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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, audio, and video contests and competitions from independent publishers, literary magazines, alternative magazines, and writing conferences and festivals. Organized by upcoming deadlines.

 

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

 

March
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  • 42 Miles Press. Poetry Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/1

  • Airlie Press. Airlie Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/1

  • Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Documentary Essay Prize. Nonfiction, Photography. Entry Fee. [writing] 3/1 [*genres alternate*]

  • Flyway. Themed Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

  • Ginosko Literary Journal. Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

  • Gotham Writers Workshop. Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [literary site] 3/1

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

  • The Journal. The Non/Fiction Collection Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [book] 3/1

  • North Carolina Writers' Network. Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

  • Salt Hill Journal. Philip Booth Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/1

  • West Chester University Poetry Center. Iris N. Spencer Poetry Award/Myong Chao Son Haiku Award/Rhina P. Espaillat Award. Poetry, Translations. No Fee. [literary site] 3/1 [*for undergraduate writers only*]

  • West Chester University Poetry Center. Wil Mills Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [published chap] 3/1

  • Atticus Review. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/4

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

  • Modern Haiku. Robert Spiess Memorial Award Haiku Competition. Poetry. No Fee. [mag] 3/13

  • Colorado Review. Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/14

  • Cold Mountain Review. RT Smith Prize for Narrative Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • Able Muse. Write Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • October Hill Magazine. Literary Contest. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • Ahsahta Press. Sawtooth Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/15

  • Bellingham Review. Annual Literary Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15 (extended to 3/31)

  • Cave Canem Foundation. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/15 [*poets of African descent*]

  • Fourth Genre. Steinberg Essay Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

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

  • Literal Latte. Food Verse Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • The Missouri Review. Miller Audio Competition. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-genre, Audio. [audio] 3/15

  • Newfound. Newfound Prose Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [chap] 3/15

  • The Normal School. William Bradley Prize for the Essay. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • Prairie Schooner. Book Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/15

  • Psychopomp. Short Fiction Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation. Tor House Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 3/15

  • Sonora Review. Themed Contest. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • The Southampton Review. The Frank McCourt Memoir Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • The Southeast Review. Gearhart Poetry Contest/World's Best Short-Short Story Contest. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/15

  • Tupelo Press/Kundiman. Kundiman Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/15
    [*for Asian Americans only*]

  • Wilkes University. James Jones First Novel Fellowship. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 3/15

  • Word Works. Washington Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/15

  • Verse. Tomaž Šalamun Prize. Poetry, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [chap] 3/16

  • Alice Munro Festival. Literary Short Story Competition for Emerging Writers. Fiction. Entry Fee. [festival] 3/19
    [*writers living in Canada*]

  • Toasted Cheese. Three Cheers and a Tiger Myster Writing Contest. Fiction. No Fee. [mag] weekend closest to 3/21

  • Gordon Square Review. Spring Poetry Contest for Northeast Ohio Writers. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/22

  • Pacific Northwest Writers' Association. Literary Contest for Unpublished Work. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Writing for Young People. Entry Fee. [literary site] 3/22

  • The New Quarterly. Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/28 [*Canadian residents only*]

  • AWP. The Kurt Brown Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [conference] 3/30

  • Bat City Review. Short Prose Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/30
  • Phoebe. Annual Writing Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/30

  • Able Muse. Book Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31

  • Arts & Letters. Arts & Letters Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

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

  • Black Lawrence Press. The Hudson Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 3/31

  • Common Ground Review. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

  • The Robert Frost Farm. Frost Farm Prize for Metrical Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [conference] 3/31

  • Indiana Review. Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

  • Indiana Review. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

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

  • The Lascaux Review. Lascaux Prize in Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

  • Narrative Magazine. Winter Story Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

  • Pleiades. R.M. Kinder Award in Realistic Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 3/31

  • Restless Books. Prize for New Immigrant Writing. Fiction, Nonfiction. No Fee. [book] 3/31
    [*genres alternate*]

April
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  • Tusculum Review. Poetry Chapbook Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 4/1

  • Gemini Magazine. Short Story Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/1

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

  • Flyway. Sweet Corn Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/1

  • Killer Nashville. Claymore Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 4/1

  • Motionpoems. Epiphany Poetry Film Awards. Poetry, Video. Entry Fee. [literary site] 4/1

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

  • Zone 3. Literary Award Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No Fee. [mag] 4/1

  • Barely South. Norton Girault Literary Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/1

  • Orison Books. Orison Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/1

  • Nowhere. "This Land Is..." Travel-Writing Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/1

  • North American Review. Torch Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/1

  • Poetry International. Poetry International Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/1

  • Southeast Missouri State University Press. Cowles Poetry Book Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/1

  • Saturnalia Books. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/1

  • Grain Magazine. Short Grain Writing Contest. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/1

  • Winning Writers. Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. Poetry. No Fee. [literary site] 4/1

  • The Pinch. Literary Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/1

  • Sucarnochee Review. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/2
    [*undergraduate writers only*]

  • Iron Horse Literary Review. Chapbook Competition. Fiction, Nonfictoin, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag][chap] 4/2
    [*genres alternate; prose in odd-numbered years, poetry in even-numbered years*]

  • Cleveland State University Poetry Center. Open Book Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/5

  • Cleveland State University Poetry Center. First Book Poetry Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/5

  • Cleveland State University Poetry Center. Essay Collection Competition. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] 4/5

  • Contemporary Verse 2. 2 Day Poem Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/6

  • Four Way Books. Intro Prize in Poetry/Levis Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/7
    [*contest alternate each year*]

  • Rabbit Catastrophe Press. Real Good Poem Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/8

  • Americana: The Institute for the Study of American Popular Culture. Prize Americana for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/10

  • University of Utah Press. Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/15

  • Harpur Palate. John Gardner Memorial Prize for Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

  • Passager. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

  • Spoon River Poetry Review. SRPR Editors' Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

  • Sycamore Review. Wabash Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [writing] 4/15

  • Athena Project. Plays in Progress Series. Drama. No Fee. [festival] 4/15

  • Dancing Poetry. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [writing] 4/15

  • Hub City Press. New Southern Voices Poetry Book Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/15 [*biennial - odd-numbered years*]

  • University of Arkansas Press. CantoMundo Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/15

  • University of Arkansas Press. Etel Adnan Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/15

  • Driftwood Press. Adrift Chapbook Series. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 4/15

  • Redivider. Beacon Street Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

  • Prime Number. Magazine Awards. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

  • PULP Literature. Magpie Award for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

  • Passages North. Waasnode Fiction Prize/Neutrino Short-Short Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15
    [*biennial - even numbered years*]

  • Awst Press. Book Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/15
  • The Offbeat. Annual Writing Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

  • Passages North. Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize/Ray Ventre Nonfiction Prize. Poetry, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15
    [*biennial - odd numbered years*]

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

  • New South Journal. New South Writing Contest. Poetry, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 4/15

  • Puerto del Sol. Poetry & Prose Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

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

  • New Ohio Review. New Ohio Review Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/15

  • Slope Editions. Book Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/15

  • White Pine Press. Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/16

  • Hub City Press. C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 4/16

  • Cave Canem/Northwestern University Press. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/16
    [*biennial - even numbered years*]

  • Catamaran Literary Reader. Catamaran Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/20 [*for poets in CA, WA, OR, AK, HI*]

  • Omnidawn Publishing. Single Poem Broadside Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [broadside][mag] 4/22

  • DIAGRAM. Chapbook Contest. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 4/27

  • Beloit Poetry Journal. Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

  • Miami Book Fair. Miami Book Fair/de Groot Prize for the Novella. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

  • The Ashland Poetry Press. Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

  • Marsh Hawk Press. Robert Creeley Memorial Award/Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award. Poetry. [book] 4/30

  • Nimrod. Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction/Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

  • Trio House Press. Book Awards. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

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

  • University of Iowa Press. Iowa Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

  • University of Pittsburgh Press. Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

  • The Ghost Story. Supernatural Fiction Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [literary site][anthology] 4/30

  • WOW! Women on Writing. Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [literary site] 4/30

  • North Carolina Literary Review. James Applewhite Poetry Prize Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

  • Fence Books. Fence Modern Poets Series. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

  • Fence Books. Ottoline Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30
    [*women poets*]

  • Glimmer Train. Family Matters. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

  • Fence Books. Fence Modern Prize in Prose. Fiction, Nonfiction, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30 [*genres alternate*]

  • River Styx. International Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

  • Grist. Pro Forma Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

  • Ninth Letter. Literary Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

  • The Bath Novel Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

  • CRAFT. Short Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

  • Red Hen Press. Nonfiction Award. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

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

  • Solstice Lit Mag. Literary Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

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

  • Sequestrum. Editor's Reprint Award. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

  • Jacar Press. Full-Length Poetry Book Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 4/30

  • Jacar Press. Poetry Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 4/30

  • Crab Orchard Review. Annual Literary Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

  • Glimmer Train. Short Story Award for New Writers. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/30

  • Finishing Line Press. New Women's Voices Series Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 4/30

  • Winning Writers. Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [literary site] 4/30

  • Vallum. Vallum Chapbook Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 3/31

  • CutBank. Chapbook Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 4/30

  • Australian Book Review. Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 4/10