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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: 

03/16/2016

4th Annual I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Contest

I Must Be Off!, a photo-literary travel blog, is hosting its 4th Annual Travel Writing Contest. Writers are invited to submit their travel articles, travel anecdotes and travel reflections. Word length: up to 1200 words. First-place prize is $200 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

07/31/2016

Prizes: 

$200

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Date added: 

03/13/2016

FanStory's Share Your Story Writing Contest

FanStory is inviting writers to share an event that happened in their lives, with the option to create and fabricate and to make sense of a life, or part of that life. The winner of the best story will receive $100. All entries receive feedback ... (more)

Deadline: 

08/22/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$9.95

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Date added: 

03/10/2016

1000 WORDS or LESS Flash Fiction Competition Round 2

1000 WORDS or LESS wishes to provide an opportunity for writers worldwide to demonstrate and showcase their craft and creative skill in the shorter story genre. The entrant may choose any subject, theme, idea or inspiration. One entry will be selected for a $1,000 cash award. $100 cash prizes will be available for up to 5 other entries ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/31/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000 (AUD)

Fees: 

$15 (AUD)

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

03/10/2016

Arts & Letters Prize Competition

Arts & Letters is now reading for the 18th Annual Arts & Letters Prize Competition. The judges will award a $1,000 prize for each winner in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction plus publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/31/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$10-$20

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

03/10/2016

What Does This Picture Mean To Me? Contest

Black Ink Contests is challenging writers to write a story based on the picture provided. What does the picture mean to you? The judges are open to any genre, any setting, time and place. First prize is $200 ... (more)

Deadline: 

05/14/2016

Prizes: 

$200

Fees: 

$4

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

03/06/2016

FanStory's Minute Poetry Contest

FanStory is accepting submissions for its Minute Poetry Contest. The Minute Poem follows the "8,4,4,4" syllable count structure. The writer of the best poem wins $100 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

08/15/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$9.95

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

03/06/2016

Weekly Writing Contest at McBUBS.com

McBUBS is inviting writers to craft the funniest product review in 150 words or less. The site provides the product/topic, and writers write the content that makes the judges laugh. This week's prize is $75 + McBUBS tshirt ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/11/2016

Prizes: 

$75

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Story/Review

Date added: 

03/06/2016

2016 Scythe Prize

The Scythe Prize is an annual publication comprised of pieces of short fiction and creative nonfiction written by budding collegiate voices. The winning story author receives a $250 prize, as does the winning author of the creative nonfiction category ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/30/2016

Prizes: 

$250

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

03/06/2016

Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

The University of Pittsburgh Press announces the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize for a first full-length book of poems. The prize carries a cash award of $5,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/30/2016

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

03/05/2016

Noemi Press Book Awards

The Noemi Book Award for Fiction and the Noemi Book Award for Poetry will be judged by the editors. The winners will receive $1000, publication by Noemi Press, and 10 author’s copies ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/30/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Book

Date added: 

03/05/2016

Nimrod Literary Awards

The Nimrod Literary Awards includes the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction and The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. Submit 3-10 pages of poetry or up to 7,500 words for fiction. First prize is $2,000 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/30/2016

Prizes: 

$2,000

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction

Date added: 

03/05/2016

The Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize

The Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize offers a cash award of $1,000.00 plus publication of the winning book. The Marsh Hawk Press Robert Creeley Memorial Award and the Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award offer cash prizes of $250 each ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/30/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

03/05/2016

Kore's 2016 First Book Award

Kore's 2016 First Book Award is open to any female writer who has not published a full-length collection of poetry. Writers who have had chapbooks of less than 42 pages printed in editions of no more than 400 copies are eligible. First prize is $1,500 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/30/2016

Prizes: 

$1,500

Fees: 

$28

Genre(s): 

Book

Date added: 

03/05/2016

Waterston Desert Writing Prize

The Waterston Desert Writing Prize recognizes the vital role deserts play worldwide in the ecosystem and the human narrative. Emerging, mid-career and established nonfiction writers are invited to apply. The winner will receive a $1,500 cash award, a reading and reception ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/01/2016

Prizes: 

$1,500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Date added: 

03/02/2016

FutureScapes Writing Contest

The FutureScapes Writing Contest is accepting submissions of prose not to exceed 8,000 words in length. The story must be written on and conform to the official prompt: Cities of Empowerment. First prize is $2,000; second prize is $1,000; and up to four runner-up prizes include $500 each ... (more)

Deadline: 

07/15/2016

Prizes: 

$2,000

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

03/02/2016

Fictuary's Special Kickstarter Short Story Contest

Fictuary is accepting submissions for its Special Kickstarter Short Story Contest. This contest is free to enter. Writers are invited to submit fiction stories on any topic, between 1000 and 4000 words. First prize is $50, publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/31/2016

Prizes: 

$50

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

03/02/2016

The Pen Factor - Writer Discovery Engine

The Pen Factor is an online feedback and discovery engine for writers of fiction. Every submission receives three structured pieces of feedback in return for reviewing three others as part of the entry process. Word limit: 1500 words (first chapter or short story) ... (more)

Deadline: 

06/21/2016

Prizes: 

$500 (est. prize value)

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

03/02/2016

Debut-litzer Prizes

Late Night Library is seeking submissions for the 2016 Debut-litzer Prizes. Send two copies in hardcover or bound paperback book form. Winning authors receive a cash award of $1,000, a featured appearance on Late Night Conversation ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/30/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$28

Genre(s): 

Book

Date added: 

03/01/2016

Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry

The Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry includes a cash award of $3,000 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press. The Berkshire Prize is open to anyone writing in the English language. Submit a previously unpublished, full-length poetry manuscript of 48 to 88 pages of poems ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/30/2016

Prizes: 

$3,000

Fees: 

$28

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

03/01/2016

San Francisco Book Festival

The 2016 San Francisco Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its annual program celebrating the best books of the spring. The San Francisco Book Festival will consider non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children's books, compilations/anthologies ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/25/2016

Prizes: 

$1,500

Fees: 

$75

Genre(s): 

Book

Date added: 

03/01/2016

The Pen Parentis Writing Fellowship For New Parents

The Pen Parentis Writing Fellowship For New Parents is intended to encourage writers to produce new works of quality fiction at the very busiest point in their parenting journey. In addition to a full year of promotion and the publication of the winning story by Brain, Child Magazine, a $1000 prize will be presented to the winner ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/18/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

03/01/2016

Zone 3 Press First Book Award for Poetry

Zone 3 Press is accepting submissions for its First Book Award for Poetry. Anyone who has not published a full-length collection of poems (48 pages or more) is eligible. Submit one copy of your manuscript of 48-80 pages. First prize is $1,000 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/15/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

03/01/2016

Norton Girault Literary Prize in Fiction

Old Dominion University's MFA Creative Writing Program and Barely South Review are pleased to announce the 2016 Norton Girault Literary Prize in Fiction! Submit one previously unpublished short story of no more than 5,000 words. First prize is $500 and publication in Barely South Review ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/15/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

02/29/2016

New South Writing Contest

The New South Writing Contest awards $1,000 to one winner in poetry and one winner in prose, and a $250 runner's up prize in each category. Submit up to three (3) poems per document or one (1) short story or non-fiction piece ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/15/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

02/29/2016

2016 South Carolina First Novel Prize

The South Carolina First Novel Prize recognizes one of South Carolina's exceptional writers by providing a book contract with Hub City Press. The winning author will receive a book contract with Hub City Press. The winner will receive a $1,000 advance against royalties. Hub City will publish at least 2,000 copies of the book ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/15/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$35

Genre(s): 

Book

Date added: 

02/29/2016

Torch Memorial Prize for Creative Nonfiction

North American Review is accepting submissions for the Torch Memorial Prize for Creative Nonfiction. You may submit only one piece of creative nonfiction, no longer than 30 pages in a Word document. First Prize: $500 ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/01/2016

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Date added: 

02/29/2016

Frost Farm Prize for Metrical Poetry

The Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm in Derry, NH, and the Hyla Brook Poets invite submissions for the Frost Farm Prize for metrical poetry. Poems must be original, unpublished and metrical (any metrical form). The winner receives $1,000, publication in Evansville Review and an invitation ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/01/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$5

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

02/29/2016

The Cowles Poetry Book Prize

Southeast Missouri State University Press is accepting submissions for the Cowles Poetry Book Prize. The judges will award $2,000 and 30 copies for the author, publication and distribution of a full-length poetry manuscript. Submit 48-100 pages of poetry--any style or theme ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/01/2016

Prizes: 

$2,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Book

Date added: 

02/29/2016

FanStory's ABC Poetry Contest

FanStory is accepting submissions for its ABC Poetry Contest. An ABC poem has a specific format that follows the alphabet. The first four lines follow the order of the alphabet. Last line begins with any letter. The writer of the best poem wins $100 plus feedback ... (more)

Deadline: 

07/28/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$9.95 ( to enter all FanStory contests)

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

02/23/2016

The Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry

The Blue Lynx Prize is awarded for an unpublished, full-length volume of poems by a U.S. resident or citizen. Submit a book-length manuscript of poetry, at least 48 pages. First prize is $2,000 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

05/15/2016

Prizes: 

$2,000

Fees: 

$28

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

02/23/2016

The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award

The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award is seeking full-length short stories on a supernatural theme. Twice each year TGS awards $1,000 and publication in The Ghost Story to the winner of this short story competition. Story length should run between 1,500 and 10,000 words ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/30/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

02/21/2016

First Annual Twisted Vine Writing Contest

Twisted Vine, a literary arts journal, is inviting writers and poets to enter its first annual writing contest. Writers can submit fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry. There are no restrictions on content. First-place winners receive a cash prize of $200 and second-place winners receive $50 ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/07/2016

Prizes: 

$200

Fees: 

$8

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

02/21/2016

SRPR Editors' Prize Contest

Spoon River Poetry Review is accepting submissions for the SRPR Editors' Prize Contest. One winning poem will be awarded $1,000, two runners-up will be awarded $100 each, and 3-5 honorable mentions will be selected. Submit up to three unpublished poems, maximum of ten pages total ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/15/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$20 (includes a one-year subscription)

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

02/19/2016

FanStory's Free Verse Poetry Contest

FanStory is inviting writers to craft a poem that does not follow any structure or style. The writer of the best free verse poem will receive a cash prize of $100 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

07/18/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$9.95

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

02/19/2016

The CutBank Chapbook Contest

The CutBank Chapbook Contest is open to original English language manuscripts in the genres of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The winning author receives a $1000 honorarium plus 25 copies of the published book. Submit 25 to 40 pages of typed poetry or prose ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/31/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Book

Date added: 

02/18/2016

The M.F.K. Fisher Awards for Excellence in Culinary Writing

The MFK Fisher Awards, presented annually, honor Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher, a widely read and lauded culinary writer. The entries should be nonfiction, and may include analytical pieces, autobiographical explorations. Each entry should be no longer than 2,000 words ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/31/2016

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$35

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Date added: 

02/18/2016

Katha Literary Fiction Contest

India Currents magazine is accepting submissions for the Katha Fiction Contest. Submissions should consist of one short story or extract from a longer work up to 3,000 words in length. First prize is $300; second prize is $200; and third-place receives $100 ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/31/2016

Prizes: 

$300

Fees: 

$7

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

02/18/2016

Prime Number Magazine Awards

Prime Number Magazine (a Press 53 publication) announces the 2016 Prime Number Magazine Awards for Poetry & Short Fiction. First Prize in each category: $1,000 plus publication in Prime Number Magazine. Submit one unpublished poem or one unpublished work of fiction from 53 to 5,300 words ... (more)

Deadline: 

04/15/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction

Date added: 

02/18/2016

The Antivenom Poetry Award

The Antivenom Poetry Award is sponsored by Elixir Press for a first or second book of poetry. The winner will receive a prize of $1,000, and their manuscript published. Manuscripts must be at least 48 pages in length ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/31/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$30

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

02/18/2016

World's Best Short-Short Story Contest

The Southeast Review is seeking entries for the World's Best Short-Short Story Contest. Send up to three short-short stories per submission. First prize is $500 and publication. Up to five finalists will be announced ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/15/2016

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$16

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

02/18/2016

The Southeast Review Narrative Nonfiction Contest

The Southeast Review is accepting submissions for this year's Narrative Nonfiction Contest. Send one piece of nonfiction, no more than 6,000 words total. One winner (awarded $500) and up to two finalists will be announced ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/15/2016

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$16

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Date added: 

02/18/2016

Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize is a writing competition sponsored by the stage and radio series, Selected Shorts. Entries should be 750 words or less. Stories can be on any theme. The winning writer will receive $1,000 ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/15/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

02/18/2016

Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize is a writing competition sponsored by the stage and radio series, Selected Shorts. Entries should be 750 words or less. Stories can be on any theme. The winning writer will receive $1,000 ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/15/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

02/18/2016

Prairie Schooner Book Prize Contest

The Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series welcomes manuscripts from all living writers, including non-US citizens, writing in English. Both unpublished and published writers are welcome to submit manuscripts. Winners will receive $3000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/15/2016

Prizes: 

$3,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Book

Date added: 

02/18/2016

The Pinch Literary Contest

Sponsored by the Hohenberg Foundation, the Pinch Literary Contest will award $1,000 to a winner in each category. The first place winners will be published in the Spring issue. Submit 1-3 poems or prose of up to 5000 words ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/15/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

02/18/2016

Gearhart Poetry Contest

The Southeast Review’s Gearhart Poetry Contest was developed in 1996 to honor Michael Wm. Gearhart, a Ph.D. student in creative writing at FSU. Send up to three poems, no more than 10 pages total. One winner (awarded $500) and up to five finalists will be announced ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/15/2016

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$16

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

02/18/2016

Bellingham Review Literary Contests

Bellingham Review offer three $1,000 first-place prizes for fiction, poetry and nonfiction. An entry consists of one essay, one story, or up to three poems. Please limit prose to 6,000 words. Everyone who enters the competition will receive a copy of Issue 74 ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/15/2016

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

02/18/2016

33rd Annual International Writing Competition

The Writers-Editors Network invites writers to enter its 33rd Annual International Writing Competition. The judges will recognize the "most publishable" Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry entries. First prize in each category is $150, plus other prizes ... (more)

Deadline: 

03/15/2016

Prizes: 

$150 in each category

Fees: 

$3 to $20 depending on category and membership status

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

02/10/2016

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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