will find links to a variety of writing contests in which you can
enter your novel or short story. Before submitting anything to any
competition, it is worth reading the article at the top of the list
- Beware of Fake Awards.
Beware of Fake Awards - warns of writing contest scams.
- 3 Day
Novel Contest - this contest has been running every year
for over three decades. It runs for the three days of the Labour
Day weekend every year. There is a nominal entry fee. The 2014
contest had 454 entries from around the world.
Adventure Writer's Competition - this annual competition
sponsored by the Clive Cussler Collector's Society has a $1000
prize. The 2014 deadline has passed and the 2015 competition has
not been announced yet, so check back occasionally.
Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award - an annual contest that
accepts entries during the last two weeks of February each year.
Contest is limited to 10,000 entries. Word count must be between
50,000 and 125,000 words. There is no entry fee. And the prizes
are huge, ranging up to a $50,000 US grand prize. The contest
was replaced by the KindleScout program in 2015.
KindleScout - A new program from Amazon that replaced
their Breakthrough Novel Award in 2015. It is an open-ended
process with no deadline so you can submit your work any time.
Unfortunately, entrants must have a US bank account and a US SIN
or TIN number, which severly restricts the ability of non-US
residents to enter.
Annual Halloween Ghost Story Writing Contest - a fun
contest from saugus.net with little in the way of prizes - you
get your story published on their website and a t-shirt.
Deadline is October 22nd.
Black River Chapbook Competition - this bi-annual
contest from Black Lawrence Press welcomes short books of poetry
or fiction (16-36 pages). The winner gets $500 and has his book
published. The Spring entry period is from April 1st - May 31st
and the Fall entry period is from Sept. 1st - Oct. 31st. There
is a $15 entry fee.
Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest - a whimsical contest in
which each contestant submits one sentence, the worst opening
sentence for a novel imaginable. The contest is named after
Edward Bulwer-Lytton, a popular 19th Century writer who started
one of his novels with "It was a dark and stormy night".
Submissions accepted 365 days a year up to the contest deadline
of April 15th.
Creative Communication Contests - Creative
Communications holds two contests annually, one is poetry and
the other is essay. The contest is open to students in grades
K-12 in Canada and the US. Deadline for the essay contest in is
Oct. 15, 2014. For the poetry contest, Dec. 5, 2014.
Graywolf Literary Non-fiction Award - this annual
contest offers publication and a $12,000 advance to the winner.
Dates for 2015 have not yet been set.
Kindergarten Story Writing Contest - this contest is
looking for stories up to 150 words long geared to 5 and 6 year
olds. Top prize is $500. There is a $15 entry fee. Deadline for
2014 is November 7th. Click on the contest link for more
details. Sponsored by the Institute of Children's Literature.
Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest -
this contest accepts entries in twelve categories and offers
prizes up to $700. Every entry receives two critiques. Deadline
for 2015 is February 20th. There is an entry fee of $35 for PNWA
members, $50 for non-members.
SF Reader Short Story Contest - annual short story
contest. Entries must be submitted between Dec. 1st and Dec.
31st. No entry fee.
Zoetrope Virtual Studios Screenwriting Contest -
Zoetrope, the website run by Francis Ford Coppola and his
family, features an annual screenwriting contest with a $5000
- Zoetrope All-Story Short Story Contest - Zoetrope
All-Story is a quarterly magazine that holds an annual short
story contest. Grand prize is $1000 and consideration for
representation by a talent agency. There is a nominal entry fee.
The 2014 deadline is October 1st.