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Writing Competitions – January 2018

Why enter writing competitions?

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

Here is a list of writing competitions, awards, fairs, festivals and other book markets with deadlines in January, 2018.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Writing Competitions – December 2017

Why enter writing competitions?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Writing Competitions – November 2017

Why enter writing competitions?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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