Thursday, 7 February 2013

FEBRUARY CONTESTS

Writing contests are a good way to further develop your craft and win some great prizes doing what you love to do. I have decided to list some upcoming contests. Feel free to participate in all or some of them. They are listed in ascending order based on deadline. 

1. Timekeeper Contest (open to U.S. and Canada except Quebec)

  • Deadline: February 12 at 11:59 P.M. ET
  • Prizes: 
    • Grand Prize: signed copies of Timeless and Timekeeper by Alexandra Monir, a $15 Amazon gift card, and the chance to choose the Figment homepage stories for one day. 
    • Runners-up (2): copes of Timekeeper and Timeless by Alexandra Monir
  • Prompt: In 1,200 words or fewer, write a story about a family secret. 
  • Deadline: February 13 at 11:59 P.M. ET open to males and females ages 13-21
  • Prizes: 
    • $5000
    • publication on Seventeen.com
    • a phone call with Maggie Stiefvater, author of The Raven Boys, The Scorpio Races, and the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy
  • Prompt: In 500 words or less, write a story in any genre, on any topic.
3. Hysteria Short-Story Contest (open to U.S. and Canada except Quebec)
  • Deadline: February 18 at 11:59 P.M. ET
  • Prizes: 
    • Grand Prize: copies of Hysteria and Fracture by Megan Miranda, Beautiful Lies and Between by Jessica Warman, Dead Girls Don't Lie (out Sept 2013) and Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf, a $15 Amazon gift card, and the chance to choose the Figment homepage stories for one day.
    • First Runner-up: copies of Hysteria and Fracture by Megan Miranda and Beautiful Lies and Between by Jessica Warman
    • Second Runner-up: copies of Hysteria and Fracture
  • Prompt: In 1,200 words or fewer, write a story about a character who's running from their past. 
4. Writer's Digest - Your Story 48 (open to all)
  • Deadline: February 25
  • Prizes: publication in an upcoming issue of Writer's Digest
  • Prompt: Write the opening sentence (25 words or fewer) to a story based on the photo provided
5. The Kiss Short-Story Contest (open to U.S. and Canada except Quebec)
  • Deadline: February 26 at 11:59 P.M. ET
  • Prizes: 
    • a 16 GB iPad mini loaded with a full collection of James Patterson's teen books (4 Witch & Wizard books, 8 Maximum Ride books, and Confessions of a Murder Suspect)
    • $500 cash
    • winning story will be featured on James Patterson's young-adult website
    • a personal Facebook shout-out from James Patterson
  • Prompt: In 500 words or less, write a story about a relationship that no one approves of
6. Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers (open to Canadian citizens or landed immigrants)
  • Deadline: March 1 
  • Prizes: 
    • $2,500
    • winner and finalists will have their stories submitted to three Canadian magazine publishers for consideration
  • Prompt: Nonfiction and fiction prose up to 2,500 words; multiple submissions welcome
  • NOTE: There is an entry fee of $29 per entry


I hope that you find this list helpful and good luck to anyone who is participating in any of these contests. If anyone knows of any other contests that are occurring in February, feel free to list them.