Deadline: January 11th, 2019
Payment: The winner will receive an advance against future royalties of $10,000. Read on for more details.
Rules for the 2019 St. Martin’s Minotaur/ Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition
Sponsored by Minotaur Books and Mystery Writers of America (MWA)
1. The Competition is open to any writer, regardless of nationality, aged 18 or older, who has never been the author of any Published Novel (in any genre), as defined by the guidelines below, (except that authors of self-published works only may enter, as long as the manuscript submitted is not the self-published work) and is not under contract with a publisher for publication of a novel. Employees, and members of their immediate families living in the same household, of Minotaur Books or Mystery Writers of America (or a parent, subsidiary, or affiliate of either of them) are not eligible to enter. Only one manuscript entry (the “Manuscript”) is permitted per writer. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
Please read all of the rules and guidelines before submitting your entry.
Deadline: December 15th, 2018
Prizes: One First Place winner will receive $500, one Second Place winner will receive $250, and one Third Place winner will receive $100. We may select up to 11 Honorable Mention winners (1 for each month). Any Honorable Mentions will receive $25.
Since 1996 Legendary Letters has been sending magical mail to people all over the world. Some of the lesser known magical beings (who aren’t as experienced letter writers) are hoping you can help them out and give them some good ideas. Winning letters will eventually be sent to real children all over the world!
Deadline: December 1st, 2018
Prizes: A first prize of $10,000 and second prize of $5,000 will be awarded. Runners up and other prizes will also be awarded
Children born today will likely welcome in the next century. The care they receive and health they enjoy throughout their lives will be radically different than what we experience today. But how? We invite you to help us explore the question:
Deadline: January 31st, 2019
Payment: Contest with $2,000 Prize Pool – 1st Place: $800 2nd Place: $400 3rd place: $300 4th place: $200 5th place: $100 6th place: $100 7th place: $100 – Each winner receives author copies: 1 signed hardcover, 5 paperbacks and a digital copy of the book.
Note: You must be a subscriber to the Dark Regions Press e-mail newsletter to qualify which is free to join at darkregions.com/newsletter
Announcing Black Labyrinth Anthology I : Possession – Open Submissions Free to Enter Writing Contest with $2,000 Prize Pool!
Dark Regions Press is excited to announce our new open submissions writing contest for 7 stories in the first anthology in the Black Labyrinth imprint with a $2,000 prize pool! Featuring original psychological horror stories based on individuals possessed by internal and/or external forces, this new book will be published in 2019 as the first anthology in our critically acclaimed Black Labyrinth imprint that has published original novellas by Tom Piccirilli, Joe R. Lansdale and Ramsey Campbell each illustrated by Santiago Caruso.
You can support this writing contest by participating in the early preorder of Black Labyrinth Anthology I : Possession on our website and/or sponsoring the writing contest on the same page. A note to collectors:
Black Labyrinth Anthology I : Possession will be published in a Flood Black Signed & Numbered Hardcover format designed to match other Black Labyrinth titles and it is available for preorder now on our website
. Thanks to everyone who supports the contest!
BLACK LABYRINTH ANTHOLOGY I : POSSESSION WRITING CONTEST GUIDELINES
THEME: Psychological horror story of one or more individuals possessed by internal and/or external forces.
WORD COUNT: 10 to 10,000
PAY: Contest with $2,000 Prize Pool – 1st Place: $800 2nd Place: $400 3rd place: $300 4th place: $200 5th place: $100 6th place: $100 7th place: $100 – Each winner receives author copies: 1 signed hardcover, 5 paperbacks and a digital copy of the book.
None but you must be a subscriber to the Dark Regions Press e-mail newsletter to qualify which is free to join atdarkregions.com/newsletter
SUBMISSION RULES: No reprints or stories published anywhere else before including author websites. No multiple or simultaneous submissions. Only one submission per author for the duration of the contest. Story must be a psychological horror story focusing on one or more individuals who are possessed by internal and/or external forces.
TURNAROUND TIME/TIMELINE: all stories must be sent to Dark Regions Press by January 31st 2019. Our team will then read all of the stories and will select the 7 winners and issue prize money by Summer 2019. The winners will be announced first in our e-mail newsletter after being contacted personally. Black Labyrinth Anthology I : Possession is scheduled for a Q4 2019 publication.
RIGHTS: By entering this contest you agree that if you are selected as one of the 7 winners Dark Regions Press has the right to publish your winning story in Black Labyrinth Anthology I : Possession in digital and physical formats and you agree to sign signature sheets for the hardcover edition of the book. Two year exclusive physical and digital rights. The story can be published in Best Of anthologies within our 2 year exclusive rights period. After the two year exclusivity period the author is free to publish the story anywhere else in any capacity.
HOW TO SEND US YOUR MANUSCRIPT: please send us an e-mail with a subject line reading: “MY STORY TITLE – Black Labyrinth Possession” then in the e-mail body please include a list of the following information:
Full legal name
Payment information (PayPal preferred)
MANUSCRIPT MUST BE ATTACHED TO EMAIL AS A WORD DOCUMENT! .doc, .docx or .rtf are acceptable file types.
Please make sure you have read the above instructions carefully.
Send your Word Doc manuscript of no more than 10,000 words based on the guidelines above to our writing contest e-mail at:[email protected]gmail.com
Please only use that e-mail for story submissions for our currently active writing contests! Any other submissions/e-mails to that address will be marked as spam.
Thank you and we can’t wait to read everyone’s stories for Black Labyrinth Anthology I : Possessed.
SUPPORT THE WRITING CONTEST
This writing contest is 100% free to enter, but you can support our efforts to run the contest, read the stories and promote the authors via the Black Labyrinth Anthology I : Possession preorder page. On this page you can sponsor the contest to be thanked in the book, preorder the ebook/paperback/signed hardcover of the new anthology and more. Thanks to everyone who supports and enters our new writing contest!
Icarus with broken wings
Deadline: October 31st, 2018
The Contest: Write a story of 5,000 words or less about the myth below.
Deadline: October 31 by midnight
Entry Fee: FREE!
To understand Icarus, let’s start with his father, Daedalus, and the mess he got himself into on Crete.