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.