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March Writing Contests

Arts & Letters Journal of Contemporary Culture—Poetry, Diction, Creative Nonfiction Arts & Letters Prizes
Entry fee:  $15 / $17 for online submissions – payable in US dollars, includes a subscription to two issues of Arts & Letters, as well as a one-year subscription to Arts and Letters PRIME.
Prizes: $1,000 (US) each and publication in Arts & Letters Journal of Contemporary Culture
Deadline: March 24, 2014

Awards are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. For all submissions: Submit only original, unpublished work in English.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if the editors are notified immediately that the work has been accepted elsewhere. Authors may submit more than one manuscript, however, each submission should include the required entry fee.

Please make checks or money orders payable to GCSU (note “Art & Letters” in the memo section). Include a cover sheet with your name, address (where you want your subscription/s to be sent), phone/email contact information. For those submitting more than one manuscript, you may designate a gift subscription to be sent (Please provide name and address where you want the subscription sent).

Send a # 10 SASE if you want to receive an announcement of winners. The author’s name should not appear anywhere in the manuscript, only in the cover letter. (For creative nonfiction, if relevant to this policy, please avoid using your full name in the manuscript).

  • For fiction and creative non-fiction: submit one story or essay, typed, double-spaced; no more than 25 pages long.
  • For poetry: Submit up to six pages of poetry, typed, single-spaced, one poem or part of a poem per page.
  • For one-act plays: Submit one work, typed in standard format.

For all submissions, Please mail your submission unfolded and unstapled in a large-size manila envelope and write “Fiction,” “poetry,” “Nonfiction,” or “Drama” on the outside. Send to: Arts & Letters Prizes, Campus Box 89, Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, GA 31061. For additional information concerning on-line and international submissions and additional criteria, please go to http://al.gcsu.edu/prizes.php.


Florida Review Editor’s Awards—Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction
Entry fee:  $15 (includes a one-year subscription to The Florida Review)
Prizes:  1st – $1000 and publication in each genre;
Deadline:  March 17th

Submit up to 25 pages (double-spaced word doc or pdf). For poetry, submit up to 5 poems (word doc or pdf). This is a blind-read contest. The manuscript should have only the title(s)—not the writer’s name or any other identifying information on any page.

Submit a cover sheet that includes the manuscript title(s) and the writer’s name, email address, phone number, and mailing address. Entry fee of $15 includes a one-year subscription to The Florida Review. All submissions will be considered for publication. Please read an issue of The Florida Review before you submit so you can get a feel for what kind of material they publish. Submit on-line by going to http://pw.org/grants?page.


Gemini Magazine—Short Story Contest
Entry fee: $5
Prizes: $1000 and publication in Gemini Magazine

The editors will judge. Submit a story of any length with a $5 entry fee. Submit on-line at http://www.gemini-magazine.com/


Glimmer Train Press—theme: Family Matters–Fiction
Entry Fee: $15 per story; please, no more than 3 stories per contest.
Prizes:  1st place wins $1,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories and 20 copies of that issue; 2nd place wins $500 (or if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies); 3rd place wins $300 (or if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies).
Deadline:  March 31st

Please make all submission at Glimmer Train’s online submission site. We are looking for stories about families of all configurations. It’s time to draw heavily on real life experiences, but the work must read like fiction and all stories will be accepted as fiction. For additional information, please go to http://www.glimmertain.com/familymatters.html.


Missouri Writers’ Guild 2014 Chapter Contests (Conference)
Entry Fee:  $10
Prizes: 1st $50 and Certificate; 2nd $25 and Certificate; 3rd $15 and Certificate
Deadline: March 15th

Awards will be presented at the 2014 Missouri Writers’ Guild banquet on April 12, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Qualification requirements for Chapter Contest Categories: Chapter contests are for Missouri Writers’ Guild members, MWG chapter members, and anyone attending the 2014 MWG conference and who has paid his or her attendance fee.

A member can enter multiple categories. A member or attendee may enter only one submission per category. No one may submit the same work in more than one category. Chapter members may enter their own chapter’s contest as long as the contest is being judged by a judge who does not belong to the chapter.

Manuscripts should look professional as if being submitted to a publisher. All entries can be published or unpublished. Works may be published or unpublished. They need not have been published within the previous year before the conference. Works that have already won a prize (including honorable mention) in that contest may not be re-entered in a category.  All entries (even if they have been previously published) need to be double spaced (single spaced for poetry). Remember to include the title on your manuscript and number the pages.

Please do not list anywhere on the manuscript if the work has been previously published. The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript. A title page needs to be included with name, address, telephone number, email address, word count, and title of submission. If the work has been previously published, please list the place of publication. In case of co –authorship, both authors must be current, paid members or attendees.  An editor of a multi –author anthology must be a member or attendee and can enter the complete book with authors published in the anthology eligible to enter their work in appropriate individual categories.

If chapter contests do not receive at least 12 entries, the category will be canceled. If a category is canceled, entry fees will be returned. For questions, contact MWG Contest Coordinator Donna Essner at mwgsecretary@gmail.com. Put MWG Chapter Contest Question in the subject line of the e-mail. Names of contest winners, sponsors, and judges will be posted on the MWG website in May 2013 and published in the MWG summer newsletter.

Flash Fiction: Maximum words: 500; Inspirational Essay: Maximum words: 2,500.

The flash fiction and inspirational essay are both sponsored by Saturday Writers. Entries plus the $10 reading fee (check or money order made out to Saturday Writers) for each piece should be mailed to: MWG Contest Coordinator, Saturday Writers, P.O. Box 2093, St. Peters, MO 63376.

Young Adult (YA) Short Story: Do you have a YA story that’s begging to be written? Well, then, write it and send it in to the very first MWG YA Short Story contest! Wow our judge with your unforgettable character, or that incredible voice that will stick with them long after the contest is over. Manuscript guidelines: Fiction only—story for teens and young adults 13-18; no middle grade (MG) or picture book stories. Word count: 2,500 or less, content suitable for teens and young adults. Mail entries and $10 fee to: Donna J. Essner, MWG YA Short Story Contest Coordinator, 6701 Country  Road 621, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701. Although the YA contest entries are mailed to Donna Essner at the same address as the Sponsor contests, the YA is a chapter contest and checks and money orders need to be make out to: Southeast Missouri Writers Guild.

Short Story: Maximum 2,000 words (Sponsored by Southeast Missouri Writer’s Guild) Any topic is game for this annual short story contest. You can make us laugh, cry or just shake our heads; just write the best short story you can and send it in! Mail entries to: Laura Luttrell, MWG Short Story Contest Coordinator, 1010 Kingsway Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701.

Free Verse Poem: (sponsored by St. Louis Writer’s Guild) Make checks or money orders out to St. Louis Writer’s Guild. Mail entries to: MWG Contest Coordinator, P.O. Box 411757, St. Louis, MO 63141.


Missouri Writers’ Guild 2014 Sponsor Contests (Conference)
Entry Fee:  $10
Prizes: 1st $50 and Certificate; 2nd $25 and Certificate; 3rd $15 and Certificate
Deadline: March 15th

1.         Humorous Short Story (Sponsored by Joanna Dale) Description: Tickle the judge’s fancy with your wit, your tongue-in-cheek whimsy, or with all-out humor. Contest is open to any topic. World count should be between 1,000-2,000 words.


2.         Science Fiction and Fantasy Bonanza Short Story Contest (Sponsored by Walrus Publishing) Description: Seeking UFOs, unicorns, dystopian societies, werewolves, urban grunge elves and the like to tickle the imagination of the guest judge for Walrus Publishing’s MWG 2014 Sci/Fi Short Story contest. Approximately 1,000-6,000 words. Read contest guidelines for all details on formatting, submission, cost, etc. Quality over quantity preferred!

If you wish to be considered for Walrus Publishing’s upcoming anthology, Building Red-The Colonization of Mars, use the writing prompt below. Please specifiy on the COVER PAGE you wish to be considered for the anthology by using the sub-title, BUILDING RED ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSION, under the title of your piece.

“The year is 2050. Technology has finally progressed to the point humankind can begin colonization of Mars. Governments, corporations, and rich individuals are all sponsoring groups to tackle the task of surviving and thriving in a harsh and foreign atmosphere. It’s a test of creativity, intelligence and social skills; of genetic engineering, terraforming, and resources; and the winners earn the right to incorporate their little corner of Mars as their own. It’s a fool’s adventure. It’s an impossible dream. It’s a risk that may cost everything, including lives. But adventures and dreams and risks are where stories begin.”

Note: All Sponsor Contest entries and entry fees should be mailed to:

Donna J. Essner, MWG Sponsor Contest Coordinator
(Name of Sponsor Contest)
6701 County Road 621
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Qualification requirements for Sponsor Contest categories: Everything the same as for the chapter contests except that entry fees should be remitted by check or money order, payable to Missouri Writers’ Guild. You may write one  check for both categories.


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