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you a line to let you know that because of FFW, I submitted AND WON The 2008 William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers!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.

~Robin Hewitt

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.

MALAHAT REVIEW CONSTANCE ROOSE CREATIVE NONFICTION CONTEST ENTRY FEE $35 for Canadian entries, $40 for  U.S. entries, and $45 elsewhere. Canada’s premier literary magazine invites emerging and established writers from Canada, the United States, and elsewhere to enter the 2014 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Contest. A prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the best work that embraces, but is not limited to, the personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, social commentary, travel writing, historical accounts, and biography, all enhanced by such elements as description, dramatic scenes, dialogue, and characterization. All entries should be previously unpublished, and between 2,000-3,000 words in length. Deadline August 1, 2014 (postmark date). Entries can be sent by regular mail or email.

THE PORTICO BROTHERTON POETYR PRIZE £5 ENTRY FEE. FREE FOR YOUTH. Deadline August 31, 2014. Prizes offered in two categories for a poem on ‘Conflict and Community’. Entries may want to focus on particular conflicts and their effect on a community or write from the perspective of an individual experiencing conflict. OPEN CATEGORY (Over 16s). 1st: £250, 2nd: £150, 3rd: £100. Poems, up to 40 lines, in English. YOUNG CATEGORY (Under 18s). 1st: book tokens, 2nd: book tokens, 3rd: book tokens. Poems, up to 40 lines, in English.

GRAYSON BOOKS POETRY PRIZE $25 ENTRY FEE. Deadline August 15, 2014. Winner receives $1,000, publication, and 10 copies. Submit manuscripts of 50-80 pages; include a Table of Contents.

BARTHELME PRIZE FOR SHORT PROSE ENTRY FEE Deadline August 31, 2014. The contest is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. The contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions receive $250 and will also appear in issue 27.2, due out in April 2015. All entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives. We accept submissions both via our online submissions manager and via postal mail, and all entrants receive a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast. Entrants may submit up to three pieces with each entry fee.

GEMINI MAGAZINE FLASH FICTION CONTEST ENTRY FEE $4. Deadline September 2, 2014. Maximum length 1,000 words (any subject, style, or genre). First prize $1,000. Second prize $100. Four Honorable Mentions $25 each. Submit up to 1,000 words.

2014 NANO PRIZE ENTRY FEE $15 (for up to 3 shorts). Deadline September 1, 2014. Publication and $500 to a previously unpublished work of fiction of 300 words or fewer. All entrants receive a one-year subscription to NANO Fiction. Winners announced in mid-September. All submitted pieces will be considered for publication.

THE CONISTON PRIZE $15 ENTRY FEE. Recognizes an outstanding group of poems by a woman writing in English. The winner will receive $1,000 and will be featured in Issue 4. All finalists will also be awarded publication. Deadline September 1, 2014. We will notify all entrants on or before October 1.

SISKIYOU PRIZE FOR NEW ENVIRONMENTAL LITERATURE $25 ENTRY FEE. The Siskiyou Prize is open to unpublished, full-length prose manuscripts with environmental themes, including novels, memoirs, short story collections, and essay collections. Manuscripts should be approximately 40,000 to 90,000 words (i.e., please do not send novellas or individual essays or stories; please also note the contest is not open to poetry or children’s books). Deadline September 30, 2014.

THE BOOK PIPELINE COMPETITION $50 ENTRY FEE. The Book Pipeline Competition, presented by Script Pipeline, is searching for playwrights and authors with material well-suited for film or television adaptation. The winning writer will have meetings with Energy Entertainment (Extant), Benderspink (We’re the Millers, A History of Violence), Lakeshore Entertainment (Million Dollar Baby), and Paradigm to discuss further development. Deadline September 15, 2014. Acceptable entries include: Novels (fiction or non-fiction), Book Proposals / Pitches, Graphic Novels, Plays. $1,000 cash to winning entry. Airfare to attend the Book Pipeline event (or $500 airfare reimbursement for international finalists)

ALICE MUNRO FESTIVAL SHORT STORY COMPETITION ENTRY FEES $10 and $25. Limit 5,000 words. Deadline August 1, 2014. Both the teen and adult categories will award first place $500, second place $300, third place $200, fourth place $75 and fifth place $25. Portions of the winning stories may be read during the gala event on September 27.

THE PAYTON JAMES FREEMAN ESSAY PRIZE NO ENTRY FEE. Deadline September 30, 3014. Submit unpublished non-fiction essays of up to 3,500 words on the subject AFTER THE UNHAPPY ENDING. The winner will be awarded $500, publication in The Rumpus, and brought to Drake University in February 2015 to read from the winning essay and speak at a public event. Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident and must agree to attend and participate in the reading at Drake University in February 2015 to receive the award.

PALETTES & QUILLS BIENNIAL POETRY CHAPBOOK COMPETITION — $20 ENTRY FEE. $200 cash award plus 50 copies of the published book. Additional copies will be available at an author’s discount. All finalists will receive one free copy of the published book. Deadline September 30, 2014

ORDINARY GURU CONTEST — NO ENTRY FEE. Have you ever met an everyday, ordinary guru who helped you break a myth that held you back, sparked insight, or helped you see the world a little differently? If so, tell us your story by entering the Ordinary Guru Contest. You can submit a short story, essay, memoir, photo essay, cartoon, graphic novel or poem. First Prize: $5,000. Second Prize: $2,500. Third Prize: $1,500. Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are 18 years and older. Contest ends August 31, 2014.


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