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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 It offers the UK’s biggest literary prizes for unpublished writing and has awarded more than £135,000 to its winners.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.

 

Turning Your Blog into a Book

turning blog into bookTips on How to Turn Your Blog into a Book

Blogging is where most people who love to write post or write some information that they want to share to others the use of World Wide Web (www) – and, blog is an informational or a discussion site that is published consisting of distinct posts classically presented in opposite chronological order.

Many bloggers and blogs provide explanation about a specific subject. They also serve as personal diaries and online advertising tools of a brand or a definite company or individual. And in today’s generation, more people are using internet in searching for answers to their questions. This is one of the reasons why almost all bloggers are turning their blogs into books.

Here are some of the tips on how to turn your blog into a book:

  1. Compile and edit your past blogs. This is very important so that your viewers and readers will not be confused on what you are writing.
  2. Choose a unique angle for your own book. You already have your blog and it is the basis of your book. You still need to look for a special angle for your book based on other or competitor books.
  3. Create a good content plan for your book. Start by turning you blog into a book by planning and creating a map (mind map) to flesh out all the contents that are essential to be published or posted on your book. Do not get fixed at what is presently published on your blog. It may not signify the most or the best complete book.
  4. Mind your blog for contents and posts that fit exactly to the content idea of your book. By the time you have the content plan, discover the available blog posts applicable to the chapters that you have outlined. Explore for them in the classifications you have created, which is wherever most of the bloggers “file” posts by subject substance.
  5. Blog all the missing contents. You must find and fill all the gaps of your manuscripts.
  6. Entice readers and publishers with unpublished materials. Also, include new contents in your blog. New information and chapters are also a must for more traffic on your site.
  7. Find a professional cover designer. You might want your book to be more professional and more attractive. It is also a lot better if you will hire a skilled and professional cover designer.
  8. Keep blogging. Blog your next book. This is a great way to repurpose the content of your blog. Making and gaining more traffic to your site is essential. People who love to read will also love your blog and book.

Turning your blog into a book gives you more opportunity and more viewers. Remember that a book can reach different types of audiences. Since not everyone reads blogs and not everyone surfs the internet, it is just a good point to turn your blog into a book. It also has its certain credibility and it gives you new life and meaning.

…and if you would like to learn how to turn that book into a best-seller on Amazon.com, simply go to www.GuaranteedAuthor.com!

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How to Create an Effective Book Trailer?

what makes an effective book trailerWhat is a Book Trailer?

Just as a movie will have a trailer to attract your attention and (hopefully) encourage you to go and see the film, a book trailer is a short video designed to get you interested enough in the book to purchase it.

The definition from Wikipedia is:  “A book trailer is a video advertisement for a book which employs techniques similar to those of movie trailers to promote books and encourage readers”.

What Makes An Effective Book Trailer?

Just as with any piece of sales copy, for a book trailer to be effective, it needs to primarily:

  • Grab your attention in the first few seconds
  • Encourage (either directly or indirectly) you to share it with others
  • Inspire you to get the book!

It should also meet the following:

  • Be short
  • Have the rights to any and all images, music and footage used in the trailer
  • Have a similar energy to the book itself – for instance if the book is upbeat, the trailer should be upbeat
  • Doesn’t include any ‘spoilers’
  • Includes actual elements (eg quotes, phrases or characters) from the book
  • Leaves the audience wanting more…

How Do You Make A Book Trailer?

For those who are the DIY kind, we will go into how you can make a book trailer yourself at home for little or no cost further down in this post – although if you are like the majority, audio and video editing is not in your bag of tricks, and as such, it’s best to hire a professional.

This book trailer featuring Victor Pierantoni’s book, “Right Now Resolutions” is among the best examples I have seen.

Not only does it use actual footage and voice-over of the author, but it fullfils the criteria listed above.  It definitely grabs your attention right at the start, is interesting and cool enough that you want to pass it around to friends, and you are now curious enough to want to go and get the book.

I’ve known Victor for some time and am always impressed with his work – then when I saw his trailer, asked if he would mind if I passed on to you the production people who put it together for him.

Here is their direct contact info:  http://urproduction.com/contact/ and I’m sure if you have any questions, Ryan will be all too happy to answer them for you.

Want to view some other examples of book trailers?

Here is a collection on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=book+trailer

Creating your own book trailer at home for free?

OK, so you’ve decided to go it alone…  If you’re already familiar with editing video and creating sound-tracks, you will know how to proceed.  If not, here is a way you can create a book trailer simply using images you already have (or copyright-free images you download) and free programs such as Windows Movie Maker.

  1. Find a selection of images that are suitable to tell the story of your book trailer, including a photo of the cover
  2. Import the pictures into Windows Movie Maker (or whichever program you are using)
  3. Drag them in order into the storyboard bar
  4. Add text overlays where appropriate
  5. Record your narration
  6. Add a music soundtrack if suitable (make sure it’s copyright- and royalty-free)
  7. Export your finished movie

Obviously, there are many other elements you can edit, such as length of each image, transitions from one to the next etc, but these are the very basic minimum steps to get you started.

Now what?

If you have created a book trailer for your book, let us know!

Also, once you have produced your trailer, be sure to put it up on your website, each of your social media platforms and your Amazon Author page!  Here is the link from Amazon on how to do just that:  https://authorcentral.amazon.com/gp/help?topicID=200418470

…and as always, if we can help, just reach out…

Book & Writing Competitions – March 2016 Deadlines

Writing Competitions with deadlines in March 2016

writing competitionYou’ve written your book – you may have even worked with us to turn your book into an Amazon best-seller – but either way, it’s still important to continue to promote your book and to get it in front of people…

An excellent way to do that is by entering your book into writing competitions.

Below you will find a list of competitions of all sorts, varieties and genres that have deadlines in March, 2016.


 

Poetry and Short Fiction Competition

http://www.brittlestar.org.uk/competition-2/    March 1, 2016    The first poem/story submitted costs £4.50. Subsequent entries in the same submission cost £3.50 per poem/story. Brittle Star subscribers (including those subscribing at time of submission) get one free second entry

Humanities Writing Competition

http://www.girton.cam.ac.uk/undergraduates/for-schools/humanities-writing-competition        March 11, 2016.                This competition is an opportunity for research and writing beyond the curriculum using one or more of the six objects as your focus. Essays or creative responses (such as dramatic monologues or short stories) are equally welcome. We are looking for the ability to connect different areas of knowledge, to think about details and to communicate clearly.

CWA MARGERY ALLINGHAM SHORT STORY COMPETITION

http://thecwa.co.uk/debuts/short-story-competition/                March 1, 2016.   The competition is open to all – both published and unpublished authors- and is for short stories of up to 3,500 words. All that we ask is that the story has not been previously published so whether you polish off a dusty draft or craft a brand new idea is totally up to you.

The Caterpillar Poetry

http://www.thecaterpillarmagazine.com/a1-page.asp?ID=7254&page=13             March 31, 2016.     “The name of the author must not appear on the same page as the poem. It’s not a requirement, but we strongly advise you to purchase a copy of The Caterpillar. Entries must be in English, typed, with each entry on a new sheet. Entries will not be returned, so make sure you keep a copy. No corrections can be made after receipt, or fees refunded.”  ”    Milltown Belturbet Co. Cavan Ireland”

Hugh Miller Writing Competition

http://www.scottishgeology.com/hughmiller/    March 18, 2016.       Entries are invited that are inspired by the geological and landscape writings of Hugh Miller, Scotland’s celebrated self-taught geologist. As a poet and prolific writer, the wealth of potential inspiration that Miller provides in his work is worthy of widespread public engagement. We hope that this writing competition, open to all ages, will encourage both a renewed interest in Miller’s work, a catalogue of new writings inspired by one of Scotland’s greatest nature writers and greater awareness and appreciation of Scotland’s geodiversity. – See more at: http://www.scottishgeology.com/hughmiller/#sthash.jlqASIEL.dpuf

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest

http://www.writersofthefuture.com/enter-writer-contest/                March 31, 2016 L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest is an opportunity for new and amateur writers of new short stories or novelettes of science fiction or fantasy. No entry fee is required. Entrants retain all publication rights.   “7051 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028”

Cork Literary Review Poetry Manuscript Competition

http://www.dystopianstories.com/writing-competitions-2016/     March 7, 2016    The prize includes the publication of a first poetry collection by the winning author and twenty free copies of the book. The overall competition winner and two runners-up will also be featured in the next edition of the prestigious Cork Literary Review.  “50 Pope’s Quay Cork City T23 R6XC”

2016 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction

http://coloradoreview.colostate.edu/nelligan-prize/submission-guidelines/                March 14, 2016 “The story title and your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address should be entered in the cover letter field, separate from your story. Be sure your name is not anywhere in the story itself (for example, in the header or footer). The fee to enter online is $17 ($2 goes to the good people at Submittable; in most cases, it will be less expensive to enter online than by mail, but we have no preference regarding how you enter).”              “9105 Campus Delivery Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO 80523-9105”

2016 Book Award

http://www.ruberybookaward.com/      March 31, 2016 The Rubery Book Award is the longest established book award based in the UK for independent and self published books. The key to our success is having a keen eye for quality from distinguished and reputable judges.     PO Box 15821, Birmingham, B31 9EA, United Kingdom.

Antonym Poetry Contest

http://www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=102502 March 31, 2016 Write a poem with the following format. A four line poem. The first line is only one word. Second and third line can be formatted as you wish. The last line is the antonym of the word on the first line. Words that are opposite or nearly opposite in meaning are called antonyms. Examples are big and small, or long and short.

Cozy Mystery Novels Writing Contest 2016

https://chantireviews.com/services#!/Cozy-Mystery-Novels-Writing-Contest/p/21521076/category=5193080                March 31, 2016 “Novels may be Self-published, Indie Published or Traditionally Published. E-pubbed Novels with ISBN/ASIN designation will be accepted in the published division. All published novels must have ISBN/ASIN designation. Entries must be in the English language. No erotica. No graphic violence, please. We are looking for true cozy novels.”

2016 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

http://www.selectedshorts.org/extras/writing-contest-2/                March 15, 2016 Entries should be 750 words or less. (We sometimes have technical difficulties with our word count in the online form. If the counter reads a number higher than 750, but the text is under 750, you will still be able to enter the form and it will be read. If you have problems with this function, please contact us.)       “2537 Broadway New York, NY 10025-6990”

Connemara Mussel Festival Poetry Competition 2016

http://www.connemaramusselfestival.com/poetry-competition.html             March 13, 2016.                The competition theme  is “Mussels”. While the poem does not have to be about mussels, it must contain some reference to the mussel.

Wyoming Writers, Inc.

http://www.wyowriters.org/      March 15, 2016 You still have a few months to play with images, tales and words, but Wyoming Writers, Inc. encourages you to plan to submit your haiku, true fiction, villanelle, screen play, or real life tales to the 2016 writing contest. WW, Inc. will soon solicit your work for the 2016 writing contest in the five categories: Adult fiction (including short stories, excerpts from longer works and screen plays), Fiction for Children and Young Adult, Nonfiction, Free Verse Poetry and Traditional Poetry.              “PO Box 1287 Green River, WY 82935”

Writers-Editors Network 33rd Annual International Writing Competition

http://www.writers-editors.com/Writers/Contests/Contest_Guidelines/contest_guidelines.htm          March 15, 2016 The contest is open to all writers. You do not have to be a member of Writers-Editors Network (WEN). However, members of our Network (which includes FFWA) save up to 50% on entry fees. (If you’re submitting more than one entry, it probably will save you money to join at least at the Basic level – PLUS, you get all that information for a full year!)   PO Box A, North Stratford NH 03590

Glass Mountain Submission

https://glassmountain.submittable.com/submit March 4, 2016    “We accept fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, art, and everything in between – surprise us!  Acceptable formats for each genre can be found in its category. · We accept submissions year-round, though we do not read during the summer break. · All submissions must include the following information: author’s/artist’s name, phone number, email, and genre. Please include author’s/artist’s name on every page of the work in the header. · In your cover letter, be sure to include a brief bio (about 50-100 words), written in third-person, to tell us about you and any previous publications.” “University of Houston Department of English Houston, TX 77204”

POETRY 2016 International Poetry Competition

http://www.atlantareview.com/page6.html        March 1, 2016                “Poems must be your original creative work, not published in a national print publication. (Online or local publication is permitted, as long as you hold the copyright.)”

2016 NFSPS Annual Poetry Contest

http://www.nfsps.com/poetry_contests.htm      March 15, 2016 “Any poem submitted must: Be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication.”

No Way Out Fiction Competition

http://creativecompetitor.com/creative-writing-competitions/creative-writing-competitions-2016/no-way-out-fiction-competition-march-2016/              March 30, 2016.                “You must be aged 18 or over Open to writers worldwide – Maximum word count is 700 including the title – Submissions must be original and previously unpublished – You may enter multiple submissions providing the correct fees are paid  – You must enter on or before the closing date – Submissions must be written in English – We welcome imaginative interpretations of the theme”

The  “Nivalis” Short Story Competition 2016

http://www.fabulapress.com/the-contest/          March 31, 2016                “Stories must be not less than 1500 words and no more than 7,000 words in length. There is no limit to the number of entries per person, but this is not bingo, and more submissions do not necessarily translate into higher chances of winning.”

Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize

http://hungermtn.org/contests/howard-frank-mosher-short-fiction-prize/    March 1, 2016    The Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize (HFMSFP) is an annual contest for short fiction. It is a chance for your fiction to be read by Hunger Mountain editors and guest judges!   “36 College Street Montpelier, VT 05602”

Ruth Stone Poetry Prize

http://hungermtn.org/contests/ruth-stone-poetry-prize/              March 1, 2016    Ruth Stone Poetry Prize is an annual poetry contest. It is a chance for your poems to be read by Hunger Mountain editors and guest judges.     “36 College Street Montpelier, VT 05602”

DASH Journal’s Poetry Contest

http://www.dashliteraryjournal.com/#!poetry-contest/c1qev     March 1, 2016    DASH Journal welcomes submissions to its annual poetry contest. Send up to 3 unpublished poems per entry (max 33 lines each). The writer of the best poem will win a cash prize of $1,000 plus publication. “800 N. State College Blvd. Fullerton, CA 92831”

F(r)iction Winter Literary Competition

http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submissions/                March 1, 2016    BL is pleased to announce the F(r)iction Winter Literary Competition. There are three submission categories: 1) short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 2) flash fiction with a word limit of 750 words, and 3) poetry no longer than three pages.      “13999 County Road 102 Elbert, CO 80106”

The Southeast Review’s Writing Contests

http://southeastreview.org/contests/    March 15, 2016 Send up to three poems, no more than 10 pages total, accompanied by a $16 reading fee for mailed or online submissions. Include no more than one poem per page. Include your name, contact information (email address preferred), and the title of each of your poems in a very brief cover letter. Do not include personal identification information on the poems themselves.            “Florida State University Tallahassee, FL 32306”

World’s Best Short-Short Story Contest

http://southeastreview.org/contests/    March 15, 2016 Send up to three short-short stories per submission, accompanied by a $16 reading fee for mailed or online submissions. Each short-short story should be no more than 500 words. Include your name, contact information (email address preferred), and the title of each of your short-short stories in a very brief cover letter. Do not include personal identification information on the short-shorts themselves.       “Florida State University Tallahassee, FL 32306”

The Southeast Review Narrative Nonfiction Contest

http://southeastreview.org/contests/    March 15, 2016 Send one piece of nonfiction, no more than 6,000 words total, accompanied by a $16 reading fee for mailed or online submissions. Include your name, contact information (email address preferred), and the title of your submission, and the total word count of your piece (new this year) in a very brief cover letter. Do not include personal identification or information, except word count, on the submission itself.              “Florida State University Tallahassee, FL 32306”

Willow Springs Fiction Prize

http://willowsprings.ewu.edu/contests.php        March 15, 2016 Willow Springs, a contemporary literary magazine, is accepting entries for its fiction prize. Submit only original, unpublished work. There is no word limit for submissions. The winner will receive a prize of $2,000 plus publication.   “668 N. Riverpoint Blvd 2 RPT -#259 Spokane, WA 99202-1677”

Phoebe Journal’s Writing Contest

https://phoebe.submittable.com/submit              March 31, 2016 Phoebe, a journal of literature and art, is accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. A finalist in each category will receive a cash prize of $500 plus publication. Submit a prose piece of up to 5K words, or 3-5 poems totalling no more than 10 pages.

The Grammar Ghoul Press Writing Contest

http://www.grammarghoulpress.com/writing-contest/  March 13, 2016.     Short Stories: 1000-3500 words; Flash Fiction: 100-1000 words.

Streetlight’s 2016 Essay/Memoir Contest

http://streetlightmag.com/essaymemoir-contest/            March 23, 2016.     Please do not submit previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please notify us immediately if a piece is accepted elsewhere. Submissions cost $10.

Tanka Poetry Contest

http://www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=102482 March 25, 2016 A tanka poem usually only has one stanza. But we are keeping the format open You can submit a traditional tanka poem or you can include additional stanzas. If you include additional stanzas they must follow the tanka format as specified above.

FanStory’s Write About This Contest

http://www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=102440 March 13, 2016 Write a short story that somehow includes the image pictured. The image must somehow be part of your story. The story can be about anything as long as the image shown in this annoucement is a part of it. Minimum length 700 words. Maximum Length 7,000 words. Recommended length 2,000 – 3,500 words

2016 TUSCULUM REVIEW POETRY CHAPBOOK PRIZE

http://web.tusculum.edu/tusculumreview/contest/                March 1, 2016    The Tusculum Review, an annual literary journal, is accepting entries for its poetry chapbook prize. Each chapbook manuscript entered should consist of 20-30 pages of poems. No more than one poem may appear on a page. “P.O. Box 5113 60 Shiloh Road Greeneville, TN 37743”

The 2016 Pinch Literary Awards

http://www.pinchjournal.com/2016-contest-guidelines/ March 15, 2016 All entries are considered for publication. First, second, and third place winners will be selected from each category. The first place winners will be published in the Spring issue following announcement. Second and third place winners will be given high-priority consideration for publication, but because of space, cannot be guaranteed. Due to the high volume of submissions, any prize-winners will be ineligible for contest participation for three years.

Connemara Mussel Festival Poetry Competition

http://www.connemaramusselfestival.com/2015/poetry-competition.html             March 13, 2016 “The competition theme  is “Mussels”. While the poem does not have to be about mussels, it must contain some reference to the mussel. Maximum length:  51 lines.”

CUTTHROAT Literary Award

http://www.cutthroatmag.com/contest.html     March 15, 2016 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 BY OCTOBER 20, 2016.

Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize

http://hungermtn.org/contests/creative-nonfiction-prize/                March 1, 2016    An annual contest for the best writing in the boundless field of creative nonfiction. A chance for your creative nonfiction to be read by Hunger Mountain editors and guest judges.      “36 College Street Montpelier, VT 05602”

Katherine Paterson Prize

http://hungermtn.org/contests/katherine-paterson-prize/           March 1, 2016    Any writer – residing in any country or U.S. state – is eligible to enter; Hunger Mountain and VCFA staff and currently enrolled students are ineligible. “36 College Street Montpelier, VT 05602”

William Van Dyke Short Story Prize

http://www.ruminatemagazine.com/submit/contests/fiction/    March 15, 2016       “The submission deadline for the short story contest is March 15, 2016. The entry fee is $20 (includes a free copy of the Winter 2016/2017 Issue, international entries will receive a complimentary PDF copy). You may submit one story per contest entry fee and it must be 5500 words or less. There is no limit on the number of entries per person.”

Women’s Short Story Competition 2016

https://mslexia.co.uk/competition/short-story-competition/#    March 14, 2016       It’s that time of year again when our Women’s Short Story Competition is open for business! As always, the 2016 competition welcomes writers of all levels of experience, writing stories on any subject – in any style.            PO Box 656, Newcastle upon Tyne NE99 1PZ

THRESHOLDS INTERNATIONAL SHORT FICTION

http://blogs.chi.ac.uk/shortstoryforum/features-competition/                March 6, 2016    THRESHOLDS is the only online forum dedicated to the reading, writing and study of the short story form. One overall winner will be chosen, followed by two runners-up.

The Rubery Book Award

http://www.ruberybookaward.com/enter-the-book-awards.html              March 31, 2016 “We accept books and ebooks but please do not send both unless requested to do so. There is no publication date restriction. We accept fiction (all genres), young adult, children’s, biographies, non-fiction, self-help, cookery, poetry, photography etc. There are no limits on the type.”           “PO Box 15821 Birmingham B31 9EA UK”

Hourglass Literary Magazine Contest

http://hourglassonline.org/contest/       March 31, 2016 “The winning entry in each category (short story, essay and poem) will receive US$1000 as prize money, apart from a symbolic artifact (clepsydra), digital stamp and diploma. Winning entries will be published in the first issue of the Hourglass Literary Magazine, in the original language (English / BCMS languages) and translated (BCMS/English). Authors will also receive three printed copies of the first issue of the Hourglass Literary Magazine.”

Brittle Star Poetry and Short Fiction Competition

http://www.brittlestar.org.uk/competition-2/    March 1, 2016       The first poem/story submitted costs £4.50. Subsequent entries in the same submission cost £3.50 per poem/story. Brittle Star subscribers (including those subscribing at time of submission) get one free second entry. Narrative Winter 2016 Story Contest       http://www.narrativemagazine.com/winter-2016-story-contest March 31, 2016       Our winter contest is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We’re looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.

Penguin Design Award

http://penguinrandomhousedesignaward.co.uk/submissiondetails.php  March 6, 2016                Standout cover design is an integral part of the success of a book and Penguin Random House has created thousands of iconic book covers throughout the years. The vital role of illustrators and designers in the production of some of the world’s best-loved adult and children’s books has created and defined the identity of our UK publishing lists.

The Inaugural “Write This Speculative Fiction Novel” Contest

http://www.realmwalkerpublishinggroup.com/the-1st-annual-write-this-speculative-fiction-novel-contest/ March 15, 2016 The contest takes a story ripped out of today’s headlines and challenges writers from all over the world to write a speculative fiction story based upon it. We look to something potentially horrific to launch this contest in this article about the discovery of “pandoraviruses” being found in the Siberian permafrost.

Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award

http://www.binghamton.edu/english/creative-writing/binghamton-center-for-writers/binghamton-book-awards/kessler-guidelines.html March 1, 2016    Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award, sponsored by the creative writing program at Binghamton University, recognizes an outstanding collection of poems published in the previous year. The winning author receives a cash prize of $1,000. “P.O.Box 6000, Binghamton, NY13902-6000”

McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize

http://www.writer.org/get-involved/apply-for-fellowships-writing-contests          March 11, 2016 We welcome submissions from writers of all genres, backgrounds, and experiences in the following genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Emerging Writer Fellows will be featured at The Writer’s Center as part of a special celebration and reading. Fellows living within a 250-mile radius of the center will receive a $250 honorarium, and all others will receive $500.                “4508 Walsh St.

Bethesda MD 20815”

Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award

https://perseabooks.submittable.com/submit/35654      March 7, 2016    Held annually in memory of poet Lexi Rudnitsky (1972-2005), the Editor’s Choice Award is open to any American with at least one previous collection of poems. The winner receives publication and $1,000 + $1,000 stipend toward expenses associated book promotion (e.g. travel to/from readings).

The 2016 Knickerbocker Prize

http://www.bigfictionmagazine.com/writers_guidelines/              March 15, 2016 We welcome simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Only previously unpublished work can be considered. We will accept fiction of any genre (except children’s), as long as it has clear literary intent. Translations are welcome. International submissions in English are also welcome.

The Basil Bunting Poetry Award

http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ncla/competitions/bunting             March 7, 2016    The Basil Bunting Award poetry competition is open internationally to any poet writing in English. Each poem should be no longer than 40 lines.

The Bryan MacMahon Short Story Competition

http://writersweek.ie/competitions/      March 3, 2016    Here at Listowel Writers’ Week we recognize the determination and commitment of all writers through our annual international creative writing competitions. The struggle to express one’s creativity through the written word is not an easy one. Once written, those precious words then face adjudication by those who read what has been penned as their author anxiously awaits the outcome. We encourage you to try and we will laud and rejoice with you in your success.

The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition

http://www.ncwriters.org/our-members/network-news/7351-sarah-rose-nordgren-to-judge-2016-randall-jarrell-poetry-competition          March 1, 2016    The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition accepts one-poem submissions. The contest awards the winner $200 and publication in storySouth.

Fish Publishing Short Story Prize

http://www.fishpublishing.com/short-story-competition-contest.php     March 17, 2016       The Fish Short Story Prize is an established event on the literary calendar. Previous judges, Roddy Doyle and Colum McCann are honorary patrons.

The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

http://www.selectedshorts.org/extras/writing-contest-2/                March 15, 2016 The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize is a writing competition sponsored by the stage and radio series, Selected Shorts. This long-running series at Symphony Space in New York City celebrates the art of the short story by having stars of stage and screen read aloud the works of established and emerging writers. Selected Shorts is recorded for Public Radio and heard nationally.              “2537 Broadway New York, NY 10025-6990”

2016 Innovative Short Fiction Contest

http://coniumreview.com/contests/innovative-short-fiction-contest/                March 1, 2016    Innovative short fiction should take risks that pay off. Don’t tell us a story we’ve already heard before. Show us something new with your subject, style, or characters. Make sure your writing has a “wow” factor.

Connemara Mussel Festival Poetry Competition

http://www.connemaramusselfestival.com/2015/poetry-competition.html             March 13, 2016 Building upon the diversity of arts and culture already catered for at the festival, the Connemara Mussel Festival is delighted to announce the launch of  a  poetry competition for 2016.

Jabberwock Review Prizes in Fiction and Poetry

http://www.jabberwock.org.msstate.edu/           March 15, 2016                Jabberwock Review invites submissions to the Nancy D. Hargrove Editors’ Prizes in Fiction and Poetry. Deadline: March 15, 2016. Each winner (one for fiction and one for poetry) receives $500 and publication in Jabberwock Review. All finalists are considered for publication. The entry fee of $15 includes a one-year subscription, beginning with the prize issue. Simultaneous submissions welcome.         “Mississippi State University Mississippi State, MS 39762”

2016 GLCL Sonnet Contest

http://www.readwritelive.org/2016-glcl-sonnet-contest.html      March 15, 2016 Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters (GLCL), in cooperation with the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center (KBAC), is thrilled to announce our 2016 GLCL Sonnet Contest with final judge Keith Taylor. The winning sonnet will be celebrated with a uniquely designed broadside by KBAC, while three honorable mentions will be invited for publication on GLCL’s Fresh Ink blog.               “758 Wealthy Street SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503”

2016 Short Story Award

https://sites.google.com/site/bethlehemwritersroundtable/short-story-contest March 31, 2016       “We will begin accepting submissions of short fiction or memoir (2000 words or fewer) on the theme “”Children’s Stories”” – We’re looking for stories that will appeal to children from pre-school through middle school ”

Share Your Story

http://www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=102429 March 8, 2016    For this contest, write about an event in your life. Everyone has a memoir. Not an autobiography. Too much concern about fact and convention. A memoir gives us the ability to write about our life with the option to create and fabricate and to make sense of a life, or part of that life. For this writing contest, write about a piece of your life!

TEMPLAR QUARTERLY PORTFOLIO AWARDS

http://templarpoetry.com/pages/submissions-and-awards                March 7, 2016    TEMPLAR POETRY offers submission opportunities for poets leading to publication in our full collections, our ground breaking range of poetry pamphlets and Iota Poetry magazine     “58 Dale Road Matlock Derbyshire DE4 3NB United Kingdom ”

The Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award

http://www.binghamton.edu/english/creative-writing/binghamton-center-for-writers/binghamton-book-awards/kessler-guidelines.html March 1, 2016    $1,000 Award for a book of poems written in English, 48 pages or more in length, selected by our judges as the strongest collection of poems published in 2015.     “Library North Room 1149 Vestal Parkway East P.O.Box 6000 Binghamton, NY13902-6000”

John Gardner Fiction Book Award

http://www.binghamton.edu/english/creative-writing/binghamton-center-for-writers/binghamton-book-awards/gardner-guidelines.html   March 1, 2016    “Sponsored by the Binghamton Center for Writers-State University of New York with support from the Office of the Dean of Binghamton University’s Harpur College of the Arts & Sciences – $1,000 Award for the book of fiction written in English selected by our judges as the strongest novel or collection of fiction published in 2015.”            “Library North Room 1149 Vestal Parkway East P.O.Box 6000 Binghamton, NY13902-6000”

Writing Contests with Deadlines in March 2015

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The Rialto Nature of Poetry Competition 2014

http://www.therialto.co.uk/pages/nature-poetry-competition-2014/

3/1/2015

As well as offering poets the chance to win considerable cash prizes and publication of their poems, the competition will raise money for conservation and poetry. RSPB is working in partnership with leading independent UK poetry magazine, The Rialto, as they feel the magazine will be the perfect place to showcase the winning entries. – See more at: http://www.writersforum.org/opportunities/contests.html#sthash.9KpBqeCd.dpuf

PO Box 309, Aylsham, NR11 6LN, England

Erewash New Writer Competition 2015

http://erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com/2015-new-writer-comp.html

3/26/2015

There is no theme, you can write anything you like. There is no minimum word count, the maximum is 3,000 words. You can enter as many times as you wish but only one entry per entrant can win a prize. Every entry must be accompanied by the appropriate payment.

EWG Competition, Parklands Connexion, Stanhope Street,

Long Eaton, NG10 4QN

 

Fish Publishing International Poetry Contest

http://www.fishpublishing.com/poetry-contest-competition.php

3/30/2015

The Fish Poetry Prize was established in 2006. Previous judges include Billy Collins, Brian Turner, Leanne O’Sullivan, Michael McCarthy, Peter Fallon, Matthew Sweeney and Paul Durcan.

Durrus, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland

 

Novel Competion

http://bathnovelaward.co.uk/

3/31/2015

International competition for aspiring and self-published writers. Win £1,000. Longlisted entrants will be asked to submit their complete manuscript (min. 50,000 words). Winner announced in July 2015. Open to unpublished novelists writing for adults or young adults.

 

SCOTTISH ARTS CLUB SHORT STORY COMPETITION

http://www.scottishartsclub.co.uk/short-story-2015.html

3/31/2015

The competition is open to all writers worldwide aged over 16 years, published and unpublished. Stories entered for the competition should be 1,500 words or less and can be on any topic. The stories do not have to be associated with Scotland. Competition entries must not have been previously broadcast on radio, read aloud as part of a commercial performance or published in any format, including on a web site that is open to the public.

 

The Short Fiction Prize

3/31/2015

Stories must be no longer than 6,000 words and must be unpublished in print or online. All entries will also be considered for general publication. Stories may be in any theme or genre and you can submit as many times as you like. Online entries only. After making your payment via the PayPal buttons below, please submit your entries to shortfiction2010@gmail.com with ‘Competition Entry’ in the subject box. Stories will be read anonymously up to the longlist stage, which will be announced in June, the shortlist in July. The winner and runner-up will be announced in August. Please read our competition rules here before entering. Good luck!

6 Portland Villas Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK

 

The National Federation of State Poetry Societies

http://www.nfsps.com/

3/15/2015

Any poem submitted must be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification); be written in English, be titled, unless a haiku; have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating the line limit;

be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.

 

MSLEXIA WOMEN’S SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2015

https://mslexia.co.uk/shop/scomp_enter.php

3/16/2015

Both UK and Overseas entries may elect either to PAY AND SUBMIT ONLINE, PAY ONLINE AND SUBMIT BY POST, or PAY AND SUBMIT BY POST. Please ensure you click on the correct payment button for your entry preference if you are paying online.

PO BOX 656

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE99 1PZ

 

The Word Works

http://www.wordworksdc.com/

January 15 and midnight March 15, 2015

The Word Works, a nonprofit literary and educational organization, publishes contemporary poetry in collector’s editions and presents public programs. An all-volunteer organization, our record of achievement continues to grow as we add new accomplishments to serve the American public

P.O. Box 42164 Washington, D.C. 20015

 

Baltimore Science Fiction Society, Inc.

http://www.bsfs.org/

April 1 to March 1, 2015

Entries should address the themes of science fiction/fantasy/horror/science. Limit: 3 poems/person, maximum 50 lines each. No entry fee.

PO Box 686

Baltimore, MD 21203-0686

Writing Competitions – deadlines in February 2015

writing-handIt’s 2015 already – and not only that, but we are already looking to the competitions for February…

 If you need any help with your submissions, please reach out – and remember to have fun!

 

 

Helen Short Story Contest

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

2/1/2015

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

Plymouth Writers Group – Open Fiction Writing 2014/15

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

2/1/2015

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

The Homestart Bridgwater Short Story Competition

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

2/1/2015

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

PLYMOUTH WRITERS GROUP OPEN WRITING COMPETITION 2014/15

2/1/2015

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

The Keats-Shelley Prize 2015

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

2/1/2015

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

MYRIAD FIRST DRAFTS COMPETITION 2015

http://www.myriadeditions.com/Competition

2/2/2015

Myriad invites entries for its First Drafts Competition (formerly the Writer’s Retreat Competition) for new writers. Now in its sixth year, the competition recognises promising work-in-progress across all forms of prose fiction, be it a short story or the first few chapters of a novel. It is open to all writers who have not yet published or self-published a collection of stories or a novel. The closing date for entries is Monday 2 February 2015; the shortlist will be announced in April 2015 and the winner announced at an event in May 2015.

The Random House

http://www.randomhouse.com/creativewriting/

2/6/2015

The Random House, Inc. Creative Writing Competition recognizes the unique vision and voices of New York City high school seniors with scholarship awards. The Competition further supports student writers throughout the writing process with in-school programs and teacher training.

YEAR 12 ESSAY COMPETITIONS

http://www.corpus.cam.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/year-12-essay-competitions/

2/13/2015

For over a decade Corpus Christi College has run subject-based essay competitions for students in the lower sixth or equivalent. The purpose of these competitions is:To give students the chance to think and write about challenging questions in a subject that they are interested in. All of our essay questions are set and assessed by Cambridge Fellows and academics. To encourage academically able students from all backgrounds to think about applying to Cambridge university. To recognize the achievement and scholarship of the most distinguished entries through prizes and meetings with our Fellows.

Booth Poetry Contest

2/15/2015

Booth is now reading submissions. We’re also thrilled to open the portal for our 2015 Booth Poetry Prize, which boasts Ellen Bryant Voigt as our final judge.

Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2015 Short Story Competition

https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/competitions

2/15/2015

We’re offering you the chance to win £500, plus a place on an Arvon writing course of your choice! All you have to do is enter a short story (for adults) of no more than 2,000 words, on the theme of ‘Joy’ and email it to competition@bloomsbury.com with “WAYB15 competition” as the subject line.

Christopher Tower Poetry Competition 2015

http://www.towerpoetry.org.uk/prize

2/27/2015

Christopher Tower Poetry Competition 2015 open for all UK 16-18 year olds. Judges Ian McMillan, Helen Mort and Peter McDonald. Prize-giving will be on Monday 20th April 2015 at Christ Church, Oxford. Festival. Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the prizegiving. Winning and longlisted poems will be published on the Tower Poetry website

Exeter Writers Short Story Competition 2015

http://www.exeterwriters.org.uk/p/competition.html

2/28/2015

The competition is open to published and unpublished authors living anywhere in the world and writing in English. Stories must not have been previously published, nor have won a prize in any other competition.

Fish Flash Fiction Prize 2015

http://www.fishpublishing.com/flash-fiction-contest-competition.php

2/28/2015

This is an opportunity to attempt what is one of the most difficult and rewarding tasks – to create, in a tiny fragment, a completely resolved and compelling story in 300 words or less. The Flash Fiction Stories are wonderfully entertaining to read and challenging to write, but we love it and so do the readers of our Anthology. This is a chance to get a story, however small, into this year’s Fish Anthology.

Grace Dieu Writers’ Circle Writing Competition 2015

http://www.gracedieuwriterscircle.co.uk/

2/28/2015

Our first winner lived in New Zealand and it was only then that we realised that by promoting the competition online meant that the competition was, and still is, an international one! We do hope that you will include our competition as part of your entries this year. Good luck if you enter.

Central PA Writing Contest

http://www.witf.org/contests/2014/10/Enter-the-2015-central-pa-writing-contest.php

2/27/2015

Central PA magazine will be accepting original, unpublished work not exceeding 1,500 words. Entries can be fiction, humorous or serious, or short stories (original, unpublished, work of fiction only; no poetry or nonfiction.) A distinguished panel of professional area communicators will conduct final judging. Winners will be announced at an event at York College on April 30, 2015.

Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize

http://www.rochester.edu/college/wst/kafka_prize/

2/1/2015

Entries must be submitted by February 1st , 2015, and the works must have been assembled for the first time. For collections of short stories: at least one-third of the material must have been previously unpublished before the release of the collection to be submitted.

REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION JOURNAL LAW STUDENT WRITING COMPETITION

http://realpropertylaw.calbar.ca.gov/RealPropertyLaw/StudentWritingCompetition.aspx

2/13/2015

The RPLS Journal Law Student Writing Competition is meant to encourage California law students to explore California’s wide array of real property practice areas, and showcase the scholarship of law students interested in real property law.

Just Buffalo Literary Center, Inc.

2/5/2015

Submit one poem (up to 2 typed pages) on any subject . Submissions that exceed this length will be rejected with no refund of membership costs.

 

Writing competitions for January 2015

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

The Tampa Review Prize for Poetry

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

12/31/2014

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

Flash 500 Humour Verse Competition

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

12/31/2014

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

Labello 3rd International Short Story

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

12/31/2014

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

Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award Winter 2014

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

12/31/2014

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

Labello 3rd International Short Story

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

12/31/2014

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

INTERNATIONAL POETRY & PROSE COMPETITION 2014

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

12/31/2014

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

Hidden Prize for Prose

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

12/31/2014

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

Local Poem Competition 2015

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

12/31/2014

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

2015 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

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

12/31/2014

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

The Poetry Box Halloween Poetry Annual Award 2014

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

12/31/2014

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

Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2014

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

12/31/2014

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

The 2015 Mississippi Review Prize

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

1/1/2015

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

The Henshaw December Short Story Competition

http://henshawpress.co.uk/

1/12/2015

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

Colorado Prize for Poetry

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

1/14/2015

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

H. E. Francis Short Story Competition

http://www.hefranciscompetition.com/

1/15/2015

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

Mash Stories Flash Fiction Competition

http://mashstories.com/competition/

1/15/2015

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

The Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers

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

1/15/2015

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

Raynes Poetry Prize

http://jewishcurrents.org/poetry-prize

1/15/2015

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

K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Award

1/15/2015

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

William Matthews Poetry Prize

http://www.ashevillepoetryreview.com/

1/15/2015

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

Magma Poetry Competition

http://magmapoetry.com/competition/

1/19/2015

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

Torriano Poetry Competition 2015

1/30/2015

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

SPM PUBLICATIONS POETRY BOOK COMPETITION

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

1/31/2015

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

Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2015 Short Story Award

http://bwgwritersroundtable.com/

1/31/2015

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

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society OPEN POETRY COMPETITION

1/31/2015

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

2015 National Short Story Competition

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

1/31/2015

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

James White Award Short Story Competition

http://www.jameswhiteaward.com/

1/31/2015

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

Prole Laureate 2015

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

1/31/2015

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

Helen Short Story Contest

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

2/1/2015

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

Plymouth Writers Group – Open Fiction Writing 2014/15

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

2/1/2015

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

The Homestart Bridgwater Short Story Competition

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

2/1/2015

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

PLYMOUTH WRITERS GROUP OPEN WRITING COMPETITION 2014/15

2/1/2015

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

The Keats-Shelley Prize 2015

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

2/1/2015

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Writing Contests – December 2014 Deadlines

Keyboard_typingHi again!

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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