Short stories are an art unto themselves, an art of which I claim no mastery and limited knowledge. However, one of my beach-inspired shorts has received much encouragement from my critique groups. As a result, I plan to enter it in one (or all!) of the following contests:
80th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition (The Big Kahuna)
- Ten different categories, including Mainstream/Literary Short Story, Children's/Young Adult, and Genre Short Story
- Chidren's/YA word limit is 2000 words; Mainstream/Literary and Genre word limit is 4000
- Entry fee: $25
- Entry deadline: May 2, 2011
- Can enter online
- Prizes: Grand Prize is $3000 and a trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in New York City. (Other cash prizes for 1st through 10th place range from $1000 to $25)
The Writer 2011 Short Story Contest
- Word limit is 2000 words
- Entry fee: $10
- Entry deadline: April 30, 2011
- Must enter online
- Prizes: $1,000; a free 10-week creative writing workshop offered online by Gotham Writers' Workshop ($420 value); publication in The Writer and on WriterMag.com; and a one-year subscription to The Writer. (2nd and 3rd prizes also)
The Kay Snow Awards, sponsored by my local writers' organization, Willamette Writers.
- Six categories; fiction, nonfiction, juvenile, poetry, student writer and screenwriting
- Adult Fiction - maximum 2500 words. Juvenile Short Story, maximum length 1500 words, (written by adults for juvenile readers.)
- Entry fee: $10 for members of Willamette Writers and $15 for non-members.
- Entry deadline: April 23, 2011
- Cannot enter online--paper entries only.
- Prizes: 1st prize of $300; 2nd of $150; 3rd of $50
Have you any short stories lurking in your closets? Might be time to dust them off and enter them in a competition! Good luck!!