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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

 

 

May


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

Breakwater Review. Peseroff Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/1

CRAFT. Short Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 5/1

december. Curt Johnson Prose Awards. 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 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

Parsec. Parsec Short Story Contest. Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror. No Fee. 5/1

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

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

Australian Book Review. Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 5/2

Leapfrog Press. Global Fiction Prize Contest. Adult Fiction, Young Adult/Middle Grade 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

Bristol Short Story Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 5/4

Grist.org. Imagine 2200: Climate fiction for future ancestors. Fiction. No Fee. 5/5

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

Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize. Nonfiction, Poetry, Photography, Documentary. Entry Fee. 5/15 [paused until 2023]

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

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

Frontier Poetry. Chapbook Contest. Poetry. 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. 5/1 (early), 5/15 (final) [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

PRISM International. The Grouse Grind Lit Prize for V. Short Forms. Fiction, Nonfiction, Cross-Genre. 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

Carve Magazine. The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 5/16

Singapore Unbound. Singapore Poetry Contest. Poetry. No Fee. 5/16

SmokeLong Quarterly. Grand Micro Competition. Fiction, Nonfiction, Cross-genre. Entry Fee. 5/16 [odd-numbered years]

New Letters. Conger Beasley Award. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 5/22

New Letters. Robert Day Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. 5/22

New Letters. Patricia Cleary Miller Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/22

Bacopa Literary Review. Annual Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No Fee. 5/23

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

Shooter Literary Magazine. Short Story Competition. Fiction. Entry Fee. 5/29

Welsh Poetry Competition: International English language Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/29

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

moonSHINE Review Press. KAKALAK. Poetry, Art. Entry Fee. 5/30

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

Autumn House Press. Annual Full-Length Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry 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

Boston Review. Aura Estrada Short Story Contest; Annual Poetry Contest. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 5/31

Bridport Arts Centre. Bridport Prize. Fiction, Poetry, Memoir. 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]

The Masters Review. Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 5/31

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

Owl Canyon PressThe Brothers Silver Open Essay Competition. Nonfiction. No Fee. 5/31

The Poetry Question. Chapbook Contest. Poetry. No Fee. 5/31

River Heron Review. River Heron Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry 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

West Trade Review. Prize for Poetry. Poetry. 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 Cupboard. Annual Cupboard Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. 6/1

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

The Heron's Nest. Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Awards. Poetry. No 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

Room. Creative Non-Fiction Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 6/1

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

Sapiens Plurum. Better Futures Interspecies Interaction Contest. Fiction. No Fee. 6/1

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

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

Writer Advice. Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 6/2

Canterbury Festival. Poet of the Year Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/3

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

Omnidawn. Poetry Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/13

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

42 Miles Press. Poetry Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/15

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

Bard College. Bard Fiction Prize for Young Writers. 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

Key West Literary Seminar. Emerging Writer Awards. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/15

Killer Nashville. Silver Falchion Award. Fiction, Nonfiction. 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

New American Press. New American Fiction Prize. Fiction. 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

Tusculum Review. Poetry Chapbook Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/15

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

Palette Poetry. Sappho Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 6/19

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

Willow Springs Books. Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. 6/24

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

Narratively. Memoir Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 6/27

Arts & Letters. Arts & Letters Prize for Drama. Drama. Entry 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

Blackwater Press. Short Story Contest. Entry Fee. 6/30

Bordighera 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

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

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

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

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

Wasafiri. Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize. Fiction, Poetry, Life Writing. Entry Fee. 6/30

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

 

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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

Moment Magazine/Karma Foundation. Short Fiction Contest. Fiction. 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

Regulus Press. Literary Taxidermy Competition. Fiction. Entry Fee. 7/11

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

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

Santa Fe Writers Project. Literary Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 7/15

Sonder Magazine. Morning Coffee Writing Competition. Fiction. Entry Fee. 7/15

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

Free Spirit Publishing. Black Voices in Children’s Literature: Writing Contest. No Fee. 7/24

F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival. Short Story Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 7/30

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

The Dillydoun Review. Dillydoun Flash Fiction Prize. 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

Map Literary. Rachel Wetzsteon Chapbook Award. Poetry. No Fee. 7/31 (early), 9/30 (final) [even-numbered years]

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

Poetry Book Awards. Poetry. 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

 

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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]

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

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

Palette Poetry. Palette Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 8/21

Hippocampus. Remember in November Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 8/22

Searchlight Writing for Children Awards. Best Novel Opening for Children or Young Adults / Best Children's Picture Book. Writing for Children, Writing for Young Adults. Entry Fee. 8/22

The Masters Review. Short Story Award for New Writers. Fiction. Entry Fee. 8/28

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

Graywolf Press. African Fiction Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 8/31 [odd-numbered years]

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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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

Finishing Line Press. New Women's Voices Series Chapbook Competition. Poetry. 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

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

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

Creative Writing Ink. Short Story Competition. Fiction. 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 Lascaux Review. Lascaux Prize in Creative Nonfiction. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 9/30

Map Literary. Rachel Wetzsteon Chapbook Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 7/31 (early), 9/30 (final) [even-numbered years]

Mudfish. Poetry Prize. Poetry. 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

University of Mississippi Department of Writing & Rhetoric. The Willie Morris Awards for Southern Writing. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No 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

 

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Academy of American Poets. First Book Award. Poery. Entry Fee. 10/1

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

The American Poetry Review. APR/Honickman First Book Prize. Poetry. 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

Tofu Ink. Visionary Arts Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 10/1

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

The Dillydoun Review. Dillydoun Short Story Prize. Entry Fee. 10/2

SmokeLong Quarterly. Award for Flash Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. 10/2 (11/15 late deadline) [even-numbered years]

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

Alice James Books. Alice James Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 10/15

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

The Arkansas International. Emerging Writer's Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 10/25

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

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

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

Elixir Press. Annual Poetry Awards. 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. Creative Nonfiction Prize. Nonfiction. 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. Prufer Prize for Poetry. Poetry. 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

Sentinel Literary Quarterly. Poetry Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee.10/31

Tucson Festival of Books. Literary Awards Competition. Fiction, Nonfiction, 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

 

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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

Brunel University London/African Poetry Book Fund. Brunel International African Poetry Prize. Poetry. No Fee. 11/1

Contemporary Verse 2. The Foster Poetry Prize. 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

Foglifter Press. Start A Riot! Chapbook Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Graphic Novel, Hybrd, Cross-Genre. No 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

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

Witness.Witness Literary Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/1

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

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

Southeast Missouri State University Press. Nilsen Prize for a First Novel. Fiction. Entry Fee. 11/12

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

So to Speak. Annual Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Visual Art. Entry Fee. 11/14

Bateau Press. Boom Chapbook Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Hybrid Writing. Entry Fee. 11/15

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

Cloudbank Books. Vern Rutsala Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/15

Cutthroat. Annual Writing Contests. 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

Quarterly West. Poetry & Prose Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. 11/15

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

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

Sycamore Review. Wabash Prize. Fiction, 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

Yalobusha Review. Barry Hannah Prize for Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. 11/15

Narrative Magazine. 30 Below Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. 11/19

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

Overland. Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize/Judith Wright Poetry Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/20

Etched Onyx. Winter Contest. Fiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. 11/26

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

Autumn House Press. Rising Writer Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 11/30

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

Bath Children’s Novel Award. Fiction. 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

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

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

LitMag. Anton Chekhov Award for Flash Fiction. 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

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

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

Tupelo Press. Sunken Garden Poetry Prize. Poetry. 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

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 Heartland Review. Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/1

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

The Masters Review. Novel Excerpt Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 12/1

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

Reed. Mary Blair Award for Art. Art. Entry Fee. 12/1

Regal House Publishing. W.S. Porter Prize for Short Story Collections. Fiction. 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 [even-numbered years]

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

Mono. International Short Story Competition. Fiction. Entry Fee. 12/1

Moon City Press. Moon City Short Fiction Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. 12/1

Invisible City. Nonfiction Flash Contest. Nonfiction. No Fee. 12/5

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

Columbia Journalism School. J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, Mark Lynton History Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 12/9

Columbia Journalism School. J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Awards. Nonfiction. No Fee. 12/9

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

Minerva Rising. Dare to Be... Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry 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 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 Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translation, Art. Entry Fee. 12/15

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

Longleaf Press. Book Contest in Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/15

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

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

Poetry International. C.P. Cavafy Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/15

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

Sunspot Lit. Culmination Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art. Entry Fee. 12/15

Sweet. Flash Nonfiction Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 12/15 (extended)

Voyage. Best Chapters Contest. YA Fiction. Entry Fee. 12/15

Willamette Writers. Kay Snow Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenplays, Writing for Young People. Entry Fee. 12/15

The Writing Salon. Jane Underwood Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/15

PRISM International. Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. 12/20

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

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

Virginia Commonwealth University. Cabell First Novelist Award. Fiction. No Fee. 12/30

Burnside Review Press. Book Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/31

Center for Book Arts. Poetry Chapbook Program. Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/31 (extended)

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

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

Do Wha(TS) Write. Creative Writing Contest. Flash Fiction, Short Stories. Entry 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

The Lascaux Review. Lascaux Prize in Short Fiction. Fiction. Entry 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

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

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

Ohio University Press/Swallow Press. Hollis Summers Poetry Prize. 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

Rollick Magazine. Fiction Prize. Entry Fee. 12/31

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

Third Coast. Jaimy Gordon Fiction Prize/Poetry Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/31

Tupelo Press. Dorset Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 12/31

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

Versal Editions. The Amsterdam Open Book Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-genre, Translations. Entry Fee. 12/31 [odd-numbered years]

 

January


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3 Mile Harbor Press. Poetry Book Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/1

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

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

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

Smartish Pace. Beullah Rose Poetry Prize, Erskine J. Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/1

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

Gemini Magazine. Poetry Open. Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/4

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

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

Button Poetry. Chapbook 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

92Y. Discovery Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/11

Colorado Review. Colorado Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/14 (+5-day grace period)

French-American Foundation. Translation Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. No Fee. 1/14

Magma Poetry. Magma Poetry Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/14

Chautauqua Institution. Janus Prize for Emerging Writers. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 1/15

Finishing Line Press. Open Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/15

Institute for Latino Studies at University of Notre Dame. Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize. Poetry. No Fee. 1/15 [even-numbered years]

The Madison Review. Phylis Smart-Young Prize in Poetry, Chris O'Malley Prize in Fiction. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/15

New American Press. New American Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry 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

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. 1/15 (extended)

Viriginia Commonwealth University English Department. Levis Reading Prize. Poetry. No Fee. 1/15

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

Washington Center for the Book. Washington State Book Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Children's Literature, YA Literature. No Fee. 1/20

Zócalo Public Square. Poetry Prize. Poetry. No Fee. 1/22

DISQUIET. DISQUIET Literary Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/24

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

Passager. Henry Morgenthau III First Book Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/30

Room. Cover Art Contest. Art. Entry Fee. 1/30 (extended)

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

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

Cave Canem Foundation. Poetry Prize. Poetry. 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

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

Flash Frog. The Blue Frog. Flash Fiction. Entry Fee. 1/31

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

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

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

The Headlight Review. Chapbook Prize in Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/31

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

Inlandia Books. Eliud Martinez Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. 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. Winter Short Story Award for New Writers. Fiction. Entry Fee. 1/31

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

Regal House Publishing. Terry J. Cox Poetry Award. 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]

Stockholm Writers Festival. First 5 Pages Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 1/31

Tampa Review. Danahy Fiction Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 1/31

Tampa Review. Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. 1/31

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

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

The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow. With Honor & Pride: A Fellowship for Veteran Writers. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Prose. Entry Fee. 1/31

 

February


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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

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

The Malahat Review. Long Poem Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/1 [odd-numbered years]

The Malahat Review. Novella Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 2/1 [even-numbered years]

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, Paterson Prize for Books for Young People. Poetry, Writing for Children & Young Adults. No Fee. 2/1

RCAH Center for Poetry. Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize (Emerging). Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/1

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

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

Soundings East. Claire Keyes Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/1

The Southampton Review. Nonfiction Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 2/1

Southern Indiana Review. Michael Waters Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/1

StoryShare. Story of the Year Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction. No 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

Fatal Flaw. Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 2/6

The Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group. Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Writing for Young People. Entry Fee. 2/11

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

Teachers & Writers. Bechtel Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 2/11

Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry & Medicine. The Hippocrates Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/14

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

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

Furious Flower Poetry Center. Furious Flower Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/15

Georgia Writers Association. Georgia Author of the Year Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Children's Books, Young Adult Books, Graphic Novels. Entry Fee. 2/15

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

Milkweed Editions. Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry. Poetry. 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

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

University of Central Oklahoma. Everett Southwest Literary Award. Fiction. Entry Fee. 2/15 [odd-numbered years]

Whitefish Review. Rick Bass/Montana Prize for Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. 2/15

Writers' Union of Canada. Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 2/18

Open Minds Quarterly. BrainStorm Poetry Contest. Entry Fee. 2/21

Subnivean. The Subnivean Awards. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/21

West Chester University Poetry Center. Iris N. Spencer Poetry Award/Myong Chao Son Haiku Award/Rhina P. Espaillat Award. Poetry, Translations. No Fee. 2/21

West Chester University Poetry Center. Wil Mills Award. Poetry. Entry Fee. 2/21

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

Cloudbank. Cloudbank Prize. Poetry, Fiction. Entry Fee. 2/28

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

Gotham Writers. Past-Year Memoir Contest. No Fee. 2/28

Graywolf Press. Nonfiction Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 2/28 [even-numbered years]

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

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

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

Scottish Arts Club. Short Story Competition. Fiction. 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 Prose Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 2/28

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

The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow. My Time: A Fellowship for Parent Writers. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre, Drama, Screenplays. Entry Fee. 2/28

 

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Deep Wild Journal. Undergraduate Essay Contest. Nonfiction. No Fee. 3/1

Gutsy Great Novelist. Chapter One Prize for Novelists. Fiction. 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

Writer Advice. Flash Memoir Contest. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 3/2

Gotham Writers Workshop. Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 3/4

Backbone Press. Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/6

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

The Journal. The Non/Fiction Collection Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. 3/11

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

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

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

Airlie Press. Airlie Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/15

Alice Munro Festival. Literary Short Story Competition for Emerging Writers. Fiction. Entry Fee. 3/15

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

EastOver Press. EastOver Prize for Nonfiction. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 3/15

Fitzroy Books. Kraken Book Prize for Middle-Grade Fiction. Children's/YA 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 (genres alternate)

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 [triennial]

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

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

Nomadic Press. San Francisco Foundation/Nomadic Press Literary Awards. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No Fee. 3/15

Pacific Northwest Writers' Association. Literary Contest for Unpublished Work. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Writing for Young People. 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. 3/15

West Trade Review. Phyllis Grant Zellmer Prize for Fiction. Fiction. 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

Verse. Tomaž Šalamun Prize. Poetry, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. 3/15

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

Toasted Cheese. The Mollie Savage Mystery Writing Contest. Fiction. No Fee. 3/18 - 3/20

Searchlight Writing for Children Awards. Best Short Story for Children or Young Adults. Fiction. Entry Fee. 3/21

The Masters Review. Anthology Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 3/27

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

The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow.Words of Wonder: A Fellowship for Children's Authors. Writing for Children. Entry Fee. 3/28

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

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

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

FlowerSong Press. Bougainvillea Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/31

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

Frost Foundation. Robert Frost 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

The Lascaux Review. Lascaux Prize in Poetry. 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. Kinder/Crump Award for Short Fiction. Fiction. Entry Fee. 3/31

Plough Arts Center (UK). Plough Prize. Open Poetry Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. 3/31

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

A Public Space. Writing Fellowships. No Fee. 3/31

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

The Sejong Cultural Society. Sejong Writing Competition. Sijo, Essay. No Fee. 3/31

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

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. Fiction. Entry Fee. 3/31

Texas Review Press. Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize. Poetry. Entry 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

Cheshire Novel Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. 4/1

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

Journal of New Jersey Poets. New Jersey Poets Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/1

Kansas City Public Library. Maya Angelou Book Award. Poetry. No Fee. 4/1

Killer Nashville. Claymore Award. Fiction. 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 Prize & Alma Book Awards. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/1

Southeast Missouri State University Press. Cowles Poetry Book 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]

Thirty West Publishing House. Wavelengths Chapbook Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee.4/3

Bat City Review. Editors' Prize. Poetry, Prose, Wild Card/Visual. Entry Fee. 4/5

Gulf Coast. Gulf Coast Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/8 (extended 4/22)

First Pages Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 4/10 (4/24 extended)

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 (extended to 4/30)

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

Fugue. Prose and Poetry Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/15

Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park. Hemingway Shorts Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. 4/15

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

Passager. Poetry Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/15 (extended 4/30)

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

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

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

Spoon River Poetry Review. SRPR Editors' Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/15 (extended 4/20)

University of Arkansas Press. Etel Adnan Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/15 (extended 5/1)

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

Contemporary Verse 2. 2 Day Poem Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/15 (registration); 4/24 (submissions)

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

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

Palette Poetry. The Emerging Poet Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/17

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

Poetry by the Sea. Book Awards. Poetry. Entry fee. 4/21

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

F(r)iction. Spring Literary Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/28

DIAGRAM. New Michigan Press/Diagram Chapbook Contest. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/29

The Ashland Poetry Press. Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/30

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

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

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

Mad Creek Books. Gournay Prize. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. 4/30

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

Metaphor Dice/Button Poetry. Golden Die Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. 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 International. Poetry International Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. 4/30

Rougarou. Poetry Contest. 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 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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Gotham Writers Workshop. #GWstorieseverywhere. Fiction, Nonfiction. No Fee. Monthly Deadline.

The Missouri Review. Miller Audio Competition. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre, Audio. Year-round.

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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