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New Writer Awards – Sequestrum

Over $500 in total prizes will be awarded to up-and-coming writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Prose and poetry will be judged separately with one first prize winner per genre. First prize of $200 (one per genre) and $50 runner-up prizes (minimum two per genre). All winners and runners-up will be published in our Spring …

Published: July 15, 2016

CWI Short Story Contest

This is a themed contest and this exact sentence must appear in the story: “Explain how that happened!” • Open genre • Your story must be between 1,500 and 2,000 words. • No swearing, profanity, explicit sexual scenes, graphic violence, etc. • Your story must not have been published before. By entering this contest, winners …

Published: July 15, 2016

#storieseverywhere

Each month we invite you to post a story on Twitter using #storieseverywhere for a chance to win a free class. Your stories (which can be true or made up) will be inspired by what you see, know, or do, and they should relate in some way to our monthly “themes.” Our theme for the …

Published: June 29, 2016

Invent a Word

We invite you to invent a word. Not just any word. A word you think will greatly enhance the English language. Give us your word, a one-sentence definition, and use the word in a sentence. The winner gets a free Gotham class of his or her choosing.

Published: June 29, 2016

Five on the Fifth Short Fiction Contest

Five on the Fifth presents its 1st annual Short Fiction Contest! This contest is intended as a way to honor writers for their craft in short fiction. We love a good short story here at Five on the Fifth and want to be able to showcase (and reward) excellent short stories in a big way! …

Published: June 29, 2016

Novelicious Retreat

One part educational, one part hospitality, all parts awesome. While you relax, recharge your devices and refuel on delicious desserts and a healthy lunch, we’ll be providing practical content on a variety of romance business topics; our hope is to inspire you to dream bigger and provide tangible resources to help you reach your romance …

Published: June 29, 2016

Connecticut Fiction Fest

Connecticut Fiction Fest features keynote speaker Sarah MacLean, with a master class taught by Barbara Samuel O’Neal. More than 20 workshops, including a full suspense-mystery track with 2-hour intensives on CSI techniques and Cold Cases, as well as manuscript critiques and opportunities to pitch outstanding agents and editors from major publishing houses. Early Bird registration …

Published: June 23, 2016

Conium Press 2016 Book & Chapbook Contest

Word count is flexible. Chapbooks and full-length books receive equal consideration. The judging process is blind. Conium Press is a publisher of innovative writing. We lean toward unconventional plots, bizarre settings, and experimental language. We don’t get stuck on distinctions between “genre fiction” and “literary fiction,” but the piece should grab the reader’s attention and …

Published: June 23, 2016

Octopus With A Quill 2.0

Hey there! With OWAQ (Octopus With A Quill) in its second season, OWAQ 2.0, here is your chance to showcase what you have got. Octopi are known for their intellect and creativity. Their eight arms are a symbol of coming together of multiple kinds of thoughts and a multi-faceted personality. We hope that settles why …

Published: June 23, 2016