Here is a list of writing competitions that have deadlines for December, 2014.
Remember, writing contests are not only a good way to get noticed, they are also excellent for fine-tuning your writing skills!
Hamlin Garland Short Story Award
A reading fee of $20 must accompany each entry. Checks are payable to Beloit Fiction Journal, or pay entry fee through Submittable. One story per entry/multiple entries OK. Maximum 7,000 words. All entrants will be considered for publication.
Beloit College, 700 College Street
Beloit, WI, 53511
Wabash Prize For Nonfiction
For each submission, send up to three poems, of no more than six total pages (all poems should be compiled into a single document). A reading fee of $15 (submitted online) must accompany each submission. Additional poems may be included for an additional reading fee of $5 for per poem. If submitting additional poems, please submit ALL poems in a single word document. Manuscript pages should be numbered and should include the title of the piece.
500 Oval Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907
The 2014/15 Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition
The 2014/15 International Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition is open for entries. Judge: Billy Collins. Prizes: Publication by Smith|Doorstop Books, a share of £2,000 cash, publication in The North magazine, and launch readings hosted by the Poetry Business. The 29th annual international Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition invites entrants to submit a collection of 20-24 pages of poems for the chance to win publication by smith|doorstop, a share of £2,000 and other prizes.
Entry Fee: £25, or £20 for North subscribers, Friends of The Poetry Business and members of The Poetry Society
Enfield Poets International Poetry Competition
Enfield Poets International Poetry Competition is for poems of up to 50 lines on any subject. Judge: Ruth Padel. Prizes: £500, £200, £100.
Templar Poetry Quarterly Pamphlet Competition
The Templar Poetry Quarterly Pamphlet Award offers the opportunity to submit a Portfolio of between ten and twelve pages of poetry.
PO Box 7721 Matlock Derbyshire DE4 9DD
The Tenth Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize
A prize of £1,750 and publication by The Waywiser Press in the UK and the USA is given annually for a poetry collection by an author who has published no more than one previous poetry collection. The winner will give a reading at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. in the autumn of 2015, where he or she will appear with the tenth contest’s judge. Submit a manuscript of between 48 and 88 pages.
£15 entry fee (just over £16 for online submissions)
The Schneider Family Book Awards
The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting entries for The Schneider Family Book Awards, which recognize three authors and/or illustrators for a novel that personifies a dramatic articulation of the disability that a child or adult experiences.
50 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611-2788
The Book of Plans Hopes And Dreams
An Anglo-German writing competition to link 1914 to 2114 and beyond by writing a poem or short story to each era. The competition judge: Panel led by Rebecca Bilkau and Prof Mike Abramson CBE. Prizes: Winners: All expenses paid trip to Lower Saxony, Germany and publication special commemorative books which will on display in England and Germany and on website. Shortlist publication in commemorative book and website.
Quatrain Poetry Contest
For this contest you are challenged to write a Quatrain poem. A Quatrain is a poem that has four lines and also has a specific rhyming scheme. The word quatrain comes from Latin and French words meaning “four.” Your poems stanzas must have four lines. There can be multiple stanzas. It must rhyme. The rhyme scheme is up to you.
The Joseph Brodsky/Stephen Spender Prize
The 2014 Joseph Brodsky/Stephen Spender Prize for the translation of Russian poetry into English is now open for entries. Judged by Sasha Dugdale, Catriona Kelly and Glyn Maxwell, and now in association with The London Magazine, this biennial worldwide prize celebrates the long friendship between Joseph Brodsky and Stephen Spender as well as the rich tradition of Russian poetry.
3 Old Wish Road Eastbourne East Sussex BN21 4JX England
The NEA Translation Projects
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will award a grant between $12,500 and $25,000 to recognize an accomplished translator who has translated poetry, prose, or drama from a foreign language into English.
400 7th Street, SW Washington, DC 20506-0001
HARPER’S BAZAAR SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2015
Open to UK residents aged 18 and over, published or unpublished. To enter send an original, unpublished short story, on the subject of ‘May’, of up to 3,000 words to email@example.com. Entries in the incorrect format will not be considered.
72 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 9EP
HARPER’S BAZAAR SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2015
Harper’s Bazaar’s Short Story Competition is being run for the second time. Open to UK residents only, entrants must submit via email an original, unpublished short story on the subject of ‘May’. The winner will have their story published and enjoy a week’s holiday at the Duchy of Cornwall’s Manor House, Restormel Manor
Sentinel Annual Short Story Competition 2014
This competition is for original, previously unpublished short stories in English Language on any subject, in any style, up to 2000 words long (excluding title). Stories entered should not be under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere.
Unit 136,113-115 George Lane,SouthWoodford, London E18 1AB, United Kingdom.
Conium Review Flash Fiction Contest
The winning flash fiction piece will be published on The Conium Review Online Compenium site. The story will also be made into a broadside or micro-chap that will be given away for free to attendees of next year’s AWP conference. The winning author receives $300 and a copy of the judge’s latest book.
Portland, Oregon 97209
Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize,
$20 entry fee includes copy of Awards issue. Submit up to three poems per entry between Oct. 1 and Dec. 15. Name and address on cover letter only. Submit online at www.december.submittable.com/submit or by mail at PO Box 16130, St. Louis, MO 63105
PO Box 16130, St. Louis, MO 63105
Tethered by Letters’ Spring Poetry Contest
We are currently accepting poetry submissions of all genres and styles—from traditional form to free verse. Length requirements are no more than three pages per poem, single spaced with double spacing between stanzas. The poetry contest winner will be published as the featured poem in the Summer 2015 Quarterly Journal. Three finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications or a TBL monthly poetry feature. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome.
P.O. Box 2504 Elizabeth, CO 80107
2015 Minotaur Books First Crime Novel Competition
Mystery Writers of America and Minotaur Books (a sub-print of St. Martin’s Press) are sponsoring the 2015’s America First Crime Novel Competition. The Competition welcomes all writers, irrespective of ethnic group, 18 years or older, who is an unpublished book author to enter.
175 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010
St. Martin’s Minotaur/ Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition
For this international contest from the USA, which is for previously unpublished authors (self-published doesn’t count), you submit a crime story of not less than 220 pages (60,000 words).
1140 Broadway, Suite 1507
New York, NY 10001
2nd Annual Junior Authors Poetry Contest INTERNATIONAL WRITING CONTEST
This annual contest is for poems of up to 50 lines on any subject and in any style. It is open to writers aged between 9 and 21 from any country (entries must be in English). Winners will be announced at the spring 2014 Junior Authors Writers
A journalistic writing competition for secondary schools
Inspire young people to write with our journalistic writing competition. Free curriculum-supporting resources available.
68 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RL.
New Millennium Writings
No restrictions as to style, content, number of submissions, or nationality. Enter as often as you like.
WriteStars – ‘Season of Goodwill?’
Write a lovely, warm-hearted gem of a story to celebrate Christmas. Or maybe not so warm-hearted? Scrooges welcome.
43 Berkeley Square, London W1J 5FJ
Dead of Winter Horror Fiction Writing Contest
Stories submitted to the 14th Annual Dead of Winter contest (December 2014) must use the theme Toys In the Attic (your entry must follow guidelines below). A child’s plaything must feature prominently in your story and the story setting should be an attic, penthouse, or other “top floor.” Be creative with other setting elements, including time period and geographic location.
SENTINEL ANNUAL POETRY COMPETITION 2014
This competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English Language on any subject, in any style, up to 60 lines long (excluding title). Poems entered should not be under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere.
Sentinel Poetry Movement, Unit 136, 113-115 George Lane, South Woodford, London E18 1AB, United Kingdom.
The Tampa Review Prize for Poetry
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).
401 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606-1490
Flash 500 Humour Verse Competition
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
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.
Labello Press c/o Unit 4C Gurtnafleur Business Park, Clonmel, County Tipperary. Ireland
Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award Winter 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
Village Guild, The Old School House, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 9DP, UK
Labello 3rd International Short Story
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
Poems are welcome on any subject Maximum 50 lines
Short stories may have any theme Maximum 3000 words
35 Spillett Close Faversham Kent ME13 8QP
Hidden Prize for Prose
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
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
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.
Press 53 . PO Box 30314, Winston-Salem, NC 27130-0314
The Poetry Box Halloween Poetry Annual Award 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).
Ramshackles’ 2 Downview, Nyewood, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 5JA, England
Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 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.
c/o The Moth Drummullen Cavan Co. Cavan Ireland