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

  • Gigantic Sequins. Flash Fiction & Poetry Contests. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 8/1

  • Winter Tangerine. The Winter Tangerine Awards. Fiction, Poetry. No Fee. [mag] 8/1

  • Gulf Stream. Gulf Stream Magazine Summer Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 8/1

  • Indiana Review. 1/2K Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 8/1

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

  • 1913 Press. 1913 Prize for 1st Books. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. [book] 8/1

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

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

  • Newfound. Anzaldúa Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 8/15

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

  • Green Mountains Review. Neil Shepard Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 8/15

  • Subito Press. Poetry & Prose Book Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Hybrid, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 8/15

  • Seneca Review. Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize. Nonfiction, Hybrid, Cross-Genre. Entry Fee. [book] [*biennial — odd numbered years*] 8/15 

  • Grayson Books. Poetry Prize. Entry Fee. [book] 8/15

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

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

  • Hospital Drive. Annual Themed Contest. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art. Entry Fee. [mag] 8/15

  • Third Wednesday. George Dila Memorial Flash Fiction Contest. Fiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 8/15

  • Louisville Literary Arts. Writer's Block Prize. Nonfiction. [mag] 8/15

  • University of New Orleans Press. Publishing Lab Prize. Fiction, Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [book] [*genres alternate*] 8/15

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

  • Salt Hill Journal. Dead Lake Chapbook Contest. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 8/15

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

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

  • Brighthorse Books. Brighthorse Book Prize. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 8/16

  • The Resurgence Trust. Resurgence Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [literary site] 8/17

  • Omnidawn Publishing. Single Poem Broadside Poetry Prize. Poetry. Entry Fee. [broadside][mag] 8/20

  • Tryon Arts & Crafts School. The Apparitionist: National Ghost Story Competition. Fiction. Entry Fee. [literary site] 8/27

  • Desi Writers' Lounge. Short Story Competition/Dastaan Award. Fiction. No Fee. [literary site] 8/30

  • Black Napkin Press. Chapbook Competition. Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 8/31

  • Miami University Press. Novella Prize. Fiction. Entry Fee. [book] 8/31

  • The London Magazine. Essay Competition. Nonfiction. Entry Fee. [mag] 8/31

  • Gold Line Press. Chapbook Competitions. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [chap] 8/31

  • Black Lawrence Press. St. Lawrence Book Award. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [book] 8/31

  • Blue Mesa Review. Summer Writing Contests. Fiction, Poetry. Entry Fee. [mag] 8/31