Mid-December Fiction Writing Contests!

Writer's Digest Short Story Competition

"We’re looking for short fiction stories! Think you can write a winning story in 1,500 words or less? Enter the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for your chance to win $3,000 in cash, get published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to our ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference! The winning entries will be on display in the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection."

Prizes

One First Place Winner will receive:

  • $3,000 in cash
  • Their short story title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2016 issue
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!
  • A copy of the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
  • A copy of the 2016 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
  • A copy of the 2016 Guide to Literary Agents

The Second Place Winner will receive:

  • $1,500 in cash
  • Their short story title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2016 issue
  • A copy of the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
  • A copy of the 2016 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
  • A copy of the 2016 Guide to Literary Agents

The Third Place Winner will receive:

  • $500 in cash
  • Their short story title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2016 issue
  • A copy of the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
  • A copy of the 2016 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
  • A copy of the 2016 Guide to Literary Agents

Fourth through Tenth Place Winners will receive:

  • $100 in cash
  • Their short story titles published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2016 issue
  • A copy of the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
  • A copy of the 2016 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
  • A copy of the 2016 Guide to Literary Agents

Eleventh through Twenty-Fifth Place Winners will receive:

  • A $50 gift certificate for writersdigestshop.com
  • A copy of the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection

How to entering

  • Enter online or submit your entry via regular mail. Offline entries must be accompanied by an Entry Form, and the required entry fee (credit card information, check or money order made payable to F+W Media, Inc.).
  • Your entry must be original, in English, unpublished and unproduced, not accepted by any other publisher or producer at the time of submission. Writer’s Digest retains one-time non-exclusive publication rights to the winning entries to be published in a Writer’s Digest publication. Any piece posted online, anywhere other than a personal blog, is considered published.
  • BE SURE OF YOUR WORD COUNT! Entries exceeding the word limits will be disqualified. Type the exact word count (counting every single word, except the title and contact information) at the top of the manuscript.
  • For more information visit our Preparing Your Entry Page or our FAQ page.
  • Click here for a printable entry form.  It is to be used for entries submitted via regular mail.

Deadline: December 14, 2015
Entry Fee: $25
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The Chautauqua Prize

Eligible books are those published first in the United States, in English, in 2015, and made available in hardcover or bound paperback form for purchase by the general public. Date of first publication, not copyright date, applies.

Full-length books of fiction and narrative/literary nonfiction are eligible. Nonfiction may include history, science, religion, memoir, biography, journalism, and all sub-genres of creative nonfiction.

Collections of short stories and collections of essays by one author are eligible.

Authors who have or have not been honored previously at Chautauqua Institution, and who have won or have not won other book awards, are eligible.

Any author of an eligible book, including previous winners, is eligible for consideration each year.

Authors are eligible to receive the prize without regard to nationality or residence.

The author must be living at the time of the closing date for entries (December 15, 2015). In the case of a book by two authors, at least one of the authors must be alive on this date.

Several chapters may have been published previously in magazines or journals, but most of the work must be original to the nominated book.

  1. The following books are not eligible:
    1. An English translation of a book written originally in any other language is not eligible.
    2. Self-published books are not eligible.
    3. Anonymous authors are not eligible.
    4. Anthologies containing work written by multiple authors are not eligible.
    5. A reprint of a book published in a previous award year is not eligible.
    6. In general, cookbooks, self-help books (including inspirational literature), reference books, picture books, graphic novels, or children’s books are not eligible.

Deadline: December 15, 2015
Entry Fee: $75
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Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Awards

The Literary Awards Committee of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc. (BCALA) is now accepting submissions for the annual BCALA Literary Awards. The Committee will present four prizes of $500.00 each for adult books written by African American authors: a First Novelist Award, a Fiction Award, a Nonfiction Award, and a Poetry Award. The First Novelist Award is given to recognize an outstanding work by the first time African American fiction writer. Honor Book citations are also awarded in fiction and nonfiction without any accompanying monetary remuneration. Additionally, an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing citation is provided to an author and/or publishing company for unique books that offer a positive depiction of African Americans.

BCALA presents four (4) $500.00 awards: one for adult fiction, one for nonfiction, one for a first novelist and one for poetry. These awards acknowledge outstanding achievement in the presentation of the cultural, historical and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora.

The Fiction Award recognizes depictions of sensitive and authentic personal experience either within the framework of contemporary literary standards and themes or which explore innovative literary formats.

The First Novelist Award acknowledges outstanding achievement in writing and storytelling by a first-time fiction writer.

The Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation recognizes the author and/or the publishing company (for their support and publication of) special and unique books that recognize the outstanding achievements and positive depiction of contributions of the people and legacy of the Black Diaspora.

Additionally, honor books may be selected in each category.

Purpose: To encourage the artistic expression of the African American experience via literature and scholarly research including biographical, historical and social history treatments by African Americans.

Criteria:

1. Must portray some aspect of the African American experience past, present or future.

2. All authors, editors, and contributors must be African American(s) born in the United States.

3. Must be published in the United States in the year preceding the presentation of the award.

4. Must be an original work.

Please send one copy of each title submitted to each member of the Literary Awards Committee. A Committee roster with their addresses can be found here.

Deadline: December 18, 2015
Entry Fee: $0
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