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 17, 2014
Mslexia 2014 Women’s Short Story Competition–Stories can be up to 2200 words in length and can be on any subject. 1st prize: £2,000 plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Chawton House Library, and a day with a Virago editor; 2nd prize: £500; 3rd prize: £250. The entry fee of £10 allows you to enter one story. You may enter as many stories as you like, provided each entry is accompanied by the £10 entry fee.
March 31, 2014
2014 Anthology Competition–Submissions must be original, unpublished poems, short stories, or personal essays. Poems may be no longer than four pages, while short stories and personal essays must not exceed 1500 words. Prizes–$1000 for first place, $500 for second place, #250 for third place. The top twenty submissions will be published in the Imagine This! anthology. $20 Entry Fee.
Writers Village Bursary – Win a full critique (valued at $800) for your debut novel. Top eight submissions will win a session of personal feedback from the award judge. The entry fee is £12 (approx. $19).
Writers of the Future Contest–Opportunities for new and amateur writers of short stories or novelettes of science fiction or fantasy. No entry fee.
Chicken Soup for the Soul–The editors have many books in development and are adding new titles on a regular basis.
April 1, 2014
Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest–Submit one humor poem of any length. First Prize: $1000; Honorable Mentions: 10 awards of $100 each. No entry fee.
April 4, 2014
Elora Writers Festival Short Story Contest 2014–Contest is restricted to residents of Wellington, Waterloo, Dufferin and Hamilton-Wentworth counties. Theme: Home (whatever that means to each individual writer). Cash prizes will be awarded in three different categories: Adult, Teen, Youth. Entry fee is $15.
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 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).
I am always on the lookout for new contests. Email me with information about your favorite contest.