Posts Tagged ‘Writing Contests’

Be A Hero Contest – 2017

28 February 2017

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Deadline: May 29, 2017

(midnight – Eastern Standard Time (EST))

At this precarious time in the United States, we need people to be heroes. This isn’t a battle between Republicans and Democrats. This is a battle between right and wrong. And we need heroes who are willing to fight for what is right—across this country and around the world.

In that spirit, we invite you to write a story about a hero in 50 words or fewer. (You can use a title, if you choose, which doesn’t go into the word count.) It should be about someone who fought for the right thing in a way that called for courage and commitment. This can be a personal story about, say, your father rescuing you when you were lost in the woods, or a public story about, say, Rosa Parks not moving to the back of the bus. It could also be a made-up story, even an artful retelling of a favorite, such as Erin Brockovich or A Tale of Two Cities.

We will send the winning entry to each of the 100 U.S. senators and the 435 members of the House of Representatives, along with an entreaty for them to be heroes, protecting our country by standing up for what is obviously right, despite any political risk.

Also, the winner gets a free Gotham class of his or her choosing.

We will broadcast this contest as far and wide as we possibly can, hoping to inspire people everywhere to be heroes.

The Details:

  • Submit a 50-word story about a hero
  • Entry must consist of no more than 50 words. Longer entries will be disregarded.
  • You may use a title, though it’s not essential. But it won’t go into your word count.
  • Entries must be submitted online by midnight – Eastern, May 29, 2017.
  • Only online entries will be accepted.
  • Entry is free. Limit one entry per person.
  • Entry must be original and unpublished.
  • Entries will be judged on originality, quality, spelling, and grammar.
  • Gotham will post the winning entry at GothamWriters.com and send it to all members of the U.S. Congress.
  • The winner will be notified by June 28, 2017.

How to enter, visit the website:

https://www.writingclasses.com/contest/be-a-hero

Call for submissions: Christopher Fielden’s Writing Challenges

24 January 2017

Adverb Challenge:
We sold 101 copies of Adverbially Challenged Volume 1 on the run up to Christmas, so we donated £101 to First Story at the beginning of January. The charity asked me to say a big thank you to everyone involved. If you haven’t purchased your copy yet, you can do so here.
We’ve almost reached the next milestone – 200 submitted stories. This means Adverbially Challenged Volume 2 will go into production soon. If you want to be in the book, you can submit your stories here. Be quick – there are only a few spaces left.

Nonsense Challenge
We’re also over halfway to our goal of 100 stories for the first nonsense challenge anthology. There have been some amazing submissions so far. You can read them and submit your own stories on the nonsense challenge page.

Sensory Overload Challenge
This is a new challenge, conceived by Allen Ashley. We’ll be launching it in March 2017. You can learn a bit more about it (and see a wonderful photo of me and Allen that definitely hasn’t been anywhere near Photoshop) on the main writing challenges page.

Preposition Challenge
This is another new challenge, conceived by Ville Nummenpää. We’ll be launching that one later in the year. Again, see the main writing challenges page for details.

Visit the website details on all writing challenges:

http://www.christopherfielden.com/writing-challenges/

 

Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Awards

3 December 2016

Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Awards

Deadline December 16, 2016 (must be received by this date). Recommended free contest awards four prizes of $500 for books of fiction, nonfiction, first novel, and poetry written by an African-American and published in the US during the current year. The awards honor books that depict the “cultural, historical, or sociopolitical aspects of the African Diaspora”. Must be nominated by the publisher. Sets and multi-volume works are eligible but inspirational, self-help, and adult graphic novels are not. Send hard copy to each member of the judging committee, along with all available information regarding the submission (e.g., promotional material, author biography, available news articles, and reviews).

Contest Basics

Sponsored By:

Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Guidelines URL:

http://bcala.org/book-award/

Address:

Black Caucus of the American Library Association
P.O. Box 5837
Chicago, Illinois 60680
United States

Contest Status:

Active

Recommendation Level:

Recommended

Poetry Contest Type:

Published Poetry Book

Prose Contest Type:

Published Prose Book

Fiction, nonfiction, and first novel

Deadline:

12/16/16

Deadline Type:

Received By Deadline

Deadline Comment:

“2017” contest has a 2016 deadline. Note the new deadline for 2016 (formerly December 18).

Contest Frequency:

Annual

Top Award:

$500.00

Top Award Comments:

$500 in each genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and first novel)

Other Awards:

Honor Book citations may also be awarded in each category. In addition, an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation is awarded. (These citations are awarded without any accompanying remuneration.)

Publication of Winners:

No

Entry Details

Genres:

No Restrictions

Themes:

Entries “must portray some aspect of the African-American experience past, present, or future”. BCALA presents four monetary awards: one for adult fiction, one for nonfiction, one for a first novel, and one for poetry. These awards acknowledge outstanding achievement in the presentation of the cultural, historical, and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora.

– The Fiction Award recognizes depictions of sensitive and authentic personal experience either within the framework of contemporary literary standards and themes or which explore innovative literary formats.

– The Nonfiction Award honors cultural, historical, political, or social criticism or academic and/or professional research which significantly advances the body of knowledge currently associated with the people and the legacy of the Black Diaspora. (Categories could include the humanities, science and technology, social and behavioral sciences, and reference.)

– The First Novelist Award acknowledges outstanding achievement in writing and storytelling by a first-time African-American fiction writer.

– The Poetry Award strives to recognize and promote emerging and established poets that introduce and foster the joys of poetry writing.

Length Limit:

Book-length

Unpublished Submissions:

No

Exclusive Submissions:

No

Submission Methods:

Postal Mail Only

Other Restrictions:

Must be submitted by publisher. Sets or multi-volume works are eligible. New editions of previously published works are eligible only if more than 30% of the total content is new or revised material. Inspirational, self-help, and adult graphic novels are ineligible. Only finished, published books should be submitted; galleys (bound or unbound) and chapbooks are unacceptable.

Eligibility Details

Experience Level:

Authors with Published Books

Geographic Eligibility:

US Only

Geographic Eligibility Comments:

All authors, editors, and contributors must be African-American(s) born in the United States, and books must have been published in the US during the current calendar year.

Gender/Ethnic Eligibility:

Black Authors Only

Age of Entrant:

No Restriction

Winning Writers Editor’s Comments:

Books must be sent to the individual judges’ addresses, NOT to the BCALA office.

Contest Background

Sponsor Details:

BCALA’s purpose is to call to the attention of the American Library Association (ALA) the need to respond positively on behalf of the Black members of the profession and the information needs of the Black community by reviewing, analyzing, evaluating, and recommending to the ALA actions on the needs of Black librarians that will influence their status in the areas of recruitment, development, advancement, and general working conditions.

These awards acknowledge outstanding literary works for adult audiences by African-American authors. Recipients of this award offer compelling depictions of the cultural, historical, or sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora and embody the highest quality of writing style and research methodology, if applicable.

Contest Judges:

See http://bcala.org/literary-award-committee/ for a list of the judges.

Recent Winners:

(Contest year is designated based on when prizes are awarded, which is the year after the deadline.)

2016:
Fiction: Toni Morrison, ‘God Help the Child’
Nonfiction: Pamela Newkirk, ‘Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga’
First Novel: Angela Flournoy, ‘The Turner House’
Poetry: Nate Marshall, ‘Wild Hundreds’

2015:
Fiction: Lalita Tademy, ‘Citizens Creek: A Novel’
Nonfiction: Jeffrey B. Leak, ‘Visible Man: The Life of Henry Dumas’
First Novel: Dwayne Alexander Smith, ‘Forty Acres: A Thriller’
Poetry: Kevin Young, ‘Books of Hours: Poems’

2014:
Fiction: James McBride, ‘The Good Lord Bird: A Novel’
Nonfiction: Craig Steven Wilder, ‘Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities’
First Novel: Edward Kelsey Moore, ‘The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat: A Novel’
Poetry: Nikki Giovanni, ‘Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid’

Winners Notified:

June

Contest Established:

1994

Tanka Poetry Contest

2 December 2016

Tanka Poetry Contest

Deadline:

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Entry Fees

$9.95 to enter this contest and all contests at FanStory

Prizes

$100 cash prize

Description

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

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

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

Contact Information

FanStory

Website:

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

NIGHTLIGHT READINGS SHORT STORY WRITERS CONTEST

2 December 2016

NIGHTLIGHT READINGS SHORT STORY WRITERS CONTEST

Deadline December 31, 2016.

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

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

THE FICTION DESK GHOST STORY COMPETITION

2 December 2016

THE FICTION DESK GHOST STORY COMPETITION
£8 ENTRY FEE.
Most of the stories we publish at The Fiction Desk are more or less realistic, but we try to stray outside that from time to time: Some genre fiction should be part of any balanced reading diet. One genre that we particularly like to feature is the ghost story. This year, there is a first prize of £500, a second prize of £250, and a third prize of £100.

The deadline is Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

All stories must be written in English, and be entirely the author’s own work. All entrants must be aged 16 or over at the time of entry; there is no upper age limit. Entries must be between 1,000 and 7,000 words in length.

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

Romance Me: A Novel Contest

2 December 2016

ROMANCE ME

Be it historical or contemporary, a grand love story or the gripping tale of a torrid affair,

through December 15, 2016, submit your Romance novel for the chance to win prizes

and be read by judges from Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Hachette Book Group.

This is an open call for writers of romance novels targeted towards an adult audience

or a young adult/adult crossover audience. The submission must be a Romance novel,

i.e. a narrative that is driven by a romantic relationship and has a satisfying ending.

Deadline December 15, 2016.

First prize $200, second prize $100, third prize $50.

All three winners become featured submissions to the partner publishers and agents.

Fill out the forms and upload a minimum of the first 30 pages.

Complete manuscripts are welcome.

Visit the website:  https://www.authors.me/romance-contest/

Last call! VanderMey Nonfiction Prize 2017

30 October 2016

The 2017 Nonfiction Prize is now open–we invite you to submit your essay to our nonfiction contest.

Our VanderMey Nonfiction Prize has gained national recognition, with our 2013 recipient receiving a Pushcart Prize and appearing in the 2013 Pushcart Prize anthology. The winner of the VanderMey Nonfiction Prize will receive $1500 and publication in Ruminate. The runner-up will receive $200 and publication in Ruminate. 

We strongly recommend ordering a past copy of Ruminate to better understand the type of work we are looking for. You can order a nonfiction bundle of print issues featuring our nonfiction prize winners from past years, Issue 35, Issue 32, Issue 28, and Issue 24. PDF versions of the magazine are also available for $5 each.

Nonfiction Contest Guidelines:

  • We’re pleased to announce that author Josh MacIvor-Andersen will be serving as our finalist judge.
  • The submission deadline for the nonfiction contest is November 15th, 2016. Note – there is a grace period of three days for this prize. Entries submitted by 11:59 PST on Nov. 18 will be entered into the contest.
  • The entry fee is $20 (includes a complimentary copy of Ruminate, international entries will receive a complimentary PDF copy).
  • You may submit one nonfiction piece per entry and it must be 5500 words or less. There is no limit on the number of entries per person.
  • $1500 and publication in Ruminate will be awarded to the winner. The runner-up will receive $200 and publication.
  • An anonymous reading of all entries will be conducted by a panel of Ruminate readers, who will select 10 nonfiction finalists. Those finalists will then be read for our final judge who will select a winner.
  • Close friends and students (current & former) of the final judge are not eligible to compete, nor are Ruminate blog contributors or close friends of the Ruminate staff. Previous first-place winners of the Nonfiction Prize and previous judges of the Nonfiction Prize are also not eligible to compete.
  • All submissions must be submitted via our online submission form manager. We will not accept mail or email submissions.
  • All submissions must be previously unpublished.
  • You may enter simultaneously submitted work, however, please withdraw your work immediately if accepted elsewhere.
  • You may submit any type of creative nonfiction–personal essay, short memoir, literary journalism, etc.
  • We will notify all entrants of submission status in mid-January, 2017.
  • Please remove your name, bio, and any contact info from the file that you submit.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

http://www.ruminatemagazine.com/submit/contests/nonfiction/

Tethered by Letters’ 2016 Fall Writing Contest

23 September 2016

The deadline for Tethered by Letters’ 2016 Fall Writing Contest is November 1st, 2016. This time around, Tethered by Letters is offering $1600 in prizes for our Fall Contest winners.

Contest Submissions

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

Judging: The finalists for each category will be read by a guest judge, who will select a winner to be published in the Spring 2017 issue of F(r)iction. Matt Gallagher, author of Youngblood, will be reading the short story submissions. Renowned performance poet Ken Arkind will be judging the poetry submissions. And Sari Wilson, author of Girl Through Glass, will choose the winning flash fiction submission.

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

Short Story Contest

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

Flash Fiction Contest

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

Poetry Contest

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

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

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

#Blink! TBL’s Twitter Contest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2017 San Francisco Writing Contest

26 August 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Creative Writing Institute’s Annual Short Story Contest

9 August 2016

Get Published in our 2016 Anthology

DEADLINE: September 15, 2016

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

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

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

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

 Fourth and Fifth place: Finalist eMedal and publication

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

“Explain how that happened.”

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

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

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

BlueCat Announces GOALPOST: Write a Script in One Month!

4 August 2016

The BlueCat Screenplay Competition Launches Writing Challenge in August!

Writers will gather for a virtual write-in on Facebook to complete a screenplay in 31 days. 

This August, join hundreds of writers and complete a feature-length screenplay in one month! It’s completely free. Throughout the whole month, BlueCat’s writers will write 3 pages per day, led by BlueCat judge and founder Gordy Hoffman. Every day, writers will share their daily progress on our Facebook Group and encourage each other in the pursuit of completing an entire screenplay in one month. No rules, no judgement——simply write a script by the end of August!

Here is what you have to do:

  1. Join our Facebook Groupto share your progress with others as you write your script
  2. Subscribe to our Newsletter to receive updates throughout the challenge
  3. Find an idea and get ready to start writing August 1st!

Check out this video with Gordy Hoffman explaining more about Goalpost:

http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/blog/new-goalpost-video-gordy-introduces-screenplay-writing-challenge/

Since 1998, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition has provided a community for the unknown screenwriter to develop their work, giving undiscovered talent a path to professional success.

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

Please share our news with your community!

Thank you!

Claudia Summerfield

Contact:

BlueCat Screenplay Competition

PO Box 2635

Los Angeles, CA 90078

 

Website:  http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bluecatwriters

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BlueCatPictures

Instagram: http://instagram.com/bluecatscreenplay

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/bluecatpictures

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/bluecatscreenplay

Newsletter: http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/bluecat-newsletter

MUSICWORKS’ 6th ANNUAL SONIC GEOGRAPHY WRITING CONTEST

4 August 2016

OPEN YOUR EARS AND SHARPEN YOUR PENCILS!

MUSICWORKS’ 6th ANNUAL SONIC GEOGRAPHY WRITING CONTEST IS OPEN

 ***DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 28, 2016***

Juried contest offers top three winners cash prizes and publication in Canada’s acclaimed magazine about experimental music and sound art

Musicworks’ 2016 contests are open to receive entries from anywhere in the world! Musicworks is Canada’s only print magazine that explores experimental music. Its two annual juried contests spotlight new literary and musical talent, offering cash prizes and opportunities to be published and heard.

Sonic Geography Writing Contest: The external made internal in the sonic city. “Field recordings” of literary classics. The sounds of bugs and telephone wires by the ocean. Winners of the Sonic Geography contest have been sensually attentive and formally inventive. Choose any location—urban or rural, indoors or outside, cacophonous or mysteriously quiet. You have 500 words to describe how sound shapes your experience. So open your ears, and pick up your pencils.

  • Accepted file types: PDF only.
  • Maximum length per entry: 500 words
  • Contest entry fee is C$25,and includes a one-year subscription to Musicworks (less than our normal subscription rate!). $5 for each additional entry (unlimited).

First Prize: $500 cash AND your work published in Musicworks and on musicworks.ca

Second Prize: $200 cash AND your work published on musicworks.ca

Third Prize: $100 cash AND your work published on musicworks.ca

Also check out our Electronic Music Composition Contest: Compose a piece in one of the following experimental genres: Acousmatic, Electroacoustic, Glitch, Intelligent Dance Music, Turntable art, or Video music. Maximum time: 10 minutes. Accepted file types: MP3 or MP4 only.

2016 Contest prize details, eligibility and assessment criteria, and entry forms can be found at: musicworks.ca/contest

Visit our contest landing page and peruse the work of our 2015 contest winners!

Since 1978, Musicworks has been dedicated to the development of new and passionate audiences for experimental music. Published three times a year with accompanying CDs, Musicworks features in-depth articles on Canadian and international composers, improvisers, instrument designers, and artists who work in genres such as radio, electroacoustics, concert music, sound installation, and sound sculpture. With a dynamic website and outreach programs, Musicworks creates an inclusive community within which to exchange and develop ideas, and excite curious listeners with adventurous music.

These are the current annual contests sponsored by Winning Writers.

20 May 2016

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

  • All styles and themes
  • Submission period: April 15-September 30, 2016
  • Total prizes: $4,000
  • Accepts published and unpublished work
  • Special award for verse that rhymes or has a traditional style

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North Street Book Prize

  • For self-published books
  • Categories: Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction & Memoir
  • Submission period: February 15-June 30, 2016
  • Total prizes: $6,000
  • Top winners receive expert marketing services

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Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee)

  • Seeks humor poems
  • Submission period: August 15, 2016 – April 1, 2017
  • Total prizes: $2,250
  • No fee!
  • Accepts published and unpublished work

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Are you looking for our online database of The Best Free Literary Contests? Click here

 

THE $4,000 NARRATIVE PRIZE

11 April 2016

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

The deadline for entries for each year’s award is June 15, 2016.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Word Count Guidelines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to submit:  https://www.narrativemagazine.com/submission

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

Dream Quest One is now accepting poems and short stories!

14 March 2016

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves arranging words into the beautiful art of poetry and/or writing a story that’s worth telling everyone! Welcome to all having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00! All works must be original. 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). 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, 2nd – $250, 3rd – $100.

Poetry First Prize is $250, 2nd – $125, 3rd – $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

 

The 38th Nimrod Literary Awards The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction & The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry

6 March 2016

Founded by Ruth G. Hardman

FIRST PLACE: $2,000 and publication

SECOND PLACE: $1,000 and publication

Contest Rules

Postmark Deadline: April 30, 2016

Poetry: 3-10 pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems).

Fiction: 7,500 words maximum (one short story or a self-contained excerpt from a novel)

 

No previously published works or works accepted for publication elsewhere.  Author’s name must not appear on the manuscript.

 

Postal mail: Include a cover sheet containing major title and subtitles, author’s name, full address, phone, & email. Manuscripts should be stapled, if possible; if not, please bind with a heavy clip. “Contest Entry” should be clearly indicated on both the outer envelope and the cover sheet. Include SASE for results only.  If no SASE is sent, no contest results will be sent; however, the results will be posted on Nimrod’s website. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Online submissions: https://nimrodjournal.submittable.com/submit.

Submitters must be living in the US by October of 2016 to enter the contest.

Winners will also be brought to Tulsa for the Awards Ceremony in October. All finalists will be considered for publication.

Entry/Subscription Fee: Each entry must each be accompanied by a $20 fee.  Make checks payable to Nimrod. $20 includes both entry fee & a one-year subscription (two issues).

Send to:

Nimrod Journal

Literary Contest–Fiction or Poetry

The University of Tulsa

800 S. Tucker Dr.

Tulsa, OK 74104

Visit the website:  https://nimrod.utulsa.edu/

Announcing the Rothstein Diversity Prize: an Essay Contest for Teachers on Diversity in the Classroom

7 May 2015

The Rothstein Diversity Prize is open to teachers of any grade, from private or public school, child care through four-year universities. Retired teachers are also eligible to enter. Entries may be on any subject related to diversity, but winning essays will be grounded in storytelling that brings the topic and the people involved to life.

The deadline for entries is 11:59 PM on June 1, 2015.

The Prize has no entry fee.

The winner will receive $300 and a copy of Irving Rothstein’s memoir It Couldn’t Have Been the Pay. 

Three runners-up will receive a copy of Rothstein’s memoir.

Essays by the winner and four runners-up will be featured on the Rocín website along with other selected submissions. Meaningful excerpts that share poignant ideas or perspectives on teaching and diversity may be showcased on social media.

Essays have no requirements for length or form. The essay’s content is most important.

Excerpts from all submissions may be featured on Rocín social media accounts, including Facebook and Twitter.

Entries must be submitted through the form at the bottom of this page, and must include a bio that includes a brief overview of their teaching career.

Winners will be announced on June 6, 2015 at Irving Rothstein’s book launch celebration in San Francisco. Winners do not need to attend, but selected excerpts will be read at the event.

Questions about the Prize can be directed to:
Alex Russell at:  alex@rocinpublishing.com

Visit the website for details: 

http://www.rocinpublishing.com/rothsteinprize/

Sledgehammer 36-Hour Writing Contest – July 25 to July 26, 2015

23 April 2015

Deadline: Sunday, July 26, 2015

Entry Fees

$36 adults, $3.60 students in high school or lower

Prizes

$1,000+ divided among First-Place Individual, First-Place Team, Readers’ Choice, Judge’s Choice, and Youth

Description

Sledgehammer is a quirky writing contest that incorporates an online scavenger hunt, four writing prompts, a 36-hour time window (start at noon PST, Saturday, July 25, 2015; end by 11:59 p.m. PST, Sunday, July 26, 2015), the option to write as a team or solo, a celebrity judge and cash prizes.

Read past winning stories and contest details at www.sledgehammercontest.com.

Contact Information

Ali McCart, Director

Website

www.sledgehammercontest.com

MUSICWORKS’ 5th ANNUAL “SONIC GEOGRAPHY” WRITING CONTEST NOW OPEN

23 April 2015

OPEN YOUR EARS AND SHARPEN YOUR PENCILS!

MUSICWORKS’ 5th ANNUAL “SONIC GEOGRAPHY” WRITING CONTEST NOW OPEN

Juried contest offers top three winners cash prizes and publication

in Canada’s acclaimed magazine about experimental music and sound art

 

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS JUNE 30, 2015

 Musicworks’ 2015 contests are now open to receive entries from anywhere in the world! Musicworks is Canada’s only magazine that explores experimental music. Its two annual juried contests spotlight new literary and musical talent, offering cash prizes and opportunities to be published and heard.

 

“Sonic Geography” Writing Contest

Echoes in a Lisbon square. Waterdrops from an Iceland glacier. Birds in a Buenos Aires barrio. These are some of the sounds that have inspired contributors to “Sonic Geography,” our regular essay column. Choose any location—urban or rural, indoors or outside, cacophonous or mysteriously quiet. You have 500 words to describe how sound shapes your experience. So open your ears, and pick up your pencils.

Accepted file types: PDF only. $30 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Musicworks; $5 each additional entry (unlimited).

 

First Prize: $500 cash AND your work published in Musicworks and on musicworks.ca

Second Prize: $200 cash AND your work published on musicworks.ca

Third Prize: $100 cash AND your work published on musicworks.ca

 

Also check out our Electronic Music Composition Contest: Compose a piece in one of the following experimental genres: Acousmatic, Electroacoustic, Glitch, Intelligent Dance Music, Turntable art, or Video music. Maximum time: 10 minutes. Accepted file types: MP3 or MP4 only.

 

Visit our contest landing page and peruse the work of our 2014 contest winners!

2015 Contest prize details, eligibility and assessment criteria, and entry forms can be found at: musicworks.ca/contest

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Since 1978, Musicworks has been dedicated to the development of new and passionate audiences for experimental music. Published three times a year with accompanying CDs, Musicworks features in-depth articles on Canadian and international composers, improvisers, instrument designers, and artists who work in genres such as radio, electroacoustics, concert music, sound installation, and sound sculpture. With a dynamic website and outreach programs, Musicworks creates an inclusive community within which to exchange and develop ideas, and excite curious listeners with adventurous music.

For more information, contact Anastasia Klyushin at manager@musicworks.ca OR (416) 977-3546

2015 Arizona Mystery Writers 4th Annual – Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest

2 March 2015

Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest

Deadline is: June 1, 2015

$10 entry fee.

Prizes:

1st=$200
2nd=$100
3rd=$75

We are now accepting – Mystery, suspense, or thriller stories.

2500 word maximum length.

Blind judging.

Contest rules and entry form on the website:  http://www.arizonamysterywriters.com/?page_id=1449

Past winners are posted on the website. We are an independent, nonprofit club supporting mystery writing in Arizona. Contest deadline: June 1, 2015.

This contest is open to all.

Contact: amwcontest@gmail.com

Visit our website for details: http://www.arizonamysterywriters.com/?page_id=1449

Spring Essay Writing Contest for writers

2 March 2015

Essaymama Spring Essay Writing Contest

Spring is coming! It’s time for a new writing contest from Essaymama essay writing service. EssayMama announces Spring Essay Writing Contest! Yes, exactly. This is a great opportunity for all talented writers to express themselves.

Why compete in Essaymama Spring Essay Writing Contest?

Get published. Fame and popularity! Three best works will be published on the Essaymama Blog.

Get cash.
1st place – $450
2nd place – $300
3rd place – $200

Get discovered. Share your Spring spirit and writing talent with the world! We can give participation badges and certificates (on request).

Terms and Conditions

(Please, read Terms and Conditions carefully)

Deadline – May 25, 2015

One participant can send only one essay!

Essays will be checked by our team during the period from May 26, 2015 till June 01, 2015. The final results will be announced on June 02, 2015.

The winners will be published on our site. Also, each winner will receive a personal email alert.

Judging Criteria. Your essay will be evaluated by our team of writers and editors. Scale – from 0 to 100 points. You can get extra points for extra social sharing (see the information below).

Entry Fee $ 0. Just follow Essaymama’s Google+ Page and share the post about Essaymama Writing Contest ( don’t have G+ account? Then you can “like” Essaymama Facebook page and share the post about Essaymama Writing Contest to your own Facebook page). Link to your shared post is the ‘entry fee’ to the competition, so do not forget to add it to your letter!

ATTENTION! You can get extra points for extra social sharing! Share/follow/like other our social pages and get more points to your essay score! You can find the links to Essaymama social pages in the sidebar. Page follow – 5 extra points, post sharing – 2 extra points. – See more at: http://www.essaymama.com/contests

 Submit to contest[at]essaymama.com

Submission Guidelines

Type Essay (800 – 1300 words).

Topics:

  1. Successful Writer: What Does It Mean Nowadays?
  2. Connection Between Writing and the Formation of Personality
  3. How Essay Writing Can Help You In Your Life?
  4. Future of Education: Trends and Forecasts
  5. The Most Inspiring Book You’ve Ever Read
  6. Life Obstacles: The Punishment or The Necessary Impetus?
  7. Novel ‘1984’ by George Orwell – Dystopia or possible reality?
  8. Modern Art And Modern Education: What Is Common Between These Two Concepts

Language English only
Formats .doc, .rtf, .odt, and .docx
100% unique All submissions will be checked via Copyscape.
Participation in the contest automatically constitutes your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and the rejection of any claim.
Mail title should be [EssayMama Spring Essay Writing Contest], your name.

DZANC SHORT STORY CONTEST

21 January 2015

https://dzancbooks.submittable.com/submit

$25 ENTRY FEE.
Dzanc is currently holding its fifth annual contest for all authors wishing to submit a short story collection to Dzanc Books.
The winning author will be published by Dzanc in late 2016, and will receive a $1,000 advance.
Entry to the Dzanc Short Story Collection Contest requires a $25 reading fee and the submission of a full manuscript.
The contest deadline is January 31, 2014.

Essaymama’s Christmas Writing Contest

19 November 2014
Christmas is fast approaching and Essaymama is here to treat the most talented writers with great prizes!With what do you associate Christmas? For EssayMama there are Christmas decorations, flashlights, frosty smell of pine needles and of course “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. Christmas gives us inspiration; you just need to add a little motivation and effort!
So, (attention!), EssayMama essay writing helper announces Christmas Writing Contest! Yes, exactly. This is a great opportunity for all talented writers to express themselves.

Why compete in Essaymama Christmas Writing Contest?

  • Get published. Fame and popularity! 15 best works will be added to the printed “Best EssayMama’s Stories: Christmas Edition” book and published on the best resources for writers.
  • Get cash. $ 330 will be given to each of the top 3 writers.
  • Get discovered. Share your Christmas spirit with the world!

Terms and Conditions:

Deadline – December 25, 2014Submit your stories from November 5 till December 25, 2014.

One participant can send only one story!

Stories will be checked by our team during the period from December 26, 2014 till January 04, 2015. The final results will be announced January 05, 2015.
The winners will be published on our site. Also, each winner will receive a personal email alert.

Entry Fee $ 0. Just “like” Essaymama Facebook page and share on your own Facebook page the post about Essaymama Writing contest. Link to your shared post on Facebook is the ‘entry fee’ to the competition, so do not forget to add it to your letter!

Submit to:  info[at]essaymama.com

First prize. Each of the top 3 writers will be awarded with $330.

Additional Prizes. 15 best works will be added to the printed “Best EssayMama’s Stories: Christmas Edition” book and published on the best resources for writers. Every winner will get his/her own copy via mail. Christmas dreams come true – you will become popular!

Submission Guidelines

  • Type Prose (no min, 4,000 words MAX).
  • Topic Christmas. The story can be written in any style – instructive, funny, sad, for children. The main thing – it must be about Christmas.
  • Language English only
  • Formats .doc, .rtf, .odt, and .docx
  • 100% unique All submissions will be checked via Copyscape.
  • Participation in the contest automatically constitutes your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and the rejection of any claim.
  • Mail title should be [EssayMama Christmas Writing Contest], your name.

– See more at: http://www.essaymama.com/blog/essaymamas-christmas-writing-contest/#sthash.xCaOw8Kn.dpuf

The Magic Oxygen Literary Competition

12 August 2014

Our short story and poetry competition has an incredible prize fund of £3,000, which will be awarded to each category as follows:

  • First Prize – £1,000
  • Second Prize – £300
  • Third Prize – £100
  • Two Highly Commended – £50

In addition, we will be planting a tree in Kenya for each entry, so every entrant is a winner! When the contest closes we will email the GPS co-ordinates of your tree to you.

Brief guidelines:

  • Short Stories up to 4,000 words, excluding title
  • Poetry up to 50 lines, excluding title and lines between stanzas
  • The theme is open
  • Online entries preferred but written entries are also accepted
  • Open to writers all over the world
  • Entrants must be 16 or over at the time of submission
  • Entries must be written in English and must be your own previously unpublished work
  • Entries must show no name, address or identifying marks other than the title.
  • You may submit as many entries as you wish
  • £5 per entry
  • Closing date midnight 30th November 2014

For complete guidelines on how to enter, visit http://www.magicoxygen.co.uk/competition/