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2019 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, 2019. Info: www.ruberybookaward.com

Writer's Digest 27th Annual Self-Published Book Awards. Categories: Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Nonfiction/Reference, Inspirational, Life Stories (Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs), Early Readers/Children's Picture books, Middle-Grade/Young Adult, Poetry. Awards: $8,000 grand prize, $1,000 category winners, national exposure for your work, a paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference, and more. Entry fees: Early-bird entry fees are $99 for the first entry, and $85 for each additional entry. Regular entry fees are $125 for first entry, and $95 for each additional entry. Deadlines: Early-bird April 1, 2019. Regular May 1, 2019. Info: www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/self-published-book-awar ds

Tenth Annual Gemini Magazine Short Story Contest. No restrictions on genre or length. Awards: $5,000, $250, three at $50. All five finalists will be published online in June 2019 issue. Entry fee: $10 per story. Deadline: April 1, 2019. Info: www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest for published or unpublished work. Awards: $1,000, $250, 10 HM's at $100 each. No entry fee. Deadline: April 1, 2019. Info: https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/wergle-flomp-humor-poetry-contest-f ree

WrEN Award for Poetry - our own contest and a NEW one! Submit 3-5 pages of poems in any one of three categories per entry. Awards: $200 Top Poet; $25 each category winner. Entry fee: $10 (members); $15 non-members per entry. Deadline: April 30, 2019. Info: Click or tap for guidelines.

ArtAscent International Call for Entries -- Theme: "Abstract" - Abstractions are all around us. Ideas can be abstract; existing as an idea, feeling or quality but not having a tangible existence. Some conversations can be abstract, vague and theoretical and not based on particular examples or facts. And of course, there is abstract art which evokes feelings without trying to realistically represent the appearance of people or things. Abstract art, like poetry, offers a fragment of a mysteriously familiar narrative without directly revealing it in a realistic way. Reveal your most ABSTRACT thoughts. Entries may include 2- and 3-dimensional media, such as paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media, installations, ceramics, jewelry, fabric, sculpture, 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). Apply using the online form. Awards: Publication in a brilliant 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 categoires. Deadline: April 30, 2019. Info: https://ArtAscent.com/themed-call-application-information/

Cygnus Awards for Science Fiction Novel Writing -  books featuring space, time travel, life on other planets, parallel universes, alternate reality, and all the science, technology, major social or environmental changes of the future that author imaginations can dream up. Hard Science Fiction, Soft Science Fiction, Apocalyptic Fiction, Cyberpunk, Time Travel, Genetic Modification, Aliens, Super Humans, Interplanetary Travel, and Settlers on the Galactic Frontier, Dystopian. Awards: Approximately $30,000.00 worth of cash and prizes. Entry fee: $75. Deadline: April 30, 2019. Info: https://www.chantireviews.com/services/Fantasy-and-SciFi-Blue-Ribbon-Awar ds-Writing-Contest-p21521218

Journey Awards for Narrative Non-Fiction books featuring true stories about adventures, life events, unique experiences, travel, personal journeys, global enlightenment, and more. Awards: Approximately $30,000.00 worth of cash and prizes. Entry fee: $75. Deadline: April 30, 2019. Info: https://www.chantireviews.com/services/Narrative-Non-fiction-Blue-Ribbon-A wards-Writing-Contest-p21521217

The Mystery & Mayhem Awards ~ Cozy Mystery Novel Writing Contest - books featuring "mystery and mayhem", amateur sleuthing, light suspense, travel mystery, classic mystery, British cozy, hobby sleuths, senior sleuths, or historical mystery, perhaps with a touch of romance. Awards: Approximately $30,000.00 worth of cash and prizes. Entry fee: $75. Deadline: April 30, 2019. Info: https://www.chantireviews.com/services/Cozy-Mystery-Novels-Writing-Contes t-p21521076

2019 Bristol Short Story Prize Stories can be on any theme or subject, to 4,000 words. Awards: 1000, 500, 250; 17 further prizes of 100 for shortlisted stories. All 20 short-listed writers will have their stories published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 12. Entry fee is 9 per story. Deadline: May 1, 2019. Info: www.bristolprize.co.uk

88th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition 9 categories. Awards: $5,000, $1,000, $500, $250, $100 plus more. Entry fees Early-bird/Regular:  Poems $20, $25; other entries $30, $35. Deadlines: Early-bird May 6, 2019. Regular June 3, 2019. Info: www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/annual-writing-competitio n

The Stringybark Times Past Short Story Award 2019 - Stringybark Publishing invites Australian and international writers to try their hand at writing a historical fiction story. We would like you to take a particular historical incident and weave a story around it. The story could relate to some real event that was of international significance (the outbreak of the Korean War, for example) or of local historical interest (the election of the first woman councillor to Warabigga Shire Council in 1927). We don't mind. All we require is for there to be a kernel of truth in what you write about and that the story has a link, no matter how tenuous, to Australia. Length: 1500 words maximum plus 100-word explanation of the historical "facts." Awards: Over $1000 in cash and books as well as publication of the winning and highly commended stories. Entry fees: A$14 for one story, A$26 for two stories, A$36 for three stories (max). Deadline: June 16, 2019. Info: www.stringybarkstories.net/competitions/open-the-stringybark-times-past-a ward-2019.html


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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