TWP Weekly Writing Post™ 2016 April 10-16 Edition

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~ Nora Roberts


As a writing teacher, I enjoy nothing more than seeing students produce writing, yet many are reluctant to even start because they worry about how to write their sentences, what to put in, what their style should be, how to handle mechanics. Worse yet, is the student who worries about writing because they say they can’t spell or don’t know how to use quotation marks or when to use commas, semi-colons, and colons. I always tell my students that they should just write without worrying about the technicalities. As long as you are able to put your ideas into words, you’re on your way. All you need to worry about as a writer is to get the writing out, to get the ideas down on the page, because once you’ve written your story down, there’s no limit to how much you can change, correct, and improve your writing until it is ready for your reading public.

Everything anyone writes can be fixed, whether writers do the editing and revision with full knowledge of the technicalities of writing, or leave the majority of the work to their editors. Whether it’s a few punctuation marks or rewriting sentences, paragraphs, and chapters, all writing can be improved. Sometimes it takes just a few changes; other times, the finished work looks nothing like the original writing. It’s still all part of the process of editing and revising. I know a few famous writers who are terrible at spelling, who don’t know how to use punctuation correctly, or who have awful grammar. It’s writers like this who give editors more work. Unfortunately, editors sometimes end up doing a great deal of writing, especially for writers who are prolific and have great story ideas but can’t seem to pick up the mechanics. In such cases, I often think the editor might as well be a co-author, or at least get paid incredibly well. As an English teacher, I try to make writing lessons as educational as possible, but don’t teach mechanics or grammar to high school or adult students because I expect that knowledge to be part of their arsenal. Writers who are insecure about their knowledge of grammar and mechanics of writing should take the initiative to brush up on this basic writing skill. Less experienced writers who truly want to improve their skill will look at everything their editors do to their work because that helps them understand what needs to be changed; editors can also provide them with notes, comments, and explanations for certain changes. Active revision involves writers understanding the reasons for changes, corrections, and suggestions. Even without brush-up lessons, novices can learn much from the process of revision. In fact, even before sending your work to an editor, you should do your own revisions, make corrections, clean up your writing as best you can. Do this and you will find yourself more conscious of your writing, familiar with the mistakes you make, and able to write better later on.

Need more writing tips? Visit The Writing Pool™ where you can read more about writing. You can also read about various aspects of writing at Creativity Unlimited .

Happy writing!






Commonwealth Short Story Prize: Shortlist Announced



Twenty-six “fresh and unexpected” stories make up the shortlist for this year’s Commonwealth Short Story Prize. In its fifth year, the prize is for the best piece of unpublished short fiction in English.

The shortlist covers a wide range of subject matter from rivalry between chefs, a community of puppeteers in Delhi, society and class in Jamaica to genocide and revenge, an advertising campaign for chewing gum in India, and the heartbreak of Alzheimers.

Chair of the judges, South African novelist and playwright Gillian Slovo, said of this year’s shortlist:

“As a novelist accustomed to the luxury of the long form it has been a treat to discover writers who manage to crystallise such different experiences into so few words.  The stories we have chosen for the shortlist are in turn comic, touching, poetic, mysterious but always fresh and unexpected.”

See the shortlist and read a passage from each of the twenty-six stories here.






You are cordially invited to attend the launch of the poetry book,

Memory Isle: Poems by Ferne Peake

Thursday, April 14 at 11:30 AM – 1 PM


The Carriage House

Beaconsfield Historic House, Charlottetown

Emcee: Hon. Marion Reid

RSVP Nancy Resnitzky



Open Mic at the Confederation Centre Public Library

April 14, 7 p.m. – Want to read your poetry or prose in a public venue… Join our Open Mic., share your love of poetry and prose by reading before a live audience.  Meet other writers in your area and find out about your local writing community. Not interested in speaking? Feel free to come along and listen.  Please keep speaking time to five minutes.  Sign up from 6:30 p.m. or telephone the library.





$2,400 in Prizes to be won!

Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize: Stories on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 20 pages.

Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest: Poems on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 4 pages. Maximum 150 lines. Entries might be one longer poem, or several shorter poems.

Deadlines: Fiction entries must be postmarked by June 1, 2016 and Poetry must be postmarked by June 30, 2016

For complete submission guidelines, please go to and click on contest.


Paul Vreeland’s Debut Novel

A friend confesses to you a crime he has committed. What do you do? What do you do when the crime is murder? And does it matter if the victim is someone you love? The ultimate question is this: Is it possible to lie to yourself? Paul Vreeland’s debut novel, I’ll Tell You One Thing is now available from Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions. Islanders can save shipping costs by ordering through the author. Check it out at


Open Invitation

The poetry engine awaits you at!

New poets are always welcome to submit a poem to this site, especially if they have never have done so before. The submission form —with complete guidelines and formatting tips—is at

Poets already on the site: remember that you are welcome to replace your existing poem with a new one at any time, provided at least three months have passed since your last update.




See more at


Field of Words Writing Competitions

The 2016 Flash Fiction and Short Story competitions (round One) are now open. Send us your best work!

Field of Words is dedicated to helping emerging writers grow. To this end, we now run international writing competitions in the categories of short fiction and flash fiction three times per year. All entrants must be aged 18 and over. Both categories offer cash prizes for the winner and runner-up.

The names and works of competition winners and runners up will be published on our Home page. The names and works of all monthly finalists will be regularly published on either our Short Story Competition Finalists page, or our Flash Fiction Competition Finalists page. The announcement of finalists is dependent upon the quality of work submitted. If stories do not meet the high standard expected of a competition finalist, then no finalists will be chosen for that month.

For more details and guidelines, please visit


Tethered By Letters

Tethered by Letters has launched a new Twitter micro fiction contest, #Blink! Stories must be 140 characters or less. A winner will be selected every two weeks. For more details, follow @TethrdbyLettrs and @FrictionSeries on Twitter.



We have five submission categories from which to choose, including our standard category (no reading fees and payment for accepted pieces is $700), and four contests (reading fees allow for 1st place prizes from $1,500 to $2,500). Contests vs. standards. Click on the names of the categories for details.

NOTE: There is always a one-week grace period after the deadline (last day of the month).

Very Short Fiction (1st place – $1,500): Welcome in January, April, July, and October.

Short Story Award for New Writers (1st place – $1,500): Welcome in February, May, August, November.

Fiction Open (1st place – $2,500): Welcome in June and December.

Family Matters (1st place – $1,500): Welcome in March and September.

Standard Category ($700): Welcome in January, May, September.


The Monthly Writing Contest

Here at Writing Maps we believe good writing should be encouraged, cherished, shared, and most importantly, published.

We hold a monthly Writing Maps Writing Contest to coincide with the launch each month of a new Writing Map product. We challenge you to write and share a 150-word piece in response to our Prompt of the Month.

Each month’s two winning entries will be published in The A3 Review, the new Writing Maps Journal, a fold-out literary magazine to be published every six months. The first issue appeared in September 2014. Winning entries will also receive free Writing Maps and contributor copies of The A3 Review.

To make sure you don’t miss future contests, you can sign up to our newsletter by clicking on this link. Follow us on Twitter for conversation, updates and inspiration.

The Rules:

  1. Entry is $5 (approx £3). Multiple entries accepted.
  2. Enter online through Submittable. Click here to enter.
  3. The contest closes at midnight (GMT) on the fourth Saturday of the month.
  4. Any entries submitted after the deadline will not be eligible.
  5. The Writing Maps Writing Contest is open to all writers over 16.
  6. There is no restriction on theme or style. We encourage prose, poems, prose poems, graphic stories and hybrid forms.
  7. Maximum number of words is 150.


For more details, please visit


Flash Fiction Competition

Now in its sixth year, this quarterly open-themed competition for fiction up to 500 words has closing dates of 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December.

Entry fee: £5 for one story, £8 for two stories

Prizes: £300 plus publication in Words with JAM, £200 and £100


The Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest: $1000 for one winning essay

We are interested in essays of any length, on any topic, in which the writer’s personal engagement with the topic provides the frame or through-line. There is no restriction on essay length or subject matter, but the author must be a Canadian citizen or resident.

We offer a $1,000 prize for the winning essay; all submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in the magazine.

Entry fee: $40 per submission. Each submission includes a one-year Canadian subscription (or subscription extension) to The New Quarterly

Deadline: March 28, 2015

For more details, please visit



Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award™

The purpose of the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award™ is to honor the best books readily available to a North American audience in any format within the past year. The categories include both fiction and nonfiction.

Any book-length work published for the first time in 2015 may be nominated for the 9th Annual Silver Falchion Award™.


Entries and nominees will be evaluated by judges, who will choose up to eight finalists in each of the following generic categories (full category guidelines here):

*Best Novel
*Best First Novel
*Best Nonfiction
*Best Young Adult
*Best Children’s
*Best Young Readers
*Best Anthology or Collection
*Best Book by a Conference Attendee

Finalists will be announced the beginning of August and winners will be chosen by 2016 Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference attendees and announced at the Killer Nashville Guest of Honor Dinner and Awards Banquet.


The deadline for entering the Silver Falchion Award™ is March 30, 2016.

For more details, please visit


9th Annual Killer Nashville
Silver Falchion Award™

The purpose of the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award™ is to honor the best books readily available to a North American audience in any format within the past year. The categories include both fiction and nonfiction.

The 9th Annual Silver Falchion Award™ will be awarded on August 20th, 2016.

Any book-length work published for the first time in 2015 may be nominated for the 9th Annual Silver Falchion Award™.

Entries and nominees will be evaluated by judges, who will choose up to eight finalists in each of the following generic categories (full category guidelines here):

  • Best Novel
    • Best First Novel
    • Best Nonfiction
    • Best Young Adult
    • Best Children’s
    • Best Young Readers
    • Best Anthology or Collection
    • Best Book by a Conference Attendee

Finalists will be announced the beginning of August and winners will be chosen by 2016 Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference attendees and announced at the Killer Nashville Guest of Honor Dinner and Awards Banquet.

The deadline for entering the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award™ is March 30, 2016.

For more details, please visit



The Fish Poetry Prize was established in 2006. This year’s judge, poet Dave Lordan, will be selecting the 10 poems to be published in the 2016 Fish Anthology. The anthology will be launched during the West Cork Literary Festival in July ’16.

Fish Anthologies containing the winning poems from previous poetry competitions.

Closes: 31 March 2016
Results: 15 May 2016
Judge: Dave Lordan
Max Length: 300 words


The Florida Review 2016 Editors’ Awards

The Florida Review is pleased to announce the guidelines for the 2016 Editors’ Awards in fiction, essay, and poetry. For more information, write

Deadline: Monday, March 31, 2016



  • First Place winner in each genre: Publication and $1000
  • One finalist in each genre: Publication
  • Entry fee of $15 includes a one-year subscription to The Florida Review
  • All submissions will be considered for publication
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine if withdrawn immediately upon acceptance elsewhere
  • Submissions accepted until midnight on March 31, 2016

For more details, please visit


Foley Poetry Contest

Poems are being accepted for the 2016 Foley Poetry Award.

Each entrant is asked to submit only one unpublished poem on any topic. The poem should be 30 lines or fewer and not under consideration elsewhere. Poems will not be returned. Poems should be sent in via Submittable, or postal mail.

Include contact information on the same page as the poem. Poems must be postmarked or sent in via Submittable between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2016. The winning poem will be published in the June 6-13, 2016 issue of America. Three runner-up poems will be published in subsequent issues.

Cash prize: $1,000

To send in poems through Submittable, go to

For poems submitted via postal mail, send to:

Foley Poetry Contest

America Magazine

106 West 56th Street

New York, NY 10019


Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Writing Competition

$15.00 USD

Ends on 3/31/2016

Carrot Ranch Communications and the Congress of Rough Writers invite you to participate in a flash fiction competition where everyone wins. “Four Paws for Noah” is a fundraiser for Noah Ainslie, a nine-year-old boy with Autism who is in the process of receiving a service dog. Appa, Noah’s dog friend, will ease Noah’s transitions from subject to subject, space to space and improve his access to the joys of childhood through anxiety intervention. All submission fees directly support Noah and Appa on their journey through a better life together. You can read more about this dynamic duo on their GoFundMe page.

The first prize winner of this competition will receive $250 to grease their pockets, publication on the Carrot Ranch Communications website as well as publication in the newly launched Carrot Ranch e-newsletter. Two runners up will also be selected for publication and public praise. Please use our Submittable, run by Noah ‘s mother, Shawna Ayoub Ainslie of The Honeyed Quill, to submit your original flash fiction stories should be 100-500 words each, related to the theme of “a boy’s dog.” $15 submission fee applies and you are welcome to submit more than once.

A panel comprised of Rough Writers will serve as judges in this endeavor, with Lead Buckaroo, Charli Mills, making the final selection. Winning piece will be the most uplifting story that expresses the prompt and the spirit of the fundraiser, within 100 to 500 words, and is an excellent example of flash fiction as a literary art (comprehensive, engaging, error-free).  PDF and docx files accepted. Please do not put any identifying information inside your document as judging will be blind. Cover letter optional. Submissions open November 5-March 31, 2016. Winner announced April 20, 2016.


Able in This Diverse Universe Essay Competition

$10.00 USD, $15.00 USD

Ends on 3/31/2016

Established essayist and word-mage Karrie Higgins invites you to participate in a nonfiction writing competition on the themes of ableism, disability, access and overcoming. All submissions fees benefit the training and care of Noah Ainslie’s future Autism service dog, Appa. This competition will also serve to raise awareness of invisible illness and ableist bias.

With Appa’s help, Noah will have access to the public spaces his anxiety prevents him from entering. More importantly, Noah will have a companion who loves him for who he is and does not judge his inability to conform to ableist public standards. To learn more about Noah, visit his GoFundMe page.

All entries are require a $10 submission fee which will directly benefit Noah and Appa. You are welcome to enter as many times as you want.

This competition will run from December , 2015 – March 31, 2016. Winners will be notified April 30, 2016.

Everyone who submits is a winner because participation positively impacts the life a little boy. However, the winning essayists will receive $250 cash, and publication on Karrie’s website, A True Testimony. Second and third place winners will also receive awards. 

As an added incentive, one random participant will be selected to receive consultation/feedback on a research-based personal essay of 20 pages with Karrie. This prize has an estimated worth of $350.


Metamorphose Novella Contest

Metamorphose is currently accepting submissions for our novella contest (20,000 to 40,000 words, sci-fi, fantasy). Metamorphose strives to publish emerging writers with engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh writing styles. One winner will be published in Metamorphose’s Anthology in the fall. All finalists will receive free professional tips on their submission and may considered for later publication. The prize for first place is $50 (USD) and publication in the anthology with potential for royalties. The winner will be announced publicly after April 15th, and featured on our website. Multiple entries accepted. International submissions welcome. Good luck to all our authors!
Opens: February 1
Deadline: March 31
Prize: $50 + royalties on anthology sales
Entry Fee: Free
For more details, please visit

Contact Info: Tammy Davies,


2016 Ghost Story Competition: open now!

If you fancy getting your 2016 off to a spooky start, you might like to know that this year’s ghost story competition is now open for entries.

The first prize this year is £500. Entry costs £8, and the deadline is midnight on 31st March. Word count should be between 1,000 and 7,000 words. Full details, along with the online entry form, are available on our website right here.

If you need inspiration, you can find our previous winners in the anthologies New Ghost Stories and New Ghost Stories II. If you’ve already read those, watch out for our next anthology, coming next month, which will contain the winning stories from 2015.

For more details, please visit…/ghost-story-competition.php


The Masters Review Anthology

$20.00 USD

Ends on 3/31/2016

Submissions are open from January 15, 2016 to March 31, 2016. This year stories will be selected by author Amy Hempel who will select ten winners from a shortlist of forty. This category is open to ALL EMERGING WRITERS. Anyone who has not yet published a novel at the time of submission.

Deadline for entry is March 31, 2016. The shortlist will announce on April 15, 2016 and winners will be announced no later than May 15, 2016. The book is published in the fall.

For more details, please visit



Entry fee: $5
Deadline: March 31, 2016

All Five Finalists Will Be Published Online in the
June 2016 Issue of Gemini.

We are open to ANY subject, style, genre or length. Stories
must be unpublished but work displayed on personal blogs is eligible.

Entries are read blind so EVERYONE gets an equal chance.
Both new and experienced writers have won our contests.
For more details, please visit


The  Nivalis Short Story Contest 2016

BEGINS9:00 a.m. Jan 01, 2016 (US Central time) 

ENDS11:59 p.m. Mar 31, 2016 (US Central time)

Nivalis 2016 is not theme bound. There is no restriction on genre either, and we are happy to read historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and horror. However, for consistency of presentation we cannot accept children’s stories, fantasy, young adult or chick lit; likewise hardcore science fiction is not something we are looking for, but are open to science based/alternative history based literary works. In case of doubt, it is best to query the editorial team before submitting.

For more details, please visit


The Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize

This poetry book series honors the memory of Richard Snyder (1925-1986), poet, fiction writer, playwright, and long-time professor of English at Ashland University. He served for fifteen years as English department chair, and in 1969 co-founded and served as co-editor of the Ashland Poetry Press. He was also co-founder of the creative writing major at Ashland University, one of the first at the undergraduate level in the country. In selecting manuscripts for this series, Ashland Poetry Press editors keep in mind Snyder’s tenacious dedication to craftsmanship and thematic integrity.

The Winner of the Snyder Prize Receives:

  • $1,000.00
  • publication of winning manuscript in a paperback edition
  • 50 copies of the published book (in lieu of royalties)
  • featured reading at Ashland University (optional)

For more details, please visit


Fall Lines – a literary convergence

Fall Lines – a literary convergence is a literary journal in its third year of publication based in Columbia, SC and presented by Jasper Magazine in partnership with the University of South Carolina Press, Muddy Ford Press, Richland Library and One Columbia for Arts and History.

With a single, annual publication, Fall Lines is distributed in lieu of Jasper Magazine’s regularly scheduled summer issue. Fall Lines will accept submissions of previously unpublished poetry, essays, short fiction, and flash fiction from February 1, 2016 through April 1, 2016. While the editors of Fall Lines hope to attract the work of writers and poets from the Carolinas and the Southeastern US, acceptance of work is not dependent upon residence.

Publication in Fall Lines will be determined by a panel of judges and accepted authors will be notified in May 2016, with a publication date in summer 2016. Accepted authors will receive two copies of the journal. Two $250 cash prizes, sponsored by the Richland Library Friends, will be awarded: The Saluda River Prize for Poetry and The Broad River Prize for Prose.

For more details, please visit


The Waterston Desert Writing Prize

The Waterston Desert Writing Prize (the Prize) was established in 2014 and inspired by author and poet Ellen Waterston’s love of the high desert of Central Oregon, a region that has been her muse for more than 30 years. The Prize provides financial and other support to writers whose work reflects a similar connection to the desert, recognizing the vital role deserts play worldwide in the ecosystem and the human narrative.


The Waterston Desert Writing Prize will recognize one writer with a $1,500 cash award, a reading and reception at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon, and a four-week residency at Playa at Summer Lake, Oregon. The award winner will be announced in June 2016.

Proposals can be submitted once each year beginning January 1 through April 1.

For details, please visit


2016 Frost Farm Prize for metrical poetry

The Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm in Derry, NH, and the Hyla Brook Poets invite submissions for the 6th Annual The Frost Farm Prize for metrical poetry. The winner receives $1,000, publication in Evansville Review and an invitation, with honorarium, to read in June 2016 as part of The Hyla Brook Reading Series at the Robert Frost Farm. The reading opens the Frost Farm Poetry Conference, which is devoted to metrical poetry. The winner also receives a scholarship to attend the conference.  We welcome international submissions (in English). Deadline is April 1, 2016.

For more details, please visit


Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Contest Opens: Aug 15, 2015

Deadline: Apr 01, 2016

Results Announced: Aug 15, 2016

Theme: Humor

Length Limit: Submit one poem only, with a maximum of 250 lines

Entry Fee: No fee


  • First Prize: $1,000
  • Second Prize: $250
  • Honorable Mentions: 10 awards of $100 each
  • Top 12 entries published online

For more details, please visit


A Room of Her Own Foundation

The deadline for the next To the Lighthouse & Clarissa Dalloway Book Prizes, judged by Alicia Ostriker and Kate Gale respectively, is April 1st, 2016.

For more details, please visit


Irish – Short Story Contest

Irish Network Mobile Bay and Rohm Literary Agency, in New York City, welcome all submissions to the Irish – Short Story Contest from writers over 21-years-old, and preferably from the US Gulf Coast region, for a chance to win an award worth $1,995.00.

The Irish – Short Story Contest winner receives the opportunity to work with NY Times best-selling authors and literary agent from Rohm Literary Agency at the Dublin Writers’ Retreat in Dublin Ireland  — July 25 – 29, 2016; hosted by our sponsor Rohm Literary Agency.

Writer’s submissions for the Irish – Short Story Contest are accepted between February  14, 2016 – April 3, 2016 and winners to be announced on April 27, 2016.  All stories must have 500- 1500 words with an Irish theme, or use the word Irish/Ireland 3 times, no matter whether it is fiction about fairies, hauntings, history, family, the country and etc.

There is a $15.00 writer’s submission fee, which will be used as the awards for 2nd and 3rd place winners.

For more details, please visit


Gulf Coast Prize

Deadline: April 9th, 2016
Awarding $6,000 in prizes to poets, essayists, and fiction writers, this year’s judges are Ayana Mathis (Fiction), David Shields (Nonfiction), and Rick Barot (Poetry)!

The contest awards publication and $1,500 each to the best poem, essay, and short story, as well as $250 to two honorable mentions in each genre. The winners will appear in Gulf Coast 29.1, due out in Fall 2016, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives. The $23 reading fee includes a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast.

We will accept submissions both via our Submittable page and via postal mail.

For more details, please visit


3rd Annual Rhyme On! Adult Poetry Writing Contest

The 2016 contest is now open!

We’re celebrating National Poetry Month this April with our third annual contest! You can submit your poem for the 2016 contest from March 1 to April 15.
Make sure you read the submission requirements before you get to work.

Need inspiration? Check out our list of poetry apps, or visit websites for poets. You can also enjoy the work of the 2015 Rhyme On! winners here.

Need answers to your questions? Check out our FAQs. RHYMING NOT REQUIRED!

What’s the prize?
First prize: $200               •                 Second prize: $100         •                Third prize: $50
Thanks to the Loudoun Library Foundation!
The top three and the honorable mentions will also receive the top poems in a book printed by the Symington Press.

For more details, please visit



Neutrino Short-Short Prize

Send us your best short-short fiction, nonfiction, hybrid essays, and prose poems under 1,000 words. Up to three shorts may be submitted in one document. All contest entrants will receive a complimentary copy of the contest issue, Passages North #38.

Prize: First place winners will be awarded $1000 and publication in Passages North. One or more honorable mentions may also be selected for publication.
Submission fee: $15
Contest deadline: April 15, 2016

For more details, please visit


Waasnode Fiction Prize

Send us your best fiction up to 10,000 words. All contest entrants will receive a complimentary copy of the contest issue, Passages North #38.

Prize: First place winners will be awarded $1000 and publication in Passages North. One or more honorable mentions may also be selected for publication.
Submission fee: $15
Contest deadline: April 15, 2016

For more details, please visit


The Cossack Review’s First Annual October Prizes

Entries open from February 1st, 2016 to April 30, 2016

Submissions for the October Prizes will be accepted via The Cossack Review’s Submittable page. We cannot accept entries by mail.

Poetry: Submit up to six poems.

Fiction: Submit one story (10,000 words maximum).

The $15 entry fee also pays for a copy of the Winter 2016 issue of The Cossack Review. Winners will be announced by 1 September 2016.

For more details, please visit


Dead Bison Editors’ Prize in Fiction

$15.00 USD

Ends on 4/30/2016

Submit up to 25 pages of fiction. We’re interested in both single stories and combinations of shorter pieces. That said, we’ll be judging the submission as a whole; multiple short-shorts must work together for the purpose of a singular effect, and won’t be judged one an individual basis.

For more details, please visit


Dead Bison Editors’ Prize in Nonfiction

$15.00 USD

Ends on 4/30/2016

Submit up to 25 pages of nonfiction. We’re interested in both individual pieces and combinations of shorter pieces. That said, we’ll be judging the submission as a whole; multiple short pieces must work together for the purpose of a singular effect, and won’t be judged on an individual basis.

For more details, please visit


Dead Bison Editors’ Prize in Poetry

$15.00 USD

Ends on 4/30/2016

Submit up to 10 pages of poetry. We’re interested in both single poems and combinations of poems. That said, we’ll be judging the submission as a whole; multiple poems must work together for the purpose of a singular effect, and won’t be judged one an individual basis.

For more details, please visit


Canadian Authors 2016 Literary Awards – Part 2

Entries are now being accepted for two additional 2016 award categories:

The CAA Emerging Writer Award is for a body of work by a Canadian author under 30 deemed to show exceptional promise. Nominees need not be published. The postmark deadline for this award is April 30, 2016.

The Canadian Authors Fred Kerner Book Award is a brand new award given exclusively to members. Any genre is eligible. The postmark deadline for this award is April 15, 2016.

For details and submission forms, go to our website at


2016 Norton Girault Literary Prize in Fiction

$10.00 USD

Ends on 4/15/2016

Old Dominion University’s MFA Creative Writing Program and Barely South Review are pleased to announce the 2016 Norton Girault Literary Prize in Fiction! Submit one previously unpublished short story of no more than 5,000 words via our Submittable portal on or before April 15th, 2016.

1st Prize will receive $500 and publication in Barely South Review.

2nd Prize will receive publication in Barely South Review.

For details, please visit


Spring 2016 Essay Contest

“In the Pink” $1000 Prize

Write an original essay between 500 and 1000 words, inspired by the photograph at left and the theme, “In the Pink” for an opportunity to win $1000 and publication.

Submissions may be a personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel piece, historical account, biography, or short story, as long as it creatively embodies the theme and photo. Please review our Submission Guidelines before submitting your manuscript. Entry Fee: $20 USD

Deadline: April 15, 2016

For more details, visit!contests/c1xh4


IAF 2016 Opening Line Competition Submission

Are you ready to enter our OPENING LINE competition?

Just submit the first line of your book or story (the first full sentence ONLY) to enter. You also have the option of entering a link to your book on the retailer of your choice.

The Opening Line competition opens at Midnight London time on the 16th March, and ends at 8am London Time on the 16th April 2016

The 10 entries that have the most votes at the close of the competition, will be submitted to our sponsor (The International Rubery Book Award) who will select one competition winner.

The winner will be announced at 10am London Time on the 16th April.

PRIZE FOR THIS COMPETITION: A Cash prize of £150 is being provided

For more details, please visit



$16.00 USD

Ends on 4/16/2016

Call for manuscripts

2016 new women’s voices series chapbook competition

Now in its 18th year!

A prize of $1,000 and publication for a chapbook-length poetry collection in perfect-bound print edition. Open to women who have never before published a full-length poetry collection. Previous chapbook publication does not disqualify. International entries are welcome. Multiple submissions are accepted.

Final judge: Leah Maines.

All entries will be considered for publication. The top-ten finalists will be offered publication in the New Women’s Voices Series.

For more details, please visit


Earth Day Short Fiction Contest

1,500-3,000 words

Sapiens Plurum’s latest literary challenge is to personalize the consequences of climate change so readers feel as well as know them. But stories must offer hope, at least a possibility, for without hope people rarely act. Your job, as author, is to inspire scientists and states-persons around the world to live up to the promise of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Stories that promote the Sapiens Plurum mission will receive higher rankings than others. This does not mean that stories should be saccharine, naive or pollyanna-ish, but they should be heroic, even if the hero or heroine has feet of clay.


For more details, please visit


2016 Bath Short Story Award

Welcome to the 2016 Bath Short Story Award. We invite local, national and international entries from published and unpublished writers.

Closing date: Monday, April 25th, 2016 at midnight BST

Entry fee: £8. Enter online or by post

Short stories of up to 2200 words in all genres, styles welcome.  No lower word limit. Check Rules for more information.

Shortlist Judge: BBC Radio 4 producer Mair Bosworth


  • 1st £1000
  • 2nd £200
  • 3rd £100
  • Local prize: £50 voucher
  • The Acorn Award for unpublished writers of fiction: £50

For more details, please visit


13th Annual NYC Midnight Screenwriting Challenge

The 13th Annual Screenwriting Challenge is a competition open to screenwriters around the world.  There are 3 rounds of competition.  In the 1st Round (April 29 – May 7), writers are placed randomly in heats and are assigned a genre, subject, and character assignment (see examples of past assignments here).  Writers have 8 days to write an original short screenplay no longer than 12 pages.  The judges choose a top 5 in each heat to advance to the 2nd Round (June 23-26) where writers receive new assignments, only this time they have just 3 days to write an 8 page (maximum) short screenplay.  Judges choose a top 5 in each heat from the 2nd Round to advance to the 3rd and final round of the competition where writers are challenged to write a 5 page (maximum) screenplay in just 24 hours (July 29-30).  A panel of judges review the final round screenplays and winners are selected to share in over thousands in cash and prizes.  Sound like fun?  Join the competition at


Metamorphose Short Story Contest

We are currently accepting short stories in the fantasy and science fiction genres ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words. The short story contest winner from each category will be published as the featured short story in Metamorphose’s Anthology in the fall. Four finalists will be considered for publication in the fall anthology. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome.
Opens: March 1
Deadline: April 30
Prize: $25 and publication in the anthology
Entry Fee: FREE
Contact Info: Tammy Davies,


Killer Nashville Claymore Award

Entry Fee: $30
Entry Fee with Critique: $50

What You Win

Over $3,000 in prizes, plus possible book advance, agent, and movie deal.

What Manuscripts Will be Considered

Enter the first 50 pages of your unpublished crime literature manuscript in the contest.

Judges will consider any subgenre of mystery or thriller, including political thriller, cozy, legal, police procedural, private eye, romantic suspense, paranormal mystery, and historical mystery.

Entry Deadline for the
2016 Killer Nashville  Claymore Award is April 30, 2016

Finalists for the Killer Nashville Claymore Award will be announced before the conference on August 18-21, 2016.


Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

Contest Opens: Oct 15, 2015

Deadline: Apr 30, 2016

Results Announced: Oct 15, 2016

Theme: All themes accepted

Length Limit: 6,000 words

Entry Fee: $18 per entry. Please submit entries one at a time.


  • FICTION: First Prize, $1,500
  • ESSAYS: First Prize, $1,500
  • 10 Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each (any category)
  • Top 12 entries published online

For more details, please visit


2016 Editor’s Reprint Award

$200 and publication in Sequestrum will be awarded to one previously-published piece of prose.

A minimum of one runner-up will receive $25 and publication. Finalists listed on the site.

Contest doors close April 30th 2016, dependent on submission volume.

  • As always, our first obligation is to giving every submission the time and consideration it deserves, and we reserve the right to close contest doors early in order to do so.
  • The short and long: Get your work polished and submitted and don’t dawdle about it.

Entry fee is $15.

For more details, please visit


Entry Deadline for the
2016 Claymore Award is April 30, 2016

What You Win

Over $3,000 in prizes, plus possible book advance, agent, and movie deal.

What Manuscripts Will be Considered

Enter the first 50 pages of your unpublished crime literature manuscript in the contest.

Judges will consider any subgenre of mystery or thriller, including political thriller, cozy, legal, police procedural, private eye, romantic suspense, paranormal mystery, and historical mystery.

For more details, please visit


The 2016 Shakespeare Selfie writing challenge for students


Write a modern-day soliloquy or monologue by a Shakespearean character. Your soliloquy should be based on a prominent news, pop culture or current affairs event from the last year (April 2015-April 2016). It can be in iambic pentameter or modern-day language.

You can write about one of the topics we’ve suggested below, or choose one of your own.


April 2016 (specific contest period to be announced).


Grades 7-9 and grades 10-12 students who are Canadian residents. (There are two separate age categories.)


200-400 words


There is an iPad mini for each category’s grand prize winner (grades 7-9 and 10-12).

For more details, please visit


2016 Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Awards

Winning entries will receive $200 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place and will be published in The Petigru Review. One contributor copy will be given to each author for winning entries.

The contest is open to anyone, from any country, anywhere in the world. However, entries must be written in English. (See Manuscript Formatting for more specifics)

Submissions open March 1 and close May 1 each year.

The Carrie McCray Awards will feature four genres: First Chapter of a Novel, Short Story, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry.

  • First Chapter of a Novel – 3,500 word limit
    • Fiction – word count limit 3,000 word limit
    • Creative Nonfiction – word count limit 3,000 word limit
    • Poetry – submit up to three (3) poems, not to exceed 80 lines in total

Winning entries will receive $200 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place and be published in The Petigru Review. One contributor copy will be given to each author for winning entries.

For more details, please visit


Magic of Memoir Call for Submissions


In this collection, we are asking writers to share their stories of hard-earned wisdom. We want to learn how you dealt with the inner critic, or the practical strategies that provided motivation to write about the dark times your story might have brought up. Share with us the lessons you  learned from the  mistakes you made on this journey, and how you overcame them. Tell us what inspired you, what kept you going, and most of all why you tackled the challenge of writing a memoir. For Magic of Memoir, editors Linda Joy Myers, President of the National Association of Memoir Writers, and Brooke Warner, Publisher of She Writes Press, are looking for a broad perspective and specific tips on the discipline and inspiration you used to write your memoir.

The top 18-20 submissions will be published in Magic of Memoir: Inspiration for the Writing Journey (She Writes Press, November 2016), edited by Linda Joy Myers, PhD, and Brooke Warner. The top three entries will receive prize money in the amounts of:

1st place: $400

2nd place: $200

3rd place: $100

Submissions deadline is May 1, 2016, and the submissions fee is $20.

For details, please visit


Far Horizons Awards

Prize money: $1000
Entries due every May 1 (emailed or postmarked)

As a complement to the Novella and Long Poem prizes, the Far Horizons Awards are short-form contests, with the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction given during odd years and the Far Horizons Award for Poetry in even. Only open to writers who have yet to publish in book form for the genre in question. Winning entries appear in the Autumn issue.


Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition

DEADLINE: May 6, 2016

Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years. Enter our 85th Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! The winning entries of this writing contest will also be on display in the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.

For more details, please visit


PLOUGHSHARES Emerging Writer’s Contest

The Emerging Writer’s Contest is currently accepting submissions until May 15, 2016 at noon EST.  Submit via our online submission manager.  You must be logged in to access this page. 

The Emerging Writer’s Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book. The winner in each genre will be awarded $1,000. Read past winners of the contest here.

The winning story, essay, and poems from the 2016 contest will be published in the Winter 2016-17 issue of Ploughshares, and each writer will receive $1,000.

For more details, please visit


23nd Annual
Deadline May 15, 2016

                                         Over $1,000 in prize money to be awarded

All DPF prize winners will receive a prize certificate suitable for framing, a ticket to the Dancing Poetry Festival 2016, and be invited to read their prize winning poem at the 2016 Dancing Poetry Festival at theFlorence Gould Theater at the Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco, CA.

Three Grand Prizes will receive $100 each plus the poems will be danced, and videotaped for the poet.  Each Grand Prize Winner will be invited onstage for photo ops with the dancers and a bow in the spot light.

Six First Prizes will receive $50 each
Twelve Second Prizes will receive $25 each
Thirty Third Prizes will receive $10 each

For more details, please visit



Deadline: May 16, 2016

For an upcoming issue, Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays about JOY.

Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1,000 for Best Essay and $500 for runner-up. All essays will be considered for publication in a special “Joy” issue of the magazine to be published in winter 2017.

For more details, please visit



The Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry began in 1983. The competition is open to all poets for a manuscript of original poetry in English. The winner receives $2000, and a reading tour of selected Florida colleges and universities.

  • February 15 to May 20 (postmark) each year
  • Submit via our Submittable page
  • Reading fee for each manuscript is $28
  • Manuscripts must be 48-80 pages, excluding front matter. They may be single- or double-spaced.

For more details, please visit


The Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award

-sponsored by the St. Jerome’s University English Department

Winning story: $1000

This contest is named in honour of Peter Hinchcliffe, who was instrumental in the founding of the magazine and has made an impact in the lives of many students in his longstanding role as lecturer at St. Jerome’s University.

The $1000 top prize will be awarded for a work of short fiction by a Canadian (citizen or resident) writer who has not yet published a first novel or short story collection.  Though there is only one top prize, all submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in the magazine.

Entry fee: $40 per submission. Each submission includes a one-year Canadian subscription (or subscription extension) to The New Quarterly

There is no word limit. Entrants’ anonymity will be carefully preserved throughout the judging process; please ensure that your name does not appear on your document. Decisions will be made by August 31; finalists will be notified by email.

Deadline: May 28, 2016

For more details, please visit


Hourglass Literary Magazine Contest

Hourglass Literary Magazine with the cooperation, support and patronage of Krajina klassBLC (Banjaluka College) and software company Literature and Latte, announces its maiden competition for:



  • The winning entry in each category (short story, essay and poem) will receive US$1000 as prize money, apart from a symbolic artifact (clepsydra), digital stamp and diploma.
  • Winning entries will be published in the first issue of the Hourglass Literary Magazine, in the original language (English / BCMS languages) and translated (BCMS/English).

Special Awards

  • The jury, comprising highly respected authors Sibelan Forrester, Jelena Lengold and John K. Cox has the right to give a special prize (US$ 500 for entry in each category).
  • Ten Finalists in each category will be published in the first issue of the literary magazine.
  • All published works will be financially compensated and finalists will be provided with one copy of the printed edition of the Hourglass Literary Magazine .

Scrivener Award

  • Special prize of the Literature and Latte – Scrivener Award – consisting of the three licensed software solutions “Scrivener”.
  • About Scrivener: Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.


…will be officially awarded in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Hercegovina (September 1, 2016). The event winners and finalists will be informed via e-mail/phone. If an author cannot attend the awards ceremony, sponsors of the contest will provide the video conference; funds will be paid via PayPal or bank transfer.

  • Final closing date: 11:59 P.M. May 31st 2016 (US Central time).

For more details, please visit


CBC Poetry Prize

WHAT: Submit your original, unpublished, poem or poetry collection. The entry must be between 400 and 600 words.

WHEN: Competition runs from April 1 to May 31.

WHO: All Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

HOW: While the competition is active, submit online by clicking the “submit” link below or, if you wish to submit by mail, you can download the submission form as of April 1, 2016.

A fee of $25.00 (taxes included) for administration purposes is required for each entry.

For more details, please visit


New Letters Prizes

$4,500 in awards for writers

Deadline: May 18, 2016

The $1,500 New Letters Prize for Poetry for the best group of three to six poems.

The $1,500 Dorothy Cappon Prize for Nonfiction for the best Essay.

The $1,500 Alexander Cappon Prize for Fiction for the best short story.

Upload your writing online by midnight Monday, May 18th. Entries sent after midnight May 18th cannot be considered or refunded. Please read guidelines carefully to insure best service.  For a printable version of the guidelines, click here.

Postmark by May 18, 2016.

For more details, please visit


The Arch & Bruce Foundation Playwriting Competition

The 2016 playwriting competition will be open to submissions from March 1 through May 31, 2016. All manuscripts must be electronically submitted and received by midnight on May 31. (No hard copies sent by postal mail will be accepted.)

Only full-length works (dramas, comedies, musicals, screenplays) will be considered. One entry per author, please. Scripts must be original and in English. All must concern lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or genderqueer life and be based on, or directly inspired by, a historical person, culture, work of art, or event.

There is no entry fee. Prizes are as follows: First Prize, $3,000; Second Prize, $1,500; Honorable Mentions, $500. Prizewinners will be announced before the end of the year.

For more details, please visit


8th CANADIAN STORIES Contest for Short Stories, Poetry,

and Black & White Art

A total of $2,700 in prize money will be awarded:
True Stories $350 The Bruno Penner Prize
Creative Non-Fiction  $350 The Marie Minaker/Beth Moore Prize
Fiction $350 The Ruth Zavitz Prize
Poetry $350 The Gary Miller Prize (judged by Dianne Ferris)
Canadian Essay $350 The Alvin Ens Prize
Lest We Forget $350 The Jeannie Parsons Prize
Black & White Line Art $350 The Harry Buller Prize (R&R Printing Plus)
“Wild Card” $200 The Krown Rust Prize)
First Honourable Mention $50 The Kay Parley Prize

NEWS: Deadline extended until June 1st, 2016! Notification approximately one month later.

For more details, please visit Winners will be published in the August 1, 2016 or October 1, 2016 issue of CANADIAN STORIES.


International Writing Competitions 2016

We are very pleased to announce our judges:
Poetry (now in its 10th year) Roger Elkin; 1st prize £300
Short stories Amanda Hodgkinson; 1st prize £300
Vignettes Ed Briggs; Winner: £50
One-act plays Gordon Simms; Winner: £100

Closing date for all competitions 15th June 2016

For more details, please visit


£5,000 Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2016

judged by jane yeh & glyn maxwell

prizes: 1st £5,000; 2nd £1,000; 3rd £500
first prize sponsored by cegin productions

plus (new!) £100 troubadour restaurant gift voucher
plus (new!) bottle of troubadour champagne (to be collected at troubadour coffee-house)
(both for poems from London & South-East)

plus 20 prizes of £25 each

plus an autumn 2016 coffee-house-poetry season-ticket
plus a prize-winners’ coffee-house poetry reading with jane yeh & glyn maxwell
on mon 31 oct 2016
…for all prize-winning poets

submissions, via e-mail or post, by tue 21 jun 2016

For more details, please visit


The 2016 May Sarton NH Poetry Prize is now open for submissions!

Deadline: June 30th 

Bauhan Publishing is pleased to announce our sixth annual May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize is now accepting submissions. The award goes to a book-length collection of poetry (50-80 pages).

The winning poet will receive $1,000, publication of their collection, and 100 copies of the published book along with distribution through the University Press of New England (UPNE). The cost for submission is $25 per manuscript. Entrants may submit multiple manuscripts.

For more details, please visit


Emerald Theater Company’s Out of the Closet Playwriting Contest

A liberating yet tense 10-minute play fest

Deadline: June 30, 2016

Scripts are being accepted in two categories: 
Category 1: An LGBT individual’s self-disclosure about their sexual orientation.
Category 2: Any interpretation of “Out of the Closet” literal or figurative.

For more details, please visit


2016 Banff Mountain Book Competition

As a key program of The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, the Banff Mountain Book Competition is an internationally recognized literary competition that celebrates mountain literature in all of its forms.

Over $16,000 in cash to be awarded with 7 awards selected by an international jury of writers, adventurers and editors.

View website for full details including criteria and selection process.

Entry deadline: June 30, 2016


Blue Mountain Arts

Announces Its Twenty-eighth Biannual Poetry Card Contest
Deadline: June 30, 2016
1st prize: $300 * 2nd prize: $150 * 3rd prize: $50

In addition, the winning poems will be displayed on our website

For more details, please visit


Cider Press Review Editors’ Prize

The annual Cider Press Review Editors’ Prize offers a $1,000 prize, publication, and 25 author’s copies of an author’s first or second book length collection of poetry. Author receives a standard publishing contract. Initial print run is not less than 1,000 copies. Cider Press accepts submissions for the Editors Prize  between April 1 and June 30 annually. For details, please visit


2016 NANO Prize

The 2016 NANO Prize, awarding publication and $1,000 to a previously unpublished work of fiction 300 words or fewer,
will open on March 1!

This year’s contest will be judged by Kellie Wells, and to celebrate NANO Fiction’s tenth birthday, the entry fee will only be $10 for up to three shorts. All entrants will receive issue 10.1 and winners will be announced in mid-August.

Deadline: July 1, 2016

Visit for more information on how to enter. 


Fourth Annual I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition!

It’s that time of year again: time to type up those travel articles, travel anecdotes and travel reflections. If it’s about travel, we want to read it. We want to read about that place that changed you. We want to read about the experiences you can’t wait to share with other travelers. Whether your work is humorous, informative, quirky or profound–we want to read it. We’re looking forward to your best writing.

  • The Top essays will be published at I Must Be Off! (Authors retain copyright.)
  • Second place prize: $50
  • First place prize: $200
  • Readers’ Choice Award ($50) based on unique hits and comments tallied on September 30.

Deadline for submissions: July 31, 2016

Send entries with a 50-word third-person bio to with the heading TRAVEL WRITING CONTEST.

For more details, please visit


Poetry & Politics Competition

By Holland Park Press:

We invite you to write a political poem

The theme of this poetry competition is poetry and politics, so in order to enter your poem it must be about any aspect of politics. Your poem can be about international politics or instead be about something political much closer to home.

The author of the winning poem will receive £200.

The winning poem and runners-up will be published in our online magazine.

You can send in your entries from 1 March and the competition closes on 31 August 2016 at midnight GMT.

For more details, please visit


The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Deadline: August 31, 2016

Now in its 10th year, the Award is an internationally renowned literary prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine. It is a fantastic opportunity for established and aspiring writers and poets to showcase their work to an international audience. Previous entrants have achieved further publication and wider recognition in the literary world.

  • £500 prize money for the Poetry winner
  • £500 prize money for the Short Fiction winner
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology
  • A selection of books from Vintage and Bloodaxe Books
  • One year print subscription to Granta
  • Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)
  • Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner)
  • A complimentary copy of the Anthology

For more details, please visit


Neil Postman Award for Metaphor

Rolling Deadline
(no fee)

Although primarily known as an educationist and a media critic, Neil Postman was, at his core, a “noticer”—and he particularly noticed what we do with metaphor and how metaphor shapes and creates our cognitive world. Postman maintained that words (and words, in truth, are metaphors) are as much the driver of reality as they are the vehicle. Consequently, metaphor was not a subject to be relegated and limited to high school poetry units wherein a teacher drones on about the difference between “like” and “as” and considers the job finished. For Postman, the study of metaphor was unending and metaphors were as crucial as they were omnipresent; they served to give form to and dictate experience.

In honor and remembrance of Neil Postman, who died on October 5, 2003, we have established the Neil Postman Award for Metaphor. The motivation for the award is simple and two-fold: To reward a given writer for his or her use of metaphor, and to celebrate (and hopefully propagate) Postman’s work and the typographical mind.

Each spring the editors will choose one poem from all of the submissions received by Rattle during the previous year. The author of the chosen poem will receive $500. There are no entry fees or special submission guidelines. Send up to 5 unpublished poems plus a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to: Rattle, 12411 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604. To browse previous winners, and for information on how to submit electronically, visit our website:


Nonfiction Book Awards

Welcome to the NEW Nonfiction Book Awards! As an extension of the Nonfiction Authors Association, we are committed to honoring excellence in nonfiction books and welcome submissions by self-published and traditionally published authors alike, in both print and ebook formats. Publishers are also welcome to submit books for award consideration.


– See more at:


The Thistle Dew Theatre & KTDT Dramady seeks plays for Stage and Radio


Call for play submissions: monologues, short plays, one act or full-length plays for stage and radio.

! Competition !

Monthly themed monologues and short plays needed.  On-going, no submission fee, no deadline.   This is a competition with one winner per production: $25.00.

Continuing call:   No fees… no deadlines….

Tales/Lies for THE LIAR’S LAIR


Zone 3 Nonfiction Award

Zone 3 is accepting submissions for its nonfiction contest. For online submissions, click here to complete the submission manager form, choose “Zone 3 Nonfiction Award” for your genre, and upload your essay. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. For paper submissions, submit one essay with SASE and $10 entry fee to: Zone 3, APSU, P.O. Box 4565, Clarksville, TN 37044. No deadline.  All entrants will receive a one-year subscription. The winner will be announced on our website. Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit


Zone 3 Fiction Award

Zone 3 is now accepting submissions for its twelfth annual fiction award. For online submissions, click here to complete the submission manager form, choose “Zone 3 Fiction Award” for your genre, and upload your story. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. For paper submissions, submit one story with SASE and $10 entry fee to: Zone 3, APSU, P.O. Box 4565, Clarksville, TN 37044. No deadline. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Zone 3. The winner will be announced on our website. Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit



Zone 3 Poetry Award

Zone 3 is now accepting submissions for its annual poetry award. Submit up to three poems via our online submissions manager. Click here to log in and upload your poems; choose “Zone 3 Poetry Award” for your genre. You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment. No deadline. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Zone 3. The winner will be announced on our website.  Prize: $250 and publication. For details, visit


Wielding Power Essay Writing Contests


Winner- The winner will have their answer published, receive ten free copies of the issue (pdfs), and $1000. There will be one winner.

Finalists- The finalists will be published and receive ten free copies of the issue (pdfs). There will be two finalists.


Who May Submit

Submissions are open to all US and Canada residents (except Quebec) above the age of 18. Submission is free. You may submit up to 10 entries per question. Submissions cannot be the work of multiple authors.


How and What to Submit

IMPORTANT: failure to adhere to the following may result in disqualification. See Official Rules for complete details.

  • All entries should be between 500 and 2000 words.
  • To ease reading and ensure uniformity of entries- please format your answer in 12pt Times New Roman, double spaced.
  • Please send your entries as a Microsoft Word or Google Document attachment to

For more information, visit

Ongoing deadlines.


The People’s Book Awards

Welcome to the people’s Book Awards where anyone can nominate or vote for titles available on the *Amazon sites worldwide, or support those important people who provide services to authors. Monthly winners.

The monthly and annual voting closes at 17:00 hours British Standard Time on the last day of each month and the votes of non-winning titles are carried forward, except in December. Monthly winning titles are taken out of the competition and will be returned in December if confirmed as a nomination for the Annual Awards by a direct message (DM) on Twitter or email to Each year the voting closes on December 31st following the Annual Awards and all votes are returned to zero for the coming year.

To learn more, visit


Orlando Prize

Braced and strung up by the present moment she was also strangely afraid, as if every time the gulf of time gaped and let a second through some unknown danger might come with it.  The tension was too relentless and too rigorous to be endured long without discomfort.
—Virginia Woolf, Orlando

Biannual Deadlines:  January and July 31

Poetry (36 lines)
Flash Fiction (500 words) 
Short Fiction & Creative Nonfiction (1500 words)

Submit Online

*Or download application form to submit and pay via post.

For more details, visit


Hillerman Prize

Sponsored by St. Martin’s Press and WORDHARVEST, the Tony Hillerman Prize is awarded annually for the best first mystery set in the Southwest. The winner receives a contract with St. Martin’s Press for publication of the novel and $10,000. Named after New Mexico’s best known mystery author, the Tony Hillerman Prize competition is open to any professional or non-professional writer who has never been the author of a published mystery, or under contract with a publisher for publication of a mystery. Murder or another serious crime or crimes must be at the heart of the story, with the emphasis on the solution rather than the details of the crime.

Only one manuscript entry is permitted per writer. All entries must be received or postmarked no later than June 1 of the given year. All manuscripts submitted: a) must be original works of book length (no less than 220 typewritten pages or approximately 60,000 words) written in the English language by the contestants; b) must not violate the rights of any third party, and c) must generally follow the guidelines.

For details, visit


Ekphrasis Prize for Poetry

Ekphrasis is a poetry journal looking for well-crafted poems, the main content of which addresses individual works from any artistic genre. Please identify the specific work that is the focus of your poem. Acceptable ekphrastic verse transcends mere description: it stands as transformative critical statement, an original gloss on the individual art piece it addresses.

All poems published in Ekphrasis within a given calendar year will be considered for the Ekphrasis Prize for Poetry.

The winning poem will be selected by the editors of Ekphrasis.

No entry fees are required and there is no self-nomination procedure for the prize.

For submission guidelines, visit



Under the auspices of the African Poetry Book Fund and in partnership with the literary journal, Prairie Schooner, is an annual award of USD $5,000. Named for the literary philanthropist Glenna Luschei, this Pan African Poetry Prize is the only one of its kind in the world and was established to promote African poetry written in English or in translation and to recognize a significant book published each year by an African poet.

Each year, the prize will be judged by an internationally renowned poet. This judge for the inaugural prize is Nigerian poet and novelist Chris Abani.

Manuscripts are accepted annually between May 1st and July 1st.

For details, visit


Bellevue Literary Review Prizes

The annual Bellevue Literary Review Prizes award outstanding writing related to themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. The contest is open each year from February 1 – July 1.

The winners of the 2014 prizes are Abby Horowitz for “Pediatricology” (fiction), Will McGrath for “Forty-One Months” (nonfiction), and Laurie Clements Lambeth for “Chronic Care: ‘Broken Leg’ by Keith Carter, Photograph” (poetry). Find out more.

Contest guidelines

See more at:


Big Break Screenwriting Contest Now Open!

  • Enter your screenplay or TV script by July 15, 2016 and launch your career
  • 11 Feature Genre and TV Format Winners share over $80,000 in cash and prizes, including The Final Draft/New York Film Academy Fellowship in Writing for Film & Television
  • Two Grand Prize Award Winners are flown to Hollywood for a series of meetings and networking with industry professionals
  • Join past winners who scored representation with A-list executives and have seen their scripts optioned, sold, and produced

Early bird deadline: Feb. 29, 2016

For more details, please visit


Diana Woods Memorial (DWM) Award

Creative nonfiction authors are invited to submit an essay of up to 5,000 words on the subject of their choice to be considered for the Diana Woods Memorial (DWM) Award in creative nonfiction. Winners will receive $250 and their work will be featured in the next issue of Lunch Ticket. Each award recipient must submit a 100-word biography, current photo, and send a brief note of thanks to the Woods’ family.

For more details and to submit, visit

The reading period for the award will be the month of February for the issue that publishes in June, and the month of August for the issue that publishes in December. Please note that previously published work will not be accepted.


L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest

  • PRIZES EVERY THREE MONTHS: $1,000, $750, $500

There shall be three cash prizes in each quarter: a First Prize of $1,000, a Second Prize of $750, and a Third Prize of $500, in US dollars. In addition, at the end of the year the winners will have their entries rejudged, and a Grand Prize winner shall be determined and receive an additional $5,000. All winners will also receive trophies.

The Contest has four quarters, beginning on October 1, January 1, April 1 and July 1. The year will end on September 30. To be eligible for judging in its quarter, an entry must be postmarked or received electronically no later than midnight on the last day of the quarter. (Deadlines: December 31, March 31, June 30, September 30). Late entries will be included in the following quarter and the Contest Administration will so notify the entrant.





Indie Author Fringe News

We’re on the last leg of the countdown until we host our first Indie Author Fringe conference of 2016. It is taking place on Friday April 15th – and Orna Ross will be opening the event at 10am London Time, with a brief intro of what to expect.

This fringe event to London Book Fair is part of London Book & Screen Week, and we have an amazing line up of indie authors and self-publishing experts waiting to share their knowledge and expertise with you on the day.

Our Opening Line competition has lots of entries already, but it’s FREE to Enter and there’s still time for you to enter your Opening Line for a chance to win a cash prize.

Want to know what we have in store for you? Sign up to register for our Indie Author Fringe event to receive the updates.


Non-Fiction Authors Association Upcoming Teleseminars

April 13, 2016 at 10 am – Jody Rein on Pitches and Proposals: Tips for getting the attention of agents and editors

April 27, 2016 at 10 am – Raleigh Pinskey on How to Craft Great Media Pitches

Nonfiction Writers Conference Returns May 4-6, 2016 

May 18, 2016 at 10 am – Stephanie Barko on How to Obtain Endorsements for Your Book

June 8, 2016 at 10 am – Brooke Warner on Publishing Industry Secrets to Self-Publishing Success

See more upcoming events here.


The 6th Annual Nonfiction Writers Conference Returns May 4-6, 2016!

There is still time to register!!!

NFWC is completely virtual–with 15 sessions over three days, all delivered via teleseminar (phone or Skype). No travel required!

Check out our awesome speaker line-up:

  • Pat Flynn – Passive Income for Authors
  • Mark Schaefer – Author Branding: Become the Taylor Swift of Publishing!
  • Jody Rein – How to Get a Book Deal: A Literary Agent’s Perspective
  • Patrick Schwerdtfeger – Keynote Mastery: Become a Highly-Paid Speaker
  • Nathan Munier – Find Success and Profits with Shorter Ebooks and Online Courses
  • MJ Rose – Author Buzz: Book Reviews and Online Promotion Strategies
  • Gina Carr – Periscope, Blab and Other Social Media Trends
  • Stephanie Chandler – Marketing And Monetizing: Online Promotion and Revenue Streams for Authors
  • Ray Ortega – How to Start and Promote a Podcast
  • Penny Sansevieri – Sell More Books on Amazon
  • Shelley Hitz – Improve Your Writing Productivity: Write More, Faster!
  • Marika Flatt – Winning Book Publicity Strategies
  • Dennis Yu – Facebook Advertising that Works
  • Helen Sedwick – Protecting Your Rights and Your Wallet: Copyright, Trademarks and Other Legal Details for Authors
  • Angela Bole – Self-Publishing Options

New for NFWC 2016: Pitch the Agents!

We’ve assembled a power panel of literary agents who work with nonfiction and they are anxiously awaiting your queries!

Join Us for a Game-Changing Event

No matter where you are in the process, whether you’re writing your first manuscript or you already have several books to your credit, we promise you’ll find tremendous value in the sessions we’ve lined up for you.

If you want to learn new book marketing strategies, add revenue streams to your author business, become a keynote speaker and get recognized as an authority in your field, the 6th annual Nonfiction Writers Conference is the event for you!

Registration Bonus (Don’t miss this!)

When you register for NFWC 2016, you can immediately download THREE bonus recordings from past NFWC events:

  • Mark Coker – Hot Promotion Strategy: Sell Ebook Preorders
  • Dan Poynter – Aiming at Potential Readers
  • Stephanie Chandler – Build Your Online Book Marketing Plan


(HURRY! Discount expires Sunday 4/10/16 at midnight)

Click here to register for NFWC 2016 today!


River Teeth Nonfiction Conference

The River Teeth Nonfiction Conference is pleased to announce Dinty W. Moore and Elena Passarello as the 2016 featured presenters!

The tentative dates for next year’s conference are June 3-5, 2016.


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