South Bay Branch regularly adds prompts to their website at
The South Bay Branch is collecting submissions with the hope of publishing an anthology if enough material is submitted to each prompt. All members of CWC in good standing are welcome to participate. Please send all submissions and inquiries to
Don't Talk to Me About Love a new literary website is accepting submissions by February 14th. $1,000 prize for each in fiction, non-fiction and poetry for pieces about love. http://www.donttalktomeaboutlove.com
1000 Words, literary fiction on your phone, tablet, or Kindle, is open for submissions through February 29 for the Summer 2016 issue.
Contact Jo Haraf, Publisher
South Bay Dollar Bill prompt:
Length: 1,000 - 2,000 words, Deadline: March 31, 2016
The Masters Review Anthology - Submissions are open from January 15, 2016 to March 31, 2016 for. Looking for today’s top emerging writers. Guidelines include: previously unpublished works of fiction and narrative nonfiction only, up to 7000 words, multiple submissions allowed, $20 reading fee. Ten published authors will each receive a $500 award, national publication, exposure to over 50 literary agencies. The book is published in the fall. See more at
CWC Sacramento 2016 Short, Short Story Writing Contest
Contest is open for submissions, which must be postmarked by Friday, April 1, 2016. The contest is open to all writers, the category is fiction and length is up to 750 words. For details on awards, entry fees, submissions and manuscripts, see http://www.cwcsacramentowriters.org/
Questions? Contact Jo Chandler at email@example.com
San Mateo County Fair literary contests! Deadline 11:59 pm on April 1, 2016
Due to the high volume of entries, we can no longer publish everyone's entry in our annual Carry the Light anthology so it's more important than ever to work on submitting your best work! NEW THIS YEAR: Contestants can upload their headshot and bio (75 words or less), blog and website links. These will be posted on our Literary Arts page by year to help writers promote themselves.
Our literary stage events (June 11-18) will utilize the CWC motto "Writers Helping Writers," with an emphasis on mentoring. Volunteers from the SF/Peninsula branch will be on hand to encourage writers of all levels to enter our various contests and then attend our free workshops and presentations.
The South Bay Branch has published a second prompt, Vignettes,
Genre: Every genre is welcome, Point of view: Third-person objective,
Length: 20 - 2,000 words
Deadline: April 30, 2016
The California Historical Society (CHS) seeks submissions of book-length manuscripts that make an important contribution to both scholarship and to the greater community by deepening public understanding of some aspect of California history. The 2016 CHS Book Award carries a $5,000 author advance for the winning manuscript and publication by CHS/Heyday, with an awards ceremony, promotion, and an author tour. Find more at
https://heydaybooks.com/chsbookaward/. Deadline: May 1, 2016.
2016 Hollywood Book Festival Call for Entries
Will consider published, self-published and independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, children's books, young adult, how-to, spiritual, wild card (anything goes!), unpublished stories, screenplays, genre-based works, science fiction, biographical/autobiographical, sequels, business and history works. This is a story-oriented competition and there is no date of publication restriction. Registration submissions in each category must be received by the close of business on June 25, 2016.
Entry forms are available online at www.hollywoodbookfestival.com
or may be faxed/e-mailed to you by emailing HollywoodBKFest@aol.com. Multiple submissions are permitted but each entry must be accompanied by a separate form and entry fee.