Tell It Strange Essay & Story Contest

Choose one of the Ms. Proulx’s insightful quotes to respond to: “We’re all strange inside. We learn how to disguise our differences as we grow up.” —The Shipping News “There’s something wrong with everybody and it’s up to you to know what you can handle.” —Close Range Entries may be in any genre — including …

Published: February 24, 2014

Machigonne Fiction Contest

$1,000 for an exceptional fiction in any genre. Submit up to 5,000 words: anything from flash to the long story. Novel excerpts are welcome if the excerpt functions as a stand-alone story. We do not publish illustrations. Judged by “Letters to Wendy’s” author JOE WENDEROTH. Contest winners and all finalists get one free copy of The New …

Published: February 24, 2014


An unprecedented gathering of publishing professionals, some of the smartest on the planet. They represent today’s broad range of publishing opportunities – self publishing, traditional, small press and hybrid. This is a new kind of event that puts emerging authors and small publishers in the driver’s seat and gives them the information they need to …

Published: February 24, 2014

Spark Contest Five: “Fables”

Fables have been a part of storytelling as long as we’ve been telling stories. Fables do more than entertain: they also present a lesson or attempt to teach a moral. Traditionally, fables feature anthropomorphic animals as main character(s). For the best chance of winning this writing contest, your story or poem should feature at least …

Published: February 24, 2014

theOffice Fellowship

We are once again offering a FREE 6-MONTH FELLOWSHIP to theOffice. theOffice is a quiet, communal workspace in Brentwood, CA. Our members get free coffee & tea, wifi, Aeron chairs and peace of mind, all in the company of likeminded writers. The fellowship works like this: You send us a sample of your best piece …

Published: February 24, 2014

Spokane Prize for Short Fiction

Willow Springs Editions, in collaboration with Lost Horse Press, invites submissions for The 2014 Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. To enter, please submit a book-length manuscript. Manuscripts should be no less than 98 pages (there is no maximum page count) and contain at least 3 short stories. Manuscripts should be organized with page numbers and …

Published: February 24, 2014

Brighthorse Book Prize

Brighthorse Books will award three book prizes for 2014: $1,000 and publication for a novel, a collection of poetry and a collection of short fiction. Reading period: Feb 15-June 15. $25 entry fee. All manuscripts entered will be considered for publication. Submit through

Published: February 24, 2014

William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition

Accepting entries in eight categories: novel, novella, book-length narrative nonfiction, novel-in-progress, short story, essay, poetry and short story by a high school student. Only unpublished work accepted. No self-published or web-published material. See website for category details. Submit by regular mail.

Published: February 19, 2014