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Atlantis Short Story Competition 2016 – 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 extended to: December 11, 2016. Info: http://atlantis-shortstorycontest.com/

The Dialogue between Science and Religion - Science and religion have long been portrayed as two forces in opposition to one another, but are these forces hopelessly and inevitably opposed, or is there room the mend differences? As part of a larger effort to facilitate dialogue between these two ways of knowing the world, Creative Nonfiction and Issues in Science and Technology are seeking original narratives (essays) illustrating and exploring the relationships, tensions, and harmonies between science and religion—the ways these two forces productively challenge each other as well as the ways in which they can work together and strengthen one another. Awards: $10,000, $5,000 runner-up prize, up to five $500 honorable mentions. The two winning essays will be published in the fall 2017 issues of both magazines; honorable mentions will also be considered for publication in one or both magazines and/or online. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: December 12, 2016. Info: www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/dialogue-between-science-religion

"Romance Me" Novel Writing Contest. Targeting adult or young adult/adult corssover audience. Must be narrative driven by a central love story with an optimistic, satisfying conclusion. Minimum of 40,000 words (although submissions can be a 30-page sample of the full manuscript). Awards: $200, $100, $50; submission to partner publishers and agents; query consultation. Entry fee: Free; must create an AUTHORS.me account (which is also free). Deadline: December 15, 2016. Info: www.authors.me/romance-contest/

17th 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. Deadline: December 15, 2016. Info: www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/short-short-story-competi tion

39th Annual ASBPE Awards (Azbees) for the best in business-to-business journalism; several magazine article, newsletter and website categories, must have been published during 2016. Regional and national winners. Awards: Gold, Silver, Bronze. Entry fees: $130-$180. Deadlines: Early Bird: December 16, 2016. Final: January 6, 2017. Info: www.asbpe.org and https://azbeeawards.secure-platform.com/a/page/about/categories

International Literary Contest "Nature 2016" for  poetry that might be for song lyrics. and short stories. Awards: Publication in e-book anthology. First place winner also receives free publishing of an e-book. No entry fee; each person may submit one or two poems and one story (maximum 3000 words). Deadline: December 31, 2016. Info: http://talesforlove.blogs.sapo.pt/tag/contest

International Call For Writers by ArtAscent - Theme: "Portraits" – the likeness, personality and mood of a living thing, captured in image and word. Share your interpretation of Portraits. 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, Twitter and Pinterest feeds. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: December 31, 2016. Info: http://artascent.com/the-call-for-artists-and-writers/

Gemini Magazine Seventh 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 2017 issue of Gemini . Entry fee: $5 for each batch of three poems. Deadline: January 3, 2017. Info: http://gemini-magazine.com/poetryopen.html

Society of Midland Authors Annual Literary Awards for books published in 2016. 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 7, 2017. Info: www.midlandauthors.com/contest_rules.html

Adaptation: Creative Nonfiction special issue - We're looking for original essays illuminating the ways in which the need to keep up with a rapidly-changing world drives the work of scientists, designers, thinkers, innovators, farmers, soldiers, medical professionals, teachers, and others and affects the lives of prisoners, patients, refugees, students, travelers, and other citizens. Awards: $3,500 first-place prize. All entries considered for Summer 2017 Creative Nonfiction magazine issue. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: January 9, 2017. Info: www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/adaptation

The Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize for the best original and unpublished essay in the English language, of between 2,000 and 8,000 words, on any subject. Awards: £20,000. Five runners-up will each receive £1000. Entry fee: £20. Deadline: January 9, 2017. Info: www.nottinghilleditions.com/essay-prize

2017 Disquiet Literary Prize – Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction. Awards: Full fellowship (airfare, tuition, and housing included) to the 2017 Disquiet International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: January 31, 2017. Info: http://disquietinternational.org/the-program/contests-scholarships/the-disqui et-prize/

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Previously published work accepted. Poems must be 30 lines or fewer on any subject. All stories may be on any subject or theme. For example, any fiction, nonfiction, creative nonfiction stories, essays, short screenplays, diary, blog and journal entries are accepted; 5 pages maximum length on any theme. Awards: Poetry Contest: $250, $125, $50; Story Writing Contest: $500, $250, $100. Entry fees: $5 per poem, $10 per story. Postmark and electronic deadline: January 31, 2017. Info: www.dreamquestone.com/rules.html

Summer Literary Seminars' 2017 Fiction & Poetry Contest for short story or novel excerpt, or up to 3 poems per entry. Awards: Publication plus expense-paid packages to attend programs in Tbilisi, Georgia, land of mythical Jason and the Golden Fleece, or in Kenya. Entry fee: $17. Deadline: February 28, 2017. Info: http://sumlitsem.org/contests/

34th 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, 2017. Click for Guidelines and Entry Form

Dangerous Creations: Real life Frankenstein stories - In conjunction with the ASU Frankenstein Bicentennial Project, Creative Nonfiction magazine is daring writers (as Mary Shelley was dared in Geneva) to write original and groundbreaking nonfiction stories in the spirit of Frankenstein. We're looking for true stories that explore humans' efforts to control and redirect nature, the evolving relationships between humanity and science/technology, and contemporary interpretations of monstrosity. Awards: $10,000, two $2,500 prizes plus publication. All essays will be considered for publication in the winter 2018 issue of Creative Nonfiction Magazine issue. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: March 20, 2017. Info: www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/dangerous-creations-real-life-franke nstein-stories

International Rubery Book Award for Book of the Year for self-published and independently published books. Awards: Book of the Year £1500 (approx $2000 US; 1800€). The winning book will be read by a top London Literary Agent. Plus a minimum of the 3 category winners each winning £150 (approx $200, 180€). Entry fee: $60. Deadline: March 31, 2017. Info: www.ruberybookaward.com

Hourglass Literary Magazine's second international writing competition for Short Story (700–7000 words), Poem (to 3500 words) and Essay (to 9000 words). Awards: Over $5000 in total prizes. The Winning Entry in each category will receive $1000. The jury has the right to give a special prize - $500 for entry in each category. Sponsored by Literature and Latte - Scrivener Award - $250. Consolation awards sponsored by The Literary Encyclopaedia. Editorial staff and board members will take under consideration shortlisted works for publication in the second issue of the Hourglass Literary Magazine - selected works will be financially compensated.  Authors retain copyright. Entry fee: $15 per entry; 3 fiction or nonfiction entries $25; up to 3 poems or songs $15. Deadline: April 20, 2017. Info: http://hourglassonline.org/contest/

2017 Bristol Short Story Prize – Stories can be on any theme or subject, to 4,000 words. Awards: £1000, £700, £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 10 . Entry fee is £8 per story. Deadline: May 3, 2017. 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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