Posts Tagged ‘competitions’

Short Story Contests: May

In Off-Topic, Writing on May 2, 2013 at 6:19 pm

I’ve been bad, reader friends, and waited too long to get my list of May short stories together. Consequently, the May 1st deadlines are out the door. My apologies!

There are still a few chances to submit though, so let me lay the sweetness on you:

Crab Orchard Review Dyer Fiction Prize
  • Deadline: May 4
  • Guidelines: 6,000 words or fewer
  • Entry fee: $20 (by mail) $22.50 (online)
  • First prize: $2,000
Writer’s Digest Annual Competition
  • Deadline: May 6 (early bird deadline)
  • Guidelines: Dependent upon category
  • Entry fee: $27
  • First prize: $3,000 (grand prize) or $1,000 (first prize)
Carve Magazine Raymond Carver Short Story Contest
  • Deadline: May 15
  • Guidelines: 6,000 words or fewer
  • Entry fee: $17
  • First prize: $1,000
E.M. Koeppel Short Fiction Award
  • Deadline: May 15
  • Guidelines: 3,000 words or fewer
  • Entry fee: $15 (additional stories $10 each)
  • First prize: $1,100 Read the rest of this entry »

Short Story Contests: April

In Writing on April 1, 2013 at 10:34 pm

April contests bring May winnings – that’s how it goes, right? Well, that’s how it should go, but the only way to find out for sure is if you enter some contests!

So you should, you know, do that.

The Gemini Short Story Contest
  • Deadline: April 1, 2013
  • Guidelines: No restrictions on length or style
  • Entry fee: $4
  • First Prize: $1,000
The William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition
  • Deadline: April 1, 2013
  • Guidelines: 10,000 words or fewer
  • Entry fee: $30
  • First Prize: $1,500
The Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest
  • Deadline: April 2, 2013
  • Guidelines: 6,000 words or fewer
  • Entry fee: $24
  • First Prize: $1,000
The Short Grain Writing Contest

Short Story Contests: March

In Writing on February 27, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Beware the Ides of March! After all, when they’re upon us it means there’s only 15 more days to get your stuff together and submit to these contests. If only there were 23 contests here instead of 15… you know, one for each of Caesar’s stab wounds.

That would make for some powerful symmetry right?

The Cutbank Montana Prize in Fiction
  • Deadline: March 1
  • Guidelines: 35 pages or fewer
  • Entry fee: $17
  • First Prize: $500
The Pinch Literary Awards
  • Deadline: March 14
  • Guidelines: 5,000 words or fewer
  • Entry fee: $20
  • First Prize: $1,000
The Bellingham Review Literary Awards
  • Deadline: March 15
  • Guidelines: 6,000 words or fewer
  • Entry fee: $18
  • First Prize: $1,000
The Colorado Review Nelligan Prize
  • Deadline: March 15
  • Guidelines: 50 pages or fewer
  • Entry fee: $15
  • First Prize: $2,000
The Enizagam Literary Awards

Short Story Contests: February

In Writing on January 31, 2013 at 10:34 pm

If your New Year’s resolution was to write more (and I’m sure, like me, you’ve stuck with your resolutions with steadfast determination) it may be just about time to send some of that new material out into the world.

Submit, I tell you, submit! Just, you know, in a good way…

The Madison Review Chris O’Malley Prize in Fiction
  • Deadline: February 1
  • Guidelines: 30 pages or fewer
  • Entry fee: $10
  • First Prize: $1,000
The Nelson Algren Short Story Award
  • Deadline: February 1 (you have until midnight Friday, so get on it!)
  • Guidelines: 8,000 words or fewer
  • Entry fee: $0 (seriously)
  • First Prize: $3,500
Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award
  • Deadline: February 15
  • Guidelines: 2,000 words or fewer on the theme of “A Winter’s Tale” or “A Spring Story”
  • Entry fee: $10
  • First prize: $200
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Short Story Contests: December

In Writing on December 3, 2012 at 10:23 pm

A new month is upon us and, with NaNoWriMo safely behind us, we turn once again to submissions of our not-so-novel-length works (that is, short stories).

Here, then, is a list of writing contests you can enter in the month of December — happy submitting!

Phoebe Winter Fiction Contest
  • Deadline: December 15
  • Guidelines: 7,500 words or fewer
  • Entry fee: $15
  • First Prize: $1,000
The Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition
  • Deadline: December 17
  • Guidelines: 1,500 words or fewer
  • Entry fee: $20
  • First Prize: $3,000
MERIDIAN Editor’s Prize in Fiction

Short Story Contests: June

In Writing on April 30, 2012 at 2:51 pm

At the beginning of April I put together a list of some of the short story contests you could look forward to entering in May. Now, on this the last day of April,  the first of the May deadlines is upon us, and the final hours are winding down to make your submissions.

However, if you’re not quite ready to submit your story, you’re in luck — because now is also the time for an updated list of contests, this times with deadlines coming up in June! So keep writing and check out your options (and the potential rewards) below!

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