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2018 Essay Contest

Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms.

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms asks students at Canadian colleges universities to answer (in 2500 words or less) the following question: Should Canadians be required by law to use gender-neutral pronouns? Why or why not? The contest is open to students currently enrolled at Canadian colleges and universities, and to those who will be entering post-secondary studies in September 2018.

Deadline: October 31st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: 0

Genre: Essay, Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$1,500

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Better Than Starbucks 2018 Sonnet Contest

Better Than Starbucks

This contest is for a metrical sonnet. Your sonnet can be shakespearean, petrarchan, spenserian, rhymed, or slant-rhymed. Blank verse is fine, as long as the sonnet form is clearly identifiable. We'll consider tetrameter, hexameter, etc. as well as pentameter.

Some metrical variation is fine, but don't forget the volta!

Submit up to two sonnets. Please include your entry in the body of your email, put Sonnet Contest into the subject line of your email, and send to betterthanstarbucks2@gmail.com

Deadline: December 1st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: 0

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$100

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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 prize including: a $300 cash prize, promotion on a special Novel Contest Winner's List, a contest Winner Badge for your Inkitt cover picture, as well as eligibility for a future publishing deal. Each month a winner is selected for the cash prize — so submit your story by the end of this month!

Deadline: October 31st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$300

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Join Our Story Paradigm Prize

Join Our Story

NEW DEADLINE! NEW, LOW ENTRY FEE! SUBMIT NOW. Best original story under 3,000 words utilizing our platform. Winner featured on site. All entries considered for publication. We foster happier souls and healthier minds through self-expression, personal development, and social connection.

Deadline: October 30th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $1

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,234

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Trisha Ashley Award

Creative Writing Matters

Sunday Times Bestselling author, Trisha Ashley is once again offering an award for the best humorous story. Stories should be unpublished and up to 10,000 words.

Deadline: August 31st, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: £12

Genre: Humor,

TOP PRIZE

£500

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WTP Hamptons Literary Competition

Woven Tale Press

Cash prizes, and first place award, a one-week stay in our WTP expanded 1909 charming cape in the legendary Hamptons, NY, destination to writers from around the world; home to Peter Matthiessen, George Plimpton, and Truman Capote.

Deadline: September 15th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

One-week retreat

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Political Data Insights Contest

Dig3st

Criteria: < 3 minute reads (~750 words or less) and at least one element of original data visualization (infographics OK). Submissions must be in one of the following categories: Crypto, Commodities, Venture, Sci/Tech, & Politics.

Deadline: August 15th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$300

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Diode Editions 2018 Chapbook Contest

Diode Editions

Open to all poets over the age of 18 who write in English. Length: 22–38 pages (front matter is not included in page count). We will consider translations, and we welcome collaborations.

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

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$250

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Diode Editions 2018 Full Length Book Contest

Diode Editions

Open to all poets over the age of 18 who write in English.
Length: 55-85 pages (front matter is not included in page count).
We will consider translations, and we welcome collaborations.

Deadline: August 15th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $18

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$500

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Sweek FanFiction Competition

Sweek

Unexpected twists, story endings you always dreamt about, new qualities of your favorite heroes… this is SweekFanFic contest and all of this is allowed!

 

Deadline: August 26th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$100

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The Apparitionist National Ghost Story Competition

Tryon Arts & Crafts School

Submit your story of 5,500 words or less. Head Judge for this competition is Michael Zam Co-Creator, Producer and Writer of FX's hit show Feud: Bette & Joan! Get read by a Golden Globe and Emmy Nominated writer! Win a cash prize of $200, get publication on the school's website, and an overnight stay if you are out of N.C. area to hear your story read on Halloween night in a staged reading!

Deadline: August 27th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $10

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$200

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Jack Grapes Poetry Prize

Cultural Weekly

Named in honor of great poet and teacher Jack Grapes, the prize opens for submissions on June 28, 2018. You may submit up to 3 previously unpublished poems.

Deadline: August 31st, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$200

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Publication

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Quarterly Creative Non-Fiction Essay Contest

WOW! Women on Writing

WOW! is proud to introduce our newest essay contest! Your story must be true, but the way you tell it is your chance to get creative. We are open to all styles of essay—from personal essay to lyric essay to hybrid essay, and beyond!

Deadline: January 31st, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $12

Genre: Essay, Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$500

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Summer 2018 Flash Fiction Contest

WOW! Women on Writing

WOW! hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months, and has done so since 2006. We are open to all styles and genres of flash fiction, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season (upper right hand corner) if you are serious about winning.

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

Genre: Fiction, Flash Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$400

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The End of Our World

aftermath magazine

Stories exploring the ongoing collapse of human civilization as a result of our destruction of the environment.

Deadline: August 31st, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: 

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

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TWF One-Act Play Contest

Tennessee Williams Literary Arts Festival

The top finalists will receive a panel pass to the Tennessee Williams Literary Arts Festival. Their names will be published on this site. Plays should run no more than one hour in length (one act).

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

Genre: Script Writing,

TOP PRIZE

$1,500

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