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Writing Contests for July

Munster Literature Centre
Entry fee:  €15 (approximately $20 U.S.) paid via PayPal
Prizes: First Prize is €2,000 (Approximately $2,600 U.S.) and publication in Southword, an online literary journal published in Cork, Ireland. The winner also receives a weeklong residency at the Anam Cara Writer’s Retreat on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork. If the winner comes to Cork to collect the prize, they will be lavished with hotel accommodations, meals, drinks and VIP access to the literary stars of the Cork International Short Story Festival (Sept. 16-20, 2014). Second Prize: € 500 (approximately $520 U.S.) and publication in Southword.
Deadline: Entries must be received with payment by midnight on July 31, 2014

This competition is an annual short story competition open to writers from around the world Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat www.anamcararetreat.com is again awarding a week-long residency to the first prize winner. Located just outside the colorful village of Eyeries on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork, Anam Cara is a tranquil sport structured to provide support and sanctuary for people working in the creative arts. It offers private and common working rooms as well as five acres of walking paths, thirty-four nooks and crannies, a river cascades and a river island, gardens and a labyrinth meadow. Editorial consultation is always available. The prize is valued at €700. Email submissions as a word document (files ending with “doc”) Please do not send PDF files. Include the story and cover letter as separate docs in the same email. For complete guidelines and additional information, please go to www.munsterlit.ie.

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A Room of Her Own Foundation – Orlando Prizes
Entry fee: $15 for a poem, short story, flash fiction, and an essay by a woman writer
Prizes: Four prizes of $1,000 each will be selected
Deadline: July 31, 2014

Submit a poem of no more than 36 lines, a flash fiction story of up to 500 words, a short story of up to 1,500 words, or an essay of up to 1,500 words, Phone: (505)867-5373. Visit the website, www.aroho.org for complete guidelines and submission instructions, as well as the official cover sheet for works submitted. Works may also be submitted via US postal services; Send cover sheet, Submissions, SASP, and check or money order in one envelope to:

A Room of her Own
Attn: Orlando Prizes
P.O. Box 778
Placitas, NM 87043.

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Glimmer Train Press – Very Short Fiction Award
Entry fee:  $15 per story
Prizes: First place wins $1,500 and 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: July 31, 2014

Please no more than three submissions per contest. Please make your submissions at Glimmer Train’s online submission site. They look forward to reading your work. There is always a one-week grace period.

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Indiana Review—“1/2 K” Prize for a poem or a work of fiction
Entry fee:  $20
Prizes: $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a poem or a work of flash fiction under 500 words. All entries are considered for publication.
Deadline: August 1, 2014

Send no more than three poems or words of prose with $20 entry fee–8 pages maximum. Entrant’s name should not appear on the entry. A cover letter should list the author’s name, address, email address, phone number and entry titles. Online submissions and payments preferred. For additional information and complete guidelines, please visit Indiana Review.

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Narrative—Spring Poetry Contest
Entry fee:  There is a $22 fee for each entry
Prizes: First Place: $1,500; second place: $750; third place: $300, and top finalists will each receive $75. All submissions will be considered for publication.
Deadline: The contest entry deadline is July 20, 2014, at midnight, Pacific daylight time

In a continuing effort to encourage and support talented poets, we’re offering prizes and widespread public announcement of all winners and finalists via the Internet, social media, Kindle, and our Apple and Android Apps. Narrative is always looking for new voices, so all entries will be considered for publication in the magazine. The contest is open to all poets. Entries must be unpublished and must not have been previously chosen as winners, finalists, or honorable mentions in other contests. Each entry may contain up to five poems. The poems should all be contained in a single file. You may enter as many times as you wish, but we encourage you to be selective and to send your best work. Narrative is a nonprofit organization, and its poetry program, like its other programs, depends largely on the support of many dedicated individuals who contribute resources and time to make the magazine possible.

The contest will be judged by the editors of the magazine. The judges reserve the option to declare ties and to designate and award only as many winners and/or finalists as are appropriate to the quality of contest entries and of work represented in the magazine. Submissions may contain up to five poems. Your submission should give a strong sense of your style and range. We accept submissions of all poetic forms and genres but do not accept translations. Please visit their website: www.narrativemagazine.com for complete submission and formatting guidelines.

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Narrative—Spring Story Contest
Entry fee:  $22
Prizes: First-place prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-place prize of $1,000 is also awarded. The third prize is $500, and up to ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication. All contest entries are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize for 2014 and for acceptance as a Story of the Week. And with your entry, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.
Deadline: July 31, 2014, at midnight, Pacific daylight time

The contest will be judged by the editors of the magazine. The spring contest is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. They are looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. 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. They are looking for works with a strong narrative drive, with characters we can respond to, and with effects of language, situation, and insight that are intense and total. They look for works that have the ambition of enlarging our view of ourselves and the world.

Please visit their website: www.narrativemagazine.com for complete submission and formatting guidelines. Winners and finalists will be announced to the public by August 31, 2014. All writers who enter will be notified by email of the judges’ decisions, which will be final. The judges reserve the option to declare ties and to designate and award only as many winners and/or finalists as are appropriate to the quality of contest entries and of work represented in the magazine.

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New Guard Poetry and Fiction Contest
Entry fee:  $15
Prizes: Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Guard will be given annually for a poem and a short story or novel excerpt.
Deadline: : July 14, 2014

Tim Seibles will judge in poetry and Joe Wenderoth will judge in fiction. Using the online submission system, submit three poems of up to 150 lines each or no more than 5,000 words or prose with a $15 entry fee. All entries will be considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines: http://www.newguardreview.com. Postal address: Attn: Shanna McNair, Publisher, New Guard Poetry and Fiction Contest, P.O. Box 866, Wells, ME 04094.

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Sledgehammer – 36 Hour Writing Contest
Entry fee:  $40 for adults ($50 day of), $10 for ages 11–17, and $5 for ages 10 and under
Prizes: Prize Packages in six categories
Deadline: Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27

The contest starts at noon on Saturday, when writers converge at the starting point (917 SW Oak St., Portland, or here at http://www.sledgehammercontest.com for non-Portland contestants) to receive their first writing prompt and scavenger hunt clues. They head out to three locations around the city–or several websites–to gather all four writing prompts, and have 36 hours to write the best fiction piece they can come up with. Final submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.

We’re offering prize packages in six categories this year:

  • Team
  • Individual
  • Youth
  • Readers’ Choice
  • Judge’s Choice, chosen by this year’s celebrity judge, Ariel Gore
  • Out-of-Towners

In place of our usual post-contest reading, we invite contestants to film themselves reading their stories, and we’ll post those videos online, where readers can vote for their favorite stories for the Readers’ Choice award. This is not required, but it can add some spark to the site for readers! Plus, an avid fan just donated $100 for a gift card to your favorite restaurant to the person who submits the best video!
All winners will be announced the week of September 30. Winners are invited to read at various venues throughout the year!

Through the Sledgehammer 36-Hour Writing Contest, we support writing as a team activity, foster love for writing communities, and thrive through cooperative creativity among people and across the arts.

Visit Sledgehammer website for more details.

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