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24 January 2017

A Smart, Catholic Take on Faith and Culture

Deadline February 17, 2017

America Media is seeking submissions from young writers for this year’s Generation Faith Essay Contest. We want to hear from high school and college students interested in reflecting on the joys and challenges that come with living out (or struggling with) one’s faith in the midst of real life. All entries should be true personal essays, between 800 and 1,200 words. The essays should feature strong narratives and real-life examples from the writer’s experience as a young person in the church today. Writers should think creatively and broadly about their faith experience. The winning entry will be awarded $1,000 and will be published in America. Additional entries may be chosen for publication in America. The judging panel will consist of the editors of America and The Jesuit Post.

Hourglass Literary Magazine Writing Contest

23 March 2016

Hourglass Literary Magazine Writing Contest


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Entry Fees

Entry fee: $13.59 per paper ($20 for up to three pieces); except for poetry, where up to three submissions are accepted for $13.59.


Best Short Story ($1,000)
Best Poem ($1,000)
Best Essay ($1,000)

The jury, comprising highly-respected authors Sibelan Forrester, Jelena Lengold and John K. Cox, has the right to give a special prize (US$ 500 for entry in each category).

Ten finalists in each category will be published in the first issue of the literary magazine.
All published works will be financially compensated and finalists will be provided with one copy of the printed edition of the Hourglass Literary Magazine.


Hourglass Literary Magazine is an annual and bilingual magazine published in print and digital form in English, as well as the languages of the region (BCMS).

The international competition is open to all authors writing in English or any of the BCMS languages. No theme, genre limitations or boundaries. Work must be original and unpublished. One author can compete in all categories, for all three awards respectively. Limited multiple submissions are allowed (as well as simultaneous submissions).

We want to achieve an intercultural mélange, which is first and foremost literary. We aim to pose a series of questions on the pages of Hourglass Literary Magazine, such as: What are poetics and the formal solutions and (pre)dominant themes for authors who write in English? What remained of post-modernism, textual acrobatics and semantic gymnastics (John Barth, Robert Coover, Ronald Sukenick, etc.)? “Return to tradition”? How does the “Beat” generation echo in the work of contemporary writers? Where do we write from? What do we write about when we write about love?

Contact Information

Information about contest:
Press inquiries:
Board and editorial staff:
Voki Erceg, Editor-in-Chief:

Visit the website:

The Ordinary Guru Contest

6 July 2014


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Entry Fees:

FREE to enter!


First Prize: $5,000
Second Prize: $2,500
Third Prize: $1,500


Have you ever met an everyday, ordinary guru who helped you break a myth that held you back, sparked insight, or helped you see the world a little differently? If so, tell us your story by entering the Ordinary Guru Contest. You can submit a short story, essay, memoir, photo essay, cartoon,graphic novel or poem.

Whomever/whatever the ordinary guru, your story must embody a personal experience. We’re looking for short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, cartoons, and poems about ordinary gurus. Ordinary gurus teach us what we need to know in order to expand our view of ourselves and the world. These gurus aren’t just people— they can also be anything in nature that offers you an insight or life-lesson, perhaps a pet, a wild animal, or even a tree that helps you see yourself or life differently.

Contact Information:

Nicholas Kent


The Atlantis Short Story Competition 2014

20 June 2014

Cash prizes ($450, first prize is $300) and in-depth feedback await unpublished writers.

No theme or genre restrictions.

Maximum 2,500 words.

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

Deadline: November 30, 2014


Contact e-mail:

For further updates & announcements (dates), check !

The William Saroyan International Prize for Writing

25 October 2013

William Saroyan International Prize for Writing

Nominations are now being accepted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Two prizes of $5,000 each are given biennially for works of fiction and nonfiction. Cosponsored by the Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation, the awards are intended to “encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan legacy of originality, vitality, and stylistic innovation.”

The Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation jointly award the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, a biennial competition for newly-published books.

The prize commemorates the life, legacy and intentions of William Saroyan – author, artist, dramatist, composer – and is intended to encourage new or emerging writers, rather than to recognize established literary figures.

Entries are now being accepted for the 2014 Prize and must be received by January 31, 2014. Please view the FAQ page for further information.

Funding sponsored in part by Stanford Associates.

Terms and conditions

The following provisions govern the 2014 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing awarded by Stanford University Libraries.

  1. The Saroyan Prize Committee will be appointed by the Stanford University Librarian in consultation with the President of the Saroyan Foundation, and will be responsible for all aspects of the administration of the Saroyan Prize.
  2. The Stanford University Librarian in consultation with the President of the Saroyan Foundation, will appoint a team of no fewer than three Nominating Jurors for each Saroyan Prize to be awarded.
  3. Two prizes of $5,000 will be awarded, one each in fiction and non-fiction. Poetry and other literary forms will not be considered.
  4. Only works published in book form between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013, available for individual purchase by the general public, and primarily in English are eligible for the Saroyan Prize in 2014.
  5. Works by members of The Saroyan Prize Committee, members or officers of the William Saroyan Foundation, or previous winners are not eligible for the 2014 Saroyan Prize.
  6. Only complete entries received by Stanford University Libraries no later than January 31, 2014 will be considered.

    A complete entry includes:

    • A completed entry form. Complete form here.
    • Three copies of the work.
    • A non-refundable $50 entry fee. Payment may be made using Visa, MasterCard, or American Express at the above website, or by check. Checks should be made payable to Stanford University/Saroyan Writing Prize, and should indicate the title(s) of the work(s) they accompany.

    Completed entries should be sent to:
    Administrator of The Saroyan Prize Committee
    Stanford University Libraries
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6004

  7. The Saroyan Prize Committee will assemble and manage a team of Stanford University alumni and Stanford University Library staff to perform an initial screening of all entries.
  8. The Nominating Judges for each Saroyan Prize will review the screened entries, and put forward to the Stanford University Librarian a list of not less than three and not more than five Finalist works for each Prize.
  9. The winner of each Prize will be selected by the Stanford University Librarian, in consultation with the President of the William Saroyan Foundation, and based on the recommendations of the Nominating Judges. However, the University Librarian has the authority in extraordinary circumstances to award the Prize to any qualified entry.
  10. Nothing in this plan shall be deemed to limit in any way the authority and control of The Saroyan Writing Prize Committee.
  11. Finalists and prizewinners of the Prize will be listed permanently at this website.
  12. Terms and conditions subject to change without notice.

Deadline: January 31, 2014

For more information — including entry forms, contest rules, complete guidelines, and press materials —visit the website at

Meridian Writing Spring Competition 2013

2 February 2013

  Unpublished short stories of up to 3,000 words but with no lower limit
      Any genre/theme
•       Prizes of £100, £50 and £25 plus a voucher for each winner
•       Closing date: 31st March 2013
•       Entry fee – £5/story. Multiple submissions permitted
•       Critique options available. See website for full details
•       Website:

Second Writing Contest

31 January 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Entry Fee

Fiction, Non-fiction (Creative or Essay)

In each category: $300/$150/$50

We are looking for works of up to 5000 words in each category. Previously published work are accepted so long as can legally obtain free, one time, one site, permanent web publication rights.


  • All entries must be submitted via email sent to, one entry per email. NO SUBMISSIONS ARE ACCEPTED VIA MAIL.
  • NO PDF FILES please. We need to be able to work with your submission. Best format is Microsoft Word or plain text.
  • In the body of your email submission include author name, real name (if different from author name) and email address.
  • In the body of your email submission include information about any previous publication.
  • Only submissions written in English are considered at this time.
  • Entries with pornographic theme, hate speech, and those that may be classified as personal or institutional “rant” are disqualified. No other theme restrictions are imposed.
  • Unless explicitly requested in the body of your email, all qualified submissions will be posted on upon receipt and an initial assessment of quality.
  • You may submit to both categories.
  • The contest may be extended at discretion until a minimum of 500 entries have been submitted.
  • Winners are chosen based on a combination of pixelhose readers’ vote (“like” and/or comments) and pixelhose editorial staff decision.
  • Winners are selected at the sole discretion of pixelhose staff. All decisions are final.

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Last Call for Entries: HESA Imprint – Apocalypse Maailmanloppu

24 November 2012

We are now accepting submissions for our next issue APOCALYPSE. The final deadline is November 29th 2012, midnight FINNISH TIME. We strongly suggest that you send your work in before then.

Haku MAAILMANLOPPU julkaisuumme on alkanut. Viimeinen ilmoittautumispäivä on marraskuun 29 päivä, keskiyöllä SUOMEN AIKAA. Suosittelemme kuitenkin, että lähetätte töitänne jo aikaisemmin.

You don’t have to be a professional artist, writer, photographer or a filmmaker to get involved with HESA inprint. We are looking for anyone with a vision and voice to share their opinions, work and stories not for a pay check but for the love of creating. You are welcome to write in English, Finnish or even Finglish. Those who can and so choose are encouraged to translate their work so it can be enjoyed by a broader audience. If your work is chosen for our monthly publication it will be translated to the subsequent language needed by our HESA inprint team.

How to get involved

TO SUBMIT your works for our publication send it to in the subject box write: “submission — APOCALYPSE – Your Name– Work Title “. You can also include in the email, your website URL and twitter username so we can link back to you.

IMPORTANT! Remember to include your full name, email address and titles for all work submitted in your email! We also greatly welcome introduction texts on the series (work) submitted and how you see it fitting with the current theme.

Written work can be in any form that fits the piece. (Essay, poetry, story etc.) The submission however should not exceed the 500 word limit. Longer pieces will be considered for the blog but will not be eligible as submissions for the magazine and zine publications.

Images we welcome visual essays, art works and photographs of all kinds but ask that the email size does not exceed 2Mb. The submitted images sent should be 72dpi with the longest side no bigger than 1280 pix. In the case of a series of images that go together we ask there are no more than 6 images included. If you want your work to be considered for the monthly issue you must be able to provide images with 300 dpi on request.

Video work can be broadcast on our blog, but will not be available in the monthly publication. If you wish you can submit up to 6 images and a synopsis from the video for inclusion in the magazine. All video should be formatted through Vimeo or youtube and sent as a link with information about the film. Videos should not be longer than 30 minutes.

Artwork submission to HESA Inprint is subject to approval of our Terms & Conditions.

What’s next

Once we received your submission and don’t need any further information, your work will be published on the blog. Once submissions for the current theme are closed, a curated selection of the work will be featured in the magazine, online and in the printed version. You will be notified by email if your work is selected for the magazine

The New Jersey Second Amendment Society’s (NJ2AS) First High-School Essay Writing Contest

9 November 2012

 The New Jersey Second Amendment Society (NJ2AS) is holding its first high school essay writing contest. Beginning November 1st, high school students are invited to submit an essay up to 500 words about the Second Amendment.

Inspired by the recent surge in firearm ownership throughout NJ the New Jersey Second Amendment Society created this contest to help students explore their belief and understandings about the second amendment to the US Constitution. 

The theme for the contest is “what is the meaning of the Second Amendment and how does it relate to the modern world.” Students are encouraged to use the theme as a guideline and to be creative with the interpretation of the Second Amendment as they describe its relevance to their lives.

In order to be consider, all essays must adhere to the following format:

  • Double spaced
  • 1 inch margins
  • Include an essay title
  • Have 12 point font
  • Use Microsoft Word or a compatible format

The contest is open to all high school students in New Jersey, and all essays must be 500 words or less. Only one essay may be submitted per student. The essay must be related to the Second Amendment and the individual right of the people to keep and bear arms.

Submissions must be submitted by email to by March 30, 2013, 5:00pm EST. The winners will be announced on June 1, 2013.

Winner of the contest will get the opportunity to participate in a Gun Test Drive with Gun for Hire Academy. They can shoot total 144 rounds through one mystery gun, six long-guns and ten handguns. (parental permission may be required)

To learn more about the organization visit:

Or, Refer to:

Frank Jack Fiamango 


P.O. Box 128

Manahawkin, NJ 08050

(609) 848-0507

Switchback Publication is now accepting submissions for issue #17 – Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction and Art

9 November 2012

Switchback, a publication of the MFA Program at the University of San Francisco, is now accepting submissions for issue 17. Switchback publish only the very best fiction, poetry, nonfiction and art and appears both online and in ebook format. For issue 17, an Editor’s Prize will be awarded in the amount of $200.00 to the submission best addressing the issue theme (Broken). Additional prizes in the amount of $75.00 and $50.00 respectively will be awarded to the first two runners up. There is no fee to enter. Submissions need not address the issue theme in order to be considered for publication. Please read the guidelines carefully before submitting.


Switchback 17: Broken will be published May 1, 2013.

Visit  for more information.


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.


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.

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

Cinnamon Press Writing Awards – Poetry, Short Stories, Novel/Novella

29 October 2012

Cinnamon Press Writing  Awards

Cinnamon Press competitions have been offering new and established writers excellent publication opportunities for the last seven years. Several authors who have won the competition have gone on to win other prestigious prizes or been short listed for major awards. From autumn 2012 we are re-launching the writing awards to make them even more accessible to a greater number of writers. The competitions in three genres will continue to run twice a year, but with a new pricing structure and new prize structure. We hope that writers will continue to enjoy the competitions and take advantage of the opportunities they provide.


Poetry Collection Award £150

The aim of this award is to provide a platform for new voices in poetry.


Short Story Award: £150

The competition is open to new and published authors.


Novel / Novella Award £400

The aim of this award is to encourage new novelists, encouraging debut novel and novella writers to achieve a publication in this genre.


Guidelines for all Genres:

Entrants for the novel/novella and poetry categories should not previously have had a novel/novella or full poetry collection published (those with pamphlets and self published collections are eligible).
Short story writers may have previous publications of single stories or story collections or may be new writers, but the story submitted must be unpublished.
Entries should be submitted electronically – send as two email attachments – one with the work and the other with contact details – please ensure you have up to date virus protection and send as a .doc or .docx or .rtf file. (If you have problems preventing electronic submission please email for guidance)
Submit the first ten thousand words of your novel/novella or 10 poems up to 40 lines (unpublished) or story of 2,000-4,000 words (unpublished) in a clear type script, double spaced for prose.
Please mark your story/poetry/novel/la with a nom de plume and working title in the header (this is simply for reading purposes to guarantee that all pieces are read blind and judged fairly)
Do not put any other identification on the work, but enclose a separate attachment with name, address, email contact & nom de plume and titles of poems/working title of novel/story title.

Deadlines fall twice a year on 30th June & 30th November.

The next deadline is 30th November 2012.

Entry is £12 per entry for all categories. You can optionally add £4 to this to include a copy of the winners’ anthology for the poetry and short story categories, or a novel/la by a previous competition winner for the novel/la category (worth £8.99).
Payments can be made online at using PayPal.
Work will not be returned, so please keep a copy.


Visit the website for detail and enter at:

2012 Ladies’ Home Journal Personal Essay Contest

26 October 2012

For our second annual Personal Essay Contest, we want to hear about a memorable moment in your life — the day, or the hour, or the second that changed everything. We urge you to be poignant, reflective, funny. Make us howl with laughter. Make us blubber in our cubicles (we can take it!).

Tell Us About the Day That Changed Your Life

Ladies’ Home Journal is a community that shares stories — and we’re dying to hear yours.

If you win our essay contest, we’ll give you $3,000 and the chance to have your essay published in the Journal. You’re free to interpret the topic in whatever way you like, but remember that we value creativity and clarity above all.

Essays will be judged on their emotional power, originality, and the quality of their prose. They should be no more than 2,000 words and ideally typed or written in a Microsoft Word document.

You can enter the contest by e-mailing your submission as an attachment (with your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address) to or by mailing a copy to Personal Essay Contest, Ladies’ Home Journal, 805 Third Ave., 26th Fl., New York, NY 10022.

Entries are due by December 7, 2012.

Submit Your Essay >>

Read Last Year’s Winning Entry  >>

Official Rules >>

Last Call for Entries!: Lumina Journal Fiction Writing Contest – Nov. 1, 2012 & Call for Submissions – fiction, non-fiction, poetry

26 October 2012

Fiction writers may submit up to two pieces, 5,000 words maximum per piece. Please double space and number pages. Previously published works will not be considered. If your work is selected by us, rights will revert to author after publication in Lumina; subsequent publishers should credit us for first appearance.

You may submit multiple selections, but please submit them in a single document. DO NOT INCLUDE your name or any personal information in the body of your submission. Please include a three-sentence biographical statement with your submission in the cover letter box provided. Any information provided on the submissions documents besides your stories will be disregarded.

We do accept simultaneous submissions. Please notify LUMINA immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere via email ( or submittable.

Deadline for Contest Submissions is November 1, 2012

We look forward to reading your work!

Full contest entry details can be found here:
We are also having a general call for submissions in all genres, the details of which can be found here:

Call for entries: Keller Media – Nonfiction Writers Contest

26 October 2012

You can find our contest info page and entry form here; ,

And here’s the link to the entry form:

Our website is


Nonfiction Writer’s Contest

Submissions due by Dec 7, 2012

Winners announced Jan 2, 2013


The Submission

·         A full proposal (as described here:


·         Two sample chapters

·         Author bio

·         Author presence on this subject (professional speaking, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, television appearances, blogging, etc.)

·         $10.00 Entry Fee

Grand Prize:

·         Agency Representation and expert guidance to help you develop your project so we can present it to TOP publishers on your behalf.

·         Cash Prize of $300 USD – to keep you supplied with coffee, toner, printer paper and red pens while you craft your masterpiece!

·         One FREE month of social media, clerical, back office and marketing support provided by 123 Employee, the leading outsourcing company in the world.$347 + $199 setup. (

·         FREE Platform Building Course created by super-agent Wendy Keller

·         FREE admittance to the two-week intensive Facebook Mastery Program that will catapult your social media presence + 1/2 hour call with the genius guys at eRocket Fuel. Work with the author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Facebook Marketing to pinpoint what you are doing well, and what needs improvement. (

·         Win the chance to work with legendary book development coach Christine Kloser to make your book as exceptional as you dream it will be.


2nd Prize

·         Agency Representation and expert guidance to help you develop your project so we can present it to TOP publishers on your behalf.

·         Cash Prize of $150 USD

·         FREE entrance to Christine Kloser’s profound program for breaking through writer’s block and crafting the book that resonates with who you really are and what you really want to say.

·         FREE Platform Building Course created by super-agent Wendy Keller, so you can get your book all the attention it deserves before, during and after publication. A $1,499 value!(

·         FREE complete set of our informative audio program “Success Accelerator: How to Build Your Platform Faster, Better and Easier”. It teaches you how to grow your fan base of future book buyers (platform) right now using the media, your natural talents, paid speaking, list building and social media.

3rd Prize

·         Two hours of our expert advice and guidance to help you develop your project so we can present it to TOP publishers on your behalf.

·         FREE complete set of our informative audio program “Success Accelerator: How to Build Your Platform Faster, Better and Easier”. It teaches you how to grow your fan base of future book buyers (platform) right now using the media, your natural talents, paid speaking, list building and social media.

The Writer 2012 Travel Essay Contest

20 May 2012

The Writer 2012 Travel Essay Contest

Have you learned something surprising about another culture – or your own? Met a memorable character who altered your world view in some way? Seen something monumental or simple that left an indelible impression? It’s time to write about your unforgettable experiences as a traveler, whether your travels took you to an exotic destination or a hometown treasure. We’re looking for personal stories of up to 1,200 words that convey readers to distant lands – or the park around the corner – to share the traveler’s experience and insight. 

Deadline: June 15, 2012  

Entry fee: $10 per entry.


• First Place: $1,000 (USD); enrollment in a 10-week online writing workshop offered by Gotham Writers’ Workshop ($420 value); publication in The Writer and on; and a one-year subscription to The Writer.

• Second Place: $300 (USD); enrollment in a four-week How to Get Published seminar taught online by a literary agent and Gotham Writers’ Workshop ($150 value); publication on; and a one-year subscription to The Writer.

• Third Place: $200 (USD); enrollment in a four-week How to Get Published seminar taught online by a literary agent and Gotham Writers’ Workshop ($150 value); publication on; and a one-year subscription to The Writer.

For rules and submission information:

NCW Personal Essay/Creative Nonfiction Contest Announcement

20 May 2012

NCW Personal Essay/Creative Nonfiction Contest
Northern Colorado Writers, LLC announces the second contest in its 2012 contest series: Personal Essay/Creative Nonfiction.

The contest is open to everyone and offers cash prizes of 1st: $200, 2nd: $100, and 3rd: $50.

Winners and honorable mentions will be published in and receive a free copy of the second annual winners’ anthology, Pooled Ink: Celebrating the 2012 NCW Contest Winners, scheduled for release on December 1.

Entry fees are $10 if mailed, $15 if e-mailed.

The final judge for this category is writer, poet, and songwriter, Mr. Kim Stafford. Stafford’s books include The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft; Early Morning: Remembering My Father, William Stafford; Having Everything Right: Essays of Place; and many others.

Contest deadline is June 15.

Details can be found at by clicking on Writing Contests.

The winners and judges of last year’s contests as well as the 2012 Short Fiction category can be viewed on the contest Web page.