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The Orison Prizes in Poetry & Fiction

Deadline: April 4, 2024

The 2024 Orison Prizes in Poetry & Fiction offer $1,500 and publication by Orison Books for a full-length manuscript in each genre. Judges: Ellen Bass (poetry), Kaveh Akbar (fiction). Entry fee: $25. Entry period: December 1, 2023–April 1, 2024. For complete guidelines visit orisonbooks.com/submissions.

Fall for the Book New American Voices Award medal 2024
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New American Voices Award for Immigrant Writers

Deadline: March 29, 2024

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 2024. Past winners are Rachel Heng, Sindya Bhanoo, Patricia Engel, Lysley Tenorio, Melissa Rivero, and Hernán Díaz. $20 entry fee. Website: www.fallforthebook.org/newamericanvoices.

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The 2024 Hudson Prize: Open to Poetry & Prose

Deadline: March 31, 2024

The Hudson Prize is open to collections of poetry and prose from debut, emerging, and established writers alike. The winner will receive $1000, publication, publicity support, and author copies. blacklawrencepress.com/submissions-and-contests/the-hudson-prize/

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New Deadline for Submissions to Cloudbank’s Poetry/Flash Fiction Contest

Extended Deadline: March 10, 2024

March 10, 2024 is the Cloudbank 18 Contest submission deadline. The contest winner receives a $200 prize and publication. Submissions can be poetry or flash fiction. Contest submission fee is $15 which includes a two-issue subscription. The current issue Cloudbank 17 features poems by Albert Garcia, Susannah Lee (who won last year’s contest), Jim Daniels, Laurie Blauner, Philip Sterling, and many others. For full guidelines—and more—visit Cloudbank. Revive us with your fire!

The 2024 Gatewood Prize from Switchback Books

Deadline: March 31, 2024

The Gatewood Prize is Switchback Books’ annual competition for a first or second full-length collection of poems by a woman or non-binary writer. Submit poetry manuscripts by March 31, 2024. This year’s competition will be judged by Emilia Phillips. The contest fee is $20, or $25 with a book of your choice from our catalog. For more information about eligibility requirements and detailed submission guidelines, please visit our website: www.switchbackbooks.com/submissions.

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Backbone Press 6th Annual Chapbook Contest

Deadline: March 15, 2024

We are currently accepting submissions to our annual chapbook competition. Chapbook-length manuscripts of 20-40 pages and poems previously published in journals are encouraged. Winner is awarded a $250 prize and (20) author copies. In addition, each winner receives a $250 travel stipend for public reading or event. Final Judge will be Allison Joseph. See our website for full guidelines. backbonepress.org/how-to-submit/

2024 Tennessee Williams Writing Contests flyer
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2024 Tennessee Williams Contests: Poetry & Short Story

Deadline: March 10, 2024

In commemorating Tennessee Williams’s 113th Birthday, the Tennessee Williams Museum in Key West, Florida, hosts poetry and short story contests that are open to everyone. There is no specific theme for the 2024 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 $300 while second place receives $150. Contests Information, Rules and Submission information can be found by visiting www.twfest.org/contests.

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2024 Able Muse Contests :: Submit Now

Deadline: March 15 (Able Muse Write Prize); March 31 (Able Muse Book Award)

WRITE PRIZE (poetry & fiction): $500 each + publication. Final Judges: Hailey Leithauser (poetry), Nina Schuyler (fiction); $15 entry; deadline: March 15, 2024.
BOOK AWARD (poetry): $1000 + book publication. Final Judge: Timothy Steele; $25 entry; deadline: March 31, 2024. ENTER NOW – go to www.ablemusepress.com for details.

Sand Hills 2024 Prose & Poetry Contest
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Sand Hills Contest Open Now! Two $500 Prizes in Prose and Poetry

Deadline: March 31, 2024

Sand Hills Literary Magazine, in print since 1973, is open for our 2024 Prose and Poetry Contest. We are a national publication based out of Augusta, Georgia. We only accept works from the United States. Both emerging and established writers and artists are encouraged to submit. Judged by the Sand Hills staff. Entry fee is $12. The prize for one poetry and one prose winner is $500 each. sandhillsmagazine.submittable.com/submit

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International Voices in Creative Nonfiction Competition! Prize: $1000and Publication.

Deadline: July 1, 2024

Small presses have potential for significant impact, and at Vine Leaves Press, we take this responsibility quite seriously. It is our responsibility to give marginalized groups the opportunity to establish literary legacies that feel rich and vast. Why? To sustain hope for the world to become a more loving, tolerable, and open space. It always begins with art. That is why we have launched the 2025 International Voices in Creative Nonfiction Competition. We would love for you to enter your manuscript! Prize: $1000 and publication in 2026. www.vineleavespress.com/international-voices-in-cnf.html

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Missouri Review’s Perkoff Prize is Now Open!

Deadline: March 15, 2024

The Perkoff Prize is a tri-genre contest that awards $1000 and publication each to writers of the best story, set of poems, and essay that engage in evocative ways with health and medicine as judged by the editors. Deadline: March 15, midnight PST. See the guidelines and learn more about the prize here: missourireview.com/contests/perkoff-prize/.

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2024 Prime Number Magazine Awards for Poetry and Short Fiction

Deadline: March 31, 2024

$1,000 first prize in each category plus publication. Two runners-up in each category also published. Reading fee $15. Poetry judge Maya J. Sorini; short fiction judge Dennis McFadden. Open January through March. Submit online through Submittable. Details at www.Press53.com/prime-number-magazine-awards.

2024 Bill Hickok Humor Award

Deadline: February 28, 2024

I-70 Review announces the Bill Hickok Humor Award for a poem. The winner receives $1,000, and the poem will appear in I-70 Review 2024. Submit one to three poems with a $15 entry fee to [email protected]. Reading period: Jan 1 to Feb 28. No submissions before January 1. Submissions will be eligible for publication in I-70 Review. The judge is Alice Friman. For more info visit i70review.fieldinfoserv.com.

Blue Mesa Review 2024 Writing Contest flyer
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Submit to Blue Mesa Review’s Contest in Poetry and Prose

Deadline: February 29, 2024

Each year Blue Mesa Review holds a writing contest in Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction. Submissions are open until February 29, 2024. The judges for the 2024 contest are Shayla Lawson for Poetry, Sarah Gerard for Creative Nonfiction, and Jennifer Givhan for Fiction. We encourage you to submit your very best work online through our submissions manager. First place winners receive a cash prize and publication in Blue Mesa Review. Second and third place will also receive publication. We look forward to reading your work. Submit your best work here: bluemesareview.submittable.com/submit.