Posts Tagged ‘fiction contests’

2017 Curt Johnson Prose Awards

1 April 2017

Submissions are OPEN – March 1, 2017 to May 1, 2017.

We are pleased to announce Lily King (Fiction) and Roxane Gay (Nonfiction) will judge our 2017 Curt Johnson Prose Awards. $1,500 and publication in our Fall/Winter 2017 issue for First Place (fiction and nonfiction); $500 and publication in our Fall/Winter 2017 issue for honorable mention (fiction and nonfiction).


Lily King
is the award-winning author of Father of the Rain (NY Times Editor’s Choice, Publishers Weekly Best Novel of the Year) and Euphoria (Kirkus Award for Fiction, New England Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award finalist). She grew up in Massachusetts and received her B.A. in English Literature from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her M.A. in Creative Writing from Syracuse University. She has taught English and Creative Writing at several universities and high schools in this country and abroad. Lily is the recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship and a Whiting Writer’s Award.

Roxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, and Difficult Women and Hunger forthcoming in 2017. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel.

Our submission period is OPEN.

SEE CURRENT AND PAST WINNERS HERE

Guidelines:

Maximum of 8,000 words for fiction and non-fiction.  Name and address on cover letter only.  $20 entry fee includes copy of Awards issue.

AUTHOR NAME OR OTHER IDENTIFYING INFORMATION SHOULD NOT APPEAR IN YOUR TITLE OR ANYWHERE ON YOUR UPLOADED OR HARD COPY DOCUMENT.

december accepts submissions online through Submittable.

We do not accept simultaneous submissions, but we generally provide a response within six weeks.

december also accepts submissions through the U.S. mail. If submitting by mail, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with sufficient postage, your $20.00 entry fee (check or cash), and indicate if you would like your manuscript returned. Multiple entries accepted with additional $20.00 entry fee per submission.
december assumes no responsibility for delayed, lost, or damaged manuscripts.

HOW TO ENTER:  http://decembermag.org/2017-curt-johnson-prose-awards/

THE WRITER MAGAZINE: “SPRING CLEANING” PROSE FICTION CONTEST

1 April 2017

As you already know, The Writer encourages all of our readers to practice their craft and put their stories in front of the eyes of as many people as possible. Contests have always been a vital part of the writing world, giving writers the chance to have their work reviewed by editors and possibly published. Literary journals, universities and even The Writer regularly host contests, helping authors gain exposure and hone their craft.

Choose your inspiration, submit before the deadline, and, as always, keep writing.

OUR CURRENT CONTEST: “SPRING CLEANING”

Spring is finally here. To celebrate, we’re encouraging our readers to do a little spring cleaning of their own…in their draft folders.

Pick your very best draft, polish it up, and send it for consideration in our short story contest. No theme, no genre restrictions, just your favorite draft in 2000 words or less. Don’t have a draft in progress? Clean out your “idea bank” and write a new one!

Deadline: May 8th, 2017

Grand prize: $1,000 and publication in our magazine

Word count: 2,000 words or less

Other prizes: Our second-place winner will receive $500 and publication on our website, writermag.com; our third-place winner will receive $250 and publication on writermag.com as well.

Not the writing contest for you? Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to hear when we launch a new one.

 

PLEASE READ ALL GUIDELINES BEFORE SUBMITTING.

Guidelines:

The submission deadline is midnight eastern time on May 8th, 2017. Please note that the deadline is eastern standard time. If you are unsure when that would be in your time zone, we recommend using an online time zone converter, such as thetimezoneconverter.com. Every year, we receive emails from writers who waited until the last minute to enter and experienced a technical glitch or another emergency. To be safe, we recommend submitting before the final deadline to account for any problems, especially since our staff is out of the office on weekends. If you do experience a technical problem, contact customerservice@madavor.com and we will do our very best to help you.

• The entry fee is $25 (including processing fees). All entries MUST be submitted through Submittable to be considered. We cannot accept mailed or emailed submissions.

• We encourage you to submit multiple stories – for a discounted entry fee of $15. All entries must be submitted on the same transaction in order to get the discounted rate. The first submission will be $25 and each additional submission (up to 5 per transaction) will be $15.

• You may enter simultaneously submitted work.

• This is a prose fiction contest. Do not submit essays, poetry, or other works of nonfiction. Do not submit any work over 2000 words or it will be disqualified. (Your piece’s title will not be included in the final word count.)

Please remove your name, bio and any contact info from the file that you submit – including title page, header and footer. This is a blind contest and your confidentiality is essential. Once we close the contest and determine our winners, Submittable will allow us to contact you via your account information. There is no need whatsoever to include your personal information in your document.

• We prefer Word documents, but we do accept some other file types (such as PDFs). Please do give your piece a title and make sure that title matches the name you enter in the Submittable “title” form. (Your title will not be included in the maximum word count). For multiple submissions, simply enter one of your stories’ titles in the Submittable form.

• A blind reading of all entries will be conducted by the editorial staff of The Writer.

• $1,000 and publication in the September 2017 issue will be awarded to the winner. The runner-up will receive $500 and publication on writermag.com. Third place winner will receive $250 and publication on writermag.com.

• Close friends and colleagues (current & former) of the The Writer staff and Madavor Media are not eligible to compete.

• All submissions must be submitted via our online submission form manager. Again, we will not accept mail or email submissions.

• All submissions must be previously unpublished.

• Entry fees are non-refundable.

• International (non-US) writers are welcome to submit.

• Must be 18 years or older to enter.

HOW TO ENTER:

https://writermag.submittable.com/submit

Visit the website:

http://www.writermag.com/writing-resources/contests/

The $50,000 St. Francis College Literary Prize

1 April 2017

$50,000 for a 3rd to 5th
published work of fiction
Congratulations to
Maud Casey (The Man Who Walked Away)
for winning the 2015 St. Francis College Literary Prize.

About the $50,000 St. Francis College Literary Prize

The biannual $50,000 Literary Prize is sponsored by St. Francis College to offer its support and encouragement to the literary community and mid-career authors who have recently published their 3rd to 5th work of fiction.

  • Self-published books and English translations are considered.
  • The next Prize will be for work published between June 2015 and May 2017.

Deadline for Prize Submissions: May 15, 2017

Shortlist Announced: August 15, 2017
Winner Awarded: BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL GALA, SEPTEMBER 2017.
Jury (read more about the jurors below):

    • Ellen Litman (University of Connecticut)
    • Jeffery Renard Allen (University of Virginia)
    • Rene Steinke (Fairleigh Dickinson University

3rd through 5th published works of fiction published between June 2015-May 2017.

To Enter, Please Submit 5 Copies of the Work to:
SFC Literary Prize
St. Francis College
180 Remsen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Questions?: Email: Professor Ian Maloney

– Visit the website for details: http://www.sfc.edu/news/sfcliteraryprize

The Malahat Review: Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction

1 April 2017

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites emerging short-story writers from Canada and abroad to enter the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction.

Eligible authors have yet to publish their fiction in book form (a book is defined to have a length of 48 pages or more). Publication in literary magazines is acceptable. One prize of $1,000 (CAD) is awarded.

2017 Contest Information

This year’s contest deadline is May 1, 2017. Submissions are now open!

Judge

Steven Price

Guidelines

  • Eligible writers have yet to publish their fiction in book form and may submit one short story per entry.
  • Writers who have self-published a book of fiction are considered to have published their fiction in book form and are therefore ineligible to enter the Far Horizons Awards. You are, however, welcome to enter your work in our Open Season Awards.
  • The story must not exceed 3,500 words. Please double space your work.
  • Entry fee required:
    • $25 CAD for Canadian entries;
    • $30 US for American entries;
    • $35 US for entries from Mexico and outside North America.
    • see How to Pay below
    • $15 CAD for any additional entries, no limit
  • Entrants receive a one-year print subscription to The Malahat Review for themselves or a friend. Digital subscriptions or digital/print bundle subscriptions are not available through Malahat contests.
  • Entries already published, accepted, or submitted elsewhere are ineligible. Should Malahat discover that an entry it has received fails to satisfy this criterion, it will be immediately disqualified, no matter at what point it has arrived at—submission processing, screening, shortlisting, or final judging—in the adjudication process. Should an entry be disqualified, the entry fee will not be reimbursed; the entrant, however, will still receive his or her one-year subscription to the magazine.
  • Previous publication is considered to be any appearance in print or online, including on or in a newspaper, newsletter, magazine, anthology, chapbook, book, website, electronic magazine, personal blog, Twitter, or Facebook. Please note that even if the print run or circulation of the print publication where the work has previously appeared is small, this is still considered previous publication. No work that has been excerpted elsewhere is eligible for submission; nor is a work that has been revised since its original publication.
  • When submitting by email, please ensure you include a cover letter with relevant contact details (more below under Enter by Email); do not simply put this information in the body of the email. We also ask that no personal or contact information is written anywhere on submission itself.
  • Entrants’ anonymity is preserved throughout the judging. Contact information (including an email address) should not appear on the submission.
  • The winner will be notified via email.
  • Entrants will not be notified about the judges’ decisions even if an SASE is enclosed for this purpose.
  • The winner and finalists will be announced on The Malahat Review‘s website and Facebook page, with the publication of only the winning entry appearing in the Winter 2017 issue.
  • The winner will be interviewed. The interview will appear on our website and in Malahat lite, the magazine’s e-newsletter, in September 2017.
  • No entries will be returned, even if accompanied by an SASE.

How to enter, visit:

http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/far_horizons_fiction/info.html

THE EIGHTH ANNUAL GeminiMAGAZINE SHORT STORY CONTEST

4 March 2017

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Gemini Magazine $1,000 Short Story Prize

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

Deadline: March 31, 2017

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

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

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

PANNING FOR GOLD: HOW THE SELECTION PROCESS WORKS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enter Our Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

10 February 2017

Enter Our Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

Judy JuanitaOur 25th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest welcomes your entries through April 30. Our final judge this year is Judy Juanita, author of the novel Virgin Soul and of De Facto Feminism: Essays Straight Outta Oakland. She will be assisted by Lauren Singer. We will award $4,000 in prizes, including two top awards of $1,500 each. Winners are published on our website.

This contest welcomes published and unpublished work. Each entry may have up to 6,000 words. You may enter as often as you like. The reading fee is $18 per entry.

Click to submit your stories and essays

Please enjoy Ms. Juanita’s advice to contestants:

My favorite bedtime reading is the great Irish writer Frank O’Connor. I never tire of his short stories or insights. Rather than pretending to have great advice, I defer to him because I have an affinity for what he terms “might-have-beens” or “outlawed figures wandering at the fringes of society.” O’Connor said, “There is in the short story at its most characteristic something we do not often find in the novel—an intense awareness of human loneliness.” (The Best of Frank O’Connor, Knopf, 2009). He also wrote extensively about childhood though he was an only child. He’s said, “Children…see only one side of any question and because of their powerlessness see this with hysterical clarity.” So that’s a small essential for writing—look at marginalia, the smallest, youngest, the never-was, the never-will-be.Tim O’Brien talks of the consoling power of stories: “If I’m lying in bed at night I’m a little less lonely in a lonely universe. Stories connect me not just to other people, but to myself.” Is that another way of saying you need to write a feel-good story? It is not. When we manage to plumb the heart, we touch the reader’s heart. It may sting, comfort, sadden, dishearten even, but the touch is the measuring rod.

Essays are a horse of a different color. Opaque doesn’t work well in essays; a through line does. I want to follow the complexity of an argument but need markers along the way, like subheadings and bullets. The main lesson I’ve learned from writing a column is the necessity of moving from the personal to the universal/global. Being 100% personal reads as smug or self-indulgent and tries the reader’s patience. Being transparent has enormous value, but the writer has to lead the reader from the deeply intimate detail, e.g. a family tragedy, through extrapolation to the deeper meaning in the detail.Sometimes, the elements of an essay are like a family—they don’t all get along. Some people suffer from too little or too much closeness to a relative. Nowhere is copy and paste handier than in essay writing. Set your essay with care like you would a family dinner. And, remember, you can’t invite everybody to everything, even if they are family. You can’t dump all your set pieces into one essay.

All the winning entries and judges’ comments from the past decade are available for reading in our website archives.

Submit your 2017 entries now at
WinningWriters.com/tomstory

Last call! WRITERS@WORK COMPETITION

3 January 2017

Deadline January 31, 2017.

$20 ENTRY FEE.

Submissions are accepted in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

First prize is awarded in each category:

$1,000 OR full scholarship to the Writers@Work Generative Conference

(June 7-11, 2017 at Alta Lodge, Alta, UT), and publication in Quarterly West.

Open to any writer who has not yet published a book-length volume of

original work in the genre in which they submit a manuscript.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

http://www.writersatwork.org/wp/?page_id=6

 

Narrative Magazine: Winter 2017 Story Contest

3 January 2017

Winter 2017 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 $25 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 2017 and for acceptance as a Story of the Week.

DEADLINE: The contest deadline is March 31, 2017, 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, 2017. 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 at http://www.narrativemagazine.com/node/360 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.

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

3 January 2017

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

Guidelines:

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

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

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Deadline: January 31, 2017

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

All contest winners will be announced on March 26, 2017

Prizes:

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

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

Entry fees:

$10 per story, $5 per poem.

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

Mail to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

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

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

Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Awards

3 December 2016

Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Awards

Deadline December 16, 2016 (must be received by this date). Recommended free contest awards four prizes of $500 for books of fiction, nonfiction, first novel, and poetry written by an African-American and published in the US during the current year. The awards honor books that depict the “cultural, historical, or sociopolitical aspects of the African Diaspora”. Must be nominated by the publisher. Sets and multi-volume works are eligible but inspirational, self-help, and adult graphic novels are not. Send hard copy to each member of the judging committee, along with all available information regarding the submission (e.g., promotional material, author biography, available news articles, and reviews).

Contest Basics

Sponsored By:

Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Guidelines URL:

http://bcala.org/book-award/

Address:

Black Caucus of the American Library Association
P.O. Box 5837
Chicago, Illinois 60680
United States

Contest Status:

Active

Recommendation Level:

Recommended

Poetry Contest Type:

Published Poetry Book

Prose Contest Type:

Published Prose Book

Fiction, nonfiction, and first novel

Deadline:

12/16/16

Deadline Type:

Received By Deadline

Deadline Comment:

“2017” contest has a 2016 deadline. Note the new deadline for 2016 (formerly December 18).

Contest Frequency:

Annual

Top Award:

$500.00

Top Award Comments:

$500 in each genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and first novel)

Other Awards:

Honor Book citations may also be awarded in each category. In addition, an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation is awarded. (These citations are awarded without any accompanying remuneration.)

Publication of Winners:

No

Entry Details

Genres:

No Restrictions

Themes:

Entries “must portray some aspect of the African-American experience past, present, or future”. BCALA presents four monetary awards: one for adult fiction, one for nonfiction, one for a first novel, and one for poetry. These awards acknowledge outstanding achievement in the presentation of the cultural, historical, and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora.

– The Fiction Award recognizes depictions of sensitive and authentic personal experience either within the framework of contemporary literary standards and themes or which explore innovative literary formats.

– The Nonfiction Award honors cultural, historical, political, or social criticism or academic and/or professional research which significantly advances the body of knowledge currently associated with the people and the legacy of the Black Diaspora. (Categories could include the humanities, science and technology, social and behavioral sciences, and reference.)

– The First Novelist Award acknowledges outstanding achievement in writing and storytelling by a first-time African-American fiction writer.

– The Poetry Award strives to recognize and promote emerging and established poets that introduce and foster the joys of poetry writing.

Length Limit:

Book-length

Unpublished Submissions:

No

Exclusive Submissions:

No

Submission Methods:

Postal Mail Only

Other Restrictions:

Must be submitted by publisher. Sets or multi-volume works are eligible. New editions of previously published works are eligible only if more than 30% of the total content is new or revised material. Inspirational, self-help, and adult graphic novels are ineligible. Only finished, published books should be submitted; galleys (bound or unbound) and chapbooks are unacceptable.

Eligibility Details

Experience Level:

Authors with Published Books

Geographic Eligibility:

US Only

Geographic Eligibility Comments:

All authors, editors, and contributors must be African-American(s) born in the United States, and books must have been published in the US during the current calendar year.

Gender/Ethnic Eligibility:

Black Authors Only

Age of Entrant:

No Restriction

Winning Writers Editor’s Comments:

Books must be sent to the individual judges’ addresses, NOT to the BCALA office.

Contest Background

Sponsor Details:

BCALA’s purpose is to call to the attention of the American Library Association (ALA) the need to respond positively on behalf of the Black members of the profession and the information needs of the Black community by reviewing, analyzing, evaluating, and recommending to the ALA actions on the needs of Black librarians that will influence their status in the areas of recruitment, development, advancement, and general working conditions.

These awards acknowledge outstanding literary works for adult audiences by African-American authors. Recipients of this award offer compelling depictions of the cultural, historical, or sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora and embody the highest quality of writing style and research methodology, if applicable.

Contest Judges:

See http://bcala.org/literary-award-committee/ for a list of the judges.

Recent Winners:

(Contest year is designated based on when prizes are awarded, which is the year after the deadline.)

2016:
Fiction: Toni Morrison, ‘God Help the Child’
Nonfiction: Pamela Newkirk, ‘Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga’
First Novel: Angela Flournoy, ‘The Turner House’
Poetry: Nate Marshall, ‘Wild Hundreds’

2015:
Fiction: Lalita Tademy, ‘Citizens Creek: A Novel’
Nonfiction: Jeffrey B. Leak, ‘Visible Man: The Life of Henry Dumas’
First Novel: Dwayne Alexander Smith, ‘Forty Acres: A Thriller’
Poetry: Kevin Young, ‘Books of Hours: Poems’

2014:
Fiction: James McBride, ‘The Good Lord Bird: A Novel’
Nonfiction: Craig Steven Wilder, ‘Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities’
First Novel: Edward Kelsey Moore, ‘The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat: A Novel’
Poetry: Nikki Giovanni, ‘Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid’

Winners Notified:

June

Contest Established:

1994

37th Annual High School Writing Contest

3 December 2016

37th Annual High School Writing Contest

Deadline:

12/11/16

Prizes in Each Category

  • 1st-$100
  • 2nd-$50
  • 3rd-$25

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

Categories

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

Rules

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

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

GOOD LUCK!

VISIT THE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS: 

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

Call For Entries >> International Atlantis Short Story Contest:

2 December 2016

Atlantis Short Story Contest 

We are pleased to announce that the deadline has been extended up to December 11, 2016, in response to numerous requests and due to the increased interest in the Atlantis Short Story Contest.

Cash prizes and in-depth feedback await unpublished writers.

No theme or genre restrictions.

Maximum 2,500 words.

Entry fee: starts from $10 (depends on level of feedback wanted when the story does not place)

Deadline: December 11, 2016

Submit here: http://www.atlantis-shortstorycontest.com/

Tanka Poetry Contest

2 December 2016

Tanka Poetry Contest

Deadline:

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Entry Fees

$9.95 to enter this contest and all contests at FanStory

Prizes

$100 cash prize

Description

For this contest you are challenged to write a Tanka poem. Tanka is a form of poetry that often follows a specific syllable count.

line 1 – 5 syllables
line 2 – 7 syllables
line 3 – 5 syllables
line 4 – 7 syllables
line 5 – 7 syllables

It contains five unrhymed lines of five, seven, five, seven, and seven syllables. (5, 7, 5, 7, 7).

Contact Information

FanStory

Website:

http://www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=103638

PALOOKA PRESS CHAPBOOK CONTEST

2 December 2016

PALOOKA PRESS CHAPBOOK CONTEST

Deadline: May 15, 2017.

$10 ENTRY FEE.

Please send your best fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic narrative, or hybrid genres.

Manuscripts should be roughly 35-50 pages, but we’re flexible.

The $10 entry fee comes with an electronic issue of Palooka.

The winner receives publication by Palooka Press (a perfect-bound book with a glossy color cover),

$200 honorarium, 20 free copies of the book, a bio and photo featured on our website,

and chapbook sent out for review and promotion.

Visit the website:  https://palookamag.submittable.com/submit

THE FICTION DESK GHOST STORY COMPETITION

2 December 2016

THE FICTION DESK GHOST STORY COMPETITION
£8 ENTRY FEE.
Most of the stories we publish at The Fiction Desk are more or less realistic, but we try to stray outside that from time to time: Some genre fiction should be part of any balanced reading diet. One genre that we particularly like to feature is the ghost story. This year, there is a first prize of £500, a second prize of £250, and a third prize of £100.

The deadline is Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

All stories must be written in English, and be entirely the author’s own work. All entrants must be aged 16 or over at the time of entry; there is no upper age limit. Entries must be between 1,000 and 7,000 words in length.

Visit the website:  http://www.thefictiondesk.com/submissions/ghost-story-competition.php

Use These Words Writing Contest – Fall 2016

10 November 2016

Get your keyboards ready! We’ve kicked off a new competition to get your writing minds juiced this fall. The challenge of this competition is to post the most original, creative short story that contains the following characteristics:

  • The opening line must be spoken. It must also connect to an event that just happened or will just happen.
  • The story must use the following words at least once: foliage, Corvette, seltzer, Nutella, swan, diamond.
  • Your story can be any genre. Just make it as original, creative, and entertaining as possible.
  • There is no minimum length. The maximum length is 5,000 words.

Two entries are allowed per member. In the case of more than two entries, the first two entries submitted will be judged.

The winner will receive $100. Good luck!

Open to Premium Members of TheNextBigWriter.
Submission deadline: November 30, 2016

 

Learn more about the Fall 2016

‘Use These Words’ Short Story Contest

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Get motivated to write!

Haven’t written in awhile? Use this as an opportunity to get back into the writing mode. Visit TheNextBigWriter to keep yourself motivated and energized. Together we can reach our writing goals.

How to enter, visit:  https://www.thenextbigwriter.com/guide/contest-how-to-enter

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New Contests – Gotham Writers Workshop

13 September 2016
Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize
Deadline – March 1, 2017
The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize is a writing competition sponsored by the stage and radio series, Selected Shorts. This long-running series at Symphony Space in New York City celebrates the art of the short story by having stars of stage and screen read aloud the works of established and emerging writers. Selected Shorts is recorded for Public Radio and heard nationally.

The 2017 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize will be judged by Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies. The winning work will be performed and recorded live at a Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space in May 2017, and published on Electric Literature. The winning writer will receive $1000 and a free 10-week course with Gotham Writers.

Contest Details and Guidelines:

  • Entires should be 750 words or less.
  • Stories can be on any theme.
  • There is a fee of $25 to enter.
  • Submissions must be entered by midnight EST on March 1, 2017.
  • Writers of all ages and nationalities are eligible.
  • The story must have a title.
  • We do not accept work that has been previously published in print, online, or any other medium.
  • We do not accept works in translation.
  • All entries must be submitted electronically. We do not accept entries by mail.
  • Once entered, we do not accept revisions for any stories. Your $25 is nonrefundable.
  • You may enter as many stories as you like, but a $25 fee is required for each story.
  • The winner will be announced in May 2017.

For more information, visit the Selected Shorts site.

Go here to enter – https://www.writingclasses.com/contest/stella-kupferberg-memorial-short-story-prize-2017
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Frightening First Line Contest
Deadline – November 21, 2016
Description – Create the first line of a frightening story. We want it to be so intriguing or chilling or scary that it makes our skin tingle and our nerves twitch. Winner gets the free Gotham class of his or her choosing.
Go here to enter – https://www.writingclasses.com/contest/frightening-first-line-contest-2016
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#storieseverywhere
Deadline – monthly
Description – Each month we invite you to post a story on Twitter using #storieseverywhere for a chance to win a free class. Your stories (which can be true or made up) will be inspired by what you see, know, or do, and they should relate in some way to our monthly “themes.”
Our theme for the month of September: What happened in school today

Last call! New Millennium Writings Literary Awards

22 July 2016

New Millennium Writings’ 42nd Literary Competition

Poetry

Fiction

Flash Fiction

Nonfiction

~$4,000 in Awards~

Award Winner in each category receives $1,000 plus publication.

Every submitter receives a free copy of the anthology.

$20 per submission

July 31, 2016 deadline

Visit the website for details: www.newmillenniumwritings.org

Contact: Alexis Williams Carr, Editor, hello@newmillenniumwritings.org

Last call for entries! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2016

19 July 2016

Attention: The contest deadline has been extended! All entries must be submitted via postal mail or electronically by August 18, 2016 – 11:59PM – Central Standard Time (CST).

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

Guidelines:

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

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

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Extended deadline: August 18, 2016, 11:59PM, CST.

All contest winners will be announced on October 9, 2016

Prizes:

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

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

Entry fees:

$10 per story, $5 per poem.

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

Mail to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

 

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

 

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

Awards for Poetry and Fiction at Snake Nation Press

16 June 2016

Deadline: August 31, 2016. 

Submit electronically or by mail. We congratulate the winner of our most recent Serena McDonald Kennedy Fiction Award, Misty Urban of Findlay, IL, for her manuscript A Lesson in Manners, chosen by Jacob Appel. The winner of our Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry is John Paul O’Connor of Franklin, NY, for his manuscript Half the Truth, chosen by Tania Rochelle. Read the judges’ comments.

Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry

  • $1,000 award and publication
  • Entry fee: $25
  • Submit a manuscript of up to 75-100 pages
  • Previously published works may be entered
 
Visit the website for detailshttp://www.snakenationpress.org/submission-guidelines/
 
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Serena McDonald Kennedy Fiction Award

  • $1,000 award and publication
  • Entry fee: $25
  • Submit a novella of up to 50,000 words or a manuscript of short stories of up to 200 pages
  • Any well-written manuscript on any topic will be considered
  • Previously published works may be entered
 
Visit the website for details: http://www.snakenationpress.org/submission-guidelines/

$2000, Publication, and Agency Review – Short Story Award For New Writers

13 June 2016

The Short Story Award for New Writers is open from May 15 – July 15, 2016 and will award $2000 to the winner — the best piece of fiction by an emerging writer. Second and third place prizes will be $200 and $100, respectively, and all three stories will earn publication on the site and agency review by Amy Williams of The Williams Agency, Victoria Marini by GELFMAN SCHNEIDER / ICM PARTNERS and Laura Biagi from Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc. in New York.

DEADLINE: July 15, 2016

PRIZE: $2000 and publication to the winner. $200, $100 and publication to second and third place stories, respectively. All winners receive agency review by Victoria Marini of GELFMAN SCHNEIDER / ICM PARTNERS, Laura Biagi from Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc. in New York, and Amy Williams of the Amy Williams Agency.

GUIDELINES:

  • 6000 word limit
  • Fiction only
  • No writing preferences. Just your best work
  • Emerging Writers Only (have not published a novel at the time of submission. You may have a book under contract. Short story collections are not considered novels and therefore you qualify. We welcome work from self-published writers.)
  • $20 to enter
  • Previously unpublished work only
  • Multiple and simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us if your story is accepted elsewhere
  • International submissions allowed

To submit a story or learn more about our guidelines:  https://mastersreview.com/short-story-award-for-new-writers/

Our 2016 Full-Length Contests for Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction are now open!

8 June 2016

The annual Autumn House Press Contests award publication of full-length manuscripts in PoetryFiction, and Nonfiction. Send us your full-length manuscripts of poetry (50-80 pages), fiction (200-300 pages), and nonfiction (200-300 pages)! Each winner also receives $2,500 ($1,000 advance against royalties and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote the book). The postmark deadline for entries is June 30, 2016. To submit online, please visit our online submission manager. Please note that, at this time, Autumn House accepts unsolicited manuscripts only through these contests. Entry fee: $30 per manuscript.

Though we are open to all styles of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, we suggest you familiarize yourself with previous Autumn House publications before submitting. We are committed not just to publishing the prominent voices of our age, but also to publishing first books and lesser-known authors who will become the important writers of their generation. Many of our past winners have been first-book authors. We encourage writers from all backgrounds to submit; it is our goal at Autumn House to develop a rich and varied literary tradition.

For further questions, feel free to email us.

The judges of the 2016 contests are:
  • Poetry: David St. John
  • Fiction: William Lychack
  • Nonfiction: Michael Martone

Visit the website for details:  http://www.autumnhouse.org/contest-submissions/

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

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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

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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

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Short Story Award For New Writers

20 May 2016

The Short Story Award for New Writers is open from May 15 – July 15, 2016 and will award $2000 to the winner — the best piece of fiction by an emerging writer. Second and third place prizes will be $200 and $100, respectively, and all three stories will earn publication on the site and agency review by Amy Williams of The Williams Agency, Victoria Marini by GELFMAN SCHNEIDER / ICM PARTNERS and Laura Biagi from Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc. in New York.

DEADLINE: July 15, 2016

PRIZE: $2000 and publication to the winner. $200, $100 and publication to second and third place stories, respectively. Agency review by Victoria Marini of GELFMAN SCHNEIDER / ICM PARTNERS and Laura Biagi from Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc. in New York, and Amy Williams of the Amy Williams Agency.

GUIDELINES:

6000 word limit
Fiction only
No writing preferences. Just your best work
Emerging Writers Only (have not published a novel at the time of submission. You may have a book under contract. Short story collections are not considered novels and therefore you qualify. We welcome work from self-published writers.)
$20 to enter
Previously unpublished work only
Multiple and simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us if your story is accepted elsewhere
International submissions allowed

To submit a story or learn more about our guidelines:

https://mastersreview.com/short-story-award-for-new-writers

ROLL OF THUNDER PUBLISHING CONTEST

14 May 2016

The Contest is open to people of color (or those who self-identify as other than white) who are residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions, 18 years of age or older at time of entry and who have not had any works of fiction published in any medium prior to entering the Contest.

In 1974, the Council on Interracial Books sponsored a writing contest seeking out diverse voices. Mildred D. Taylor was the winner of the African-American segment for the manuscript that becameSong of the Trees (Dial, 1975), her first book. It introduced the Logan family and was followed byRoll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (1976), which won the Newbery Medal.

Deadline June 21, 2016.

The submission must be in English, between 25,000-75,000 words and must not have been previously published in any medium. The confirmed winner will receive a book publishing contract for the publication of a novel for ages 8-14 by Penguin Random House LLC, with an advance of $35,000, plus royalties.

Visit the website for details:  http://www.rollofthunderbook.com/