ATLANTIC MONTHLY STUDENT WRITING CONTEST
Sponsored by Atlantic Monthly (The)
Prestigious free contest for poetry and prose by US full-time college or graduate school students. Work that has previously appeared in school publications is eligible. Individual Poems, Short Fiction & Creative Nonfiction: Essay may be personal or journalistic $1,000 in each category (poetry, fiction, essay) each category, 2nd Prize $500, 3rd Prize $250, plus seven runners-up receive one-year subscriptions. Winners will be named in the May issue of The Atlantic. Deadline 12/01/08
Guidelines URL: http://www.theatlantic.com/a/contest.mhtml
GLAMOUR MAGAZINE “My Real-Life Story” Essay Contest
Sponsored by Glamour Magazine
Free contest from fashion magazine offers large prize for personal essays by women. Enter by mail or online. Open to US residents 18+.Online entries must be received by 11:59 PM Eastern time on the deadline date. Mailed entries must be postmarked by December 31 and received by January 7. Possible publication in Glamour, a nationally known fashion magazine, and meeting with literary agent. One essay, 2,500-3,500 words . Award $5,000
Guidelines URL: http://www.glamour.com/magazine/2008/08/nonfiction-contest-rules
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PERSONAL STORIES WANTED for essay contest
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…
CHAPBOOK CONTEST with $100 prize
MAGAZINE NEEDS 365 SHORT STORIES A YEAR
Online literary magazine Every Day Fiction (BC) publishes one very short story each day that can be read over breakfast or lunch, during a commute, etc. Seeks very short (flash) fiction 50-1000 words for daily delivery. Deadline: Ongoing. Payment: $3. More details…
WRITE ABOUT HOW CHANGING YOUR SPACE CHANGED YOUR LIFE
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…
EROTIC FICTION CONTESTS
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…
Entries are invited for the 2009 Bristol Short Story Prize (UK). First prize: £500 plus £150 Waterstone’s gift card; 19 other prizes available. Open to international writers. Length: 3000 words max. Winning 20 stories will be published in the 2009 Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology. Entry fee: £7. Deadline: March 31, 2009. More details…
NORTHEAST TEXAS WRITERS’ ORGANIZATION SHORT STORY CONTEST
ENTRY FEE: $8 for NETWO members, $10 for non-NETWO members,
and $5 for students 18 and under.
Entries must be short stories between 1,000 and 2,500
words to be considered. Entries must be postmarked between
January 1 and February 14, 2009. First Place Award is $150;
Second Place is $100; Third Place is $50 and Fourth Place
is $25. Winners, and Honorable Mentions, will receive
certificates suitable for framing. First Place winner will
be published (with author’s permission) in The Storyteller,
a magazine dedicated to helping writers. The Storyteller is
a paying publication, and the word limit is 2,500 words.
SOUNDZINE TIME MACHINE POETRY CONTEST
NO ENTRY FEE
The contest is simple: write a poem that you feel best evokes
the feeling, sentiment or tonal impression of the photograph
online by Croatian photographer Damir Alter Matijevic,
entitled “Time Machine.” Deadline is midnight, Greenwich
Mean Time, January 15, 2009.
First Prize: $300 (US), a print of any work from the
gallery of British artist, Peter Rodulfo , and publication
in Soundzine. Second Prize: A print of any work from the
gallery of Peter Rodulfo, and publication in Soundzine.
Third Prize: Publication in Soundzine
$11 ENTRY FEE
It’s a 70’s competition! Since the editor has a sentimental
streak towards this golden era, it’s time to usher in your
best stories, poems or essays depicting or involving the 70’s.
The entry fee covers one story or essay up to 4,000 (give or
take) words, and up to five poems. The required fee goes
towards the prize pot. The top winning prize will be at
least $175.00. It may be more depending upon participation
levels. The top contenders and honorable mentions will be
included in the 70’s edition of GSJ. This is a mainstream
literary contest, with a few gray areas if you are thinking
of entering a genre piece. Don’t bother with blood and guts
or suicidal stuff! Query first, if in doubt. The main
guideline is to send us something with more meat on it than
just references to lava lamps and hit songs. Even if you
didn’t live through the 70’s, there are ways to research
some interesting historical facts to help color your piece.
Contest Deadline: February 15, 2009.
DANTE’S HEART POETRY CONTEST
$7 ENTRY FEE
Entries Due: December 5, 2008.
1st Prize – $125 + Publication
2nd Prize – $75 + Publication
3rd Prize – Honorable Mention + Publication
This contest seeks work that speaks to the mission of
Dante’s Heart. Dante’s Heart is an online venue looking
for creative work that explores how myth and fairy tale
define and are defined by the human experience(s). We
want to celebrate the shock, wonder, bewilderment,
suffering, and enchantment of myth, of the fantastic; we
want to hear about rivers running with wine and ghosts
jumping the Mississippi on motorcycles.
Submit one entry only. An entry may consist of any of these:
1 poem of up to 7 pages. A series of 2-3 interrelated
poems up to 10 pages. A series of 4 or more interrelated
poems up to 15 pages.
CERVENA BARVA PRESS POETRY AND FICTION CHAPBOOK CONTESTS
$10 and $11 ENTRY FEES
Deadline January 31, 2009. 24 pages of poetry single-
spaced or fiction double-spaced. Winner in each category
receives 25 copies and $100.
AROHO’S 2009 ORLANDO PRIZE FOR POETRY
ENTRY FEE $15 – Each submission will include $5 tax-deductible
donation and applicant’s name on the web site.
Deadline December 15, 2008. Submit one unpublished poem.
Maximum 90 lines. $1,000 prize.
FIRST ANNUAL WRITERS’ HOLIDAY IN THE TROPICS FOR STUDENTS &
ALUMNI OF GRADUATE CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAMS
NO ENTRY FEE
Enter online between Nov. 1, 2008 to April 1, 2009 to win
a one-week, all-inclusive Costa Rica Writers’ Retreat in May
or June, 2009. Includes airfare from Ft. Lauderdale/Miami
airports to San Jose, Costa Rica, transfer to/from hotel, 3
chef-prepared meals/day, single accommodation at Docelunas
resort in Jaco Beach, choice of one excursion, all materials
and instruction. All students and alumni of graduate creative
writing programs are eligible. Winner must submit proof of
enrollment or degree awarded upon notification. Winner will
be announced by April 15, 2009.
THE LADY SHORT STORY COMPETITION
NO ENTRY FEE
First prize: £1,000.
Second prize: A Cross Sauvage fountain pen, worth over £100.
Five runners-up prizes: excellent reference guides.
All the prize-winning stories will be published next year
in The Lady. We invite you to write a story in one of the
You can make up your own title for your short story, which
should be between 2,000 and 2,200 words in length. Deadline
December 16, 2008. Judges are bestselling authors Val McDermid,
Minette Walters and editor Arline Usden, of The Lady.