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.
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.
3rd Annual “Promising Beginnings” Christian Writers’ Contest – Open to published and unpublished authors. Send the first five (5) pages of an unpublished manuscript (any genre except poetry). Winning entry will receive a full scholarship to the 2015 Mount Hermon Christina Writers Conference in March 2015 ($897 value). No entry fee.
The Time and Place Prize – All literary genres considered. Submission limited to 5000 words. Winner receives round-trip airfare to and from Paris. France plus ground transport to an idyllic cottage in Bretagne, France. A month-long stay at the cottage is included in the prize package. $25 submission 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 For a published or unpublished novel written in a traditional or romantic (but not experimental) style, by a Commonwealth citizen under the age of 35.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.
Chicken Soup for the Soul–The editors have many books in development and are adding new titles on a regular basis.
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 play scripts and poetry. Entries are welcomed world-wide. The fee is $24 and multiple entries are permitted.
January 2, 2015
Fifth Annual Gemini Magazine Poetry Open Contest – No restrictions on subject, style or length. Grand Prize is $1000; Second Prize is $100; Four Honorable Mentions ($25). All six finalists will be published in the March 2015 issue of Gemini. Entry fee is $5 (3 poems).
I am always on the lookout for new contests. Email me with information about your favorite contest.