$39,000 Short Story Prize: The Sunday Times Short Story Awards

Entering the 2017 Award
http://shortstoryaward.co.uk/entries

Entries are now open for the 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.

The prize, worth £30,000 to the winner, is an international award, founded in 2010, that is open to any story of up to 6,000 words written in English. Stories need to have been either previously unpublished or only published after 31 December 2015. Five authors shortlisted for the award will each receive £1,000. The prize is administered by the Society of Authors.

To be eligible, the author must simply have a record of prior publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom or Ireland.

Entries can be made either digitally by pressing the Digital Entry Form button, or by post, by pressing the Postal Entry Form button, printing the postal form off and sending it together with 11 copies of the story to the address listed on this page.

The deadline for entries is 6pm (GMT) on Thursday, 29 September 2016.

Before filling in the entry for m , please read the instructions and the terms and conditions, which are available to download from this page.

For any queries, you can write to The Society of Authors using the postal address, or send an email to stefgqueries@societyofauthors.org.

Entry Form can be found on the website.

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$2k Writing Contest: “Connecting People With Politics”

The Web of Life Foundation is hosting their annual writing competition, with a $1,500 first place prize, and a $500 second place prize. They accept prose of any form, including short stories and essays, for the competition.

This year’s theme is “Connecting Politics With People.”

The deadline for entry is September 30th, 2016.

Submissions should be 2,000 words or fewer.

Keep in mind that by entering the competition, you are granting them the right to publish your entry, whether you are the winner or not.

Entries are open to all writers around the world. You may submit up to three entries.

To learn more, read their guidelines.

The Library Journal – $1,000 prize for self-published ebooks

The Library Journal is hosting an indie ebook contest to honor self-published ebooks. The books must be in the following genres: Romance, Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy and Young Adult, with a $1,000 prize for each genre’s winner (plus promotion by the Library Journal).
The prize is only open to books that have been digitally self published. The deadline for entry is July 31st, 2016. According to their website:

“The competition is open to all English-language self-published ebooks for which the author is the copyright holder of the Work, and holds the rights to digital distribution. Entries will be evaluated on content, writing quality, and overall quality of production and appearance. There are no restrictions on date of publication. “

To learn more, and to submit your book, be sure to read their contest guidelines.

$35,000 Book Contest – partnership from Penguin & We Need Diverse Books

ROLL OF THUNDER PUBLISHING CONTEST

In 1974, the Council on Interracial Books sponsored a writing contest seeking out diverse voices. Mildred D. Taylor was the winner of the African-American segment for the manuscript that became Song of the Trees (Dial, 1975), her first book. It introduced the Logan family and was followed by Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (1976), which won the Newbery Medal.

Forty years later, in partnership with We Need Diverse Books™, Penguin Young Readers celebrates this momentous publication by launching a debut children’s fiction contest to find talented, ethnically diverse authors writing for readers ages 8-14.

Submit your manuscript for a book about diversity for ages 8-14 and you could receive a publishing contract from Penguin Random House LLC!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:01:01 AM Eastern Time on April 26, 2016 and 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time on June 21, 2016. Open to people of color (or those who self-identify as other than white) who are residents of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions, aged 18 and older.

Judging will begin on or about June 28, 2016, and one winner will be chosen from the final group of ten (10) submissions narrowed down from all entries received. Entries will be judged based on (i) overall storytelling; (ii) creativity; (iii) originality; and (iv) writing ability, with equal weight given to each criterion.

** Please note the following:  There is a line in the Official Rules under “How to Enter” that says “All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned.”  To clarify, this means that Penguin Random House LLC will not return physical or digital copies of entries submitted.  This is not a grant of rights from entrant to Penguin Random House LLC. **

http://www.penguin.com/rollofthunderpublishingcontest/?ref=PRHB1ADDA163C

Student “Careers in Energy” Contest

The California Energy and Utility Workforce Consortium is holding a “Careers in Energy” Contest, open to all California high school and college students.  Each contestant must create an advertisement for a fictional program or major related to a career in energy. Entries can be either a short video (~3 minutes long) or a print advertisement. Cash prize!

See attached flyer, CIE Contest Flyer_Student_Final, for more details, or visit www.getintoenergyca.com.