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As if you don't have enough to do, eh?!!  I've found a few short writing contests and they look interesting.  They also offer decent prizes.  So if you can write a great story in seven lines, or you think you can write the scariest, short ghost story eva...check these contests out!

  Glimmer Train Press

Short Story Award for New Writers

Deadline: November 30, 2011

Entry Fee: $15

Website: www.glimmertrain.org

A prize of $1,200 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given quarterly for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not been published in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000. Submit a story of up to 12,000 words with a $15 entry fee during the month of November. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Glimmer Train Press, 1211 NW Glisan Street, Suite 207, Portland, OR 97209. (503) 221-0836. Susan Burmeister-Brown and Linda Swanson-Davies, Coeditors.

  Narrative: Fall Story Contest

Deadline: November 30, 2011

Entry Fee: $20

Website: www.narrativemagazine.com

A prize of $3,250 is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of prose. A $1,500 second-place prize is also given. All entries are considered for publication in Narrative. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to 15,000 words of prose with a $20 entry fee by November 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Narrative, Fall Story Contest, 2130 Fillmore Street, #233, San Francisco, CA 94115. Tom Jenks, Editor.

 Pixelhose Writing Competition (Free to enter, $1000 in total author prizes) 

Fiction and Non-Fiction Writing Contest

Deadline: Wed., December 7, 2011Categories

Fiction, Non-fiction (Creative or Essay)

Entry Fee: None

Prizes: In each category: $300/$150/$50

Description
We are looking for works of up to 5000 words in each category. Previously published work are accepted so long as pixelhose.com can legally obtain free, one time, one site, permanent web publication rights.

Guidelines:All entries must be submitted via email sent to pixelhose@live.com, one entry per email. NO SUBMISSIONS ARE ACCEPTED VIA MAIL.

In the body of your email submission include author name and contact information.

In the body of your email submission include information about any previous publication.

Only submissions written in English are considered at this time.

Entries with pornographic theme, hate speech, and those that may be classified as personal or institutional “rant” are disqualified. No other theme restrictions are imposed.

Unless explicitly requested in the body of your email, all qualified submissions will be posted on pixelhose.com upon receipt and an initial assessment of quality.

You may submit to both categories.

The contest may be extended at pixelhose.com discretion until a minimum of 500 entries have been submitted.

Winners are chosen based on a combination of pixelhose readers’ vote (“like” and/or comments) and pixelhose editorial staff decision.

Winners are selected at the sole discretion of pixelhose staff. All decisions are final.

Complete details are on http://www.pixelhose.com. The site is specifically designed as a nurturing community for authors in early stage of their writing career.

White Eagle Coffee Store Press: A. E. Coppard Prize

Deadline: December 15, 2011

Entry Fee: $15

Website: whiteeaglecoffeestorepress.com

E-mail address: wecspress@aol.com

A prize of $1,000, publication as a chapbook by White Eagle Coffee Store Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a long story. Submit a story of 8,000 to 14,000 words with a $15 entry fee by December 15. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

White Eagle Coffee Store Press, A. E. Coppard Prize, P.O. Box 383, Fox River Grove, IL 60021. (847) 639-9200. Frank Edmund Smith, Publisher.

 Santa Fe Writers Project: Literary Awards

Deadline: December 15, 2011

Entry Fee: $25

Website: www.sfwp.com

E-mail address: submissions@sfwp.com

A prize of $1,500 is given annually for a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. Two second-place prizes of $1,000 each are also given. Alan Cheuse will judge. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $25 entry fee by December 15. E-mail or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Santa Fe Writers Project, Literary Awards, 369 Montezuma Avenue, #350, Santa Fe, NM 87501. Andrew Gifford, Director.

Ruth Hindman Foundation: H. E. Francis Short Story Competition

Deadline: December 31, 2011

Entry Fee: $15

Website: www.uah.edu/english/hefranciscontest

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story. Submit three copies of a story of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee by December 31. Send an SASE or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Ruth Hindman Foundation, H. E. Francis Short Story Competition, English Department, University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL 35899. Anna Petroff, Contact.

Boulevard: Short Fiction Contest

Deadline: December 31, 2011

Entry Fee: $15

Website: www.boulevardmagazine.org

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a short story by a writer who has not published a nationally distributed book. The editors of Boulevard will judge. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Boulevard, by December 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Boulevard, Short Fiction Contest, P.O. Box 325, 6614 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights, MO 63117. (314) 862-2643. Richard Burgin, Editor.

 

Virginia Commonwealth University

Cabell First Novelist Award

Deadline: January 15, 2012

Website: www.has.vcu.edu/eng/resources/levis_prize/levis_current.htm

E-mail address: englishgrad@vcu.edu

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a first novel published in the previous year. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the First Novelist Festival at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. For books published between July 1 and December 31, 2011, submit three copies by January 15, 2012. There is no entry fee. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Virginia Commonwealth University, English Department, P.O. Box 842005, Richmond, VA 23284-2005. (804) 828-1329.

Literal Latté: K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Award

Deadline: January 15, 2012

Entry Fee: $10

Website: www.literal-latte.com

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a short story. All entries are considered for publication. The editors will judge. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($15 for two stories) by January 15, 2012. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Literal Latté, K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Award, 200 East 10th Street, Suite 240, New York, NY 10003. (212) 260-5532. Jenine Gordon Bockman, Editor.

   FISH FLASH FICTION CONTEST 2012

FISH FLASH FICTION CONTEST 2012

Judge: Michael Collins.

Micheal Collins is the judge of the 2012 Contest. He is the acclaimed author of eight books, including novels and short stories which have been translated into seventeen languages. His work has garnered numerous awards, including Irish Novel of the Year along with being shortlisted for both The Man Booker Prize and Impac Prize.

His novel, The Secret Life of E. Robert Pendleton won Breakout Novel of the Year in France 2008.

The ten best stories will be published in the 2012 Fish Anthology.

First Prize: €1,000.

Word limit: 300.

Closes: 20 March 2012.

Results announced: 30 April 2012.

Entry €14. Critique €30

Visit the website: http://www.fishpublishing.com/flash-fiction-contest-competition.php

   Writers’ Village: International short story contest

John Yeoman, Writers’ Village

$780 Prizes in Writers’ Village Story Contest Winter 2011

Prizes totalling $780 can be won for short fiction in any genre in the winter 2011 round of the Writers’ Village ‘Best Writing’ award. The top award is $400 (£250), with a $155 (£100) second prize and third prize of $75 (£50) plus five runner-up prizes of $30 (£20).

All entrants, winners or not, gain a helpful critique of their story – a feature thought to be unique among low-fee writing contests.

Winners will be awarded the title ‘Winner, the Writers’ Village Best Writing winter 2011 Award’ and see their work showcased online.

Any genre of prose fiction may be submitted up to 3000 words, except playscripts and poetry. Entries are welcomed world-wide. The fee is $15 (£10) for two entries and multiple entries are permitted. Deadline is 31st December 2011. Entry rules plus all winning stories since 2009 can be found at:

http://www.writers-village.org