More Writing Contests for the End of 2013 and Beginning of 2014

A great way to gain credibility as a writer/author is by submitting to writing contests. There are lots of great contests and journals that are accepting submissions right now for many different types of work, including fiction, non-fiction, fan and flash fiction, essays, short stories, and poetry. These types of contests can help you keep your writing and publishing momentum going. Below is a list that we put together to help you as you think about submitting your work.

Story Share $50,000 Writing Contest

Submission deadline: December 7, 2013

Benetech Global Literacy, the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) and Orca Book Publishing are encouraging emerging and existing writers to submit original high-interest fiction and non-fiction reading material for young adults aged 13+ who struggle with reading. No prior experience writing for struggling reader audiences is required. A step-by-step guide is available to assist writers in leveling their stories. Eleven cash prizes will be awarded to winners in categories including best series, best character-based story and best use of illustrations. Prize levels range from $2,000 to a grand prize of $10,000. www.storysharecontest.com

Gival Press Poetry Award-2013

Postmark deadline: December 15, 2013

15th Gival Press Poetry Award for best original previously unpublished collection of poetry in English, 45 pages or more, in any style or form; include list of previously published poems in the ms. Prize: $1,000, copies and publication. Reading fee $20 per ms submitted. Deadline Dec. 15. For complete details, email givalpress@yahoo.com or visit website www.givalpress.com. Mail to: Robert L. Giron, Editor, Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.

Imaginary Friend Press Chapbook Contest

Online submission deadline: December 15, 2013

Imaginary Friend Press is holding a poetry chapbook contest. The reading period ends 12/15. There is a $5 entry fee or $7 if you want a copy of the winning book. Winning book gets $100 and 25 copies of the book. Winning book will be chosen by a panel of esteemed judges. Other entries will be considered for publication. Visit www.imaginaryfriendpress.com for complete guidelines.

2013 William Richey Fiction Prize, Yemassee

Extended deadline: December 15, 2013

Yemassee invites you to submit to our annual 2013 William Richey Short Fiction Contest. Submit one piece of unpublished short fiction of up to 10,000 words. Acclaimed novelist Emily St. John Mandel is this year’s guest judge. $500 prize, $10 entry fee, the winner and two runner-ups will be published in the magazine along with a list of ten finalists. Visit yemasseejournalonline.org for more details as well as to enter.

Tartt First Fiction Award, Livingston Press

Postmark deadline: December 31, 2013

Tartt First Fiction Award’s tenth annual contest is now open. American authors who have not yet published a story collection are eligible. One thousand dollar award, plus publication in trade paper, hardcover, and Kindle. Author receive 100 copies. Manuscript should fall between 150-275 pages. Open to all themes, styles. Twenty-dollar entry fee. Mail to Livingston Press, Station 22, The University of West Alabama, Livingston, AL 35470. We notify all entrants of receipt in January, of the winner in late May. Keep a copy of your manuscript, as we do not return entries. Thanks. www.livingstonpress.uwa.edu

Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

Online submission deadline: December 31, 2013

Awarded to an outstanding, unpublished collection of short stories. Reading Fee: $30. Award: Publication of winning short story collection, $1,000 cash advance, travel expenses and lodging for a special reading and book signing party at Press 53 headquarters at the Community Arts Café in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina, attendance to the 2014 Press 53/Prime Number Magazine Gathering of Writers, and ten copies of the book. Enter September 1, 2013–December 31, 2013; finalists announced March 1, 2014; winner announced on May 3, 2014 (National Press 53 Day). Complete details at www.Press53.com.

bioStories Magazine Essay Contest. Theme: “Kindness”

Email submission deadline: January 15, 2014

Staying with its mission of finding the extraordinary in ordinary lives, bioStories solicits essays for a contest focused on the theme “kindness.” We encourage writers to interpret the theme broadly and creatively. Winner receives $250 and publication. Pieces earning honorable mentions will be announced on the magazine website and be eligible for publication. Entry fee: $10. Deadline for entry: January 15, 2014. Only nonfiction will be accepted. Maximum length 3,000 words. No previously published work. Essays will be evaluated by blind review. Complete contest guidelines are available at: www.biostories.com.

The Dora and Alexander Raynes Poetry Prize

Email/Online/Postmark deadline: January 15, 2014

One poet will receive $1000 and two poets will receive $180 each for a poem on the theme of Union. Joan Larkin will judge. The three poets will have their work featured in the Spring 2014 issue of Jewish Currents magazine, and 36 poets will be included in an anthology to be published Summer 2014. All entries will be considered for future publication in the magazine. (Please note: Writers of any background, regardless of religious affiliation, are encouraged to submit.) Submission fee of $18 includes a one-year subscription or gift subscription to Jewish Currents. Online submissions are accepted. For instructions and further contest guidelines, see jewishcurrents.org/poetry-prize-2.

Willow Springs Fiction Prize

Submission deadline: March 15, 2014

$2,000 plus publication. Submission deadline: March 15, 2014. Original, unpublished work only; no word limit for submissions. $15 entry fee, $20 for international submissions. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Willow Springs. You can submit a story online willowsprings.submittable.com/submit or mail a hard copy to The Willow Springs Fiction Prize. More details here: willowsprings.ewu.edu/contests.php

The Richard and Julie Logsdon Prize for Fiction

Email/Online submission deadline: May 31, 2014

To be awarded to a work of fiction published by Red Rock Review in Spring or Fall of 2014. Prize: $150. Contest guidelines at sites.csn.edu/english/redrockreview/Prize_Page.html. Submission guidelines at sites.csn.edu/english/redrockreview/Frequently Asked Questions.htm.

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Submit Your Work! Writing Contests for the End of 2013

A great way to gain credibility as a writer/author is by submitting to writing contests. Maybe you haven’t finished your book yet or are in between books. There are lots of great contests and journals that are accepting submissions right now for many different types of work, including fiction, non-fiction, fan and flash fiction, essays, short stories, and poetry. These types of contests can help you keep your writing and publishing momentum going. Below is a list that we put together to help you as you think about submitting your work. The following contests have submission deadlines in October, November, and December. We will continue to keep you updated on writing contests in the coming months.

Some of the contests have nominal entry fees and specific deadlines for entry, which you need to pay attention to. We’ve tried to include them here to the best of our ability.

Nonfiction Contest, Judged by Cheryl Strayed

Online deadline: October 15, 2013

“…the raw truth of life: it isn’t always simple or pretty.” -Geoff Bendeck, LUMINANonfiction Editor. Each year, LUMINA hosts a national literary contest in a single genre. This year’s contest genre is nonfiction and the winner will be chosen by Cheryl Strayed. Grand prize: $500 and publication in LUMINA Volume XIII. We’re looking for pieces under 5,000 words and there is an entry fee of $12. Send us your best work and surprise us with your form. For further guidelines, information and to read more about what our nonfiction editor is looking for, go towww.luminajournal.com/contest.

The Briar Cliff Review poetry, creative nonfiction and fiction contest

Deadline: November 1, 2013

$1000 & publication. Submit unpublished story, essay or 3 poems w/ $20. Entrants receive issue. No name on mss. Include cover page with title(s), name, address, email, phone. Deadline: Nov. 1. SASE for results only. Briar Cliff Review Contest, 3303 Rebecca St., Sioux City, IA 51104. www.briarcliff.edu/bcreview

Dogwood Multi-genre contest, $1000 grand prize

Online submission deadline: October 15, 2013

Dogwood welcomes entries in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for its annual contest with a $1000 grand prize for one winning entry. The grand prize winner will be chosen from winners in nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Winners in the other two genres will receive prizes of $250. Entry fee is $15; all submissions considered for publication in the 13th annual edition of this print and e-pub journal. Only anonymous submissions accepted. Submissions accepted online between August 1 and October 15, 2013. Please use our online submission manager for your submissions at dogwood.submittable.com/submit.

Glimmer Train

Submission deadline: Family Matters: October 31, 2013

Short Story Award for New Writers: November 30, 2013 (open only to writers whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation greater than 5000)

One of the most respected short-story journals in print, Glimmer Train is represented in recent editions of the Pushcart Prize, O. Henry, New Stories from the South, New Stories from the Midwest, and Best American Short Stories anthologies. Submit online: www.glimmertrain.org.

$5,000 Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize

Postmark deadline: October 31, 2013

The University of Arkansas Press will accept submissions for the Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize in September and October. One winner and up to three finalists will be published. In addition to publication, the winner will receive $5,000. The series is open to all book-length manuscripts by a single author of 60 to 90 pages, except translations. Individual poems may have been published in chapbooks, journals, and anthologies. There is a $25 reading fee. For more information, visit www.uapress.com or call 800-626-0090.

Truman State University Press
Poetry Prize & Short Fiction Prize

Online/Postmark deadlines: October 31, 2013 (poetry)

T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry: annual award for the best unpublished book-length collection of poetry in English. The winner will receive $2,000 and publication of the winning collection. All entrants receive a copy of the winning book. Reading fee: $25.

The Chariton Review Short Fiction Prize: annual award for the best unpublished short fiction, any theme up to 5,000 words in English. The author will receive $1,000, and the winning story, along with finalists, will be published in the spring issue of The Chariton Review. All U.S. entrants receive a copy of the prize issue. Reading fee: $20. tsup.truman.edu/prizes.asp

Creative Nonfiction: Mistakes Wanted for Themed Issue

Online/Postmark submission deadline: November 1, 2013

For a special issue, Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays about mistakes—major or minor, tragic or serendipitous, funny or painful. $1,000 for Best Essay & $500 for runner-up. Essays must be true stories, factually accurate, previously unpublished, and no longer than 4,000 words. There is a $20 reading fee (or send a reading fee of $25 to include a 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction—US submitters only). Submit online or by regular mail. Full guidelines at www.creativenonfiction.org/mistakes.

Coal Hill Review Chapbook Competition

Submission deadline: November 1, 2013

Coal Hill Review is interested in publishing a wide range of poetry. We ask that all submissions come through our annual contest. Please review the complete guidelines on our website carefully before submitting. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in an edition of 200 copies available through Autumn House Press, as well as online in the Spring issue of Coal Hill Review. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically or through the US mail from August 1 to November 1. The final judge is Michael Simms, founder and editor-in-chief of Autumn House Press.

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Writing Contests

Online/Postmark submission deadline: November 1 and November 15, 2013

One-Act Play and Short Fiction. $1,500 prize each, plus VIP passes ($500 each), reading/staged reading at 28th annual Festival (March 19-23, 2014), and more. $25 entry fee. Deadlines: 11/1 and 11/15 (postmarked). Writing Contest, 938 Lafayette St, Suite, 514 New Orleans, LA 70113. Guidelines and online submissions: www.tennesseewilliams.net/contests.

Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Prize 2013

Postmark deadline: November 15, 2013

Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Prize 2013 on the Jewish experience. Please submit 1-2 one-page poems, single space, submit in quadruplicate hard copy, cover page with contact information and list of poems. No email submissions. Deadline: November 15, 2013. NO FEE. For more information, visit www.poeticamagazine.com.

The Fiddlehead: Special Subscription Offer & Annual Contest

Postmark Deadline: December 1, 2013

Special Subscription Rate for Creative Writing Faculty & Students: Subscribe now to The Fiddlehead, Atlantic Canada’s International Literary Magazine, and save an additional 25%! Click on the image to access the .pdf order form. But hurry—this special offer ends January 31, 2014. Take a shot at literary fame & fortune! Enter The Fiddlehead’s 23rd annual contest in poetry and short fiction. Prizes: $2000 CAD for the winners + publication payment and $250 CAD for the honourable mentions + publication payment. Entry fee: $30 for Canadian residents/$36 all others. Visit thefiddlehead.ca for more details.

The Harper’s Bazaar Short Story Prize

Deadline: December 13, 2013

The Harper’s Bazaar Short Story Prize is open to published and novice writers alike. Entrants should submit an original short story (up to 3,000 words) on the subject of ‘spring.’ http://www.harpersbazaar.co.uk/going-out/who-what-where/short-story-competition

Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

Online submission deadline: December 31, 2013

Awarded to an outstanding, unpublished collection of short stories. Reading Fee: $30. Award: Publication of winning short story collection, $1,000 cash advance, travel expenses and lodging for a special reading and book signing party at Press 53 headquarters at the Community Arts Café in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina, attendance to the 2014 Press 53/Prime Number Magazine Gathering of Writers, and ten copies of the book. Enter September 1, 2013–December 31, 2013; finalists announced March 1, 2014; winner announced on May 3, 2014 (National Press 53 Day). Complete details at www.Press53.com.

Tartt First Fiction Award, Livingston Press

Postmark deadline: December 31, 2013

Tartt First Fiction Award’s tenth annual contest is now open. American authors who have not yet published a story collection are eligible. One thousand dollar award, plus publication in trade paper, hardcover, and Kindle. Author receive 100 copies. Manuscript should fall between 150-275 pages. Open to all themes, styles. Twenty-dollar entry fee. Mail to Livingston Press, Station 22, The University of West Alabama, Livingston, AL 35470. We notify all entrants of receipt in January, of the winner in late May. Keep a copy of your manuscript, as we do not return entries. www.livingstonpress.uwa.edu

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