Writing contests offer writers the opportunity to earn recognition in the publishing field. Contest sponsors may submit their guidelines at Submit Your Announcement.
Deadline: November 15, 2013.
Victor LaValle and Emily Raboteau will judge the 6th Annual Fiction Contest. A prize of $1,500 and Publication in Louisiana Literature. There will also be a public reading of the of the winning piece at the next Festival. Writers who have not published a work of fiction may submit a work of fiction up to 7,000 words with an entry fee of $25.00 by November 15th. See website for more information.
Deadline: November 30, 2013
InkTears is now accepting submissions to its 2013 Short Story Competition. Short stories must be between 1,000 and 3,000 words and must be written in English. See website for more information and submission guidelines.
Deadline: December 1, 2013
Poets & Writers, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers, invites Alabamian writers to apply for the 2014 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award. Each year, Poets & Writers invites poets and fiction writers from a selected state to apply for the award. This year, those who are residents of Alabama are eligible, provided that they have published no more than one full-length book in the genre in which they are applying. The judges for 2014 are Victor LaValle for fiction and Evie Shockley for poetry. See website for more information & complete guidelines.
Deadline: December 31, 2013
Sundog Theatre in NYC is currently accepting submissions of original, short one-act plays for their Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry 2014 contest. See website for more information and full submission guidelines.
Deadline: January 2, 2014
Authors may submit works to two categories: Book (nonfiction, not self-published) or Journalism (newspaper, magazine, and online writing that is published by a recognized institution such as a newspaper, university, or non-profit organization). Entries must relate to the natural resources in at least one of SELC’s states: Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia. See website for more information and submission guidelines.
Postmark Deadline: January 2nd, 2014
DO THE WRITE THING. Pick up a pencil and write a play. Young Playwrights Inc. will give you a place to be heard. Your play will be read and evaluated in writing by a theater professional; selected writers will come to New York for our Young Playwrights Conference to work with some of this country’s most exciting theater artists. Who knows, your play might even be produced Off Broadway in the Young Playwrights Festival! So, do the write thing: write a play and make yourself heard. The power is in your hands. See website for more information.
Young Playwrights Inc. YPC
Post Office Box 5134
New York NY 10185
Deadline: January 31, 2014; Fee: $50
The Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation seek submissions from new and emerging writers for its 2014 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Two prizes of $5,000 will be awarded, one in fiction and one in non-fiction. See website for more information and full submission guidelines.
Deadline: Open Year Round
Darker Times Fiction is host to a monthly short story competition open to UK and international writers. They accept stories up to 3,000 words on the theme of 'darker times.' The competition closes on the last day of each month at midnight GMT and winners and runners up will be announced on the 5th of the next month. Entry fee of £5 required for each submission. See website for more information and complete guidelines.