Driftless Unsolicited Novella Contest

The 2016 Driftless Unsolicited Novella contest seeks 20,000-40,000 word novellas, with a strong preference for submissions from authors of color, LGBTQ+ writers, and women. Two winning novellas will receive a $250.00 cash prize, a publication contract, and royalties for the novella with Brain Mill Press. The cash prize is not an advance against royalties. Royalties …

Published: May 12, 2016

The Great Break Short Story Contest by The Writer Magazine

I need a break. I broke through. Don’t break my heart. Those are the breaks. Break out! It’s time for your Big Break in the short story form. Frame a short story using any nuance, definition or understanding of the word “break.” Write 2,000 words of fiction and submit it to The Writer by April …

Published: February 12, 2016

The Deadly Quill Short Story Writing Contest

We want stories that reach out and grab us and won’t let us stop reading until we get to the very last sentence. Multiple submissions are welcome but we do not want simultaneous submissions.

Published: January 27, 2016

Palladian Publishing

We are a regional publisher based in south central Minnesota whose primary focus is on ensuring that the books we publish are the best possible version of the author’s vision. Unlike other publishers, our first priority isn’t to publish books with “mass appeal.” Instead, we focus on finding excellent manuscripts and massaging them into the …

Published: January 8, 2016

The Word Hut 19th Short Story Writing Competition

Short stories up to 1,000 words on any theme or in any genre. Previously blogged stories may be entered. Entries to be sent by email only. Entries must be written in English. We are based in the UK but accept entries from anywhere in the world. All payments via PayPal. We have hosted writing competitions …

Published: December 23, 2015

Artificium In Brief contest

‘IN BRIEF’ For writing between 500-1,000 words, in English. Includes poetry, flash fiction and anything else! All prize-winners in our competitions will be featured in Artificium. Full rules and T&Cs on the website:

Published: November 26, 2015

Artificium short story contest

SHORT STORIES For stories between 2,000-8,000 words, in English. Any genre. Full rules and T&Cs on the website:

Published: November 25, 2015

Hourglass Literary Magazine Writing Contest (early deadline)

The competition is international and is open to all authors writing in English or any of the BCMS languages (comprising Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Montenegrin.) There are no theme, or genre limitations and boundaries. Work must be original and unpublished. One author can compete in all categories, for all three awards respectively. Limited multiple submissions are …

Published: November 24, 2015

Florida Writers Association Conference

Times are changing at the event of the season—the Annual Florida Writers Conference. This year, we are in a brand new hotel, and this new space is allowing us to stretch our legs, making our conference better than ever! This year, we have more rooms, more workshops, more panels and more New York Times best-selling authors …

Published: October 5, 2015

The Furious Gazelle Halloween Contest 2015

Dear readers, Although the leaves have not yet turned, the time has come once again for the Furious Gazelle’s annual Halloween contest. Send us something haunting, grotesque, pumpkin-themed, etc. and you could win a $50 cash prize and a book in the genre of your choosing. The top contenders will all be published on our …

Published: September 18, 2015