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Writing Contests

14

contests due within 30 days

Backbone Press Chapbook Competition

This contest seeks poetry chapbooks between 16 and 25 pages. Poetry may be in any form or style. Simultaneous submissions allowed, but Backbone must be informed if writer receives publication elsewhere.

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

prize

$250

length

20 – 30

deadline

1 day

March 05

Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

This contest seeks short stories of 750 words or less. The winning work will be performed and recorded by an actor in spring 2021, as well as published on Electric Literature. Winner will receive $1,000 and a free ten week course with Gotham Writers.

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

prize

$1,000

length

maximum 750

words

deadline

1 day

March 05

Tomaž Šalamun Prize

This contest seeks chapbooks and is open to poets at any stage of their career. Winner will receive $500, a free 1-month residency at the Tomaž Šalamun Centre for Poetry in downtown Ljubljana, Slovenia, and chapbook publication by Factory Hollow Press. Chapbook can be poetry, hybrid forms, prose poetry, or translations.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $16   |   Categories: Poetry, Books

prize

$500

length

20 – 28

pages

deadline

11 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: $30   |   Categories: Short Stories, Memoirs, Fiction Prose, Nonfiction Prose, Poetry

prize

$1,000

length

maximum 4,500

words

deadline

11 days

March 15

Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction

This contest seeks short stories. Stories must be previously unpublished and under 50 pages in length. All stories will be considered for publication. Winner will receive $2,000 and publication in the fall 2021 issue of the Colorado Review.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $17   |   Categories: Short Stories, Fiction Prose

prize

$2,000

length

maximum 50

pages

deadline

16 days

March 20

Prime Number Magazine Award for Poetry

This contest seeks poetry. You may submit one poem per entry. Multiple entries are allowed with separate reading fees. This contest is open to any writer anywhere in the world whose entry is unpublished and written in English.

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

prize

$1,000

length

maximum 3

pages

deadline

27 days

March 31

Prime Number Magazine Awards for Short Fiction

This contest seeks short stories. You may submit one story per entry. Multiple entries are allowed with separate reading fees. This contest is open to any writer anywhere in the world whose entry is unpublished and written in English.

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

prize

$1,000

length

53 – 5,300

words

deadline

27 days

March 31

Fiction Southeast Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize

This contest seeks flash fiction of 1,500 words or less. Multiple submissions allowed, but each submission needs to be a separate entry. Simultaneous submissions also allowed. Submissions should be previously unpublished. All entries will be considered for publication.

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

prize

$200

length

maximum 1,500

words

deadline

27 days

March 31

New American Voices Award for Immigrant Writers

This contest seeks post-publication books for the New American Voices Award. Prize is for immigrant writers. All finalists will appear at the Fall for the Book Festival in October 2020. Writers should be immigrant writers who have published no more than three books.

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

prize

$5,000

length

Book length

deadline

27 days

March 31

Gemini Magazine Annual Short Story Contest

This contest seeks short stories. Any subject, style, genre, or length accepted. Must be unpublished. First place will receive $1,000, second place $100, and three honorable mentions will receive $25 each. All five finalists will be published online in the June 2020 issue of Gemini.

Medium: online   |   Fee: $8   |   Categories: Short Stories, Fiction Prose

prize

$1,000

length

Any length

deadline

27 days

March 31

Killer Nashville Claymore Award

The Killer Nashville Claymore Award assists new and rebranding English-language fiction authors get published, including possible agent representation, book advances, editor deals, and movie and television sales.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $40   |   Categories: Fiction Prose, Books

prize

Critiques and industry introductions

length

50

pages

deadline

28 days

April 01

The Orison Prizes in Poetry and Fiction

This contest seeks poetry and fiction manuscripts. One winner will receive $1,500 and publication by Orison Books for a full-length manuscript in each genre.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $25   |   Categories: Short Stories, Fiction Prose, Poetry, Books

prize

$1,500

length

minimum 30,000

words

deadline

28 days

April 01

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

$2,000

length

maximum 5,000

words

deadline

28 days

April 01

$1000 Etel Adnan Poetry Prize

This contest seeks poetry manuscripts. The prize will be awarded to a first or second book of poetry, in English, by a writer of Arab heritage. No more than one manuscript per author.

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

prize

$1,000

length

48 – 90

pages

deadline

28 days

April 01