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Writing Contests

18

contests due within 30 days

The Cloudbank Poetry Prize

Open to all writers, this contest seeks poetry and flash fiction. Entrants should submit no more than five poems or flash fiction pieces (500 words or less). Submissions will not be returned. The $200 prize will be awarded for one poem or short prose piece.

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

prize

$200

length

maximum 500

words

deadline

5 days

February 28

The Writing District Competition

Open to all writers, this contest runs every month. The contest seeks short stories of no more than 3,000 words. Entries must be in English. One entry per person, per month. Open theme.

Medium: online   |   Fee: FREE   |   Categories: Short Stories, Fiction Prose

prize

$50

length

maximum 3,000

words

deadline

5 days

February 28

Everything Climate Change Fiction Contest

This contest seeks fiction of 5,000 words or less. Stories should illustrate, explore, or illuminate the impact of climate change on humanity and/or Earth. All genres of short fiction welcome. Work will be judged by science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson. One winner will receive $1,000 and nine finalists will receive $50 prizes. Work will be published by Arizona State University in an online anthology.

Medium: online   |   Fee: FREE   |   Categories: Short Stories, Fiction Prose

prize

$1,000

length

5,000

words

deadline

5 days

February 28

Memoir Magazine #MeToo Trigger Warning Nonfiction Essay Contest

Have you or someone you know survived sexual harassment, assault, rape or abuse? How does it affect your daily life today? The pain of abuse can affect us as a person, a family, a society. Sexual violence is a public health, human rights, and social justice issue. Here’s your chance to use your voice to Change the Culture. Your essay may be humorous, sad, upsetting. It can be one paragraph or several pages long, but most of all, it should be your untold truth expressed in your unique voice. Open to all writers. Emerging writers and underrepresented voices are encouraged to submit!

Medium: print and online   |   Fee: $12   |   Categories: Memoirs, Nonfiction Prose

prize

$500

length

maximum 7,000

words

deadline

5 days

February 28

FanStory Haiku Poetry Contest

Open to all writers, this contest seeks a poem with three lines that follows the 5-7-5 syllable count.

Medium: online   |   Fee: $9.95   |   Categories: Poetry

prize

$100

deadline

8 days

March 03

FanStory Rhyming Poetry Contest

Open to all writers, this contest seeks a poem that rhymes. Simple rhyme is all that is required.

Medium: online   |   Fee: $9.95   |   Categories: Poetry

prize

$100

deadline

14 days

March 09

FanStory 75 Words Flash Fiction

Open to all writers, this contest seeks flash fiction of only 75 words. Tell a complete story in only 75 words.

Medium: online   |   Fee: $9.95   |   Categories: Short Stories, Fiction Prose

prize

$100

length

maximum 75

words

deadline

15 days

March 10

Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction

This contest seeks short stories. Stories will be published in the Fall/Winter 2018 issue of the Colorado Review. Multiple entries allowed. No theme restrictions. Winner will be announced by July 2018.

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

prize

$2,000

length

10 – 50

pages

deadline

19 days

March 14

2018 Tomaž Šalamun Prize

This contest seeks poetry manuscripts between 20 and 28 pages. Prose poetry and hybrid forms are acceptable, as are translations into English. If a translation wins the prize, the translator will receive $500, 10 copies of the chapbook, and the residency. Individual pieces in the chapbook may have been previously published, but the chapbook itself mut be previously unpublished.

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

prize

$500

length

20 – 28

pages

deadline

20 days

March 15

FanStory 3 Line Poem Contest

Open to all writers, this contest seeks a poem that only has 3 lines. The first line should have a count of 5 syllables, second line has 7, and third line has 5 again. Topic is a loved one.

Medium: online   |   Fee: $9.95   |   Categories: Poetry

prize

$100

deadline

20 days

March 15

Bellingham Review's Contests in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry

This contest seeks fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. An entry consists of one essay, one story, up to three pieces of flash, or up to three poems. Prose should be no more than 6,000 words. For prose that is 1,500 words or less, submit up to three in one entry. All entries will be read blind.

Medium: online   |   Fee: $20   |   Categories: Short Stories, Memoirs, Fiction Prose, Nonfiction Prose, Poetry

prize

$1,000

length

6,000

words

deadline

20 days

March 15

The Pinch Literary Awards

For writers 18 years and older, this contest seeks fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Unpublished work only. Simultaneous submissions welcome. No translations. Current students and faculty of The University of Memphis are not eligible.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $20   |   Categories: Short Stories, Memoirs, Fiction Prose, Nonfiction Prose, Poetry

prize

$1,000

length

maximum 5,000

words

deadline

20 days

March 15

The R.T. Smith Prize for Narrative Poetry

This contest seeks poetry. Writers should submit a narrative poem on an ecological and/or eco-justice theme (broadly defined). Poems may be long or short, with any type of format. All submissions will be considered for publication.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $10   |   Categories: Poetry

prize

$500

length

maximum 10

pages

deadline

20 days

March 15

FanStory Non-Fiction Contest

Open to all writers, this contest seeks all forms of nonfiction writing. No more than 5,000 words.

Medium: online   |   Fee: $9.95   |   Categories: Memoirs, Nonfiction Prose

prize

$100

length

maximum 5,000

words

deadline

22 days

March 17

FanStory Six Word Poetry Contest

Can you write a poem with only six words? Write about anything. Format as you wish. But you are limited to six words.

Medium: online   |   Fee: $10   |   Categories: Poetry

prize

$100

length

6

words

deadline

25 days

March 20

FanStory Love Poem Poetry Contest

Write a love poem to enter this poetry contest. Your poem can be formatted any way you wish. It can be funny or serious.

Medium: online   |   Fee: $10   |   Categories: Poetry

prize

$100

deadline

25 days

March 20

Fourth Genre Steinberg Prize 2018

This contest seeks notable and innovate nonfiction essays. This year's judge is Robin Hemley. Winning essay will be published in the issue featured at AWP. Winner will receive $1,000.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $20   |   Categories: Nonfiction Prose, Journal/General

prize

$1,000

length

maximum 6,000

words

deadline

25 days

March 20

Eyelands International Flash Fiction Contest

Welcome to Eyelands' first International Flash Fiction contest—a collaboration between Eyelands online literature magazine and Strange Days Books publishing firm. This contest will be the first of its kind to be based in Greece and entries will be judged by Gregory Papadoyiannis. The theme is "Dreams" and all genres are accepted!

Medium: online   |   Fee: $5   |   Categories: Short Stories, Fiction Prose

prize

Holiday in Crete

length

maximum 500

words

deadline

25 days

March 20