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October Writing Contests

Briar Cliff Review: Poetry, Short Story, Creative Nonfiction

Entry fee:  $20 with check made out to The Briar Cliff Review, all entrants receive a copy of the magazine with winning entries.
Prizes:  $1,000 and publication. The editors are the judges.
Deadline:November 1, 2013

3 poems, a short story or creative nonfiction work limit up to 6,000. Short stories and creative nonfiction should be double-spaced; poetry should be single-spaced. No more than one poem per page. Send cover sheet with titles/s, author’s name, address and email. Place the title, but no names on the manuscript. Winning pieces are accepted on the basis of first-time’s rights. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but notify them immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. Previous year’s winners are ineligible.  Mail to: Tricia Currans-Sheehan, Editor, The Briar Cliff Review, Fiction, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction, 3303 Rebecca Street, Sioux City, Iowa 51104-2100. Please include a SASE for notification of winners. For additional information, go to: http://old.briarcliff.edu/campub/bc_review/bcreview-new/contest.


Chautaugua Literary Journal Contest for Poetry

Entry fee:  None
Prizes:  $500, $250, and $100 for each issue
Deadline: November 15, 2013

Beginning in 2014, CHAUTAUQUA will award Editors Prizes: $500, $250, and $100 for each issue. Awards will recognize the writing we feel best captures both the issue’s theme and the spirit of Chautauqua Institution.

The first place winner will automatically be nominated for the Pushcart Prize. To be eligible, writers must submit using our online submission process—and all online submissions, regardless of genre, are contenders. See our submission guidelines for more information: http://www.ciweb.org/submission-guidelines/ or https://chautauqua.submittable.com/submit.

The benefits of online submission, besides being automatically eligible for an Editors Prize:

  • You can check the status of your submission and withdraw the submission quickly and easily.
  • Online submissions help us to ensure timely readings and evaluations by multiple members of our staff.
  • Online submissions save the writer time and money.
  • Online submissions save our natural resources.

We have two reading periods: February 15 — April 15 and August 15 —November 15, and we accept work on a rolling basis. Please do not include your name on your manuscript itself. The Submittable system will link your contact information to your submission.

You may submit stories and essays of up to 7000 words each or three poems (no more than eight pages total, please). Upload your poetry submission as a single .doc or .pdf document (titled “three poems, ” for example), in order to avoid being charged a full submission fee for each separate poem.


Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild: Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction

Entry fee:  $ 5 per prose piece and $5 for up to three poems. CCMWG members pay no fee. Entrants may join CCMWG for dues of $15 for one year, and pay no entry fee. Checks should be payable to CCMWG; Note with memo on check if membership application fee is included.
Prizes:  Publication in Well-Versed; the authors of the Judges’ top choices will receive monetary prizes.  Each category will be awarded: $50 for first place, $30 for second place, $20 for third place.
Deadline:  October 31, 2013

Please mark that day on your calendar because we do not anticipate extending the deadline this year. Visit our website: www.ccmwg.org. for information on the upcoming writer’s conference. Entries must be unpublished, original work. The cover sheet must include the entrant’s name, address, telephone number, email address, author biography in 75 words or less, designation of each piece as fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, title and first line of each piece. No author information on the manuscript. Very important: All submissions must be typed in 12-point Times New Roman font with 1” margins top and bottom and 1 ½ margins left and right. Place the title and the page number in a header in the upper right corner of the page. Entries containing pornography, graphic violence, explicit or gratuitous sex, and scatological content will not be accepted. Submissions may be made via mail or online. Mail hard copies to: CCMWG, P.O. Box 7628, Columbia, MO 65205-7628. Email electronic copies, in Word files, to wellversed2013@gmail.com.  Use the subject line: Your name, Well Versed Contest Entry.


Dana Award for Short Fiction or Poetry

Entry fee:  $15 per 5 poems; $15 per short story, $25 per novel entry
Prizes:  $1,000 in each category
Deadline:  postmarked October 31, 2013

Novel: For the first 40 pages ONLY of a novel either completed or in progress (in progress submissions should be as polished as possible). Typed, double-spaced only.

Short Fiction: For a short fiction with a maximum of 10,000 words per short story. Typed, double-spaced.

Poetry: For the best group of 5 poems, judged on the overall excellence of all 5, 5 poems per entry. Poems longer than 100 lines are discouraged. Typed, Single-spaced preferred.

Note: All work must be unpublished and not promised for publication when submitted to use. Since we don’t publish but offer monetary awards only, you may simultaneously submit. If your work is accepted elsewhere while we’re considering it, you don’t need to withdraw it. But please let us know. Make checks payable to “Dana Awards.”  From outside U.S., send INTERNATIONAL money orders, traveler’s checks, or bank checks (all must be formally stamped by the issuing bank as “U.S. funds” AND must be drawn on U.S. banks only).  No e-mail or on-line submissions. Send a separate cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and title(s) of works submitted. No author’s name on the manuscript. Send a SASE for results only. No manuscripts returned. Mail all entries to: Mary Elizabeth Park, Chair, Dana Awards, 200 Fosseway Drive, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA, 27455. For additional questions only, e-mail: danaawards@gmail.com.


Diagram Essay Contest

Entry fee:  $17
Prizes:  $1,000 and publication in DIAGRAM is given annually for an essay
Deadline:  October 31, 2013 (This is the deadline for the RECEIPT of submissions, so mail your essay with plenty of time to be received by October 31, 2013.)

Hybird elements and unique textual, formal or visual elements are encouraged, but not required. Ander Monson and Nicole Walker will judge. Submit an unpublished essay (in a serial/book or on a non-personal website—blogs, etc. are okay). Up to 10,000 words with the reading fee. We will shoot for publishing several of our finalists with the winner, as we have the last few years. We prefer to receive submissions electronic (is possible) with the manuscript itself anonymous. A removable cover page would be ideal if you send hardcopy. If you send electronically, no cover page is necessary. Do NOT put your name on the manuscript anywhere. Step 1 of 2: Pay contest fee through Paypal* by filling out the form with your last name and essay title, then clicking on their “Buy Now” button. Once you complete step one and pay the entry fee, the computer will click through to the page with step two. For submissions, and additional information on files that are too large to send electronically and for snail mail information, go to http://thediagram.com/contest.html.


The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review Competition

Entry fee:  $27 for up to five poems. Make checks payable to Sow’s Ear Poetry Review. The reading fee includes a one-year subscription to the review.
Prizes:  $1,000 and publication and the option for publication for approximately twenty finalists.
Deadline:  : Postmark by November 1, 2013

Open to adults. Send unpublished poems to the address above. Please do not put your name on poems. Include a separate sheet with poem titles, name, address, phone and e-mail address if available. No length limit on poems. Simultaneous submission acceptable. (We will check with finalists before sending to final judge.) Include a SASE for notification, which we will try to send in January. Mail submissions to: Robert G. Lesman, Managing Editor, P.O. Box 127, Millwood, VA 22646,


The Tampa Review Danahy Fiction Prize

Entry fee:  $20 which includes a one-year subscription to Tampa Review
Prizes:  $1,000 and publication in the Tampa Review; all entries will be considered for publication
Deadline:  postmarked (or date-stamped online) by November 1, 2013

Submissions must be original, previously unpublished short fiction. We prefer manuscripts between 500 to 5,000 words, but stories falling slightly outside this range will also be considered. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but Tampa Review must be notified immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Manuscripts should be double-spaced and include a cover page with author’s name, mailing address, and other contact information, plus a total word count. Submissions may be made by mail or by using the online Submissions Manager. Enclose a $20 entry fee if sent by mail; follow online instructions for submitting your entry fee through Submissions Manager (a small processing charge is added for online submissions).  Mail to: Tampa Review, Danahy Fiction Prize, The University of Tampa, 401 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606-1490. For additional information, go to www.ut.edu/TampaReview/TRDetail.aspx?id=12481.


8th Annual Greenhouse New Play Festival

Entry fee:
Prizes: Week-long workshop with director, dramaturg, and professional actors
Deadline:  November 15, 2013 (submissions open October 15, 2013)

Three plays will be selected for the Festival. These plays will receive a week-long workshop with director, dramaturg and professional actors.  The workshop will culminate in a public reading followed by audience response sessions.   HotCity artistic staff will then select one script for a fully produced world premiere as part of the company’s 2015 mainstage season.

To be eligible as a finalist, playwrights must be available to attend the entire festival and workshop week, which begins on the Sunday prior to the festival weekend. All travel and accomodation arrangements are provided by HotCity Theatre.  Festival Finalists will be notified by February 1, 2014.

Eligible submissions must meet the following criteria:

–received after October 15, 2013 and no later than November 15, 2013
–require a maximum of six actors
–running time of between 75 and 120 minutes
–never before published
–never before professionally produced, no pending professional productions
–never before submitted to the HotCity Greenhouse New Play Festival

In addition to an attachment of the script (acceptable formats include doc, docx, pdf, rtf, txt) you will be asked to provide a brief synopsis of the play, a brief professional biography, an explanation of how you feel the workshop/revision process will benefit this play, a brief description of the play’s workshop/reading history, and any special casting/technical requirements that the play presents.

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