A UFO Sighting?

I know there are many of you out there but you are afraid to admit it, afraid to say it out loud and even more afraid to share it with others. So you hide away the papers, the research, the endless notebooks filled with drawings, words, places and names. It’s who you are and you can’t let it go, but you don’t want others to know because they might look at you funny. The sideways glance that tells you they think you’ve gone insane, the pat on the back that really isn’t an encouragement so much as a mark of pity and, dare I say, shame. And so you go on with your secret but dear writer, you must set yourself free. You cannot continue to hide who you are, hide your talent, hide your passions, hide your stories, poems, prose, and plays. Do you really want to be – Unidentified Forever On (UFO)? I think not. So let me give you a push, from one fellow writer to another. Get your work out there! Now I don’t necessarily mean you have to go big, unless you want to. Therefore, I am going to supply you with a few opportunities to rebrand yourself from a UFO to Identified Fictional Originator (IFO)! So, pull out those stories, those papers, those hidden gems of fictional prose and use one of these runways to get your work flying in the big world 😛

I have supplied the links to the websites where you can look up the rules, submission requirements, fees and other important information. Please check out these suggestions fully to ensure their legitimacy and your rights. Also be sure to submit exactly what the contest requests. The sure-fire way for your work to be overlooked is not to follow the requirements. You want to get your work out there with the proper folks helping you along.

If you enter one of these competitions let us know and we’ll route for you and  your bravery to become an IFO! Plus, if you have other competitions that you are aware of, locally or other, share it with the HFA community. We are all in this together! (Hmmm….sounds like a song? Oh, yes! A song from High School Musical…

“We’re all in this together
Once we know
That we are
We’re all stars
And we see that
We’re all in this together
And it shows
When we stand
Hand in hand
Make our dreams come true..”

If you want to hear this anthem for the HFA here is the video excerpt from the movie

Writer’s Digest Short Story Competition: Deadline January 16th, 2015

  • A chance to win $3,000 in cash
  • Get national exposure for your work
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference
  • NEW-All entrants will be provided with a special pass to attend a live webinar conducted by award-winning author Jacob Appel.*
  • How to enter: register and pay online or download a printable entry form. (Entry fees are $25 per manuscript.)

Writers Digest Short Story Contest

Poetry Writing Contest

  • Writing Contest Description: Write poetry about Climate Change Effects on Mother Earth
  • Prize: $1,000 to $5,000 from first place winner up to third runner-up winners
  • Entry Fees: $0 (no entry/submission fee)
  • Start Submission Date: August 1st, 2015
  • Closing Submission Date: June 30th, 2016

Poetry Writing Contest

Song Writing Contest

  • 20th Annual USA Songwriting Competition
  • Radio Airplay!
  • Grand Prize of US$50,000 in Cash & Merchandise!
  • 15 different categories
  • Winners Will Be determined by Top Music Industry Pros*
  • Deadline May 29, 2015

Screenplay Writing Contest

  • Over $20,000 in cash
  • Consultations with Script Pipeline’s Director of Development and Senior Consultant
  • Personal introductions to managers, producers, agents, and others searching for new screenplays.
  • An opportunity to submit other material to Script Pipeline for internal review
  • A reserved spot to the 2015 Secret Door Pitchfest as a recognized finalist
  • Deadline March 1, 2015

Screenplay Writing Contest

 Historical Fiction Writing Contest: The Chaucer Awards

First Place Category Award Winning Authors will receive:

  • A chance to win the Overall Grand Prize Blue Ribbon Writing Contest 2015 ($1,000 award and ribbon) or the Chaucer Awards Overall Best
  • Historical Fiction 2015 ($250 award and ribbon).
  • Award winning books will be placed on the Chanticleer Book Shelves (which sell and promote the winning titles). Our CBR Book Shelves will be located in participating Independent Book Stores across the U.S. We are currently working on distribution channels. In the meantime, we are launching the Chanticleer Book Reviews on-line magazine. The first issue will be available Fall 2014. CBR reviews will be published in the online magazine in chronological order.
  • A coveted Chanticleer Book Review
  • A CBR Blue Ribbon embossed with the Contest Name, Author Name, and Book Title to use in promotion at book signings and book festivals
  • Plus more
  • Deadline is June 30, 2015

Historical Novel Writing Contest

Children’s Fiction Writing Contest: Leap Frog Press

  • Adult, young adult (YA) and middle grade (MG) novels, novellas, and short story collections are accepted. Minimum word count: 22,000. Individual stories in a collection may have been published in journals. Books that have been self-published will be considered “:unpublished” if fewer than about 200 copies were printed.
  • Deadline May 1, 2015



Here is a link to Writer’s Magazine’s page listing a variety of contests open to you to get yourself out there! List of a Variety of Writing Contests


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