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December 31, 2014

2014 Walker Percy Prize in Short Fiction – Accepting previously unpublished original stories up to 7,500 words. Winner receives $1000 and publication in the New Orleans Review. All finalists will be considered for publication. Entry fee is $15.

Chicken Soup for the Soul–The editors have many books in development and are adding new titles on a regular basis.

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).

January 5, 2015

Margaret Taylor-Burroughs Award for Poetry – Submit three to five poems. Award consists of a cash prize of $500 and publication in the journal. Entry fee is $10.

January 15, 2015

2015 Yemassee Writing Prizes – Short fiction, poetry and nonfiction contests are open. Maximum of 6000 words for prose. Accepting up to three unpublished poems. All submissions will be considered for publication in the magazine. Varying entry fees from $5 to $20.

WNBA Writing Contest 2015 – Open to all adults over 18 years of age writing English. Accepting three categories of writing: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry. Prose – 2500 word limit. Poetry – 3-5 pages maximum. Entry fee is $20.

January 31, 2015

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 vent. Up to ten runners-up will be short-listed at the discretion of the judge. Reading fees are $12 per poem.

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.

I am always on the lookout for new contests. Email me with information about your favorite contest.