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indystock Screenplay Competition for Features, TV Series, Shorts - numerous categories. Awards: Over $10,000.00 in cash and prizes for Winners and Finalists. Entry fees: $29 to $149. Deadline: March 29, 2015. Info: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/INDYSTOCKSCREENPLAYCOMPETITION

Sixth Annual Gemini Magazine Short Story Contest. No restrictions on genre or length. Awards: $1,000, $100, $25. Five finalists will be published online in June 2015 issue. Entry fee: $5 per story. Deadline: March 31, 2015. Info: www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html

Kobo has unveiled a new annual literary prize to celebrate the digital works by new Canadian authors. For traditionally published and self-published debut books published in 2014. Three categories: Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Mystery and Nonfiction. Awards: $10,000 CAD cash prize as well as promotional, marketing, and communications support. No entry fee. Deadline: March 31, 2015. Info: http://download.kobobooks.com/magento/emergingwriter/KoboEmergingWrit erPrize-OfficialRules-2015v2.pdf

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

Writer's Digest 23rd Annual Self-Published Book Awards. Categories:  Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Inspirational (Spiritual, New Age), Life Stories (Biographies, Au-tobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs), Children's/Picture books, Middle-Grade/Young Adult books, Reference Books (Directories, Encyclopedias, Guide Books), Poetry. Awards: $8,000 in cash, national exposure for your work, the attention of prospective editors and publishers, a paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference. Entry fee: early-bird entry fees are $99 for the first entry, and $75 for each additional entry. Early-Bird Deadline: April 1, 2015. Info: www.writersdigest.com/competitions/selfpublished

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

The Stringybark Travellers' Tales Award 2015 - Short story competition. The winning tale will be a travel-related story (either nonfiction or semi-fictional) of 1500 words or fewer that entertains the judges. International entries welcome. Awards: Over $800 in cash and book prizes. Entry fee: Aus$15.00 per story. Deadline: May 3, 2015. Info: www.stringybarkstories.net

The Word Hut 18th 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: May 3, 2015. Info: www.thewordhut.com

84th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition - 10 categories. Awards: $5,000, $1,000, $500, $250, $100 plus more. Entry fee: Poems $15, $10; other entries $25, $20. Early Bird Deadline: May 4, 2015. Info: www.writersdigest.com/competitions/writers-digest-annual-competition

Tethered by Letters' Spring 2015 Literary Contests - 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. Multiple entries accepted. International submissions welcome. Awards: $500 for Short Story, $150 for Flash Fiction, $150 for Poetry. 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.  Entry fees: $15 per Short Story; $7 per Flash Fiction OR $15 for three Flash Fictions; $7 per poem OR $15 for three poems. Deadline: May 31, 2015. Info: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission

The London Magazine Poetry Competition 2015. 40 lines on any theme or topic. This is a fantastic opportunity for writers across the world to get published in the most prestigious literary journal in the UK plus winning a cash prize. Awards: 200, 150, 100. The winning poem will be published in an upcoming issue of The London Magazine and the runner-ups will be published on our website. Entry fee: 5 per poem. Deadline: May 31, 2015 (applications open April 1,  2015). Info: http://thelondonmagazine.org/tlm-competition/tlm-poetry-competition-2015/

Boroughs Publishing Group Romance Writers' Contest. Celebrates all who are different - and those who might learn to love them. For unpublished manuscripts between 45,000 and 100,000 words. Sub-genres/categories: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Fantasy, Historical, LGBT, Multi-cultural, Paranormal, Regency, Romantic Suspense/Thriller, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult. AQward: Winner will be offered a contract to publish the winning submission. No entry fee. Deadline: Entries must be received via email before midnight in California, June 15, 2015. Info: http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/content/outside

Weta Nichols Writing Contest sponsored by Ozarks Romance Authors (ORA) - submit the first chapter (up to 2,500 words) of your unpublished novel plus 200 words of flap copy. Categories: Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal/Sci-Fi and Young Adult/Middle Grade. Entries are open genre and not required to contain romantic tones. Awards: Three prizes in each category: $75 and a 1-year ORA membership, $50, $25. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: July 15, 2015. Info: http://ozarks-romance-authors.com/annual-contest/2015-weta-nichols-writing -contest/

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest Open to anyone who enjoys expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that's worth telling everyone! Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject and/or Write a short story, 5 pages maximum length on any theme. Awards: Poetry Contest: $250, $125, $50; Writing Contest: $500, $250, $100. Entry fees: $5 per poem, $10 per story. Postmark deadline: July 31, 2015. Mail entries/payable to: "DREAMQUESTONE . COM," PO Box 3141, Chicago IL 60654. How to enter online, visit: www.dreamquestone.com

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2015. Two categories: Short Fiction (maximum length 2,000 words each) and Poetry (maximum length 40 lines each). Awards: 500, Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, One year subscription to Granta, Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage, Complimentary copy of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual. Entry fee: 15 plus VAT if in European Union. Deadline: August 31, 2015. Info: www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting

Past Loves Day Story Contest. Write your true story of a former sweetheart, in 700 words or less. Awards: $100, $75, $50. No entry fee. Authors retain all rights. Deadline: September 17, 2015. Info: www.ourpastloves.com/contest

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, 2016. Info: Click for Guidelines and Entry form


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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