Fiction

Connecticut Fiction Fest

Connecticut Fiction Fest features keynote speaker Sarah MacLean, with a master class taught by Barbara Samuel O’Neal. More than 20 workshops, including a full suspense-mystery track with 2-hour intensives on CSI techniques and Cold Cases, as well as manuscript critiques and opportunities to pitch outstanding agents and editors from major publishing houses. Early Bird registration …

Published: June 23, 2016

Sad Poems

The feeling of sadness isn’t always a bad thing; sometimes it’s quite beautiful and even cathartic. So, that’s the contest: make us cry. The poem we think is the saddest will earn its writer $100.

Published: June 23, 2016

Conium Press 2016 Book & Chapbook Contest

Word count is flexible. Chapbooks and full-length books receive equal consideration. The judging process is blind. Conium Press is a publisher of innovative writing. We lean toward unconventional plots, bizarre settings, and experimental language. We don’t get stuck on distinctions between “genre fiction” and “literary fiction,” but the piece should grab the reader’s attention and …

Published: June 23, 2016

Octopus With A Quill 2.0

Hey there! With OWAQ (Octopus With A Quill) in its second season, OWAQ 2.0, here is your chance to showcase what you have got. Octopi are known for their intellect and creativity. Their eight arms are a symbol of coming together of multiple kinds of thoughts and a multi-faceted personality. We hope that settles why …

Published: June 23, 2016

Conium Press 2016 Book & Chapbook Contest

Word count is flexible. Chapbooks and full-length books are given equal consideration. Conium Press is a publisher of innovative writing. We lean toward unconventional plots, bizarre settings, and experimental language. We don’t get stuck on distinctions between “genre fiction” and “literary fiction,” but the piece should grab the reader’s attention and take narrative risks. This …

Published: June 23, 2016

Blank Verse Poetry

The challenge for this contest is to write a blank verse poem. That is a poem is written without rhymes with a specific meter. It is a poetic form that is often used in narrative and dramatic poetry.

Published: June 23, 2016

Children’s Diversity Contest

The Children’s Books Diversity contest aims to promote and amplify diversification of books and authors and to increase non-majority narratives in children’s literature. The focus is on children’s books for and by people of diversity, recognizing all diverse experiences, including but not limited to, people of color, gender, disabilities, body size, ethnicity, culture, and religion. …

Published: June 23, 2016

Humor Us Contest

Humor Us is looking for books with a good dose of funny. Maybe yours is a dark humor, a parody, or a good, old-fashioned buddy comedy — whatever it is, we want to read it. Your manuscript can be either fiction or nonfiction in at least a first draft (sorry, Bards, no limericks this time). …

Published: June 23, 2016

Nimrod Conference for Readers and Writers

The 2016 Nimrod Conference for Readers and Writers will be held on October 14 and October 15 at The University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. The program features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as readings, masterclasses, panel discussions, and individual editing sessions with faculty. Participants include poets Robin Coste Lewis and Chloe …

Published: May 31, 2016