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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.