The following competitions have multiple runs and deadlines throughout each year.
The Ad Hoc Fiction Competition offers weekly publication of flash fiction based on a prompt. Entries are voted on by the public. The author of the entry that receives the most votes wins free entry to the Bath International Flash Fiction Award. Simply put, if the public decides you have the talent, you can take a shot at our £1460 in prizes. Free. The piece that wins you Ad Hoc Fiction cannot be the same piece you submit to Bath Flash Fiction Award. Entry Fee: Free. Next Deadline: Wednesday 23:00 GMT (5:00 pm MDT).
The WILDsound Contests in writing, screenplay and film are offered monthly. All entries full feedback or extra feedback and a free logline listing on the WILDsound site. Winners get entries showcased online and dramatized or read aloud using top professional actors. Winning poems are made into a film vignette. Winners of some of the contests also are guests on WILDsound’s coast to coast radio show to promote their entry and career. Entry Fee: Varies by contest. Most: $45 (CAN) for standard feedback or $100 for extra feedback. Novel: $45 for first chapter or $200 for novel. Poetry: $10 per poem. Next Deadline: Several a month. Varies by entry.
The FanStory Writing Contests are created by writers for writers. Several run simultaneously at any time. Each contest has its own rules, own rewards, own prompts and own audience. Most prizes are cash (US currency). You can enter any contest and participate in the Fanstory community free when you become a monthly ($14 (CAD) per month), one-year ($92) or two-year ($130) member of the community. (There is a seven-day free trial after joining.) The community (participation) and contests work by exchanging feedback and starred reviews of others’ works for reviews and ranking of your work — poetry, script, fiction and nonfiction. You can also advertise your work in print and sell copies of your work once you earn enough standing, both as a reviewer and a writer. Trophies are awarded for most popular set of work each year. And when you earn sufficient reputation, you can create contests. Entry Fee: Free, but must be a paid member of the community. Deadline: Varies by contest, with several running simultaneously at any time.
Contests by Deadline
The Glimmer Train Press Very Short Fiction Award offers a prize of $2000 (US), publication and 10 copies of the prize issue for a very short story of 300 to 3000 words. 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: $16 per story. Deadline (each contest): January 2, April 30 and August 31. Next Deadline: January 2.
The Sixfold Poetry and Short Story Awards offers $1000 (US) and publication for a short story of up to 20 pages (5000 words) or one to five poems of up to 10 pages. Join the Vote! Sixfold runs on writer participation. Rank, critique and comment three times within your form to select the prize-winning manuscripts and everything published (top 15 stories and top 30 sets of poems). The publication is open for anyone to read. Entry Fee: $5. Deadline (each contest): January 24, April 23, July 24 and October 24. Next Deadline: January 24.
The Bath International Flash Fiction Award is looking for short fiction up to 300 words on any theme or subject for adult or young adult readers (13+). Fifty longlisted entries are offered publication in the forthcoming Bath Flash Fiction Award Anthology and those accepting receive a free copy of the Anthology. The top prize is £1000, the second £300, the third £100 and two commendations £30. Entry Fee: £9. Next Deadline: February 16.
The Glimmer Train Press Short Story Award for New Writers offers a prize of $2500 (US), publication and 10 copies of the prize issue for a fiction story of 1000 to 12 000 words. Second place receives $500 and 10 copies of the prize issue, or, if published, $700, publication and 10 copies of the prize issue. Third place receives $300 and 10 copies of the prize issue, or, if published, $700, publication and 10 copies of the prize issue. Entry Fee: $18 per story. Deadline (each contest): February 28, June 30 or October 31. Next Deadline: February 28.
The Scriptapalooza TV Script Competition annually offers TV scriptwriters promotion and prizes for spec scripts for original pilots (30 to 60 pages), existing current half-hour sitcoms (25 to 35 pages), existing current one-hour dramas (50 to 60 pages) and reality shows (1 to 5 page treatment). In each category, the first prize is $500 (US), second prize is $200 and third prize is $100. All winning scripts will be sent to 50 producers, managers and agents, and will also receive a listing on InkTip Script and a one-year Connect membership to the International Scriptwriters’ Association. Entry Fee: $50 (add $100 for a logline, synopsis and 4 to 5 page feedback). Deadline (each contest): April 15 or October 16. Next Deadline: April 15.
The Ghost Story Semi-annual Supernatural Fiction Award offers publication in The Ghost Story website and $1,000 (US), $250 or $100 for full-length (1500 to 10 000 words) short stories that involve any paranormal, supernatural or magic realism theme, of any genre — fictional, historical, cultural, psychological and metaphorical. The winning stories will be published on Midsummer’s Eve and Halloween. If you would like your story to be considered for publication even if you do not win an Award or an Honourable Mention, let The Ghost Story know in your cover letter. Entry Fee: $20 per story. Deadline (each contest): April 30 and September 30. Next Deadline: April 30.
Contests in Waiting (Currently Being Judged or Awaiting Reopening)
The Write Practice Writing Contest is offered four times a year to help entrants write and publish a short story up to 1500 words long based on the current contest theme. The contest comes in three phases: a draft phase, a workshop phase and a submission phase. First, you enroll in the contest and draft a story based on the contest theme. Then, you post your draft in the Becoming Writer community, exchange personalized feedback and critiques with fellow writers, and workshop your story as you go along. Next, you submit your polished story for judging. Publication in a literary magazine of every polished entry is guaranteed … win or lose, unless you do not want to be published. This means you get your name out there, you get your work out there, you get to network and you get to practise writing for an unrestricted audience. The winner also receives $300 (US), one year of free premium membership to Becoming Writer, a feature on the front page of the contest magazine and an invitation to become a monthly contributor to the magazine. Other prizes will given to two runner-ups and to honourable mentions. Those who choose to have their stories published will also be entered for the Readers’ Choice Award. Readers and fellow contest participants will have a week to vote for their favourite story, and the winner will also be featured on the front page of the contest magazine. Entry Fee: $30 or $50 if you also want feedback from the judges. Enrollment Deadline: Last submission May 28, 2019.
The Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge repeatedly offers publication in Poetry Asides in the Writer’s Digest magazine. Check out forms of poetry. Entry Fee: Free. Next Deadline: Currently judging. Last submission October 15.
The Your Story Competition is offered 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. You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc. Entry Fee: Free. Next Deadline: Currently judging. Last submission November 18.
Nomination and Chosen Contests
The B.R.A.G. (Book Readers Appreciation Group) Medallion is awarded to self-published digital books (ebooks) from around the world that pass a rigorous selection process, including an initial screening for content and quality and a reading by a selected group of global readers passionate about reading and discovering talented self-published authors. indieBRAG only considers digital books that are nominated by the author or his or her designated representative. On average, only 20-25% of the books considered are awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion. Recipients of a B.R.A.G. Medallion will receive the medallion, a summary report showing the ratings that were used to make the final decision, help with social promotion and promotion on the indieBRAG website. Authors will be able to use the B.R.A.G. Medallion on their websites and/or book covers to inform their readers that their book has been so honoured. Entry Fee: $75 (US). Deadline: By self-nomination. No submission period.
The Earle Birney Prize for Poetry is presented each year to one outstanding poet published in PRISM magazine. An annual prize of $500 is awarded. Entry Fee: None. Deadline: Enter only by acceptance of a piece for publication in PRISM magazine.
Latest update: December 2019
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