I rarely recommend writing contest that charges a reading fee. In general, if there is a fee involved it is best to avoid it like the plague. There are rare exceptions. Most contests I mention have no fee.

Glimmer Train – For literary fiction. One of the rare exceptions, though they do have some non-fee contests too. This is a very prestigious contest. If you’re very polished, and not doing genre fiction, enter this one.

Mattia Family International Poetry Contest – No entry fee and cash prizes. Nice folks too. This is obviously a labor of love.

Writers of the Future – If you are very polished and a genre writer, this is the contest for you, at least if that genre is science fiction, fantasy, or horror. There is No entry fee, it is very prestigious, and the winners receive substantial cash awards. It is open four times a year. They also have a contest for illustrators.

Your Story – A nice no fee contest for short fiction, run by Writer’s Digest. It is open roughly every other month. Wining stories are published in the magazine.

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  1. Thanks for the trip, Jerry V. ….

  2. Do you accept or reject literary snapshots?

    Eloquent Stories, The Home Of Vibrant Fictionº Influence, Frustrations, and Principles from Jerry Vilhotti: Jerry Vilhotti earned a Masters Equivalency in World Literature at Hunter College, a BA in liberal arts in sociology, and minors in psychology and philosophy from The City College of New York. His first three stories were published in The Literary Review. He retired very early from teaching, twenty five years, to devote time to his wife, three children, writing and “Fore!” golf. Many of his works have been published in 8 world countries’, among five continents, literary magazines such as: as Lit Review, Grim, Hob-Nob, Beyond Barouque, Oyez, Nexus, Karma, Antigonish Review and Ripples. Web sites that published his stories include Handstand, Litmocracy, Jade Myst, Winamop, Ken Again, Z Zine, We Love Writers, Literary Forum, Zygote, Writer’s Voice, Dangling on a Hook, Pipe Dreams and others. Two of his stories have appeared in Eloquent Stories: “Stitching Open Sores” (3rd issue) and “Standing Up” (5th issue).Profound Influence: The works of Hardy, Joyce, Faulkner, Pirrendello, Byron, Keats, and many others had profound influence on his decision to follow the writing journey. After being compared to James Joyce in his early writing years, Jerry thinks he now writes in his own voice. He would like to help in achieving the cure for poverty in the world and eradicate humanities self-hate and believes he has the cure for those many who are not comfortable in their own skin and hopes that he has given pleasure to his readers with the emotional impact of his stories. The accomplishment of sculpting something meaningful is his greatest joy in writing. Writing Process: Jerry’s stock-cast of characters includes 4 families ( the Sanques, the De Cielos the Apaches and the Bush family) of unique members who join his imaginations for stories. He works between two-to-five in the quiet of pre-dawn; writing those characters into his latest plots. The rest of his time is spent thinking up new situations where these characters “do their thing”. About five of his works are in circulation to publishers and editors at any given time. Sometimes, he doesn’t know that a publisher has printed his story until a friend calls to inform him. Frustrations: “A rejection from an editor, with a ‘not suited to our needs’ note, provides no feed- back to improve my work,” Jerry lamented. He learned, the hard way, that some editors don’t like to read as much as writers like to write; his stack of “angry come backs” supports that theory. Principles:Jerry was a “pretty good ballplayer” in his high school day; he relates his love of sports to his love of writing: “Writing to me is like playing ball, in that every time you go to the plate, you expect to get a hit. But more often than not, you don’t nor do you catch every ball that comes your way. Be true to yourself. Observe all about you; read much; digest as much knowledge as you can and begin finding your voice. Expect failures along the way. One day – after several editors and readers tell you they would know that was my work by its style – you begin to know you have your own voice and you too begin hearing it. This may take a long time.” A devoted family man, Jerry learned much training for life from his father’s principles: “My father was a wall builder; in every stone he saw a face. I look at my words and see faces; I put them together and hope a whole face of meaning appears for the readers.” Thank you, Jerry, for your observations and insights. Best wishes for successful publishing of your next works. We hope to see more of your stories soon. Keep Writing! Thanks for being with us again, Readers. Jerry shows us that even writers have family and lives to live outside writing. It’s up to each one of us to find the balance for our own loves. Until next time, Keep Reading and Writing! Janet ….

  3. Are you guys still reading works? Jerry V. ….

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