Showing posts with label fiction contest. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fiction contest. Show all posts

Friday, January 21, 2011

Call for Submissions: NPR's Short Fiction Contest

National Public Radio (NPR) has announced the latest installment of its Three Minute Fiction contest. The contest, which was launched in 2009, invites writers to create stories in fewer than 600 words, which can be read in roughly three minutes.

Although the initial contest held only the word-count guideline, judge Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has given this sixth iteration a few more rules. Adichie, the author of critically acclaimed books Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun, has stated that each story submitted for this contest must include a) a joke and b) someone crying.

For more information on rules and guidelines, and for information on how to submit stories, please visit

The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. ET on January 23, 2011.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Call for Submissions: Union Station Magazine

UNION STATION is a quarterly online magazine that publishes fiction, poetry, photography, book review and interview.

With each issue, we seek to bring together diverse and emerging voices in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, as well as showcase freshest talent in photography. Please checkout our most recent Issue nO.3 at

Issue No.4 is scheduled for release in March 2011. Submissions will close for this issue on February 15, 2011.

For the complete submission guidelines, please visit the website: All submissions can be made through our online submissions manager at Submishmash:

Any questions should be directed to

(replace (at) with @ when sending e-mail).

Monday, September 14, 2009

Iowa Writers' Workshop No fee short story collection book contest


Deadline: Sept. 30th, 2009

Type: No-Fee Contest

Reading Fee: N/A

Prize: Publication

Looking for: Collections of Short Stories

Accepts: Snail mail submissions only

From their site:

The Iowa Short Fiction Award & the John Simmons Short Fiction Award


Any writer who has not previously published a volume of prose fiction is eligible to enter the competition. Previously entered manuscripts that have been revised may be resubmitted. Writers are still eligible if they have published a volume of poetry or any work in a language other than English or if they have self-published a work in a small print run. Writers are still eligible if they are living abroad or are non-US citizens writing in English. Current University of Iowa students are not eligible.


The manuscript must be a collection of short stories in English of at least 150 word-processed, double-spaced pages. We do not accept e-mail submissions. The manuscript may include a cover page, contents page, etc., but these are not required. The author’s name can be on every page but this is not required. Stories previously published in periodicals are eligible for inclusion. There is no reading fee; please do not send cash, checks, or money orders. Reasonable care is taken, but we are not responsible for manuscripts lost in the mail or for the return of those not accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. We assume the author retains a copy of the manuscript. Publication Award-winning manuscripts will be published by the University of Iowa Press under the Press’s standard contract.


Manuscripts should be mailed to: Iowa Short Fiction Award
Iowa Writers’ Workshop
507 North Clinton Street
102 Dey House
Iowa City IA 52242-1000

No application forms are necessary. Entries for the competition should be postmarked between August 1 and September 30; packages must be postmarked by September 30. Announcement of the winners will be made early in the following year. Previous Winners

Potential entrants wishing to read stories by previous winners may order The Iowa Award: The Best Stories from Twenty Years and The Iowa Award: The Best Stories, 1991–2000, both selected by Frank Conroy.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Doug Fir Fiction Award

Every Story Begins Somewhere

At The Bear Deluxe Magazine, the Pacific Northwest’s leading environmental arts publication, many short fiction stories and their authors find their first recognition through the Doug Fir Fiction Award. Now in its third year, this annual contest celebrates writing related to the natural world, sense of place or environmental issues.

Deadline: September 8, 2009 (postmark)

Prize: $1,000 and publication

Judge: Jon Raymond, The Half-Life, Livability, (Bloomsbury), and the movies Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy

Word limit: 5,000

$15 reading fee

Mail formatted submissions and entry fee (check or money order in U.S. dollars) to Orlo/The Bear Deluxe Magazine, P.O. Box 10342, Portland, Oregon 97296 USA

Publication reach: 44,000

Open to all writers in English

Complete submission guidelines:

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Jerry Jazz Musician No Fee Fiction Contest

Deadline: September 30th, 2009


Type: Contest

Entry Fee: No fee

Prize: $100

Looking for: Fiction that is original, previously unpublished work of approximately one - five thousand words.

Accepts: email submissions.

From their site:

Three times a year, Jerry Jazz Musician awards a writer who submits, in our opinion, the best original, previously unpublished work of approximately one - five thousand words. The winner will be announced via a special mailing of our Jerry Jazz Musician newsletter. Publishers, artists, musicians and interested readers are among those who subscribe to the newsletter. Additionally, the work will be published on the home page of Jerry Jazz Musician and featured there for at least four weeks.

The Jerry Jazz Musician reader has interests in music, social history, literature, politics, art, film and theatre, particularly that of the counter-culture of mid-twentieth century America. Your writing should appeal to a reader with these characteristics.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Family Circle Fiction Writing Contest: DL Aug 31

Deadline: August 31st, 2009

Type: Contest

Reading Fee: None

Prize: One grand prize winner will receive $750, publication in Family Circle, a certificate for one online course (valued at up to $610), and a one-year AvantGuild membership ($49 value). Two runners-up will each receive $250 and a one-year AvantGuild membership ($49 value), and will have his or her story published on

Looking for: Short fiction up to 2500 words

Accepts: Snail mail submissions

See the website for further details on the contest.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Apr 15: Premier Book Awards

Premier Book Awards is currently accepting entries in both fiction and non-fiction for the 2009 contest. With so many new titles published every year it is increasingly difficult for an individual book to stand out. Winning a contest is an opportunity for publicity-exposure for the author and the book.

There is no better way to gain credibility and increased sales than to win an award for writing excellence. When faced with two competing titles, buyers will invariably select the one that has won an award.Premier Book Awards were established to recognize meritorious works by writers who self-published or had their books published by a small press or independent book publisher. POD books are welcome. The contest is open to selected book length fiction and non-fiction titles with a 2008 or 2009 copyright, published in the English language and
targeted for the North American market. There are $100 cash awards for the winners in each category, plus a $500 award for the Premier Book of the Year. Winners also receive a certificate suitable for framing and Premier Book Awards will issue a press release to announce the achievement. Check the website for details:
Deadline: April 15th, 2009

Monday, November 03, 2008

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest

Dream Quest One is sponsoring Poetry and Writing (Fiction/Non-Fiction) Contests. In their own words:
Deadline: December 31, 2008
Open to anyone who loves to express their innermost thoughts and feeling into the beautiful art of poetry or to write a short story that is worth telling everyone! And to all who have the ability to dream. Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original.
Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed. And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, must be typed or neatly hand printed. Multiple poetry and short story entries are accepted. All winners will be announced on January 31, 2009.
  • Writing Contest First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.
  • Poetry Contest First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.
Entry fees: Writing Contest entry fee: $10 per short story.
Poetry Contest entry fee: $5 per poem.
To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM” Mail to:
Dream Quest One
Poetry & Writing Contest
P.O. Box 3141
Chicago, IL 60654
Visit for further details or to enter!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Narrative 30 Below Contest - No Fee!

This is the last week to enter Narrative Magazine's 30 Below Contest for writers and artists, ages 30 and under.

First Prize is $1,500
Second Prize is $750
Third Prize is $300

Ten finalists will be named, and all entries will be considered for publication.

Open to writers, visual artists, photographers, performers, and filmmakers. We are interested in narrative in the many forms it takes: the word and the image, the traditional and the innovative the true and the imaginary.

Entry deadline: October 27.
No fee to enter.

Monday, October 13, 2008

A Picture Worth Five-Hundred Words ~

Here's a picture to get you started on an entry to Tattoo Highway's current prose/poetry contest.Take a look at it, mull it over, (How do you really feel about whatever it is they're doing to those fish?) and write a 500-word-or-less short-short story, or a 15-lines-or-less poem, to send to them by "sometime in January '09." If you win, in addition to the glory, the first place winner in each category will receive a $30 bookstore gift certificate and publication in their 18th issue. Mark your entry clearly in the subject field of your email: "TH18 Contest," and send it to: submissions(at)tattoohighway(dot)org.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

You Don't Have To Be Jewish ...

... but if you have insight into the Jewish culture, you might want to look into these no-fee contests sponsored by Lilith Magazine. Lilith is accepting submissions to two contests: one for fiction, one for poetry. They are looking for original, unpublished stories (3,000 words or less), with heart, soul, and chutzpah, that illuminate issues in the lives of Jewish women. FIRST PRIZE is $250 and publication of their story in Lilith Magazine. Mail your fiction submission by November 1, 2008 to:
Lilith Magazine, 250 West 57th Street, Suite 2432, New York, NY, 10107.
(They do not accept emailed submissions).
For their poetry contest, they are looking for edgy and exciting work that touches in any way on the Jewish women's experience. Winning poets will win a cash prize, publication in Lilith Magazine, and the possibility of a public reading. You may submit up to 3 poems that do not exceed 100 lines in length. Submit your poems to the same address as the fiction contest, but don't forget to put "Charlotte Newberger Poetry Prize Competition," above the name of the magazine. Poetry entries must be postmarked by November 30, 2008. Please go to their website to check out the rest of their Writer's Guideline's.

Monday, September 22, 2008

"Election Horror" Short Fiction Contest ~

This year's theme for the Annual Apex Halloween Contest is "Election Horror," something I think it's safe to say we can all relate to. (Just the idea of the political arena makes me shudder!) Submit your short story of 1000 words or less (and for which first rights are available), to halloween(at)apexdigest(dot)com by 11:59PM EST, October 15, 2008. Prizes? Yes!
  • 1st place winner receives 10 cents a word and publication in Apex Digest Online.
  • 2nd place winner receives 5 cents a word and publication in Apex Digest Online.
  • 3rd place winner receives a free Apex Book Company hardcover.
  • 4th place winner receives a free Apex Book Company trade paperback.
Winning and second place stories will be published on November 4th (election day!) There's no fee to enter this contest, and there's plenty of inspiration no matter where your political affinities lie!

Monday, September 15, 2008

"On The Premises" Wants To Read Your Revelation!

Who hasn't believed something that turned out to be false? Web-based fiction magazine On the Premises is giving all of us to whom that's happened a chance to turn our sadder-but-wiser (or maybe happier-and-wiser ... it could happen), stories to our advantage in their current contest: Revelation. They publish winning stories in no-fee contests held every four months. Send them between 1,000 and 5,000 words of fiction in which one or more characters believes something that turns out to be false, by 11:59 pm EST, Tuesday, September 30th, for a chance to be published and win prizes:
  • 1st prize: $140
  • 2nd prize: $100
  • 3rd prize: $70
  • Honorable mention: $25 (Between 0 to 3 of these)
They're interested in compelling, well-crafted, creative stories that clearly use the premise, and all the stories they publish are the contest-winning entries. Send your submissions to entries(at)onthepremises(dot)com. If the premises of On the Premises intrigues you, please go to their website and check them out!

Monday, September 08, 2008's 24-Hour Short Story Contest!

This Writer's Weekly contest charges $5 in order to enter, but the premise is so intriguing I couldn't resist posting it here. You must enter the contest before the topic is posted; you cannot write your story first, and then enter. The start time is September 27, 2008 at 12:00 pm (noon) central time, and your story must be IN their inbox within 24 hours in order to qualify. This contest is held quarterly and limited to 500 entrants. Once you pay the 5-spot, you can download a pdf file of the contest guidelines. There are more than 85 prizes, including door prizes given at random, so there's many ways to come out a winner in this contest! Originality and good, strong endings are a priority. Please go to the contest webpage to check out the rules and guidelines (as well as all the prizes!), and then get ready to enjoy the creative stress you'll be in for ... perfect for those of you who work best under pressure!

Monday, August 25, 2008

A Sign Of The Times???

Here's another war-related contest, but the folks at Diversion Press are looking for short stories, not poetry, for their upcoming anthology: War is All We Know. Their anthology is designed to collect the best FICTION on war; historical or other fiction is fine, but they do not want real-live battle stories! Each story must include, as a quote or somewhere else in the text, the phrase "War is all we know."
Prizes are :
  • 1st: $30 dollars
  • 2nd: $20 dollars
  • 3rd: $10 dollars
All three winners will have their short-stories published and receive a free copy, including free shipping, of the publication. Winners may also have their stories and name featured on their web-site. While only three prizes will be given, other work may be considered for publication in the anthology. Please go to their website to look at the rest of their submission and proposal guidelines.
You have until December 1st 2008 to get your 20 to 40 page story submitted to them. They prefer regular mail, [Diversion Press Inc., Attn: Acquisitions Editor, P.O. Box 30277, Clarksville, TN 37040] but will also accept your work via email at divisionpress(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Friday, August 22, 2008

What's In That Drawer?

Ya gotta love a contest that gives you a theme and lots of ideas with which to flush it out. (At least, I always do!) Here's one that especially intriguing: The Muse Marquee's Mother Hen Contest has it all: a cash prize of $25, no entry fee, and a link to an article with an amazing plethora of suggestions on what to write about and how to finesse it into your short story of 1,000 words or less (less is better). The deadline isn't until October 10th 2008, so you have plenty of time to be inspired, write and then submit your story to museitupeditor(at)yahoo(dot)ca. The winning story will also be published in their November 2008 issue!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Cat Short Story Contest ~ Got Feline Fiction?

For all of the kitty-loving writers, Fireside Publications of Florida is sponsoring a Cat Short Story Contest. If you have 3,000 words or less dedicated to the furry feline(s) in your life, you may get the chance to see your four-pawed friend immortalized in print. Twenty to twenty-five winning stories will be published after all the stories have been selected, and the winners will receive a complimentary copy of the book. Submit your story, (fiction or non-fiction), and a $2 registration fee, as soon as possible to: Cat Short Story Contest, Fireside Publications, 1004 San Felipe Lane, Suite 200, The Villages, Florida, 32159. The deadline is June 30, 2008. Please go to their website for the rest of the contest guidelines.

Monday, May 26, 2008

WordClay Short Story Contest ~

If you have a short story, up to 5,000 words, why not enter it in the Wordclay Short Story Contest? All you need to do is register at, and then email your entry and a cover letter to contests(at)wordclay(dot)com before June 1, 2008. Fifteen of the finalists stories will be published in an anthology and the finalists whose work is published will receive a printed, bound copy at no cost. In addition to bound copies, the Grand Prize Winner will receive a check for $500, and the Runner Up will receive one for $250. There's something for everyone at Wordclay: even if you're not a runner up, all non-finalist participants will receive an electronic copy (e-book) of the anthology. You may enter up to three short stories; just be sure they are double-spaced and written in Times New Roman. Go to their website for the rest of the contest guidelines.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Finding Something "On the Premises"

Nothing beats a contest that provides a writing prompt, and On the Premises has one going on now with a delightful theme: "Found." If words are indeed like suitcases, how much can be packed inside this one, yes? The challenge is to write a creative, compelling, and well-crafted story between 1,000 and 5,000 words that clearly uses the premise, to wit: "One or more characters unexpectedly finds one or more physical objects somewhere. Something about the object(s) raises questions the character(s) want answered." Send your entry before midnight, Eastern Time, Saturday, May 31st, 2008, to entries(at)onthepremises(dot)com. Prizes are as follows:
  • 1st Prize: $140
  • 2nd Prize: $100
  • 3rd Prize: $70
  • Honorable Mention: $25
On the Premises is published every four months, and the stories published are the winning entries. They also occasionally run mini-contests with smaller prizes. To be eligible to enter these, all that is necessary is to sign up for their free, short, monthly newsletter.
Also delightful: there are no entry fees for any of their contests! Please go to their website to read the current issue and check out the rest of the contest guidelines.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

A Cappella Zoo Short-Story Contest ~

If you can think of a beginning, a start, a famous first step, this new magazine may be perfect for you. A Cappella Zoo is looking for short stories with the theme, "origins," to celebrate their first issue. For a mere $5 entry fee, you may submit stories between 1,000 and 10,000 words via email to contest(at)acappellazoo(dot)com, or via snail mail to A Cappella Zoo, 635 1/2 E. Benton, Pocatello, ID, 83201. The first place prize is $250 dollars, publication in their first issue, as well as a complimentary copy of said first issue. The rest of their contest guidelines may be found at this link.
They are also accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, plays, bi-lingual works, translations, photography, art, and "genre-bending" works, up to 10,000 words for prose, or up to 3 poems or visual works of art. They are currently paying $5 per printed page, up to $50. Submissions may be sent via email to submissions(at)acappellazoo(dot)com, or snail mail. For the rest of the submission guidelines, please go to their website.
They are especially looking for work that is unique and experimental in technique, form, language and thought, so if you are a "square peg," who knows better than to try to fit into "round holes," you may find your work very welcome here.