Nimrod Writing Contest Deadline April 30, 2017

The postmark deadline for this year’s Nimrod literary awards is April 30, 2017.

The two awards are The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction.  First-prize for each award is $2,000 plus publication. Second-prize is $1,000 and publication.

One of the oldest “little” magazines in the country, Nimrod is dedicated to the discovery of new voices in literature and has continually published new and extraordinary writers since 1956.

Contest rules and online submission are available at the Nimrod site

Romance is in the Air. . .

. . .  and the Ozarks Romance Authors (est. 1987) invite you to submit the first chapter (up to 2,500 words) of your unpublished novel plus 200 words of flap copy.  Winning submissions earn prizes and a chance to be read by one of the agents or editors serving as the final judges in the Weta Nichols Writing Contest. Competition is open to both published and unpublished authors, but the piece submitted must be unpublished (traditional, self-pub, or e-pub) and not under contract to be published.

Categories include Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal/Sci-Fi and Young Adult/Middle Grade. Entries are open genre and not required to contain romantic tones.

The judges will award three prizes through third place. First place is $75 and a 1-Year ORA Membership; second place $50, and third place $25.

Entry fee is $25.00 per submission, and you may submit up to five entries.

Deadline is July 15, 2014

For more information and to enter, please visit:

September 6 Deadline for Grand Prairie Entries

Writers interested in submitting work for the Creative Writing division of the Grand Prairie Festival of the Arts (September 27-29) have until September 6, 2013.

The Festival is held in Stuttgart, Arkansas. This it its 57th year.

For details, visit

Flash Fiction/Short Story/Novel Contests Open

The Iron Writer Challenge 500 word maximum -No entry fee; no prizes

2013 Pikes Peak Branch National League of American Pen Women Flash Fiction Contest 100 word maximum – Entry fees; prizes

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition 3,500 word maximum – Entry fees; prizes

Ballot Press Monthly contest with complicated rules Information says that a […]

NaNoWriMo 2012

It’s here again! The November challenge to all would-be novelists to produce a 50,000- word draft in 30 days: NAtional NOvember WRIting MOnth.

If you live in Arkansas and are participating this year, respond to this post by putting your name in a comment so that other participants can buddy up and cheer you on.

Best of luck to you all.

Btw, your editor has taken the plunge herself this year. Here’s the address if anyone wants to cheer or chastise her along the way:

Just For Fun

Western novelist Brett Cogburn is sponsoring a “Western Mini” contest. He’s asking for a 4-sentence story according to this model:

“The horse died.  My saddle rotted and my stirrups fell into the creek.  The Indians shot my partner through the hat.  The End.” – Wallace Johnston, Amarillo, TX

The contest closes at midnight on September 23, 2012. The prize will be a choice of one of Cogburn’s novels.

Visit his colorful and amusing blog site at for further details.

(I’m hoping that the misspelling of its in the contest directions on his site is a typo and that he really knows better. After all, he IS a published writer.)

Deadline for OWL Contest September 1, 2012

Last reminder: OWL Contests for 2012
General Category Contests
Entries must be postmarked no later than September 1. Decisions are final and judges’ names are confidential. Make $10.00 check payable to Ozarks Writers League and mail it along with 2 copies of each entry to Pam Jones at this address:
Pam Jones
226 Wedgeview Drive
Farmington, AR 72730

Contest for Self-published Books

Shelf Unbound book review magazine announces the Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Self-Published Book. Any self-published book in any genre is eligible for entry. Entry fee is $10 per book. The winning entry will be selected by the editors of Shelf Unbound magazine.

To submit an entry, email a PDF of your entire book, including the cover, to, subject line Contest Entry, and send a check for $10 made out to Shelf Media Group to Margaret Brown, Shelf Media Group, 3322 Greenview Drive, Garland, TX 75044. All entries received (and entry fee paid) will be considered.

The top five books, as determined by the editors of Shelf Unbound, will receive editorial coverage in the December/January 2013 issue of Shelf Unbound. The author of the book named as the Best Self-Published book will receive editorial coverage as well as a year’s worth of full-page ads in Shelf Unbound (rate card value $6,000).

The deadline for entry is midnight on October 1, 2012. The winners will be notified by October 15, 2012. Additional information and rules can be found on our contest rules page at

For further information, please feel free to contact Margaret Brown, Publisher, via email:

Shelf Unbound book review magazine, a 2012 Maggie Award finalist for Best Digital-Only Publication, reaches more than 125,000 readers in the U.S. and in 42 other countries around the globe. Subscriptions to Shelf Unbound are free at

Plan Ahead for Fall Conferences and Contests 2012

The WordWeavers writing group of Bartlesville, Oklahoma will be teaming up with the Bartlesville Library in September to offer an authors’ event on September 15 from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The targeted audience is the reading public, but writers will have the opportunity to sell books. Owing to limited space, organizers will give first choice to local writers, but writers from further afield will be welcome as table space permits.

For more information, contact WordWeavers president Jennifer McMurrain.


Annual Art Affair Writing Contests 2012 – Shade Tree Creations has announced the 2012 call for entries in the three categories of the Art Affair contest: Poetry, Western Short Story, and Short Story.

Entries must be postmarked by October 1, 2012. Entry fees are required. Details at the Shade Tree site.

The Southern Sin Essay Contest

Creative Nonfiction (CNF) and the Oxford Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference & Workshop are looking for essays that capture the South in all its steamy sinfulness. For example: skipping church to watch football, coveting your neighbor’s Real Housewife of Atlanta, or just drinking an unholy amount of sweet tea.

Contest sponsors invite writers to confess their own wrongdoings, gossip about their neighbor’s depravity, or tell them about the writer’s personal connection to a famous Southerner headed down the broad road to Hell:

Whether the sin you discuss is deadly or just something that would make your mama blush, we want to hear about it in an essay that is at least partially narrative–employing scenes, descriptions, etc. Your essay can channel William Faulkner or Flannery O’Connor, Alice Walker or Rick Bragg; it can be serious, humorous, or somewhere in between, but all essays must tell true stories, and must incorporate both sin and the South in some way.

The submission deadline is July 31, 2012. The selected essays will be published in Creative Nonfiction #47, and CNF and Oxford will award $5000 for Best Essay.

Creative Nonfiction #47 will be launched at the 2013 Oxford Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference & Workshop (March 2013).

To submit, visit: