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Fiction War Winter

Fiction War Magazine

1000-word stories written in 3 days. International competition.

Deadline: January 1st, 1970 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $30

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication

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2017 Best Flash Fiction Story Contest

NY Literary Magazine

The NY Literary Magazine publishes print and digital poetry anthologies featuring award-winning, internationally recognized poets, professors, authors, and emerging talent. They also publish interviews with famous authors on our website.

Deadline: December 10th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

Publication in the NY Literary Magazine

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Deep Poems about Life Poetry Contest

NY Literary Magazine

The NY Literary Magazine invites talented poets of any age and nationality to send them their meaningful poems about life and death. They accept dark poems about life and living; cheerful, positive life poems; thought-provoking, philosophical poetry about the meaning of life; and deep, meaningful poems about life and death.

Deadline: December 10th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

Publication in the NY Literary Magazine's print and digital anthology

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GLF 2017 Blog Competition

Global Landscapes Forum

We want to give participants a global platform to showcase their community and landscape stories on rights, food and livelihoods, restoration, peatlands and more.

Deadline: December 5th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Essay, Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$500

Additional prizes

Publication in Landscape News

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Biopage Mini-Essay Writing Contest

Biopage

Biopage is hosting a writing contest to remind people the benefits of writing. Write something, write anything. Limit it to 5,000 characters or roughly 1,000 words. You can win $1,000 and three runner-ups can win $200 each.

Deadline: November 30th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Crime, Essay, Fantasy, Fiction, Humor, Memoir, Mystery, Non-fiction, Poetry, Science Fiction, Science Writing, Script Writing, Short Story, Thriller, Thriller,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

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Search.University Essay Scholarship Contest

Search University

Share your personal experience and give an insight into the student life in a college/university you are currently studying at or are planning to enroll in. Make your essay useful to other students, current and prospective.

Deadline: February 15th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Essay, Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$2,000

Additional prizes

Publication on Search.University website

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"My Beauty Lies Within" Poetry Writing Contest

BE Entertainment & Productions

Poem must reflected the theme of the contest. It can be written through the dynamics of "what beauty means to you" (physically, spiritually, emotionally, or mentally). Maximum 40 lines.

Deadline: December 10th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $10

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$200

Additional prizes

Feature in the film, "Beauty and the Hood and a Listing On Company’s Website & Social Media Pages "

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Lazuli Literary Group Writing Contest

Lazuli Literary Group / AZURE

We love work that is linguistically, intellectually, and emotionally demanding of the reader. We want literary works that grow in complexity upon each visitation. Writers we admire are Zadie Smith, Virginia Woolf, Tom Wolfe, Charles Dickens, Thomas Mann, Robert Musil, Tom Stoppard, Vladimir Nabokov and James Baldwin.

Deadline: January 18th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $10

Genre: Crime, Essay, Fantasy, Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Poetry, Science Fiction, Short Story, Thriller,

TOP PRIZE

$100

Additional prizes

Publication in AZURE

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Mozo Best $20 Blog Competition

Mozo

Tell us about the best $20 you've ever spent while traveling in a 350-750 word blog post to win some great cash prizes and the chance to be a featured Mozo blogger!

Deadline: November 15th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: 0

Genre: Essay, Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000 prepaid visa card

Additional prizes

Paid Mozo blog contributor

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Booksie Young Writer Short Story Contest

Booksie

Booksie is looking for the most interesting, original stories that will make us laugh, cry and see the world in a slightly different way. The winner will receive the Booksie Young Writer Short Story Award, which comes with a cash prize, a gold trophy badge, and one month of free Boosts. Writers aged 13-18 are eligible.

Deadline: February 28th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$300

Additional prizes

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Booksie Short Story Competition

Booksie

Booksie is looking for the most interesting, original stories that will make them laugh, cry and see the world in a slightly different way. The winner will receive the Booksie Short Story Award, which comes with a hefty cash prize, a gold trophy badge, and one month of free Boosts.

Deadline: February 28th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $5.95

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$600

Additional prizes

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Quarterly Flash Fiction Contest

F-BOM

Can’t get enough science fiction, fantasy, and feminism? F-BOM is excited to announce our new flash fiction contest! Topics will be released quarterly and submissions will be judged by an F-BOM author. This round's theme: Magic Always Has a Price. Entries must be under 100 words.

Deadline: December 15th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

Publication on F-BOM blog

Additional prizes

3 months of F-BOM e-book membership

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Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest

Moment Magazine

Moment Magazine is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest. Moment will award up to three prizes to outstanding works of unpublished short fiction with Jewish content. Maximum length for prose is 7,000 words.

Deadline: January 15th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

Publication in Moment Magazine

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The Restless Books Prize For New Immigrant Writing

Restless Books

Restless Books is looking for extraordinary unpublished submissions from emerging writers of sharp, culture-straddling writing that addresses identity in a global age. Submissions can take the form of a novel or a collection of short stories.

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

Genre: Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$10,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Restless Books

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CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition

Crime Writers Association

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: “The 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.” 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.

Deadline: February 28th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: £12

Genre: Crime, Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

£500

Additional prizes

Two passes to Crimefest

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2018 Arizona Literary Contest

Arizona Authors' Association

Published works can be submitted in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction and Children’s Literature. Publishing date must be 2016 or 2017. Unpublished works can be submitted in the categories of Poetry, New Drama, Essay/Article/True Story, Short Story and Unpublished Novel. The top four finalists in all categories except New Drama will be published or featured in the Arizona Literary Magazine 2018. The winning New Drama script will be published in its entirety.

Deadline: July 2nd, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Essay, Fiction, Humor, Memoir, Non-fiction, Poetry, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

Nomination for the Pushcart Prize

Additional prizes

Publication in Arizona Literary Magazine 2019

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Washington Prize

The Word Works

Each year since 1981, The Word Works awards a living American or Canadian poet $1,500, a generous supply of author copies, and book publication for a volume of original poetry in English. Manuscripts should be between 48-80 pages.

Deadline: March 15th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,500

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Lanturne Poetry

Fanstory

Write a five line poem. The syllable count is one, two, three, four, one. So the first line has one syllable, the second line has two, the third line has three syllables, fourth has four and the final line has one. Center your poem and this will usually result in a poem that looks like a lantern which is where the name of this poem comes from.

Deadline: January 30th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $9.95

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$100

Additional prizes

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Write a True Story

Fanstory

Share a true story from your life. Write a story that shares a moment, an object, a feeling, etc. This does not have to be a profound memory, but should allow readers insight into your feelings, observations and/or thoughts. Use at least 100 words. No poetry.

Deadline: January 25th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $9.95

Genre: Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$100

Additional prizes

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