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you a line to let you know that because of FFW, I submitted AND WON The 2008 William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers!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.
TETHERED BY LETTERS’ SPRING LITERARY CONTEST
ENTRY FEE $15 per Short Story; $7 per Flash Fiction; $15 for three Flash Fictions; $7 per poem; $15 for three poems. Accepting submissions for our short story contest (1,000 to 7,500 words, open genre), flash fiction contest (55, 250, or 500 words), and poetry contest (up to three pages per poem). All winners will be published in F(r)iction. All finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and be considered for later publication. The prizes are $500 (US) for the short story winner, $150 (US) for the flash fiction winner, and $150 (US) for the poetry winner. Winners will be announced publicly in August. Multiple entries accepted. International submissions welcome. Deadline May 31, 2015.
DICTIONARY OF DIVINE DYSFUNCTION
NO ENTRY FEE.
Deadline May 25, 2015. Best words and definitions can be no longer than 160 characters, including the word being defined. No more than three best words per entry, though each word can have up to seven definitions. There is no fee, but we always appreciate donations! In the spirit of transparency, we can only guarantee a percentage of donations received. At the very least winners can expect the following: First Place – $150, $100 Bling Bling dollars to spend at the launch party, Option to perform as headliner in Spoken Word party presentation, ?VIP entrance to party, Priority seating for up to 10 (paid) VIP groupies, A complimentary bottle of whatever the house is serving, Number one placement of word and definition in the online community dictionary with option to publish legal or anonymous pen name. Second Place – $75, $50 Bling Bling dollars to spend at the party, VIP entrance to party, Seating for 5 VIP groupies, Starring line up in Spoken Word performance, A complimentary glass of whatever you want to drink. Third Place – $50, $25 Bling Bling dollars to spend at the party, VIP entrance to party.
HOUSTON WRITERS HOUSE NOVELS CONTEST
$15 ENTRY FEE.
Categories mystery/thriller, Sci-fi/fantasy, historical or contemporary women’s fiction or romance, middle school, young adult. $100 winners in each category. $500 Creme de le Creme, best of all categories winner. Send first ten pages plus a cover page. Unpublished only. Deadline April 30, 2015.
SOUTHEASTERN LITERARY TOURISM INITIATIVE SHORT STORY CONTEST
NO ENTRY FEE.
Deadline: May 31, 2015. Invites submissions of stories that are set in a tourism attraction of the Huntsville, Alabama metro area and use a creative angle to encourage readers to visit the Huntsville area. Winning story will be published online at SELTI.org and ihearthsv.com and include photos, tourism guide, and a link to the tourism attraction promoted. Awards will be presented to the top three short stories – fiction or creative non-fiction. $300/$100/$50.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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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