The Bedford Competition

the bedford competition

Short Story Competition – up to 3000 words. Poetry Competition – up to 40 lines on any theme.

TBC is a non-profit group, all net proceeds going to Schoolreaders, Bedford, to help children ‘catch up’ and CHUMS a charity supporting mental health.
Short story judge, Tim Jarvis. Poetry judge, Jessica Mookherjee.

Details: www.bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk
Prizes: £1000, £200 and £100

All entries go into the main competitions but if you are aged 17 to 25 or are a Bedford resident you qualify for extra prizes as well.

Entry fee: £7.50 or 3 for £15. Students, £5 or 3 for £10.
Closing date: 31 October 2022

GCWA 2022 Contest Winners

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GCWA Contest Winners — 2022

Fiction/Children’s Stories (these categories were combined and judged together according to our guidelines, due to the low number of entries in each.
1st — Leah Miller — Terror in December (Children’s Stories)
2nd — Mary Charles — Counterculture ( Fiction)
3rd — Nancy Leake — Susie Spider Looks for a Friend (Children’s Stories)

Nonfiction:
1st — Deborah Burghardt — Dream Your Ink
2nd — Diane Parnell — A Slip of the Scalpel
3rd — Sally Basmajian — The Field

Poetry:
1st — Megan Dalziel — Maritime Muse
2nd — Debbie Watz — Bayou Sunset
3rd — Paul Anthony — Minimum Wage-Brianna

Youth:
1st — Nishini Fernando — Life is for the Living
2nd — Ryan Lee — A Soldier During the Great War
3rd — Keven Lacayo — Death

Winning Writers
Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest
Closing date: September 30
Entry fee: $20 for up to 3 poems
Prizes: Tom Howard Prize – $3,000 for a poem in any style or genre;
Margaret Reid Prize – $3,000 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style.
The two top winners also receive a two-year gift certificate from our co-sponsor, Duotrope. Ten $200 Honorable Mentions in any style. All winning poems published on winningwriters.com.
Line count: Up to 250 lines per poem
 
Winning Writers has been providing free writers’ resources for over twenty years. This year, our contests will award $36,250 to writers. We are partnered with the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), a designation for “contests which are organized for the benefit of the author rather than the profit of the organizer”.
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Multiple Contests from
Chanticleer Book Reviews

The Clue Awards — Thriller/suspense
Deadline September 30, 2021

The 2021 CIBA Fiction Series Awards! 16 Divisions
Deadline September 30, 2022

The 2021 CIBA Short Stories, Novelettas, and Novellas
Deadline December 31, 2022

Mystery and Mayhem — Cozy and Not-So-Cozy Mystery Book Awards 
Deadline April 30, 2022

Historical Fiction — Americana, Early, Late
Deadline July 31, 2022

And many more Chanticleer contests here.

ANTHOLOGY SHORT STORY AWARD

Anthology AwardsThe Anthology Short Story Award is now open for entries.

Established to recognise and encourage creative writing and provide a platform for publication, this short story award is open to original and previously unpublished short stories in the English language by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Stories submitted must be on the theme of ‘Courage’ and not exceed the maximum of 1,500 words. Writers can submit as many entries as they wish.

It is not a requirement, but is advisable to refer to Anthology magazine or purchase a copy before submitting your work, so that you can see the type of material we publish. Subscriptions and single copies are available to purchase through our online shop.


Prizes

The winner will receive a €500 cash prize and the chance to see their work published in a future issue of Anthology. The winner will also receive a four-issue subscription to Anthology.


Submission Deadline & Entry Fees: 

Early Bird: 30 April 2022 – €10 per story
Deadline: 31 August 2022 – €15 per story

 

Please share this opportunity with your members & alumni to submit to The Moderate Review, a newly established online journal showcasing some of the hottest emerging literary talents. We invite your words and voices to the ongoing creative discussion.

The Moderate accepts creative text (fiction, poetry, screenplays), zeitgeisty essays, reviews, and interviews as well as visual art such as painting, sculpture, and photography. We especially seek work that interfaces with the current moment.

We are currently accepting submissions on a rolling basis.

Submissions should be sent as a word attachment to moderatereview@gmail.com with “A Moderate Submission” in the subject line. There are no word limits, guidelines, or restrictions. However, all submissions must be original work and not previously published.

GCWA Writing Contest

Read entries from previous winners:
2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 20152010 through 2014 |

Best Writing Contests of 2022, recommended by ReedsyGCWA 2022 Writing Contest is Closed

Check back in the fall for next year’s contest.  Writing Contest is open to GCWA members and the public — adults 18 and over, youth 11 to 17.  Winners were announced at the GCWA meeting in April, 2022. List of winners and their winning entries posted here.

Documentation for 2022 Contest (adults 18 and over)

Writing Contest announcement-2022
Writing Contest Guidelines-2022
Writing Contest entry form 2022 (for mail in entry)
Online Submission Form

Documentation for 2022 Youth Writing Contest (age 11 through 17)

Youth Writing Contest Announcement-2022
Youth Writing Contest Guidelines 2022
Youth Writing Contest entry form 2022 (for mail in entry)
Online Submission Form


Other Documentation for 2022 GCWA Writing Contest

JudgingCriteria-Fiction
JudgingCriteria-Nonfiction
Judging criteria-Poetry
JudgingCriteria-Children’s Stories

Formatting Tips for Writing Contest entries [doc]
Formatting Tips for Writing Contest entries [pdf]

If you have questions please email specialprojects@gulfwriters.org

GCWA 2015 through 2022 Writing Contest winners are posted below!
Read winning submissions here.


Sponsor or Donate to keep this contest Free for Youth entrants. Contact specialprojects@gulfwriters.org


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2022 Winners

Fiction/Children’s Stories (these categories were combined and judged together according to our guidelines, due to the low number of entries in each.
1st — Leah Miller — Terror in December (Children’s Stories)
2nd — Mary Charles — Counterculture ( Fiction)
3rd — Nancy Leake — Susie Spider Looks for a Friend (Children’s Stories)

Nonfiction:
1st — Deborah Burghardt — Dream Your Ink
2nd — Diane Parnell — A Slip of the Scalpel
3rd — Sally Basmajian — The Field

Poetry:
1st — Megan Dalziel — Maritime Muse
2nd — Debbie Watz — Bayou Sunset
3rd — Paul Anthony — Minimum Wage-Brianna

Youth:
1st — Nishini Fernando — Life is for the Living
2nd — Ryan Lee — A Soldier During the Great War
3rd — Keven Lacayo — Death


2021 Winners

Children’s Stories
1st — K.J. (Kathy) Boyd — Too Many Kids
2nd — Mariah Julio — Where is Everything?
3rd — Nancy Leake — Sammy Snail’s Wild Ride
Fiction
1st — Vic Larson — Drafted
2nd — Carol Light — A Tough Nut to Crack
3rd — Pat McAnulty — The White Side of Aurora
Nonfiction
1st — Jeanne Meeks — Ode to Otis
2nd — Geneva Kelly — Ready or Not
3rd — Alina Steele — Mrs. Murphy
Poetry
1st — Jeannette Batko — Critique-Mystique
2nd — Maya Fleischmann — Patience Stillwater’s Sestina
3rd — Teresa Falsani — A Single Dolphin
Youth Category Winners
Poetry — Christopher Kozlowski — Silencing the Star of David
Fiction — Samadhi Salazar — The Mother of All Natures
Nonfiction — Nishini FernandoThe Wicked Wall of Water
Other Youth Category Entries
Poetry
Addisyn Nadwodny — My Feathered Friend
Callie Sousa — Home Connect
Carolina Solomon Sense and Uniform
Claire HongThe Death Lake
Claire Hongghost
Claire Hongdivided
Euelin RienzoOur Patchworked Skeleton
Georgiana MuresanThe Unknown
Jaansi Parsa The Magic of Music
Nishini Fernando Blindfold
Peyton Sidweil Political Climate
Samandhi SalazarNourishment With a Side of Horror
Fiction
Alexis Davis — Shadows of Stonewall Inn
Jonathan HongThe Limousine Driver Saves the Day
Katherine Short The Mirror
Nishini FernandoUnite
Nonfiction
Addisyn Nadwodny Farewell Pearl Bing Bing

2020 Winners!

GCWA contest winners

[L to R] Melissa Panneton, Maya Fleischman, Andrew Conlyn, Nancy Leake, Mary Lou Williams, Christie Zarria

Children’s Stories

1st place — Paper, the Airplane by Lynne Blackburn
2nd place — The Lonely Bear by Andrew Conlyn
3rd place — The Picnic by Nancy Leake

Fiction

1st place — Neighborhood Watch by Maya Fleischmann
2nd place — Conquer Your Fears by Kristen Taylor
3rd place — When the Bough Breaks by Pauline Hayton
Honorable Mention (Youth) — Circus Man by Arnav Adi

Nonfiction:

1st place — Missing Neil by Lorraine McCann
2nd place — The Lesson I Learned in Sister Regina’s Class by Mary Lou Williams
3rd place — Lucy, You’ve Got Some ‘Splaining To Do by Christie Zarria

Poetry:

1st place — The Concert by Melissa Panneton
2nd place — The Downfall of Cousin Leaf by Lynne Blackburn
3rd place — Morning  by J. Bradley Burt

Children’s Stories

1st place — Lola BaJola and The Fly by Laura Marske
2nd place — The Curious Gray Mouse and The Christmas Tree by Martha Jeffers
3rd place — Pixel, the Filthy-Footed Feline by Mariah Julio

Fiction

1st place — Marked For Life by Sandy Dahlhofer
2nd place — Good Night, Have a Nice Sleep by Jan Nieman
3rd place — Pick Me by Wendy Halloren

Nonfiction:

1st place — Where the Action Is by David Aiken
2nd place — Swinging Back to Life by Geneva Kelly
3rd place — The Apartment by Rick Urban

Poetry:

1st place — Hurricane by Sharon Whitehill
2nd place — Caloosahatchee by Gary McLouth
3rd place — The River by Carmine Lombardo


2017 Winners!

Poetry

1st place — When We Came Home by Mary Beth Lundgren
2nd place — Sowing Seeds by Joan Heller Winokur
3rd place — Psyche’s Rhumba by Dan Reed England

Fiction

1st place — So This Guy Walks into a Bar by Judy Marksteiner
2nd place — City Lawyer by Bill Wilson
3rd place — To Name the Name of Your Father by Martin Nakell

Nonfiction:

1st place — China’s Big Balancing Act by Rose Giro
2nd place — Courage With a Small c by Patricia Sheehy
3rd place — The Riverview Melting Pot by Jan Nieman

Children’s Fiction:

1st place — A Day at the Circus by Martha Jeffers


2016 Winners!

Poetry

1st place — “Year End Giving” by Teresa B. Falsani
2nd place — “Acceptance” by Richard H. Fox
3rd place — “Silence” by Lori Izral

Fiction

1st place — “Disappointed” by Jan Nieman
2nd place — “Single Black Roses” by Richard Rimrodt
3rd place — “Crows” by Judy Loose
Honorable Mention — Terry Wright “A Time . . .”

Nonfiction:

1st place — “Life Lessons” by Patricia Sheehy
2nd place — “Teeth” by Judy Loose
3rd place — “Bathing an Elephant is a Big Job” by Gillian Birch


2015 Winners!

Fiction:

First Place – “Billy Hurts” by Jim Marcotte
Second Place – “The Shaman” by Frankie Patman Maguire
Third Place – “Boy with One Shoe” by Richard Rimrodt

Non-fiction:

First Place – “Smoke and Fire” by Eva Romanczak

Poetry:

First Place – “The Final Journey” by Barbara Rohde
Second Place –“It’s a Boy” by Dan Reed England
Third Place – “Thanksgiving” by Joyce Berrian Ferrari

Children’s:

First Place – “Tommy the Leaf” by Nancy Leake

The winners will be published in the Ft. Myers Magazine summer edition.