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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.


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


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 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

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 Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.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 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.

The Radiant Peace Education Awards 2015

2 March 2015

The Radiant Peace Education Awards

Spring 2015 (The Twenty-fifth Annual)

All students in grades 1-12 — from public and private schools, home schools, youth and after-school groups, and abroad — are welcome to enter the spring 2015 national program of The Radiant Peace Education Awards®! The Radiant Peace Education Awards program gives students an opportunity to express themselves about Radiant Peace in their own lives in essays, art, videos and projects.

Deadline: All entries must be postmarked by April 14, 2015,

with winners being announced around May 18, 2015. All participants receive beautiful iron-on Radiant Peace Patches, and outstanding entries will also receive certificates and cash awards! Winner’s classrooms will also receive cash awards. In addition, many of the most creative or exceptional entries will be displayed in The International Museum of Radiant Peace.

Printable information is available here in PDF format: the complete packet of information (5 pages), which includes the guidelines, permission form and entry checklist; and the permission form and checklist only for submitting entries (2 pages). If you have any questions or need copies faxed or mailed, please contact the Foundation office.

The next program will be offered with a December 2015 postmark deadline. Materials will be posted online in the fall. If you are not already on the mailing list, please contact the Foundation office to ensure that you receive an announcement.

Visit the website for details:


19 April 2014

— $15 ENTRY FEE.

Deadline May 15, 2014.

Essays and nonfiction up to 6,000 words.

Hybrid projects warmly welcomed.

Winner receives $1,000 prize and publication,

and finalists will be considered for publication

in Issue 66 of Sonora Review.

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Last Call! 2013 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize

25 October 2013
We are invite you to enter the 2013 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize, and we are pleased to announce that the finalist judge is Melissa Pritchard.
As with all our submissions, we highly recommend reading a copy of the magazine to better understand what we are looking for. The 2013 Short Story Prize winning story “Saturdays He Drove the Ford Pickup” by David Brendan Hopes appears in Issue 27: Glimpses. The 2012 Short Story Prize winning story “Stories My Mother Told Me” by Nahal Suzanne Jamir appears in Ruminate’s Issue 23: The Stories We Tell.
Please submit all stories to:
  • The submission deadline for the short story contest  is November 1st, 2013.
  • The entry fee is $18 (includes a free copy of the Spring 2013 Issue).
  • You may submit one story per contest entry fee and it must be 5500 words or less. There is no limit on the number of entries per person.
  • $1500 will be awarded to the winner and publication in the Spring 2013 Issue. $200 will be awarded to the runner-up story and publication in the Spring 2013 Issue.
  • A blind reading of all entries will be conducted by a panel of RUMINATE readers, who will select 10 short stories as finalists.
  • Close friends and students (current & former) of the finalist judge, Melissa Pritchard, are not eligible to compete. Nor are close friends or family of the Ruminate staff.
  • Winners will be announced in the Spring Issue, March 2014.
  • We will be notifying all entrants of submission status in mid-January, 2014.
  • Please remove your name, bio, and any contact info from the file that you submit.
  • We are sometimes asked if Ruminate is seeking or only accepts “Christian” or “spiritual” stories. The answer to that question is no. We are simply looking for good stories, and there are no restrictions on the subject matter or content for submissions. The best way to understand the work we publish is to read a past issue.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

The Time and Place Prize Literary Competition

19 October 2013

The Time & Place Prize is an international literary award
established to provide the two things every writer
requires . . .

the time and the place

to write.


Join us in France!
The winner of The Time & Place Prize receives a month-long stay in an idyllic
cottage nestled among the menhirs, myths and mists of Bretagne, France.

The Prize includes:


Round-trip airfare to and from Paris, France

plus ground transport to and from the cottage

Room & board for the month of July in a

private cottage in bucolic Brittany

The cottage is equipped with all the tools a

writer needs, including library, computer,
internet access, a complete OED, etc.

Time and place to work on your ideas

The Time & Place Prize

All literary genres considered.
Winner(s) selected by independent, third party judges.
Submissions limited to 5,000 words.
A $25 submission fee will be charged.

The Time & Place Prize Award Timeline

The 2012 Prize list of winners can be found on the Winners page.  
Submissions for the 2013 Prize are being accepted until November 30, 2013.
The 2013 shortlist will be announced mid-February, 2014.
The 2013 winner will be announced on March 31, 2014.
The 2013 winner will visit France for the month of July, 2014.

Visit the website:


16 May 2013


2013 Theme: “Provide an example of how you became an active participant

in your care”; cash prizes to be awarded


Renal Support Network (RSN), a nonprofit, patient-focused, patient-run organization that provides nonmedical services to those affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD), encourages people with kidney disease to let their voices be heard by entering the 11th Annual RSN Essay Contest. This year’s theme is, “Provide an example of how you became an active participant in your care.” All submissions must be written by someone who has been diagnosed with CKD, and cash prizes will be awarded.



RSN Essay Contest winners will receive cash prizes: First Place, $500; Second Place, $300; and Third Place, $100. Winners’ names will be announced after September 10, 2013, and the winning essays will be featured in RSN’s publication, Live & Give, and posted on



  • Essays must not exceed 750 words and must focus on this year’s theme: “provide an example of how you became an active participant in your care.” Limit one entry per person. Additional contact information (the author’s complete name, address, phone number, and email address, if applicable) must be included on a separate page. All submissions become the property of RSN and will not be returned.


  • Entries can be faxed to  (818) 244-9540 , emailed to or mailed to RSN Essay Contest, Renal Support Network, 1311 N. Maryland Ave., Glendale, CA 91207. All entries must be postmarked or received by 12:00 p.m. EDT on August 1, 2013.



  • All entries will be judged by an expert panel of writers and people with kidney disease on the basis of the following factors: appropriateness to the Contest Theme, Originality and Creativity, and Technical Correctness (spelling, grammar, and an accurate explanation of the disease and/or treatment). In the event of a tie, the entry with the highest Originality and Creativity score will be selected as the winner.



  • The contest is open only to people who have been diagnosed with CKD and live in the United States and is void where prohibited by law. Employees of RSN or of agencies advertising and promoting the contest, their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household are not eligible to enter. The winner is not permitted to substitute or transfer the prize. All federal, state and local laws apply, and the winner is responsible for paying any applicable taxes.


  • Essays must be typed. Handwritten essays will NOT be accepted.


  • The winners will receive an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability and Publicity and have 15 days to execute it, certifying that the entry is their own original work. If the winner is a minor, a parent or guardian must sign the affidavit on behalf of the minor. Noncompliance can result in disqualification and the selection of another winner.


  • All entries must consist of original works that have never been published before and must not infringe on any third-party rights. By entering the contest, the entrant gives RSN the right to use, edit or publish the entry without further compensation. The winners assign all copyrights to RSN.


  • Unless such use or permission is prohibited by law, those who enter the contest and/or accept a prize grant permission to sponsors and their agencies to use the winners’ names and/or likenesses for purposes of advertising/trade without further compensation. Prizes are nontransferable. By accepting a prize, the winner agrees to hold RSN and its directors, officers, employees and assignees harmless against any and all claims of liability arising from the use of the prize. The winner assumes all liability for any injury or damage caused by, or claimed to be caused by, participation in this promotion or by the use/redemption of any prize.


  • Entrants agree to be bound by the Official Rules as stated and the decisions of the judges. RSN is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, the administration of the contest or the announcement of the prizes. In addition, RSN is not responsible for lost, late, mutilated or illegible entries.


For further information about the contest and its rules, entrants can visit


About RSN

Renal Support Network (RSN) is a nonprofit, patient-focused, patient-run organization that provides nonmedical services to those affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD). RSN strives to motivate and assist people with CKD and to help them develop their personal coping skills, special talents and employability by educating and empowering them (and their family members) to take control of the course and management of their disease. RSN values people with kidney disease and helps them become self-sufficient through education, advocacy and the hope for a better tomorrow through its many educational and support programs, including the RSN HOPEline, KidneyTalk, and the Live & Give newsletter. Visit for more information.


15 May 2013

Deadline: Postmarked by June 30, 2013


1ST PLACE:  Your choice of a 3 night stay at The Mountain Muse B&B in Asheville; or 3 free online workshops; or 100 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff

2nd PLACE: 2 night stay at the B&B; or 2 free workshops; or 50 pages line-edited

3rd PLACE:  One free workshop, or 25 pages line-edited

10 Honorable Mentions


Write about a difficult experience in your life, how you overcame this obstacle, and how you were changed by it. Winning stories will be chosen for originality and creative writing style. Stories should be previously unpublished, and should not exceed 4,000 words (double-spaced, 12 point font). Multiple entries are accepted.

Your name, address, email, phone and title of work should also appear on a cover sheet. Enclose a self-addressed, self-sealing stamped envelope for critique and list of winners, and the reading fee of $25 (or $20 for Workshop members) per entry. Please make check or money order payable to Writers’ Workshop, and send to: Hard Times Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, N.C.  28805.

Emailed submissions may be sent to, with “Hard Times Contest” in the subject. Entry fee is payable online at

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Love + Lust – Open Call for Writing – Juried Book Competition

2 April 2013
Open to Interpretation brings together photographers and writers in an exciting and innovative book project that has never been done before. Each book begins with a themed call for photos. The chosen photos become the literary inspiration for the writers’ submissions. A book is created that matches each winning photo with two stories or poems that offer different interpretations of the image. 
Announcing Love + Lust


The photographers sent us their images and interpretations of Love + Lust. Now it’s the writers turn to use the images to inspire your words. Poems and stories may include a literal description of the work, personal memories, metaphorical associations, or your mood inspired by the image. 
Poetry, flash fiction, narrative, ekphrastic poetry, short story, memoir, non-fiction, song lyrics, myth, tall tale or fairy tale – all genres are acceptable.
Book Title: Open to interpretation
Theme: Love + Lust
Judge: Dorianne Laux
Submission Fee: $15 for first submission, $10 additional
Deadline for submission: August 6, 2013
Awards:  $500 Judge’s Selection Award

For full details go to Open to Interpretation’s site.

VanderMey Nonfiction Prize

3 February 2013

Ruminate Magazine is hosting their third annual VanderMey Nonfiction prize,

judged by Brian Doyle, award-winning author and editor of Portland Magazine.  

The winner will be awarded a prize of $1000 and publication in the Spring 2013 issue,

and the runner up will receive publication as well.

Submissions:  Creative Nonfiction of 7000 words or less


Winner:  $1000 and publication in Spring 2013 issue
Runner Up: Publication in Spring 2013 issue

Deadline: 15 Feb 2013


Contact e-mail:

Big Universe Writing Contest For Common Core Curriculum

2 February 2013

Big Universe is sponsoring a Nature Writing Contest for students in grades K-8, with a focus on the new Common Core curriculum. It’s time to get excited about writing!

Writing Prompt

Take a look at the world around you. From the animals, to the plants and trees, to the weather and climate, and even outer space and the environment — these are all parts of nature. Write a real or imaginary narrative, which includes some aspect of nature and the world around you. Your story can involve anything from a simple hike in the woods, to gardening, to the life cycle of a bumblebee. This is your chance to be as creative as you can!

How It Works

  1. Students create a contest entry book using our authoring tool in the WRITE section of Big Universe.
  2. Entries are then published to the teacher’s account for final review and submission into the Big Universe Nature Contest.

Contest Requirements

  • Entries will be accepted from Big Universe members only.
  • Entries will be accepted in three age groups: Grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.
  • Each book should have no more than 200 words.
  • Limit one entry per student for each competition.
  • Entries must be original, unpublished material and written in English.
  • Entries must be submitted by midnight US Eastern Standard Time on February 28, 2013.

Visit the website for complete details:

Creative Writing Institute’s Spring Fling Anthology Contest – No Entry Fee!

31 January 2013

This is a themed contest.  Stories must be between 1000 and 1750 words and may be any genre, but the following sentence must appear in the story: Tonight we re-write the rules… ”

CASH PRIZES!  Three cash winners and seven additional Judge’s Choice stories will receive publication in our first anthology and Ebook, entitledOVERRULED!We will endeavor to sell the anthology for ninety-nine cents. Proceeds will benefit Creative Writing Institute, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity that sponsors cancer patients in writing courses.
Accepting submissions from February 1, 2013 through February 28, 2013.
Entries must be received by midnight, February 28, 2013, USA Eastern Standard Time.  

Learn more at Hurry! CASH prizes. No entry fee. See your story in an anthology! Ends Feb. 28, 2013.

Limnisa Bluethumbnail Short Story Competition 2013

31 January 2013

This international contest is open worldwide and is for short stories on any subject up to 3,000 words.

Deadline: April 1st, 2013.

1st Prize:  One week Writers’ Retreat or Workshop in 2013 or 2014 at Limnisa, our seaside location near Agios Georgios, Methana, Greece:    All inclusive: Full board, 7 nights accommodation in single room,  optional daily yoga sessions, literary evening, use of all Limnisa facilities: beach, bikes, international library etc. OR five online sessions of personal tutoring.

2nd and 3rd Prize: 50 % discount on the Writers’ Retreat or Workshop (see above). OR a free online session of personal tutoring or feedback on written work.

7 Runners up: 30% discount on the Writers’ Retreat or Workshop (see above).

All winners and runners up get a year free membership to Bluethumbnail.

Questions regarding entries should be directed to:

Entry Fee: £6 one story or £10 for two stories

Comp Page:

The Dzanc Books/ Guernica International Literature Award

9 November 2012
The Dzanc Books/ Guernica International Literature Award
is granted yearly to the best fiction, poetry, or non-fiction
that broadens the scope of North American fiction beyond the
boundaries of North America. Any work with a global bent is welcome.
The winning piece will be published in Guernica, one of the best literary
and cultural magazines on the web, and the winner will receive a full scholarship
(airfare, tuition and lodgings) to the DISQUIET International Literary Program
in Lisbon, Portugal, to take place, June 30 – July 12 2013.
Finalists and other select entrants will be offered partial scholarships.
Deadline for entries is January 31, 2013
more information on our website: