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Northern Colorado Writers Top of the Mountain Book Award. Two categories: Fiction and Creative Narrative Nonfiction. Submit a one-page synopsis and first 20 pages of your completed unpublished manuscript. Award: $1000. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: February 15, 2016. Info: http://bit.ly/1bTQiE0

2016 Apex Awards for Publication Excellence. 100 categories under 11 headings: newsletters; magazines, journals and tabloids; annual reports; print media; electronic media; social media; websites; campaigns, programs and plans; writing; design and illustration; and one-of-a-kind publications. Entry fee: $149. Deadline extended: February 16, 2016. Info: www.apexawards.com

Journey Awards - Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring true stories about adventures, life events, unique experiences. Categories: Travelogue Experiences, Global Enlightenment, Culinary/Hobby/Professional Experiences, How To/Self Help, Memoir. Length 40,000 words minimum. Books may be published, unpublished - indie or traditional. Awards: Chanticleer Book Review Package, category and genre cash prizes; $28,980 in reviews, prizes and promotional opportunities. Entry fee; $55. Deadline: February 28, 2016. Info: http://chantireviews.com/services/#!/Narrative-Non-fiction-Blue-Ribbon-Award s-Writing-Contest/p/21521217/category=5193080

"Heat" International Call For Writers by ArtAscent - Theme: Heat can mean warmth, passion, anger, excitement, a spicy quality, pressure from authorities, and a hot day. It can be expressed in symbolic, literal, modern, traditional, abstract, and completely unique ways. What heat can your imagination create? Entries may include fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. Awards: The Gold writer will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal complete with a profile review written by our art writer. Up to seven writers in total will be published; showcased, along with website links, in an online exhibition on the ArtAscent website for at least two years; and, promoted on the ArtAscent Facebook and Twitter feeds. Entry fee: $10 per story or poem. Deadline: February 29, 2016. Info: https://ArtAscent.com/the-call-for-artists-and-writers/

The BBC National Short Story Award for the best in contemporary British short fiction. Open to UK residents or nationals who have a history of publication in creative writing.. Awards: 15,000, 3,000, 500. In September 2016, listeners will be able to hear the five shortlisted stories read on BBC Radio 4. No entry fee. Deadline: March 11, 2016. Info: http://www.booktrust.org.uk/prizes/1

Annual Writers-Editors Network Writing Competition. Nonfiction; Fiction; Poetry. Awards: $150, $100, $75. Entry fee: $3$20. Deadline: March 15, 2016. Info: Click for Guidelines and Entry form

Mystery & Mayhem Awards - Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring mystery and mayhem: light suspense, travel mystery, hobby sleuths, senior sleuths. Categories: Amateur Sleuth, Romantic Suspense, Historical Mystery, Classic/British Cozy, Mystery Caper/Adventure. Length 40,000 words minimum. Books may be published, unpublished - indie or traditional. Awards: Chanticleer Book Review Package, category and genre cash prizes; $28,980 in reviews, prizes and promotional opportunities. Entry fee; $55. Deadline: March 31, 2016. Info: http://chantireviews.com/services/#!/Cozy-Mystery-Novels-Writing-Contest/p/ 21521076/category=5193080

2016 Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award (2000 words or fewer) on the theme of "Children's Stories" (pre-school through middle school). Awards: $200, $100, $50 and consideration for print publication in the Bethlehem Writers Group's next anthology or as a featured story in Bethlehem Writers Roundtable. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: March 31, 2016. Info: http://bwgwritersroundtable.com/

F(r)iction Winter 2016 Literary Competitions - three categories: short story (1,000 to 7,500 words, open genre), flash fiction (up to 750 words), and poetry (max of three pages per poem). Awards: All winners will be published in F(r)iction, our trianually-printed collection of literature and art. All finalists will receive free professional editing on their submission and will be considered for later publication. Winners will also receive prizes of $1,000 for best short story, $300 for best flash fiction, and $300 for best poetry. Entry fee: $18 (short story); $10 (flash fiction) or 3 for $15; $10 (poetry) or 3 for $15. Deadline: March 31, 2016. Info: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submissions/

Fabula Press Short Story Contests. Winter (Nivalis) contest opens January 1; Summer (Aestas) opens July 1. No theme. Genre choices include historical fiction, fiction, mystery/suspense, and horror. (No children's stories, fantasy, young adult or chick lit.) Minimum 1500 words, maximum 7000. Awards: $250, $150, $100. All longlisted entries (top 10-15) get published in an anthology, and non-prize winning published entries will be paid $50 each. Entry fee: $10. Deadlines: March 31, 2016 (Nivalis); September 30, 2016 (Aestas). Info: www.fabulapress.com/the-contest/

24th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards - 9 categories: .Children's Picture Books, Genre Fiction, Inspirational, Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Memoirs/Life Stories, Middle-Grade/Young Adult Books, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reference Books. Awards: $8,000 in cash, a feature article about you and your book in the March/April 2017 issue of Writer's Digest, and a paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference. Entry fee: Early Bird $99. Regular $110. Deadlines: Early Bird April 1, 2016; Regular May 2, 2016. Info: www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/self-published-book-awar ds

Sapiens Plurum's Earth Day Short Fiction Contest, 1500-3000 words. Challenge is to personalize the consequences of climate change so readers feel as well as know them. But stories must offer hope, at least a possibility, for without hope people rarely act.  Awards: $1,000, $500, $300. No entry fee. "In the event that you submit a winning Contest Entry, you agree to grant Sapiens Plurum a non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, assignable and transferable copyright license to the Entry." Deadline: April 22, 2016. Info: http://sapiensplurum.org/fiction-contests.html

2016 Annual Dan Poynter's Global Ebook Awards for e-books released to the public anytime in 2014, 2015 or 2016. Nearly 100 categories. Awards: Publicity programs, reviews and discounts on promotional services. Entry fee: $79 per title, per category. Deadline: April 30, 2016. Info: http://globalebookawards.com/

85th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition - 10 categories. Awards: $5,000, $1,000, $500, $250, $100 plus more. Entry fees: Early-Bird: Poems $15, $10; other entries $25, $20. Regular: Poems $20, $15; other entries $30, $25. Early Bird Deadline: May 6, 2016. Regular Deadline: June 1, 2016. Info: www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/annual-writing-competitio n

Dante Rossetti Awards - Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring stories written to a Young Adult audience between the ages of 12 and 18: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dystopian, Mystery, Paranormal, Historical, Romance, Literary. Length 40,000 words minimum. Books may be published, unpublished - indie or traditional. Awards: Chanticleer Book Review Package, category and genre cash prizes; $28,980 in reviews, prizes and promotional opportunities. Entry fee; $55.Deadline: May 30, 2016. Info: http://chantireviews.com/services/#!/Young-Adult-Novels-Writing-Contest/p/2 1521206/category=5193080

Gertrude Warner Awards - Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring stories of all shapes and sizes written to an audience between the ages of about eight to twelve. Categories: Contemporary Middle Grade; Science Fiction, Fantasy & Paranormal Middle Grade; Mystery Middle Grade, Historical Middle Grade, Adventure Middle Grade. Length 40,000 words minimum. Books may be published, unpublished - indie or traditional. Awards: Chanticleer Book Review Package, category and genre cash prizes; $28,980 in reviews, prizes and promotional opportunities. Entry fee; $55. Deadline: May 30, 2016. Info: https://chantireviews.com/services#!/Middle-Grade-Fiction-Writing-Contests-C hanticleer-Book-Reviews/p/58078131/category=5193080

Chaucer Awards - Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring Pre-1750s Historical Fiction, including pre-history, ancient history, Classical, world history (non-western culture), Dark Ages and Medieval Europe, Renaissance, Elizabethan, Tudor, 1600s. Length 40,000 words minimum. Books may be published, unpublished - indie or traditional. Awards: Chanticleer Book Review Package, category and genre cash prizes; $28,980 in reviews, prizes and promotional opportunities. Entry fee; $55. Deadline: June 30, 2016. Info: http://chantireviews.com/services/#!/Historical-Fiction-Contest/p/21521105/c ategory=5193080

Hourglass Literary Magazine first contest for Short Story (7007000 words), Essay(10009000 words), and Poem (maximum 3500 words). Awards: $1,000 in each category plus publication. Other prizes may be offered. Ten finalists will be published in the literary magazine. All published works will be financially compensated. Authors retain copyright. Entry fee: $8 per entry; 3 entries $15. Final Deadline: June 30, 2016. Info: http://hourglassonline.org/contest/

Goethe Awards - Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring Late Period Historical Fiction. Regency, Victorian,18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century, World and other wars, history of non-western cultures, set after the 1750s. Length 40,000 words minimum. Books may be published, unpublished - indie or traditional. Awards: Chanticleer Book Review Package, category and genre cash prizes; $28,980 in reviews, prizes and promotional opportunities. Entry fee; $55. Deadline: June 30, 2016. Info: https://chantireviews.com/services#!/Late-Historical-Fiction-Writing-Contest-C hanticleer-Book-Reviews/p/57936173/category=5193080

 

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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