Manuscript Writing Contests

Call for Submissions: 5th Annual Free 6-Month Fellowship to theOffice

Looking for a writer’s sanctuary? A place where you can leave the distractions of life behind and just sit down in peace to put words on the page? That’s what we offer here at theOffice – a quiet, communal workspace on the westside of Los Angeles. We have a roster filled with A-list screenwriters, novelists and more, but sometimes the cost of membership can be too much for up-and-coming writers. That’s why five years ago we started our free fellowship to theOffice. And we’re happy once again to offer it to you. Announcing our 5th Annual Free 6-Month Fellowship to theOffice. It works like this: You send us an example of your best piece of writing along with a paragraph or two explaining why this fellowship would help you. We select one winner who will receive 6 months of free 24/7* access to the space. This is equivalent to a Premium Membership, the highest level of membership we offer, worth upwards of $2500. Winner gets his/her own door code to the space with the ability to come and go even when staff isn’t here. You wanna write at 2AM on a Wednesday night? The space is all yours. You also get all the other perks of membership including unlimited, free coffee & tea, wifi, ergonomic workstations with Aeron chairs, a small reference library and all the peace and quiet you can handle. The fellowship starts May 1st and goes through October 31st, 2015. It is completely free to enter. Winner will be announced the last week of April. Contest is open to all new/aspiring/struggling writers who are looking to kick their productivity into overdrive. Think of this as your very own writer’s retreat right here in the city. Here’s what we need from you: An email with your contact information: Full name, phone, and email address. We will contact the winner via email. In the body of the email, please explain why you need this fellowship and what you hope to gain from it. (200 words or less, please) A 10 page .pdf writing sample of your work. Attach this to the email. Your best 10 pages. Do not submit pages that need to be set up or explained. Send 10 pages that stand alone. Only pdf submissions. All other attachments will be deleted. Email to: theOfficeFellowship(at)gmail(dot)com by April 15, 2015. That’s it. You’re done! Some important points to remember: Do your research on theOffice. Don’t submit if you’re not local, if you’re not sure you’ll be available, if you don’t like writing in a room with others. Be honest, if you live in Pasadena and won’t want to drive across town to write every day, then this fellowship isn’t for you. If you don’t flourish in...

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Merrimack Media 2015 Outstanding Writer Contest

First place wins complete publication package, second place wins a book cover!  SUBMIT A SHORT SYNOPSIS AND FIRST CHAPTER DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: FRIDAY, MARCH 20th, 2015. FIVE SEMI-FINALISTS WILL BE SELECTED BY APRIL 20th, 2015. Semi-finalists will submit a full manuscript at that time. WINNERS WILL BY ANNOUNCED, MONDAY JUNE 1st, 2015. ENTRY FEE: $20 Upon payment, you will receive an email with instructions on submitting your synopsis and chapter. How to enter, visit: ...

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CSU ESSAY COLLECTION COMPETITION

http://www.csupoetrycenter.com/essay-prize/ $28 ENTRY FEE.The winner will receive $1,000, publication, and a standard royalty contract. Deadline March 31, 2015. All essay collections are welcome, regardless of author’s previous publications; manuscripts should be approximately 100-300 pages in length. The CSU Poetry Center reserves the right to consider all entrants for publication; a listing of all winters and finalists will be posted on the Poetry Center...

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DZANC SHORT STORY CONTEST

https://dzancbooks.submittable.com/submit $25 ENTRY FEE. Dzanc is currently holding its fifth annual contest for all authors wishing to submit a short story collection to Dzanc Books. The winning author will be published by Dzanc in late 2016, and will receive a $1,000 advance. Entry to the Dzanc Short Story Collection Contest requires a $25 reading fee and the submission of a full manuscript. The contest deadline is January 31,...

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Narrative Magazine’s: Winter 2015 Story Contest

Our winter contest is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We’re looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest. Narrative winners and finalists have gone on to win the Pushcart Prize, the Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Atlantic prize, and have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and others. View all the recent awards won by Narrative authors. As always, we are looking for works with a strong narrative drive, with characters we can respond to as human beings, and with effects of language, situation, and insight that are intense and total. We look for works that have the ambition of enlarging our view of ourselves and the world. We welcome and look forward to reading your pages. Click here to submit your work. Awards: First Prize is $2,500, Second Prize is $1,000, Third Prize is $500, and ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication. Submission Fee: There is a $22 fee for each entry. And with your entry, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage. All contest entries are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize for 2015 and for acceptance as a Story of the Week. Timing: The contest deadline is March 31, 2015, at midnight, Pacific daylight time. Judging: The contest will be judged by the editors of the magazine. Winners and finalists will be announced to the public by April 30, 2015. All writers who enter will be notified by email of the judges’ decisions. The judges reserve the option to declare a tie in the selection of winners and to award only as many winners and finalists as are appropriate to the quality of work represented in the magazine. Submission Guidelines: Please read our Submission Guidelines for manuscript formatting and other information. Other Submission Categories: In addition to our contest, please review our other Submission Categories for areas that may interest you. Click here to submit your work. Visit the website: ...

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Last Call! RoseQuill Press’ First Annual Crappy Query Contest

Submit your most hilarious, most awfully, awesome novel queries by midnight, November 21, 2014, Midway Island Time. Who knows, if it’s based on a real manuscript you might even score a request!  The Crappy Query Contest does not discriminate on the basis of genre, sub-genre, or sub-sub-genre. Prizes Third through First Prize gets a quarter and a certificate! Winning queries will also be featured in our RoseQuill Quickies e-zine. To Enter – It’s free to enter. Send your Crappy Query to submissions@rosequill.com Deadline: November 21, 2014, midnight – Midway Island Time Make sure your email subject says “Crappy Query Contest.”  If your Crappy Query is based on your (unpublished, and completed) Romance novel include a P.S. alerting us to that fact. We just might request it! For more information:...

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