Writing Contests

Writing Contests

The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest

This contest is for registered undergraduate full-time Juniors or Seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the US in the Fall 2017 Semester. Students are invited to write an essay about an ethical issue they have encountered, and analyze what it has taught them about ethics, and themselves. See guidelines for potential topics and issues.

Details here and here.

J Anthony Lucas Work-in-progress Award

This award is for writers already under contract by a publisher for a nonfiction work, on a topic of American political or social concern.

Details here.

Cove Park Literature Residencies

Cove Park will award a minimum of three funded Literature Residencies for writers established in their field of between one to three months each, for UK and international writers. For the Literature Residencies applications are invited from established writers in any of the following genres: adult fiction, memoir, poetry, biography. Writers should have published at least one book. See guidelines for details about the Scottish emerging writer and translator residencies.

Details here and here.

Exile Writers Ink Free Poetry Competition

This competition is for UK refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants by Exiled Writers Ink, an organisation that brings together writers from repressive regimes and war-torn situations; it equally embraces migrants and exiles. Send up to three poems of up to 40 lines each.

Details here.

2018 Spring-Summer Emergency Residency for Artists from Puerto Rico

The Studios at MASS MoCA invites artists in Puerto Rico who have been affected by Hurricane Maria, including artists displaced from the island by the hurricane, to apply for residencies up to 6 weeks. They expect to select at least 2 artists from Puerto Rico. The normal residency fee will be waived for these artists, and additional support will be provided for travel and meals.

Details here.

Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

These awards are for published works that contribute to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of cultural diversity. According to their website, “Today it remains the only American book prize focusing on works that address racism and diversity.” There are two awards, one for a work of fiction or poetry and one for a work of nonfiction, biography or scholarly research.

Details here.

Griffin Poetry Prize

The prize is for the best collection of poetry, in English, published during the preceding year. One prize goes to a living Canadian poet or translator, the other to a living poet or translator from any country, which may include Canada. Submissions must come from publishers. For works published between 1 July and 31 December, the deadline is in December.

Details here.

Ron Hubbard’s Writers & Illustrators of the Future

This contest is for new and amateur writers of new short stories or novelettes of science fiction or fantasy. Send stories of up to 17,000 words in length. This is a quarterly contest.

Details here.

Inaugural Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards

There are three awards; two for published or contracted books, and one for playwrights. The book awards are for speculative fiction, and debut speculative fiction. Books published from 1 June 2015 are eligible. Playwrights have to write to a prompt: What does it mean to be a human in a computerized world?

Details here and here.

The Society of Classical Poets Competition

Send 3-5 poems on any of these themes: The Issues of Our Age (at least one poem has to be on this theme – see guidelines for specific issues), Beautiful & Sublime, Great Culture, Humor & Riddles.

Details here.

The Womaninc Sakhi Awards

This is a poetry award for feminist voices. Their website says, “The award shall be the meeting ground between oppression and expression – an isthmus defining the very real struggles of women across the globe for identity and dignity.” Submit one unpublished poem.

Details here.

Ouen Press Short Story Competition

The theme is ‘Taste’. Stories must be 3,000-10,000 words.

Details here.

Steinbeck Fellowship

The Steinbeck Fellows Program of San José State University (SJSU) offers emerging writers of any age and background the opportunity to pursue a significant writing project – of fiction, drama, creative nonfiction, and biography – while in residence at SJSU. The emphasis of the program is on helping writers who have had some success, but not published extensively, and whose promising work would be aided by the financial support and sponsorship of the Center and the University’s creative writing program. See guidelines for writing sample and other requirements.

Details here and here.

U.S. Naval Institute General Prize Essay Contest

The organizers invite you to “dare to write in order to advance the professional, literary, and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to national defense.” Authors must discuss the most compelling issues, ideas, and solutions. There is no restriction on topic. All essays are judged in the blind by the Naval Institute’s Editorial Board composed of serving Sea Service professionals.

Details here.

The Christopher Doheny Award 2017

The award is for unpublished manuscripts in fiction or creative nonfiction on the topic of serious physical illness. The winner of the award must demonstrate both high literary standards and a broad audience appeal while exploring the impact of illness on the patient, family and friends, and others. The award includes a cash prize and production and promotion of the book in an audio edition, with the option to pursue print publication with the assistance of Audible, Inc.

Details here.

St Martin’s Minotaur/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition

This is for unpublished manuscripts. Murder or a serious crime or crimes has to be at the heart of the story. The manuscript must be at least 220 typewritten pages or 60,000 words.

Details here.

The Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo Playwriting Award

This is an annual contest for playwrights of LGBTQ-themed work that makes a substantial contribution to the theatrical repertoire and community. The award includes a residency and stipend. Hard copy submissions only.

Details here.

The Keats-Shelly Prize and the Young Romantics Prize

This is a contest for poems and essays on Romantic themes. For the Keats-Shelly Prize, adult writers should respond creatively to the work of the Romantics; this year, the theme is ‘Liberty: a celebration of Shelly’s Prometheus Unbound’. Write your own poem on Liberty, or an essay, which can be on any aspect of the work or lives of the Romantics and their circles. For the Young Romantics Prize, writers aged 16-18 should make poetry/essay submissions on the same theme.

Details here and here.

The Hope Prize

This is for Australian writers, for a short story. The stories can be fiction or fact, and must convey the experience of people facing hardship in their lives. There is also a category for writers under 18.

Details here.

BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition

This is for playwrights living outside the UK. There are two prizes, for those with English as their first language and those with English as their second language. Plays must be about 53 minutes long (9,000-10,000 words), and have 6 central characters. There is also the Georgi Markov prize for the most promising script, which gives the winner a chance to come to London for two weeks and work alongside BBC Radio Drama and with BBC World Service journalists.

Details here.

Nickelodeon Writing Program

The Nickelodeon Writing Program offers aspiring television writers from around the world the opportunity to do what they love, develop their craft, and launch their careers.

Details here

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Whitefish Review Montana Award for Fiction

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $20

Application Deadline: 1/1/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Whitefish Review is given annually for a short story. Rick Bass will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story of…

Bayou Magazine Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $20

Application Deadline: 1/1/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each will be given annually for a poem and a short story. The winners will also receive a subscription to Bayou Magazine and their work will be…

Mississippi Review Mississippi Review Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $15

Application Deadline: 1/1/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mississippi Review are given annually for a poem and a short story or essay. Current or former University of Southern…

Glimmer Train Press Family Matters

Cash Prize: $2,500

Entry Fee: $18

Application Deadline: 1/2/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of the prize issue is given annually for a short story about families of any configuration….

Center for Fiction Christopher Doheny Award

Cash Prize: $10,000

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 1/2/18

Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a full-length fiction or nonfiction manuscript about serious physical illness by a writer who has personal experience with life-…

San José State University Steinbeck Fellowships in Creative Writing

Cash Prize: $10,000

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 1/2/18

Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Three yearlong residencies at San José State University in San José, California, which include a stipend of $10,000 each, are given annually to fiction writers and creative…

Gemini Magazine Poetry Contest

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $7

Application Deadline: 1/2/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a poem. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $7 entry fee…

Frost Place Dartmouth Poet-In-Residence Award

Cash Prize: $2,000

Entry Fee: $28

Application Deadline: 1/5/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and a six- to eight-week residency at the Frost Place, Robert Frost’s former home in Franconia, New Hampshire, is given annually to a poet who has published…

Poets & Writers, Inc. Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award

Cash Prize: $500

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 1/8/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $500 each are awarded annually to a poet and a fiction writer from a select state. Each winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to meet…

Unterberg Poetry Center Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prizes

Cash Prize: $500

Entry Fee: $15

Application Deadline: 1/12/18

Genre: Poetry

Four prizes of $500 each and publication in Boston Review are given annually for a group of poems. Winners also receive a two-night residency at the Ace Hotel and…

Colorado Review Colorado Prize for Poetry

Cash Prize: $2,000

Entry Fee: $25

Application Deadline: 1/14/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 and publication by the Center for Literary Publishing is given annually for a poetry collection. John Yau will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 100 pages…

Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell First Novelist Award

Cash Prize: $5,000

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 1/14/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for a first novel published during the previous year. The winner and the winner’s agent will also receive lodging and travel expenses to…

University of Notre Dame Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 1/15/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given biennially for a second or third poetry collection by a Latinx poet residing in the United States. Carmen Giménez…

Jewish Currents Raynes Poetry Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $18

Application Deadline: 1/15/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Jewish Currents is given annually for a poem on a theme. This year’s theme is “Facts, Fakes, Fictions.” The winning poem will…

Moment Magazine–Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $25

Application Deadline: 1/15/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Moment Magazine is given annually for a story that relates to Judaism or Jewish culture or history. The editors will judge. Using…

Asheville Poetry Review William Matthews Poetry Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $20

Application Deadline: 1/15/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Asheville Poetry Review is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to read at Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville,…

French-American Foundation Translation Prizes

Cash Prize: $10,000

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 1/15/18

Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for translations from French into English of a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published…

Breakwater Review Fiction Contest

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $10

Application Deadline: 1/15/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Breakwater Review is given annually for a story. Joan Wickersham will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $10 entry…

Literal Latté  K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Award

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $10

Application Deadline: 1/15/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté  is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 10,000 words with a $10 entry fee ($15 for two…

WOMR/WFMR Community Radio Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $15

Application Deadline: 1/15/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. Marge Piercy will judge. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than seven pages with a $15 entry fee by January 15, 2018….

Masters Review Short Story Award for New Writers

Cash Prize: $3,000

Entry Fee: $20

Application Deadline: 1/15/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000 and publication in Masters Review is given twice yearly for a short story by a writer who has not published a novel. Writers who have published story…

Wells College Press Chapbook Competition

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $20

Application Deadline: 1/15/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Wells College Press, and 15 author copies will be given annually for a poetry chapbook. The winner will also receive room and board to attend…

Permafrost Book Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $20

Application Deadline: 1/15/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Alaska Press is given in alternating years for a book of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. The 2018 prize will be given for a…

BkMk Press Ciardi/Chandra Prizes

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $25

Application Deadline: 1/15/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by BkMk Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 110 pages of…

North Carolina Writers’ Network Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $12

Application Deadline: 1/15/18

Genre: Creative Nonfiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for an essay that “is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians.” The winning essay will also be…

University of Notre Dame Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 1/15/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by University of Notre Dame Press is given biennially for a debut poetry collection by a Latinx poet residing in the United States. Ada Limón…

Fourteen Hills Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award

Cash Prize: $500

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 1/15/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and publication in Fourteen Hills is given annually for a long poem with an inventive spirit. Chet Wiener will judge. Using the online submission…

University of Rochester Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize

Cash Prize: $7,500

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 1/15/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of $7,500 is given annually for a book of fiction published during the previous year by a woman who is a U.S. citizen. Publishers may submit four copies of a novel or…

Third Coast Poetry and Fiction Contests

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $18

Application Deadline: 1/15/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two awards of $1,000 each and publication in Third Coast are given annually for a poem and a short story. Sarah Kay will judge the Third Coast Poetry Prize and…

Australian Book Review Calibre Essay Prize

Cash Prize: $3,800

Entry Fee: $25

Application Deadline: 1/15/18

Genre: Creative Nonfiction

A prize of AUD $5,000 (approximately $3,800) and publication in Australian Book Review is given annually for an essay. A second-place prize of AUD $2,500 (…

Hidden River Arts Sandy Run Novella Award

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $24

Application Deadline: 1/15/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Arts will be given annually for a novella. The editors will judge. Submit a manuscript of 17,500 to 40,000 words with a $24…

PRISM Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction

Cash Prize: $1,150

Entry Fee: $40

Application Deadline: 1/15/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 Canadian (approximately $1,150) and publication in PRISM is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 6,000 words with a $40 entry…

Ellen Meloy Fund Desert Writers Award

Cash Prize: $5,000

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 1/15/18

Genre: Creative Nonfiction

A prize of $5,000 is given annually to enable a creative nonfiction writer “whose work reflects the spirit and passions for the desert embodied in Ellen Meloy’s writing” to…

University of Mississippi Summer Poet-in-Residence Award

Cash Prize: $3,000

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 1/15/18

Genre: Poetry

A one-month residency, which includes a $3,000 honorarium, to live and work in Oxford, Mississippi, near the University of Mississippi campus, is given annually to a poet who…

University of Texas in Austin Dobie Paisano Fellowships

Cash Prize: $25,000

Entry Fee: $20

Application Deadline: 1/15/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Two residencies, cosponsored by the Texas Institute of Letters, at a rural retreat west of Austin are given annually to writers who are native Texans, who have lived in Texas…

Omnidawn Publishing Open Poetry Book Contest

Cash Prize: $3,000

Entry Fee: $27

Application Deadline: 1/16/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Arthur Sze will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120…

Sixfold Short Story and Poetry Awards

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $5

Application Deadline: 1/24/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using the online submission system, submit up to five…

North Carolina Writers’ Network Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $25

Application Deadline: 1/30/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story. The winning story will also be considered for publication in Thomas Wolfe Review. Sarah Addison Allen will judge…

Balcones Center for Creative Writing Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Cash Prize: $1,500

Entry Fee: $25

Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,500 each are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction published during the previous year. Authors and publishers may submit three copies of…

Little Tokyo Historical Society Short Story Contest

Cash Prize: $500

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of $500 and publication in Rafu Shimpo and on the Discover Nikkei website is given annually for a short story that takes place in the Little Tokyo district of…

Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Individual Artist Grants for Women

Cash Prize: $1,500

Entry Fee: $25

Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Grants of $1,500 each are given annually to feminist poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers who are citizens of the United States or Canada. The current round of grants…

Iowa Review Iowa Review Awards

Cash Prize: $1,500

Entry Fee: $20

Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Iowa Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Elizabeth Willis will judge in…

Red Hen Press Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award

Cash Prize: $3,000

Entry Fee: $25

Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000, publication by Red Hen Press, and a four-week residency at PLAYA in Summer Lake, Oregon, is given annually for a poetry collection. Richard Blanco will judge…

Caine Prize for African Writing Caine Prize for African Writing

Cash Prize: $13,210

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of £10,000 (approximately $13,210) is given annually for a previously published short story by an African writer. Shortlisted candidates will receive £500 (…

New Millennium Writings New Millennium Awards

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $20

Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New Millennium Writings are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a work of flash fiction, and a work of creative…

Chattahoochee Review Lamar York Prizes

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $18

Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Chattahoochee Review are given annually for a short story and an essay. Using the online submission system, submit a story…

Writers at Work Writing Competition

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $20

Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Three prizes of publication in Quarterly West are given annually for a group of poems, a short story or novel excerpt, and an essay or memoir excerpt. The winners also…

Black Lawrence Press Big Moose Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $25

Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000, publication by Black Lawrence Press, and 10 author copies is given annually for a novel. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a…

Crazyhorse Literary Prizes

Cash Prize: $2,000

Entry Fee: $20

Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in Crazyhorse are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Vijay Seshadri will judge in poetry, Kelly Link…

Schaffner Press Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $25

Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Schaffner Press is given annually for a poetry collection, a novel, a short story collection, an essay collection, or a memoir that “deals…

Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award

Cash Prize: $1,200

Entry Fee: $25

Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,200, publication by Main Street Rag, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. The editors and previous winners will judge. Submit…

Lascaux Review Lascaux Prize in Collected Poetry

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $20

Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually for a poetry collection published during the previous two years. Self-published works are eligible. Submit a book published in 2016 or…

Fish Publishing Short Memoir Prize

Cash Prize: $1,180

Entry Fee: $19

Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Genre: Creative Nonfiction

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,180) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short memoir. Marti Leimbach will judge. Submit a memoir of up…

Ohioana Library Association Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

A prize of $1,000 is given annually to an Ohio fiction writer or creative nonfiction writer age 30 or under who has not published a book. Writers born in Ohio or who have lived…

Winter Anthology Writing Contest

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $10

Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Winter Anthology is given annually for a group of poems, a story, or an essay. Using the online submission system, submit up to 10…

Autumn House Press Rising Writer Contest

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $25

Application Deadline: 1/31/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Autumn House Press will be given annually for a debut poetry collection by a writer age 33 or younger. Richard Siken will judge. Submit a…

Colgate University Olive B. O’Connor Fellowships

Cash Prize: $40,500

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 2/1/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Two nine-month residencies at Colgate University, including a stipend of $40,500, health benefits, and travel expenses, are given annually to poets, fiction writers, or…

Virginia Commonwealth University Levis Reading Prize

Cash Prize: $5,000

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 2/1/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond is given annually for a first or second book of poetry…

American Short Fiction American Short(er) Fiction Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $17

Application Deadline: 2/1/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in American Short Fiction is given annually for a piece of flash fiction. Submit up to three stories of no more than 1,000 words each…

WB Yeats Society of NY Yeats Poetry Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $15

Application Deadline: 2/1/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the WB Yeats Society of NY website is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to a ceremony in New York City in the spring….

Passaic County Community College Paterson Poetry Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 2/1/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry published in the previous year. The winning poet is expected to participate in an awards ceremony and give a reading at…

Passaic County Community College Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $18

Application Deadline: 2/1/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Paterson Literary Review will be given annually for a poem or group of poems. Submit four copies of up to five poems of no more…

Southern Indiana Review Michael Waters Poetry Prize

Cash Prize: $3,000

Entry Fee: $30

Application Deadline: 2/1/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Southern Indiana Review Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Michael Waters will judge. Submit up to 80 pages of poetry (no…

Japan–U.S. Friendship Commission United States/Japan Creative Artists Residencies

Cash Prize: $20,000

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 2/1/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Up to five residencies of three to five months, each of which includes a stipend of up to $20,000 for three months or $28,000 for five months for living expenses, housing, and…

Binghamton University Book Awards

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 2/1/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for books of poetry and fiction published during the previous year. The Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award is given for a poetry…

Stadler Center for Poetry Philip Roth Residencies

Cash Prize: $5,000

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 2/1/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Two four-month residencies, which include a stipend of $5,000 each, at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University are given in alternating years to poets, fiction…

Southern Illinois University Devil’s Kitchen Reading Awards

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $20

Application Deadline: 2/2/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Five prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a poetry collection by an emerging writer, a poetry collection by an established writer, a book of literary fiction, a book of…

Easy Street Portal Prize in Speculative Fiction

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $10

Application Deadline: 2/2/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Easy Street will be given annually for a short story. The winning story and finalists will be published in the 2018…

Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Short Story Award

Cash Prize: $3,500

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 2/7/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,500 and publication in Printers Row, the Chicago Tribune‘s digital literary journal, is given annually for a short story. Four runners-up will…

Indiana Review Blue Lights Book Prize

Cash Prize: $2,000

Entry Fee: $20

Application Deadline: 2/9/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Indiana University Press will be given in alternating years for a collection of poetry or a collection of short fiction. The 2018 prize…

Hippocrates Prize Open International Award

Cash Prize: $1,320

Entry Fee: $9

Application Deadline: 2/14/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,320) and publication in the Hippocrates Prize anthology and on the website is given annually for a poem on a medical theme. An additional…

Center for Fiction New York City Emerging Writers Fellowship

Cash Prize: $5,000

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 2/15/18

Genre: Fiction

Fellowships of $5,000 each, membership to the Center for Fiction in New York City, and access to writing space at the center are given annually to fiction writers living in New…

Academy of American Poets Ambroggio Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 2/15/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe will be given annually for a book of poetry originally written in Spanish by a living writer and…

Ruminate William Van Dyke Short Story Prize

Cash Prize: $1,500

Entry Fee: $20

Application Deadline: 2/15/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a short story. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,500 words with a $20…

Academy of American Poets Harold Morton Landon Translation Award

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 2/15/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry translated from any language into English and published in the United States during the previous year. Collaborations…

Milkweed Editions Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry

Cash Prize: $10,000

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 2/15/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet currently residing in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota,…

Hidden River Arts Willow Run Poetry Book Award

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $25

Application Deadline: 2/15/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Hidden River Review will be given annually for a poetry collection. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 75…

Salem State University Claire Keyes Poetry Award

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $10

Application Deadline: 2/15/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Soundings East is given annually for a group of poems. Oliver de la Paz will judge. Using the online submission system, submit 8…

Academy of American Poets Raiziss/de Palchi Book Prize

Cash Prize: $10,000

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 2/15/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $10,000 is given biennially for a book of modern Italian poetry translated into English and published in the United States. Self-published collections are ineligible…

Black Caucus of the American Library Association Self-Publishing Literary Awards

Cash Prize: $500

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 2/17/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $500 each are given annually for a poetry e-book and a fiction e-book by an African American writer self-published in the United States during the previous year….

Glimmer Train Press Short Story Award for New Writers

Cash Prize: $2,500

Entry Fee: $18

Application Deadline: 2/28/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 author copies is given three times a year for a short story by a writer whose fiction has not appeared…

Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing

Cash Prize: $10,000

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 2/28/18

Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

A prize of $10,000 and publication by Restless Books is given in alternating years for a debut book of fiction or nonfiction by a first-generation immigrant. The 2018 prize…

Red Hen Press Women’s Prose Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $25

Application Deadline: 2/28/18

Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a book of fiction or nonfiction by a woman. Lidia Yuknavitch will judge. Using the online submission…

Association of Writers & Writing Programs Award Series

Cash Prize: $5,500

Entry Fee: $30

Application Deadline: 2/28/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Two prizes of $5,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. In addition, two prizes of $2,500…

Fish Publishing Flash Fiction Prize

Cash Prize: $1,180

Entry Fee: $17

Application Deadline: 2/28/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,180) and publication in the Fish Publishing anthology is given annually for a short short story. Sherrie Flick will judge. Submit a story of…

Tupelo Press Snowbound Chapbook Award

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $25

Application Deadline: 2/28/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 36 pages with a $25 entry fee by February 28. All…

National Poetry Series Open Competition

Cash Prize: $10,000

Entry Fee: $30

Application Deadline: 2/28/18

Genre: Poetry

Five prizes of $10,000 each and publication by participating trade, university, or small press publishers are given annually for poetry collections. Publishers include Beacon…

Atlanta Review International Poetry Competition

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $12

Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Atlanta Review is given annually for a poem. Submit up to two poems of any length with a $12 entry fee ($18 for 3 to 7 poems) by…

Selected Shorts Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $25

Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and tuition for a 10-week writing class through New York City’s Gotham Writers Workshop is given annually for a short story. The winning work will be…

Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grants

Cash Prize: $2,500

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Project grants of up to $2,500 each are given twice yearly to women and transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, or otherwise gender-nonconforming poets, fiction writers, and…

Tusculum Review Chapbook Contest

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $20

Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Tusculum Review is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Manuscripts with one or two authors are eligible. Emilia Phillips will…

42 Miles Press 42 Miles Poetry Award

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $25

Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by 42 Miles Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Indiana University in South…

Ahsahta Press Sawtooth Poetry Prize

Cash Prize: $1,500

Entry Fee: $25

Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500, publication by Ahsahta Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Current and former students of Boise State University are…

Lake Forest College Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency

Cash Prize: $10,000

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

A prize of $10,000, publication by &NOW Books, an imprint of Lake Forest College Press (with distribution by Northwestern University Press), and a three-week residency at…

PEN Northwest Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency

Cash Prize: $5,000

Entry Fee: $25

Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

A seven-month residency from April to October, which includes a $5,000 honorarium, is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer to live and…

Hunger Mountain Literary Prizes

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $20

Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ephemeral Artery, Hunger Mountain’s online publication, are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an…

Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Artist Fellowships

Cash Prize: $5,000

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Grants of up to $5,000 each are given in alternating years to Mississippi poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. This year the fellowships will be offered in…

Airlie Press Airlie Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $25

Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Airlie Press will be given annually for a poetry collection. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a…

Alabama State Council on the Arts Literary Fellowships

Cash Prize: $5,000

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Fellowships of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in the state of Alabama for at least two years. Using…

Broadside Lotus Press Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award

Cash Prize: $500

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $500 and publication by Broadside Lotus Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an African American poet. Submit two copies of a manuscript of 60 to 90…

Mad Creek Books Journal Non/Fiction Collection Prize

Cash Prize: $1,500

Entry Fee: $25

Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Mad Creek Books, the trade imprint of Ohio State University Press, is given annually for a collection of short prose. Michelle Herman will…

University of Wisconsin Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships

Cash Prize: $38,000

Entry Fee: $50

Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction

An academic year in residence, which includes a stipend of at least $38,000, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison is given annually to up to five writers working on a…

Hidden River Arts Tuscarora Award in Historical Fiction

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $25

Application Deadline: 3/1/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press will be given annually for a book of historical fiction. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of any…

Furious Flower Poetry Center Furious Flower Poetry Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $15

Application Deadline: 3/3/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Obsidian, the literary journal of Illinois State University, is given annually for a group of poems. African-American poets who…

Persea Books Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $30

Application Deadline: 3/7/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Persea Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet who has published at least one book of poetry. The winner also…

Colorado Review Nelligan Prize

Cash Prize: $2,000

Entry Fee: $15

Application Deadline: 3/14/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review is given annually for a short story. Margot Livesey will judge. Submit a story of any length with a $15 entry fee…

The Writer’s Center McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize

Cash Prize: $500

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of $500 is given annually for a first novel by a U.S. author published during the previous year. Authors, publishers, and agents may submit three copies of a novel…

James Jones Literary Society First Novel Fellowship

Cash Prize: $10,000

Entry Fee: $30

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. A selection from the winning work will be published in

Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation Poetry Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $10

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for an unpublished poem. Richard Blanco will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than three pages each with a $10 entry fee by March…

Prairie Schooner Book Prizes

Cash Prize: $3,000

Entry Fee: $25

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication by University of Nebraska Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. An editorial board will…

Sarabande Books Morton and McCarthy Prizes

Cash Prize: $2,000

Entry Fee: $29

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication by Sarabande Books are given annually for collections of poetry and fiction. For the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, submit a…

Hidden River Arts Eludia Award

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $30

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Sowilo Press is given annually for a novel or story collection by a woman writer over the age of 40. Using the online submission system,…

 

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L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest

Whatever your feelings about L. Ron Hubbard’s work and philosophy, the prizes for this regular contest are nothing to sneeze at. Every three months, winners earn $1,000, $750 and $500, or an additional annual grand prize worth $5,000.

Submissions must be short stories or novelettes (up to 17,000 words) in the genre of science fiction or fantasy, and new and amateur writers are welcome to apply.

Deadlines: Quarterly on January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1.

Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize

Awarded to “the most promising and innovative literary nonfiction project by a writer not yet established in the genre,” this prize provides a $12,000 advance and publication by Graywolf Press.

If you live in the U.S. and have published at least one book (in any genre), you’re eligible to submit a current manuscript in progress for consideration. The judges look for winners who push the boundaries of traditional literary nonfiction.

Deadline: Contest is every other year, with the last one running in 2016. The 2018 deadline has not been announced.

Drue Heinz Literature Prize

You can win $15,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press with this prize, awarded for a collection of short fiction.

You may submit an unpublished manuscript of short stories, two or more novellas or a combination of novellas and short stories. Your total word count should be between 150 and 300 typed pages.

Deadline: Annual submission window is May 1 through June 30.

Tony Hillerman Prize

Presented by St. Martin’s Press and WORDHARVEST, this prize awards the best first mystery novel set in the Southwest with $10,000 and publication by St. Martin’s Press.

It’s open to professional or non-professional writers who have not yet had a mystery published, and there are specific guidelines for the structure of your story: “Murder or another serious crime or crimes must be at the heart of the story, with emphasis on the solution rather than the details of the crime.”

St. Francis College Literary Prize

This biannual prize honors mid-career writers who have recently published their third, fourth or fifth work of fiction. The winner receives $50,000 but must be able to appear at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY to deliver a talk on their work and teach a mini-workshop in fiction to St. Francis students.

Deadline: Biannually; the deadline for work published between June 2015 and May 2017 is May 15, 2017.

Young Lions Fiction Award

This $10,000 award recognizes “young authors,” which the rules define as any author aged 35 or younger. Submit any novel or short story published or scheduled to be published in the calendar year. Works must be written for adults; children’s or YA pieces are ineligible.

Deadline: Annually in the fall (most recently in August or September). 2017 deadline not yet announced.

Inkitt

This boutique publishing firm offers a full-fledged publishing deal to its contest winner. Submit a novel of 20,000 words or more in any fiction genre (no fanfic, short stories or poetry) and if it’s selected, Inkitt will provide you with professional editing, a cover design, and 25 percent royalties. They also have a strategy to get you into the Amazon Top 100. (Not too shabby.)

Inkitt runs contests regularly, so be sure to check back often!

Deadline: See individual contest pages.

Real Simple’s Life Lessons Essay Contest

Have you ever had a “eureka” moment? If you have, and you can write a compelling personal essay about it in no more than 1,500 words, you may be able to win $3,000 in Real Simple’s annual essay contest.

Deadline: Annually; 2017 deadline has not yet been announced.

New Voices Award

Presented by Lee & Low Books, an award-winning children’s book publisher, this award is given for a previously unpublished children’s picture book manuscript (of no more than 1,500 words) written by a writer of color.

The winner receives $1,000 cash and a standard publication contract. You may submit up to two manuscripts.

Deadline: Submissions must be postmarked by September 30 each year.

Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

This contest aims to provide visibility for emerging African American fiction writers and to enable them to focus on their writing by awarding a $10,000 cash prize. Eligible authors should submit a work of fiction, such as a novel or short story collection, published in the calendar year.

Deadline: Annually; 2017 deadline has not yet been announced.

PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Honoring the best work of fiction published by an American author in a single calendar year, this award has been given to the likes of John Updike, Philip Roth and Ann Patchett.

The winner receives $15,000 and an invitation to read at the award ceremony in Washington, DC. Four finalists also each receive a $5,000 award.

Deadline: Annually on October 31 for books published that calendar year.

Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize

Presented by the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival, this annual prize awards $500 cash for “the best Brooklyn-focused non-fiction essay which is set in Brooklyn and is about Brooklyn and/or Brooklyn people/characters.” (So it’s Brooklyn-centric, if you haven’t picked up on that yet.)

Submissions should be four to 10 pages (up to 2,500 words), and five authors will be chosen to read and discuss their submissions at the annual December event.

Deadline: Annually in mid-November.

Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Fiction and nonfiction writers who have recently published a book that “contributes to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures” are eligible for this award, which offers $10,000 cash as well media and publicity opportunities.

Submissions must be published in the prior year (so books published in 2016 are eligible for the 2017 award).

Deadline: Annual submission window is September 1 through December 31.

Marfield Prize (a.k.a. National Award for Arts Writing)

Presented by the Arts Club of Washington, this award seeks to honor nonfiction books that deal with “any artistic discipline (visual, literary, performing, or media arts, as well as cross-disciplinary works).” This may include criticism, art history, memoirs and biographies, and essays.

Deadline: Annually in the last quarter of the year; the 2017 deadline has not yet been announced.

W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction

If you’re a war buff, this competition is for you. It awards $5,000 to the best piece of fiction set during a period when the U.S. was at war (war may either be the main plot of the piece or simply provide the setting). Submissions may be adult or YA novels.

Deadline: Annually on December 1.

#My2018

  • Deadline: February 6, 2018
  • Prizes: $200

– Join until 06/02/2018 – All genres; poetry and prose; fiction and nonfiction – The story can be maximum 5,000 words (can be less!) – Grand prize $200; Best story per language: $50 – Global; participating languages: English,…

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Share Your Story

  • Deadline: May 25, 2018
  • Prizes: $100
  • Fees: $9.95

What’s your story? Is there an event in your life that you would like to share? This contest is about telling your story.

Essay Non-Fiction

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Literative’s Quarterly Endless Beautiful Writing Contest

  • Deadline: January 11, 2018
  • Prizes: 1st: $30 Amazon Gift Card || 2nd: $15 Amazon Gift Card

Listen to the 15 minute audio prompt from Endless Beautiful and create up to a 1000 word creative writing piece. Don’t try too hard. The beauty of the Endless Beautiful method is to write while you listen. Try to see what you…

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Blydyn Square Books 2018 Publishing Contest

  • Deadline: September 30, 2018
  • Prizes: Winner receives a standard publishing contract for our 2021 list
  • Fees: $25.00

We will be accepting submissions of unpublished, full-length manuscripts (at least 50,000 words) in all categories and genres, both fiction and nonfiction. (Previously self-published books ARE eligible.) The deadline to enter…

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Erma Bombeck Writing Competition

  • Deadline: January 3, 2018
  • Prizes: $500 plus free (value of $450) registration to the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop in Dayton April 5-7, 2018.
  • Fees: $15.00

Enter your Human Interest or Humorous essay (just one) of 450 words or less in the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition!

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New Deal Writing Competition

  • Deadline: April 2, 2018
  • Prizes: 1st $200, 2nd $100, 3rd $50

The New Deal Writing Competition is a short story competition where the writer is asked to use a painting chosen by the staff of Livingston Arts as inspiration for their short story.

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$3000 Masters Review Short Story Award for New Writers

  • Deadline: January 15, 2018
  • Prizes: The winning story will be awarded $3000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $200 and $100 respectively. All winners and honorable mentions will receive agency review by four New York City book agents.

Welcome to our Winter Short Story Award For New Writers. Stories under 7000 words, previously unpublished stories only, simultaneous and multiple submissions allowed, and emerging writers only!

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This Sentence Starts The Story

  • Deadline: May 11, 2018
  • Prizes: $100 Cash Prize
  • Fees: $9.95

The challenge of this writing contest is to start a story that starts with this sentence: I had my chance. Write a story of any type (fiction, non-fiction, etc…) but start the story with this sentence.

Essay Fiction Non-Fiction Short Story

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Enizagam

  • Deadline: March 23, 2018
  • Prizes: 1000 for Poetry Contest Finalist 1000 for Fiction Contest Finalist
  • Fees: $20.00

Enizagam is a literary journal featuring poetry, fiction, and interviews by writers from all over the world. Our content is comprised of submissions from writers living in the U.S. and beyond, as well as the winning and…

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Nature-Saving Scholarship for Students

  • Deadline: March 11, 2018
  • Prizes: $1000 and $500

You must create an original list of nature-saving rules (see details on the scholarship page). The winners will be required to send us proof of their educational status.

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GCWA 2018 Writing Contest

  • Deadline: January 31, 2018
  • Prizes: FIRST PRIZE ($100 cash) SECOND PRIZE ($50 cash) THIRD PRIZE ($25 cash) each category

GCWA 2018 Writing Contest submissions from October 21, 2017 through January 31, 2018. Categories are Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Children’s Stories. The winners submissions will be posted on the GCWA website. Writing…

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5-7-5 Poetry Contest

  • Deadline: May 15, 2018
  • Prizes: $100 Cash Prize
  • Fees: $9.95

Write a poem with only three lines. The topic is open – write about anything. The catch is that each line much follow the following syllable count: 5-7-5. So the first line has five syllables, second line has seven and the…

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Streetlight’s 2017 Flash Fiction Contest

  • Deadline: January 31, 2018
  • Prizes: 1st ($125), 2nd ($75) and 3rd ($50) cash prizes.
  • Fees: $10.00

Send us your flashiest flash fiction, up to 800 words in length! All contest entries will be further considered for general publication on Streetlight. Multiple entries are permitted.

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Unfiltered Life

  • Deadline: January 31, 2018
  • Prizes: 1st place $100, 2nd place $75, 3rd place $50

We all have sh*t. Thoughts and secrets we hold close so no one else will know or judge us. Are you brave enough to share yours? Ready to write? Share the side of you that others don’t get to see. Tell us what your life is…

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2018 Hart Crane Poetry Contest

  • Deadline: January 9, 2018
  • Prizes: $100 and published in the ICON, a poetry and art magazine that is published once each year, near the end of spring semester.

For previously unpublished poem(s). Submit no more than two poems. The award honors the work of Hart Crane (1899-1932), one of the leading modernist poets in America, who spent part of his youth in Trumbull County, OH. The poem…

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2-4-2 Poetry Contest

  • Deadline: May 7, 2018
  • Prizes: $100
  • Fees: $9.95

Write a poem with only three lines to enter this poetry contest. The first line should have two syllables, second line should have 4 and the third line should have two again. Cash prize to the winner.

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1 Line Poem

  • Deadline: May 3, 2018
  • Prizes: $100
  • Fees: $9.95

Write a poem with only one line to enter this poetry contest. Your poem can be about anything – but can you tell it with only one line?

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Booktrib Writing Contest

  • Deadline: January 31, 2018
  • Prizes: Publication and live-chat interview (top five submissions); Booktrib Contributing Author of 2018 (Grand prize winner)

Opens Friday, December 1st. Applicants will submit a memoir-style narrative of an experience impacted by, or connected to a book. The top five submissions will be published on our website, and Grand Prize winner will be the…

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Goodnight New York Contest

  • Deadline: January 15, 2018
  • Prizes: Three winners will receive a two-night complimentary stay at The Frederick Hotel in Tribeca, Manhattan. The contest will culminate in a reading at The Frederick Hotel in late winter 2018, and the three winning stories will be displayed in selected hotel rooms.

Here’s the assignment: write a bedtime story for adults. (No, we don’t mean risqué, just not a children’s story.) Your story, which may be true or made-up, should somehow relate to New York City—or as Frank Sinatra crooned,…

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Past-Year Memoir Contest—2018

  • Deadline: February 19, 2018
  • Prizes: Free Gotham class of your choosing

We invite you to look back at 2017 and write about it. Specifically, we want you to tell us a true story from your life in 2017…in only 17 words.

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Best Villain Fairy Tale Competition

  • Deadline: January 3, 2018
  • Prizes: The winner receives: Active promotion across all Fairytalez’s social networks, A digital winner badge published with your story and on your profile page A digital winner badge for your blog or website and a $200 gift certificate to Amazon.com,

Fairytalez wants to hear the other side of the story, the villains behind a so-called “happily ever after”! After all, as they say, even the villain is the hero in their own story.You may either write a new fairy tale or folk…

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ABC Poetry Contest

  • Deadline: April 20, 2018
  • Prizes: $100
  • Fees: $9.95

It’s not as easy as ABC but it’s a fun poem to write. Share your ABC poem to enter this poetry contest. Follow the order of the alphabet for your first four lines. Pick any letter for the fifth one. Cash prize to the winner….

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The DISQUIET Literary Prize

  • Deadline: January 31, 2018
  • Fees: $15.00

Submissions are now open for the DISQUIET Prize for writing in any genre. Three winners will be published; one grand prize winner will receive a full scholarship, accommodations, and travel stipend to attend the DISQUIET…

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My Dating Horror Story!

  • Deadline: February 14, 2018
  • Prizes: $250 USD
  • Fees: $10.00

In 300 words or less, tell us about your worst date EVER. (You may also write about a friend’s dating experience.) As always, please no profanity and extra points for making us laugh.

Creative Essay Non-Fiction

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Five Line Poem Contest

  • Deadline: April 25, 2018
  • Prizes: $100 Cash Prize
  • Fees: $9.95

Write a five line poem called a cinquain to enter this poetry contest. Each line in your poem will have a specific syllable count. Rhymes are welcomed.

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F-BOM Quarterly Flash Fiction Contest

  • Prizes: F-BOM membership, copies of the featured author’s other books, publication on the F-BOM website

An SFF contest for 100-word flash fiction stories judged by each quarter’s featured author. Topics will be released quarterly during the Facebook Live interview with our featured author. Contest page updates regularly as well.

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Loop Poetry Contest

  • Deadline: April 17, 2018
  • Prizes: $100
  • Fees: $9.95

Write a poem of any length. The catch is the final word of each sentence must be the first word of the next sentence. This is a Loop Poem.

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SPR Awards 2017

  • Deadline: March 1, 2018
  • Prizes: $1800 worth of book promotion
  • Fees: $25.00

Yearly prize. Enter your self-published or indie book now, to get the best promotion deals for your book, including reviews, Amazon promotion, and a quarter of a million readers seeing your book, worth over $1800!

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6 Word Poetry Contest

  • Deadline: April 8, 2018
  • Prizes: $100
  • Fees: $9.95

Can you write a poem with only six words? That is the challenge of this poetry contest. Write a six word poem.

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Stories For His Glory Competition

  • Deadline: February 28, 2018
  • Prizes: $AU250 first; $AU100 second; $AU50 third

Birdcatcher Books’ first Stories For His Glory Competition is seeking Christian testimonies of God’s working in people’s lives. Entries must be true, first person stories. Open to writers from Australia, NZ, USA, Canada and UK.

Non-Fiction

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Short Poem Poetry Contest

  • Deadline: April 5, 2018
  • Prizes: $100
  • Fees: $9.95

For this contest the challenge is to write a complete poem while only using 20 syllables. So write a poem about anything you want but keep the syllable count to 20 to enter.

Poetry

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Cinnamon writing contest – Annual Debut Novel/Novella Prize

  • Deadline: July 31, 2018
  • Prizes: 1 year’s free mentoring worth £1000 or (for those who have completed mentoring) 100 copies of the novel + publishing contract.
  • Fees: $12.00

Open to those who have not had a novel previously published. (those with self-published novels may enter). Adult and crossover novels only (no children’s fiction). Judged by Ian Greg son.

Novella

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Cinnamon writing contest – Annual Short Story Prize

  • Deadline: May 31, 2018
  • Prizes: First place: one year’s free mentoring (worth £1000) or free place on a Ty’n y coed course + publication of winning story. Second place: pack of short story collections + one year’s subscription to the bookclub + publication of story. Third place: one year’s subscription to the bookclub + public
  • Fees: $12.00

Open to beginners and established writers. Judged by Adam Craig. The fee is £12 per story.

Short Story

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Cinnamon writing contest – Poetry Pamphlet Prize

  • Deadline: March 31, 2018
  • Prizes: 3 prizes of 30 copies plus publishing contracts for each of the three winners.
  • Fees: $10.00

Submit 15–25 poems of up to 50 lines each. Individual poems may have been published online or in magazines provided the writer retains copyright. International entrants welcome. Open to all poets — beginners and established…

Poetry

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Nonet Poetry Contest

  • Deadline: March 23, 2018
  • Prizes: $100
  • Fees: $9.95

The challenge of this contest is to write a None poem. That’s a a poem where the first line has 9 syllables. Second line has 8. Third line has 7 and so on.

Poetry

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2018 Killer Nashville Claymore Award

  • Deadline: April 1, 2018
  • Prizes: Probably a traditional publishing contract with a Mystery Writers of America and/or International Thriller Writers’ approved publisher. But there’s more…
  • Fees: $40.00

Every year, the Killer Nashville Claymore Award assists new and rebranding English-language fiction authors get published, including possible agent representation, book advances, editor deals, and movie and television sales….

Book Fiction Manuscript Non-Fiction Novella Screenwriting

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2018 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award

  • Deadline: June 1, 2018
  • Prizes: $500
  • Fees: $79.00

We believe all engaging stories have three elements: mystery, thriller, and suspense. Since 2008, the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Awards have recognized the best stories from the previous year told through various media…

Book Fiction Manuscript Non-Fiction Screenwriting

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Lazuli Literary Group Writing Contest

  • Deadline: January 18, 2018
  • Prizes: $100 and online publication with Lazuli Literary Group
  • Fees: $10.00

We love work that is linguistically, intellectually, and emotionally demanding of the reader. We want literary works that grow in complexity upon each visitation. Writers we admire are Zadie Smith, Virginia Woolf, Tom Wolfe,…

Book Creative Essay Fiction Manuscript Non-Fiction Novella Poetry Scholastic Screenwriting Short Story

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Love Poem Poetry Contest

  • Deadline: March 20, 2018
  • Prizes: $100 Cash Prize
  • Fees: $9.95

Share a love poem to enter this poetry contest. All forms of poetry are welcomed.

Poetry

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Haiku Poetry Contest

  • Deadline: March 3, 2018
  • Prizes: $100
  • Fees: $9.95

Share your poem that follows the 5-7-5 syllable count. The first line has five syllables. Second line has seven. Third line has five again.

Poetry

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Nowhere Magazine Fall 2017 Travel Writing Contest

  • Deadline: January 1, 2018
  • Prizes: 1,000.00
  • Fees: $20.00

Unpublished and published short stories and essays of 800 to 5,000 words, possessing a powerful sense of place, that have not already been chosen as a contest winner are eligible.

Creative Essay Fiction Non-Fiction Short Story

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Middle Island Press Poetry Chapbook Contest

  • Deadline: September 21, 2018
  • Prizes: $100-500 cash, chapbook publication, 25 copies and a “Coffee with the Poets” interview

Middle Island Press is now accepting submissions for our first poetry contest beginning September 22, 2017 and ending September 21, 2018. All content for a general audience is acceptable; we seek skill and palpability, the…

Poetry

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Third Annual Stephen A DiBiase Poetry Prize

  • Deadline: January 30, 2018
  • Prizes: $500 first place plus $1500 in additional prizes

Open to all poets of all ages worldwide writing in English. Poets retain all rights. Submit one poem only. No rules or limitations on the poem you submit. We look for interesting writing and seek a variety of subjects and…

Poetry

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$5000 ATOM BOMB

  • Deadline: May 23, 2018
  • Prizes: $5000 grand prize
  • Fees: $10.00

Fiction War Magazine’s ATOM BOMB™ is an annual review of one-hundred-word stories (100 words or fewer), awarding $5,000 to a single work. Shortlisted works will be announced monthly and offered publication in Atom Bomb

Creative Fiction Short Story

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3 Line Poem To Someone Loved

  • Deadline: March 15, 2018
  • Prizes: $100 Cash Prize
  • Fees: $9.95

Write a poem with only three lines that follows a specific syllable count. But there is a catch – your poem must address a loved one in some way.

Poetry

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Non-Fiction Writing Contest

  • Deadline: March 17, 2018
  • Prizes: $100
  • Fees: $9.95

Share your non-fiction story to enter this writing contest at FanStory. All stories welcomed as long as they are non-fiction.

Short Story

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Third Wednesday Annual Poetry Contest

  • Deadline: January 31, 2018
  • Prizes: 3 $100 Prizes

$6.00 Entry Fee Three Prizes of $100.00 and publication in Third Wednesday’s Spring Contest issue. As a thank you for your participation, every entry will receive a PDF copy of the poetry contest issue (a $5.00 value), so the…

Poetry

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75 Words – Flash Fiction

  • Deadline: March 10, 2018
  • Prizes: $100
  • Fees: $9.95

Write a story with only 75 words. That is the challenge of this flash fiction contest. The topic is open so write about anything. But keep it at exactly 75 words.

Fiction Short Story

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Third Annual Stephen A DiBiase Poetry Prize

  • Deadline: January 30, 2018
  • Prizes: $2,000 total with $500 to the first prize winner.

Contest is open to all poets of all ages worldwide who are writing in English. Poets retain all rights. There are no restrictions or limitations on the poem you submit. We are open to all styles of poetry and all subjects. New…

Poetry

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Nowhere Magazine Fall 2017 Travel Writing Contest

  • Deadline: January 1, 2018
  • Prizes: $1,000 and publication in Nowhere. Up to 10 finalists also will be published.
  • Fees: $20.00

Nowhere awards prizes twice yearly for a short story or essay (800 to 5,000 words) that possesses a powerful sense of place, character or time. Unpublished and published pieces that have not previously been chosen as a contest…

Creative Essay Fiction Non-Fiction Short Story

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Dribble Flash Fiction

  • Deadline: April 4, 2018
  • Prizes: $100
  • Fees: $9.95

Write a story with only 50 words. That is the challenge of this flash fiction writing contest.

Fiction Short Story

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Lune Poetry Contest

  • Deadline: February 11, 2018
  • Prizes: $100
  • Fees: $9.95

Write a three lined poem that has the following syllable count: the first line has 3, the second line has 5, the third line has 3 syllables again.

Poetry

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Tanka Poetry Contest

  • Deadline: February 3, 2018
  • Prizes: $100 Cash Prize
  • Fees: $9.95

Share your Tanka poem to enter this poetry contest. A Tanka is a five line poem with a specific syllable count. See the announcement for an example and the details.

Poetry

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Lanturne Poetry

  • Deadline: January 30, 2018
  • Prizes: $100
  • Fees: $9.95

A lanturne is a poem with only five lines. There is a specific syllable count for each lin e(1-2-3-4-1). Center the poem after you write it and it will look like a lantern.

Poetry

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Sparsh

  • Prizes: 1st Prize Rs. 10,000/-

Sparsh is an opportunity for writers to showcase their imagination, abstractness and their storytelling prowess. Writing is skill whereas Storytelling is magic. We at QuoteUnquote would like to give them a chance to create…

Book Creative Fiction Non-Fiction Short Story Youth

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True Story Writing Contest

  • Deadline: January 25, 2018
  • Prizes: $100
  • Fees: $9.95

Share your true story for this writing contest.

Fiction

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Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

  • Deadline: April 1, 2018
  • Prizes: $1,000 First Prize, $250 Second Prize, 10 X $100 Honorable Mentions

Now in its 17th year, this contest seeks today’s best humor poems. No fee to enter. Submit published or unpublished work. $2,250 in prizes. Top 12 poems published online. Final judge: Jendi Reiter.

Poetry

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Flash Fiction Writing Contest

  • Deadline: January 17, 2018
  • Prizes: $100
  • Fees: $9.95

The theme for this flash fiction contest is ” a secret “. Somehow a secret should influence the story. Can you share a complete story with 500 words or less?

Fiction

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Faith Poetry Contest

  • Deadline: January 20, 2018
  • Prizes: $100 Cash prize
  • Fees: $9.95

Share a poem of faith to enter this poetry contest.

Poetry

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Acrostic Poetry Contest

  • Deadline: January 13, 2018
  • Prizes: $100
  • Fees: $9.95

Share a poem where the first letter of each line spells out a word. An acrostic is often used for love poems (spelling out the name of a lover) or poems with special meanings.

Poetry

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Free Verse Poetry Contest

  • Deadline: January 3, 2018
  • Prizes: $100 Cash Prize
  • Fees: $9.95

Write a free verse poem to enter this contest. So write a poem that does not follow any structure or style.

Poetry

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Dialogue Only Writing Contest

  • Deadline: January 8, 2018
  • Prizes: $100
  • Fees: $9.95

Write a story but use only dialogue. So your story can be about anything but you must only have dialogue (like a phone conversation) to tell the story. See an example in the contest announcement.

Fiction

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Five Line Poem

  • Deadline: February 7, 2018
  • Prizes: $100
  • Fees: $9.95

Write a poem that has only five lines. Each line has a specific syllable count. The subject can be anything. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.

Poetry

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Essay Service Writer’s Encouragement Scholarship

  • Deadline: January 14, 2018
  • Prizes: $500, $250, $250

The ‘Writer’s Encouragement Scholarship’ was established by EssayService.com as a part of our Writing Development Program. The scholarships are administered and awarded in line with our commitment to the academic success of our…

Essay

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Whitefish Review. Rick Bass/Montana Prize for Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 1/1

Hub City Press. C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 1/1

Nowhere. Fall Travel Writing Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 1/1

Mississippi Review. Mississippi Review Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 1/1

Bayou. James Knudsen Prize for Fiction/Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 1/1

University of Iowa School of Social Work. Poetry Contest for Social Workers. Poetry. No Fee. [writing] 1/1

Glimmer Train. Family Matters. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 1/2

Wordharvest/St. Martin’s Press. Hillerman Prize. Fiction. No Fee. [book] 1/2

Gemini Magazine. Poetry Open. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 1/2

The Center for Fiction. Christopher Doheny Award. Fiction, Nonfiction, Audio. No Fee.

1/2

The Frost Place/Bull City Press. The Frost Place Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 1/5

Glass Mountain. Poetry & Prose Competition. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 1/9

Poetica Magazine. Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Awards. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 1/10

Boston Review. “Discovery” / Boston Review Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 1/13

Viriginia Commonwealth University. Cabell First Novelist Award. Fiction. No Fee. [book] 1/14

Colorado Review. Colorado Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 1/14

North Carolina Writers’ Network. Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 1/15

Jewish Currents. Raynes Poetry Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 1/15

Breakwater Review. Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 1/15

Geist. Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 1/15

Room. Short Forms Contest. Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 1/15

Split Lip Magazine. Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [chap] 1/15

BkMk Press. G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 1/15

Rattle. Chapbook Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 1/15

Letras Latinas/Red Hen Press. Poetry Award. Poetry. No Fee. [book] 1/15
[*even numbered years*]

New American Press. New American Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 1/15

Wells College Press. Poetry Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 1/15

Moment Magazine/Karma Foundation. Short Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 1/15

PRISM International. Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 1/15

Kelsey Street Press. Firsts! Contest. Poetry, Art, Cross-genre. No Fee. [book] 1/15

Institute for Latino Studies. Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize. Poetry. No Fee. [book] 1/15
[*even numbered years*]

Asheville Poetry Review. William Matthews Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 1/15

BkMK Press. John Ciardi Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 1/15

Literal Latte. K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Awards. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 1/15

Third Coast. Jaimy Gordon Fiction Prize/Poetry Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 1/15

Yemassee. Short Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 1/15

Yemassee. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 1/15

Yemassee. Nonfiction Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 1/15

CutBank. Montana Prizes/Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 1/15

Permafrost. Book Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book]  1/15
[*genres alternate*]

Gotham Writers Workshop. Goodnight New York Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction. No Fee. [literary site] 1/15

Third Wednesday. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 1/21

North Carolina Writers’ Network. Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 1/30

The Connecticut Poetry Society. Nutmeg Poetry Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 1/30
[*Connecticut writers only*]

Austin Community College. Balcones Literary Prizes. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [published book] 1/31

The Lascaux Review. Lascaux Prize in Collected Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [published book] 1/31

Writers @ Work. Annual Writing Competition. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [writing] 1/31

Psychopomp. Short Fiction Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 1/31

Prole. Prole Laureate. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 1/31

Autumn House Press. Rising Writer Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 1/31

Plough Arts Center (UK). Plough Prize. Open Poetry Competition/Ronald Duncan Short Poem Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 1/31

DISQUIET. DISQUIET Literary Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] [conference] 1/31

Graywolf Press. Nonfiction Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] 1/31
[*even numbered years*]

Black Lawrence Press. The Big Moose Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 1/31

The Masters Review. Short Story Award for New Writers. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 1/31

The Chattahoochee Review. Lamar York Prizes for Fiction & Nonfiction. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 1/31

Crazyhorse. Annual Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 1/31

The Iowa Review. The Iowa Review Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 1/31

Main Street Rag. Poetry Book Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 1/31

Chicago Tribune. Nelson Algren Short Story Contest. Fiction. No Fee. [mag] 1/31

American Short Fiction. Insider Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. No Fee. [writing] 1/31
[*for incarcerated Texans only*]

American Short Fiction. American Short(er) Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 2/1

PCCC Poetry Center. Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 2/1

Southern Illinois University Department of English. Devil’s Kitchen Reading Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [published book] 2/1

Polaris. Undergraduate Writing Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No Fee. [mag] 2/1

Binghamton University. Milton Kessler Poetry Award. Poetry. No Fee. [book] 2/1

The Heartland Review. Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 2/1

The Malahat Review. Novella Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 2/1
[*held in even-numbered years*]

Southern Indiana Review. Michael Waters Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 2/1

Asymptote. Close Approximations. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translations. Entry Fee. [mag] 2/1

Zócalo Public Square. Poetry Prize. Poetry. No Fee. [mag] 2/2

So to Speak. Spring Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art. Entry Fee. [mag] 2/2

The Malahat Review. Long Poem Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 2/5
[*held in odd-numbered years*]

DISQUIET. Luso-American Fellowship. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No Fee. [conference] 2/9

Indiana Review/Indiana University Press. Blue Light Books. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 2/9 [*genres alternate*]

The Journal. The Non/Fiction Collection Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [book] 2/14

Center for Women Writers at Salem College. International Literary Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 2/15

North Carolina Writers’ Network. Doris Betts Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 2/15

Frost Foundation. Robert Frost Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 2/15

Academy of American Poets. Raiziss/de Palchi Translation Awards. Translations. No Fee. [book] 2/15

Cold Mountain Review. RT Smith Prize for Narrative Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 2/15

Pulp Literature. Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 2/15

Sarabande Books. Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 2/15

Academy of American Poets. Harold Morton Landon Translation Award. Poetry, Translations. [book] 2/15

Sarabande Books. Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 2/15

Ruminate. William Van Dyke Short Story Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 2/18

Gotham Writers Workshop. Past-Year Memoir Contest. Nonfiction. No Fee. [literary site] 2/19

Salt Hill Journal. Philip Booth Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 2/28

The Atlantic & College Board. Writing Prize. Nonfiction. No Fee. [mag] 2/28

Lunch Ticket. Diana Woods Memorial Award. Nonfiction. No Fee. [mag] 2/28

Lunch Ticket. Gabo Prize for Lit in Translation & Multi-Lingual Texts. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translations. No Fee. [mag] 2/28

The New Quarterly. Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 2/28 [*Canadian residents only*]

Red Hen Press. Women’s Prose Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] 2/28

Epiphany. Spring Writer’s Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translations. Entry Fee. [mag]  2/28

Cloudbank. Cloudbank Contest. Poetry, Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 2/28

AWP. Award Series. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 2/28

Glimmer Train. Short Story Award for New Writers. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 2/28

Tupelo Press. Snowbound Chapbook Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 2/28

WOW! Women On Writing. Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [literary site] 2/28

Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Documentary Essay Prize. Nonfiction, Photography. Entry Fee. [writing] 3/1 [*genres alternate*]

Ahsahta Press. Sawtooth Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/1

North Carolina Writers’ Network. Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

Soundings East. Claire Keyes Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

Writers’ Union of Canada. Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [writing] 3/1

Hunger Mountain. Creative Nonfiction Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

Women’s National Book Association. National Writing Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

Hunger Mountain. Ruth Stone Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

Hunger Mountain. Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

42 Miles Press. Poetry Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/1

Atlanta Review. International Poetry Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

Common Ground Review. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

Lotus Press. Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award. Poetry. [book] 3/1
[*African American poets only*]

St. Petersburg Review. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

Symphony Space Selected Shorts. Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [writing] 3/1

Tusculum Review. Poetry Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 3/1

Hunger Mountain. Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

Persea Books. Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/7

Room. Creative Non-Fiction Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/8

Modern Haiku. Robert Spiess Memorial Award Haiku Competition. Poetry. No Fee. [mag] 3/13

Center for Fiction. First Novel Prize. Fiction. [published book] 3/14
[published book]

Colorado Review. Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/14

Literal Latte. Food Verse Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

Newfound. Newfound Prose Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [chap] 3/15

West Chester University Poetry Center. Myong Cha Son Haiku Award. Poetry. No Fee. [writing] 3/15

West Chester University Poetry Center. Iris N. Spencer Undergraduate Poetry Award. Poetry. No Fee. [writing] 3/15

West Chester University Poetry Center. Rhina P. Espaillat Award. Poetry, Translations. No Fee. 3/15

Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation. Tor House Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 3/15

Poetry Society of New Hampshire. Poetry Contest for College Students. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

Slope Editions. Book Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/15

Confrontation Magazine. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

Cave Canem Foundation. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/15

Able Muse. Write Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

Wilkes University. James Jones First Novel Fellowship. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 3/15

Bellingham Review. Annual Literary Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

The Claremont Review. Annual Writing & Art Contest. Fiction, Poetry, Art. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15
[*young adults only*]

Fourth Genre. Steinberg Essay Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

Jabberwock Review. Nancy D. Hargrove Editors’ Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

Tupelo Press/Kundiman. Kundiman Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/15
[*for Asian Americans only*]

The Missouri Review. Miller Audio Competition. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-genre, Audio.

3/15

Prairie Schooner. Book Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/15

The Southeast Review. Annual Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

Word Works. Washington Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/15

The Writer’s Center. First Novel Prize. Fiction. [book] 3/15

The Pinch. Literary Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

Verse. Tomaž Šalamun Prize. Poetry, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [chap] 3/16

Texas Observer. MOLLY National Journalism Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [writing] 3/17

Crab Orchard Review. Annual Literary Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/18

Toasted Cheese. Three Cheers and a Tiger. Fiction. No Fee. [mag] 3/21

Enizagam. Literary Awards in Poetry and Fiction. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/24

The New Quarterly. Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/28 [*Canadian residents only*]

The Robert Frost Farm. Frost Farm Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 3/30

AWP. The Kurt Brown Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [conference] 3/30

CutBank. Chapbook Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 3/31

Elixir Press. Antivenmon Poetry Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31

Four Way Books. Intro Prize in Poetry/Levis Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31

Gemini Magazine. Short Story Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

Narrative Magazine. Winter Story Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

Word Works. Jacklyn Potter Young Poets Competition. Poetry. No Fee. [writing] 3/31
[*DC-area high school students only*]

Port Yonder Press. Mary Hunter Austin Book Award. Fiction, Nonfiction, Prose Poetry, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31

Fence Books. Fence Modern Poets Series. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31

Fence Books. Ottoline Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31
[*women poets*]

Fence Books. Fence Modern Prize in Prose. Fiction, Nonfiction, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31 [*genres alternate*]

Cleveland State University Poetry Center. Open Book Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31

The Lascaux Review. Lascaux Prize in Flash Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

Eastern Iowa Review. Editor’s Choice Lyric Essay Award. Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

Cleveland State University Poetry Center. First Book Poetry Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31

Cleveland State University Poetry Center. Essay Collection Competition. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31

Pleiades. R.M. Kinder Award in Realistic Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

Iron Horse Literary Review. Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag][chap] 3/31

Banipal Trust for Arab Literature. Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation. Translations. No Fee. [book] 3/31

Puerto del Sol. Fiction & Poetry Contests. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

The Florida Review. Editors’ Award. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

Able Muse. Book Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31

Arts & Letters. Arts & Letters Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

Beecher’s Magazine. Annual Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

Black Lawrence Press. The Hudson Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31

Zone 3 Press. Creative Nonfiction Book Award. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] 4/1
[*biennial – odd numbered years*]

Flyway. Sweet Corn Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/1

Rusty Scythe Publishing. The Scythe Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. No Fee. [anthology] 4/1
[*undergraduate & graduate students only*]

Killer Nashville. Claymore Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 4/1

Zone 3. Literary Award Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No Fee. [mag] 4/1

Barely South. Norton Girault Literary Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/1

Orison Books. Orison Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/1

Poetry International. Poetry International Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/1

Southeast Missouri State University Press. Cowles Poetry Book Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/1

Solstice Lit Mag. Literary Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/1

Saturnalia Books. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/1

Grain Magazine. Short Grain Writing Contest. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/1

Americana: The Institute for the Study of American Popular Culture. Prize Americana for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/1

Winning Writers. Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. Poetry. No Fee. [literary site] 4/1

Alice Munro Festival. Short Story Competition. Fiction. Entry Fee. [literary site] 4/1 [*writers living in Canada*]

White Pine Press. Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/7

Contemporary Verse 2. 2 Day Poem Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/7

Rabbit Catastrophe Press. Real Good Poem Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/8

University of Utah Press. Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/15

Indiana Review. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

Chautauqua. Editors Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

Harpur Palate. John Gardner Memorial Prize for Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

Passager. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

Spoon River Poetry Review. SRPR Editors’ Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

Dancing Poetry. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [writing] 4/15

Zone 3 Press. First Book Award for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/15
[*biennial – even numbered years*]

Hub City Press. New Southern Voices Poetry Book Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/15 [*biennial – odd-numbered years*]

Prime Number. Magazine Awards. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

PULP Literature. Magpie Award for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

Sonora Review. Annual Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

Passages North. Waasnode Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15
[*biennial – even numbered years*]

Cave Canem/Northwestern University Press. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/15
[*biennial – even numbered years*]

Passages North. Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize/Ray Ventre Nonfiction Prize. Poetry, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

Permafrost. New Alchemy Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Audio, Video. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

Gulf Coast. Gulf Coast Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

New South. New South Writing Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/15

New Ohio Review. New Ohio Review Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

Marsh Hawk Press. Robert Creeley Memorial Award/Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award. Poetry. [book] 4/20

Omnidawn. Poetry Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 4/23

Ninth Letter. Literary Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/23

The Bath Novel Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 4/23

Diagram. Chapbook Contest. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 4/28

Longleaf Press. Poetry Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 4/29

Beloit Poetry Journal. Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

The Ashland Poetry Press. Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

Glimmer Train. Very Short Fiction Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

Nimrod. Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction/Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

Trio House Press. Louise Bogan Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

Trio House Press. Award for First or Second Book. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

Tupelo Press. Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

Minerva Rising Press. Memoir Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

University of Iowa Press. Iowa Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

University of Pittsburgh Press. Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

North Carolina Literary Review. James Applewhite Poetry Prize Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

River Styx. International Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

The Tishman Review. Tillie Olsen Short Story Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

Grist. Pro Forma Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

River Styx. Founder’s Award. Poetry. No Fee. [mag] 4/30
[*St. Louis Area high school students only*]

Noemi Press. Book Award for Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

Redivider. Beacon Street Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

Red Hen Press. Nonfiction Award. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

Storm Cellar. Force Majeure Flash Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Cross-Genre, Drama, Comics. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

Sequestrum. Editor’s Reprint Award. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

Glimmer Train. Fiction Open. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

Inlandia. Hillary Gravendyk Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

Finishing Line Press. New Women’s Voices Series Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 4/30

Winning Writers. Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [literary site] 4/30

Two Sylvias Press. Chapbook Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 4/30

Bristol Short Story Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [anthology] 5/1

SI of Rittenhouse Square, PA. Brittany Noakes Poetry Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [broadside] 5/1

Talking Gourds. Fischer Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 5/1

Crucible. Poetry & Fiction Competition. Fiction, Poetry. No Fee. [mag] 5/1

Leapfrog Press. Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 5/1

The Malahat Review. Far Horizons Award. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/1
[*genres alternate each year*]

The Southwest Review. David Nathan Meyerson Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/1

The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review. Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 5/1

Wick Poetry Center. Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/1

Oberlin College Press. FIELD Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/1

Moon City Press. Moon City Poetry Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/1

The Carolina Quarterly. wake, and dream again. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/1

Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society. William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/1

Pleiades Press. Editor Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/1

Fugue. Prose and Poetry Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/1

Jacar Press. Full-Length Poetry Book Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/1

Jacar Press. Poetry Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 5/1

The Conium Review. Innovative Short Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/1

South Carolina Writer’s Association. Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/31

The American Poetry Review. Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/14

Lynx House Press. Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/15

Montreal International Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [anthology] 5/15

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/15

Ploughshares. Emerging Writer’s Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/15

Blue Collar Review. Working People’s Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/15

Breakwater Review. Peseroff Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 5/15

Crab Creek Review. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/15

The Georgia Review. Loraine Williams Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/15

Lost Horse Press. Idaho Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/15

Crook’s Corner Book Prize. Debut Novel Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [published book] 5/15

Slapering Hol Press. Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 5/15

subTerrain. Lush Triumphant Literary Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/15

Academy of American Poets. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/15

Carve Magazine. The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/15

Palooka Press. Chapbook Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [chap] 5/15

Transitions Abroad. Expatriate & Work Abroad Writing Contest. Nonfiction. No Fee. [literary site] 5/15

Del Sol Press. First Novel Competition. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 5/15

Gazing Grain Press. Inclusive Feminist Chapbook Contests. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 5/15

JMWW. Claudia Emerson Poetry Chapbook Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 5/15

BOMB Magazine. Fiction Contest/Poetry Contest. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/15
[*genres alternate*]

Ruminate. Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/15

New Letters. Literary Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/18

Stony Brook Southampton. $1,000 Short Fiction Prize. Fiction. No Fee. [mag] 5/25
[*undergraduates only*]

The New Quarterly. Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/28
[*Canadian residents only*]

Anhinga Press. Robert Dana Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/30

Gival Press. Novel Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 5/30
[*biennial – even numbered years*]

New Millennium Writings. Sunshot Prize Series. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/30

Bacopa Literary Review. Annual Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/31

Paper Nautilus. Vella Chapbook Prize. Fiction, Poetry, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [chap] 5/31

Wundor Editions. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 5/31

Paper Nautilus. Debut Series Chapbook Contest. Fiction, Poetry, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [chap] 5/31

The Backwaters Press. The Backwaters Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 5/31

Baltimore Review. Summer Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/31

Black Lawrence Press. Black River Chapbook Competition. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 5/31

Elixir Press. Fiction Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 5/31

The Adirondack Review. Fulton Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/31

University of Georgia Press. Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 5/31

WOW! Women On Writing. Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [literary site] 5/31

BOA Editions. BOA Short Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 5/31

Southern Poetry Review. Guy Owen Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/31

Midway Journal. -1000 Below: Flash Prose and Poetry Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/31

Winston-Salem Writers. Flying South Annual Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/31

Connecticut Poetry Society. Connecticut Poetry Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 5/31

Bridport Arts Centre. Bridport Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 5/31

Backbone Press. Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 5/31

Great River Shakespeare Festival. Maria F. Faust Sonnet Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [writing] 6/1

Mid-American Review. Fineline Competition. Fiction, Poetry, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/1

HeartWood Literary Magazine. Broadside Series Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-genre, Translations. Entry Fee. [broadside]  6/1

Boulevard. Poetry Contest for Emerging Poets. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/1

Kentucky Women Writers Conference. Betty Gabehart Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [conference] 6/1

Boston Review. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/1

Southern Indiana Review. Thomas A. Wilhelmus Short Prose Award. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/1

The Cupboard. Annual Cupboard Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/1

Tiferet. Prizes for Poetry & Prose. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/1

Quarterly West. Chapbook Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/1

Southern Humanities Review. Auburn Witness Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/1

Killer Nashville. Silver Falchion Award. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [published book] 6/1

Southeast Missouri State University Press. Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Photography. No Fee. [anthology] 6/1

The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review. Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/1

Eyewear Publishing. Sexton Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 6/1

The Iowa Review. Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No Fee. [mag] 6/1 [*even numbered years*]

Munster Literature Center. Fool For Poetry International Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/1

Salamander. Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/2

The MacGuffin. National Poet Hunt Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/3

Willow Springs Books. Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 6/5

Western Connecticut State University. Housatonic Book Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [published book] 6/15

New Rivers Press. American Fiction Short Story Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [anthology] 6/15

PULP Literature. Hummingbird Prize for Flash Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/15

Rosebud. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award for Imaginative Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/15 [*even numbered years*]

Miami Book Fair. Miami Book Fair/de Groot Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 6/15

Willamette Writers. Kay Snow Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [conference] 6/15

december. Curt Johnson Prose Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/15

Gertrude Press. Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/15

Main Street Rag. Cathy Smith Bowers Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/15

Swan Scythe Press. Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/15

The Bitter Oleander. Library of Poetry Book Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 6/15

Texas Review Press. Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/15

University of Akron Press. Akron Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 6/15

New American Press. New American Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 6/15

Philadelphia Stories. Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/15

Towson University English Department. Towson Prize for Literature. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama. No Fee. [published book] 6/15 [*Maryland writers only*]

Slate Roof Press. Poetry Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/15

Narrative Magazine. The Narrative Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/15

Carolina Wren Press. Bakwin Award for Writing by a Woman. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] 6/15

American Short Fiction. Short Story Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/15

Bard College. Bard Fiction Prize for Young Writers. Fiction. No Fee. 6/15
[*for writers age 39 or younger*]

Western Connecticut State University. Housatonic Book Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 6/16

New Millennium Writings. Annual Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/17

Cultural Center of Cape Code. National Poetry Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 6/19

Toasted Cheese. A Midsummer Tale. Fiction, Nonfiction. No Fee. [mag] 6/21

Gival Press. Oscar Wilde Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 6/27

One Throne Magazine. Joust: 24h Writing Contest. Fiction. No Fee. [mag] 6/27

Winning Writers. North Street Book Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [published book] 6/30

The London Magazine. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/30

Los Angeles Review. Bi-annual Awards Series. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/30

Glimmer Train. Short Story Award for New Writers. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/30

Island Verse Edition. Island Verse Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/30

CALYX. Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/30

Tupelo Press. Tupelo Broadside Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [broadside] 6/30

University of North Texas Press. Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 6/30

Autumn House Press. Annual Full-Length Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 6/30

Barrow Street Press. Barrow Street Book Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 6/30

Bauhan Publishing. May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 6/30

Burnside Review. Chapbook Contests. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/30

Literal Latte. Short Short Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/30

Parlor Press/Free Verse Editions. New Measure Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 6/30

Rescue Press. Black Box Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 6/30

The Review of English Studies. Essay Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/30

University of Pittsburgh Press. Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Fiction. No Fee. [book] 6/30

Elephant Rock Books. Helen Sheehan YA Book Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 6/30

University of Canberra. Vice-Chancellor’s Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [writing] 6/30

Key West Literary Seminar. Emerging Writer Awards. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [workshop] 6/30

The Writer’s Center. Emerging Writer Fellowship. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No Fee. [writing] 6/30

Haunted Waters Press. Fiction & Poetry Open/Short Shorts Flash Fiction Competition. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/30

Engine Books. Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 6/30

Clive Cussler Collector’s Society. Adventure Writers Competition. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 6/30

Typehouse Literary Magazine. Open Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/30

Mark Twain House & Museum. Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [literary site] 6/30

The Moth. International Short Story Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/30

Dream Horse Press. Poetry Chapbook Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/30

Omnidawn Publishing. First/Second Book Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 6/30

The Griffin Trust. Griffin Poetry Prize. Poetry. No Fee. [published book] 6/30

Howling Bird Press. Fiction Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 6/30

Cider Press Review. Editors’ Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 6/30

Two Sylvias Press. Full-Length Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 6/30

North Carolina Literary Review. Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 7/1

Green Writers Press. The Hopper Prize for Young Poets. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 7/1

Claremont Graduate University. Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award/Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Poetry. No Fee. [published book] 7/1

Blue Mountain Center. Richard J. Margolis Award. Nonfiction. No Fee. [residency] 7/1

Bellevue Literary Review. BLR Literary Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 7/1

SFWP/2040 Books. 2040 Awards Program. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] 7/7

Crab Orchard Review/Southern Illinois University Press. Series in Poetry First Book Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 7/8

Gigantic Sequins. Flash Fiction & Poetry Contests. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 7/15

Ledbury Poetry Festival. Poetry Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [festival] 7/13

Texas Review Press. X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 7/14

A&U. Christopher Hewitt Award. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama. No Fee. [mag] 7/15

The Story Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [published book] 7/15

The Word Works. The Tenth Gate Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 7/15

Cobalt. Earl Weaver Baseball Writing Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [mag] 7/15

The Cincinnati Review. Robert & Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry & Prose. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 7/15

Fairy Tale Review. Fairy Tale Review Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [mag] 7/15

Literal Latte. Poetry Awards. Poetry. Entry. [mag] 7/15

RATTLE. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 7/15

Room. Fiction & Poetry Contests. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 7/15

Vallum. Vallum Award for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 7/15

Wasafiri. New Writing Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 7/15

Stone Canoe. Annual Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art. No Fee. [mag] 7/15

The Comstock Review. Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 7/15

Santa Fe Writers Project. Awards Program. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] 7/20

Great Lakes Colleges Association. New Writers Award. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No Fee. [published book] 7/25

Emrys Press. Chapbook Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 7/30

Tebot Bach. Clockwise Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 7/30

Feminist Press. Louise Meriwether First Book Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. No Fee. [book] 7/31

Matrix Magazine. LIT POP. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag][festival] 7/31

Ghost Proposal. Annual Chapbook Contest. Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [chap] 7/31

The Masters Review. Short Story Award for New Writers. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 7/31

The Golden Key. Flash Fiction Open. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 7/31

Journal of Experimental Fiction. Kenneth Patchen Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 7/31

Berry Fleming Book Festival. Starkey Flythe Jr. Poetry Prize. Poetry. No Fee. [festival] 7/31

Profane. Profane Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 7/31

PRISM International. Creative Non-Fiction Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 7/31

Crazyhorse. Crazyshorts! Short-Short Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 7/31

Arts & Letters. Unclassifiables Contest. Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [mag] 7/31

Munster Literature Centre. Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 7/31

Narrative Magazine. Spring Story Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 7/31

Press 53. Award for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 7/31

Winter Tangerine. The Winter Tangerine Awards. Fiction, Poetry. No Fee. [mag] 8/1

Indiana Review. 1/2K Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 8/1

Orison Books. The Orison Anthology. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [anthology] 8/1

Americana: The Institute for the Study of American Popular Culture. Prize Americana for Prose. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] 8/1

1913 Press. 1913 Prize for 1st Books. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. [book] 8/1

The Malahat Review. Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 8/1

Gival Press. Short Story Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [anthology] 8/8

  1. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival. Short Story Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [festival] 8/11

Subito Press. Poetry & Prose Book Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Hybrid, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 8/15

Seneca Review. Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize. Nonfiction, Hybrid, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. [book] [*biennial — odd numbered years*] 8/15

Grayson Books. Poetry Prize. Entry Fee. [book] 8/15

Baton Rouge Area Foundation. Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. Fiction. No Fee. [published book] 8/15

PEN America. PEN Literary Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama, Translations. Entry Fee. [published book] 8/15

Hospital Drive. Annual Themed Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art. Entry Fee. [mag] 8/15

Louisville Literary Arts. Writer’s Block Prize. Nonfiction. [mag] 8/15

University of New Orleans Press. Publishing Lab Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] 8/15
[*genres alternate*]

Blue Earth Review. Summer Writing Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 8/15

Salt Hill Journal. Dead Lake Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 8/15

Red Wheelbarrow. National Edition Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 8/15

Brighthorse Books. Brighthorse Book Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 8/16

The Resurgence Trust. Resurgence Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 8/17

Black Napkin Press. Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 8/31

Newfound. Anzaldúa Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 8/15

Desi Writers’ Lounge. Short Story Competition/Dastaan Award. Fiction. No Fee. [literary site] 8/30

Hippocampus. Remember in November Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 8/31

Gold Line Press. Chapbook Competitions. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 8/31

Black Lawrence Press. St. Lawrence Book Award. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 8/31

Blue Mesa Review. Summer Writing Contests. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 8/31

Gemini Magazine. Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 8/31

Grid Books. Off the Grid Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] [*poets over 60*] 8/31

WOW! Women on Writing. Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [literary site] 8/31

Lunch Ticket. Diana Woods Memorial Award. Nonfiction. No Fee. [mag] 8/31

Utica College. Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize. Poetry. No Fee. [published book] 8/31

Milkweed Editions. Max Ritvo Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 8/31

Glimmer Train. Fiction Open. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 8/31

Red Hen Press. Fiction Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 8/31

Lunch Ticket. Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation & Multi-lingual Texts. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translations. No Fee. [mag] 8/31

Quill. Queer Prose Award. Entry Fee. [book] 8/31

Snake Nation Press. Violed Reed Haas Prize/Serena McDonald Kennedy Award. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 8/31

Third Wednesday. George Dila Memorial Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 8/31

The New Guard. Knightville Poetry Contest/Machigonne Fiction Contest. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 8/31

Glimmer Train. Very Short Fiction Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 8/31

Black Warrior Review. Annual Writing Contest/Flash Prose Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 9/1

Encircle Publications. Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 9/1

Naugatuck River Review. Narrative Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 9/1

Tryon Arts & Crafts School. The Apparitionist: National Ghost Story Competition. Fiction. Entry Fee. [literary site] 9/1

phren-Z. Morton Marcus Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 9/1

Slippery Elm Literary Journal. Slippery Elm Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 9/1

Gulf Coast. Toni Beauchamp Prize in Critical Art Writing. Nonfiction. No Fee. [mag] 9/1

Radar Poetry. The Coniston Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 9/1
[*for women only*]

Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments. Annual Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 9/1

concīs. Pith of Prose & Poem Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No Fee. [mag] 9/3

Dogwood. Annual Writing Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 9/5

Gulf Coast. Barthelme Prize for Short Prose. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 9/8

Gulf Coast. Prize in Translation. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translations. Entry Fee. [mag] [*genres alternate each year*] 9/8

Still: The Journal. Writing Contests. Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 9/9

Slope Editions. Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 9/15

The Greensboro Review. Robert Watson Literary Awards. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 9/15

Texas Review Press. George Garrett Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 9/15

University of Wisconsin Press. Brittingham Prize in Poetry/Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 9/15

Gertrude Press. Fiction Chapbook Contest/Creative Non-Fiction Chapbook Contest. Entry Fee. [chap] 9/15

Dzanc Books/Disquiet. Open Borders Book Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] 9/15

Dzanc Books. Prize for Fiction/Short Story Collection Competition. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 9/15

Diode Editions. Book Contest/Chapbook Contest. Poetry. [book][chap] 9/15

CutBank. Big Sky, Small Prose: Flash Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 9/16

Ruminate. Kalos Visual Art Prize. Art. Entry Fee. [mag] 9/18

Toasted Cheese. Three Cheers and a Tiger. Science Fiction/Fantasy Writing. No Fee. [mag] 9/21

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. Harriet Beecher Stowe Prize/Student Stowe Prizes. Nonfiction. [published writing] 9/22

Manchester Writing School. Manchester Poetry Prize/Manchester Fiction Prize. Poetry, Fiction. Entry Fee. 9/29

Lilith. Annual Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 9/30

Mudfish. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 9/30

Cave Canem. Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 9/30
[*black poets only*]

The Los Angeles Review. Bi-Annual Awards for Fall. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 9/30

Literal Latté. Essay Awards. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 9/30

California State University, Fresno. Philip Levine Prize for Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 9/30

Lee & Low Books. New Voices Award Writing Competition for Authors of Color. Writing for Young People. [book] 9/30

Midwest Writing Center. Susan K. Collins/Mississippi Valley Poetry Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 9/30

New Issues Poetry & Prose. Green Rose Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 9/30

Mad River Press/The Journal. Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 9/30

The Puritan. Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 9/30

The Southwest Review. Morton Marr Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 9/30

University of Iowa Press. Iowa Short Fiction Award/John Simmons Short Fiction Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 9/30

University of Massachusetts Press. Juniper Literary Prizes. Poetry, Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 9/30

Bright Hill Press. Poetry Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 9/30

The Lascaux Review. Lascaux Prize in Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 9/30

University of Arkansas Press. Miller Williams Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 9/30

Locked Horn Press. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [anthology] 9/30

Bauhan Publishing. The Monadnock Essay Collection Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] 9/30

International 3-Day Novel Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] Labor Day Weekend

Measure Press. X.J. Kennedy Parody Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 9/30

Connecticut River Review. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 9/30

CALYX. Margarita Donnelly Prize for Prose Writing. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 9/30

Winning Writers. Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 9/30

The Southampton Review. Short, Short Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 10/1

The American Literary Review. Annual Literary Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 10/1

Boston Review. Aura Estrada Short Story Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 10/1

The Missouri Review. Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 10/1

Moon City Press. Moon City Short Fiction Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 10/1

Prole. Prolitzer Prize for Prose Writing. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 10/1

Southeast Missouri State University Press. Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 10/1

Southern Indiana Review. Mary C. Mohr Award. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 10/1

Consequence Magazine. Women Writing War Poetry Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 10/1

Southeast Missouri State University Press. Mighty River Short Story Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag]  10/1

Allegheny Review. Annual Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 10/1
[*undergraduate writers only*]

Carlow University Creative Writing Program. Patricia Dobler Poetry Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 10/2 [*women writers over 40*]

Saints & Sinners Festivals. LGBT Short Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [anthology][festival] 10/3

Zoetrope: All-Story. Short Fiction Contest. Fiction. [mag] 10/9

PEN America. Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 10/12 *held in even-numbered years*

University of Louisville. The Calvino Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 10/13

The Furious Gazelle. Halloween Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama. No Fee. [mag] 10/13

Event. Non-Fiction Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 10/15

Sequestrum. New Writer Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 10/15

Crab Orchard Review. Student Writing Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No Fee. [mag] 10/15

PRISM International. Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 10/15

Miami University Press. Novella Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 10/15

River Teeth. Literary Nonfiction Book Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] 10/15

Silverfish Review Press. Gerald Cable Book Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 10/15

Texas Review Press. Clay Reynolds Novella Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 10/15

PULP Literature. Raven Short Story Contest. Fiction, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [mag] 10/15

Barnard College English Department. Barnard Women Poets Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 10/15 [*biennial – odd-numbered years*]

Copper Nickel. The Jake Adam York Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 10/15

Coffee-House Poetry. Troubadour Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 10/16

Omnidawn Publishing. Single Poem Broadside Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [broadside][mag] 10/17

Omnidawn Publishing. Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [chap] 10/23

The Molotov Cocktail. Flash Contests. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 10/25

Cutthroat. Annual Writing Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 10/25

Talking Writing. Prize for Personal Essay. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 10/25

Red Hen Press. Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book][residency] 10/31

The London Magazine. Short Story Competition. Entry Fee. [mag] 10/31

Kore Press. Memoir Award. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] [*women writers*] 10/31

Conclave. Carl Sennhenn Poetry Prize/Rilla Askew Short Fiction Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 10/31

Pithead Chapel. Larry Brown Short Story Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 10/31

Tucson Festival of Books. Literary Awards Competition. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 10/31

Black Lawrence Press. Black River Chapbook Competition. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 10/31

Finishing Line Press. Open Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 10/31

North American Review. James Hearst Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 10/31

Persea Books. Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 10/31

RHINO. Founders’ Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 10/31

PEN/Faulkner Foundation. Award for Fiction. Fiction. No Fee. [published book] 10/31

Tupelo Press. Sunken Garden Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 10/31

Hollins University. Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest. Poetry. [mag/summer writing program] 10/31 [*for sophomore/junior high school girls*]

Cloudbank Books. Vern Rutsala Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 10/31

Glimmer Train. Short Story Award for New Writers. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 10/31

The Comstock Review. Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 10/31 [*odd numbered years*]

Lumina. Annual Writing Contests. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 10/31

Elixir Press. Annual Poetry Awards. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 10/31

Indiana Review. Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 10/31

University of North Texas Press. Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 10/31

Pleiades. Gail Crump Prize for Experimental Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 10/31

Smartish Pace. Erskine J. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag]  11/1

The Lindenwood Review. No-Fee Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No Fee. [mag] [*genres alternate*] 11/1

The American Poetry Review. APR/Honickman First Book Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 11/1

Tebot Bach. Patricia Bibby First Book Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 11/1

The Briar Cliff Review. Annual Writing Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/1

Coal Hill Review. Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 11/1

FC2. Innovative Fiction Contests. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 11/1

The Madison Review. Poetry and Fiction Prizes. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/1

The Malahat Review. Open Season Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/1

Southeast Missouri State University Press. Nilsen Prize for a First Novel. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 11/1

Sow’s Ear Poetry Review. Poetry Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/1

Split This Rock. Sanchez-Hughes Poetry Contest. Annual Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 11/1

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.
One-Act Play Contest. Drama. Entry Fee. [mag][festival] 11/1
Very Short Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag][festival] 11/8
Poetry Contest. Entry Fee. [mag][festival] 11/15
Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag][festival] 11/30

Academy of American Poets. Walt Whitman Award. Poery. Entry Fee. [book]  11/1

Reed. Annual Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/1

San Miguel Writers Conference. Writing Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/1

Alice James Books. Alice James Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 11/1

Brick Road Poetry Press. Brick Road Poetry Book Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 11/1

F(r)iction. Fall Literary Contests. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/1

Bateau Press. Boom Chapbook Contest/Keel Chapbook Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Graphic Short. Entry Fee. [chap] 11/1
[*contests held in alternating years*]

The Writing Salon. Jane Underwood Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 11/1
[*California poets only*]

Boston Accent Lit. The Accent Prize for Emerging Writers. Fiction. No Fee. [mag] 11/1

Western Humanities Review. Mountain West Writers’ Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-genre, Audio. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/3

Gambling the Aisle. Chapbook Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry.Entry Fee. [chap] 11/13

Sycamore Review. Wabash Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [writing] 11/15

The Story Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [published book] 11/15

Yale University Press. Yale Series of Younger Poets. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 11/15

PEN Center USA. Literary Awards. Entry Fee. [books] 11/15

Rosebud. XJ Kennedy Award for Creative Nonfiction. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] [*even numbered years*] 11/15

Ruminate. VanderMey Nonfiction Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/15

Broken Ribbon. Annual Contests. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/15

The Masters Review. Fall Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/15

The Tishman Review. Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. Contest held triennially. [mag] 11/15

The Gateway Review. Fabulist & Fantastic Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/15

Pleiades Press. Robert C. Jones Short Prose Book Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] 11/15

Smartish Pace. Beullah Rose Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/15

Poetry Society of New Hampshire. National Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/15

Washington Writers’ Publishing House. Jean Feldman Poetry Prize/Washington Writer’s Publishing House Fiction Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 11/15

Broad River Review. Rash Awards. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/15

Philadelphia Stories. Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/15

Chautauqua. Editors Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. [mag] 11/15

Harpur Palate, Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry/Prize for Creative Nonfiction. Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [Mag] 11/15

Perugia Press. Prize for a First or Second Book by a Woman. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 11/15

Pleiades Press. Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Book Prize. Poetry. [book] 11/15

Nightboat Books. Nightboat Poetry Prize. Poetry  Entry Fee. [book] 11/15

Mid-American Review. Sherwood Anderson Award /James Wright Award. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/15

Sarabande Books. Flo Gault Student Poetry Prize. Poetry. No Fee. [broadside] 11/15

Carve Magazine. Premium Edition Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/15

Musicworks magazine. “Sonic Geography” Writing Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/17

Crab Orchard Review. Open Competition Awards. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 11/18

Bath Children’s Novel Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 11/19

Narrative Magazine. 30 Below Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/19

Room. Cover Art Contest. Art. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/30

Emrys Journal. Awards for Exceptional Poetry & Prose. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/30

Poetry International. C.P. Cavafy Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/30

Baltimore Review. Winter Contest.Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/30

Bear Star Press. Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize, Poetry, Entry Fee. [book] 11/30

BOA Editions. A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 11/30

Cider Press Review. Book Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 11/30

The Kenyon Review. Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers. Poetry. No Fee. [*for high school students only*] [mag] 11/30

Prairie Fire. Annual Writing Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/30

Prism Review. Poetry & Short Story Contests. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/30

White Pine Press. Annual Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 11/30

WOW! Women On Writing. Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [literary site] 11/30

Munster Literature Center. Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/30

The Adirondack Review. 46er Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/30

Burnside Review Press. Book Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 11/30

Narrative Magazine. Fall Story Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/30

New Millennium Writings. Annual Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/30

University of Georgia Press. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 11/30

University of North Texas. Rilke Prize.Poetry. [published book] 11/30

Creative Nonfiction. Themed Essay Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag]
[*themes & deadlines vary*]

Gotham Writers Workshop. #GWstorieseverywhere. Fiction, Nonfiction. No Fee. Monthly Deadline. [literary site]

Portable Story Series. Short Story Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [literary site] Triannual Deadlines.

Prime Number Magazine. 53-Word Story Contest. Fiction. No Fee. [mag] Monthly Deadline.

Sixfold. Short Story & Poetry Awards. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] Quarterly Deadlines.