Fiction

Four Line Poem

Write a four line poem on any subject. The poem must follow a syllable count of 1/5/5/9 syllables. So the first line has 1 syllable, the second line has 5 syllables, the third line has 5 syllables, and the last line has 9 syllables.

Published: September 14, 2016

North Carolina Writers’ Network 2016 Fall Conference

The 2016 North Carolina Writers’ Network Fall Conference will be held from November 4 to November 6 at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley in Raleigh, North Carolina. The conference features courses and master classes in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as lectures and panels on book marketing and finding an agent. The faculty …

Published: September 14, 2016

Wantage (not just) Betjeman Festival

Local literary festival with a surprisingly varied programme of events. The 2016 festival features A. N. Wilson, Dr Janina Ramirez, Victoria Hislop, Gervase Phinn and many more plus writing and poetry workshops.

Published: September 14, 2016

Western New England University

If you are looking for a program to take your writing to the next level, to help you fine-tune your craft, and gain insight into the world of publishing, explore the low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Fiction).

Published: September 8, 2016

Signo Novella contest

For an unpublished novella of 15,000-40,000 words. In English. For full terms and conditions, please see the website

Published: August 18, 2016

Red Hen Press Fiction Award

Established in 2015 to nurture the unique and vibrant channels through which fiction has carried us, the Red Hen Fiction Award is for a fresh and original story of fiction with a minimum of 150 pages. The awarded fiction manuscript is selected through an annual submission process which is open to all authors. Award is …

Published: August 18, 2016

The Malahat Review’s Open Season Awards

The Malahat Review invites entries to its annual Open Season Awards. A prize of $4500 is given over three genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction. Submissions of poetry should be 3 poems max, 100 lines each; submissions of prose should be no longer than 2500 words. This year’s judges are Sina Queyras, Jaspreet Singh, and Molly …

Published: August 18, 2016

Story Shares Relevant Reads – Story of the Year Contest

In order to expand the collection of stories in the Story Shares Literacy Hub, Story Shares is launching their annual ‘2016 RELEVANT READS Story of the Year Contest.’ Story Shares is dedicated to filling their library with more Relevant Reads – stories that are engaging and accessible to benefit struggling teen and young adult readers. …

Published: August 18, 2016

Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

The Press 53 Award for Short Fiction is given annually to an outstanding, unpublished short fiction collection and is open to writers at all stages of their careers. Manuscripts should be between 100 and 250 pages, standard font, double spaced with numbered pages. Submit by mail or through Submittable. Winning manuscript and writer announced no …

Published: August 18, 2016

Minute Poetry Contest

The Minute Poem is a poem that follows the “8,4,4,4” syllable count structure. It usually has 3 stanzas that have the same syllable count. So: 8,4,4,4; 8,4,4,4; 8,4,4,4 syllables. It usually has 12 lines total (so 60 syllables). It is also normally written in a strict iambic meter but for this contest the rhyme scheme …

Published: August 18, 2016