Competitions for Writers in May and June 2015

Competitions from around the world for both established and emerging writers.

Please check the relevant websites for all terms and conditions and be aware that entry fees are payable in many cases. 

Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize
is one of Australia’s most lucrative prizes for an original short story. Open to writers worldwide, the prize is worth a total of AUD$8000 with a first prize of $5000 and supplementary prizes of $2000 and $1000. Entries close 1 May.

Conium Review Innovative Short Fiction Contest
is for new writing that takes risks. Submission may include any combination of flash fiction or short stories up to 7500 total words.The winner receives US$500 and publication. Entries close 1 May.

Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize
is a biennial competition for the best essay in English between 2000 and 8000 words. Entries may be published or unpublished, and on any subject. The winning essay receives £20,000 and there are five runners-up prizes of £1000. Entries close 1 May.

Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting
award up to five fellowships of US$35,000 each year. This international screenwriting competition is open to writers based anywhere in the world, regardless of citizenship. The regular entry deadline is 10 April, with late entries accepted until 1 May.

David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction
is only open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction, either a novel or collection of stories. The winner receives US$1000 and publication in Southwest Review. Stories can be up to 8000 words in length and all entries will be considered for publication. The deadline for entries is 1 May.

We Need Diverse Books Short Story Contest
is open to emerging diverse writers from all diverse backgrounds (including, but not limited to, LGBTQIA, people of colour, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural and religious minorities) who have not been published in a traditional print fiction book format, including self-published, independents, small and medium publishing houses, in all genres whether for the children’s or adult market. The winner receives US$1000 and publication in the “Stories For All Of Us” anthology. Entries open on 27 April and close on 8 May.

Legendary Women
is an organisation devoted to promoting the empowerment of women, both in the media and in their everyday lives and endeavors. It’s second literary contest is open to stories between 1000 and 3000 words that have a woman protagonist. The winner will receive US$125, publication and have a long form interview featured on the Legendary Women website. Closes 8 May.

Creative Nonfiction
is seeking new work for an upcoming issue dedicated to the theme ‘weather’.The magazine’s editors will award US$1000 for Best Essay and $500 for Runner-up and all entries will be considered for publication. Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4000 words. Entries close 11 May.

Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest
is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish a book. The winner in each genre will be awarded US$1000. Entries close 15 May.

Winchester Writers’ Festival
is running ten writing competitions in 2015, with categories ranging from writing for children to pitching a tv drama. Writers do not need to attend the Festival in order to enter. The deadline for submissions is 15 May.

James Laughlin Award
is given to recognise and support a second book of poetry forthcoming in the next calendar year. The winner receives a prize of US$5000, an all-expenses-paid week long residency at The Betsy Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, and distribution of the winning book to approximately one-thousand Academy of American Poets members. Entries close 15 May.

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition
is dedicated to recognising and supporting the work of emerging writers whose fiction has not yet achieved success. Entries must be less than 3500 words and the competition is open to writers based anywhere is the world. The winner receives US$1500 and publication. The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition first ran in 1981; entries for the 2015 prize close on 15 May (discounted entry available before 1 May).

Sonora Review Nonfiction Contest
is open to miniature non-fiction up to 800 words. First prize is US$1000 and all finalists will be considered for publication. Entries close 15 May.

Spokane Prize for Short Fiction
is open to book-length manuscripts of stories. Manuscripts must include at least three short stories and be no less than 98 pages. There is no maximum page count and stories may have been previously published in journals, anthologies or limited edition volumes. The winner receives US$2000 and publication of their manuscript by Willow Springs Editions. Entries close 15 May.

Raymond Carver Short Story Contest
is open to writers from around the world. First prize is US$1000 and this year’s guest judge is Andre Dubus III is the author of six books including House of Sand and Fog. Entries close 15 May.

A Very Short Story Contest
sets writers the challenge of creating a great short story in ten words or fewer. There is no entry fee and the winner receives a free writing class. Closes 18 May.

Griffith Review’s The Novella Project Competition
offers a prize pool of AUD$25,000. While there is no firm word length requirement, writers are advised that works between 10,000 and 25,000 words are preferable; 35,000 words is the maximum. Entrants must be from either Australia or New Zealand. Closes 29 May.

London Magazine’s Poetry Competition
is open to original poems up to 40 lines on any subject or theme. All works must not have been published before in any form (including being self-published or published online) and entrants can be based anywhere in the world. Closes 31 May.

Frome Short Story Competition
is an international competition open to all unpublished and published writers. Stories on any theme of between 1000 and 2200 words are invited. The guest judge is Samantha Harvey and entries close 31 May.

Inspired by Gandhi International Writing Competition
is open to short stories, poems and reportage up to 400 words and all entries must be inspired by Gandhi. Writers can be from anywhere in the world and there is no entry fee. Closes 31 May.

Baltimore Review’s Summer Contest
has the theme ‘Crime’. Three winners will be selected from among all entries. There is a 3000 word limit for fiction and creative non-fiction, and one to three poems can be included per entry. All entries considered for publication. Closes 31 May.

Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction
is for manuscripts between 40,000 and 75,000 words and may include long stories or novellas. Two winning manuscripts receive US$1000 and publication by the University of Georgia Press under a standard book contract. Writers must be residents of North America. Entries close 31 May.

Grist: The Journal for Writers
is running its first annual contest: ‘Pro Forma.’ It welcomes submissions of unpublished creative work: fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and/or hybrids that explore the relationship between content and form, whether the approach is experimental or conventional. First prize is US$750. Entries close 31 May.

Tuesday; An Art Project
is an unbound journal of poetry, photographs, and prints released twice per year. Entries are now open for its issue 12 “Samsara” Themed Poetry Contest. Closes 31 May.

Cinnamon Press’s Annual Short Story Competition
is open to all writers, published and beginners. First prize is £500 plus publication, with up to 10 runners-up also be published. Entries close 31 May

Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award
is one of Australia’s richest and the most prestigious awards for an unpublished manuscript. The winner receives publication by Allen & Unwin, with an advance against royalties plus prize money totalling AUD $20,000. Entrants must be aged under 35 and previous recipients include Kate Grenville, Tim Winton and Gillian Mears. Entries close 31 May.

Novella Award
(previously known as MMU Novella Award) is a literary competition which celebrates new writing in the novella form. Entries must be unpublished, written in English and between 20,000 and 40,000 words. Entries close 5 June.

Narrative Magazine
awards a US$4000 new and emerging writers’ prize for the best short story, novel excerpt, poem, one-act play, graphic story, or work of literary nonfiction published in the magazine. The deadline for the 2015 award is 15 June.

Mslexia Women’s Pamphlet Competition
is for short collections of 20-24 pages of 18-20 poems. To enter, you need to be a women poet who does not have full-length collection published. First prize is publication plus £250, 25 complimentary copies of the pamphlet and a 10 per cent royalty on sales. One or more poems from the pamphlet will be published in Mslexia magazine. The competition close on 15 June.

Norton Writer’s Prize
is will be awarded annually for an outstanding essay written by an undergraduate student. Literacy narratives, literary and other textual analyses, reports, profiles, evaluations, arguments, memoirs, proposals, mixed-genre pieces, and more are eligible provided they were completed for an undergraduate writing class. Entries close 15 June.

S.D Harvey Short Story Award
is presented by the Australian Crime Writers Association and Melbourne-based literary journal Kill Your Darlings. Entries can be submitted by published and unpublished writers and can be either fiction or nonfiction stories. Closes 15 June.

American Short Fiction Contest
is open to entries between 2000 and 6500 words. It offers a first prize of US$1000 prize and publication and all entries will be considered for publication. Closes 15 June.

Newcastle Poetry Prize
is one of Australia’s oldest literary prizes and has an AUD$20,000 prize pool.  The entry must be a poem, or suite of poems, by a single author totalling no more than 200 lines and all entries will be considered for inclusion in an anthology. This prize is open to Australian residents only. Entries close 19 June.

Greenhouse Literary Agency Funny Prize
is open to unpublished and unagented authors writing fiction for children – from picture books through middle grade novels to sophisticated teen fiction – who are based in the UK, Commonwealth (excluding Canada) and Europe. Entries close 30 June.

Earl Weaver Baseball Writing Prize
is accepting entries until 30 June. The judges are seeking “creative non-fiction/essays that come hard and straight down the pipe; fiction that throws us a curveball; and poetry that reinvigorates our love for the game. Any written work (including scholarly essays) on the amazing game of baseball are welcomed.”

Books Ireland Short Story Competition
is open to all writers of any nationality writing in English. There is no restriction on style or theme but entries must be under 2600 words. First prize of €400, a place at a Kiltrumper Writing Workshop facilitated by Niall Williams and publication. Entries close 30 June.

Helen Sheehan Book Prize
is open to unpublished YA manuscripts of at least 50,000 words. The winning writer will receive US$1000 and a book publishing contract with Elephant Rocks. Entries close 30 June.

Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize
is run by Vermont-based journal Hunger Mountain. The winner receives US$1000 and publication. Stories can be up to 10,000 words and entries close on 30 June.

 

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The London Magazine Poetry Competition 2015

The London Magazine is England’s oldest literary periodical, with a history stretching back to 1732. It has published the likes of William Wordsworth, Sylvia Plath, Dylan Thomas and John Keats. More recent contributors include Christopher Reid and Orange Prize winner Helen Dunmore.

A current competition is offering emerging writers the chance to be published in this prestigious magazine.

The London Magazine Poetry Competition is open to original poems up to 40 lines on any subject or theme. All works must not have been published before in any form (including being self-published or published online) and entrants can be based anywhere in the world.

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Publication Opportunities for Writers: May and June 2015

Over 50 publication opportunities for both established and emerging writers.

Please check the relevant websites for all terms and conditions. 

The O. Henry Prize Stories
is an annual collection of the year’s twenty best stories published in American and Canadian magazines. Entries must be submitted by the magazine’s editors and should reach the series editor, Laura Furman, by 1 May. The 20 stories selected for the 2014 O. Henry Prize collection are available here.

Prairie Schooner
was established in 1926. Its intention is to publish the best writing available, both from beginning and established writers. Submissions close 1 May.

Diverse Voices Quarterly
aims to be an outlet for and by everyone: every age, race, gender, sexual orientation and religious background. Submissions received by 1 May will be considered for the August/September issue.

Southampton Review
is dedicated to “discovering new voices and visions while savoring long-standing favorites”. Some of the established writers it has published include Billy Collins, Meg Wolitzer, Frank McCourt and David Rakoff. The current reading period closes on 1 May.

Pilcrow & Dagger
is accepting submissions for its July 2015 issue. The theme is A Mid Summer’s Night Dream and pieces may be up to 5000 words.

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Top Ten Tips for Writing Novellas

A guest post Dan Peacock, 2014 Project Coordinator for The Novella Award.

1. Plan, plan, plan

Many writers think that because of their length, novellas are something they can just sit down and write. This is not the case. As with the novella’s longer cousin, the novel, it needs to be planned thoroughly beforehand. What’s the point of writing ten thousand words only to realise the story has reached its conclusion? Forward planning using any stimulus such as the snowflake method or a simple brainstorm can make the difference between a novella and another short story.

2. Describe your novella in one sentence

Novellas have simple plots and minimal characters. If it is not possible to describe this in a single sentence, the idea will likely become a full-blown novel when written. The key aspects of a novella are its simple plot and few central characters. If the plot can’t be described in a sentence, the idea may be suited more for a novel than a novella.

3. Start with conflict

Creating a conflict in the first few pages of a novella will draw in the reader and encourage them to continue reading. This could be anything from a battle of life and death or something going missing. Create a conflict that the character must face early on and the reader will be enticed to find out how this conflict is resolved, if at all.

4. Consider writing in the first person

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Buzzfeed Announces $12,000 Emerging Writers Fellowships

Popular news and entertainment website BuzzFeed has announced it will be offering $12,000 fellowships to emerging writers. The selected writers will spend four months working with BuzzFeed News’ senior editorial staff in New York City.

The program is designed to open the gates to writers traditionally locked out of opportunities in the media. In an interview with Electric Literature, BuzzFeed’s newly appointed Literary Editor Saeed Jones explained “when we expect young writers to get experience via unpaid internships, we’re actually saying we want only wealthy people writing about American culture in an influential way. That’s what we get, right? Or rather, that’s what we’ve gotten used to accepting as normal when in fact, it’s a kind of fiction. Diversity is reality. So, in order to do my part to support being in step with reality, I’m really excited about creating an opportunity for emerging writers to get experience and mentorship while also receiving financial support.”

The writers accepted into the program will receive training and experience aimed at ensuring they are equipped to thrive as freelance writers or in staff roles at media organisations.

The successful fellows will start work in these full-time fellowship positions in January 2016 and all applicants must be authorised to work in the United States.

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Writing Character Driven Short Stories (Giveaway)

Yiyun Li is a professor at the University of California Davis, a MacArthur Fellow, and was featured The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 Fiction IssueHer debut novel The Vagrants was shortlisted for the 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and she is a contributing editor for Brooklyn-based literary magazine A Public Space.

Yiyun Li has recently launched Writing Character-Driven Short Stories, an eight-part short course for online learning community Skillshare.

The course aims to provide prompts, strategies and advice for writing compelling characters, turning situations into stories, and revising work into a polished piece. According to the Skillshare website: “Beginning writers can take this class to get started writing fiction, and experienced writers can take this class to try out new writing styles and get feedback on their work. It’s perfect for writers, bloggers, literature lovers, and everyone who loves a compelling story.”

The first fifty readers to click here can enrol in this class for FREE. Alternatively, click here to sign-up for a free 30-day Skillshare membership. Other writing classes available on the site include creative nonfiction with Susan Orlean, picture books with Christine Fleming and personal essays with Emily Gould.
(Update: All free places have now been claimed but you can still partipate in the course via a 30-day free trial).


10 Publication Opportunities for Young Writers

Writers like Françoise Sagan, Sonya Hartnett and S.E. Hinton demonstrate that youth doesn’t have to be a barrier to literary success. Here is a list of 10 magazines, journals and websites that are committed to publishing young writers and that champion the work of those just starting out.
If you have never submitted your work for publication before, we highly recommend reading How to Submit Your Writing to Literary Magazines, a practical step-by-step guide from the editors of Neon Literary Magazine.

Cadaverine Magazine
believes in showcasing contemporary, innovative and original new writing from the next generation of literary talent. It welcomes submissions of literary fiction, poetry and reviews by writers under the age of 30. Cadaverine Magazine is based in the UK but welcomes international submissions. Cadaverine’s editors may suggest changes or ask you to resubmit an edited draft to help you develop your work. They ask that writers only submit work if they are willing to participate in this editorial process.

Rookie
is an American online magazine created by fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson in 2011, then aged just 15, with Jane Pratt (founding editor of Sassy) and Ira Glass (This American Life) among its many high-profile supporters. The site has monthly themed content, with updates three times every weekday, and once a day on weekends, and every school year the editors compile the best from the site into a printed yearbook  There are no restrictions on the age of contributors and all written pieces should be at least 800 words long (except poems). Rookie’s April 2015 theme is ‘Both Sides Now’.

Claremont Review
is based in British Columbia and publishes young artists, aged 13 to 19 from anywhere in the English-speaking world. It accepts poetry, short stories, short plays, graphic art, photography, and interviews twice a year in the spring/summer and fall/winter. The Claremont Review’s website includes a resources section with tips and examples of the types of work it publishes.

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