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a line to let you know that because of FFW, I submitted AND WON The 2008 William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers!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

QUIDDITY PRIZE — $15 ENTRY FEE. First prize $500 and publication in Quiddity as well as public-radio broadcast (offered via NPR member and PRI affiliate, Illinois Public Radio hub-station WUIS). Honorable mentions may also be offered publication and broadcast. All entrants will receive a one year subscription to Quiddity. Contest deadline May 5, 2014. Submit one prose poem. Submit online using Submittable or by mail (checks payable to Quiddity). 

MASON’S ROAD LITERARY PRIZE — $15 ENTRY FEE. Submissions for Issue 9 are open until May 15, and we are looking for creative and unique interpretations of our theme: TRUTH. ?Please submit only one document in a genre for each issue, and limit prose and screenplay/drama to 5,000 words (double-spaced), poetry to 3 poems (up to 3 poems in a single document). Our submissions period runs for three months: February 15 – May 15, 2014. There are two ways to submit to Mason’s Road. You can submit for free any time during our submissions period, and your work will be given thorough consideration for publication. Or, you can submit with a $10 fee, and your work will also be considered for our Mason’s Road Literary Prize, which includes publication and a $500 prize to the best entry we receive. 

TWO SYLVIAS PRIZE — $15 ENTRY FEE. Winner receives his or her chapbook published as both print and ebook; 20 copies of the print version for the winner; $250 prize; and an amethyst depression-glass trophy cup (circa 1930′s). Submit 17-24 pages of poetry. Deadline June 16, 2014

THE GASSNER PLAYWRITING AWARD — $10 ENTRY FEE. Two cash prizes will be awarded: First Prize of $1,000, and Second Prize of $500. The judges may withhold prizes if in their opinion no play merits the award. Only full-length scripts are accepted. Deadline April 15, 2014. The competition is open to all playwrights. Submissions must be new full-length plays. Musicals will not be considered. 

GREAT BLUE HERON POETRY CONTEST — ENTRY FEE Canada $25; the United States $30 (US funds); All others $40 (US funds). Deadline June 30, 2014. Poems on any subject. Total entry not to exceed four pages. Maximum 150 lines. Entries might be one longer poem, or several shorter poems. First prize: $600 & publication; Second prize: $400 & publication; Third prize: $200 & publication.

THE NEW GUARD FICTION AND POETRY CONTESTS — $15 ENTRY FEE. $1,000 for an exceptional fiction in any genre. Submit up to 5,000 words: anything from flash to the long story. Novel excerpts are welcome if the excerpt functions as a stand-alone story. We do not publish illustrations. $1,000 for an exceptional poem in any form. Three poems per entry. Up to 150 lines per poem. Contest winners and all finalists get one free copy of The New Guard, and each submission will be carefully considered for publication. Deadline July 14, 2014. 

EVENT MAGAZINE NONFICTION CONTEST — $34.95 ENTRY FEE. Writers are invited to submit manuscripts exploring the creative non-fiction form. Deadline April 15, 2014 (postmarked). Entry fee includes subscription. Maximum entry length is 5,000 words, typed, double-spaced. $1,500 in prize monies available, plus payment for publication. 

WRITER ADVICE 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. First Place earns $200; Second Place earns $100; Third Place earns $50; Honorable Mentions will also be published. Submit to the 9th WriterAdvice Flash Prose Contest by April 18, 2014

THE FICTION DESK GHOST STORY COMPETITION — £7 ENTRY FEE. Deadline Friday, May 30, 2014. The first prize is £500, and there are at least five finalist prizes of £100 each, with both winner and finalists being published in an upcoming Fiction Desk anthology. Stories should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words in length.   

2014 DEBUT-LITZER PRIZES — $28 ENTRY FEE. Categories of fiction and poetry. Winners will receive a cash award of $1,000. Deadline April 30, 2014. Debut books first published in North America between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013 are eligible in fiction and poetry. Authors, agents, publicists, or publishers may submit entries. Entries must be published in English and available for purchase in either hardcover or bound paperback book form. 

THE IDAHO POETRY PRIZE — $25 ENTRY FEE. $1,000 plus publication by Lost Horse Press for a book-length poetry manuscript. Submit a manuscript of 48 or more pages of poetry. Deadline May 15, 2014. Mail manuscripts of 48 or more pages of poetry, no more than one poem per page. 

EVENT 2014 NONFICTION CONTEST — ENTRY FEE $34.95. Submit an article or essay of 5,000 words. Deadline April 15, 2014. Prize: $1,500 in prizes plus publication in EVENT. EVENT reserves the right to award the prize money as it sees fit (e.g., two prizes valued at $750, three at $500, or one at $1000 and one at $500, etc.) in accordance with the judge’s decision. Published entries will be paid our standard publication payment in addition to any prize money.

SRPR EDITORS’ PRIZE CONTEST — $20 ENTRY FEE. Deadline April 15, 2014. Entry fee includes one-year subscription. One winning poem will be awarded $1,000, two runners up will be awarded $100 each, and three to five honorable mentions will be selected. All winning poems, honorable mentions, and several finalists are published in the winter issue of SRPR.

WRITER ADVICE FLASH PROSE CONTEST — $15 ENTRY FEE. Deadline April 18, 2014. WriterAdvice  seeks flash fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction running 750 words or less. First Place earns $200; Second Place earns $100; Third Place earns $50; Honorable Mentions will also be published.

2014 BRISTOL SHORT STORY PRIZE — ENTRY FEE £8. Open to all published and unpublished writers, UK and non-UK based, over 16 years of age.  Stories can be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online via the website or by post. Maximum length of 4,000 words. Deadline April 30th 2014. First prize £1000 (about $1,600 USD) plus £150 Waterstone’s gift card. Second £700 (about $1,100 USD) plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card. Third £400 (about $640 USD) plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card. Seventeen further prizes of £100 (about $160 USD) will be presented to the writers whose stories appear on the shortlist. All 20 shortlisted writers will have their stories published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 7.  The 20 shortlisted writers will be invited to an awards ceremony in Bristol in October 2014. 

TRIO HOUSE PRESS — $25 ENTRY FEE.  Deadline April 30, 2014. Trio House Press gives two awards annually: the Trio Award for First or Second Book for emerging poets, and the Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence for a book of poems contributing in an innovative and distinct way to American poetry. The Trio Award for First or Second Book includes $1,000, publication, and twenty books.  The Trio Award for First or Second Book is only open to poets with less than two books published. The Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence includes $1,000, publication, and twenty books. The Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence is open to ALL poets, regardless of publication history. Manuscripts must be between 48-70 pages.

 GOOD HOUSEKEEPING MEMOIR CONTEST — $15 ENTRY FEE. Theme: Every mother has a memory. The memoir must be non-fiction about your mom, your life as a mom, or a mom you’ve known, must be between 3,000 and 7,500 words in length, and not previously published or a finalist for any other writing prize or award. Entrants will be charged a submission fee of $15 if they are legal residents of Canada (excluding Quebec), the District of Columbia, and the United States, excluding residents of Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, and North Dakota (where collection of a submission fee is prohibited by law). All entrants will receive a free two-month electronic subscription to Shebooks. 

DAVID BURLAND POETRY PRIZE  — £8 ENTRY FEE. Writers are encouraged to explore their literary ability for the free style competition. The Judges Michel François and R Freidman will consider not only the Poetic originality of your words but the potential for a recording of your work by Michel François on-line entitled…’Michel Francois and Friends.’ Winning Entries in both French and English will include also the Author’s photograph with the text of their work. a cash prize of £500, and. a copy of the recording. Deadline May 31, 2014. 


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