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NewPages Big List
of Writing & Book Contests

 

The Big List of Writing Contests features a comprehensive list of magazine, book, chapbook, writing, audio, and video contests and competitions from independent publishers, literary magazines, alternative magazines, and writing conferences and festivals. Organized by upcoming deadlines. If you are interested in contests for young writers, check out our Young Writers Guide to Contests.

 

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November
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  • Academy of American Poets. Walt Whitman Award. Poery. Entry Fee. [book]  11/1

  • Alice James Books. Alice James Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 11/1

  • Autumn House Press. Autumn House Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 11/1

  • Bateau Press. Boom Chapbook Contest/Keel Chapbook Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Graphic Short. Entry Fee. [chap] 11/1 
    [*contests held in alternating years*]

  • The Briar Cliff Review. Annual Writing Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/1

  • Brick Road Poetry Press. Brick Road Poetry Book Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 11/1

  • Contemporary Verse 2. Young Buck Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/1
    [*for writers under 35*]

  • Cutthroat. Annual Writing Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/1

  • FC2. Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest/Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 11/1

  • Into the Void. Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/1

  • The Malahat Review. Open Season Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/1

  • North American Review. Kurt Vonnegut Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/1

  • Reed. Annual Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/1

  • Room. Short Forms Contest. Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/1

  • Sheila-Na-Gig online. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/1

  • Sow's Ear Poetry Review. Poetry Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/1

  • Split This Rock. Sanchez-Hughes Poetry Contest. Annual Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 11/1

  • Tebot Bach. Patricia Bibby First Book Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 11/1

  • Yalobusha Review. Barry Hannah Prize for Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/1

  • Atticus Review. Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/4

  • San Miguel Writers' Conference & Literary Festival. Writing Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Spanish Short Stories. Entry Fee. [conference] 11/4

  • Broad River Review. Rash Awards. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/15

  • Carve Magazine. Prose & Poetry Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/15

  • Frontier Poetry. Frontier OPEN. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/15

  • Harpur Palate. Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry/Prize for Creative Nonfiction. Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/15

  • Interim. Test Site Poetry Series. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 11/15

  • Nightboat Books. Nightboat Poetry Prize. Poetry  Entry Fee. [book] 11/15

  • Perugia Press. Prize for a First or Second Book by a Woman. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 11/15

  • Philadelphia Stories. Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/15

  • Pleiades Press. Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Book Prize. Poetry. [book] 11/15

  • Pleiades Press. Robert C. Jones Short Prose Book Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] 11/15

  • Sonora Review. Flash Prose Contest/Nonfiction Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/15

  • So to Speak. Annual Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Visual Art. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/15

  • Southeast Missouri State University Press. Nilsen Prize for a First Novel. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 11/15

  • The Story Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [published book] 11/15

  • Sucarnochee Review. Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/15
    [*undergraduate writers only*]

  • Third Wednesday. One Sentence Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/15

  • Washington Writers' Publishing House. Jean Feldman Poetry Prize/Washington Writer’s Publishing House Fiction Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 11/15 [*writers must live within 75 miles of the US capitol*]

  • West Chester University Poetry Center. Donald Justice Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 11/15

  • Yale University Press. Yale Series of Younger Poets. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 11/15

  • The Heartland Review. Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/16

  • Bath Children’s Novel Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 11/17

  • Narrative Magazine. 30 Below Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/17

  • Overland. Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize/Judith Wright Poetry Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/17

  • Sycamore Review. Wabash Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [writing] 11/22
    [*biennial - even-numbered years*]

  • Western Humanities Review. Mountain West Writers' Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-genre, Audio. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/22

  • Baltimore Review. Winter Contest.Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/30

  • Beloit Poetry Journal. Chad Walsh Chapbook Series. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 11/30

  • BOA Editions. A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 11/30

  • Brunel University London/African Poetry Book Fund. Brunel International African Poetry Prize. Poetry. No Fee. 11/30

  • Burnside Review Press. Book Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 11/30

  • Cider Press Review. Book Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 11/30

  • Emrys Journal. Upstate Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/30 [*for Upstate South Carolina residents*]

  • Fish Publishing. Short Story Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [anthology] 11/30

  • JuxtaProse Literary Magazine. Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 11/30