Wednesday, January 4, 2012

01/4/12 - Choosing a Writing Contest for January

Well, it took me awhile but I have narrowed my January writing contest down to the ones listed below. The 1st one I will definitely enter - just because it's fun. But, alas, it's not a "story" so I will also choose another from the 4 below the picture.

Three of the actual contest deadlines are in February, but I will keep my self-imposed deadline of January 31. I will make my decision before I go to bed Sunday night.

What do you think? Any jump out at you as a "winner"?  :)

Writer's Digest

Deadline: February 10, 2012
Entry Fee: $0
Words: <25

Guideline: Write the opening sentence to a story (25 words or fewer) based on the photo prompt [below].


 Poets & Writers
for Glimmer Train Press
Short Story Award for New Writers

Deadline: February 29, 2012
Entry Fee: $15
Words: 12,000

Guideline: 12,000 words by a writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000.

Poets & Writers
for Wag’s Revue
Winter Writers’ Contest

Deadline: February 28, 2012
Entry Fee: $20
Words: 8,000

Guideline: 8,000 words of prose – a short story or an essay. All entries are considered for publication.

7th Annual ACCENTI Writing Contest

Deadline: February 7, 2012
Entry Fee: $20
Words: 2,000

Guideline: The topic is open. Any type of entry that meets the submission criteria below is eligible. Multiple entries welcome.
Submission Criteria
• The contest is open to prose works.
• Entries can be fiction, non-fiction or creative non-fiction.
• Entries must be previously unpublished and not under consideration by any other publication.
• Entries must be original and not a translation of a previously published work.
• Maximum length: 2000 words.

Glimmer Train Press

Deadline: January 31, 2012
Entry Fee: $15

We are interested in reading your original, unpublished very short stories!
  • We don't publish stories for children, I'm sorry.
  • It's fine to submit more than one story or to submit the same story to different categories.
  • When we accept a story for publication, we are purchasing first-publication rights. (After we've published it, you can include it in your own collection.)
Other considerations:
  • Open to all writers.
  • Stories not to exceed 3,000 words. (Any shorter lengths are welcome.)


  1. Hmm... tough choices. Too bad you don't have time to enter all of them!

    I guess you could always throw dice or flip a coin to decide :)

  2. You may be interested in this website. A fellow blogger and author was just interviewed on it. Good luck.

  3. @ Maria - since I don't have the time (unfortunately), it may come to that. Will let you know.

  4. @ longdog2 - The website you reference didn't come through. Can you resend? Definitely interested! Thanks ever so much!