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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.


Duration: September 7-9, 2018

Visit Tutka Bay Lordage to part in an immersive retreat that combines the elements of craft-talks, in-class writing, readings, and discussions, with unstructured time, all under the guidance of noted writer, editor, and teacher, Hannah Tinti. Find out more at: http://49writers.org/tutka-bay-writers-retreat

Deadline: August 31, 2018

The Boroondara Literary Awards are open to entries from Australian residents both young and old, of varying word-lengths dependent on the category of entrant. Possible entries range from poetry to open short stories.

Find out more at: https://www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/about-council/awards/boroondara-literary-awards/enter-boroondara-literary-awards

Deadline: August 27, 2018

The Tryon Arts and Crafts School seeks to continue its celebration of West North Carolina’s storytelling traditions. Winning entries will be read out loud to an audience at an event on Halloween, as well as receiving monetary prizes for first, second, and third place. Find out more at: https://tryonartsandcrafts.org/ghoststory/

Deadline: July 31, 2018

Open to unpublished short stories, the National Short Story Competition run by the NZSA offers prizes ranging from $50 book tokens to a first prize consisting of $300 and publication on the NorthWrite website.

Find out more at: https://authors.org.nz/event/national-short-story-competition-run-by-northland-branch-nzsa/

Duration: June 21-26, 2018

The 2018 American Library Association Conference will be hosted at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, between the dates of June 21 and 26, 2018. The ALA Conference will be inviting many notable writers and speakers, including former First Lady Michelle Obama. Find out more at: https://2018.alaannual.org/

Deadline: April 30, 2018

A biannual competition that invites entries including supernatural elements. Winners of the award receive a prize of $1,000, with honorable mentions receiving smaller monetary prizes.

Find out more at: http://www.theghoststory.com/tgs-fiction-award

Deadline: July 15, 2017

Open only to writers with two previous publications or less, the Francine Ringold Awards offers $500 and publication prizes in the categories of fiction and poetry. Winners will see their manuscripts published in the spring issue of the literary magazine Nimrod. All work to be submitted must be unpublished.

Learn more at: https://nimrodjournal.submittable.com/submit/84615/2017-francine-ringold-awards-for-new-writers-fiction

Deadline: August 31, 2017

Writers are invited to shock, awe, and capture the attention of judges with a complete story of 1000 words or less, in the 9th Annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest. Winners of the Grand Prize will receive $1,000. The Second Place winner will receive $100. And four Honorable Mentions will be gifted $25.

Learn more at: www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html

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 15, 2017

Writers are invited to submit their poems and short stories to the 2017 Prime Number Magazine Awards. The award for either category is $1000 and publication. Poetry submissions should consist of one poem, no more than three pages in length in standard font and spacing. Short story submissions should be between 53 and 5300 words in length, double-spaced, standard font, and with numbered pages. Learn more at: PrimeNumberMagazine.com OR Press53.com

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: April 30, 2017

Writers can submit their entries for The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. First prize winners will receive $2000 and publication, second place winners will be awarded $1000 and publication, In addition, second place winners will see their work read at the Awards Ceremony. Learn more at: www.utulsa.edu/nimrod

Deadline: June 30, 2018

The annual Autumn House Press Contests accept and award submissions of full-length manuscripts in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. Winners will receive $2500 dollars in advance against royalties and in promotional services. Learn More: www.autumnhouse.org/contest-submissions/


Duration: September 1- 23, 2018

For over 20 years the Going West Books and Writers Festival brings together in one place New Zealand’s best and most beloved writers. With discussions, performances, and other live events, the Festival engages thousands in New Zealand’s literary culture, all taking place in the West Auckland Region.

Find out more: https://www.goingwestfest.co.nz/

Duration: August 24-26, 2018

The Canberra Writers Festival showcases writers of local, national, and international acclaim, in select venues across and throughout the city of Canberra. Attend guest lectures and panels, dinner events, book launches, and workshops that take advantage of Canberra’s rich culture and scenery.

Find out more: http://www.canberrawritersfestival.com.au/

Duration: December 6-7, 2018

Directed at helping new authors and writers navigate the literary marketplace. This conference introduces writers to representatives of the publishing industry, allowing writers to get feedback on their projects and learn the steps involved in publishing. In addition, writers will have opportunities to pitch their ideas to literary agents attending the Conference.

Find out more: http://www.clmp.org/literary-writers-conference/

Duration: July 17-29, 2018

Hosted at the University of the South and funded thanks to the Walter E. Dakin Memorial Fund and the late Tennessee Williams, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference helps writers learn and practice their skills in workshops for fiction, poetry, and playwriting. All under the watchful eye and care of a faculty consisting of writers experienced in their various fields and genres.

Find out more at: http://sewaneewriters.org/conference/

Duration: April 6-8, 2018

A literary event hosted in Boston, Massachusetts that brings writers and authors together with literary agents, and other professionals of the writing industry. Writers are invited to make contact and cultivate business relationships with literary agents, editors, and publishers. Meet with various speakers, consisting of people and representatives from every aspect of the writing industry.

Find out more at: http://museandthemarketplace.com/

Duration: March 10-11, 2018

Hosted on the University of Arizona Campus, the Tucson Festival of Books will host around 50,000 visitors from around the region. Presenters will consist of 450 authors and artists. In addition there will be contests for young authors and artists. Find out more at: https://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/

Duration: February 3, 2018

FOne of the oldest and largest single-day children’s book events in the United States, the African American Children’s Book Fair features nationally famous authors and artists. Taking place in Philadelphia, events will include activities meant encourage children to read more. In addition, authors and illustrators will deliver presentations about their fields and craft. Find out more at: http://theafricanamericanchildrensbookproject.org/

Duration: April 26-29, 2018

Founded by the Central Arkansas Library System, the Arkansas Literary Festival seeks to encourage literacy among the populace. People are invited to take part in an annual celebration of literature and the written word. Find out more at: https://www.arkansasliteraryfestival.org/

Duration: October 19-22, 2017

Writers of all genres and experience are invited to Alamonte Springs, Florida, to take part in the 16th Annual Florida Writers Conference, hosted by the Florida Writers Association. This year’s guests will consist of agents and editors from leading publishing houses and literary agencies, including David Morell and the Florida Writer of the Year, Steve Berry. Attendees will be able to pitch their work at literary agents, participate in more than 70 workshops and panels, and sell their books, to name a few possibilities.

Learn more at: https://floridawriters.net/conferences/florida-writers-conference-2017/

Duration: September 28- 30, 2017

The Central Coast Writers Conference seeks to help writers improve and further their craft. Attendees are invited to enjoy a variety of workshops, delivered by a passionate faculty, for all genres.

Learn more at: https://cuesta.edu/communityprograms/writers-conference/

Duration: September 2, 2017

Held on the second floor of Harding University’s American Heritage Conference Center in Searcy, AR, this event seeks to help writers improve upon their craft. Promoting more individually tailored and flexible approaches for improvement, the White County Creative Writers invite to their annual event educators, authors, publishers, and editors. Events will include contests, poetry readings,

Learn more at: https://whitecountycreativewriters.org/

Duration: September 24-27, 2017

The Pacific Coast Children’s Writers Novel Workshop & Retreat invites skilled writers, both aspiring and published to participate in a series of seminars and workshops. There writers can find editor and agent feedback and critique to improve their writing.

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

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: https://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: https://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: https://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: https://www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org/the-festival/annual-festival/