THE PICCOLO FICTION OPEN
$10 ENTRY FEE
The PFO is a literary competition in its ninth year of
the Piccolo Spoleto Arts Festival. This year the theme
is One Hundred Dollars. The word limit is 1,300. Please
submit four copies of your original, unpublished work by
January 9, 2009. Include one separate cover page with your
contact information and title of the story. At the top of
your story, include your phone number only. $200 will be
awarded for the top story, followed by a $150 and a $50
prize, as well as runners-up. One story (or more) will
be chosen to appear in Dark Sky Magazine. There are no
residency restrictions, though writers who would like to
read their work in Charleston, SC during the festival are
encouraged to submit.
LYRIC POETRY PRIZE
$10 ENTRY FEE
One prize pays $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, publication in the journal. Deadline January 15,
2009. No limit on length.
WINTER WITCH BOOKS
ENTRY FEE GBP4
The first prize in this competition is to have your book
published in full, plus prize monies of GBP100 and a
complimentary copy of the finished book. What we would
like from you is a complete, first chapter. We would
appreciate the word count being below 10,000 words, but
if the chapter belongs to an existing piece of work,
please contact us before changing it to fit our
competition. As with all good stories, please make us
desperate to read the rest of the book. The style and
content is your decision. Five runners up will have their
first chapters published in the same volume and a
complimentary copy of the finished book. We reserve the
right to offer the runners up further opportunities for
publication. If we do not decide to publish the complete
books from the runners up, they will be free to seek
publication elsewhere with the same work. Deadline
February 28, 2009. The winners will be announced on April
KAIXIN POETRY COMPETITION
NO ENTRY FEE
Subject: China. As long as there is a connection with China,
you are free to choose any approach you like. Any length
or style. First Prize: $100 Australian. The winner will be
permanently published on Kaixin with a link to the author.
Author to retain copyright and free to publish elswhere.
Kaixin reserves the right to publish any entry on the
website. Deadline December 31, 2008.
LONGLEAF PRESS POETRY CHAPBOOK COMPETITION
$15 ENTRY FEE
The contest is open to residents of North Carolina, South
Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, and
Florida who have not yet published a full-length collection
of poetry. Prize: $100 and 50 Chapbooks. Submit 18-23 pages
of poetry. Deadline January 31, 2009.
DIVINE CHOCOLATE POETRY CONTEST
NO ENTRY FEE
The theme for the 2008 Divine Poetry Competition is “A Divine
Birthday” and is a celebration of ten incredible years of
Divine Fairtrade Chocolate and the difference it has made to
the lives of thousands of cocoa farmers in Ghana. Leading
Fairtrade chocolate company Divine Chocolate and partner
Christian Aid are asking aspiring poets to write a birthday
poem to celebrate the impact of Fairtrade and the real difference
Divine has made to the lives of the cocoa farmers who co-own
the company. This hugely popular nationwide competition is
open to all ages and winning poems will receive fabulous Divine
chocolate hampers and book vouchers. With over two thousand
aspiring poets aged from seven to 77 entering the Divine Poetry
Competition every year, the combination of chocolatey and
Fairtrade themes never fails to inspire young and old alike.
Entries must be received by December 22, 2008 with the winning
poems announced at the end of January 2009. There are three
age categories: age 7-11, age 12-16, and age 17-adult.
Each category will have one winner and two runners-up.
The winners of the 7-11 and 12-16 age groups will win a
wonderful box of Divine Chocolate, �30 in book vouchers for
themselves, and Christian Aid resources for their school or
youth group. The winner of the 17-adult group will receive a
Divine Chocolate selection box and �30 in book tokens. The
runners-up in all age categories will receive Divine goody bags.
100 WORDS OR LESS CONTEST
$15 ENTRY FEE
We want short fiction that will make us shiver, any genre:
whimsy, allegory, mystery, romance, fable, humor, love,
fantasy, even horror. Awards: $500, $200, $100 plus
publication in the literary review Drash: Northwest Mosaic.
All entrants will receive free checkmark evaluations and
comments on their submitted stories. Deadline: December 30,
2008. Winners will be determined by Jan. 30, 2009 and will
be notified by mail before Feb. 8, 2009. Prizes will be
issued by registered mail within 8 days of the Final
SONORA REVIEW SHORT SHORT CONTEST
$15 ENTRY FEE INCLUDES ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION
The contest will look for and reward the best of the brief.
Remember, however, in submitting your short-shorts that
brevity alone does not a short-short make. Like all short
fiction, the work must be a complete entity, whole unto
itself; we want a complete work in 1,000 words or fewer.
Dazzle us, razzle us, make us wonder at your compression,
cheer at your ability to contain the power and beauty of
the longest long story in the shortest short space. Deadline
January 1, 2009. The winning short-short and select runners-
up will be published in Sonora Review No. 56. For the winner:
$1,000 (USD) and publication in Sonora Review, including 2
(two) contributor’s copies. The authors of any published
stories will each receive two contributor’s copies.
DAME LISBET THROCKMORTON FICTION CONTEST
$17 ENTRY FEE
Seeking submissions now through January 31, 2009. Original
short stories, or chapters that stand on their own, should
use 3,500 words or less to dazzle the judges. Our guest
judge this cycle is Ms. Ally Peltier – formerly of Simon &
Schuster and currently editor of the newly-released anthology
New Lines from the Old Line State. There are four cash prizes:
$500, $125, $75, and $50. Winning stories will be published
onsite with pictures and bios. We also offer a critique
service for those who wish to see their story’s score and
comments from the judges. This is an additional $25.
Announces Its Thirteenth Biannual Poetry Card Contest
Deadline: December 31, 2008
1st prize: $300 * 2nd prize: $150 * 3rd prize: $50
In addition, the winning poems will be displayed on our website sps.com.
Poetry Contest Guidelines:
Poems can be rhyming or non-rhyming, although we find that non-rhyming poetry reads better.
We suggest that you write about real emotions and feelings and that you have some special person or occasion in mind as you write.
Poems are judged based on originality and uniqueness.
English-language entries only, please.
Enter as often as you like!
Poetry Contest Rules
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 SPS Studios, 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 SPS Studios and their families. Void where prohibited.
How to Submit
Go to http://www.sps.com/poetry/index.html to complete the contest form, or if you prefer, you may send your submission via snail mail* to:
SPS Studios Poetry Card Contest,
P.O. Box 1007, Dept. E,
Boulder, CO 80306.
ELECTRIC DRAGON CAFÉ SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY QUARTERLY SHORT STORY CONTEST
Entry Fee: None
Prize: 1st place: $25 Barnes and Nobel gift certificate 2nd place: $10 certificate
Seeking short fiction contest entries. Must be science fiction, fantasy, or horror with fantastic elements and adhere to a theme which we will provide.
Please visit the website for full contest details and guidelines.
GAMERTALES MONTHLY MOST POPULAR TALE
Entry Fee: NONE
Prize: 10 credits to purchase a variety of rewards
Seeking short stories for monthly writing contest, Due to many submissions coming in during various months, not all tales will have the longevity to win the yearly popularity award. Therefore, at the end of each month, the tale with the most visitors will receive the monthly popularity award.
To qualify for the Monthly Most Popular Tale:
1. The author must be registered on our forums with a valid email address.
2. Not an offsite blog
Each month our tracking software will determine the tale with the most visits. The winning and runner up authors will be notified of their Monthly award. They will receive an update of their current credit balance, and will be able to spend those credits on various rewards. Adding a catchy description, images, and promoting your published work hosted at GamerTales.com on other sites and through word of mouth is an excellent way to drive visitors to your tale. In addition, holding a monthly and all time top viewed position, we will grant a link to your story on various sidebars and on the awards page further increasing the tale’s exposure. Good Luck Everyone
HUMOR ESSAYS AT MIRTHWHILE.COM
Seeking short sotires from Young Writers. No entry fee. Prizes: offering nice gift vouchers.
Open to all those who can write in English, and have a sense of humor.
PRIMEPROSE QUARTERLY FLASH FICTION AWARD
Entry Fee: £6 (UK)
Prize: £60 (UK)
The PrimeProse Flash Fiction Award is a quarterly competition for original, previously unpublished fictional works of less than 500 words, in English, in any style or genre. The winners will receive cash prizes, but each entrant will receive a critique of his work.
WHIM’S PLACE FLASH FICTION CONTEST
Entry Fee: $5
Prize: $250 plus publication
A quarterly flash fiction contest. Deadlines for each quarter are March 30, June 30, September 30, December 30. Submit flash fiction of 500 words or less. Submit by regular post or e-mail. Full contest rules and regulations available on website.
WOW! WOMEN ON WRITING FLASH FICTION CONTEST
Entry Fee: $5.00
Prize: Cash: $200, $150, $100, Plus over $2,000 in Prizes + publication + $50 gift certificates
WOW! Women On Writing, hosts a quarterly flash fiction contest open to English-speaking contestants across the globe. Our Fall contest winner, Mandy Viscai, is from Australia! Please check out our previous winners to truly understand what we offer. Our flash fiction contest is prompt-based, up to 500 words. View our contest page for the current prompt, and the free downloadable e-book of terms & conditions in PDF format. Make sure that you check the dates on our current contest, to make sure you meet the deadline.
Thank you, and good luck!
WRITER’S CHOICE AWARD
Entry Fee: Free
Prize: Published in the Writer’s Choice Award anthology and automatically entered for the Editor’s Choice Award – $500
Details/Restrictions: Sign up to Edit Red (which is free). Upload one or more stories (also free).
$2500 SE TRUE STORIES CONTEST
Categories Accepted: Nonfiction
Entry Fee: Free
Prize: $500 to top five voted stories
Details/Restrictions: Enter for free! $2500 SE True Stories contest: share your stories and pictures about Life, Travel, Humor, Concerts, and more. Instantly submit your story at the above link.
A PICTURE IS WORTH 300-500 WORDS-FLASH FICTION
Entry Fee: Free
TRI Studio Books sponsors a bi-monthly contest with cash prizes for writers of Flash Fiction. There is no entry fee. The first one, “A Picture is Worth 300-500 Words,” uses a photo for a prompt. The guidelines for the contest are listed below and in the February 2007 TRI Studio free ezine for writers, The Fiction Flyer. Here’s the link to the pdf files for The Fiction Flyer:
Entrants must be subscribers (no fee). Interested parties may subscribe by sending an email to email@example.com with EZINE written in the subject heading.
Here’s an opportunity to have some fun, publish your story, and win a prize! Your story must be at least 300 words, no more than 500 words, and inspired by the prompt (see website for each monthly prompt).
Now, to the prizes: The first place winner will receive a check for $10 along with a First Place Contest Award Certificate. Second and third place winners will receive $5 each and a Contest Certificate of Honorable Mention. Winning stories, along with author’s Bios, will be published in the next issue of The Fiction Flyer.
Please submit the following information using Size 12, Times New Roman or Arial Font:
Your email Address
Author’s Bio (Up to 50 words)
Link to your blog/website (optional)
Stories shorter than 300 or longer than 500 words will not be read.
Stories that bear no relation to the prompt, as determined by us, will be rejected.
Do not attach your story to your message; attached stories will not be opened.
Please send your email with particulars and story to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raymond Grant/Contest Editor
SPORTS WRITING CONTESTS
Categories Accepted: Nonfiction
Entry Fee: Free
Prize: $5000 writing contract
Think you can write. BETUS.COM WANTS YOU! Send us your best football piece and you can win amazing cash prizes, a guest spot on BetUS.com Radio, get published online and qualify for the GRAND PRIZE – a $5,000 Sports writing contract with BetUS for the Super Bowl Playoffs!
Each month of the regular NFL season, three weekly winners will receive a $100 Free Play in their BetUS account and get published in our Locker Room. At the end of each month, a monthly winner will receive a $250 Free Play in their BetUS account, get published in the Locker Room and receive an invitation to FACE-OFF against our handicapping experts on BetUS.com Radio! At the end of the regular NFL season, the best writer to have contributed a minimum of five football pieces will win the $5,000 Sports Writing Contract!
Entry Fee: $5.00
Prize: Grand Prize is $50 dollars to the winner. Plus, an additional $50 dollars donated to charity of their choosing.
Seeking short story entries for monthly fiction contest. See website for details
1st RATE AND WIN!
Entry Fee: Free
If you write or like to read good writing, visit http://www.nxid.net. Post your work. It will be rated by members. If your work is the highest rated for the month, you WIN $100!! It’s just that simple.
Categories Accepted: Poetry, Short Stories Nonfiction
Entry Fee: $3-$5
Offers various monthly fiction, Nonfiction, and poetry contests
INTERNATIONAL SHORT STORY COMPETITION
Entry Fee: $2.00
Prize: $1000, $600, $400
Seeking entries of short fiction between 1000 and 2000 words in any style or genre
JUSTMARKETS FLASH FICTION CONTEST
Entry Fee: Free for subscribers/first entry, $5.95 for non-subscribers/subsequent entry
Are you creative enough to write a compelling, short, short story? Can you do it in less than 100 words? If yes, this is a contest for you. Welcome to the first JustMarkets monthly contest. Stories with 101+ words will not be accepted. The entry you submit must be your own original work. There is no special topic or theme for this contest. All types of stories will be accepted. No poetry entries will be accepted for this contest, sorry. Writers of all nations are free to enter. However, the entries you submit should be in English. There is NO ENTRY FEE for one submission if you are a currently active subscriber of JM Daily. The entry fee for non-subscribers is $5.95 per story. Multiple submissions from the same entrant are accepted. For JustMarkets subscribers, each additional story is accepted for $5.95 per story.
How To Submit
If you are a subscriber to JM Daily**: Paste your story into the body of an email and send it to email@example.com. No attachments please. Please include: ‘Contest submission: xxxxx’ in the subject line, where xxxxx is the email address with which you are subscribed to Justmarkets Daily. If you are not a subscriber to JM Daily: First, make the contest entry fee payment as instructed at the bottom of the webpage (you should receive a confirmation email from our payment processor 2Checkout.com) Paste your story into the body of an email and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. No attachments please. Please include: ‘Contest submission: xxxxx’ in the subject line, where xxxxx is your 2Checkout.com Order Number. Only email submissions will be accepted.
SPINETINGLERS SHORT STORY COMPETITION
Entry Fee: £2.00
Prize: £50.00 plus posted on website
This is a short story competition aimed at writers of horror, dark fiction, supernatural and gothic short stories. The maximum length of stories accepted is 5,000 words. We will accept previously published work. All rights to the short story belong to and stay with the writer.
THATFIRSTLINE WRITING CONTESTS
Categories Accepted: Books, Poetry, Short Stories, Scripts/Screenplays, Young Writers
Entry Fee: $5.00
Enter your best opening line and you could win $500.
WRITER’S JOURNAL FICTION CONTESTS
Entry Fee: $3-$7
Offers a variety of short story contests on various themes/topics. See website for details
SCRIBBLE OPEN QUARTERLY COMPETITIONS(UK)
Entry Fee: £3.00
Prize: £75.00, £25.00, and £15.00
Seeking short stories on any subject. No closing date.
MILKWEED PRIZE FOR CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
Entries Close: Ongoing
Milkweed Editions is pleased to announce its writing competition for quality children’s novels intended for readers in the 8-13 age group. This competition is part of Milkweed’s children’s book publishing program for middle-graders.
Prize: Judging will be by Milkweed Editions, and the winner of the prize will receive a $5,000 cash advance on any royalties agreed upon in the contractual arrangement negotiated at the time of acceptance.
Submissions should adhere to our children’s literature guidelines (at http://www.milkweed.org/2_1_2.html)
L. RON HUBBARD’S WRITER’S OF THE FUTURE ® CONTEST
An international search for new and amateur writers of new short stories or novelettes of science fiction or fantasy. No entry fee is required. Entrants retain all publication rights.
Deadline is December 31, March 31, June 30 & September 30.
1. No entry fee is required, and all rights in the story remain the property of the author. All types of science fiction, fantasy and horror with fantastic elements are welcome; every entry is judged on its own merits only.
2. All entries must be original works in English. Plagiarism, which includes poetry, song lyrics, characters, or another person’s world, will result in disqualification. Submitted works may not have been previously published in professional media.
3. Eligible entries must be works of prose, either short stories or novelettes under 17,000 words in length. We regret we cannot consider poetry or works intended for children. Excessive violence or sex will result in disqualification.
4. The Contest is open only to those who have not had professionally published (more than 5,000 copies) a novel or short novel, or more than three short stories, or more than one novelette in any medium.
5. Entries must be typewritten and double-spaced with numbered pages (computer-printer output okay). Each entry must have a cover page with the title of the work, the author’s name, address and telephone number and an approximate word count. The manuscript itself should be titled and numbered on every page, but the AUTHOR’S NAME MUST BE DELETED to facilitate fair judging.
6. Manuscripts will be returned after judging. Entries MUST include a self-addressed return envelope. U.S. return envelopes MUST be stamped; others may enclose international postal reply coupons.
7. There shall be three cash prizes in each quarter: 1st Prize of $1,000, 2nd Prize of $750, and 3rd Prize of $500, in U.S. dollars or the recipient’s locally equivalent amount. In addition, there shall be a further cash prize of $4,000 to the Grand Prize winner, who will be selected from among the 1st Prize winners for the period of October 1 through September 30. All winners will also receive trophies or certificates.
8. The Contest will continue yearly with the following quarterly periods:
October 1 – December 31
January 1 – March 31
April 1 – June 30
July 1 – September 30
To be eligible for the quarterly judging, an entry must be postmarked no later than midnight on the last day of the Quarter.
9. Each entrant may submit only one manuscript per quarter. Winners in a quarterly judging are ineligible to make further entries in the Contest.
10. All entries for each quarter are final. No revisions are accepted.
11. Entries will be judged by professional authors. The decisions of the judges are entirely their own, and are final.
12. Winners in each Quarter will be individually notified of the results by mail.
This contest is void where prohibited by law.
Send your entry to:
L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of The Future Contest,
P.O. Box 1630,
Los Angeles, Calif. 90078.
Entry Fee: €7 (euro)
1st Prize: €1,000 (euro) and publication in Albedo One (approx $1,475 US)
The contest opens 1st January 2008, and runs for four rounds throughout the year. The submission deadline for the first round is March 31st , the second round June 30th, the third round September 30th and the final round November 30th. The top three winning stories will be chosen from the six highest-ranking stories on the shortlist by renowned science fiction, fantasy, and horror author Ian Watson.
Entries to the Award must NOT have been previously published in ANY format in the English language. Entries are allowed from ALL nationalities, though entries must be in the English language. There is no minimum word limit for submissions to the Award, though a maximum of 8000 words applies.