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Chatelaine Reviews Clue Contest: Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring suspense, thrilling adventure, detective work, private eye, police procedural, and crime solving. Novels may be manuscripts, self-published, indie published or traditionally published. Awards: All First in Category Winning Titles will be placed in the queue to receive a coveted Chanticleer Book Review Package (value $395) and go on to compete for the Clue Grand Prize. The Clue Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Suspense/Thriller Fiction Book of the Year, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year. The Overall Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Book of the Year, and awarded the $1000 prize. All Winners receive a Chanticleer Prize Package which includes a digital badge, a ribbon and a whole assortment of goodies detailed below (winners outside the US pay a shipping & handling fee) Entry fee: $75.00. Deadline: September 30, 2018. Info: www.chantireviews.com/services/Mystery-Thriller-Suspense-Writing-Contest-p 21521209

Chanticleer Reviews Little Peeps Award: Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring stories of all shapes and sizes written to an audience for Early Readers: Story books, Beginning Chapter Books, Picture Books, Activity Books & Educational Books. Books may be manuscripts, self-published, indie published or traditionally published. Awards: All First in Category Winning Titles will be placed in the queue to receive a coveted Chanticleer Book Review Package (value $395) and go on to compete for the Little Peeps Grand Prize. The Little Peeps Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Children's Book of the Year, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year. The Overall Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Book of the Year, and awarded the $1000 prize. All Winners receive a Chanticleer Prize Package which includes a digital badge, a ribbon and a whole assortment of goodies detailed below (winners outside the US pay a shipping & handling fee). Entry fee: $55. Deadline: September 30, 2018. Info: www.chantireviews.com/services/Little-Peeps-Fiction-Writing-Contests-Chanti cleer-Book-Reviews-p58078150

The Booksie 2018 Poetry Contest. Can be any type, length, or content. Just make it memorable. Awards: One grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and exposure on the Booksie.com website, which receives millions of readers per month. Two runners-up will receive $150 and exposure on the website. Entry fee: $6.95. Deadline: September 30,  2018. Info: https://www.booksie.com/contest/The+Booksie+2018+Poetry+Contest-13

Annual Writer's Digest Poetry Awards 32 lines or fewer. Awards: $1000, $250, $100, plus other prizes. Entry fee: Early-Bird $20 first poem, $15 each additional. Regular: $25 first poem, $20 each additional. Deadlines: Early-Bird: October 1, 2018; Regular: November 1, 2018. Info: www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/poetry-awards

Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards for short stories to 4,000 words. Genres: Science Fiction/Fantasy, Thriller/Suspense, Young Adult, Romance, Mystery/Crime, Horror. Awards: Grand Prize $2500, Category First Prize $500. Entry fee: $30. Deadline: October 15, 2018. Info: www.writersdigest.com/popularfictionawards

WOW! Women On Writing Fall 2018 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest - Seeking creative nonfiction essays between 200 and 1000 words on any topic and in any style -- from personal essay to lyric essay to hybrid and more! The mission of this contest is to reward bravery in real-life storytelling and create an understanding of our world through thoughtful, engaging narratives. Electronic submissions via e-mail only; reprints are okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual email. Open internationally. Limit: 300 entries. Awards: 1st Place: $500, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow; 2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow; 3rd Place: $200, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow; 7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow; and 10 Honorable mentions receive a gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow. Entry fee: $12; critique option for an additional $13. Deadline: October 31, 2018. Info: www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php#EssayContest

Call for Submissions--Vallum 16:1 "Connections" - "Poetry is the shortest distance between two humans," Lawrence Ferlinghetti aphorized, in 2012. Of what nature is that connection? What, in a poem, makes us feel close to another human, especially one we've never met? How do we connect? The editors at Vallum are committed to enriching and continuing the tradition of poetry in the present day. We welcome submissions that deepen our understanding of what poetry is and can be. Deadline: November 15, 2018. Info: www.vallummag.com/upcoming_issues.html and www.vallummag.com/submission.html Poems are accepted by regular mail only: Vallum Magazine, 5038 Sherbrooke West, PO Box 23077 CP Vendome, Montreal, QC H4A 1T0. (We pay our contributors!)

WOW! Women On Writing Fall 2018 Flash Fiction Contest - WOW! Women on Writing invites entries to its Fall 2018 Flash Fiction Contest. The honorable guest judge this season is Literary Agent Heather Flaherty with The Bent Agency. Seeking short fiction of any genre between 250 and 750 words. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants. Electronic submissions via email only; reprints are okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail. Open internationally. Limit: 300 entries. Awards: 1st Place: $400, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; 2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; 3rd Place: $200, publication, interview and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; 7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication and interview; and 10 Honorable mentions receive a $20 Amazon Gift Certificate. Top 10 stories are published in the WOW! Women On Writing e-zine, and contestants are interviewed on WOW's blog, The Muffin. Entry fee: $10; critique option for an additional $10. Deadline: November 30, 2018. Info: www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php

Gemini Magazine Ninth Annual Poetry Open competition. Any type of poetry, any subject matter, any length. Awards: $1,000, $100, (4) $25. All six finalists will be published online in the March 2019 issue of Gemini. Entry fee: $7 (for up to three poems). Deadline: January 2, 2019. Info: http://gemini-magazine.com/poetryopen.html

2019 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: 37 or $60 US. Deadline: March 31, 2019. Info: www.ruberybookaward.com

 

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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