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 JUN-AUG Contests & Workshops

RESOURCES-TIPS, Writing Contests

Below are the Contests for MAY-JULY 2021.  Hopefully the new format helps your find what you are looking for faster.  Most of the listing, however, are Multiple Genre.  If you find a contest you would like added to the list, please EMAIL ME.

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Mixed Genre

CHANTICLEER CONTESTS

https://www.chantireviews.com/category/contests/  All Contests for All Genre –


JERRY JENKINS ULTIMATE GUIDE TO WRITING CONTESTS THROUGH 2021

Regardless where you are on your writing journey—from wannabe to bestseller—you can benefit from entering contests.
https://jerryjenkins.com/writing-contests/


REEDSY BEST WRITING CONTESTS OF 2021

Several contests for 2021 listed keep scrolling.


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/


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.
Many other contests listed be sure to scroll to the bottom and check out the pages

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


NEWFOUND PROSE PRIZE

You know that long story of yours that wickedly exceeds the word counts for journals? Or that micro-essay collection you’ve been crafting that’s still too short to publish as a book? These works deserve to exist in print. Now they have a home.   Deadline: March 15
 
 

PUBLISHING… AND OTHER 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.

Publishers Accepting Unsolicited Manuscripts:  https://publishehttps://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/p/publishers-looking-for-authors.htmldtodeath.blogspot.com/2021/02/58-calls-for-submissions-in-march-2021.html
Agents Seeking Clients:  https://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/p/agents.html
Writing Contests:  https://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/p/free-contests.html
61 Calls for Submissions:  https://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/


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.  Click on More details here (link almost the same color as text)

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


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


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:  Sept 2021
* Adult Fiction
* Adult Nonfiction (including memoir)
* Children’s/YA Books
* Poetry

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


FAN STORY

A list of several contests for various genre.
https://www.fanstory.com/contestsall.jsp


WRITER’S DIGEST  

(must join to see all posts)
All Contests:  https://www.writersdigest.com/wd-competitions

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.

So you want to compete in writing contests for prizes and recognition?  Writing contests are a fun way to evolve your writing skills — and, yes, cash prizes are a nice bonus.  But remember, the emphasis is on fun.  If cash is your primary goal, you should focus your time and energy on landing freelance writing jobs.

FREE CONTESTS https://smartblogger.com/writing-contests/#free-writing-contests
CONTESTS WITH FEES https://smartblogger.com/writing-contests/#writing-contests-with-fees


CANADIAN AUTHORS

A list of contests for 2021

BRIDGEPORT PRIZE

For writers everywhere – Poetry, Short Story, Flash Fiction, Novels  DEADLINE MAY 31
We are committed to discovering new writers in poetry, short story, flash fiction and the novel. Our alumni reads like a Who’s Who of the literary world: Kate Atkinson MBE, Gail Honeyman and Kit de Waal. Judges have included Roger McGough, Monica Ali and Zoe Heller. Our patron is Fay Weldon. We are a route to being published so send us your words and it could be your name up here next year.
 
Click on+ contest you want from scrolling slideshow or click The Competition in the menu bar to go to specific genre.(menu bar is slow to respond)  Or Choose from The Competition menu for your genre.
 

KOTOBEE BLOG

300+ Writing Contests You Need to Enter in 2021 – If there’s one thing we need these days, it’s consistency. Something that proves not everything has changed. Something that gives you a bout of comfort given the current circumstances. So what better way to do that than to know 2021 comes with a host of writing contests for people of all ages from all around the world?

Sort by Genre and Month
blog.kotobee.com/300-writing-contests-2021/


STONE SOUP

How to Submit Creative Writing and Art to Stone Soup.  Stone Soup welcomes submissions from around the world by writers and artists ages 13 and younger. All submissions must come to us via Submittable. We do not accept submissions by email or by post.
 

https://stonesoup.com/how-to-submit-writing-and-art-to-stone-soup/


NOTHING IN THE RULEBOOK

41 Writing Competitions for 2021 – Dozens of writing competitions for you to get stuck into during 2021. When we put out our annual compendium of creative writing contests, we were worried it might be the last chance for some of us writers to see our writing win some excellent prizes – what with the threat of total climate collapse and World War III seemingly around the corner. COVID-19 wasn’t even on our radar.

https://nothingintherulebook.com/2021/02/02/41-writing-competitions-for-2021/


WRITERS-EDITORS.COM

A variety of contests and genres for 2021.

https://www.writers-editors.com/Writers/Contests/contests.htm


★ THE WRITE LIFE

We found 40 reputable, well-reviewed, free writing contests for poets, fiction writers, essayists and more. With thousands of dollars in cash

https//thewritelife.com/writing-contests/


★ GEEK PARTNERSHIP SOCIETY

This contest provides a forum for new talent of any age and gives them a 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/

Calls for Submissions

PUBLISHING… AND OTHER 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.

Calls for Submissions
https://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/p/publishers-looking-for-authors.html

Writing Contests
https://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/p/free-contests.html


STONE SOUP

How to Submit Creative Writing and Art to Stone Soup.  Stone Soup welcomes submissions from around the world by writers and artists ages 13 and younger. All submissions must come to us via Submittable. We do not accept submissions by email or by post.
 

https://stonesoup.com/how-to-submit-writing-and-art-to-stone-soup/


LA SCREEN PLAY AWARDS.COM

SUBMISSIONS:  This is the only screenplay competition founded by a team of working Hollywood professionals with more than 1,000 produced credits and a century of collective industry experience.  Our roster of Senior Judges includes multiple Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and WGA Award Winners.

Feature Screenplay  https://lascreenplayawards.com/feature-screenplay/
TV Script  https://lascreenplayawards.com/tv-script/
Short Screenplay  https://lascreenplayawards.com/short-screenplay/

https://lascreenplayawards.com/


PUBLISHED TO DEATH

“This June there are more than four dozen calls for submissions. All of these are paying markets, and none charge submission fees. As always, every genre, style, and form is wanted, from short stories to poetry to essays.

Happy submitting.”  https://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/

 

Children

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.  Eligibility:  contest is open to all students enrolled in grades 6-12.

https://www.bluefire.org/about-contest


★ STONE SOUP

How to Submit Creative Writing and Art to Stone Soup.  Stone Soup welcomes submissions from around the world by writers and artists ages 13 and younger. All submissions must come to us via Submittable. We do not accept submissions by email or by post.
 

https://stonesoup.com/how-to-submit-writing-and-art-to-stone-soup/


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:  Sept 2021
* Adult Fiction
* Adult Nonfiction (including memoir)
* Children’s/YA Books
* Poetry

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

Flash Fiction

WOW! Women On Writing Quarterly Flash Fiction Contest

Seeking short fiction of any genre between 250 – 750 words. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants.

WOW! Women On Writing


REEDSY BEST WRITING CONTESTS OF 2021

Several contests for 2021 listed.
https://https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-contests/


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


BRIDGEPORT PRIZE

For writers everywhere – Poetry, Short Story, Flash Fiction, Novels  DEADLINE MAY 31
We are committed to discovering new writers in poetry, short story, flash fiction and the novel. Our alumni reads like a Who’s Who of the literary world: Kate Atkinson MBE, Gail Honeyman and Kit de Waal. Judges have included Roger McGough, Monica Ali and Zoe Heller. Our patron is Fay Weldon. We are a route to being published so send us your words and it could be your name up here next year.
 
Click on+ contest you want from scrolling slideshow or click The Competition in the menu bar to go to specific genre.(menu bar is slow to respond)  Or Choose from The Competition menu for your genre.
 
 

 

Fantasy

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/ 

Fiction

REEDSY BEST WRITING CONTESTS OF 2021

Several contests for 2021 listed.
https://https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-contests/


WRITERS UNITE

Must be a follower of Writers Unite! on Web https://writersuniteweb.wordpress.com/  (Click on Follow or join via email.)

Write a fiction story based on the theme “Courage.”

  • Contributors’ work must be original and not posted on any website, social media site, magazine, or traditionally or self-published. No exceptions.
  • Word count must not exceed 3000 words (minimum 1000 words).
  • Story must be fiction and rated G, PG, or R. (No excessive gore or erotica.)
  • Only one submission per author.
  • Stories submitted via email at writersunite16@gmail.com
    Subject Line: “2021 Short Story Contest.”
  • Submissions deadline May 31, 2021 11:59 p.m. E.T.
  • A panel of three experienced authors will judge the stories anonymously.

KOTOBEE BLOG

300+ Writing Contests You Need to Enter in 2021 – If there’s one thing we need these days, it’s consistency. Something that proves not everything has changed. Something that gives you a bout of comfort given the current circumstances. So what better way to do that than to know 2021 comes with a host of writing contests for people of all ages from all around the world?

Sort by Genre and Month
blog.kotobee.com/300-writing-contests-2021/


WOMEN’S FICTION WRITERS ASSOCIATION

2021 Women’s Fiction Writers Association Awards Gala & Keynote September 24, 2021 – The Women’s Fiction Writers Association celebrates two awards contests: the STAR Award for Published Women’s Fiction and the Rising Star Award for Unpublished Women’s Fiction. Both award contests are open to WFWA members and non-members and are specifically for works of Women’s Fiction.
 
 
 
 
 

Mystery - Suspense

CHANTICLEER 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


ARIZONA MYSTERY WRITERS

Arizona Mystery Writers Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest  Deadline: July 1

ADULT  http://www.arizonamysterywriters.com/?page_id=3486
YOUTH:  http://www.arizonamysterywriters.com/?page_id=1449


REEDSY BEST WRITING CONTESTS OF 2021

Several contests for 2021 listed.
https://https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-contests/


Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense

Sponsor: Kiss of Death Chapter
Fee: $15 for KOD members, $30 for non-KOD members
Deadline: March 15, 2021 (categories close when caps are reached)
Eligibility: unpublished manuscripts and books published in 2019 and 2020.
Categories: Short Romantic Mystery/Suspense (40K-65K); Long Romantic Mystery/Suspense (65K+); Historical Romantic Mystery/Suspense; Inspirational Romantic Mystery/Suspense; Paranormal Romantic Mystery Suspense; Mainstream Mystery/Suspense.
FMI, visit https://www.rwakissofdeath.org/rwakissofdeath-org-contest/.


MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA

Contests for Writers – Rules for the 2021 St. Martin’s Minotaur/ Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition – Sponsored by Minotaur Books and Mystery Writers of America (MWA  DEADLINE: To be considered for the 2020 competition, all submissions must be received by 11:59pm EST on January 1, 2021.

https://mysterywriters.org/about-mwa/st-martins/

 

Non Fiction

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL

Deadlines:
ANGLES: Angels and miracles are all around us if we keep our eyes open. Have you experienced a divine intervention, answered prayer, or other miraculous occurrence courtesy of someone you think just might have been an angel. Do you have a guardian angel who seems to swoop in and help you when you need it?   June 1, 2021

HUMOROUS STORIES – Laughter is the best medicine. And we love to publish your funny stories—in all our books. Our first ever book filled with nothing but funny stories was a bestseller, so we’re doing it again, for publication in 2022. We’re looking for those funny stories you tell again and again. The ones that make everyone laugh. August 30

https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics


JERRY JENKINS ULTIMATE GUIDE TO WRITING CONTESTS THROUGH 2021

Regardless where you are on your writing journey—from wannabe to bestseller—you can benefit from entering contests.
https://jerryjenkins.com/writing-contests/


WRITERS ONLINE

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/


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:  Sept 2021
* Adult Fiction
* Adult Nonfiction (including memoir)
* Children’s/YA Books
* Poetry

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


BRIDGEPORT PRIZE

For writers everywhere – Poetry, Short Story, Flash Fiction, Novels  DEADLINE MAY 31
We are committed to discovering new writers in poetry, short story, flash fiction and the novel. Our alumni reads like a Who’s Who of the literary world: Kate Atkinson MBE, Gail Honeyman and Kit de Waal. Judges have included Roger McGough, Monica Ali and Zoe Heller. Our patron is Fay Weldon. We are a route to being published so send us your words and it could be your name up here next year.

 
Click on+ contest you want from scrolling slideshow or click The Competition in the menu bar to go to specific genre.(menu bar is slow to respond)  Or Choose from The Competition menu for your genre.
https://bridportprize.org.uk/

KOTOBEE BLOG

300+ Writing Contests You Need to Enter in 2021 – If there’s one thing we need these days, it’s consistency. Something that proves not everything has changed. Something that gives you a bout of comfort given the current circumstances. So what better way to do that than to know 2021 comes with a host of writing contests for people of all ages from all around the world?

Sort by Genre and Month
blog.kotobee.com/300-writing-contests-2021/

Poetry

POETS & WRITERS WRITING CONTESTS, GRANTS & AWARDS

The Writing Contests, Grants & Awards database includes details about the creative writing contests—including poetry contests, short story competitions, essay contests, awards for novels, and more—that we’ve published in Poets & Writers Magazine during the past year. We carefully review the practices and policies of each contest before including it. Ours is the most trusted resource for legitimate writing contests available anywhere.  Sort by Genre, date, etc., using their filter
https://www.pw.org/grants?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI_Y29xan-5QIVGKSzCh3cQwAmEAMYAiAAEgJXqvD_BwE


REEDSY BEST WRITING CONTESTS OF 2021

Several contests for 2021 listed.
https://https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-contests/


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.  Scroll to view contests.

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


BRIDGEPORT PRIZE

For writers everywhere – Poetry, Short Story, Flash Fiction, Novels  DEADLINE MAY 31
We are committed to discovering new writers in poetry, short story, flash fiction and the novel. Our alumni reads like a Who’s Who of the literary world: Kate Atkinson MBE, Gail Honeyman and Kit de Waal. Judges have included Roger McGough, Monica Ali and Zoe Heller. Our patron is Fay Weldon. We are a route to being published so send us your words and it could be your name up here next year.<Click on+ contest you want from scrolling slideshow or click The Competition in the menu bar</sthttps://bridportprize.org.uk/

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


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:  Sept 2021
* Adult Fiction
* Adult Nonfiction (including memoir)
* Children’s/YA Books
* Poetry

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


KOTOBEE BLOG

300+ Writing Contests You Need to Enter in 2021 – If there’s one thing we need these days, it’s consistency. Something that proves not everything has changed. Something that gives you a bout of comfort given the current circumstances. So what better way to do that than to know 2021 comes with a host of writing contests for people of all ages from all around the world?

Sort by Genre and Month
blog.kotobee.com/300-writing-contests-2021/


STONE SOUP

How to Submit Creative Writing and Art to Stone Soup.  Stone Soup welcomes submissions from around the world by writers and artists ages 13 and younger. All submissions must come to us via Submittable. We do not accept submissions by email or by post.
 

https://stonesoup.com/how-to-submit-writing-and-art-to-stone-soup/

Romance

ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA

https://www.rwa.org/Online/Events/Chapter_Events.aspx

JUNE CONTESTS – none

JULY CONTESTS

Contemporary Romance’s Virtual Conference
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Writers
Fee: free for CRW members; $40 for non-members
Date: July 10–11, 2021
Program: 20+ multi-track craft and career workshops for contemporary romance authors at all levels
FMI, https://contemporaryromance.org/events/crw-virtual-conference-july-2021/

 

Science Fiction

BALTIMORE SCIENCE FICTION SOCIETY

Check out their contests menu – changes when contests available  June 15, 2021

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


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/ 


SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY WRITERS OF AMERICA

Note: this contest is intended for beginning writers. If you have received more than $1000 for your writing from any source, on the date you submit your story, and/or have published, in any paying publication, a novel or multiple shorter works adding up to more than 40,000 words you are no longer eligible. If you are unsure, send us your publication history.  DEADLINE: May 04  The contest is limited to the first 50 qualifying entries.

CLOSED  https://www.sfwa.org/2018/05/04/nesfa-announces-writing-contest/


 

 

Screenwriting

PAGE INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITING AWARDS

All Contests:  https://pageawards.com/the-contest/


LA SCREEN PLAY AWARDS.COM

SUBMISSIONS:  This is the only screenplay competition founded by a team of working Hollywood professionals with more than 1,000 produced credits and a century of collective industry experience.  Our roster of Senior Judges includes multiple Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and WGA Award Winners.

Feature Screenplay  https://lascreenplayawards.com/feature-screenplay/
TV Script  https://lascreenplayawards.com/tv-script/
Short Screenplay  https://lascreenplayawards.com/short-screenplay/

https://lascreenplayawards.com/


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

Self Publishing

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.  March 15
https://pageawards.com/the-contest/how-to-enter/


REEDSY BEST WRITING CONTESTS OF 2021

Several contests for 2021 listed.
https://https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-contests/


 

Short Story

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/


JERRY JENKINS ULTIMATE GUIDE TO WRITING CONTESTS THROUGH 2021

Regardless where you are on your writing journey—from wannabe to bestseller—you can benefit from entering contests.

https://jerryjenkins.com/writing-contests/


STONEY BOOK SOUTHAMTON

Only undergraduates enrolled full time in United States and Canadian universities and colleges for the academic year 2020-2021 are eligible. This Prize has traditionally encouraged submissions from students with an Asian background, but we urge all students to enter.  Deadline: June 1, 2021

https://www.stonybrook.edu/southampton/mfa/special_programs/fiction_guidelines.html


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.  May 3

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


AUSTRALIAN 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/  contest over for 2021


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.  Dec, 20, 2020 deadline

http://n3f.org/short-story-contest/ 


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.  Deadline: July 31, 2021

 

TCK PUBLISHING

If you enjoy writing short stories, or have just recently started experimenting, entering your work in short story contests can be a great way to hone your talent and get exposure for your work.  Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities out there, and many of them come with a chance to win cash prizes or publication in a magazine! We’ve put together a list of short story contests that you can enter today so you can grow your confidence and your skills.

https://www.tckpublishing.com/short-story-contests/


WRITERS UNITE

Must be a follower of Writers Unite! on Web https://writersuniteweb.wordpress.com/(Click on Follow or join via email.)

Write a fiction story based on the theme “Courage.”

  • Contributors’ work must be original and not posted on any website, social media site, magazine, or traditionally or self-published. No exceptions.
  • Word count must not exceed 3000 words (minimum 1000 words).
  • Story must be fiction and rated G, PG, or R. (No excessive gore or erotica.)
  • Only one submission per author.
  • Stories submitted via email at writersunite16@gmail.com
    Subject Line: “2021 Short Story Contest.”
  • Submissions deadline May 31, 2021 11:59 p.m. E.T.
  • A panel of three experienced authors will judge the stories anonymously.
  • https://writersuniteweb.wordpress.com/2021/03/01/welcome-to-writers-unites-2021-short-story-contest/

REEDSY BEST WRITING CONTESTS OF 2021

Several contests for 2021 listed keep scrolling.


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


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


BRIDGEPORT PRIZE

For writers everywhere – Poetry, Short Story, Flash Fiction, Novels  DEADLINE MAY 31
We are committed to discovering new writers in poetry, short story, flash fiction and the novel. Our alumni reads like a Who’s Who of the literary world: Kate Atkinson MBE, Gail Honeyman and Kit de Waal. Judges have included Roger McGough, Monica Ali and Zoe Heller. Our patron is Fay Weldon. We are a route to being published so send us your words and it could be your name up here next year.
 
Click on+ contest you want from scrolling slideshow or click The Competition in the menu bar to go to specific genre.(menu bar is slow to respond)  Or Choose from The Competition menu for your genre.
 

Students and Teachers

NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Have to scroll down the page to see 2021 contests:  https://www.nypl.org/blog/2020/10/26/writing-competitions-young-adults


GEEK PARTNERSHIP SOCIETY

A 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.  Deadline: July 1, 2021

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

Teens - Young Adults

PUBLICATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEENS

TEEN INK: is one of the most popular and diverse writing spaces to get published in high school. The broad categories for publication reflect the diversity of writing that this lively online magazine celebrates. Some publication categories include: community service, travel and culture, the environment, health, reviews of TV shows and video games, and college essays, among the more traditional poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Visit online at: http://www.teenink.com/

AGNI: is Boston University’s well-respected journal. It appears in both print and online. AGNI submissions are not limited to high school writers, but the journal is known to accept and publish lots of work by new writers. Get published in high school at AGNI and you’ve taken an important step to becoming a writer in the real world! Find them online at: http://www.bu.edu/agni/submit.html

THE ADROIT JOURNAL: is run by high school students, college students, and emerging writers. Adroit publishes within “over 21” and “under 21” categories, so your writing will appear alongside great work by writers of any age. Adroit publishes fiction and poetry, and includes art and photography. They will reopen our submission reading period in January 2021. Find them online at: http://www.theadroitjournal.org/

EMBER: only published twice a year, but this beautiful and dreamy journal of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction appeals to all age groups. Although it doesn’t exclusively publish young writers, submissions from writers and artists ages 10 to 18 are strongly encouraged. Submissions open in February of 2021. For more details, visit them online at: http://emberjournal.org/

POLYPHONY LIT: invites submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction from high school students worldwide. Student editors provide feedback to all submissions, including the ones not accepted for publication. Submissions are open from July 1 2020 – April 30, 2020. More details can be found at https://www.polyphonylit.org/.


SELECT YOUTH CONTESTS

HOT DISH MAGAZINE, an online journal serving up a bubbling mixture of poetry and fiction by teens (grades 9–12), wants your voice to be heard! We award cash prizes for fiction, poetry, and the Hot Dish Challenge. Our submission period is October-January. Visit us at www.hotdishmagazine.com.

GIRLS RIGHT THE WORLD is a literary journal inviting young, female-identified writers and artists, ages 14–21, to submit work for consideration for the fourth annual issue. We believe girls’ voices transform the world for the better. We accept poetry, prose, and visual art of any style or theme. We ask to be the first to publish your work in North America; after publication, the rights return to you. Please include a note mentioning your age, where you’re from, and a bit about your submission. Send your best work, in English or English translation, to girlsrighttheworld@gmail.com between September 1 and December 31.  https://www.girlswritenow.org/contests/

THE LUMIERE REVIEW is a literary magazine dedicated to shining the light on all voices (particularly young creatives) through poetry, prose, and art. We’ll be running our first annual writing contest for poetry and prose, which will be open for submission from December 1st to January 15th. Updates will be made on our social media accounts (@lumierereview on twitter and instagram). Details on the contest guidelines can be found at https://lumierereview.com/contest.

PRINCIPIA PERSPECTIVES WRITING CONTEST is an annual writing contest that centers around a specific theme each year. This year, the theme is family. What stories define “family” for you? We don’t limit “family” to blood relatives; any person, group of people, or community that fulfills that role is an option. We also don’t want to limit you to COVID-19 stories—the purpose here is not to reflect on the pandemic, but rather, family. Anything goes as long as the theme is addressed in a thoughtful manner. The contest is open to middle and high schoolers. View contest details and guidelines at https://www.principiatutors.com/principia-perspectives-contest.


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.

Sort Deadline by Month:  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

Have to scroll down the page to see 2021 contests:
 https://www.nypl.org/blog/2020/10/26/writing-competitions-young-adults


HOLLYWOOD SCHOOLHOUSE

Several different contests and different sites.

http://hshla.org/writing-contests


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/ 


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:  Sept 2021
* Adult Fiction
* Adult Nonfiction (including memoir)
* Children’s/YA Books
* Poetry

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

Worklshops / Chapter Events

Romance Writers of America

JUNE 2021 ONLINE WORKSHOPS

Brilliant Tag Lines
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Writers
Fee: $15 for CRW members; $25 for RWA members; $35 for non-RWA members
Date: June 1–28, 2021
Presenter: Kathryn Jane
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/

Poisoned Pen — How to Poison Your Characters with Common Household Chemicals
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $20, KOD members; $25, RWA members; $35, non-members
Date: June 1–28, 2021
Presenter: Kelle Z Riley
FMI, https://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin

Writing the Historical Mystery
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $20, KOD members; $25, RWA members; $35, non-members
Date: June 1–28, 2021
Presenter: Beth Daniels
FMI, https://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin

Sympathy for the Devils: Using Psychology to Write Compelling Villains
Sponsor: NEORWA
Fee: $20
Date: June 1–30, 2021
Presenter: Ivy Quinn
FMI, http://www.neorwa.com/online-workshops/upcoming-meetings/

Writing Trans and Nonbinary Characters in Contemporary Romance
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Writers
Fee: $15, CRW members; $25, RWA members; $25, nonmembers
Date: June 1–30, 2021
Presenter: Ashley Lauren Rogers
FMI, https://contemporaryromance.org/

Writing Emotions without Purple Prose
Sponsor: From the Heart Romance Writers
Fee: free, FTHRW members; $20, non-members
Date: June 3–30, 2021
Presenter: Alicia Rasley
FMI, https://fthrw.com/upcoming-workshops

Writing from the Genre Out (Intense)
Sponsor: Hearts Through History
Fee: $15, HTH members; $25, non-members
Date: June 3–30, 2021
Presenter: Sally J Walker
FMI, https://www.heartsthroughhistory.com/workshops

Master Class Saturday with Jeffe Kennedy & Carien Sullivan
Sponsor: OIRWA
Fee: $25, members; $35, non-members
Date: June 5, 2021
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/

Publishing Fitness
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Writers
Fee: $15 for CRW members; $25 for RWA members; $35 for non-RWA members
Date: June 5, 2021, at 1 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. CT / 10 a.m. PT
Presenter: LaQuette
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/

50 Ways to Leave Your Muse: Creativity Hacks
Sponsor: Hearts Through History
Fee: $15, HTH members; $25, non-members
Date: June 5–30, 2021
Presenter: Joy Held
FMI, https://www.heartsthroughhistory.com/workshops

Hellenistic Romance: Eros in Ancient Greece
Sponsor: Hearts Through History
Fee: $15, HTH members; $25, non-members
Date: June 5–30, 2021
Presenter: Darlene Reilley
FMI, https://www.heartsthroughhistory.com/workshops

Validate Your Book Idea
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Writers
Fee: $15 for CRW members; $25 for RWA members; $35 for non-RWA members
Date: June 6, 2021, at 4 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. CT / 1 p.m. PT
Presenter: Katie McCoach
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/

Let’s Dress Up: Rhythm, Rhyme, and Adding Pizzazz
Sponsor: RWA Online Chapter
Fee: $15 (free for RWAOL members)
Dates: June 7–25, 2021
Presenter: Virginia McCullough
FMI, https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/june-2020-lets-dress-up/

Self-Publishing “Where the Heck Do I Star?”
Sponsor: OIRWA
Fee: $25, members; $35, non-members
Date: June 7–25, 2021
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/

Twitter for Authors
Sponsor: OIRWA
Fee: $25, members; $35, non-members
Date: June 7–25, 2021
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/

Writing Gay Romance
Sponsor: OIRWA
Fee: $25, members; $35, non-members
Date: June 7–25, 2021
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/

Brand U (held via Zoom)
Sponsor: RWA Online Chapter
Fee: $15; free for RWAOL members
Date: June 26, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern/1:00 p.m. Central/12:00 p.m. Mountain/11:00 a.m. Pacific
Presenters: J.T. Bock & Lynne Silver
FMI, https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/june-26-brand-u/

Growth Hacking a Bestseller
Sponsor: Three Rivers Romance Writers
Fee: Free to TRRW members; $30 for non-members (same as membership)
Date: June 26, 2021, 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EST), with Q&A session following 6:00-6:30
Presenter: Liz Pelletier – Founder, CEO, and senior editor of Entangled Publishing
FMI, https://threeriversromancewriters.com/events/

Falling in Love with Series
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Writers
Fee: $15 for CRW members; $25 for RWA members; $35 for non-RWA members
Date: June 26, 2021, at 1 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. CT / 10 a.m. PT
Presenter: Kay Harris
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/

JULY 2021 ONLINE WORKSHOPS

BDSM
Sponsor: OIRWA
Fee: $25, members; $35, non-members
Date: July 5–30, 2021
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/

Captivating Submission Package
Sponsor: OIRWA
Fee: $25, members; $35, non-members
Date: July 5–30, 2021
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/

Fake It ‘Til You Make It: Beginning Tech Tips for Authors!
Sponsor: Yosemite Romance Writers
Fee: $30, members; $35, non-members
Date: July 5–30, 2021
Presenter: Kerry Blaisdell
FMI, http://www.yosemiteromancewriters.com/workshops

Field Medical Emergencies and Procedures
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $20, KOD members; $25, RWA members; $35, non-members
Date: July 5–30, 2021
Presenter: Martin Roy Hill
FMI, https://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin

Lessons of Firefly
Sponsor: Hearts Through History
Fee: $15, HTH members; $25, non-members
Date: July 5–30, 2021
Presenter: Jacqui Wilson
FMI, https://www.heartsthroughhistory.com/workshops

Nuances of Dialogue
Sponsor: NEORWA
Fee: $20
Date: July 5–30, 2021
Presenter: Sally J. Walker
FMI, http://www.neorwa.com/online-workshops/upcoming-meetings/

Perfect Pairings
Sponsor: Hearts Through History
Fee: $15, HTH members; $25, non-members
Date: July 5–30, 2021
Presenter: Allie Pleiter
FMI, https://www.heartsthroughhistory.com/workshops

Revisions: The Art of Layers
Sponsor: Hearts Through History
Fee: $15, HTH members; $25, non-members
Date: July 5–30, 2021
Presenter: Lynn Lovegreen
FMI, https://www.heartsthroughhistory.com/workshops

Write a Good Manuscript for F’s Sake
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $20, KOD members; $25, RWA members; $35, non-members
Date: July 5–30, 2021
Presenter: Katie McCoach
FMI, https://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin


 

 

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