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Posted August 28, 2014

 

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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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.

 

Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

Postmark, Submission Deadline: August 31, 2014

Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2014 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose, judged by Amy Hempel. The contest is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. The contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions receive $250 and will also appear in issue 27.2, due out in April 2015. All entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as online exclusives. All entrants receive a free one-year subscription to Gulf Coast with their $17 entry fee. Please visit gulfcoastmag.org for details.

 

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!

 

Posted August 14, 2014
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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/.

 

Inaugural Gulf Coast Translation Prize

Online/Postmark submission deadline: August 31, 2014

Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the inaugural Gulf Coast Translation Prize. In 2014, the contest is open to poetry in translation. The winner receives $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will also appear in issue 27.2, due out in April 2015. All entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives. This year’s contest will be judged by Jen Hofer. All entrants receive a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast with their $17 entry fee. Please visit gulfcoastmag.org for details.

 

Les Figues Press: NOS (Not Otherwise Specified) Book Contest

Online Deadline: September 15, 2014

Guest judge Fanny Howe will select a manuscript of 64-250 pages for publication by Les Figues Press. Eligible submissions include previously unpublished manuscripts of poetry, novellas, prose poems, innovative novels, anti-novels, short story collections, lyric essays, hybrids, and work Not-Otherwise-Specified. Prize: publication and $1,000. There is a $25 submission fee; all entrants receive a Les Figues title of their choosing. Multiple and simultaneous submissions allowed. See www.lesfigues.com/submit/ for full guidelines.

 

Posted August 7, 2014
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2014 NANO Prize Now Open!

Online submission deadline: September 1, 2014

The sixth annual NANO Prize, awarding publication and $500 to a previously unpublished work of fiction 300 words or fewer, is open and this year’s contest will be judged by Kim Chinquee! All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to NANO Fiction and winners will be announced in mid-September. Click here to enter: nanofiction.org/submit.

 

Black Warrior Review Contest is now open!

Submission deadline: September 1, 2014

Announcing Black Warrior Review's Tenth-Annual Contest for Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry! Grand prize in each genre: $1000 and publication; Runner-up prize in each genre: $100 and publication. Cost to enter: $20 (comes with one-year subscription). This year we are honored to have Richard Siken (Poetry), Lily Hoang (Fiction/Prose), and Kiese Laymon (Nonfiction) as our guest judges. The entry fee covers one 7,000 word fiction or nonfiction submission, or one packet of up to three poems. Send us your best work today; we can’t wait to read it! Deadline: September 1, 2014. bwr.ua.edu

 

Creative Nonfiction: $500 Grand Prize—Hippocampus Magazine

Extended deadline: August 31, 2014

Submit your best creative nonfiction to Hippocampus Magazine's 2014 Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction. Grand prize: $500; runner-up $100—plus other prizes. Five finalist stories published in November 2014 issue; all stories considered for publication in future issues. $10 entry fee. Extended deadline 8/31/2014. Word limit: 3,500. Read past winners and full guidelines at our website: www.hippocampusmagazine.com. This year's guest judges are esteemed writers and teachers of nonfiction J. Michael Lennon and Dinah Lenney, and last year's grand prize winner, Dorothy Brooks.

 

Dogwood Contest with $1000 Grand Prize

Submission deadline: September 5, 2014

Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose will begin accepting entries of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for the 2014-2015 issue and contest on July 1, with a deadline of Sept. 5. A prize of $1000 goes to one winning entry, with two additional entries receiving $250 each. The grand prize winner will be chosen from winners in nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Entry fee is $10; all submissions considered for publication in the 14th annual edition. All entrants receive an electronic PDF of the journal. Please use our online submission manager for your submissions. www.dogwoodliterary.com

 

Flash Fiction & Poetry Contest

Submission deadline: August 31, 2014

2 Contests: Blue Lyra Flash Fiction Prize—1000 word max. Judge: Stefanie Freele, author of Surrounded by Water. $9 per entry, $15 with anthology. Submit July 1 – Aug 31. Blue Lyra Poetry Prize—65 line max. Judge: Katherine E. Young, author of Day of the Border Guards. Prize: $100 per category. $9/3 entries, $15 with anthology. Submit July 1 – Aug 31. Guidelines online. Send through Submittable only. We follow CLMP guidelines. Winners will be announced in November-December 2014. bluelyrareview.com/submissions/contests/

 

Lunch Ticket’s Diana Wood Memorial Award is now accepting submissions!

Online submission deadline: August 31, 2014

The Diana Woods Memorial Award in creative nonfiction was established in Diana’s memory by family, friends, and the Antioch University L.A.’s MFA community. DWMA serves as an opportunity for authors worldwide to be published in the literary journal Lunch Ticket. Creative nonfiction authors are invited to submit an essay of 5,000 words maximum on the subject of their choice to be considered for the award. Submissions are from August 1, 2014 thru August 31, 2014. The winner receives $250 and will be featured in the next issue of Lunch Ticket with two semi-finalists. For further details/submission manager, visit: lunchticket.org.

 

Lunch Ticket’s Gabo Prize now accepting submissions for translated poems/prose!

Online submission deadline: August 31, 2014

Lunch Ticket is accepting submissions for our Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation or Multi-Lingual Texts. Include original work with your translation, and a document showing that you have permission to publish the original work. Original, bilingual work may be submitted under the translation category; please indicate this in your cover letter. The responsibility for clearing rights and permissions for translated works, and the payment of any related fees, lies with the translator. The winner receives $200 and will be featured in the next issue of Lunch Ticket alongside two semi-finalists. For submission guidelines and manager, visit our website: lunchticket.org.

 

New Delta Review Short Fiction Contest

Online submission deadline: October 4, 2014

New Delta Review seeks entries for the second annual Ryan R. Gibbs Award for Short Fiction, a contest judged by the amazing Roxane Gay, author of An Untamed State and Bad Feminist. We are looking for a full narrative in a small package (1500 words or less). Winner will receive a $500 prize and publication in the winter issue of New Delta Review. All submissions will be considered for publication. Deadline for entry is October 4, 2014. Enter with $10 fee through Submittable at: newdeltareview.submittable.com/submit.

 

Wag's Revue Summer Writing Contest

Online submission deadline: August 31, 2014

The editors are now accepting submissions in poetry, fiction and essays for their summer writing contest. First prize is $1000 and publication; second is $500; and third $100. There's a $20 fee per entry and all submissions will be considered for publication. To learn more, and to submit, visit www.wagsrevue.com/submit. Founded five years ago, Wag's Revue is an online-only literary quarterly of fiction, poetry, essays and interviews. The magazine is sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts and is committed to compensating all its contributors. Read all issues, including past contest winners, for free, at www.wagsrevue.com.

 

Posted July 31, 2014
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Gemini Magazine 6th Annual Flash Fiction Contest

Postmark/Email deadline: September 2, 2014

Knock us out in 1,000 words or less! Grand prize: $1,000. Second place: $100. Four honorable mentions: $25 each. Low entry fee of $4 ($3 for each additional entry). Names are removed from all entries before reading so everyone gets an equal chance. Any subject, style or genre. Simply send your best, most powerful, unpublished work by email or snail mail. All six finalists will be published online in the October 2014 issue of Gemini. Both new and experienced writers have won our contests. www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html

 

The International 3-Day Novel Contest

Registration deadline: August 29, 2014

Can you produce a masterwork of fiction in three short days? Need a crazy deadline to break through writer’s block? The 3-Day Novel Contest is your chance to write that book you’ve been dreaming of. For 37 years, hundreds of writers have stepped up to the challenge each Labour Day weekend, fuelled by nothing but adrenaline and the desire for spontaneous literary nirvana. 1st Prize: Publication 2nd Prize: $500 3rd Prize: $100. Runs August 30-September 1, 2014. www.3daynovel.com

 

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Short Story Award for New Writers

Submission deadline: August 31, 2014

Open to any writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation greater than 5000. 1st place has been increased to $1500 and includes publication in Glimmer Train. 2nd/3rd: $500/$300, consideration for publication. Results announced on November 1. Word count generally ranges 1500-5000, though up to 12,000 words 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 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]

 

Manchester Metropolitan University. Poetry Prize/Fiction Prize. Poetry, Fiction. 8/29/14

 

Ruminate. Kalos Foundation Visual Art Prize. Art. 8/30/14 (extended)

 

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

 

Blue Lyra Review. Flash Fiction Prize/Poetry Prize. Fiction, Poetry. 7/1 - 8/31/14

Flash Fiction & Poetry Contest

Submission deadline: August 31, 2014

2 Contests: Blue Lyra Flash Fiction Prize—1000 word max. Judge: Stefanie Freele, author of Surrounded by Water. $9 per entry, $15 with anthology. Submit July 1 – Aug 31. Blue Lyra Poetry Prize—65 line max. Judge: Katherine E. Young, author of Day of the Border Guards. Prize: $100 per category. $9/3 entries, $15 with anthology. Submit July 1 – Aug 31. Guidelines online. Send through Submittable only. We follow CLMP guidelines. Winners will be announced in November-December 2014. bluelyrareview.com/submissions/contests/

 

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]

 

Button Poetry/Exploding Pinecone Press. Button Poetry Chapbook Competition. Poetry. 8/31/14 [chap]

 

Cobalt. Gabriela Mistral Poetry Prize/Frank McCourt Creative Nonfiction Prize/Zora Neale Hurston Fiction Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. 8/31/14

 

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

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Short Story Award for New Writers

Submission deadline: August 31, 2014

Open to any writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation greater than 5000. 1st place has been increased to $1500 and includes publication in Glimmer Train. 2nd/3rd: $500/$300, consideration for publication. Results announced on November 1. Word count generally ranges 1500-5000, though up to 12,000 words 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.

 

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) 

Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

Submission deadline: August 31, 2014

Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2014 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose, judged by Amy Hempel. The contest is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. The contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions receive $250 and will also appear in issue 27.2, due out in April 2015. All entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as online exclusives. All entrants receive a free one-year subscription to Gulf Coast with their $17 entry fee. Please visit gulfcoastmag.org for details.

 

Gulf Coast. Prize in Translation. Poetry. 8/31/14

Inaugural Gulf Coast Translation Prize

Online/Postmark submission deadline: August 31, 2014

Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the inaugural Gulf Coast Translation Prize. In 2014, the contest is open to poetry in translation. The winner receives $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will also appear in issue 27.2, due out in April 2015. All entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives. This year’s contest will be judged by Jen Hofer. All entrants receive a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast with their $17 entry fee. Please visit gulfcoastmag.org for details.

 

Hippocampus. Remember in November Contest. Nonfiction. 6/1 - 8/31/14

Creative Nonfiction: $500 Grand Prize—Hippocampus Magazine

Extended deadline: August 31, 2014

Submit your best creative nonfiction to Hippocampus Magazine's 2014 Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction. Grand prize: $500; runner-up $100—plus other prizes. Five finalist stories published in November 2014 issue; all stories considered for publication in future issues. $10 entry fee. Extended deadline 8/31/2014. Word limit: 3,500. Read past winners and full guidelines at our website: www.hippocampusmagazine.com.

 

Lunch Ticket. Diana Woods Memorial Award for Creative Nonfiction. Nonfiction. No Fee. 8/1 - 8/31/14

Lunch Ticket’s Diana Wood Memorial Award is now accepting submissions!

Online submission deadline: August 31, 2014

The Diana Woods Memorial Award in creative nonfiction was established in Diana’s memory by family, friends, and the Antioch University L.A.’s MFA community. DWMA serves as an opportunity for authors worldwide to be published in the literary journal Lunch Ticket. Creative nonfiction authors are invited to submit an essay of 5,000 words maximum on the subject of their choice to be considered for the award. Submissions are from August 1, 2014 thru August 31, 2014. The winner receives $250 and will be featured in the next issue of Lunch Ticket with two semi-finalists. For further details/submission manager, visit: lunchticket.org.

 

Lunch Ticket. Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation & Multi-Lingual Texts. Translations. No Fee. 9/1/14

Lunch Ticket’s Gabo Prize now accepting submissions for translated poems/prose!

Online submission deadline: August 31, 2014

Lunch Ticket is accepting submissions for our Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation or Multi-Lingual Texts. Include original work with your translation, and a document showing that you have permission to publish the original work. Original, bilingual work may be submitted under the translation category; please indicate this in your cover letter. The responsibility for clearing rights and permissions for translated works, and the payment of any related fees, lies with the translator. The winner receives $200 and will be featured in the next issue of Lunch Ticket alongside two semi-finalists. For submission guidelines and manager, visit our website: lunchticket.org.

 

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

 

Wag's Revue. Summer Writing Contest. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. 6/1 - 8/31 (annual)

Wag's Revue Summer Writing Contest

Online submission deadline: August 31, 2014

The editors are now accepting submissions in poetry, fiction and essays for their summer writing contest. First prize is $1000 and publication; second is $500; and third $100. There's a $20 fee per entry and all submissions will be considered for publication. To learn more, and to submit, visit www.wagsrevue.com/submit. Founded five years ago, Wag's Revue is an online-only literary quarterly of fiction, poetry, essays and interviews. The magazine is sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts and is committed to compensating all its contributors. Read all issues, including past contest winners, for free, at www.wagsrevue.com.

 

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

 

 

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

Black Warrior Review Contest is now open!

Submission deadline: September 1, 2014

Announcing Black Warrior Review's Tenth-Annual Contest for Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry! Grand prize in each genre: $1000 and publication; Runner-up prize in each genre: $100 and publication. Cost to enter: $20 (comes with one-year subscription). This year we are honored to have Richard Siken (Poetry), Lily Hoang (Fiction/Prose), and Kiese Laymon (Nonfiction) as our guest judges. The entry fee covers one 7,000 word fiction or nonfiction submission, or one packet of up to three poems. Send us your best work today; we can’t wait to read it! Deadline: September 1, 2014. bwr.ua.edu

 

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

 

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

The International 3-Day Novel Contest

Registration deadline: August 29, 2014

Can you produce a masterwork of fiction in three short days? Need a crazy deadline to break through writer’s block? The 3-Day Novel Contest is your chance to write that book you’ve been dreaming of. For 37 years, hundreds of writers have stepped up to the challenge each Labour Day weekend, fuelled by nothing but adrenaline and the desire for spontaneous literary nirvana. 1st Prize: Publication 2nd Prize: $500 3rd Prize: $100. Runs August 30-September 1, 2014. www.3daynovel.com

 

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

 

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

2014 NANO Prize Now Open!

Online submission deadline: September 1, 2014

The sixth annual NANO Prize, awarding publication and $500 to a previously unpublished work of fiction 300 words or fewer, is open and this year’s contest will be judged by Kim Chinquee! All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to NANO Fiction and winners will be announced in mid-September. Click here to enter: nanofiction.org/submit.

 

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

The Coniston Prize from Radar Poetry

Online deadline: September 1, 2014

The first annual Coniston Prize will be open to submissions from July 1 to September 1, 2014! Radar Poetry's annual, endowed prize recognizes an outstanding group of poems by a woman writing in English. This year's judge is the poet Mary Biddinger. The winner will be awarded $1,000, and her work will be featured in the October issue of Radar. Up to ten finalists will also be awarded publication. The entry fee is $15. For details or to submit a manuscript, please visit www.radarpoetry.com/contest. We look forward to reading your work!

 

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

Gemini Magazine 6th Annual Flash Fiction Contest

Postmark/Email deadline: September 2, 2014

Knock us out in 1,000 words or less! Grand prize: $1,000. Second place: $100. Four honorable mentions: $25 each. Low entry fee of $4 ($3 for each additional entry). Names are removed from all entries before reading so everyone gets an equal chance. Any subject, style or genre. Simply send your best, most powerful, unpublished work by email or snail mail. All six finalists will be published online in the October 2014 issue of Gemini. Both new and experienced writers have won our contests. www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html

 

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

Dogwood Contest with $1000 Grand Prize

Submission deadline: September 5, 2014

Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose will begin accepting entries of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for the 2014-2015 issue and contest on July 1, with a deadline of Sept. 5. A prize of $1000 goes to one winning entry, with two additional entries receiving $250 each. The grand prize winner will be chosen from winners in nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Entry fee is $10; all submissions considered for publication in the 14th annual edition. All entrants receive an electronic PDF of the journal. Please use our online submission manager for your submissions. www.dogwoodliterary.com

 

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)

 

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)

 

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

Les Figues Press: NOS (Not Otherwise Specified) Book Contest

Online Deadline: September 15, 2014

Guest judge Fanny Howe will select a manuscript of 64-250 pages for publication by Les Figues Press. Eligible submissions include previously unpublished manuscripts of poetry, novellas, prose poems, innovative novels, anti-novels, short story collections, lyric essays, hybrids, and work Not-Otherwise-Specified. Prize: publication and $1,000. There is a $25 submission fee; all entrants receive a Les Figues title of their choosing. Multiple and simultaneous submissions allowed. See www.lesfigues.com/submit/ for full guidelines.

 

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. Philip Levine Prize in Poetry. Poetry. 9/30 (annual) [book]

 

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

 

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

 

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)

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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]

 

 

October Deadline
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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)

 

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

New Delta Review Short Fiction Contest

Online submission deadline: October 4, 2014

New Delta Review seeks entries for the second annual Ryan R. Gibbs Award for Short Fiction, a contest judged by the amazing Roxane Gay, author of An Untamed State and Bad Feminist. We are looking for a full narrative in a small package (1500 words or less). Winner will receive a $500 prize and publication in the winter issue of New Delta Review. All submissions will be considered for publication. Deadline for entry is October 4, 2014. Enter with $10 fee through Submittable at: newdeltareview.submittable.com/submit.

 

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

 

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]

 

 

November Deadline
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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]

 

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.

 

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*]

 

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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3Elements Review. Mix and Match Fiction Contest/Mix and Match Poetry Contest. Fiction, Poetry. 12/1/14

 

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]

 

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]

 

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]

 

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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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]

 

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]

 

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)

 

 

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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