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Operation Graduate Anthology Call for Entries - We are looking for inspiring true stories for our upcoming book: Operation Graduate: Inspiring Stories from Students Who Beat the Odds. We are seeking 400 - 800 word stories from people who have overcome life's challenges in order to graduate. If selected, your name and story will be in the book, and you will receive a hard copy of the book as well as a link to the e-book to share with family and friends. No submission fee. Deadline: April 25, 2014. Info: www.StoryShelter.com/blog/graduation-stories

Poetic Republic Poetry Prize 2014 -  Anonymous peer review online poetry competition judged by the entrants themselves. The event culminates with a collaborative eBook publication featuring the best poems and comments as chosen by the participants. For poems up to 42 lines. Awards: Single Poem Prize 2,000. Portfolio Prize 1,000. Entry fee: 7 per poem. Deadline: April 30, 2014. Info: www.poeticrepublic.com

CaptionMax, a subtitle and video description company, is inviting writers to describe a short movie clip (90 seconds of video). Awards: $2,000, $1,000, $500. No entry fee. Deadline: April 30, 2014. Info: http://videodescriptioncontest.com/

ArtAscent International Wriitng Competition. Theme: "Desire." Emotional, physical, imagined desire. Global desire. Intangible desire. Consequences of desire. Show us what desire means to you. Entries may include fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. Writers retain copyrights. Open to Canadian (except Quebec) and U.S. residents. Awards: The Gold winner will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal complete with a writer profile review, and receive $50. Three to seven writers in total will be published in ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal including links to your website, promotion on ArtAscent website writer directory, and exposure in social media. Entry fee: $10. Deadline April 30, 2014. Info: http://artascent.com/call-for-writers/

Tethered By Letters' Summer Literary Contests - short story contest (2,000 to 7,500 words, open genre), flash fiction contest (55, 250, or 500 words), and poetry contest (max of three pages per poem). TBL strives to publish writers with engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh writing styles. All winners will be published in Tethered By Letters' Summer Quarterly Journal and finalists will be considered for later publication (after working with one of our Senior Editors). Awards: US$250 for the short story winner, $50 for the flash fiction winner, and $100 for the poetry winner. International submissions are welcome. Entry fees: $10 per Short Story, $4 per Flash Fiction OR $10 for three Flash Fictions, $5 per poem OR $12 for three poems. Deadline: April 30, 2014. Info: http://tetheredbyletters.com/index.php/submissions/contest-submission or email Elliot Hughes, EHughes@tetheredbyletters.com

The Chameleon Theatre Circle 15th Annual New Play Contest. Must be original work that has not been produced. The company is accepting 10-minute plays, one-acts, full-length features, musicals, and plays for children. Awards: Winning plays will be showcased in a concert- format festival in September 2014 and will automatically be entered into consideration for a full production in a future Chameleon season. Cash awards of $100, $50, $25 depending on play length. No entry fee. Deadline: April 30, 2014. Info: www.chameleontheatre.org/newplay/

Fourth Annual Dan Poynter's 2014 Global Ebook Awards for ebooks released to the public anytime in 2012, 2013 or 2014. Nearly 100 categoires. Awards: Publicity programs, reviews and discounts on promotional services. Entry fee: $79 per ebook, per category. Deadline: April 30, 2014. Info: http://globalebookawards.com/

2014 Bristol Short Story Prize Stories can be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online via the website or by post. Maximum length 4,000 words. Awards: 1000 plus 150 Waterstone's gift card; 700 plus 100 gift card; 400 plus 100 gift card; 17 further prizes of 100 for shortlisted stories. All 20 shortlisted writers will have their stories published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 7. Entry fee is 8 per story. Deadline: April 30, 2014. Info: www.bristolprize.co.uk

Writer's Digest 22nd Annual Self-Published Book Awards. Categories:  Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Inspirational (Spiritual, New Age), Life Stories (Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs), Children's/Picture books, Middle-Grade/Young Adult books, Reference Books (Directories, Encyclopedias, Guide Books), Poetry. Awards: $3,000 in cash, national exposure for your work, the attention of prospective editors and publishers, a paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference. Entry fee: early-bird entry fees are $110 for the first entry, and $85 for each additional entry. Deadline: May 1, 2014. Info: www.writersdigest.com/competitions/selfpublished

32nd Annual SouthWest Writers International Competition - 10 categories for novels, creative nonfiction, essay, short stories, children's picture books, and poetry. Awards: $300, $200, $150 in each of the 10 categories. other entries ($20 for SWW members, $30 non-members). Deadline: May 1, 2014 and may be submitted after May 1 until May 15 with payment of a late fee. Info: www.swwcontest.com

2014 Leapfrog Fiction Contest for Adult Fiction and Children's Fiction (middle grade and YA only). Any novella- or novel-length work of fiction, including short-story collections, not previously published is eligible. The minimum length is 22,000 words; there is no maximum length. Awards: First Prize: publication contract offer from Leapfrog Press, with an advance payment, plus the finalist awards. Finalists: $150 and two critiques of the manuscript from contest judges; permanent listing on the Leapfrog Press contest page as a contest finalist, along with short author bio and description of the book. Semi-Finalist: Choice of a free Leapfrog book; permanent listing on the website. Entry fee: $30. Deadline: May 1, 2014. Info: www.leapfrogpress.com/contest.htm

83rd Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition 10 categories. Awards: $3,000, $1,000, $500, $250 plus more. Entry fees: Poems $15, $10; other entries $25, $20. Early Bird Entry Deadline: May 5, 2014. Info: www.writersdigest.com/competitions/writers-digest-annual-competition

2014 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. Awards: $1,500, $500, $500. No theme or genre restrictions. Maximum length 3,500 words; copyright remains property of the author. Entry fee: $15 through May 1; $20 after May 1 until May 15. Deadline: May 15, 2014. Info: www.shortstorycompetition.com

The Word Hut 13th Short Story Writing Competition. Up to 1000 words on any theme or in any genre. Previously blogged stories may be entered. Entries to be sent by email only. Awards: 70, 35, 15. Winning story also published on website. Entry fee: 4 per entry via PayPal. Deadline: May 18, 2014. Info: www.thewordhut.com

Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition - Stories should be between 2000 & 5000 words in length. Awards: First prize is 500, plus five finalist prizes of 100 each, with winners being published in an upcoming Fiction Desk anthology. Entry fee: 7. Deadline: May 30, 2014. Info: www.thefictiondesk.com/submissions/ghost-story-competition.php

Salamander 2014 Fiction Prize - 30 double-spaced pages maximum. All entries considered for publication. Award: $1,500 and publication. Entry fee: $15 (includes one-year subscription). Deadline: June 15, 2014. Info: http://salamandermag.org/contests/

2014 WARP Place Writing Contest. Total of ten categories. No length limits, but 3,000 to 6,000 words recommended. Awards: Total of $70,000 in cash plus other prizes. Entry fees: Seven categories have entry fees of $25; three compilation only categories have entry fees of $10. Deadline: June 25, 2014. Info: http://warpplace.com/2014-writing-contest-rules/

The London Magazine's Worldwide Poetry Competition 2014. Poems can be of any theme up to 40 lines and entries can be sent by post or email. Awards: 200 plus publication in TLM magazine, 150 plus publication on website, 100 plus publication on website. Entry fee: 5 per poem. Deadline: June 30, 2014. Info: http://thelondonmagazine.org/tlm-competition/the-london-magazines-poetry- competition-2014/

The New Guard Volume IV Contests - Machigonne Fiction Contest: any genre. Submit up to 5,000 words, anything from flash to the long story. Novel excerpts are welcome if the excerpt functions as a stand-alone story. Knightville Poetry Contest; any form. Three poems per entry. Up to 150 lines per poem. Awards: $1,000 for each category and publication. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: July 14, 2014. Info: www.newguardreview.com

Vallum Contemporary Poetry is accepting original and previously unpublished poetry submissions for the Vallum Award for Poetry 2014. Awards: $750, $250. Entry Fee: $25 (includes a 1 year subscription). Deadline: July 15, 2014. Info: http://vallummag.com/contestrules.html

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest 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, 2014. Info: www.dreamquestone.com

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, 2014. Info: www.ourpastloves.com/contest


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 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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