Fiction

Tanka Poetry Contest

A Tanka is a fun form of poetry to write. It has five lines and only 31 syllables. It is structured like this: line 1 – 5 syllables line 2 – 7 syllables line 3 – 5 syllables line 4 – 7 syllables line 5 – 7 syllables Write about anything and for this contest …

Published: February 27, 2017

Nimrod Literary Awards

The Awards are among the most distinguished literary prizes in the country. Past judges include Karen Russell, Stanley Kunitz, Marvin Bell, Mark Doty, Olga Broumas, W. S. Merwin, Denise Levertov, William Stafford, Ron Carlson, Linda Pastan, and John Edgar Wideman. Past winners include Sue Monk Kidd, Diane Glancy, Daniel Lusk, Felicia Ward, Ruth Schwartz, Angela …

Published: February 27, 2017

Forgiveness Short Story Contest

Trainwreck Books is working with Gideon’s Fleece Online Magazine to sponsor their first writing contest. Gideon’s Fleece Online Magazine was created to showcase creative short stories with a Christian influence. Not all Christian stories are preachy, and they don’t necessary have to contain a focus on God or Jesus. Yet they do have some sort …

Published: February 27, 2017

Arts & Letters Prize Contest

The 19th annual Arts & Letters Prize Competition will be judged by Richard Garcia (poetry), Amy Hassinger (fiction), Sonja Livingston (creative nonfiction), and Iona Sun (drama). Arts & Letters is a national literary journal operating out of the MFA program at Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia. One of the premier journals of the Southeast, Arts …

Published: February 27, 2017

Dialogue Only Writing Contest

Dialogue is an important part of a story. It can show personality, background, education and so much more. But what if you wrote a story using only dialogue. That is the challenge here. Write a story using only speech. No narration, descriptions, or sentence tags. Example: Excuse me. Yes? Can you spare a dollar? Sorry. …

Published: February 27, 2017

Unexpected Romance Writing Contest

Write a story that brings two people together. Share two characters in your story that don’t necessarily realize that they belong together but the audience is rooting for them.

Published: February 27, 2017

Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award

2017 Bethlehem Writers Roundtable SHORT STORY AWARD seeks tales of the paranormal. Is your protagonist clairvoyant? Does a ghost get in her way? Does he have to deal with other worldly characters? Enter your unpublished Paranormal short story (2000 words or fewer) for a chance to win cash and publication in the Bethlehem Writers Group’s …

Published: February 27, 2017

2017 Morceau Awards for Fiction, Poetry & Art

Grand Morceau & Co., a fine art gallery and publisher in San Francisco, is now accepting entries for the 2017 Morceau Awards. Prizes totaling $750 and publication in Morceau #1 are given to a short story, poem, and work of visual art. All styles and themes are accepted. For submission guidelines, please visit our website.

Published: February 27, 2017

Searching – Creative Writing Competition

Ready to indulge in a little creativity? This fabulous new creative writing competition requires a compelling story about the theme ‘Searching.’ We welcome creative interpretations of the theme – whether your story is about searching for a person or a missing item, we don’t mind. Try to create a story that will stand out from the rest. …

Published: February 27, 2017

The Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference

The Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference was created in 2006 by author/filmmaker Clay Stafford in an effort to bring together forensic experts, writers, and fans of crime and thriller literature. Our objective is simple: to educate and empower aspiring and established writers, and connect them with other industry professionals. We pride ourselves on our intense, …

Published: February 27, 2017