Dream Quest One Writing Contest – Summer 2016

Open to anyone who enjoys writing a story that’s worth telling everyone! Write a short story, 5 pages maximum length on any subject or theme. You may use single or double line spacing. No word count. Multiple entries are accepted. Genres include any fiction, nonfiction, and creative nonfiction stories. We are now accepting entries. Visit …

Published: May 12, 2016

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

Roger Lang

Lang Book Publishing, Limited, accepts most genre. We also specialize in religious publications.

Published: January 2, 2016

Fabula Press’ Nivalis Short Story Contest 2016

There is no theme or genre restriction, and we are happy to read historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and horror. However, for consistency of presentation we cannot accept children’s stories, fantasy, young adult or chick lit; likewise hardcore science fiction is not something we are looking for, but are open to science-based/alternative history-based literary works. In case …

Published: December 27, 2015

The Killer Nashville Claymore Award

Enter the first 50 pages of your unpublished crime literature manuscript in the contest. Judges will consider any subgenre of mystery or thriller. Enter the first 50 pages of any unpublished literature in the following genres: Action – Adventure – Children’s – Comedy – Cozy – Crime – CSI – Dark Fantasy – Detective – …

Published: October 8, 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

SF:SE 2015

This is the coolest Speculative Fiction party around, a celebrity-centric event focused on the exploration of publishing and networking, and the celebration of entrepreneurial passion. SF:SE—Speculative Fiction: Southeast—is an event for all lovers and artists of Speculative Fiction, a term encompassing horror, SciFi, fantasy, paranormal and weird. SF:SE will be hosted at the Sheraton Orlando …

Published: August 10, 2015

Aestas 2015

Unlike our earlier contests, Aestas 2015 is not theme bound. There is no restriction on genre, but for consistency of presentation, we do not accept children’s stories, fantasy, young adult or chick lit. Apart from general fiction, we are also open to quality tales involving mystery or suspense (think John Le Carre’ or Graham Greene) …

Published: July 10, 2015