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Last Updated: Monday, 2 March 2015

15 Contest Listings

1 New Contest:
Tuscany Prize - annual, any genre Catholic (fic); $10 fee, 6 prizes=$13k

This page of listings of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry contests is a service to those who enjoy them. I do not seek out contests, but will post those that are brought to my attention if they appear legitimate (have a 5-to-1 pay-out ratio; e.g.: $5 fee to a $25 average per story published) and they do not include fiction written by the publisher(s), editor(s), judges, or staff. Some require an entry fee and I take no responsibility for how those fees are used, or for the management (or lack of it) of these contests. Enter at your own risk! US ($), UK (£), or EU (€) currency are used unless otherwise noted. Addresses are US unless noted otherwise. These listings are provided in good faith with the belief the info is correct, but accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions in them. The fact that an entry is listed here is no guarantee that said entity will carry through with their contest, or ever publish anything. Contact with any editor or publisher is at the contributor's own risk. encourages all potential contributors to do a web search of the editor's and/or publisher's name before submitting to them. Each visitor assumes all risk associated with the use or misuse of the information here.

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  • AEON AWARD 2015 SHORT FICTION CONTEST - annual; f/sf/h (fic). Words: <10k. Fee: €7.50. 3 Prizes=&euro1000 +pub. Reprints: no. Grand Judges: Ian Watson, Eileen Gunn, Todd McCaffrey, & Michael Carroll. E-subs: ONLY. Contact: (QS).   2015 Qarterly Round Deadlines: 31Mar, 30Jun, 30Sep, 30Nov.   [Top]

  • CHEERREADER SHORT STORY - quarterly; humour (fic). Words: <1½k. Fee: €5. Prize: €100. Reprints: no. Judges: Brian & Elizabeth David. E-subs: ONLY. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Openings: 01Jan; 01Apr; 01Jul; 01Oct
    Do Not Submit Before!
    Deadlines: 15Mar; 15Jun; 15Sep; 15 DecResults & PubDates: 30Mar; 30Jun; 30Sep; 31Dec

  • DREAM QUEST ONE POETRY & WRITING CONTESTS - semiannual; all genres (fic/nonfic/poem). Words: fic/nonfic=<5 pages; poem=<30 lines. Fee: fic/nonfic=$10; poem=$5. Prizes: 3 fic/nonfic=$850; 3 poem=$425. Reprints: yes, if original. E-subs: YES. Contact: (QS).   [Top]
    Opens (summer/winter): 1 January/1 August
    Deadlines (summer/winter): 31 July/31DecemberResults & PubDates (summer/winter): 31 August/31 January

  • GLIMMER TRAIN: FAMILY MATTERS - biannual; literary genres about family (fic). Words: <12k (prefers 3k-6k). Fee: $15. 3 prizes=$2300 +copies. Reprints: no. E-subs: ONLINE FORM. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Reading Periods: Mar & Sep (with 1-week grace period)Results: 01Jun/01Dec

  • GLIMMER TRAIN: FICTION OPEN - biannual; literary genres (fic). Words: 2k-20k. Fee: $20. 3 prizes=$4100 +copies. Reprints: no. E-subs: ONLINE FORM. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Reading Periods: 01Mar & 01Sep (with 1-week grace period)Results: 01Jun & 01Dec

  • GLIMMER TRAIN: SHORT STORY AWARD FOR NEW WRITERS - quarterly; literary genres (fic), see GLs for eligibilty. Words: <12k (prefers 1½k-6k). Fee: $15. 3 prizes=$2300 +copies. Reprints: no. E-subs: ONLINE FORM. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Reading Periods: Feb/May/Aug/Nov (with 1-week grace period)Results: 01May, 01Aug, 01Nov, & 01Feb

  • GLIMMER TRAIN: VERY SHORT FICTION AWARD - quarterly; literary genres (fic/flash). Words: <3k. Fee: $15. 3 prizes=$2300 +copies. Reprints: no. E-subs: ONLINE FORM. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Reading Periods: Jan, Apr, Jul, & Oct (with 1-week grace period)Results: early Jan, 01Apr, 01Jul, & 01Oct posted here

  • L. RON HUBBARD'S WRITERS OF THE FUTURE CONTEST - quarterly; sf/f/h/SpecFic (fic). Words: <17k. Fee: $0. 3 ¼ly Prizes=$2250 +pub; 1 annual Grand Prize=$5000. Reprints: no. E-subs: YES. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Quarterly Submission Periods: 01Jan-31Mar; 01Apr-30Jun; 01Jul-30Sep; 01Oct-31DecResults: 12 weeks <DLPubDate: yearly

  • MONA SCHREIBER PRIZE FOR HUMOROUS FICTION & NONFICTION - 15th annual; all humor (fic/nonfic/poem). Words: to 750. Fee: a paltry $5. 3 Prizes=$850. Reprints: no. E-subs: NONE. Patron: (Q).   [Top]
    Opens: 1 JanuaryAnnual Deadline: postmarked by 1 December Winners Announced: 24 December

  • NATIONAL FANTASY FAN FEDERATION (N3F) AMATEUR SHORT STORY CONTEST - annual; sf/f. Words: <8½k. Fee: $5 (members $3). 3 Prizes=$100. Reprints: no. E-subs: YES. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Deadline: 31 December (each year)Winners Notified: March (each year)

  • RAMBLE UNDERGROUND SHORT FICTION CONTEST - biannual (ongoing); any genre, uses mostly lit (fic). Words: <2½k. Fee: $6. 2 Prizes=50% of fees (min $100 & $50), 1 HM=pub. Reprints: yes. E-subs: ONLY. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Open Periods: 16May-15Nov; 16Nov-15MayResults: 15Dec & 15JunPubDate: 21Dec & 21Jun

    NEW LISTING: 16 February 2015
  • TUSCANY PRIZE FOR CATHOLIC FICTION - annual for un-/self- published or YA novels/short stories, any genre Catholic fiction (fic). Words: no limits. Fee: $10. Prizes: 3 First & 3 Runner-Ups=$13k total. Reprints: yes. Judges: Peter Mongeau & Joseph O'Brien. E-subs: YES. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Deadline: 30 June 2015Results: July/August 2015PubDate: 1 January 2016

  • WEST VIRGINIA WRITERS WRITING CONTEST: Genre Fantasy Category - annual; f only (fic). Words: <5k. Fee: WV residents=$10; others=$30. Prizes: 1st=$250; 2nd=$125; 3rd=$75. Reprints: no. Judge: Brian Keene. E-subs: NONE!. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Deadline: 15 March 2015
    +$2 fee=30 March 2015
    Results: 13 June 2015PubDate: no publication

  • WOW! WOMEN ON WRITING QUARTERLY FLASH FICTION CONTESTS - quarterly; all genres (see judge's perferences) (flash). Words: 250-750. Fee: $10. 3 Prizes=$600 +gifts. Reprints: yes. Judge: Sarah Lapolla of Curtis Brown, Ltd. E-subs: ONLY. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Open to Entries: 1Mar-31May, 1Jun-31Aug , 1Sep-30Nov, 1Dec-28FebResults: 1Feb, 1May, 1Aug, 1NovPubDate: 1Aug, 1Nov, 1Feb, 1May

  • ZOETROPE: ALL-STORY SHORT FICTION CONTEST - annual; all genres of literary fiction (fic). Words: <5k. Fee: $20. 3 Prizes=$1750 (& 7 HMs), lit agent consideration. Reprints: no. Guest Judge: Karen Russell. E-subs: ONLINE FORM. (Q).   [Top]
    Entry Dates: 1 July - 1 October (midnight PDT)Results: 15 DecemberPubDate: Spring following year

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