The list is in order by deadline dates and will be updated and more events added as information becomes available. If you have an event you would like to see added please let us know. Think you can write a winning story in 1, words or less?
And, lo and behold, the people behind the contest quickly wrote back to tell me my poem had been selected as a winner! I was speechless with honor. Of the thousands of poets who must have submitted to the contest — no doubt many of them adults much wiser and more skilled than me — my poem had been chosen to be featured in an exclusive, hardcover anthology!
And honored on a something-karat-gold plaque! Sadly, not much has changed when it comes to companies trying to take advantage of writers who want a chance at recognition and maybe a little bit of money.
Here are 31 reputable, well-reviewed, free writing contests for poets, fiction writers, essayists and more. Fiction and nonfiction writing contests Ready to share your novel or personal essay with the world? Submissions must be short stories or novelettes up to 17, words in the genre of science fiction or fantasy, and new and amateur writers are welcome to apply.
Quarterly on January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1. If you live in the U. The judges look for winners who push the boundaries of traditional literary nonfiction.
Contest is every other year, with the last one running in The deadline was January 31st. You may submit an unpublished manuscript of short stories, two or more novellas or a combination of novellas and short stories.
Your total word count should be between and typed pages. Annual submissions must be postmarked between May 1 through June Tony Hillerman Prize Presented by St.
Francis College Literary Prize This biannual prize honors mid-career writers who have recently published their third, fourth or fifth work of fiction.
Francis College in Brooklyn, NY to deliver a talk on their work and teach a mini-workshop in fiction to St. Biannually; the deadline for work published between June and May has not yet been announced. Submit any novel or short story published or scheduled to be published in the calendar year.
Annually in the fall most recently in August or September. Deadline for submissions for awards was December 31, Deadline for awards TBA.Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards.
Writer’s Digest hosts the Popular Fiction Awards. This competition spotlights writing in many categories including Romance, Thriller, Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Young Adult. TWENTY YEARS OF LAUNCHING CAREERS. Literal Latté currently offers five — count ’em, FIVE — annual writing contests.
The deadline dates given below apply every year, so there’s always a contest just around the corner. feelthefish.com is news, information, and guides to literary magazines, independent publishers, creative writing programs, alternative periodicals, indie bookstores, writing contests.
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