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Writing Contests

13

contests due within 30 days

Shooter Literary Magazine Short Story Competition

This contest seeks short fiction of any theme and genre. Maximum length is 5,000 words. All entrants will receive an e-copy of Shooter Literary Magazine's Winter issue, in which the winning story will appear. Winners will be announced online in July.

Medium: print and online   |   Fee: £7   |   Categories: Short Stories, Fiction Prose

prize

£400

length

maximum 5,000

words

deadline

6 days

May 31

Bacopa Literary Review Annual Contest

This contest seeks fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, prose poetry, haiku, and mixed genre submissions. Fiction should be between 250 – 5,000 words, creative nonfiction up to 2,500 words, poetry between 1 and 3 poems, prose poetry up to 250 words, haiku between 1 and 3 haiku, and mixed genre just writing that blends or removes traditional definitions. There is no submission fee, and a first prize and Honorable Mention will be named in each of the six genres. Writers may submit only once to a category, and may not submit to any other category unless their submission was declined. All contributors will receive a free copy of the September print issue once published.

Medium: print   |   Fee: FREE   |   Categories: Short Stories, Memoirs, Fiction Prose, Nonfiction Prose, Journal/General, Poetry

prize

$300

length

250 – 5,000

words

deadline

6 days

May 31

Laux/Millar RR Poetry Prize

This contest seeks poetry. All entrants will receive a copy of the Fall Raleigh Review issue. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Submit up to five pages of unpublished poems per entry. Open to poets who reside in the USA.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $15   |   Categories: Poetry

prize

$500

length

maximum 5

pages

deadline

6 days

May 31

The Masters Review: Flash Fiction Contest

This contest seeks flash fiction of 1,000 words or less. Simultaneous and multiple submissions allowed. Emerging writers only. International submissions are allowed. Entry fee covers up to two stories.

Medium: online   |   Fee: $20   |   Categories: Fiction Prose

prize

$3,000

length

maximum 1,000

words

deadline

6 days

May 31

Aura Estrada Short Story Contest & Annual Poetry Contest

This is Boston Review's new contest model shaped by social justice and accessibility concerns. Under the new model, contestants from the United States, Canada, and Western Europe will pay an entry fee of $20 which will help subsidize the entry of contestants from outside of those countries, as well as those claiming hardship, all of whom will pay nothing to enter our contests. Free entries and paid entries will be read in the same way and given equal weight. This year's theme is "ancestors".

Medium: print and online   |   Fee: FREE or $20   |   Categories: Short Stories, Fiction Prose, Poetry

prize

$1,000

length

maximum 5,000

words

deadline

6 days

May 31

WOW! Women On Writing Spring 2020 Flash Fiction Contest

Seeking short fiction of any genre. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants. Electronic submissions via e-mail only; simultaneous submissions okay; reprints okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail. Open internationally.

Medium: online   |   Fee: $10   |   Categories: Short Stories, Fiction Prose

prize

$400

length

250 – 750

words

deadline

6 days

May 31

The Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry

This contest is for U.S. authors, including foreign nationals living and writing in the U.S. and U.S. citizens living abroad. Contest seeks full-length poetry collections of at least 48 pages.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $28   |   Categories: Poetry, Books, Book Awards

prize

$2,000

length

minimum 48

pages

deadline

7 days

June 01

Spokane Prize for Short Fiction

This contest seeks short fiction manuscripts, containing at least three stories of fiction totaling at least 98 pages. All authors in the United States are eligible, regardless of publication history. There is no maximum page count, and stories may have been previously published individually. One manuscript per submission.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $28   |   Categories: Short Stories, Fiction Prose, Books, Book Awards

prize

$2,000

length

minimum 98

pages

deadline

21 days

June 15

Narrative Prize

The Narrative Prize is awarded annually for the best short story, novel excerpt, poem, or work of literary nonfiction published by a new or emerging writer in Narrative. Winner is announced each September, prize awarded in October. Prize is judged by the magazine's editors and in some years may be divided between winners when more than one work merits the award. ALL submissions with a reading fee, from new or emerging writers, are eligible for the Narrative Prize.

Medium: print   |   Fee: Varies   |   Categories: Short Stories, Memoirs, Fiction Prose, Nonfiction Prose, Poetry

prize

$4,000

deadline

21 days

June 15

The MacGuffin's Poet Hunt Contest

This contest seeks poetry. Each entry may contain up to three poems, with each poem no more than 400 lines. Each entrant will receive one free issue of The MacGuffin that includes the winners of the contest. Winners will be announced in September.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $15   |   Categories: Poetry

prize

$500

length

maximum 400

lines

deadline

21 days

June 15

Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction

This contest seeks short fiction of 8,000 words or less. Previously unpublished only. Multiple submissions accepted. Authors currently residing in the United States are eligible. Winners will be announced in October.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $15   |   Categories: Short Stories, Fiction Prose

prize

$2,500

length

maximum 8,000

words

deadline

21 days

June 15

Swan Scythe Press Poetry Chapbook Contest

This contest seeks poetry manuscripts between 20 – 32 pages in length from writers writing in English. Winner will receive $200 and 25 perfect-bound chapbooks. 

Medium: print   |   Fee: $18   |   Categories: Poetry

prize

$200

length

20–32

pages

deadline

21 days

June 15

Stories Through The Ages Baby Boomers Plus

This contest is open to anyone anyone born 1964 or earlier. Stories for this contest may be about any topic. Tell us about an experience growing up, or use the experience gained from being a Baby Boomer and tell us a story. The story can be fiction or nonfiction.

Medium: online   |   Fee: $20–25   |   Categories: Short Stories, Fiction Prose, Nonfiction Prose

prize

$500

length

900 – 4,000

words

deadline

21 days

June 15