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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 Submissions must be original, previously unpublished short fiction, up to 5K words ...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

Narrative 30 Below Story and Poetry Contest

Narrative magazine is looking for the traditional and the innovative, the true and the imaginary. The judges are looking to encourage and promote the best young authors and artists we can find. First prize is $1,500 ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/15/2014

Prizes: 

$1,500

Fees: 

$22

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction

Date added: 

10/15/2014

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The Press 53 Award for Short Fiction is awarded annually to an outstanding, unpublished collection of short stories.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: 

10/15/2014

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

6th Annual Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest

The winner will be selected from this year’s submissions of original, unpublished short storieswith LGBT content on the broad theme of "Saints and Sinners." Grand prize is $500 ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/15/2014

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

10/13/2014

The Briar Cliff Review's Writing Contests

The Briar Cliff Review is accepting submissions of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction for its 19th annual contest. First-place winners will receive $1,000 in each of the three categories ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/01/2014

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

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 APR/Honickman First Book Prize

The annual American Poetry Review /Honickman First Book Prize offers publication of a book of poems, a $3,000 award, and distribution by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/31/2014

Prizes: 

$3,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Book

Date added: 

10/11/2014

The Sixteenth Annual VWF Poetry & Short Story Writing Contest

Submit your finest prose and poetry to the Vancouver Writers Fest Poetry & Short Story Contest. Entries will be accepted for previously unpublished work in each category. First prize in each category: $500 ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/26/2014

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Poetry, 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

PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing

The $5,000 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing honors a nonfiction book about sports. Eligible titles should be of a biographical, investigative, historical, or analytical nature and of the strongest literary character ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/31/2014

Prizes: 

$5,000

Fees: 

$50

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Date added: 

10/07/2014

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

Saints and Sinners Fiction Contest

The winner will be selected from this year’s submissions of original, unpublished short stories with LGBT content on the broad theme of "Saints and Sinners." Grand prize is $500 ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/15/2014

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

10/06/2014

Walt Whitman (Poetry) Award

The Walt Whitman Award is a $5,000 first-book publication prize given to an American poet. The winning manuscript is published by Graywolf Press. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid six-week residency ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/01/2014

Prizes: 

$5,000

Fees: 

$35

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Book

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

Perugia Press Prize for a First or Second Book by a Woman

Perugia Press is accepting submissions of manuscripts between 45 and 80 pages. Poet must have no more than one previously published book. First prize is $1,000 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/15/2014

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Book

Date added: 

10/06/2014

Scribe Publishing's 2nd Annual Flash Fiction Contest

This year's short fiction contest is capped at 500 entries and offers three cash prizes. The winning fiction will be 500 words or less, captivating, and of any genre (no poetry please). First prize is $500 ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/27/2014

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$10

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

09/28/2014

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

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

09/25/2014

StoryPros International Screenplay Contest

The StoryPros International is an open competition, where scripts of all genres compete to determine the 5 winners. Winners share in a prize pool totaling $15,000 in cash, prizes and services ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/31/2014

Prizes: 

$2,000 (cash prize)

Fees: 

$40-$60

Genre(s): 

Screenwriting

Date added: 

09/23/2014

"Dare to Be" Poetry Chapbook Contest

Literary journal Minerva Rising is accepting submissions of poetry on the theme: "Dare to Be, Dare to Write, Dare to Dare." Submit 14-24 pages of your best poetry. First prize is $250 and 10 copies of the chapbook ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/15/2014

Prizes: 

$250

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

09/19/2014

Bibliophilia.org Writing Contest

Bibliophilia.org is running a contest to challenge members to answer the question "What does your avatar say about you?" Write a fiction or non-fiction piece, or even a poem, that works with the visual component of your avatar ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/01/2014

Prizes: 

$ ( publication )

Fees: 

$0.00

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

09/19/2014

PRISM international's Annual Literary Contests

PRISM has a total of three contests: the Creative Non-Fiction, Short Fiction, and Poetry contests, open to all. All 1st prize winners will be published in PRISM, and runners-up will be published at the discretion of the editors ... (more)

Deadline(s): 

11/21/2014 (creative nonfiction contest)

                              01/23/2015 (short fiction contest)

                              01/23/2015 (poetry contest)

Prizes: 

$1,500 grand prize (creative nonfiction contest)

                  $2,000 grand prize (short fiction contest)

                  $1,000 grand prize (poetry contest)

Fees: 

$35 (Canadian); $40 (US); $45 (Int'l)

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

09/19/2014

FaithWriters Raffle for a Xulon Christian Publishing Package

FaithWriters.com is holding an old-fashioned raffle with a hi-tech touch. There is no purchase required, and you could win a Xulon Publishing Package ($4,383.00 Retail Value) to be used for any type of Christian book ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/30/2014

Prizes: 

$4,000 (retail value)

Fees: 

$0.00

Genre(s): 

Book

Date added: 

09/19/2014

The Raven Cover Story Contest

Pulp Literature is accepting short stories to go with the Spring 2015 cover image, 'Pesky Summer Jobs' by Tais Teng. First prize is $500 and publication as featured author in the Winter 2015 issue ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/01/2014

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$25 ($20 before October 1, 2014)

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

09/18/2014

Alice James Award

Alice James Books is accepting submissions of poetry manuscripts to the Inaugural Alice James Award (formerly the Beatrice Hawley Award). The winner receives $2000, book publication, and distribution ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/01/2014

Prizes: 

$2,000

Fees: 

$30

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Book

Date added: 

09/18/2014

CONSEQUENCE Magazine Prize in Fiction

CONSEQUENCE magazine is accepting entries that capture the nuances of the cultures and consequences of war. First prize is a $250 honorarium and publication in the Spring 2015 issue ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/31/2014

Prizes: 

$250

Fees: 

$10

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

09/18/2014

Mothering Through the Darkness: Stories of Postpartum Struggle

The HerStories Project is seeking unpublished, first-person essays from mothers about their experiences with postpartum depression, anxiety, or other mental health struggles during or after pregnancy ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/01/2014

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$10

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Date added: 

09/15/2014

Wild Light Poetry Contest

Red Hen Press and The Los Angeles Review are pleased to announce the second annual Wild Light contest. A prize of $1,000 and publication in The Los Angeles Review are given annually for an exceptional poem ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/15/2014

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

09/15/2014

Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award Contest

Prairie Fire is now accepting entries for the Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Contests. Prizes are awarded in each of the three categories and winning entries are published in Prairie Fire ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/30/2014

Prizes: 

$1,250

Fees: 

$32

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

09/12/2014

Cider Press Review Book Award

The annual Cider Press Review Book Award offers a $1,500 prize, publication, and 25 author’s copies of a book length collection of poetry. Submit 48-80 pages of original poetry in English not previously published in book form ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/30/2014

Prizes: 

$1,500

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Book

Date added: 

09/12/2014

Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Book Prize

Pleiades Press invites submissions of poetry to this year's Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Book Prize, open to all American writers, regardless of previous publication. The winning writer will receive $2000 and paperback publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/15/2014

Prizes: 

$2,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Book

Date added: 

09/08/2014

Big Pond Rumours, the Literary E-Zine

The judges are open to receiving poetry or prose in any genre. The contest pays the winners for fiction and poetry in addition to publishing them in the E-Zine ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/30/2014

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$7

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction

Date added: 

09/01/2014

Crab Orchard Review's Special Issue Feature Awards

Literary journal Crab Orchard Review is accepting submissions of poetry, fiction and literary nonfiction. The judges will award a prize of $2,000 and publication in each genre ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/01/2014

Prizes: 

$2,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

08/28/2014

Slipstream Press Annual Chapbook Contest

Slipstream Press is accepting submissions of poetry in any style, format, theme for its annual chapbook contest. First place receives a $1,000 prize plus 50 professionally printed copies ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/01/2014

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Book

Date added: 

08/28/2014

Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers

Literary journal Boulevard is accepting submissions of short fiction from emerging writers. The first-place winner will receive a cash prize of $1,500 and publication. Submit stories up to 8K words ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/31/2014

Prizes: 

$1,500

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

08/28/2014

Simple Explanation Contest for a Complex Subject

AbridgeME.com has created the world's first crowdsourced reference platform that delivers concise (100 words or less), fact-based, summaries of the world around us. The site is holding a contest to find the best explanation ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/01/2014

Prizes: 

$150

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Date added: 

08/27/2014

Hollis Summers Poetry Prize

The competition is open to both those who have not published a book-length collection of poetry and those who have. The winning manuscript will be published by Ohio University Press and will be awarded a cash prize of $1000 ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/31/2014

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$30

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Book

Date added: 

08/22/2014

A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize

The A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize honors a poet's first book, while also honoring the late founder of BOA Editions, a non-profit publisher of poetry, poetry-in-translation, short fiction, and other literature ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/30/2014

Prizes: 

$1,500

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

08/19/2014

T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry

Truman State University Press offers $2,000 and publication of the winning collection. Manuscripts should be between 60 and 100 pages of original poetry in English ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/31/2014

Prizes: 

$2,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

08/14/2014

The Ebell Playwright Prize

The Ebell of Los Angeles is open for entries of plays created to encourage, inspire and celebrate our California women writers with pride, praise, and a prize. First prize: $6,000 and a staged reading at the Ebell ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/01/2014

Prizes: 

$6,000

Fees: 

$35

Genre(s): 

Plays

Date added: 

08/02/2014

The Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry

Through this contest, Philadelphia Stories celebrates poets of all backgrounds, experience, and styles. The first-place winning poet will receive a $1,000 cash award for an individual poem, an invitation to an awards event and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/15/2014

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$12

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

08/02/2014

Negative Capability Press Poetry Book Contest

Negative Capability Press will award a prize of $2000, manuscript publication, and 25 copies to the finalist. Manuscripts should be a minimum of 50 pages to a maximum of 125 pages ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/15/2014

Prizes: 

$2,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Book

Date added: 

08/02/2014

Split This Rock Poetry Contest

Submissions should be in the spirit of Split This Rock: socially engaged poems, poems that reach beyond the self to connect with the larger community. First place $500; 2nd and 3rd place, $250 each ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/01/2014

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

08/02/2014

Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize

In collaboration with Louisiana State University Press and Winthrop University, Pleiades Press publishes a book of poetry a year. The finalist receives $2000 and the winning collection is published in paperback ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/15/2014

Prizes: 

$2,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Book

Date added: 

08/02/2014

Banff Centre Bliss Annual Writing Contests

Prairie Fire is now accepting entries for the Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Contests. Prizes are awarded in each of the three categories and winning entries are published in Prairie Fire ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/30/2014

Prizes: 

$1,250

Fees: 

$32

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

08/02/2014

The Jean Feldman Poetry Prize

Writers who live within a 75 mile radius of the U.S. Capitol in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia are eligible to enter The Jean Feldman Poetry Prize. The winning manuscripts will be published in the fall of 2015 ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/01/2014

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

08/02/2014

Helen Sheffield Memorial Writing Contest

All submissions must use the following as the first line: “Memories are not passive inhabitants of the mind, but lively and unruly negotiators for space in a coherent life narrative—or at least, that’s what I told myself.” First prize is $400 ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/31/2014

Prizes: 

$400

Fees: 

$45

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

07/27/2014

The 2014 New Issues Poetry Prize

The 2014 New Issues Poetry Prize awards a cash prize of $2,000 and publication to a poet who has not previously published a full-length collection of poems ... (more)



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