Contests and awards of interest to writers, artists, illustrators, and publishers

The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Fifth Course of Chaos

Time for submissions for The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Fifth Course of Chaos! After a year or two hiatus, the popular short-story series will be back this year with a brand-new installment in both print and electronic formats. TKWC4 was featured on a news station as a must-read for the Thanksgiving holiday season, and we’re sure the new installment will be a success as well!

As in the previous anthologies, all the stories contained within must be about murder and mayhem happening at Thanksgiving, and must feature a typical Thanksgiving dish as a vital part of the story (i.e. turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie). Most importantly, it must be funny! This anthology is all about making people laugh while enjoying a great mystery short at the same time. The anthology will be edited by Untreed Reads Editor-in-Chief Jay Hartman. Continue reading

Ventura County Writers Club Short Story Contest

The Ventura County Writers Club is proud to announce the opening of their 17th annual short story contest. The fiction contest is open to all writers and winners receive cash prizes. Adult first place prize award is $500, second place is $250, and third place is $125. In the high school category, first place award is $100, second place is $75, and third place is $50. Winners are published in the club’s biennial anthology. The contest closes at midnight on November 15, 2016.

Entries must be family-friendly, original, and previously unpublished, not appearing in any newspaper, magazine, or book, whether or not the author received compensation. Authors may enter multiple stories. Entrants may receive only one cash prize. Entries are accepted through

Stories are limited to 2,500 words or less. The submission fee for each story submitted: $15 USD for adult VCWC members, $25 USD for adult non-members, and $10 for high school students. Winners will be notified in early January 2017. Award ceremony is January 10, 2017. Go to for more information or call Sheli Ellsworth at 805.499.3490.

Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize for Poets of Color

Submit 25- to 30-page manuscript, through regular mail. Entry fee: $15. Deadline December 31, 2016. Prizes: $350, publication by Northwestern University Press, 15 copies of the chapbook, and a featured reading. Northwestern University Poetry and Poetics Colloquium, Drinking Gourd Prize Chapbook Series, University Hall, Room 215, 1897 Sheridan Road, Evanston, Illinois, 60208, ATTN. Susannah Young-ah Gottleib.

The eLit Awards

An industry-wide, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the electronic publishing industry, and are committed to illuminating and honoring the very best of English-language digital-publishing entertainment. The eLit Awards celebrate the ever-growing market of electronic publishing in the wide variety of reader formats.

  • Early Bird #1 entry – Now through August 31, 2016 – $70 per title, per category
  • Early Bird #2 entry – September 1st through November 30, 2016 – $80 per title, per category
  • Regular entry – December 1st, 2016 through January 31, 2017 – $90 per title, per category