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Trinity College London's International Playwriting Competition. Submit your one-act play for children or young people. Open to writers of any age, any level of experience and from any country. Awards: Range of prizes including a trip to London to see your play performed and cash prizes of up to £1,000. Entry fee: £10 or £20 for written feedback. Deadline: December 13, 2013. Info: www.trinitycollege.co.uk/playwriting
Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition. To 1500 words. Awards: 1st = $3,000 and a trip to the 2014 Writer's Digest Conference, plus national exposure for your story! Full prize list on info page. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: December 16, 2013. Info: www.writersdigest.com/competitions/short-short-story-competition
ArtAscent competition - Theme is "Home," which can be a building, a room, a space. Home should feel comfortable, a place where you belong. It might be a sanctuary of safety, a group of objects with memories that create a personal timeline, a country or community of people that share a familiarity, or anywhere your loved ones are. Perhaps simply having a warm bed with a cup of tea, or being able to be emotional honest without pretense is your home sweet home. Show us what home means to you. Entries may include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 1000 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. Writers retain copyrights. Awards: Artist profile feature in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal and $50 for the gold winner. At least 3 additional writers will win publication in ArtAscent Art and Literature Journal including links to your website, promotion on ArtAscent website writer directory, and exposure in social media. Entry fee: $7. Deadline: December 31, 2013. Info: www.artascent.com.
Broken Pencil Indie Writers Deathmatch Short Story Contest. Editors choose eight stories from the submissions, and those eight are voted on by site visitors. Each week, two of the eight stories will be pitted against each other in the online arena, where anyone and everyone can read them, vote and comment on which one deserves to reign supreme. Awards: Winner gets a consultation with literary agent, feedback sessions with a novelist and an independent publishing house, publication in Broken Pencil and $150 cash. Top 3 runners-up get $100 and publication in Broken Pencil Magazine. Entry fee: $25 CDN. Deadline: December 31, 2013. Info: www.brokenpencil.com/deathmatch-2014
International Ebook Awards; 8 categories. Awards: Digital award sticker, quote from award judges, book review, social media coverage, press release with distribution, and a one-year enrollment in The Ebook Academy. Entry fee: $47. Deadline: December 31, 2014. Info: www.TheEbookAcademy.com/Awards
Gemini Magazine Fourth 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 2014 issue of Gemini. Entry fee: $5 for each batch of three poems. Deadline: January 2, 2014. Info: http://gemini-magazine.com/poetryopen.html
The Word Hut 12th Short Story Writing Competition. Up to 1000 words on any theme or in any genre. Previously blogged stories may be entered. Entries to be sent by email only. Awards: £100, £50, £25. Winning story also published on website. Entry fee: £4 per entry via PayPal. Deadline: January 5, 2014. Info: www.thewordhut.com
2014 Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award (2000 words or fewer) on the theme of "Food Stories." Awards: $200 and consideration for print publication in the Bethlehem Writers Group, LLC's next anthology or as a featured story in Bethlehem Writers Roundtable; $100 + publication in the BWG Writers Roundtable online literary magazine; $50 + publication in the BWG Writers Roundtable online literary magazine. Honorable Mentions may also be published in the BWG Writers Roundtable online literary magazine in a
month selected by the editors. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: January 15, 2014. Info: http://bwgwritersroundtable.com/
Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest Open to anyone who enjoys expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a short story that is worth telling everyone! Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject and/or Write a short story, 5 pages maximum length on any theme. Awards: Poetry Contest: $250, $125, $50; Writing Contest: $500, $250, $100. Entry fees: $5 per poem, $10 per story. Postmark deadline: January 16, 2014. Mail entries/payable to: Dream Quest One, PO Box 3141, Chicago, IL 60654. Info: www.dreamquestone.com
The Stringybark Short Story Award - open theme and limited only by your imagination. Our only proviso is that your story must have a link to Australia, no matter how tenuous. Maximum 1500 words. Awards: total value of over $810 worth of prizes in cash and books available. Deadline: January 19, 2014. Info: www.stringybarkstories.net
Tethered By Letters' Spring Literary Contest - 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' Winter Quarterly Journal and finalists will be considered for later publication (after working with one of our Senior Editors). International submissions are welcome. Awards: $250 for Short Story, $50 for Flash Fiction, $100 for Poetry. Entry fees: $10 for Short Story; $4 per Flash Fiction OR $10 for three Flash Fictions; $5 per poem OR $12 for three poems. Deadline: January 31, 2014. Info: http://tetheredbyletters.com/index.php/submissions/contet-submission or Elliot Hughes, EHughes@tetheredbyletters.com
The Fiction Desk Flash Fiction Competition 2014 - Stories should be between 250 & 1,000 words in length. Awards: first prize is £200; four finalist prizes of£25 each, with the winner and finalists published in an upcoming Fiction Desk anthology. Entry fees: £3 for one, or £7.50 for three stories submitted together. Deadline: January 31, 2014. Info: www.thefictiondesk.com/submissions/flash-fiction-competition.php
William Saroyan International Prize for Writing for works of fiction and nonfiction published between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2013. Awards: $5,000 each category. Entry fee: $50. Deadline: January 31, 2014. Info: http://library.stanford.edu/saroyan/
International Junior Authors Poetry Contest for ages 9 to 21. Entries from every country welcome. Poetry can be of any subject or form. Maximum length: 50 lines. Awards: Signed copy of 'Polly Wants to Be a Writer: the Junior Authors Guide to writing and Getting Published' by Laura Michelle Thomas and a certificate of achievement; $10 Amazon gift card; mention on laurathomascommunications.com. No entry fee. Deadline: January 31, 2014. Info: www.juniorauthorspoetrycontest.com
Society of Midland Authors Awards Competition for books published in 2013 by a recognized publishing house. Categories: Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir (adult), Children's Fiction, Children's Nonfiction, and Poetry. Author must reside in, be born in, or have strong ties to one of the 12 Midland states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Awards: $500 plus recognition plaques. No entry fee. Deadline: February 1, 2014. Info: www.midlandauthors.com/contest_rules.html
Top of the Mountain Book Award. First 25 pages of manuscript along with a 5-page synopsis/proposal. Two categories: Fiction and Creative Nonfiction. Open to unpublished and previously published authors, but the work submitted cannot be previously published. Awards: $1000 for top winner (each category). Entrants will received at least one critique/score sheet with comments from initial screening team. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: February 1, 2014. Info: http://bit.ly/1bTQiE0
The Society of Professional Journalists 2013 Sigma Delta Chi Awards, which recognize the best in professional journalism. Works must have been published or broadcast in 2013. Categories cover print, radio, television, newsletters, art/graphics, online and research. The contest is open to any U.S. media outlet. Awards: Prestige. Entry fees: $60, $85, $100, $120 depending on when submitted and SPJ membership status. Deadline: February 7, 2014. Info: http://spj.org/a-sdx.asp
The LBJ Presidential Library essay contest for 12th graders throughout Texas on the topic of "Civil Rights Today." Length: 800 words. Every student who enters must be sponsored by his or her teacher (Social Studies, History, or English). Awards: First place is $2,500 in cash and a trip to the Civil Rights Summit in Austin, Texas in April of 2014. The sponsoring teacher will also be awarded a cash prize of $1,000 and an all-expenses paid trip to Austin for one day of our Civil Rights Summit in April. The second place award is $1,000 in cash. Up to five finalists will receive a copy of The Vantage Point by Lyndon Johnson, and all entrants will receive a certificate of participation. Deadline: February 10, 2014. Info: www.lbjlibrary.org/education/civil-rights-today-essay-contest
2014 NEOWA Youth Outdoor Writing Contest. Junior Division (grades 6-8); Senior Division (grades 9-12). For students in New England. Maximum 500 words. Must be an outdoor-oriented topic of the student's choosing. Awards: Cash prizes and certificates. Deadline for submitting school winners: February 15, 2014. Info: Dr. Hal Lyon, Chairman, firstname.lastname@example.org
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: February 17, 2014. Info: www.apexawards.com
2014 SLS Literary Contest in affiliation with Fence Magazine. Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction. Awards: All-expense-paid trips to seminar in Lithuania or Kenya, publication, and more. Entry fee: $18. Deadline: February 28, 2014. Info: http://sumlitsem.org/contest.html
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
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/2013-writing-contest-overview/
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
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
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-warp-place-writing-contest/
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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 email@example.com.