Novelette Contests

THURBER PRIZE FOR AMERICAN HUMOR

  — $65 ENTRY FEE. This prize is the only recognition of the art of humor writing in the United States. The winner receives $5,000, a commemorative plaque, and is invited to Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio. Deadline April 1, 2014. Eligible books are those that are published in book form, whether as a hardcover or as an original paperback, in the United States. Fiction, nonfiction, and collections of short stories are eligible. Visit the website for details:...

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RopeWalk Press Editor’s Fiction Chapbook Prize

Deadline: June 15, 2013 Entry Fee: $20 A prize of $1,000, publication by RopeWalk Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a fiction chapbook. Submit a manuscript of up to 45 pages with a $20 entry fee ($5 for each additional entry) by June 15, 2013. Visit the website for complete guidelines. RopeWalk Press, Editor’s Fiction Chapbook Prize, 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, IN 47712.  (800) 464-1916 . Nicole Louise Reid, Editor. Website:  http://www.usi.edu/ropewalk/RopeWalk_Press.asp E-mail address: ...

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The AWW “Good Read” Fiction Book Competition

Contact: www.awomanswrite.com Prize: $500 Entry fee $40 includes a thorough, thoughtful critique, and the option to resubmit during the same contest period. The Good Read competition is for novels written by women 18 or older in English. Send 75 pages, a query letter and a two-page synopsis. Contest begins January 1 annually, and closes November 30 annually. We are more interested in a good story well told and a point well made than in attempts to sound literary or poetic. Send us your best, simplest work. Make us love or hate your characters, believe or disbelieve your thesis, by your excellent prose composition. Get us involved in the narrative, or interested in the facts, by moving us skillfully from point A to point B. AWW is a resource for creative women. We want to encourage work by, for and about women, but stories about men will not be overlooked. Just be sure that your viewpoint rings true and the experiences you portray are authentic to the character and setting. Be natural. Do not use special script for emphasis. Read rules for the use of italics and do not use italics for simple emphasis. Do not overuse the exclamation point. Books will be judged on objective standards and demerits will be assigned for: word repetition, incorrect grammar and syntax, incorrect punctuation, improper formatting of paragraphs, weak characterizations, contradictory or illogical plot development, unbelievable or inconsistent setting. It will also be judged subjectively by our editors, as nearly as possible to mimic the experience of a new enthusiastic reader who has picked your book off the shelf and is embarking on the adventure of involvement in the world you have created. What stops, bores, or confuses that reader/editor will stop, bore, and confuse a larger audience. Read the instructions carefully and submit accordingly. Inattention to detail can result in disqualification. The editors of AWW are themselves contest entrants (and occasional winners) and are well acquainted with the frustrations of getting it wrong and kicking oneself for having gotten it wrong. Please, read. For questions, email us. Important: Contestants should be 18 or older. Submitting your entry certifies that you are eligible, and that all work submitted is your own. Entry fees are non-refundable and are payable only through PayPal. Judge’s decisions are final. Visit the website for Guidelines for the AWW “Good Read” Fiction Book Competition  at: ...

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L. RON HUBBARD’S WRITERS OF THE FUTURE CONTEST

WRITERS OF THE FUTURE CONTEST RULES “A culture is as rich and as capable of surviving as it has imaginative artists. The artist is looked upon to start things. The artist injects the spirit of life into a culture. And through his creative endeavors, the writer works continually to give tomorrow a new form.”—L. Ron Hubbard     >>  ENTRANTS RETAIN ALL PUBLICATION RIGHTS     >>  NO ENTRY FEE IS REQUIRED     >>  ALL AWARDS ARE ADJUDICATED BY PROFESSIONAL WRITERS ONLY     >>  PRIZES EVERY THREE MONTHS: $1,000, $750, $500     >>  ANNUAL GRAND PRIZE: $5,000 ADDITIONAL!     >>  OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW AND AMATEUR WRITERS OF NEW SHORT STORIES OR NOVELETTES OF SF OR FANTASY 1. No entry fee is required, and all rights in the story remain the property of the author. All types of science fiction, fantasy and dark fantasy are welcome. 2. By submitting to the Contest, the entrant agrees to abide by all Contest rules. 3. All entries must be original works, in English. Plagiarism, which includes the use of third-party poetry, song lyrics, characters or another person’s universe, without written permission will result in disqualification. Excessive violence or sex, determined by the judges, will result in disqualification. Entries may not have been previously published in professional media. 4. To be eligible, entries must be works of prose, up to 17,000 words in length. We regret we cannot consider poetry, or works intended for children. 5. The Contest is open only to those who have not professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium. Professional publication is deemed to be payment, and at least 5,000 copies, or 5,000 hits. 6. Entries submitted hardcopy must be typewritten or a computer printout in black ink on white paper, printed only on the front paper, double spaced, with numbered pages. All other formats will be disqualified. Each entry must have a cover page with the title of the work, the author’s legal name, a pen name if applicable, address, telephone number, email address and an approximate word count. Every subsequent page must carry the title and a page number, but the author’s name must be deleted to facilitate fair, anonymous judging. Entries submitted electronically must be double-spaced and must include the title and page number on each page, but not the author’s name. Electronic submissions will separately include the author’s legal name, pen name if applicable, address, telephone number, email address and approximate word count. 7. Manuscripts will be returned after judging only if the author has provided return postage on a self addressed envelope. 8. We accept only entries for which no delivery signature is required by us to...

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