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The Word Hut 16Th Short Story Writing Competition. Short stories 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: 70.00, 35.00, 15.00. Winning story also published on our website.. Entry fee: 4 per entry via PayPal. Deadline: December 21, 2014. Info: www.thewordhut.com

Sentinel Annual Poetry Competition 2014 for previously unpublished poems in English language, in any style, on any subject. Maximum length: 60 lines. Awards: 700, 350, 175, and 55 x 5 (High Commendation). All winning and commended poems receive first publication in Sentinel Champions magazine. Copyright to poems remains with the authors. Entry fee: 5 per poem. Deadline: December 21, 2014. Info: www.sentinelpoetry.org.uk/sawc/poetry.html

Sentinel Annual Short Story Competition 2014 for previously unpublished short stories in English language, any style, any subject. Maximum length: 2000 words. Awards: 700, 350, 175, and 55 x 5 (High Commendation). All winning and commended stories receive first publication in Sentinel Champions magazine. Copyright to stories remains with the authors. Entry fee: 5 per story. Deadline: December 21, 2014. Info: www.sentinelpoetry.org.uk/sawc/short-story.html

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest Open to anyone who enjoys expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a short story that's worth telling everyone! 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: December 31, 2014. Mail entries/payable to: DREAMQUESTONE.COM, PO Box 3141, Chicago IL 60654. Info: www.dreamquestone.com

International Call For Writers by ArtAscent - Theme: "Portraits" The likeness, personality and mood of a living thing, captured in image and word. What faces will you unveil? Entries may include fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. Awards: The Gold writer will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal complete with a profile review written by our art writer. From three to seven writers in total will be published; showcased, along with website links, in an online exhibition on the ArtAscent website for at least two years; and, promoted on the ArtAscent Facebook and Twitter feeds. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: December 31, 2014. Info: https://artascent.com/the-call-for-artists-and-writers/

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

Society of Midland Authors Awards Competition for books published in 2014. Categories: Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Biography & Memoir, Children's Fiction, Children's Nonfiction, and Poetry. Author must reside in, have been born in, or have strong ties to one of the 12 Midland states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Awards: $500 plus recognition plaques. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: January 3, 2015. Info: www.midlandauthors.com/contest_rules.html

The Stringybark Short Story Award 2014 This is our annual open themed competition. The only proviso is that the story must contain some reference to Australia no matter how minor or incidental. Writers have 1500 words to produce a short story that will delight and entertain the judges. International entries welcome. Awards: $860 in cash and books available to the best entries. Deadline: January 18, 2015. Info: www.stringybarkstories.net

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 Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award (2000 words or fewer) on the theme of "Food Stories." Awards: $200 and consideration for print publication in the Bethlehem Writers Group, LLC's next anthology or as a featured story in Bethlehem Writers Roundtable; $100 + publication in the BWG Writers Roundtable online literary magazine; $50 + publication in the BWG Writers Roundtable online literary magazine. Honorable Mentions may also be published in the BWG Writers Roundtable online literary magazine in a month selected by the editors. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: January 31, 2015. Info: http://bwgwritersroundtable.com/

2015 Apex Awards for Publication Excellence. 100 categories under 11 headings: newsletters; magazines, journals and tabloids; annual reports; print media; electronic media; social media; websites; campaigns, programs and plans; writing; design and illustration; and one-of-a-kind publications. Awards: Plaques, certificates, prestige. Entry fee: $129. Deadline: February 2, 2015. Info: www.apexawards.com

The Society of Professional Journalists 2014 Sigma Delta Chi Awards, which recognize the best in professional journalism. Works must have been published or broadcast in 2014. Categories cover print, radio, television, newsletters, art/graphics, online and research. The contest is open to any U.S. media outlet. Awards: Prestige. Entry fees: $60, $85, $100, $120 depending on when submitted and SPJ membership status. Deadline: February 6, 2015. Info: www.spj.org/a-sdx.asp

2015 SLS-Disquiet Literary Contest - Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction. Awards: Full fellowship (airfare, tuition, and housing included) to the 2015 Disquiet International Program in Lisbon, Portugal. Entry fee: $17. Deadline: February 10, 2015. Info: http://sumlitsem.org/contest.html

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

Worldwide Essay Contest: Education In 50 Years. Write an essay on the topic, "Education in 50 Years: Futurist's Perspective." Length: 750-1500 words, format - word/pdf. Awards: $500, $200, 3rd place: 3D Printer Pen. No entry fee. Deadline: February 15, 2015. Info: https://bid4papers.com/blog/essay-contest/

Ruminate Magazine 2015 VanderMey Nonfiction contest. Maximum length 5500 words. Awards: Along with publication in our Summer 2015 issue, the winner and runner-up will be awarded $1500 and $200, respectively. Entry fee: $20, which includes a complimentary copy of the Summer 2015 issue of the magazine. Deadline: February 20, 2015. Info: www.ruminatemagazine.com/submit/contests/nonfiction/

Wag's Review Annual WinterWriters Contest for fiction, poetry, and essays. Award: $1000 plus publication in the literary quarterly; $500; $100. All entries considered for publication. Entry fee: $22.09. Deadline: February 28, 2015. Info: www.wagsrevue.com/submit

Nivalis Short Story Contest 2015. Length: minimum 2,500 words, maximum 6,000 words. Theme: Nivalis, meaning winter. Awards: $150, $100, publication and 2 copies of the anthology; $100. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: February 28, 2015. Info: www.fabulapress.com/the-contest

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

The Weather Issue essay contest - We're not just making idle chit-chat; the weather affects us all, and talking about the weather is a fundamental human experience. Now, as we confront our changing climate, it may be more important than ever. Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element and reach beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. We're looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice; all essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate. Awards: $1,000, $500. Entry fee: $20; $25 with magazine subscription. Deadline: April 13, 2015. Info: www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/weather

2015 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 8. Entry fee is 8 per story. Deadline: April 30, 2015. Info: www.bristolprize.co.uk

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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