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April Writing Contests

Compass Flower Press—Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Only
Entry fee:  $18 (US) for electronic submission (paid on the website) or $15 for mailed submission (paid by check or on website.)
Prizes:  First Place, $1,000; 2nd place, $500; 3rd place, $100. In addition, each published contributor received a free copy of the anthology.
Deadline: May 25, 2014

AKA Publishing/Compass Flower Press has issued a call for entries for an anthology with a working title and theme: Uncertain Promise. Examples of uncertain promise: an unexpected outcome (joy, satisfaction, renewal, despair, emotional growth, etc.) from an otherwise routine or mundane circumstance; an unspoken commitment from a friend or lover falls through due to misunderstanding or unforeseen happening; a career or future crashes, or ascends—depending on the outcome of a single event. These are just ideas, use your imagination and please interpret broadly. No previously published work. Simultaneous submissions allowed—please inform on entry form and give immediate notification if accepted elsewhere. Fiction and creative nonfiction submissions are read and evaluated anonymously by two editorial boards; acceptances that make the final cut are forwarded to independent judges for possible award of cash prizes.

Entry form may be downloaded at www.AKA-publishing.com and must be completed and accompany each entry.  Send a downloadable Word Document. Fiction or creative nonfiction: 3,000 word limit per entry; sections from larger works accepted. Send a cover sheet with Title of work, author’s name, address, phone and email. For additional guidelines and submission information and mailing address, go to www.AKA-publishing.com.


Crab Orchard Review—Literary Prizes for Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-fiction
Entry fee: $23 for first submission, $10 for 2nd and 3rd.
Prizes:  Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crab Orchard Review for a poem, a short story or an essay.
Deadline:  April 21, 2014

All entries must be submitted at http://craborchardreview.submittable.com/submit.

Using the on-line submission process, submit a single poem of up to five pages in length (this is a change from last year). Prose entry length: up to 6,000 words for fiction and 6,500 words for literary nonfiction. The authors name should not appear on any page of the entry. On-line entry fee is $22.50. If you wish to enter a second or third entry, please follow the instructions for a 2nd or 3rd entry. Entering a 2nd or 3rd entry will each cost $10.00 The initial $22.50 fee entitles entrant to one copy of the 2014 Summer/Fall and will entitle will include the winners of these competitions, our special issue “The West Coast and Beyond,” and one copy of our 2015 Winter/Spring issue of Crab Orchard Review. All entries receive a year’s subscription $20 value).

If you already have a Crab Orchard Review subscription, they will extend your subscription for one additional year. A writer may send up to three entries in one genre or a total of three entries if entering all competitions, but please do not submit more than three entries total. All entries will be considered for publication in the Winter/Spring 2015 issue. Regular contributor’s payment rates $25 (US) per magazine page ($50 minimum for poetry; $100 minimum for prose) apply to any accepted work that is not the genre winner or finalist. If you submit two or three entries, please use the entry link for “2nd and 3rd Crab Orchard Review Annual Literary Contest Entry.” Entering a 2nd and 3rd time will each cost $10 additional and will entitle you to one of the past issues of COR listed on their website.

For additional submission information and guidelines, please go to http://craborchardreview.siu.edu/dryer.html. All entries must be previously unpublished, original work written in English by a United States citizen or permanent resident (current students and employees at Southern Illinois University Carbondale are not eligible). The author’s name should not appear on any page. All entries will receive notification of the results by email by May 31, 2014.


E.M. Koeppel—$1,100 Short Fiction Award
Entry fee:  $15 for a single story and $10 for each additional story.
Prizes:  First Place Award: $1,100; Editors’ Choices: $100 each
Deadline:  Postmarked deadline, April 30, 2014

Award-winning fiction writers are the judges. No limit on the number of stories entered by any one writer. Maximum length is 3,000 words; stories must be unpublished. The winning short story and editors’ choices will be published on www.writecorner.com and are eligible for inclusion in the permanent website: writecorner.com anthology. (By submitting to this contest, authors give permission to Writecorner Press to publish the award winning stories and editors’ choices on the writecorner.com website.

Authors retain all other rights to their works.) Send (1) typed story with two (2) typed title pages. Only the title should appear on the first title page. No other kinds of identification may appear on this title page on the manuscript which will be used for judging. On the second title page, list the title of the story, the author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address optional, and a short bio—about four lines.

Mail entries with a check (no cash); if outside the USA, send a money order in US funds (no cash or foreign funds) to: Koeppel Contest, P.O. Box 140310, Gainesville, FL 32614. P.L. Titus Scholarship: If the winning story is by anyone attending college, university, or school when the story is submitted, the winner will receive, in addition to the $1,100 award, the $500 P.L. Titus Scholarship. (Proof of attendance is required).


Glimmer Train Press—Very Short Fiction Award
Entry Fee:  $15 per story; please no more than 3 submissions 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: April 30, 2014. There is always a one-week grace period.

Maximum length: 3,000, Please make your submissions at www.glimmertrain.com/veryshort.html.

Winners will be announced on July 1 and contacted directly one week earlier.


The Ledge Magazine—2014 Poetry Award
Entry Fee:  $15 for the first three poems; $4 for each additional poem. $22 subscription (two issues) to The Ledge Magazine gains free entry for the first three poems.


Sonora Review—Nonfiction Award
Entry Fee: $15 fee, multiple submissions are fine, although you will have to pay the contest fee again for each piece.
Prizes:   $1,000 cash and publication; finalists will be considered for publication in Issue 66 of Sonora Review
Deadline:  May 15, 2014

They are looking for: Essays and nonfiction up to 6,000 words, Hybrid projects warmly welcomed. Submissions should be typed and double-spaced. Include a cover letter with a brief biography, your contact information and any pertinent information about your submission. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know as soon as possible if the work is accepted elsewhere. Please remove your name or any other identifying marks from your manuscript before submitting. Submit on-line at https://sonorareview.submittable.com/submit/27279. Or send a SASE to Mike Coakley and Laura Miller, Editors-in-chief / (c/o Nonfiction editorial Board)/Sonora Review,

Department of English, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85719.


Spoon River Poetry Review—Editors’ Prize—Poetry
Entry Fee:  $20
Prizes:  $1,000 and publication in Spoon River Poetry Review is given annually for a poem; 2 runners-up will be awarded $100 each, and 3-5 honorable mentions will be selected.
Deadline:  April 15, 2014

The entry fee includes a one-year subscription to SRPR (two issues). If you already subscribe, then they will extend your subscription. All winning poems, honorable mentions and several finalists are to be published in the winter issue of Spoon River Poetry Review. Submit two copies of up to three poems totaling no more than 10 pages. They accept simultaneous submissions; if the work is accepted elsewhere, please notify them by email at contact@srpr.org. For complete guidelines, examples of winning poems, and additional submission information, please go to www.srpr.org/contest.php.


Writer’s Digest 83rd Annual Writing Competition—multiple categories
Entry Fee:  Early Bird Entry Fee: $25 for first manuscript; $20 for each additional entry submitted during the same transaction; poems are $15 for the first entry; $10 for each additional poem submitted during the same transaction
Prizes:  One Grand prize winner will receive: An announcement of the winner on the cover of Writer’s Digest, $3,000 in cash, one-on-one attention from four editors or agents, a paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference, a one year subscription to Writer’s Digest eBooks, a 30-minute Platform Strategy Consultation with Chuck Sambuchino;

  • First place winners will receive $1,000 cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop; Second place will receive $500 cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop;
  • Third place will receive $250 cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop;
  • Fourth place will receive $100 cash and $50 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop;
  • Fifth place will receive $50 cash and $50 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop;
  • Sixth through Tenth places will receive $25 in cash.

All winners will also receive a one-year Digest VIP membership, which includes a one-year subscription (new or renewal) to Writer’s Digest Magazine and access to WritersMarket.com for one year, discounts on Writer’s Digest University workshops, Discounts off of purchases made at WritersDigestShop.com.
Deadline:  May 5, 2014

Enter your work in one or more of these categories:

  • Inspirational Writing (Spiritual/Religious):  Memoirs/Personal Essay
  • Magazine Feature Article:  Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.)
  • Mainstream/Literary Short Story: Rhyming Poetry
  • Non-rhyming Poetry:  Stage Play
  • Television/Movie Script:  Children’s/Young Adult Fiction

Submit entries online at www.writersdigest.com/competitions/writers-digest-annual-competition.


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