Article | The Guardian: How to Win a Creative Writing Competition


If you are interested in or have competed in any creative writing contests, then the article “How to win a creative writing competition” by author Joe Craig may be a worthwhile read. Although aimed at young writers (children), Craig offers up solid tips in reader-friendly language that writers of all ages can use to make their work stand out from the rest.  If nothing else, pass it on to those who could benefit from it. Click on the link above to read more.


riverSedge: Now Accepting Submissions

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We’re back! To start of our return, here is a new call for submission:

Until March 2016, riverSedge: A Journal of Art and Literature, published by the University of Texas Pan-American, is accepting submissions in the following categories: prose, poetry and art.  Beyond seeking your submissions, riverSedge is holding a contest, and all submissions (with the exception of reviews and interviews) are eligible to win a prize.  riverSedge has noted that if you are a writer of dramatic scripts or graphic literature, you are still eligible for the contest, and will be judged under the category of prose.

What are the prizes? riverSedge is offering three $300 prizes, one for each of the categories named above.

Want to learn more?  Visit the riverSedge website. If you are ready to submit, then click here to submit.


Reminder! Upcoming Contest Deadlines

Automatic Image from Media Library.

Automatic Image from Media Library.

  1. Real Simple’s Life Lessons Essay Contest: $3,000 for nonfiction. Deadline 9/21/2015. Learn More.
  2. Lee & Low Books New Voice Awards: $1,000 for fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Deadline: 9/30/2015. Learn More.
  3. Essaymama’s Essay Writing Contest: $500 for nonfiction. Deadline 10/01/2015Learn More.

Sep-Dec 2015 | Submit to The Restless Books Prize in Immigrant Writing (No Fee)

A New Literary Prize for Immigrant Writing.

Restless Books has announced a new annual contest aimed at immigrant writers: The Restless Books Prize in New Immigrant Writing.  The prize is for both fiction and nonfiction, but only one genre is chosen each year.  This year the prize will be awarded to a fiction writer.

Prize: $10,000 and publication by Restless Books

No Fee. Visit the above link for more information.



24 Jul 2015 | Have $5 to Spare? Sixfold Short Story & Poetry Awards Deadline (Contest)

Enter Sixfold‘s Short Story and Poetry Contest for the chance to win $1,000.  Sixfold is a unique approach writing contests because the judges of the contests are the participants as well as anyone else with a computer and penchant for literature and critiques.  As Sixfold puts it:

All-writer-voted and open to all, Sixfold three-round manuscript voting is the most rigorous, thorough, fair, and transparent editorial selection process available. To create each issue, hundreds of writers vote to select the best fiction and poetry manuscripts with much more discernment than any other editorial.

As the process is quite rigorous, we recommend you visit their website for a full description of what is required and what expect.

Happy Writing!

31 May 2015 | Deadline for BOMB Magazine: Have You Submitted? (Fiction Contest)

Author Sheila Heti, this year’s judge. Image from BOMB Magazine (Photo by Sylvia Plachy). Click to learn more about their Fiction Contest.

Prize: $1,000.00 | Submission Period: May 1-31, 2015

If you are a fiction writer, let nothing stop from entering this contest! You still have time. Although there is a reading fee of $20 to enter the contest, it does come with a one-year subscription to BOMB Magazine.

18 May 2015 | Entry Deadline: New Letters Writing Contests (Essay/Fiction/Poetry)

Although there is a $20 entry fee, the prizes offered by New Letters are well worth the money spent: $4,500 in prizes ($1,500 for each category).  You have just under a month to polish up those drafts and to enter the 2015 New Letters Writing Contests.  🙂

Happy Writing!

Official Announcement from New Letters.

JCU Professor Elizabeth Geoghegan Wins Two Solas Awards for Best Travel Writing

Professor Elizabeth Geoghegan

Professor Elizabeth Geoghegan

John Cabot University Professor Elizabeth Geoghegan, author the bestselling Amazon e-book The Marco Chronicles, has been named a recipient of two of the 9th Annual Solas Awards for Best Travel Writing in the categories of Travel Memoir and Women’s Travel.

Awards in each category are divided by gold, silver and bronze. Geoghegan’s The Marco Chronicles received the Gold Award in Travel Memoir, while Things You Can Learn from Nuns and Other Tales received the Bronze Award in Women’s Travel. 

Congratulations to Professor Geoghegan!

18 May 2015 | New Letters Contests: Submit Early in February & Have Immediate Review (Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry)

Official Flyer. Click to visit their website.

Official Flyer. Click to visit their website.

You still have time to enter! 

1 Feb – 1 May 2015 | Association of Writers & Writing Programs’ Submissions, Contests & Conference Deadlines

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12 Feb 2015 | Preregister for #AWP15 Conference

Secure your place at North America’s largest and most dynamic literary conference at discounted rates. Not yet an AWP member or need to renew your membership? Bundle your registration and one-year membership to receive the reduced member registration rate, a subscription to the Writer’s Chronicle, and access to members-only content.

Reduced preregistration rates are only in effect until February 12, 2015, so act quickly!

28 Feb 2015 | Enter the 2015 AWP Award Series

AWP Award Series entries in creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and short fiction will be accepted online only until February 28, 2015 via Submittable.


15 Mar 2015 | Let Us Know About Your Undergraduate Literary Magazine

Submit this year’s issue to AWP’s National Program Directors’ Prize for Undergraduate Literary Magazines. View our guidelines and make sure your submissions arrive by March 15, 2015


15 Mar 2015 | Bellingham Review Literary Contests (Poetry/Fiction/Nonfiction)


30 Mar 2015 | Win $500 to Attend a Writer’s Conference, Festival, Center, Retreat, or Residency

Each year, AWP offers three scholarships of $500 each to emerging writers who wish to attend a writers’ conference, center, retreat, festival, or residency. AWP maintains a comprehensive list of these events and opportunities in the Directory of Conferences & Centers. Winners and six finalists will also receive a one-year individual membership in AWP.

This year’s judges are Xu Xi for creative nonfiction, Matt Bell for fiction, and Sandra Beasley for poetry. Enter via Submittable now until March 30, 2015.


1 May 2015 | Propose an Event for #AWP16 Conference in Los Angeles

In mid-March, AWP will welcome proposals for the 2016 conference in Los Angeles. Our conference committee seeks proposals that feature panelists who are diverse in their backgrounds, pursuits, affiliations, and ages, and who represent a broad range of perspectives and experiences.

AWP strongly encourages participation from current and recent graduate students. The deadline for proposal submission is Friday, May 1, 2015. Please visit our website for more information, and check back soon to review the updated 2016 Event Proposal Handbook.

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