The First Line - http://www.thefirstline.com/ Spring: “On a perfect spring morning with flat seas and clear blue skies, Captain Eli P. Cooke made a terrible mistake.” Due date: February 1, 2013.
PATERSON POETRY PRIZE http://www.pccc.edu/home/cultural-affairs/poetry-center NO ENTRY FEE. Deadline February 1, 2013. A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry published in the previous year. The winning poet must participate in an awards ceremony and give a reading at the Poetry Center in Paterson, New Jersey. Books of at least 48 pages with a minimum press run of 500 copies are eligible. Publishers may submit three copies of books published in 2012 by February 1.
WRITERS' NAD ARTISTS' YEARBOOK SHORT STORY COMPETITION http://www.writersandartists.co.uk/competitions We're offering you the chance to win £500, plus a place on an Arvon writing course of your choice! All you have to do is enter a short story (for adults) of no more than 2,000 words, on the theme of 'freedom'. Deadline February 15, 2013. The Arvon Foundation runs four historic writing houses in the UK, where published writers lead week-long residential courses. Covering a diverse range of genres, from poetry and fiction to screenwriting and comedy. The Writers' & Artists' Yearbook short story competition is open to all ages, professions and nationalities.
STORIES SPACE CONTEST http://www.storiesspace.com/competitions/stories-space-%E2%80%9Cdarkness-and-light%E2%80%9D.aspx NO ENTRY FEE. Stories must be written specifically for this competition and not previously published. Only stand-alone stories will be accepted, not those which are part of a series. This competition is free to enter, and open to everyone over the age of sixteen. There is no limit to the amount of new stories you may enter into this competition. Limit 10,000 words. Theme: Darkness and Light. Deadline February 27, 2013. First place $200, Second place $100, Third place $50.
LIBARTS LONDON PRIZE http://www.libartslondon.co.uk/change/ NO ENTRY FEE. If you could single out one thing that needs to change, what would it be? Use text, video, audio, photographs, or a combination of these to tell your story. Deadline February 28, 2013. First prize: £200. Second prize: £100. Open internationally.
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Holiday Stories http://www.chickensoup.com/form.asp?cid=possible_books We are collecting stories for our newest holiday book. Everyone has special memories and stories to tell about Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa - from inspirational and joyous, to heartwarming and humorous. We want to hear about your holiday memories and traditions. NOTE: Please make sure that the stories you are submitting to this book are NEW holiday stories that our editors have not read before. If you have submitted stories to our Christmas books in the past, we have your stories in our database. Also, please make sure your stories are "Santa safe" as we want to keep the magic alive for the young ones. The deadline date for story submissions is February 28, 2013.
Chicken Soup for the Soul : Devotional Stories for Wives http://www.chickensoup.com/form.asp?cid=possible_books One of the biggest roles that a woman can take on in her lifetime is to become a wife. It takes commitment and dedication to remain loving as the years go by, especially when children and the busyness of daily life can sometimes be overwhelming. If you have a brief true story (up to 500 words) that shows how your faith in God has shaped your journey as a wife, please share it along with an applicable Bible verse and a 2-3 sentence prayer. You will receive $100 for each published devotion ($100 due to the shorter word count than our regular books). The deadline date for submissions is February 28, 2013.
Chicken Soup for the Soul : Lemons to Lemonade http://www.chickensoup.com/form.asp?cid=possible_books "When life hands you lemons... make lemonade!" And don't only make lemonade but squeeze every last drop of juice from that sour lemon to make the sweetest lemonade possible. We are looking for stories that show how you made the best of a difficult situation and how you turned what seemed like a negative into something positive. Did a change in your attitude help? Did a friend give you the boost you needed to get you past what seemed like a dead end? Tell us your success story and how you made it happen. The deadline date for story and poem submissions is February 28, 2013.
Southern Writers: DUE MARCH 1 – Short story contest: http://www.southernwritersmagazine.com/contest.html
What are you working on? Have you submitted to any of these markets?