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.
April 30, 2014
Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction and Essay Contest–Submit short stories, essays and other works of prose, up to 6000 words. Both published and unpublished works are welcome. Separate prizes for fiction and essays. First prize: $1000: Honorable Mentions, 5 awards of $1000. $16 entry fee.
In the Garden Haiku Contest–There are three age groups for this contest: Group A (ages 10-14); Group B (ages 15-19); Group C (Ages 19+). Winners will receive monetary prizes and have their haiku poems published.
May 1, 2014
Janet B. McCabe Poetry Contest–Submit up to two poems per entry, no longer than 40 lines each. First prize: $1500 and publication in the Winter 2014 Ruminate Magazine. Second Prize: $200 and publication. Entry fee is $20 (includes a copy of the Winter 2014 Ruminate issue).
May 4, 2014
Wielding Power Essay Contest–Monthly essay contest that addresses different political themes. Open to residents of Canada (excluding Quebec) and United States. Entries should be between 500 and 2000 words. Winning entry will receive $1000. No entry fee.
May 5, 2014
83rd Annual Writers Digest Writing Competition–An opportunity to win cash and get national exposure for your work. Ten categories of writing with different entry fees.
May 9, 2014
Shakespeare Selfie Challenge–Open to all Canadians. Take a Shakespearean character, situate him or her in a present day secenario and write a new soliloquy or monologue for the character. Prizes include two iPad minis.
May 15, 2014
Chicken Soup for the Soul–The editors have many books in development and are adding new titles on a regular basis.
May 30, 2014
Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize–Will accept stories on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 20 pages. First prize is $600, second prize is $400, and third prize is $200. All three entries will be published in the Antigonish Review. Entry Fee: Canada $25, United States $30 (U.S. Funds) and all other countries $40 (U.S. Funds).
The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition–’Ghost story’ can mean a lot of different things, from an encounter with an actual phantom to more unusual paranormal phenomena and unexplained events. All types are welcome, so feel free to experiment: we’re very unlikely to disqualify a story for stretching the definition of a “ghost”. Entries should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words in length. First prize of £500, and at least five finalists will each receive £100; the winner and finalists will also be published in an upcoming Fiction Desk anthology. The entry fee is £7 for each story submitted. Winners will be announced in late July.
May 31, 2014
The Yeovil Literary Prize–Open to all aspiring writers worldwide. An opportunity to enter three categories of writing: Novel, Short Story, Poetry. Prizes range from £100 to £1000.
June 30, 2014
Writers Village International Short Fiction Competition–Entries are welcomed worldwide. Any genre of fiction up to 3000 words, except play scripts and poetry. $7200 in total prizes. Top 50 contestants will earn a personal critique of their stories. Entry fee is $24 and multiple entries are permitted.
The Moth International Short Story Prize 2014–Open to all writers, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. First prize is €3000, second prize is €1000 and third prize is a week-long writing retreat in Circle of Misse. 6000 word limit. Entry fee is €9 per story.
Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest–Poems on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 4 pages. Maximum 150 lines. Entries may be one longer poem or several shorter ones. First prize is $600, second prize is $400, and third prize is $200. All three entries will be published in the Antigonish Review. Entry Fee: Canada $25, United States $30 (U.S. Funds) and all other countries $40 (U.S. Funds).
Writers of the Future Contest–Opportunities for new and amateur writers of short stories or novelettes of science fiction or fantasy. No entry fee.
I am always on the lookout for new contests. Email me with information about your favorite contest.