TWP Weekly Writing Post™ 2017 Apr 30 Edition



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“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”
Frank Herbert



When you write a story, you’re not necessarily writing the beginning and ending of everything in the story. You’re just writing that part of the story that might be of greatest interest to your readers. You’re like an artist who steps into a scene and paints exactly what can be seen at a particular moment in time. Drama uses a perfectly apt metaphor: a slice of life. What any reader encounters in a story is just what a viewer would witness in a play or television series or movie. You see a slice of life. One segment at a particular point in time. That moment might reveal a great deal about your characters and it might not. That moment will let you see, hear, even feel what your characters experience then. How long your story is and how much time it covers in your characters’ lives is the exact breadth and depth of your opportunity to reveal what you want to about your characters, their lives, their problems, what actions they take to move on or not. If your characters were living, breathing beings, they would have lived long before your story takes place and they will continue to live (unless you kill them) after your story ends. Your ability to make their stories captivating and intriguing is what creates the possibility of continuing your story in a series, which is giving your readers a different slice of life each time. Even if you were writing a historical account or a biography, there are more things not included than there are included in the story you write. Your job, as a writer, is to decide what to put in, how much to put in, and where to start and stop that story.

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Happy writing!






Reading Town PEI #ilovePEIstories Contest

Do you love spending some time over the weekend curled up with a book? Us too! So, we thought we would have a little contest to celebrate reading and the weekend! We’ll be drawing a name every Friday from now until May 5th. So, show us your books! Show us your nooks! What are you reading? Where are you reading it? What’s your favourite book? Where do your books live? We want to see it all. Send us a #shelfie of you in front of your bookshelf or a snap of your favourite stack (of books) and use #ilovePEIstories for your chance to win lots of awesome, inspiring, local goodies! #RTPEI2017



From April 29th to May 06th 2017 Reading Town PEI will turn PEI into a Reading Island and we invite you to join us! Those who register by February 27th will be entered for a chance to win an inspiring package full of local goodies!

Reading Town PEI is a week-long festival that works to inspire curiosity about the stories and storytellers that shape our community, recognize the accomplishments of our artists, educators and literacy champions and integrate reading into the everyday life of Islanders.

Reading Town PEI will be presenting an inspiring line-up of affordable, diverse, and fun signature events and we encourage the community to participate in the celebration!

You can get involved by organizing a “reading event” or activity and register the activity as part of our festival. We have many “reading event” ideas on our website: Our mission is to celebrate the reading lives of Islanders in its many manifestations!

Please remember to:

  1.  Register your event or activity for a chance to win our registration contest by February 27th, 2017. You may register after this date but are not eligible to win.
  2. Hold your event or activity during the week of April 29th – May 6th, 2017.
  3. Take photos during your event and email them to

More details available on our website:


Fishbane Book Launch

Melanie Fishbane will launch her young adult novel, Maud: A Novel Inspired by the Life

of L.M. Montgomery, about the teen years of L.M. Montgomery Confederation Centre

Public Library Thursday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. Fourteen-year-old Lucy Maud Montgomery –

Maud to her friends – has a dream: to go to college and become a writer, just like her idol, Louisa May Alcott. But living with her grandparents on Prince Edward Island, she worries that this dream will never come true. Her grandfather has strong opinions about a woman’s place in the world, and they do not include spending good money on college. Luckily, she has a teacher to believe in her, and good friends to support her, including Nate, the Baptist minister’s stepson and the smartest boy in the class. If only he weren’t a Baptist; her Presbyterian grandparents would never approve. Then again, Maud isn’t sure she wants to settle down with a boy – her dreams of being a writer are much more important. But life changes for Maud when she goes out West to live with her father and his new wife and daughter. Her new home offers her another chance at love, as well as attending school, but tensions increase as Maud discovers her stepmother’s plans for her, which threaten Maud’s future – and her happiness forever.


Rudy Croken Book Launch

Rudy Croken will launch his book, “Ban the Automobile: Instrument of Death” Saturday, May 6 at 2:00 p.m. at the Confederation Centre Public Library. Croken’s book, told through the voices and letters of Island politicians and every day Islanders, traces the story of the automobile from its arrival on the Island until it was fully recognized and granted the “Freedom of the Roads.”


30th Cox and Palmer Island Literary Awards

The P.E.I. Writers’ Guild is thrilled to celebrate the 30th Cox and Palmer Island Literary Awards on Saturday, May 6, from 7-10 p.m. Prize winners will be revealed during gala ceremonies at The Mack theatre in Charlottetown.

Presentations will include the following honours:
• Milton Acorn Poetry Awards
• Maritime Electric Short Story Awards
• L.M. Montgomery* P.E.I. Literature for Children Awards
• Creative Non-Fiction Awards
• Marie Coyoteblanc Award for Indigenous Writing
• Réshard Gool Award
• Joseph Sherman Award
• Reading Champion Award
• Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts of P.E.I.

The awards represent the penultimate event of the Reading Town P.E.I. festival. In addition to awards presentations, the evening will include musical performances and the launch of the video series Honouring Literary Legends.

Tickets to the gala are free, but seating is limited.

Tickets are available at:

*L.M. Montgomery is a trademark of the Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Inc.


Open Mic @ Confederation Centre Public Library

Thursday, May 11, 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 or telephone the library.


Reading by Cousins at Library

Author reading with John Cousins, author of “New London: The Lost Dream, the Quaker

Settlement on PEI’s North Shore 1773-1795,” shortlisted for the 2017 Democracy 250

Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing – Confederation Centre Public Library,

Saturday, May 13, 2:00 p.m.

In 1773, a wealthy Quaker merchant from London, England named Robert Clark launched an ambitious, idealistic settlement at the entrance to New London Bay on Prince Edward Island’s north shore, at what is today the end of the Cape Road in French River. Drawing upon fresh resources and squeezing insight from existing accounts, author John Cousins delivers this remarkable piece of Island history, little known until now.


Money Anthology

Editors Aaron Giovannone and Naomi K. Lewis are collecting poetry and creative non-fiction for an anthology about money. “Literature often pretends to transcend the material conditions of life, but let’s talk cash: having it, not having it, owing it, wanting it, needing it, fear of losing it, the things we do for it, and the ways it changes us.” They’ll accept non-fiction pieces of up to 5,000 words or up to five poems (no fiction, unfortunately). Submissions are due by May 31.

For more information, contact


The Insider’s Guide to Writing and Publishing for Young Readers Summer Workshop in Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Type: Two-Day Workshop          

Dates: July 13-15, 2017        

Location: University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Workshop Fees: Regular Rate: $300, plus 15% PEI HST; Seniors (65+) & Students: $250, plus 15% PEI HST

Presented by Humber College and the University of Prince Edward Island, through the generous support of the Access Copyright Foundation, The Insider’s Guide to Writing and Publishing for Young Readers is an intensive workshop for writers of young adult and children’s literature. No matter what stage of writing you’re at – from concept to first draft or beyond – here’s the lowdown on the world of publishing and self-publishing. Led by Cynthia Good and Rick Wilks, two of the most experienced professionals in the business, this workshop, held in in beautiful Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, is full of practical suggestions and writing inspiration.

For more details, please visit




Cargo Lit Submissions

Hey all you lovers of travel and passion and adventure, Cargo’s reading period is open for Issue 6, due out next month. Whether it’s a photo you took, an experience you want to share, or a piece of art you created inspired by your place in a new world, we at Cargo Lit want to hear about it.

Don’t forget we are always looking for portrait shots for our covers – your photo or art could make the next cover of Cargo.

To drop your submission in our box, follow the links here through Submittable:

We are waiting for you!

the cargo team


Writer in Residence – Call for Expressions of Interest 2017

Do you write romance novels and short stories? Vancouver, B.C., is the perfect setting for writing your next romantic masterpiece. Spend the coziest days of fall surrounded by mountain views and water vistas while ensconced in a beautiful library full of surprises and opportunities guaranteed to spark your creativity. Enjoy four months writing in Vancouver, home to a remarkable natural environment and a lively cultural community.

Vancouver Public Library will host a resident romance author between Aug. 28 and Dec. 15, 2017. The Writer in Residence program promotes Canadian writing and literature to Vancouver citizens. The aims of the residency are to foster greater public appreciation for Canadian writing, provide opportunities to interact with the resident author and to provide the space, time and resources for a Canadian author to write.

For more details, please visit


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



Writers from around the world can submit stories for free in several fiction and nonfiction genres while readers across the world vote on those stories using our easy and fun to use proprietary blockbuster story potential™ voting algorithm. All winning stories receive a pedigree building publishing deal represented by WBS Entertainment Inc.

For details, please visit


Tethered By Letters

The Spring 2017 contests are now open for submissions!


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.


For details, please visit



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

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


2017 Publishizer Book Proposal Contests

Reading is food for the heart, mind and soul. Here at Publishizer, we’re passionate about finding and helping more authors get their books published. We strongly believe that there is an urgent need for more book diversity, so we’re proud to be hosting bi-monthly themed book proposal contests in 2017.

There are no entry fees or purchases required to join. For a chance to land a publisher for your book and a shot at the US$2000 cash prize for each contest:

  • Write a compelling 1000-word book proposal based on an unpublished book idea
  • Submit the proposal within the appropriate contest category for approval
  • Launch your campaign within the contest month to be entered into the 45-day book proposal contest

The campaign with the highest number of pre-orders for each contest wins US$2000, though every author that successfully launches a campaign on Publishizer has a chance to get published! Needless to say, the more pre-orders you get, the more publishers will express an interested in acquiring your book.

For details, please visit



WOW! hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months, and has done so since 2006. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, great writing, and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles and genres of flash fiction, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season (upper right hand corner) if you are serious about winning. Please make sure you download our Contest Terms & Conditions PDF below for complete guidelines. Get creative, and let’s have some fun! We look forward to reading your work!


Maximum: 750
Minimum: 250

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



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

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

Click to Download the SPRING 2017 FLASH FICTION Contest Terms & Conditions PDF


FALL: September – November 30th 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – CLOSED
WINTER: December – February 28th, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – CLOSED
SPRING: March – May 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – NOW OPEN!
SUMMER: June – August 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – CLOSED

ENTRY FEE: $10.00


Lake Superior State University Short Story Prize for High School Students.

$1,000 scholarship to Lake Superior State University or a $500 cash prize for previously unpublished short stories by high school students in the US or Canada. Winning story will be published in LSSU’s literary journal, Border Crossing. This year’s theme is realistic fiction (i.e., stories that take place in the real world). Due April 30. For more details, please visit

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: up to $150 and publication in the anthology
Entry Fee: $5
Contact Info: Tammy Davies,


Editor’s Reprint Award: Fiction and Nonfiction

Every issue of Sequestrum features the best creative writing of today. And once a year, our Editor’s Reprint Award features the best creative writing of yesterday.

Editor’s Reprint Award Details:

  • $200 and publication in Sequestrum will be awarded to one previously-published piece of fiction or nonfiction.
  • A minimum of one runner-up will receive $25 and publication. Finalists listed on the site.
  • Contest doors close April 30th 2017, 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.
  • Winners announced in August. Publication in our Winter’17 Issue.

For more details, please visit


2017 Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry

Submission period:  January 1 — April 30 (postmark or online submission-date)
Final Judge:  Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Prize:  $3,000

The Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry includes a cash award of $3,000 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 20 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. Manuscripts are judged anonymously and all finalists will be considered for publication. Please read the complete guidelines before submitting your manuscript.


A reading fee of $28 (U.S.) must accompany each submission.

For more details, please visit


Friends of Falun Gong Poetry Contest

This contest is an excellent opportunity for those who have never encountered Falun Gong before to research and learn about it, and through poetry, raise awareness among others who have not heard about the practice and its persecution in China.

Submit one or two poems of no more than 50 lines each. Poems must encompass at least one of the following themes:

  1. Advocate for Falun Gong practitioner’s fundamental human rights.
  2. Expose the crimes against Falun Gong perpetrated by the Chinese Communist Party.
  3. Share in the beauty, peacefulness and good nature of Falun Gong.

Traditional poetry with rhyme and meter is recommended but all styles and forms are welcomed. No profanity please. Poems should be submitted as a word file or PDF file to by April 30, 2017, midnight EST.

Winners will be announced on May 13, 2017 in honor of World Falun Dafa Day. Poems will be judged by a panel chosen by FoFG, which will include Evan Mantyk, President of The Society of Classical Poets. The poet must indicate if he or she is an undergraduate college student, or high school student to be considered for respective awards. There is no Submission Fee.

For more details, please visit


Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

Welcome to the 25th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $4,000 in prizes.

Please submit during October 15, 2016-April 30, 2017. We will award $1,500 each for the top story and the top essay. Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each (any category). The top 12 entries will be published online. Judge: Judy Juanita, assisted by Lauren Singer. Please submit as many stories and essays as you like. All themes accepted. Entries may be published or unpublished. Length limit: 6,000 words. No restrictions on age or country. Fee: $18 per entry. The results of our 25th annual contest will be announced on October 15, 2017.

For more details, please visit


Hourglass Literary Magazine Writing Competitions

At the confluence of the West and the East, Hourglass Literary Magazine proudly announces its second international writing competition for:

  • Best Short Story
  • Best Poem
  • Best Essay
  • Final closing date: 11:59 P.M. April 30, 2017 (US Central time).
  • Jury/Judges: SibelanForrester, Jelena Lengold and John K. Cox.
  • The competition is internationaland is open to all authors writing in English or any of the BCMS languages (comprising Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Montenegrin.)
  • There are no theme, or genrelimitations and boundaries.
  • Work must beoriginal and unpublished.
  • One author can compete in all categories, for all three awards respectively.
  • Multiple submissions are allowed (as well as simultaneous submissions).

For more details, please visit


Alpine Fellowship Playwriting Prize

Aimed at encouraging theatre writers at the start of their careers to explore and challenge philosophical ideas using the dramatic form. The prize will be £3000 plus a rehearsed reading at the Fellowship’s annual Symposium on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice.

Requirements: A dialogue sample of at least 10 pages (a previous play is fine) sent to the e-mail address below, with the subject line ‘Playwriting prize’

A brief proposal of the writer’s intended treatment of the year’s theme (2 pages max, a single paragraph is fine).

Both of these must be submitted by April 30th. The Prize is open to anyone above 18 years of age.

Deadline: April 30th 2017

Delivery of work: July 20th

Symposium: August 24-27, 2017.

Entries to:

For more details please visit


Mother’s Day 2017 Essay Contest

This year for Mother’s Day, in honor of the strength and commitment mothers provide for their children and families, Swift River and Shame Kills are proud to sponsor the “My Mother, My Hero” essay contest with a $200 prize for the winning essay!

In the world of addiction, it is often the families who help pull a loved one out of the clutches of substance abuse. It’s through their support that many people find healing, and quite often it is a mom (or a mother figure) who is always there in a time of need. Of course, it’s also likely that a mom has been hurt most in watching her child suffer the pain of addiction, which doesn’t just affect the addict, it touches everyone in their life.

In 250 words or less, tell us why your mother is your hero.

Deadline: May 1, 2017

For more details, please visit


Readers Favorite Annual Book Award Contest

Become an award-winning author! Book awards grab the attention of bookstores, publishers, libraries and readers, which can translate into increased sales. As an award winner, you will be able to add your Readers’ Favorite award seal to your book and all other marketing materials as well as identify your book as an “award-winning book” and you as an “award-winning author.”

We accept manuscripts, published and unpublished books, eBooks, audiobooks, comic books, poetry books and short stories in 100+ genres. We do not have a word count restriction or a publication date requirement, which means it does not matter when or if your book was published. We are an international competition, but your work must be in English.

Deadline: May 1, 2017

For more details, please visit


2017 curt johnson prose awards

Submissions are OPEN – March 1 to May 1, 2017.

We are pleased to announce Lily King (Fiction) and Roxane Gay (Nonfiction) will judge our 2017 Curt Johnson Prose Awards. $1,500 and publication in our Fall/Winter 2017 issue for First Place (fiction and nonfiction); $500 and publication in our Fall/Winter 2017 issue for honorable mention (fiction and nonfiction).

Maximum of 8,000 words for fiction and non-fiction.  Name and address on cover letter only.  $20 entry fee includes copy of Awards issue.

For more details, please visit


Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize

Awarded for the best piece of writing in response to the theme of the Alpine Fellowship Annual Symposium. The winner and two runners up are invited to attend the Venice symposium. Winner receives £3000 cash prize and is presented with the award by the poet John Burnside.


Open to all nationalities


Deadline: May 1st 2017

Entries to:

For more details, please visit



  • Stories can be on any theme or subject but must be original and written in English. They must also be for adult or young adult readers. Non-fiction and fiction written for children under 13 years is not eligible. Entrants must be 16 years or over.
  • Maximum length is 2,200 words. Entries should be typed, double or 1.5 spaced, in a plain legible font (Pt 12).  Each page should be numbered but carry no personal details about the author. Online entries are sent as email attachments. The file name must be the title of your story. (If your story is untitled, the file name must be the first five words of the story). Postal entries should be on A4, single-sided and paper-clipped together.
  • Closing date for receipt of entries is Monday, May 1st 2017 at Midnight BST
  • Entries can be made online or by post (details on the entry page) and are open to everyone (locally/nationally or internationally). There is no limit to the number of entries but there is a fee of £8 for each story submitted.  Stories submitted online must be paid for via PayPal on the entry page.


Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites emerging short-story writers from Canada and abroad to enter the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction.

Eligible authors have yet to publish their fiction in book form (a book is defined to have a length of 48 pages or more). Publication in literary magazines is acceptable. One prize of $1,000 (CAD) is awarded.

Deadline: May 1, 2017

For more details, please visit


2017 Kindle Book Award

WHEN: Registration Starts Feb. 1, 2017. Ends May 1, 2017

WHO: Any Independent and Small Press Author.

WHAT: Books published on Amazon between May 1, 2015 – May 1, 2017 (Must have Amazon Link to qualify).

MINIMUM WORD COUNT: 25K words (to allow for novellas in all categories)

COST: $29

HOW: Click the BIG RED “REGISTER” button or click here.

For more details, please visit


William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition

The William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition is sponsored annually by The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, Inc, a non-profit literary and educational organization. The 2017 deadline is May 1. Winners will be formally presented at the annual meeting of the Society, Faulkner for All, during Words & Music, A Literary Feast in New Orleans, taking place this year December 6-10, 2017.


A list of manuscripts which have been designated finalists and semi-finalists will be posted on the website on or about August 1, 2017.  Winners will be notified on September 25th, William Faulkner’s birthday, leaving plenty of time for winners to make plans to be present to receive their awards.


For more details, please visit


The Man in the Hat Competition


1st Prize: £500.00
2nd Prize: £300.00
3rd Prize: £200.00

Closing date: May 15th 2017


Entry fee: £3.50 or FREE to Write, Learn and Publish members

For our latest writing competition, you must use the photo depicted here, and base your story around this character. Who is he? What is he up to? It’s up to you. You have just 1000 words or less including the title. We welcome creative interpretations of the theme. Just bring your story and characters to life. You don’t have to use the photo depicted here.

You have 1000 words or less including the title – which should be The Man in the Hat.


Find out more or enter HERE or visit


Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest

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 $2,000. Read past winners of the contest here. To submit to the Emerging Writer’s Contest, please visit our submission manager.

The 2017 contest judges are Garth Greenwell (fiction), Meghan Daum (nonfiction), and Natalie Diaz (poetry).

The winning story, essay, and poems from the 2017 contest will be published in the Winter 2017-18 issue of Ploughshares, and each writer will receive $2,000.

The contest opens March 1, 2017 at noon EST and closes May 15, 2017 at noon EST. We will announce winners in mid-September, 2017.

Fiction and Nonfiction: Under 6,000 words
Poetry: 3-5 pages

For more details, please visit


Canadian Stories Contest

The 2017 edition of the is open for submissions. Check out for an overview of categories, and prizes to be won.

There is a $20 entry fee. The deadline is May 15, 2017. Notification approximately one month later.


Palooka Press Chapbook Contest

$10.00 USD

About Palooka Press

The press was founded to offer an opportunity to writers seeking a home for shorter manuscripts.
How It Works

We take great pride in reading every word and giving each manuscript its due attention. We consider manuscripts of all types, styles, and genres and aren’t looking for a particular aesthetic. We’ll give anything a fair chance. Please send your best fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic narrative, or hybrid genres. Manuscripts should be roughly 35-50 pages, but we’re flexible. The $10 entry fee comes with an electronic issue of Palooka.

The Winner Receives…

*Publication by Palooka Press (a perfect-bound book with a glossy color cover)
*$200 honorarium
*20 free copies of the book
*A bio and photo featured on our website
*Chapbook will be sent out for review and promotion
Deadline: May 15, 2017


C.G. Jung Society of St. Louis Writing Contest

Memories, Dreams, Sensualities:

The theme of our contest and our 2017 conference is Memories, Dreams, Sensualities. Both contest and conference offer an opportunity to join in community through the sharing of how Jungian ideas unfold in our lived experience. We are looking for personal essays that add something unique to the conversation. We would love to read about a significant dream, memory, or sensual experience that led you down an interesting path.

Winners will have the opportunity to read their essays at our conference, Jung in the Heartland: Memories, Dreams Sensualities, October 2017.


Winning essays will be published on our website.

1st Prize: $1000
2nd Prize: $500
3rd Prize: $250

Inquiries may be sent to

Submission Deadline: May 1, 2017

For more details, please visit


Spring Cleaning

Spring is finally here. To celebrate, we’re encouraging our readers to do a little spring cleaning of their own…in their draft folders.

Pick your very best draft, polish it up, and send it for consideration in our short story contest. No theme, no genre restrictions, just your favorite draft in 2000 words or less. Don’t have a draft in progress? Clean out your “idea bank” and write a new one!

Deadline: May 8th, 2017

Grand prize: $1,000 and publication in our magazine

Word count: 2,000 words or less

Other prizes: Our second-place winner will receive $500 and publication on our website,; our third-place winner will receive $250 and publication on as well.

For more details, please visit


$4,500 in awards for writers | Deadline: May 18, 2017

The $1,500 New Letters Prize for Poetry

for the best group of three to six poems.

The $1,500 New Letters Prize for Nonfiction

for the best Essay.

The $1,500 New Letters Prize for Fiction

for the best short story.

Upload your writing online by midnight Thursday, 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, 2017.

Mail Entries to:
New Letters Awards for Writers
UMKC, University House
5101 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO  64110-2499

$20 for first entry; $15 for every entry after. If entering online, add a $5 service charge to entry fee.

For more details, please visit


The Kindle UK Storyteller Award

Winning author to receive £20,000 cash prize and be recognised at central London award ceremony this summer

Amazon UK has announced The Kindle Storyteller Award, a new literary prize recognising newly published work in the English language across any genre. The prize is open to all authors who publish their book through Kindle Direct Publishing on between 20th February and 19th May 2017.

For more details, please visit


The Peter Hinchcliffe Short Fiction Award

(sponsored by the St Jerome’s University English department)
For a work of short fiction by a writer in the early stages: someone who has not yet published a novel or story collection.

For more details, please visit
Deadline: May 28, 2017


EMWF Teen Poetry Competition and Children’s Poetry Competition

EMWF is pleased to invite young people to enter the EMWF Teen Poetry Competition and Children’s Poetry Competition.  This year’s youth competitions have the theme Time and All its Gifts, inspired by National Poetry Month. The Teen Poetry Competition will be judged in two groups:  grades 9 & 10, and grades 11 & 12. The Children’s Poetry Competition will be judged in three groups:  grades 1-3; grades 4-6; and grades 7-8.  Check our website for submission details – Teen Competition / Children’s Competition .  The winners in each level will be invited, along with their families, to the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival on September 10, 2017 where they will be presented with a framed copy of their winning poem.
Submission Deadline:  May 30, 2017


 5th Annual Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize, 2017


The Lucille Clifton Annual Poetry Contest, held each spring, honors the prolific work of poet great Lucille Clifton. Widely celebrated for her unpretentious and unapologetic poems, Clifton’s unique free verse was free of punctuation, taut, and always recognizably her. When submitting think: humanness, struggle, adversity, resilience.

“Her life, her way of seeing and walking in the world were the backbone of her work. I am her daughter. Her backbone is mine. And yours.” -Sidney Clifton

All entries must be submitted or postmarked April 1st- May 31st, 2017 via our online submission form with Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize in the subject line. This year’s final judge will be Vievee Francis. The winning poem will be published via our website and receives a prize of $500. Entries must include a $15.00 reading fee. Please send postal entries to: Backbone Press, Inc. PO Box 51483, Durham, NC 27717-1483.

For more details, please visit


Bacopa Literary Review
Contest Submissions now open until May 31, 2017

Poetry, Flash Story, Creative Nonfiction, Literary Fiction
$400 prize in each genre

See our Editors’ Blog, Facebook, Twitter for examples of the writing we publish

FEE $3

For more details, please visit


The Backwaters Prize

The submission period for the 2017 Backwaters Prize is open now, through May 31. Our prize judge for 2017 is Bob Hicok. We adhere to the CLMP code of ethics for administering a literary contest.

For more information about the prize and for a list of past winners, please visit the Backwaters Prize page.

The prize is a $2,500.00 cash prize plus publication of your book in trade paperback, plus 30 copies of the book to the poet.


The Bridport Prize

One of the richest writing competitions in the UK, the Bridport Prize is open to all nationalities aged 16 years and over.

The poem and short story categories each have a first prize of £5,000, second prize £1,000 and third prize £500. An additional ten highly commended prizes (for each category) of £100 each are awarded. All 13 winning entries in both categories are published in the anthology each year.

A new category for flash fiction with a prize of £1,000 was launched in 2010. There is a second prize of £500, 3rd prize of £250 and three highly commended prizes of £100. The six winning entries are published in the anthology each year.

In 2014 the Peggy Chapman-Andrews first novel award, named after the Prize’s founder, was launched. The first prize is £1,000 plus a up to a year’s mentoring from The Literary Consultancy through their Chapter & Verse scheme. A runner-up prize of £500 is also offered. Three shortlisted writers will receive £100. The opening chapters from the winning novel and the runner-up novel will be published on the website.

The Dorset Award is a prize specifically for Dorset writers. Thanks to the sponsorship of The Book Shop of Bridport, £100 is awarded to the highest placed Dorset writer in the Bridport Prize each year.

Deadline: May 31, 2017. For more details, please visit


The STORGY ‘EXIT EARTH’ Short Story Competition

The STORGY ‘EXIT EARTH’ Short Story Competition is open to all. Final embraces beneath a sky of flames. Tears of joy aboard a sinking ship. Laughter in a lonely land. We are looking for fiction that explores life – be it past, present, or future – on, or off – this beautiful, yet fragile, world of ours. Dystopian or utopian, realist or fantasy, horror or sci-fi, comedy or romance, we explicitly welcome entries in all genres.

The Period for Submissions opens on 24th February 2017

1st Prize – £1,000

2nd Prize – £500

3rd Prize – £250

Finalists will be published in The STORGY Short Story Competition Anthology

£10 Entry Fee

Entry Dates

  • Submissions for the 2017 STORGY Short Story Competition will be accepted from 24th February 2017
  • The deadline for receipt of entries is 11.00pm 31st May 2017

How to Enter

Applicants are encouraged to submit online to as early as possible before the deadline.

For more details, please visit


Wundor Poetry Contest 2017: Spring

At Wundor, our aim is to champion interesting, unusual writing in all its forms. Poetry, unfortunately, is currently one of the more neglected, too often dismissed as old-fashioned and elitist. We know this isn’t true, and we hope that our contest will help to restore poetry to its rightful place.


The theme of our inaugural poetry contest will be ‘Spring’, and we encourage entrants to approach it in innovative and interesting ways. It is a theme that will never get old, but which must be kept fresh in our minds. Your poem might focus on Spring or mention it, but the season must play an important part in the poem.


The deadline is 31 May 2017 and winners will be announced at the end of June 2017.


The winner will receive £500.


The winner and two runners up will have their poems published on the Wundor website. Their work will be strongly considered for publication in print, too.


The prize is open to anybody writing in English, aged 16 or over.

Contestants may make as many entries as they would like.

Poems may be of any length.
Entrance fees are as follows:


£10 for an entry of up to six poems;

£15 for an entry of up to six poems + a voucher for one of our poetry books at 50% off;

£20 for an entry of up to six poems + a voucher for two of our poetry books at 50% off.


For more details, please visit


The Newcomer Prize for short stories

The Newcomer Prize is now open for entries. The entry form is here.

This deadline for this year’s competition is midnight (UK time) on 31 May 2017. The first prize is £500, and there is a second prize of £250. The entry fee is £8.

Stories should be between 1,000 and 7,000 words in length.

For more details, please visit


Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Awards

The contest is open to anyone, from any country, anywhere in the world. However, entries must be written in English.

Winning entries receive:

  • $200—First Place
  • $100—Second Place
  • $50—Third Place
  • Publication in The Petigru Review
  • One (1) contributor copy

Honorable Mentions will be given for exceptional work and publication may be offered for those pieces the judges deemed of high quality. No cash prizes for honorable mention pieces. However, we offer publication and one (1) contributor copy.

Submission taken: April 1 through May 31 each year.

Reading fee :

$15 for Nonmembers.
$10 for Members.

The Carrie McCray Awards will feature four (4) genres:

  • 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.

For more details, please visit


Governor General’s Literary Awards

The Governor General’s Literary Awards are presented in recognition of the best Anglophone and best Francophone book in each of seven categories: Fiction, Literary Non-fiction, Poetry, Drama, Young People’s Literature (Text), Young People’s Literature (Illustrated Books) and Translation (from French to English and vice versa).

Prize amount

  • 14 awards of $25,000 per book for recipients in both languages in the seven disciplines and $3,000 to each publisher to promote the winning works
  • $1,000 per book for the finalists

How to qualify

Nominations must be submitted to the Council by a publisher.

For eligibility criteria, the nomination form and further information on these prizes, refer to the Governor General’s Literary Awards Guidelines and visit the Governor General’s Literary Awards website.


  • 15 March: for both English and French
  • 1 June: for English only
  • 7 July: for French only
  • 1 August: for English only


Calling all poets. Booksie is looking to crown its 2017 Poet Laureate. Get your poems out and submit them to the contest.

The poetry can be of any type, length, or content, but it must be your own. The poetry can be serious or whimsical, fact or fiction, but it should strike a chord that makes us sit up and take notice. We’re looking for poems will attract reader’s attention as we feature the winners on the homepage and across the site. You may submit as many entries as you like.

Cost: $4.95 / entry

Start: April 06, 2017

Deadline: June 09, 2017

Prize: Winner Crowned Booksie Poet Laureate and Receives $200
For more details, please visit



Miami Book Fair/de Groot Prize

The winner of the Miami Book Fair/de Groot Prize will receive a $6,000 cash award, publication by Melville House, a critically acclaimed independent press, an expense-paid (hotel, travel, per diem) trip to the Miami Book Fair after publication, and a chance to read/participate in programs at the fair. The two runners-up will each receive $2,000, an expense-paid (hotel, travel, per diem) trip to the 2018 Miami Book Fair, and a chance to read/participate in programs at the Fair. The three winners work will be publicized in print and online media.

Prize Timeline

  • Submissions will be received beginning May 1, 2017
  • All submissions must be received online and paid for by midnight EST on June 15, 2017
  • The three finalists will be notified once the jury has made its decision on or before October 20, 2017.
  • The winners of the Miami Book Fair/de Groot Prize will be publicly announced on or before November 1, 2017

For more details, please visit



Slate Roof Press offers an Annual Poetry Chapbook Contest.  The winner of this year’s contest will be awarded the 2017 Elyse Wolf Prize of $500.

Submit $10 reading fee. Deadline: June 15, 2017.

For more details, please visit


2017 Autumn House Press Full-Length Poetry Contest

Ends on June 30, 2017


  • All full-length collections of poetry 50-80 pages in length are eligible.
  • The winner will receive book publication, $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote his or her book.
  • The deadline is June 30, 2017.
  • We ask that all submissions from authors new to Autumn House come through one of our annual contests.
  • All finalists will be considered for publication.
  • The final judge for the Poetry Prize is Alberto Rios.

For more details, please visit


 2017 Autumn House Press Full-Length Fiction Contest

Ends on June 30, 2017


  • Fiction submissions should be approximately 200-300 pages. All fiction sub-genres (short stories, short-shorts, novellas, or novels) or any combination of sub-genres are eligible.
  • The winners will receive book publication, $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote his or her book.
  • The deadline is June 30, 2017.
  • We ask that all submissions from authors new to Autumn House come through one of our annual contests.
  • All finalists will be considered for publication.
  • The final judge for the Fiction Prize is Amina Gautier.

For more details, please visit


2017 Autumn House Press Full-Length Nonfiction Contest

Ends on June 30, 2017


  • Nonfiction submissions should be approximately 200-300 pages. All nonfiction subjects (including personal essays, memoirs, travel writing, historical narratives, nature or science writing…) or any combination of subjects are eligible.
  • The final judge for the Nonfiction Prize is Alison Hawthorne Deming.
  • The winner will receive book publication, $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote his or her book.
  • The deadline is June 30, 2017.
  • We ask that all submissions from authors new to Autumn House come through one of our annual contests.
  • All finalists will be considered for publication.

For more details, please visit


Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Literary Contest 2017

The EMWF Literary Contest is open internationally to aspiring and/or modestly published writers over the age of 16.  Writers can submit a short story, poetry collection, or creative nonfiction.  Winners in each category will receive a $250 prize and will be invited to read a short selection from their work at the festival on Sunday, September 10, 2017.
Please see our website for submission details.

Submission Deadline:  June 30, 2017


Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Fringe Competition

The Fringe Competition invites writers unpublished in book format to submit their work for an opportunity to read at the festival on Sunday, September 10, 2017. Up to two festival reading sets are dedicated to the winners of The Fringe competition. Writers can submit prose or poetry. Over the years, several readers at The Fringe have returned to the Festival as published authors. So sit down at the keyboard or pick up your pen and get working on this year’s submission.
Submission details are available on our website.

Submission Deadline:  June 30, 2017


Banff Mountain Book Competition

Inviting all authors and publishers to submit entries to this internationally recognized literary competition that celebrates mountain literature in all its forms. Over $16,000 in cash and prizes. Deadline: June 30, 2017. For more details, please visit


2017 Adventure Writers Competition is open for submissions through June 30, 2017!

$1000 cash prize and some great marketing help as well!

Start your engines! Get those manuscripts ready! If you have a complete manuscript, or are even published, we can’t wait to read your novel!


For more details, please visit


Canadian Women Artists’ Award

Ends on June 30, 2017

The Canadian Women Artists’ Award is open to female Canadian citizens between the ages of 21 and 35 who are living and working in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut, including students in bachelor’s or master’s degree programs. The $5,000 award is supported by funding granted to NYFA by the Canadian Women’s Club (CWC) of New York as a way to continue its philanthropic work when it disbanded. The award is designed to provide financial support to an emerging or early career artist working in any discipline, and can be used in any manner the recipient deems necessary to further her artistic goals.

For more details, please visit


Banff Mountain Book Competition

The Banff Mountain Book Competition and Banff Mountain Photo Essay Competition celebrate the best in mountain literature and photography. Both these competitions are now open!

Inviting all authors and publishers to submit entries to this internationally recognized literary competition that celebrates mountain literature in all its forms. Over $16,000 in cash and prizes. Deadline: June 30, 2017.

For more details, please visit



2nd Annual 10-minute Play Festival

We had so much fun producing last year’s fest we decided to do it again!

Theme: “That’s so gay.”
The words, “That’s so gay.” Must be spoken by a character.

The context? Author’s choice.

Every script must have 2-4 characters.
No children’s shows or musicals.
10 pages (10 minutes) max.
Will be staged in strict “black box” style.


Plays will be produced in September of 2017.  Dates to be announced.

 8-10 plays will be produced.

1st prize $300.00 – plus a trophy
2nd prize $200.00 – plus a medal
3rd prize $100.00 – plus a medal

Entry fee: $10.00– check or money order.


For more details, please visit


The Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest

The 2017 contest is now open!

Theme: Beach Life

$500 1st Prize, $250 2nd Prize, $100 3rd Prize

Deadline: July 1, 2017

Entry fee: $10

The Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest is sponsored by Browseabout Books, Rehoboth Beach, DE

The goal of the Rehoboth Beach Reads contest is to showcase good writing while creating a great book for summer reading. One of the most popular activities for residents and visitors is reading on the beach, and the contest seeks to collect the kinds of short, engaging stories that help readers relax, escape, and enjoy their time at the beach.

Each story must incorporate the chosen theme and also have a strong connection to Rehoboth Beach (writers do not have to live in Rehoboth).

For more details, please visit


2017 Hopper Poetry Prize

The Hopper, a literary magazine from Green Writers Press, is open for submissions of full-length manuscripts to its 2017 Hopper Poetry Prize. This contest is open to poets with an identified interest in the natural world and whose work explores issues tied to our ever-changing environment. The winning poetry manuscript will be selected by the editors of The Hopper in collaboration with Dede Cummings, publisher of Green Writers Press, to be published by Green Writers Press as a collection in the spring of 2018. The winning poet will also receive $250 in prize money.

The competition is open to all poets, regardless of publication history. Publication is contingent on the poet’s agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement.

There is an entry fee of $25. Deadline: July 1, 2017.

For more details, please visit


Big Break Contest Launches Careers

  • Enter your screenplay or teleplay in the Big Break Contest by July 14, 2017 and launch your writing 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
  • We’re excited to bring you two new Diversity categories to help celebrate and promote stories from underrepresented writers

For more details, please visit


The Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers

The Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers honor the work of writers at the beginning of their careers.


Prizes: $500 prizes will be awarded in both the fiction and poetry categories, and the winning manuscripts will appear in the spring issue of Nimrod. Winners will have the chance to work with the Nimrod board of editors to refine and edit their manuscripts before publication.


Open only to writers whose work has not appeared or is not scheduled to appear in more than 2 publications.

  • Poetry: Up to 5 pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems)
  • Fiction: 5,000 words maximum (one short story or a self-contained excerpt from a novel)

Dates: Contest opens May 1st, 2017. Postmark Deadline: July 15th, 2017.

For more details, please visit


International 3-Day Novel Contest

Can you produce a masterwork of fiction in three short days? The 3-Day Novel Contest is your chance to find out. For 40 years, hundreds of writers have stepped up to the challenge each Labour Day weekend, fuelled by nothing but adrenaline and the desire for spontaneous literary nirvana. It’s a thrill, a grind, a 72-hour kick in the pants and an awesome creative experience. How many crazed plotlines, coffee-stained pages, pangs of doubt and moments of genius will next year’s contest bring forth? And what will you think up under pressure?


1st Prize: Publication*
2nd Prize: $500
3rd Prize: $100

*The first prize winner will be offered a publishing contract by Anvil Press after the winner announcement in the spring following the contest. Once the contract is signed, the winning novel will be edited, published and released by next year’s contest.

Early registration deadline: The deadline for early registration is July 31st, 11:59 p.m. Normal registration must be made by September 1, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Early entry fee is $35; normal entry fee is $50.


Early registration fee: $35 in Canada; $35USD elsewhere

For more details, please visit


Second Annual Ex Ophidia Press Poetry Book Contest

$25.00 USD

Deadline: August 15, 2017 

Fee: $25.00 USD for each manuscript

The prize: The winning author shall receive a $1,000 cash prize and 15 author copies of the book.

Eligibility: Open to all English-language authors (of any age, ethnicity, gender or orientation) for a book of poetry. Suggested length of manuscript is between 64 and 84 pages, single-spaced; Word document ONLY. By submitting, all authors attest that the work is their own.

For more details, please visit


St. Martin’s Minotaur/ Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition Contests for Writers

Sponsored by Minotaur Books and Mystery Writers of America (MWA)

The Competition is open to any writer, regardless of nationality, aged 18 or older, who has never been the author of any Published Novel (in any genre), as defined by the guidelines below, (except that authors of self-published works only may enter, as long as the manuscript submitted is not the self-published work) and is not under contract with a publisher for publication of a novel.

Deadline for 2018 is December 2017. Please check the official website for details at


Gover Story Prize

Best New Writing accepts unpublished fiction and creative nonfiction under 10,000 words for publication and consideration for the Gover Story Prize ($250). The story must be new and unpublished, including on-line publication. Submissions are read quarterly following the last day of March, June, September, and December. You will receive a response within two weeks of those dates. Simultaneous submissions cannot be considered. Please, no more than one submission per quarter, and STRIP YOUR NAME from the story pages. If your story was previously published, including on-line publications, please do not submit it.


Metamorphose Short Story Publication

We are currently accepting short stories in the fantasy and science fiction genres ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words for publication on our website. Each year the top 3-5 stories will be published as the featured short story in Metamorphose’s Anthology in the fall. All accepted submissions receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome.
Open: Always
Pay: Stories published in the anthology are eligible for royalty sales.
Submission Fee: $5
Contact Info: Tammy Davies,


New England Poetry Club Contests

New England Poetry Club has always recognized the outstanding work of poets with its annual awards and contests. Some awards, such as The Golden Rose and the May Sarton Award, are given in recognition of career excellence, while others are run as contests. This page is a complete listing of annual awards and contests. If you choose to enter a contest, please be sure to read the guidelines before entering, as they may have changed from previous years. The link to submit entries online can be found in the guidelines tab.

Submissions accepted only in May and June each year.

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


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


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

  • Entrants retain all publication rights
  • No entry fee is required
  • All awards are adjudicated by professional writers only
  • Prizes every three months: $1,000, $750, $500
  • Annual grand prize: $5,000 additional!
  • Opportunity for new and amateur writers of new short stories or novelettes of sf or fantasy

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.


events & workshops


BC: Spring Writing Workshop Registration

Registration for the first of Geist‘s Spring Writing Workshops is now open!

Writing From Life with Jane Silcott: Learn to write effective memoirs, true stories and personal essays—get things moving, find your voice and focus your project. The workshop will also cover the ethical questions of writing and publishing true stories.

This workshop makes the perfect Mother’s Day gift—we’ve got a special bundle offer if you’d like to treat your mom or mom-type person to an exciting afternoon of writing.

Writing From Life
Location: The Writers’ Exchange, 881 East Hastings St., Vancouver, BC
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Single pricing: $50 (includes a 1-year subscription to Geist!)
Mother’s Day Special: $75 for you and your mom (includes 2 subscriptions to Geist!)

Get all the details and register here.


The 2017 Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference

May 26-27, Pittsburgh, PA

The 2017 Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference will walk you through everything you need to know about writing and publishing narrative nonfiction today, including:

  • Connecting your personal story to larger trends;
  • Combining research and memory into an engaging narrative;
  • Creating characters who defy stereotypes and come to life on the page;
  • Finding the best publisher for your work;
  • Working effectively with editors; and more.

Plus, writers of all levels will have opportunities to meet one-on-one with literary agents, get concrete advice from publishing professionals, hear what different kinds of editors are looking for, and hone your skills in inspiring small-group sessions. You’ll also meet and mingle with writers from across the country who share your excitement about the writing process.

Friday night culminates with a special keynote conversation: “The State of the American Magazine.” Featuring editors from some of the most thoughtful magazines in America, including ESQUIRE, HARPER’S, the NEW YORKER, the NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, and the PARIS REVIEW, the keynote promises to be a lively and thought-provoking evening.

Admission to the keynote is included in the price of conference registration, but individual tickets are also available.

For more details, please visit


The Independent Authors Conference

The Independent Authors Conference is taking place November 3rd-5th, 2017 in the Sonesta hotel in the heart of downtown Philadelphia.

The Independent Authors Conference is a skills-building educational weekend event for 500 independent authors. Our goal is to bring together bright minds to lead sessions that will improve skills, foster learning, and inspire creativity.

Our purpose is to give independent authors the practical skills they need to publish and market their books and manage careers as independent authors.

There will be two tracks – publishing and marketing, plus keynote presentations, panel discussions, and workshops.

For more details, please visit


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