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Published August 30, 2018

allie marianoCutBank 88 features the winner and runners up of their annual Big Sky, Small Prose Flash Contest, as selected by Judge Zach VandeZande:

1st Place Winner
"Water" by Allie Mariano [pictured]

Read more about Allie Mariano and the judge's comments here.

Runners Up

"A Posture of Grace" by Kim McCrea
"Holding His Fire" by Daryl Scroggins

Big Sky, Small Prose: Flash Contest 2018 is open until September 30. Read the full details here.

Published August 27, 2018

Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their May/June Short Story Award for New Writers. This competition is held three times a year and is open to all writers whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation greater than 5000. The next Short Story Award competition will start on September 1: Short Story Award for New Writers. Glimmer Train’s monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.

victoria alejandra garayalde1st place goes to Victoria Alejandra Garayalde of San Juan, Puerto Rico, who wins $2500 for “American Dream.” Her story will be published in Issue 104 of Glimmer Train Stories. This will be her first print publication. [Photo credit: Rebecca Titus]

2nd place goes to Jenzo DuQue of Brooklyn, NY, who wins $500 for “How to Harbor an Illegal.” His story will also be published in an upcoming issue, increasing his prize to $700. This will be his first print publication.

3rd place goes to Sena Moon of Ann Arbor, Michigan, who wins $300 for “Sugar.”

A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.

Deadlines soon approaching!

Fiction Open: August 31 (grace period extends through September 10)
Glimmer Train hosts this competition twice a year, and first place wins $3000 plus publication in the journal, and 10 copies of that issue. Second/third: $1000/$600 and consideration for publication. This category has been won by both beginning and veteran writers - all are welcome! There are no theme restrictions. Word count generally ranges from 3000 – 6000, though up to 28,000 is fine. Stories may have previously appeared online but not in print. Click here for complete guidelines.

Very Short Fiction Award: August 31 (grace period extends through September 10)
This competition is also held twice a year, with first place winning $2000 plus publication in the journal, and 10 copies of that issue. Second/third: $500/$300 and consideration for publication. It’s open to all writers, with no theme restrictions, and the word count range is 300 – 3000. Stories may have previously appeared online but not in print. Click here for complete guidelines.

Published August 14, 2018

lisa carterThe Summer/Fall 2018 issue of Gulf Coast features several contest winners:

2017 Translation Prize
Chosen by John Keene
from Time to Be
by Camila Reimers
Translation by Lisa Carter [pictured]

2017 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose Winner
Chosen by Roxane Gay
"Pedro" by D.J. Thielke

Honorable Mentions
"The Things We Could Not Say" by Lishani Ramanayake
"Sunscreen" by Eric Schlich

The Inaugural Toni Beauchamp Prize in Critical Art Writing
Chosen by Darby English
"Dust Balls" by Brandon Brown

Published August 07, 2018
elly bookmanThe Spring 2018 issue of The Georgia Review features "Lesson" by Elly Bookman, the 2017 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize Winner selected by Naomi Shihab Nye. In addition to publication, Bookman will receive $1000. The Loraine Williams Poetry Prize is open annually from April 1-May 15.
Published July 10, 2018

Volume 17 of Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose features the winning entries of their 2018 Literary Awards. In addition to publication, Dogwood doubled their cash prizes to $1000 for each winning author. Each author's name is linked to a page with more information about them.misha rai

Fiction Prize
Judge Nicholas Montemarano
“There You Are” by Landon Houle

Poetry Prize
Judge Gillian Conoley
“Early Marriage, 1982, Endless Rain” by Kim Garcia

Nonfiction Prize
Judge Patrick Phillips
“To Learn About Smoke One Must First Light a Fire” by Misha Rai [pictured[

The 2019 Dogwood Literary Awards are open for submission until September 5, 2018.

Published June 27, 2018

The Southeast Review spring issue (36.1) features winning entries from their 2017 contests:

erica berryGearhart Poetry Contest
Judged by Erin Belieu
Winner: "The Truth Takes Lunch" by Jed Myers
Finalist: "Three Nails" by Christopher Childers

World's Best Short-Short Story Contest
Judged by Robert Olen Butler
Winner: "Friends" by Greta Schuler
Finalists: "Saint Barbara's Day" by Elina Alter
"Shpykiv" by Alexandra Brenner

The Southeast Review Narrative Nonfiction Contest
Judged by Matthew Gavin Frank
Winner: "Crywolf" by Erica Berry [pictured]
Finalists: "The Stone Grows without Rain" by Lee Huttner
"Soundings: Field Notes on Communication with Animals and God" by Sylvia Sukop

Published June 21, 2018

rose smithThe Spring 2018 issue of The Missouri Review features the winners of the 2017 Jeffrey E. Smith Editor's Prize. 

Fiction
Tamara Titus of Charlotte, NC, for “Exit Seekers”

Poetry
Meghann Plunkett of Carbondale, IL for several poems

Nonfiction
Rose Smith [pictured] of Austin, TX, for “Rachel’s Wedding”

Each winner receives $5000 and publication. Runners-up will be published in future issues. See a full list of runners-up and finalists here.

This is an annual contest with a deadline in early October.

Published June 19, 2018

Rhino: The Poetry Forum annual publication includes winning and selected entries from two annual prizes.

Each year, Rhino selects Editor's Prize Winners from among its general submissions to receive cash, publication, and nomination to the Pushcart Prize. There is no additional process; all submissions to the publication are considered.

First Prize
"Worms" by Erika Brumett

Second Prize
"You Have To Be Ready" by Amanda Galvan Huynh

Honorable Mention
"betty" by Amy Bilodeau

The Founder's Prize is an annual contest (Sept 1 - Oct 31). Winners receive a cash award, publication, and Pushcart Prize nomination. These entrants are also eligible for the Editor's Prize.

abby e murrayWinner
 "Asking for a Friend " by Abby E. Murray [pictured]

Runners-up
"Odysseus " by Joseph Fasano
"Amelia Earhart Folds Origami Cranes" by Adie Smith Kleckner 
"Midden" by Paul Otremba

All of these works can also be read on Rhino's website.

Published June 14, 2018

jann everardThe Malahat Review #202 features 2018 Open Season Awards winners:

Fiction
Jann Everard [pictured], "Blue Runaways"
Judge: Carleigh Baker
Read an interview with Jann Everard here.

Creative Nonfiction
B. A. Markus, "How Can a Dog Help a Goose"
Judge: Betsy Warland
Read an interview with B. A. Markus here.

Poetry
Barbara Pelman, "Nevertheless”
Judge: Evelyn Lau
Read an interview with Barbara Pelman here.

Open Season Awards is an annual contest that awards $2000 in each genre. It closes on November 1.

Published June 12, 2018

Susan M. StabileThe Spring 2018 issue of The Bellingham Review features winners of their annual contests:

49th Parallel Award for Poetry
Contest judge Robert Cording
“The Art of Forgetting" by John Blair

Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction
Contest judge Julie Marie
“Mustard” by Susan M. Stabile [pictured]

Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction
Contest judge John Dufresne
“Escape Artist” by Janis Hubschman

See a full list of finalists here as well as the winners of the 2018 contest here. Winners each receive $1000 and publication in the following year's spring issue.

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