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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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Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest 2015

Writing Contest Name: Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest 2015
By: Ploughshares
Deadline:  Friday 15 May 2015.
Categories: fiction, nonfiction and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book

Details:

Ploughshares literary magazine was established in 1971 and is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious magazines in the United States. Its writers have frequently been recognised by The Pushcart Prize and selected for The Best American Short Stories.

Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest 2015 is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book. The winning story, essay and poems from the 2015 contest will be published in the Winter 2015-16 issue of Ploughshares, and each writer will receive $1000.

Emerging Writer’s Contest 2015

The contest is open to fiction and nonfiction pieces up to 6000 words; poetry entries must be between 3 and 5 pages.

The winners of the 2014 Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest can be read in full online: Tomiko M. Breland’s Rosalee Carrasco (fiction); Eliese Colette Goldbach’s In the Memory of the Living (nonfiction) and Rosalie Moffett’s Three Poems.

Entries for the Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest open on Sunday 1 March and close on Friday 15 May 2015.

For full entry details visit the Ploughshares website. Writers are also encouraged to subscribe to the magazine’s email newsletter for advice and exercises from the Ploughshares blog to help in the writing process.

Read Also:

Writing Contest 2015: The Moth International Short Story Prize

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The 2015 New South Writing Contest

Writing Contest – Contest guidelines applicable from January to April ONLY. Deadline for contest submissions is April 15, 2015 at 11:59 PM. (Submittable submissions will close automatically).

The 2015 New South Writing Contest will be be judged by Roger Reeves in the genre of poetry and Rebecca Makkai in the genre of prose. The contest awards $1,000 to one winner in poetry and one winner in prose, and a $250 runner’s up prize in each category. Please take care that you are submitting under the contest genre; regular submissions received during the contest period WILL NOT be entered into the contest. Your $15 entry fee also includes a one-year subscription to New South. You may submit electronically via Submittable ONLY. All paper mailed entries will be destroyed.

Each entry must include:

1) A reading fee of fifteen dollars ($15). Entry fee includes a one year subscription to the journal!
2) The submitter’s contact info, including a mailing address for your subscription. (Do not include any identifying information in the manuscript).

2015 New South Writing Contest

POETRY
Submit up to three (3) poems per document.

PROSE
Non-fiction is welcomed and encouraged.
Submit one (1) short story or non-fiction piece per $15 Reading Fee.
Please limit your submissions to 9,000 words.

OTHER DETAILS:

While we take the greatest care in handling your entries, we assume no responsibility for lost manuscripts. Only unpublished work will be considered, and only writers who have not published a book of prose or poetry are eligible. Simultaneous submissions will be considered with notification. All rights revert to author after publication. Current students, staff, and faculty at Georgia State University are not eligible.

New South publishes quality literary art promoting the work of emerging and established writers. New South holds no subject biases. The staff will select the best work regardless of style or genre. The final round of judging will be anonymous (the names will be removed from the manuscripts before the final judges see the entries). Judges from outside the staff will pick the winners from finalists selected by the New South staff.

source: https://newsouth.submittable.com/submit/38182 Writing Contest 2015

The 2015 Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Contest

Contest name: The 2015 Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize

Prize:  Winner – $200 and publication in Fiction Southeast
Runners-up – publication in Fiction Southeast

Though many writers have helped to shape the history of flash fiction, Ernest Hemingway’s first short-story collection, In Our Time, easily makes him one of the form’s primary pioneers. For this reason, Fiction Southeast has chosen to honor his accomplishments through the Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize. Each year, a participating judge will select a winner (and three runners-up).

Guidelines:

Entries for the Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize should be approximately 1000 words or less. Submissions should be in .rtf, .doc, or .pdf format. Feel free to submit multiple stories, but please DO NOT submit multiple Word documents as one submission or one text document containing multiple stories. Instead, please submit each story as a SEPARATE entry (so that you complete an individual submission process for each story). Simultaneous submissions ARE welcome.Contest will open annually in late August with a deadline of December 1st. Entry fee is $10. All entries will be considered for publication in Fiction Southeast.
Winner – $200 and publication in Fiction Southeast
Runners-up – publication in Fiction Southeast

Related Contest 

Fiction Southeast Editors’ Prize

Entries for the Fiction Southeast Editors’ Prize
should be approximately 1500 words or less. Submissions should be in
.rtf, .doc, or .pdf format. Feel free to submit multiple stories, but
please DO NOT submit multiple Word documents as one submission or one
text document containing multiple stories. Instead, please submit each
story as a SEPARATE entry (so that you complete an individual submission
process for each story). Submissions should be
unpublished. Simultaneous submissions ARE welcome.Contest will open
annually in January with a deadline of May 1st. Entry fee is $10. All entries will be considered for publication in Fiction Southeast.
Winner – $100 and publication in Fiction Southeast
Runners-up – publication in Fiction Southeast

Fiction Submitions

Size limit: Approximately 1500 words or less

The editors of Fiction Southeast are interested in
short fiction (approximately 1500 words or less). Though we hope for
creative and innovative writing, we don’t prefer one particular style or
genre of writing. The only criterion we look for is
quality. Simultaneous submissions ARE welcome. Individual shorts should
be approximately 1500 words or less. Submissions should be in .rtf,
.doc, or .pdf format. Feel free to submit multiple stories, but
please DO NOT submit multiple Word documents as one submission or one
text document containing multiple stories. Instead, please submit each
story as a SEPARATE submission (so that you complete an individual
submission process for each story). We are also interested in interviews
with authors of short-short fiction, articles concerning short-short
fiction, as well as reviews of short story collections (preferably
collections of flash or micro shorts). Authors retain all rights and
copyright to their works. Fiction Southeast requests one-time, exclusive
rights to publish your work. The magazine is made ou of volunteers, and
though we do hope to pay writers in the future, we do not pay at thsi
point. Like many journals, we maintain a mailing list to ensure that
readers and contributors are notified when new issues are published.

Submissions for Why I Write Series

Inspired by George Orwell’s famous essay, we are
introducing a new series @ Fiction Southeast entitled “Why I Write.” We
are now accepting submissions for the series. Guidelines are fairly
flexible. We simply want to know why you write. Who and what inspired
you to become a writer? What keeps you motivated when the rejection
letters begin to pile up? What are your objectives when you write? What
are you trying to accomplish?

We’ve included a link to Orwell’s
essay below in case you need a little inspiration. We are particularly
interested in submissions from writers we’ve previously published, but
we’re open to submissions from anyone who considers himself/herself a
writer, so please encourage your students and colleagues to submit a
piece.
http://orwell.ru/library/essays/wiw/english/e_wiw

 Reviews, Essays, Interviews, etc.

Fiction Southeast is interested in articles concerning craft, interviews
with authors of short fiction, articles concerning short fiction, as
well as reviews of short story collections (preferably collections of
flash or micro shorts). Authors retain all rights and copyright to their
works. Fiction Southeast requests one-time, non-exclusive rights to
publish your work.Like many journals, Fiction Southeast maintains a
mailing list to ensure that readers and contributors are notified when
new issues are published.

For Detail Please visit: http://fictionsoutheast.com/
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Poetry Writing Contest From Connecticut Poetry Society

Name Contest: CONNECTICUT POETRY AWARD
Deadline: May 31, 2015 postmark
Prize: Fee $15 for up to 3 poems, payable to Connecticut Poetry Society
Winning poems will be published in Connecticut River Review.
Organizer: Connecticut Poetry Society 
writing poetry competition 2015

Opens: April 1, 2015

Deadline: May 31, 2015 postmark

Open to all poets
In honor of CPS founders, Winchell, Brodine, and Brodinsky

Fee $15 for up to 3 poems, payable to Connecticut Poetry Society

Prizes: 1st – $400; 2nd – $100; 3rd – $50

Winning poems will be published in Connecticut River Review.

Send up to three unpublished poems, any form, 80 line limit. Include two copies of each poem: one with complete contact information and one with NO contact information. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable; however, please notify us immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.

Include SASE for results only (no poems will be returned). Winning poems must be submitted electronically following notification.

Send submissions of this poetry contest 2015 to:
Connecticut Poetry Award
CPS
P.O. Box 270554
West Hartford, CT 06127-0554

source: http://ctpoetry.net/index.html
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Aunnual Poetry Contest First Prize: $1,500 and Publication
On a Literary Itinerary: Calling Oregon Writers