Short Story Competitions

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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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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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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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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Tethered by Letters Spring Literary Contest

Tethered by Letters’ Spring 2015 Literary Contest We are currently accepting submissions for our short story contest (1,000 to 7,500 words, open genre), flash fiction contest (55, 250, or 500 words), and poetry contest (max of three pages per poem). TBL strives to publish writers with engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh writing styles. All winners will be published in F(r)iction. All finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and be considered for later publication. The prizes are $500 (USDA) for the short story winner, $150 (USDA) for the flash fiction winner, and $150 (USDA) for the poetry winner. Winners will be announced publicly in August. Multiple entries accepted. International submissions welcome. Good luck to all our authors! Deadline: May 31, 2015 Prize: $500 for Short Story, $150 for Flash Fiction, $150 for Poetry Entry Fee: $15 per Short Story; $7 per Flash Fiction OR $15 for three Flash Fictions; $7 per poem OR $15 for three poems URL: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission Contact Info: Joe Reinis, jreinis@tetheredbyletters.com ——————————————————————————————- Tethered by Letters’ Spring 2015 Short Story Contest We are currently accepting short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words. The short story contest winner will be published in F(r)iction. Five finalists will be considered for subsequent journal publications or a TBL online monthly feature. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome. Deadline: May 31, 2015 Prize: $500 and publication in the quarterly journal Entry Fee: $15 per entry URL: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission Contact Info: Joe Reinis, jreinis@tetheredbyletters.com ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Tethered by Letters’ Spring 2015 Flash Fiction Contest We are currently accepting flash fiction submissions of 55, 250, or 500 words in length. The flash fiction contest winner will be published in F(r)iction. Three finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications or a TBL online monthly feature. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome. Deadline: May 31, 2015 Prize: $150 and publication in the quarterly journal Entry Fee: $7 per entry OR $15 for three entries URL: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission Contact Info: Joe Reinis, jreinis@tetheredbyletters.com ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Tethered by Letters’ Spring 2015 Poetry Contest We are currently accepting poetry submissions of all genres and styles—from traditional form to free verse. Length requirements are no more than three pages per poem, single-spaced with double spacing between stanzas. The poetry contest winner will be published in F(r)iction. Three finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications or a TBL online monthly poetry feature. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome. Deadline: May 31, 2015 Prize: $150 and publication in the quarterly journal Entry Fee: $7 per entry OR $15 for three entries...

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