Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Free sci-fi contest with $1,000s in prizes, literary contest, Northwest Ont contest, and literary call for submissions

The Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest opens Feb. 1st.  Have a piece of unpublished short fiction of 1,200 words or fewer? Submit to the Eighth Annual Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest any day during the month of February. 
The contest is open to writers who have not published a book of fiction. The winning story and two runners-up will be published in the Kenyon Review, and the winning writer will receive a full scholarship to the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop.
Entry fee of $18 includes a one-year subscription to KR or extends your existing subscription by a year. Ann Patchett, celebrated author of six novels, including Bel Canto and State of Wonder, will be the final judge. Go short and good luck!
The submissions link will be active February 1st to 28th. Contest details here.

Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop (NOWW) is seeking entries for its Annual Writing Contest in four categories: poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and young adult fiction story. First prize: $125, second: $75, third: $50 in each category. Entry fee: $10. (Free for NOWW members)
Deadline: March 13, 2015. Guidelines here.

Breach, an upcoming publication of arts writing based out of Vancouver, Canada, is currently accepting submissions for its launch. An online platform for the examination of contemporary art practice as it pertains to wider social issues, Breach seeks to interrogate the intersections between the political and the cultural in a critical and self-reflexive manner. Pretentious shit welcome, particularly essays, reviews, interviews, and other forms that do not easily fit into conventional genres.
Deadline:March 30, 2015.

Writing wanted for an international print collection and mix tape dedicated to our universe: Art / Poetry / Sounds From the Milky Way. Seeking sound pieces (4-5 minutes max.), poetry (4 max.) and art (comics/zines/doodles welcome). “Looking for things that are kinda weird; kinda remixed; definitely underground. Collaborations encouraged. 
Deadline: March 31, 2015.Guidelines here.

L. Ron Hubbard science fiction contest
This is a perpetual free contest for aspiring science fiction writers with a top prize each year of $5,000. Established in 1983 by L. Ron Hubbard (science fiction author and founder of Scientology), the contest claims, with considerable credibility, to be "the most respected and significant forum for new talent in all aspects of speculative fiction." 
No entry fee is required, and all rights in the story remain the property of the author. All types of science fiction, fantasy and dark fantasy are welcome. No poetry or stories for children.
Entries may not have been previously published in professional media. To be eligible, entries must be works of prose, up to 17,000 words in length.
The Contest is open only to those who have not had 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, and at least 5,000 copies, or 5,000 hits.
There are  three cash prizes each quarter: a First Prize of $1,000, a Second Prize of $750, and a Third Prize of $500, in U.S. dollars or the recipient's locally equivalent amount. In addition, at the end of the year the four First Place winners will have their entries rejudged, and a Grand Prize winner shall be determined and receive an additional $5,000. All winners will also receive trophies or certificates.
Four deadlines a year: December 31, March 31, June 30, and September 30.
Winners and finalists may be included in the annual Writers of the Future Anthology. 
There's also an Illustrators of the Future contest for new and amateur science fiction and fantasy artists.
No deadline. Prizes awarded every three months. Guidelines here.

See Brian Henry's full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Stouffville, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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