RESOURCES-TIPS: For writers of all genre who want to write, and the readers who love them.

If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.
- Somerset Maugham

All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary -- it's just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.
- Somerset Maugham

Anecdotes don't make good stories. Generally I dig down underneath them so far that the story that finally comes out is not what people thought their anecdotes were about.
- Alice Munro

If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.
- Edgar Rice Burroughs

Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil -- but there is no way around them.
Isaac Asimov

To write fiction, one need a whole series of inspirations about people in an actual environment, and then a whole lot of work on the basis of those inspirations.
- Aldus Huxley

Get it down.  Take changes.  It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything really good.
- William Faulkner

Books aren't written, they're rewritten.  Including our own.  It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it.
- Michael Crichton

Any man who keeps working is not a failure.  He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he'll eventually make some kind of career for himself as a writer.
- Ray Bradbury

2021 FEB-APR CONTESTS & WORKSHOPS

RESOURCES-TIPS, Writing Contests

Hello Writing Corner Contest Group Member.  Below are the Costests for FEB 2021- APP 2021.

I have added several new contest sites.  If you would like me to add a site, please let me know.

SOME SITES MAY REQUIRE YOU TO JOIN.

I also received notification that there are 20 New Literary Agents Seeking Writers  Here’s your chance to get published.

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ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA

FEBRUARY 2021 CONTESTS

The Carolyn Readers Choice Award
Sponsor: North Texas RWA
Fee: $25–30
Deadline: February 18, 2021
Entry: works published in 2020
Judges: readers only
Prize: shared ad
FMI, https://ntrwa.org/contests/the-carolyn/

FEBRUARY 2021 ONLINE WORKSHOPS

Brilliant Tag Lines (Business)
Sponsor: OIRWA
Fee: $25, members; $35, non-members
Date: February 1–26, 2021
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/

Heroes (Craft)
Sponsor: OIRWA
Fee: $25, members; $35, non-members
Date: February 1–26, 2021
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/

Horses and Their Involvement in Life – England 1790 to 1820
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $20 KOD Members / $25 RWA Members / $35 Non Members
Date: February 1–26, 2021
Presenter: Kim Lambert
FMI, https://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin

Keeping Secrets (Craft)
Sponsor: OIRWA
Fee: $25, members; $35, non-members
Date: February 1–26, 2021
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/

Master Workshop – Amazing Characters
Sponsor: OIRWA
Fee: $25, members; $35, non-members
Date: February 1–26, 2021
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/

Psychology 101 for Writers
Sponsor: NEORWA
Fee: $20
Date: February 1–26, 2021
Presenter: Margaret Bates
FMI, http://www.neorwa.com/online-workshops/upcoming-meetings/

You Are the Detective: Writing Believable, Realistic Murder
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $20, KOD members; $25, RWA members; $35, non-members
Date: February 1–26, 2021
Presenter: Wesley Harris
FMI, https://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin

How to Make a Character Bible 
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $15, KOD members; $20, RWA members; $30, non-members
Date: February 8–19, 2021
Presenter: L.D. Barnes
FMI, https://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin

Construct Complex Characters Readers Care About
Sponsor: Central PA Romance Writers Fee: $10 CPRW member, $20 non-member
Dates: February 15–28, 2021
Presenter: Reese Ryan
FMI, https://cprw.rwa.org/CPRW/Education/Education or email info@cprw.org

CHAPTER EVENTS
Local RWA chapters offer a number of  workshops. 

Kiss of Death 2021 Coffin Workshops
Begin Date: 01/01/2021   End Date: 12/01/2021
Register: https://kod.rwa.org/KOD/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=CHAPKOD21

Heart of California Writer’s Wellness
Begin Date: 02/01/2021   End Date: 02/26/2021
Writer’s Wellness, A Writer’s Path to Health and Creativity: Good self-care is the new multi-vitamin! Writers should still take a multi-vitamin, and Writer Wellness is a complimentary plan to help you stay on target for writing and life. WW is a lifestyle technique for anyone who loves to create with activities to stimulate creativity and health by encouraging regular journal writing, exercise, relaxation, good nutrition, and creative play.
Register: https://hcrw.rwa.org/HCRW/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=HCRWFEB21

Aged to Perfection – Tips and Tricks for Shining Online
Begin Date: 02/06/2021  End Date: 02/19/2021
We’re all spending more time on screen these days. Whether it’s a Zoom meeting, Instagram interview or Facebook launch party, we all want to look our best. This workshop will provide a checklist of things to do—and NOT to do—to help you be prepared, no matter where you’re virtually appearing. No special equipment necessary.
Register: https://a2psr.rwa.org/A2PSR/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=A2PFEB21_2

Heart of California – Quilting 101/Plotting 
Begin Date: 03/01/2021    End Date: 03/31/2021
Quilting 101, Plotting -Patchworking the Perfect Plot through Relationship Arcs with Suzanne Johnson/Susannah Sandlin Do storyboards, sticky notes, spreadsheets and index cards give you hives? Does your manuscript wander in circles – yet you’re afraid ,,,
Register: https://hcrw.rwa.org/HCRW/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=HCRWMAR_21

Aged to Perfection – Freedom and Framework: Story Planning for Pantsers
Begin Date: 03/01/2021     End Date: 03/31/2021
Flying by the seat of your pants to write the first draft for your book feels so freeing. It’s a time to play, to experiment, to try out new ideas. What fun! But diving into a project as big as a novel without any plan at all often means a lot of extra work after the draft is completed as you scramble to revise hundreds of pages that might have no cohesion, inconsistent characters, or a wandering plot
Register:  https://a2psr.rwa.org/A2PSR/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=A2PMAR_2

Heart of California Spring Conference featuring Farrah Rochon
Begin Date: 03/13/2021     End Date: 03/13/2021
Heart of Carolina Romance Writers is incredibly pleased to welcome USA Today Bestselling author of The Boyfriend Project Farrah Rochon as the main speaker of their 2021 Spring Conference. Farrah hails from a small town just west of New Orleans. She has garnered much acclaim for her Holmes Brothers and New York Sabers series.
Register:  https://hcrw.rwa.org/HCRW/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=HCRWMAR21

Aged to Perfection – “Where the Heck Do I Start?” (Self-Publishing)
Begin Date: 04/01/2021     End Date: 04/30/2021
Thinking about self-publishing? Feeling overwhelmed at the thought of taking on what some call a monumental task?  Then you definitely need this workshop which will introduce you to self-pub in a non-frightening way, give you a basic understanding of what to expect during the process, and help you be prepared to navigate the steps.
Register: https://a2psr.rwa.org/A2PSR/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=A2PAPR21_2

VIEW THE REST OF THE CHAPTER EVENTS HERE:  (over 24 pages)  https://www.rwa.org/Online/Events/Chapter_Events/Online/Events/Chapter_Events.aspx?hkey=5ed926dc-351f-476d-9c1a-fa8ccb35671a#Contests


CHANTICLEER CONTESTS
https://www.chantireviews.com/category/contests/

The Mystery & Mayhem Awards ~ Cozy Mystery Novel Writing Contest ~2021
The search for 2021’s best Cozy & Not-So-Cozy Mystery Fiction Books
Deadline April 30th, 2021
ENTER TO WIN the 2021 CIBA Overall Grand Prize of $1,000 USD for Best Book
https://www.chantireviews.com/services/Cozy-Mystery-Writing-Contests-Chanticleer-Book-Reviews-p21521076


THE WRITE LIFE CONTESTS LIST
https://thewritelife.com/writing-contests/


JERRY JENKINS ULTIMATE GUIDE TO WRITING CONTESTS THROUGH 2021
https://jerryjenkins.com/writing-contests/


REEDSY BEST WRTING CONTESTS OF 2021
https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-contests/
Several contests for 2021 listed.


POETS & WRITERS WRITING CONTESTS, GRANTS & AWARDS
https://www.pw.org/grants?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI_Y29xan-5QIVGKSzCh3cQwAmEAMYAiAAEgJXqvD_BwE


ARIZONA MYSTERY WRITERS
Arizona Mystery Writers Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest
http://www.arizonamysterywriters.com/?page_id=1449

No 2021 contests listed


PAGE INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITING AWARDS
Each year some of Hollywood’s most influential producers, agents, managers, and development executives judge the contest and read our winning scripts. As a result, dozens of our past winners have secured representation, landed script assignments, signed option agreements on their work, and many now have movies and television shows in production, on the air, and in theaters.

https://pageawards.com/the-contest/how-to-enter/


ALMOND PRESS
Welcome to the most comprehensive list of creative writing competitions, short story competitions, and various events for writers.
Each item on our list includes basic information about max word count, associated fees, submission deadlines, and the maximum prize that can be won. Clicking on an item opens a new page featuring a more detailed description and a link to the organizer’s submission page. Events that are free to enter are highlighted.

https://dystopianstories.com/writing-competitions-contests/


2021 ABR ELIZABETH JOLLEY SHORT STORY PRIZE
Entries are opening soon on 21 January 2021 for the Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. The Jolley Prize is worth a total of AU$12,500 – first place will receive $6,000, second place will receive $4,000, and third place will receive $2,500.  The Jolley Prize is open to all short story writers writing in English. We seek original short stories of between 2,000 and 5,000 words.

https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/prizes-programs/


THE WRITER MAGAZINE
The Writer encourages all of our readers to practice their craft and put their stories in front of the eyes of as many people as possible. 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.  Choose your inspiration, submit before the deadline, and, as always, keep writing.  Submit your very best essay in 2,000 words or less. Any theme, subject, or genre is fair game, as long as it is nonfiction and falls under 2,000 words.
Deadline March 10, 2021

https://www.writermag.com/contests/


PUBLISHING… AND ORTHER FORMS OF INSANITY
This January there are more than three dozen writing contests calling for every genre and form, from poetry, to creative nonfiction, to completed novels. Prizes range from $100,000 to publication. None charge entry fees.

https://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/2020/12/42-writing-contests-in-january-2021-no.html


GIRLS WRITE NOW
Girls Write Now is a dynamic, multi-generational community of writers on a mission. For more than 20 years, our nationally award-winning programs have provided creative, critical and digital writing training, college and career readiness, personalized mentoring, and massive opportunities for the next generation of leaders.

https://www.girlswritenow.org/contests/


THE WRITERS COLLEGE
If you are looking to take your writing to the next level, then entering a writing competition often provides that extra impetus to refine your work.  This is by no means a full list of competitions. Some writing competitions require an entry fee. Others don’t. This seems to be the norm these days and there are credible competitions that require an entry fee. Always check that you are comfortable with sending money to the organizers if this is the case.

https://www.thewriterscollege.com/short-story-writing-competitions


BLUE FIRE
Welcome aspiring young authors, and thank you for your interest in the $1000 for 1000 Words Creative Writing Contest! We’re looking for an outstanding piece of short fiction that consists of exactly 1000 words. While there are no specific guidelines beyond that, we encourage you to tell a story that matters. Write something you believe in. Tell a story that only you can tell. Our judges have no specific criteria in mind other than to look for excellence. In other words, write something that moves you, that dazzles you, that says precisely what you want to say in precisely the way you want to say it. As long as you do so in precisely 1000 words.

https://bluefire.org/about-contests


NEWS PAGES
Where young writers can find print and online literary magazines to read, places to publish their own works, and legitimate contests. Some publish only young writers, some publish all ages for young readers. For specific submission guidelines, visit the publication’s website. Ages can include elementary, teen, or early college. This is an ad-free resource: publications and writing contests listed here have not paid to be included. This guide is maintained by Editor Denise Hill, a teacher who loves to encourage young writers.

https://www.newpages.com/writers-resources/young-writers-guide-to-contests


NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY
STUFF FOR THE TEEN AGE, FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS, FOR TEACHERS
25 Writing Contests and Publication Opportunities for Teens

https://www.nypl.org/blog/2020/10/26/writing-competitions-young-adults


NYC MIDNIGHT
Since 2002, NYC Midnight has hosted hundreds of inspiring competitions for storytellers around the world.  Participants are challenged to create original stories, screenplays, or films using assigned elements under time constraints.  If you enjoy a creative challenge, check out our upcoming competitions.
•  Short Story Challenge
•  Screenwriting Challenge
• Flash Fiction Challenge
• Microfiction Challenge/
• Short Screenplay Challenge

http://www.nycmidnight.com


AUSTRAILIAN BOOK REVIEW
Entries are currently open for the 2021 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. The Jolley Prize is worth a total of AU$12,500 – first place will receive $6,000, second place will receive $4,000, and third place will receive $2,500.  The Jolley Prize is open to all short story writers writing in English. We seek original short stories of between 2,000 and 5,000 words.

https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/prizes-programs/elizabeth-jolley-story-prize/current-jolley?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI67Lw7szC7gIVyweICR0dZAX8EAAYAiAAEgJKO_D_BwE


GEEK PARTNERSHIP SOCIETY
chance to learn about the publication process and its requirements. The submission requirements are not negotiable, nor should this contest be used as a required class exercise by teachers. Teachers, please encourage your students to enter our contest but don’t make it a homework assignment.  Entries must be science fiction, fantasy, horror, supernatural, and alternate history in short fiction, poetry, or comics.

https://geekpartnership.org/programs/writing-contest


THE NATIONAL FANTASY FAN FEDERATION
This contest is open to all amateur writers in the field, regardless of whether they’re members of the National Fantasy Fan Federation. For the purposes of this contest, we define an amateur as someone who has sold no more than two (2) stories to professional science fiction or fantasy publications or publishing houses.

http://n3f.org/short-story-contest/


HOLLYWOOD SCHOOL HOUSE
Several different contests and different sites.

http://hshla.org/writing-contests


WRITERS ONLINE
Poetry competition: Plough 2021 –  The competition is for original, unpublished poetry up to 40 lines. The first prize is £1,000 and there are second and third prizes of £500 and £250. The entry fee is £5 per poem online, and £6 per poem for postal entries. The closing date is 31 March.

https://www.theploughartscentre.org.uk/poetry-prize

Non-fiction competition: 2021 Fitzcarraldo Editions/Mahler & Lewitt Studios Essay Prize – Fitzcarraldo Editions are inviting entries for the 2021 Fitzcarraldo Editions/Mahler & Lewitt Studios Essay Prize for writers who have yet to secure a publishing deal.  The winner will receive £3,000, a publishing deal and the chance to spend three months at the Mahler & Lewitt Studios in Spoleto, Italy, to work on their book.  Enter a proposal up to 5,000 words for a book length essay (minimum 25,000 words) by the closing date of 15 March.

https://www.writers-online.co.uk/news/non-fiction-competition-2021-fitzcarraldo-editions-mahler-lewitt-stu/


BALTIMORE SCIENCE FICTION SOCIETY
No contests listed for this year.

https://www.bsfs.org/bsfsssc.htm


SAN FRANCISCO WRITERS CONFERENCE  
The San Francisco Writers Conference is pleased to announce the 2021 San Francisco Writing Contest. The contest is open to all writers everywhere.  The entry fee is $30 per entry and includes a copy of the 2021 SFWC Writing Contest Anthology.  Your entry must fit into one of the following categories:
* Adult Fiction
* Adult Nonfiction (including memoir)
* Children’s/YA Books
* Poetry

https://www.sfwriters.org/2021-writing-contest-overview/


CHRISTOPHER FIELDEN
Below are tables listing various short story competitions. Some are based in the UK, some are global. Some contests are of high renown (like the BBC Short Story Award or the Bridport Prize), offering huge prizes, and some are lesser known, but offer great opportunities for newer writers to become published authors. I will try and keep this list up to date, but please check the rules and dates on the different competition websites before entering.  PLEASE NOTE: Most of the competitions listed on this page accept entries from writers living anywhere in the world. The country each competition is run from is listed so you know which global market you are submitting to.

https://www.christopherfielden.com/short-story-tips-and-writing-advice/short-story-competitions.php#Featured


QUARKNDAGGER.COM
We’ve put together a list of writing contests or places to publish short works. These channels are ideal for young adults (teens), especially those interested in writing sci-fi and fantasy. Scroll through, put it in your calendar and get writing. If you have any you’d like to add to the list, comment below.

https://quarkndagger.com/19-writing-contests-and-publication-outlets-for-young-adults/ 


FAN STORY
A list of several contests for various genre.

https://www.fanstory.com/contestsall.jsp?sc=1&wct=1&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIlemU1M_C7gIVCbKGCh3rhwvHEAMYASAAEgJNpvD_BwE


WRITERS DIGEST  (must join to see all posts)
Join the 1st February Flash Fiction Challenge
We’re four days into February now, but there’s still plenty of time to join and catch up on our first ever February Flash Fiction Challenge! Each morning, editor Moriah Richard shares a prompt and example short short story; then, writers from around the world write their own, some sharing in the comments and others writing along silently at home. Find the prompts and guidelines for this free challenge here.
Read More…

Annual Writing Competition
ENTER NOW! DEADLINE: 5/7/21 Writer’s Digest’s oldest and most popular competition, the Annual Writing Competition, is open for entries. Winners of the 90th Annual competition will be announced in the Nov/Dec 2021 issue of Writer’s Digest.


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ANTHOLOGY MAGAZINE

The Anthology Short Story Award is now open for entries.  Established to recognise and encourage creative writing and provide a platform for publication, it is open to original and previously unpublished short stories in the English language by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Stories submitted must be on the theme of ‘Memories’ and not exceed the maximum of 1,500 words. Writers can submit as many entries as they wish.
 

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