Fiction

Mighty River Short Story Contest

Best short story, any theme. $15 fee includes copy of Big Muddy with winning story. MRSS Contest, Southeast Missouri State University Press, MS 2650 One University Plaza, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701. www6.semo.edu/universitypress/mrss

Published: September 12, 2013

The Time & Place Prize

The second annual Time & Place Prize is now welcoming submissions from all writing genres. Last year we received wide-ranging entries from four continents. Submissions must be limited to 5,000 words and in PDF or Word formats. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older. The winner of the Time & Place Prize is …

Published: September 12, 2013

Dark Tales Short Story Contest

Dark Tales is a professionally-published anthology now in its tenth year. To celebrate their anniversary, they have now re-launched our quarterly short story competition. 5,000 words or less.

Published: September 11, 2013

Switchgrass Books

Switchgrass Books, an imprint of Northern Illinois University Press, is committed to enhancing the cultural landscape of the Midwest by offering a forum for publishing dynamic, original voices of literary fiction. With its roots in the rich soil of the Midwest, Switchgrass will be the premier publisher for authors and readers of books grounded in …

Published: August 29, 2013

The Missouri Review’s 23rd Annual Editors’ Prize

$15,000 in prizes. Send your best fiction, poetry or essay for a chance to win. Winners and select runners up will be published in The Missouri Review. Enter by mail or online. Entry fee includes a one-year subscription to The Missouri Review. For more information visit the Missouri Review website.

Published: August 29, 2013

New Voices YA Contest

We’re after quality stories with heart, guts, and a clear voice. We’re especially interested in the quirky and the hopeful and the real. We are not particularly interested in genre fiction and prefer stand-alone novels, unless you’ve written the next Hunger Games. We seek writers who believe in the transformative power of a great story, …

Published: August 16, 2013

The Red Line

We have started a magazine aimed at encouraging writers to produce quality work in the short story form. Being writers ourselves we found being charged to submit work a bit dry, albeit necessary for the larger prizes. We wanted to fill that gap for writers of the short story who want to have a bit …

Published: August 13, 2013

The Red Line: Power

We have started a magazine aimed at encouraging writers to produce quality work in the short story form. Being writers ourselves we found being charged to submit work a bit dry, albeit necessary for the larger prizes. We wanted to fill that gap for writers of the short story who want to have a bit …

Published: August 13, 2013

Writer Advice’s 2nd Scintillating Starts Contest

Entice us. Submit the opening (up to 1500 words) of your book (any genre) to Writer Advice’s 2nd Scintillating Starts Contest. All finalists are winners (small cash award) & can say that to prospective publishers. Deadline: 10/18/13. Details at www.writeradvice.com.

Published: August 13, 2013

Parasite Publications First Annual Character Contest

Parasite Publications is holding its First Annual Character Contest. We are looking for intense, mind-blowing character fiction in the form of a short story. 3 cash awards, $500 for 3rd place, $750 for 2nd and $1000 for 1st. Submission Requirements 1. Authors must submit original content without copyright restrictions. 2. Submissions must be between 2,000 …

Published: August 13, 2013