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F(r)iction Creative Nonfiction Contest, Spring 2020

1 April 2020

Ends on 

$10.00 USD

Judge: TBA
Criteria: Any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words.
The winner will be announced publicly in late spring. All participants will be notified about the contest results by email. Judges’ decisions are final.
Awards: 1st prize receives $500.00 and will be considered for publication as the featured creative nonfiction piece in F(r)iction, our triannual print collection. Five finalists will be considered for subsequent F(r)iction publications as well as our online literary journal, F(r)iction Log. Each finalist will also qualify for free professional edits on their submission.
Submission Fee: $10.00
Important Submission Guidelines: Please visit our guidelines page to properly format your work for submission.
We prefer to read all our submissions blind. Please include your name and contact information only in your cover letter and remove any identifying information from the submitted manuscript itself.
Please also be aware that as we receive hundreds of submissions for each of our contest we are unable to offer personalized feedback. If you are specifically seeking feedback on your work, please consider submitting elsewhere.
We are unable to offer refunds for contest submissions, so please read these options and choose your submission category carefully. Note that for poetry and flash fiction, you can submit ONE ENTRY or a THREE PACK.
We strongly recommend checking out a past issue of F(r)iction to get an idea of our aesthetic before submitting. You can do this at our online store.
Staff members are not eligible for participation. Any work previously submitted to F(r)iction for publication is not eligible.
Note: F(r)iction (and it’s parent organization, Brink Literacy Project) reserves the right to discuss contest entries, finalists, and winners in podcasts and marketing materials.

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F(r)iction reserves the right to NOT award a winner in any category if the submissions do not reach a publishable standard. In this case, reading fees will NOT be refunded and a winner will not be announced. Although this has never come to pass in our six-year-publishing history, our top priority must remain with the quality of work we publish.

ThePensters Essay Writing Contest: $1000 Scholarship for Your Essay

27 October 2017

Take part in ThePensters Essay Writing Contest and get a chance to win $1000 scholarship for your college study!

Fish Short Story Prize 2013/14

19 October 2013

Ten Best Stories Published
Claire Kilroy is the judge.

We are honoured that she will select the best ten stories for publication in the 2014 Fish Anthology.

Clare Kilroy is the acclaimed author of 4 novels including All Summer, (recipient of the 2004 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and was short-listed for the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award), Tenderwire (shortlisted for the Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel Award), All Names Have Been Changed and The Devil I Know.

In 2002 she received an Arts Council Literature Award.

Closing Date: 30 November 2013.

Word limit is 5,000. There is no restriction on theme or style, and the prize is open to writers from all countries who are writing in English.

First Prize: €3,000, of which €1,000 is for travel to the launch of the Fish Anthology in July 2014 at the West Cork Literary Festival.

Second Prize: a week at the Anam Cara Writers Retreat in West Cork, plus €300.

Third prize: €300.

Entry fee: €20 (€10 subsequent entries). Online Entry. Once you register and enter online, you can login and check your entry(ies) at any time.

Results will be announced on 17 March on the Fish website, and sent out in the newsletter.


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Stories must not have been published previously, and must be eligible for publication in the 2014 Fish Anthology.

Stories cannot be altered or changed after they have been entered. Judging at all stages is anonymous. Names or addresses must not appear on the stories, but on a separate sheet if entering by post, or in the appropriate place if entering online.

Postal entries: €22 (€12 subsequent entries)

Address: Fish Publishing, Durrus, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland.

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Announcing the Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Competition $500 First Prize

2 June 2013

Cat & Mouse Press, a small publishing company based in Lewes, DE has announced a new contest and invites writers to submit short pieces of fiction or nonfiction that are entertaining, interesting, humorous or just plain fun. The Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Competition features a $500 first prize sponsored by Browseabout
Books in Rehoboth Beach. The theme for the contest is The Beach House. Each story must incorporate that theme and also have a strong connection to Rehoboth Beach. A panel of judges will select the best entries, which will be published in a professionally designed
paperback book.


  1. Submissions must fit the theme.
  2. Written works may be fiction or nonfiction, but must be plausible as a “beach read” (engaging, entertaining, and/or humorous).
  3. No poetry, erotica, children’s literature, or religious material.
  4. All work must be original, unpublished, and free from libelous material.
  5. Length must be 500-5,000 words
  6. Work must be submitted electronically, in Microsoft Word.
  7. Work should be publication-ready (in final form, and free from grammatical, spelling, or structural mistakes).
  8. Writers retain copyright but must grant first publication rights if their work is selected
  9. There is no guarantee of publication
  10. Limit of three entries per person
  11.  Publisher reserves right to edit for grammar and spelling.
  12. No entries will be accepted after the deadline.
  13. Each entry must be accompanied by a $10 fee.
  14. Writers do not have to reside in Rehoboth, but the written piece must include a substantive connection to the area.
  15. Work will be judged on creativity, quality of writing, suitability as a beach read, and fit with the theme.

The deadline for entries is July 1, 2013.

Visit the website for complete guidelines and details on how to enter: