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Don’t forget to check out our standing competitions catalogue for any competitions due this month.

The Iowa Poetry Prize offers free publication by the University of Iowa Press, under a standard royalty agreement, for a book-length (50 to 150 pages) collection of poems written originally in English. Entry Fee: $20 (US). Deadline: Submissions are received only during the month of April (post-dated).

The Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest offers $1000 (US) for an unpublished or published humour poem up to 250 lines long. Entry Fee: Free. Starts: August 15. Deadline: April 1.

The Killer Nashville Claymore Award offers prizes for the first 50 pages of your unpublished and uncontracted manuscript containing prominent elements of thriller, mystery, crime, or suspense (subgenres include action, adventure, alternate history, fantasy, horror, paranormal, romance, sci-fi, speculative, shriller, western, and any of their derivatives). The prizes for the top 20 entries are announcement at the Killer Nashville Awards Dinner, probable traditional publishing contracts, with a Mystery Writers of America and/or International Thriller Writers’ approved publisher, within the year, most through contacts made at the Awards Dinner, and possible editor deals, book advances, movie and television sales, and possible agent representation and lifetime mentoring. The top three entries will also receive critiques of their work, attend breakouts and pitching sessions, and be refunded a portion of their registration fees for that year. Entry Fee: $40 (US) ($140 with critique). Deadline: April 1.

The Readers’ Favorite International Book Reviews and Award Contest is looking for international English manuscripts, published and unpublished books, eBooks, audiobooks, comic books, poetry books and short stories in 140+ genres from independent first-time published, unpublished or self-published authors to bestsellers and celebrities or from small publishers and publishing giants. Each genre is judged separately. There is no limit on word count nor publication date. All entrants have a chance to win one of $50 000 (US) in prizes just for entering. Each winner and finalist will receive a personalized award certificate, digital award seals, other marketing materials and bragging rights to identify his or her book as an “award-winning book” and him- or herself as an “award-winning author”. There are also other prizes for winners, finalists and entrants, including a publicized and distributed book review on popular industry and social media sites; a mini-critique on 5 key literary areas: appearance, plot, development, formatting and marketability; a chance to have their book made into a movie or TV show; a chance to be published by a multi-award-winning traditional publisher; a chance to be represented by a renowned publicist; a chance to be represented by a renowned literary agent or leading literary management company; and a chance to be represented by a leading author marketing and PR firm. Early Entry Fee: $89. Regular Entry Fee: $99. Final Entry Fee: $109. Early Deadline: April 1. Regular Deadline: May 1. Final Deadline: June 1.

The Annual Writer’s Digest Self-published Book Awards Competition gets your self-published book into the hands of people that have the power to make things happen. It accepts books in all genres, including fiction, non-fiction, inspirational, children’s and poetry. The grand prize includes $8000 (US), national exposure and promotion, a feature article about you and your work, press releases and copies of your book sent to major publishing review houses, a guaranteed review in Midwest Book Review, attention of prospective editors and publishers, a one-year membership to Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), a Marketplace Readiness Assessment consult, consultation with Book Shepherd, a $100 discount on a new writer’s website and a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference. Prizes are also offered for other winners. Early Entry Fee: $99 for first entry, $75 for each additional entry. Standard Entry Fee: $110 for first entry, $85 for each additional entry. Early Deadline: April 1. Standard Deadline: May 1.

The annual Spoon River Poetry Review Editors’ Prize offers a prize of $1000 (US), publication in Spoon River Poetry Review, an invitation to read the winning poem at the annual Lucia Getsi Reading Series held in Bloomington, Illinois, and an introduction to the winning poem written by the judge for a poem. Submit two copies of up to three poems totaling no more than 10 pages. Entry Fee: $20 (includes one-year subscription to Spoon River Poetry Review). Deadline: April 15 (post-dated).

The biennial (even year) Passages North Prizes each offer $1000 (US) and publication in Passages North for the best unpublished short fiction up to 10 000 words (Waasnode Fiction Prize) or the best unpublished short-short fiction, nonfiction, hybrid essays, or prose poems up to 1000 words (Neutrino Short-Short Prize, up to three short-shorts per entry). Honourable mentions may also be selected for publication. All entrants receive a copy of the contest issue of Passages North. Entry Fee: $15. Deadline: April 15.

The Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition annually offers screenwriters up to $10 000 (US) to the grand winner and $500 to several genre winners, and promotes, pitches and pushes all winners and semifinalists for a year. Short screenplays, up to 40 pages, could win $2000. Entry Fee: This varies by deadline and length of screenplay, ranging from $45 for long script and $25 for short script in January to $65 for long script and $45 for short script in April. Feedback, of 4-5 pages, for long scripts, includes a logline, synopsis and critique, and costs an extra $115. Deadlines: January 5, February 1, March 8, April 16 and April 30.

The Pen Parentis Writing Fellowship for New Parents offers an annual prize of $1000 (US), publication in Brain, Child, a full year of promotion, and public reading, showcasing and publicity, for an unpublished short story, up to 950 words, of any genre and subject, including stand-alone novel excerpts but not plays or poetry. The winning fiction writer must be the parent of a child under the age of 10 at the time of the reading in September. Entry Fee: $15 for first story, $20 for two and $10 for each after, plus $5 if sent and paid online. Starts: March 1. Deadline: April 17 (post-dated).

The Omnidawn Publishing Poetry Chapbook Competition offers an annual prize of $1000 (US), publication, 100 author copies and multi-source publicity for an original, unpublished poetry chapbook of 20 to 40 pages (not including front and back matter). International entries welcome. The winning poet cannot include any of the poems in the winning chapbook in another published book for at least one year after Omnidawn publishes the winning chapbook. Entry Fee: $18. For an additional $2, entrants with US shipping addresses will receive one chapbook of their choice from the Omnidawn catalogue. Starts: February 1. Deadline: April 23.

The Bath International Short Story Competition is open for any original stories (2200 words or less) on any theme or subject for adult or young adult (13+ years) readers. First prize is £1200. Entry Fee: £8. Start: November 1. Deadline: April 23.

The DIAGRAM Chapbook Contest offers an annual prize of $1000 (US) and publication for a coherent unpublished 18 to 44 page chapbook of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or mixed-genre-and-form work. Entry Fee: $20. Deadline: April 27.

The Annual Ashland Poetry Press Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize offers $1000 (US), paperback publication and 50 author copies (in lieu of royalties for a poetry collection of 64 to 96 pages (one poem per page). Entry Fee: $25 or $27 for electronic submission. Deadline: April 30.

The Bath Novel Award is open to unpublished and independently published novelists, writing for adult or young adult (13+) readers in any genre, who are seeking commercial (traditional) publication. To enter, submit the first 5000 words plus a one-page synopsis of your unpublished or already self-published novel. Longistees will be asked for a complete manuscript up to 50,000 words for further judging. First prize is £2500, the Minerva trophy and a publicity interview. In addition, shortlisted authors will receive manuscript feedback and literary agent introductions and the top longlistee will receive a place on Learn to Edit Your Novel the Professional Way, an 18 week online course from Cornerstones Literary Consultancy. Entry Fee: £25 per novel. Deadline: April 30.

The Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize Competition offers $5000 (US) and publication in the Pitt Poetry Series to any poet who has not had a book of 48 or more pages of poetry previously published in an edition of 500 or more copies (books whose publication costs have been borne by their authors are excluded from this definition) for a book of poems of 48 to 100 pages. Entry Fee: $25. Starts: March 1. Deadline: April 30.

The Writecorner Press E.M. Koeppel Short Fiction Award offers an annual prize of $1100 (US), publication on the Writecorner Press website and in a permanent website anthology for an unpublished short story of any style or theme up to 3000 words. If the winner proves he or she is attending post-secondary education during the contest, his or her work will also win the $500 P.L. Titus Scholarship. Entry Fee: $15 for first entry; $10 for each additional one. Starts: October 1. Deadline: April 30 (post-dated).

The Winning Writers Tom Howard / John H. Reid Fiction and Essay Contest offers an annual prize of $2000 (US) and publication on the Winning Writers website for either a short story or an essay, published or unpublished, of any theme and up to 6000 words. Entry Fee: $20. Starts: October 15. Deadline: April 30.

The Write/LA Screenwriting Competition is looking for an original feature-film screenplay (maximum 120 pages) or teleplay (maximum 70 pages), of any genre, film or television, comedy or drama. Adaptations from other works are permissible provided that the writer has permission to adapt the work or the work is in the public domain. Collaborative work is also eligible. Speculative television scripts (i.e. an episode of The Simpsons) and any scripts currently under option or previously optioned or sold are not eligible. Film and show screenplays are judged together on equal ground. The judges are looking for rich characters; an emotional connection; passionate, focused storytelling; and a great story. Three Grand Prize Winners receive all finalist, semi-finalist and quarter finalist prizes, an industry experience in Los Angeles (including air fair, hotel and breakfast opportunities to meet industry insiders), a private two-day intensive screenwriting lab/workshop (hard work, rewriting and openness to feedback make a career), a live-read gala event (up to 30 pages of each winning script will be read live by professional actors on stage in front of a theater audience in January). There will also be eight finalists, 20 semi-finalists and 50 quarter finalists. Entry Fees: Early Bird $40, Regular $55, Extended $65, Final $75. Written feedback — one page of notes focused on what works and does not work in the script and helpful suggestions — may be added to any entry for an extra $55. Start: March 23. Deadlines: Early Bird April 30, Regular June 15, Extended August 8, Final September 2.

The LAUNCH: Million Dollar Screenplay Contest is looking for screenplays from college students currently enrolled in an accredited two-year or four-year college, university and/or graduate program anywhere in the world. The winner of the contest will have his or her screenplay made by Hollywood producers as a feature film, with a budget of at least $1 000 000 (US) as well as share in $100 000 in education grants. The top three finalists will receive an offer of literary representation at a Hollywood talent agency and management firm. The top eight finalists will be awarded a share of $100 000 in education grants and other prizes. All entries will receive professional feedback from experienced industry screenplay readers, along with an opportunity to purchase a one year digital subscription to Variety Premier at a huge discount (save $100 off the $129 subscription price). Early Entry Fee: $20. Regular Entry Fee: $30. Late Entry Fee: $40. Start: March 1, 2018. Early Deadline: March 31. Regular Deadline: April 30. Late Deadline: May 31.

Latest update: 2018

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