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ServiceScape Short Story Award 2019

17 October 2019

DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 29, 2019 (CST)

Calling all short story writers: Are you a short story writer interested in gaining more exposure and a bigger audience for your creative work? Would an extra $1,000.00 USD in your pocket be a great thing right now?

If so, our ServiceScape Short Story Award is the perfect way to achieve both. For this award, any genre or theme of a short story is accepted. All applicants should submit their original unpublished work of short fiction or nonfiction, 5,000 words or fewer, to be considered. Along with receiving an award for $1,000.00 USD, the winner will have his or her short story featured within our blog, which reaches thousands of readers per month. Rules and exclusions apply.

View the winners from previous years

Terms and Conditions: (No Entry Fee)

  • All submitted entries must be original, unpublished works of short fiction or nonfiction, up to 5,000 words in length. The winner retains full rights to his or her submitted piece. We require only that the winning short story be published online first in a permanent blog post on the ServiceScape.com site. The winner retains all other copyright, publishing, and reprint rights and ownership of the story. He or she retains the right to publish his or her work elsewhere and at any time without restriction after the competition is over, as long as the winning short story can remain published on the ServiceScape.com blog as well.
  • In order to qualify as a contest participant, a person must successfully submit the application form below and must be at least 18 years old. ServiceScape is not responsible for any situation that constitutes an application form submission failure, including technical malfunctions experienced by the form submitter or by ServiceScape. ServiceScape employees and/or their immediate family and household members are not eligible to be contest participants. There is no purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law.
  • Each contest participant can enter only once.
  • Contest participants’ application form submissions must be written in English.
  • The contest starts on ends on .
  • Contest participants will be judged on their quality of writing. All decisions are final. Non-winning entries will be discarded after the winner has been chosen and the contest participants will retain all the rights to their submitted work.
  • The potential winner will be notified via email in December 2019. The potential winner must send a headshot photograph within 10 days of the prize notification. The potential winner must also sign and return an affidavit of eligibility, a liability release, and a publicity release (where legal) within 10 days of the prize notification. If the potential winner does not deliver these required items within the specified time period or if the potential winner cannot be contacted for any reason, the prize will be forfeited and an alternate potential winner will be selected. If all required items are delivered within 10 days of the prize notification, the potential winner will be considered the winner of the contest.
  • The winner of the contest will be awarded $1,000.00 USD, payable by check and mailed within 4 weeks. The prize is non-transferable. All federal, state, and local taxes imposed on the acceptance of a prize are solely the responsibility of the winner. The winner’s name, headshot photograph, and writing will be featured within the ServiceScape blog soon thereafter.
  • ServiceScape Incorporated reserves the right to modify or terminate this contest at any time without prior notice.

How to enter, visit: https://www.servicescape.com/short-story-award

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Fresh.Ink Writing Contest

17 October 2019

fresh.ink is a new, free way to get connected with beta readers

Ahead of our launch, we’re hosting a writing contest with $7,500 of prizes available across 4 fiction categories: Short-story, novelette, novella, and novel.

We know there are a lot of contests out there, so we want to be transparent and make sure you understand your rights, how your work is judged and what winning involves.

There is one 1st place prize per each of the following categories:

fiShort-story — $1,000 Under 7,500 words

fiNovelette — $1,500 From 7,500 to 17,499 words

fiNovella — $2,000 From 17,500 to 39,999 words

fiNovel — $3,000 40,000 words and over

Why We’re Doing It

We’re launching software that connects authors with beta readers to get early feedback on their fiction work. This competition is a way for us to launch our service and allow authors to try it out while we’re still in beta mode. Our goal is to give you a chance to share your work with beta readers without having to self-promote. We’re not an agency or publisher, and don’t help you to promote your work to those companies. We’re about connecting you to beta readers – for free.

Our prizes are monetary, we’re not a literary agency or publisher and don’t offer publishing deals.

Deadline:

Submissions are due by December 1st, 2019 at midnight EST. Winners will be notified on February 3rd, 2020. On that date, the writing in each category with the highest score will win the prize for that category. In the rare instance that more than one piece of work achieves the highest score, prize money will be split equally.

To qualify for scoring and winning:

Work must not have been withdrawn prior to December 1st, 2019

Work must have at least 10 completed reader ratings (so submit soon!)

NO ENTRY FEES!

It’s free to enter, and we promise there are no hidden costs or follow up solicitations. We don’t charge authors, ever. And we never spam.

There are no hidden fees, promotional offers, advertisements, or any other nonsense. Writer’s won’t pay a penny, nor are we trying to sell anything to authors.

Published Work

You’re free to submit already-published stories to our contest, we don’t require any form of exclusivity or claim any rights.

Self-Promotion

The software is designed to give you real, honest feedback. We match your work with readers for you, which means you won’t be able to self-promote or share your work with family and friends for more points. This way, we can ensure everyone has a fair shot. This isn’t an author popularity contest, it’s all about your writing.

How the Contest Works

fresh.ink is a platform that will connect your writing to highly targeted beta readers for ratings, engagement analytics, and valuable feedback. Our judging process works the same way. Rather than using a small team of editors to decide, we’ll match your work with a subset of readers on our fresh.ink mobile reading app. Each reader will see the title and description of a few dozen contest entries, and can choose one of these entries to begin reading. We measure the following metrics and share them with you:

fiImpressions – how many matched readers saw your title and description

fiOpens – number of readers who opened your piece and began reading

fiCompletions – number of readers who finished your writing

fiRating – star rating out of 5

fiStructured feedback – we also ask readers to complete some beta-reader questions about what they enjoyed, disliked, found confusing etc. This isn’t used in the contest, it’s just for you.

We want to be very transparent, and our scoring formula is a little nuanced, so the fresh.ink author’s dashboard shows a live real-time view of your score and position throughout the contest. Here’s how we calculate the winning scores:

Entrants are scored out of 300:

fiYour average “choose” rate Eg 10% (10 points)

fiYour average completion rate Eg 50% (50 points)

fiYour average star rating, multiplied by 20 Eg 4.22 stars (4.22 * 20 = 84.4 points)

10 + 50 + 84.4 = 144.4 points.

Submissions are due by December 1st, 2019 at midnight EST. Winners will be notified on February 3rd, 2020. On that date, the writing in each category with the highest score will win the prize for that category. In the rare instance that more than one piece of work achieves the highest score, prize money will be split equally.

To qualify for scoring and winning:

Work must not have been withdrawn prior to December 1st, 2019

Work must have at least 10 completed reader ratings (so submit soon!)

Application Process

We use an application process to ensure high-quality writing for our readers. You’ll be notified as soon as a decision is made. We’ll do our best to provide feedback, but in the cases where we reject work, it’s because we don’t think we’ll have enough readers that are interested in your genre, topic or writing style.

fresh.ink maintains a community of beta readers by ensuring they are consistently matched with high-quality, relevant and unique writing. If we analyze your work and don’t think we can find enough readers to match it to, we’ll not be able to accept your entry. This shouldn’t be taken as a reflection on your writing, but rather a mismatch between fresh.ink’s reader demographics and your target audience.

Fanfiction

Sorry, but we don’t accept fanfiction or other derivative work (unless you own the rights to the original).

Who Can Enter

You must be 18 years or older and own the rights to the work you’re submitting. Although we don’t require you to reside in the United States, winners will be paid via ACH bank transfer or check (depending on your preference) in US dollars. Please make sure you can accept at least one of those two options before applying.

Languages

We require all submissions to be in US English at this time. We hope to localize later!

Multiple Submissions

You may submit as many times as you like, as long as each submission is a distinct piece of work. fresh.ink can spot even subtle duplicates!

Rights

fresh.ink makes no claims to any rights over your work, even if you win.

fresh.ink never makes your work searchable (either publicly on search engines such as Google, or within fresh.ink), readers must always be logged in and they can’t see work that they weren’t explicitly matched with. You can also opt in to take full control of who gets access to your work, approve any readers before they can open your story and limit how many readers can read your work. And of course, you can instantly withdraw and delete your work at any time via your fresh.ink dashboard and we’ll stop matching it to new readers, remove it from existing matched readers, and give any readers that are currently reading 90 days to finish before deleting it from their device automatically.

Editing

Our platform does perform some light editing to your work. These fall into two categories:

fiFormatting changes to support the mobile reading app.

fiFixing spelling and grammar issues we identify. You are granted full rights on all edits we make, and you’ll be asked to approve any changes.

How Do We Make Money?

This is phase 1 of building our author reader matching platform – we want to change the way authors get feedback and iterate those critical final drafts. Our vision beyond phase 1 involves playing a hand in connecting authors with legitimate, reputable literary agents, and helping authors opting for the self-publishing route to monetize their work. But right now we’re heads down on building the best possible feedback platform for authors and readers alike.

Can I Keep the Feedback?

Yes. Any feedback you receive from readers is yours – and it’s valuable stuff!

HOW TO ENTER, VISIT: https://fresh.ink/#how

 

 

The eighth annual Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards

12 August 2019

The eighth annual Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards is now accepting fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for the 2020 competitions.

Deadline: October 31, 2019.

First-place winners in each category will receive $1,000. Second-place winners receive $500, and third-place winners $250. All winners will be awarded scholarships to the 2020 Tucson Festival of Books Masters Workshop in March, on the University of Arizona campus, following the Tucson Festival of Books (tucsonfestivalofbooks.org).

The top 50 entrants will be invited to attend the Masters Workshop ($300), the faculty for which is drawn from the Festival’s presenters. Past faculty include Ann Hood, Marilyn Chin, Andre Dubus III, and Luis Alberto Urrea.

For information on the literary awards and the workshop, contact Meg Files at masters@tucsonfestivalofbooks.org.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Submit five poems of any length, a short story or novel chapter, or a nonfiction piece or book chapter per submission.
  • Maximum length for prose is 5,000 words per submission.
  • Label each submission’s genre with the title: fiction, nonfiction, poetry.
  • $20 entry fee per submission
  • No limit to number of entries ($20 fee per entry)
  • Categories NOT accepted: stories for children or young adults, academic or how-to nonfiction.
  • Double space prose submissions.
  • Submit poems in a single document with appropriate page breaks (up to five poems per submission).
  • Submissions must be in English and unpublished at the time of submission (self-published allowed).
  • Writers must be age 18 or older.
  • The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript or the subject heading or the title of the attachment. Include name and contact information in the “Cover Letter” box only. Manuscripts with the author’s name anywhere on them will be disqualified.
  • Authors retain all rights to submitted work.
  • Winning entries may be published in an anthology of winners.
  • Deadline: October 31, 2019
  • Winners and the top 50 will be notified by December 22, 2019.
  • First-, second-, and third-place winners in each category receive scholarships to the Masters Workshop, March, 2020. The top 50 finalists will be invited to attend the Masters Workshop ($300 fee).

For more information contact Meg Files at masters@tucsonfestivalofbooks.org

Visit the website: http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/?id=436

Click here to make your submission!

The Booksie 2019 Short Story Contest

9 August 2019

The Booksie 2019 Short Story Contest 

$9.95 ENTRY FEE. 

Deadline: November 29, 2019. 

One grand prize winner will receive $1,500, and exposure on the Booksie.com website, 

which receives millions of readers per month. Two runner-ups will receive $150. 

The short stories can be of any topic. Contest judge is author Ann Everett.  

How to enter:

https://www.booksie.com/contest/booksie-2019-short-story-contest-17 

Salamander Magazine Fiction Contest 2019

2 May 2019

 DEADLINE: JUNE 3, 2019

 

Salamander magazine will award cash prizes of $1,000 and $500 plus publication for the two best fiction stories. 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 salamandermag.org by August 1, 2019.

 

Judge: Wayétu Moore

Wayétu Moore is the author of She Would Be King, published by Graywolf Press in 2018. She is the founder of One Moore Booka non-profit publisher of culturally relevant children’s books. Her writing can be found in The Paris Review, Frieze Magazine, Guernica, The Atlantic Magazine and other publications.  Moore is an Africana Studies lecturer at City University of New York’s John Jay College, and founding faculty member of the Randolph College MFA program. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

 

Submit Entries Online (salamandermag.org/contests) or by Mail to:
2019 Fiction Prize
Salamander/Suffolk University English Dept.
8 Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108

 

Visit the website for details: http://salamandermag.org/contests/

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

10 April 2019

Our Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest will award $2,000 for the best story and $2,000 for the best essay, and the top winners will receive prominent exposure on our home page. For this contest, a story is any short work of fiction, and an essay is any short work of nonfiction. Enter by April 30, 2019.

Key contest information:
  • Final judge: Dennis Norris II
  • 12 cash prizes totaling $5,000
  • All 12 winning entries published on our website
  • Entry fee: $20 per entry
  • Enter online using Submittable
  • Length limit: 6,000 words per entry
  • Subject: Any
  • Multiple entries OK? Yes
  • Previously published work OK? Yes
  • Writers from all countries eligible
  • See past winning entries with judges’ remarks
  • Read Duotrope’s interview with Winning Writers editor Jendi Reiter about this contest

 

CLICK HERE TO ENTER ONLINE VIA SUBMITTABLES

 

Prefer to enter by mail? 

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

Winning Writers
Attn: Fiction & Essay Contest
351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222
Northampton, MA 01060-3961
USA

Please include a check or money order for $20 payable to Winning Writers, and note your email address and phone number with your payment. You may mail multiple submissions in a single envelope with one combined payment. Please send US funds drawn on a US bank, or send your fee as US currency.
Postmark your Entry by April 30, 2019.
Click on the link below to visit the website:
https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/tom-howard-john-h-reid-fiction-essay-contest?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=190410a%20Tom%20Story&utm_content=190410a%20Tom%20Story+Version+A+CID_bd538760260a65a7a1e6a6b36e8d6613&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=Dennis%20Norris%20II%20is%20the%20final%20judge%20of%20our%20Fiction%20%20Essay%20Contest

ServiceScape Short Story Writing Contest 2019

30 March 2019

For this writing award, any genre or theme of short story is accepted.

All applicants should submit their original, unpublished work of short fiction or nonfiction, up to 5,000 words.

Deadline: November 30, 2019

Along with receiving an award for $1,000.00 USD,

the winner will have his or her short story featured within our blog,

which reaches thousands of readers per month.

You can find more information on our free short story writing contest at https://www.servicescape.com/short-story-award.

 

Last year’s ServiceScape Short Story Award winner can be found here:

https://www.servicescape.com/blog/announcing-the-winner-of-the-2018-servicescape-short-story-award

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2017

7 May 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 non-fiction (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.

Postmark deadline: August 15, 2017

All contest winners will be announced on October 16, 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

2017 Lune Spark Young Writers’ Short Story Writing Contest

8 April 2017

“REGISTER HERE” to Participate!

DEAR PARENTS & TEACHERS!

Think you know a child who is 10 to 16 years of age (residing in the US, Canada, and the UK) who could write a wonderful story in 1,500 words or less? 

If the answer is “yes”, then this is a great opportunity for him/her to show his/her talent and get a chance to get published.

Prizes

$3,000 worth of prizes including: $1,500 in cash ($750 in each category) and In-person creative writing classes valued at $1,500, held in NC, Cary.

Categories

1) Online Only: Short stories can be submitted online. There is no expectation to be at venue physically.

2) On-The-Spot: Free event, but requires you to participate in the “Online Only” category as well. A range of themes are going to be announced at the venue (Cary, NC). Participants in this free category must participate in Online Contest as well.

Publishing

Top 15 stories will be published on Amazon.com and Kindle through Lune Spark Books’ independent publishing.

Online-Only (Category A) Participants

  • Register for the Online-Only (Category A) ticket, Price: $15.00 per entry.
  • You must send us your story by May 12, 2017 by email or by normal post.
  • Email: Send your story in word, txt, or PDF format to youngwriters@lunespark.com. Please include following information in the email:
    • “2017 story contest” in the subject of the email.
    • The full name & age of the contestant (as of May 20, 2017) at the top of the email.
    • Your ticket order number generated at the time of registration (to help us map the stories to orders)
  • Regular Mail: We prefer to get the stories on email, but if you wish to send your entries via regular mail, your entry(s) should reach us by May 12, 2017 at this address: Lune Spark Books, PO Box 1443, Morrisville, NC 27560, US. Please make sure your mail is a regular/normal mail (not certified/ registered mail) – to avoid it returning back from you by the post office. Please include following information at the top of first page of your story:
    • “2017 story contest” .
    • The full name & age of the contestant (as of May 20, 2017).
    • Your ticket order number generated at the time of registration (to help us map the stories to orders)

On-The-Spot (Category B) Participants

  • The On-The-Spot contest is free, but requires participation in Online-Only contest as a pre-requisite. You must register for both the categories: the Online-Only (Category A) as well as free On-The-Spot (Category B) by registering for both tickets.
  • The judging for both the categories is completely isolated. Your respective entries for both the categories will be considered separately. In other words, by registering in both the categories, you have a chance to be a winner in both.
  • For mailing your stories for Online-Only contest, please follow the instructions in the Online-Only category.
  • On-The-Spot contest will be held on following venue on May 20, 2017, between 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM. Make sure you are at the venue by 12:15 PM latest.
  • Venue address for the free On-The-Spot Contest: Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Pl, Cary, NC 27513.
  • Please bring the electronic or print copies of your free On-The-Spot ticket as well as your Online-Only ticket.
  • The participants will be provided with notebook and pens/ pencils. You don’t have to bring anything with you unless participant wants to use his/ her personal favorite notebook or pen.
  • Water and light refreshments will be available during the event. The participants can have as many breaks as needed–as long as fellow participants are not disturbed.
  • Schedule:
    • 11:30 AM: Gathering/ seating starts.
    • 11:30 AM: The themes to pick from for the stories are posted on the Easel Signs/ screens.
    • 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM: Talks on short story writing
    • 12:15 PM – 12:25 PM: Rules of the contest
    • 12:25 PM – 12:30 PM: Announcement of the winners for Online-Only Contest
    • 12:30 PM – 03:30 PM: Short Story Contest – write your heart’s content out 🙂

Click here for the full eligibility criteria and rules for the contest.

Click here to visit the profiles of the judges.

Click here to visit the organizers.

Click here for the full event website with a page to contact the organizers.

“REGISTER HERE” TO PARTICIPATE!

 

Have questions about 2017 Lune Spark Young Writers’ Short Story Writing Contest? Contact Lune Spark Books

Deadline April 30: $1,500 For a Story, $1,500 For an Essay

3 April 2017

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

Judy Juanita

The deadline is April 30, 2017 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:

  • New final judge: Judy Juanita (see her advice)
  • Top prizes: Best Story, $1,500; Best Essay, $1,500
  • Submit as many entries as you like
  • Entry fee: $18 per entry
  • Enter online using Submittable
  • 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 adam@winningwriters.com.

Can’t Enter Online?

If you are using a mobile device, or are otherwise having difficulty using our online entry system, 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
     USA

Please include a check or money order for $18 payable to Winning Writers, and note your email address and phone number with your payment. You may mail multiple submissions in a single envelope with one combined payment. Please send US funds drawn on a US bank, or send your fee as US currency.

Emerging Writer’s Contest

1 April 2017

The Emerging Writer’s Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book. The winner in each genre will be awarded $2,000. Read past winners of the contest here. To submit to the Emerging Writer’s Contest, please visit our submission manager.

The 2017 contest judges are Garth Greenwell (fiction), Meghan Daum (nonfiction), and Natalie Diaz (poetry).

Publication
The winning story, essay, and poems from the 2017 contest will be published in the Winter 2017-18 issue of Ploughshares, and each writer will receive $2,000.

Eligibility
You are eligible if you:

  • Have yet to publish a book (including chapbooks, eBooks, translations, books in other languages/countries, and self-published works).
  • Have no book forthcoming before April 15, 2018.
  • Are not affiliated with Ploughshares or Emerson College as a contributing author, volunteer screener, blogger, intern, student, staff member, or faculty member.
  • Will not have a relationship with Emerson before April 15, 2018 (example: if there is a chance you will attend the Emerson MFA program in the coming year or if your work has been accepted for publication for an upcoming issue).

Submitting:
The contest opens March 1, 2017 at noon EST and closes May 15, 2017 at noon EST. We will announce winners in mid-September, 2017. 

Fiction and Nonfiction: Under 6,000 words
Poetry: 3-5 pages

Submit one entry per year via our online submission manager.

  • No entries via email or mail will be considered for the contest.
  • Submitted work must be original and previously unpublished in any form.
  • For poetry, we will be reading both for the strongest individual poem and the general level of work, and may choose to publish one, some, or all of the winner’s submitted poems.
  • Cover letters are not necessary. All identifying information will be removed from submissions.

Entry Fee
Entry to the contest requires a $24 fee, which is waived if the submitter is a current subscriber. The fee is:

  • Payable by Visa or MasterCard through the online submission system.
  • Includes a 1-year subscription to Ploughshares (beginning with the Spring 2017 issue and ending with the Winter 2017-18 issue).

Current subscribers—through the Winter 2017-18 issue—may submit for free.*

*If you are a current subscriber, you will still be prompted to checkout, but you will not be required to enter your credit card information and will not be charged.

Visit the website:

https://www.pshares.org/submit/emerging-writers-contest

To submit to the Emerging Writer’s Contest, please visit our submission manager.

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

24 January 2017

Welcome to the 25th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $4,000 in prizes.

Please submit until April 30, 2017.

We will award $1,500 each for the top story and the top essay.

Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each (any category).

The top 12 entries will be published online.

Judge: Judy Juanita, assisted by Lauren Singer.

Please submit as many stories and essays as you like.

All themes accepted. Entries may be published or unpublished.

Length limit: 6,000 words.

No restrictions on age or country.

Fee: $18 per entry.

The results of our 25th annual contest will be announced on October 15, 2017.

How to enter, visit:

https://winningwriters.submittable.com/submit/49862/tom-howard-john-h-reid-fiction-essay-contest

NIGHTLIGHT READINGS SHORT STORY WRITERS CONTEST

2 December 2016

NIGHTLIGHT READINGS SHORT STORY WRITERS CONTEST

Deadline December 31, 2016.

NO ENTRY FEE.
The 2016 Nightlight Readings Short Story Writers Contest is open to short stories up to 5,000 words. Stories should appeal to at-risk boys in the 10-12 year age group who often stop reading for pleasure. This year’s theme is mystery. Prizes: First, second, and third place winners will receive prizes of up to $1,000 award plus certificate and publication of the story. All award winners will be publicized nationally by Nightlight Reading.

Visit the website:  http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2016/10/30/2016-nightlight-readings-short-story-writers-contest/

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is now accepting entries!

30 October 2016

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.

Postmark deadline: January 31, 2017

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

24th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

9 January 2016

Deadline: Apr 30, 2016

Results Announced: Oct 15, 2016

Theme: All themes accepted

Length Limit: 6,000 words

Entry Fee: $18 per entry. Please submit entries one at a time.

Prizes:

  • FICTION: First Prize, $1,500
  • ESSAYS: First Prize, $1,500
  • 10 Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each (any category)
  • Top 12 entries published online

Visit the website for details:

https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/tom-howard-john-h-reid-fiction-essay-contest

 

GOLFWELL’S ANNUAL GOLF STORY COMPETITION

8 July 2015

DO YOU HAVE AN INTERESTING GOLF STORY TO SHARE? WE ARE LOOKING FOR INSPIRATIONAL, EDUCATIONAL, HUMOROUS, BRAVE, AND UNHEARD GOLF STORIES. WE WANT YOUR GOLF STORY FOR PUBLICATION AND WANT YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR CONTEST!

GOLFWELL’S STORY CONTEST!
First Prize $300.00 – 2nd Prize $150.00 – 3rd Prize $50.00 and First, Second and Third Prizes receive Publication on our website as the “Golfwell.net Best Golf Stories Ever Heard.” Winners will also receive an Award Certificate Of Acknowledgement from www.Golfwell.net.

No Entry fee.

We’re looking for original unpublished golf stories. Fact or Fiction (Yes, that’s right, we’re lumping fiction and non-fiction together to compete in this contest – since non-fiction golf stories are usually stretched into fiction Haha!). What should be common to both fact and fiction is a golf theme. How creative or dramatic are you? Are you a great story teller? Golfers from all countries and all ages are welcome to enter (Yes, that’s right were lumping all ages together – this is our first contest). Stories should be 700 words or less. Enter as often as you wish.

Deadline: December 31, 2015

To Enter: Email your story to: Golfwellnet@yahoo.com

PLEASE INCLUDE:

1. Your name, address and age.
2. Your story (no longer than 700 words).

Visit the website:  http://www.golfwell.net

$1600 top prize for short fiction in Writers’ Village Contest summer 2015

23 April 2015

$1600 is the top prize on offer for short fiction in the Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award summer 2015, with cash prizes totaling $3200. The second prize is $800, third prize $400 and there are five runner up prizes of $80. Ten further Highly Commended entrants will have their stories acknowledged at the site.

Everyone wins because every contestant, win or lose, gains feedback on how their stories were graded – plus tips for improvement.

Winners will be awarded the title ‘Winner, the Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award summer 2015’ and see their work showcased online.

Any genre of prose fiction may be submitted up to 3000 words, except playscripts and poetry. Entries are welcomed world-wide. The fee is $24 and multiple entries are permitted.

Deadline is midnight 30th June 2015.

Entry rules plus all winning stories since 2009 can be found at:
http://www.writers-village.org

Spring 2015 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest

2 March 2015

Fiction Contest

Welcome to the 2015 Leapfrog Fiction Contest page!

Deadline: May 1, 2015

Adult, YA, and middle grade novels, novellas and story collections; minimum length 22,000 words. 

Finalist: $150 plus manuscript critique by this year’s finalist judge, author Mark Brazaitis.

First prize: Finalist awards plus publication contract with $1,000 royalty advance.

Past Winners: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

the entry fee is $30.

What to Enter

Adult, young adult (YA) and middle grade (MG) novels, novellas, and short story collections are accepted. Minimum word count: 22,000. Individual stories in a collection may have been published in journals. Books that have been self-published will be considered “:unpublished” if fewer than about 200 copies were printed.

We look for literary fiction and mainstream fiction, including science fiction. Generally we are less interested in strict genre fiction, but if a manuscript is good and grabs our attention, we don’t care what the genre is.

How to Enter

All entries must be submitted by email to fictioncontest@leapfrogpress.com . Subject line: “Contest entry Book Title–adult novel.” Use your actual manuscript title or part of it, and indicate whether it is a novel, story collection, novella, YA novel, or MG novel. If you are unsure whether it is for adults or young adults, or should be called a novel or a novella, just take a guess. We are not picky about category.

In the body of your email message, please include your name, complete manuscript title, mailing address, and email address. Please do not include any biographical information. Indicate whether your entry fee will be coming by check or via PayPal/credit card. This helps us match PayPal payments to manuscripts.

Attach your complete manuscript to your message as a Word or PDF file. Please REMOVE any identifying information from the file before sending: no author name or address should be included. This includes information in page headers/footers, title pages, and so forth. If you forget, don’t worry: we’ll remove the information before the manuscript reaches the judges.

We ask that you do not attach a file greater than bout 1.5 MB. If this is a problem, please contact us. You may send larger files by Hightail or some other file-sharing system, but we need to know in advance if you are doing so. However, there is no reason for any manuscript file to exceed a couple of MB at the most. If yours does, it has illustrations that need to be removed or made smaller (lower resolution).

Finally, use the PayPal link below for your entry fee of $30, or send a check to Leapfrog Press 2015 Fiction Contest, PO Box 505, Fredonia, NY 14063.

Visit the website for complete guidelines:  http://leapfrogpress.com/contest.htm

Rhys Davies Short Story Competition 2014

12 April 2014

Rhys Davies Short Story Competition 2014 has been revamped for 2014 with the inclusion of a brand new Under 21 Prize, and an increased total prize fund of £5,000 now on offer. Literature Wales is delighted to announce that the 2014 competition will be judged by Cynan Jones and Deborah Kay Davies with Gee Williams acting as Filter Judge.

The winner of the first prize will receive an impressive £2,000. The second prize winner will receive £800, the third prize is £400 and six runners-up will receive £100 each.

Under 21 Prize
New for 2014, children and young people can enter the Under 21 Prize for the chance to win a first prize of £1,000 – one of the largest awards for a youth competition of its kind. One runner-up will also receive a prize of £200. This competition will be judged independently by Rachel Trezise.

This could be your chance to make your mark on the Welsh literary scene. You have until Friday 16 May 2014 to enter your prize-winning story. Entry fee is £7.00 or £4.00 for Under 21 Prize.

Note: Both Competitions are open to all writers born in or currently living in Wales. Under 21 Prize entrants must be aged 21 years or younger at the closing date. Stories can be in any style and on any subject but must be no more than 2,500 words in length. Entries must be previously unpublished, in English and must not be a translation of another author’s work. Click here to read the full Terms & Conditions of Entry.

You can enter by post or online: click here to download the entry form or click here to enter online.

To receive an entry form through the post, please send a stamped self-addressed envelope to: Literature Wales, Rhys Davies 2014 Entry Form, Cambrian Buildings, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff, CF10 5FL

For further information, please visit www.rhysdaviestrust.org or contact Literature Wales: 029 2047 2266 / post@literaturewales.org

The Rhys Davies Short Story Competition is administered by Literature Wales and sponsored by The Rhys Davies Trust.

The Society of Women Writers Tasmania – Short Story Writing Competition

6 April 2014

CALLING ALL WRITERS WORLDWIDE!

The Society of Women Writers Tasmania is presenting a great opportunity for YOU to demonstrate your short-story writing skills by entering a short-story competition. The inaugural Launceston Tasmania Literary Award is inviting entries from all writers (both male and female) worldwide. Generously sponsored by the Launceston City Council, a first prize of $2,500, a second prize of $750 and a third prize of $500 is being awarded, as well as ‘Highly Commended’ and ‘Commended’ certificates. Entries of between 1300 and 1500 words on an open theme are being accepted, online, until midnight June 13th 2014.

For more details on how to enter this Literary Award, please go to http://www.swwtas.org

Enquiries: enquirelauncestonliteraryaward@gmail.com

2013 Doug Fir Fiction Award

16 August 2013

Bear Deluxe Magazine Presents:
The Doug Fir Fiction Award
Every Story Begins Somewhere

Grand Prize: $1,000, writer’s residency at Sitka Center for Art & Ecology*, national publication and manuscript review

Finalists: Manuscript review, recognition, publication consideration

Deadline: September 3, 2013 (postmark)*

Award Judge (2012-13): Lidia Yuknavitch’s most recent books include Dora: A Headcase, a novel, and The Chronology of Water: A Memoir. She is also the author of three works of short fiction (Her Other Mouths, Liberty’s Excess, and Real to Reel) and as well as a book of literary criticism, Allegories of Violence.

Co-sponsor: Sitka Center for Art & Ecology
Associate sponsors: Ashland Creek Press and Hawthorne Books
(Note: Ashland Creek Press and Hawthorne Books will provide manuscript review for one story of the author’s choice from award winner and finalists.)

Entry Fee: $15
Word limit: 5,000

The Bear Deluxe Magazine welcomes submissions of previously unpublished short stories up to 5,000 words, relating to a sense of place or the natural world, interpreted as broadly or narrowly as the author defines.

For complete guidelines: www.orlo.org or email bear@orlo.org (website is under redesign)

*Online submissions: Online payments can be made at www.orlo.org/donate (please indicate “Doug Fir submission 2013-14” in the notes with your payment). Once payment is made, submissions can be emailed to bear@orlo.org with subject line “2013 Doug Fir Award). See preferred formats below.

Deadline, Mailing Address, Online Submissions
Entries must be postmarked by September 3, 2013. Mail your entry to Doug Fir Fiction Award/Bear Deluxe Magazine, 810 SE Belmont, Studio 5, Portland, OR 97214. Online submissions and payments can be made at www.orlo.org/donate (please indicate “Doug Fir submission 2013-14” in the notes with your payment).
Once payment is made, submissions can be emailed to bear@orlo.org with subject line “2013 Doug Fir Award).

Wag’s Revue Writing Contest

31 January 2013

The editors are excited to announce that beginning with Issue 11, the magazine compensates $100 per piece (poem or group of poems, essay, or short story).

Wag’s Revue holds two contests annually, the Winter Writers Contest from December through March and the Summer Writers Contest from June through August. The contests are open to all three genres and are judged by the editors. For each, first prize is $1000 and guaranteed publication, second prize $500 and third $100. All pieces are considered for publication. There is a $20 reading fee per piece.

Open reading periods are held from early March through May and from September through November. Submissions are currently open.

This year, we switched over to Submittable (the service formerly known as Submishmash). There you’ll find all guidelines and can upload your submission. While we allow for simultaneous submissions, if your work is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw the piece on Submittable, rather than emailing us about it.

Take Me to Submittable!

If you submitted during the open period this Spring, the editors are still reading those submissions and you will hear from us in the coming months. Thanks to those who submitted to the Summer Writers Contest. Winners will be announced in the new year.

If you are at all concerned about your submission, please email the editors at editors@wagsrevue.com.

If you’re interested in writing for our blog, The Wag, please shoot an email to blog sultan Ray Sultan at sultan@wagsrevue.com  ,including your resume, clips, and pitches of columns to write.

Visit the website:  http://www.wagsrevue.com/home

6th Annual – Jr. Authors Short Story Writing Contest 2013

24 November 2012

Jr Authors Short Story Writing Contest 2013

Attention! – Writing Contest Opens: January 1, 2013

Deadline: Postmarked by June 30, 2013

Top 10 finalists in each Category Announced: September 20, 2013

Winners Announced LIVE at Junior Authors Writers Conference

STILL Free to Enter
MORE Categories
NEW Prizes
NEW Submission Dates
NEW Digital Submission Process
NEW Story Feedback Service
NEW Writers Conference

Category I Ages 18 – 21*
Top 6 writers receive Amazon gift cards and a certificate of achievement. First place writer will be published on this website and be eligible for paid writing opportunities with Laura Thomas Communications. Plus, a press release about your winning short story will be sent to your local community newspaper. See rules below. *You can be no more than 21 years old as of June 30, 2013.

Category 2 Ages 15 – 17
Top 6 writers receive Amazon gift cards and a certificate of achievement. First place writer will be published on this website and be eligible for paid writing opportunities with Laura Thomas Communications. Plus, a press release about your winning short story will be sent to your local community newspaper. See rules below.

Category 3 Ages 12 – 14
Top 6 writers receive Amazon gift cards and a certificate of achievement. First place writer will be published on this website. Plus, a press release about your winning short story will be sent to your local community newspaper. See rules below.

Category 4 Ages 9 – 11
Top 6 writers receive Amazon gift cards and a certificate of achievement. First place writer will be published on this website. Plus, a press release about your winning short story will be sent to your local community newspaper. See rules below.

Junior Authors Short Story Writing Contest Rules:

  1. Contest open to any student between 9 and 21 years old as of June 30, 2013. Proof of age may be required.
  2. It does not matter where you call home. Entries from any country are welcome.
  3. Your story can be about anything you like. Be creative and have fun.
  4. Your story must be in English.
  5. Maximum length is 1000 words.
  6. No images, illustrations or fancy fonts. Keep it easy to read. Not sure which font to use? Try Times New Roman 12 pt.
  7. Make sure your name and the title of your story are on the first page of your story.
  8. Complete the online entry form and upload your story. This will be available on January 1st. No entries will be accepted early.
  9. Pay the optional FEEDBACK fee.*
  10. One story per student.

*New FEEDBACK OPTION for 2013. For a small fee paid when your story is submitted, you will receive a feedback package after the contest winners are announced. The package will contain your score broken down into the four criteria (unity, style, description and story structure), along with some suggestions from Laura about how to improve the story. Stories may be worked on and resubmitted in 2014. You will be able to sign up and pay for this service on the online entry form.

Visit the website for details: http://laurathomascommunications.com/juniorauthorscontest/

Sleighing With the Devil: A Very Special Christmas Fairy Tale Contest

24 November 2012

Enchanted Conversation normally now has monthly, non-themed fairy-tale-inspired fiction and poetry contests. We will resume the monthly contests in January of 2013.

But for December, there is no monthly contest. Instead, there will be a very, very EC fairy tale contest:

That’s right, instead of a regular December fairy tale contest — which will not actually be held, EC is celebrating the spirit of Krampus instead. The basics of content, etc., are the same as under the regular submission guidelines, so PLEASE check those.

But stories for the Krampus contest must feature Krampus somehow. They must be stories OR poems. No non-fiction will be accepted. Stories must be between 1,000 and 3,000 words long. Only one submission per person. The stories should reflect an understanding of Krampus lore, but he needn’t be the focal point of the story. As ever, the stories should NOT be for very young audiences, but rather well-read teens on up in age.

Five winners will be chosen and each will receive a $25 give certificate from Amazon (in US dollars only). The submission deadline is DECEMBER 13, 2012 at 11:59 p.m., EST. The winning entries will be published in December.

PLEASE FOLLOW ALL OTHER NORMAL RULES FOR SUBMITTING FOR WRITING CONTESTS LISTED UNDER SUBMISSION GUIDELINES. The rules for submitting here are pretty specific, if you aren’t a big fan of rules, this may not be the contest for you.

As always, there is NO FEE for entering this contest.

Who or What is Krampus?

Krampus has been around a very long time in countries like Austria and Germany. I guess you could say he’s a scary, devilish-looking figure who hangs with St. Nicholas and punishes bad children for the jolly old gift giver. But that’s a pretty meager description. For an in-depth look at Krampus, check out the awesome site, Krampus.com. There, you kind find absolutely everything you could want to know about Krampus and see some outstanding and disturbing old Krampus images.

For a less pro-Krampus take on St. Nicholas’s evil helper, check out The St. Nicholas Center, a far more benign destination. One thing seems pretty sure: Krampus serves Santa, meting out punishment to naughty children.

In the US, Krampus never got real traction, as we even dropped the “lump of coal” tradition for bad kids on Christmas morning. Yet, in recent years, Krampus has begun to become popular, as more Americans look for a different way to have holiday fun.

More on Krampus as the need arises, but here are some more images to inspire you. But before I go, one thing needs to be said: This Krampus contest is not about religion–for it or against it. It’s still about fairy tales.

Visit the website for details: http://www.fairytalemagazine.com/2012/10/sleighing-with-devil-very-special.html

Prizes total $1360 in Writers’ Village story contest

4 November 2012

A first prize of $800 can be won in the winter round of the Writers’ Village contest

for short fiction up to 3000 words in any genre.

Second prize is $400, third is $160

and there are five runner-up prizes of a free entry in the next round.

Every story, win or lose, also gains a free critique –

a feature thought to be unique among low-fee writing contests.

Winning stories will be showcased at the site.

Fee is $19 per story.

Entries are welcomed worldwide.

Deadline is 31st December 2012.

Details at:

http://www.writers-village.org

Address: Writers’ Village, The Old School House, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 9DP, UK.