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you a line to let you know that because of FFW, I submitted AND WON The 2008 William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers!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.
ARRAN THEATRE POETRY COMPETITION
£5 ENTRY FEE.
Poems should be no more than 80 lines and can be in any style and on any subject. Each poem should have a title. You may enter any number of poems. This is an international competition, open to all. First prize £1.000. Second prize £300. Third prize £100, Six Commendations of £25. Deadline June 30, 2015.
RICEPAPER’S FICTION CONTEST
$25 ENTRY FEE.
Ricepaper’s Annual Secret Ingredient Fiction Contest is a 500-words-max flash fiction contest. The piece of work must include the mystery ingredient selected by Ricepaper’s editorial staff. What’s the secret ingredient topic? RAMEN. When is the deadline? July 1, 2015. You also get a one-year subscription upon entry. First place $250, publication in issue 20.4 winter 2015, online publication, contest winner announcement at and free registration for the 2015 literAsian Festival. Second place Asian Canadian literary prize pack and online publication. Third place online publication.
FAUST SONNET CONTEST
NO ENTRY FEE.
Sonnets may be written in Shakespearean, Petrarchan, Spenserian or Non-traditional form. Only previously unpublished sonnets are eligible. There is no entry fee and each entrant may submit one to three sonnets, maximum, with sonnets to be received no later than June 1, 2015. Cash prizes total $2,000.
MOTION POEMS CONTEST
$7 ENTRY FEE.
To inspire future engineers, Motionpoems and Target Studio at the Weisman Art Museum of the University of Minnesota invite poets to dream big about bridges. We want poems to inspire our nation’s designers, engineers, and architects to reimagine the future of America’s big bridges. You might send us a poem that imagines a physical bridge of the future or one that conceptualizes the idea of bridging in a big way or you might send us a poem that reinterprets bridge-crossing for a new age. Five winners will receive $1,000, see their poems turned into short films, see those films at the Weisman Art Museum, receive airfare/accommodations to attend the premiere in Minneapolis (date to be announced). Deadline May 15, 2015.
$20 ENTRY FEE. Highfield Press invites writers to submit an unpublished essay (500-1000 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.
FAIRY TALE REVIEW PRIZE
$10 ENTRY FEE. Deadline July 15, 2015. Simply send your best fairy-tale work along the spectrum of mainstream to experimental, fabulist to realist. For prose, you may submit up to 8,000 words of a single piece or up to three linked flash pieces each under 1,000 words in a single document. For poetry, you may submit up to 5 poems totaling no more than 10 pages. $1,000 each, for prose and poetry. Ten percent of your reading fee will be donated to Tucson Youth Poetry Slam as part of Fairy Tale Review’s interdisciplinary outreach efforts.
KNUT HOUSE POETRY BOOK PRIZE
$15 ENTRY FEE. A prize of $1,000 and publication by KNUT HOUSE PRESS awarded to an unpublished poetry collection that captures the “(k)nuthouse” spirit authentically. Submit a manuscript (50 to 100 pages) by May 17, 2015 (at 23:59 UT).
BALTIMORE REVIEW CONTEST
$10 ENTRY FEE. Deadline May 31, 2015. Yheme: “Crime.” From infractions to misdemeanors to felonies. Three winners selected from among all entries—poems, short stories, creative nonfiction. 3,000-word limit for fiction and creative nonfiction. (5,000-word limit for non-contest, non-theme submissions.) One to three poems in an entry. All entries considered for publication. Prizes are $500, $200, and $100.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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