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WOW! Women On Writing Spring 2019 Flash Fiction Contest. Guest Judge: Literary Agent Savannah Brooks of the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. Seeking short fiction of any genre between 250 - 750 words. Limit: 300 entries. Awards: $400, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate;$300, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; $200, publication, interview and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; 7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication and interview; 10 Honorable mentions receive $20 Amazon Gift Card. Top 10 stories are published in the WOW! Women On Writing e-zine, and contestants are interviewed on WOW's blog, The Muffin. Entry fee: $10; critique option for an additional $10. Deadline: May 31, 2019. Info: www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php

"Best in Show," The Writer's 2019 spring short story contest. Show us something new this spring. Submit your very best fictional short story in 2,000 words or less. Any theme, subject, or genre is fair game, as long as it falls under 2,000 words. Awards: $1,000 and publication in our magazine; $500 and publication on our website; $250 and publication on writermag.com as well. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: May 31, 2019. Info: https://writermag.submittable.com/submit/137582/best-in-show-2019-spring- short-story-contest or www.writermag.com/contests/

Writer's Digest 27th Annual Self-Published Book Awards. Categories: Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Nonfiction/Reference, Inspirational, Life Stories (Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs), Early Readers/Children's Picture books, Middle-Grade/Young Adult, Poetry. Awards: $8,000 grand prize, $1,000 category winners, national exposure for your work, a paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference, and more. Entry fee: $125 for first entry, and $95 for each additional entry. Deadline: Extended to May 31, 2019. Info: www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/self-published-book-awar ds

88th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition 9 categories. Awards: $5,000, $1,000, $500, $250, $100 plus more. Entry fees:  Poems $25; other entries $35. Deadline: June 3, 2019. Info: www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/annual-writing-competitio n

Quebec Writers' Federation (QWF) 2019 Literary Prize For Young Writers who are residents of Quebec and between 16 and 24 years old, inclusively, as of the contest deadline. The prize will recognize the best short story, poem, or work of creative nonfiction written in English and published in an official literary publication in 2018. Awards: Grand prize: $1000 and, when rights allow, republication in carte blanche magazine. Second prize: $350. Third prize: $150. All three prize winners will receive a free one-year membership in the Quebec Writers' Federation. Entry fee: None. Deadline: June 14, 2019. Info: www.qwf.org/youthlitprize.html

The Stringybark Times Past Short Story Award 2019 - Stringybark Publishing invites Australian and international writers to try their hand at writing a historical fiction story. We would like you to take a particular historical incident and weave a story around it. The story could relate to some real event that was of international significance (the outbreak of the Korean War, for example) or of local historical interest (the election of the first woman councillor to Warabigga Shire Council in 1927). We don't mind. All we require is for there to be a kernel of truth in what you write about and that the story has a link, no matter how tenuous, to Australia. Length: 1500 words maximum plus 100-word explanation of the historical "facts." Awards: Over $1000 in cash and books as well as publication of the winning and highly commended stories. Entry fees: A$14 for one story, A$26 for two stories, A$36 for three stories (max). Deadline: June 16, 2019. Info: http://bit.ly/2Fpb2JR

ArtAscent International Call for Entries -- Theme: "White" - White cats, white milk, white snow. Reflecting most wavelengths of visible light, white provides contrast to other colors that make up our visual space. Around the world, white carries many meanings, including cleanliness, innocence, emptiness, mourning and sterility. White colors many idioms: raise a white flag, tell a little white lie, as white as a ghost. Reveal your visions of white. Entries may include 2- and 3-dimensional media, such as paintings, drawings, photography, photos of performance art, fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Submissions must be the original work of the applicant(s). Awards: Publication in a brilliant art magazine and online 2-year exhibition. Four top applicants will receive a feature section with a profile written about them. Up to 40 applicants will be selected for the full exhibition, all to be showcased in the magazine and the juried online exhibition. Entry fee: $15 for one poem or story. See guidelines for other categories. Deadline: June 30, 2019. Info: https://ArtAscent.com/themed-call-application-information/

Vallum Award for Poetry 2019 for original and previously unpublished poetry. Submit 1 to 3 poems  on any theme or subject. Awards: $750, $250. Both 1st and 2nd prize-winning poems will be published in Vallum Magazine and on Vallum's website. Honorable Mentions may be selected and published but are not eligible for cash prizes. Entry fee: $25 CDN for Canadian residents, $25 USD for US and international entrants. Entry fee includes a free one-year subscription to Vallum.(International entrants will receive a one-year digital subscription only.) Deadline: July 15, 2019. Info: www.vallummag.com/contestrules.html

The University of New Orleans Press fifth annual UNO Publishing Lab Prize for a full-length fiction manuscripts, either novel or short story collection. The work does not have to be regionally focused. There is no word limit. There is no limit on subjects covered. Award: The selected author will receive a $10,000 advance on royalties and a contract to publish their winning manuscript with UNO Press. Entry fee: $28. Deadline: August 31, 2019. Info: www.unopress.org/lab.aspx

 

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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