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Published December 20, 2016
kenyon reviewEncouraging sophomore- and junior-aged writers around the globe, the annual Kenyon Review's Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers awards one writer publication and a full scholarship to the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop. Two runners-up receive publication. The Nov/Dec 2016 Kenyon Review features Winner Alyssa Mazzoli, "Death Uses a Lot of Laundry Detergent," and Runners-Up: Carissa Chen, "Parable," and "Annalise Lozier "f(x)." Editor at Large Natalie Shapero offers an introductory comments on the poems as well. Each of the works can be read on the Kenyon Review website along with past winning entries. The contest is open annually from Nov 1 - 30. There is no entry fee.
Published December 19, 2016
The annual Rattle Poetry Prize is one of the best-known both for its prestige and for its prize. The winner recieves $10,000 plus publication, and ten finalists also receive publication and the chance to be selected by subscribers for the $2000 Reader's Choice Award (voting takes place December 1, 2016 – February 15, 2017). The Winter 2016 issue of Rattle (#54) includes:

rattle2016 Rattle Poetry Prize Winner
Julie Price Pinkerton, “Veins”

Finalists
Noah Baldino
Ellen Bass
C. Wade Bentley
Rhina P. Espaillat
William Fargason
Ingrid Jendrzejewski
David Kirby
Craig Santos Perez
Emily Ransdell
Patrick Rosal

In addition, six other poets' works were offered standard publication in future issue: Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Leila Chatti, Chera Hammons, Liv Lansdale, Christine Potter, and Wendy Videlock.
Published December 15, 2016
farah aliJudge Gish Jen has selected Farah Ali’s “Heroes” as the 2016 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction, which is published in the newest issue of Colorado Review (43.3 Fall/Winter 2016). A finalist in other contests, this is Ali's first published story, and she has a collection of short fiction in the works.
Published December 13, 2016
terrain.orgThe 2016 Terrain.org contest winners and finalists have been awarded with comments from the judges on winning entries available here.

Fiction
Judged by Kate Bernhiemer
Winner: “Varya’s Black Suede Shoes” by Peter Justin Newall
Finalist: “Everest” by Scott Spires

Nonfiction
Judged by Lauret Savoy
Winner: “Geography of the Self” by Catherine Mauk
Finalists: “Life After Life” by DJ Lee and “The Fursuit of Happiness” by Meg Brown

Poetry
Judged by Eamon Grennan
Winner: “Boyhood Trapped Between Water and Blood”, a long poem by William Wright
Finalists: “Smoke and Miracles” by Kevin Miller, three poems by Cecily Parks, and three poems by Katie Prince

The next Terrain.org contest is open for submissions in January 2017. Winners receive $500, finalists $100.
Published December 08, 2016
The Winter 2016 (38.2) issue of Indiana Review features the winners and runners up of their annual poetry and fiction contests:

Winner 2015 Fiction Prize
Judge Laura van den Berg
Simon Han, "Be Tanly"

Winner 2016 Poetry Prize
Judge Camille Rankine
Alicia Wright, "His Father's Wake"
Finalists 2016 Poetry Prize
Anna Leigh Knowles, "The First Year We Lived Underground"
Talin Tahajian, "Hibernation"
Published December 06, 2016
kat mooreThe 2016 Profane Nonfiction Prize winner is “The End of the World" by Kat Moore. She will receive the $1,000 honorarium and publication in the Winter 2017 Issue 3.

Judge Dinty W. Moore [no relation] comments on the winning work: "'The End of the World' is a powerful, intricate, and compelling memoir essay. While other writers might have sensationalized the lurid aspects of heroin use and addiction, Kat Moore uses intimate detail and a matter-of-fact narrative to show just how quotidian the day-to-day life of a junkie can be. Superb writing and voice."

Contest Finalists: "Full Count" by Devin Kelly; "This is a Test of the Emergency System" by Jill Kolongowski; "Newmom" by Molly Pascal; "Pruritus" by JD Schraffenberger.

Profane is a winter annual print and audio journal of poetry, creative non-fiction, and fiction. Every published poem and piece of prose is recorded in the author's own voice.
Published November 29, 2016
timothy dumas hudsonFiction Contest Winner "The Colonel's Boy" by Timothy Dumas is highlighted in the autumn 2016 issue of The Hudson Review, and is available for readers full-text online here. This is his first published story.
Published November 23, 2016
yusuf saadi malahatYusuf Saadi is the winner of The Malahat Review 2016 Far Horizons Award for Poetry. Judge Steven Heighton selected "The Place Where Words Go to Die" from 519 poems entered in this year's annual contest. Read Heighton's comments about Saadi's work here. Malahat poetry board member Samantha Ainsworth interviewed Saadi and explores questions like "Which comes first, the poet or the poem?" and "Do you have readers in mind when you write poetry?"
Published November 07, 2016
Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their July/August Fiction Open competition. This competition is held twice a year and is open to all writers. Stories generally range from 3000-6000 words, though up to 20,000 is fine. The next Fiction Open will take place in March. Glimmer Train’s monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.

Mark FishmanFirst place: Mark Fishman [pictured], of Paris, France, wins $3000 for “Songwad Road." His story will be published in Issue 100 of Glimmer Train Stories.

Second place: Jessica Johannesson Gaitán, of Bath, England, wins $1000 for “Bad Language.”

Third place: Jill Rosenberg, of Montclair, NJ, wins $600 for “16 Days of Glory.”

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

Deadline soon approaching for the Short Story Award for New Writers: November 10
This competition is held quarterly and is open to all writers whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5000. No theme restrictions. Most submissions to this category run 1000-5000 words, but can go up to 12,000. First place prize wins $2500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories. Second/third: $500/$300 and consideration for publication. Click here for complete guidelines.
Published November 01, 2016
Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their July/August Very Short Fiction Award. This competition is held twice a year and is open to all writers for stories with a word count under 3000. The next Very Short Fiction competition will take place in March. Glimmer Train’s monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.

Zehra Nabi1st place goes to Zehra Nabi of Baltimore, MD [Photo credit: Summer Greer], who wins $2000 for “Cow Killer.” Her story will be published in Issue 101 of Glimmer Train Stories. This will be the first print publication of her fiction.

2nd place goes to Mark Watkins of Lawrenceville, GA, who wins $500 for “What I Know About Where I’m From.”

3rd place goes to Hank Snelgrove of Nordland, WA, who wins $300 for “Fire in the Foam Bin.”

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

Deadline soon approaching for the Short Story Award for New Writers: November 10
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 over 5000. No theme restrictions. Most submissions to this category run 1000-5000 words, but can go up to 12,000. First place prize wins $2500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories. Second/third: $500/$300 and consideration for publication. Click here for complete guidelines.
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