MONTHLY: Southwest Writers International Quarterly Writing Competition, 3721 Morris St NE, Ste A, Albuquerque, NM 87111. "Open to any writer in the world. Submit original, unpublished entries only." See website for NEW theme each month! FEE: $5/members, $10/nonmembers. PRIZES: $50, $30, $20 plus certificates.
WEEKLY: FaithWriters' Writing Challenge: "Each week we take a topic and give you the opportunity to hone your talent as a writer by submitting an entry based on that subject. ...Your entry may be chosen as one of the eight EDITOR'S CHOICE winners each week and featured in our quarterly FaithWriters book. All Challenges begin each Monday at 9:00 am EST, with entries closing at 8:59 am EST on the following Monday." Visit website for complete details.
QUARTERLY: "First Line" Story Submissions: "All stories must be written with the first line provided. The line cannot be altered in any way, unless otherwise noted by the editors. The story should be between 300 and 3,000 words. The sentences can be found on the home page of The First Line's Web site, as well as in the prior issue. Note: We are open to all genres. send manuscripts via e-mail to submission (@) thefirstline (dot) com." See website for first line to use. FEE: NONE. PRIZE: $20.
QUARTERLY: Poem Train Writing Challenge, visit http://www.poemtrain.com/, scroll down to see contests. "Poem Train and our patrons sponsor several "member-only" writing contests that are free to enter and award cash and prizes to the winners." Deadlines: March 30, June 30, September 30, December 31. Online registration required to participate.
ONGOING: Park Publications Writing Competitions, various. Visit http://www.ParkPublications.co.uk/. "Quarterly story competitions, winter poetry contest, and more."
ONGOING: Milkweed National Fiction Prize, Milkweed Editions, 1011 Washington Ave. S., Suite 300, Minneapolis MN 55415-1246. For complete details visit www.milkweed.org. "All manuscripts submitted to Milkweed will automatically be considered for the prize. Judging will be by Milkweed Editions editors, and the winner of the prize will receive a $5,000 cash advance as part of any royalties agreed upon in the contractual arrangement negotiated at the time of acceptance."
ONGOING: Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature, Milkweed Editions, 1011 Washington Ave. S., Suite 300, Minneapolis MN 55415-1246. For complete details visit www.milkweed.org. "Milkweed Editions will award the Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature to the best manuscript for children ages 8 to 13 that Milkweed accepts for publication during the calendar year by a writer not previously published by Milkweed. All children’s manuscripts received are automatically entered into the competition. Judging will be by Milkweed Editions; the winner of the prize will receive a $10,000 cash advance as part of any royalties agreed upon in the contractual arrangement negotiated at the time of acceptance."
ONGOING: Writer Online, visit http://www.writer-on-line.com/contests/.
WEEKLY: David Letterman "Late Show Top Ten" Contest, visit http://www.cbs.com/latenight/lateshow/top_ten/contest/. A weekly "Top Ten" comedy writing contest. Although CBS takes all rights, it makes for a nice credit on your bio.
Writing-World.com by Moira Allen: Outstanding resource site for writers with many links to additional contests.
MONTHLY: www.AWomansWrite.com: "Send us your story, essay, memoir or book chapter (word limit is 2,500) along with the $7 entry fee payable via PayPal. ALL ENTRIES will receive a thoughtful critique and we'll pick one winner (for the $80 first prize) per contest." See website for new theme each month.
MONTHLY, by the 25th: Writer's Digest CHRONICLE Entries, www.WritersDigest.com. "Submit personal essays on your writing challenges and triumphs and win $100!" Item must be unpublished (in print or online). Submit by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with Chronicle-MONTH as the subject line. Paste your essay in the body of your message (no attachments). No fax or snail mail entries, please. No limit on entries. Maximum 500 words, including title and byline! FEE: NONE. PRIZE: $120 and publication online at WritersDigest.com.
BIMONTHLY: Family Hall of Fame Writing Contest, P.O. Box 771339, Winter Garden FL 34777-1339 (877-434-7323), or visit www.fathershalloffame.com, or www.halloffameformothers.com. Theme: "My Family Story." Send 2 copies of your family story, up to 2,000 words. FEE: $10/entry (limit: 2 entries per person). PRIZES: $100, $50, $30.
QUARTERLY (Jan. 1, Apr. 1, Jul. 1, Oct. 1): L. Ron Hubbard Writers & Illustrators of the Future Contests: Writers visit http://www.writersofthefuture.com/17/rules/wotfrules.html for details. Illustrators visit http://www.writersofthefuture.com/17/rules/ilofrules.html. PRIZES EACH QUARTER: $1,000, $750, $500, and one annual Grand Prize of $4,000.