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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Writing Contests/Submissions To Get the Creative Juices Flowing

Despite the latest havoc that Mother Nature has wreaked on us here in northern Michigan, the writing (for most of us) still must go on. Look below for some new writing contests and calls for submissions for fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction.


Rhino (Annual Journal and Poetry Forum): Seek submissions of poetry, poetry translations and flash fiction.

The Single Hound (online literary journal): Accepts submissions for literary works, recipes, food stories, politics, book reviews, creative nonfiction and more.

Cliterature (online literary journal for women): Accepts poetry, short stories, novel excerpts and art work. 

Timber (a journal of new writing): Looks for innovative poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and digital lit. 

Mason's Road (literary journal): Accepting submissions for the next issue with the theme "arc." The reading period ends May 1st. 


Biscuit Publishing Short Story Prize: Short stories of 1,000-5,000 words. Entry Fee: $10. Deadline: May 9th. 

sub Terrain 2011 Lush Awards: Poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Entry Fee: $25. Deadline: May 15th.

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition: Short stories under 3,500 words. Entry Fee: $15. Deadline: May 15th. 

The New Letters Literary Awards: Prizes for poetry, essay and short fiction. Entry Fee: $15. Deadline: May 18th. 

Frome Festival Short Story Competition: Stories between 1,000 and 2,200 words. Entry Fee: 5 Euros. Deadline: May 31st. 

Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction: Fiction stories up to 8,000 words. Entry Fee: $10. Deadline: June 11th. 

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.  ~Ana├»s Nin


  1. NEW writing contest open to all Michigan residents, sponsored by Kent District Library, Grand Rapids Public Library and Schuler Books & Music. Cash prizes and publication for winners! Details:

  2. The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is holding a Creative Writing Contest! Open to all K-12 Michigan students (homeschooled students are eligible too). Deadline is April 1, 2013. This year's theme is: What Do Trees Mean To You? Details and rules can be found at

  3. Dear JR,

    Please post the following news for Dream Quest One. Thank you so much! Warm wishes, Andre

    The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who enjoys expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry or writing a story that is worth telling everyone! And welcome to all having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original.
    Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.
    And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be typed or legibly hand printed.
    Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.
    Writing First Prize is $500. Second: $250. Third: $100.
    Poetry First Prize is $250. Second: $125. Third: $50.
    Entry fees: $10 per story, $5 per poem
    To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”
    Mail to:
    Dream Quest One
    Poetry & Writing Contest
    P.O. Box 3141
    Chicago, IL 60654
    Visit for details on how to enter!

    No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One