Compete like a creative

Join the fun as writers from all over the country vie for one of our awesome prize packs!


NOW OPEN►Slight Short Story Contest | 2,000 words or less, any genre. | Opens 5.1.2020 | $15 entry fee. | Unlimited submissions.  


Grand Opening Novel Contest | 1,000 words | Opens 1.1.2021


Pocket Poetry Contest | 100 words  | Opens 4.1.2021


Slight Short Story Contest | 2,000 words. | Opens 7.1.2021


Compact Comedy Contest | 100 words or less | Opens 8.1.2020



Latest Winners

Now Judging: Pocket Poetry Contest 2020

Hollie Lemons: Grand Opening Novel Contents Winner 2020

Hollie Lemons: Grand Opening Novel Contents Winner 2020

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Judging in progress!

Hollie Lemons: Grand Opening Novel Contents Winner 2020

Hollie Lemons: Grand Opening Novel Contents Winner 2020

Hollie Lemons: Grand Opening Novel Contents Winner 2020

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As a native Floridian, Hollie Lemons has seen some strange things. She's filtered those strange things into award winning short stories about romance, the supernatural, and even autobiographical.   

'Waking Up' is her debut novel and because she doesn't know the meaning of 'work/life balance' it certainly won't be her last. 

Writing Contests

Questions and Answers: Contests

What are Writing Contests? 

Writing contests offer a way for you to see how your work stands up to writers in a similar category. You submit your work (after making sure it meets the contest guidelines) and your entry fee, if applicable. Then you wait to hear back from the judges whether or not you win any of their awards. 


When are Writing Contests Open? 

There are thousands of writing competitions open all throughout each year. Many places have lists of the most current writing competitions in your genre or category. Volo Press in particular has contests for novels, short stories, and poetry that take place at different times throughout each year. 


Do I have to pay an entry fee? 

Not always. There are lots of free writing competitions. There are also contests with entry fees of $75 and up. Sometimes fees are a major factor in a website being able to remain operational or compensate people working behind the scenes on administrative tasks like vetting entries. Other times, there are nonprofit groups who are using the contest to raise money and awareness for a particular demographic or cause. But just because a contest is free, that doesn't necessarily mean that it's less prestigious or rewarding to become a winner of that particular contest. 


Why would I want to enter a writing contest? 

Writing contest offer a lot of benefits, whether you win or not. For anyone who enters, submitting your work helps you manage your anxiety about entering the contest (you see that you're not going die after you click submit!). If you win a prize, you get general bragging rights (friends, family, social media, etc.). You also have something to add to your resume, LinkedIn profile, and author website. For many contests, you'll also be given a cash prize to help you buy books, pay bills, or enter more contests! 


Writing contests help you build your reputation as a writer.

Writing contests help you build your reputation as a writer. 

Winners

Compact Comedy '20

Pocket Poetry Contest '20

Pocket Poetry Contest '20

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Can you get a smile, giggle, or guffaw out of our judges? 

Pocket Poetry Contest '20

Pocket Poetry Contest '20

Pocket Poetry Contest '20

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Judging in progress!

Hollie Lemons (GONC '20)

Pocket Poetry Contest '20

Hollie Lemons (GONC '20)

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As a native Floridian, Hollie Lemons has seen some strange things. She's filtered those strange things into award winning short stories about romance, the supernatural, and even autobiographical.

'Waking Up' is her debut novel and because she doesn't know the meaning of 'work/life balance' it certainly won't be her last. 

Chuck Holmes (SSS '19)

Sean McMahon (GONC '19)

Hollie Lemons (GONC '20)

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1st Slight Short Story Contest: 2019

Chuck is the author of More Than Just Cellular and The Sing. He specializes in strong storytelling laced with wisdom and humor. 


ChuckHolmes.org

Chris Widney (PPC '19)

Sean McMahon (GONC '19)

Sean McMahon (GONC '19)

Chris Widney, winner of the 2019 Pocket Poetry Contest.

 1st Pocket Poetry Contest: 2019

 

Chris is a New York City based playwright, book writer and lyricist who spends as much time as possible wandering around in the mountains. 

Sean McMahon (GONC '19)

Sean McMahon (GONC '19)

Sean McMahon (GONC '19)

Sean McMahon, winner of teh 2019 Volo Press Books Grand Opening Novel Contest.

1st Grand Opening Novel Contest: 2019

Sean is a graduate from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Literature. He resides in a seaside town on the Jersey shore. 

Two A.M. Flavored Coffee is his first novel.


MrSeanMcmahon.wordpress.com