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Past-Year Memoir Contestβ€”2019

We invite you to look back at 2018 and write about it. Specifically, we want you to tell us a true story from your life in 2018…in only 18 words. Whoever writes the 18-word memoir that most captivates us will win a free Gotham class of his or her choosing.

Gotham Writers

πŸ“† Deadline February 18, 2019 (Expired) – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $0

Genres: Memoir,

TOP PRIZE

Gotham Writing Workshop

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Tamworth Writing Competition 2018/2019

Entries are now open for 2018/19. We are seeking stories and poems on any theme. Children’s prizes funded by the Rawlet Trust. Best entries could appear in the anthology to follow. Three categories: Ages 16+ (above school age and beyond) – 1,500 words limit – Β£4 entry; Secondary School (years 7 – 11) – 1,000 words limit - FREE entry; Primary school (up to and including year 6) – 500 words limit - FREE entry.

Tamworth Literary Festival

πŸ“† Deadline April 30, 2019 – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $0

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$100

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Hektoen International Grand Prix Essay Competition

We invite you to participate in the Seventh Hektoen Grand Prix Essay Competition. Two prizes will be awarded: $3000 for the winner and $800 for the runner up. Topics might include art, history, literature, education, etc. as they relate to medicine. Essays should be under 1600 words.

Hektoen International

πŸ“† Deadline April 15, 2019 – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $0

Genres: Essay, Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$3,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Hektoen International Journal

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Stories Through The Ages - Generations Plus 2019

Stories Through The Ages - Generations Plus 2019 is open to adults born 1965 and later. There is no prompt for the contest. Authors may write about any topic. The entry fee is $25 ($20 if submitting more than one story). The word count for this contest is 900 - 4000 words. Cash prizes of $500, $200 and $100 will be awarded.

Stories Through The Ages

πŸ“† Deadline April 15, 2019 – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $25

Genres: Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$500

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Stories Through The Ages - Baby Boomers Plus 2019

Stories Through The Ages - Baby Boomers Plus 2019 is open to people born 1964 or earlier. There is no prompt for the contest. Authors may write about any topic. The entry fee is $25 ($20 if submitting more than one story). The word count for this contest is 900 - 4000 words. Cash prizes of $500, $200 and $100 will be awarded.

Living Springs Publishers

πŸ“† Deadline April 15, 2019 – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $25

Genres: Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$500

Additional prizes

Publication in anthology.

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Future Visions Award

Each year Altair Australia Pty Ltd will accept all stories that challenge either the way we see ourselves in the future, or how the world is represented in the future. This vision could be a science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance, thriller, crime view, or a contemporary view following the lives of people as they adjust to the new, or who are entrenched in the modern way we have yet to experience.

Altair Australia Pty Ltd

πŸ“† Deadline July 01, 2019 – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $5

Genres: Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$500

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Publication in The Blend International Journal

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February Contest: Paradise

The weather outside is frightful, but stories are delightful. Especially stories that transport us. So, our February contest theme is: Paradise. Contestants may submit either a short story or a travel essay, of no more than 3,000 words. As always, interpret as you will.

Join Our Story

πŸ“† Deadline February 24, 2019 – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $1

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

TOP PRIZE

$456

Additional prizes

Publication on Join Our Story website

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New Beginnings

20 short story writers will be awarded for their works. The top 5 writers will be featured on The Short Story Project.

Short Story Project

πŸ“† Deadline January 31, 2019 (Expired) – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $17

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$5,000

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New Beginnings

Our contest theme is β€œnew beginnings." The prize will be awarded to the story that best captures the theme while demonstrating the principles of good storytelling presented in our self-paced course, Better Storytelling - currently available at no cost. The amount of enthusiasm expressed toward the story during the reading period will inform the judgment within.

Join our Story

πŸ“† Deadline January 24, 2018 (Expired) – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $1

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$345

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Love is in the Air!

All submissions must be original, previously unpublished work of the author; entered only through procedures detailed above; up to 3,000 words in length and in English. The prize will be awarded to the story that best captures the theme while demonstrating the principles of good storytelling.

Join Our Story

πŸ“† Deadline January 24, 2019 (Expired) – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $1

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$345

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Red Hen Press Fiction Award

The Red Hen Fiction Award is for a fresh and original story of fiction with a minimum of 150 pages. The awarded manuscript is selected through an annual submission process which is open to all authors. Award is $1000 and publication of the awarded manuscript by Red Hen Press.

Red Hen Press

πŸ“† Deadline August 31, 2017 (Expired) – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $25

Genres: Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

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Publication by Red Hen Press

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Dartmouth Poet-In-Residence Award

The aim of this program is to select a poet who is at an artistic and personal crossroads, comparable to that faced by Robert Frost when he moved to Franconia in 1915, when he was not yet known to a broad public.

Frost Place

πŸ“† Deadline January 05, 2019 (Expired) – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $28

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$2,000

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Family Matters Contest

We are looking for stories about families of all configurations. It's fine to draw heavily on real-life experiences, but the work must read like fiction and all stories accepted for publication will be presented as fiction.

Glimmer Train Press

πŸ“† Deadline January 02, 2019 (Expired) – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $18

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$2,500

Additional prizes

Publication in Glimmer Train Stories

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2019 On Teaching Poem Prize

The On Teaching Poem Prize is a $1,000 prize, given to honor the best unpublished poem written about K_12 teaching and/or teachers. The winning poem is published in the Academy of American Poets popular Poem-a-Day series during May and published on Poets.org. A finalist will also be chosen and awarded $500.

Academy of American Poets

πŸ“† Deadline January 01, 2019 (Expired) – πŸ’° Entry Fee: FREE

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in "Poem-a-Day" series

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Ainsfield-Wolf Book Awards

The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognizes outstanding works that contribute to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of cultural diversity. Awards are given for fiction, poetry and nonfiction.

Ainsfield-Wolf

πŸ“† Deadline December 31, 2018 (Expired) – πŸ’° Entry Fee: FREE

Genres: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$10,000

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