Sunday, March 16, 2014

$4800 Prize for a Short Story - Plus the top 50 get critiques!

$4800 is the top prize on offer for short fiction in the Writers' Village International Short Fiction Award summer 2014. The second prize is £$800, third prize $400 and there are 15 runner up prizes of $80. The top 50 contestants also gain a free critique of their stories, win or lose.

With $7200 in total prize values, the Writers' Village award is one of the world's largest short story competitions that welcomes new writers from anywhere in the English-speaking world.

Winners will be awarded the title ‘Winner, the Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award summer 2014’ and see their work showcased online.

Any genre of prose fiction may be submitted up to 3000 words, except playscripts and poetry. Entries are welcomed world-wide. The fee is $24 and multiple entries are permitted. Deadline is midnight 30th June 2014. Entry rules plus all winning stories since 2009 can be found at:

Also - there's still time (until March 31, 2014) to enter the bursary competition - Check it out here!

Monday, January 27, 2014

$800 Bursary Offered to Debut Novelists

Debut novelists can win a $800 bursary to have their novel professionally critiqued at the Writers’ Village Foundation, a not-for-profit award scheme established to help new authors. The top eight submissions will also gain personal feedback from the award judge, novelist Michelle Spring, a Royal Literary Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge. Entry is $19 and the deadline is 31st March 2014. Details at:

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Frodo, Harry Potter, Hercules, and You

Are you ready to go on an epic quest?  Ready to face nefarious foes and push towards glory? Well, at least when it comes to writing competitions?

Author Annie Douglass Lima has graciously featured me in a guest posting spot.
Writing Contests: Choose your Quest

Shout out to  Angela Ackerman at Writers Helping Writers for making this connection happen.

Monday, November 11, 2013

My Personal Judgment Day

Judge of writing with awesome wig
I wish I had an awesome wig to wear when I was judging the writing contests.

Recently I volunteered to help On The Premises judge a writing contest, and the experience illuminated some truths that changed the way I think about and approach writing competitions. Plus, in my quest to be the ultimate writing competition expert, I need to see contests from as many angles as possible.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Recent Reading - Jacob Appel's Novels

Any serious competitor must study the greats. In the world of writing competitions, Jacob Appel is one of them. To find out why, see  my interview with Jacob Appel. I recently jumped into his book The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up , winner of the Dundee International Prize for a debut novel (which happened to be judged by Stephen Fry). Then I followed it up with The Biology of Luck.  Both novels have something to offer for recreational readers, and a wealth of exemplary writing for studious readers who want to achieve success in writing competitions. I'll break down both books in this post.