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2018 Inkshares Mystery & Thriller Contest

Welcome to the 2018 Inkshares Mystery & Thriller Contest. Books published in our previous contests have gone on to garner starred reviews in every publishing magazine, features in major book reviews including USA Today, and awards from organizations including the American Library Association. Some are in development for television and film at top networks and studios. So prospective mystery author, prospective thriller author‹or both‹we 're thrilled to have you participate and can 't wait to find out who we will be publishing and representing.

Inkshares

📆 Deadline December 14, 2018 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: FREE

Genres: Crime, Mystery, Thriller,

TOP PRIZE

Publication and representation through Inkshares

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I Can Not Poetry Contest

Write a poem of any type. The only catch is your poem must begin with the words "I can not."

FanStory

📆 Deadline December 03, 2018 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $10

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$100

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Better Than Starbucks 2018 Sonnet Contest

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.

Better Than Starbucks

📆 Deadline December 01, 2018 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: FREE

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$100

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Great Midwest Writing Contest 2019

We're looking for thoughtful and thought-provoking writing that examines, interprets, and redefines the wide spectrum of life, past and present, in the Midwest.

Midwest Review

📆 Deadline December 01, 2018 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $15

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

TOP PRIZE

$500

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The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poetry

The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poetry is awarded annually to an African poet who has not yet published a collection of poetry. Along with $1,000, the winner recives book publication through the University of Nebraska Press and Amalion Press in Senegal. Poetry manuscripts should be at least 50 pages long.

African Poetry Book Fund

📆 Deadline December 01, 2018 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: FREE

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Book publication through the University of Nebraska Press and Amalion Press in Senegal

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Fall 2018 Story Contest

We 're looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.

Narrative Magazine

📆 Deadline November 30, 2018 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $26

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

TOP PRIZE

$2,500

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Flash Fiction Writing Contest

Share your story story (of 500 words or less) to enter this writing contest. Can you share a complete story with a limited number of words?

FanStory

📆 Deadline November 30, 2018 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $10

Genres: Flash Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$100

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Flash Fiction Writing Contest

Share your story story (of 500 words or less) to enter this writing contest. Can you share a complete story with a limited number of words?

FanStory

📆 Deadline November 30, 2018 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $10

Genres: Fiction, Flash Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$100

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Glimmer Train Contest 2018

Word count: 12,000 words, any shorter length stories are more than welcome. Open to all writers.

Glimmer Train Press

📆 Deadline November 30, 2018 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $2

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$700

Additional prizes

Publication in Glimmer Train Stories

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Dialogue Only Writing Contest

Enter the Dialogue Only Writing Contest. Cash prize! Write a story using only dialogue to enter.

FanStory

📆 Deadline November 20, 2018 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $10

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$100

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Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition

Two volumes of poems will be selected from an open competition of manuscripts submitted online through Submittable October 1 through November 18, 2017. The winners will each receive a publication contract with Southern Illinois University Press. In addition, both winners will be awarded a $1000 prize and $1500 as an honorarium for a reading at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Crab Orchard Review

📆 Deadline November 18, 2018 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $2

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$2,500

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Publication

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Horror Writing Contest

Write a horror story to enter this writing contest.

FanStory

📆 Deadline November 10, 2018 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $10

Genres: Fiction, Humor, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$100

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5-7-5 Poetry Contest

Share a three line poem with a specific syllable count to enter this poetry contest.

FanStory

📆 Deadline November 06, 2018 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $10

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$100

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John Steinbeck Award for Fiction

The John Steinbeck Award for Fiction is for a work of fiction up to 5000 words. The winner receives a cash prize of $1,000 and all entries are considered for publication. Entries open on June 1st, 2018 and close November 1st, 2018.

Reed Magazine

📆 Deadline November 01, 2018 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $15

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

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Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest

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.

Fiction Collective Two

📆 Deadline November 01, 2018 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $25

Genres: Fiction, Novel, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,500

Additional prizes

Publication by FC2

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