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Page numbers are done…

page-numbers

 

We all have to start somewhere… and while I wouldn’t suggest starting with the page numbers – at least it’s a START!

If you are like most people, you have a book inside you that is longing, yearning to come out!

Make a START!  Write an outline – write a possible heading – write SOMETHING!

One step at a time – that’s all it takes – and before you know it, if you keep taking those one step after one step actions, your book will be done!

Sometimes we need to start somewhere and even if it’s only page numbers – START!

If you need any help or support, just reach out and say hello…

Until next time…

Leigh

Your Coach, Leigh St John

info@guaranteedauthor.com

Keep forging ahead… Never Quit!

Confucius was spot on (as he usually is) with this quote.

I was watching a clip of Will Smith talking about the way to build a brick wall – it’s not about fretting over the size of the task ahead of you, it’s about consistently laying one perfectly laid brick, one after the next…

Whatever task you have ahead of you, think about it in terms only of the next brick…

dont-stop

Writing competitions for January 2015

writing-handThe time during Christmas and New Year is VERY busy for a lot of people, although for some it’s also a chance to reflect and to actually spend time writing… If you want to have a focus for your writing, here is a list of competitions that have closing dates during January (and including the day before and the day after). If you need any help with your submissions, please reach out!

The Tampa Review Prize for Poetry

http://www.ut.edu/TampaReview/TRDetail.aspx?id=12172

12/31/2014

Winning manuscripts are issued in both hardback and paperback editions & authors receive royalties on sales in addition to the cash award. Each entrant will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to Tampa Review (mailed to any U.S. address; mailing outside U.S. can be arranged with a supplementary postage fee).

Flash 500 Humour Verse Competition

http://www.flash500.com/index_files/humourverse.html

12/31/2014

Welcome to our Humour Verse Competition! Now in its fourth year. There is a scarcity of humour verse competitions with worthwhile prize money, even though there are huge numbers of people who like to write and read funny poems. So we at Flash 500 are rather proud of this one, which has grown into a must-enter competition for writers of humour verse.

Labello 3rd International Short Story

http://www.labellopress.com/gem-street—competition.html

12/31/2014

These are the types of stories we look forward to reading during our exciting new competition Gem Street: Beyond the Axis. Shorter, leaner and vibrant works containing 5,000 words or less are welcome from new and previously published writers. Open to all genres except Children’s, YA or Poetry.

Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award Winter 2014

http://www.writers-village.org/competition-rules.php

12/31/2014

Any genre or theme with maximum word count of 3,000 words. Entry fee is £15 and first prize is £1000, second prize £500 and third prize £250. Everyone will receive feedback and closing date is 31

Labello 3rd International Short Story

http://www.nawg.co.uk/competitions/open-competitions/labello-3rd-international-short-story-competition/

12/31/2014

These are the types of stories we look forward to reading during our exciting new competition Gem Street: Beyond the Axis. Shorter, leaner and vibrant works containing 5,000 words or less are welcome from new and previously published writers.

INTERNATIONAL POETRY & PROSE COMPETITION 2014

http://saveaswriters.co.uk/onewebmedia/Int_Poetry_Prose_Comp_2014.pdf

12/31/2014

Poems are welcome on any subject Maximum 50 lines
Short stories may have any theme Maximum 3000 words

Hidden Prize for Prose

http://hiddenclearingbooks.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/call-for-submissions-hidden-prize-for-prose-2014/

12/31/2014

Hidden Clearing Books (est. 2013) is hosting a free writing contest called Hidden Prize for Prose to recognize a talented author of an unpublished book-length manuscript. The author receives a cash prize of $250, along with publication of his or her manuscript and 25 book copies.

Local Poem Competition 2015

http://www.unitedpress.co.uk/free-poetry-competitions/

12/31/2014

The best poem will win £1,000 cash and you can send up to three entries, which must be no more than 25 lines (each blank line counts as one line) and 160 words each.

2015 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

http://www.press53.com/Award_for_Short_Fiction.html

12/31/2014

The author of the winning manuscript will receive a cash advance of $1,000, publication of the manuscript in October 2015 under a standard Press 53 book contract, and 10 copies of the completed book with an option to purchase unlimited copies at a discount for as long as the book is in print. The prize also includes travel expenses to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for a book launch party and reading on Friday, October 16, 2015, and attendance as our special guest to the Press 53/Prime Number Magazine Gathering of Writers on Saturday, October 17, 2015.

The Poetry Box Halloween Poetry Annual Award 2014

http://www.thepoetrybox.co.uk/

12/31/2014

To celebrate the continuing and remarkable success of the UK-based Romantic, Gothic, Fantasy, Surreal and Satire-Themed Poetry Monthly Magazine – ‘The Poetry Box Dark & Horror Poetry Magazine’ – edited, compiled and published by the Founder of ‘The Poetry Box Studio’ based in West Sussex (on the West Sussex/Hampshire border, England) – LK Barley Robinson (LLAM) – ‘The Poetry Box Halloween Poetry Annual Award 2014’ is a unique and increasingly popular international poetry competition in these unusual poetry genres and in addition to the Prizes awarded, the Winners and Finalists Entries, the Judge’s Special Commendation Award Entries and Highly-Commended Entries, will all be published on a Special ‘Winners & Finalists’ page on The Poetry Box website – and in addition – will also be published in the 2015 Editions of ‘The Poetry Box Dark & Horror Poetry Magazine’ – Publication Format: Printed & Posted, A4-Sized, Illustrated and Comb-bound Monthly Poetry Publication (Publication Date: 30th of each month).

Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2014

http://www.themothmagazine.com/a1-page.asp?ID=2762&page=15

12/31/2014

The name of the author must not appear on the same page as the poem. It’s not a requirement, but we strongly advise you to purchase a copy of The Moth. You can write on any subject and there is no line limit. Entries must be in English, typed, with each entry on a new sheet. Entries will not be returned, so make sure you keep a copy. No corrections can be made after receipt, or fees refunded.

The 2015 Mississippi Review Prize

http://www.usm.edu/mississippi-review/contest.html

1/1/2015

Our annual contest awards prizes of $1,000 in fiction and poetry. Winners and finalists will make up next winter’s print issue of the national literary magazine Mississippi Review. Contest is open to all writers in English except current or former students or employees of The University of Southern Mississippi.

The Henshaw December Short Story Competition

http://henshawpress.co.uk/

1/12/2015

Our aim is to encourage as wide a range of writing as possible and competitions will all be open for any subject and any style.
The competitions are non profit making for us, any profits are given to ‘Save the Children’.

Colorado Prize for Poetry

http://coloradoreview.colostate.edu/colorado-prize-for-poetry/

1/14/2015

The Colorado Prize for Poetry is an international literary contest started in 1995. Since the contest began, over 5,000 book-length poetry manuscripts have been entered. Each year’s prizewinner receives a $2,000 honorarium and publication of his or her book by the Center for Literary Publishing.

H. E. Francis Short Story Competition

http://www.hefranciscompetition.com/

1/15/2015

A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee between December 15 and January 15, 2015. If submitting by mail, include two copies of the story. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Mash Stories Flash Fiction Competition

http://mashstories.com/competition/

1/15/2015

Any style / genre, but stories must be based on 3 random objects so see website for current details – winners published on the website

The Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers

http://www.ellenmeloy.com/application-guidelines.html

1/15/2015

Created in 2005 to revere the vision of American nature writer Ellen Meloy, The Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers awards an annual cash prize of $3,000 to a writer of creative non-fiction whose work emulates the spirit and loves expressed in Ellen Meloy’s writing and her devotion to a “deep map of place.” Ellen’s own “map of place” was the desert country. The Award only accepts creative non-fiction. Fiction or poetry is not accepted.

Raynes Poetry Prize

http://jewishcurrents.org/poetry-prize

1/15/2015

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Jewish Currents is given annually for a single poem on the theme of “World to Come.” The work of the winning poet and 36 finalists will also be published in an anthology by Blue Thread Press in the summer of 2015. L. S. Asekoff will judge. Submit up to three poems with an $18 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Jewish Currents, by January 15, 2015. All entries are considered for publication.

K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Award

1/15/2015

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($15 for two stories) by January 15, 2015. All entries are considered for publication.

William Matthews Poetry Prize

http://www.ashevillepoetryreview.com/

1/15/2015

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Asheville Poetry Review is given annually for a single poem. The winner is also invited to read at Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville, North Carolina. Garrett Hongo will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $20 entry fee by January 15, 2015. All entries are considered for publication.

Magma Poetry Competition

http://magmapoetry.com/competition/

1/19/2015

Magma’s Poetry Competition has two contests, one for short poems of up to 10 lines, and one for poems of 11 to 50 lines. Poems of 11 to 50 lines will be judged by Jo Shapcott for the Judge’s Prize. Poems of up to 10 lines will be entered for the Editors’ Prize and, reflecting Magma’s unique rotating editorship, will be judged by a panel of Magma editors.

Torriano Poetry Competition 2015

1/30/2015

Torriano Poetry Competition 2015 adjudicated by Martyn Crucefix. We accept unpublished poems of up to 40 lines. First Prize £250. 00, Second Prize £150. 00, Third Prize £75.00. Cheques payable to the Torriano Support Fund. Winning poets will be offered featured readings at the adjudication celebration on 12th April, 2015. Name, address, e.mail, phone number and poem titles on separate sheet. No entry form required. £3 one poem, £5 for two, £10 for five.

SPM PUBLICATIONS POETRY BOOK COMPETITION

http://www.sentinelpoetry.org.uk/publications/competition/poetrybook.html

1/31/2015

The 1st annual international SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition invites entrants to submit a collection of 20 pages of poems for the chance to win publication by SPM Publications – an imprint of Sentinel Writing & Publishing Company Limited.

Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2015 Short Story Award

http://bwgwritersroundtable.com/

1/31/2015

We are now accepting submissions of short fiction or memoir (2000 words or fewer) once again on the theme “Food Stories” for our 2015 Short Story Award

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society OPEN POETRY COMPETITION

1/31/2015

The competition is open to anyone aged 16 and over. Poems should be in English, unpublished, not accepted for publication, and must be your original work.Each poem must be typed on a separate sheet of A4 paper. All poems are judged anonymously and should not bear your name, nor any other form of identification. On a separate sheet of A4 paper you should give a: your name and address, b: a list of poems submitted, and c: where you heard about the competition.

2015 National Short Story Competition

http://www.nottinghamwritersclub.org.uk/national-competition.php

1/31/2015

As our first National Short Story Competition proved popular, (see comments) – we’ve decided to run another. The entry details are the same but the theme is different. This time it’s water which can take any form from the smallest drop to a huge ocean, from arctic ice to a long, hot bath, from something you drink to something you sail on, swim in, stand under, etc.

James White Award Short Story Competition

http://www.jameswhiteaward.com/

1/31/2015

The James White Award is an annual short story competition open to non-professional writers with the winner chosen by a panel of judges made up of professional authors and editors. Stories entered into the competition must be original and previously unpublished. Entry is free.

Prole Laureate 2015

http://www.prolebooks.co.uk/page6.html

1/31/2015

This annual contest from Prole Books is for poems in any style that epitomise the editorial values of their poetry and prose magazine Prole. These values are summed up with the following words: engaging, accessible, entertaining and challenging. Quality, they say, is all. They don’t say anything about a line limit so you can if you wish really let yourself go and submit something long enough to test the judge’s endurance. But don’t blame me if she hunts you down with a sawn-off shotgun. The judge in question is Helen Ivory.

Helen Short Story Contest

https://helenliterarymagazine.submittable.com/submit/34291

2/1/2015

We seek pieces that feature a distinct flavor and sentiment of Vegas culture, greater Southern Nevada and the Southwestern US. Stories do not have to be distinctly set in Vegas to be considered. We are looking for well-written fiction in all genres.

Plymouth Writers Group – Open Fiction Writing 2014/15

http://www.nawg.co.uk/competitions/open-competitions/plymouth-writers-group-open-fiction-writing-2014/

2/1/2015

Plymouth Writers Group relocated to the Plymouth Arts Centre in Looe Street, Plymouth in March 2014, and have launched their latest Open Fiction Short Story Competition.

The Homestart Bridgwater Short Story Competition

http://www.homestart-bridgwater.org.uk/short-story-prize-2015

2/1/2015

You are invited to enter our 2015 competition by sending your stories, gaining the chance to win one of the prizes kindly donated by our sponsors – and helping a worthwhile charity.

PLYMOUTH WRITERS GROUP OPEN WRITING COMPETITION 2014/15

2/1/2015

The Plymouth Writers Group relocated to the Plymouth Arts Centre in Looe Street, Plymouth in March 2014. This competition reinforces their intention to be one of the most effective writing groups in Plymouth and the South West.

The Keats-Shelley Prize 2015

http://www.keats-shelley.co.uk/keats-shelley-prize

2/1/2015

The Keats-Shelley Prize is an annual competition for essays and poems on Romantic themes. Inaugurated in 1998, the Prize encourages writers to respond creatively to the work of the Romantics.

Improve Your Writing with This Periodic Table of the Figures of Speech

Improve Your Writing with This Periodic Table of the Figures of SpeechEXPAND

When you write something—either for work or for fun—the purpose is to convey meaning and engage whoever reads it. Knowing how to use the figures of speech in your writing can take it to the next level, and this table can help show you how.

Continue reading here:  http://lifehacker.com/improve-your-writing-with-this-periodic-table-of-the-fi-1668446228

 

Children’s Book Publishing in the 21st Century: A Children’s Literary Salon

The main branch of the New York Public Library provided respite from the drizzle and crowds of umbrella-carrying holiday shoppers, as children’s book professionals gathered on Saturday, December 6, for a panel discussion on the state of the publishing industry. The speakers were Neal Porter, editor, Neal Porter Books at Roaring Brook Press; Susan Roth, artist; Leonard S. Marcus, children’s literature historian; Caroline Ward, librarian, Ferguson Library, Stamford, Ct.; Laurent Linn, art director, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; and Elizabeth Harding, v-p, Curtis Brown Ltd. Author-illustrator Jane Breskin Zalben served as moderator. The speakers focused specifically on picture books and how the stories of today are being discovered, published, marketed, and consumed by readers.

(From l.): Jane Breskin Zalben, Neal Porter, Susan Roth, Leonard S. Marcus, Caroline Ward, Elizabeth Harding, and Laurent Linn discuss children’s books at the New York Public Library.

Zalben opened the discussion by offering a short overview of some of the ways that the children’s book market has changed over the years. She cited the rise of “really successful” independent bookstores in the 1980s, and the impact of Barnes & Noble and Borders chain stores on indie stores, followed by the subsequent closing of Borders in 2009. Today, she said, Amazon clearly poses a significant threat to the indie book market. Children’s bookstores are frequently relying on toy sales to gain revenue, and chains like Barnes & Noble are reluctant to carry picture books; subsequently, publishers must also strategically select the books they champion. Considering the discoverability challenges that picture books face, Zalben posed this question to the panelists: how likely is it that a classic like Goodnight Moon (which took around 10 years after its publication to even develop notoriety) would be published today at all?

Continue reading here:  http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/65006-children-s-book-publishing-in-the-21st-century-a-children-s-literary-salon.html

Writing Contests – December 2014 Deadlines

Keyboard_typingHi again!

Here is a list of writing competitions that have deadlines for December, 2014.

Remember, writing contests are not only a good way to get noticed, they are also excellent for fine-tuning your writing skills!

 

Hamlin Garland Short Story Award
https://www.beloit.edu/bfj/news/?story_id=422566
12/1/2014
A reading fee of $20 must accompany each entry. Checks are payable to Beloit Fiction Journal, or pay entry fee through Submittable. One story per entry/multiple entries OK. Maximum 7,000 words. All entrants will be considered for publication.
Beloit College, 700 College Street
Beloit, WI, 53511

Wabash Prize For Nonfiction
http://www.sycamorereview.com/contest/
12/1/2014
For each submission, send up to three poems, of no more than six total pages (all poems should be compiled into a single document). A reading fee of $15 (submitted online) must accompany each submission. Additional poems may be included for an additional reading fee of $5 for per poem. If submitting additional poems, please submit ALL poems in a single word document. Manuscript pages should be numbered and should include the title of the piece.
500 Oval Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907

The 2014/15 Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition
http://www.poetrybusiness.co.uk/competition-menu/competition
12/1/2014
The 2014/15 International Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition is open for entries. Judge: Billy Collins. Prizes: Publication by Smith|Doorstop Books, a share of £2,000 cash, publication in The North magazine, and launch readings hosted by the Poetry Business. The 29th annual international Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition invites entrants to submit a collection of 20-24 pages of poems for the chance to win publication by smith|doorstop, a share of £2,000 and other prizes.
Entry Fee: £25, or £20 for North subscribers, Friends of The Poetry Business and members of The Poetry Society

Enfield Poets International Poetry Competition
http://enfieldpoets.com/competition/
12/1/2014
Enfield Poets International Poetry Competition is for poems of up to 50 lines on any subject. Judge: Ruth Padel. Prizes: £500, £200, £100.

Templar Poetry Quarterly Pamphlet Competition
http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0099/4982/files/TEMPLARPORTFOLIO2014.pdf?502
12/1/2014
The Templar Poetry Quarterly Pamphlet Award offers the opportunity to submit a Portfolio of between ten and twelve pages of poetry.
PO Box 7721 Matlock Derbyshire DE4 9DD

The Tenth Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize
http://waywiser-press.com/hechtprize10.html
12/1/2014
A prize of £1,750 and publication by The Waywiser Press in the UK and the USA is given annually for a poetry collection by an author who has published no more than one previous poetry collection. The winner will give a reading at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. in the autumn of 2015, where he or she will appear with the tenth contest’s judge. Submit a manuscript of between 48 and 88 pages.
£15 entry fee (just over £16 for online submissions)

The Schneider Family Book Awards
http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/awards/1/apply
12/1/2014
The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting entries for The Schneider Family Book Awards, which recognize three authors and/or illustrators for a novel that personifies a dramatic articulation of the disability that a child or adult experiences.
50 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611-2788

The Book of Plans Hopes And Dreams
http://www.book-of-phd.com/
12/2/2014
An Anglo-German writing competition to link 1914 to 2114 and beyond by writing a poem or short story to each era. The competition judge: Panel led by Rebecca Bilkau and Prof Mike Abramson CBE. Prizes: Winners: All expenses paid trip to Lower Saxony, Germany and publication special commemorative books which will on display in England and Germany and on website. Shortlist publication in commemorative book and website.

Quatrain Poetry Contest
http://www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=100569
12/3/2014
For this contest you are challenged to write a Quatrain poem. A Quatrain is a poem that has four lines and also has a specific rhyming scheme. The word quatrain comes from Latin and French words meaning “four.” Your poems stanzas must have four lines. There can be multiple stanzas. It must rhyme. The rhyme scheme is up to you.

The Joseph Brodsky/Stephen Spender Prize
http://www.stephen-spender.org/brodsky_spender_prize.html
12/5/2014
The 2014 Joseph Brodsky/Stephen Spender Prize for the translation of Russian poetry into English is now open for entries. Judged by Sasha Dugdale, Catriona Kelly and Glyn Maxwell, and now in association with The London Magazine, this biennial worldwide prize celebrates the long friendship between Joseph Brodsky and Stephen Spender as well as the rich tradition of Russian poetry.
3 Old Wish Road Eastbourne East Sussex BN21 4JX England

The NEA Translation Projects
http://arts.gov/grants-individuals/translation-projects/grant-program-description
12/8/2014
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will award a grant between $12,500 and $25,000 to recognize an accomplished translator who has translated poetry, prose, or drama from a foreign language into English.
400 7th Street, SW Washington, DC 20506-0001

HARPER’S BAZAAR SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2015
http://www.harpersbazaar.co.uk/culture-news/news/short-story-competition-2015
12/12/2014
Open to UK residents aged 18 and over, published or unpublished. To enter send an original, unpublished short story, on the subject of ‘May’, of up to 3,000 words to shortstory@harpersbazaar.co.uk. Entries in the incorrect format will not be considered.
72 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 9EP

HARPER’S BAZAAR SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2015
http://www.harpersbazaar.co.uk/culture-news/news/short-story-competition-2015#.VBwEBkbS6FZ.twitter
12/12/2014
Harper’s Bazaar’s Short Story Competition is being run for the second time. Open to UK residents only, entrants must submit via email an original, unpublished short story on the subject of ‘May’. The winner will have their story published and enjoy a week’s holiday at the Duchy of Cornwall’s Manor House, Restormel Manor

Sentinel Annual Short Story Competition 2014
http://www.sentinelpoetry.org.uk/sawc/short-story.html
12/12/2014
This competition is for original, previously unpublished short stories in English Language on any subject, in any style, up to 2000 words long (excluding title). Stories entered should not be under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere.
Unit 136,113-115 George Lane,SouthWoodford, London E18 1AB, United Kingdom.

Conium Review Flash Fiction Contest
http://coniumreview.com/contests/flash-fiction-contest/
12/15/2014
The winning flash fiction piece will be published on The Conium Review Online Compenium site. The story will also be made into a broadside or micro-chap that will be given away for free to attendees of next year’s AWP conference. The winning author receives $300 and a copy of the judge’s latest book.
Portland, Oregon 97209

Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize,
http://decembermag.org/december-awards/
12/15/2014
$20 entry fee includes copy of Awards issue. Submit up to three poems per entry between Oct. 1 and Dec. 15. Name and address on cover letter only. Submit online at www.december.submittable.com/submit or by mail at PO Box 16130, St. Louis, MO 63105
PO Box 16130, St. Louis, MO 63105

Tethered by Letters’ Spring Poetry Contest
http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission
12/15/2014
We are currently accepting poetry submissions of all genres and styles—from traditional form to free verse. Length requirements are no more than three pages per poem, single spaced with double spacing between stanzas. The poetry contest winner will be published as the featured poem in the Summer 2015 Quarterly Journal. Three finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications or a TBL monthly poetry feature. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome.
P.O. Box 2504 Elizabeth, CO 80107

2015 Minotaur Books First Crime Novel Competition
http://us.macmillan.com/minotaurbooks/submit-manuscript
12/15/2014
Mystery Writers of America and Minotaur Books (a sub-print of St. Martin’s Press) are sponsoring the 2015’s America First Crime Novel Competition. The Competition welcomes all writers, irrespective of ethnic group, 18 years or older, who is an unpublished book author to enter.
175 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010

St. Martin’s Minotaur/ Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition
http://mysterywriters.org/about-mwa/st-martins/
12/15/2014
For this international contest from the USA, which is for previously unpublished authors (self-published doesn’t count), you submit a crime story of not less than 220 pages (60,000 words).
1140 Broadway, Suite 1507
New York, NY 10001

2nd Annual Junior Authors Poetry Contest INTERNATIONAL WRITING CONTEST
http://laurathomascommunications.com/junior-authors-poetry-contest/
12/15/2014
This annual contest is for poems of up to 50 lines on any subject and in any style. It is open to writers aged between 9 and 21 from any country (entries must be in English). Winners will be announced at the spring 2014 Junior Authors Writers

A journalistic writing competition for secondary schools
http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/schools_teaching/competitions/my_words_my_world
12/16/2014
Inspire young people to write with our journalistic writing competition. Free curriculum-supporting resources available.
68 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RL.

New Millennium Writings
http://www.newmillenniumwritings.com/awards.php
12/17/2014
No restrictions as to style, content, number of submissions, or nationality. Enter as often as you like.

WriteStars – ‘Season of Goodwill?’
http://writestars.co.uk/index.php/component/content/article/1-writestars/12-competitions-a-workshops
12/20/2014
Write a lovely, warm-hearted gem of a story to celebrate Christmas. Or maybe not so warm-hearted? Scrooges welcome.
43 Berkeley Square, London W1J 5FJ

Dead of Winter Horror Fiction Writing Contest
http://tclj.toasted-cheese.com/dead-of-winter/
12/21/2014
Stories submitted to the 14th Annual Dead of Winter contest (December 2014) must use the theme Toys In the Attic (your entry must follow guidelines below). A child’s plaything must feature prominently in your story and the story setting should be an attic, penthouse, or other “top floor.” Be creative with other setting elements, including time period and geographic location.

SENTINEL ANNUAL POETRY COMPETITION 2014
http://www.sentinelpoetry.org.uk/sawc/poetry.html
12/21/2014
This competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English Language on any subject, in any style, up to 60 lines long (excluding title). Poems entered should not be under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere.
Sentinel Poetry Movement, Unit 136, 113-115 George Lane, South Woodford, London E18 1AB, United Kingdom.

The Tampa Review Prize for Poetry
http://www.ut.edu/TampaReview/TRDetail.aspx?id=12172
12/31/2014
Winning manuscripts are issued in both hardback and paperback editions & authors receive royalties on sales in addition to the cash award. Each entrant will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to Tampa Review (mailed to any U.S. address; mailing outside U.S. can be arranged with a supplementary postage fee).
401 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606-1490

Flash 500 Humour Verse Competition
http://www.flash500.com/index_files/humourverse.html
12/31/2014
Welcome to our Humour Verse Competition! Now in its fourth year. There is a scarcity of humour verse competitions with worthwhile prize money, even though there are huge numbers of people who like to write and read funny poems. So we at Flash 500 are rather proud of this one, which has grown into a must-enter competition for writers of humour verse.

Labello 3rd International Short Story
http://www.labellopress.com/gem-street—competition.html
12/31/2014
These are the types of stories we look forward to reading during our exciting new competition Gem Street: Beyond the Axis. Shorter, leaner and vibrant works containing 5,000 words or less are welcome from new and previously published writers. Open to all genres except Children’s, YA or Poetry.

Labello Press c/o Unit 4C Gurtnafleur Business Park, Clonmel, County Tipperary. Ireland
Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award Winter 2014
http://www.writers-village.org/competition-rules.php
12/31/2014
Any genre or theme with maximum word count of 3,000 words. Entry fee is £15 and first prize is £1000, second prize £500 and third prize £250. Everyone will receive feedback and closing date is 31
Village Guild, The Old School House, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 9DP, UK

Labello 3rd International Short Story
http://www.nawg.co.uk/competitions/open-competitions/labello-3rd-international-short-story-competition/
12/31/2014
These are the types of stories we look forward to reading during our exciting new competition Gem Street: Beyond the Axis. Shorter, leaner and vibrant works containing 5,000 words or less are welcome from new and previously published writers.

INTERNATIONAL POETRY & PROSE COMPETITION 2014
http://saveaswriters.co.uk/onewebmedia/Int_Poetry_Prose_Comp_2014.pdf
12/31/2014
Poems are welcome on any subject Maximum 50 lines
Short stories may have any theme Maximum 3000 words
35 Spillett Close Faversham Kent ME13 8QP

Hidden Prize for Prose
http://hiddenclearingbooks.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/call-for-submissions-hidden-prize-for-prose-2014/
12/31/2014
Hidden Clearing Books (est. 2013) is hosting a free writing contest called Hidden Prize for Prose to recognize a talented author of an unpublished book-length manuscript. The author receives a cash prize of $250, along with publication of his or her manuscript and 25 book copies.
Baltimore, MD

Local Poem Competition 2015
http://www.unitedpress.co.uk/free-poetry-competitions/
12/31/2014
The best poem will win £1,000 cash and you can send up to three entries, which must be no more than 25 lines (each blank line counts as one line) and 160 words each.

2015 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction
http://www.press53.com/Award_for_Short_Fiction.html
12/31/2014
The author of the winning manuscript will receive a cash advance of $1,000, publication of the manuscript in October 2015 under a standard Press 53 book contract, and 10 copies of the completed book with an option to purchase unlimited copies at a discount for as long as the book is in print. The prize also includes travel expenses to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for a book launch party and reading on Friday, October 16, 2015, and attendance as our special guest to the Press 53/Prime Number Magazine Gathering of Writers on Saturday, October 17, 2015.
Press 53 . PO Box 30314, Winston-Salem, NC 27130-0314

The Poetry Box Halloween Poetry Annual Award 2014
http://www.thepoetrybox.co.uk/
12/31/2014
To celebrate the continuing and remarkable success of the UK-based Romantic, Gothic, Fantasy, Surreal and Satire-Themed Poetry Monthly Magazine – ‘The Poetry Box Dark & Horror Poetry Magazine’ – edited, compiled and published by the Founder of ‘The Poetry Box Studio’ based in West Sussex (on the West Sussex/Hampshire border, England) – LK Barley Robinson (LLAM) – ‘The Poetry Box Halloween Poetry Annual Award 2014’ is a unique and increasingly popular international poetry competition in these unusual poetry genres and in addition to the Prizes awarded, the Winners and Finalists Entries, the Judge’s Special Commendation Award Entries and Highly-Commended Entries, will all be published on a Special ‘Winners & Finalists’ page on The Poetry Box website – and in addition – will also be published in the 2015 Editions of ‘The Poetry Box Dark & Horror Poetry Magazine’ – Publication Format: Printed & Posted, A4-Sized, Illustrated and Comb-bound Monthly Poetry Publication (Publication Date: 30th of each month).
Ramshackles’ 2 Downview, Nyewood, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 5JA, England

Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2014
http://www.themothmagazine.com/a1-page.asp?ID=2762&page=15
12/31/2014
The name of the author must not appear on the same page as the poem. It’s not a requirement, but we strongly advise you to purchase a copy of The Moth. You can write on any subject and there is no line limit. Entries must be in English, typed, with each entry on a new sheet. Entries will not be returned, so make sure you keep a copy. No corrections can be made after receipt, or fees refunded.
c/o The Moth Drummullen Cavan Co. Cavan Ireland