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“If you treat your characters like people, they’ll reward you by being fully developed individuals.”
Besides the physical challenges of being a writer and the obvious release it gives any megalomaniac tendencies you might have, writing also challenges the psyche. As a prolific writer, you have written several stories—fiction, of course—with characters you have either modeled on real-life personalities or whom you have created completely out of nothing. Every writer does that. However, you want your characters to be as real as you can make them so you treat them like real people. You give them personalities and let them exercise free will. You develop them, give them words, then give them triumph or defeat. You make them rise to the heights of success of fall to the depths of despair. You are their god, their creator, and you can do whatever you want with them, including kill them, as many a famous writer has adviced. On another level, you might treat them as your contemporaries and hold conversation with them—what better way to develop dialogue, after all, than hold a real dialogue with characters? You argue, fight, wheedle, convince, threaten, compromise, order, intimidate, contradict, and defy them. Quite naturally, they will argue, fight, wheedle, convince, threaten, compromise, order, intimidate, contradict, and defy you in return. You can share secrets with them, confide in them, become their best friend and confidante, even become their lover and share sweet, intimate, sensual discourse with them. You encourage them, motivate them, sometimes even chastise them. In some cases, you will have had enough of your characters after a single book and shut the voices between the covers. In other cases, you will be haunted by the voices. Your characters will not leave you alone. They will keep you awake with endless debates, wake you up in the middle of the night, interrupt your most intimate moments, join you in the shower, argue over every meal, make you miss appointments or your stop so you end up riding the bus farther than you want to or need to. They will distract you and preoccupy your mind so your tv shows go by without your knowing what happened, you completely forget what you went to the grocery for, and people look at you strangely because, yes, the worst has happened, you now talk to your characters aloud in public. In that case, congratulations! Your characters are as real as they can get. Time to break out the champagne. Oh, and don’t forget an extra glass for your favorite character.
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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: http://cargoliterary.com/submit/
We are waiting for you!
the cargo team
The poetry engine awaits you at www.poetrypei.com!
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 www.poetrypei.com/submit.
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.
CONTESTS AND CALLS
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Glimmer Train 2015 SUBMISSION CALENDAR AND CATEGORIES
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.
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- Entry is $5 (approx £3). Multiple entries accepted.
- Enter online through Submittable. Click here to enter.
- The contest closes at midnight (GMT) on the fourth Saturday of the month.
- Any entries submitted after the deadline will not be eligible.
- The Writing Maps Writing Contest is open to all writers over 16.
- There is no restriction on theme or style. We encourage prose, poems, prose poems, graphic stories and hybrid forms.
- Maximum number of words is 150.
For more details, please visit http://www.writingmaps.com/pages/contest
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 https://publishizer.com/contests/
SUMMER 2017 FLASH FICTION CONTEST
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 righ-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!
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 SUMMER 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) – CLOSED
SUMMER: June – August 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – NOW OPEN!
ENTRY FEE: $10.00
2017 Lab Fiction Prize
The University of New Orleans Press is looking to publish the best novel/short story collection written this year, and they are very upfront about their plan! The contest is open to all authors, and entries are allowed to be any length and on any subject. The winner receives $1000 and a publishing contract, along with promotion from The Publishing Laboratory at the University of New Orleans.
Entry Fee: $18 Deadline: August 15
For mor details, please visit http://unopress.org/lab.aspx
The Press 53 Award for Poetry
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 15!
$1,000 awarded to an outstanding, unpublished 60-120 page collection of poems.
Tom Lombardo, Press 53 Poetry Series Editor, will serve as judge.
Press 53 will publish the winning manuscript as a Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection under a standard publishing contract; all prizes will be awarded upon publication.
Winner and finalists announced on or before November 1.
Reading fee: $30.
Complete information at Press53.com
2017 Writer’s Block Prize
MAY 15 – AUGUST 15
Louisville Literary Arts is pleased to announce that Roy Hoffman will judge the Fourth Annual Writer’s Block Prize in creative nonfiction.
One first place winner will receive $500, an opportunity to read at the 2017 Writer’s Block Festival in Louisville, KY on October 21, and publication in The Louisville Review, the literary magazine of Spalding University’s nationally distinguished low residency MFA in Writing program.
Please submit an original piece of creative nonfiction, such as personal or lyric essay, personal narrative, memoir, or any other form that involves a creative treatment of a nonfiction subject.
For more details, please visit https://www.louisvilleliteraryarts.org/writersblockcontest
Second Annual Ex Ophidia Press Poetry Book Contest
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 http://www.exophidiapress.org/poetry-book-prize.html
3rd Annual Stage 32 Feature Screenwriting Contest
REGULAR DEADLINE WEDNESDAY!
ENDS August 16 – enter now!
It’s that time again, time for the big one, the 3rd Annual Stage 32 Feature Screenwriting Contest.
We’re proud of this fact: 8 of our past finalists have been signed, placed on writing staffs, optioned, or put into development!
This is a one-of-a-kind prize that can change your career! You’ll meet face-to-face with above in Los Angeles and get started on the road to professional writing!
You have until Wednesday August 16 at midnight to get $10 off our final deadline price.
Our judges are looking forward to reading your work!
For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/2wStxAC
Inspiring the World Writing Competition
In a world where the media increasingly focus on the negative, at The Epoch Times we seek to shine a light on the positive.
Every day, in every corner of the world, there are stories of compassion, redemption, and triumph in the face of adversity. There are stories that uplift the human spirit, that inspire good, and that push us to become our personal bests. We want to bring these stories forward and share them with the world via social media.
On social media, a winning article has two equally important ingredients:
(1) a captivating story, and (2) an enticing Facebook post.
As such, all entries will be judged based on a combination of writing quality and potential for Facebook fan reaction.
The competition is now open (as of July 7, 2017) and closes Aug. 21, 2017.
You may submit at any time before Aug. 21, 2017, but we have divided the competition into three groups. Your entry will be judged against the other submissions in your group. Many people wait until the last minute to submit to contests, so submitting early could increase your chances of winning.
Group 1: July 24, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Group 2: Aug. 7, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Group 3: Aug. 21, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST
For more details, please visit http://www.theepochtimes.com/inspiring-the-world/
Let There Be Light
Ends on August 21, 2017
Multiple price options
Write a 2,000-word fictional short story using any nuance, definition, or understanding of the word “light.”
Deadline: August 21st, 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, writermag.com; our third-place winner will receive $250 and publication on writermag.com as well.
For more details, please visit https://writermag.submittable.com/submit/87902/let-there-be-light
Seat 14C Short Story Contest
The challenge open to ages 18+ as of August 25, 2017. All countries open to participate unless otherwise prohibited by law. No entry fee is required. Only one submission per person.
Stories must be typed, double spaced, and in English. If written in another language, the writer must include an English translation.
Stories must be a minimum of 2,000 and a maximum of 4,000 words.
Submissions are due by August 25 at 11:59pm PDT.
The winning story will be uploaded to Seat 14C on the seat map. The winner will also receive:
- Roundtrip economy airfare to Tokyo, Japan for you and (1) guest on ANA Airlines* (ARV: $6,000)
- 4 nights’ accommodation in a 4-Star Hotel (ARV: $1,500)
- A check for $1,500 (ARV: $1,500)
- GoPro Hero5 Black 4K video camera (ARV: $400)
- ili Handheld Universal Translator (ARV: $249)
- Membership and access to the acclaimed Science Fiction Advisory Council
Your story should be presented from the perspective of one of the passengers on this flight, the passenger seated in Seat 14C, beginning when they step off the flight at SFO, 20 years in the future.
The Enchanting Travels Travel Writer Award 2017
- Any student aged between 18 to 32 years who is studying any of the following subject themes, or similar: Tourism, English, Journalism, Literature, Geography, Anthropology, History.
- Submit your travelogue of no more than 1000 words, with three photos
- Deadline: 31 August 2017
- The 10 best travelogues will be nominated by an Enchanting Travels jury and will be published on the Enchanting Travels website and Facebook page
- The grant will be awarded to the author who receives the most Facebook likes until 20 September 2017
- Enchanting Travels reserves the right to use your writing and images on its own website and social media channels.
- Share your most inspiring travel experience and win a cash prize of USD$1000, as well as the opportunity to look behind the scenes at Enchanting Travels.
- Your travelogues should be submitted as a PDF via email, by 31 August 2017 to email@example.com .
For more details, please visit https://www.enchantingtravels.com/enchanting-travels-travel-writer-award/
The St. Lawrence Book Award
Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The St. Lawrence Book Award for an unpublished first collection of poems or short stories. The St. Lawrence Book Award is open to any writer who has not yet published a full-length collection of short stories or poems. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes are awarded on publication.
Deadline: August 31
Black Lawrence Press accepts submissions and payment of the entry fee ($25) exclusively through our online submission manager, Submittable.
For more details, please visit http://www.blacklawrence.com/submissions-and-contests/the-st-lawrence-book-award/
2017 Red Hen Press Fiction Award
For publication by Red Hen Press
Deadline: August 31, 2017
Judge: Charles Yu
Established in 2015 to nurture the unique and vibrant channels through which fiction has carried us, the Red Hen Fiction Award is for a fresh and original story of fiction with a minimum of 150 pages. The awarded fiction manuscript is selected through an annual submission process which is open to all authors. Award is $1000 and publication of the awarded manuscript by Red Hen Press. Entry fee is $25.00. Name on cover sheet only, with a 150 page minimum. Entries will be accepted via Submittable only.
For more details, please visit http://redhen.org/awards-2/red-hen-press-fiction-award/
Blue Mesa Review Contest
Publication, $500 cash prize for the first place winner in each genre.
This competition is open to original English language works in the genres of Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction. The submission must be an unpublished work. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable; please note that reading fees are non-refundable, and you must withdraw the submission immediately via Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere.
Deadline: August 31, 2017. For more details, please visit http://bmr.unm.edu/contest/
The new guard CONTESTS IN FICTION & POETRY
TNG Volume VII contests in fiction & poetry are in full swing. The New Guard Vol VII Machigonne Fiction Contest Judge is the Edgar Prize-winning Chris Abani and our Vol VII Knightville Poetry Contest Judge is the National Book Award-winning poet, Mark Doty. Deadline: August 31, 2017.
KNIGHTVILLE POETRY CONTEST: $1,500 and publication for an exceptional poem in any form. Up to three poems per entry. Up to 150 lines per poem. Please submit all three poems in a single document. TNG Vol VII Judge: MARK DOTY. $20 entry fee.
MACHIGONNE FICTION CONTEST: $1,500 and publication for an exceptional work of fiction in any genre. Submit up to 5,000 words: anything from flash to the long story. TNG Vol VII Judge: CHRIS ABANI. $20 entry fee.
For more details, please visit http://www.newguardreview.com/tng-contests
Creative Writing Institute’s Annual Short Story Contest
- Open genre
- One prize per person
- Entry fee: $5 per submission
- Submit each story individually
- Word limit is 1,500 to 2,000 words.
- Story may not have been published before.
- Your story must include this theme sentence: “I am completely and utterly lost.”
- Accepting submissions until August 31, 2017, midnight, USA Eastern Standard Time.
* $200 and Gold eMedal OR a free, privately tutored writing course valued at $260
* $100 and Silver eMedal OR $200 applied toward a privately tutored writing course
* $50 and Bronze eMedal OR $125 applied toward a privately tutored writing course
Fourth and Fifth place:
* Honorable Mention eMedal
For more details, please visit http://www.creativewritinginstitute.com/
Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry
$1,000 prize and publication
An entry fee of $25 must accompany the manuscript
Previously published eligible
Deadline: August 31, 2017
For more details, please visit
Serena McDonald Kennedy Award
No more than 50,000-word novella or 200-page manuscript of short stories will be accepted. Any well written manuscript on any topic will be considered. Previously published works may be entered.
An entry fee of $25 must accompany the submission.
$1,000 award and publication
Deadline: August 31, 2017
For more details, please visit
THE NINTH ANNUAL Gemini Magazine FLASH FICTION CONTEST
FIRST PRIZE: $1,000
Second Prize: $100
Four Honorable Mentions: $25 each
Entry fee: $5 ($4/each additional entry)
Deadline: August 31, 2017
Maximum length: 1,000 words
All Six Finalists Will Be Published Online in the
October 2017 Issue of Gemini
WE ARE OPEN TO ANY SUBJECT, STYLE OR GENRE
Entries must be unpublished, but stories displayed on
personal blogs are eligible.
For more details, please visit http://www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html
Black Warrior Review 2017 CONTEST
$1000 & PUBLICATION IN EACH GENRE
Nonfiction Judge: Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib
Fiction Judge: Nicola Griffith
Poetry Judge: Rachel McKibbens
APRIL 1 – SEPTEMBER 1, 2017
Submit fiction or nonfiction up to 7,000 words, or a packet of up to three poems. There is a $20 entry fee for each submission ($30 for international submissions). All entrants receive a one-year subscription to BWR as a thank-you for your interest and support.
For more details, please visit http://bwr.ua.edu/submit/contest/
The Geist Erasure Poetry Contest
Erasure poetry begins with an existing piece of text. Letters, words and punctuation are removed—or erased. What is left behind is a new stand-alone poem, one that both complements and gives new meaning to the Erasure Text.
The Erasure Text for the 2017 Geist Erasure Poetry Contest is an excerpt from Wacousta by John Richardson, one of the oldest Canadian novels.
First Prize: $500
Second Prize: $250
Third Prize: $150
All winning entries will be published in Geist and on geist.com. More than one prize per category may be awarded.
DEADLINE: September 1, 2017
Entry Fee: $20
For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/2vCh3Ao
OTP Contest #30: Community
Ends on September 1, 2017
Short story contest #30 launched on June 11, 2017. The premise is
They say it takes a village to raise a child, but that’s just one example of a kind of community and just one way a community can affect your life. There are plenty of others–good, bad, and otherwise. So, for this contest, write a creative, compelling, well-crafted story between 1,000 and 5,000 words long in which the idea of community (or some kind of community) plays an important role.
If you have any questions, please write to Questions@OnThePremises.com . Thanks!
BIOM Narrative Medicine Essay Competition
The BIOM Narrative Medicine Essay Competition is an inaugural BIOM competition aimed at letting osteopathic medical students and residents explore global health and clinical medicine through the written word. Students and residents are invited to submit an original creative nonfiction essay up to 1,500 words in length on any firsthand global health experience they have had. The winner will receive a cash prize and the opportunity to present the work at the BIOM Seminar. Learn more about the essay competition.
The deadline for all competitions, including submitting a poster to the poster session, is Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, at 11:59 p.m.
Pilot Launch TV Script Contest
Opens for entries: June 19
Early Deadline: July 13
Final Deadline: September 13
For details, please visit https://screencraft.org/pilot/
SLO Nightwriters Golden Quill Writing Contest
This year’s contest brings new judges, new categories and a whole new writing challenge.
Call for entries begins June 15, 2017 and the deadline is September 15, 2017.
The theme for this year’s contest is LIBERATION.
Enter in one or more of the three categories:
Flash/Short Fiction Up to 1,500 words
Poetry Up to 40 lines
Creative Non-Fiction Up to 1,500 words
The entry fee is only $15.00.
Prizes will be awarded as follows for each category:
First Place $500
Second Place $250
Third Place $100
Finalists: All top finalists will receive Finalist Certificates.
For more details, please visit http://slonightwritersgoldenquill.blogspot.ca/2017/05/slo-nightwriters-golden-quill-writing.html
2017 Mslexia Women’s Novel Competition
1st Prize: £5,000
Entry Fee: £25 per novel extract
Closing date: 18 September 2017
We are excited to launch the 2017 Mslexia Women’s Novel Competition for unpublished women writers.
The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country, and welcomes 5,000 word extracts of completed, unpublished novels of at least 50,000 words in length (not including the title).
As well as the top prize of £5,000, the winner and four finalists will receive manuscript feedback, and introductions to agents and editors, at a special event held in London.
Novels must be for adult or young adult readers; non-fiction or fiction for children under 13 is not eligible.
Each £25 entry fee allows you to submit one novel extract. For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/2qvhCcM
Flash Fiction Competition 2017
Most of the stories we publish in The Fiction Desk anthologies are significantly longer than 1,000 words, but we do sometimes see great writing that’s much shorter than that. In order to accommodate some of these miniature stories, and to provide more variety for our readers, we’re pleased to announce the 2017 edition of our flash fiction competition.
The 2017 Flash Fiction Competition is now open for entries. Please use this form to send one story, or this form to send us two stories together.
- Prizes: There is a first prize of £300 and two runner-up prizes of £100 each.
- Entry fee: Entry to the competition costs £5 for a single story, with a special rate of £8 for two stories submitted together.
- Word count: Stories must be between 250 and 1,000 words in length.
- Deadline: Midnight (UK time) on Friday, 29th September.
For more details, please visit http://www.thefictiondesk.com/submissions/flash-fiction-competition.php
Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest
Welcome to the 15th annual Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $4,000 in prizes.
Please submit during April 15-September 30, 2017. We will award the Tom Howard Prize of $1,500 for a poem in any style or genre, and the Margaret Reid Prize of $1,500 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style. Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each (any style). The top 12 entries will be published online. Length limit: 250 lines per poem. No restrictions on age or country. The results of the 15th contest will be announced on April 15, 2018. Fee: $12 per poem
For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/2uQKR7F
19th Annual Scriptapalooza Television Writing Competition
Our intention is to help open doors for the aspiring television writer. We are accepting: one hour dramas, sitcoms, original pilots, and reality shows.
Whether you are already an aspiring television writer or a writer interested in exploring other avenues, Scriptapalooza TV is here to promote careers in television and provide exposure for the undiscovered writer.
Deadline: October 2, 2017
For details, please visit http://www.scriptapaloozatv.com/
SAS Fiction Contest
Deadline: October 3, 2017
The winner will be selected from this year’s submissions of original, unpublished short stories between 3,000 and 7,000 words with LGBT content on the broad theme of “Saints and Sinners.” This contest would not be possible without a generous grant from The John Burton Harter Foundation. Radclyffe is an eight-time Lambda Literary Award finalist in romance, mystery, and erotica—winning in both romance (Distant Shores, Silent Thunder) and erotica (Erotica Interludes 2: Stolen Moments). She is the president of Bold Strokes Books, one of the world’s largest LGBTQ publishing companies.
One grand prize of $500 and two second place prizes of $100 will be awarded. In addition, the top stories will be published in an anthology from Bold Strokes Books. There will also be a book release party and reading held during the 15th annual Saints and Sinners Literary Conference in New Orleans in 2018. A list of the top ten finalists will be posted on our website and in our e-newsletter. Have a question about our writing contest? Please send questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For details, please visit https://tennesseewilliamsfestival.submittable.com/submit
Action & Thriller Script Contest
Opens for entries: July 17
Early Deadline: August 9
Final Deadline: October 11
For details, please visit https://screencraft.org/action/
Write your story, change the world
FutureScapes is an annual writing competition that asks writers to envision a particular future, and tell us its story. We could run projections and publish reports, but there’s a reason why Oscar Wilde didn’t say, “Life imitates empirical studies.” We want to help writers of excellent potential find their voice while shaping tomorrow.
For 2017, the Futurescapes Contest theme is “Blue Sky Cities.” We’re seeking stories set in a near-future city where significant strides have been made toward improving air quality, climate adaptation, or even net positive impacts on climate and air quality.
Deadline: October 13, 2017
For details, please visit http://www.futurescapescontest.com/#rules
Fabula Press’ Aestas Short Story Competition 2017
Dates: Contest opened on 15 Jul 2017, and submissions will be accepted till 14 Oct 2017. The results will tentatively be declared in Dec 2017.
Prizes: The contest carries the following prizes:
- First Prize: US$250
- Second Prize: US$150
- Third Prize: US$100
All longlisted entries (top 15-20) get published in an anthology, and non-prize winning published entries will be paid US$50 each. Also, at the sponsors’ discretion, additional prizes may be declared for ‘Editors’ Pick’ category (in the last edition of the contest three such prizes of US$75 each were declared).
Theme: None. There is no restriction on genre either, and apart from literary fiction we are also happy to read historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and horror. However, for consistency of presentation we cannot accept children’s stories, young adult or chick lit; likewise, hardcore science fiction or fantasy is not something we are looking for, but are open to science / alternative history / fantasy based works if they have standalone literary merit. In case of doubt, it is best to query the editorial team.
Word count: Minimum 1500, maximum 7000. At the editors’ discretion, some latitude may be allowed on both minimum and maximum word counts for stories of exceptional merit.
Entry fee: US$10.
Detailed guidelines are available at www.fabulapress.com
River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Contest
River Teeth‘s editors and editorial board conduct a yearly national contest to identify the best book-length manuscript of literary nonfiction. All manuscripts are screened by the co-editors of River Teeth. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication by The University of New Mexico Press. Submissions open July 1, 2017.
All entrants receive a one-year subscription to River Teeth with their submission fees.
Deadline for Submissions: October 15, 2017
For more details, please visit http://www.riverteethjournal.com/contests
Contest 2017: TW Prize for Personal Essay on Writing and Faith
The Talking Writing Prize is an annual contest that celebrates the diversity online of original, personally driven writing.
This year’s Talking Writing Prize for Personal Essay will spotlight our annual holiday theme. We’re looking for honest, unsentimental nonfiction about soul searching through words. How do you tackle life’s Big Questions? Writers are invited to address mortality, belief, culture of origin, atheism, or any other issues connected to making meaning in a complicated world.
Length: Up to 2,000 words. Include only the story title (not your name or affiliation) on the first page and in the page headers.
Deadline: October 16, 2017
Prize: $500 and publication in Talking Writing.
For more information, see http://talkingwriting.com/tw-contests
Larry Brown Short Story Award
We’re pleased to announce the second annual Larry Brown Short Story Award. The winners will receive the following prizes: 1st place $250, 2nd place $75, and 3rd place $25. Each prize winner will be published in the January 2018 issue of Pithead Chapel.
Please read the guidelines carefully before submitting
- The contest is open from August 1st to October 31st of each year
- The submitted story must be less than 4,000 words
- No previously published work will be considered
- There’s a $10 entry fee for each story submission
For more details, please visit https://pitheadchapel.com/the-larry-brown-short-story-award/
Literary Awards Competition is now open
Submissions to the sixth annual Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards Writing Competition are being accepted through October 31, 2017. Entries are accepted in three categories: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Winners will be honored at the 2018 Tucson Festival of Books on Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11.
First-place winners in each category will receive $1,000. Second-place winners receive $500, and third-place winners $250. All winners will be awarded scholarships (a $300 value) to the 2018 Tucson Festival of Books Masters Writing Workshop, on both Monday, March 12 and Tuesday, March 13. The top 50 entrants will be invited to attend the workshop ($300).
For more details, please visit http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/?id=436
Flash 500’s 5th Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition
Have you started, or completed, a novel with strong, credible characters and a page turning plot? Have you honed the first chapter? Can you put together a compelling one page synopsis of the balance of the story? Yes? Then why not enter our Novel Opening Chapter competition and have your work judged by the senior editors at Crooked Cat Publishing? We welcome published, self-published and unpublished novelists. The only stipulation is that the entry must be unpublished.
We are looking for an opening chapter up to 3,000 words, plus a one page synopsis outlining the balance of the story. If your chapter is longer than 3,000 words, DO NOT SUBMIT A LONGER MANUSCRIPT. Simply close the entry within the 3,000-word limit and make a note at the end (which will not be included in the word count) stating the chapter continues beyond this point.
This is an annual competition: entries close on 31st October 2017.
Entry fee: £10/€13
Optional Critique of Chapter and Synopsis: £25/€32.50
Prizes will be awarded as follows:
Runner up: £200
For more details, please visit http://www.flash500.com/index_files/novel.html
Tennessee Williams Festival One-Act Play Contest
Deadline: November 1, 2017
- Professional Staged Reading at the next Festival
- VIP All-Access Festival pass ($600 value)
- Publication in Bayou Magazine
Deadline: Monday, November 6, 2017
There is a $20 reading fee, waived for current subscribers.
Every decision we make, whether as individuals or as a society, involves some risk—whether physical or emotional, economic or legal, social or spiritual. Our comfort level with uncertainty defines not only our choices in any given situation, but how we live.
For a special issue of Creative Nonfiction magazine, we’re seeking true stories illustrating the ways we balance the threat of loss against the promise of gain.
Above all, we are looking for vivid narratives—true stories, rich with scene, character, detail, and a distinctive voice—with unique insights into these questions.
Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1,000 for best essay and $500 for runner-up, and all essays submitted will be considered for publication.
For more details, please visit https://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/risk
The Caledonia Novel Award
- Our 2018 novel competition is open for entries from 01 May 2017 until 01 November 2017
- Longlisted novels will be announced on 30 November 2017, with longlistees invited to submit their full novel manuscript by 6 December 2017
- Shortlisted novels will be announced on 25 January 2018, with the overall competition winner announced in February 2018 and awarded £1,000
- The entry fee is £25 per novel
- Novels can be in any genre for adults or young adults
- Novels must be the entrant’s original work and at least 50,000 words in length
- The competition is open to writers over the age of eighteen of any nationality and resident in any country
- The Caledonia Novel Award is open to unpublished or self-published novelists only
For more details, please visit http://thecaledonianovelaward.com/rules-entry/
TWF Very Short Fiction Contest
Deadline: November 8, 2017
- Passes to Panels and Master Classes ($200 Value)
- Public reading at a literary panel at the next Festival
- Publication in New Orleans Review Web Features
For more details, please visit https://tennesseewilliamsfestival.submittable.com/submit
Introducing Amazon KDP Pen to Publish Contest
We are excited to announce the launch of Amazon KDP Pen to Publish Contest. The contest is open to all authors* who publish their book through Kindle Direct Publishing on Amazon.in between 25th July and 10th November 2017.
This contest recognizes literary excellence for newly published work in English language in any genre. The grand winner will be awarded a prize of ₹ 10 lakh (INR 1 Million), print publishing deal with Westland and mentorship by India’s best-selling English author Chetan Bhagat.
Further details can be found on the contest page at www.amazon.in/pentopublish
*Authors who are residents of Australia, Canada, India, the United Kingdom or the United States.
Tennessee Williams Festival Poetry Contest
Deadline: November 15, 2017
- VIP All-Access Pass ($600 value) for the Festival
- Publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine
- Public reading at the next Festival
2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize
Open for entry 1 September – 1 November 2017
Awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words) in English. Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £5,000. Translated entries are also eligible, as are stories written in the original Bengali, Kiswahili, Malay, Mandarin, Portuguese, Samoan and Tamil.
The competition is free to enter.
Full entry and eligibility rules are available to download in Word format or PDF.
For more details, please visit http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/our-projects/the-short-story/
Tennessee Williams Festival Fiction Contest
Deadline: November 30, 2017
Domestic airfare (up to $500) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the Festival in New Orleans
VIP All-Access Festival pass for the next Festival ($600 value)
Public reading at a literary panel at the next Festival
Publication in Louisiana Literature
For more details, please visit https://tennesseewilliamsfestival.submittable.com/submit
2017 Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize
Entries for the Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize should be approximately 1500 words or less. Submissions should be unpublished and in .rtf, .doc, or .pdf format. Feel free to submit multiple stories, but please DO NOT submit multiple Word documents as one submission or one text document containing multiple stories. Instead, please submit each story as a SEPARATE entry (so that you complete an individual submission process for each story). Entries should be unpublished. Simultaneously submissions ARE welcome. Contest deadline is December 1st. Entry fee is $10. All entries will be considered for publication in Fiction Southeast.
- Winner – $200 and publication in Fiction Southeast
- Runners-up – publication in Fiction Southeast
For more details, please visit https://fictionsoutheast.submittable.com/submit
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 http://mysterywriters.org/about-mwa/st-martins/
The 2017 Exeter Novel Prize
The competition is for the first ten thousand words including synopsis of a novel that has not been accepted for publication by a traditional publishing house. It is open to all authors who are currently without representation by a literary agent, whether or not they have been published. Self published novels are eligible.
We are delighted that London literary agent Broo Doherty of DHH Agency has agreed to undertake the final judging again. You can read about the previous award ceremonies and the judge’s reports.
First Prize – £500 plus trophy
Five finalists will each receive £75 plus a trophy.
Closing date: 1st January 2018
Fee: £18 or £80 to include a one page appraisal.
For more details, please visit http://www.creativewritingmatters.co.uk/2017-exeter-novel-prize.html
Flash 500 Short Story Competition
This is an open-themed competition and we accept all genres, including those written by or for children. Adult material is also acceptable providing the content fits the story and is not gratuitous.
We are looking for stories ranging between 1,000 and 3,000 words, with strong characters, a well-crafted plot and realistic dialogue (where used). Make us laugh, make us cry, but most of all, make us feel!
This is an annual competition: entries close on the last day of February 2018.
£7/€9 for one
£12/€15.50 for two
£16/€21 for three
£20/€26 for four
For more details, please visit http://www.flash500.com/index_files/ss.html
The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing
- For an outstanding debut literary work by a first-generation immigrant
- Winner receives $10,000 and publication by Restless Books
- To be awarded for fiction and nonfiction in alternating years
- Fiction submissions for the 2018 Prize open from September 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018
- The winner will receive a $10,000 advance and publication by Restless Books in print and digital editions. We expect to work closely with the winner and provide editorial guidance.
For more details, please visit http://www.restlessbooks.com/prize-for-new-immigrant-writing
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.
Free Novel Contest
- Inkitt Invests A Minimum $6,000 in Your Book Marketing
- Proven Amazon Top 100 Strategy
- A Dedicated Marketing Team
- Professional Editing & Cover
- 25% Royalties
Inkitt is a new boutique publishing house. Our first novel launched mid 2016, and since then we’ve published 18 books, 17 of which became Amazon Bestsellers in their categories and ranked Top 100 among the four million books on Amazon. In the months to come we will be publishing one book every week.
For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/2qLFPb8
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.
Pay: Stories published in the anthology are eligible for royalty sales.
Submission Fee: $5
Contact Info: Tammy Davies, email@example.com
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 http://www.nepoetryclub.org/contests/
Neil Postman Award for Metaphor
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: http://www.rattle.com/poetry/extras/postman/
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: http://nonfictionauthorsassociation.com/nonfiction-book-awards/#sthash.H0SVcAFl.dpuf
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.
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 http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests
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 http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests
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 http://www.apsu.edu/zone3/contests
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, visit http://www.wieldingpowerpublishing.com/submit/
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 email@example.com. 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 http://thebookawards.com/awards/
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 http://www.ekphrasisjournal.com/home
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 http://lunchticket.org/the-diana-woods-memorial-award/
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
The Script Lab Screenwriting Virtual Summit
August 26-27, 2017
The Script Lab is launching the first ever Screenwriting Virtual Summit – a FREE weekend of lectures and interviews with Oscar-winning filmmakers and Emmy-winning TV writers! And best of all, it’s FREE to register for two days of access to this amazing content!
For more details, please visit https://summit.thescriptlab.com/
2017 San Francisco Writing for Change Conference
September 9th at the Unitarian Universalist Center, San Francisco, CA. This full-day event is for all writers who write to change the world.
Online registration is now open. http://sfwritingforchange.org/
The Independent Authors Conference
The 2017 BookBaby Independent Authors Conference is taking place November 3rd-5th, 2017 in the Sonesta hotel in the heart of downtown Philadelphia.
Registration is $149 – Register Now before rates rise in October!
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 https://sites.grenadine.co/sites/rps/en/bookbaby
Wild Writers Festival
The New Quarterly is proud to present the sixth annual Wild Writers Literary Festival on November 3-5th, 2017. Join us for a celebration of the savage and free and its expression in poetry, the short story, and everything in between. Create, learn, discover and share the art of ground-breaking writing.
INDIVIDUAL TICKET SALES WILL OPEN AT 12 NOON on SEPTEMBER 15, 2017. Tickets available at the door unless otherwise noted.
For more details, please visit https://tnq.ca/product/wild-writers-festival/
The 15th SAN FRANCISCO WRITERS CONFERENCE
FEBRUARY 15-18, 2018 at the Mark Hopkins Hotel
The San Francisco Writers Conference is on President’s Day Weekend next year—February 15-18 on your calendar and register as soon as possible. As you know, the SFWC sells out every year so it is never too early to register and save your seat. CLICK HERE to register now.
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