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Writing Contests

18

contests due within 30 days

Sunshot Prize Series

The Sunshot Prize Series™ honors unpublished collections of poetry, short stories, and essays with a cash prize, publication, author copies, and a continuation of the book's cultural impact through nomination to the highest echelon of book awards.The prize-winning manuscripts and selected finalists will be nominated for the National Book Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, and other prestigious book awards, adding a potential purse of more than $156,000 and international notoriety.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $40   |   Categories: Short Stories, Fiction Prose, Nonfiction Prose, Poetry, Books, Book Awards

prize

$1,500

length

50-200

pages

deadline

8 days

May 30

Hourglass Literary Magazine - International Writing Contest

Open to all writers, this contest seeks short stories between 700-7,000 words, poetry that doesn’t exceed 3,500 words, and essays between 1,000-9,000 words. Poetry submissions may contain up to three poems. No theme or genre limitations or boundaries. Winning entry in each category will receive $1,000.

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

prize

$1,000

length

maximum 7,000

words

deadline

9 days

May 31

Flying South 2017: Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction

Open to all writers, this contest seeks poetry (up to 3 poems, 10 pages max.), fiction (including flash fiction, short story, and novel excerpt, up to 5000 words), and creative nonfiction (including memoir, essay, journal entries, and other, up to 3500 words). Original work that has been previously unpublished only. Simultaneous submissions accepted. Three Best in Category winners will be chosen, winning $500 each, and a President’s Favorite winner will be chosen from those three, winning an additional $500 to equal $1000 total. Winners will be announced July 1, 2017.

Medium: print and online   |   Fee: $15   |   Estimated Callback: July 01   |   Categories: Short Stories, Memoirs, Fiction Prose, Nonfiction Prose, Poetry

prize

$1,000

length

maximum 5,000

words

deadline

9 days

May 31

Bacopa Literary Review Contest

Open to all writers, this contest seeks poetry, flash story, creative nonfiction, and literary fiction. Poetry submissions should contain 1-3 poems; flash stories should be less than 750 words; creative nonfiction should be less than 3300 words; literary fiction should be less than 8000 words. Previously unpublished work only.

Medium: print and online   |   Fee: $3   |   Categories: Short Stories, Fiction Prose, Nonfiction Prose, Poetry

prize

$400

length

8,000

words

deadline

9 days

May 31

5th Annual Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize 2017

Open to all writers, this contest seeks poetry. Writers should think of humanness, struggle, adversity, and resilience when submitting. Winning poem will receive $500 as well as publication.

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

prize

$500

deadline

9 days

May 31

2017 Laux/Millar RR Poetry Prize

Open to all writers in the United States, this contest seeks poetry. Entrants should submit up to five pages of unpublished poems per entry. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. All entrants will receive the Fall 2017 issue of Raleigh Review.

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

prize

$500

length

maximum 5

pages

deadline

9 days

May 31

2017 JuxtaProse Poetry Prize

Open to all writers, this contest seeks poetry. Poems must be previously unpublished. Each entry should consist of 1-3 poems, and each poem should be no more than 50 lines. All finalists will be considered for publication. First prize will receive $500 and publication, and up to three additional poems may be awarded honorable mention status, which will receive $50 and publication. Winner will be announced on August 1, 2017.

Medium: print and online   |   Fee: $15   |   Estimated Callback: August 01   |   Categories: Poetry

prize

$500

deadline

9 days

May 31

The Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Awards

Open to all writers, this contest seeks first chapter of a novel, fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. First chapter of a novel has a 3500 word limit, fiction and creative nonfiction entries have a 3000 word limit, and poetry should be up to three poems, not to exceed 80 lines in total. A first place ($200), second place ($100), and third place ($50) will be awarded, along with potential honorable mentions.

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

prize

$200

length

maximum 3,500

words

deadline

9 days

May 31

Spokane Prize for Short Fiction

Open to all writers, this contest seeks a book length manuscript containing at least three short stories, no less than 98 pages total. Manuscripts should be organized with a table of contents and page numbers. Stories may have been previously published. Novels will not be accepted. Winner receives $2000 plus publication.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $27.50   |   Categories: Short Stories, Fiction Prose, Books, Book Awards

prize

$2,000

length

minimum 98

pages

deadline

10 days

June 01

2017 Salamander Fiction Contest

Open to all writers, this contest seeks fiction. Entrants should submit no more than one story per entry, and entries must not exceed 30 double spaced pages in 12 point font. Multiple entries are acceptable. All entries will be considered anonymously. First place will receive $1,000 and second will receive $500.

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

prize

$1,000

length

maximum 30

pages

deadline

10 days

June 01

22nd National Poet Hunt Contest

Open to all writers, this contest seeks poetry. Each entry should contain no more than three poems. First place winner will receive $500 and their work will be published.

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

prize

$500

deadline

12 days

June 03

HeartWood Broadside Series Contest

Open to all writers, this contest seeks poetry or flash prose (200 word max.). Winner will receive $500 and 25 copies of broadside. Entry fee in-cludes copy of winning broadside.

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

prize

$500

length

maximum 200

words

deadline

15 days

June 06

Miami Book Fair/de Groot Prize for the Novella

Open to all writers, this contest seeks unpublished novellas between 17,000 and 40,000 words. First place will receive $6,000, along with publication, publicity at the Miami Book Fair as well as hotel, travel and per diem to attend and participate at the Fair. Two runners-up will receive $2,000 along with publication, publicity at the Miami Book Fair as well as hotel, travel, and per diem to attend and participate at the Fair. Finalists will be notified on or before October 20, 2017.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $50   |   Estimated Callback: October 20   |   Categories: Fiction Prose, Books, Book Awards

prize

$6,000

length

17,000-40,000

words

deadline

24 days

June 15

Slate Roof Press 2017 Elyse Wolf Prize $500

Open to all writers, this contest seeks poetry chapbook manuscripts of no more than 28 pages. Winner will receive $500, along with a three year membership to Slate Roof Press. Slate Roof will publish the winning manuscript within the member’s three year term. Members will also receive feedback and suggestions for editing.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $10   |   Categories: Poetry, Books, Book Awards

prize

$500

length

28

pages

deadline

24 days

June 15

2017 Swan Scythe Press Poetry Chapbook Contest

Open to all writers, this contest seeks poetry chapbook manuscripts. Manuscripts should be between 20 and 32 pages. Winner receives $200 and 25 perfect-bound chapbooks.

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

prize

$200

length

20-32

pages

deadline

24 days

June 15

Fineline Competition for Prose Poetry and Short Shorts

Open to all writers, this contest seeks prose poetry and shorts shorts. Both should be no more than 500 words. Any poetry submitted in verse form will be automatically disqualified. A first prize of $1000 will be awarded, and 10 finalists will receive possible publication. Previously unpublished work only.

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

prize

$1,000

length

500

words

deadline

24 days

June 15

The Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Award

Open to all writers, this contest seeks poetry manuscripts between 48-80 pages in length. Winner will receive $1000 prize along with publication in the following spring of 2018. Winner will be announced November 1, 2017.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $28   |   Estimated Callback: November 01   |   Categories: Poetry, Books

prize

$1,000

length

48-80

pages

deadline

24 days

June 15

Marguerite McGlinn Fiction Contest

Open to all writers in the United States, this contest seeks fiction of up to 8000 words. Previously unpublished work only. Multiple submissions allowed, as well as simultaneous submissions. Second place will receive $500 and third place will receive $250. Winners will be announced October 1, 2017.

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

prize

$2,000

length

maximum 8,000

words

deadline

24 days

June 15