Let these competitions inspire you to write something new, or send off something you’ve already written…and maybe you’ll end up with a [cash] prize for your efforts!
Rattle is a literary magazine that is dedicated to promoting a community of active poets. They publish through several mediums including an in-print magazine and an online blog. This year, they are hosting a poetry competition that includes a $5,000 first place prize and ten $100 finalists. Winners will be selected in a blind review by the editors of Rattle and published in the Winter 2014 issue. One $1,000 Readers’ Choice Award will be awarded to the poet selected by reader vote. This competition is open to writers worldwide although all entries must be submitted in English. No previously submitted works or works accepted for publication will be admitted.
To enter, type or print your name, address, e-mail, phone number, and title(s) onto a coversheet and send it to 12411 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, CA 91604 along with up to four poems and a $20 entry fee in the form of a check or money order made to Rattle. Winners will be announced on September 15, and the Reader’s Choice Award will be announced exactly one month later. For any questions, visit Rattle’s website.
The Nature of Words is hosting the 2014 Rising Star Creative Writing Competition. Rising Star is an annual creative writing competition open to unpublished writers ages 15 and up in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Submissions are accepted in three genres: poetry, nonfiction, and creative nonfiction. Winners will receive a cash prize and have their work published in The Nature of Words’ annual anthology. Additionally, top winners will be recognized at The Nature of Words Literary Arts Festival in Bend, Oregon.
Entries must be received no later than midnight, June 1. All entries must be submitted to the Nature of Words at thenatureofwords.submittable.com/submit; no submissions will be accepted via mail or e-mail. Please call (541) 647-2233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.