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.
August 29, 2014
The Manchester Poetry Prize 2014 – Submit a portfolio of three to five poems. Maximum length – 120 lines. The poems can be on any subject and in any style, but must be new work, not previously published or currently under consideration elsewhere. Cash prize of £10,000 to the winner of the best portfolio. Entry fee is £17.50.
August 30, 2014
Chicken Soup for the Soul–The editors have many books in development and are adding new titles on a regular basis.
Northern Colorado Writers Contest – Poems can be in any style, up to 250 lines. Submit up to three poems per entry fee of $20.
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 Gurus can be people, pets, wild animals, trees…Entries must be previously unpublished and no longer than 1200 words.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.
The Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction–Accepting essays of up to 5000 words on any subject. Winners will receive $250 and publication in the next issue of Lunch Ticket. No entry fee.
September 12, 2014
2014 SiWC Writing Contest – Accepting entries in four categories – short story, non-fiction, poetry, and fiction (young people). $15 entry fee.
September 15, 2014
Bartleby Snopes Literary Magazine Contest – Compose a short story entirely of dialogue, using as many characters as you want. Maximum length is 2000 words. Entry fee is $10.
The Maine Review Rocky Contest – Accepting poetry and prose entries. Maximum length is 1500 words (prose) and 60 lines (poetry). All genres are eligible for prizes. Entry fee is $10.
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 Stories can be of any genre but must be unpublished and between 1000 and 3000 words.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.
Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence – Accepting poetry and fiction entries. Maximum length is 8000 words. Judges for this year’s contest are Margaret Atwood (poetry) and Zsuzsi Gartner (fiction). Entry fee is $15.
October 15, 2014
Writers Block Poetry Contest – Accepting previously unpublished poems. Cash prizes plus publication in Memorius.
October 20, 2014
Joy Harjo Poetry Award & Rick DeMarinis Short Story Award – Submit up to 3 poems (100 line limit each) or one short story (5000 word limit), any subject, any style. Poems and prose must be unpublished. $17 entry fee.
October 31, 2014
Novel Opening Chapter and Synopsis Competition – Submit an opening chapter (up to 3000 words) of an unpublished novel plus a one-page synopsis outlining the balance of the story. Entries will be judged by the senior editors at Crooked Cat Publishing. Entry fee is £10.
I am always on the lookout for new contests. Email me with information about your favorite contest.