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2019 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

Claremont Graduate University

The Kate Tufts Discovery Award was created in 1994, a year after the inception of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. It is presented to a first book by a poet of genuine promise.  The Kate Tufts Discovery Award offers a hefty prize of $10,000 and is given for poetry volumes published in the preceding year.

Deadline: July 1st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$100,000

Additional prizes

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Impress Prize

Impress Books

Entries should comprise of a book proposal and a sample chapter of no more than 6,000 words. We accept both fiction and non-fiction across most genres (excluding poetry and children’s fiction, however we will consider Young Adult submissions).

Deadline: June 29th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: £25

Genre: Fiction, Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

£500 advance

Additional prizes

Publishing contract with Impress books

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2018 Red Hen Press Nonfiction Award

Red Hen Press

Established in 2015, the Red Hen Nonfiction Award seeks to recognize the art of true story-telling through literary craft. The awarded fiction manuscript is selected through an annual submission process which is open to all authors.

Deadline: April 30th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $20

Genre: Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Red Hen Press

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Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

University of Pittsburgh Press

The University of Pittsburgh Press announces the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize for a first full-length book of poems. Named after the first director of the Press, the prize carries a cash award of $5,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press in the Pitt Poetry Series under its standard royalty contract. The winner will be announced in the fall; no information about the winner will be released before the fall announcement. The Starrett Prize is our only venue for first-book poetry manuscripts.

Deadline: April 30th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$5,000

Additional prizes

Publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press

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The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award

The Ghost Story

The Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award competition for full-length short stories on a supernatural theme is now open for submissions! Twice each year TGS awards $1,000 and both online and print publication to the winner of our short story competition.

Deadline: April 30th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $20

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication on the Ghost Story website

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Fischer Prize

Talking Gourds

A poetry award named for Mark and Elaine Fischer – two Colorado creatives and champions of the arts. Mark was a brilliant lawyer poet who died young, and Elaine his artist widow who went on to become Mayor of Telluride and a San Miguel County Commissioner for four terms (2000-2016). She passed away Memorial Day weekend 2016.​

Deadline: May 1st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $9

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

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Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize

Kent State University

This prize is offered annually to a poet who has not previously published a full-length collection of poems. The prize awards the winner with $2,500 and publication of his or her first full-length book of poetry by the Kent State University Press. The winner and the competition's judge will give a reading together on the Kent State campus. The 2017 winner was Fugue Figure by Michael Green, selected by Khaled Mattawa; the 2018 winner will be selected by Ellen Bass.

Deadline: May 1st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$2,500

Additional prizes

Publication by Kent State University Press

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Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

Academy of American Poets

Established in 1975, this $25,000 award recognizes the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous calendar year. The prize includes distribution of the winning book to hundreds of Academy of American Poets members.

Deadline: May 15th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $75

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$25,000

Additional prizes

Publication and distribution of book

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Very Short Fiction Contest

Glimmer Train Press

The Very Short Fiction Award is open to all writers. Any story that has not appeared in a print publication is welcome. Word count range: 300 - 3000.

Deadline: April 30th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $16

Genre: Fiction, Flash Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$2,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Glimmer Train Stories,

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Fiction Contest

Glimmer Train Press

Open to all subjects, all themes, and all writers! Most entries run from 3000 to 6000 words, but we invite stories from 3000 to 20,000 words.

Deadline: April 30th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $21

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$3,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Glimmer Train Stories

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Trio Award for First or Second Book

Trio House Press

Trio House Press gives two awards annually: the Trio Award for First or Second Book for emerging poets, and the Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence for a book of poems contributing in an innovative and distinct way to American poetry. The Trio Award for First or Second Book includes $1,000, publication, and twenty books. The Trio Award for First or Second Book is only open to poets with less than two books published.

Deadline: April 30th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Trio House Press

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The Pleiades Press Editors Prize for Poetry

Pleiades Press

Each spring Pleiades Press publishes a book of poetry selected by the editors of Pleiades Press. The winning writer will receive $3000 ($2000 + $1000 towards book tour expenses) and the winning collection will be published in paperback by Pleiades Press and nationally distributed by Louisiana State University Press. In addition, the winning writer will be invited to read at the University of Central Missouri.

Deadline: May 1st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$3,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Pleiades Press

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The Tamaqua Award for a Collection of Essays

Hidden River Arts

Hidden River Arts offers an award of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, for an original collection of essays. Previous publication of individual essays is acceptable, as long as you include the list of the published essays, the journals and magazines where they appeared, and authorize that the publication rights have reverted to you, as author.

Deadline: September 30th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $22

Genre: Essay, Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Hidden River Arts

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The Alcott Award for Young Adult Fiction

Hidden River Arts

Hidden River announces the inaugural Alcott Award for an unpublished book-length work of Young Adult fiction featuring at least one strong female lead character. The winning manuscript will be published by Many Frog Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, and will receive $1000.

Deadline: October 15th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $22

Genre: Fiction, Novel, Young Adult,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Hidden River Arts

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Hawk Mountain Short Story Collection Award

Hidden River Arts

Hidden River Arts offers an award of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, for an original collection of short stories. Previous publication of individual stories is acceptable, as long as you include the list of the published stories, the journals and magazines where they appeared, and authorize that the rights have reverted to you, as author.

Deadline: July 30th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $22

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Hidden River Press

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Prophecy Creek Book Award in Speculative Fiction

Hidden River Arts

Hidden River Arts offers an award of $1,000, and publication on Hidden River Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, for an original, unpublished book-length work of speculative fiction.

Deadline: May 15th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $22

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Novel, Science Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Hidden River Press

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First Novel Competition

Del Sol Press

Del Sol Press seeks to publish exceptional work by both new and recognized writers. Our emphasis is on original, unique, and accessible work with an edge. We are only interested in the very best work, regardless of source or type. The 2018 competition invites submissions of literary and upmarket fiction, general fiction, serious women's fiction, SFF with a literary edge or fiction with a catalytic speculative element, e.g., "Time Traveler's Wife," as well as mystery, crime, or suspense fiction.

Deadline: May 15th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $30

Genre: Fiction, Novel,

TOP PRIZE

$1,500

Additional prizes

Publication

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Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

Carve Magazine

Now in its 18th year, the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest is one of the most renowned fiction contests in the world. Featuring prominent guest judges and offering $2500 across five prizes, the contest delivers exciting new fiction from writers all over the world.

Deadline: May 15th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $17

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,500

Additional prizes

Publication in Carve Magazine

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