Contests

Advice our group has been given by established writers and publishers clearly indicates one way to get noticed is to enter (and, in a perfect world, win) contests. This page is dedicated to a list of opportunities. Deadline dates will vary. Many contests are annual affairs so if you miss this year’s cut-off, prepare for the next one.

Annual Contests (rotating dates)
Sponsor Contest title or Genre Deadline or Submission window link
Boston Review (Discovery) Poetry Jan. 1, 2013 website
Dream Quest Fiction, Poetry Jan. 13, 2013 website
Our Stories Flash Fiction Jan. 16 – April 15 website
Prisim Short Fiction, Poetry Jan. 25, 2013 website
Chapter One Short Story Jan. 30, 2013 website
Chapter One Novel Feb. 28, 2014 website
Glimmer Train Family Matters Fiction about family April 30, 2013 website
Our Stories Emerging Writer May 1 – Jul 30 website
Writer’s Digest 82nd Annual Mainstream/Literary Short Story TBA website
Writer’s Digest 82nd Annual Children’s/Young Adult Fiction TBA website
Writer’s Digest 82nd Annual Television/Movie Script TBA website
Writer’s Digest 82nd Annual Stage Play TBA website
Writer’s Digest 82nd Annual Non-rhyming Poetry TBA website
Writer’s Digest 82nd Annual Rhyming Poetry TBA website
Writer’s Digest 82nd Annual Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.) TBA website
Writer’s Digest 82nd Annual Magazine Feature Article TBA website
Writer’s Digest 82nd Annual Memoirs/Personal Essay TBA website
Writer’s Digest 82nd Annual Inspirational Writing (Spiritual/Religious) TBA website
Our Stories Emerging Writer May 1 – July 30 website
BlackMountain Press Book Length May 17, 2013 website
Boston Review (Annual) Poetry Jun. 1, 2013 website
The New Guard Fiction TBA website
The New Guard Poetry TBA website
Dream Quest Fiction Jan. 13, 2013 website
Dream Quest Poetry Jan. 13, 2013 website
Chapter One Self-Published Book Feb. 28, 2013 website
HISSAC Fiction TBA website
Narrative Magazine Fiction TBA website
New Millenium Poetry TBA website
New Millenium Fiction TBA website
New Millenium Nonfiction TBA website
SEÁN Ó FAOLÁIN SHORT STORY COMPETITION Fiction TBA website
This magazine Fiction TBA website
Our Stories Open Aug 31 – Sep 30 website
Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Science Fiction TBA website
Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Thriller TBA website
Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Young Adult TBA website
Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Romance TBA website
Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Crime TBA website
Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Horror TBA website
Zoetrope Short Story Oct. 1, 2012 website
Scare The Dickens Out of Us Horror Oct. 1, 2012 website
Boston Review Short Story Oct. 1, 2012 website
Missouri Review Fiction Oct. 1, 2012 website
Missouri Review Poetry Oct. 1, 2012 website
Missouri Review Essay Oct. 1, 2012 website
American Literary Review Short Story / Poetry Oct. 1, 2012 website
Our Stories Short Fiction Oct 1 – Jan 15 website
Cutthroat Fiction / Poetry Oct. 10, 2012 website
Ruminate Short Story Oct. 15, 2012 website
Georgetown Review Fiction/Poetry/Essay Oct. 15, 2012 website
VenturaCountyWC Short Story Oct. 15, 2012 website
BlackMountain Press Book Length Oct. 19, 2012 website
Chapter One Children’s Story Oct. 31, 2012 website
Our Stories Short Fiction Oct 31 – Jan 15 website
Narrative – 30 below Fiction Oct. 30, 2012 website
Glimmer Train Family Matters Fiction about family Oct. 31, 2013 website
Tampa Review Fiction Nov. 1, 2012 website
CBC Short Story Nov. 1, 2012 website
Writer’s Digest Short, Short Story Fiction Nov 15, 2012 website
New Millennium Fiction, nonfiction, poetry Nov. 17, 2012 website
Prisim Literary Non-Fiction Nov. 28, 2012 website
Atlantis Short Story Nov 30, 2012 website
Albedo SF, Fantasy, Horror Nov 30, 2012 website
Narrative Story Nov 30, 2012 website
Fish Publishing Fiction Nov 30, 2012 website
Chapter One Children’s chapter Nov 30, 2012 website
Prairie Fire Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction Nov 30, 2012 website
Ink Tears Fiction   website
Boston Review Essay Dec. 1, 2012 website
Saints & Sinners Fiction Dec 1, 2012 website
Writer’s Digest Poetry Poetry Dec 3, 2012 website
Ladie’s Home Journal Personal Essay Dec 7, 2012 website
Pheobe Journal Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction Dec 15, 2012 website
Carve Natural disaster story Dec 31, 2012 website
Freefall Fiction Dec 31, 2012 website
Flash 500 Flash fiction Dec 31, 2012 website
Writers Of The Future Fiction Dec 31, 2012 website
Boulevard Fiction Dec 31, 2012 website
       

 

 

 Wooden Rocket Press

WOODEN ROCKET PRESS’ “The Sunday Paper” | Accepting fiction submissions
Wooden Rocket Press is looking for new writers with fresh, seralized fiction to be published on our website every month. There are no restrictions on content, as long as your story is fun, engaging, and leaves people wanting more.

We will post one part of a four-part story every Sunday morning just in time for breakfast. We will blog and tweet and face and linkin and lafango (whatever the hell that is) to let everyone know when the next piece is ready. (If your story is not naturally broken into four pieces, we will do this for you).

Word limit is anywhere from 3000-4000 words for the total story (roughly 750-1000 per segment). We want to give people a decent-sized chunk with their morning orange juice and eggs (or tofu scramble). For the first electronic publishing rights to your story, we will pay you $0.01/word, to a maximum of $40. (Rights remain with the author).

This is a never-ending call, so don’t stop sending in those stories. Send all submissions to submissions [at]woodenrocketpress [dot] com

We’ll see you at breakfast.

Dave and Michael,
Wooden Rocket Press

 

4 Responses to Contests

  1. Jenn says:

    Waiting for 2012’s contests. I seemed to have missed this years. What are the restrictions for the contests?

    • john Burnham says:

      There are plenty more for 2011 – John is just slow about getting them posted. Will try to do better.

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    To the towering trees
    I still live on misty seas
    Near the mercy waters
    Out in the cove
    Where two waters meet

    Back in the shadows is where I eat
    Close to sundown
    Blackened lobsters roasted on ember
    The work is gone, The day… Gone

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    Netted balconies and rough bottoms
    While waves swallow and heave
    A vessel from all directions

    All dishes are cleaned
    Sleep…

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    But early morning chill
    Reminds of the painful
    Winters and their Arctic winds

    A taste of coffee
    And a can of sardines
    A pack of smokes

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    A key turns Nothing

    Down below gaskets are loose
    What can be done in these boots

    Four hours of clatter and tinkering
    Encouraged the diesel powered beast
    To suddenly turn on
    And begin to feast
    An arm
    A leg

    A scream of terror and pain
    Could hardly be heard amongst
    The roar of the Lion
    Tearing flesh

    Bloody trail to the radio
    What a mess
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    Yelling, terror, pain
    All were like twenty bullets to the vein

    A moment of clouds
    Of white
    Very white
    Sincere

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    Attention made clear
    A medical kit for temporary relief
    Thoughts from days all made way

    Then no pain Just faint

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    By, Michael Rideout

  3. New competition for Canadian Independent Authors
    Vancouver, BC [March 21, 2016] – New Literary Award Recognizes the Best of Independent Publishing

    This year’s Whistler Writers Festival, October 13–16, will include the presentation of the inaugural Independent Book Awards. The Whistler Independent Book Awards will be open to Canadian authors or permanent residents who have independently published a book or books in the last five years. There will be a single winner, with two additional finalists, in each of four categories: fiction, non-fiction, crime fiction and poetry. The shortlist will be selected by the Canadian Authors Association (Vancouver) and the three finalists in each category will be independently judged by a panel including a respected Canadian author or poet and an appointee of the Whistler Writing Society. Judging the Fiction category will be author and translator Genni Gunn, whose most recent novel, Solitaria, was nominated for the 2011 Giller Prize. JJ Lee, whose debut book,The Measure of a Man, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, will judge the Non-Fiction category. Crime novelist, journalist and publisher Linda L. Richards will judge the Crime Fiction category, while former Vancouver Poet Laureate Evelyn Lau will judge the Poetry category.

    Eligible authors can submit their entries to the Whistler Independent Book Awards until Friday, June 3, 2016. Submissions can be made via http://www.whistlerwritersfest.com and http://www.tidewaterfestival.com. All entries will be evaluated and authors not longlisted will receive a written assessment from the nomination committee. The Canadian Authors Association (Vancouver) will select the shortlist, and the twelve finalists, three in each category, will be notified by July 22. Finalists will receive a significant prize package and will be invited to attend several Festival events, including the popular Literary Cabaret, where winners will be announced. There will be a cash prize of $500 in each category, and winners will participate in a Festival event or reading and will have their books retailed by Whistler’s Armchair Books for three months after the conclusion of the Festival.
    Jointly produced by the Whistler Writing Society and Vivalogue Publishing, the Whistler Independent Book Awards mark the evolution of independent publishing. While the industry has grown dramatically in the last decade, there have been no juried Canadian awards recognizing exceptional quality in these titles—until now. “These awards reflect our ongoing commitment to inclusiveness,” said festival organizer Stella Harvey. “We are proud to welcome accomplished independent authors to the Festival and to celebrate their work.”

    Media Inquiries About the Awards: Contact Lynn Duncan, lynn@vivalogue.com or 604-522-6222
    Media Inquiries About the Whistler Writers Festival: Contact Stella Harvey stella25@telus.net
    About the Whistler Writers Festival: Now in its 15th year, the Whistler Writers Festival has hosted more than 100 leading Canadian authors. This year, the event runs from October 13 – 16. The Festival is organized by the Whistler WritingSociety, which also sponsors a Writer in Residence and Authors in Schools program.

    About Vivalogue Publishing: Vivalogue offers comprehensive print and online publishing and editorial services for individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations. In addition to its work with independent authors, Vivalogue partnered with Heritage House Publishing to create a new young adult imprint, Wandering Fox Books.

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