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Submit your contest for possible posting. But first, please read what we DON'T post. Then if your contest appears to meet our guidelines, submit your contest. (We need the basics: Name of contest, brief description of what is to be submitted, awards, entry fee, deadline, website URL, and contact email for our follow-up questions.)

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The Stringybark Open Theme Short Story Award 2018 stories of 1500 words or fewer, written for an adult (16+) audience in mind with an open theme that has some link, no matter how minor, to Australia. International entries most welcome. Awards: Over $1175 in cash and book prizes, as well as publication in an ebook and print anthology, awarded for the best entries. Entry fees: One story
A$12.50; Two stories A$24.00; Three stories A$33.00. Deadline: March 18, 2018. Info: www.stringybarkstories.net

Ninth Annual Gemini Magazine Short Story Contest. No restrictions on genre or length. Awards: $1,000, $100, three at $25. Five finalists will be published online in June 2018 issue. Entry fee: $7 per story. Deadline: March 31, 2018. Info: www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html

International Rubery Book Award for Book of the Year for self-published and independently published books. We accept fiction (all genres), young adult, children's, biographies, nonfiction, self-help, cookery, poetry, photography, etc. Awards: Book of the Year 1500 (approx. $2000 US; 1800 €). The winning book will be read by a top London literary agent. A minimum of three category winners each win 150 (approx $200 US). Entry fee: 36 or $60 US. Deadline: March 31, 2018. Info: www.ruberybookaward.com

Writer's Digest 26th Annual Self-Published Book Awards. Categories: Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Nonfiction/Reference, Inspirational, Life Stories (Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs), Early Readers/Children's Picture books, Middle-Grade/Young Adult, Poetry. Awards: $8,000 grand prize, $1,000 category winners, national exposure for your work, a paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference, and more. Entry fees: Early-bird entry fees are $99 for the first entry, and $85 for each additional entry. Regular entry fees are $125 for first entry, and $95 for each additional entry. Early-bird Deadline: April 2, 2018.  Regular Deadline: May 1, 2018. Info: www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/self-published-book-awar ds

"Black" International Call For Writers by ArtAscent Theme: Many shades of black color our lives. Black paints many idioms and expressions including black market, blackmail, blacklist, black sheep, black and white, black and blue, in the black, black thoughts and black holes. It is technically the absence of visible light, but we often sense it best in contrast to light and color. Does black reference darkness, mourning, the end, secrets, magic, evil, elegance, authority or solemnity? The interpretations of black are diverse. Share your shades of BLACK with words or images. May be fiction, poetry, short stories etc. to 900 words; previously published or unpublished. Awards: Winner will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal with a profile review. Selected writers will be published; showcased, along with website links, in an online exhibition on the ArtAscent website for at least two years. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: April 30, 2018. Info: https://ArtAscent.com/the-call-for-artists-and-writers/

2018 Bristol Short Story Prize Stories can be on any theme or subject, to 4,000 words. Awards: 1000, 700, 400; 17 further prizes of 100 for shortlisted stories. All 20 short-listed writers will have their stories published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 11. Entry fee is 8 per story. Deadline: May 1, 2018. Info: www.bristolprize.co.uk

86th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition 9 categories. Awards: $5,000, $1,000, $500, $250, $100 plus more. Entry fees: Early-Bird: Poems $20, $15; other entries $30, $25. Regular: Poems $25, $20; other entries $35, $30. Early Bird Deadline: May 4, 2018. Regular Deadline: June 1, 2018. Info: www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/annual-writing-competitio n


Our Contest Posting Rules & Guidelines

We will NOT knowingly post or leave posted contests that retain all rights to either submitted or winning entries. Nor will we knowingly post contests that retain ownership to all entries or assume the right to publish all entries, either on the Web or in print, thereby costing the creators the ability to eventually sell first rights. Such contests are simply attempting to get free content or, even worse, are getting the writers to pay for their content. If winners only are posted or published, the writer can determine prior to entering whether or not the winning prize money is sufficient for transferring first or one-time rights.

Thus, we will not post contests where entries are posted for general judging by site visitors.

We do not post "sweepstakes" - or contests where winners are determined by drawings or chance. Our intent is to publish only those contests where the writing itself is judged against other entrants; not where the luck of the draw determines winners.

Similarly, we will not post contests where the entrants must post their entries on their own sites or blogs, or get them published on others' sites or blogs, with the intent of linking back to the sponsor's directed Web site or blog, and particularly using key words that will be of benefit to the sponsor. Our feeling is that if an author or Web site owner wishes to use others' material to drive traffic to them, or to rev up their ad click revenues, they should simply pay writers for their promotional or content writing.

Also, we do not post contests sponsored by book publishers that have entry or reading fees, with the reward being a published book and/or advance. Viable publishing houses treat manuscript reading and advances as costs of doing business, and do not charge authors for submissions.

We do not knowingly post contests sponsored by or promoting websites or services that offer writing of academic essays, term papers, or other assigned papers for enrolled students or applicants for enrollment..

We also do not knowingly post contests requesting material that is pornographic or promotes violence.

We do not post contests where the "prize money" is really a certificate or credit toward products or services that will cost the writer additional money in order to accept the prize.

We post literary contests that offer cash, publication, or book (or related) prizes, but not those where the prize is a house or other property. These contests are illegal in a number of locations.

We may post "Calls for Anthology Submissions" on our Contests page; however, we will not post anthology notices if (1) there is a submission fee required, (2) rights to *entries* are retained, or (3) rights to *winning entries* extend beyond one-time use in that anthology. This also applies to magazine contests with the "prize" being publication in an upcoming "contest" issue.

If your contest appears to meet our guidelines, submit the following basic information: Name of contest, brief description of what is to be submitted, awards, entry fee, deadline, website URL, contact email in case we have follow-up questions, to contestadd@writers-editors.com.


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