Essay Submissions 2009

The Summer 2015 Flash Fiction Contest is now closed and in judging. Thank you for your entries, and we wish you the best of luck this season! Please sign up for our e-mail newsletter (upper right hand corner, gray box) for contest announcements.

WE NOW HAVE TWO CONTESTS!

WOW! Women On Writing now hosts two quarterly contests: one for fiction writers and one for nonfiction writers. We’ve hosted the flash fiction contest since 2006, and over the years, writers have asked us to open up an essay contest. So we are happy to add the essay contest to our offerings. We look forward to reading your work!

Click on the links below to jump to:

Quarterly Flash Fiction Contest

Quarterly Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

 

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SPRING 2018 FLASH FICTION CONTEST

OVERVIEW:

WOW! hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months, and has done so since 2006. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, great writing, and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles and genres of flash fiction, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season (upper right hand corner) if you are serious about winning. Please make sure you download our Contest Terms & Conditions PDF below for complete guidelines. Get creative, and let’s have some fun! We look forward to reading your work!

WORD COUNT:

Maximum: 750

Minimum: 250

The title is not to be counted in your word count. We use MS Word's word count to determine the submitted entry's word count.

PROMPT:

OPEN PROMPT!

That’s right, this is your chance to shine, and get creative. You can write about anything, as long as it’s within the word count and fiction. If you’re feeling inspired, write something new, or dig out those stories you started way back when and tailor them to the word count.

We’re open to any style and genre. From horror to romance. So, get creative, and most of all, have fun.

Click to Download the SPRING 2018 FLASH FICTION Contest Terms & Conditions PDF

CONTEST DEADLINES:

FALL: September - November 30th 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) - CLOSED

WINTER: December - February 28th, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) - CLOSED

SPRING: March - May 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) - NOW OPEN!

SUMMER: June - August 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) - CLOSED

ENTRY FEE: $10.00

This is not a reading fee. Entry fees are used to award our 20 winners as well as administrative costs.

We are limiting the number of entries to a maximum of 300 stories. Please enter early to ensure inclusion. If we reach 300 entries, we will disable the PayPal buttons.

Buy Entry Only: $10.00 CLOSED

Buy Entry Only: $10.00


OR

ENTRY WITH CRITIQUE: $20.00

Buy Entry with Critique: $20.00 CLOSED

Buy Entry with Critique: $20.00

ADDITIONAL OPTION: Due to popular demand, we now have two options for your entry. For an additional $10.00 you can purchase a critique of your contest entry.

Upon the close of our contest, and after the winners are announced, you will receive a critique from one of our round table judges on three categories:

  • Subject
  • Content
  • Technical

You will be provided with your scores (1-5) in each category, and personal editorial feedback as well. There’s also an additional category that does not get scored: Overview. That is the general impression your story had on the reader. Please be patient upon the close of our contest and allow time for our editors to thoroughly critique your piece. We send out critiques after the contest winners are announced.

PRIZES: 20 WINNERS TOTAL!

FIRST PLACE:

  • $400.00 cash prize

  • $25 Amazon Gift Certificate

  • Entry published on WOW! Women On Writing

  • Interview on the WOW! Women On Writing Blog

SECOND PLACE:

  • $300.00 cash prize

  • $25 Amazon Gift Certificate

  • Entry published on WOW! Women On Writing

  • Interview on the WOW! Women On Writing Blog

THIRD PLACE:

  • $200.00 cash prize

  • $25 Amazon Gift Certificate

  • Entry published on WOW! Women On Writing

  • Interview on the WOW! Women On Writing Blog

7 RUNNERS UP:

10 HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • Name, state, and title entry published on WOW! Women On Writing



Click to Download the SPRING 2018 FLASH FICTION Contest Terms & Conditions PDF

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF. Download the latest version at http://www.adobe.com

Please read the contest terms & conditions in full before submitting your entry. Please make sure you read the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) before sending us an email.

Note: Previous winners who placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd ARE allowed to reenter this season. Also, if you placed as a runner up or honorable mention previously, you may enter again. Basically, everyone is welcome to enter!

Best of luck!

PREVIOUS WINNERS:

 

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QUARTERLY CREATIVE NONFICTION ESSAY CONTEST

OVERVIEW:

WOW! is proud to introduce our newest essay contest! The mission of this contest is to inspire creative nonfiction and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. Your story must be true, but the way you tell it is your chance to get creative. We are open to all styles of essay—from personal essay to lyric essay to hybrid essay, and beyond! Please make sure you download our Contest Terms & Conditions PDF below for complete guidelines. Get creative and let’s have some fun! We look forward to reading your work!

WORD COUNT:

Maximum: 1000

Minimum: 200

The title is not to be counted in your word count. We use MS Word’s word count to determine the submitted entry’s word count.

TOPIC:

OPEN TOPIC!

You can write about any subject you want to explore, as long as it’s within the word count and nonfiction. If you’re feeling inspired, write something new, or dig out those essays you started way back when and tailor them to the word count.

Click to Download the CREATIVE NONFICTION ESSAY CONTEST Terms & Conditions PDF

CONTEST DEADLINES:

Q1: August 1 - October 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) - CLOSED

Q2: November 1 - January 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) - CLOSED

Q3: February 1 - April 30th, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) - NOW OPEN!

Q4: May 1 - July 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) - CLOSED

ENTRY FEE: $12.00

This is not a reading fee. Entry fees are used to award our winners as well as administrative costs.

We are limiting the number of entries to a maximum of 300 essays. Please enter early to ensure inclusion. If we reach 300 entries, we will disable the PayPal buttons.

Buy Entry Only: $12.00 CLOSED

Buy Entry Only: $12.00


OR

ENTRY WITH CRITIQUE: $25.00

Buy Entry with Critique: $25.00 CLOSED

Buy Entry with Critique: $25.00

ADDITIONAL OPTION: Due to popular demand, we now have two options for your entry. For an additional $13.00 you can purchase a critique of your contest entry.

Upon the close of our contest, and after the winners are announced, you will receive a critique from one of our round table judges on three categories:

  • Subject
  • Content
  • Technical

You will be provided with your scores (1-5) in each category, and personal editorial feedback as well. There’s also an additional category that does not get scored: Overview. That is the general impression your story had on the reader. Please be patient upon the close of our contest and allow time for our editors to thoroughly critique your piece. We send out critiques after the contest winners are announced.

PRIZES!

FIRST PLACE:

SECOND PLACE:

THIRD PLACE:

7 RUNNERS UP:

  • $25 Amazon Gift Certificate

  • Essay published on WOW! Women On Writing

10 HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • Name, state, and title entry published on WOW! Women On Writing



Click to Download the CREATIVE NONFICTION ESSAY CONTEST Terms & Conditions PDF

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF. Download the latest version at http://www.adobe.com

Please read the contest terms & conditions in full before submitting your entry. Please make sure you read the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) before sending us an email.

Best of luck!

PREVIOUS WINNERS:

 

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QUOTES FROM CONTESTANTS:

“Thank you so much for my critique! Even though I didn’t win there was much valuable information shared that I know will make my story so much better. I will definitely take the guest judge’s suggestions to heart and rework my story to submit next time. This is the best critique I’ve ever received! Thank you for running such an organized contest and supporting women writers!”

- Stacey Ray, San Diego, California

 

“Please thank the editor who critiqued my story. She pointed out several consistency errors and one major plot point I never would’ve noticed. I got more out of this one critique than years at my writers group! It’s a big help because I plan on expanding this story into a longer piece. This wasn’t the first time entering your contest, but it was the first time receiving a critique. My advice to others will be to spend the extra ten dollars because it’s worth it!”

- Vanessa Chen, Casa Grande, Arizona

 

“I wanted to thank you for the gifts from my honourable mention, which arrived yesterday.  I was ‘tickled pink’ by the thoughtfulness behind every gift.
 
On another note, I want to congratulate you for the wonderful job you do every day.  When I enter your website, a feeling of grace, kindness, and generosity of spirit prevails.  It is inspiring to feel those sentiments when all I’ve done is punch a few keys to order the fiber optics to display your site.”

- Evelyn Marentette, Ontario, Canada

 

“This award, and being published on the WOW website, made it feel official; I really am a writer!... a special thanks to the staff and editors of WOW...and reading the past winners’ stories is an excellent way to hone your own writing skills.”

- Donna Wilkins, New Mexico

 

“Thank-you so much again for the services you are rendering by running this website, the contest and all that you do. You have to be the most encouraging people I have ever met!”

- Jane Johnson, Kansas

 

“Your contests help spur some of us writers who have our hands full with so many other things to make out time for our writing.”

- Ubong-Abasi Johnathan, Ontario, Canada

 

“Your site is so supportive and warm hearted, I feel like I have found the sisters I never had! Your personal attention to every detail makes it so special that I think even the most astute writer would have a hard time putting my heartfelt gratitude into words. Thanks again for everything. You have given me more than you know.”

- Dianne Greco, Port Jefferson, New York

 

“Thank you for having a challenging word length. I also love the way you communicate with your writers. You really appreciate the time and effort that everyone puts into their entries. It’s a pleasure to read your emails and your website.”

- Mandy Vicsai, Australia

 

“I just wanted to send a quick note to say, "thank you". I was one of the Honorable Mention Winners in the Flash Fiction Winter Contest and the goodies y'all sent me as a prize were so wonderful and thoughtful. When I opened the package, the care and consideration were obvious and it was tremendously appreciated.”

- Kristen Lamb, Texas

 

** Visit the WOW! Women On Writing Blog to keep up with the latest in contestant interviews on Tuesdays! Or Subscribe to The Muffin via Feedburner to receive posts via e-mail.

** Please subscribe to our email newsletter (subscription box located on the top right of every page) to keep up with the latest contest info and developments from WOW!

Do you have a question about the contest? Send us an email and we’ll get back to you: contestinfo[at]wow-womenonwriting[dot]com. Please make sure that the question isn’t already answered in the contest terms & conditions. Thank you!

Are you an author who would like to donate copies of your book or e-book as a prize? Or a company interested in donating products to our winners? If you would like to donate a prize to this contest, and be featured on this page, please contact us at contestinfo[at]wow-womenonwriting[dot]com with your request. We accept books, subscriptions, gift certificates, and other products upon approval.

Would you like to sponsor a contest? Contact us at ads[at]wow-womenonwriting[dot]com.




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Thinking of submitting to New England Review?

We have changed our submissions period for fiction and nonfiction in 2017–2018. We will be open for POETRY and NER DIGITAL submissions the usual time, from September 1, 2017, through May 31, 2018; for FICTION AND NONFICTION we will be open September 1 to November 30, 2017, and February 1 to May 31, 2018. All ART submissions will be open year-round.

What we’re looking for.
We welcome fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama, translation, creative writing for the web site (NER Digital), cover art, and art for our website. For translations, please confirm that translation rights are available. We only accept writing that has not been published previously, whether in print or on the web. Please send only one submission at a time per genre.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted in all genres, but please be sure to withdraw your submission immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Send only one submission at a time per genre. We attempt to respond to submissions within twelve weeks.

We welcome and encourage submissions from writers of every nationality, race, religion, and gender, including writers who have never been affiliated with an MFA program and whose perspectives are often underrepresented in the literary world.

What you get.
Payment for work published in the journal is $20 per page ($50 minimum), $100 for cover art, plus two copies of the issue in which the work appears and a one-year subscription.

For online publication in NER Digital, payment is $50 and a one-year subscription to the magazine.

Your cover letter—just the facts.
Your cover letter should provide contact information and state the genre and title of the submission, as well as any salient information about you—e.g., previous publications, never before published—or about your piece.

Online submissions.
Please submit your work through Submittable, our online submissions portal. The small fee we charge for online submissions ($3 prose, $2 poetry, $2 NER Digital) helps to support New England Review in its mission to publish writers at all stages of their careers. Fees are waived for current subscribers to the magazine.

Please see the Submittable link for more details on how to submit online.

You can check on the status of an existing submission on Submittable. If it says “in progress,” that means we have not yet made a decision about the piece. If you have other submission queries, send us an e-mail and we will respond as soon as possible.

Farewell to paper submissions.
As of September 2015, we no longer accept paper submissions. We will make exceptions for writers who are unable to use Submittable. If you would like us to make an exception, please describe your reason in your cover letter; otherwise paper submissions will be returned unread. Please do not send your only copy, as we cannot be responsible for lost or damaged manuscripts, and include a letter-size self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) for our reply only.

Categories
Fiction: We are looking for short stories, short shorts, novellas, novel excerpts (if they can stand alone), and translations. The word limit is 20,000. Please send only one piece at a time, unless the pieces are very short (under 1,000 words), in which case send up to three.

Poetry: We are looking for long and short poems, including translations. Please send no more than six poems at once, and upload them as a single file. If you need to withdraw part of your submission, please simply add a note to your submission in Submittable.

Nonfiction & Other: We are looking for a broad range of nonfiction, as well as screenplays, dramatic works, and works in translation. Among the types of nonfiction NER publishes are interpretive and personal essays, critical reassessments, cultural criticism (art, film, etc.), “Letters from Abroad,” and “Letters from American Places.” The word limit is 20,000.

NER Digital: NER Digital is New England Review’s online project dedicated to original nonfiction writing for the web. Our current series—“Confluences”—presents writers’ encounters with other works of art in any media. We are seeking brief essays, 500 to 1000 words, in response to a book, play, poem, film, painting, sculpture, building, or other work of art. Put yourself in the picture and fashion your essay around an actual autobiographical encounter with this work of art.Along with your submission, include a one-line writers’ bio and your current mailing address. Please also submit an image of or link to the artwork you are discussing. (Please note that the artwork will only be reproduced on our website if we are able to secure permission from the copyright holder.)

Cover Art: We are looking for striking artwork in any genre (painting, photo, sculpture, etc.) that will reproduce well as cover art. We strongly favor abstraction. The cover will be printed in full-color, full bleed, with the magazine’s logo in overprint and will be reproduced on the magazine’s website and electronic publications. The size of the printed cover is 6.75 inches wide by 9.75 inches tall, so the image may need to be adjusted to fit the trim size. If your work is selected for use on our cover, we will ask you to grant us one-time use of your image. You will also need to provide a high-resolution scan of the artwork (300 dpi), at least 7 by 10 inches, for print-quality reproduction.

When submitting images, please include a cover letter that states the title, date, size, and materials used in the image. Feel free to provide any other information about your artwork as well. Low-res images are acceptable for submissions, as long as high-res images can be provided when necessary.

Artwork for the Website: We are seeking digital images of artwork to accompany content that we post online from the print magazine, as well as from our NER Digital series. We favor abstraction over illustration, but we are interested in artwork from all media that will reproduce well online. The image may be used in its entirety, or a detail may be selected.

If your work is chosen we will ask you to grant us the right to post the image on our website, as well as in social media promotions. We will acknowledge your name and title of the work when it is posted, and if appropriate include a link for further information about your work.

Please visit us at www.nereview.com to see samples of images used on our website.

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