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you a line to let you know that because of FFW, I submitted AND WON The 2008 William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers!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.
JEFF MARKS PRIZE FOR POETRY
$20 ENTRY FEE. First Prize: $1,500 and publication. Honorable Mention: $500 and publication. All finalists listed in Spring 2015 Awards issue. Entry fee includes copy of Awards issue. Submit up to 3 poems per entry. Deadline December 15, 2014.
LEXI RUDNITSKY FIRST BOOK PRIZE
Deadline October 31, 2014. 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 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. Must be US citizen. Submitted manuscripts should be at least 40 pages.
PRESS 53 AWARD FOR SHORT FICTION
$30 ENTRY FEE. Awarded to an outstanding, unpublished collection of short fiction. Publication of winning short story collection, $1,000 cash advance, travel expenses and lodging for a special reading and book signing party at Press 53 headquarters Winston-Salem, North Carolina, attendance to the 2015 Press 53/Prime Number Magazine Gathering of Writers, and ten copies of the book. Deadline December 31, 2014.
DALLAS POETS COMMUNITY POETRY CONTEST
$15 ENTRY FEE. Winner will receive $200 and 30 copies of his/her chapbook, input on cover design, and be invited to read from his/her chapbook as the feature at a DPC First Friday reading. Manuscript should contain 16 to 20 pages of poetry: any form, any theme. Each poem should appear on a separate page. Deadline November 15, 2014.
WALKER PERCY PRIZE IN SHORT FICTION
$15 ENTRY FEE. Deadline December 15, 2014. Winner receives $1,000 and publication in New Orleans Review. All finalists considered for publication. Enter previously unpublished original stories up to 7,500 words.
VINE LEAVES VIGNETTE COLLECTION AWARD
$25 ENTRY FEE. The Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award includes a cash prize of $500, publication by Vine Leaves Press (paperback and eBook), 20 copies of the paperback, worldwide distribution, and promotion through Vine Leaves Literary Journal and staff websites. Author will receive a 70 percent net royalty on all eBook and print sales. Submit a 50 to 60 page manuscript (poetry: 60 poems max; prose: approx 800 words maximum per piece, 20,000 words max in total; each vignette must begin on a new page. Collections may be a mixture of both poetry and prose). Deadline February 28, 2015.
MUSEUM OF WORDS FLASH FICTION CONTEST
NO ENTRY FEE. The Cesar Egido Serrano Foundation’s fourth ‘Museum of Words’ international flash fiction contest is now accepting entries. The competition is for very short fiction pieces of up to a maximum of 100 words. The winner will receive a prize of $20,000, with three runners-up each receiving $2,000. This contest is open to writers from all countries and entries are accepted in four languages: English, Spanish, Arabic and Hebrew. The slogan for the 2014 contest is ‘Mandela: Words and Concord’ but there are no subject or genre restrictions. All stories entered must be original and unpublished. With such a generous prize on offer, the contest is extremely competitive. The last Museum of Words contest attracted 22,571 entries from writers in 119 countries. Deadline November 23, 2014.
HOWARD NEMEROV SONNET AWARD
$3 ENTRY FEE. Deadline November 15, 2014. Sonnets must be original and unpublished. No translations. Writers may enter up to twelve sonnets. Sonnet sequences are acceptable, but each sonnet will be considered individually. $1,000 to best sonnet.
RHINO FOUNDERS PRIZE
$10 ENTRY FEE. Deadline October 31, 2014. The winner will receive $300, publication in the next issue, will be featured on our website, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Two runners up will receive $50, publication in the next issue, and will be featured on our website. We occasionally nominate a runner-up for a Pushcart Prize. All contest submissions are considered for publication. Send up to five unpublished poems (no more than 5 pages total).
GREAT PLAINS WRITERS’ CONFERENCE PRIZE
$15 ENTRY FEE. Deadline December 1, 2014. Given annually to a writer of the Great Plains region who has not yet published a book, but whose work and career shows exceptional promise. The winner will receive a $1,000 honorarium and a featured reading at the conference in Brookings, SD in March, 2015, as well as land travel and lodging. All genres open; include a maximum of 15 pages of poetry or hybrid-genre work, or a maximum of 20 pages of fiction, nonfiction, drama, or screenplay.
NEW VISIONS AWARD
NO ENTRY FEE. TU BOOKS, the fantasy, science fiction, and mystery imprint of LEE & LOW BOOKS, award-winning publisher of children’s books, is pleased to announce the second annual NEW VISIONS AWARD. The NEW VISIONS AWARD will be given for a middle grade or young adult fantasy, science fiction, or mystery novel by a writer of color. The Award winner receives a cash prize of $1000 and our standard publication contract, including our basic advance and royalties for a first time author. An Honor Award winner will receive $500. Deadline October 31, 2014.
ANTHONY HECHT POETRY PRIZE
$27 ENTRY FEE. Deadline December 1, 2014. The winner receives £1,750 or US$3,000, paid in May 2015; publication of the winning manuscript by Waywiser both in the UK and in the USA in the autumn of 2015; a reading with the judge at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., in autumn 2015. Entrants should not have published more than one full-length previous collection of poems. Manuscripts should be a minimum of 48 and a maximum of 88 pages.
STORIES OF RESILIENCE CONTEST
NO ENTRY FEE. In recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the greater community is invited to add their voices through the “Stories of Resilience” contest. Submissions are being sought that reflect the broad impact of abuse — through stories, personal essays or poems. First prize of $500 and two second prizes of $100. Deadline October 20, 2014. We are interested in a wide range of submissions, from very brief to a maximum of 1,500 words. Survivors, friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, children – all perspectives on the effects of domestic abuse are welcome.
POETRY CENTER’S 2015 SUMMER RESIDENCY CONTEST
NO ENTRY FEE. Since 1994, the Poetry Center’s Residency Program has offered writers an opportunity to develop their work. The Poetry Center will award one residency each summer for one poet to spend two weeks in Tucson, Arizona developing his/her work. The residency includes a $500 stipend and a two week stay in a studio apartment located within steps of the Center’s renowned library of contemporary poetry. The residency is offered between June 1 and August 31. Deadline: December 15, 2014.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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