on June 6, 2015 at Irving Rothstein’s book launch celebration in San Francisco. Winners do not need to attend, but selected excerpts will be read at the event.

Questions about the Prize can be directed to:
Alex Russell at:

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All About My Mother: Poetry & Creative Writing Contest

23 April 2015

Mother’s Day is a not just a day to connect and celebrate your mother – but a day to honor her and show her how much you care. We are celebrating motherhood the entire month of May, through our All About My Mother Writing Contest.

Write an original essay, poem, prose poem or short story – no more than 400-500 words – by: May 1, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. PDT, to win flowers on Mother’s Day (or choose to send flowers to your loved one).

Here are some things to consider when honoring your mom:

  1. Write about what your mom means to you.
  2. Visualize a time when your mother was laughing. Recall a time when you two shared a good laugh over something.
  3. Write a physical description of your mother. Write as if you were looking at a movie rather than a photograph.
  4. Concentrate on a particular habit that your mother has and write about it.
  5. Write about a moment when you discovered something new about your mother (maybe seeing her in a fresh way).

Stories can be shared below, through our Facebook page under “A Place for Mom Writing Contest,” or emailed to us at:

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23 April 2015



Juried contest offers top three winners cash prizes and publication

in Canada’s acclaimed magazine about experimental music and sound art



 Musicworks’ 2015 contests are now open to receive entries from anywhere in the world! Musicworks is Canada’s only magazine that explores experimental music. Its two annual juried contests spotlight new literary and musical talent, offering cash prizes and opportunities to be published and heard.


“Sonic Geography” Writing Contest

Echoes in a Lisbon square. Waterdrops from an Iceland glacier. Birds in a Buenos Aires barrio. These are some of the sounds that have inspired contributors to “Sonic Geography,” our regular essay column. Choose any location—urban or rural, indoors or outside, cacophonous or mysteriously quiet. You have 500 words to describe how sound shapes your experience. So open your ears, and pick up your pencils.

Accepted file types: PDF only. $30 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Musicworks; $5 each additional entry (unlimited).


First Prize: $500 cash AND your work published in Musicworks and on

Second Prize: $200 cash AND your work published on

Third Prize: $100 cash AND your work published on


Also check out our Electronic Music Composition Contest: Compose a piece in one of the following experimental genres: Acousmatic, Electroacoustic, Glitch, Intelligent Dance Music, Turntable art, or Video music. Maximum time: 10 minutes. Accepted file types: MP3 or MP4 only.


Visit our contest landing page and peruse the work of our 2014 contest winners!

2015 Contest prize details, eligibility and assessment criteria, and entry forms can be found at:


Since 1978, Musicworks has been dedicated to the development of new and passionate audiences for experimental music. Published three times a year with accompanying CDs, Musicworks features in-depth articles on Canadian and international composers, improvisers, instrument designers, and artists who work in genres such as radio, electroacoustics, concert music, sound installation, and sound sculpture. With a dynamic website and outreach programs, Musicworks creates an inclusive community within which to exchange and develop ideas, and excite curious listeners with adventurous music.

For more information, contact Anastasia Klyushin at OR (416) 977-3546

Highfield Press Spring Essay Contest 2015

1 April 2015

HIGHFIELD PRESS – “Picture Worth 1000 Words” Spring 2015 Essay Contest

$1,000 Grand Prize and online publication. Writer retains all rights.

Highfield Press invites you to submit an unpublished essay (500-1000 words) inspired by the theme, “Spring Fever.” Submission may be a personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel piece, historical account, biography, or short story. It must reflect the inspirational photo shown on the website, and theme of the contest.


Deadline April 30th, 2015.

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Palaver Journal call for submissions

2 March 2015

Palaver is UNCW’s online interdisciplinary journal housed in the Graduate Liberal Studies program.

Palaver seeks creative and academic submissions that defy the confines of a single discipline.

We accept art submissions in any medium, including video, still image, and multimedia.

Visit us at to peruse our past issues and to submit your work!

Email us at: with any questions.

Please make sure you follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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FormSwift $1,000 Scholarship Contest (New April 30, 2015 Deadline)

2 March 2015

Either Write a One-Page Business Plan, Make a Brief PowerPoint, or Make a Two-Minute Video about one of the following topics for a chance to win the FormSwift Scholarship:

  • How Student Organizations Could Use FormSwift
  • The Benefit of FormSwift to Schools & Colleges
  • Registration Documents That Should Be Online
  • How Volunteer Groups Could Use FormSwift
  • The Environmental Benefits of E-Signature/Paperless Documents


Scholarship Prize: $1000      

To be eligible:

1. You must be a graduating senior in high school or either a freshmen, sophomore or junior in college.
2. You may not be related to any of FormSwift’s staff or our extended family.
3. You must be graduating high school or in college between the ages of 16 and 35.
4. We reserve the right to verify date of high school graduation and/or college enrollment.

Here is how you enter:
1. As mentioned above, either write a one-page business plan, make a brief PowerPoint, or make a two-minute video about one of the suggested topics.
2. Send your entry to jamie[at] by April 30, 2015 with the email subject line “FormSwift Scholarship Entry”
3. Make sure to include your full name, state, and date of birth within your submission.

We will notify and announce the winner on May 15, 2015.

*All submissions become the property of

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Worldwide Essay Contest: Education In 50 Years

1 February 2015

Deadline: Sunday, February 15, 2015

Entry Fees:

*No entry fees*


1st place prize – $500
2nd place prize – $200
special 3rd prize: 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen


For college students and young writers from all over the world: Bid4papers announces an international essay writing competition. Show your creativity and writing skills, take part in this contest, and win $500 doing what you like most – composing.

Write an essay “Education In 50 Years: A Futurist’s Perspective”

Be creative, use your imagination, and try to cover some of the following questions in your essay:

How do you imagine education of the future? What will it look like? Will technologies play an important role to education process? What will the role of a teacher be? What will a student of the future look like?

Contact Information:



11 October 2014

23rd year. Bigger prizes! Best short story wins $1,500.

Best essay wins $1,500. Total prizes: $4,000.

Winning entries published online.

Fee: $16.

Limit: 6,000 words per entry. Both published and unpublished work accepted.

Submit by April 30, 2015.

Final judge: Arthur Powers.

See guidelines, past winners, and submit online at 

Stage of Life Writing Contest

7 July 2014


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Entry Fees:

$0. No entry fees.


In addition to a SWAG package, Stage of Life’s educational literacy sponsors Papa John’s, IHOP, Applebee’s, and SpaWeek donate gift cards to the winning teen and adult essay writers each month.


What’s your story? Educational literacy initiative,, hosts an international writing contest every month centered around a specific “life” topic. Topic themes have ranged from mental health to consumerism to fear to goal setting to our relationship with nature. The writing community welcomes nearly 1,000,000 teens, college students, teachers, parents and bloggers each year who come to read the stories or enter the writing contests. Answer the monthly “life question” by submitting a 500-word essay to tailored to the writing prompt and be automatically entered into the writing contest.

Contact Information


NBF Annual Legal Writing Contest

7 July 2014


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Entry Fees:

None, Free to Enter


The winner will be awarded with $1,500 to be applied towards law school or college tuition. The winning submission will also be published to the National Bankruptcy Forum website.


The contest is for law school or college students. To participate in the contest, students will have to submit an essay arguing how best to solve America’s student loan problem.

Essay Requirements:
– Submitted work must be at least 2,000 words
– Submissions are due by November 15
– Submissions can be sent using the submission form on the NBF website

– Recipient must be a law school or college student
– Recipient is a U.S. citizen or legal resident

The winner will be announced by December 1, 2014.


2014 Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest

21 June 2014

2014 Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest

1st Prize $1500 | 2nd Prize $750 | 3rd Prize $500

Our Topic for 2014 – “Lincoln and the Hard Hand of War”

In 1864 the American Civil War became even more savage. Casualties rose and prisoner exchanges stopped. During William Tecumseh Sherman’s March to the Sea and Phil Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley campaign, civilian property was deliberately targeted. Was Lincoln in part responsible for this hardening and brutalization of war in 1864, or was it an unpreventable development–a consequence of war’s inertia? Should he have tried to mitigate it? Was this more brutal war and its hundreds of thousands of casualties and endless destruction justified in the effort to save the Union and destroy slavery – or was it not acceptable for any reason?

Contest Rules
  • Please examine the rules below closely before contacting The Lincoln Forum or the contest coordinator with eligibility questions.
  • The scholarship essay contest is designed for students who are FULL TIME, undergraduate students in an AMERICAN COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY during the Spring 2014 semester. The July 31, 2014 deadline is designed to give these students time to finish their essays, if need be, after final exams.
  • You do not have to be an American citizen, but you do need to be attending an AMERICAN COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY during the eligibility period.
  • It is NOT open to high school students. Key question to consider; when we contact your college or university registrar will they be able to confirm that you were enrolled as a full-time college student during the spring 2014 semester? If the answer is no, you are not eligible.
  • The eligibility of entrants will be confirmed by the Lincoln Forum prior to the awarding of prizes.
  • Entries will be judged by the essay committee of The Lincoln Forum.
  • Deadline for entries is July 31, 2014
  • Entries must contain a minimum of 1,500 and a maximum of 5,000 words.
  • Essays may be submitted via regular mail (postmarked by July 31, 2014) or via e-mail (time stamped before midnight PST July 31, 2014) to the address below.
  • The essay must be typed and include a works-cited page or bibliography. End notes are suggested but not required.
  • There is no application form for the contest. The essay and your contact information serves as your application.
  • Applicants must include the name of their college or university with their entire and all contact information (regular and email address) must be put on the essay proper.
  • Judging will take place during the fall. The three winners will be announced at the Lincoln Forum annual meeting in Gettysburg on November 18th. Checks from the Lincoln forum will be sent to the winners in December 2014 The scholarship prize money is designed as a reward for academic excellence. It can be used for any purpose the winner desires.
  • The essay can be sent via email ( e-mail: ) or regular mail to the address below.

Don McCue, curator of The Lincoln Shrine in Redlands, California serves as coordinator of the Essay Contest.

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20 June 2014

Fairy Tale Review is thrilled to announce the debut of an annual contest,

beginning this year with Prose & Poetry awards.

We’re interested in poems, stories, and essays with a fairy-tale feel

— mainstream to experimental, genre to literary, realist to fabulist.

Both contests will award $1,000, and all submissions will be considered for publication in The Mauve Issue.


Deadline July 15, 2014

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Essay Tigers Writing Contest – 2014

20 June 2014

Submissions for Essay Tigers Writing Contest are now open!

Deadline – August 1, 2014.

Welcome to essay writing contest created by Essay Tigers! We invite all the writers internationally to submit previously unpublished entries and showcase your creative talent!

There Is No Entry Fee!

Please choose one of the following topics:

1) According to Jim Morrison, a friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself. Does social media allow to experience friendship to the fullest, or does it only make us more self-centered?

2) Studying abroad is a beneficial experience that offers a world of new opportunities. Discuss some of the arguments for and/or against this prospect.

3) What can be done to promote LGBT tolerance in colleges? Write an essay to support your ideas.

Deadline: August 1, 2014.

The Prizes

  • Winner – $250
  • First runner up – $100
  • Second runner up – $100

Honorable Mentions
Several notable essays will receive an honorable mention on our website.


Essays submitted will be judged by a jury consisting of two judges, selected by Essay Tigers. Your anonymity will be preserved during the examination. Please enter your contact information on a separate page. The submission should contain only the title and the text of the essay.

Essays are judged on the basis of creativity, interestingness, and ability to express the idea.
Winners will be announced on the website, Facebook, and Twitter. Follow us to stay updated.


Word count: Minimum – 700. Maximum – 1100.
Essays should be double-spaced.

File types accepted: Word (.doc, .rtf, .odt, and .docx).

Entries must be written in English, original, and never published before. Contact information should be written on a separate page.
By entering this essay contest, you accept its rules and understand that judges’ decision is final.
Only one entry per person is allowed.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Essay Tigers does not discriminate participants on the basis of age, race, religion, color, national origin or ancestry, gender, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression.

To Enter the Contest

Submissions should be sent to, with the subject line: “Essay Contest”.

Finalists will be notified by August 4, 2014.

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If you have any questions, please contact us!

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. – Theodore Roosevelt

Call for submissions: A Letter To My Mom book project

20 June 2014
I work at a small production company in Los Angeles, and our next book, A Letter to My Mom, honors the powerful, loving, complicated, one-of-a-kind relationships we all have with our mothers. It’s a collection of personally-crafted letters to moms written by individuals from all walks of life including celebrities, influencers, everyday people and kids.
We are trying to include letters from all over the country, which is why I am reaching out to you.  We want to get as many letters as possible – and provide the letter-writers a chance to be published in our book.
Here is a little more info on the books we’ve done: 
A Letter to My Mom will be published by Crown Archetype, a division of Random House, and is the third book in the “A Letter to…” series created by Lisa Erspamer, former co-EP of The Oprah Winfrey Show and Chief Creative Officer and Executive Vice President of the OWN network. The publication date is May 2015.
The first book, A Letter To My Dog, and the highly anticipated follow-up, A Letter To My Cat, feature letters from celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Tony Bennett, Kristin Chenoweth, Dr. Oz, Hilary Duff, Chelsea Handler, Dita Von Teese, Amy Smart, Mariel Hemingway, Tyler Perry, Cynthia McFadden, Robin Roberts and more.
A portion of the proceeds from every book in the series goes to charity, and for A Letter To My Mom, we are teaming up with Baby2Baby.  Baby2Baby supplies Los Angeles families in need with essential baby gear and clothing for their children up to age 12. By distributing new and gently used items to over 50 non-profit organizations including homeless and domestic violence shelters, Head Start programs and hospitals, Baby2Baby serves over 67,000 children each year.
Again – we would love your help getting members from your organization to submit letters and join us in this special project honoring our moms!
If they are willing to participate, they’ll need to write a letter with a maximum of 700 words, and provide a couple of favorite photos of his/her mom, as well as a couple of shots of them together, from various stages of their lives.
Here is our landing page where folks can go to submit letters:


25 April 2014


Have you ever met an everyday, ordinary guru who helped you break a myth that held you back,

sparked insight, or helped you see the world a little differently?

If so, tell us your story by entering the Ordinary Guru Contest.

You can submit a short story, essay, memoir, photo essay,

cartoon, graphic novel or poem.

First Prize: $5,000. Second Prize: $2,500. Third Prize: $1,500.

Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States

and the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec),

who are 18 years and older.

Contest ends August 31, 2014.

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