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15th Annual 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 14, 2019. Info: www.writersdigest.com/popularfictionawards

EVENT Magazine 32nd Annual Non-Fiction Contest for creative nonfiction, maximum 5,000 words, not previously published. Awards: $1,500, $1,000, $500 (Canadian) plus publication. Entry fee: $34.95, includes one-year subscription to EVENT. Deadline: October 15, 2019. Info: www.eventmagazine.ca/contest-nf/

Eyelands Book Awards 2019. Eligible submissions include: poetry, novellas, short story collections, novels, children's books, historical fiction/memoir, graphic novels. Awards: Grand prize (published books): Five-day holiday in Athens plus a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards and publication (excerpts) online on our website. Grand prize (unpublished books): Translation into Greek and publication from Strange Days Books. Ten more prizes, one for each category of every section, also win a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards. Certification document for every prize. Entry fee: $30 (27 euros). Deadline: October 20, 2019. Info:  https://eyelandsawards.com/

ArtAscent International Call for Entries -- Theme: "Motion" - Moving or being moved. Shifting, stirring, changing places. The rise and fall. Progress, flow and change in self and society. Dance, sports, adrenalin. Pushing limits, breaking boundaries. Motion is all around us and lives through us. Share your vision of motion. Entries may include 2- and 3-dimensional media, such as paintings, drawings, photography, photos of performance art, fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Submissions must be the original work of the applicant(s). Awards: Publication in art magazine and online 2-year exhibition. Four top applicants will receive a feature section with a profile written about them. Up to 40 applicants will be selected for the full exhibition, all to be showcased in the magazine and the juried online exhibition. Entry fee: $15 for one poem or story. See guidelines for other categories. Deadline: October 31, 2019. Info: https://ArtAscent.com/themed-call-application-information/

2019 Book Pipeline Fiction Competition for unpublished and published books, graphic novels or comics, short stories, and plays for film/TV adaptation consideration. No genre restrictions. Every entrant receives general feedback on their submission, specifically on its adaptation potential. Winner and finalists receive one-on-one assistance from Book Pipeline execs prior to industry exposure, in addition to the following: $5,000 to winner, $500 to runner-up; Long-term circulation and promotion to producers and other execs; Project development with Book Pipeline to prepare a film or TV series pitch; Additional material review and circulation consideration of other stories, published or unpublished. Entry fee: $60. Deadline: November 15, 2015. Info: https://bookpipeline.com/shop/fiction-contest

The Booksie 2019 Short Story Contest - open to all genres, topics and themes. The judging will be done in rounds. Note: By entering the contest, your short story will be posted on the site. Booksie does not take any ownership or rights to any writing posted as part of the contest. If you do not want your story to appear on Booksie, do not enter the contest. You can delete your entry at any time. Awards: One grand prize winner will receive $1,500, and exposure on the Booksie.com website, which receives millions of readers per month. Two runners-up will receive $150.  Entry fee: $9.95. Deadline: November 29, 2019. Info: https://www.booksie.com/contest/booksie-2019-short-story-contest-17

42nd Annual ASBPE Awards (Azbees) for the best in business-to-business journalism; several magazine article, newsletter and website categories, must have been published during 2019. Regional and national winners. Awards: Gold, Silver, Bronze. Open for entries November 1, 2019. Entry fee: Early Bird $150; Regular $165. Deadlines: Early Bird December 10, 2019; Regular January 6, 2020. Info: www.asbpe.org/azbee-awards/ and https://azbeeawards.secure-platform.com/a/page/about/categories

The Disquiet Literary Prize for writing in any genre: fiction (short story or novel excerpt, maximum 25 double-spaced pages per entry), nonfiction (maximum 25 double-spaced pages per entry), poetry (no more than six poems per entry, up to 10 pages total). Awards: The top winners in each genre will be published: the fiction winner on Granta.com, the nonfiction winner in Ninthletter.com, the poetry winner on thecommononline.org. The grand prize winner will receive a full scholarship including tuition, lodging, and a $1,000 travel stipend to Lisbon, Portugal, in 2020. Runners-up and other outstanding entrants will receive financial aid. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: January 3, 2020. Info: http://disquietinternational.org/the-program/contests-scholarships/the-disqui et-prize/ or http://bit.ly/2ekkbbd

2020 William Saroyan International Prize For Writing call for submissions. Given by Stanford Libraries in partnership with the William Saroyan Foundation, the award recognizes newly published fiction and nonfiction. Works of fiction (novels, short story anthologies, or drama) or nonfiction (biography, history, or memoirs) by authors from around the world and first published during 2018-2019 are eligible. Awards: $5,000 in each category. Entry fee: $50. Deadline: January 31, 2020. Info: http://library.stanford.edu/saroyan and FAQ page: https://stanford.io/2Iady8Y

2020 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, 2020. 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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