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2016 Vancouver Filmworks Screenplay Competition

This screenwriting contest is dedicated to inspire, support, and discover innovative narrative storytellers in film and television. The Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000 in cash, round trip travel, two VIP Passes and two nights hotel accommodations ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/16/2016

Prizes: 

$5,000 (Grand Prize winner)

Fees: 

$25-$65

Genre(s): 

Screenwriting

Date added: 

02/05/2016

Dead Bison Editors' Prize in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction

Arcadia is inviting writers to enter this year's Dead Bison Editors' Prize. A prize of $1,000 and publication in Arcadia is given annually for a short story, a work of nonfiction, and a group of poems. Submit up to 25 pages of fiction or nonfiction or 10 pages of poetry ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/30/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000 to a winner in each category

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

02/05/2016

Freeditorial Long-Short Story Contest

Freeditorial is accepting long-short stories between 10K and 40K words. Stories must be fiction or historical and written in English. The writer is free to choose the topic. Winners are chosen based on downloads and quality of work. First-place is $15,000 ... (more)

Deadline: 

07/31/2016

Prizes: 

$15,000 - first position

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

02/05/2016

$5000 Masters Review Annual Anthology 5

Every year The Masters Review opens submissions to produce an anthology, a collection of ten stories written by the best emerging authors. Writers can submit fiction or narrative nonfiction, up to 7000 words. Winners each receive $500, publication, exposure to over 50 literary agencies ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/31/2016

Prizes: 

$500 each to ten (10) writers

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

02/02/2016

FanStory's Easter Poetry Contest

FanStory is inviting writers to submit their best poetry on the theme of Easter. It can be the Easter eggs, family celebration, or your faith - whatever you feel best represents this day. First prize is $100 and publication. All entries receive feedback ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/27/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

02/02/2016

FanStory's Love Poem (Writing Contest)

FanStory is inviting writers to write a love poem. You can write a poem of any type (Haiku, Acrostic, Free Verse, etc...) on the topic of love. First prize is $100 and publication. All entries receive feedback ... (more)

Deadline: 

07/06/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

02/02/2016

Endever Publishing Studios Fiction Open

Endever Publishing Studios is inviting writers to submit short fiction (up to 500 words) in any genre, on any theme, and using any approach. First prize is $150, publication, and the opportunity to write a featured short story ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/25/2016

Prizes: 

$150

Fees: 

$10

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

02/02/2016

Writers and Filmmakers.com Short Film Competition

Writers judge filmmakers and filmmakers judge writers. Winning writer gets their script made by the winning filmmaker! Winning writer receives up to $10,000 for their short script. The winning filmmaker wins up to $25,000 to shoot the winning script. Entries must be original screenplays ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/29/2016 (shorts deadline)

Prizes: 

$10,000-$25,000

Fees: 

$50

Genre(s): 

Screenwriting

Date added: 

01/30/2016

Erotic Fairy Tales Needed for Anthology

A Two Dame Production is accepting submissions for its Summer 2016 anthology. The theme of the anthology is Fairy Tales. The editors enjoy erotica with a literary flair. Word length: up to 5K words per story. Published authors will receive $25 and a copy of the anthology ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/20/2016

Prizes: 

$25/story

Fees: 

$0.00

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

01/29/2016

Sapiens Plurum's Earth Day Short Fiction Contest

Sapiens Plurum is accepting stories for its second short fiction contest, culminating Earth Day, April 22, 2016. Stories should be 1500-3000 words, designed to inspire scientists and statespersons around the world to live up to the promise of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. First prize is $1000, second, $500 and third prize, $300 ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/22/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$0.00

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

01/29/2016

The Kundiman Poetry Prize

The Kundiman Poetry Prize is dedicated to publishing exceptional work by Asian American poets at any stage of their career. Winner receives $1,000 and book publication with Tupelo Press. Manuscripts must be typed, paginated, and 50 - 70 pages in length ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/15/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$28

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

01/28/2016

The Milton Fellowship for Emerging Writers

The Milton Fellowship is a postgraduate fellowship that brings emerging writers of Christian commitment to Seattle, where their primary goal is to complete their first book-length manuscript of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. Fellows are given a furnished apartment, a $500 monthly living stipend, and health insurance ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/15/2016

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$35

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

01/28/2016

Steinberg Nonfiction Essay Contest

The Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Contest will award a first prize of $1,000 plus publication. All entries are considered for publication. The winning essay is published in the following year's spring issue. Submit an essay of 6,000 words or less ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/15/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$22

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Date added: 

01/28/2016

Eludia Award

Hidden River Publishing announces the opening of our fifth Eludia Award, for a first book-length unpublished novel or collection of stories. The prize is open to women writers age 40 and older. The winning manuscript will be published on our imprint, Sowilo Press, and will receive $1000 plus ten copies ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/15/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$30

Genre(s): 

Book

Date added: 

01/28/2016

Tor House Prize for Poetry

The annual Tor House Prize for Poetry is a living memorial to American poet Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962). The prize is $2,000 for an original, unpublished poem not to exceed three pages in length. This contest is open to well-crafted poetry in all styles ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/15/2016

Prizes: 

$2,000

Fees: 

$10

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

01/28/2016

William Van Dyke Short Story Prize

Ruminate Magazine is hosting its annual short story contest, the 2016 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize. You may submit one story per contest entry fee and it must be 5500 words or less. First prize is $1500 and publication in the Winter 2016/2017 Issue ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/15/2016

Prizes: 

$1,500

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

01/28/2016

James Jones First Novel Fellowship

Wilkes University will award the James Jones First Novel Fellowship to an American author of a first novel-in-progress. The award is intended to honor the spirit of unblinking honesty, determination, and insight into modern culture. The grand-prize winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000 ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/15/2016

Prizes: 

$10,000

Fees: 

$30

Genre(s): 

Book

Date added: 

01/28/2016

Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction

Colorado Review is inviting writers to enter this year's Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction. The judges will award $2,000 for the best short story and publication in the fall/winter 2016 issue. There are no theme restrictions, but stories must be at least 10 pages ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/14/2016

Prizes: 

$2,000

Fees: 

$17

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

01/28/2016

Claire Keyes Poetry Prize

Salem State University sponsors the Claire Keyes Poetry Prize to recognize one writer of the best group of previously unpublished poems. First prize is $1,000 and publication in the literary journal, Soundings East. Submit 8 to 10 pages of poetry poems ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/01/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$10

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

01/28/2016

Hunger Mountain's Annual Writing Contests

Hunger Mountain welcomes writers to enter its annual contests which include: 1) The Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize; 2) The Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize; 3) The Ruth Stone Poetry Prize; and 4) The Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing. First prize in each genre is $1,000 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/01/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

01/28/2016

Sawtooth Poetry Prize

The Sawtooth Poetry Prize honors a book of original poetry in English by a single author. The winning poet receives a $1,500 honorarium upon publication plus 25 copies. Manuscripts should be 50 to 100 pages of poetry ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/01/2016

Prizes: 

$1,500

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

01/28/2016

FanStory's Quinzaine Poetry Contest

FanStory is inviting writers to enter its Quinzaine Poetry Contest. A quinzaine is a poem that is only three lines and has fifteen syllables. The writer of the best poem will receive $100 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

06/30/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

01/25/2016

Gulf Coast Prizes in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction

The Gulf Coast Prizes awards publication and $1,500 each to the best poem, essay, and short story, as well as $250 to two honorable mentions in each genre. The winners will appear in Gulf Coast 29.1, and all entries will be considered for paid publication. Submit one story or essay or up to five poems ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/09/2016

Prizes: 

$1,500 each to the best poem, essay, and short story

Fees: 

$23

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

01/25/2016

Hourglass Literary Magazine Contest

Hourglass Literary Magazine announces its maiden competition for: Best Short Story; Best Essay; and Best Poem. The winning entry in each category will receive US$1000 as prize money, apart from a symbolic artifact (clepsydra), digital stamp and diploma ... (more)

Deadline: 

05/31/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000 for winner in each category

Fees: 

$13.59

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

01/25/2016

Cave Canem Poetry Prize

The Cave Canem Poetry Prize is dedicated to the discovery of exceptional manuscripts by black poets of African descent. Winner receives $1,000 and publication by University of Georgia Press in fall 2017. Submit an original collection of poems ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/15/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

01/24/2016

Shann Palmer Poetry Contest

The Shann Palmer Poetry Contest to encourage Virginia poets to share their best work. First prize: $500, publication of winning poem(s) in Richmond magazine, and a ticket to the annual James River Writers conference. Submit up to four original, unpublished poems ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/31/2016

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

01/24/2016

Bernheim Forest Writing Residency (Fiction & Poetry)

The Bernheim Forest Writing Residency is located in a beautiful, 14,000 acre forest and nature preserve located near Louisville, KY. The writer receives a $500 honorarium, and resides, for at least 4 weeks, and up to 12 weeks, in a furnished cabin. Submit 10 pages of poetry or 20 pages of fiction ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/15/2016

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$12

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction

Date added: 

01/24/2016

The Breakwater Review Fiction Contest

Breakwater Review is seeking submissions for the first annual Breakwater Review Fiction Contest. The winner will be published and receive $1,000 for a piece of short fiction. Submit up to 5,000 words ... (more)

Deadline: 

05/15/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$10

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

01/24/2016

Puerto del Sol's Fiction and Poetry Contests

Puerto del Sol welcomes submissions for the 2016 fiction and poetry contests. Fiction submissions are limited to one piece of no more than 10,000 words per entry. Poetry submissions are limited to three poems of no more than two pages per entry. First prize in each genre is $400 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/30/2016

Prizes: 

$400

Fees: 

$12

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction

Date added: 

01/24/2016

The 2016 Orison Prize in Fiction and Poetry

Orison Books is accepting submissions of full-length poetry (60-100 pp.) and fiction (30,000 word minimum) manuscripts for The Orison Prizes in Poetry and Fiction. First prize in each genre is $1,500 and a standard royalties contract ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/15/2016

Prizes: 

$1,500

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction

Date added: 

01/23/2016

The Peseroff Prize

The Peseroff Prize honors Joyce Peseroff's work as a poet, teacher, editor, innovator and mentor. First prize is publication and $1,000 for a single poem. Submit up to three poems ... (more)

Deadline: 

05/15/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$10

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

01/23/2016

AboutLove Premiere Literary Contest

What does LOVE mean to you? The judges want your fiction, non-fiction and poetry, exploring love in any of its myriad expressions. Fiction (maximum 2,000 words); Non-fiction (maximum 2,000 words); Poetry (1-3 poems per single submission). First prize is $1,000 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/14/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

01/23/2016

Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry

Awarding publication of a book-length collection, a Four Way Books sponsored reading in NYC, and $1000. Eligibility: Open to any poet writing in English who has not already published a book-length collection of poetry ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/31/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$30

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

01/23/2016

42 Miles Press Poetry Prize

The 42 Miles Press Poetry Award is being created in an effort to bring fresh and original voices to the poetry reading public. The winning poet will receive $1,000 and publication of his or her book including 50 author copies. Submit a manuscript between 45 and 100 pages ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/01/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

01/23/2016

FanStory's Write an Etheree Poem

FanStory is inviting writers to enter its Write an Etheree Poem contest. An Etheree poem has 10 lines. Each line has more syllables. The writer of the best Etheree poem will win a cash prize of $100 plus publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

06/24/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

01/21/2016

Beacon Street Prize

The Beacon Street Prize welcomes submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. First prize in each category is $1,000 and publication. Length Restrictions: 8,000 words max for fiction; 6,000 words max for nonfiction; three (3) poems max ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/30/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

01/19/2016

Spokane Prize for Short Fiction

Willow Springs Books invites submissions for the 2016 Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. The winner receives $2,000 plus publication. Manuscripts should be no less than 98 pages (with no maximum page count) and include at least 3 short stories ... (more)

Deadline: 

05/15/2016

Prizes: 

$2,000

Fees: 

$27.50

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

01/19/2016

Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award

The Editor's Choice Award is open to any American with at least one previous collection of poems. The winner receives publication and $1,000 + $1,000 stipend toward expenses associated book promotion. Submissions should be at least 40 manuscript pages ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/07/2016

Prizes: 

$2,000

Fees: 

$30

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

01/19/2016

The 2016 Knickerbocker Prize

The winning entry will receive $500 and publication by Dock Street Press. Submit your manuscript of 15,000 – 40,000 words. Only previously unpublished work can be considered ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/15/2016

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

01/19/2016

Kore Press Annual Short Fiction Award

A prize of $1,250 and limited edition chapbook and e-publication by Kore Press for a single short story written in English. This competition is open to any female-identified individual writing in English, regardless of nationality. Word length: 4K-12K words ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/14/2016

Prizes: 

$1,250

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

01/19/2016

The Science Journalism Awards

The Science Journalism Awards goes to an individual who has a science piece published in their name in any media during the calendar year 2015. Winners receive $1000 and recognition at the Awards Ceremony at the CSWA Conference ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/15/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$50

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Date added: 

01/19/2016

PNWA Literary Contest

Put your work to the test and compete with some of the best in the northwest at the Annual PNWA Literary Contest. There are 12 categories, cash prizes and every entry receives two valuable critiques. Winners are announced every year at the Summer Conference in front of writers, agents and editors ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/19/2016

Prizes: 

$600

Fees: 

$50

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

01/19/2016

The Lascaux Prize in Flash Fiction

The Lascaux Prize in Flash Fiction is presently open for submissions. Stories may be previously published or unpublished, and simultaneous submissions are accepted. First-prize winner will receive $1,000 and publication. Maximum story length is 1,000 words. Open to all genres ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/31/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$10

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

01/19/2016

Valentines Poetry Contest

FanStory is inviting writers to enter its Valentines Poetry Contest. Write a love poem for Valentines Day where the first letter of each line spells out a word. The winner of the best poem will receive a cash prize of $100 plus publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/14/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

01/16/2016

FanStory's Blank Verse Poetry Contest

FanStory is inviting writers to enter its Blank Verse Poetry Contest. A blank verse poem is written without rhymes with a specific meter. The winner of the best poem will receive a cash prize of $100 plus publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

06/18/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

01/16/2016

American Gem Short Script & Literary Festival

FilmMakers Magazine is accepting entries for the 12th Annual American Gem Literary Festival which includes the Short Screenplay Competition and the Short Story Writing Competition. The winner of the best short story will receive $250, plus other prizes; the winner of the best screenplay will receive $1,000 ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/29/2016 (early deadline); 04/30/2016 (regular deadline)

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$19-$24 (varies)

Genre(s): 

Short Story, Screenplay

Date added: 

01/16/2016

DASH Journal's Poetry Contest

DASH Journal welcomes submissions to its annual poetry contest. Send up to 3 unpublished poems per entry (max 33 lines each). The writer of the best poem will win a cash prize of $1,000 plus publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/01/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$10

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

01/10/2016

F(r)iction Winter Writing Contests

Tethered by Letters is pleased to announce the F(r)iction Winter Literary Competition. There are three submission categories: 1) short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 2) flash fiction with a word limit of 750 words, and 3) poetry no longer than three pages per poem. Short story prize: $1,000; flash fiction prize: $300; poetry prize: $300 ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/31/2016

Prizes: 

$300-$1,000

Fees: 

$18/short story, $10/poem and flash fiction, $15/3-pack of poems or flash fiction

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

01/10/2016

Diana Brebner Prize

The Diana Brebner Prize is awarded yearly for the best poem written by a National Capital Region poet, who has not yet been published in book form. Eligible entries must not exceed 30 lines each. First prize is $500 ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/15/2016

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

01/09/2016

Blue Light Books Prize

This year, Indiana Review and Indiana University Press will be accepting submissions of story collections. Submit a manuscript between 140-180 pages. The winner will receive a publication contract with IU Press and a prize of $2,000 against future royalties ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/15/2016

Prizes: 

$2,000

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Book

Date added: 

01/09/2016

Del Sol Press Best First Novel Competition

Del Sol Press seeks to publish exceptional work by both new and recognized writers. The competition is open to all authors writing in English. The finalist will receive $1,500, publication, and 20 copies. Submit a manuscript between 200-450 typed pages ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/15/2016

Prizes: 

$1,500

Fees: 

$30

Genre(s): 

Book

Date added: 

01/09/2016

The Louise Bogan Award

The Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence is open to all poets, regardless of publication history. Manuscripts must be 48-70 pages of poetry. First-place winner receives $1000, publication, and twenty copies of his or her book ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/30/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Book

Date added: 

01/09/2016

Trio Award for First or Second Book

The Trio Award for First or Second Book is only open to poets with less than two books published. Manuscripts must be between 48-70 pages of poetry, written in English by a poet residing within the U.S. First-place winner receives $1000, publication, and twenty copies of his or her book ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/30/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Book

Date added: 

01/09/2016

The Epiphany Spring Contest

The Epiphany Spring Contest is open for submissions of prose and poetry. Submit up to 10K words for prose (fiction/nonfiction) or up to 20 pages of poetry. First prize in each category is $400 plus publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/15/2016

Prizes: 

$400

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Book

Date added: 

01/09/2016

The Tusculum Review Poetry Chapbook Prize

The Tusculum Review, an annual literary journal, is accepting entries for its poetry chapbook prize. Each chapbook manuscript entered should consist of 20-30 pages of poems. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/01/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Book

Date added: 

01/09/2016

The Southeast Review's Writing Contests

The Southeast Review welcomes submissions to the World's Best Short-Short Story, Gearhart Poetry, and Narrative Nonfiction contests. One finalist in each category will win a cash prize of $500 and publication. Only previously unpublished work will be considered ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/15/2016

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$16

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

01/09/2016

Winter 2016 Six Word Story Contest

The Gravity of the Thing, an independent online literary magazine, is accepting entries for its Winter 2016 Six Word Story Contest. The winner will be awarded $500, and the selected story will be featured in the Winter 2016 issue. You may submit up to five stories per submission ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/29/2016

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$5

Genre(s): 

fiction, nonfiction

Date added: 

01/09/2016

Willow Springs Fiction Prize

Willow Springs, a contemporary literary magazine, is accepting entries for its fiction prize. Submit only original, unpublished work. There is no word limit for submissions. The winner will receive a prize of $2,000 plus publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/15/2016

Prizes: 

$2,000

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

fiction

Date added: 

01/09/2016

EVENT 2016 Non-Fiction Contest

EVENT, an award-winning, internationally recognized literary magazine, is inviting writers to enter this year's non-fiction contest. One finalist will receive $1,500 in prizes plus publication. Published entries will also be paid standard publication payment in addition to any prize money. Word length is up to 5K words per piece ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/15/2016

Prizes: 

$1,500 (CAD)

Fees: 

$34.95

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Date added: 

01/09/2016

Phoebe Journal's Writing Contest

Phoebe, a journal of literature and art, is accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. A finalist in each category will receive a cash prize of $500 plus publication. Submit a prose piece of up to 5K words, or 3-5 poems totalling no more than 10 pages ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/31/2016

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$10

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

01/09/2016

The Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize

This poetry book series honors the memory of Richard Snyder (1925-1986), poet, fiction writer, playwright, and long-time professor of English at Ashland University. Submit a collection of poems between 64 and 96 pages. First prize is $1,000 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/01/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$27

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

01/03/2016

The Non/Fiction Collection Prize

The Non/Fiction Collection Prize is awarded annually to a book-length collection of short stories, essays, or a combination of the two. The prize carries a cash award of $1500 and publication with The Ohio State University Press under its standard contract. Submit a manuscript between 150 and 350 pages ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/14/2016

Prizes: 

$1,500

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

01/03/2016

2016 Editor's Reprint Award

Sequestrum is pleased to announce its second annual Editor's Reprint Award, in which over $200 will be awarded to previously-published selections of fiction and nonfiction. Winners and runners-up will be published in a future issue of Sequestrum ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/30/2016

Prizes: 

$200

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

12/31/2015

Grammar Ghoul Press Winter 2016 Writing Contest

Grammar Ghoul Press is inviting writers to enter its Winter 2016 Writing Contest. Writers can enter a short story or flash fiction. The winner in each category will receive a cash prize of $100 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/13/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$10

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

12/31/2015

FanStory's Haiku Poetry Contest

FanStory is inviting writers to enter its haiku poetry contest. The writer of the best haiku poem will receive a cash prize of $100 plus publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

05/28/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$10

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

12/31/2015

Streetlight's 2016 Essay/Memoir Contest

Streetlight is seeking essay/memoir submissions with strong writing and emotional content. Word length: 500-750 words. First prize is $100 and publication in the spring issue ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/23/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$10

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Date added: 

12/22/2015

FanStory's 5-7-5 Poetry Contest

FanStory is inviting writers to enter its 5-7-5 Poetry Contest. Create a poem that only has three lines. But it must follow a specific syllable count. The first line has 5 syllables. The second line has 7 syllables. The third line has 5 syllables again. First prize is $100 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

05/17/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

12/22/2015

Eastern Iowa Review Poetry Prize (formerly Zero Bone Poetry Prize)

The Eastern Iowa Review Poetry Prize will award three poets a prize for poems that reflect smart writing from a "good spaces" context suitable for a wide audience. No poem length restrictions. First prize is $100, second prize is $50, and the third prize is $25. Winners will also receive 1 copy of the issue ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/30/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$3

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

12/14/2015

FanStory's Triolet Poetry Contest

FanStory is inviting writers to enter its triolet poetry contest. A triolet is a poem of only eight lines with a rhyme scheme. The winner of the best triolet poem will win $100 and publication. All writers receive feedback ... (more)

Deadline: 

05/12/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

12/14/2015

FanStory's Palindrome Poetry Contest

FanStory is inviting writers to enter its palindrome poetry contest. A palindrome is a word (or sentence) that reads the same backwards as forward. So "noon" is a palindrome. For this contest create a poem that uses this technique—but with sentences. First prize is $100 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

05/06/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

12/11/2015

FanStory's Faith Poetry Contest

FanStory is inviting writers to enter its faith poetry contest. The theme for this poetry contest is faith. It doesn't matter if it's spiritual, political, intellectual or emotional as long as faith is clearly represented. First prize is $100 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/30/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

12/01/2015

Snowbound Chapbook Award

Submit a previously unpublished, chapbook-length poetry manuscript (20-36 pages) with a table of contents. The Snowbound Chapbook Award includes a cash award of $1,000 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 25 copies of the winning title, a book launch ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/29/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

11/27/2015

FanStory's Acrostic Poetry Contest

FanStory is inviting writers to enter its acrostic poetry contest. Pick a word, any word, and write a poem that starts with each letter in that word. The poem can be about anything. It can be based on one or more words. Creative approaches are welcomed. First prize is $100 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/24/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

11/25/2015

FanStory's Character Writing Contest

FanStory is inviting writers to enter its character writing contest. Write a story that uses one of the characters shown in the contest image. The judges are looking for clear characterization. First prize is $100 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/29/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

11/20/2015

FanStory's Horror Writing Contest

FanStory is inviting writers to enter its horror writing contest. Write a horror or thriller story for this writing contest. Put your readers on edge or terrorize them. New entries only, up to 7K words. First prize is $100 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/13/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

11/10/2015

FanStory's Political Flash Fiction

FanStory is inviting writers to enter its political flash fiction contest. The challenge of flash fiction is to tell a complete story in which every word is absolutely essential. Write a story (between 500 and 800 words) on the topic of 'politics.' First prize is $100 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/05/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

10/28/2015

FanStory's Antonym Poetry Contest

FanStory is inviting writers to enter its Antonym Poetry Contest. Write a four line poem with a special format. The first line is only one word. Second and third line can be formatted as you wish. The last line is the antonym of the word on the first line. First prize is $100 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/31/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

10/22/2015

FanStory's Tanka Poetry Contest

FanStory is inviting writers to enter its Tanka Poetry Contest. Write a Tanka poem for this contest. A tanka has a specific syllable count for each line. First prize is $100 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/25/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

10/15/2015

The Big Brick Review Second Annual Essay Contest

The Big Brick Review is a nonfiction online journal that seeks personal essays which build on the narrative of our lives, finding new insight to old struggles…old insight to new struggles…and all shades-of-gray in between. For 2016, the contest theme is loosely based on the concept of 'red' or 'read.' First prize is $300 ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/17/2016

Prizes: 

$300

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Date added: 

10/15/2015

FanStory's 5-7-5 Poetry Contest

FanStory is inviting writers to enter its '5-7-5 Poetry Contest.' Write a 5-7-5 poem for this contest. A 5-7-5 poem is a free form with the only limitation being the syllable count. First prize is $100 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/19/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

10/13/2015

FanStory's Write About This Contest

FanStory is inviting writers to enter its 'Write About This Contest.' Write a short story that somehow includes the image (see announcement). The story can be about anything. First prize is $100 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/13/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

10/13/2015

FanStory's Share Your Story Contest

FanStory is inviting writers to enter its Share Your Story Contest. Write about an event in your life. You have the option to create and fabricate and to make sense of a life, or part of that life. First prize is $100 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/08/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

10/01/2015

FanStory's Minute Poetry Contest

FanStory is inviting writers to enter its Minute Poetry Contest. The Minute Poem is a poem that follows the "8,4,4,4" syllable count structure. It usually has 3 stanzas that are exactly the same. First prize is $100 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/03/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

10/01/2015

Caterpillar Poetry Prize

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize will award a prize of €1,000 and publication in the summer issue of The Caterpillar magazine to the best poem written by an adult for children (aged 7-11 years) ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/31/2016

Prizes: 

€1,000

Fees: 

€12

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

09/15/2015

FanStory's Rispetto Poetry Contest

FanStory is inviting writers to enter this year's Rispetto Poetry Contest. A Rispetto is a poem that has two quatrains with a strict rhyme scheme. The meter is usually iambic tetrameter with a rhyme scheme of abab ccdd. First prize is $100 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/27/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

09/07/2015

EbookFish Writing Contest

EbookFish.com is awarding over $6000 in prizes and online publication to winning literary works. The judges are accepting fiction, nonfiction, and short stories. All manuscript submissions must be within EbookFish (ages 18+) or TaterButton (ages 5-17) manuscript guidelines ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/01/2016

Prizes: 

$50 - $500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

09/01/2015

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Now in its 15th year, the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest seeks today's best humor poems and will award $2,250 in prizes. Submit one poem only, with a maximum of 250 lines. No fee to enter ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/01/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

08/31/2015

FanStory's ABC Poetry Contest

FanStory is inviting writers to enter its ABC Poetry Contest. For this contest you are challenged to write an ABC poem. ABC is a form of poetry with a specific format. First prize is $100 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/22/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

08/28/2015

Fanstory's Newbie Writing Contest

Fanstory's Newbie Writing Contest is inviting writers to write a story that starts with this sentence: "Hell found me." The purpose of this contest is to welcome new writers to the site. The story can be about anything but must start with the sentence. First prize is $100 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/20/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction, Fiction

Date added: 

08/22/2015

Fanstory's Non-Fiction Writing Contest

Fanstory's Non-Fiction Writing Contest is inviting writers to share their personal essays, memoirs, and works of literary non-fiction on any topic. Recommended length 2,000 - 3,500 words. First prize is $100 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/16/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Date added: 

08/22/2015

FanStory's Free Verse Poetry Contest

FanStory is inviting poets to write a free verse poem. This is a method of writing poetry which does not essentially follow any structure or style. The winner receives $100 and publication. All writers will receive feedback for their submission ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/11/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

08/11/2015

FanStory's What If? Writing Contest

For this contest you are presented with a "what if" for your character. What if your character won the lottery. The catch—the lottery can not be anything positive (like winning money). First prize is $100. All writers will receive feedback for their submission ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/05/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

08/07/2015

Wisehouse International Poetry Award

The Wisehouse International Poetry Award will award a single cash prize of $1,000 to the one entrant (winner) whose entry is selected by the prize judge. You do not have to be a published poet to enter ... (more)

Deadline: 

02/29/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$5

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

06/07/2015

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