As we move toward the holidays, there’s still time to pull those novels, stories and poems
out, polish them until they sparkle, and then submit them to one of these contests for potential publication. Who knows how far a work you love and have labored over can go!
St. Martin’s Minotaur/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition: Free contest gives $10,000 advance for a crime novel written by an author with no previously published books. Entries should be at least 220 double-spaced pages (60,000 words). Co-sponsored by major publishing house St. Martin’s Press and nonprofit Mystery Writers of America. Deadline December 15 (Entries must be uploaded by 11:59 pm).
Robert H. Winner Memorial Award: Sponsored by The Poetry Society of America, the nation’s oldest poetry organization. Free to Poetry Society of America members; $15 entry fee for nonmembers. Provides $2,500 for unpublished or published poetry by a mid-career poet who has not had substantial recognition and is open to poets over 40 who have published no more than one book. Send brief but cohesive manuscript of 10-15 pages. Include year of birth on cover page. Each entry should have one cover page and two collated copies of your poem(s). Deadline December 22.
Little Red Tree: International Poetry Prize: Little Red Tree Publishing is sponsoring its 5th International Poetry Prize, with a first prize of $1,000, runner-up $250, and $50 to five finalists. The prize winner, runner-up, and third-place poet will all be featured with full biography in a special collection called “The Little Red Tree International Poetry Prize 2015 Anthology.” The book will also include a selection of poetry from among those submitted those that did not make the final selection but were considered worthy of publication. The book will be published in the summer of 2015. Deadline: December 31.
L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest Short Fiction: Free contest for emerging writers of short science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Awards quarterly prizes of $1,000 plus an annual $5,000 grand prize for one of the four winners. Send only one story per quarter, maximum 17,000 words. See website for eligibility rules. Entrants may not have professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium. Next deadline: December 31.