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  2. Write a story of any type (short story, fiction, non-fiction, etc…) that begins with the sentence “I had my chance”.

    Cash prize to the winner! One of over 50 contests that you can enter every month at FanStory. Information: http://www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=104813

  3. Write a 5-7-5 poem to enter this poetry contest at FanStory.com. That is a poem that has the following syllable count: 5-7-5. Cash prize to the winner. Over $5,000 in prizes every year for poetry and writing contests.

  4. Write a three line poem that has a specific syllable count to enter this poetry contest at FanStory.com. Cash prize to the winner!

  5. The challenge of this poetry contest is to write a complete poem – with only one line. Can you share a poetic though with only one line to work with? Cash prize to the winner!

  6. Write a cinquain poem. That is a poem with only five lines. Rhymes are optional. Cash prize to the winner! Just one of over 50 new contests every month at FanStory.com!

  7. Write a five line poem to enter this poetry contest at FanStory. Cash prize to the winner. Just one of over fifty contests that you can enter every month.

  8. Submissions are now open for the DISQUIET Prize for writing in any genre. Three winners will be published in Granta.com (fiction), NinthLetter.com (non-fiction) or The Common (poetry). One grand prize winner will receive a full scholarship, accommodations, and travel stipend to attend the eighth annual DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon taking place July 1 – July 13, 2018. Runners-up and other outstanding entrants will also be considered for financial aid.

    Deadline: January 31, 2018. Reading fee: $15

  9. Share a poem that is a Loop Poem. For this poem the final word of each line in your poem must be the first word on the next line. Cash prize to the winner.

  10. Write a poem with only six words to enter this poetry contest at FanStory.com. Cash prize to the winner. Just one of over 50 writing contests you can enter this month.

  11. “Portraits” International Call For Writers by ArtAscent – Deadline December 31, 2017

    | Theme:
    Portraits of people and animals tell such great stories. They evoke emotion. They suggest deeper meaning. They tell us about someone else, and maybe even ourselves. Sometimes they’re just beautiful. Or shocking. Or surprising. Share your PORTRAITS with words or imagery.

    | Eligible Submissions:
    Entries may include fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. Submissions must be the original work of the applicant(s). Open to international writers. Apply using the online form.

    | Highlights:

    The Gold writer will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal complete with an artist profile review written by our art writer. Up to ten writers in total will be published in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal; showcased, along with website links, in an online juried exhibition on the ArtAscent website for at least two years.

    | About ArtAscent:
    The mission of ArtAscent is to promote artists of images and words, and connect them with art lovers. This is accomplished by calls for artists and writers, artist profiling, art magazine publication, and artist and writer online showcasing. Each call is theme based, with the intent to showcase diverse creative explorations of that theme via various media. This marketing tool is created by artists and writers, for artists and writers. ArtAscent provides opportunity for the voice of writers and vision of artists to be shared in a professional and accessible platform. We are a bright community of creatives and art lovers.

    | Call application:
    https://ArtAscent.com/the-call-for-artists-and-writers/

  12. Write a poem with only 20 syllables to enter this poetry contest at FanStory.com. Cash prize to the winner.

  13. The challenge of this poetry contest is to write a poem with nine lines and a specific syllable count. Cash prize to the winner! Just one of over 50 writing contests that you can enter at FanStory.com

  14. Enter the Love Poem Poetry Contest. Cash prize to the winner. One of over 50 writing contests every month that you can enter. $5,000 in prizes.

  15. Write a story with only 50 words to enter this writing contest. Yes, it must be exactly 50 words. Cash prize to the winner!

  16. Sequestrum is accepting submissions for our third annual Editor’s Reprint Award! For complete guidelines, visit http://www.sequestrum.org/contests.

    Contest Guidelines:
    Open to reprints of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in any original format (electronic or print).
    Over $500 in prizes.
    First-prize winners in both prose and poetry.
    Minimum of two runner-up prizes including publication and payment. Finalists listed on the site.
    Length and subject are open.
    Manuscripts reviewed on a rolling-basis.
    Multiple submissions allowed.
    Include the name and email address of the original publisher in your cover letter.

  17. Write a 3 line poem to someone that you love.

  18. Write a Flash Fiction story with only 75 words! The winner will receive a cash prize. Just one of the contests that you can enter at FanStory.com

  19. Share your poem that rhymes to enter this poetry contest at FanStory.com. Cash prize to the winner!

  20. Announcing our 2018 POETRY & SHORT STORY contests!

    Prism Review’s annual contests in fiction and poetry are now open! The $10 entry fee gets each entrant a copy of our next issue, Prism #20 – which we promise will be excellent (international entrants will receive PDFs of issues #19 and #20).

    This year’s judges:

    Fiction: SIEL JU (Cake Time, winner of the Red Hen Press Fiction Award. Her stories and poems appear in ZYZZYVA, The Missouri Review (Poem of the Week), The Los Angeles Review, Denver Quarterly, and other places.

    Poetry: Poet and artist JARED STANLEY, author of the collection Ears (Nightboat Books), as well as the collections The Weeds and Book Made of Forest (Salt Publishing). He lives in Reno, Nevada.

    Guidelines:

    Fiction: one story or linked short-shorts (8000 words max)

    Poetry: 1-5 poems, ten pages maximum

    Winners receive: $250 each and publication in Prism Review #20

    All entries are considered for publication. Contest deadline: midnight, November 30

  21. Share your Haiku for the Haiku Poetry Contest. Cash prize to the winner. Just one contest that will offer over $5000 in prizes this year at FanStory.com

  22. “Paradise” International Call For Writers by ArtAscent – Deadline October 31, 2017

    | Theme:
    What is paradise to you? To many, it’s an idyllic state, a place of extreme beauty or happiness, an overwhelmingly lovely place visited on a holiday, a Utopia. It’s different for everyone. How does paradise look to you? How does it feel? Have you created your own? Have you lost it? Seen it, just out of reach? Has your definition of Paradise changed over the years? Is it a place, a taste, a memory, a dream for the future? Share your PARADISE story with words or imagery. (Submissions focusing on religious deities/systems are generally not the focus of ArtAscent. Spiritual/zen/love vibes are welcome.)

    | Eligible Submissions:
    Entries may include fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. Submissions must be the original work of the applicant(s). Open to international writers. Apply using the online form.

    | Highlights:
    The Gold writer will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal complete with an artist profile review written by our art writer. Up to ten writers in total will be published in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal; showcased, along with website links, in an online juried exhibition on the ArtAscent website for at least two years.

    | About ArtAscent:
    The mission of ArtAscent is to promote artists of images and words, and connect them with art lovers. This is accomplished by calls for artists and writers, artist profiling, art magazine publication, and artist and writer online showcasing. Each call is theme based, with the intent to showcase diverse creative explorations of that theme via various media. This marketing tool is created by artists and writers, for artists and writers. ArtAscent provides opportunity for the voice of writers and vision of artists to shared in a professional and accessible platform. We are a bright community of creatives and art lovers.

    | Call application:
    https://ArtAscent.com/the-call-for-artists-and-writers/

  23. Write a poem that only has three lines to enter this poetry contest. Cash prize to the winner. Just one of over 50 contests that you can enter every month with a one time entry fee.

  24. Share a Tanka poem. That’s a five line poem that follows the following syllable count: 5-7-5-7-7. So the first line has five syllables, second has 7, third has five and the fourth and fifth line have seven syllables. Cash prize to the winner of this contest.

  25. Write a Lanturne Poem to enter this poetry contest with a cash prize. That is a poem with only five lines that follows a specific syllable count.

  26. Write a true story to enter this writing contest at FanStory.com. The winner will receive a cash prize.

  27. Share a poem about your faith or about the topic of faith in general to enter this poetry contest. Just one of hundreds of contests you can enter for a one time entry fee.

  28. The only tournament that matters is back. We ask for no entry fees, and demand only your Bushido fighting spirit. Four rounds, elimination format, prompts for both writers and reviewers of fiction to keep you on your toes. Cash prizes totaling $275, critique of your work, and an all-around fun atmosphere. Enter if you dare.

    Sign-ups now open. First Challenge announced Aug 25th. First deadline is Sep 8th.

  29. Sequestrum is pleased to announce our New Writer Awards, in which over $500 will be awarded to up-and-coming writers and poets. Fiction/Nonfiction: up to 12,000 words. Poetry: Up to to three poems per submission, under 40 lines per poem. See our contests page for full guidelines: http://www.sequestrum.org/contests

    Deadline 10/15/2017.

    Happy submitting and best of luck!

  30. A secret can influence a story in ways one may not expect. So the challenge here – in 500 words or less – is to share a story where a secret does influence it. Cash prize!

  31. Write an acrostic poem. Write a poem that spells out something when you read the first letter of each line. Cash prize to the winner. Over $5,000 in prizes this year at FanStory.

  32. Write a free verse poem to enter this poetry contest at FanStory. Just one of over 50 contests every month. $5,000 in prizes this year. Since the year 2000 FanStory has been helping writers improve.

  33. August 1: Lunch Ticket is open for The Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation & Multilingual Texts, named in honor of Gabriel García Márquez. Submit translated poetry or prose as well as original, bilingual or multilingual work. Guest judge: William Rodarmor. The winner receives $200 and publication alongside two finalists in the Winter/Spring 2018 issue of Lunch Ticket. For details and submission requirements, visit http://www.lunchticket.org. Submissions always free. Deadline: August 31.

  34. August 1: Lunch Ticket is open for The Diana Woods Memorial (DWM) Award in Creative Nonfiction. The DWM award was established in Diana’s memory by her family, friends, and the Antioch University MFA community. Submit essays on any subject up to 5,000 words. Guest judge: Christine Hale. The winner receives $250 and publication alongside two finalists in the Winter/Spring 2018 issue of Lunch Ticket. Submissions always free. For more details and all submission requirements: http://www.lunchticket.org. Deadline: August 31.

  35. Enter the Dialogue Only Writing Contest. For this contest you only need to provide the dialogue to enter. See an example in the contest announcement.

  36. Write a poem with only five lines. The poem must follow a specific syllable count. That’s: 2-2-5-7-5. Share your poem and get feedback. Enter for a chance at a cash prize.

  37. Write a four line poem to enter this contest. The first line can only be one word. The last line must also be one word that has the opposite meaning of the first word in the poem. Topic is open. Cash prize to the winner.

  38. Write a four line poem to enter this poetry contest. The first line of your poem must have 1 syllable. The second line should have 5. The third line should have 5 again and the final line will have 9 syllables. Cash prize to the winner of this contest. One entry fee to enter ALL contests at FanStory.com (over 50 every month).

  39. Poetry Society of Virginia annual contest (2018)—

    adults and students, many categories, prizes.

    We will award over $2,500 total. Deadline January 19,2018. Non-member adult submit $5/poem fee or join $35/year, students free.SASE for guidelines to Poetry Contest (c/o M. Barnes) 2104 Colorado Avenue Portsmouth, VA or visit the website.

    We hope to allow for electronic submissions this year, a link to the submission manager will be posted on the website by mid-September.

  40. Share a story that terrorizes your readers to enter this writing contest at FanStory.com. Cash prize to the winner. One entry fee to enter all contests at FanStory with cash prizes.

  41. Write a true story to enter this writing contest. Over $5,000 in prizes this year. Enter all contests with one entry fee.

  42. What if magic infused the Victorian era? What if ladies in high collars and gentlemen with perfect manners were actually gods and fairies of old in new garments? And what if the industrial revolution was set up by magical beings?
    Forget medieval worlds. The Victorian era, with all its fascinating discoveries and its increasing interest in the supernatural, is a perfect period to develop a Fantasy narrative.
    Therefore, for its fourth issue, Fantasy Art and Studies invites you to submit your best short stories taking place in Victorian times.

    Your story (6-7 pages maximum) in English or French is to be sent in .doc format, Times New Roman 12 points, single-line spacing, before December 10th 2017 to fantasyartandstudies@outlook.com
    Illustrators, if you want to take part in this issue, feel free to get in touch.

  43. Write a poem that has three stanzas total. Each stanza has the following syllable count: 8-4-4-4. To the winner goes a cash prize. FanStory has over $5,000 in prizes annually. One entry fee to enter all contests.

  44. Write a poem that only has three lines to enter this writing contest at FanStory. The first line has 5 syllables. Second line has 7. Third line has five again. Topic is open so you can write about anything.

  45. “Lost” International Call For Writers by ArtAscent – Deadline August 31, 2017

    | Theme:
    What is it to be lost? To have lost? When something is taken away; something is wasted, destroyed, faded, hidden, missing. To feel disoriented and aimless; not knowing where to go, how to proceed, or where you came from. To wander, stray, disappear. How does it feel? What does it look like? What is its shape? Share your LOST story with words or imagery.

    | Eligible Submissions:
    Entries may include fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. Submissions must be the original work of the applicant(s). Open to international writers. Apply using the online form.

    | Highlights:

    The Gold writer will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal complete with an artist profile review written by our art writer. Up to ten writers in total will be published in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal; showcased, along with website links, in an online juried exhibition on the ArtAscent website for at least two years.

    | About ArtAscent:
    The mission of ArtAscent is to promote artists of images and words, and connect them with art lovers. This is accomplished by calls for artists and writers, artist profiling, art magazine publication, and artist and writer online showcasing. Each call is theme based, with the intent to showcase diverse creative explorations of that theme via various media. This marketing tool is created by artists and writers, for artists and writers. ArtAscent provides opportunity for the voice of writers and vision of artists to shared in a professional and accessible platform. We are a bright community of creatives and art lovers.

    | Call application:
    https://ArtAscent.com/the-call-for-artists-and-writers/

  46. Write a story that starts with the sentence: “Did you hear that?”

    Cash prize to the winner. Just one of over 50 contests you can enter every month. $5,000 in prizes every year!

  47. Write a poem that has a specific syllable count to enter this contest. The first line has two syllables. Second line has 4 and the final line has two again. The topic is open so write about anything. Cash prize to the winner!

  48. The Golden Key is delighted to announce our second flash fiction contest, judged by Carmen Maria Machado. The winner will receive $150 and publication in Issue 8 (Fall/Winter 2017).

    We will be accepting submissions of flash fiction (up to 500 words) through July 31. The fee for entry is $4 for one piece, or $6 for two pieces, or $8 for three pieces. Entry fees go directly into the fund we are raising to pay writers.

    Submissions are accepted through submittable: https://thegoldenkey.submittable.com/submit.

    We look forward to reading your work!

  49. Share a cinquain poem. The format for this type of poem is simple. Each line has a specific number of syllables.

    Line 1 – 2 syllables.
    Line 2 – 4 syllables.
    Line 3 – 6 syllables.
    Line 4 – 8 syllables.
    Line 5 – 2 syllables.

    A cinquain is a short and usually unrhymed poem. Cash prize to the winner!

  50. Write an ABC poem to enter this contest. That is a poem where the first letter of each line follows the order of the alphabet. See an example in the announcement. Cash prize to the winner!

  51. Write a poem that has exactly 20 syllables. How you format it is completely up to you. It can rhyme – or not rhyme. It can be on any topic from romance to politics. But keep it at exactly 20 syllables. Cash prize to the winner of this poetry contest. And one entry fee gives you the ability to enter all contests at FanStory (thousands in prizes).

  52. Share a romance. That’s a story that brings two people together. There is a cash prize to the winner of this writing contest.

  53. Write a poem using only six words for a chance at the cash prize. Your poem can be on any topic but must be exactly six words.

  54. Share a love poem to enter this poetry contest. That’s right, share a poem from the heart for your chance at the cash prize.

  55. Write a nine line poem for your chance at a cash prize. The first line has 9 syllables, second has 8, third has seven etc… until you reach one syllable. Cash Prize!

  56. Write a poem that has the syllable count of 5-7-5 or 5-7-7. The poem must address a lover.

  57. Vallum is accepting original and previously unpublished poetry submissions for the Vallum Award for Poetry 2017!

    Our judge this year is Nicole Brossard. Her accolades include being shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize, two Governor General’s Awards, and most recently a Pushcart Prize for poems published in Vallum. We are honoured to have her as our judge!

    1st Prize: $750
    2nd Prize: $250
    + publication in Vallum

    Submit 1-3 poems of maximum 60 lines each. You may submit more than once.

    ENTRY FEE: $25 CAD for Canadian entrants, $25 USD for US and international entrants. All Canadian and US entrants receive a free one-year print subscription to Vallum magazine!

    DEADLINE: July 15, 2017

    http://www.vallummag.com/contestrules.html

  58. Can you write a complete story with only 750 words? That is the challenge for this writing contest at FanStory.com – a cash prize goes to the winner. Enter over 50 writing contests every month at FanStory

  59. The Woven Tale Press introduces its first annual writing competition, judged by Ploughshares founder DeWitt Henry and with a grand prize of a one-week writer’s retreat in the Hamptons, NY. Destination for writers from around the world; home to Peter Matthiessen, George Plimpton, Truman Capote, among other literary legends; seven-nights; accommodations for two in spacious four-bedroom residence, within walking distance to train, ocean beach, and town; full amenities; flexible bookings.

    Entry Fee: $20

    Submission Requirements: 6000-word maximum; literary fiction or creative nonfiction (self-standing excerpts okay); previously unpublished; electronic submissions only; double-spaced; bio.

    Visit http://www.thewoventalepress.net/literary-competition-prose/ for complete details.

  60. | Theme:
    Abstractions are all around us. Ideas can be abstract; existing as an idea, feeling or quality but not having a tangible existence. Some conversations can be abstract, vague and theoretical and not based on particular examples or facts. And of course, there is abstract art which evokes feelings without trying to realistically represent the appearance of people or things. Abstract art, like poetry, offers a fragment of a mysteriously familiar narrative without directly revealing it in a realistic way. Reveal your most ABSTRACT thoughts.

    | Eligible Submissions:
    Entries may include fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. Submissions must be the original work of the applicant(s). Open to international writers. Apply using the online form.

    | Highlights:

    The Gold writer will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal complete with an artist profile review written by our art writer. Up to ten writers in total will be published in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal; showcased, along with website links, in an online juried exhibition on the ArtAscent website for at least two years.

    | About ArtAscent:
    The mission of ArtAscent is to promote artists of images and words, and connect them with art lovers. This is accomplished by calls for artists and writers, artist profiling, art magazine publication, and artist and writer online showcasing. Each call is theme based, with the intent to showcase diverse creative explorations of that theme via various media. This marketing tool is created by artists and writers, for artists and writers.

    | Call application:
    https://ArtAscent.com/the-call-for-artists-and-writers/

  61. Write a poem that has an ABAB rhyme scheme. For an example view the contest announcement. Cash prize to the winner.

  62. A dribble is a story with only 50 words. Can you write a flash fiction story with only 50 words? Cash prize to the winner of this flash fiction contest.

  63. Write a Haiku poem to enter this poetry at FanStory. Just one of hundreds of contests that you can enter with a one time entry fee. Haiku is a form of poetry that only uses three lines. The first line has five (5) syllables, the second line seven (7) syllables, and the third line has five (5) syllables. Cash prize!

  64. Write a story using only 100 words to enter this writing contest at FanStory.com. Cash prize to the winner!

  65. Submissions are now open for Rollick Magazine’s Being Again issue.

    Rollick’s mandate is to attract cutting-edge, quality content that inspires real engagement. We will consider any pitch that expresses unique and original thought. Ideally, we want you to explore this theme through the prism of popular culture and your experience of society.

    You can send in essays, poems, short stories, memoirs, confessionals, experimental writing, post cards, art, illustrations, reviews (of film, music, tv, theatre), satire, photography, and anything else in between.

    Our Begin Again issue is all about fresh starts and new beginnings. It’s about what happens after a failure, falter, or fall. It’s about perseverance, and striving, and hope.

    Submissions are now open!

    If you would like to submit your work to us, please email us at submissions@rollickmag.com. To find out more about the Begin Again issue visit: http://rollickmag.com/begin_again_issue_6/

    A monetary prize will be awarded to the most popular post in the upcoming Begin Again issue.

  66. Revised Link for I Come From The World Contest Submissions

  67. I Come From The World Literature Prize – $500
    Deadline: May 15, 2017
    Reading Fee $3

    I Come From The World is a new web magazine and companion literary journal that seeks to inspire and connect people around the world by sharing the personal and collective truths that define and unite us.

    For the inaugural issue of our literary and arts journal, we are open to all interpretations of what it means to “come from the world,” with special consideration for what “we” (humanity) have in common – the bigger picture that binds us together, here and now, on this one Earth of ours. We favor understanding over misunderstanding. We welcome artistic expression in all its forms. We look to examine the highly individual lens of the human experience, from all perspectives and corners of the world.

    A $500 literature prize will be awarded to the top submission across all creative writing genres.

  68. Write a Lune for this poetry contest. It is a simple and fun form of poetry to write. It has 5 syllables in the first line, 3 syllables in the second line and 5 syllable in the final line. Rhymes are fine but not required. The subject matter is open. Cash Prize!

    Example:
    trees never wander (5 syllables)
    but still spread (3 syllables)
    across open fields (5 syllables)
    Written by Robert Brewer. Form invented by

  69. For this contest you are challenged to write a Tanka poem. Cash Prize! Tanka is a form of poetry that often follows a specific syllable count.

    line 1 – 5 syllables
    line 2 – 7 syllables
    line 3 – 5 syllables
    line 4 – 7 syllables
    line 5 – 7 syllables

    So it contains five unrhymed lines of five, seven, five, seven, and seven syllables. (5, 7, 5, 7, 7). This format is not required but a helpful guide. To approximate the Japanese model, some poets use approximately 20-22 syllables and a short-long-short-long-long structure or even just a free form structure using five lines.

    An Example:
    Peaceful solitude (5)
    intrinsic to our spirit (7)
    lost in pensive thought (5)
    standing on the edge of time (7)
    the road to nowhere special. (7)
    – by Cheri L. Ahner

  70. Enter this poetry contest to enter this contest. We are looking for a five line poem. The syllable count is one, two, three, four, one. So the first line has one syllable, the second line has two, the third line has three syllables, fourth has four and the final line has one. Center your poem and this will usually result in a poem that looks like a lantern which is where the name of this poem comes from. Cash prize!

  71. Share your true story for this writing contest at FanStory. Cash prize to the winner. Share any story (that is true) about your life or an event in your life.

  72. Enter the Faith Poetry Contest. Share your thoughts on Faith. Cash Prize to the winner.

  73. Write a Free Verse poem to enter this contest at FanStory.com. Cash prize. A free verse is a poem without any specified structure or style. There is no fixed meter. No rhyme requirements.

  74. “Orange” International Call For Writers by ArtAscent – Deadline April 30, 2017

    | Theme:
    The colour between red and yellow in the visible spectrum, orange is associated with meanings of warmth, optimism, enthusiasm, transition, health, happiness, fun, creativity and freedom. Orange is stimulating, vibrant and flamboyant. It is the colour of vivid sunsets, fire, vegetables, flowers, fish, citrus fruits, marmalade, traffic cones, life rafts and Cheetos. Orange is the color of prison uniforms in the U.S. Orange (saffron) is a sacred and auspicious color in Hinduism. The middle traffic light is orange in France. Orange is all around and within us. Reveal your shade of ORANGE.

    | Eligible Submissions:
    Entries may include fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. Submissions must be the original work of the applicant(s). Open to international writers. Apply using the online form.

    | Highlights:
    The Gold writer will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal complete with an artist profile review written by our art writer. Up to ten writers in total will be published in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal; showcased, along with website links, in an online juried exhibition on the ArtAscent website for at least two years.

    | About ArtAscent:
    The mission of ArtAscent is to promote artists of images and words, and connect them with art lovers. This is accomplished by calls for artists and writers, artist profiling, art magazine publication, and artist and writer online showcasing. Each call is theme based, with the intent to showcase diverse creative explorations of that theme via various media. This marketing tool is created by artists and writers, for artists and writers.

    | Call application:
    https://ArtAscent.com/the-call-for-artists-and-writers/

  75. Write a story using only dialogue. That’s right, tell a complete story but only use dialogue. Cash prize!

  76. The challenge of this poetry contest is to write a 3 line poem. That’s a poem that only has three lines with a specific syllable count. Cash prize to the winner.

    Write with the following syllable counts: 5/7/5 or 5/7/7.

    Example:

    By milky moonlight (5 syllables)
    your silky skin upon mine (7 syllables)
    ignites a great desire.(7 syllables)

  77. Profane is offering prizes in nonfiction ($1,000) and fiction ($1,000) in 2017. The nonfiction judge is Elena Passarello, author of Animals Strike Curious Poses. The fiction judge is Devin Murphy, author of the forthcoming novel The Boat Runner.

    We’re taking submissions through July 31st.

    Find more on our website.

  78. Write a non-fiction story with the words ‘I remember…’ Complete the sentence conveying a moment, an object, a feeling, etc. This does not have to be a profound memory, but should allow readers insight into your feelings, observations and/or thoughts. Use at least 100 words. Cash prize to the winner.

  79. Write a story the brings two people together, two people who don’t necessarily realize that they belong together but the audience is rooting for them. No length requirements.

  80. For this contest the challenge is to write a story using only dialogue. No narration, descriptions, or sentence tags. The subject can be on anything. Cash prize to the winner.

    Example:

    Hello, how are you.

    I’m fine thank you.

    Lovely weather!

    Yes indeed.

  81. Enter a Tanka Poem for your chance at a $100 cash prize. Just one of over 50 writing contests that you can enter every month at FanStory for a one time membership fee.

    The tanka is formatted as follows:

    line 1 – 5 syllables
    line 2 – 7 syllables
    line 3 – 5 syllables
    line 4 – 7 syllables
    line 5 – 7 syllables

    Write about anything.

  82. Write a horror or thriller story for this writing contest. Cash prize to the winner. Just one of over 50 writing contests you can enter every month for a one time entry fee. And you’ll get feedback for everything you write.

  83. Share your story for this writing contest with a cash prize. We are looking for true stories. What can you share?

  84. I’m pleased to announce the 3rd Annual SPANK the CARP Poetry contest. Previous years were somewhat restrictive so this year any type of poetry will be accepted with a theme of “Up Jumped Spring”. There is No Entry Fee.

    Starts: Feb 1st
    Ends: March 31st
    Winners announced: May 1st

    For details visit: http://www.spankthecarp.com/contest_2017.html

  85. The challenge of this writing contest is to write a a story that starts with this sentence: “Hell found me.” No other requirements. Cash prize to the winner. Just one of over 50 writing contests that you can enter at FanStory.com with a one time entry fee.

  86. TBL is pleased to announce the F(r)iction Winter Literary Competition.

    There are four submission categories: 1) creative nonfiction ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 2) short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 3) flash fiction with a word limit of 750 words, and 4) poetry no longer than three pages.

    Winners of the contest will be published in a future issue of F(r)iction alongside stunning original artwork from TBL’s talented team of artists. F(r)iction is dedicated to publishing the best writing of all kinds, and we encourage submissions that push boundaries and take risks in genre, plot, and style.

  87. Write a 5-7-5. The first line of your poem must have five syllables. Second line has seven. The third line has five syllables again. That is the only requirement. Cash prize to the winner.

  88. Sequestrum is accepting submissions for our second annual Editor’s Reprint Award! For complete guidelines, visit http://www.sequestrum.org/contests.

    Contest Guidelines:
    Open to reprints of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in any original format (electronic or print).
    Over $500 in prizes.
    First-prize winners in both prose and poetry.
    Minimum of two runner-up prizes including publication and payment. Finalists listed on the site.
    Length and subject are open.
    Manuscripts reviewed on a rolling-basis.
    Multiple submissions allowed.
    Include the name and email address of the original publisher in your cover letter.

  89. Write a short story, essay or non-fiction work that somehow includes the image shown in the contest announcement. What is happening? What makes her feel the way that is pictured. Cash prize to the winner.

  90. FICTION WAR WINTER • Registration Deadline: 19 January 2017
    Are you a storyteller? Are you brilliant? Can you prove it in three days?

    We’re looking for the next great flash fiction masters! Think you can write a winning story in 1,000 words or fewer, given only THREE DAYS? Enter Fiction War for your chance to win a share of $2400 in cash and get published!

    FIFTEEN FINALISTS will be awarded cash and inclusion within the next Fiction War Magazine. Each finalist will receive a copy.

    ONE FIRST PLACE entry will be selected from the Finalists, awarded the top cash prize, and be the opening story.

  91. The challenge for this contest is to write a poem that only has three lines and 8 syllables. The poem can be about anything but must have the following syllable count: 2-4-2. That means the first line has 2 syllables, second line has 4, third line has 2 syllables again.

  92. A3 Review Magazine Issue #6.

    January writing contest. Theme is Leaders & Followers. Deadline 28th January, 2017

    The A3 Review, an arts magazine that unfolds like a map, runs monthly themed writing contest for each bi-annual issue. Winning writers win publication and are eligible for cash prizes. Our prize is open to writers and artists from all over the world.

    For our January contest we want work inspired by LEADERS & FOLLOWERS. There’s huge scope to write about what happens when it all goes wrong. Write about blind loyalty and betrayal. Explore the complex emotions and interactions: obedience, humility, charisma, authority, cruelty.

    Write about the natural world: ducklings following their mother, bees attending their queen, the way herds of animals follow their dominant leader, and flocks of birds. Write about the point when that leadership is usurped.

    Or write about work environments, sports teams, religion, the battlefield, cults, mountain rescue teams. Start with words like: “She would be the leader of…” or “We liked to follow…” Write about a follower who wants to be a leader. Make a list of all the things they’d do to achieve that? Write a poem about the burden of leadership, a tired dictator, a cult leader who has lost their faith. Draw a leader. Check out The Dead Dictators Colouring Book.

    We welcome short stories, flash fiction, poetry, etc. The only restriction is a word-limit of 150 and images should fit well into an A6 panel.

    Entry fee is $5 (or £3) and the deadline is 28th January 2017.

    For more information and to enter go to: http://www.writingmaps.com/collections/the-a3-review

  93. Share a cinquain poem for this poetry. Fort his poem every line has a specific number of syllables. The poem is five line longs

    Line 1 – 2 syllables.
    Line 2 – 4 syllables.
    Line 3 – 6 syllables.
    Line 4 – 8 syllables.
    Line 5 – 2 syllables.

  94. “Bliss” International Call For Writers by ArtAscent – Deadline February 28, 2017

    | Theme:
    Bliss is a state of joy. Joy can be fed by and expressed in happy, funny or healing stories and artworks. Some ideas of bliss delve into the spiritual within us, states of zen, the idea of manifesting and affirmations, or simple moments of being fully present. This issue will be a collection of feel-good content that magnifies the sunny side of life. It will focus on the bliss within us and the people we love, and not religion nor religious deities. Bliss can be expressed in symbolic, literal, modern, traditional, abstract, and completely unique ways. What’s your BLISS?

    | Eligible Submissions:
    Entries may include fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. Submissions must be the original work of the applicant(s). Open to international writers. Apply using the online form.

    | Highlights:

    The Gold writer will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal complete with an artist profile review written by our art writer. Up to ten writers in total will be published in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal; showcased, along with website links, in an online juried exhibition on the ArtAscent website for at least two years.

    | About ArtAscent:
    The mission of ArtAscent is to promote artists of images and words, and connect them with art lovers. This is accomplished by calls for artists and writers, artist profiling, art magazine publication, and artist and writer online showcasing. Each call is theme based, with the intent to showcase diverse creative explorations of that theme via various media. This marketing tool is created by artists and writers, for artists and writers.

    | Call application:
    https://ArtAscent.com/the-call-for-artists-and-writers/

  95. Easy as ABC – this is your chance to enter a fun poetry contest at FanStory.com. For this contest write a poem that starts with the letters of the alphabet. Four lines only – so you don’t have to write a poem that uses all the letters. Details in the contest announcement. This poetry contest has a cash prize.

  96. Fabula Press Nivalis Short Story Contest 2017

    Dates: The contest opened on 01Jan17, and submissions will be accepted till 31Mar17. The results will tentatively be declared in Jun17.

    Prizes: The contest carries the following prizes:
    First Prize: US$250
    Second Prize: US$150
    Third Prize: US$100

    All longlisted entries (top 15-20) get published in an anthology, and non-prize winning published entries will be paid US$50 each. Also, at the sponsors’ discretion additional prizes may be declared for ‘Editors’ Pick’ category (in the last edition of the contest two such prizes of US$75 each were declared).

    Theme: None. There is no restriction on genre either, and we are happy to read historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and horror. However, for consistency of presentation we cannot accept children’s stories, young adult or chick lit; likewise hardcore science fiction or fantasy is not something we are looking for, but are open to science/alternative history/fantasy based works if they have standalone literary merit. In case of doubt, it is best to query the editorial team.

    Word count: Minimum 1500, maximum 7000. At the editors’ discretion some latitude may be allowed on both minimum and maximum word counts for stories of exceptional merit.

    Entry fee: US$10.

    Judges: The panel of judges includes literary agents, authors and essayists.

    Detailed guidelines are available on our website

  97. FLASH FICTION CONTEST
    The entry fee is $15.00, and the prize is $100, certificate, story published on our website, Facebook page, and https://collectivemindz.wordpress.com/
    Closing date: 31st March 2017
    Contest guidelines:
    Theme – none specified
    No more than 250 words.
    Winners will be announced on the 30th April 2017
    Enter here — http://thewritecontest.wixsite.com/mysite

  98. HORROR SHORT STORY
    The entry fee is $15.00, and the prize is $100, certificate, story published on our website, Facebook page in addition to https://collectivemindz.wordpress.com/

    Closing date: 31 January 2017
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    Contest guidelines:
    Theme – must be a horror short story.
    No more than 350 words.
    Winners will be announced on the 28 February 2017
    Enter here –http://thewritecontest.wixsite.com/mysite

  99. What does Valentine’s day mean to you? The challenge of this writing contest is to share a story or essay about this day. How does it impact you? What memories can you share from this day?

  100. Share a love poem for this poetry contest. Cash prize to the winner. You can share a poem of any type. So it can be a Haiku, free form, 5-7-5 or anything else but the theme is Valentines Day. Cash prize to the winner.

  101. Write a Love Poem of any type to enter this poetry contest at FanStory. We are looking for poems that touch the heart. Just one of over 50 poetry contests that you can enter every month at FanStory.com!

  102. Our call for stories and illustrations is extended up to January 31 2017.
    For more details, please connect to our website https://fantasyartandstudies.wordpress.com

  103. Write a Nonet Poem to enter this contest at FanStory.com with a cash prize. Just one of over 50 writing contests every month that you can enter with a one time entry fee. The Nonet Poem has 9 lines. The first line has 9 syllables, second 8, third 7 — and so on. The final line has only one syllable.

  104. For this Etheree poetry contest your challenge is to write a poem with just ten lines that has a specific syllable count. The first line of your poem only has one syllable. The second line has two. Third three. Fourth line has four syllables. Continue this until you reach the tenth line which has ten syllables.

  105. A loop poem is fun to write and challenging too. It’s a simple concept. The last word of each line but be the first word of the next line. So if your first line ends with “do” the next line must START with “do”. Cash prize to the winner of this contest.

  106. Write a free verse poem to enter this contest at FanStory. Cash prize to the winner! This is a method of writing poetry, which does not essentially follow any structure or style. There is no fixed meter and no structure regarding rhyme and lines in each stanza.

  107. Submit your best work to Bayou Magazine’s annual James Knudsen Prize for Fiction and Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry. Deadline December 31st. Winners receive $1,000, a subscription to Bayou, and possible publication. Finalists will be named on our website.

    Judges: David James Poissant and D.A. Powell.

    Guidelines at http://bayoumagazine.org/fiction-poetry-contests/

  108. What if you were walking in the woods and heard a distance scream? What would you do? That is the challenge for the What If contest. Cash prize to the winner!

  109. “Flecks of Red” Chapbook Anthology Contest Submission Guidelines, Nautical Life Press
    1. Interested participants may submit up to 5 poems for consideration. All submissions will be considered in poetry contest but not all submissions will be accepted for publication in the chapbook anthology.
    2. Each poem should be no longer than one page, single space. There is no minimum length.
    3. Each poem should include the name, address and email of the author. (Please use the same email to send submissions as you do to send submission fee via Paypal.)
    4. Each submission for chapbook consideration must include the $10.00 submission fee payable to Nautical Life Press via Paypal using NauticalLifePress@gmail.com. (Once you have sent your submission fee you may then submit your poem(s) via email.
    5. Each poem included in “Flecks of Red” will include a short author bio and contact information, as desired.
    6. Authors included in “Flecks of Red” will be given two complimentary copies of the anthology chapbook. Authors will be able to purchase additional copies at a discounted rate.
    7. Submissions for “Flecks of Red” poetry anthology should either be written by someone diagnosed with mental illness or by someone who has be affected by the mental illness of someone else, specifically but not limited to Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depressive), Depression, Schizophrenia or other similar struggles.
    8. Cash prizes will be awarded to three writers and each winning poem will be recognized as such within the chapbook anthology.
    9. A portion of funds raised from sale of “Flecks of Red” will benefit the Portland Depression Bipolar Support Alliance as well as other upcoming poetry chapbooks on similar topics from Nautical Life Press.

    All the best,
    Melyssa A. Harmon, Publisher
    Nautical Life Press, Portland, OR.

  110. New Millennium Literary Awards

    $1,000 Award plus publication for each category – $4,000 total awards
    Poetry, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Nonfiction
    November 30, 2016 deadline • No restrictions as to style or subject matter • Multiple and Simultaneous

    Any unused entries remain good for one year.
    The Standard – $20 per Entry. Purchase as many as you like.
    Carpe Diem – 3 Entries – Only $45 (reg $60 – Save 25% – MOST POPULAR)
    Carpe Anno – 5 Entries – Only $72 (reg $100 – Save 28% – BEST PRICE)
    Carpe Diem & Carpe Anno include free Break These Rules e-book with our newest writing advice!

  111. The challenge of this contest is to write a sonnet in iambic pentameter, just like Shakespeare did.
    The rules:

    It must consist of 14 lines.
    It must be written in iambic pentameter (duh-DUH-duh-DUH-duh-DUH-duh-DUH-duh-DUH).
    It must be written in the abab cdcd efef gg rhyme scheme.

    To see an example and for more details on writing a Sonnet view the contest announcement.

  112. Share a poem about Christmas to enter this poetry contest at FanStory.com. All types of poems (Haiku, 5-7-5, Sonnet, Free Verse) are welcomed. Cash prize to the winner. Just one of over 50 contests available every month at FanStory.com

  113. Share a story that somehow includes Christmas to enter the Christmas Story contest. Cash prize to the winner. Just one of over 50 contests available every month at FanStory.com

  114. Dangerous Creations: Real life Frankenstein stories
    $10,000 first-place prize
    March 20, 2017? submission deadline
    All essays will be considered for publication in the winter 2018 issue of Creative Nonfiction Magazine issue.
    In conjunction with the ASU Frankenstein Bicentennial Project, Creative Nonfiction magazine is daring writers (as Mary Shelley was dared in Geneva) to write original and groundbreaking nonfiction stories in the spirit of Frankenstein. We’re looking for true stories that explore humans’ efforts to control and redirect nature, the evolving relationships between humanity and science/technology, and contemporary interpretations of monstrosity.

  115. The Dialogue between Science and Religion
    $10,000 first-place prize and $5,000 runner-up prize
    Up to five $500 honorable mentions
    December 12, 2016 submission deadline
    All pieces considered for Fall 2017 Creative Nonfiction magazine issue
    Science and religion have long been portrayed as two forces in opposition to one another, but are these forces hopelessly and inevitably opposed, or is there room the mend differences? As part of a larger effort to facilitate dialogue between these two ways of knowing the world, Creative Nonfiction and Issues in Science and Technology are seeking original narratives illustrating and exploring the relationships, tensions, and harmonies between science and religion—the ways these two forces productively challenge each other as well as the ways in which they can work together and strengthen one another.

  116. Adaptation
    $3,500 first-place prize
    January 9, 2017 submission deadline
    All pieces considered for Summer 2017 Creative Nonfiction magazine issue
    Whether a scientific perspective that illuminates ideas about sustainable human adaptation and climate change, or more personal accounts of major life transitions, stories of adaptation are a huge part of our current global consciousness. We’re looking for original essays illuminating the ways in which the need to keep up with a rapidly-changing world drives the work of scientists, designers, thinkers, innovators, farmers, soldiers, medical professionals, teachers, and others and affects the lives of prisoners, patients, refugees, students, travelers, and other citizens.

  117. Write a story that only uses 750 words to enter the Sudden Flash Fiction writing contest. Cash prize to the winner! The story you write can be on any topic. But you must use only 750 words to create your story.

  118. Write a story that only uses 50 words to enter the Dribble Flash Fiction writing contest. Cash prize to the winner! The story you write can be on any topic. But you must use only 50 words to create your story.

  119. Write a Haiku poem to enter this contest. Haiku is a form of poetry that only uses three lines. The first line contains five (5) syllables, the second line seven (7) syllables, and the third line contains five (5) syllables.

    An Example:
    The red blossom bends (5 syllables)
    and drips its dew to the ground. (7 syllables)
    Like a tear it falls (5 syllables)

    This is the challenge of Haiku – to put the poem’s meaning and imagery in the reader’s mind normally with only 17 syllables over just three lines of poetry.

  120. A drabble is a flash fiction story that has exactly 100 words. That is the challenge of this contest. Write a flash fiction story that uses exactly 100 words. Write your story on any topic.

  121. Share a story in a poem for this writing contest at FanStory. Think of a poem from your childhood that rhymed and told a story. That is the type of poem that you can write. Cash prize to the winner. The only requirement is that your poem must rhyme.

  122. We are looking for new writers for this writing contest at FanStory. Enter our 5-7-5 poetry contest. This is a great contest to start your poetry writing book with. Create a poem that only has three lines. The first line has 5 syllables. The second line has 7 syllables. The third line has 5 syllables again. Cash prize to the winner. You’ll get feedback for your poem when you share it!

  123. 1st Prize: $1,500 and publication
    Honorable Mention: $500 and publication
    All finalists published in Spring/Summer 2017 Awards issue. Finalists will be paid at regular contributor rates.

    This year’s judge is Adrian Matejka.

  124. A Lune follows the 5-3-5 syllable count. Write 5 syllables in the first line, 3 syllables in the second line and 5 syllable in the final line. Rhymes are fine but not required. The subject matter is open.

    Example:
    trees never wander (5 syllables)
    but still spread (3 syllables)
    across open fields (5 syllables)

    Cash prize to the winner! All submissions will receive feedback!

  125. A Lanturne is a five line poem. The first line of the poem has one syllable, the second line has two, the third line has three syllables, fourth has four and the final line has one. Center your poem and this will result in a poem that looks like a lantern which is where the name of this poem comes from. Cash prize to the winner of this poetry contest. Just one of over 50 contests that you can enter every month for a one time membership fee.

  126. Share your poems of faith for this poetry contest. Cash prize to the winner.

  127. Dublin-based international print and digital literary magazine, Into the Void, is now home to an annual poetry competition with the purpose of placing some great poets established or emerging into the spotlight, as well as awarding them with a cash prize and publication on our website. The competition will be judged by U.S. poet, Heath Brougher, whose first chapbook, ‘A Curmudgeon is Born,’ was recently released by Yellow Chair Press. Poems must be unpublished. There is no theme for the competition and there are no restrictions on style or genre. That said, be wary of submitting traditional or rhyming poems. Modern, contemporary poetry is what we want to see, but an exceptional poem is an exceptional poem. There is a limit of 60 lines to all entries. Be aware of both the music of the words and the economy of them, as well as imagery, the evoking of the senses, and voice. 1st place prize is €150, 2nd is €50, 3rd is €25, 3 runners-up get a chapbook and all six poems are published on site. €3 per poem entry fee. All details/submit here: https://intothevoidmagazine.com/into-the-void-poetry-competition-2016/

  128. Monthly contest at A3 Review literary magazine Issue #6.

    The A3 Review, a writing magazine that unfolds like a map, runs monthly themed writing contest for each bi-annual issue. Winning writers win publication and are eligible for cash prizes.

    For our October contest, the theme is Uniforms. We’re looking for stories about how people change when they put on a uniform, how people perceive those in uniform, how much of a disguise a uniform can be. Use the idea of rank and status – inherent in a uniform – to kickstart your creativity. Play around with associated words like uniformity, identity, civvies, uniformly. Uniforms are deeply entrenched in our psyche as both positive and negative and have striking associations with authority and rebellion – use these associations as a spring-board for your work.

    We welcome short stories, flash fiction, poetry, etc. The only restriction is a word-limit of 150 and images should fit well into an A6 panel.

    Entry fee is $5 (or £3) and the deadline is 22nd October 2016.

    For more information and to enter go to: http://www.writingmaps.com/collections/the-a3-review

  129. Sequestrum is pleased to announce our New Writer Awards, in which over $500 will be awarded to up-and-coming writers and poets. Fiction/Nonfiction: up to 12,000 words. Poetry: Up to to three poems per submission, under 40 lines per poem. See our contests page for full guidelines: http://www.sequestrum.org/contests

    Deadline 10/15/2016.

    Happy submitting and best of luck!

  130. We are taking submissions of 50 Word Horror stories for our contest. You can win $1000 in ads! Just write your scariest story right here: http://www.everywritersresource.com/50-word-horror-story-contest-2016/

  131. Enter the Acrostic Poetry Contest. That’s a poem where the first letter of each line spells out a word (downwards).

    An example:

    A n acrostic poem.
    C reates a challenge
    R andom words on a theme
    O r whole sentences that rhyme
    S elect your words carefully
    T o form a word from top to bottom.
    I s the aim of this poetry style
    C hoose the best words possible.

    Just one of over 50 contests that you can enter every month at FanStory.com.

  132. Longform Lyric Essay Award of $250 (Issue 3). Also a special edition for debut authors! (Issue 4)

  133. Island Verse Story Lab is accepting entries for the Lily’s Pond Poetry Prize.
    Submit chapbook length poetry manuscripts, 22 – 28 pages. The winner will receive a $100 honorarium, publication by Island Verse Editions, and 25 author copies. Entries are accepted by mail or via Submittable. Visit http://www.islandverse.com for complete guidelines.

  134. Write a poem with just three lines and either 17 or 19 syllables. So the first line of your poem will have five syllables. The second line will have 7. The final line will have 5 or 7 syllables. Get creative and enjoy this poetry type that is tight on word count – but can say so much.

  135. Tethered by Letters’ 2016 Fall Writing Contest

    The deadline for Tethered by Letters’ 2016 Fall Writing Contest is November 1st. This time around, Tethered by Letters is offering $1600 in prizes for our Fall Contest winners.

    In addition to a weighty cash prize, winners of the Fall Contest will be considered for publication in F(r)iction, our tri-annual journal of fine art and literature.

    Matt Gallagher, author of Youngblood, will be reading the short story submissions. Renowned performance poet Ken Arkind will be judging the poetry submissions. And Sari Wilson, author of Girl Through Glass, will choose the winning flash fiction submission.

  136. Trump or Clinton? What are your thoughts on the election? Share a flash fiction work for this contest on politics. Cash prize to the winner.

  137. To enter this contest, write a poem with the following format. A four line poem. The first line is only one word. Second and third line can be formatted as you wish. The last line is the antonym of the word on the first line. Words that are opposite or nearly opposite in meaning are called antonyms. Examples are big and small, or long and short.

  138. Hi. I’d like to post ad-copy for a chapbook contest my company is hosting, but I’m not entirely sure how to go about it. May I please get some direction? Thank you, Gary

  139. Write a four line poem. The subject is open. Write about anything you choose. The only catch is that this poem has a set syllable count. The first line has 1 syllable, the second line has 5 syllables, the third line has 5 syllables, and the last line has 9 syllables.

    The winner takes away a $100 cash prize.

  140. Write a Tanka poem. Tanka follows a specific syllable count.

    line 1 – 5 syllables
    line 2 – 7 syllables
    line 3 – 5 syllables
    line 4 – 7 syllables
    line 5 – 7 syllables

    So it contains five unrhymed lines of five, seven, five, seven, and seven syllables. (5, 7, 5, 7, 7).

    An Example:
    Peaceful solitude (5)
    intrinsic to our spirit (7)
    lost in pensive thought (5)
    standing on the edge of time (7)
    the road to nowhere special. (7)
    – by Cheri L. Ahner

  141. Announcing Hermeneutic Chaos’ third annual Jane Lumley Prize For Emerging Writers!

    September 1 – November 1

    The Jane Lumley Prize will only be awarded to poets who are unpublished, or have found a home for their work in literary magazines and/or anthologies. We also invite submissions from poets who have published chapbooks, and/or only one full length collection of poetry/prose (both traditional as well as self-published).

    The winner, judged in a blind review by a guest judge, will receive a prize of $300 and will be featured in the January 2017 edition of Hermeneutic Chaos. The winner will also receive a certificate, 10 broadsides of the winning poem, and three chapbooks from our press catalog. Publication will also be awarded to the two finalists, along with certificates. We will also select up to seven honorable mentions who will be offered publication. In addition, all the entries will be considered for publication in the forthcoming issues of the journal.

    Please note that there is no entry fee to submit.

    To read the guidelines and/or to submit, please visit- http://www.hermeneuticchaosjournal.com/the-jane-lumley-prize.html

    Thank you, and we look forward to reading your work!

  142. Share a horror or thriller story to enter this writing contest at FanStory.com. Just one of over 50 contests that you can enter every month for a one time entry fee.

  143. Write a Halloween horror story for the Halloween Writing Contest. Terrorize or use suspense to grip your reader. Cash prize!

  144. Write a Halloween poem for the Halloween Poetry Contest. All poem types are welcomed. Cash prize to the winner.

  145. Enter the 5-7-5 Poetry Contest. For this contest the challenge is to write a poem that follows a specific syllable count. That count is 5 syllables for the first line, 7 for the second, and 5 again for the third. The topic is open. Cash prize to the winner.

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    everywhere.Few months ago I was financially strained, and due to I was desperate about loan,i was scammed by several online lenders. I had almost lost hope until a friend of mine referred me to a very reliable lender called Mrs Cynthia Morgan who lend me an unsecured loan of $100,000 under 2-hours for business and investment without any stress. If you are in need of any kind of loan just contact her now via: (cynthiamorganlendingcenterplc@gmail.com) for more details, I‘m using this medium to alert all loan seekers because of the hell I passed through in the hands of those fraudulent lenders. And I don’t wish even my enemy to pass through such hell that I passed through in the hands of those fraudulent online.

  147. For this contest we are looking for you to share your story. Share a true story. To the winner goes a cash prize. Just one of over 50 contests that you can enter every month at FanStory for a one time entry fee.

  148. For this contest the challenge is to write a three line poems that only has 8 syllables! The first line of your poem has 2 syllables, the second line has 4 syllables and the last line has 2 syllables again. The subject can be anything. Cash prize to the winner.

  149. RHINO 2017 Founders’ Prize
    September 1 – October 31

    The winner will receive $500, publication in the next issue, will be featured on our website, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
    Two runners up will receive $50, publication in the next issue, and will be featured on our website. We occasionally nominate a runner-up for a Pushcart Prize.
    All contest submissions are considered for publication.
    All contest submissions are considered for the Editors’ Prize.

    Guidelines:

    All submissions must be submitted online or postmarked between September 1 – October 31.

    ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS (preferred):

    Pay your $10 entry fee from the online submission page (PayPal or a credit or debit card). After you pay, you’ll be redirected to submit your work.
    Upload 3-5 pages of poems in one file, in.doc or .docx, or .PDF format
    Cover letter in the “Comments” field – to “Founders’ Prize” listing your name, address, email address and/or telephone number and titles of your poems, and how you learned of the contest.
    For additional submission guidelines an FAQs, visit our submissions page at rhinopoetry.org.

    SUBMISSIONS BY MAIL:

    Send up to 5 unpublished poems (no more than 5 pages total) between September 1 and October 31. No identifying information should appear on the poems.
    Submissions must include a cover letter to “Founders’ Prize” listing your name, address, email address and/or telephone number and titles of your poems, and how you learned of the contest.
    Enclose a $10 entry fee (check or money order payable to RHINO or Rhino Poetry – no cash)
    Manuscripts will not be returned. Include a SASE for notification of results.

    Mail your submission and entry fee to:
    “Founders’ Prize” ?RHINO Poetry? P.O. Box 591?Evanston, IL 60204

  150. Here is a challenge. Write a poem that follows a specific syllable count, has three lines, and has a rhyme scheme. That is the challenge for this Minute Poem Poetry contest. It follows the “8,4,4,4” syllable count structure. It usually has 3 stanzas that are exactly the same syllable count. And it follows a rhyme scheme.

  151. Write a cinquain poem. Each line has a specific number of syllables.

    Line 1 – 2 syllables.
    Line 2 – 4 syllables.
    Line 3 – 6 syllables.
    Line 4 – 8 syllables.
    Line 5 – 2 syllables.

    The topic is open. Cash prize to the winner!

  152. For the “Write About This” your challenge is to write a story about the image we provide. To view the image click the name of the contest above. The winner will receive a cash prize. Deadline is quickly approaching.

  153. Write a story of any type. But the challenge is your story must begin with the sentence “Hell Found Me.” Cash prize to the winner.

  154. A3 Review, the literary magazine that folds like a map is running its final monthly writing contest for publication in Issue #5

    This month the theme is tracks. We want stories (and poems) about music tracks, train tracks, tracks through forests or hills, animal tracks, race tracks, the inside track, being on track, getting back on track or getting lost off-track.

    Word-limit is 150. Entry fee is $5 (or £3) and the deadline is 27th August 2016. Entry via: http://www.writingmaps.com/collections/the-a3-review

    Guest editor and award-winning author KM Elkes will choose two winners from the contest to go into Issue #5, which will be published in September 2016.

  155. Submission windows for Lunch Ticket’s Winter/Spring 2017 issue are now open. We are now reviewing Creative Nonfiction for our Diana Woods Award. Guidelines at http://www.lunchticket.org.

    Creative nonfiction authors are invited to submit an essay of up to 5,000 words on the subject of their choice. Winners receive $250, and their work, along with the DWM Award finalists, is featured in the next issue of Lunch Ticket. All entries will be considered for publication.

  156. Submission windows for Lunch Ticket’s Winter/Spring 2017 issue are now open. We are now reviewing work in Translation for our GABO PRIZE and Creative Nonfiction for our DIANA WOODS AWARD Guidelines at http://www.lunchticket.org.

    GABO PRIZE for Literature in TRANSLATION & Multi-Lingual Texts: The winner will receive $200, and the winning piece will be published alongside 2 semi-finalists, all selected by a guest judge, in the upcoming issue of Lunch Ticket. All entries will be considered for publication.

  157. For this contest you are challenged to write an ABC poem. ABC is a form of poetry with a specific format.

    Example
    Battling thoughts.
    Choosing which option to follow.
    Denied at every turn.
    Endless pursuits.
    Relationships confuse.

    The first four lines follow the order of the alphabet. Last line begins with any letter.

  158. “Wild” International Call For Writers by ArtAscent – Deadline August 31, 2016

    | Theme:
    The untamed, free and undeveloped. The turbulent, unrestrained, emotional and extreme. Animals, people and places that are wild. It can be expressed in symbolic, literal, modern, traditional, abstract, and completely unique ways. Share your interpretation of WILD.

    | Eligible Submissions:
    Entries may include fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. Submissions must be the original work of the applicant(s). Open to international writers. Apply using the online form.

    | Highlights:

    The Gold writer will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal complete with an artist profile review written by our art writer. Up to ten writers in total will be published in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal; showcased, along with website links, in an online juried exhibition on the ArtAscent website for at least two years.

    | About ArtAscent:
    The mission of ArtAscent is to promote artists of images and words, and connect them with art lovers. This is accomplished by calls for artists and writers, artist profiling, art magazine publication, and artist and writer online showcasing. Each call is theme based, with the intent to showcase diverse creative explorations of that theme via various media. This marketing tool is created by artists and writers, for artists and writers.

    | Call application:
    https://ArtAscent.com/the-call-for-artists-and-writers/

  159. Inaugural contest for brand new small press. Short fiction (5000 word limit), flash fiction (500 word limit), micro fiction (100 word limit),poetry (5 poems max), short non-fiction (5000 word limit), original artwork (2 pieces max), and graphic novel (1 chapter only, 5000 word limit). Entry fee: $10. Prize: Publication plus first edition print version of journal. See website for more details.

  160. Write a free verse poem to enter this contest at FanStory.com. This is a method of writing poetry, which does not essentially follow any structure or style. There is no fixed meter and no structure regarding rhyme and lines in each stanza. Just one of over 50 contests that you can enter every month.

  161. Call For Submissions: A3 Review monthly writing competition for July

    Our July Competition has a theme of Attics & Basements. We want stories (and poems) about what’s hidden in an attic or basement, what people do in these rooms, the view from them…

    It doesn’t have to be in a house – it could be an office basement, or a room above a shop, a wine cellar, a loft running above several buildings.

    Word-limit is 150. Entry fee is $5 (or £3) and the deadline is 23rd July 2016. Entry via: http://www.writingmaps.com/collections/the-a3-review

    Guest editor and award-winning author KM Elkes will choose two winners from the contest to go into Issue #5, which will be published in September.

  162. What would happen if your character work up and found out that he or she was in a cell? Where would the cell be? What would be the reason? How would your character react. That is the challenge for this contest at FanStory.com. Cash prize to the winner.

  163. The deadline for Tethered by Letters’ 2016 Spring Writing Contests is August 1!

    This time around, Tethered by Letters is offering $1600 in prizes for our Spring Contest winners!

    Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven, will be judging short story submissions; poet, teacher, and activist Suzi Q. Smith is the poetry judge; and Helen Phillips, author of The Beautiful Bureaucrat, will choose the best flash fiction submissions.

    In addition to a weighty cash prize, winners of the Spring Contest will be considered for publication in F(r)iction, our tri-annual journal of fine art and literature.

    The deadline (August 1) is fast approaching! Visit http://www.tetheredbyletters.com for guidelines and more information.

  164. Creative Nonfiction’s “How We Teach” Essay Contest

    For the spring 2017 issue of Creative Nonfiction magazine, we’re looking for original essays about teaching—whether in a traditional classroom or online; in summer camp or college; in preschool or in a prison; in the woods or in a workshop. We welcome personal stories as well as profiles, and we’re open to a very wide range of experiences and circumstances. Above all, we are looking for narratives—true stories, rich with scene, character, detail, and a distinctive voice—that give insight into what it means to teach.

    Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1,000 for best essay and $500 for runner-up, and all essays submitted will be considered for publication.

    Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. All essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate. Everything we publish goes through a rigorous fact-checking process; editors may ask for sources and citations.

    There is a $20 reading fee, waived for current Creative Nonfiction subscribers. You can also submit and become a subscriber, extend your subscription, or give a gift subscription by submitting $25 to include a 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction (US addresses only). Multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay) as are entries from outside the United States (though due to shipping costs we cannot offer the subscription deal).

    You may submit essays online or by regular mail:

    By regular mail
    Postmark deadline Monday, August 29, 2016.
    Please send manuscript and reading fee, accompanied by cover letter with complete contact information including the title of the essay and word count; and SASE or email for response:

    Creative Nonfiction
    Attn: How We Teach
    5119 Coral Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224

    To submit online—or for additional calls for submissions, contests, and more—please visit our website, http://www.creativenonfiction.org

  165. Write a Love Poem to enter this contest at FanStory.com. Just one of over 50 contests that you can enter every month. Cash prize to the winner! Share a poem of any type.

  166. Write a quinzaine poem for this contest. Cash prize to the winner. It’s a three line poem. It has a specific syllable count. First line has seven syllables, next line has 5, final line has only 3 syllables. The first line makes a statement. The next two lines ask a question relating to that statement.

    Example:
    I’m a very strong woman (7 syllables)
    Are you a woman? (5 syllables)
    Are you strong? (3 syllables)

  167. Sequestrum is pleased to announce our New Writer Awards, in which over $500 will be awarded to up-and-coming writers and poets. Fiction/Nonfiction: up to 12,000 words. Poetry: Up to to three poems per submission, under 40 lines per poem. See our contests page for full guidelines: http://www.sequestrum.org/contests

    Happy submitting and best of luck!

  168. To enter this contest write a poem that has only 10 lines. But here is the catch – each line has to have a specific number of syllables. That is of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables. Etheree can also be reversed and written 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

  169. Share a blank verse poem for this poetry contest. That is a poem type that was made popular by Shakespeare. There are no rhymes but you must follow a specific meter.

  170. Write a four line poem. But this poem must follow a specific syllable count. The first line has 1 syllable, the second line has 5 syllables, the third line also has 5 syllables, and the last line has 9 syllables. The subject can be anything.

  171. Write a 2-4-2 syllable poem. This poem only has three lines. But the challenge is to follow a specific syllable count. The first line has 2 syllables, the second line has 4 syllables and the last line 2 syllable. The subject can be anything.

  172. Conium Press seeks entries for its 2016 Book & Chapbook Contest. Judged by Matt Bell, author of Scrapper (Soho Press, 2015), In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods (Soho Press, 2014), Cataclysm Baby (The Mud Luscious Press, 2012), How They Were Found (Keyhole Press, 2010), and the forthcoming collection A Tree or a Person or a Wall (Soho Press, 2016). The winner receives $1,000, publication of the winning manuscript, ten author copies, and a copy of the judge’s latest book.

    Conium Press publishes innovative fiction. We lean toward unconventional plots, bizarre settings, and experimental language. Our books come in all shapes and sizes, and we don’t have word count quotas. Books and chapbooks are given equal consideration. We’re a socially responsible publisher, and we donate copies of each print-run to charity and nonprofit bookstores.

    The entry fee is $25. All submissions must be received by September 1st, 2016. Visit our website for complete guidelines.

  173. 87 Bedford Short Story Contest – Open from May 31 to August 28, 2016

    Submit a literary short story between 2000 to 8000 words that is set in a foreign location. The story must be original, previously unpublished, and follow these 2 rules:

    (1) The primary setting of the story must not be your home continent where you currently live. Yes, we said continent. For example, if you live in North America, then the story can be set in any of the other six continents or on a remote island or out at sea, up in the air, in outer space, or in any imaginary, surreal or fantastical world that does not resemble wherever you live.

    (2) The setting must be integral to the story, whether by shaping the cultural identities and mannerisms of its characters, taking on the aspects of a character (itself), creating conflict, or portraying a crucial image, etc.

    Deadline to submit is August 28, 2016. 1st place winner receives $150+; 2nd place receives $50+; all winners and honorary mentions will have the opportunity to be published. $3 will be added to prizes for 1st and 2nd for every initial entry beyond 20. Initial entry fee is $10. No multiple or simultaneous submissions. Stories will be rejected on a rolling basis. Re-entries are allowed at no additional charge once a story is rejected. Winners will be announced by September 30, 2016.

    Please take a look at our homepage of published stories and contest guidelines for further details: https://87bedford.com/contest/

    We look forward to judging your work!

  174. Write a Haiku and enter this poetry contest. A haiku only has three lines. The first line has five (5) syllables, the second line seven (7) syllables, and the third line has five (5) syllables again. Cash prize to the winner. One of over 50 writing contests that you can enter every month for only $9.95 per month.

  175. Bartleby Snopes 8th Annual Dialogue Only Contest-Opens June 1, 2016 with rolling rejections and resubmissions until September 15, 2016:

    We will hold our 8th Annual Dialogue Only Writing Contest beginning June 1, 2016. All initial submissions up to 2,000 words must be received by September 15 with a single entry fee of $10 for unlimited entries. Winners will be announced by October 19, 2016. Compose a short story entirely of dialogue. You may use as many characters as you want. Your entry does not have to follow standard rules for writing dialogue. Your entry cannot use any narration—this includes tag lines such as he said, she said, et cetera. This year we are pleased to have last year’s winner Rebecca McDowell and author Kathy Fish (Together We Can Bury It, RIFT, and Wild Life) as our guest judges. All decisions regarding contest winners are final. A minimum of $500 will be awarded, with at least $300 going to the grand prize winner. Our five finalists will also appear in Issue 15 of the magazine. Last year we awarded $1,900 in prize money with the grand prize over $1,000. For every entry over 50, an additional $5 will be added to the total prize money. No simultaneous submissions or previously published stories are allowed. See bartlebysnopes.com for details and to submit.

  176. Write a poem of any type that tells a story. “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe is a good example of how you can share a story in a poem. To the winner of this contest goes a $100 prize. At FanStory you can enter all our contests for free with our upgraded membership.

  177. Write a poem where the first line has five syllables, the second line has 7, and the third line has 5 syllables again. Rhymes are not necessary. Just follow the syllable count. Cash prize to the winner. Read the announcement for more information and to read a sample poem.

  178. Write a Lune. A lune is a short poem. The poem is a 13-syllable, self-contained poem that has 5 syllables in the first line, 3 syllables in the second line and 5 syllable in the final line. Cash prize to the winner.

  179. Vallum Poetry Contest 2016 – SUBMIT!

    Vallum is accepting original and previously unpublished poetry submissions for the Vallum Award for Poetry 2016. This year’s contest judge is award-winning poet, Jeramy Dodds!

    ENTRY FEE:
    $25 CDN for Canadian residents, $25 USD for US and international entrants, which includes a free one-year subscription* to Vallum. Payment can be made by cheque (payable to “Vallum”) or through our online store hosted by PayPal.

    *Please note that international entrants will receive a one-year digital subscription only.
    *All entrants will be signed up to receive Vallum E-News! You may unsubscribe at any time.

    CONTEST RULES:

    Submit up to 1-3 poems of maximum 60 lines each. Do not label your poems with your name or address; instead include a cover letter with all pertinent information. Please also specify how you heard about the contest.

    Poems may be on any theme or subject, but must be original and not previously published.
    1st prize is $750, 2nd $250. Both 1st and 2nd prize-winning poems will be published in Vallum Magazine and on Vallum’s website. Honourable Mentions may be selected and published but are not eligible for cash prizes.

    http://www.vallummag.com/contestrules.html

    Please write your name, contact information, each poem’s title, and how you heard about the contest in the body of the email. Include your poems in an attachment, without any identification. The contest is judged blind. Also write “VALLUM AWARD” in subject line of your email. Your contact information and poem titles must be clearly delineated.

    If mailing your entry, please send it to:

    Vallum Contest
    5038 Sherbrooke West
    PO BOX 23077 CP Vendome
    Montreal, QC H4A 1T0
    CANADA

  180. “Patterns” International Call For Artists and Writers by ArtAscent – Deadline June 30, 2016

    | Theme:
    Patterns are a natural or accidental arrangement or sequence. Patterns can relate to behaviours, visual design, occurrences in nature, methods, and more. It can be expressed in symbolic, literal, modern, traditional, abstract, and completely unique ways. Share your interpretation of Patterns.

    | Eligible Submissions:
    Entries may include 2- and 3-dimensional media, such as paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media, installations, ceramics, jewelry, fabric, sculpture, fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Submissions must be the original work of the applicant(s). Apply using the online form.

    | Highlights:
    Be profiled, get published, and shine on! Up to 40 applicants will be selected. Plus, if you are chosen as one of the top 4 applicants, you will also be highlighted in a feature section with a profile written about you and your work. All selected artists and writers are showcased in the magazine and the juried online exhibition.

    | About ArtAscent:
    The mission of ArtAscent is to promote artists of images and words, and connect them with art lovers. This is accomplished by calls for artists and writers, artist profiling, art magazine publication, and artist and writer online showcasing. Each call is theme based, with the intent to showcase diverse creative explorations of that theme via various media. This marketing tool is created by artists and writers, for artists and writers.

    | Call application:
    https://ArtAscent.com/the-call-for-artists-and-writers/

  181. Sequestrum is pleased to announce our New Writer Awards, in which over $500 will be awarded to up-and-coming writers and poets. Fiction/Nonfiction: up to 12,000 words. Poetry: Up to to three poems per submission, under 40 lines per poem. See our contests page for full guidelines: http://www.sequestrum.org/contests

    Happy submitting and best of luck.

  182. Mythical Son story writing competition for children to participate, win prizes, get published and become child authors.

    Eligibility:This contest is open to children in India and across the world.

    Age of participating children: Children between 6 to 18 years

    Language: Story submissions in English language only

    Fiction Genre (5):

    Adventure / Action / Drama Story
    Horror / Ghost Paranormal Story
    Crime /Thriller/ Mystery/ Detective Story
    Fantasy Story
    Science Fiction Story

    Contest Start Date: 1st May 2016

    Contest End Date: 30th June 2016

    Contest Entry process: Fill up the registration form and upload story on our website. There is no entry fee to participate in the contest.

    Prize Winners:
    Winners of the contest will be published in our 2016 Mythical Son Book of Children’s Stories.
    Under each genre, the winners’ names and honourable mentions will be posted on the website.
    Authors whose work appears in a publication will receive an e-book containing their work.
    Mythical Son Contest winners will also be awarded an achievement certificate and cash prize under each genre.
    Visit us http://www.mythicalson.com to register and submit stories.

  183. 2016 Special Needs Book Awards
    Announcing the 2016 Special Needs Book Awards contest for authors of special needs books from a variety of disciplines and professional fields. The first annual 2016 Special Needs Book Awards centers on authors who have written books related to disabilities, impairments, disorders, special education, special needs issues as well as children’s books on special needs. Special Needs Books can have either a personal or professional focus. Academic, Parents, Traditional and Indie writers are welcome and the contest open to both fiction and nonfiction special needs books. For information visit http://specialneedsbookawards.com and note the deadline is June 13th, 2016.

  184. The theme for this poetry contest is “faith”. Share a poem on your faith. Cash prize to the winner.

  185. We are looking for acrostic poems for this contest with a cash prize. That is a poem where the first letter of each line spells out a word. The poem can be about anything. See an example in the announcement.

  186. Write a three-lined poem. We are looking for an unrhymed poem of 17 or 19 syllables. It has the following syllable counts: 5/7/5 or 5/7/7.

    To the winner goes a cash prize. Just one of over 50 contests that you can enter every month at FanStory.com

  187. KYSO Flash HTP Writing Contest, with Cash Awards + Publication

    Deadline: 15 June 2016

    Prizes: First Place =$200; Second = $150; Third = $100; and 3 Honorable Mentions =$50 each. All six winners will be published online and in a print anthology this fall, along with several finalists (total number depends on volume and quality of entries received).

    Entries restricted to haibun and tanka prose written in English. H&TP are essentially prose poems plus haiku, senryu, and/or tanka verses. Max word count per piece is 1,000 each, including title, text, and footnotes.

    Entry fee: $5 (USD) per entry of a single piece, with no limit on total number of entries from each writer. Contest will be judged by Matthew Paul, co-editor of Presence haiku journal and author of two poetry collections.

    Detailed contest guidelines at: http://www.kysoflash.com/Classifieds.aspx

  188. KYSO Flash HTP Writing Contest, with Cash Awards + Publication

    Prizes: First Place =$200; Second = $150; Third = $100; and 3 Honorable Mentions =$50 each. All six winners will be published online and in a print anthology this fall, along with several finalists (total number depends on volume and quality of entries received).

    Entries restricted to haibun and tanka prose written in English. H&TP are essentially prose poems plus haiku, senryu, and/or tanka verses. Max word count per piece is 1,000 each, including title, text, and footnotes.

    Entry fee: $5 (USD) per entry of a single piece, with no limit on total number of entries from each writer. Contest will be judged by Matthew Paul, co-editor of Presence haiku journal and author of two poetry collections.

    Detailed contest guidelines at: http://www.kysoflash.com/Classifieds.aspx

  189. DEADLINE APRIL 30!

    Sequestrum is accepting submissions for our second annual Editor’s Reprint Award! For complete guidelines, visit http://www.sequestrum.org/contests.

    Contest Guidelines:
    Open to reprints of fiction and nonfiction in any original format (electronic or print).
    One $200 prize plus publication.
    Minimum of one runner-up prize including publication and payment. Finalists listed on the site.
    Tentative close date of April 30th. (See site for details)
    Length and subject are open.
    Manuscripts reviewed on a rolling-basis.
    Multiple submissions allowed.
    Include the name and email address of the original publisher in your cover letter.

  190. The Profane Nonfiction Prize

    Our 2016 contest will be judged by Dinty W. Moore.

    The prize is $1,000 and a blurb from the contest judge. It is $10 to enter, and you may submit 2 pieces in each entry, as long as they don’t exceed 7,500 words cumulatively. The prize is open to submissions between April 1 and August 1. Finalists will be announced and considered for publication.

    There is no theme. Send us your best flash, essays, journalism, or narratives that will spoon out some space in our guts and take up residence there. Tell us something filthy and unflinching; bellow something unapologetic in our face. Share something troubling at the dinner table. Send us your cat on the windowsill or some roadkill for dinner. We want it all.

    For more info, visit profanejournal.com

  191. Write a four line poem to enter this contest. The first line is only one word. Second and third line can be formatted as you wish. The last line is the antonym of the word on the first line. Words that are opposite or nearly opposite in meaning are called antonyms. Examples are big and small, or long and short. Cash prize to the winner. Just one of over 50 contests that you can enter every month at FanStory.com.

  192. Share a story of romance for this writing contest. Cash prize to the winner. Just one of over 50 contests available to you every month at FanStory.com

  193. For this contest you are challenged to write a Tanka poem. Tanka is a form of poetry that often follows a specific syllable count.

    line 1 – 5 syllables
    line 2 – 7 syllables
    line 3 – 5 syllables
    line 4 – 7 syllables
    line 5 – 7 syllables

    Get feedback for everything you write and enter writing contests with cash prizes at FanStory.com.

  194. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Gazing Grain Press feminist chapbook contests

    About: Inclusive feminist prose and poetry chapbook contests. These contests are open to feminists of all genders and sexualities and are meant to promote socially conscious poetry, prose, and hybrid writing to a wide audience. We adhere to no one “definition” of feminism—we encourage a broad and diverse range of approaches. Challenge us!

    Gazing Grain Press is edited by alumni of the George Mason University MFA program and sponsored by Fall for the Book literary festival.

    Reading Period: March 1st – May 8th, 2016.

    Poetry Judge: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

    Prose Judge: Lily Hoang

    Poetry Prize: Publication, 10% of print run, and invitation to read at the 2016 Fall for the Book literary festival in Fairfax, VA (accommodation and travel within the continental United States will be paid). Runners-up and/or designated finalists will also be invited to receive recognition at the event. Contest finalists will be considered for publication in the Gazing Grain Press miniature series of limited-run, handmade artist books.

    Prose Prize: Publication, 10% of print run, and invitation to read at the 2017 New Leaves literary festival in Fairfax, VA. Runners-up and/or designated finalists will also be invited to receive recognition at the event. Contest finalists will be considered for publication in the Gazing Grain Press miniature series of limited-run, handmade artist books.

    ***Full Submission Details on our Website: http://www.gazinggrainpress.com

  195. Share a poem that has only three lines and a specific syllable count. The first line has 5 syllables. The second line has 7 syllables. The third line has 5 syllables again. Outside of that, there are no rules. Have fun writing a 5-7-5 poem. To the winner of this contest goes a cash prize. At FanStory.com everything you write (including your contest entries) will receive feedback.

  196. Write a story that somehow uses the image shown in the contest announcement. The winner of this contest will receive a cash prize. Just one of over 50 contests that you can enter at FanStory.com

  197. For our Share Your Story writing contest we are looking for stories that tells your story or an event in your life. Share a piece of your life. Just one of over 50 writing contests that you can enter. Cash prizes to the winners.

  198. TBL is pleased to announce the F(r)iction Winter Literary Competition. There are three submission categories: 1) short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 2) flash fiction with a word limit of 750 words, and 3) poetry no longer than three pages. Winners of the contest will be published in a future issue of F(r)iction alongside stunning original artwork from TBL’s talented team of artists. F(r)iction is dedicated to publishing the best writing of all kinds—we encourage submissions that push boundaries and take risks in genre, plot, and style.

    Prizes:

    Short Story – $1000
    Poetry – $300
    Flash Fiction $300

    Deadline: March 31, 2016

  199. TBL is pleased to announce the F(r)iction Winter Literary Competition. There are three submission categories: 1) short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 2) flash fiction with a word limit of 750 words, and 3) poetry no longer than three pages. Winners of the contest will be published in a future issue of F(r)iction alongside stunning original artwork from TBL’s talented team of artists. F(r)iction is dedicated to publishing the best writing of all kinds, and we encourage submissions that push boundaries and take risks in genre, plot, and style.

    Prizes:

    Short Story – $1000
    Poetry – $300
    Flash Fiction $300

    Deadline: March 31, 2016

  200. The Minute Poem is a poem that follows the “8,4,4,4” syllable count structure. It also has a rhyme scheme.

    So the first line has 8 syllables. The second, third and fourth line has four syllables each.

    It usually has 3 stanzas that are exactly the same. So: 8,4,4,4; 8,4,4,4; 8,4,4,4 syllables.

    You can enter this poetry contest and all contests (50 every month) at FanStory.com with our upgraded membership.

  201. Write an ABC poem. ABC uses the alphabet as a guide. Look at the first letter of each line in this example poem:

    Battling thoughts.
    Choosing which option to follow.
    Denied at every turn.
    Endless pursuits.
    Relationships confuse.

    The first four lines follow the order of the alphabet. Last line begins with any letter.

    Cash prize to the winner of this poetry contest.

  202. Lunch Ticket has TWO free prizes with deadlines on February 29th. Please visit our website for guidelines! They are in literary translation and creative non-fiction.

  203. Write a story that starts with the sentence “Hell Found Me.” The story can be about anything but the story must starts with this sentence. Cash prize to the winner.

    For this “Newbie” contest we are challenging all new members to FanStory to enter. Only new members to FanStory are eligible.

  204. Write a free verse poem to enter this contest. For this poem you can write without worry about rules. You are not tied to a fix meter. There are no rules regarding the number of lines in the poem. Just one of over 50 poetry contests that you can enter every month at FanStory for a one time fee of just a few dollars a month.

  205. For this contest your challenge is to write a story for your character that has a “what if” situation. This challenge is to write a story where your character can hear the voices of the dead. Cash prize to the winner!

  206. What does Easter mean to you? Is it memories of Easter egg hunts? Or is it a special day for your faith. Is it a time for family to gather? Share your thoughts in a poem of any type and enter it in our Easter Poetry Contest. Cash prize to the winner.

  207. Write a love poem. It can write a poem of any type (Haiku, Free Verse, Acrostic, etc…). The winner takes away a $100 cash prize. Just one of over 50 contests that you can enter at FanStory.com.

  208. To enter this contest write a poem that only has three lines. It should have fifteen syllables. No rhymes.

    Structure your poem into three lines. The first line should have seven syllables. The second should have five syllables. The third lines should only have three.

    The first line makes a statement. The next two lines ask a question relating to that statement.

    Example:
    I’m a very strong woman (7 syllables)
    Are you a woman? (5 syllables)
    Are you strong? (3 syllables)

  209. An Etheree poem has 10 lines. Each line has more syllables until you reach the tenth line. So the first line has 1, second line has 2, etc… Etheree can also be reversed and written 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Cash prize to the winner of this contest. Just one of over 50 contests that you can enter every month at FanStory.com

  210. “Heat” International Call For Writers by ArtAscent – Deadline February 29, 2016

    | Theme:
    Heat can mean warmth, passion, anger, excitement, a spicy quality, pressure from authorities, and a hot day. It can be expressed in symbolic, literal, modern, traditional, abstract, and completely unique ways. What heat can your imagination create?
     
    | Eligible Submissions:
    Entries may include fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. Submissions must be the original work of the applicant(s). Open to international writers. Apply using the online form.
     
    | Highlights:
    The Gold writer will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal complete with an artist profile review written by our art writer. Up to seven writers in total will be published in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal; showcased, along with website links, in an online exhibition on the ArtAscent website for at least two years; and, promoted on the ArtAscent Facebook and Twitter feeds.
     
    | About ArtAscent:
    The mission of ArtAscent is to promote artists of images and words, and connect them with art lovers. This is accomplished by calls for artists and writers, artist profiling, art magazine publication, and artist and writer online showcasing. Each call is theme based, with the intent to showcase diverse creative explorations of that theme via various media.
     
    | Call application:
    https://ArtAscent.com/the-call-for-artists-and-writers/ 

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    Organization / Institution / Sponsor:
    ArtAscent
     
    Publication
    ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal
     
    Event type:
    Call for writers
     
    Event / Geographical Location / Eligible Location:
    Online
     
    Age Requirements:
    18+
     
    Experience:
    Open to all
     
    Juried From:
    Digital
     
    Event fees:
    Entries start at $10 

    Opening Date for your Open Call Event:
     January 1st, 2016

    Applicant Selection Date:
    March 30th, 2016 

    Online Exhibition Start Date:
    April 1st, 2016

    Online Exhibition End Date:
    April 1st, 2018

    Usage rights: 
    The Applicant owns the Content. You represent and warrant that: (i) you own or otherwise have the right to grant the licenses set forth in this section for the Content that you provide to ArtAscent, post on our website or other online spaces, or provide for our print services to have them printed in a magazine, and (ii) your Content does not violate the privacy rights, publicity rights, copyright rights, or other rights of any person or entity.

    In order for ArtAscent to be able to provide you with our Services, you hereby agree to provide us with the following licenses to use your Selected Work:
     
    License to print your Selected Work. You hereby grant to ArtAscent a non-exclusive, worldwide and royalty-free license (a “License”) to reproduce and distribute your Selected Work for the purpose of printing publications and for any other related purpose that you authorize. You agree that ArtAscent reserves the right to maintain the electronic files for any Submitted Work to fulfill any further orders which may be placed for such publication and the Services, and to maintain an archival copy of the printed magazine.
     
    The Applicant grants to ArtAscent a License to reproduce, distribute, publicly display, use, and otherwise make available throughout the world the Submitted Work, including in actions required for the delivery of calls, publication, announcements and marketing. Applicants agree that ArtAscent may feature their submitted work for display, marketing, promotions, and exhibition archives, including ArtAscent publications, directories, websites, and social spaces. We will credit each artist with their name, artwork title and media, website, photographer credit, and gallery if requested. We may feature submitted Themed Call images, framed, in the Investors Tips section with the artist’s name and website, independently of the general call selections.
     
    You represent and warrant that you ARE the author of your Content (including your Selected Work) and, in any case, that you bear the full and ultimate responsibility for the publication and distribution of your Content (including your Selected Work).

  211. For this contest the challenge is to write a Sonnet. A sonnet was made famous by Shakespeare. It is a challenging poem to write but the end result can be very rewarding. See the detailed instructions on how to write a sonnet in our announcement. Cash prize to the winner. Just one of over 50 contests you can enter every month at FanStory.com.

  212. Write a poem for your valentine – or maybe not. This poetry contest challenges you to write a valentine poem where the first letter of each line in your poem spells a word.

    A simple example:

    J ust a joy to be with
    O ntime with every thought
    Y earning for your touch

    Deadline is Feb. 14th, Valentines Day!

    Enter this contest and over 50 more every month at FanStory.com.

  213. To enter this contest write a 3 line poem. The catch is that the first line of the poem has two syllables. Second line has 4 syllables. And the third line has 2 again.

    At FanStory you can get feedback for your writing, enter writing contests with cash prizes, and be a part of an online community.

    Watch the video to see how it works:

  214. Sequestrum is accepting submissions for our second annual Editor’s Reprint Award! For complete guidelines, visit http://www.sequestrum.org/contests.

    Contest Guidelines:
    Open to reprints of fiction and nonfiction in any original format (electronic or print).
    One $200 prize plus publication.
    Minimum of one runner-up prize including publication and payment. Finalists listed on the site.
    Tentative close date of April 30th. (See site for details)
    Length and subject are open.
    Manuscripts reviewed on a rolling-basis.
    Multiple submissions allowed.
    Include the name and email address of the original publisher in your cover letter.

  215. Your challenge for this poetry contest is to write a Haiku. A Haiku only has three lines. The first line contains five (5) syllables, the second line seven (7) syllables, and the third line contains five (5) syllables again.

    Just one of over 50 contests that you can enter at FanStory every month.

  216. Write a poem that has a rhyme scheme and also tells a story. This is popular in poems written for children but also with many of the classics.

    This is one of over 50 writing contests that you can enter at FanStory.com. View the contest announcement for more information and to locate more poems that you can enter with cash prizes.

  217. The challenge for this contest is to share a poem with just three lines and 17 syllables. The first line has 5 syllables. The second line has 7 syllables. The third line has 5 syllables again.

    EXAMPLE

    Don’t eat yellow snow (5 syllables)
    It’s not healthy as you know (7 syllables)
    Besides, it tastes bad (5 syllables)
    – written by starkat

    At FanStory.com you can share your poetry, get feedback for everything you write, and enter over 50 contests every month. Be part of a community for writers.

  218. For this contest you are challenged to write a triolet poem. A triolet is a poem of only eight lines with a rhyme scheme. Cash prize to the winner! Enter this, and over 50 contests every month, with a one time membership fee.

  219. Cartoons about writing

    Meet Debora, the writer. Her pen has a mind of its own.

    In the virtual pages of her kickass free newsletter, Debora and her pen wrestle with the strange, weird and wonderful happenings in a writer’s life. Laugh and sigh, grin and grumble, sulk and smirk with them as they navigate the pleasures and pitfalls of the writing world, where chuckles and chagrin abound.

    Get your fortnightly fix of mirth by subscribing at http://devyaniborade.blogspot.com/p/newsletter.html

    Because writing is a funny business.

  220. UNO Writing Workshops Abroad Creative Writing Contest

    For the second consecutive year, the UNO Writing Workshops Abroad will hold a creative writing contest open to all writers based in the United States or abroad. Four grand prize winners — one each in the genres of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and scriptwriting — will receive a prize worth $1,000 toward attendance at the 2016 Writing Workshops in Cork, Ireland. Submissions are open from November 30, 2015 to January 4, 2016. There is an entrance fee of $25 per submission, with a limit of three submissions per author. All entries considered for publication in Bayou Magazine.

    For more information and to submit, visit inst.uno.edu/writing/pages/unocontest.cfm

  221. A palindrome is a word (or sentence) that reads the same backwards as forward. So “Mom” is a palindrome. For a palindrome poem you create a poem that uses this technique.

    Simple Example:

    Life Is Good
    Good Is Life

    For a more detailed example and full instructions read the announcement (click the contest name above). To the winner goes a cash prize. This is one of over 50 contests you can enter at FanStory.com.

  222. Write a poem that somehow expresses your faith. Share your thoughts on faith in your poem. This contest is for poets of all skill levels. Just one of over 50 writing contests that you can enter every month with membership.

  223. Tethered by Letters offers prizes in three categories: short story, flash fiction, and poetry. We accept submissions of any style or genre, and we encourage writing that pushes boundaries. Our motto: Publish Weird.

    Prizes are $500 for best short story and $150 for flash fiction and poetry. Entry fees: $15 for short story, $7 for flash fiction and poetry, $15 for a three-pack of either.

    Winners will be published in F(r)iction, our triannually-printed collection of literature and art.

    DEADLINE: DECEMBER 31, 2015
    http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submissions/

  224. For our Acrostic Poetry Contest the challenge is to write a poem where first letter of each line spells out a word going downwards. So choose a word and write a poem where each line starts with a letter in that word. See an example in the announcement.

    At FanStory.com you can enter this and all contests (many with a cash prize) for a one time membership fee which is as little as $2.80 per month. Get feedback for everything you write. Be a part of a writing community.

  225. Write a story that uses one of the characters shown in the contest image. View the contest to see the image. We are looking for vivid characters and development of a story. To the winner of this writing contest goes a cash prize. Just one of over 50 contests that you can enter every month at FanStory.com with a one time entry fee.

  226. Write an erotic story for a chance at this contests cash prize. Just one of over 50 contests you can enter every month for a one time entry fee. Find out more at FanStory.com

  227. The Neoverse Short Story Writing Competition is awarding $3,500 in Prizes. Winners will be published and our contest is free to enter. Submissions must be made by December 20th, 2015.

    http://www.neoglyphic.com/contest/

    The competition aims to publish first-rate short stories while rewarding and incenting authors through cash prizes. Our mission is to connect storytellers with readers and to do so in a modern digital age. We try to do this in several ways…

    We provide visibility to authors by publishing all short-listed submissions (top 20 entries) in both printed and ebook formats. Volume 1 of our Winners compilation will be published in early 2016. We aim to publish all entries that reach the short-list.

    We provide recognition for authors by allowing them to use our name and logo in their own promotional material free of charge. We provide digital assets (e.g. a ‘sticker’) that winning authors may use on their book covers, websites and other promotional material.

    We reward authors through generous cash prizes totaling $3,500.

    We want to help authors tell stories in the digital age. The Competition is judged in a unique way; our judging panel is chaired by the award winning novelist Aaron Safronoff (Spire, Evening Breezes), but the inputs to the final decision are sourced from digital feedback left by a broad set of judges. This judging panel is double blind – authors do not know the judges and judges do not know the authors. They read story submissions via a digital e-reader specifically designed for secure reading and built to gather feedback. We love the traditional printed word, but when it comes to handling many submissions, accumulating and tracking feedback and data we believe digital reading is the best tool for the job!

    Join us and spread the good words!

  228. Write a three-lined poem for this poetry contest. This contest challenges you to write a Katauta. That’s a poem that originated in Japan. It is an unrhymed poem of 17 or 19 syllables. It has the following syllable counts: 5/7/5 or 5/7/7.

    See an example in the announced. This is one of over 50 writing contests that you can enter every month at FanStory.com. You will get feedback for everything you write and every contest that you enter.

  229. Put your readers on edge. Or terrorize your readers. Enter the FanStory horror writing contest. Just one of over 50 writing contests that you can enter each month at FanStory.com. Cash prize to the winner of this contest.

  230. “Portraits” International Call For Writers by ArtAscent – Deadline Decmeber 31, 2015

    | Theme:
    Capture, illustrate, write, or otherwise create your visions of people and other creatures. Portraits can be expressed in symbolic, literal, modern, traditional, abstract, or completely unique ways. What portraits can your imagination create?

    | Eligible Submissions:
    Entries may include fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. Submissions must be the original work of the applicant(s). Open to international artists. Apply using the online form.

    | Highlights:

    The Gold writer will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal complete with an artist profile review written by our art writer. Up to seven writers in total will be published in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal; showcased, along with website links, in an online exhibition on the ArtAscent website for at least two years; and, promoted on the ArtAscent Facebook and Twitter feeds.

    | About ArtAscent:
    The mission of ArtAscent is to promote artists of images and words, and connect them with art lovers. This is accomplished by calls for artists and writers, artist profiling, art magazine publication, and artist and writer online showcasing. Each call is theme based, with the intent to showcase diverse creative explorations of that theme via various media.

    | Call application:
    https://ArtAscent.com/the-call-for-artists-and-writers/

  231. Submit your short story for the 4th short story contest from Helen : A Literary Magazine? for $5 and receive a complimentary PDF copy of one of our issues. Winning story receives $100 and will be considered for a spot in our ongoing blog series Friday Night Specials as well as our issues.

    There are no theme restrictions or genre restrictions. We only ask that stories fall between 1,500 and 5,000 words.

    Deadline: August 1, 2016

    Beverly Rogers is the Chairman of the Board for the Rogers Foundation. She is a philanthropist with a passion and expertise in the literary arts. Read more on our website and see where to submit.

    https://helenliterarymagazine.submittable.com/submit/49115

  232. The Southern California Review is now accepting submissions for it’s multi-genre flash contest, Flash 405!

    Submit up to 405 words of fiction or nonfiction, 5 lines of poetry, or 4 pages of stage or screenplay. Winners will receive publication and a prize!

    Submissions are open from Nov 4th – Dec 5th, 2015.

    The theme for the contest is “Roots.” Learn more about the rules and how to enter here: http://southerncaliforniareview.com/flash-405/

  233. Share a poem about Christmas for this poetry contest. It can be the holiday dinner, the Christmas Tree lights being lit for the first time or how this holiday impacts you spiritually. As long as Christmas is somehow in your poem your poem is welcomed. Cash prize to the winner! One of over 50 contests that you enter each month at FanStory.com. All skill levels welcomed.

  234. Share a story that somehow involves Christmas. This holiday offers so many stories! This is your chance to share one of them and you will have a chance at the cash prize. One of over 50 contests that you can enter every month at FanStory.com

  235. The challenge of flash fiction is to tell a complete story in which every word is absolutely essential. Take away the excess from the story until the the reader is left with nothing but the clean-scraped core.

    In this flash fiction contest we are challenging writers to write a flash fiction piece that is between 500 and 800 words on the topic provided. The topic is “politics”.

    At FanStory.com you can enter this, and another 50 contests every month, for a one time entry fee of only $6.95.

  236. ANNOUNCING OUR HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS POETRY CONTEST:

    Share your favorite (or most frustrating) holiday memories and family traditions. Send us your best holiday poems between November 1st and November 30th via Submittable, noting “Home for the Holidays Poetry Contest” in your cover letter. The winner will receive a bundle of goodies from the new Mothers Always Write store. There is no fee for participating, but we’d appreciate a FB “Like” with your submission. Go to Facebook.com/mothersalwayswrite to Like our page.
    Honorable mentions will be featured on the website each Poetry Friday with a grand prize winner announced in our December issue! All submissions will also be considered for general publication.

  237. Write a four line poem. The first line is only one word. Second and third line can be formatted as you wish. The last line is the antonym of the word on the first line. Words that are opposite or nearly opposite in meaning are called antonyms. Examples are big and small, or long and short.

    The winner takes away a $100 cash prize! One of over 50 contests that you can enter at FanStory.com.

  238. For this poetry contest write a 5-7-5 poem. A 5-7-5 follows the structure of a Haiku but without any limitation to the topic. A 5-7-5 poem only limitation is the syllable count.

    So have fun with the 5-7-5 poetry type. But it must follow the proper syllable count. A 5-7-5 poem has three lines. The first line has 5 syllables. The second line has 7 syllables. The third line has 5 syllables again.

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  240. For this contest you are challenged to write about the image shown in the contest announcement. Write about anything but somehow incorporate the image into your short story. Cash prize to the winner.

  241. Share your story for our “Share Your Story” writing contest. For this writing contest, write about a piece of your life – and, please, feel free to fabricate and exaggerate! Everyone has a story that they can share – share it for this writing contest.

  242. At FanStory.com you can enter over 50 contests every month. Enter our Haiku poetry contest, Acrostic poetry contest, faith poetry contest, flash fiction writing contest, and many more. Get feedback for everything you write including your contest entries. FanSTory.com is a writing community where you can learn, meet other people, and participate in fun writing contests (many with cash prizes).

  243. Update: Deadline extended to October 10th!

    The Puritan Online Quarterly seeks the best work in the respective categories of poetry and fiction for the Fourth Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence. Judges for this year’s prize are Ian Williams (poetry) and Miriam Toews (fiction). The winner of each category receives $1000 dollars and over $900 dollars in books. Take advantage of our extended deadline and submit your work by October 10, 2015. Fee: $15.

    For submission guidelines, visit: http://puritan-magazine.com/submissions/

  244. TSR Short, Short Fiction Contest is open for submissions from 9/15/15 – 10/15/15.

    We’re looking for compact and compelling stories of 350 words or less!

    1st place: $350
    2nd place: $250
    3rd place: $150

    All winners will be published in the Winter/Spring Issue of TSR: The Southampton Review.

    For guidelines and information about how to submit, visit http://www.thesouthamptonreview.com

  245. Sequestrum is pleased to announce our New Writer Awards, in which over $500 will be awarded to up-and-coming writers and poets. Tentative end date November 15, 2015. Fiction/Nonfiction: up to 10,000 words. Poetry: Up to to three poems per submission, under 40 lines per poem. See our contests page for full guidelines: http://www.sequestrum.org/contests

    Happy submitting and best of luck.

  246. Indiana Review 2015 Fiction Prize

    Judge: Laura van den Berg

    $20 per Entry

    The 2015 Fiction Prize is open from September 1, 2015 to October 31, 2015.

    Send one story of up to 8,000 words each per submission.

    The winner receives $1,000 and publication in a forthcoming issue of The Indiana Review.

    All entries are considered for publication. All entrants receive a complimentary one-year subscription to the journal.

    Please see our website for complete submission guidelines.

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  248. “Haunting” International Call For Writers by ArtAscent – Deadline October 31, 2015

    | Theme:
    This call theme is “Haunting.” Spooky creatures, frightening places, eerie experiences – these are the things that haunt us. Sometimes we are haunted by obsessive habits and persistent memories. Haunting can be expressed in symbolic, literal, modern, traditional, abstract, or completely unique ways. What hauntings can your imagination create?

    | Eligible Submissions:
    Entries may include fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. Submissions must be the original work of the applicant(s). Open to international artists. Apply using the online form.

    | Highlights:
    The Gold writer will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal complete with an artist profile review written by our art writer. Up to seven writers in total will be published in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal; showcased, along with website links, in an online exhibition on the ArtAscent website for at least two years; and, promoted on the ArtAscent Facebook and Twitter feeds.

    | About ArtAscent:
    The mission of ArtAscent is to promote artists of images and words, and connect them with art lovers. This is accomplished by calls for artists and writers, artist profiling, art magazine publication, and artist and writer online showcasing. Each call is theme based, with the intent to showcase diverse creative explorations of that theme via various media.

    | Call application:
    https://ArtAscent.com/the-call-for-artists-and-writers/

  249. 2015 Raven Short Story Contest

    contest website link
    http://pulpliterature.com/contests/the-raven-short-story-contest/

    We Pulp Literature editors collect stories like ravens in the woods, swooping down on what catches our eye and bringing the treasures — sometimes sparkling, sometimes grisly, but always fascinating — home to our nests. Want feedback on your story? Get a professional critique from one of the Pulp Literature editors for only $25 more. Show us your most scintillating treasures in the form of short fiction up to 5000 words in length and you could be the one bringing home $500 to line your nest!

    Contest opens: 1 September 2015
    Deadline: 15 October 2015
    Winner notified: 15 November 2015
    Winner published in: Issue 10, Spring 2016

    Judge: Brenda Carre
    Entry fee: $25
    Editorial critique: $25
    Earlybird fee (before 15 September): $20
    Entry fees include a 1-year digital subscription to Pulp Literature
    This contest is for previously unpublished short fiction between 500 and 5000 words in length. Multiple entries welcome. Total entries limited to 200.

  250. The Puritan Online Quarterly seeks the best work in the respective categories of poetry and fiction for the Fourth Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence. Judges for this year’s prize are Ian Williams (poetry) and Miriam Toews (fiction). The winner of each category receives $1000 dollars and over $900 dollars in books. Deadline: September 30, 2015. Fee: $15.

    For submission guidelines, visit: http://puritan-magazine.com/submissions/

  251. We are excited to announce that Amy Hempel will serve as judge for our second ever Flash Fiction Contest!

    Each submitter is allowed up to two entries for a $15 entry fee. 100% of the money raised through the contest will go directly into the magazine and its projects.

    The top three entries will receive a $100 cash prize and publication in Nat. Brut

    The contest opens September 1st and closes November 1st.

    There is no theme to this contest.

    There is no minimum word count, but the maximum word count is 1000.

    Submit up to two pieces of short prose in a single .doc, .docx, or .pdf file

    Nat. Brut will only consider previously unpublished work

    The contest will be judged blindly so please do not include your cover letter or contact information in the uploaded document. This information should only be included in the submissions manager “Comments” field.

    Amy Hempel is the author of four collections of short stories including Reasons to Live (1985), At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom (1990), Tumble Home (1997), and the Dog of the Marriage (2005). She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN/Malamud Award, and the Rea Award for the Short Story.

    http://www.natbrut.com // natbrut.submittable.com

  252. Briery Creek Press will be reading for the 2016 contest. Sptember 1- December 31, 2015. No late mss. Winner receives publication, 50 copies, $1,000. Entry fee: $20.00. All entries receive a copy of the winning book. Guidelines for SASE to DPR/Briery Creek, Department of English, Longwood University, 201 High Street, Farmville, VA 23909 or http://brierycreekpress.wordpress.com/” Judge to be announced.

  253. I am writing on behalf of Mudgee Valley Writers FAW with information about a competition we are running.

    It’s been decided we are going to host a competition for Short Stories and Poetry by young people 22 years of age and under. The total prize pool is $2,200. We will run the initial competition with entry closing date at 29th February 2016. If it is successful we will make the competition an annual event. It will be called The Norman McVicker Award.

    Details are on our website http://www.mudgeevalleywriters.wordpress.com

  254. The Conium Review seeks entries for it’s 2015 Flash Fiction Contest. Judged by Laura Ellen Joyce, author of The Luminol Reels (Calamari Archive, 2014) and The Museum of Atheism (Salt Publishing, 2012). Winner receives $300, online publication, publication as a limited-run broadside or micro-chap, and a copy of the judge’s latest book.

    The entry fee is $10. All submissions must be received by October 15th, 2015. Visit our website for complete guidelines.

  255. Sequestrum is pleased to announce our New Writer Awards, in which over $500 will be awarded to up-and-coming poets. Tentative end date November 15, 2015. Fiction/Nonfiction: up to 10,000 words. Poetry: Up to to three poems per submission, under 40 lines. See our contests page for full guidelines: http://www.sequestrum.org/contests

    Happy submitting and best of luck.

  256. New Millennium Writings 40th Literary Competition – http://www.newmillenniumwritings.org
    ~$5,000 in Awards~
    July 31, 2015 deadline for:
    • Poetry
    • Fiction
    • Short-Short Fiction
    • Nonfiction
    August 31, 2015 deadline for: “Love Wins” Essay
    Top Award Winner in each category will receive $1,000 plus publication.
    Each submitter receives a free copy of the anthology.
    Award winners in each category are published, as well as the top 20 Poetry Honorable Mentions

  257. mirrorview journal is accepting poems, fiction work and related articles for its publication,prizes in USD 50. entry fee $8, for details write to editor, editormirrorviewjournal@gmail.com

  258. “Violet” International Call For Artists and Writers by ArtAscent – Deadline August 31, 2015

    | Theme:
    This call theme is “Violet.” A bluish-purple shade, a flowering plant, the name of a woman – violet takes on a variety of forms. Violet is even associated with royalty, the unconventional, and ambiguity. Violet can be expressed in a symbolic, literal, modern, traditional, abstract, or completely unique way. Colour your canvas and notepad with violet, and share your vision with the world.

    | Eligible Submissions:
    Entries may include fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. Submissions must be the original work of the applicant(s). Open to international artists. Apply using the online form.

    | Highlights:
    The Gold writer will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal complete with an artist profile review written by our art writer. From three to seven writers in total will be published in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal; showcased, along with website links, in an online exhibition on the ArtAscent website for at least two years; and, promoted on the ArtAscent Facebook and Twitter feeds.

    | About ArtAscent:
    The mission of ArtAscent is to promote artists of images and words, and connect them with art lovers. This is accomplished by calls for artists and writers, artist profiling, art magazine publication, and artist and writer online showcasing. Each call is theme based, with the intent to showcase diverse creative explorations of that theme via various media.

    | Call application:
    https://ArtAscent.com/the-call-for-artists-and-writers/

  259. Write a free verse poem. This is a method of writing poetry, which does not essentially follow any structure or style. There is no fixed meter and no structure regarding rhyme and lines in each stanza.

    To the winner goes a $100 prize.

  260. 2015 1/2K Prize
    FINAL JUDGE: KIM CHINQUEE

    Submissions to the 2015 1/2K Prize will open on July 1, 2015; the contest deadline is August 15.

    Send up to 3 pieces of up to 500 words each per submission (fiction/nonfiction/poetry/hybrid genre all welcome). A single submission should not exceed 8 pages.

    The winner receives $1,000 and publication in a forthcoming issue of The Indiana Review.

    All entries are considered for publication. All entrants receive a complimentary forthcoming issue of the journal.

    Please see our website for complete submission guidelines.

  261. MAKEDA BILQIS LITERARY AWARDS

    Contest rules
    The Makeda Bilqis Literary Awards Deadline: August 15, 2015
    Entry Fee: $12
    Prize: $100 (1st); $50 (2nd); $50(3rd)
    Special Requirements: U.S. residents only
    Opportunity: Submit one poem up to 3 pages long in stanza format or one fiction piece up to 1500 words long.Website: http://www.makedabilqisliteraryawards.com/

  262. BARTLEBY SNOPES SEVENTH ANNUAL DIALOGUE ONLY CONTEST

    Bartleby Snopes Literary Magazine welcomes the opportunity to read your fiction.

    We will hold our Seventh Annual Dialogue Only Writing Contest beginning June 1, 2015.
    All initial submissions up to 2,000 words must be received by September 15th 2015. Winners will be announced by October 19th 2015.

    The Rules: Compose a short story entirely of dialogue. You may use as many characters as you want. Your entry must be under 2000 words. Your entry does not have to follow standard rules for writing dialogue. Your entry cannot use any narration (this includes tag lines such as he said, she said, etc.). These are the only rules. Manipulate them however you see fit. Check out past winners and read our tips for writing good dialogue before submitting your entry.

    The Winner: The winning entry will be the story that most effectively uses dialogue to deliver a powerful and engaging story.

    Judges: All finalists will be chosen by the Staff of Bartleby Snopes. Five finalists will be submitted to the final round of voting. The staff of Bartleby Snopes and our two guest judges will determine the order of winners. This year’s guest judges are Sorrel Westbrook-Wilson (6th Annual Dialogue Contest Winner) and Bud Smith (author of Tollbooth and Everything Neon). All decisions regarding contest winners are final.

    Prizes: A minimum of $500 will be awarded, with at least $300 going to the grand prizewinner. Our five finalists also will appear in Issue 15 of the magazine due out in January 2016. Last year we awarded $2,380 in prize money. For every entry over 50, an additional $5 will be added to the total prize money.

    2015 Prize Structure:

    1st Prize: $300 minimum + $3 for every entry over 50
    2nd Prize: $100 minimum + $1 for every entry over 50
    3rd Prize: $50 minimum + $1 for every two entries over 50
    4th Prize: $30 minimum + $1 for every 4 entries over 50
    5th Prize: $20 minimum + $1 for every 4 entries over 50Entry Fee: $10 for unlimited entries (only one entry allowed at a time; see Response/Notification section for more details). Entry fee is due at time of submission and will be collected through Submittable.

    Visit the contest page for more information and be sure to read our dialogue writing tips for advice on crafting your entry. You also may read our past winning stories while you are there. Follow our contest blog for contest status and updates.

  263. Sequestrum is pleased to announce our New Writer Awards, in which over $500 will be awarded to up-and-coming poets. $15 entry fee. Tentative end date November 15, 2015. Fiction/Nonfiction: up to 10,000 words. Poetry: Up to to three poems per submission, under 40 lines. See our contests page for full guidelines: http://www.sequestrum.org/contests

    Happy submitting and best of luck.

  264. Sequestrum is pleased to announce our New Writer Awards, in which over $500 will be awarded to up-and-coming poets. $15 entry fee. Tentative end date November 15, 2015. Fiction/Nonfiction: up to 10,000 words. Poetry: Up to to three poems per submission, under 40 lines. See our contests page for full guidelines: http://www.sequestrum.org/contests

    Happy submitting and best of luck.

  265. The Altaire Short Fiction Award:

    A prize of $1000.00 will be given to what Altaire Productions and Publications deems the best story entered into No Man’s Land: The Crime Edition. All other published stories will win $200.00.

    Using the online submission system, submit a crime fiction piece of up to 7000 words with a $10.00 entry fee by July 31, 2015.

    Full guidelines can be found at: http://www.altaireproductions.com/productions.html.

  266. “Still Life” International Call For Writers by ArtAscent – Deadline June 30, 2015

    | Theme:
    This call theme is “Still Life.” Unique arrangements of commonplace things and found objects have been portrayed with realism and sometimes symbolism. What is your take on still life? Is it modern, traditional, abstract or something else entirely? Share your vision of Still Life.

    | Eligible Submissions:
    Entries may include fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. Submissions must be the original work of the applicant(s).
    Open to international artists. Apply using the online form.

    | Highlights:
    The Gold writer will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal complete with an artist profile review written by our art writer. From three to seven writers in total will be published in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal; showcased, along with website links, in an online exhibition on the ArtAscent website for at least two years; and, promoted on the ArtAscent Facebook and Twitter feeds.

    | About ArtAscent:
    The mission of ArtAscent is to promote artists of images and words, and connect them with art lovers. This is accomplished by calls for artists and writers, artist profiling, art magazine publication, and artist and writer online showcasing. Each call is theme based, with the intent to showcase diverse creative explorations of that theme via various media.

    | Call application:
    https://artascent.com/the-call-for-artists-and-writers/

  267. The POP Montreal International Music Festival and Matrix Magazine have once again joined forces to bring you North America’s most innovative and exciting literary competition. We are looking for great stories and poems that really pop. Winners will get their work published in Matrix, and get free travel to POP Montreal for a night in their honour. 

    The judges are:
    George Saunders (Fiction)
    Damian Rogers (Poetry) 

    Each entry is 25$ and entries can be made here: https://matrixmagazine.submittable.com/submit

  268. Write a story in any genre but it must revolve around a crime. For example, it may be mystery, romance, sci-fi, historical, fantasy, humorous, etc., as long as a crime is prominently featured in the story.

    Winner receives $50. Deadline is May 31, 2015.

    http://www.thenextbigwriter.com/contest/The+Cop+Shop+Short+Story+Competition-9

  269. Sequestrum is accepting submissions for our first annual Editor’s Reprint Award! For complete guidelines, visit http://www.sequestrum.org/contests.

    Contest Guidelines:
    Open to reprints of fiction and nonfiction in any original format (electronic or print).
    One $200 prize plus publication.
    One runner-up prize including publication and payment (just above our usual rates). Finalists listed on the site.
    Tentative close date of April 30th. (See site for details)
    Include the name and email address of the original publisher in your cover letter.
    Length and subject are open.
    Manuscripts reviewed on a rolling-basis.
    Multiple submissions allowed.
    No identifying information should be on your manuscript.

  270. ANNOUNCING: THE VALLUM AWARD FOR POETRY 2015!

    VALLUM: Contemporary Poetry is now accepting original and previously unpublished submissions for the annual Vallum Award for Poetry 2015.

    FIRST PRIZE: $750, SECOND PRIZE: $250 + publication in the magazine.

    DEADLINE: July 15th, 2015

    CONTEST JUDGE: Stephanie Bolster

    ENTRY FEE: $25 (includes a 1 year subscription to Vallum). Entries accepted by Paypal and by posted mail. For more information visit: http://www.vallummag.com/contestrules.html

    Some of the best poets in the world have graced the pages of Vallum. GAME ON!

  271. POETRY CONTEST at SPANK the CARP – One Week Left – Deadline March 1st

    Our first annual poetry contest with three prizes awarded including publication. NO ENTRY FEE.

    Visit http://www.spankthecarp.com for details.

  272. Donal Ryan judges this year’s Moth Short Story Prize, with prizes of €3,000, a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France (including a €250 travel stipend) and €1,000.

    There’s a word limit of 6,000, and an entry fee of €12.

    Closing date 30 June 2015.

    You can find more details or enter online at http://www.themothmagazine.com

  273. The Bitchin’ Kitsch Chapbook Competition
    January 19-March 1, 2015
    http://www.talbot-heindl.com/bitchin_kitsch/chapbook

    Prizes: First prize is 25 copies of the chapbook; additional prizes include a cover of an issue of The Bitchin’ Kitsch and a featured writer in an issue of The Bitchin’ Kitsch

    New to The Bitchin’ Kitsch, we have our chapbook competition. We are looking for an unpublished chapbook of writing, artwork, or a combination of both between 16-36 pages in length. The competition is open to new, emerging, and established writers and/or artists who have or have not submitted to The Bitchin’ Kitsch previously. Collaborations are also accepted. The winner will receive book publication with 25 artist copies, and energetic promotion by The Bitchin’ Kitsch staff.

    The B’K Chapbook Competition is open to anyone writing in the English language or any artist. Translations and previously published works are not eligible. Individual written pieces and artworks may have been previously published in other publications as long as the work as a whole has not.

    Submit a collection of works (written, visual, or both) of between 16-36 pages with the title and page number clearly on the upper right hand side of each page. Include a cover page with the title and your name, address, telephone number, and email address. Each piece will be read anonymously and the cover sheet will only be referred to after the piece has been thoroughly reviewed. Please do not send bios. We are not interested in how little or how much you have been previously published.

    All pieces, in order to be considered, must obey our general submission guidelines. Your submission must not: 1. break any federal or Wisconsin laws; 2. implicate yourself in a crime; 3. slander a member of the general population (public figures are exempt from this rule, as they open themselves for criticism); 4. have content that could be considered racist, sexist, or homophobic. If you do not follow these rules, your submission will not be considered.

    When we have received your submission, you will receive an email indicating that we have received it.

    All entries must be postmarked or received by 5 pm CST on March 1, 2015.

    There is a $5 reading fee for this competition. If you are mailing your submission, please enclose a check or money order for the reading fee, payable to Chris Talbot-Heindl. If you would rather submit online, use our PayPal store to pay and a PDF of directions will be sent to you.

    Mail your submission to The Bitchin’ Kitsch, 1600 Reserve St, Stevens Point, WI 54481.

  274. We are excited to announce that The Citron Review 2015 Poetry Contest!

    The contest calls for poems in the spirit of Carl Sandburg. There is an entry fee of $10. Send us three to five poems that you feel channel his spirit. Our normal line limits (30 lines per poem) still apply. The winner will receive $250, publication and mention in The Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara newsletter. Three other finalists will receive publication alongside the winning poem.

    Visit our website http://citronreview.com/ for details on guidelines and to pay your entry fee and submit your work. Submissions are open now until April 1st.

    *Any remaining funds (after the $250 grand prize) will go to a Collections Management Intern/archivist fund for The Carl Sandburg Estate in Flat Rock, NC. Currently, there is one archivist in charge of Sandburg’s personal effects, which total over 300,000 documents.

  275. Lunch Ticket’s Diana Wood Memorial Award is now accepting submissions!
    The Diana Woods Memorial Award in creative nonfiction was established in Diana’s memory by family, friends, and the Antioch University L.A.’s MFA community. DWMA serves as an opportunity for authors worldwide to be published in the literary journal Lunch Ticket. Creative nonfiction authors are invited to submit an essay of 5,000 words maximum on the subject of their choice to be considered for the award. Submissions from February 1, 2015 to February 28, 2015. The winner receives $250 and will be featured in the next issue of Lunch Ticket with two semi-finalists. For further details/submission manager (please read the guidelines CAREFULLY before submitting), visit: http://lunchticket.org

  276. Lunch Ticket’s Diana Wood Memorial Award is now accepting submissions!

    The Diana Woods Memorial Award in creative nonfiction was established in Diana’s memory by family, friends, and the Antioch University L.A.’s MFA community. DWMA serves as an opportunity for authors worldwide to be published in the literary journal Lunch Ticket. Creative nonfiction authors are invited to submit an essay of 5,000 words maximum on the subject of their choice to be considered for the award. Submissions from February 1, 2015 to February 28, 2015. The winner receives $250 and will be featured in the next issue of Lunch Ticket with two semi-finalists. For further details/submission manager (please read the guidelines CAREFULLY before submitting), visit: http://lunchticket.org

  277. Update January 25th, 2015

    We would love to see many more pieces dealing with place and description, nature and natural architecture, all in a “good spaces” context (which simply means don’t focus on the negative). Tell us what you see when you hike, visit another country or culture; talk to us about dialects and how cultures intersect. Tell us about the sky and woods and streams about your place. No profanity or graphic sexuality, please, or illnesses that are crucial to the article. Keep it suitable for all ages, yet challenging enough for the most learned. We don’t want to hear about abusive parents or your wild college days, but about what you see now as a grown-up when you sit long enough to consider the landscape around you.

  278. Short Story Contest! Win 5$…
    e-mail your 500 – 5,000 word story to: oval_subs@yahoo.com

    Early submissions are accepted for free.
    deadline: 4.10.15
    first publication goal: 6.15.15

  279. Helen: A Literary Magazine is holding a short story contest for our next issue to be published in April 2015. We are seeking short fiction between 500-5,000 words that illustrate the theme of music.

    Our judge is short story writer, essayist, and novelist Kelley Eskridge. Her novel Solitaire was a a New York Times Notable Book, Borders Original Voices selection, and Nebula, Endeavour, and Spectrum Award finalist.

    All submission will be read blindly. Entry fee is $5. Writers may submit multiple times, but will need to pay the entry fee with each submission. Entry fee includes a digital copy of our issue.

    The winning story will receive $100. All entries will be considered for publication.

    Deadline: February 1, 2015

    Link for Short Story Contest:
    https://helenliterarymagazine.submittable.com/submit/34291

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