NCW Short Fiction Contest

NCW is hosting its 4th annual series of national writing contests, beginning with Short Fiction (Creative Nonfiction and Poetry to follow). You do not need to be a member to enter. Any style, theme, or topic. Max 5,000 words. Final judge is Seth Brady Tucker. See website for submission guidelines. Electronic submissions only.

Published: January 7, 2014

2014 SCRIPT Award

The SCRIPT Award is an international writing award for science graduates. The task is to write a “mini epic,” which must be in English, can be on any topic (nonscientific topics are encouraged) and must be exactly 100 words in length, excluding the title. The SCRIPT Award is open to any writers who have, or …

Published: January 7, 2014

“Blue” International Call For Writers by ArtAscent

The competition theme is “Blue.” Shades, spaces, feelings of blue. Show us what blue means to you. Entries may include fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. Writers retain copyrights.

Published: January 7, 2014

WCDR Short Story Contest

Maximum word count 2500 words. Entries must be based on one of Sarah Selecky’s writing prompts (see @SarahSelecky on Twitter or register at for prompts).

Published: January 7, 2014

9th Annual ACCENTI Writing Contest

Accenti Magazine is now accepting submissions for its 9th Annual Writing Contest. Writers are invited to submit an unpublished piece of fiction or non-fiction with a maximum length of 2000 words. The competition is open to entries worldwide. Entries must be previously unpublished and not under consideration by any other publication. Must be original and …

Published: January 7, 2014

Chanticleer Book Review Blue Ribbon Awards

The Chanticleer Book Review (CBR) is looking for published novels and unpublished manuscripts in the following categories: Fantasy and Science Fiction (deadline Jan. 31) Narrative Nonfiction (deadline Feb. 28) Cozy Mystery (deadline March 31) Young Adult (deadline April 30) Romance (deadline May 31) Historical Fiction (deadline June 30) Western, Pioneer, Civil War Historical Fiction, Pre-1900s …

Published: January 7, 2014

James Knudsen Prize for Fiction

We love words! And even more than words, we love seeing what you do with them. So submit today, tomorrow, or anytime before December 31st for a chance to win $500 and be published in Issue 61 of Bayou Magazine.

Published: December 20, 2013

The Conium Review’s 2014 Innovative Short Fiction Contest

Submit one or more short stories up to 7,500 words. Innovative short fiction should take risks that pay off. Don’t tell us a story we’ve already heard before. Show us something new with your subject, style, or characters. Make sure your writing has a “wow” factor. This year’s contest judge is Manuel Gonzales, author of …

Published: December 17, 2013

2014 South American Short Story Contest

Our annual short story contest is open for submissions. We are looking for the best possible short stories from writers located in any country on any topic. Winning prize is $100 USD and publication in Southern Pacific Review. Deadline is March 30, 2014. Submit entries to [email protected] There is no reading fee.

Published: December 13, 2013

1,000 Prompts, 1,000 Dollars

How to Enter: 1. Pick a prompt from one of the 10 available pages. 2. Write your story and make sure it’s between 500 and 1,500 words. 3. Prepare your story as a post on your own blog or website. Include a link at the end of your post to the prompt you used and …

Published: December 5, 2013