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THE EIGHTH ANNUAL GeminiMAGAZINE SHORT STORY CONTEST

4 March 2017

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Gemini Magazine $1,000 Short Story Prize

FIRST PRIZE: $1,000
SECOND PRIZE: $100
HONORABLE MENTIONS (3): $25 each
Entry fee: $5

Deadline: March 31, 2017

All five finalists will be published online in the June 2017 Issue of Gemini.

We have no rules on content. We are open to ANY subject, writing style, genre or length. Stories must be unpublished but work displayed on personal blogs is eligible.

All entries are read blind—without the authors’ names or any identifying information. We delete this information when forwarding pieces to staff readers so all they see are the title and body of the story. Who can enter? Anyone from around the world. This is our eighth annual short story contest and both new and experienced writers have won the top prize. All three dozen previous winners and finalists may be read online.

PANNING FOR GOLD: HOW THE SELECTION PROCESS WORKS

We get a lot of entries and don’t want to miss any stories that might be potential winners. So here’s how our selection process works: On the first go-round, we break the entries down into two categories: MAYBE and NO. We read each one with an open mind, and if there’s a spark or something that even remotely captures a staff reader’s interest, we put it into the MAYBE pile. For emailed entries, we do this by clicking “Flag for Follow-up.” So what happens if we’re not sure? We click “Mark as Unread” and this entry gets a second chance too.

Snail mailed entries that show promise get a check mark on the back of the envelope. Those that don’t pique our interest get an X. Any undecideds go back into the initial pile for another read. We don’t call this a slush pile. We call it a gold mine.

At last the final story or poem has been read. Now comes the truly fun part because just about any piece we open in the second round will be good. We’re more at ease to enjoy the writing and fall into the world that it creates.

Every single piece that’s been flagged or checked gets another read. If an emailed entry doesn’t make this cut, we clear the flag. If a paper entry doesn’t survive, the check mark gets turned into an X.

At this point, the special pieces have started to rise. The ground starts to rumble. Tension and electricity fill the atmosphere and much discussion is generated. Friends, acquaintances—even complete strangers—are likely to hear a synopsis or a quote. In a way, the world becomes the judge.

By the third or fourth round, we are down to a short list of perhaps a dozen or so stories and it is time to pick the winners. But wait! Just to be sure and fair (and perhaps because the editor is a bit obsessive), we randomly go through many of the NO entries and take another look.

This is how Beverly Akerman’s wonderful story “Pie” was discovered in our first Flash Fiction Contest. It hadn’t been flagged or even marked as unread. But we gave it another look and it leaped to the top when we realized it wasn’t just about a recipe for pie; rather, it showed us a woman who swore she would never again bake her son’s favorite rhubarb pie—or any other pie—until he returned from war.

So here at Gemini, we’re very happy that nearly every entry gets a second look—and a second chance.

What are you waiting for? As Stephen King put it, “The scariest moment is always just before you start.”

Enter at www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html.

Enter Our Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

10 February 2017

Enter Our Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

Judy JuanitaOur 25th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest welcomes your entries through April 30. Our final judge this year is Judy Juanita, author of the novel Virgin Soul and of De Facto Feminism: Essays Straight Outta Oakland. She will be assisted by Lauren Singer. We will award $4,000 in prizes, including two top awards of $1,500 each. Winners are published on our website.

This contest welcomes published and unpublished work. Each entry may have up to 6,000 words. You may enter as often as you like. The reading fee is $18 per entry.

Click to submit your stories and essays

Please enjoy Ms. Juanita’s advice to contestants:

My favorite bedtime reading is the great Irish writer Frank O’Connor. I never tire of his short stories or insights. Rather than pretending to have great advice, I defer to him because I have an affinity for what he terms “might-have-beens” or “outlawed figures wandering at the fringes of society.” O’Connor said, “There is in the short story at its most characteristic something we do not often find in the novel—an intense awareness of human loneliness.” (The Best of Frank O’Connor, Knopf, 2009). He also wrote extensively about childhood though he was an only child. He’s said, “Children…see only one side of any question and because of their powerlessness see this with hysterical clarity.” So that’s a small essential for writing—look at marginalia, the smallest, youngest, the never-was, the never-will-be.Tim O’Brien talks of the consoling power of stories: “If I’m lying in bed at night I’m a little less lonely in a lonely universe. Stories connect me not just to other people, but to myself.” Is that another way of saying you need to write a feel-good story? It is not. When we manage to plumb the heart, we touch the reader’s heart. It may sting, comfort, sadden, dishearten even, but the touch is the measuring rod.

Essays are a horse of a different color. Opaque doesn’t work well in essays; a through line does. I want to follow the complexity of an argument but need markers along the way, like subheadings and bullets. The main lesson I’ve learned from writing a column is the necessity of moving from the personal to the universal/global. Being 100% personal reads as smug or self-indulgent and tries the reader’s patience. Being transparent has enormous value, but the writer has to lead the reader from the deeply intimate detail, e.g. a family tragedy, through extrapolation to the deeper meaning in the detail.Sometimes, the elements of an essay are like a family—they don’t all get along. Some people suffer from too little or too much closeness to a relative. Nowhere is copy and paste handier than in essay writing. Set your essay with care like you would a family dinner. And, remember, you can’t invite everybody to everything, even if they are family. You can’t dump all your set pieces into one essay.

All the winning entries and judges’ comments from the past decade are available for reading in our website archives.

Submit your 2017 entries now at
WinningWriters.com/tomstory

F(r)iction’s Winter 2017 Literary Contests

10 February 2017

Contest Submissions


TBL is pleased to announce the F(r)iction Winter Literary Competition. There are four submission categories: 1) creative nonfiction ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 2) short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 3) flash fiction with a word limit of 750 words, and 4) poetry no longer than three pages. Winners of the contest will be published in a future issue of F(r)iction alongside stunning original artwork from TBL’s talented team of artists. F(r)iction is dedicated to publishing the best writing of all kinds, and we encourage submissions that push boundaries and take risks in genre, plot, and style.

The Winter 2017 contests are now open for submissions! 

Creative Nonfiction Contest 

The winner of our creative nonfiction contest will be awarded $500.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.
Criteria: Any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words.
Fees: $10.00 USD entry fee for each submission.

DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2017

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Short Story Contest

The winner of our short story contest will be awarded $1,000.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.
Criteria: Any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words.
Fees: $15.00 USD entry fee for each submission.

DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2017

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Flash Fiction Contest

The winner of our flash fiction contest will be awarded $300.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.
Criteria: Any genre with a word limit of 750 words.
Fees: $8.00 per entry, or three entries for $12.00.

DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2017

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Poetry Contest

The winner of our poetry contest will be awarded $300.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.

Criteria: Any genre or form, three pages or less per poem.
Fees: $8.00 per entry, or three entries for $12.00.

DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2017

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Winter 2017 Judges:
Simon Tolkien, renowned author and grandson of THE J.R.R., will be judging short story submissions. Bryn Greenwood, author of the gorgeous debut All the Ugly and Wonderful Things (which won second place in the Goodreads Choice Awards for fiction), will select the winning flash fiction. Linda Pastan, legendary American poet, is our poetry judge. And Sarah Hepola—New York Times bestselling author of the memoir Blackout—will be judging TBL’s first ever nonfiction contest!

Submission Guidelines: Please visit our formatting 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.

We strongly recommend checking out an issue of F(r)iction to get an idea of our aesthetic. You can do so at the TBL Store.

Notes: Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify TBL as soon as possible if your work is selected for publication elsewhere—work must be previously unpublished to be eligible for publication in F(r)iction. We encourage writers to submit as many stories as they wish. All stories will be considered for publication in F(r)iction Series, our triannual print journal.

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

Tethered by Letters reserves the right to discuss contest entries, finalists, and winners in the Untethered Podcast.

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.

#Blink! TBL’s Twitter Contest

TBL is excited to announce a new Twitter contest!
If you think you can tell a story in 140 characters or fewer, we want to hear from you!

Every two weeks an acclaimed judge will choose the winning story. The winner will receive a free digital copy of F(r)iction, and potential publication of the Tweet in a future issue of F(r)iction.

Don’t blink, or you’ll miss it! Tweet your tiny narratives using the hashtag #BlinkTBL, and be sure to check the @TethrdByLettrs and @FrictionSeries Twitter pages for start dates, deadlines, and judging info!

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

https://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest/

 

Narrative Magazine: Winter 2017 Story Contest

3 January 2017

Winter 2017 Story Contest

OUR WINTER CONTEST is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We’re looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.

Narrative winners and finalists have gone on to win the Pushcart Prize, the Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Atlantic prize, and have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and others. View all the recent awards won byNarrative authors.
As always, we are looking for works with a strong narrative drive, with characters we can respond to as human beings, and with effects of language, situation, and insight that are intense and total. We look for works that have the ambition of enlarging our view of ourselves and the world.
We welcome and look forward to reading your pages.
Awards: First Prize is $2,500, Second Prize is $1,000, Third Prize is $500, and ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication.

Submission Fee: There is a $25 fee for each entry. And with your entry, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.

All contest entries are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize for 2017 and for acceptance as a Story of the Week.

DEADLINE: The contest deadline is March 31, 2017, at midnight, Pacific daylight time.

Judging: The contest will be judged by the editors of the magazine. Winners and finalists will be announced to the public by April 30, 2017. All writers who enter will be notified by email of the judges’ decisions. The judges reserve the option to declare a tie in the selection of winners and to award only as many winners and finalists as are appropriate to the quality of work represented in the magazine.

Submission Guidelines: Please read our Submission Guidelines at http://www.narrativemagazine.com/node/360 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.

Call For Entries >> International Atlantis Short Story Contest:

2 December 2016

Atlantis Short Story Contest 

We are pleased to announce that the deadline has been extended up to December 11, 2016, in response to numerous requests and due to the increased interest in the Atlantis Short Story Contest.

Cash prizes 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: December 11, 2016

Submit here: http://www.atlantis-shortstorycontest.com/

Tanka Poetry Contest

2 December 2016

Tanka Poetry Contest

Deadline:

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Entry Fees

$9.95 to enter this contest and all contests at FanStory

Prizes

$100 cash prize

Description

For this contest you are challenged to write a Tanka poem. Tanka is a form of poetry that often follows a specific syllable count.

line 1 – 5 syllables
line 2 – 7 syllables
line 3 – 5 syllables
line 4 – 7 syllables
line 5 – 7 syllables

It contains five unrhymed lines of five, seven, five, seven, and seven syllables. (5, 7, 5, 7, 7).

Contact Information

FanStory

Website:

http://www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=103638

NIGHTLIGHT READINGS SHORT STORY WRITERS CONTEST

2 December 2016

NIGHTLIGHT READINGS SHORT STORY WRITERS CONTEST

Deadline December 31, 2016.

NO ENTRY FEE.
The 2016 Nightlight Readings Short Story Writers Contest is open to short stories up to 5,000 words. Stories should appeal to at-risk boys in the 10-12 year age group who often stop reading for pleasure. This year’s theme is mystery. Prizes: First, second, and third place winners will receive prizes of up to $1,000 award plus certificate and publication of the story. All award winners will be publicized nationally by Nightlight Reading.

Visit the website:  http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2016/10/30/2016-nightlight-readings-short-story-writers-contest/

THE FICTION DESK GHOST STORY COMPETITION

2 December 2016

THE FICTION DESK GHOST STORY COMPETITION
£8 ENTRY FEE.
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.

Visit the website:  http://www.thefictiondesk.com/submissions/ghost-story-competition.php

Call For Entries >> International Atlantis Short Story Contest:

25 November 2016

Atlantis Short Story Contest 

We are pleased to announce that the deadline has been extended up to December 11, 2016, in response to numerous requests and due to the increased interest in the Atlantis Short Story Contest.

Cash prizes 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: December 11, 2016

Submit here: http://www.atlantis-shortstorycontest.com/

New Contests – Gotham Writers Workshop

13 September 2016
Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize
Deadline – March 1, 2017
The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize is a writing competition sponsored by the stage and radio series, Selected Shorts. This long-running series at Symphony Space in New York City celebrates the art of the short story by having stars of stage and screen read aloud the works of established and emerging writers. Selected Shorts is recorded for Public Radio and heard nationally.

The 2017 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize will be judged by Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies. The winning work will be performed and recorded live at a Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space in May 2017, and published on Electric Literature. The winning writer will receive $1000 and a free 10-week course with Gotham Writers.

Contest Details and Guidelines:

  • Entires should be 750 words or less.
  • Stories can be on any theme.
  • There is a fee of $25 to enter.
  • Submissions must be entered by midnight EST on March 1, 2017.
  • Writers of all ages and nationalities are eligible.
  • The story must have a title.
  • We do not accept work that has been previously published in print, online, or any other medium.
  • We do not accept works in translation.
  • All entries must be submitted electronically. We do not accept entries by mail.
  • Once entered, we do not accept revisions for any stories. Your $25 is nonrefundable.
  • You may enter as many stories as you like, but a $25 fee is required for each story.
  • The winner will be announced in May 2017.

For more information, visit the Selected Shorts site.

Go here to enter – https://www.writingclasses.com/contest/stella-kupferberg-memorial-short-story-prize-2017
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Frightening First Line Contest
Deadline – November 21, 2016
Description – Create the first line of a frightening story. We want it to be so intriguing or chilling or scary that it makes our skin tingle and our nerves twitch. Winner gets the free Gotham class of his or her choosing.
Go here to enter – https://www.writingclasses.com/contest/frightening-first-line-contest-2016
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#storieseverywhere
Deadline – monthly
Description – Each month we invite you to post a story on Twitter using #storieseverywhere for a chance to win a free class. Your stories (which can be true or made up) will be inspired by what you see, know, or do, and they should relate in some way to our monthly “themes.”
Our theme for the month of September: What happened in school today

2017 San Francisco Writing Contest

26 August 2016

The San Francisco Writers Conference is pleased to announce the 2017 San Francisco Writing Contest. The contest is open to all writers everywhere, including those attending the 2017 San Francisco Writers Conference. The entry fee is $35 per item.

Your entry must fit into one of the following categories:
* Adult Fiction
* Adult Nonfiction (including memoir)
* Children’s/YA Books

Entries may have been self-published or not-yet published, but not traditionally published. Entries can be up to 1500 words in length (or less, but not more).

Please use the contest registration form on this web site SFWriters.org/contest-registration to upload your entry/entries and pay. It’s easy! If you prefer to send your fee by check, mail both the entry and check to SF Writing Contest, PO Box 326, Oakley, CA 94561.

All fees and entries must be received by 5:00 pm Pacific Time on January 13, 2017.

Finalists will be announced on the website on February 3, 2017.

Winners will be announced during lunch on Friday, February 17, 2017, at the Conference.

The Grand Prize winner will receive $250 and a 15-minute in-person meeting at the conference or a 15-minute scheduled telephone call with a literary agent who represents work like yours. First place winners in each category will receive checks for $100.

Questions? Problems? Contact Contest Coordinator Tricia Skinner at SFWritingContest@gmail.com.

Contest Rules:  https://sfwriters.org/2017-contest-rules/

5th Annual Literary Fiction Contest – Deadline August 30, 2016.

19 August 2016

The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville, a nonprofit literary center founded in 1984, is sponsoring its 10th Annual Literary Fiction Contest, open to any writer regardless of residence.

The deadline is: postmarked or emailed by August 30, 2016.

 

Awards:

1st Place: Your choice of a 2 night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B in Asheville, NC; or 2 free workshops (in person or on-line); or 50 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff.

2nd Place: Two free workshops, in person or on-line; or 35 pages line-edited.

3rd Place: One free workshop; or 25 pages line-edited.

10 Honorable Mentions

Guidelines:

Submit a short story or chapter of a novel of 5,000 words or less.  Multiple entries are accepted.  All work must be unpublished.

Winning stories will be chosen for originality and creative writing style.

All work must be double-spaced, in 12 point font.

Your name, address, email and title of work should appear on the first page. The entry fee per submission is $25 ($20 for Workshop members).

Enclose self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  Fiction Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805. Or pay online at www.twwoa.org.

Emailed submissions may be sent in Word document to writersw@gmail.com, with “Fiction Contest” in the subject. The entry fee is payable online at www.twwoa.org. No SASE is necessary as judges will email their comments.

Mike’s Not-Entirely-Serious Wantonly-Rule-Breaking Adverb Writing Challenge

9 August 2016

Greetings from Bristol,

In the last couple of emails I’ve mentioned the rather fun and not particularly serious Adverb Writing Challenge. I’m pleased to say we have received over 20 stories, so the challenge now has a dedicated page on my website.

I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to all the writers that have submitted their stores and supported this rather crazy project. Special mentions go to Mike Scott Thomson, for co-creating the challenge with me, and Allen Ashley, who has spread the word like a madman and encouraged many of the entries.

Because everyone is giving their time for free, Mike and I thought it would be nice if the challenge were to support a charity. So, this is how it will work…

How the Adverb Challenge Works

  • 100 words max
  • Cram your story with as many adverbs as you can
  • Entry is FREE
  • EVERY story is published
  • If we receive over 100 stories, we’ll produce an anthology

If we do get to 100 stories, the anthology will be released in print and eBook formats.

Any profit made from book sales will be donated to First Story, a charity that supports and inspires creativity, literacy and confidence in UK secondary schools where over 50% of the pupils are considered deprived.

So, by writing a short adverb-riddled tale, you will be supporting a very worthy charity and you’ll be published. Everyone wins 🙂 You can learn far more details and read all the entries on the Adverb Writing Challenge page.

10th ANNUAL LITERARY FICTION CONTEST

4 August 2016

Deadline: Postmarked by August 30, 2016. 

 
The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville, a nonprofit literary center founded in 1984, is sponsoring its 10th Annual Literary Fiction Contest, open to any writer regardless of residence. The deadline is: postmarked or emailed by August 30, 2016.
 
Awards:
 
1st Place: Your choice of a 2 night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B in Asheville, NC; or 2 free workshops (in person or on-line); or 50 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff.
2nd Place: Two free workshops, in person or on-line; or 35 pages line-edited.
3rd Place: One free workshop; or 25 pages line-edited.
10 Honorable Mentions
Submit a short story or chapter of a novel of 5,000 words or less.  Multiple entries are accepted.  All work must be unpublished.         
Winning stories will be chosen for originality and creative writing style.
All work must be double-spaced, in 12 point font.
Your name, address, email and title of work should appear on the first page. The entry fee per submission is $25 ($20 for Workshop members).  
Enclose self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  Fiction Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805. Or pay online at www.twwoa.org.
Emailed submissions may be sent in Word document to writersw@gmail.com, with “Fiction Contest” in the subject. The entry fee is payable online at www.twwoa.org. No SASE is necessary as judges will email their comments.

Unplag Plagiarism Busters Contest

4 August 2016

Closing Date: August 18, 2016
Open to: current students who are in age of majority in country of Participant’s citizenship
Category: Nonfiction, Short Stories
Theme: Imagine that the army of ghosts has suddenly overrun your school/college/university and describe your following actions
Accepts: Short story via Facebook
Size: up to 300 words
Entry Fee: None
Prize: an Amazon Gift Card total amount $150 (US).
More details: https://unplag.com/blog/unplag-plagiarism-busters-contest and https://unplag.com/blog/terms

Contests – Gotham Writers

1 July 2016
Invent a Word
Deadline: August 15, 2016
Description: 
“We invite you to invent a word. Not just any word. A word you think will greatly enhance the English language.

Give us your word, a one-sentence definition, and use the word in a sentence.

The winner gets a free Gotham class of his or her choosing.

Submit your entries here: https://www.gothamwriters.com/contest/invent-a-word-contest-2016
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#storieseverywhere
Deadline: monthly
Description:
“Each month we invite you to post a story on Twitter using #storieseverywhere for a chance to win a free class.

Your stories (which can be true or made up) will be inspired by what you see, know, or do, and they should relate in some way to our monthly “themes.” 

Our theme for the month of June: Superhero.”
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We’re always hosting contests. Writers can go to “https://www.gothamwriters.com/contests” to check them out.

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2016

13 June 2016

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that’s worth telling everyone! And welcome to all, having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00. All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com

Guidelines:

Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, 5 pages maximum length, on any subject or theme; fiction, nonfiction or creative nonfiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: August 17, 2016

All contest winners will be announced on October 9, 2016

Prizes:

Writing First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.

Poetry First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.

Entry fees:

$5 per poem, $10 per story

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

(Annual) Atlantis Short Story Contest

10 June 2016

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, 2016

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

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

Narrative Prize

7 June 2016

THE $4,000 NARRATIVE PRIZE is awarded annually for the best short story, novel excerpt, poem, one-act play, graphic story, or work of literary nonfiction published by a new or emerging writer in Narrative.

The deadline for entries for each year’s award is June 15.The winner is announced each September, and the prize is awarded in October. The award, citing the winner’s name and the title and genre of the winning piece, is widely publicized, and each winner is cited in an ongoing listing in Narrative. The prize will be given to the best work published each year in Narrative by a new or emerging writer, as judged by the magazine’s editors. In some years, the prize may be divided between winners, when more than one work merits the award.

(SEE OUR GUIDELINES.)

How to Send Us Your Work: We accept submissions only through our electronic submission system. We do not accept submissions through postal services or email. You may send us manuscripts for the following submission categories: General Submissions, Story of the Week, Readers’ Narrative, or a specific Contest. Your manuscript must be in one of the following file forms: .doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf, .txt, .odf, .mp3, .mp4, .mov, and .flv.

Technical Difficulties: If you have any questions or encounter technical difficulties, please Contact Us.

Formatting Your Manuscript: All manuscripts should be in 12-point type, with at least one-inch margins, and sequentially numbered pages. Fiction and nonfiction should be double-spaced. Poetry should be single-spaced. The author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address should be typed at the top of the first page. Contributors are asked to include a brief biographical note with their submissions.

Timing: Submissions may be sent to us at any time, year-round.

Simultaneous Submissions: We accept multiple submissions, since we feel that it’s unreasonable to expect writers to give a magazine an exclusive look at a work unless the magazine can respond within two to three weeks. We want writers to have every possible opportunity for success, so we’re willing to risk losing a story we want when someone at another magazine may have done their reading before we have, and in that case we’ll be sorry to lose the piece but happy for the writer.

Response Time: Our response time varies from four to twelve weeks, with the slowest times usually being August/September and December/January.

Submission Fees: Narrative is a nonprofit organization with the ambition of encouraging good literary work. We do not charge readers for the magazine. However, for unsolicited submissions, we do charge a nominal fee, which helps cover the basic administrative costs related to receiving, reading, and responding to submissions. Also, a portion of the reading fee helps fund our annual Narrative Prize. Our desire is to connect readers and writers, and we strongly encourage anyone interested in submitting work to read the magazine before submitting. You may read the magazine for free. If you enjoy reading it and wish to submit, we hope you will feel that the reading fee, which is lower than most literary magazine subscription fees, is more than justified by the quality of the work the magazine offers. We are strongly committed to publishing debut and emerging writers, and those writers account for a third of the three to four hundred works we publish each year.

Open Reading Periods: During the first two weeks of April, we do not require a reading fee for general submissions made specifically to the Open Reading category via our submissions page. However, manuscripts submitted during this period are not eligible for the Narrative Prize.

Payment to Authors: Narrative is strongly committed to supporting our authors’ work. Our current rates for work are as follows:

—$150 for a Story of the Week, with $400 each for the annual Top Five Stories of the Week.
—$150 to $350 for 500 to 2,000 word manuscripts.
—$350 to $1,000 for 2,000 to 15,000 word manuscripts.
—Rates for book-length works vary, depending on the length and nature of the work.
—$50 minimum for each accepted poem and audio piece. ($25 for poetry reprints.)
—$200 each for the annual Top Five Poems of the Week.
—$100 for Readers’ Narratives.

All submissions with a reading fee, from new or emerging writers, are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize, awarded annually.

$4,000 Narrative Prize: The Narrative Prize is awarded annually for the best short story, novel excerpt, poem, or work of literary nonfiction published by a new or emerging writer in Narrative. The deadline for entries for each year’s award is June 15. The winner is announced each September, and the prize is awarded in October. The winner is widely publicized and is cited in an ongoing listing in Narrative. The prize is judged by the magazine’s editors and, in some years, may be divided between winners, when more than one work merits the award.

Word Count Guidelines:

SHORT SHORT STORY manuscripts must be between two and five pages in length, and no less than 500 and no more than 2,000 words.

MANUSCRIPTS OF 2,000 to 15,000 WORDS can include short stories, essays, one-act plays, and other complete short works of nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of fiction and nonfiction.

NOVELLAS and other long works that are less than book length may run between 15,000 and 40,000 words. For works of this length, please submit the first 15,000 words with a synposis. (Based on our reading of the first 15,000 words, we will ask to see the complete manuscript if we think the work is suitable for Narrative.)

SERIALIZATION OF BOOK-LENGTH WORKS. For consideration for serialization, please send the first chapter and a one-page synopsis of the book. (Based on our reading of the first chapter and synopsis, we will ask to see the complete book manuscript if we think the book is suitable for serialization inNarrative. For further information on our program of serializations, please click here.)

POETRY submissions may contain up to five poems. The poems should be contained in a single file. Your submission should give a strong sense of your style and range. We accept submissions of all poetic forms and genres but do not accept translations.

ONE-ACT PLAYS: We are particularly interested in finding dramas whose impact can be experienced as much on the page as in production. We are open to plays that have been previously published but are out of print, to plays that have been produced, and to ones that have never been produced or published. Length can run up to 15,000 words.

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD AUDIO PROSE submissions may be fiction or nonfiction but should take a storytelling form. Audio prose submissions must be in MP3 format and may be up to ten minutes long.

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD AUDIO POETRY submissions must be in MP3 format and may be up to ten minutes long.

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD VIDEO submissions may be short films and documentaries of up to 15 minutes. Submissions must be in .mp4 or .mov format.

READERS’ NARRATIVES may run up to 1,500 words.

Visit the website for guidelines:  http://www.narrativemagazine.com/node/360

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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 Dalhousie Review Short Story Contest

7 June 2016

The Dalhousie Review, one of Atlantic Canada’s longest-running literary journals, announces its 3rd annual short story contest. This year’s judge is Marina Endicott, award-winning author of Good to a Fault (2008),The Little Shadows (2011) and Close to Hugh (2015). All entrants will receive a one-year subscription, and winners will receive cash prizes ($750 for first place, $250 for second place) and see their work published in the autumn 2016 issue.

Fee: $25 for Canadian entries; $30 for U.S. and overseas entries

Maximum length: 3000 words

Submission guidelines: send .doc or .pdf files to dalhousie.review@dal.ca and send payments (cheque or money order) to Dalhousie Review, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2

Postmark deadline: September 5, 2016

For more information, please contact dalhousie.review@dal.ca or visit our website at: dalhousiereview.dal.ca.

SHORT STORY FICTION CONTEST

20 May 2016

Deadline June 1, 2016

  ENTER NOW!

FIRST PLACE WINNER 

$250.00 Cash Prize
Plus
Cover of 5th Short Story bonus issue
Story published in bonus issue
Showcased in Southern Writers Magazine

Year’s online subscription to Southern Writers
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SECOND PLACE

$100.00 Cash Prize
Plus
Photo insert on cover 5th Short Story bonus issue
Story published in bonus issue
Year’s online subscription to Southern Writers

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THIRD PLACE

$50.00 Cash Prize
Plus
Photo insert on cover 5th short story bonus issue
Story published in bonus issue
Year’s online subscription to Southern Writers

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10 RUNNERS UP

Story published in 5th short story bonus issue
Year’s online subscription to Southern Writers

SHORT STORY FICTION CONTEST

ENTRY FEE:  $15.00

DEADLINE:  June 1, 2016

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

1. Entry must be original, unpublished (in any form). Must not be accepted by other publishers at time of submission.

2. Manuscript word count––1500 words maximum, 12 pt Times New Roman, double spaced.

3. Your name, phone number, email address, mailing address and word count must be on page 1 ONLY with title and story beginning on page 2.

4. No Erotica

Submit your story document online (see contact form below).

Send your $15.00 entry fee via PayPal (PayPal will appear once you have submitted your story.)

To submit by regular mail, your check must be attached to story, made out to Southern Writers Magazine.
Mail to Southern Writers Magazine, 1016 W Poplar Ave., Ste. 106-177, Collierville, TN 38017

OFFICIAL RULES
1. Winners will be chosen from all entries received between May 1 and June 1, 2016. Entries will be judged by a panel of editors on the basis of writing quality, creativity, style, grammar and overall appeal. Judges will not know the identity of the entrants. Submissions must be the sole work of the entrant and previously unpublished in print or internet. Submission constitutes understanding and acceptance of rules and guidelines and grants Southern Writers Magazine first rights to publish the winning stories. Entrant retains all other publishing rights. Multiple entries accepted ($15 first entry, $10 each additional). First Place, Second Place and Third Place winners will provide high-quality JPG photo. Inclusion will be at the discretion of the publisher, but every effort shall be made to secure a suitable photo. Publisher will also request a brief bio from winners to accompany their story.
2. Winners will be announced after all entries are evaluated and winners chosen. Expected date of bonus publication is August 2016.
3. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Open to all U.S. Residents and U.S. Citizens abroad, 18 years and older; except for the staff and families of Southern Writers Magazine.

HOW TO ENTER, VISIT: 

http://www.southernwritersmagazine.com/shorts.html

Switchback Flash Contest

20 May 2016

Switchback is an online publication of the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco. We are a biannual journal because that’s about all we can handle. We generally open submissions for a few months at a time, then catch our breath while we put together the issue. Please read the guidelines below carefully before submitting. On behalf of everyone here at Switchback, thank you for considering us!

General Guidelines OR Things You’ll Want to Know about Us Quickly

1. We only consider previously unpublished works. No exceptions. Thank you.
2. We do not accept submissions via email or postal service. You can submit your work to us through Submittable. If you run into any technical difficulties in uploading your submission, please contact us at submissions@swback.com.
3. We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, we ask that you notify us as soon as humanly possible if your work is accepted elsewhere. If you’re exclusively submitting work to us, we appreciate the thought.
4. If you’re submitting prose, please limit your submission to one story or essay at a time. And make sure your work clocks in at or under 7500 words. We won’t consider any prose pieces over 7500 words. Period. Sorry, but dem’s the breaks.
5. If you’re submitting poetry, please submit to us no more than three poems. We like things in threes: Olympic medals, wishes, Cerberus heads, jazz ensembles. We don’t like things in fours, except when it comes to lists of things in threes.
6. Before submitting, please read some of our back issues to familiarize yourself with the content we choose to publish. It’s all readily available on our Web site, so there’s really no reason not to.

Following these guidelines will allow us to take you and your work more seriously. If you break the rules, we will swiftly and speedily fail to read your work.

How to submit:  http://www.swback.com/call

Now a quick word from our respective genre editors.

FICTION MANIFESTO:

This issue the fiction team anticipates receiving more submissions than ever before; and trust me, there were a lot before. What can you do to make your story stand out? Fancy type won’t do it. Unneccessarily strange structure won’t do it. And length won’t do it either. All you can do is send us something that is so good, we’re sad when we get to the last page. We love to read. We’re excited to read your story. Give us something great.

-Carrie

NONFICTION MANIFESTO:

We want good essays, personal or not. Send us the story of a family through generations or a history of the thimble. Send us whatever true thing you want, and make it pretty. There’s nothing we won’t look at, and no subject we believe unworthy.

– Robert

POETRY MANIFESTO:

We are looking for inventive poetic connections. Send us poems that are artful, intelligent, and inspired by the world around you. We seek work which embodies a broad view, even while exploring the minutia of everyday life. We encourage poems with an eye on social justice themes (but save us from reading rants, please). Send us informed pieces that use form and structure as essential scaffolding of your poetry, whether that is in a form, prose, or using white space. We love complexity balanced with simple poetic moments. Switchback accepts pieces from well-read writers, attentive to not only the American poetry lineage, but poetry’s global roots as well. Please remember, three poems at a time.

– Virginia

LITERARY REVIEWS MANIFESTO:

Switchback regularly publishes reviews of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry on our Web site. As a rule, we generally prefer to read reviews of lesser known works, of books you’re less likely to come across in the New York Times Book Review or Publishers Weekly, but we’re open to all good writing. Reviews should fall somewhere between 500 and 2000 words. Please state in your cover letter what genre your review falls under, so we may pass it along to the correct genre editor. Publicists interested in sending us catalogue listings or review galleys of forthcoming titles should send a query to editor@swback.com.

ART MANIFESTO:

Switchback features artwork in a number of different contexts. If possible, please include a statement with your submission indication how you envision your art being featured in Switchback.

1. As “cover” art, used as the background art for our issue.
2. Single pieces, to be displayed alongside an individual work of writing.
3. As part of a “featured artist” feature. To be considered as one of Switchback‘s featured artists, we ask that you submit a series of at least five pieces, along with an artist’s statement about the work.

Questions? Just email editor@swback.com.

Switchback at SubmittableOnce again, Switchback no longer accepts email or hard copy submissions. SUBMIT TO SWITCHBACK USING SUBMITTABLE. If you experience any technical difficulties uploading your submission, please contact us at: submissions@swback.com.

 

Short Story Award For New Writers

20 May 2016

The Short Story Award for New Writers is open from May 15 – July 15, 2016 and will award $2000 to the winner — the best piece of fiction by an emerging writer. Second and third place prizes will be $200 and $100, respectively, and all three stories will earn publication on the site and agency review by Amy Williams of The Williams Agency, Victoria Marini by GELFMAN SCHNEIDER / ICM PARTNERS and Laura Biagi from Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc. in New York.

DEADLINE: July 15, 2016

PRIZE: $2000 and publication to the winner. $200, $100 and publication to second and third place stories, respectively. Agency review by Victoria Marini of GELFMAN SCHNEIDER / ICM PARTNERS and Laura Biagi from Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc. in New York, and Amy Williams of the Amy Williams Agency.

GUIDELINES:

6000 word limit
Fiction only
No writing preferences. Just your best work
Emerging Writers Only (have not published a novel at the time of submission. You may have a book under contract. Short story collections are not considered novels and therefore you qualify. We welcome work from self-published writers.)
$20 to enter
Previously unpublished work only
Multiple and simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us if your story is accepted elsewhere
International submissions allowed

To submit a story or learn more about our guidelines:

https://mastersreview.com/short-story-award-for-new-writers

Salamander Magazine Fiction Contest

11 May 2016

Deadline: JUNE 1, 2016

Salamander magazine will award a cash prize of $1,500 plus publication for the best fiction story. All entries will be considered for publication. All entries will be considered anonymously. Send no more than one story per entry. Each story must not exceed 30 double-spaced pages in 12 point font. Multiple entries are acceptable, provided that a separate reading fee is included with each entry. Contest reading fee includes a one-year subscription. There is a reading fee of $15, and all contest results will be posted on salamandermag.org by August 1, 2016.

Judge: Joan Wickersham

Joan Wickersham is the author of The News From Spain and The Suicide Index, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her fiction has appeared in One StoryPloughsharesAGNI, and many other publications, and her work has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She has written a regular op-ed column for The Boston Globe, and her pieces have run in The International Herald Tribune and on NPR. Joan has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She has taught writing at Emerson and at Harvard, and currently teaches in Bennington’s MFA program.  Deadline: June 1, 2016

Submit Entries Online (salamandermag.org/contestsor by Mail to:
2016 Fiction Prize
Salamander/Suffolk University English Dept.
8 Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108

Visit the website for submission details: http://salamandermag.org/contests/