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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

Writing Competitions & Book Fairs – April 2016 Deadlines

writing competitionTime to start writing and/or submitting your work for these April 2016 Deadlines!

Remember, continually promoting your book leads to greater awareness, increased sales and sometimes to opportunities you could never have imagined…

Here are the latest writing competitions and book fairs for you to consider – they each have deadlines of April 2016 for submission.

Kay Snow Writing Contest

  • http://willamettewriters.org/submit-your-writing/kay-snow-writing-contest/
  • April 30, 2016
  • The purpose of this annual writing contest, named in honor of Willamette Writers’ founder, Kay Snow, is to help writers reach professional goals in writing through a broad array of categories, and also to encourage student writers. In addition to cash prizes, winners will be listed on the Willamette Writers website, are honored at our Willamette Writers Conference held annually in August, and are automatically considered for publication in Willamette Writers’ new literary journal.

Self-Published Book Awards

  • http://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/self-published-book-awards
  • April 1, 2016
  • Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter the premier self-published competition exclusively for self-published books. Writer’s Digest hosts the 24th annual self-published competition–the Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition, co-sponsored by Book Marketing Works, LLC spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors.

1st Annual New Deal Writer’s Competition

  • http://livingstonarts.org/new-deal-writing-competition/
  • April 1, 2016
  • The New Deal Writer’s Competition is a short story competition where the writer is asked to use a painting chosen by the staff of Livingston Arts as inspiration for their piece

Ware Poets Competition

  • http://www.poetrypf.co.uk/comps/ware16.pdf
  • April 30, 2016
  • The competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over.

2016 Bristol Short Story Prize

  • http://intercompetition.com/index.php/writing/ad/2016-bristol-short-story-prize
  • April 30, 2016
  • “The maximum length of submissions is 4,000 words, there is no minimum length.
    Stories can be on any theme or subject and are welcome in any style including graphic, verse or genre-based (Crime, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Children’s etc.).
    All entries should be in English.”

Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

  • http://www.upress.pitt.edu/renderHtmlPage.aspx?srcHtml=htmlSourceFiles/starrett.htm
  • April 30, 2016
  • “The University of Pittsburgh Press announces the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize for a first full-length book of poems.
    You have to send one copy of your manuscript on good quality white paper, with no fewer than 48 and no more than 100 typescript pages. You should also include your curriculum vitae.” “7500 Thomas Blvd.
    Pittsburgh, PA 15260”

Spring 2016 Literary Festival

  • https://www.ohio.edu/cas/english/news-events/spring-literary-festival.cfm
  • April 6-8, 2016
  • Since 1986, The Spring Literary Festival has featured some of the world’s finest, most distinguished writers of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. The three-day festival is held in May on the Ohio University main campus in Athens, OH.

2016 Bath Short Story Award

  • http://bathshortstoryaward.co.uk/
  • April 25, 2015
  • “Stories can be on any theme or subject but must be original and written in English. They must also be for adult or young adult readers. Non-fiction and fiction written for children under 13 years is not eligible.
    Maximum length is 2,200 words.  Entries must not have been previously published in print or online, been broadcast or won a prize.”

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

  • https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/wergle-flomp-humor-poetry-contest-free
  • April 1, 2016
  • Submit one poem only, with a maximum of 250 lines 351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222, Northampton, MA 01060

The London Book Fair

  • http://www.londonbookfair.co.uk/
  • 12-14 April 2016
  • The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. In 2016 the fair will take place at Olympia, West London, and cover all aspects of the publishing industry.

Ver Poets

  • http://verpoets.org.uk/
  • April 30, 2016
  • Poems must be no more than 30 lines in length. They may be on any theme and in any form. The competition is open to anybody aged 16 or over. Competitors may submit any number of poems for a fee of £4.00 per poem, 3 poems for £10, £2 per poem thereafter.

The Prestigious Claymore Award

  • http://www.claymoreaward.com/
  • April 30, 2016
  • Judges will consider any subgenre of mystery or thriller. Enter the first 50 pages of any unpublished literature “P.O. Box 680759
    Franklin, Tennessee 37068-0759”

Colm Toibin International Short Story Competition

  • http://www.focalliteraryfestival.com/the-colm-toibin-international-short-story-award/
  • April 1, 2016
  • “Entries must be between 1,800 and 2,000 words in length. Entries must be in English. Entries must be the original work of the author and must not have been previously published either in writing or electronically. Entries which have received awards in other competitions are also ineligible.” “C/- Focal @ Enniscorthy Library
    Lymington Road,
    Enniscorthy Co. Wexford Ireland”

International Short Story Contest

  • https://www.firstwriter.com/competitions/short_story_contest/
  • April 1, 2016
  • The contest is open to stories of any style and on any subject, but they must not be longer than 3,000 words. The closing date for submissions is April 1, 2016, and there is a reading fee of $9.75 / £6.50 per story. Alternatively you can enter two stories for just $8.63 / £5.75 each, three stories for only $7.50 / £5.00 each, or five stories for only $6.00 / £4.00 per story.

Momaya Press’s Short Story Competition

  • http://momayapress.com/momaya-short-story-competition/
  • April 30, 2016
  • Momaya Press’s Short Story Competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in English and offers the opportunity for winners to be published in the Momaya Annual Review 2016.

The Bath Novel Award

  • 2016 http://bathnovelaward.co.uk/
  • April 10, 2016
  • Novels written for adults or young adults, first 5,000 words plus synopsis PO Box 5223, Bath, BA1 0UR, England, UK
    FanStory’s Character Writing Contest
    http://www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=102630 April 29, 2016 “Write a short story that includes a character that is part of the scene pictured below. Creative approaches are welcomed. We are looking for ‘Vivid Characterization’ – well-defined, rich characterization. These are characters you can vividly hear, see, smell and care about as they are created by the writer. Minimum length 700 words. Maximum Length 7,000 words. Recommended length 2,000 – 3,500 words “

The Story House Ireland Presents “Poetry: The Craft”

  • http://www.poetryireland.ie/writers/opportunities/the-story-house-ireland-presents-poetry-the-craft
  • April 11, 2016
  • Coleridge said that poetry is the best words in the best order, but how do you choose the words and the order? Join experienced tutors, Nessa O’Mahony and Peter Sirr, for a week-long residential course that will guide you through the craft of writing poetry, from getting started, developing a daily practice of writing and reading, through drafting and redrafting, to finishing your work.

The Magpie Award for Poetry

  • http://pulpliterature.com/contests/
  • April 15, 2016
  • At Pulp Literature, we have an affinity for poetry, the hard liquor of literature. We like it strong, neat, and we don’t mind if it makes our eyes water. Our judges, will be looking for a fusion of musicality, imagery, feeling, and thought. May the best poem win!

Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry

  • http://www.sarabandebooks.org/morton
  • April 30, 2016
  • This contest is open to any poet of English. Employees and board members of Sarabande Books, Inc. are not eligible. Individual poems from the manuscript may have been published previously in magazines, chapbooks of less than 48 pages, or anthologies, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. Translations and previously published collections are not eligible. To avoid conflict of interest, close friends of a judge or students in a degree-granting program with a judge are not eligible to enter a contest in the genre for which their friend or teacher is serving as judge.

2016 Poetry Chapbook Contest

  • http://www.omnidawn.com/contest/poetry-contests.htm
  • April 18, 2016
  • Open to all writers with no limitations on the amount of poetry a writer has published. Submissions should be 20–40 pages of poetry, not including front and back matter. (Keep in mind that this is intended to fit in a 5.5 x 7 inch published chapbook of approximately 60 pages or less, although you can submit on standard 8.5 x 11 inch pages, and we will format to fit the smaller size.) Colleagues, students, and close friends of the judge, Hoa Nguyen, are not eligible. “1632 Elm Avenue
    Richmond, CA 94805-1614”
    Wax Poetry and Art http://waxpoetryart.com/contests/poetry.html April 30, 2016 “The work submitted must be wholly original to the person submitting
    the work.
    Simultaneous submissions are not allowed for this contest. Please do not
    submit the same poems anywhere else until the contest results are
    announced.”

RhymeZone Poetry Prize

  • http://www.rhymezone.com/contest/
  • April 12, 2016
  • For the first RhymeZone Poetry Prize, we asked people to write poems on the theme of “Understanding”. We received 3,556 submissions from more than 3,000 people from all across the United States and Canada. The poems touch on all aspects of the contest theme, and there’s a staggering diversity of styles, forms, meters, rhyme schemes, and topics.

Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards

  • http://www.poetrycenterpccc.com/awards/
  • April 1, 2016
  • Up to five poems per person will be accepted for consideration. Submit four copies of each poem for distribution to the judges. No poem should be more than two manuscript pages. Since the poems will be judged anonymously, sheets which contain the poems should not have the poet’s name on them. Include a separate cover sheet with the poet’s name, mailing address, phone number, email address and the titles of the poems. Poems cannot be returned.

Paterson Fiction Prize

  • http://www.poetrycenterpccc.com/awards/
  • April 1, 2016
  • A $1000 prize is awarded by The Poetry Center at PCCC for a novel or collection of short fiction which, in the opinion of our judges, is the strongest work of fiction published in 2015.

THE 2016 BEST FIRST NOVEL COMPETITION

  • http://www.delsolpress.org/DSP-NovelCompetition.htm
  • April 15, 2016
  • The competition is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence, and is available to published and unpublished authors alike. Genres we are looking for include literary and upmarket fiction, mainstream or general fiction, mystery/thriller or speculative fiction with a literary edge, serious women’s fiction, and unique experimental work. “2020 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
    Ste 443
    Washington, DC 20006”

Acrostic Poetry Contest

  • http://www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=102652
  • April 24, 2016
  • Write an acrostic poem where the first letter of each line spells out a word (downwards). The poem can be about anything. It can be based on one or more words. Creative approaches are welcomed. One entry per person. New entries only. Acrostic poetry only.

The Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize

  • http://ashlandpoetrypress.com/guidelines/snyder-prize
  • April 1, 2016
  • This poetry book series honors the memory of Richard Snyder (1925-1986), poet, fiction writer, playwright, and long-time professor of English at Ashland University. In selecting manuscripts for this series, Ashland Poetry Press editors keep in mind Snyder’s tenacious dedication to craftsmanship and thematic integrity.
    “401 College Ave.
    Ashland, OH 44805”

The Eastern Iowa Review Poetry Prize

  • http://www.portyonderpress.com/eastern-iowa-review-poetry-prize.html
  • April 30, 2016
  • The Eastern Iowa Review Poetry Prize will award three poets a prize for poems that reflect smart writing from a “good spaces” context suitable for a wide audience. No poem length or style restrictions. Prose poems are welcome as are found poems, free verse, haiku, rhyming poems, etc. All poems must be completely unpublished.
    6332 – 33rd Avenue Drive, Shellsburg IA

2016 Indiana Review Poetry

  • Prize http://indianareview.org/contests/
  • April 1, 2016
  • “Send no more than three poems per entry, 8 pages maximum.
    As of September 2014 we no longer accept hard-copy submissions.
    Entrant’s name must not appear on the submission.
    Cover letter must include name, address, phone number, and title. Entrant’s name should appear ONLY in the cover letter.” “Ballantine Hall 529
    1020 E. Kirkwood Ave. Indiana “

THE ANNUAL GULF COAST PRIZE

  • http://gulfcoastmag.org/contests/gulf-coast-prize/
  • April 9, 2016
  • The contest awards publication and $1,500 each to the best poem, essay, and short story, as well as $250 to two honorable mentions in each genre.

The Waterston Desert Writing Prize

  • http://www.writingranch.com/waterston-prize-for-desert-writers/
  • April 1, 2016
  • Now in its second year, the Prize annually honors literary nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place, and desert literacy – with the desert as both subject and setting. Inspired by author and poet Ellen Waterston’s love of the high desert of Central Oregon, a region that has been her muse for more than 30 years, the Prize recognizes the vital role deserts play worldwide in the ecosystem and human narrative. “PO Box 640
    Bend, OR 97709”

Beacon Street Prize

  • http://www.redividerjournal.org/submit/contests/beacon-street-prize/
  • April 30, 2016
  • We launched the Beacon Street Prize in 2012, in honor of our 10th anniversary, and writers and readers responded with such enthusiasm that we now hold it annually. Welcoming submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, the 2016 contest will open February 15 and close April 30.

Binsted Arts Poetry Competition

  • http://www.binsted.org/poetry-comp
  • April 17, 2016
  • Original unpublished poems are invited on the theme:
    A way through the woods

Ver Poets Open Competition

  • 2016 http://verpoets.org.uk/
  • April 30, 2016
  • Poems must be no more than 30 lines in length. They may be on any theme and in any form. The competition is open to anybody aged 16 or over. Competitors may submit any number of poems for a fee of £4.00 per poem, 3 poems for £10, £2 per poem thereafter.
    16th Poetry on the Lake http://www.poetryonthelake.org/page2.php April 30, 2016 “3 categories: Open & Formal (max 40 lines each), Short (max 10 lines)
    Mark category top right of each page. The same poem may be entered in two or more categories
    but will count each time as a separate entry. “

The Very Short Fiction

  • http://www.glimmertrain.com/pages/guidelines/very_short_fiction_guidelines.php
  • April 30, 2016
  • “The Very Short Fiction Contest is open to all writers.
    Any story that has not appeared in a print publication is welcome.
    Maximum length: 3,000 words” “PO Box 80430
    Portland, Oregon 97280 USA”

The Fiction Open

  • http://www.glimmertrain.com/pages/writing_guidelines.php
  • April 30, 2016
  • Open to all subjects, all themes, and all writers. Most entries run from 3,000 to 6,000 words, but any lengths from 3,000 to 20,000 words are welcome. “PO Box 80430
    Portland, Oregon 97280 USA”

2016 New South Writing Contest

  • http://newsouthjournal.com/contest/
  • April 15, 2016
  • This year’s contest will be be judged by Anya Silver in the genre of poetry and Matthew Salesses in the genre of prose. First place winners in each category will be awarded $1,000 prizes; second place winners, $250 prizes; and third place winners, a three-year subscription to New South. Your $15 entry fee also includes a one-year subscription to New South. You may submit electronically via Submittable ONLY.

2016 Frost Farm Prize

  • http://www.frostfarmpoetry.org/prize/
  • April 1, 2016
  • Poems must be original, unpublished and metrical (any metrical form). No translations. There is no limit to the number of poems entered by an individual, but an entry fee of $5 U.S. per poem must accompany the submission. You are welcome to submit a poem sequence (a crown of sonnets for example) but each poem must be entered as a separate file and will be judged individually. “280 Candia Rd.
    Chester, NH 03036”

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

  • https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/tom-howard-john-h-reid-fiction-essay-contest
  • April 30, 2016
  • Welcome to the 24th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $4,000 in prizes.

Margaret Chase Smith Essay Contest

  • http://www.mcslibrary.org/program/edu/essay.htm
  • April 1, 2016
  • The rules of the contest are minimal. Essays must be typed and double-spaced. Contestants should provide contact information so they can receive notification of final results. Essays should be no longer than 2000 words. Quality of evidence, argumentation, and writing is more important than quantity of pages. “56 Norridgewock Avenue
    Skowhegan, Maine 04976 “

Twelfth International Short Story Contest

  • https://www.firstwriter.com/competitions/short_story_contest/
  • April 1, 2016
  • Welcome to firstwriter.com’s Twelfth International Short Story Contest. This competition is open to fiction in any style and on any subject, up to 3,000 words long.
    LitRejections Short Story Prize http://www.litrejections.com/short-story-prize/ April 4, 2016 “Our inaugural story prize is welcoming submissions from writers around the world for the chance to win cash prizes and publication on our website, a site with over 100 million web hits.
    We would love to read your stories and bring your voice to a wider audience of readers, agents, publishers, authors, and many leading figures from all of the other creative industries, who regularly visit our website www.litrejections.com”

THE LONG ISLAND BOOK FAIR

  • http://www.libookfair.com/
  • April 2 – 3, 2016
  • Featuring Books and Ephemera, with Paper in every category, Prints & Post Cards, too. 720 Northern Blvd. (NY25A) Brookville NY 11549

New York Antiquarian BOOK FAIR

  • http://www.nyantiquarianbookfair.com/
  • April 7-10, 2016
  • From April 7-10, 2016 book lovers will find a fascinating treasure trove at the Park Avenue Armory. Over 200 American and international dealers will exhibit at The ABAA New York Antiquarian Book Fair, bringing a vast selection of rare books, maps, manuscripts, illuminated manuscripts and ephemera. The diversity of specialties includes art, medicine, literature, photography, autographs, first editions, Americana, and much more. “Park Avenue Armory
    643 Park Avenue, New York
    Between 66/67 Streets”

Southern Kentucky Book Fest

  • http://sokybookfest.org/
  • April 23, 2016
  • Southern Kentucky Book Fest is one of the state’s largest literary events and is presented by Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Warren County Public Library, and WKU Libraries. Held annually in April, the Book Fest draws thousands of readers of all ages who welcome the occasion to meet their favorite authors and purchase signed copies of their books. Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101

2016 Virginia Book Fair

  • http://www.virginiabooksellers.org/
  • April 29 – 30, 2016
  • “40 of the country’s finest booksellers under one roof, offering books, manuscripts, maps, autographs, art and ephemera for every taste and budget.
    Admission is free, parking is ample, and the VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is right next-door (with its award-winning café and restaurant). ” “428 N. Boulevard
    Richmond, Virginia 23220”

Bloomsbury Book Fair

  • http://www.bloomsburybookfair.com/
  • April 10, 2016
  • We welcome our regular dealers PLUS some new faces and Specialist Military Dealers! You can expect dealers in fine and rare books, ephemera specialists, map & print sellers, as well as auctioneers and bookbinders, be sure to mark the date in your diary! “Bedford Way
    London WC1H 0DG”

2016 AWP Conference & Bookfair

  • https://www.awpwriter.org/awp_conference/
  • April 2, 2016
  • The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join our community for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature.

The Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

  • http://www.buffalosmallpress.org/
  • April 9-10, 2016
  • The Buffalo Small Press Book Fair is a regional two-day event that brings booksellers, authors, bookmakers, zinesters, small presses, artists, poets, and other cultural workers (and enthusiasts) together in a venue where they can share ideas, showcase their art, and peddle their wares. “Porter Hall
    453 Porter Avenue
    Buffalo, NY”

THE 2016 VIRGIN ISLANDS LITERARY FESTIVAL AND BOOK FAIR

  • https://vilitfest.wordpress.com/
  • April 21-23, 2016
  • The second annual Virgin Islands Literary Festival and Book Fair is set to kick off April 20-23 with events highlighting and celebrating literature’s role in culture and society. “University of the Virgin Islands
    St. Croix Campus”

Blue Ridge Bookfest

  • http://www.blueridge.edu/blueridgebookfest
  • April 22-23, 2016
  • The 2016 Blue Ridge Bookfest is pleased and excited to announce that Novelist Ms. Sara Gruen, author of the widely acclaimed Water for Elephants, will be the 2016 Blue Ridge Bookfest Featured Author. “180 West Campus Dr.
    Technology Education & Development Center
    (TEDC Building)
    Flat Rock, NC 28731”

Ohioana Book Festiva

  • http://www.ohioana.org/programs/ohioana-book-festival/
  • April 23, 2016
  • Since its inception in 2007, the Ohioana Book Festival has given readers the opportunity to connect with their favorite Ohio writers. Held each spring, the Festival welcomes roughly 100 authors and more than 3,000 visitors every year. Capitol Square, 75 E. State St., Columbus, OH 43215

Greater St. Louis Book Fair

  • http://www.stlouisbookfair.org/
  • April 28, 2016
  • Greater St. Louis Book Fair is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most popular charity book sales. For over 60 years, book lovers and collectors have enjoyed bargain prices on a diverse and quality selection of new, gently-used and rare books. Fair proceeds benefit local non-profit education and literacy programs.

Newburyport Literary Festival

  • http://newburyportliteraryfestival.org/
  • April 29-30, 2016
  • Founded in 2005, the Newburyport Literary Association, Inc. will host its eleventh festival April 29th and 30th. PO Box 268 Newburyport, MA 01950

Dayton Book Expo

  • http://www.daytonbookexpo.com/
  • April 30, 2016
  • For the seventh consecutive year, hundreds of book lovers will convene at the Dayton Book Expo. The all-day event includes panel discussions for aspiring authors, activities for children in the Kidz Zone and book signings! The event is free and open to the public. Great Hall – Building 12 444 West Third Street Dayton, Ohio 45402

 

Book & Writing Competitions – March 2016 Deadlines

Writing Competitions with deadlines in March 2016

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

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

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


 

Poetry and Short Fiction Competition

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

Humanities Writing Competition

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

CWA MARGERY ALLINGHAM SHORT STORY COMPETITION

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

The Caterpillar Poetry

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

Hugh Miller Writing Competition

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

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest

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

Cork Literary Review Poetry Manuscript Competition

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

2016 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction

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

2016 Book Award

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

Antonym Poetry Contest

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

Cozy Mystery Novels Writing Contest 2016

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

2016 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

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

Connemara Mussel Festival Poetry Competition 2016

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

Wyoming Writers, Inc.

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

Writers-Editors Network 33rd Annual International Writing Competition

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

Glass Mountain Submission

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

POETRY 2016 International Poetry Competition

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

2016 NFSPS Annual Poetry Contest

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

No Way Out Fiction Competition

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

The  “Nivalis” Short Story Competition 2016

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

Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize

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

Ruth Stone Poetry Prize

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

DASH Journal’s Poetry Contest

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

F(r)iction Winter Literary Competition

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

The Southeast Review’s Writing Contests

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

World’s Best Short-Short Story Contest

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

The Southeast Review Narrative Nonfiction Contest

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

Willow Springs Fiction Prize

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

Phoebe Journal’s Writing Contest

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

The Grammar Ghoul Press Writing Contest

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

Streetlight’s 2016 Essay/Memoir Contest

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

Tanka Poetry Contest

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

FanStory’s Write About This Contest

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

2016 TUSCULUM REVIEW POETRY CHAPBOOK PRIZE

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

The 2016 Pinch Literary Awards

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

Connemara Mussel Festival Poetry Competition

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

CUTTHROAT Literary Award

http://www.cutthroatmag.com/contest.html     March 15, 2016 Submit up to three unpublished poems (100 line limit each), one unpublished short story or creative nonfiction piece (5000 word limit), any subject, any style, postmarked BY OCTOBER 20, 2016.

Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize

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

Katherine Paterson Prize

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

William Van Dyke Short Story Prize

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

Women’s Short Story Competition 2016

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

THRESHOLDS INTERNATIONAL SHORT FICTION

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

The Rubery Book Award

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

Hourglass Literary Magazine Contest

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

Brittle Star Poetry and Short Fiction Competition

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

Penguin Design Award

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

The Inaugural “Write This Speculative Fiction Novel” Contest

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

Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award

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

McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize

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

Bethesda MD 20815”

Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award

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

The 2016 Knickerbocker Prize

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

The Basil Bunting Poetry Award

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

The Bryan MacMahon Short Story Competition

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

The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition

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

Fish Publishing Short Story Prize

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

The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

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

2016 Innovative Short Fiction Contest

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

Connemara Mussel Festival Poetry Competition

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

Jabberwock Review Prizes in Fiction and Poetry

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

2016 GLCL Sonnet Contest

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

2016 Short Story Award

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

Share Your Story

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

TEMPLAR QUARTERLY PORTFOLIO AWARDS

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

The Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award

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

John Gardner Fiction Book Award

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

Writing Competitions – Deadline December 2015

writing-1The weather is getting chillier and it’s the perfect time to curl up in front of the fire and submit your writing to one or more of the following competitions that have deadlines in December…

…and remember to let me know how it goes!


The Restless Books

http://www.restlessbooks.com/prize-for-new-immigrant-writing
December 31, 2015
Fiction submissions accepted September through December, 2015. Nonfiction submissions accepted fall, 2016.Winner receives $10,000 and publication by Restless Books

Tethered by Letters

http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submissions/
December 1, 2015
BL is pleased to announce our third annual Summer Literary Competition. There are three submission categories: 1) short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 2) flash fiction with a word limit of either 55, 250, or 500 words, and 3) poetry no longer than three pages. For these contests we are looking for engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh perspectives and styles.

Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction

December 1, 2015
Entries for the Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize should be approximately 1500 words or less. Submissions should be unpublished and in .rtf, .doc, or .pdf format. Feel free to submit multiple stories, but please DO NOT submit multiple Word documents as one submission or one text document containing multiple stories. Instead, please submit each story as a SEPARATE entry (so that you complete an individual submission process for each story).

Magic Oxygen

December 31, 2015
You must ensure you have read and comply with all the rules before you enter. By entering the competition and uploading or sending us your work, you agree that you are in full acceptance of them. Any failure to comply with them may result in your entry being disqualified.

Soundwork Short Story Competition

http://www.soundwork-uk.co.uk/competitions
December 31, 2015
To submit a short story to the Soundwork competition, send it as an attachment to info@soundwork-uk.co.uk and, on the cover page of the story, put your name and email address, but these should not appear anywhere else in the attachment. Your story should not be longer than two thousand words and may be on any theme. There is no fee to enter the competition and no acknowledgement of receipt will be sent. An entrant may submit any number of entries. The winner, and possibly others, will have the story recorded by Soundwork and posted on the website, along with a photo and details. Copyright will remain with the authors and Soundwork will retain rights to the recordings. Entries may have been broadcast/published elsewhere. Closing date 31st. December 2015. Keep an eye on this website for results – expected in January 2016.

The Henshaw Short Story Competition

http://www.henshawpress.co.uk/
December 31, 2015.
Entries must be a fictional short story of up to 2000 words on any theme.
Entries must be on A4, double spaced and page numbered with the title on each page.
The author’s name must not appear on any page either as a header or in the content.
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 page containing the author’s name, address and telephone number.

T S Eliot Writing Competition

http://www.poetrybooks.co.uk/projects/15/
December 11, 2015.
Read the 20 poems we’ve selected, 2 by each of the shortlisted poets for the T S Eliot Prize for Poetry. Pick your favourite poet. Then get writing!
The Enfield Poets International Poetry Competition 2015

December 1, 2015
The competition is open to anyone aged 17 or over at the time of entering. Entries from outside the U.K. are welcome, but must be written in English.

Earlyworks Press Web Poetry Competition 2015

http://www.earlyworkspress.co.uk/Competition_poetry_details.htm
December 1, 2015
The competition is open to anyone over 16. The best entries will be published, online initially, but with an option of publication in our next paperback anthology. The authors will receive one complimentary copy of the anthology. 10-20 will be included, depending on length and quality. All winners will be offered further copies at a reduced price if they request them.

Travel and Water Writing Competition

December 31, 2015
Our exciting Writing Competition is Free To Enter and offers a prize of £100 to the author of the best entry, as judged by the Editorial Staff of SeniorTravelExpert.com.

Brave New Ending Writing Challenge

http://theatrecloud.com/get-involved/creative-projects/writing-challenge-can-you-pen-a-brave-new-ending
December 31, 2015
Our Brave New Ending Writing Challenge is brought to you in partnership with the Touring Consortium Theatre Company ahead of their forthcoming major new adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s future-shock literary classic. This Creative Project is open to aspiring writers of all ages. And there’s a very starry prize for ten lucky winners… – See more at: http://theatrecloud.com/get-involved/creative-projects/writing-challenge-can-you-pen-a-brave-new-ending#sthash.2Ozdw1qH.dpuf

Flash Fiction Competition

http://www.multi-story.co.uk/competitionrules.html
December 1, 2015
Our competitions are open to writers of all ages and nationalities but entries must be in English.
Kingston Libraries Annual Poetry Competition
https://arena.yourlondonlibrary.net/web/kingston/poetry
December 3, 2015
The competition is open to anyone aged 18 and over.

Beaumont Park’s Beautiful Poetry

http://www.fobp.co.uk/index.php/beaumont-park-s-beautiful-poetry
December 25, 2015
The idea was to hold a poetry competition with various categories, open to all ages, but with the common theme being Beaumont Park. The winning 25 poems will then have their poem published in a book but more excitingly it will be part of a Poetry Trail with a permanent copy of the poem located at various points around the Park.

Sentinel Annual Poetry Competition 2015

http://www.sentinelpoetry.org.uk/sawc/poetry.html
December 31, 2015
Poets of all ages, gender, and nationality living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.

Cinnamon Press Mini-Competition

http://www.cinnamonpress.com/index.php/competitions/mini-competitions
December 31, 2015
Results will be sent individually to all winners and runners up, published on the Cinnamon website, and included in our newsletter, within 6–8 weeks of the mini-competition’s closing date.

Writing competitions for January 2015

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

The Tampa Review Prize for Poetry

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

12/31/2014

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

Flash 500 Humour Verse Competition

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

12/31/2014

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

Labello 3rd International Short Story

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

12/31/2014

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

Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award Winter 2014

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

12/31/2014

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

Labello 3rd International Short Story

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

12/31/2014

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

INTERNATIONAL POETRY & PROSE COMPETITION 2014

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

12/31/2014

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

Hidden Prize for Prose

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

12/31/2014

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

Local Poem Competition 2015

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

12/31/2014

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

2015 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

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

12/31/2014

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

The Poetry Box Halloween Poetry Annual Award 2014

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

12/31/2014

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

Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2014

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

12/31/2014

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

The 2015 Mississippi Review Prize

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

1/1/2015

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

The Henshaw December Short Story Competition

http://henshawpress.co.uk/

1/12/2015

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

Colorado Prize for Poetry

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

1/14/2015

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

H. E. Francis Short Story Competition

http://www.hefranciscompetition.com/

1/15/2015

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

Mash Stories Flash Fiction Competition

http://mashstories.com/competition/

1/15/2015

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

The Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers

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

1/15/2015

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

Raynes Poetry Prize

http://jewishcurrents.org/poetry-prize

1/15/2015

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

K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Award

1/15/2015

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

William Matthews Poetry Prize

http://www.ashevillepoetryreview.com/

1/15/2015

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

Magma Poetry Competition

http://magmapoetry.com/competition/

1/19/2015

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

Torriano Poetry Competition 2015

1/30/2015

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

SPM PUBLICATIONS POETRY BOOK COMPETITION

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

1/31/2015

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

Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2015 Short Story Award

http://bwgwritersroundtable.com/

1/31/2015

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

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society OPEN POETRY COMPETITION

1/31/2015

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

2015 National Short Story Competition

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

1/31/2015

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

James White Award Short Story Competition

http://www.jameswhiteaward.com/

1/31/2015

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

Prole Laureate 2015

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

1/31/2015

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

Helen Short Story Contest

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

2/1/2015

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

Plymouth Writers Group – Open Fiction Writing 2014/15

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

2/1/2015

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

The Homestart Bridgwater Short Story Competition

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

2/1/2015

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

PLYMOUTH WRITERS GROUP OPEN WRITING COMPETITION 2014/15

2/1/2015

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

The Keats-Shelley Prize 2015

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

2/1/2015

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

The Secret to Writing a Best-selling Novel

I was intrigued by an article in the British publication the Telegraph which seemed quite extraordinary. The piece was entitled, “Scientists Find Secret to Writing a Best-selling Novel.”

For a writer, what could be more arresting than such a headline?

Among other things, the article said: “Computer scientists have developed an algorithm which can predict with 84 percent accuracy whether a book will be a commercial success — and the secret is to avoid clichés and excessive use of verbs.”

Computer scientists at Stony Brook University in New York employed a technique called statistical stylometry to mathematically examine the use of words and grammar in predicting how popular a book would be. While certain elements were analyzed, the scientists acknowledged that a “range of factors” would help determine a book’s success, including “interestingness, novelty, style of writing, and whether or not a storyline is engaging.” They also allowed that another external factor plays a significant role in the success of many books: luck.

Most authors will attest to the last factor.

To arrive at their findings, the group downloaded classics from the Project Gutenberg archive and analyzed the novels’ texts. They compared the algorithm’s predictions to historical information of each work’s success. Everything from science fiction to classic literature and poetry was included. The article discussed several trends found in successful novels, including the number of conjunctions, nouns, adjectives and verbs used by the authors. To find less successful books, the researchers scoured Amazon for books ranking low in sales. Assistant Profession Yejin Choi, one of the paper’s authors said, “To the best of our knowledge, our work is the first that provides quantitative insights into the connection between the writing style and the success of literary works.”

Professor Choi referred to “the secret recipe” of successful novels. He said, “Our work examines 800 books over multiple genres, providing insights into lexical, syntactic and discourse patterns that characterize the writing styles commonly shared in successful literature.”

Keep reading here:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-rubinstein/the-secret-to-writing-a-b_1_b_4630781.html

Rejection from Publishers: What to Do Now

Rejection from Publishers: What to Do Now

by: Keith Henry

So you’ve written a book and now, you want to share this work of art with the world; publishers are the only people standing in your way. It doesn’t really matter what genre you specialize in, the fact of the matter is, when you send your work to editors or publishing houses, you can get rejected.

Nothing can be more frustrating than getting rejected by publishers and here’s how you can deal with the rejection. Instead of sulking at home, refusing to write another word, you can try sending your manuscript to another editor. When that’s done, you can sit back, relax and spend your time doing other things besides thinking about your book. More often than not, publishing houses and editors work under strict guidelines with manuscript submission and you’ll be putting yourself in danger by sending your manuscript to other editors at the same time.

Meanwhile, you can keep a close eye on your email for a letter from the publishers. When you receive a letter, expect a no. Expecting the worst will be easier for you when you do get the worst. For this particular circumstance, you can scream and shout, rant and rave for a few minutes about how these people just let a good thing pass them by. You then get back to reading the rest of the rejection letter. Here, you’ll be given a number of tips how you make your work better. When all these tips have sunk in, you can start submitting your manuscript to another editor.

Simply repeat the process of sitting and waiting, keeping an eye out for a letter from the publisher, etc. For the first rejection slip you’ve received, you can file this letter away or you can simply throw it out. Remember that that was just one publisher’s opinion. You have a long list of publishers to go through. In the meantime, you can continue revising and editing your manuscript. When you think you’ve made it even more perfect, you can send this out to another editor. Rejection from publishers is just a part of the process for becoming a successful writer.

About The Author

For more information about publishers, visit the Bookpal website.  http://dlaryj.blogspot.com