January Deadlines

updated 2011

First Book

announcing YA titles available for groups, organizations,  and any young adult-focused agencies

“In the past we have focused on serving younger readers, but our partners and customers have made it clear that there is a real demand for books for young adults. We got the message, and we plan to deliver a lot more books for older kids in 2011”

details @ http://blog.firstbook.org/2010/11/24/happy-thanksgiving-we-need-your-help/ 


Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers

$2K grant for a Nonfiction Piece

only literary or creative nonfiction proposals accepted

Deadline January 15, 2011

Details @ http://www.ellenmeloy.com/applying.htm


Heads up: Amazon Novel Award Contest…

The 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

sponsored by Amazon.com, along with Penguin Group (USA) and CreateSpace

this fourth annual contest offers “two grand prizes: one for General Fiction and one for Young Adult Fiction”

opens Jan 24 – closes Feb 6, 2011

details http://www.amazon.com/b?node=332264011


2011 Spirit First Meditation Poetry Contest

“…theme of meditation, mindfulness, stillness, or silence. Poems may reflect any discipline, any faith, or none…”

deadline January 31, 2011

details @ http://www.spiritfirst.org/poetry_contest.html


updated 2010

Amy Writing Awards

submissions “…must have been published

 in a mainstream, non-religious publication

… either printed or online between

January 1 & December 31 of the current calendar year…”

deadline for entry January 31 (annually)

details @ http://www.amyfound.org/amy_writing_awards/amy_writing_awards.html


updated 2009


L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest

also an Illustrators of the Future Contest

prizes 4/yr next deadline 1/1/2010

Details @ http://bit.ly/4uhReT


Writing Conference, Inc Student Contest

Entries must be relevant to this year’s topic: Courage

“Students may create a poem, a narrative or an essay.”

Entries must be received by January 2, 2010

Details @  http://bit.ly/1GsZ2A


Different type of Contest: Family Gardening

Apply for the Heinz Wholesome Memories

Intergenerational Garden Award

Applications due by January 10, 2010

Details @ http://bit.ly/3MmJl5


Donald Murray Prize

sponsored by National Council of Teachers of English

Deadline 1/15/10

Details @ http://bit.ly/3z79Eq


Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize

$1K offered by U of Notre Dame Press

for Latino/a poet who has not professionally published a book

Chapbooks & self-published works ok

Deadline 1/15/10

Details @ http://bit.ly/16yXU9


Young Poets this one is for you: Poetic License Contest

“The League of Canadian Poets, a national not-for-profit poetry organization…” offers a contest for two age groups: junior and seniors.

Check out the details @ http://www.youngpoets.ca/poeticlicense2010.pdf.

There is no entry fee, and the deadline is January 15, 2009.

If you cannot view the file at the pdf link, use this one http://www.youngpoets.ca/?q=node/413.


Japan-US Friendship Commission Prize

$6K awarded by

The Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture

at Columbia University

for the translation of Japanese Literature

Deadline 1/19/10

Details @ http://bit.ly/1GKCjc


New Bedlam Spring Thaw Contest

“Imaginations can go wild on this one, so long as they keep

to the general guidelines for the ‘zine, and this theme.”

Deadline: January 29, 2010

(Be sure and read the story behind the story of Bedlam

@ http://newbedlam.com/zine/. If you’ve experienced the

loss of a loved one to cancer, you have a friend at this site.)



2010 Northwest Perspective Essay Contest

sponsored by Oregon Quarterly

both student and open categories

Deadline 1/31/10

Details @ http://bit.ly/10Tm7

 Journeys International Writing Competition

sponsored by Sampad South Asian Arts

open for subs thru 1/31/10

There are 2 categories:

aged 8 to 15 & aged 16 and over.

All winning writers will be published.

Details @ http://bit.ly/6Ib4kO


Amy Writing Awards

First Prize: 10,000

Articles published in 2009

Eligible w/ certain criteria

Deadline: January 31, 2010

Details @ http://bit.ly/43dofw


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