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CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition

The goal of this contest hosted by the Crime Writers Association is to find the best unpublished short story _ one that fits into legendary crime writer Margery 's definition of what makes a great story: ÐThe Mystery remains box-shaped, at once a prison and a refuge. Its four walls are, roughly, a Crime, a Mystery, an Enquiry and a Conclusion with an Element of Satisfaction in it.Ó The international competition is open to all _ both published and unpublished authors from all over the world _ and is for short stories of up to 3,500 words.

Crime Writers Association

📆 Deadline February 28, 2019 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $12

Genres: Crime, Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$500

Additional prizes

Two passes to Crimefest

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Self-Publishing Literary Awards

The Black Caucus of ALA (BCALA) honors the best self-published ebooks by an African American author in the U.S. in the following genres: Fiction and Poetry.

The Black Caucus of ALA

📆 Deadline February 28, 2019 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: FREE

Genres: Fiction, Novel, Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$500

Additional prizes

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Snowbound Chap Book Award

The Snowbound Chapbook Award includes a cash reward in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 25 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. Submissions should be a previously unpublished, chapbook-length poetry manuscript (20-36 pages) with a table of contents.

Tupelo Press

📆 Deadline February 28, 2019 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $25

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Tupelo Press

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20 Syllable Poetry Contest

Write a poem with only 20 syllables to enter this poetry contest. Write about anything just count those syllables.

Fan Story

📆 Deadline February 17, 2019 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $10

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$100

Additional prizes

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2019 Ambroggio Prize

The Ambroggio Prize is a $1,000 publication prize given for a book-length poetry manuscript originally written in Spanish and with an English translation. The winning manuscript is published by Bilingual Press/Editorial Biling™e, publisher of literary works, scholarship, and art books by or about U.S. Hispanics.

Academy of American Poets

📆 Deadline February 15, 2019 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: FREE

Genres: Fiction, Novel,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Bilingual Press

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100 Word Flash Fiction Writing Contest

To enter this writing contest share a flash fiction story that uses only 100 words. Can you tell a complete story with only 100 words?

Fan Story

📆 Deadline February 11, 2019 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $10

Genres: Fiction, Flash Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$100

Additional prizes

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Fiction Factory Short Story Competition 2019

Winning stories will be published on this website and, at a later date, will be included in a planned anthology. Length of story: max 3,000 words.

Fiction Factory

📆 Deadline January 31, 2019 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $6

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$150

Additional prizes

£50 and £25

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Hillerman Prize

Sponsored by St. Martin's Press and Western Writers of America, the Tony Hillerman Prize is awarded annually for the best first mystery set in the Southwest. The winner receives a contract with St. Martin's Press for publication of the novel and $10,000.

St. Martin's Press and Western Writers of America

📆 Deadline January 02, 2019 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: FREE

Genres: Crime, Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$10,000

Additional prizes

Publication

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