May Contests

Contests can offer a great incentive to pull out a piece of work you love and revise and polish it until it shines. They also give you the chance to win recognition and gain exposure and confidence; sometimes professional critiques are provided, which can offer you helpful feedback. Here is a quick roundup of some upcoming competitions you might want to sharpen your pencils or fire up your computer to enter:

The 83rd Writer’s Digest Writing Competition: Early bird deadline is May 5. Among the benefits: An announcement of the winner on the cover of Writer’s Digest, the chance to win $3,000 in cash, gain one-on-one attention with four editors or agents, and national exposure for your work. You can submit in 10 different categories, including: Inspirational Writing (Spiritual/Religious); Memoirs/Personal Essay; Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.), and Children’s/Young Adult Fiction. For submission details and fees, check the Writer’s Digest Web site.

New Letters Literary Awards: Offers three annual awards, each with a $1,500 prize and a deadline of May 18 — 1) The Dorothy Churchill Cappon Creative Nonfiction Award for the best previously unpublished creative nonfiction (up to 8,000 words); 2) the New Letters Prize for Poetry, and the Alexander Patterson Cappon Prize for Fiction. For details, visit:

David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction: Offered annually by his family to honor David Meyerson, a therapist and talented writer. Deadline: May 1. The prize is open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction, either a novel or collection of stories. To enter, submit previously unpublished short fiction (up to 8,000 words). Top prize is $1,000 and publication in the Southwest Review. For details, check prize Web site.

Remixing the World’s Problems Challenge: Deadline: May 15. This 1-time challenge has a $500 top prize for the best “remix” of a poem (or poems) from the poetry collection Solving the World’s Problems. for details, visit:

Why not explore these contests, just to see what’s out there — and write on!

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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1 Response to May Contests

  1. anne says:

    Life is so full thanks karin

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