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2014 Apex Awards for Publication Excellence. 122 categories under 11 headings: newsletters; magazines, journals and tabloids; annual reports; brochures, print media; electronic media; social media; websites; campaigns, programs and plans; writing; design and illustration; and one-of-a-kind publications. Entry fee: $99. Deadline: Extended to March 10, 2014. Info: www.apexawards.com
Carteret Writers 23rd Annual Contest for previously unpublished manuscripts in five categories: fiction, flash fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and children's. Awards: $100, $50, $25 in each category. Winning entries will be published in the 2014 edition of our journal. Authors retain all rights because our journal is not available to the general public. It is for sale only to members, people who attend our meetings, and those who enter the contest. Entry fee: $10 per entry for nonmembers, $5 per entry for members. Deadline: March 11, 2014 (received by date). Info: www.carteretwriters.org/contest.html or email email@example.com.
Annual Writers-Editors International Writing Competition. Nonfiction (Previously Published and Unpublished); Fiction (Short Story and Novel Chapter); Children's Literature; Poetry. Awards: $100, $75, $50. Entry fee: $3–$20. Deadline: March 15, 2014. Info: Click for Guidelines and Entry form
Northern Colorado Writers 4th annual contest series, beginning with Short Fiction. Any style or genre; maximum 5,000 words. You do not need to be a member of NCW or in Colorado to enter. Awards: $1,000, $250, $100. Winners and honorable mentions of this and the other two contests in the series (Creative Nonfiction & Poetry) will be published in and receive a free copy of the winners anthology, Pooled Ink. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: March 31, 2014. Info: www.northerncoloradowriters.com/upcoming-events-mainmenu-133/writing-c ontests
Fifth Annual Gemini Magazine Short Story Contest. No restrictions on genre or length. Awards: $1,000, $100, $25. Five finalists will be published online in June 2014 issue. Entry fee: $5 per story. Deadline: March 31, 2014. Info: www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html
Writer's Digest 22nd Annual Self-Published Book Awards. Categories: Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Inspirational (Spiritual, New Age), Life Stories (Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs), Children's/Picture books, Middle-Grade/Young Adult books, Reference Books (Directories, Encyclopedias, Guide Books), Poetry. Awards: $3,000 in cash, national exposure for your work, the attention of prospective editors and publishers, a paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference. Entry fee: early-bird entry fees are $99 for the first entry, and $75 for each additional entry. Early-Bird Deadline: April 1, 2014. Info: www.writersdigest.com/competitions/selfpublished
First annual WARP Place Writing Contest. Two categories; The first one is all about flow - how it interacts in one's life and what it brings to the table of learning and enjoyment. The second category is a wide open one - anything goes. Awards: Prizes awarded in the first category are $2,000 cash and a one week stay at the founder's estancia in the Argentine Patagonia, valued at $5k, see www.ranquilco.com. Entry fee: None. Deadline: April 1, 2014. Info: http://warpplace.com/2014-writing-contest-rules/
The Stringybark Future Times Short Story Award 2014. This competition gives you a chance to look into your crystal ball and contemplate events set after 2020. What will the future bring? How will we respond to climate change? What does the Higgs-Boson mean to you? Are robots more than vacuum cleaners? Will death be conquered? Let your mind speculate about our near or distant future. Length: to 1500 words. International entries welcome. Awards: over $810 worth of prizes in cash and books. Entry fee: A$15. Deadline: April 13, 2014. Info: www.stringybarkstories.net
EVENT Magazine's Annual Nonfiction Contest. Maximum 5000 words. Awards: $1500 in prize monies plus payment for publication. Entry fee: $34.95 (includes 1 year of EVENT). Deadline: April 15, 2014 postmark. Info: www.eventmagazine.ca/contest-2014/
Tethered By Letters' Summer Literary Contests - short story contest (2,000 to 7,500 words, open genre), flash fiction contest (55, 250, or 500 words), and poetry contest (max of three pages per poem). TBL strives to publish writers with engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh writing styles. All winners will be published in Tethered By Letters' Summer Quarterly Journal and finalists will be considered for later publication (after working with one of our Senior Editors). Awards: US$250 for the short story winner, $50 for the flash fiction winner, and $100 for the poetry winner. International submissions are welcome. Entry fees: $10 per Short Story, $4 per Flash Fiction OR $10 for three Flash Fictions, $5 per poem OR $12 for three poems. Deadline: April 30, 2014. Info: http://tetheredbyletters.com/index.php/submissions/contest-submission or email Elliot Hughes, EHughes@tetheredbyletters.com
The Chameleon Theatre Circle 15th Annual New Play Contest. Must be original work that has not been produced. The company is accepting 10-minute plays, one-acts, full-length features, musicals, and plays for children. Awards: Winning plays will be showcased in a concert- format festival in September 2014 and will automatically be entered into consideration for a full production in a future Chameleon season. Cash awards of $100, $50, $25 depending on play length. No entry fee. Deadline: April 30, 2014. Info: www.chameleontheatre.org/newplay/
Fourth Annual Dan Poynter's 2014 Global Ebook Awards for ebooks released to the public anytime in 2012, 2013 or 2014. Nearly 100 categoires. Awards: Publicity programs, reviews and discounts on promotional services. Entry fee: $79 per ebook, per category. Deadline: April 30, 2014. Info: http://globalebookawards.com/
2014 Bristol Short Story Prize – Stories can be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online via the website or by post. Maximum length 4,000 words. Awards: £1000 plus £150 Waterstone's gift card; £700 plus £100 gift card; £400 plus £100 gift card; 17 further prizes of £100 for shortlisted stories. All 20 shortlisted writers will have their stories published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 7. Entry fee is £8 per story. Deadline: April 30, 2014. Info: www.bristolprize.co.uk
32nd Annual SouthWest Writers International Competition - 10 categories for novels, creative nonfiction, essay, short stories, children's picture books, and poetry. Awards: $300, $200, $150 in each of the 10 categories. other entries ($20 for SWW members, $30 non-members). Deadline: May 1, 2014 and may be submitted after May 1 until May 15 with payment of a late fee. Info: www.swwcontest.com
2014 Leapfrog Fiction Contest – for Adult Fiction and Children's Fiction (middle grade and YA only). Any novella- or novel-length work of fiction, including short-story collections, not previously published is eligible. The minimum length is 22,000 words; there is no maximum length. Awards: First Prize: publication contract offer from Leapfrog Press, with an advance payment, plus the finalist awards. Finalists: $150 and two critiques of the manuscript from contest judges; permanent listing on the Leapfrog Press contest page as a contest finalist, along with short author bio and description of the book. Semi-Finalist: Choice of a free Leapfrog book; permanent listing on the website. Entry fee: $30. Deadline: May 1, 2014. Info: www.leapfrogpress.com/contest.htm
83rd Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition – 10 categories. Awards: $3,000, $1,000, $500, $250 plus more. Entry fees: Poems $15, $10; other entries $25, $20. Early Bird Entry Deadline: May 5, 2014. Info: www.writersdigest.com/competitions/writers-digest-annual-competition
2014 WARP Place Writing Contest. Total of ten categories. No length limits, but 3,000 to 6,000 words recommended. Awards: Total of $70,000 in cash plus other prizes. Entry fees: Seven categories have entry fees of $25; three compilation only categories have entry fees of $10. Deadline: June 25, 2014. Info: http://warpplace.com/2014-writing-contest-rules/
The New Guard Volume IV Contests - Machigonne Fiction Contest: any genre. Submit up to 5,000 words, anything from flash to the long story. Novel excerpts are welcome if the excerpt functions as a stand-alone story. Knightville Poetry Contest; any form. Three poems per entry. Up to 150 lines per poem. Awards: $1,000 for each category and publication. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: July 14, 2014. Info: www.newguardreview.com
Vallum Contemporary Poetry is accepting original and previously unpublished poetry submissions for the Vallum Award for Poetry 2014. Awards: $750, $250. Entry Fee: $25 (includes a 1 year subscription). Deadline: July 15, 2014. Info: http://vallummag.com/contestrules.html
Past Loves Day Story Contest. Write your true story of a former sweetheart, in 700 words or less. Awards: $100, $75, $50. No entry fee. Authors retain all rights. Deadline: September 17, 2014. Info: www.ourpastloves.com/contest
Our Contest Posting Rules & Guidelines
We will NOT knowingly post or leave posted contests that retain all rights to either submitted or winning entries. Nor will we knowingly post contests that retain ownership to all entries or assume the right to publish all entries, either on the Web or in print, thereby costing the creators the ability to eventually sell first rights. Such contests are simply attempting to get free content or, even worse, are getting the writers to pay for their content. If winners only are posted or published, the writer can determine prior to entering whether or not the winning prize money is sufficient for transferring first or one-time rights.
Thus, we will not post contests where entries are posted for general judging by site visitors.
We do not post "sweepstakes" - or contests where winners are determined by drawings or chance. Our intent is to publish only those contests where the writing itself is judged against other entrants; not where the luck of the draw determines winners.
Similarly, we will not post contests where the entrants must post their entries on their own sites or blogs, or get them published on others' sites or blogs, with the intent of linking back to the sponsor's directed Web site or blog, and particularly using key words that will be of benefit to the sponsor. Our feeling is that if an author or Web site owner wishes to use others' material to drive traffic to them, or to rev up their ad click revenues, they should simply pay writers for their promotional or content writing.
Also, we do not post contests sponsored by book publishers that have entry or reading fees, with the reward being a published book and/or advance. Viable publishing houses treat manuscript reading and advances as costs of doing business, and do not charge authors for submissions.
We also do not knowingly post contests requesting material that is pornographic or promotes violence.
We do not post contests where the "prize money" is really a certificate or credit toward products or services that will cost the writer additional money in order to accept the prize.
We post literary contests that offer cash, publication, or book (or related) prizes, but not those where the prize is a house or other property. These contests are illegal in a number of locations.
We may post "Calls for Anthology Submissions" on our Contests page; however, we will not post anthology notices if (1) there is a submission fee required, (2) rights to *entries* are retained, or (3) rights to *winning entries* extend beyond one-time use in that anthology. This also applies to magazine contests with the "prize" being publication in an upcoming "contest" issue.
If your contest appears to meet our guidelines, submit the following basic information: Name of contest, brief description of what is to be submitted, awards, entry fee, deadline, website URL, contact email in case we have follow-up questions, to firstname.lastname@example.org.