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GOOD HOUSEKEEPING SHORT STORY COMPETITION

DEADLINE: September 1
PRIZES: $2,000 and possible publication
DETAILS: This year's competition is a nonfiction memoir on the theme "All About Love."  The entry must be a non-fiction story inspired by love for someone or something, and must be between 2,500 and 3,000 words in length. Open to legal residents of the US and Canada, age 21 or over.
WEBSITE: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/promotions/sweepstakes/all-about-love-writing-contest-official-rules

HELEN SCHAIBLE SHAKESPEAREAN/PETRARCHAN SONNET CONTEST

DEADLINE: September 1
PRIZES: $50, $35, $15
DETAILS: Sonnets using Shakespearean or Petrarchan rhyme-scheme.
WEBSITE:
http://poetsandpatrons.net/Schaibel.html


REAL SIMPLE LIFE LESSONS ESSAY CONTEST

DEADLINE: September 18
PRIZES: $3,000 and publication, plus round-trip tickets to New York and other prizes
DETAILS: Have you ever had a Eureka moment? Tell us about it. Think back on the instant when everything became clear. The split second when you realized that you had chosen the right career. Or the moment when you knew that your dearest friendship would last forever. Whether your epiphany changed your life or just made your day, write it down and share it with us.
WEBSITE: http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/life-strategies/inspiration-motivation/second-annual-life-lessons-essay-contest-00000000013682/  

THREE CHEERS AND A TIGER SF/FANTASY CONTEST

DEADLINE: September 19 (held the weekend closest to September 21)
PRIZES: Amazon gift cards; 1st place is $35-$50 depending on # of entries
DETAILS: A 48-hour story contest; entries must be posted within the contest time-frame. The theme and word-count will be provided at the opening of the contest. 
WEBSITE: http://tclj.toasted-cheese.com/three-cheers-and-a-tiger/


ERIC HOFFER AWARD FOR PROSE

DEADLINE: September 30
PRIZES: $250
DETAILS: Open to short works of fiction and creative nonfiction, to 10,000 words, unpublished (do not submit if published online).
WEBSITE: http://www.hofferaward.com/HAprose.html



 

IOWA SHORT FICTION AWARD

DEADLINE:
September 30
PRIZES: Publication/ standard royalty agreement
DETAILS: Any writer who has not previously published a volume of prose fiction. Manuscript must be a collection of short stories in English of at least 150 pages.
WEBSITE:
http://uipress.uiowa.edu/authors/iowa-short-fiction.htm


L. RON HUBBARD'S WRITERS OF THE FUTURE CONTEST

DEADLINE:
 September 30
PRIZES: $1,000, $750, $500, plus $5,000 grand prize for best story
of year
DETAILS: Fantasy, Sci-Fi or Horror: All types of science fiction, fantasy and horror with fantastic elements, 17,000 words max. Open only to those who have not had professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium.
WEBSITE:
http://www.writersofthefuture.com/contest-rules



The following competitions are offered monthly unless otherwise noted and require electronic submissions.

FANSTORY.COM

PRIZES:
$100 and other prizes
DETAILS: Various monthly fiction, nonfiction and poetry contests; for some, you must become a member of the site.
WEBSITE:
http://www.fanstory.com/contests.jsp


THE NEXT BIG WRITER

PRIZES: $100, $50, $25, plus review and membership
DETAILS: Must be a member. Competitions throughout the year, including novels and flash fiction.
WEBSITE:
http://www.thenextbigwriter.com/competition/index.html

SCRIBOPHILE WRITING CONTESTS

Bimonthly/Quarterly
PRIZES:
$50 to $100 Amazon gift certificates
DETAILS: Short stories, flash fiction, poetry, on themes posted on website.
WEBSITE:
http://www.scribophile.com/contests/