Fiction

Stoneslide Story Contest

Open to any kind of story up to 10,000 words in length. We’re looking for previously unpublished stories that exemplify the power of narrative to make one think and feel. Ideal stories will use character, plot, description, humor, pathos and concept to open new emotional and cognitive territory for readers. The contest is judged by …

Published: June 4, 2015

2015 “Sonic Geography” Writing Contest

Have you visited a place with a unique sound space? Can you describe the sound of a location in a unique way? Musicworks’ 5th annual “Sonic Geography” Writing Contest asks you to choose any location—urban or rural, indoors or outside, cacophonous or mysteriously quiet—and describe how sound shapes your experience in 500 words. Top 3 …

Published: June 4, 2015

Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards Program

The purpose of the annual contest is for SFWP to find great works of fiction that may be flying under the radar (often from writers who are struggling to be noticed by agents or big-name publishers). We are seeking fiction and nonfiction of any genre. Prizewinners receive offer of a book contract with SFWP, something …

Published: June 4, 2015

The Drapers Guild Short Story Contest

The Drapers Guild Short Story Contest is a perpetual contest. We award a prize of $100 for the best one of every fifteen stories submitted. Stories we receive will be judged in groups of fifteen, arranged in the order received. We will award a prize for one story in each group. Besides the $100 prize, …

Published: June 3, 2015

The Hummingbird Award for Flash Fiction

Got something short, sharp and snappy to tell? Wow us with your most economical and brilliant storytelling. This contest is for short fiction under 1000 words. Want feedback on your story? Get a professional critique from one of the Pulp Literature editors for only $15 more. Final Judge: Bob Thurber.

Published: June 3, 2015

Salamander 2015 Fiction Contest

• 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 a separate reading fee is included with each entry. • Please submit two separate …

Published: May 15, 2015

The Caledonia Novel Award

We are an Edinburgh-based international competition for unpublished, debut novels. Our shortlist judge is Kathryn Ross of Fraser Ross Associates. To enter, please submit the first 20 pages of your novel with a 200-word synopsis. Entries must be original and at least 50,000 words long. All terms and conditions on our website.

Published: May 7, 2015

Driftless Unsolicited Novella Contest

2015 theme: Over The Driftless region of Wisconsin state is land that the glaciers never reached — a dramatically hilly landscape, unpressed by the weight of glaciers, with ore so close to the surface it was collected by individual miners who dug their own “badger holes” in the mineral-rich ground. Since the miners left, this …

Published: May 3, 2015

The HeadStuff Lacomic Cup

The Lacomic Cup is a knockout comic short story competition – HeadStuff’s world cup of very, very brief comic fiction. It’s free to compete. To enter, all you have to do is write a 250-300 word (not a word over or under!) comic short story which ends with the same word, phrase or sentence that …

Published: May 3, 2015