A prize of $3,000 is given annually for a short short story. A second-place prize of $1,500 is also awarded. The winning works will be published in an anthology by Trafford Publishing. Submit a story of up to 1,500words with a $12 entry fee by December 1. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for the required application and complete guidelines.
Writer’s Digest, Short Short Story Competition, 700 East State Street, Iola, WA 54990. (715) 445-4612, ext. 13430.
DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE
NO ENTRY FEE
Looking for a novel which has a compelling narrative, arresting characters, and which is both vividly written and confidently realized. Worth £10,000 to the winner the prize is designed to support new writers and celebrate engaging new fiction. The prize reflects the ethos of the charismatic and successful agent and publisher, Desmond Elliott, whose professed duty was to have confidence and faith in his new authors by offering them three-book deals to ensure they were free of financial worries and so could write happily and securely. Books will be considered from
all fiction genres. Deadline November 28, 2008. United Kingdom publishers may enter up to two full-length novels per imprint by authors whose permanent place of residence is in the UK, with scheduled publication dates between April 2008 and April 2009.
GLIMMER TRAIN – FAMILY MATTERS
$15 ENTRY FEE
This month’s Family Matters competition closes on October 31. We’re looking for original, unpublished stories on family, word count range: 500 – 12,000. First place wins $1,200 and publication in Issue 74 of Glimmer Train Stories. Second- and third-place winners receive $500/$300 (or, if chosen for publication, $700).
NIGHTBOAT BOOKS CONTEST
$20 ENTRY FEE
The winning poet receives $1,000 and a standard royalty contract, including 10 complimentary copies of the book. Deadline November 15, 2008. 48 to 70 pages (suggested length), single-spaced, paginated, no more than one poem per page, one side of the page only.
OCEANVIEW SHORT STORY CONTEST
NO ENTRY FEE
Submit an original, unpublished short story between 1,000 and 5,000 words. Please no children’s or poetry. The story must have a unique twist. We want it to push
the boundaries of genre, surprise our judges, and maybe even set their hair on fire. With permission, we will publish the winner’s entry on the Oceanview website. The
winner will also receive $250 in cash and $150 worth of Oceanview’s books. Two finalists will also be chosen. They will receive $100 in cash and $150 worth of Oceanview’s books.
$20 ENTRY FEE
Deadline December 31, 2008. Non-themed poetry and fiction contest. Prizes in each category. First prize $300,second prize $150, third prize $75. 3,000 words of prose or 5 poems equal one entry.
CAMBRIDGE WRITERS COLLECTIVE POETRY CONTEST
ENTRY FEE $5, or three poems for $10.
Open to all poets 19 and over. First place $100, second place $75, third place $50. Honorable mentions, as determined by the judge, to receive additional cash and/or book prizes. Deadline November 15, 2008. Any style or theme, but no excessive violence/obscene language. 60-character line width maximum (including punctuation and spaces). 20-40 lines in length and spaces between the stanzas count as lines.
LYRIC POETRY REVIEW
$10 ENTRY FEE
The prize package will be given for a poem or group of poems. Prize consists of $300, a limited edition signed broadside from our broadside series (comprised currently of pieces by Czeslaw Milosz and Jean Valentine), a lifetime subscription to Lyric, and publication in the journal. Deadline January15, 2009.
GEIST LITERAL LITERARY POSTCARD STORY CONTEST
ENTRY FEE $20 for first, $5 for each additional. First Prize: $250, second Prize: $150, third Prize: $100(more than one prize per category may be awarded). Honorable Mentions: Swell Geist gifts. Send a postcard along with a story that relates to the image. The relationship can be as tangential as you like, so long as there is some clear connection to the image or place. Maximum length: 500 words, fiction or non-fiction. Deadline November 1, 2008.
GLOBAL SHORT STORY COMPETITION
ENTRY FEE £5
The competition runs every month with £100 for the winner and £25 for the runner-up and is open to writers from across the world. The competition is designed to appeal to writers everywhere, from the arid outback of Australia to the baking deserts of Africa, the towering skyscrapers of the United States to the humid cities of Asia, the bustling capitals of Europe to the steamy villages of South America. Each month, we will select a winning story and a highly commended work to receive a cash prize. Winning stories will be posted on our website. At the end of twelve months, each winner will be considered for an annual cash prize.£100 for the monthly competition, £250 for our end-of-year one.
Canada’s National Screen Institute invites entries for the NSI Drama Prize. Submit scripts with a projected running time of ten minutes or less. Projects must be dramatic, including comedy. Winners receive training in writing, directing, and producing with professional industry contacts. Successful teams receive $10,000 in cash and $30,000 in services to produce a quality short film. Application fee: $30. Deadline: November 13, 2008. More details…
WOW! Women On Writing (US) is accepting entries for their Fall 2008 Essay Writing Contest. Theme: how recreating your personal space has changed your life, or how by making changes in your life, it has moved you to express yourself and recreate your home. First prize: US$200. Length: 750 words max. Entry fee: US$10 or US$20 with critique. Deadline: November 30, 2008. More details…
Oysters & Chocolate (US) invite entries for the 40 Days & 40 Nights Erotic Fiction Contest. Submit erotic short stories 400-4000 words. First prize: US$100. Top three prizes determined by viewer rating. Deadline: December 15, 2008. Entry fee: US$10. More details…
Ramble Underground (US) is accepting entries for their semi-annual short fiction contest. First prize: 35% of entry fees (US$100 min.); second prize: 15% of entry fees (US$50 min.) Length: 2500 words max. Entry fee: US$6. Deadline: November 15, 2008. More details…
Memoirs Ink is looking for original, well-written personal essays, memoirs, or stories that are based on autobiographical experiences for its Half-Yearly Personal Essay Contest. Narrative must be in first person. Open to any writer, any age, writing in English. Length: 1500 words max. Entry fee: US$15. First prize: US$1000; more prizes available. Deadline: February 15, 2009. More details…
Entries are being accepted for the 2008 Indiana Review Fiction Prize. Grand prize: US$1,000. Deadline: October 15, 2008. Entry fee: US$22 (includes subscription). More details…
Narrative Magazine (US) is accepting entries for their 30 Below Story Contest. First prize: US$1500. Open to writers aged 18-30. Length: 10000 words max. Interested in narrative in the many forms it takes: the word and the image, the traditional and the innovative, the true and the imaginary. No entry fee. Deadline: October 27, 2008. More details…
DESCANT is accepting entries for the 2009 Winston Collins / Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem. First prize: $1000; two honourable mentions, $250 each. Length: 100 lines max. Entry fee: $29 (includes subscription). Deadline: October 10, 2008. More details…
Earth Vision invites entries of short fiction, creative non-fiction, poetic prose and poetry for the The Earth Vision nature writing contest 2008. First Prize: $500. Theme: nature, deep ecology, or spiritual ecology. Deadline: October 15, 2008. Entry fee: US$12. More details…
Summer Literary Seminars (QC) in affiliation with Fence Magazine is accepting entries for the annual 2009 unified (SLS-Italy, Lithuania, Kenya) literary contest. Categories: fiction (25 pages max.) and poetry (3 poems max). Prize: publication in Fence, as well as the participating literary journals in Canada, Russia, Kenya, Italy, and Lithuania; also, the choice of attending any one of the programs in Italy (May 15-30), Lithuania (July 20-August 4), or Kenya (December). More prizes available. Entry fee: US$15. Deadline: February 28, 2009. More details…