Writing Contests for May 2015

May2015WritingContestsWriter’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Deadline: May 1, 2015

Writer’s Digest hosts the 23rd Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors. Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer, or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter WD’s competition exclusively for self-published books. http://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/self-published-book-awards

The Healing Muse

Deadline: May 1, 2015

The Healing Muse, annual journal of literary and visual art published by SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities, is looking for artists and writers for our 2015 fall publication. We welcome fiction, poetry, narratives, essays, memoirs, drawings, photography, and graphic art, particularly but not exclusively focusing on themes of medicine and healing. Submission period: September 1, 2014 through May 1, 2015. Original and unpublished works only. Detailed guidelines can be found on our website: http://thehealingmuse.org.

Slipstream Seeks Poems Exploring the Theme of “Elements”

Deadline: May 1, 2015

Slipstream is currently reading for Issue #35, which will be published in 2015. We seek poetry that explores the theme “elements.” Creative interpretations are welcome. Submit up to five (5) poems in one document file only. We also are seeking artwork for the issue. Please do not submit again until you have received a response on the status of your current submission. We also accept mail submissions with a SASE: Slipstream, PO Box 2071, Niagara Falls NY 14301. Deadline for submissions for this issue is May 1, 2015. Submit only unpublished work. Please refer to our submission guidelines on our website www.slipstreampress.org.

Prairie Schooner General Submissions

Deadline: May 1, 2015

Prairie Schooner, aims to publish the best writing available, both from beginning and established writers. In print since 1926, our quarterly issues feature short stories, poems, imaginative essays of general interest, and reviews of current books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Read the full guidelines on our website: http://prairieschooner.unl.edu/?q=submit. Then send us your best.

The Conium Review Innovative Short Fiction Contest

Deadline: May 1, 2015

The Conium Review Innovative Short Fiction Contest is open for submissions. Winner receives $500, publication in the next print edition, five copies of the issue, and a copy of the judge’s latest book. This year’s judge is Amelia Gray, author of Gutshot, Threats, Museum of the Weird, and AM/PM. May 1st deadline. $15 entry fee includes free digital download of the next issue. Guidelines available at http://coniumreview.com/contests/.

2015 David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction

Deadline: May 1, 2015

The Meyerson contest searches for emerging writers who have not yet experienced publication of a book of fiction, either a novel or collection of stories. This annual prize consists of $1,000 and publication in the Southwest Review, which is celebrating 100 years (1915–2015) in print. Visit www.smu.edu/southwestreview for more information.

Gold Man Review

Deadline: May 1, 2015

Gold Man Review, a West Coast journal, is currently seeking submissions from writers residing in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii. We are looking for previously unpublished fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We love work that pushes boundaries whether in form or content. Please visit our website, www.goldmanreview.org, for specific submission guidelines. We look forward to reading your work!

The Personal Aftermath of War

Deadline: May 1, 2015

The Call: Seeking stories for an important anthology that will help us comprehend the powerful, often invisible events that shape the hours, days, nights, weeks, months, and years after coming home. Open to all affected by the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts (veterans, families, children, friends). Editor: Dario DiBattista, Marine combat veteran of the Iraq War, Veterans Writing Project instructor. Award: $200 + publication. http://hudsonwhitman.com

Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition

Deadline: May 4, 2015

Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years. Enter our 84th Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! The winning entries of this writing contest will also be on display in the 84th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.

2015 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

Deadline: May 15, 2015

Carve Magazine’s 2015 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest is open April 1-May 15, featuring guest judge Andre Dubus III. Prizes: $1,000, $500, $250, and 2 Editor’s Choice $125 each. All 5 winners published in Fall 2015 issue and considered by three lit agencies. Entry fee $17 online/$15 mailed. No limit to number of entries. Max 6,000 words. www.carvezine.com/raymond-carver-contest/.

If and Only If

Deadline: May 15, 2015

If and Only If: A Journal of Body Image and Eating Disorders seeks submissions related to body image, the body and eating disorders for our Summer 2015 issue. We accept art, fiction, nonfiction and poetry for publication in our online journal. We’re also interested in interviews and audio/video submissions for publication on our website. Go to www.ifandonlyifjournal.com for guidelines and to submit your work.

Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry – $2000 plus publication

Deadline: May 15, 2015

The 19th Annual Blue Lynx Prize, $2000 plus publication, is awarded for an unpublished, full-length volume of poems by a U.S. resident or citizen. Send a manuscript of at least 48 pages, a $28 reading fee plus SASE (for notification) to Lynx House Press, P.O. Box 940, Spokane, WA 99210; or electronically to lynxhousepress.submittable.com. Postmark deadline: May 15, 2015. Make checks payable to Lynx House Press. The 2014 winner was Prartho Sereno for Elephant Raga. Judges have included Yusef Komunyakaa, Melissa Kwasny, Robert Wrigley, Dorianne Laux, Dara Wier, and David Wojahn. More details at www.lynxhousepress.org.

Buddhist Poetry Review Volume Two

Deadline: May 25, 2015

Buddhist Poetry Review is seeking submissions for Volume Two, Issue One. The reading period will begin on April 1st and continue through May 25th, 2015. There will not be a theme for this issue, but poems should, as always, be inspired/informed by Buddhism in some way. www.buddhistpoetryreview.com/home

Baltimore Review Summer Contest – Crime

Deadline: May 31, 2015

Baltimore Review Summer Issue Contest Theme: Crime. From infractions to felonies. Prizes are $500, $200, and $100. Entry fee is $10. All contest entries, regardless of genre, should be submitted through the Contest link in Submittable. Three winners will be selected from among all entries. 3,000-word limit for fiction and creative nonfiction (5,000-word limit for non-contest, non-theme submissions). One to three poems in an entry. All entries considered for publication. Final judge: Sujata Massey. See guidelines at http://baltimorereview.org.

BALLOONS Lit. Journal seeks submissions for the young

Deadline: May 31, 2015

BALLOONS Lit. Journal (BLJ), an independent biannual online journal for children and young adults readers, invites well-crafted and mind-blowing submissions for our audience (12+). We would love to have new poems, fictions, artworks, etc. for our Issue 2. Typical pieces for kids will be unlikely to get through. Visit us at www.balloons-lit-journal.com for the complete guidelines.

Glimmer Train’s May Short Story Award for New Writers

Deadline: May 31, 2015

Open to writers whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation >5000. First places wins $1500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories. Second/third win $500/$300 and consideration for publication. Results announced on August 1. Held quarterly. All four of last year’s winning pieces were their authors’ first fiction in print. www.glimmertrain.com

From the Depths 2015: Backroads & Porch Swings

Deadline: May 31, 2015

Haunted Waters Press is currently seeking works of fiction and poetry for the 2015 issue of our literary journal, From the Depths. Backroads and Porch Swings will feature works depicting a slice of life in rural America. Captivate us with the romance and simplicity of country living. Bring us subtle Midwestern tales of lives rooted in soil. Show us the other side of the tracks with darker fiction inspired by the great Southern Gothic and Country Noir storytellers. Most of all, take us back to the places that haunt our memories and call us home. http://hauntedwaterspress.submittable.com/submit

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Writing Contests for April 2015

April2015WritingContestsThere seem to be so many writing contests for the upcoming year! So, we’ve decided to break them up by month to make it easier for people to digest and submit. On the fence about submitting your writing to contests or journals? Take a look at our post Why You Should Submit to Writing Contests and Literary Journals, and good luck!

“‘Dear You’: The Third Annual Common Good Books Poetry Contest” by Garrison Keillor

Deadline: April 4, 2015

We love poetry at Common Good Books, and to prove it our proprietor is putting his money where his mouth is. Garrison Keillor is offering five thousand dollars in prize money to the seven winners of “‘Dear You’: The Third Annual Common Good Books Poetry Contest.” Three poets will receive grand prizes of $1000 each, and four poets will receive $500 for poems of particular merit. http://commongoodbooks.com/%E2%80%9C%E2%80%98dear-you%E2%80%99-third-annual-common-good-books-poetry-contest%E2%80%9D

Album Review Writing Contest

Deadline: April 14, 2015

What’s in your music library? A few crowd pleasers, that album that was better than you first thought… and too many embarrassing guilty pleasures to mention? If you love listening to music, you just might like to write about it too… If so, check out Write the World’s newest competition for young writers, ages 13-18. The Album Review Competition opens Monday, March 30, 2015. Cash Prizes and Public Praise! http://writetheworld.com

SRPR Editors’ Prize $1000

Deadline: April 15, 2015

SRPR (Spoon River Poetry Review) 2015 Editors’ Prize. Winner awarded $1000, an honorarium to read at our annual gala reading event, and a published introduction to the winning poem written by this year’s judge. Two runners up awarded $100 each. Three-five honorable mentions. All winning poems & several finalists are published. 2014 judge: Joshua Corey. 2015 judge announced after winners are selected. Submit up to three poems by 4/15/2015. Entry fee of $20 includes subscription (two issues). See website for guidelines www.srpr.org.

Beecher’s 2015 Contest Has Begun!

Deadline: April 15, 2015

Beecher’s Magazine, an annual print journal produced by graduate students at the University of Kansas, is open to contest submissions from February 15-April 15, 2015. Judges are LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (Poetry), Matt Bell (Fiction), and Alissa Nutting (Nonfiction). Winners receive $200 and publication in Beecher’s 5. Runners-up may also be considered for publication. The entry fee is $12 per submission. All entrants will receive a copy of Beecher’s 5. To submit, visit http://beechersmag.submittable.com/submit.

Sycamore Review Wabash Prize in Fiction

Deadline: April 17, 2015

Sycamore Review’s Wabash Prize in Fiction is open to submissions March 1 through April 17. This year, Kelly Link will judge. Winner receives $1,000 dollars and publication in Sycamore Review. All entries considered for publication. Reading fee of $20 includes copy of the prize issue. For more details, see www.sycamorereview.com.

Passages North Nonfiction and Poetry Prizes Open

Deadline: April 20, 2015

Passages North will accept submissions for the Thomas J. Hrushka Memorial Nonfiction Prize and Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize through April 20, 2015. Contest judges will be Steven Church and Lynn Emanuel, respectively. One winner in each contest will receive $1000 and publication in Passages North Issue 37. Entry Fee is $15 and all entrants will receive a copy of Issue 37. See full contest details at http://passagesnorth.com/contests/. Issue 37 will also feature the winner of Little Presque Books’ 2015 Novella Contest. Entry fee is $20 and submissions close April 24. Novella contest details at http://littlepresquebooks.com.

Epiphany Magazine’s Chapbook Competition

Deadline: April 20, 2015

Reading Fee: $6 per submission. Fiction (judged by Luis Jaramillo), poetry (judged by Katie Peterson), literary nonfiction (judged by Kristin Dombek), and graphic literature (judged by Lydia Conklin) accepted. For fiction, nonfiction, and graphic lit: total of 5k-10k words, double-spaced, 12pt font. You can submit a single story or several stories within that limit to be published as a whole. Graphic lit entries must be black and white illustrations only. For poetry: one poem per page, total page count should not exceed 20 pages. All poems should be unpublished. All poetry forms are acceptable and welcome. Award: Publication, cash prize in each genre, and 5 contributor copies. http://epiphanyzine.com/submit.html

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

Deadline: April 30, 2015

23rd year. $4,000 in cash prizes, including two top awards of $1,500 each. Seeks short stories and essays up to 6,000 words each. All entries that win cash prizes will be published on WinningWriters.com (nearly one million page views per year) and announced in the Winning Writers Newsletter. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Fee per entry is $16. Final judge: Arthur Powers. See guidelines, past winners, and enter at www.winningwriters.com/tomstory

Inlandia Institute announces The Hillary Gravendyk Prize poetry book competition

Deadline: April 30, 2015

The Inlandia Institute is proud to announce The Hillary Gravendyk Prize, an open poetry book competition for all writers regardless of the number of previously published poetry collections. Two winners, one entry fee: National and Regional, $1000 each. Submit a poetry manuscript between 48 – 100 pages. Submissions accepted via Inlandia’s Submittable portal: http://inlandiaaliteraryjourney.submittable.com/submit/37899. Submissions must be received by April 30, 2015 at midnight Pacific Standard Time. Reading fee is $20. The winners will be announced in September 2015, and we expect to publish the winning books in December of 2015.

Cloudbank Magazine Poetry/Flash Fiction Prize Call for Submissions

Deadline: April 30, 2015

Cloudbank magazine is offering a $200 prize for one poem or flash fiction published in the upcoming issue, Cloudbank 9. The winning poem or flash fiction is chosen by editors Michael Malan and Peter Sears, Oregon’s poet laureate. Revive us with your fire! Send up to 5 poems or short prose pieces with the $15 fee by April 30. Fee includes a two-issue subscription, starting with the current issue. Send to: Cloudbank, P.O. Box 610, Corvallis, OR 97339. Full guidelines and more at www.cloudbankbooks.com.

Competition for Imagine This! An Artprize Anthology

Deadline: April 30, 2015

For writers of poetry, short stories (1500 words) and personal essays (1500 words). Submissions through April 30, 2015. First Prize: $1,000. Second Prize: $500. Third Prize: $250. Top 25 entries will be published in anthology. Submission fee: $20. Managed by the Cascade Writers’ Group and Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters, Imagine This! An ArtPrize Anthology will be sold through the ArtPrize hub and other venues. ArtPrize is an international art competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with over 1,000,000 visitors and 25,900,000 page views each year. Named by Time as one of the top five festivals of the year. http://readwritelive.org/anthology-competition-2015

$6,000 in Prizes with the Nimrod Literary Awards

Deadline: April 30, 2015

The 37th Annual Nimrod Literary Awards are now open! Submit to The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, with first prizes of $2,000 and publication, and second prizes of $1,000 and publication. All finalists will be considered for publication. For poetry, submit 3-10 pages (one long poem or several short poems); for fiction, one short story, 7,500 words maximum. Each entry must be accompanied by a $20 entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription to Nimrod. For more information and complete submission guidelines, visit www.utulsa.edu/nimrod.

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Why You Should Submit to Writing Contests and Literary Journals

SubmitWritingContestsThere are lots of great contests and journals that are almost always accepting submissions  for many different types of work, including fiction, non-fiction, fan and flash fiction, essays, short stories, poetry, novels, ebooks, chapbooks — you name it! Why enter writing contests, you ask?

  • Entering these types of contests can help you keep your writing and publishing momentum going.

  • Submitting to writing contests is a great way to gain credibility as a writer/author.

  • They can help create interest in your work, leading to other opportunities and potentially, to sales.

  • An award will give you an edge, which may be all the difference needed to propel your work into bestseller territory.

  • When you win or get placed, you can say you are an “award-winning author,” giving your writing a boost that comes from a third-party endorsement.

  • Awards can help you gain credibility with readers, reviewers, reporters, agents, and publishers.

If you want advice on other ways that you can help increase your status as a writing or published author, please contact SDP Publishing.

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