If you're ever behind on points or seeking some fame, try your hand at one of these writing contests! Most of them don't even require fees to submit work, so try one or try all--you might surprise yourself. Happy Writing!
- Enter your unpublished manuscript or self-published novel in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for a chance to win one of two $15,000 publishing contracts with Penguin Group (USA) and the distribution of your novel on Amazon.com.
- Literacy charity Book Wish Foundation is offering six critiques for young adult or middle grade manuscripts to six essay contest winners. Pick one of the following stories from Book Wish Foundation’s new book, What You Wish For, and write an essay of no more than 500 words about how the wishes in the story relate to the Darfuri refugees in eastern Chad.
- Writer’s Digest runs Your Story, a monthly writing challenge in which Writer’s Digest provides a short, open-ended prompt. In turn, writers submit a short story of 750 words or fewer based on that prompt. Winners will be published in a future issue of Writer’s Digest and on the Your Story winners page at WritersDigest.com.
- The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers holds an annual competition for high school students (Grades 7-12 in the U.S. and Canada). Students can submit short stories, novels or even artwork.
- The Delacorte Press Contest for a First Young Adult Novel is an annual contest for previously unpublished YA novelists. The winner gets a book contract (see site for details).
- Fjords Review hosts an annual no-fee contest for a feature length book of poetry, short stories, visual artist or collaborative book. Guidelines are posted on the website at www.fjordsreview.com.
- NPR.org sponsors Three-Minute Fiction. Participants are given a prompt and then send in original short stories that can be read in three minutes or less. The winning stories are posted on the website. Check it out at http://www.npr.org/series/105660765/three-minute-fiction.