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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you a line to let you know that because of FFW, I submitted AND WON The 2008 William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers!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.

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.

WRITERS’ VILLAGE CONTEST SUMMER 2015
http://www.writers-village.org
$24 ENTRY FEE.
$1,600 is the top prize on offer for short fiction in the Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award summer 2015. The second prize is $800, third prize $400 and there are five runner up prizes of $80. Ten further Highly Commended entrants will have their stories acknowledged at the site. Everyone wins because every contestant, win or lose, gains feedback on how their stories were graded – plus tips for improvement. Winners will be awarded the title ‘Winner, the Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award summer 2015’ and see their work showcased online. Any genre of prose fiction may be submitted up to 3,000 words (no playscripts and poetry). Entries are welcomed world-wide. Deadline June 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.

STILLHOUSE PRESS RINEHART NONFICTION CONTEST
http://www.stillhousepress.org/contest
$25 ENTRY FEE.
Deadline July 15, 2015. $1,000 and publication, 20 copies of book, and paid transport to a 2016 Fall for the Book event announcing publication. Submit a complete manuscript of narrative nonfiction, either a collection of linked essays or memoir, between 60,000-90,000 words. Manuscript should include a query letter and a synopsis with an overview of the work.

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.

PRESS 53 AWARD FOR POETRY
http://www.press53.com/award_for_poetry.html
$30 ENTRY FEE.
Winner receives publication by Press 53 of winning poetry collection, $1,000 cash advance, travel expenses to Press 53 headquarters in Winston-Salem, North Carolina for a reading/book launch party weekend in April 2016. This contest is open to any writer, regardless of his or her publication history, provided the manuscript is written in English and the author lives in the United States. Deadline July 31, 2015. Manuscripts should be no less than 60 pages and no more than 120 pages in length.

WRITERS’ VILLAGE CONTEST SUMMER 2015
http://www.writers-village.org
$24 ENTRY FEE.
$1,600 is the top prize on offer for short fiction in the Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award summer 2015. The second prize is $800, third prize $400 and there are five runner up prizes of $80. Ten further Highly Commended entrants will have their stories acknowledged at the site. Everyone wins because every contestant, win or lose, gains feedback on how their stories were graded – plus tips for improvement. Winners will be awarded the title ‘Winner, the Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award summer 2015’ and see their work showcased online. Any genre of prose fiction may be submitted up to 3,000 words (no playscripts and poetry). Entries are welcomed world-wide. Deadline June 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.

UNFINISHED CHAPTERS (Anthology)
https://unfinishedchaptersanthology.wordpress.com
ENTRY FEE $5.
Top three prizes $200, $100, $75. Seeking short essays about love, loss, relationships and wishful do-overs. Deadline July 1, 2015.

NCW PERSONAL ESSAY/CREATIVE NONFICTION CONTEST
http://northerncoloradowriters.com/upcoming-events-mainmenu-133/writing-contests/307-2012-writing-contests
$20 ENTRY FEE.
Northern Colorado Writers is hosting its 5th annual nonfiction competition. You don’t need to be a member or in Colorado to enter. Prizes are 1st: $1,000; 2nd: $250; 3rd: $100. Winners, honorable mentions, and editor’s picks will be published in and receive a free copy of the winners’ anthology, Pooled Ink. This year’s nonfiction judge is Colorado Book Award winner BK Loren. Open to any style, up to 5,000 words. Deadline: June 30.

HIGHFIELD PRESS – “Picture Worth 1000 Words” SUMMER 2015 ESSAY CONTEST
http://highfieldpress.wix.com/contests#!summer-2015-contest/ct1y
$20 ENTRY FEE.
The Highfield Press Summer 2015 Essay Contest is open! We invite writers to submit an unpublished essay (500-1,000 words) inspired by the theme, “Summer Reflections” and the given photo. We love the abstract shapes and colors reflected in the gentle waves of the inspiration photo online. Does it remind you of a romantic lakeside story? A fun pool party? Or an ill-fated day at sea? We’d love to hear your spin on a story inspired by our photo. Submission may be a personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel piece, historical account, biography, or short story. Deadline July 15, 2015. $1,000 Grand Prize and online publication. Two runners up receive Highfield Press gifts. Writers retain all rights.

PRESS 53 AWARD FOR POETRY
http://www.press53.com/award_for_poetry.html
$30 ENTRY FEE.
Winner receives publication by Press 53 of winning poetry collection, $1,000 cash advance,
travel expenses to Press 53 headquarters in Winston-Salem, North Carolina for a reading/book launch party weekend in April 2016. This contest is open to any writer, regardless of his or her publication history, provided the manuscript is written in English and the author lives in the United States. Deadline July 31, 2015. Manuscripts should be no less than 60 pages and no more than 120 pages in length.

WRITERS’ VILLAGE CONTEST SUMMER 2015
http://www.writers-village.org
$24 ENTRY FEE.
$1,600 is the top prize on offer for short fiction in the Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award summer 2015. The second prize is $800, third prize $400 and there are five runner up prizes of $80. Ten further Highly Commended entrants will have their stories acknowledged at the site. Everyone wins because every contestant, win or lose, gains feedback on how their stories were graded – plus tips for improvement. Winners will be awarded the title ‘Winner, the Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award summer 2015’ and see their work showcased online. Any genre of prose fiction may be submitted up to 3,000 words, except playscripts and poetry. Entries are welcomed world-wide. Deadline June 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 $2380 in prize money. For every entry over 50, an additional $5 will be added to the total prize money. Deadline September 15, 2015.

HOWLING BIRD PRESS FICTION AWARD
http://www.augsburg.edu/mfa/howling-bird-press/
$25 ENTRY FEE.
The competition is open to all writers in English, whether published or unpublished. Author of the winning manuscript receives a cash award of $1,000, which serves as an advance, with book subsequently published by Howling Bird Press under a standard book contract. Deadline June 30, 2015. Manuscripts may be a collection of short stories or a short novel. The collection of short stories may include a novella. Manuscripts should be 40,000–60,000 words.

THE RATTLE POETRY PRIZE
http://www.rattle.com/poetry/prize/about
$20 ENTRY FEE.
Deadline July 15, 2015. The annual Rattle Poetry Prize now offers $10,000 for a single poem — plus a total of $3,000 and publication to ten finalists. With the winners judged in a blind review by the editors to ensure a fair and consistent selection (past winners have ranged from the well-known to the previously unpublished poets), an entry fee that is simply a one-year subscription to the magazine, and a large Readers’ Choice Award chosen by the writers themselves, we’ve designed the Rattle Poetry Prize to be one of the most writer-friendly contests around.
TWISTED ROAD
https://twistedroadpublications.submittable.com/submit
$16 ENTRY FEE.
We are seeking stories that reveal the lives of marginalized groups and individuals by developing complex characters and realistic settings. For Twisted Road Publications, “Southern Gothic” means examining the social order of the new south, which we believe is as fragile and the realities behind it as disturbing as anything Faulkner imagined. However, since some of the best stories in the “Gothic” tradition are from outside the region, entries do not necessarily have to be set in the South, nor does the author have to be southern. Word limit 6,000 words. Deadline July 31, 2015.F. SCOTT FITZGERALD SHORT STORY CONTEST
http://fscottfestival.org/festival/short-story-contest/
$25 ENTRY FEE.
Deadline August 14, 2015. Open to residents of Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC. No restrictions to subject matter. Limit 4,000 words. First prize is $500 and invitation to speak at the festival award ceremony on October 10, 2015. Two runner-up prizes of $100 each.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.

AMBIT SUMMER WRITING COMPETITION
http://www.ambitmagazine.co.uk/ambit-summer-writing-competition-2015/
£5 or £7 ENTRY FEE.
Entry fee entitles writers to a one-year subscription. The first place prize in each category will be £500, second place £250, and £100 for third. Deadline July 15, 2015. The three winning poems and three winning stories will all be published in Issue 222 of Ambit, and the poets and writers will be invited to read with judges Dan O’Brien and Alison Moore at the launch on October 22, 2015 in London. The competition is open to anyone, of any age of any nationality, aged 16 or over. There is no minimum line requirement, but poems must not exceed 42 lines and short fiction must be under 1,000 words.

SATURDAY EVENING POST GREAT AMERICAN SHORT STORY CONTEST
http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/fiction-contest
$10 ENTRY FEE.
The winning story will be published in the January/February 2016 edition of The Saturday Evening Post, and the author will receive a $500 payment. Five runners-up will each receive a $100 payment and will also have their stories published online. Stories must be between 1,500 and 5,000 words in length. Deadline July 1, 2015.

ARRAN THEATRE POETRY COMPETITION
http://www.arrantheatreandarts.org/index.php/poetry-competition
£5 ENTRY FEE.
Poems should be no more than 80 lines and can be in any style and on any subject. Each poem should have a title. You may enter any number of poems. This is an international competition, open to all. First prize £1.000. Second prize £300. Third prize £100, Six Commendations of £25. Deadline June 30, 2015.

RICEPAPER’S FICTION CONTEST
http://ricepapermagazine.ca/contests/
$25 ENTRY FEE.
Ricepaper’s Annual Secret Ingredient Fiction Contest is a 500-words-max flash fiction contest. The piece of work must include the mystery ingredient selected by Ricepaper’s editorial staff. What’s the secret ingredient topic? RAMEN. When is the deadline? July 1, 2015. You also get a one-year subscription upon entry. First place $250, publication in issue 20.4 winter 2015, online publication, contest winner announcement at and free registration for the 2015 literAsian Festival. Second place Asian Canadian literary prize pack and online publication. Third place online publication.

FAIRY TALE REVIEW PRIZE
http://fairytalereview.com/submit/contests/
$10 ENTRY FEE.  Deadline July 15, 2015. Simply send your best fairy-tale work along the spectrum of mainstream to experimental, fabulist to realist. For prose, you may submit up to 8,000 words of a single piece or up to three linked flash pieces each under 1,000 words in a single document. For poetry, you may submit up to 5 poems totaling no more than 10 pages. $1,000 each, for prose and poetry. Ten percent of your reading fee will be donated to Tucson Youth Poetry Slam as part of Fairy Tale Review’s interdisciplinary outreach efforts.

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.

MARK TWAIN HUMOR CONTEST
https://twainhouse.submittable.com/submit/38076
$12 or $22 ENTRY FEE.  Submit 7,000 words (or fewer) of any original work of humor writing. Submissions must be in English. Submissions are not required to be in the style of Mark Twain or about Mark Twain. We want to hear your voice. And we want you to make us laugh! Deadline July 10, 2015. 1st Prize: $1,000 (Adult), $600 (Young Author). 2nd Prize: $500 (Adult), $400 (Young Author).  3rd Prize: $250 (Adult), $200 (Young Author). Three Honorable Mention Prizes: $100 Gift Certificate for the Mark Twain Museum Store (Adult & Young Author).

 

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