writing worth winning!


I’ve read many times “we all have a book inside of us”, and well whether it’s a book, poem, short story, flash fiction, memoir, fiction/non, or children’s stories… we all dream to be published.

Recently, I’ve searched the web trying to find strong writing journals or publications that host contests for writers. Here’s a couple I’ve found so far!

1. Glimmer Train: One of the most respected short-story journals in print, Glimmer Train continues to actively champion emerging writers. The magazine is represented in recent editions of the Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small PressesNew Stories from the Midwest, the O. Henry Prize StoriesNew Stories from the SouthBest of the WestNew Stories from the SouthwestBest American Short Stories, and The Best American Non-required Reading.

Current Contest: Sept/Oct 2017 Short Story Award for New Writers. Emerging writers are welcome in ALL categories, but this category is exclusively open to writers whose fiction has not appeared, nor is scheduled to appear, in any print publication with a circulation over 5000. (Entries must not have appeared in any print publication.) Closes October 31st.

2. Zoetrope All Story Short Fiction CompetitionZoetrope: All-Story is a quarterly literary publication founded by Francis Ford Coppola in 1997 to explore the intersection of story and art, fiction and film. Zoetrope has won the 2016 National Magazine Award for fiction, the highest honor due an American periodical

Next contest opens July 1, 2018.

3. L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest:  an opportunity for new and amateur writers of new short stories or novelettes of science fiction or fantasy. No entry fee is required. Entrants retain all publication rights. All awards are adjudicated by professional writers only. Prizes every three months: $1,000, $750, $500, Annual Grand Prize: $5,000 additional!

The Contest is open only to those who have not professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium. Professional publication is deemed to be payment of at least six cents per word, and at least 5,000 copies, or 5,000 hits

Contest currently open through December 31st.

4. The Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize seeks to acknowledge—and honor—the great traditions of literary nonfiction. Whether grounded in observation, autobiography, or research, much of the most beautiful, daring, and original writing over the past few decades can be categorized as nonfiction. Submissions to the prize might span memoir, biography, or history.

A $12,000 advance and publication by Graywolf will be awarded to the most promising and innovative literary nonfiction project by a writer not yet established in the genre. The prize will be awarded to a manuscript in progress.

Next contest to open January 2018.

5. Carrot Ranch Literary CommunityCarrot Ranch is a literary community committed to providing all writers access to literary art regardless of backgrounds, genres, goals and locations. Common ground is found through the writing, reading and discussion of flash fiction. The weekly online flash fiction challenges promote community through process, craft and exploration, and regular participants form a literary group called The Congress of Rough Writers. Their first anthology, Vol. 1 publishes in 2017. Carrot Ranch offers an adult-learning program called Wrangling Words, available to all communities where Rough Writers reside.

Current Contests: Flash Fiction Rodeo #3 Septolet In Motion (closes today 10/19/2017 @ 11:59pm EST), Flash Fiction #4 Scars (closes 10/26/2017 @ 11:59pm EST), and Flash Fiction #5 9×11 Twitterflash (closes Sunday, October 29 at 11:59 pm EST)


Have other recommendations? I would love to hear about them/your experience with them!

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