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you a line to let you know that because of FFW, I submitted AND WON The 2008 William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers!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.
CINESTORY FELLOWSHIP AND AWARDS
ENTRY FEE $35-$80.
Seeking up-and-coming screenwriters for developmental mentorship program. Prizes include cash, free tuition, room and board at the Cinestory Writers Retreat, 12-month fellowship with two Hollywood professionals, and other prizes for first place; cash, mentorship, and other prizes for second and third place. Submit original feature-length screenplay (85-130 pages) in any genre. Deadline January 15, 2015 (regular), February 15, 2015 (late), March 5, 2015 (extended).
GUERNSEY POETRY PRIZE
£4 ENTRY FEE
Deadline December 31, 2014. Open to all writing in English. Maximum length 14 lines. Winning poems will become part of the Poems on the Move exhibition, and/or be placed on one of the 33 Guernsey buses, for a period of no less than 6 months, to coincide with the Guernsey Literary Festival on 16-20 September 2015. 1st prize £600. 2nd place £400. 3rd place £200. Six finalists from each category, and a further 15 poems for the exhibition, will be selected by the judge. The decision is final. Three categories: Open Poetry for ages 18 and over, Channel Islands’ Poetry for ages 18 and over who are born or reside in the Channel Islands, Young People’s Poetry for ages 12-17 (no entry fee).
FOUR COUNTIES POETRY COMPETITION
ENTRY FEE £5.
Designed for poets connected to Greater London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Deadline Friday, January 30, 2015. Three major cash prizes and discretionary honorary awards will be presented at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, February 25, 2015. £750, sponsored by Wellesley Wealth Advisory. £250, sponsored by The English Language Centre. £100, sponsored by Chalk Gallery, Lewes. Limit 40 lines.
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.
THE GOVER PRIZE FOR SHORT-SHORT STORIES
$5 ENTRY FEE.
Deadline January 10, 2015. $250 and publication in Best New Writing to the best short fiction and creative nonfiction. Entries are limited to 500 words or less. Gover Prize winner and finalists will be published in the upcoming BNW edition.
READER’S DIGEST POETRY PRIZE
NO ENTRY FEE. The simple rules are to craft a compelling poem, in fewer than 16 lines, that the judges deem as the best. The finalist will receive a cash prize of $500, plus publication. Deadline January 31, 2015. Open to U.S. residents ages 18 and over.
ESSAY MAMA CHRISTMAS WRITING AWARD
NO ENTRY FEE. Deadline December 25, 2014. The 15 best works will be added to the printed “Best EssayMama’s Stories: Christmas Edition” book and published on the best resources for writers. $330 will be given to each of the top three writers. Limit one story. Limit 4,000 words. Topic Christmas.
THE JAMES WHITE AWARD
OPTIONAL ENTRY FEE. The James White Award is a competition for original short stories of not more than 6,000 words by non-professional writers. The closing date for entries to this year’s competition is midnight (GMT) 31 January 2015 The winner will be announced at Dysprosium, Eastercon 2015 (3-5 April, 2015) during the BSFA Awards ceremony (details to be confirmed). This year’s prize is £200 plus publication in Interzone. The competition is free to enter but we encourage authors (and others) to support the competition by making a donation, if they can. Deadline January 31, 2015.
WRITER’ VILLAGE SHORT STORY CONTEST
ENTRY FEE £15 (approx $24). Every entrant wins because everyone, win or lose, gets personal feedback on how their story was graded. Deadline December 31, 2014. First Prize £1,000 ($1,600), Second Prize £500 ($800), Third prize £250 ($400) and 5 short-listed entrants will win prizes of £50 ($80). Any form of short story may be submitted up to 3000 words and in any genre (eg. mystery, romance, fantasy, crime, science fiction, children’s, etc). Entries will be accepted from anywhere in the world, provided they are in the English language.
NIGHTLIGHT READING WRITERS CONTEST
NO ENTRY FEE. Geared to at-risk boys in the 10-12 year age group who often stop reading for pleasure. Nightlight Reading’s goal is to fund and promote literature that appeals to boys and keeps them engaged and reading. Short stories limited to 5,000 words. Theme is Adventure. Deadline December 31, 2015. First Prize: $1,000 award plus certificate and publication of the story. Second Prize: $500 award plus certificate and publication of the story. Third Prize: $300 award plus certificate and publication of the story.
THE MEADOW NOVELLA PRIZE
$15 ENTRY FEE. The winner of the contest will receive $500 and publication in our annual print edition of the journal. Deadline February 1, 2015. Submissions should be between 18,000 and 35,000 words.
GEMINI MAGAZINE POETRY OPEN
$5 ENTRY FEE. Grand prize $1,000, second prize $100, four honorable mentions at $25 each. All six finalists will be published. No restrictions on subject, style or length. Deadline January 2, 2015.
AMY LEVY PRIZE
NO ENTRY FEE. Entrants, 30 years old or under, can only submit one entry of 5,000 words or less by Sunday 1 March 2015. This piece of work must be a previously unpublished piece of fiction, on a Jewish theme. Winner gets £1,000, a week-long writing retreat, a mentor for one year, and a residency at Jewish Quarterly.
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.
GENEii FAMILY HISTORY WRITING AWARDS
NO ENTRY FEE. The GENEii Writing Contest is for factual articles: either family history or local history, character sketches, or memoirs. Winning entries capture a sense of a family’s experience(s), the character of a locality, or reveal an individual’s character and personality. We feel the best articles help illuminate the human drama — and will also illuminate the era, and/or the historical or social context of the subject. Prizes are awarded in two categories. Category 1 is for articles between 1,000 and 2,000 words in length. Category 2 is for articles under 1,000 words in length. Both categories are for family history or local-history stories, memoirs, or character sketches. Submissions may be either unpublished or previously published. Deadline December 31, 2014. Prizes are $25 to $200.
THE BOILER FLASH FICTION CONTEST
$12 ENTRY FEE. The Boiler challenges you to submit flash essays under 600 words. We’re open to hybrid formsof poetry, essay, and memoir. The only things that matters are whether you can sustain our attention and craft a well-written, sleek, beautiful little thing.Two winners will receive $600 and publication in our spring issue. Finalists will be considered for publication in our spring issue and other prizes. Deadline January 15, 2015.
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.
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.
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).
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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