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NewPages Big List of Writing Contests

 

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

These contests are organized alphabetically by upcoming deadlines.

 

January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December - Special Deadlines

 

 

September


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The Academy for Teachers. Stories Out of School Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. No Fee. 9/1

Black Warrior Review. Annual Writing Contest/Flash Prose Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 9/1

Blair. Lee Smith Novel Prize. Fiction. No Fee. 9/1

Encircle Publications. Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 9/1

The Fiddlehead. Short Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 9/1

The Hunger Press. Tiny Fork Chapbook Series. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. 9/1

Naugatuck River Review. Narrative Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 9/1

phren-Z. Morton Marcus Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 9/1

Puerto del Sol. Poetry and Prose Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 9/1

Radar Poetry. The Coniston Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 9/1

Steel Toe Books. Steel Toe Books Prizes in Poetry & Prose. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 9/1

University of Notre Dame Creative Writing Program. Richard Sullivan Prize in Fiction. Entry Fee. 9/1/23 [odd-numbered years]

Etchings Press. Whirling Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. 9/3

International 3-Day Novel Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. Labor Day Weekend [Register by 9/3]

Dogwood. Annual Writing Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 9/5

Terrain.org. Annual Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 9/6

Gulf Coast. Barthelme Prize for Short Prose. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 9/12 (extended)

Gulf Coast. Prize in Translation. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translations. Entry Fee. 9/12 (extended)

Gulf Coast. Toni Beauchamp Prize in Critical Art Writing. Nonfiction. No Fee. 9/12 (extended)

Lewis Center for the Arts. Princeton Arts Fellowship. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Cross-Genre. No Fee. 9/14

Cave Canem. Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 9/15

Columbus State Univeristy/DLJ Books. Donald L. Jordan Prize for Literary Excellence. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 9/15

The Greensboro Review. Robert Watson Literary Awards. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 9/15

Hektoen International. Grand Prix Essay Competition. Nonfiction. No Fee. 9/15

The Moth. Nature Writing Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 9/15

Newfound. Anzaldúa Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 9/15

Peninsula Pulse. Hal Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Photography. Entry Fee. 9/15

University of Wisconsin Press. Brittingham Prize in Poetry/Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. 9/15

Under the Volcano. Grace Paley Fellowship for a Woman Writer; Sandra Cisneros Fellowship for a Latinx Writer; Margo Adler Fellowship in Innovative Journalism; Words for Witness Fellowship in Literary Non-Fiction. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No Fee. 9/15

Wolfson Press. Wolfson Prose Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 9/15

Toasted Cheese. The Savage Science Fiction/Fantasy Writing Contest. No Fee. weekend closest to 9/17 - 9/19

Cobalt. Earl Weaver Baseball Writing Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. 9/19

Frontier Poetry. Frontier Award for New Poets. Poetry. Entry Fee. 9/19

Mslexia (UK). Fiction Competitions. Flash Fiction, Short Story, Novella. Entry Fee. 9/20

The Furious Gazelle. Halloween Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama. No Fee. 9/21

The Lascaux Review. Lascaux Prize in Creative Nonfiction. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 9/23

Coffee-House Poetry (UK). Troubadour Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 9/27

California State University, Fresno. Philip Levine Prize for Poetry. Entry Fee. 9/30

CALYX. Margarita Donnelly Prize for Prose Writing. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 9/30

Carlow University Creative Writing Program. Patricia Dobler Poetry Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 9/30

Connecticut River Review. Vivian Shipley Poetry Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 9/30

CutBank. Big Sky, Small Prose: Flash Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 9/30

Dzanc Books. Prize for Fiction; Short Story Collection Competition; Nonfiction Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 9/30

The Ghost Story. Supernatural Fiction Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. 9/30

The New Criterion. New Criterion Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 9/30

Red Hen Press. Fiction Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. 9/30 [odd-numbered years]

Regal House Publishing. Acheven Book Prize for Young Adult Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. 9/30

RHINO. Founders' Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 9/30

Slippery Elm Literary Journal. Deanna Tulley Multimedia Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre, Photography, Art, Audio, Video. Entry Fee. 9/30

Sunspot Lit. Inception Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art. Entry Fee. 9/30

Texas Review Press. X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 9/30

University of Arkansas Press. Miller Williams Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 9/30

University of Iowa Press. Iowa Short Fiction Award/John Simmons Short Fiction Award. Fiction. No Fee. 9/30

University of Massachusetts Press. Juniper Literary Prizes. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 9/30

Wendy's Subway. The Carolyn Bush Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 9/30

Winning Writers. Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 9/30

 

October


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Americana: The Institute for the Study of American Popular Culture. Prize Americana for Prose. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 10/1

Grindstone Literary. Grindstone International Novel Prize. Fiction, YA Fiction. Entry Fee. 10/1

JuxtaProse Literary Magazine. Nonfiction Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 10/1

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. Fiction. Entry Fee. 10/1 (normal deadline); 10/15 (late deadline)

The Missouri Review. Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 10/1

Poet's Billow. Atlantis Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 10/1

PRISM International. Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 10/1

RCAH Center for Poetry. Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize (Established). Poetry. Entry Fee. 10/1

Saints & Sinners Festivals. LGBT Short Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 10/1

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. Fiction Contest/One-Act Play Contest. Drama, Fiction. Entry Fee. 10/1

Zoetrope: All-Story. Short Fiction Contest. Fiction. 10/1

Mad River Press/The Journal. Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 10/3

Australian Book Review. Peter Porter Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 10/4

Embracing Our Differences. Quotation Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction. No fee. 10/6

Theme of Absence. Halloween Contest. No Fee. 10/10

Arkansas Writers MFA Workshop. Phillip H. McMath Post Publication Book Award. All Genres. Entry Fee. 10/15

Barnard College English Department. Barnard Women Poets Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 10/15 (postoned 2021-22 academic year)

Copper Nickel. The Jake Adam York Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 10/15

EVENT. Non-Fiction Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 10/15

PULP Literature. Raven Short Story Contest. Fiction, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. 10/15

The Puritan. Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 10/15

Ruminate. VanderMey Nonfiction Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 10/15 (+3-day grace period)

Saints & Sinners Literary Festival. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [festival] 10/15

Silverfish Review Press. Gerald Cable Book Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 10/15

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans LIterary Festival. Very Short Fiction Contest/Poetry Contest. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 10/15

University of Louisville. The Calvino Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 10/15

New Letters. Editor's Choice Award. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. 10/18

New Delta Review. Ryan R. Gibbs Award for Flash Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. 10/23

Sixfold. Short Story & Poetry Awards. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 10/24

F(r)iction. Fall Literary Contests. Fiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 10/29

Quill. Queer Prose Award. Entry Fee. 10/30

Southern Collective Experience. Asian American Poetry Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 10/30

The American Poetry Review. APR/Honickman First Book Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 10/31

Black Lawrence Press. Black River Chapbook Competition. Poetry, Prose. Entry Fee. 10/31

The Bedford Competitions. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 10/31

CBC Books. CBC Short Story Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 10/31

Cloudbank Books. Vern Rutsala Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 10/31

Conduit Books & Ephemera. Minds on Fire Open Book Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 10/31

The Comstock Review. Comstock Writers Group Chapbook Contest/Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 10/31

CRAFT. Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 10/31

The Dillydoun Review. Dillydoun International Fiction Prize. Entry Fee. 10/31

Elixir Press. Annual Poetry Awards. Poetry. Entry Fee. 10/31

Finishing Line Press. Open Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. 10/31

Fonograf Editions. Open Genre Book Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre, Audio. Entry Fee. 10/31

Haiku Poets of Northern California. San Francisco International Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 10/31

Hollins University. Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest. Poetry. 10/31

Indiana Review/Indiana University Press. Blue Light Books. Fiction. Entry Fee. 10/31

North Carolina Literary Review. Doris Betts Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 10/31

PEN/Faulkner Foundation. Award for Fiction. Fiction. No Fee. 10/31

Persea Books. Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 10/31

Pithead Chapel. Larry Brown Short Story Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. 10/31

Pleiades. Gail Crump Prize for Experimental Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. 10/31

Raleigh Review. Flash Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 10/31

River Teeth. Literary Nonfiction Book Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 10/31

Tucson Festival of Books. Literary Awards Competition. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 10/31

Tupelo Press. Sunken Garden Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 10/31

Univesrity of North Texas Press. Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. Entry Fee. 10/31

University of North Texas Press. Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. 10/31

WOW! Women on Writing. Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 10/31

 

November


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Academy of American Poets. Walt Whitman Award. Poery. Entry Fee. 11/1

Alice James Books. Alice James Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/1

Bateau Press. Boom Chapbook Contest/Keel Chapbook Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Graphic Short. Entry Fee. 11/1

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

Brick Road Poetry Press. Brick Road Poetry Book Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/1

Contemporary Verse 2. Young Buck Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/1

Cutthroat. Annual Writing Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/1

Defenestrationism. Flash Suite Contest. Fiction. No Fee. 11/1

Emrys Journal. Upstate Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/1

Epiphany. Breakout! Writers Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/1

FC2. Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest/Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 11/1

Into the Void. Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 11/1

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

North American Review. James Hearst Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/1

North American Review. Kurt Vonnegut Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 11/1

Quarterly West. Poetry & Prose Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. 11/1

Reed. Annual Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art. Entry Fee. 11/1

Regal House Publishing. W.S. Porter Prize for Short Story Collections. Fiction. Entry Fee. 11/1

Sheila-Na-Gig online. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/1

Southeast Missouri State University Press. Nilsen Prize for a First Novel. Fiction. Entry Fee. 11/1

Split This Rock. Sanchez-Hughes Poetry Contest. Annual Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/1

Tebot Bach. Patricia Bibby First Book Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/1

The Writer's Center. Compass Fellowship. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama, Screenplays No Fee. 11/1

Yalobusha Review. Barry Hannah Prize for Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. 11/1

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

StoryQuarterly. Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 11/7

The Arkansas International. Emerging Writer's Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 11/8

Frontier Poetry. Frontier Industry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/14

Carve Magazine. Prose & Poetry Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/15

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

Interim. Test Site Poetry Series. Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/15

Nightboat Books. Nightboat Poetry Prize. Poetry Entry Fee. 11/15

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

Philadelphia Stories. Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/15

Pleiades Press. Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Book Prize. Poetry. 11/15

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

Room. Short Forms Contest. Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/15

Sonora Review. Flash Prose Contest/Nonfiction Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/15

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

The Story Prize. Book Award. Fiction. Entry fee. 11/15

Sucarnochee Review. Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 11/15

Third Wednesday. One Sentence Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/15

Washington Writers' Publishing House. Jean Feldman Poetry Prize/Washington Writer’s Publishing House Fiction Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/15

West Chester University Poetry Center. Donald Justice Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/15

Yale University Press. Yale Series of Younger Poets. Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/15

The Heartland Review. Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/16

Narrative Magazine. 30 Below Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. 11/17

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

JuxtaProse Literary Magazine. Chapbook Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/20

Nowhere. Fall Travel Writing Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/20

Sycamore Review. Wabash Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/22

Western Humanities Review. Mountain West Writers' Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre, Audio. Entry Fee. 11/22

Beloit Fiction Journal. Hamlin Garland Award for the Short Story. Fiction. Entry Fee. 11/25

JuxtaProse. Fiction Prize; Poetry Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/26

Bath Children’s Novel Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. 11/28

Baltimore Review. Winter Contest.Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/30

Beloit Poetry Journal. Chad Walsh Chapbook Series. Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/30

Better Than Starbucks. Sonnet Contest. Poetry. No Fee. 11/30

BOA Editions. A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 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. 11/30

Cider Press Review. Book Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/30

Coastal Shelf. "In One Go" Folio Contest. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/30

Fish Publishing. Short Story Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 11/30

Kentucky Women Writers Conference. Prize for Women Playwrights. Drama. 11/30

LitMag. Anton Chekhov Award for Flash Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. 11/30

The Masters Review. Fall Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 11/30

Munster Literature Center. Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/30

Narrative Magazine. Fall Story Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 11/30

National League of American Pen Women. Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/30

New Millennium Writings. Annual Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/30

Poetry International. C.P. Cavafy Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/30

Prairie Fire. Annual Writing Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/30

Prism Review. Poetry & Short Story Contests. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/30

Redivider. Blurred Genre Contest: Flash Prose and Prose Poetry. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/30

Sentinel Literary Quarterly. Poetry Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/30

Sweet: A Literary Confection. Flash Essay Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 11/30

Texas Review Press. George Garrett Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 11/30

Quarter After Eight. Robert J. Demott Short Prose Contest. Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 11/30

University of Georgia Press. Georgia Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/30

University of North Texas. Rilke Prize.Poetry. No Fee. 11/30

White Pine Press. Annual Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/30

WOW! Women On Writing. Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 11/30

 

December


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African Poetry Book Fund. Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. Poetry. No Fee. 12/1

Agnes Scott College Writers' Festival. Creative Writing Competition. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama. No Fee. 12/1

American Library Association. Schneider Family Book Awards. Children's/YA Fiction, Children's/YA Nonfiction. No fee. 12/1

American Library Association. W.Y Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction. Fiction. No Fee. 12/1

Breakwater Review. Breakwater Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 12/1

Briarpatch. Writing in the Margins. Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/1

december. Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/1

The Fiddlehead. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/1

Five Points. James Dickey Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/1

The Langum Foundation. David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction. Fiction. No Fee. 12/1

Louisville Literary Arts. Writer's Block Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/1

Morehead State University. Thomas & Lille D. Chaffin Award. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No Fee. 12/1

Ohio University Press/Swallow Press Hollis-Summers Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/1

Regal House Publishing. W.S. Porter Prize for Short Story Collections. Fiction. Entry Fee. 12/1

Slab. Elizabeth R. Curry Prize in Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/1

Slipstream. Poetry Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/1

Smith College. Poetry Prize for High School Girls in New England. Poetry. No Fee. 12/1

University of Evansville. Richard Wilbur Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/1

Waywiser Press. Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize. Poetry. 12/1

The Writing Salon. Jane Underwood Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/1

Mslexia (UK). Poetry Competitions (Single Poem & Pamphlet). Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/6

Friends of American Writers Chicago. Literature Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction. No Fee. 12/10

Sarabande Books. Flo Gault Student Poetry Prize. Poetry. No Fee. 12/11

Daisy Pettles. Older Women's Writing Residency & Grant Application. Entry Fee. Fiction, Nonfiction, Drama, Screenwriting, Comics. 12/12

Center for Book Arts. Poetry Chapbook Program. Poetry. No Fee. 12/15

Center for Kansas Studies. Hefner Heitz Kansas Book Award. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No Fee. 12/15

Chautauqua Institution. Chautauqua Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 12/15

Columbia Journal. Winter Writing Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/15

Gival Press. Poetry Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/15

MUSE Literary Journal. Holden Vaughn Spangler Memorial Award for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/15

Porter House Review. Editor's Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art. Entry Fee. 12/15

Story. Story Foundation Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 12/15

Meridian. Editors' Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/15

Viriginia Commonwealth University English Department. Levis Reading Prize. Poetry. No Fee. 12/15

Toasted Cheese. Dead of Winter. Fiction. No Fee. 12/21

The Lascaux Review. Lascaux Prize in Short Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. 12/23

3 Mile Harbor Press. Poetry Book Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/30

Codhill Press. Codhill Poetry Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/30

Arte Publico. Salinas de Alba Award. Children's Literature. No Fee. 12/31

Bright Hill Press. Full-length Poetry Book Competition/Poetry Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/31 (hiatus 2020)

Chestnut Review. Poetry Chapbook Contest. Poetry. 12/31

Cleveland Foundation. Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No Fee. 12/31

The Florida Review. Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 12/31

Hub City Press. C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 12/31 [even-numbered years]

Kallisto Gaia Press. Acacia Fiction Prize; Saguaro Poetry Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/31

The Kenyon Review. The Short Nonfiction Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 12/31

Lilith Magazine. Annual Fiction Contest. Fiction. No Fee. 12/31

LitMag. Virginia Woolf Award for Short Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. 12/31

Livingston Press. Tartts Fiction Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. 12/31 (extended to 3/15)

The Lyric. College Poetry Contest. Poetry. No Fee. 12/31

The Moth. Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/31

New Rivers Press. Many Voices Project. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/31

Poetry Quarterly. Rebecca Lard Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/31

Poetry Society of America. Robert H. Winner Memorial Award; George Bogin Memorial Award; Chapbook Fellowships; Four Quartets Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/31

Press 53. Award for Short Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. 12/31

River Styx. Microfiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 12/31

Smartish Pace. Beullah Rose Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/31

Smartish Pace. Erskine J. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/31

Snake Nation Press. Serena McDonald Kennedy Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. 12/31

The Society of Classical Poets. Poetry Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/31

Sunspot Lit. Culmination Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art. Entry Fee. 12/31

The Tampa Review. Danahy Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 12/31

Two Sylvias Press. Wilder Series Poetry Book Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/31

Virginia Commonwealth University. Cabell First Novelist Award. Fiction. No Fee. 12/31

Willamette Writers. Kay Snow Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenplays, Writing for Young People. Entry Fee. 12/31

 

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Bayou. James Knudsen Prize for Fiction/Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/1

Defenestrationism. Lengthy Poem Contest. Poetry. No Fee. 1/1

The First Pages Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 1/1

Fourteen Hills. Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award. Poetry. No Fee. 1/1

The Hunger. Winter Poetry Contest. Entry Fee. 1/1

Mississippi Review. Mississippi Review Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/1

Northern New England Review. Raven Prize in Creative Nonfiction. Nonfiction. No Fee. 1/1

Gemini Magazine. Poetry Open. Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/2

Minerva Rising. Dare to Speak Poetry Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/2

North Carolina Writers' Network. Jacob/Jones African-American Literary Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 1/2

Moon City Press. Moon City Short Fiction Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. 1/4

Button Poetry. Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/5

The Frost Place/Bull City Press. The Frost Place Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/5

The Frost Place/Dartmouth College. Dartmouth Poet in Residence. Poetry. 1/5

Washington-Centerville Public Library. Erma Bombeck Writing Competition. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 1/4 [even-numbered years]

92Y. Discovery Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/10

Northern California Book Reviewers. Northern California Book Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translation, Children's Literature. No Fee. 1/10

Glass Mountain. Poetry & Prose Competition. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/11

Magma Poetry. Magma Poetry Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/11

Colorado Review. Colorado Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/14

New Ohio Review. Editors' Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/14

Shakespeare in the 'Burg. One-Act Playwriting Competition. Drama. No Fee. 1/14

Autumn House Press. Rising Writer Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/15

DISQUIET. DISQUIET Literary Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/15

French-American Foundation. Translation Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. No Fee. 1/15

Institute for Latino Studies at University of Notre Dame. Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize. Poetry. No Fee. 1/15

Mark Twain House & Museum. American Voice in Literature Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. 1/15

Native American Literature Symposium. Electa Quinney Award for Published Stories. Fiction. No Fee. 1/15

North Carolina Writers' Network. Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 1/15

Poetry by the Sea. The Kim Bridgford Memorial Sonnet Contest. Poetry. Entry fee. 1/15

Rattle. Chapbook Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/15

Room. Cover Art Contest. Art. Entry Fee. 1/15

Third Coast. Jaimy Gordon Fiction Prize/Poetry Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/15

Washington Center for the Book. Washington State Book Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Children's Literature, YA Literature. No Fee. 1/15

Palette Poetry. Previously Published Poem Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/16

Poetry Society of Virginia. Annual Contests. Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/19

Cagibi. Macaron Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/20

West Chester University Poetry Center. Iris N. Spencer Poetry Award/Myong Chao Son Haiku Award/Rhina P. Espaillat Award. Poetry, Translations. No Fee. 1/24

West Chester University Poetry Center. Wil Mills Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/24

North Carolina Writers' Network. Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 1/30

Austin Community College. Balcones Literary Prizes. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/31

Bauhan Publishing. The Monadnock Essay Collection Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 1/31

Black Lawrence Press. The Big Moose Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 1/31

The Connecticut Poetry Society. Nutmeg Poetry Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/31

Crazyhorse. Annual Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/31

Dynamo Verlag. Book Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. 1/31

Fish Publishing. Short Memoir Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 1/31

The Ghost Story. Screw Turn Flash Fiction Competition. Fiction. Entry Fee. 1/31

Georgia Writers Association. Georgia Author of the Year Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Children's Books, Young Adult Books, Graphic Novels. Entry Fee. 1/31

Graysons Books. Poetry Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/31

Graywolf Press. Nonfiction Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 1/31

Haiku Poets of Northern California. San Francisco International Rengay Contest. Rengay. Entry Fee. 1/31

Hurston/Wright Foundation. Award for College Writers. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/31

Into the Void. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/31

The Iowa Review. The Iowa Review Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/31

Kenyon Review. Short Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 1/31

The Masters Review. Short Story Award for New Writers. Fiction. Entry Fee. 1/31

Nervous Ghost Press. Book Prizes. Poetry, Prose. Entry Fee. 1/31

Nomadic Press. Bindle Award. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/31

The Pinch. The Page Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 1/31

Plough Arts Center (UK). Plough Prize. Open Poetry Competition/Ronald Duncan Short Poem Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/31

PRISM International. Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. 1/31

A Public Space. A Public Space Fellowships. Fiction, Nonfiction. No Fee. 1/31

Regal House Publishing. Terry J. Cox Poetry Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/31

Schaffner Press. Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/31

Sonder Press. Sonder Press Chapbook Competition. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 1/31

Stanford Libraries. William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 1/31 [even-numbered years]

Teachers & Writers. Bechtel Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 1/31

Tupelo Press. Dorset Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/31

University of Iowa School of Social Work. Poetry Contest for Social Workers. Poetry. No Fee. 1/31

Whitefish Review. Rick Bass/Montana Prize for Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. 1/31

WOW! Women on Writing. Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 1/31

 

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American Short Fiction. American Short(er) Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 2/1

Arc Poetry Magazine. Poem of the Year Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/1

Binghamton University Center for Writers. John Gardner Fiction Book Award/Milton Kessler Poetry Book Award. Fiction, Poetry. No Fee. 2/1

CutBank. Montana Prizes/Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/1

Etchings Press. Book Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/1

Grindstone Literary. Crucible First Novel Award for Crime, Mystery, and Thriller Novels. Fiction. No Fee. 2/1

The Malahat Review. Long Poem Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/1

The Malahat Review. Novella Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 2/1

New American Press. New American Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/1

Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College. Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards. Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/1

Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College. Paterson Poetry Prize. Poetry. No Fee. 2/1

Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College. Paterson Prize for Books for Young People. Writing for Children & Young Adults. No Fee. 2/1

Ruminate. William Van Dyke Short Story Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 2/1 (+3-day grace period)

Sheila-Na-Gig online. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/1

Slippery Elm Literary Journal. Slippery Elm Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/1

The Southampton Review. The Frank McCourt Memoir Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 2/1

WB Yeats Society of NY. Yeats Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/1

Woodrow Hall Editions. Woodrow Hall Top Shelf Awards. Flash Fiction. No Fee. 2/1

New Delta Review. Chapbook Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. 2/3

Southern Indiana Review. Michael Waters Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/3

Zócalo Public Square. Poetry Prize. Poetry. No Fee. 2/3

Southern Illinois University Carbondale/Grassroots. Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/8

Open Minds Quarterly. BrainStorm Poetry Contest. Entry Fee. 2/9

Furious Flower Poetry Center. Furious Flower Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/10

Morris Museum of Art. Porter Fleming Literary Competition. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama. Entry Fee. 2/11

The Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group. Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Writing for Young People. Entry Fee. 2/12

Milkweed Editions. Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry. Poetry. No Fee. 2/14

Writers' Union of Canada. Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 2/14

Academy of American Poets. Raiziss/de Palchi Translation Awards. Translations. No Fee. 2/15

Arrowsmith Press. Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/15

Columbia Journal. Spring Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/15

Frost Foundation. Robert Frost Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/15

Haiku Society of America. Merit Book Awards. Haiku. No Fee. 2/15

Humber Literary Review. Emerging Writers Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 2/14 [even-numbered years]

Omnidawn Publishing. First/Second Book Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/14

Mount Island. Lucy Terry Prince Prize for Rural Poets of Color. Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/15

New Limestone Review. Crystal Wilkinson Creative Writing Prize for Emerging Black Writers. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre. No Fee. 2/15

Pulp Literature. Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 2/15

Sarabande Books. Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. 2/15

Sarabande Books. Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/15

Soundings East. Claire Keyes Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/15

Third Wednesday. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/15

University of Central Oklahoma. Everett Southwest Literary Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. 2/15

The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow. Humor Me - A Funny Writer's Fellowship. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre, Drama, Screenplays. Entry Fee. 2/22

Heartland Review Press. Chapbook Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/23

Writers' Trust of Canada. RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Fiction, Poetry. No fee. 2/25

After Hours. Mary Blinn Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/28

AWP. Award Series. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/28

CBC Books. CBC Nonfiction Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 2/28

Fish Publishing. Flash Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 2/28

The Headlight Review. Chapbook Prize in Prose Writing. Fiction. Entry Fee. 2/28

James River Writers. Shann Palmer Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/28

Lunch Ticket. Diana Woods Memorial Award. Nonfiction. No Fee. 2/28

Lunch Ticket. Gabo Prize for Lit in Translation & Multi-Lingual Texts. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translations. No Fee. 2/28

The New Quarterly. Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/28

Nowhere. Emerging Travel Writers' Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/28

Red Hen Press. Women's Prose Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 2/28 [even-numbered years]

RCAH Center for Poetry. Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize (Emerging). Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/28

Scottish Arts Club. Short Story Competition. Fiction. Entry Fee. 2/28

Subnivean. The Subnivean Awards. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/28

Sustainable Arts Foundation. Individual Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama, Writing for Young People, Journalism, Graphic Novels, Art, Photography. Entry Fee. 2/28

Sweet. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/28

Sycamore Review. Flash Prose Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. 2/28

Tupelo Press. Snowbound Chapbook Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/28

Wolfson Press. Wolfson Poetry Chapbook Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/28

WOW! Women On Writing. Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 2/28

 

March


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42 Miles Press. Poetry Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/1

Airlie Press. Airlie Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/1

Backbone Press. Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/1

Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Documentary Essay Prize. Nonfiction, Photography. Entry Fee. 3/1

Gotham Writers Workshop. Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 3/1

Gutsy Great Novelist. Chapter One Prize for Novelists. Fiction. Entry Fee. 3/1

Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry & Medicine. The Hippocrates Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/1

Hunger Mountain. Annual Writing Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Writing for Young People. Entry Fee. 3/1

The Journal. The Non/Fiction Collection Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. 3/1

Journal of New Jersey Poets. New Jersey Poets Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/1

North Carolina Literary Review. Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 3/1

North Carolina Writers' Network. Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/1

Pacific Northwest Writers' Association. Literary Contest for Unpublished Work. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Writing for Young People. Entry Fee. 3/1 (digital); 3/27 (paper)

Snake Nation Press. Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/1

Deep Wild Journal. Undergraduate Poetry Contest. Poetry. No Fee. 3/1

Coastal Shelf. FuPo Poetry Contest, Ceiling 200 Contest. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/5

Ecology Florida. Loquat Writing Contest. Fiction, Poetry. No Fee. 3/6

Persea Books. Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/7

The Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation. Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize. Entry Fee. 3/7

Cave Canem Foundation. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/9

Thirty West Publishing House. Chapbook Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/12

Modern Haiku. Robert Spiess Memorial Award Haiku Competition. Poetry. No Fee. 3/13

Alice Munro Festival. Literary Short Story Competition for Emerging Writers. Fiction. Entry Fee. 3/14

Colorado Review. Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. 3/14

Able Muse. Write Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/15

Bellingham Review. Annual Literary Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/15

Cloudbank. Cloudbank Prize. Poetry, Fiction. Entry Fee. 3/15

Fourth Genre. Multimedia Essay Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 3/15

Fourth Genre. Steinberg Essay Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 3/15

Iron Horse Literary Review. Chapbook Competition. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/15

Jabberwock Review. Nancy D. Hargrove Editors' Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/15

James River Writers. Best Self-Published Novel Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 3/15

James River Writers. Best Unpublished Novel Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 3/15

Missouri Review. Perkoff Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/15

National Poetry Series. Open Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/15

Newfound. Newfound Prose Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 3/15

Owl Canyon Press. Short Story Hackathon. Fiction. Entry Fee. 3/15

Permafrost. Book Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/15

Phoebe. Annual Writing Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/15

Prairie Schooner. Raz-Shumaker Prairie Schooner Book Prize Contest. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/15

Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation. Tor House Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/15

Room. Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 315

Sisters in Crime. Pride Award for Emerging LGBTQIA+ Crime Writers. Fiction. No Fee. 3/15

The Southeast Review. Art Award/Gearhart Poetry Contest/Ned Stuckey-French Nonfiction Contest/World's Best Short-Short Story Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art. Entry Fee. 3/15

Wilkes University. James Jones First Novel Fellowship. Fiction. Entry Fee. 3/15

Word Works. Washington Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/15

The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow. My Time Fellowship for Parent Writers. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre, Drama, Screenplays. Entry Fee. 3/15

Verse. Tomaž Šalamun Prize. Poetry, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. 3/16

North Dakota State University Press. Poetry of the Plains and Prairies Award. Poetry. No Fee. 3/17

Sucarnochee Review. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/20

Toasted Cheese. The Savage Mystery Writing Contest. Fiction. No Fee. weekend closest to 3/21

The Lascaux Review. Lascaux Prize in Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/23

Sonora Review. Themed Contest. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/27

The Masters Review. Anthology Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 3/28

The New Quarterly. Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 3/28

AWP. The Kurt Brown Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/30

Bat City Review. Short Prose Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. 3/30

Able Muse. Book Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/31

Arts & Letters. Arts & Letters Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama. Entry Fee. 3/31

Banipal Trust for Arab Literature (UK). Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation. Translations. No Fee. 3/31

Black Lawrence Press. The Hudson Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/31

Chautauqua Institution. Janus Prize for Emerging Writers. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 3/31

Cleveland State University Poetry Center. Lighthouse Poetry Series. Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/31

Common Ground Review. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/31

Elixir Press. Antivenom Poetry Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/31

Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park. Hemingway Shorts Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 3/31

Fish Publishing. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/31

Four Way Books. Intro Prize in Poetry/Levis Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/31

Gemini Magazine. Short Story Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 3/31

Indiana Review. Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 3/31

Indiana Review. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/31

Iron Horse Literary Review. Video Literature Competition. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/31

Lily Poetry Review Books. Paul Menser Book Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/31

Narrative Magazine. Winter Story Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 3/31

National Indie Excellence Awards. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Drama, Screenplays, Cross-genre, Comics, Reviews, Interviews, Translations, Photography, Art. Entry Fee. 3/31

The Pinch. Literary Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/31

Pleiades. R.M. Kinder Award in Realistic Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. 3/31

Prime Number. Magazine Awards. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/31

Red Hen Press. Nonfiction Award. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 3/31 [odd-numbered years]

Restless Books. Prize for New Immigrant Writing. Fiction, Nonfiction. No Fee. 3/31

The Robert Frost Farm. Frost Farm Prize for Metrical Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/31

Rubery Book Award. International Rubery Book Award. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/31

Sentinel Literary Quarterly. Poetry Competition. Entry Fee. 3/31

Short Fiction. International Short Story Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 3/31

Sleeping Bear Press. Own Voices, Own Stories Award. Children's Picture Book. No Fee. 3/31

Sunspot Lit. Geminga Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art. Entry Fee. 3/31

Texas Review Press. Clay Reynolds Novella Prize/Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/31

Theme of Absence. Speculative Philosophical Fiction Contest. No Fee. 3/31

Yalobusha Review. Yellowwood Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/31

 

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The Alpine Fellowship. Writing Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No Fee. 4/1

Fugue. Prose and Poetry Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/1

Grain Magazine. Short Grain Writing Contest. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/1

Killer Nashville. Claymore Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. 4/1

New South Journal. New South Writing Contest. Poetry, Prose. Entry Fee. 4/1

Nimrod. Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction/Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/1

North American Review. Terry Tempest Williams Prize for Creative Nonfiction. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 4/1

Orison Books. Orison Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/1

Saturnalia Books. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/1

Tusculum Review. Established/Emerging Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Drama, Poetry, Cross-Genre, Comics. Entry Fee. 4/1

Tusculum Review. Fiction Chapbook Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 4/1

University of Arkansas Press. Etel Adnan Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/1

Winning Writers. Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. Poetry. No Fee. 4/1

Zone 3 Press. Creative Nonfiction Book Award. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 4/1 [odd-numbered years]

Zone 3 Press. First Book Award for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/1 [even-numbered years]

Fitzroy Books. Kraken Book Prize for Middle-Grade Fiction. Children's/YA Fiction. Entry Fee. 4/6

Grist.org. Imagine 2200: Climate fiction for future ancestors. Fiction. No Fee. 4/12

Athena Project. Plays in Progress Series. Drama. No Fee. 4/15

Breakwater Review. Peseroff Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/15

Broad River Review. Rash Awards. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/15

Dancing Poetry. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/15

Desperate Literature. Short Story Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 4/15

The Florida Review. Editors' Award. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/15

Geist. Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 4/15

Gulf Coast. Gulf Coast Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/15

Kelsey Street Press. QTBIPOC Prize. Poetry. No Fee. 4/15

Mad Creek Books. Gournay Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 4/15

New Ohio Review. New Ohio Review Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/15

Parsec. Parsec Short Story Contest. Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror. No Fee. 4/15

Passager. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/15

Passages North. Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize/Ray Ventre Nonfiction Prize. Poetry, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 4/15

Passages North. Waasnode Fiction Prize/Neutrino Short-Short Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. 4/15

Permafrost. New Alchemy Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Audio, Video. Entry Fee. 4/15

PRISM International. The Grouse Grind Lit Prize for V. Short Forms. Fiction, Nonfiction, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. 4/15

PULP Literature. Magpie Award for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/15

Singapore Unbound. Singapore Poetry Contest. Poetry. No Fee. 4/15

Slope Editions. Book Prize. Poetry, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. 4/15

Spoon River Poetry Review. SRPR Editors' Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/15

University of Utah Press. Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/15

Yemassee. Chapbook Contests. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/15

Southeast Missouri State University Press. Cowles Poetry Book Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/16 (extended)

Contemporary Verse 2. 2 Day Poem Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/16 (registration); 4/25 (submissions)

Hub City Press. New Southern Voices Poetry Book Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/17 [odd-numbered years]

Omnidawn Publishing. Single Poem Broadside Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/18

Palette Poetry. The Emerging Poet Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/19

Catamaran Literary Reader. Catamaran Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/20

Sixfold. Short Story & Poetry Awards. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/23

Santa Clara Review. Flash Creative Nonfiction Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 4/26

F(r)iction. Spring Literary Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/29

Beloit Poetry Journal. Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/30

Clive Cussler Collector's Society. Adventure Writers Competition. Fiction. Entry Fee. 4/30

DIAGRAM. New Michigan Press/Diagram Chapbook Contest. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/30

Fiction Southeast. Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 4/30 (extended)

Freefall. Annual Prose & Poetry Contest. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/30

Friends of Falun Gong. Poetry Competition. Poetry. No Fee. 4/30

The Ghost Story. Supernatural Fiction Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. 4/30

Grist. Pro Forma Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. 4/30

Gunpowder Press. Barry Spacks Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/30

Harpur Palate. John Gardner Memorial Prize for Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. 4/30

Indie It Press. Napkin Microficition Writing Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 4/30

Inlandia. Hillary Gravendyk Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/30

Jacar Press. Full-Length Poetry Book Contest; Poetry Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/30

Marsh Hawk Press. Robert Creeley Memorial Award/Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award. Poetry. 4/30

Ninth Letter. Literary Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/30

North Carolina Literary Review. James Applewhite Poetry Prize Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/30

Oversound. Oversound Chapbook Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/30

Poetry by the Sea. Book Awards. Poetry. Entry fee. 4/30

Poetry International. Poetry International Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/30

Prole. Prole Laureate. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/30

Redivider. Beacon Street Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/30

Sentinel Literary Quarterly. Poetry Competition. Entry Fee. 4/30

Storm Cellar. Force Majeure Flash Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Cross-Genre, Drama, Comics. Entry Fee. 4/30

Trio House Press. Book Awards. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/30

Tupelo Press. Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/30

University of Iowa Press. Iowa Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/30

University of Mississippi Department of Writing & Rhetoric. The Willie Morris Awards. Fiction, Poetry. No Fee. 4/30

University of Pittsburgh Press. Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/30

Vallum. Vallum Chapbook Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/30

Winning Writers. Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 4/30

WOW! Women on Writing. Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 4/30

 

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The Ashland Poetry Press. Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/1

Atlanta Review. International Poetry Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/1

december. Curt Johnson Prose Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 5/1

EastOver Press. EastOver Prize for Fiction; EastOver Prize for Nonfiction. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 5/1

The Georgia Review. Loraine Williams Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/1

Haiku Poets of Northern California. San Francisco International Haibun Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/1

High Desert Museum. Waterston Desert Writing Prize. Nonfiction. 5/1

The Hunger. Spring Prose Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. 5/1

The Malahat Review. Far Horizons Award. Fiction (odd-numbered years), Poetry (even-numbered years). Entry Fee. 5/1

Noemi Press. Book Award for Poetry/Book Award for Prose. Poetry, Prose. Entry Fee. 5/1

Ruminate. Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/1 (+3-day grace period)

Sheila-Na-Gig online. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/1

Shepherd University. West Virginia Fiction Competition. Fiction. No Fee. 5/1

University of Nebraska Press. The Backwaters Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/1

Wick Poetry Center. Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/1

CRAFT. Short Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 5/2

Southeast Missouri State University Press. Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Photography. No Fee. 5/2

Australian Book Review. Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 5/3

Kansas City Public Library. Maya Angelou Book Award. No Fee. 5/3

Leapfrog Press. Global Fiction Prize Contest. Adult Fiction, Young Adult/Middle Grade Fiction. Entry Fee. 5/3

Bristol Short Story Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 5/5

Shooter Literary Magazine. Short Story Competition. Fiction. Entry Fee. 5/9

Miami Book Fair. Miami Book Fair/de Groot Prize for the Novella. Fiction. Entry Fee. 5/10

TSS Publishing. The Cambridge Flash Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 5/14

The American Poetry Review. Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/15

Carve Magazine. The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 5/15

Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize. Nonfiction, Poetry, Photography, Documentary. Entry Fee. 5/15

Crab Creek Review. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/15

Crook's Corner Book Prize. Debut Novel Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee.5/15

Lost Horse Press. Idaho Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/15

McGill University. Montreal International Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/15 [even-numbered years]

Pittsburg State University. Cow Creek Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/15

Ploughshares. Emerging Writer's Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/15

Singapore Unbound/Gaudy Boy. The Gaudy Boy Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/15

subTerrain. Lush Triumphant Literary Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/15

Frontier Poetry. Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/17

New Letters. Conger Beasley Award. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 5/18

New Letters. Robert Day Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. 5/18

New Letters. Patricia Cleary Miller Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/18

moonSHINE Review Press. KAKALAK. Poetry, Art. Entry Fee. 5/23

SmokeLong Quarterly. Award for Flash Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. 5/24 [even-numbered years]

The New Quarterly. Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. 5/28

Gival Press. Novel Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. 5/30 [even-numbered years]

The Masters Review. Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 5/30

Anhinga Press. Anhinga–Robert Dana Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/31

Bacopa Literary Review. Annual Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No Fee. 5/31

Baltimore Review. Summer Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/31

The Bath Novel Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. 5/31

Black Lawrence Press. Black River Chapbook Competition. Poetry, Prose. Entry Fee. 5/31

BOA Editions. BOA Short Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 5/31

Bridport Arts Centre. Bridport Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/31

CBC Books. CBC Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/31

Connecticut Poetry Society. Connecticut Poetry Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/31

CutBank. Chapbook Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/31

Elixir Press. Fiction Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. 5/31

The Iowa Review. Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No Fee. 5/31 [even-numbered years]

Map Literary. Rachel Wetzsteon Chapbook Award. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/31 [even-numbered years]

Milkweed Editions. Max Ritvo Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/31

Meet the Presses Collective. bpNichol Chapbook Award. Poetry. No Fee. 5/31

Midwest Writing Center. Great River Writers' Retreat Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/31

New England Poetry Club. Annual Writing & Book Contests. Poetry. 5/31

Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society. William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/31

River Heron Review. RHR Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/31

River Styx. International Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/31

Rougarou. Fabulist & Speculative Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 5/31

Sapiens Plurum. Better Futures Interspecies Interaction Contest. Fiction. No Fee. 5/31

Southern Poetry Review. Guy Owen Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/31

Two Sylvias Press. Chapbook Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/31

University of Georgia Press. Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. 5/31

Wasafiri. Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize. Fiction, Poetry, Life Writing. Entry Fee. 5/31

Winston-Salem Writers. Flying South Annual Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/31

WOW! Women On Writing. Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 5/31

The Writer's Center. First Novel Prize. Fiction. No Fee. 5/31

 

June


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American Short Fiction. The Halifax Ranch Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 6/1

Atlanta Review. Dan Veach Prize for Younger Poets. Poetry. No Fee. 6/1

The Conium Review. Innovative Short Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 6/1

The Cupboard. Annual Cupboard Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. 6/1

The Fiddlehead. Creative Nonfiction Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 6/1

HeartWood Literary Magazine. Broadside Series Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre, Translations. Entry Fee. 6/1

The Heron's Nest. Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Awards. Poetry. No Fee. 6/1

Killer Nashville. Silver Falchion Award. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 6/1

Midway Journal. -1000 Below: Flash Prose and Poetry Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/1

Parlor Press/Free Verse Editions. New Measure Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/1

Raleigh Review. Laux/Millar Raleigh Review Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/1

River Arts Alliance. Maria F. Faust Sonnet Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/1

Salamander. Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 6/1

Southern Humanities Review. Auburn Witness Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/1

Stony Brook Southampton. $1,000 Short Fiction Prize. Fiction. No Fee. 6/1

University of Notre Dame Creative Writing Program. Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/1/24 [even-numbered years]

WriterAdvice. Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 6/2

Defenestrationism. !Short Story Contest!. Fiction. No Fee. 6/7

Canterbury Festival. Poet of the Year Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/11

Cave Canem Foundation. Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize. Poetry. No Fee for 2020. 6/12 [even-numbered years]

Western Connecticut State University. Housatonic Book Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/13

TSS Publishing. The Cambridge Short Story Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 6/14

A&U. Christopher Hewitt Award. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama. No Fee. 6/15

Autumn House Press. Annual Full-Length Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/15

Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Amateur Writing Contest. Speculative Fiction. No Fee. 6/15

The Bitter Oleander Press. Library of Poetry Book Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/15

HeartWood Literary Magazine. HeartWood Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/15

Indiana Review/Indiana University Press. Don Belton Fiction Reading Period. Fiction. Entry Fee. 6/15

Lynx House Press. Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/15

The MacGuffin. Poet Hunt Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/15

Narrative Magazine. The Narrative Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama. Entry Fee. 6/15

Philadelphia Stories. Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. 6/15

PULP Literature. Hummingbird Prize for Flash Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. 6/15

Slapering Hol Press. Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/15

Swan Scythe Press. Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/15

Tiferet. Prizes for Poetry & Prose. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/15

Towson University English Department. Towson Prize for Literature. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama. No Fee. 6/15

University of Akron Press. Akron Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/15

Willow Springs Books. Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. 6/15

Palette Poetry. Sappho Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/20

Room. Creative Non-Fiction Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 6/20

Toasted Cheese. A Midsummer Tale. Fiction, Nonfiction. No Fee. 6/21

Gival Press. Oscar Wilde Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/27

Bard College. Bard Fiction Prize for Young Writers. Fiction. No Fee. 6/30

Barrow Street Press. Barrow Street Book Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/30

Bauhan Publishing. May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/30

Boston Review. Aura Estrada Short Story Contest; Annual Poetry Contest. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/30

Brodighera Press. Lauria/Frasca Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/30

Burnside Review. Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/30

CALYX. Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/30

Cider Press Review. Editors' Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/30

CRAFT. First Chapters Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee.6/30

F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival. Short Story Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 6/30

Finishing Line Press. New Women's Voices Series Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/30

Key West Literary Seminar. Emerging Writer Awards. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/30

The Lascaux Review. Lascaux Prize in Flash Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. 6/30

Moment Magazine/Karma Foundation. Short Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 6/30

The Moth. International Short Story Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 6/30

New American Press. New American Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 6/30 (extended)

New Millennium Writings. Annual Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/30

North Carolina Writers Network. Sally Buckner Emerging Writers’ Fellowship. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 6/30

Nowhere. Spring Travel Writing Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/30

Omnidawn. Poetry Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/30

The Review of English Studies. Essay Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 6/30

Sunspot Lit. Solar Flare Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art. Entry Fee. 6/30

University of Pittsburgh Press. Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Fiction. No Fee. 6/30

Winning Writers. North Street Book Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 6/30

 

July


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Ambit Magazine. Fiction, Poetry, & Illustration Competitions. Fiction, Poetry, Art. Entry Fee. 7/1

Americana: The Institute for the Study of American Popular Culture. Prize Americana for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. 7/1

Arizona Mystery Writers. Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 7/1

Blue Mountain Center. Richard J. Margolis Award. Nonfiction, Journalism. No Fee. 7/1

Claremont Graduate University. Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Poetry. No Fee. 7/1

The Laurel Review. Midwest Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 7/1

Orison Books. Orison Chapbook Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. 7/1

The Saturday Evening Post. Great American Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 7/1

Sheila-Na-Gig Editions. Poetry Chapbook Contests. Poetry. Entry Fee. 7/1

Ruminate. The Waking's Flash Prose Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 7/1 (+3-day grace period)

Headmistress Press. Charlotte Mew Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 7/4

Thirty West Publishing House. Broadside Contest Pt. 2. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No Fee. 7/4

Conduit Books & Ephemera. Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 7/5

Gutsy Great Novelist. Page One Prize for Novelists. Fiction. Entry Fee. 7/7

Southern Humanities Review. Editors' Chapbook Prize for Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. 7/7

Singapore Unbound. Best Undergraduate Critical Essays on Singapore & Other Literatures. No Fee. 7/12

Bellevue Literary Review. BLR Literary Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 7/15

The Cincinnati Review. Robert and Adele Schiff Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 7/15

The Comstock Review. Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 7/15

Driftwood Press. Adrift Chapbook Series. Poetry. Entry Fee. 7/15

Driftwood Press. The Adrift Short Story Competition. Fiction. Entry Fee. 7/15

Futurepoem. Other Futures Award. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. 7/15

Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas. Writer-in-Residence Program. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No Fee. 7/15

Ledbury Poetry Festival (UK). Poetry Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. 7/15

Mudfish. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 7/15

Nimrod. Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 7/15

PRISM International. Creative Non-Fiction Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 7/15

RATTLE. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 7/15

Regal House Publishing. Petrichor Prize for Finely Crafted Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. 7/15

The Story Prize. Book Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. 7/15

Vallum. Vallum Award for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. 7/15

William Faulkner Literary Competition. Drama, Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 7/15

William Faulkner Literary Competition. Novel Category. Fiction. Entry Fee. 7/15

Narrative Magazine. Annual Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 7/16

Frontier Poetry. Frontier OPEN. Poetry. Entry Fee. 7/18

The Society of Classical Poets. First-Liners Poetry Contest. Poetry. No Fee. 7/18

Red Hen Press. Ann Petry Award. No Fee. 7/30

Anthology. Short Story Competition. Fiction. Entry Fee. 7/31

Arts & Letters. Unclassifiables Contest. Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. 7/31

California State Poetry Society. Annual Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 7/31

Chestnut Review. Prose Chapbook Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 7/31

Connecticut River Review. Experimental Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 7/31

Crazyhorse. Crazyshorts! Short-Short Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 7/31

Ghost Proposal. Annual Chapbook Contest. Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. 7/31

Haiku Society of America. HSA Haibun Contest/Harold G. Henderson Haiku Contest/Gerald Brady Senryu Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 7/31

Harbor Review. Washburn Chapbook Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 7/31

Haunted Waters Press. Penny Fiction. Flash Fiction. No Fee. 7/31

Howling Bird Press. Annual Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 7/31

Lee & Low Books. New Voices Award Writing Competition for Authors of Color. Writing for Young People. 7/31

Longridge Review. Anne C. Barnhill Prize for Creative Nonfiction. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 7/31

Miami Book Fair/National Poetry Series. Paz Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. 7/31 [even-numbered years]

Moon City Press. Moon City Poetry Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 7/31

Munster Literature Centre (UK). Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition. Fiction. Entry Fee. 7/31

Narrative Magazine. Spring Story Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 7/31

Press 53. Award for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. 7/31

Red Hen Press. Novella Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. 7/31 [even-numbered years]

Resource Center for Women & Ministry in the South. Essay Contest. Nonfiction. No Fee. 7/31

Sarabande Books. Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 7/31

Sentinel Literary Quarterly. Poetry Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. 7/31

The Sewanee Review. Fiction & Poetry Contest. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 7/31

Under the Sun. Summer Writing Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 7/31

Winter Goose Publishing. Fiction Award; Poetry Award. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 7/31

The Word Works. The Tenth Gate Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 7/15

WOW! Women on Writing. Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 7/31

 

August


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Gigantic Sequins. Flash Fiction & Poetry Contests. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 8/1

Grindstone Literary. Grindestone Short Story Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 8/1

The Malahat Review. Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 8/1

Orison Books. The Orison Anthology. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 8/1

PEN America. Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. 8/1 [even-numbered years]

Poetry Society of Michigan. Poetry Contests. Entry Fee. 8/1

Prairie Schooner. Summer Creative Nonfiction Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 8/1

Quarterly West. Chapbook Contest. Poetry, Prose. Entry Fee. 8/1

Seneca Review. Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize. Nonfiction, Hybrid, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. 8/1 [odd-numbered years]

Sheila-Na-Gig online. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 8/1

Staunch Book Prize. Flash Fiction Prize, Short Story Prize. Fiction. No Fee. 8/1 (hiatus for 2021)

Granum Foundation. Fellowship Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No Fee. 8/3

Briefly Write. Briefly Write Poetry Prize. Poetry. No Fee. 8/8

Gival Press. Short Story Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. 8/8

Blue Earth Review. Summer Writing Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 8/13

Baton Rouge Area Foundation. Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. Fiction. No Fee. 8/15

Diode Editions. Book Contest/Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 8/15

Gold Line Press. Chapbook Competitions. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 8/15

Grayson Books. Poetry Prize. Entry Fee. 8/15

Indiana Review. 1/2K Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 8/15

Ligonier Valley Writers. Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. No Fee. 8/15

Palette Poetry. Palette Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 8/15

Red Wheelbarrow. National Edition Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 8/15

Room. Poetry Contest. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 8/15

Ruminate. Broadside Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 8/15 (+3-day grace period)

South 85 Journal. Julia Peterkin Award for Flash FIction. Fiction. Entry Fee. 8/15 (on hiatus for 2021)

Talking Writing. Talking Writing Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. 8/15 (on hiatus for 2021)

Third Wednesday. George Dila Memorial Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 8/15

Omnidawn Publishing. Omnidawn Open. Poetry. Entry Fee. 8/16

The Ocotillo Review. Chester B. Himes Memorial Short Fiction Award/Julia Darling Memorial Poetry Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 8/20

Hippocampus. Remember in November Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 8/22

The Masters Review. Short Story Award for New Writers. Fiction. Entry Fee. 8/29

Aesthetica Magazine (UK). Creative Writing Award. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 8/31

Autumn House Press. Autumn House Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 8/31 (on hiatus for 2021)

Black Lawrence Press. St. Lawrence Book Award. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 8/31

Blue Mesa Review. Summer Writing Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 8/31

Button Poetry. Video Contest. Poetry, Video. Entry Fee. 8/31

Cultural Daily. Jack Grapes Poetry Prize. Poetry. No Fee. 8/31

Gemini Magazine. Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 8/31

Grid Books. Off the Grid Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 8/31

Journal of Experimental Fiction. Kenneth Patchen Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. 8/31

Lunch Ticket. Diana Woods Memorial Award. Nonfiction. No Fee. 8/31

Lunch Ticket. Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation & Multi-lingual Texts. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translations. No Fee. 8/31

Miami University Press. Novella Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 8/31

Munster Literature Center (UK). Fool For Poetry International Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. 8/31

Nostalgia Press. HEART Poetry Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 8/31

Telluride Institute. Fischer Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 8/31

University of New Orleans Press. Publishing Lab Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 8/31

Utica College. Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize. Poetry. No Fee. 8/31

WOW! Women on Writing. Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 8/31

 

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Gotham Writers Workshop. #GWstorieseverywhere. Fiction, Nonfiction. No Fee. Monthly Deadline.

Mid-American Review. Fineline Competition. Fiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. Rolling

The Missouri Review. Miller Audio Competition. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre, Audio. Year-round.

The Molotov Cocktail. Flash Contests. Fiction. Entry Fee. [*dates and themes vary, held multiple times a year*]

Ó Bhéal. International Five Words Poetry Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. Weekly Deadline.

Prime Number Magazine. 53-Word Story Contest. Fiction. No Fee. Monthly Deadline.

Storytwigs. Micro-Writing Competition. Fiction. No Fee. Monthly Theme & Deadline.

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