Fiction Competitions

Belletristic contests

The Barry Hannah Prize in Fiction. James Knudsen Prize of the Bayou magazine for fiction. This is Kenyon Review's Short Fiction Contest. Best-Flash Fiction Contests Here is what you should never do: drop a story and send it to a Flash Fiction Contest below. Prizes and awards for unpublished fiction, non-fiction and poetry.


It hosts several hundred literature competitions and prizes, on and off. Counterfeit competitions and prizes come in many different forms, but they all have a shared goal: to take your moneys. Frahlingur, which has to pay a charge, promotes a competition that is an agent's work. Someone else's using a phoney name to run their competition.

A newsroom services uses a competition to win prospective clients. It is a real competition in that there are prize-winning entries, but everyone else is said that their work needs help and they receive a "special discount" quote to buy editorial from the game. The competition is carried out by a script writer's supervising firm.

A reward programme expresses its own visions and independence of mind and makes many of the advantages that can come with prestige rewards for your ordeal. All other competitions are organised by dubious or fee-based publishing houses. In many cases, the price is a booking agreement, and the winner only learns that the conditions of the agreement are unfair or that they have to make a payment for the publishing, or that they have to declare themselves willing to buy a large number of titles in advance or to buy the publishing company for an advertising competition (a good excuse never to take part in a competition that does not allow you to reject a booking when it is offered).

A number of conceited editors use competitions to attract paid clients. Competitive price is a free subscription - but if you don't succeed, you will be asked to buy the company's work. There are also the competition windmills, which earn cash at the frontend through the participation fee. There are some competing for huge prizes - $15,000 for the winning team, $10,000 for second place and so on - with high starting prices - $25 or $30.

However, if you look at the small printed text, you will see that the competition holder has the right to give out awards on a prorated scale - i.e. other competition companies are run by authoring journals that run a decade or more competitions per year, or by internet-based groups that run competitions each month and recruit under different name and URL to attract more participants.

The purpose of a competition or prize is not to honour authors and their accomplishments, but to earn funds for the competition or the prize winner. Prizes and competitions are announced to maximise the number of participants. Any unencrypted e-mail inviting you to participate in a competition or reward programme should always be handled with care.

Entrance is high. A dozen or more catagories. In order to maximise revenue, beneficiaries should establish as many record classes as possible and encourages repeat mention. There are some who have little more to say than the honour of having won the prize. The profit of the professional comes not only from the entrance money. However, if more than four of these are at a competition or prize-giving ceremony - especially if there is a high participation charge - you should think very seriously about participating.

Profitter Prizes and competitions are usually not very well known, but if you are a winner or placed, you can mark your work as an "award-winning book" and yourself as an "award-winning author". As a result of all the faked reviews and the growing disappointment of the reader about the authors' self-advertisement, purchasers of books may become more sceptical about what the writers say about themselves.

  • JM Northern Media is a wild huckster; if you are a writers, you have probably been enlisted for one or the other of its "Festivals", also known as "Awards". However, it can do it: it holds more than 20 different award ceremonies, among them the Hollywood Book Festival, the Green Book Festival and the Paris Book Festival.
  • The i310 Media Group is sponsoring the Best Book Awards, the American Book Fest, the International Book Awards and the Bookvana Awards. Participation is $69-79, and each programme has a variety of category (more than 100 for the International Book Awards), imaginatively described awards limited to website content and news items, and the "opportunity" to acquire awards labels and certifications.
  • The Jenkins Group, a cost-intensive self-publishing service company, carries out at least five award programs: The Moonbeam Award, Axiom Award, eLit Award, and the IPPY Award. Participation fee ranges from $60 to $95, and there are the standard classes and non-awards. Moonbeam award winner winning stock includes no less than 29 objects, from $7. 50 (for a Moonbeam certificate) to $130 (for a Moonbeam gold award - not even a genuine gold award, just a picture).
  • WILDsound, another productive philanthropist, organizes weekly competitions and "festival events" for scripts, novels, poems, shorts and more. The awards are given by undisclosed "Professional Writers and Writing Consultants"; awards are lectures by supposedly pro-actresses. - Other pros are, among others, Readers Favorite ($89 to $109, subject to when you sign up; over 70 classes; many additional goods and service for sale); the Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards ($90, over 50 classes, labels and certifications for sale); Literature Classic (relatively cheap at $45, but the customary undisclosed judge and the hacking of additional goods);

The eLit Book Awards ($70-90, 65 awards category, awards including website listing and spam-excuse me, newsletters mentions); and the Global Ebook Awards ($79, over 100 award category, where the winners are "eligible to receive Global Ebook Award certifications that confirm their honor"). Besides the legality of a literature competition, there is another issue you should ask yourself: is it really rewarding to take part?

Most authors see competitions as a possible stepping stone to victory - a way to adding write credit, getting close to commercially releasing a product or promoting a self-released work. It can work if the competition is promoted by an organisation active in the printing sector, such as Macmillan, where the prize involves a publisher agreement, or the Golden Heart Awards, a competition for unreleased romantic scripts run by Romanticists of America.

Complementing your CV is definitely worthwhile if you are a winner or take part in one of these competitions. But only a few of the hundred competitions have this prestigious status for authors, writers, poets and film-makers. Competing in a competition organised by an arcane journal or a group of authors or an online competition mill does not mean cutting off icecreams with an agent, editor or reader - not only because they are unlikely to have been unaware of the competition, but because they know that small competitions are much less likely to have a standard of professio n assessment.

Competitions are increasingly becoming the way into the movie business. But, although location are statesman competition derivative instrument for scriptwriter, degree competition are photograph largely surpassed by futile, unfit or deceitful. Please also note that the entry of an unreleased script can be withdrawn from the open competition for a period of a few days or more.

In addition, your prospects of succeeding are much lower, according to the competition, than if you just turned to an agent or publishing house in the traditional way (provided your script is marketable). Difficulties with the competitions of the small publishing house Zoo Press a few years ago, but still a warning example.

Competitions can be both enjoyable and a challenge. Simply make sure you research each competition you want to enter thoroughly and always legibly reads the intaglio. And, when taking part in competitions for unreleased work, consider whether your resources and energies could not be better used to promote the publishing and development of the work. Here are some hints to help you assess the legality of competitions and award programmes you may be considering.

Who runs the competition or the awards programme? You will not participate if you cannot verify this to your own full approval - or if the competition or recognition does not include any names of employees or supporters. This competition, which at first glance seemed like a partnership between an author's journal and a publishers, turned out on close examination to be a novelist trying to foster his own editorial business.

Exercise extra caution in competitions that you spamming, or are nothing but a website with a registration page, or are advertised on Craigslist, or appear in the shape of an ad on the back pages of author journals or an advertisement in a local news bulletin (these are usually vainty ethology companies).

Also be careful about competitions held by paid publishing houses. Will the competition or the award ceremony programme be free of charge? However, if you are a writer, note that a "free" competition is one of the most important warnings for a poetic competition - see the Vanity Anthologies page).

Will there be an entrance money? It is not necessarily an indicator of a dubious competition or award programme, in contrast to what is commonly believed. There are many lawful competitions and prizes that impose a royalty to pay for the handling costs (which sometimes involve a reader's fee) and to finance the work. Admission should, however, be reasonable.

Overcharged participation fee can be a symbol for a prize winner (see above). Between $5 and $25 is common for books, tales or poetry. Bigger competitions can cost a little more, but anything over $40 should cause you to check carefully, especially if you are not acquainted with the organiser.

When you are prompted to buy extra goods or service, when you receive reviews, marketing analysis, a ticket to a prize buffet, even a trophy if you are a winner - it can be a signal that the competition or the prize is more about making more than honouring people. Repeated competitions? An excess of repetition of one or more competitions per calendar week may also be a mark of a prize/competition winner.

What is the number of catagories? Renowned competitions and distinctions usually have a certain emphasis and restrict the number of available application criteria. A competition can, for example, only be restricted to scripts or clichés. A fiction prize can have different genres for fiction, poems and filmlets.

But the point is that a serious competition or distinction should not be like a dishwasher. Use caution in competitions where all talents are in demand, especially when everything is combined under a singular price (how can a novel competes with a novel or script? Look for competitions or distinctions that have tens of different catagories.

Here, too, the sponsors may try to make a gain from the participation fee. There are clear regulations in a legitimate competition or award programme, which include information about the category, time limits, eligibility, formats, charges, prizes and the conditions under which they are or are not given, the assessment and (very importantly) any possible permissions you may give.

When you can't find them, don't go in. It is in the interest of a competition or prize-giving programme to appoint its judge, as the calibre of the judge directly reflects the reputation of the competition or prize (or its absence). These are important information for you as well, as a competition or prize with a jury of successfull authors and/or experts is much more likely to be a good add-on to your writings review if you are winning.

A number of competitions/awards choose to safeguard the private sphere of the judge, so the appointment of a judge is not necessarily unlawful - as long as you can rely on the seriousness of the sponsorship. Non named magistrates may be underqualified, or the judge's own competition or prize personnel may judge - or, in the case of a competition/award win, the magistrates may only be a fiction.

In competitions or distinctions that are fully or partially crowdsourced (e.g., reader's voices can help participants move forward through first round, with only the jury members actually being considered), you should be conscious that this is an unpredictable and fraud -prone game. Critics, general feedbacks on your contribution or meeting sector experts are often a rewarding characteristic of the top-class competitions and distinctions.

Competitions or award ceremonies that provide a presentation, release or product as an award are very attractive. Inquire always with the advertising agencies, publishers, magazines or producers to ensure that they are serious - and do not take part in a competition whose regulations make it virtually impracticable for you to reject the award if you do. When it comes to publishing, make sure you know exactly where and how you will publish the winners of the competition - sometimes they will be posted in a brochure that is only available on order.

It is almost certain that the competition or the prize is a forgery. but it' something that many authors are skipping. Or, you grant the competition organisation the right, such as the first release or the right to otherwise resell your work.

Winnings may entail commitments - for example, you may be obliged to use the competition sponsors as your agents or to consent to their posting as a prerequisite for the prize (beware of bids that you cannot reject, especially if you cannot review the agreement in advance). One of the conditions for the prize can be the abandonment of copyrights, which means that the organisation organising the competition can use your contribution for any purposes (even without your name).

If certain requirements are not fulfilled, the sponsoring party may have the right to replace, discount or cancel awards. Pay attention to the wording that suggests that the competition sponsors may use your contribution for any purpose other than advertising and do not expect the competition sponsors to have the right to change them anytime. (Here is an example: a modification of the competition regulations that has claimed the participants' rights).

And, if you participate in a competition on-line, note that you may allow your submission to be posted on the company's website, whether you are a winner or not (a common grievance about the now obsolete ethology firm When all you get is disguise, or when you are denied an explanation, leave - no matter how enticing the competition is.

Never take part in a competition whose rules and policies you do not fully comprehend. Screenwriting contests: ¿When you' re a loser: Information from author and editorMoira Allen on how to identify and avoid dubious competitions. Translated from the Beware Writers' Blog, a feature by C. Hope Clark: The Red Flags of Work. By Salon, Laura Miller via VinityBookAwards.

This is a useful contribution by Mel Ford about the selection of competitions. Are you supposed to take part in competitions? Alliance of Independent Authors offers reviews of tens of competitions and accolades, with warnings for those who are profiteers or otherwise in question. By Poets & Writers, a competition and price leader, with many competition and price lists.

Von Poets and Writers, The contest blog, a dedicated to competitions and prizegivers. The C. Hope Clark's Funds for Writers provides an outstanding list of competitions. The Writing Writer provides competition lists and poet resource. There are dubious competitions and prizes in all forms and dimensions. To learn more, simply put "contest" or "award" into the blogs searching field (top of the page).

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