Posts Tagged ‘short story writing contests’

BREAKWATER FICTION CONTEST

5 January 2020

prize: $1000 and publication in our Winter issue

fee: $10

We are seeking submissions for pieces that breathe freshness to the form. We are interested in previously unpublished prose ranging from 1,000 – 5,000 words, each with a $10 entry fee. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify Breakwater if submission is accepted elsewhere.

2020 FINALIST JUDGE: Susanna Kaysen has written the novels Asa, As I Knew Him and Far Afield and the memoirs Girl, Interrupted and The Camera My Mother Gave Me. She lives in Cambridge Massachusetts.

Submissions: Open until FEBRUARY 1st, 2020.

Winner and Finalists Published in our Winter Issue.

Please do not submit your work if you are associated with the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston or Susanna Kaysen.

How to submit, visit: https://www.breakwaterreview.com/contests

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

5 January 2020

Welcome to the 28th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $8,000 in prizes.

Please submit until April 30, 2020

Prizes:

  • STORY: First Prize, $3,000
  • ESSAY: First Prize, $3,000
  • The top two winners will also receive two-year gift certificates from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $100 value)
  • 10 Honorable Mentions will receive $200 each (any category)
  • Top 12 entries published online
  • Enter via Submittable

For this contest, a story is any short work of fiction, and an essay is any short work of nonfiction. Judge: Dennis Norris II, assisted by Lauren Singer Ledoux. Please submit as many entries as you like. All themes accepted. Entries may be published or unpublished. Length limit: 6,000 words maximum. No restriction on age of author. All countries eligible except Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Crimea (due to US government restrictions). Please click the Submittable button below for full details. Fee: $20 per entry. Read the winning entries from the 27th contest. The results of our 28th contest will be announced on October 15, 2020.

Visit the website for details: https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/tom-howard-john-h-reid-fiction-essay-contest

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest

5 January 2020

WELCOME TO THE WRITERS OF THE FUTURE

Deadline: March 31, 2020

The most enduring and influential contest in the history of SF and Fantasy

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest is an opportunity for new writers of science fiction and fantasy to have their work judged by some of the masters in the field and discovered by a wide audience.

No entry fee is required and entrants retain all publication rights.

Entries in the Writers of the Future Contest are adjudicated only by professional writers. Prizes of $1000, $750 and $500 are awarded every three months. From the four quarterly 1st Place winners each year, a panel of judges select one story as the grand prize winner. The writer of the grand-prize-winning story receives the L. Ron Hubbard Golden Pen Award and an additional $5000 cash prize.

  • PRIZES EACH QUARTER: $1000, $750, $500
  • QUARTERLY 1st PLACE WINNERS COMPETE FOR $5000 ADDITIONAL ANNUAL PRIZE
  • OPEN TO NEW AND AMATEUR SCI-FI & FANTASY WRITERS
  • ALL JUDGING DONE BY PROFESSIONAL WRITERS ONLY
  • NO ENTRY FEE IS REQUIRED
  • ENTRANTS RETAIN ALL PUBLICATION RIGHTS
  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 by the entrant, 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 eight 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 first place winners will have their entries judged by a panel of judges, 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 and binding.
  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.
  16. To send your entry electronically, go to: writersofthefuture.com/enter-writer-contest and follow the instructions.

To send your entry in hard copy, mail it to:
L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest
7051 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90028

Visit the website for details: https://www.writersofthefuture.com/enter-writer-contest/

ServiceScape Short Story Award 2019

17 October 2019

DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 29, 2019 (CST)

Calling all short story writers: Are you a short story writer interested in gaining more exposure and a bigger audience for your creative work? Would an extra $1,000.00 USD in your pocket be a great thing right now?

If so, our ServiceScape Short Story Award is the perfect way to achieve both. For this award, any genre or theme of a short story is accepted. All applicants should submit their original unpublished work of short fiction or nonfiction, 5,000 words or fewer, to be considered. Along with receiving an award for $1,000.00 USD, the winner will have his or her short story featured within our blog, which reaches thousands of readers per month. Rules and exclusions apply.

View the winners from previous years

Terms and Conditions: (No Entry Fee)

  • All submitted entries must be original, unpublished works of short fiction or nonfiction, up to 5,000 words in length. The winner retains full rights to his or her submitted piece. We require only that the winning short story be published online first in a permanent blog post on the ServiceScape.com site. The winner retains all other copyright, publishing, and reprint rights and ownership of the story. He or she retains the right to publish his or her work elsewhere and at any time without restriction after the competition is over, as long as the winning short story can remain published on the ServiceScape.com blog as well.
  • In order to qualify as a contest participant, a person must successfully submit the application form below and must be at least 18 years old. ServiceScape is not responsible for any situation that constitutes an application form submission failure, including technical malfunctions experienced by the form submitter or by ServiceScape. ServiceScape employees and/or their immediate family and household members are not eligible to be contest participants. There is no purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law.
  • Each contest participant can enter only once.
  • Contest participants’ application form submissions must be written in English.
  • The contest starts on ends on .
  • Contest participants will be judged on their quality of writing. All decisions are final. Non-winning entries will be discarded after the winner has been chosen and the contest participants will retain all the rights to their submitted work.
  • The potential winner will be notified via email in December 2019. The potential winner must send a headshot photograph within 10 days of the prize notification. The potential winner must also sign and return an affidavit of eligibility, a liability release, and a publicity release (where legal) within 10 days of the prize notification. If the potential winner does not deliver these required items within the specified time period or if the potential winner cannot be contacted for any reason, the prize will be forfeited and an alternate potential winner will be selected. If all required items are delivered within 10 days of the prize notification, the potential winner will be considered the winner of the contest.
  • The winner of the contest will be awarded $1,000.00 USD, payable by check and mailed within 4 weeks. The prize is non-transferable. All federal, state, and local taxes imposed on the acceptance of a prize are solely the responsibility of the winner. The winner’s name, headshot photograph, and writing will be featured within the ServiceScape blog soon thereafter.
  • ServiceScape Incorporated reserves the right to modify or terminate this contest at any time without prior notice.

How to enter, visit: https://www.servicescape.com/short-story-award

ServiceScape Short Story Award 2018

29 April 2018

Deadline: November 29, 2018 – CST

ServiceScape Short Story Award 2018.

This is a free-to-enter writing contest.

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

All applicants should submit their original unpublished work

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

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

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

which reaches thousands of readers per month.

You can find more information on our short story writing contest

at https://www.servicescape.com/short-story-award.

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest 2017

16 September 2017

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest is an opportunity for new and amateur writers of new short stories or novelettes of science fiction or fantasy. No entry fee is required. Entrants retain all publication rights. All awards are adjudicated by professional writers only. Prizes every three months: $1,000, $750, $500, Annual Grand Prize: $5,000 additional!

Writer Contest Rules

• 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.

Enter the Writer Contest

OR SEND YOUR ENTRY BY MAIL TO:
L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest
7051 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Visit the website:  http://www.writersofthefuture.com/enter-writer-contest/

2017 Lune Spark Young Writers’ Short Story Writing Contest

8 April 2017

“REGISTER HERE” to Participate!

DEAR PARENTS & TEACHERS!

Think you know a child who is 10 to 16 years of age (residing in the US, Canada, and the UK) who could write a wonderful story in 1,500 words or less? 

If the answer is “yes”, then this is a great opportunity for him/her to show his/her talent and get a chance to get published.

Prizes

$3,000 worth of prizes including: $1,500 in cash ($750 in each category) and In-person creative writing classes valued at $1,500, held in NC, Cary.

Categories

1) Online Only: Short stories can be submitted online. There is no expectation to be at venue physically.

2) On-The-Spot: Free event, but requires you to participate in the “Online Only” category as well. A range of themes are going to be announced at the venue (Cary, NC). Participants in this free category must participate in Online Contest as well.

Publishing

Top 15 stories will be published on Amazon.com and Kindle through Lune Spark Books’ independent publishing.

Online-Only (Category A) Participants

  • Register for the Online-Only (Category A) ticket, Price: $15.00 per entry.
  • You must send us your story by May 12, 2017 by email or by normal post.
  • Email: Send your story in word, txt, or PDF format to youngwriters@lunespark.com. Please include following information in the email:
    • “2017 story contest” in the subject of the email.
    • The full name & age of the contestant (as of May 20, 2017) at the top of the email.
    • Your ticket order number generated at the time of registration (to help us map the stories to orders)
  • Regular Mail: We prefer to get the stories on email, but if you wish to send your entries via regular mail, your entry(s) should reach us by May 12, 2017 at this address: Lune Spark Books, PO Box 1443, Morrisville, NC 27560, US. Please make sure your mail is a regular/normal mail (not certified/ registered mail) – to avoid it returning back from you by the post office. Please include following information at the top of first page of your story:
    • “2017 story contest” .
    • The full name & age of the contestant (as of May 20, 2017).
    • Your ticket order number generated at the time of registration (to help us map the stories to orders)

On-The-Spot (Category B) Participants

  • The On-The-Spot contest is free, but requires participation in Online-Only contest as a pre-requisite. You must register for both the categories: the Online-Only (Category A) as well as free On-The-Spot (Category B) by registering for both tickets.
  • The judging for both the categories is completely isolated. Your respective entries for both the categories will be considered separately. In other words, by registering in both the categories, you have a chance to be a winner in both.
  • For mailing your stories for Online-Only contest, please follow the instructions in the Online-Only category.
  • On-The-Spot contest will be held on following venue on May 20, 2017, between 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM. Make sure you are at the venue by 12:15 PM latest.
  • Venue address for the free On-The-Spot Contest: Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Pl, Cary, NC 27513.
  • Please bring the electronic or print copies of your free On-The-Spot ticket as well as your Online-Only ticket.
  • The participants will be provided with notebook and pens/ pencils. You don’t have to bring anything with you unless participant wants to use his/ her personal favorite notebook or pen.
  • Water and light refreshments will be available during the event. The participants can have as many breaks as needed–as long as fellow participants are not disturbed.
  • Schedule:
    • 11:30 AM: Gathering/ seating starts.
    • 11:30 AM: The themes to pick from for the stories are posted on the Easel Signs/ screens.
    • 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM: Talks on short story writing
    • 12:15 PM – 12:25 PM: Rules of the contest
    • 12:25 PM – 12:30 PM: Announcement of the winners for Online-Only Contest
    • 12:30 PM – 03:30 PM: Short Story Contest – write your heart’s content out 🙂

Click here for the full eligibility criteria and rules for the contest.

Click here to visit the profiles of the judges.

Click here to visit the organizers.

Click here for the full event website with a page to contact the organizers.

“REGISTER HERE” TO PARTICIPATE!

 

Have questions about 2017 Lune Spark Young Writers’ Short Story Writing Contest? Contact Lune Spark Books

Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2015 Short Story Award

13 October 2014

We are now accepting submissions of
short fiction or memoir
(2000 words or fewer)
once again on the theme
“Food Stories”
for our
2015 Short Story Award
Contest runs from 10/1/14 – 1/31/15

The First Place winner story will receive a $200 cash award and publication of the winning story either in the Bethlehem Writers Group’s upcoming anthology of food stories, A Readable Feast: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Tales for Every Taste, or as a featured story in Bethlehem Writers Roundtable.
Our first anthology, A Christmas Sampler: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Holiday Tales (2009), won two Next Generation Indie Book Awards: Best Anthology and Best Short Fiction. Our second anthology, Once Around the Sun: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Tales for All Seasons came out on November 5, 2013, and was a Finalist for Best Anthology in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Second and Third Place winners will receive a cash award ($100 and $50 respectively) and publication in Bethlehem Writers Roundtable.
Entry Requirements:
• Stories must be submitted using the form below
• Entries must be no more than 2000 words
• All entries must be previously unpublished, and adhere to our Terms and Conditions. (visit website)
• Submissions open at 12:01 a.m. on October 1, 2014 and must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST, January 31, 2015.
• Payments are requested within 24 hours of submissions. All payments must be received through PayPal no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on February 2, 2015.

Entry Fee:
• $10 per story.

Prizes:
• First prize: $200 and consideration for inclusion in the upcoming BWG anthology, A Readable Feast: . If it is not accepted for publication in the print anthology, it will be featured in an upcoming edition of the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable. (There is no guarantee of print publication, but all previous contest winners have been accepted to be published in print.)
• Second prize: $100 and publication in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable.
• Third prize: $50 and publication in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable.
• Honorable Mentions: Stories may be selected for Honorable Mention and offered publication in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable.
Judging:
• Initial blind judging will be performed by members of the Bethlehem Writers Group, LLC. Finalists will be notified by March 30, 2015.
• Final selection of winners will be done by author Curtis Smith. Prize winners will be notified by April 30, 2015.
• Contest winners will be announced on the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable website and on the Bethlehem Writers Group website (www.bethlehemwritersgroup.com) by May 1, 2015.

Visit the website for Terms and Conditions:  http://www.bwgwritersroundtable.com/

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is now accepting entries!

3 April 2014

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful art of poetry or writing a story that is 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. All works must be original.
Guidelines:
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, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be typed or neatly hand printed.
Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.
Postmark deadline: July 31, 2014
All contest winners will be announced on September 20, 2014
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:
$10 per short 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