Posted by: Kathy Temean | March 19, 2012

Writing Contests – All Ages

I know many of you have children who like to write and ones that you have been encouraging to write, so I thought I would include information for them.  The first contest is for adults and 12 to 18 year olds.  The last one is for teens and college students.  It provides them a great way to earn a lot of money to put towards their education.



First prize, $1,000 and a trophy. Second prize, $500 and a ribbon. Third prize, $250 and a ribbon. Junior contest prize $250 and a trophy.

The Scare The Dickens Out of Us ghost story contest and the Junior Scare The Dickens Out of Us ghost story contest share identical rules except the entry fees and the following: Junior contest writers must be age 12-18. Winners will have to provide proof of age. The contest is open to published and unpublished writers alike. All publication rights remain with the author. The ghost story must be 5,000 words or less, in English, and typed double-spaced.

Entries accepted beginning July 1, 2012.

Deadline October 1, 2012.


EVENT 2012 Non-Fiction Contest

Writers are invited to submit manuscripts exploring the creative non-fiction form. Check your library for back issues of EVENT with previous winning entries and judges’ comments. Contest back issues are available for $9 (CAN$13 for overseas residents). Postage and GST/HST included. To purchase a print copy now, visit our Online Sales.

$1500 in prizes available, plus publication! $34.95 entry fee includes 1 year of EVENT 5,000 word limit Contest

Deadline April 15, 2012

Judges reserve the right to award two or three prizes: three at $500 or two at $750, plus payment for publication in EVENT 41/3. Other manuscripts may be published. Preliminary judging by the editors of EVENT.


  • Previously published material, including that which has appeared online or has been accepted for publication elsewhere, cannot be considered. No simultaneous submissions.
  • Judges reserve the right to award two or three prizes: three at $500 or two at $750.
  • Maximum entry length is 5000 words, typed, double-spaced.
  • The writer should not be identified on the entry. Include separate cover sheet with name, address, phone number / email, and title(s). Send to EVENT, PO Box 2503, New Westminster, BC, V3L 5B2, Canada.
  • Include a SASE (Canadian postage / IRCs / US $1).
  • Multiple entries are allowed; however, each entry must be accompanied by its own $34.95 entry fee (includes GST/HST and a one-year subscription; make cheque or international money order payable to EVENT). Those already subscribing will receive a one-year extension. American and overseas entrants please pay in US dollars.
  • Douglas College students, employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter.
  • Entries must be postmarked by April 15.

Entry fee: $34.95 per entry.

Deadline for entries: Postmarked by April 15, 2012.

Send entries to:

EVENT Non-Fiction Contest PO Box 2503, New Westminster, BC V3L 5B2   Canada  Phone: 604-527-5293 Fax: 604-527-5095 Email:


The 2012 Equinox Prize for Shorter Fiction

We are now accepting submissions for the 2012 Equinox Prize. This is a Shorter fiction contest: Submissions may be up to 2500 words. Multiple submissions are accepted: you may submit as many stories as you like.

There is a $9 reader’s fee per entry. We understand the reluctance many writers have toward reader’s fees. The contest entry fee allows us to pay out prizes and keep our site running. We try to keep our fees at a minimum. Contest prizes are as follows:

First Place is $400 and publication in In The Snake. Second Place earns $120 and possible publication. Third Place earns $80 and possible publication. In addition, 10-20 finalists will receive certificates honorable mention.

This contest opens on Tuesday February 14 at 6:00 p.m. eastern, and will run through April 1, 2012.

Winners will be announced on July 1, 2012.



The New Cosmic Frontiers International Science Essay Competition On the Nature of our Universe and its Habitats is open to high school and college students. Its purpose is to inspire students to consider careers in science and to nurture their enthusiasm for the subject, and to engage young minds in creative, intellectual activities essential in scientific endeavors.

Winners will be awarded significant monetary prizes to support their education and given an extraordinary opportunity to meet today’s world-renowned scientists and scholars at a conference and award ceremony, held in Philadelphia, on October 12-13, 2012.

Deadline June 15, 2012.


Are we alone in the Universe? Or, are there other life and intelligence beyond the solar system?

First Prize – $25,000 cash prize. Second Prizes – Two essays will be chosen for $10,000. Third Prizes – Five essays will be chosen for $5,000.


What is the origin of complexity in the universe?

First Prize – $50,000 cash prize. Second Prizes – Two essays will be chosen for $25,000. Third Prizes – Five essays will be chosen for $10,000.

In addition, up to 10 honorable mentions of $3,000 each will be awarded in either category.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. There’s some nice prizes here! Certainly for the kids…how great that must be for some young writer to win, huh?


  2. Where do i send it to?


  3. Magnificent website. Lots of useful info here. I’m sending it to several friends ans additionally sharing in delicious. And obviously, thank you in your sweat!


    • Danielle,

      Thanks for helping to spread the word. Hope you visit often.



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