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

The Glimmer Train Press Family Matters Contest offers an annual prize of $2500 (US), publication and 10 copies of the prize issue for a story of 1000 to 12 000 words about families of all configurations. Second place receives $500 and third $300, unless these winners’ stories are published in which case both winners receive $700, plus 10 copies of the prize issue. Entry Fee: $18 per story. Deadline: January 2.

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 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 87. 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 8.

The Colorado Prize for Poetry is offered annually for the best previously unpublished book-length (48-100 pages) collection of poetry.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 Prizes offer $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 Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction offers a first prize of $1500 (CAN) and publication in PRISM magazine for an original, previously unpublished short fiction story up to 6000 words. Stories from runner-ups will also be considered for publication in the winner’s issue. All other entries will be considered for publication as regular submissions (for the possibility of publication in other issues of PRISM). PRISM will also purchase First North American Serial Rights for all work accepted for publication. Entry Fee: $35 for Canadian entries, $40 for US entries and $45 for International entries (includes a one-year subscription, or extension, to PRISM magazine, beginning with the contest issue). Each additional entry: $5. Deadline: Post-marked January 15.

The Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Contest is offering $3000 (US) 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: $30 for first entry. $25 per additional manuscript. Extended Deadline: January 15.

The Omnidawn Open Poetry-book Contest offers $3000 (US) to any writer worldwide for 40 – 120 pages of poetry, not including front and back matter, with no limitations on the amount of poetry the writer has published. Entry Fee: $27. Start: November 11. Deadline: Post-marked January 16.

The Eric Hoffer Book Award is offered internationally and annually for the best recently published (up to 2 years) book from an academic press, small press, micro press, or self-published author. Printed, e-books, and chapbooks are accepted. First prize is $2000 (US) and publication. Other prizes, including medals, are also given. A selection of other entries may be published as well. Entry Fee: $55/nomination. Deadline: Post-marked January 21.

The Crazyhorse Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry are annual awards for the best unpublished 1) short story up to 25 pages (Crazyhorse Fiction Prize), 2) essay up to 25 pages (Crazyhorse Nonfiction Prize) and 3) set of 1-3 poems no more than ten pages long in total (Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize). The prize in each category is $2000 (US) and publication in Crazyhorse magazine. Entry Fee: $20 (includes one-year subscription to Crazyhorse). Start: January 1. Deadline: January 31.

The Fish Publishing Short Memoir Prize is looking for memoirs up to 4000 words. The top ten memoirs will be published in the 2018 Fish Anthology; the winners will each receive five copies of the anthology and an invitation to read at its launch during the West Cork Literary Festival in July. First prize is €1000. Second is a week on a writers’ retreat at Casa Ana, La Alpujarra, Spain, plus €300. Fish holds publishing rights for one year after publication, after which publishing rights revert to the author. Entry Fee: Online: €17 (€11 for subsequent entries), €40 with a critique. Post: €19 (€13 for subsequent entries), €42 with critique. Deadline: January 31.

The DISQUIET International Literary Prize is looking for original unpublished short fiction-stories, fiction-novel excerpts, pieces of nonfiction and poems from around the world. An entry can be one short story, novel excerpt or piece of nonfiction, up to 25 double-spaced pages, or six poems, up to 10 pages total. Winning work in each category (fiction, nonfiction and poetry) will be published in some of North America’s leading publications. The grand prize is a full fellowship (airfare stipend, tuition, and housing included) to the DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal, one of the mythic literary epicenters of the world. Runners-up and other outstanding entrants will be considered for financial aid. The July 1 – July 13 program brings writers from around the world to the heart of Lisbon for intensive writing workshops with acclaimed faculty and writing guests, all reputed teachers. The program is packed day-to-day with something to do at almost any time of day or night: intensive core workshops; unique optional workshops; seminars on aspects of writing craft; conversations, exchange of ideas and discussions with editors, and writers from around the world; series of lectures on Portuguese literature and culture; informal talks and readings with Portuguese writers, guest writers and faculty; literary walks; film screenings; social events; and excursions within Lisbon and its environs. Each evening is followed by gatherings at local tascas or many of the city’s terrific restaurants and bars. Entry Fee: $15 (US). Deadline: January 31.

The Screw Turn Flash Fiction Competition offers $300 (US), $100 or $50, and Valentine’s Day publication on The Ghost Story website, for flash fiction pieces, of 250 – 1000 words, that incorporate an uncanny element: ghost, paranormal or supernatural theme, or magic realism, with preference for superb writing, fresh perspectives and maybe a few surprises. Multiple entries and simultaneous submissions are permitted. However, not stories that have been published previously or that are scheduled for publication elsewhere. Entry Fee: $10. Start: December 15. Deadline: January 31.

The International Radio Playwriting Competition, presented by the BBC World Service, British Council and Open University, is looking for scripts for a 53 minute radio play on any subject with up to six central characters (approximately 9000 to 10 000 words). New and established international writers, over the age of 18 and living outside the United Kingdom, are eligible. Novel adaptations and plays featuring central roles for children are not eligible. Submissions must not be previously professionally produced nor offered for publication, performance or broadcast in any other form or medium. A play synopsis of up to 400 words is required. Two winners will receive cash prizes of £2200 ($3000 (US)) — one for writers with English as a First Language and another for writers with English as a Second Language. Both winners will also be flown to London to attend an award ceremony and see their plays recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service. An Encouragement Award, the Georgi Markov Prize, will include a trip to London and two weeks accommodation — a week of which will be spent with the BBC’s London Radio Drama department and a week with BBC World Service. This prize does not include recording or broadcast of the writer’s script. Entry Fee: Free. Deadline: January 31.

Latest update: 2018

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