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Sunday, 26 April 2009

Take part in a short story contest

Writing contests provide a great way to showcase your talents to clients and publishers. If you are a fiction writer then you may wish to take part in some short story contests. When applying for a short story contest make sure you know the guidelines. Many short story contests require that you pay an entry fee. It is this entry fee that is paid out to the winners of the short story contest.

Here are some of the best short story contests on offer at the minute:-

Free short story contest and poetry contest - entry here is free and gives you an opportunity to showcase your talents. If you are one of the top 20 writers then your works will be selected and published in a book. There is no cash prize here.

If you want to win some cash for your short story entries then it is necessary to pay a small fee. Generally the higher the fee the higher the cash prize for the writing contest.

100 word short story contest- Entry fee is $15, and the winner of this short story contest will receive $500, second place gets $200 and third place gets $100. They are accepting 'whimsy, allegory, mystery, romance, fable, humor, love, fantasy, even horror'. They dont even mind if you write in different tenses. Entry, closing date is the 14th May 2009.

Poetry, short story, essay writing contest - Entry fee is $10, and the winner walks away with $300, with second place taking home $150 and third gaining $50. This contest is entitled For the love on nature, and the closing date is 14th May 2009.

Try your luck at a short story contest, what have you got to lose. You never know you may win one of the short story contests on offer.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Pahoa, HI, April 27, 2009: Sheri Smith and John Williams, a couple from Southern California (the wife was born in NYC) who now live in Hawaii, have come up with a unique, pro-active way to “sell” their one-of-a-kind 1,300 square-foot custom, never-before-lived-in home in a depressed real estate market - they are offering it as the grand prize in an essay contest.

Smith and Williams, as, llc, are sponsoring Essay 101, a contest of skill, where anyone (21 years old or older) can write a short essay (101 words or less) and, for a $101 entry fee, get a chance to win a brand new, custom home on the Big Island of Hawaii. The contest is open worldwide, however essays must be submitted in English, and must be the entrant’s original work. 101 finalists will be chosen and then judged by community leaders.

This home (affectionately called the “Sweetheart Cottage” due to its many design details) was built by Williams, a local builder, with the goal of selling it immediately and using the proceeds to finish construction of his castle (, a future vacation rental or bed and breakfast. Due to the recession, real estate sales are down and thus, this fun and exciting vehicle was created. Contest entries will be made online at, although postal mail entries will also be accepted. Local schools in Puna to benefit by donation from the sponsor. Essay 102 is in the works (with two spectacular homes to choose from) and they hope to write an e-book to share their method with others to try to turn around the economy, one house at a time.
(Smith is the step-daughter of Don Cherry