Writing Contest: West Hartford Library

Choose your weapon for these writing contestsThe West Hartford Library is holding a writing contest that is open to entries from anywhere around the world. And you only need to come up with 25 words to enter. Based on the book Hint Fiction, by Robert Swartwood, the library is looking for a complete story which hints at a more complex narrative.Interested writers can enter up to three submissions to hintfiction@westhartfordlibrary.org with the subject line: HINT FICTION. All entries are due by May 25, 2015. For more information and rules visit the library site.Good luck!

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Writing Contest: Mommy, I don’t like this

Writing contests require your final draftThe writing contest for today focuses on a familiar phrase for parents: Mommy, I don’t like this. Put together 750 words (in any style you choose) and submit it to Writer’s Digest for your chance at publication. Entries can be submitted online and they are due by June 1, 2015.

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My Story: Once Upon a Midnight Summer

midnightMy story today is set in the same way all parents tell stories to their children: With certain details omitted. What you want your children to know and what actually happened are two completely separate stories:

Of course, there is a flip side to this story: One of perpetual light in which the birthrate dropped a bit and people were less likely to have one-night stands when faced with a potential lover in the bright accusing light of day outside a bar. But I’ve never met someone from the opposite side of the world to tell me that story. And I really don’t want to tell my children about one-night stands so close to bedtime. Sex education should take place in the daylight.

Listen to Once Upon a Midnight Summer and tell me what you would change about your life if it was suddenly left in darkness.

That’s my story. Tell me one of yours.

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Writing Contest: The Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction

type your way into writing contestsFor this writing contest, short story authors have the chance to win $2,000 for their work. The Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction doesn’t have any theme restrictions, but entries should be under 50 pages. To enter, authors should submit their work before March 14, 2015; there is an entry fee of $15 per submission. In addition to the prize money, winners will be published in an upcoming issue of the Colorado Review.

You can find additional submission details on the publication’s website.

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Writing Contest: The Willow Books Literature Awards

PPull out your quill and enter some writing contestsrose and poetry writers have the chance to win big with the Willow Books Literature Awards writing contests. Contestants in each category are invited to enter their works (manuscripts not exceeding 200 pages) or collections of poetry (up to 90 pages in length) for possible publication as well as cash prizes.

There is a $30 fee for each entry and full rules and submission details can be found at the company’s website. You’d better hurry, the submission deadline is April 30, 2015.

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