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Cahaba River Literary Journal Essay Contest. Must be about April – it can be about your cat named April, your wife, sister or your secret love. Or it can be about the month. As long as April is in your title. It can be about something that may have happened in your past in the month of April. Length: 1000-3500 words. Award: $100 and a $25 Olive Garden Gift Card. All essays accepted will be published in a special magazine to be published in March in an effort to promote the debut of The Cahaba River Literary Journal in April. One lucky writer will get the prize. Twenty writers will be in the spotlight (along with winner) in this special magazine. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: February 1, 2015. Info: email@example.com - http://cahabariverliteraryjournal.com/contests/
2015 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. Awards: Plaques, certificates, prestige. Entry fee: $129. Deadline: February 2, 2015. Info: www.apexawards.com
Winter Wonderland Poetry Competition. For this brand new poetry competition, you simply need to craft a beautiful poem that captures the spirit of a winter landscape. Whether it's snow-capped mountains, misty rivers or frost-laden fields...we don't mind, just paint the scene with your words. You can use the photo for inspiration or, be inspired by a wintry landscape close to you. It's your choice. Awards: £150, £100, £75 plus publication. Entry fee: £3.00 or Free to Creative Competitor Premier1 Write, Learn and Publish members. Deadline: February 2, 2015. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or http://creativecompetitor.com/creative-writing-competitions/writing-competitio ns-2015/winter-wonderland-poetry-competition/
The Society of Professional Journalists 2014 Sigma Delta Chi Awards, which recognize the best in professional journalism. Works must have been published or broadcast in 2014. 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 6, 2015. Info: www.spj.org/a-sdx.asp
2015 SLS-Disquiet Literary Contest - Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction. Awards: Full fellowship (airfare, tuition, and housing included) to the 2015 Disquiet International Program in Lisbon, Portugal. Entry fee: $17. Deadline: February 10, 2015. Info: http://sumlitsem.org/contest.html
65 Little Words Writing Competition. You have just 65 words or less, including the title, to write a complete story. It's a tough one but you can do it and we look forward to receiving your submissions. You must use the photo published online. Awards: £260, £195 plus publication. Entry fee: £2.00 or FREE to Premier1 Write, Learn and Publish Members. Deadline: February 10, 2015. Info: email@example.com or http://creativecompetitor.com/65-little-words-creative-writing-competition/65-l ittle-words-writing-competition-february-2015/
2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for independently published books; 70+ categories. Awards: $1,500, $750, $500, $100 plus trophies and recognition. Entry fee: $75 for the first category; special rates for entering a book in multiple categories. Deadline: February 13, 2015. Info: www.indiebookawards.com/entryguidelines.php
Worldwide Essay Contest: Education In 50 Years. Write an essay on the topic, "Education in 50 Years: Futurist's Perspective." Length: 750-1500 words, format - word/pdf. Awards: $500, $200, 3rd place: 3D Printer Pen. No entry fee. Deadline: February 15, 2015. Info: https://bid4papers.com/blog/essay-contest/
Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition for original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style up to 50 lines long. This competition is open to all poets regardless of nationality, living anywhere in the world. Awards: £200, £75, £50, £20 x 3 (High Commendation). The winners and commended poems will receive first publication in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine. Entry fees: £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/ 4, £12/5, £16/7, and £22 for 10 poems. Deadline: February 28, 2015. Info: www.sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/poetry
Sentinel Literary Quarterly Short Story Competition for original, previously unpublished short stories in English language, on any subject, in any style up to 1500 words long. This competition is open to all writers regardless of nationality, living anywhere in the world. Awards: £200, £75, £50, £20 x 3 (High Commendation). The winners and commended stories will receive first publication in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine. Entry fees: £4 per story, £8 for 2, £10 for 3, £12 for 4. Deadline: February 28, 2015. Info: www.sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/short-stories
2015 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 extended: February 28, 2015. Info: http://bwgwritersroundtable.com/
International Call For Writers by ArtAscent - This call theme is "Magnificence" - A concept that is noble or sublime. A thing that is lavishly munificent or extravagant. An object that is of exceptional beauty, size or other feature. A place that is extraordinarily fine or superb. A person of greatness, making a splendid appearance or show. A feeling of grandness. What magnificence will you showcase? Entries may include fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. 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 written by our art writer. From three 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: February 28, 2015. Info: https://artascent.com/the-call-for-artists-and-writers/
Ruminate Magazine 2015 VanderMey Nonfiction contest. Maximum length 5500 words. Awards: Along with publication in our Summer 2015 issue, the winner and runner-up will be awarded $1500 and $200, respectively. Entry fee: $20, which includes a complimentary copy of the Summer 2015 issue of the magazine. Deadline: February 20, 2015. Info: www.ruminatemagazine.com/submit/contests/nonfiction/
Inkitt's "Darkest Place" Horror Contest - Opens February 2, 2015. Short work of fiction (maximum 10,000 words) based on the prompt, "You are in the darkest place in the world." Submissions to be posted on the Inkitt website. (Not available to general public.) Awards: $25 Amazon gift card, Inkitt custom mug, Inkitt custom notebook, custom cover design; $20 Amazon gift card, Inkitt custom mug, Inkitt custom notebook; Inkitt custom mug, Inkitt custom notebook. Entry Fee: Free. Deadline: February 28, 2015. Info: http://inkitt.com/darkestplace or www.inkitt.com
Wag's Review Annual WinterWriters Contest for fiction, poetry, and essays. Award: $1000 plus publication in the literary quarterly; $500; $100. All entries considered for publication. Entry fee: $22.09. Deadline: February 28, 2015. Info: www.wagsrevue.com/submit
Nivalis Short Story Contest 2015. Length: minimum 2,500 words, maximum 6,000 words. Theme: Nivalis, meaning winter. Awards: $150, $100, publication and 2 copies of the anthology; $100. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: February 28, 2015. Info: www.fabulapress.com/the-contest
The Park Bench Writing Competition. Using the photo for inspiration, you have just 1000 words (including the title) to write a complete story that captures the imagination of the reader. To be in with a chance of winning this writing competition, you must include the park bench in your story. Awards: £195, £150, £100, plus publication. Entry fee: £3.00 or Free to Creative Competitor Premier1 Write, Learn and Publish members. Deadline: February 28/, 2015. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or http://creativecompetitor.com/creative-writing-competitions/writing-competitio ns-2015/park-bench-writing-competition/
The Word Hut 17th Short Story Writing Competition. Short stories 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: £70, £35, £15. Winning story also published on our website. Entry fee: £4 per entry via PayPal. Deadline: March 1, 2015. Info: www.thewordhut.com
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, 2015. Info: Click for Guidelines and Entry form
2015 Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism. Stories that expose undiscovered or covered-up problems, explain detailed solutions in ways that can be put to use, and help readers understand the broader significance of the issues being covered, beyond the immediate details of the stories at hand. Journalism in any media is accepted that best illuminates an environmental issue or story in the United States west of the Mississippi River, Canada west of Ontario, including Nunavut, and all of Mexico. Entries are not limited to journalists from western news organizations. Award: $5,000. No entry fee. Deadline: March 15, 2015. Info: http://knightrisser.stanford.edu/eligibility_guidelines.html and http://knightrisser.stanford.edu/entry_form.html
SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition 2014/2015. Poets are required to submit 20 pages of poetry made up of any number of poems or length. Collections may be on any subject or style. Poets of all nationalities living in any part of the world are eligible to enter. Awards: £500, £250, £125. The three prize winners also receive traditional publishing contracts and 20 copies of their books each. Entry fee: £25 per collection (Maximum 3 collections). Deadline: March 31, 2015. Info: www.sentinelpoetry.org.uk/publications/competition/poetrybook.html
The Weather Issue essay contest - We're not just making idle chit-chat; the weather affects us all, and talking about the weather is a fundamental human experience. Now, as we confront our changing climate, it may be more important than ever. Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element and reach beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. We're looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice; all essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate. Awards: $1,000, $500. Entry fee: $20; $25 with magazine subscription. Deadline: April 13, 2015. Info: www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/weather
2015 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 8. Entry fee is £8 per story. Deadline: April 30, 2015. Info: www.bristolprize.co.uk
Fifth Annual Dan Poynter's 2015 Global Ebook Awards for e-books released to the public anytime in 2013, 2014 or 2015. Nearly 100 categories. Awards: Publicity programs, reviews and discounts on promotional services. Entry fee: $79 per title, per category. Deadline: April 30, 2015. Info: http://globalebookawards.com/
The Leapfrog 2015 Fiction Contest is open to submissions from January 15, 2015. Adult and children's (MG and YA) novels, novellas, and story collections. Awards: First prize: Publication contract with advance, plus finalist awards: $150 and manuscript critique. Entry fee: $30. Deadline: May 1, 2015. Info: www.leapfrogpress.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 email@example.com.