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you a line to let you know that because of FFW, I submitted AND WON The 2008 William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers!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.
MASSBAY ONEBOOK PROJECT
NO ENTRY FEE.
The OneBook Project is a college-wide initiative that invites students, faculty, staff and members of the outside community to read a common text and engage in discussions around that text. This year, MassBay will be awarding a prize to a regional author whose work connects to the mission of the OneBook Project. The book must be in English, in print, and widely available at large. Self-published books are not eligible. The book can be: fiction (no children’s books), narrative non-fiction (no instructional or self-help books), a graphic novel, or poetry. The winning author must be able to travel to Wellesley, MA for two public events in October 2015. The events consist of a college talk and master class on Massachusetts Bay’s Wellesley campus, as well as a public talk with a community library partner, within one day. Winner receives $1,000 and adoption of the book as the Massachusetts Bay OneBook (the common freshman English book at the College). Deadline April 10, 2015.
COMMON GOOD BOOKS ANNUAL POETRY COMPETITION
NO ENTRY FEE.
Three $1,000 grand prizes and four $500 prizes for “poems of merit.” The contest is open to anyone living within the United States. Entries must be a single poem, in the form of a letter to a real, living person. Only one entry per person. Deadline April 4, 2015.
HIGHFIELD PRESS SPRING 2015 ESSAY CONTEST
$20 ENTRY FEE.
Highfield Press invites writers to submit an unpublished essay (500-1,000 words) inspired by the theme, “Spring Fever.” Submission may be a personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel piece, historical account, biography, or short story. It must reflect the inspirational photo shown on the website, and theme of the contest. Deadline April 30, 2015. $1,000 Grand Prize and online publication. Writer retains all rights.
THE MAINE REVIEW SHORT STORY CONTEST
$10 ENTRY FEE.
The Maine Review is pleased to announce a short story contest for our first annual fiction collection, Juxtaposition, to be published this summer. Grand prize is $200, and all winners will be published in Juxtaposition. The contest is open to all published and unpublished writers, and all submissions are considered for publication in subsequent issues. Maximum length of 5,000 words. We’re looking for quality writing with a strong point of view. Deadline April 15, 2015.
THE HILLARY GRAVENDYK POETRY PRIZE
$20 ENTRY FEE.
An open poetry book competition for all writers regardless of the number of previously published poetry collections. One National and one Regional Winner will each be awarded $1,000 and book publication, and additional books may be chosen for publication by the editors. The manuscript page limit is 48-100 pages, and the press invites all styles and forms of poetry. Deadline April 30, 2015.
ELDRITCH PRESS DARK POETRY CONTEST
NO ENTRY FEE.
The Eldritch Press Dark Poetry contest will open for submissions on February 1, 2015 and will run until September 1, 2015. We will announce the winners on Halloween. Three poetry collections will be chosen for the following prizes: First Place: $1,500 and a three-year publishing contract with Eldritch Press! Second Place: $1,000 and a two-year publishing contract with Eldritch Press! Third Prize: $500 and a one-year publishing contract with Eldritch Press! Open to poets who have yet to publish a full-length-book collection of poetry, including self-published in any genre. Minimum 50 pages to a maximum of 100 pages.
$20 ENTRY FEE.
This book is a collection of poems, short stories, and personal essays, published every year during ArtPrize, an internationally-renowned art competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A panel of well-read individuals from within the local Grand Rapids community selects the top 25 submissions that are then published in the anthology. Of these, the top three are awarded impressive cash prizes ($1,000 for First Place, $500 for Second Place, and $250 for Third Place). Open March 1, 2015 to April 30, 2015. You do NOT have to be from the Great Lakes region to enter this contest; it is open to national and international audiences.
MARK TWAIN HUMOR CONTEST
$12 or $22 ENTRY FEE.
Submit 7,000 words (or fewer) of any original work of humor writing. Submissions must be in English. Submissions are not required to be in the style of Mark Twain or about Mark Twain. We want to hear your voice. And we want you to make us laugh! Deadline July 10, 2015. 1st Prize: $1,000 (Adult), $600 (Young Author). 2nd Prize: $500 (Adult), $400 (Young Author). 3rd Prize: $250 (Adult), $200 (Young Author). Three Honorable Mention Prizes: $100 Gift Certificate for the Mark Twain Museum Store (Adult & Young Author).
MID-AMERICAN REVIEW’S FINELINE COMPETITION
$10 ENTRY FEE.
Deadline June 1, 2015. First Prize: $1,000 and publication in MAR Volume XXXVI, Number 1. Ten finalists are given notation and possible publication. Word limit 500 words.
ELIZABETH JOLLEY SHORT STORY PRIZE
$20 ENTRY FEE.
Deadline May 1, 2015. The Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize is one of Australia’s most lucrative prizes for an original short story. Managed by Australian Book Review, the prize is worth a total of AUD $8,000 (US$6,150) with a first prize of $5,000 and supplementary prizes of $2,000 and $1,000. Entries are welcome from writers anywhere in the world and there are no age restrictions. Entries must be a single-authored short story of between 2,000 and 5,000 words, written in English.
PULP FICTION’s The Hummingbird Prize for Flash Fiction
$10-$15 ENTRY FEE.
Contest Opens May 1, 2015 and closes June 15, 2015. Winner published in Issue 9, Winter 2016, plus gets a 1-year digital subscription to Pulp Literature. First Prize: $300 (Runner up: $75). For unpublished short fiction up to 1,000 words in length. Total entries limited to 300.
WRITER ADVICE FLASH PROSE CONTEST
$15 ENTRY FEE.
WriterAdvice seeks flash fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction running 750 words or less. Enlighten, dazzle, and delight us. Finalists receive responses from all judges. Deadline April 21, 2015. First Place earns $200; Second Place earns $100; Third Place earns $50; Honorable Mentions will also be published.
PLOUGHSHARES LITERARY AWARDS
$24 ENTRY FEE.
Entry fee includes subscription. Ploughshares offers $1,000 in three genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Deadline May 15, 2015. Regarding eligibility, we consider authors “emerging” if they have yet to publish a book, and this includes self-published manuscripts, chapbooks, and ebooks. Anyone who has questions regarding eligibility is welcome to contact us at email@example.com, or at 617-824-3757.
$50 ENTRY FEE.
The 2015 San Francisco Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its annual program celebrating the best books of the spring. The San Francisco Book Festival will consider non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children’s books, compilations/anthologies, young adult, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, business, history, wild card, gay, photography/art, poetry, unpublished, technology and spiritual/religious works. There is no date of publication restriction. Grand prize for the 2015 San Francisco Book Festival winner is $1500 cash appearance fee and a flight to San Francisco for our gala awards ceremony in May 2015. Deadline April 25, 2015.
FROGMORE POETRY PRIZE
ENTRY FEE £3.
The winner of the Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2015 will win two hundred and fifty guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers. The first and second runners-up will receive seventy-five and fifty guineas respectively and a year’s subscription to The Frogmore Papers. Shortlisted poets will receive copies of selected Frogmore Press publications. Poems must be in English not to exceed 40 lines. Deadline May 31, 2015.
CREATIVE NONFICTION MAGAZINE’S THE WEATHER ISSUE ESSAY CONTEST
$20 ENTRY FEE. We’re not just making idle chit-chat; the weather affects us all, and talking about the weather is a fundamental human experience. Now, as we confront our changing climate, it may be more important than ever. Send us your true stories — personal, historical, reported — about fog, drought, flooding, tornado-chasing, blizzards, hurricanes, hail the size of golfballs, or whatever’s happening where you are. We’re looking for well-crafted essays that will change the way we see the world around us. Deadline April 13, 2015. First place prize: $1,000. Runner-up prize: $500.
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