March and April Fiction Contests

Here is a collection of short story competitions over the next three months. Read through to see which deadlines are approaching soon. I found these on a blog called Creative Writing Contests. This is some I will likely try over this time span. I entered three others today with rapidly approaching deadlines that I did not include with this blog. I appreciate any contests you pass along to me as well.

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Fred Otto Prize for Oz Fiction

$100 First Prize
$50 Second Prize

“Oz Fiction” is defined as any original, fictitious story about or pertaining to the Land of Oz as originally created by author L. Frank Baum in the book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and its sequels, but stories need not be confined to Baum’s vision. Submissions about or pertaining to the Land of Oz in any of its forms will be accepted. Stories may follow on from Oz books, Oz plays, Oz movies, Magic Land, or any other version of Oz.

Maximum length for submissions is 10,000 words long. Excerpts from longer pieces will also be accepted. Work should be submitted electronically. Hard copy may be submitted if needed.

Use standard manuscript style: double-spaced, 12 point type, 1 inch margins, page numbers at top right. Include your name, mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number at the top of the first page of each submission. Include the title of your submission halfway down the first page and at the top left of every subsequent page.

Electronic submissions in .pdf, .txt, .rtf, and .doc formats will be accepted until April 30, 2013 at Put the words “Oz Fiction” in the e-mail subject line. Hard copy submissions will be accepted until April 15, 2013 at Eric Gjovaag, 1521 S 15th St., Sunnyside, WA 98944-2513. All submissions will also be submitted to the editor of “Oziana”, the International Wizard of Oz Club’s annual fiction anthology, for consideration.


Raging Aardvark Publications – Twisted Tales 2013 Flash Fiction

6 March 2013

Raging Aardvark Publications – Twisted Tales 2013 Flash Fiction

Closing date: Midnight (Australian EST) 7th of July 2013

Location: Open to International writers

Cost: FREE

More information: This Australian publisher seeks your flash-fictions of between 350-700 words for publication in an e-book and printed version.

Submissions via Submittable:

Raging Aardvark Publications – Twitter –


2012′s Twisted Tales is on Amazon here (just FYI)


The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition 2013

6 March 2013

The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition 2013

The competition is for ghost stories from 2,000 – 5,000 words.

Closing date: 31st May 2013

Prizes: First prize £500, second prize £100.

Entry fee:  £6 for one story; £9 for two stories submitted together.

For more details, see:


Gotham Writers’ Workshop: A Very Short Story Contest

6 March 2013

A Very Short Story Contest

It may be apocryphal, but the story goes that Ernest Hemingway won a bet by writing a short story that ran fewer than ten words. One version of the story places the bet at the famed Algonquin round table. Whether true or not, there is an actual bet-winning short story attributed to Hemingway:

For sale. Baby Shoes. Never worn.

You have to admit its pretty good. It builds, and there’s a whole world of background and emotion lurking beneath those words.

We would like to make a similar bet with you. Write a great short story in ten words or fewer. (You may use a title, but that goes into the word count.) Submit it to our contest. Entry is free. Winner of the bet gets a free Gotham ten-week workshop.

One entry per person only.

The deadline for entering the contest is April 23rd, 2013

Visit the website for details on how to enter:


The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction &

The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry


Founded by Ruth G. Hardman


FIRST PLACE: $2,000 and publication

SECOND PLACE: $1,000 and publication


Contest Rules

Contest Begins: January 1, 2013


Postmark Deadline: April 30, 2013


Poetry: 3-10 pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems).


Fiction: 7,500 words maximum (one short story or a self-contained excerpt from a novel)


No previously published works or works accepted for publication elsewhere.  Author’s name must not appear on the manuscript.  Include a cover sheet containing major title and subtitles, author’s name, full address, phone & email.  “Contest Entry” should be clearly indicated on both the outer envelope and the cover sheet. Manuscripts should be stapled, if possible; if not, please bind with a heavy clip. Manuscripts will not be returned.  Nimrod retains the right to publish any submission.  Include SASE for results only.  If no SASE is sent, no contest results will be sent; however, the results will be posted on Nimrod’s website. Submitters must be living in the US by October of 2013 to enter the contest.  Winners will also be brought to Tulsa for the Awards Ceremony in October. All finalists will be considered for publication.


Entry/Subscription Fee: Each entry must each be accompanied by a $20 fee.  Make checks payable to Nimrod. $20 includes both entry fee & a one-year subscription (two issues).

Send to:

Nimrod Journal

Literary Contest–Fiction or Poetry

The University of Tulsa

800 S. Tucker Dr.

Tulsa, OK 74104





Words with JAM First Page Competition 2013

6 March 2013

Our popular first page competition is back. We’re looking for the most captivating first page (up to 400 words) of a story. Entries can be from a novel previously unpublished, a part written novel, or simply a first page written purely for the competition. Entries will be judged anonymously. 



1st Prize – £500

2nd Prize – £100

3rd Prize – £50


Closing Date:

31st May 2013

You can submit more than one entry.

First entry submitted is £6, and £4 per entry thereafter, regardless of category.


All three winning entries will be published in the August 2013 issue of Words with JAM.

Judge: Sue Grafton

Sue Grafton is published in 28 countries and 26 languages—including Estonian, Bulgarian, and Indonesian. She’s an international bestseller with a readership in the millions. She’s a writer who believes in the form that she has chosen to mine: “The mystery novel offers a world in which justice is served. Maybe not in a court of law,” she has said, “but people do get their just desserts.” And like Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald, Robert Parker and the John D. MacDonald—the best of her breed—she has earned new respect for that form. Her readers appreciate her buoyant style, her eye for detail, her deft hand with character, her acute social observances, and her abundant storytelling talents.



Poisoned Pen Press invites aspiring mystery novelists to write, win, publish:

5 March 2013

Poisoned Pen Press Now Accepting Submissions for the Second Annual Discover Mystery Award;

will award a $1000 cash prize and publishing contract to this year’s winner

Poisoned Pen Press is now accepting entries for its second annual Discover Mystery Award. A first book contest specifically for unpublished writers trying to break into the mystery genre, the Discover Mystery Award will include a $1000 cash prize, the Discover Mystery title, and a publishing contract from Poisoned Pen Press.

Writers unpublished within the mystery genre are invited to submit their original mystery fiction manuscripts of between 60,000 and 90,000 words.

Entries must be received by 11:59 PM Pacific on March 30, 2013.

The Discover Mystery Award will be announced on May 31, 2013.

A $20 entry fee applies for all submissions. For full details, eligibility requirements, and manuscript submission instructions, visit:

Entries submitted for the Discover Mystery Award will be judged by members of the Poisoned Pen Press editorial staff, along with an as-yet-to-be-named celebrity guest judge.

Poisoned Pen Press published Ronald Sharp’s No Regrets, No Remorse, the winner of 2012 Discover Mystery Award, in November.

Jessica Tribble, Publisher at Poisoned Pen Press, stated, “ Poisoned Pen Press is always looking to discover something new, which is why we launched the Discover Mystery Award last year.  We were overwhelmed both by the volume and quality of submissions we received. While the competition was stiff, we were thrilled to publish No Regrets, No Remorse by Ronald Sharp, the winner of the first annual Discover Mystery Award. And now we are looking for the next winner.  We can’t wait to see what we discover.”

In addition to the grand prizes, Poisoned Pen Press will also provide support in publicizing the winning work, and sharing information with prominent booksellers. However, should no entry meet the standards of the editorial team, Poisoned Pen Press reserves the right not to declare a winner, or to offer the cash prize without publication.

Found in 1997, Poisoned Pen Press is an independent publisher specializing in the highest quality mystery books. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Poisoned Pen Press is one of the largest publishers of hardcover mysteries in the world.

Visit the new Poisoned Pen Press author blog and Discover Mystery™ at:

For details visit: visit:


Announcing the 2013 Pikes Peak Branch National League of American Pen Women Flash Fiction Contest

5 March 2013

Announcing the 2013 Pikes Peak Branch National League of American Pen Women Flash Fiction Contest

Attn: This contest is open to everyone–you don’t need to be a member; open to men and women.

Write a complete, but very short story of 100 words or fewer

Deadline: Postmarked/received by email by May 1, 2013

Entry Fee: $10 first manuscript, $8 each additional manuscript, $10 optional critique fee

Prizes: First-$100, Second-$50, Judge’s Merit-$25

Theme: Hidden Amongst These Worlds (Can be any genre)

Flash Fiction is a complete, but very short story of 100 words or fewer.  The title is not included in the word count.  The story must pertain to the theme, “Hidden Amongst These Worlds”  All genres are welcome, and multiple entries may be submitted.  An entry fee is required for each entry, however each entry after the first is discounted to $8 per.  You can also opt for a completely optional critique of your piece by a published author for an additional $10 per entry.  A self-addressed, stamped envelope must be included with mailed entries if you would like it returned by mail.  Winners will be notified by May 31, 2013.

For complete rules and entry blank, please go to or 

and click on the Contests tab or


About Joe Owens

Can you tell from my writing I love God? I hope so because that is what I want you to know most about me. I am also a writer who loves taking on fiction prompts and crafting a story. One day you will read my work in print. Until then enjoy it here! For free!
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  4. MissTiffany says:

    Thanks for sharing these! And good luck to you in all that you enter!

  5. Marisa says:

    Awesome!! Thanks for doing the leg work and sharing with us all. Much appreciated 🙂 Good luck on any submissions!

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