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2022 AUG Contests, Workshops, Webinars

NEW ARTICLES, RESOURCES-TIPS, Writing Contests

August Writing Contests

Below are the Contests for AUGUST 2022 Most of the listing are Multiple Genre.  If you find a contest you would like added to, or shoud be removed from the list, please EMAIL ME.

SOME SITES MAY REQUIRE YOU TO JOIN.
New Listing          ⭐ Added after mailout.

Mixed Genre

★ TCK PUBLISHING

Kids have big imaginations, and when it comes to creating stories or poetry, it’s that bold creativity that can even give them an advantage over their adult counterparts. They also tend to be braver when it comes to sharing their work.
LIST OF WRITING CONTESTS FOR KIDS  https://www.tckpublishing.com/writing-contests-for-kids/


★ WRITER UNBOXED

This contest submissions season covers deadlines from June 1, 2022 through August 31, 2022. Summer is a slower time for any literary journal or contest associated with a university, but there are still opportunities between beach waves and new drafts. Thanks to Literistic, Poets & Writers, Submittable Discover, and New Pages for many of these contests.

https://writerunboxed.com/2022/05/16/fiction-writing-contests-worth-your-time-in-summer-2022/comment-page-1/


★ THE WRITER

As you already know, 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.
https://www.writermag.com/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. https://dystopianstories.com/writing-competitions-contests/


AUSTRALIAN BOOK REVIEW

The Peter Porter Poetry Prize is one of Australia’s most prestigious prizes for a new poem. The Prize – open to all poets writing in English – is named after the great Australian poet Peter Porter (1929–2010). The Prize was first awarded in 2005 (Stephen Edgar) and was renamed in 2011, following Peter Porter’s death. Past winners include Tracy Ryan, Judith Bishop, and Anthony Lawrence.  Entries for the next Peter Porter Poetry Prize will open in July 2022.
https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/prizes-programs


BECOME A WRITER TODAY

There are as many different types of writing competitions as there are genres of content, from short story and poetry contests to science fiction, picture book, and chapbook competitions. Submitting your best work to a writing contest can help you build your reputation as an author, network with other industry professionals, and build your resume.  Here are the top 44 writing contests to apply for and answers to your most frequently asked questions about writing competitions. https://becomeawritertoday.com/writing-contests/


BOOK PIPELINE

The 2022 Book Pipeline: Unpublished contest is exclusively for unpublished manuscripts across six categories of fiction and nonfiction:  Literary
Mystery / Thriller, Sci-Fi / Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade, Nonfiction
https://bookpipeline.com/shop/unpublished-contest


BOOKSIE

List of various genre contests
https://www.booksie.com/writing-contests


BRIDGEPORT PRIZE

Entries can be on any subject in any style or form. We do not recommend stories written for children. You can enter any number of short stories but please check you are submitting the correct version of your work before uploading as mistakes cannot be rectified later.  https://bridportprize.org.uk/the-competition/short-story/


CANADIAN AUTHORS

A list of contests for All Contests:  https://canadianauthors.org/national/links/awards-competitions/


CHANTICLEER INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS 2022

16 Fiction Genere Divisions • Fiction Genere • Multiple Non-Fiction Divisions – A large list of contests for 2022 by various genre.
https://www.chantireviews.com/contests/


CREATIVE WRITING CONTESTS

Listed by genre:  Use the left menu bar.  Scroll to CATEGORIES and find what you want. https://writingcontests.wordpress.com/


THE COMMON

Inspired by the mission and role of the town common, an egalitarian gathering place, The Common aims to foster the global exchange of diverse ideas and experiences. As such, we welcome and encourage submissions from writers who are Black, Indigenous, people of color, disabled, LGBTQIA+-identifying, immigrant, international, and/or otherwise from communities underrepresented in U.S. literary magazines and journals. We seek stories, essays, poems, and dispatches that embody a strong sense of place: pieces in which the setting is crucial to character, narrative, mood, and language. We receive many submissions about traveling in foreign countries and discourage writers from submitting conventional travelogues in which narrators report on experiences abroad without reflecting on larger themes. https://www.thecommononline.org/submit/


CURIOSITY NEVER KILLED THE WRITER

39 Writing Contests in August 2022 — No entry fees  his March there are more than five dozen free writing contests for short fiction, novels, poetry, CNF, nonfiction, and plays. Prizes range from $25,000 to a free writing class. None charge entry fees.
https://medium.com/curiosity-never-killed-the-writer/39-writing-contests-in-august-2022-no-entry-fees-707abc94613c


FAN STORY

Several contests listed – scroll for details and deadlines https://www.fanstory.com/contestsall.jsp


FREE WRITING CONTESTS

Free writing contests is your source for a listing of 2022 writing contests that you can enter. The largest collection of free creative writing contests – hand-picked for writers of all skill levels. Your online location for an updated list of writing contests from around the world delivered daily.     https://free-writing-contests.com/


GLOBAL SOUP

Short Story Writing Competitions – 1 available
https://www.globesoup.net/writing-competitions


INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS

A listing of competitions around the world.  https://intercompetition.com/writing


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 – https://blog.kotobee.com/writing-contests-2022/


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. https://newfound.org/prose-prize?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI24rKj96K7wIVhYKGCh3Q1wGCEAAYASAAEgLitvD_BwE


NEWSPAGES BLOG

A variety of completions listed.  https://www.newpages.com/classifieds/writing-contests


NOTHING IN THE RULE BOOK

List of creative writing competitions for 2022
https://nothingintherulebook.com/2022/02/21/40-writing-competitions-for-2022/


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


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 https://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/p/calls-for-submissions.html


REEDSY BEST WRITING CONTESTS

Several contests listed keep scrolling.  Use the search option to find the most recent contests, and deadlines.
https://https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-contests/


RESOURCE CENTER PAPER TRUE

Writing competitions are vital for any poets and writers who want to be successful. But it’s important to know which poetry competitions, short story contests, and nonfiction contests are worth the effort. So we took a deep dive into the web, looking for the writing contests in 2022 that are both exciting and dependable.
https://blog.papertrue.com/writing-contests-2022/


SMART BLOGGER

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


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/


WILLIAM FAULKNER LITERARY COMPETITION

The William Faulkner Literary Competition offers five categories for submission: Novel, One Act Playwriting, Short Story, Poem and Student Short Story. Most submissions require an entry fee: $50 entry fee for Novel submissions and $20 entry fee for Playwriting, Short Story and Poem. There is no entry fee for the Student Short Story entries. https://williamfaulknerliterarycompetition.com/submission-entries/

CATEGORY DEADLINES :  Student Short Story AUG 31 2022


WINNING WRITERS

Poetry, Fiction & Essay, and Self Published Book contests
https://winningwriters.com/our-contests


WRITE THE WORLD

A list of upcoming competitions.  https://writetheworld.com/competitions/upcoming


WRITING COMPLETIONS.NET

Several contests, mixed genre, by various sponsors https://writingcompetitions.net/


WRITING CONTESTS.WORDPRESS.COM

Listings updated regularly.  Scroll to CATEGORY in the left menu bar and then use the drop-down to select your category.  There is a really long list of categories.  https://writingcontests.wordpress.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


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.

https://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/annual-writing-competition


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/


WRITERS OF THE FUTURE

Entries in the Writers of the Future Contest are adjudicated only by professional writers. Prizes of $1000, $750 and $500 are awarded every three months. From the four quarterly 1st Place winners each year, a panel of judges select one story as the grand prize winner. The writer of the grand-prize-winning story receives the L. Ron Hubbard Golden Pen Award and an additional $5000 cash prize. https://www.writersofthefuture.com/contest-rules-writers/


WRITERS-EDITORS.COM

A variety of contests and genres https://www.writers-editors.com/Writers/Contests/contests.htm


Adventure

Children

★ TCK PUBLISHING

Kids have big imaginations, and when it comes to creating stories or poetry, it’s that bold creativity that can even give them an advantage over their adult counterparts. They also tend to be braver when it comes to sharing their work.
LIST OF WRITING CONTESTS FOR KIDS  https://www.tckpublishing.com/writing-contests-for-kids/


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/

Fantasy

★ WRITER UNBOXED

This contest submissions season covers deadlines from June 1, 2022 through August 31, 2022. Summer is a slower time for any literary journal or contest associated with a university, but there are still opportunities between beach waves and new drafts. Thanks to Literistic, Poets & Writers, Submittable Discover, and New Pages for many of these contests.

https://writerunboxed.com/2022/05/16/fiction-writing-contests-worth-your-time-in-summer-2022/comment-page-1/


BOOK PIPELINE

The 2022 Book Pipeline: Unpublished contest is exclusively for unpublished manuscripts across six categories of fiction and nonfiction:  Literary
Mystery / Thriller, Sci-Fi / Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade, Nonfiction
https://bookpipeline.com/shop/unpublished-contest


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/ 

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

Several contests for listed. 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


Fiction

THE SATURDAY EVENING POST

Great American Fiction Contest – In its two centuries of existence, The Saturday Evening Post has published short fiction by a who’s who of great American authors, including Ray Bradbury, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Louis L’Amour, Sinclair Lewis, Jack London, Joyce Carol Oates, Edgar Allan Poe, Anne Tyler, and Kurt Vonnegut, among so many others. “This contest is a tribute to the Post’s legacy of featuring the most renowned American fiction writers,” says Steven Slon, editorial director and associate publisher for The Saturday Evening Post. “Our goal is to continue the tradition of finding and featuring compelling stories and the authors behind them.” The winning story will be published in the January/February 2023 edition of The Saturday Evening Post, and the author will receive $1,000. Five runners-up will each receive $200 and will also have their stories featured online. https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/fiction-contest/


REEDSY BEST WRITING CONTESTS

Several contests for listed, use the search options. https://https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-contests/


Historical Fiction

WRITING CONTESTS.WORDPRESS.COM

Listings updated regularly.  Scroll to CATEGORY in the left menu bar and then use the drop-down to select your category.  There is a really long list of categories.  https://writingcontests.wordpress.com/category/historical-fiction/


THE WRITER

THE GOETHE AWARDS – HISTORICAL FICTION – “The Goethe Awards Categories are: Regency/Victorian, World/International History (non-western culture historical fiction), 19th Century, 20th Century, World and Other Wars, US History”  DEADLINE: JUL 31 2022
https://www.writermag.com/contests/the-goethe-awards-historical-fiction/

Mystery - Suspense

CREATIVE WRITING CONTESTS

Listed by genre:  https://writingcontests.wordpress.com/category/mystery-suspense-romance-thriller/


BOOK PIPELINE

The 2022 Book Pipeline: Unpublished contest is exclusively for unpublished manuscripts across six categories of fiction and nonfiction:  Literary
Mystery / Thriller, Sci-Fi / Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade, Nonfiction
https://bookpipeline.com/shop/unpublished-contest


CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL

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


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 – https://blog.kotobee.com/writing-contests-2022/


REEDSY

29 Mystery – Suspense Contests Listed for 2022 – more may be added. https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-contests/thriller/


Non Fiction

THE COMMON

Inspired by the mission and role of the town common, an egalitarian gathering place, The Common aims to foster the global exchange of diverse ideas and experiences. As such, we welcome and encourage submissions from writers who are Black, Indigenous, people of color, disabled, LGBTQIA+-identifying, immigrant, international, and/or otherwise from communities underrepresented in U.S. literary magazines and journals. We seek stories, essays, poems, and dispatches that embody a strong sense of place: pieces in which the setting is crucial to character, narrative, mood, and language. We receive many submissions about traveling in foreign countries and discourage writers from submitting conventional travelogues in which narrators report on experiences abroad without reflecting on larger themes. https://www.thecommononline.org/submit/


CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL

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


 

Poetry

⭐ NYC MIDNIGHT

The inaugural Rhyming Story Challenge is a creative writing competition open to writers around the world. When the competition begins on September 23rd, writers are placed in groups where they will be judged against other writers within their same group. Each group will receive a unique genre, theme, and emotion assignment, and writers will have eight days to write an original 600-word story that rhymes.
https://www.nycmidnight.com/rhyme


★ AUSTRALIAN BOOK REVIEW

The Peter Porter Poetry Prize is one of Australia’s most prestigious prizes for a new poem. The Prize – open to all poets writing in English – is named after the great Australian poet Peter Porter (1929–2010). The Prize was first awarded in 2005 (Stephen Edgar) and was renamed in 2011, following Peter Porter’s death. Past winners include Tracy Ryan, Judith Bishop, and Anthony Lawrence.  Entries for the next Peter Porter Poetry Prize will open in July 2022.
https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/prizes-programs/peter-porter-poetry-prize/


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/


THE COMMON

Inspired by the mission and role of the town common, an egalitarian gathering place, The Common aims to foster the global exchange of diverse ideas and experiences. As such, we welcome and encourage submissions from writers who are Black, Indigenous, people of color, disabled, LGBTQIA+-identifying, immigrant, international, and/or otherwise from communities underrepresented in U.S. literary magazines and journals. We seek stories, essays, poems, and dispatches that embody a strong sense of place: pieces in which the setting is crucial to character, narrative, mood, and language. We receive many submissions about traveling in foreign countries and discourage writers from submitting conventional travelogues in which narrators report on experiences abroad without reflecting on larger themes. https://www.thecommononline.org/submit/


CREATIVE WRITING CONTESTS

Listed by genre:  Use the left menu bar.  Scroll to CATEGORIES and find what you want. https://writingcontests.wordpress.com/category/mystery-suspense-romance-thriller/


DREAM QUEST ONE – POETRY & WRITING CONTEST

Hello and welcome to Dream Quest One Poetry and Writing Contest – Winter 2021 – 2022! This poetry contest and writing contest is open to everyone and international. We are excited about showcasing the creative writing and poetic talent, skill, and ability of all poets and writers. We hope that you have the inspiration to display the beauty and art of writing short stories and poems for the entire world to see your “gift of a dream.” https://www.dreamquestone.com


FAN STORY

Several contests listed – scroll for details and deadlines https://www.fanstory.com/contestsall.jsp


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 – https://blog.kotobee.com/writing-contests-2022/


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

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


WINNING WRITERS

Poetry, Fiction & Essay, and Self Published Book contests
https://winningwriters.com/our-contests


THE WRITER

Several contests listed…. scroll to find them. https://www.writermag.com/contests/

Romance

 ⭐ LEAGUE OF ROMANCE WRITERS

The League of Romance Writers would like to announce our upcoming Romance Writing Contest, The 2023 Emily. The contest will open for submissions on September 1, 2022, and close on October 2, 2022. Finalists will be decided by our First Round judges, and we have an awesome line-up of agent and editor judges, who will decide the winner in each category. The winners will be announced at a fun ceremony in February 2023, at which winners receive Emily Pins and learn if an agent or editor has requested to see more of their manuscript.
https://leagueromwriters.com/theemily/


★NEW JERSEY ROMANCE WRITERS

​The Golden Leaf is awarded annually for excellence in published romantic fiction.

All published authors are welcome to enter books published from June 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022. You do not have to be a member of NJRW to take part.  https://www.njromancewriters.org/golden-leaf-2022.html


ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA

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

AUGUST Contests

The Big Apple Contest
Sponsor: RWA/NYC Fee: $20–30 Deadline: August 31, 2022 Entry: first chapter (up to 25 pages) of an unpublished manuscript Final Judge: Meghan Farrell, Managing Editor, Tule Publishing FMI, visit rwanyc.com/contest, or for questions, email bigapplecontest@gmail.com

 

Science Fiction

BOOK PIPELINE

The 2022 Book Pipeline: Unpublished contest is exclusively for unpublished manuscripts across six categories of fiction and nonfiction:  Literary
Mystery / Thriller, Sci-Fi / Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade, Nonfiction
https://bookpipeline.com/shop/unpublished-contest


FANTASY FICTION MONTHLY

This website offers a monthly sci-fi/fantasy writing contest. Submissions are published on their website. Details about the contest are not as easily found; however, you can visit their forum page for more information. Click here to view previous winners.


MITHILA REVIEW

Inviting submissions for a special global Hopepunk issue of science fiction (and fantasy) devoted to positive and powerful character-driven stories that imagine an open and inclusive tech-empowered democratic future for all people, species and countries on Earth.

Mithila Review is a readers-supported international journal of science fiction and fantasy established in 2015. We have published the best of speculative fiction, poetry, non-fiction and conversations with new, emerging, and Hugo-winning authors over the years. You can read all our issues for free here on our website or on your favorite reading device.  DEADLINE: MAY 20 2022
https://mithilareview.com/hopepunk/


NEOVEL

The theme of this contest is “Time travel”. We chose this theme because it’s broad enough to include all genres and fuel your creativity.  To respect the theme of the contest, the main character or characters of your entry must go through a change of temporality and must have a significant impact on the plot. This change must occur in the story before the end of the fourth chapter and must be mentioned in your book description.
https://neovel.io/contest/time-travelers-contest?tab=2


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/ 


 

Screenwriting

★ NYC MIDNIGHT

The 14th annual Short Screenplay Challenge kicking off on August 5th is a competition that challenges writers around the world to create short screenplays no longer than 5 pages based on genre, location, and object assignments in 48 hours. Each writer will participate in at least two writing challenges and as many as four depending on how well they place in each challenge. Feedback from the judges is provided for every submission, writers keep all the rights to the screenplays they create, and there are thousands in cash prizes for the winners. Learn more, register, and read previous winning screenplays at the link below. Good luck writers.  https://www.nycmidnight.com/shsc


FULL SPECTRUM FEATURES

Full Spectrum Features will produce and exhibit three artist-led scripted short films that showcase community resilience and rebuilding. Too often, stories about underrepresented communities only center on their trauma, suffering, and pain. We also want to spotlight stories that showcase joy, healing, and peace as acts of resistance. https://www.fullspectrumfeatures.com/community-storytellers


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/


PAGE INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITING AWARDS

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


SCRIPT WRITING NETWORK

This challenge is for those who want to work on writing new ideas and who would like to maintain a continuous creativity flow with your writing. Creativity is defined as the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work; the ability to CREATE.  With this in mind, this challenge will be for you to imagine, create and write a short story between 5,000 to 7,500 words.  july https://scriptwritersnetwork.com/upcoming-events/


NEW RESOURCE ADDED TO SITE: SCREEN WRITING / READING Octane Seating – Guide to Finding/Reading Scripts Online  Why Should I Read Scripts?  – Scripts Reading for Budding Authors – and much more.   Even if you are not interested in becoming a scriptwriter yourself, or a writer at all, scripts are still a great way to keep your mind engaged and your imagination sharp as a whip.  Aspiring writers will especially find script reading to be a rewarding experience. Whether you are hoping to write for screen, stage, or even just novels or short stories, experiencing scripts and analyzing them is a great way to bolster your confidence and strengthen your innate skills for narrative, dialogue, action, and timing.VIEW ON:  Research Links and Magazine Links

Self Publishing

REEDSY BEST WRITING CONTESTS

Several contests listed.  Use the sorting options to find deadlines. https://https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-contests/


Short Story

2022 TCK PUBLISHING SHORT STORY CONTEST

The TCK Publishing Short Story Contest is an international short story contest established in 2021. Each year’s prizewinner receives a $1,000 honorarium and publication of his or her short story on the TCK Publishing website.  DEADLINE SEP 1 2022 https://www.tckpublishing.com/2022-short-story-awards-contest/


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/


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/book-and-novel-competitions.php


THE COMMON

Inspired by the mission and role of the town common, an egalitarian gathering place, The Common aims to foster the global exchange of diverse ideas and experiences. As such, we welcome and encourage submissions from writers who are Black, Indigenous, people of color, disabled, LGBTQIA+-identifying, immigrant, international, and/or otherwise from communities underrepresented in U.S. literary magazines and journals. We seek stories, essays, poems, and dispatches that embody a strong sense of place: pieces in which the setting is crucial to character, narrative, mood, and language. We receive many submissions about traveling in foreign countries and discourage writers from submitting conventional travelogues in which narrators report on experiences abroad without reflecting on larger themes. https://www.thecommononline.org/submit/


CREATIVE WRITING INK

The Creative Writing Ink Short Story Competition 2022 is open for entries from February 25, 2022.  The deadline for receipt of all entries is September 30, 2022 at 4pm (GMT).  Entries will only be accepted through Submittable. Entries can be on any subject, theme or genre. Entry fee: £9 per entry. You can submit multiple entries as long as each entry is paid for individually and includes a separate entry form.  Maximum word count is 3,000 words.
https://creativewritingink.co.uk/creative-writing-ink-short-story-competition-2022/


GLOBAL SOUP

Short Story Writing Competitions – 1 available
https://www.globesoup.net/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


REEDSY BEST WRITING CONTESTS

Several contestsf listed keep scrolling.


 

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


Teens and Writing Young Adult

BOOK PIPELINE

The 2022 Book Pipeline: Unpublished contest is exclusively for unpublished manuscripts across six categories of fiction and nonfiction:  Literary
Mystery / Thriller, Sci-Fi / Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade, Nonfiction
https://bookpipeline.com/shop/unpublished-contest


BRIDGEPORT PRIZE

New Memoir Award.  Launches JUNE 2022 – We all have a story to tell about ourselves, the good, the bad and the how did I end up there? Our memoir award celebrates the life story, a fragment in time or rear view mirror look at what was and now is. https://bridportprize.org.uk/memoir-award-coming-soon/


GIRLS WRITE NOW

Contest sources for youth. https://girlswritenow.org/resource/writing-contests/


HANGING LOOSE MAGAZINE

(Year Round)  This magazine invites high school students to submit their poetry or short stories for publication as well as payment if selected. This is open to high school students ages 9-12. Visit their page for more information https://www.hangingloosepress.com/submissions/


HOLLYWOOD SCHOOLHOUSE

Several different contests and different sites. http://hshla.org/writing-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. 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


SCHOLASTIC ART & WRITING AWARDS

Are you a visionary? Are you an original thinker? The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has been empowering young talent since 1923. This competition is  open for grades 7th –12th and has a submission period from September – December. Visit their page for more information. SEP – DEC https://www.artandwriting.org/awards/how-to-enter/


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/.

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/ 


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.

 

Western

WOMEN WRITING THER WEST BLOG

– We welcome any content, written by real writers who show an understanding and expertise in a chosen topic.
– Submissions must be useful for building stronger writing platforms, practical or technical, that readers can use immediately or tag for future.
– Previously published work relating a specific topic from the suggested list, is acceptable.
– WWW cannot work with agency writers and cannot accept submissions that include political or religious views.
https://womenwritingthewest.wordpress.com/about-2/www-blog-submission-guidelines/


 

Worklshops / Chapter Events

Romance Writers of America

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

August Online Workshops

What’s Your Vision – Using a Vision Board to Help You Get Everything Your Heart Desires
Sponsor: Aged to Perfection Seasoned Romance Writers
Fee: A2P Member No Charge| Non-Member $10
Date: August 13, 2022 9AM PT (approx. 90 minutes)
Presenter: Peggy Jaeger
FMI: https://a2psr.rwa.org/A2PSR/Events/A2PSR/Education/Education.aspx?CODE=A2PSR&hkey=831dbed9-2301-45ec-8c91-8abb2bfdb5bb or email workshops.a2pwrwa@gmail.com

The Economy of Words: Writing Short Story Romances
Sponsor: Aged to Perfection Seasoned Romance Writers
Fee: A2P Member $10| Non-Member $25
Date: August 15 -28, 2022 (two weeks)
Presenter: Savannah J. Frierson
FMI: https://a2psr.rwa.org/A2PSR/Events/A2PSR/Education/Education.aspx?CODE=A2PSR&hkey=831dbed9-2301-45ec-8c91-8abb2bfdb5bb or email workshops.a2pwrwa@gmail.com

Creating the Framework for Stories that Sell
Sponsor: ARWA
Fee: ARWA Member $15 | Non-Member $30
Date: August 6, 2022, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. CT
Presenter: Grace Wynter
FMI: https://austinrwa.org/special-events/

How to Structure and Analyze a Great Scene
Sponsor: Coeur du Bois – RWA
Fee: CBC-RWA Member $0 | Non-Member $5
Date: August 6, 2022, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. MT
Presenter: Abigail K. Perry
FMI: https://cbcrwa.com/meetings-events/

Crash Course: Interactive & Episodic Fiction
Sponsor: AKRWA
Fee: AKRWA members free, non-members $10
Date: August 13, 2022, 1-3 pm Central Standard Time
Presenter: Kate Johnson
FMI: https://akrwa.com/events

NEW RESOURCES added to Website

SCREEN WRITING / READING Octane Seating – Guide to Finding/Reading Scripts Online  Why Should I Read Scripts?  – Scripts Reading for Budding Authors – and much more.   Even if you are not interested in becoming a scriptwriter yourself, or a writer at all, scripts are still a great way to keep your mind engaged and your imagination sharp as a whip.  Aspiring writers will especially find script reading to be a rewarding experience. Whether you are hoping to write for screen, stage, or even just novels or short stories, experiencing scripts and analyzing them is a great way to bolster your confidence and strengthen your innate skills for narrative, dialogue, action, and timing. Can be found on Research Links and Magazine Links

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⭐ NYC MIDNIGHT

The inaugural Rhyming Story Challenge is a creative writing competition open to writers around the world. When the competition begins on September 23rd, writers are placed in groups where they will be judged against other writers within their same group. Each group will receive a unique genre, theme, and emotion assignment, and writers will have eight days to write an original 600-word story that rhymes.
https://www.nycmidnight.com/rhyme


⭐ LEAGUE OF ROMANCE WRITERS

The League of Romance Writers would like to announce our upcoming Romance Writing Contest, The 2023 Emily. The contest will open for submissions on September 1, 2022, and close on October 2, 2022. Finalists will be decided by our First Round judges, and we have an awesome line-up of agent and editor judges, who will decide the winner in each category. The winners will be announced at a fun ceremony in February 2023, at which winners receive Emily Pins and learn if an agent or editor has requested to see more of their manuscript.
https://leagueromwriters.com/theemily/

The Emily Contest 2022

The Emily 2022

Contest opens to entries September 1, 2022 and closes October 2, 2022.

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