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Contests: hard to win but worth the effort

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Shortly before my debut YA novel was published in 2016, I spoke to a local writer’s group about my path to publication. Year by year, I recounted the numerous ups and downs of my lengthy journey. After describing a series of setbacks and close calls with agents and editors, I finally recognized that every face in the audience looked absolutely horrified! From then on, I’ve given a swift summary instead: over ten years, three manuscripts, two agents, far too many rejections, just enough praise, and numerous contest finals and wins that validated my work. Indeed, I ultimately found my agent and publisher through contests.

via The Power of Contests: Create Your Own Luck | WritersDigest.com

Some writers say contests are scams because they think the organizations managing them are getting rich off the entry fees. I don’t agree, and was happy to see this “Writer’s Digest” post by Kristin Bartley Lenz about their value.

She not only shows us how contests helped her, but adds three tips to help other writers navigate the world of competitions and increase the odds of getting a foot in the door with a win.

–Malcolm

Upcoming Contest Deadlines

Winning or placing in a contest brings writers validation, publicity that gives weight to resumes and platforms, some handy prize money, and free copies of anthologies/magazine issues containing the winning entry that can be handed out at book fairs and conventions. We can’t enter them all or we’ll go broke paying the entry fees. My suggestion: if you’re just getting started, don’t try the most prestigious contests first because your competition will include widely known authors. Look for those where you have your best chance in terms of that competition and the contest theme.

Upcoming Deadlines:

  • Bellevue Literary Prize – Poetry and Prose. Three prizes of $1,000 each. Works about health, healing, illness, body, and mind. Online submission system. $20 entry fee. July 1 deadline.
  • Boston Review – Poetry. $1,500 and publication for a poem or group of poems. Up to five poems on no more than ten pages. $20 entry fee. June 1 deadline.
  • Glimmer Train – Short story award for new writers. Prize of $2,500 and publication for winning story between 1,000 and 12,000 words. $18 entry fee. Submit between May 1 and June 30.
  • Lost Horse Press – Idaho Prize for Poetry. $1,000 and publication. Submit manuscript of at least 48 pages. $20 to $30 entry fee depending on whether you submit by mail or online. May 15 deadline.
  • New American Press – New American Fiction Prize. $1,000 and publication. Submit a selection of short stories, flash fiction, novella or novel of at least 100 pages. $25 entry fee. June 15 deadline.
  • Philadelphia Stories – Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction. $2,000 and publication. Winner will receive free travel ans lodging to read at Rosemont College in October. Short  story up to 8,000 words. $15 entry fee. June 15 deadline.

To keep up with contests throughout the year, look at the Poets & Writers database of Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

–Malcolm

Malcolm R. Campbell is the author of Eulalie and Washerwoman, a story about a conjure woman fighting the Klan set in the Florida Panhandle of the 1950s.

78 Writing Contests With Deadlines Before the End of 2015

poetsandwriters“Our Grants & Awards database currently lists seventy-eight writing contests with deadlines before the end of the year.”
Here’s an example:

Nowhere Magazine Travel Writing Contest — A prize of $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine is given for a short story or essay that “possesses a powerful sense of place.” Submit a story or essay of 800 to 5,000 words by December 15. ”

Contests and awards show up in a fair number of places across the Internet, but I always check the listing at Poets & Writers first.

–Malcolm

 

 

Book Bits Xtra: Call for Submissions for PEN American 2014 Literary Awards

Call for Submissions for 2014 Literary Awards | PEN American Center.

The PEN Literary Awards are the most comprehensive in the United States. Each year, with the help of its partners and supporters, PEN confers more than $150,000 to writers in the fields of fiction, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, translation, drama, or poetry. Until December 16, 2013, PEN will be accepting submissions and nominations for the following awards for the 2014 awards cycle.

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The PEN Literary Awards are the most comprehensive in the United States. Each year, with the help of its partners and supporters, PEN confers more than $150,000 to writers in the fields of fiction, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, translation, drama, or poetry. Until December 16, 2013, PEN will be accepting submissions and nominations for the following awards for the 2014 awards cycle: – See more at: http://www.pen.org/call-submissions-2014-literary-awards#sthash.dZ7234bJ.dpuf

2013 Writing Contest – Tiferet Journal

2013 Writing Contest – Tiferet Journal : Tiferet Journal.

We are accepting submissions for the 2013 TIFERET Writing Contest from January 1, 2013 – June 1, 2013.

$1,200 will be awarded in prizes

  • $400 for the best poetry submission
  • $400 for the best short story (fiction)
  • $400 for the best essay or interview (non-fiction)

BOOK BITS XTRA: NEW AUTHOR CONTEST

NEW AUTHOR CONTEST | Smoky Talks….

Vanilla Heart Publishing is looking for a few more great authors, and we’re sponsoring a contest to find them!

We’re looking for novels in each of the following genres: romance, romantic suspense, mystery, suspense, and historical. Full manuscripts will be requested from the authors of the top three contest submissions in each genre. The winning manuscript in each genre by our panel of three judges will be awarded a standard VHP contract.

Click on the link for details and deadlines.

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