Thursday, July 23, 2015

15 Writing Contests in August - No Entry Fees

There are several interesting writing contests this month. Of special note is Library Journal's self-published book award. Library Journal is a prestigious publication, read by librarians all over the country, so if you have self-published in Romance, Mystery, Science Fiction, or Fantasy, do consider entering.

In another interesting competition, Brigantine Media is offering an advance of $2000 and a publishing contract for a manuscript of any genre. (Take a look at their contract HERE.) (And if you win, don't sign it until it has been reviewed by a lawyer. Their out-of-print clause needs modification.)

Good luck!


Page Street Cookbook Contest. Submit your idea for a great cookbook, and you could get published! Genre: Cookbook. Prize: Publishing contract. Deadline: August 1, 2015.

Boardman Tasker PrizeRestrictions: Books published between 1st August 2014 and 31st October 2015 in the UK. Genre: Books with mountain, not necessarily mountaineering, theme whether fiction, non-fiction, drama or poetry, written in the English language. Prize: £3,000.00. Deadline: August 1, 2015.

Milwaukee Irish FestGenre: Poetry. Entries should have a culture/literary relation to either Ireland, Irish-America, or to Irish poetry. Prize: $100. Deadline: August 1, 2015.

The Governor General’s Literary AwardsRestrictions: Books must have been written, translated or illustrated by Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Genre: Best English-language and the best French-language book will be chosen in each of the seven categories of Fiction, Literary Non-fiction, Poetry, Drama, Children’s Literature (text), Children’s Literature (illustrated books) and Translation (from French to English). Prize: $1,000 - $25,000. Deadline: August 1, 2015.

Costa Short Story AwardRestrictions: Residents of UK and Ireland. Genre: Short story. Prize: £3,500.00. Deadline: August 5, 2015.

RBC Taylor PrizeRestrictions: Citizens or residents of Canada. Must be published author. Genre: Literary nonfiction. Prize: $25,000 (CAN). Deadline: August 7, 2015 for books published between May 30 and July 31, 2015.

Publish or Perish Contest is sponsored by Brigantine Media. Genre: Any.  Results Announced: September 15, 2015. Length limit: 150,000 words for the manuscript; 5,000 words for the marketing plan. Prize: $2,000 advance against royalties and a contract to publish the book. Deadline: August 15, 2015. Read more details HERE.

The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary ExcellenceGenre: A work of fiction (novel or collection of short stories) that will be published in 2015. Galleys for a 2015 publication are also accepted. Restrictions: Author must be an African-American U.S. citizen. No self-published works. Prize: $10,000. Deadline: August 15, 2015.

Scotiabank Giller PrizeRestrictions: Open to books published in Canada in English between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015. Must  be nominated by publisher. Genre: Fiction. Full-length novel or collection of short stories published in English, either originally, or in translation. Prize: $100.000 to the winner and $10,000 to each of the finalists. Deadline: August 15, 2015.

Library Journal 's Self-Published Ebook AwardsGenres: Romance, Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy. Open to all English-language self-published ebooks. No restrictions on date of publication. Prize: $1,000.00 USD plus review in Library Journal. Deadline: August 31, 2015.

I is Another - short story competitionGenre: A story in the first person about someone who is not you but which is about a subject close to year heart. Therefore the storyline will really matter to you but the story should not be autobiographical. It should have a strong theme such as betrayal, sorrow, lust, jealousy or revenge and be under 2000 words. Prize: £200. The winning short story and runners-up will be published in their online magazine. Deadline: August 31, 2015.

Epigram Books Fiction PrizeRestrictions: Authors must be Singaporean, Singaporean permanent resident or Singapore-born. Genre: A full-length, original and unpublished novel written in the English language. Prize: $20,000. Deadline: August 31, 2015.

Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry PrizeRestrictions: Author must be resident of Upstate New York. Genre: Book of poems in English, at least 48 pages long, published between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. Prize: $2,000.  Deadline: August 31, 2015.

SwitchbackGenres: Short Fiction & Creative Nonfiction. Prize: $200 and publication.  Deadline: August 31, 2015.

Young Lions Fiction AwardRestrictions: Open to US citizens 35 years of age or younger. Genre: Novel or a collection of short stories published between January 2015 and December 2015. Prize: $10,000.00. Deadline: August 31, 2015.

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