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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!*

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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!*

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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!*

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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!*

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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. 😉