Writers, here’s another great opportunity to have your work seen by excellent editors and earn placement in a magazine with an international readership. The Ploughshares Emerging Writers Contest opens February 1, 2013. They’re accepting stories under 6,000 words in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry (poetry submissions are much shorter). You must not have a published book forthcoming before April 15, 2014 to be eligible.
For more details, check out their submissions page.
The Masters Review 2013 is now open for submissions. Last year we were honored to work with guest judge Lauren Groff, who helped us select ten truly extraordinary authors and stories. This year, we’re eager to see what submissions will hold. Stories have already begun to pour in and we’re thrilled to see such a high standard of quality with so many varied styles. Our judge this year is the wonderful and talented A.M. Homes, who will select ten stories from our shortlist in April. Each year we send out our review to a variety of editors, agents, and other authors in order to showcase the work of our authors. If you’re currently enrolled in an MFA, MA, or PhD creative writing program and would like the chance for us to review your work, please consider submitting any fiction or narrative nonfiction piece under 7000 words, here.
Per usual, be sure to check out our submission guidelines and requirements. Our deadline closes on March, 31, 2013. Best of luck and thank you for submitting.
NYC Midnight is doing another fun fiction challenge, this time in the format of short stories. (On occasion they’ve hosted flash fiction, screen writing, and others.) Registration is open now until February 21, 2013. Here is some more info about the contest from the site. Check it out and dust off your short story skills!
|The 7th Annual Short Story Challenge is a creative writing competition open to writers around the world. There are 3 rounds of competition. In the1st Round (February 22-March 2, 2013), writers are placed randomly in heats and are assigned a genre, subject, and character assignment (see examples of past assignments here). Writers have 8 days to write an original story no longer than 2,500 words. The judges choose a top 5 in each heat to advance to the 2nd Round (April 11-14) where writers receive new assignments, only this time they have just 3 days to write a 2,000 word(maximum) short story. Judges choose a top 25 from the 2nd Round to advance to the 3rd and final round of the competition where writers are challenged to write a 1,500 word (maximum) story in just 24 hours (May 17-18). A panel of judges review the final round stories and overall winners are selected!