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Writing Contests

13

contests due within 30 days

The Writing Pittsburgh Book Prize

Open to all writers, this contest seeks creative nonfiction book manuscripts focusing on a subject of regional and national significance, by a writer with a meaningful Pittsburgh connection. Author of the winning manuscript will receive a $10,000 honorarium, publication of their book, national distribution, and a marketing and publicity campaign. Manuscripts will be judged on originality, the subject’s broad appeal and resonance with a national readership, interpretation of the “Writing Pittsburgh” theme, and literary quality and strength of prose. Winner will be announced in February 2018.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $25   |   Categories: Nonfiction Prose, Books, Book Awards

prize

$1,000

deadline

5 days

October 23

The Monadnock Essay Collection Prize

Open to all writers, this contest seeks book-length collections of nonfiction essays. Essays can take any form and be on any subject: personal essays, memoirs in essay form, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel, historical account, etc. Winner receives publication and distribution of the collection, $750 in prize money, and 50 copies of the book.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $25   |   Categories: Nonfiction Prose, Books

prize

$750

length

120-160

pages

deadline

13 days

October 31

2017 JuxtaProse Fiction Prize

Open to all writers, this contest seeks fiction. Entries should consist of a single story between 500 and 7,000 words. Winners will be announced on or before November 25, 2017. Up to three additional stories may be awarded “Honorable Mention” status, for which they will receive $50 and publication. All finalists will be considered for publication.

Medium: print and online   |   Fee: $15   |   Estimated Callback: August 01   |   Categories: Short Stories, Fiction Prose

prize

$500

length

500 - 7,000

words

deadline

13 days

October 31

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

13 days

October 31

James Hearst Poetry Prize

Open to all writers, this contest seeks poetry. Entries may contain up to five poems in one file. Entry fee includes a one year subscription. A first prize of $1,000, a second prize of $100, and a third prize of $50 will be awarded. All winners and finalists will be published in the Spring 2018 issue.

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

prize

$1,000

deadline

13 days

October 31

Vern Rutsala Book Prize

Open to all writers, this contest seeks poetry manuscripts between 60 and 90 pages. Manuscripts must be previously unpublished. Submissions will not be returned. Winner will receive $1,000 and publication of the book with a full color cover. Poetry in the manuscript may cover a wide range of styles, such as lyric, prose poems, experimental, flash fiction, etc.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $25   |   Categories: Poetry, Books

prize

$1,000

length

60–90

pages

deadline

13 days

October 31

Atlantic Road Poetry Prize

Open to writers 18 years old or older who have not published a full length collection of poetry, this contest seeks poetry manuscripts. Manuscripts should be no more than 28 pages. Individual poems may be previously published. Winner will receive $250 honorarium, chapbook publication, and 10 contributor copies.

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

prize

$250

length

maximum 28

pages

deadline

14 days

November 01

The Writing Salon’s Inaugural Jane Underwood Poetry Prize

Open to all California writers, this contest seeks poetry. One entry may consist of up to three poems per entry fee. Prizewinner will receive an award of $250, online publication, and an invitation to do a featured reading at The Writing Salon in San Francisco.

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

prize

$250

deadline

14 days

November 01

FanStory Short Poem Contest

Open to all writers, this contest seeks poems that have exactly 20 syllables. First place prize is $100. Fee: 9.95 to enter this and all contests at FanStory (over $5,000 in cash prizes).

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

prize

$100

deadline

16 days

November 03

FanStory Romance Writing Contest

Open to all writers, this contest seeks romance writing. No more than 5,000 words. First place prize is $100. Fee: $9.95 to enter this and all contests at FanStory (over $5,000 in cash prizes).

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

prize

$100

length

maximum 5,000

words

deadline

24 days

November 11

Gambling the Aisle 2017 Chapbook Competition

Open to all writers, this contest seeks fiction, nonfiction, or poetry manuscripts between 16 and 36 pages. Individual poems/stories may have been previously published, but collection as a whole should be unpublished. Winner receives publication, 20 copies, and $100. Five runners-up will receive recognition in the winter edition of Gambling the Aisle.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $13   |   Categories: Short Stories, Memoirs, Fiction Prose, Nonfiction Prose, Poetry, Books, Book Awards

prize

$100

length

16–36

pages

deadline

26 days

November 13

Annual Sandy Crimmins National Poetry Prize

Open to all writers currently residing in the US, this contest seeks poetry. Entrants should submit up to five pages of poetry, whether this be one poem on five pages or several poems on five pages, or any combination within the five-page limit. No more than one poem per page. One grand prize of $1,000 will be awarded, as well as three runners up who will receive $100 each. All winners will be published in the spring issue.

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

prize

$1,000

length

maximum 5

pages

deadline

28 days

November 15

The Tishman Review’s 2018 Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize

Open to all writers, this contest seeks poetry. Each entry may consist of between three to five poems. No line limit. Poems may be any length, any style, or any subject. No translations. Multiple entries allowed. Winners will be announced by January 30, 2018.

Medium: print and online   |   Fee: $15   |   Estimated Callback: January 30   |   Categories: Poetry

prize

$500

deadline

28 days

November 15