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Tennessee Williams Museum 2023 Writing Contests flyer

2023 Tennessee Williams Contests: Poetry & Short Story

Deadline: March 11, 2023

In commemorating Tennessee Williams’s 112th Birthday, the Tennessee Williams Museum in Key West, Florida, hosts a poetry and short story contest that is open to everyone. There is no specific theme for the 2023 writing competitions; however, your submission must in some way reference Tennessee Williams. Authors may choose to write about Williams, his family, one of his characters, or one of the actors/actresses who played a role in his plays or films. First place receives $200 while second place receives $100. Contests Information, Rules and Submission information can be found by visiting www.kwahs.org/upcoming-events/category/event/twbc.

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Prime Number Magazine Awards for Poetry and Short Fiction

Deadline: March 31, 2023

$1,000 first prize in each category plus publication in Prime Number Magazine. Two Runners-up in each category also published in Prime Number Magazine. Reading fee $15. Poetry judged by Felicia Mitchell, author of Waltzing with Horses. Short Fiction judged by Dennis McFadden, author of Jimtown Road: A Novel in Stories, winner of the 2016 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction. Open January 1 to March 31. Submit online through Submittable. Details at www.Press53.com/prime-number-magazine-awards.

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The Nimrod Literary Awards in Fiction and Poetry

Deadline: April 1, 2023

Submissions are open for the Nimrod Literary Awards, the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, with prizes of $2,000 and $1,000 and publication, as well as Awards Ceremony readings. Finalists and selected semi-finalists will be published and paid $10/page. For poetry, submit 3-10 pages; for fiction, one story, 7,500 words maximum. Manuscripts may be mailed or submitted online: nimrodjournal.submittable.com/submit. Each entry must be accompanied by a $20 entry fee (additional $3 for online submissions), which includes a one-year subscription. Open internationally. Email [email protected] or visit our website for complete rules.

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The Anthony Grooms Prize in Short Fiction

Deadline: April 1, 2023

The Headlight Review Presents: The Anthony Grooms Prize in Short Fiction, a literary award honoring the work and literary contributions by former Kennesaw State MAPW Director, Anthony Grooms. Winning Entry will receive $250 and 25 free copies of their story (5.5” x 7.5”, saddle-stitch binding). Runners Up will be offered publication in The Headlight Review. The winner and runners-up will also receive a signed copy of Grooms’ book, The Vain Conversation. Entry fee $12 (via Submittable, payable by debit/credit card). Submission period: February 1 to April 1. For more details, go to www.theheadlightreview.com.

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2023 Able Muse Contests :: Submit Now (Poetry / Fiction / Poetry Manuscripts)

Deadlines: March 15 (Write Prize) & March 31 (Book Award)

2023 Able Muse Contests :: Submit Now—Write Prize (poetry & fiction): $500 each + publication. Final Judges: Chelsea Rathburn (poetry), Terese Svoboda (fiction); $15 entry; deadline: March 15, 2023. Book Award (poetry): $1000 + book publication. Final Judge: David Yezzi; $25 entry; deadline: March 31, 2023. Enter now—go to www.ablemusepress.com for details.

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New American Voices Award for Immigrant Writers

Deadline: March 31, 2023

The $5,000 post-publication book prize from Fall for the Book and the Institute for Immigration Research recognizes prose works that illuminate the complexity of the human experience as told by immigrants. Two finalists each will receive $1,000. All finalists will appear at the Fall for the Book Festival in October 2023. Past winners are Sindya Bhanoo, Patricia Engel, Lysley Tenorio, Melissa Rivero, and Hernán Díaz. $20 entry fee. Website: www.fallforthebook.org/newamericanvoices.

The 2023 Orison Prizes in Poetry & Fiction

Deadline: 2023-04-01

The 2023 Orison Prizes in Poetry & Fiction offer $1,500 and publication by Orison Books for a full-length manuscript in each genre. Judges: Pádraig Ó Tuama (poetry) & David Heska Wanbli Weiden (fiction). Entry fee: $25. Entry period: December 1, 2022–April 1, 2023. For guidelines visit orisonbooks.com/submissions.

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Wanted: Poems and Flash Fiction

Deadline: February 28, 2023

Cloudbank awards a $200 prize for one poem or flash fiction in each issue. Deadline for Cloudbank 17 submissions is February 28, 2023. Full guidelines—and more—at www.cloudbankbooks.com. Revive us with your fire!

I-70 Review Announces the Bill Hickok Humor Award for Poetry 2023

Deadline: 2023-02-28

I-70 Review announces the Bill Hickok Humor Award for poetry. The winner receives $1,000, and the poem will appear in I-70 Review 2023. Submit one to three poems with a $15 entry fee to [email protected]. Reading period: January 1 to February 28. No submissions before January 1. Submissions will be eligible for publication in I-70 Review. The judge reader is Christopher Buckley. For more info email us at the above-stated email address. i70review.fieldinfoserv.com

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Georgia Author of the Year Awards

Deadline: March 15, 2023

The Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA) celebrates the best literature by Georgia writers. Published authors from or currently residing in Georgia are eligible for nomination. Awards in a variety of categories are announced and presented in June at the GAYA ceremony. We are interested in the following categories: Biography, Children’s Book, Cookbook, Detective/Mystery, Essay, First Novel, LGBTQIA+, Graphic Novel, History, Inspirational, Literary Fiction, Memoir, Poetry Chapbook, Poetry Full-Length Collection, Romance, Science Fiction, Short Story Collection, Specialty Book, and Young Adult. www.georgiawriters.org

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$1,000 Gemini Magazine Short Story Prize

Deadline: March 31, 2023

Gemini Magazine 14th Annual Short Story Contest. Winner receives $1,000 and publication for a story of any length, subject or writing style. Traditional or experimental. Second prize: $100. Three honorable mentions: $25 each. Entry fee: $8. All five winners will be published online in our June/July 2023 issue. Read previous winners and enter at gemini-magazine.com/short-story-contest/.

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2023 New American Poetry Prize

Extended Deadline: February 15, 2023

2023 NEW AMERICAN POETRY PRIZE. $1,500 and book publication. Final judge: Jamaica Baldwin, author of Bone Language (forthcoming 2023). Extended Deadline: February 15, 2023. Minimum length: 48 pages (no maximum). Reading fee: $25. Online submissions only, please. Complete guidelines: www.newamericanpress.com/2023-new-american-poetry-prize-final-judge-jamaica-baldwin.

Cleaver Form & Form Breaking Contest

Cleaver’s Form & Form-Breaking Poetry Contest

Deadline: March 31, 2023

Judge: Diane Seuss. $500 First Prize; $250 Second Prize; $100 Third Prize. Deadline: March 31. Show us your poems that hold up the perfect iambic pentameter of a Shakespearean sonnet or crash it on the rocks of free verse. Show us a villanelle with textbook patterning or show us the villanelle who just crashed her car. The one requirement is that your work engages with a form of poetry; whether it gets married to that form or breaks up at the last couplet is up to you. Prizewinners will be published in Cleaver‘s Fall Issue, September 2023. Finalists may also be offered publication. Visit website for more information.

First Pages Prize Support Emerging Writers

First Pages Prize Opens March 1st!

Deadline: April 10, 2023 (April 24 extended)

First Pages Prize invites you to enter your first 5 pages of a longer work of fiction or creative nonfiction. Prizes in both fiction & creative nonfiction. Open to un-agented writers worldwide, the prize supports emerging writers with cash awards, developmental mentoring, & an agent consultation. Prize closes April 10th (24th extended). Fee to submit. Visit www.firstpagesprize.com.

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Essay Collection Contest, judged by Maggie Nelson

Deadline: January 31, 2023

The 2022-2023 Fonograf Editions Essay Collection contest is for an author’s first or second essay collection. (If you have published more than one essay collection you are ineligible for this contest.) We are looking for innovative work that interrogates what an essay is or can be circa the 21st century. We like to be surprised. We like to be pleasantly stymied. We like directness and indirectness and everything in between. Maggie Nelson will be the final judge for the 2022-2023 Fonograf Editions Essay Collection contest. The winner will receive publication with Fonograf Editions, an honorarium of $1250, a standard royalty contract, and 20 author copies. We will announce our decision in mid- 2023. The winning book will be published in 2024. fonografeditions.com/submit/

Burnside Review Press Book Contest Deadline Extended

Extended Deadline: January 15, 2023

Manuscripts of 50-100 pages of poetry will be accepted until January 15, 2023. Jaswinder Bolina will judge. The winning book will be published by Burnside Review Press in 2024. The author will receive a $1,000 prize, plus ten copies of the book. A $25 entry fee must be paid at the time of submission. Contest entrants will receive one Burnside Review Press title. The editors may select an additional manuscript from the submission pool for publication. Visit www.burnsidereview.org for complete guidelines.

de Groot Foundation 2023 LANDO & Courage to Write Grants

Grants for Writers. Apply Now!

Deadline: February 15, 2023

If your writing explores issues and challenges of migration, immigration, or refugee experiences, you’re eligible to apply for the newly launched $7000 LANDO writer’s grants. The LANDO grants, in addition to the $7000 Courage to Write grants, are sponsored by The de Groot Foundation and are designed to encourage and support emerging writers writing in any genre. This year ten $7000 grants and up to ten Writer of Note $1500 grants will be awarded. Learn more and apply at www.degrootfoundation.org. Applications close February 15, 2023.

ETHOS Literacy 4th Annual Short Short STory Contest

4th Annual Short Short Story Contest to Support Literacy

Deadline: 2023-01-15

Flash Fiction Contest. Write a story using 100 words on one of four topics: dogs, ocean, umbrellas, or winter. Grand prize: $200. 6 Other Prizes: $100 including a Youth Prize for writers 14 years and younger. Publication in an e-magazine. No geographical restrictions but story must be written in English. The Contest supports Ethos Literacy, a nonprofit providing free reading, writing and ESL tutoring to adults. Fee: $12. www.ethosliteracy.org