Wednesday, March 6, 2013

A free short story contest, a free nonfiction contest, a novel/novella contest, the EVENT nonfiction contest, and the Short Grain contest for fiction & poetry

New online literary magazine AndWeWereHungry is open to entries for their inaugural short fiction contest: the Flying Elephants Short Story Prize. Grand prize: $2,000. Also seeking other prose (flash fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, & essay), photography, and visual artwork for the debut issue. Theme: “And we were hungry” or “hunger” (open to interpretation).
Deadline: March 31, 2013. No entry fee.
Guidelines here.

Entries are invited for the Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction (US). Submit essays 5,000 words max. Subject: Open. Prize: $250 publication in next issue of Lunch Ticket. All submissions are considered for publication. The reading period for the award will be February and March for the issue that publishes in June, and August and September for the issue that publishes in December.
No entry fee.
All submissions for the award will be considered for publication in Lunch Ticket.
Guidelines here.

The Immanence of God in the Tropics
by George Rosen, fiction from Leapfrog Press
2013 Leapfrog Fiction Contest. First Prize: publication contract offer with an advance payment, plus the finalist awards ($150 and manuscript critiques). Open to adult and children’s fiction (middle grade and YA) in novella- or novel-length. Minimum length: 22,000.
Deadline: May 1, 2013. Entry fee: $30.
Guidelines here
After May 1, Leapfrog will re-open for regular submissions. See submissions page here.

The EVENT Non-Fiction Contest:
The genre: Creative Non-Fiction.
The prize: $1,500 in prizes plus publication in EVENT. EVENT reserves the right to award the prize money as it sees fit (e.g.  two prizes valued at $750, three at $500, or one at $1000 and one at $500, etc) should the judge so decide. Published entries will be paid our standard publication payment in addition to any prize money.
Cost: $34.95 per entry, includes a one-year subscription to EVENT.
Deadline: April 15, 2013
The requirements: must be creative non-fiction and must not exceed the 5,000-word limit.
The judge: Russell Wangersky
Contest details here.
Don’t forget to check out last year’s contest winners and short-listed entrants!
EVENT website:

Print journal Grain magazine (Canada) invites entries for the 25th annual Short Grain Contest. Prizes: $4,500 overall; $1000 first prize in each category. Categories: Poetry (100 lines max.) and short fiction (500 words max.). Entry fee $35 (includes subscription). 
Deadline: April 1, 2013.
Guidelines here.  Information on regular submissions to Grain here.

See Brian Henry's schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Kingston, Peterborough, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Milton, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Dundas, Kitchener, Guelph, London, Woodstock, Orangeville, Newmarket, Barrie, Orillia, Gravenhurst, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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