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Dream Quest One Dream Quest One Summer Poetry & Writing Contest Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry Unpublished, published, All entries must be original. Recieved by midnight July 31, 2014; finalists announced Sept 20. Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject and / or write a short story, 5 pages max single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme. $5 per poem; $10 per short story. Multiple submissions accepted. Mail or email. Can pay via PayPal All categories welcome. Judges: Dare to Dream Master Selection Committee. Final judge, Andre L. West. Prizes: Writing First Prize: $500, Second: $250, Third: $100; Poetry First Prize: $250, Second: $125, Third: $50. All winning entries will be published online in the Dare to Dream pages.
Final Draft Big Break Screenplay Anyone 18 years or older at date of entry. Received by extended deadline of July 31, 2014 (additional fee applies past standard deadline of July 15) Full-length screenplay (150 pp max) in English in standard industry format. Must submit in Final Draft or pdf format. $40 before April 30; $50 by July 15; $65 by July 31. online entry system Final judges: industry experts. Categories: Action / Adventure; Comedy / Rom-Com; Drama; Family / animated; Period / Historical / War; Sci-Fi / Fantasy; Thriller / Horror Winners share over $80,000 in cash and prizes, including The Final Draft / New York Film Academy Fellowship in Writing for Film & Television. Two Grand Prize winners are flown to Hollywood for the Final Draft Annual Award Event
Southern Louisiana Romance Writers of America Dixie Kane Memorial Contest Romance Published, unpublished, or self published authors with unpublished, uncontracted entry. International submission in English. Do not need to be RWA member to enter. Postmark by July 31, 2014 (extended from July 15); winners announced Sept 30. first 5 pp of ms, 1 pp synopsis (synopsis will not be not judged) $15 Mail. Pay by check or MO. 1st round: 4 published or trained RWA members, lowest score dropped. Final Round Judges: Short / long series contemp (Rhonda Penders, The Wild Rose Press); ST contemp (Kathy Cottrell, The Wild Rose Press); Para (CallieLynn Wolfe, The Wild Rose Press); Inspirational (Nicola Martinez, Pelican Book Group); RE (Cindy Davis, The Wild Rose Press); RS (DJ Hendrickson, The Wild Rose Press); HR (Allison Byers, The Wild Rose Press); ER (Diana Carlile, The Wild Rose Press) The top prize for the highest overall score among all entries receives $50 cash and special certificate. Certificates for 1st through 3rd Places and honorable mentions. Names published in RWR, the New Orleans Times Picayune, and on SOLA's website.
Heart of Louisiana Romance Writers of America Heartbeat Romance Unpublished or published authors, age 18 and up, with unpublished, uncontracted entry and Facebook account. Need not be RWA member to enter. Received by August 1, 2014; winners announced Sept 12. First 4,000 words of ms and 3 pp max synopsis uploaded in RTF format $10 via PayPal Administered through the WriConBuilder website. Click here to request entry link and instructions. All subgenres of romance. First round judges are RWA members, most of whom are published. Final Judges are published authors. Certificates and lapel pin to top three finalists; winner also receives $25
The Word Hut Short Story Writing Competition Fiction Short Story Entrant must be over 18 years of age. Entries must be in English. New stories as well as those previously blogged are eligible; entry cannot have won a prize elsewhere or be under consideration in another competition August 3, 2014, midnight GMT; results posted by Aug 17. 1,000 words max £4 GBP via PayPal email All stories will be read and judged by James who has a background in publishing and teaching; Jessica, who is an Oxford English Language and Literature graduate currently working in theatre production and writing her first novel; and Wendy, who is a published author of three novels. 1st = £70; 2nd = £35; 3rd = £15 Winning story published on website.
Florida Romance Writers Golden Palm Romance Published or unpublished author. Entry must be new, original work not published (traditionally or self-published) or contracted. e-deadline midnight EST August 15, 2014; finalists notified ~Oct 25. First 25 pp $20 for FRW members, $30 others electronic entry, pay by check, MO or PayPal 1st round: 3 judges, at least one a published author. Lowest score dropped. Final judges: Short Story / Novella (Robin Haseltine, Entangled Publishing; Dawn Doodle, Blue Ridge Literary Agency, LLC); Contemp (Leah Hultenschmidt, Grand Central Publishing; Beth Campbell, Bookends); HR (Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks; Jordy Albert, The Booker Albert Literary Agency); NA (Angela James, Carina Press; Laura Zats, Red Sofa Literary); YA (Lauren Smulski, Harlequin; Mandy Hubbard, D4EO Literary Agency); Para (Peter Senftleben, Kensington Publishing; Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill Associates) Finalists can send a revised copy to final judges.  First Place in each category will received $25, along with a Certificate and a Golden Palm pin. Second and third in each category will receive a certificate.
The Golden Network Romance Writers of America Golden Pen Romance RWA member unpublished and uncontracted by Aug 15, 2014 by a non-vanity, non-subsidy publisher e-deadline midnight EDT August 15, 2014; finalists notified Oct 1; finalists must submit revised entry by Oct 10; winners announced mid December Beginning of ms, synopsis (55 pp max, including the synopsis, which can't exceed 10 pp) $35 until July 15, then $40. $5 judging discount. PayPal, check, MO electronic entry Preliminary round: 3 judges, incl. at least one published author and/or Golden Heart finalist, and one PRO. Lowest score is dropped. The 3 top-scoring entries in each category proceed to final round. Final judges: Contemporary ST (Cat Clyne, Sourcebooks); Inspirational (Giselle Regus, Love Inspired); Para (Leis Pederson, Berkley); RS (Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin’s Press); Series (TBA); HR (TBA); YA (TBA); ER (Katherine Pelz, Berkley) 1st Place in each category: a golden pen and a certificate. 2nd and 3rd Place: a certificate. Final placements will be announced in the RWR.
Merrimack Media Merrimack Media Writing Contest Fiction, romance, creative non-fiction, sci-fi Previously unpublished manuscripts (200 pp max, 8.5"x11") written in English by previously unpublished authors age 18 or older August 15, 2014; winners announced by Sept 6. Synopsis and 1st chapter up to 5,000 words $15 online form Merrimack Media editors 1st Place: Self-Publishing Package for your novel, book or creative non-fiction which includes: Book cover; Interior design with up to 10 images; ISBN and bar code; POD publication through Lightning Source; your book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Kindle Radio interview on The Author Connection; Email blast announcement; Media Kit (Total value of $1999); Review
For 2nd and 3rd Place, see website.
Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival Poetry Contest Poetry Poem must be unpublished. Open to writers who have not published a book of poetry (may have published in other genres). Authors who have self-published or have published chapbooks are eligible provided poetry collection does not have an ISBN number. Postmark / e-deadline August 15, 2014. Winner announcedlate February 15, 2015. 2-4 unpublished poems of any theme with combined length of up to 400 lines $20 electronic preferred;. pay via Discover, MC, Visa. If by mail, pay via check or MO. Judge: Vijay Seshadri Prize: $1000; public reading and VIP All Access Pass ($500 value) for next festival, public reading at next festival, and publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas. Top 10 finalists receive a panel pass ($75 value) to attend the next festival, and their names will be published on
ArtAscent "Pets" International Call for Writers Fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations Any writer 18 yrs or older. August 31 , 2014 ; winner announcement ~Sept 30, 2014. 900 words max with theme of "Pets." Animal companions, pampered sweethearts, cherished creatures. Share your interpretation. $10 via PayPal online Entries include fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations. Judges: ArtAscent The Gold writer will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal with artist profile review. From 3-7 writers will be published in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal w/ links to artists websites, promotion on website artist directory, and exposure in ArtAscent social media.
First Coast Romance Writers of America Beacon Award, Unpublished Romance unpublished / not contracted in category entered in book-length (40K min) in last 3 yrs; RWA membership not required. Contest limited to first 125 entries. Midnight EST August 31, 2014; finalists announced by Oct 15; winners announced by Dec 15. 1st 25 pp with optional 5 pp max synopsis  (synopsis will not be judged) $25 FCRW members, $30 RWA members, $35 others electronic; cn pay by check or PayPal 1st round = 2 judges, at least one published. Discrepancy judge for difference of 20 or more points with lowest score dropped. 3 finalists per category. Finalists can revise entry. Final judges: HR / Regency (Beth Miller, Writers House Literary Agency; Madeleine Colavita, Grand Central Publishing); ST Contemp (Rebecca Strauss, DeFiore & Co; Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin’s Press); Category (Laurie McLean, Foreward Literary Agency; Allison Lyons, Harlequin); Para (Marisa Corsiviero, Cosiverio LIterary Agency; Candace Havens, Entangled Publishing); RS (Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Agency; Chesley Emmelhainz, Harper Collins); YA (Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency; Rebecca Kilman, Razorbill/Penguin Group); ER (Courtney Miller-Callihan, Sandford J. Greenburger & Associates; Leis Pederson, Penguin Random House); Inspirational (Melissa Jeglinski, The Knight Agency; Shana Asaro, Harlequin Love Inspired); RE (Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill Associates; Char Chaffin, Soulmate Publishing) 1st place per category - Beacon Lapel Pin. All finalists will receive a certificate.
Heartland Romance Writers of America Show Me The Spark! Romance Unpublished, not published in last 3 yrs. Work cannot be contracted before Oct 1, 2014 or must be withdrawn. e-deadline midnight CST August 31, 2014; finalists notified Oct 1; winners announced Nov 3. 1st chapter, including prologue (3,500 words max) in TNR, 25 lines per page. $20, $25 Email only. PayPal, check or MO. 1st round: 2 judges. Finalists have a week to revise entry. Contemp (Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency); ER (Leis Pederson, Berkley Publishing); HR (Julie Mianecki, Berkley Publishing); Inspirational (Raela Schoenherr, Bethany House Publishing); Para / Fantasy / Sci-Fi (Dana Hamilton, Harlequin); RS (TBA); YA / NA (Nicole Resciniti, Seymour Agency) 1st prize: $25 and a certificate. All other finalists receive a certificate.
Inclusive Works International Children's Stories Competition Children's Literature Everyone Deadline August 31, 2014; finalist notified end of Nov; winner announcement end of Nov. Short children's story, 1,000 words max Free Online Categories: 1-3 years age category; 4-6 years age category. Judges are a diverse group of persons working for different organizations. The two winning stories will be published by Clavis as illustrated children's books.
Red Hen Press Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award Poetry Manuscript Previously unpublished poetry manuscript Postmarked bye August 31, 2014; winner announced in 2015 unpublished poetry manuscript, 48 pp minimum.. $25 Mail Judge: Douglas Kearney $3,000 and publication of the collection by Red Hen Press.
San Francisco Area Romance Writers of America Heart to Heart Romance unpublished by RWA recognized publisher as of deadline. Entrants may be published with non RWA-recognized publisher, but may not enter books / manuscripts that have been professionally edited or have ISBN numbers. e-deadline August 31, 2014; finalists notified Oct 5; winners announced Nov 6. hero and heroine's first meeting, 15 pp max (numbered as it appears in the ms) plus optional unjudged, double-spaced, one-page set-up. $15, $20 via PayPal electronic Four 1st round judges, one of whom is a published author. The lowest score is dropped. Final-round judges are acquiring editors and agents. Top 3 entries in each category final.  Categories: Para, Contemp, HR, YA. Judges: PAN and PRO members, trained and unpublished members. Final Judges are acquiring editors and agents. The top three finalists in each category will have their entries read by a literary agent, a traditional publishing house editor and an e-publishing editor. We will announce the winners, and certificates will be awarded to the top winner in each category.
Switchback Switchback Contest Fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art Everyone, unpublished work Midnight PST August 31, 2014 Prose: 7,500 words max; poetry: 3 poems max; art: one image (see website) Free electronic Switchback editors. $200 to the 1st prize winner; additional prizes of $75 and $50.
Heart and Scroll Romance Writers of America Magic Moment Romance Not published in last 5 yrs Postmark by Sept 1, 2014; finalists notified by Dec 15. the 10 pp in which hero and heroine first meet plus 1 (double-spaced) page synopsis which will not be judged (if submitting paper, send 4 copies) $25 RWA members, $30 non-RWA members. Pay via PayPal or check. Electronic or mail 4 detailed critiques of each entry. Top 3 entriest to to Final Round Judge: Chris Keeslar, senior editor of Burroughs Publishing. 1st Place Winner receives $100 and certificate; 2nd and 3rd Place winners receive certificates.
NANO Fiction Nano Prize Fiction Anyone except friends and family of the editors. Piece must be unpublished. Postmark by Sept 1, 2014; winners announced mid-Sept. flash fiction piece, prose poem, or micro essay of 300 words or fewer. $15 for up to 3 pieces; can enter unlimited times 1) by mail with check or money order or 2) by email with payment thru PayPal Judges are editors at NANO Fiction. One winner receives $500 and publication. All entries considered for publication. All entrants receive a 1-yr subscription to NANO Fiction.
Southwest Florida Romance Writers of America The Joyce Henderson Contest Romance Not published in last 5 yrs. Entry must be uncontracted and unpublished. Need not be RWA member. 11:59 PM ET Sept 1, 2014; winners announced ~Dec 15. first 20 pp and synopsis (1 pp max). Synopsis will not be judged. $25 via PayPal electronic entry 1st Round: 2 judges, at least one published. HR (Laura Fazio, Penguin); RS (Rochelle French, Entangled); Contemp (Sue Grimshaw, Random House); Para (Mary Altman, Sourcebooks); YA (Aubrey Poole, Sourcebooks). 1st place in each category wins $50 and Certificate. 2nd place wins $20 and Certificate. 3rd place wins Certificate.
Valley of the Sun Romance Writers of America Hot Prospects Romance Published or unpublished RWA member in good standing with uncontracted entry. e-deadline / postmark 11:59 p.m. PST Sept 1, 2014; winners announced ~Dec 15. beginning of ms (25 pp max) and synopsis (5 pp max) $25, $30 mail or electronic. Pay by check or PayPal. 1st round - 2 judges. If scores vary by 26 or more points, there will be a 3rd judge with lowest score dropped. 3 finalists per category. Final Judges: ST Contemp (Sue Grimshaw, Random House; Cat Clyne, Sourcebooks; RS (Lauren Plude, Grand Central Publishing; Tera Cuskaden, Samhain); HR / Regency (Esi Sogah, Kensington); F/F/ Para (Kristine Swartz, Berkley Publishing Group; Amy Stapp, Tor / Forge) Grand prize winner will have entire manuscript reviewed by two professional editors at Novel Needs. Finalists receive certificate, graphic for website and acknowledgment in RWR.
Scribes Valley Publishing Annual Short Story Writing Contest Fiction Short Story New or established authors, entry in English. Deadline Sept 3, 2014; finalists notified ~Oct 15. 5,000 words max $7via check, money order or PayPal via postal mail or online Judges: Scribes Valley Publishing All finalists published in annual contest anthology. Top three finalists receive monetary prize based on overall contest participation - the more entries, the bigger the prizes.
Contemporary Romance Writers of America The Stiletto Contest Contemporary Romance Unpublished in category entered within last 5 yrs. Entry ms must be unpublished and uncontracted. Deadline Sept 5 , 2014; finalists announced ~Oct 17; winners announced Dec 1. 1st 20 pp plus synopsis (2 pp max). Synopsis will not be judged. $20 for members; $30 for non-members electronic 1st round judges are unpublished and published authors.Final Judges: ST (Amanda Bergeron, Avon Romance); ER (Christa Desir, Samhain Publishing); Short Contemp (Alethea Spiridon Hopson, Indulgence, Entangled Publishing); NSRE (Allison Carroll, HQN); YA Romance (Margo Lipschultz, Harlequin Teen); YA NSRE (Elizabeth Poteet, St. Martin’s Press), NA (Nicole Fischer, William Morrow Books).  
Missouri Romance Writers of America Gateway to the Best Romance writers who are not contracted / not published within last 3 yrs. Self-published authors may enter with unpublished work. 11:59 PM CDT, Sept 5, 2014; finalists announced ~Oct 31; winners announced ~Dec 15. up to 1st 7,000 words $25 for members, $30 non-members; half price for add'l entries electronic; pay by PayPal, check or MO. 3 judges for 1st round, lowest score dropped. Final judges TBA. Categories: ST / Contemp Series; HR; Para; RS; YA. Overall Grand Prize: $100 + full reading and critique of ms by a MORWA published author and Gateway Banner for website. All finalists receive certificates. 1st Place category winners receive1-yr membership to MoRWA (e-newsletter option only, the Gateway charm, an electronic banner for website.
Music City Romance Writers of America Melody of Love Romance or romantic elements Published or unpublished author, with uncontracted, unpublished (via any means) entry. Received by 11:59 p.m. Sept 7, 2014; finalists announced early Nov; winners announced mid Dec. first 25 pp $22 MCRW members, $27 other RWA members, $32 non-RWA members email or postal mail, can pay by check or PayPal Three first-round judges, lowest score dropped. Final Judges:  HR (Victoria Lowes, The Bent Agency; Brenda Chin, ImaJinn Books; Cindy Brannam, Soul Mate Publishing; Contemp (Danielle Burby, HSG Literary Agency; Angela James, Carina Press); Para (Heidi Moore, Samhain Publishing Janet Clementz, Soul Mate Publishing); YA (Mandy Hubbard, D4EO Literary Agency;Lauri Wellington, Black Opal Books); NA (Eric Ruben, Eric Ruben Literary Agency; Mary Altman, Sourcebooks). Winners in each category receive: 1st place, $50. 1st - 3rd place receive certificate and 1-yr membership to MCRW (certain conditions apply). Winners announced on MCRW site and in RWR.
New York City Romance Writers of America Kathryn Hayes "We Need a Hero" Romance with humor not contracted / published in novella or novel-length fiction as of deadline. RWA membership NOT required. Self published authors welcome. Postmark or e-deadline 11:59 p.m. Sept 8, 2014. scene between hero and heroine that shows your hero in the best light (20 pp max) + brief (optional) synopsis (2 pp max, will not be not judged). Courier New 12 or TNR 14 pt. $25 RWA members, $30 othersby PayPal or check email Judges = published authors. No categories, open to any romance genre in category or ST length, including erotica and LGBT. Final Judge: Cat Clyne, Sourcebooks Grand Prize: $75
Bartleby Snopes Dialogue Only Fiction Anyone. Entry cannot have been previously published stories (includes blogs, message boards, personal websites, etc.) Sept 15, 2014; winners Oct 19. Short story composed of dialogue (2,000 words max) $10 online Judges: Nathaniel Tower, Rick Taliaferro, Christopher Garry, Cortney Phillips, Justin Daugherty 1st Place $300+; 2nd Place $100+; 3rd Place $50+; 4th Place $30+; 5th Place $20+.
SpacecoasT Authors of Romance - Romance Writers of America Launching A Star Romance open to uncontracted authors not considered PAN eligible by current RWA rules or not published in last 5 yrs Received by midnight EST Sept 15, 2014. Cap of 150 entries. story opening (15 pp max) $25, $30 by PayPal, check, MO. electronic 1st round: at least 2 judges, at least one published author. If 40 point difference, a discrepancy judge will be assigned; the 2 closer scores will be averaged for score. 5 finalists per category. Categories: HR, F / F / Para,, Series Contemp, ST (Contemp, Women’s Fiction, RE, etc.),YA, RS, Inspirational. Final Judges TBA. The overall contest winner will receive $250. Category finalists receive certificate; category winners will receive STAR trophy.
Real Simple Life Lessons Essay Contest Nonfiction Essay in English U.S. legal residents age 19 or older Received by 11:50 P.M. ET Sept 18, 2014 Typed, double-spaced submission (1,500 wds max) essay theme-based, answering the question, "Have you ever had a eureka moment? Tell us about it. " Free Mail or email Judged by Real Simple editors, based on originality, creativity, language and appropriateness to contest theme (25% each) 1st Place winner receives $3,000; 2nd Place receives $750; 3rd Place receives $500..
Chesapeake Romance Writers of America Finish the Damn Book Romantic fiction Published or unpublished. Need not be RWA member. Midnight, Sept 30, 2014 First and Last chapters (40 pp max) plus synopsis (5 pp max) which will not be judged. $15 RWA member; $20 others   1st round judges are: PAN and PRO members. Final judges TBA. Categories: MS with RE; Para; Contemp; HR; YA / NA; ER 1st Place winner receives a check for $50 plus The Rudy, a Bichon Frise statuette in remembrance of Judi’s dog.
Eric Allen Jacobson Sacrifice Anthology Contest Nonfiction Theme-based Essay Any legal resident of the United States age 18 or older. Midnight EST Sept 30, 2014; winners announced by Oct 30. 1,000 – 2,000 word inspirational theme-based essay. Free Email Blind judging by contest sponsors. 1st Place $50; 2nd Place $30; 3rd Place $20. 1st thru 3rd will also be published in annual anthology and will receive two copies of anthology
Lucille's Legacy Publishing Storytelling Competition Inspirational, motivational or humorous "Slice of Life" essay written in English and previously unpublished. Must be 18 or older. Entry must be in English, original, unpublished, and not currently submitted for publication. Received by 11:59 p.m. EST Sept 30, 2014; winners announced Dec 31. 750 - 1,500 words. See guidelines for details. $20 via PayPal. email attachment through website Three rounds of judging: 1st round by independent focus group looking for compelling story. 2nd round by panel of writing professionals judging style, originality, command of language, basic writing skills. Final round judged by editors at LLP, looking for unique voices which best represent the brand. 1st Prize: $1000; 2nd Prize: $750; 3rd Prize: $500. Top 3 prize winners & up to 100 Honorable Mentions will have stories published in a book to be distributed nationally.
Red Hen Press Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award Poetry Previously unpublished poem Postmark by Sept 30, 2014; winner announced 2015 Complete poems, 120 line maximum each. $20 for up to 3 poems, maximum 120 lines each. Mail Final Judge: Pete Fromm $1,000 and publication of the selected poem in The Los Angeles Review.
QA Productions The Stolen Adventure "Create-A-Character" Writing Contest Fiction Open to all, separate award category for writers under 18 years of age. Sept 30, 2014; finalists announced Nov 15; winner announced Jan 1, 2015. Entrants must create an original character including physical and personality descriptions with explanation of relationship to existing Stolen Adventure characters Free - one entry per person Email Categories: Adult (18 and older), Junior (under 18) Five finalists, selected by QA Productions staff and author Mark Wullert. Character descriptions of finalists will be posted on The Stolen Adventure web site for member voting. Winner of the member voting will receive $100 Amazon gift card and the opportunity to have character included in book five of The Stolen Adventure series. Four runners up will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.
Tethered By Letters Fall Literary Contest Short Story, Flash Fiction, Poetry Anyone. International submissions welcome. Sept 30, 2014 midnight EST; winners announced in November. For short story submit 1,000 to 7,500 words, open genre; for flash fiction submit either 55, 250, or 500 words; and for poetry submit max of 3 pages per poem $10 per Short Story; $4 per Flash Fiction OR $10 for three Flash Fictions; $5 per poem OR $12 for three poems. online. Pay by credit or debit through submission manager Submittable Any genre. Judged by professional editing team at TBL. $250 for Short Story, $50 for Flash Fiction, $100 for Poetry and publication in Tethered By Letters quarterly journal. Finalists will be considered for later publication after working with one of our Senior Editors.
Windy City Romance Writers of America Four Seasons Award Romance Unpublished or not published in past 5 yrs in novel-length fiction in any format. e-deadline midnight Sept 30, 2014; finalists notified by Nov 1; winners announced Dec 20. 1st 25 pp of ms in RTF $25 RWA member, $30 other, via PayPal electronic 3 judges with at least one a published member of Windy City RWA. 4 highest scores in each category final, lowest score dropped. Final judges TBA. Categories: HR, ST, F / F / Para, YA, Inspirational, RS Top prize: Windy City Four Seasons Plaque. All finalists receive certificates. Winners are announced in RWR.
Writers Type Writers Type Competition Fiction (flash, short story, first chapter) anyone; unpublished work in English Sept 30, 2014 Dependent on contest entered, i.e., First Chapter, Short Story, Flash Fiction,. Please see website for further details. $10 via payPal electronic via sponsors three annual contests in the categories of First Chapter, Flash Fiction, and Short Story. In each category, the monthly winner receives $25 honorarium, comments from our readers, and publication on our site. Each month, the top two submissions in each category advance to the annual competition. Annual Prize: a total of $250, reader comments, and publication on our site.
International Screenwriters' AssociationU Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition Screenplay, TV Script original screenplay or teleplay written in English, unencumbered by any third party. Submission deadline Oct 3, 2014 Full-Length Features: 80-130 pp; TV Pilots: 10-70 pp submitted in pdf, ms word doc, RTF, or Final Draft format in 12 point courier font $65 electronic 1st round judged by logline entries and 1st 30 pp; for 2nd round, the top 100 screenplays will be read and rated. Screenplay judged in final round. Genres: Action / Adventure, Thriller; Animation, Fantasy, Sci-Fi;  Comedy; Drama / Family, Historical; Horror Grand Prize: $10.000 in cash and other prizes. 2nd Place $5,000; 3rd Place $4,000; 4th Place $3,000; 5th Place $2,000; 6th Place $1,000. All 6 receive full scholarship to New York Story Seminar, FAST Screenplay Screenwriting Process, 1 yr subscription to Storylogue.
Ruminate Magazine William Van Dyke Short Story Prize Fiction Unpublished authors of all ages are eligible. October 15, 2014; entrants notified of entry status in mid-Jan 2015; winners announced March 2015 in spring issue of magazine 5,500 words or fewer $20 (includes free copy of the Spring issue)   A blind reading of all entries will be conducted by a panel of RUMINATE readers, who will select 10 short stories as finalists. See website for final judge. $1000 will be awarded to the winner and publication in the Spring Issue will be awarded to the winning story and runner-up story.
Ayn Rand Institute Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest Essay with specific theme Open to high school seniors (12th graders), college undergrads, and graduate students worldwide Postmark / e-deadline 11:59 PM PST Oct 24, 2014; winners notified by Dec 20. Choose one of 3 topics (see website). Winning essays must be between 800 and 1,600 words and demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of Atlas Shrugged. free mail, online Judged on style and content. Essay submissions are evaluated in a fair and unbiased four-round judging process. Judges are individually selected by the Ayn Rand Institute based on a demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Ayn Rand’s works. One first prize of $10,000; 3 second prizes of $2,000; 5 third prizes of $1,000; 25 finalist prizes of $100; 50 semifinalist prizes of $50
Rubery Book Award Rubery Short Story Competition Short Story Anyone Oct 31, 2014; winners notified ~Jan 2015 Short story (3,000 word max) £7.50 via cheque. Other currencies accepted via PayPal or credit card online. via mail or email Final judge: Booker Shortlisted author Gaynor Arnold. First Prize £500 (approx 763 US$, 586 € ) The winning book will also be read by a top literary agent from MBA; 2nd prize £150 (approx 228 US $, 175 €); 3rd prize £50 (approx 76 US$, 58 €). Payment via cheque (in sterling) or PayPal. Winners and shortlisted stories will be published in an anthology.
Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival One Act Play Contest One-act play Plays that have won any other playwriting contest are ineligible. Postmark / e-deadline Nov 1, 2014. Winner announced by March 1, 2015. Submit unpublished, never publicly performed one-act play up to one hour in length. See guidelines for more info. $25 electronic preferred;. pay via Discover, MC, Visa. If by mail, pay via check or MO. Judges: University of New Orleans’ Creative Writing Workshop and the Department of Film, Theatre, and Communication Arts Grand Prize: $1,500; staged reading at the next Festival; full production at the following year Festival; VIP All-Access Festival pass for next two years ($1,000 value); publication in Bayou. Top Ten Finalists will also receive a panel pass to attend the Festival.
Fresh Voices Screenwriters' Resource Screenplay Competition Feature Screenplay, TV Category, Short Scripts Open to all English language screenplays and writers who have earned less than $25k writing Final deadline is Nov 6, 2014 at 11:59 feature screenplay (less than 130 pp), TV category (less than 75 pp); short script (less than 25 pp) $40-$75 depending on category and submission date electronic submission 11 competition categories for feature films, tv pilots, and short scripts plus 10 Spotlight Awards. See website. Over $20,000 in Cash & Prizes.
Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival Fiction Contest Short Story Open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Includes self-published books with ISBN. Story cannot have won any other writing contest. Postmark / e-deadline Nov 16, 2014. Winner announced by March 15, 2015. Original short story, written in English, up to 7,000 words. $25 electronic preferred;. pay via Discover, MC, Visa. If by mail, pay via check or MO. Judge: Victor LaValle and Emily Raboteau Grand Prize: $1500; Domestic airfare (up to $500) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the next festival in New Orleans; VIP All-Access Festival Pass ($500 value); public reading at the Festival; publication in Louisiana Literature; Top Ten Finalists will receive a panel pass ($75 value) to next Festival.
Magic Oxygen Publishing Magic Oxygen Literary Prize Short Story, Poetry Open worldwide, age 16+ at the time of submission Must be in English Must be your own unpublished work Midnight Nov 30, 2014; shortlist announced by Jan 14, 2015; winner announced Feb 14. Short Story: 4,000 words max; Poetry: 50 lines max. Open theme. £5 per entry electronic or mail Judges TBA £1,000 First Prize, £300 Second Prize, £100 Third Prize, 2 x £50 Highly Commended. Shortlist and winners go into print. Trees planted for every entry and you'll have the GPS coordinates sent to you after the competition has closed. Prize fund sponsored by Coolio.
Sakura Publishing Sakura Fiction and Poetry Award Fiction, Poetry Must be 16 or older, entry must be in English and previously unpublished in any form. Dec 13, 2014; winners announced Jan 21, 2015. Submit full manuscript. Fiction ms must be 80,000 words or more; poetry must contain 45 or more poems. $30 via email attachment Judges are Sakura staff and two Sakura authors Winner receives: a publishing contract for the manuscript with Sakura Publishing; 500 Dollar Cash Prize; 10 free copies of your book when printed.
Extaordinaryreads and The Fresh Voice EZine Fresh Voice Short Story Contest Short Story Entrant must be 13 yrs or older. April 29, 2015 or after 1,000 entries have been received. Entire story, 500 - 5,000 words written in English. No fee, but entry code is provided in The Fresh Voice magazine available in digital format from Smashwords and Amazon. Cover price $0.99 or free if you sign up for the newsletter. Online form; must register with website; membership is free Any genre but must be suitable for family-friendly audience. Community voting system. The story with the most, and highest votes wins. Monthly prize is $20 Amazon book voucher. Annual 1st Place: $800 if entry is accompanied by a magaine code, $100 if it is not. 2nd Place: $150 if accompanied by magazine code, $10 if it is not. 3rd Place, $50 if accompanied by magazine code, one year free magazine subscription if not. Note: Winning entries will be published together in an anthology. Authors will receive 80% of sales after retailer's commission.