Launch those end-of-year ships!

Waiting for my ship to come in...

Veterans of this blog will know that I liken sending out my short stories(to magazines, publishers, employers, residencies, grants, competitions and contests) to launching ships.

Some will sink without trace, others will come back home with just token cargo (such as a shortlisting) and occasionally they flow into port laden with gold (a win). I have two such golden returns this year (the HISSAC and the Molly Keane Awards) and two further publications and a host of minor treasure besides.

But over half my fleet sunk. I tell you that not to dishearten you, on the contrary. When a ship disappears, you’ve got to brush yourself off and get on with it. Send more out and the more you send, the less you’ll bother about those you’ve lost. If you keep at it, you”ll get there.

Here’s a list of end-of-year comps – go on, launch a ship!

 

Roanoke Review

Deadline: November 8, 2011

Entry Fee: $15

Prize: A prize of $1,000 and publication in Roanoke Review

Website: http://www.roanokereview.wordpress.com

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Winter Anthology

Deadline: November 15, 2011

Entry Fee: $11

Website: http://www.winteranthology.com

Prize: $1,000 and publication in the Winter Anthology

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Writer’s Digest

Deadline: November 15, 2011

Entry Fee: $20

Website: http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions

Prize: $3,000

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Tennessee Williams Contest

Closing Date: November 15

Prizes: $1,500

Entry fee:

Website: http://www.tennesseewilliams.net/contests

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New Millennium Writings

Deadline: November 17, 2011

Entry Fee: $17

Website: http://www.newmillenniumwritings.com

Prize: $1,000

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Cheer Reader

Closing Date: 30 November 2011

Prizes: €100

Entry fee: €5

Website: http://cheerreader.co.uk

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Mary Gornall Memorial

Website: http://www.ashbywritersclub.com/

Prize: £100

Deadline: 30 November 2011

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Ink Tears

Closing Date: 30 November 2011

Prizes: £1000

Entry fee: £4.50

Website: http://www.inktears.com

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The New Writer

Closing Date: 30th November

Prizes: £150

Entry fee: £5

Website: http://www.thenewwriter.com/prizes.htm

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Fish Short Story Prize

Deadline: November 30, 2011

Entry Fee: $28

Website: http://www.fishpublishing.com

Prize of 3,000 euros

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Glimmer Train Press

Deadline: November 30, 2011

Entry Fee: $15

Website: http://www.glimmertrain.org

Prize: $1,200 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories

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Narrative Fall Story Contest

Deadline: November 30, 2011

Entry Fee: $20

Website: http://www.narrativemagazine.com

Prize: $3,250

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Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown Writing Fellowships

Deadline: December 1, 2011

Entry Fee: $45

Website: http://www.fawc.org

Fellowships for a seven-month residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown

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Willesden Herald

Deadline: 16 December 2011

Entry Fee: £3

Website: http://www.willesdenherald.com/competition/rules.php

Prize: £300

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Ruth Hindman Foundation H. E. Francis Short Story Competition

Deadline: December 31, 2011

Entry Fee: $15

Website: http://www.uah.edu/english/hefranciscontest

Prize of $1,000

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Boulevard Contest

Deadline: December 31, 2011

Entry Fee: $15

Website: http://www.boulevardmagazine.org

Prize: $1,500

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Literal Latté K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Award

Deadline: January 15, 2012

Entry Fee: $10

Website: http://www.literal-latte.com

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Francis McManus

Closing Date: Friday 20 January 2012

Prizes: €3,000

Entry fee: None, but must be Irish or resident in Ireland

Website: http://www.rte.ie/radio1/francismacmanus/Francis-MacManus-Entry-Form.pdf

 

Good luck!

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About suehealy

Multi award winning Irish writer/playwright Sue Healy’s work has been supported and developed by the Abbey Theatre, the Peggy Ramsay Foundation, the Heinrich Boll Association and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. Her 2016 play ‘Brazen Strap’ ran at the King’s Head Theatre, funded by Arts Council England. Her work has also shown at the Hackney Attic and Etcetera Theatres in London. Sue’s nine radio dramas have broadcast on BBC Radio 4, WLRfm, KCLR96fm. A UEA Creative Writing MA alumna, she spent eleven years in Budapest, editing Hungary A.M. Presently, she is London-based, researching a PhD on the Royal Court Theatre. Sue is Literary Manager at the Finborough Theatre. View all posts by suehealy

18 responses to “Launch those end-of-year ships!

  • elainecougler

    What a great column, Sue! I especially like the contest links you give. And I need to do more short pieces while I’m working on my novel. So thanks for the shot in the arm!

  • Th3 Scribbl3r

    I was just getting around to sending out some ships of my own, and you alerted me to at least four or five contests I wasn’t aware of so thank you. I always look forward to your posts, I usually read them before my morning pages over tea and breakfast, but it is always a special bonus when it is the occasional contest list post. Congrats again on your wins this year and it is really inspiring to hear you lost half your fleet while getting huge hauls on two that returned. My issue is I can only afford one or two entry fees at the moment, so I need to pick a couple of contests and then be sure to pick the piece they would like the most. Anyway, thanks again for the list and the continuously useful and inspiring posts.

  • 4amWriter

    What an encouraging post. Currently I am participating in NaNoWriMo, so the logical side of me says I have no time to submit pieces to competitions.

    But who said being a writer was logical?!

  • trixycae

    Nice! I don’t usually enter competitions but might give one a go. Thanks Sue.

  • susanwritesprecise

    Thanks so much. It’s very kind of you to share these links.

    All the best,
    Susan

  • Kori Miller

    Thanks for posting the contest info. I decided to enter a few. My word count for: The Coyote Wars, Book 1: Radalov’s Vengeance is on Twitter.

    Congrats on your successes!

    KDM

  • lenleatherwood

    Thanks, Sue. Great reminder that today is the day to get that launching done! Len.

  • claudiajustsaying

    Thanks for information. Good Luck sailing…Just saying

  • lovelylici1986

    Thanks so much for this post. I feel encouraged, and completely up to writing a few pieces, and launching some ships. 🙂
    Many thanks for the links to contests. I often get lost when I’m looking for goo, reputable competitions to enter. It’s going to be a busy few weeks for me!

  • Steph's Scribe/Stephanie Verni

    Wow…lots of helpful information! It’s good to be inspired by others. Thanks so much for sharing and for reminding us not to be scared to get out there.

  • Edward Fraser

    I am currently in the process of crafting a few boats of my own. May Poseidon bless their voyage as happily as he blessed yours.

  • Michael Fishman

    I entered a short story contest at Glimmer Train last year and I was really upset because after I had submitted the story and the $15 entrance fee I got a message telling me that because of the volume of submissions they receive, they don’t offer feedback on rejected stories. I wasn’t expecting a line-by-line review of the story, but I did expect a short paragraph telling me why my ship was being sunk so I’d have something to use moving forward.

    • suehealy

      Hi Michael, thanks for your comment. I hear what you are saying. I know that a lot of competitions offer a critiquing services as an optional extra. Fish publishing are currently doing the same for their prose comp. (ends in a few days). I also understand why comps don’t give feedback – to do so is very time consuming and for the organisers to pay the judges to provide feedback too, they’d probably have to pay them four times as much (and charge entrants four times as much too). Occasionally, if you submit to a magazine, you’ll get a kindly editor with time who might reply with a short critique but this is becoming rarer and rarer. There are also some services who’ll critique a piece of work for a fee. I do – if you check out my ‘services’ tab. However, don’t let the rejection deter you, just keep on keeping on and you’ll get there.

  • M.E. Garber

    Hi Sue. I love your comparison of submissions to ships. And when I read you had 12 out at once, I was startled. I’ve never had more than three out at once, so 12 seemed enormous to me, and unwieldy. Then I realized that perhaps that’s the point; with so many submissions, I wouldn’t be able to agonize over them, check Duotrope (I’m in the US) so often on each one’s status, etc. I’d have to let them float back to me in their own good time.
    So, I’m thinking I need to submit more stories, have more ships out there at any given time. Maybe not 12 yet. Six seems like a nice, attainable goal just now. Too many to follow closely, but not so many that I’d feel swamped. Thanks!

    • suehealy

      Yes, that’s exactly why I send out so many at once, it helps one to forget which and where and therefore, you don’t fret or feel too disappointed if they don’t come home… It works for me.

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