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.
March 31, 2015
Chicken Soup for the Soul–The editors have many books in development and are adding new titles on a regular basis.
L. Ron Hubbard Science Fiction Contest – All types of science fiction, fantasy and dark fantasy are welcome, up to 17,000 words in length. Open to writers who have not professionally published in any medium. Three cash prizes per quarter: First prize – $1000; Second prize – $750; Third prize – $500. No entry fee.
April 1, 2015
2015 Alice Munro Short Story Competition – Open to Canadian adults and youth who have not been published in book format. Submit short fiction prose up to and including 2500 words. Entry fee: $25 for adults; $10 for youth.
April 3, 2015
EWF Short Story Contest 2015 – Open to Adults, teens and youths living in Wellington, Waterloo, Dufferin, Grey-Bruce, Halton and Hamilton-Wentworth counties/regions. 2000 word maximum for adult and teen entries; 1000 word maximum for youth entries. Entry fee is $15 for adults. No entry fee for teens and youths.
April 13, 2015
Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest – Open to Canadian citizens and residents. Submit essays of any length and on any topic. $1000 prize for the winning essay. All submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in New Quarterly magazine. Entry fee is $40.
May 1, 2015
The Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize – Submit a single-authored short story between 2000 and 5000 words in length. First Prize, $5000; Second Prize, $2000; Third Prize, $1000. Entry fee: AU$15 (ABR subscribers) or AU$20 (non-subscribers).
May 4, 2015
Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition – Accepting entries across 10 categories of fiction, nonfiction, screenplays, and poetry. Grand Prize: $5000 cash, a trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, live one-on-one meetings with four literary agents, and your name on the cover of Writer’s Digest. Entry fees range from $15 – $25.
May 28, 2015
Peter Hinchcliffe Short Fiction Contest – Open to Canadian citizens and residents. Submissions must be previously unpublished. No word limit. Winner will receive $1000. All submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in the magazine. Entry fee is $40.
I am always on the lookout for new contests. Email me with information about your favorite contest.