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Writing Contests

10

contests due within 30 days

Spoon River Poetry Review $1,000 Editors' Prize

This contest seeks poetry. Each entry may contain up to three poems, maximum 10 pages in length. Entry fee contains a one-year subscription. Judges will be announced after winners are selected. A winner, two runners-up, and up to three to five honorable mentions will be selected. All winning poems will be published in the winter issue.

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

prize

$1,000

length

maximum 10

pages

deadline

7 days

April 15

Everything Climate Change Fiction Contest

This contest seeks short fiction of no more than 5,000 words. Submissions must be original works that have not been previously published. Works should be mostly in English and writers must be over 18. US and international entries are welcome. All genres welcome.

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

prize

$1,000

length

5,000

words

deadline

7 days

April 15

Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry

This contest seeks poetry manuscripts between 48 and 100 pages. Manuscripts must be in English, and as a whole must be previously unpublished, but single poems may have been previously published. Simultaneous submissions allowed.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $25   |   Categories: Poetry, Book Awards

prize

$1,000

length

48 – 100

pages

deadline

7 days

April 15

$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. Winner will be notified by September 15, 2020. No more than one manuscript per author.

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

prize

$1,000

length

48 – 90

pages

deadline

7 days

April 15

Palette Poetry Prize

This contest seeks one excellent poem that speaks to what poetry is today. Winner will be selected by the guest judge Ilya Kaminsky. Editors of Palette will choose the ten finalists. Grand prize along with second and third place will be chosen by the guest judge. International submissions allowed, and there is no page requirement. Entries must not be more than three poems.

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

prize

$3,000

deadline

7 days

April 15

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

This contest seeks short works of fiction and nonfiction. All themes accepted, and writers may submit as many entries as they like. Entries may be published or unpublished. Length limit is 6,000 words. Winning story and essay will receive $3,000 each, and ten honorable mentions will receive $100 each. Top 12 entries will be published online.

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

prize

$3,000

length

maximum 6,000

words

deadline

22 days

April 30

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 2020. All entries considered for publication.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $12   |   Categories: Fiction Prose, Nonfiction Prose

prize

$300

length

maximum 1,000

words

deadline

22 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

22 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

22 days

April 30

WOW! Women On Writing Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

We are seeking creative nonfiction essays on any topic and in any style—from personal essay to lyric essay to hybrid and more! The mission of this contest is to reward bravery in real-life storytelling and create an understanding of our world through thoughtful, engaging narratives. Electronic submissions via e-mail only; simultaneous submissions okay; reprints okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail. Open internationally.

Medium: online   |   Fee: $12 – 25   |   Categories: Nonfiction Prose

prize

$500

length

200 – 1,000

words

deadline

22 days

April 30