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

Bartleby Snopes 8th Annual Dialogue-Only Contest

All initial submissions up to 2,000 words must be received by September 15, 2016. Winners will be announced by October 19, 2016. Compose a short story entirely of dialogue with no narration or tag lines for one $10 fee. No editors or judges receive any portion of the entry fees. The contest runs with a rolling rejection process. They always keep their five favorite stories. Contestants will be notified immediately if their story falls out of the top five and will be given the opportunity to resubmit. A minimum of $500 will be awarded, with at least $300 going to the grand-prize winner. The five finalists will also appear in Issue 15 of the magazine. For every entry over 50, an additional $5 will be added to the total prize money. Last year they awarded $1,900 with a $1,161 grand prize. Kathy Fish and Rebecca McDowell are the 2016 judges. No previously published work or simultaneous submissions permitted. All rights revert back to the author after publication. Go to for more information, previous years’ winning stories, and to submit.

$50,000 International Literary Award for Unpublished Work

Deadline June 8, 2016

They seek short stories, novels, and screenplays written in English that give a voice to the inner lives of women. Your work can be romantic, a tale of science fiction, a sensual or erotic exploration, a comic caper, a thrilling mystery, or a biographical memoir. We ask only that it give fresh insight into the lives of women.

  • Generous cash prize and global exposure
  • Collaboration opportunities in multiple areas of entertainment
  • Open to works across a range of genres

If you are an author with a script slumbering in a drawer, we want to hear from you.
Take the next step and submit your creativity here:

The award is an initiative of Half the World Holdings, a women-focused investment platform.

FutureScapes Writing Contest

A university-based civic innovation office has launched a new writing competition to create a road map for the city of tomorrow. FutureScapes Writing Contest seeks short works of fiction of up to 8,000 words that envision life in future “Cities of Empowerment.”

The contest offers a $2,000 first-place prize, a $1,000 second-place prize, and $500 to each of four additional finalists, as well as publication in an anthology that will be distributed to mayors, governors, and members of Congress. There is no entry fee, and winners will be published alongside prominent, established authors of science fiction.

“This contest really takes seriously the notion that ‘life imitates art,’” said Luke Peterson, contest director. “We want to use fiction to give policy-makers a vision of what might be.”

Finalists will be judged by Hugo Award-winning author Mary Robinette Kowal. This year the theme of the contest is “Cities of Empowerment,” and those interested in entering are encouraged to carefully read the rules and theme for the contest before preparing a contest entry.

Deadline is July 15, 2016.

CIPA EVVY’s Book Competition Open for Submissions:

22nd year for one of the longest-running indie book competitions

Entry in the 2016 competition is open to any independently or self-published print book, e-book, or audio book published from 2012 onward. The final date to enter this year’s competition is May 21, 2016. The entry form and full guidelines for submission can be found here: