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.
July 31, 2014
Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Contest – Open internationally to new and modestly published writers, aged 16 and older. Accepting prose (fiction and non-fiction), poetry, and one-act plays. Entry fee is $10.
A Room of Her Own Writing Contests – Accepting short fiction, flash fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Entry fee is $15.
Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest–Accepting short poems (30 lines or fewer) and short stories (5 pages maximum) on any subject or theme. Cash prizes and publication in the Dare to Dream Pages. Entry fees: $10/short story and $5/poem.
August 1, 2014
Alice Munro Short Story Competition–Entries must not exceed 5000 words. Entry Fee: $25 (Adults), $10 (Teens).
August 9, 2014
Creative Writing Institute Short Story Contest – Themed writing contest. Each short story must contain the following sentences: “I have a list and a map. What could possibly go wrong?” No entry fee.
August 11, 2014
Write On! Adult Short Story Contest – Open to writers aged 19 and up. Accepting short stories up to 2500 words in length. No entry fee.
August 30, 2014
Chicken Soup for the Soul–The editors have many books in development and are adding new titles on a regular basis.
August 31, 2014
The Ordinary Guru Project–Rob White, author of the international bestseller, And Then I Met Margaret, is looking for short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, cartoons and poems about ordinary gurus. Gurus can be people, pets, wild animals, trees…Entries must be previously unpublished and no longer than 1200 words. First prize–$5000, Second Prize–$2500, Third Prize–$1500. No entry fee.
September 30, 2014
Ten Stories High Short Story Contest–Open to Ontario writers. Stories can be of any genre but must be unpublished and between 1000 and 3000 words. Entry fee is $15.
October 15, 2014
Writers Block Poetry Contest – Accepting previously unpublished poems. Cash prizes plus publication in Memorius.
I am always on the lookout for new contests. Email me with information about your favorite contest.