2017 Writing Contests

For its annual contest, Submit a personal essay or epic poem about a ‘Contemporary Pilgrim, Prophet, or Unsung S/Hero.’ Must be original and previously unpublished, 2000 words or less.See more guidelines at the website below. Deadline: Nov. 1. First prize – $1000, Second Prize – $500. Both will be published.

Submit through Submittable. https://www.thewonderinstitute.org/contest

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Cosmographia Books is hosting a monthly poetry contest. One poem a month will receive publication and $50. Any style, any length. Submissions are open on a rolling basis. Poems are chosen after the 25th of each month. There is a $3 entry fee. More guidelines, and online submission at https://cosmographia.submittable.com/submit

Cosmographia Books is also accepting CHAPBOOK submissions – 40-60 pages, any style poetry. Poems may have been previously published, but not in book form. $15 submission fee. Winner of the CHAPBOOK CONTEST received $250 plus publication and author copies.

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Two Sisters Writing & Publishing Contests for 2018
THEME: “A Dog’s Life” short story contest
Deadline: February 28, 2018
Use first person from the dog’s POV in 1000-1200 words. Previously unpublished and original.
First Prize – $75 and publication in anthology
Entry fee – $8
THEME: “The Day Before Vacation” short story contest
Deadline: March 31, 2018, 1000-1200 words. Previously unpublished and original.
First Prize – $75 and publication in anthology; Entry fee – $8

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The Love & Romance Contest from 2 Elizabeths is open to amorous short fiction and poetry.

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Creative nonfiction – true stories, vivid narratives in 4000 words or less. $20 submission fee. THEME: “RISK” Deadline Nov. 6, 2017 – $1000 first prize and $500 for runnerup. See more guidelines and submit at http://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/risk

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TCK Publishing Readers Choice Awards

Deadline December 10. TCK Publishing, a self-publishing and book-marketing service provider, is offering this prize for self-published and indie authors. Entrants may submit one book for free. There are several categories including general fiction, thriller, romance, fantasy, business, self-help, and religion. The editorial committee chooses the finalists, which are then shared on the Readers Choice Voting Page for public vote. The grand prize winner (across all genres) receives a Kindle Fire HD8 Tablet and a book review on the site, and winners in each category receive special badges and promotion on social media.

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FREE CONTESTS

The AT&T Film Awards is an open competition seeking imaginative, undiscovered short films shot on a mobile device (smart phone, tablet, drone) Limit -10 minutes film. No entry fee. 1st prize – $10,000; 2nd prize – $3,000, 3rd prize – $2,000. Deadline –Nov. 26, 2017

POEMS FOR GREETING CARDS CONTEST

Hosted by BLUE MOUNTAIN ARTS, this biannual contest gives prizes up to $350 for poems suitable for a greeting card. No length limit, but shorter poems are best. Deadline: December 31.

 

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About Springfield Writers' Guild

Springfield Writers' Guild was formed in 1943 to encourage new writers and hone the skills of the writing craft. The group meets every fourth Saturday of the month (except for December) at McAlister's Deli, 1711 W. Battlefield in Springfield, Missouri. Visitors are welcome.
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