Posts Tagged ‘fiction competitions’

Salamander Magazine Fiction Contest

11 May 2016

Deadline: JUNE 1, 2016

Salamander magazine will award a cash prize of $1,500 plus publication for the best fiction story. All entries will be considered for publication. All entries will be considered anonymously. Send no more than one story per entry. Each story must not exceed 30 double-spaced pages in 12 point font. Multiple entries are acceptable, provided that a separate reading fee is included with each entry. Contest reading fee includes a one-year subscription. There is a reading fee of $15, and all contest results will be posted on by August 1, 2016.

Judge: Joan Wickersham

Joan Wickersham is the author of The News From Spain and The Suicide Index, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her fiction has appeared in One StoryPloughsharesAGNI, and many other publications, and her work has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She has written a regular op-ed column for The Boston Globe, and her pieces have run in The International Herald Tribune and on NPR. Joan has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She has taught writing at Emerson and at Harvard, and currently teaches in Bennington’s MFA program.  Deadline: June 1, 2016

Submit Entries Online ( by Mail to:
2016 Fiction Prize
Salamander/Suffolk University English Dept.
8 Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108

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The Creative Writing Competitions

20 June 2014

Descriptive Mystery Story Competition

1st Prize: £100.00

2nd Prize: £75.00

3rd Prize: £50.00

Closing date:  16th August 2014

Entry fee: £2.00 or Free to Premier1 Write, Learn and Publish members

We want you to write a story inspired by the photo published online.   Consider that something unusual or unexplained happened here.  Importantly, we want you to bring the scenes to life by making it beautifully descriptive.

Maximum word count: 1200 including the title

Erotic Fiction Writing Competition

1st Prize: £200.00

2nd Prize: £150.00

3rd Prize: £100.00

Closing date: 25th August 2014

Entry fee: £3.00 or FREE to Premier1 Write, Learn and Publish members

Using the photo published online for inspiration, create a story that both captivates and tantalises the reader. The story can be deeply moving, sensual, sexual or even contain moments of humour, but it should be well-written, with a start, middle and ending. Please note that gratuitous sex scenes are not permitted.  Erotic content should be relevant to the progression of characters and plot.
Maximum word count: 2000 excluding the title

This Living Planet Poetry Competition

1st Prize: £150.00

2nd Prize: £100.00

3rd Prize: £75.00

Closing date: September 1st 2014

Entry fee: £3.00 or Free to Premier1 Write, Learn and Publish members

Craft a poem around any aspect of our living planet and you could be in with a chance of winning our top prize of £150 plus publication.

Tell It Strange Essay & Story Contest

19 April 2014

Deadline: Saturday, May 31, 2014

Entry Fees:

$15 per entry March 2 through May 31, 2014


First Place: $1,000 (USD); publication, along with the finalist judge’s comments, in The Writer magazine; a creative writing workshop offered in New York City or online by Gotham Writers Workshop ($445 value); and a one-year subscription to The Writer magazine.

Second Place: $500 (USD); publication on The Writer website (; one-year subscription to The Writer magazine; a creative writing workshop, either in New York City or online, offered by Gotham Writers Workshop.

Third Place: $250 (USD); publication on The Writer website (; and a one-year subscription to The Writer magazine; a creative writing workshop, either in New York City or online, by Gotham Writers Workshop. Gotham Writers Workshop will also publish an excerpt of this story on its website.


Choose one of the Ms. Proulx’s insightful quotes to respond to:

“We’re all strange inside. We learn how to disguise our differences as we grow up.” –The Shipping News

“There’s something wrong with everybody and it’s up to you to know what you can handle.” –Close Range

Entries may be in any genre — including fiction, memoir, essay and poetry.

Contact Information



19 April 2014

Fiction Contest


Deadline May 1, 2014.

Grand prize $250, publication in short story bonus issue, photo on cover, year’s subscription, five free online subscription to friends/family, guest appearance on radio show and full access to promos Mic Nite, Take Five and Must Read TV.

Second place $100 plus publication, photo, online subscription, three guest online subscriptions, access to promos Mic Nite, Take Five and Must Read TV.

Third place $50 plus publication, photo, online subscription, a guest online subscription, access to promos Mic Nite, Take Five and Must Read TV.

Ten runners-up receive publication, online subscription, access to promos Mic Nite, Take Five and Must Read TV.

Manuscript must be 1500 words or less.

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The Suptopian Magazine – 2113: An Oral History of the Future (Fiction Contest)

31 March 2014


As a genre, Dystopian fiction has a remarkable track record – 1984, Brave New World, Farenheit 451, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? By Phillip K. Dick, Neuromancer by William Gibson, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells…the list could go on and on. These are visions of our darkest possible future as a species, but they are the vision of a single individual. Our collective fate will be decided by many, not just one, and that is why The Subtopian is innovating a collective, collaborative project to tell the story of our possible downfall as a civilization.


Authors will create short, first person narratives that tell a personal story for a particular character. These stories must paint a picture of what it was like when civilization fell, what it is like trying to survive in the aftermath, causes of the apocalypse, or how people are trying to rebuild. It is important to keep in mind that these are the stories of the survivors, told and retold so that history, in the absence of other media, will not be lost.

The stories selected will be presented in a theatrical reading in the style of an oral history. Characters in the future will tell an audience their story, their memory, or their perspective about how and why the world as we know it came to an end. Imagine a ruined city, the homeless survivors gathered around a fire, sharing with one another where they were, or where their families were, when it all happened. The different stories will be read and evaluated for quality, original thought, and for thematic elements as they will all be part of a larger narrative and must not contradict. No vision of how these events transpired will be prepared ahead of time, it is up to the writer to decide and the editors to select pieces that create one vision.

Selected stories will be performed live by Serendipity Players, a theater troupe in the Portland area, and will be filmed for those that are unable to attend. The stories will also be published in a creative anthology by The Subtopian Press and will be made available both online and at the theater event.


Twenty stories will be selected from the submissions. All of the winners will be given a copy of the printed anthology and a copy of the performance as a hard disc or digital download. The winning story will be the focal point of the show and will receive $100 as compensation. The shortlisted stories will be published on

Submission Guidelines

  • Above all, variety is key, we don’t want the performance to feel like many people talking in one voice. We want various ethnicities, ages, etc.
  • 500-1000 words, excluding the title, but closer to 500 words is best. Exceeding the word limit will result in disqualification, however, the winning story may be offered the opportunity for expansion, provided the author is interested.
  • The Deadline is May 30th, 2014.
  • Any style, voice, or genre is accepted provided it suits the topic of a Dystopian future. In other words, it can be romantic, humorous, dramatic, or action-packed, but it must weave itself into the overall narrative in a way that makes sense.
  • There is a submission fee of $10 to cover production expenses.
  • Stories can only be in English.
  • There is no limit to how many stories an author may submit.
  • Stories must be submitted in Times New Roman, 12-point font, in .doc or PDF format.
  • Submissions are accepted via Submittable or at
  • Publishing rights of the winning and the shortlisted stories remain with the author. Subtopian publishes First North American Serial Rights. You can use your story anywhere you like, but you have to let other publishers know that it was published with us first.
  • Please note that our editors may require small changes to be implemented in stories, in order to maintain the consistency throughout the project. We will always ask for authors’ approval in such cases.
  • Follow us on Facebook for competition tips and updates about shortlisted stories.


Salamander 2014 Fiction Prize

31 March 2014

$1,500 Honorarium and Publication
Final Judge: Jennifer Haigh

SUBMIT: Online or by mail from May 15 through June 15, 2014; on-​​line submission available at end of day on May 15th.

Reading fee: $15.00

  • All entries will be considered for publication. All entries will be considered anonymously.
  • Send no more than one story per entry. Each story must not exceed 30 double-​​spaced pages in 12 point font. Multiple entries are acceptable, provided that a separate reading fee is included with each entry.
  • Please submit two separate cover sheets with each entry, one with the title of the story only, and the other with the title of the story and your name, address, phone number, and email. Your name should not appear anywhere on the story itself.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but the contest fee is non-​​refundable if the submission is withdrawn. Please notify the editors as soon as possible if a submitted story is accepted elsewhere.
  • Previously published works and works accepted for publication elsewhere cannot be considered. Salamander’s definition of publishing includes electronic publication.
  • No handwritten, faxed, emailed, or poorly copied/​printed manuscripts will be considered.
  • Salamander will not consider work from anyone currently or recently (within the past 4 years) affiliated with Suffolk University or the prize judge.
  • If you wish to be notified of the arrival of your manuscript, please enclose a self-​​addressed stamped postcard. Please also include a self-​​addressed stamped business-​​sized envelope for notification of contest results. Manuscripts cannot be returned. Contest results will be posted on salamandermag​.org
  • Contest reading fee includes a one-​​year subscription. Checks should be made out to Salamander. We will send your subscription to the address on your cover sheet unless instructed otherwise. Overseas addresses, please add $10 for subscription postage ($5 for addresses in Canada). Please note that we cannot accept money orders or checks from foreign banks.
  • Online contest submissions and payment will be available starting May 15, 2014.

Jennifer Haigh is the author of the short story collection News From Heaven and four critically acclaimed novels: Faith, The Condition, Baker Towers and Mrs. Kimble. Her books have won both the PEN/​Hemingway Award (for debut fiction) and the PEN/L.L. Winship award (for outstanding book by a New England author), and have been published in nineteen languages. Her short stories have been published widely, in the Atlantic, Ploughshares, The Best American Short Stories and many other places. She lives in Boston.

Visit the website for CONTEST details:

Glimmer Train: Very Short Fiction Award

8 January 2014


Friday, January 31, 2014



Entry Fees



First place receives $1,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories. Second place receives $500 (or $700 if accepted for publication). Third place receives $300 (or $700 if accepted for publication).


Awards short stories, maximum 3,000 words. Submit through online submission manager.

Contact Information

Glimmer Train Press, 4763 SW Maplewood, P.O. Box 80430, Portland, OR 97280.


The Fiction Desk Flash Fiction Competition 2014

25 October 2013
The Fiction Desk Flash Fiction Competition 2014 is open now,
with a deadline of January 31st, 2014.
The first prize is £200, and there are four finalist prizes of £25 each,
with the winner and finalists published in an upcoming Fiction Desk anthology. 
Stories should be between 250 & 1,000 words in length.
Entries cost £3 for one, or £7.50 for three stories submitted together. 
Full details and the entry form are available at:

RopeWalk Press Editor’s Fiction Chapbook Prize

4 June 2013
Deadline: June 15, 2013
Entry Fee: $20

A prize of $1,000, publication by RopeWalk Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a fiction chapbook. Submit a manuscript of up to 45 pages with a $20 entry fee ($5 for each additional entry) by June 15, 2013. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

RopeWalk Press, Editor’s Fiction Chapbook Prize, 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, IN 47712.  (800) 464-1916 . Nicole Louise Reid, Editor.

Then and Now – Anthology Contest – (Michigan Residents Only)

4 June 2013
THEN AND NOW Anthology Contest
MIFIWriters is currently accepting submissions for their 3rd annual Anthology of speculative fiction. 
The contest is open to Michigan residents only. 
YA-Adult short stories, up to 12,000 words on their 2014 theme, time travel. 
There is no reading fee. 
Winners receive publication and 1 cent per word up to $50 for first time publication rights. 
Deadline is November 1, 2013
Guidelines and submission information is found on their website:
It is suggested that submitters review the previous two anthologies for an idea of the type of work most likely to be accepted.

Fiction contest: May/June; Salamander magazine

15 May 2013

Salamander magazine will award a cash prize of $1,500 plus publication for the best fiction story. All entries will be considered for publication. Send no more than one story per entry. Each story must not exceed 30 double-spaced pages in 12 point font. Multiple entries are acceptable, provided that a separate reading fee is included with each entry. Contest reading fee includes a one-year subscription.

Judge: Edith Pearlman
Edith Pearlman’s most recent collection of short stories, Binocular Vision, received the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award. Her other books are How to Fall, Love Among the Greats, and Vaquita. She has published more than 250 works of short fiction and nonfiction in national magazines, literary journals, anthologies, and online publications. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and New Stories from the South.

Submissions run from May 15 – June 15, 2013, and all of the information can be found here:

Submit Entries Online or by Mail to:
2013 Fiction Prize
Salamander/Suffolk University English Dept.
41 Temple Street
Boston, MA 02114

Visit the website for details:

drawkcaB Fiction Contest

2 May 2013


June 22 is National Flash Fiction Day in the U.K. and many places around the globe. To commemorate this auspicious day, Postcard Poems and Prose will sponsor a flash fiction contest based on the theme “Backward”. Since this is our second fiction contest and the deadline is June 22, the winning author will receive an Amazon gift card valued at $26.22 in US dollars. (2 & 6/22 — We like to be different.) We will publish three winning entries in July. Only one entry will receive the gift card though…we are starving authors too. As before, the gift card recipient will be chosen from the three winning entries by a staff game of Rock, Paper, Scissors.



Our judges are practicing up for the big day. While the judges perfect their technique, authors should moonwalk directly to their laptops and get started on an entry. Our last fiction contest produced three winners and three honorable mention awards. Those stories were published in March and may be read in our home gallery.

To submit an entry:
Entries need to be sent as a DOC attachment, preferably in Times New Roman 12 pt. Your name should NOT be on the attached document. (Blind judging. Stories will be judged on merit alone.) Authors should send an email to with the words drawkcaB Fiction Contest in the subject line. Word count must be 153-194 (There we go being different again–some might even say odd.) Any entry needs to be inspired, at least loosely, by the theme “BACKWARD” and must be received before midnight in Michigan, June 22. Only ONE entry allowed per author.

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Mystery Short Story Competition 2013

25 April 2013

Mystery Times 2013

Last year, we received over 100 submissions from new and established authors alike. Never before published, they were gathered together in our Second Annual Mystery Times collection. Each story was read and rated on the same set of parameters; each judge brought his or her own unique talents and tastes to the task at hand.

The quality of the stories was outstanding and the 2012 book rode the #1 and 2 spot on the Amazon Hot New Mystery Release List for FOUR weeks!

So, yep, we’re doing it again!

Our 2013 Showcase Mystery Times 2013 seeks new mystery short stories.

Submission Guidelines:

Theme: Mystery–It can be it murder, cozy, paranormal, soft-boiled, hard-boiled, police procedural, suspense, thriller, or amateur detective.

What is a mystery? In a mystery, the main character must track down the truth about an event, often a murder. If the protagonist is in any danger, it usually becomes a problem only as the detective/protagonist approaches the truth. That’s your base, how it plays out is up to you!

No gratuitous sex or violence.

The competition is open to all writers in English except current employees of Buddhapuss Ink LLC.

Submissions will be accepted from April 1, 2013 to July 15, 2013.

You must be 18 or older to enter.

No previously published work(s)

Simultaneous submissions are not permitted.

Entries should be between 3000-7000 words in length.

Send your submissions via email with the subject line “Submission for MYSTERY TIMES TEN” from <your name> with your story as an attached file in .doc or .docx (Word) format PLEASE INCLUDE in the body of the email:

Your name and contact information

A brief author bio (2-5 sentences)

Entry should be single-spaced in at least a 12 pt. readable font. We suggest Times New Roman, Courier, or Arial.

Send emails to:

NOTE: You will receive an email acknowledging our receipt of your entry within 24 hours. If you do not receive this email: (check your junk/bulk/spam folder first!) please re-submit your entry and change the subject line to: “RESUBMISSION for MYSTERY TIMES TEN”.

Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered.

Notifications will be sent to finalists via email August, 2013.

There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit. There is no fee to enter.

Buddhapuss Ink LLC reserves the right to close or extend the competition if not enough suitable entries are received.

Winning Selections:

The Winning entries will be published in the 2013 Showcase titled Mystery Times 2013  to be published by Buddhapuss Ink LLC.

FIRST and SECOND PLACE winners will receive a new Kindle, featured placement in the book, and Buddhapuss Ink swag.

THIRD PLACE winner will receive a $25 Gift Card, featured placement in the book, and Buddhapuss Ink swag.

ALL WINNERS will receive: two (2) copies of the finished book and the opportunity to “fast track” their next manuscript with our Editorial staff. “Fast track” does not mean you will receive a publishing contract, but we will guarantee that your manuscript is given a priority reading.

Some winning entries will also be featured on our website, blog, and/or Facebook page.

Buddhapuss Ink is all about our readers and all entries will be read by an independent panel of readers and rated on the same scale and parameters. The top 20 entries-based on the aggregate scores-will go on to the final round where they will be read and scored by our Editorial Review Panel made up of publishing professionals. The decisions of the judges will be final

No manuscripts will be returned.

Winners will be notified & announced in August 2013.

Publication is scheduled for October/November 2013.

Send your best words our way! We publish newcomers and established writers alike.

Key dates: Contest ends: July 15, 2013
Winners announced: August 2013
Publication: October/November 2013

Send entries to:

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Poisoned Pen Press invites aspiring mystery novelists to write, win, publish:

5 March 2013

Poisoned Pen Press Now Accepting Submissions for the Second Annual Discover Mystery Award;

will award a $1000 cash prize and publishing contract to this year’s winner


Poisoned Pen Press is now accepting entries for its second annual Discover Mystery Award. A first book contest specifically for unpublished writers trying to break into the mystery genre, the Discover Mystery Award will include a $1000 cash prize, the Discover Mystery title, and a publishing contract from Poisoned Pen Press.

Writers unpublished within the mystery genre are invited to submit their original mystery fiction manuscripts of between 60,000 and 90,000 words.

Entries must be received by 11:59 PM Pacific on March 30, 2013.

The Discover Mystery Award will be announced on May 31, 2013.

A $20 entry fee applies for all submissions. For full details, eligibility requirements, and manuscript submission instructions, visit:

Entries submitted for the Discover Mystery Award will be judged by members of the Poisoned Pen Press editorial staff, along with an as-yet-to-be-named celebrity guest judge.

Poisoned Pen Press published Ronald Sharp’s No Regrets, No Remorse, the winner of 2012 Discover Mystery Award, in November.

Jessica Tribble, Publisher at Poisoned Pen Press, stated, “ Poisoned Pen Press is always looking to discover something new, which is why we launched the Discover Mystery Award last year.  We were overwhelmed both by the volume and quality of submissions we received. While the competition was stiff, we were thrilled to publish No Regrets, No Remorse by Ronald Sharp, the winner of the first annual Discover Mystery Award. And now we are looking for the next winner.  We can’t wait to see what we discover.”

In addition to the grand prizes, Poisoned Pen Press will also provide support in publicizing the winning work, and sharing information with prominent booksellers. However, should no entry meet the standards of the editorial team, Poisoned Pen Press reserves the right not to declare a winner, or to offer the cash prize without publication.

Found in 1997, Poisoned Pen Press is an independent publisher specializing in the highest quality mystery books. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Poisoned Pen Press is one of the largest publishers of hardcover mysteries in the world.

Visit the new Poisoned Pen Press author blog and Discover Mystery™ at:

For details visit: visit:

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 for more information or to submit.

Balcones Fiction Prize

9 November 2012

For the third year, Austin Community College will award $1,500 to the
best book of literary fiction published in 2012.

DEADLINE: Jan. 31, 2013

Traditionally the winner is flown to Austin for a campus reading.

Books of prose may be submitted by author or publisher; send three
copies; books must bear a publication date between January 1, 2012 and
December 31, 2012.

The reading fee is $30.

The nomination form can be found here:


The New Writer Magazine: Prose & Poetry Prizes 2012

29 October 2012

Prose and Poetry Prizes

This is the 13th year of the Prose & Poetry Prizes sponsored by The New Writer magazine, although it is the 16th consecutive year of the Poetry Prizes – previous winners include Judi Moore, Sharon Black, Wes Lee, Alexandra Fox, Cathy Whitfield, Mo McAuley, Alesha Racine, David Grubb, Katy Darby and Graham Clifford, whose award winning entries appeared in our anthologies – find details on this website. Prizes are awarded in the following categories:

The next closing date for the annual prose and poetry prizes is 30th November 2012/


Essays, Articles, Interviews – covering any writing-related or literary theme in its widest sense up to 2,000 words. 1st prize £150, 2nd £100, 3rd £50.


Short Stories, Micro Fiction – short stories 500 to 5,000 words, micro fiction up to 500 words; on any subject or theme, in any genre (not children’s). Previously published work is not eligible. Short Stories: 1st prize £300, 2nd £200, 3rd £100. Micro Fiction: 1st prize £150, 2nd £100, 3rd £50.


Single Poems and Collections – Single Poems up to 40 lines; Collections of between 6 – 10 poems – no restriction on length of poems in the Collection category. Single poem entries must be previously unpublished; previously published poems can be included as part of a Collection. Collection: 1st prize £300, 2nd £200, 3rd £100. Single: 1st prize £100, 2nd £75, 3rd £50.

Total Prize Fund £2,500

How to Enter the Prose & Poetry Prizes

If sending poetry by email please send as an attachment – either Microsoft Word (.doc) or plain text (.txt) formats. However, we would prefer to receive longer MSS of poetry collections, short stories and features in the post to The New Writer at the address at the foot of this page along with a covering sheet with your name, address, tel/fax/email, and the title(s) of your work. For payment details see the Rules of entry and Entry Form page.

These are annual prizes – for more information contact The New Writer tel 01580 212626 or email <>

Click Here For Rules of Entry and online entry form

Click Here for previous winners

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

29 October 2012

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 or e-mail:

Visit the website for guidelines:

The Fiddlehead’s 22nd annual literary contest!

29 October 2012

Deadline: Postmarked by December 1st 2012


Two contest categories: poetry and short fiction.

Prizes in each category: $2000 for winner +

publication payment and $250 for 2 honourable mentions + publication payment.

Winning entries will be published in the spring 2013 issue of The Fiddlehead (no. 255) and on the website.

One short-fiction entry is one story (6,000 words maximum).

One poetry entry is up to 3 poems; no more than 100 lines per poem.

No simultaneous submissions and no previously published works.

Do not put name on the work(s) submitted; send cover page that includes contact information,

the entry’s title(s) and contest category. All entries must be submitted by mail.

Entry Fee: $30 for an entry from Canada and $36 for an international entry.

The entry fee includes a one-year subscription to The Fiddlehead.

For full contest details go to The Fiddlehead’s website

or contact us at