April & May 2019 Writing Submissions [Writing Contests]

Here is the updated list for April & May 2019 writing submissions. I try to find submissions and contests with no fee (or on the cheaper side at least), which is surprisingly hard. As always, if you know any places that run contests and accept general submissions that are not on my list, please let me know and I’ll check it out to add it.

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April 2019

Genre: Fiction
Website: Glimmer Train
Deadline: April 30, 2019
Entry Fee: $18
Prize: First – $2,500

Genre: Fiction
Theme: Family Matters
Website: Glimmer Train
Deadline: April 30, 2019
Entry Fee: $18
Prize: First – $2,500

Genre: Fiction
Website: Glimmer Train
Deadline: April 30, 2019
Entry Fee: $2
Prize: $700

Genre: Nonfiction
Theme: Think Positive, Live Happy
Website: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: April 30, 2019
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: $200

May 2019

Genre: Fiction (self-published print books only)
Website: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: May 1, 2019
Entry Fee: $125
Prize: Grand – $8,000

Genre: Fiction, Poetry (list of categories are on website)
Website: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: May 6, 2019 (early-bird deadline)
Entry Fee: $20 for Poetry, $30 for manuscript
Prize: Grand – $5,000

Genre: Nonfiction
Theme: Forgiveness
Website: Chicken Soup
Deadline: May 30, 2019
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: $200


Genre: Stories, essays, plays, poetry, art
Website: Literal Latte
Entry Fee: $3

Genre: Various
Website: Narrative Magazine
Entry Fee: Yes, but amount is not listed

Genre: Flash fiction and short fiction
Website: CRAFT Journal
Entry Fee: N/A

Genre: Fiction or narrative nonfiction
Website: The Masters Review
Entry Fee: N/A (for New Voices – new, unpublished writers only)

Genre: Short fiction, flash fiction, memoir, or poetry
Website: Split Lip Magazine
Entry Fee: Free (only during certain months)

Genre: Flash Fiction (53 words only)
Website: Press 53
Entry Fee: N/A
Deadline: 21st of every month (new prompt given on the first of every month)

Genre: Short story, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, novel excerpts, poetry
Website: Rejected Manuscripts
Entry Fee: N/A
*Your piece must have been rejected for publication or failed to win a prize at a literary competition in order to qualify.

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

Do you know any other deadlines coming up? Are you thinking of submitting to any of these? Let me know in the comments below. Good luck! If you liked this post, please share it around!

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September Wrap-Up

September Wrap Up

Here is an update on my September Goals.


I read different books than what I said I was going to read, but I still managed to read four books this month as planned.

To look at the books I read and reviewed, check out my Reading List. It’s been updated with September’s books.


I’m editing George Florence at a slow pace to figure some plot holes out and also let my writer’s group look at the first few parts. The problem is, this won’t start until October. I’m going to concert the night of my writer’s group meet, so… Oh, well.

I sent in a short story to Writer’s Digest’s Popular Fiction contest. The early bird deadline was September 15, but you can still submit. The actual deadline is October 15. The entry fee is just five-dollars more.

I also started outlining a new novel (novella, maybe?) called To The Fullest. It’s a working title and I plan on posting that story on Wattpad when it’s ready. At this time I don’t know when the story will be good enough to post on Wattpad, but I’ll let you guys know when I have a ballpark time. I’m hoping by January at the latest.


Not too much new on the blog, as usual. However… I did hit a milestone!

My goal for each month is to try to hit 1,000 views. I got a little over 1,000 views back in June, which was a huge accomplishment for me.

I didn’t think I would hit that goal come September because of work, babysitting, Sunday school, etc. I was way busier this month than I was over the summer.

Well, I hit way past my goal. My blog has hit over 1,200 views this month and that’s not including today and tomorrow.

So, thank you so much everyone! I only have you guys to thank for this. I’m glad so many people keep coming back for more.

I know the views and visitors are different, but the amount of visitors I had this month skyrocketed as well. I have no idea why, but I just have to hope I keep doing what I’m doing!


September was a great month! It was super busy, but I’m glad to be back in a routine not just with my writing, but with work and everything else as well.

I only hope October is just as great!

Editing Day

I edited 50 pages today. That’s a lot (for me) in one day. I did ten pages at a time taking breaks in between. These breaks consisted of me reading or playing my new Ninja Turtles video game. Or…chasing my real turtle, cat, and dog. I had all three of them in my office with me wanting to play each time l sat down to edit. They slept when l was on my own break. They’re good helpers, aren’t they?

I also worked a bit on my Popular Fiction contest for Writer’s Digest today. The deadline is the 15th, so l have to get going on that. I decided to write a short story based off of my Short Short Sunday #18. I revised and edited what l wrote so far and figured out some characters and such. Tomorrow l’ll have to actually write it and see how that turns out.

Tomorrow is also the first day of school, so l’m not sure if l’m going to be able to get as much editing done. It’s only the first day, so l’m not going to have a mountain of homework, but l still have to keep checking on the website. I hope to get a lot done, though.

Only time will tell.