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Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction

All stories in English no more than 8,000 words are eligible for submission of the Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction. $1000 and publication in Eckleburg to first place winner; publication to second and third place winners; listing of titles and names for finalists.

The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review

πŸ“† Deadline June 01, 2019 – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $2

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review

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Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award

The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion AwardΓ© is committed to discovering new writers, as well as superlative books by established authors and, upon discovery, sharing those writers and their works with new readers. There are a large number of both fiction and non-fiction categories you can enter.

Killer Nashville

πŸ“† Deadline June 01, 2019 – πŸ’° Entry Fee: FREE

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

TOP PRIZE

$250

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Aliens and wine _ Short Story Contest

Winetourismspain explores the possible relationship between wine and extraterrestrial life
How would aliens react to wine? Would wine play a role in the way that aliens perceive Earth?
Maximum word limit is set to 500 words. The stories must be published in a blog.

Wine Tourism Spain

πŸ“† Deadline April 30, 2017 (Expired) – πŸ’° Entry Fee: FREE

Genres: Crime, Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

700 $Amazon Voucher

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Exeter Story Prize

The Exeter Story Prize is for an unpublished story of up to 10,000 words in any theme. Winners will receive Β£500 and a trophy.

Creative Writing Matters

πŸ“† Deadline April 30, 2017 (Expired) – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $1

Genres: Fiction, Humor, Non-fiction, Poetry, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$500

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Irene Adler Prize

The Irene Adler Prize offers a $1,000 US scholarship to a woman pursuing a degree in journalism, creative writing, or literature at a recognized post-secondary institution in the U.S. or Canada, based on an essay competition.

Lucas Aykroyd

πŸ“† Deadline April 30, 2017 (Expired) – πŸ’° Entry Fee: FREE

Genres: Essay,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

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What if?

Imagine this. You are walking in the woods and there is a scream in the distance. What would you do? What would your character do? That is the challenge for the ÐWhat IfΓ“ contest.

Fanstory

πŸ“† Deadline April 30, 2017 (Expired) – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $10

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$100

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Stringybark Seven Deadly Sins Short Story Award 2017

The Stringybark Seven Deadly Sins Award is our second celebration of Pope Gregory I's attempt at categorising human frailties. He reckoned there were seven major sins: wrath, gluttony, lust, greed, pride, jealousy and sloth. Stringybark invites you to write a short story of up to 1500 words that addresses one (or more) of these sins in your story.

Stringybark Publishing

πŸ“† Deadline April 23, 2017 (Expired) – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $9

Genres: Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$340

Additional prizes

Paperbacks, ebooks, publication

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Dangerous Creations: Real-life Frankenstein Stories

In conjunction with the ASU Frankenstein Bicentennial Project, Creative Nonfiction magazine is daring writers (as Mary Shelley was dared in Geneva) to write original and groundbreaking stories in the spirit of FrankensteinΒ‹but nonfiction.

Creative Nonfiction

πŸ“† Deadline April 17, 2017 (Expired) – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $2

Genres: Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$10,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Creative Nonfiction Magazine

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750-word Short Story Competition

Your story can be on any subject or theme, just keep one editing eye open to stay within the 750 wordcount.

Writers Online

πŸ“† Deadline April 15, 2017 (Expired) – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $5

Genres: Fiction, Non-fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$200

Additional prizes

Publication in Writing Magazine

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The Galtelli Litterary Prize

The village of GaltellΒ–, Sardinia, is launching the second edition of its international prose contest dedicated to the great Sardinian writer Grazia Deledda, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1926, who set her masterpiece Canne al Vento, or Reeds in the Wind, right in GaltellΒ–.

The Galtelli Litterary Prize

πŸ“† Deadline April 15, 2017 (Expired) – πŸ’° Entry Fee: FREE

Genres: Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

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B4ME Prize

Open to black, Asian and minority ethnic writers aged 18 and over and based in the UK, the B4ME prize is brought by The Guardian and 4th Estate to encourage diversity in the publishing world.

4th Estate

πŸ“† Deadline April 02, 2017 (Expired) – πŸ’° Entry Fee: FREE

Genres: Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication on Guardian Books website

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The 2017 Scythe Prize

The 2017 Scythe Prize is a contest/book for college writers of short stories and creative nonfiction/essays. Two writers will win a $200 prize, several others to be collected in a printed book.

Rusty Scythe Publishing

πŸ“† Deadline April 01, 2017 (Expired) – πŸ’° Entry Fee: FREE

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

TOP PRIZE

$200

Additional prizes

Publication in printed book

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Henshaw Short Story Competition

Entries to the Henshaw Short Story Competition must be an unpublished work of fiction any theme. The length limit is 2,000.

Henshaw Press

πŸ“† Deadline March 31, 2017 (Expired) – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $5

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$100

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Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grant

This $8,000 grant is open to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Minnesota for at least one year and have published no more than two books in any genre are eligible to apply.

The Loft

πŸ“† Deadline March 31, 2017 (Expired) – πŸ’° Entry Fee: FREE

Genres: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$8,000

Additional prizes

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