Why enter writing competitions?
It’s one thing to write, and another entirely different proposition getting others to actually read what you have written.
Here is a list of writing competitions, awards, fairs, festivals and other book markets with deadlines in November, 2017.
Find one or more that fits with your style and submit your work! You never know what might happen…
Arkbound Writing Competition http://arkbound.com/competitions/ November 1, 2017 All entries received in 2017 will be judged by a panel of three independent judges and the winners will be announced on 8th-9th December 2017 at a special event. Certificates and prizes will also be handed out.
THE SCRIBBLE ANNUAL SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2017 http://www.parkpublications.co.uk/competitions.html November 1, 2017 All entries for this competition must be sent by post.Entry Fee: £4.00. Cheques payable to Park Publications. Free entry for annual subscribers.The winning entry will appear in the winter edition of Scribble, which will be published during December 2017.
The Caledonia Novel Award http://thecaledonianovelaward.com/?utm_source=AlmondPress&utm_medium=WritingCompetitionList&utm_campaign=WritingCompetitions November 1, 2017 With this in mind, we are very excited to announce that, for the second year running, we are offering a special prize for the best novel submitted by an author from the UK and Ireland. This prize is a free place on a writing course at Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre, situated in the Scottish Highlands, just 14 miles from Inverness. The winner will be able to choose from a selection of week-long residential courses taking place there in 2018.
Commonwealth Short Story Prize http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/our-projects/the-short-story/ November 1, 2017 Awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words) in English. Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £5,000. Translated entries are also eligible, as are stories written in the original Bengali, Kiswahili, Malay, Mandarin, Portuguese, Samoan and Tamil.
TWF Fiction Contest https://tennesseewilliamsfestival.submittable.com/submit/42265/twf-fiction-contest November 30, 2017 A submission is one original short story, written in English, up to 7,000 words.
The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript.
Submissions must be typed; pages must be numbered and double-spaced.
Please use standard fonts such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Georgia in 12 point font size.
Simultaneous submissions accepted; please notify the Festival if your story is accepted elsewhere.
Unlimited entries per person. Simultaneous submissions accepted. Please notify the Festival if your work is accepted elsewhere.
All entries are considered for publication in a future Festival anthology.
Please take the judges of the contest into consideration. If you know the judges personally, or have ever attended classes or workshops they instructed, please use manuscripts that the judges would not have seen before.
2017 Shooter Poetry Competition https://shooterlitmag.com/poetry-competition/ November 19, 2017 General submissions for each issue are usually confined to a particular theme, but Shooter’s Poetry Competition offers a chance to write about whatever most compels you, in any style. We’re looking for sharply observed poetry with strong ideas and imaginative use of language: in short, arresting poems that appeal to both the head and the heart.
Barnet Open Poetry Competition 2017 http://www.barnetarts.org.uk/bbac/index_main.htm November 14, 2017 Elegy? satire? comedy? for young and old write a poem of not more than 35 lines on any topic general category 1st prize £500, 2nd £250 3rd prize x3 £50.00 juniors (7-11 & 12-16) 1st prize £25.00 2nd prize £15.00 3rd prize x3 £10.00 free entry to Barnet schools reduced fee to Barnet residents the judges – Anne stewart (general catagory) Katherine Gallagher (junior catagory) poets encouraged to illustrate their work with drawings and patterns
Entry: £5.00 adult, £1 7-11s
John Steinbeck Short Story Award http://www.reedmag.org/submit November 1, 2017 This award is for a work of fiction up to 5,000 words and requires a reading fee of $15.
Chris O’Malley Prize in Fiction https://www.themadisonrevw.com/contests?page_id=58 November 1, 2017 The Madison Review annually hosts the Phyllis Smart-Young Prize in Poetry and the Chris O’Malley Prize in Fiction. The finest unpublished short story and finest group of three unpublished poems will be awarded $1,000 with publication in an issue of The Madison Review. Writers may submit one entry per genre (one short story and/or group of three poems).
Asymptote http://www.asymptotejournal.com/submit/ November 1, 2017 Submissions are currently open for a special Indian Language Literature Feature to be published in January 2017. The editors welcome up to 15 pages of single-spaced poetry and double-spaced prose (fiction and nonfiction), and up to 20 pages of drama (one-act or excerpted). Closes 1 November.
The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers http://www.kenyonreview.org/contests/patricia-grodd/ November 30, 2017 Limit of one, previously unpublished poem per entrant (please do not simultaneously submit your contest entry to another magazine or contest.)
You must be a high school sophomore or junior to enter
Make sure your file is in ONE of the following formats:
-.PDF (Adobe Acrobat)
-.DOC or .DOCX (Microsoft Word)
-.RTF (Rich Text Format)
-.TXT (Microsoft Wordpad and Notepad, Apple TextEdit)
Submit your poem between November 1 and November 30, 2016 by pressing the “Submit Here” button and uploading your file
No entry fee; it’s 100% free!
Sherwood Anderson Fiction Prize and James Wright Poetry Prize http://casit.bgsu.edu/midamericanreview/fallcontests/ November 15, 2017 The contests are for previously unpublished work only–if the work has appeared in print or online, or has been contracted for such, it is ineligible and will be disqualified. Manuscripts and intro material need not be left anonymous. Close contacts (students, friends, family) of the judge in a particular contest may not submit to that contest.
Fish Short Story Prize http://www.fishpublishing.com/competition/short-story-contest/ November 30, 2017 No entry form is needed. Entry is online, or by post if required.
You may enter as many times as you wish.
This short story competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in English.
There is no restriction on theme or style.
Maximum number of words is 5,000.
The winning stories must be available for the anthology, and therefore must not have been published previously.
Fish holds publishing rights for one year after publication, after which publishing rights revert to the author.
Notification of receipt of entry will normally be by email.
The judges’ verdict is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
Stories cannot be altered or substituted once they have been entered.
Judging is anonymous. Name and contact details must not appear on the stories, (in the box provided if entering online, on separate sheet if entering by post).
In order to give opportunities to emerging writers: (a) Writers who have had two short stories published in Fish Anthologies may not enter for three years after their second publication. They may enter other Fish competitions. (b) Previous first prize winners may enter again, but will not be eligible for the first prize.
Entry is taken as acceptance of these rules.
THE GREGORY O’DONOGHUE INTERNATIONAL
POETRY COMPETITION http://munsterlit.ie/Gregory%20ODonoghue%20International%20Poetry%20Competition.html November 30, 2017 The competition is open to original, unpublished poems in the English language of 40 lines or less. The poem can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, translated work is not in the scope of this competition.
The Bath Children’s Novel Award 2017 https://bathnovelaward.co.uk/childrens-novel-award/ 19th November 2017 The Bath Novel Award is a competition open to novelists, of any nationality, who have yet to sign a traditional publishing deal for a novel
For the purposes of this competition, a “traditional publishing deal” is defined as an offer of publication which includes an advance payment
Self-published novelists are eligible
Novels which have been published without an advance payment in the author’s contract are eligible
Novels can be in any genre written for middle grade or young adult readers. Picture books are not eligible
Nuha Foundation Blogging Prizes http://www.nuhafoundation.org/home/bloggingprizes_english 15 October 2017 An international platform to debate issues of education and to provide an opportunity for authors to be published and to develop their self-confidence.
Deadline: 15 October 2017
My Writing Journey – International Short Story Competition http://www.writerscollegeblog.com/my-writing-journey-competition/ 30 September 2017 Write us a 1000-word story about your journey as a writer. Make it funny, quirky and/or inspirational. We will publish the best story in our quarterly newsletter and on our blog. Plus the winner receives $200 (R1000 or £100).
Entry is free and entrants are welcome from all over the globe.
Odyssey House Victoria Annual Short Story Competition https://www.odyssey.org.au/courage2017/ 3 November 2017 This competition is open to writers of all ages and experience.
Each submission must be no more than 1,500 words and follow the theme “Courage”. It will need to make a reference to alcohol and/or drugs. There is a limit of three entries per person, and the entry fee is $10 per story.
First prize is $1,000 and a one year membership to Writers Victoria; 2nd prize is $100 and 3rd prize is $50.
The competition closes on Friday 3rd November, 2017.
The New Orleans Book Festival http://nolabookfest.org/ November 12, 2017 The New Orleans Book Festival is a celebration of books for readers of all ages. The two-day festival includes a family-friendly evening performance and a full day of programming for book lovers ranging from new readers to literary scholars.
41st Boston Book Fair http://bostonbookfair.com/ NOVEMBER 10-12, 2017 Exhibitor registration for the 41st Boston Book Fair is now open for ABAA and ILAB dealers. Please follow the instructions that have been provided to you for registration. Contact email@example.com with questions. Mark your calendars for November 10-12, 2017, and join us for another exciting event!
2017 Toronto Antiquarian Book Fair http://www.torontoantiquarianbookfair.com/home.php November 3 to 5, 2017 The 2017 Toronto Antiquarian Book Fair is the premier antiquarian book fair in Canada and features exhibitors from across the country. They will bring a wide ranging selection of books, maps, prints and manuscripts for your perusal – including travel and exploration; natural history, science and technology; children’s and illustrated; fine press and limited editions; modern first editions and signed volumes; antiquarian and incunabula; as well as interesting and unusual books and ephemera of all kinds.
The Zebulon https://www.pikespeakwriters.com/contest/ November 1, 2017 Welcome to the 2018 Zebulon Fiction Writing Contest! Hosted by Pikes Peak Writers, the Zebulon gives fiction writers at all levels the chance to get their work in front of professional agents and editors. The contest simulates the real process of acquiring an agent, serving as an excellent learning experience. Do you have what it takes to get published? The Zebulon will help you find out.
F(r)iction Short Story Contest, Fall 2017 https://tetheredbyletters.submittable.com/submit/88592/friction-short-story-contest-fall-2017 November 1, 2017 The winner of our short story contest will be awarded $1,000.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.
VanderMey Nonfiction Prize https://ruminatemagazine.submittable.com/submit/8442/vandermey-nonfiction-prize November 15, 2017 The submission deadline for the prize is November 15th, 2017. Note – there is a grace period of three days for this contest. Entries submitted by 11:59 PST on November 18th will be entered into the contest.
The entry fee is $20 (includes a complimentary copy of Ruminate).
You may submit one nonfiction piece per entry and it must be 5500 words or less. There is no limit on the number of entries per person.
$1500 and publication in Ruminate will be awarded to the winner. The runner-up will receive $200 and publication in Ruminate.
An anonymous reading of all entries will be conducted by a panel of Ruminate readers, who will select 10 nonfiction finalists. Those 10 finalists will then be read for our final judge who will select a winner.
Close friends and students (current & former) of the final judge are not eligible to compete—we define student as someone who has taken one semester-long course or more with the judge; those who have only studied under the judge for week-long workshops and the like are still eligible.
Also not eligible to compete are: regular Ruminate blog contributors, past 1st-place winners of any Ruminate Prize, past judges of any Ruminate prizes, and friends or family of the Ruminate staff,
All submissions must be submitted via our online submission form manager. We will not accept mail or email submissions. We do not accept previously published entries.
All submissions must be previously unpublished.
There is no theme or topic for the nonfiction prize.
You may enter simultaneously submitted work, however, please withdraw your submission immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.
You may submit any type of creative nonfiction—personal essay, short memoir, literary journalism, etc.
We will be notifying all entrants of submission status in mid-January, 2018.
Please remove your name, bio, and any contact info from the file that you submit.
The Aeon Award 2017 http://www.albedo1.com/aeon-award/aeon-award-2017/ November 30th The Aeon Award is a prestigious fiction writing competition for short stories in any speculative fiction genre, i.e. fantasy, science fiction, horror or anything in-between or unclassifiable. The Aeon Award short fiction contest has been running since 2004 and has a Grand Prize of €1000 and publication in Albedo One! Second and third place contest prizes are €200 and €100 as well as guaranteed publication in Albedo One, the leading Irish magazine of science fiction, fantasy and horror. The contest opens January 1st and ends on November 30th.
The Somerset Awards ~ Contemporary & Literary Fiction Novel Writing Contest ~2017 https://www.chantireviews.com/services/#!/Contemporary-&-Mainstream-Novel-Writing-Contest/p/21521214/category=5193080 Nov. 30th, 2017 Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring contemporary stories, literary themes, adventure, satire, humor, magic realism or women and family themes, we will put them to the test and choose the best among them.
ALLINGHAM ARTS FESTIVAL 2017 http://www.allinghamfestival.com/ 12th November 2017 The Allingham Arts Festival is a community arts festival which takes place in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, each November, in honour of the poet William Allingham.
The John O’Connor Writing School http://thejohnoconnorwritingschool.com/ 5th November 2017 This innovative all-island and international creative and commercial Writing School and its exciting Literary Arts Festival honours the broad literary and cultural heritage of Armagh, the ancient and ecclesiastical capital of Ireland. It supports the development of new and emerging writers from Armagh, the island of Ireland and abroad. The patron is internationally renowned poet Paul Muldoon. The Writing School taught programme offers students the opportunity to specialise in a genre of their choice from:-poetry, creative fiction, stage/screen, song, nonfiction and media (journalism,commercial and business, advertising, blogging).They enjoy workshop/master classes delivered by acclaimed experts in their field. Something for everyone. Students have exclusive meetings and discussions with key publishing houses and benefit from the solitude of Writers’ Rooms in the ancient and beautiful buildings of Armagh City. You will enjoy the Literary and Cultural Walking Trail in Armagh, discovering this truly beautiful and inspiring ancient ‘City of Saints and Scholars’.
A Woman’s Write https://www.awomanswrite.com/ 30 November 2017 International prize for an unpublished novel written in English. Open to women only. All submissions receive a critique. Prize $500 and certificate! Runs every year and opens on 1st January.
Amazon KDP Pen to Publish Contest http://www.amazon.in/b?ie=UTF8&node=13819037031 10 November 2017 Open to all authors (resident in UK, US, Canada, Australia, & India) who publish through KDP on Amazon.in between 25th July and 10th November 2017. They’re looking for literary excellence in English language in any genre. Win ₹10 lakh (INR 1 Million) plus possible publishing deal with Westland and mentoring with Chetan Bhagat. Your book must be enrolled in KDP Select. Winning entries will be judged based on commercial viability.
InkTears Short Story Contest http://www.inktears.com/ssentry 30 November 2017 Submissions must be a short story between 1,000 to 3,500 words in length, written in English. Any theme is acceptable.
Story may have have been previously published in a magazine or online, providing the author still owns the copyright and there is no exclusivity with the prior publication
Alternatively, the story may be as yet unpublished.
Work must be entirely the work of the entrant, and the entrant must own the full publication rights to the story.
Submissions must be accompanied by a bio including full details of any previous publication history of the story submitted.
Submissions can only be accepted online.
Each submission must be accompanied by an entry fee of £7.50, payable as part of the submission process
Debut Poetry Collection Prize https://www.cinnamonpress.com/index.php/competitions/debut-poetry-collection-prize 30 November, 2017 Open to those who have not had a full collection published
Romance Writing Contest http://www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=104322 November 11, 2017 Write a story the brings two people together, two people who don’t necessarily realize that they belong together but the audience is rooting for them. No length requirements.
ESSAY WRITING CONTEST-III https://lifesaveressays.com/essay-contest/ Nov 2017 Surprise bonus winning opportunity is explained below.
Anyone, from any country, is free to apply! There is no entry fee!
1) Word count – The essay should be at least 900 words and not over 1300 words. Essays
violating this criteria will not be evaluated.
2) Topic – Our team of writers have come out with a list of topics that are interesting, engaging
and fun to write on. It is mandatory to choose a topic from that list. The list can be found below
this section. Choose ANY ONE topic.
3) Plagiarism – All essays must be absolutely original and in your own words. We will check the
essays for plagiarism. Copied essays will be disqualified.
4) Images – Images are allowed. You are free to use images but they must be copyright-free or
5) Format – Submissions are accepted only in Microsoft Word documents (doc or docx).
6) Cover Page – The cover page of your essay must contain your complete details such as your
full name, phone number and email.
7) Language – The essay must be written in English.
8) Number of entries- Multiple entries are allowed.
Winter Tangerine http://www.wintertangerine.com/submit/ November 1st Submissions are read blindly so do not put any identifying information on the document you upload to Submittable, or in your title. We will automatically reject pieces that do not follow this, so please look over your submission before you press send.
Please send all poetry submissions in Times New Roman, single-spaced, size 12.
Please send all prose submissions in Times New Roman, double-spaced, size 12.
Please send a cover letter with your submission. The cover letter should include a brief biography and the title of your pieces. This letter cannot be viewed by anyone except for administration so your identity will not be revealed to those evaluating your work.
We like works that combine and subvert language. Works with English that weave other languages are welcome.
We do not accept previously published work. If your piece has been published anywhere other than a personal blog/website, please don’t submit it.
We encourage simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if your work has been accepted for publication elsewhere.
Please title your works.
On Submittable, what you input in the title field should be the title of the piece, not “Jane Doe’s Poetry Submission”, not “Art from John Smith”. It should be the title of the piece or series you plan on submitting.
Submissions should be 2-7 poems. We’d like to get an idea of who you are as a poet, your particular style, recurring imagery, etc, so we’d like at least two poems- but we can’t consider more than seven. Please send your poems in one singular submission.
Keep prose submissions under three thousand words. We would love to read anything you wish to show our staff, but unfortunately, it wouldn’t be too time efficient to read your Ulysses-like novel manuscript. Likewise, while we love flash fiction, we’d like prose submissions to be at least two hundred words. Please put a word count in your cover letter for each piece you submit.
You may submit up to two fiction pieces and one nonfiction piece. In terms of creative nonfiction, we don’t want your high school term paper on the Salem Witchcraft Trials– we want your personal essay pieces and memoir pieces. Please send your pieces in one singular submission.
We accept visual, digital, photography and multimedia artwork. Please send your work in high quality. Please submit all of your work in one submission. If applicable, please note the dimensions and media of your work in your cover letter. All artwork submitted will be considered for cover art.
We will not consider erotica, graphic violence, children’s stories or genre fiction. We also will not consider misogynistic, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or otherwise bigoted work.
We suggest you download a copy of a previous volume to see the type of work we like to publish. If you can’t, read through some of our Spotlight Series. Read other work by our contributors. Do your research to see if our journal is the right fit for your work.
Contributors to all WT issues, regardless of genre, are compensated with $20.
We only accept submissions through our Submittable page. You can ask us questions through email, but any submissions sent through email will be deleted unread.
If eight weeks pass and you have not received some sort of notification on your submission, please email us. Sometimes we get backlogged. Actually, we are almost always backlogged. Forgive us.
If we accept a piece of yours for publication in an issue of WT, please wait at least a year before submitting to an issue again. Spotlight Series are an exception.
Fall 2017 Essay Contest http://www.parksandpoints.com/fall-writing-contest/ November 1, 2017 Our annual fall essay contest invites nonfiction submissions of up to 1,500 words in the form of autobiographical essay, reportage, profile, memoir, or narrative nonfiction. We seek essays that express a moment of significance — personal transformation, awakening, adventure, exploration, reward, accomplishment, revelation — that is inspired by or set within a park space or public land. Essays need not be about a U.S. national park—national forests, municipal and state parks, BLM lands, beaches, lakeshores, campgrounds, designated woodlands—and more—are great subjects. Also note that the writer does not need to be the subject of the essay. First, second and third place entries will be published on Parks and Points, as will the names of finalists. All entries are considered for publication.
World Food Day Poster Contest 2017 http://www.scholasticworld.in/2017/08/world-food-day-poster-contest-2017.html November 10, 2017 The Contest is open to children and youth between the ages of 5 and 19, living anywhere in the world
The Malahat Review’s Open Season Awards http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/open_season/info.html November 1 Poems (3 poems up to 100 lines each); fiction (2500 words max.); creative nonfiction (2500 words max.)
2017 Essay Writing Contest https://www.catholictextbookproject.com/essay-contest/ November 17, 2017 The contest is open to all students in Catholic schools – parochial, private or homeschool. We hope teachers and parents will incorporate this essay contest into their lesson plans and encourage their students to participate.