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FanStory October contests: fiction, poetry and more, judged by members of the community. Awards: $100 per contest. Entry fee: $6.50 for the month, includes all contests that month. October's contests and deadlines:  5-7-5 poetry contest, www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=101902, where first line is 5 syllables, second line is 7 syllables and third line is 5 syllables again, deadline October 8, 2015; Tanka poetry contest, www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=101878, is similar but the syllable count is 5-7-5-7-7, deadline October 14, 2015; Antonym Poetry Contest, www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=101892, requires a four-line poem with a specific format, deadline October 20, 2015; Flash Fiction contest, www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=101853, 500 to 800 words, deadline October 27, 2015; Halloween Poetry contest, www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=102372, and Halloween Horror contest, www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=102373, deadline October 31, 2015.

"Picture Worth 1000 Words" Autumn 2015 Essay Contest. Highfield Press invites writers to submit an unpublished essay (500-1000 words) inspired by the theme, "Autumn Leaves," and the photo shown on our website. Submission may be personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel piece, historical account, biography, or short story. Awards: $1,000 Grand Prize and online publication. Two runners up receive Highfield Press gifts. Writers retain all rights. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: October 15, 2015. Info: http://highfieldpress.wix.com/contests#!autumn-2015-contest/cn2c

Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards for short stories to 4,000 words. Genres: Science Fiction/Fantasy, Thriller, Young Adult, Romance, Crime, Horror. Awards: Grand Prize $2500, Category First Prize $500. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: October 15, 2015. Info: www.writersdigest.com/popularfictionawards

Writer's Digest Annual Poetry Awards. All styles. Awards: $1,000, $250, $100 plus numerous other awards. Entry fee: $20 first poem, $15 each additional poem. Deadline: October 30, 2015. Info: www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/poetry-awards

International Call For Writers by ArtAscent - Theme: "Haunting." Spooky creatures, frightening places, eerie experiences these are the things that haunt us. Sometimes we are haunted by obsessive habits and persistent memories. Haunting can be expressed in symbolic, literal, modern, traditional, abstract, or completely unique ways. What hauntings can your imagination create? Entries may include fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. Submissions must be the original work of the applicant(s). Open to international artists. Apply using the online form. Awards: The Gold writer will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal complete with an artist profile review. Up to seven writers in total will be published in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal; showcased, along with website links, in an online exhibition on the ArtAscent website for at least two years; and, promoted on the ArtAscent Facebook and Twitter feeds. Deadline: October 31, 2015. Info: https://ArtAscent.com/the-call-for-artists-and-writers/

Writers' Village International Short Fiction Award winter 2015. Any genre of prose fiction may be submitted up to 3000 words, except playscripts and poetry. Entries are welcomed worldwide. Awards: $1600, $800, $400, plus five runner-up prizes of $80. Ten further Highly Commended entrants will have their stories acknowledged at the site and gain a free entry in the next round. Everyone wins because every contestant, win or lose, gains feedback on how their stories were graded - plus tips for improvement. Winners will see their work showcased online. (Runners-up have choice of whether or not to be showcased online.) Entry fee: $24 and multiple entries are permitted. Deadline: Midnight November 30, 2015. Info: www.writers-village.org

Atlantis Short Story Competition 2015 No theme or genre restrictions. Up to 2,500 words. Awards: $300, $100, $50 + in-depth feedback; Top 40: Name and story's title posted on website. Entry fees: $10, $15, $25 depending on level of feedback wanted when story does not place. Deadline: November 30, 2015. Info: http://atlantis-shortstorycontest.com/

Tethered by Letters' Fall 2015 Literary Contest - short story contest (1,000 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 F(r)iction. All finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and be considered for later publication. International submissions welcome. Awards: $500 (USD) for the short story winner, $150 (USD) for the flash fiction winner, and $150 (USD) for the poetry winner. Winners will be announced publicly in December. Entry fees: $15 per Short Story; $7 per Flash Fiction OR $15 for three Flash Fictions; $7 per poem OR $15 for three poems. Multiple entries accepted.  Deadline: December 1, 2015. Info: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submissio

Gemini Magazine Sixth Annual Poetry Open competition. Any type of poetry, any subject matter, any length. Awards: $1,000, $100, $25. All six finalists will be published online in the March 2016 issue of Gemini. Entry fee: $5 for each batch of three poems. Deadline: January 2, 2016. Info: http://gemini-magazine.com/poetryopen.html

Annual Writers-Editors Network Writing Competition. Nonfiction; Fiction; Poetry. Awards: $150, $100, $75. Entry fee: $3$20. Deadline: March 15, 2016. Info: Click for Guidelines and Entry form

2016 Annual Dan Poynter's Global Ebook Awards for e-books released to the public anytime in 2014, 2015 or 2016. Nearly 100 categories. Awards: Publicity programs, reviews and discounts on promotional services. Entry fee: $79 per title, per category. Deadline: April 30, 2016. Info: http://globalebookawards.com/


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 do not knowingly post contests sponsored by or promoting websites or services that offer writing of academic essays, term papers, or other assigned papers for enrolled students or applicants for enrollment..

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 contestadd@writers-editors.com.


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