Contests for Writers

Contests

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OK WRITERS FEDERATION INC

ANNUAL CONTEST 

30 CATEGORIES, REAL MONEY PRIZES!

The next OWFI Writing Contest starts on December 1, 2018 

and ends February 1, 2019. 

Start today!

For rules and info:  https://www.owfi.org

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THE WRITER Annual essay contest is here!

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Submit your best essay about writing as an art, lifestyle, or business 

for your chance to win $1,000!

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Deadline: March 1, 2019

ENTER NOW

Every entry we receive will be considered for publication in The Writer. 

Learn more at writermag.com/contests.

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https://www.writermag.com/contests/?utm_source=sfmc-email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=TWM%20Essay%20Contest%20Blast

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HAUNTED! closes 31 Jan 2019

My Oklahoma-based publishing company is hosting its annual Dead of Winter Flash Fiction contest this month. Please feel free to pass along the info to your writers. 

The contest closes Jan. 31 and the theme this year is HAUNTED. It's intentionally vague so that it can be interpreted however the writer likes. 

The word count max is 1,500 and the fee to enter is $15. The grand prize winner will receive $300 and 3 copies of the winner's anthology that will be later published. Non-prize winners will receive a complimentary copy. For more info about the contest, and to enter, 

go to https://wintersgracepublishing.com/dead-of-winter

Thanks!

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C.D. Smart

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Memoir - CREATIVE NONFICTION

Deadline: February 25, 2019

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Creative Nonfiction is seeking new work for an upcoming issue dedicated to memoir.

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We’re looking stories that are honest, accurate, informative, intimate, and—most importantly—true. Whether your story is revelatory or painful, hilarious or tragic, if it’s about you and your life, we want to read it.

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Submissions must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, and reach beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. We’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice; all essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate.

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Creative Nonfiction editors will award $2,500 for Best Essay and two $500 prizes for runner-up. All essays will be considered for publication in a special "Memoir" issue of the magazine to be published in 2020.

Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words.

FOR MORE INFO: https://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/memoir

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*Please note that we will check all free submissions against our subscriber database. If you are not an active subscriber, you can become one by submitting through the $25 option (which is a 25% discount off our regular subscription rate). Submissions uploaded through the free option by non-subscribers will not be read.

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Poets & Writers

Contests, Grants & Awards

https://www.pw.org/

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READERS DIGEST

Everybody has a story to share. What's yours? Send us a true story about you, in 100 words or fewer—if it's chosen by our editors for publication in our magazine, you'll be paid $100! We also may pick selected favorites to appear on our site at RD.com. For complete details, see submission guidelines.

http://www.rd.com/100-word-stories-submissions/

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L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest

Whatever your feelings about L. Ron Hubbard’s work and philosophy, the prizes for this regular contest are nothing to sneeze at. Every three months, winners earn $1,000, $750 and $500, or an additional annual grand prize worth $5,000.

Submissions must be short stories or novelettes (up to 17,000 words) in the genre of science fiction or fantasy, and new and amateur writers are welcome to apply.

Deadlines: Quarterly on January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1.

http://www.writersofthefuture.com/enter-writer-contest/

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 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize

Deadline - January 31 annually

Awarded to “the most promising and innovative literary nonfiction project by a writer not yet established in the genre,” this prize provides a $12,000 advance and publication by Graywolf Press.

If you live in the U.S. and have published at least one book (in any genre), you’re eligible to submit a current manuscript in progress for consideration. The judges look for winners who push the boundaries of traditional literary nonfiction.

https://www.graywolfpress.org/graywolf-press-nonfiction-prize

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 Tony Hillerman Prize

Presented by St. Martin’s Press and WORDHARVEST, this prize awards the best first mystery novel set in the Southwest with $10,000 and publication by St. Martin’s Press.

It’s open to professional or non-professional writers who have not yet had a mystery published, and there are specific guidelines for the structure of your story: “Murder or another serious crime or crimes must be at the heart of the story, with emphasis on the solution rather than the details of the crime.”

Deadline: Annually on June 1.

http://www.hillermanprize.com /

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Young Lions Fiction Award

This $10,000 award recognizes “young authors,” which the rules define as any author aged 35 or younger. Submit any novel or short story published or scheduled to be published in the calendar year. Works must be written for adults; children’s or YA pieces are ineligible.

Deadline: Annually in August

https://www.nypl.org/help/about-nypl/awards/young-lions-fiction-award/submission-form

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New Voices Award

Presented by Lee & Low Books, an award-winning children’s book publisher, this award is given for a previously unpublished children’s picture book manuscript (of no more than 1,500 words) written by a writer of color.

The winner receives $1,000 cash and a standard publication contract. You may submit up to two manuscripts.

Deadline: Postmarked by September 30 each year

https://www.leeandlow.com/writers-illustrators/new-voices-award

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PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Honoring the best work of fiction published by an American author in a single calendar year, this award has been given to the likes of John Updike, Philip Roth and Ann Patchett.

The winner receives $15,000 and an invitation to read at the award ceremony in Washington, DC. Four finalists also each receive a $5,000 award.

Deadline: Annually on October 31 for books published that calendar year.

http://www.penfaulkner.org/award-for-fiction/submission-guidelines/

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