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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 this month!

Deadline: June 30th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$6,000

Additional prizes

Publication and 25% royalties

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Oregon Book Awards

Literary Arts

Oregon Book Awards are available for original work published or produced in the following categories: Poetry, Fiction, General Nonfiction, Creative Nonfiction, Children’s Literature, Young Adult Literature, Drama, and Graphic Literature.

Deadline: July 9th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $50

Genre: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Script Writing,

TOP PRIZE

$3,500

Additional prizes

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Rattle Poetry Prize

Rattle

The annual Rattle Poetry Prize offers $10,000 for a single poem to be published in the winter issue of the magazine. Ten finalists will also receive $200 each and publication, and be eligible for the $2,000 Readers’ Choice Award, to be selected by subscriber and entrant vote.

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

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$10,000

Additional prizes

Published in the winter issue of the magazine

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Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction

Hippocampus Magazine

Hippocampus Magazine is giving away more than $1,200 in cash and prizes this November in our annual creative writing contest, the Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction. Memoir excerpts and personal essays up to 4,000 words accepted — there is no theme.

Deadline: July 15th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $12

Genre: Memoir, Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Free registration to HippoCamp 2019

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Nowhere Magazine Spring 2018 Travel Writing Contest

Nowhere Magazie

Seeking travel-specific pieces that possesses a powerful sense of place, character or time. Unpublished and published pieces that have not previously been chosen as a contest winner are eligible.

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

Genre: Fiction, Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Nowhere Magazine

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The Booksie 2018 Poetry Contest

Booksie

The poetry can be of any type, length, or content, but it must be your own. The poetry can be serious or whimsical, fact or fiction, but it should strike a chord that makes us sit up and take notice. We're looking for poems will attract reader's attention as we will feature the winners on the homepage and across the site. You may submit as many entries as you like.

Deadline: September 30th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $6.95

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

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Flash Fiction

FanStory

Write a flash fiction story that uses 150 words. That is the challenge of this contest. Write a story (on any topic) using exactly 150 words. The title does not count towards the word count. Online word processor is an estimate only. We recommend the use of a computer word processor to count the words.

Deadline: September 12th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: 

Genre: Flash Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$100

Additional prizes

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Romance Writing Contest

FanStory

Write a story the brings two people together, two people who don't necessarily realize that they belong together but the audience is rooting for them. No length requirements.

Deadline: September 5th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: 

Genre: Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$100

Additional prizes

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Non-Fiction Writing Contest

FanStory

We are looking for personal essays, memoirs, and works of literary non-fiction on any topic. It doesn't matter if it's spiritual, political, intellectual, emotional, funny, serious, or an essay about your DVD player.

Deadline: August 10th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: 

Genre: Essay, Memoir, Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$100

Additional prizes

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Sonnet Poetry Contest

FanStory

The challenge of this contest is to write a sonnet in iambic pentameter, just like Shakespeare did.

Deadline: July 25th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: 

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$100

Additional prizes

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Horror Story Writing Contest

FanStory

Write a horror or thriller story for this writing contest. Put your readers on edge or terrorize them. The winner takes away a $100 cash prize. All writers will receive feedback for their submission.

Deadline: June 1st, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: 

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$100

Additional prizes

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Wundor Short Fiction Contest 2018

Wundor Editions

Whether it takes you one page to tell your story or your manuscript is a little thicker, we would like to read it. The only stipulation is that the word count of your submission should be no greater than 45,000 words.

Deadline: January 1st, 1970 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: £10

Genre: Fiction, Novel, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

£500

Additional prizes

Publication

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Quill Prose Award 2018

Red Hen Press

Judged by David Francis
Submission period: April 1 – August 31, 2018
Entry Fee: $10
Award: $1,000 and book publication
Guidelines: 150+ pages of prose by a queer writer

Deadline: August 31st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $10

Genre: Fiction, Novel,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication

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Emerging Writer's Contest

Ploughshares

In the spirit of the journal’s founding mission, the Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest recognizes work by an emerging writer in each of three genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. One winner in each genre per year will receive $2,000 and publication in the literary journal. Authors are considered “emerging” if they haven’t published or self-published a book.

Deadline: May 15th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $24

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

TOP PRIZE

$2,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Ploughshares

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Troubadour International Poetry Prize

Coffee-House Poetry

The Troubadour International Poetry Prize awards £2,000, publication on the Coffee-House Poetry website and an invitation to read at a Coffee-House Poetry reading in London in November to the winning poem.

Deadline: October 22nd, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: £6

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

£2,000

Additional prizes

Publication on the Coffee-House Poetry website

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Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize

Michigan State University

The Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize is a biannual poetry contest, awarding $1,000 and book publication to one established poet, and one new poet annually. Submissions are now open to authors of at least one full-length collection of poetry.

Deadline: October 1st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Book publication

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Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest

Fiction Collective Two

The FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest is open to any U.S. writer in English who has not previously published with Fiction Collective Two. Submissions may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a novel of any length. There is no length requirement.

Deadline: November 1st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Fiction, Novel, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,500

Additional prizes

Publication by FC2

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Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest

Arizona Mystery Writers

The annual story contest for 2018 runs from January 1 to June 1, 2018! 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.

Deadline: June 1st, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $15

Genre: Crime, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$200

Additional prizes

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