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you a line to let you know that because of FFW, I submitted AND WON The 2008 William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers!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.
ALICE MUNRO FESTIVAL SHORT STORY COMPETITION http://alicemunrofestival.ca/?page_id=306 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 NEW GUARD FICTION AND POETRY CONTESTS http://www.newguardreview.com/ $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 We do not publish illustrations.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.
COSTA RICAN WRITING RETREAT ESSAY CONTEST http://talktodori.com/?page_id=995 NO ENTRY FEE. The first-place winner will accompany Sandi Ault, Kerri Flanagan, and Dori Eppstein-Ransom on a yoga/writing retreat in Costa Rica, November 15-22, 2014. This mindfulness-based retreat will explore methods of digging deep into our best writer-selves. This retreat is for all levels and genres of writers, same goes for the yoga. its purpose in this adventure is to help relax your brain so it’s not fighting you while writing. In no more than two pages, please tell us: What is motivating you to join us on this adventure. What is stirring your soul, calling to you, pushing you our direction? Why and how would this journey matter to you as a person and a writer? We want to know! We are not looking for the best-written essay or the person with the greatest financial need; we are looking for a shining star in need of a little glow. Deadline June 13, 2014. The recipient will need to cover the cost of airfare, but all accommodations, 3 vegetarian meals a day, and the entire retreat cost is fully covered in this $1,980 Costa Rican writing/yoga retreat.
BARTLEBY SNOPES WRITING CONTEST – DIALOGUE ONLY http://www.bartlebysnopes.com/contests.htm $10 ENTRY FEE (FOR UNLIMITED ENTRIES). Compose a short story entirely of dialogue. You may use as many characters as you want. Your entry must be under 2000 words. Your entry does not have to follow standard rules for writing dialogue. Your entry cannot use any narration (this includes tag lines such as he said, she said, etc.). A minimum of $500 will be awarded, with at least $300 going to the grand prize winner. Our five finalists will also appear in Issue 13 of the magazine due out in January 2015. Last year we awarded $945 in prize money. For every entry over 50, an additional $5 will be added to the total prize money.
THE PAYTON JAMES FREEMAN ESSAY PRIZE
http://drakewriterscritics.submittable.com/submit/14296 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.
SPS STUDIOS BIANNUAL POETRY CARD CONTEST http://www.sps.com/poetry/index.html NO ENTRY FEE. Deadline June 30, 2014. $300, $150, $50 plus online publication. Poems can be rhyming or non-rhyming, although we find that non-rhyming poetry reads better. We suggest that you write about real emotions and feelings and that you have some special person or occasion in mind as you write.
MAY SARTON NEW HAMPSHIRE POETRY PRIZE http://www.bauhanpublishing.com/contest/ $25 ENTRY FEE. Bauhan Publishing is accepting poetry submissions for this year’s May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize. The winner will receive $1000, book publication, and 100 copies of the published book, as well as distribution. Deadline June 30, 2014.
LUCILLE CLIFTON POETRY PRIZE http://backbonepress.org/contests/ $10 ENTRY FEE. Deadline June 15, 2014. Please submit no more than three unpublished poems, no more than five pages in length. The selected winner will receive $250 and publication on our website along with honorable mentions.
BACOPA LITERARY REVIEW PRIZES https://writersallianceofgainesville.submittable.com/submit $11 ENTRY FEE. Deadline June 30, 2014. Bacopa will award publication & cash to 9 winning submissions:
1st Prize = $350 (1 each for Poetry, Fic & Creative Nonfiction)
2nd = $200 (1 each for Poetry, Fic & Creative Nonfiction)
3rd = $100 (1 each for Poetry, Fic & Creative Nonfiction)
RATTLE POETRY PRIZE http://www.rattle.com/poetry/prize/guidelines/ ENTRY FEE $20 (TO INCLUDE ONE-YEAR SUBSCRIPTION). One $5,000 Winner and ten $100 Finalists will be selected in a blind review by the editors of Rattle and printed in the Winter 2014 issue; one $1,000 Readers’ Choice Award will then be chosen from among the Finalists by subscriber and entrant vote. Open to writers, worldwide; poems must be written in English (no translations). Send up to four poems per entry. There is no line-limit. Deadline July 2014.
WRITERS VILLAGE SUMMER CONTEST http://www.writers-village.org - $24 ENTRY FEE. $4,800 is the top prize on offer for short fiction in the Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award summer 2014. Second prize $800, third prize $400 and 15 runner up prizes of $80. The top 50 contestants also gain a free critique of their stories, win or lose. Judges include Larry Block, a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, and Jill Dawson, Orange and Whitbread-shortlisted author of eight novels. Winners will be awarded the title ‘Winner, the Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award summer 2014’ and see their work showcased online. Any genre of prose fiction may be submitted up to 3,000 words, except playscripts and poetry. Entries are welcomed world-wide. Deadline June 30, 2014.
MSLEXIA WOMEN’S POETRY COMPETITION https://mslexia.co.uk/whatson/msbusiness/pcomp_active.php - ENTRY FEE £7 FOR UP TO THREE POEMS. For previously unpublished poems of any length and in any style. First prize £2,000 plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat Cove Park and a mentoring session with the Editor of premier magazine Poetry Review. Second prize: £400. 3rd prize: £200. Seventeen other finalists will win £25 each. £1,000 For best poem by a previously unpublished woman poet. All winning poems will be published in Mslexia magazine. Deadline June 16, 2014.
MSLEXIA WOMEN’S PAMPHLET COMPETITION https://mslexia.co.uk/shop/pamcomp_enter.php - ENTRY FEE £20. This competition is for short collections of 20-24 pages of 18-20 poems. You must be a woman poet who does not have full-length collection published. First prize publication by Seren Books in 2015, plus £250, 25 complimentary copies of the pamphlet and a 10 percent royalty on sales. One or more poems from the pamphlet will be published in Mslexia magazine.
PALETTES & QUILLS BIENNIAL POETRY CHAPBOOK COMPETITION http://www.palettesnquills.com/palettes__quills_2nd_biennial_p.htm — $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 http://ordinarygurus.com/ — 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.
NCW PERSONAL ESSAY/CREATIVE NONFICTION CONTEST http://northerncoloradowriters.com/upcoming-events-mainmenu-133/writing-contests/307-2012-writing-contests — $20 ENTRY FEE. Northern Colorado Writers is hosting its 4th annual Personal Essay/Creative Nonfiction writing contest, open to everyone. 1st: $1,000; 2nd: $250; 3rd: $100. Winners and honorable mentions of this and the other two contests in the series (Poetry coming up next) will be published in and receive a free copy of the winners’ anthology, POOLED INK. Maximum 5,000 words. Deadline June 30, 2014.
TWO SYLVIAS PRIZE http://twosylviaspress.com/chapbook-prize.html — $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.
GREAT BLUE HERON POETRY CONTEST http://www.antigonishreview.com/index.php — 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 http://www.newguardreview.com/ — $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.
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