Literary Contests

2011 Young Voices Awards
Deadline for entry: April 30, 2011
The Young Voices Foundation has issued a call for entries for the 2011 Young Voices Awards for Children’s, Youth, Young-Adult and Parenting books. The foundation is dedicated to inspiring, mentoring and educating young writers. Books must be written in English and copyrighted or released in or after 2009. Books published before 2009 may be eligible for the Legacy Categories. The fee is $85 per title per category. The entry fee for titles submitted April 1 or later is $95. The regional entry fee is $60 (or $70 on April 1 or later).

Judging will be based on content, originality, design and production quality. Submitted books should emphasize strong family values and be suitable for their specified age group.

For a complete list of rules and to enter, visit the Young Voices Awards Web Site.

2011 New York Book Festival
Deadline for entry: May 25, 2011
The New York Book Festival has issued a call for entries for its annual program. The festival celebrates books that deserve a greater recognition from the world’s publishing capital. Entrants must be written in English, Spanish, French or Italian and must be published on or after January 1, 2004.

Judging will be based on the storytelling ability of the author and the potential of the work to win wider recognition. The grand prize winner will receive $1,500 and a flight to New York for the festival and awards celebration. Categories include general fiction, general nonfiction, children’s books, eBooks, comics, wild card, and many more. A $50 entry fee is required for each entry.

Download an entry form or learn more about the self-published book awards by visiting

2012 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Awards
Deadline for entry: July 25, 2011
The Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) is issuing a call for entries for the 2012 New Writers Awards for poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. The submitted work should be the author’s first published book for each category and written in English.  Works must have been published from the spring of 2010 through the spring of 2011.

The winning author will be invited to tour several of the GLCA member colleges to publicize their book. The writer will receive an honorarium of at least $500 from each college, as well as travel expenses, hotel accommodations and hospitality. The winning author commits to the tour when accepting the award.

For a complete list of rules and to enter, visit the GLCA Web site.

Writers’ Forum Ongoing Poetry Competition
Deadline: 15th of every month

Poets are invited to enter their unpublished poems for a competition to be held in each issue of Writers’ Forum. There is a first prize of £100 and three runner-up prizes. All four winners are published in the magazine.


Writers’ Forum Ongoing Short Story Competition
Deadline: 5th of every month

Prizes range from a minimum 1st prize £300, 2nd prize £150 and 3rd prize £100 with an annual trophy and a cheque for £1,000 for the best story of the year. The competition is open to all nationalities, but entries must be in English.


4 responses to “Literary Contests

  1. I would like to talk with someone about starting my book… basically is a true to life story about all the awesome things not only for work but my rock-n-roll encounters with my rock stars and also my travels throughout my life such as reporting the 1st two space shuttle launch in the early 80’s to working with Cessna aircraft at St. Petersburg Florida…..if you can help me out, write to me at my e-mail address above….

  2. Hi Linda
    I just published my first book ‘Throwaways’, the first in the series “The Claus Chronicles (according to me)”. The first four pages of the first chapter was the hardest and the most rewritten of the whole book. So—my suggestion is to begin with the second, or another chapter. Outlines always help, too.

  3. Hi Linda,
    I hope, by now you are well on the way.
    The beginning of my “Odyssey of a DP” was tough, I lost count how many times I changed it. With my limited experience, I do think, that OUTLINE is the most important in organizing the story. Certainly in fiction would be a must, but it is easier with a story of your life, perhaps, the chronological order.
    Good luck!


    Hi,i would like to part of this organization

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