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InkTears Short Story Competition 2015 Stories may have been previously published or unpublished; 10003500 words, any theme. Awards: 1,000, 100, 25 x 4, plus all prizewinners get their story published to the InkTears Readers and their bios published on the InkTears website. Entry fee: 7.50. Deadline: November 30, 2015. Info: www.inktears.com/ssentry

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/

Mona Schreiber Prize for Humorous Fiction and Nonfiction. Works to 750 words. Awards: $500, $250, $100. Entry fee: $5. Deadline: December 1, 2015. Info: www.bradschreiber.com/mona.htm (Page headline may say 2014, but it simply hasn't been changed since last year.)

16th Annual Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition. Maximum length 1,500 words. Awards: $3,000, 1,500, $500, $100 plus other prizes. Entry fee: $25. Final deadline: December 14, 2015. Info: www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/short-short-story-competi tion

Amazon Little A Poetry Contest for poetry collections. Poets who have published no more than one full-length book of poetry can submit their manuscript for consideration. Individual poems from the manuscript may be published in journals, chapbooks or anthologies, but the manuscript as a whole must not have been published before (including self-published books). Must be legal US resident. Award: $5,000 in prize money, a $2,000 advance and a standard publishing contract with Little A, Amazon Publishing's literary imprint, for publication in 2017. No entry fee. Deadline: December 20, 2015. www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1003013981

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 extended: December 31, 2015. Info: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submissio

International Call For Writers by ArtAscent - Theme: "Portraits" the likeness, personality and mood of a living thing, captured in image and word. What portraits 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. Awards: The Gold writer will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal complete with a 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. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: December 31, 2015. Info: http://artascent.com/the-call-for-artists-and-writers/

Hourglass Literary Magazine first contest for Short Story (7007000 words), Essay(10009000 words), and Poem (maximum 3500 words). Awards: $1,000 in each category plus publication. Other prizes may be offered. Ten finalists will be published in the literary magazine. All published works will be financially compensated. Authors retain copyright. Entry fee: $8 per entry; 3 entries $15. Early Deadline: December 31, 2015. Info: http://hourglassonline.org/contest/

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

Society of Midland Authors Annual Literary Awards for books published in 2015. Categories: Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir, Children's Fiction, Children's Nonfiction, and Poetry. Author must reside in, have been 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. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: January 9, 2016. Info: www.midlandauthors.com/contest_rules.html

William Saroyan International Prize for Writing for fiction and nonfiction books published in 2014 and 2015. Awards: $5,000 each category. Entry fee: $50. Deadline: January 29, 2016. Info: http://library.stanford.edu/projects/william-saroyan-international-prize-writing

2016 Apex Awards for Publication Excellence. 100 categories under 11 headings: newsletters; magazines, journals and tabloids; annual reports; print media; electronic media; social media; websites; campaigns, programs and plans; writing; design and illustration; and one-of-a-kind publications. Entry fee: $149. Deadline: February 1, 2016. Info: www.apexawards.com

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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