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2022 MAY Contests, Workshops, Webinars

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2022 Writing Contests

Below are the Contests for MAY  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.

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Mixed Genre

⭐ SEASIDERS WRITE

The Seasiders` Write Debut Novel Award is open to writers from anywhere around the world who have not yet published a full-length novel (more than 25,000 words) and do NOT have a literary agent.  Entries should consist of the first 5000 words of your novel together with a one page synopsis. Shortlisted entrants will be required to send the remainder of their completed novel which should be at least 65,000 words.  Entries can be submitted from the 1st March 2022. The closing date for entries is 1st June 2022.
https://www.seasiderswrite.com/competitions


⭐ HUDSON VALLEY SCRIBES

Enter our 25-4-25 Contest for 2022 and Get Vital Feedback on your First 25 Pages.​
Here’s your chance to get a developmental edit by published and soon-to-be-published authors of your first 25 pages, and it’s only $25.  Our feedback can include tips on plot, pace, characterization, dialogue—whatever it might take to attract the interest of an acquiring editor.  The most promising manuscript will win our grand prize: a premium one-year subscription to Querytracker.net, to help you find the perfect acquiring agents and publishers for your project and keep track of your submissions.  Below, please find the 25-4-25 Contest rules with links to required disclaimer, and judging criteria:

http://www.hudsonvalleyscribes.com/25-4-25.html


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 :  Novel  JUL 15 2022,  Adult Short Story JUL 31 2022,   One Act Play JUL 31 2022,  Poetry JUL 31 2022,  Student Short Story AUG 31 2022


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/


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/


WEST VIRGINIA WRITERS, INC.

The West Virginia Writers Annual Writing Contests for 2022 are open! The winners will be announced at the awards banquet of our annual writing conference, June 11, 2022 at Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley. http://wvwriters.org/home/annual-writing-contest/


CURIOSITY NEVER KILLED THE WRITER

50Writing Contests in April 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/search?q=contests%20may%202022


WRITE THE WORLD

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


CREATIVE WRITING CONTESTS

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


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/


PAPER TRUE

All year round, writing contests are carried out across the world. Thousands of writers participate in them to gain practice and become confident in their writing. The experience teaches you a lot about yourself and guides you to become a better writer.
https://medium.com/search?q=contests%20in%20may


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.  deadline MAY 31, 2022 https://bridportprize.org.uk/the-competition/short-story/


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/


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/


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


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/


INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS

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


NEWSPAGES BLOG

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


WRITING COMPETIONS.NET

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


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/


FAN STORY

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


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/#p5    FREE CONTESTS  https://jerryjenkins.com/writing-contests/#p5


REEDSY BEST WRITING CONTESTS

Several contests listed keep scrolling.  Use the search option to find tghe most recent contests, and deadlines.


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


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


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


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


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


CANADIAN AUTHORS

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


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/


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/


WRITERS-EDITORS.COM

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


Adventure

CISION PR NEWSWIRE

Recreation.gov Announces 2022 “Share Your Story” Writing Contest for Outdoor Adventurists The second annual contest seeks stories that touched hearts, inspired laughter, and created memorable experiences in the great outdoors for the chance to win high-valued prizes.  DEADLINE: APR 20 2022 https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/recreationgov-announces-2022-share-your-story-writing-contest-for-outdoor-adventurists-301458072.html


PACKS LIGHT

Adventure writing contest for your chance to win adventure gear and a National Parks pass.  Who: 18+, Legal residents of the United States and the District of Columbia.  Recreation.gov is seeking stories about adventures that touched your heart, made you laugh and created a memorable experience that will last a lifetime.  They are awarding prizes such as a National Parks Annual Passes and nearly $4,000 in REI gift cards to winners of this Outdoor Adventure Writing Contest to help them gear up for their next adventure.  Deadline: April 30, 2022 https://www.packslight.com/job/outdoor-adventure-writing-contest-united-states/


 

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/

Fantasy

★ 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


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/


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


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/


SILVER BLADE MAGAZNE

Welcome to the Silver Pen Writers Association group of publications. From this web page, you will have an opportunity to submit your work to Silver Blade Magazine. General Guidelines Give us something unexpected and well written.  Technique, voice, characterization, and language will all play a part in our decision to publish.  Amaze us with your writing, use of language, sense of story, and memorable characters.  Give us a story readers will not be able to forget and will eagerly recommend to others. https://www.silverblade.net/submissions-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/ 

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

AUTUMN HOUSE

For the 2022 contest, the Autumn House staff as well as select outsider readers serve as the preliminary readers, and the final judge is Venita Blackburn. The winner receives publication of a full-length manuscript and $2,500. The submission period opens January 1, 2022, and closes May 31, 2022 (Eastern Time). We will announce the finalists and the winner of the contest by October 1, 2022.
https://www.autumnhouse.org/submissions/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/


FREEDOM WITH WRITING

Worried that climate change might destroy the world? Want to share a bit of hope, and have the chance to win a $3,000 Grand Prize?  The Imagine 2200 Climate Fiction Contest offers $8,700 in prizes for authors of short fiction between 3,000 and 5,000 words. The premise is to offer a hopeful vision of a world that has addressed the challenges of climate change. https://grist.submittable.com/submit?utm_source=freedomwithwriting


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/


REEDSY

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


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/#p5


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/


Non Fiction

FREEDOM WITH WRITING

Worried that climate change might destroy the world? Want to share a bit of hope, and have the chance to win a $3,000 Grand Prize?  The Imagine 2200 Climate Fiction Contest offers $8,700 in prizes for authors of short fiction between 3,000 and 5,000 words. The premise is to offer a hopeful vision of a world that has addressed the challenges of climate change.  DEADLINE MAY 5 2022 https://grist.submittable.com/submit?utm_source=freedomwithwriting


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


JERRY JENKINS ULTIMATE GUIDE TO WRITING CONTESTS 

Regardless where you are on your writing journey—from wannabe to bestseller—you can benefit from entering contests. https://jerryjenkins.com/writing-contests/#p5


Poetry

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


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/


FREEDOM WITH WRITING

Worried that climate change might destroy the world? Want to share a bit of hope, and have the chance to win a $3,000 Grand Prize?  The Imagine 2200 Climate Fiction Contest offers $8,700 in prizes for authors of short fiction between 3,000 and 5,000 words. The premise is to offer a hopeful vision of a world that has addressed the challenges of climate change. https://grist.submittable.com/submit?utm_source=freedomwithwriting


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/


THE WRITER

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


FAN STORY

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


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/


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/


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/


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/


JERRY JENKINS ULTIMATE GUIDE TO WRITING CONTESTS

Regardless where you are on your writing journey—from wannabe to bestseller—you can benefit from entering contests. https://jerryjenkins.com/writing-contests/#p5

Romance

ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA

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

No April Contests Listed

May Contests

The Carla Crown Jewel of Books
Sponsor: Mid-America Romance Authors
Fee: $25
Deadline: May 15, 2022
Entry: see website for entry information
Judges: Contest will have no more than five finalists from all categories.  First round will be judged by readers. Final judging will be judged by a bookseller.
FMI, https://www.mararwa.com/enter-carla-contest/

Science Fiction

★ 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


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/


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.


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

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. https://scriptwritersnetwork.com/creative-writing-challenge-2-3/


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


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


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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

★ 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/


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/


AUSTRAILIAN BOOK REVIEW

Entries are currently open for the 2022 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. The Jolley Prize is worth a total of AU$12,500 – first place will receive $6,000, second place will receive $4,000, and third place will receive $2,500.  The Jolley Prize is open to all short story writers writing in English. We seek original short stories of between 2,000 and 5,000 words. https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/prizes-programs/elizabeth-jolley-story-prize/jolley-prize-online-entry


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/


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/#p5


REEDSY BEST WRITING CONTESTS

Several contestsf 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/book-and-novel-competitions.php


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

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


GIRLS WRITE NOW

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


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/


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/


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/


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/ 


Western

SOUTHWEST WRITERS

SouthWest Writers is proud to announce a Call for Submissions 2022 Annual Writing Contest Begins March 15 First-, second-, and third-place winners will be awarded cash prizes and a publication opportunity in: 2 categories of Art/Photography 6 Book Related Categories 4 categories of Poetry 4 categories of Prose/Stories 2 categories of Travel & Memoir All entries must be original and in English and submitted online only. You do not have to be a member of SouthWest Writers to enter. The contest accepts work previously published from 2019 to 2022, but submissions can not have won any previous SWW contest. It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure that any submission does not come in conflict with their agreements concerning rights with any other publishing entity. Contest Submission Period: March 15 – May 15. Fees vary depending on entry type and submission date. See below for specifics. https://www.southwestwriters.com/annual-writing-contest/


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

May Online Workshops

What’s Your Plan?
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $20, RWA member
Date: May 2–13, 2022
Presenter: Jacki Renée
FMI, RWAKissOfDeath.org/workshops

Age of the Sail Part II
Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
Fee: OIRW Member $25| Non-Member $35
Date: May 2–27, 2022
Presenter: Cindy Vallar
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#MAY

Overwriting, Oh No!
Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
Fee: OIRW Member $25| Non-Member $35
Date: May 2–27, 2022
Presenter: Elf Ahearn
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#MAY

Take Your Characters from Flat to Fabulous
Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
Fee: OIRW Member $25| Non-Member $35
Date: May 2–27, 2022
Presenter: Cynthia Owens
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#MAY

Using Emotion to make Villains/Antagonists Memorial
Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
Fee: OIRW Member $25| Non-Member $35
Date: May 2–27, 2022
Presenter: Mary Marvella
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#MAY

Violence 101: How to Write About Violence with Authenticity and Responsibility
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $25, RWA members
Date: May 2–27, 2022
Presenter: Martin Roy Hill
FMI, RWAKissOfDeath.org/workshops

Writing Conflict
Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
Fee: OIRW Member $25| Non-Member $35
Date: May 2 – 27, 2022
Presenter: Cassandra Carr
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#MAY

Those Who Forget the Past: Using Backstory to Enhance Your Novel
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $10, RWA members
Date: May 14, 2022 (90-minute virtual class; 7:00 a.m. Pacific, 9:00 a.m. Central, 10:00 a.m. Eastern)
Presenter: Cynthia Owens
FMI, RWAKissOfDeath.org/workshops

One Hour Zoom Meeting – Victorian Dress
Sponsor: Outreach International Romance Writers
Fee: OIRW Member $25| Non-Member $35
Date: May TBD 2022
Presenter: Val Fassnight
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/#MAY

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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⭐ SEASIDERS WRITE

The Seasiders` Write Debut Novel Award is open to writers from anywhere around the world who have not yet published a full-length novel (more than 25,000 words) and do NOT have a literary agent.  Entries should consist of the first 5000 words of your novel together with a one page synopsis. Shortlisted entrants will be required to send the remainder of their completed novel which should be at least 65,000 words.  Entries can be submitted from the 1st March 2022. The closing date for entries is 1st June 2022.
https://www.seasiderswrite.com/competitions


⭐ HUDSON VALLEY SCRIBES

Enter our 25-4-25 Contest for 2022 and Get Vital Feedback on your First 25 Pages.​
Here’s your chance to get a developmental edit by published and soon-to-be-published authors of your first 25 pages, and it’s only $25.  Our feedback can include tips on plot, pace, characterization, dialogue—whatever it might take to attract the interest of an acquiring editor.  The most promising manuscript will win our grand prize: a premium one-year subscription to Querytracker.net, to help you find the perfect acquiring agents and publishers for your project and keep track of your submissions.  Below, please find the 25-4-25 Contest rules with links to required disclaimer, and judging criteria:

http://www.hudsonvalleyscribes.com/25-4-25.html

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