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Writing Contests

8

contests due within 30 days

Green Curtain Theatre

Green Curtain theatre was set up in 2011 to produce new work for the Irish community in London. It provides opportunities for writers, actors, and directors drawn from, but not exclusively, the London Irish diaspora. They are actively looking for plays that explore the theme of "breaking away" with reference to the lives and experience of the Irish in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This experience can be contemporary or historical, serious or comic. The contest is open to everyone who is Irish or part of the Irish Diaspora, no matter your age or level of education, who is resident in the UK.

Fee: FREE   |   Categories: Screenwriting

prize

Performed

length

60 – 90 minutes

deadline

8 days

February 28

International Literary Awards 2019

This contest seeks fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry from anyone writing in English. Submissions must be previously unpublished. Multiple submissions allowed. Winners will be announced no later than June 1, 2019.

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

prize

$1,000

length

maximum 5,000

words

deadline

8 days

February 28

Architecture of Power: Short Story Contest

Welcome to 2019; polarizing political views are an ever-present reality and it doesn't seem to be improving. Whether you live in the US or on the other side of the globe, our environments are actors in the theater of influence. What happens when design becomes part of the equation? Write a short story that puts into narrative how architecture affects the lives of people in power and those on the fringes of society.

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

prize

$500

length

maximum 1,500

words

deadline

8 days

February 28

Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize is a writing competition sponsored by the stage and radio series Selected Shorts. This long-running series at Symphony Space in New York City celebrates the art of the short story by having stars of stage and screen read aloud the works of established and emerging writers. Selected Shorts is recorded for Public Radio and heard nationally. The 2019 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize will be judged by Kelly Link. The winning work will be performed and recorded live at a Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space on June 12, 2019, and published on Electric Literature. The winning writer will receive $1,000 and a free 10-week course with Gotham Writers.

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

prize

$1,000

length

maximum 750

words

deadline

9 days

March 01

2019 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 2019 issue of Colorado Review. Final judge is Joan Silber. Entry fee is $15, or $17 via Submittable.

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

prize

$2,000

length

maximum 50

pages

deadline

22 days

March 14

Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Contest 2019

This contest seeks essays no longer than 6,000 words. Winning author will receive $1,000 and publication in the issue that's featured at AWP. 2019 contest judge is Brenda Miller.

Medium: print and online   |   Fee: $20   |   Categories: Memoirs, Nonfiction Prose

prize

$1,000

length

maximum 6,000

words

deadline

23 days

March 15

2019 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: $15   |   Categories: Poetry, Books

prize

$500

length

20 – 28

pages

deadline

23 days

March 15

Journal from the Heartland

Blue Bus Publishing is excited to announce their 2nd annual Journal from the Heartland Writing Contest. Winning entries will be included in Volume 3 of their publication, which will be published in 2019. Their contest is open to all interested writers with connections to Wisconsin. Entries may be on any subject or theme.

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

prize

$125

length

maximum 2,000

words

deadline

29 days

March 21