Short Fiction Contests

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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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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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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Call for entries! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2015

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who enjoys expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry or writing a story that is worth telling everyone! Welcome to all having the ability to dream… We are now in the 10th year of our mission to inspire, motivate, and encourage anyone having the desire or love for poetry and writing, to continue doing so without fear of failure or success. Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00! All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com Guidelines: Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed. And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or legibly hand printed. Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted. Postmark deadline: July 31, 2015 All winners will be announced on September 26, 2015 Prizes: Writing First Prize is $500. Second: $250. Third: $100. Poetry First Prize is $250. Second: $125. Third: $50. Entry fees: $10 per story, $5 per poem To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM” Mail to: Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest P.O. Box 3141 Chicago, IL 60654 Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com for details on how to enter! No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest...

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Creative Competitor Writing Competitions

The Fortune-Teller Writing Competition 1st Prize: £395.00 2nd Prize: £250.00 3rd Prize: £150.00 Closing date: 10th March 2015 Entry fee: £5.00 or FREE to Write, Learn and Publish members All you have to do to win this exciting new writing competition is to craft a story around a fortune teller in a maximum of 1000 words including the title. Consider your starting point carefully to maximise the strength of your story. We want to be hooked by every word. Rules online. http://creativecompetitor.com/creative-writing-competitions/writing-competitions-2015/fortune-teller-writing-competition/ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Twist in the Tale Writing Competition 1st Prize: £195.00 2nd Prize: £125.00 3rd Prize: £100.00 Closing date: 21st March 2015 Entry fee: £3.00 or FREE to Write, Learn and Publish members To stand a chance of winning this exciting writing competition, all you have to do is create a strong, compelling story in 1100 words or less, but, it must have an unique twist ending. We want you to surprise us with your fantastically, unexpected ending. http://creativecompetitor.com/creative-writing-competitions/writing-competitions-2015/twist-tale-writing-competition/ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 65 Little Words Writing Competition 1st Prize: £260.00 2nd Prize: £195.00 Closing date: May 10th 2015 Entry fee: £2.00 or FREE to Premier1 Write, Learn and Publish Members You have just 65 words or less including the title to write a complete story. It’s a tough one but you can do it and we look forward to receiving your submissions. Of course it doesn’t have to be exactly 65 words but if you win the top prize, it’s equivalent to £4.00 per word. Your submission must be inspired by the photo published online....

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Last Call! TulipTree Review Writing Contests

TulipTree Review is looking for contest entries for its inaugural issue. Enter short fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry (optional theme: Begin) Deadline: March 9, 2015 Prizes are $1,000; $200; and $100 in for 1st-3rd place in each category. Entry fee is $20 (enter up to 3 poems per entry fee). Editors will judge. See http://www.tuliptreepub.com/contests.html for...

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