Why enter writing competitions?
It’s one thing to write, and another entirely different proposition getting others to actually read what you have written.
Here is a list of writing competitions, awards, fairs, festivals and other book markets with deadlines in August, 2017.
Find one or more that fits with your style and submit your work! You never know what might happen…
Literary Prize http://www.aspenwords.org/programs/literary-prize/ August 1, 2017 A prize of $35,000 will be given annually for a book of fiction published in the current year that “illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture.” The winner will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the 2018 Aspen Words Summer Benefit in Aspen, Colorado, as a featured speaker and guest of honor. Novels, story collections, and translations of books of fiction published by a U.S. publisher in 2017 are eligible. Stephen L. Carter, Jessica Fullerton, Phil Klay, Alondra Nelson, and Akhil Sharma will judge. Publishers may submit the required entry form with a $30 entry fee by August 1, and five copies of a book (or bound galleys) by September 1. There is no entry fee for presses whose annual net sales are less than $4 million. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
Emerging Voices Fellowships https://penusa.org/programs/emerging-voices August 1, 2017 Even-month fellowships, which include a stipend of $1,000 each, are given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who lack access to financial and creative support. Each fellow receives professional mentorship with an established writer in Los Angeles, attends courses at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, and takes part in public readings and other programming throughout the fellowship period. Travel and lodging are not provided. Writers who do not have significant publication credits, are not enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate writing program, and do not hold an undergraduate or graduate writing degree are eligible. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or 20 pages of prose, a curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation with a $10 entry fee by August 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Individual Artist Fellowships http://arts.delaware.gov/grants-for-artists/ August 1, 2017 Established Professional Fellowships of $6,000 each and Emerging Artist Fellowships of $3,000 each are given annually to Delaware poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in Delaware for at least one year prior to application and who are not enrolled in a degree-granting program. Submit 15 to 20 pages of poetry or prose by August 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/creative_non-fiction_prize/info.html?utm_source=AlmondPress&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions August 1, 2017 To entice writers to submit early, The Malahat Review is offering a special mentorship with Canadian writer, Liz Harmer. One entrant will get the opportunity to receive feedback on a piece of creative nonfiction of their choosing. All you have to do is enter the contest by July 15 to be considered!
Costa Short Story Award http://www.costa.co.uk/costa-book-awards/costa-short-story-award/ August 4, 2017 The Costa Short Story Award (the “CSSA”) is for a single, previously-unpublished short story of up to 4,000 words by an author aged 18 years or over on 1 January 2017 whose primary residence (ie resident for over six months of the year) has been in the United Kingdom or Ireland since 1 November 2014. UK or Irish nationality is not a requirement. If there is any issue about whether or not you qualify as a UK resident, please check with the organisers before submitting your entry.
Dream Quest One Poetry and Writing Contest http://www.dreamquestone.com/ August 15, 2017 This poetry contest and writing contest is open to everyone and international. We are excited about showcasing the creative writing and poetic talent, skill and ability of all poets and writers. We hope that you are inspired to display the beauty and art of writing short stories and poems for the entire world to see your “gift of a dream.”
Best New Fairy Tale Competition http://fairytalez.com/competitions/best-new-fairy-tale-2017/?utm_source=AlmondPress&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions August 15, 2017 The competition runs from the 13th of June till the 15th of August, and writers from all over are invited to submit their original stories to Fairytalez.com’s library of new stories.
Ex Ophidia Press Poetry Book Prize http://www.exophidiapress.org/poetry-book-prize.html?utm_source=AlmondPress&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions August 15, 2017 Open to all English-language authors (of any age, ethnicity, gender or orientation) for a book of poetry. Suggested length of manuscript is between 64 and 84 pages, single-spaced; Word document ONLY. By submitting, all authors attest that the work is their own.
The Val Wood Prize: Freedom in Hull http://www.valeriewood.co.uk/competition/4578134634?utm_source=AlmondPress&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions August 15, 2017 The competition is open to anyone over 16 years of age. Entries should be in the form of a short story and entrants are free to write about whatever they wish but each story must feature the theme: Freedom in Hull.
UNO Press Publishing Lab Prize http://www.unopress.org/lab.aspx?utm_source=AlmondPress&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions August 15, 2017 Please submit your manuscript via Submittable. The selected author will receive a thousand dollar advance on royalties and a contract to publish with UNO Press. The work does not have to be regionally focused. UNO Press is based at the University of New Orleans and distributed by Hopkins Fulfillment Services. There is no word limit. There is no limit on subjects covered. Works of fiction (novels and short story collections) only. The contest is open to all authors, regardless of publishing history. Submission fee: $18.00.
Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition http://www.brookes.ac.uk/poetry-centre/international-poetry-competition/?utm_source=almondpress&utm_medium=writingcompetitionlist&utm_campaign=writingcompetitions August 28, 2017 The competition is open to both new and established poets aged 18 and over from across the globe and has two categories: Open category (open to all poets aged 18 years and over) English as an Additional Language (EAL) category (open to all poets aged 18 and over who write in English as an Additional Language.
Grindstone Literary Summer Novel Opening Competition https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/competitions August 28, 2017 Everyone’s got a novel in them. We’re not asking for the whole shebang, we just want the start. That’s right – the first 1000 words of your dream novel (whether you’ve already written it, or not). Got a great opening page? We want to see it. Get us hooked to the point where we’re clawing our eyes out, desperate for more, and you could win. They say the most important part of a novel is the first page – show us what you’ve got.
Article Competition 2017 http://www.parkpublications.co.uk/competitions.html August 31 2017 Articles should be between 1000 and 1500 words. Prizes: £50.00. £25.00. £15.00. Entry Fee: £3.00. Cheques payable to Park Publications. Free entry for annual subscribers.The winning entry will appear in the autumn edition of Scribble, which will be published during September 2016.
Romance Fiction Writing Contests 2017 https://www.chantireviews.com/services/#!/Romance-&-Womens-Fiction-Writing-Contests/p/21521080/category=5193080 August 31, 2017 Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring romantic themes and adventures of the heart,historical love affairs, perhaps a little steamy romance, we will put them to the test and choose the best among them. (Hint: check other genres for romance categories as well, such as paranormal, young adult, mystery, etc., multiple submissions are welcome)
The Ogham Stone Literature and Arts Journal http://www.poetryireland.ie/writers/opportunities/the-ogham-stone-literature-and-arts-journal August 31, 2017 Submission deadline for this issue is 31 August 2017. All submissions must be emailed as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/creative-writing-award/ August 31, 2017 The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that celebrates excellence in Poetry and Short Fiction. The prize is now in its 11th year, hosted by the international art and culture publication, Aesthetica Magazine. With the aim to support and nurture new writing talent, it awards publication within an inspiring anthology to a shortlist of 60 writers, including a winner from each category.
The Fiction Open http://www.glimmertrain.com/pages/writing_guidelines.php August 31, 2017 We two sisters genuinely welcome new writers, and are happy to consider any original short story that has not appeared in a print publication. (Previous online publication is fine, but please no novels, poetry, or stories written for children.) One of our greatest pleasures is being the first to present—in print—a wonderful story by an emerging voice.
Essay Competition 2017 https://www.thelondonmagazine.org/essay-competition-2017/ August 31, 2017 All essays submitted must be previously unpublished and no longer than 1500 words. There will be no set theme or subject. We are looking for non-academic, original work with a powerful voice that is not afraid to surprise. This competition is open to international entries.
Hammond House Publishing International Literary Prize https://www.hammondhousepublishing.com/2017-short-story-comp?utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_source=AlmondPress August 31, 2017 With three different categories, thousands of pounds in prizes and more opportunities for publication, there’s never been a better time to gain recognition for your talent and get published with Hammond House.
Melita Hume Prize 2017 https://store.eyewearpublishing.com/pages/melita-hume-prize?utm_source=AlmondPress&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions August 31, 2017 “Submissions must be made via Eyewear Publishing LTD’s Submittable page before 31 August, 2017. The fee to submit is £20. Manuscripts must be original work, between 48 and 100 pages in length, by a single author, in the English language. There are no restrictions on style or subject matter. The Eyewear staff encourage writers from diverse backgrounds to submit their work.
Individual poems in the submission may have been previously published online, in periodicals, or in chapbooks, but the collection as a whole must not have been previously published (self publishing constitutes prior publication).Submissions should be made without the inclusion of an acknowledgments page.”
Short Fiction and Poetry Competition https://www.artificium.co.uk/entryform?utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_source=AlmondPress August 31, 2017 We are looking for accomplished writing, full of style and intelligence, demonstrating a passion for language. Plots and themes that intrigue, captivate, and make us think. Any genre, as long as the quality of writing is high.