Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Lifestyle: Writing Contests - try your skill at writing

Lifestyle – Writing contests
If you write and would like to submit one of stories to a contest, here are some opportunities. Don’t be shy, get those words out there! By participating in such contests, I’ve had two short stories published and won two awards. You never know who’s waiting to read what you have to write. Here there are 3 contests for you to try in 3 different categories: flash fiction, short story and novel. For more information and to submit your story, be sure to click on their links. Choose one, two or all three and good luck!

2016 Southern Pacific Review Short Story Contest:
Southern Pacific Review seeks short fiction written in (or translated into) English . Word count is flexible, but flash and novelette length works will have to try harder. Interesting ideas and depth of meaning are more important than genre. Hard to say what we want, except that we know it when we see it.
Winning prize is $100 USD and publication in Southern Pacific Review. Entries are accepted from 1 January 2016 to 30 March 2016.  Writers retain the rights to their work.
Submit entries to  There is no reading fee. Please submit as Word or PDF attachment. 
2016 Spider’s Web Flash Fiction Prize:
Unpublished flash fiction featuring a complex, female protagonist. (Gender of writer is unimportant.) Protagonist must be, or previously have been, human.
750 words or fewer. (Nothing over 750 words will be read.)
Submissions must be typed in 12 point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, and formatted as a short story. Experimental pieces with nontraditional formatting will not be eligible for the contest.
All entries must be made via this form. No emailed entries will be read.
No fan fiction stories or pieces featuring characters or settings created by another writer will be considered. Sorry.
Include your legal name, valid mailing address and a 100-word writer’s bio in the third person in your cover email. Do not list any identifying information in the entry.  
$14 entry fee per piece.  ($10 entry fee per piece for graduate/undergraduate students, Texas writers,
& Goddard College alumni. Students must state the name of their university in their cover email, Texas writers their valid address, and Goddard alumni their graduation year.) Checks will not be accepted. 
Entries must truly be fiction - no flash memoir, prose poetry or true crime pieces will be considered.
No more than three submissions per writer.

2016 Authors Talk About it Book Award Contest:
Whether you’re a first time author or a New York Times Best Seller this book award contest is for you. All entrants receive the following:
  • A 250-350 word review of your book, which you can use/post wherever you like simply by adding “Originally reviewed for Authors Talk About It Book Award Contest by _____”
  • A badge to share on your site that states the following: A 2016 Book Award Contest Entrant Helping Feed the World  *We donate $5.00 of every entry to Heifer International to help end hunger and poverty.
  • A virtual class: 3 Easy Ways to Promote Your Book
Who/what can enter:
Authors 18 years of age or older
Published and unpublished books, manuscripts and ebooks are accepted
Books in the following categories:
General Fiction
Romance (Erotica is currently not accepted. Spicy and steamy? Yes, but nothing explicit.)
General Children/Young Adult Fiction
Official opening for submissions fee as of February 1, 2016 – $75.00
Submissions Deadline: August 15, 2016
Finalists announced: October 1, 2016
Winners announced: November 1, 2016
There you go. The world needs your story! Let it be read!