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2015

Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition

Final Deadline: May 20

AFF’s Screenplay & Teleplay Competition is one of the most respected writing contests in the country with a rich history of championing and supporting writers.  For the first time ever, AFF will provide Reader Comments to ALL entrants in the Screenplay & Teleplay Competition for FREE!  In addition, all entrants receive registration discounts, with even bigger discounts when you place in the competition. Unlike other screenplay competitions, your experience with AFF doesn’t end after making the first cut. Second Rounders (the esteemed top 10-12% in each category), Semifinalists, and Finalists attend special panels, programmed specifically for them and not open to regular badge holders.  This year, AFF has an exciting line-up of sponsored award judges including AMC for the One-Hour Pilot category, the Writer’s Guild of America East who will provide three established WGAE screenwriters to judge the Final Round of the Drama category, Enderby Entertainment who will be looking for scripts with an original concept and distinctive voice that can be produced under $5 million, and Frank Darabont’s Darkwoods Productions who will be reviewing this year’s top Sci-Fi scripts.  May 20 is the Late (and Final) Deadline for screenplay submissions so enter yours before it really is too late!

Now accepting short and digital series scripts!

    

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.)

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

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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