Newly Launched Staunch Book Prize Reflects #MeToo Movement

In the wake of the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment, a new book prize is seeking thrillers in which “no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped, or murdered.” Submit your manuscript to the Staunch Book Prize, the writing contest for our times.  (more…)

#PitMad: Pitch Your Manuscript to Literary Agents & Publishers

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Do you have an unpublished manuscript? Join the Twitter party known as #PitMad to pitch your work to literary agents and publishers. On Dec. 7, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST, you may tweet a maximum of three different pitches for every manuscript. (more…)

Small Presses: 2 Opportunities for Unpublished Literary Novels

If you have an unpublished and unrepresented literary novel, two small presses offer an opportunity within the next few months. Coffee House Press has open submissions right now, while the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing is sponsoring a fiction contest. (more…)

Halloween in the Summer? Inkshares Seeks Horror Stories

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If you write horror stories, now is your chance to scare up a book deal. The Inkshares 2017 Horror Contest will publish three or more manuscripts based on their popularity and judges’ choices. The contest is open until Halloween. (more…)

Writing Contest: Chicago Tribune’s 2017 Short Story Competition Now Open

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The Chicago Tribune is now accepting short stories for the 2017 Nelson Algren Literary Awards. It is seeking original and unpublished short stories no longer than 8,000 words. To enter your story in the competition, it must be entirely fictional and not based on actual person, whether living or not. (more…)

St. Martin’s Press Launches Writing Contest for Thriller Writers

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If you write thrillers, this competition sponsored by St. Martin’s Press might be just the thing for you. The Big Five imprint will choose five winners in the writing contest promoting “A Divided Spy,” a new novel by Charles Cumming. (more…)

BuzzFeed Seeks Writers for its Fellowship Program


A caricature of a writing position circa 1800s. (General Research Division, The New York Public Library, 1885-1895-05, “Wanted A Typewriter.”

Want a career writing about art and culture? BuzzFeed is offering support through its Emerging Writers Fellowship Program. You have until Oct. 1, 2016, to apply. (more…)

Writing Contest: What was the Most Dramatic Change You Ever Had to Make?

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It’s true that the one thing constant in life is change, but which one has affected you the most? Whether it’s a move to a new city or a divorce or a career switch, Real Simple magazine is looking for stories about dramatic change for its ninth “Life Lessons” essay contest. Deadline for submission is Sept. 9, 2016. (more…)

Two Writing Competitions Seek Unpublished Novels


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Entering a writing contest can open doors for writers. If you have an unpublished novel, writing competitions sponsored by Del Sol Press and Dzanc Books might be right for you. (more…)

Writing Contest: WOW! Seeks Short Fiction Worldwide


“American Short Short Story,” 1933, courtesy of the New York Public Library Digital Collections.

Although WOW! is primarily for women, its 2016 Flash Fiction Contest is open to both men and women who write short stories in English from anywhere in the world. The contest is limited to the first 300 entries, so enter now. (more…)