2021 OCT Calls for Submission

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2021 OCT Calls for Submission

Calls for SubmiossionsBelow are the CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR OCTOBER 2021.  Hopefully the new format helps your find what you are looking for faster.The listings are Multiple Genre.  If you find a call for submissions you would like added to the list, please EMAIL ME.

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THE AUTHORS GUILD

Each month we curate a list of contests, fellowships, and other writing opportunities with approaching deadlines. Opportunities will be posted in the month prior to their deadlines, so that you have ample time to submit your work or applications.

https://www.authorsguild.org/contests-grants/calls-for-submissions-october-2021/


NEW PAGES

View the latest calls for submissions for writing, art, book-length and chapbook-length manuscripts, photography, and more from magazines, publishers, writing conferences and events, writing programs, etc.  Informatino added regularly.

https://www.newpages.com/classifieds/calls-for-submissions


COMMUNITY OF LITERARY MAGAZINES AND PRESSES (CLMP)

A long lis of calls for submission for all genres.  Working taking a look at.  Has a quick genre sorter .  Scroll down for current and future dates.

https://www.clmp.org/programs-opportunities/calls-for-submissions/


WAXING AND WANING

Submissions open year-round
1 online / 1 print release per year
Simultaneous submissions accepted (please let us know, however)
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction,  & Short Films submissions $5
Screenplays/Plays submissions $7
Graphic Stories submissions $3
Art submissions FREE
All submissions must be in proper manuscript format

https://www.waxingandwaning.org/submit/


★ FIFA

Call for submissions | FIFA’s 40th edition – The International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) opens its call for submissions for its 40th edition to be held in Montreal from March 15 to 27, 2022. Professional activities and events will take place from March 16 to 20 next year.  This call for submissions is aimed at directors, producers or distributors who have finished or are finishing a fiction film about art, a biographical film, a documentary, a performance recording, an art video or media art. It will allow them to premiere their work(s) in Montreal.

https://lefifa.com/en/40e/appel-a-soumissions


★ PLANTS & POETRY JOURNEL

Cal for Poetry: Autumn Equinox Collection call for poetry. prose. creative-nonfiction. mixed media. Autumn Equinox Theme: The Autumn Equinox honors the harvest SEP 05

https://www.clmp.org/members/open-submission/call-for-poetry-autumn-equinox-collection/


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.

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


STONE SOUP

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

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


LA SCREEN PLAY AWARDS.COM

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

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

https://lascreenplayawards.com/


PUBLISHED TO DEATH

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

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

 

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2021 OCT-DEC Contests & Workshops

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2021 OCT-DEC Contests & Workshops

october2Below are the Contests for OCTOBER – NOVEMBER 2021.  Most of the listing are Multiple Genre.  If you find a contest you would like added to the list, please EMAIL ME.

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Mixed Genre

NEWFOUND

Newfound is a nonprofit publisher based in Texas. Our work investigates how place shapes identity, imagination, and understanding.  The journal is published biannually online and features fiction, poetry, nonfiction, visual arts, reviews, and more. Before sending to the journal, please read our guidelines. We also publish poetry chapbooks through our Gloria E. Anzaldúa Poetry Prize and Emerging Poets Series and prose chapbooks through our Newfound Prose Prize.

https://newfound.org/contribute-journal/


THE WRITTER

Several other contests for all genre  https://www.writermag.com/contests/


FAN STORY

Several contests listed – scroll for details and deadlines

https://www.fanstory.com/contestsall.jsp


CHANTICLEER CONTESTS

New Contests Listed for 2021

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


JERRY JENKINS ULTIMATE GUIDE TO WRITING CONTESTS THROUGH 2021

Regardless where you are on your writing journey—from wannabe to bestseller—you can benefit from entering contests.
https://jerryjenkins.com/writing-contests/#p2   Keep scrolling they are not in date order.
FREE CONTESTS  https://jerryjenkins.com/writing-contests/#p5


REEDSY BEST WRITING CONTESTS OF 2021

Several contests for 2021 listed keep scrolling.


ALMOND PRESS

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


NEWFOUND PROSE PRIZE

You know that long story of yours that wickedly exceeds the word counts for journals? Or that micro-essay collection you’ve been crafting that’s still too short to publish as a book? These works deserve to exist in print. Now they have a home.  Deadline: MAR 2022

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.

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

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


CANADIAN AUTHORS

A list of contests for 2021

KOTOBEE BLOG

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

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


STONE SOUP

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

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


NOTHING IN THE RULEBOOK

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

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


WRITERS-EDITORS.COM

A variety of contests and genres for 2021.

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


THE WRITE LIFE

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

https//thewritelife.com/writing-contests/


 

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/

Flash Fiction

WOW! Women On Writing Quarterly Flash Fiction Contest

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

WOW! Women On Writing


REEDSY BEST WRITING CONTESTS OF 2021

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


NYC MIDNIGHT

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

http://www.nycmidnight.com


 

 

Fantasy

QUARKNDAGGER.COM

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

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

Fiction

REEDSY BEST WRITING CONTESTS OF 2021

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


KOTOBEE BLOG

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

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


 

 
 
 
 

Mystery - Suspense

MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA

Rules for the 2022 St. Martin’s Minotaur/ Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition – Sponsored by Minotaur Books and Mystery Writers of America (MWA

PLEASE DIRECT ALL QUESTIONS TO MINOTAUR BOOKS – SEE EMAIL ADDRESS BELOW.

The Competition is open to any writer, regardless of nationality, aged 18 or older, who has never been the author of any Published Novel (in any genre), as defined by the guidelines below, (except that authors of self-published works only may enter, as long as the manuscript submitted is not the self-published work) and is not under contract with a publisher for publication of a novel. Employees, and members of their immediate families living in the same household, of Minotaur Books or Mystery Writers of America (or a parent, subsidiary, or affiliate of either of them) are not eligible to enter.  Only one manuscript entry (the “Manuscript”) is permitted per writer. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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


REEDSY BEST WRITING CONTESTS OF 2021

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


 

Non Fiction

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/


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/#p4


KOTOBEE BLOG

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

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


 

Poetry

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 OF 2021

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


ALMOND PRESS

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

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


KOTOBEE BLOG

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

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


STONE SOUP

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

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


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/#p3

Romance

rwa conferenceROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA

No Octoer Contests.

Great news—we’re extending the #RWA2021 early reg deadline to Oct. 15, We’re announcing some exciting speakers & workshops in the coming weeks & want everyone to have the opportunity to sign up at the lower rate. https://rwa.org/

Science Fiction

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

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

Self Publishing

REEDSY BEST WRITING CONTESTS OF 2021

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


 

Short Story

THE NATIONAL FANTASY FAN FOUNDATION

The N3F Operates a yearly Short Story Contest. There are no entrance fees. You pay nothing to enter a story. However, we offer cash prizes to contest winners, usually First, Second, and Third places.  2021 N3F Amateur Short Story Contest  Deadline December 31-2021

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


CRANKED ANVIL PRESS

Our quarterly short story competition is open for entries all year round.  The competition is open to any theme or genre, but your story must be a maximum of 1,500 words (not including the title). Closing dates are: 31st January – 30th April – 31st July –  31st October   You can enter up to three stories in each quarterly competition.

https://crankedanvil.co.uk/shortstory/


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/#p1


ANTHOLOGY MAGAZINE

The Anthology Short Story Award is now open for entries.  Established to recognise and encourage creative writing and provide a platform for publication, it is open to original and previously unpublished short stories in the English language by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Stories submitted must be on the theme of ‘Memories’ and not exceed the maximum of 1,500 words. Writers can submit as many entries as they wish.  Deadline: July 31, 2021

 

TCK PUBLISHING

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

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


 

REEDSY BEST WRITING CONTESTS OF 2021

Several contests for 2021 listed keep scrolling.


NYC MIDNIGHT

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

http://www.nycmidnight.com


CHRISTOPHER FIELDEN

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

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

Students and Teachers

NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

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


Teens - 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/


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/ 


 

 

 

Worklshops / Chapter Events

Romance Writers of America

CONFERENCES

Emerald City Writers’ Conference
Sponsor: Greater Seattle Romance Writers
Fee: $125, GSRWA members; $150, non-GSRWA members
Date: October 15-17, 2021
Program: The event will be completely online. Whether you have been published multiple times or are just starting out, there’s something for everyone. Master classes will be presented by romance authors Alexa Martin & Adriana Herrera and author career specialist Angela James.rwa conference
FMI, https://gsrwa.org/home/emerald-city-writers-conference/

RWA2021 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Great news—we’re extending the #RWA2021 early reg deadline to Oct. 15! We’re announcing some exciting speakers & workshops in the coming weeks & want everyone to have the opportunity to sign up at the lower rate. https://rwa.org/


ON-LINE WORKSHOPS

October Online Workshops

Researching for Authors
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Writers
Fee: $15 for CRW members; $25 for RWA members; $35 for non-RWA members
Date: October 1–31, 2021
Presenter: Ivy Quinn
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/

Freedom and Framework: Story Planning for Pantsers
Sponsor: RWA Online Chapter
Fee: $15
Date: October 4-22, 2021
Presenter: Catherine Chant
FMI, https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/

50 Ways to Leave Your Muse: Creativity Hacks
Sponsor: NEORWA
Fee: $20
Date: October 4–29, 2021
Presenter: Joy Held
FMI, http://www.neorwa.com/online-workshops/upcoming-meetings/

From Heart to Page to Print: A Primer Guide to Book Publishing
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $20, KOD members; $25, RWA members; $35, non-members
Date: October 4–29, 2021
Presenter: Savannah J. Frierson
FMI, https://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin.

Marketing & Branding (Business)
Sponsor: OIRWA
Fee: $25, members; $35, non-members
Date: October 4–29, 2021
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/

Things that Go Bump in the Night (Craft)
Sponsor: OIRWA
Fee: $25, members; $35, non-members
Date: October 4–29, 2021
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/

Validating Your Book Idea (Craft)
Sponsor: OIRWA
Fee: $25, members; $35, non-members
Date: October 4–29, 2021
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/

Witches, Kelpies & Fairies (Craft)
Sponsor: OIRWA
Fee: $25, members; $35, non-members
Date: October 4–29, 2021
FMI, http://www.oirwa.com/forum/campus/

Pissing Off Editors, or How Not to Get Published
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Writers
Fee: $15 for CRW members; $25 for RWA members; $35 for non-RWA members
Date: October 4–31, 2021
Presenter: Linnea Sinclair
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/

Character Archetypes Series Part 2: Female Archetypes
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Writers
Fee: $15 for CRW members; $25 for RWA members; $35 for non-RWA members
Date: October 9, 2021, at 1 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. CT / 10 a.m. PT
Presenter: Mary Buckham
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/

Biological Warfare: What Every Writer Needs to Know
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $15, KOD members; $20, RWA members; $30, non-members
Date: October 11–22, 2021
Presenter: Nanci Race
FMI, https://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin.

Critiques: How to Give and How to Get (Without the Tears and Frustration) Part 2
Sponsor: Kiss of Death
Fee: $20, KOD members; $25, RWA members; $35, non-members
Date: October 11–22, 2021
Presenter: Katie McCoach
FMI, https://www.rwakissofdeath.org/coffin.

After THE END: Epilogues, Query Letters, Synopses, and More!
Sponsor: RWA Online Chapter
Fee: $15
Date: October 16, 2021, via Zoom
Presenter: Terri Brisbin
FMI, https://rwaonlinechapter.org/workshops-3/

Hope Is Not a Plan: Building a Workable Writing Schedule to Hit Your Deadlines
Sponsor: Contemporary Romance Writers
Fee: $15 for CRW members; $25 for RWA members; $35 for non-RWA members
Date: October 16, 2021, at 1 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. CT / 10 a.m. PT
Presenter: M.C. Vaughan
FMI, http://contemporaryromance.org/workshops/

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24 Jobs for Fantasy Characters

FICTION:  For writers of all genre who want to write, and the readers who love them.  Find what you want to know.

I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn them into monsters.
- Stephen King

If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it.  If you don't ask, the answer is always no.  If you don]'t step forward, you're always in the same place.
- Nora  Roberts

For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived, for fiction, biography, and history offer an inexhaustible number of lives in many parts of the world, in all periods of time.
- Louis L'Amour

I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell and interesting story entertainingly.
- Edgar Rice Burroughs

Nobody reads a mystery to get to the middle.  They read it to get to the end.  If it's a letdown, they won't buy anymore.  The first page sells that book.  The last page sells your next book.
- Mickey Spillane

All fiction is a process of imagining: whatever you write, in whatever genre or medium, your task is to make things up convincingly and interestingly and new.
- Neil Gaiman

Men always want to be a wonan's first love.  Women have a more subtle instinct: What they like is to be a man's last romance.
- Oscar Wilde

Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so slightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners.
- Virginia Woolf

You can fix anything but a blank page.
- Nora  Roberts

I loved words.  I love to sing them and speak them and even now, I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them.
- Anne Rice

24 Jobs for Fantasy Characters

By: Christopher Luke Dean
Writer’s Wrte

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Are you writing speculative fiction, particularly the fantasy genre? In this post, we look at 24 jobs for fantasy characters.

Fantasy Worlds

If magic were real, things would be different, but also they would be the same. People would still have jobs.

Men would still hate making an appointment with the cleric to get that thing looked at; people would still need their golems serviced every six months; kids would still need to go to the academy to learn their spells.

Life would have all the normal rhythms of the real world, but the substance would be different. For example, perhaps everyone would gather around the crystal ball to watch their favourite plays at night. Maybe the stage director uses CGI (celestially generated incantation) effects to spice up the performance.

But, there would still be industries and companies. They may be call guilds and associations, but people would continue to be people regardless of the setting.

I’ve created an infographic with a fun list of jobs that can only exist in fantasy worlds.

24 jobs for fantasy characters

The Last Word

I hope you had fun with this list of jobs for fantasy characters and that it gave you some ideas.

Happy Labor Day from Writers Write.

If you want to write fantasy or if you love reading fantasy, you will also love these posts:

  1. What Is Fantasy Fiction? Plus A Fantasy Book Title Generator
  2. 101 Fantasy Tropes For Writers
  3. A Complete Glossary Of Terms For Fantasy Writers
  4. The Greatest Fictional World Builder Series
  5. The 4 Pillars Of Fantasy
  6. 10 Classic Fantasy Tropes & How To Enliven Them
  7. 7 Ways To Create A Spectacular Magic System For Your Novel
  8. Why Writers Should Know About Monsters Before They Write a Word
  9. Hard Or Soft Worldbuilding: Which Is Right For You?
  10. A Quick-Start Guide To Writing Fantasy

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7 Excellent Plotting Tips from Agatha Christie

FICTION:  For writers of all genre who want to write, and the readers who love them.  Find what you want to know.

I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn them into monsters.
- Stephen King

If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it.  If you don't ask, the answer is always no.  If you don]'t step forward, you're always in the same place.
- Nora  Roberts

For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived, for fiction, biography, and history offer an inexhaustible number of lives in many parts of the world, in all periods of time.
- Louis L'Amour

I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell and interesting story entertainingly.
- Edgar Rice Burroughs

Nobody reads a mystery to get to the middle.  They read it to get to the end.  If it's a letdown, they won't buy anymore.  The first page sells that book.  The last page sells your next book.
- Mickey Spillane

All fiction is a process of imagining: whatever you write, in whatever genre or medium, your task is to make things up convincingly and interestingly and new.
- Neil Gaiman

Men always want to be a wonan's first love.  Women have a more subtle instinct: What they like is to be a man's last romance.
- Oscar Wilde

Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so slightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners.
- Virginia Woolf

You can fix anything but a blank page.
- Nora  Roberts

I loved words.  I love to sing them and speak them and even now, I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them.
- Anne Rice

7 Excellent Plotting Tips from Agatha Christie

By Alex J. Coyne. 
Writer’s Wrte

In this post, we share seven plotting tips from Agatha Christie, one of the world’s most prolific and profitable mystery novelists.  Agatha Christie is still one of the world’s bestselling fiction writers. Dame Christie is credited with the creation of the modern mystery fiction genre – especially cosy mysteries.  Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot are two fictional characters that have stood the test of time. They have come to inspire the creation of countless fictional sleuths.  If you would like to improve your elements of plotting, Christie is a good author to study.

Who Was Agatha Christie?

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie (born 15 September 1890, died 12 January 1976) was an English writer best known for her mystery fiction books and short stories.  Christie wrote 66 detective-style novels. Her work has sold more copies than both Shakespeare and the traditional King James Bible.  Cards On The Table and Murder On The Orient Express are just two great novels to recommend for writers who would like to know Agatha Christie better.

Here’s what writers can learn from one of the most readable and accessible authors of our time.

MUST-READ: Analysing Agatha Christie – The Best-Selling Novelist Of All Time

7 Excellent Plotting Tips From Agatha Christie

1. Start Plotting

‘There is always, of course, that terrible three weeks, or a month which you have to get through when you are trying to get started on a book. There is no agony like it.’ – Agatha Christie: An Autobiography Beginning a story is one of the most difficult parts of writing.

Writers like Stephen King and James Patterson agree. Beginning the story is sometimes more difficult than getting to the end.

What separates an ambitious writer from everyone else?

Ambitious writers write, while everyone else gets stuck thinking about writing instead.

If you want to be a writer, start by plotting your story first.

MUST-READ: What Is A Plot? – A Writer’s Resource

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