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Shelf Unbound Competition For Best Indie/Self-Published Book

Shelf Media Group is accepting entries for this year's Shelf Unbound Competition for Best Indie/Self-Published Book. Any independently published book in any genre is eligible for entry. The author of the book named as the Best Independently Published book will receive $500. The winner of the Pete Delohery Award for Best Sports Book will receive $1,000 ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/01/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$40

Genre(s): 

Book

Date added: 

09/01/2015

Alligator Juniper's National Writing Contest

Alligator Juniper will award a cash prize of $1000 plus publication for the first place winners in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. There is no theme for this issue; work is selected upon artistic merit. Every entrant receives one copy of the following issue ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/01/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$21

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

09/01/2015

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

Robin Blaser Poetry Award

The Capilano Review invites entries for its 5th annual Robin Blaser Poetry Award. Maximum 8 pages per entry. First prize is $750 and publication. Each entry includes a one-year subscription ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/15/2015

Prizes: 

$750

Fees: 

$35

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

08/31/2015

Robert Watson Literary Prize

The Greensboro Review is reading for the Robert Watson Literary Prize issue. Submit no more than 25 pages for fiction. Poetry entries can include any number of poems up to 10 pages. Winners of the Fiction and Poetry Prizes will each receive a $1000 cash award and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/15/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$14

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction

Date added: 

08/31/2015

The Diana L. Bennett Fellows Program

BMI awards fellowships to outstanding writers in any genre who have published at least one critically acclaimed book available in English before the time of application. Applicants must have an ongoing project. Fellows receive a $60,000 stipend, a computer-equipped office, and access to UNLV's Lied Library ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/15/2015

Prizes: 

$60,000

Fees: 

$50

Genre(s): 

Book

Date added: 

08/31/2015

Gulf Coast Prize in Translation

Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the Gulf Coast Prize in Translation. The contest is open to prose (fiction and nonfiction) in translation. The winner receives $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will each receive $250 ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/21/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$17

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

08/31/2015

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

The Lascaux Prize in Poetry

The Lascaux Prize in Poetry is open for submissions. Poems may be previously published or unpublished, and simultaneous submissions are accepted. There are no length restrictions. All styles are welcome. The winner receives $1,000 and publication in The Lascaux Review ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/30/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$10

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

08/28/2015

GLCL's Micro-Fiction Contest

Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters (GLCL), a Writers' Center located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and CHEAP POP, an online literary journal focusing on micro-fiction, have come together to offer the 2015 Micro-Fiction Contest. Submissions must be original, unpublished works of micro-fiction with a maximum of 500 words. First prize is $500 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/30/2015

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$5

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

08/25/2015

Patricia Bibby First Book Award

The Patricia Bibby First Book Award is open to all poets writing in English who have not committed to publishing collections of poetry of 36 poems or more in editions of over 400 copies. Submit 50-84 pages of original poetry in English. First prize is $500 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/31/2015

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Book

Date added: 

08/24/2015

Off The Grid Press' Poetry Contest

Off The Grid Press is inviting writers to submit poetry, 50-70 pages in length. The competition is open only to poets over 60 years of age. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/15/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

08/24/2015

Molly Ivors Prize for Fiction

Gorsky Press is seeking entries for its annual Molly Ivors Prize for Fiction. The writer of the winning manuscript receives a $1,000 advance plus publication. The judges are seeking book-length submissions of fiction ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/01/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

08/24/2015

The Confrontation Poetry Prize

The Confrontation Poetry Prize is inviting writers to submit up to four previously unpublished poems. First prize is $750 and publication. Entry fee includes a year-long subscription to the magazine ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/01/2015

Prizes: 

$750

Fees: 

$10

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

08/24/2015

Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Contest

The Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Contest is dedicated to the memory of Santa Cruz Poet Morton Marcus, whose life and work inspired the writing of many students, friends, and emerging poets. First prize is $1,000 and publication. You may submit up to three unpublished poems ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/01/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

08/24/2015

The Juniper Literary Prize Series

The Juniper Prize is dedicated to bringing distinct, fresh voices to a wide audience. The judges will award two prizes each for poetry and for fiction. Four recipients will be awarded $1,000 and publication. Manuscript files must be between 50 and 70 pages ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/30/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction

Date added: 

08/24/2015

Cookbook Love Family Memories

Cookbook Love is inviting writers to enter its Family Memories writing contest. Submit a story or poem that shares your memories about kitchens and cooking past. The judges will evaluate your entry based on your ability to elicit emotion, convey a sense of time and place, and draw readers into a fully imagined scene ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/30/2015

Prizes: 

First-prize: 100 entries will be included in a Cookbook Love Book

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Date added: 

08/22/2015

Ocean Trash Write-Away Short Fiction Contest

Can we solve global problems by imagining a better future? The new advocacy group Sapiens Plurum has joined forces with Arizona State University's Center for Science and the Imagination (CSI), Ocean Conservancy and the Talk Like a Pirate (TLAP) folks to test this idea with a short fiction "write-away" contest ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/19/2015

Prizes: 

First-prize: a trip to ASU's Center for Science & the Imagination, meet with staff, take part in event; Second: two awards of $500 each; Third: 10 awards of $100 each

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

08/22/2015

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

The Omniverse Nonfiction Essays — $100 Giveaway

The Omniverse is inviting writers to submit how-tos, news stories, movie reviews, technical write-ups, studies, personal nonfiction stories (not in the creative format), etc. Authors who publish articles that fit this format between now and September 15th will be eligible for a chance to be randomly selected as the $100 winner ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/15/2015

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Date added: 

08/20/2015

Writer Advice's 4th Scintillating Starts Contest

Submit the opening (up to 1500 words) of your book (any prose genre) to Writer Advice's 4th Scintillating Starts Contest. Three of the contest submissions will each earn $100 and be published in Writer Advice. All entries will receive feedback ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/10/2015

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

08/20/2015

Dogwood's Writing Contest

Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose welcomes entries in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for its annual contest with a $1000 grand prize for one winning entry. Winners in the other two genres will receive prizes of $250. Submit fiction or nonfiction up to 22 pages. Submit one, two, or three poems (max ten pages) ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/05/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$10

Genre(s): 

Poetry,Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

08/18/2015

The Iowa Prize in Literary Nonfiction

The Iowa Prize in Literary Nonfiction is awarded for a book-length manuscript of literary nonficiton. Manuscripts should be 40K-90K words. The winning manuscript will be published by the University of Iowa Press under its standard royalty agreement and contract terms. Submissions open October 15, 2015 ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/10/2015

Prizes: 

$ ( publishing contract )

Fees: 

$10

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Date added: 

08/18/2015

Permafrost Book Prize in Nonfiction

The Permafrost Book Prize in Nonfiction welcomes manuscripts from all writers writing in English. Manuscripts must be a minimum of 150 pages long. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication of their manuscript through the University of Alaska Press ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/01/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction, Book

Date added: 

08/14/2015

The Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Award

The Comstock Review sponsors the Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Award. Submissions must be unpublished as a collection, but individual poems may have been previously published in journals. Submit 25-34 pages of poetry. First prize is $1,000 plus publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/31/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$30

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Book

Date added: 

08/14/2015

The Conium Review's Flash Fiction Contest

Your submission may include up to three flash fictions, each individual piece should be under 1,000 words. The winning flash fiction piece will be published on The Conium Review Online Compenium site. The winning author receives $300 and a copy of the judge's latest book ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/15/2015

Prizes: 

$300

Fees: 

$10

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

08/14/2015

The Lascaux Book Prize

The Lascaux Review hosts an annual contest to choose a best novel. Books must have been published during the 2014 or 2015 calendar years. Independently published works are welcome. The winner receives $1000 ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/31/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Book

Date added: 

08/14/2015

The Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry

The Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry celebrates poets of all backgrounds, experience, and styles. Submit up to five pages of poetry. The first-place winning poet will receive a $1,000 cash award for an individual poem, an invitation to an awards event in Philadelphia and publication in the Spring issue ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/15/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$12

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

08/12/2015

Split This Rock Poetry Contest

Split This Rock Poetry Contest is accepting poems of provocation and witness. This theme can be interpreted broadly. Submit up to 3 unpublished poems, no more than 6 pages total. First prize is $500 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/01/2015

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

08/12/2015

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

The Second Annual Coniston Prize

The Coniston Prize is an annual award that recognizes an exceptional group of poems by a woman writing in English. Submit 3-6 previously unpublished poems. The winner receives $1,000 and is featured in Radar's dedicated contest issue ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/01/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

08/11/2015

The 15th annual A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize

The A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize is awarded to honor a poet's first book, while also honoring the late founder of BOA Editions, Ltd. Submit a manuscript between 48 pages and 100 pages of poetry. The winner receives a $1,500 honorarium and book publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/30/2015

Prizes: 

$1,500

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

08/11/2015

The New Issues Poetry Prize

The New Issues Poetry Prize, an award for a first book of poems, is chosen by a guest judge. Eligibility: Poets writing in English who have not previously published or self-published a full-length collection (40+ pages) of poems. First prize is $2,000 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/30/2015

Prizes: 

$2,000

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

08/11/2015

The Green Rose Prize

The Green Rose Prize is awarded to an author who has previously published at least one full-length book of poems. Submit a manuscript at least 40 pages in length. First prize is $2,000 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/30/2015

Prizes: 

$2,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

08/11/2015

Miller Williams Poetry Series

Every year, the University of Arkansas Press accepts submissions for the Miller Williams Poetry Series and from the books selected awards the $5,000 Miller Williams Poetry Prize. Manuscripts must be between sixty and ninety pages. Individual poems may have been published in chapbooks, journals, and anthologies ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/30/2015

Prizes: 

$5,000

Fees: 

$28

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

08/11/2015

Red Mountain Prize for Poetry

The 2015 Red Mountain Prize for Poetry will award $1000.00 and publication of a full-length book of poetry. The most important criterion is that the manuscript manifests significant themes in beautiful, strong and evocative language. Send a manuscript of 48-72 pages ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/15/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$27

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

08/11/2015

The Paumanok Poetry Award

The Visiting Writers Program at Farmingdale State College invites writers to enter this year's Paumanok Poetry Award. First prize is $1500. Two second prizes include $750. Winners also receive expenses for a public reading. Submit 3-5 of your best poems (no more than 10 pages total) ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/15/2015

Prizes: 

$1,500

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

08/07/2015

The Fiddlehead's 25th Annual Writing Contest

The Fiddlehead's 25th Annual Contest will award publication and a cash prize of $2,000 for a best poem and a best short fiction story. Submit one poetry submission, no more than 100 lines per poem, or one short fiction story (6,000 words maximum) ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/31/2015

Prizes: 

$2,000

Fees: 

$30

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction

Date added: 

08/07/2015

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

The T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry

The T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry is an annual award for the best unpublished book-length collection of poetry in English, in honor of native Missourian T. S. Eliot’s considerable intellectual and artistic legacy. The winning author will receive $2,000 and publication of the winning collection ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/31/2015

Prizes: 

$2,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

08/06/2015

Patricia Dobler Poetry Award

The Patricia Dobler Poetry Award invites writers to submit up to two unpublished poems, of any style, per submission. First prize is $1,000; round-trip travel, lodging and a reading at Carlow University in Pittsburgh ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/05/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

08/06/2015

Miami University Press 2016 Novella Prize

The Miami University Novella Prize is awarded annually to a novella-length manuscript of original fiction. Length: 18,000-40,000 words. Winner receives $750 against royalties, a standard contract, publication and 10 copies of the book ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/15/2015

Prizes: 

$750

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Book

Date added: 

08/05/2015

Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award

The Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award focuses on awards to individual artists and writers with families. Specifically, the applicant must have at least one child under the age of 18. There are no geographic restrictions. First prize is $6,000 ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/04/2015

Prizes: 

$6,000

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Poetry,Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

08/03/2015

Finishing Line Press Open Chapbook Competition

Finishing Line Press is accepting entries for its Open Chapbook Competition. The judges will award a prize of $1,000 and publication for a chapbook-length poetry collection in print edition ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/31/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

07/31/2015

Baby Thank You Card Video Poem Contest

Pure Hoopla is hosting a Baby thank you card poem and message video contest. Create an original poem or message and videotape yourself or your child reading the poem or message. The video with the most likes on Facebook will win. First prize is $300 USD ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/15/2015

Prizes: 

$300 USD or €250 Euro

Fees: 

$0.00

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

07/31/2015

Sinclair Poetry Prize

Evening Street Press is inviting writers to enter this year's Sinclair Poetry Prize. The contest is open to poets who have already published book length collections as well as those for whom this is a first book. First prize is $500 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/01/2015

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

07/31/2015

FanStory's Love Poem Poetry Contest

FanStory is inviting writers to enter its Love Poem Poetry Contest. Write a love poem. All forms of poetry are accepted. Your love poem can be fictional or non-fictional. It can be humorous or serious. First prize is $100 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

01/27/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

07/31/2015

May Swenson Poetry Award

This annual competition, named for May Swenson, honors her as one of America's most provocative and vital writers. Your manuscript must be 50 to 100 pages. The winning manuscript will receive a cash prize of $1000, publication in the next summer, plus royalties ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/30/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

07/29/2015

The Wonder Institute's Annual Essay Contest

The Wonder Institute's Annual Essay Contest is now open for submissions. Submit an original, unpublished essay on the topic of "personal experience of awe and wonder." First Prize is a check for $750 dollars and publication on The Wonder Institute website ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/01/2015

Prizes: 

$750

Fees: 

$21

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Date added: 

07/29/2015

Literal Latté Essay Awards

Literal Latté is inviting writers to enter this year's Essay Awards. Send unpublished essays, 8,000 words max. The judges are open to all topics. First prize is $1,000 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/30/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$10

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Date added: 

07/28/2015

The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award

Twice each year TGS awards $1,000 and publication in The Ghost Story to the winner of this short story competition. A second writer will receive an Honorable Mention that includes publication and a $100 cash award. Story length should run between 1,500 and 10,000 words ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/30/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

07/27/2015

Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize

The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize is run in association with The Moth magazine. The four shortlisted poems will appear in the spring issue of the magazine, and the winner will be invited to attend a special awards ceremony in Dublin in April 2016 ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/31/2015

Prizes: 

€10,000

Fees: 

€12

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

07/27/2015

FanStory's Tombstone Poetry Contest

FanStory is inviting writers to enter its Tombstone Poetry Contest. Write a poem for a tombstone for this poetry contest. You'll be writing an epitaph. This is a brief poem, usually humorous, inscribed on a tombstone about a deceased person, usually with rhyming lines. First prize is $100 ... (more)

Deadline: 

01/21/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

07/27/2015

Naugatuck River Review's Narrative Poetry Contest

Naugatuck River Review is dedicated to publishing narrative poetry in the tradition of great narrative poets. The judges are open to many styles of poetry. First prize is $1000 and publication in NRR ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/01/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

07/25/2015

Encircle Publications Annual Poetry Chapbook Contest

Poetry may be theme-related. The judges have no specifications for subject matter; they will be looking for finely-crafted poetry that speaks to a broad audience. Winner will receive $250, 25 copies and marketing assistance ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/01/2015

Prizes: 

$250

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

07/25/2015

The 6th Annual Beyond Baroque Poetry Contest

Beyond Baroque is inviting writers to enter The 6th Annual Beyond Baroque Poetry Contest. You may submit up to 4 poems per entry fee, and each poem has a maximum line limit of 42 for each poem. First prize is $1,000 ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/01/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

07/25/2015

River Teeth Book Prize

River Teeth's editors and editorial board conduct a yearly national contest to identify the best book-length manuscript of literary nonfiction. Manuscripts must be between 150-400 pages long. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/15/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$27

Genre(s): 

Book

Date added: 

07/25/2015

American Literary Review Awards

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Spring 2016 online issue of the American Literary Review will be given for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Short Fiction: One work of fiction per entry ($15), limit 8,000 words per work ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/01/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Poetry,Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

07/25/2015

The Hollis Summers Poetry Prize

The Hollis Summers Poetry Prize invites writers to submit unpublished collections of original poems. Manuscripts of 60 to 95 pages should be set on standard sized paper. The winning manuscript will be published by Ohio University Press and awarded a cash prize of $1000 ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/15/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$30

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

07/25/2015

PRISM's Creative Non-Fiction Contest

PRISM is inviting writers to enter this year's Creative Non-Fiction Contest. Max. word count: 6,000. Prize: $1,500 grand prize, $600 runner-up, $400 2nd runner-up ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/20/2015

Prizes: 

$1,500

Fees: 

$35

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Date added: 

07/25/2015

SSA 2015 Writing Contest

The Society of Southwestern Authors sponsors a writing contest which includes three categories: short story, personal essay/memoirs, and poetry. It is open to beginning and published authors. Winners receive cash prizes. You do not have to be a member to enter ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/15/2015

Prizes: 

$250

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Poetry,Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

07/25/2015

New Criterion Poetry Prize

The editors are pleased to announce the sixteenth annual New Criterion Poetry Prize for a book-length manuscript of poems that pay close attention to form. The winner will receive $3,000 and the winning manuscript will be published ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/30/2015

Prizes: 

$3,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

07/25/2015

FanStory's Etheree Poetry Contest

FanStory is inviting writers to enter its Etheree Poetry Contest. The poetry form, Etheree, consists of 10 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables. Etheree can also be reversed. First prize is $100 ... (more)

Deadline: 

01/16/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

07/22/2015

"Picture Worth 1000 Words" Autumn 2015 Essay Contest

Highfield Press invites writers to submit an unpublished essay (500-1000 words) inspired by the given photo and the theme, "Autumn Leaves." First prize is $1,000 and online publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/15/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

07/22/2015

The Pen Factor Writing Contest

The Pen Factor has developed an algorithm that helps identify fine writing. Writers are graded according to how appealing their work is to readers and all submissions receive written feedback in return for reviewing someone else's writing ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/21/2015

Prizes: 

$500 + personal feedback

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

07/20/2015

NCW's Poetry Contest

Northern Colorado Writers is inviting writers to enter this year's Poetry Contest. Poems can be in any style, up to 250 lines. Submit up to three poems per entry fee. First prize is $1,000 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/30/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

07/18/2015

Solas Awards for Best Travel Story of the Year

Award-winning publisher Travelers' Tales is the sponsor of The Solas Awards, an annual competition to honor excellence in travel writing. Winners of the Grand Prize for Best Travel Story of the Year in Gold, Silver, and Bronze will win cash and publication. First prize is $1,000 ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/21/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Date added: 

07/18/2015

FanStory's Sonnet Poetry Contest

FanStory is inviting writers to enter its Sonnet Poetry Contest. The challenge of this contest is to write a sonnet in iambic pentameter. That's right, just like Shakespeare did. First prize is $100 ... (more)

Deadline: 

01/10/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

07/18/2015

FanStory's 2-4-2 Poetry Contest

FanStory is inviting writers to enter its 2-4-2 Poetry Contest. For this contest the challenge is to write a poem with only three lines. The first line has only two syllables, the second line has four syllables and the third line has two syllables again. First prize is $100 ... (more)

Deadline: 

01/05/2016

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

07/16/2015

Authors First Novel Competition

The Second Annual Authors First Novel Competition is open to any work of previously unpublished fiction 40,000 words or longer. First prize is $5,000, a publishing contract, and an iPad Mini ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/30/2015

Prizes: 

$5,000

Fees: 

$50

Genre(s): 

Book, Fiction

Date added: 

07/14/2015

Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction

Hippocampus Magazine is inviting writers to enter this year's Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction. Previously unpublished memoir excerpts and personal essays of up to 3,500 words are eligible. First prize is $1,000 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/30/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$12

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Date added: 

07/14/2015

The Calvino Prize

The Calvino Prize is an annual fiction competition sponsored by the Creative Writing Program in the English Department of the University of Louisville. It is awarded to outstanding pieces of fiction in the fabulist experimentalist style of Italo Calvino. First prize is $1,500 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/14/2015

Prizes: 

$1,500

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

07/14/2015

Philip Levine Poetry Book Contest

The Philip Levine Prize in Poetry is an annual book contest sponsored by the Creative Writing Program at California State University, Fresno. This contest -- open to any poet writing in English -- offers a $2,000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/30/2015

Prizes: 

$2,000

Fees: 

$25-$28

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

07/13/2015

First Edition Children's Book Writing Contest

Southwest Human Development is seeking submissions of children's book manuscripts in the inaugural First Edition Children's Book Contest. The author of the winning manuscript will have their book professionally illustrated, published and promoted ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/15/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000 advance

Fees: 

$50

Genre(s): 

Book

Date added: 

07/13/2015

Slippery Elm Prize

Slippery Elm is committed to promoting the best fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and visual art being created today. Writers are invited to enter the literary journal's Slippery Elm Prize. First prize is $1000 in the Poetry and Prose categories ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/01/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

07/13/2015

Black Warrior Review's 11th Annual Contest

Black Warrior is inviting writers to enter its 11th annual writing contest. Winners in each genre receive a $1,000 prize and publication in BWR 42.2, our Spring/Summer 2016 issue. One runner-up from each genre will receive $100 ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/01/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

07/12/2015

The Sandeen Prize in Poetry

The Sandeen Prize in Poetry is awarded to authors who have published at least one volume of one volume of poetry. There will be a $1,000 prize, a $500 award and a $500 advance against royalties from the Notre Dame Press ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/01/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

07/12/2015

FreeFall Magazine's Prose and Poetry Contest

FreeFall magazine is accepting fiction and poetry for its annual writing contest. Submit prose of 3K words or less, or up to five poems per entry. Cash prizes will be awarded to writers in each category. First prize is $500 ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/31/2015

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction

Date added: 

07/12/2015

FanStory's Haiku Poetry Contest

FanStory.com invites writers to enter its Haiku Poetry Contest. Haiku is a form of poetry that only uses three lines. First prize is $100 ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/20/2015

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

07/09/2015

Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel

Southeast Missouri State University Press is accepting submissions for the Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel. Open to English-writing, U.S. residents who have not yet published a novel. First prize is $2,000 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/01/2015

Prizes: 

$2,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Book

Date added: 

07/08/2015

Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest

Southeast Missouri State University Press is accepting submissions for the Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest. Submit a maximum of 500 words, double-spaced. First prize is $500 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/01/2015

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

07/08/2015

Mighty River Short Story Contest

Southeast Missouri State University Press is accepting submissions for the Mighty River Short Story Contest. Submit a maximum of 30 pages, double-spaced. First prize is $1000 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/01/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Date added: 

07/08/2015

The 2015 Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize

The Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize invites writers to submit flash fiction of 1500 words or less. Feel free to submit multiple stories. First prize is $200 and publication in Fiction Southeast ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/01/2015

Prizes: 

$200

Fees: 

$10

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

06/30/2015

Terrain.org 6th Annual Contest in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry

Terrain.org is accepting contest submissions for the 6th Annual Contests. The theme for this year's contest is (Dis)placement. A prize of $500 plus publication for the first-place winner will be awarded in each genre ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/01/2015

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

06/30/2015

AROHO $50,000 Gift of Freedom Award

A Room of Her Own Foundation (AROHO) is dedicated to helping women artists achieve the privacy and financial support necessary to pursue their art. AROHO is awarding the $50,000 Gift of Freedom for an imagined yet unrealized poetry, fiction, or nonfiction project ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/02/2015

Prizes: 

$50,000

Fees: 

$35

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

06/28/2015

Aura Estrada Short Story Contest

The winning author will receive $1,500 and have his or her work published in the July/August 2016 issue of Boston Review. Stories should not exceed 5,000 words and must be previously unpublished ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/01/2015

Prizes: 

$1,500

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

06/28/2015

18th annual Writing for Children Competition

CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers), is accepting submissions by unpublished writers for the 18th annual Writing for Children Competition. This year, there will be two $1,000 winners ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/30/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$30

Genre(s): 

Book

Date added: 

06/28/2015

Les Figues NOS Book Contest

Les Figues is currently only considering works submitted through our annual NOS (not otherwise specified) Book Contest. A prize of $1,000 and publication by Les Figues Press will be given for the winning poetry or prose manuscript ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/15/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Book

Date added: 

06/28/2015

FanStory's Share A Story In A Poem

Share a poem that tells a story to enter this poetry contest. The only catch is that your poem must have a rhyme scheme. Any rhyme scheme you choose. First prize is $100 ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/20/2015

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

06/26/2015

Double Take Poetry Prize

The Double Take Poetry Prize is designed to highlight poets who deserve a good, long look. One grand prize winner will be selected and blurbed by the contest judge. The winner will receive a $250 prize, a print copy of the issue, and a lifetime digital subscription to Heavy Feather Review ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/01/2015

Prizes: 

$250

Fees: 

$10

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

06/26/2015

Alice James Award

Alice James Books is accepting submissions of poetry manuscripts to the Alice James Award (formerly the Beatrice Hawley Award). The Alice James Award welcomes submissions from emerging as well as established poets. The winner receives $2000, book publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/01/2015

Prizes: 

$2,000

Fees: 

$30

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

06/26/2015

Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Awards

The Anna Davidson Rosenberg Awards for Poems on Jewish is open to all writers exploring the Jewish experience. The winning poems will be published on Poetica's website and in a special print edition. First prize is $250 ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/01/2015

Prizes: 

$250

Fees: 

$3

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

06/26/2015

Freeditorial Long Short Fiction Story Contest

Freeditorial Publishing House announces a new contest: Freeditorial Long Short Story. Long-Short Stories must be fiction or historical and written in English. The writer is free to choose the topic. The book must have a minimum of 10,000 words and a maximum of 40,000 ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/15/2015

Prizes: 

$15,000

Fees: 

$o

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

06/25/2015

FanStory's Acrostic Newbie Poetry Contest

FanStory welcomes new writers to enter its Acrostic Newbie Poetry contest. A fun way to get started with poetry is by writing an acrostic. For this contest, create a poem where the first letter of each line spells out a word (downwards). First-place winner receives $100 ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/13/2015

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

06/18/2015

Five Magic Spindles Writing Contest

Rooglewood Press invites writers to enter its Five Magic Spindles creative writing contest. Your story must be based on the fairytale "Sleeping Beauty." Five winners will each receive $100 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/16/2015

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$10

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

06/15/2015

FanStory's Palindrome Writing Contest

A palindrome is a word (or sentence) that reads the same backwards as forward. So "Madam" is a palindrome. For a palindrome poem you incorporate it into your poem but do so with the sentences ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/06/2015

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

06/14/2015

The Writers' Community of Durham Region Annual Short Story Contest

The Writers' Community of Durham Region (WCDR) is now accepting submissions for their annual short story contest. Submitted stories must either mention a phoenix directly or invoke it and its attendant mythologies through symbolic representation ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/25/2015

Prizes: 

$750

Fees: 

$20 CDN, $30 US

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

06/14/2015

Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence

The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence is awarded to the single best submission in the categories of poetry and fiction. Each winning author receives $1000, publication, and a prize pack of books ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/30/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Poetry

Date added: 

06/13/2015

The Siskiyou Prize

The Siskiyou Prize is open to unpublished, full-length prose manuscripts, including novels, memoirs, short story collections, and essay collections. The winner will receive a cash award of $1,000, an offer of publication from Ashland Creek Press, and a four-week residency at PLAYA ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/01/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$25

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

06/13/2015

Golfwell's Creative Writing Contest

Golfwell's Creative Writing Contest is seeking original unpublished golf stories, fact or fiction. Golfers from all countries and all ages are welcome to enter. First prize is $300 ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/31/2015

Prizes: 

$300

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

06/08/2015

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

Bartleby Snopes Annual Dialogue Only Contest

The Bartleby Snopes Annual Dialogue Only Contest invites writers to compose a short story entirely of dialogue. Your entry must be under 2000 words. A minimum of $500 will be awarded, with at least $300 going to the grand prize winner ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/15/2015

Prizes: 

$300

Fees: 

$10

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Nonfiction

Date added: 

06/03/2015

Chariton Review Short Fiction Prize

Chariton Review Short Fiction Prize is an annual award for the best unpublished short fiction on any theme up to 5,000 words in English. The winner will receive a prize of $500 and two or three finalists will receive $200 each; the winning stories will be published ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/30/2015

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

06/03/2015

Talking Writing Prize for Hybrid Poetry

The Talking Writing Prize is an annual contest that celebrates the diversity online of original, personally driven writing. Hybrid poetry is a mix of old and new, of traditional and experimental approaches to poetic form. First prize is $1,000 and publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/01/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

06/03/2015

Sequestrum's New Writer Awards

Sequestrum is pleased to announce its New Writer Awards, in which over $500 will be awarded to up-and-coming writers and poets. Open only to writers and poets who have not yet published a book-length manuscript ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/15/2015

Prizes: 

$200

Fees: 

$15

Genre(s): 

Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Date added: 

05/26/2015

FanStory's Antonym Poetry Contest

Write a four line poem with the following 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 ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/20/2015

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

05/13/2015

FanStory's Tanka Poetry Contest

Write a Tanka poem. Tanka follows a specific syllable count: five unrhymed lines of five, seven, five, seven, and seven syllables. (5, 7, 5, 7, 7). First prize is $100 ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/14/2015

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$6.95

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

05/11/2015

7th Annual NANO Prize

The winner will be published in NANO Fiction and they will receive $1000. The judges will consider all entries for publication in NANO Fiction. All entries must be unpublished and 300 words or fewer ... (more)

Deadline: 

09/01/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

05/09/2015

16th Annual James Hearst Poetry Prize

North American Review is accepting submissions of poetry for the James Hearst Poetry Prize, which will award a first prize of $1,000, a second prize of $100, and a third prize of $50 ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/31/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

05/07/2015

Cinequest Screenwriting Competition

The Cinequest Screenwriting Competition continues to empower global connectivity between screenwriters, filmmakers, producers, and innovators. A $5000 cash prize and crystal award will be presented to the winning Feature-length script ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/06/2015

Prizes: 

$5,000

Fees: 

$30-$65

Genre(s): 

Screenwriting

Date added: 

04/30/2015

The 2015 RRofihe Trophy No-Fee Short Story Contest

The 2015 RRofihe Trophy invites writers to submit an unpublished short story, between 3,500 and 5,000 words. First-place winner receives $500, a trophy ... (more)

Deadline: 

10/15/2015

Prizes: 

$500

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Fiction

Date added: 

04/30/2015

Dennis Vanderhoof Lakewood History Essay Contest

The Lakewood Historical Society hosts an annual essay contest open to the public. All topics must relate to the history of the City of Lakewood, Colorado. An entry shall be no more than 3,000 words or less than 1,000 words. First prize is $300 ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/01/2015

Prizes: 

$300

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Nonfiction

Date added: 

04/28/2015

The Hollywood Hills Screenwriting Competition

Based in the Hollywood Hills – home to many of the world’s top screenwriters, actors, directors, and producers – the Hollywood Hills Screenplay Competition offers screenwriters the opportunity to show they belong with the other masters of their craft ... (more)

Deadline: 

11/01/2015

Prizes: 

$300

Fees: 

$20-$55

Genre(s): 

Screenwriting

Date added: 

03/06/2015

Annual Gival Press Poetry Award

The Annual Gival Press Poetry Award invites writers to submit a previously unpublished manuscript of poetry in English (not a translation) of at least 45 pages in any style. Prize is $1,000.00, plus online publication ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/15/2015

Prizes: 

$1,000

Fees: 

$20

Genre(s): 

Poetry

Date added: 

01/12/2015

Fellowshiper Christian Mobile Contest

Fellowshiper, the social network for Christians, is encouraging excellence in Christian mobile networking by launching a writer’s contest. Grand prize winners will receive $100 ... (more)

Deadline: 

12/30/2015

Prizes: 

$100

Fees: 

$0

Genre(s): 

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Date added: 

12/03/2014

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