Entries are open for the fourth annual Writer's Digest Self-Published eBook Awards. Self-published works may be submitted in the following categories: Mainstream/Literary Fiction; Genre Fiction; Non-fiction; Inspirational; Life Stories; Children’s Picture Books; Middle-Grade/Young Adult; and Poetry. One Grand Prize winner will be selected, as well as a first prize winner in each category and honourable mention winners. Entries close 1st September.
Madeleine Milburn Summer Writing Competition
Presented by a world-renowned literary agency, the Madeleine Milburn Summer Writing Competition invites entries on the theme 'Make Us Scared'. The competition is open to unagented writers submitting an unpublished book manuscript. The top five entries will receive comprehensive written feedback and the winner will receive £500 and an offer of representation by the agency. Entries close 1st September.
Writers with at least one child under the age of 18 are invited to apply for the Sustainable Arts Foundation Individual Awards. Five awards of $6000 each and five of $2000 each are on offer. Open to writers of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, longform journalism, plays, picture books and graphic novels. Open worldwide; entry fee $15USD. Entries close 2nd September.
The Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize is open to writers around the world regardless of age, genre or career stage. Stories of 2500 words or less on the theme 'Tidal' are accepted, with a $12AUD entry fee. The winner receives $1000 and publication in Mascara Literary Review. Entries close 15th September.
Entries are now open for the Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards. Short stories up to 4000 words are accepted in any of the following categories: Mystery/Crime, Horror, Romance, Sci-fi/Fantasy, Thriller/Suspense, and Young Adult. One Grand Prize winner will be selected, along with a first prize winner in each category and honourable mentions. Entries close 15th September.
Bartleby Snopes' eighth annual Dialogue Only Contest is now open. Entries must be under 2000 words and composed entirely of dialogue, with no narration or speech tags. Cash prizes are awarded to first through fifth prize. $10USD for unlimited entries. Closes 15th September.
Literary journal SmokeLong Quarterly invites submissions for the 2017 Kathy Fish Fellowship. The winner will receive $500USD and be considered a virtual 'writer-in-residence' for SmokeLong's four 2017 issues, each of which will include a flash piece from the winner. Open worldwide. Applications close 15th September.
Five Islands Press presents the 2016 Ron Pretty Poetry Prize, open to international applicants. Entries of a single poem up to 30 lines are accepted, with a fee of $25 for the first poem and $10 per poem thereafter. First Prize is $5000AUD; second is $1500; third $750. Entries close 15th September.
Mslexia Children's Novel Competition
Open to unpublished women novelists, the Mslexia Children's Novel Competition invites entries of books written for children or young adults. Entries cost £25 per novel; the first 3000 words of your completed children's novel must be submitted, and the novel in its entirety must be at least 15,000 words. First prize is £5,000 and entries close 19th September.
Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over, the Manchester Writing Competition offers a £10,000 prize for the best short story up to 2500 words. Entry fee is £17.50. Entries close 23rd September.
Entries are now open for the 2017 instalment of 'the world's richest short story prize'. Open to any writer worldwide who is published in the UK or Ireland, the award is worth £30,000 to the winner. Five shortlisted authors will also each receive £1,000. Stories up to 6000 words are accepted. Entries close 29th September.
The Ghost Story invites entires of short fiction on a supernatural or paranormal theme for its Supernatural Fiction Award. First, second and third prizes will be awarded, including cash and publication. Entries should run between 1500 and 10,000 words; entry fee is $20. Closes 30th September.
Cultural partners since 2014, Aesop and The Saturday Paper are pleased to present a major new essay award, The Horne Prize, valued at $15,000. It will be awarded in late December for an essay of up to 3000 words, addressing some part of the theme ‘Australian life’. Entries are open until October 31.
Short stories up to 6000 words are accepted for the 2016/17 Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize. The winner will receive a choice between £1000 in prize money or year-long editorial support, as well as a detailed profile and interview in The Bookseller. Entry fee is £10 and entries close 30th September.