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May Writing Contests



Carve Magazine: Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

Entry Fee: $17 on line; $ 15 mailed, per entry.

Prizes: $1,000; $750 second place; $500 third place. Two Editor’s Choice: $250 each; All winners published in the Fall 2013 issue. All winners are considered for representation by the Rees Literary Agency Polio Lit Management and Sobel Weber Associates, Inc.

Deadline: 5/15/13, @ 11:59 p.m. C.S.T. on line; or post-marked 5/15/13 via postal service.

Internationally renowned contest has awarded prizes to writers across the globe; this is a contest where new talent is discovered. Last year, our first prizewinning story was the author’s first ever fiction publication.  Guest Judge: Christopher Castellani, author of three books, All this Talk of Love; The Saint of Lost Things, and A Kiss from Maddelena. Winners announced July 1, 2013; Open to U.S. and international, but stories must be in English. No genre-fiction (pure sci fi, romance, mystery, etc.) Literary fiction only. We ask the 2012 Winners not to enter. Word Count: 6,000, format double spaced, at least 1” margins, only story title and page number in the headers; all readings are blind so please do not put your name on the manuscript. If submitting online: no cover page in the uploaded document; submittable provides a place for cover letters/bios in a form that is blind to readers and editors until the completion of readings. For additional information or mailing address, go to http://carvezine.com/raymond-carver-contest/.


Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story

Entry Fee:  $20

Prize:  First prize is €2000, publication in Southword Journal, and a week’s residency at Anam Cara Writers’ Retreat. (Prize money will be converted to the winner’s currency. First prize was equivalent to $2602.11 on xe.com April 10 2013.) Second prize is €500 and publication in Southword Journal, and 4 runners-up will receive payment for publication in Southword Journal.

Deadline:  31 July 2013

The Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition is an annual short story competition dedicated to one of Ireland’s most accomplished story writers and theorists, sponsored by the Munster Literature Centre, and is now open for submissions to writers from around the world. First prize is €2000, publication in Southword Journal, and a week’s residency at Anam Cara Writers’ Retreat. (Prize money will be converted to the winner’s currency. First prize was equivalent to $2602.11 on xe.com April 10 2013.) Second prize is €500 and publication in Southword Journal, and 4 runners-up will receive payment for publication in Southword Journal. If the first prize winner comes to Cork, Ireland, to collect their prize, we will lavish them with hotel accommodation, meals, drinks and VIP access to the literary stars at the Cork International Short Story Festival (18-22 September 2013). Deadline: 31 July 2013. Judge: Joyce Russell. More information can be found at our website: http://www.munsterlit.ie/SOF%20Page.html or at our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OFaolainCompetition?fref=ts



Baltimore Review Contest: Theme: Threes (Categories: fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry)

Entry fee: $10

Prizes: $500 for first place; $200 for second place and $200 for third place; all contest entries considered for publication.

On-line submission Deadline: 5/31/13

The theme is threes. Three what? Three secrets; three characters; three rooms; three wishes; three sisters; three cities; a triangle? Third time is the charm? You decide. Limit is 3,000 words for fiction and creative nonfiction. Poets may submit one to three poems. Judging is blind; please do not include identifying info on your work. Do include name, address, phone number and email address in the cover letter/bio box. Visit website for more information and to submit through contest category: http://www.baltimorereview.org.


Booth 2013 Short Story Contest

Entry fee: $20

Prizes: First place: $1,000 and publication; 2nd prize: $250 and publication. All entries will be considered for publication. All entries receive a one-year subscription to Booth, including the Prize issue.

Deadline: Online submission deadline: May 31, 2013

Stories may range from a minimum of 500 words to a max. of 7,500 and must be previously unpublished. Final judge will be Roxane Gay. All rights revert to the author upon publication. For additional information, go to http://booth.butler.edu.news.


Creative Nonfiction Sustainability Essay Contest

Entry Fee: $20 reading fee:

Prizes: $10,000 Walton Sustainability Solutions Best Creative Nonfiction Essay Award. The prize recipient will be invited to a special launch event hosted by Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability.

Postmark Deadline: May 31, 2013; on-line 11:59 p.m. EST on May 31, 2013.

Creative Nonfiction and Arizona State University Global Institute of Sustainability are looking for remarkable true stores that illuminate and present the human side of environmental, economic, ethical, and/or social challenges related to the state of the planet and our future. We welcome personal essays or stories about extraordinary individuals or communities, and storied about innovative solutions to sustainability. We seek essays on topics that range from global to local, from “big” (e.g., Resilience from natural disasters: New technology solutions vs. common sense: Energy harvesting to “small” (e.g. Personal decisions about consumption: Reuse, recycle, up-cycle, bicycle? Green, clean—what does it mean? What can we learn from past generations?) Whatever the subject, we want to hear about it in an essay that blends facts and research with narrative—employing scenes, descriptions, etc. Your essay can channel Henry David Thoreau or Henry Ford, Rachel Carson or (a literary) Rush Limbaugh; but all essays must tell true stories and be factual and scientifically accurate. Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. There is a $20 reading fee (or send a reading fee of $24 to include a 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction—U.S. submitters only;) multiple entries are welcome. Submit on-line or by regular mail. For additional information, go to https://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions.


Mudfish Poetry Prize

Entry fee: $15

Prize: $1,000 and publication in Mudfish is given annually for a single poem. Charles Simi will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $15 entry fee. ($3 for each additional poem).

Deadline: June 15, 2013.

In Mudfish, the poet is seen as a storyteller. The art and poetry interlock, one enhancing the other. The journal is highly acclaimed, full of daring and resonant work. Jill Hoffman, founding editor, continues to oversee the project; mail your submissions, along with the submission fee, to Jill Hoffman, 184 Franklin Street, Ground Floor, New York, NY 10013. For additional information, go to http://www.mudfish.org/.


Tiferet Journal – Poetry, short story, best essay or interview (non-fiction)

Entry fee: $15 for each submission.

Prizes: $400 for the best poetry submission; $400 for the best short story (fiction) and $400 for the best essay or interview (non-fiction). One prize winner and two honorable mentions will be awarded in each category. Please read the normal submission guidelines for help in determining what kind of writing we seek. Entries are defined as follows: Poetry: You may submit up to 6 poems in one document with each poem on a separate page and each page/poem titled). Fiction: You may submit a story of up to 20 pages; Essay/interview: You may submit an essay or an interview up to 20 pages. All submissions must be made electronically. Submit and enter here: https://tiferet.submittable.com/submit. Specify the genre and pay your appropriate entry fee for each entry. Winners will be announced Fall of 2013. 2013 judges are: Non-fiction: Dawn Raffel; Poetry:  J. P. Dancing Bear; Caroline Leavitt, Fiction.


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