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The Annual Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest

Send us a story and a postcard--the relationship can be as strong or as tangential as you like, so long as there is a clear connection between the story and the image. First place is $500 and publication in Geist ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/01/2015

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

11/20/2014

The Orison Poetry Prize

Orison Books is accepting poetry manuscripts of 60-100 pages. First prize is $1,500 and publication of a full-length poetry collection in hardcover, paperback, and e-book formats ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/15/2015

Prizes: 

$1,500

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

11/16/2014

The Annual Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award

This competition is open to vignettes in English (poetry and/or prose), written by authors anywhere in the world. First prize is $500 plus publication by Vine Leaves Press ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/28/2015

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Date added: 

11/16/2014

10th Annual ACCENTI Writing Contest

Accenti Magazine is open to prose submissions. The topic is open. Multiple entries welcome. Top prize: $1000.00 (CDN) and publication in Accenti... (more)

Deadline: 

12/31/2014

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$20.00

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

11/15/2014

Permafrost Book Prize in Fiction

Permafrost magazine welcomes manuscripts from writers globally who write in English. Writers can be both published and unpublished. The winner will win $1,000 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/01/2014

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$20.00

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Book

Date added: 

11/14/2014

Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry

Bayou Magazine, the literary journal of the University of New Orleans, is accepting submissions of poetry for the Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry, which will award a cash prize of $1,000 ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/31/2014

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$20.00

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

11/14/2014

James Knudsen Prize for Fiction

Bayou Magazine, the literary journal of the University of New Orleans, is accepting submissions of fiction for the James Knudsen Prize for Fiction, which will award a cash prize of $1,000 ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/31/2014

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$20.00

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

11/14/2014

2nd Annual Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize

december Literary Journal is accepting submissions to this year's Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize, which will award a cash prize of $1,500 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/15/2014

Prizes: 

$1,500

Fees: 

$20.00

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

11/14/2014

The Boiler Flash Essay Contest

The Boiler challenges you to submit flash essays under 600 words. The judges are open to hybrid forms of poetry, essay, and memoir. Two winners will receive $600 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

01/15/2015

Prizes: 

$600

Fees: 

$12.00

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Date added: 

11/13/2014

Essaymama's Christmas Writing Contest

Christmas is fast approaching and Essaymama is here to treat the most talented writers with great prizes! Each of the top three writers will be awarded with $330 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/25/2014

Prizes: 

$330

Fees: 

$0.00

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Date added: 

11/13/2014

Red Berry Editions Valentine's Day Broadside Contest

Red Berry Editions announces its 2015 Valentine's Day Broadside Contest for poems about love: passion, heartache, longing, desire, obsession, love lost and found ... (more)

Deadline: 

01/31/2015

Prizes: 

$ ( Winner receives 35 beautifully produced broadsides )

Fees: 

$15.00

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

11/13/2014

ESME Creative Writing Awards

The ESME Creative Writing Awards is open to all Solo Moms—those who’ve parented on their own. Prizes of $500, $350, and $150 will be given to the first, second, and third place winners ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/15/2015

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0.00

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Date added: 

11/08/2014

Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest

The judges welcome submissions of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, or a hybrid. Previously published, stand-alone works are fine, but the ms must be an unpublished body of work. First prize is $200 ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/31/2014

Prizes: 

$300

Fees: 

$12

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Date added: 

11/08/2014

Elizabeth R. Curry Poetry Contest

Submit up to three (3) unpublished poems with a $10.00 reading fee, which includes a two-year subscription. First place: $600, and a limited edition, hand-bound chapbook of the winner’s poetry ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/01/2014

Prizes: 

$600

Fees: 

$10

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

11/04/2014

Codhill Press Poetry Award

The competition is open to any poet who writes in English. Previously published poems with proper acknowledgement are acceptable. Prize: $1000 cash prize and twenty five copies ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/10/2014

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$30

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

11/04/2014

Top of the Mountain Book Award

The contest is open to unpublished novel-length fiction of any genre. The finished novel should be 65,000 words or more. First Place receives a framed certificate and $1,000 ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/01/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Book, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

11/04/2014

Willow Books Literature Awards Poetry

The Willow Books Literature Awards recognize literary excellence in prose and poetry by writers from culturally diverse backgrounds. The two Grand Prize winners will each receive $1,000 (upon publication) ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/01/2014

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$25-$30

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

11/03/2014

Yemassee Writing Prizes

Yemassee is now accepting entries for its 2014 Yemassee Writing Prizes, including the 2014 William Richey Short Fiction Contest. The author of the winning story will receive $1000 and publication in Yemassee 22.2 ... (more)

Deadline: 

01/15/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$10-$22

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

11/03/2014

Tartts Fiction Award

Winning short story collection will be published by Livingston Press at the University of West Alabama, in simultaneous library binding and trade paper editions. Winning entry will receive $1000, plus our standard royalty contract, which includes 100 copies of the book ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/31/2014

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

11/03/2014

Dream Quest One Poetry Contest (Winter 2014-2015)

Dream Quest One welcomes anyone who loves arranging words into the beautiful literary art of poetry to enter the Dream Quest One Poetry Contest. Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, theme, style, or form. First prize is $250 ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/31/2014

Prizes: 

$250

Fees: 

$5

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

11/03/2014

Dream Quest One Writing Contest (Winter 2014-2015)

Write a short story, 5 pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, fiction, non-fiction, or creative nonfiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). First prize is $500 ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/31/2014

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$10

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

11/03/2014

Quercus Review Fall Book Prize

Open to all poets, with or without previous book publication. New and emerging writers are especially invited to submit. No restrictions on content, style or subject matter. Winner receives $1000, a publishing contract ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/12/2014

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Book

Date added: 

11/01/2014

New American Poetry Prize

New American Press is accepting submissions of poetry for its annual New American Poetry Prize, which will award a cash prize of $1000 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/31/2014

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$22.50

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Book

Date added: 

11/01/2014

Great Lakes Poetry Prizes

Three Great Lakes Poetry Prizes will be awarded each to a single poem written about the Great Lakes region or written by a poet from the Great Lakes region: First Place will receive $500 ... (more)

Deadline: 

01/01/2015

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$10

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

11/01/2014

The Dorset Prize

The Dorset Prize includes a cash award of $3,000 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 20 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and national distribution. The Dorset Prize is open to anyone writing in the English language ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/31/2014

Prizes: 

$3,000

Fees: 

$28

Genre(s): 

Book

Date added: 

11/01/2014

2015 FOLIO Fiction Contest

The theme of FOLIO's 2015 issue as well as this contest is on Conflict. The judges want contemporary fiction that speaks to the theme. First-place is $1,000 plus publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

01/15/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

11/01/2014

Lascaux Prize in Short Fiction

Stories may be previously published or unpublished, and simultaneous submissions are accepted. The winner receives $1,000 and publication in The Lascaux Review. The winner and all finalists will be published ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/31/2014

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$10

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

11/01/2014

Colorado Prize for Poetry

The winning book-length collection of poems will be published by the Center for Literary Publishing and distributed by the University Press of Colorado in the fall of 2015. The author receives a $2,000 honorarium ... (more)

Deadline: 

01/14/2015

Prizes: 

$2,000

Fees: 

$28

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

11/01/2014

The 2015 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry

The prize is awarded annually to the best poetry manuscript by an emerging Canadian writer (a writer who has published fewer than two books). The winner receives a trade paperback contract with Invisible Publishing's Snare Imprint ... (more)

Deadline: 

01/31/2015

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$30

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

11/01/2014

Nowhere Fall Travel Writing Contest

Literary travel magazine, Nowhere, is teaming up with Lorin Stein, editor of The Paris Review, for the first Nowhere Fall Travel Writing Contest. First prize is $1,000 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

01/01/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Date added: 

10/28/2014

Memphis Magazine Fiction Contest

Memphis Magazine is holding a fiction contest. Authors must live within 150 miles of Memphis. The winning story will earn a $1,000 grand prize and will be published in a future issue of Memphis. Two honorable mention awards of $500 each ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/01/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$10

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

10/28/2014

Sequestrum Editor's Reprint Award

Submissions are open for the 2015 Editor's Reprint Award at Sequestrum. One winner will receive $200 and publication in the spring issue, and one runner-up will be awarded publication and payment at our usual rates ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/30/2015

Prizes: 

$200

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Date added: 

10/25/2014

The Center for Alcohol Policy's Seventh Annual Essay Contest

For this essay contest, a wide range of essay formats are eligible and encouraged. These can be formal law review article submissions or nonacademic essays. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in the amounts of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/17/2014

Prizes: 

$5,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Date added: 

10/25/2014

The Danahy Fiction Prize

The Danahy Fiction Prize is an annual award of $1,000 and publication in Tampa Review. Submissions must be original, previously unpublished short fiction, up to 5K words ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/30/2014

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

10/21/2014

Tampa Review Prize for Poetry

Winning manuscripts are issued in both hardback and paperback editions and authors receive royalties on sales in addition to the cash award. First prize is $2,000. Each entrant will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to Tampa Review ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/31/2014

Prizes: 

$2,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

10/21/2014

2015 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

The Press 53 Award for Short Fiction is awarded annually to an outstanding, unpublished collection of short stories. The winner will receive publication, a $1,000 cash advance, travel expenses ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/31/2014

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$30

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

11/01/2014

2014 Indie Genius Contest for Self-Published Writers

The winning novel will receive everything needed to go from an unpolished manuscript to a professionally produced book with global distribution through the company's distribution partners ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/30/2014

Prizes: 

$4,500 (est. value)

Fees: 

$35

Genre(s): 

Book

Date added: 

10/15/2014

Walker Percy Prize in Short Fiction

Submissions are now open for the 2014 Walker Percy Prize in Short Fiction. Winner receives $1,000 and publication in New Orleans Review. All finalists considered for publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/31/2014

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

10/13/2014

Wisconsin People & Ideas Fiction Contest

Fiction submissions must be between 2,000 and 5,000 words in length. Authors must reside in or attend school in Wisconsin. Winners receive publication in the magazine and cash awards of $500 (first place) ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/15/2014

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

10/11/2014

The Big Brick Review First Annual Essay Contest

Carrying forward the torch of Tiny Lights (A Journal of Personal Narrative), The Big Brick Review seeks personal essays that build on the narrative of our lives. First prize is $300 ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/17/2015

Prizes: 

$300

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Date added: 

10/09/2014

The Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize

Fiction Southeast has chosen to honor Hemingway's accomplishments through the Annual Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize. Entries should be approximately 1500 words or less. First prize is $200 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/01/2014

Prizes: 

$200

Fees: 

$10

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

10/09/2014

Christine Eldin Memorial Fellowship

The Lascaux Review is hosting a contest to choose a "best" middle grade novel work-in-progress. Any unpublished middle grade. The first year's fellowship is $1000 and a trophy ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/31/2014

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$10

Genre(s): 

Book, Fiction

Date added: 

10/07/2014

Tethered by Letters Fall Literary Competition

Tethered by Letters is accepting submissions for the third annual Fall Literary Competition. Submission categories: 1) short stories of any genre; 2) flash fiction; and 3) poetry ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/15/2014

Prizes: 

$250 for Short Story, $50 for Flash Fiction, $100 for Poetry

Fees: 

$10/short story; $4/flash fiction; $5/poem

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction

Date added: 

10/07/2014

The Winter Anthology Contest

Send up to 50 pages in any genre. The winner will be published in Volume 5 of The Winter Anthology and receive a $1000 honorarium. Finalists will also be considered for publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

01/31/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$11

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

10/06/2014

The Rag's Semi-Annual Fiction Contest

The Rag is currently accepting submissions of short fiction for its 7th issue and its semi-annual fiction contest. The winner of The Rag's fiction contest will receive $500 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/17/2014

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

10/06/2014

Columbia Journal's Writing Competition

This competition is open to entries of original work in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction. The winner from each genre will receive a $500 cash prize and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/01/2014

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

10/06/2014

The 2014 IFIPG Screenwriting Contest

The 2014 IFIPG Screenwriting Contest accepts entries of feature films, short films, and television pilot screenplays. Screenplays written by up to four people may be entered in the contest. The grand prize for a feature length is $3000 ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/31/2014

Prizes: 

$3,000

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Screenwriting

Date added: 

09/28/2014

Briarpatch's 4th Annual Creative Writing Contest

Briarpatch is now accepting submissions of original, unpublished writing in the categories of creative non-fiction and poetry. Contest winners will be published in the March/April 2015 issue of Briarpatch and will each receive $300 ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/01/2014

Prizes: 

$300

Fees: 

$25-40

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Nonfiction

Date added: 

09/25/2014

Paris Press Short-Story Competition

In honor of Alice Munro's Nobel Prize for Literature, Paris Press is paying tribute to the long-overlooked art of the short story. The winner of the competition will receive $1,000 and publication and promotion by Paris Press ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/08/2014

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$40

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

09/25/2014

International Literary Awards in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction & Poetry

The Center for Women Writers at Salem College is accepting submissions for the International Literary Awards. The winner in each genre will receive $1000. An honorable mention in each genre (judge's discretion) will receive $150 ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/31/2014

Prizes: 

$1,000




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