Posts Tagged ‘short story contest’

9th annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Prize

1 June 2017

First Prize: $1,000
Second Prize: $100
Four Honorable Mentions: $25 each
Entry fee: $5

Deadline: August 31, 2017

Maximum length: 1,000 words

All six finalists will be published online in the October 2017 issue of Gemini.

Surprise us, shock us, make us fall in love in a complete story of 1,000 words or less! We are open to any subject, style or genre. Entries must be unpublished, but stories displayed on personal blogs are eligible.

All entries are read blind so everyone gets an equal chance.

Click http://gemini-magazine.com/contest.html to read any of the four dozen previous winners and finalists and see the diverse material we have published. We look forward to reading your work!

 

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.

Use These Words Writing Contest – Fall 2016

10 November 2016

Get your keyboards ready! We’ve kicked off a new competition to get your writing minds juiced this fall. The challenge of this competition is to post the most original, creative short story that contains the following characteristics:

  • The opening line must be spoken. It must also connect to an event that just happened or will just happen.
  • The story must use the following words at least once: foliage, Corvette, seltzer, Nutella, swan, diamond.
  • Your story can be any genre. Just make it as original, creative, and entertaining as possible.
  • There is no minimum length. The maximum length is 5,000 words.

Two entries are allowed per member. In the case of more than two entries, the first two entries submitted will be judged.

The winner will receive $100. Good luck!

Open to Premium Members of TheNextBigWriter.
Submission deadline: November 30, 2016

 

Learn more about the Fall 2016

‘Use These Words’ Short Story Contest

Know someone who else who might be interested? Feel free to forward this post.

Get motivated to write!

Haven’t written in awhile? Use this as an opportunity to get back into the writing mode. Visit TheNextBigWriter to keep yourself motivated and energized. Together we can reach our writing goals.

How to enter, visit:  https://www.thenextbigwriter.com/guide/contest-how-to-enter

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Creative Writing Institute’s Annual Short Story Contest

9 August 2016

Get Published in our 2016 Anthology

DEADLINE: September 15, 2016

First, second and third place winners and seven additional Judge’s Choice stories will receive publication in our fourth annual anthology, and for the first time, we are awarding professionally designed eMedals to post on your site or blog. You’ll love them! Make them any size you want.

First place: Professionally designed Gold eMedal and $100, plus publication

Second place: Striking Silver eMedal and $50, plus publication

Third place: Brilliant Bronze eMedal and $25, plus publication

 Fourth and Fifth place: Finalist eMedal and publication

This is a themed contest and this exact sentence must appear in the story:

“Explain how that happened.”

  • Open genre
  • Your story must be between 1,500 and 2,000 words.
  • No swearing, profanity, explicit sexual scenes, graphic violence, etc.
  • Your story must not have been published before. By entering this contest, winners grant minor editing rights for publication; Creative Writing Institute has first, non-exclusive, electronic rights to publish the winners and Judge’s Choice stories in our anthology. All Rights return to the author upon publication.
  • ONE submission per person, please
  • Entry fee: $5
  • Accepting submissions until September 15, 2016, midnight, USA Eastern Standard Time. No early or late submissions, please.
  • Entries will only be accepted through the form at https://CreativeWritingInstitute.submittable.com/submit
  • As you go through the submission process, there will be a space for you to copy and paste your document. Do NOT email attachments as these will not be accepted.

VISIT THE WEBSITE:  http://www.creativewritinginstitute.com

Please direct questions to Ms. Jo Popek, head judge, at ms.jo@cwinst.comOur special thanks to assisting Competition Co-coordinator and award winning author, Jianna Higgins.

Creative Writing Institute Short Story Contest

22 July 2016

First, second and third place winners and seven additional Judge’s Choice stories will receive publication in our fourth annual anthology. In addition, we are giving cash prizes and professionally designed eMedals to post on your site.

First place: Professionally designed Gold eMedal and $100, plus publication

Second place: Striking Silver eMedal and $50, plus publication

Third place: Brilliant Bronze eMedal and $25, plus publication

Fourth and Fifth place: Finalist eMedal and publication

This is a themed contest and this exact sentence must appear in the story:

“Explain how that happened.”

  • Open genre.
  • Your story must be between 1,500 and 2,000 words.
  • No swearing, profanity, explicit sexual scenes, graphic violence, etc.
  • Your story must not have been published before. Winners grant minor editing rights for publication; Creative Writing Institute has first, non-exclusive, electronic rights to publish the winners and Judge’s Pick stories in our anthology. All Rights return to the author upon publication.
  • ONE submission per person, please.
  • Accepting submissions from July 15, 2016 until September 15, 2016, midnight, USA Eastern Standard Time.
  • Entries will only be accepted through the form at https://CreativeWritingInstitute.submittable.com/submit.
  • As you go through the submission process, there will be a space for you to copy and paste your document. Do NOT email attachments as these will not be accepted.
  • Entry fee $5.

Visit the website: http://www.creativewritinginstitute.com/

Please direct questions to Ms. Jo Popek, head judge, at Ms.Jo@CWinst.com. Our special thanks to all judges and award winning Competition Co-coordinator, Jianna Higgins.

On The Premises Short Story Contest (no fee)

16 June 2016

Deadline: September 2, 2016. The premise of our 28th short story contest is “Darkness”. Write a creative, compelling, well-crafted story between 1,000 and 5,000 words long in which the concept of “darkness” plays an important role. You may interpret “darkness” any way you want—literally, metaphorically, or any other way. Darkness doesn’t have to have a value judgment attached to it, and it doesn’t have to be symbolic in any way, although it can.

Please remember that we value creativity. A story about “the forces of light” fighting “the forces of darkness” will struggle to rate highly on the creativity meter. Try something else.

Winners receive between US$60 and US$220, and publication. There is no fee to enter our contest.

GENRE NOTE: Any genre except children’s fiction, exploitative sex, or over-the-top gross-out horror is fine. We will also never accept parodies of another author’s specific fictional character(s) or world(s). No exceptions!

Click for details and instructions on submitting your story. To be informed when new contests are launched, subscribe to our free, short, monthly newsletter. On The Premises magazine is recognized in Duotrope, Writer’s Market, Ralan.com, and other short story marketing resources.

Visit the website:  http://onthepremises.com/current-contest/

 

Krampusnacht 2 submission info

20 May 2016

As you may know, Krampus, Santa’s dark companion, is in the spotlight these days. Thousands of people across the globe celebrate Krampusnacht on December 5 of each year. And the movie, Krampus, was a hit during the 2015 holiday season. Krampusnacht: Twelve Nights of Krampus, which I anthologized, and World Weaver Press published, was a hit as well, so we’re publishing another volume. For now, it’s just called Krampusnacht Two. World Weaver Press andEnchanted Conversation are behind this anthology too.

Remember, Krampus is the “corrective” to Saint Nick or Santa’s indulgence and generosity. He carries a switch, and chains and sometimes throws very rotten children in a basket he carries on his back. He has horns, hooves, and a creepy, long tongue. He’s horrible and fascinating at the same time. You can learn a lot about him simply by Googling, and you should read Krampusnacht: Twelve Nights of Krampus as well, to see what we like. But we are interested in new, fresh stories, not retreads of what we have already published. This site is especially great for Krampus information.
Although the book is yet to be named, we hope you’ll explore every possible Krampus angle via short stories. He’s a nasty old dude, and we hope your imaginations will get the better of you.

Now for the fine print. Rights and compensation: Payment: $10 from Enchanted Conversation and paperback copy of the anthology from World Weaver Press. We are looking for previously unpublished works in English. We are seeking first world rights in English and exclusive right to publish in print and electronic format for six months after publication date, after which publisher retains non-exclusive right to continue to publish for life of the anthology.

Deadline: August 15, 2016. 

Length: Under 10,000 words. But not less than 1,000.

Submission method: Email cover letter and story to enchantedconversation[at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line “Krampus Anthology – story title.” Cover letter should contain your name, contact info (email), story’s title, and approximate word count; no need to summarize the story, let it speak for itself. (Please make sure to check the email address you send the story from–it makes the editing process easier.) Then paste the full story into the body of the email following your letter. Please make it very clear where paragraphs break — this means if your email doesn’t let you indent paragraphs, you’ll need to put an extra space between each paragraph for submission purposes. Do not send unrequested attachments.

Simultaneous submissions = okay. Multiple submissions = no.

Must be 18 years of age or older.

Visit the website:  http://www.fairytalemagazine.com/p/you-know-jolly-old-elf-of-christmas.html

Note from Kate Wolford: I have a strict, no feedback policy about submissions, including why they were rejected. I also do not provide mid-process feedback.

Write your story, change the world

18 May 2016

New Contest Seeks to Change the Future


Contest Partners with Award-Winning Author to Elevate New Voices

A university-based civic innovation office has launched a new writing competition to create a roadmap for the city of tomorrow. FutureScapes Writing Contest seeks short works of fiction of up to 8,000 words that envision life in future “Cities of Empowerment.”


The contest offers a $2,000 first-place prize, a $1,000 second-place prize, and $500 to each of four additional finalists as well as publication in an anthology that will be distributed to mayors, governors, and members of Congress. There is no entry fee, and winners will be published alongside prominent, established authors of science fiction.


“This contest really takes seriously the notion that ‘life imitates art,’” said Luke Peterson, contest director. “We want to use fiction to give policymakers a vision of what might be.”


Finalists will be judged by Hugo Award-winning author Mary Robinette Kowal. This year the theme of the contest is “Cities of Empowerment,” and those interested in entering are encouraged to carefully read the rules and theme for the contest before preparing a contest entry. Deadline: JULY 15, 2016

Visit the website for details on how to enter:  http://futurescapescontest.org/

Sponsored by Utah Valley University

Limnisa short story competition 2016

23 March 2016

Limnisa short story competition 2016

Deadline:

Friday, April 15, 2016

Entry Fees

No entry fee. Please like and share our Facebook page.

Prizes

One week writing holiday by the sea. Full board, accommodation in private room. See more information on the Limnisa website.

Description

A yearly competition. We are looking for short stories between 1,000 and 3,000 words in English. Open to all nationalities. We welcome stories on any subject coming from any genre, but what we are looking out for is writing with spark and conviction.

Contact Information

For questions contact Mariel on: entries@limnisa.com

Visit the website:

http://www.limnisa.com

Last call! Word by Word – WCSC Short Fiction Contest

23 March 2016

Word by Word

Deadline:

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Entry Fees

$15.00 CAD

Prizes

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.

Description

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: contest@simcoewriters.ca

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.

Visit the website:

http://simcoewriters.ca/simcoe/contest/

The Great Break Short Story Contest

23 March 2016

As you already know, The Writer encourages all of our readers to practice their craft and put their stories in front of the eyes of as many people as possible.

The biggest advice to any writer is to keep writing, and to help you do that, we’ll be hosting writing contests across every genre. From time to time, we’ll team up with our esteemed colleagues in the industry to up the ante (and prizes).

Contests have always been a vital part of the writing world, giving writers the chance to have their work reviewed by editors and possibly published. Literary journals, universities and even The Writer regularly host contests, helping authors gain exposure and hone their craft. And sometimes even win some money.

Choose your inspiration, submit before the deadline and, as always, keep writing.


1603 TW Contest_400x400The Great Break Short Story Contest

Hosted by The Writer magazine

I need a break.

I broke through.

Don’t break my heart. 

Those are the breaks.

Break out! 

It’s time for your Big Break in the short story form. Frame a short story using any nuance, definition or understanding of the word “break.” Write 2,000 words of fiction and submit it to The Writer by April 25, 2016.

Heidi Pitlor, editor of The Best American Short Stories series and author of the novelThe Daylight Marriage, will judge the winning entries.

It’s time you had a break.

Visit the website:  http://www.writermag.com/writing-resources/contests/

Click Here to Enter

Narrative Magazine’s Winter Writing Contest

14 January 2016

Winter 2016 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 by Narrative 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.

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR WORK.

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 $24 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 2016 and for acceptance as a Story of the Week.

Timing: The contest deadline is March 31, 2016, 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, 2016. 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 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.

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR WORK.

Visit the website:  http://www.narrativemagazine.com/winter-2016-story-contest

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest

13 January 2016

Writer Contest Rules

Deadline: MARCH 31, 2016

• ENTRANTS RETAIN ALL PUBLICATION RIGHTS

• NO ENTRY FEE IS REQUIRED

• ALL AWARDS ARE ADJUDICATED BY PROFESSIONAL WRITERS ONLY

• PRIZES EVERY THREE MONTHS: $1,000, $750, $500

• ANNUAL GRAND PRIZE: $5,000 ADDITIONAL!

• OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW AND AMATEUR WRITERS OF NEW SHORT STORIES OR NOVELETTES OF SF OR FANTASY

1. No entry fee is required, and all rights in the story remain the property of the author. All types of science fiction, fantasy and dark fantasy are welcome.

2. By submitting to the Contest, the entrant agrees to abide by all Contest rules.

3. All entries must be original works, in English. Plagiarism, which includes the use of third-party poetry, song lyrics, characters or another person’s universe, without written permission, will result in disqualification. Excessive violence or sex, determined by the judges, will result in disqualification. Entries may not have been previously published in professional media.

4. To be eligible, entries must be works of prose, up to 17,000 words in length. We regret we cannot consider poetry, or works intended for children.

5. The Contest is open only to those who have not professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium. Professional publication is deemed to be payment of at least six cents per word, and at least 5,000 copies, or 5,000 hits.

6. Entries submitted in hard copy must be typewritten or a computer printout in black ink on white paper, printed only on the front of the paper, double-spaced, with numbered pages. All other formats will be disqualified. Each entry must have a cover page with the title of the work, the author’s legal name, a pen name if applicable, address, telephone number, e-mail address and an approximate word count. Every subsequent page must carry the title and a page number, but the author’s name must be deleted to facilitate fair, anonymous judging.

Entries submitted electronically must be double-spaced and must include the title and page number on each page, but not the author’s name. Electronic submissions will separately include the author’s legal name, pen name if applicable, address, telephone number, e-mail address and approximate word count.

7. Manuscripts will be returned after judging only if the author has provided return postage on a self-addressed envelope.

8. We accept only entries that do not require a delivery signature for us to receive them.

9. There shall be three cash prizes in each quarter: a First Prize of $1,000, a Second Prize of $750, and a Third Prize of $500, in US dollars. In addition, at the end of the year the winners will have their entries rejudged, and a Grand Prize winner shall be determined and receive an additional $5,000. All winners will also receive trophies.

10. The Contest has four quarters, beginning on October 1, January 1, April 1 and July 1. The year will end on September 30. To be eligible for judging in its quarter, an entry must be postmarked or received electronically no later than midnight on the last day of the quarter. Late entries will be included in the following quarter and the Contest Administration will so notify the entrant.

11. Each entrant may submit only one manuscript per quarter. Winners are ineligible to make further entries in the Contest.

12. All entries for each quarter are final. No revisions are accepted.

13. Entries will be judged by professional authors. The decisions of the judges are entirely their own, and are final.

14. Winners in each quarter will be individually notified of the results by phone, mail or e-mail.

15. This Contest is void where prohibited by law.

How to enter, visit: http://www.writersofthefuture.com/enter-writer-contest/

Whisper Poetry Club Annual Competition – Multimedia

7 May 2015

Hi FOLKS Whisper Poetry Club is sending out a call for you to enter any of the five categories in our annual competition closing 30th September 2015.

The Categories are:

Poetry (32 Lines max)

Short Stories (2000 words max)

Art

Photography

Music

For a small contribution payable via the PayPal facility on our Web Site (www.whisperpoetry.com) you stand a chance to win one of our valuable prizes.

If selected you could see your work published in our annual Book of Verse and Short Stories.

We believe this is going to be a record year for Whisper Poetry and your support can make this happen.

More details from: giselle@whisperpoetry.com

Visit the website:  http://www.whisperpoetry.com

Nivalis Short Story Contest 2015

1 February 2015

Deadline: Saturday, February 28, 2015

Entry Fees: $10

Prizes:

First Prize: US$150, publication and 2 copies of the anthology
Second Prize: US$100, publication and 2 copies of the anthology
Third Prize: US$100 and publication in the contest anthology

Description:

“Nivalis”, the theme of the contest, represents the winter season. Interpretation of the theme is left to the writer’s fancy – the story may have winter as the backdrop, or may convey a sense of chill. It may be a gloomy tale up in the north, or a pleasant story away from the tropical heat. We are not too choosy about the genre either – we love what is known as literary fiction, but your story could as easily belong to the crime / mystery genre, or it may be a tale of horror if you have Edgar Poe in you. In other words, so long as there is a commonly accepted or acceptable interpretation of the theme embedded in the plot, it works for us. However, this contest is not for children’s stories, science fiction, fantasy, young adult, chick lit or similar such.

The contest will be judged by four independent judges, including Clare Wallace, Literary Agent for Darley Anderson.

Contact Information:

editors@fabulapress.com

Visit the website for details:

http://www.fabulapress.com/the-contest/

Doris Betts Fiction Prize

1 February 2015

Deadline: Sunday, February 15, 2015

Entry Fees:

$10 (members/subscribers) / $20 (non-members, non-subscribers)

Prizes:

$250 and publication in North Carolina Literary Review

Description:

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.

Eligibility and Guidelines:

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.

Submit previously unpublished stories online at https://nclr.submittable.com/submit . Submittable will collect your entry fee via credit card ($10 NCWN members or NCLR subscribers / $20 for non-members/non-subscribers).

To pay submission fees by check or money order, make payable to the North Carolina Writers Network and mail to: Ed Southern, PO Box 21591, Winston-Salem, NC 27120- 1591

Documents must be Microsoft Word or .rtf files. Author’s name should not appear on manuscripts. Instead, include a separate cover sheet with name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and manuscript title. (If submitting online, do not include a cover sheet with your document; Submittable will collect and record your name and contact information.) If you have any problems submitting electronically, email NCLR’s Submission Manager.

The winner and finalists will be announced in April. The winning story and select finalists will be published in the next year’s issue of the North Carolina Literary Review.

Contact Information:

Questions may be directed to Margaret Bauer, Editor of the North Carolina Literary Review, at BauerM@ecu.edu .

Visit website for details: http://www.ncwriters.org/2014-01-07-18-35-09/network-news/5186-submit-to-the-2014-doris-betts-fiction-prize

 

 

The “Nivalis” Short Story Contest 2015

31 December 2014

Word Limit: Min 2500 words, maximum 6000 words
Theme: Nivalis, meaning winter.
Prizes:
Three Prizes –
1. First prize: US$150, publication and 2 copies of the anthology
2. Second Prize: US$100, publication and 2 copies of the anthology
3. Third Prize: US$100, and publication
All published authors get a copy of the anthology.

Entry fee: US$10

Submission deadline: 28 Feb 2015

Visit the website for details: http://www.fabulapress.com/the-contest/

Past and present contest judges include Clare Wallace (literary agent with Darley Anderson), Joanna Ezekiel (Author), Brett Alan Sanders (Author), Leela Devi Paniker (Author), Anisha Bhaduri (Award winning Journalist)

Table 4 Writers Foundation – 3rd Annual Writing Competition

13 October 2014

The Table 4 Writers Foundation, formed to honor the legendary restaurateur Elaine Kaufman, will award a grand prize of $5,000 and two runner-up prizes of $2,500 apiece to promising writers as part of its third annual competition.

What’s at Stake: One grand prize of $5,000; two runner-up prizes of $2,500 apiece.

Who’s Eligible: Writers 21 and older; Previous winners not eligible.

What to Submit:
1. A completed application form obtained from the foundation’s website (www.table4.org). Information will include your full name, home address, phone number(s), email address, and title of the entry. In addition, the entrant must explain how the grant will be used to further their work. Identifying information should appear only on the entry form and should not appear on the title page or any other page of the entry.
2. Four hard copies of one piece of unpublished prose (fiction or nonfiction) that deals with some aspect of New York City in a meaningful way. Submissions are limited to short stories, essays, and book excerpts. Each entry should be about 4 to 10 pages long, or 1,000 to 2,500 words. The work can be self-contained or an excerpt of a longer work, but must be the work of only one person (no collaborative entries). Submissions must be the original work of the entrant and may not be based, in whole or in part, on any other fiction or nonfiction material, published or unpublished.
3. A $10 entry fee (check or money order), made out to The Table 4 Writers Foundation.
Where to Submit: Send by U.S. Mail to 1650 Broadway, Suite 405, New York, NY, 10019. No electronic submissions will be accepted.
The Deadline: Entries must be postmarked no later than Nov. 15, 2014.

Download the 2014 Grant Guidelines

Download the 2014 Entry Form >

Where to Submit:
Send by U.S. Mail to: Table 4 Writers Foundation 1650 Broadway, Suite 405 New York, NY 10019
No electronic submissions will be accepted.
The Deadline: Entries must be postmarked no later than Nov.15, 2014.
Additional Terms:
• All entries must be written in English
• Submissions will not be returned
• Members, employees, competition judges of the Table 4 Writers Foundation and their immediate families, and previous winners are not eligible to take part in the competition
• Grant recipients will be notified no later than Feb. 1, 2015
• Grants will be awarded at the annual spring event in 2015

Visit the website:  http://www.table4.org/

2104 Walker Percy Prize in Short Fiction

11 October 2014

The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life. To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. —Walker Percy

We are looking for well-crafted, dynamic writing that demonstrates attention to the language, writing that engages, surprises, and moves us. We subscribe to the belief that in order to truly write well, one must master the basics: grammar and syntax, punctuation, diction, the sentence, the paragraph. Beyond that, we are looking for writing that has something honest to say about human experience—writing that, in the spirit of Walker Percy, is onto something.

Winner receives $1,000 and publication in New Orleans Review. All finalists considered for publication.

Enter previously unpublished original stories up to 7,500 words. The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript. Entries may be simultaneous submissions but the entry fee is nonrefundable if the story is accepted elsewhere. Please notify us immediately to withdraw a story that is taken elsewhere. There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit.

Contest open to all writers in English with the exception of current students or employees or others affiliated with New Orleans Review or Loyola University New Orleans. Writers who have a strong personal or professional relationship with the editorial staff or with the final judge are asked to abstain from entering the contest in order to prevent a conflict of interest. We comply with the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) Code of Ethics. The final judge is now Tim Parrish (http://timparrishauthor.com/index.php/about/about-the-author)

Entry fee: $15.00

Extended Deadline December 31, 2014. Winner announced and published in 2015.

How to enter, visit:  https://walkerpercy.submittable.com/submit

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

Info: http://www.atlantis-shortstorycontest.com/

Contact e-mail: inquiry@atlantis-shortstorycontest.com

For further updates & announcements (dates), check atlantis-shortstorycontest.com !

Tethered by Letters: Fall Literary Contests 2014

20 June 2014

Contest Submission

 

TBL is pleased to announce our second annual Fall Literary Competition. There are three submission categories: 1) short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 2) flash fiction with a word limit of either 55, 250, or 500 words, and 3) poetry no longer than three pages. For these contests we are looking for engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh perspectives and styles.

Deadline: July 15th, 2014. Midnight EST.

Judging: All submissions will be judged by the professional editing team at TBL and the winner will be announced publicly on August 1st, 2014. All participants will be notified about the contest results by email from TBL judges by the end of July 2014. Judges decisions are final.

Submission Guidelines: Please visit our guidelines page to properly format your work for submission. Staff members are not eligible for participation. Any work previously submitted to TBL for publication is not eligible if the piece received free edits from our team.

Notes: Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify TBL if your work is selected for publication elsewhere as soon as possible. We encourage writers to submit as many stories as they wish. All stories will be considered for publication in our quarterly journal.

Our judges also reserve the right not to award a winner in either category if the submissions do not meet our standards of publication.

Other Categories: Please visit our submissions page for more ways to submit your work to TBL for possible publication and learn about our free-editing policy for work submitted to our journal.

 

Short Story Contest

 

The winner of our short story contest will be awarded $250.00 and publication as the featured short story in our Literary Journal. Five finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications as well as our monthly story selection. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission.*

Criteria: Any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words.

 

There is a $10.00 USDA entry fee for each submission.

 

Click here to submit your story!

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Flash Fiction Contest

 

The winner of our flash fiction contest will be awarded $50.00 and publication as the featured flash fiction in our Literary Journal. Three finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications as well as our monthly story selection. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission.*

Criteria: Any genre with a word limit of either 55, 250, or 500 words.

 

There is a $4.00 reading fee per entry, or you may choose to submit three entries for $10.00.

Click here to submit your story!

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Poetry Contest

 

The winner of our poetry contest will be awarded $100.00 and publication as the featured poem in our Literary Journal. Three finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications as well as our monthly poem selection. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission.*

Criteria: Any genre or form, three three pages or less per poem.

There is a $5.00 reading fee per entry, or you may choose to submit three entries for $12.00.

Click here to submit your poetry!

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* Tethered by Letters reserves the rights to NOT award a winner in any of the above categories 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 four-year-publishing history, our top priority must remain with the quality of work we publish.

Visit the website:  http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission

 

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2014

2 May 2014

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who enjoys expressing their innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that is worth telling everyone. 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.
Guidelines: http://www.dreamquestone.com/rules.html
Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.
And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be typed or legibly hand printed.
Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.
Postmark deadline: July 31, 2014
All winners will be announced on September 20, 2014
Prizes:
Writing First Prize is $500. Second: $250. Third: $100.
Poetry First Prize is $250. Second: $125. Third: $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

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.

Visit the website: http://sonorareview.com/contest/

SLO NightWriters 25th Annual Writing Contest

12 April 2014

The 2014 Golden Quill Awards

Short Story/Memoir – 1,000 word maximum; Poetry – 40 line maximum

Entries must include the words ‘Déjà vu’ and depict the theme.

Entry Fee: $15 per entry, multiple entries are allowed in both categories

Prizes: $750 – First Prize, $400 – Second Prize, for each category, plus Honorable Mentions

Deadline: June 30th, 2014

ALL WRITERS ARE WELCOME!

Visit our website for more contest details at:  www.slonightwriters.org

Tom Snow, Contest Director

Contest email:  nightwriterscontest@gmail.com

In association with The Central Coast Writers Conference

www.communityprograms.net

STAR SHORT STORY CONTEST

2 February 2014

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/01/04/star_short_story_contest_seeks_entries.html#

NO ENTRY FEE.

A first prize of $5,000 plus tuition for the 30-week creative writing correspondence program

at the Humber School for Writers valued at $3,000.

Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. February 28, 2014.

Second prize is $2,000 while third is $1,000.

Open to Ontario residents 16 and older, submissions can be on any topic,

but must be previously unpublished and not exceed 2,500 words.

There’s a limit of one entry per person.