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The Mark Twain House & Museum is accepting submissions for the 5th Annual Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest. Submissions must be no more than 7,000 words. Two entry categories: Adult and Young Writer. Submissions do not have to be about Mark Twain or in Mark Twain’s style.
Submissions must be received by July 1, 2018. Cash prizes for the top three entries in each category.
Our Finalist Judges this year are Michael Ian Black, Susan Harlan, Hank Herman and Julie Schumacher.
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IWWG Literary Contests
The Pat Carr Mainstream Literary Story Contest, the Myra Shapiro Prize for Poetry, and the Susan Tiberghien Prize for Narrative Nonfiction are all open to submissions.
The Pat Carr Mainstream Literary Contest runs from March 15 through April 30, 2018
The Myra Shapiro Prize for Poetry runs from May 15 through June 30.
The Susan Tiberghien Prize for Narrative Nonfiction runs from July 15 through August 30, 2018
Details for all three are at https://www.iwwg.org/literary-contests/
International Sweek Feminist Campaign: #HerStory
Your story can be on any topic, as long as it meets two rules: 1) the protagonist is female and 2) the story does not exceed 5,000 words (both prose and poetry, fiction and nonfiction). Winning stories will be bundled and published via Sweek self-publishing as well as will receive a free copy of the e-book from us.
Deadline: April 15th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: FREE
Genre: Fiction, Short Story,
Additional information at https://blog.sweek.com/international-sweek-campaign-herstory/ No fee
Momaya Short Story Competition
Please submit your story (3,000 word limit) on the theme "Coming of Age" and our qualified panel of judges (including editors from Random House, Penguin, and a published novelist) will review your work.
Deadline: April 30th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: £12
Genre: Short Story,
Additional details at http://momayapress.com/momaya-short-story-competition/submit-your-short-story/
A Very Short Story Contest
Gotham Writers Workshop
It may be apocryphal, but the story goes that Ernest Hemingway won a bet by writing a short story that ran fewer than ten words. We would like to make a similar bet with you: write a great short story in ten words or fewer.
Deadline: May 14th, 2018—No entry fee
Additional details at https://www.writingclasses.com/contest/a-very-short-story-contest-2018
SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction
To celebrate SmokeLong Quarterly's 15th anniversary, we are having our first-ever competition to find the best flash fiction for our 60th issue. The grand prize winner will receive $1500.
Deadline: May 20th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $10
Genre: Fiction, Flash Fiction
Additional details at http://www.smokelong.com/the-smokelong-quarterly-award-for-flash-fiction/
Bacopa Literary Review
Writers Alliance of Gainesville
We seek unusual perspectives, passionate voices, compelling work. This includes poetry, creative non-fiction, and short stories.
Deadline: May 31st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $3
Genre: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Short Story
Additional details at https://writersallianceofgainesville.submittable.com/submit
Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition
To enter, writers must produce an original story of up to 3000 words in any genre. The catch: We provide your opening and closing lines chosen from a classic work of literature. You provide the rest.
Deadline: June 4th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $10
Genre: Fiction, Short Story
Additional details at https://dzancbooks.submittable.com/submit/28822/dzanc-books-nonfiction-prize
- $1500 in Prizes
- Deadline: June 1, 2018
Submit your best work to Tiferet Journal's 2018 Writing Contest. Our Judges are Melissa Studdard for poetry, Sabeeha Ramen for nonfiction, and Sophfronia Scott for fiction. Contest runs March 1–June 1, 2018. Winners announced in September. tiferetjournal.com/2018-writing-contest/
2018 Autumn House Full-Length Contest in Poetry, Fiction, & Nonfiction
Deadline: June 30, 2018
The annual Autumn House Press Contests award publication of full-length manuscripts in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Each winner also receives $2,500 ($1,000 advance against royalties and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote the book). The submission period opens January 1, 2018, and closes June 30, 2018 (Eastern Time). To submit, please visit our online submission manager: www.autumnhouse.org/contest-submissions/. The judges for the 2018 full-length contests are Kimiko Hahn (poetry), Dana Johnson (fiction), and Daisy Hernández (nonfiction).
Annual Howard Frank Mosher Novel and Short Story Prize
Deadline: June 1, 2018
Green Writers Press is honored to announce the 2nd Annual Howard Frank Mosher First Novel and Short Story Prize. Celebrated Vermont novelist Howard Frank Mosher was head of the Green Writers Press advisory board and a dear friend of the press. This publication prize is for a novelist or short story writer who writes about Vermont and/or the themes that resonate so well with Howard's work: nature, small-town stories, love, friendship, forgiveness, Vermont, solitude, and rural life. The award is poignant because Howard was a part of its creation before he passed away. All ages welcome. http://www.greenwriterspress.com
Carolina Quarterly solicits stories that reimagine what it means to be ourselves and live in our world. We’re connected to our pasts—through stories, histories, and traditions—but we can also imagine other ways of being. These reimaginings may appear as fantastic before they’re realized. But that’s OK. What is unlikely or strange may spark our creativity and reveal new opportunities. For this contest, The CQ is interested in stories that, like Wallace’s novels, bring together the intimate—love and loss, redemption and revenge—and the cosmic—collective burdens of history, planetary concerns, and needs for human meaning. http://www.thecarolinaquarterly.com/wakeanddreamagain/
These contests were taken from https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-contests/ and https://www.newpages.com/classifieds/writing-contests. More contests are listed on each site. Look for the contests that are right for your work.