Fiction

Descriptive Mystery Story Competition

We want you to write a story inspired by the photo published at the website. Consider that something unusual or unexplained happened here. Importantly, we want you to bring the scenes to life by making it beautifully descriptive. Maximum word count: 1200 including the title. Open to writers worldwide.

Published: June 9, 2014

Lucille’s Legacy Publishing’s 2014 Storytelling Competition

Stories should be unpublished, true, or written as though they were true. We are looking for inspiring, motivational or humorous tales about such subjects as overcoming adversity, an extraordinary act of kindness, about defeating odds, etc. Basically anything that touches our hearts and evokes strong, positive emotion. We are looking for a range of stories …

Published: June 7, 2014

Alfie Dog Fiction International Short Story Prize

The competition is open to any writer over the age of 18 writing in the English language. The closing date for entries is midnight UK time on 30th September 2014. Stories submitted must be the author’s own original and unpublished work. Unpublished excludes any story which has been made available to the public in any …

Published: June 4, 2014

SEAM Short Story Jam – Blood

Writers must pick one of three Story Messages to use as the basis of their Jam, plus a blood personality type for their principle character.

Published: June 2, 2014

NCWN Squire Summer Writing Residency

The Squire Summer Writing Residency offers an intensive course in a chosen genre (fiction, creative nonfiction or poetry), with 15 hours of workshop sessions over the four days of the program. Registrants work in-depth on their own writing, as well as their colleagues’, while also studying the principles of the genre with their instructor. Other …

Published: May 14, 2014

Writers’ Police Academy

The Writers’ Police Academy offers the most hands-on, interactive and educational experience writers can find to enhance their understanding of all aspects of law enforcement and forensics. This is a one of a kind event, featuring real police, fire, and EMS training at an actual police academy. Top instructors and experts from across the U.S. …

Published: May 6, 2014

Swansea Writers’ Circle WWI Short Story Competition

Stories on the theme of World War I are invited. Length: 1500 to 2500 words. Stories can written in any style, even fantasy, so long as the First World War is central to the narrative. The writers of the best stories will be offered the chance to have their work published in a WWI-themed anthology …

Published: May 6, 2014

2014 Green River Writers Contests

Offers contests for short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and writing for children in a variety of subjects and forms. Poetry categories include sonnets, limericks, rhymed poems, humorous poems, persona poems and free verse. Also offers poetry and nonfiction categories that address social injustice, environmental issues or a love nature. See website for category guidelines.

Published: May 6, 2014

2014 Little Bird Writing Contest

Sarah Selecky’s annual Little Bird Writing Contest is accepting submissions until May 31 and Rebecca Lee is the guest judge. We are looking for stories up to 2500 words inspired by one of Sarah’s daily writing prompts. The top three stories will be published in Little Bird Stories Vol IV and winners will share a …

Published: May 6, 2014

John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence Program

The program was started in 2012 by Sally Crane to honor her late husband, celebrated photojournalist John E. Nance, who devoted four decades of his life to photography and writing. The John E. Nance Writer‐in‐Residence program provides one writer with the gift of time and inspiration to develop a work‐in‐progress in the private two-bedroom apartment …

Published: May 2, 2014