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Tethered by Letters' Spring Literary Contests - short story contest (1,000 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' Spring 2015 Quarterly Journal. All finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and be considered for later publication. Awards: $250 for the short story winner, $50 for the flash fiction winner, and $100 for the poetry winner. 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: September 30, 2014. Info: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission;  Joe Reinis, jreinis@tetheredbyletters.com

Lucille's Legacy Publishing's 2014 Storytelling Competition. Stories should be unpublished, true, or written as though they were true. We are looking for inspiring, motivational or humorous tales about such subjects as overcoming adversity, an extraordinary act of kindness, about defeating odds, etc. Basically anything that touches our hearts and evokes strong, positive emotion. We are looking for a range of stories from all walks of life. We seek an authentic, unique voice, and a compelling story. Entries may be religious or secular in nature, about any family-friendly subject. Awards: $1000, $750, $500. All 3 top prize winners & up to 100 Honorable Mentions will have their stories published in a book to be distributed nationally. Entry Fee: $20. Deadline: September 30, 2014. Info: www.peacedancers.org

Shelf Unbound Third Annual Writing Competition for Best Independently Published Book any genre. This year the competition also introduces the Pete Delohery Award for Best Sports Book, open to fiction and nonfiction sports-related books. Awards: The top five books, as determined by the editors of Shelf Unbound, will receive editorial coverage in the December/January 2015 issue of Shelf Unbound. The author of the book named as the Best Independently Published book will receive editorial coverage as well as a year's worth of full-page ads in Shelf Unbound (rate card value $6,000). Entry fee: $40. Deadline: October 1, 2014. Info: www.shelfmediagroup.com/pages/competition.html

The Stringybark Erotic Short Fiction Award 2014 - Your story's title must be the name of a cocktail and the cocktail name must appear somewhere in the story. Maximum length: 1800 words. International entries welcome. Awards: Over $860 in cash and books. Entry fee: A$9.95. Deadline: October 5, 2014. Info: www.stringybarkstories.net

The Word Hut 15th 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: October 19, 2014. Info: www.thewordhut.com

2014 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize, sponsored by Ruminate Magazine. Maximum 5500 words. Awards: $1500, $200 and publication in the Spring 2015 issue. Entry fee: $20 (includes copy of the Spring 2015 issue). Deadline: October 27, 2014. Info: www.ruminatemagazine.com/submit/contests/fiction/

ArtAscent international writing competition. The theme is "Red." Fire, passion, heat, sacrifice, vitality, danger, happiness, a primary color. What shade is your red?  Show us what red means to you. Entries may include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. Writers retain copyrights. Awards: One Gold Winner award plus 3-7 distinguished winners awards. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: October 31, 2014. Info: https://artascent.com/red-call-for-artists-and-writers/

The London Magazine international short story competition for 2014. Length: 4000-word limit. Awards: 500, 300, 200. The winner is published in a future issue of The London Magazine. The runners up will be published on our website. Entry fee: 10 per short story. Deadline: October 31, 2014. Info: http://thelondonmagazine.org/tlm-competition/the-london-magazines-short-st ory-competition-2014/

Bibliophilia writing contest: "What does your avatar say about you?" Entries may be prose (fiction or nonfiction, 500 words or fewer) or poetry (40 lines or fewer). Awards: First, second and third place winners will each receive a set of books authored by members of the forum. No entry fee. Contest is open to anyone who registers for the forum (free) and posts an avatar - no services or products are sold. Deadline: November 1, 2014. Info: www.bibliophilia.org

Writer Advice's 2nd Scintillating Starts Contest. Submit the opening (up to 1500 words) of your book (any prose genre). I will respond like an agent/editor. You get perspective, encouragement, and advice. Awards: The top 3 entries will each earn $100. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: November 10, 2014. Info: www.writeradvice.com

'At War' Poetry contest - Inspired by the First World War centenary, online arts magazine Arts Award Voice (artsawardvoice.com) has launched the 'At War' Poetry Competition. We are asking young writers to submit original poems on the theme 'At War' - from the Great War to the Iraq War, racism to fights with your mum. The competition is a great opportunity to be creative and imaginative, and to engage creatively with the centenary commemorations. There will be two categories (ages 11-16 and 17-22); no length limit. Awards: The prize includes feedback from the judges for the winning poems - an invaluable opportunity for any budding writers. We will also publish a selection of poems in a commemorative e-book, which will have a small print run, and winners will each receive a copy. (Please note that this does not grant us any rights to the submitted poems.) No entry fee. Deadline: November 11, 2014. Info: www.artsawardvoice.com/magazine/articles/general-features/war-poetry-com petition-0

PRISM international's annual Creative Non-Fiction Contest. Maximum word count: 6,000. Awards: $1,500, $300, $200. All 1st prize winners will be published in PRISM, and runners-up will be published at the discretion of the editors. All other entries will be considered for publication as regular submissions (for the possibility of publication in other issues of PRISM). Entry fee: $35 Canadian entries; $40 US entries; $45 int'l entries (includes a one-year subscription or extension). Additional entry: $5 each piece. Deadline: November 21, 2014. Info: http://prismmagazine.ca/contests/

InkTears Short Story Competition 2014 Stories may have been previously published or unpublished; 10003500 words, any theme. Awards: 1,000, 100, 25 x 4, plus all prizewinners get their story published to the InkTears Readers. Entry fee: 6.00. Deadline: November 30, 2014. Info: www.inktears.com/Inktears/WritersNewWritersContest.html

Atlantis Short Story Competition 2014 - 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, 2014. Info: http://atlantis-shortstorycontest.com/

Gemini Magazine Fifth Annual Poetry Open competition. Any type of poetry, any subject matter, any length. Awards: $1,000, $100, $25. All six finalists will be published online in the March 2015 issue of Gemini. Entry fee: $5 for each batch of three poems. Deadline: January 2, 2015. Info: http://gemini-magazine.com/poetryopen.html

PRISM international's annual Short Fiction Contest. Maximum  word count: 6,000. Awards: $2,000, $300, $200. All 1st prize winners will be published in PRISM, and runners-up will be published at the discretion of the editors. All other entries will be considered for publication as regular submissions (for the possibility of publication in other issues of PRISM). Entry fee: $35 Canadian entries; $40 US entries; $45 int'l entries (includes a one-year subscription or extension). Additional entry: $5 each piece. Deadline: January 23, 2015. Info: http://prismmagazine.ca/contests/

PRISM international's annual Poetry Contest. Awards: $1,000, $300, $200. All 1st prize winners will be published in PRISM, and runners-up will be published at the discretion of the editors. All other entries will be considered for publication as regular submissions (for the possibility of publication in other issues of PRISM). Entry fee: $35 Canadian entries; $40 US entries; $45 int'l entries (includes a one-year subscription or extension). Additional entry: $5 per poem. Deadline: January 23, 2015. Info: http://prismmagazine.ca/contests/

2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for independently published books; 70+ categories. Awards: $1,500, $750, $500, $100 plus trophies and recognition. Entry fee: $75 for the first category; special rates for entering a book in multiple categories. Deadline: February 13, 2015. Info: www.indiebookawards.com/entryguidelines.php

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, 2015. Info: Click for Guidelines and Entry form

Fifth Annual Dan Poynter's 2015 Global Ebook Awards for e-books released to the public anytime in 2013, 2014 or 2015. Nearly 100 categories. Awards: Publicity programs, reviews and discounts on promotional services. Entry fee: $79 per title, per category. Deadline: April 30, 2015. Info: http://globalebookawards.com/

The Leapfrog 2015 Fiction Contest is open to submissions from January 15, 2015. Adult and children's (MG and YA) novels, novellas, and story collections. Awards: First prize: Publication contract with advance, plus finalist awards: $150 and manuscript critique. Entry fee: $30. Deadline: May 1, 2015. Info: www.leapfrogpress.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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