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2 fun, free writing contests!


Medusa’s Laugh Press is currently actively seeking work for the following anthologies. Submissions are open until June 15th. There is no entry fee, maximum of three entries per person, per call. More information can be found on our website, http://www.medusaslaugh.com/.

  • Cadavre Exquis Anthology: “Exquisite Corpse” is the name of a part game re/invented by Surrealists. It is a collaborative activity in which multiple players contribute to a short literary text or visual image. In the text version, the first player writes some text at the top of a piece of paper, and then folds the paper over to conceal all but the last bit of writing. The next player adds to the piece, starting from the visible fragment. Each subsequent player writes something connected to whatever the previous player has left showing, and then conceals all but the final part of their section in this way. The game ends when all players have contributed, and the final work is read aloud. The game can also be played to produce a visual image.

    Medusa’s Laugh continues this tradition via this call for submissions. Use the first and last sentence provided below for a short work of fiction or poetry. The word limit is 2,000 words; works longer than that will not be considered. Other than the required opening/closing text, there is no limit on genre, writing style, length, or thematic elements. The more creative and playful, the better!

    Beginning Sentence: I have forgotten my umbrella.
    End Sentence: They are not shouting at the moment.

  • Miniature Book MicroText Anthology: We seek compelling short works for this anthology of microfiction, micro creative nonfiction and very short poems. This work will be produced as a limited edition miniature book. Our absolute word limit for this anthology is 1,000 words, although shorter works are preferred. There is no theme for this anthology, and all genres and approaches are welcome.

    We agree with microfiction writer Joseph Young when he decribes microfiction as work that “need[s] to use language, description, dialogue, character to tell a story that can’t be told any other way. It’s not just compression, and it’s not just leaving things out, background info on characters or such. Microfiction needs to carve out whole worlds in a space small enough to fit the eye. You look, just once, and there the whole story is, on the page.” This description applies to the kind of writing we’d like to publish, whether it be fiction, nonfiction or poetry.

FREE – Vocabula Well-Written Writing Contest


Deadline is May 31, 2013; 200-500 words; cash prizes; first entry free; short stories and nonfiction; details HERE:


FREE contest: Fred Otto Prize for Oz Fiction


Short story up to 10,000 words about the Land of Oz; cash prizes; deadline April 15, 2013; details HERE:


FREE fun photo caption short-short story contest!


Mitch Lavender is holding a very cool contest!

In 101 words or fewer, write a caption / flash fiction piece for the stunning photo on his website:


Contest closes April 1, 2013. The winner gets:

– a retail version of Office 2013 for Windows (valued at $219)

– a well-used paperback copy of Stephen King’s book, “On Writing” with all the good parts highlighted! (NOTE FROM WENDY: This is one of my favorite books of all time!)

– a copy of Mitch’s book, “Untrue Stories, Volume One – It Didn’t Happen This Way”

Free flash fiction contest with iPad mini and $500 prize


Best-selling author James Patterson is behind this one. (Be sure to check out “The Kiss” in his Witch & Wizard series); deadline is Feb. 26; 500 words max; details HERE:


FREE – Second Pixelhose.com Writing Contest


deadline 2/28/2013; fiction and nonfiction; prizes are $50, $150, $300; up to 5,000 words; details HERE:


FREE Scribophile contest for October


Just got this from our friends at Scribophile:

Hello from the Scribophile.com team!

Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I wanted to make this month’s contest interesting. The theme is gothic literature, but with a twist. Traditionally, gothic literature can be broken into two genders. The male gothic heavily features the supernatural, often in a struggle with the main character. The female gothic is more about misunderstood circumstance, where the cause of mystery could be supernatural, but it’s more normal with misread situations. The task is to reverse these genders. There’s more to it than man solves Scooby Doo-esque mystery, woman fights ghosts though, so check out our contest page for more info: http://www.scribophile.com/contests/gothtober-contest/

Entry is free. First prize: $50 cash via PayPal. Second prize: $25 cash via Paypal.

Hope to see your entries,

Cassie and the Scribophile gang

FREE flash fiction contest: “Museum of Words”


$20,000 prize; 100 words or fewer; deadline Nov. 23, 2012; details HERE: