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Opportunities for Writers August and September 2014

Over 90 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 instances.

Prairie Schooner
was established in 1926. Its intention is to publish the best writing available, both from beginning and established writers. Entries are now open for its Summer Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest. Closes 1 August.

Can Serrat Residency 
near Barcelona offers two writers full stipends for 30 days (including accommodation and most meals). The residency is open to all writers regardless of nationality or age. Applications close 1 August.

Costa Short Story Award
is run as part of the Costa Book Awards, one of the UK’s most prestigious and popular literary prizes. The award is for a single, previously unpublished short story of up to 4000 words.The winner receives £3500. Entries close 1 August.

Cold Mountain Review 
publishes poetry, creative non-fiction, interviews with creative writers, fiction and art. Submissions are read between August and May each year.

Gival Press Short Story Award
is now in its 11th year. Stories between 5000 and 15,0000 are eligible for entry and the winner receives US$1000 and publication. Entries close 8 August.

Writing Maps
runs a monthly writing contest to coincide with the launch of a new Writing Map. It challenges writers to submit a 150-word response to its prompt of the month. Each month’s two winning entries will be published in A3, the new Writing Maps journal, a fold-out literary magazine to be published every six months.

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Boston Review Aura Estrada Short Story Contest 2014

Boston Review is now accepting entries for the Aura Estrada Short Story Contest for 2014.

Founded in 1975, Boston Review is one of America’s most prestigious literature and politics magazines. Past contributors have include Saul Bellow, Jhumpa Lahiri and John Updike.

Boston Review’s Aura Estrada Short Story Contest is open to all writers, regardless of citizenship or publication history. The winner of the contest will receive $1500 and have his or her work published in the July/August 2015 issue of Boston Review. The first runner-up will be published in a following issue, and the second runner-up will be published on the Boston Review website.

The 2014 contest will be judged by Ruth Ozeki, winner of the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for A Tale for the Time Being.

How to Enter the Aura Estrada Short Story Contest

The Aura Estrada Short Story Contest is for pieces up to 5000 words and all entries must be previously unpublished. Any author writing in English is eligible, unless he or she is a current student, former student, relative, or close friend of the judge.

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Opportunities for Writers July and August 2014

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

Tupelo Press
is open to submissions throughout July from poets around the world. They are seeking book-length poetry collections (48–90 pages) and chapbook-length poetry collections (20–47 pages). Selected manuscripts will receive be published and distributed across the United States.

CHA: An Asian Literary Journal
is the first Hong Kong-based online literary quarterly journal dedicated to publishing quality poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, drama, and reviews written in English, as well as photography and art. It has a strong focus on Asian-themed creative work or work done by Asian writers and artists. It also publishes emerging writers around the world. Submissions are currently open for the September issue.

Saturday Evening Post’s Great American Fiction Contest
is open to stories between 1500 and 5000 words in length. Entries should in some way touch upon the publication’s mission: celebrating America, past, present, and future.The winner will receive US$500 and be published in the January/February 2015 edition of the magazine. Entries close 1 July.

The Lifted Brow
is a magazine from Australia and the world, printed bimonthly with a digital edition produced fortnightly. The magazine has a particular focus on originality, humour and experimentation. They accept submissions of fiction, essays, art, comics. They are also looking for columnists. The August issue will have the medicine theme; submissions close 1 July. Submissions are also open for the December issue which will have an Art theme. Continue Reading…

Literary magazine Bartleby Snopes was founded by Nathaniel Tower in 2008. In 2010 it was named as one of Flavorwire’s ‘Top Ten Online Literary Magazines You Should Be Reading’. Bartleby Snopes currently publishes two stories per week and holds a regular Story of the Month competition. Bartleby Snopes also publishes a free downloadable magazine every January and July.
In 2014 Bartleby Snopes is running its 6th Annual Dialogue Only Writing Contest. Entrants are asked to create an original story of up to 2000 words composed entirely of dialogue. To help writers meet this challenge, the editors have composed the following very useful tips. 
Dialogue Writing Tips from Bartleby Snopes

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19 Short Story Competitions in 2014

Earlier this year we posted 14 Short Story Competitions in 2014. After lots of positive feedback and more than a few requests, here are 19 more short story competitions to keep you busy. Entry fees are payable in most cases; check the relevant websites for full terms and conditions.

Saturday Evening Post’s Great American Fiction Contest
is open to stories between 1500 and 5000 words in length. Entries should in some way touch upon the publication’s mission: celebrating America, past, present, and future. The winner will receive US$500 and be published in the January/February 2015 edition of the magazine. Entries close 1 July.

Missing Slate’s Inaugural Fiction Writing Competition
is open to stories up to 10,000 words, as well as to novel excerpts. Based in Pakistan, The Missing Slate is an arts and literary journal created with intent to uphold free speech irrespective of geography, political or religious affiliations. The winning entry will be published in a print anthology and receive a cash prize. Entries close 1 July. 

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Opportunities for Writers May and June 2014

May and June is a busy time for writers and editors alike, with lots of submission deadlines before the northern hemisphere summer holidays. Below are over 90 writing competitions, publication opportunities, fellowships and more to get you motivated. As always, please check the relevant websites for all terms and conditions and be aware that entry fees are payable in many instances.

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 2013 O. Henry Prize collection are available here.

Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting
awards 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. All entrants must be aged over 18.The final entry deadline is 1 May.

McSweeney’s Quarterly
is accepting unsolicited submissions of fiction for a limited time only. There are no style restrictions and McSweeney’s are keen to discover and nurture new and developing writers, but writers should be aware that the response time can be fairly lengthy.

Southwest Review’s 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. Continue Reading…

Competitions and Fellowships for Screenwriters

Competitions, fellowships, workshops and residencies for screenwriters. Please check the relevant websites for full terms and conditions, and don’t forget that entry fees are applicable in many cases.

Nick Darke Award
celebrates the best writing for screen, stage and radio, awarding the winner £6000 to allow them to complete their script. It is open to all writers aged over 16. The theme is the environment; entrants may interpret the theme widely. The first submission stage involves outlining an idea in the form of a 25 word or less pitch, followed by an outline for the story idea in 750 words, suggesting character, plot and structure. Applicants are asked to also submit 20 pages that represent their writing, either in the form of a new or existing piece. Entries close 14 April.

PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
were established in 2003 by an alliance of Hollywood producers, agents and development executives. This competition awards a cash prize of $25,000 to a screenwriter who has written the best screenplay in any genre. There are also prizes in ten genre categories. The final date for entries is 15 April.

Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting
awards 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. All entrants must be aged over 18.The final entry deadline is 1 May.

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