Dates: Contest opened on 01Jan17, and submissions will be accepted till 31Mar17. The results will tentatively be declared in Jun17.

 

Prizes: The contest carries the following prizes:

  1. First Prize:      US$250 
  2. Second Prize: US$150 
  3. Third Prize:     US$100

 

All longlisted entries (top 15-20) get published in an anthology, and non-prize winning published entries will be paid US$50 each. Also, at the sponsors’ discretion additional prizes may be declared for ‘Editors’ Pick’ category (in the last edition of the contest two such prizes of US$75 each were declared). 

 

Theme: None. There is no restriction on genre either, and apart from literary fiction we are happy to read historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and horror. However, for consistency of presentation we cannot accept children’s stories, young adult or chick lit; likewise hardcore science fiction or fantasy is not something we are looking for, but are open to science / alternative history / fantasy based works if they have standalone literary merit. In case of doubt, it is best to query the editorial team. 

 

Word count: Minimum 1500, maximum 7000. At the editors’ discretion some latitude may be allowed on both minimum and maximum word counts for stories of exceptional merit.

 

Entry fee: US$10.

 

Judges: The panel of judges comprises: 

 

  • Clare Wallace, Literary Agent with Darley Anderson
  • Sandra Sawicka, Literary Agent and Foreign Rights Manager with Marjacq Scripts
  • Brett Alan Sanders, Author, Translator and Essayist

 

  • Anisha Bhaduri, Author and award winning journalist

 Detailed guidelines are available on our website www.fabulapress.com

THE DREAMQUESTONE POETRY & WRITING CONTEST is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that is worth telling everyone. Guidelines: (1) Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, form or style. And/or (2) Write a short story, five pages maximum length, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme, fiction, nonfiction or creative nonfiction. Multiple entries are accepted. Prizes: Writing First Prize is $500; Second: $250; Third: $100. Poetry First Prize: $250; Second: $125; Third: $50. Entry fees: $5 per poem/$10 per story. Postmark deadline: AUGUST 15, 2017. How to enter, visit: http://www.dreamquestone.com 

Fabula Press (www.fabulapress.com) is a small publishing house catering to the literary fiction market. Twice a year, we run themed and non-themed short story contests on the web, and publish the top entries in the form of an anthology (both in print and digital formats). We are currently in the process of launching our winter short story contest styled as Nivalis 2016, with details as below:

 

Dates: Each year, the winter (Nivalis) contest opens on 01Jan, and submissions will be accepted till 31Mar. Summer (Aestas) contest begins on 01Jul and runs till 30Sep every year. 

 

Prizes: The contest carries the following prizes:

  1. First Prize:      US$250 
  2. Second Prize: US$150 
  3. Third Prize:     US$100

 

All longlisted entries (top 10-15) get published in an anthology, and non-prize winning published entries will be paid US$50 each. Also, at the sponsors’ discretion additional prizes may be declared for ‘Editors’ Pick’ category (in the last edition of the contest four such prizes of US$50 each were declared). 

 

Theme: None. There is no restriction on genre either, and we are happy to read historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and horror. However, for consistency of presentation we cannot accept children’s stories, fantasy, young adult or chick lit; likewise hardcore science fiction is not something we are looking for, but are open to science based / alternative history based literary works. In case of doubt, it is best to query the editorial team. 

 

Word count: Minimum 1500, maximum 7000. At the editors’ discretion some latitude may be allowed on both minimum and maximum word counts for stories of exceptional merit.

 

Entry fee: US$10.

 

Judges: The panel of judges includes literary agents, authors and essayists.

 

Detailed guidelines are available on our website www.fabulapress.com.

Jeff VanderMeer Contest

Announcing $2000 Fall Fiction Contest with Jeff VanderMeer

Plan on taking some time to hone your craft this weekend? Well, let the Masters Review give you something to shoot for! Submissions are now open for our Fall Fiction Contest featuring Jeff VanderMeer as judge. $2000 will be awarded to the winner ($200 / $100 awarded for second / third) and publication on The Masters Review or all three winners. Additionally Jeff and his wife Ann will be crafting personalized feedback on the winning stories!

Click here to see their site https://mastersreview.com/fall-fiction-contest-vandermeer-2000-publication/

Southwest Florida Romance Writers announces

The Joyce Hendervson Contest for novel-length fiction with strong romantic elements

Open to unpublished authors, certain indie authors (see our website for details), and traditionally published authors who have not published within the last five years. 

The fifteen contest finalists (three each from the five categories) will have an opportunity for their story to be put in front of top industry editors and agents.

The categories and final judges:

Contemporary (including Women’s Fiction)
Dawn Dowdle, Literary Agent for Blue Ridge Literary Agency.

 

Historical
Isabel Farhi, Editor at Penguin/Random House Publishing.

 

Paranormal/Science Fiction/Fantasy
Susan Brower, Agent for Natasha Kern Literary Agency.

 

Young Adult
Lee Lawless, Editor for Tor/Forge Publishing.

 

Romantic Suspense
Junessa Viloria, Editor for Random House Publishing.

 

Submissions: The first twenty pages of an unpublished manuscript which is a romance or features strong romantic elements, including a one page synopsis that will not be judged. This manuscript should have all rights available.

 

Fee: $25

Deadline: Entries must be submitted and payment received by 11:59 pm on October 1, 2015.

For more information, go to our website: https://swfrw.org/joyce-henderson-contest-rules/

 

 

Please let me know if you have further questions.

GCWA Writing Contest

CALLING ALL WRITERS AND POETS!

Gulf Coast Writers Association 2016 Writing Contest
FOR BEST FICTION, NONFICTION, CHILDREN’S AND POETRY
September 1 through December 1, 2015

CASH AWARDS IN EACH CATEGORY

Once again, the Gulf Coast Writers Association takes great pleasure in encouraging writers from Southwest Florida to enter the Gulf Writers Association Writing Contest. Original works of fiction, nonfiction, children and poetry will be awarded prizes of 100, 50 and 25 dollars for first, second and third place in each category. The contest is open to members and non-members.

Fiction, nonfiction and children’s works must be no more than 1500 words. Poetry is limited to 40 lines or less.

The contest will be open for submissions on September 1, 2015 and deadline for submissions is December 1, 2015. Winners must be present to receive their awards at the February 20, 2016 meeting.

The contest will help GCWA fulfill its goal of assisting Southwest Florida writers to stimulate and improve their skills. GCWA expects a high level of contest participation.

Florida writers Contest

Guidelines
ABC 2016 Anthology of Florida Authors & Poets
~ Writers Wanted ~
Can you tell an exciting story in 1,000 words or less? Can you sculpt a poem limited to one page?
Open to all Florida writers and poets.
Genre: Short Story (SS)
Cover page to contain: Author’s name, address, phone, email address and title of the work. Submission pages contain only the title and the work. No author name or information.
Any subject / Double spaced / Max: 1000 words.
Multiple submissions are acceptable but each must include its own cover page and submission, and one check covering the total of submissions.
Poetry (Po)
Cover page to contain: Author’s name, address, phone, email address and title of the work. Submission page contains only the title and the work. No author name or information.
Any subject, any format, single spaced and one poem per page.
Multiple submissions are acceptable but each must include its own cover page and submission, and one check covering the total of submissions.
Entry fees:
Short Stories
ABC Members
$10 – 1st submission / $5 each additional entry. Non-Members
$15 – 1st submission / $5 each additional entry.
Poems
ABC Members
$6 – 1st submission / $4 each additional entry. Non-Members
$8 – 1st submission / $5 each additional entry.
Judging Participating judges may not enter the competition. Entries will be evaluated by a team of 5 judges and their decisions are final.
Timeline
Entries to be submitted by regular mail to: ABC 2016 Anthology, #209 1532 US Highway 41 BP S, Venice FL 34293-1032
Deadline for entries – midnight Sept 15, 2015
Notification of finalists by email: Oct 15, 2015
Winners will be announced: Dec 16, 2015 – ABC Awards Meeting, 1pm – Selby Library, 1331 First Street, Sarasota FL
Awards In Each Genre:
1st Place: $100
2nd Place: $50
3rd Place: $25
2 Honorable Mention Certificate
All entries reaching the final round will be included in the ABC 2016 Anthology of Florida Authors & Poets.
Submission must be your own work and not previously published. Send copies – not your only original. Submissions will not be returned. By entering this competition you are giving ABC permission to reprint your work as received, and used in any promotion of the anthology. No editing once we receive the submission. Winners names will be included in the book. We anticipate the anthology to be out in the winter of 2016. Contributors to the anthology may purchase copies at a discounted rate TBD in 2016.

WRITING CONTEST PERFORMANCE

THE WINNERS OF THIS CONTEST WON’T SEE THEIR WORK PUBLISHED!  THEY WILL SEE IT PERFORMED!

 

The Punta Gorda Historical Society invites you to write a play about Punta Gorda’s history.  There is lots of information available and Punta Gorda has had an interesting past–right up to the present day.

 

The winning play will be performed during 2016.  Runners up may see their play performed at later dates.

 

Deadline for submission of entries is Septemer 10, 2015.  They should be mailed or delivered to the PGHS Office at 118 Sullivan Street, Punta Gorda, FL 33950.

 

Have questions or need material?  Please call Fran at 941-235-0372.

 

Cash Prizes:    First Place $200.00                Second Place   $100.00

July

Legacy Press is accepting entries for a contest, for completed novels in adult fiction, set up in honour of Luke Bitmead. His debut novel was the first novel Legend Press published but he sadly died shortly after the novel was published. The award has been set up by his mother in partnership with us to support and encourage the work of struggling writers, and is the UK’s biggest prize for unpublished authors.
Closing: Submissions open 1st May until 1st August.
Prizes: A publishing contract with Legend Press and a £2,500 cash bursary.
Entry Fee: £10 per entry to support the prize.
Competition Page: http://www.legendtimesgroup.co.uk/legend-press/365-luke-bitmead-bursary

 

The Firehouse Community Theatre of LaBelle, announces Third Annual Playwriting Competition, welcomes full-length, previously unpublished plays, written by authors with a Southwest Florida connection. $25 fee, Deadline August 1, 2015.
For information and forms www.firehousecommunitytheatre.com or phone 863-675-3066.