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.
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 Stories can be of any genre but must be unpublished and between 1000 and 3000 words.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.
Tom Hoard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest – Submit one to two poems of any length for a flat fee of $16. Published and unpublished work is welcome. $3000 in prizes.
Chicken Soup for the Soul–The editors have many books in development and are adding new titles on a regular basis.
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Writers Block Poetry Contest – Accepting previously unpublished poems.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 Poems and prose must be unpublished.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Novel Opening Chapter and Synopsis Competition – Submit an opening chapter (up to 3000 words) of an unpublished novel plus a one-page synopsis outlining the balance of the story.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.