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No Fee Writing Contests **FREE Entry Fee


Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, September 23, we will accept the first one hundred eligible entries submitted for the contest, each containing up to the FIRST FIFTY WORDS of the entrant’s romance manuscript.

At Black Balloon Publishing we champion the weird, the unwieldy, and the unclassifiable. We are battle-worn enemies of boredom and we’re looking for books that defy the rules, bend reality, twist preconceptions, and imagine the unimaginable.

If you’re our kind of writer, you’re braver, and smarter, and strategically crazier than all the rest. You’ve already written a masterpiece without a manual and we want to read it; we want to go down the rabbit hole, into the vast nothingness of outer space, swim among the strange illuminating creatures deep in the ocean. And to that end, we’re very pleased to announce the first ever Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize, an award for a previously-completed manuscript, which comes with $5,000 and a Black Balloon Publishing book deal.

On the Premise Contest #20 officially launched on March 10, 2013. Its premise is: INNER WORKINGS

One or more characters must examine the inner workings of something important to the story. The “something” can be a physical object, a person’s mindset, a relationship, an idea… anything so long as the concept of “inner workings” can be applied to it literally or metaphorically.
Any genre except children’s fiction, exploitative sex, or over-the-top gross-out horror is fine.
Your challenge: In at least 1,000 but no more than 5,000 words, write a creative, compelling, and well-crafted story that clearly uses the premise. If you have questions, ask us at Questions@OnThePremises.com.
Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern Time, Friday, May 31, 2013.

The Flying Elephants Short-Story Prize is meant to showcase the work of outstanding short-story writers, published or emerging. We are delighted to announce that the Judge of the Flying Elephants Prize is world-renowned author Edwidge Danticat, and that the Prize Fund is sponsored by Gregory Colbert, the artist and nature advocate behind “Ashes and Snow.”    AndWeWereHungry welcomes your entries! April 30th http://andwewerehungry.org/short-story-contest-at-a-glance/ Submit https://andwewerehungry.submittable.com/submit

2nd Annual Romancing the Craft of Poetry & Fiction Contest

Online submission deadline: June 30, 2013

There is no entry fee or theme. Poems may be any length or style. Fiction stories should have no more than 3000 words. Three winners will receive cash prizes and publication in Volume VIII of the Torrid Literature Journal. Visit our website for submission guidelines and previous winners: torridliterature.com/Contests.html.

2013 South American Short Story Writing Contest

Online submission deadline: March 30, 2013

Southern Pacific Review’s annual short story contest is open for submissions. We are looking for the best possible short stories from writers located in any country. Winning prize is $100 USD and publication in Southern Pacific Review. Deadline is 30 March 2013. Candidates must have previous writing experience either in a print publication or on-line in a blog. Submit entries along with links to any work you have published to editor@gringolandiasantiago.com. There is no reading fee. We are interested in quality writing.

Kathy Fish Fellowship and Writer-in-Residence

Online submission deadline: March 31, 2013

SmokeLong Quarterly is currently accepting submissions for its 2013-14 Kathy Fish Fellowship. The winner of the 2013-14 Kathy Fish Fellowship will be considered a “writer in residence” at SmokeLong for four quarterly issues (June 2013, September 2013, December 2013 and March 2014). Each issue will include one flash by the Fellowship winner. The winner of the Fellowship will also receive $500.00, to be paid as follows: $100.00 on announcement of the winner, and $100.00 upon publication of each of the four issues in 2013-14. Fellows will have the opportunity to work with SmokeLong staff and participate in online writing workshops. More info and to apply: smokelong.submittable.com/submit/18768.

Open City Magazine RRofihe Trophy Short Story Contest @anderboOnline submission deadline: January 7, 2014

No fee to enter the 2013 RRofihe Trophy Short Story Contest, which was started in 2004 at Open City Magazine (Editors: Thomas Beller and Joanna Yas). For short stories between 3500 and 5000 words in length. Author of winning story receives $500; a trophy; and publication on Anderbo.com. Complete guidelines at www.anderbo.com/anderbo1/no-fee-rrofihe-trophy2013.html.

Trop Short Fake College or High School Commencement Address Contest

Submission deadline: March 31, 2013

Trop, an online literary magazine based in Los Angeles, is having a commencement address contest. We expect submissions to be grandiose, absurd, and funny. First prize will win $500, second will win $250, third will win $100, and all five top finishers will be published in our Weather section in May. Amelia Gray will judge. Keep it between 500 and 1,500 words. We think this is going to be hilarious and we’re really looking forward to reading everything that comes in. tropmag.com/2013/announcement/

Creative Nonfiction Sustainability Essay Contest

For a special “The Human Face of Sustainability” issue, Creative Nonfiction and ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability are looking for nonfiction that illuminate environmental, economic, ethical and/or social challenges related to the state of the planet and our future. Deadline May 31, 2013; $10,000 for Best Essay. Guidelines at www.creativenonfiction.org/submit.

Nonfiction Contest: Lunch Ticket

Online submission deadline: March 30, 2013

Lunch Ticket is honored to serve as the host for the Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction. Creative nonfiction authors are invited to submit an essay of up to 5,000 words on the subject of their choice. Winners will receive $250 and their work will be featured in the next issue of Lunch Ticket. The reading period for the award will be February 1 through March 30. Please note that previously published work will not be accepted. All submissions for the award will be considered for publication in Lunch Ticket. To submit, please visit: lunchticket.org.

Jabberwock Review announces 2013 Editors’ Prize for Fiction and Poetry.

Postmark/Online submission Deadline: March 15, 2013.

Fiction: Submit a short story or self-contained novel except of any length. Poetry: Submit up to 3 poems. Each winner will receive $500 and publication in Jabberwock Review. All entries are read blindly, and all finalists are considered for publication. All entrants receive a one-year (two-issue) subscription beginning with the prize-winning issue. Work must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are welcome. For complete guidelines or to submit online, go to www.jabberwock.org.msstate.edu.

Crucible: Poetry and Fiction Competition Deadline May 1st http://www.barton.edu/crucible/
The Writers of the Future Contest
Established and sponsored by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983, the “Writers Award Contest” was a budding competition aimed at discovering, and eventually publishing, deserving amateur and aspiring writers. The field of speculative fiction and fantasy, was chosen not only for Mr. Hubbard’s love of and success within the genre—but for the freedom of imagination and expression it provided as what he described as the “herald of possibility.”

The First Annual Treehouse Literary Loot Contest for Unusual Prose! **April 30th


IFWA presents:
The Robyn Herrington Memorial

Speculative Fiction Short Story Contest


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  1. eric jacobson August 29, 2014 at 1:04 am # Reply


    Sacrifice Anthology Contest
    Sacrifice Anthology Writing Contest – No Entry Fee

    Email your submissions by midnight September 30, 2014 EST. to: contest at sacrificeanthology.com (contest “at” means contest@ I have to list it this way so the spam robots don’t pull off the email address and send spam)

    Submissions accepted from June 15 – September 30, 2014
    Winners will be announced by October 30, 2014.

    1st Place: $50 and two copies of the anthology and will be included in the published anthology.
    2nd Place: $30 and two copies of the anthology and will be included in the published anthology.
    3rd Place: $20 and two copies of the anthology and will be included in the published anthology.

    All other submissions accepted for publication in the anthology will receive one copy of the anthology.

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