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North Street Book Prize for self-published books. Categories: Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction. Length limit 150,000 words. Submit an e-book or a printed book. Awards: The top winner in each category will receive $1,500, a marketing analysis and one-hour phone consultation, a $300 credit at BookBaby, and 3 free ads in the Winning Writers newsletter (a $450 value). Two honorable mentions in each category will receive $250. Entry fee: $50 (includes a book on promotion and self-publishing guides. Deadline: June 30, 2015. Info: http://winningwriters.com/our-contests/north-street-book-prize-alt

International Call For Writers by ArtAscent - This call theme is "Still Life." Unique arrangements of commonplace things and found objects have been portrayed with realism and sometimes symbolism. What is your take on still life? Is it modern, traditional, abstract or something else entirely? Share your vision of Still Life. 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 Previously published or unpublished are eligible.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. From three to seven writers in total will be published in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal; 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. Deadline: June 30, 2015. Info: https://artascent.com/the-call-for-artists-and-writers/

Annual Knoxville Writers' Guild writing contest several categories including poetry, creative nonfiction, novel excerpt, genre fiction, and literary fiction. Awards: $100, $50, $25. Entry fees: From none to $10 KWG members, $20 non-members, $5 young writers. Deadline: June 30, 2015. Info: www.knoxvillewritersguild.org/contest

FanStory offers monthly contests: fiction, poetry and more, judged by members of the community. During June there are five featured contests with cash prizes. The Faith Poetry Contest: www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=101329 with the theme of Faith. The Triolet Poetry Contest encourages you to write a poem with a specific rhyme scheme: www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=101388. The New Arrival Acrostic Contest: www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=101399 challenges you to write an acrostic poem. For the Share A Story In A Poem: www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=101494 you can write a poem of any type - but tell a story with your poem.  Write a free verse poem for the Free Verse Poetry Contest: www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=101531. All contests are free with upgraded membership ($6.95 per month). Awards: $100 per contest. Entry fee: $6.50 for the month, includes all contests that month. Deadlines: Vary during the month. Info: www.fanstory.com/index1n.jsp

Weta Nichols Writing Contest sponsored by Ozarks Romance Authors (ORA) - submit the first chapter (up to 2,500 words) of your unpublished novel plus 200 words of flap copy. Categories: Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal/Sci-Fi and Young Adult/Middle Grade. Entries are open genre and not required to contain romantic tones. Awards: Three prizes in each category: $75 and a 1-year ORA membership, $50, $25. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: July 15, 2015. Info: http://ozarks-romance-authors.com/annual-contest/2015-weta-nichols-writing -contest/

2015 InkTears Flash Fiction Competition 500 words or less, any theme. Stories may have been previously published, providing the author still owns the copyright and there is no exclusivity with the prior publication, or unpublished. Awards: 250, 50, 4 x 25. All prize winners will have their story published to the InkTears Readership and their bio published on the InkTears website. Entry fees: 1 entry 3 GBP, 2 entries 5 GBP, 3 entries 6.50 GBP, 4 entries 7.50 GBP. Deadline: July 31, 2015. Info: www.inktears.com/Inktears/WritersNewWritersContest.html

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest Open to anyone who enjoys expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that's worth telling everyone! Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject and/or Write a short story, 5 pages maximum length on any theme. Awards: Poetry Contest: $250, $125, $50; Writing Contest: $500, $250, $100. Entry fees: $5 per poem, $10 per story. Postmark deadline: July 31, 2015. Mail entries/payable to: "DREAMQUESTONE . COM," PO Box 3141, Chicago IL 60654. How to enter online, visit: www.dreamquestone.com

Ruminate Magazine's William Van Dyke Short Story Prize. Awards: Publication plus winner and runner-up will receive $1500 and $200, respectively. Entry fee: $20 , which includes a complimentary copy of the Winter 2015 issue. Deadline: August 5, 2015. Info: www.ruminatemagazine.com/submit/contests/fiction

Publish or Perish Contest: Celebrates Authors as Marketers. Requires a manuscript submission and a marketing plan for the book. Award: $2,000 advance and a publishing contract. No entry fee. Deadline: August 15, 2015. Info: www.PublishOrPerishContest.com

Seventh Annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest. Maximum length 1,000 words. Any subject, style or genre: experimental, mainstream, noir, fantasy, humor, erotica. Awards: $1,000, $100, four Honorable Mentions $25 each. All six finalists will be published online in the October 2015 Issue of Gemini. Entry fee: $5 ($4 for each additional entry). Deadline: August 31, 2015. Info: www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html

Tethered by Letters' Summer 2015 Short Story Contest - any genre, from 1,000 to 7,500 words. International submissions welcome. Awards: $500 and publication in the quarterly journal F(r)iction. Five finalists will be considered for subsequent journal publications or a TBL online monthly feature. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: August 31, 2015. Info: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission; Joe Reinis, jreinis@tetheredbyletters.com

Tethered by Letters' Summer 2015 Flash Fiction Contest - 55, 250, or 500 words in length. Awards: $150 and publication in the quarterly journal F(r)iction. Three finalists will be considered for subsequent journal publications or a TBL online monthly feature. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. Entry fee: $7 per entry OR $15 for three entries. Deadline: August 31, 2015. Info:  http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission; Joe Reinis, jreinis@tetheredbyletters.com

Tethered by Letters' Summer 2015 Poetry Contest - all genres and styles from traditional form to free verse. Length requirements are no more than three pages per poem, single-spaced with double spacing between stanzas. Awards: $150 and publication in the quarterly journal F(r)iction. Three finalists will be considered for subsequent journal publications or a TBL online monthly feature. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. Entry fee: $7 per entry OR $15 for three entries. Deadline: August 31, 2015. Info:  http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission; Joe Reinis, jreinis@tetheredbyletters.com

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2015. Two categories: Short Fiction (maximum length 2,000 words each) and Poetry (maximum length 40 lines each). Awards: 500, Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, One year subscription to Granta, Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage, Complimentary copy of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual. Entry fee: 15 plus VAT if in European Union. Deadline: August 31, 2015. Info: www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting

Bartleby Snopes 7th Annual Dialogue Only Contest Compose a short story entirely of dialogue; under 2000 words. Awards: Minimum $500 awarded, with at least $300 going to grand prize winner; plus publication for five finalists. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: September 15, 2015. Info: www.bartlebysnopes.com/contests.htm

Past Loves Day Story Contest. Write your true story of a former sweetheart, in 700 words or less. Awards: $100, $75, $50. No entry fee. Authors retain all rights. Deadline: September 17, 2015. Info: www.ourpastloves.com/contest

Atlantis Short Story Competition 2015 No theme or genre restrictions. Up to 2,500 words. Awards: $300, $100, $50 + in-depth feedback; Top 40: Name and story's title posted on website. Entry fees: $10, $15, $25 depending on level of feedback wanted when story does not place. Deadline: November 30, 2015. Info: http://atlantis-shortstorycontest.com/

Annual Writers-Editors International Writing Competition. Nonfiction (Previously Published and Unpublished); Fiction (Short Story and Novel Chapter); Children's Literature; Poetry. Awards: $100, $75, $50. Entry fee: $3$20. Deadline: March 15, 2016. Info: Click for Guidelines and Entry form

 

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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