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2017 Readers Choice Awards

TCK Publishing

TCK Publishing is recognizing indie, self-published, and traditionally published authors and we’re inviting all of you to join this year’s Readers Choice Book Awards contest. Get connected with your fans and ask them for their support by voting for you to boost your chances of winning!

Deadline: December 10th, 2017 • Entry fee 💰: 0

Genre: Fiction, Novel,

TOP PRIZE

Amazon Fire HD8 Table

Additional prizes

Book review

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Five Words International Poetry Competition

Ó Bhéal

At around noon each Tuesday (UTC), from the 11th of April 2017, Ó Bhéal will post five new words. Entrants will have one week to compose and submit poems that include all five words given for that week. Poems cannot exceed 50 lines in length (including line breaks), and must include all five words listed during the week.

Deadline: January 30th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: €5

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

€500

Additional prizes

Publication in Five Words Vol XI

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Short Story Competition

The Woolf

Every issue of The Woolf follows a theme. In March 2018, we’ll be interrogating the theme “Raw”. Your challenge is to write a story of up to 2,000 words inspired by the same theme. Interpret it however you like. Release your imagination, and get writing.

Deadline: December 1st, 2017 • Entry fee 💰: 20 CHF

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

150 CHF

Additional prizes

Publication in The Woolf Quarterly

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The Booksie Young Writer Short Story Contest

Booksie

You must be a student between 13-18 years of age to enter this contest. We're looking for most interesting, original stories that will make us laugh, cry and see the world in a slightly different way.

Deadline: February 28th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: 0

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$300

Additional prizes

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The Writing District Contest

The Writing District

Free to enter monthly short story competition. Prize includes $50 and publication online. Short stories up to 3,000 words are accepted. Open theme.

Deadline: December 31st, 2017 • Entry fee 💰: 0

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$50

Additional prizes

Publication on The Writing District

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Omnidawn Open Poetry Book Contest

Omnidawn Publishing

The winner of each of the three Omnidawn poetry book and chapbook contests wins an immediate cash prize as indicated above for each poetry competition, publication of the book by Omnidawn with a full color cover (unless the author prefers black and white), 100 free copies of the winning book, and extensive display advertising and publicity.

Deadline: December 31st, 2017 • Entry fee 💰: $27

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$3,000

Additional prizes

Publication of book

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Fiction Contest

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

A submission is one original short story, written in English, up to 7,000 words. Grand prize includes $1,500, domestic airfare (up to $500) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the Festival in New Orleans, VIP all-access festival pass for the next festival ($600 value), public reading at a literary panel at the next Festival, and publication in Louisiana Literature.

Deadline: November 30th, 2017 • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,500

Additional prizes

Publication in Louisiana Literature

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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. Grand prize winners will receive $1,500, professional staged reading at the next festival, VIP all-access festival pass ($600 value), and 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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Literary Awards Writing Competition

Tucson Festival of Books

Fiction, non-fiction and poetry entries are now being accepted for the sixth annual writing competition, which offers more than $5,000 in prize money. Submit five poems of any length, a short story or novel chapter, or a nonfiction piece or book chapter per submission. Maximum length for prose is 5,000 words per submission. No limit to number of entries. Submissions must be in English and unpublished. Authors retain all rights to submitted work.

Deadline: October 31st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $20

Genre: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

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Emerging Writer's Contest

The Arkansas International

Entries for the Emerging Writer's Prize in Fiction should be a single prose work not exceeding 7,500 words. Entrants may submit more than once, but each new entry must be accompanied by a separate $20 entry fee.

Deadline: October 15th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $20

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

$20

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Kore Press Memoir Award

Kore Press

Kore Press' 2017 judge is Cheryl Strayed, award-winning author of four books, including her memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. This competition is an annual award from Kore Press and will be open each year to a woman writer writing in English.

Deadline: October 31st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $27.50

Genre: Memoir, Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Kore Press

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International Literary Prize

Hammond House

The theme for 2017, ETERNAL is intended to be inspirational, not restrictive,  please feel free to interpret it in any way you choose. Be creative, be unpredictable, be different; the judges will be eternally grateful. Short stories should be 2000-7000 words.

Deadline: September 30th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: £10

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

£500

Additional prizes

Publication by Hammond House

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International Poetry Prize

Hammond House

The theme for 2017, ETERNAL, is intended to be inspirational, not restrictive, please feel free to interpret it in any way you choose. Be creative, be unpredictable, be different; the judges will be eternally grateful if you can make them feel the honesty and the emotion as well as the intellect and rigor in your poem.

Deadline: September 30th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: £10

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

£250

Additional prizes

Publication by Hammond House

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Los Gatos Youth Poetry Contest

Los Gatos

The 2017 Youth Poetry Contest judging panel of three judges, will be headed up by Irish poet Caroline Bracken. The winner will receive a $400 Amazon Gift Card.

Deadline: September 27th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $8

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$400 Amazon Gift Card

Additional prizes

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Los Gatos Short Story Contest

Los Gatos

The 2017 Short Story Contest shortlist will be judged by Mike McCormack, award-winning Irish author of Solar Bones. The winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize.

Deadline: September 21st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $15

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1000

Additional prizes

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Adult Writing Contest

The Vancouver Writers Fest

Submit your best, unpublished writing to the Vancouver Writers Fest short story and poetry contest. Winners will receive $500, publication in subTERRAIN magazine and writersfest.bc.ca, editorial evaluations of written works provided courtesy of FriesenPress.

Deadline: September 5th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $15

Genre: Poetry, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$500

Additional prizes

Publication in subTERRAIN Magazine

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Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Competition

Dzanc Books

The Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Prize celebrates imaginative and inventive writing in the short form. The contest is open to new, upcoming, and established writers alike. The winning submission will be awarded a $2,500 advance and publication in Fall 2018 by Dzanc Books.

Deadline: September 15th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$2,500

Additional prizes

Publication by Dzanc Books

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Dzanc Books/Disquiet Open Borders Book Prize

Dzanc Books and the Disquiet International Literary Program

Established in 2017, the Dzanc Books/Disquiet Open Borders Book Prize seeks book-length manuscripts in fiction or nonfiction exhibiting a marked commitment to mutual understanding and cultural exchange across the globe. Novels, short story collections, memoir, essay collections, and cross-genre works are all welcome.

Deadline: September 15th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Crime, Essay, Fantasy, Fiction, Humor, Memoir, Mystery, Non-fiction, Novel, Short Story, Thriller,

TOP PRIZE

$5,000

Additional prizes

Publication by the Disquiet imprint of Dzanc Books

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Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction

Dzanc Books

The Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction recognizes daring, original, and innovative writing. A $10,000 advance and publication in Fall 2018 by Dzanc Books will be awarded to the winner. The contest is open to new, upcoming, and established writers alike, and all submitted works must be previously unpublished novel-length manuscripts.

Deadline: September 15th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Fiction, Novel,

TOP PRIZE

$10,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Dzanc Books

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