Every month, there are a whole new set of competitions available to both new and established writers. One of the best sources of online information is WritersMarket.com, which lists hundreds of contests for writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, writing for children, and more. Here are a handful with August deadlines:
Comstock Review Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Contest: Offers publication, a prize of $1,000, and 50 author copies for a poetry chapbook. Submit 25 to 34 pages of poetry. The submission fee includes a copy of the winning chapbook. Deadline: August 1.
Aesthetica Creative Writing Awards: Offers established and aspiring writers and poets the opportunity to showcase their work and reach an international audience: previous entrants have gone on to achieve success and recognition across the world. There are two categories for entry: Poetry and Short Fiction. Prizes: £500 prize money for each winner; winners and finalists will be published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual; selection of books from Vintage and Bloodaxe Books; and subscription to Granta, a quarterly magazine of new writing. Deadline: August 31, 2014. Finalists announced on November 30, 2014 and winners announced December 6, 2014.
Gival Press Short Story Award: Unpublished original short story in English; must be approximately 5,000 to 15,000 words of high literary quality. Top prize: $1,000 and publication. For submission guidelines, visit givalpress.com. Deadline: August 8, 2014.
Writers Digest Self-published E-book Award: Annual prize for the best self-published e-book. There are a variety of categories, including mainstream/literary fiction, genre fiction, nonfiction, inspirational, life stories, children’s picture books, middle-grade/young adult books, and poetry. There is one grand prize of $3,000 cash and a featured interview in Writer’s Digest magazine. Each category winner also receives $1,000 cash and recognition in Writer’s Digest magazine. Early-bird deadline: August 1, 2014.
If one or more of these competitions sounds enticing, why not throw your hat in the ring? Write on!