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Make Money with Writing Contests

on October 4, 2012

This is a guest post about Writing Contests. Though this is something that I have not addressed here on the blog before, and actually something I have not done much of myself, there are literally thousands of writing contests going on all the time. The prizes are often pretty good, so I need to stop ignoring them… for the same amount of effort, I could walk away with a much bigger reward than writing a blog post or online articles. I guess I have to this point taken the “for sure” money, and not attempted to grasp the bigger bucks….Time to change all that! A great source of income if you are a good writer and follow all the rules; this is actually now on my goal list for the remainder of this year (this last three months) I am going to enter two contests a month….who wants to join me and see what we can do? I will post about my contest entries and my progress here, and I will try to keep adding new contests that I find here and on Facebook. 

Writing contest awardWe all have something to tell the world. We are all unique and each of us has their own purpose. Yet, the purpose many consider theirs is not a true one. In most cases, it is a template of a purpose that gets adopted from the masses. Consider a template that’s very popular today – to become rich and buy everything. It is the virtue of time we live in that restricts many of us from understanding the multidimensionality and the endless capabilities of each and everyone.

Same as we are highly original individuals, we all have our own means of expressing ourselves. Some do it through making music, some – through drawing, some – through philosophy, and some – through writing. In fact, every person’s take on a certain mean is unique, as there is no limit to the number of ways each mean of expression can be approached from. What’s common in all the forms of self-expression? They are all a form of art, which is something that speaks. It is something which message goes far beyond its material texture. This far-reaching essence is what transcends the endlessness of the material world we are so used to living in. It is through art, in whatever form it may be, that one achieves immortality.

Regardless of whether you are finding expression of your creativity in something fundamentally vague like day-to-day behavior (which is also possible) or in some defined form of art, we would like to present you with some of the best writing opportunities there are. These opportunities will hopefully help you earn recognition and further your art of self-expression in a new way, if you are not a professional writer already.

Writers of The Future Competition (quarterly)

ENTRY FEE: Free of charge

PRIZES: $1,000.00 for the first, $750.00 for the second, and $500.00 for the third places; publication in one of the Writers of The Future publications

COMMENT: This is a perfect opportunity for writers with no experience who feel that they are good at writing short fiction stories. Only prose is accepted. The style of the submission should be horror, science-fiction, fantasy or dark fantasy. The submission should not exceed 17,000 words. If you are lucky (or skillful) enough to get published in one of the issues of the Writers of The Future, you can be sure that your piece is going to become no less than 5,000 copies. If you do get published in one of the issues, you will maintain all the rights for the work. The prizes are awarded every three months. There is also an annual prize of $5,000.00.

Open City Magazine Short Story Contest (annual)

ENTRY FEE: Free of charge

DEADLINE: 12-31-2012
PRIZES: $500.00 cash prize and publication on anderbo.com
COMMENT: There is a limit of one submission per author. There are also strict guidelines on the format of the text body and the submission method. If you have been previously published by the Open City Magazine or on Anderbo, you can’t join the competition, as it was designed to find new talents.


ENTRY FEE: Free of charge

DEADLINE: 11-01-2012
PRIZES: $1 000.00 cash prize
COMMENT: We are happy to announce the first writing competition organized by Writerbay.com. We are looking for experienced writers, as well as people who are looking to get started as a writer. If you want to show your talent to the world and start making money with your writing skills, our contest is the one you have been waiting for.

The Consequence Magazine Prize in Poetry (annual)

ENTRY FEE: Free of charge

DEADLINE: 10-01-2012
PRIZES: $200.00 cash prize and publication
COMMENT: The submission must address or in some way touch on the consequences of war. No more than three pieces of work can be submitted at the same time. Any length is acceptable. A cover letter should be included.The winner and the three to make it to the final will have their works published in the Spring issue of the Magazine.

Web of Life Essay Competition (annual)

ENTRY FEE: Free of charge

DEADLINE: 09-30-2012
PRIZES: $1,500.00 for the first and $500.00 for the second places
COMMENT: The Web of Life Foundation is now taking essays for its annual competition. The prize money amounts $2,000.00. The winner receives a cash-prize of $1,500.00. The person to take the second place will receive $500.00, also cash. If you can’t make it this year, make sure you put this opportunity on your list.

Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program (annual)  Radliffe College Writing Fellowship

ENTRY FEE: Free of charge

DEADLINE: 12-31-2012
PRIZES: $500.00 cash prize and publication on anderbo.com
COMMENT: If you are an established writer, this is for you. The fellowship is given on an annual basis to creative nonfiction writers, poets and fiction writers. If you receive the fellowship, you get a personal office space at Radcliffe Institute, access to Harvard University libraries and, of course, the $70,000.00 fellowship itself. There are strict entry requirements for those applying.

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Here are some others I like: 

Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship
Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship

An award of approximately $52,000 is given annually to a U.S. poet for a year of travel and study abroad. Publication is not required, but recent winners have been published poets. Submit two copies of…

$0 Poetry $52,000 10/15/12

Definitely entering this one! Did somebody say travel?

 February 5
Web site: www.createspace.com/abnaThe Breakthrough Novel Award is offered annually for general fiction and young adult fiction. Each winner receives a publishing deal from Penguin with a $15,000 advance. Amazon Encore will publish close to a dozen other entrants.

Pretty cool–I have a novel bubbling, but not sure if I’ll make the Feb. deadline.

Writer’s Digest Romance Competition

We are now accepting entries in the Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards Romance Category. Winners will be listed in the May/June 2013 issue of Writer’s Digest.

Deadline:  September 14

Extended Deadline:  October 31

Learn more about the Romance competition

Wondering what’s in it for you?

  • A chance to win the Popular Fiction Awards Grand Prize including $2,500 and a trip to the 2013 Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City.
  • A chance to win the $500 Category First Prize
  • Get your romance story promoted in Writer’s Digest and on WritersDigest.com
  • Win $100 off a purchase at www.writersdigestshop.com
  • Receive a copy of the 2013 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market

Hmmm….maybe a mushy short story under my pen name so Mark does not die of embarrassment. 


3 Responses to “Make Money with Writing Contests”

  1. Valeta Goode says:

    Hi Denise, I love reading your blog. I am a jewelry designer, photographer making post cards of my photos, and an affiliate marketer. I am still learning to navigate blogging. My blog covers a lot of things that I take interest in. I had a few questions for you. Would you take a look at my friend’s story which was posted today on my blog and tell me your thoughts about it? Could you provide your opinion about my blog and do you still allow friendly bloggers to advertise for free on your blog? Can’t wait to hear from you. Thanks.

    • denisegabbard says:

      Hello Valeta! Thanks for stopping by, and for the nice comments. I just stopped by your blog and left a comment on your Savannah post– I swear I am going to get there this year.

      It sounds like you are a busy lady, and you have even tackled affiliate marketing– which has been the one online area that I have hesitated to consider at all– I know I need to, and there is a lot of money to be made–just have not got up the nerve to do it yet. Yes–you are more than welcome to advertise on my blog. You can post a comment on the friend’s page and link to your site– or if you want to write a post about what you do– maybe about how to get started in affiliate marketing? I would be glad to publish it for you and share it on my social networks, too.

      I love Adrianne’s story about Mammie– and I hope she has more stories like that in her!

      Your blog– I like it, but– the template you use always gives me trouble reading. Also– why don’t you set up a separate page as a “Gallery” for your jewelry designs? Maybe another one for your photos, too? Those couple things would make it more user-friendly. Let me know if you need help…

  2. denisegabbard says:

    There are quite a few– All in One SEO Pack, Yoast, Simple URL are three that come to mind.

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