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NC writing contests for short fiction

Enter writing contests to tell your storyThis is my second post for writing contests in North Carolina. The first was for the Doris Betts Fiction prize, and this one is sponsored by Thrive and The Randolph Writers.

Enter your clean (no vulgarity allowed) work of fiction (up to 1,500 words) before March 31, 2014, and you could win a monetary prize and membership to Randolph Writers. Six top writers will see their work published and illustrated in Thrive. Winners will be announced in June; all winners should be willing to travel to Asheboro to collect the prize.

This contest is open to central North Carolina residents only and there is a $10 entry fee. You can submit your work to randolphwriters.weebly.com.

You can find additional details here. Good luck!

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Writing Contests: Amazon breakthrough novels

type your way into writing contestsThere are writing contests, and then there are writing contests. For this one, you have to be prepared to enter the big league.

Amazon Publishing is accepting entries for its annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award through February 16, 2014. Authors can submit their work in a variety of categories including general fiction, mystery/thriller, romance, science fiction/fantasy/horror, and young adult fiction. The grand prize winner will receive an Amazon Publishing contract and a $50,000 advance. Four additional finalists will receive the contract and a $15,000 advance.For more information and submission guidelines, please visit here. Good luck!

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My story: After the Kidnapping

My story today involves eating soup for every meal.My story today is a bit darker than usual.

Today’s story, After the Kidnapping, is a single-person perspective from a woman trying to deal with a traumatic event in her life, but it’s hard for her to keep all her thoughts straight.

I stole the neighbor’s cat on the second move. He was a friendly, scrawny guy who sat on the porch of my parent’s house always in the sunshine. He spent all his days outside of his own home — three doors down from my parents — it was filled with the barking of little yappy dogs.

It’s a jumble of emotions, but a story that takes surprisingly few words to tell.

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

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Writing Contests: Memphis magazine – extended

Writing contests require your final draftI don’t know about you, but when I enter writing contests, I am very vigilant about the deadlines. That is why I was happy to read that Memphis magazine has extended the deadline for one of its annual writing contests from February 1, 2014 to February 15, 2014.

It’s kind of like a Valentine’s Day gift to yourself.

If you have a previously unpublished short story between 3,000 and 4,500 words, and live within 150 miles of Memphis, you can enter this contest. All entries require a $10 entry fee.

You can send your story to: Fiction Contest, c/0 Memphis magazine, P.O. Box 1738, Memphis, TN 38101. Winning entries will receive $1,000 and be featured in the June issue.

Additional details on the contest can be found here.

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Writing Contests: For Poetry

type your way into writing contestsOne of the great things about the writing contests held by the Writers’ Workshop of Asheville, is that you don’t have to be a resident to win. The workshop is conducting its 25th Annual Poetry Contest, and the winner can receive the choice of a three-night stay at The Mountain Muse B&B, three free online workshops or 100 pages of editorial services. There are prizes for second and third place winners as well.

Just send your $25 entry fee (for up to three entries) to Poetry Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.

Entries are due by February 28. You can find additional submission guidelines here.

Good luck!

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