Contests

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a line to let you know that because of FFW, I submitted AND WON The 2008 William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers!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

DZANC SHORT STORY CONTEST
https://dzancbooks.submittable.com/submit
$25 ENTRY FEE. Dzanc is currently holding its fifth annual contest for all authors wishing to submit a short story collection to Dzanc Books. The winning author will be published by Dzanc in late 2016, and will receive a $1,000 advance. Entry to the Dzanc Short Story Collection Contest requires a $25 reading fee and the submission of a full manuscript. The contest deadline is January 31, 2014.
WINTER WONDERLAND POETRY COMPETITION
http://creativecompetitor.com/creative-writing-competitions/writing-competitions-2015/winter-wonderland-poetry-competition/
ENTRY FEE £3 (FREE TO MEMBERS).1st Prize: £150. 2nd Prize: £100. 3rd Prize: £75. Deadline February 2, 2015. Craft a beautiful poem that captures the spirit of a winter landscape. Whether it’s snow-capped mountains, misty rivers or frost-laden fields…we don’t mind, just paint the scene with your words. You can use the online photo for inspiration or, be inspired by a wintry landscape close to you. It’s your choice.
65 LITTLE WORDS WRITING COMPETITION
http://creativecompetitor.com/65-little-words-creative-writing-competition/65-little-words-writing-competition-february-2015/
ENTRY FEE £2 (OR FREE TO MEMBERS).1st Prize: £260. 2nd Prize: £195. Deadline February 10, 2015. You have just 65 words or less including the title to write a complete story. It’s a tough one, but you can do it, and we look forward to receiving your submissions. You must use the photo published online.
THE PARK BENCH WRITING COMPETITION
http://creativecompetitor.com/creative-writing-competitions/writing-competitions-2015/park-bench-writing-competition/
£3 ENTRY FEE (FREE TO MEMBERS).1st Prize: £195. 2nd Prize: £150. 3rd Prize: £100. Deadline February 28, 2015. Using the photo for inspiration, you have just 1,000 words (including the title) to write a complete story that captures the imagination of the reader. To be in with a chance of winning this writing competition, you must include the park bench in your story.
CSU ESSAY COLLECTION COMPETITION
http://www.csupoetrycenter.com/essay-prize/
$28 ENTRY FEE. The winner will receive $1,000, publication, and a standard royalty contract. Deadline March 31, 2015. All essay collections are welcome, regardless of author’s previous publications; manuscripts should be approximately 100-300 pages in length. The CSU Poetry Center reserves the right to consider all entrants for publication; a listing of all winters and finalists will be posted on the Poetry Center website.

92Y DISCOVERY / BOSTON REVIEW POETRY CONTEST
https://92ndstreetydiscovery.submittable.com/submit
$12 ENTRY FEE.
Four winners are awarded a reading at the Poetry Center, publication in Boston Review and $500 each. The contest is open to poets who have not published a full-length poetry collection. Poets who have published chapbooks of less than 42 pages or in editions of less than 500 are still eligible to apply. Limit ten pages. Deadline January 23, 2015.

CWA MARGERY ALLINGHAM SHORT STORY COMPETITION
http://thecwa.co.uk/debuts/short-story-competition/submit-your-entry/
£10 ENTRY FEE.
Celebrates the short story and Margery Allingham’s contribution to crime writing. The competition is open to all – both published and unpublished authors – and is for UNPUBLISHED short stories of up to 3,500 words. Deadline March 16, 2015. The winner will receive £1,000 and we are very grateful to the Margery Allingham Society for sponsoring this prize.

SAN FRANCISCO BOOK FESTIVAL CONTEST
http://sanfranciscobookfestival.com
$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.

CINESTORY FELLOWSHIP AND AWARDS
http:/www.cinestory.org
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).

FOUR COUNTIES POETRY COMPETITION
http://www.rottingdeanwritersgroup.co.uk/four-counties-poets-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
http://www.frogmorepress.co.uk/
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.

READER’S DIGEST POETRY PRIZE
http://www.rd.com/poetry
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.

THE JAMES WHITE AWARD
http://www.jameswhiteaward.com/rules
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.

THE MEADOW NOVELLA PRIZE
http://www.tmcc.edu/meadow/submit/
$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.

AMY LEVY PRIZE
http://jewishquarterly.org/jq-wingate-prize/wingate-prize-2015/
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
https://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/weather
$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.

VINE LEAVES VIGNETTE COLLECTION AWARD
http://www.vineleavesliteraryjournal.com/contests.html
$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
http://www.northerncoloradowriters.com/upcoming-events-mainmenu-133/writing-contests/374-top-of-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).

 

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