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Upcoming Writers Contests for Fall 2014!

19 Sep

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2014 HARLEQUIN SYTYCW (SO YOU THINK YOU CAN WRITE) Writing Contest

You could win the Ultimate Author’s Publishing Prize!

We’re looking for the Next Big Thing in Romance. Enter the Harlequin/Mills & Boon SYTYCW writing contest. First Prize? A publishing contract!

So You Think You Can Write! Harlequin, the world’s leader in romance fiction, is searching globally to find new authors for all our category series. Always wanted to write a romance novel? Be sure to enter our 2014 SYTYCW Writing Contest.

New for 2014! One lucky writer will win the Ultimate Author’s Publishing Prize from Harlequin. The grand prize winner will be offered a two-book series contract with the first book to be published digitally on or around Valentine’s Day 2015—print edition to follow. The winner will also celebrate success in style with a complimentary champagne dinner for two ($150 USD value).

Beginning September 22 at 10am EST you can submit the First Chapter (5000 words max) of your romance story plus a 100-Word Pitch to the series you have targeted. The pitch should outline the concept, plot, characters, conflict and setting. You must target one of our 18 eligible series.

All First Chapter submissions will be posted for everyone to read and add comments in the space provided. Last day for submissions is October 1. Don’t delay…submit your chapter right away so more people—including the editors–will see it! ”

Public Voting: November 3 – 10

Yes, that’s you! Read all 10 complete manuscripts on the site, post comments and vote for your favorite story. During this time visit with our talented Author & Editor Mentors who have teamed up with each of the finalists to post their thoughts and generate excitement.

Grand Prize Winner Date: November 13

We’ll announce the name of the winner of the Ultimate Author’s Publishing Prize—and lucky recipient of a publishing contract with Harlequin!  Enter now!

 

2014 FOUR SEASONS ROMANCE WRITER CONTEST

Calling All Romance Writers! Ride The Wind To Romance And The Four Seasons Contest!

The Four Seasons Contest is open to unpublished writers and to any author who has not been contracted or published in the past five years in any novel-length work of fiction (40,000 + words) in any format (e-book, mass market, etc) to include self-published works.

Entries must be the first 25 pages of your manuscript in RTF (rich text format). Standard industry formatting rules apply: one inch margins, Times New Roman 12 or 14 or Courier 12. Author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Please do NOT include a synopsis. Entries in all categories must be Romantic Fiction. Short stories, nonfiction, and fiction in genres other than romance will not be accepted.

Categories:

  • Historical Romance
  • Single Title Contemporary Romance
  • Fantasy/Futuristic/Paranormal Romance
  • Young Adult Romance
  • Inspirational Romance
  • Romantic Suspense

2014 Final Judges:

Historical
Editor: Leah Hultenschmidt, Grand Central Publishing
Agent:
Jita Fumich, Folio Literary Agency

Single Title Contemporary
Editor: Michelle Meade, MIRA
Agent:
Sara Megibow, Nelson Literary Agency

Fantasy/Futuristic/Paranormal
Editor: Kristine Swartz, Berkley Publishing
Agent: 
Michelle Grajkowski, Three Seas Literary Agency

Young Adult
Editor: Aubrey Poole, Sourcebooks
Agent:
Sarah Negovetich, Corvisiero Agency

Inspirational
Editor: Elizabeth Mazer, Harlequin Love Inspired
Agent: Amanda Luedeke, MacGregor Literary

Romantic Suspense
Editor: Dana Hamilton, Harlequin Intrigue
Agent:
Victoria Lowes, The Bent Agency

Fee:

$25.00

Contest Deadline:

ENTRIES MUST BE received by midnight September 30, 2014. Enter now!

 

WRITER’S DIGEST SHORT SHORT STORY COMPETITION

We’re looking for short stories! Think you can write a winning story in less than 1,500 words? Enter the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for your chance to win $3,000 in cash, get published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to our ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference! The winning entries will be on display in the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.

Wondering what’s in it for you?

  • A chance to win $3,000 in cash
  • Get national exposure for your work
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference

Early-Bird Entry Deadline: November 17, 2014

Entry Deadline: December 15, 2014

One First Place Winner will receive:

  • $3,000 in cash
  • Their short story title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2015 issue
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!
  • A copy of the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
  • A copy of the 2015 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
  • A copy of the 2015 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 2015 issue
  • A copy of the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
  • A copy of the 2015 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
  • A copy of the 2015 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 2015 issue
  • A copy of the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
  • A copy of the 2015 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
  • A copy of the 2015 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 2015 issue
  • A copy of the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
  • A copy of the 2015 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
  • A copy of the 2015Guide to Literary Agents

Eleventh through Twenty-Fifth Place Winners will receive:

  • A $50 gift certificate for writersdigestshop.com
  • A copy of the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection

Early-Bird Entry Deadline: November 17, 2014

Entry Deadline: December 15, 2014

For more information on how to enter the Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition click here.

 

Ruminate Magazine’s William Van Dyke Short Story Prize

We invite you to enter the William Van Dyke Short Story Prize. We will announce the final judge in the coming weeks.

As with all our submissions, we highly recommend reading a copy of the magazine to better understand what we are looking for. The 2014 winning story “Legacy” by Lori Vos appears in Issue 31: Always we begin again. The 2013 Short Story Prize winning story “Saturdays He Drove the Ford Pickup” by David Brendan Hopes appears in Issue 27: Glimpses. The 2012 Short Story Prize winning story “Stories My Mother Told Me” by Nahal Suzanne Jamir appears in Ruminate’s Issue 23: The Stories We Tell.

Guidelines:

  • The submission deadline for the short story contest  is October 15th, 2014.
  • The entry fee is $20 (includes a free copy of the Spring 2013 Issue).
  • You may submit one story per contest entry fee and it must be 5500 words or less. There is no limit on the number of entries per person.
  • $1500 will be awarded to the winner and publication in the Spring 2013 Issue. $200 will be awarded to the runner-up story and publication in the Spring 2013 Issue.
  • A blind reading of all entries will be conducted by a panel of RUMINATE readers, who will select 10 short stories as finalists.
  • Close friends and students (current & former) of the finalist judge are not eligible to compete. Nor are close friends or family of the Ruminate staff.
  • Winners will be announced in the Spring Issue, March 2015.
  • We will be notifying all entrants of submission status in mid-January, 2015.
  • Please remove your name, bio, and any contact info from the file that you submit.
  • We are sometimes asked if Ruminate is seeking or only accepts “Christian” or “spiritual” stories. The answer to that question is no. We are simply looking for good stories, and there are no restrictions on the subject matter or content for submissions. The best way to understand the work we publish is to read a past issue.

 

~ Kara Hunt

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Posted by on September 19, 2014 in Kara Hunt, Writing Contests

 

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One response to “Upcoming Writers Contests for Fall 2014!

  1. Robin Patchen

    September 19, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Great contest for romance writers!

    Liked by 1 person

     

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