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poster for The Missouri Review's 2023 Editors' Prize Contest Deadline Extension

Missouri Review Extends Deadline for the Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize

Extended Deadline: October 16, 2023

The Missouri Review invites your entries for the 33rd Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize. Winners receive $5000, publication, and promotion. Regular entry fee: $25. All-Access entry fee: $30. Each entrant receives a one-year digital subscription to the Missouri Review (normal price $24) and a digital copy of the latest title from our imprint, Missouri Review Books (normal price $7.95). All-Access entrants receive access to the last decade of digital issues of TMR, which also offers audio recordings of stories, poems, essays featured in each issue. All entries considered for publication. Full guidelines here. Extended deadline: October 16, midnight PST.

Interim Poetics Test Site Poetry Prize banner

Interim Poetics: The Test Site Poetry Prize

Deadline: December 15, 2023

Interim will choose two winning books for the series—one title publicized as the winner of The Test Site Poetry Series and the other as the Betsy Joiner Flanagan Award in Poetry. Both winners will receive a $1,000 award and their books will be published by the University of Nevada Press. Submit by December 15, 2023. www.interimpoetics.org/test-site-poetry-series

Screenshot of the flyer for the 2023 Eyelands Book Awards

Eyelands Book Awards 2023

Deadline: October 20, 2023

Grand prize for published books: Five-day holiday in Athens plus a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards. Grand prize for unpublished books: Translation into Greek and publication from Strange Days Books. Ten more prizes, one for each category of every section, will also win a special handmade ceramic and a book! Certification document for every prize. Available books of fiction, Collections of short stories, Collected poems, Historical fiction – Memoir, Children’s books – Graphic Novels. Judges: P.H.C. Marchesi, Andriana Minou, Gregory Papadoyiannis, Katherine Wiseman. Entry fee: $35 (30 euros). See more at: eyelandsawards.com.

cover of Constellation by H. L. Hix, winner of the 2023 Vern Rutsala Book Prize
Winner of the Vern Rutsala Book Prize 2023

Vern Rutsala Book Contest 2024

Deadline: October 31, 2023

A prize of $1,000 is awarded, plus publication of the manuscript and 50 free books. Submit 60 to 90 pages of poetry and/or flash fiction, including Table of Contents and Acknowledgments pages. Reading fee is $25. Electronic and postal submissions accepted from around the world with no citizenship limitations. The first 50 writers submitting to the Contest receive a Cloudbank book or journal. For complete guidelines go to Rutsala Book Prize. Revive us with your fire!

Does It Have Pockets logo for call for submissions and writing contest

(One Hand in My) Pocket Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline: October 15, 2023

Does It Have Pockets presents the 1st Annual One Hand in My Pocket Flash Fiction Contest. Grand prize: $500, Slightly less grand prize: $100, Honorable Mentions (5): $25. Recognized pieces will be featured in the online magazine in November 2023. Length: Up to 3 original, unpublished stories; maximum 1000 words. Contest fee: $10. This contest is unthemed; no simultaneous submissions, please. www.doesithavepockets.com/subs

A Hotel Room of Their Own Erma Bombeck Anna Lefler Humorist-in-Residence Program

Writers to Compete for A Hotel Room of Their Own

Deadline: October 5, 2023

You had me at room service! What writer wouldn’t want to attend the wildly popular Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop and spend two additional all-expenses-paid weeks at a hotel to write? Free room service. A housekeeping staff. An omelette bar. A TV remote of your own. The sun rising over the Great Miami River (aka, the Dayton Riviera).  And, most importantly, a “Do Not Disturb” sign. Applications for A Hotel Room of One’s Own: The Erma Bombeck | Anna Lefler Humorist-in-Residence Program will be accepted Sept. 5-Oct. 5. 

Flyer for 2023 New Letters Editor's Choice Award

New Letters Editor’s Choice Award: $1,000 + Publication

Deadline: October 16, 2023

This year New Letters’ editors are looking to read your best short narratives, whether they are stories, essays, poems, or hybrid forms. The only requirement is that each entry must be brief—1,000 words or fewer. Submit your work via Submittable by October 16th. One winner will be awarded $1,000 and publication in New Letters. Enter here: bit.ly/3fQn7v5.

Goldilocks Zone: $500 for Authors/Artists

Deadline: September 30, 2023

Sunspot Lit seeks a short story, essay, novel or novella excerpt, artwork, graphic novel, or poem that combines excellence in craft with reader or audience appeal. Literary and genre works accepted; all nonfiction categories (travel, memoir, lyric essay, etc.) accepted. Fiction and nonfiction submissions are eligible to receive feedback for an additional fee. This is entirely optional and will not influence judging. (Not available for art or poetry.) Prize: $500 cash and publication for the winner; publication offered to runners-up and finalists. Closes September 30, 2023. Entries accepted through Submittable or Duotrope. 

Universe of Threats Writing Contest: Infrastructure Threats

CAPTRS is building a catalog of threats, called the “Universe of Threats,” which will be used to prepare decision makers for future threats. Our second essay contest to add to the Universe of Threats will focus on critical infrastructure threats. Submit an original story about a threat to one or more of the 16 infrastructure sectors. Ground truths and stories should cover the details and origin of the threat, as well as considerations for the unfolding response. captrs.org