2015 Arizona Mystery Writers 4th Annual – Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest

2015 Arizona Mystery Writers 4th Annual- Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest Deadline is: June 1, 2015 $10 entry fee. Prizes: 1st=$200 2nd=$100 3rd=$75 We are now accepting – Mystery, suspense, or thriller stories. 2500 word maximum length. Blind judging. Contest rules and entry form on the website:  http://www.arizonamysterywriters.com/?page_id=1449 Past winners are posted on the website. We are an independent, nonprofit club supporting mystery writing in Arizona. Contest deadline: June 1, 2015. This contest is open to all. Contact: amwcontest@gmail.com Visit our website for details:...

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Enter Caladria’s FREE fantasy short story competition

The competition You are invited to write a fantasy short story between 1,500 and 3000 words. So how does it work? Caladria provides three themes. Choose one of these for your story. You can enter as many times as you want before closing date. Your story must take place on the fantasy world of Caladria (www.caladria.com). Sufficient briefing about Caladria is included here, but if you register in the world you will gain access to several free publications containing information that might help you further. Entry is FREE. So what are the Prizes? The winner will receive a £25 Amazon digital giftcard and his or her story will appear in our e-zine Fab Fables. The stories of two runners-up will appear in Fab Fables. Additionally, all stories published in Fab Fables receive a commission from the revenue received for that issue. Timetable DEADLINE: May 31st, 2015. How to enter Entry is by email. Please type your entry in double-line spacing and export content into RTF, DOC or TXT format. Call the attachment by your name and the number of the theme you have chosen e.g. 1 Marjorie Smith.* Do not put your name on the actual entry. Include the following details in the body of your email: your name, the number of the theme, and number of words. Send your entries, titled ‘Caladria Competition Entry’ to (leah@caladria.com). Rules: Entries must be in English and entirely your own work. You can enter as many times as you wish, but each entry must be sent on separate emails. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Entries not complying with the competition rules will be disqualified. Copyright of stories published in Fab Fables belongs to www.caladria.com. While copyright of stories not published in Fab Fables remains with the author, no content can be published about Caladria without permission. Winners will be notified by email. By entering the competition you agree that from time to time www.caladria.com may mail you with news (including other competitions). The Themes for the Competition’s Stories Theme 1 Two dragons, brother and sister, have an uneasy truce with each other. They have hit on a way to gain food without effort. One dragon guards a bridge over a dry river bed upstream, the other does the same for a downstream crossing over the same dry river bed. They exact tolls (in the form of food) from the goblins who cross the river. It has always cost the same to use either crossing. An entrepreneurial goblin, using his knowledge that the two dragons do not really get on, persuades one of them to take less food for the crossing. Soon all traffic uses the...

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Knoxville Writers’ Guild Now Seeking Submissions for Contest

The Knoxville Writers’ Guild is thrilled to announce submissions are being accepted now through midnight, Tuesday, June 30 for its 2015 writing contest. More than $1,000 in prizes are being offered in six different categories, including the Libba Moore Gray Award for Poetry, the KWG Award for Creative Nonfiction, the KWG Award for Genre Fiction, the Young Writers’ Prize and the Leslie Garrett Award for Literary Fiction. “Every year the contest receives many submissions from out-of-state writers, which enhance the prestige of and esteem for our contest and the fine writers of Knoxville and East Tennessee,” 2015 KWG president, Donna Kapa, said. “This year’s contest chair, Jeff Shoffner, has reached out to the membership with a survey, as well as personal emails and phone calls to ensure the interests the Knoxville Writers’ Guild are represented by the contest categories and organization.” Judges will be announced shortly. Please see the below General Contest Guidelines, followed by Specific Contest Guidelines. Questions should be sent to contest@knoxvillewritersguild.org. For more information, please visit www.knoxvillewritersguild.org/contest.   General Contest Guidelines The following guidelines apply to all KWG contests. See specific guidelines under each contest heading for individual exceptions or additions. Contestants may submit work through midnight, June 30, 2015. Note: Failure to adhere to any rule renders your entry subject to rejection with forfeiture of contest entry fee. Please read the rules carefully; they help us process entries more efficiently and fairly. Contests are open to all individuals above the age of 18 with the following exceptions: Members of the KWG board of directors and contests committee may not submit entries to KWG competitions. Previous first prizewinners are barred from the contest they won for one year. Also, see Specific Guidelines under Young Writers Prize for exceptions to that contest. Use black type on a white page with 12 point Times New Roman or Courier fonts. Set your margins to one inch, and do not justify. Contestants may enter more than one contest simultaneously. Additionally, contestants may enter a single contest more than once, with the exclusion of the Leslie Garrett Award for Literary Fiction. A separate entry fee is required for each submission. All submissions must be emailed before midnight Eastern Standard Time on June 30, 2015. No printed copies will be accepted this year. Electronic versions only. You can submit entries in two ways. Fill out the form at knoxvillewritersguild.org/contest/entry, once for each entry. OR Send a separate email for each entry to contest@knoxvillewritersguild.org, with the subject line formatted as follows: Category, Entry Title (as it appears below) The email body should also indicate which contest you are entering and should include the following: -Author name -Mailing address -Phone number -Payment method and...

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Call for Submissions: WOW! Women On Writing Spring 2015 Flash Fiction Contest

WOW! Women On Writing invites entries to its Spring 2015 Flash Fiction Contest, sponsored by BookBaby. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, good storytelling, and provide well-rewarded recognition to writers of all levels. Guest Judge: Literary Agent Vicki Selvaggio of The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency Guidelines: Seeking short fiction of any genre between 250 – 750 words. Electronic submissions via e-mail only; reprints are okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail. Writers retain all copyright to their stories. Open internationally.  Prizes: 1st Place: $350, The Complete Publishing Package from BookBaby ($579 value), $25 Amazon Gift Card; 2nd Place: $250, $25 Amazon Gift Card; 3rd Place: $150, $25 Amazon Gift Card; 7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards; and 10 Honorable mentions receive $20 Amazon Gift Cards. Top 10 stories are published in the WOW! Women On Writing e-zine, and contestants are interviewed on WOW’s blog, The Muffin.  Limited to 300 entries. $10 entry fee. Critique option also available.  Deadline: May 31, 2015  ...

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Prairie Seed Poetry Prize

Entry fee: $20.00 USDEnds on 7/31/2015 The Prairie Seed Poetry Prize is awarded to a collection of poetry that examines how we can best live in and better understand the Midwest Region of the USA. This can involve any connection you may have with the region: family history, an old farm, memories, relatives, a small town, a big town, weather, sky, rivers, … your unique poetry is what we are looking for. The Ice Cube Press has used the literary arts since 1993 to better understand the Midwest. Information for the 2015 contest: Poetry collections are to be between 48 – 70 pages of poetry. The 2015 winner will come with an Introduction from selecting judge Debra Marquart. Debra Marquart is a professor of English at Iowa State University. She teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment at Iowa State University and the Stonecoast Low-Residency MFA Program at University of Southern Maine. The 2016 winner will be judged and introduced by Jennifer L. Knox. Jennifer currently teaches at Iowa State University and is the proprietor of a little company called Saltlickers.The winner will have their book published, sold, and nationally distributed by the Ice Cube Press, LLC. The 2015 & 2016 winning collections will be included at the Great Lakes Independent Bookseller Association and Midwest Independent Booksellers Association Fall Forum trade shows. The winner will receive 20 free copies of his/her book as well one-on-one marketing and promotion with the publisher. Our Inaugural Prairie Seed Poetry Prize winner was Diamond Grove Slave Tree by Xavier Cavazos. Diamond Grove Slave Tree is being released at AWP15 in Minneapolis and includes an off-site reading. Several additional readings are being planned. Xavier was the 2013 Poetry Society of America National Chapbook Fellow. He will assist with the screening of this year’s prize. Notes: 1) Winner will be announced during the fall of 2015. 2)We will post any improvements and changes to the contest here and on our website as soon as possible....

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The New Quarterly – (TNQ) Contest Listings – (Must be a Canadian citizen or resident)

Deadline April 13th, 2015. We are interested in essays of any length, on any topic, in which the writer’s personal engagement with the topic provides the frame or through-line. There is no restriction on essay length or subject matter, but the author must be a Canadian citizen or resident. We offer a $1,000 prize for the winning essay; all submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in the magazine. Entry fee: $40 per submission. Each submission includes a one-year Canadian subscription (or subscription extension) to The New Quarterly. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Contest: Deadline May 28th, 2015. This contest, is named in honour of Peter Hinchcliffe, who was instrumental in the founding of the magazine and has made an impact in the lives of many students in his longstanding role as lecturer at St. Jerome’s University.  The $1000 top prize will be awarded for a work of short fiction by a Canadian (citizen or resident) writer who has not yet published a first novel or short story collection.  Though there is only one top prize, all submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in the magazine. All submissions will be judged blind. Entry fee: $40 per submission. Each submission includes a one-year Canadian subscription (or subscription extension) to The New Quarterly. Submissions are accepted here:...

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Highfield Press Spring Essay Contest 2015

HIGHFIELD PRESS – “Picture Worth 1000 Words” Spring 2015 Essay Contest $1,000 Grand Prize and online publication. Writer retains all rights. Highfield Press invites you to submit an unpublished essay (500-1000 words) inspired by the theme, “Spring Fever.” Submission may be a personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel piece, historical account, biography, or short story. It must reflect the inspirational photo shown on the website, and theme of the contest. $20 ENTRY FEE. Deadline April 30th, 2015. Visit the website:...

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