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The Willesden Herald New Short Stories Competition

The Willesden Herald

The Willesden Herald New Short Stories Competition 2017 is seeking short stories of any genre to be published this Christmas in the Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 10 book. The word limit is 7,500 and there is no minimum. The competition is open to all aged 18 or over, regardless of nationality or country of residence.

TOP PRIZE

£300

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

Publication in the Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 10

Inkitt Novel Competition

Inkitt

Do you have the next great novel? Submit it to Inkitt’s Novel Competition for the chance to win their hefty prize basket including: a marketing campaign to get your novel in to Amazon’s top 100, an investment of $6,000 into your book launch from Inkitt, professional cover design and editing, and 25% royalties. Each month a winner is selected for publication — so submit your story by the end of May!

TOP PRIZE

$6,000

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

Publication and 25% royalties

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

John Steinbeck Award for Fiction

Reed Magazine

The John Steinbeck Award for Fiction is for a work of fiction up to 5000 words. The winner receives a cash prize of $1000 and all entries are considered for publication. Entries open on June 1st, 2017 and close November 1st, 2017.

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

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Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

Lorian Hemingway

Writers of short fiction may now enter the 2017 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. The competition has a thirty-six year history of literary excellence, and Lorian Hemingway and her small judging panel are dedicated to enthusiastically supporting the efforts and talent of writers of short fiction whose voices have yet to be heard. Entries must be less than 3500 words and the competition is open to writers based anywhere is the world.

TOP PRIZE

$1,500

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

Publication in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts

Raymond Carver Contest

Carve Magazine

Now in its 17th year, the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest is one of the most renowned fiction contests in the world. Featuring prominent guest judges and offering $2500 across five prizes, the contest delivers exciting new fiction from writers all over the world.

TOP PRIZE

$1,500

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

Consideration from literary agents

The David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction

Southwest Review

Named for the late David Nathan Meyerson (1967-1998), a therapist and talented writer who died before he was able to show to the greater world the full fruits of his literary potential, the prize consists of $1,000 and publication in the Southwest Review. Open to any writer who has not published a book of fiction (either a novel or collection of stories). Stories can be up to 8000 words in length.

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

Publication in the Southwest Review

2040 Book Award

Santa Fe Writers Project

Minorities have long been under-represented by the publishing industry, but according to the US Census, more than half of all Americans will be part of a minority group by the 2040s. 2040 Books represents this exciting social change, standing as a strong, new voice in publishing and championing debut and established multicultural authors. All fiction and creative nonfiction will be eligible despite genre, form, subject, or length, whether it’s full-length manuscripts, collections short or long, and essays.

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

Publication by 2040 Books

Eyelands 7th International Short Story Contest

Eyelands

This is a short story competition organised by www.eyelands.gr and Strange Days Books, an independent publisher based in Greece. The competition has been running for the past 7 years. The theme this year is “Strange Love Affairs”. The contest runs from March 20th through June 20th, 2017.

TOP PRIZE

A week holiday in Crete

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

Publication in two different anthologies (Greek and English)

Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award

Killer Nashville

The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award™ is committed to discovering new writers, as well as superlative books by established authors and, upon discovery, sharing those writers and their works with new readers.To be eligible for the 2017 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award, the book(s) being submitted must be published in the year 2016.

TOP PRIZE

$500

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

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Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest

Arizona Mystery Writers

The Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest runs from January 1 to June 1, 2017! Anyone can enter – and anyone can win! Send in your short story in mystery, suspense, or thriller style. Entries may be up to 2500 words (about 10 double-spaced pages). It’s loads of fun and a good exercise of your writing skills.

TOP PRIZE

$200

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

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Arch Street Prize

Arch Street Press

Arch Street Press is pleased to present its annual prize for America’s best college writer. The Arch Street Prize is designed to stimulate interest in writing and to promote today’s extraordinary young writers. The contest is open to any undergraduate or graduate student between the ages of 18 and 30 who has not previously had a book published.

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

Standard book contract

Wundor Poetry Contest 2017

Wundor Editions

The theme of this inaugural poetry contest will be ‘Spring’. Entrants are encouraged to approach it in innovative and interesting ways. It is a theme that will never get old, but which must be kept fresh in our minds. Your poem might focus on Spring or mention it, but the season must play an important part in the poem.

TOP PRIZE

$500

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

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Flying South 2017

Winston-Salem Writers

Each entry must be original work and previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions will be accepted, but authors must notify Flying South immediately and withdraw from the contest if their work is accepted elsewhere. Prizes include publication in Flying South 2017, Best in Category, and President’s Favorite.

TOP PRIZE

$2,000

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

Publication in Flying South 2017

Be A Hero Contest

Gotham Writers

Gotham Writers invite you to write a story about a hero in 50 words or fewer. It should be about someone who fought for the right thing in a way that called for courage and commitment.

TOP PRIZE

Publication in Gotham Writers

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

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Loop Poetry Contest

Fanstory

Loop Poetry requires that the last word of each line becomes the first word of the next line. So the last word of line 1 becomes the first word of line 2, last word of line 2 becomes the first word of line 3 – and so on. There is a rhyme scheme. The rhyme scheme is abcb. There are no restrictions on the number of stanzas nor on the syllable count for each line.

TOP PRIZE

$100

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

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Aliens and wine – Short Story Contest

Wine Tourism Spain

Winetourismspain explores the possible relationship between wine and extraterrestrial life How would aliens react to wine? Would wine play a role in the way that aliens perceive Earth? Maximum word limit is set to 500 words. The stories must be published in a blog.

TOP PRIZE

$700 Amazon Voucher

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

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Irene Adler Prize

Lucas Aykroyd

The Irene Adler Prize offers a $1,000 US scholarship to a woman pursuing a degree in journalism, creative writing, or literature at a recognized post-secondary institution in the U.S. or Canada, based on an essay competition. Entries must be 500 words.

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

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Nimrod Literary Awards

Nimrold International Journal of Prose and Poetry

The Awards are among the most distinguished literary prizes in the country. Past judges include Karen Russell, Stanley Kunitz, Marvin Bell, Mark Doty, Olga Broumas, W. S. Merwin, Denise Levertov, William Stafford, Ron Carlson, Linda Pastan, and John Edgar Wideman.

TOP PRIZE

$2,000

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

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What if?

Fanstory

Imagine this. You are walking in the woods and there is a scream in the distance. What would you do? What would your character do? That is the challenge for the “What If” contest.

TOP PRIZE

$100

ADDITIONAL PRIZES

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