The Fine Line Short Story Competition:?The Fine Line’s inaugural short story competition is now open for entries. Whatever your taste, style or inspiration, submit your tale and you could win £200 ($320/EUR230) and publication in The Fine Line Short Story Collection. A percentage of all entry fees goes to charity so you’ll be doing good while getting your work out there. The entry fee is £5 ($8/EUR6). Deadline for entries is May 31, 2011. To read more about the competition, please click on the above link.

Rhyme & Reason 2011:?Details for the 2012 edition of Rhyme & Reason, with the theme of ‘TIME’, have now been launched. Contributions for the publication can be made through one of two competitions: a new Prose Competition, to be judged by author Fay Weldon, and a Poetry Competition, now in its fourth year, to be judged by poet Gerard Benson. We are awarding prizes in both categories, and hope to publish as many entries as possible, so even if you are unsuccessful in the competition, you have a very good chance of being published in the diary. Details about both competitions and how to enter can be found by clicking on the above link.

Ruminate Nonfiction Prize:?Ruminate is thrilled to announce our first annual Ruminate Nonfiction Prize. The first place story will win a $500 prize and the runner-up will win a $50 prize. The entry deadline has been extended to February 15th, 2011 and the finalist judge is award-winning author, Al Haley. Contest details can be viewed by clicking on the contest link.

Mid-Western Christian Book Fair Awards:?There are eight awards to be conferred as major highlight of the Mid-Western Christian Book Fair, October 1-2, 2004. Details on site.

10th Annual Bill Naughton Short Story Competition:?Bill Naughton’s success as a writer stems from his ability to appeal to a very broad spectrum of readers in a manner and style that can be easily understood. Therefore, in judging our annual short story competition priority is given to stories, which, in our view, display qualities similar to those found in Bill Naughton’s work. However, this rule is by no means exclusive and we are most eager to acknowledge excellence where we find it. Entry Fee: £5.00 (Sterling) or €6.00 (Euro) per story. Three stories may be submitted for the price of two. Closing date: Friday 3rd September 2004.

Point of Life Poetry & Essay Contests:?Michael Levy, author, poet and philosopher, runs a Quarterly Poetry & Essay contest. Now in its fourth year, the contest winners and three runners up are published for three months at The winners are also published in the monthly “Point of Life Global Newsletter,” with over 3,000 subscribers. There’s no fee to enter, and all winners receive a copy of “Enjoy Yourself – It’s Later Than You Think”.

Blinking Eye Publishing:?is launching a wew poetry competition. The competition is open only to poets over the age of 50. The judge of this unique competition is the nationally acclaimed poet, Linda France. The overall winner will have his/her collection published in late autumn 2004. The closing date is the 7th of August. The grass IS greener on the other side of fifty.

The New Writer magazine:?Prose and Poetry Prizes. One of the major prizes for fiction and poetry, essays and articles; up to twenty prizes will be presented as well as publication for the prize-winning writers in The Collection next July. Closing Date 31st October 2004.

Legend Writing Award 2004:?Prizes £500, £250, £100, 3x£50. Entry fee £4.50. Closing date 31st August. Established by Hastings Writers’ Group in 2001, this competition is for open-theme short stories up to 2,000 words and aims to encourage new writers in the UK. Rules/entry form available from the website or send SAE to LWA, 39 Emmanuel Road, Hastings TN34 3LB

Spoiledink:?(a monthly on-line and print magazine) has teamed up with Corvo Books in the UK to launch a non-fiction book competition. The winning entry will receive a publishing deal with Corvo. The competition doesn’t open until next month when all the competition rules and guidelines will be posted on site. But if you want an inside tip from spoiledink and a head start on the rest of the field, read the first chapter of Sylvester Steins ‘Who Killed Mr Drum?’ by clicking here. It is not only a great read and one of our selected reviews, it is also a great example of what we are looking for in terms of a winning manuscript.

Brick & Mortar Review:?is a new online poetry review dedicated to locating and showcasing the finest poetry worldwide. Both emerging and experienced writers are welcome to submit. They are also running a poetry contest. To submit by e-mail and pay electronically, visit the web site.

Dabblingmum:?Recipes Wanted. Payment is$ 5 per recipe and one of the below e-books, plus byline. It’s your chance to share a bit of your family history with others! We want original, new recipes and stories for our parent center! Do you have a special story to go along with a family recipe? Keep it under 500 words, plus your family recipe. We want original, never before seen recipes. We want FAST, FUN, HEALTHY recipes. Under 10 ingredients that can be put together in under 30 minutes and cooked within another 30 minutes. No frying. No caffeine. No Chocolate. Not high in fats or cholesterol. Keep spices to a minimal. The more healthy, the better. Something that kids will actually eat! Send essay and recipe in the body of an email to:?

Chicken Soup for the Soul?:?series is currently looking for heartwarming, true, inspiring short stories related to music for the upcoming book, Chicken Soup for the Music Lover’s Soul. Stories should be approx. 300-1200 words in length, and must make the reader “Laugh, cry or get goosebumps”. If your story is accepted into the book, the writer receives$ 300 and a promo blurb to introduce yourself to millions of readers.

The Illuminata’s First Speculative Fiction Writing Contest:?As part of our ongoing campaign to promote quality science fiction and fantasy, The Illuminata is happy to announce its first SF writing contest, sponsored by Tyrannosaurus Press. To Enter: Make checks payable to Tyrannosaurus Press and mail your submission with entry fee to: Illuminations, c/o garrie keyman, PO Box 431, Lititz, PA 17543-0431. Questions and/or concerns may be directed to:?

Voices Anthology:?Poetry contest. Submission deadline is June 1 and Sept 1st annually. Open to writers and poets of all ages. Cash Prizes. Submit your works at the Voices Network website.

The Bridport Prize:?The Bridport Prize is an annual international creative writing competition for poetry and short stories. The Bridport Prize is one of the top prizes of its kind in terms of both prestige and prize money. It has been the first step in the careers of many established poets and novelists. The prize money now totals £10,000. For full details contact:
The Competition Secretary, Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3NR
Tel: 01308 459444
Fax: 01308 459166


The Twist in the Tale:?Details on website.

The David Thomas Charitable Trust Awards?– Every year the Trust runs several competitions. Story categories include: ghost, adult fairy, love, country, sea, crime, children’s. There are several different poetry categories and This Britain in poetry, prose and pictures. Full details can be found in Writers’ News magazine or from The David Thomas Charitable Trust, PO Box 6055, Nairn IV12 4YB.


The Reader Classic Rescue Prize?– If the world’s libraries were burning which book would you save? Write and tell us which classic (for these purposes, that’s simply any book originally published more than 75 years ago) you would like to save for future generations. It might be a book that everyone knows – from the Odyssey to Emma – or it might be something that you think has been unjustly forgotten – Mrs Oliphant’s Autobiography, for example. It could be a book which has fallen out of print or it could be selling hundreds every month. Fiction, biography, poetry, thought, the category doesn’t matter: the main criteria for your choice should be that you think it’s a book the world cannot afford to lose.

A Classic Rescue review will be published in each issue of The Reader and the winner will receive 15 great titles from the Oxford World’s Classic series. Keep your review to a maximum of 850 words, including plenty of quotations to give our readers the feel of the thing, and send it, marked Classic Rescue, to:

The Reader
English Department
University of Liverpool, L69 7ZR. An open-ended competition – no closing date.

Short Story Writers’ Companion?– Competitions with cash prizes in this monthly newsletter for all short story writers. For full details contact: Writers’ Companion, Dept. WN, Letterbox Cottage, Brigg Road, Moortown, Market Rasen LN7 6JA, UK


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