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Prada Sponsors a Writing Contest

Italian fashion company Prada has opened a writing contest, asking entrants to write about the subject of “the reality and its perception.” You can win 5,000 euros and the company will distribute your story as an eBook.

Follow this link to download a PDF with all the rules. At 1 P.M. C.E.T. on June 18th, 2013, Prada will allow writers to upload their entry for the contest at the contest website. You can write pradajournal [at] prada [dot] com with any problems. Here’s more from the company:

PRADA has called a Contest aimed at the accomplishment of short stories of a minimum of 10 (ten) pages and a maximum of 20 pages on A4 sized sheets, each page to contain approximately 400 words, written in Bodoni –DTC dim. 11 style, focusing on the inquire of the reality and its perception, especially: Views of the world. Images, marks, idea. The Short Story may be proposed in any language chosen by the Contender without any restriction.

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Submit Your Short Fiction to the Literary Upstart Contest

The L Magazine will host four reading events for this year’s Literary Upstart writing contest.

You can submit your short fiction until May 28th; submissions must be no longer than 1,300-words. The grand prize winner will get a $500 award and be published in the annual Summer Fiction Issue.

The top writers will be invited to one of three semi-final round readings on April 17th, May 1st or May 22nd. All the contestants who place first in the semi-final rounds will move on to perform one more time at the grand finale reading on June 4th.

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Riverhead Counters American Men of Letters Sweepstakes with Global Women of Letters

When Vintage Books announced its American Men of Letters Sweepstakes earlier this week, Riverhead countered with a Global Women Sweepstakes of Letters contest.

To enter the Vintage Books contest, you need to “like” James Salter’s Facebook page for a chance to win a collection of books by male authors. If you comment on the Riverhead Instagram page, you could win a collection of books by female authors. Check it out:

Riverhead has the honor of publishing incredible fiction by talented female writers from around the world. Head over to our Instagram and leave a comment for you chance to win a collection of novels by Helen Oyeyemi, Meg WolitzerEmma Straub, Danielle Evans, Dina Nayeri (page), Danzy Senna and Catherine Chung! … Leave a comment for a chance to win a set of 7 books by these writers. We’ll announce the winner on 4/16 (US addresses only).

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Win $3,000 in ‘The Shadow Man’ Book Trailer Contest

Savannah Morning News columnist and The Shadow Man author Mark Murphy has launched a book trailer contest. Three cash prizes will be awarded and the first place winner will receive $3,000.

Contestants should create a trailer (no more than 1 to 3 minutes in length) and submit it before April 30th. The entries will be judged on the following criteria: creativity, originality, and how well the video can be used as a marketing tool.

Here’s more from the announcement: “Trailers (1-3 minutes in length) should try and take advantage of the Savannah setting while incorporating aspects of the city that are present in the story. The iconic cover shot of the Forsyth Park Fountain at night must be incorporated into each video as well links to the author’s website and Facebook page.”

Win $500 in a Team Writing Contest

The first ever Stanford Story Slam has opened, a chance for a team of writers to win $500. Anybody can enter the writing contest and the deadline is April 22.

To enter, you must collaborate to write about this prompt: “There are over 15,000 bikes used by students, staff, and faculty to get around Stanford campus. Over 300 bikes are stolen each year. Where do they go?” The Stanford Arts Review will publish the winning entry. Here’s more from the organizers:

Feel free to interpret this prompt broadly and in unexpected ways. You can write in any safe-for-work genre you like. The story must be written and submitted through the Ensemble system. For example, you can’t write the story in Google Docs and then copy-paste it into Ensemble. The story must be no more than 1000 words. A reader should be able to read the story in one sitting. The story must be original, unpublished, and not have been entered in any previous competition or contest.

Black Balloon Publishing Launches the Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize

Black Balloon Publishing has launched the Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize. The winner will receive $5,000 in prize money and also a book deal with the publisher.

The name of the prize honors Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, a famous British military leader. The organizers “believe in relentless creativity and perseverance against all odds. Are you the literary Horatio Nelson we’re looking for?”

This contest is open to fiction writers who have penned completed English-language manuscripts (either a novel or a short story collection). Those who wish to participate have to submit their entry after April 1st.

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Win $5,000 in The Truth in Advertising Contest

To celebrate John Kenney‘s The Truth in Advertising, Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone Books imprint has created a contest with a $5,000 prize.

If you want to enter, you must design an advertisement for the novel. Each contestant may submit up to three entries and the deadline is April 30th.

Anyone can enter, and a “a panel of advertising industry experts” will pick the winner. Follow this link to read all the official rules. Check out the competition at the Truth in Advertising’s official tumblr page.

Cartoonist Studio Prize Shortlist Revealed

The Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies have partnered for the Cartoonist Studio Prize. Two winners will be chosen , each receiving $1,000 in prize money.

This contest has two categories: Best Graphic Novel of the Year and Best Web Comic of the Year. Altogether, twenty comics creators have been recognized on the 2012 short lists.

Click here to check out the full announcement. Françoise Mouly, art editor of The New Yorker, will serve as this year’s judge.

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Nathan Bransford Runs First Paragraph Writing Contest

Got a great first paragraph?

Share it on author Nathan Bransford‘s site and you could win the chance to have InkWell literary agent Catherine Drayton read part of your manuscript. All the Ultimate First Paragraph Challenge finalists will win a query critique from Bransford himself–the former literary agent has been helping aspiring writers polish pitches for years.

Check it out: “Please post the first paragraph of any work-in-progress in the comments section [at this link]. If you are reading this post via e-mail you must click through to enter. Please do not e-mail me your submission it will not count. The deadline for entry is this THURSDAY 7pm Eastern time, at which point entries will be closed. Finalists will be announced… sometime between Friday and the year 2078.”

Figment Launches James Patterson Insipired Writing Contest

The online writing community Figment has partnered with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers to host The Kiss writing contest

Participants have the opportunity to win $500 in prize money and a 16GB iPad mini that contains eBooks by James Patterson. The winning story will be posted onto Patterson’s young-adult website; the victorious writer will also receive a personal message from Patterson on Facebook.

To enter, writers must write a short short story (500 words or less) “about a relationship that no one approves of” and submit it before the February 26th deadline.

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