For detailed information on all opportunities identified below, visit the website or e-mail the contest organizer.
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Planning to publish some writing in 2017? These sites are seeking submissions.
The first six requests were taken from Funds for Writers, http://fundsforwriters.com/markets/. The site offers excellent services for writers, and I have included the whole listing for each. Since there are no deadlines, these are ongoing calls.
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We are a literary magazine and look for what moves and amazes us. We are drawn to big minds, large hearts, sharp pens.
Print limit 15,000 words. Online limit 4,000 words. Send one story or essay at a time, up to five poems. We do not consider work that has previously been published either in print or online (including personal blogs etc.) LitMag Print: Upon acceptance, we pay $1,000 for fiction or nonfiction; $250 for a poem (or the rare short short). LitMag Online: Upon acceptance, we pay $250.
DAME is proud to feature a variety of voices writing reported pieces, op-eds, and personal essays covering culture, politics, parenting, family, gender, sex, entertainment, tech culture, business and personal finance, and whatever else strikes our fancy and captures our readers’ attention. DAME’s tone is irreverent, witty, and provocative. We accept narrative-driven reported features, first-person essays, Q&As, op-eds, and humor essays (especially satire). Stories are generally between 800 and 2,000 words, depending on the subject matter and the story format.
We’re looking for 2,000 words or fewer — a nice, digestible internet length — of speculative fiction honing in on the tech, science, and future culture topics driving the zeitgeist. We’re looking especially for nearer-future fiction; think a bit more along the lines of sentient chat bots or climate-changed dystopias and less far-flung alien space operas. And we don’t care what form it comes in: Classic-style SF short stories, social media posts from beyond the horizon, fictive data dumps, experimental graphic narratives, and so on. Our baseline rate is $0.20 a word.
Upworthy reaches a massive audience with meaningful stories every day, and we’re looking for original stories that support our mission of creating a better world. That’s where you come in. Our stories are generally short (usually less than 500 words). Pays up to $200.
Currently accepting pitches from freelancers for stories that are:
Surprising – Is the topic, narrative, character, or outcome something truly new?
Meaningful – If a million people saw this story, would it make the world a better place?
Visual – Are there enough visual elements to engage readers who might be skimming on a phone?
Shareable – Would you share it? Would your friends share it? Most importantly, would your mom’s friend share it?
We’re interested in anything to do with the publishing industry or digital media. We’re also interested in book reviews and eclectic essays on any topic, as long as they are of high literary quality and are a good fit for our audience of writers, artists, and publishers. Nothing generic-sounding, please. Additionally, we’d love to hear from people with contrary opinions to any posts on our blog and/or critiques and criticisms of our services. We’ll absolutely publish opinions that suggest there’s a better way. We’ve typically found that 600-800 words is a good sweet spot to aim for. If you have accompanying artwork, please include it in the submission. We pay $50 per post, payable upon publication.
There are no entry fees for the following Author's contests and grants listed below. This list was sent by Indie Writer Support, http://indiewritersupport.com.
Before Columbus Foundation
(American Book Awards)
There are no application forms, fees, or any other restrictions for submissions, nominations, or recommendations to the panel. The book is what matters, not the procedure. The only requirement is that two copies of the book must be mailed to the Before Columbus Foundation by December 31st for consideration for the following year’s Awards. Anyone may make a submission (it does not have to be the publisher). There is no limit on the number of titles that may be submitted. All genres are accepted (including anthologies, children’s books, and multimedia). You may include reviews, publicity, or other informational material with your submission if you wish. For more information, go to http://www.beforecolumbusfoundation.com/american-book-awards.
Black Caucus of the American Library Association
BCALA presents four (4) $500.00 awards: one for adult fiction, one for nonfiction, one for a first novelist and one for poetry. These awards acknowledge outstanding achievement in the presentation of the cultural, historical and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora. For more information, go to http://bcala.org/book-award.
Center for Fiction
(Christopher Doheny Award)
The Center for Fiction and Audible, Inc. are pleased to announce that submissions are now being accepted for the fourth annual Christopher Doheny Award. The award recognizes excellence in fiction or creative nonfiction on the topic of serious physical illness. The award is presented annually for a completed manuscript that has not yet been published.
The winner of the award must demonstrate both high literary standards and a broad audience appeal while exploring the impact of illness on the patient, family and friends, and others. With generous support from Audible, Inc. and the Doheny family and friends, the award includes a $10,000 prize and production and promotion of the book in an audio edition, with the option to pursue print publication with the assistance of Audible, Inc. For more information, go to http://www.centerforfiction.org/awards/the-christopher-doheny-award.
(Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards)
The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognizes outstanding works that contribute to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of cultural diversity. Awards are given for fiction, poetry and nonfiction. Submissions will be accepted beginning September 1. The submission deadline is December 31. The winners are announced in the spring. For more information, go to http://www.anisfield-wolf.org/submissions/submission-guidelines.
Commonwealth Club of California
(California Book Awards)
The Commonwealth Club of California's 86th Annual California Book Awards is now accepting submissions through December 23, 2016, for books published in 2016. For more information, go to http://www.commonwealthclub.org/content/california-book-awards-entry-form.
Ellen Meloy Fund
Submissions for the 2017 Desert Writer's Award will be accepted November 1, 2016 – January 15, 2017. For more information, go to http://www.ellenmeloy.com/application-guidelines.html.
The French-American Foundation and the Florence Gould Foundation are currently accepting submissions for the 30th Annual Translation Prize. The Foundations will present a $10,000 monetary award for the best English translation of French in both fiction and non-fiction. For more information, go to https://frenchamerican.org/tp-submissions.
Friends of American Writers
Each year the Literature Awards Committee reads and reviews dozens of books to pick the current year award winners. For more information, go to www.fawchicago.org/awards.php.
The 3rd Annual Book Pipeline Competition is searching for authors with material appropriate for film or television adaptation. For more information, go to http://bookpipeline.com/?gclid=CM6StazJ6tACFQGmaQodDaEJDA.
Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry
(Griffin Poetry Prize)
If you’re interested in submitting an entry for the Griffin Poetry Prize, go to http://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/how-to-enter.
Morehead State University
(Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing)
The Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing provides students a chance to interact with a published writer who is writing from the region. The award, which includes a cash prize of $1,000, recognizes outstanding Appalachian writers in all genres. During the award ceremony readers read from their work and will often present a craft talk, teach a workshop, or speak about writing as an Appalachian. For more information, go to www.moreheadstate.edu/content_template.aspx?id=4944.
Poets & Writers, Inc.
(Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award)
Writers from the state of Maine are invited to apply for the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award. One fiction writer and one poet will be selected. Winners receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to meet with top literary professionals, including editors, agents, publishers, and prominent writers. This year’s judges are Tania James for fiction and Cynthia Cruz for poetry. The submission deadline is January 9, 2017. For more information, go to www.pw.org/about-us/maureen_egen_writers_exchange_award.
(Prize for New Immigrant Writing)
The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing [hereafter referred to as “the Prize”] alternates yearly between accepting unpublished fiction and nonfiction submissions. Fiction submissions can take the form of a novel or a collection of short stories. Nonfiction submissions can take the form of a memoir, a collection of essays, or a book-length work of narrative nonfiction. For more information, go to www.restlessbooks.com/prize-for-new-immigrant-writing.
San Jose State University
(Steinbeck Fellowships in Creative Writing)
The Steinbeck Fellows Program of San José State University was endowed through the generosity of Martha Heasley Cox. It offers new writers of any age and background a $10,000 fellowship to finish a significant writing project. Named in honor of author John Steinbeck, the program is guided by his lifetime of work in literature, the media, and environmental activism.
Fellowships are currently offered in Creative Writing (excluding poetry) and Steinbeck Studies. Fellows may be appointed in many fields, including literary scholarship, fiction, drama, education, science and the media. For more information, go to www.sjsu.edu/steinbeck/fellows.
Society of Classical Poets
Virginia Commonwealth University
(Cabell First Novelist award)
The VCU Cabell First Novelist Award honors an outstanding debut novel published in the preceding calendar year. Symbolized by a three-dimensional compass, the award is a tribute to writers who have navigated their way through the maze of imagination and delivered a great read, taking the reader someplace new. For more information, go to www.firstnovelist.vcu.edu.
Kentucky Book Fair
Saltonstall Arts Colony
Cathy's Comps and Calls
I am helping one of the oldest and successful literary publishing companies that have partnered with an international currency exchange company to find interested students to spread awareness of the competition. The winner of the student category gets a $500 cash prize, and the winner of the overall competition will receive $1,500 in cash and a one-on-one session with an editor from the publishing company. https://blog.scad.edu/writing/2016/11/15/a-reason-to-give-thanks-more-writing-contests/
F(r)iction's Winter 2017 Literary Contests, https://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest/, include four submission categories: 1) creative nonfiction, 2) short stories, 3) flash fiction, and 4) poetry. Winners of the contest will be published in F(r)iction alongside stunning custom artwork. F(r)iction is dedicated to publishing the best writing of all kinds, and we encourage submissions that push boundaries and take risks in genre, plot, and style.