Fiction

Weta Nichols Writing Contest

Ozarks Romance Authors (est. 1987) invites you to submit the first chapter (up to 2,500 words) of your unpublished novel plus 200 words of flap copy to win prizes and a chance to be read by one of the agents or editors serving as the final judges. Contest is open to both published and unpublished …

Published: June 21, 2014

Writers’ Police Academy’s Golden Donut Short Story Contest

The Writers’ Police Academy is pleased to continue the Golden Donut short story contest in 2014. The rules are simple—write a story about the photograph posted on the WPA website using exactly 200 words. We are extremely pleased to announce that the judge for the 2014 Golden Donut Short Story Contest is one of the …

Published: June 19, 2014

Gateway to the Best Contest

The Gateway to the Best Contest is hosted by the Missouri Romance Writers of America. All entries must have a romance that is central to the story with the exception of the young adult (YA) category which emphasizes the characters’ growth as they overcome conflict and may or may not include a romantic relationship. The …

Published: June 18, 2014

Spark Contest Six – You are Here

The theme for this contest has several lofty terms: self-reflection, introspection, epiphany. We’ve chosen a simpler way to describe it: “You Are Here.” Good stories give us characters we can connect to—maybe not like them, but at least make us care what happens to them. The best stories go further and show some progression, development, …

Published: June 18, 2014

The IaNs

Write a short story based on 1 of the required genres. (Minimum pages: 8, maximum pages: 30) Submit to this website.

Published: June 12, 2014

Knoxville Writers’ Guild’s annual writing contest

Submissions for the annual Knoxville Writers’ Guild writing contest will be accepted now through Sunday, June 15. Contestants may enter their work in several categories including poetry, creative nonfiction, novel excerpt, one-act play and screenwriting. In addition to the Leslie Garrett Award for Literary Fiction, this year KWG offers additional fiction categories for romance, crime/mystery, …

Published: June 11, 2014

2014 Quill & Ink Aestas

Fabula Press presents the 2014 Quill & Ink Aestas Short Story Contest. “Aestas”, the theme of the contest, represents the summer season, but interpretation may be as varied as the transition from youth to middle age, or a prelude to the monsoons, or even a tale simply about harshness. In other words, so long as …

Published: June 11, 2014

Bartleby Snopes Literary Magazine 6th Annual Dialogue Only Writing Contest

Compose a short story entirely of dialogue. You may use as many characters as you want. Your entry must be under 2,000 words. Your entry does not have to follow standard rules for writing dialogue. Your entry cannot use any narration (this includes tag lines such as he said, she said, etc.). Be sure to …

Published: June 11, 2014

“Hidden” International Call For Writers by ArtAscent

The call theme is “Hidden.” Unseen, unknown, mysterious, cryptic, masked, clouded, puzzling, esoteric. Show us what hidden means to you. Entries may include fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. Submissions must be the original work of the applicant(s). The mission of ArtAscent is …

Published: June 11, 2014

Flash Fiction Writing Competition

In our latest competition, you have just 700 words or less to write a complete story that captures the imagination of the reader. The genre is open, just use the photo for inspiration.Consider your starting point carefully to maximise the strength of your story. We want to be hooked by every word.Your submission must be …

Published: June 9, 2014