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Del Sol Press seeks to publish exceptional work by both new and recognized writers. Our emphasis is on original, unique, and accessible work with an edge. We are only interested in the very best work, regardless of source or type. The 2018 competition invites submissions of literary and upmarket fiction, general fiction, serious women's fiction, SFF with a literary edge or fiction with a catalytic speculative element, e.g., "Time Traveler's Wife," as well as mystery, crime, or suspense fiction.
Deadline: May 15th, 2018 (Expired)• Entry fee 💰: $30
Now in its 18th year, the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest is one of the most renowned fiction contests in the world. Featuring prominent guest judges and offering $2500 across five prizes, the contest delivers exciting new fiction from writers all over the world.
Deadline: May 15th, 2018 (Expired)• Entry fee 💰: $17
Submit up to three poems and a $10 entry fee. There are no restrictions on content or form: “it’s all poetry.” Poems should be previously unpublished. The winner and finalists will be published in our FALL issue.
Deadline: May 15th, 2018 (Expired)• Entry fee 💰: $10
Your story can be on any topic, as long as it meets two rules: 1) the protagonist is female and 2) the story does not exceed 5,000 words (both prose and poetry, fiction and nonfiction). Winning stories will be bundled and published via Sweek self-publishing as well as will receive a free copy of the e-book from us.
Deadline: April 15th, 2018 (Expired)• Entry fee 💰: FREE
Please submit your story (3,000 word limit) on the theme "Coming of Age" and our qualified panel of judges (including editors from Random House, Penguin, and a published novelist) will review your work.
Deadline: April 30th, 2018 (Expired)• Entry fee 💰: £12
2018 Nightjar Review Poetry Contest: January 30th to April 30th, 2018. Submit 1 poem for $6, or 3 poems for $15. No entry limits. Judge: Jericho Brown. Winner receives $200 and publication. Two finalists will also receive publication. Winner announced by October 30th, 2018.
Deadline: April 30th, 2018 (Expired)• Entry fee 💰: $5-$15
It may be apocryphal, but the story goes that Ernest Hemingway won a bet by writing a short story that ran fewer than ten words. We would like to make a similar bet with you: write a great short story in ten words or fewer.
Deadline: May 14th, 2018 (Expired)• Entry fee 💰: FREE
Both previously published and unpublished works are eligible, provided that publication on the Lazuli Literary Group website does not infringe on previously held rights. We are not concerned with genre distinctions—send us the best you have; we want only for it to be thoughtful, intelligent, and beautiful.
Deadline: April 18th, 2018 (Expired)• Entry fee 💰: $10
Brevity can be one of literature’s great virtues. Whether it takes you one page to tell your story or your manuscript is a little thicker, we would like to read it. The only stipulation is that the word count of your submission should be no greater than 45,000 words.
Deadline: May 31st, 2018 (Expired)• Entry fee 💰: £10
Beginning January 1, 2018, we will be accepting submissions of unpublished, full-length manuscripts (at least 50,000 words) in all categories and genres, both fiction and nonfiction. (Previously self-published books ARE eligible.) The winner will receive a standard Blydyn Square Books publishing contract for our upcoming 2021 publication list.