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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

 


  • A&U. Christopher Hewitt Award. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama. No Fee. [mag] 6/1

  • American Short Fiction. The Halifax Ranch Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/1

  • Atlanta Review. Dan Veach Prize for Younger Poets. Poetry. No Fee. [mag] 6/1
    [*for writers between the ages of 18-23*]

  • Boulevard. Poetry Contest for Emerging Poets. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/1

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

  • The Fiddlehead. Creative Nonfiction Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/1

  • The Furious Gazelle. Spring Writing Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/1
  • Great River Shakespeare Festival. Maria F. Faust Sonnet Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [writing] 6/1

  • HeartWood Literary Magazine. Broadside Series Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-genre, Translations. Entry Fee. [broadside]  6/1

  • Kentucky Women Writers Conference. Betty Gabehart Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [conference] 6/1

  • Killer Nashville. Silver Falchion Award. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [published book] 6/1

  • Lynx House Press. Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 6/1

  • Midwest Writing Center. Great River Writers' Retreat Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [retreat] 6/1

  • Room. Creative Non-Fiction Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/1

  • Southern Humanities Review. Auburn Witness Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/1

  • Stony Brook Southampton. $1,000 Short Fiction Prize. Fiction. No Fee. [mag] 6/1
    [*undergraduates only*]

  • The Bath Novel Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 6/2

  • Salamander. Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/3

  • Backbone Press. Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 6/15

  • The Bitter Oleander Press. Library of Poetry Book Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 6/15

  • Blair. Bakwin Award for Writing by a Woman. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] 6/15 [*biennial - even-numbered years*]

  • Blair. Wren Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 6/15 [*biennial - odd-numbered years*]

  • The MacGuffin. National Poet Hunt Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/15

  • Main Street Rag. Cathy Smith Bowers Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/15

  • Miami Book Fair/National Poetry Series. Paz Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 6/15 [*Spanish-language only*] [*biennial – even-numbered years*]

  • Narrative Magazine. The Narrative Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/15

  • New American Press. New American Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 6/15

  • Philadelphia Stories. Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/15

  • Pulitzer Prizes. Prizes in Letters. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [published book] 6/15 [*for titles published in first half of year*]

  • PULP Literature. Hummingbird Prize for Flash Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/15

  • Slapering Hol Press. Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/15

  • Slate Roof Press. Glass Prize & Broadside Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [broadside] 6/15

  • Swan Scythe Press. Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/15

  • Towson University English Department. Towson Prize for Literature. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama. No Fee. [published book] 6/15 [*Maryland writers only*]

  • University of Akron Press. Akron Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 6/15

  • Western Connecticut State University. Housatonic Book Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [published book] 6/15

  • Willow Springs Books. Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 6/15

  • Bard College. Bard Fiction Prize for Young Writers. Fiction. No Fee. 6/17
    [*for writers age 39 or younger*]

  • Omnidawn. Poetry Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/17

  • Talking Writing. Talking Writing Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/17 [*genres alternate*]

  • Toasted Cheese. A Midsummer Tale. Fiction, Nonfiction. No Fee. [mag] 6/21

  • JuxtaProse Literary Magazine. Chapbook Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 6/25

  • Epiphany. Breakout Eight Writers Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 6/26 [*undergraduate & graduate students only*]

  • Gival Press. Oscar Wilde Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 6/27

  • Feminist Press. Louise Meriwether First Book Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. No Fee. [book] 6/28

  • Key West Literary Seminar. Emerging Writer Awards. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [workshop] 6/28