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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 extended to: September 30, 2017. Info: www.dreamquestone.com
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
A Hotel Room of One's Own: The Erma Bombeck | Anna Lefler Humorist-in-Residence Program, open to all humor writers regardless of gender or comedic point of view. Writers working on novels, narrative nonfiction, plays, essays, sitcom scripts and other humor writing are encouraged to apply, with special consideration given to emerging writers. Award: Complimentary registration to attend the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop, the only national workshop dedicated to humor writing, at the University of Dayton (April 5-7, 2018). After the conference, you will remain at the University of Dayton Marriott to work on your personal comedy project for another two weeks. The program will pay your basic expenses (travel, meals, lodging) and provide a rental car, as well as some "walking-around money" (or, as Julius Caesar called it, a "per diem"). Lastly, you'll be featured on the workshop website where you'll share your Humorist-in-Residence experiences in a personal essay. Application fee: $25. Deadline: midnight (EST) October 6, 2017. Info: www.humorist-in-residence.com and www.humorwriters.org.
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/
WOW! Women On Writing Quarterly Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest - Your story must be true, but the way you tell it is your chance to get creative. We are open to all styles of essay -- from personal essay to lyric essay to hybrid essay and beyond! You may write on any topic you'd like as long as it's in English, nonfiction, and within the word count: 200 - 1,000 words. Reprints are okay. Awards: $500, $300, $200; 7 Runners Up: $25 Amazon Gift Certificate, 10 Honorable Mentions. Entry fee: $12; critique available for an additional $13. Deadline: October 31, 2017. Info: www.wow-womenonwriting.com/downloads/contests/WOWCreativeNonfiction EssayContestTermsFAQs.pdf and www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php#EssayContest
2017 CA (Cosmonauts Avenue) Fiction Prize. Whether it's the dystopic near future, an epistolary love story, autofiction, coming of age, a tale of two puppies, a story of war on another planet or one about being human in 2017, we want work that elevates and amplifies underrepresented voices, work that is warm, thoughtful, dark, light, devastating, funny, & necessary. Award: $500, and publication in Cosmonauts Avenue. Entry fee: $12. Deadline: October 31, 2017. Info: http://cosmonautsavenue.com/prizes/
International Call For Writers by ArtAscent – Theme: "Paradise." What is paradise to you? To many, it's an idyllic state, a place of extreme beauty or happiness, an overwhelmingly lovely place visited on a holiday, a Utopia. It's different for everyone. How does paradise look to you? How does it feel? Have you created your own? Have you lost it? Seen it, just out of reach? Has your definition of Paradise changed over the years? Is it a place, a taste, a memory, a dream for the future? Share your Paradise story with words or imagery. (Submissions focusing on religious deities/systems are generally not the focus of ArtAscent. Spiritual/zen/love vibes are welcome.) 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 40 applicants will be showcased, along with website links, in an online exhibition on the ArtAscent website for at least two years. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: October 31, 2017. Info: https://ArtAscent.com/the-call-for-artists-and-writers/
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
The Stringybark Malicious Mysteries Short Story Award 2017 - Any tale with a mysterious element and perhaps a sting-in-the-tail is wanted for our latest intriguing short story competition. Stringybark invites you to write a short story of up to 1500 words that addresses the theme. International entries most welcome. Award: $1000+ in cash and books. Deadline: November 5, 2017. Info: www.stringybarkstories.net
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
WOW! Women On Writing Quarterly Flash Fiction Contest - Open to all themes and genres, as long as it's fiction; 250 - 750 words. Reprints are okay. Awards: 20 Winners Total: $400 and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; $300 and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; $200 and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; 7 Runners Up: $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; 10 Honorable Mentions. Entry fee: $10; critique available for an additional $10. Deadline: November 30, 2017. Info: www.wow-womenonwriting.com/downloads/contests/WOWContestTermsFAQ sFall2017.pdf and www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php
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
The Booksie 2017-2018 Short Story Contest. Any topic. We're looking for the most interesting, original stories that will make us laugh, cry and see the world in a slightly different way. Awards: One grand prize winner will receive $600 and exposure on the Booksie.com website, which receives millions of readers per month. Two runners-up will receive $150 and exposure on the website. Entry fee: $5.95. Deadline: February 28, 2018. info: www.booksie.com/contest/Booksie+2017-2018+Short+Story+Contest-11
The Booksie 2017-2018 Young Writer Short Story Contest for students between the ages of 13-18. Any topic. We're looking for the most interesting, original stories that will make us laugh, cry and see the world in a slightly different way. Awards: One grand prize winner will receive $300 and exposure on the Booksie.com website, which receives millions of readers per month. Two runners-up will receive $75 and exposure on the website. No entry fee. Deadline: February 28, 2018. Info: www.booksie.com/contest/Booksie+2017-2018+Young+Writer+Short+Story+ Contest-12
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
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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.
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