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And, lo and behold, the people behind the contest quickly wrote back to tell me my poem had been selected as a winner!
I was speechless with honor. Of the thousands of poets who must have submitted to the contest — no doubt many of them adults much wiser and more skilled than me — my poem had been chosen to be featured in an exclusive, hardcover anthology! And honored on a something-karat-gold plaque! Sadly, not much has changed when it comes to companies trying to take advantage of writers who want a chance at recognition and maybe a little bit of money.
Here are 31 reputable, well-reviewed, free writing contests for poets, fiction writers, essayists and more. Fiction and nonfiction writing contests Ready to share your novel or personal essay with the world? Submissions must be short stories or novelettes up to 17, words in the genre of science fiction or fantasy, and new and amateur writers are welcome to apply.
Quarterly on January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1. If you live in the U. The judges look for winners who push the boundaries of traditional literary nonfiction. Contest is every other year, with the last one running in The deadline was January 31st.
You may submit an unpublished manuscript of short stories, two or more novellas or a combination of novellas and short stories.
Your total word count should be between and typed pages. Annual submissions must be postmarked between May 1 through June Tony Hillerman Prize Presented by St. Francis College Literary Prize This biannual prize honors mid-career writers who have recently published their third, fourth or fifth work of fiction.
Francis College in Brooklyn, NY to deliver a talk on their work and teach a mini-workshop in fiction to St. Biannually; the deadline for work published between June and May has not yet been announced. Submit any novel or short story published or scheduled to be published in the calendar year.
Annually in the fall most recently in August or September.
Deadline for submissions for awards was December 31, Deadline for awards TBA. See individual contest pages. They are expected to participate in the Lake Forest Literary Festival and give presentations.
Annually; has passed and deadline is not yet announced. You may submit up to two manuscripts.Essay Contests American History Essay Contest The American History Essay Contest was established to encourage young people to think creatively about our nation's great history and learn about history in a new light.
The Fleet Reserve Association Essay Contest asks 7th through 12th grade students to write an essay up to words on a different topic every year. The best essay will get a prize of a $10, U.S.
Savings Bond, with $5,, $3, and $2, Savings Bonds awarded to the first, second and third place winners in each grade category. If you'd like to win more contests, see tips to win essay contests and 10 qualities of great writing contest entries. 1. Cheetos - Win What You See Sweepstakes Describe your unusual Cheetos and you could win an $11, prize pack based on your entry.
We like to pay writers more when we can, so we often run essay contests (with prizes ranging from $1,$10, per winning piece); reading fees help us offset that expense. Online submission is incredibly convenient for writers, but in some cases, it can be too convenient.
Writing contests have always been a vital part of the writing world, giving writers the chance to have their work reviewed by editors and possibly published. Literary journals, universities and even The Writer regularly host writing competitions, helping authors gain exposure and hone their craft.
Winning Personal Essays "If I Could Write to Truman Capote" by Haley Mudrick, Gold Medal Winner Accidents, suffering, tragedies have been the seed of .