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Writing Contest – Kobo Writing Life and SilverWood Books

Contest Name: Kobo Writing Life and SilverWood Books

Organizer: SilverWood Books

Prize:  First Prize will be a SilverWood-produced ebook published with KWL plus a paperback edition sponsored by Berforts Information Press
Deadline: December, 2014

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SilverWood Books provides self-funding authors with professional publishing services – expertly produced print and ebooks, designed, formatted and finished to the highest publishing industry standards. SilverWood works with a range of individual authors and organisations, including poets, novelists, financial institutions, mainstream authors and charitable enterprises.

SilverWood’s ebook conversion service ensures that each book is carefully laid out and formatted by hand (taking care to preserve features which can be lost in auto-conversion, such as page breaks, indents, italic or bold text, and correct line spacing). Files can be passed directly to the author for upload to Kobo Writing Life. Hardback and paperback editions are prepared and published with the same care and expertise as they would be in a mainstream publishing house.

Berforts Book Printing Group offers professional book printing for both hard and soft back books and journals. Our vision is simply to be the best at what we do, combining innovation with professionalism and providing a high quality, value for money and consistently first class service.

free writing contests 2015

To celebrate the 2014 Writing & Self-Publishing Open Day, Kobo Writing Life and SilverWood Books are delighted to announce an exciting new writing competition.

The Open Day Writing Competition is geared towards original, unpublished or self-published, fictional, English language manuscripts. The manuscript submitted must be the entrant’s own work, and the entrant must own the copyright to all work in its entirety.

One Winner and one Runner Up will be selected by a dedicated review panel on the basis of the combined strength of the synopsis and the single chapter submitted.

The First Prize will be a SilverWood-produced ebook published with KWL plus a paperback edition sponsored by Berforts Information Press, published and distributed by SilverWood Books (info here).

The Runner Up will receive a new Kobo Aura H2O as prize.

Entrants are to submit a single page synopsis (no longer than 500 words) of the plot of the book they would like to publish along with first chapter (no longer than 5,000 words). Entries must be submitted as a single Word document containing synopsis and first chapter with page 1 being the title page containing the entrant’s full contact details, title of work and author name.

To enter the competition and submit your manuscript please use this FORM
Deadline of Writing Contest is on December 31st, 2014
Authors can read here the full Terms and Conditions of the

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Annual Prose & Poetry Contest 2014

Contest name: Annual Prose & Poetry Contest 2014

Deadline: December 31, 2014

Prize: $1700.00

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Guest Editor/Judge

John Vigna - Guest Editor poetry writing contest

John Vigna will be our guest editor/judge for the 2014 contest. John’s first book, Bull Head was published to critical acclaim in Canada and the US. It was selected by Quill & Quire as an editor’s pick of the year and was a finalist for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. He was named one of the “10 writers to watch” by CBC books. John is a recipient of the Dave Greber Award for Freelance Writers and a winner of the sub-Terrain Lush Triumphant fiction contest. 

 

Contest Rules 2014

  • Entry fee: $25.00 (includes one year subscription for your first entry only)*
  • AWCS Members $10.00
  • Additional entries $5.00 (at time of original entry only)
  • Maximum 3000 words prose, or 5 poems per entry.
  • Both Electronic entries and Mailed entries must be received on or before December 31st, 2014.
  • Only previously unpublished work may be entered. No simultaneous entries.

Prose entries must be:

  • Double spaced with a title
  • Page number at the top of each page
  • NO authors name on manuscript Poetry entries must be
  • Single spaced
  • NO author’s name on manuscript
  • Poems that run more than one page require a title and page number at the top of each page.

New $1700.00 in prize money

  • 1st Prize (Poetry and Fiction) $500 Sponsored by Frontenac House and FreeFall
  • 2nd Prize (Poetry and Fiction) $250. Sponsored by The Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society
  • 3rd Prize (Poetry and Fiction) $75.00 Sponsored by Carol Mock
  • Honourable Mention (Poetry and Fiction) $25.00 Sponsored by Shelley McAneeley
  • Winners will be published in Volume XXV Number 2

Mailed Submissions General Formatting page size: 8.5” X 11” , all margins: 1.5”, 12 pt Times New Roman font.

Please Note – Short listed entries may be selected for publication to round out the issue and will be paid the standard rate.

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Journal‘s 2015 Writing Competition

Deadline: December 31st, 2014.

Contest name: Columbia: A Journal‘s 2015 Writing Competition

Prizes: $500 cash prize along with publication

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Our 2015 Writing Competition is now accepting your best original work in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction! The entry fee is $15 and one winner from each genre will receive a $500 cash prize along with publication in Issue 53 of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art.

We accept work in all genres and all styles, but it’s always best to familiarize yourself with our judges and the work from previous issues to get a better idea of the sort of work we like to publish. This year’s guest judges will be:

Fiction: Dewitt Henry
Nonfiction: Emily Bestler
Poetry: Beth Ann Fennelly

Fiction and nonfiction entries should not exceed 7500 words (or about 30 double spaced pages). Poetry entries may be up to 5 pages. Previously published work will not be considered for entry. US entries only. Deadline for submission is December 31, 2014

souce: http://catchandrelease.columbiajournal.org

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Fiction, Poetry, Book Revief, & Flash Fiction Contest – English PEN

Contest Name: The 2014 English PEN writing competition
Organizer: English PEN
Deadline: 12TH DECEMBER 2014
Category: FICTION/MEMOIR/POETRY, BOOK REVIEW, Flash Fiction Contest
Prize: A prize of £100 for the winner in each category

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Flash Fiction Contest
For the last 14 years English PEN has brought writers and their books into prison communities across the UK

We have campaigned against the recent Government ban on books being sent to prisoners from outside, and have arranged delivery for over 1,000 books for Wormwood Scrubs Book Room project. We work with Oxford University Press to enable free dictionaries to be sent into prison communities.

The 2014 English PEN writing competition for prisoners will roll out at the end of October. This is our fourth year and we are delighted to announce that multi-award-winning author Meg Rosoff is this year’s judge. There will be the usual themed categories for Fiction, Memoir and Poetry, Flash Fiction -and – for the communities of keen readers in prisons – the Book Review section.English PEN will publish the winners, runners –up and highly commended entries in a beautifully designed pamphlet as in previous years .

FREE TO ENTER! THE FREE SPEECH CHARITY, ENGLISH PEN, PROMOTES THE FREEDOM TO WRITE AND THE FREEDOM TO READ IN THE UK AND AROUND THE WORLDFOR THE LAST 14 YEARS ENGLISH PEN HAS BROUGHT WRITERS AND THEIR BOOKS INTO PRISON
COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE UK HOW TO ENTER 

FICTION/MEMOIR/POETRY COMPETITION

We want to read your fiction, memoir or poetry. This year our judge Meg Rosoff is asking you to take
inspiration for this writing from the this photograph above. OR you can use one of these themes below:
A letter to myself / Anything could happen. The word limit is 800 words of prose or 25 lines of poetry 

BOOK REVIEW CONTEST

Write about The book that I have never forgotten
Word limit is 500 words

FLASH FICTION CONTEST (15–21 year olds only)

Tell a story on any theme.
The word limit is 300 words

You can make more than one entry for ANY of the categories. Open to all ages.

PRIZES
A prize of £100 for the winner in each category. 20 prizes of £10 each for the runners–up. The prison which submits the most entries wins a visit from Meg Rosoff.
All winners, runners-up and commended writers are published in a pamphlet and will receive two copies. This will also be available as a download from the English PEN website.
JUDGE – MEG ROSOFF

Meg Rosoff is a multi-award winning novelist who became a publishing sensation with her first novel, How I Live Now. It was described by the Observer as ‘assured, powerful, engaging’ and by the Times as ‘extraordinary’ and made into a film in 2013. Meg’s most recent novel is Picture Me Gone, published by Penguin.

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see also

The Cochise Community Creative Writing Contest 2015
Free Creative Writing Contest – Deadline 14-Dec-2014

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Retreat West – Flash Fiction Contest & Short Story Competitions

Contest Name: Retreat West Creative Writing Competitions
Short Story Competition Deadline: Desember 20, 2014
Flash Fiction Competition Deadline: Desember 31, 2014
Prize: Winners receive a £20 Amazon voucher for first place while the runner up gets a £10 Amazon voucher. and Published.
2015 Short Story Competitions
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Flash Fiction Contest & Short Story Competitions 

There are currently two competitions running with multiple deadlines throughout the year (click on the links below to jump straight to the information about each one): short story or flash fiction

You can win Amazon vouchers and publication with profit share in the annual anthologies in the Retreat West Short Story Competition and the Retreat West Flash Fiction Competition. Shortlisted stories are sent to published authors for the final judging round.

The best way to increase your chances of winning is to read the stories that have won previously. You can read the 2013 short story competition winning stories in the anthology, The Colour of Life. The first flash fiction anthology will be published in 2015.

Short Story Competition

Winners receive a £20 Amazon voucher for first place while the runner up gets a £10 Amazon voucher.

Each year the winning stories will be e-published in a short story collection and winners will receive a share of the profits (details below in the Competition Rules). Winning stories may also be featured on the Retreat West blog.

Shortlisted stories are sent to published authors for the final judging round.
The entry fee is just £3 and the deadlines and themes for the competitions are:

Theme: Ritual. Deadline: 31 December 2014.

Pay for entry for all the competitions using the PayPal button below.

Short Story Competition Rules
  • All entries must be between 500 and 1500 words (excluding the title).
  • All entries must be the original, unpublished (online and in print) work of the author and not have won any other competitions.
  • Stories can be in any genre except Children’s.
  • All entries must be received by email at amandasaint@retreatwest.co.uk by 11.30pm UK time on the closing date of the competition.
  • All entries must be as Word attachments to the email – no links to download from the Cloud please.
  • Please include a cover page with your name, email and brief biography (and blog address and Twitter name if you have one) and include page numbers and the story title only on the manuscript pages.
  • The competition entry fee of £3 must be paid via PayPal and the confirmation code included in the entry email.
  • Multiple entries are allowed but must be submitted in individual emails and paid for individually.
  • Winners and runners up will be notified and announced within 30 days of the closing dates.
  • By entering the competition you agree to allow your story to be published on the website and in the e-book.
  • Winning entries will receive a 5% share of the profits of the e-book when published and runners up will receive a 2.5% share. These payments will be accrued and paid quarterly.

Pay for entry for all the competitions using the PayPal button below.

Flash Fiction Competition

  1. Winners receive a £20 Amazon voucher for first place while the runner up gets a £10 Amazon voucher.
  2. Each year the winning stories will be e-published in a short story collection and winners will receive a share of the profits (details below in the Competition Rules). Winning stories may also be featured on the Retreat West blog. 
  3. The entry fee is just £3 and the deadlines and themes for the competitions are:
  4. Theme: Sleeping. Deadline: EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 20TH 2014 Judge: Amanda Saint

Flash Fiction Competition Rules

  • All entries must be between 150 and 500 words (excluding the title).
  • All entries must be the original, unpublished (online and in print) work of the author and not have won any other competitions.
  • Stories can be in any genre except Children’s.
  • All entries must be received by email at amandasaint@retreatwest.co.uk by 11.30pm UK time on the closing date of the competition.
  • All entries must be as Word attachments to the email – no links to download from the Cloud please.
  • Please include a cover page with your name, email and brief biography (and blog address and Twitter name if you have one) and include page numbers and the story title only on the manuscript pages.
  • The competition entry fee of £3 must be paid via PayPal and the confirmation code included in the entry email.
  • Multiple entries are allowed but must be submitted in individual emails and paid for individually.
  • Winners and runners up will be notified and announced within 30 days of the closing dates.
  • By entering the competition you agree to allow your story to be published on the website and in the e-book.
  • Winning entries will receive a 5% share of the profits of the e-book when published and runners up will receive a 2.5% share. These payments will be accrued and paid quarterly.

see also:
Writing Contest 2015 For Maine High School Juniors
2015 Short Story Writing Competitions for Junior