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contests due within 30 days

Dare to Tell – Health and Healing 2019 Annual Chapbook Contest

This contest seeks fiction and nonfiction prose chapbooks of stories that aren't told about health issues and healing. Chapbooks should be between 20 – 50 pages in length of short stories, essays, or other prose. Looking for stories about chronic pain, autoimmune disorders, invisible illnesses, depression, mental health, treatment, healing, and recovery.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $20   |   Categories: Fiction Prose, Nonfiction Prose

prize

$250

length

20 – 50

pages

deadline

4 days

December 10

Hamlin Garland Award for the Short Story

This contest seeks short stories of 7,000 words or less. No theme, and stories must be unpublished. One story per entry. Multiple entries are acceptable. All entrants will be considered for publication.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $20   |   Categories: Short Stories, Fiction Prose

prize

$2,000

length

maximum 7,000

words

deadline

4 days

December 10

Holden Vaughn Spangler Memorial Award

This contest seeks fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry about a child or childhood. Fiction or nonfiction should be up to 1,500 words maximum, and poetry should be up to three poems. Simultaneous submissions allowed.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $5   |   Categories: Short Stories, Memoirs, Fiction Prose, Nonfiction Prose, Poetry

prize

$200

length

maximum 1,500

words

deadline

7 days

December 13

LitMag's Virginia Woolf Award for Fiction

Open to all writers, this contest seeks short stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words. Previously unpublished short stories only. Writers may submit multiple stories. Winning short stories and finalists will be announced on the website as well as by email to all contestants in March.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $20   |   Categories: Short Stories, Fiction Prose

prize

$3,500

length

3,000 – 8,000

words

deadline

9 days

December 15

Writers for Writers: Indie Filmmaker Fellowship

The Indie Filmmaker Fellowship is open to all filmmakers attached to an unproduced, feature-length narrative film with an aim towards production. Directing teams and writer-director teams are welcome to apply on a single application. The fellows will be mentored by the WritersForWriters team as well as indie film producer Stephen Nemeth (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Sessions).

Medium: online   |   Fee: $75   |   Categories: Residencies/Fellowships

prize

N/A

length

maximum 120

pages

deadline

9 days

December 15

Boulevard: Short Fiction

Open to all writers who have not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction with a nationally distributed press, this contest seeks short fiction of up to 8,000 words. Manuscripts will not be returned. All entries will be considered for publication. Winning story will be first announced on the website, traditionally during June, though occasionally earlier.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $16   |   Categories: Short Stories, Fiction Prose

prize

$1,500

length

maximum 8,000

words

deadline

25 days

December 31

Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

This contest seeks short fiction manuscripts. Manuscripts should contain a collection of short stories and may include one, and only one, novella (story that exceeds 12,500 words). The total page count should be no less than 100 pages, and no more than 250 pages. Manuscripts will be read blind. Writers must be 18 and older living in the United States or one of its territories. Previously published stories may be included in the manuscript. Winner will be announced no later than May 1. A list of finalists will also be announced at that time.

Medium: print   |   Fee: $30   |   Estimated Callback: May 01   |   Categories: Short Stories, Fiction Prose, Books

prize

$1,500

length

100 – 250

pages

deadline

25 days

December 31

Nowhere Magazine Travel Writing Contest

This contest seeks stories in the form of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or essays. Must be written in English. Must be between 800 and 5,000 words. Stories should possess a powerful sense of place. Previously published work is accepted, but must be indicated.

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

prize

$1,000

length

800 – 5,000

words

deadline

26 days

January 01

DISQUIET Literary Prize

This contest seeks fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from writers who have not published more than one book. Entries must be in English and must not be previously published. Winner in each genre will be published, and the grand prize winner will also receive a full scholarship to attend the Disquiet International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal. Poetry entries may include up to six poems (max. of ten pages total) or a single prose piece up to twenty-five pages in length. Multiple entries are allowed.

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

prize

Publication & Scholarship

length

maximum 25

pages

deadline

28 days

January 03