Writing Contests, Jobs, and Grants

Ready to make your passion for writing pay off? Check out this current list of writing contests, grants, and jobs.


We are currently accepting short stories for our first issue to be published in October 2011. At this time we are only accepting fiction, although in the future we hope to expand the extent of our publication to include non-fictional accounts as well as essays, reviews, and other genres. We accept short fiction submissions that are up to 10,000 words. Please do not submit novel excerpts unless they are self contained as works of fiction. We are especially interested in stories that focus on character development, perception of self, and interpersonal relationships that reflect the nature and of the human experience. All genres are accepted. Pays$50 for one-time World-Wide-Web publication rights.


C/O Rosebud Magazine, N3310 Asje Rd., Cambridge WI 53523 Contest for original works of fantasy, science fiction, mystery, or horror, 4000w or less. Entries welcome any time. Deadline: September 1 in odd years. GRAND PRIZE: $1,000, 4 runners-up receive $100. All winners published in the magazine.


$5 or $20 ENTRY FEE
The Scare The Dickens Out of Us ghost story writing contest for 2011 is entering its third year. First place prize of $1,000, second place prize of $500 and third place prize of $250 will be awarded this year for the best original, previously unpublished ghost stories 5000 words or less that are submitted. For younger writers, The Junior Scare The Dickens Out of Us ghost story contest, which follows the same rules, offers $250 for first place for writers aged 12-18. This contest is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Dr. Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart, Texas. The main contest requires a $20 entry fee and the Junior contest a $5 entry fee. The contest is privately funded. All entry fee money goes directly to the Friends where it is donated to the library for library projects. Entries are accepted beginning July 1. The contest postmark deadline is October 1, 2011. No publication is involved. Writers retain full rights to their stories. The contest is open to published and unpublished writers, and to local, national and international writers as well. The only rules are that you write an original, unpublished ghost story and that it be 5,000 words or less in length.


Daily Science Fiction (DSF) is a market accepting speculative fiction stories from 100 to 10,000 words in length. By this we mean science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, etc. All that fits under the broader science fiction umbrella. We have a special and growing need for flash fiction, stories of 1,000 or fewer words. We pay 8 cents per word for first worldwide rights and for nonexclusive reprint rights. Additionally, we reserve the right to pay you more money for additional reprinting in themed Daily Science Fiction anthologies.


The 2011 Gemini Magazine FLASH FICTION Contest


Grand Prize: $1,000
Second Place: $100
Four Honorable Mentions
Entry fee: $4
($3 for each additional entry)
Deadline: August 31, 2011
Maximum length: 1,000 words
All Six Finalists Will Be Published Online in the October 2011 Issue of Gemini. Absolutely no restrictions on content, style or genre. Simply send your best, most powerful work.



E-mail Nicole@philadelphiastories.org
Judged by Steve Almond. Short fiction contest. The prize includes a $2,000 cash award, plus travel expenses to an awards dinner in Philadelphia in October. Deadline June 15, 2011. Previously unpublished works of fiction up to 8,000 words.


Parabola is a quarterly journal devoted to the exploration of the quest for meaning as it is expressed in the world’s myths, symbols, and religious traditions, with particular emphasis on the relationship between this store of wisdom and our modern life. Each issue of Parabola is organized around a theme.
Parabola welcomes original essays and translations. We look for lively, penetrating material unencumbered by jargon or academic argument. We prefer well-researched, objective, and unsentimental pieces that are grounded in one or more religious or cultural tradition; articles that focus on dreams, visions, or other very personal experiences are unlikely to be accepted. All articles must be directly related to the theme of an issue.
Articles run 1000-3000 words
Book Reviews run approximately 500 words
Retellings of traditional stories run 500-1500 words

Article payment generally ranges from $150 to $400. The payment for epicycles and book reviews is $75.



Location Los Angeles, CA
Creators Syndicate is an international content syndicate. We sign writers and artists who produce columns, comic strips and editorial cartoons; we then edit the content and sell and distribute it to newspapers and digital outlets worldwide. We are seeking a humble, hardworking individual to fill a hybrid editorial/creative position. We are looking for “brains” (commitment to excellence) and “heart” (motivation and a positive attitude).

Brief job description:

  • Editing columns
  • Editing comic strips
  • Evaluating potential writers and artists
  • Answering the phones
  • Working efficiently to meet deadlines
  • Writing ad copy
  • Creating, editing and working with PowerPoint presentations
    for Business Development team
  • Helping design layout and interface for websites and
    mobile/tablet apps


Issue Three: “Cinderella” theme, submission window opens at 12 a.m., EST, June 27, and closes at 11:59 p.m., June 30, 2011.

Issue Four: “Little Red Riding Hood” theme, submission window opens at 12 a.m., EST , Sept. 27, and closes at 11:59, Sept. 30, 2011 EST.

Only stories and poems based on the chosen theme story or its variants will be accepted. But any aspect or character can be the focus of stories or poems. Pay isten cents/word and flat rate of $50 for poems. Enchanted Conversation is for lovers of fairy tales all over the world. We hope to entertain and enlighten our readers, and give opportunities to writers and poets to have their work published.




Buzzy Mag is looking for original science fiction, fantasy and horror short stories up to 10,000 words. Thriller, suspense and paranormal tales that cross into traditional speculative fiction are welcome.We are interested in pieces that may be able to be developed into full length novels for publication by Buzzy Multimedia at a future date. Buzzy accepts submissions from both authors and literary agents. We do not accept e-mailed submissions. All submissions must be sent via regular mail.


ENTRY FEE: $5 for one poem or 4 poems for $15. Most poets write about love, flowers and puppy dogs. Midnight Black isn’t interested in that. We want you to express your dark side. We want death, war, hopelessness, dementia whatever your twisted mind can come up with. Poetry from around the world is accepted but fees are to be paid in US funds. There is no limit to the length of the poems as long as they are dark natured. The deadline is the Autumn Equinox – 5:00 AM on September 23, 2011. Prizes: $100 US for first place, $50 US for second. Top 50 poems will be published in the Midnight Black Anthology – poets will share the royalties.