2014 Swyers Publishing Short Story Contest

We are currently searching for the best of the best from aspiring authors. By going to, anyone can submit their short stories (up to 4 per person) for consideration in the anthology. Go to “authors and projects” tab. Then go to “short story contest” tab. You will be asked to view the rules and …

Published: February 5, 2014

Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction

Over $10,000 in prizes await the winners of this year’s Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction. The categories include Novel, Young Adult Novel and Short Story. The Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction is a literary prize created to find great undiscovered and unpublished stories of Catholic fiction. Tuscany Press is searching for the next Flannery O’Connor, …

Published: February 5, 2014

7 Day Creative Writing Challenge

Sign up for our 7 Day Creative Writing Challenge. On day one, we will email you your writing challenge which will focus on the quality of writing, imagination and skill set rather than a lengthy word count. You have up to 7 days in which to return your completed challenge.

Published: February 5, 2014

Flash Fiction Writing Competition

Create a story that is inspired by the photo published online. See website for photo prompt. You can interpret the theme in any way that you like; in fact we welcome intuitive submissions. We are looking for a strong story-line, characters that count and tight writing that makes us want to hand over some hard …

Published: February 5, 2014

Broken Resolution Writing Competition

We all make resolutions but very few of us actually see those resolutions through to fruition. To win this new competition, write a story about a broken resolution in just 750 words excluding the title. You can be as imaginative and creative as you like. We welcome thought-provoking submissions.

Published: February 5, 2014

Wag’s Revue Winter Contest

The 2014 Wag’s Revue Winter Contest opens December 1, 2013 and closes February 28th, 2014. It is open to all three genres — fiction, poetry and essays. The contest is judged by the editors. Winners will be announced in the spring. We also strongly encourage those interested in submitting to familiarize themselves with the magazine …

Published: February 4, 2014

32nd Annual SouthWest Writers International Competition

The 32nd Annual SouthWest Writers International Competition is open to all original, unpublished work by English-language writers in 10 categories for novels, creative nonfiction, essay, short stories, children’s picture books, and poetry. Winners are selected by agents or editors unaffiliated with SouthWest Writers. First place winning entries in prior SWW contests may not be resubmitted …

Published: February 4, 2014

The Iowa Review Awards

Each January since 2003, The Iowa Review has invited submissions to The Iowa Review Awards, a writing contest in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Judges for the 2014 Iowa Review Awards are Robyn Schiff (poetry), Rachel Kushner (fiction), and David Shields (nonfiction). RULES: Submit up to 25 pages of prose (double-spaced) or 10 pages of poetry …

Published: January 10, 2014

The Puritan

The Puritan is an online, quarterly publication based in Toronto, Ontario committed to publishing the best in new fiction, poetry, interviews and reviews. The Puritan seeks, above all, a pioneering literature. We embrace work wherever it lands on the conceptual spectrum, so long as it is original, intelligent and engaging. The Puritan pays competitive rates …

Published: January 7, 2014

Tethered By Letters’ Spring Short Story Contest

Currently accepting short stories of any genre ranging from 2,000 to 7,500 words. TBL strives to publish writers with engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh perspectives and styles. All winners will be published in Tethered By Letters’ Spring Quarterly Journal and finalists will be considered for later publication, after working with a senior editor. International …

Published: January 7, 2014