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2015

Imagine This! An ArtPrize Anthology
Deadline: April 30, 2015
For writers of poetry, short stories (1500 words) and personal essays (1500 words). Submissions accepted through March 1, 2015-April 30, 2015. First Prize: $1,000, publication in third annual ArtPrize Anthology, Imagine This! Second Prize: $500 and publication in anthology. Third Prize: $250 and publication in anthology. Top 25 entries will be published. Submission fee is $20. Open to any writer over 18 writing in English. Managed by the Cascade Writers’ Group and the Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters, Imagine This! An ArtPrize Anthology will be sold through the ArtPrize hub and other venues. ArtPrize is an international art competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with over 1,000,000 visitors and 25,900,000 page views each year, and named by Time as one of the top five festivals of the year.
 

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition 2015

Deadline: May 1, 2015

$2,500 Awaits Winners of Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

   

23rd Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards

DEADLINE: May 1, 2015

Writer’s Digest is proud to present the 23rd Annual Self-Published Book Awards, the premier competition for self-published authors!
       Marketing and promotion are challenges even to established authors with a team of people behind them—and self-published authors face an even bigger challenge: going it alone. With the help of
Writer’s Digest, you won’t have to take it all on yourself. Let us be your team!

Enter for the chance to win these incredible prizes—each one a marketing and promotional boon to your work:

  • $8,000 in cash

  • A feature article about you and your book for the March/April 2016 issue of Writer's Digest

  • A trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference

  • A press release from Writer's Digest, to be sent, along with a copy of your book, to 10 different major publishing review houses

  • A guaranteed review in Midwest Book Review, courtesy of Brian Jud & Book Marketing Works, LLC.

  • And much, much more. Too much to even list here, trust us.
    Explore all the prizes!

Writers from all genres are welcome to vie for this extraordinary prize, including writers of fiction, non-fiction, inspirational, children’s and poetry, to name just a few. See the full list of categories here.
      
Don’t let your book slip through the cracks. This competition is the chance to get your book into the hands of people who have the power to make big things happen in your career. Grab this opportunity, take a chance and
register today!

     

Alabama Writers Conclave Call for Submissions 2015 Contest

Deadline: Monday, May 4, 2015 (postmark date)

            Submissions are now open for the Alabama Writers Conclave 2015 competition.  Certificates and cash awards of $100, $75 and $50 and will be awarded for first, second, and third place in the categories listed below. A maximum word count, or line count for poetry, is listed for each category: 

            --First Novel Chapters (1,500 wds.)

            --Short Story (1,500 wds.)

            --Flash Fiction (500 wds.)

--Juvenile Fiction (1,500 wds.)

--Creative Nonfiction (1,500 wds.)

--Poetry (not to exceed 50 lines)

At judge’s discretion, one or more Honorable Mentions may be awarded in each category, but Honorable Mention recognition includes certificate only with no cash award. 

Author name should not appear on the submission nor should any contact information.  The submission should include only a title, category, and word count.  Submission title, name and contact information should, however, be included on a separate page. Entry fee in each category is $7 for members of the Alabama Writers’ Conclave and $10 for nonmembers.  Please note: Poetry entry fee covers three haiku or two poems (both poems combined must not exceed 50 lines).  Checks should be made to the Alabama Writers’ Conclave and should accompany submissions.  Submissions should be sent to the contest chair:  Dr. Linda Busby Parker, Department of English, University of South Alabama, 307 N. University Blvd., Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002.  Include an SASE if you would like a list of the winners (which will be mailed after winners have been announced at the conference).  Awards will be presented at the annual convention in Fairhope, Alabama July 17-19.  Entries must be original and previously unpublished.  Submissions from AWC voting Board Members are not eligible.  Multiple entries are accepted, but only one prize per person is awarded in each category.

     

SLEUTHS’ INK 2015 WHODUNNIT CONTEST 

Deadline:  May 31, 2015

GUIDELINES:

WRITE a short, solve-it-yourself mystery of no more than 700 words of the type published weekly in WOMAN’S WORLD magazine .  The count must include both the narrative and the solution.  (Check out an issue of Woman’s World to get a feel for the story type and presentation.  The magazine leans toward  “fun” stories rather than “dark” stories.)

SUBMIT your entries via email in an attached Word Document to whodunnitcontest2015@gmail.com.  Do NOT put identifying information (name, address, etc) on the document itself, but DO include in the body of the email your name, address, phone number, email address. IMPORTANT: Please indicate in the email your method of payment. (Check or PayPal).

ENTRY FEES:  Submit as many times as you like, but each submission must include an entry fee of $5.00.  Make checks payable to Sleuths’ Ink and mail to :  Toni Somers, 1338 S. Fairway, Springfield, MO  65804

or pay via PayPal at the Sleuths’ Ink website: http://sleuthsink.blogspot.com/or http://bit.ly/1BtbISQ

PRIZES: 

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three entries as follows:

First:  $100.00                        Second:  $50.00                                  Third:  $25.00

Fourth and Fifth place entries will each receive an Honorable Mention Certificate.

BONUS FOR ALL ENTRANTS:  Each entrant will receive feedback from one or more of the judges who are all published writers.

Email your entries to whodunnitcontest2015@gmail.com no later than midnight, May 31, 2015.

And finally, whether or not you win, consider submitting your stories to

Woman’s World magazine.  Who knows?  You may get published too!

Note:  This contest is sponsored by Sleuths’ Ink Mystery Writers of Springfield, MO

and has no official affiliation with Woman’s World magazine.

QUESTIONS?  EMAIL Toni Somers at      whodunnitcontest2015@gmail.com

     

ALABAMA STATE POETRY SOCIETY

ANNUAL JOHN AND MIRIAM MORRIS MEMORIAL CHAPBOOK COMPETITION

Deadline:  5/31/2015

Winner receives $100 and 25 copies of his/her winning chapbook.
Poems may be previously published if poet retains all rights.

A.  Submit 20-24 total pages of poetry, no more than one poem per page, however a single poem may continue for more than one page.

B.  Submit two title pages, one with author information, and one without.  No need for a theme, index, intro, or acknowledgements unless you just want to include these.  A table of contents can be helpful.

C.  Author information should appear on only one copy of the title page and nowhere else on the manuscript.

D.  Previous chapbook winners can be purchased through New Dawn Unlimited, Inc at 1830 Marvel Road, Brierfield, AL 35035 for $5 each.  A complete list is available at NewDawnUnlimited.com under the "chapbooks" button  You may also note our NDU chapbook competition (Deadline 12/31/2015) and other contests from time to time.

E.  ASPS sponsors both Fall and Spring contests as well as the Morris Chapbook competition.  Info is available through their Muse Messenger newsletter or online at Alabamapoets.org

F.  Send entry with $15 reading fee (made out to New Dawn Unlimited, Inc. and postmarked by May 31, 2015) to:

New Dawn Unlimited, Inc./Morris Memorial Chapbook Competition

1830 Marvel Road, Brierfield, AL 35035

Poetry publishing, production, performance, preservation, and education.
NewDawnUnlimited.com  *  PoetrySlam.net  *  AlabamaPoetry.com

   

Tethered by Letters' Spring 2015 Short Story Contest

We are currently accepting short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words. The short story contest winner will be published in F(r)iction. Five finalists will be considered for subsequent journal publications or a TBL online monthly feature. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome.

Deadline: May 31, 2015

Prize: $500 and publication in the quarterly journal

Entry Fee: $15 per entry

Contact Info: Joe Reinis, jreinis@tetheredbyletters.com

  

Tethered by Letters' Spring 2015 Flash Fiction Contest

We are currently accepting flash fiction submissions of 55, 250, or 500 words in length. The flash fiction contest winner will be published in F(r)iction. Three finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications or a TBL online monthly feature. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome.

Deadline: May 31, 2015

Prize: $150 and publication in the quarterly journal

Entry Fee: $7 per entry OR $15 for three entries

Contact Info: Joe Reinis, jreinis@tetheredbyletters.com

   

Tethered by Letters' Spring 2015 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 in F(r)iction. Three finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications or a TBL online monthly poetry feature. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome.

Deadline: May 31, 2015

Prize: $150 and publication in the quarterly journal

Entry Fee: $7 per entry OR $15 for three entries

Contact Info: Joe Reinis, jreinis@tetheredbyletters.com

   

Magnolia Quarterly Summer Contest
Deadline: July 1, 2015
   

 
Contests with Revolving Deadlines
 

Women on Writing Quarterly Contest

Creative Print Publishing

Monthly winners receive a contract with paid royalties, and full promotion.

UNPUBLISHED FICTION AUTHORS PRINT READY COMPETITION

This is a genuine, no fee competition that stretches over 12 months. Each month a different genre; each month a winner. Winners are offered a contract, paid royalties, and receive full promotion and marketing strategies.

This is not a competition with prizes. There is no entry fee. Only novels of genuine merit will be chosen. Your book could be a winner.

Hallmark monthly Contest

Carpe Articulum will award $10,000 this year!

These dates are ANNUAL, REVOLVING deadlines

SHORT FICTION……..MAR 30, SEPT 30
POETRY………………MAR 30, SEPT 30
NOVELLA……………..JAN 7
ESSAY/NON-FICT…..JAN 7, AUG 30
PHOTOGRAPHY……. AUG 30

Winners to be published in our international, cross-genre, quarterly review, and receive 2 copies. Requirements: Cover sheet with full contact information. Title only on actual piece. $15 reading fee per entry. See complete details and submit online at or mail to: Carpe Articulum Literary Review, CLPW Department, [your contest genre], P.O. Box 409, Lake Oswego, OR 97034. Checks payable to Carpe Articulum Literary Review. Optional editorial feedback fee: $49. The new Screenwriting Competition has a limit of 20 pages and is for the best opening scene only. All other guidelines apply as do for short fiction. Entries may be for plays as well. Good luck to everyone!

         

WritersWeekly.com's 24-Hour Short Story Contest!

Please note: You must be entered in the contest before the topic is posted in order to submit your story. You cannot write your story first, then enter the contest.

24-Hour Short Story Contest! - $5.00

Select this to register for a 24-Hour Short Story Contest. held quarterly and limited to 500 entrants. Don't miss out on the ultimate source for creative stress...and tons of fun! More than 85 prizes! (When you purchase this, you'll download a PDF file of the guidelines. There is also a link to them in the email receipt.)

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Caliterary Review Contest

Stories or novellas previously published are eligible, as long as the publication did not exceed 2,000 copies.

*Reading Fee $25.00. AWARDS: FIRST $1,000, SECOND $300 THIRD $200 (each additional entry in this SAME category, $10, not to exceed 5 total submissions)

GUIDELINES FOR POETRY: Not to exceed three pages per poem. Maximum: three poems per entry.

*Reading Fee 15.00 (for 3 poems) AWARDS: FIRST $400, SECOND $200, THIRD $100 (each additional poem entry in this SAME category, $10 each, not to exceed 5 total submissions)

These dates are ANNUAL, REVOLVING deadlines

SHORT FICTION .......MAR 30, SEPT 30
POETRY..................... MAR 30, SEPT 30
NOVELLA....................................... JAN 7
 ESSAY/ non-Fiction......... JAN 7, AUG 30
PHOTOGRAPHY ....................... AUG 30

NOTES AND GRACE NOTES MONTHLY CONTEST

The deadline is the last day of each month.
NO ENTRY FEE
Notes and Grace Notes offers a monthly contest in Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction and Historical Fiction. The prize starts at $25 (and sometimes it ends up being a bit more depending on if we get donations). Finalists get judges feedback, but also all entries submitted on the site can be open for general feedback if the author chooses. The word limit for the monthly contest is 3,500. Entries are limited to 2 per category. No themes. All entries will also be considered for the Literary Mag.

Inamorata Romance Books (an imprint of Stony Meadow Publishing) is sponsoring its

First Romantic Short Story Contest

Contest Deadlines: The 1st of every month for the following month's contest.

The contest is open to all writers, whether published or unpublished, and we are looking forward to reading some great short stories!

Monthly Winner: $20 and e-publication as the winning entry in the current month's contest. (Monthly winners may also be considered for eventual inclusion in an upcoming Anthology of Romance Short Stories Collection.)

LORIAN HEMINGWAY SHORT STORY COMPETITIONS

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