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Posted September 18, 2014

 

Patricia Lockwood

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LUMINA Literary Journal Poetry Contest
Now Accepting Submissions

Deadline: October 15, 2014

LUMINA's 2014 Poetry Writing Contest Judged by Patricia Lockwood. Submission Fee: $12 100 word bio (max) at the bottom of your cover letter. Submit up to three poems, 60 lines maximum per poem. You must submit all poem(s) in a single document. DO NOT INCLUDE any personal information in the body of your submission. Previously published works will not be considered. We accept simultaneous submissions. Please withdraw your submission immediately if work is accepted elsewhere. First Place: $500, publication in LUMINA Vol. XIV, Second Place: $250, publication in LUMINA Vol. XIV, Third Place: $100, publication in LUMINA Online Literary Journal. lumina.submittable.com/submit

 

The Philip Levine Poetry Book Prize

Deadline: September 30, 2014

DEADLINE QUICKLY APPROACHING: The Philip Levine Poetry Book Prize, sponsored by the MFA Program at California State University, Fresno and Anhinga Press, is looking for book-length manuscripts of original poetry not previously published in book form. Winner will receive $2,000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press. This year’s final judge is poet Peter Everwine. For full guidelines as well as the link for online submissions and payments, go to: www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/english/graduate/mfa/levine.html. Contact connieh@csufresno.edu with any questions.

 

Rose Metal Press Ninth Annual Short Short Chapbook Contest

Online submission deadline: December 1, 2014

Rose Metal Press, an independent nonprofit publisher of works in hybrid genres, seeks submissions to its Ninth Annual Short Short Chapbook Contest. Please submit your 25-40 page, double-spaced manuscript of flash fiction or flash nonfiction (each story under 1,000 words) from November 1 to December 1. The winner will have his/her chapbook published in Summer 2015, with an introduction by the contest judge. $10 fee. Judge: Pamela Painter. More details at www.rosemetalpress.com/Submit/Submit.html.

 

2014 In Cahoots Contest - $50 Cash Prize

Submission deadline: October 1, 2014

There is no entrance fee. Simultaneous submissions are okay (but if your submission is published elsewhere first, it will be disqualified for First Prize, so please notify us immediately if it is picked up elsewhere). Submissions must be new collaborative work only. This means all submissions must be created by 2+ people. Submit 1-3 pieces in a single email. Each piece may have a different collaborative team. All submissions must include a literary component but may include or be paired with a visual or audio component. All submissions will also be considered for normal publication. Read more here:
cahoodaloodaling.com/in-cahoots-contest/.

 

Posted September 11, 2014
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Beloit Fiction Journal Contest flier

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Hamlin Garland Award for the Short Story

Online/Postmark Deadline: December 1, 2014

$2,000 and publication will be awarded to the top unpublished story on any theme Novelist David Rhodes, author of Driftless, will judge the contest. One story per entry/multiple entries OK. Maximum 7,000 words. All entrants will be considered for publication. The award may be split at the judge’s discretion. Deadline Dec. 1, 2014. Visit the Beloit Fiction Journal at: www.beloitfictionjournal.org.

 

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October Scarefest - $500 prize

Deadline: October 15, 2014

In honor of our favorite month, we’re holding a contest for the best short story that embodies the hair-raising, spine-chilling, disturbing, and scary nature of October. Whether your writing invokes Mary Shelley, Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, Margaret Atwood, or Edgar Allen Poe we want to read it. We’re open to all styles and ideas, but will show a particular interest in those pieces with some literary merit; stories that push themselves beyond the strangeness of their premise. Lucky (or unlucky) number $13 earns you a shot at our $500 prize and publication with The Masters Review. mastersreview.com/submissions/

 

Nilsen Prize for a First Novel

Postmark deadline: November 1 annually

The annual Nilsen Prize for a First Novel is for U.S. residents, writing in English, who have not yet published a full-length book of fiction. Manuscripts must be previously unpublished novels, novellas, or collections of closely linked short stories. Past winners include Tony Rogers, Camridge, MA; Susan V. Meyers, Seattle, WA; and J.T. Hill, Greensboro, NC. Postmark by November 1, 2014; include a $25 reading fee. Manuscripts are judged anonymously. The prize includes a $2,000 award, book contract and publication, and distribution by Southeast Missouri State University Press. For full guidelines: www6.semo.edu/universitypress/nilsennovel.htm.

 

Posted September 4, 2014
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Missouri Review Editor's Prize

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The Editors' Prize in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry

Deadline: October 1, 2014

Enter the 24th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry! Winners in each genre will receive $5000, publication in the spring 2015 issue of The Missouri Review, and brought to Columbia, Missouri, for a reading and reception. Please submit no more than 25 typed, double-spaced pages for fiction and nonfiction. Poetry entries can include any number of poems up to 10 pages in total. Each story, essay, or group of poems constitutes one entry. The entry fee is $20, which entitles the entrant to a one-year subscription. Entries must be previously unpublished and will not be returned. Winners will be announced in January 2015. www.missourireview.com

 

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Glimmer Train's Family Matters Competition

Deadline: September 30, 2014

1st place has been increased to $1500 and includes publication in Glimmer Train. 2nd/3rd: $500/$300, consideration for publication. Results announced on December 1. Open to stories about family in all its configurations. Word count generally ranges 1500-5000, though up to 12,000 is fine. One of the most respected short-story journals in print, Glimmer Train is represented in recent editions of the Pushcart Prize, O. Henry, New Stories from the South, New Stories from the Midwest, and Best American Short Stories anthologies. Submit online: www.glimmertrain.org.

 

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The Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

Deadline: September 1 – December 31, 2014

Publication of winning short story manuscript. $1000 advance plus travel to Winston-Salem, NC, for a launch party weekend, plus attendance as our special guest to the annual Gathering of Writers in October. Finalists announced by March 1. Winner announced on May 3 (National Press 53 Day). Publication date October at annual Gathering of Writers. Reading fee: $30. Judged by Press 53 publisher Kevin Morgan Watson and fiction editor Christine Norris.
www.press53.com/Award_for_Short_Fiction.html

 

Posted August 28, 2014
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Creative Nonfiction contest: $1,000 for Best Essay on "Waiting"

Online/Postmark submission deadline: September 22, 2014

Creative Nonfiction magazine is seeking new essays for an upcoming issue dedicated to "Waiting." We want well-crafted true stories of delays, postponements, and pauses that explore and examine our relationship with time. Whether you're waiting patiently or not, on tables of for Godot, we can't wait to read your work. $1,000 for best essay and $500 for runner-up. Guidelines at www.creativenonfiction.org/submit.

 

Green Rose Prize

Online/Postmark deadline: September 30, 2014

$2,000 and publication for a book of poems by an established poet. Eligibility: Poets writing in English who have already published one or more full-length collections of poetry. Besides the winner, New Issues may publish as many as three additional manuscripts from this competition. Please include a $25 reading fee. Checks should be made payable to New Issues Press. Postmark Deadline: September 30, 2014. The winning manuscript will be named in January 2015 and published in the spring of 2016. To submit online visit: www.newissuespoetryprose.submittable.com/submit. For complete guidelines, visit: www.wmich.edu/newissues.

 

Flash Fiction Contest

Email submission deadline: November 15, 2014

Now accepting submissions for our Flash Fiction Contest for issue 5 of The Lindenwood Review. No entry fee. Winner receives $50, publication, and three contributor copies. Please read full submission guidelines here:
lumfa.blogspot.com/2014/06/tlr5-flash-fiction-contest-no-entry-fee.html.
Visit our TLR website here: www.lindenwood.edu/lindenwoodReview.

 

Posted August 21, 2014
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The Purtian Thomas Morton Prizer flier

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Margaret Atwood, Zsuszi Gartner Judge The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize!

Online submission deadline: September 30, 2014

The Puritan is still accepting entries to The Third Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence. The prize is awarded to the single best submission in the respective categories of poetry and fiction. The prize is open for submissions until September 30th through our online manager (www.puritan-magazine.com/submissions). The judges for this year’s prize are celebrated writers Margaret Atwood (poetry) and Zsuzsi Gartner (fiction). In addition to publication in Issue 27: Fall 2014, each winning author receives $1000 as well as a prize pack of books drawn from 18 donating publishers, each valued at approximately $800+. Entry fee is $15.

 

The Jane Lumley Prize for Emerging Writers is now open!

Online submission deadline: November 30, 2014

Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal announces its first annual Jane Lumley Prize for Emerging Writers. The contest seeks to recognize the works of writers who have yet not published a full length book. The prize alternates each year between poetry and prose, and this year we seek to recognize an exceptional piece of poetry. There is no entry fee for the contest. The winner will receive a prize of $300 and publication in our January 2015 issue. Publication will also be awarded to the first two semi-finalists. In order to submit, please visit www.hermeneuticchaosjournal.com/contest.html. We can’t wait to read your poems!

 

 

 

Complete List of Writing Contests

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Black Warrior Review. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 9/1 (annual)

 

Encircle Publications. Chapbook Contest. Poetry. 9/1 (annual) [chap]

 

International 3-Day Novel Contest. Fiction. 8/30 - 9/1/14 [book]

 

Naugatuck River Review. Narrative Poetry Contest. Poetry. 9/1 (annual)

 

NANO Fiction. NANO Prize. Fiction. 9/1 (annual)

 

Radar Poetry. The Coniston Prize. Poetry. 7/1 - 9/1/14 [*for women poets only*]

 

Terrain.org. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 9/1/14

 

University of Notre Dame Creative Writing Program. Richard Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction. Fiction. 5/1 - 9/1/14 [book]

 

University of Notre Dame Creative Writing Program. Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry. Poetry. 5/1 - 9/1/15 [book]

 

Gemini Magazine. Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. 9/2/14

 

Wag's Revue. Summer Writing Contest. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 6/1 - 9/2/14 (extended)

 

Dogwood. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. 7/1 - 9/5/14

 

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. Poetry Contest. Poetry. 9/5/14

 

Tupelo Quarterly. Poetry Contest. Poetry. 9/6/14 (extended)

 

Hunger Mountain. Creative Nonfiction Prize. Nonfiction. 9/11/14

 

Bartleby Snopes. Dialogue Only Contest. Fiction. 9/15 (annual)

 

Cobalt. Gabriela Mistral Poetry Prize/Frank McCourt Creative Nonfiction Prize/Zora Neale Hurston Fiction Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. 9/15/14 (extended)

 

Farmingdale State College. Paumanok Poetry Award. Poetry. 9/15 (annual postmark)

 

Fiction Vortex. Horror Contest. Fiction. No Fee. 8/8 - 9/15/14

 

Finishing Line Press. Open Chapbook Competition. Poetry. 9/15/14

 

Geist. Tobacco Lit Writing Contest. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 9/15/14 (extended)

 

The Greensboro Review. Robert Watson Literary Prizes. Poetry, Fiction. 9/15 (annual postmark)

 

Kelsey Street Press. Firsts! Contest. Poetry. 9/15/14 [book]

 

Les Figues Press. NOS Book Contest. Poetry, Fiction. 9/15/14 [book]

 

Literal Latte. Essay Awards. Nonfiction. 9/15 (annual postmark)

 

Salt Hill Journal. Philip Booth Poetry Prize. Poetry. 9/15/14 (extended)

 

Texas Review Press. George Garrett Fiction Prize. Fiction. 9/15 (annual) [book]

 

University of Wisconsin Press. Brittingham/Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry. Poetry. 8/15 - 9/15 (annual) [book]

 

Whitefish Review. Rick Bass/Montana Prize for Fiction. Fiction. 9/15/14

 

Toasted Cheese. Three Cheers and a Tiger. Sci Fi/Fantasy Fiction. No Fee. 9/21 +/-

 

Creative Nonfiction. Waiting. Nonfiction. 9/22/14

Creative Nonfiction contest: $1,000 for Best Essay on "Waiting"

Online/Postmark submission deadline: September 22, 2014

Creative Nonfiction magazine is seeking new essays for an upcoming issue dedicated to "Waiting." We want well-crafted true stories of delays, postponements, and pauses that explore and examine our relationship with time. Whether you're waiting patiently or not, on tables of for Godot, we can't wait to read your work. $1,000 for best essay and $500 for runner-up. Guidelines at www.creativenonfiction.org/submit.

 

California State University Fresno/Anhinga Press. Philip Levine Prize in Poetry. Poetry. 9/30 (annual) [book]

The Philip Levine Poetry Book Prize

Deadline: September 30, 2014

DEADLINE QUICKLY APPROACHING: The Philip Levine Poetry Book Prize, sponsored by the MFA Program at California State University, Fresno and Anhinga Press, is looking for book-length manuscripts of original poetry not previously published in book form. Winner will receive $2,000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press. This year’s final judge is poet Peter Everwine. For full guidelines as well as the link for online submissions and payments, go to: www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/english/graduate/mfa/levine.html. Contact connieh@csufresno.edu with any questions.

 

The Chariton Review. Short Fiction Prize. Fiction. 9/30 (annual)

 

Devil's Lake. Driftless Prize in Fiction and Poetry. Fiction, Poetry. 9/30/14

 

Glimmer Train. Family Matters. Fiction. 9/1 - 9/30 (annual)

Glimmer Train Flag

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Glimmer Train's Family Matters Competition

Deadline: September 30, 2014

1st place has been increased to $1500 and includes publication in Glimmer Train. 2nd/3rd: $500/$300, consideration for publication. Results announced on December 1. Open to stories about family in all its configurations. Word count generally ranges 1500-5000, though up to 12,000 is fine. One of the most respected short-story journals in print, Glimmer Train is represented in recent editions of the Pushcart Prize, O. Henry, New Stories from the South, New Stories from the Midwest, and Best American Short Stories anthologies. Submit online: www.glimmertrain.org.

 

Lee & Low Books. New Voices Awards. Children's Picture Book. No Fee. 5/1 - 9/30 (annual) [book]

 

Midwest Poetry Center. Susan K. Collins/Mississippi Valley Chapbook Contest. Poetry. 4/1 - 9/30 (annual) [chap]

 

New Issues Poetry & Prose. Green Rose Prize. Poetry. 9/30 (annual) [book]

Green Rose Prize

Online/Postmark deadline: September 30, 2014

$2,000 and publication for a book of poems by an established poet. Eligibility: Poets writing in English who have already published one or more full-length collections of poetry. Besides the winner, New Issues may publish as many as three additional manuscripts from this competition. Please include a $25 reading fee. Checks should be made payable to New Issues Press. Postmark Deadline: September 30, 2014. The winning manuscript will be named in January 2015 and published in the spring of 2016. To submit online visit: www.newissuespoetryprose.submittable.com/submit. For complete guidelines, visit: www.wmich.edu/newissues.

 

Northern Colorado Writers. Poetry Contest. Poetry. 7/1 - 9/30/14

 

Ohio State University Press/The Journal. Charles. B Wheeler Prize in Poetry. Poetry. 9/1 - 9/30 (annual) [book]

 

The Puritan. Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence. Poetry, Fiction. 1/1 - 9/30 (annual)

The Purtian Thomas Morton Prizer flier

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Margaret Atwood, Zsuszi Gartner Judge The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize!

Online submission deadline: September 30, 2014

The Puritan is still accepting entries to The Third Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence. The prize is awarded to the single best submission in the respective categories of poetry and fiction. The prize is open for submissions until September 30th through our online manager (www.puritan-magazine.com/submissions). The judges for this year’s prize are celebrated writers Margaret Atwood (poetry) and Zsuzsi Gartner (fiction). In addition to publication in Issue 27: Fall 2014, each winning author receives $1000 as well as a prize pack of books drawn from 18 donating publishers, each valued at approximately $800+. Entry fee is $15.

 

Red Hen Press/Los Angeles Review. Red Hen Press Poetry Award. Poetry. 9/30 (annual)

 

The Southwest Review. Morton Marr Poetry Prize. Poetry. 9/30 (annual postmark)

 

Standing Rock Cultural Arts. Standing Rock Chapbook Competition. Poetry. 9/30 (annual) [chap]

 

Tethered By Letters. Spring Literary Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre. 7/16 - 9/30/14

 

Transitions Abroad. Student Writing Contest. Travel Writing. No. Fee. 1/1 - 9/30/14

 

University of Arkansas Press. Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize. Poetry. 9/30/14 [book]

 

University of Iowa Press. Iowa Short Fiction Award/John Simmons Short Fiction Award. Fiction. No Fee. 8/1 - 9/30 (annual postmark) [book]

 

University of Massachusetts Press. Juniper Prizes. Poetry, Fiction. 8/1 - 9/30 (annual) [book]

 

Utah State University Press. May Swenson Poetry Award. Poetry. 9/30 (annual postmark) [book]

 

 

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Alice James Books. Kinereth Gensler Awards. Poetry. 10/1 (annual postmark) [book]

 

American Literary Review. Annual Literary Awards. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 6/1 - 10/1 (annual)

 

Boston Review. Aura Estrada Short Story Contest. Fiction. 10/1 (annual)

 

cahoodaloodaling. In Cahoots Collaboration Contest. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 10/1/14

2014 In Cahoots Contest - $50 Cash Prize

Submission deadline: October 1, 2014

There is no entrance fee. Simultaneous submissions are okay (but if your submission is published elsewhere first, it will be disqualified for First Prize, so please notify us immediately if it is picked up elsewhere). Submissions must be new collaborative work only. This means all submissions must be created by 2+ people. Submit 1-3 pieces in a single email. Each piece may have a different collaborative team. All submissions must include a literary component but may include or be paired with a visual or audio component. All submissions will also be considered for normal publication. Read more here:
cahoodaloodaling.com/in-cahoots-contest/.

 

Caketrain. Caketrain Competition. Poetry [odd years], Fiction [even years]. 10/1 (annual) [chap]

 

CityLit Press. Clarinda Harriss Poetry Prize. Poetry. 10/1 (annual) [chap]

 

The Missouri Review. Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 10/1 (annual)

Missouri Review Editor's Prize

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The Editors' Prize in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry

Deadline: October 1, 2014

Enter the 24th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry! Winners in each genre will receive $5000, publication in the spring 2015 issue of The Missouri Review, and brought to Columbia, Missouri, for a reading and reception. Please submit no more than 25 typed, double-spaced pages for fiction and nonfiction. Poetry entries can include any number of poems up to 10 pages in total. Each story, essay, or group of poems constitutes one entry. The entry fee is $20, which entitles the entrant to a one-year subscription. Entries must be previously unpublished and will not be returned. Winners will be announced in January 2015. www.missourireview.com

 

Moon City Press. Moon City Short Fiction Award. Fiction. 10/1/14 [book]

 

Prole. The Prolitzer Prize for Prose Writing. Fiction, Nonfiction. 4/1 - 10/1/14

 

Smartish Pace. Erskine J. Poetry Prize. Poetry. 10/1/14

 

SEMO State University Press. Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest/Mighty River Short Fiction Contest. Fiction. 10/1 (annual)

 

Southern Indiana Review. Mary C. Mohr Editors' Award. Fiction, Poetry [genres alternate]. 10/1 (annual)

 

Spark: A Creative Anthology. Contest Seven. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. No Fee. 9/15 - 10/1/14

 

Zoetrope: All-Story. Short Fiction Contest. Fiction. 7/1 - 10/1 (annual)

 

New Delta Review. Ryan R. Gibbs Award for Short Fiction. Fiction. 10/4/14

 

Squalorly. Short Short Story Contest. Fiction. 10/7/14

 

Descant. Winston Collins/Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem. Poetry. 10/12 (annual) [*for Canadian writers only*]

 

University of Louisville. Italo Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction. Fiction. 10/13/14

 

The Comstock Review. Comstock Writers Group Chapbook Award. Poetry. 8/1 - 10/15/14 (postmark) [chap]

 

Georgetown Review. Magazine Contest. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 10/15 (annual postmark)

 

Lumina. Poetry Contest. Poetry. 10/15/14

Patricia Lockwood

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LUMINA Literary Journal Poetry Contest
Now Accepting Submissions

Deadline: October 15, 2014

LUMINA's 2014 Poetry Writing Contest Judged by Patricia Lockwood. Submission Fee: $12 100 word bio (max) at the bottom of your cover letter. Submit up to three poems, 60 lines maximum per poem. You must submit all poem(s) in a single document. DO NOT INCLUDE any personal information in the body of your submission. Previously published works will not be considered. We accept simultaneous submissions. Please withdraw your submission immediately if work is accepted elsewhere. First Place: $500, publication in LUMINA Vol. XIV, Second Place: $250, publication in LUMINA Vol. XIV, Third Place: $100, publication in LUMINA Online Literary Journal. lumina.submittable.com/submit

 

Masters Review. October Scarefest. Fiction. 10/15/14

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October Scarefest - $500 prize

Deadline: October 15, 2014

In honor of our favorite month, we’re holding a contest for the best short story that embodies the hair-raising, spine-chilling, disturbing, and scary nature of October. Whether your writing invokes Mary Shelley, Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, Margaret Atwood, or Edgar Allen Poe we want to read it. We’re open to all styles and ideas, but will show a particular interest in those pieces with some literary merit; stories that push themselves beyond the strangeness of their premise. Lucky (or unlucky) number $13 earns you a shot at our $500 prize and publication with The Masters Review. mastersreview.com/submissions/

 

Miami University Press. Novella Prize. Fiction. 10/15/14 [book]

 

Prick of the Spindle. Fiction Open Competition. Fiction. 10/15/14

 

River Teeth. Literary Nonfiction Book Contest. Nonfiction. 10/15/14 [book]

 

Ruminate. William Van Dyke Short Story Prize. Fiction. 10/15/14

 

Silverfish Review Press. Gerald Cable Book Award. Poetry. 10/15 (annual) [book]

 

Smartish Pace. Beullah Rose Poetry Prize. Poetry. 10/15/14

 

So to Speak. Poetry, Nonfiction. 10/15 (annual)

 

Texas Review Press. Clay Reynolds Novella Prize. Fiction. 10/15 (annual) [book]

 

flipped eye publishing. Venture Award. Poetry. 10/17/14 [pamphlet]

 

Cutthroat. Joy Harjo Poetry Award/Rick DeMarinis Short Story Award. Poetry, Fiction. 10/20/14

 

Sixfold. Short Story & Poetry Competitions. Fiction, Poetry. 10/24/14

 

The American Poetry Review. APR/Honickman First Book Prize. Poetry. 8/1 - 10/31 (annual) [book]

 

Black Lawrence Press. Black River Chapbook Competition. Poetry, Fiction. 10/31 (annual) [chap]

 

C&R Press. Theodore Dreiser Award in National Novel/Alex La Guma Award in International Novel/Paul Bowles Award in Short Fiction. Fiction. 10/31 (annual) [book]

 

Dream Horse Press. Orphic Prize for Poetry. Poetry. 10/31 (annual postmark); 11/5 (online) [book]

 

Glimmer Train. Very Short Fiction. Fiction. 10/1 - 10/31 (annual)

 

North American Review. James Hearst Poetry Prize. Poetry. 10/31 (annual)

 

Ohio University Press/Swallow Press. Hollis-Summers Poetry Prize. 3/1 - 10/31/14 [book]

 

Persea Books. Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize. Poetry. 9/1 - 10/31 (annual postmark) [book]

 

RHINO. Founders Prize. Poetry. 10/31 (annual)

 

StoryQuarterly. Fiction Prize. Fiction. 10/31/14

 

Tebot Bach. Patricia Bibby First Book Award. Poetry. 10/31 (annual postmark) [book]

 

Truman State University Press. T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry. Poetry. 10/31 (annual) [book]

 

Tupelo Press. Sunken Garden Chapbook Prize. Poetry. 8/1 - 10/31 (annual) [chap]

 

University of North Texas Press. Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry. Poetry. 9/1 - 10/31 (annual) [book]

 

Wick Poetry Center. Chapbook Competition for Ohio Poets. Poetry. 8/31 - 10/31 (annual) [chap]

 

Wick Poetry Center. Student Chapbook Competition for Ohio Poets. Poetry. 8/31 - 10/31 (annual) [chap]

 

 

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The Briar Cliff Review. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 11/1 (annual)

 

Coal Hill Review. Chapbook Competition. Poetry. 8/1 - 11/1 (annual) [chap]

 

Emrys Journal. Awards for Exceptional Poetry & Prose. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 8/1 - 11/1 (annual)

 

FC2. Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest/Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize. 8/15 - 11/1/14 [book]

 

The Madison Review. Phyllis Smart-Young Prize in Poetry/Chris O'Malley Prize in Fiction. Poetry, Fiction. 9/1 - 11/1 (annual)

 

The Malahat Review. Open Season Awards. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 11/1 (annual postmark)

 

Mid-American Review. Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award/James Wright Poetry Award. Fiction, Poetry. 11/1/14

 

New Rivers Press. Many Voices Project. Poetry, Prose. 9/15 - 11/1 (annual) [book]

 

PULP Literature. Raven Cover Story Contest. Fiction. 9/15 - 11/1/14

 

Rawboned. Marrow Award for Short Nonfiction/Compass Point Award for Flash Fiction. Fiction, Nonfiction. 6/1 - 11/1/14

 

Reed. John Steinbeck Award/Gabriele Rico Creative Nonfiction Challenge/Edwin Markham Prize. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 11/1 (annual)

 

SEMO University Press. Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel. Fiction. 11/1 (annual postmark) [book]

Nilsen Prize for a First Novel

Postmark deadline: November 1 annually

The annual Nilsen Prize for a First Novel is for U.S. residents, writing in English, who have not yet published a full-length book of fiction. Manuscripts must be previously unpublished novels, novellas, or collections of closely linked short stories. Past winners include Tony Rogers, Camridge, MA; Susan V. Meyers, Seattle, WA; and J.T. Hill, Greensboro, NC. Postmark by November 1, 2014; include a $25 reading fee. Manuscripts are judged anonymously. The prize includes a $2,000 award, book contract and publication, and distribution by Southeast Missouri State University Press. For full guidelines: www6.semo.edu/universitypress/nilsennovel.htm.

 

Sow's Ear Poetry Review. Poetry. 9/1 - 11/1 (annual postmark)

 

Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poetry of Provocation & Witness. Poetry. 11/1 (annual)

 

The Tampa Review. Danahy Fiction Prize. Fiction. 11/1 (annual)

 

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Lit Fest. One-Act Play Contest. Drama. 6/25 - 11/1 (annual)

 

Washington Writers’ Publishing House. Jean Feldman Poetry Prize/Washington Writers’ Publishing House Fiction Prize. Poetry, Fiction. 7/1 - 11/1/14 [book]

 

San Miguel Writers Conference. Writing Contest. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 11/2/14

 

Dream Horse Press. Orphic Prize for Poetry. Poetry. 10/31 (annual postmark); 11/5 (online) [book]

 

Broad River Review. Rash Awards. Poetry, Fiction. 8/1 - 11/15 (annual postmark)

 

Chautauqua. Editors Prize. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 8/15 - 11/15 (annual)

 

The Formalist/Measure. Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. Poetry. 11/15 (annual)

 

Great Plains Writers' Conference. Emerging Writer Prize. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Drama, Screenplay, Cross-Genre. 11/15 (annual)

 

Harpur Palate. Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry/Prize for Creative Nonfiction. Poetry, Nonfiction. 9/1 - 11/15 (annual)

 

Hollins University. Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest. Poetry. 11/15 (annual)
[*for sophomore/junior high school girls*]

 

The Lindenwood Review. Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. No Fee. 6/15 - 11/15/14

Flash Fiction Contest

Email submission deadline: November 15, 2014

Now accepting submissions for our Flash Fiction Contest for issue 5 of The Lindenwood Review. No entry fee. Winner receives $50, publication, and three contributor copies. Please read full submission guidelines here:
lumfa.blogspot.com/2014/06/tlr5-flash-fiction-contest-no-entry-fee.html.

Visit our TLR website here: www.lindenwood.edu/lindenwoodReview.

 

Narrative Magazine. 30 Below Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre. $22. 11/15 (annual)

 

Perugia Press. Prize for a First or Second Book by a Woman. Poetry. 8/1 - 11/15 (annual postmark) [book]

 

Pleiades. Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Book Prize. Poetry. 11/15 (annual) [book]

 

Shenandoah. Graybeal-Gowen Prize for Virginia Poets. Poetry. 10/15 - 11/15 (annual postmark)

 

Yale University Press. Yale Series of Younger Poets. Poetry. 10/1 - 11/15 (annual) [book]

 

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Lit Fest. Fiction Contest. Fiction. 6/25 - 11/16/14

 

PRISM International. Creative Non-Fiction Contest. Nonfiction. 11/21/14

 

Baltimore Review. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 11/30 (annual)

 

Bear Star Press. Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize. Poetry. 9/1 - 11/30 (annual) [book]

 

BOA Editions. A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize. Poetry. 8/1 - 11/30 (annual) [book]

 

Bright Hill Press. Full-length Poetry Book Competition. Poetry. 11/30 (annual) [book]

 

Cider Press Review. Book Award. Poetry. 9/1 - 11/30 (annual) [book]

 

Concrete Wolf. Chapbook Contest. Poetry. 11/30 (annual) [chap]

 

Glimmer Train. Short Story Award for New Writers. Fiction. 11/1 - 11/30 (annual)

 

Hermeneutics Chaos Literary Journal. Jane Lumley Prize for Emerging Writers. Poetry. No Fee. 11/30/14

The Jane Lumley Prize for Emerging Writers is now open!

Online submission deadline: November 30, 2014

Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal announces its first annual Jane Lumley Prize for Emerging Writers. The contest seeks to recognize the works of writers who have yet not published a full length book. The prize alternates each year between poetry and prose, and this year we seek to recognize an exceptional piece of poetry. There is no entry fee for the contest. The winner will receive a prize of $300 and publication in our January 2015 issue. Publication will also be awarded to the first two semi-finalists. In order to submit, please visit www.hermeneuticchaosjournal.com/contest.html. We can’t wait to read your poems!

 

The Kenyon Review. Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers. Poetry. No Fee. 11/1 - 11/30 (annual) [*for high school students only*]

 

Narrative Magazine. Fall Story Contest. Fiction. 11/30 (annual)

 

New Issues Poetry & Prose. Poetry Prize. Poetry. 11/30 (annual) [book]

 

Plough Arts Center. Plough Prize. Poetry. 11/30 (annual)

 

Poems & Plays. Tennessee Chapbook Prize. Poetry, Drama. 10/1 - 11/30 (annual) [chap]

 

Prairie Fire. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 11/30 (annual postmark)

 

Prism Review. Fiction, Poetry. 11/30 (annual)

 

Quarter After Eight. Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contest. Prose. 11/30 (annual)

 

White Pine Press. Annual Poetry Prize. Poetry. 7/1 - 11/30 (annual) [book]

 

WOW! Women On Writing. Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. 11/30 (annual)

 

 

December Deadline
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Academy of American Poets. Walt Whitman Award. Poetry. 9/15 - 12/1 (annual) [book]

 

African Poetry Book Fund. Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. Poetry. 9/15 - 12/1 (annual) [book]

 

Alice James Books. Beatrice Hawley Award. Poetry. 12/1 (annual) [book]

 

Beloit Fiction Journal. Hamlin Garland Award for the Short Story. Fiction. 12/1/14

Beloit Fiction Journal Contest flier

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Hamlin Garland Award for the Short Story

Online/Postmark Deadline: December 1, 2014

$2,000 and publication will be awarded to the top unpublished story on any theme Novelist David Rhodes, author of Driftless, will judge the contest. One story per entry/multiple entries OK. Maximum 7,000 words. All entrants will be considered for publication. The award may be split at the judge’s discretion. Deadline Dec. 1, 2014. Visit the Beloit Fiction Journal at: www.beloitfictionjournal.org.

 

Center for the Book Arts. Poetry Chapbook Competition. Poetry. 12/1 (annual)

 

Digital Americana. 501 Word Writing Contest. Fiction. 12/1 (annual)

 

The Fiddlehead. Ralph Gustafson Prize for Best Poem/Best Story. Poetry, Fiction. 12/1 (annual postmark)

 

Five Points. James Dickey Prize for Poetry. Poetry. 9/1 - 12/1 (annual)

 

Great Plains Writers' Conference. Emerging Tribal Writer Award. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Drama, Screenplay. 12/1/14

 

The Lyric. College Poetry Contest. Poetry. No Fee. 12/1 (annual)
[*for undergraduates only*]

 

Rose Metal Press. Annual Short Short Chapbook Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction. 11/1 - 12/1 (annual) [chap]

Rose Metal Press Ninth Annual Short Short Chapbook Contest

Online submission deadline: December 1, 2014

Rose Metal Press, an independent nonprofit publisher of works in hybrid genres, seeks submissions to its Ninth Annual Short Short Chapbook Contest. Please submit your 25-40 page, double-spaced manuscript of flash fiction or flash nonfiction (each story under 1,000 words) from November 1 to December 1. The winner will have his/her chapbook published in Summer 2015, with an introduction by the contest judge. $10 fee. Judge: Pamela Painter. More details at www.rosemetalpress.com/Submit/Submit.html.

 

Sarabande Books. Flo Gault Student Poetry Competition. Poetry. No Fee. 10/1 - 12/1 (annual) [*for undergraduate Kentucky college students only*]

 

Slab. Elizabeth R. Curry Poetry Contest. Poetry. 12/1 (annual)

 

Slipstream. Poetry Chapbook Competition. Poetry. 12/1 (annual) [chap]

 

Waywiser Press. Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize. Poetry. 12/1 (annual) [book]

 

Smith College. Poetry Prize for High School Girls in New England. Poetry. No Fee. 9/1 - 12/2/14

 

Codhill Press. Codhill Poetry Award. Poetry. 12/10 (annual) [book]

 

The Nassau Review. Writer Awards—The Post-Human: Our Other Selves. 9/1 - 12/10/14

 

Gival Press. Poetry Award. Poetry. 12/15 (annual postmark) [book]

 

Munster Literature Center. Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize. Poetry. 12/15 (annual)

 

Poetica Magazine. Anna David Rosenberg Awards for Poems on Jewish Experience. Poetry. 6/1 - 12/15/14

 

University of Utah Press. Wallace Stegner Prize in American Environmental or Western History. Nonfiction. 12/1/15 (postmark) [book]

 

Toasted Cheese Dead of Winter. Fiction. No Fee. 12/21 +/-

 

Bayou. James Knudsen Prize for Fiction/Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry. Poetry, Fiction. 10/1 - 12/31 (annual)

 

Boulevard. Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers. Fiction. 12/31 (annual postmark)

 

Clarion. Knott Poetry Prize/Clarion Short Story Prize. Fiction, Poetry. 7/1 - 12/31 (annual)

 

Freefall. Annual Prose & Poetry Contest. Poetry. Fiction. 12/31 (annual)

 

Livingston Press. Tartt First Fiction Award. Fiction. 12/31 (annual postmark) [book]

 

Moment Magazine/Karma Foundation. Moment-Karma Short Fiction Contest. Fiction. 12/31 (annual)

 

Omnidawn Publishing. Omnidawn Open. Poetry. 11/1 - 12/31/14 [book]

 

Pavement Saw Press. Chapbook Contest. Poetry. 12/31 (annual postmark) [chap]

 

Press 53. Award for Short Fiction. Fiction. $30. 9/1 - 12/31/14 [book]

Press 53 logo

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The Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

Deadline: September 1 – December 31, 2014

Publication of winning short story manuscript. $1000 advance plus travel to Winston-Salem, NC, for a launch party weekend, plus attendance as our special guest to the annual Gathering of Writers in October. Finalists announced by March 1. Winner announced on May 3 (National Press 53 Day). Publication date October at annual Gathering of Writers. Reading fee: $30. Judged by Press 53 publisher Kevin Morgan Watson and fiction editor Christine Norris.
www.press53.com/Award_for_Short_Fiction.html

 

Ravenna Press. Cathlamet Prize for Poetry. Poetry. 8/1 - 12/31/2014 (postmark) [chap]

 

River Styx. Schlafly Beer Micro-fiction Contest. Fiction. 12/31 (annual)

 

The Tampa Review. Prize for Poetry. Poetry. 12/31 (annual postmark) [book]

 

Tupelo Press. Dorset Prize. Poetry. 9/1 - 12/31 (annual) [book]

 

 

January Deadline
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Mississippi Review. Mississippi Review Prize. Poetry, Fiction. 8/1 - 1/1 (annual)

 

Gemini Magazine. Poetry Open. Poetry. 1/2 (annual)

 

Glimmer Train. Fiction Open. Fiction. 12/1 - 1/2 (annual)

 

University of Iowa School of Social Work. Poetry Contest for Social Workers. Poetry. 1/1/15

 

ELJ Publications. The Pioneer Prize/Jenny Catlin Mini-Collection Contest. Poetry. No Fee. 12/24 - 1/7 (annual) [chap]

 

Colorado Review. Colorado Prize for Poetry. Poetry. 1/14 (annual) [book]

 

Asheville Poetry Review. William Matthews Poetry Prize. Poetry. 1/15 (annual postmark)

 

BkMK Press. John Ciardi Prize for Poetry/G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction. Poetry, Fiction. 1/15 (annual) [book]

 

C&R Press. Maxine Kumin Prize in Poetry. poetry. 1/15 (annual) [book]

 

Literal Latte. K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Awards. Fiction. 1/15 (annual)

 

Third Coast. Poetry, Fiction. 1/15 (annual postmark)

 

Women's National Book Association. Poetry, Fiction. 8/15/14 - 1/15/15

 

PRISM International. Short Fiction Contest/Poetry Contest. Fiction, Poetry. 1/23/15

 

The Connecticut Poetry Society. Al Savard Poetry Contest. Poetry. 12/1 - 1/30 (annual postmark) [*Connecticut poets only*]

 

The Adirondack Review. 46er Prize. Poetry. 9/1 - 1/31 (annual)

 

Black Lawrence Press. The Big Moose Prize. Fiction. 12/1 - 1/31 (annual) [book]

 

The Chattahoochee Review. Lamar York Prizes for Fiction & Nonfiction. Fiction, Nonfiction. 10/1 - 1/31 (annual postmark)

 

Crazyhorse. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 1/1 - 1/31 (annual)

 

Dzanc Books. Short Story Collection Competition. Fiction. 1/31 (annual) [book]

 

Glimmer Train. Very Short Fiction. Fiction. 1/1 - 1/31 (annual)

 

The Iowa Review. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 1/1 - 1/31 (annual postmark)

 

Main Street Rag. Annual Poetry Book Award. Poetry. 1/31 (annual postmark) [book]

 

Phantom Limb Press. Open Chapbook Contest. Poetry. 12/15/13 - 1/31/14 [chap]

 

A Room of Her Own. Orlando Prizes. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 1/31 (annual)

 

February Deadline
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The Malahat Review. Long Poem Prize. Poetry. 2/1/15 (postmark)

 

The Malahat Review. Novella Prize. Fiction. 2/1/16 (postmark)

 

Southern Indiana Review. Michael Waters Poetry Prize. Poetry. 2/1 (annual)

 

Press Americana/Review Americana. Prize Americana for Poetry. 2/5/15 [book]

 

Sarabande Books. Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry/Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. Poetry, Fiction. 1/1 - 2/15 (annual) [book]

 

Able Muse. Write Prize. Poetry, Fiction. 2/15 (annual)

 

The Aurorean. Creative Writing Student Outstanding Haiku Contest. Poetry. No Fee. 2/15 (annual) [*for undergraduate/graduate students only*]

 

Converse College Creative Writing Program. Julia Peterkin Award. Poetry. 2/15 (annual)

 

PULP Literature. Swallows Sequential Short Story Award. Comics, Cartoons. 1/1 - 2/15/15

 

AWP. Award Series. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 1/1 - 2/28 (annual) [book]

 

ELJ Publications. Mini-Collection Contest. Poetry. No Fee. 2/14 - 2/28 (annual) [chap]

 

Glimmer Train. Short Story Award for New Writers. Fiction. 2/1 - 2/28 (annual)

 

Tupelo Press. Snowbound Chapbook Award. Poetry. 2/28 (annual) [chap]

 

Wag's Revue. Winter Writers Contest. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 12/1 - 2/28 (annual)

 

WOW! Women On Writing. Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. 2/28 (annual)

 

 

March Deadline
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3Elements Review. Mix and Match Fiction Contest/Mix and Match Poetry Contest. Fiction, Poetry. 3/1/15

 

42 Miles Press. Poetry Award. Poetry. 3/1 (annual) [book]

 

Atlanta Review. International Poetry Competition. Poetry. 3/1 (annual)

 

Common Ground Review. Poetry. 3/1 (annual)

 

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

 

Persea Books. Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Award. Poetry. 1/1 - 3/1 (annual) [book]

 

St. Petersburg Review. Poetry. 3/1 (annual postmark)

 

Stonybrook Southampton. $1,000 Short Fiction Prize. Fiction. No Fee. 3/1 (annual postmark) [*undergraduates only*]

 

Wilkes University. James Jones First Novel Fellowship. Fiction. 3/1 [book]

 

Dundee International Book Prize. Fiction. 3/4 (annual) [book]

 

Modern Haiku. Robert Spiess Memorial Award Haiku Competition. Poetry. No Fee. 3/13 (annual)

 

Center for Fiction. Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. Fiction. 3/14 (annual)

 

Colorado Review. Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction. Fiction. 1/1 - 3/14 (annual)

 

Bellingham Review. 49th Parallel Award for Poetry/Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction/Tobias Wolff Ward for Fiction. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 3/15 (annual)

 

The Claremont Review. Poetry, Fiction. 3/15 (annual) [*young adults only*]

 

The Conium Review. Innovative Short Fiction Contest. Fiction. 3/15 (annual)

 

CutBank. Montana Prizes/Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 3/15 (annual)

 

Finishing Line Press. New Women's Voices Series Chapbook Competition. Poetry. 3/15 (annual postmark) [chap]

 

Fourth Genre. Steinberg Essay Prize. Nonfiction. 1/1 - 3/15 (annual postmark)

 

Gulf Coast. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 3/15 (annual)

 

Jabberwock Review. Nancy D. Hargrove Editors' Prize. Poetry, Fiction. 1/15 - 3/15 (annual)

 

Kundiman/Alice James Books. Kundiman Poetry Prize. Poetry. 3/15 (annual) [book]
[*for Asian Americans only*]

 

Lillith. Charlotte Newberger Poetry Competition/Annual Fiction Competition. Poetry, Fiction. 3/15 (annual)

 

The Missouri Review. Audio Contest. Poetry, Prose, Documentary. 3/15 (annual) [audio]

 

New South. New South Writing Contest. Poetry, Prose. 3/15 (annual)

 

The Normal School. The Normal Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. 3/15 (annual)

 

Prairie Schooner. Book Prize. Poetry, Fiction. 1/15 - 3/15 (annual) [book]

 

Puerto del Sol. Poetry, Fiction. 3/15 (annual)

 

Sarah Lawrence Language Exchange. Campbell Corner Poetry Contest. Poetry. 3/15 (annual postmark)

 

So To Speak. Fall Fiction Contest. Fiction. 1/1 - 3/15 (annual)

 

The Southeast Review. Best Short-Short Story Contest/Gearhart Poetry Contest/Narrative Nonfiction Contest. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 3/15 (annual postmark)

 

Symphony Space Selected Shorts. Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize. Fiction. 3/15 (annual)

 

Tusculum Review. Prize in Poetry/Prize in Fiction. Poetry, Fiction. 3/15 (annual postmark)

 

Word Works. Washington Prize. Poetry. 3/15 (annual) [book]

 

The Writer's Center. First Novel Prize. Fiction. 3/15 (annual)

 

The Florida Review. Editors' Awards. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 3/17 (annual)

 

Toasted Cheese. Three Cheers and a Tiger. Mystery Fiction. No Fee. 3/21 +/- (annual)

 

New Ohio Review. Poetry, Fiction. 3/25 (annual)

 

The New Quarterly. Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest. Nonfiction. 3/28 (annual postmark)

 

Able Muse. Book Award for Poetry. Poetry. 3/31 (annual) [book]

 

Arts & Letters. Arts & Letters Prizes. Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Nonfiction. 2/1 - 3/31 (annual)

 

Beecher's Magazine. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 3/31 (annual)

 

Black Lawrence Press. The Hudson Prize. Poetry, Fiction. 2/1 - 3/31 (annual) [book]

 

CutBank. Chapbook Contest. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 3/31 (annual) [chap]

 

Elixir Press. Antivenmon Poetry Award. Poetry. 3/31 (annual)

 

Four Way Books. Intro Prize in Poetry. Poetry. 1/1 - 3/31 (annual postmark) [book]

 

Gemini Magazine. Short Story Contest. Fiction. 3/31 (annual postmark)

 

Glimmer Train. Family Matters. Fiction. 3/1 - 3/31 (annual)

 

Narrative Magazine. Winter Story Contest. Fiction. 3/31 (annual)

 

Omnidawn. Chapbook Poetry Contest. Poetry. 2/1 - 3/31/15 [chap]

 

Press 53. Open Awards. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 3/31 (annual)

 

university of Utah Press. Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize. Poetry. 2/1 - 3/31 (annual) [book]

 

White Pine Press. Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation. Poetry. 3/31 (annual)  [book]

 

Word Works. Jacklyn Potter Young Poets Competition. Poetry. No Fee. 1/1 - 3/31 (annual) [*DC-area high school students only*]

 

 

April Deadline
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Carlow University MFA. Patricia Dobler Poetry Award. Poetry. 4/1 (annual postmark) [*women writers over 40*]

 

Enizagam. Literary Awards in Poetry and Fiction. Poetry, Fiction. 4/1 (annual)

 

Indiana Review. Poetry Prize. Poetry. 2/1 - 4/1 (annual)

 

PCCC Poetry Center. Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards. Poetry. 4/1 (annual postmark)

 

The Robert Frost Farm. Frost Farm Prize. Poetry. 4/1 (annual postmark)

 

Zone 3 Press. Creative Nonfiction Book Award. Nonfiction. 4/1/15 [book]

 

Chautauqua. Editors Prize. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 2/15 - 4/15 (annual)

 

Event. Non-Fiction Contest. Nonfiction. 4/15 (annual)

 

Harpur Palate. John Gardner Memorial Prize for Fiction. Fiction. 1/1 - 4/15 (annual)

 

Passager. Poetry Contest. Poetry. 1/1 - 4/15 (annual)

 

Spoon River Poetry Review. SRPR Editors' Prize. Poetry. 4/15 (annual postmark)

 

Tebot Bach. Clockwise Chapbook Competition. Poetry. 4/15 [chap]

 

Ahsahta Press. Ahsahta Chapbook Prize. Poetry. 4/1 - 4/30 (annual) [chap]

 

The Ashland Poetry Press. Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize. Poetry. 4/30 (annual) [book]

 

Bristol Short Story Prize. Fiction. 4/30 (annual)

 

Glimmer Train. Very Short Fiction Award. Fiction. 4/30 (annual)

 

Killer Nashville. Claymore Award. Fiction. 4/30 (annual postmark) [book]

 

Marsh Hawk Press. Robert Creeley Memorial Award/Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award. Poetry. 4/30 (annual) [book]

 

Nimrod. Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction/Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. Poetry, Fiction. 1/1 - 4/30 (annual postmark)

 

Trio House Press. Louise Bogan Award. Poetry. 4/30 (annual) [book]

 

Trio House Press. Award for First or Second Book. Poetry. 4/30 (annual) [book]

 

Tupelo Press. First/Second Book Award. Poetry. 1/1 - 4/30 (annual) [book]

 

University of Iowa Press. Iowa Poetry Prize. Poetry. 4/1 - 4/30 (annual postmark) [book]

 

University of Pittsburgh Press. Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. Poetry. 3/1 - 4/30 (annual postmark) [book]

 

 

May Deadline
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Crucible. Poetry & Fiction Competition. Poetry, Fiction. No Fee. 5/1 (annual)

 

Leapfrog Press. Fiction. 1/15 - 5/1 (annual) [book]

 

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. Fiction. 5/1; 5/15 (annual postmarks)

 

The Malahat Review. Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction. Fiction. 5/1/15

 

The Malahat Review. Far Horizons Award for Poetry. Poetry. 5/1/16

 

North Carolina Literary Review. James Applewhite Poetry Prize Competition. Poetry. 3/15 - 5/1 (annual)

 

The Southwest Review. David Nathan Meyerson Fiction Prize. Fiction. 5/1 (annual postmark)

 

Sow's Ear Poetry Review. Chapbook Competition. Poetry. 3/1 - 5/1 (annual postmark) [chap]

 

Wick Poetry Center. Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize. Poetry. 2/1 - 5/1 (annual) [book]

 

Anhinga Press. Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry. Poetry. 2/15 - 5/15 (annual) [book]

 

Blue Collar Review. Working People's Poetry Contest. Poetry. 5/15 (annual)

 

Crab Creek Review. Poetry Contest. Poetry. 2/15 - 5/15 (annual)

 

Dancing Poetry Contest. Poetry. 5/15 (annual postmark)

 

Fiction Fix. Novella Award. Fiction, Art. No Fee. 2/1 - 5/15 (annual) [book]

 

The Georgia Review. Loraine Williams Poetry Prize. Poetry. 4/1 - 5/15 (annual)

 

Gertrude Press. Poetry Chapbook Competition/Fiction Chapbook Competition. Poetry, Fiction. 5/15 (annual) [chap]

 

Lost Horse Press. Idaho Prize for Poetry. Poetry. 5/15 (annual) [book]

 

Slapering Hol Press. Chapbook Competition. Poetry. 2/15 - 5/15 (annual postmark) [chap]

 

subTerrain. Lush Triumphant Literary Awards. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 5/15 (annual)

 

New Letters. Literary Awards. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 5/18 (annual)

 

The New Quarterly. Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award. Fiction. 5/28 (annual postmark)

 

Gival Press. Novel Award. Fiction. 5/30 (annual postmark) [book]

 

The Backwaters Press. The Backwaters Prize. Poetry. 4/1 - 5/31 (annual) [book]

 

Baltimore Review. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 5/31 (annual)

 

Black Lawrence Press. Black River Chapbook Competition. Poetry, Fiction. 4/1 - 5/31 (annual) [chap]

 

CALYX. Online Contest. Fiction, Poetry, Drama. 5/31 (annual)

 

Cloudbank. Poetry/Flash Fiction Contest. Poetry, Fiction. 5/31/14

 

Elixir Press. Fiction Award. Fiction. 5/31 (annual postmark)

 

Glimmer Train. Short Story Award for New Writers. Fiction. 5/1 - 5/31 (annual)

 

Oberlin College Press. FIELD Poetry Prize. Poetry. 5/1 - 5/31 (annual) [book]

 

Pearl. Short Story Prize. Fiction. 4/1 - 5/31 (annual postmark)

 

River Styx. International Poetry Contest. Poetry. 1/1 - 5/31 (annual postmark)

 

University of Georgia Press. Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. Fiction. 4/1 - 5/31 (annual postmark) [book]

 

WOW! Women On Writing. Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. 3/1 - 5/31 (annual)

 

 

June Deadline
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Boulevard. Poetry Contest for Emerging Poets. Poetry. 6/1 (annual postmark)

 

Kentucky Women Writers Conference. Betty Gabeheart Prizes. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 6/1 (annual)

 

The Laurel Review. Midwest Short Fiction Contest. Fiction. 3/1 - 6/1 (annual)

 

The Laurel Review. Midwest Chapbook Contest. Poetry. 3/1 - 6/1 (annual) [chap]

 

Southern Indiana Review. Thomas A. Wilhelmus Editors' Award. Nonfiction. 6/1 (annual)

 

Swan Scythe Press. Chapbook Contest. Poetry. 6/1 (annual) [chap]

 

Tiferet. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 1/1 - 6/1 (annual)

 

Wordharvest/St. Martin's Press. Tony Hillerman Prize. Fiction. No Fee. 6/1 (annual postmark) [book]

 

The MacGuffin. National Poet Hunt Contest. Poetry. 4/1 - 6/3 (annual)

 

The Bitter Oleander. Library of Poetry Book Award. 5/1 - 6/15 (annual postmark) [book]

 

Narrative Magazine. The Narrative Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. 6/15 (annual)

 

Salamander. Fiction Prize. Fiction. 5/15 - 6/15 (annual)

 

Southern Poetry Review. Guy Owen Award. 3/1 - 6/15 (annual postmark)

 

Texas Review Press. Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Competition. 6/15 (annual) [chap]

 

University of Akron Press. Akron Poetry Prize. 4/15-6/15 (annual) [book]

 

Narrative Magazine. Annual Poetry Contest. Poetry. 6/20 (annual)

 

Toasted Cheese. A Midsummer Tale. Fiction, Nonfiction. No Fee. 6/21 (annual)

 

Gival Press. Oscar Wilde Award. 6/27 (annual postmark)

 

ABZ. ABZ Poetry Prize. 5/1 - 6/30 (annual) [book]

 

Anabiosis Press. Chapbook Contest. Poetry. 6/30 (annual postmark) [chap]

 

Autumn House Press. Autumn House Poetry Contest/Autumn House Fiction Contest. Poetry, Fiction. 6/30 (annual postmark) [book]

 

Barrow Street Press. Barrow Street Book Contest. Poetry. 6/30 (annual) [book]

 

Bauhan Publishing. May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize. Poetry. 6/30 (annual) [book]

 

Burnside Review. Chapbook Contests. Poetry. 3/15 - 6/30 (annual) [chap]

 

Glimmer Train. Fiction Open. Fiction. 6/1 - 6/30 (annual)

 

Literal Latte. Short Short Contest. Fiction. 6/30 (annual postmark)

 

Parlor Press/Free Verse Editions. New Measure Poetry Prize. Poetry. 5/1 - 6/30 (annual) [book]

 

Pearl. Poetry Prize. Poetry. 5/1/15 - 6/30/15 (postmark) [book]

 

Red Hen Press. Short Story Award. Fiction. 6/30 (annual)

 

Rescue Press. Black Box Poetry Prize. Poetry. 6/1 - 6/30 (annual) [book]

 

Torrid Literary Journal. Romancing the Craft of Poetry & Fiction. Poetry, Fiction. June 30 (annual)

 

University of Pittsburgh Press. Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Short Fiction. No Fee. 5/1 - 6/30 (annual postmark) [book]

 

 

July Deadline
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Amherst Writers & Artists/Peregrine. Pat Schneider Poetry Contest. 7/1 (annual postmark)

 

Bellevue Literary Review. BLR Literary Prizes. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 2/1 - 7/1 (annual)

 

Dream Horse Press. Poetry Chapbook Prize. Poetry. 6/30 (annual postmark); 7/5 (online) [chap]

 

ELJ Publications. We Will Plan Big Things Poetry Prize. Poetry. No Fee. 6/23 - 7/9 (annual) [chap]

 

Bard College. Bard Fiction Prize for Young Writers. Fiction. No Fee. 7/15 (annual) [*for writers age 39 or younger*]

 

The Cincinnati Review. Robert & Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry & Prose. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 6/1 - 7/15 (annual)

 

Gigantic Sequins. Poetry, Flash Fiction. 7/15 (annual)

 

Literal Latte. Poetry Awards. Poetry. 7/15 (annual postmark)

 

Rosebud. William Stafford Award for Poetry. Poetry. 7/15 (biennial postmark)

 

Texas Review Press. X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize. 7/15 (annual postmark) [book]

 

Vallum. Vallum Award for Poetry. Poetry. 7/15 (annual postmark)

 

Norman Mailer Center/National Council of Teachers of English. Norman Mailer Award for Middle School and High School Teachers. Nonfiction. 3/1 - 7/23/14

 

Drunken Boat. Poetry Book Contest. Poetry. 7/25/14 (extended) [book]

 

Wasafiri. New Writing Prize. Poetry, Fiction, Life Writing. 7/25/14

 

University of Georgia Press. Loraine Williams Horizon Award. Nonfiction. 7/30/14 (extended) [book]

 

The Adirondack Review. The Fulton Prize for Short Fiction. Fiction. 2/1 - 7/31 (annual)

 

Arts & Letters. PRIME Poetry Prize. Poetry. 5/1 - 7/31 (annual)

 

Bright Hill Press. Poetry Chapbook Competition. Poetry. 6/30 - 7/31 (annual) [chap]

 

Crazyhorse. Crazy-shorts! Contest. Fiction. 7/1 - 7/31/14

 

Glimmer Train. Very Short Fiction. Fiction. 7/1 - 7/31 (annual)

 

Mixer Publishing. Annual Genre Contest. Poetry, Fiction. 11/1 - 7/31 (annual)

 

The Molotov Cocktail. Flash Monster. Fiction. 7/31/14

 

Munster Literature Centre. Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition. Fiction. 7/31 (annual)

 

Narrative. Spring Story Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction. 7/31 (annual)

 

New Millennium Writings. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 7/31/14 (extended)

 

Press 53. Award for Poetry. Poetry. 7/31/14 [book]

 

A Room of Her Own. Orlando Prizes. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 7/31 (annual)

 

A Room of Her Own. To the Lighthouse Poetry and Clarissa Dalloway "everything but poetry" Book Prizes. Poetry, Prose. 7/31/14 (extended postmark)
[*women writers only*]

 

Seattle Review. Poetry Chapbook Competition. Poetry. 5/1 - 7/31/14 [chap]

 

shufPoetry. Poetry Prize. No Fee. 7/31/14

 

Stephen F. Austin State University Press. Fiction Prize/Poetry Prize. Fiction, Poetry. 1/1 - 7/31 (annual)

 

 

August Deadline
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The Comstock Review. Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award. Poetry. 8/1 (annual postmark)

 

Fiction Fix. Gypsy Sachet Award in Letters & Autobiography. Nonfiction. No Fee. 8/1 (annual deadline)

 

The Malahat Review. Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize. Nonfiction. 8/1 (annual postmark)

 

Gival Press. Short Story Award. Fiction. 8/8 (annual postmark)

 

Arcadia. Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Contest/Arcadia Fiction Chapbook Contest. Poetry, Fiction. 8/15 (annual) [chap]

 

The Aurorean. Creative Writing Student Outstanding Haiku Contest. Poetry. No Fee. 8/15 (annual) [*for undergraduate/graduate students only*]

 

Indiana Review. 1/2K Prize. Poetry. 7/1 - 8/15/14

 

Littoral Press. Poetry. 8/15 (annual) [broadside]

 

Paper Nautilus. Vella Chapbook Prize. Fiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre. 8/15 (annual) [chap]

 

PULP Literature. Hummingbird Prize for Flash Fiction. Fiction, Cross-Genre. 7/1 - 8/15 (annual)

 

Subito Press. Book Prize. Poetry, Fiction. Nonfiction. Cross-Genre. 6/15 - 8/15 (annual) [book]

 

Black Lawrence Press. St. Lawrence Book Award. Poetry, Fiction. 7/1 - 8/31 (annual) [book]

 

Blue Mesa Review. Poetry, Fiction. 6/1 - 8/31 (annual)

 

Bona Fide Books. Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize. Poetry. 6/1 - 8/31 (annual) [book]

 

Glimmer Train. Short Story Award for New Writers. Fiction. 8/1 - 8/31 (annual)

 

Gold Line Press. Chapbook Competitions. Poetry, Fiction. 7/15 - 8/31/14 [chap]

 

Gulf Coast. Barthelme Prize for Short Prose. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 8/31 (annual) 

 

Midwestern Gothic. The Lake Prize. Poetry, Fiction. 8/31 (annual)

 

Off the Grid Press. Manuscript Competition. Poetry. 8/31 (annual) [*for poets over 60*] [book]

 

Red Hen Press. Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award. Poetry. 8/31 (annual postmark) [book]

 

Snake Nation Press. Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry/Serena McDonald Kennedy Award. Poetry, Fiction. 8/31 (annual) [book]

 

Still: The Journal. Writing Contests. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 8/31 (annual)

 

Stone Canoe. Annual Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art. No Fee. 4/1 - 8/31/14

 

WOW! Women On Writing. Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. 8/31 (annual)

 

 

Contests for Previously Published Works
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PCCC Poetry Center. Paterson Poetry Prize. Poetry. 2/1 (annual postmark) [book]

 

PCCC Poetry Center. Paterson Prize for Books for Young People. 3/15 (annual postmark) [book]

 

PCCC Poetry Center. Paterson Fiction Prize. Fiction. 4/1 (annual postmark) [book]

 

Academy of American Poets. Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Poetry. 5/15 (annual)

 

Claremont Graduate University. Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award/Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Poetry. No Fee. 7/1/14 (postmark) [book]

 

Drake University. Drake Emerging Writers Award. Nonfiction. 9/15/14 (postmark) [book]

 

 

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