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 It offers the UK’s biggest literary prizes for unpublished writing and has awarded more than £135,000 to its winners.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

 

Writing Competitions – August 2017

Why enter writing competitions?

It’s one thing to write, and another entirely different proposition getting others to actually read what you have written.

Here is a list of writing competitions, awards, fairs, festivals and other book markets with deadlines in August, 2017.

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

 

Literary Prize http://www.aspenwords.org/programs/literary-prize/ August 1, 2017 A prize of $35,000 will be given annually for a book of fiction published in the current year that “illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture.” The winner will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the 2018 Aspen Words Summer Benefit in Aspen, Colorado, as a featured speaker and guest of honor. Novels, story collections, and translations of books of fiction published by a U.S. publisher in 2017 are eligible. Stephen L. Carter, Jessica Fullerton, Phil Klay, Alondra Nelson, and Akhil Sharma will judge. Publishers may submit the required entry form with a $30 entry fee by August 1, and five copies of a book (or bound galleys) by September 1. There is no entry fee for presses whose annual net sales are less than $4 million. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Emerging Voices Fellowships https://penusa.org/programs/emerging-voices August 1, 2017 Even-month fellowships, which include a stipend of $1,000 each, are given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who lack access to financial and creative support. Each fellow receives professional mentorship with an established writer in Los Angeles, attends courses at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, and takes part in public readings and other programming throughout the fellowship period. Travel and lodging are not provided. Writers who do not have significant publication credits, are not enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate writing program, and do not hold an undergraduate or graduate writing degree are eligible. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or 20 pages of prose, a curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation with a $10 entry fee by August 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Individual Artist Fellowships http://arts.delaware.gov/grants-for-artists/ August 1, 2017 Established Professional Fellowships of $6,000 each and Emerging Artist Fellowships of $3,000 each are given annually to Delaware poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in Delaware for at least one year prior to application and who are not enrolled in a degree-granting program. Submit 15 to 20 pages of poetry or prose by August 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/creative_non-fiction_prize/info.html?utm_source=AlmondPress&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions August 1, 2017 To entice writers to submit early, The Malahat Review is offering a special mentorship with Canadian writer, Liz Harmer. One entrant will get the opportunity to receive feedback on a piece of creative nonfiction of their choosing. All you have to do is enter the contest by July 15 to be considered!

Costa Short Story Award http://www.costa.co.uk/costa-book-awards/costa-short-story-award/ August 4, 2017 The Costa Short Story Award (the “CSSA”) is for a single, previously-unpublished short story of up to 4,000 words by an author aged 18 years or over on 1 January 2017 whose primary residence (ie resident for over six months of the year) has been in the United Kingdom or Ireland since 1 November 2014. UK or Irish nationality is not a requirement. If there is any issue about whether or not you qualify as a UK resident, please check with the organisers before submitting your entry.

Dream Quest One Poetry and Writing Contest http://www.dreamquestone.com/ August 15, 2017 This poetry contest and writing contest is open to everyone and international. We are excited about showcasing the creative writing and poetic talent, skill and ability of all poets and writers. We hope that you are inspired to display the beauty and art of writing short stories and poems for the entire world to see your “gift of a dream.”

Best New Fairy Tale Competition http://fairytalez.com/competitions/best-new-fairy-tale-2017/?utm_source=AlmondPress&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions August 15, 2017 The competition runs from the 13th of June till the 15th of August, and writers from all over are invited to submit their original stories to Fairytalez.com’s library of new stories.

Ex Ophidia Press Poetry Book Prize http://www.exophidiapress.org/poetry-book-prize.html?utm_source=AlmondPress&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions August 15, 2017 Open to all English-language authors (of any age, ethnicity, gender or orientation) for a book of poetry. Suggested length of manuscript is between 64 and 84 pages, single-spaced; Word document ONLY. By submitting, all authors attest that the work is their own.

The Val Wood Prize: Freedom in Hull http://www.valeriewood.co.uk/competition/4578134634?utm_source=AlmondPress&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions August 15, 2017 The competition is open to anyone over 16 years of age. Entries should be in the form of a short story and entrants are free to write about whatever they wish but each story must feature the theme: Freedom in Hull.

UNO Press Publishing Lab Prize http://www.unopress.org/lab.aspx?utm_source=AlmondPress&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions August 15, 2017 Please submit your manuscript via Submittable. The selected author will receive a thousand dollar advance on royalties and a contract to publish with UNO Press. The work does not have to be regionally focused. UNO Press is based at the University of New Orleans and distributed by Hopkins Fulfillment Services. There is no word limit. There is no limit on subjects covered. Works of fiction (novels and short story collections) only. The contest is open to all authors, regardless of publishing history. Submission fee: $18.00.

Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition http://www.brookes.ac.uk/poetry-centre/international-poetry-competition/?utm_source=almondpress&utm_medium=writingcompetitionlist&utm_campaign=writingcompetitions August 28, 2017 The competition is open to both new and established poets aged 18 and over from across the globe and has two categories: Open category (open to all poets aged 18 years and over) English as an Additional Language (EAL) category (open to all poets aged 18 and over who write in English as an Additional Language.

Grindstone Literary Summer Novel Opening Competition https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/competitions August 28, 2017 Everyone’s got a novel in them. We’re not asking for the whole shebang, we just want the start. That’s right – the first 1000 words of your dream novel (whether you’ve already written it, or not). Got a great opening page? We want to see it. Get us hooked to the point where we’re clawing our eyes out, desperate for more, and you could win. They say the most important part of a novel is the first page – show us what you’ve got.

Article Competition 2017 http://www.parkpublications.co.uk/competitions.html August 31 2017 Articles should be between 1000 and 1500 words. Prizes: £50.00. £25.00. £15.00. Entry Fee: £3.00. Cheques payable to Park Publications. Free entry for annual subscribers.The winning entry will appear in the autumn edition of Scribble, which will be published during September 2016.

Romance Fiction Writing Contests 2017 https://www.chantireviews.com/services/#!/Romance-&-Womens-Fiction-Writing-Contests/p/21521080/category=5193080 August 31, 2017 Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring romantic themes and adventures of the heart,historical love affairs, perhaps a little steamy romance, we will put them to the test and choose the best among them. (Hint: check other genres for romance categories as well, such as paranormal, young adult, mystery, etc., multiple submissions are welcome)

The Ogham Stone Literature and Arts Journal http://www.poetryireland.ie/writers/opportunities/the-ogham-stone-literature-and-arts-journal August 31, 2017 Submission deadline for this issue is 31 August 2017. All submissions must be emailed as an attachment to oghamstoneul@gmail.com.

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/creative-writing-award/ August 31, 2017 The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that celebrates excellence in Poetry and Short Fiction. The prize is now in its 11th year, hosted by the international art and culture publication, Aesthetica Magazine. With the aim to support and nurture new writing talent, it awards publication within an inspiring anthology to a shortlist of 60 writers, including a winner from each category.

The Fiction Open http://www.glimmertrain.com/pages/writing_guidelines.php August 31, 2017 We two sisters genuinely welcome new writers, and are happy to consider any original short story that has not appeared in a print publication. (Previous online publication is fine, but please no novels, poetry, or stories written for children.) One of our greatest pleasures is being the first to present—in print—a wonderful story by an emerging voice.

Essay Competition 2017 https://www.thelondonmagazine.org/essay-competition-2017/ August 31, 2017 All essays submitted must be previously unpublished and no longer than 1500 words. There will be no set theme or subject. We are looking for non-academic, original work with a powerful voice that is not afraid to surprise. This competition is open to international entries.

Hammond House Publishing International Literary Prize https://www.hammondhousepublishing.com/2017-short-story-comp?utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_source=AlmondPress August 31, 2017 With three different categories, thousands of pounds in prizes and more opportunities for publication, there’s never been a better time to gain recognition for your talent and get published with Hammond House.

Melita Hume Prize 2017 https://store.eyewearpublishing.com/pages/melita-hume-prize?utm_source=AlmondPress&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions August 31, 2017 “Submissions must be made via Eyewear Publishing LTD’s Submittable page before 31 August, 2017. The fee to submit is £20. Manuscripts must be original work, between 48 and 100 pages in length, by a single author, in the English language. There are no restrictions on style or subject matter. The Eyewear staff encourage writers from diverse backgrounds to submit their work.
Individual poems in the submission may have been previously published online, in periodicals, or in chapbooks, but the collection as a whole must not have been previously published (self publishing constitutes prior publication).Submissions should be made without the inclusion of an acknowledgments page.”

Short Fiction and Poetry Competition https://www.artificium.co.uk/entryform?utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_source=AlmondPress August 31, 2017 We are looking for accomplished writing, full of style and intelligence, demonstrating a passion for language. Plots and themes that intrigue, captivate, and make us think. Any genre, as long as the quality of writing is high.

 

Writing Competitions – June 2016

Why enter writing competitions?

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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 with deadlines in June 2016.

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


Dream Cruise Liner Writing Contest http://writersviews.com/writing-contests-cruiseliner-poem.php June 1, 2016 Submit your ocean inspired poem ideally capturing a heart’s moment before it is lost, or feeling one’s heart at the deep ocean at night making hearts speak of love and romance, desperation and agony, or dreams or more. Send in your poem, 50 lines or less, any style or mood as long as it is typed. Your creative writing can be either fiction or non-fiction although multiple poetry are not recommended.

Annual Writing Competition http://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions June 1, 2016 Writer’s Digest’s oldest and most popular competition, the Annual Writing Competition, is accepting entries. Enter our 85th annual competition for a chance to win cash and prizes.

Driftless Unsolicited Novella Contest http://www.writermag.com/contests/driftless-unsolicited-novella-contest-2/ June 1, 2016 The 2016 Driftless Unsolicited Novella contest seeks 20,000-40,000 word novellas, with a strong preference for submissions from authors of color, LGBTQ+ writers, and women. Two winning novellas will receive a $250.00 cash prize, a publication contract, and royalties for the novella with Brain Mill Press. The cash prize is not an advance against royalties. Royalties commence with the internationally distributed release.

Boulevard Emerging Poets Contest http://www.boulevardmagazine.org/poetry-contest/ June 1, 2016 We are happy to announce the results of the 2015 Poetry Contest for Emerging Poets. We received many excellent entries this year, and our contest judge, Edward Nobles, selected Richard Lloyd-Jones. His winning group of three poems will appear in the Spring 2016 issue. PMB 325, 6614 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights, MO 63117

Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund http://www.aefdc.com/matsui-writing-competition/ June 1, 2016 The Robert T. Matsui Annual Writing Competition was established by AEF in 2005 to honor the late Congressman Robert T. Matsui and his many accomplishments. Through this writing competition, AEF seeks to encourage legal scholarship on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific American community.

Sunderland Short Story Award http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/shortstoryaward/ June 1, 2016 “Submit stories of up to 2,500 words by adults or 1,500 words by children (11 to 16).
The shortlisted entries in the adult category will be read by literary agent Susan Yearwood and publisher Unthank Books (work may be considered for their anthology). The children’s winning entries will be published in the local Waterstones.”

International Short Story Contest “A Sea of Words” 2016 http://intercompetition.com/index.php/writing/ad/a-sea-of-words-2016,586 June 2, 2016 This contest is addressed to young people aged between 18 and 30 years old from any of the 44 Euro-Mediterranean countries.

Young Norfolk Poetry Competition 2016 http://www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/ June 2, 2016 They’re looking for writers aged 14-18 to submit lyrics or poems. The best entries will be celebrated at an awards ceremony held at the Writers’ Centre Norwich in July.

Words with JAM Competitions http://jdsmith.moonfruit.com/the-big-five-competition/4591904791 June 6, 2016 For the Big Five Competition, the winner will receive a year’s mentoring from Triskele Books – from manuscript to publication – worth over £5000.

The Brighton Prize http://www.brightonprize.com/ June 10, 2016 The Brighton Prize was founded to find brilliant short story writers. We offer cash prizes for new short and flash fiction.

2016 theme: Making Meaning of Ocean Pollution http://www.fromthebowseat.org/contest.php June 13, 2016 We invite middle and high school students from around the world to participate in the 2016 Ocean Awareness Student Contest! The theme is Making Meaning out of Ocean Pollution, and it challenges you to research, explore, interpret, and say something meaningful about the connections between human activities and the health of our oceans.

Short Stories, Novelettes, and Novellas 2015 & 2016 https://chantireviews.com/services#!/Winter-Short-Stories-Novelettes-&-Novellas-Chanticleer-Book-Reviews/p/43093848/category=5193080 June 15, 2016 We are now accepting submissions for Winter/Holiday Reads

THE BITTER OLEANDER PRESS LIBRARY OF POETRY AWARD 2016 http://www.bitteroleander.com/contest.html June 15, 2016 “An award of $1000 plus book publication of the winning manuscript is open to anyone writing in the English language. It is not open to employees or relatives of The Bitter Oleander Press.
Translations are not eligible for this award.
You may send your entry through the US Postal Service, but do not send it certified with a return-request receipt. Include a stamped self-addressed postcard for receipt notification purposes.” “4983 Tall Oaks Drive
Fayetteville, New York 13066-9776
USA”

Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize http://www.ruminatemagazine.com/submit/contests/poetry-prize/ June 15, 2016 “The submission deadline for the prize is June 15th.
The entry fee is $20 (includes a copy of the Spring 2017 Issue, international entries will receive a complimentary PDF copy). All submissions must be previously unpublished work.
You may submit up to two poems per entry, no longer than 40 lines each.
$1500 and publication in the Spring 2017 Issue will be awarded to the winner. $200 and publication in the Spring 2017 Issue will be awarded to the second place winner.”

New Writer Competition 2016 http://erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com/2016-ewg-new-writer-competition.html June 30, 2016 “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 NEW WRITER Competition, Parklands Connexion, Stanhope Street, Long Eaton, NG10 4QN.

The Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize http://pulpliterature.com/contests/the-hummingbird-flash-fiction-prize/ June 15, 2016 Got something short, sharp and snappy to tell? Wow us with your most economical and brilliant storytelling. This contest is for short fiction under 1000 words. Want feedback on your story? Get a professional critique from one of the Pulp Literature editors for only $15 more.

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition http://www.canterburyfestival.co.uk/festival-friends/events/poet-of-the-year-2016.aspx June 17, 2016 “Poems can be on any subject and up to 60 lines long. It costs £5 each to enter.
A long list of approximately 40 poems will be published in an anthology.”

Summer Solstice 2016 Theme http://www.wildwords.org/wild-words-writing-competition/ June 21, 2016 The piece can be fiction or non-fiction, prose or poetry, in any genre. The prompt line can be present in your work, or, it can just act as a jumping off point for your ideas. If you wish, you can change the quote into the third person.
Barns Wood, Lower Barns Rd, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 4DS, UK

2016 First/Second Poetry Book http://www.omnidawn.com/contest/poetry-contests.htm June 30, 2016 This contest is open to writers who have either never published a full-length book of poetry, or who have published only one full-length book of poetry, so that the winning book would become a poet’s first or second published full-length book of poetry. Writers who have published two or more full-length books of poetry are NOT eligible. (Chapbooks do not count and non-poetry books do not count.) The manuscript page limit is 120 pages. “1632 Elm Avenue
Richmond, CA 94805-1614”

North Street Book Prize https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/north-street-book-prize June 30, 2016 Your self-published book can win up to $1,500 plus expert marketing services
May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize http://www.bauhanpublishing.com/may-sarton-prize/poetry-contest-guidelines/ June 30, 2016 The 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize is now open for submissions! “P.O. Box 117
Peterborough, NH 03458”

Battered Moons Poetry Competition http://batteredmoons.com/ June 30, 2016 Prizes: £700, £200, £100. Four commendations of £25 each. The winning poems and four commendations will be published in the Battered Moons pamphlet.

The Henshaw Competition http://henshawpress.co.uk/ June 30, 2016 Prizes: £100, £50, £25. The winners will also be published on the Henshawpress website and optionally in their next anthology.

Bath Flash Fiction Award http://bathflashfictionaward.com/ June 12, 2016 Bath Flash Fiction Award is an international rolling flash fiction competition. Each award runs for 4 months. Judging takes place quickly with a top prize of £1000, £300 second, and £100 third. At the close of each competition, the next competition begins. Our last winner was announced within two weeks of the Award closing, and running three Awards per year means our total annual prize fund is £4200.

Two Sylvias Press 2016 Chapbook Prize http://twosylviaspress.com/chapbook-prize.html June 15, 2016 January Gill O’Neil (author of the award-winning poetry book, Misery Islands). Winner receives $400, his/her book published as both a print & eBook, 20 copies of the perfect-bound print book, and an amethyst depression glass trophy (circa 1930). All entries considered for possible publication. Deadline: June 15, 2016.

2016 GFT Press Chapbook Contest http://www.gftpress.com/chapbooks June 30, 2016 What we are looking for: We want clean, coherent, well-written, creative, cohesive manuscripts that strike hard and are relentless. We want to feel what you felt when you were crafting your work. If you choose to submit work that is grisly and biting, it must have a grace and beauty to it. If you submit work that is beautiful, make sure that it is not simply beautiful for beauty’s sake alone. Show us that you respect your work and that you understand your craft.

CROOK’S CORNER BOOK PRIZE http://crookscornerbookprize.com/?page_id=12 June 15, 2016 The submitted book must be the author’s first published novel for adult readers, published in the United States between January 1, 2015 and June 15, 2016. “313 Country Club Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514”

2016 Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize http://backbonepress.org/contests/ June 1, 2016 The Lucille Clifton Annual Poetry Contest, held each spring, honors the prolific work of poet great Lucille Clifton. Widely celebrated for her unpretentious and unapologetic poems, Clifton’s unique free verse was free of punctuation, taut, and always recognizably her. When submitting think: humanness, struggle, adversity, resilience. “PO Box 51483
Durham, NC 27717-1483”

Salamander 2016 Fiction Prize http://salamandermag.org/contests/ June 1, 2016 “All entries will be considered for publication. All entries will be considered anonymously.
Send no more than one story per entry. Each story must not exceed 30 double-spaced pages in 12 point font. Multiple entries are acceptable, provided that a separate reading fee is included with each entry.” “8 Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108”

Writers Crushing Doubt Writing Contest http://positivewriter.com/writing-contest-2016/ June 1, 2016 This latest writing contest is all about crushing doubt! In April I will be launching my new online course for writers, Writers Crushing Doubt, you can already view the introduction page here. This contest has been created to celebrate the launch of the new course, so check it out. (Tip: reading the introduction page will help, as it has subtle clues for writing your entry that will help you win this writing contest.) – See more at: http://positivewriter.com/writing-contest-2016/#sthash.SuCbOgSv.dpuf

2016 TIFERET Writing Contest http://tiferetjournal.com/2016-writing-contest/ June 1, 2016 We will be accepting submissions for the 2016 TIFERET Writing Contest from January 1, 2016 – June 1, 2016.

Segora short story competition 2016 http://www.poetryproseandplays.com/ June 15, 2016 “First prize: £300 Second prize: £50 Third prize: £30
Entry fee: £6 for single entry or 8€, £11 for 2 or 15€ and £15 for 3 entries or 20€.
Judge: Amanda Hodgkinson”

SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition http://www.spmpublications.com/competitions/ June 30, 2016 The second international SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition is now accepting entries. Poets may submit a collection of 20 pages of poems for the chance to win a publishing contract and cash prize. The winning collections will be published by SPM Publications – an imprint of Sentinel Writing & Publishing Company. “Sentinel Global Communications Ltd
Unit 136
113-115 George Lane
London
E18 1AB”

Flash 500 Competition http://www.flash500.com/index_files/flashfiction.html June 30, 2016 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.
Wells Festival of Literature Writing Competition http://www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk/competitionrules.php June 30, 2016 This year there are three prizes for the winners, £500, £200, £100, in all three categories plus the Hilly Cansdale local poetry prize of £100 and the Wyvern local short story prize, also £100. Entries are open to anyone throughout the world. Tregantle, Milton Lane, Wells, Somerset. BA5 2QT

THE MOTH SHORT STORY PRIZE 2016 http://www.themothmagazine.com/a1-page.asp?ID=3055&page=9 June 30, 2016 The Prize is for a single unpublished story of no more than 6,000 words. The competition is open to anyone, and you can enter as many stories as you like.
The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2016 http://www.thelondonmagazine.org/the-london-magazine-poetry-prize-information/ June 30, 2016 This international contest from the UK’s oldest literary journal, The London Magazine, is for poems of up to 40 lines on any theme. “11 Queen’s Gate, London SW7 5EL”

South Bank Poetry Competition http://southbankpoetry.co.uk/poetry-competition/ June 15, 2016 South Bank Poetry’s poetry competition is for London poems. It opens on January 1st 2016 and closes June 15th 2016. (Postal entries postmarked that day from the UK or abroad will be accepted ) 450 3179 South Bank Poetry, 40 Ledbury House, East Dulwich, London SE22 8AN

Creative Future Literary Awards http://www.cfliteraryawards.org.uk/how-to-apply/rules/ June 13, 2016 The Creative Future Literary Awards is a national literary competition and high profile awards ceremony which celebrates talented writers who lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, health or social circumstance. Prizes are awarded for both poetry and short fiction. There is no entry fee. Winners are selected by a panel of industry experts. Prizes include £1000 of cash prizes & professional writing development support. PLEASE NOTE that all entries must respond to this year’s theme ‘A Sea Change’. “Community Base,
113 Queens Rd, Brighton, BN1 3XG”

Words with Jam Big Five Competition http://jdsmith.moonfruit.com/the-big-five-competition/4591904791 June 30, 2016 This one from Words with Jam and Triskele Books is for completed and unpublished novels of up to 100,000 words.

Women’s Poetry Competition 2016 https://mslexia.co.uk/competition/poetry-competition/ June 13, 2016 With springtime comes the launch of our our annual Women’s Poetry Competition! PO Box 656, Newcastle upon Tyne NE99 1PZ

Women’s Pamphlet Competition 2016 https://mslexia.co.uk/competition/pamphlet-competition/ June 13, 2016 Separate from our competition for single poems, our annual pamphlet competition accepts completed collections that are 20-24 pages long, and include 18-20 poems. The rest is up to the writer! PO Box 656, Newcastle upon Tyne NE99 1PZ

Words Magazine Short Story Competition http://www.tyjustwrite.com/blog/writingcompetitions/ June 30, 2016 All entries should be sent via email only and should be a maximum length of 2,000 words.

Poetry Space Competition 2016 http://www.poetryspace.co.uk/poetry-space-competition/ June 30, 2016 Myra Schneider will be judging entries for Poetry Space Annual International Poetry Competition 2016 – our seventh year. Closing date will be June 30th 2016. 21 Davis Close Barrs Court Bristol BS30 7BU

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2016 http://www.coffeehousepoetry.org/prizes June 21, 2016 Entry implies acceptance of all rules; failure to comply with all rules results in disqualification; submissions accepted by post or e-mail from poets of any nationality, from any country, aged over 18 years; no poet may win more than one prize; judges’ decision is final; no correspondence will be entered into. 263–267 Old Brompton Road, London SW5

Havant Poetry Competition 2016 http://www.poetrycan.co.uk/comp-news/1122-havant2016.html June 17, 2016 Havant Literary Festival‘s annual poetry competition has kicked off once again, applications to enter have officially opened both online and in a printed version.
ISFHWE Excellence-in-Writing Competition http://isfhwe.com/competition.php June 15, 2016 “Open to members & non members
Enter by 15 June 2016; early bird discount to 15 March 2016; members log in to get a discount.” PO Box 152987, Cape Coral, FL 33915

2016 Autumn House Nonfiction Contest http://www.autumnhouse.org/contest-submissions/nonfiction/ June 30, 2016 For the 2016 contest, the preliminary judges are members of the Autumn House staff and Heather Cazad, and the final judge is Michael Martone. The winner will be awarded publication of a full-length manuscript and $2,500. The postmark deadline for entries is June 30, 2016. “PO Box 60100 Pittsburgh, PA 15211”

The Montana Book Festival http://www.montanabookfestival.org/contest/ June 1, 2016 The Montana Book Festival seeks to celebrate poetry, fiction and nonfiction by regional emerging writers. One winner in each genre will receive $200 and their writing will be published on our website. “c/o Missoula Cultural Council 327 E. Broadway Missoula, Montana 59802”

The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest http://www.bulwer-lytton.com/ June 30, 2016 Each entry must consist of a single sentence but you may submit as many entries as you wish. (One fellow once submitted over 3,000 entries.) Sentences may be of any length but we strongly recommend that entries not go beyond 50 or 60 words. Entries must be “original” (as it were) and previously unpublished. “Department of English San Jose State University San Jose, CA 95192-0090”

V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize http://rsliterature.org/award/v-s-pritchett-memorial-prize/ June 20, 2016 The Royal Society of Literature is delighted to announce the eighteenth V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize. There is a prize of £1,000, and the winning entry will be published in Prospect online and in the RSL Review. In addition to this, there will be an opportunity to appear at an RSL event with established short story writers in autumn 2016. “Somerset House, Strand
London, WC2R 1LA”

Manny Writing Contest http://www.midwestwriters.org/writing-contests/ June 18, 2016 The Manny Awards have become a tradition at Midwest Writers Workshop. The contest offers cash awards and is designed to recognize works in progress in four categories: short fiction, novel, poetry and nonfiction. 2106 N. Colson Drive, Muncie, IN 47304

Drue Heinz Literature Prize http://www.upress.pitt.edu/renderHtmlPage.aspx?srcHtml=htmlSourceFiles/drueheinz.htm June 30, 2016 The University of Pittsburgh Press announces the 2017 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for a collection of short fiction. The prize carries a cash award of $15,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press under its standard contract. “University of Pittsburgh Press 7500 Thomas Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15260”

Short Story Competition 2016 http://finchleyliteraryfestival.blogspot.com/p/short-story-competition.html June 25, 2016 Greenacre Writers and Finchley Literary Festival are launching the festival with a short story competition. The winning entries will win cash prizes and will be published on this blog and Greenacre Writers. Trinity Church Centre, Nether Street, London N12 7NN

Travel Writing Contest http://www.pw.org/writing_contests/travel_writing_contest June 1, 2016 A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine is given twice yearly for a short story or essay that “possesses a powerful sense of place.” Porter Fox will judge. Unpublished and published pieces that have not already been chosen as a contest winner are eligible. Using the online submission system, submit a story or essay of 800 to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee by June 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines. 1582 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213

Thomas A. Wilhelmus Nonfiction Award http://www.pw.org/writing_contests/thomas_a_wilhelmus_nonfiction_award June 1, 2016 A prize of $2,000 and publication in Southern Indiana Review is given annually for a work of creative nonfiction. Michael Martone will judge. Submit an essay of up to 35 pages with a $20 entry fee ($5 for each additional entry) by June 1. All entries are considered for publication. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines. 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, IN 47712

Prizes in Letters http://www.pw.org/writing_contests/prizes_letters June 15, 2016 Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to U.S. writers for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the United States during the current year. For books published between January 1 and June 14, submit four copies of the book, an author bio and photograph, and a $50 entry fee by June 15. The deadline for books published during the second half of the year is October 1. Send an SASE or visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines. 709 Pulitzer Hall, 2950 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Bakwin Award for Writing by a Woman http://carolinawrenpress.org/submissions/contests June 15, 2016 The Bakwin Award honors full-length prose work (novel, short story collection, or memoir) by an author who is a woman. The winner will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the winning book will be published by Carolina Wren Press. Read the full guidelines and submit electronically here. We look forward to reading your submissions! 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC 27701

2016 Curt Johnson Prose Awards http://decembermag.org/2016-curt-johnson-prose-awards/ June 15, 2016 We are pleased to announce Anthony Marra (Fiction) and Eula Biss (Nonfiction) will judge our 2016 Curt Johnson Prose Awards. $1,500 and publication in our Fall/Winter 2016 issue for First Place (fiction and nonfiction); $500 and publication in our Fall/Winter 2016 issue for honorable mention (fiction and nonfiction). P.O. Box 16130, St. Louis, MO 63105

How to Create Your Amazon Author Profile Page

amazon-author-profile-pageDo you have an Amazon Author Profile Page?

I know first-hand how frustrating it is when I want to find other books by an author I really like, only to find their author page doesn’t exist, or that it only contains a couple of their published works and I need to go hunting to find others…

Help existing and potential readers get to know you by bringing everything into the one place on your Amazon Author Profile Page, listing everything you have published (with direct links to be able to buy them), showing them your photos, telling them who you are, providing them with feeds to your blogs, videos, and even a calendar of your events.

Your Amazon Author Page is your opportunity for your readers to get to know you, so make sure you include any details about your background, any awards or competitions you have won, other books you have written, and personal details you want to share.

You will need an author photo and while it doesn’t need to be professionally created, it should be recent and of a high-enough resolution quality display.

Adding Your Book to Your Amazon Author Profile Page

Make sure every book you have written appears in your bibliography.  To add books:

  1. Go to the Author Central Books tab and click Add more books.
  2. In the Search field, enter the book title, ISBN, or author name and click Go.

Once you’ve found the missing book, click This is my book below that book.

Adding and Changing Information on Your Amazon Author Profile Page

Adding or changing the information is easy. Below is a list from the Amazon site – if you would like more information, click here to go direct to their help page:  https://authorcentral.amazon.com/gp/help?topicID=200649520

  • Biography
    • Adding or Editing a Biography
    • Deleting a Biography
  • Photos
    • Adding Photos
    • Moving or Removing a Photo
  • Blog Feeds
    • Adding a Blog Feed
    • Removing a Blog Feed
  • Events
    • Adding Events
    • Editing Event Information
    • Removing an Event
  • Videos
    • Adding Videos
    • Moving or Removing a Video
  • Twitter Feeds
    • Adding your Twitter Feed
    • Editing your Twitter Name
    • Removing your Twitter Feed
  • Author Page URL
    • Creating your Author Page URL
    • Share your Author Page URL on Twitter & Facebook
    • Use your Author Page URL in your Email Signature

As always, if you need any support or assistance, please reach out!

By Leigh St John

How to write and use a press release to promote your book and your business

how to write and use a press releaseAlmost every one of the clients who goes through our Best-Seller Program asks for assistance with writing and using press releases to promote their book and their business.

So, I’ve written this post not only for them but also for anyone who is seeking assistance with this most important topic.

Sending press releases to alert the media to your newsworthy event is essential, however as Inc Magazine commented,

“An easy way to ruin your relationship with the news media is to send a bad press release.”

…but as PT Barnum, of Barnum and Bailey Circus fame, once said…

“Without promotion, something terrible happens…  nothing!”

So, how do you write a good press release?

I could write for pages and pages on this topic, but here is a checklist that will help:

  • At the top, make sure you put when it is to be released, for example FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  • Come up with a headline that ‘hooks’.  Think about the audience who will read this article, your headline needs to grab their attention immediately and make them want to read more.  (here is an excellent article about writing catchy headlines and first paragraphs)
  • Many journalists and editors do not skim past the first paragraph when deciding whether or not to use a release so make sure that all-important paragraph has enough hook and ooooomph to get their attention
  • Having been a journalist myself, I know it’s actually quite common for the press release to be used almost exactly as is – so write your press release with this in mind
  • DO NOT use ‘marketing language’ – in other words, this is a TOTALLY FACTUAL piece, not hype and not opinion – just stick to the facts!
  • Use at least one or two quotes from someone connected to the story to provide context, insight and heart
  • Include biographical information on your and/or your business including how long you have been doing this, your mission and/or vision statement, where you are based, any awards or recognition you have received
  • Contact information – At the end VERY CLEARLY state your name, company (if relevant), your position (eg Author of the Best-Selling Book, “name of book”), address, email, website and cell phone number.  The reason the cell phone is important is that major publications will often not run a story unless they can confirm in person (in this case, on the phone) the contents of the release
  • Include a link to your EPK (electronic press kit) if you have one (http://leighstjohn.com/epk-electronic-press-kit/)
  • Double and triple check your grammar and spelling!
  • Format your press release to be double-spaced and preferably one-page (two at the very most!)

OK, so now you’ve written your press release, what do you do with it?

How do you use a press release?

Know Your Audience – the fastest way to get blacklisted is to blast your press release to outlets whose readers have nothing in common with you or the subject of your release.  Make sure you target appropriate media outlets.

Set Up a Google Alert – create a Google alert for your name, your book’s name (https://www.google.com/alerts) so you can keep track of who is mentioning you and creating articles based on your release.

Syndicate Your Release – once your press release is published, make sure you get it as much visibility as possible by cross-promoting the release and any articles in which you are mentioned on your own social media channels.

Add to Your EPK – mention in your EPK that you were covered by XYZ Publication and provide a link to that article, thereby giving you additional credibility.

Consider Timing – when you send a release is important.  If you are doing a book signing and speaking event to raise money for charity, you want that release to go out anywhere from 3-10 days before the event.  Other events such as you becoming a best-seller are obviously sent after the event, but as close as possible to the actual date it occurred.

Don’t be shy!

Reporters rely on press releases to give them the stories they need to fill their publications – so make yourself visible!  Just ensure that you follow the suggestions above.

If you have any questions about creating a press release for your book and becoming a best-seller, feel free to reach out!

I look forward to hearing from you…