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; firstname.lastname@example.org (Make a note of your transaction ID) then send your entries in word format, sized at 12pt in Times New Roman font to: email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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