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.
June 30, 2015
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.
Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award – Any genre of prose fiction may be submitted up to 3000 words, except playscripts and poetry. $1600 is the top prize, with cash prizes totalling $3200. The second prize is $800, third prize $400 and there are five runner up prizes of $80. Ten further Highly Commended entrants will have their stories acknowledged at the site. Entries are welcomed world-wide. Entry fee is $24 and multiple entries are permitted.
July 10, 2015
Mark Twain Humor Contest – Submit 7000 words (or fewer) of any original work of humor writing. Previously published work is acceptable. Entry fee is $22USD (adults) and $12USD (young authors).
July 15, 2015
2015 Rattle Poetry Prize – Open to writers worldwide. Poems may be any length, any style, or any subject. Accepting up to 4 poems per entry. Offering $10,000 for a single poem to be published in the winter issue of the magazine. Ten finalists will also receive $200 each and publication, and be eligible for the $2,000 Readers’ Choice Award, to be selected by subscriber and entrant vote. Entry fee is $20.
26th Annual Golden Quill Awards Writing Contest – Accepting short fiction, flash fiction and poetry. Entries must depict this year’s theme – Transformation. Entry fees: Short fiction and poetry – $20; Flash Fiction – $15.
July 31, 2015
Chicken Soup for the Soul–The editors have many books in development and are adding new titles on a regular basis.
Eden Mills 2015 Literary Contest – Accepting short stories, poetry and one-act plays. Best entry in each category will win a $250 prize. Entry fee is $15.
Dream Quest One Contests – Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, or write a short story of five pages maximum (single or double line spacing), on any subject or theme, fiction or non-fiction. Multiple entries accepted. Entry fees: $10/short story; $5/poem.
August 15, 2015
John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award – Accepting short stories, 3000 to 3500 words in length. Prize: $2000. No email submissions. Entry fee is $10.
September 30, 2015
Ten Stories High Short Story Competition – Accepting stories of any genre – fiction and creative nonfiction. Stories must be unpublished and between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Entry fee is $15.
I am always on the lookout for new contests. Email me with information about your favorite contest.