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This month’s Broken Pencil round-up for the calls for submissions and writing contests has one focus and one focus only — THE DOLLARS!! Of course, we all write because it stirs something in our souls, because it gives us a way to make some basic sense of the world, because it feels good and connects us to others… But nobody minds getting paid for our hard work, right?



Call for Entries: Broken Pencil Indie Writer’s Deathmatch 2016! 

Naturally, we’re starting off the list with our own offer to the ambitious writer… Deathmatch 2016! Our infamous annual writing contest, where writers go head to head as the public votes hourly on the caliber of their story, includes $400 cold hard cash, publication, and the Indie Writer’s Makeover with a famous author, an indie press and a literary agent (identity to be revealed next week!). Check out and don’t hesitate to enter now — the carnage begins now. Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Seneca College!

Call for Entries: Writing in the Margins

Briarpatch Magazine’s 6th annual creative writing contest will be judged by Richard Van Camp and Erin Moure. Poetry and creative non-fiction are up this year. There’s a $25 entry fee, but it also gets you a full year’s subscription. And there are cash prizes totalling $750! So submit! 

Call for Entries: Press 53 Award For Short Fiction

Send in your unpublished, mind-blowingly good collection of short stories. The reading fee is $30 but the prize is $1000 plus the publication of your collection — you got this. Details at

Call for Entries: The C.P. Cavafy Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 for a single poem! Plus publication in Poetry International. Pretty sweet deal. You can submit up to three poems — the first is a $15 entry fee and each additional poem is $3 extra. Check it out. 

Call for Entries: Poetry Nook’s Book Pipeline Competition

What what what! $100 cash prize given out every week! And the occasional $10 for honorable mentions. Entry is free! What’s the worst that could happen?

Call for Entries: Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction

Legendary Canadian writer and teacher Jacob Zilber passed away in 2012, and this contest from PRISM magazine — which he co-founded — honours his legacy. Grand prize is $1,500 with sexy runner up prizes as well, though Canadian entries are $35. Deadline is January 15, 2017. Check out the website here.

Arcadia Press Chapbook Contest

Arcadia Press will award a prize of $1000 and 25 author copies for a one chapbook each in the categories of poetry, fiction, an non fiction. Deadline is November 30 and entry fee is $20 — check it out!

Queerly Lit

Publishizer is a platform that wants to amplify LGBTQ voices. Send in your book proposals of 1000 words by January 1, 2017 — cash prize of $2000 US and of course, publication. Check it out!



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