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Not So Normal Narrators 2019

For our inaugural short story competition, Not So Normal Narrators, we are seeking short stories told through underrepresented and unusual teen voices. We’re hoping to see central characters of different ethnic, cultural and class backgrounds, characters who identify as LGBTQ+, characters with disabilities or mental health issues, or just any young character with circumstances or a perspective outside of the mainstream. Prizes and entry fees are in GBP.

Odd Voice Out Publishing

πŸ“† Deadline August 31, 2019 – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $4

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$200

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100 Word Flash Fiction Contest

Share a story with exactly 100 words. That is the challenge of this writing contest. Can you write a complete story with only 100 words?

FanStory

πŸ“† Deadline August 10, 2019 – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $9

Genres: Fiction, Flash Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$100

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Metamorphic

There are many steps required to transform an idea into real life phenomenon - first you have to share them. Publishizer is seeking authors with revolutionary ideas in our ongoing metamorphosis in changing times.

Publishizer

πŸ“† Deadline March 01, 2019 – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $0

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$500

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Let Her Shine

Let us honor those that gave their lives to fight inequality. Let us listen to the voices of women. Let us celebrate stories by women.

Publishizer

πŸ“† Deadline March 01, 2019 – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $0

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$500

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Thrilled & Chilled

We invite you to fill us with deep intrigue, to make our hair stand on end and set our hearts racing. Transport us into a world of intrigue. Show us that the bogeyman exists and could very well come after us. Keep us on the edge of seats. Do you have what it takes?

Publishizer

πŸ“† Deadline March 01, 2019 – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $0

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$500

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Cozy Cat Press Poetry Contest 2019

Cozy Cat Press is looking to curl up with some mystery themed poems! Enter for a chance to win cash, publication, and accompanying illustrations!

Cozy Cat Press

πŸ“† Deadline July 01, 2019 – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $0

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$100

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Non-Fiction Writing Contest

Share your non-fiction story to enter this writing contest. Share a moment in your life or a funny story. Whatever your choose.

FanStory

πŸ“† Deadline August 06, 2019 – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $9

Genres: Memoir, Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$100

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Inkitt Novel Competition

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 Β‹ so submit your story by the end of this month!

Inkitt

πŸ“† Deadline February 28, 2019 – πŸ’° Entry Fee: FREE

Genres: Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$300

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Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story PrizeΒ‹ 2019

The 2019 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize will be judged by Kelly Link. The winning work will be performed and recorded live at a Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space on June 12, 2019, and published on Electric Literature. The winning writer will receive $1000 and a free 10-week course with Gotham Writers.

Gotham Writers

πŸ“† Deadline March 01, 2019 – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $25

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

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Nutshell Narrative

Our first contest is based on a collection of story-telling haiku that have a flower as a focal point. We invite you to create a possible story line or descriptive commentary that fits the β€œnutshell narrative” of any haiku on the contest page. Use your imagination, and see what stories or meanings you see in these few words!

Zen Garden

πŸ“† Deadline March 20, 2019 – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $0

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$50

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Journal from the Heartland

Blue Bus Publishing is excited to announce our 2nd annual Journal from the Heartland Writing Contest. Winning entries will be included in Volume 3 of our publication, which will be published in 2019. Our contest is open to all interested writers with connections to Wisconsin. Entries may be on any subject or theme.

Journal from the Heartland

πŸ“† Deadline March 21, 2019 – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $10

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

TOP PRIZE

$125

Additional prizes

Publication in Journal from the Heartland Magazine

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New Deal Writing Competition

The New Deal Writing Competition is a short story competition where the writer is asked to use a painting chosen by the staff of GVCA as inspiration for their short story.

Genesee Valley Council on the Arts

πŸ“† Deadline April 05, 2019 – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $5

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$200

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Publication in Artsphere Magazine

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#GWstorieseverywhere

Each month we invite you to post a story on Twitter using #GWstorieseverywhere for a chance to win a free class. Your story must be no longer than 25 words, with a max of 280 characters, including spaces and the hashtag #GWstorieseverywhere.

Gotham Writers

πŸ“† Deadline December 31, 2019 – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $0

Genres: Fiction, Flash Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

Gotham Writers Workshop

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Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prizeβ€”2019

The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize is a writing competition sponsored by the stage and radio series Selected Shorts. This long-running series at Symphony Space in New York City celebrates the art of the short story by having stars of stage and screen read aloud the works of established and emerging writers. Selected Shorts is recorded for Public Radio and heard nationally.

Gotham Writers

πŸ“† Deadline March 01, 2019 – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $25

Genres: Memoir,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Gotham Writers Workshop

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