“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it.
“That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.”
― Octavia E. Butler
FALL 2021–CONTESTS AND MARKETS
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Bright Flash Literary Review
Feisty Women Non-Fiction
Writer’s Digest Personal Essay Awards – 2,000 words maximum. Awards: $2,500, $1,000, $500 plus more. Entry fee: $30. Deadline:October 1, 2021. Info: www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/personal-essay-awards or https://bit.ly/2WSBC7U
Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation over 5,000. No theme or genre restrictions; up to 3,500 words. Awards: $1,500 and publication on website; $500 each for second and third places. Entry fees: Early $15; Regular $20. Deadlines: Early October 1, 2021; Regular October 15, 2021. Info: https://shortstorycompetition.com/guidelines/
2nd Annual 100-word Contest. Could you tell a complete story in just 100 words? Submit your best work in any genre, fiction OR nonfiction, in less than 100 words. Award: $1,000 and publication in The Writer. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: October 5, 2021. Info: https://cdn.writermag.com/2021/08/2021-100-word-contest-rules.pdf or https://bit.ly/3gFghIR
F(r)iction Fall 2021 Writing Contest – short story, flash fiction, and poetry; each will be judged in its own category. Length limit: 1,001-7,500 words for short story, 1,000 words or less for flash, and 3 pages per poem. Awards: $1,000 short story prize, $300 poetry prize, $300 flash fiction prize. Entry fee: $10 for one poem ($12 for 3), $10 for one flash fiction ($12 for 3), $15 per short story. Deadline: October 29, 2021. Info: https://frictionlit.org/contests/
WOW! Women On Writing 2021 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest – any topic (200-1000 words) and in any style – from personal essay to lyric essay to hybrid and more! Submissions via email only; reprints are okay; simultaneous submissions okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual email. Open internationally. Limit: 300 entries. Awards: $500, $300, $200 plus Amazon gift cards and more. Entry fee: $12; critique option for an additional $13. Deadline: October 31, 2021. Info: www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php#EssayContest
Effie Lee Morris Writing Contest — Deadline now moved to October 31.
Orca Lit—Speculative Fiction
The Unmooring Journal