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Dangerous Creations: Real-life Frankenstein Stories

Creative Nonfiction

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 stories in the spirit of Frankenstein—but nonfiction.

TOP PRIZE

$10,000

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

Publication in Creative Nonfiction Magazine

Short Story Prize

Gemini Magazine

Open to any subject, writing style or word count. This is the eighth annual short story contest.

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

Publication in Gemini Magazine

The Zebulon Fiction Writing Contest

Pikes Peak Writers

Hosted by Pikes Peak Writers, the Zebulon gives fiction writers at all levels the chance to get their work in front of professional agents and editors. The contest simulates the real process of acquiring an agent, serving as an excellent learning experience.

TOP PRIZE

Pikes Peak Writers Conference ticket

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

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Science-in-Society Award

Science Writing

NASW’s Science in Society Journalism Awards honor and encourage outstanding investigative and interpretive reporting about the sciences and their impact for good and ill. There are 5 categories: Books, Opinion, Science Reporting, Science Reporting for a Local or Regional Market, Longform Science Reporting (series or lengthy articles or broadcasts).

TOP PRIZE

$2,500

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

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Stringybark Seven Deadly Sins Short Story Award 2017

Stringybark Publishing

The Stringybark Seven Deadly Sins Award is our second celebration of Pope Gregory I’s attempt at categorising human frailties. He reckoned there were seven major sins: wrath, gluttony, lust, greed, pride, jealousy and sloth. Stringybark invites you to write a short story of up to 1500 words that addresses one (or more) of these sins in your story.

TOP PRIZE

$340

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

Paperbacks, ebooks, publication

The 2017 Scythe Prize

Rusty Scythe Publishing

The 2017 Scythe Prize is a contest/book for college writers of short stories and creative nonfiction/essays. Two writers will win a $200 prize, several others to be collected in a printed book.

TOP PRIZE

$200

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

Publication in printed book

Up The Rabbit Hole

Publishizer

Are you writing writing a book about consciousness, spirituality, psychedelics, entheogens, plant medicines or alternative therapies?  Up The Rabbit Hole, endorsed by the Silicon Valley Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, is a book proposal contest, inviting you to “send in your proposals, fellow cosmonauts.” Length limit is 1,000-3,000 words, and must be previously unpublished.

TOP PRIZE

$2,000

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

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Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

Claremont Graduate University

Unlike many literary awards, which are coronations for a successful career or body of work, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award was created to both honor the poet and provide the resources that allow artists to continue working towards the pinnacle of their craft. Only volumes published between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017 are eligible.

TOP PRIZE

$100,000

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

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Writing Prompts Inspired Short Story Contest

Reedsy

Respond to one of Reedsy’s weekly writing prompt newsletters with a short story for the chance to win $50 and get featured on the Reedsy Medium Blog! 

TOP PRIZE

$50

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

Publication on Reedsy Blog

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