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Hi Hope, we met at the SCWW conference in Myrtle Beach last October, and I was so impressed with your lecture that I subscribed to FFW as soon as I got home. I wanted to drop you a line to let you know that because of FFW, I submitted AND WON The 2008 William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers! My novel will be finished this week, and next weekend I’m going to Malice Domestic to accept the award. Thanks you, and keep up the great work.

~Robin Hewitt

Writing contests provide steps up for a writer – especially a struggling writer. A portfolio that contains contest wins means more than many clips. Can’t afford the entry fees? Consider entering one contest a quarter or something more amiable to your pocketbook. A few are free. Contests provide prizes, prestige and usually publication with many offering book contracts. Denouncing contests from your writing repertoire is like discounting an entire genre or refusing to eat yellow vegetables. You’re giving up something valuable that may serve you and your career well.

RROFIHE TROPHY NO-FEE SHORT STORY CONTEST
http://www.anderbo.com/anderbo1/no-fee-rrofihe-trophy2015.html
NO ENTRY FEE.
For an unpublished short story. Minimum word count 3,500; maximum to 5,000 words. Winner receives $500, trophy, announcement and publication on anderbo.com. Deadline October 15, 2015.

MAGIC OXYGEN LITERARY PRIZE
http://www.magicoxygen.co.uk/molp/prize-rules/
£5 ENTRY FEE.
Accepts short stories up to 4,000 words (not including the title). Poetry up to 50 lines (not including title or lines between stanzas). The theme is open. Electronic uploads are preferred but written entries are also accepted. The competition is open to writers all over the world. Entrants must be 16 or over at the time of submission. Entries must be written in English. Deadline December 31, 2015. Short story: 1st prize £1,000, 2nd prize £300, 3rd prize £100, Highly Commended 2 x £50. Poetry: 1st prize £1,000, 2nd prize £300, 3rd prize £100, Highly Commended 2 x £50.

O BHEAL FIVE WORDS INTERNATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION
http://www.obheal.ie/blog/?page_id=2371
At around noon each Tuesday (GMT), five words are posted on the competition page. Entrants have one week to compose and submit poems that include all five words given for the week. The competition runs for 41 weeks, until the last week of January 2016. A prize of 500 euros will be awarded to one winner, and if available, invited to read at Ó Bhéal’s ninth anniversary event on Monday 11th of April, 2016 (an additional travel fee of 100 euro plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this). The shortlisted poems and winning entry will also be published in Five Words Vol IX – the next annual anthology of five word poems, launched at the same event. Entry is open to all countries. Poems cannot exceed 50 lines in length (including line breaks), and must include all five words listed during this week. A modicum of poetic license is acceptable.

HIGHFIELD PRESS – “Picture Worth 1000 Words” AUTUMN 2015 ESSAY CONTEST
http://highfieldpress.wix.com/contests
$20 ENTRY FEE.
The Highfield Press Autumn 2015 Essay Contest is open! Tell us what our photo of the changing seasons, and the theme, “Autumn Leaves,” inspires in your writer’s imagination. Can you almost feel the leaves crunch beneath your feet? We invite writers to submit an unpublished essay of 500-1,000 words to our Autumn 2015 Essay Contest. Submission may be a personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel piece, historical account, biography, or short story. Deadline October 15, 2015. $1,000 Grand Prize and online publication. Two runners up receive Highfield Press gifts. Writers retain all rights.

WORK STEW
http://workstew.com/2015/07/14/contest-6-oops/
NO ENTRY FEE.
Describe a moment on the job, real or imagined, when you realized you made a mistake. A terrible, terrible mistake. Deadline August 15, 2015. $200 for the winner, to be announced on August 22, 2015. The winning entry, and perhaps some other entries, will be published on Work Stew. Limit 600 words.

RESURGENCE PRIZE
http://www.resurgenceprize.org/
ENTRY FEE £7.
With a first prize of £5,000 for the best single poem embracing ecological themes, the award ranks amongst the highest of any English language single poem competition. Second prize is £2,000 and third prize £1,000. Deadline November 1, 2015. Poets may submit as many poems as they wish but each poem must not be more than 54 lines in length.

JAMES HEARST POETRY PRIZE
http://northamericanreview.org/hearst-prize/
$20 ENTRY FEE.
Deadline October 31, 2015. All winners and finalists will be published in the Spring 2016 issue. First Prize $1,000. Second Prize $100. Third Prize $50. All entry fees include a one-year subscription. You may enter up to five poems in one file.

AUTUMN LEAVES CONTEST
http://highfieldpress.wix.com/contests#!autumn-2015-contest/cn2c
$20 ENTRY FEE.
Highfield Press invites you to submit an original, unpublished work between 500 and 1,000 words with the theme, “Autumn Leaves,” inspired by or including elements from the photo at the website. Submissions may be a personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel piece, historical account, biography, or short story, as long as it creatively embodies the theme and photo. The writer of the winning entry will be awarded $1,000 and be published online. Deadline: October 15, 2015.

2016 SUNDAY TIMES EFG SHORT STORY AWARD
http://www.booktrust.org.uk/stefg/entry-form
NO ENTRY FEE.
Writers from around the world are invited to enter the 2016 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. The winner will receive £30,000 (US$46,500), making this the most valuable prize for a single short story in the world. The prize is for stories up to 6000 words in length and there is no entry fee. Stories can be either unpublished or published. If published, the work must have first appeared after 1 January 2015. Writers can enter regardless of their nationality or residency but they must have an existing record of publication in creative writing in the UK and Ireland. Deadline September 24, 2015.

PHREN-Z POETRY CONTEST
http://phren-z.org/
$15 ENTRY FEE.
$1,000 and publication in phren-Z is given annually for a poem. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at the sixth annual Morton Marcus Memorial Reading at the University of California in Santa Cruz in November. Submit up to three poems of no more than five pages each. Deadline September 1, 2015.

SEQUESTRUM NEW WRITER AWARDS
http://www.sequestrum.org/contests
$15 ENTRY FEE.
Over $500 in total prizes will be awarded to up-and-coming writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Prose and poetry will be judged separately with one first prize winner per genre. First prize of $200 (one per genre) and $50 runner-up prizes (minimum two per genre). All winners and runners-up will be published in our Spring ’16 Issue. Finalists listed on the website. 12,000 word limit for prose, 40 lines for poetry (up to 3 poems per submission). Simultaneous and multiple submissions allowed. No previously published material. ONLY OPEN TO WRITERS YET TO PUBLISH A BOOK-LENGTH MANUSCRIPT. Deadline October 15, 2015.

MSLEXIA WOMEN’S NOVEL COMPETITION
https://mslexia.co.uk/competition/novel-competition/
£25 ENTRY FEE.
We’re on the lookout for novels of at least 50,000 words written for adults (and young adults) in any genre by previously unpublished women novelists. First prize £5,000. The winner and four other finalists will receive manuscript feedback from The Literary Consultancy and and an invitation to a special networking event with literary agents. To enter, please submit the first 5,000 words of your completed novel. Deadline September 21, 2015.

TULIPTREE’S STORIES THAT NEED TO BE TOLD CONTEST
http://www.tuliptreepub.com/contests.html
$20 ENTRY FEE.
TulipTree Publishing announces its inaugural Stories That Need to Be Told contest. We have done away with categories, so whether you consider it fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, as long as it tells a story, it fits! Prizes are 1st: $1,000; 2nd: $500; 3rd: $250. Winners will be published in a future issue of TulipTree Review. All entries considered for publication. Deadline August 29, 2015.

THE NEW GUARD MACHIGONNE FICTION CONTEST
https://thenewguard.submittable.com/submit
$20 ENTRY FEE.
Deadline August 20, 2015. $1,500 and publication for an exceptional fiction in any genre. Submit up to 5,000 words: anything from flash to the long story. Novel excerpts are welcome if the excerpt functions as a stand-alone story.

ALFIE DOG FICTION INTERNATIONAL SHORT STORY COMPETITION
http://alfiedog.com/fiction/competitions/writing-competition/
ENTRY FEE – DOWNLOAD 5 OF THEIR SHORT STORIES.
First prize £200 and publication of a short story collection of 35,000 – 40,000 words with editorial support for completion. Second prize full critique of stories to a total maximum word count of 10,000 words. Deadline September 30, 2015.

KNIGHTVILLE POETRY CONTEST
https://thenewguard.submittable.com/submit
$20 ENTRY FEE.
Deadline August 20, 2015. $1,500 and publication for an exceptional poem in any form. Up to three poems per entry. Up to 150 lines per poem. Please submit all three poems in a single document.

BARTLEBY SNOPES CONTEST
http://www.bartlebysnopes.com/contests.htm
$10 FOR UNLIMITED ENTRIES.
Compose a short story entirely of dialogue. You may use as many characters as you want. Your entry must be under 2,000 words. Your entry cannot use any narration (this includes tag lines such as he said, she said, etc.). These are the only rules. A minimum of $500 will be awarded, with at least $300 going to the grand prize winner. Our five finalists will also appear in Issue 15 of the magazine due out in January 2016. Last year we awarded $2,380 in prize money. For every entry over 50, an additional $5 will be added to the total prize money. Deadline September 15, 2015.

BRIGHTHORSE BOOK PRIZES
https://brighthorsebooks.submittable.com/submit
$25 ENTRY FEE.
In addition to the $1,000 prize and publication in each category, the winning writers will split net profits on book sales 50/50. The editors reserve the right to offer to publish any manuscripts submitted to the competition in addition to the prize winners. Deadline August 16, 2015. All submissions are considered for publication. Authors writing in English, regardless of nationality, residence, or publication history may submit to the competition.

THE SISKIYOU PRIZE FOR NEW ENVIRONMENTAL LITERATURE
http://siskiyouprize.com/
$25 ENTRY FEE.
Award is $1,000, an offer of publication from Ashland Creek Press, and a four-week residency at PLAYA. The contest is open to unpublished, full-length prose manuscripts, including novels, memoirs, short story collections, and essay collections. Manuscripts should be approximately 40,000 to 90,000 words (i.e., please do not send novellas or individual essays or stories; please also note the contest is not open to poetry or children’s books). “New environmental literature” refers to literary works that focus on the environment, animal protection, ecology, and wildlife. Deadline September 1, 2015.

TETHERED BY LETTERS’ SUMMER 2015 LITERARY CONTEST
http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission
ENTRY FEE $15 per Short Story; $7 per Flash Fiction OR $15 for three Flash Fictions; $7 per poem OR $15 for three poems.
We are currently accepting submissions for our short story contest (1,000 to 7,500 words, open genre), flash fiction contest (55, 250, or 500 words), and poetry contest (max of three pages per poem). All winners will be published in F(r)iction. All finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and be considered for later publication. The prizes are $500 for the short story winner, $150 for the flash fiction winner, and $150 for the poetry winner. Deadline August 31, 2015.

KNIGHTVILLE POETRY CONTEST
https://thenewguard.submittable.com/submit
$20 ENTRY FEE.
Deadline August 20, 2015. $1,500 and publication for an exceptional poem in any form. Up to three poems per entry. Up to 150 lines per poem. Please submit all three poems in a single document.

BARTLEBY SNOPES CONTEST
http://www.bartlebysnopes.com/contests.htm
$10 FOR UNLIMITED ENTRIES.
Compose a short story entirely of dialogue. You may use as many characters as you want. Your entry must be under 2,000 words. Your entry cannot use any narration (this includes tag lines such as he said, she said, etc.). These are the only rules. A minimum of $500 will be awarded, with at least $300 going to the grand prize winner. Our five finalists will also appear in Issue 15 of the magazine due out in January 2016. Last year we awarded $2,380 in prize money. For every entry over 50, an additional $5 will be added to the total prize money. Deadline September 15, 2015.

KNIGHTVILLE POETRY CONTEST
https://thenewguard.submittable.com/submit
$20 ENTRY FEE.
Deadline August 20, 2015. $1,500 and publication for an exceptional poem in any form. Up to three poems per entry. Up to 150 lines per poem. Please submit all three poems in a single document.

BARTLEBY SNOPES CONTEST
http://www.bartlebysnopes.com/contests.htm
$10 FOR UNLIMITED ENTRIES.
Compose a short story entirely of dialogue. You may use as many characters as you want. Your entry must be under 2,000 words. Your entry cannot use any narration (this includes tag lines such as he said, she said, etc.). These are the only rules. A minimum of $500 will be awarded, with at least $300 going to the grand prize winner. Our five finalists will also appear in Issue 15 of the magazine due out in January 2016. Last year we awarded $2380 in prize money. For every entry over 50, an additional $5 will be added to the total prize money. Deadline September 15, 2015.

WRITING MAPS
http://www.writingmaps.com/pages/contest
$5 ENTRY FEE (approx £3).
We hold a monthly Writing Maps Writing Contest to coincide with the launch each month of a new Writing Map product. We challenge you to write and share a 150-word piece in response to our Prompt of the Month. Each month’s two winning entries will be published in The A3 Review, the new Writing Maps Journal, a fold-out literary magazine to be published every six months. The contest closes at midnight (GMT) on the fourth Saturday of the month. There is no restriction on theme or style. We encourage prose, poems, prose poems, graphic stories and hybrid forms. First prize £150, second prize £75, third prize £50.

ELDRITCH PRESS DARK POETRY CONTEST
http://www.eldritchpress.com/dark-poetry-contest.html
NO ENTRY FEE.  The Eldritch Press Dark Poetry contest will open for submissions on February 1, 2015 and will run until September 1, 2015. We will announce the winners on Halloween. Three poetry collections will be chosen for the following prizes: First Place: $1,500 and a three-year publishing contract with Eldritch Press! Second Place: $1,000 and a two-year publishing contract with Eldritch Press! Third Prize: $500 and a one-year publishing contract with Eldritch Press! Open to poets who have yet to publish a full-length-book collection of poetry, including self-published in any genre. Minimum 50 pages to a maximum of 100 pages.

 

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