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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

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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.

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

29 October 2012

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

Prizes and Publication:

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

Eligibility requirements for our 2013 competition are as follows:

What to submit:

• Stories must be original unpublished fiction, typed and double-spaced, and may not exceed 3,500 words in length.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

Who may submit:

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

Submission requirements:

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

Deadlines and Entry Fees:

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

How to pay your entry fee:

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

Announcement of Winners and Honorable Mentions:

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

Visit the website for guidelines:  http://www.shortstorycompetition.com/Guidelines.php

Call for entries – Kupferberg Short Story Prize

29 October 2012

With Guest Judge Jim Shepard

The winning submission, selected by Jim Shepard, will be read as part of the Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space on June 12, 2013. The story will be recorded for possible later broadcast as part of the public radio series. The winner will also receive $1000 and a 10-week class from Gotham Writers’ Workshop.

Story requirements

  • Submit a single short story that fits the theme “Complicated Families.”
  • Your story must have a title.
  • Your story must be no more than 750 words (Times New Roman, 12pt font).
  • Your story must be unpublished.

The Prize
The winner will receive: $1000; two tickets to the June 12, 2013 Selected Shorts at Symphony Space, when the prize winning story will be read and recorded for possible broadcast; 10-week creative writing class with Gotham Writers’ Workshop offered in NYC or online. (Prize does not include transportation to or from NYC or the event.)

Entry Fee
Every submission must include a $25 entry fee (payable by credit card, check or money order). To enter, click on “Enter the Contest” below. Instructions for submitting your entry via postal service are provided in the Official Rules.

ENTER THE CONTEST


Deadline:
All submissions must be received by 5pm, March 15, 2013, Eastern Standard Time. To be specific, online submissions must be submitted by 5pm Eastern Standard Time. Mailed submissions must arrive with the day’s mail. (Entries postmarked on March 15 will NOT be accepted.)

About this year’s guest judge
Jim Shepard
is the author of six novels and four story collections. His stories are published regularly in such magazines as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Zoetrope: All-Story, Playboy, and Vice. His most recent story collection is the multiple award-winning You Think That’s Bad.

Note
Contestants who submit online or provide their email address will be added to Gotham Writers’ Workshop’s and Selected Shorts’ email lists – please let us know if you do not wish to receive email about upcoming programs.

Frequently Asked QuestionOfficial Rules