Posted by: Kathy Temean | December 8, 2015

Two No Fee Writing Contests with Looming Deadlines

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Amalia Hoffman sent in this illustration to help everyone celebrate Hanukkah.



The Christopher Doheny Award 2015 


The Center for Fiction and Audible, Inc. are pleased to announce that submissions are now being accepted for the third annual Christopher Doheny Award. The award recognizes excellence in fiction or creative nonfiction on the topic of serious, life-threatening physical illness. The winner of the award must demonstrate high literary standards while exploring the impact of illness on the patient, family and friends, and others. With generous support from Audible, Inc. and the Doheny family and friends, the award includes a $10,000 prize and production and promotion of the book in an audio edition, with the option to pursue print publication with the assistance of Audible, Inc.


Writers must have previously published in literary journals or magazines, or have published a book with an independent or traditional publisher. Self-publication does not meet this guideline.

Only unpublished manuscripts written in English and not currently under contract with a publisher are eligible. Both adult and YA manuscripts are eligible for the prize. Works in progress and proposals are not eligible for consideration, nor are single short stories. Full collections of stories that meet the guidelines are welcome

Writers must have previously published in literary journals or magazines, or have published a book with an independent or traditional publisher. 

Deadline December 15. 2015. 



December 20, 2015.

1st prize $2,000. 2nd prize $600. 3rd prize $200. 4th-10th prizes $100.

Note: all winners will be published in winners compilation – digital e-book and printed versions.

About the competition

The Neoverse Short Story Writing Competition aims to publish first-rate short stories while rewarding and incenting authors through cash prizes.  Our mission is to connect storytellers with readers and to do so in a modern digital age.  We try to do this in several ways…

We provide visibility to authors by publishing all short-listed submissions (top 20 entries) in both printed and ebook formats. Volume 1 of our Winners compilation will be published in early 2016. We aim to publish all entries that reach the short-list.

We provide recognition for authors by allowing them to use our name and logo in their own promotional material free of charge.  We provide digital assets (e.g. a ‘sticker’) that winning authors may use on their book covers, websites and other promotional material.

We reward authors through generous cash prizes totaling $3,500.

We want to help authors tell stories in the digital age.  The Competition is judged in a unique way; our judging panel is chaired by the award winning novelist Aaron Safronoff (Spire, Evening Breezes), but the inputs to the final decision are sourced from digital feedback left by a broad set of judges.  This judging panel is double blind – authors do not know the judges and judges do not know the authors.  They read story submissions via a digital e-reader specifically designed for secure reading and built to gather feedback.  We love the traditional printed word, but when it comes to handling many submissions, accumulating and tracking feedback and data we believe digital reading is the best tool for the job!

Entries should be between 1,000 and 5,000 words. They can be from any literary genre (History, Fantasy, Young Adult, Crime, Science Fiction, etc); however, we exclude and will disqualify entries that are obscene, defamatory, libelous, threatening, pornographic, racially or ethnically offensive, or encourage conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or violate any law.  Entries must be appropriate for reading and viewing by the general public. We welcome all authors from the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec).

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Thank you for the information. I’ve submitted a short story to option #2 and wouldn’t have if it weren’t for you.


  2. Happy Hanukkah 🙂


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