Personal Journals

Holiday Contests

Looking for nonfiction, short stories for the fall and winter holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and other holiday celebrations). These themed contests are subject to the same rules and guidelines as our regular weekly contests. See our Submissions page for the guidelines and enter your story. Deadline is September 29.

Published: September 2, 2014

“Hidden” International Call For Writers by ArtAscent

The call theme is “Hidden.” Unseen, unknown, mysterious, cryptic, masked, clouded, puzzling, esoteric. Show us what hidden means to you. Entries may include fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. Submissions must be the original work of the applicant(s). The mission of ArtAscent is …

Published: June 11, 2014

The Ordinary Guru Contest

Have you ever met an everyday, ordinary guru who helped you break a myth that held you back, sparked insight, or helped you see the world a little differently? If so, tell us your story by entering the Ordinary Guru Contest. You can submit a short story, essay, memoir, photo essay, cartoon,graphic novel or poem. …

Published: May 2, 2014

Renegade Word 2014 Writing Contest

Seeks short creative nonfiction writing based on the prompts shared on our website. What exactly do we mean by “creative nonfiction”? In essence, we want to read true stories told in a literary way. That means we’re open to memoir, personal essays, original journalism, historical essays, or basically any other literary forms that are based …

Published: April 24, 2014

Stage of Life Writing Contest

What’s your story? Educational literacy initiative, StageofLife.com, hosts an international writing contest every month centered around a specific “life” topic. Topic themes have ranged from mental health to consumerism to fear to goal setting to our relationship with nature. The writing community welcomes nearly 1,000,000 teens, college students, teachers, parents and bloggers each year who …

Published: April 24, 2014

Dream Quest One Writing Contest – Summer 2014

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 or genre: fiction, nonfiction, or creative nonfiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries, play writing, scriptwriting, and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be typed or neatly hand printed. Multiple and …

Published: April 9, 2014

North Carolina Writers’ Network 2014 Spring Conference

The North Carolina Writers’ Network 2014 Spring Conference offers intensive workshops in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book marketing and the “art of the pitch.” Other features include faculty readings, on-site “lunch with an author,” publisher exhibits and an open mic for conference participants. The faculty includes fiction writers Nancy Peacock, Kim Church and Drew Perry; creative …

Published: April 9, 2014

Hampton Roads Writers’ 6th Annual Writers’ Conference

One evening plus two full days of workshops, two best-selling keynoters, two first ten-lines critique sessions, 45 workshops during nine breakout sessions, ten-minute agent pitches, ten-minute indie publisher pitches, and cash prize contests for short fiction, short non-fiction and poetry. Workshops cover fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry and the business of getting published. A book shop, …

Published: April 9, 2014

Wedding-Themed Contest

Looking for short stories for our wedding-themed contest. Your own true story of your wedding or any wedding or preparations of a wedding. This themed contest is subject to the same rules and guidelines as our regular weekly contests. See submissions page for the guidelines and to enter your story.

Published: March 4, 2014