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.
October 30, 2014
Chicken Soup for the Soul–The editors have many books in development and are adding new titles on a regular basis.
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Novel Opening Chapter and Synopsis Competition – Submit an opening chapter (up to 3000 words) of an unpublished novel plus a one-page synopsis outlining the balance of the story.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.
The London Magazine Short Story Competition – Accepting entries worldwide. 1st Prize – £500, 2nd Prize – £300, 3rd Prize – £200. Entry fee is £10.
Dorothy Shoemaker Literary Awards for Prose and Poetry – Submit up to two (2) poems (55 lines or less) and/or one (1) prose entry of up to 1500 words. Two divisions–Youth (17 and under) and Adult (18 and over). $3600 in prize money. Open to Southwestern Ontario residents only. No entry fee.
November 1, 2014
CBC Short Story Prize – Open to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. Submit original, unpublished stories between 1200 and 1500 words. Entry fee is $25.
Nat. Brut Flash Fiction Contest – Maximum word count is 750. Cash prizes and publication. Entry fee is $15.
November 15, 2014
The Dalton Camp Award 2015 – Essay competition on the link between democracy and the media in Canada. Top prize of $10,000. No entry fee.
November 17, 2014
The Rag Semi-Annual Fiction Contest – Winning story will be awarded $500 and featured in The Rag’s upcoming issue. $15 entry fee.
November 21, 2014
Creative Non-Fiction Contest – Maximum word count – 6000. First Prize – $500; Second Prize – $300; Third Prize – $200. Entry fees: $35 Canada; $40 United States; $45 International. Includes a one-year subscription to Prism magazine.
November 30, 2014
Commonwealth Short Story Prize – £5,000 for overall winner; £1,000 for each of four regional winners. Author must be citizen of a Commonwealth region (Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, Caribbean, and Pacific) but need not be resident in the Commonwealth. Fiction 2,000-5,000 words. No entry fee.
Betty Trask Prize – £20,000, to be used for foreign travel. For a published or unpublished novel written in a traditional or romantic (but not experimental) style, by a Commonwealth citizen under the age of 35. No entry fee.
December 31, 2014
Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award – First prize – $1600, second prize – $800, third prize – $400. Five runner-up prizes of $80. A further ten Highly Commended entrants will receive a free entry in the next round.
Everyone wins because every contestant, win or lose, gains feedback on how their stories were graded – plus tips for improvement.
Winners will be awarded the title ‘Winner, the Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award winter 2014’ and see their work showcased online.
Any genre of prose fiction may be submitted up to 3000 words, except playscripts and poetry. Entries are welcomed world-wide. The fee is $24 and multiple entries are permitted.
I am always on the lookout for new contests. Email me with information about your favorite contest.