Archive for the ‘Contests’ Category

Fiction Contest Opportunities

December 8, 2011 Leave a comment

I came across a great post this morning which lists a lot of contests for fiction, flash fiction, script writing etc. Click here to get to Donna Newton’s blog.

The Betty Trask Prize and Awards For Those Under 35

November 25, 2011 Leave a comment

If you have a recently published  novel, or even an unpublished manuscript, and you belong to a Commonwealth country, the Betty Trask Prize might be for you. Prize money totals £20,000. You need to be under 35 years of age, though. Last year’s winner was Anjali Joseph for her Saraswati Park.

Click here for details.

Micro-lit No Fee Contest

November 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Unstuck is celebrating the upcoming release of their first issue by holding a fee-free contest with some unusual prizes. This is a micro-lit contest, but miniature stories, miniature essays, and poems will be considered.

The contest is open only to their Twitter followers. Last day entries will be accepted: December 31, 2011.
Theme: Lovemarks. Acceptable genres: fiction; poetry; non-fiction. Click here  for details.

This contest courtesy the CRWROPPS-B yahoo group.


Prize Awarded to Wrong Title, Oops!

October 20, 2011 Leave a comment

The (US-based) National Book Foundation goofed up big time. After announcing Lauren Myracle‘s Shine as a finalist for the NBF, the organization asked Myracle to withdraw from the nomination.They apparently meant to shortlist Franny Billingsley‘s Chime, but got it confused with Shine. Since Myracle’s book is about a teenage victim of hate crime, at least the Mathew Shepard Foundation got $5000 out of it (in apology from the NBF).

Commonwealth Debut Novel and Short Story Contest

October 19, 2011 Leave a comment

If you come from any one of the Commonwealth Group of countries, there’s a contest in it for you. From the press release:

“Awarded for best first book, the Commonwealth Book Prize is open to writers who have had their first novel (full length work of fiction) published between 1 January and 31 December 2011. Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £10,000. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2000-5000 words). Regional winners receive £1,000 and the overall winner receives £5,000. The winners will be announced in June 2012.”

Details at

Writing Contests: Where to Find Them

October 17, 2011 2 comments

Writing contests are a great way to get noticed, especially if they’re free. There are quite a few of those around. If I do apply to a fee based one, one thing I do is to check to see if the prize money is at least twenty times the fee. Here’s a good site I often use. Do the research before applying. In other words, don’t sue me. 🙂

Do Your Worst: Come Up With A Horrible Story Idea

October 7, 2011 Leave a comment

If you can, there’s a contest in it for you. The only rules – the story should be encapsulated in 60 words or less (also called a logline). Chuck Sambuchino (of the Guide to Literary Agents) and Literary Agent Rachelle Gardner are getting together to give you the opportunity to do your worst.


Click here for details.

Contests for Novels: Quick Way To Fame and Glory

September 19, 2011 Leave a comment

The 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Award

Some of the benefits it promises:

* $2,000 GRAND PRIZE (the Eric Hoffer Award for Books)
* Winner of the Montaigne Medal for most thought-provoking book
* Winner of the da Vinci Eye for best cover
* Winner and First Runner-Up awarded for every category
* Honorable Mentions for every category
* Individual Awards for Micro, Small, and Academic Presses, as well as Self-Published Books
* Coverage in The US Review of Books ( and on
* Gold Seal Certificates
* Worldwide Exposure

Does have a $50 entry fee.

Click here for details.

Family Circle Fiction Contest 2011

August 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Write an original (previously unpublished) story in 2500 words or less for a chance to win $750 in Family Circle’s fiction contest. Click here for details.

Short Story Contest

August 17, 2011 Leave a comment



Good Housekeeping has a short story contest. $3000 grand prize and possible publication in the May 2012 issue. Deadline Sept 1, 2011.

Click here for details.