Category Archives: Contests

Author U Dream Book

HWG fan and friend of authors everywhere reminds us the deadline for entry is looming!

Would you like to see your manuscript turned into a book ready to sell? Enter it in AuthorU’s Draft to Dream Book Publishing Competition and you could win $7000 in publishing services for your book, Ideal for the self-published or independent author.

AuthorU is on the hunt for books in 5 categories:

Children’s – Juvenile – Young Adult – Fiction – Non-Fiction

One Winner will be selected from each of the 5 categories, PLUS the winner with the highest average score will receive a check for $1,000

Deadline is May 1st 2017. Enter promocode WDDTD to get $20 off your submission.

Details at AuthorU.org/Competition.html

FREE adult SciFi-Fantasy contest

This is the 26th FREE Dear Lucky Agent online contest with agent judges and super-cool prizes. Here’s the deal: With every contest, the details are essentially the same, but the niche itself changes-meaning each contest is focused around a specific category or two. If you’re writing any kind of fantasy or science fiction novel (for adults), then this 26th contest is for you! The contest is live through end of day, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. The contest is judged by agent Mike Hoogland of Dystel & Goderich. (Dystel and Goderich will be repped at the 2017 LV Writers’ Conference.)

All you have to do is submit the first double-spaced page of your completed work of adult speculative fiction. Read more at Writers Digest

Then if you decide to go forward – what hav eyou got to lose, it’s free! – send E-mail entries to: dearluckyagent26@gmail.com.

Please paste everything. No attachments.

Idaho Writers Guild

Idaho Writers Guild announces annual contest.

This year’s categories:
* Short Story (3500 word max)
* Novel first ten pages (adult or new adult novel)
* Non-fiction (2500 word max)
a. Memoir
b. newspaper/magazine article/essay

So, let the writing begin! Entries can be submitted now through the first of March. Final deadline March 5, 2017! But wait…there’s more! Each entry will be judged by two or more industry professionals AND you will receive the Judges’ scorecards – FREE with each entry!   For questions contact the Contest Director at sherryabriscoe@gmail.com. Download your submission guidelines and application today at https://idahowritersguild.blogspot.com/p/entries-must-be-received-by-march-5-2017.html  $100 – First place winner in each category $50 – Second place winner in each category Third place certificate *Entries must score above a 75 to qualify as a winner.

Spooky Story Night

Don’t forget the 3rd Annual Spooky Story Night, Friday, October 28, 6:30pm. There will be food and fun. Costumes are optional, but encouraged. Plus, it’s the Spooky Story Flash Fiction contest with prizes!

Flash Fiction Rules
Contestants must attend Spooky Story Night event in order to be entered.

Entries cannot exceed 500 words.

Only one entry per person.

All entries must be e-mailed to info@HendersonWritersGroup.com, with SPOOKY STORY NIGHT as the subject heading, no later than Wednesday, October 26.

Entries limited to first 20 stories submitted. (first come, first serve)

But wait…there’s more. (Didn’t think we’d make it that easy, did you?) To be considered, each piece MUST contain the following ten words somewhere in the story.

Let’s see how creative you can be.

Autumn
Bat
Potion
Trick
Orange
Mist
Ghoulish
Nightmare
Disguise
Henderson Writers’ Group

Spooky Story Night attendees will vote on their favorite story. Winner’s (top 3 places) will receive a prize.

Tickets are $10 and Guests are Welcome and Encouraged!

No entry fee Visual Prompt Contest

The Neon Museum Visual Prompt Contest with Helen Magazine is now on progress.  There’s no entry fee for this one, and the award is $25 and a Neon Museum gift bag with tickets, and a goodie bag provided by The Writer’s Block indie bookstore. Deadline is October 31, 2016; winner will be announced November 15, 2016.

Submission details and Images: Helen Magazine

Masters Review

The Masters review announces their Fall Fiction Contest. Accepting submissions until November 15. This one will be judged by Kelly Link.

  • Winner receives $2000, a year’s subscription to Duotrope, and publication
  • Second and third place prizes ($200, $100, and publication)
  • Stories under 7000 words
  • Simultaneous and multiple submissions allowed
  • Emerging writers only (We are interested in offering a larger platform to new writers. Self-published writers and writers with story collections and novels with a small circulation are welcome to submit.)
  • International submissions allowed
  • $20 entry fee
  • Please no identifying information on your story
  • All stories are considered for publication

Submit to: The Masters Review

International Poetry Competition

Deadline 12th September

1st Prize £1000
 A reminder that you have two weeks left to get your entries in for the 2016 Poetry Competition. Previous winners include Andrew McMillan, Tessa Foley, Kirsten Irving, Inua Ellams and Lesley Saunders.
25 shortlisted poems will be published in our 2016 prize anthology, and performed by the Live Canon Ensemble at our prize giving event at Greenwich Theatre on Sunday 20th November 2016. We are absolutely honoured that Lorraine Mariner has agreed to be our guest judge this year.
The overall winner will be announced at the event and receive £1000. There is also a £100 prize for the highest placed entry by a local writer, living working or studying in the London Borough of Greenwich.
There is an entry fee of £6 for a single poem, £15 for three poems and £20 for five poems. This goes towards the cost of running the competition, publishing the anthology and any excess goes to our fundraising campaign for workshops with young people in schools and libraries.
Entering online is easy via our website:
Or if you would prefer to enter by post, we have attached an entry form.
Here, you can watch Eva Traynor perform Lesley Saunders’ poem ‘Asylum’, which won the 2015 competition, chosen by Guest udge, Barney Norris

A contest with critique

Writer Advice, www.writeradvice.com, has been running contests for over 10 years. They are known for their feedback and have cut fees this year. Plus, this year, they’re running four contests instead of two.

Enter a piece of flash fiction. Or a short story.
Dazzle, delight, mesmerize, or enlighten us. Do all four if you can. Writer Advice’s Flash Fiction Contest, www.writeradvice.com seeks your best short-short stories. There is a small $10 fee in exchange for for detailed feedback.
Deadline: June 1. Details and Submittable Link: www.writeradvice.com

Poetry Chapbook Contest

The WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook competition is hosted by Writer’s Relief, Inc. The chapbook contest runs until May 25, 2016. The winning poet will receive a $500 cash prize; publication of the poetry chapbook in both print and e-book formats; Amazon distribution for Kindle and print; and 25 free copies. The contest is limited to poetry chapbooks 24 – 48 pages in length, and the entry fee is $20.

Judging the competition is  Ohio poet laureate Amit Majmudar. He is the author of two novels and several poetry collections. He was a finalist for a Poetry Society of America’s Norma Faber First Book Award, and his poetry was selected for a Donald Justice prize. His most recent collection of poems, Dothead, was published on March 29. Majmudar’s poetry has appeared in The New YorkerThe New York Review of BooksThe Atlantic Monthly, Poetry Magazine, and The Antioch Review. His work has been featured in several anthologies, including Best of the Best American Poetry, 1988-2012.

For complete guidelines: Writers Relief