Saturday, August 26, 2017


Good day all!

Writer's Block will be at 9 a.m. this coming Monday (8/28) at the W.J. Niederkorn Library. I'm fresh from Gencon and had the good fortune to sit in on a few panels about / for writers.

Also, we have had some great reads at the W.B. meets! If you have anything you are working on or if you want to talk about something that is keeping your keyboard busy, bring it in.

Also, as part of the short story trend that we've been having a lot of success with, I've got the list of contests that we have talked about at the W.B. along with any links that I can find!

Book Bay - A Milwaukee bookstore and a contest

Sixfold - Submit an essay by mid October, judge six writings and then your writings will be judged in turn.

Where Writers Win - You might have to join this site to see what it has to offer, but it's worth a look!

Glimmer Train - Vermont Journal through Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA division.

Hay House - A publishing house.

That's about it for today. Hope you all have a great weekend and write on!


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

More Contests!

Hello everyone!

I found another list of writing contests that we might make the deadline for...

Indiana Review’s Half-K Prize
 offers a first prize of US$1000 and publication. Writers can submit up to three pieces of writing up to 500 words each and there are no genre or form restrictions. Entries open on in July and are expected to close on 15 August.

CLOSED EARLY... It is on this list for a reminder in 2018.

The Sunday Times Short Story Prize
 is the world’s richest short story competition, with the winner receiving £30,000 (approx US$37,500). The 2016 prize was won by Jonathan Tel for his story ‘The Human Phonograph’. Entries for the next prize are expected to open at the end of June and close at the end of September. The six stories shortlisted for the 2016 prize are available here.


Manchester Fiction Prize
 is a major international literary competition open to anyone aged 16 or over. The winner receives a cash prize of £10,000 (US$15,000). Stories can be up to 2500 words in length. The organisers also offer a Manchester Poetry Prize. Entries will open in February and close in September.


Zoetrope All-Story’s Annual Fiction Contest
 has the aim of seeking out and encouraging talented writers, with the winning and runners-up’s work being forwarded to leading literary agents. A first prize of US$1000 is also offered. Stories can be up to 5000 words. Entries open on 1 July and are expected to close on 1 October.


Commonwealth Short Story Prize
 aims to bring stories from new and emerging voices, often from countries with little or no publishing infrastructure, to the attention of an international audience. Open to citizens of the 53 Commonwealth countries, the prize covers the five Commonwealth regions: Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, Caribbean and Pacific. One winner will be selected from each region, with one regional winner to be selected as the overall winner. The overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize will receive £5000 (US$6250) and the remaining four regional winners receive £2500. Entries for the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize are expected to close on 1 November.

John Steinbeck Short Story Award
 is one of three prizes offered by Reed Magazine. This award is for a work of fiction up to 5000 words. The winner of the John Steinbeck Short Story  Award receives a cash prize of US$1000 and all entries are considered for publication. Entries open on 1 June and close 1 November.


Boulevard’s Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers
 is open writers who have not yet published a book of fiction, poetry or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press. Stories may be up to 8000 words and must be previously unpublished. The winner will receive US$1500 and have his or her story published in the magazine. Entries close 31 December.