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

The Annual Brick Road Poetry Book Contest is looking for the best previously unpublished book (50 – 100 pages) of poetry. The winner receives $1000 (US), book publication, 25 copies of his or her book and a publishing contract. Entry Fee: $25. Deadline: November 1.

The Tennessee Williams One-act Play Contest is offered annually for a previously unpublished and unproduced play. The winner receives $1500 (US), staged reading and production of the play, publication in Bayou Magazine and VIP Festival pass to play. Entry Fee: $25. Deadline: November 1.

The Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize is awarded annually for the finest scholarly work in English on Abraham Lincoln or the American Civil War. The top prize, $50 000 (US), generally goes to (by priority) a book; an important article or essay; a work or works of fiction, poetry, theatre, film or art provided they are true to history; or a historical project, such as an inspired conference or an editing project. As many as two prizes may be awarded each year. Entry Fee: Free. Deadline: November 1.

The Annual William F. Deeck Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers is looking for unpublished work to an author who demonstrates commitment to the genre of mystery stories of the Agatha Christie type — i.e., “traditional mysteries” that feature no excessive gore, gratuitous violence, or explicit sex. The entrant must not have published a book, short story, or dramatic work in the mystery field, either in print, electronic, or audio form. The prize is $2500 (US), comprehensive registration to the upcoming Malice Domestic convention (where the prize will be awarded) and two nights’ lodging at the convention hotel. Entry Fee: Free (this is an application and you must account for what you did with the money and what you accomplished at the end of the grant period). Deadline: November 1.

The ScreenCraft’s Annual Cinematic Short Story Contest is looking for original, non-script short fiction (from flash fiction to novella, up to 20 000 words) with special cinematic potential. The grand prize winner will receive $1000 (US) and personal introductions to literary agents, managers, film and TV producers and publishers. The top 5 finalists will be read by ScreenCraft’s network of over 40 literary and entertainment industry professionals. All rights and ownership to stories submitted to this contest remain with the author, until and unless other agreements are made. Early Entry Fee: $39 per story. Late Entry Fee: $59 per story. Early Deadline: November 4. Late Deadline: December 16.

The Writer’s Digest Annual Poetry Awards offers cash, publication and a copy of the Poet’s Market Catalogue for any poem — of all styles: rhyming, free verse, haiku, and more — up to 32 lines. The stipend for first place is $1000 (US), for second place $250, third $100, fourth to tenth $100 discount and eleventh to twenty-fifth $50 discount. Other prizes are also offered. Early-bird Entry Fee: $15 for the first poem, $10 for each poem after. Standard Entry Fee: $20 for the first poem, $15 for each poem after. Early Deadline: October 2. Standard Deadline: November 6.

The Tennessee Williams Very Short Fiction Contest is awarded annually for a story up to 1000 words. The winner receives $500 (US), publication in New Orleans Review Web Features, public reading at the Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival (including flight and accommodation) and a VIP All-Access Pass for the festival. Entry Fee: $10. Deadline: November 8.

The Writer’s Digest Annual Short Short Story Competition for best short story up to 1500 words has a $3000 (US) prize for first place, $1500 for second, $500 for third, $100 discount for fourth to tenth, and $50 discount for eleventh to twenty-fifth (and more). No categories are listed. Early-bird Entry Fee: $25 for first entry, $20 for each entry after. Standard Fee: $30 for first entry, $25 for each entry after. Early Deadline: November 15. Standard Deadline: December 15.

The Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards is accepting short fiction up to 4000 words in the Romance, Thriller/Suspense, Mystery/Crime, Horror, Science-Fiction/Fantasy, and Young Adult genres. The grand prize over all genres is $2500 (US) plus other prizes. First place in each genre is $500 and other prizes. Honorable mentions are promoted. Early-bird Entry Fee: $20 per entry. Standard Fee: $25 for first entry, $20 for each entry after. Early-bird Deadline: October 16. Standard Deadline: November 15.

The Book Pipeline Competition is looking internationally for unique, compelling, published or unpublished novels, plays, graphic novels and comics, short stories, and book proposals or pitches (fiction or non-fiction), in any genre, fiction or non-fiction, that are suitable for film or television adaptation. Novels, novellas and full-length books must submit the first 5000 words or so of the work. Plays, graphic novels, proposals and short stories must submit the complete manuscript. A 1-3 page full synopsis must accompany all entries. Top prize wins $10 000 (US) and circulation to leading production companies, managers, and agencies best-suited for developing the selected project. Finalists and semifinalists also receive circulation consideration. Every entrant will receive general feedback on their submission, specifically on the material’s adaptation potential. Entry Fee: $75. Deadline: November 15.

The Tennessee Williams Poetry Contest is offered annually for 2-4 original unpublished poems, of any style or theme, with a combined length up to 400 lines, to emerging poets who have not published a book of poetry and not won any prizes or contests. The winner receives $1000 (US), publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine, public reading at the Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival and a VIP All-Access Pass for the festival. Entry Fee: $15. Deadline: November 15.

The Bath Children’s Novel Award is looking for international unsigned novelists writing in any middle grade or young adult genre, except picture books. There is no minimum or maximum word count; however, as a guide, the Award recommends 6000 – 10 000 words for a chapter book, 40 000 – 60 000 words for middle grade work and 50 000 – 70 000 words for young adult (or longer for fantasy novels). Submit the first 5000 words plus a one-page full synopsis. Junior Judges aged from 7 to 17 years will longlist the entries. Longlistees will be invited to submit their full manuscript for final judging by a leading children’s literary agent. First prize is £2000. Shortlistees will receive a £500 award and introduction to an individually tailored list of literary agents. One shortlisted writer will receive a voucher from Cornerstones Literary Consultancy that may be exchanged for editorial reports and/or mentoring hours. Entry Fee: $25 per novel. Deadline: November 19.

The Your Story Competition for this month asks for the opening sentence (just one sentence), of 25 words or fewer, to a story based on the photo provided on the contest page. You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc. Entry Fee: Free. Deadline: November 20.

The Tennessee Williams Fiction Contest is offered annually for a story up to 7000 words. The winner receives $1500 (US), publication in Louisiana Literature Magazine, public reading at the Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival (including flight and accommodation) and a VIP All-Access Pass for the festival. Entry Fee: $25. Deadline: November 30.

The George Bennett Fellowship is offered annually to help writers of exceptional talent to carve out time to write. The winner receives room and board for writer and family at Phillips Exeter Academy, plus a stipend (currently $15 570 (US)), medical and dental insurance, long-term disability coverage and access to an employee assistance program. The winning Writer-in-Residence is invited to unofficially and informally help Exeter English and writing students during his or her term. Preference is given to a writer of fiction; however, literary non-fiction, poetry and drama are also eligible. There is a clear hope that the manuscript, partially completed at the beginning of the tenure of the Fellowship, shall be completed at the end, and submitted to a publisher. Entry Fee: $15. Deadline: November 30.

Latest update: 2017

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