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Mozo Best $20 Blog Competition

Mozo

Tell us about the best $20 you've ever spent while traveling in a 350-750 word blog post to win some great cash prizes and the chance to be a featured Mozo blogger!

Deadline: November 15th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: 0

Genre: Essay, Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000 prepaid visa card

Additional prizes

Paid Mozo blog contributor

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Booksie Young Writer Short Story Contest

Booksie

Booksie is looking for the most interesting, original stories that will make us laugh, cry and see the world in a slightly different way. The winner will receive the Booksie Young Writer Short Story Award, which comes with a cash prize, a gold trophy badge, and one month of free Boosts. Writers aged 13-18 are eligible.

Deadline: February 28th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$300

Additional prizes

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Booksie Short Story Competition

Booksie

Booksie is looking for the most interesting, original stories that will make them laugh, cry and see the world in a slightly different way. The winner will receive the Booksie Short Story Award, which comes with a hefty cash prize, a gold trophy badge, and one month of free Boosts.

Deadline: February 28th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $5.95

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$600

Additional prizes

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Quarterly Flash Fiction Contest

F-BOM

Can’t get enough science fiction, fantasy, and feminism? F-BOM is excited to announce our new flash fiction contest! Topics will be released quarterly and submissions will be judged by an F-BOM author. This round's theme: Magic Always Has a Price. Entries must be under 100 words.

Deadline: December 15th, 2017 • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

Publication on F-BOM blog

Additional prizes

3 months of F-BOM e-book membership

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Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest

Moment Magazine

Moment Magazine is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest. Moment will award up to three prizes to outstanding works of unpublished short fiction with Jewish content. Maximum length for prose is 7,000 words.

Deadline: January 15th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

Publication in Moment Magazine

Additional prizes

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Expedition Interactive Storytelling Contest

Expedition

Ever wanted to write stories for a game? Qualifying quests must contain a minimum of 20,000 words. You cannot start writing your quest until November 1st (though you may work on an outline ahead of time), and your quests(s) must be published publicly by midnight EST on November 30th.

Deadline: November 30th, 2017 • Entry fee 💰: 0

Genre: Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$500

Additional prizes

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Best Essay Scholarship Contest

Best Essay

Best Essay Education has created a scholarship essay competition to encourage students to produce their own great essays and have the opportunity to win a sizable financial award to help with their own educational expenses.

Deadline: November 30th, 2017 • Entry fee 💰: 0

Genre: Essay,

TOP PRIZE

$1000

Additional prizes

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TWF One-Act Play Contest

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

Plays must not have been previously produced, published, performed, or patronized in any way, including in a formal staged reading. Winners receive $1,500, professional staged reading at the next festival, VIP all-access festival pass ($600 value), publication in Bayou Magazine.

Deadline: November 1st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Script Writing,

TOP PRIZE

$1,500

Additional prizes

Publication in Bayou Magazine

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TWF Poetry Contest

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

Submit 2-4 original, unpublished poems of any style or theme, written in English, with a combined length of up to 400 lines. Winners receive $1,000, public reading at the next festival, publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine.

Deadline: November 15th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $15

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1000

Additional prizes

Publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine

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TFW Very Short Fiction Contest

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

A submission is one original short story, written in English, up to 1,000 words. Winners receive $500, passes to panels and master classes ($200 value), public reading at a literary panel at the next festival, publication in New Orleans Review.

Deadline: November 15th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $15

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1000

Additional prizes

Publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas

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Stringybark Malicious Mysteries Short Story Award 2017

Stringybark Publishing

Any tale with a mysterious element and perhaps a sting-in-the-tail is wanted for Stringybark's latest intriguing short story competition. Stringybark invites you to write a short story of up to 1500 words that addresses the theme. The Prize value for this competition is over $1000 in cash and books.

Deadline: November 5th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $12

Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$500

Additional prizes

Publication

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Bubo Short Story Contest: Your World, Our Music

Bubo Technologies

Opportunity to have your short stories taken to the next level with tailor-made music and illustrations. From 2,000 to 4,000 words and two possible themes: adult or children's literature. Winner entries will be published in an ebook with synchronized music and illustrations created specifically for the story.

Deadline: November 15th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: 0

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

Publication

Additional prizes

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Fiction War Fall

Fiction War Magazine

Do you write short/flash fiction? Fiction War Fall is your chance to get published and get paid! Enter the 3-DAY FICTION WAR™ and compete with writers from around the world for a share of $2400 in awards and publishing within Fiction War Magazine Issue 5.

Deadline: October 20th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $30

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1000

Additional prizes

Publication

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Essay Contest: The Role of Video Games in my Life

Games Mojo

This challenge is a contest to get students more involved and interested in video game industry and to encourage young minds. The theme for this year’s Games Mojo essay contest is ‘The role of video games in my life’.

Deadline: November 30th, 2017 • Entry fee 💰: 0

Genre: Essay, Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$500

Additional prizes

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Haiku Poetry Contest

FanStory

Share your Haiku poem to enter this poetry contest at FanStory. The winner takes away a $100 cash prize. All writers will receive feedback for their submission. 

Deadline: March 3rd, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $9.95

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$100

Additional prizes

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Fall 2017 Travel Writing Contest

Nowhere Magazine

Unpublished and published short stories and essays of 800 to 5,000 words, possessing a powerful sense of place, that have not already been chosen as a contest winner are eligible.

Deadline: January 1st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $20

Genre: Essay, Fiction, Non-fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1000

Additional prizes

Publication in Nowhere Magazine

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Law & Technology International Writing Competition

Justis Publishing

Today, businesses and professionals use blog articles to inform, educate and influence, attract new customers, and engage in a broader conversation within their industry. We are therefore pleased to offer you an opportunity to stand out as someone highly capable of producing excellent content. Write a 1,000 word blog post on one of three themes around law & technology.

Deadline: December 1st, 2017 • Entry fee 💰: 0

Genre: Essay, Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

£2,000 grand prize

Additional prizes

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Lazuli Literary Group Writing Contest

Lazuli Literary Group / AZURE

We love work that is linguistically, intellectually, and emotionally demanding of the reader. We want literary works that grow in complexity upon each visitation. Writers we admire are Zadie Smith, Virginia Woolf, Tom Wolfe, Charles Dickens, Thomas Mann, Robert Musil, Tom Stoppard, Vladimir Nabokov and James Baldwin.

Deadline: October 17th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $10

Genre: Crime, Essay, Fantasy, Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Poetry, Science Fiction, Short Story, Thriller,

TOP PRIZE

$100

Additional prizes

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The Black River Chapbook Competition

Black Lawrence Press

Twice each year Black Lawrence Press will run the Black River Chapbook Competition for an unpublished chapbook of poems or short fiction between 16-36 pages in length. The contest is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The winner will receive book publication, a $500 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes are awarded on publication.

Deadline: October 31st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $15

Genre: Fiction, Poetry, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$500

Additional prizes

Book publication

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