creative nonfictionWOW! Women On Writing Q3 2020 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

Deadline: April 30, 2020
Seeking creative nonfiction essays on any topic (200 – 1000 words) and in any style–from personal essay and memoir to lyric essay and hybrid, and more! The mission of this contest is to reward bravery in real-life storytelling and create an understanding of our world through thoughtful, engaging narratives.

Electronic submissions via e-mail only; reprints are okay; simultaneous submissions okay; reprints okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail. Open internationally. Limit: 300 entries.

Prizes (20 winners!):
1st Place: $500, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store
2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store
3rd Place: $200, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store
7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store
10 Honorable mentions receive a gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store

Entry: $12 entry fee; critique option for an additional $13

https://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php#EssayContest

WOW flash fictionWOW! Women On Writing Spring 2020 Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline: May 31, 2020
Guest Judge: Literary Agent Quressa Robinson with Nelson Literary Agency

Seeking short fiction of any genre between 250 – 750 words. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants. Electronic submissions via e-mail only; reprints are okay; simultaneous submissions okay; reprints okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail. Open internationally. Limit: 300 entries.

Prizes (20 winners!):
1st Place: $400, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
3rd Place: $200, publication, interview and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication and interview
10 Honorable mentions receive $20 Amazon Gift Card
Top 10 stories are published in the WOW! Women On Writing e-zine, and contestants are interviewed on WOW’s blog, The Muffin.
Entry: $10 entry fee; critique option for an additional $10

https://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php

Maxi Awards 2020

The Maxy Awards are dedicated to awarding only excellence for indie and self-published authors. They are unique in that all entrants may submit their book digitally, as a manuscript or published eBook; therefore, the award can be issued prior to an author’s publication. Authors are invited to enter our next competition for qualifying books with a 2018 or future copyright.

March is here, and it’s the last month for submissions. Deadline March 31, 2020. We’re happy to offer a 10% discount (just use promo code MAR10 at checkout) to our favorite small presses, micro presses, self-publishers, and authors.

We’ve even improved our entry form and submission process, hooray! You can SUBMIT HERE or read on for more reasons why submitting your book to the Maxy Awards is such a great idea.

To assist our staff judging, we’ve now added 3 new judges, which we are very excited about (http://www.maxyawards.com/judges). We will announce finalists on April 11, 2020. The “Book of the Year,” Winners, and Runners-Up will be announced on May 2, 2020. 

Another great reason for submitting is that we’ve surpassed last year’s entries already, with our deadline still months away! This means the largest donation yet to the Home of the Innocents, and Clinical Behavior Analysis (CBA) will match our donation. That’s more funding for those with special needs and disabilities who need it most.

So please consider submitting your wonderful book for our awards, or at least pass our information on to anyone in your literary circle. Thank you!

Florida Writers AssociationRoyal Palm Literary Awards competition recognizes extraordinary writing in 27 genre-categories for adults and 5 for youth. Categories include fiction and nonfiction, short works and book-length, and poetry, stage plays, and “general catch-all” submissions. All entries receive extensive professional feedback.

Submissions are accepted February 1 through April 30

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Aesthetica

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that is a hotbed for new talent in Poetry and Short Fiction. Now in its 14th year, the Prize supports both emerging and established writers. By entering, writers can showcase their work to key industry figures and organisations including The Poetry Society, Granta, VINTAGE and more.

Winners are selected for both categories and awarded with £1,000. Publication within the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthologyis also awarded to a further 60 writers whose works are highly commended.

Aesthetica is proud to champion new writing talent and supports its writing alumni beyond the Prize, offering print and digital publicity and continued exposure across our channels.

Poetry £12 | Short Fiction £18

Submissions close 31 August 2020
POETRY SUBMISSION   FICTION SUBMISSION

WD Self Published Book Awards

Publish Your Book, Enter Our Competition, Launch Your Career.

It’s time that self-published authors earn the respect they deserve: All that time you spent writing and rewriting, editing, and making your own choices about covers, layout, and distribution shouldn’t go unnoticed!

That’s why Writer’s Digest has been honoring self-publishing writers for 28 years with the Self-Published Book Awards.

Here’s the scoop: Submit your self-published, printed and bound book in one of 8 categories (mainstream/literary fiction, genre fiction, nonfiction/reference, inspirational, life stories, early reader/children’s picture books, middle-grade/young adult, poetry) for a chance at:

  • $8,000 cash prize
  • A trip to New York City for the Annual Writer’s Digest Conference
  • A feature article about you and your book in the March/April 2021 issue of Writer’s Digest

Every entrant will also receive a brief commentary from one of our qualified judges—all who have experience in their respective categories and/or the publishing world.

Ready to earn the recognition you deserve? Send us your book, which must have been published between 2015 and now, and we’ll take care of the rest. You’ll be well on your way!

The best deal on entering will expire on April 1.

Writer’s Digest Competition

Want to jumpstart your writing career? Let us help!

For 89 years, Writer’s Digest has been looking for and shining the light on new and up-and-coming writers in any genre or category.

And it’s that time again—we’re looking for writing that strikes and grabs us, that we can’t put down. We’re looking for standout writing in any and all of the following categories:

  • inspirational/spiritual
  • memoirs/personal essays
  • print or online article
  • genre short story (think romance, thriller, mystery, sci-fi, etc.)
  • mainstream/literary short story
  • rhyming poetry
  • non-rhyming poetry
  • script (think stage play or television/movie script)
  • children’s/young adult fiction

That’s a lot of options, but we’re sure something you’ve written or are writing will fit in. And we’ve seen a wide range of winners in the past several years. Just be sure to check our website for entry details—we have strict word count restrictions for each category.

So, how will this competition help you? That’s easy. The grand prize winner will receive $5,000 in cash, a trip to New York City for the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, and an interview for a feature article in our magazine. Ten first place winners in each category receive $1,000, ten second place winners in each category win $500, and on and on!

Ready to be the next writer we spotlight? Enter by May 4 for the best price!

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Poetry & Short Fiction Submissions Now Open
Call for Entries: Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2020

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that is a hotbed for new talent in Poetry and Short Fiction. Now in its 14th year, the Prize supports both emerging and established writers. By entering, writers can showcase their work to key industry figures and organisations including The Poetry Society, Granta, VINTAGE and more.

Winners are selected for both categories and awarded with £1,000. Publication within the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthologyis also awarded to a further 60 writers whose works are highly commended.

Aesthetica is proud to champion new writing talent and supports its writing alumni beyond the Prize, offering print and digital publicity and continued exposure across our channels.

January Sale – Save 25% on Entries

Poetry NOW £9 | Short Fiction NOW £13.50

Submissions close 31 August 2020

​For more information visit: ​http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/creative-writing-award/​

2020 PARIS BOOK FESTIVAL CALL FOR ENTRIES

PARIS _ The 2020 Paris Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its annual awards honoring the best of international publishing.

The 2020 Paris Book Festival will consider non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children’s books, compilations/anthologies, young adult, how-to, cookbooks, wild card (anything goes), photography/art, poetry, unpublished stories, spiritual/religious, business, and travel works. There is no date of publication deadline and entries can be in French or English.

Our grand prize for the 2020 Paris Book Festival is an appearance fee for our gala awards ceremony, exact date TBA.

Submitted works will be judged by a panel of industry experts using the following criteria:

1) General excellence and the author’s passion for telling a good story.
2) The potential of the work to reach a wider audience.

FESTIVAL RULES: Paris Book Festival submissions cannot be returned. Each entry must contain the official entry form, including your e-mail address and contact telephone number. All shipping and handling costs must be borne by entrants.

NOTIFICATION AND DEADLINES: We will notify each entry of the package’s receipt via e-mail and will announce the winning entries on our web site (www.parisbookfestival.com). Because of the anticipated high volume of entries, we can only respond to e-mail inquiries.

Deadline submissions in each category must be received by the close of business on June 25, 2020. Winners in each category will be notified by e-mail and on the web site. Please note that judges read and consider submissions on an ongoing basis, comparing early entries with later submissions at our meetings.

TO ENTER: Entry forms are available online at parisbookfestival.com or may be faxed/e-mailed to you. Please contact our office at the contact e-mail below for fax requests. Applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable entry fee of $50 in the form of a check, money order or PayPal online payment in U.S. dollars for each submission. Multiple submissions are permitted but each entry must be accompanied by a separate form and entry fee.

For more information, visit our web site at www.parisbookfestival.com.

Northern Lights Book Awards

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 September 30, 2020.