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

Frontier Poetry Open for unpublished poems only. Poems may be any length, any style, or any subject. Award: $5,000. Ten finalists will receive $100 each and all winners will earn publication with Frontier Poetry. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: November 30, 2017. Info: https://frontier.submittable.com/submit/95567/the-frontier-open-one-poem-5 000-prize

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition for original, previously unpublished poems in English language, in any style, on any subject.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: November 30, 2017. Info: www.sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/poetry/index.htm

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

Mona Schreiber Prize for Humorous Fiction and Nonfiction to 750 words. Awards: $500, $250, $100. Entry fee: $5. Deadline: December 1, 2017. Info: www.bradschreiber.com/mona.htm (If the page headline says 2016, it simply hasn't been changed since last year.)

40th Annual ASBPE Awards (Azbees) for the best in business-to-business journalism; several magazine article, newsletter and website categories, must have been published during 2017. Regional and national winners. Awards: Gold, Silver, Bronze. Entry fees: $130$180. Deadlines: Early Bird: December 8, 2017. Final: January 5, 2018. Info: www.asbpe.org/azbee-awards/ and https://azbeeawards.secure-platform.com/a/page/about/categories

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: $30. Deadline: December 15, 2017. Info: www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/short-short-story-competi tion

ScreenCraft's 3rd annual Cinematic Short Story Contest for short fiction (not scripts) with special cinematic potential. Awards: Grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and personal introductions to literary agents, managers, film and TV producers and publishers. Second place: $300 plus one-on-one consultation with a ScreenCraft mentor. Top 5 finalists will be read by ScreenCraft's network of over 40 literary and entertainment industry professionals. All rights and ownership to stories submitted remain with the author, until and unless other agreements are made. Entry fee: $59. Deadline: December 16, 2017. Info: https://screencraft.org/shortstory/

Atlantis Short Story Competition 2017 - No theme or genre restrictions. Unpublished stories only, simultaneously submitted work OK, 300 to 2,500 words. Published writers who have earned more than $5,000 through their literary work(s) are not allowed to enter the contest. (In special cases contact us. Exceptions possible.) Awards: Cash awards plus feedback; Top 40: Name and story's title posted on website. Entry fees: $10, $15, $25 (Early Bird $9, $13.50, $22.50) depending on level of feedback wanted when story does not place. Deadlines: Early Bird Deadline: December 18, 2017. Regular Deadline: February 25, 2018. Info: http://atlantis-shortstorycontest.com/

International Call For Writers by ArtAscent Theme: "Portraits" Portraits of people and animals tell such great stories. They evoke emotion. They suggest deeper meaning. They tell us about someone else, and maybe even ourselves. Sometimes they're just beautiful. Or shocking. Or surprising. Share your portraits with words or imagery. 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 Art-Ascent Art & Literature Journal complete with a profile review. Up to seven writers in total will be published in Art-Ascent 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, Twitter and Pinterest feeds. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: December 31, 2017. Info: https://artascent.com/the-call-for-artists-and-writers/

Your Writing Life essay contest - to 2,000 words about any aspect of the writing life. Award: $1,000 and publication in The Writer. Every essay received will be considered for paid publication. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: January 1, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST. Info: https://writermag.submittable.com/submit/98922/your-writing-life

Eighth Annual Gemini Magazine Poetry Open. Awards: $1,000, $100 plus publication in March 2018 issue of Gemini. Entry fee: $7 for up to three poems. Deadline: January 2, 2018. Info: www.gemini-magazine.com/poetryopen.html

Society of Midland Authors Annual Literary Awards for print books published in 2017. 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 6, 2018 Info: www.midlandauthors.com/contestrules.html

The Disquiet Literary Prize for writing in any genre: fiction (short story or novel excerpt, maximum 25 double-spaced pages per entry), nonfiction (maximum 25 double-spaced pages per entry), poetry (no more than six poems per entry, up to 10 pages total). Awards: The top winners in each genre will be published: * the fiction winner on Granta.com, * the nonfiction winner in Ninthletter.com, * the poetry winner in The Common. The grand prize winner will receive a full scholarship including tuition, lodging, and a $1,000 travel stipend to Lisbon in 2018. Runners-up and other outstanding entrants will receive financial aid. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: January 31, 2018. Info: http://disquietinternational.org/the-program/contests-scholarships/the-disqui et-prize/

30th Annual Apex Awards for Publication Excellence. 100 categories under 12 headings: newsletters; magazines, journals and tabloids; annual reports; print media; electronic media; social media; apps; websites; campaigns, programs and plans; writing; design and illustration; and one-of-a-kind publications. Entry fee: $179. (Note: Because of the prestige awards like this hold, the publication or client may enter your work if you talk to them about it.) Deadline: February 1, 2018. Info: www.apexawards.com

The ANCIENT & MODERN International Research Prize, 2018. Awards of 1,000 and 500 for research projects to be awarded to candidates less than twenty-seven or over sixty years old. No application fee posted. Deadline: February 28, 2018. Info: www.ancientandmodern.co.uk

Summer Literary Seminars 2018 Fiction & Poetry Contest - Submit up to three poems of 10 pages or a story or novel excerpt of up to 25 pages (double spaced). Must be unpublished (unless it has been published on a personal website or social networks). Awards: First-place winners in poetry and fiction will have the choice of attending, with all expenses paid, one of our innovative 2018 programs in Georgia or in Kenya, and will have their work published in Fence magazine. Each prize includes airfare, tuition, and housing. Second-place winners in each category will receive a full tuition waiver for the program of their choice; third-place winners will receive a 75 percent tuition discount. A number of fellowships additionally will be offered to contest participants based on the quality of their submissions. Entry fee: $17. Deadline: February 28, 2017. Info: http://sumlitsem.org/contests/

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

International Rubery Book Award for Book of the Year for self-published and independently published books. We accept fiction (all genres), young adult, children's, biographies, nonfiction, self-help, cookery, poetry, photography, etc. Awards: Book of the Year 1500 (approx. $2000 US; 1800 €). The winning book will be read by a top London literary agent. A minimum of three category winners each win 150 (approx $200 US). Entry fee: 36 or $60 US. Deadline: March 31, 2018. Info: www.ruberybookaward.com

2018 Bristol Short Story Prize Stories can be on any theme or subject, to 4,000 words. Awards: 1000, 700, 400; 17 further prizes of 100 for shortlisted stories. All 20 short-listed writers will have their stories published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 11. Entry fee is 8 per story. Deadline: May 1, 2018. Info: www.bristolprize.co.uk

 

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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