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“Genuineness is often sacrificed in order to showcase the author’s control over the form and subject matter, the end result technically sound but emotionally cold.”
My fall literature class for Seniors College is three weeks in and we have five short weeks to go. So far, we have read and analyzed three of Alice Munro’s short stories. When we began, half the class knew of Alice Munro, the other half barely knew her, had only heard of hear, or did not know her at all. Of the half that knew her, they had read a bit of her but could not remember much of what they had read or had not read enough to form an opinion of her. Many times, we read literary works—in this case, short stories—and either like them or don’t like them. Unless we look more deeply into those works, we are unable to create an honest, informed opinion about them. At most, we might say we liked the works because they were interesting or entertaining, or we didn’t like the works because of the exact opposite—we thought them boring or uninteresting. The point with classics and works by acknowledged literary giants is that there is more to them than just mere entertainment or surface interest. That would apply to nearly every book in national and international bestseller lists. When does a literary work climb from being a bestseller to a classic, besides being a bestseller year after year, decade after decade, century after century? What is it that prize committees look for in works that earn their authors accolades and the status of laureate? Probably the most important quality a great literary work has is genuineness. Not impeccable grammar or perfect form. Not even masterful sentences or brilliant plots. This is where I bring around Alice Munro’s writing. The one thing that stands out in all her works is genuineness. Her stories are populated by genuine people, characters we can easily and quickly identify with, dealing with situations and problems we have all encountered or dealt with at one time or another. Her characters live real lives in a familiar world and, like many of us do, live mundane lives of quiet desperation or struggle through daily routines and encounters as heroically as they can. She makes readers see there can be pleasure and happiness in the littlest things, despite the hardships we face on a daily basis. She opens our eyes to the ideas, practices, and beliefs that define our behavior and affect our relationships. She reminds us that sometimes, we cannot change who we are, especially when we aren’t aware of why we think, act, or feel the way we do about what happens to us, what we do, or who we interact with. She points a spotlight on relationships in every imaginable form and makes us think about our relationships, how we live our lives, what we do, what motivates us—because it is exactly what motivates her characters and makes them think, feel, and do what they do.
Want more on writing with genuineness? Visit us at The Writing Pool™! You can also read about other aspects of writing at Creativity Unlimited.
Author Talk at the Confederation Centre Public Library
Islander Mo Duffy Cobb has written a book detailing how world travel helped her and her
family deal with personal grief. Cobb will be talking about the family’s experiences as
chronicled in her book “Unpacked: from PEI to Palawan” on Thursday, October 26 at 7 p.m.
at the Confederation Centre Public Library.
“I hadn’t always been lost, but Prince Edward Island had suddenly become too small for my grief. My grief needed the whole world. It needed isolation. It needed inspiration. It needed something to change, something to be released. It needed an answer.”
In 2008, Maureen and Mitch Cobb took drastic action in the wake of the stillbirth death of their second child, Tya. They packed up two-year-old Leila and set out on a journey through Southeast Asia, a trip of courage, love, and, ultimately, redemption. They left their small town in the Maritimes to fill the silence of their grief with the noisy spice markets of Bali, the crashing waves of the Philippines, and the golden surrenders of Borneo’s hot sun. Through twelve countries and nine months, in the chaos of difficult travel plans and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, this young family begins to find acceptance in the humanity that surrounds them, the inspiration in each other to continue, and the courage to come back from their complicated grief.
“Unpacked” is the inspiring story of a mother in search of herself, a husband and wife fighting for a marriage, a young daughter who rises from confusion, and the scenes and revelations that bring Mo out of her paralyzing grief and into the perspective of a new world.
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/
FALL 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 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!
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 FALL 2017 FLASH FICTION Contest Terms & Conditions PDF
FALL: September – November 30th 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – NOW OPEN!
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) – CLOSED
ENTRY FEE: $10.00
Musicworks SONIC GEOGRAPHY Writing Contest
The Musicworks Sonic Geography Contest is now open. Deadline: October 27, 2017.
Describe your soundworld in 500 words and enter the 7th annual juried writing contest. Choose any location—urban or rural, indoors or outside, cacophonous or silent.
First prize: $500 cash, publication of your work in Musicworks and on musicworks.ca.
Second prize: $200 cash and publication of your work on musicworks.ca.
Third prize: $100 cash and publication of your work on musicworks.ca.
Get all the details including submission information here.
Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest
Writers have been asking us for years (seriously!) to open an essay contest, and we finally listened. We have a great first place cash prize of $500 for the best essay, plus $300 for second, and $200 for third, and provide you with more words than our fiction contest to compose your masterpieces.
We are currently around 26% full, so your chances at placing are fantastic!
The contest is open to nonfiction work of any style between 200 – 1000 words. We allow a maximum of 300 stories. There are ten cash prize winners and ten honorable mentions.
If you have an essay you think would be a good fit for the contest, consider entering by October 31. We’d love to read your work!
The Family Narrative Project Writing Contest
The Family Narrative Project invites entries to our 2017 essay contest on the theme of family. At FNP, we know that family means many things to many different people. Feel free to define family broadly. We also know that family relationships can be complicated and wonderful and frustrating and supportive and destructive and confusing and breathtakingly loving. We know, in other words, that they have the power both to harm and to heal. We are open to essays that reflect the full range of family life.
Deadline: October 31, 2017 (11:59 p.m.)
Word limit: 1000 words
Entry fee: $10/entry
Prize: $500 for winner plus an interview with the author that will be featured on our website.
Winner will be announced on our website on January 4, 2018.
For details, please visit https://www.familynarrativeproject.com/contest
Tupelo Press Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Prize
Deadline: October 31
The Sunken Garden Poetry Prize is a prestigious national poetry prize for adult writers. Established in 2002, the Prize has drawn submissions from around the country that have been judged by renowned poets such as Martha Collins, Patricia Smith, and Tony Hoagland. The winner receives a cash prize, an introductory reading at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, and publication of a chapbook. Hill-Stead began partnering with Tupelo Press for the publication of the chapbook in 2013.
The Tupelo Press Sunken Garden Poetry Prize includes a cash award of $1,000, publication by Tupelo Press, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. Results announced in winter 2018.
For more details, please visit https://www.tupelopress.org/sunken-garden-poetry-prize/
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
2017 Book Pipeline Competition
Deadline: November 1st, 2017
Entry Fee: $65
The 4th Annual Book Pipeline Competition seeks material for film or television adaptation. Open to writers worldwide, the contest accepts any genre, fiction or non-fiction. Published and unpublished works are both acceptable.
One Grand Prize Winner receives $10,000 and circulation to Lakeshore Entertainment (Million Dollar Baby, American Pastoral), QC Entertainment (Get Out, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), Good Fear Film + Management (Polaroid), Silent R Management (reps Academy Award winning director Barry Jenkins), in addition to other leading production companies, managers, and agencies best-suited for developing the selected projects. Finalists and semifinalists also receive circulation consideration.
For more details, please visit http://bookpipeline.com/
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/
The Malahat Review Open Season Awards
***New this year: we’ve increased the prize money from $1500 CAD per genre to $2000, for a total of $6000 to be given away!
The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for our annual Open Season Awards. An exciting spring showcase of literary excellence, Open Season bestows a grand prize of $6000 CAD to be divided evenly over three categories: poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction.
Entry fee required for all categories:
- $35 CAD for Canadian entries;
- $40 US for American entries;
- $45 US for entries from Mexico and outside North America.
- ***new this year: additional entries cost just $10 CAD each (from anywhere)
Deadline: November 1, 2017
For details, please visit http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/open_season/info.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
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/
Screencraft 2017 Family Screenplay Contest
Calling all family-friendly feature film screenplays!
Families are the most influential moviegoing audience, yet there’s a surprising lack of high-quality films that appeal to the WHOLE family. This contest avoids the genre-bias of some other contests by seeking exclusively screenplays that are life-affirming stories of faith, courage, hope and love. Whether you have a family drama, comedy, animation, or action-adventure film – we have producers and executives who are hungry for high-quality “four-quadrant” projects to package and produce. Will your script win?
Early Deadline: November 2nd, 2017
Final Deadline: December 30th, 2017
Quarter-finalists Announcement: February 5th
Semifinalists Announcement: March 1st
Winners Announcement: April 10th
Entry fee for each screenplay is $49 until November 2nd early deadline and then $69 until final deadline on December 30th.
For more details, please visit https://screencraft.org/family/
Young Adult Fiction Writing Competition
1st Prize: £200.00
2nd Prize: £100.00
3rd Prize: £75.00
Entry fee: £3.00 FREE to Write Learn and Publish Members
Closing date: November 3, 2017
Have you ever fancied trying to write for the young adult market? The teenage market is very popular and if you can adapt your writing to connect with today’s teenagers then, you could develop a whole new writing skill and, it can be more than a little lucrative too. If this sounds fun, then have a go with this new writing competition. Create an adventure story, a mystery or just draw on the issues of life but aim for those younger minds and deal with these issues in a way that is relative. Note, you do not have to use the photo above.
You have a maximum of 1500 words (including your choice of title) so consider your story and starting point carefully. We love the YA genre so grip us from the opening paragraph. Do read the rules though.
For details, please visit http://bit.ly/2fU6BxI
Screencraft 2017 Cinematic Short Story Contest
Open for entries!
Seeking uniquely cinematic short stories (prose, not scripts).
Early deadline: November 4th
Final deadline: December 16th
Entry fee for each story is $39 until the November 4th early deadline and then $59 until the final deadline on December 16th.
Our jury is looking for short stories (not scripts) with special cinematic potential. Whether you’re writing flash fiction or a novella, we want to read your story! The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and personal introductions to literary agents, managers, producers and publishers. The top 5 finalists will be read by our network of over 40 literary and entertainment industry professionals. All rights and ownership to stories submitted to this contest remain with the author, until and unless other agreements are made.
Quarter-finalists announcement: January 24th
Semifinalists announcement: February 14th
Winners announcement: March 14th
For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/2zHI4kL
Deadline: November 6, 2017
- First entry—$20
- Each additional entry—$15
Additional entry discounts only apply to for each additional entry submitted during the same transaction/checkout. No matter the entry method, all deadlines are at 11:59 PM EST, on the specified date. The deadline at which time you are entering, is also the date that all related materials (when applicable) must be shipped. Mailed in payments must deliver within 5 days of the current posted entry deadline, at listed on the website at the time of your submission. For proof of delivery, please track your package with your shipper – we are not able to confirm individual deliveries. Mailed in payments can take up to 60 days (after the entry deadline) to process.
For more details, please visit http://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/poetry-awards
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
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.
The Tishman Review’s 2018 Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize
The Tishman Review’s Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize is open to writers, worldwide, from new to established. The contest is judged blind.
Submissions will be welcome from October 1, 2017 to November 15, 2017.
Poems must be written in English (no translations).
Entry fees are non-refundable. Send between three and five poems per entry. There is no line-limit. Poems may be any length, any style, or any subject. Please, no translations for the contest. Multiple entries by a single poet are accepted, however each group of three to five poems must be treated as a separate entry, each with its own cover sheet and an additional $15 fee.
Winners will be announced by January 30, 2018.
First place wins $500 and publication in the January 2018 issue.
For more details, please visit http://www.thetishmanreview.com/contests/submit-your-work/
The Masters Review Fall Fiction Contest – Judged by Brian Evenson
- Submissions are open from Sept 15 – Nov 15
- 7000-word limit
- Fiction only
- Emerging writers only. (We are interested in offering a larger platform to new writers. Self-published writers and writers with story collections and novels with a small circulation are welcome to submit.)
- $20 to enter
- Previously unpublished work only
- One story per submission
- Multiple and simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us if your story is accepted elsewhere
- International submissions allowed
For more details, please visit https://mastersreview.com/fall-fiction-contest-2000-publication/
Fear Writing Competition
1st Prize: £700
2nd Prize: £500
3rd Prize: £300
4th Prize: £100
Entry fee: £4.00
Write, Learn and Publish members can enter for FREE
Closing date: November 15th, 2017
Our Fear Writing competition is open to creative interpretation. You have a maximum of 1000 words including the title so plan your story carefully.
Professional feedback is available for £5.00
Find out more or enter HERE
Perugia Press Prize
for a First or Second Book by a Woman
Deadline: November 15
Prize: $1000 and publication
- Poets must have no more than one previously published full-length book. You are still eligible if you have published a poetry chapbook/s or books in other genres.
- Poets must be women, which is inclusive of transgender women and female-identified individuals. Because gender inequality still occurs in publishing, we consider it part of our explicit feminist mission to support and promote women’s voices in print.
- Perugia Press seeks to promote diversity and highlight marginalized and underrepresented voices in our publications, and to that end we encourage submissions written by poets of all abilities, ages, and sexual orientations, and from across all cultural, socio-economic, ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds. We welcome submissions from across the globe, though they must be written in English.
For more details, please visit http://www.perugiapress.com/contest/
Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards
Deadline: November 15, 2017
One Grand Prize winner will receive:
- $2,500 in cash
- A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!
- An interview with the author in Writer’s Digest’s May/June issue
- $100 off a purchase at http://www.writersdigestshop.com
- A copy of the 2018 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
One First Prize winner in each category will receive:
- An announcement of the winner in the May/June issue of Writer’s Digest
- $500 in cash
- $100 off a purchase at http://www.writersdigestshop.com
- A copy of the 2018 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
Honorable Mentions will:
- Have their stories promoted on writersdigest.com
- A copy of the 2018 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
- Mystery/Crime: Mystery and crime fiction focus on the dramatization of crimes, the detective work and procedures in solving said crimes, and the criminal motivations behind them.
- Horror: Horror fiction is a genre which intends, and/or has the capacity, to frighten, scare or startle readers. This genre may induce feelings of creepiness, horror and terror, and is generally unsettling for the audience. Horror can be supernatural or non-supernatural.
- Romance: Romance fiction can encompass and draw themes, ideas and premises from other genres and can vary widely in setting, dialogue, characters, etc. Generally, however, romance fiction should include a love story involving two individuals struggling to make their relationship work and an emotionally satisfying ending.
- Science Fiction/Fantasy: Science fiction and fantasy are genres that take place beyond the boundaries of “real life.” In the case of science fiction, this often involves futuristic settings, science and technology, as well as space travel, time travel, extraterrestrial life, and parallel universes. Fantasy fiction touches on similar elements such as world building, magic and magical creatures, and generally does not include the scientific themes.
- Thriller/Suspense: Suspense fiction uses the threat of personal jeopardy and tension to dramatically affect the reader. A thriller can provide surprise, anxiety, terror, anticipation, etc., in order to provide a rush of emotions and excitement that progress a story. It should generally be based around the strength of the villain and the protagonist, as well as their struggle against each other. This category might encompass several other genres, including horror, science fiction, and crime.
- Young Adult: Young Adult fiction is generally fiction meant for readers age 12-18.
For more details, please visit http://bit.ly/2yJadKh
THE WRITER’S DIGEST SHORT SHORT STORY COMPETITION
Early-Bird Deadline: November 15, 2017
- First entry—$25
- Each additional entry—$20
Deadline: December 15, 2017
- First entry—$30
- Each additional entry—$25
All deadlines are at 11:59 PM EST, on the specified date.The deadline at which time you are entering, is also the date that all related materials (when applicable) must be shipped. Mailed in payments must deliver within 5 days of the current posted entry deadline, at listed on the website at the time of your submission. For proof of delivery, please track your package with your shipper – we are not able to confirm individual deliveries. Mailed in payments can take up to 60 days (after the entry deadline) to process.
For more details, please visit http://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/short-short-story-competition
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
Winter Poetry Competition
1st Prize: £500.00
2nd Prize: £300.00
3rd Prize: £200.00
Closing date: 17th November 2017
Entry fee: £3.50 or FREE to Write, Learn and Publish members
Our Winter Poetry Competition is sure to be popular and if you conjure up a little creativity, you could walk away with our top prize of £500. It can be on any aspect of winter, just bring it to life so we can visualise every word.
Find out more HERE
2017 Autumn Poetry Competition
1st Prize: £100
2nd Prize: £50
3rd Prize: £25
4th & 5th Prize: Free Critical Overview by our Editorial Team on a piece of writing of your choice.
Entry Fee: £4.00
Closing Date: 11:59 PM (GMT) – 28/11/2017
Winners announced: 01/02/2018
Line Limit: 40
Brief: We want up to forty lines, embodying the theme of change. Autumn is a season of complex and dynamic change, and that what we’re looking for here. Tell us about change, and what it means to you. The end of something, the beginning of something, or the evolution of something. Take the theme and do something inspired with it. Or, just writing something amazing about Autumn.
For details, please visit https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/competitions
The Lascaux Prize in Short Fiction
The Lascaux Prize in Short Fiction is presently open for submissions. Stories may be previously published or unpublished, and simultaneous submissions are accepted. Winner receives $1,000, a bronze medallion, and publication in The Lascaux Review. The winner and all finalists will be published in The 2018 Lascaux Prize Anthology.
Two copies of the anthology will be supplied to every writer appearing in it. Entry fee is $10. Writers may enter more than once. Length should not exceed 10,000 words. All genres and styles are welcome.
All contest participants receive free downloads of the Lascaux Prize anthologies to date. Submissions close 30 November.
For more details, please visit http://lascauxreview.com/contests/
THE TWO SYLVIAS PRESS 2017 WILDER SERIES POETRY BOOK PRIZE
Now Open for Submissions: Sept. 1st – Nov. 30th
2017 Wilder Series Poetry Book Prize: A Poetry Contest for Women Over Age 50
Submission Dates: Sept. 1, 2017 – Nov. 30, 2017.
Prize: $1000 and publication by Two Sylvias Press
(print book and eBook publication, and a vintage art nouveau pendant).
The Wilder Series Book Prize is open to women over 50 years of age (established or emerging poets) and includes a $1000 prize, publication by Two Sylvias Press, 20 copies of the winning book, and a vintage, art nouveau pendant. Women submitting manuscripts may be poets with one or more previously published chapbooks/books or poets without any prior chapbook/book publications. (We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and we welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who are significantly female-identified.)
For details, please visit http://www.twosylviaspress.com/wilder-series-poetry-book-prize.html
45th New Millennium Writing Awards
POETRY • FICTION • FLASH FICTION • NONFICTION
$4,000 IN AWARDS + PUBLICATION (in print and online)
First Place in each category receives a $1000 cash prize, a certificate to document the success, publication online and in print, in New Millennium Writings, and two complimentary copies.
- Select Finalists, and all Poetry Finalists, will be published in New Millennium Writings and receive two complimentary copies.
- Fiction – 6,000 words or less
- Nonfiction (all types welcome) – 6,000 words or less
- Flash Fiction (aka: Short-Short Fiction) – 1,000 words or less
- Poetry – each entry may include three poems, up to five pages total.
- Submissions must be received by the November 30, 2017 deadline.
ENTRY FEES AND MULTIPLE ENTRY SUPPORT
For any category or combination of categories:
- 1 Entry – $20
- 2 Entries – $40
- 3 Entries – $45 (reg $60)
- 4 Entries – $60 (reg $80)
- 5 Entries – $75 (reg $100)
Note: Poetry may include up to three poems per Entry.
For more details, please visit https://newmillenniumwritings.org/submit/
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
The Strokestown International Prize 2018
1st Prize € 2,000
Plus: A week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat
2nd Prize € 700
3rd Prize € 500
Reading fees of € 300 for 5 shortlisted poets
The 8 shortlisted poems will be printed in the Strokestown Anthology 2018,
Competition opens 1st September 2017
Competition closes 1st December 2017
Judges Moya Cannon & Harry Clifton
Prize winner announced in Strokestown, 6th May 2018
Judges Moya Cannon and Harry Clifton will read and consider all entries for this prestigious prize. Shortlisted poets will also be published in the forthcoming festival anthology, alongside the work of the judges and other featured readers at the festival.
Strokestown is Ireland’s longest-running poetry festival, and has established a reputation for friendly informality twinned with deep respect for poetry, poets and poetry lovers. Here’s your chance to take part in it. Entries will be accepted from Friday 1st September 2017, and will be until 1st December 2017. You may enter as early and as often as you choose for an entry fee of €6.00 per poem.
For details, please visit http://bit.ly/2wPgKCy
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
The Lascaux Prize in Fiction
The Lascaux Prize in Fiction is presently open for submissions. Novels must have been published during the 2016 or 2017 calendar years. Independently published works are welcome.
Winner receives $1,000 and a bronze medallion. Entry fee is $20. Authors may enter more than once. There are no length or content restrictions. All genres and styles are welcome.
All contest participants receive free downloads of the Lascaux Prize anthologies to date. Submissions close 31 December.
For details, please visit http://lascauxreview.com/contests/
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/
Fall 2017 Travel Writing Contest
Read our general guidelines here.
Award-winning literary travel magazine Nowhere is accepting submissions for the Fall 2017 Travel Writing Contest.
We are looking for young, old, novice and veteran writers to send us stories that possess a powerful sense of place. Stories can be fiction, nonfiction or essay, but please indicate which genre at the top of your manuscript. Entries should be between eight hundred and five thousand words and must not have been previously chosen as a winner in another contest. Previously published work is accepted, but again, please indicate this. Every submission will be read blind, so anyone can win…
The winner will receive $1,000, with publication in Nowhere granted under First North American Serial Rights (FNASR). Up to ten finalists also will be published. Brush off your manuscripts or write something new and send it to the only literary travel magazine going.
The contest ends Jan. 1, 2018. We look forward to reading your work!
Tongues&Grooves Prose Poem Prize 2018
Deadline: Midnight on 1 January 2018
First Poem: £5; each additional poem £4
Prizes: First £600, Second £200, Third £100, with seven commendations £25
Judge: Michael Loveday
Prize Awards: Sunday 25th March 2018 at the Square Tower, Old Portsmouth
Winners will be invited to read at the Square Tower, Portsmouth in March 2018 as part of Bookfest 2018
Further details, including competition rules and a postal submission form, can be downloaded here.
Online submissions, including payment, can be made by clicking this link: Prose Poem Competition 2017
Visit the website at https://tonguesandgrooves.com/2017/03/08/international-prose-poem-2017/
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
Post your way to literary fame!
The 14th Annual Geist Literal Literary Postcard Contest is now open!
The rules are simple: write up to 500 words of postcard-inspired micro-lit and send it in with your postcard.
Deadline: January 15, 2018
Check out our submission guidelines to get more information and to submit!
DISQUIET Literary Prize 2018
Ends on January 31, 2018
Multi-genre award for the best poetry, fiction, or nonfiction on any subject. Entries must be in English. Entries may not be previously published.
The winner in each genre will be published. The grand prize winner will also receive a full scholarship, including tuition, lodging, and a $1,000USD travel stipend, to attend the Disquiet International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal. Runners-up will also be considered for merit-based scholarships.
One entry may include up to six poems (to a maximum of ten pages) or a single prose piece up to twenty-five double-spaced pages in length. Excerpts from longer works are welcome. Multiple entries must be accompanied by multiple reading fees.
Deadline: January 31st, 2018
For more details, please visit http://disquietinternational.org/the-program/contests-scholarships/the-disquiet-prize/
Psychopomp Magazine Short Fiction Award
The Psychopomp Magazine Short Fiction Award recognizes outstanding pieces of fiction that push the boundaries of genre and/or form. Surprise us! Show us something we’ve never seen before. Note: As with our regular submissions, we ARE open to realist fiction and work that may veer towards the hard genre but are most interested in stories that work between these realms and/or is innovative in the way a story is told.
First Place Award: $500 and issue publication
All finalists will be considered for publication on our site as “special contest features.”
Submit up to 6,000 words (double-spaced, 12-point font, pages numbered) of a short story or a self-contained excerpt of a novella or novel.
Submit anytime between October 15, 2017 and January 31st, 2018 via our submissions manager. The entry fee is $10, payable during the time of submission.
For more details, please visit https://psychopompmag.com/contests/
The Lascaux Prize in Collected Poetry
The Lascaux Prize in Collected Poetry is presently open for submissions. Collections must have been published during the 2016 or 2017 calendar years and must be by a single author. Independently published works are welcome.
Winner receives $1,000 and a bronze medallion. Entry fee is $20. Poets may enter more than once. There are no length or content restrictions. All genres and styles are welcome.
All contest participants receive free downloads of the Lascaux Prize anthologies to date. Submissions close 31 January.
For details, please visit http://lascauxreview.com/contests/
Deadline: Monday, February 26, 2018
CNF editors will award $1,000 for best essay and $500 for runner-up. All essays submitted will be considered for publication.
Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. All essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate. Everything we publish goes through a rigorous fact-checking process, and editors may ask for sources and citations.
There is a $20 reading fee, waived for current subscribers.**
Deadline: Monday, February 26, 2018.
For details, please visit https://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/intoxication
The Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest
Winning Poem: $1000
Deadline: February 28, 2018
For details, please visit https://tnq.ca/product/the-nick-blatchford-occasional-verse-contest/
Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest 2018
Welcome to the Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest, presented by the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative at Arizona State University.
We are looking for stories that illustrate, explore, or illuminate the impact of climate change on humanity and/or the Earth. We enthusiastically invite submissions in all genres of short fiction, including speculative, realistic, literary, experimental, hybrid forms, and more. Work will be selected and judged by Kim Stanley Robinson, The New York Times bestselling author of Shaman, the Mars trilogy, and New York 2140. The winning story will receive a $1000 prize, and nine finalists will receive $50 prizes. Selected work will be published in an anthology by the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative at Arizona State University.
- Submit up to one (1) work of short fiction with a maximum length of 5,000 words.
- Your submission must be under 5,000 words and contain no identifying information anywhere within the document.
- Submissions that exceed 5,000 words or contain any identifying information about the author will be disqualified.
- While the presence of other languages in the text is acceptable, the majority of the work must be written in English.
- Participants must be 18 years or older. U.S. and international submissions are welcome. ASU students and employees are welcome to participate.
The deadline for the submission is February 28, 2018. Our judging process will be blind: judges will not have access to any identifying information about the authors, including their names, places or origin, or ages.
For more details, please visit https://everythingchange.submittable.com/submit
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
The Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest
Winning Essay: $1000
Deadline: March 28, 2018
For details, please visit https://tnq.ca/product/the-edna-staebler-personal-essay-contest/
Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee)
Now in its 17th year, this contest seeks today’s best humor poems. No fee to enter. Submit published or unpublished work. $2,250 in prizes.
Please submit one humor poem during August 15, 2017-April 1, 2018. No fee to enter. We will award a first prize of $1,000 and a second prize of $250. Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each. The top 12 entries will be published online. Judge: Jendi Reiter, assisted by Lauren Singer. Length limit: 250 lines. No restrictions on age or country. The results of our 17th annual contest will be announced on August 15, 2018.
For more details, please visit https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/wergle-flomp-humor-poetry-contest-free
PALOOKA PRESS CONTEST
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’re willing to give anything a fair chance. All pieces within entries are also considered for publication in the magazine. Please send your best fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic narrative, or hybrid genres. Manuscripts should be roughly 30-50 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)
*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, 2018
For details, please visit http://palookamag.com/palooka-press
The Peter Hinchcliffe Short Fiction Award
sponsored by the St. Jerome’s University English Department
Winning story: $1000
Deadline: May 28, 2018
For details, please visit https://tnq.ca/product/the-peter-hinchcliffe-short-fiction-award/
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 2017 Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference
3 days of learning. 4 tracks to explore.
Nearly 100 years of experience.
October 27-29, 2017 in Pasadena, CA
The Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference—the only conference focused solely on the novel—returns to the West Coast this fall!
Many of publishing’s most respected and knowledgeable writers, agents, and editors will be on hand to guide you. Hone your craft skills, refine your characters, explore the future of publishing, and get the tools you need to advance your career as a writer.
42nd Annual Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival | Oct 28 – Nov 5
Experience nine epic days filled with remote journeys, ground-breaking expeditions, and cutting-edge adventures told through the eyes of adventurers, authors, photographers, and filmmakers from around the globe. Tickets selling fast!
- Legends and pioneers live on stage including Sir Chris Bonington, Tommy Caldwell, Tamara Lunger, David Roberts, and Mayan Smith-Gobat.
- Over 82 films including over 50 North American and World Premieres.
- Presentations and readings from authors and photographers sharing their latest works.
- Plus a mountain of FREE events including Mountain Art Exhibitions, Mountain Art and Craft Sale, book signings, and so much more.
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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