Hi Hope, we met at the SCWW conference in Myrtle Beach last October, and I was so impressed with your lecture that I subscribed to FFW as soon as I got home. I wanted to drop you a line to let you know that because of FFW, I submitted AND WON The 2008 William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers! My novel will be finished this week, and next weekend I’m going to Malice Domestic to accept the award. Thanks you, and keep up the great work.
Writing contests provide steps up for a writer – especially a struggling writer. A portfolio that contains contest wins means more than many clips. Can’t afford the entry fees? Consider entering one contest a quarter or something more amiable to your pocketbook. A few are free. Contests provide prizes, prestige and usually publication with many offering book contracts. Denouncing contests from your writing repertoire is like discounting an entire genre or refusing to eat yellow vegetables. You’re giving up something valuable that may serve you and your career well.
TRIO HOUSE PRESS http://www.triohousepress.org/ — $25 ENTRY FEE. Deadline April 30, 2014. Trio House Press gives two awards annually: the Trio Award for First or Second Book for emerging poets, and the Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence for a book of poems contributing in an innovative and distinct way to American poetry. The Trio Award for First or Second Book includes $1,000, publication, and twenty books. The Trio Award for First or Second Book is only open to poets with less than two books published. The Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence includes $1,000, publication, and twenty books. The Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence is open to ALL poets, regardless of publication history. Manuscripts must be between 48-70 pages.
STRINGYBARK SHORT STORY AWARD http://www.stringybarkstories.net/The_Stringybark_Short_Story_Award/Stringybark_Short_Story_Award_2013.html — ENTRY FEE – A$9.95. Open theme. That is, we accept every genre — the only catch is that your story must have some link to Australia. Limit 1,500 words. Open internationally. Stories can be fiction, non-fiction or a combination of both – see the FAQ. Stories must be sent via email. Deadline January 19, 2014. First Prize – A$350 cash + publication + certificate + more. Second Prize – A$150 cash + publication + certificate + e-book + more. Third Prize – A$75 cash + publication + certificate + e-book + more. Authors of highly commended stories may also be invited to have their stories published and if so receive a free copy of the e-book.
SOCIETY OF CLASSICAL POETS COMPETITION http://classicalpoets.org/2012-poetry-competition/ — NO ENTRY FEE. Submit 3 to 5 poems, each not to exceed 50 lines. Metered and rhymed poetry is preferred but not required. (We usually do not publish love poems, free verse, or overly dark poems that don’t teach a positive lesson.) Prize $500. Deadline January 1, 2014. Poems must be within one or more of the four themes used by the Society: 1.Beauty: Beauty in human nature, culture, the natural world, classical art forms, and the divine. 2.Great Culture: Good figures, stories, and other elements from classical (pre-1900) history and literature. 3.Falun Dafa: Today, this upright practice faces the worst spiritual persecution in history perpetrated by the Chinese communist regime, which is propped up by foreign investment and exports. 4.Humor: Clean humor only please. Also includes riddles and children’s poetry.
NARRATIVE TRAVEL WRITING CONTEST http://www.transitionsabroad.com/information/writers/travel_writing_contest.shtml#contest_guidelines — NO ENTRY FEE. We wish to explore the idea of travel as a way to not only leave behind your material and spiritual preconceptions, but as an opportunity to open up to ideas, aesthetics, and rituals which you have internalized into your own life going forward. What did you learn during your travels, and did this fundamentally transform your perception(s) of the world? Do you believe that you may have touched your hosts in ways which may have in some way transformed their views of the world as well, or is that presumptuous as a de facto “outsider” to their rituals and way of life? In this year’s Narrative Travel Writing Contest, the first-place winner’s entry will receive $500 (USD), the second-place winning entry $150, and the third-place winner $100. Any other articles selected as runner-ups will receive a $50 payment. The Contest is open to professional, freelance and aspiring travel writers from any location around the globe and of any nationality.
AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB FICTION WRITING CONTEST http://www.akc.org/pubs/fictioncontest/ — NO ENTRY FEE. Deadline January 31, 2014. Submit one short story, maximum 2,000 words. Entries can be on any subject, but must feature either a purebred or mixed breed dog. No talking dogs. Prizes $500, $240, $100.
DRIFTLESS REVIEW ANNUAL FLASH FICTION CONTEST http://driftlessreview.org/contest/ — $15 ENTRY FEE. Each short-short story limited to 500 words. $500 prize. Deadline December 31, 2013.
TOP OF MOUNTAIN BOOK AWARD http://www.northerncoloradowriters.com/upcoming-events-mainmenu-133/writing-contests/374-top-of-mountain-book-award.html — $25 ENTRY FEE. Fiction and Creative nonfiction categories. Finalists and winners will be announced on March 28, 2014 during dinner at the NCW 9th Annual Writers Conference. Attendance at the conference is not required. First Place: Framed certificate and $1,000. Finalists: Certificate. The contest is open to unpublished novel-length fiction of any genre. (MS does not need to be completed.) Authors may be previously published, as long as the submission is an unpublished work (self published included). Submit first 25 pages and the synopsis or book proposal together in second document.
CWA MARGERY ALLINGHAM SHORT STORY COMPETITION http://www.emperorsclothes.co.uk/2013/10/the-cwa-margery-allingham-short-story.html — £10 ENTRY FEE There are two key requirements – the first is that this must be an UNPUBLISHED short story; the second that it fits Margery’s definition of a mystery: “The Mystery remains box-shaped, at once a prison and a refuge. Its four walls are, roughly, a Crime, a Mystery, an Enquiry and a Conclusion with an Element of Satisfaction in it.” Margery Allingham was an English crime writer best known for her detective stories featuring the gentleman sleuth Albert Campion. The Margery Allingham Society is sponsoring this competition. The winner will receive £1,000 as well as other prizes to be announced nearer the time. Stories must be no longer than 3,500 words and must be submitted before 4:00pm on Sunday, March 16, 2014. To enter please fill out the form on the CWA site.
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING MEMOIR CONTEST http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/sweeps/memoir-writing-contest-official-rules — $15 ENTRY FEE. Theme: Every mother has a memory. The memoir must be non-fiction about your mom, your life as a mom, or a mom you’ve known, must be between 3,000 and 7,500 words in length, and not previously published or a finalist for any other writing prize or award. Entrants will be charged a submission fee of $15 if they are legal residents of Canada (excluding Quebec), the District of Columbia, and the United States, excluding residents of Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, and North Dakota (where collection of a submission fee is prohibited by law). All entrants will receive a free two-month electronic subscription to Shebooks.
DAVID BURLAND POETRY PRIZE — £8 ENTRY FEE. Writers are encouraged to explore their literary ability for the free style competition. The Judges Michel François and R Freidman will consider not only the Poetic originality of your words but the potential for a recording of your work by Michel François on-line entitled…’Michel Francois and Friends.’ Winning Entries in both French and English will include also the Author’s photograph with the text of their work. a cash prize of £500, and. a copy of the recording. Deadline May 31, 2014.
SOUTH CAROLINA FIRST NOVEL PRIZE — $35 ENTRY FEE. The South Carolina Arts Commission, Hub City Press and The Humanities Council SC announce a call for submissions for the biennial South Carolina First Novel Prize. The application deadline is March 3, 2014; a winner will be announced in August. The winning author will receive a book contract with Hub City Press, an award-winning independent press in Spartanburg, S.C. Upon successful execution of the contract with Hub City, the winner will receive a $1,000 advance against royalties. Hub City will publish at least 1,500 copies of the book. Must not have published a novel before, but may have published a book of nonfiction, short stories, poetry or children’s literature.
COLORADO PRIZE FOR POETRY — $25 ENTRY FEE. Deadline January 14, 2014. Manuscripts should be at least 48 pages but no more than 100 pages. The theme and style are both open. Authors do NOT need to be residents of Colorado or the United States. The winning book-length collection of poems will be published by the Center for Literary Publishing and distributed by the University Press of Colorado in the fall of 2014. The author receives a $2,000 honorarium.
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