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Creative Nonfiction seeks original essays for a "How We Teach" issue, which will go to print in the spring of 2017. We're looking for original essays—compelling, true stories rich with scene, character, detail, and a distinctive voice—that give insight into what it means to teach —whether in a traditional classroom or online; in summer camp or college; in preschool or in a prison; in the woods or in a workshop. Awards: $1,000, $500. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: August 29, 2016. Info: www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/how-we-teach
Ageless Authors Contest for writers age 65 and older. Four categories: short stories, essays, poetry and artwork. Awards: $100, $75, $50 plus certificates plus publication in each category. Entry fee: $15. Deadline extended to: August 31, 2016. Info: http://agelessauthors.wpengine.com/current-contests/
Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition for previously unpublished poems in English language, in any style, on any subject. Maximum Length: 50 lines. Awards: £200, £100, £50, £20 x 3 (high commendation), and £10 x 3 (commendation). All winning and commended poems receive first publication in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine. Copyright to all poems submitted will remain with the authors, but the Sentinel Poetry Movement reserves the right to publish all winning and commended poems. Entry fee: £4 (one poem), £7 (2 poems), £9 (3 poems) £11 (4 poems), £12 (5 poems), £16 (7 poems), £22 (10 poems). Deadline: August 31, 2016. Info: http://sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/poetry
International Call For Writers by ArtAscent – Theme is "Wild." The untamed, free and undeveloped. The turbulent, unrestrained, emotional and extreme. Animals, people and places that are wild. It can be expressed in symbolic, literal, modern, traditional, abstract, and completely unique ways. Share your interpretation of Wild. Entries may include fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. Awards: The Gold Writer will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal complete with a profile review written by our art writer. Up to ten 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. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: August 31, 2016. Info: https://artascent.com/the-call-for-artists-and-writers/
Lesson Learned Short Story Contest about education in all forms: life lessons, coming-of-age lessons, lessons learned the hard way. Maximum 2,000 words. Awards: Grand prize $1,000 and publication; $500, $250. Entry fee: $25 first entry, additional entries $15 each. Deadline: August 31, 2016. Info: https://writermag.submittable.com/submit
WOW! Summer 2016 Flash Fiction Contest. Open to all styles and genres; 250-750 words. Maximum 300 entries. Awards: $350, $250, $150 plus Amazon gift certificates and publication. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: August 31, 2016; 11:59 pm Pacific Time. Info: www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php
Eighth Annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest. Maximum length 1,000 words. Any subject, style or genre: experimental, mainstream, noir, fantasy, humor, erotica. Awards: $1,000, $100, four Honorable Mentions $25 each. All six finalists will be published online in the October 2016 Issue of Gemini . Entry fee: $5 ($4 for each additional entry). Deadline: August 31, 2016. Info: www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html
Verbolatry Laugh-a-Riot Contest 2016 - Humorous essays and cartoons about writing/publishing. Two categories, free and paid (entry fee). Awards: Free Category: £50 via PayPal & publication in theVerbolatry newsletter. Paid Category: £100 via PayPal & publication in theVerbolatry newsletter Entry fee for Paid category: £5 per entry via PayPal. Deadline: August 31, 2016. Info: http://devyaniborade.blogspot.com/p/contest.html
Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016 for Short Fiction to 2,000 words and Poetry to 40 lines. Awards: £500 each (Poetry Winner and Short Fiction Winner); Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual; One-year subscription to Granta; Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage; Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner); and Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner). Entry fee: £15 (GBP – pounds sterling) for up to two poems or one short story. Deadline: August 31, 2016. Info: www.aestheticamagazine.com/creative-writing-award/
Chatelaine Awards - Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring romantic themes and adventures of the heart, historical love affairs, perhaps a little steamy romance. Categories: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Adventure & Suspense, Historical Romance, Inspirational/Restorative Romance, Romantic Steamy/Sensual. Length 40,000 words minimum. Books may be published, unpublished - indie or traditional. Awards: Chanticleer Book Review Package, category and genre cash prizes; $28,980 in reviews, prizes and promotional opportunities. Entry fee; $55. Deadline: August 31, 2016. Info: http://chantireviews.com/services/#!/Romance-&-Womens-Fiction-Writing-Con tests/p/21521080/category=5193080
Writer's Digest 4th Annual Self-Published e-Book Awards – Categories: Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction (includes all sub-genres such as Romance, Horror, Science Fiction, Humor, etc.), Nonfiction (General, Cookbooks, Reference, Guidebooks, Textbooks), Inspirational (Spiritual, New Age), Life Stories (Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs), Children's Picture Books, Middle-Grade/Young Adult, Poetry. Awards: One Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000 in cash plus promotional opportunities and more. One First Prize winner in each category will receive $1,000 in cash plus promotion, books and more. Honorable Mention Winners will receive $50 worth of Writer's Digest Books and promotion. All entrants will receive a brief commentary from one of the judges. Entry fee: First entry $110, each additional entry $85. Deadline: September 1, 2016. Info: www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/self-published-ebook-aw ards or http://goo.gl/0H26sH
Curbside Splendor's second annual Wild Onion Novella contest. For novellas between 20,000 and 40,000 words that exemplify the best of Curbside's style — gritty, experimental, speculative, weird, humorous, or any compelling combination of the above. Award: Publication in May 2017 as a limited and numbered print run, as well as an e-book, plus $250 and 10 copies of the publication.Entry fee: $10. Deadline: September 1, 2016. Info: https://curbsidesplendorpublishing.submittable.com/submit/58135
Writer's Digest 12th Annual Popular Fiction Awards for short stories to 4,000 words. Genres: Science Fiction/Fantasy, Thriller/Suspense, Young Adult, Romance, Mystery/Crime, Horror. Awards: Grand Prize $2500, Category First Prize $500. Entry fee: $20 Early Bird; $25 Regular. Deadlines: September 15, 2016 Early Bird; October 14, 2016 Regular. Info: www.writersdigest.com/popularfictionawards
Bartleby Snopes 8th Annual Dialogue Only Writing Contest – Compose a short story entirely of dialogue; under 2000 words. Awards: Minimum $500 awarded, with at least $300 going to grand prize winner; plus publication for five finalists. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: September 15, 2016. Info: www.bartlebysnopes.com/contests.htm
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, 2016. Info: www.ourpastloves.com/contest
The Fabula Press Aestas Short Story Contest 2016. No specific theme or genre; we are open to literary fiction, suspense, horror, stories with a historical or mythological bent, so long as the story fits the theme. However, this contest is not for science fiction, fantasy or chick-lit. Length: 1500 to 7000 words. Awards: $250 and 2 copies of the anthology, $150 and 2 copies of the anthology, $100. Plus, all longlisted entries (top 10-15) get published in the anthology, with non-prize winners receiving $50 for publication rights. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: September 30, 2016. Info: www.fabulapress.com/the-contest/
Clue Awards - Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring suspense, thrilling adventure, detective work, private eye, police procedural, and crime solving. Categories: Detective/Crime, Suspense/Thriller, Private Eye/Noir, Legal/Medical/Police Procedural, Spy/Espionage. Length 40,000 words minimum. Books may be published, unpublished - indie or traditional. Awards: Chanticleer Book Review Package, category and genre cash prizes; $28,980 in reviews, prizes and promotional opportunities. Entry fee; $55. Deadline: September 30, 2016. Info: http://bit.ly/28YfvDM
Little Peeps Awards - Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring stories of all shapes and sizes written to an audience between the ages of about eight to twelve. Categories: Story Books, Chapter Books, Picture Books, Activity Books & Educational Books. Length 40,000 words minimum. Books may be published, unpublished - indie or traditional. Awards: Chanticleer Book Review Package, category and genre cash prizes; $28,980 in reviews, prizes and promotional opportunities. Entry fee; $55. Deadline: September 30, 2016. Info: https://chantireviews.com/services#!/Little-Peeps-Fiction-Writing-Contests-Ch anticleer-Book-Reviews/p/58078150/category=5193080
Ozama Awards - Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring magic, the supernatural, imaginary worlds, fantastical creatures, legendary beasts, mythical beings, or inventions of fancy that author imaginations dream up without a basis in science as we know it: Epic Fantasy, High Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery, Dragons, Unicorns, Steampunk, Dieselpunk, Gaslight Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, or other out of this world fiction. Categories: Magic, Heroes & Villains; Coming of Age; Steampunk/Dieselpunk/Gaslight Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Modern/Urban Fantasy; Fairy Tale, Fable,Myth & Legend. Length 40,000 words minimum. Books may be published, unpublished - indie or traditional. Awards: Chanticleer Book Review Package, category and genre cash prizes; $28,980 in reviews, prizes and promotional opportunities. Entry fee; $55. Deadline: September 30, 2016. Info: https://chantireviews.com/services#!/Fantasy-Writing-Contests-Sword-&-Sorc ery-Fiction-Chanticleer-Book-Reviews/p/57162380/category=5193080
11th Annual Writer's Digest Poetry Awards - 32 lines or fewer. Awards: $1000, $250, $100, $25, plus other prizes. Entry fee: Early-Bird: $15 first poem, $10 each additional. Regular: $20 first poem, $15 each additional. Deadlines: Early-Bird: October 3, 2016. Regular: November 1, 2016. Info: www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/poetry-awards
Saints and Sinners Festival Short Fiction Contest for original, unpublished short stories between 4,000 and 7,000 words with LGBT content on the broad theme of "Saints and Sinners." Awards: Grand prize of $500 and two second place prizes of $100. In addition, the top stories will be published in an anthology from Bold Strokes Books. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: October 3, 2016. Info: http://sasfest.org/#contest
Paranormal Awards - Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring magic, the supernatural, weird other worldly stories, super humans, magical beings and supernatural entities, vampires, werewolves, angels, demons, Fairy, Magical systems and elements. Categories: Adventure/Mystery/Thriller, Paranormal Romance, Magical Beings & Creatures, Strange and Unexplained, Supernatural Powers. Awards: Chanticleer Book Review Package, category and genre cash prizes; $28,980 in reviews, prizes and promotional opportunities. Entry fee; $55. Deadline: October 31, 2016. Info: http://chantireviews.com/services/#%21/Paranormal-Writing-Competition/p/2 5917402/category=5193080
Tethered by Letters' Fall 2016 Literary Contests - Short story contest (1,000 to 7,500 words, open genre), flash fiction contest (limit of 750 words), and poetry contest (max of three pages per poem). International submissions welcome. Awards: $1000 for Short Story, $300 for Flash Fiction, $300 for Poetry. 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. Entry fees: $15 per Short Story; $8 per Flash Fiction OR $12 for three Flash Fictions; $8 per poem OR $12 for three poems. Deadline: November 1, 2016 Info: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest/
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival One-Act Play Contest. Submit unpublished, never publicly performed one-act plays up to one hour in length. Awards: Grand Prize: $1,500, staged reading at the next Festival, VIP All-Access Festival pass ($500 value), publication in Bayou Magazine. Top nine finalists will receive a panel pass ($75 value) to the Festival. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: November 1, 2016. Info: www.tennesseewilliams.net/2015-16-one-act-play-contest
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Poetry Contest for 2-4 original, unpublished poems of any style or theme, written in English, with a combined length of up to 400 lines. Open only to writers who have not yet published a book of poetry with an ISBN number. Awards: Grand Prize: $1,000, VIP All-Access Festival pass ($500 value), publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine, reading at the next Festival. Top nine finalists will receive a panel pass ($75 value) to the Festival. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: November 15, 2016. Info: www.tennesseewilliams.net/2015-16-poetry-contest
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Fiction Contest for original short story up to 7,000 words. Open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction with an ISBN number. Awards: Grand Prize: $1,500, domestic airfare (up to $500) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the Festival in New Orleans, VIP All-Access Festival pass ($500 value), publication in Louisiana Literature. Top nine finalists will receive a panel pass ($75 value) to the Festival. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: November 30, 2016. Info: www.tennesseewilliams.net/2015-16-fiction-contest
Atlantis Short Story Competition 2016 – 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, 2016. Info: http://atlantis-shortstorycontest.com/
The Signo Novella Prize for an unpublished novella in English, 15,000-40,000 words. Awards: A first prize of £350, runner-up prize of £100, plus publication in print & e-book for winner with editiorial support, cover design, and royalties as per our standard contract. Entry fee: £5. Deadline: November 30, 2016 @ 23:59 hrs GMT. Info: www.artificium.co.uk/#!competition---the-signo-novella-prize/huq88
Themed Anthology: Submit your short stories and poetry for our next anthology, theme: TIME. Theme to be interpreted as the author sees fit. No genre restrictions. Please write for an adult audience - no children's/YA works. To be published in print and/or ebook formats.
Unpublished and previously-published works accepted (first anthology/anthology rights required). No submission fee. Deadline: November 30, 2016. Info and submissions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Somerset Awards - Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring contemporary stories, literary themes, adventure, satire, humor, magic realism or women and family themes. Categories: Contemporary Theme, Adventure/Suspense, Literary, Women's Fiction, Satire, Magic Realism. Awards: Chanticleer Book Review Package, category and genre cash prizes; $28,980 in reviews, prizes and promotional opportunities. Entry fee; $55. Deadline: November 30, 2016. Info: http://chantireviews.com/services/#!/Contemporary-&-Mainstream-Novel-Writi ng-Contest/p/21521214/category=5193080
34th Annual Writers-Editors Network International Writing Competition - Fiction, Nonfiction, Children's Literature and Poetry categories. Must be unpublished or self-published. Awards: $150 + WEN membership, $100, $75 plus certificates. Entry fees: $5, $10 or $20 depending on category and membership status. Deadline: March 15, 2017. Click for Guidelines and Entry Form
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