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Writing Competitions – January 2018

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 January, 2018.

Find one or more that fits with your style and submit your work! You never know what might happen…

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest http://www.writersofthefuture.com/enter-writer-contest/ January 1 Entries submitted in hard copy must be typewritten or a computer printout in black ink on white paper, printed only on the front of the paper, double-spaced, with numbered pages. All other formats will be disqualified. Each entry must have a cover page with the title of the work, the author’s legal name, a pen name if applicable, address, telephone number, e-mail address and an approximate word count. Every subsequent page must carry the title and a page number, but the author’s name must be deleted to facilitate fair, anonymous judging.

Fall 2017 Travel Writing Contest https://nowherepublishing.submittable.com/submit/93955/fall-2017-travel-writing-contest January 1, 2018 $20 ENTRY FEE. Deadline January 1, 2018. Stories can be fiction, nonfiction or essay, but please indicate which genre at the top of your manuscript. Entries should be between 800 and 5,000 words and must not have been previously chosen as a winner in another contest. Previously published work is accepted, but again, please indicate this. The winner will receive $1,000, with publication in Nowhere granted under First North American Serial Rights (FNASR). Up to ten finalists also will be published.

PSYCHOPOMP MAGAZINE SHORT FICTION AWARD https://psychopompmag.com/contests/ January 31, 2018 Submit up to 6,000 words (double-spaced, 12-point font, pages numbered) of a short story or a self-contained excerpt of a novella or novel. The Psychopomp Magazine staff reserve the right to stop reading at any point after our specified limit. Work previously published is ineligible. Simultaneous submissions are accepted so long as you inform us immediately that your work has been accepted elsewhere.
Please do not send publication history or a cover letter. We just want to see your work. To that end, please remove the writer’s name from within the manuscript. If the byline is different from the name under which you submitted, you can inform us of your preferred publishing name later in the event that your story wins.
Submit anytime between October 15, 2017 and January 31st, 2018 via our submissions manager. The entry fee is $10, payable during the time of submission.
Results will be posted to the website by April. Finalists and winners will be notified by email.
For questions, email psychopompmag@gmail.com with “Contest Question” in the subject heading.
Those closely affiliated (personally or professionally) with the editors and final judge are ineligible to submit.

DISQUIET Literary Prize 2018 https://disquietinternational.submittable.com/submit/16443/disquiet-literary-prize-2018 January 31, 2018 Multi-genre award for the best poetry, fiction, or nonfiction on any subject. Entries must be in English. Entries may not be previously published.
The winner in each genre will be published. The grand prize winner will also receive a full scholarship, including tuition, lodging, and a $1,000USD travel stipend, to attend the Disquiet International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal. Runners-up will also be considered for merit-based scholarships.
One entry may include up to six poems (to a maximum of ten pages) or a single prose piece up to twenty-five double-spaced pages in length. Excerpts from longer works are welcome. Multiple entries must be accompanied by multiple reading fees.

2018 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America Best First Novel Competition https://us.macmillan.com/minotaurbooks/submit-manuscript January 12, 2018 To enter, you must complete this form and upload an electronic file of your Manuscript.
Only electronic submissions, uploaded through this entry form, will be considered; do not mail or e-mail
manuscript submissions to Minotaur Books.
Before uploading, please ensure that your Manuscript is formatted as follows:
1) The Manuscript must be either a Microsoft Word document or a PDF
2) Text must be double spaced
3) Pages must be numbered consecutively from beginning to end
4) The Manuscript must be saved as “Manuscript Title_Entrant Name”

The Keats-Shelley Prize 2018 http://www.keats-shelley.co.uk/the-keats-shelley-prizes/the-keats-shelley-prize/keats-shelley-prize-2018 January 15, 2018 The Keats-Shelley Prize 2018 is open until January 15, 2018.
Free to enter.
Submit poems on the theme of Liberty: a celebration of Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound, or an essay, which can be on any aspect of the work or lives of the Romantics and their circles.
Open to all writers over the age of 18.
There are cash prizes of £3,000 and the winning entries will be published in the Keats-Shelley Review.
The Prize Chair is Liz Lochhead, the former Makar of Scotland and Winner of the Queen’s Medal for Poetry.

The Live Canon Children’s Poetry Competition http://www.livecanon.co.uk/childrenscompetition January 21st The Live Canon Children’s Poetry Competition is open until January 21, 2018.
Free to enter.
Open to 8-18 year old writers. The winner of each age category will receive a £50 book token. 100 winning poems will be published in an anthology.

The Mogford Food & Drink Short Story Prize https://www.oxford-hotels-restaurants.co.uk/mogford-prize/ January 3, 2018 The Mogford Food & Drink Short Story Prize is open until January 3, 2018 (noon, GMT).
Submit up to 2500 words. Food and/or drink must be at the heart of the tale. Open to writers around the world.
The winner will receive £10,000 and an inscribed prize. The winning entry will be read by an actor and uploaded to the StoryPlayer website. There are three runner-up prizes of £250 each. All shortlisted stories will be published on the Mogford Ltd. websites.
Entry Fee: £10.

The Henshaw Short Story Competition https://www.henshawpress.co.uk/ January 10, 2018 The Henshaw Short Story Competition is open until January 10, 2018.
Prizes: £100, £50, £25. The winners will also be published on the Henshawpress website.
Entry Fee: £5

The Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition https://kentandsussexpoetry.com/ January 31, 2018 The Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition is open until January 31, 2018.
Prizes: £1000, £300, £100, 4 x £50.
Judge: Helen Ivory
Entry fee: £5 per poem. 3 or more poems: £4 each

The Clochoderick Press Poetry Competition http://www.clochoderickpress.co.uk/ January 25th, 2018 The Clochoderick Press Poetry Competition is now open until January 25th, 2018.
Prizes: £500, £200, £100, 4x £50
Entry Fees: £5 per poem, £7.50 for three poems, £10 for 5 poems.

The 2017 Exeter Novel Prize http://www.creativewritingmatters.co.uk/2017-exeter-novel-prize.htmlutm_source=AlmondPress&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions 1st January 2018 The 2017 Exeter Novel Prize is open for submissions until midnight on January 1st 2018, which is without exception the closing date. Any entries received after this date will be disqualified and no refund of the entry fee will be made.
The competition is open to everyone, living anywhere in the world, published, self-published or yet to be published, who does not gain representation by a literary agent, and who does not receive a contract from a commercial publisher by the closing date.
Entries should take the form of the opening of your novel (not a random selection of scenes) and must not exceed ten thousand words including a synopsis of not more than five hundred words. Any entries received without a synopsis will be disqualified. Entries must be the author’s own work. The novel does not have to be complete. Self-published novels are acceptable.
You may enter more than one novel, but each entry must be made separately and must be accompanied by a separate entry fee.
All genres excluding children’s, but including Young Adult and New Adult, are acceptable.
Only doc, docx, pdf and rtf files will be accepted. Any other formats will be disqualified. Please present your work in 12pt Times New Roman or Arial, 1.5 or double-spaced.
Entries must be in English.
Entrants must be over 18 years of age.
Entry must be made electronically and the fee paid via Paypal. The prize monies will be awarded via Paypal. The receipt issued by Paypal on payment of the entry fee is your receipt of entry. Scroll further for How to Enter. If you do not already have a Paypal account, please visit www.paypal.com for details.
Literary agent Broo Doherty of DHH Literary Agency will be the final judge. Although the organisers hope the winning entrant will achieve publication, no guarantee of agent representation or publication can be given.
The decision of the judges is final. No correspondence will be entered into now or in the future.

Five Words Poetry Competition http://www.obheal.ie/blog/five-words-poetry-competition/?utm_source=AlmondPress&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions 30th of January 2018 Entry is open to all countries. Poems cannot exceed 50 lines in length (including line breaks), and must include all five words listed during this week. A modicum of poetic license is acceptable. As long as the original spelling is intact within your syntax, you’re welcome to pluralise, join or even split the word to form two adjoining words. There is no limit on submission quantities, although each payment and submission will need to be made separately. Entries to be sent no later that 12pm on Tuesday.

The Fresher Writing Prize http://www.fresherpublishing.co.uk/the-fresher-writing-prize-3/ January 14th 2018 You can enter as many categories as you wish, and as many times as you wish, but every entry costs £6. See Enter the competition for more details. You will be asked to include a short (75 word) author biography with your entry.
Entry is free for staff and students of Bournemouth University who should email their entries from their university account to competitions@fresherpublishing.co.uk stating their name and which category they are entering in the email subject box.
As our mission is to encourage new, unpublished writers, we will not accept entries that have already been published or performed elsewhere.
Short Story: Up to 3000 words maximum on the theme of “Monsters”. This can be in any style, including genre fiction eg Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Children’s etc. We are looking for real storytellers, who create great characters to tell us something fresh, and surprise or touch us.
Creative Non-fiction: Up to 3000 words, on the theme of “Monsters”, from memoir to personal essay, to immersion reportage. We are looking for work that blends style with substance and tells us something new about the world.
Poetry: Up to 42 lines, on the theme of “Monsters”. We are looking for poetry that is fresh and unexpected.
Flash Fiction: Under 500 words, on the theme of “Monsters”. We are looking for writing that explores and utilises the many possibilities of the flash fiction format to tell their story. Every word needs to count. Let us see a well-crafted story that’s full of life and leaps off the page!
First 500 words of a novel: This can be on any theme. In addition to providing your 500 words please submit a short synopsis of your novel. Entrants are also requested to have the full manuscript available from March 1st 2018 in case judges wish to see more.

Moment Magazine http://www.momentmag.com/moment-karma-foundation-short-fiction-contest-guidelines-for-submission/ January 15, 2018 An original short story with Jewish themes. Maximum length for prose is 7,000 words.
$25 Reader fee.

Calibre Prize 2018 https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/prizes-programs/calibre-prize 15/01/2018 Theme: None
Open to: All
Accepts: Non-fiction essay
Size: 3,000 – 6,000 words
Entry Fee: $25 (or $15 for ABR subscribers or full-time students)
Prizes: First: $5,000, Second: $2,500

100 Word Stories 2018 http://www.readersdigest.com.au/terms-and-conditions#100 Word Stories 2018 January 31, 2018 This competition is open to residents of Australia and New Zealand and runs until January 31, 2018.
The promotional material, information on how to enter and prize details form part of these rules. To be eligible to enter, you must reply in accordance with the conditions specified in this promotion. Employees of the Promoter and members of their immediate families are not eligible to enter. The Promoter cannot accept responsibility for lost, misdirected or delayed entries.

The Hope Prize https://www.bsl.org.au/events/the-hope-prize/ January 31, 2018 Entries must be the original work of the applicant.
Entries must not have been published, broadcast, or won a monetary prize in any competition.
There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit but each entry must be accompanied by a completed entry form.
Proof of age is required for those eligible for the award for an emerging writer under 18.
To be considered for the Women’s Writing Career Development Scholarships, eligible authors must mark where indicated on the entry form and provide a short statement up to 100 words long on how winning a scholarship will help them further develop their writing skills. Scholarship winners will be chosen taking into account both the literary merit of their short story and their personal circumstances. In making the selection, we will look at the short statement submitted, in which entrants are encouraged to make relevant disclosures, such as barriers they face in pursuing their writing. Telephone interviews may be held to determine the winners of the scholarships.
All entries must be in English, double spaced, using standard 12 point font such as Times New Roman and pages must be numbered. Print on A4 paper on one side only and please do not staple.
Applicant’s name must not appear on the story.
Entries must be no longer than 5000 words and a minimum of 2000 words.
Authors must be residents of Australia.
No corrections will be accepted or correspondence entered into.
The judges’ decision is final.
The author retains copyright but the Brotherhood of St Laurence and its partner, Simon and Schuster, reserve the right to publish the successful entries.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence reserves the right not to make the award.

The Plough Poetry Prize https://www.theploughprize.co.uk/?utm_source=AlmondPress&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions January 31, 2018 We are pleased to announce the reinstated short poem category, supported by the Ronald Duncan Literary Foundation.

So Bad It’s Good Writing Competition http://www.nambuccawriters.info/so-bad-its-good—bad-writing-comp.html February 28, 2018 Nambucca Valley Writers Group is excited to announce its inaugural Bad Writing Competition – So Bad, It’s Good.

C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize https://hubcity.org/news/2017/hub-city-announces-10-000-c-michael-curtis-prize January 1, 2018 A $25 submission fee will accompany each submission. Submission information can be found at www.hubcity.org/cmcprize . Manuscripts will be taken through online submission only. All manuscripts will be read anonymously by paid screeners. This contest is guided by the CLMP Code of Ethics.

Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Contest http://www.ncwriters.org/index.php/network-news/3571-rose-post January 15, 2018 The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
The postmark deadline is January 15.
The entry fee is $10 for NCWN members, $12 for nonmembers.
Entries can be submitted in one of two ways:
Send two printed copies through the U.S. Postal Service (see guidelines and address below), along with a check for the appropriate fee, made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
Submit an electronic copy online at http://ncwriters.submittable.com, and pay by VISA or MasterCard.
Simultaneous submissions ok, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
Each entry must be an original and previously unpublished manuscript of no more than 2,000 words, typed in a 12-point standard font (i.e., Times New Roman) and double-spaced.
Author’s name should not appear on manuscripts. Instead, include a separate cover sheet with name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and manuscript title. (If submitting online, do not include a cover sheet with your document; Submittable will collect and record your name and contact information.)
An entry fee must accompany the manuscript. Multiple submissions are accepted, one manuscript per entry fee: $10 for NCWN members, $12 for nonmembers.
You may pay the member entry fee if you join NCWN with your submission. Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
Entries will not be returned. Winners will be announced in March.

The Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest https://womr.org/annual-outermost-poetry-contest/ January 16, 2018 DEADLINE: Monday, January 16, 2018 postmark. Send up to 5 of your best unpublished poems, any style or subject matter, no more than 7 pages in total, and a $15 submission fee w/ check made payable to: “Outermost Community Radio” w/ “Poetry Contest” written in the memo line of the check.
You must include a $15 submissions check per 5 poems submitted.
All poems MUST be single spaced; 12 point font or larger. Handwritten poems will not be considered.
Only one poem per page. If the poem is continued on a second page, please include title of the poem on the second page, and staple both pages together. (No poem should exceed two pages.)
Only unpublished work will be considered. If your poem has been published in any book, print or online journal, magazine or chapbook, whether self-published or not, please select something else. If you have submitted your poem to another journal – and it is published prior to December 31, 2017 – it is not eligible for the contest.
Your name or any other identifying information must not appear anywhere on or in the poems. Instead, be sure to include a cover letter w/ name, address, phone number & email address & the titles of your poems along with the first five words of each poem.

 

Writing Competitions – December 2017

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 December, 2017.

Find one or more that fits with your style and submit your work! You never know what might happen…

Moth Poetry Prize http://www.themothmagazine.com/a1-page.asp?ID=8010&page=14 December 31, 2017 The entry fee is €12 per poem, and you can enter as many poems as you like.
You can enter online or send your poem(s) along with a cheque or postal order made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd.’ with an entry form or a cover letter with your name and contact details and the title of poem(s) attached to: The Moth, Ardan Grange, Milltown, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Ireland.
Please remember to read the rules of the competition before you enter.

Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers http://www.boulevardmagazine.org/short-fiction-contest/ December 31, 2017 All entries must be postmarked by December 31, 2017 or submitted online by midnight CT.
Entry fee is $16 for each individual story, with no limit per author, and includes a one-year subscription. Make checks payable to Boulevard.
Author’s name, address, and telephone number, in addition to the story’s title and “Boulevard Emerging Writers Contest,” should appear on page one.
Manuscripts should be typed and double spaced.
Cover sheets are not necessary.
No manuscripts will be returned.
Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but previously accepted or published work is ineligible.
We accept works up to 8,000 words.
All entries will be considered for publication and for payment at our regular rates.
Entries will be judged by the editors of Boulevard.
No one editorially or financially affiliated with Boulevard can enter the contest.
The winning story will be first announced on the website, traditionally during June, though occasionally earlier, and then published in the follow issue of Boulevard.
Mail submissions to Boulevard Emerging Writers Contest, PMB 325, 6614 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights, MO 63117 or submit online.

ST MARTIN’S MINOTAUR/MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA FIRST CRIME NOVEL COMPETITION http://mysterywriters.org/about-mwa/st-martins/ December The Competition is open to any writer, regardless of nationality, aged 18 or older, who has never been the author of any Published Novel (in any genre)(except that authors of self-published works only may enter, as long as the manuscript submitted is not the self-published work) and is not under contract with a publisher for publication of a novel. Murder or another serious crime or crimes is at the heart of the story. Deadline in December each year.

Many Voices Project http://www.newriverspress.com/submissions/many-voices-project/ December 1, 2017 The yearly submission period for the MVP Competition is September 15 – December 1. There is a $25 entry fee. Finalists are typically announced in June of the year following the close of the submission window (the 2015 contest finalists were announced in June of 2016). The winners are usually announced in late August following the finalist announcements. The winning title will be published in fall the following year (the 2015 winners will be published in 2017) by New Rivers Press and distributed nationally by Small Press Distribution. The winning author will receive a $1,000 honorarium, a standard book contract, and ten complimentary copies of the final book.

Tampa Review http://www.ut.edu/TampaReview/TRDetail.aspx?id=12480 December 31, 2017 

These guidelines explain the details for general submission of stories, poems, and creative nonfiction. There is no reading fee for any ordinary submission sent by mail. There is a small processing fee ($2 for poetry; $3 for prose) for online submissions.

The SciFan ‘Fire and Ice’ Competition 2017 https://www.fantasticbooksstore.com/competitions/current-competitions 31st DECEMBER 2017 Genre: SciFan (Either pure science fiction, pure fantasy or ‘SciFan’, an amalgamation of the two)
Wordcount: Maximum of 2000 words excluding the title and author
Topic: Fire and ice
How to enter:
Send your fees via PayPal to; fantasticbookspublishing@gmail.com (Make a note of your transaction ID) then send your entries in word format, sized at 12pt in Times New Roman font to: fantasticbookspublishing@gmail.com (remember to include your PayPal transaction ID so we can identify you)

Dancing Star Press http://www.dancingstarpress.com/submissions/ December 31, 2017 Dancing Star Press is seeking submissions of speculative fiction novellas.
Email a copy of your completed manuscript in .pdf form only to submissions@dancingstarpress.com. Submissions in any other file format will not be considered.
In the email or in an attached cover letter, please include a short biographical statement including publishing history and the word count of your manuscript.
If your file size is greater than 25 MB, it will likely bounce. Feel free to use the file transfer service of your choice: dropbox, google drive, etc.
If you strongly prefer to submit a hard copy of your manuscript, please query first.

The Golden Baobab Prize http://www.goldenbaobab.org/prizes/gbp-for-early-chapter-books December 1st, 2017 Submissions should be between 7,000 and 10,000 words in length and intended for readers from ages 9 to 11 years old. Submissions must be text only. No illustrations.
Entrants may submit up to 3 stories per prize and are eligible to enter stories to more than one prize. Example: An entrant may submit up to 3 stories to the Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books and at the same time up to 3 stories to the Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Books.
Entry is open to citizens of an African country. A copy of a passport or comparable document will be required of winners and long listed entrants. There are no restrictions on age or race.
Previous entrants of the Prize are eligible to enter in subsequent years. Past winners of the Prize are ineligible to re-enter.

Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest http://www.sps.com/poetry/index.html December 31, 2017 All entries must be the original creation of the submitting author. All rights to the entries must be owned by the author and shall remain the property of the author. The author gives permission to Blue Mountain Arts, Inc. to publish and display the entry on the Web (in electronic form only) if the entry is selected as a winner or finalist. Winners will be contacted within 45 days of the deadline date. Contest is open to everyone except employees of Blue Mountain Arts and their families. Void where prohibited.

Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards http://www.anisfield-wolf.org/submissions/submission-guidelines/ December 31, 2017 The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognizes outstanding works that contribute to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of cultural diversity. Awards are given for fiction, poetry and nonfiction. Submissions will be accepted beginning September 1. The submission deadline is December 31. The winners are announced in the spring.

Indie Writer’s Deathmatch 2017 http://www.brokenpencil.com/deathmatch December 31, 2017 The Winner Gets:
Their story published in Broken Pencil: the magazine of zine culture and the independent arts.
$400 cash
The Ultimate Literary Makeover: Meetings with: editor Veronica Liu of New York’s fabled Seven Stories Press; Literary agent Chris Bucci of the McDermid Agency and writer/podcast genius Jonathan Goldstein. They will give you feedback on your writing, guide you on entering the publishing industry, and tell you what to do next.

BRIGHT HILL 25TH ANNUAL FULL-LENGTH POETRY BOOK COMPETITION 2017 http://brighthillpress.org/submissionguidelines/ December 31, 2017 Send 48-64 pages, plus bio, table of contents, acknowledgments page, and title page.
Manuscript must be paginated and secured by bulldog or spring clip; no bound manuscripts or manuscripts in book form.
If you submit electronically, you will need to set up an account at http://www.brighthillpress.org/submissions/ – Once you have set up your account, follow the directions for submitting.

The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets http://africanpoetrybf.unl.edu/?page_id=2058 December 1st, 2017 The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets will only accept “first book” submissions from African writers who have not published a book-length poetry collection. This includes self-published books if they were sold online, in stores, or at readings. Writers who have edited and published an anthology or a similar collection of other writers’ work remain eligible.

POETRY CHAPBOOK PROGRAM http://centerforbookarts.org/opportunities/for-writers/ December 17, 2016 The selected poet will also receive a cash award of $500, and a $500 honorarium for a reading, to be held at the Center in the fall of 2017, as well as an exclusive opportunity to stay at the Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, New York as one of their Winter Shakers.

2017 Flash Fiction Contest http://coniumreview.com/contests/flash-fiction-contest/ December 1st, 2017 All manuscripts must be submitted through our Submittable page between October 1st, 2017 and December 1st, 2017. Your submission may include up to three flash fictions; each individual piece should be under 1,000 words. Upload your submission as a single manuscript file. Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. The judge reads blind, and she will recuse herself from considering any manuscript where the writer is identifiable. In the unlikely event that the judge is unable to select a winner, The Conium Review editorial staff will make the final decision.

Willis Barnstone Translation Prize https://www.evansville.edu/majors/creativewriting/evansvilleReviewBarnstone.cfm December 1st, 2017 The competition welcomes submissions of unpublished poetry translations from any language and time period (ancient to contemporary). The length limit for each translation is 200 lines. Please attach the translated copy to a copy of the original which identifies the original poet. Please put the name(s), address, email address, and phone number of the translator(s) on the back of the translation page. Also, since entries will not be returned, please include an SASE if you wish to be notified of the contest results.

THE JAMES DICKEY PRIZE FOR POETRY http://fivepoints.gsu.edu/james-dickey-prize-poetry/ December 1st, 2017 Each year we select a poet to receive The James Dickey Prize for Poetry. The award is named in honor of James Dickey, who we are proud to say served on our Advisory Board. Dickey inspired and nurtured many poets, and we offer the award in his spirit. The contest winner receives $1,000, and the winning poems are published in an issue of Five Points.

Annual Literary Contest https://thefiddlehead.ca/contest December 1, 2017 Entries must be original and unpublished elsewhere. No simultaneous submissions and no previously published (or accepted for publication) submissions. This means that an entry must not be under consideration elsewhere for publication or broadcast, nor accepted elsewhere for publication or broadcast, nor entered in any other contest. Work that has appeared on the internet (e.g., online magazines, blogs, or social media sites) is considered published for this contest and is ineligible.

Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition 2017 http://www.interactstrokesupport.org/news/ruth-rendell-short-story-competition-2017 22nd December 2017 The short story competition was first held in 2008 and the challenge remains the same: writers are requested to write a piece, in any genre, in no more than 1000 words. The winner of the competition will receive £1000 and will be commissioned to write four further stories for InterAct Stroke Support over the course of one year. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony in 2018, date to be confirmed.

2018 Writers Award http://www.deborahrogersfoundation.org/writers-award 15th December 2017 Submissions should take the form of 20-30,000 words of a work in progress, fiction or non-fiction, which is not under option or contract.
Applicants may not be under contract to any publisher for any work or title.
Applications are only open to writers who have not previously published a full length book of their own prose writing (including self-published or published on-line) excluding a collection of their own poetry. They may have published short prose writing within a magazine/anthology.
Entrants must write in the English language and reside within the British Commonwealth and Eire.
Submissions should be accompanied with a brief synopsis and biographical note.
Applicants who submitted work for the 2016 Writers Award may re-apply but the work submitted must be new.

WRITING CONTEST https://alltopreviews.com/writing-contest December 31, 2017 The review has to be ~600-700 words long
No plagiarism allowed. We will check each review with the latest anti-plagiarism tools and will disqualify all the participants who send us plagiarized papers.
Reviews should be written in English. Make sure they don’t contain any grammar or spelling mistakes
Submit your entries in the following formats only: .doc, .docx, .rts, .odt
Leave your contact information on a separate page for us to get in touch with you in case you win
Include images, contact information or any other relevant information to make the review more accurate and informative, but make sure you have the rights to use them.

The H.S. Poetry Prize https://www.smith.edu/poetrycenter/wp/outreach/hs-poetry-prize/ December, 2017 One poem per student, maximum of 25 lines.
No entry fee. Application form required.
Winners will be announced in March 2018.

10th Annual National Essay Contest http://www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org/essay-contest/ December 1, 2017 The contest is open to all persons who are over the age of 18 as of December 2017. Students, academics, practicing attorneys, policymakers and members of the general public are encouraged to submit essays.

Legal Blog Post Writing Contest https://www.theexpertinstitute.com/writing-contest/ December 31, 2017 Specific case references are required, and the article must contain specific examples
Your article must be an unpublished, original submission. The Expert Institute reserves the right to publish in print and digital all or part of the essay or abstract at its discretion
Citations should be inline – no footnotes or endnotes. Links to electronic sources are encouraged
Articles must be 1,500 – 2,500 words in length, and written in a blog post format

Writing Competitions – November 2017

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 November, 2017.

Find one or more that fits with your style and submit your work! You never know what might happen…

Arkbound Writing Competition http://arkbound.com/competitions/ November 1, 2017 All entries received in 2017 will be judged by a panel of three independent judges and the winners will be announced on 8th-9th December 2017 at a special event. Certificates and prizes will also be handed out.

THE SCRIBBLE ANNUAL SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2017 http://www.parkpublications.co.uk/competitions.html November 1, 2017 All entries for this competition must be sent by post.Entry Fee: £4.00. Cheques payable to Park Publications. Free entry for annual subscribers.The winning entry will appear in the winter edition of Scribble, which will be published during December 2017.

The Caledonia Novel Award http://thecaledonianovelaward.com/?utm_source=AlmondPress&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions November 1, 2017 With this in mind, we are very excited to announce that, for the second year running, we are offering a special prize for the best novel submitted by an author from the UK and Ireland. This prize is a free place on a writing course at Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre, situated in the Scottish Highlands, just 14 miles from Inverness. The winner will be able to choose from a selection of week-long residential courses taking place there in 2018.

Commonwealth Short Story Prize http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/our-projects/the-short-story/ November 1, 2017 Awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words) in English. Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £5,000. Translated entries are also eligible, as are stories written in the original Bengali, Kiswahili, Malay, Mandarin, Portuguese, Samoan and Tamil.

TWF Fiction Contest https://tennesseewilliamsfestival.submittable.com/submit/42265/twf-fiction-contest November 30, 2017 A submission is one original short story, written in English, up to 7,000 words.
The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript.
Submissions must be typed; pages must be numbered and double-spaced.
Please use standard fonts such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Georgia in 12 point font size.
Simultaneous submissions accepted; please notify the Festival if your story is accepted elsewhere.
Unlimited entries per person. Simultaneous submissions accepted. Please notify the Festival if your work is accepted elsewhere.
All entries are considered for publication in a future Festival anthology.
Please take the judges of the contest into consideration. If you know the judges personally, or have ever attended classes or workshops they instructed, please use manuscripts that the judges would not have seen before.

2017 Shooter Poetry Competition https://shooterlitmag.com/poetry-competition/ November 19, 2017 General submissions for each issue are usually confined to a particular theme, but Shooter’s Poetry Competition offers a chance to write about whatever most compels you, in any style. We’re looking for sharply observed poetry with strong ideas and imaginative use of language: in short, arresting poems that appeal to both the head and the heart.

Barnet Open Poetry Competition 2017 http://www.barnetarts.org.uk/bbac/index_main.htm November 14, 2017 Elegy? satire? comedy? for young and old write a poem of not more than 35 lines on any topic general category 1st prize £500, 2nd £250 3rd prize x3 £50.00 juniors (7-11 & 12-16) 1st prize £25.00 2nd prize £15.00 3rd prize x3 £10.00 free entry to Barnet schools reduced fee to Barnet residents the judges – Anne stewart (general catagory) Katherine Gallagher (junior catagory) poets encouraged to illustrate their work with drawings and patterns
Entry: £5.00 adult, £1 7-11s

John Steinbeck Short Story Award http://www.reedmag.org/submit November 1, 2017 This award is for a work of fiction up to 5,000 words and requires a reading fee of $15.

Chris O’Malley Prize in Fiction https://www.themadisonrevw.com/contests?page_id=58 November 1, 2017 The Madison Review annually hosts the Phyllis Smart-Young Prize in Poetry and the Chris O’Malley Prize in Fiction. The finest unpublished short story and finest group of three unpublished poems will be awarded $1,000 with publication in an issue of The Madison Review. Writers may submit one entry per genre (one short story and/or group of three poems).

Asymptote http://www.asymptotejournal.com/submit/ November 1, 2017 Submissions are currently open for a special Indian Language Literature Feature to be published in January 2017. The editors welcome up to 15 pages of single-spaced poetry and double-spaced prose (fiction and nonfiction), and up to 20 pages of drama (one-act or excerpted). Closes 1 November.

The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers http://www.kenyonreview.org/contests/patricia-grodd/ November 30, 2017 Limit of one, previously unpublished poem per entrant (please do not simultaneously submit your contest entry to another magazine or contest.)
You must be a high school sophomore or junior to enter
Make sure your file is in ONE of the following formats:
-.PDF (Adobe Acrobat)
-.DOC or .DOCX (Microsoft Word)
-.RTF (Rich Text Format)
-.TXT (Microsoft Wordpad and Notepad, Apple TextEdit)
Submit your poem between November 1 and November 30, 2016 by pressing the “Submit Here” button and uploading your file
No entry fee; it’s 100% free!

Sherwood Anderson Fiction Prize and James Wright Poetry Prize http://casit.bgsu.edu/midamericanreview/fallcontests/ November 15, 2017 The contests are for previously unpublished work only–if the work has appeared in print or online, or has been contracted for such, it is ineligible and will be disqualified. Manuscripts and intro material need not be left anonymous. Close contacts (students, friends, family) of the judge in a particular contest may not submit to that contest.

Fish Short Story Prize http://www.fishpublishing.com/competition/short-story-contest/ November 30, 2017 No entry form is needed. Entry is online, or by post if required.
You may enter as many times as you wish.
This short story competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in English.
There is no restriction on theme or style.
Maximum number of words is 5,000.
The winning stories must be available for the anthology, and therefore must not have been published previously.
Fish holds publishing rights for one year after publication, after which publishing rights revert to the author.
Notification of receipt of entry will normally be by email.
The judges’ verdict is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
Stories cannot be altered or substituted once they have been entered.
Judging is anonymous. Name and contact details must not appear on the stories, (in the box provided if entering online, on separate sheet if entering by post).
In order to give opportunities to emerging writers: (a) Writers who have had two short stories published in Fish Anthologies may not enter for three years after their second publication. They may enter other Fish competitions. (b) Previous first prize winners may enter again, but will not be eligible for the first prize.
Entry is taken as acceptance of these rules.

THE GREGORY O’DONOGHUE INTERNATIONAL
POETRY COMPETITION http://munsterlit.ie/Gregory%20ODonoghue%20International%20Poetry%20Competition.html November 30, 2017 The competition is open to original, unpublished poems in the English language of 40 lines or less. The poem can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, translated work is not in the scope of this competition.

The Bath Children’s Novel Award 2017 https://bathnovelaward.co.uk/childrens-novel-award/ 19th November 2017 The Bath Novel Award is a competition open to novelists, of any nationality, who have yet to sign a traditional publishing deal for a novel
For the purposes of this competition, a “traditional publishing deal” is defined as an offer of publication which includes an advance payment
Self-published novelists are eligible
Novels which have been published without an advance payment in the author’s contract are eligible
Novels can be in any genre written for middle grade or young adult readers. Picture books are not eligible

Nuha Foundation Blogging Prizes http://www.nuhafoundation.org/home/bloggingprizes_english 15 October 2017 An international platform to debate issues of education and to provide an opportunity for authors to be published and to develop their self-confidence.
Deadline: 15 October 2017
Prizes: $250-$2,500

My Writing Journey – International Short Story Competition http://www.writerscollegeblog.com/my-writing-journey-competition/ 30 September 2017 Write us a 1000-word story about your journey as a writer. Make it funny, quirky and/or inspirational. We will publish the best story in our quarterly newsletter and on our blog. Plus the winner receives $200 (R1000 or £100).
Entry is free and entrants are welcome from all over the globe.

Odyssey House Victoria Annual Short Story Competition https://www.odyssey.org.au/courage2017/ 3 November 2017 This competition is open to writers of all ages and experience.
Each submission must be no more than 1,500 words and follow the theme “Courage”. It will need to make a reference to alcohol and/or drugs. There is a limit of three entries per person, and the entry fee is $10 per story.
First prize is $1,000 and a one year membership to Writers Victoria; 2nd prize is $100 and 3rd prize is $50.
The competition closes on Friday 3rd November, 2017.

The New Orleans Book Festival http://nolabookfest.org/ November 12, 2017 The New Orleans Book Festival is a celebration of books for readers of all ages. The two-day festival includes a family-friendly evening performance and a full day of programming for book lovers ranging from new readers to literary scholars.

41st Boston Book Fair http://bostonbookfair.com/ NOVEMBER 10-12, 2017 Exhibitor registration for the 41st Boston Book Fair is now open for ABAA and ILAB dealers. Please follow the instructions that have been provided to you for registration. Contact jroper@commpromo.com with questions. Mark your calendars for November 10-12, 2017, and join us for another exciting event!

2017 Toronto Antiquarian Book Fair http://www.torontoantiquarianbookfair.com/home.php November 3 to 5, 2017 The 2017 Toronto Antiquarian Book Fair is the premier antiquarian book fair in Canada and features exhibitors from across the country. They will bring a wide ranging selection of books, maps, prints and manuscripts for your perusal – including travel and exploration; natural history, science and technology; children’s and illustrated; fine press and limited editions; modern first editions and signed volumes; antiquarian and incunabula; as well as interesting and unusual books and ephemera of all kinds.

The Zebulon https://www.pikespeakwriters.com/contest/ November 1, 2017 Welcome to the 2018 Zebulon Fiction Writing Contest! Hosted by Pikes Peak Writers, the Zebulon gives fiction writers at all levels the chance to get their work in front of professional agents and editors. The contest simulates the real process of acquiring an agent, serving as an excellent learning experience. Do you have what it takes to get published? The Zebulon will help you find out.

F(r)iction Short Story Contest, Fall 2017 https://tetheredbyletters.submittable.com/submit/88592/friction-short-story-contest-fall-2017 November 1, 2017 The winner of our short story contest will be awarded $1,000.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.

VanderMey Nonfiction Prize https://ruminatemagazine.submittable.com/submit/8442/vandermey-nonfiction-prize November 15, 2017 The submission deadline for the prize is November 15th, 2017. Note – there is a grace period of three days for this contest. Entries submitted by 11:59 PST on November 18th will be entered into the contest.
The entry fee is $20 (includes a complimentary copy of Ruminate).
You may submit one nonfiction piece per entry and it must be 5500 words or less. There is no limit on the number of entries per person.
$1500 and publication in Ruminate will be awarded to the winner. The runner-up will receive $200 and publication in Ruminate.
An anonymous reading of all entries will be conducted by a panel of Ruminate readers, who will select 10 nonfiction finalists. Those 10 finalists will then be read for our final judge who will select a winner.
Close friends and students (current & former) of the final judge are not eligible to compete—we define student as someone who has taken one semester-long course or more with the judge; those who have only studied under the judge for week-long workshops and the like are still eligible.
Also not eligible to compete are: regular Ruminate blog contributors, past 1st-place winners of any Ruminate Prize, past judges of any Ruminate prizes, and friends or family of the Ruminate staff,
All submissions must be submitted via our online submission form manager. We will not accept mail or email submissions. We do not accept previously published entries.
All submissions must be previously unpublished.
There is no theme or topic for the nonfiction prize.
You may enter simultaneously submitted work, however, please withdraw your submission immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.
You may submit any type of creative nonfiction—personal essay, short memoir, literary journalism, etc.
We will be notifying all entrants of submission status in mid-January, 2018.
Please remove your name, bio, and any contact info from the file that you submit.

The Aeon Award 2017 http://www.albedo1.com/aeon-award/aeon-award-2017/ November 30th The Aeon Award is a prestigious fiction writing competition for short stories in any speculative fiction genre, i.e. fantasy, science fiction, horror or anything in-between or unclassifiable. The Aeon Award short fiction contest has been running since 2004 and has a Grand Prize of €1000 and publication in Albedo One! Second and third place contest prizes are €200 and €100 as well as guaranteed publication in Albedo One, the leading Irish magazine of science fiction, fantasy and horror. The contest opens January 1st and ends on November 30th.

The Somerset Awards ~ Contemporary & Literary Fiction Novel Writing Contest ~2017 https://www.chantireviews.com/services/#!/Contemporary-&-Mainstream-Novel-Writing-Contest/p/21521214/category=5193080 Nov. 30th, 2017 Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring contemporary stories, literary themes, adventure, satire, humor, magic realism or women and family themes, we will put them to the test and choose the best among them.

ALLINGHAM ARTS FESTIVAL 2017 http://www.allinghamfestival.com/ 12th November 2017 The Allingham Arts Festival is a community arts festival which takes place in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, each November, in honour of the poet William Allingham.

The John O’Connor Writing School http://thejohnoconnorwritingschool.com/ 5th November 2017 This innovative all-island and international creative and commercial Writing School and its exciting Literary Arts Festival honours the broad literary and cultural heritage of Armagh, the ancient and ecclesiastical capital of Ireland. It supports the development of new and emerging writers from Armagh, the island of Ireland and abroad. The patron is internationally renowned poet Paul Muldoon. The Writing School taught programme offers students the opportunity to specialise in a genre of their choice from:-poetry, creative fiction, stage/screen, song, nonfiction and media (journalism,commercial and business, advertising, blogging).They enjoy workshop/master classes delivered by acclaimed experts in their field. Something for everyone. Students have exclusive meetings and discussions with key publishing houses and benefit from the solitude of Writers’ Rooms in the ancient and beautiful buildings of Armagh City. You will enjoy the Literary and Cultural Walking Trail in Armagh, discovering this truly beautiful and inspiring ancient ‘City of Saints and Scholars’.

A Woman’s Write https://www.awomanswrite.com/ 30 November 2017 International prize for an unpublished novel written in English. Open to women only. All submissions receive a critique. Prize $500 and certificate! Runs every year and opens on 1st January.

Amazon KDP Pen to Publish Contest http://www.amazon.in/b?ie=UTF8&node=13819037031 10 November 2017 Open to all authors (resident in UK, US, Canada, Australia, & India) who publish through KDP on Amazon.in between 25th July and 10th November 2017. They’re looking for literary excellence in English language in any genre. Win ₹10 lakh (INR 1 Million) plus possible publishing deal with Westland and mentoring with Chetan Bhagat. Your book must be enrolled in KDP Select. Winning entries will be judged based on commercial viability.

InkTears Short Story Contest http://www.inktears.com/ssentry 30 November 2017 Submissions must be a short story between 1,000 to 3,500 words in length, written in English. Any theme is acceptable.
Story may have have been previously published in a magazine or online, providing the author still owns the copyright and there is no exclusivity with the prior publication
Alternatively, the story may be as yet unpublished.
Work must be entirely the work of the entrant, and the entrant must own the full publication rights to the story.
Submissions must be accompanied by a bio including full details of any previous publication history of the story submitted.
Submissions can only be accepted online.
Each submission must be accompanied by an entry fee of £7.50, payable as part of the submission process

Debut Poetry Collection Prize https://www.cinnamonpress.com/index.php/competitions/debut-poetry-collection-prize 30 November, 2017 Open to those who have not had a full collection published

Romance Writing Contest http://www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=104322 November 11, 2017 Write a story the brings two people together, two people who don’t necessarily realize that they belong together but the audience is rooting for them. No length requirements.

ESSAY WRITING CONTEST-III https://lifesaveressays.com/essay-contest/ Nov 2017 Surprise bonus winning opportunity is explained below.
Anyone, from any country, is free to apply! There is no entry fee!
1) Word count – The essay should be at least 900 words and not over 1300 words. Essays
violating this criteria will not be evaluated.
2) Topic – Our team of writers have come out with a list of topics that are interesting, engaging
and fun to write on. It is mandatory to choose a topic from that list. The list can be found below
this section. Choose ANY ONE topic.
3) Plagiarism – All essays must be absolutely original and in your own words. We will check the
essays for plagiarism. Copied essays will be disqualified.
4) Images – Images are allowed. You are free to use images but they must be copyright-free or
appropriately cited.
5) Format – Submissions are accepted only in Microsoft Word documents (doc or docx).
6) Cover Page – The cover page of your essay must contain your complete details such as your
full name, phone number and email.
7) Language – The essay must be written in English.
8) Number of entries- Multiple entries are allowed.

Winter Tangerine http://www.wintertangerine.com/submit/ November 1st Submissions are read blindly so do not put any identifying information on the document you upload to Submittable, or in your title. We will automatically reject pieces that do not follow this, so please look over your submission before you press send.
Please send all poetry submissions in Times New Roman, single-spaced, size 12.
Please send all prose submissions in Times New Roman, double-spaced, size 12.
Please send a cover letter with your submission. The cover letter should include a brief biography and the title of your pieces. This letter cannot be viewed by anyone except for administration so your identity will not be revealed to those evaluating your work.
We like works that combine and subvert language. Works with English that weave other languages are welcome.
We do not accept previously published work. If your piece has been published anywhere other than a personal blog/website, please don’t submit it.
We encourage simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if your work has been accepted for publication elsewhere.
Please title your works.
On Submittable, what you input in the title field should be the title of the piece, not “Jane Doe’s Poetry Submission”, not “Art from John Smith”. It should be the title of the piece or series you plan on submitting.
Submissions should be 2-7 poems. We’d like to get an idea of who you are as a poet, your particular style, recurring imagery, etc, so we’d like at least two poems- but we can’t consider more than seven. Please send your poems in one singular submission.
Keep prose submissions under three thousand words. We would love to read anything you wish to show our staff, but unfortunately, it wouldn’t be too time efficient to read your Ulysses-like novel manuscript. Likewise, while we love flash fiction, we’d like prose submissions to be at least two hundred words. Please put a word count in your cover letter for each piece you submit.
You may submit up to two fiction pieces and one nonfiction piece. In terms of creative nonfiction, we don’t want your high school term paper on the Salem Witchcraft Trials– we want your personal essay pieces and memoir pieces. Please send your pieces in one singular submission.
We accept visual, digital, photography and multimedia artwork. Please send your work in high quality. Please submit all of your work in one submission. If applicable, please note the dimensions and media of your work in your cover letter. All artwork submitted will be considered for cover art.
We will not consider erotica, graphic violence, children’s stories or genre fiction. We also will not consider misogynistic, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or otherwise bigoted work.
We suggest you download a copy of a previous volume to see the type of work we like to publish. If you can’t, read through some of our Spotlight Series. Read other work by our contributors. Do your research to see if our journal is the right fit for your work.
Contributors to all WT issues, regardless of genre, are compensated with $20.
We only accept submissions through our Submittable page. You can ask us questions through email, but any submissions sent through email will be deleted unread.
If eight weeks pass and you have not received some sort of notification on your submission, please email us. Sometimes we get backlogged. Actually, we are almost always backlogged. Forgive us.
If we accept a piece of yours for publication in an issue of WT, please wait at least a year before submitting to an issue again. Spotlight Series are an exception.

Fall 2017 Essay Contest http://www.parksandpoints.com/fall-writing-contest/ November 1, 2017 Our annual fall essay contest invites nonfiction submissions of up to 1,500 words in the form of autobiographical essay, reportage, profile, memoir, or narrative nonfiction. We seek essays that express a moment of significance — personal transformation, awakening, adventure, exploration, reward, accomplishment, revelation — that is inspired by or set within a park space or public land. Essays need not be about a U.S. national park—national forests, municipal and state parks, BLM lands, beaches, lakeshores, campgrounds, designated woodlands—and more—are great subjects. Also note that the writer does not need to be the subject of the essay. First, second and third place entries will be published on Parks and Points, as will the names of finalists. All entries are considered for publication.

World Food Day Poster Contest 2017 http://www.scholasticworld.in/2017/08/world-food-day-poster-contest-2017.html November 10, 2017 The Contest is open to children and youth between the ages of 5 and 19, living anywhere in the world

The Malahat Review’s Open Season Awards http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/open_season/info.html November 1 Poems (3 poems up to 100 lines each); fiction (2500 words max.); creative nonfiction (2500 words max.)

2017 Essay Writing Contest https://www.catholictextbookproject.com/essay-contest/ November 17, 2017 The contest is open to all students in Catholic schools – parochial, private or homeschool. We hope teachers and parents will incorporate this essay contest into their lesson plans and encourage their students to participate.

Writing Competitions – October 2017

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 October, 2017.

Find one or more that fits with your style and submit your work!  You never know what might happen…

Popular Fiction Awards http://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/popular-fiction-awards October 16, 2017 If you write short stories, don’t miss your chance to compete in the Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards. There’s sure to be a category created just for you, Romance, Thriller, Crime, Horror, Science-Fiction, and Young Adult. Choose your favorite genre(s) and enter your best in 4,000 words or less.

River Teeth Literary Non Fiction Book Contest http://www.riverteethjournal.com/contests October 15, 2017 River Teeth’s editors and editorial board conduct a yearly national contest to identify the best book-length manuscript of literary nonfiction. All manuscripts are screened by the co-editors of River Teeth. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication by The University of New Mexico Press. Submissions open July 1, 2017.
All entrants receive a one-year subscription to River Teeth with their submission fees.

A Journal of the Arts http://www.cutthroatmag.com/contest.html OCTOBER 25, 2017 Submit up to three unpublished poems (100 line limit each), one unpublished short story or creative nonfiction piece (5000 word limit), any subject, any style, postmarked between July 15, 2017 and OCTOBER 25, 2017.

Kore Press Memoir Award https://korepress.org/2017/05/2017-memoir-award/?utm_source=AlmondPress&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions October 1, 2017 This competition is an annual award from Kore Press and will be open each year to a woman writer writing in English. Relatives and recent students (who have studied with the judge for one semester or more within the year) of the judge are not eligible.

London Short Story Prize https://www.spreadtheword.org.uk/london-short-story-prize-2017/?utm_source=AlmondPress&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions October 9, 2017 The London Short Story Prize 2017 is open for entries from 19 June until Monday 9 October at midday and we’re on the lookout for the best short stories written by London writers. We are pleased to be able to offer 50 low income writers free entry for this year’s Prize.

Women in Comedy Festival Comedy Writing Competition http://www.womenincomedy.co.uk/festival/comedywriting.html?utm_source=AlmondPress&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions October 12, 2017 There are cash prizes for the 1st prize winners in each category of the competition plus performance and publication opportunities. For the runners-up there is an array of comedy related prizes and all prize winners will receive a Women in Comedy Festival memory stick.

FutureScapes Writing Contest http://www.futurescapescontest.com/?utm_source=AlmondPress&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions October 13, 2017 NO ENTRY FEE FOR SINGLE ENTRY, OPTION TO SUBMIT SECOND ENTRY FOR A FEE
FINAL AWARDS DETERMINED BY PROFESSIONAL AUTHORS
$2,000 PRIZE FOR FIRST PLACE
5 RUNNERS UP EACH RECEIVE PRIZE OF $500
PUBLICATION IN ANTHOLOGY DISTRIBUTED TO MAYORS, GOVERNORS & MEMBERS OF THE U.S. CONGRES

Troubadour International Poetry Prize http://www.coffeehousepoetry.org/prizes?utm_source=AlmondPress&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions October 16, 2017 Poems may be submitted from any country & must be in English, must each be no longer than 45 lines, must fit on one A4 or US-Letter-size page, must show title & poem only, must not show poet’s name, must be the original work of the entrant (no translations) & must not have been previously broadcast or published in print or online; no text alterations accepted after submission; no limit on number of poems or separate submissions from any entrant; failure to comply with all rules results in disqualification.

Talking Writing Prize http://talkingwriting.com/tw-contests?utm_source=AlmondPress&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions October 16, 2017 This year’s Talking Writing Prize spotlights essays on Writing and Faith, a popular annual theme at TW. Writers are welcome to explore a wide range of issues—mortality, belief, culture of origin, atheism—as part of a personal meditation about soul searching through words

Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction http://commapress.co.uk/resources/prizes/?utm_source=AlmondPress&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions October 31, 2017 The shortlist will be chosen with the help of UCLan creative writing students, who will then handover the shortlist to our panel of judges, which includes Dr. Naomi Kruger (Lecturer in Creative Writing at UCLan), Claire Dean (author of multiple short stories for Comma, debut collection published by Papaveria in 2017) and Inua Ellams (poet, performer, playwright, graphic artist and designer).

ALL-STORY SHORT FICTION COMPETITION http://www.all-story.com/contests.cgi October 2, 2017 We accept all genres of literary fiction. Entries must be: unpublished; strictly 5,000 words or fewer; and accompanied by a $20 entry fee per story. There are no formatting restrictions; please ensure only that the story is legible. Please omit all personal information from the manuscript itself (i.e., name, address, e-mail address, phone number), as all stories are read blindly.

Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter and Synopsis Competition11 November 2017
NZ Book Festival http://www.flash500.com/index_files/novel.htm October 31, 2017 We are looking for an opening chapter up to 3,000 words, plus a one page synopsis outlining the balance of the story. If your chapter is longer than 3,000 words, DO NOT SUBMIT A LONGER MANUSCRIPT. Simply close the entry within the 3,000 word limit and make a note at the end (which will not be included in the word count) stating the chapter continues beyond this point.

SAINTS AND SINNERS FICTION CONTEST https://tennesseewilliamsfestival.submittable.com/submit October 3, 2017 The winner will be selected from this year’s submissions of original, unpublished short stories between 3,000 and 7,000 words with LGBT content on the broad theme of “Saints and Sinners.” One grand prize of $500 and two second place prizes of $100 will be awarded. In addition, the top stories will be published in an anthology from Bold Strokes Books. There will also be a book release party and reading held during the 15th annual Saints and Sinners Literary Conference in New Orleans in 2018. A list of the top ten finalists will be posted on our website and in our e-newsletter. Word Count: 3,000 to 7,000.

ROYAL DRAGONFLY BOOK AWARD https://www.dragonflybookawards.com/royal-dragonfly October 1, 2017 Honors published authors of all types of literature — fiction and nonfiction — in 66 categories. The grand prize winner receives $500, a certificate commemorating their accomplishment, and 100 Grand Prize seals. All first place book contest winners of all categories will be put into a drawing for a $100 prize. In addition, each first place winner in each category receives a certificate commemorating their accomplishment, and 25 award seals.

WRITING PITTSBURGH BOOK PRIZE https://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/writing-pittsburgh-book-prize October 23, 2017 The Writing Pittsburgh Book Prize will recognize one book focusing on a subject of regional and national significance, by a writer with a meaningful Pittsburgh connection. The author of the winning manuscript will receive a $10,000 honorarium; publication of their book by CNF’s independent book imprint, In Fact Books (IFB); national distribution; and a marketing and publicity campaign. The winning author will work with CNF/IFB’s editorial staff to refine and polish the manuscript. Publication will occur between one year and 15 months from the announcement of the prize.

WINCHESTER POETRY PRIZE http://www.winchesterpoetryfestival.org/poetryprize October 14, 2017 First Prize: £1,000. Second Prize: £500. Third Prize: £250. Deadline July 31, 2017. In addition to receiving cash prizes winners will be invited to read at a special prize-giving event at Winchester Poetry Day on Saturday October 14, 2017. Winning and commended poems will also be published in a competition anthology.

NUHA Blogging Competition http://www.nuhafoundation.org/home/bloggingprizes_english October 15, 2017 The NUHA Blogging Competition is open until October 15, 2017.
Free to enter.
The competition was established ‘as a platform to debate issues of education and development, and to provide an opportunity for authors to be published and to develop their self-confidence’.
Prizes: up to $2,500 for the adult category, up to $1,000 for the Youth Prize and up to $250 for the Young Writers category.

Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize http://benjaminfranklinhouse.org/site/sections/news/literary_prize.html October 31, 2017 Submit a piece of fiction or non-fiction interpreting a Franklin quote in 1000–1500 words. The quote for this year is ‘if you would not be forgotten, As soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing’ ‘Poor Richard, 1738’

THE POETRY KIT SUMMER COMPETITION 2017 https://www.poetrykit.org/comp-summer17.htm 23rd October 2017 Selected poems will be published in a special edition of CITN ENTER ONLINE Entry is by email to comps@poetrykit.orgn after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of info@poetrykit.org all entries must be received before midnight 23rd October 2017 Entries received after this time will be discarded. All entries are judged anonymously so please do not put any identifying features on the poems.

Bare Fiction Prize 2017 http://www.barefictionmagazine.co.uk/competitions/ October 31, 2017 International awards for Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Short Story.Poetry: 40 lines Poetry Judge: Wayne Holloway-Smith. PRIZES (IN EACH CATEGORY) 1st Prize: £500 2nd Prize: £200 3rd Prize: £100 2 x Highly Commended Award: £25 1st, 2nd & 3rd prize winners will be published in the Spring 2018 issue of Bare Fiction Magazine and on our website, with the prizes to be awarded at the launch reading in Birmingham in Spring 2018. Each highly commended entry will also be published on the website.

National Poetry Competition 2017 http://poetrysociety.org.uk/competitions/national-poetry-competition/ October 31, 2017 The Poetry Society’s annual National Poetry Competition is for previously unpublished single poems. Ten Prizes. First Prize: £5000, Second Prize: £2000, Third Prize: £1000, Seven commendations: £200. Judges: Hannah Lowe, Andrew McMillan and Pascale Petit.

27th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize http://www.missourireview.com/tmrsubmissions/editors-prize-contest/ October 2, 2017 Submit one piece of fiction or nonfiction up to 8,500 words or any number of poems up to 10 pages. Please double-space fiction and nonfiction entries.
Multiple submissions and simultaneous submissions are welcome, but you must pay a separate fee for each entry and withdraw the piece immediately if accepted elsewhere.
Entries must be previously unpublished.
Entry fee: $22
Each entrant receives a one-year subscription to the Missouri Review in digital format.

Guernica Fellowship Program https://www.guernicamag.com/information/submit/ October 1, 2017 Guernica welcomes submissions from writers and visual artists at all stages of their careers. Please read the following guidelines in their entirety. We are currently accepting submissions in the following categories:
Shortform nonfiction – News, Reviews, Commentary (including op-eds and essays), and Q&As, typically of less than 2,500 words.

The Seattle Review http://www.theseattlereview.org/read-me/ October 1, 2017 We only publish long poems, novellas, and essays. What do we mean by long? Poetry at least 10 pages in length and prose of at least 40 (double-spaced) pages in length. Any submissions shorter than these minimum lengths will be rejected unread. Please use a standard font (Times New Roman, Garamond, or the like).

Aura Estrada Short Story Contest http://bostonreview.net/contests October 1, 2017 The winning author will receive $1,500 and have his or her work published on Boston Review’s website. Runners up may also be published. Stories should not exceed 5,000 words and must be previously unpublished. Mailed manuscripts should be double-spaced and submitted with a cover note listing the author’s name, address, and phone number. No cover note is necessary for online submission. Names should not appear on the stories themselves. Any author writing in English is eligible, unless he or she is a current student, former student, relative, or close friend of the judge. Simultaneous submissions are not permitted; if you submit your story to another publication, you must withdraw it from our submissions manager or inform us by email.

Cheat River Review https://cheatriverreview.submittable.com/submit October 9, 2017 We prefer to read submissions that include a cover letter with a short third-person bio.
We publish our issues online twice annually, once in the fall (October or November) and once in the spring (April or May). Submissions never close, so feel free to send us your best work all year round! We look forward to reading it. 

TSR: The Southampton Review https://www.thesouthamptonreview.com/submit/ October 15, 2017 We publish a wide variety of art, including fine art, photography, cartoons and illustrations. Artwork should conform to the following specifications: Raster based images (photos/scans) must be 300dpi at 7″ wide at least (larger is OK). All files should be in CMYK color mode.
Your cover letter should include your name, telephone number, address and email address.

The Miami University Novella Prize http://www.orgs.miamioh.edu/mupress/novella/index.html October 15, 2017 Previously published works are not eligible. Simultaneous submissions are welcomed; please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted for publication elsewhere.
Previous Novella Prize winners are ineligible. Previous finalists may enter again. Students, former students, faculty, former faculty, or anyone connected to Miami University are not eligible to enter. By submitting your work and the online form you certify that you are not in any way affiliated with Miami University.

Screencraft’s Action and Thriller Script Contest http://www.screencraft.org/action/ October 11, 2017 Screencraft’s Action and Thriller Script Contest is open for entries. The winner receives $1500 and a phone consultation with a top action screenwriter. Entries close 20 October.

The A3 Review’s October Contest https://writingmaps.submittable.com/submit/89944/contest-44-october-2017-betrayal October 28, 2017 The editors are seeking prose, poetry, graphic stories, photography, paintings, drawings, and other visual and word-based creations. Closes 22 October.

Lunch Ticket http://lunchticket.org/about/submission-guidelines/ October 31, 2017 Lunch Ticket is the online literary and art journal published by the MFA community of Antioch University (AU), a program devoted to the education of literary artists, community engagement, and the pursuit of social, economic, and environmental justice. The editors of Lunch Ticket share AU’s mission and values. With a commitment to publishing the best literary writing and visual art, we encourage submissions from underrepresented and marginalized artists and writers.

Puerto del Sol http://www.puertodelsol.org/submit/ October 15, 2017 It welcomes submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, translations, artwork and criticism, as well as any interesting combinations thereof. Puerto del Sol’s current reading period closes on 31 October.

Flash Fiction Award https://bathflashfictionaward.com/ October 15, 2017 300 word limit.
£1000 prize for the winner, £300 second and £100 third. Two commendations £30 each.
50 longlisted entrants offered publication in our end of year print and digital anthology. Those accepting receive a free copy.
Flash Award judge, David Swann shortlists to 20 and chooses the winning, second, third, and two commended fictions.

Writeidea Short Story Competition https://www.ideastore.co.uk/writeidea-short-story 30 October 2017 The Writeidea Short Story Prize is a competition is aimed at writers who have never been published before. Stories must be a maximum of 3,000 words (no minimum).

John O’Connor Short Story Competition 2017 https://www.capartscentre.com/2017/06/john-oconnor-short-story-competition-2017-closing-1-oct/ October 1, 2017 Entries are invited from aspiring writers for the second John O’Connor Short Story Competition. It is being held to commemorate the Armagh-born writer whose impressive literary legacy includes a collection of short stories which still retain a timeless appeal.

THE MARGARET RIVER SHORT STORY COMPETITION http://margaretriverpress.com/submissions/margaret-river-short-story-competition/ October 10, 2017 The Margaret River Short Story Competition has fast become one of the more diverse and inspiring short story competitions in the country. The list of previous contributors includes published authors Christine Piper, John Jenkins, Mark Smith, Isabelle Li, Jo Riccioni, and Michelle Wright, as well as many more voices set to lead the next generation of extraordinary Australian writers such as Laura Elvery, Charlotte Guest, Cassie Hamer, Melanie Napthine, Magdalena McGuire and Melanie Cheng.
The competition is open to authors of any age and nationality. Winning and shortlisted stories are published in both print and eBook format.

The London Magazine‘s Short Story Competition 2017 https://www.thelondonmagazine.org/short-story-competition-2017/ 30 October 2017 The London Magazine has published short stories by some of the most well-respected literary figures over the course of long history. Our annual Short Story Competition seeks out new voices to join them. Established to encourage emerging literary talent, the award provides an opportunity for publication and recognition, as well as rewarding imagination, originality and creativity. The London Magazine is looking for unpublished short stories, maximum 2,500 words, from writers across the world. The story that wins first-place will be published in a future issue of The London Magazine. The second and third place stories will be published on our website. Prize winners will also be invited to a reception in early 2018.

The Monkey Collection Short Story Competition http://www.themonkeycollective.com/ 1st October 2017 It doesn’t cost anything to become a Monkey. You don’t have to join any writing teams if nothing takes your fancy, nor to submit any ideas. Of course, we’d encourage you to do both.
To remain part of our Collective, you have to submit another story the next year, although you can submit more regularly than that – there is no limit.

(DIS)ABILITY SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGY https://studentaffairs.jhu.edu/disabilities/disability-short-story-anthology/ October 1, 2017 The (Dis)ability short story anthology will feature short stories written by people with disabilities. All of the stories will have disabled main characters. We will be accepting submissions from July 1st to October 1st. Responses to submissions will be sent out in November. The anthology will be published as a free e-book in March 2018.

John O’Connor Short Story Competition http://thejohnoconnorwritingschool.com/short-story-competition/ 1st October 2017 Entries are invited from aspiring writers for the second John O’Connor Short Story Competition. It is being held to commemorate the Armagh-born writer whose impressive literary legacy includes a collection of short stories which still retain a timeless appeal.
The prize-winner will be awarded a bursary to attend the John O’Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Festival which will be held in Armagh from 2nd to 5th November, 2017.

Art Affair Western Short Story Contest http://www.barbarashepherd.com/shadetree-creations/western-short-story-contest/ October 1, 2017 Art Affair’s western fiction contest (maximum: 5,000 words) is open to any writer. Enter your own original work only. Please do not include an SASE: entries will not be returned.
Entries must be postmarked by October 1, 2017 and should be unpublished, unaccepted for publication, and never optioned when entered into the contest. Manuscripts must be double-spaced and in 12-point font.
IMPORTANT: Please type Western and your name, address, telephone number, and title of manuscript on a cover page which will be removed before judging. On your manuscript, type page/word counts in the upper right-hand corner of the first page.
You may enter as many western short stories as you like but each entry requires an entry fee of five dollars. (You may mail all entries together and pay with one check or money order.)
Prizes: $50.00, $25.00, $15.00 (Prize money and certificates will be mailed to the winners and a list of winners will be published on the website in December 2017.)
Entry Fee: $5.00 per manuscript (WESTERN)

SHORT STORY CONTEST 2017 https://www.13horror.com/short-story-contest 31 October 2017 We are accepting submissions of short horror stories for the fourth volume of our international best-selling horror anthology series.
​We are looking for stories which present horror in all its guises – from the gory to the subtle, from the supernatural to the every-day.
​The entry fee is $20.00. All entrants will receive feedback on their stories and accepted writers will receive a paperback copy of the anthology, signed by the editor.

Short Story Competition http://www.earlyworkspress.co.uk/Competition_short_story_details_2017.htm October 31st 2017 The competition is open to anyone over 16.
The best entries will be published, and their authors will receive one complimentary copy of the anthology. 10-20 will be included, depending on length and quality. All winners will be offered further copies at a reduced price.
Closing date October 31st 2017 Winners will be notified in January 2018.
Entry fee £5 per story up to 4000 words. £10 for over 4000. Maximum 8000 words.
Stories must be the work of the entrant, previously unpublished, and not simultaneously entered for other competitions.
The judges’ decision is final. No discussion will be entered into.
Entries are not returnable and cannot be acknowledged without SAE marked for that purpose.
Copyright remains with the author although Earlyworks Press reserves the right to publish winning entries in a competition anthology in 2018.
Submission of work will be taken as acceptance of rules and conditions.

The Cambridge Short Story Prize, 2017 https://www.theshortstory.co.uk/competitions/ 31st October 2017 Anthology publication offered to all shortlisted writers. Number TBC

Don’t Talk to Me about Love http://donttalktomeaboutlove.org/2017-annual-prose-contest/ October 31, 2017 All submitted works must be original and unpublished. All works that have been published in print or on the Internet, including self-published works, as well as works that have been broadcast or taped are considered previously published and are therefore ineligible for submission.

2017 Louisiana Book Festival http://www.louisianabookfestival.org/general_information.html October 28, 2017 The Louisiana Book Festival will be jam-packed with outstanding literary events. Whatever book genre is your favorite, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy!

Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards Writing Competition http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/?id=436 October 31, 2017 Submissions to the sixth annual Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards Writing Competition are being accepted through October 31, 2017. Entries are accepted in three categories: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Winners will be honored at the 2018 Tucson Festival of Books on Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11.

Nairobi International Bookfair https://10times.com/nairobi-international-bookfair 1st October 2017 Nairobi International Bookfair is a 5 day event being held from 27th September to 1st October 2017 at the Sarit Centre Expo Hall Westland’s Nairobi in Nairobi, Kenya. This event showcases products like Workshops and seminars on topical issues, Book launches, Children activities, Presentation of the Wahome Mutahi Literary Award etc.

2017 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award http://redhen.org/awards-2/bsa/ October 31, 2017 Eligibility: The award is open to all writers with the following exceptions:
A) Authors who have had a full length work published by Red Hen Press, or a full length work currently under consideration by Red Hen Press;
B) Employees, interns, or contractors of Red Hen Press;
C) Relatives of employees or members of the executive board of directors;
D) Relatives or individuals having a personal or professional relationship with any of the final judges where they have taken any part whatsoever in shaping the manuscript, or where, for whatever reason, selecting a particular manuscript might have the appearance of impropriety.

The RW Short Story Prize 2017 https://www.retreatwest.co.uk/competitions/the-rw-short-story-prize/ 29th October 2017 Submit stories written in English through Submittable using the button below by 23.45 GMT on the deadline date (sorry late entries will not be included)
Do not include your name on the story document or submission title but provide a short bio in the body of the email. All entries are read anonymously so any submissions showing the author’s name will be disqualified.
Stories must be your own original work and not have been published online or in print, or have won any other competitions (longlisted and shortlisted places in other competitions is fine)
By entering the competition you agree to your story being published in the winners’ anthology
Simultaneous submissions are allowed but if your story wins a prize or is published prior to the winner’s announcement your entry will become ineligible and entry fees will not be refunded
Stories can be in any genre apart from children’s fiction
You can enter up to 3 stories
The judge’s decision is final
Anthologies and prizes will be presented at a launch event

Ottawa Book Fair http://www.ottawabookfair.com/ October 22, 2017 The Thirty-seventh Ottawa Antiquarian Book Fair has become an exciting event for book lovers from across Canada. A display and sale, recognized as one of the finest book fairs in the country, features rare, unusual and collectible books on the arts and architecture early printed books modern first editions voyages, travel and exploration science and medicine illustrated children’s books military history historical documents and ephemera (and much more) The fair will include over 40,000 items, dating from the 15th century to the present day, displayed by 40 dealers from across Canada and the United States.

Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair http://www.seattlebookfair.com/ October 14-15, 2017 Come tour the aisles of this most literate city’s beloved event. Meet with specialists from all over the world. Browse this veritable museum of cultural and historical artifacts. There is always something interesting and unusual to take home for all price ranges.

The Pasadena Antiquarian Book, Print, Photo and Paper Fair http://www.bustamante-shows.com/index.asp October 7-8, 2017 Exhibitors will display and offer for sale a wide variety of Antiquarian rare and modern first edition books, prints, posters, vintage photographs, autographs, fine graphics, maps, manuscripts and many unique pieces of ephemera. The seasoned enthusiast, beginning collector or someone just browsing should not miss this extraordinary opportunity to experience so many fine collections all in one location.

Shelf Unbound Best Indie/Self-Published Book Competition http://www.shelfmediagroup.com/pages/competition.html October 1, 2017 Shelf Unbound book review magazine announces the Shelf Unbound Best Indie/Self-Published Book Competition. Any independently published book in any genre is eligible for entry. Entry fee is $75 per book. The winning entry will be selected by the editors of Shelf Unbound magazine.

2017 Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Contest https://www.omnidawn.com/contest/fiction/ October 23, 2017 The winner of the annual Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Competition wins a $1,000 prize, publication of the chapbook with a full color cover by Omnidawn, 100 free copies of the winning book, and extensive display advertising and publicity, including prominent display ads in Poets & Writers Magazine, Rain Taxi Review of Books and other publications. (Note that the guidelines for this fiction contest are very similar to the guidelines for Omnidawn’s poetry contests.)

Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction http://www.penfaulkner.org/award-for-fiction/submission-guidelines/ October 31, 2017 The PEN/Faulkner Foundation will be accepting submissions for the 2018 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction beginning on July 1, 2017.This year’s judges, Alex Espinoza, Stacey D’Erasmo, and Andrea Barrett are getting ready to read the novels, novellas, and collections of short stories and to choose next year’s winner and finalists.

“SUPERNATURAL!” http://writestars.co.uk/index.php/component/content/article/1-writestars/12-competitions-a-workshops 31 October 2017 This competition is open to everyone. Entries can be in any format. Handwritten entries are welcome – as long as we can read them!

Hippocampus Magazine https://hippocampusmagazine.submittable.com/submit Oct. 1, 2017 no more than 4,000 words in the memoir and essay category
no more than 800 words for flash creative nonfiction pieces
double-spaced
page-numbered
in a standard web/print font, such as Times New Roman or Arial in 10-12 pt. font. (No courier, or comic sans, please.)
free of your name or other identifying/contact information in the manuscript, header, and filename; you do not need to attach a cover page with your manuscript as that information is request in the submission form itself

National Writing Contest in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry http://www.alligatorjuniper.org/submissions.html October 15, 2017 Maximum length: 30 pages of double-spaced prose or 5 poems
Entry fee for each story, essay, or for every 5 poems. Additional entries require an additional fee.
No children’s literature or strict genre work please.
No previously published work.
Simultaneous submissions accepted, but contact us if your work is selected elsewhere.
Please omit any personal information from your manuscript and instead submit a cover letter with name, permanent address, phone number, and email.
Manuscripts should be typed with numbered pages. Prose double-spaced, 12 point font, and 1 inch margins. Poetry single-spaced.
Submit via our submissions link on this site (fee) or by snail mail (gratis). No email submissions please.
Note: We usually inform in January.

American Literary Review Awards http://www.americanliteraryreview.com/contest-guidelines.html Oct. 1, 2017 Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Spring online issue of the American Literary Review will be given for a poem, a short story, and an essay.
Please submit your work using our online Submission Manager. We do not accept submissions via snail mail or email.
Contest entries must be submitted between June 1 and October 1
There is a $15.00 reading fee. Multiple entries are acceptable, but each entry must be accompanied by a reading fee. Entries without a reading fee will not be read or considered.
Please do not put any identifying information in the file itself; include the author’s name, title(s), address, e-mail address, and phone number in the boxes provided on Submittable.

Women Poets at Barnard Poetry Prize https://english.barnard.edu/women-poets/contest October 15th The Barnard Women Poets Prize is given for an exceptional second collection of poems. The competition is open to a woman poet who has previously published one book of poetry (in an edition of 500 or more) and who is a citizen or resident, regardless of documentation status, of the United States.

THE BLACK RIVER CHAPBOOK COMPETITION http://www.blacklawrence.com/submissions-and-contests/the-black-river-chapbook-competition/ October 31 All entries are read blind by our panel of judges and editors. All manuscripts should include a title page (listing only the title of the work), table of contents, and when appropriate, an acknowledgments page. Manuscripts should be paginated and formatted in an easy-to-read font such as Garamond or Times New Roman. Manuscripts should be 16-36 pages in length (double-spaced for fiction), not including front and back matter (table of contents, title page, etc.). Identifying information for the author should not be included anywhere on the manuscript itself, including in the name of your file or in the “title” field in Submittable. You are welcome to include a brief bio or something about yourself in your cover note on Submittable, which will only be made accessible to the editorial panel after the group of Semi-Finalist and Finalist manuscripts has been chosen.

Consequence Magazine Women Writing War Poetry Award http://www.consequencemagazine.org/contests/poetry/ October 1, 2017 
 All entries will be considered for publication. All entries will be considered anonymously. Your name should NOT appear anywhere on the poem itself. Entries must be submitted online, and a $10 entry fee is payable through PayPal. The contest fee is non-refundable.

The 2017 Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Contest http://comstockreview.org/comstock-writers-group-chapbook-award-for-2014/ October 31 Submissions must be unpublished as a collection, but individual poems may have been previously published in journals.
Will consider simultaneous submissions as long as the poet notifies us immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.
Submit 25-34 pages of poetry, single-spaced (1 page=38 lines maximum, including spacing between lines;
poems may run longer than 1 page). Manuscripts either too short or too long will be disqualified.
Do not count title page, table of contents, acknowledgments, dedication, or bio in the page length.
Do not send illustrations, photos, or any other graphics attached to the poems.
Manuscripts should be paginated and secured with a binder clip; no staples or plastic covers.
Judging is done without any reference to the poet’s name. All entries are screened by the editors of The Comstock Review.
Include 2 cover pages: 1 with mss title, poet’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address; second with mss title only.
Poet’s name should not appear on poems. List acknowledgments on a separate, removable page.
Include SASE for results only; mss will not be returned.

THE JAKE ADAM YORK PRIZE http://copper-nickel.org/bookprize/ October 15, 2017 For the 2017 prize we will begin accepting online submissions of book-length (i.e., more than 48 pages) poetry manuscripts in July, 2017. The final due date for submission will be October 15, 2017.
To be eligible, poets cannot have published more than one full-length book of poetry. (Chapbooks and individual poems in magazines are OK.)
Poets must be US Citizens (living abroad is fine) or must live in the US and be writing in English.
Poets who are family, current colleagues, close friends, or recent students (within the past three years) of the judge are not eligible to enter.

SHORT STORY AWARD FOR NEW WRITERS http://www.glimmertrain.com/pages/guidelines/short_story_award_for_new_writers_guidelines.php October 31 Open only to writers who haven’t had any fiction appear (nor scheduled to appear) in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000. (Entries must not have appeared in print, but previous online publication is fine.) Most entries run from 1,000 to 5,000 words, but any lengths up to 12,000 are welcome.

The 2018 Moon City Short Fiction Award http://moon-city-press.com/fiction-contest/ October 1, 2017 The Moon City Short Fiction Award is for an original collection of short fiction written originally in English by a single or collaborative author.
Individual pieces in the collection may be published in periodicals but not yet collected and published in full-length manuscript form.
Entries may include short shorts, short fiction, and/or up to one novella. Please include a table of contents and acknowledgements page.
Open to all writers not associated with Moon City Press or its judges, past or present. Students, employees, and alumni of Missouri State University are ineligible.
Manuscripts should fall between 30,000 and 65,000 words.
Manuscripts should be submitted via Submittable, https://mooncitypress.submittable.com/submit
A $25 entry fee is due via Submittable at the time of submission; entry fees are nonrefundable.
Simultaneous submissions are permitted, though manuscripts should be withdrawn immediately if accepted elsewhere.

James Hearst Poetry Prize https://northamericanreview.org/hearst-prize/ October 31st, 2017 You may enter up to five poems in one file. No names on manuscripts, please. Your poems will be “read blind.” Simultaneous submission to other journals or competitions is not allowed.
If you wish to receive the list of winners, please state this in your cover letter and be sure to supply an email address. Winners will also be announced in writers’ trade magazines and on this website.

2017 Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Contest http://www.omnidawn.com/contest/fiction/ October 23, 2017 For this contest, Fabulist Fiction includes magic realism and literary forms of fantasy, science fiction, horror, fable, and myth. Stories can be primarily realistic, with elements of non-realism, or primarily, or entirely non-realistic.
Open to all writers. There are no citizenship requirements or limitations.
Postal and online submissions are accepted from around the world.
Manuscripts must be in English, although it is perfectly acceptable to include some text in other languages.
All Omnidawn writing competitions are blind, so you can submit manuscripts that contain identifying information, but please be aware that such information will be removed from manuscripts before they are passed on to our editors who select manuscripts to be sent to the judge.
Manuscript submissions for all contests must be original.
Stories are NOT eligible for inclusion within a submission if they have been previously published online or in print or Ebook editions.
We recommend that you keep the total length of your manuscript between 5,000 and 12,000 words, consisting of either one story or multiple stories.
Simultaneous submissions to other contests are perfectly acceptable. Please send us an email to let us know if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
Revisions are not allowed to a manuscript after it has been submitted to the contest. However, the winning author will have time to revise the manuscript before publication. We do reserve the right to get approval from the judge if those revisions are significant.
The reading fee is $18 per entry. For $2 extra to cover shipping cost, entrants may choose to receive a copy of the winning chapbook or any Omnidawn fiction title, including our highly acclaimed ParaSheres anthology of fabulist and new wave fabulist fiction. A complete list of all Omnidawn fiction titles is available at www.omnidawn.com/products-page/fiction
Multiple submissions to this contest are acceptable, but each manuscript must be submitted separately, with a separate entry fee.
Online entries must be received and postal entries must be postmarked between August 1 and October 23, 2017 at midnight Pacific Daylight Time.
NOT ELIGIBLE are translations; collaborations by more than one author; students, colleagues, or close friends of the judge, Lily Hoang; Omnidawn past and present staff and interns; authors of books Omnidawn has published, and winners of previous Omnidawn BOOK and CHAPBOOK contests. Winners of Omnidawn’s Broadside Contest are still eligible to enter and win Omnidawn BOOK and CHAPBOOK contests.

2017 FAW Tasmania CHRISTMAS COMPETITIONS https://fawtas.org.au/competitions/ 15 October, 2017 For FAW Tas members only. No entry fees Entries close 15 October, 2017
Jacqueline Cooke Short Story Award for a short story to a maximum of 2500 words
Barney Roberts Prose Non-Fiction Award for prose to a maximum of 2000 words
Norma and Colin Knight Poetry Award for a poem to a maximum of 40 lines

Ruth Moose Flash Fiction Prize http://charlottewritersclub.org/ruth_moose_flash_fiction October 17, 2017 Short fiction of up to 500 words.

Words by Water, Kinsale Literary Festival https://uticket.ie/event/wbw-short-story-competition October 5, 2017 Words By Water: Kinsale Literary Festival is delighted to welcome entries to the Words By Water Short Story Award. Writers are invited to submit a short story of up to 2000 words, for consideration by judge Sarah Moore.

Fabula Press Short Story Competition http://www.fabulapress.com/short-story-contest-2017/ 15 October 2017 The contests are not theme bound. There is no restriction on genre either, and apart from general/literary fiction, we are happy to read historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and horror. However, for consistency of presentation we cannot accept children’s stories, fantasy, young adult or chick lit; likewise hardcore science fiction is not something we are looking for, but are open to science based/alternative history based literary works. In case of doubt, it is best to query the editorial team before submitting.

The Coal Creek Literary Festival https://coalcreekcommunityparkandmuseum.com/literary-festival/ 8 October 2017 The Coal Creek Literary Festival will be running a number of writing competitions this year as part of the festival. The main competition will again be the Bert van Bedaf Memorial Award for the best short story. Bert was an integral part of getting the Coal Creek Literary Festival off the ground ten years ago. After Bert passed away in 2010, the open short story competition was renamed to honour his memory. The prize money was increased to $500 and has since drawn a very high standard of entries.

Write by the Sea http://writebythesea.ie/ 1 October 2017 The Write By The Sea festival began in 2016 and focuses on established Wexford authors, delivering a stimulating and entertaining programme of workshops, readings, conversation and interviews, with an emphasis on learning how to write. The festival is intended to become a key annual event with local, national and international relevance.

Dromineer Literary Festival http://www.dromineerliteraryfestival.ie/index.htm 5-8 October 2017 The Dromineer Literary Festival, a warmly anticiapted festival on the Autumn literary calender, now in its thirteenth year, takes places October 5-8 2017. The festival brings a host of Irish and international poets and writers to Tipperary for a weekend of readings, workshops and a presentation of prizes to the winners of our poetry and flash fiction competitions (many past winners have gone on to publish poetry and short story collections to great acclaim). We also hold an event The Launching party specifically to provide a platform for work by ‘new’ writers, introduced by an established writer.

Kildare Readers Festival http://kildare.ie/library/readersfestival/ Sunday 16th October As we welcome you to our seventh annual Readers’ Festival, we at Kildare Library and Arts Service are very proud to deliver, once again, an entirely free literary festival with the aim of connecting our readers with authors and artists, working to bring the very best from the world of literature to Kildare. The festival programme has something for everyone, including regular favourites such as Ten Books You Should Read and our Sunday Morning Session with the wonderful Dermot Bolger. Along with a new cafe and our pop-up festival book shop, Riverbank Arts Centre will provide you with a warm and welcoming atmosphere as you join with us in celebrating the written word.

2017 SEEPE WALTERS SHORT STORY CONTEST http://www.innisfilidealab.ca/seepe-walters October 30, 2017 If you’re in Grades 3-12 you’re invited to write an original short story on any topic for your chance to win fantastic prizes.
There will be first, second, and third place prizes for each of the three age categories: Juniors: 3-6, Intermediates: 7-8, and Seniors: 9-12
The best overall story will win the Seepe Walters Award, a $100 cash grand prize.
Plus top stories from each category will be published in a short story anthology.

McKitterick Prize http://www.societyofauthors.org/Prizes/Fiction/McKitterick 31 October 2016 For first time novels, published or unpublished, by writers over the age of 40. Win £4,000, or £1,000 for runner up. Your novel must be complete before entry. A Society of Authors prize.

The Virginia Prize for Fiction http://aurorametro.com/newsite/virginia-prize/#gsc.tab=0 1 October 2017 International competition open to women novelists. Win £1,000 and possible publication by Aurora Metro Press. Your novel must be complete and never have been published or self-published. Runs every two years. Opening soon. Winner announced January 2018.

Novel Fair 2018 https://irishwriterscentre.ie/collections/novel-fair 20 October 2017 The submission period is Thursday 13 April – Friday 20 October 2017.
Entry fee for applications is €50 for non-members and €40 for IWC members and is non-refundable.
There is no limitation on style, genre, or target market, the only requirement being that the writer has not published a novel before i.e. has not previously published a novel with an ISBN.
Applicants are required to send a synopsis of a max. of 300 words and up to five chapters of their novel, which should be 10,000 words (+/- 10%).
Please send two copies of the manuscript and three copies of the synopsis. One copy of the synopsis should be attached to the application form which can be downloaded from our site, the other two should be attached to the copies of your manuscript.
All submissions should be posted or hand delivered to: Novel Fair Competition, Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, Ireland.
Entries must be accompanied by an application form.
There is a limit of one entry per applicant.
Entries are welcome from anywhere in the world, however, in order to be eligible, applicants must be available to attend the whole day of the Fair in February 2018.

FOLKESTONE WRITERS https://folkestonewriters.wordpress.com/ 22nd November 2017A short story competition which is run in conjunction with the Folkestone Book Festival, winners being announced and prizes presented at a fringe event.

The Atlantis Award https://thepoetsbillow.org/poetry-awards/the-atlantis-award/ October 1st, 2017 As entries will be read blindly, your name and contact information should not appear on the poems themselves.
Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as you send an email if a poem needs to be withdrawn. We prefer that you find our confirmation email and send a reply to notify us.

Short Story & Poetry http://www.nawg.co.uk/5658/ 31st October 2017 Single entry in either category: £ 5.
Poetry only: three poems for £ 10.
Optional critiques: £ 5 each, available for both categories.

Taking Flight Festival 2018 https://www.reddragonflyproductions.co.uk/upcoming 1st October 2017 After we have reviewed the submissions we will be inviting up to ten successful applicants to a free one day workshop or a one to one session with Ross Ericson. In the Final round, three writers will be selected to have their plays produced and performed in our festival in 2018.

MIGHTY RIVER SHORT STORY CONTEST http://www.semopress.com/events/mighty-river-contest/ October 1st, 2017 Submissions must not be previously published.
Submit a maximum of 30 pages, double-spaced, with the following information entered in Submittable’s “Cover Letter”:
Contest title
Manuscript title
Author name
Address
Telephone number
Your name/contact information must not appear anywhere else on the manuscript.
Failure to follow these guidelines may disqualify entry.

Ink About It Writing Competition http://www.kingston.vic.gov.au/library/Kids39-Place/Kids39-Activities/Ink-About-It-Writing-Competition 14 October 2017 Entry is free
Submissions must be G-Rated
One entry per person
Entry is open to anyone who is aged 5-12 years and lives, works, goes to school or plays in the City of Kingston
Word limit: 500 words
Entries close Saturday 14 October 2017
The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into
The top three entries will be published on the Kingston Libraries website
Entries will not be returned

2017 Pith of Prose & Poem Contest https://concis.io/contest/ October 1, 2017 Submit one entry containing up to two unpublished poems, prose poems, visual poems, flash/sudden/quick fictions, micro-essays or other prose using one of the submission forms below.
Length and size limit for each work :
250 words for prose, prose poems, fictions and other text
25 lines for poetry
No simultaneous submissions for the contest

Southern Cross Short Story Competition 2017 https://ballaratwriters.com/2017/07/17/southern-cross-short-story-competition-2017/ October 16, 2017 Ballarat Writers Inc invites writers to enter the 2017 Southern Cross Literary Competition.
The competition asks for short stories to 3000 words, with an open theme.
First prize is 1,000 AUD, second prize $400, third prize $100.
The judge in 2017 is Maurilia Meehan. Maurilia is an award-winning Australian author. Her novels include Madame Bovary’s Haberdashery, The Bad Seed, Adultery, The Sea People and Fury.
The winning stories will be announced and read at an award presentation in Ballarat in November 2017.

Jane Austen short story competition https://www.solent.ac.uk/school-college-partnerships/activities/jane-austen-short-story-competition 22 October 2017 We’d like between 1,500 and 2,000 words written entirely be the student, and which have not been published anywhere else before. Students must include the following at the end of their story:
Word count
Their name
Age, course, level and college
Tutor’s name and email address to notify if they’ve been successful
Which book(s) inspired their story, and how

Travel Writing Competition https://www.bradtguides.com/travelwriting-competition-terms 16th October 2017 The competition is open to entrants aged 18 or over who have not previously been paid for a travel-related piece of writing published either in print or online. This does not include winning entries to travel-writing competitions for which the entrant received a cash prize. Employees and individuals connected with any company involved in the competition, including for the avoidance of doubt employees, contractors and authors of Bradt Travel Guides (“Bradt”) and the Competition Partners as defined below and members of the immediate family of the above people are not eligible to participate.

London Short Story Prize http://kalamu.com/neogriot/2017/07/27/pub-london-short-story-prize-2017/ 9 October 2017 The London Short Story Prize 2017 is open for entries from 19 June until Monday 9 October at midday and we’re on the lookout for the best short stories written by London writers. We are pleased to be able to offer 50 low income writers free entry for this year’s Prize.

BookFest @ Bank Street https://www.bankstreet.edu/center-childrens-literature/bookfest/about-bookfest/ October 28, 2017 BookFest @ Bank Street 2017 will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017!

The 69th Frankfurt Book Fair https://www.buchmesse.de/en/fbf/general_information/dates_and_opening_hours/ 11 – 15 October 2017 Professional visitors and journalists can visit the Book Fair during the entire week and on the weekend with their credentials or press ticket. The fair starts on Wednesday, 11 October at 9 a.m. During the week and on Saturday professional visitors and journalists can visit the Book Fair from 9 a.m. until 6.30 p.m. On Sunday the fair is open from 9 a.m. until 5.30 p.m.

The 18th Chippewa Valley Book Festival http://www.cvbookfest.org/ October 21 For the first time in its history, our book festival has invited four Memorial High School graduates to present a reading together. Graham Foust, Nick Gulig, Betsy Wheeler, and Elizabeth Willis are each accomplished poets currently living far and wide: as close as Wisconsin (Fort Atkinson) and Iowa, as far away as Colorado and Massachusetts. Their graduation dates range from the late 1970’s to the late 1990’s. (Bios of each writer may be found on our author pages.)

BACK FOR 2017 http://festival.newyorker.com/ October 6 This year’s Festival promises our signature lineup of authors, actors, thinkers, artists, and leaders who are driving the culture. Don’t miss intimate conversations, discussions, screenings, and performances live onstage in venues across New York City for one extraordinary weekend, Friday, October 6, through Sunday, October 8, 2017.

Vancouver Art Book Fair http://2017.vancouverartbookfair.com/ October 13 – October 15 Free and open to the public, VABF is the longest-running international art book fair in Canada. In 2017 the event is anticipated to attract over 5,000 visitors from across the Greater Vancouver Area and beyond.

The Texas Teen Book Festival (TTBF) http://www.texasbookfestival.org/texas-teen-book-festival/ October 7 The Texas Teen Book Festival (TTBF) is a one-day event that celebrates the teen reading experience by inviting fans to engage with some of the most popular and critically acclaimed young adult authors in the country. The TTBF started as the Austin Teen Book Festival in 2009, when librarian Heather Schubert partnered with BookPeople to organize a gathering at Westlake High School that hosted 16 authors and 500 attendees. The event continued to grow, and in 2011-2013 was sponsored by the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation. In 2014 the Fest was renamed the Texas Teen Book Festival and is currently a collaboration of the Texas Book Festival, BookPeople, and a dedicated group of librarian volunteers. One of the largest gatherings of its kind anywhere, the annual Fest takes place in the fall on the campus of St. Edward’s University.

Great Valley Bookfest https://greatvalleybookfest.org/ October 14th, 2017 Free admission!

Virginia Children’s Book Festival http://vachildrensbookfestival.com/ October 19, 20, 21, 2017 The Virginia Children’s Book Festival is a three-day event in October that brings together authors and illustrators with exciting, dynamic programs to foster the enjoyment of reading among Virginia’s youth.

Tarbert Book Festival 2017 http://www.tarbertbookfestival.org/about-us/ 27th to 29th October 2017 Tarbert Book Festival brings writers to Kintyre, supports local writers and creates a fantastic weekend Festival for everyone.

Chicago Book Expo http://www.chicagobookexpo.org/ October 1 Stay tuned for our next edition, coming Sunday, October 1, 2017, at Columbia College Chicago

The 15th Annual Collingswood Book Festival http://www.collingswoodbookfestival.com/ October 7, 2017 Book lovers of all ages: join us on Saturday, October 7, 2017. Stroll more than six blocks of Haddon Avenue filled with authors/speakers for adults and children, as well as booksellers, storytellers, poetry readings, workshops, exhibitors, kid-friendly activities, and entertainment for all ages. This award-winning festival is the longest-running, largest literary event in the Delaware Valley. Remember, all events are free!

New Visions Award for Authors of Color https://www.leeandlow.com/writers-illustrators/new-visions-award October 31, 2017 The contest is open to writers of color who are residents of the United States, 18 years of age or older at the time of entry, and who have not previously had a middle grade or young adult novel published.
Writers who have published work in other venues such as children’s magazines or picture books, or adult fiction or nonfiction, are eligible. Only unagented manuscripts will be accepted.
Work that has been published in its entirety in any format (including online and self publishing as well as other countries) is not eligible.
Manuscripts previously submitted for this award or to TU BOOKS will not be considered.

A Weekend for Writers with Reid Tracy, Mike Dooley and Nancy Levin http://www.hayhouse.com/the-writers-workshop-orlando-2017 October 21 – 22, 2017 Enter our contest for YOUR chance to publish a book with Hay House and become a New York Times best-selling author!

Malaysian Universities Poetry Writing Competition 2017 https://www.nottingham.edu.my/English/Eventsrecords/Malaysian-Universities-Poetry-Writing-Competition-2017.aspx 17th May – 9th October 2017 All entries must be made online through email;
Complete the entry form which can be downloaded from below;
All entries must be in Word document format in a single file;
Each poem must be on a new page. The first page will the registration form. The second page onwards will contain the title of the poem and the poem;
Any entry that does not comply to these guidelines will be rejected;
All entries must reach the organisers by 9 October 2017. No late entries will be accepted; and
Email entries to MUP_competition@nottingham.edu.my.

Rewarded Essay Writing Contest 2017 https://rewardedessays.com/blog/writing-contest 20 October 2017 Write an essay of no more than 900 words on any of these 4 different topics:
What life skills can students master while in college? Which three are the most important and why?;
What do you see as the most pressing social issue we face? Why is it the most pressing?;
Who inspires you? Why?;
Provide three life goals you believe will be more achievable by obtaining your college degree.
The essay competition is organized by rewardedessays.com and the top three essays will be awarded with cash prize money.

Essay Writing Contest 2017 https://promocode.com.ph/essay-writing-contest-2017/ 10 October 2017 You must be a Filipino student aged between 18 to 25 years.
You must submit a 300 to 500 words entry about one of the following topics:
E-commerce vs. affiliate marketing
What are the benefits of using affiliate marketing?
What is unique to e-commerce in 2017?
What is digital marketing?
Strategic online marketing
Profitable niches for affiliate marketing
Online marketing strategy
Online marketing trends for 2017
Digital media buying
Digital media advertising
Digital shoppers and buyers
Investing on professional online marketing

CREDIT EDUCATION WEEK CANADA ESSAY WRITING COMPETITION https://cewc.ca/grade-12-essay-contest Oct. 9, 2017 No purchase necessary. To enter the Competition:
A. WRITE AN ORIGINAL ESSAY – Write an original essay that describes the dumbest thing you’ve done with your money and what you learned from it (the “Essay”). Your Essay must be between 900 and 1000 words. See section 5 below for other Essay requirements.
B. SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY – E-mail your Entry to essaycontest2017@creditcanada.com Your Entry includes a copy of your Essay with your name, mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address right in the Essay document.
LIMIT ONE (1) ENTRY PER PERSON. You may only submit 1 Entry to this Competition. If we get more than one Entry from you or from your e-mail address, we’ll only consider your first Entry valid. We’ll disqualify all other Entries we get from you or from your e-mail address.

Competition Commission of India (CCI) http://lawutsav.com/event/cci-national-level-essay-competition-2017-18-submit-by-oct-31/ 31st October, 2017 Essay entries submitted by the participants must be accompanied with a copy of StudentIdentity Card and Aadhar Card.
Entries received without a COPY of student Identity Card and Aadhar Card shall be summarily rejected and NO query, correspondence etc. pertaining to such entries shall be entertained by the Commission under any circumstances.
The essay should not be more than3000 words including footnotes. There is no minimum word limit; however, authors are encouraged to submit essays of not less than 1500 words.

Rewarded Essay Writing Contest 2017 http://worldscholarshipforum.com/rewarded-essay-writing-contest-2017/ October 20, 2017 Rewarded Essay Writing Contest is seeking applications from applicants who can write an essay of no more than 900 words on any of these 4 different topics, “What life skills can students master while in college? Which three are the most important and why?” or “What do you see as the most pressing social issue we face? Why is it the most pressing?” or “Who inspires you? Why?” or “Provide three life goals you believe will be more achievable by obtaining your college degree.”

Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest https://www.hollins.edu/academics/majors-minors/english-creative-writing-major/nancy-thorp-poetry-contest/ October 31, 2017 Free tuition and housing for the university’s Hollinsummer creative writing program
$200 cash prize
Publication in Cargoes, Hollins’ award-winning student literary magazine
Ten copies of Cargoes

Essaymama’s Summer Essay Writing Contest https://www.iefa.org/scholarships/2537/Essaymama%27s_Summer_Essay_Writing_Contest October 1 EssayMama Essay Writing Contests Essaymama’s Essay Writing Summer Contest (July 6 – Oct 1) Essaymama’s Spring Essay Writing Contest (Feb 9 – Jun 3) Essaymama’s Christmas Writing Contest (Nov 5, – Jan 30) Essaymama writing contests We are happy to announce that it’s time for a new essay writing contest from EssayMama writing service! EssayMama Writing Contest is a great opportunity for both young and experienced writers to express themselves. So don’t hesitate – enter the contest and win great prizes! Entry Fee – $0! Why compete in EssayMama Essay Writing Contest? Get cash. 1st place – $500 2nd place – $350 3rd place – $200 Get published. Get fame and popularity! Three best works will be published on the EssayMama Blog. Get discovered. Share your writing spirit and talent with the world! Terms and Conditions Deadline – October 1. Submit your essays from July 6 till October 1.

Competition Commission of India’s National Essay Competition http://www.noticebard.com/competition-commission-national-essay-competition/ 31st October, 2017 The entries have to be sent, latest by 31st October, 2017 through email only here in ENGLISH language only.
Subject of such email may be CCI Essay Competition 2017-18
Only original essays will be considered for the competition. Previously published essays shall be rejected outright. Any form of plagiarism will result in disqualification of the essay.
Participants shall ascertain and attest to the originality of their entry and a disclaimer clause to this effect shall be added.

2nd Youth Nature Art and Writing Contest Entry Form 2017 http://nature1st.net/ync/events/youth-nova-scotia-nature-writing-and-art-contest/ October 31, 2017 The Nature Writing and Art Contest is inviting youth in ages 7-15 years who live in Nova Scotia to submit a written piece (short story, non-fiction, poetry, etc.) OR an original artwork (painting, drawing, collage, etc.) that is inspired by:
native plants or animals of Nova Scotia (native means a species that occurs naturally in a region),
an adventure, personal moment, or happy experience in Nova Scotia’s wild places (lake, river, ocean, forest, trail),
an injustice that impacts nature in Nova Scotia

2nd Youth Nature Art and Writing Contest Entry Form 2017 http://nature1st.net/ync/events/youth-nova-scotia-nature-writing-and-art-contest/ October 31, 2017 The Nature Writing and Art Contest is inviting youth in ages 7-15 years who live in Nova Scotia to submit a written piece (short story, non-fiction, poetry, etc.) OR an original artwork (painting, drawing, collage, etc.) that is inspired by:
native plants or animals of Nova Scotia (native means a species that occurs naturally in a region),
an adventure, personal moment, or happy experience in Nova Scotia’s wild places (lake, river, ocean, forest, trail),
an injustice that impacts nature in Nova Scotia

CCI’s National Essay Competition – 2017-18 http://www.cci.gov.in/node/3214 31st October, 2017 Essay entries submitted by the participants must be accompanied with a copy of student Identity card and Addhar card. Entries received without a copy of student identity card and aadhar card shall be summarily rejected and No query, correspondence etc. pertaining to such entries have to be sent, latest by 31st October 2017 through email only at advocacy@cci.gov.in in English language only. Subject of such email may be CCI Essay Competition 2017-18

2017 JSU Writers Bowl http://www.jsu.edu/english/writers_bowl.html October 13, 2017 The essay should be 500 – 700 words, typed and double-spaced.
The essay should be the student’s original work. Any use of outside sources must
be documented according to current MLA guidelines.

Philosophy Essay Prize http://royalinstitutephilosophy.org/events/essay-prize/ 2nd October 2017 Entries will be considered by a committee of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, and the winner announced by the end 2017

Hanna Greally International Literary Awards 2017 http://www.siarsceal.com/competitions 10 Oct 2017 Submissions of previously unpublished works of poetry and/or prose/short story on the above theme will be accepted. Poetry submissions should be no more than 100 lines; short story/prose not to extend beyond 2000 words. Entries submitted must be typed and titled, accompanied by entrant’s name written on a separate page. The judges’ decision is final.

Alcohol Addiction Awareness Essay Contest https://alcorehab.org/scholarship/ October 1st, 2017 If you are concerned with the effects of alcohol abuse and addiction and want to help raise awareness of its dangers, we encourage you to share your vision and have a chance to win money to cover your educational expenses.

Writing Competitions – September 2017

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 September, 2017.

Find one or more that fits with your style and submit your work!  You never know what might happen…

Manchester Writing Competition http://www.manchesterwritingcompetition.co.uk/ September 29,2017 The Manchester Writing Competition was established by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy in 2008. It offers the UK’s biggest literary prizes for unpublished writing and has awarded more than £135,000 to its winners. Each year two £10,000* prizes are awarded: the Manchester Poetry Prize for best portfolio of poems and the Manchester Fiction Prize for best short story. Designed to encourage and celebrate new writing across the globe the competition is open internationally to new and established writers.

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/tom-howard-margaret-reid-poetry-contest September 30, 2017 We will award the Tom Howard Prize of $1,500 for a poem in any style or genre, and the Margaret Reid Prize of $1,500 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style. Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each (any style). The top 12 entries will be published online. Length limit: 250 lines per poem. No restrictions on age or country. Please click the Submittable button below for full details. The results of the 15th contest will be announced on April 15, 2018. Fee: $12 per poem.

Buxton Poetry Competition 2017 http://www.buxtonfestival.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Buxton-Poetry-Entry-Form-2017.pdf September 25, 2017 Our theme in 2017 is Awakening. You might like to focus on an event in nature, a time in your life, an everyday occurrence or a huge spectacle. It could be spiritual, physical or something totally different. You could write about a very broad subject or you could focus in on a tiny detail. Or if you have a different take on our theme we would like to read that too!

The Apparitionist National Ghost Story Competition https://tryonartsandcrafts.org/ghoststory/?utm_source=AlmondPress&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions September 1, 2017 To embrace and honor the heritage of storytelling in Western North Carolina, Tryon Arts & Crafts School (TACS) is initiating this exciting National Ghost Story Competition. Winning stories will be read to an audience on Halloween evening, October 31st, 2017, 7 PM, at TACS, 373 Harmon Field Road, Tryon, NC.

Flash 500 Competition http://www.flash500.com/index_files/flashfiction.html September 30, 2017 When it comes to prizes, it often seems as though flash fiction is the poor relation of writing competitions. This, however, is a flash fiction competition where the prize money truly reflects the skill required to encapsulate an entire story in just 500 words.

Women’s Novel Competition 2017 https://mslexia.co.uk/competition/novel-competition/ September 18, 2017 The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country, and welcomes 5,000 word extracts of completed, unpublished novels of at least 50,000 words in length (not including the title).

THE SALOPIAN POETRY SOCIETY’S OPEN POETRY COMPETITION 2017 http://www.thesalopianpoetrysociety.webeden.co.uk/competition-rules/4531672813 September 30, 2017 The 41st annual competition is open to every one. Entries must be in English & your own original work. Entries must not be entered into any other competition, nor have been a prize winner in any other competition.

HWA Dorothy Dunnett Short Story Award http://historicalwriters.org/dorothydunnett/?utm_source=AlmondPress&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions September 1, 2017 Entering our competition is simple just hit the button below to make your payment via PayPal. On receipt of payment you will automatically receive details on how to submit your entry but please do ensure that you hit the RETURN TO MERCHANT button after payment to make sure. If you run into any problems (or do not receive the confirmation) please contact admin@historicalwriters.org

Fantastic Female Fable’ Competition https://www.fantasticbooksstore.com/competitions/current-competitionsutm_source=AlmondPress&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_campaign=WitingCompetitions September 3, 2017 Genre: Any
Wordcount: Maximum of 2000 words excluding the title and author
Topic: Female Strength
How to enter: Send your fees via PayPal to; fantasticbookspublishing@gmail.com (Make a note of your transaction ID) then send your entries in word format, sized at 12pt in Times New Roman font to: fantasticbookspublishing@gmail.com (remember to include your PayPal transaction ID so we can identify you)

19th Annual Short Story and Poetry Contest http://writersfest.bc.ca/writingcontest?utm_source=AlmondPress&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions September 5, 2017 The contest is open to all writers. Entries will be accepted for previously unpublished work in each category: Poetry (any style): 500 word limit; Creative Short Fiction: 1,500 word limit
Entries will be judged blind. Please do not put your name on your story or poem in the file you have uploaded or in the file name. There is a $15 entry fee for each short story or poem you enter in the contest, payable online through PayPal. We will accept entries in MS Word Document or PDF formats. Please use standard margins, 12-point font and double spacing. Winners will be selected by a panel of professionals from the publishing and book industry. Entries must be uploaded and payment confirmed by 5pm on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Winners will be announced by Monday, October 16, 2017. The editorial evaluation from FriesenPress will consist of detailed feedback from a professional editor about the strengths and weaknesses of a manuscript. Manuscripts must be fewer than 60,000 words.

The Short Story Competition http://www.theshortstory.net/?utm_source=AlmondPress&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions September 15, 2017 They may also be included in a future anthology. See Past Winners for previous prize-winning stories, including two Costa Short Story Award winners.

Tall Tales Flash Fiction Competition https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/competitions?utm_source=AlmondPress&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions September 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.

The Caterpillar Story for Children Prize http://www.thecaterpillarmagazine.com/?utm_source=AlmondPress&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions September 30, 2017 Short stories should preferably be no longer than 1,000 words and should be sent as separate Word attachments to editor@thecaterpillarmagazine.com.

Slippery Elm http://slipperyelm.findlay.edu/ September 1, 2017 Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Slippery Elm are given annually for a poem and a short story or essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length or up to 5,000 words of prose with a $15 entry fee, which includes an issue of Slippery Elm, by September 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Radar Poetry http://www.radarpoetry.com/ September 1, 2017 A prize of $1,000 and publication in Radar Poetry will be given annually for a group of poems by a woman. Dorothea Lasky will judge. Using the online submission system, submit three to six poems with a $15 entry fee by September 1. All entries will be considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center http://www.beyondbaroque.org/ September 1, 2017 A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. Winners and finalists will be invited to read at Beyond Baroque in Venice, California, in April 2018. Submit up to four poems of no more than 40 lines each with a $20 entry fee by September 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Red Hen Press http://redhen.org/ September 1, 2017 A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a short story collection or a novel. Charles Yu will judge. Submit a manuscript of at least 150 pages with a $25 entry fee by September 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Black Warrior Review http://www.bwr.ua.edu/ September 1, 2017 Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Black Warrior Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Rachel McKibbens will judge in poetry, Nicola Griffith will judge in fiction, and Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib will judge in nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length or a story or essay of up to 7,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Black Warrior Review, by September 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

phren-Z http://www.phren-z.org/poetry_contest.html September 1, 2017 Sponsored in collaboration with Santa Cruz Writes, a prize of $1,000 and publication in phren-Z is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to give a reading at the seventh annual Morton Marcus Poetry Reading at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California, in November. Ellen Bass will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a poem of no more than two pages with a $15 entry fee by September 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

New York Public Library http://www.nypl.org/ylfa September 2, 2017 Five prizes of $10,000 are each given annually for a novel or short story collection published in the current year by a writer age 35 or younger. Publishers may submit 10 copies of a book (or bound galleys) published in 2017 by September 2. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose http://www.dogwoodliterary.com/ September 5, 2017 Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Dogwood are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 10 pages or up to 22 pages of prose with a $10 entry fee by September 5. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Red Mountain Press http://redmountainpress.us/ September 15, 2017 A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Mountain Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Irena Praitis will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 72 pages with a $28 entry fee by September 15. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Women’s Novel Competition 2017 https://mslexia.co.uk/competition/novel-competition/ September 18, 2017 The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country, and welcomes 5,000 word extracts of completed, unpublished novels of at least 50,000 words in length (not including the title).

2017 Manchester Writing Competition http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/writingcompetition/ September 29, 2017 £10,000 prize for the best portfolio of three to five poems (maximum combined length: 120 lines). Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit).

Lune Poetry Contest http://www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=104188 September 3, 2017 A Lune is a three line poem with a specific syllable count. It has 5 syllables in the first line, 3 syllables in the second line and 5 syllable in the final line. Rhymes are not required. Write about anything.

100 Word Flash Fiction Contest http://www.fridayflashfiction.com/submissions.html September 17, 2017 Write a story using only 100 words. With flash fiction every word counts. Can you tell a complete story with only 100 words?

SLO NIGHTWRITERS GOLDEN QUILL WRITING CONTEST http://slonightwritersgoldenquill.blogspot.com/ September 15, 2017 The theme for this year’s contest is LIBERATION. Enter in one or more of the three categories: Flash/Short Fiction up to 1,500 words, Poetry up to 40 lines, Creative Non-Fiction up to 1,500 words. Prizes awarded in each category. First Place $500. Second Place $250. Third Place $100.

BIOM NARRATIVE MEDICINE ESSAY CONTEST http://www.osteopathic.org/inside-aoa/development/international-osteopathic-medicine/Pages/biom-seminar-2017.aspx September 5, 2017 The Bureau of International Osteopathic Medicine (BIOM) at the American Osteopathic Association is proud to announce its inaugural narrative medicine essay competition. Narrative medicine is a form of creative nonfiction that reflects on the lived experience of illness, healing, and clinical care. BIOM invites submissions of narrative medicine essays focused on global health or an international experience of healthcare. BIOM will award $750 for the first-prize winner, $500 for second prize, and a single award of $1500 grand prize across all competition plus public presentation at the annual BIOM International Seminar in Philadelphia, PA, in October 2017. This competition is only open to students and recent graduates (medical residents) of American colleges of osteopathic medicine. Deadline September 5, 2017.

The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2018 http://shortstoryaward.co.uk/enter September 28, 2017 The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2018 is now open until 6pm GMT on 28 September 2017.
Free to enter. Submit stories up to 6000 words in length. Open to writers of any nationality or residency, but you must have a record of prior publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom or Ireland. The winner will receive £30,000.

Young Oxfordshire Writers Competition http://www.writersinoxford.org/ September 1, 2017 The Young Oxfordshire Writers Competition is open until September 1, 2017.
Eligibility: writers aged 18–30 who live in Oxfordshire
They are looking for writing ‘Inspired by Oxford’. Submissions should be up to 500 words, either fiction or non-fiction. There will be five cash prizes: two prizes of £350 and three of £100. Philip Pullman, one of the group’s founder members, will be Honorary Chair of the competition’s judging panel. The competition is being used to promote Writers in Oxford to younger writers, with 25 competition entrants (including the five cash-prize winners) being given two years of honorary membership.

Overton Poetry Prize http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/aed/about/creative-opportunities/competitions-prizes/overton-poetry-prize/ September 1, 2017 In memory of Professor Bill Overton (1946-2012), the School of the Arts, English and Drama offers this prize for a sequence of poems on any subject, up to 300 lines. The first-placed entry will be published in chapbook form by the University’s Lamplight Press. There will be two further prizes of £50 each.

Making Waves! Spoken Poetry Competition https://cornwallcontemporary.wordpress.com/making-waves-spoken-poetry-competion/ September 3, 2017 Poets are invited to enter digital sound files for this ground-breaking poetry competition. Short spoken poems (200 seconds max) will be judged anonymously. The winning entries will be those that make the best overall impression with their content and delivery.

27th SLO NightWriters Golden Quill Writing Contest http://slonwgoldenquillwritingcontest.com/ September 15, 2017 This contest is run by SLO NightWriters, the premiere writing organization on the Central Coast of California. The call for entries begins June 15, 2017 and the deadline is September 15, 2017. The theme of the contest this year is Liberation.

Bedford Writing Competition 2017 http://bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk/cgi-bin/bwc17-home.cgi?page=2 September 30, 2017 Prizes: Prizes: £300, £150, £100. Special Bedford Prizes: Short Story £100;Poem £100. All shortlisted entries will be published as a download anthology.
Entry fee: Fees: £6 or 3 for £12.
Looking for: Story: up to 3000 words. Poems: up to 40 lines.
Further info: Judges: Ruth Hogan, Lesley Saunders, Steve Lowe.
As a not-for-profit group, all net proceeds go to charities/projects that help children or adults improve literary skills.

SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition 2017 http://www.spmpublications.com/competitions/2017 September 30, 2017 The third SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition is for full length poetry collections. Three collections will be awarded the First, Second and Third prizes of £300, £200 and £100 plus a standard publishing contract. Each winner will also receive 20 copies of his or her collection.

After Dark. After Hours: October 2017 (Print Magazine) https://litro.submittable.com/submit/79546/october-after-dark-after-hours-october-2017-print-magazine September 1, 2017 Max. word length: 4,000 words as a rough guideline. We do make exceptions. If you’re submitting artwork: 12 pieces maximum. An issue about what people get up to after dark, when they think no one’s watching, or what goes on after everything’s shut. Secrets and shady stuff, or things more magical: the store mannequins come to life, elves appear to do the shoemaker’s work…? You show us.
We accept short fiction, flash/micro fiction, and nonfiction. We do not accept poetry.
Due to the volume of submissions we receive, please submit only one piece per theme. Additional submissions will unfortunately not be considered.
Please also note that if we have published your work in the magazine, we won’t consider publishing your work again until a year has passed. 

Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing http://www.writerstrust.com/Awards/Shaughnessy-Cohen-Prize-for-Political-Writing/Prize-Guidelines.aspx September 13, 2017 A prize of $25,000 will be awarded to a book of literary nonfiction that captures a political subject of relevance to Canadian readers and has the potential to shape or influence thinking on contemporary Canadian political life. The winning work combines compelling new insights with depth of research and significant literary merit. All finalist works will demonstrate a distinctive voice, as well as a persuasive and compelling command of tone, narrative, style, and analysis. The prize particularly values books which provide the general reader with an informed, unique perspective on the practice of Canadian politics, its players, or its principles. The jurors will shortlist between three and five titles. Prizes of $2,500 will be awarded to each of the finalists.

The High Sheriff Cheshire Prize for Literature http://www.chester.ac.uk/literatureprize 1st September 2017 The 2017 Cheshire Prize for Literature is for an original and previously unpublished piece of writing for children. The entry may be in prose or verse. A prose entry should not exceed 1,500 words. A verse entry should not exceed 100 lines. The intended readership is seven to 14-year old children.The entry must be all the author’s own work.

THE BEST NEW BRITISH AND IRISH POETS https://store.eyewearpublishing.com/pages/the-best-new-british-and-irish-poets September 15, 2017 Submit three original poems in the English language for consideration. Poems may have appeared in print periodicals, journals, or magazines, but not in online venues. Your cover letter should include a brief biographical note with your contact details. Do not include your name on your poems; the final judge will consider the submitted work anonymously.

SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2017 http://erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com/2017-open-short-story-competition-with-anne-rainbow.html 21st September 2017 There is no theme for this competition, you can write anything you like. No minimum word count, maximum 2,500 words. We enjoy reading entries from novice writers and from the more experienced. Please indicate on the entry form if you have entered either the ‘New Writer’ or ‘Open’ category.

Flash Fiction Competition 2017 http://www.thefictiondesk.com/submissions/flash-fiction-competition.php 29th September 2017 Most of the stories we publish in The Fiction Desk anthologies are significantly longer than 1,000 words, but we do sometimes see great writing that’s much shorter than that. In order to accommodate some of these miniature stories, and to provide more variety for our readers, we’re pleased to announce the 2017 edition of our flash fiction competition.

Solution Loans – Short Story Writing Competition http://www.solution-loans.co.uk/short-story-writing-competition/ 30th September, 2017 Entry is open to UK writers aged 18 or over. Entries must be the original and unpublished work of the entrant and not currently submitted for publication or for any other competition or award. Only one entry per person. Entrants retain copyright in their manuscripts.

The Henshaw Short Story Competition http://henshawpress.co.uk/ 30th September 2017 1. Entries must be a fictional short story of up to 2000 words on any theme.
2. Entries must be on A4, double spaced and page numbered with the title on each page..
3. All entries must be the original work of the Author, must not have been published before the date of submission and must be accompanied by a single information page containing the author’s name, address and telephone number.
4. The Author’s name must not appear as a title or in the body of any page other than the author information page.
5. Entries received after the closing date will not be considered.
6. Do keep a copy of your entry, manuscripts cannot be returned.
7. The judges’ view is final and no correspondence will be entered into in connection with the award of the prizes.
8. Prize Winning Stories will be published on this site.
9. Entries may be made by E mail (preferred), as a Word document, or by post.
10. Entering the competition gives Henshawpress the once only permission to publish the story in an anthology. It is intended to produce the next anthology in 2019 when there have been sufficient prize winning stories.
11. Receipt of all entries will be acknowledged by e-mail or by post where no e-mail address is available.
12. Entrants must be aged over sixteen. If you are sixteen or under do have a look at our Young Writers page.

The 2017 Coal Creek Literary Festival https://coalcreekcommunityparkandmuseum.com/literary-festival/ 29 September 2017 The Coal Creek Literary Festival will be running a number of writing competitions this year as part of the festival. The main competition will again be the Bert van Bedaf Memorial Award for the best short story. Bert was an integral part of getting the Coal Creek Literary Festival off the ground ten years ago. After Bert passed away in 2010, the open short story competition was renamed to honour his memory. The prize money was increased to $500 and has since drawn a very high standard of entries.

Short Story Competition 2017: Theme Of “Courage” https://www.amnesty.org.uk/groups/ely-city/short-story-competition-2017-theme-courage 21st September 2017 The winning writer will receive £50, a hardback signed first edition of Alison Bruce’s latest novel Cambridge Black, and have their story published on the Amnesty International UK and Amnesty International Ely City Group websites. The runner-up will receive a copy of Amnesty International Ely City Group’s award-winning recipe book.

A sci-fi short story competition http://spacecentre.co.uk/event/sfs-competition/ 1st September 2017 Write an original space sci-fi short story. Feature some real space science or space technology within the story, but also be creative and imagine what could be possible. The sky is not the limit! Read our blog, explore the websites of NASA and the European Space Agency, and get inspired by the majesty and mystery of our Solar System, our universe, and our astronaut explorers. Incorporate a historic space artefact, such as a space craft, a rocket, or a rock from space. For inspiration, visit our blog to learn more about our crown jewel artefacts housed at the National Space Centre. We’ll be featuring each of these space artefacts in a series of blog posts from April to July, so stay tuned! Stories can be no more than 1500 words. This is a strict limit. There is no minimum word limit, but stories must have a plot, even if it ends in a cliff-hanger!

PROSE COMPETITION http://www.scribeswriters.com/ September 30, 2017 This year, as in the past, Scribes Writers is running the popular open literary competition where cash prizes are awarded for first and second places with certificates for Highly Commended and Commended submissions. This competition, “Short Takes”, is open to all, not just to our own members and indeed, in past competitions, we have received entries from every state and territory of Australia.

FOCUS WEEK 2017: READING & WRITING THE NOVEL http://www.varuna.com.au/varuna/index.php/programs/residential-programs/guided-programs/item/583-focus-week-2017-reading-writing-the-novel 6 September 2017 Writers interested in participating in the Reading and Writing the Novel Week need to submit a short Expression of Interest (EOI) to Varuna in an online application. Your EOI should include a short, specific statement letting us know what you would most like to gain or to work on during the week, a sample of your novel writing (up to 20 pages) and a paragraph about your experience as a writer. Please also include a cover sheet with your name and contact details.
Please save your EOI and your submission (up to 20 pages of your novel writing), including the downloadable cover sheet, as a single document in PDF format. The title of your saved document should include your name and the words ‘NOVEL EOI’ (eg ‘Mary Smith NOVEL EOI’). Then submit your submission online to Varuna by 5pm (EST) on 6 September 2017.
Please remember to include your name and short story EOI in the subject header.
Applicants will be notified of the selection outcome by 22 September 2017.

Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize 2017 http://www.wollongongwritersfestival.com/competitions/ 15 September 2017 The Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize will be awarded for a story up to 2500 words on the theme ‘World-Changing Words’. The winning entry will receive $1000 and publication in Mascara Literary Review.
The theme can be interpreted as broadly and playfully as you like. Feel free to experiment with form and content, but please keep submissions within the word count. Entry fee is $15. The winner of the Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize will receive $1000, and the winning entry will be published in Mascara Literary Review. The Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize will close for entries at midnight (AEST) on 15 September 2017.
This competition is open to everyone except Wollongong Writers Festival staff, board members, and advisers. Festival volunteers may enter. It is an international competition, so writers located outside Australia can enter. Please ensure that you read the Terms and Conditions of the Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize (see below) before entering.

17th Library of Congress National Book Festival http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/ September 2, 2017 Dozens of Authors and Presenters

Antiquarian Book Fair https://www.rochesterbooksellers.com/about-the-fair September 9, 2017 The Rochester Area Booksellers Association is holding its 45th annual Antiquarian Book Fair on September 9, 2017. It is the oldest regional Antiquarian Book Fair in the country. Its unlikely origin was in a restaurant on Mount Hope Avenue in the city.

2017 FRANKFURT INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR https://www.combinedbook.com/2017-frankfurt-international-book-fair.html Sep 15, 2017 The Frankfurt Book Fair will take place from 11 to 15 October 2017. The Frankfurt Book Fair is a meeting place for the industry’s experts and the most important marketplace for books, media, rights and licences worldwide. Be they publishers, booksellers, agents, film producers or authors – each year in October, they all come together and create something new.

The Dorothy Hewett Award https://uwap.uwa.edu.au/pages/the-dorothy-hewett-award-for-an-unpublished-manuscript Sep 01, 2017 The Dorothy Hewett Award is open to all writers who have completed a manuscript and are seeking publication. The work must be fiction, narrative nonfiction or poetry, inclusive of hybrid genres such as verse novels or memoir. The winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000, courtesy of Copyright Agency, and will be offered a publishing contract by UWA Publishing.

Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards http://www.irishbookawards.irish/ 7th September Submitted titles will be considered by the book-industry panel who will meet in mid-September to select the shortlists. The shortlists will be confidentially announced to the successful publishers on 2nd October. Due to the volume of submissions we regret that we cannot undertake to notify unsuccessful publishers. Copies of submitted titles are only required if your titles are shortlisted but NOT at the submissions stage.

AJC Decatur Book Festival https://www.decaturbookfestival.com/ September 1, 2017 The AJC Decatur Book Festival is the largest independent book festival in the country and one of the five largest overall. Since its launch, more than 1,000 world-class authors and hundreds of thousands of festival-goers have crowded the historic downtown Decatur square.

Literary Classics Book Awards & Reviews http://www.gabfest.info/Book_Festival_Event_Information.html September 2, 2017In an effort to support the literary arts, Literary Classics Book Awards and Reviews has created the Great American Book Festival. To be held annually, this event has become home to the Literary Classics Book Awards and related events, and will be held in conjunction with a book festival. The Great American Book Festival is slated to be held each year on Labor Day weekend. The festival is open to the public and authors from all regions and genres are invited to participate along with related vendors and food purveyors.

Open Book Cape Town http://openbookfestival.co.za/ September 6, 2017 Open Book Cape Town is committed to encouraging a love of books and reading. Five days of the year—while tremendously exciting—is not going to do that. It is for that reason that we have begun a number of projects that we will have continued involvement with, ensuring a significant and sustainable impact.

Carolina Mountains Literary Festival http://cmlitfest.org/2016-schedule/ September 7, 2017 The festival idea was born when a small group of local citizens and businesspersons spontaneously came together ten years ago around the goal of giving greater exposure to the art of writing and the joys of reading in an area already famed for its colony of artists in other media. Originally, that group consisted of literacy advocate Myrna Stephens; Wendy Reid, owner of The Design Gallery; poet Britt Kaufmann; children’s book author Karen Miller; artist Anne Sabri, and health care consultant and aspiring writer Ruth Perschbacher Price and her husband, historical novelist Charles F. Price. Now it also includes Dr. Dan Barron, former director of the Avery-Mitchell-Yancey Regional Libraries, downtown booster Lucy Gregory Doll, poet and community volunteer Kathy Weisfeld, librarian, runner, super-mom and new director of the Avery-Mitchell-Yancey Regional Libraries Amber Westall Briggs, artist and arts advocate Jane Brown Willig, and many others.

The Fifth Annual Festival of Women Writers http://www.hobartfestivalofwomenwriters.com/ September 8, 2017 The Festival of Women Writers has become a highly anticipated event, unique among cultural happenings in the Catskill Region, especially in Delaware County. The Festival will celebrate its fourth year in the Hobart Book Village, “the reading capital of New York State.” Since its inception, the Festival has created space for established and emerging women writers to share their insights and skills through a variety of writing activities and public readings with audiences throughout Delaware County, the state of New York, and beyond.

The Children’s Book Festival http://www.hamptonpublishinghouse.com/ September 16, 2017 This festival will be held in association with the Haddon Avenue Street Festival at Parkside Learning Garden. It was created for the sole purpose of encouraging children to read, be healthy, and connecting them with authors of the books they read.

2017 Margarita Donnelly Prize for Prose Writing http://calyxpress.org/MDPrize.html September 30, 2017 Please submit up to 10,000 words of unpublished fiction or creative nonfiction. One piece of prose per submission. Simultaneous submissions are discouraged. The CALYX editorial collective reads all manuscripts first, then selects 5-10 finalists to send to the final judge.
Please upload one prose piece (10,000 word maximum) in a single .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdx file to our online submission manager. Reading fee ($20 + $1 paypal processing fee) is payable with Visa or Mastercard through our secure online payment portal. Do not include name on submissions—each will be read blind.
To submit online, please visit: www.calyxpress.org/submissions

Scholastic Art & Writing Contests http://www.artandwriting.org/what-we-do/the-awards/how-to-enter/ September 13, 2017 The Scholastic Awards look for work that demonstrates originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal voice or vision. After you have created your work, uploaded it to your Scholastic Awards Account! Visit our online galleries to see examples of works from past National Medalists. Be sure to visit our copyright and plagiarism FAQ to learn more about submitting original works.

International Tactile Book Competition 2017 http://www.rnib.org.uk/insight-online/international-tactile-book-competition-2017 1 September 2017 Tactile books are a wonderful way for children with vision impairment (VI) to enjoy picture books, whilst building their touch skills. Typhlo and Tactus is an international competition to encourage the design and production of these books.

13th Annual Mudfish Poetry Prize http://www.mudfish.org/13th-poetry-prize/ September 30, 2017 Each entry should include a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope), a cover page with the poet’s name, address, and titles of poems. The author’s name should not appear on the poems. Checks should be made out to Box Turtle Press. We are reading entries for this contest NOW! Don’t miss out.

The Monadnock Essay Collection Prize https://bauhanpublishing.submittable.com/submit September 30, 2017 The guidelines for submitting your manuscript via Submittable (electronically) are DIFFERENT from the guidelines for submitting your printed manuscript via postal service. Please make sure you read the guidelines that apply to your mode of delivery for your submission.

Cha International Poetry Prize 2017 http://www.asiancha.com/ September 2017 Cha is dedicated to publishing quality creative works from and about Asia. At this time, we can only accept work in English or translated into English.

CONNECTICUT RIVER REVIEW POETRY CONTEST http://ctpoetry.net/ct-river-review.html September 30, 2017 Fee $15 for up to 3 poems; unpublished poems, any form, 80-line limit.
Prizes: 1st – $400; 2nd – $100; 3rd – $50
Winning poems will be published in Connecticut River Review and posted on the Connecticut Poetry Society website.
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable; however, please notify us immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.

The Diode Editions Chapbook Contest http://www.diodeeditions.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html September 15, 2017 Open to poets over the age of 18 who write in English. Length: 18-38 pages (front matter is not included in page count). We will consider translations, and we welcome collaborations.

Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction https://dzancbooks.submittable.com/submit September 15, 2017 The contest is open to new, upcoming, and established writers alike. Agented submissions are also eligible, and we ask that you include all agency contact information with the application. All submitted works must be previously unpublished novel-length manuscripts and should include a brief synopsis, author bio, and contact information. The full work should be formatted as a Word .doc or .docx file.

Annual Poetry Chapbook Contest http://encirclepub.com/annual-poetry-chapbook-contest/ September 1 $20 entry fee is non-refundable. Entry fee must be paid through Submittable no later than September 1 each year; entry fees received after September 1 will automatically roll over to the following year’s contest. Your e-mail address must be entered at time of payment.

The 2017 Fiction Chapbook Contest http://www.gertrudepress.org/submit.html September 15, 2017 The 2017 Fiction Chapbook Contest is open from June 15-September 15. The winner will receive $200 and 25 copies of their chapbook. This year’s judge is Robert Hill, the author of the novels WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE (Greywolf Press 2007), which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award’s Ken Kesey Award for Fiction, and THE REMNANTS (Forest Avenue Press 2016), which was named one of Powell’s Books’ “Top 5 Novels of 2016.”

Robert Watson Literary Prizes https://greensbororeview.submittable.com/submit September 15, 2017 The reading period for the Robert Watson Literary Prizes is 15 May – 15 September.
Winners of the Fiction and Poetry Prizes will each receive a $1000 cash award and publication in The Greensboro Review.

The Barthelme Prize for Short Prose https://gulfcoastmag.org/contests/barthelme-prize/ September 8th, 2017 The Barthelme Prize for Short Prose is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will receive $250, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives.

3-Day Novel Contest http://www.3daynovel.com/rules/ Sept. 11, 2017 You are not required to submit your manuscript for judging, but we suggest you do. It completes the experience—and it’s the only way to get your certificate. You may submit your novel online (the option to submit your novel online will become available immediately after the weekend) or in print. If printing, mail your completed novel to us as soon as possible after the weekend is over. If you handwrote your novel, you have a few days to type it up…otherwise just send it in right away. Novels must be postmarked on or before Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 to qualify.

The Lascaux Prize in Poetry http://lascauxreview.com/contests/ September 30, 2017 The Lascaux Prize in Poetry is presently open for submissions. Poems may be previously published or unpublished, and simultaneous submissions are accepted. Winner receives $1,000, a bronze medallion, and publication in The Lascaux Review. The winner and all finalists will be published in The 2018 Lascaux Prize Anthology.

New Voices Award Writing Competition https://www.leeandlow.com/writers-illustrators/new-voices-award September 30, 2017 Manuscripts should address the needs of children of color by providing stories with which they can identify and relate, and which promote a greater understanding of one another. Themes relating to non-traditional family structures, gender identity, or disabilities may also be included.
Submissions may be FICTION, NONFICTION, or POETRY for children ages 5 to 12. Stories with anthropomorphic animal characters will not be considered.
Manuscripts should be no more than 1500 words in length and accompanied by a cover letter that includes the author’s name, address, phone number, email address, brief biographical note, relevant cultural and ethnic information, how the author heard about the award, and publication history, if any.
Manuscripts should be typed double-spaced on 8-1/2” x 11” paper. A self-addressed, stamped envelope with sufficient postage must be included if you wish to have the manuscript returned.
Up to two submissions per entrant. Each submission should be mailed separately.

LITERAL LATTÉ ESSAY AWARDS http://www.literal-latte.com/contests/essay-awards/ September 30th Send unpublished Essays, 10,000 words max. All topics.
Postmark by September 30th.
Name, Address, Telephone Number, Email Address (optional) — on Cover Page only.
If by regular “snail mail” post: include Self Addressed Stamped Envelope or email address for reply.
Include $10 Reading Fee per essay — OR —
$15 Reading Fee for two essays.
All entries considered for publication

The Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize http://thejournalmag.org/book-prizes/wheeler-prize September 1st Entries of at least 48 typed pages of original poetry must be submitted electronically during the month of September. The submitter’s name or other identifying information should appear only on a separate cover page and not within the document. All manuscripts will be read and judged anonymously.
Manuscripts must be previously unpublished. Some or all of the poems in the collection may have appeared in periodicals, chapbooks, or anthologies, but these must be identified in an acknowledgments page.
A nonrefundable handling fee of $28.00 will be charged for each entry. All entrants receive a one-year subscription to The Journal.

X.J. Kennedy Parody Award http://www.measurepress.com/measure/index.php/the-journal/kennedy-parody-award/ September 30, 2017 Submissions must be original, unpublished parodies of famous poems of any length and subject matter.
Parodies must be metrical (accentual-syllabic or accentual), though the original poems may be free verse.
Author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and name of poem being parodied should be typed on each entry.
Final judge for the 2017 contest will be Eric McHenry. The winning poem and several runners-up will be published in a 2018 issue of Measure.
Send up to three poems in one envelope (or in one MS Word file via our electronic submission system). Entry fee: $10 per three poems, checks payable to Measure Press, or you may pay electronically via PayPal. Writers may enter as many times as they’d like, but each group of three poems must be accompanied by a $10 fee.
Entries must be sent to the address below and postmarked no later than September 30, 2017. Enclose an SASE if you would like to be notified of the contest results. Entries cannot be returned.

The 2017 Susan K. Collins/Mississippi Valley Chapbook Contest http://www.mwcqc.org/contests/chapbook-contest/ September 30, 2017 Submit between 16 and 32 pages of poetry; manuscripts should be paginated and secured with a binder clip (no staples) or saved in a single document (.doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf file types only, please).
No names should appear on the poems. Enclose two cover pages: first includes chapbook title, author’s name, address, phone, and email address; the second includes only the chapbook title to allow for blind review. No cover letter is required; however, if poems have been previously published, an acknowledgment page should be included. Poems may be more than one page in length, but only one poem per page.
If you are submitting via email, please include chapbook title, author’s name, address, phone number, email address and PayPal transaction number (if applicable) in the body of the email.
Winner and finalists will be posted online in winter/spring 2017. MWC Press will publish and make the winning chapbook available for sale. No manuscripts will be returned—do not send your only copy. Submissions that are delivered ‘postage due’ will be returned unopened.

9th Annual Narrative Poetry Contest https://naugatuckriverreview.com/contest/ September 1st We accept ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS ONLY through Submittable. The contest fee of $20 (per 3 poem submission) will be accepted. Unpaid submissions will be disqualified. Emailed submissions and mailed submissions will not be considered.
Please submit no more than 3 unpublished NARRATIVE poems of no more than 50 lines per poem in ONE MSWord file (.doc or .docx or .rtf only, no .pdf please). Please remove your name from your file, as the poetry is read blind by our editorial staff and contest judge. Questions ONLY: Feel free to email us at naugatuckriver@aol.com. For more information go to http://naugatuckriverreview.com.

The 2018 Green Rose Prize https://newissuespress.com/submission-guidelines/ September 30, 2017 Eligibility: Poets writing in English who have already published one or more full-length collections of poetry. We will consider individual collections and volumes of new and selected poems. Besides the winner, New Issues may publish as many as three additional manuscripts from this competition.
Please include a $30 reading fee. Checks should be made payable to New Issues Press.
Postmark Deadline: September 30, 2017. The winning manuscript will be named in January 2018 and published in 2019.
Will open for submissions in May.

Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence http://puritan-magazine.com/writing-contest/ September 30, 2017 To enter our writing contest, simply follow the link above. All submissions must be written in 11 or 12 point font. The documents must be .doc or .rtf files and must not have identifying information on them to ensure a blind process reading process (remove your name, address, and contact information from the document itself). For short story contest submissions, please include a word count. No works over 7,500 words or under 1,000 will be accepted or read. Each submission to the poetry contest can include up to 4 poems, or up to 4 pages (whichever comes first). We welcome multiple entries in either genre.

The Morton Marr Poetry Prize http://www.smu.edu/SouthwestReview/Prizes-and-Awards/MarrPoetryPrize September 30, 2017 Contest is open to any writer who has not published a book of poetry.
Entrants are to submit no more than six poems apiece.
Only unpublished, formal poems are eligible: sonnets, sestinas, villanelles, rhymed stanzas, blank verse, et al.
No simultaneous submissions.
Name and address should appear only on the cover letter.
Reading fee is $5.00 per poem.
Entries must be postmarked or submitted online by September 30, 2017.
Poems will not be returned.

Still: The Journal 2017 annual Writing Contests
in Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction http://www.stilljournal.net/contest.php September 9, 2017 $200 each for first-place winners of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, and publication in Still: The Journal, 25: Fall 2017. All other contest entries will be considered for possible publication. Previous first-prize contest winners are ineligible to enter 2017 contests in the same genre but may submit to other genres.

Terrain.org 8th Annual Contest in Fiction, Nonfiction + Poetry http://www.terrain.org/submit/contest-guidelines/ September 1, 2017 You are not eligible to enter this contest if you are a current student of the contest judges or if you have been a winner in the contest in the last five years.
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but previously published material in any format, including blogs, will not be considered. Submissions can be withdrawn through the submission system, though in that case contest entry fees will not be refunded.

2017 George Garrett Fiction Prize https://texasreview.submittable.com/submit/1487/2017-george-garrett-fiction-prize September 15, 2017 Manuscripts may be novels or short story collections with a total word count of between 40,000 and 120,000 words.
All submissions must be made electronically through our Submittable account.
The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript.
All entries should be double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman font, with page numbers.
A cover letter should be included with your entry. This is to be copied and pasted into the Submittable entry form, not included with the manuscript itself.
A reading fee of $20 must accompany each manuscript.
Winning manuscripts will be published the year after acceptance.
(Upon acceptance for publication, Texas Review Press acquires first North American serial rights; copyright reverts to author upon publication.)
Winners will receive 20 free copies of their books.
Winner will be announced on the Texas Review Press website.
Entries close on September 15.

Toasted Cheese writing contests http://tclj.toasted-cheese.com/contest-guidelines/#3cheers September 30 Are you a human who lives on Earth and is not a TC editor? Then you may enter the contest (IOW: there are no geographic or other restrictions).
Write your original, previously unpublished story using the theme provided and writing in the genre for the contest.
Keep your money. There are no entry fees for any Toasted Cheese contest.
Proofread. Grammar, punctuation, or spelling errors will count against your entry and irritate the judges.
Grab the right email address. Contest entries must be emailed to the address designated for the contest you’re entering (see individual contest rules below). Replace [at] with @.

2019 Miller Williams Poetry Prize https://uark.submittable.com/submit/68055/2019-miller-williams-poetry-prize September 30, 2017 Length. Manuscripts must be between sixty and ninety pages.
Previous publication. Individual poems may have been published in chapbooks, journals, and anthologies.
Translations. Work in translation is not accepted.
Associations with the editor. Friends, family, current students, and former students of the editor should refrain from submitting.
Multiple submissions. No more than one manuscript per author.
Authorship. No more than one author per manuscript.
Simultaneous submissions. Manuscripts under publication consideration or prize competition elsewhere are allowed provided we are notified immediately of their acceptance.
Authors previously published in the series. Any author who has had a manuscript published in the series should not apply again until three years after the publication date of said volume.

The Iowa Short Fiction Award & John Simmons Short Fiction Award https://www.uipress.uiowa.edu/authors/iowa-short-fiction.htm September 30, 2017 Any writer who has not previously published a volume of prose fiction is eligible to enter the competition. Previously entered manuscripts that have been revised may be resubmitted. Writers are still eligible if they have published a volume of poetry or any work in a language other than English or if they have self-published a work in a small print run. Writers are still eligible if they are living abroad or are non-US citizens writing in English. Current University of Iowa students are not eligible.

Juniper Prize for Poetry http://www.umass.edu/umpress/content/juniper-prize-poetry September 30, 2017 Submissions will only be accepted each year between August 1 and September 30. The entry fee is $30. All manuscripts will be judged anonymously by a faculty-judge from the distinguished University of Massachusetts MFA program. The winners will be announced at the University of Massachusetts Press website in April, with publication slated for the following spring.

Brittingham & Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry https://creativewriting.wisc.edu/submit.html September 15, 2017 Only manuscripts uploaded between July 10 and September 15, or postmarked between August 15 and September 15, will be considered. Postal submissions must include a stamped, self-addressed, business-size envelope for notification of results. The manuscript must be previously unpublished in book form. Poems published in journals, chapbooks, and anthologies may be included, but must be acknowledged. No changes in the manuscript will be considered between submission and acceptance. Simultaneous submissions to other contests are permitted provided the poet agrees to inform the Series Editor of the manuscript’s acceptance for publication elsewhere, and to withdraw the manuscript via Submittable if applicable.

THE BEAUTY OF DEATH 2 – DEATH BY WATER http://www.independentlegions.com/submissions.html September 1, 2017 We’re looking for stories that fit the theme: Death by Water. All types of horror are welcome. Sex or violence in a story should be artistically justified; no excessive gore. No stories about child abuse of any kind. We welcome all subgenres and forms of speculative fiction.

September 2017 Writing Contest. It’s All Dialogue! https://twosisterswriting.submittable.com/submit September 30, 2017 Write your story using 100 percent dialogue.

The Nantwich 2017 Words & Music Poetry Competition http://www.wordsandmusicfestival.com/words-and-music-festival-2017/poetry-competition/ 4th September 2017 The Nantwich 2017 Words & Music Poetry Competition is now open to entries! As well as cash prizes, entrants will have the opportunity to have their poems published in our special 10th anniversary anthology. The competition is open to anyone resident in the UK or Ireland and is for original, unpublished poems up to 40 lines. Winners will be announced at the Roger McGough poetry reading at Words & Music Festival on Wednesday 11th October 2017. The competition will be judged by John Lindley, award-winning former Cheshire Poet Laureate and a small team of former winners and executive members of the Words & Music Festival. 1st prize: £150 and 2 x tickets to Roger McGough; 2nd prize £75 and 2 x tickets to Roger McGough; 3rd prize £50 and 2 x tickets to Roger McGough. The winners and the best local poet (within 20 miles of Nantwich) will also each receive two tickets to see Roger McGough on 11th October 2017.
Entry Fee: £4, or £10 for three poems

Exploring the Boundaries https://creativenonfiction.submittable.com/submit/85201/exploring-the-boundaries September 11, 20174,500 word maximum; please include a word count on the first page of the essay, and a cover letter with complete contact information and a brief bio. Any additional questions can be directed to information [at] creativenonfiction.org.

2017 Past Loves Day Story Contest http://www.ourpastloves.com/contest September 17, 0201 No entry fee. Nearly everyone has memories of a former sweetheart. Write your true story of an earlier love, in no more than 700 words. Tell us about someone whose memory brings a smile or a tear, or both:
What feelings arise if you allow yourself to be fully open to remembering that person?
What is it about that special someone that you still cherish?
IN PARTICULAR, how did that person’s presence in your life change you and how you experience the world?
Your story may be heart-warming or humorous. Just tell about your earlier sweetheart as if you were talking to your best friend.

The Clue Awards ~ Thriller and Suspense Fiction Novel Writing Contest ~2017 https://www.chantireviews.com/services/#!/Mystery-Thriller-Suspense-Writing-Contest/p/21521209/category=5193080 Sept. 30th, 2017 Clue Awards for Thriller/Suspense novels featuring suspense, thrilling adventure, detective work, private eye, police procedural, and crime solving. Categories: Detective/Crime, Suspense/Thriller, Private Eye/Noir, Legal/Medical/Police Procedural, Spy/Espionage. Awards: Category winners receive a blue ribbon, book stickers, digital badge, an editorial book review and marketing package, over $345 value. Grand Prize winner will receive $200, and be eligible for $1000 prize. Entry fee: $68. Deadline: September 30, 2017

The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2018 http://www.entrepreneurwriter.net/tag/contests/ 28 September 2017 The contest is open world-wide, though you do have to have had work published professionally in the UK or Ireland. More information from the contest website is copied below…

Celtic Mythology Short Story Competition http://irishimbasbooks.com/irish-imbas-celtic-mythology-short-story-competition/ 1 September 2017 With the Celtic Mythology Short Story competition, we’re hoping to collect the best contemporary narratives on Gaelic/Celtic mythology that we can find. Stories from Celtic mythology have been lying dormant in the shadow of “Children’s fairytales” for far too long and we’re determined to haul them back out into the open.

The Horne Prize https://www.thehorneprize.com.au/ September 18, 2017 Addressing some part of the theme ‘Australian Life’, be that a profile or a reported feature centred on a particular issue, or a series of vignettes or something else that explains who we are and how we live.
It could be hard news or it could be something softer, so long as it is grounded in interviews and observation.
Entrants need not be published or professional writers, but craft skills of professional calibre are essential.

Room’s Contests https://roommagazine.com/submit September 30, 2017 Thank you for considering Room for the publication of your original short stories, poems, creative non-fiction, or art. Room publishes original work by women, including trans* persons, gender-variant and two-spirit women, and women of non-binary sexual orientations.

Black Warrior Review https://bwr.submittable.com/submit September 1 The average response time for submissions is between 1 and 6 months.
Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Please notify us immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere.
We do not consider previously published work.
Please do not mix genres in the same submission.
Please do not submit poetry, fiction, and nonfiction to the comics category when our reading period is closed.
Past contributors and contest winners, please wait three years from the date of your publication to resubmit work.

Writing Competition http://kostasolivetree.co.uk/writing-competition/ 22nd September 2017 be between 1200-1500 words. It can be any genre or sub-genre but do see below in the terms and conditions some of the things we’d like you to avoid.

JFTC 70th Anniversary JFTC Essay Competition 2017 http://www.jftc.or.jp/english/discourse/requirements/index.html September 8, 2017 JFTC is sponsoring JFTC Essay Competition 2017 to encourage students, young researchers and business people to express their opinions on matters of national and international importance.

2017 Inspiring the World Journalism Competition http://www.theepochtimes.com/inspiring-the-world/ Sept. 18, 2017 You may submit at any time before Sept. 18, 2017, but we have divided the competition into five groups. Your entry will be judged against the other submissions in your group. Many people wait until the last minute to submit to contests, so submitting early could increase your chances of winning.

The competition http://www.outstandingstories.net/entry-details/ 1 September 2017 1. Stories must be your own work, and not previously published or read out in public.
2. All stories should have relevance to the broader Australian or New Zealand LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer) community.
3. All stories must relate to the theme in some way.
4. Stories must be 750 words or less. You will be asked to include your word count at the end of your story.
5. A deadline will be set. Late entries will not be accepted.
6. You will be asked to provide your full name, email address, postal address, age group and contact phone number in your submission.
7. Your name must not appear anywhere in your story – our judges read all stories in blissful ignorance of the writer’s identity.
8. If you submit a story to the competition, you are also giving us permission to publish it.
9. You may submit more than one story.
10. We accept stories from writers based in Australia and New Zealand only.
11. Winners and Highly Commendeds will be invited to read their work at our winners event.
12. Unfortunately we cannot enter into any discussion with you about your story, or provide individual feedback.
13. There is no charge to enter our competition. It is FREE

Sci-Fi: A Writing Competition http://www.movellas.com/competition/show/201707192102289215/scifi-writing-competition September 7, 2017 To participate in this competition, write a sci-fi story. Your entry could delve within the genre itself or be a fanfiction involving sci-fi themes.

Amnesty Ely 2017 Short Story Competition – over 18s http://www.graftonart.biz/products/amnesty/amnesty-ely-2017-short-story-competition-over-18s/ 21st September 2017 How to submit your entry Entries must be on the theme of “Courage” and can be set in any place or time. Submissions should be double spaced on numbered pages, typed in 12pt font and sent by email as Word documents or pdfs to info@amnestyely.org.uk. The name of the author and the title of the story should be supplied in the subject line of the email. The story title, author’s name, email address, telephone number and word count should appear on a front cover only. The story title only should appear in a footer at the bottom of each page. Entries must be received by 21st September 2017 (International Day of Peace). The winners will be notified on 30th October 2017.

 

Writing Competitions – August 2017

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 oghamstoneul@gmail.com.

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.