May/June 2016 Writing Contests

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May 2016

Type: Fiction
Hosted by: Lorian Hemingway
Deadline: May 1 (late May 15)
Entry Fee: $15 (late $20)

Type: Fiction (inspired by artwork)
Hosted by: Words and Brushes
Deadline: May 15, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Fiction
Hosted by: New Letters
Deadline: May 18, 2016
Entry Fee: $20

Type: Nonfiction (The spirit of Canada)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: May 31, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Fiction
Hosted by: Glimmer Train
Deadline: May 31, 2016
Entry Fee: $2

Type: Flash fiction/Short story
Hosted by: AHWA
Deadline: May 31, 2016
Entry Fee: $5 flash fiction/$10 short story

June 2016

Type: Short story
Hosted by: American Short Fiction
Deadline: June 1, 2016
Entry Fee: $20

Type: Nonfiction (Theme: Blended Families)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: June 30, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Nonfiction (Theme: Curvy and Confident)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: June 30, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Nonfiction (Theme: Stories about Teachers and Teaching)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: June 30, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Short story fiction (new writers only)
Hosted by: Glimmer Train
Deadline: June 30, 2016
Entry Fee: $18

Type: Short story
Hosted by: Literal Latte
Deadline: June 30, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

Please be sure to read through the guidelines for each contest. Information may change.

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March/April 2016 Writing Contests

March April 2016 Writing Contests

March 2016

Type: Short story/flash fiction
Hosted by: Grammar Ghoul Press
Deadline: March 13, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

Type: Poetry about Food
Hosted by: Literal Latte
Deadline: March 15, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

Type: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction
Hosted by: Bellingham Review
Deadline: March 15, 2016
Entry Fee: $20

Type: Nonfiction about Dreams and Synchronicities
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: March 31, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Nonfiction about The Spirit of Canada
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: March 31, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Christian work
Hosted by: Oregon Christian Writers
Deadline: March 31, 2016
Entry Fee: $35 for members, $45 for non-members

Type: Fiction and nonfiction
Hosted by: Narrative Magazine
Deadline: March 31, 2016
Entry Fee: $24

April 2016

Type: Short story
Hosted by: First Writer
Deadline: April 1, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

Type: Nonfiction (The Joy of Christmas)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: April 30, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
Hosted by: Crab Orchard Review
Deadline: April 30, 2016
Entry fee: $15

Type: Supernatural fiction
Hosted by: The Ghost Story
Deadline: April 30, 2016
Entry fee: $20

Type: Very Short Fiction
Hosted by: Glimmer Train
Deadline: April 30, 2016
Entry fee: $16

Type: Fiction
Hosted by: Glimmer Train
Deadline: April 30, 2016
Entry fee: $21

Entering Writing Contests

Entering Writing Contests

One of my goals for this year is to enter more writing contests and submit more of my writing to magazines and the like. I don’t really have anything “worthy” of agents or publishers yet, but I want to start getting my writing out there.

I would like to submit at least one piece of writing to something per month.

I sent a short story to a contest in January. I don’t really know what I’m going to do for this month.

But here’s my question: How do you prepare for a writing contest?

Do you have a story or poem in mind that you’re already written and then search for a contest that is looking for that kind of story? Or do you find a contest and write something based on the contest’s needs?

Last month I had a short story written and ready to go. I found a couple different contests that were looking for general fiction short stories. There was no theme, no specific genre. So I sent it in.

This month there are some contests I would love to enter, but can I don’t really have anything ready to submit.

How can I come up with an idea based on the guidelines, write it, edit it, and make sure it’s ready to face judges along with a ton of other pieces all by the deadline.

So what do you do? What works best for you?

I’ll let you all know my decision whenever I figure it out, but if you have any ideas or tips for me that’d be great.

February/March 2016 Writing Contests

February March 2016 Writing Contests

February 2016

Type: Poetry and/or Short Story
Hosted by: Westmoreland
Deadline: February 16, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

Type: Flash Fiction
Hosted By: Fish Publishing
Deadline: February 28, 2016
Entry Fee: $14

Type: Short Story (new writers only)
Hosted By: Glimmer Train
Deadline: February 29, 2016
Entry Fee: $18

Type: Flash Fiction
Hosted By: Women On Writing
Deadline: February 29, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

March 2016

Type: Short Fiction
Hosted by: Hunger Mountain
Deadline: March 1,2016
Entry Fee: $20

Type: Creative Nonfiction
Hosted by: Hunger Mountain
Deadline: March 1, 2016
Entry Fee: $20

Type: Poetry
Hosted by: Hunger Mountain
Deadline: March 1, 2016
Entry Fee: $20

Type: Children’s, middle grade, or young adult
Hosted by: Hunger Mountain
Deadline: March 1, 2016
Entry Fee: $20

Type: Short story/flash fiction
Hosted by: Grammar Ghoul Press
Deadline: March 13, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

Type: Poetry about Food
Hosted by: Literal Latte
Deadline: March 15, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

Type: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction
Hosted by: Bellingham Review
Deadline: March 15, 2016
Entry Fee: $20

Type: Nonfiction about Dreams and Synchronicities
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: March 31, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Nonfiction about The Spirit of Canada
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: March 31, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Christian work
Hosted by: Oregon Christian Writers
Deadline: March 31, 2016
Entry Fee: $35 for members, $45 for non-members

Type: Fiction and nonfiction
Hosted by: Narrative Magazine
Deadline: March 31, 2016
Entry Fee: $24

January/February 2016 Writing Contests

January February Writing Contests 2016

January 2016

Type: Narrative Travel Writing
Hosted by: Transitions Abroad 
Deadline: January 15, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Fiction
Hosted by: Literal Latte
Deadline: January 15, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

Type: Power of Gratitude
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: January 15, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Short Short Story
Hosted By: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: January 15, 2016
Entry Fee: $25

Type: Fiction or Poetry
Hosted by: Dream Quest One
Deadline: January 24, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

Type: Spirit of America
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: January 30, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Fiction
Hosted by: Chicago Tribune
Deadline: January 31, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Short Memoir
Hosted by: Fish Publishing
Deadline: January 31, 2016
Entry Fee: $16

February 2016

Type: Poetry and/or Short Story
Hosted by: Westmoreland
Deadline: February 16, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

Type: Flash Fiction
Hosted By: Fish Publishing
Deadline: February 28, 2016
Entry Fee: $14

Type: Short Story (new writers only)
Hosted By: Glimmer Train
Deadline: February 29, 2016
Entry Fee: $18

Type: Flash Fiction
Hosted By: Women On Writing
Deadline: February 29, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

The February list may be updated as I find more. For some reason, most submissions seem to start in February instead of having the deadline be in February.

September/October Writing Contests

September October Contests

Here is a reminder for contests in September. Below are contests due in October.

Good luck!

September 2015:

Type: Popular Fiction
Hosted by: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: Early bird–September 15, 2015; Final deadline–October 15, 2015
Entry Fee: Early bird–$20; Final deadline–$25

Type: “Family Matters”
Hosted by: Glimmer Train
Deadline: September 30, 2015
Entry Fee: $15

Type: Standard fiction
Hosted by: Glimmer Train
Deadline: September 30, 2015
Entry Fee: $0

Type: Essay
Hosted by: Literal Latte
Deadline: September 30, 2015
Entry Fee: $10

October 2015:

Type: Poetry
Hosted by: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: October 1, 2015
Entry Fee: $15

Type: The Joy of Less
Hosted by: Chicken Soup
Deadline: October 30, 2015
Entry Fee: None

Type: Alzheimer’s and Dementias Family Caregiving
Hosted by: Chicken Soup
Deadline: October 30, 2015
Entry Fee: None

Type: Very Short Fiction
Hosted by: Glimmer Train
Deadline: October 31, 2015
Entry Fee: $15

*Please note that any contests are subject to change their deadlines or fees at any time. Please check their websites often to make sure I’m not giving you the wrong information. Remember, a lot can change in one month. Thank you!*

August/September Writing Contests

August September Contests

Here is a reminder for some of the writing contests that have deadlines in August. Below I’ll post the contests for September.

Good luck if you enter!

August 2015

Type: My Very Good, Very Bad Cat
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: August 31, 2015
Entry Fee: None

Type: My Very Good, Very Bad Dog
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: August 31, 2015
Entry Fee: None

Type: Short Story (for new writers)
Hosted by: Glimmer Train
Deadline: August 31, 2015
Entry Fee: $15

September 2015:

Type: Popular Fiction
Hosted by: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: Early bird–September 15, 2015; Final deadline–October 15, 2015
Entry Fee: Early bird–$20; Final deadline–$25

Type: “Family Matters”
Hosted by: Glimmer Train
Deadline: September 30, 2015
Entry Fee: $15

Type: Standard fiction
Hosted by: Glimmer Train
Deadline: September 30, 2015
Entry Fee: $0

Type: Essay
Hosted by: Literal Latte
Deadline: September 30, 2015
Entry Fee: $10

*Please note that any contests are subject to change their deadlines or fees at any time. Please check their websites often to make sure I’m not giving you the wrong information. Remember, a lot can change in one month. Thank you!*

July/August Writing Contests

July August Contests

I posted the July contests last month, but here’s a reminder as the deadlines get closer. Also, I’m posting some contests that are due in August to give you guys a good head start on those if you choose to participate in them.

Good luck and happy writing!

July 2015

Type: Poetry
Hosted by: Literal Latte
Deadline: July 15, 2015
Entry Fee: $10

Type: Poetry
Hosted by: Narrative Magazine
Deadline: July 20, 2015
Entry Fee: $23

Type: Spring Story
Hosted by: Narrative Magazine
Deadline: July 31, 2015
Entry Fee: $23

Type: Very Short Fiction
Hosted by: Glimmer Train
Deadline: July 31, 2015
Entry Fee: $15

Type: Random Acts of Kindness
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: July 31, 2015
Entry Fee: None

August 2015

Type: “Enemies”
Hosted by: Slice
Deadline: August 1, 2015
Entry Fee: None

Type: My Very Good, Very Bad Cat
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: August 31, 2015
Entry Fee: None

Type: My Very Good, Very Bad Dog
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: August 31, 2015
Entry Fee: None

Type: Short Story (for new writers)
Hosted by: Glimmer Train
Deadline: August 31, 2015
Entry Fee: $15

*Please note that any contests are subject to change their deadlines or fees at any time. Please check their websites often to make sure I’m not giving you the wrong information. Remember, a lot can change in one month. Thank you!*

June/July Writing Contests

June July Contests

I found a good amount of writing contests the other day and thought it would be nice of me to share with you guys.

Normally I’ll post at the beginning of each month with the following month’s contests. That way I can give you guys a month’s notice before each deadline.

Since I just decided to do this, I’m going to post June’s contests as well. Some deadlines are pretty close, but maybe you’ll be able to whip something up quick. Or maybe you’ll already have something written collecting dust that fits the criteria pretty well.

There are prizes to each contests whether it’s money or a publication or what have you. I did not list them, though. You can go on the websites (click on the names of the place) and check it out for yourself. I included the entry fees only because some people not want to participate in contests if it’s not free.

Anyway, here are the contests for June and July 2015. Good luck if you decide to participate in any of these contests!

June 2015

Type: Annual Writing Competition
Hosted by: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: June 5, 2015
Entry Fee: $20 (Poetry); $30 (Manuscript)

Type: Crime Short Story
Hosted by: No Exit Press
Deadline: June 22, 2015
Entry Fee: 5 Euros (about $5.50)

Type: Fiction
Hosted by: Glimmer Train
Deadline: June 30, 2015
Entry Fee: $20

Type: Short Story
Hosted by: Literal Latte
Deadline: June 30, 2015
Entry Fee: $10

July 2015

Type: Poetry
Hosted by: Literal Latte
Deadline: July 15, 2015
Entry Fee: $10

Type: Poetry
Hosted by: Narrative Magazine
Deadline: July 20, 2015
Entry Fee: $23

Type: Spring Story
Hosted by: Narrative Magazine
Deadline: July 31, 2015
Entry Fee: $23

Type: Very Short Fiction
Hosted by: Glimmer Train
Deadline: July 31, 2015
Entry Fee: $15

Type: Random Acts of Kindness
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: July 31, 2015
Entry Fee: None

*Please note that any contests are subject to change their deadlines or fees at any time. Please check their websites often to make sure I’m not giving you the wrong information. Remember, a lot can change in one month. Thank you!*

Saturdays and Contests

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Saturday is probably the most favored day of the week by people. Monday through Friday are typical work days for most and Sundays just mean the weekend is over.

For me, I love Saturdays because they are probably the most productive day of the week for me. Every other Saturday, at the very least.

I’ve gotten myself into a pretty good routine. Every other Saturday is cleaning day for me. I clean my office (organizing things, dusting, vacuuming, the works) and do the same to my bedroom. I clean the bathroom, I wash my bed sheets, vacuum the stairs, and clean the fish and/or turtle tank if they need to be done. I usually have a TV show playing in the background to keep myself company. Then I take a shower and then write or edit for the rest of the day.

Today I got a lot of writing done. I wrote the next two Short Story Sunday posts and I continued to type up my edited first draft of Detective Florence. Due to my Disney vacation, I got way behind on that. I’m probably going to be working on that off and on for the rest of the night.

I also brainstormed a bit on something else. Writer’s Digest’s Popular Fiction contest is here and the early-bird deadline is less than a month away. I always tell myself I’m going to do it every year and then I never do. This time, I have three ideas for it. I’m not sure which I want to go with. I think you can send in multiple submissions, but I’m not entirely sure. So, I want to go with one for now… plus, there’s an entry fee.

The Popular Fiction contest is a short story contest of 4,000 words or less. The deadline is October 15, 2014 with an entry fee of $25. The early-bird deadline is September 15, 2014 with an entry fee of $20. As you can see, the early-bird is cheaper. The story needs to be one of six categories: romance, horror, crime, science fiction, young adult, or thriller.

I have an idea for romance, crime, and young adult. The young adult one is already written. It just needs fixing up. The crime one already has characters (meaning Detective Florence), and the romance one is based off of my Short Story Sunday #18.

So, I don’t know. Time is running out, though. I know I technically have until October, but it would be nice to save five dollars. 😉

Goodbye 2013!

New Year

 

 

Today is the last day of 2013. How weird is that? I decided to do something special on here in celebration of 2014. I spent most of the morning going through all my blog posts from 2013. I had a good few laughs at the things that happened and there were also a lot of things that I couldn’t remember that happened. Oh, and I wish I counted all the typos I have made in my blog posts…sorry about that!

Anyway, I thought it would be cool to recap on everything that happened in 2013. I know WordPress sends something about views, stats, posts, pictures, comments, followers, etc. But my report is going to be about everything that actually happened in real life. And I know I don’t post every day or post about everything little thing that happens in my life, we can still get a pretty good idea on what’s been going on.

January:
–I was in the middle of writing The Blank Page.
–Dick passed away. Dick was an old man from my church. He did a lot for the church and the people apart of it. He passed away from a long hard-fought battle of lung cancer. It’s really hard to believe that it’s already been about a year since his death.
–We switched from Verizon to Comcast. My laptop still has internet issues because of this. It’s been almost a year of me fighting with my internet connection, too!
–My flash drive died and I lost everything. All the novels I was currently working on and already completed. All my lesson plans for Sunday school, everything for work, all my homework, among other things. I literally lost everything.

Feburary:
–About a week after my flash drive died, I finally got back into writing. I started writing Take Over (as The Blank Page was lost and I was too discouraged to re-write it). I worked on Take Over for the entire month.
–I got my driver’s license.

March:
–I prepared myself to write Saving Each Other for Camp NaNoWriMo in April.
–I continued writing Take Over.
–I sent my picture book Asking Bobby to a publisher.
–I came up with the idea of starting a vlog.

April:
–Wrote Saving Each Other for Camp NaNo and finished it. Began the second part, Seeing Things. I also finished Take Over and began writing The Blank Page again.
–I wrote one haiku a day for the NaPoWriMo, but finished after April.
–I finished my first vlog, but decided not to post it
–I began writing Far Away in a notebook
–I was interviewed by Briana Vedsted
–Did a Booky Questions and Blog Hopper survey
–I made a goal to finish The Blank Page in May, which never went through.

May:
–Attempted to write The Blank Page and the three novels that are written in that novel. None of them got finished.
–Made a writing and editing schedule which stuck for a little while.
–I was nominated for the Sunshine and Super Sweet Blogger awards.
–I began editing Diary of a Lover while my mom began to edit Take Over.

June:
–Finished the fourth draft of Diary of a Lover. I tried to print it out to let Kris edit it, but the printer broke.
–I began to edit Hunter because I didn’t want to start a new project before the next session of Camp NaNo in July.
–My sister Lisa moved out with her boyfriend, my two cousins moved in with my grandparents, and I graduated with my Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education.
–Began to write a Pokemon FanFiction that is still not finished.

July:
–I decided to write Cybertra for Camp NaNo, but ended up not finishing it in the end. I ended up not being into the story anymore. Needless to say, I lost that NaNo session.
–Kris and I tried out a new writing schedule, but after going on vacation for a whole week, the schedule died.
–Decided to do contests and post stories into books such as Chicken Soup for the Soul.

August:
–Sam, a boy I babysit for, wanted me to write The Babysitting Adventures of Rachel which is about the two of us. I never wrote it, although I had plans to.
–I thought a lot about my future. School, work, writing, etc. Wondered where I was going to be in a few years and how I was going to get there.
–Comet, my uncle’s dog, was put down due to cancer.
–I had a tough time writing so I wrote a silly prompt and it ended up sparking a few new ideas.
–We began to remodel Lisa’s bedroom so Kris and I could have an office. It is now complete and we call it the “Blue Room.” Don’t ask why, we planned on calling it our office.
–I finally got a new flash drive.
–I continued editing and outlining Hunter and began to write and outline Hunted, the sequel.
–My co-worker was laid off due to low enrollment leaving me with a promotion, but it was only me and one other teacher with all the kids.

September:
–Work started as me being a teacher and school started which was my first semester at a new school for my bachelor’s.
–Gloria, a member of my church, passed away.
–I asked for information about Smashwords and got a lot of nice feedback along with others. I still have to finish researching Smashwords, PubIt!, CreateSpace, and Kindle Direct Publishing.

October:
–I prepared for NaNo in November. I planned out the novel using sticky notes, index cards, and a big poster board with Kris.

November:
–I hit 50,000 words on Detective Florence for NaNo 17 days into the month. I am still currently working on the novel. I have a little over 70,000 words so far.

December:
–I won NaNo and I talked about focusing more on my writing
–I lost my teaching job. The preschool closed due to low enrollment and no money. I am still jobless.
–I survived my first semester for my bachelor degree.
–I got the new Pokemon games and a Kindle for Christmas!

So there you have it. A breakdown of everything that happened to me in 2013. But as I looked through my old blog posts I realized probably about 90% of everything I started was never finished. I know I say this all the time, but for 2014 I’m really going to buckle down and get something published. Or get something ready for publication. No more goofing off.

My resolution for 2013 was to read 50 pages a day and write 1,000 words a day. I stopped keeping track long ago, but I know I did not make the reading goal. I most likely didn’t make the writing goal, either. I doubt I wrote 365,000 words this past year. While there were some days I wrote 10k, there were so many other days that I didn’t bother to write at all.

My resolution this year is…

–Finish editing a novel or two
–Read more
–Freelance: Enter writing contests, send stories into magazines, etc.
–Finish what I start

That last one is for everything, not just my writing.

I hope everyone had a wonderful 2013 and I wish everyone the best in 2014! 🙂

Cheerios and Chicken Soup

Yum…

Kris and I decided to do more writing contests and such.

I’m sure most of you have heard of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books? This is one of the things we want to do. We pick book topics that we can write a nonfiction story about and send it in. If your story is picked to be in the book, you’ll receive 200 dollars plus ten free copies of the book. I think that’s a good deal.

As of right now, there are two topics that I am able to write for. Stories About Cats and Overcoming Challenges. I could write for the Stories About Dogs one, but I don’t have any real stories that pop out in my mind. I can only think of one story with my cat, Hunter, and my turtle, Raph. I’m going to write about that. I doubt it’ll get picked, but hey–might as well toss in every story I can, right? The deadline for this one is August 31, 2013.

The Overcoming Challenges one I’m going to talk about my high school career–my best friend bullying me, my anxiety disorder, and some of the teachers not believing in me. I don’t know if I ever explained this one here, but I left high school half way through my junior year. I did get my high school diploma, but I went through college to get it. It also gave me a head start on my degree, which was nice. The deadline for this one is October 31, 2013.

There are a couple of other topics I could write for, but there are no stories that pop into my head for them. We’ll see, though; especially since I have time for the two topics I plan on doing. Of course August 31 is going to be here before I know it.

I also heard of another contest through My Journey As A Writer‘s blog. It’s called Cheerios Spoonful of Stories. You can send in an unlimited amount of children’s books. Grand prize is 5,000 dollars. The story is featured on the website as well as handed over to Simon and Schuster publishing to be considered for publication. Second and third prize gets 1,000 dollars. The deadline is July 31, 2013.

I have a few children’s book ideas, but I don’t know if I’m going to have the time to write, edit, and send them in. I’m leaving for vacation on Saturday and when I come back there will be about three days left until the deadline. The book I would love to send in is still being considered by a publisher who only takes exclusive manuscripts. I’m not allowed to send the manuscript anywhere else until I hear from them, or September 7 (it’s a three-month turnaround time and I sent it in on June 7). We’ll see if I have any time this week to write up some manuscripts and give them a good look-over.

There’s also Writer’s Digest competitions. I have done a couple of their competitions before, but never won anything. Of course, I can keep trying.

I also bought a book called 2013 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market. Not only does the book have a list of publishers and agents, it has a list of contests, as well. Of course, a lot of them have already ended because I was smart and bought the book half way through the year of 2013. But it also has a list of magazines, too. Some pay, some don’t. Some have contests, some don’t. But you can still send stuff in, depending on what they’re looking for.

I told myself I wanted to have something published by my 25th birthday. Of course, when I say something published, I mean one of my young adult novels or middle grade novels or something.

I turn 20 on September 1, 2013. That gives me five more years to get something done. If I can get something published by winning a contest, even if it’s just published in a small magazine, I’ll take it. I would prefer one of my novels, but if it gets my foot in the door, I’ll be happy.