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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, including a logline, synopsis and critique, costs an extra $100. Deadlines: January 4, February 1, March 10, April 15 and April 29.

The Your Story Competition is offered monthly or bimonthly by Writer’s Digest. Writer’s Digest provides a short, open-ended prompt. You respond to that prompt. The winner is published in an upcoming issue of Writer’s Digest. Competition 71. Write a short story, of 700 words or fewer, to a story based on the photo on the competition page. You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc. Entry Fee: Free. Next Deadline: January 11.

The Colorado Prize for Poetry is offered annually for the best previously unpublished book-length (48-100 pages) collection of poetry. The winner receives $2,000 (US) and publication of the book. Entry Fee: $25 by mail or $28 online (includes one-year subscription to Colorado Review). Deadline: Post-dated January 14.

The BkMk Press Book Prize is offering $1000 (US) and publication for the best book-length collections of poetry (50 – 110 single-spaced pages, The John Ciardi Prize for Poetry) and of short fiction (125 – 300 double-spaced pages, The G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction) in English by a living author. Entry Fee: $25 plus printing fee, includes copy of the winning book. Deadline: January 15.

The Prism Magazine Short Fiction Contest is offering $2000, $300 and $200 (CAN) prizes for a 6000 word or less short fiction story. Entrants get a one-year subscription to Prism magazine (per entry). Entry Fee: $35 plus $5 for each additional entry. Deadline: January 15.

The Prism Magazine Poetry Contest is offering $1000, $300 and $200 (CAN) prizes for an entry of three poems. Entrants get a one-year subscription to Prism magazine (per entry). Entry Fee: $35 plus $5 for each additional poem (entry). Deadline: January 15.

The Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Contest is offering (annually) $3000 plus publication and other prizes for a short story no longer than 1500 words on any subject in any genre in fiction. Entrants also get a pass to a free webinar on short fiction marketing and publishing. Entry Fee: $25 per manuscript. Extended Deadline: January 15.

The Crazyhorse Fiction Prize is an annual award for the best unpublished short story of 25 pages or less. Prize is $2,000 (US) and publication. Entry Fee: $15 for new entrants/entry; $12 for renewing entrants/entry (includes two-issue, one-year subscription/entry). Deadline: January 16.

The Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize is an annual reward for the best unpublished single poem. Up to three poems no more than ten pages long in total can be submitted per entry. Prize is $2,000 (US) and publication. Entry Fee: $15 for new entrants/entry; $12 for renewing entrants/entry (includes two-issue, one-year subscription/entry). Deadline: January 16.

The Eric Hoffer Award for Independent Books is offered annually for the best previously and independently published book, be it small, micro, academic or self-published, in the last two years. The winner receives $2,000 (US). The top ten entries receive prizes. Entry Fee: $50/nomination. Deadline: January 21.

The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest offers you the tools and resources you need to complete a salable screenplay if you can turn the following logline into the beginning (15 pages) of a killer script: “With the most violent hurricane in recorded history heading straight for Manhattan, a rookie NYC detective is the only hope to bring down a group of international criminals who have planned the perfect heist.” Top 10 finalists are mentored in a 12-week ScriptXpert Scriptwriting Coaching mentoring program, including comprehensive feedback and Development Notes for every 10 pages submitted, and get their own copies of Movie Magic Screenwriter to professionally format their work. A mentor will then help the finalists complete their final drafts (two week period). Final drafts will be judged further and the winner gets an A-List Screenwriter Experience – a three day stay in Los Angeles, accommodations at the swanky Hollywood Hotel, a one-on-one learning-lunch with Judd Payne, and one-on-one meetings with Pannon Entertainment and other industry companies. All finalists get the Hollywood Screenwriting Directory, the Pocket Screenwriting Guide: 120 Tips to Getting to FADE OUT and Movie Magic Screenwriter 6. And all entrants can request feedback for a $20 (US) fee. In addition, you show that you can take another’s idea and turn it into a winning script – a trait that’s truly valued in Hollywood, and serves as a priceless addition to your screenwriting resume. Early Entry Fee: $40. Early Deadline: January 31. Standard Entry Fee: $50. Standard Deadline: March 31. Extended Entry Fee: $75. Extended Deadline: April 30.

The 99fiction Competition offers a monthly Amazon.com or Flipkart.com $25 (US) voucher for a short story of 99 words or less. Entry Fee: Free. Next Deadline: January 31.

The Short Story Monthly 500 Flash Fiction Competition offers monthly prizes for flash fiction up to 500 words in any genre. The monthly prize is £50 and publication on the site. Entry Fee: £2.28. Next Deadline: January 31.

Latest update: 2016

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