Posts Tagged ‘writing competition’

Meridian Writing Spring Competition 2013

2 February 2013

  Unpublished short stories of up to 3,000 words but with no lower limit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

Call for submissions to AndWeWereHungry: A New Online Arts & Literary Magazine

2 February 2013

AndWeWereHungry, a new online arts & literary magazine, seeks literary prose (fiction, nonfiction and essay), poetry, photography and artwork for debut issue & calls for entries to its short story competition! The debut issue and short story contest (four winners shall share a total prize fund of $5000), is sponsored by “Ashes & Snow” artist Gregory Colbert. Debut issue & contest submission theme or creative prompt is “And we were hungry. . . .,” or more broadly, “HUNGER.” For after all haven’t we all experienced hunger? And isn’t it, in the words of Ray Bradbury, that very hunger or “lack that gives us inspiration?” Consideration for contest’s top prize of $2000 is reserved for stories that connect the theme with nature. Contributors are encouraged to otherwise freely interpret the theme. Submission deadline is March 31, 2013. Guidelines, more info and themes & deadlines for future issues are found at

While there are no contest entry or submissions reading fees, we are not a paying market at this time.
Short Stories and More

Submit your fiction, essays, poetry and art here.

Follow AndWeWereHungry on: Facebook & Twitter.

What’s in it for you, if you decide to submit your work for publication on AndWeWereHungry? We do not pay for contributions at the moment, but our aim is to create a beautiful and elegant platform that showcases and enables us market the hell out of our contributors.  And as new kids on the online literary magazine block, we take the collaboration and promotion of our contributors seriously: the whole will only be as great as its parts! As part of this collaboration we are building an elegant and beautiful responsive website that will be fully accessible on all mobile devices. Website design and aesthetic is forethought, and hunting down stunning art will be as important as featuring the best quality writing we can get our hands on. We believe that this dual focus on both stunning art and beautiful prose will be our key weapon in finding and growing an audience for the work of all of our contributors, and thereby increase every individual contributor’s exposure to new audiences and new opportunities. If after checking us out online, you feel like we would be a nice home for your work, you may submit your work directly via this link:

2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Call for Entries – Over $10,000 in Monetary prizes, 60 categories

2 February 2013

Call for Entries for 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

If you would like to receive greater recognition, monetary prizes, awards and exposure for your books, here is an opportunity not to miss. Enter the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards at

Calling all indie book authors and publishers – including small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors who have a book written in English released in 2012 or 2013 or with a 2012 or 2013 copyright date to enter the most rewarding book awards program.

It offers 60 Categories – More than 60 Awards – with over 60 monetary prizes totaling more than $10,000 in cash, including $1,500 cash prizes plus trophies for best fiction book and best non-fiction book, $750 cash prizes plus trophies for second best fiction book and non-fiction book and $500 cash prizes plus trophies for third best fiction book and non-fiction book!

Entry Deadline for the 2013 awards program – February 22, 2013.

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest NOT-FOR-PROFIT book Awards program for independent authors and publishers and the only book awards program of its kind offering more monetary prizes, more awards, recognition and exposure including exposure to a leading Literary Agent for possible representation in areas such as distribution, foreign rights, film rights, and other rights!

Presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (IBPPG) in conjunction with Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards was established to recognize and honor the top independently published books of the year. IBPPG was formed to provide support and recognition for the independent book publishing profession and we encourage all independent authors and publishers to enter their books in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards so that they too can earn recognition and receive other benefits from having an award-winning book!


Awards given to the Finalists and Winners of the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards are:

– $1,500 cash prize and trophy awarded to the best Fiction Book

– $1,500 cash prize and trophy awarded to the best Non-Fiction Book

– $750 cash prize and trophy awarded to the second best Fiction Book

– $750 cash prize and trophy awarded to the second best Non-Fiction Book

– $500 cash prize and trophy awarded to the third best Fiction Book

– $500 cash prize and trophy awarded to the third best Non-Fiction Book

 $100 Cash Prize and a Gold Medal awarded to the winner of each of the 60 categories

– Finalist Medals will be awarded to up to four finalists in each of the 60 categories


Finalists and Winners will also receive:

– An invitation to the gala awards ceremony held at the world famous Plaza Hotel in New York City in June 2013

– A listing in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Catalog which will be distributed to thousands of book buyers, media, and others!

– Exposure for a full year at  as a Winner or Finalist.

– The opportunity to display Finalist or Winner gold award stickers on your book.

– Other benefits of an award-winning book (such as potential increased revenue).

PLUS , the top 60 books will be sent to be reviewed by New York literary agent Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency or one of Ms. Allen’s co-agents for possible representation in areas that could generate even more revenue for your book (unless an entrant prefers not to have their book forwarded to the agent). Ms. Allen has over 25 years of sales and marketing experience, including serving as Senior Vice President, Associate Publisher, and Director of Marketing for Harper Collins and directing sales and marketing teams for Simon & Schuster, Penguin Books and Avon Books. Ms. Allen has had the pleasure of working with many best-selling authors including Stephen King, Ken Follett, Barbara Kingsolver, John Gray, Mary Higgins Clark, and many more.

“Independently-published books have become a major source for quality fiction and non-fiction, but often go unrecognized by the mainstream publishing industry,” notes Marilyn Allen. “Finally, an award program has been created to recognize talented authors from this important segment of our industry. Our agency represents over 100 authors and we’re always looking for new talent, so it is a great pleasure to be part of this program. We look forward to reviewing the works of the 60 best candidates and helping these authors gain the recognition they deserve.”

All Finalists and Winners will be notified prior to May 30, 2013.


The 2013 entry fee is $75 per title for the first category entered. Plus, there is a $50 fee for each additional category entered. For example, if you enter one book in one category, the total fee is $75. However, if you enter one book in three categories, the total fee is $175 ($75 for the first category plus $50 for the second category plus $50 for the third category).

ENTRY GUIDELINES AND CATEGORIES: For complete entry guidelines AND to see a list of the 60 categories you can enter go to:

ONLINE ENTRY FORM: To enter online now go to 

The Creative Competitor Writing Contests

2 February 2013
Romantic Fiction Writing Competition

1st Prize: £100.00

2nd Prize: £75.00

3rd Prize: £50.00

Closing date: February 14th

Entry Fee: £2.00 per entry

Using the photo for inspiration, write a story that has an integral romantic element and leaves us gripped by every word. There is no set word count, the story can be as long or as short as you like, but it must have the ring as a core element. Full rules online.

All of our writing competitions are now judged and published within 12 weeks from the closing date. New winning entries are currently online.


Success Writing Competition

1st Prize: £150.00

2nd Prize: £100.00

3rd Prize: £75.00

Closing Date: 9th March 2013

Entry Fee: £2.50

If you would like a chance of winning £150, all you have to do is create a story that has a central theme of success. You can interpret the theme in any way that you like, in fact we welcome intuitive submissions. Full rules online.

All of our writing competitions are now judged and published within 12 weeks from the closing date. New winning entries are currently online.


Twist in the Tale Writing Competition
1st Prize: £150.00

2nd Prize: £100.00

3rd Prize: £75.00

Closing Date: 28th March 2013

Entry Fee: £2.50

If you would like a chance of winning £150, all you have to do is create a story that has a strong twist in the tale ending but the ending should be both natural and effective. You can interpret the theme in any way that you like, in fact we welcome intuitive submissions.

Full rules online and competitions from 2013 are judged, awarded and announced within 12 weeks from the closing date.


Big Universe Writing Contest For Common Core Curriculum

2 February 2013

Big Universe is sponsoring a Nature Writing Contest for students in grades K-8, with a focus on the new Common Core curriculum. It’s time to get excited about writing!

Writing Prompt

Take a look at the world around you. From the animals, to the plants and trees, to the weather and climate, and even outer space and the environment — these are all parts of nature. Write a real or imaginary narrative, which includes some aspect of nature and the world around you. Your story can involve anything from a simple hike in the woods, to gardening, to the life cycle of a bumblebee. This is your chance to be as creative as you can!

How It Works

  1. Students create a contest entry book using our authoring tool in the WRITE section of Big Universe.
  2. Entries are then published to the teacher’s account for final review and submission into the Big Universe Nature Contest.

Contest Requirements

  • Entries will be accepted from Big Universe members only.
  • Entries will be accepted in three age groups: Grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.
  • Each book should have no more than 200 words.
  • Limit one entry per student for each competition.
  • Entries must be original, unpublished material and written in English.
  • Entries must be submitted by midnight US Eastern Standard Time on February 28, 2013.

Visit the website for complete details:


31 January 2013

NCW Short Fiction Competition

Stories can be in any style or genre, though they should have a broad appeal.

Max 5,000 words.

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


Winners and honorable mentions will be published in and receive a free copy of the winners’ anthology,

Pooled Ink: Celebrating the 2013 NCW Contest Winners, due out in December.

The final judge for this category is Ms. Alyson Hagy.

See the website for full submission guidelines.

Deadline March 31, 2013.

Eighth International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest, 2013

31 January 2013
Albedo One, Ireland’s magazine of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, proudly announces the launch of the Eighth International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest, 2013. The Aeon Award is a writing competition, and its goals are to promote writers and writing in the speculative fiction genres, including science fiction, fantasy, horror or anything unclassifiable or in-between.
The contest is open to writers from all nationalities for stories of up to 10,000 words long, that are previously unpublished in English. Grand Prize is €1000 and publication in Albedo One. Second and third place prizes are €200 and €100 and publication in Albedo One.
The contest is open from January 1st 2013 to the end of November 2013,
after which the winning stories are chosen by our Grand Judges, Ian Watson, Mike Resnick, Todd J. McCaffrey and Michael Carroll.
Since 2004, the Aeon Award contest has promoted exceptional work of authors in speculative fiction. Aside from winning the cash prizes and publication in Albedo One, winning and shortlisted stories have been given Honourable Mentions or been reprinted in prestigious volumes such as the Year’s Best Science Fiction, edited by Gardner Dozois, and the Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link and Gavin Grant. Other winning stories have been translated and published in prestigious European magazines, including Phase X (Germany), edited by Ulrich Blode, and Galaxies SF (France), edited by Pierre M. Gevart.
A modest entry fee of 7.50 euro applies, which can be paid easily and securely online via PayPal on our website.
See full guidelines: (

Creative Writing Institute’s Spring Fling Anthology Contest – No Entry Fee!

31 January 2013

This is a themed contest.  Stories must be between 1000 and 1750 words and may be any genre, but the following sentence must appear in the story: Tonight we re-write the rules… ”

CASH PRIZES!  Three cash winners and seven additional Judge’s Choice stories will receive publication in our first anthology and Ebook, entitledOVERRULED!We will endeavor to sell the anthology for ninety-nine cents. Proceeds will benefit Creative Writing Institute, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity that sponsors cancer patients in writing courses.
Accepting submissions from February 1, 2013 through February 28, 2013.
Entries must be received by midnight, February 28, 2013, USA Eastern Standard Time.  

Learn more at Hurry! CASH prizes. No entry fee. See your story in an anthology! Ends Feb. 28, 2013.

Limnisa Bluethumbnail Short Story Competition 2013

31 January 2013

This international contest is open worldwide and is for short stories on any subject up to 3,000 words.

Deadline: April 1st, 2013.

1st Prize:  One week Writers’ Retreat or Workshop in 2013 or 2014 at Limnisa, our seaside location near Agios Georgios, Methana, Greece:    All inclusive: Full board, 7 nights accommodation in single room,  optional daily yoga sessions, literary evening, use of all Limnisa facilities: beach, bikes, international library etc. OR five online sessions of personal tutoring.

2nd and 3rd Prize: 50 % discount on the Writers’ Retreat or Workshop (see above). OR a free online session of personal tutoring or feedback on written work.

7 Runners up: 30% discount on the Writers’ Retreat or Workshop (see above).

All winners and runners up get a year free membership to Bluethumbnail.

Questions regarding entries should be directed to:

Entry Fee: £6 one story or £10 for two stories

Comp Page:

Sleighing With the Devil: A Very Special Christmas Fairy Tale Contest

24 November 2012

Enchanted Conversation normally now has monthly, non-themed fairy-tale-inspired fiction and poetry contests. We will resume the monthly contests in January of 2013.

But for December, there is no monthly contest. Instead, there will be a very, very EC fairy tale contest:

That’s right, instead of a regular December fairy tale contest — which will not actually be held, EC is celebrating the spirit of Krampus instead. The basics of content, etc., are the same as under the regular submission guidelines, so PLEASE check those.

But stories for the Krampus contest must feature Krampus somehow. They must be stories OR poems. No non-fiction will be accepted. Stories must be between 1,000 and 3,000 words long. Only one submission per person. The stories should reflect an understanding of Krampus lore, but he needn’t be the focal point of the story. As ever, the stories should NOT be for very young audiences, but rather well-read teens on up in age.

Five winners will be chosen and each will receive a $25 give certificate from Amazon (in US dollars only). The submission deadline is DECEMBER 13, 2012 at 11:59 p.m., EST. The winning entries will be published in December.

PLEASE FOLLOW ALL OTHER NORMAL RULES FOR SUBMITTING FOR WRITING CONTESTS LISTED UNDER SUBMISSION GUIDELINES. The rules for submitting here are pretty specific, if you aren’t a big fan of rules, this may not be the contest for you.

As always, there is NO FEE for entering this contest.

Who or What is Krampus?

Krampus has been around a very long time in countries like Austria and Germany. I guess you could say he’s a scary, devilish-looking figure who hangs with St. Nicholas and punishes bad children for the jolly old gift giver. But that’s a pretty meager description. For an in-depth look at Krampus, check out the awesome site, There, you kind find absolutely everything you could want to know about Krampus and see some outstanding and disturbing old Krampus images.

For a less pro-Krampus take on St. Nicholas’s evil helper, check out The St. Nicholas Center, a far more benign destination. One thing seems pretty sure: Krampus serves Santa, meting out punishment to naughty children.

In the US, Krampus never got real traction, as we even dropped the “lump of coal” tradition for bad kids on Christmas morning. Yet, in recent years, Krampus has begun to become popular, as more Americans look for a different way to have holiday fun.

More on Krampus as the need arises, but here are some more images to inspire you. But before I go, one thing needs to be said: This Krampus contest is not about religion–for it or against it. It’s still about fairy tales.

Visit the website for details:

Wingfeather Books – Writing Competition, Cash Prizes – Disaster Relief Benefit

24 November 2012

Sponsor: Wingfeather Books, a small press

Event: Short Story Competition Benefiting Disaster Relief Fund (use of “American Red Cross” brand permission pending)

A portion of the proceeds, after contest costs are recovered, will be donated to the Disaster Relief Fund

Entry Fee: $10

 Genre: Paranormal Romance – Short Story Competition – 4,000 words or less

Cash Prize: $375 total, $100 first place

 Prize Includes: Publication

 Deadline: 12/31/2012


 Feel free to ask questions in the comments below or email us:

Emerging Writer’s Contest – 2013

9 November 2012

Submit between February 1, 2013 at noon and April 2, 2013 at noon

Entry Fee: $24 for non-subscribers; free for subscribers

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ploughshares will be given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. Writers who have not published a book or chapbook are eligible. Submit three to five poems or up to 5,000 words of prose with a $24 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Ploughshares, by April 2. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

E-mail address

Ploughshares, Emerging Writer’s Contest, Emerson College, 120 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116.

Jordan Stillman & Ellen Duffer
Fall 2012 Interns
Ploughshares Literary Magazine
To contact the Editorial Assistant, Abby Travis:
Mailing Address:
Emerson College, 120 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

Visit the website for details:

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

9 November 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To learn more about the organization visit:

Or, Refer to:

Frank Jack Fiamango 


P.O. Box 128

Manahawkin, NJ 08050

(609) 848-0507

The Empire State Building Short Story Competition

29 October 2012

The Empire State Building is an iconic landmark that has been featured in pictures, movies, plays, and novels. Built during the Great Depression it was at one time the tallest building in the world. The building was named one of the seven wonders of the world by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

You can learn more about the building and its stories history here.

For this contest, write a short story in the past, present, or future that includes the Empire State Building in it. The story can be of any genre. Judging will be based on how well the writer integrates the building into a creative, original, and entertaining story.

Deadline: 11:59 PM ET on December 21, 2012

Prize: $150.00

Receive feedback on every pitch you submit.

Meet other authors, get motivated, and get noticed.

Learn more about the Empire State Building Short Story Contest

Official Rules:

Read current entries

2013 Bristol Short Story Prize

29 October 2012

2013 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all writers, UK and non-UK based, over 16 years of age.
Stories can be on any theme or subject and
entry can be made online via the website or by
postal mail. Entries must be previously unpublished
with a maximum length of 4,000 words (There is no minimum).

The entry fee is £8 (about $12.83) per story.

The closing date for entries is April 30th 2013.

1st £1000 (about $1603) plus £150 Waterstone’s gift card
2nd £700 (about $1122) plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card
3rd £400 (about $641) plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card
17 further prizes of £100 (about $160) will be presented to the writers
whose stories appear on the shortlist. All 20 shortlisted
writers will have their stories published in the Bristol Short
Story Prize Anthology Volume 6. The winning story will, also, be published
in Bristol Review of Books magazine.

The 20 shortlisted writers will be invited to an awards ceremony
in Bristol in October 2013 when the winners will be announced and the anthology launched.
Any shortlisted writers unable to attend the awards ceremony will be sent their prizes.
The awards ceremony will be part of the 2013 Bristol Festival of Literature.

Judging panel: Ali Reynolds (literary consultant, former Random House editor)
Bidisha (writer, broadcaster, critic) Anna Britten (author and  journalist)
Chris Wakling (novelist, Creative Writing tutor)

Full details and rules at:

Last Call for Entries – The Narrated Tales Competition – Deadline: November 14, 2012

26 October 2012

A month or so back I was scanning Google for writing sites when I discovered Radio Wildfire; an online radio broadcast that concentrates on literature, spoken word performances and oral art. I listened to their latest broadcast (known as The Loop) and loved it. When I’d finished I read the ‘About’ page and discovered they’re also based in the West Midlands! So I emailed them.

It turns out Radio Wildfire is run by a collective which includes Dave Reeves; a writer, performer and editor whose writing has been commissioned for inclusion in public art and by BBC national radio, and has appeared in publications which include Poetry Australia and Norwegian text books. As an editor he previously edited Raw Edge; a literary magazine in the West Midlands.

Having taken up far too much of his valuable time on the telephone, I can also reveal Dave is a very friendly, approachable and interesting chap who has kindly agreed to help me with our next competition.

So, the competition rules:


There is no set theme; your bursts can be about anything you like – whatever you feel would make a good narrated tale.

The judges

There will be two judges from the Radio Wildfire team and one Guest Judge invited by Radio Wildfire:

Dave Reeves – writer, editor and presenter of re:Lit, the live literature programme on Radio Wildfire.

Vaughn Reeves – producer of re:Lit, curator of The Loop on Radio Wildfire, and currently developing a non-league football show, Project Football.

And the Radio Wildfire guest judge, Roz Goddard – short story writer, poet and
coordinator of the West Midlands Readers’ Network.


The competition will run for 2 months from October 1st until November 12th.


All submissions must include a narrated audio track of no more than 1,250 words. To submit an entry, post your audio burst on and mark it for the competition by including the words ‘Radio Wildfire Entry’ as the first line in the initial comment. You can submit more than one entry.

Who can take part

The competition is open to all Burrst writers (except those directly involved in running the website).


The winner will receive £50 and have their audio burst broadcast on the December edition of re:Lit on Radio Wildfire, and later in The Loop, with the option to record a longer piece for broadcast on a later edition of The Loop. The winner will also be interviewed for transmission in the same edition of re:Lit (dependent upon the individual having a suitable Skype connection).

The runners-up will have their audio burst broadcast on an edition of re:Lit and in The Loop on Radio Wildfire.

Radio Wildfire reserves the option of transmitting other shortlisted audio bursts.

My background, as many of you will be aware of by now, is predominantly web, and so for the benefit of the community (all of us), I’m actively looking to collaborate with people with far stronger writing backgrounds than myself. I believe this will further establish the credibility of Burrst as a writing community and better promote the writing of our members. I very much hope this is the first of many collaborations with Radio Wildfire and Dave Reeves. If you haven’t already, I recommend you visit the Radio Wildfire website and listen to the latest edition of The Loop at

Radio Wildfire transmissions

re:Lit is transmitted live online on the first Monday of each month at 20.00-22.00 hrs, UK time. It is not recorded and cannot be heard in its entirety at any other time.

The Loop is curated from tracks played on re:Lit and other material and plays at all times between the live transmissions. It is updated monthly.