The Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition offers publication, international exposure, your name on the cover of Writer’s Digest, an interview with Writer’s Digest, platform strategy consultation, one-on-one attention from four editors or agents, one-year subscription to Writer’s Digest Tutorials, $5000 (US), and a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference. Prizes are also offered for other winners. And winning entries will be on display in the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection. The categories being considered are: inspirational writing (up to 2500 words), memoirs and personal essays (up to 2000 words), magazine articles (up to 2000 words), genre short stories (mystery, romance, etc.) (up to 4000 words), mainstream/literary short story (up to 4000 words), rhyming poetry (up to 32 verses), non-rhyming poetry (up to 32 verses), stage play (first 15 pages plus synopsis), television/movie script (first 15 pages plus synopsis), and children’s/young adult fiction (up to 2000 words). Early Entry Fee: Prose: $25 for first; $20 for each additional prose. Poetry: $15 for first; $10 for each additional poem. Early Deadline: May 6. Standard Entry Fee: Prose: $30 for first; $25 for each additional prose. Poetry: $20 for first; $15 for each additional poem. Standard 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. Early Deadline: April 1. Standard Entry Fee: $110 for first entry, $85 for each additional entry. Standard Deadline: May 2. Extended Entry Fee: $110 for first entry, $85 for each additional entry. Extended Deadline: June 6.

The Inkitt Grand Novel Contest offers a publishing offer from Inkitt for a finished, original, non-fan-fiction novel of 40 000 words or more and any genre. The Grand Novel Contest Winner (determined by reader engagement) receives a publishing offer from Inkitt (including cover design and editing), a custom Inkitt coffee mug and a custom Inkitt notepad. (The Grand Novel Contest Winner receives 85% of net earnings if the license is sold to an A-list publisher (e.g. Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, MacMillan or HarperCollins). In case the A-list publishers don’t pick it up, Inkitt will publish the novel and the author will receive 50% of Inkitt’s net earnings.) The Readers Choice Award Winner (determined by reader vote) receives a vintage portable Groma Hummingbird mechanical typewriter, a custom Inkitt coffee mug, a custom Inkitt notepad and a silver badge on the winner’s profile. The Top 10% Winners receive a “Top 10%” badge on their profiles. The odds of winning are dependent on number of entries, votes accumulated and the engagement of your readers. Entry Fee: Free. Starts: March 7. Deadline: June 7. Voting Period: March 7 – June 14.

The Narrative Prize is awarded annually for the best short story, novel excerpt, poem, one-act play, graphic story, or work of literary nonfiction published by a new or emerging writer in Narrative. The prize is $4000 (US), wide name-and-work publicity and citation in an ongoing listing in Narrative. Entry Fee: Free (in fact, if we publish your work, we will pay you for it and enter you into the competition). Deadline: June 15.

The Winning Writers’ North Street Book Prize for Self-published Books offers $1500 (US) plus expert marketing services — a marketing analysis and one-hour phone consultation with author, poet and instructor Carolyn Howard-Johnson; a $300 credit at BookBaby; and three free $150-ads in the Winning Writers newsletter — for the winning self-published book in each of Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction & Memoir. Any year of publication is acceptable, but children’s books and poem collections are not. You may submit a collection of short stories or essays as a single entry. Two honourable mentions in each category will receive $250. All winners will get 1000-6000 word excerpts of their winning books, and accompanying critiques, published online. All contestants will receive a copy of Carolyn’s The Frugal Editor. Entry Fee: $50 per book. Starts: February 15. Deadline: June 30.

The Burnside Review Chapbook Competition is offered annually for the best previously unpublished poetry chapbook of 18 to 24 pages of poetry. Individual poems may be previously published. The top prize is 10 copies of the chapbook, published by Burnside Review Press, and a cash prize of $200 (US). Entry Fee: Not given (free). Starts: March 15. Deadline: June 30.

The Drue Heinz Literature Prize offers $15 000 (US) and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press to multinational writers who have published a novel or a book-length collection of fiction with a reputable book publisher, or who have published a minimum of three short stories or novellas in magazines or journals of national distribution. Digital-only publication and self-publication do not count toward this requirement. Eligible submissions include an unpublished manuscript of short stories; two or more novellas (a novella may comprise a maximum of 130 double-spaced typed pages); or a combination of one or more novellas and short stories. Novellas are only accepted as part of a larger collection. Manuscripts may be no fewer than 150 and no more than 300 typed pages. Prior publication of your manuscript as a whole in any format (including electronic) makes it ineligible, though stories or novellas previously published in magazines or journals or as part of an anthology are eligible. Each submission must include a list of all of the writer’s published short fiction work, with full citations. Entry Fee: Not announced (free). Starts: May 1. Deadline: June 30.

The New Apple Self-Published Summer E-Book Awards offers Medalist Winners and Official Selections in each category a digital New Apple Winner or Selection medallion (for cover placement, website or promotional materials), a New Apple Winner’s or Selection’s Certificate suitable for framing and a year’s worth of online exposure through NewAppleLiterary.com and the official New Apple twitter feed. Medalist Winners also get individual press release announcements. Any English self-published or small press (releasing less than 25 novels per year) e-book currently available for sale and published between January 1, 2014, and June 30, 2016, may be entered into up to 5 of 30 available fiction and non-fiction categories. There is a limit of one category win per entry. Early Entry Fee: $25 (US) per entry for first category; $10 for each additional category. Early Deadline: April 30. Final Entry Fee: $35 per entry for first category; $15 each additional category. Final Deadline: June 30.

The Industry Insider Television Writing Contest offers every entrant the unique chance to learn about the television writing industry, while also creating and writing a television pilot script. Each entrant will get a TV Pilot Kit, which he or she will submit for judging. The top 50 semi-finalists will attend the exclusive TV Pilot Boot Camp: Designing The Series webinar, then have one month to write the first draft of their pilots. The top 10 finalists will enter the ScriptXpert Story Specialists mentoring program, where they will polish their pilot and create a Show Bible. The winner of the contest receives unparalleled industry experience, a meeting with AMC and other industry insiders, and much more. Early Fee: $40 (US). Early Deadline: March 31. Standard Fee: $50. Standard Deadline: May 31. Extended Fee: $75. Extended Deadline: June 30.

Latest update: 2016