Posts Tagged ‘short fiction contests’

Hamlin Garland Award for the Short Story

26 November 2018


Monday, December 10, 2018

Entry Fees

A reading fee of $20 must accompany each entry. Please make checks payable to Beloit Fiction Journal or pay entry fee through Submittable.


$2,000 and publication in the Beloit Fiction Journal


Entries must be works of fiction of 7,000 words or less. The judge for this year’s contest is Bonnie Nadzam, author of Lions: A Novel.

“Established 1985, the Beloit Fiction Journal publishes the best in contemporary short fiction. Traditional and experimental narratives find a home in our pages. We publish new writers alongside established writers. Our fiction-only format allows us to consider very long as well as very short stories. We occasionally publish excerpts.”

Contact Information

Send entries and self-addressed, stamped envelope to:

Chris Fink, editor

Beloit Fiction Journal

Beloit College

700 College Street

Beloit, WI, 53511

Alternatively, entries may be submitted electronically via Submittable ( ).

Please email or visit with any questions.



ServiceScape Short Story Award 2018

29 April 2018

Deadline: November 29, 2018 – CST

ServiceScape Short Story Award 2018.

This is a free-to-enter writing contest.

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

All applicants should submit their original unpublished work

of short fiction or nonfiction, up to 5,000 words.

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

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

which reaches thousands of readers per month.

You can find more information on our short story writing contest


2017 Cinematic Short Story Competition – Deadline Soon!

26 October 2017

ScreenCraft’s 3rd annual Cinematic Short Story Contest is now accepting entries!  This year’s judges are from Random House StudiosHarper’s Magazine and Tin House Magazine!

The jury is looking for short fiction (not scripts) with special cinematic potential. Whether you’re writing flash fiction or a novella, the judges want to read your story!

The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and personal introductions to literary agents, managers, film and TV producers and publishers. The top 5 finalists will be read by ScreenCraft’s network of over 40 literary and entertainment industry professionals. All rights and ownership to stories submitted to this contest remain with the author, until and unless other agreements are made.

Early deadline: November 4th, 2017 – Mark your calendar! 

Meanwhile, don’t miss ScreenCraft’s article in the Huffington Post: 5 Reasons Why Short Stories Are Easier to Adapt Than Novels


The 2017 jury includes: 

  • Valerie Cates, Executive Story Editor at Random House Studios, the publishing giant’s film and TV production company responsible for developing and adapting the company’s huge library of books and stories.

  • Cheston Knapp, Managing Editor of Tin House Magazine, which Stephen King called “an invaluable repository of fine American writing and American fiction, presented in a crisp and entertaining visual format.”

  • Emily Cooke, Senior Editor at Harper’s Magazine, one of the most highly regarded publications for short stories in the English language, “providing readers with a unique perspective on politics, society, the environment, and culture. The essays, fiction, and reporting in the magazine’s pages come from promising new voices, as well as some of the most distinguished names in American letters, among them Annie Dillard, Barbara Ehrenreich, Jonathan Franzen, Mary Gaitskill, David Foster Wallace, and Tom Wolfe.”


And if you’re writing a screenplay, take a look at the prestigious ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship, designed to develop and launch the careers of talented emerging screenwriters:

Early Deadline: 11/11/2017
Final Deadline: 3/1/2018

Featuring mentors at 5 major studios! Apply Here.

The Malahat Review: Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction

1 April 2017

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites emerging short-story writers from Canada and abroad to enter the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction.

Eligible authors have yet to publish their fiction in book form (a book is defined to have a length of 48 pages or more). Publication in literary magazines is acceptable. One prize of $1,000 (CAD) is awarded.

2017 Contest Information

This year’s contest deadline is May 1, 2017. Submissions are now open!


Steven Price


  • Eligible writers have yet to publish their fiction in book form and may submit one short story per entry.
  • Writers who have self-published a book of fiction are considered to have published their fiction in book form and are therefore ineligible to enter the Far Horizons Awards. You are, however, welcome to enter your work in our Open Season Awards.
  • The story must not exceed 3,500 words. Please double space your work.
  • Entry fee required:
    • $25 CAD for Canadian entries;
    • $30 US for American entries;
    • $35 US for entries from Mexico and outside North America.
    • see How to Pay below
    • $15 CAD for any additional entries, no limit
  • Entrants receive a one-year print subscription to The Malahat Review for themselves or a friend. Digital subscriptions or digital/print bundle subscriptions are not available through Malahat contests.
  • Entries already published, accepted, or submitted elsewhere are ineligible. Should Malahat discover that an entry it has received fails to satisfy this criterion, it will be immediately disqualified, no matter at what point it has arrived at—submission processing, screening, shortlisting, or final judging—in the adjudication process. Should an entry be disqualified, the entry fee will not be reimbursed; the entrant, however, will still receive his or her one-year subscription to the magazine.
  • Previous publication is considered to be any appearance in print or online, including on or in a newspaper, newsletter, magazine, anthology, chapbook, book, website, electronic magazine, personal blog, Twitter, or Facebook. Please note that even if the print run or circulation of the print publication where the work has previously appeared is small, this is still considered previous publication. No work that has been excerpted elsewhere is eligible for submission; nor is a work that has been revised since its original publication.
  • When submitting by email, please ensure you include a cover letter with relevant contact details (more below under Enter by Email); do not simply put this information in the body of the email. We also ask that no personal or contact information is written anywhere on submission itself.
  • Entrants’ anonymity is preserved throughout the judging. Contact information (including an email address) should not appear on the submission.
  • The winner will be notified via email.
  • Entrants will not be notified about the judges’ decisions even if an SASE is enclosed for this purpose.
  • The winner and finalists will be announced on The Malahat Review‘s website and Facebook page, with the publication of only the winning entry appearing in the Winter 2017 issue.
  • The winner will be interviewed. The interview will appear on our website and in Malahat lite, the magazine’s e-newsletter, in September 2017.
  • No entries will be returned, even if accompanied by an SASE.

How to enter, visit:


2 December 2016

Most of the stories we publish at The Fiction Desk are more or less realistic, but we try to stray outside that from time to time: Some genre fiction should be part of any balanced reading diet. One genre that we particularly like to feature is the ghost story. This year, there is a first prize of £500, a second prize of £250, and a third prize of £100.

The deadline is Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

All stories must be written in English, and be entirely the author’s own work. All entrants must be aged 16 or over at the time of entry; there is no upper age limit. Entries must be between 1,000 and 7,000 words in length.

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Extended deadline: Tethered by Letters’ 2016 Spring Writing Contests

13 July 2016

Extended Deadline: August 1, 2016

Tethered by Letters (TBL), a literary nonprofit and independent publisher. Our tri-annual publication, F(r)iction, is an art and literature imprint that is distributed around the world. It features short fiction, flash fiction, poetry, and even a selection of graphic stories. It also showcases amazing artwork.

The deadline for Tethered by Letters’ 2016 Spring Writing Contests is August 1, 2016! This time around, Tethered by Letters is offering $1600 in prizes for our Spring Contest winners.

Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven, will be judging short story submissions; poet, teacher, and activist Suzi Q. Smith is the poetry judge; and Helen Phillips, author of The Beautiful Bureaucrat, will choose the best flash fiction submissions.

In addition to a weighty cash prize, winners of the Spring Contest will be considered for publication in F(r)iction, our tri-annual journal of fine art and literature.

The deadline (August 1, 2016) is fast approaching! Visit TBL’s website for guidelines and more information.



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9 Magazines with Contests and Deadlines This Month

7 June 2016

Electric Literature Opens For Essays

We love Electric Literature for all its offerings: stories, essays, news, and op-eds, and now you have a chance to submit to them directly. From the website: “We’re particularly interested in pieces that examine the intersection of the literary world and other creative disciplines: film, fine art, music, video games, architecture–you name it.” Payment is $50. Submit to Electric Literature here.
Submission fee: No Fee. Deadline: Not listed.


Southern Indiana Review Nonfiction Award

Southern Indiana Review awards $2000 and publication to the best piece of nonfiction submitted by June 1st. Entries up to 35 pages double-spaced must be postmarked by the deadline. Michael Martone will select the winning entry. Full details on the Southern Indiana Review Award can be found here.
Submission fee: $20 ($5 for every additional entry) Deadline: June 1, 2016


Mslexia Women’s Poetry Award

Poets, this one’s for you! Mslexia is committed to nurturing women’s poetry with some excellent prizes including £2,000, a retreat at the beautiful Cove Park, and a mentoring session with The Poetry Review editor. Full details on the Mslexia Poetry Award can be found here.
Submission fee: £7 up to three poems Deadline: June 13, 2016


American Short Fiction Contest – Extended Deadline!

Victor LaValle is judging American Short Fiction’s contest this year, which awards $1000 and publication to the winning story. Note the extended deadline to June 15. Submit between 2000 – 6500 to be considered. Full contest details here.
Submission fee: $20 for each category –  Deadline: June 15, 2016


december Magazine Curt Johnson Prose Awards

Anthony Marra and Eula Biss will select the winner of december magazine’s 2016 Curt Johnson Prose awards in fiction and nonfiction, respectively. Writers in each category can submit up to 8000 words for consideration. $1500 to the winner in each category and $500 to honorable mentions. Submit todecember magazine here.
Submission fee: $20 for each category –  Deadline: June 15, 2016


New Rivers Press American Fiction Short Story Award

New Rivers Press will publish no more than twenty stories in its sixteenth anthology volume, which recognizes short fiction by emerging writers. $1750 will be awarded in prizes along with national publication and distribution, author discount, and complimentary copies. 10,000 word count. Submit here.
Submission fee: $17 – Deadline: June 15, 2016


New American Press Fiction Prize

Full-length manuscripts welcome! Up to 100 pages will be considered. Winners will receive $1000, publication contract, and contributors copies. This year’s prize is judged by Gina Frangell. Full submission details can be found here. Note the extended deadline!
Submission fee: $17  – Deadline: June 24, 2016


The Moth International Short Story Prize

Judged this year by John Boyne, The Moth awards £3000 and publication to the best piece of fiction under 6000 words, open to anyone. Second and third place prizes include £1000 and enrollment in the Circle of Misse writing retreat. Full submission details here.
Submission fee: $12 for each category –  Deadline: June 30, 2016


Autumn House Literary Prizes

The Autumn House Contests award publication of full-length manuscripts in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, selected by three judges. Each winner also receives $2,500 ($1,000 advance against royalties and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote the book). Submit by mail or online via the Autumn House submission manager.
Submission fee: $30 for each category –  Deadline: June 30, 2016

The Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize

14 May 2016

Got something short, sharp and snappy to tell?  Wow us with your most economical and brilliant storytelling.  This contest is for short fiction under 1000 words.  Want feedback on your story?  Get a professional critique from one of the Pulp Literature editors for only $15 more.

Contest opens:  1 May 2016
Deadline:  15 June 2016
Winner notified:  15 July 2016
Winner published in:  Issue 13, Winter 2017
Prize:  $300

Entry fee: $15
Earlybird fee (before 15 May): $10
Entry fees include a 1-year digital subscription to Pulp Literature.

This contest is for previously unpublished works of fiction up to 1000 words in length.  Total entries limited to 300.

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14 May 2016

Raven Short Story Contest

We Pulp Literature editors collect stories like ravens in the woods, swooping down on what catches our eye and bringing the treasures — sometimes sparkling, sometimes grisly, but always fascinating — home to our nests.  Want feedback on your story?  Get a professional critique from one of the Pulp Literature editors for only $25 more.  Show us your most scintillating treasures in the form of short fiction up to 5000 words in length and you could be the one bringing home $500 to line your nest!

Contest opens: 1 September 2016
Deadline: 15 October 2016
Winner notified: 15 November 2016
Winner published in: Issue 14, Spring 2017
Prize: $500

Entry fee: $25
Editorial critique: $25
Earlybird fee (before 15 September): $20
Entry fees include a 1-year digital subscription to Pulp Literature

This contest is for previously unpublished short fiction between 500 and 5000 words in length.  Multiple entries welcome.  Total entries limited to 200.

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13 April 2016


Deadline: April 22, 2016


Prizes are $1,000, $500, and $300.

Sapiens Plurum’s latest literary challenge is to personalize the consequences of climate change so readers feel as well as know them. But stories must offer hope, at least a possibility, for without hope people rarely act. Your job, as author, is to inspire scientists and states-persons around the world to live up to the promise of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.  Limited to 1,500 to 3,000 words.

The Conium Review 2016 Innovative Short Fiction Contest

23 March 2016

The Conium Review 2016 Innovative Short Fiction Contest


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Entry Fees



$500 prize, publication in The Conium Review, five copies of the print issue and one copy of the judge’s latest book.


Submit one or more short stories up to 7,500 total words.

Innovative short fiction should take risks that pay off. Don’t tell us a story we’ve already heard. Show us something new with your subject, style or characters. Make sure your writing has a “wow” factor.

This year’s contest judge is Lindsay Hunter, author of Ugly GirlsDon’t Kiss Me and Daddy’s.

Contact Information:

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Last call! Word by Word – WCSC Short Fiction Contest

23 March 2016

Word by Word


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Entry Fees

$15.00 CAD


1st prize: $500 and publication on WCSC website
2nd prize: $250 and publication on WCSC website
3rd prize: $100 and publication on WCSC website
Judge: Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists. 1st prize will also receive commentary from Ms. McMahon.


Any subject, just send us your best work (Fiction only – no non-fiction or poetry for this contest)

Word count: max 1,500

Winners announced at June 12, 2016 meeting

Contact Information

Send entries to:

How to Enter: Please send the story as an attachment in Word format. Judging is blind, so make sure there is no identification on the story. Your name, email, phone number, word count and title should appear in the body of the email.

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Call for Submissions: WOW! Women On Writing Spring 2015 Flash Fiction Contest

2 April 2015
WOW! Women On Writing invites entries to its Spring 2015 Flash Fiction Contest, sponsored by BookBaby. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, good storytelling, and provide well-rewarded recognition to writers of all levels.
Guest Judge: Literary Agent Vicki Selvaggio of The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
Guidelines: Seeking short fiction of any genre between 250 – 750 words. Electronic submissions via e-mail only; reprints are okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail. Writers retain all copyright to their stories. Open internationally. 
Prizes: 1st Place: $350, The Complete Publishing Package from BookBaby ($579 value), $25 Amazon Gift Card; 2nd Place: $250, $25 Amazon Gift Card; 3rd Place: $150, $25 Amazon Gift Card; 7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards; and 10 Honorable mentions receive $20 Amazon Gift Cards. Top 10 stories are published in the WOW! Women On Writing e-zine, and contestants are interviewed on WOW’s blog, The Muffin. 
Limited to 300 entries. $10 entry fee. Critique option also available. 
Deadline: May 31, 2015

Creative Competitor Writing Competitions

2 March 2015
The Fortune-Teller Writing Competition

1st Prize: £395.00

2nd Prize: £250.00

3rd Prize: £150.00

Closing date: 10th March 2015

Entry fee: £5.00 or FREE to Write, Learn and Publish members

All you have to do to win this exciting new writing competition is to craft a story around a fortune teller in a maximum of 1000 words including the title. Consider your starting point carefully to maximise the strength of your story. We want to be hooked by every word. Rules online.


Twist in the Tale Writing Competition

1st Prize: £195.00

2nd Prize: £125.00

3rd Prize: £100.00

Closing date: 21st March 2015

Entry fee: £3.00 or FREE to Write, Learn and Publish members

To stand a chance of winning this exciting writing competition, all you have to do is create a strong, compelling story in 1100 words or less, but, it must have an unique twist ending. We want you to surprise us with your fantastically, unexpected ending.


65 Little Words Writing Competition

1st Prize: £260.00

2nd Prize: £195.00

Closing date: May 10th 2015

Entry fee: £2.00 or FREE to Premier1 Write, Learn and Publish Members

You have just 65 words or less including the title to write a complete story. It’s a tough one but you can do it and we look forward to receiving your submissions.

Of course it doesn’t have to be exactly 65 words but if you win the top prize, it’s equivalent to £4.00 per word.

Your submission must be inspired by the photo published online.

The Park Bench Writing Competition

1 February 2015

Deadline: Saturday, February 28, 2015

Entry Fees

£3.00 or free to Write, Learn and Publish members


1st Prize: £195
2nd Prize: £150
3rd Prize: £100


Using the photo published online for inspiration, you have just 1000 words in which to complete your story. Open to writers worldwide.

Contact Information

Creative1 Publishing
Larch House
Route de la Taoulere

Visit the website for details:


11 October 2014

23rd year. Bigger prizes! Best short story wins $1,500.

Best essay wins $1,500. Total prizes: $4,000.

Winning entries published online.

Fee: $16.

Limit: 6,000 words per entry. Both published and unpublished work accepted.

Submit by April 30, 2015.

Final judge: Arthur Powers.

See guidelines, past winners, and submit online at 


19 April 2014


Open to all military personnel, veterans, and their families.

Call for Submissions and Contest for Volume 3,

Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors.

Deadline: June 1, 2014 (postmarked).

Five categories for the contest, $250 prize in each.

Poetry, Short Fiction, Essay, Photography, Interview with a Warrior.

Poetry: up to 3 poems (5 pages maximum).

Fiction, essay, interview: 5,000-word limit.

Interviews are with military or veterans.

Questions?: contact the University Press at


Sonora Review 2014 Short-Fiction Contest Submissions Now Open

19 April 2014

DEADLINE: June 1, 2014

JUDGE: Matt Bell, author of In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods.

WHAT WE WANT: Your absolute best, most imaginative fiction up to 1,000 words. Submissions should be typed and double-spaced. Include a cover letter with a brief biography, your contact information and any other pertinent information about your submission. Simultaneous submissions are fine but please let us know as soon as possible if the work is accepted elsewhere; multiple submissions are also fine, although you will have to pay the contest fee again. Please remove your name or any other identifying marks from your manuscript before submitting.

HOW TO DO IT: Submit online or send a SASE to Mike Coakley and Laura Miller, Editors-in-Chief / (c/o Fiction Editorial Board) / Sonora Review / Dept. of English / University of Arizona / Tucson, AZ 85719.

WINNER RECEIVES: 1,000 dollar cash prize and publication, finalists will be considered for publication in Issue 66 of Sonora Review.

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Jean Toomer Literary Prize for Short Fiction

31 March 2014

Open to new, emerging and established writers.

$300 Prize and online publication. 

No theme restriction.

Send your best unpublished work.

Blind judging.

Entry fee $5.

Full guidelines available online.

Postmark deadline: June 30, 2014.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

The Shenandoah Prize for Fiction

7 March 2014

Deadline: Monday, March 31, 2014

Genre: Fiction

Entry Fees: None

Prizes: $1,000 and feature on Shenandoah’s first online issue. All finalists are eligible for publication in Shenandoah.

Description: Open to short story submissions up to 1,000 words. Submit via regular mail between March 1 and March 31, 2014.

Contact Information:

Bevel Summers, Shenandoah, 17 Courthouse Square, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA 24450.



Learn Spanish with the Escuela Delengua Micro Fiction Contest

7 March 2014
Learn Spanish with the Micro Fiction Contest 2014
Note: This contest is open for everyone whose age is more than 16 years old, whose mother tongue is not Spanish.
First, choose your language:


Win one of the 5 free Spanish courses.

The Escuela Delengua’s Micro Fiction Contest is back! Spanish is something that united us and we like to teach Spanish as a foreign language. This is why the theme of this year is learn Spanish).

This contest is open to people that are interested in the Spanish and Hispanic language and culture. Winners will receive a free Spanish class in our school. Come on, take part in our contest! A free Spanish class or a good discount may be for you.

What is a micro fiction?
A micro fiction is a story with a fixed maximum length.

Rules of entry for the 2014 Micro Fiction Contest

  • The micro fiction has to be written in one of the following language: English, Italian, French, German or Spanish. The theme is “learn Spanish” and each micro fiction must start with one of the following sentences (then following by the chosen language:






  • The maximum length of each story is 100 characters, including spaces.


#learnSpanish I’m writting a good micro fiction in English to take part in the contest of the Escuela Delengua.

  • There are 2 ways to take part in the contest:

-Write your micro fiction in the contact form, or

-Follow us on Twitter @DelenguaGranada then send us a tweet with your micro fiction (do not forget to start with @DelenguaGranada #aprenderespañol

o @DelenguaGranada #learnSpanish o @DelenguaGranada #impararelospagnolo o

@DelenguaGranada #apprendreespagnol o @DelenguaGranada #Spanischlernen (following by the chosen language).


  • 17th of February 2014 – 27th of April 2014: Period of entry for submitting micro fiction using the form below or Twitter
  • 28th of April 2014 – 28th of May 2014: Every visitor of the web page can vote for the best micro fiction.
  • 28th of May 2014: Names of the winners of the 2014 Micro Fiction Contest will be published on the web site.
  • The author of the micro fiction with the most votes, in each language, will receive a 2 weeks Intensive Spanish Course for free. It will be followed by a 2nd prize consisting in a 20% discount on a 2 Weeks Intensive Spanish Course. .

Each participant can send a maximum of 3 micro fictions, in one or more languages, using the subscription form they want, although a same participant cannot receive more than one prize.

Visit the website for complete guidelines:

NCW Short Fiction contest

4 March 2014

Northern Colorado Writers is hosting its 4th annual contest series, beginning with Short Fiction.

You do not need to be a member of NCW or in Colorado to enter.

Prizes are 1st: $1,000; 2nd: $250; 3rd: $100. W

inners and honorable mentions of this and the other two contests in the series (Creative Nonfiction & Poetry)

will be published in and receive a free copy of the winners’ anthology, POOLED INK.

Entry fee is $20.

Final judge for Short Fiction is Seth Brady Tucker.

Any style or genre; max. 5,000 words.

Deadline is March 31, 2014.


(under Events > Writing Contests) for submission guidelines.

Share Your Story At Tell It My Way (Contest)

17 February 2014

Two Contests Pave the Way for TellitMyWay Launch!

As Tell it my Way prepares for public launch, we’d like to invite children’s writers and storytellers to enter our exclusive contests, Something New to Love, which begin on February 14, 2014.

Highest-scoring Original Story. Between February 14, 2014 and March 14, 2014, writers will post their own original children’s stories on Tell it my Way. A week after the posting period ends, the author of the original story on the website with the highest score (determined by other users who can vote stories “up” if they like them or “down” if they do not) will receive a $50.00 Amazon gift card and will be featured on Tell it my Way!

Highest-scoring Retold Story. Between February 14, 2014 and March 14, 2014, writers are invited to retell any story on Tell it my Way. A week after the submission period ends, the author of the retelling with the highest score with also receive a $50.00 Amazon gift card and will also receive recognition on Tell it my Way!

You may enter both contests, and you may also enter as many original stories and retellings as you’d like! One writer may win both contests.

To enter either or both contests, all you have to do is sign up on and publish an original story or retell a story on Tell it my Way between February 14, 2014 and March 14, 2014.

Winners will be notified by email. Winners must reply to the email within a week to assure us that the email address is legitimate, and then they will each be emailed a $50 Amazon gift card. The winners of the contests and their winning entries will be highlighted on the site as well as the runners-up.

The same rules that apply to normal usage of Tell it my Way apply to the contests:

Don’t plagiarize. Only post original stories or retellings of stories on Tell it my Way. More info

Don’t spam. More info

Don’t try to manipulate votes or rankings. More info

Don’t post anyone’s personal information. More info

Don’t use this site for bullying or harassing anyone. More info

Do not write anything that is sexually suggestive. Keep it clean. More info

If you violate one of these rules, your story may be permanently deleted, and any retellings of your story will also be deleted. So be nice!

Furthermore, entries cannot be removed from the website by their writers once they have been published on Tell it my Way.

In addition, employees of Tell it my Way may not enter the contests. They are welcome to publish original stories and retell stories, but if an employee’s story or retelling receives the highest score, the prize will go to the non-employee with the highest score.

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2 February 2014

$10-$20 ENTRY FEE.

The Doris Betts Fiction Prize awards the first-prize winner $250

and publication in the North Carolina Literary Review.

Finalists will also be considered for publication in the NCLR.

Deadline: February 15, 2014.

The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina

or a member of the North Carolina Writers’Network.

North Carolina Literary Review subscribers with North Carolina connections

(lives or has lived in NC) are also eligible.

The competition is for previously unpublished short stories up to 6,000 words.

One entry per writer. No novel excerpts.

Stories do NOT have to relate to NCLR’s annual special feature topic.

For complete guidelines, visit:

Visit the website:


27 January 2014

Each one accepts published as well as unpublished work. Winners are promoted online and in our email newsletter, with over 50,000 subscribers. Follow us on Twitter at @winningwriters.

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

No fee, $2,000 in prizes, April 1, 2014 deadline

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest
All subjects welcome. $16 fee, $3,000 in prizes, April 30, 2014 deadline

Sports Fiction & Essay Contest
$16 fee, $3,000 in prizes, May 31, 2014 deadline