A Very Short Story Contest. Accepting original, unpublished stories of up to 10 words. Winner receives one free course from Gotham Writers. No entry fee. Deadline May 14.

Del Sol Press First Novel Competition seeks submissions of literary and upmarket fiction, general fiction, serious women’s fiction, SFF with a literary edge or fiction with a catalytic speculative element, e.g., Time Traveler’s Wife, as well as mystery, crime, or suspense fiction. Prize $1,500 honorarium and publication. Second and third place winners receive free tuition to the Algonkian New York Pitch Conference. Entry fee $30. Deadline May 15.

Hypatia-in-the-Woods Residencies. Accepting applications from women for residencies in January, February, and March 2019. Hypatia-in-the-Woods is located in a Pacific Northwest cedar and fir forest, near the small town of Shelton, Washington, and near the Olympic National Forest. Deadline May 15.

Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize. Submit 17–24 pages of poetry (not including front or back matter). Winning poet receives $500 and publication. Entry fee $15. Deadline May 15.

SFK Press (Southern Fried Karma) Novel Contest. Seeking “artistic voices of the new millennium—with a Southern accent.” Winner receives a $1,500 advance on a book publishing contract with SFK Press. No reading or entry fee. Deadline May 31.

Emerald Theater Company’s Play Fest seeks 10-minute scripts with two to four characters to be staged in black-box style. Theme: “Gaydar.” Prizes: $300, $200, $100. Entry fee $10. Deadline May 31.

WOW! Women on Writing Flash Fiction Contest. Seeking short fiction of 250 to 750 words in any genre. First place $400 and publication. Entry fee $10. Deadline May 31.


Kentucky Women Writers Conference Contest is accepting submissions from women writers for the Betty Gabehart Prizes in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Prizes: honorariums of $300 each, tuition for a small-group writing workshop during the conference on September 14–15, and an opportunity to give a reading at the conference. Entry fee $10. Deadline June 1.

One Storyseeks literary fiction between 3,000 and 8,000 words in any style and on any subject. Pays $500 and 25 copies.



This leafy getaway is Hypatia-in-the-Woods, a writing retreat for women in the Pacific Northwest. See details on the left about applying for upcoming residencies.

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