Fiction

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

Salamander 2016 Fiction Prize

Salamander magazine will award a cash prize of $1,500 plus publication for the best fiction story. All entries will be considered for publication. All entries will be considered anonymously. Send no more than one story per entry. Each story must not exceed 30 double-spaced pages in 12 point font. Multiple entries are acceptable, provided that …

Published: May 31, 2016

$2000 Masters Review Summer Short Story Award and Agency Review

– 6000 word limit – Fiction only – No writing preferences. Just your best work – Emerging Writers Only (have not published a novel at the time of submission. You may have a book under contract. Short story collections are not considered novels and therefore you qualify. We welcome work from self-published writers.) – Previously …

Published: May 31, 2016

5-7-5 Poetry Contest

Share a 5-7-5 poem. That’s a poem where the first line has 5 syllables. The second line has 7 syllables. The third line has 5 syllables again. EXAMPLE As the birds fly south (5 syllables) I make reservations to (7 syllables) Go to Florida. (5 syllables)

Published: May 31, 2016