What’s YOUR Story?

Charlotte County Community Services presents…

What’s YOUR Story?

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mid-County Regional Library

Contest starts June 1
Contest deadline July 31
Winners announced in August

This is a chance for Charlotte County’s diverse community to share
fictional, short stories inspired by photos on the WhatsYourStory-Flyer. Stories can
be based far in the future, set in the past, or developing right now.
Please limit your stories to 1,500 words, single spaced. Submissions
can be dropped off at the Mid-County Regional Library or emailed
to Charles.Meyer@CharIotteCountyFL.gov. Contest open to ages
15 and older.

Each participant should submit their one page typewritten story (saved in a .docx or .doc format) AND a completed entry form. Stories submitted without a completed entry form will not be considered.

For further information (or if you cannot download the attachment), please contact:


The inaugural CRAFT First Chapters Contest awards $2800, manuscript critique, and agency review to the top three first chapters of unpublished book-length fiction projects. The contest is open from June 1 to July 31, 2019 and is judged by Naomi Huffman of MCDxFSG and FSG Originals. The first chapters must be excerpted from unpublished novels or novellas, which can be complete or works in progress.

Click HERE for full details.

Submit Here

kaleidascope-summer-logoLadies get those pens and laptops ready. We are starting our next writing contest. Below is a brief description. When you are ready to get started click here – https://www.kaleidoscopewojo.com/take

Submission Deadline: 08/16/19
Announcement Date: 09/02/19

Topic: Summer Vacation

Summer vacation. Two words that can conger all manner of emotions. If you did or didn’t have the opportunity to write about your summer vacation in elementary school, here’s another chance.

When we’re asked how our summer vacation was, doesn’t a part of us want to be able to say it was epic beyond all imagining! Yet isn’t reality often much different? I can recall a trip to Canada that had been planned for months when I was young. The entire family had the pamphlet for the resort seared into our brains. The blue lake and cute clapboard cottages, an array of rowboats waiting to be launched and majestic pictures of sunsets that looked like Maxfield Parrish paintings. You know where this is headed. The cottage leaked and smelled of mold and mouse droppings, or what we imagined mouse droppings to smell like, and there was one rowboat that had difficulty keeping water out. Yet, it turned into one of the best vacations we ever had as a family in that it pulled us all together in ways it was impossible to anticipate.

So, we want to hear about the good, bad, epic, uplifting, soul stretching and transformational summer vacations you have experienced. Don’t we all have at least one that stood out from the rest? It may have occurred when we were growing up, or as adults with our families, with friends, strangers we have just met whatever the circumstances were. Let’s hear about them!

Ends on June 30, 2019 — $60.00 USD

Submit self-published books in the following categories, up to 200,000 words in length:

  • Mainstream/Literary Fiction
  • Genre Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction & Memoir
  • Poetry
  • Children’s Picture Book
  • Graphic Narrative (novels, memoirs, story collections, etc.)


  • One grand prize winner will receive $3,000, a marketing analysis and one-hour phone consultation with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, a $300 credit at BookBaby, and 3 free ads in the Winning Writers newsletter (a $450 value)
  • The top winner in each category will receive $1,000, a marketing analysis and one-hour phone consultation with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, a $300 credit at BookBaby, and one free ad in the Winning Writers newsletter (a $150 value)
  • One honorable mention in each category will receive $250
  • We will publish online excerpts from all entries that win a prize, along with critiques from the judges

More information here

The Northern Lights Book Awards – A Mark of Distinction Honoring Children’s Literature of Exceptional Merit. The NLBA considers children’s books to be an art form and honors books that excel in aesthetic and literary qualities with an emphasis on permanency. The NLBA are seeking works that will leave a lasting impression, ones which will resonate with the reader not only now but in years to come. We are especially interested in books that are enriching, uplifting, and promote goodwill.

$65 per category

Deadline is August 15, 2019.

GCWA members are invited to submit their children’s books at the normal fee of only $60 per title. You may also enter your title in as many categories as you see fit at no additional fee, (normally $10 per category). To receive this exclusive offer, simply write GCWA under Associations/Societies when filling out the 2019 award submission form.

University of Pittsburgh PressThe Drue Heinz Literature Prize recognizes and supports writers of short fiction and makes their work available to readers around the world. The award is open to authors who have published a book-length collection of fiction or at least three short stories or novellas in commercial magazines or literary journals.

Manuscripts are judged anonymously by nationally known writers. Past judges have included Robert Penn Warren, Joyce Carol Oates, Raymond Carver, Margaret Atwood, Russell Banks, Rick Moody, and Joan Didion.

Winners receive a cash prize of $15,000, publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press, and support in the nation-wide promotion of their book.

Submission from May 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019.

Submission Guidelines

Pen AmericaGrants & Fellowships

Since 1963, the PEN America Literary Awards, Grants, and Fellowships Program has honored many of the most outstanding voices in literature across diverse genres, including fiction, poetry, nonfiction, children’s literature, translation, and drama. With the help of our partners, PEN America confers distinct grants each year to support writers and works-in-progress in diverse genres including translation, YA and middle grade writing, and oral history. PEN America also offers a robust national program of fellowships for emerging writers and writing for justice. In addition, PEN America provides community engagement funding to Members, writers, and allies to support activity around press freedom defense, the intersections of literature and advocacy, and the defense of free expression more broadly.


For regular updates on our literary grants, subscribe to our mailing list.

Click here for information regarding PEN America’s Literary Awards.


* Theme of the contest: Round Midnight
*Entries must be short stories, of any genre, and maximum length is 2,500 words and must be previously unpublished in a book, printed magazine or web-based journal. Entries must be in English.
* The contest closes at midnight UTC on 20th of June
*This is an international contest. There is no restriction such as nationality etc of the author, but you have to be 18 years old on the 21st of March 2019 to enter the contest.
* Winners and the shortlist to be announced on September 10th, 2019
* There will be two collections of stories – one that will be published in Greek including the translated stories of the first three winners of the English Section and another one with all the shortlisted stories of the English Section.

All prize-winners and shortlisted writers have to renew their approval for the publishing of the anthology till the 1st of October, 2019.

*First prize winner will be the judge of next year’s 10th contest!


First prize is a week’s holiday on the island of Crete. Three Rock, (Triopetra beach, South Crete) is a studio for 2 people (with beds for two children also available). Air tickets not included.

  • All the shortlisted stories will be published in the anthology. The book will be released through “StrangeDays” publications andwww.amazon.com in November, 2019. All the shortlisted writers will also get a free copy of the book! (We send the books to your address once. In case of return we can’t repeat it).

First prize winner will be the judge of next year’s 10th contest! 


Pay via paypal – See the banner in eyelands Home Page.
* After the payment is complete, you can send the e-mail with your story attached in word. doc /docx format to:
writing in the subject line: Eyelands Short Story Contest or just ΕSSC
*An email confirmation that your entry has been received will be sent within three/four days after receiving your e-mail
Name and address of the author should appear only in the body of the email
*The title of your story can be anything other than ‘’Round Midnight’’
*There is no entry fee for the prize winners of previous eyelands international short story contests

All about 9th Short Story Contest



Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Opportunities for Writers
Poetry & Short Fiction Submissions OpenAesthetica Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is Open for Entries

Showcase your work to international audiences and further your involvement in the literary world by entering the 2019 @AestheticaMagazine Creative Writing Award. Prizes include; £1,000 cash, publication in within an inspiring anthology and more. Enter your work: http://aestheti.cc/5xdj7

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that is a hotbed for new talent in Poetry and Short Fiction. The Prize, now in its 13th year, is organised by the art and culture publication, Aesthetica Magazine. Every year, we support both emerging and established writers and through the Prize, we offer publication in an anthology that is an inspiring collection of narrative and poetic forms.

The winners also receive the following: £1,000 cash prize for poetry and short fiction, consultation with literary agents Redhammer Management, Membership to The Poetry Society, a subscription to Granta and books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage.

Submissions are open until 31 August 2019.
Entry Fee: Short Fiction: £18  |  Poetry: £12

Enter Fiction

Enter Poetry