~Deadline is April 15.

Creative Nonfiction Contest -- Writers are invited to submit manuscripts that explore the creative nonfiction form. Previously published material or material accepted elsewhere for publication cannot be considered. Three winners will each receive $500 plus payment for publication in Event 30/3. Other manuscripts may be published.

Maximum entry length is 5,000 words, typed, double-spaced. The writer should not be identified on the entry. Include a separate cover sheet with the writer's name, address, phone number/e-mail, and the title(s) of the story (stories) enclosed. Include a SASE (Canadian Postage/IRCs only). Douglas College employees are not eligible to enter.

Entry fee: Multiple entries are allowed, however, each entry must be accompanied by a $25 entry fee (includes GST and a one-year subscription; make check or money order payable to Event). Those already subscribed will receive a one-year extension. American and overseas entrants should pay in U.S. dollars.

Send entries to EVENT, Creative Non-Fiction Contest #14, P.O. Box 2503, New Westminster, BC V3L 5B2 Canada.


~Deadline is April 15.

Micro-Fiction Contest -- Your story must be 300 words or less (not one word more). Copy your story into the body of an e-mail message with the subject line "Micro-Fiction Contest."

You may submit up to three stories, each in a separate e-mail. Please include your name, address and a brief bio along with your story.

Winners will be notified in the beginning of May by e-mail. The winning stories will appear in the Summer issue (June 10, 2001). First Prize: $150 Second Prize: $50.


~Deadline is April 15. is accepting entries for its Spring contest. $10,000 First Prize.

Contestants will enter 250 words or fewer, in English, on the subject provided. Entries must be double-spaced and typed, or printed on an inkjet or laser printer. Please no exotic typefaces or tiny print. Best bets are 12-point Courier or Times Roman (the Microsoft default). If you use one of these, you can comfortably fit 250 words on a single page. Entries that are illegible, exceed one page or try to cheat on the word limit will be discarded. With no refund. Don't push it; you have too many competitors who will strictly adhere to the rules.

Entries will be submitted by mail, accompanied by a completed entry form and a cashier's check, personal check or money order for $25 made out to Blue Ridge Literary Services. Entries from outside the U.S. are fine, but entry fees and payouts must be made in U. S. dollars.

After the required number of entries is received, all money will be deposited in the Blue Ridge Literary Services account at F&M Bank of Virginia, where it will be held until payout. Personal checks must clear; entries will not be considered valid until they do. Checks that fail to clear by the end of the competition will be discarded, along with the entry.

A self-addressed, stamped envelope will be included with entry, in the event it has to be returned. Multiple entries are allowed. If two or more are enclosed in the same envelope, only one entry form is required. If physically separate entries are submitted, duplicate entry forms must be attached. Each distinct entry requires the $25 fee. If multiple entries arrive with one check for $25, only the top one will be considered; the others will be discarded.

Entrant's name should not appear anywhere on the submitted manuscript. Each entry will be stamped with a number to ensure anonymous, impartial consideration.

Winners will be selected during the month after the close of competition, and announced at the end of that month, after first being notified by e-mail. Prizes will be awarded, and winning entries posted on the Web site, during the following week.

Criteria for selecting the winning entries will be originality, creativity, clarity and precision of language. Submissions that contain grammatical or syntactical errors, misspellings, improper word usage, and the like, will be discarded.

The three winners agree to allow publication of their winning entries on the Web site. This will serve as the official winners' list, and also help those entering future competitions to understand what I'm looking for. Other than this, authors retain all rights to their material.

Entries must be postmarked by the closing date of the competition. Entry pool will be strictly limited to the first 1,000 received. Entries received in excess of 1,000, or after closing date, will be returned, along with entry fee.

Should fewer than 1,000 entries be submitted:

A. If between 100 and 1000 entries are received, the sponsor commission and all prizes will be multiplied by the percentage difference. (e.g., 750 entries = first prize of .75 X 10,000 = $7,500)

B. If fewer than 100 entries are received, all will be returned.

Do it right the first time. Entries which fail to comply with the rules will be disqualified and will forfeit their entry fees. Entry fees will only be returned in the case of insufficient entries, or if the 1,000 entry limit is exceeded.

Final Note: Winners' names and hometowns will be posted along with their winning entries. Beyond this, there will be no dissemination of information. Names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of entrants will be treated with strict confidentiality. Under no circumstances will any such information be given, sold or in any other way passed along to a third party.


~Deadline is April 20.

Brew Press Voice of the Crowd Poetry Competition -- Poems must be original, no more than 30 lines and previously unpublished. Poems can be in any style or form, but the style must be noted, see next rule!

All poems must include a prefix to show the style used (Haiku, rhyme, sonnet, blank etc.) Haiku (and the like) entries can be up to four per A4 page (counts as one entry). Include a SSA postcard for acknowledgment of receipt. All entries must include the correct entry fee.

The judge's decision is final and no correspondence may be entered into. Prizes may be increased if there are more entries than anticipated. Prizes may be less than advertised if there are fewer entries than anticipated.

All entrants will receive a copy of the book. All entrants will be expected to vote for their favorite poem. Put your name, address, the title and the first line of the poem on a cover sheet. Put your name and post code on the back of every poem. Up to 48 poems will be selected and published for the first stage of judging. The top five winning poems will receive cash prizes and a Writers' Pocketbook.

Prizes: 1st £50; 2nd £25; 3rd £15 and two prizes of £5. These are the minimum prizes we will expect to give to the winners.

Entry fee for the first poem is £5 and £1.50 for each poem after. Unlimited entries. Please send paper submissions, typed or printed on one side of A4. Hand written poetry must be printed in block capitals.

Send entries to Writers, Brew Press, P.O. Box 241, Oakengates, TF2 9XZ. Canada. For more information, e-mail.


~Deadline is April 30.

Pendle Writers Poetry Competition -- We are a new, U.K.-based writers group, and are pleased to announce our debut competition.

Prizes: 1st £75; 2nd £50; 3rd £25.

You are invited to submit entries of up to 40 lines of poetry -- any style, any genre -- on the theme of "Curtains." How your imagination interprets this is up to you. Entries should not have previously been published in any form. Any number of poems may be sent, but no person may win more than one prize.

Only one poem must appear on a page, which should have only the title on it. This title, name and address of entrant, and where you heard about the competition, should be submitted on a separate page.

The competition will be judged by a panel of published writers and the winning poems will be posted on our Web site on July 1. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Entry Fee: £3 for one poem, £2 for each subsequent poem. Checks should be made payable to Pendle Writers, though postal order equivalents or international money orders are preferred from overseas contestants. Entry fee for members of the Pendle Writers Group is £2 for their first entry and £1 for each subsequent entry. Details of becoming a member can be obtained from our Web site or by e-mailing.

Entries must be disposable, as they cannot be returned, though details of winners will be sent to those who include a SAE, together with the correct, stamps or IRCs.

Send entries to Secretary of Pendle Writers, Mrs. E.A. Naisbitt, 119 Waidshouse Road, Nelson, Lancs., BB9 0RZ, U.K.


~Deadline is May 1.

Red Dress Ink Books, a new women's fiction program, is seeking a few good women -- young, creative women who are ready to start a new chapter in their lives by writing the next generation of strong, sassy, urban books.

Red Dress Ink is searching for the right authors to create stories about city girls -- 20-something-plus women who are discovering themselves, sharing apartments, meeting men, struggling with careers, stressing for success. Strong, pragmatic and relevant, the books reflect life as it is at the beginning of the 21st century in North America's urban centers where the living isn't always easy but opportunities abound. They show life as it is experienced by these women, with humor, energy and a touch of irony.

Themed to "a woman's life in the city," the style of writing is light, accessible, clever and full of witty observations. The dialogue is sharp and true-to-life; the characters drawn from real life. Word length is 90,000 to 110,000; point-of-view is first person/third person, as well as multiple viewpoints, if needed. Settings can range from major North American cities to international settings such as Paris and London.

Entries will be judged by an in-house panel based on voice (40%), content (30%) and writing skills (30%). First prize winner will receive a cash award of US$1,000; second prize winner, US$500; third prize winner, US$250.

Anyone who would like to take up the challenge should send the first chapter of their book along with an outline of the complete novel to Red Dress Ink Writing Contest, 300 E. 42nd St., 6th floor, New York, N.Y. 10017. Entries will not be returned. Each submission must be original and have not won a previous prize/award nor have previously been reproduced or published. Contest open only to US residents who are 18 or older.


~Deadline is May 1.

The Anhinga Prize for Poetry has been offered annually since 1983 for a manuscript of original poetry in English. The competition is open to writers in English from all regions. The winner will receive $2,000, and the winning manuscript will be published by Anhinga Press.

Contest manuscripts are screened by qualified readers appointed by the Press. The final selection is made by a poet of distinguished achievement, who remains anonymous until the winner is announced in mid-October. Past judges have included William Stafford, Charles Wright, Donald Hall, Marvin Bell, Joy Harjo, Robert Dana, Peter Meinke and others. Contest results are published in Poets & Writers, AWP Writer's Chronicle and other writer's magazines as soon as a decision is made, and the winning book is usually published within six months of its selection.

The award is open to poets trying to publish a first or second book of poetry. Previous publication of self-published books and chapbooks do not make a poet ineligible. Entries must be original poetry in English; however, a few translations in a manuscript are acceptable. Poems previously published in journals and anthologies should be accompanied by an acknowledgments page.

Authors may submit multiple manuscripts if each one is accompanied by a separate reading fee. Previously submitted manuscripts and manuscripts under consideration by other publishers are also eligible. Should your manuscript be accepted by another press, please notify us as soon as possible.

Once we have received a manuscript, we cannot accept alterations or additions to it. Please check your manuscript carefully before you mail it.

Each submission must be accompanied by a $20 reading fee. Make checks payable to Anhinga Press.

Do not put your name on your manuscript. Instead, make two title pages -- one with the manuscript title, your name, address and phone number, and a second title page with only the manuscript's title. Manuscripts must be 48 to 80 pages, excluding front matter. They may be single or double-spaced, and all pages must be numbered. Please do not staple or bind your manuscript. Include a self-addressed, stamped, #10 envelope for notification of contest results.

Submissions will be accepted until May 1, 2001. Manuscripts received after May 1 will be recycled and the entry fee returned. Manuscripts will not be returned. Please keep copies of your work.

Send manuscripts to Anhinga Prize for Poetry, Drawer W, P.O. Box 10595, Tallahassee, Fla. 32302.

Entrants may purchase the winning book and any additional Anhinga Press titles at a 40% discount from the retail price. (With your order, please mention that you were a contest entrant.) For a current list of our titles, visit our Web site. For more information, e-mail.


~Deadline is May 4.

The John Spencer Hill Award for Fiction -- Send short stories, unpublished, in English, double-spaced, to 2,500 words. No limit. Send two copies, one with no author identification and one with complete identification including e-mail, if applicable.

Grand Prize is $500 Canadian and an engraved plaque. Secondary prizes of $100/$50 (Canadian) and five Honorable Mentions. All will be published in The Grist Mill, Vol. 10, with free contributors' copy and year's subscription to The Valley Writers' News. Bios will be solicited.

The entry fee is $10 in Canada and $8 U.S. outside Canada ($5 for members of V.W.G.) per entry, payable to Valley Writers' Guild.

Mail entries to The John Spencer Hill Award, c/o The Valley Writers' Guild, Box 534, Merrickville Ontario, K0G 1N0 Canada.


~Deadline is May 15.

The Best Humor Contest -- So, you think you're funny. But just how funny are you? Do you think you're funny enough to tickle our funny bone? How about funny enough to win cash? Now is your chance to try.

Only one entry per person. $1 entry fee (through PayPal or by mail). Enter by e-mail or postal mail. Entries must be between 250 and 1,000 words. Grammar and spelling do count. Entries must be received by midnight via e-mail or postmarked no later than May 15 by mail.

Winning entry will be published online and in our print newsletter. Winner receives $50.

Send by mail to Klocke Publishing, Best Humor Contest, 127 Bishop Rd. N.W., Cartersville, Ga. 30121-7324. E-mail entries with "contest entry" in the subject line. Make checks or money orders payable to Klocke Publishing.


If you missed a previous announcement, visit our Website. They are all listed in deadline order. Contest announcements should be sent to with the subject heading "Contests." Each contest is printed in deadline order. Please include the name of the organization, magazine or Website sponsoring the contest, contest guidelines, entry fees, prizes and deadlines. We only accept contests that offer cash or another substantial prizes -- publication on a Website or in a book is not enough. Inscriptions is not responsible for misinformation or scam artists. Enter contests at your own risk.

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