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June Writing Contests

Writing Contests for June

International Publication Opportunities and Contests:

Domestic Publication Opportunities and Contests:

International Publication Opportunities and Contests:


Writers’ Village Summer Prose fiction- any genre
Entry fee: £10 (approximately $16 U.S.) paid by PayPal
Prizes: First Prize is £400 ($900); 2nd prize: £100 ($160); 3rd prize is £50 ($80); a further five will receive free entry for their story in the next round. All entries get helpful feedback. Winning entries will be showcased on-line at www.writers-village.org.
Deadline:Entries must be received with payment by midnight on June 30, 2012.

May be in any genre: mystery, romance, fantasy, crime, science fiction, children’s, etc. May be up to 3,000 words; may not have been already published; however, prior publication on a blog or website is acceptable. Play scripts and poetry may not be entered. For complete guidelines, and to submit, please go to www.writers-village.org/competition-rules. Every story entered also gets a free expert critique.

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Women Who Write International Poetry & Short Prose Contest
Entry fee: $12 for each poem or story.
Prizes: 1st place: $300, publication in Calliope, and five copies of anthology; 2nd place: $200, publication in Calliope, and five copies of anthology; 3rd place: $100, publication in Calliope, and up to five copies of anthology. Prizes will be awarded in each category, so six prizes will be awarded.
Deadline: Print submissions must be postmarked on or before June 30th. Late entries will not be considered. Women Who Write Members are not eligible to enter the contest.

Writers are encouraged to read last issues of Calliope to familiarize themselves with the publication. For complete guidelines and formatting information, go to www.womenwhowrite.com/Submit.html.

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Room Magazine’s Annual Fiction, Poetry and Creative Non-Fiction Contest
Entry fee: $30 for Canadian entrees; $42 for non-Canadian entrees; Fees, which must be submitted in Canadian dollars, includes a 1-year subscription to Room magazine.
Prizes: Prizes in each category: 1st place: $500; 2nd place: $250. Winners will be published in the 2012 issue of Room. Other manuscripts may be published.
Deadline: extended to July 15, 2012.

Contest open to women writers; poetry: submit three poems of 150 lines max.; fiction and creative non-fiction 3,500 words maximum. Submit to contests@roommagazine.com or snail mail to Room Contest 2011; P.O. Box 46160, Station D, Vancouver, BC V6J5G5, Canada.  For additional information, go to www.roommagazine.com.

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Domestic Publication Opportunities and Contests:


The First Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest
Entry fee: $10.00
Prizes: : 1st place: $500 and publication in the Jan/Feb 2013 edition of the magazine.
Five runner-ups will receive $100 each and be published on their website
Deadline: July 1, 2012.

In its nearly three centuries of existence, The Saturday Evening Post has published short fiction by F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury, and others. Join this illustrious group by taking part in the 2012 contest. They are looking for character or plot-driven stories in any genre of fiction that falls within the Post’s broad range of interest—one guided by the publication’s mission: Celebrating American, Past, Present and Future. “We are looking for stories with universal appeal touching on shared experiences and themes that will resonate with readers from diverse backgrounds and experience,” said publisher Joan SerVaas. Stories must be previously unpublished (excluding person websites and blogs), and 1,500 –5,000 words. No extreme profanity or graphic sex scenes, please. All stories should be submitted on line. For complete rules and entry form, please go to: www.saturdayeveningpost.com/fiction-contest.

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Land of Enchantment Romance Writers of America
Entry fee: $20 members; $25 non-members
Prizes: First place in each category $50 gift certificate and silver feather; 2nd prize: $30 gift certificate and 3rd prize: $20 gift certificate.
Deadline: Postmark with deadline of June 30, 2012; finalists notified Sept 1, Winners announced on October 13th.

Send the first 5,000 words in 12 point Times New Romans Font, double-spaced of an unpublished, uncontracted manuscript. See complete submission guidelines and additional information, please go to: www.leranm.com/contest-rules.

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Science Thrillers Creative Writing Contest
Entry fee: $5 for each entry: short story, poetry, graphic story.
Prizes: 1st place: $100; 2nd place: $50, 3rd place: $25.
Deadline: June 30, 2012

Anyone may submit original and unpublished work less than 4,000 words that (1) has accurate science in it and (2) is entertaining, but secretly educational and (3) is suitable for a youth audience. This is not science fiction; it is fictionalized science. Summit as a word attachment via e-mail. For additional guidelines and submission information, please go to www.sciencethrillers.com/sciencethrillers-writing-contest-sci-with-fi/.

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Kentucky Women Writers Conference: Poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction
Entry fee: $10 per poem, work of fiction or non-fiction, payable to Kentucky Women Writers Conference, Please write a single check for multiple entries but each entry must have its own entry form and fee. Winners for the past 5 years are ineligible (2007 or later).
Prizes: One winner in each category will receive $200, two 2-day passes for herself and one guest; the opportunity to read her work during the conference on September 21 and 22, 2012 and one space in a small-group workshop for herself.
Deadline: Entries must be post-marked by July 1, 2012.

Please send entries to: Betty Gabehart Prize; Kentucky Women Writers Conference, University of Kentucky, 232 East Maxwell Street, Lexington, KY 40506-0344. For entry form and additional guidelines, please to go www.uky.edu/WWK/prizes.html.

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StoneThread Fantasy & Science Fiction Short Story Contest
Entry fee: $0
Prizes: First – $50; Second – $20; Honorable Mention – $10
Deadline: July 31, 2012

This contest is to honor Ray Bradbury, one of America’s great writers, who died on June 6, 2012 at the age of 91. We’re seeking fantasy and sociological science fiction short stories to create an anthology in his honor. Bradbury knew the conventions of science fiction, but rather than focusing on the hard science, his stories dealt with the human reaction to science or the effect of science on the human race. As Bradbury himself said regarding the blurred line between SF and Fantasy, “Science fiction is the art of the possible, not the art of the impossible. As soon as you deal with things that can’t happen, you are writing fantasy.” We want stories in which science or magic plays a role but is not the main ingredient. The focus should be on the effect of science or magic on the characters or their reaction to it. With that in mind, send us your best.

Contest Rules

  • No reading fee or entry fee for this inaugural contest
  • Entry deadline, 31 July 2012
  • Previously unpublished fantasy or sociological SF only
  • 1500 to 15,000 words
  • Email submission as an attachment to contest@stonethreadpublishing.com
  • Enter as many stories as you like, one story per email
  • Name and email address must appear in upper left corner of the first page of the story

The Fine Print: Before publication, winning authors will be asked to assign electronic rights to StoneThread Publishing for a period of one year. During that time the author agrees not to submit the story for electronic publication elsewhere or otherwise cause it to be published in any other electronic media. Authors will receive no further compensation beyond publication and the prizes listed above.

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