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2015 Fall Writing Contests for Short Stories & Indie Books

Short Stories

Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards for short stories up to 4,000 words long in the following categories —

  • Thriller / Suspense
  • Mystery / Crime
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction / Fantasy
  • Romance
  • Young Adult

(there is also a separate poetry contest)

$2,500 to the winner

Multiple submissions allowed

Entry fees $20-$25 per submission

Open now through October 15th

Writer’s Digest Short Story Competition for short stories up to 1,500 words long, genre-neutral

$3,000 to the winner

Multiple submissions allowed

Entry fees $20-$25 per submission

Open now through December 14th

2016 Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition for short stories up to 4,000 long in the following categories —

  • Mainstream / Literary Fiction
  • Genre Fiction

$5,000 to the winner

Multiple submissions allowed

Opens in November

Entry fee has not been announced yet

(in addition to short stories, there are awards for poetry, script writing, inspirational writing, and memoirs)

Foreword Reviews’ IndieFab Awards for independently published short story collections published in 2015

$1,500 to the overall winner in fiction

Multiple submissions allowed

Entry fee $99 per submission

Open now through January 15, 2016

(there is also an award for poetry collections)

Independently Published Books

28th Annual IBPA Ben Franklin Awards for books published in 2015 in 41 genres and categories of fiction and non-fiction, as well as awards for covers and interiors, best new voices, best 1st book (The Bill Fisher Award)

Non-cash award (trophy and national exposure in trade journals, such as Publisher’s Weekly)

Multiple submissions allowed, single titles may be submitted in multiple contest categories

Entry fees $225 for first title & category, $95 per additional title & category (fee includes 1 year membership to IBPA)

Open now through September 30th, for books published between January 1st and August 31st, and December 15th, for books published between September 1st and December 31st

Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Independently Published Books for books of any length and genre

$500 to the winner, plus a year’s worth of full-page ads

Multiple submissions allowed

Books do not have to have been published in 2015

Entry fee $40 per submission

Open now through October 1st

Foreword Reviews’ IndieFab Awards for books independently published in 2015 of any length and format in 60 genres and categories of fiction and non-fiction (including graphic novels and comics)

$1,500 to the overall winners in fiction and non-fiction, recognition of the individual category winners

Multiple submissions allowed, single titles may be submitted in multiple contest categories

Entry fee $99 per submission, per category

Open now through January 15, 2016

20th Annual IPPY Awards for books independently published between January 2014 and February 2016 in 77 fiction and non-fiction categories, as well as cover design and book/author/publisher website*

Non-cash award

Multiple submissions allowed, single titles may be submitted in multiple contest categories

Entry fee $95 per submission, per category

Open now through February 27, 2016

*Note entries may not be read in their entirety and are initially judged on overall impression

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