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UNO Press Publishing Lab Prize

The University of New Orleans Press is looking for full-length fiction manuscripts, either novels or short story collections, for the third annual Publishing Lab Prize. The selected author will receive a thousand dollar ($1,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish with UNO Press. The work does not have to be regionally focused. There …

Published: May 30, 2017

Enchanting Travels Travel Writer Award 2017

To celebrate the fascinating stories that can only be experienced when one travels, we award the Enchanting Travels Travel Writer Grant. Starting in 2017, the grant will be awarded annually. The winner of this prestigious new award will win USD$1000, as well as the opportunity to take up an internship or write your thesis at …

Published: May 30, 2017

Sweek short story writing contest: #Storytellers

We believe that everyone has a story to tell and that to be human means to tell stories. We invite all of you to share your best story with the world! But this time, we have a different challenge! Can you say a lot in a little? Submit your short story in 500 words or …

Published: May 30, 2017

Free Novel Writing Contest

This boutique publishing firm offers a full-fledged publishing deal to its contest winner. Submit a novel of 20,000 words or more in any fiction genre (no fanfic, short stories or poetry) and if it’s selected, Inkitt will provide you with professional editing, a cover design, and 25 percent royalties. They also have a strategy to …

Published: May 30, 2017

Hourglass Literary Magazine (Deadline Extended)

Detailed instructions for submissions: SHORT STORY should not exceed 7000 words or be less than 700 words. Entry fee: $15 USD ($25 for submitting up to three pieces). POEMS should not have more than 3500 words. WRITERS CAN SUBMIT UP TO THREE POEMS/SONGS. ESSAYS Essays should not exceed 9000 words or be less than 1000 …

Published: May 4, 2017

Pennsylvania Writers Conference

The Pennsylvania Writers Conference is designed to engage, educate and empower the literary community. If you’re a passionate writer, reader, or both, join us on the campus of Wilkes University to learn more about fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting and playwriting. July 30 to Aug. 5 Wilkes University With a keynote reading from Pulitzer Prize-winning …

Published: April 20, 2017

Boston Review Annual Poetry Contest

Submit up to five unpublished poems, no more than 10 pages total. Any poet writing in English is eligible, unless he or she is a current student, former student, relative, or close friend of the judge. Mailed manuscripts must be submitted in duplicate, with a cover note listing the author’s name, address, email, and phone …

Published: April 20, 2017

Inkitt Novel Competition

Inkitt is a new boutique publishing house. Our first novel launched mid 2016, and since then we’ve published 16 books, 15 of which became Amazon Bestsellers in their categories and ranked Top 100 among the four million books on Amazon. – Every month one winner will be selected for publication – No entry fee – …

Published: April 20, 2017

Spring Cleaning

Spring is finally here. To celebrate, we’re encouraging our readers to do a little spring cleaning of their own…in their draft folders. Pick your very best draft, polish it up, and send it for consideration in our short story contest. No theme, no genre restrictions, just your favorite draft in 2000 words or less. Don’t …

Published: April 20, 2017

The Enraptured Reader: Writing to Stir the Emotions

SANSKRIT LITERATURE seeks to evoke intense, visceral, and emotional responses in the reader, much like someone mesmerized by a work of art, or spellbound by a performance, experiences. Known as the Rasa Theory, this phenomenon “can also help artists and writers effectively represent and harness emotions, creating suspense and surprise in their art.” (Rita Banerjee, …

Published: April 6, 2017