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Five Lines Pet Poem Poetry Contest

$200 in Prizes for Crafting Five Lines of Perfect Pet Poetry

Almost everyone has or had a pet at one time, whether it be a dog, a cat, a hamster, bird, goldfish, bunny, or some other creature. In five, and only five scintillating lines of poetry, tell us something about that pet. If you never had a pet then make something up. Make it funny, serious, sad, or uplifting. But more than anything, give us some insight into the bond between humans and their animals.

Deadline: 11:59 PM ET on June 27, 2014

Prize: First place winner receives $100. Two runner-ups will receive $50 each.

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Holiday Gathering Droubble Competition

$200 in Prizes for Chronicling the Most Memorable Holiday Gathering

Pass the turkey! Families, friends, and co-workers traditionally gather at the end of the year for dinner or drinks to celebrate the holidays. Make one of these gatherings the subject of your DROUBBLE. The story can be humorous, serious, thrilling, erotic, fiction or fact, or any other category as long as it is fun and interesting to read. The winner will create the most memorable DROUBBLE that combines originality, pithy writing, and an impactuctful conclusion - all within the 200 word constraint.

What is a Droubble? It is a story with a beginning a middle and an end in EXACTLY 200 words (excluding title) not 190 words not 201 words EXACTLY 200 words. Michael Kent of TheNextBigWriter coined the term "droubble" for a double drabble, a story in exactly 200 words.

Deadline: 11:59 PM ET on January 6, 2014

Prize: First place winner receives $100. Two runner-ups will receive $50 each.

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1st Place Winner Receives $300 and a $1,800 Editing and Publishing Package from CreateSpace.

The 2013 Strongest Start Novel Competition is now closed. The winners are:

- Friending the Devil by Marlene Elliott

The runner-ups are:

- Everything That Happened the Summer Helen Keller Died by renewp

- Railway to the Sun by Q.X.T.Rhazmeulen

- Buzzard Bait by Ann Everett.

Congrautlations to the winners!

To receive news of next year's competition, sign up for our contest alerts using the email box to the right.

Enter a writing competition to see who can craft the most compelling start to a novel. Whether you write Romance, Science Fiction, Romance, Non-fiction, or some other genre, the only criteria is that you write a start that will keep us reading.

  • Over $3,000 in Prizes and Awards.

  • Receive feedback on everything you post to help you prepare your novel for publication.
  • Winners are featured and announced in an email to over 30,000 writers, readers, publishers, and more.
  • Meet other writers, share tricks, and join the most advanced writing workshop on the planet.

Contest submission deadline: June 29, 2013.

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    Make Us Laugh. Win $100.

    They say laughter is the cure for all ills. Writing a funny story is considered one of the toughest tasks in the writing world. The challenge of this contest? Write a well-written story that is laugh-out-loud funny. Make us laugh.

    Each piece must be longer than 1,000 words and shorter than 5,000 words.

    Prize: $100 cash

    Deadline: March 11, 2013

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    Write a Story with the Empire State Building in it. Winner Receives $150.

    The Empire State Building is an iconic landmark that has been featured in pictures, movies, plays, and novels. Built during the Great Depression it was at one time the tallest building in the world. The building was named one of the seven wonders of the world by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

    You can learn more about the building and its stories history here.

    For this contest, write a short story in the past, present, or future that includes the Empire State Building in it. The story can be of any genre. Judging will be based on how well the writer integrates the building into a creative, original, and entertaining story.

    Prize: $150 cash

    Deadline: December 21, 2012

    How to Submit Your Empire State Building Story

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    1st Place Winner Receives $300 and a $1,800 Editing and Publishing Package from CreateSpace.

    The 2012 Strongest Start Novel Competition is now closed. The finalists are:

    -Congratulations to the 2012 winners. They are:

    - The Girl with Green Hair by Lucy Rice

    Contest Judge and literary agent Anita Mumm has invited Lucy to submit her full manuscript for consideration by the Nelson Literary Agency. 

    The three runner-ups are:

    - Extractions by Felix Urick

    - Timesurfers by TessB

    -Wander by Victoria Allman

    Once again, we hope that everyone who entered benefited from the contest and felt motivated to improve their opening three chapters.

    Congratulations to the winners!

    Previous Grand Prize Winners

    2011 Winner
    Quantrill's Raiders by crazeesharon is still being edited for publication.
    2010 Winner
    Priscilla the Great by Sybil Nelson (jediprincess) was a Top 100 Kindle book on Amazon.com.
    2009 Winner
    Sensing Passion: Travels of a Fifty-Five Year Old Divorcee by Christy Cumberlander Walker.
    2008 Winner
    Static Mayhem by Edward Aubry (Sherman_Bierce).
    2007 Winner
    Fallen by Ann Simko (Annie).

    What is the Strongest Start Novel Competition?

    It is the only live, online novel writing competition for unfinished books and novels. That means you can enter with a draft or unfinished manuscript and that you will receive feedback on your submission as the competition progresses. Feedback that you can use to improve you submission before the competition deaadline. The competition is meant to motivate writers to finish their books and to edit what they have written. And of course, to reward the writers who have done a fantastic job of honing their three starting chapters to page turning perfection

    Stay in the Know.

    The 2012 competition is over, but leave us your email and receive advanced news on the 2013 Strongest Start Novel Competition.


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    Sports Essay Writing Competition

    Win $150 By Writing a Compelling Essay On a Great Sports Moment

    Sports are not only a form of exercise and entertainment, but they have had a profound impact on society, politics, and culture. From the Miracle on Ice (shown in the image above) when the U.S.A defeated the Soviet hockey team in the 1980 Winter Olympics to the Japense women winning the 2010 Soccer World Cup in the same year as that country's devestating earthquake, sports have helped to define our lives.

    For this contest, choose a great moment in sports and share your thoughts on that event. You can decribe what made it a great moment, how the moment paralleled events in your life, or any other rumination on the event and its impact on you or the broader world.

    See the links below for some examples of great sporting moments to help get you started.

    Each piece must be longer than 1,000 words and shorter than 5,000 words. The winner will receive $150 in cash.

    Judging

    The judge for this contest is noted sports writer Saul Wisnia.

    Saul Wisnia

    SAUL WISNIA is a former sports and news correspondent for The Washington Post and feature writer for The Boston Herald. He has authored, co-authored or contributed to numerous books on Boston baseball history, including his latest -- Fenway Park: The Centennial http://amzn.to/qWjQRS. His essays and articles have appeared in Sports Illustrated, Red Sox Magazine, and The Boston Globe, and he shares Fenway reflections in cyberspace at http://saulwisnia.blogspot.com/. Wisnia, who lives 6.78 miles from MLB's oldest ballpark, can be reached at saulwizz@gmail.com or @saulwizz.

    Deadline: 11:59 PM ET on January 31, 2012

    Prize: $150.

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    Give Us Your Best Book Pitch and You Might Win $150

    Pitching a book is often the second most important task after writing it. A good pitch gets agents, publishers, and readers interested enough to take a look. To help you craft the best pitch and provide a bit of pitch inspiration, we're holding a book pitch contest. Post your pitch on TheNextBigWriter, get feedback on it from other writers, and see if it gets noticed. Not only will you get feedback from other authors on how compelling the pitch is, but the best pitch will win $150.

    The pitch should include:

    • A pitch sentence. A brief sentence that describes your book. Imagine if someone asks you what your book is about. What would you tell them in one sentence?
    • A query letter to an agent or publisher that explains why they should be interested in your book.
    • Any other information you think is relevant.

    Deadline: 11:59 PM ET on November 4, 2011

    Prize: The author of the best pitch will receive $150.

    How to Submit Your Book Pitch

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    Get Us Excited About Watching Paint Dry and You Could Win $150 and Online Exposure

    We all know that watching paint dry is right up there with watching grass grow for fun things to do. The challenge of this writing contest is to create the most exciting story on the topic of watching paint dry. Each piece must be longer than 1,000 words and shorter than 5,000 words. The winner will receive a $150 in cash and receive the option of having their work displayed in front of over 250,000 readers.

    Deadline: 11:59 PM ET on September 29, 2011

    Prize: First place winner receives $150 and will have their writing featured on the front page of Booksie.com for hundreds of thousands of readers.

    How to Submit Your Watching Paint Drying Short Story

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    1st Place Winner Receives $300 and a $1,700 Publishing Package from CreateSpace.

    July 30, 2011: Contest winners announced.

    Congratulations to the 2011 winners. They are:

    Main Competition:

    - QUANTRILL'S RAIDERS by crazeesharon

    Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Competition:

    - A Road of Blood and Slaughter by Venator

    Young Adult Competition:

    - The Orchard School for Dead Boys and Girls by Q.X.T.Rhazmeulen

    Humor Competition:

    - Moby's Dick: The Short, Absurd Life (and death) of Moby Gunderson by Jeni Decker

    Previous Winners

    • 2010 - Priscilla the Great by Sybil Nelson (jediprincess) is a top 1,000 book in the Kindle ebook store.
    • 2009 - Sensing Passion: Travels of a Fifty-Five Year Old Divorcee by Christy Cumberlander Walker is available for sale on Amazon.
    • 2008 - Static Mayhem by Edward Aubry (Sherman_Bierce). Static Mayhem was published by WorldMaker Media to rave reviews.
    • 2007 - Fallen by Ann Simko (Annie). Ann received a three book publishing contract from Lyrical Press for Fallen. Fallen was Lyrical's best seller in the 2010 winter season.

    What is the Strongest Start Novel Competition?

    It is the only live, online novel writing competition for unfinished books and novels. That means you can enter with a draft or unfinished manuscript and that you will receive feedback on your submission as the competition progresses. Feedback that you can use to improve you submission before the competition deaadline. The competition is meant to motivate writers to finish their books and to edit what they have written. And of course, to reward the writers who have done a fantastic job of honing their three starting chapters to page turning perfection

    Stay in the Know.

    The 2011 competition is over, but leave us your email and receive advanced news on the 2012 Strongest Start Novel Competition.

    Learn more

    Time Travel Writing Contest

    $200 in Prizes for Taking a Trip Through Time

    You just received access to a time machine. You sit down and choose a date (in the past or future) and location where some significant event is occurring. You take a deep breath and then pull the lever.

    Tell us in a Droubble (a story of exactly 200 words) where you go and what significant event you witness or participate in. Be original and tell a story within the confines of the Droubble limitation.

    Deadline: 11:59 PM ET on February 22, 2011

    Prize: First place winner receives $100. Two runner-ups will receive $50 each.

    How to Submit Your Time Travel Droubble

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    Halloween Mystery Short Story Competition

    Winner Receives a $500 Publishing Contract

    TheNextBigWriter has partnered with costumealibi.com to bring you two great contests. The first is a Halloween Short Story Contest. The short story should be between 2,500 and 5,000 words with a Halloween theme. There are no genre restrictions. Anything goes. We are looking for the most engaging, can't-put-it-down story to feature on the costumealibi.com Halloween Stories page.

    Deadline: 11:59 PM ET on October 5, 2010

    Prize: $500 Publishing Contract

    How to Submit Your Halloween Entry

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    Custome Humor Flash Fiction Competition

    Winner Receives a $100 Publishing Contract

    TheNextBigWriter has partnered with costumealibi.com to bring you two great contests. The second contest is a costume-oriented flash fiction piece. The flash fiction piece should have a costume theme and doesn't necessarily have to be about Halloween. It should be a humorous story between 500 and 1,000 words. Judging criteria -- The laugh-out-loudest story wins.

    Deadline: 11:59 PM ET on October 5, 2010

    Prize: $100 Publishing Contract

    How to Submit Your Costume Flash Entry

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    The winning entry will receive a $100 publishing contact and will be featured in front of hundreds of thousands of readers.

    Deadline: 11:59 PM ET on March 1, 2010

    Have a good idea for a flash story? Or maybe you've already written one. Post it as part of the TheNextBigWriter's 2010 Flash Writing Contest. If we like it enough, you'll receive $100 and be featured on the homepage of Booksie.com, a site that receives 500,000 reader visits per month.

    Submit Your Flash Entry

    More information

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    Join A Project to Create the Internet's First Workshop - Based Novel - The Cloud

    Winning entries receive a publishing contact for inclusion in the published novel.

    Deadline: 11:59 PM ET on January 21, 2010

    TheNextBigWriter in conjunction with Odin Roark of iPOV BOOKS present the first workshop-built-novel. The novel will be comprised of individual chapters/short stories written by different writers from TheNextBigWriter around a central theme and premise.

    The Cloud

    The novel project called THE CLOUD is a concept created by Odin Roark based on a premise that challenges religion, commerce, and science, as well as general behavior in the 21st century.  The plot involves reactions to a dark gray cloud that takes residence over the skies of Las Vegas in August of 2013 and is still there at the book’s conclusion in January 2014.  The genre of this book is literary.

    Learn more about The Cloud Project.

    Awards:

    The writers whose stories are selected as winners will receive a Publishing Contract to have their story published as part of the The Cloud Anthology. 50% of the net proceeds will be equally shared by the estimated 15 to 20 authors. 50% of the remaining net proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the formation of a charity fund developed by Odin Roark that will provide computers for children in developing countries.

    Submit Your Entry to The Cloud

    More information

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    Create the Most Horrible Wedding That's Out of This World

    The theme of this contest is the wedding that goes horribly, horribly wrong. But as a twist, the story must be set in a science fiction or fantasy setting. Other than that, use your imagination and have fun.

    We're looking for the most creative, most entertaining story. One that melds a disasterous wedding with a credible science fiction and fantasy setting. Key elements that we'll be looking for include:

    Well conceived characters

    Credible science fiction and fantasy settings

    A creative and original story

    A well written story.

    The story should be a minimum of 1,000 words but under 3,500 words.

    Prize: $100.

    Contest submission deadline: August 31, 2009.

    Submit Your Story

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    Can You Write a Chaiku that Rocks?

    Submit a Chaiku with a nature theme. Writer about plants, trees, weather, ocean, or anything else in the natural world that inspires your muse.

    We will be judging the Chaikus on their ability to tell a story or paint a scene within the constraints of the Chaiku format.

    So what is a Chaiku? Chaiku is a neologism derived from the first two letters of Chinese and the last four of HAIKU. It refers to the notion that Chinese poetic meter can play the same role as the meter of haiku in the composition of verse in English.

    Whereas a haiku consists of three lines, the first and third containing five syllables and the second seven, chaiku consists of four lines, each containing four syllables, that is to say either four words of one syllable, or four syllables regardless of number of words. Chaiku may consist of one or more quatrains. Rhyme is permitted but not required.

    Examples

    Four words of one syllable per line

    Though clothes should suit
    Men short or tall
    Souls dress in love
    One size fits all

    Four syllables per line, regardless of number of words

    Roses are red
    Violets are blue
    Sugar is sweet
    And so are you

    Prize: $50.

    Contest submission deadline: August 15, 2009.

    Submit Your Chaiku

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    A Short Story Contest with Cash, Publishing, and Feedback

    Mezzo Magazine has asked TheNextBigWriter to help it find a special story to publish in their September 2009 debut issue. The challenge of this competition is to create a short story that has the right ingredients to be featured in Mezzo Magazine's September issue. So what is Mezzo Magazine looking for? In their words:

    "The stories we publish are intelligent and creative but with no pretence of intellectual aspirations. We want to enjoy the read, not study the text. We appreciate edgy and irreverent writing that makes us see, hear and be in the story. Our editors use their judgment, and review the following elements to score your submission.

    Opening lines - Does the beginning make you want to read more?

    Plot - is there a continuous thread of suspense?

    Setting - Are the sensory details effective?

    Voice and Tone - Is the narrative voice consistent and unobtrusive?

    Conflict - Are the stakes and the conflicts surrounding them clear?

    Dialogue - Is the dialogue natural sounding? Is it easy to read?

    Resolutions - Does the story have a satisfying ending?"

    The subject is your choice, but no stories with excessive gore, violence, profanity, hate or discrimination.

    The story should be a minimum of 1,000 words but under 3,500 words.

    Prize: $200 and publication in Mezzo Magazine's debut September 2009 issue.

    Contest submission deadline: June 30, 2009.

    Submit Your Short Story

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    TheNextBigWriter Top 10 Novel Program:

    Top 10 Novel RecognitionPosted novels that reach the Top 10 in TheNextBigWriter rankings will be officially recognized as Top 10 Novels. Once this designation is achieved, authors have official permission to refer to their book as a TheNextBigWriter Top 10 Novel and use the logo to promote the sale or publication of their book.

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