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Writing Contests

19

contests due within 30 days

Nimrod Literary Awards

This contest seeks poetry and fiction. Poetry submissions should be 3 – 10 pages of either one long poem or several short poems. Fiction submissions should be 7,500 words maximum, either of one short story or a novel excerpt. First and second prize in each category will be awarded, and winners will also be brought to Tulsa for the Awards Ceremony and Writing Conference in October. All finalists will be considered for publication.

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

prize

$2,000

length

maximum 7,500

words

deadline

12 days

April 30

2018 Force Majeure Flash Contest

"We're looking for the best small things, any form, any content, any fine and wonderful creation." This contest seeks flash fiction of any genre. Fiction and nonfiction allowed. Submissions by members of under-represented groups encouraged. Multiple entries fine. Winning flash must not be published before August 2018. All entries considered for publication.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $5   |   Categories: Fiction Prose, Nonfiction Prose

prize

$300

length

maximum 1,000

words

deadline

12 days

April 30

Craft Short Fiction Prize

CRAFT's short fiction contest will be judged by Jim Shepard: author of seven novels, including most recently The Book of Aron, which won the Sophie Brody Medal for Achievement in Jewish Literature from the American Library Association and the PEN/New England Award for fiction. Send your best stories that explore craft, have an emotional core; and feel fresh and new.

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

prize

$2,000

length

maximum 6,000

words

deadline

12 days

April 30

Grist Journal: ProForma Writing Contest

"Every spring, Grist welcomes submissions of unpublished creative work for our ProForma contest in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and/or hybrids that explore the relationship between content and form. This contest is open to all forms of literary expression. “Pro forma” often means an established way of doing things. For the contest, Grist is looking for work that makes the most of its form, whether that’s an essay that breaks from traditional expectations, a set of poems from a sonnet sequence, a short story that blends or bends its genre, a hybrid text or a genre-less piece."

Medium: online   |   Fee: $18   |   Categories: Short Stories, Fiction Prose, Nonfiction Prose, Graphic Stories, Journal/General, Poetry

prize

$1,200

length

maximum 5,000

words

deadline

12 days

April 30

Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices Annual Literary Contest

This contest seeks fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Winners as well as finalists will be published in the Summer Awards Issue due in August. Multiple submissions allowed.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $18   |   Categories: Short Stories, Memoirs, Fiction Prose, Nonfiction Prose, Poetry

prize

$1,000

length

maximum 23

pages

deadline

12 days

April 30

The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award

This contest seeks short stories involving a paranormal or supernatural theme. Stories should be between 1,500 and 10,000 words. All submissions will be considered for publication. Multiple entries are permitted. Winners will be published online.

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

prize

$1,000

length

1,500 – 10,000

words

deadline

12 days

April 30

Script Pipeline: 2018 Screenwriting Contest

The Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition seeks talented writers and exceptional screenplays to connect with production companies, agencies, and managers. Applicants should email their submissions to entry@scriptpipeline.com. Finalists will receive immediate circulation to Script Pipeline partners.

Medium: online   |   Fee: $50   |   Categories: Screenwriting

prize

$25,000

length

90+

pages

deadline

13 days

May 01

Script Pipeline: 2018 TV Writing Contest

The 11th Script Pipeline TV Writing Competition is searching for extraordinary television writers and fresh, compelling pilots for exposure to production companies, agencies, and managers. Launched in 2008 as a response to the growing demand for new episodic content, the competition has established its role as a go-to outlet for emerging writers looking to get staffed on shows or develop their TV material.

Medium: online   |   Fee: $50   |   Categories: Screenwriting

prize

$25,000

deadline

13 days

May 01

Wake, and Dream Again

This contest seeks short stories. Winners will be announced by August 1, 2018 and published in CQ's Fall/Winter 2018 issue, released on November 1, 2018. The Carolina Quarterly solicits stories that reimagine what it means to be ourselves and live in our world. For this contest, the CQ seeks stories that bring together the intimate and the cosmic.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $4   |   Categories: Short Stories, Fiction Prose

prize

$1,000

deadline

13 days

May 01

Fairfield Scribes Feature Story Contest - When to Now: A Time Travel Anthology

Time travel is a compelling sub-genre of science fiction and fantasy. To jump on board the time travel train, the Fairfield Scribes are releasing When to Now: A Time Travel Anthology, and we're looking for our feature story.

Medium: print and online   |   Fee: FREE   |   Estimated Callback: June 01   |   Categories: Short Stories, Fiction Prose

prize

Publication

length

10,000

words

deadline

13 days

May 01

FanStory One Line Poem

Can you write a poem with only one line? That's called a monostich and is the challenge of this writing contest.

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

prize

$100

length

1

lines

deadline

15 days

May 03

Writer's Digest: Annual Writing Competition

This contest seeks fiction, memoirs, articles, inspirational writing, poetry of all types, children's/YA fiction, and plays/scripts. Writers must submit and choose their category, but judges will determine which category fits best.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $30   |   Categories: Short Stories, Memoirs, Fiction Prose, Nonfiction Prose, Journal/General, Poetry, Books

prize

$5,000

deadline

16 days

May 04

Gotham Writers: A Very Short Story Contest

"It may be apocryphal, but the story goes that Ernest Hemingway won a bet by writing a short story that ran fewer than ten words. One version of the story places the bet at the famed Algonquin “round table.” Whether true or not, there is an actual bet-winning short story attributed to Hemingway: For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn. You have to admit it’s pretty good. It builds, and there’s a whole world of background and emotion lurking beneath those words. We would like to make a similar bet with you. Write a great short story in ten words or fewer. (You may use a title, but that goes into the word count.) Submit it to our contest. Entry is free. Winner of the bet gets a free Gotham class."

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

prize

One Gotham Class

length

maximum 10

words

deadline

26 days

May 14

The Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry 2018

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

27 days

May 15

Carve Magazine's 2018 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

This contest seeks short stories of max. 10,000 words. Stories may be from anywhere in the world, but must be in English. No genre fiction. Story must be previously unpublished, even online. Winners will be announced August 1st and published in fall issue online and in print.

Medium: online   |   Fee: $17   |   Estimated Callback: August 01   |   Categories: Short Stories, Fiction Prose

prize

$1,500

length

maximum 10,000

words

deadline

27 days

May 15

New Letters: Conger Beasley Jr. Award for Nonfiction

This contest seeks creative nonfiction essays of 8,000 words or less. Multiple entries acceptable. All entries will be considered for publication. Contest is international, but international submissions will not receive subscription with entry. One winner and one runner up will be chosen and announced in September.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $24   |   Categories: Memoirs, Nonfiction Prose, Journal/General

prize

$2,500

length

maximum 8,000

words

deadline

30 days

May 18

New Letters: Prize for Poetry

This contest seeks poetry. Poetry entry may contain up to six poems. Multiple entries acceptable. All entries will be considered for publication. Contest is international, but international submissions will not receive subscription with entry. One winner and one runner up will be chosen and announced in September.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $24   |   Categories: Poetry

prize

$1,500

deadline

30 days

May 18

New Letters: Prize for Fiction

This contest seeks fiction short stories of 8,000 words or less. Multiple entries acceptable. All entries will be considered for publication. Contest is international, but international submissions will not receive subscription with entry. One winner and one runner up will be chosen and announced in September.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $24   |   Categories: Short Stories, Fiction Prose

prize

$1,500

length

maximum 8,000

words

deadline

30 days

May 18

Ruminate Magazine's 2018 Janet B McCabe Poetry Prize

This contest seeks poetry. Entries may consist of up to two poems, no longer than 40 lines each. No theme or topic for poetry prize. Submissions must be previously unpublished. All entrants will be notified of submission status by mid-August.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $20   |   Categories: Poetry

prize

$1,500

length

maximum 40

lines

deadline

30 days

May 18