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Want a listing in our classifieds section? Email for information. Sponsored Listing A free list of writing contests for creative writers, compiled and updated regularly by Writer’s Relief. This easy-to-skim writing contest list is developed for all levels of writers. Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. Already have a CreateSpace account?

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest

» Sign in here. 2014 Key Dates February 16 – Entry period opened at 12:00:01 AM (US EST).* March 2 – Entry period ends at 11:59:59 PM (US EST) March 18 – Round 2 entries are announced. April 14 – Quarter-Finalists are announced. June 13 – Semi-Finalists are announced. July 8 – Finalists are announced. July 8–18 – Customers vote on July 21 – Grand Prize winner is announced. * The entry period will end earlier if the maximum number of entries is received before March 2. The 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest entry period has closed. The ABNA contest provides authors with an incredible opportunity to win a publishing contract with Amazon Publishing.

Four $15,000 First Prizes and  Amazon Publishing Contracts Just like Rysa Walker, author of Timebound, one Grand Prize winner will receive a publishing contract with an advance of $50,000, and four First Prize winners will each receive a publishing contract with an advance of $15,000. J. Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Toronto News: Announcing the Star’s Short Story Contest. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you,” observed the poet Maya Angelou.

Toronto News: Announcing the Star’s Short Story Contest

Happily, relief is at hand. Aspiring authors are invited to unburden their pent-up narrative creativity by submitting their literary handiwork to the 34th Toronto Star Short Story Contest, co-sponsored by the Toronto Public Library and the Humber School for Writers. The winner will receive $5,000, plus the approximately $3,000 tuition for Humber’s 30-week writing correspondence program. Second and third runners-up prizes of $2,000 and $1,000 will also awarded. Entries must be written in English and not exceed 2,500 words. Toronto’s Richelle Kosar won last year for “Citrines,” a story about a vacationing couple’s encounter with a pair of famous-for-being-famous celebrities. This year’s jury panel includes Star theatre critic Richard Ouzounian and book review editor Dianne Rinehart, along with Toronto Public Library chief librarian Jane Pyper and writer Jessica Westhead.

Paying Sci-Fi Short Story Markets: Websites That Pay to Publish Science Fiction. Writing science fiction is nothing more than a hobby for many people, but there is money to be made by publishing those sci-fi stories.

Paying Sci-Fi Short Story Markets: Websites That Pay to Publish Science Fiction

While it is difficult for any freelance writer to break into the business and get paid to write, it is possible. Science fiction is incredibly popular, and there are many ezines and print magazines that publish stories in the genre. Here are a few fiction magazines that offer payment for sci-fi short stories. Publish Sci-Fi Stories with Asimov's Science Fiction One of the most well-known sci-fi magazines on the market, Asimov's publishes character-focused works of science fiction both in print and in a variety of electronic forms. Asimov's pays new writers $.06 a word up to 7,500 words, and $.05 a word for stories longer than 12,500. Publish Sci-fi Stories With Strange Horizons Strange Horizons is an online magazine that specializes in speculative fiction, a broad term that includes sci-fi and fantasy stories.

Stories should be under 5,000 words long. SCBWI MALAYSIA - Welcome! Call for Submissions : Readings From Readings 2. Submission Guidelines. Edited November 12, 2012 Escape Pod is always looking for fun quality science fiction to feed our listeners.

Submission Guidelines

If you’re a writer with a speculative short story that you’d like to hear narrated by a very talented performers, we’d like to see it. TL:DR Version We like good science fiction, preferably “fun” and humorous.We buy reprints and new fiction.We pay $.03 a word for reprints, and $.05 a word for original fiction. We are a nonexclusive audio and ebook market.We are a SFWA-recognized pro publication, meaning new sales with us count toward membership to SFWA.We do not accept: poetry, novellas, scripts, or serial fiction. Want all the facts? What We Want EP is a science fiction magazine. Escape Pod is not looking for horror or fantasy. Please do not send simultaneous submissions of a single story to multiple Escape Artists podcasts (Escape Pod, PodCastle, and Pseudopod).

We’re primarily interested in short fiction. Notice- we do buy reprints! Again, above all: fun stories. How We Want It 1. Extreme Planets - DAVID CONYERS / science fiction author. Forthcoming Science Fiction Anthology from Chaosium Inc.

Extreme Planets - DAVID CONYERS / science fiction author

Edited by David Conyers, David Kernot and Jeff Harris Cover illustration by Paul Drummond Two decades ago astronomers confirmed the existence of planets orbiting stars other than our Sun. Today more than 800 such worlds have been identified, and scientists now estimate that at least 160 billion star-bound planets are to be found in the Milky Way Galaxy alone. But more surprising is just how diverse and bizarre those worlds are turning out to be. Extreme Planets is a science fiction anthology of stories set on alien worlds that push the limits of what we once believe is possible in a planetary environment. Stories have been selected are in their editing stages and the manuscript is envisaged to be completed by the end of 2012.

The anthology will be printed in both trade paperback and online e-reader formats. More information about the anthology, including latest news on the book, can be found in at About the Editors. Writer's Digest Annual Writing Competition. Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years.

Writer's Digest Annual Writing Competition

Enter our 83rd Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! The winning entries of this writing contest will also be on display in the 83rd Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection. Early-Bird Entry Deadline: May 5, 2014 Wondering what’s in it for you? An announcement of the winner on the cover of Writer’s Digest*A 30-minute Platform Strategy Consultation with Chuck Sambuchino*A one year subscription to Writer’s Digest eBooksA chance to win $3,000 in cashGet national exposure for your workOne on one attention with four editors or agentsA paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!

*The cover announcement is being made on subscriber issues only. How to enter: register and pay online or download a printable entry form. Enter your work into one or more of these categories: Prizes. Paying market, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Cats, payment: $200 per story. Four years into the ebook revolution: things we know and things we don’t know. One could say (and I would) that the ereading revolution is coming up to its 4th anniversary since it was late November 2007 when Amazon first released the Kindle.

Four years into the ebook revolution: things we know and things we don’t know

There had been dedicated ereading devices before then, including the Sony Reader — in the market when Kindle arrived and still here, if not wildly successful — and the already-defunct Rocket Book and Softbook devices that had debuted and disappeared some years before. And in the early 1990s we had the Sony Bookman, which showed only a few lines of text at one time and disappeared with barely a trace. The biggest-selling ebook format, before Kindle, put content on the Palm Pilot and the total ebook market was so far beneath a rounding error that any investment by a publisher in digitization was being made on faith, not on commercial evidence. And many people in publishing believed that reading on a screen would take many years to take hold, if it ever would. For children’s books, the key is brand. Cha - Call for Submissions - Issue #16 (February 2012) DEADLINE: 15 December, 2011.

Cha - Call for Submissions - Issue #16 (February 2012)

Midnight, wherever you are. Cha: An Asian Literary Journal is now calling for submissions for its February/March 2012 issue (Issue # 16). Please send in (preferably Asian-themed) poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, reviews, photography & art for consideration. Submission guidelines can be found here. Deadline: 15 December, 2011. Past contributors Ankur Agarwal (poetry) and Mag Tan (prose) will act as guest editors and read the submissions with co-editors Tammy Ho and Jeff Zroback.

If you have any questions, please feel free to write to any of the Cha staff at Eastern Heathens. Here’s our list of fairy tales, fables, ghost stories, myths, legends, and sacred tales, classified according to land of origin.

Eastern Heathens

Many of the stories are available online; others can be found in folktale collections in libraries. Feel free to use these, or any of your own choice outside of this list. Sang Nila Utama and the founding of Singapore Badang, the strongman Lancang Kuning Siti Zubaidah Singapura Dilanggar Todak (The Legend of the Swordfish and Bukit Merah) Puteri Gunung Ledang Bawang Putih, Bawang Merah Sangkuriang Prince Panji Keong Mas, the Golden Snail Legend of the Pontianak Legend of the Penanggalan Sang Kancil, the Clever Mousedeer Hang Tuah Dang Anom Pak Pandir, the Village Fool Mahsuri, the Maiden of Langkawi The Dragon of Mt Kinabalu Dewi Sri, the Rice Goddess Bangsat and the King of the Crocodiles Rangda and the Barong The Tale of Sisters’ Islands The Tale of Kusu Island Pan Gu creates the world Nü Wa creates humans and repairs the sky Hou Yi shoots the sun, Chang’er flies to the moon Aladdin.

Prix Aurora Awards. Books - Canada Writes. Short Short Story. Photo by Richard Dorrell [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons If you’re like me and you have far more New Year’s resolutions concerning writing and publishing than you do dieting, exercising or socializing, here’s something you may be interested in—a writing prompt, and a chance to have your fiction published in Writer’s Digest magazine. In every issue of WD we give readers a chance to get published via the Your Story contest. Here’s the latest contest prompt from our January 2013 issue (which also features a stirring interview with the funny and wise novelist Lee Child): A man who lives alone sees a set of footprints leading away from his house the morning after a heavy snowfall. Want in? The fine print: Your story must be 750 words or fewer, no exceptions.The deadline is Jan. 14, 2013. Good luck! —Zachary Petit is an award-winning journalist, and the senior managing editor of Writer’s Digest magazine.

Looking to fulfill your resolution to write a book in 2013? Find out more here. Submit an entry. Writing Contests. Submit your contest for possible posting. But first, please read what we DON'T post. Then if your contest appears to meet our guidelines, submit your contest. (We need the basics: Name of contest, brief description of what is to be submitted, awards, entry fee, deadline, website URL, and contact email for our follow-up questions.) Most recently added contest(s) noted in pink -- Contests posted by deadline date. Read Writing Contest Cautions by Dana K Cassell. Learn when contests are posted - Follow Winners List: 2013 Writers-Editors Network Competition Writing to Win by Moira AllenThe Colossal Guide to Writing Contests — details on more than 1200 contests Kindle edition Contest judges reveal how they pick the winners - and mistakes you want to avoid with your next contest entries.Judges Q & A posted here.

What is your biggest frustration/problem as a writer? Poetic Republic Poetry Prize 2014 - Anonymous peer review online poetry competition judged by the entrants themselves. 2012 International Literary Awards Guidelines — Salem College. Project Short Story Competition. SYBHEL Short Story Competition – Free E-Book of Short Listed Stories The deadline for the SYBHEL Project’s short story competition has now passed. The shortlisted entries have been collected together with an introductory essay on the ethical implications of synthetic biology and published as a kindle e-book.

The e-book is available to download FREE from this site [click here] (instructions below). Or the e-book can be purchased for the minimum price of 77p from Amazon [click here] (unfortunately Amazon insists on a minimum price). After reading the stories, please take the time to vote for your favorite. Instructions for downloading: 1. 2. 3. 4. No kindle? Synthetic Biology & Human Health: Myths, Fables & Synthetic Futures Calling all writers, film makers, animators and artists – do you have a story to tell about the impact synthetic biology may have on future people?

Throughout history people have used their imaginations to create stories. Prize: 1st Prize £100 Two 2nd Prizes £50 Format: 1. The Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest. The following are the official contest entry rules for the 2014 Friends of Merril Short Story Contest. If you still have questions, or require more information, after reading them, please see our FAQ page or send an e-mail to Michael Matheson at

Entry (Periods and Fees) Contest Period: The reading period for the Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest is from November 15, 2013 to 11:59:59 p.m. EST (UTC-5) on February 15, 2014. Any entries received after the contest closes will not be eligible for entry. Entry Fee: All stories submitted to the Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest must be accompanied by a $5.00 (CDN) entry fee (this fee is used to fund the winners’ purse and all funds raised in excess of that amount are used by the Friends of the Merril Collection to support the Merril Collection). Via the PayPal button available on the Pay Entry Fee(s) page (the PayPal button will be available Nov. 15, 2013). Submissions Adjudication of Entries Rights.