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you a line to let you know that because of FFW, I submitted AND WON The 2008 William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers!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.
LEXI RUDNITSKY FIRST BOOK PRIZE
$25 ENTRY FEE. Entrants must be women with American citizenship. Submitted manuscripts should be at least 40 pages. This annual competition sponsors the publication of a poetry collection by an American woman poet who has yet to publish a full-length book of poems. The winner receives an advance of $1,000.00 and publication of her collection by Persea. In addition, the winner receives the option of an all-expenses-paid residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center, a renowned artists retreat housed in a fifteenth-century castle in Umbertide, Italy. Deadline October 31, 2014.
TROUBADOUR INTERNATIONAL POETRY PRIZE
£5/€6/$8 ENTRY FEE. First £5,000, second £1,000, third £500 plus 20 prizes of £25 each plus a spring 2015 coffee-house-poetry season-ticket plus a prize-winners’ coffee-house poetry reading with Amy Wack and Neil Astley on December 1, 2014 for all prize-winning poets. Deadline October 20, 2014. Poems must be in English, must each be no longer than 45 lines.
SCHNEIDER FAMILY BOOK AWARDS
NO ENTRY FEE. The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. Three awards each consisting of $5000 and a framed plaque, will be given annually in each of the following categories: birth through grade school (age 0-10), middle school (age 11-13) and teens (age 13-18). Deadline December 1, 2014. May be fiction, biography, or other form of nonfiction. Must portray the emotional, mental, or physical disability as part of a full life, not as something to be pitied or overcome.
SISKIYOU PRIZE FOR NEW ENVIRONMENTAL LITERATURE
$25 ENTRY FEE. The contest is open to unpublished, full-length prose manuscripts, including novels, memoirs, short story collections, and essay collections. “New environmental literature” refers to literary works that focus on the environment, animal protection, ecology, and wildlife. We’re looking for work that redefines our notions of environmentalism and sustainability, particularly when it comes to animal protection. The winner will receive $1,000 and book publication. Deadline September 30, 2014.
TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN BOOK AWARD
$25 ENTRY FEE. Two categories – fiction and creative/narrative nonfiction. Open September 15, 2014 to February 1, 2015. Finalists will be announced and notified on or around March 1, 2015 and the winners will be announced in March 27, 2015 during dinner at the NCW 10th Anniversary Writers Conference. Attendance at the conference is not required. First Place: Framed certificate and $1,000 in each category. Finalists: Certificate. The contest is open to unpublished novel-length fiction of any genre. (MS does not need to be completed, but estimated word count for the finished novel should be 65,000 words or more.) Authors may be previously published, as long as the submission is an unpublished work (self-published counts as published).
ALLIGATOR JUNIPER CONTEST
$18 ENTRY FEE. Alligator Juniper is an award-winning national literary magazine published by the Arts & Letters program at Prescott College and featuring contemporary poetry, fiction, & creative nonfiction. We encourage submissions from writers at all levels, emerging, early-career, and established. We produce one annual issue comprised of the winners and finalists of our national contests. All entrants receive a complementary copy of that year’s issue in the spring. We also offer editorial feedback on every manuscript submitted. First place winning writers in each genre receive a $1,000 prize. All finalists are published and paid in contributor copies. Deadline October 1, 2014.
NCW POETRY CONTEST
$20 ENTRY FEE. Northern Colorado Writers is hosting its 4th annual Poetry contest, open to everyone. Prizes are 1st: $1,000; 2nd: $250; 3rd: $100. Winners and honorable mentions of this and the other two contests in the series will be published in and receive a free copy of the winners’ anthology, POOLED INK. In addition, one winner (or editor’s pick) will win tuition to the 2015 NCW Conference. Deadline: September 30, 2014.
GLIMMER TRAIN VERY SHORT FICTION AWARD
$15 ENTRY FEE. Deadline October 31, 2014. Open to all writers, this category welcomes stories that have not appeared in any print publication. Maximum length: 3,000 words. 1st place wins $1,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of that issue. 2nd place wins $500 (or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies). 3rd place wins $300 (or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies).
FLASH 500 NOVEL OPENING CHAPTER AND SYNOPSIS COMPETITION
£10 ENTRY FEE. We are looking for an opening chapter up to 3,000 words, plus a one page synopsis outlining the balance of the story. First: £500. Runner up: £200. Deadline October 31, 2014.
$17 ENTRY FEE. Submit up to three unpublished poems (100 line limit each) or one unpublished short story (5,000- word limit), any subject, any style, postmarked by October 20, 2014. First prize in each genre: $1,250 and publication. Second prize in each genre: $250 and publication. Honorable mention publication.
CBC LITERARY AWARD FOR SHORT STORIES
$25 ENTRY FEE. Deadline November 1, 2014. Opens September 1, 2014. Submit your original, unpublished stories between 1,200 and 1,500 words. All Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada can submit. The First Prize winner will receive $6,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and will have his/her story published in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and on the Canada Writes website. He or she will also be awarded a two-week residency at The Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony, and will be interviewed on CBC Radio. The 4 runners-up will each receive $1,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and their stories will be published on the Canada Writes website.
NILSEN LITERARY PRIZE FOR A FIRST NOVEL
$25 ENTRY FEE. Deadline November 1, 2014. $2,000 and publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press and an invitation to present a reading at the University. Submissions must be previously unpublished novels, novellas, or collections of closely linked short stories.
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS LITERARY FESTIVAL FICTION CONTEST
$25 ENTRY FEE. Grand Prize: $1,500, Domestic airfare (up to $500) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the next Festival in New Orleans, VIP All-Access Festival pass for the next Festival ($500 value), Public reading at a literary panel at the next Festival, Publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine. Top ten finalists will receive a panel pass ($75 value) to the next Festival. This contest is open only to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Published books include self-published books with ISBN numbers. Those who have published books in other genres besides fiction remain eligible. Deadline November 16, 2014. A submission is one original short story, written in English, up to 7,000 words.
MAGIC OXYGEN LITERARY COMPETITION
£5 ENTRY FEE. Deadline November 30, 2014. First Prize – £1,000. Second Prize – £300. Third Prize – £100. Two Highly Commended – £50. In addition, we will be planting a tree in Kenya for each entry, so every entrant is a winner! When the contest closes we will email the GPS co-ordinates of your tree to you. Short Stories up to 4,000 words, excluding title. Poetry up to 50 lines, excluding title and lines between stanzas. The theme is open.
OFF THE GRID CONTEST
$25 ENTRY FEE. Deadline August 31, 2014. The competition is open only to poets over 60 years of age. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication. Manuscript must be typed, paginated, and 50 – 70 pages in length, single-spaced. We do not accept double-sided manuscripts.
THE MAINE REVIEW ROCKY COAST CONTEST
ENTRY FEE $10. The Maine Review is a new literary magazine featuring creative nonfiction, poetry, short fiction, essays, and prose. Each cover is graced by the work of a Maine artist. Contest is open to all published and unpublished writers, and all submissions are considered for publication in the Fall 2014 issue. Maximum length of 1,500 words, 60 lines for poetry. Deadline September 15, 2014. First prize $150, second prize $50. All genres eligible for prizes.
RICHARD SULLIVAN PRIZE IN SHORT FICTION
$15 ENTRY FEE. A prize of $1,000 and publication by the University of Notre Dame Press is given biennially for a short story collection as well as a $500 advance. Writers who have published at least one short story collection are eligible. Submit two copies of a manuscript of 100 to 500 pages, a curriculum vitae, and a $15 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Notre Dame Review. The author will be offered a standard contract with the University of Notre Dame Press. Deadline September 1, 2014.
MANCHESTER POETRY PRIZE
£17.50 ENTRY FEE. The 2014 Manchester Poetry Prize will award a cash prize of £10,000 to the writer of the poems submitted. All entrants are asked to submit a portfolio of three to five poems (total maximum line length: 120). The poems can be on any subject, and in any style, but must be new work, not previously published or currently under consideration elsewhere. Deadline August 29, 2014.
REAL SIMPLE ESSAY CONTEST
NO ENTRY FEE. Have you ever had a eureka moment? Tell us about it. Think back on the instant when everything became clear. The split second when you realized that you had chosen the right career. Or the moment when you knew that your dearest friendship would last forever. Whether your epiphany changed your life or just made your day, write it down and share it with us. Enter Real Simple’s seventh annual Life Lessons Essay Contest and you could have your essay published in Real Simple and receive a prize of $3,000. Send your typed, double-spaced submission (1,500 words maximum, preferably in a Microsoft Word document). Deadline September 18, 2014.
DIANA WOODS MEMORIAL AWARD IN CREATIVE NONFICTION
NO ENTRY FEE. 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. Deadline August 31, 2014.
WRITER’S BLOCK FESTIVAL POETRY CONTEST
$10 ENTRY FEE. Deadline October 15, 2014. $500 prize and publication in the journal Memorious. Send one to three previously unpublished poems, no more than one poem per page and no more than six pages.
MISSISSIPPI REVIEW CONTEST – FICTION AND POETRY
$16 ENTRY FEE. Our annual contest awards prizes of $1,000 in fiction and in poetry. Winners and finalists will make up next winter’s print issue of the national literary magazine Mississippi Review. Contest is open to all writers in English, except current or former students or employees of The University of Southern Mississippi. Fiction entries should be 1,000-8,000 words, poetry entries should be three to five poems totaling ten pages or less. Deadline January 1, 2015.
FRANK KAFKA AWARD IN MAGIC REALISM
$10 ENTRY FEE. $1,000 and publication in Eckleburg to 1st place winner; publication to 2nd and 3rd place winners. No more than 8,000 words. Deadline October 1, 2014.
POETS@WORK BOOK PRIZE
$25 ENTRY FEE. Poets@Work is happy to announce an open call for manuscripts of a full-length collection of poems in English from all over the world. Winners will receive $1,000 and 25 copies of the winning collection. Standard publishing contract and royalties will also be issued. Manuscripts should be between 52 and 92 pages.
THE PORTICO BROTHERTON POETRY PRIZE
http://www.theportico.org.uk/prizes/poetry-prize £5 ENTRY FEE. FREE FOR YOUTH. Deadline August 31, 2014. Prizes offered in two categories for a poem on ‘Conflict and Community’. Entries may want to focus on particular conflicts and their effect on a community or write from the perspective of an individual experiencing conflict. OPEN CATEGORY (Over 16s). 1st: £250, 2nd: £150, 3rd: £100. Poems, up to 40 lines, in English. YOUNG CATEGORY (Under 18s). 1st: book tokens, 2nd: book tokens, 3rd: book tokens. Poems, up to 40 lines, in English.
BARTHELME PRIZE FOR SHORT PROSE
http://www.gulfcoastmag.org/contests ENTRY FEE Deadline August 31, 2014. The contest is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. The contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions receive $250 and will also appear in issue 27.2, due out in April 2015. All entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives. We accept submissions both via our online submissions manager and via postal mail, and all entrants receive a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast. Entrants may submit up to three pieces with each entry fee.
GEMINI MAGAZINE FLASH FICTION CONTEST
http://www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html ENTRY FEE $4. Deadline September 2, 2014. Maximum length 1,000 words (any subject, style, or genre). First prize $1,000. Second prize $100. Four Honorable Mentions $25 each. Submit up to 1,000 words.
2014 NANO PRIZE
http://nanofiction.org/submit ENTRY FEE $15 (for up to 3 shorts). Deadline September 1, 2014. Publication and $500 to a previously unpublished work of fiction of 300 words or fewer. All entrants receive a one-year subscription to NANO Fiction. Winners announced in mid-September. All submitted pieces will be considered for publication.
THE CONISTON PRIZE
http://www.radarpoetry.com/contest $15 ENTRY FEE. Recognizes an outstanding group of poems by a woman writing in English. The winner will receive $1,000 and will be featured in Issue 4. All finalists will also be awarded publication. Deadline September 1, 2014. We will notify all entrants on or before October 1.
SISKIYOU PRIZE FOR NEW ENVIRONMENTAL LITERATURE
https://ashlandcreekpress.submittable.com/submit $25 ENTRY FEE. The Siskiyou Prize is open to unpublished, full-length prose manuscripts with environmental themes, including novels, memoirs, short story collections, and essay collections. Manuscripts should be approximately 40,000 to 90,000 words (i.e., please do not send novellas or individual essays or stories; please also note the contest is not open to poetry or children’s books). Deadline September 30, 2014.
THE BOOK PIPELINE COMPETITION
http://bookpipeline.com/ $50 ENTRY FEE. The Book Pipeline Competition, presented by Script Pipeline, is searching for playwrights and authors with material well-suited for film or television adaptation. The winning writer will have meetings with Energy Entertainment (Extant), Benderspink (We’re the Millers, A History of Violence), Lakeshore Entertainment (Million Dollar Baby), and Paradigm to discuss further development. Deadline September 15, 2014. Acceptable entries include: Novels (fiction or non-fiction), Book Proposals / Pitches, Graphic Novels, Plays. $1,000 cash to winning entry. Airfare to attend the Book Pipeline event (or $500 airfare reimbursement for international finalists)
THE PAYTON JAMES FREEMAN ESSAY PRIZE
http://drakewriterscritics.submittable.com/submit/14296 NO ENTRY FEE. Deadline September 30, 3014. Submit unpublished non-fiction essays of up to 3,500 words on the subject AFTER THE UNHAPPY ENDING. The winner will be awarded $500, publication in The Rumpus, and brought to Drake University in February 2015 to read from the winning essay and speak at a public event. Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident and must agree to attend and participate in the reading at Drake University in February 2015 to receive the award.
PALETTES & QUILLS BIENNIAL POETRY CHAPBOOK COMPETITION http://www.palettesnquills.com/palettes__quills_2nd_biennial_p.htm — $20 ENTRY FEE. $200 cash award plus 50 copies of the published book. Additional copies will be available at an author’s discount. All finalists will receive one free copy of the published book. Deadline September 30, 2014
ORDINARY GURU CONTEST http://ordinarygurus.com/ — NO ENTRY FEE. Have you ever met an everyday, ordinary guru who helped you break a myth that held you back, sparked insight, or helped you see the world a little differently? If so, tell us your story by entering the Ordinary Guru Contest. You can submit a short story, essay, memoir, photo essay, cartoon, graphic novel or poem. First Prize: $5,000. Second Prize: $2,500. Third Prize: $1,500. Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are 18 years and older. Contest ends August 31, 2014.
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