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you a line to let you know that because of FFW, I submitted AND WON The 2008 William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers!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.
IMAGINE THIS! AN ARTPRIZE ANTHOLOGY http://www.readwritelive.org/anthology-competition — $20 ENTRY FEE. For writers of poetry, short stories (1,500 words) and personal essays (1,500 words). Deadline March 31, 2014. First Prize $1,000, publication in anthology. Second Prize $500 and publication in anthology. Third Prize $250 and publication in anthology. Open to any writer over 18 writing in English. Top 20 entries will be published. Managed by the Cascade Writers’ Group and Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters, Imagine This! An ArtPrize Anthology will be sold through the ArtPrize e-store and hub stores, and other venues. ArtPrize is an international art competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with over 1,000,000 visitors and 25,900,000 page views each year. Named by Time as one of the top five festivals of the year.
CUTBANK MAGAZINE PRIZES http://www.cutbankonline.org/submit/contests/ — $17 ENTRY FEE. Categories of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Entry fee includes a one-year subscription. $500 prize winner and publication in each genre. Deadline March 15, 2014. Prose limited to 35 pages. Poetry limited to five poems.
ASSOCIATION OF FOOD JOURNALISTS ANNUAL AWARDS http://www.afjonline.com/awards.cfm — $35 ENTRY FEE. Deadline March 15, 2014. There are a total of 13 categories in the 2014 AFJ competition. Three are for newspapers only: Best Newspaper Food Coverage and Best Newspaper Food Feature (both with circulation divisions) and Best Newspaper Special Food Project. Most of the other 10 categories welcome entries across all publishing platforms. All entries must have been published in 2013. First, second and third place winners will receive certificates. First-place winners in each category also will receive a cash prize of $300 (USD).
THE NANCY D. HARGROVE EDITORS’ PRIZE FOR FICTION AND POETRY http://www.jabberwock.org.msstate.edu/ — $15 ENTRY FEE. Deadline March 15, 2014. Each winner (one for fiction and one for poetry) receives $500 and publication in Jabberwock Review, the literary journal published by Mississippi State University. All finalists are considered for publication. All entrants receive a one-year (two-issue) subscription beginning with the prize-winning issue. Each fiction entry should consist of one short story of any length. Novel excerpts may be submitted only if they are self-contained. Each poetry entry should consist of 1-3 poems. The winning entry may be for a single poem or group of poems.
PUERTO DEL SOL POETRY AND FICTION CONTESTS http://www.puertodelsol.org/submit.html — $15 ENTRY FEE. INCLUDES SUBSCRIPTION. Puerto del Sol is excited to announce the 2014 Poetry and Fiction Contests. Fiction submissions are limited to one piece of no more than 10,000 words per entry. Poetry submissions are limited to three poems of no more than two pages per entry. Prizes for fiction and poetry will be $400 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third. The first-place manuscripts will be published in Puerto del Sol. All submissions will be considered for publication. Deadline March 15, 2014.
INNOVATIVE SHORT FICTION CONTEST http://www.coniumreview.com/contests.html — $15 ENTRY FEE. The winning story will be published in The Conium Review’s next issue. The winning author will receive $500, five copies of the issue, and a copy of the judge’s latest book. Innovative short fiction should take risks that pay off. Don’t tell us a story we’ve already heard before. Show us something new with your subject, style, or characters. Deadline March 15, 2014. Your submission may include any combination of flash fictions or short stories up to 7,500 total words.
KNICKERBOCKER PRIZE https://bigfictionmagazine.submittable.com/submit — $20 ENTRY FEE. The first- and second-place entries will receive $500 / $250 and publication in our contest issue. Deadline March 15, 2014. All entries are considered for publication, and all participants will receive a copy of the contest issue. All entries must be single, self-contained works of fiction, between 8,000 and 30,000 words. Only literary fiction in English will be accepted.
SRPR EDITORS’ PRIZE CONTEST http://www.srpr.org/contest.php — $20 ENTRY FEE. Deadline April 15, 2014. Entry fee includes one-year subscription. One winning poem will be awarded $1,000, two runners up will be awarded $100 each, and three to five honorable mentions will be selected. All winning poems, honorable mentions, and several finalists are published in the winter issue of SRPR.
MYSTERY NOVELS WRITING CONTEST – MYSTERY AND MAYHEM AWARDS http://chantireviews.com/store/#!/~/product/category=5193080&id=21521076 — $40 ENTRY FEE. Both published and manuscript works can compete. 1st Place Category Winning works will receive: placement on the Chanticleer Book Shelves in participating Independent Bookstores across the U.S., a coveted Chanticleer Book Review, promotional materials, and more! First place category winners will also compete for the $1,000 grand prize awarded to CBR’s Overall Best Book of 2014 and the $250 first place prize awarded to the genre winner of the Mystery and Mayhem Awards 2014. Deadline: March 31, 2014.
SOUTH CAROLINA FIRST NOVEL PRIZE http://www.southcarolinaarts.com/firstnovel/ — $35 ENTRY FEE. Must be a SC resident. 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. Deadline March 3, 2014. Only manuscripts between 150 and 400 (single-sided) pages are eligible. Submission must be an original work of which the applicant is the sole author. Self-published books are ineligible, including e-books. No agent submissions are accepted.
WAG’S REVUE http://www.wagsrevue.com/submit — $22.09 ENTRY FEE. $1,000 first prize (and guaranteed publication), $500 second prize, and $100 third, and all submissions will be considered for publication. The contest is open to all three genres–poetry, essays and fiction–and will be judged by the editors. Deadline February 28, 2014. All 16 issues of the magazine may be read for free our archive.
WRITER ADVICE FLASH PROSE CONTEST http://www.writeradvice.com/ — $15 ENTRY FEE. Deadline April 18, 2014. WriterAdvice seeks flash fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction running 750 words or less. First Place earns $200; Second Place earns $100; Third Place earns $50; Honorable Mentions will also be published.
NORTHERN COLORADO WRITERS SHORT FICTION CONTEST http://northerncoloradowriters.com/upcoming-events-mainmenu-133/writing-contests — ENTRY FEE $20. Story can be any style or subject. Prizes are 1st: $1,000; 2nd: $250; 3rd: $100. Winners and honorable mentions will be published in the annual winners’ anthology, POOLED INK. Final judge for short fiction is Seth Brady Tucker. Deadline March 31, 2014.
GLIMMERTRAIN FAMILY MATTERS CONTEST http://www.glimmertrain.com/familymatters.html — $15 ENTRY FEE. Looking for stories about families of all configurations. It’s fine to draw heavily on real life experiences, but the work must read like fiction and all stories accepted for publication will be presented as fiction. Maximum word count: 12,000. Any shorter lengths are welcome. Held just twice a year: Open to submissions in MARCH and SEPTEMBER. Next deadline: March 31, 2014.
2014 BRISTOL SHORT STORY PRIZE http://www.bristolprize.co.uk/rules.html — ENTRY FEE £8. Open to all published and unpublished writers, UK and non-UK based, over 16 years of age. Stories can be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online via the website or by post. Maximum length of 4,000 words. Deadline April 30th 2014. First prize £1000 (about $1,600 USD) plus £150 Waterstone’s gift card. Second £700 (about $1,100 USD) plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card. Third £400 (about $640 USD) plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card. Seventeen further prizes of £100 (about $160 USD) will be presented to the writers whose stories appear on the shortlist. All 20 shortlisted writers will have their stories published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 7. The 20 shortlisted writers will be invited to an awards ceremony in Bristol in October 2014.
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.
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.
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