For 20 years, Writer’s Digest’s Short Short Story Competition has been looking for and shining the light on amazing short fiction. It’s that time again—we’re looking for writing that’s bold, brilliant and, most of all, brief.
Think you can write a winning story in 1,500 words or less? Send us your best stories and you could win $3,000 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.
Ready to be the next writer we spotlight? Enter by November 15 for the best price! Final Deadline December 16, 2019.
CALL FOR ENTRIES!
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: DECEMBER 28, 2019. How to enter, visit https://www.dreamquestone.com
WRITING CONTEST 2020
Gulf Coast Writers Association 2020 writing contest opens October 1, 2019.
Prizes by Category — Fiction, NonFiction, Poetry, and Children’s Stories
FIRST PRIZE ($100 cash)
SECOND PRIZE ($50 cash)
THIRD PRIZE ($25 cash)
Deadline: Postmarked by January 31, 2020
For entry forms, guidelines, announcement, and more go to
OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS
Welcome to CRAFT’s first flash fiction contest for unpublished stories up to 1,000 words!
Guest judge Benjamin Percy will select three winning stories and each receive:
- $1,000 award & a bundle of the Rose Metal Press Field Guides
- Publication in CRAFT, with an introduction by Benjamin Percy, and an Author’s Note (craft essay) to accompany the story
- A micro-interview with our flash fiction section editor, Tommy Dean
Plus an editors’ choice round—we’ll be awarding $150 and publication to four stories we just can’t let go.
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.
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