Writing Contests

Inkitt’s new Writing Competition – Epic Worlds: A New Adventure!

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Take us to an exciting new place in Inkitt’s new Writing Competition – Epic Worlds: A New Adventure!

What is Inkitt?

Inkitt is a free writing platform where authors can get creative and watch their stories grow, and they’re opening a new writing contest for entries this spring. Inkitt is a place for writers and readers to collaborate, trade feedback and ideas to improve their work. In the long run, Inkitt’s goal is to help writers get the exposure they deserve and the publishing deals they want without worrying about the impediments and unfairness of traditional printing and self-publishing.

Writing Contest: Epic Worlds – A New Adventure

This month Inkitt’s writing contest is “Epic Worlds: A New Adventure”. Take millions of readers on an epic journey with your best fantasy stories. Submit ancient tales about dragons and griffins, or tell your vision of the future through a science fantasy story. Unleash your imagination and show what you’ve got and write a truly unforgettable fantasy adventure. Write an adventure that Bilbo Baggins would envy, one that enchants and excites, astounds and has everyone on the edge of their seats.

The contest will begin on May 6th and will close on June 3nd. It is free to enter and you can submit any fantasy story of up to 15,000 words. As per usual, authors will retain all rights to any work they submit.

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How to win? Collect the most community votes to get bumped into the top 10% of entries, from there the Inkitt staff will choose the top 3!


Prizes:

1st place: $100 Cash and
5 printed-and-bound copies of story with cover created by Inkitt’s designer
2nd place: $50 Cash
3rd place: $30 Cash

Get in on the adventure! Enter the competition now and prepare to enter a world of fantastic fantasy where anything is possible! (Join Here)

All the best,

Iulian

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Inkitt’s “Darkest Place” Horror Writing Contest

What is Inkitt?

Inkitt is a free platform for writers to cultivate ideas and watch their stories grow. On our site, users collaborate with fellow writers and readers to give each other feedback and improve
their work. Our vision is to help writers get the exposure they deserve and the publishing deals they covet without having to jump through the fiery hoops of traditional publishing, or wade in the shark-infested waters of self-publishing.

What is the theme of the horror contest?

“You are in the darkest place in the world.” (This theme can be interpreted literally or figuratively.) We want writers who will submit their blood-curdlers, spine-tinglers, skin-crawlers, and hair-raisers; writers who will make it their duty to scare and shock their readers; writers who can really take us to the darkest place in the world.

What are the guidelines?

It’s all about fiction: flashes and shorts up to 10,000 words, written from any point of view. Entries must be posted on the Inkitt contest page to be considered eligible. The contest opens on February 2nd and closes on February 28th. The contest is completely free to enter, and authors will retain all rights to any and all work submitted in the contest.

What are the prizes?

All entrants will have the chance to show their work to a growing community of authors and readers hungry for high-quality fiction and win the following prizes:

  • 1st Prize $25 Amazon gift card, Inkitt custom mug, Inkitt custom notebook, custom cover design for the Inkitt story of their choice (created by Inkitt’s designer).
  • 2nd Prize $20 Amazon gift card, Inkitt custom mug, Inkitt custom notebook.
  • 3rd Prize Inkitt custom mug, Inkitt custom notebook.

How to participate?

Contest Url: http://www.inkitt.com/darkestplace

Learn more: @Inkitt (hashtag #DarkestPlace)

Good luck!

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National Novel Writing Month 2013

Everyone, the National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is upon us again. If you haven’t participated in it yet, do it. It’s great. Even if you are a slow writer, working one month at a different pace will help you improve your skills.

So, what is NaNoWriMo, exactly? It’s an annual writing event in which authors around the world try to complete a 50,000+ word novel in 30 days. The competition takes place in the month of November. Today is September 30th, so you have a month to get ready.

If you think it’s hard, remember that 50,000 words in 30 days means an average of 1,666 words per day. That’s not too much, is it? If you want to look at some ways that could help you finish the competition, look for my post from last year: How to complete your NaNoWriMo 30-Day Novel.

You should use the month of October as a period of preparation. Don’t cheat, meaning don’t write any text already, but get prepared. Here are some of the things that you can do:

  • Decide what you want to write: Is it literary fiction or genre fiction? If genre, what genre?
  • If you are a plot-driven writer, start jotting down some plot ideas. Take about a week. Then, start adding characters and flash them out.
  • If you are a character-driven writer, create some good characters, and then start making a plot around them.
  • Get some idea about how your novel starts and how your novel ends. Fill-in the gaps, but don’t go into too much detail.

The main point here is to get some sort of idea about: genre, plot, characters, setting, major incidents, so when November 1st comes along, you can start writing freely.

If you participate, and I hope you do, add me to your “writing buddies”:
http://nanowrimo.org/en/participants/julusian

NaNoWriMo: http://www.nanowrimo.org

Good Luck!!

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Micro-fiction – Story in six sentences

I found this by accident and I thought I should share it. If you like short fiction, really, really short, but a bit longer than one sentence, drive your browser to this blog:

http://sixsentences.blogspot.com/

The tagline of the website is: What can you say in six sentences. The idea is pretty clear, I think. Write a story in six sentences. Submit it and if they like it, it will show up there. Here are the submission guidelines.

Good Luck!

Iulian

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Call for Submissions: Cancer Anthology

Many people are touched by cancer every day. It’s a terrible disease that has taken thousands of lives. I personally have family members who passed away due to cancer, and I have a lot of friends who went through the same thing. So, I was intrigued when I saw the call for submissions for an anthology based on cancer.

It’s an anthology edited by Rhonda Parish and published by Wolfsinger Publications. I immediately submitted a story and then I decided to write this post and share it with other people. So, here is the information:

They are looking for stories up to 7,500 words long and poems up to 40 lines long.

Please follow standard manuscript formatting when submitting (http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html) and send your submission to editor (at) wolfsingerpubs.com as an .rtf file.

Put ‘Cancer Submission – “the title of your submission” – your last name’ as the subject of your email.

No simultaneous submissions, please.

No reprints.

Payment is $10.00 advance with an equal share of 25% of royalties.

Deadline: June 30, 2013

Here is the official page for more information:

Good Luck!

Iulian

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The 2013 Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest

The 2013 Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest The National Space Society and Baen Books applaud the role that science fiction plays in advancing real science and have teamed up to sponsor this short fiction contest in memory of Jim Baen. The contest has been open for submissions since October 2012, but they close their doors on February 1st. The winners will be notified not later than March 15th, so if you submit, you only have one month and a half to know if it’s a winner or not.

CONTEST RULES:

  • Write a short story of no more than 8,000 words, that shows the near future (no more than about 50-60 years out) of manned space exploration.
  • No entry fee. But please only submit one story…your best one!
  • No reprints.
  • Deadline – February 1, 2013

To read more and send your submission go to:
http://www.williamledbetter.com/contest.htm

Good luck!

Iulian

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Open submissions for a one-sentence story mini-anthology

 

Matthew Bennardo,  co-editor of the science-fiction anthology Machine of Death, which was a #1 bestseller on Amazon in 2010, will edit an anthology of one-sentence short-stories. If you never dabbed into this type of writing before, it’s challenging but also rewarding. It doesn’t take a long time to come up with a 300 word sentence that sounds good, but it takes good craft. So, go for it, submissions are open from December 10 until December 24:

One-Sentence Story Mini-Anyhology

Good luck!

 

Iulian

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13th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition

 

If you have a polished short story of 1,500 words or less, it’s not too late to submit it to the 13th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition.

You can win $3,000 cash and a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City.

Here is a detail of the prizes, and a link to the submissions below:

Entry Deadline: December 17, 2012

One First Place Winner will receive:
$3,000 in cash
Their short story title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August issue
A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City!
A copy of the 13th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
A copy of the 2013 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
A copy of the 2013 Guide to Literary Agents

The Second Place Winner will receive:
$1,500 in cash
Their short story title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August issue
A copy of the 13th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
A copy of the 2013 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
A copy of the 2013 Guide to Literary Agents

The Third Place Winner will receive:
$500 in cash
Their short story title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August issue
A copy of the 13th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
A copy of the 2013 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
A copy of the 2013 Guide to Literary Agents

Fourth through Tenth Place Winners will receive:
$100 in cash
Their short story titles published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August issue
A copy of the 13th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
A copy of the 2013 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
A copy of the 2013 Guide to Literary Agents

Eleventh through Twenty-Fifth Place Winners will receive:
A $50 gift certificate for writersdigestshop.com
A copy of the 13th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection

So, go ahead and submit your story to the 13th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition

Good luck!

Iulian

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Writer’s Digest Writing Challenge Ending Today

 

I know, I know, it’s a bit late for this one, but you still have till the end of the day to complete it. It’s a simple writing challenge from Writer’s Digest:

In 25 words or fewer, write the opening sentence to a story incorporating these three words: fresh, hair and tangled.

The winners are selected by a process of elimination that involves the WD editorial staff and the votes from the public. Whoever is selected can see their name in the next issue. So, what do you have to lose?

Go for it:
Writer’s Digest Writing Challenge

Good Luck,

Iulian

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NaNoWriMo Progress

 

It’s been two weeks since NaNoWriMo started, and I am on track to finish it this year. I am already up to 30k words as we speak, so way ahead. I aim to finish the first 50k minimum required by Nov. 24, and then I’ll have 6 more days to flush it out a bit and do some editing…

Needless to say, there’s not too much update on the blog, as I am using any free time to write for NaNoWriMo.

If you are also working on your NaNoWriMo novel, all the good luck!

Iulian

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