Friday, June 16, 2006

Write Fiction? Here's A Basket O' Yummy Contests!

If you write short stories or have a novel in progress, and if you have a raging talent aching to be praised, you may get a heaping helping of kudos from one or more of the following contests. Many have truly fabulous prizes. Some of the judges are top-notch.

Time to sample the goodies:


The 12th Chiaroscuro Short Story Contest will accept entries until June 30th, EST. They have an impressive list of judges, including Ellen Datlow and Brian Hodge. If needed, the tie-breaking judge is NEIL GAIMAN. (Oh, oh, crush-ing here!)

First prize includes publication in ChiZine at 7 cents per word, plus a choice of 8 Leisure horror titles. ALSO, the winner's bonus prize is this: The opportunity to pitch a novel directly to Leisure Senior Editor, Don D'Auria. If he requests a synopsis and sample chapters from that pitch, he will respond WITHIN THREE WEEKS.

Second prize is publication in ChiZine at 7 cents per world and 6 Leisure horror titles. 3rd place gets the same pay rate for publication and 4 horror titles.

NOTE: If you write a 4,000 word story (the maximum story length accepted for the contest) that wins one of those slots, that's a $280.00 payment.

Plus, let's face it, ELLEN DATLOW! If she thinks your story rocks, then it rocks!
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The Writing Show is holding their first contest. Is your novel's first chapter up to the challenge?

First prize is $150, and two second prizes get $50 each. Go to the link for the 5 judging criteria. The chapter may not exceed 3,000 words. July 6 is the deadline. The panel of judges includes a publicist, an editor-in-chief, the founder of NaNoWriMo, and several authors.

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Write horror or dark fantasy? The Harrow's Annual Short Fiction Contest has a deadline coming up soon: June 30. The final judges are authors Brian Keene and Ramsey Campbell. Entry fee is $3, and first prize is $300 and publication in The Harrow Annual 2006 anthology. Second prize is $50 and eight finalists will receive $10. No reprints. Word count may range from 750 to 7,500 words.

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The Storyglossia Fiction Prize 2006 Contest offers a $1,000 prize and publication in the October issue. Entry fee is $10 per story, and the deadline is October 1. The judge is Steven J. McDermott, editor of Storyglossia

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The Emerging Writers Network Fiction Contest offers a $500 prize to the winner, along with publication in the Spring 2007 issue of Frostproof Review. Entry fee is $10, and the submission deadline is August 15 (postmark). Stories may range from 3,000 to 8,000 words. The guest judge is Charles D'Ambrosio.

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The First Annual Verb Fiction Contest is accepting unpublished stories of up to 5,000 words. Winning prize is $1,000. Entry fee is $15. Submissions must be postmarked on or before July 1. Submit as a Word attachment, if you wish.

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The 2006 Cooper Prize of $1,000 plus publication will be awarded by the Ontario Review. Submissions will be accepted through September 1. The story cannot exceed 25 double-spaced pages. Entry fee is $15.00, and that includes a 1-year subscription to Ontario Review.

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Glimmer Train's Very Short Fiction Contest (up to 2,000 words). The Summer part of the contest accepts submissions through July 31st. Reading fee is $10. First prize is $1,200 and publication in Glimmer Train and 20 copies of that issue. Nice cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd prize, too.

For longer stories (up to 12,000 words), try their other contest, the Short Story Award for New Writers. Entries are accepted from August 1-September 30.

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La Belle Lettre is running a mystery contest for stories up to 10,000 words. Deadline is August 1. Entry fee is $6. The prize? First place gets $100 and a critique.

You may also enter the Holiday contest, which is non-fiction or fiction.

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River Walk Journal is accepting entries to their fiction contest: short stories up to 15 double-spaced pages. No erotica or genre. (You may also enter their essay contest.) Entry fee is $10. Postmark deadline is August 31. Prize is $500 and publication.

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If you write crime fiction, consider the Fish Knife Award competition. Submission is electronic for stories up to 5,000 words. Entry fee is 20 euros (your credit card coverts). Deadline is September 17. Top prize is 1,500 euros (which as of today is about 1,900 US dollars.)


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Did you write a fantasy or science-fiction story that got longer and longer, and now you've got a speculative fiction novella of 15,000-40,000 words?

Good. Cause the 2006 Bards and Sages Writing Contest wants just that. Grand Prize is a $500 US Savings Bond, publication, and membership for one year in the Speculative Literature Foundation. Entry fee is $15, and the deadline is October 1.

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Kalliope Short Story Contest offers a $1,000 prize and publication in Kalliope. Stories must be no more than 3,000 words, and the entry fee is $15. The deadline is November 1.

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Mirathon

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