Fiction Contest 2015 Deadline June

Bywater Prize for Fiction 

About: Bywater Books is dedicated to excellence in publishing, producing notable commercial fiction for lesbians and all readers.

Bywater Prize for Fiction First Prize: $1,000.00.
Entry fee: $13.
Deadline: 06-30-2015.

The Bywater Prize for Fiction seeks to highlight and promote novels written for and about lesbians. The competition is open to all authors, published and unpublished. Novel must be for and about lesbians. Novel must fall within general fiction, mystery, or romance genres. Novel length manuscript (min. of 60,000 words). Novel must not been previously published, or slated for publication either under contract or under an option clause. The first place winner receives an honorarium of $1,000, and publication by Bywater Books, the sponsor of the contest. Second and third place winners will receive honorariums of $200 and $100 respectively.

Official Website http://www.bywaterbooks.com/bywater-books-writing-contest/

Southern Gothic Revival Anthology Short Fiction Contest

Road Publications is seeking stories that reveal the lives of marginalized groups and individuals by developing complex characters and realistic settings. “Southern Gothic” means examining the social order of the new south, which the judges believe is as fragile and the realities behind it as disturbing as anything Faulkner imagined. However, since some of the best stories in the “Gothic” tradition are from outside the region, entries do not necessarily have to be set in the south.

Winning entries will be awarded the following: 1st place: $500; 2nd place: $250; 3rd place: $100. Winners, Honorable Mentions, and Editor’s Picks will be published in the anthology, (due out by September 1, 2016) and receive 2 free copies.

About: Bestselling author Dorothy Allison will select the final winners of the Twisted Road Publications Southern Gothic Fiction Short Story Anthology Contest. Southern Gothic Revival Anthology Short

Fiction Contest First Prize: $500.00.

Entry fee: $16.

Deadline: 07-31-2015.

website: http://twistedroadpublications.com/contests/

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Writing Contest 2015

Junior Authors Short Story Writing Contest

Contest Name: 8th Annual Junior Authors Short Story Writing Contest
Deadline June 30th
Finalists Announced AUGUST 7
Winners Announced SEPTEMBER 10

AGE CATEGORIES

Please note that we have added more age categories for 2015 and the prizes for each category are different. Be sure to refer to the proper age category. Your category is determined by the age you are on June 30, 2015.

Category 1 Ages 19 – 21
Top 6 writers will each receive a certificate of achievement and be acknowledged on this website.
Prizes:
1st place = Publication on this website + signed paperback copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published OR The Naked Storyteller (winner’s choice) + a 30-minute private coaching session with Laura OR an LTC Insider Plus+ Membership (winner’s choice)
Second place = $30 CAD Coupon* for the LTC store
Third place = $25 CAD Coupon
Fourth place = $20 CAD Coupon
Fifth place = $15 CAD Coupon
Sixth place = $10 CAD Coupon
*Coupons are not redeemable for cash. Finalists will receive a certificate of achievement. See rules below. All entires which do not follow the rules will be disqualified. You can be no more than 21 years old on June 30, 2015.

Category 2 Ages 17 – 18 Top 6 writers will each receive a certificate of achievement and be acknowledged on this website.
Prizes:
1st place = Publication on this website + signed paperback copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published OR The Naked Storyteller (winner’s choice) + a 30-minute private coaching session with Laura OR an LTC Insider Plus+ Membership (winner’s choice)
Second place = $30 CAD Coupon* for the LTC store
Third place = $25 CAD Coupon
Fourth place = $20 CAD Coupon
Fifth place = $15 CAD Coupon
Sixth place = $10 CAD Coupon
*Coupons are not redeemable for cash. Finalists will receive a certificate of achievement. See rules below. All entires which do not follow the rules will be disqualified.
Polly Wants to Be a Writer

“Not just an instruction manual, and not just a fantasy novel, this book combines two completely different genres into one wholly enjoyable read that I highly recommend for any person pursuing a writing career.”

Category 3 Ages 15 – 16
Top 6 writers will each receive a certificate of achievement and be acknowledged on this website.
Prizes:
1st place = Publication on this website + signed paperback copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published OR The Naked Storyteller (winner’s choice) + a 30-minute private coaching session with Laura OR an LTC Insider Plus+ Membership (winner’s choice)
Second place = $30 CAD Coupon* for the LTC store
Third place = $25 CAD Coupon
Fourth place = $20 CAD Coupon
Fifth place = $15 CAD Coupon
Sixth place = $10 CAD Coupon
*Coupons are not redeemable for cash. Finalists will receive a certificate of achievement. See rules below. All entires which do not follow the rules will be disqualified.

Category 4 Ages 13 – 14
Top 6 writers will each receive a certificate of achievement and be acknowledged on this website.
Prizes:
1st place = Publication on this website + signed paperback copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published + a 30-minute private coaching session with Laura OR an LTC Insider Plus+ Membership (winner’s choice)
Second place = $30 CAD Coupon* for the LTC store
Third place = $25 CAD Coupon
Fourth place = $20 CAD Coupon
Fifth place = $15 CAD Coupon
Sixth place = $10 CAD Coupon
*Coupons are not redeemable for cash. Finalists will receive a certificate of achievement. See rules below. All entires which do not follow the rules will be disqualified.

Category 5 Ages 11 – 12
Top 6 writers will each receive a certificate of achievement and be acknowledged on this website.
Prizes:
1st place = Publication on this website + signed paperback copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published + a 30-minute private coaching session with Laura OR an LTC Insider Plus+ Membership (winner’s choice)
Second place = $30 CAD Coupon* for the LTC store
Third place = $25 CAD Coupon
Fourth place = $20 CAD Coupon
Fifth place = $15 CAD Coupon
Sixth place = $10 CAD Coupon
*Coupons are not redeemable for cash. Finalists will receive a certificate of achievement. See rules below. All entires which do not follow the rules will be disqualified. You must be a minimum of 11 years old on June 30, 2015.

Category 6 Ages 10 & Under (NON-COMPETITIVE / DEVELOPMENT CATEGORY) ENTRY FORM NOTE: On the entry form header it says this contest is for ages 9 – 21, but younger writers are allowed to enter this year.  Every writer who enters in this category will receive a participation gift. In this category only, all submissions will be accepted even if the rules are not followed perfectly. This is a development category intended to prepare our youngest junior authors for a life-long passion for the written word. By removing the pressure, this becomes a fun opportunity to show Laura your stuff. She will personally read every entry and provide some general feedback to the group in a jaBlog! post.  And think about this: once you turn 11 you will have 10 years to compete in this contest, assuming Laura can keep it going that long!

source: http://laurathomascommunications.com/juniorauthorscontest/

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Writers Festival: Novel, Short Story, Writing For Children, Flash Fiction, Poetry

The Winchester Writers’ Festival offers fabulous opportunities for emerging writers via its ten writing competitions. Writers do not need to attend the Festival in order to enter. The deadline for submissions is 15 May 2015.

Please read the General Rules for Submitting Entries below the competitions before entering. The link for competition entry forms follows the General Rules.

Writers Festival

POETRY

Entrants are invited to submit poems on any subject up to a maximum of 40 lines for each entry. Single spaced.

1st prize: £125 and The Echo Poetry Trophy
2nd prize: £75
3rd prize: £50
Adjudicator: Joan McGavin, Hampshire Poet 2014-2015
Sponsor: The Southern Daily Echo Southern Daily Echo

WRITING CAN BE MURDER

Entrants are invited to submit the first 500 words of a short story or novel with a murder thriller theme.

1st prize: Books to the value of £60
2nd prize: Books to the value of £40
3rd prize: Books to the value of £20
Adjudicator: Lindsay Ashford, Author
Sponsor: P&G Wells Ltd., Booksellers
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FLASH FICTION

A flash fiction is a short, short story which does much more than its size would suggest. It shows a glimpse which implies a larger story, and every word works its hardest to bring meaning, plot, character and theme alive. In 500 words, send us a flash fiction which will intrigue, excite and entertain, and which will linger in the mind long after reading.

1st prize: Telephone consultation with Janklow & Nesbit to receive a detailed editorial report on the winning entry.
2nd prize: Book prizes
3rd prize: Book prizes
Adjudicator: Calum Kerr
Sponsor: Janklow & Nesbit UK
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MEMOIR

Entrants are invited to submit a memoir of up to 2500 words. This may be a self-contained piece, or it may be the first chapter of a full-length memoir.

Entrants are reminded that memoir is not the same as fact-based autobiography. Memoir emphasises story. It is subjective, distinctive and usually focuses on a specific theme or series of memories or even a single event in order to engage the reader and illuminate an aspect of ourselves.

1st prize: A copy of either the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook or the Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook plus either attendance at one of the Writers’ & Artists’ one-day conferences or one of our popular ‘How to Hook an Agent’ lunches. Full details at www.writersandartists.co.uk/events 2nd prize: A copy of either the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook or the Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook plus £50 worth of other writing advice books selected from: www.writersandartists.co.uk/store 3rd prize: A copy of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook AND the Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook Adjudicator: Paul Dodgson
Sponsor: Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook
Writers and Artists logo.wpmThe Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook, updated and published annually by Bloomsbury, is the perfect guide to all aspects of the media and publishing worlds. It gives invaluable advice on how to prepare a submission and which agents and publishers to approach. Essential reading for all writers of journalism, fiction, non-fiction, poetry and screen plays.
‘The writers’ bible’, Susan Hill

WRITING FOR CHILDREN – Picture Book For readers aged 3-6

Entrants are invited to submit a text of no more than 600 words in prose or verse for children aged 3-6

1st
prize: Editorial meeting with the Little Tiger to discuss the winning
submission, either in their offices in London or via telephone (travel
not provided)
2nd prize: Book prizes
3rd prize: Book prizes
Adjudicators: Editorial Department, Little Tiger Press and Stripes Publishing (Magi)
Sponsor: Little Tiger Press and Stripes Publishing (Magi)
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CHILDREN’S FUNNY FICTION For readers aged 8-12

Entrants
are invited to submit the opening chapter or section (maximum 1000
words) of a humorous work for children and a one-page synopsis of the
remainder.

1st prize: Editorial meeting with the Little Tiger to
discuss the winning submission, either in their offices in London or
via telephone (travel not provided)
2nd prize: Book prizes
3rd prize: Book prizes
Adjudicators: Editorial Department, Little Tiger Press and Stripes Publishing (Magi)
Sponsor: Little Tiger Press and Stripes Publishing (Magi)
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FIRST THREE PAGES OF A NOVEL

Entrants are invited to send the first three pages of their novel plus a two page synopsis. Any theme or period.

1st prize: Nancy Smith Memorial Trophy and editorial meeting with Little, Brown to discuss the winning submission, either in their offices in London or via telephone (travel not provided)
2nd prize: Books to the value of £70
3rd prize: Books to the value of £30
Adjudicator: Anna Boatman, Little, Brown Book Group
Sponsor: Little, Brown Book Group
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SHORT STORIES

Entrants are invited to submit quality short stories on any subject, theme or period (no children’s stories). Length 1500 to 3000 words for each entry. Each entry must be a complete story. Entries will be judged on their originality and excellent story-telling qualities.

1st Prize: Writing Magazine creative writing course (choose one of nine home study courses – with a value of £150-£180)
2nd Prize: Writing Magazine reading and critique service (choose from a synopsis and the first three chapters of a novel/three short stories OR three pieces of non-fiction. Maximum 9000 words)
3rd Prize: Writing Magazine reading and critique service (choose from a synopsis and the first three chapters of a novel/three short stories OR three pieces of non-fiction. Maximum 9000 words)
Adjudicator: The Chandlers Ford Writers
Sponsor: Writing Magazine Writing-Magazine-460×460

for detail please visit: http://writersfestival.co.uk/competitions

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YOUNG WRITERS’ POETRY 2015

The Winchester Writers’ Festival offers fabulous opportunities for
emerging writers via its ten writing competitions. Writers do not need
to attend the Festival in order to enter. The deadline for submissions
is 15 May 2015.

Please read the General Rules for Submitting
Entries below the competitions before entering. The link for
competition entry forms follows the General Rules.

YOUNG WRITERS’ POETRY 2015

YOUNG WRITERS’ POETRY

Summer is our theme this year. Entrants are invited to send poems about summer of no more than 30 lines as follows:

Age group 6-11: write about what summer means to you.

Age
group 12-16: write about your experiences of summer: travel, staying at
home, exams or simply the feelings, impressions or sensory details it
evokes.

Each of the categories offers prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd
place winners and a framed certificate. Prizes will be awarded at an
awards tea on 27 June 2015 in Winchester.

Entries are FREE for
this competition and must be submitted by post only. No online entries
accepted. Follow instructions below to submit by post.

Adjudicator: Joan McGavin, Hampshire Poet 2015
Sponsors: Marwell Wildlife, Winchester Science Centre, Mid Hants Railway-Watercress Line, Tesco, Pizza Express Winchester

General Rules for Submitting Entries to all Competitions

The
General Competition Rules, listed below, apply to all competitions. The
shortlists for all the competitions will be posted at 10:00 am on
Saturday 20 June, 2015 on the bulletin board in the Foyer of The Stripe
building, University of Winchester, during the Winchester Writers’
Festival. The First, Second and Third prize winners of all of the
writing competitions (except for the Young Writers’ Poetry Competition)
will be awarded at 18:30 pm in The Stripe Auditorium. You do not need
to attend the conference to submit competition entries.
2015 Entry Conditions for All Competitions

Please
read carefully. There are changes from past years. The closing date
for all competition entries: Friday, 15th May, 2015. Entries must be
received by this date for inclusion in the competition.

Competition fees: NEW! £7 per entry with NO Adjudication £12 per entry to receive an Adjudication

1.
All entries must be in English, be original and unpublished work,
written by one author and must not have won an award in any previous
competition.
2. Each entrant must provide one pseudonym that is new
this year to identify all competition entries. Record your pseudonym on
the application form.
3. Entries must be typed double-spaced (poetry
single spaced), with the writer’s pseudonym on the bottom right-hand
corner of every page. Do not include your real name on the manuscript.
Minimum font 10pt.
4. Entrants may submit up to five entries for each competition unless otherwise stated.
5. Copyright remains with the author.
6. Conference speakers may not enter the competitions
7.
Original manuscripts WILL NOT be returned. Please keep a copy of your
submission. If you pay for an adjudication, you will receive the
adjudication only either by email or by post.

Adjudication and Prizes

The
decisions of the adjudicators are final and the adjudicators reserve
the right to withhold awards if no entry reaches an appropriate
standard.

The first place winning entry of each competition will
be published in The Best of 2015. Winners must send their unaltered
manuscript in electronic format within 10 days following the conference
to Sara.Gangai@winchester.ac.uk. The editor reserves the right to limit
the number of words and illustrations and to correct manuscripts in
accordance with the size and quality standard of The Best of 2015.

details:  http://writersfestival.co.uk/competitions

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Writing Contest 2015: The Moth International Short Story Prize

Short Story Contest 2015 – The Moth International Short Story Prize is now accepting entries from writers around the world. First prize is €3000 (US$3260), second is a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France (including €250 travel expenses) and the third prize winner will receive €1,000. All three stories will be published in autumn issue of The Moth.

Eligible stories may be up to maximum of 6000 words and all entries must be previously unpublished (including self-published).

The Moth is an Irish quarterly arts and literature magazine founded in 2010. It publishes poetry, short fiction and pictures, as well as interviews with writers or artists from Ireland or living in Ireland. The Moth happily accepts unsolicited submissions – please check the submission guidelines for further details.

Entries for The Moth International Short Story Prize 2015 close on 30 June.

Details: 
short story prize 2015

THE 2015 COMPETITION IS NOW OPEN

The Prize is open to everyone, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.
There is a 6,000 word limit. The entry fee is €12 per story and you can enter as many stories as you like.

You can enter online or simply send your story or stories along with a cheque or postal order made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd.’ and an entry form (downloadable here) or a cover letter with your name and contact details and the title of story attached to:
The Moth, Drummullen, Cavan, Co. Cavan, Ireland.

This year’s competition will be judged by Donal Ryan, recipient of the Guardian First Book Award, Best Irish Newcomer and Book of the Year from the Irish Book Awards and longlisted for the Booker Prize.

With thanks to Circle of Misse for the second prize of a week-long writing retreat at their house,
which rests on the banks of the Thouet River, a tributary of the Loire.

The three winning stories will feature in the autumn 2015 issue of The Moth.

READ THE RULES HERE

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