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Energize your writing by entering a contest

Writing is its own reward, but it’s good to submit to contests to see how your work rates. It can give energy and focus to your writing, and if your submission wins, you might catch the eye of an editor or agent.

See the list below for several upcoming contests. For a more detailed list, visit Poets & Writers online.

Flash Fiction
Gemini Magazine
Deadline: August 31, 2013
Entry Fee: $4 ($3 for each additional entry)
Gemini Magazine, Flash Fiction Contest, David Bright, Editor. P.O. Box 1485, Onset, MA 02558. (339) 309-9757, editor@gemini-magazine.com.

Gemini Magazine awards a prize of $1,000 and publication annually for a short short story. Submit a story of up to 1,000 words. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete instructions.

Poetry, Short Story, Non-fiction
Black Warrior Review
Deadline: September 1, 2013
Entry Fee: $15
Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Black Warrior Review are given annually for a single poem, a short story, and a work of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction). Judges are Kate Durbin, poetry; Brian Evenson, fiction; and Jenny Boully, nonfiction. Using the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length or a story or essay of up to 7,500 words. Entry fee includes a subscription to Black Warrior Review. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Black Warrior Review, Writing Contests, Brandi Wells, Editor. P.O. Box 862936, Tuscaloosa, AL 35486-0027.

Essay
Literal Latté – Ames Essay Award
Deadline: September 15, 2013
Entry Fee: $10 ($5 for an additional essay)
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a personal essay. Submit an essay of up to 8,000 words. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Literal Latté, Ames Essay Award, Jenine Gordon Bockman, Editor, 200 East 10th Street, Suite 240, New York, NY 10003. (212) 260-5532. litlatte@aol.com

Short Story
Rosebud Magazine
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award for Imaginative Fiction
Deadline: September 15, 2013
Entry Fee: $10

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Rosebud Magazine is given annually for a short story. Submit a previously unpublished story of up to 4,500 words with a $10 entry fee ($15 to receive a copy of the prize issue). Ray Vukcevich will judge. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award, Rosebud Magazine, Rod Clark, Editor, N3310 Asje Road, Cambridge, WI 53523. (608) 423-9780, jrodclark@rsbd.net

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