Click on a contest, follow the instructions carefully, and put your work out there. You could win cash, trips, sessions with agents, and future writing assignments.
January 31, 2015
Chicken Soup for the Soul–The editors have many books in development and are adding new titles on a regular basis.
Crime/Thriller Short Story Competition – Open to all authors from any country. Ten best crime/thriller stories will be featured in a compilation book. The 10 shortlisted authors will get a crowdfunding campaign that may see their story published and sold around the world. All author royalties earned from the book sales will be donated to “The Hope Academy for Girls” — a self-sustaining, multi-purpose school for at-risk girls in the rural area of Sierra Leone. So not only could you get to see your work in print, but you could help to fund the education of young girls in West Africa, without a doubt a very worthy cause. Each winner will receive 10 free copies of the book and a 50% discount on any further copies they would like to purchase once published. Word count should not exceed 7500 words. No entry fee.
February 1, 2015
The Meadow Novella Prize – Manuscripts should be between 18,000 and 35,000 words. The winner will receive $500 and publication in the annual print edition of the journal. Entry fee is $15.
Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Award – Submit up to three poems of no more than three pages each. Both published and unpublished poems are accepted. Winner will receive $100 and the opportunity to read at a Frost Foundation event. Up to ten runners-up will be short-listed at the discretion of the judge. Reading fees are $12 per poem.
The 11th Annual Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest – The story can be fiction or nonfiction, maximum length is 500 words. Include a postcard that demonstrates a clear connection between the story and the image. First Prize: $500; Second Prize: $250; Third Prize: $150. All winning entries will be published in Geist and on geist.com. Entry fee is $20 (includes one-year subscription to Geist).
February 27, 2015
Toronto Star Short Story Contest – Open to all residents of Ontario over the age of 16. Entries must be original, unpublished and no longer than 2500 words. First prize: $5000 plus tuition for 30-week correspondence program at Humber College. Second prize: $2000. Third prize: $1000. No entry fee.
February 28, 2015
The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition – Entries should be between 1000 and 1500 words. First prize – £500; Second Prize – £250; Third Prize – £100. Entry fee is £8 for each story submitted.
Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest – Open to Canadian citizens and residents. Entries must not be previously published, accepted or submitted for publication elsewhere. Grand Prize: $1000. Another $1000 in prizes will also be distributed. Entry fee is $40 for the first two poems and $5 for subsequent poems.
March 1, 2015
22nd Annual Short Prose Competition–Submit fiction and nonfiction prose up to 2500 words. Open to Canadian citizens or landed immigrants who have not yet received book contracts. Winner will receive $2500. Entry fee is $29.
2015 CBC Creative Nonfiction Competition – Open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. Submit original, unpublished works of creative nonfiction between 1200 and 1500 words. Grand prize: $6000 plus a 10-day writing residency at The Banff Centre. Four runners-up will each receive $1000. Entry fee is $25.
March 13, 2015
Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop - Accepting poetry, fiction, young adult fiction and creative non-fiction. Prizes in each category. Open to individuals aged 18 and over. Entry fee is $10.
March 16, 2015
Women’s Short Story Competition – Open to women of any nationality from any country. Submit stories up to 2200 words in length on any subject. First Prize – £2000: Second Prize – £500; Third Prize – £250. Three other finalists will receive £100. All winning stories will be published in Mslexia magazine. Entry fee is £10.
March 28, 2015
Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest – Open to Canadian citizens and residents. Submit essays of any length and on any topic. $1000 prize for the winning essay. All submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in New Quarterly magazine. Entry fee is $40.
March 31, 2015
L. Ron Hubbard Science Fiction Contest – All types of science fiction, fantasy and dark fantasy are welcome, up to 17,000 words in length. Open to writers who have not professionally published in any medium. Three cash prizes per quarter: First prize – $1000; Second prize – $750; Third prize – $500. No entry fee.
April 3, 2015
EWF Short Story Contest 2015 – Open to Adults, teens and youths living in Wellington, Waterloo, Dufferin, Grey-Bruce, Halton and Hamilton-Wentworth counties/regions. 2000 word maximum for adult and teen entries; 1000 word maximum for youth entries. Entry fee is $15 for adults. No entry fee for teens and youths.
May 28, 2015
Peter Hinchcliffe Short Fiction Contest – Open to Canadian citizens and residents. Submissions must be previously unpublished. No word limit. Winner will receive $1000. All submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in the magazine. Entry fee is $40.
I am always on the lookout for new contests. Email me with information about your favorite contest.