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Writing Contests

Preditors & Editors does not recommend or endorse any of the following contests except for its own readers poll unless otherwise stated.

Additionally, it really doesn't make sense to enter a contest that charges a fee if there isn't any prize worth significantly more than the entry fee. We strongly advise writers to enter only those contests without a fee. P&E does not recommend any contests with entry fees.

Because of the volatile nature of contests, P&E will date contest entries from now on and remove those that do not appear to re-occur annually. If you see one that is no longer current or recurring, please let us know.


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ABC's Children's Picture Book Competition: Charges fee. Not recommended. -Defunct.


Adventure Writers' Competition, The: For unpublished writers. See the site for details.


AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE WRITING CONTEST: "Submission window is between JULY 1st and no later than midnight (12:00 a.m.) EST on JULY 31, 2010. All entries must be received by August 15, 2010. Judging will begin on August 16, 2010 with the top three winners and two honorable mentions notified on or before October 15, 2010. First Place Prize winner will receive $50.00, an award certificate, and a contract for publication of the winning entry. Second Place Winner: $25.00, an award certificate, and a contract for publication of the winning entry. Third Place Winner: $10.00, an award certificate, and a contract for publication of the winning entry. For more information please visit our website." -Defunct.
Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award: A contest for emerging writers sponsored by Amazon and Penguin.


American Markets Newsletter Short Story Contest, The: run by Sheila O'Connor. Charges fee. Not recommended.


American Poets Society: An online poetry contest with prizes. Not recommended


16 May 12 - America Writers Awards: Charges fee. Not recommended. A writers contest in numerous categories. -Defunct.


26 Jun 13 - ANIMALS, ANIMALS, ANIMALS BOOK FESTIVAL, THE 2013: Charges fee. Not recommended. Details at their web site.


16 Jun 08 - "Asimovs of the Future": Charges fee. Not recommended. A known scam contest currently being advertised on Craigslist and FLiXER.


31 Mar 04 - Austin Film Festival: Charges fee. Not recommended.
Screenplay Competition deadline: May 7.  Entry fee: $40.  Categories:
Adult/Family and Comedy.
Prime Time Teleplay Competition deadline: June 1.  Entry fee: $30.
Categories: Sitcom and Drama.
Film Competition early deadline: June 15.  Entry fee: $40.  Categories:
Narrative Feature, Short, and Student Short.  Late deadline: July 15.
Entry Fee: $50.
Documentary Competition early deadline: June 15.  Entry fee: $40.  Late
deadline: July 15.  Entry Fee: $50.  Categories: Doc Feature, Short, and
Student Short.


12 May 09 - Authors Choice Contest: Not recommended. A novel-writing contest. -Defunct.


Avery Madison, LLC: Poor contest terms. Not recommended. -Defunct.


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2008 Beach Book Festival : Not recommended. Charges fee for book entries. Annual competition considers "published, self-published and independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, children's books, teenage, how-to, audio/spoken word, comics/'zines, e-books, poetry, wild card (anything goes!), unpublished stories, science fiction, horror, photography/art, romance and biography/autobiography works." See the site for details. Renamed to New York Book Festival.


Best Ever Readers' Poll: Sponsored by Critters and P&E, this poll "honors the best works ever published and their creators. Vote for your favorites! As new entries are added feel free to come back and vote for them."


6 Sep 12 - Bewley Books Short Story Competition: Not recommended. Charges fee. -Defunct.


31 May 12 - Bitingduck Press Short Fiction Contest: "We're looking for `Science in Fiction', not necessarily `Science Fiction.' Tell us a story about life in science, or the lives of scientists, or cutting-edge research that's going to change the way we think, work, and live. Take it one step beyond reality if you like: Clone a Sabertooth, fly to Mars, cure cancer. Make it real, but make it imaginative." -Defunct.


7 Jan 07 - BlueCat Screenplay Competition: Charges fee. Not recommended. "Since 1998, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition has provided a community for the unknown screenwriter to develop their work, giving undiscovered talent a path to professional success. BlueCat accepts both feature length and short screenplays, and in keeping with our longstanding tradition, every screenplay will receive one written analysis, with our best screenplays receiving over $40,000 in cash prizes. The Final Deadline for the 2015 Competition is November 15, 2014."


Book Pipeline: Fee-charging contest.


Brighid's Fire Books: Charges fee. Not recommended. Book length fiction contest. -Defunct.


11 Nov 11 - Brit Writers Awards: Not recommended. Conflict of interest. An awards program for first-time authors.


27 Mar 10 - Bronte Prize : Charges fee. Not recommended. -Defunct.


Byline Magazine contests: Charges fee. Not recommended. Features contests for short stories, poetry, and humor. -Defunct.


13 Jul 06 - Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest: Recommended. An annual writing contest. Loads of fun for writers and readers.


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Can You Write?: An interesting contest sponsored by Fledgling Press which seeks to obtain work for publication. -Defunct.


Capture the Spirit Poetry/Short Story Contest: Reading fee. Not recommended. Link broken. Contact (submit) at:
TMA, LTD. Publications
P.O. Box 65176
Baltimore, MD 21209


20 Apr 01 - The Chesterfield Film Company — Writer's Film Project (WFP): Charges fee. Not recommended. "offers fiction, theater and film writers the opportunity to begin a career in screenwriting. Up to five writers will be chosen to participate, and each will receive a $20,000 stipend to cover his or her living expenses. The WFP Writers are chosen by competition, and are evaluated on the basis of prose and dramatic writing samples. Selected writers form a year long screenwriting workshop, using their storytelling skills to begin a career in film. The Writer's Film Project originated through Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment and is co-sponsored by Paramount Pictures." -Defunct.


10 Nov 11 - Circalit: Ever had an idea for a comedy sketch? Circalit is back once again helping talented comedy writers get their sketches produced and distributed. This time Circalit has teamed up with award-winning filmmaker, Jason Wingard, whose most recent short, "Ben and Jackie" has been short-listed for the Virgin Media Shorts 2011 and the Reed.co.uk Short Film competition. The competition is part of Circalit's Get your Film Made series. The winning script will be directed by Jason, who has worked alongside fantastic comedians such as Johnny Vegas, and companies such as Channel K, MTV and 2-Entertain. Participants are actively encouraged to collaborate with one another to produce the best, most groin-tearingly funny piece of comedy they can. The deadline is Thursday 16th December, and submissions are being read as soon as they're submitted - so the sooner you enter the better! -Defunct.


25 Aug 00 - Confluence Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story Contest!: Publication and cash prizes await the winners. Eligibility and format details are available on the web site. Now the Parsec contest.


Cowboy Logic: Features contests along with critiques, reviews, and more. -Defunct.


6 Nov 01 - Creative Communication: "Poetry Contest: We award over $50,000 in prizes to young poets each year. Poets in grades 4-12 can send in one poem 21 lines or less. Contest deadlines are December 1st and April 5th. You can get full contest information or enter online at www.poeticpower.com. You can also mail an entry to Creative Communication, 90 North 100 East, Logan UT 84321. Teachers who have 5 or more students selected to be published receive a free copy of the anthology that contains their student's poem."


16 Jan 03 - Cup of Comfort, A: Charges fee. Not recommended. "The publisher of A Cup of Comfort now sponsors several inspiring true-story contests each year. Every contest results in the publication of a handsome anthology, featuring real-life stories about the people and events that bring comfort, joy, and meaning to our lives. Share your inspiring true stories -- and win $500! One grand prize of $500 is awarded for each contest/anthology, and ALL contributors receive a monetary fee and a free copy of the book in which their story appears. Submission guidelines are gladly provided upon request and are posted online. Absolutely NO entry or reading fees."


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24 Jan 06 - Delacorte Press Contest for a First Young Adult Novel: Annual contest. See the site for details. -Defunct.


2008 DIY Convention: Not recommended. Charges fee for book entries. Annual competition. See the site for details. -Defunct.


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19 Mar 13 - Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest: Charges fee. Not Recommended. $1000 for one essay — Deadline: March 28th, 2013. For Canadians only


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FanStory Contests: Note, requires membership fee to participate in "free" contests.


href="http://www.fictionline.com/" target=_blank>fictionline: Charges fee. Not recommended. "a non-profit organization celebrating literary short fiction by paying writers $1000/story and publishing it here always free to the reader." -Defunct.


28 Oct 02 - Firebrand Fiction/SFReader.com Story Contest: Recommended. "an annual fiction contest, open to any writer, published or unpublished." Visit the site for more details.


12 Jan 07 - First Chapters: Sponsored by Gather.com and Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. See the site for details which are expected to be posted soon. -Defunct.


11 Sep 03 - First Line Writing Contest, The:
"We are announcing our 2nd First Line contest. The winning sentence will be 
used for one of our 2004 issues. The winner will receive a one-year (4 
issue) subscription to The First Line and $10.00.
Of course, with any contest like this, there are rules:
1. Sentences must be your original creation and not part of a previously 
published story.
2. You may submit up to three (3) sentences for consideration.
3. Send entries to: submission@thefirstline.com or
The First Line
P.O. Box 250382
Plano, TX 75025-0382
4. Please include your e-mail or mailing address for notification.
5. All entries must be received by 6 p.m. (EST) on October 1, 2003.
6. The winner will be announced November 1, 2003 on The First Line Web site."


24 Jan 11 - Foster City International Writer's Contest: Charges fee. "Sponsored by the City of Foster City Parks and Recreation Department, Foster City International Writers Contest Planning Team, a volunteer, city arts council. Members of the judging panel are members of the distinguished Peninsula Press Club, under the direction of Jack Russell." -Defunct.


Frances Fabri Literary Prize for Fiction: Sponsored by Boaz Publishing. See the site for details. -Defunct.


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16 Aug 11 - Golden Quill:
Golden Quill 2012: Published
Sponsor: Phoenix Desert Rose RWA
Fee: $30
Deadline: Received by Wednesday, January 11th, 2012
Eligibility: Romance novels authored by RWA members in good standing. Titles must
have a copyright date, first North American printing/release date, OR electronic print
release date between January and December 2011.
Entry: Five autographed copies of each title. E-book submissions printed and bound OR
PDF readable format on five separate CD's. No ARCS (advanced reader copies)
accepted. No entry limit. If you would like to donate books for the Golden Quill Basket, 
to be given away at the 2012 Desert Dreams Writers' Conference, please send six books.
Categories: Best First Book, Traditional, Long Contemporary/Mainstream/Single Title, 
Short Contemporary, Romantic Suspense, Novella, Historical, Regency Historical, 
Paranormal/Time Travel/Fantasy, Science Fiction/Futuristic, Inspirational, 
Inspirational-Romantic Suspense, Hot/Sexy/Sensuous/Erotic/Alterative/GLBT
Judges: Romance readers, librarians, writers
Top Prizes: Plaques for winners in each category, Certificates and Ribbons for finalists.
Representation in a full-page RWR ad, lapel pin, and website graphic. 
Winners will be announced at the 2012 Desert Dreams Writers' Conference in AZ.
FMI Contact: goldenquill@desertroserwa.org or visit

Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize: Recommended. Third annual holding. See the site for details.


5 Apr 06 - The Guild`s First Annual Short Story Contest: "To enter, send us a fictional story with a maximum length of 1,500 words. Submissions are limited to the first 500 entrants. You must be 21 years of age or older. Stories must be original, and not have been previously published in paper or electronic formats. Entries must be received by July 1, 2006."


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Halloween Ghost Story Contest: Annual ghost story contest.


1 Dec 12 - Henry Hazlitt Contest for Business Fiction, First Annual: A writing competition for the best new novel with a business or economics theme by a debut author.


14 Nov 06 - Hillerman Mystery Competition: Recommended. The link is to the guidelines which are in a PDF file.


27 Aug 10 - Hint Fiction 25-Word Story Writing Contest: A writing contest operated by Gotham Writers' Workshop®.


4 Mar 06 - Hollywood Book Festival: Charges fee. Not recommended. An "annual program celebrating books that deserve greater recognition from the film, television, game and multimedia communities."


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Illustrators of the Future: Recommended. See the site for details.


IndieReader Discovery Awards: Charges fee. Not recommended. Details at their web site.


Ink: Charges fee. Not recommended. A contest operated by a publisher.


International Songwriting Competition: Charges fee. Not recommended. "Gain exposure in the music industry and have your songs heard by top professionals and recording artists."


1 Jul 07 - Isotope's Editors' Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry: Charges fee. Not recommended. Seeks literary nature and science writing. See the site for details.


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KAY SNOW WRITING AWARDS: Charges fee. Not recommended. Named after the founder of Willamette Writers and established in 1986, this annual contest awards one first prize of $300, one second place prize of $150, and a third place prize of $50 per winning entry in each of the six categories; fiction, nonfiction, juvenile, poetry, student writer and screenwriting. Student writers are awarded $50 for first place in three grade divisions.


9 Sep 04 - 3rd annual Koret Young Writer on Jewish Themes Award: "One writer whose work contains Jewish themes will be awarded $25,000 and will spend three months in residence at Stanford University. Applicants must be 40 years or younger and have published no more than one book at the time of application. This award is for fiction, non-fiction, or poetry. Scholarly work will not be considered. The application deadline is November 15, 2004." See the site for details.


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May 9&10, 2014 - Lakefly Literary Writer's Conference: "There are four contests associated with the Lakefly Literary Writer's Conference.

The Short Story Contest has no entry fee. Entries must be under 2,500 words. Any genre. First place award is $100, second place is $75. This contest is only open to residents of Wisconsin or attending the Lakefly Literary Conference.

The Flash Fiction Contest has no entry fee. Entries must be under 500 words. Any genre. First place award is $100, second place is $75. This contest is only open to residents of Wisconsin or attending the Lakefly Literary Conference.

The Great Beginings Contest has no entry fee. Entries are the first 15 pages of a novel. Any genre. First place is $100, second place is $75.This contest is only open to residents of Wisconsin or attending the Lakefly Literary Conference.

The Jean Nelson Essay Award has no entry fee. Entries must be under 2,500 words. The theme is "A Book Changed My Life". This contest is only open to residents of Wisconsin or attending the Lakefly Literary Confernce."

Lantern Books 2006 Essay Contest: "We are publishers of books on animal advocacy, vegetarianism, and environmentalism. We are pleased to announce our first annual essay competition. The aim of the competition is to allow new thinking to emerge on the key subjects of Lantern's publishing program and to encourage new voices to step forward to shape the debate of the future." Check the site for details.


League of American Poets: While the contest entry is free, the books containing winning poetry are not. In other words, the publisher doesn't provide free copies to the authors whose works are included. Nor do they appear to pay any royalties. Also, P&E could not find a list of contest prizes on their site.


19 Jul 08 - Literary Magic Fiction Contest 2008: Category: Fiction
No fee. Free entry.
Prizes: First, Second and Third Winners receive free Critiques of their work and publication in our online magazine. Runner-Ups are also considered for publication.
Details: For Short Stories. Any genre accepted, except Romance or Erotica. Short stories should be 500-3000 words. We welcome and encourage both new and established writers to enter. Please send all submissions either pasted in e-mail body or as .Doc attachments only. Contest is judged by Literary Magic editors.
Deadline: August 18, 2008
Contact: Rocky Reichman, Editor. E-mail: literarymagic@gmail.com


19 Jul 08 - Literary Magic Poetry Contests 2008: Category: Poetry
No fee. Free entry.
Prizes: First, Second and Third Winners receive free Critiques of their work and publication in our online magazine. Runner-Ups are also considered for publication.
Details: For Poems. Any genre accepted. Poems may be any style, up to 30 lines. We welcome and encourage both new and established writers to enter. Please send all submissions either pasted in e-mail body or as .Doc attachments only. Contest is judged by Literary Magic editors.
Deadline: August 18, 2008
Contact: Rocky Reichman, Editor. E-mail: literarymagic@gmail.com


19 Jul 05 - Longford Writers: Charges fee. Not recommended. "a quarterly A4 magazine at a subscription of UK £16, Euros E25, USD $35, per annum. Payable by UK cheque or through PayPal.com". Currently featuring a poetry contest. Details on site.


10 Apr 03 - Love Poems And Quotes Poetry Contest: "A collection of romantic love poems as well as a free monthly poetry contest for love/romance related poetry."


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3 Jun 12 - Many Mountains Moving: Not recommended. Charges fee. A contest. P&E has heard from one writer that they have collected the fee and failed to announce results for what was a 2011 contest and are now collecting for a 2012 contest.


30 Dec 04 - MARGARET REID POETRY CONTEST FOR TRADITIONAL VERSE: Not recommended. "Prizes of $1,000, $400, $200, plus four Encouragement Awards of $100 each. Winning entries will be published. Submit poems in traditional verse forms, such as sonnets and haiku. You may submit work that has been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the anthology and online publication rights. Entry fee is $5 for every 25 lines, payable to Winning Writers. Postmark deadline: June 30."


Mona Schreiber Prize for Humorous Fiction and Nonfiction: Charges fee. Not recommended. An annual contest. Contact at:
The Mona Schreiber Prize for Humorous Fiction and Nonfiction
15442 Vista Haven Place
Sherman Oaks, California 91403


20 Mar 05 - My Favorite Poet: Essay contest. Details on site.


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11 Jul 13 - N3F (National Fantasy Fan Federation) Amateur Short Story Contest, 2013: Details at their web site.


National Library of Poetry: Not recommended. More details at their web site. This site also has a lot of links to poetry sites. Editor's note: check out these sites first: National Library of Poetry Contest--$48,000 in Prizes and Poetry Scams, Rip-offs, and Horror Stories


28 May 13 - The Next Novelist: Not recommended. Charges fee. "For emerging writers and and invites submissions of mystery, crime, suspense and thriller novels. Submissions are free until June 21st, at which point we'll begin charging $20 per submission. Finalists will have the beginning of their book viewed by 5,000+ readers and the winner will receive a $5,000 advance and publication."


NEW Covey Cover Awards, The: Appears to be a monthly contest for book covers.


15 Aug 09 - 2010 New Voices Writing Competition: A contest for Middle and High School students. See the site for details.


New York Book Festival: Not recommended. Charges fee for book entries. Annual competition considers "published, self-published and independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, children's books, teenage, how-to, audio/spoken word, comics/'zines, e-books, poetry, wild card (anything goes!), unpublished stories, science fiction, horror, photography/art, romance and biography/autobiography works." See the site for details.


19 Mar 13 - Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest: Charges fee. Not Recommended. $1000 for one glorious poem — Deadline: March 21st, 2013.


Notes and Grace Notes: Not Recommended. Charges entry fee. Details are on the web site.


2 May 12 - The Novelist Contest: "an American Idol style contest where we begin with around twenty hopefuls and the public will whittle them down to one winner through a series of writing challenges. This last author standing will then receive a publishing deal."
"The contest is available as a free app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-novelist/id515308367?ls=1&mt=8%22"


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4/14 - Omnidawn Poetry contest: Charges fees, not recommended.


6 Oct 06 - On The Premises: Check the site for details.


26 Jun 03 - OnceWritten.com: Charges fee. Not recommended.
Short Fiction Contest (Semi-Annual Contest)
Writing contest introduces today's hottest new fiction writers. 
Grand Prize Winner: $1,000; publication on website and monthly newsletter.
First Place Winner: $100; publication on website and monthly newsletter.
Deadline: April 30/October 31 annually
Reading fee: $20 per story
More Information: http://www.oncewritten.com/Contests/FictionContest.php
 
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Poetry Contest (Semi-Annual Contest)
Grand Prize Winner: $500; publication on website and monthly newsletter.
First Place Winner: $100; publication on website and monthly newsletter.
Deadline: March 31/September 30 annually
Reading fee: $15 per poem
More Information: www.oncewritten.com/Contests/PoetryContest.php
 
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In the Midnight Hour... (Annual Contest)
Halloween-themed, horror writing contest. Winning short stories will be 
featured in the Halloween newsletter.
 
Grand Prize Winner: $500; publication on website and monthly newsletter.
First Place Winner: $100; publication on website and monthly newsletter.
Deadline: August 31 annually 
Reading fee: $15 per story
More Information: www.oncewritten.com/Contests/MidnightHour.php
 
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Paragraph Magazine Annual Fiction Contest: See the site for more details. Link broken.


Parsec Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story Contest: Recommended. An annual contest.


28 Apr 12 - Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award, The: Charges fee. Not Recommended.
"Sponsored by St. Jerome's University dept. of English, this annual contest is for short fiction by writers who have not yet published a novel or story collection. $1000 top prize, all entries will be considered for paid publication ($250) in The New Quarterly, one of Canada's liveliest literary magazines. Open to Canadian citizens or residents only. No word limit. All entries will be judged blind. $40 entry fee includes a 1-year Canadian subscription to The New Quarterly: Canadian Writers & Writing. Details at tnq.ca/contests . '


8 Feb 08 - THE PICK-A-PHOTO, SHORT-SHORT STORY CONTEST: Charges fee. Not recommended. Details at the site.


5 Nov 11 - PK Books, Inc.: A publisher sponsoring a contest for kids. Details on their web site. Ends Nov 24.


21 Jun 08 - Political Humor: "Radioactive Liberty is proud to announce its monthly, right leaning, political humor writer's contest. Each month a new topic will be announced. Entrants may tender multiple submissions. The contest is absolutely free and prizes barely exceed the entry fee. You are vying for the honor of having your work posted at Political Humor by Radioactive Liberty for all to see. Hey, you get what you pay for."


Preditors & Editors Readers Poll, The: See this page for details.


18 Aug 11 - Print Express Short Story Contest: "If you're an unpublished author that loves to write short stories, we want to hear from you. If you send us a short story that you've written, you could be in with the chance of having 10 copies of it printed (enough copies for you and a small group of friends that you'd like to share it with) along with having the front cover designed by our team of graphic designers."


18 Dec 07 - Promising Playwrights 2008 CONTEST: "Playscript writing contest open to high school and college students who are legal residents of Indiana. Winner receives cash prize as well as copyright and production of winning script. Please visit http://committed.to/gaslightppproject for complete rules (A "MUST-READ"!) and prize details. The site offers a lot of helpful information to help you write your script, and you can download the application there as well. The deadline is July 1, 2008... so get started very soon!! We strongly encourage teachers and professors to promote the endeavor among their students, though it's not necessary or student participation. Alternate site link: http://www.angelfire.com/in/LilyNBlue/ppppcontest.html."


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2 Nov 09 - Readers Favorite Award Contest: Not recommended. Charges fee. Details are on their web site.


31 Oct 11 - Red Telephone Books: Charges fee. Not recommended. A publisher.


18 Oct 07 - RedBubble Writing and Art Competition: An interesting competition sponsored by a writing and art forum.


10 Dec 05 - RockWay Press 2005 International Writing Competitions: See the web site for full details.


29 Oct 09 - Romance is in the Air: Sponsored by Breathless Press. Details are on their web site.


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4 Mar 06 - Salvo Press Mystery Novel Award: Charges fee. Not recommended. Annual mystery novel competition. Name of contest may have changed.


Saugus.net Ghost Story Contest, Annual: Recommended. As it states. Details are on their web site.


11 Sep 06 - Scribendi Short Story Contest: Charges fee. Not recommended. Check the site for details.


Script Pipeline: Fee-charging contest.


5 Jun 12 - 2012 SFPA Poetry Contest: Recommended. "There is no entry fee, and the contest is open to non-members, with $50 prizes and publication to the winners in 3 length divisions, and an additional $50 prize to the best poem by a non-member. Winners also receive a year's membership in SFPA and member publications."
SFReader.com Annual Fiction Contest: Highly recommended. "We have a special interest in stories that feature strong character development and powerful themes. Most of all, we are looking for stories that demonstrate the writer's serious commitment to craft and imagination. Those looking for a special insight into the kind of fiction that's likely to excite us should browse through the book reviews, short fiction reviews, fiction selections, and author interview on the SFReader.com site." See the site for details.


24 Mar 10 - A Shaker of Margaritas: Hot Flash Mommas, Fiction, Fun, and Forties Writing Contest: Contest rules and submissions guidelines can be found Mozark Press.


12 Nov 05 - Shalom 2006 International Screenwriting Competition: See the web site for full details.


21 Jul 06 - Sobol Award:: Canceled. Charges fee. Not recommended.

19 Jun 01 - Southern California Book Festival, 2012: Not recommended. Charges fee. A contest.


SPECFICWORLD.COM'S ANNUAL HIGH FANTASY CONTEST: Not recommended. The High Fantasy contest is open to both published and unpublished writers. All entries must be original works of fiction, written in English, unpublished and not accepted by any publisher, or submitted elsewhere at the time of the contest.

First Place: $100 (U.S.) in cash, plus publication in Rogue Worlds E-zine.

Second Place: $50 (U.S.) in cash, plus publication in Rogue Worlds E-zine.

Third Place: $25 (U.S). in cash, plus publication in Rogue Worlds E-zine.

Note: There will also be an additional cash bonus if entry fees exceed $500 dollars; whatever goes over that mark will be split equally amongst the winners.

Entry Fee: $5, plus $2 for each additional entry. Please make your checks or money-orders (US FUNDS ONLY) out to Doyle Eldon Wilmoth, Jr. 4315 Boulder Hwy #60, Las Vegas, NV 89121-3020. Make sure to fill out and print our Entry Form and send it along with your payment.

Submission Tracking: You can check out and see if your story has been logged in here. I'll list your title and the date sent along with status of your payment once it has arrived.

Deadline: January 15, 2002.

Open to: High Fantasy and Sword & Sorcery fiction. No urban or modern day settings.

Length: Between 1k-20k/words.

Taboos: No Fan Fiction. No porn. No gore. No child abuse stories.

Submit entries to: specficworld@hotmail.com. Put "HIGH FANTASY CONTEST" in the subject line. E-MAIL SUBMISSIONS ONLY.

Format: Send stories in plain text, pasted into the body of the e-mail, or as an attachment. Put your real name, title of story, word count, brief bio, snail-mail and e-mail address somewhere at the top of the first page.

Notification: Only the winners will be notified by e-mail of the results on March 15, 2001. The rest of the contestants can find the winning stories listed on the SpecFicWorld.com website on March 15, 2001.

Note of Publication: I also require that all the winners allow me to publish their stories in Rogue Worlds E-zine for a maximum of 90 days.

Payment: All winners will be paid in cash no later than April 15, 2001.

Copyright: Authors retain all Copyrights to their work.


Spire Contests: Charges fee. Not recommended. Poetry contests.


30 Jul 13 - Steampunk Writing Contest: Not recommended. Details at their web site.


6 Apr 07 - storySouth 2007 Million Writers Award for Fiction: A site promoting short fiction online.


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30 Dec 04 - TOM HOWARD/JOHN H. REID POETRY CONTEST: Not recommended. "Prizes of $1,000, $400, $200, plus four Encouragement Awards of $100 each. Winning entries will be published. Submit poems in any style or genre. You may submit work that has been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the anthology and online publication rights. Entry fee is $5 for every 25 lines, payable to Winning Writers. Postmark deadline: September 30. Judge: Tom Howard."


30 Dec 04 - TOM HOWARD/JOHN H. REID SHORT STORY CONTEST: "Prizes of $1,000, $500, $250 will be awarded, plus four Publication Royalty Awards of $150 and three Encouragement Awards of $75 each. Winning entries will be published. Submit any type of short story, essay or other work of prose, up to 8,000 words. You may submit work that has been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the anthology and online publication rights. $10 entry fee, payable to Winning Writers. Postmark deadline: March 31. Judge: Tom Howard. Submit online or mail to Winning Writers, Attn: Tom Howard Short Story Contest, 351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222, Northampton, MA 01060."


25 Dec 10 - Tony Hillerman Prize for Best First Mystery: "set in the southwest. Prize is $10,000 and publication by St. Martin's Press and there is no entry fee."


3 Jun 12 - 2013 Great Southeast Book Festival, The: Not recommended. Charges fee. A contest.


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25 Feb 01 - URSULA K LEGUIN prize for Imaginative Fiction: Not recommended. "First prize is $1000 and publication in Rosebud. Ursula K LeGuin is the final judge. Fantasy, horror and sci fi submissions welcome - editors wish to be editorially open to stories that reach beyond the boundaries of genre, take a variety of creative and literary risks and tell a good story!" $10 entry fee. Visit site for full details. 6/8/10: A writer reports the fee has been lowered.


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WAR POETRY CONTEST: Not recommended. "Prizes of $1,500, $500, $250 and 10 honorable mentions of $75 each. Submit 1-3 original, unpublished poems on the theme of war, up to 500 lines in all. $12 entry fee, payable to Winning Writers. Postmark deadline: May 31."


WEbook: Not recommended. WEbook states it no longer offers publishing contracts to users. It now describes itself as the "leading site for the discovery of new, talented writers." Also features a writing contest geared towards giving authors large amounts of feedback from both readers and agents.


30 Dec 04 - WERGLE FLOMP POETRY CONTEST: "Prizes of $1,190, $169, $60 and 5 honorable mentions of $38 each. No fee to enter. A humor contest with a special twist."


11 Jan 06 - Whim's Place Flash Fiction Contest: Strongly not recommended. Quarterly flash fiction contest. $500 in prizes. $5.00 entry fee. Contest canceled. Fees kept as donations.


William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition: Charges fee. Not recommended. As it states. See the site for details.


16 Jun 03 - Winning Writers: Highly recommended. An annual poetry contest.


Wise Bear Digital Book Awards: Entry fee. Not recommended. A contest for "digital e-book formats only." Details at the site.


18 Sep 05 - WriteMovies.com: Charges fee. Not recommended. Ongoing contests operated by Alex Ross formerly known as Alex Rossu of Fortis Entertainment.


Writers of the Future: Recommended. A quarterly contest.


Write Across America: A contest for short story writers.


13 Dec 08 - The Writers' League of Texas Book Awards: Formerly the Violet Crown and the Teddy Book Awards, it's now one award with five sub-categories.


18 Mar 09 - WritingRoom.com: Requires purchase. Not recommended. "currently running a monthly short story contest, a monthly poetry contest and a novel writing contest."


Wyatt Novel Writing Contest: Charges fee. Not recommended. A contest operated by an editing service.


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Zharmae Publishing Press Writing Competition, The: Poor contract (you need an attorney to understand it). Not recommended. An annual contest for SF, fantasy, and horror writers.


Zimbo Books Fiction Competition 2008: Charges fee. Not recommended.


30 Jul 13 - Zoetrope: "All-Story's upcoming short-story contest. This year's contest will be our seventeenth annual, judged by author David Means. First, second, and third prizes will all receive monetary compensation. Also, the three prize-winners and seven honorable mentions will be considered for representation by William Morris Endeavor, ICM, Regal Literary, the Elaine Markson Literary Agency, Inkwell Management, Sterling Lord Literistic, Aitken Alexander Associates, Barer Literary, the Gernert Company, and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency."
"The contest will open for entries July 1. Entries must be complete by October 1, 2013, at 11:59 P.M. PDT. Results will be announced at the website December 15 and in the Spring 2013 issue of Zoetrope: All-Story; and the winning story will be published as a special online supplement to that Spring 2014 issue."
"We accept all genres of literary fiction. Entries must be: unpublished; strictly 5,000 words or less; and accompanied by a $20 entry fee per story."
"Please e-mail us at contests@all-story.com with further questions."


P&E does not recommend any contests with entry fees.

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