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The Cop Shop Short Story Competition

Write a killer story (literally) and you might win $50.

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Write a story in any genre but it must revolve around a crime. For example, it may be mystery, romance, sci-fi, historical, fantasy, humorous, etc., as long as a crime is prominently featured in the story.


  • The entry must be a short story (no more than 7500 words)

  • The entry may not have been posted in the past on the TNBW site or published anywhere else.

  • The story must be a work of fiction. 

  • Contestants may enter more than one story.

Contest Judge

Janice Singleton is a former correctional officer turned convicted felon. She fell hard, but much of what the media portrayed was one-sided. Janice wrote her own story to set the record straight. Caught is that story. She has plans for a second chronicling life after prison. Janice currently writes and works for Goodwill Industries of Mississippi.

You can learn more about her book here.


Start: April 15, 2015

Deadline: May 31, 2015

Prize: $50 Cash

Fantasy Short Story Big Power Moment

Show your fantasy power writing. Winner receives $50.

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Write a fantasy short story with a maximum of 1,000 words. The material must include a big 'power moment.' Make my jaw drop. For those of you doing historical fiction, this can include a battle, or an example of physical prowess. No sex...sorry to those of you thinking along those lines. You may use pre-established characters from your books. I want these short stories to be useful in later works.


Start: March 31, 2015

Deadline: April 22, 2015

Prize: $50 cash.

What it means to be Brave.

What does it mean to be brave? Prize is $75.

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Write a short story real/fiction about an act of bravery. Maximum word count of 2,500.

Start: March 21, 2015

Deadline: May 02, 2015

Prize: $75 cash.

7-line Poetry Contest

$50 Prize for the Best 7-line Poem.

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Take a look at the picture below. Write a poem in seven lines that describes the scene. If you've never written poetry before, give it a shot. If you're a poetry master, let's see what you've got. So, take a look, let your imagination go, and let the words flow.

The winner will be the writer who creates the most evocative, original poem based on the picture.

Start: March 05, 2015

Deadline: April 15, 2015

Prize: $50 Cash for the winner.

The Strongest Start Book Competition 2015

Over $1,500 in Prizes, Feedback, and Prestige

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We know that writing a compelling start isn't easy. So, for the fifth year we've put together a motivational competition to help you hone the first three chapters of your book to perfection (if you haven't already). We're looking for opening chapters that will create a burning need to find out what happens, how the characters turn out, how the novel resolves itself. The kind of start that gets an agent to call back, a publisher to show interest, and a reader to plunk down their hard earned money. Above all, give us three opening chapters that will keep us reading. As part of the competition you'll have the opportunity to receive feedback on your submissions, meet and share ideas with other writers, and get motivated to produce the perfect, compelling opening. The winner of the Strongest Start Novel Competition will be the writer who is judged to have the strongest three opening chapters. In addition, two runner-ups will be selected using the same criteria.

Start: January 13, 2015

Deadline: March 31, 2015

Prize: Over $1,500 in prizes, including a guaranteed review from an Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer. Deadline: March 31, 2015

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