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April 2014 Deadlines

22nd Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards


Enter your self-published book for a chance to win national exposure— and so much more!

Writer’s Digest is proud to present the 22nd Annual Self-Published Book Awards, the premier competition that shines a spotlight on the works of self-published authors. Have you ever felt like your work deserves more attention? This competition is the perfect opportunity to take action and promote your work!

Writers from all genres are welcome, including fiction, non-fiction, inspirational, children’s and poetry, to name just a few. See the full list of entry categories here. Each category’s First Place Winner receives a host of prizes, including: $1,000 cash, promotion in Writer’s Digest and a guaranteed review in Midwest Book Review.

One Grand Prize Winner will win incredible prizes, including $3,000 cash, a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference and a variety of prizes provided by our co-sponsor Book Marketing Works, LLC!

Click here to see a full list of prizes!

Writer’s Digest understands that self-published works too often slip through the cracks and created this competition to celebrate your work! This is your chance to get your book into the hands of people who have the power to make things happen. Grab this opportunity, take a chance and register today!


Mississippi Poetry Society's Annual Contest

Deadline: April 2, 2014


APRIL 5 Registration deadline

(Take $25 off if you register between March 10-31!!)

The Writers' Workshop 15th Annual Writers' Retreat will be held May 15-18, at Folly Beach, SC. It is open to a small group of beginning or experienced writers, and is an ideal place to relax, write and review participant's work.


Daily sessions in fiction, creative non-fiction and memoirs will be led by The Writers' Workshop instructors. Participants stay at a beach house across from the ocean.

The deadline to register is March 31. The all-inclusive rate (except for meals) is $495 for a private room, or $450 shared. The commuter rate is $55 per session.

Please register a.s.a.p. since space is limited, at, or contact for more information.


The 26th Annual "Let's Write" Literary Contest
Deadline: April 10, 2014

The Second Annual Common Good Books Poetry Contest

Deadline: April 15, 2014

Garrison Keillor, proprietor of Common Good Books in St Paul, Minnesota, is sponsoring a poetry contest, and he’s putting up some serious money in support of good verse.

First prize in “Love Letters” is $1000.00; four $250.00 runner-up prizes will be awarded at the discretion of the judges.

This year’s judges are Garrison Keillor, Tom Hennen (author of Darkness Sticks to Everything: New and Collected Poems), and Patricia Hampl (author of Woman before an Aquarium and Resort and Other Poems).

To enter, just craft a paean to your favorite person, place, or thing. Pour your love onto the page, shape it well, and mail your love letter to Common Good Books before April 15. Fame and fortune could be yours.

The rules at a glance

  • The contest is open to anyone living within the United States

  • Entries must be a single poem

  • The poem must be a declaration of love for a specific person, or being, or object, or place--i.e. something tangible

  • The entries must be unpublished anywhere, and the author must have full rights to the material

  • Only one entry per person

  • Entries must be mailed to Common Good Books (38 S Snelling Ave, St Paul MN 55105), postmarked no later than April 15, 2014

  • Entries must include a signed release (see attachment below)

Finalists will be announced April 20. The winners will be announced at a celebration of poetry in St Paul, Minnesota, on April 27.

Join us at 1:30pm, Sunday, April 27, 2014, in the chapel at Macalester College for a celebration of poetry hosted by Garrison Keillor. We’ll share good poems and announce the winner of “Love Letters.” This event is free and open to the public.

David Edin  Merchandise Manager


Alabama Writers Conclave Call for Submissions 2014 Contest

·         Submissions are now open for the Alabama Writers Conclave 2014 competition. Awards of $100, $75, $50 and $25 will be awarded for the first through fourth place in the following categories (maximum word count is listed for each category):
First Novel Chapters (1,500 wds.)

·         Short Story (1,500 wds.)

·         Juvenile Fiction (1500 wds.)

·         Creative Nonfiction (1,500 wds.)

·         Poetry (1,000 wds. may include more than one poem, but total count may not exceed 1,000 wds.)

·         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.

·         Submission deadline is April 30, 2014 (postmark date).

·         Entry fee in each category is $5.00 for members of the Alabama Writers Conclave and $8.00 each for  non-members.

·         Checks should be made out to the Alabama Writers' Conclave and should accompany submissions.

·         Send submissions to the contest chair: Dr. Linda Busby Parker, Department of English, University of South Alabama, 307 N University Blvd., Mobile AL 36688-0002

·         Send a SASE for a list of the winners.

Awards will be presented at the annual convention in Fairhope AL, July 11-13. See the AWC web site for details about the conference and information on the contest judges.

May 2014 Deadlines

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

Deadline: May 1, 2014

Writers of short fiction are encouraged to enter the 2014 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. The competition has a thirty-four year history of literary excellence, and its organizers are dedicated to enthusiastically supporting the efforts and talent of emerging writers of short fiction whose voices have yet to be heard. Lorian Hemingway, granddaughter of Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway, is the author of three critically acclaimed books: Walking into the River, Walk on Water, and A World Turned Over. Ms. Hemingway is the competition's final judge.



Deadline: Postmarked by May 31, 2014


1ST PLACE: Your choice of a 3 night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B, 3 free workshops, or 100 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff

2nd PLACE: 2 night stay at our B&B; or 2 free workshops; or 50 pages line-edited.

3rd PLACE: One free workshop; or 25 pages line-edited.

10 Honorable Mentions

Guidelines: Write about a difficult experience in your life, how you overcame this obstacle, and how you were changed by it. Winning stories will be chosen for originality and creative writing style. Stories should be previously unpublished, and should not exceed 5,000 words (double-spaced, 12 point font).

Your name, address, email and title of work should appear on a separate cover sheet. The entry fee per submission is $25 ($20 for Workshop members).Multiple entries are accepted. Enclose legal size self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Do not use Fedex, certified mail, etc.

Make check or money order payable to The Writers' Workshop, and mail to:

Hard Times Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.

Emailed submissions may be sent to, with "Hard Times Contest" in the subject. Please put all poems and cover sheet in one document (Word). The entry fee is payable online.




Deadline:  5/31/2014

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 under the "chapbooks" button  You may also note our NDU chapbook competition (Deadline 12/31/2014) 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

F.  Send entry with $15 reading fee (made out to New Dawn Unlimited, Inc.) to:

New Dawn Unlimited, Inc.

Morris Memorial Chapbook Competition

1830 Marvel Road, Brierfield, AL 35035,,


June 2014 Deadlines


Open through June 30th, 2014.
Do you have an award worthy poem, essay, or flash fiction piece?  We want to see it!
Our annual writers' contest is a fundraiser that helps keep our entirely volunteer, not-for-profit press operating.  For as little as $5 you can enter a piece with a chance to win recognition as well as prize money.  We accept contest entries online and via hard copy.


Contests with Revolving Deadlines

Women on Writing Quarterly Contest

Creative Print Publishing

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

The Infinity Award in Children’s Literature

Monarca Press invites authors to submit bilingual manuscripts (in English and Spanish) to its monthly contest. Each monthly winner receives a $1,000 award and publication. The deadline is the 15th of each month.


We’ve already published two books (issued in March and April), have two others slated for May and June, and are eager to present your work.


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

Second annual Writing Spirit Award for Short Fiction and Poetry.

Fiction: First Prize: €1,000, Second Prize: €200, Third Prize: €100

Poetry: First Prize: €1,000, Second Prize: €200, Third Prize: €100

The competition is open to all nationalities and all genres.
The prize winning stories, along with 17 merited stories will be published in an anthology at the end of the competition.
The contest opens
1st January 2010, and runs for four rounds throughout the year.

First round: 31st March
Second round: 30th June
Third round: 30th September
Fourth round: 30th November

Each new round begins immediately after the end of the previous round (i.e. you may enter at any time from 1st Jan to 30th Nov).
Story entries should be no more than 4,000 words (but there is no minimum word count).


Carpe Articulum will award $10,000 this year!

These dates are ANNUAL, REVOLVING deadlines

POETRY………………MAR 30, SEPT 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!


Art in the Air Poetry Contest

Deadline: October 30 and April 30

Inventing the Invisible "Art in the Air" Radio Show, 3128 Walton Blvd., PMB 186, Rochester Hills MI 48309. Fax: (248)693-7344. E-mail: Contact: Margo LaGattuta, award director.

Offers biannual award of 1st Prize: $100, 2nd Prize: $50, and 4 Honorable Mentions. ("All winners read poems on the radio.") Submissions may be previously published. Considers simultaneous submissions. Submit 3 poems maximum in any form, typed, single-spaced, limit 2 pages per poem. Accepts inquiries by fax or e-mail. Guidelines available for SASE or on Web site. Entry fee: $5 for up to 3 poems.. Competition receives over 600 entries/year. Winners will be announced 2 months after deadline. Copies of winning poems or books may be obtained by sending a SASE to the Inventing the Invisible address. "'Art in the Air' is an interview radio show on WPON, 1460 AM, in Bloomfield Hills, MI, hosted by Margo LaGattuta and may be heard on the Web site Fridays at 1:00 pm EST. The theme is creativity and the creative process, especially featuring writers both local and national. Send only your best work, well crafted and creative. Judges look for excellence in content and execution."

The Chariton Review Short Fiction Prize

Truman State University Press * 100 East Normal Ave. * Kirksville, MO 63501-4221


Kinglake Publishing Ltd. Fiction Competition

for unpublished writers. No fees. Contract and royalties for a new winner each month. A different genre every month.



Are you fed up with travel writing as it exists today? Are you looking for a fresh approach to this medium; one that focuses on the extreme nature of traveling as opposed to the "Club Med" stories that so often fill the pages of travel writing these days? If so, this contest is perfect for you! Send us your story, any language, any topic; as long as it's original and interesting it constitutes as Xtreme! The winning author will be awarded a $100 cash prize! This is our second competition and they run quarterly. In addition to submitting your crazy travel experiences in written form- we are accepting Xtreme photos and videos for equal consideration. We'd eventually like to receive enough photos and videos to have a separate competition, but for now written and visual work will go head to head! Our viewers will vote for their favorites and XTS will award the winner on June 1, 2010- no strings attached, no questions asked. If your worried about creative license, the authors of the work on our site retain all rights to their art and, if they so wish, can ask for it to be removed at any time. Give it a shot, you've got nothing to lose
'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.)

I want to enter the Winter 2012 contest.


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

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


The deadline is the last day of each month.
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.)

Whim's Place Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline: QUARTERLY *  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.


"Life for Change"

seeks stories for a new type of contest. People write their story, others vote for it, and the author of the story with the most votes wins a payout.

 Right now payouts are $100 US, but the site aims to award over $12,000 per month.
Take a look and let me know what you think!

Writer's Digest - Contests

sponsors several writing contests annually. If you'd like to receive contest news via email,

subscribe to the Writer's Digest Competition Update.

Funds For Writers

Great lists of contests, grants, and markets for free-lance writers


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