New Writing Contests

Here are some writing contests of interest

Three $1,000 grand prizes and four $500 prizes for “poems of merit.” The contest is open to anyone living within the United States. Entries must be a single poem, in the form of a letter to a real, living person. Only one entry per person. Deadline April 4, 2015.

Highfield Press invites writers to submit an unpublished essay (500-1,000 words) inspired by the theme, “Spring Fever.” Submission may be a personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel piece, historical account, biography, or short story. It must reflect the inspirational photo shown on the website, and theme of the contest. Deadline April 30, 2015. $1,000 Grand Prize and online publication. Writer retains all rights.

The Maine Review is pleased to announce a short story contest for our first annual fiction collection, Juxtaposition, to be published this summer. Grand prize is $200, and all winners will be published in Juxtaposition. The contest is open to all published and unpublished writers, and all submissions are considered for publication in subsequent issues. Maximum length of 5,000 words. We’re looking for quality writing with a strong point of view. Deadline April 15, 2015.

Keep writing!


How do I publish my book?

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Just like most things in life today, publishing a book has options. You can self-publish or find a publisher interested in publishing your manuscript. You can do everything in a digital format, you can offer print, or you can do both.

Cost is likely to dictate your options. Digital publishing is going to be the least expensive, and most times it is free. You can go with print on demand, which is when a book is printed after it’s sold. Ordering single books is more costly per item when you go this way but you’re not going to end up with storing a lot of stock.

A writer has a certain amount of time to make the sale. It makes sense for a publisher or distributor to pull non-selling books from the shelf. The author of the books coming down from the shelves wants to rescue them…

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Spoon River Poetry Review (SRPR) Editors’ Prize Contest

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First Place Prize: $1,000, publication, and introduction written by prominent outside judge
Entry Fee: $20, includes one-year subscription to SRPR (two issues).
Deadline: April 15, 2015 (postmark)
Submission: ONLINE as well postal
SRPR (Spoon River Poetry Review) is pleased to announce our annual Editors’ Prize Contest! One winning poem will be awarded $1,000, two runners up will be awarded $100 each, and three-five honorable mentions will be selected. All winning poems, honorable mentions, and several finalists are published in the winter issue of SRPR. Please note that we are now accepting online submissions.
Recent judges include Joshua Corey, Juliana Spahr, David Baker, C.S. Giscombe and Jeanne Marie Beaumont. Judges are announced after winners are selected. Please check our new website in August for announcement of winners.

For full guidelines please visit our website:

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Last Three Weeks to Enter Our Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee)‏

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Enter Our Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Our 14th annualWergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contestwelcomes your entry through April 1, 2015.There’s no fee to enter.Jendi Reiterwill judge, assisted byLauren Singer. We’ll award $2,000 in prizes, including a top prize of $1,000. Winners are published on our website.

This contest welcomes published and unpublished work. Your poem may be of any length.Click to submit online.

After screening last year’s 4,484 entries, Lauren has advice for this year’s contestants:

Parodies based on Poe, “The Night Before Christmas”, Yeats, and Frost: If you are going to have a “With Apologies To…” poem, it needs to be clever enough to back up the fact that it is based on a famous original. So many of these poets jumped ship somewhere in the middle and did not utilize any clever parodying qualities, and merely wrote poems that…

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Spring 2015 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest

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Fiction Contest

Welcome to the 2015 Leapfrog Fiction Contest page!

Deadline: May 1, 2015

Adult, YA, and middle grade novels, novellas and story collections; minimum length 22,000 words. 

Finalist: $150 plus manuscript critique by this year’s finalist judge, author Mark Brazaitis.

First prize: Finalist awards plus publication contract with $1,000 royalty advance.

Past Winners: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

the entry fee is $30.

What to Enter

Adult, young adult (YA) and middle grade (MG) novels, novellas, and short story collections are accepted. Minimum word count: 22,000. Individual stories in a collection may have been published in journals. Books that have been self-published will be considered “:unpublished” if fewer than about 200 copies were printed.

We look for literary fiction and mainstream fiction, including science fiction. Generally we are less interested in strict genre fiction, but if a manuscript is good and grabs our…

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