Posts Tagged ‘Writing contest’

9th annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Prize

1 June 2017

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

Deadline: August 31, 2017

Maximum length: 1,000 words

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

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 Entries must be unpublished, but stories displayed on personal blogs are eligible.

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

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

 

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FALL 2016 FLASH FICTION CONTEST

4 November 2016

OVERVIEW:

WOW! Women on Writing hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter, and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles and genres of writing, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season (upper right-hand corner) if you are serious about winning. We love creativity, originality, and light-hearted reads. That’s not to say that our guest judge will feel the same… so go wild! Express yourself, and most of all, let’s have some fun!

WORD COUNT:

Maximum: 750

Minimum: 250

The title is not to be counted in your word count. We use MS Word’s word count to determine the submitted entry’s word count.

PROMPT:

OPEN PROMPT!

That’s right, this is your chance to shine, and get creative. You can write about anything, as long as it’s within the word count and fiction. So, dig out those stories you started way back when and tailor them to the word count.

We’re open to any style and genre. From horror to romance. So, get creative, and most of all, have fun.

Click to Download the FALL 2016 FLASH FICTION Contest Terms & Conditions PDF

CONTEST DEADLINE:

November 30th, 2016 – 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – NOW OPEN!

ENTRY FEE: $10.00

This is not a reading fee. Entry fees are used to award our 20 winners as well as administrative costs.

We are limiting the number of entries to a maximum of 300 stories. Please enter early to ensure inclusion. If we reach 300 entries, we will disable the PayPal buttons.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php

Creative Writing Institute Short Story Contest

22 July 2016

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

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

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

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

Fourth and Fifth place: Finalist eMedal and publication

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

“Explain how that happened.”

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

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

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

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

Krampusnacht 2 submission info

20 May 2016

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

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

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

Deadline: August 15, 2016. 

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

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

Simultaneous submissions = okay. Multiple submissions = no.

Must be 18 years of age or older.

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

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

ROLL OF THUNDER PUBLISHING CONTEST

14 May 2016

The Contest is open to people of color (or those who self-identify as other than white) who are residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions, 18 years of age or older at time of entry and who have not had any works of fiction published in any medium prior to entering the Contest.

In 1974, the Council on Interracial Books sponsored a writing contest seeking out diverse voices. Mildred D. Taylor was the winner of the African-American segment for the manuscript that becameSong of the Trees (Dial, 1975), her first book. It introduced the Logan family and was followed byRoll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (1976), which won the Newbery Medal.

Deadline June 21, 2016.

The submission must be in English, between 25,000-75,000 words and must not have been previously published in any medium. The confirmed winner will receive a book publishing contract for the publication of a novel for ages 8-14 by Penguin Random House LLC, with an advance of $35,000, plus royalties.

Visit the website for details:  http://www.rollofthunderbook.com/

Feedback for Your Writing/Enter Fan Story Writing Contests

19 April 2016

At Fan Story You Will:


Learn from feedback
 written on everything you write. Share your poetry, stories and book chapters.

Enter fun writing contests.  All contests with cash prizes are free to enter with your upgraded membership. Upgraded membership is only $9.95 per month. Enter our Acrostic Poetry Contest, ourFaith Poetry Contest, the 5-7-5 Poety Contest and  the Character Writing Contest. That’s just a sample from over 50 writing contests every month.  View the full listing.

Be part of a community for writers of all skill levels. Make connections and friends. Enjoy sharing your writing.

Find out more:  http://www.fanstory.com/index1n.jsp

Call for entries! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2015

2 March 2015

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who enjoys expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry or writing a story that is worth telling everyone! Welcome to all having the ability to dream… We are now in the 10th year of our mission to inspire, motivate, and encourage anyone having the desire or love for poetry and writing, to continue doing so without fear of failure or success. 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, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.
And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or legibly hand printed.
Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: July 31, 2015
All winners will be announced on September 26, 2015

Prizes:
Writing First Prize is $500. Second: $250. Third: $100.
Poetry First Prize is $250. Second: $125. Third: $50.
Entry fees: $10 per story, $5 per poem

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”

Mail to:
Dream Quest One
Poetry & Writing Contest
P.O. Box 3141
Chicago, IL 60654

Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com for details on how to enter!

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One

Last Call for entries! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Winter 2014 – 2015

18 December 2014

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 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. http://www.dreamquestone.com
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 either typed or neatly hand printed.
Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.
Extended Postmark deadline: January 10, 2015, 11:59PM, CST.
All contest winners will be announced on February 25, 2015
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

PHOEBE JOURNAL WINTER 2014 WRITING CONTESTS

7 January 2014

Greg Grummer Poetry Award

Judge: Eduardo C. Corral

DEADLINE: February 1, 2014
PRIZE: $1,000, publication in Phoebe 43.1, and a one year subscription.
ENTRY FEE: $17
SUBMISSION SIZE: Up to 4 poems per submission, totaling no more than 10 pages.

http://www.phoebejournal.com/2014-winter-writing-contests/

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PHOEBE JOURNAL WINTER FICTION CONTEST

Judge: Benjamin Percy

One piece per submission, up to 7,500 words. Novel excerpts will
not be accepted. Prizes: $1,000 and publication.

ENTRY FEE $17.

Deadline:
February 1, 2014.

http://www.phoebejournal.com/2014-winter-writing-contests/

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Annual Creative Nonfiction Prize

Judge: Cheryl Strayed

DEADLINE: February 1, 2014
PRIZE: $750, publication in Phoebe 43.1, and a one year subscription.
ENTRY FEE: $17
SUBMISSION SIZE: 1 piece per submission, up to 5,000 words.

http://www.phoebejournal.com/2014-winter-writing-contests/

YA Novel Discovery Contest

25 October 2013

Serendipity Literary Agency in conjunction with Sourcebooks Inc. is hosting their fifth annual 

YOUNG ADULT DISCOVERY COMPETITION

No query? No pitch? No problem!

Have a young adult novel—or a YA novel idea—tucked away for a rainy day? Are you putting off pitching your idea simply because you’re not sure how to pitch an agent? No problem! All you have to do is submit the first 250 words of your novel and you can win exposure to editors and a review of your manuscript from one of New York’s TOP young adult literary agents, Regina Brooks.?

NOVEMBER IS NaNoWriMo

In honor of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo.org)—an international event where aspiring novelists are encouraged to write an entire novel in 30 days—this contest is meant to encourage the aspiring YA author to get started on that novel by offering an incentive for completing the first 250 words.

The contest opens November 1st and closes November 30th, 2013 at 11:59PM.

GREAT PRIZES

The Grand Prize Winner will have the opportunity to submit an entire manuscript to YA literary agent Regina Brooks AND receive a free, 10-week writing course, courtesy of Gotham Writers’ Workshop, plus a collection of gourmet teas from Possibiliteas.co!

The Top Five Entrants (including the Grand Prize winner) will receive a 15-minute, one-on-one pitch session with Regina Brooks, one of New York’s premier literary agents for young adult books. They will also receive commentary on their submissions with editors from Scholastic, Feiwel and Friends, Random House/Penguin, Kensington, Kimani Tru, Candlewick, Bloomsbury, Simon and Schuster, and Sourcebooks. In addition, they will receive a year’s subscription to The Writer magazine!

First 50 Entrants will receive a copy of Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks.

YA literary agent Regina Brooks and her team will read all of the entries and determine the top 20 submissions. These submissions will then be read by Deidre Jones Little Brown, Nicole Raymond Candlewick, Aubrey Poole Sourcebooks, Kendra Levin Viking Penguin, Mercedes Fernandez Kensington, Annie Nybo Simon and Schuster, Erica Finkel Abrams Books, Monica Jean Random House/Penguin , Catherine Laudone Simon and Schuster, Stacey Friedberg Penguin Group, Laura Whitaker Bloomsbury, Anna Roberts Feiwel and Friends.

These judges will whittle the top 20 down to five, and each of the five winners will be provided commentary on their submissions.

One entry per person; anyone age 14+ can apply. Open to the U.S. & Canada (void where prohibited). Entries for the YA Novel Discovery Contest will be accepted from 12:01am (ET) November 1st, 2013 until 11:59pm November 30th, 2013 (ET). There is a $15 entry fee.”

What are the judges looking for in a submission? 
Entries will be judged based upon creativity, word usage, and the ability to instantly draw a reader into a story. Since the contest is limited to a title and 250 words, each word must be carefully chosen to have the most impact. This simulates the browsing experience of the average book buyer, who reads the title and first paragraph of a book before making a purchasing decision.

Visit the website for complete guidelines: https://tellitslant.com/home/journal_details/31

Gamelytic’s Game Guide Writing Contest

27 March 2013

Gamelytic, a popular online game guide source, 

is pleased to announce our $1000 game guide writing contest.

Please submit your unique and unpublished game guides.

We are offering two prizes of $500 each to the two most popular

guides written for this contest. The first prize is given to the most

popular and useful game guide over the term of this contest.

The second prize is given to the most popular guide between 7/24 to 7/31.

A variety of factors is taken into account such as accuracy and popularity.

Entry Fee: None

Submission Opens Now.

Deadline and End of Event: 7/31/2013

 

For details on how to enter:

http://gamelytic.com/gamelytics-2013-1000-game-guide-writing-contest

2013 Winkie Convention “Wizard of Oz” Writing and Art Contests

6 March 2013

2013 WINKIE RESEARCH TABLE

Submissions are invited for the 2013 Winkie Research Table. Our goal is to put on a great research table, with a large number of quality submissions, to encourage new writers and artists, and to explore a large range of Oz expression.

Authors, Researchers and Artists are invited to submit their work for consideration for awards at the 2013 Winkie Con. The three categories that will be judged are Fiction, Non-fiction, and Art.

There is no entry fee. All work must be original, related to the world of Oz, and not previously published of exhibited in any form, including online and digital publication. Items may also be submitted for the 2013 Winkie Convention Program Book or may have already been accepted for publications to be released after the convention, but please send a separate copy in to the research table.
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Fred Otto Prize for Oz Fiction

$100 First Prize
$50 Second Prize

“Oz Fiction” is defined as any original, fictitious story about or pertaining to the Land of Oz as originally created by author L. Frank Baum in the book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and its sequels, but stories need not be confined to Baum’s vision. Submissions about or pertaining to the Land of Oz in any of its forms will be accepted. Stories may follow on from Oz books, Oz plays, Oz movies, Magic Land, or any other version of Oz.

Maximum length for submissions is 10,000 words long. Excerpts from longer pieces will also be accepted. Work should be submitted electronically. Hard copy may be submitted if needed.

Use standard manuscript style: double-spaced, 12 point type, 1 inch margins, page numbers at top right. Include your name, mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number at the top of the first page of each submission. Include the title of your submission halfway down the first page and at the top left of every subsequent page.

Electronic submissions in .pdf, .txt, .rtf, and .doc formats will be accepted until April 30, 2013 at research@winkies.org. Put the words “Oz Fiction” in the e-mail subject line. Hard copy submissions will be accepted until April 15, 2013 at Eric Gjovaag, 1521 S 15th St., Sunnyside, WA 98944-2513. All submissions will also be submitted to the editor of “Oziana”, the International Wizard of Oz Club’s annual fiction anthology, for consideration.
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Warren Hollister Prize for Oz Non-Fiction

$100 First Prize
$50 Second Prize

“Oz Non-Fiction” is defined as any original, non-fiction article or essay about or pertaining to the Land of Oz as originally created by author L. Frank Baum in the book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and its sequels, but stories need not be confined to Baum’s vision. Submissions about or pertaining to the Land of Oz in any of its forms will be accepted. Submissions may follow on from Oz books, Oz plays, Oz movies, Magic Land, or any other version or aspect of Oz.

Maximum length for submissions is 10,000 words long. Excerpts from longer pieces will also be accepted. Work should be submitted electronically. Hard copy may be submitted if needed.

Electronic submissions in .pdf, .txt, .rtf, and .doc formats will be accepted until April 30, 2013 at research@winkies.org. Put the words “Oz Non-Fiction” in the e-mail subject line. Hard copy submissions will be accepted until April 15, 2013 at Eric Gjovaag, 1521 S 15th St., Sunnyside, WA 98944-2513. All submissions will also be submitted to the editor of “The Baum Bugle”, the International Wizard of Oz Club’s journal, for consideration.
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Rob Roy MacVeigh Prize for Oz Artwork

$100 First Prize
$50 Second Prize

“Oz Art” is defined as any original expression that does not fall into either of the other two categories, and is about or pertaining to the Land of Oz as originally created by author L. Frank Baum in the book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and its sequels, but stories need not be confined to Baum’s vision. Submissions about or pertaining to the Land of Oz in any of its forms will be accepted. Submissions may follow on from Oz books, Oz plays, Oz movies, Magic Land, or any other version or aspect of Oz.

Artwork will be judged at the Winkie Convention. Therefore all art submissions need to be either brought to or sent to the convention, or arrangements must be made by the artist to deliver and, if needed, return pieces. Any portable form of art or craft work is acceptable, but costumes are only eligible for either the research table or the costume contest, not both.

If you wish to enter art for the research table, please inform the research table folks at research@winkies.org and provide a description or electronic version by May 30, 2013. Put the words “Oz Artwork” in the e-mail subject line. Hard copy submissions will be accepted until April 15, 2013 at Eric Gjovaag, 1521 S 15th St., Sunnyside, WA 98944-2513. All submissions that can be printed will also be submitted to the editor of “Oziana”, the International Wizard of Oz Club’s annual fiction anthology, for consideration.

Awards

Prizes will be awarded at the 2013 Winkie Con, June 21-23, 2013. To enter and win you need not be present at the Winkie Con, though attendance is encouraged: http://hungrytigerpress.blogspot.com/p/winkie-convention.html
http://hungrytigerpress.com/winkiecon_registration_2013.pdf
To enter and win you need not be a member of the International Wizard of Oz Club, though membership is encouraged: http://www.ozclub.org/The_International_Wizard_of_Oz_Club.html
Winners not in attendance will be notified in the week following the 2013 Winkie Con and prizes mailed.
To keep things fair, each winner will be limited to only one award in a category.

For further inquiries and questions, e-mail research@winkies.org.

Sweet Violet Bride Dream Wedding Essay Contest

6 March 2013
Sweet Violet Bride Dream Wedding Essay Contest
Could you use an extra grand for your wedding?
I thought so.
I’m super excited to announce that Sweet Violet Bride
is having an essay contest and the winner will get $1,000
to help make their wedding dreams come true!
There is a lot you can do with $1,000
and we want to hear your creative ideas.
Prize $1,000
Reading Fee: $5
Enter by May 1st, 2013
Visit the website for details:
http://sweetvioletbride.com/2013/02/dream-wedding-essay-contest-win-1000/

THE FOURTH ANNUAL NORMAL PRIZE IN FICTION, NONFICTION, & POETRY

6 February 2013

THE FOURTH ANNUAL NORMAL PRIZE IN FICTION, NONFICTION, & POETRY

$20 ENTRY FEE

Deadline March 15, 2013.

Fiction Prize: $1,000 & Publication

Nonfiction Prize: $1,000 & Publication

Poetry Prize: $1,000 & Publication

All fiction and nonfiction submissions must be 10,087 words or less. Poetry submissions should not exceed five pages or five poems total.

Visit the website for details: http://www.thenormalschool.com/contestguidelines_4.html

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition 2013

5 February 2013

$2,500 Awaits Winners of Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

Writers of short fiction are encouraged to enter the 2013 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. The competition has a thirty-one year history of literary excellence, and its organizers are dedicated to enthusiastically supporting the efforts and talent of emerging writers of short fiction whose voices have yet to be heard. Lorian Hemingway, granddaughter of Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway, is the author of three critically acclaimed books: Walking into the River, Walk on Water, and A World Turned Over. Ms. Hemingway is the competition’s final judge.

Prizes and Publication:

The first-place winner will receive $1,500 and publication of his or her winning story in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts. The second – and third-place winners will receive $500 each. Honorable mentions will also be awarded to entrants whose work demonstrates promise. Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts was founded by editor-in-chief Pamela Uschuk, winner of the 2010 American Book Award for her book Crazy Love: New Poems, and by poet William Pitt Root, Guggenheim Fellow and NEA recipient. The journal contains some of the finest contemporary fiction and poetry in print, and the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition is both proud and grateful to be associated with such a reputable publication.

Eligibility requirements for our 2013 competition are as follows:

What to submit:

• Stories must be original unpublished fiction, typed and double-spaced, and may not exceed 3,500 words in length. We have extended our word limit for the first time in thirty years to 3,500 words rather than 3,000. There are no theme or genre restrictions. Copyright remains property of the author.

Who may submit:

• The literary competition is open to all U.S. and international writers whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation of 5,000 or more. Writers who have been published by an online magazine or who have self-published will be considered on an individual basis.

Submission requirements:

• Submissions may be sent via regular mail or submitted online. Please visit our online submissions page for complete instructions regarding online submissions. Writers may submit multiple entries, but each must be accompanied by an entry fee and separate cover sheet. We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, the writer must notify us if a story is accepted for publication or wins an award prior to our July announcements. No entry confirmation will be given unless requested. No SASE is required. • The author’s name should not appear on the story. Our entrants are judged anonymously. Each story must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet with the writer’s name, complete mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, the title of the piece, and the word count. Manuscripts will not be returned. These requirements apply for online submissions as well.

Deadlines and Entry Fees:

• The entry fee is $15 for each story postmarked by May 1, 2013. The late entry fee is $20 for each story postmarked by May 15, 2012. We encourage you to enter by May 1 if at all possible, but please know that your story will still be accepted if you meet the later deadline. Entries postmarked after May 15, 2013 will not be accepted. Entries submitted online after May 15, 2013 will not be accepted. Writers may submit for the 2014 competition beginning May 16, 2013.

How to pay your entry fee:

• Entry fees submitted by mail with their accompanying stories may be paid — in U.S. funds — via a personal check, cashier’s check, or money order. Please make checks payable to LHSSC or The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. Entry fees for online submissions may be paid with PayPal.

Announcement of Winners and Honorable Mentions:

Winners of our 2013 competition will be announced at the end of July 2013 in Key West, Florida, and posted on our website soon afterward. Only the first-place entrant will be notified personally. All entrants will receive a letter from Lorian Hemingway and a list of winners, either via regular mail or e-mail, by October 1, 2013. All manuscripts and their accompanying entry fees should be sent to The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, P.O. Box 993, Key West, FL 33041 or submitted online.

For more information, please explore this website:   http://www.shortstorycompetition.com/index.php

or e-mail: shortstorykw@gmail.com

Call for submissions for Green Blotter Magazine

3 February 2013

Green Blotter magazine

Call for Submissions

Deadline: Feb. 28

Entry Fee: None

Categories: Fiction, Poetry & Artwork

Prizes: Publication

We are looking for the best fiction, poetry and artwork by undergraduate students anywhere in the world.

Submit up to 5,000 words of fiction, 5 pages of poetry or 6 images to GB-submissions@lvc.edu

See our website, http://www.lvc.edu/greenblotter, for full submission guidelines.

AWPWriter.org – WC&C Scholarship Competition

3 February 2013

AWP offers two annual scholarships to emerging writers who wish to attend a writers’ conference,
center, retreat, festival, or residency. The scholarships are applied to fees for winners who attend
one of AWP’s member WC&C programs. Winners and four finalists also receive a one-year
individual membership in AWP.
Eligibility Requirements:
• Former or current students of the judge are ineligible. Previous recipients of WC&C
scholarships are also not eligible to submit.
• Submissions in fiction and poetry will be considered. Separate submissions in each genre are
permitted.
Guidelines:
• Writers’ names must not appear on submissions. A separate cover sheet must accompany
submissions and include the following: name, address, phone number, email address, title,
and genre. Please bind submissions by staple, binder clip, or paper clip. If you wish to be
notified that your manuscript was received please include a self-addressed, stamped
postcard.
• All manuscripts must be single-sided and typed. Prose must be double-spaced. A maximum
of one short story (or novel excerpt) up 25 pages or 10 pages of poetry will be considered.
Each new poem must start a new page.
• You may enter in more than one genre, and you may also enter multiple manuscripts in one
genre, provided that each manuscript is accompanied by its own entry fee.
• A $10 reading fee, either as a check or money order in U.S. dollars made payable to AWP,
must accompany each submission.
Submissions are accepted between December 1 and March 30 of each year and should be mailed to:
WC&C Scholarship Competition
Association of Writers & Writing Programs
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
MSN 1E3
Fairfax, VA 22030

Visit the website:  https://www.awpwriter.org/contests/wcc_scholarships_overview

Moby Reading’s “Best Ever” Children’s Story Contest

3 February 2013

1 Grand Prize of  $500
29 Prizes of $100

Overview:

2000-2500 word short stories on the topic of your choice written at a 5th or 6th grade level.

Contest ends February 24, 2013  

Contest Text:

Moby Reading is curating stories for it’s popular web-based reading curriculum. In addition to awarding over $3,000 in prize money for great children’s stories, winning stories will be published and read by millions of students across the nation.
We will accept the top 30 stories, and multiple submissions are welcome. We will be accepting stories on a rolling basis, so you are encouraged to submit as early as possible. Upon acceptance of your story, we will immediately pay you $100 and be eligible to win an additional $400 for our grand prize contest.

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions are due by February 24, 2013, but we will accept stories on a rolling basis, so you are encouraged to submit early.

You may submit multiple stories, and win multiple $100 prizes.

No submission fee

You must own all rights to your story and transfer all rights to us if your story is accepted.

Email your submission with your story as an attached .doc file to mobywriters@gmail.com.

Include “Best Ever Children’s Story Contest” in the subject heading.

Writing Specifications

You must follow all writer specifications described here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IXFMI4JwUMAjUoANd8gfjuYtsF7PmpYlxQ2gylPMQ9A/edit

You will be named as the author on the title page and receive subsequent feedback ratings from students across the United States. If your stories are rated highly, you will have an opportunity to continue writing for Moby.
Refer to http://www.corestandards.org/assets/Appendix_B.pdf for samples texts of 5th and 6th grade appropriate stories (page 63 and 77).

Payment:

If one or more of your stories is accepted, you will be paid immediately through PayPal.

You will need to sign a contract transferring all rights to us and if a U.S. citizen, send a W-9 form.

Payment will be made immediately after the story is accepted and we receive a signed contract and W-9 Form.

The Grand Prize winner will be paid on March 1, 2013 and will receive an additional $400 in addition to the $100 paid upon acceptance.

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 firstwriter.com 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: www.meridian-writing.co.uk

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 www.IndieBookAwards.com

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  www.IndieBookAwards.com  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.

ENTRY FEE:

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:  http://www.indiebookawards.com/entryguidelines.php

ONLINE ENTRY FORM: To enter online now go to  http://www.indiebookawards.com/onlineentryform.php 

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: http://www.biguniverse.com/contest

NORTHERN COLORADO WRITERS SHORT FICTION CONTEST

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.

$20 ENTRY FEE

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.

http://www.northerncoloradowriters.com/upcoming-events-mainmenu-133/writing-contests/307-2012-writing-contests.html

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: (http://www.albedo1.com/?page_id=723)

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: http://www.limnisa.com    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: entries@limnisa.com

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

Comp Page: http://www.bluethumbnail.com/Author/competitionpage.html