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League of Minnesota Poets 2017 Annual Poetry Contest - 21 different categories for poems with varying forms, subject matters, and prize money. Awards: A total of $2065 in prize money will be awarded. Entry fees:  Range from $1-$36 depending on the number of poems entering. Deadline: July 31, 2017. Info: www.mnpoets.org/contests and www.mnpoets.org/sites/default/files/2017%20Contest%20Flier%20Combined .pdf
 

Laramie Awards for Western/Pioneer/Civil War Fiction. Submit novels featuring cowboys, the wild west, pioneering, civil war, and early North American History. Categories: Western Romance, Adventure/Caper, Classic, Civil War/Prairie/Pioneer, Contemporary Western, Western Y/A. Awards: Category winners receive a blue ribbon, book stickers, digital badge, an editorial book review and marketing package, over $345 value. Grand Prize winner will receive $200, and be eligible for $1000 prize. Entry fee: $68. Deadline: July 31, 2017. Info: https://chantireviews.com/services#!/Western-Pioneer-&-Civil-War-Historical- Fiction-Novels-Pre-1900s/p/21521125/category=5193080

The University of New Orleans Press third annual UNO Press Publishing Lab Prize for full-length fiction manuscripts, either novels or short story collections. The work does not have to be regionally focused. There is no word limit. There is no limit on subjects covered. Award: $1,000 advance on royalties and a contract to publish with UNO Press. Entry fee: $18. Deadline: August 15, 2017. Info: www.unopress.org/lab.aspx

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest - Summer 2017 is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that is worth telling everyone. Guidelines: (1) Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, form or style. And/or (2) Write a short story, 5 pages maximum length, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme, fiction, nonfiction or creative nonfiction. Multiple entries are accepted. Awards: Writing First Prize:$500, Second: $250, Third: $100. Poetry First Prize: $250, Second: $125, Third: $50. Entry fees: $5 per poem; $10 per story. Postmark deadline: August 15, 2017. Info: www.dreamquestone.com

"Lost" International Call For Writers by ArtAscent Theme: What is it to be lost? To have lost? When something is taken away; something is wasted, destroyed, faded, hidden, missing. To feel disoriented and aimless; not knowing where to go, how to proceed, or where you came from. To wander, stray, disappear. How does it feel? What does it look like? What is its shape? Share your LOST story with words or imagery. May be fiction, poetry, short stories etc. to 900 words; previously published or unpublished. Awards: Winner will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal with a profile review. Up to nine writers will be published; showcased, along with website links, in an online exhibition on the ArtAscent website for at least two years. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: August 31, 2017. Info: https://ArtAscent.com/the-call-for-artists-and-writers/

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition for original, previously unpublished poems in the English language, in any style, on any subject. Maximum length: 50 lines. Awards: 200, 100, 50, 20 (High Commendation) and 10 x 3 (Commendation). All winning and commended poems receive first publication in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine. Copyright to poems remains with the authors. 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, 2017. Info: http://sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/poetry/index.htm

Ninth annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest; any subject, style or genre; maximum length 1,000 words. Entries must be unpublished, but stories displayed on personal blogs are eligible. Awards: $1,000, $100, four honorable mentions of $25 each. Entry fee: $5; $4 each additional entry. Deadline: August 31, 2017. Info: www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html

Chatelaine Awards for Romance & Women's Novels featuring romantic themes and adventures of the heart. Categories: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Adventure & Suspense, Historical Romance, Inspirational/Restorative Romance, Romantic Steamy/Sensual. Awards: Category winners receive a blue ribbon, book stickers, digital badge, an editorial book review and marketing package, over $345 value. Grand Prize winner will receive $200, and be eligible for $1000 prize. Entry fee: $68. Deadline: August 31, 2017. Info: http://chantireviews.com/services/#!/Romance-&-Womens-Fiction-Writing-Con tests/p/21521080/category=5193080

The Apparitionist - National Ghost Story Competition: Write the scariest ghost story you can think of. Story must be an original unpublished work by the author and include a ghost, spirit, paranormal activity, mysterious circumstance, or a folklore tale that could be perceived as a ghost story. Awards: $200, $100, $50; Heritage Award: $25 awarded to a resident of Polk County, NC. Top 3 winners will receive an award certificate and voucher for overnight accommodations at Halloween night reading in Tryon, NC. Entry fees: $5 until August 1; $10 late submission until September 1. Deadline: September 1, 2017. Info: https://tryonartsandcrafts.org/ghoststory/

2017 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, 2017. Info: www.ourpastloves.com/contest

SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition 2017 for full-length poetry collections in English language, in any style, on any subject. Awards: Three poetry collections will receive initial 2-year publishing contracts. Cash prizes of 300, 200, 100 (Third). Each prizewinner will also receive 20 copies of the published book. Entry fee: 25.00 per collection. Deadline: September 30, 2017. Info: www.spmpublications.com/competitions/2017.html

Clue Awards for Thriller/Suspense novels 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. Awards: Category winners receive a blue ribbon, book stickers, digital badge, an editorial book review and marketing package, over $345 value. Grand Prize winner will receive $200, and be eligible for $1000 prize. Entry fee: $68. Deadline: September 30, 2017. Info: http://chantireviews.com/services/#!/Mystery-Thriller-Suspense-Writing-Conte st/p/21521209/category=5193080

Little Peeps Awards for Children's Books featuring stories of all shapes and sizes written to an audience for ages under eight. Categories: Chapter Book, Story Book, Picture Book, Activity Book, Educational Book. Awards: Category winners receive a blue ribbon, book stickers, digital badge, an editorial book review and marketing package, over $345 value. Grand Prize winner will receive $200, and be eligible for $1000 prize. Entry fee: $68. Deadline: September 30, 2017. Info: https://chantireviews.com/services#!/Little-Peeps-Fiction-Writing-Contests-Ch anticleer-Book-Reviews/p/58078150/category=5193080

Annual Writer's Digest Poetry Awards 32 lines or fewer. Awards: $1000, $250, $100, plus other prizes. Entry fee: Early-Bird: $15 first poem, $10 each additional. Regular: $20 first poem, $15 each additional. Deadlines: Early-Bird: October 2, 2017. Regular: November 6, 2017. Info: www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/poetry-awards

Fabula Press' Aestas Short Story Competition 2017 - No restriction on genre or theme; in addition to literary fiction will accept historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and horror. However, for consistency of presentation we cannot accept children's stories, young adult or chick lit; likewise hardcore science fiction or fantasy is not something we are looking for, but are open to science / alternative history / fantasy based works if they have standalone literary merit. In case of doubt, it is best to query the editorial team. Minimum 1500 words, maximum 7000. Awards: $250, $150, $100. All longlisted entries (top 15-20) get published in an anthology, and non-prize winning published entries will be paid $50 each. Also, at the sponsors' discretion additional prizes may be declared for 'Editors' Pick' category (in the last edition of the contest three such prizes of $75 each were declared). Entry fee: $10. Deadline: October 14, 2017. Info: www.fabulapress.com/short-story-contest-2017/

Ozma Awards for Fantasy Fiction Novels 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. Categories: Magic, Heroes & Villains; Coming of Age, Steampunk/Dieselpunk/Gaslight Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Modern/Urban Fantasy; Fairy Tale, Fable, Myth & Legend. Awards: Category winners receive a blue ribbon, book stickers, digital badge, an editorial book review and marketing package, over $345 value. Grand Prize winner will receive $200, and be eligible for $1000 prize. Entry fee: $68. Deadline: October 31, 2017. Info: https://chantireviews.com/services#!/Fantasy-Writing-Contests-Sword-&-Sorc ery-Fiction-Chanticleer-Book-Reviews/p/57162380/category=5193080

Paranormal Awards for Paranormal Novels 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. Submissions are online, entries must be the full work as PDF or DOC file format. Awards: Category winners receive a blue ribbon, book stickers, digital badge, an editorial book review and marketing package, over $345 value. Grand Prize winner will receive $200, and be eligible for $1000 prize. Entry fee: $68. Deadline: October 31, 2017. Info: http://chantireviews.com/services/#!/Paranormal-Writing-Competition/p/2591 7402/category=5193080

Ruminate VanderMey Nonfiction Prize 5500 words max. Awards: $1500 and publication in Ruminate. Runner-up will receive $200 and publication. Entry fee: $20 (includes a free copy of Ruminate). Deadline: November 15, 2017. Info: www.ruminatemagazine.com/pages/nonfiction-prize

Somerset Awards for Literary/Contemporary/Mainstream Novels 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: Category winners receive a blue ribbon, book stickers, digital badge, an editorial book review and marketing package, over $345 value. Grand Prize winner will receive $200, and be eligible for $1000 prize. Entry fee: $68. Deadline: November 30, 2017. Info: http://chantireviews.com/services/#!/Contemporary-&-Mainstream-Novel-Writi ng-Contest/p/21521214/category=5193080

35th 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, 2018. Guidelines and Entry Form: http://danasuggests.info/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 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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