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January 2023 eLitPak :: Now Open for Entries: The 17th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards

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Deadline: March 31, 2023
The 17th annual National Indie Excellence® Awards (NIEA) are open to all English language printed books available for sale, including small presses, mid-sized independent publishers, university presses, and self-published authors. NIEA is proud to be a champion of self-publishing and independent presses. Monetary awards, sponsorships, and entry rules are described in detail on our website.

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January 2023 eLitPak :: 10th Annual Permafrost Book Prize in Poetry

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Deadline: March 15, 2023
The 10th Annual Permafrost Book Prize offers publication of a book length work of poetry, $1,000, and distribution through University of Alaska Press. Final judge: Aimee Nezhukumatathil. Deadline: March 15. Entry fee: $20. For complete guidelines, please visit our websiteView full flyer.

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December 2022 eLitPak :: Now Open for Entries: The 17th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards

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Deadline: March 31, 2023
The 17th annual National Indie Excellence® Awards (NIEA) are open to all English language printed books available for sale, including small presses, mid-sized independent publishers, university presses, and self-published authors. NIEA is proud to be a champion of self-publishing and independent presses. Monetary awards, sponsorships, and entry rules are described in detail on our website.

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December 2022 eLitPak :: Permafrost 2023 Book Prize in Poetry

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Deadline: March 15, 2023
The 10th Annual Permafrost Book Prize offers publication of a book length work of poetry, $1,000, and distribution through University of Alaska Press. Final judge: Aimee Nezhukumatathil. Deadline: March 15. Entry fee: $20. For complete guidelines, please visit our websiteView full flyer.

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November 2022 eLitPak :: 2023 Yeats Poetry Prize

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Deadline: February 1, 2023
Judge: Alan Feldman. 1st Prize $1,000, 2nd $500. Poems in English up to 60 lines, any subject, unpublished at submission. Enter at Yeats.Submittable.com/Submit or mail to WB Yeats Society of NY, National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, NYC 10003. Entrant’s name only on separate Submittable entry form or file card. Entry $15 for first, $12 each additional. View flyer and visit website to learn more.

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November 2022 eLitPak :: 15 Annual Tartt First Fiction Award

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Deadline: December 31, 2022
The Tartt First Fiction Award from Livingston Press at the University of West Alabama is given annually to a collection of short stories written in English by an American citizen. Writers cannot have already published or be under contract to publish a fiction collection. Winner will receive $1000, plus standard royalty contract, which includes 60 copies of the book. Visit the Livingston Press website or view flyer to learn more.

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November 2022 eLitPak :: Open for Entries: The 17th National Indie Excellence® Awards

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Deadline: March 31, 2023
The 17th annual National Indie Excellence® Awards (NIEA) are open to all English language printed books available for sale, including small presses, mid-sized independent publishers, university presses, and self-published authors. NIEA is proud to be a champion of self-publishing and independent presses. Monetary awards, sponsorships, and entry rules are described in detail on our website.

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Magazine Stand :: Radar Poetry – Issue 34

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The newest issue of the online quarterly Radar Poetry is a celebration of the winner and finalists of their annual Coniston Prize, an annual award that recognizes an exceptional group of poems by any poet who identifies as a woman writing in English. This year’s judge was Dorianne Laux, and she selected the following:

Winner: Amy Miller

Finalists: Kenzie Allen, Jessamyn Duckwall, Jenny Grassl, Abi Pollokoff

Radar Poetry 34 features several works from each poet, rounding out the entire issue. Submissions for the next Coniston Prize are open from June 1 – August 1, 2023. The 2022 winner received $1000 and each finalist received $175. In 2022, during the first seven days of contest submissions, Radar Poetry waived fees for BIPOC poets. For more information about the upcoming contest as well as general submissions, visit the Radar Poetry website.

Artwork by Angus McEwan.

Contest Winners :: Cleaver’s 2022 Flash Contest

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Cleaver online literary magazine has announced the winners of their 2022 Flash Contest. Winners, honorable mentions, and finalists will be published in Cleaver Issue No. 40, their 10th-anniversary issue.

Judge: Meg Pokrass

First Place: Sabrina Hicks
“When We Knew How to Get Lost”

Second Place: Janet Burroway
“The Tale of Molly Grimm”

Third Place: Dawn Miller
“The Egg”

HONORABLE MENTION
Laura Tanenbaum
Fannie H. Gray
Andrea Marcusa
Lisa Lanser-Rose
Andrew Stancek
Luke Tennis
Emily Hoover
James LaRowe
Paul Enea
Kris Willcox
Christina Simon

FINALISTS
Theo Greenblatt
Meredith McCarroll
Amanda Hadlock
Madeleine Barowsky
K Moore
Ron Tobey
Sarah Freligh
Nicholas Claro
Joe Artz
Lyn Chamberlin

October 2022 eLitPak :: Submit Your Work: Pangyrus Fiction Contest

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Deadline: December 10, 2022
Pangyrus announces its first Fiction Contest. Calling all writers of short stories! The contest is an open theme and the judge is novelist Jennifer Haigh. Cash prizes and publication for the top three winners! Please see Pangyrus‘s Fiction Contest 2022 Submittable page or view flyer for more details.

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October 2022 eLitPak :: Fifteenth Annual Tartt First Fiction Award

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Deadline: December 31, 2022
The Tartt First Fiction Award from Livingston Press at the University of West Alabama is given annually to a collection of short stories written in English by an American citizen. Writers cannot have already published or be under contract to publish a fiction collection. Winner will receive $1000, plus standard royalty contract, which includes 60 copies of the book. Visit the Livingston Press website or view flyer to learn more.

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Contest :: 2023 Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Competition

2023 Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Competition from Interlochen Arts Academy

Interlochen Arts Academy’s creative writing program is accepting applications for its Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Competition. This is open to students in grades 8-11 during the 2022-23 school year and awards a full-tuition scholarship.

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Contest :: Fifth Annual Open Book Prize—$1,500 and Publication

Conduit Books & Ephemera Book Prizes

Conduit Books and Ephemera is open to submissions for their fifth annual Open Book Prize. The winner receives $1,500 and book publication. Any poet writing in English can enter regardless of previous publication record. Do check out their literary magazine Conduit for an idea of what they like. They do charge an entry fee. View their full ad in the NewPages Classifieds to learn more.

September 2022 eLitPak :: Madville has Two Open Calls for Submissions in September

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Madville Publishing currently has two open calls for submissions, The Second Annual Arthur Smith Poetry Prize for a full length poetry collection closes September 30, and the Sticks & Bricks: Stories from the Wrong Side of Town Anthology closes November 30, 2022. Visit our site and view our flyer for more information.

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September 2022 eLitPak :: 2022 Permafrost Book Prize in Nonfiction

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Deadline: October 1
The annual Permafrost Book Prize is open for submissions. Sponsored by Permafrost, the northernmost literary magazine in the U.S., the prize is awarded in alternate years in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. In 2022, the prize will be awarded for nonfiction. Judge: Joy Castro. The winner of the contest will receive $1,000 and publication by the University of Alaska Press. Visit our website or view our flyer to learn more.

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September 2022 eLitPak :: Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest – Last Call!

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Submit published or unpublished poems to the 20th annual Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest sponsored by Winning Writers and co-sponsored by Duotrope. We will award $3,000 for the best poem in any style and $3,000 for the best poem that rhymes or has a traditional style. The top 12 poems will be published online. Final judge: S. Mei Sheng Frazier. Deadline: September 30. Fee: $20 for 1-3 poems. View flyer to learn more.

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2022 Raymond Carver Contest Winners

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Carve Magazine recently announced the winners of the 2022 Raymond Carver Contest judged by Dariel Suarez:

FIRST PLACE: Brandon J. Choi for “To Love a Stranger is Certain Death”

SECOND PLACE: Candice May for “A Rugged Border”

THIRD PLACE: Megan Callahan for “Don’t Speak”

EDITORS CHOICE: Abby Provenzano for “Birdsong” and Ned Carter Miles for “–K”

Winners will be published in the Fall 2022 Issue, which is currently in production. The contest runs annually from April 1 — mid-May.

Contest :: 1 Month Left to Enter the 2022 Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

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That’s right. There is now only one month left to enter Winning Writers’ Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. This is open to poems written in English. They can have been previously published. $20 fee to enter 1-3 poems for a chance to win $3,000. Deadline to enter is September 30.

See the ad in the NewPages Classifieds to learn more.

Contest :: Fifth Annual Open Book Prize—$1,500 and Publication

Conduit Books & Ephemera Book Prizes

Conduit Books and Ephemera is open to submissions for their fifth annual Open Book Prize. The winner receives $1,500 and book publication. Any poet writing in English can enter regardless of previous publication record. Do check out their literary magazine Conduit for an idea of what they like. They do charge an entry fee. View their full ad in the NewPages Classifieds to learn more.

Contest :: Whitefish Review’s Montana Prize for Humor Judged by Garrison Keillor

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Literary magazine Whitefish Review is accepting entries of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for its Montana Prize for Humor. This year’s final judge is legendary funnyman and writer Garrison Keillor. Deadline to enter is September 30. The winner in each genre receives $500 and publication. There is an entry fee. View their ad in the NewPages Classifieds to learn more.

August 2022 eLitPak :: 20th Annual Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

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Deadline: September 30
Submit published or unpublished poems to the 20th annual Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest sponsored by Winning Writers and co-sponsored by Duotrope. We will award $3,000 for the best poem in any style and $3,000 for the best poem that rhymes or has a traditional style. The top 12 poems will be published online. Final judge: S. Mei Sheng Frazier. Fee: $20 for 1-3 poems.

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Contest :: September 30 Deadline for 2022 Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

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Don’t forget September 30 is the deadline to enter the 2022 Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest from Winning Writers. This contest awards two top prizes: $3,000 for a poem in a traditional/rhyming style and $3,000 for a poem in any style. Work can be previously published. $8,000 awarded in total. Stop by the NewPages Classifieds to learn more.

Contest :: The St. Lawrence Book Award for Debut Poetry and Prose

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Every year Black Lawrence Press awards The St. Lawrence Book Award to an unpublished first collection of poetry or prose. This award is open to any writer who has not published a full-length manuscript in any genre. The winner receives $1,000, book publication, and ten copies of the winning book. Deadline to enter is August 31, 2022. Find out more by stopping the NewPages Classifieds.

July 2022 eLitPak :: 2023 Off the Grid Poetry Prize

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Deadline: August 31, 2022
The Off the Grid Poetry Prize recognizes the work of older poets, highlighting important contemporary voices in American poetry. Each year a winner is awarded $1,000 and publication. Contest runs through August 31, 2022. Garrett Hongo will judge. Find full guidelines here or view flyer for more information.

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Contest :: Last Call to Enter 2022 Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize

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The 2022 Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize closes to entries on July 31! This year’s judge is Juan Felipe Herrera. The winner will receive $1,000, their poem printed on a letterpress broadside, and publication in Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine. Learn more about this year’s contest by stopping by their ad in the NewPages Classifieds.

Contest :: 20th Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Winning Writers Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Winning Writers announces they are open to entries for their 20th Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest! Two prizes of $3,000 will be awarded: one to a poem in any style and the other for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Deadline to enter is September 30. S. Mei Sheng Frazier will judge this year’s contest. Stop by the NewPages Classifieds to learn more.

June 2022 eLitPak :: Last Call! North Street Book Prize for Self-Published Books

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Winning Writers will award a grand prize of $8,000 in its eighth annual North Street competition, and $16,750 in all. The top eight winners will enjoy additional benefits from our co-sponsors BookBaby and Carolyn Howard-Johnson. Gifts for everyone who enters. Submit books published in any year and on any self-publishing platform. $70 entry fee. Enter online or by mail by June 30. Learn more at our website and view flyer for full details.

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Contest :: New American Press Extends 2022 New American Fiction Prize Deadline

2022 New American Fiction Prize

That’s right! If you missed the June 15 deadline for the 2022 New American Fiction Prize, you’re in luck! New American Press has announced they have extended the deadline to July 1. This year’s final judge is WEIKE WANG. Winner receives $1,500, publication, and 25 copies. Swing by their ad in the NewPages Classifieds for more information.

Contest :: 1 Month Remains to Enter the 2022 Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers

2022 Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers

Don’t forget that July 15 is the deadline to submit fiction and poetry to Nimrod‘s Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers. This contest is open internationally to writers with no more than two publication credits in their chosen genre. The winners in each genre receive $500 and publication. See their ad in the NewPages Classifieds to learn more.

Contest :: 1 Week Left to Enter 2022 New American Fiction Prize

2022 New American Fiction Prize

That’s right! There’s only one week left to enter your full-length manuscripts to the 2022 New American Fiction Prize from New American Press. Manuscripts can be novels, novellas, collections of stories, etc. Weike Wang, author of Joan Is Okay (Random House 2022) is the final judge. Enter your manuscripts by June 15, 2022! See their ad in the NewPages Classifieds to learn more.

Contest :: Two Months Remain to Enter 2022 Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize

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July 31 is the deadline to submit up to 3 original, unpublished poems to the 2022 Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize. First place receives $1,000, letterpress broadside from Felicia Rice of Moving Parts Press, and publication in Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine. Enter today! Learn more by stopping by the NewPages Classifieds.

Contest :: Final Month to Enter 2022 North Street Book Prize

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There is only one month left to enter self-published books to the 8th annual North Street Book Prize from Winning Writers. Self-published books in seven categories can win up to $8,000 plus additional benefits. They are also offering free gifts from their co-sponsors to everyone who enters. Submit your own self-published title by June 30, 2022. See their ad in the NewPages Classifieds for full details.

May 2022 eLitPak :: 2022 Marguerite McGlinn Fiction Contest, First Place: $2,500!

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Our contest this year will be judged by author and critic, Camille Acker. We’re looking for previously unpublished fiction of up to 8,000 words. The deadline is June 15, 2022. First place is $2,500 with an invitation to an awards dinner. Second place $750. Third place $500. The winning stories will be published in the Fall print issue of Philadelphia Stories, with all entrants receiving a complimentary copy. All authors currently residing in the United States are eligible. $15 fee. We can’t wait to read your stories! Visit website.

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May 2022 eLitPak :: Divot Reading Work for Summer Issues

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Divot reads on a rolling basis and is currently reading poetry for our summer issues! Please send us your best work. We would love to read up to 6 poems. Also, check out our Divot Poetry Chapbook Contest ending June 15, 2022. See our submission and contest guidelines. We can’t wait to hear from you! Visit website.

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May 2022 eLitPak :: 2022 Housatonic Book Awards

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The MFA in Creative and Professional Writing at Western Connecticut State University is still accepting all books published in 2021 for the 2022 Housatonic Book Awards. Open to fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young adult/middle grade. Winners receive $1,500 and an invitation to our summer or winter residency. See our website for past winners and submission details.

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May 2022 eLitPak :: Submit to the 2023 Off the Grid Poetry Prize

Grid Books 2023 Off the Grid Poetry Prize Flyer

The Off the Grid Poetry Prize recognizes the work of older poets, highlighting important contemporary voices in American poetry. Each year a winner is awarded $1,000 and publication. Contest runs from May 1 – August 31, 2022. Garrett Hongo will judge. Find full guidelines here.

View the full May 2022 eLitPak newsletter.

May 2022 eLitPak :: Flying South 2022 Annual Competition Deadline May 31

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$2,000 in prizes. Until May 31, Flying South 2022 will be accepting entries for prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. Best in Category winners will be published and receive $500 each. The WSW President’s award winner will win an additional $500. All entries will be considered for publication. For full details, please visit our website.

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May 2022 eLitPak :: North Street Book Prize for Self-published Books

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Winning Writers will award a grand prize of $8,000 in its eighth annual North Street competition, and $16,750 in all. The top eight winners will enjoy additional benefits from our co-sponsors BookBaby and Carolyn Howard-Johnson. Gifts for everyone who enters. Submit books published in any year and on any self-publishing platform. $70 entry fee. Enter online or by mail by June 30. Learn more at our website.

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May 2022 eLitPak :: Bellevue Literary Review Prizes

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The annual BLR Prizes award outstanding writing related to themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. Winners are published in the spring issue of BLR. For each genre, first prize is $1000 and honorable mention is $250. Submit your best poetry, fiction, and nonfiction through July 1. Visit website.

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Contest :: 5th Annual Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize

Conduit Books & Ephemera has announced their 5th annual Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize is accepting entries through July 7, 2022. This prize is open to poets writing in English who have not yet published a full-length collection and is dedicated to championing poets who dance to their own tune not to be different, but to be true. Stop by the NewPages Classifieds to learn more.