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charge a reading or entry fee, although we cannot
always guarantee this.
Please check guidelines (where possible) before
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Announces Its Thirteenth Biannual Poetry Card Contest
Deadline: December 31, 2008
1st prize: $300 * 2nd prize: $150 * 3rd prize: $50
In addition, the winning poems will be displayed on our
Poetry Contest Guidelines:
Poems can be rhyming or non-rhyming, although we find
that non-rhyming poetry reads better.
We suggest that you write about real emotions and
feelings and that you have some special person or
occasion in mind as you write.
Poems are judged on the basis of originality and
English-language entries only, please.
Enter as often as you like!
Poetry Contest Rules
All entries must be the original creation of the
submitting author. All rights to the entries must be
owned by the author and shall remain the property of the
author. The author gives permission to SPS Studios, Inc.
to publish and display the entry on the Web (in
electronic form only) if the entry is selected as a
winner or finalist. Winners will be contacted within 45
days of the deadline date. Contest is open to everyone
except employees of SPS Studios and their families. Void
How to Submit
Go to http://www.sps.com/poetry/index.html to complete the
contest form, or if you prefer, you may send your
submission via snail mail* to:
SPS Studios Poetry Card Contest,
P.O. Box 1007, Dept. E,
Boulder, CO 80306.
Dragon Cafe Science Fiction and Fantasy Quarterly Short
Entry Fee: None
Prize: 1st place: $25 Barnes and Nobel gift certificate
2nd place: $10 certificate
Seeking short fiction contest entries. Must be science
fiction, fantasy or horror with fantastic elements and
adhere to a theme which we will provide.
Please visit the website for full contest details and
Monthly Most Popular Tale
Entry Fee: NONE
Prize: 10 credits to purchase a variety of rewards
Seeking short stories for monthly writing contest, Due to
many submissions coming in during various months, not all
tales will have the longevity to win the yearly
popularity award. Therefore, at the end of each month,
the tale with the most visitors will receive the monthly
To qualify for the Monthly Most Popular Tale:
1. The author must be registered on our forums with a
valid email address.
2. Not an offsite blog
Each month our tracking software will determine the tale
with the most visits. The winning and runner up authors
will be notified of their Monthly award. They will
receive an update of their current credit balance, and
will be able to spend those credits on various rewards.
Adding a catchy description, images, and promoting your
published work hosted at GamerTales.com on other sites
and through word of mouth is an excellent way to drive
visitors to your tale. In addition, holding a monthly and
all time top viewed position, we will grant a link to
your story on various sidebars and on the awards page
further increasing the tales exposure. Good Luck
Essays at Mirthwhile.com
Seeking short sotires from Young Writers. No entry fee.
Prizes: offering nice gift vouchers.
Open to all those who can write in English, and have a
sense of humor.
Quarterly Flash Fiction Award
Entry Fee: £6 (UK)
Prize: £60 (UK)
The PrimeProse Flash Fiction Award is a quarterly
competition for original, previously unpublished
fictional works of less than 500 words, in English, in
any style or genre. The winners will receive cash prizes,
but each and every entrant will receive a critique of his
Place Flash Fiction Contest
Entry Fee: $5
Prize: $250 plus publication
A quarterly flash fiction contest. Deadlines for each
quarter are March 30, June 30, September 30, December 30.
Submit flash fiction of 500 words or less. Submit by
regular post or e-mail. Full contest rules and
regulations available on website.
On Writing Flash Fiction Contest
Entry Fee: $5.00
Prize: Cash: $200, $150, $100, Plus over $2,000 in Prizes
+ publication + $50 gift certificates
WOW! Women On Writing, hosts a quarterly flash fiction
contest open to English-speaking contestants across the
globe. Our Fall contest winner, Mandy Viscai, is from
Australia! Please check out our previous winners to truly
understand what we offer.Our flash fiction contest is
prompt-based, up to 500 words. View our contest page for
the current prompt, and the free downloadable e-book of
terms & conditions in PDF format.Make sure that you
check the dates on our current contest, to make sure you
meet the deadline.
Thank you, and good luck!
Entry Fee: Free
Prize: Published in the Writer's Choice Award anthology
and automatically entered for the Editor's Choice Award -
Details/Restrictions: Sign up to Edit Red (which is
free). Upload one or more stories (also free).
True Stories Contest
Categories Accepted: Nonfiction
Entry Fee: Free
Prize: $500 to top five voted stories
Details/Restrictions: Enter for free! $2500 SE True
Stories contest: share your stories and pictures about
Life, Travel, Humor, Concerts, and more. Instantly submit
your story at the above link.
is Worth 300-500 Words - Flash Fiction
Entry Fee: Free
TRI Studio Books sponsors a bi-monthly contest with cash
prizes for writers of Flash Fiction. There is no entry
fee. The first one, "A Picture is Worth 300-500
Words," uses a photo for a prompt. The guidelines
for the contest are listed below and in the February,
2007 TRI Studio free ezine for writers, The Fiction
Flyer. Here's the link to the pdf files for The Fiction
Entrants must be subscribers (no fee). Interested parites
may subscribe by sending an email to email@example.com with EZINE written
in the subject heading.
Heres an opportunity to have some fun, publish your
story, and win a prize! Your story must be at least 300
words, no more than 500 words, and inspired by the prompt
(see website for each monthly prompt).
Now, to the prizes: The first place winner will receive a
check for $10 along with a First Place Contest Award
Certificate. Second and third place winners will receive
$5 each and a Contest Certificate of Honorable Mention.
Winning stories, along with authors Bios, will be
published in the next issue of The Fiction Flyer.
Please submit the following information using Size 12,
Times New Roman or Arial Font:
Your email Address
Authors Bio (Up to 50 words)
Link to your blog/website (optional)
Stories shorter than 300 or longer than 500 words will
not be read.
Stories that bear no relation to the prompt, as
determined by us, will be rejected.
Do not attach your story to your message; attached
stories will not be opened.
Please send your email with particulars and story to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raymond Grant/Contest Editor
Entry Fee: Free
Prize: $5000 writing contract
Think you can write? BETUS.COM WANTS YOU! Send us your
best football piece and you can win amazing cash prizes,
a guest spot on BetUS.com Radio, get published online and
qualify for the GRAND PRIZE a $5,000 Sports
writing contract with BetUS for the Super Bowl Playoffs!
Each month of the regular NFL season, three weekly
winners will receive a $100 Free Play in their BetUS
account and get published in our Locker Room. At the end
of each month, a monthly winner will receive a $250 Free
Play in their BetUS account, get published in the Locker
Room and receive an invitation to FACE-OFF against our
handicapping experts on BetUS.com Radio! At the end of
the regular NFL season, the best writer to have
contributed a minimum of five football pieces will win
the $5,000 Sports Writing Contract!
Entry Fee: $5.00
Prize: Grand Prize is $50 dollars to the winner. Plus, an
additional $50 dollars donated to charity of their
Seeking short story entries for monthly fiction contest.
See website for details
Entry Fee: Free
If you write or like to read good writing, visit
www.nxid.net. Post your work. It will be rated by
members. If your work is the highest rated for the month,
you WIN $100!! It's just that simple.
Categories Accepted: Poetry, Short Stories Nonfiction
Entry Fee: $3-$5
Offers various monthly fiction, Nonfiction, and poetry
Short Story Competition
Entry Fee: $2.00
Prize: $1000, $600, $400
Seeking entries of short fiction between 1000 and 2000
words in any style or genre
Flash Fiction Contest
Entry Fee: Free for subscribers/first entry, $5.95 for
Are you creative enough to write a compelling, short,
short story? Can you do it in less than 100 words? If
yes, this is a contest for you. Welcome to the first
JustMarkets monthly contest. Stories with 101+ words will
not be accepted. The entry you submit must be your own
original work. There is no special topic or theme for
this contest. All types of stories will be accepted. No
poetry entries will be accepted for this contest, sorry.
Writers of all nations are free to enter. However, the
entries you submit should be in English. There is NO
ENTRY FEE for one submission if you are a currently
active subscriber of JM Daily. The entry fee for
non-subscribers is $5.95 per story. Multiple submissions
from the same entrant are accepted. For JustMarkets
subscribers, each additional story is accepted for $5.95
How To Submit
If you are a subscriber to JM Daily**: Paste your story
into the body of an email and send it to
email@example.com. No attachments please. Please
include: 'Contest submission: xxxxx' in the subject line,
where xxxxx is the email address with which you are
subscribed to Justmarkets Daily. If you are not a
subscriber to JM Daily: First, make the contest entry fee
payment as instructed at the bottom of the webpage (you
should receive a confirmation email from our payment
processor 2Checkout.com) Paste your story into the body
of an email and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. No
attachments please. Please include: 'Contest submission:
xxxxx' in the subject line, where xxxxx is your
2Checkout.com Order Number. Only email submissions will
Short Story Competition
Entry Fee: £2.00
Prize: £50.00 plus posted on website
This is a short story competition aimed at writers of
horror, dark fiction, supernatural and gothic short
stories. The maximum length of stories accepted is 5,000
words. We will accept previously published work. All
rights to the short story belong to and stay with the
Categories Accepted: Books, Poetry, Short Stories,
Scripts/Screenplays, Young Writers
Entry Fee: $5.00
Enter your best opening line and you could win $500.
Journal Fiction Contests
Entry Fee: $3-$7
Offers a variety of short story contests on various
themes/topics. See website for details
Open Quarterly Competitions (UK)
Entry Fee: £3.00
Prize: £75.00, £25.00, and £15.00
Seeking short stories on any subject. No closing date.
Prize for Children's Literature
Entries Close: Ongoing
Milkweed Editions is pleased to announce its writing
competition for quality children's novels intended for
readers in the 8-13 age group. This competition is part
of Milkweed's children's book publishing program for
Prize: Judging will be by Milkweed Editions, and the
winner of the prize will receive a $5,000 cash advance on
any royalties agreed upon in the contractual arrangement
negotiated at the time of acceptance.
Submissions should adhere to our children's literature
guidelines (at http://www.milkweed.org/2_1_2.html)
Entry Fee: 7
and publication in Albedo One (approx $1,475 US)
The contest opens 1st
January 2008, and runs for four rounds throughout the
year. The submission deadline for the first round is
March 31st , the second round June 30th, the third round
September 30th and the final round November 30th. The top
three winning stories will be chosen from the six
highest-ranking stories on the shortlist by renowned
science fiction, fantasy and horror author Ian
Entries to the Award must NOT have been previously
published in ANY format in the English language. Entries
are allowed from ALL nationalities,
though entries must be in the English language. There is
no minimum word limit for submissions to the Award,
though a maximum of 8000 words applies.
L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future® Contest
An international search for new and amateur writers of
new short stories or novelettes of science fiction or
fantasy. No entry fee is required. Entrants retain all
Deadline is December 31, March 31, June 30 &
1. No entry fee is required, and all rights in the story
remain the property of the author. All types of science
fiction, fantasy and horror with fantastic elements are
welcome; every entry is judged on its own merits only.
2. All entries must be original works in English.
Plagiarism, which includes poetry, song lyrics,
characters or another person's world will result in
disqualification. Submitted works may not have been
previously published in professional media.
3. Eligible entries must be works of prose, either short
stories or novelettes under 17,000 words in length. We
regret we cannot consider poetry or works intended for
children. Excessive violence or sex will result in
4. The Contest is open only to those who have not had
professionally published (more than 5,000 copies) a novel
or short novel, or more than three short stories, or more
than one novelette in any medium.
5. Entries must be typewritten and double spaced with
numbered pages (computer-printer output okay). Each entry
must have a cover page with the title of the work, the
author's name, address and telephone number and an
approximate word count. The manuscript itself should be
titled and numbered on every page, but the AUTHOR'S NAME
MUST BE DELETED to facilitate fair judging.
6. Manuscripts will be returned after judging. Entries
MUST include a self-addressed return envelope. U.S.
return envelopes MUST be stamped; others may enclose
international postal reply coupons.
7. There shall be three cash prizes in each quarter: 1st
Prize of $1,000, 2nd Prize of $750, and 3rd Prize of
$500, in U.S. dollars or the recipient's locally
equivalent amount. In addition, there shall be a further
cash prize of $4,000 to the Grand Prize winner, who will
be selected from among the 1st Prize winners for the
period of October 1 through September 30. All winners
will also receive trophies or certificates.
8. The Contest will continue yearly with the following
October 1 - December 31
January 1 - March 31
April 1 - June 30
July 1 - September 30
To be eligible for the quarterly judging, an entry must
be postmarked no later than midnight on the last day of
9. Each entrant may submit only one manuscript per
quarter. Winners in a quarterly judging are ineligible to
make further entries in the Contest.
10. All entries for each quarter are final. No revisions
11. Entries will be judged by professional authors. The
decisions of the judges are entirely their own, and are
12. Winners in each Quarter will be individually notified
of the results by mail.
This contest is void where prohibited by law.
Send your entry to:
L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of The Future Contest,
P.O. Box 1630,
Los Angeles, Calif. 90078.
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