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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: April 23, 2018. Info: www.dreamquestone.com

"Black" International Call For Writers by ArtAscent Theme: Many shades of black color our lives. Black paints many idioms and expressions including black market, blackmail, blacklist, black sheep, black and white, black and blue, in the black, black thoughts and black holes. It is technically the absence of visible light, but we often sense it best in contrast to light and color. Does black reference darkness, mourning, the end, secrets, magic, evil, elegance, authority or solemnity? The interpretations of black are diverse. Share your shades of BLACK with words or images. May be fiction, poetry, short stories etc. to 900 words; previously published or unpublished. Awards: Winner will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal with a profile review. Selected writers will be published; showcased, along with website links, in an online exhibition on the ArtAscent website for at least two years. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: April 30, 2018. Info: https://ArtAscent.com/the-call-for-artists-and-writers/

WOW! Women On Writing Q3 2018 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest: Length 200-1000 words on any topic and in any style -- from personal essay to lyric essay to hybrid and more. The mission of this contest is to reward bravery in real-life storytelling and create an understanding of our world through thoughtful, engaging narratives. Email submissions only; reprints are okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual emails. Open internationally. Limit: 300 entries. Awards: $500, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow's Store; $300, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow's Store; $200, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow's Store; 7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow's Store; and 10 Honorable mentions receive a gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow's Store. Entry fee: $12; critique option for an additional $13. Deadline: April 30, 2018. Info: www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php#EssayContest

2018 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards for children's books, e-books, and marketing collateral. Awards: $500, $100, certificates, award seals. Entry fee: $65. Deadline: May 1, 2018. Info: https://www.dragonflybookawards.com/purple-dragonfly/

2018 Bristol Short Story Prize Stories can be on any theme or subject, to 4,000 words. Awards: 1000, 700, 400; 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 11. Entry fee is 8 per story. Deadline: May 1, 2018. Info: www.bristolprize.co.uk

Writer's Digest 26th 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. Deadline: May 1, 2018. Info: www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/self-published-book-awar ds

86th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition 9 categories. Awards: $5,000, $1,000, $500, $250, $100 plus more. Entry fees: Early-Bird: Poems $20, $15; other entries $30, $25. Regular: Poems $25, $20; other entries $35, $30. Early Bird Deadline: May 4, 2018. Regular Deadline: June 1, 2018. Info: www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/annual-writing-competitio n

Emerging Writer's Contest, open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book. Fiction and Nonfiction under 6,000 words; Poetry 3-5 pages. Awards: Winner in each genre $2,000, plus publication in the Winter 2018-19 issue of Ploughshares, plus conversation with partnering literary agency regarding their work and writing careers. Entry fee: $24; waived if a current Ploughshares subscriber. Deadline: May 15, 2018 at noon EDT. Info: https://www.pshares.org/submit/ewc

The Writer's Spring 2018 Short Story Contest: The Coming Change. Write a 2,000-word fictional short story using any nuance, definition, or understanding of the word "change." Awards: $1,000 and publication in our magazine; $500 and publication on our website, writermag.com; $250 and publication on writermag.com. Entry fee: $25 first story; $15 each additional story. Deadline: May 15, 2018 at midnight EDT. Info: https://www.writermag.com/writing-resources/contests/

The Fiction Desk Newcomer Prize 2018 for short stories between 1,000 and 7,000 words. Awards: 500, 250. Entry fee: 8. Terms of entry at http://bit.ly/2pyNafG. Deadline: May 31, 2018. Info: www.thefictiondesk.com/submissions/newcomer-short-story-prize.php

WOW! Women On Writing Spring 2018 Flash Fiction Contest. Any genre, 250-750 words. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants. Email submissions only; reprints are okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual emails. Open internationally. Limit: 300 entries. Awards: $400, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; $300, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; $200, publication, interview and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; 7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication and interview; and 10 Honorable mentions. Top 10 stories are published in the WOW! Women On Writing e-zine, and contestants are interviewed on WOW's blog, The Muffin. Entry fee: $10; critique option for an additional $10. Deadline: May 31, 2018. Info: www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php

Quebec Writers' Federation Literary Prize For Young Writers who are residents of Quebec and between 16 and 24 years old, inclusively, as of the contest deadline. The prize will recognize the best short story, poem, or work of creative nonfiction written in English and published in an official literary publication in 2017. Awards: Grand prize: $1000 and, when rights allow, republication in carte blanche. Second prize: $350. Third prize: $150. All three prize winners will receive a free one-year membership in the Quebec Writers' Federation. Entry fee: None stated. Deadline: June 15, 2018. Info: www.qwf.org/youthlitprize.html

Sentinel Poetry Book Competition 2018 for full poetry collections by single authors. Poets of all nationalities, living in any part of the world are invited to submit 20 pages of poetry in English language, on any subject, in any style. Awards: Standard publishing contracts plus 300 (First), 200 (Second) and 100 (Third). The three collections will be published by SPM Publications in the second quarter of 2019. Each of the three winners will receive 20 complimentary copies of his or her collection. Entry fee: 25 per collection. Deadline: July 31, 2018. Info: www.spmpublications.com/competitions/poetrybook2018.html

2018 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, 2018. Info: http://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 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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