The Monday Five: Free-Entry Writing Contests (June 24)

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2013 Fiction Contest from HorseChannel
Word Count: Up to 1,500 words
Theme: Horse-inspired
Prize: Publication in Horse Illustrated; $100 Amazon gift card
Deadline: June 30

“Finish Roger’s Story” Contest from Chaz’s Blog at
Word Count: Unspecified
Theme: Write an ending to “The Thinking Molecules of Titan,” an unfinished story by Roger Ebert
Prize: Announcement on site is all that’s specified at this point
Deadline: July 18

Flash Fiction Fest 2013 from December House
Word Count: 3 pieces of up to 1,000 words each
Theme: The 7 Deadly Sins
Prize: Work included in Flash Fiction Fest in November; publication in event’s e-book (with paid royalties); chance to work with December House’s editor on a novel
Deadline: August 19

Summer 2013 Fiction Contest from Russian Life
Word Count: Up to 500
Theme: Photo prompt at website linked above
Prize: Publication in Russian Life; box of Russian Life swag valued at $50-$100
Deadline: September 1

The Dark Crystal Author Contest from Grosset & Dunlap and The Jim Henson Company
Word Count: 7,500-10,000 words representing the story you’d tell in a full-length Dark Crystal novel (50,000+ words)
Theme: Prequel set in Dark Crystal world at the time of the Gelfling Gathering, between Second Great Conjunction and the creation of the Wall of Destiny
Prize: Book publishing contract for publication of 50,000 word Dark Crystal young adult novel with Penguin Group, valued at $10,000
Deadline: Opens October 1, Closes December 31

Contest Resources:

Writing Contest News from Write Success

Contest Archives from Walrus Publishing, Inc.

Writing Contests & Book Contests from NewPages Classifieds

Submission Deadlines from Submittable

Recently Added Short Story Competitions from Short Story Competition HQ

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The Monday Five (Plus): Free-Entry Contests and Contest Resources (June 17)

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The Contests

June Flash Fiction Contest
from Necon Comics
Theme: Must use required words listed on contest page (linked above)
Word Limit: Up to 100
Prizes: Publication on website and in Necon E-Books Flash Fiction Anthology; contributor’s copy of anthology
Deadline: June 30

Flash Fiction Contest
from Colors of My Soul
Theme: Must use photo prompt on contest page (linked above)
Word Limit: Up to 500
First Prize: $150, virtual badge, publication in ebook of winning stories (finalists and runners-up will receive various other prizes)
Deadline: July 7

Brattleboro Literary Festival Flash Fiction Contest
from Green Mountains Review
Theme: None specified
Word Limit: Up to 1,000
Prize: Publication in Green Mountains Review and opportunity to read at Brattleboro Literary Festival
Deadline: July 10

“Looking for Love” Fiction Contest
from Quirk Books
Theme: Unconventional love story (no vampires allowed)
Word Limit: 50,000+
First Prize: $10,000 and publication by Quirk Books
Deadline: October 1

Other, Less Conventional Contests

A Contest Within a Contest from Writerlious

Serial Contest from JukePop Serials

Indie Author Top Sales Contest from BookRix

Contest Resources

Write Jobs

Paul McVeigh

2013 Creative Writing Fellowships with NO Entry Fees

Creative Writing Contests (Manuscript Editing Services)

Stage of Life National Blogging and Writing Contests