From Category: Markets and Contests for Writers
Striking 13 is a website that reviews self-published and small press books of fiction. They offer a free quarterly contest for flash fiction, with prizes of Amazon gift cards up to $25. See website for each contest's theme.
Free weekly e-newsletter from Submittable, a popular online submissions platform, contains news and opportunities for writers, artists, and filmmakers.
This blog operated by MET Press publishes contest announcements and other events of interest to the worldwide tanka and haiku poetry community.
Tethered by Letters is an attractively designed literary site offering contests, publication opportunities, a writers' forum, and mentoring programs in schools and communities. TbL sponsors quarterly contests for poetry, fiction, and flash fiction, with prizes up to $500, and also lists other contest deadlines of interest to writers. Submissions are also accepted for their online journal, The Wr(ink)le Review, and the tri-annual print collection F(r)iction. Their biweekly #Blink contest seeks submissions of Twitter-stories (140 characters maximum), with winners receiving a free digital copy of F(r)iction. TbL is a paying market.
This program carried by online broadcaster WNB Network West features interviews with authors about their published and self-published books. Fill out their contact form to be considered for an interview.
Book-promotion expert Carolyn Howard-Johnson offers tips for perfecting your business letters, query letters, book manuscripts, and book proposals. Readers of this award-winning blog are encouraged to submit questions that may be answered on the site.
Hardcover poetry anthology is open year-round to submissions of poems in English on any subject and in any style, length and number. Submit by mail or email. Each anthology contains about 100 poems; publication schedule is about 2 years between volumes. Simultaneous submissions and previously published poems are welcome. Response time is usually 1-3 months. Each contributor receives one free copy of the volume in which his/her work appears. See website for table of contents and contributors' list from Volume 1. Site also has an extensive directory of poetry links.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of five how-to books for writers, including 'The Frugal Book Promoter', has condensed her expertise into 'The Great First Impression Book Proposal: Everything You Need to Know About Selling Your Book in 20 Minutes'. Check out other useful resources on her website.
Jodi Krangle has done a great job of finding interesting songwriting contests and other resources for songwriters. Subscribe to her free newsletter, and enjoy articles and tools for both novices and professionals. We especially liked "Six Easy Steps to Writing Hit Lyrics".
Very useful free monthly e-newsletter for writers of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction, featuring articles, interviews, contests, calls for submissions, and more. Editor Erika Dreifus (Ed.M., M.F.A., Ph.D.) is a Massachusetts-based writer and writing instructor with many publication credits, who serves as contributing editor of The Chattahoochee Review. Dreifus says, "Our mission is to support the craft and business of excellent writing."
In this essay from May/June 2013, the staff of Poets & Writers Magazine gives seven simple steps to make your contest submission choices more efficient and well-targeted.
Free online job board features calls for artists, writers, performers, and graphic designers, plus contests and other opportunities for creative people.
The Write Life is a one-stop shop for information on how to make a living as a writer. Their annual "100 Best Websites for Writers" list showcases their favorite resources for freelancing, book marketing, blogging, literary craft advice, and inspiration for the long haul.
Big directory of job sites for writers and other practical links. Free weekly newsletter alerts you to new resources, places to publish your work, tips and advice.
The Writer's Workout offers writing prompts and free contests with time limits to keep your writing skills in top shape. Winners are published in annual anthologies.
Canadian writers should take note of these quality fiction and nonfiction contests. Prizes are awarded for individual pieces, collections, writing for children and short-shorts.
Poet Nicole Oquendo created this blog of writing opportunities as part of her plan to submit to one contest or market every day for a year. Each day's post features a new market, including submission guidelines, reading periods, and an overview of the venue's aesthetic. Follow @TimeToPublish on Twitter for additional submission calls.
Feedspot, a site that aggregates content across the Web, compiled this list of book review blogs that have the highest visibility in terms of Google search ranking, social media presence, and consistent quality of posts. The list includes both general-interest and genre-specific sites such as romance, children's books, and fantasy.
Basic information on submission etiquette, getting published, writers' conferences and degree programs, avoiding scams, and promoting your work. From the editors of Poets & Writers Magazine.
Poet Trish Hopkinson is the author of the chapbooks Emissions and Pieced into Treetops, as well as many poems published in literary journals. On her blog, she shares interesting writing tips, articles, calls for submissions (no-fee only), and other information to help promote good writing.
UK-based site applies the principle of "crowdfunding" to book publishing. Agent-recommended authors pitch their book ideas on the site. If you like their idea, you can pledge to support it. If they hit the target number of supporters, the author can go ahead and start writing. If the target isn't met, you can either get your pledge refunded in full or switch your pledge to another Unbound project. Pledging readers get backstage access to the creative process, including updates on the book’s progress, exclusive interviews, draft chapters, information about the author's backlist, and discussions with the author and other supporters.
In this essay from the online bulletin of the literary journal Glimmer Train, Lynne Barrett gives new writers an overview of the magazine editing process and offers tips to help your submission succeed. Barrett is the author of several short fiction collections and the editor of The Florida Book Review.
This page links to all of the literary awards that currently have Wikipedia page entries, sorted by geographic region, genre, and language. The individual award pages are a useful place to find past winners and contest history, though they may not indicate whether the contest is still active.
WordCraft is a writing consultant collective in Los Angeles. Their blog features a weekly "Submission Sunday" post that shares the latest calls for submissions from reputable literary journals.
Blog for writers and screenwriters features upcoming contests, calls for submissions, literary conferences and events, and the latest news from the publishing industry.
Online publisher and writers' resource site offers a selection of well-crafted short fiction and nonfiction by emerging and established writers, including the winners of Writecorner's $1,100 E.M. Koeppel Short Fiction Award. Copies of novels, short fiction collections, poetry books, oral history works, and memoirs from established publishers will also be accepted for possible review on their site.
Writer Advice is a resource site managed by B. Lynn Goodwin, author of Talent and You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers. The site includes links to markets and contests, craft essays, and quotes from famous authors. They also offer contests with modest prizes and fees.
Compiled in March 2012, this list features 20 literary journals with a focus on women's writing. Writer's Relief is an authors' submission service.
This website managed by writing coach Cheryl Wright teaches authors how to earn a living from their writing. Features include online courses, an e-newsletter, and many links to books and articles to help improve your writing and market your work.
Writers Online, a British writing site, posts listings of writing competitions, workshops, and book publishing services in the UK. Their directories are searchable by keyword and by geographic region within the UK and Ireland.
Launched in 2009 by British editor and journalist John Yeoman, Writers' Village sponsors a short story contest with large cash prizes, as well as online courses on many aspects of short fiction and novel writing. Contest judges have included Larry Block, a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, and Jill Dawson, Orange and Whitbread-shortlisted author of eight novels. Yeoman gives generous feedback on shortlisted entries.
Contact information for thousands of editors and agents. Search by keyword and category. Monthly access is $2.99. Annual access is $29.95, with a 30-day money back guarantee. Includes advice on improving your query letters and answers to common questions. Daily industry updates.
The Writer is a monthly magazine with craft articles and publication opportunities for creative writers. Their website includes an up-to-date list of links to contests with upcoming deadlines, searchable by genre: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, journalism, and more.
Writing Maps are illustrated fold-out posters with creative writing prompts. The story and memoir ideas on the posters can be used in writing workshops or on your own. The site offers monthly themed contests, with two winners each month. Prize is publication in the Writing Maps Journal plus free copies and posters. Entries may be prose, poems, graphic stories, or any hybrid thereof.
Concise tips and essays for writers of all kinds. Now offering a searchable contest database. Essays in the poetry section explore such themes as cowboy poetry, tips on translations, and the form of the triolet. Also provides selected links to poetry resources.
YesYes Books publishes books of innovative contemporary poetry, prose, and visual art, as well as the online journal Vinyl Poetry. See website for their Pamet River Prize, for a first or second full-length book of poetry or prose by a female-identified or genderqueer author. Writers in their catalog include Rebecca Hazelton, Danez Smith, and Ocean Vuong.