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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
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  • Coalition of Texans with Disabilities. Pen 2 Paper. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Comics. No Fee. [writing] 8/1

  • Cream City Review. Summer Prizes. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 8/1

  • Gold Line Press. Chapbook Competitions. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 8/1

  • Louisville Literary Arts. Writer's Block Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag][festival] 8/1 [*genres alternate*]

  • The Malahat Review. Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 8/1

  • Orison Books. The Orison Anthology. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [anthology] 8/1

  • Poetry Society of Michigan. Poetry Contests. Entry Fee. [mag] 8/1

  • Prairie Schooner. Summer Creative Nonfiction Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 8/1

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

  • Sheila-Na-Gig online. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 8/1

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival. Short Story Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [festival] 8/3

  • Gival Press. Short Story Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [anthology] 8/8

  • The Aurorean. Creative Writing Student Outstanding Haiku Contest. Poetry. No Fee. [mag] 8/15 [*for undergrad/grad creative writing students only*]

  • Baton Rouge Area Foundation. Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. Fiction. No Fee. [published book] 8/15

  • Blue Earth Review. Summer Writing Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 8/15

  • Columbus State Univeristy/DLJ Books. Donald L. Jordan Prize for Literary Excellence. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] 8/15

  • Diode Editions. Book Contest/Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book][chap] 8/15

  • PEN America. PEN Literary Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama, Translations. Entry Fee. [published book] 8/15

  • Red Wheelbarrow. National Edition Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 8/15