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.
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).
The Crucible Poetry & Fiction Competition – Submit fiction up to 8000 words. Maximum of 5 poems. Cash prizes. No entry fee.
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 13, 2015
James McIntyre Poetry Contest – Submit original, unpublished poetry. A maximum of three entries per applicant. No entry fee.
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 Submissions must be previously unpublished.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.
May 31, 2015
Ink & Insights 2015 – Send the first 10,000 words of your book. Each submission is read by four judges who score 18 areas of your novel. Over $5,000 cash and prizes. Entry fee is $35.
The Savvy Bannister 30th Annual Poetry Contest – Entries must be previously unpublished and not submitted for consideration elsewhere. Entry fee: $15 for up to 3 poems and $4 for each additional poem.
The Black Orchid Novella Award – Submit a mystery novella from 15,000 to 20,000 words that conforms to the tradition of the Nero Wolfe series. Prize: $1,000 and publication in Alfred Hitchcock Magazine.
Chicken Soup for the Soul–The editors have many books in development and are adding new titles on a regular basis.
Roundel Poetry Contest 2015 – Open to anyone aged 18 or over. Poems are welcome on any subject. First prize: £200; Second Prize: £100; Third Prize: £50. Entry fee is £3 per poem.
Spring 2015 Flash Fiction Contest – Entries must be between 250 and 750 words. All styles and genres are welcome. Accepting only 300 stories. Entry fee is $10.
June 1, 2015
2015 CBC Poetry Competition – Open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. Submit an original, unpublished poem or poetry collection. The entry must be between 400 and 600 words. Entry fee is $25.
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).
I am always on the lookout for new contests. Email me with information about your favorite contest.