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What Is a Fair Price for a Writing Contest Entry Fee?

penpaperlife304Over at Reddit, writers are debating the common practice of charging a fee for writing contests.

This question has always intrigued me, so I wanted to ask GalleyCat readers–what is a fair entry fee price for a writing contest entry fee?

I’ve collected a few responses from writers below, illustrating how contentious this issue is within the writing community.

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Enter Out of Print’s ‘Put a Poe On It’ Contest

poeOut of Print, a book-themed clothing merchant, is hosting the “Put a Poe On It” design contest.

To enter, just download this PNG file of Edgar Allan Poe’s head, create a piece of art with the image and submit to the ”Put a Poe On It” Tumblr page.

One grand prize winner will receive the “Poe Prize Pack.” The runner-up will be awarded a $50 Out of Print gift card.

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Win a Literary Vacation from Kirkus Reviews

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To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Kirkus Reviews, you could win a two-person literary vacation in New York City.

You can enter the contest by sharing your name and email address at this link. Entries will be accepted until midnight on October 22, 2013 and the winner will be picked on October 23.

In celebration of its 80th birthday, Kirkus Reviews is hosting a contest to give away a literary tour of New York City. The winner will receive two round-trip tickets to Manhattan, 2 nights at Library Hotel, Breakfast at the Algonquin Round Table, Gift certificates to Strand BooksMcNally Jackson Books and Three Lives & Company bookstores, Passes to the Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl and dinner at PUBLIC.

Writer vs. Writer Challenge on Reddit

The writing section of reddit will host a Writer vs. Writer challenge this week. UPDATE: Sign up has been closed on the writing challenge.

Your work will be judged by community comments on reddit. The last Writer vs. Writer challenge counted 88 participants and 53 submissions. Check it out:

Writer vs Writer is a battle between 4 randomly drawn participating writers. Each has the same amount of time to write the best short story (~750 words) on a randomly assigned prompt. It’s a quick fun challenge for you to enjoy as a break from your main projects. See some examples: Match Thread 2 Match Thread 1 … The winner of the battle is the person who receives the most votes. Voting is public, you need to leave a comment to a story for a point to be awarded and anyone may vote. The winner of a battle gets awarded 2 points, whilst points are shared equally in the event of a tie vote.

Writing Contest in Honor of Elaine Kaufman

From now until October 15, 2013, writers can submit a short story, essay or novel excerpt to the Table 4 Writers Foundation’s second annual writing competition.

The foundation will award five $2,500 grants to honor the memory of Elaine Kaufman, a restaurant owner who welcomed many great writers into her famous restaurant. Here’s more from the release:

Kaufman, known for nurturing writers and other creative people, died in December 2010 after running the celebrated Elaine’s restaurant on the Upper East Side for more than 47 years. “I’m pleased that in our second year we’re able to increase the amounts that we award our winners,” said Jenine Lepera Izzi, the foundation’s chair. “We hope that the prizes will help them focus on their work and also bring attention to their writing.”

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The University of Colorado Collects Haikus for a Mars Mission

Earlier this year, the University of Colorado held the “Going to Mars” haiku writing contest. More than 12,000 people turned in submissions. Every poem that picked up at least two votes in a public poll will be included in a DVD for a space mission with the MAVEN.

According to Mashable, NASA plans to send the MAVEN spacecraft to Mars in November. The contest organizers announced that five haikus each received more than 1,000 votes and earned a place in a “top five” list. Here is one those pieces, penned by Benedict Smith:

“It’s funny, they named
Mars after the God of War
Have a look at Earth”

(Photo Credit: Kevin Gill)

Share the First 500 Words of Your Suspense Manuscript in Contest

You only have a few more hours to submit the first 500 words of your suspense manuscript to the Friedrich Literary Agency’s Vivid Voices Contest.

The three prizes include: a full manuscript evaluation by agent Lucy Carson, a query evaluation and free book, or a query evaluation. To submit, email your materials to vividvoicescontest (at) gmail (dot) com before 5 p.m. EST today (August 12). Here’s more about the contest:

an entry consists of the first 500 words of your novel (yes, we are asking for fiction only) OR short story (if and only if that story is part of a suspense-themed collection which is complete), along with your full name, working title of the submission, and confirmation that the project is not under consideration at another agency at this time … After your first 500 words, please include 2-3 paragraphs describing the complete project.

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Journal Seeks Submissions

So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is looking for submissions for its second annual issue. The theme this year is “Humor.”

The first issue (“Veterans Reclaim Armistice Day: Healing through the Humanities”) was released on Kurt Vonnegut’s birthday November 11th birthday, focused on the theme of “War and Peace.” Check it out:

We want your whimsy, levity, dark satire, political parody, topical tomfoolery, sarcastic spoofs, and wit.  Keep in mind that we are looking for your unique voice and not just an imitation of Vonnegut’s trademark, humorous humanism. Please submit your poetry, creative nonfiction, short fiction, original artwork, and/or photography related to the theme of humor.  We will accept new and previously published work (simultaneous submissions are allowed with notification) and will credit the original publisher for previously published works.  Submissions are limited to one work of prose (maximum 1500 words) or up to five poems, photographs, and/or works of art.  Please format with double space, use 12 point Times New Roman font, and include a cover letter with a brief biography.


Quirk Books Hosts the ‘Looking for Love’ Fiction Contest

Quirk Books has opened the “Looking for Love” fiction contest, seeking full-length novel manuscripts.

The grand prize winner will receive $10,000 and a contract for publication. The deadline is October 1, 2013. Follow this link for more details. Here’s more:

[We want] love stories that are fresh, fun, and strikingly unconventional. Boy Meets Girl. Girl Meets Girl. Girl Meets Shark. Shark Meets Pirate. Anything goes! Except vampires. Sorry.


 

Win a Contract to Write a Dark Crystal Novel

Did you love The Dark Crystal movie as a kid? You could win a contract to write the first book in a new YA series based on the late Jim Henson‘s beloved fantasy film. “All professional and aspiring professional writers” are eligible to participate.

The Jim Henson Company and Penguin Young Readers Group’s Grosset & Dunlap imprint have teamed up for the online Dark Crystal Author Quest contest. You can submit your entry between October 1st, 2013 to December 31st, 2013. Check it out:

This new Dark Crystal novel will be a prequel story set at the time of the Gelfling Gathering, between the Second Great Conjunction and the creation of the Wall of Destiny. We will be placing all known lore from this era on DarkCrystal.com, the definitive home of The Dark Crystal. There you will find all the knowledge available for you to shape and build your story—and all we ask is that you share your stories with us … Your submission should be an original story set in the era outlined above. The final novel will be upwards of 50,000 words, but please send in 7,500-10,000 words that represent the story you would tell in a full-length Dark Crystal novel. It can either be the first chapters, final chapters, a collection of middle chapters, or a short piece that would form the inspiration for a novel-length story.

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