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Writing Competitions 2018 USA

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Self-Publishing Literary Awards

The Black Caucus of ALA

The Black Caucus of ALA (BCALA) honors the best self-published ebooks by an African American author in the U.S. in the following genres: Fiction and Poetry.

Deadline: February 17th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Fiction, Novel, Poetry,

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You may submit an unpublished manuscript of short stories, two or more novellas or a combination of novellas and short stories.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.”

Deadline: TBD

 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.

 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.

 

 Friends of American Writers Chicago Awards

FAW presents two annual awards: an Adult Literature Award for literary fiction or nonfiction, and a Juvenile Literature Award for a children’s/YA book.

Authors must reside in the state of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota or Wisconsin — or they must set their book in one of those locations. Prize amounts vary from year to year but are typically between $500 and $2,000.

Deadline: Annually at the end of the year; 2017 deadline has not yet been announced.

. Hektoen Grand Prix Essay Contest

Hektoen International, an online journal dedicated to medical humanities, offers two prizes annually for essays of no more than 1,600 words in two categories.

The Grand Prize of $1,200 is given for an essay suited for their Famous Hospitals section, while a Silver Prize of $1,000 is given to the best essay suited for the sections of Art Flashes, Literary Vignettes, Moments in History or Physicians of Note.

Deadline: Annually; 2017 has passed and 2018 deadline is not yet announced.

Nelson Algren Short Story Award

Presented by the Chicago Tribune, this award presents $3,500 to one grand prize winner, $1,000 to four finalists and $500 to five runners-up for a short fiction story of less than 8,000 words.

You may submit up to two short stories, but note that your name must not appear anywhere on your submission as the process is anonymous.

Deadline: Annually; 2017 has passed and 2018 deadline is not yet announced.

 Minotaur Books / Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition

Writers 18 and older who have never had a novel published (in any genre) are eligible for this prize, awarded for an original book-length manuscript where “murder or another serious crime or crimes is at the heart of the story.” The winner receives a publication contract with Minotaur Books and an advance of $10,000 against future royalties.

Deadline: Annually in the last quarter of the year. The deadline for 2017 awards has passed; the deadline for 2018 awards has not yet been announced.

 FutureScapes Writing Contest

Want to change the world? Then listen up.

FutureScapes is looking for concrete, substantive pieces that “can provide a roadmap for cities, states, and nations to follow.” If you just want to write the next Hunger Games, this isn’t the contest for you, but if you’re inspired by politics and civic issues, you’ve found the right place. (Case in point: the inaugural theme, “Empowerment Cities,” features a quote from Alexis de Tocqueville.) First place wins $2,000; second place $1,000; and four runners-up will get $500 each. Oh, and did we mention publication in an anthology that will be “distributed to mayors, governors and members of the U.S. Congress”?

Deadline: Annually; deadline for 2017 is TBD.

 Stowe Prize

This biennial prize of $10,000 honors an American author whose work has had an impact on a critical social justice issue (as did Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin).

In addition to submitting a copy of your book or written work, you must also complete a 250-word statement that describes the tangible impact your piece has made in the world and outlining any social justice work you perform outside of your writing.

Deadline: Biennially in odd-numbered years. The deadline for 2017 awards has passed, and the deadline for 2019 have not yet been announced.

 The Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Non-Fiction

Creative nonfiction essays of no more than 5,000 words on any subject, are eligible for consideration for this award, whose winner receives $250 and publication in Lunch Ticket, the literary and art journal produced by the MFA community of Antioch University Los Angeles.

Works must not have been published elsewhere. Award winners are required to submit a 100-word biography, recent photo and a short note thanking the Woods family for their generosity and support.

Deadlines: Biannual reading periods are the month of February for the Summer/Fall issue and the month of August for the Winter/Spring issue.

 Words & Brushes

This contest seeks to foster collaborations between artists and writers. Select a piece of artwork from the gallery provided and submit a short story inspired by it and you could win $350 — plus a spot in a future art book showcasing these collaborations. Short stories should be between 2,000 – 5,000 words.

Deadline: Annually; 2017 has passed and 2018 deadline is not yet announced.

 Prose.

Stuck with writer’s block and looking for a way to jumpstart your escape? Prose offers weekly challenges meant to spark your creativity; many are just for fun, but look for the weekly numbered challenges posted by Prose (rather than community members or sponsors) for a chance to win money.

Prizes are typically between $100 – $200 and word counts are low — some as low as under 150, some as high as 500, but all say “quality beats quantity.” So even if all you get from the prompt is a chance to flex your brain, it’s not a bad deal.

Deadline: Weekly.

Poetry contests

Curious about opportunities for poets? Your stanzas — rhyming or not — could be worth a fair amount of money in these competitions.

Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award

Open to African American poets, previously published or not, this award provides a $500 prize and publication by Boardside Lotus Press for the best book-length collection of poems (approximately 60 to 90 pages).

Deadline: Annually on March 1.

 James Laughlin Award

If you’re already a published poet, this is the award for you; it’s given for a second book of poetry due to come out in the forthcoming year. The winner receives $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid week-long residency. In addition, copies of her book are distributed to the 1,000 members of the Academy of American Poets.

Deadline: Annual submission window is January 1 through May 15.

 African Poetry Book Fund Prizes

The APBF awards three prizes annually for African Poetry. The Glenna Luschei Prize for Afican Poetry gives $5,000 for a book of original African poetry published in the prior year.

The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets gives $1,000 and a publication contract for an unpublished book-length collection of poetry by an African author.

The Brunel University African Poetry Prize is a new prize that grants £3,000 to a poet who was born in Africa, is a national of an African country or has African parents, who has not yet had a full-length book of poetry published. (U.S. citizens qualify.) To submit, you’ll need 10 poems.

Deadlines: See individual prize pages.

 Tufts Poetry Awards

Claremont Graduate University presents two awards each year to poets they deem to be “outstanding.” The Kate Tufts Poetry Award grants $10,000 for a published first book of poetry that shows promise.

The Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award grants a mammoth $100,000 for a published book of poetry by an an established or mid-career poet.

Deadline: Books published between July of the previous year and June 30 of the current year are eligible for the following year’s prize (i.e. award for 2017 was for works publishing between between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016). Deadline for 2018 awards has not yet been announced.

 

Binghamton University Book Awards

Sponsored by the Binghamton Center for Writers — State University of New York, this competition offers a $1,000 prize for work published in the previous year in two separate categories. The John Gardner Fiction Book Award goes to the best novel or collection of fiction, while the Milt Kessler Poetry Book award goes to the best book of poems.

Deadline: Annually on March 1 for books published the previous year.

 Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition

(Editor’s note: We were so excited to include this competition that we overlooked its entry fees. We’ll leave it in the post for those interested in submitting their work, but please note that this contest is not free.)

One of the longest-running writing competitions — it’s now in its 83rd year — this contest spotlights up and coming writers in a number of categories, including Memoirs/Personal Essay, Magazine Feature Article and Genre Short story.

The Grand Prize winner gets $5,000, a feature in Writer’s Digest magazine, a paid trip to a writing conference and more. Runners-up earn prizes in first through tenth places.

The Paz Prize for Poetry

The National Poetry Series

The Center @ Miami Dade College will award one $2,000 prize every other year (in even years) for the publication of a previously unpublished book of poetry originally written in Spanish by an American resident.  The prize will recognize book-length manuscripts of poetry written in Spanish. Translations, works of literary criticism and scholarly texts do not qualify. Contest opens in May.

Deadline: June 15th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $30

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$2,000

Additional prizes

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Open Prize

The National Poetry Series

The National Poetry Series seeks book-length manuscripts of poetry written by American residents or American citizens living abroad.

Deadline: February 28th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $30

Genre: Poetry,

William Van Wert Award for Fiction

Hidden River Arts

$1,000 and publication in Hidden River Review of Arts & Letters is offered to the best unpublished short story or novel excerpt.

Deadline: June 30th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $17

Genre: Fiction, Novel, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Hidden River Review of Arts & Letters

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Hidden River Review Awards: Non-Fiction, Poetry and Very Short Fiction

Hidden River Arts

A prize of $1,000 will be given annually to the winners in each category of our Hidden River Review Trilogy Award: poetry, non-fiction and very short fiction. Please indicated which category you are submitting in.

Deadline: February 28th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $17

Genre: Non-fiction, Poetry, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

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2018 Tusculum Review Poetry Chapbook Prize

The Tusculum Review

Each chapbook manuscript entered should consist of 20-30 pages of poems in a standard 12-point font. No more than one poem may appear on a page. You may enter more than one chapbook manuscript (as long as you include a $20 reading fee with each manuscript). A manuscript need not be thematically coherent or connected through narrative.

Deadline: March 1st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $20

Genre: Poetry,

2018 Ambroggio Prize

Academy of American Poets

The Ambroggio Prize is a $1,000 publication prize given for a book-length poetry manuscript originally written in Spanish and with an English translation. The winning manuscript is published by Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, publisher of literary works, scholarship, and art books by or about U.S. Hispanics.

Deadline: February 15th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Fiction, Novel,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Bilingual Press

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Short Story Award for New Writers

Glimmer Train Press

Emerging writers are welcome in all categories, but this category is exclusively open to writers whose fiction has not appeared, nor is scheduled to appear, in any print publication. Most entries run from 1000 – 4000 words, but any lengths up to 12,000 words are welcome.

Deadline: February 28th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $18

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

William Van Wert Award for Fiction

Hidden River Arts

$1,000 and publication in Hidden River Review of Arts & Letters is offered to the best unpublished short story or novel excerpt. Eligible: Any previously unpublished short story or novel excerpt of 25 pages or less. Any submission that includes more than 25 pages will be disqualified.

Deadline: June 30th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $17

Genre: Fiction, Novel,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Hidden River Review of Arts & Letters

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Morton and McCarthy Prizes

Sarabande Books

This contest is open to any short fiction writer of English. Submissions may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a short novel. Works that have previously appeared in magazines or in anthologies may be included.

Deadline: March 15th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $29

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$2,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Sarabande Books

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Portal Prize in Speculative Fiction

Easy Street

The Portal Prize in Speculative Fiction is open for submissions. Stories may be previously published or unpublished, and simultaneous submissions are accepted. Winner receives $1,000 and publication in Easy Street. Finalists receive $100. The winner and all finalists will be published in The 2018 Portal Prize Anthology.

Deadline: February 28th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $10

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Easy Street Magazine

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The Killer Nashville Claymore Award

Killer Nashville

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. Over $3,000 worth of prizes are given away each year, but to us, the publishing and movie deals—and the careers they build—are the end game.

Deadline: April 1st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $40

Genre: Fiction, Novel,

Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

Gotham Writers

The 2018 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize will be judged by Jess Walter, author of Beautiful RuinsThe winning work will be performed and recorded live at a Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space on June 6, 2018, and published on Electric Literature. The winning writer will receive $1000 and a free 10-week course with Gotham Writers.

Deadline: March 1st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Free 10-week course with Gotham Writers

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Past-Year Memoir Contest 2018

Gotham Writers

Submit a 17-word memoir (true story) that reflects on 2017. Entry must consist of no more than 17 words.

Deadline: February 19th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Memoir, Short Story,

Dream Quest One Writing Contest

Dream Quest One

The mission of this contest is to inspire, motivate and encourage anyone having the desire or love of poetry and writing, to continue doing so without fear of failure or success! Remember, in whatever you do, “it’s okay to dream,” for dreams do come true…

 

Deadline: February 28th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $10

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

Poetry Prize

Marsh Hawk Press

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Marsh Hawk Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Manuscripts should be between 48 to 84 pages.

Deadline: April 30th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Marsh Hawk Press

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Novella-in-Flash Award

Ad Hoc Fiction

The goal of the Novela-in-Flash Award is to promote flash fiction for both writers and readers and to bring the genre to a wider audience. There is a 6000 to 18000 word limit and each flash should not be more than about 1000 words.

Deadline: January 29th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: £16

Genre: Novel, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

£300

Additional prizes

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Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

Lorian Hemingway

Writers of short fiction may now enter the 2017 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. The competition has a thirty-six year history of literary excellence, and Lorian Hemingway and her small judging panel are dedicated to enthusiastically supporting the efforts and talent of writers of short fiction whose voices have yet to be heard. Entries must be less than 3500 words and the competition is open to writers based anywhere is the world.

Deadline: May 15th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $15

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,500

Additional prizes

Publication in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts

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Raymond Carver Contest

Carve Magazine

Now in its 18th year, the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest is one of the most renowned fiction contests in the world. Featuring prominent guest judges and offering $2500 across five prizes, the contest delivers exciting new fiction from writers all over the world.

Deadline: May 15th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $17

Genre: Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,500

Additional prizes

Consideration from literary agents

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Essay Collection Competition

Cleveland State University Poetry Centre

All essay collections are welcome for submission in Cleveland State University’s Essay Collection Competition, regardless of the author’s previous publications. Manuscripts should be approximately 100-300 pages in length. Along with the cash prize, the winner will receive publication, and a standard royalty contract.

Deadline: March 31st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $28

Genre: Essay, Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication and standard royalty contract

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First Book Poetry Competition

Cleveland State University Poetry Centre

Manuscripts are eligible for Cleveland State University’s First Book Poetry Competition if the author has not published or committed to publish a collection of his or her poetry in a book of 48 pages or more with a press run of at least 500 copies. Along with the cash prize, the winner will receive publication, and a standard royalty contract.

Deadline: March 31st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $28

Genre: Poetry,

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

Winning Writers

$2,000 is awarded each for the top story and the top essay. Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each (any category). The top 12 entries will be published online. The length limit is 6,000 words.

Deadline: April 30th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $20

Genre: Fiction, Non-fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$2,000

Additional prizes

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Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition

Writer’s Digest

Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years. Almost 500 winners will be chosen from categoires incuding: spiritual/religious, memoir, personal essay, feature article, genre short story, literary short story, rhyming poetry, non-rhyming poetry, script, children’s, young adult.

Deadline: May 4th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $20 to $30

Genre: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$5,000

Additional prizes

A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference

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James Laughlin Award

Academy of American Poets

Offered since 1954, the James Laughlin Award is given to recognize and support a second book of poetry forthcoming in the next calendar year. Along with $5,000, the winner receives an all-expenses-paid weeklong residency in Miami Beach, Florida, and distribution of the winning book to approximately one thousand Academy of American Poets members.

Deadline: May 15th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$5,000

Additional prizes

Distribution of book to Academy of American Poets members

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The David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction

Southwest Review

Named for the late David Nathan Meyerson (1967-1998), a therapist and talented writer who died before he was able to show to the greater world the full fruits of his literary potential, the prize consists of $1,000 and publication in the Southwest Review. Open to any writer who has not published a book of fiction (either a novel or collection of stories). Stories can be up to 8000 words in length.

Deadline: May 1st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in the Southwest Review

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Nimrod Literary Awards

Nimrold International Journal of Prose and Poetry

The Awards are among the most distinguished literary prizes in the country. Past judges include Karen Russell, Stanley Kunitz, Marvin Bell, Mark Doty, Olga Broumas, W. S. Merwin, Denise Levertov, William Stafford, Ron Carlson, Linda Pastan, and John Edgar Wideman.

Deadline: April 30th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $20

Genre: Fiction, Poetry, Short Story,

Sonnet Poetry Contest

Fanstory

The challenge of this contest is to write a sonnet in iambic pentameter, just like Shakespeare did.

Deadline: March 5th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $9.95

Genre: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$100

Additional prizes

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Dribble flash fiction

Fanstory

A dribble is a flash fiction story that uses around 50 words. That is the challenge of this contest. Write a story (on any topic) using 50 words. The title does not count towards the word count. The submitted work must be between 48 – 52 words.

Deadline: April 4th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $9,95

Genre: Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$100

Additional prizes

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Blue Lights Book Prize

Indiana Review

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

Deadline: February 9th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $20

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$2,000

Additional prizes

Publication contract with IU Press

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Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Winning Writers

The Tom Howard Prize for a poetry applies to any style or genre, and the Margaret Reid Prize applies to poetry that rhymes or has a traditional style. The length limit is 250 lines per poem.

Deadline: September 30th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $12

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,500

Additional prizes

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Narrative Prize

Narrative Magazine

The Narrative Prize is awarded annually for the best short story, novel excerpt, poem, one-act play, graphic story, or work of literary nonfiction published by a new or emerging writer in Narrative.

Deadline: June 15th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$4,000

Additional prizes

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Steinberg Essay Contest

Fourth Genre

Named in honor of Fourth Genre’s founding editor, Michael J. Steinberg, this contest accepts unpublished, non-fiction essays of up to 6,000 words. The winning essay is published in the following year’s spring issue of Fourth Genre.

Deadline: March 15th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $20

Genre: Essay, Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Fourth Genre

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Snowbound Chap Book Award

Tupelo Press

The Snowbound Chapbook Award includes a cash reward in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 25 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. Submissions should be a previously unpublished, chapbook-length poetry manuscript (20-36 pages) with a table of contents.

Deadline: February 28th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Tupelo Press

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Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Winning Writers

Now in its 16th year, this contest seeks today’s best humor poems. Length limit is 250 lines. First place receives $1,000, second place receives $250. Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each. The top 12 entries will be published online.

Deadline: April 1st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Humor, Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

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North Street Book Prize

Winning Writers

One grand prize winner will receive $3,000, a marketing analysis and one-hour phone consultation with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, a $300 credit at BookBaby, and 3 free ads in the Winning Writers newsletter (a $450 value). Length limit: 150,000 words. You may submit a collection of short stories or essays as a single entry.

Deadline: June 30th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $60

Genre: Fiction, Memoir, Non-fiction, Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$3,000

Additional prizes

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Walt Whitman Award

Academy of American Poets

The Walt Whitman Award is granted to an unpublished poetry collection. The prizes include $5,000, publication by Graywolf Press, and a six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy.

Deadline: November 1st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $35

Genre: Poetry,

James Jones First Novel Fellowship

Wilkes University

This prize is given annually to a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. The award is intended to honor the spirit of unblinking honesty, determination, and insight into cultural and social issues exemplified by the late James Jones. A two-page (maximum) outline or synopsis of the entire novel and the first 50 pages of the novel-in-progress are to be submitted.

Deadline: March 15th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $30

Genre: Fiction, Novel,

TOP PRIZE

$10,000

Additional prizes

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The Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry

African Poetry Book Fund

The Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry is awarded annually to a book published in the previous calendar year by an African poet. This award, established to promote African poetry written in English or in translation and to recognize a significant book published each year by an African poet, is the only one of its kind in the world.

Deadline: October 1st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Poetry,

Aesthetica

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that celebrates excellence in Poetry and Short Fiction. Winners are presented with opportunities to expand their literary careers: £1,000 cash prize each, a consultation with literary agency Redhammer Management, a Full Membership to The Poetry Society, a subscription to Granta and books courtesy of Bloodaxe Books and Vintage Books.

Deadline: August 31st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: £12

Genre: Fiction, Poetry, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

£1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual

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Atlantis Short Story Contest

Atlantis Short Story Contest

In its seventh year, the Atlantis Short Story Contest accepts entries from unpublished authors around the world who write their short stories in English and do not exceed the length of 2,500 words. They are looking for short stories that create exciting new worlds with dynamic characters.

Deadline: February 25th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $9

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$300

Additional prizes

In-depth feedback

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Atom Bomb Prize

Fiction War Magazine

100-word stories from around the world.

Deadline: May 23rd, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $10

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

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