“Books aren’t written — they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it.”
-Michael Crichton


I thought I’d share a few writing contests that are currently accepting submissions. Some have entry fees, some don’t.


  • StoryQuarterly is holding their first annual contest for fiction up to 8,000 words. The grand prize is $1,000 and publication. First runner-up receives $300 with online publication; second runner-up receives $200 and online publication. There is an entry fee of $15, and the deadline is September 1. Learn more here.
  • Writer’s Digest has their 12th short, short story contest underway. There is a $20 entry fee, and the word limit cuts off at a brief 1,500 words. First place receives $3,000 and a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference, second place receives $1,500, and third place receives $500. Then there are prizes from fourth thru tenth place ($100 each) and also eleventh thru twenty-fifth place ($50 Writer’s Digest Books gift certificate). Entry deadline is November 15th. Learn more here.
  • This is a kind of different contest, as it is run by a company that produces greeting cards, books, and gifts. It’s also a poetry contest. I came across it as I was searching for different writing jobs. They’re called SPS Studios/Blue Mountain Arts and they are a Colorado-based company. But the winner of the contest they are running wins $300, second place wins $150, and third place wins $50. All winning poems will be posted on their site. Deadline is at the end of the month though — June 30. No entry fee. Learn more here.
  • Writers of the Future is always accepting submissions for one of their quarters. But their third quarter ends at the end of June. They accept works up to 17,000 words in length from authors who haven’t professionally published a novel or short novel, more than one novelette, or more than three short stories (“Professional publication is deemed to be payment, and at least 5,000 copies, or 5,000 hits.”). First place receives $1,000, second place receives $750, and third place receives $500. No entry fee. Learn more here.
  • Narrative Magazine’s Spring 2011 Contest is open for fiction and non-fiction submissions! There is a $20 entry fee, but with that entry fee you receive three months of access to Narrative Backstage. The first place prize is $3,250, the second place is $1,500, the third place is $750, and ten finalists will receive $100. All entries will be considered for publication. The deadline is July 31. Learn more here.