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Writing Competitions for 2014

2014 Writing CompetitionsIf you want to find out if you have what it takes to be a winning writer, then join these competitions!

  1. Cabell First Novelist Award

Deadline: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Category: Fiction

Prize: $5,000 cash money; a visit to the Virginia Commonwealth University for a reading and reception

Description: If you have already published (not self-published) your initial novel in 2013, submit three copies by regular mail only.

  1. Colorado Prize for Poetry

Deadline: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Category: Poetry

Entry fee: $25 – print for US residents, digital for non-US residents

Prize: $2,000 cash money; book publication

Description: Since 1995, the Colorado Prize for Poetry has been on the lookout for new talents. This international literary contest awards the winner a $2,000 honorarium as well as a chance to publish his or her book by the Centre for Literary Publishing and distribution by the University Press of Colorado.

  1. Oregon Quarterly Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest

Deadline: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Category: Nonfiction

Prizes: 750/$300/$100 for the open category; $500/$200/$75 for the student category

Description: In search of exceptional nonfiction writing – maximum of 1,500 words for the student contest and 2,000 words for the open category.

  1. Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award

Deadline: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Category: Fiction

Entry fee: $10

Prizes: First place gets $200 plus publication in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable, Bethlehem Writers Group or LLC’s next anthology. Second place gets $200 plus publication in the BWG Writers Roundtable online literary magazine. Third place gets $50 plus publication in the BWG Writers Roundtable.

Description: Submit 2,000 words or fewer on the theme ‘Food Stories’

  1. Third Coast Poetry and Fiction Contest

Deadline: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Category: Fiction, Poetry

Entry fee: $16

Prizes: $1,000

Description: Submit up to 9,000 words of a short story or up to three poems.

  1. Winter Anthology Writing Contest

Deadline: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Category: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Entry fee: $10

Prizes: $1,000 and publication in the Winter Anthology

Description: Submit up to 50 pages of a manuscript of a full-length novel or collection of essays or short stories, or a group of poems.

  1. Dream Quest One Poetry Contest

Deadline: Thursday, January 16, 2014

Category: Poetry

Entry fee: $5 per poem

Prizes: First Place: $250, Second Place: $125, Third Place: $50. All winners will get publication for the Dare to Dream online pages.

Description: Express your innermost thoughts and emotions through poetry of 30 lines or fewer. Use any theme or subject. No limit to number of entries.

  1. Dream Quest One Writing Contest

Deadline: Thursday, January 16, 2014

Category: Fiction, Nonfiction

Entry fee: $10 per short story

Prizes: First Place: $500, Second Place: $250, Third Place: $100. All winners will get publication for the Dare to Dream online pages.

Description: Express your most creative concepts and ideas through a short story of 5 pages or less. Use any theme or subject. No limit to number of entries.