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Deadline Extended: The American Short Fiction Prize –

The American Short Fiction Prize—a contest for stories between 2,000 and 6,500 words—is now open for submissions. This year we are honored to have Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies (Obama’s favorite book of 2015), as our guest judge. The first-place winner will receive a $1,000 prize and publication in our spring issue. One runner-up will receive $500 and all entries will be considered for publication. Submit your story through our online submission manager by June 15! More contest details after the jump.

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Guidelines | Ploughshares

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Emerging Writer’s Contest

Deadline is May 22, 2017

The Emerging Writer’s Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book. The winner in each genre will be awarded $2,000. Read past winners of the contest here. To submit to the Emerging Writer’s Contest, please visit our submission manager.

The 2017 contest judges are Garth Greenwell (fiction), Meghan Daum (nonfiction), and Natalie Diaz (poetry).

The winning story, essay, and poems from the 2017 contest will be published in the Winter 2017-18 issue of Ploughshares, and each writer will receive $2,000 and two copies of the issue in which their work appears.

You are eligible if you:

  • Have yet to publish a book (including chapbooks, eBooks, translations, books in other languages/countries, and self-published works).
  • Have no book forthcoming before April 15, 2018.
  • Are not affiliated with Ploughshares or Emerson College as a contributing author, volunteer screener, blogger, intern, student, staff member, or faculty member.
  • Will not have a relationship with Emerson before April 15, 2018 (example: if there is a chance you will attend the Emerson MFA program in the coming year or if your work has been accepted for publication for an upcoming issue).

The contest opens March 1, 2017 at noon EST and has been extended to May 22, 2017 at noon EST. We will announce winners in mid-September, 2017.

Fiction and Nonfiction: Under 6,000 words
Poetry: 3-5 pages

Submit one entry per year via our online submission manager.

  • No entries via email or mail will be considered for the contest.
  • Submitted work must be original and previously unpublished in any form.
  • For poetry, we will be reading both for the strongest individual poem and the general level of work, and may choose to publish one, some, or all of the winner’s submitted poems.
  • Cover letters are not necessary. All identifying information will be removed from submissions.

Entry Fee
Entry to the contest requires a $24 fee, which is waived if the submitter is a current subscriber. The fee is:

  • Payable by Visa or MasterCard through the online submission system.
  • Includes a 1-year subscription to Ploughshares (beginning with the Spring 2017 issue and ending with the Winter 2017-18 issue).
  • Includes free submissions to the 2017 reading period

Current subscribers—through the Winter 2017-18 issue—may submit for free.*

*If you are a current subscriber, you will still be prompted to checkout, but you will not be required to enter your credit card information and will not be charged.

To submit to the Emerging Writer’s Contest, please visit our submission manager.

Source: Guidelines | Ploughshares

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Writing tip Wednesday: “Short, short story contest”


We’ll keep this short.

Enter the Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for a chance at $3,000 and a trip to the 2016 Writer’s Digest Conference, PLUS national exposure for your story! Click here to see the full prize list.

Here’s the bottom line.

Keep your story under 1,500 words to qualify, and be sure to get your work to us by December 14.

One First Place Winner will receive:

  • $3,000 in cash
  • Their short story title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2016 issue
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!
  • A copy of the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
  • A copy of the 2016 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
  • A copy of the 2016 Guide to Literary Agents.

Other prizes and how to enter: http://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/short-short-story-competition?utm_source=competition&utm_campaign=wd-tjo-comp-161125&utm_content=801449_WC151125&utm_medium=email

Deadline: December 14, 2015

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Writing tip Wednesday: “New Writer Award”

Glimmer Train Press: New Writer Award: 1st place $1,500 and publication in Issue 98. Deadline: 11/30.

Glimmer Train

Glimmer Train

  • This category is open only to emerging writers whose fiction has not appeared in any print publication with a circulation over 5000.
  • NOTE: 11 of the last 12 first-place winners have been those authors’ first print publications!
  • The 1st-place winner will be published in Issue 98 and will receive 10 copies of that issue. Second- and 3rd-place win $500/$300, respectively, or, if accepted for publication, $700.
  • Winners and finalists will be announced in the February 1 bulletin, and contacted directly the previous week.
  • Most submissions run 1,500 – 6,000 words, but stories as long as 12,000 words are fine.

Writing Guidelines: http://www.glimmertrain.com/pages/guidelines/short_story_award_for_new_writers_guidelines.php


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Writing tip Wednesday: “Star Trek Strange New Worlds story contest”

Kirk (left) and Spock (right).

Kirk (left) and Spock (right).

The deadline for entry is 11:59 PM EST January 15, 2016.

In celebration of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary in 2016, publisher Simon & Schuster is bringing back the popular fan fiction writing contest, Strange New Worlds! Here is your unique opportunity to present to this world and beyond that special Star Trek story that has never been told.

Ten winning selections will be published as part of an all-new official anthology, coming from Simon & Schuster in 2016. Plus, two first prize winners will receive a free, self-publishing package from Archway Publishing!

Editorial Guidelines

Stories must focus on past and present Star Trek main characters or familiar guest characters from the live-action TV series or the first ten feature films released prior to 2009.

  • Stories must be between 7,500 and 10,000 words.
  • Stories must contain no explicit sexual activity or graphic depictions of violence or sadism.
  • Stories may not contain the previously unestablished death of a Star Trek character or make significant changes in the life of a major character.
  • No illustrated or graphic submissions will be accepted.
  • The Submission must be an original story based on the established Star Trek universe and or characters from the following Television series or Motion Pictures:

    The Original Series, Seasons 1-3
    The Next Generation, Seasons 1-7
    Deep Space Nine, Seasons 1-7
    Voyager, Seasons 1-7
    Enterprise, Seasons 1-4

    Motion Pictures
    The Motion Picture (1979)
    The Wrath of Khan (1982)
    The Search for Spock (1984)
    The Voyage Home (1986)
    The Final Frontier (1989)
    The Undiscovered Country (1991)
    Generations (1994)
    First Contact (1996)
    Insurrection (1998)
    Nemesis (2002)

  • See complete list of story qualifications/disqualifications in the Rules at http://www.startrekbooks.com/contest_rules.

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2014 Contest | Knoxville Writers’ Guild

2014 Contest | Knoxville Writers' Guild.

Still time to enter. Deadline has been extended to August 15th.

Categories include Creative Nonfiction, Crime/Mystery. Science Fiction/Fantasy, Novel Except, One Act Play, Short Story, Poetry, Romance, Screenwriting, Young Writer’s Fiction Prize, and Young Writer’s Poetry Prize.

Details located at: http://www.knoxvillewritersguild.org/contest

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Writing tip Wednesday: “Contest — ‘Still'”

Source: http://www.stilljournal.net/contest.php

Contest deadline is August 31, 2014.

Contest deadline is August 31, 2014.

The editors of Still: The Journal announce the fifth annual Writing Contests for fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. Contest entries should be in keeping with our publishing philosophy which states: “Our emphasis is on the literature of the Southern Appalachian region, and we are committed to publishing excellent writing that does not rely on clichés and stereotypes. We want to feature writing that exemplifies the many layers and complexities of the region or that is written by an author with a connection to the region.”

Contest Rules:
Submitted contest entries must be unpublished and should not have previously appeared in print or online in any form, including personal blogs and websites.

Simultaneous entries are accepted as long as you let us know if your submissions will be published elsewhere before the contest ends.

We accept ONLY electronic submissions and fee payment through Submittable.

The contest reading fee is $9 per entry, payable through Still’s Submittable account, which can be accessed below.

An entry is defined as:
one short story,
or one creative nonfiction piece,
or three poems.

Multiple submissions in multiple genres are acceptable as long as you pay a separate entry fee for each submission. Contest entry fees cannot be refunded under any circumstances.

Manuscripts should be typed in a standard 12-point font and should have numbered pages. Prose must be double spaced. Poetry should be single spaced. Prose entries must not exceed 6,500 words. Poetry entries should not exceed 80 lines per poem.

All contest entries are processed and read on a “blind” basis; therefore, your name or any other identifying information must not appear anywhere on the manuscript(s).

Submissions should be sent as a Word document, rich text file, or PDF file only.

Deadline is 11:59 p.m., August 31, 2014.

Winners will be notified by September 30, 2014. Winning entries and finalists will be announced publicly in Issue #16 Fall 2014, Still: The Journal.

All entries will be acknowledged.

Failure to follow any of the above guidelines will result in disqualification. No entry fees can be returned.

Inquiries or questions should be directed to contest@stilljournal.net

Contest Prizes:
Winners of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction receive $150 each and publication in Still: The Journal #16: Fall 2014. All other contest entries will be considered for possible publication. Previous first prize contest winners are ineligible to enter 2014 contests in the same genre but may submit to other genres.

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