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10 Writing Contests You Should Try - free entry, Self-Pub friendly!

10 Writing Contests You Should Try - free entry, Self-Pub friendly!

Dear Writers, as I dashed through the bush of literary contests offers, every time I found some nice contest, I thought about one of you: "It's like tailored for him/her!" It was really difficult to find contests meeting only two criteria - 1. no entry fee 2. must be cool (part of it is not discriminating self publishers, another - author keeps rights to the work). All the genres are covered and all the possible text lenghts, starting from "max 12 words". Good luck and let us know the results!

1. 2015 SELF-PUBLISHED EBOOK AWARDS

Library Journal honors the best self-published eBooks in the following genres: Romance, Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy. Each genre Winner shall receive $1,000.00. All winners and honorable mentions shall also receive a full LJ review, published in print and online, a promotional ad featuring all award winners honor books, and recognition at Awards Reception during the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Boston, MA

2. The Eighth Annual Life Lessons Essay Contest

1,500 words maximum non fiction essay on "What Single Decision Changed Your Life?" Would your world now be completely different—even unthinkable—if, at some point in the past, you hadn’t made a seemingly random choice?  If you can’t imagine the rest of your life without what happened next, write it down and share it with us.  Winner will have their essay published in Real Simple, a lifestyle magazine, and receive a prize of $3,000.

3. Your Tombstone

What would you like to see written on your tombstone? Due to the cost of the letters and the limited space on the face of the stone, 12 words or fewer entries, please. The author of the best monthly feature would be paid $10. Organized by Vestal Review, a flash fiction magazine.

4. 500 words Fiction

Flash (short-shorts) fiction, 500 words or less, unpublished before. Chosen works will be published in Vestal Review, a flash fiction magazine issued bimonthly, by payment of 10-15$; stories of great merit receive up to $25.

5. Share Your "Silver Linings" Story

"All About Love" writing contest. Story of 1500-2500 words about finding a "silver lining", a time when a wrong turn brought you to the right place or you discovered unpredicted happiness at the end of a long road. Winner is awarded $2,000 and the story will be considered for publication in Good Housekeeping, a lifestyle magazine.

6. BEYOND TIME - Sci-Fi Writing Contest

Science fiction stories with no minimum or maximum word limit are read and voted by community. Out of top ones jury chooses three for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize, which includes books, book vouchers, Scrivener - the award-winning management software used by best-selling novelists and novices alike, and 5 printed-and-bound copies of your story with custom typography created by Inkitt’s designer. Organized by Inkitt - community driven fan fiction platform.

7. Publish or Perish

Brigantine Media’s Publish or Perish contest seeks authors who can help market their books. Today, publishers choose book projects based partially or entirely on the author’s ability to help in the sales process. It’s time to be honest about the need for authors to be marketers, too. Submit your manuscript as well as your marketing ideas for the book. Entries will be judged 50 percent on the book’s content and 50 percent on the marketing plan for the book. Length limit: 150,000 words for the manuscript; 5,000 words for the marketing plan. The winner of the contest will receive a publishing contract and a $2,000 cash advance against royalties.

8. SLF Diverse Writers and Diverse Worlds Grants

The Speculative Literature Foundation (est. 2004) has established two diversity-centered grants, intended to foster the creation of speculative fiction work rich in diversity. The $500 Diverse Writers grant to support new and emerging writers from underrepresented and underprivileged groups, such as writers of color, women, queer writers, disabled writers, working-class writers, etc. -- those whose marginalized identities may present additional obstacles in the writing / publishing process. The $500 Diverse Worlds grant is intended for work that best presents a diverse world, regardless of the writer’s background.

9. END GAME - horror writing contest

Stories with no minimum or maximum word limit are read and voted by community. First prize: $25 Amazon gift card, Inkitt gadgets, custom cover design for the Inkitt story of your choice (created by Inkitt’s designer). Second prize: $20 Amazon gift card, Inkitt gadgets. Third place: Inkitt custom mug, Inkitt custom notebook.

10. Hither&Thither TALES OF MAGIC - fantasy writing contest

Stories with no minimum or maximum word limit are read and voted by community. First prize: $25 Amazon gift card, Inkitt gadgets, custom cover design for the Inkitt story of your choice (created by Inkitt’s designer). Second prize: $20 Amazon gift card, Inkitt gadgets. Third place: Inkitt custom mug, Inkitt custom notebook.

And one extra, for begginer writers:

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest is an opportunity for new and amateur writers of new short stories or novelettes of science fiction or fantasy. Prose up to 17,000 words. Prizes every three months: $1,000, $750, $500, Annual Grand Prize: $5,000 additional!

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