UW-Madison Writers’ Institute

In 2017, the award-winning Writers’ Institute will be celebrating its 28th year. This nationally lauded conference has the attendance of 375-400+ attendees from across the Midwest, from the East and West coasts, and international locales. The 3-day conference connects the best in the writing field with writers and instructors of all kinds. Agents and Editors …

Published: February 27, 2017

Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop & Retreat

This retreat offers 14 topic sessions that meet each day 9:30-12:30. Writers choose one topic to study for the week. Instruction is mixed with optional critique of the writers material each day. Afternoons and evenings offer free time for writing with some optional free presentations, an open mic reading, and other activities. Fee includes Monday’s …

Published: February 27, 2017

A Rally of Writers

Join our 2017 keynote speaker Lori Nelson Spielman, international bestselling author of The Life List and Sweet Forgiveness, and 10 Michigan authors and educators for 15 breakout sessions and workshops on all aspects of writing, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting, the Nuts & Bolts of manuscript submissions, and more.

Published: February 27, 2017


FULL DETAILS: Let’s talk about love! With Valentine’s day slowly approaching and love vibes in the air, it is time for a new Sweek competition. This time for all love & romance fans: #SWEEKLOVE! Of course, other genres are more than welcome to participate, as long as your story has a love plot! TOPIC …

Published: February 10, 2017

Jelly Bucket Editor’s Prize for Poetry and Prose

Jelly Bucket Editor’s Prize in Poetry and Prose. Winners in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction receive $100 and publication, plus a reading and free tuition at the 2017 Bluegrass Writers Studio summer residency. Deadline: April 1st. $10 per entry in each genre. Visit for details.

Published: January 24, 2017

The 2017 Scythe Prize

Rusty Scythe Publishing seeks previously unpublished short stories and essays to be included in a printed collection, The 2017 Scythe Prize. The goal of the collection is to celebrate new voices in a rare, printed book that includes both fiction and creative non-fiction from current undergraduate and graduate college students. Submissions are invited from college …

Published: January 24, 2017

Ruminate’s William Van Dyke Short Story Prize

Ruminate Magazine announces the William Van Dyke Short Story Prize. First place winner will receive a $1500 cash prize along with publication. Runner-up recipient will receive $200 cash prize and publication. The prize is open to all genres of fiction. $20 Entry fee also includes a complimentary copy of Ruminate. You may submit one fiction …

Published: January 20, 2017

Field of Words Short Story Competition

The Field of Words short story competition offers substantial cash prizes as well as online publication to monthly finalists. Successful entrants have their work promoted across the Field of Words social media channels where they have around 25,000 followers. Get ready to showcase your story to the world!

Published: January 20, 2017

Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize honors internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe. The prize is administered by the Great Smokies Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The competition is open to all writers regardless of geographical location or prior publication. Submit two copies (if submitting by mail) of an unpublished …

Published: January 20, 2017

Doris Betts Fiction Prize

The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. North Carolina Literary Review subscribers with North Carolina connections (lives or has lived in NC) are also eligible. The competition is for previously unpublished short stories up to 6,000 words. Multiple …

Published: January 20, 2017