Novella Contests

Spring 2015 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest

Fiction Contest Welcome to the 2015 Leapfrog Fiction Contest page! Deadline: May 1, 2015 Adult, YA, and middle grade novels, novellas and story collections; minimum length 22,000 words.  Finalist: $150 plus manuscript critique by this year’s finalist judge, author Mark Brazaitis. First prize: Finalist awards plus publication contract with $1,000 royalty advance. Past Winners: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 the entry fee is $30. What to Enter Adult, young adult (YA) and middle grade (MG) novels, novellas, and short story collections are accepted. Minimum word count: 22,000. Individual stories in a collection may have been published in journals. Books that have been self-published will be considered “:unpublished” if fewer than about 200 copies were printed. We look for literary fiction and mainstream fiction, including science fiction. Generally we are less interested in strict genre fiction, but if a manuscript is good and grabs our attention, we don’t care what the genre is. How to Enter All entries must be submitted by email to fictioncontest@leapfrogpress.com . Subject line: “Contest entry Book Title–adult novel.” Use your actual manuscript title or part of it, and indicate whether it is a novel, story collection, novella, YA novel, or MG novel. If you are unsure whether it is for adults or young adults, or should be called a novel or a novella, just take a guess. We are not picky about category. In the body of your email message, please include your name, complete manuscript title, mailing address, and email address. Please do not include any biographical information. Indicate whether your entry fee will be coming by check or via PayPal/credit card. This helps us match PayPal payments to manuscripts. Attach your complete manuscript to your message as a Word or PDF file. Please REMOVE any identifying information from the file before sending: no author name or address should be included. This includes information in page headers/footers, title pages, and so forth. If you forget, don’t worry: we’ll remove the information before the manuscript reaches the judges. We ask that you do not attach a file greater than bout 1.5 MB. If this is a problem, please contact us. You may send larger files by Hightail or some other file-sharing system, but we need to know in advance if you are doing so. However, there is no reason for any manuscript file to exceed a couple of MB at the most. If yours does, it has illustrations that need to be removed or made smaller (lower resolution). Finally, use the PayPal link below for your entry fee of $30, or send a check to Leapfrog Press 2015 Fiction Contest, PO Box 505, Fredonia, NY 14063. Visit the website for complete guidelines: ...

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The Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature

DEADLINE: July 31, 2014 NO ENTRY FEES PRIZES: $3,000 DETAILS: Open to Kentucky residents, or writers whose work is set in or is about Kentucky. Winner must be willing to travel to KY for readings and events. Submissions may include: a collection of poetry (48-100 pages); a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, a short novel, a collection of essays or creative nonfiction (to 250 pages). No history, scholarly works, children’s literature, plays, genre literature. No single stories or poems under 150 pages. CONTACT: The Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature, Sarabande Books, Inc. 2234 Dundee Road Suite 200, Louisville, KY 40205 WEBSITE:...

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THE WOLFE PACK BLACK ORCHID AWARD FOR THE NOVELLA

— NO ENTRY FEE. Entries must be 15,000 to 20,000 words in length, Submitted by May 31, 2014. Each entry must be an original unpublished work of fiction that conforms to the tradition of the Nero Wolfe series. The mystery should be “traditional” in flavor. The crime must be solved using the deductive abilities of the sleuth. No coincidences. The detective could be a professional or amateur. The setting could be NYC or Boston or wherever. We’re not looking for anything derivative of the Nero Wolfe character, milieu, etc. Visit the website: ...

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William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition

Deadline Thursday, May 1, 2014  Categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry Entry Fees: Between $10 and $200 depending on category and manuscript length. Prizes: Between $750 and $7,500 depending on category Description: Accepting entries in eight categories: novel, novella, book-length narrative nonfiction, novel-in-progress, short story, essay, poetry and short story by a high school student. Only unpublished work accepted. No self-published or web-published material. See website for category details. Submit by regular mail. Contact Information: Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, 624 Pirate’s Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116. Email: faulkhouse@aol.com Website:...

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The Wolfe Pack Black Orchid Award Celebrating the Novella Format

An important part of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe’s opus are novellas. To celebrate this format, the Wolfe Pack and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine have partnered to sponsor the Black Orchid Novella Award. Want to submit an entry for the this year’s contest? It’s important that you read the rules and follow the procedures carefully. Click here to read this year’s contest flyer. The initial announcement in 2006 was greeted with enthusiasm by the mystery community. Jane Cleland, long-term Wolfe Pack member, is the chair of the event. “At every mystery conference and event I attend, people are excited about the opportunity to write a novella—and they’re excited about the great prize—$1,000 from Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine—plus, of course, publication in the magazine!” Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine editor, Linda Landrigan, explains, “We’re delighted to be associated with the Wolfe Pack. And we’re thrilled to participate in this award.” (Read the announcement to the media!) Heed the words of Linda Landrigan, editor-in-chief of AHMM. She says, “We need to stress that a novella is not a padded short story. A novella needs to be as tight and fast-paced as a short story or a novel. Authors need to ensure that the story they want to tell is properly sized for whatever format they choose.”   Postmark deadline: May 31, 2014 For additional Information, see: Rules, Procedures, & Frequently Asked Questions Flyer Previous Years’ Winners Visit the website for details: http://www.nerowolfe.org/htm/literary_awards/black_orchid_award/Black_Orchid_award_proc.htm For questions regarding the Black Orchid Novella Award, please email the Chair, Jane K. Cleland. * If no acceptable candidates are received, AHMM and The Wolfe Pack reserve the right to declare no winner in any given...

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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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