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Competitions for Writers in January and February 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. 

Glass Mountain Poetry & Prose Contest
is open to emerging writers; current or former students in any graduate program in creative writing are not eligible to submit. Winners in each category will receive US$100, publication in Glass Mountain, and free registration to the 2015 Boldface Conference. Entries close 9 January.

Folio Fiction Contest
is seeking entries up to 5000 words on the theme ‘conflict’. Entries should address how the operation of the theme at the macro level (Climate Change, Racial Injustice, Abductions, Armed conflicts, Surveillance, Consumption, Global Warming, Violence Against Women) interacts with characters, scenes, and events at the intimate, micro level. First prize is US$1000 and entries close 15 January.

Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry
accepts entries of up to five poems. The winner, chosen by Matt Rasmussen, will be featured in CutBank 83 and receive $500. All submissions will be considered for print publication. Closes 15 January.

H.E. Francis Short Story Competition
is open to original, unpublished fiction of 5000 words or less. The winner receives a $2000 cash prize,  publication as an Amazon Kindle Single, an announcement in Poets and Writers, and, with the author’s permission, publication on the H.E. Francis Competition Website. Entries close 15 January.

Montana Prize in Fiction
seeks to highlight work that showcases “an authentic voice, a boldness of form, and a rejection of functional fixedness”. The winner, chosen by Susan Steinberg, will be featured in CutBank 83 and receive US$500. All submissions will be considered for print publication. Entries close 15 January.
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Iceland Writers Retreat is offering one lucky writer a free delegate’s ticket to its April 2015 event.

The winner will receive a full retreat package including accommodation, tours, most meals and all workshops for the duration of the retreat which runs from 8 to 12 April.

To enter, contestants are asked to write a short story or essay of no more than 500 words using the above image of Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center as their inspiration.

The prize does not include flights to Iceland or transfers. Only one entry person is permitted and there is no entry fee. The panel of four judges will be made up of representatives from Iceland Travel, Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature, Promote Iceland, and Iceland Review magazine.

Entries close on midnight on Sunday 25 January. For full entry information visit icelandwritersretreat.tumblr.com.

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19 Short Story Competitions in 2014

The Sunday Times Short Story Prize
is the world’s richest short story competition with the winner receiving £30,000 (US$47,000). In 2014 the prize was won by Adam Johnson for his story ‘Nirvana’. The longlist for the 2015 Sunday Times Short Story Prize will be announced in February and the winner in April. Entries for the 2016 prize are expected to open in July 2015. The six stories shortlisted for the 2014 prize are available here.

Bristol Short Story Prize
is open to  stories up to 4000 words. Entries can be on any theme or subject and are welcome in any style including graphic, verse or genre-based (crime, science fiction, fantasy, historical, romance, children’s etc). Twenty stories will be shortlisted and published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 8. Entries close 30 April.

Zoetrope All-Story’s Annual Fiction Contest
has the aim of seeking out and encouraging talented writers, with the winning and runners-up’s work being forwarded to leading literary agents. A first prize of US$1000 is also offered. Stories can be up to 5000 words. Entries open on 1 July and are expected to close on 1 October.

A Midsummer Tale Narrative Writing Contest
is open to both fiction and creative non-fiction. Stories must be between 1000 and 5000 words and there are no entry fees. Entries are accepted between 1 April and 21 June each year.

PRISM International Short Fiction Contest
offers a CA$2000 (US$1800) first prize for stories up to 6000 words in length. The 2014 prize was judged by novelist Joseph Boyden. Entries close 23 January. Continue Reading…

Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers

Boulevard is accepting entries for its annual short fiction contest for emerging writers. The winner will receive US$1500 and have their story published in the magazine.

Boulevard is an American literary magazine established in 1985 and based at St. Louis University in Missouri. Boulevard aims to publish the finest in fiction, poetry and non-fiction and was described by Poet Laureate Daniel Hoffman as ‘one of the half-dozen best literary journals’. The magazine has been edited throughout its history by Richard Burgin, a five-time Pushcart Prize winner.

Boulevard’s Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers is open worldwide to people who have not yet published a book of fiction, poetry or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press. Stories may be up to 8000 words and must be previously unpublished.

The 2013 contest was won by Terrance Manning Jr for his story ‘Andretti in El Camino’. The story is available to be read in full here (PDF).

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Opportunities for Writers November and December 2014

Over 100 competitions, publication opportunities, fellowships and more.

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

NaNoWriMo
November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, described as ‘the world’s largest writing event and nonprofit literary crusade’. Participants pledge to write 50,000 words in a month, starting from scratch and reaching ‘The End’ by November 30. The NaNoWriMo website offers lots of tips and support, as well as links to local events around the globe.

John Steinbeck Short Story Award
is one of three prizes offered by Reed Magazine. This award is for a work of fiction up to 5000 words and requires a reading fee of $15. The winner of the John Steinbeck Award receives a cash prize of US$1000. Entries close 1 November.

Gabriele Rico Creative Nonfiction Challenge
also offered by Reed Magazine, is for a work of nonfiction up to 5000 words. The winner receives a cash prize of US$1333. Entries close 1 November.

Edwin Markham Prize
is the third prize from Reed Magazine. It is for is for works of poetry and is awarded for up to five poems. The winner receives US$1000.  Entries close 1 November.

Amazon.ca First Novel Award
is a competition that recognises the outstanding achievement of a first-time Canadian novelist.The Award is for books published in English in between 1 January 2014 and 31 March 2015. Finalists receive $1000 each and the winner receives $7500. Entries for books published in 2014 close on 1 November.

Malahat Review’s Open Season Awards
are open to short fiction up to 2500 words, as well as to poetry and creative non-fiction. The winning entries receive CA$1000 and will be published in The Malahat Review’s Spring 2015 issue. Entries close 1 November.

Bat City Review
is an annual literary magazine run by graduate students from the University of Texas at Austin. It interested in poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction (personal essays, memoir, commentary) that experiments with language, form, and unconventional subject matter, as well as more traditional work. Submissions close 1 November. Continue Reading…

Horation Nelson Fiction Prize 2014

The Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize is awarded each year by Black Balloon Publishing. The winner of the 2014 prize will receive US$5000 and a publishing deal with Black Balloon.

The prize is for a completed, unpublished, original fiction manuscript over 50,000 words. Writers can be from any country and there are no citizenship restrictions. Both novels and short story collections may be entered.

The 2013 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize was won by Iowan author Mike Meginnis. His novel Fat Man Little Boy was published in this month.

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The Times Childrens Fiction Competition

The Times / Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition is now open for entries. The winning writer will receive a worldwide publishing contract with Chicken House with a royalty advance of £10,000 (US$16,000), plus representation from a top children’s literary agent.

The Times / Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition began in 2007 and has launched the careers of a number of new authors. To enter, you must have written a completed full-length novel suitable for children aged somewhere between 7 and 18 years. By full-length the organisers suggest a minimum of 30,000 words and ask that manuscripts entered do not exceed 80,000 words in length.

The competition is open to writers around the world, regardless of nationality or residency status. To enter, writers are asked to submit the full manuscript in hard copy, accompanied by:

  • a one page synopsis of the story
  • a chapter-by-chapter plot plan
  • a cover letter including a brief biography and an explanation of why you believe the work would appeal to children.

All entries must be accompanied by a £15 fee. If you have entered this competition before, please note that this year the rules have changed so that previously submitted manuscripts can be re-entered.

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