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Writers need communities to belong to so that they feel less out-of-step with the rest of the world. It's nice to know there are conferences, workshops, and events that cater to your needs. Xlibris offers this listing as a courtesy to our authors; however, it is in no way affiliated with the events or organizations posted. Please contact event organizers directly with any questions.


Deadline: February 15, 2017

The magazine Ruminate is holding a short story contest open to all genres of fiction. First place prize is $1500 while the runner-up prize is $200, with both including publication. Writers may submit one fiction piece per entry, consisting of no more than 5500 words, with a $20 entry fee.

Learn more at: https://ruminatemagazine.submittable.com/submit/8439/william-van-dyke-short-story-prize

Deadline: March 15, 2017

Writers can submit entries up to 6000 words in length. Essays will be judged by Faith Adiele, with first prize including $1000 and publication. Entry in contest also requires a $22 entry fee per entry.

Learn more at: http://fourthgenre.msu.edu/

Deadline: April 30, 2017

Storm Cellar, the safety and danger focused literary journal, is accepting written entries of flash fiction numbering no more than 1000 words in length. All entries will be considered for publication, two runner-ups will receive $100, and the winner will receive $300.

Learn more at: https://stormcellar.submittable.com/submit/72759/

Deadline of entries: May 15, 2016

Carve magazine has been hosting the Raymond Carver Short Story Content since 2000. Now in its 16th year, it has once again opened its doors to interested fiction writers from all over the world. Take a shot at their prizes by submitting your works of fiction (up to 6,000 words). Winning entries will be published in the fall issue online and in print, and will receive a cash prize of up to $1,500.

To learn more about this contest, please visit their website.

Deadline of entries: June 1, 2016

Calling all U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel if you have a story in any genre and on any subject matter, you may now submit your works to The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans. This contest is hosted by The Iowa Review. Winners will receive cash prizes of up to $ 1,000 plus publication in the spring issue of the publication.

To learn more about this award, please visit their website.

Deadline: June 15, 2016

Swan Scythe Press is now considering manuscripts for its 2016 Poetry Chapbook Contest. Submit a manuscript of 20-32 pages of poems that includes a title page with author’s name, address, phone number and email address, along with a second title page without personal identifiers (book title only). Submit to 1468 Mallard Way, Sunnyvale, CA 94087 or to swanscythepress.submittable.com/submit. The entry fee of $18.00 is payable to Swan Scythe Press. The winner receives $200 and 25 perfect-bound chapbooks. For more information, visit www.swanscythe.com.

Deadline: June 24, 2016

All full-length fiction manuscripts welcome, including novels, collections of stories and/or novellas, novels in verse, linked collections, collections of flash fiction, and others. Minimum 100pp, no maximum length. $1,000 award and book publication. Final judge is Gina Frangello, author of Every Kind of Wanting and A Life in Men, as well as two story collections. Reading fee: $22.50, online submissions only. For more information or email, visit newamericanpress.submittable.com/submit/

Deadline: July 1, 2016

The 2016 NANO Prize, awarding publication and $1,000 to a previously unpublished work of fiction 300 words or fewer, will be judged this year by Kellie Wells! To celebrate NANO Fiction’s tenth birthday, the entry fee will only be $10 for up to three shorts, and all entrants will receive issue 10.1. Winners will be announced in mid-August. Check nanofiction.org for more information.

Deadline of entries: July 17, 2016

Are you a science fiction writer and a fan of HG Wells? Submit your short story in this year’s HG Wells Short Story Competition 2016 with the theme, “space.” Chosen winners will have his/her work published in an anthology and receive cash prizes.

To learn more about this competition, please visit their website.


Deadline: August 24, 2017

Duration: August 24-27, 2017

Founded in 2006 by author/filmmaker Clay Stafford, the Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference seeks to bring together, educate, and empower writers of all kinds and connect them with other people in the industry. The conference’s programs are focused on the craft of writing, the business of writing, marketing, and forensics.

Learn more at: http://www.killernashville.com/

Deadline: Early Bird May 18, 2017

Duration: June 22-24, 2017

Writers can take part in a 26 years old celebration of writing Jackson Hole, WY, where writers of all levels can seek out wisdom from award-wining published authors. Visiting writers can enjoy craft-focused talks and panels, hands-on writing workshops, manuscript techniques, and quiet discussions on the business aspects of writing.

Learn more at: http://jacksonholewritersconference.com/

Deadline: April 24, 2017

Duration: June 7-13, 2017

At the Writer’s Hotel, writers are invited to submit their manuscripts in their chosen genres. There they will work with professional authors to polish and improve their work. Events include workshops, panel discussions, manuscript critiques, readings, pitch sessions, and roundtable discussions. All this will take place at scenic sites and writing venues throughout New York City.

Learn more at: http://www.writershotel.com/schedule

Duration: January 16-20, 2017

Readers and writers are welcomed to a tropical retreat for conversations, readings, lectures, and events. Writers of all levels of experience can enjoy opportunities to expand and develop their craft. Participants will enjoy workshop sessions in classrooms shared solely with instructors and up to eleven other students.

Learn more at: http://www.kwls.org/

Duration: January 16-20, 2017

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival seeks to provide poetry writers with nationally recognized literature opportunities. Poetry writers are invited to enjoy six days of workshops, readings, talks on poetry craft, manuscript conferences, panel discussion, social events, and other activities. This year’s special guest will be Charles Simic, a U.S. Poet Laureate, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Griffin Poetry Prize, and the MacArthur “genius award.”

Learn more at: http://www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org/the-festival/annual-festival/