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March Writing Contests

Domestic Writing Contests


Twelve Months with the Walrus

Walrus Publishing’s mission is to work with talented St. Louis writers to develop their manuscripts for publication for distribution to a local and national audience. As part of this mission, we are launching a year-long writing contest focused on you, the St. Louis writer.

We are looking for short stories about Saint Louis from Saint Louis writers; a story set here, a story about here, a history of here–anything you can think of as long as Saint Louis is part of the story. The story can be of any genre – romance, horror, suspense, mystery, thriller, GLBTQA, humor, whatever (with the exception of erotic or pornographic). This is your city. This is our city. Let’s tell its story together!
Go to http://www.walruspublishing.com/for-writers/twelve-months-walrus-writing-contest/ for more information.

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Chesterfield Arts Presents: 2012 Jade G. Bute Adult Writing Contest

Entry fee: $15.00
Prizes: $100 for first, $75 for second, $50 for third place plus honorable mention certificates as chosen by the judge.
Deadline: : 5 p.m. March 19, 2012

Open to anyone 18 years of age or older who is currently a resident of Missouri or Illinois may submit. Genres: Two Divisions: Fiction and Poetry. Prizes: $100 for first, $75 for second, $50 for third place plus honorable mention certificates as chosen by the judge. Entry Fee: $15 per entry. An entry is a single piece; entries are only allowed in one genre. Deadline: 5 p.m. March 19, 2012.
Theme: “A picture is worth 1,000 words. (or less)” Go to their website and click on picture and write about it. Only pictures from this select group may be used. Fiction to be no longer than 1,000 words, Poems no longer than two pages. The writing needs not be about the picture, per se. Thus, it’s what you see in the picture you choose and/or your reaction to it. Submissions go to Nancy@chesterfieldarts.org. Questions? Contact Bud Hirsch at hirschwrites@sbcglobal.net.

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Enizagam Literary Awards in Poetry and Fiction—Contest 2012

Entry fee: $20
Prizes: Prizes $500 for each genre and publication are awarded annually for a short story and a group of poems.
Deadline: March 15

Enizagam is pleased to announce our 2012 Literary Awards in Poetry and Fiction, Prizes $500 for each genre and publication are awarded annually for a short story and a group of poems. Entry fee: $20; deadline: March 15. David Handler (fiction judge) AKA Lemony Snicket, and Nikki Giovanni (poetry judge) will also blurb your work, and you may have a chance to have a reading of your work broadcast online. Submit 3-5 poems totaling no more than 10 pages, or a short story up to 6,000 words online. For additional guide lines, see: www.oakarts.sujbmishmash.com/submit.

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Gulf Coast Prizes in Poetry, Fiction and Non-Fiction

Entry fee: $20
Prizes: $1,500 each in Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction. Honorable mentions in each category will receive a $250 prize.
Deadline: March 15, 2012

Prizes: $1,500 each in Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction. Honorable mentions in each category will receive a $250 prize. Judges: Fiction: Victor LaValle; Nonfiction: Jenny Boully; Poetry: Joyelle McSweeney. On-line Reading fee: $23 or Postal reading fee: $20 also gets you a one-year subscription to the journal. Deadline is March 15, 2012. You won’t need a PayPal account, only a credit card. Multiple submissions are acceptable, but you must pay the fee for each entry. We’ll contact you if there are any problems with your payment; please do not e-mail us to confirm if your payment was received. To enter online (preferred), visit online submissions manager and be sure to choose “CONTEST: Fiction,” “CONTEST: Poetry” or “CONTEST: Nonfiction/Lyric Essay” as your genre. Or you may enter via snail mail. Send one previously unpublished story or essay (25 double-spaced pages max) or up to five previously unpublished poems (10 pages max) to the address below. Indicate your genre on the outer envelope. Your $20 postal reading fee should be made payable to “Gulf Coast.” Send postal entries to: Gulf Coast Prize in (Genre), Department of English, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204-3013.  Additional information needed: www.gulfcoastmag.org.

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Hidden River Publishing Eludia Award for a first-time novel or short story collection for a woman over 40 who has not published a book

Entry fee: $25
Prizes: : A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Publishing
Deadline: March 15, 2012

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Publishing will be given annually for a first novel or short story collection for a woman over 40 who has not published a book. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $25 entry fee by March 15, 2012. Send work to: Hidden River Publishing, Eludia Award, P.O. Box 421, Bala-Cynwyd, PA 19004, Phone no. (610) 764-0813, Debra Leigh Scott, Director. Visit the website for complete details: www.hiddenriverarts.com.

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Narrative Magazine–Winter 2012 Story Contest

Entry fee: $20
Prizes: First prize is $3,250; second prize is $1,500; Third Prize is $750, and ten finalists will receive $100 each.
Deadline: March 31 at midnight Pacific daylight savings time.

We’re looking for short stores, short shorts, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, one-act plays, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and non-fiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist or honorable mention in another contest. Prizes: First prize is $3,250; second prize is $1,500; Third Prize is $750, and ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication. Entry fee: There is a $20 fee for each entry which will also entitle you to three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage. Deadline: March 31 at midnight Pacific daylight savings time. To see full guidelines, and full list of deadlines for various genres, please see: www.narrativemagazine.com.

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CinemaSpoke Screenplay Competition

Entry fee: $30
Prizes: A variety of other prizes may also be awarded
Deadline: March 31, 2012

The annual CinemaSpoke screenplay competition will begin accepting entries immediately, with a deadline of March 31, 2012. The contest, designed to showcase local writers, is sponsored by Script Mechanics, in cooperation with Cinema St. Louis. Screenwriters on both sides of the Mississippi River, within a 150-mile radius of St. Louis, Mo., are eligible to enter their feature-length screenplays (90-120 pages).

Entry fee is $30, and judges shall select from three to five finalists based on the strength of submissions. Judges will be filmmakers, critics, and instructors. Prizes for the winner will include coverage by an Emmy Award-winning Hollywood screenwriting author and writing instructor and notification to approximately 400 producers by a union-signatory Hollywood agent. The prizes for all finalists will include screenplay readings and critiques. A variety of other prizes may also be awarded. For rules and entry form, see www.thecinematicskinny.com. Submissions and a completed entry form should be sent to CinemaSpoke, c/o Cinema St. Louis, 3547 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63103.

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Carolina Wren Press-Doris Bakwin Award

Entry fee: $20
Prizes: Award
Deadline: March 15, 2012

The Doris Bakwin Award for Writing by a Woman will take entries until March 15, 2012. (postmark deadline). Final Judge is Moira Crone. Reading fee: $20; they accept checks or money orders. Submit the first 50-60 pages of a fiction manuscript (Stories or a novel) or non-fiction (Memoir, not academic work) by a single author identifying as a woman. Use two title pages one with title and author name and address, e-mail, etc. and one with just the manuscript title. The entire manuscript may not have been previously published, self-published, in print or online, although individual parts of the manuscript (e.g. stories or chapters) may have been printed in journals or published online. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please let us know if your manuscript has been accepted elsewhere. Mail to: Carolina Wren Press, Doris Bakwin Award, 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC 27701. More information: www.carolinewrenpress.org/submissions/contests.

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