#1 Writing Contest Everybody Must Submit To Before They Die

“It was a dark and stormy night…” Everybody knows this opening line.  It’s famous, infamous, and considered terribly, terribly cliché by the average creative writing professor.  But did you know that it inspired one of the more popular annual writing contests, the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest?  It’s a contest where the (intentionally) worst written opening sentenceContinue reading “#1 Writing Contest Everybody Must Submit To Before They Die”

Enter NANO’s Flash Fiction Writing Contest

Just a quick link to the 2011 NANO writing prize. What They Want: flash fiction, micro essay, or prose of 300-words or less.  Cannot be previously published. How They Want It: via snail mail or submishmash. When They Want It:  August 31st Entry Fee?  Yes, $15 for 3 shorts. Prize?  Yes, $500   Sorry, forContinue reading “Enter NANO’s Flash Fiction Writing Contest”

Submit to the Gary Fincke Creative Writing Prize

The competition for The Susquehanna Review’s Gary Fincke Creative Writing Prize is less steep than it is for other literary journals.  Though it’s nationally distributed, it only accepts submissions from current undergraduates.  As I’ve mentioned before, you want to submit to writing contests that narrow down the pool as much as possible, so if you’reContinue reading “Submit to the Gary Fincke Creative Writing Prize”

Win WEAVE Magazine’s 1st Annual Writing Contest

Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Weave Magazine is a dark and fabulous literary journal.  Or, as they like to describe it: Weave is dark humor and magical realism. Weave is strange and fantastical. Weave also loves realistic narratives in fiction and poetry. Weave loves honest and simple nonfiction, not confessional for confessions sake. Weave loves strong,Continue reading “Win WEAVE Magazine’s 1st Annual Writing Contest”

Writing Tips Thanks to ThrillerFest 2011

In honor of ThrillerFest, which I attended today, I figured I would post a journal for those writers who love to read and write in the thriller genre. I admit, it’s not the normal writing contest that I post on Fridays.  But this journal (The Strand Magazine) pays, so getting published there would be justContinue reading “Writing Tips Thanks to ThrillerFest 2011”

Snapshot of a Writing Contest at Memoir (And) Literary Journal

Here’s a writing contest that I should have posted yesterday, but I ended up going to the International Photography Museum instead.  Elliot Erwitt is now officially my favorite photographer of all time.  The narrative in many of his pictures was just so funny.  My friend and I kept laughing at each new framed photograph weContinue reading “Snapshot of a Writing Contest at Memoir (And) Literary Journal”

Unexpected Writing Scams: Should You Pay to Submit Your Writing?

Like Brevity, I’m a little confused about the cancellation of the Richard M. Thorson Literary Prize for Agrarian Prose, for the allegedly unacceptable practice of charging contest submission fees.  Very nearly every sanctioned writing contest I’ve ever entered, I’ve been required to pay a small reading fee.  None of them were scams.  Many were postedContinue reading “Unexpected Writing Scams: Should You Pay to Submit Your Writing?”

Selling Your Firstborn Sentences: A Writing Contest and Prompt

Get inspired with The First Line Literary Journal challenge: write a short story starting with the sentence “Edwin spotted them the moment he stepped off the train.” Before you make a face and click off this page, think about it practically.  The chances of a huge number of writers deciding to spend the time thinkingContinue reading “Selling Your Firstborn Sentences: A Writing Contest and Prompt”

Tips on How to Win Writing Contests

Since this blog is for the underdog, the yet-to-be-discovered, the unpublished or occasionally published writers, we really need to start talking about writing contests.  While at this stage everything would be a “big break” in your writing career, winning a writing contest has a couple extra bonuses: Writing contests usually have a bit of moneyContinue reading “Tips on How to Win Writing Contests”