May Deadlines

updated 2010 
Commonwealth Essay CompetitionBlood Bound Books accepting for Anthologies 

open to writers under the age of 30 living in a Commonwealth country

The theme in 2010 will be Science, Technology and Society.

deadline 5/1/10

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accepting submissions in two categories grouped by age:

17 & under : 5,000 characters or less (approx. 1000 words in length)

18-22 : 7,500 characters or less (approx. 1500 words in length)

deadline May 1, 2010

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2010 Lost Tools of Writing Essay Contest

sponosored by CiRCE Institute

open to students grades 8-12

registration deadline May 1, 2010

submission deadline May 10, 2010

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  1) UNSPEAKABLE: A New Breed of Terror

stories accepted until 5/1/10

 2) D.O.A

stories accepted until 5/1/10 

details for both @


Silk Road Review (Pacific University)

“…‘place’ is the touchstone the magazine uses for the pieces…”

accepting email submissions from 8/1 – 5/1 annually

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State Bar of Texas Writing Contest: The 140-Character Novel

“…write a short form novel, Twitter-style, in 140 characters or less.

All U.S.-licensed attorneys are encouraged to enter…”

deadline 5/1/10

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The Christmas Spirit  book project

sponsored by St. Martin’s Press

foreword by Debbie Macomber

seeks true stories emphasizing significance of Christmas season

deadline 5/1/10

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Silken Road

Pacific Univ. of Oregon

Theme: Your Secret Place

reading thru 5/1/10


Katherine Mansfield Society Essay Prize

submissions open to all, and the subject for 2010 is:


deadline May 1, 2010

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The Ellen DeGeneres Show Song Contest

create an original version of the Ellen DeGeneres Show Theme Song

only submissions with BOTH TEXT AND VIDEOS will be eligible to win

deadline May 3, 2010

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Flawless Beauty Contest

sponsored by Ambi, Essence Mag & others…

essay for women only, 18 yrs and up

deadline 5/3/10

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(then click on official rules for additional info)


Mother’s Day Contest: Win Mom a Chair

“…submit your most creative story…about why Mom deserves extra comfort”

deadline May 4, 2010

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The Fly-est Thing In My Closet Is…Contest

sponsored by Bluefly

submit a photo or video of your favorite closet thing

deadline May 5, 2010

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DIY Bride 2010 Inspiration Board Contest

“…a chance to win the iPad to submit an inspiration board

with the theme of The Under $500 Bridal Ensemble into our new gallery”

deadline May 6, 2010

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couch abandonment contest

sponsored by

accepting “…videos of less than two minutes or

 a written testimonial of 250 words or less…”

deadline May 7, 2010

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Sony Style X10 Blogger Contest

essays should be 200 words or less

deadline May 7, 2010

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ALA Contest

sponsored by American Library Association & Woman’s Day Magazine

seeks true essays of 700 words or less

deadline 5/9/10

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Fright Field Contest

Theme: Creature in the Lake

accepting Media: Fiction

deadline 5/13/10


How Has Reading Ayn Rand’s Novels Affected You? Essay Contest

For Former Participants of ARI Essay Contests

Grades 11 through College/Adult

deadline 5/14/10

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What’s Your Getaway? Contest

sponosored by Southwest Airlines & the National Museum of Crime & Punishment

“create a 30-60 second video depicting an awkward or desperate

situation that you’d need a “getaway” from”

deadline May 14, 2010

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Perspectives Anthology

seeking Poetry Concerning Autism and Other Disabilities

deadline May 15, 2010

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Echoes of the Right to God Essay Contest

seeking “…stories of everyday people, that liberating moment

where you found God —or God found you— in your normal life…”

deadline May 15, 2010

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Reading Writers ‘Once Upon A Day’ Contest

The first line of your story must begin with: The sun rose…

The last line of your story must end with: …just as the sun went down.

Short stories only. No poetry, essays or plays.

Deadline May 15, 2010  (Midnight, PT)

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Weekly Reader is sponsoring

Current Science “Tail of a Quail” contest

deadline May 15, 2010



Louisville Writing Contest

sponsored by Trazzler

Theme: Quintessential Louisville

deadline 5/15/10

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Wired Volt Challenge: Video & Essay Contest

submissions must explain how

“…you’re using technology to minimize your carbon footprint…”

deadline May 15, 2010

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Year of Wellness Video Contest

enter and upload a video based on given scenario:

“if you were given a registered dietitian, life coach and personal trainer…”

deadline May 17, 2010

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Scholastic’s Incredible Breakfast, Incredible Achievement Essay Contest

sponsored by Scholastic and America’s egg farmers

accepting essays from classroom teachers

deadline May 17, 2010

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GeekDad Photo Contest

sponsored by Wired Insider

seeks photos & description submissions of families

“…participating in DIY projects, games, and other geeky activities”

deadline May 19, 2010

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Save-A-Tooth True Story Contest

essays should be “250 words or less…

about incidents involving permanent/adult teeth”

deadline May 20, 2010

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The “Real-Life Photoshop Redo Contest”

(This Old House…)

submit photo of your home & original essay explaining

why your home would benefit from a Photoshop Redo

deadline 5/20/10

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The Great American Movie Night

Makeover Your Backyard Sweepstakes

submit short essay and photo

deadline 5/23/10

details @

(also enter here to win in their Projector-A-Day Giveaway)


Michelob® ULTRA™ Roll with Bob Contest

win an opportunity to ride alongside Bob Roll

submit an essay of 160 characters or less (texting ok)

deadline May 23, 2010

details @

(scroll to bottom of page for official rules)


What does Womanity mean to you? Contest

submit images, videos, and essays about what it means to be a woman in this world…

deadline May 24, 2010

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sponsored by BURTS BEES

submit a “…brief essay…that exemplifies your green charitable work”

deadline May 24, 2010

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Friday Comes On Mondays Contest

submissions of creative nonfiction theme: What #fridayflash has meant to me

deadline May 24, 2010

details @

(scroll down: nontraditional entry, read carefully)


Go! Magazine 2nd Annual Writing Contest 2010

open to writers age 13 and up

accepting short stories & nonfiction articles appropriate for ages 13-20

deadline May 28, 2010

details @

(scroll to find Writing Contest box)


“Droid Does, Do You?” Contest

choose your favorite app & describe why in 75 words or less

deadline May 28, 2010

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Shmoop High School Essay Contest: Win an iPad

In celebration of National Poetry Month

contest open to high school students

submit an essay answer in 500 or fewer words

about Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” …

deadline May 28, 2010

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Save the Frogs! Essay Contest

open to submissions from teachers, students, everyone

Theme: A World Without Frogs

contest ends May 29, 2010

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Six Little Things issue 19, Summer 2010

accepting short stories or poems up to 250 words

theme: “Third Base”

deadline May 30, 2010

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Story Quest Short Story Contest


Illustration Contest

sponsored by IFWG Publishing

deadline May 30, 2010

details for both @


Wallace Stegner Grant for the Arts

“Applicants must be published Canadian writers able to spend

October, 2010 in the Wallace Stegner House…”

deadline May 30, 2010


On the Premises Contest #11

seeks submissions with theme: Misunderstanding

deadline May 30, 2010

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A Word with You Press’ Name that Book Contest

an editor seeks to name his piece current  working title “The Empty Web”

deadline May 30, 2010

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On The Premises

Current Contest: Misunderstanding

deadline May 30, 2010

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The Let’s Get Ekphrastic! Contest

sponsored by Scribophile

“Ekphrasis is a poem describing or meditating on an existing work of art: a painting, a sculpture, a building, and so on”

deadline May 31, 2010

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Pagan Imagination

accepting short stories, poems & art for quarterly ezine

deadline for this reading May 31, 2010

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Key to The Kingdom Competition

accepting fiction of all genres for publication in second novel

deadline May 31, 2010

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Answered Prayers Contest 2010

sponsored by Mute Swan Ministries

accepting personal essays “…about finding God’s radiance

in the midst of these tough economic times…”

deadline May 31, 2010

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Shit Creek Review Issue #12

seeking poetry “…which might test or challenge boundaries, or disturb sensibilities”

Deadline May 31, 2010

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Arroyo Literary Review

California State University

seeks poetry and fiction

submissions accepted 12/7/09 thru 5/31/10

details @


Stowe Writing Contest

also sponsored by Trazzler

Theme: Quintessential Stowe

deadline 5/31/10

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Grain Magazine

seeks “…engaging, surprising, eclectic, and challenging writing

and art by Canadian and international writers and artists”

reading annually 9/1 through 5/31


Literary Mama

accepting  creative nonfiction for following themes

October: Desiring Motherhood

May: Mother’s Day

June: Father’s Day

reading period runs September 1st to May 31st each year

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Newport Review

seeks fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, art, photography, and

mixed forms: one-act plays, graphic stories & nontraditional works

also accepting any genre from students age 13 – 22 years (new voices)

reading period 9/1 – 5/31 annually

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Poetry is Dead

seeking poetry submission for second issue

Theme: TV, beer and video games

deadline May 31st, 2010

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FW Media (Writers Market)


seeks articles from artists: “…business of songwriting and/or interviews…”

deadline May 31 2010

pitch w/o attachments to Robert Brewer @

email subject line: 2011 Songwriter’s Market Pitch


The Fishy Kid Writing Contest

sponsored by NuCanoe

accepting essays addressing question:

Why are the outdoors and spending time on the water so important to you?

entrants must be age 17 or younger at the time their essay is submitted

deadline May 31, 2010

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Maximum Ride Writing Contest

Sponsored by Hachette Book Group

submissions accepted from students 13 – 18 years old

writing the “missing chapter” from FANG. In FANG: A MAXIMUM RIDE NOVEL

deadline May 31, 2010

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The Spring Fresh Decorating Contest

sponsored by Glade®

win a chance to write a style blog for

deadline May 31, 2010



The Sunset “Daytrips that Inspire You, Presented by Subaru” Contest

submissions of both essay and photos describing a daytrip that you

consider to be “inspiring, fun, active, hidden, and reflective of life in the West”

deadline May 31, 2010

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