Personal Journals

Kore Press 2017 Memoir Award

Kore Press’ 2017 judge is Cheryl Strayed, award-winning author of four books, including her memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. Ming Holden’s Refuge was selected by Lidia Yuknavitch for last year’s Memoir Award winner. Her book will be out at the beginning of next year. The winner will receive a …

Published: June 21, 2017

The Northwestern University Summer Writers’ Conference

Join a community of writers at Northwestern University for a three-day institute on writing fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The program, which is now in its 13th year, includes a diverse array of workshops, panels, keynote speakers, networking events, and literary readings. Learn how to make dialogue pop with Juan Martinez, edit your writing with Rebecca …

Published: June 13, 2017

WTP Literary Competition: Prose

The Woven Tale Press introduces its first annual writing competition, judged by Ploughshares founder DeWitt Henry and with a grand prize of a one-week writer’s retreat in the Hamptons, NY. Destination for writers from around the world; home to Peter Matthiessen, George Plimpton, Truman Capote, among other literary legends; seven-nights; accommodations for two in spacious …

Published: May 30, 2017

Streetlight’s 2017 Essay/Memoir Contest

We are seeking strong and stirring personal stories. Submit a maximum of 800 words (no minimum). All winning entries will be published in the summer quarter of Streetlight magazine on July 14, 2017 and may also receive an audio production for the Streetlight Voices podcast.

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

Hallway Stories Launches With Real-Life Story Sharing Contest

Starting now through July 2, stories can be submitted on the microsite in essay or video form. Judged off of creativity, contextual relevance, audience appeal and quality of submission, three winners will be awarded a $50 gift card each week in the following categories: body image, mental health and cancer. In the weeks following the …

Published: May 4, 2017

Santa Barbara Writers Conference

Join us June 18-23, 2017! Since 1972, the Santa Barbara Writers Conference has been connecting writers with mentors, agents and editors. Every summer, writers in many genres from around the world gather to participate in a magical week of intensive work focused on story, voice, craft, marketing, and networking with fellow writers and publishing professionals.

Published: April 6, 2017

Begin Again – Rollick Magazine Writers Competition

Submissions are now open for Rollick’s Begin Again issue. Our Begin Again issue is all about fresh starts and new beginnings. It’s all about what happens after a failure, falter, or fall. It’s about perseverence, and striving, and hope. You can send in essays, poems, short stories, memoirs, confessionals, experimental writing, post cards, art, illustrations, …

Published: April 3, 2017

Draft to Dream

The Draft to Dream Book Competition is ideal for the independent author, put on by AuthorU, a nonprofit author resource organization. Participants also receive their scoring sheets, and some feedback on their manuscripts after the competition. Winners are announced at the AuthorU Extravaganza in September.

Published: April 3, 2017

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2017

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who enjoys expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry or writing a story that’s worth telling everyone! And welcome to all, having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash …

Published: April 3, 2017