Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Win £500 and publication with the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award!

Aesthetica Magazine is inviting all writers and poets to submit their work into the Creative Writing Award.

The Creative Writing Award is a fantastic opportunity for existing and aspiring writers and poets to showcase their work to a wider, international audience: previous entrants have gone on to achieve success and recognition across the world. There are two categories for entry: Poetry and Short Fiction.

  • Deadline for entering the award: 31 August 2014.
  • Finalists will be announced on the 30 November 2014.
  • Winners will be announced on the 6 December 2014.


  • There will be two winners; one Poetry winner and one Short Fiction winner.
  • Each winner will receive £500.
  • Each winner will receive a selection of books from Vintage and Bloodaxe Books.
  • Each winner will receive a subscription to Granta.
  • Winners and finalists will be published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual.
  • Click here to purchase a copy of last year’s Creative Writing Annual.
  • Winners and shortlisted finalists will receive a complimentary copy of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual.

How to Enter

Step 1: Purchase

The Creative Writing Award has two categories for entry: Poetry and Short Fiction. Entry is £10 +VAT and this permits the submission of two works into any one category. You may enter as many times as you wish. To enter the award, please select a category below to make your payment. Upon receipt of payment, a unique Order Reference Number will be automatically emailed to you.

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Step 2: Send Your Entry

Attach your submission to an email and send it to

Please make sure that you write your unique Order Reference Number in the subject line and your full name, address and the title of your work in the body of the email.


  • Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words each.
  • Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines each.
  • Both Fiction and Poetry entries should be written in English.
  • For more information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions page.
  • For information regarding our cancellation and refund policy, please click here.

Gival Press

Short Story Award

Deadline: August 8, 2014

Entry Fee: $25


E-mail address:

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Gival Press website is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of 5,000 to 15,000 words with a $25 entry fee by August 8. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Gival Press, Short Story Award, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203. (703) 351-0079. Robert Giron, Editor.

Life Lessons

Prize: $3,000.00. Entry fee: $0.00. Deadline: 09-18-2014


Real Simple magazine, the monthly lifestyle publication for women, is seeking stories for its annual Life Lessons Essay Contest, which will award $3,000 to a creative writer who has written the best nonfiction essay sharing an important life lesson that she or he had experienced. Second-place wins $750, and third-place wins a $500 cash prize. The nonfiction essay should not exceed 1500 words. The editors of Real Simple will judge all entries according to the these rules: novelty, creativeness, writing style, and relevance of theme.

Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition

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Prize: $10,000.00. Entry fee: $0.00. Deadline: 10-15-2014



Minotaur Books and Malice Domestic, imprints of St. Martin’s Press, is inviting mystery fiction writers to enter this year’s Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition. The judges will award a $10,000 standard publishing contract to the author who has written the best book-length story in the mystery genre. Submission guidelines: 1. Submit one manuscript of over 65K words written in English. 2. The manuscript must be original, unpublished, and the work of the author. 3. The author must not have had a mystery book previously published. 4. Murder, mystery, and/or crime should be the core elements of the story. 5. The characters, both the innocent and the presumed guilty, should know one another. The suspects should should display valid intentions and logical possibility to have executed the crime. The protagonist must be the “detective” who solves the crime. The $10,000 prize is offered as an advance against royalty payments.

The IAMHIST-Michael Nelson Prize

Prize: $1,000.00. Entry fee: $0.00. Deadline: 09-30-2014


The IAMHIST-Michael Nelson Prize (est. 2007) will award cash prizes to two authors of either a book, a digital media product, or a radio/TV program that greatly contributes to the field of media and history. The judges will award the first cash prize of $1,000 to an author of a book, and a second prize of $500 to an author of an academic or non-academic multimedia project. Entry guidelines: 1. This prize is available every two years. 2. Submissions must embody the subject of history and media. 3. Nominated works must have been published in the preceding two years. 4. Submissions can include printed material, audio tape, DVD, or CD-ROM.