Writing Contest: Enter the Cabin

Writing contests require your final draftThis writing contest will let you submit up to five entries, but you’ve got to stick to the theme. Sponsored by The Cabin, winning entries will be published in the literary center’s yearly anthology Writers in the Attic.

Keep in mind that there is a $15 non-member ($10 for members) entry fee per submission and that all entries are due by February 27, 2015.

Still interested? OK, here’s this year’s theme:

“An animal – a mammal – a sentient creature distinct from a mineral or a plant. An animal – any such living thing other than a human being. But, wait, there is an animal in every human being –it’s the carnal, physical or sensual part of the self. A tiger – a wild, untamed beast; A Guinea pig – a harmless, squeaky, stinky pet; Your former neighbor – a womanizer, a squirrel poacher, a brutish backyard grill master; all animals. Four-footed, two-footed, a flock, a herd…or a lone wolf – tell us about an animal.”

You can submit your entry here.

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Writing Contest: Writer’s Digest Prompt

Pull out your quill and enter some writing contestsFor this writing contest, Writer’s Digest has provided a photo and they want you to write the opening sentence (25 words or fewer) to a story based on it.

From there it is all yours – be funny, be dramatic, be clever – just be done in time to submit your entry by February 23, 2015. You can find submission details here.

Good luck!

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Writing Contest: Get into the “Write Start”

type your way into writing contestsThe folks at Paste Magazine have teamed up with Biographile to create a writing contest to celebrate how hard it is to get the story started. For their “Write Start” contest, they are asking writers to submit a single opening paragraph of no more than 75 words that would inspire a reader to keep reading. To win this competition, you’ll need to be compact, descriptive and yet intriguing.

Besides bragging rights, winners will receive their opening words published on Paste and Biographile and an iPad Mini.

To enter, submit only one previously unpublished opening paragraph to their online form before January 26, 2015.

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Writing Contest: Toronto Star Short Story Contest

Enter writing contests to tell your storyIf you are a writer in Canada, then you are probably already familiar with this writing contest. But, if not, it’s time for you to learn about the annual Toronto Star Short Story Contest. As one of the most lucrative competitions in Canada, the contest gives writers a chance to win $5,000 plus the tuition fee for a 30-week creative writing correspondence program at the Humber School for Writers.

Want in? Ontario residents only need to submit a previously unpublished short story (any topic) that is under 2,500 words. There is a limit of one entry per author.

Authors have until February 27, 2015 to submit their works. You can find the rules around submissions here.

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Writing Contest: Writer’s Digest Prompt

Choose your weapon for these writing contestsFor this writing contest, Writer’s Digest will provide you with the first sentence and leave you to fill out the rest. In 750 words or less, finish this thought:

I knew it was a mistake the moment it was over.

From there it is all yours – be funny, be dramatic, be clever – just be done in time to submit your entry by November 24, 2014. You can find submission details here.

Good luck!

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