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Chaucer Awards - Early Historical Fiction (pre-1750s). Chanticleer Book Reviews is seeking 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, we will put them to the test and choose the best among them. Awards: * A Prize Ribbon to use in promotion at book signings and book festivals. * Digital Badges for display on your website or incorporation into book covers. * Book stickers to identify your print books to bookstore shoppers as they browse. You will also receive a powerful promotional boost from Chanticleer Reviews. Entry fee: $75. Deadline: June 30, 2018. Info: www.chantireviews.com/services/Historical-Fiction-Contest-p21521105/
Goethe Awards - Late Historical Fiction (post-1750s). 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, we will put them to the test and choose the best among them. Awards: * A Prize Ribbon to use in promotion at book signings and book festivals. * Digital Badges for display on your website or incorporation into book covers. * Book stickers to identify your print books to bookstore shoppers as they browse. You will also receive a powerful promotional boost from Chanticleer Reviews. Entry fee: $75. Deadline: June 30, 2018. Info: www.chantireviews.com/services/Late-Historical-Fiction-Writing-Contest-Chan ticleer-Book-Reviews-p57936173
Cosmonauts Avenue Nonfiction Prize for unpublished writing that is personal, necessary, darkly funny, unfunny, candid, unique, upsetting, untold. Award: $500 and publication in Cosmonauts Avenue. All submissions will be considered for publication. Entry fee: $12. Deadline: June 30, 2018. Info: https://cosmonautsavenue.submittable.com/submit/114926/2018-nonfiction-p rize
The Writer's Summer Flash Contest 2018 -- any genre (fiction or nonfiction). The only restriction is that your submission must be 1,000 words or less. Awards: Grand prize: $1,000 and publication in The Writer magazine. Second-place $500 and publication on the website, writermag.com. Third-place $250 and publication on writermag.com. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: Midnight, EDT, July 15, 2018. Info: https://writermag.submittable.com/submit/118218/summer-flash-contest-201 8
Laramie Awards - American West Novels. Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring cowboys, the wild west, pioneering, civil war, and early North American History, we will put them to the test and choose the best among them. Awards: * A Prize Ribbon to use in promotion at book signings and book festivals. * Digital Badges for display on your website or incorporation into book covers. * Book stickers to identify your print books to bookstore shoppers as they browse. You will also receive a powerful promotional boost from Chanticleer Reviews. Entry fee: $75. Deadline: July 31, 2018. Info: www.chantireviews.com/services/Western-Pioneer-&-Civil-War-Historical-Fictio n-Novels-Pre-1900s-p21521125
Sentinel Poetry Book Competition 2018 for full poetry collections by single authors. Poets of all nationalities, living in any part of the world are invited to submit 20 pages of poetry in English language, on any subject, in any style. Awards: Standard publishing contracts plus £300 (First), £200 (Second) and £100 (Third). The three collections will be published by SPM Publications in the second quarter of 2019. Each of the three winners will receive 20 complimentary copies of his or her collection. Entry fee: £25 per collection. Deadline: July 31, 2018. Info: www.spmpublications.com/competitions/poetrybook2018.html
The Apparitionist – National Ghost Story Competition: Write the scariest ghost story you can think of. Story must be an original unpublished work by the author and include a ghost, spirit, paranormal activity, mysterious circumstance, or a folklore tale that could be perceived as a ghost story. 5,500 words max. Awards: $200, $100, $50; Heritage Award: $25 awarded to a resident of Polk County, NC. Top 3 winners will receive an award certificate and voucher for overnight accommodations at Halloween night reading in Tryon, NC. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: August 27, 2018, 11:59 pm EDT. Info: https://tryonartsandcrafts.org/ghoststory/
10th annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest; any subject, style or genre; maximum length 1,000 words. Entries must be unpublished, but stories displayed on personal blogs are eligible. Awards: $1,000, $100, four honorable mentions of $25 each. Entry fee: $5; $4 each additional entry. Deadline: August 31, 2018. Info: www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html
2018 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, 2018. Info: http://ourpastloves.com/contest
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
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 email@example.com.