The Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction is accepting submissions until September 30, 2012. Submitted pieces must be unpublished and can be a short story, novella or novel. For more information go to their web site: www.tuscanypress.com
Cider Press Poetry Journal is currently looking for submissions for their 2012 annual poetry award. Entry fee is $25, prize is $1000 plus publication and 25 author’s copies of a book length collection of poetry. Author also receives a standard publishing contact. Last day to send submission sis June 30 2012. For more details go here.
The Mission of Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is to inspire, motivate and encourage anyone who has the desire or love of poetry and writing, to continue doing so without the fear of failure or success! Writing First Prize: $500, 2nd: $250, 3rd: $100. Poetry First Prize: $250, 2nd: $125, 3rd: $50. Entry fees: $10 per short story/$5 per poem. Postmark deadline: July 31, 2012. Get more information here.
Life’s Lessons Essay Contest: Submit your typed, double-space submission, preferably as a Microsoft Word attachment by September 13, 2012. The first place winner will be published in Real Simple magazine. Winner will also receive $3,000; a round-trip for two to New York city, hotel accommodations for two nights, tickets to a Broadway play, plus lunch with Real Simple editors. For more information go here.
Memoirs Ink is looking for original, well-written personal essays, memoirs, or stories that are based on autobiographical experiences. The narrative must be in first person. The contest is open to any type, genre or style of story. Stories can be funny or sad, serious, artsy or fragmented. This contest is open to any writer, any age, writing in English. Entry fee is $17. Word limit: less than 3000 words. Closing date is August 15. Read more here.
Raymond Carver Short Story Contest is seeking literary fiction entries for its annual contest. Closing date is June 30, 2012. Entry fee is $17 for online entries. Prizes include: $1000 for first place, $750 for second place and $500 for third place, plus two $250 prizes for Editor’s Choice. Winners will be published in Fall issue. All stories must be in English, for more information go here.
100 Words or Fewer This is their tenth and last contest. There are four categories: “The Encounter” — encounters include Mickey and Goofy happiness as well as meeting a mosquito in the summertime. “Locked Up” — can be an individual’s inner state, or it can be a story about a White House cleaning person who goes to sleep in the Oval Office. In any case, the situation must offer a problem, complication(s), and a resolution (or definitive ending of some kind). “The Weary Enforcer”– poor fellow, or woman–is weary for reasons shown or alluded to in the situation you create. This will not be a character description. It will carry interesting action. “He Always Did the Dishes” — “He” in this story could be your uncle, the General, or then again the criminal, Al Capone. It will certainly be about a situation, and the washing dishes idea will provide an ironic detail. Fees apply. Read details here.