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Spring Competition: Play Scripts

Audiojam

This unique competition enables authors to create a lasting keepsake of their treasured work. All genres of plays are accepted and it doesn’t matter if your work has been previously published. Up to 5 plays will be accepted and produced in our studio and broadcast across the world to an existing listener base.

Deadline: March 31st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: £2.99

Genre: Script Writing,

TOP PRIZE

Recording Package

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Young Writers' Short Story contest

Lune Spark Books

This is a contest for children in the age range of 10 years to 16 years, with the aim of helping parents identify writing talent early.

Deadline: April 22nd, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $15

Genre: Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$2700

Additional prizes

Publication by Lune Spark Books

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Self-Publishing Literary Awards

The Black Caucus of ALA

The Black Caucus of ALA (BCALA) honors the best self-published ebooks by an African American author in the U.S. in the following genres: Fiction and Poetry.

Deadline: February 17th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Fiction, Novel, Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$500

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The Paz Prize for Poetry

The National Poetry Series

The Center @ Miami Dade College will award one $2,000 prize every other year (in even years) for the publication of a previously unpublished book of poetry originally written in Spanish by an American resident.  The prize will recognize book-length manuscripts of poetry written in Spanish. Translations, works of literary criticism and scholarly texts do not qualify. Contest opens in May.

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

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$2,000

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Open Prize

The National Poetry Series

The National Poetry Series seeks book-length manuscripts of poetry written by American residents or American citizens living abroad.

Deadline: February 28th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $30

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$10,000

Additional prizes

Publication of full-length manuscript

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Family Matters Contest

Glimmer Train Press

We are looking for stories about families of all configurations. It's fine to draw heavily on real-life experiences, but the work must read like fiction and all stories accepted for publication will be presented as fiction.

Deadline: January 12th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $18

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$2,500

Additional prizes

Publication in Glimmer Train Stories

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William Van Wert Award for Fiction

Hidden River Arts

$1,000 and publication in Hidden River Review of Arts & Letters is offered to the best unpublished short story or novel excerpt.

Deadline: June 30th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $17

Genre: Fiction, Novel, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Hidden River Review of Arts & Letters

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2018 Tusculum Review Poetry Chapbook Prize

The Tusculum Review

Each chapbook manuscript entered should consist of 20-30 pages of poems in a standard 12-point font. No more than one poem may appear on a page. You may enter more than one chapbook manuscript (as long as you include a $20 reading fee with each manuscript). A manuscript need not be thematically coherent or connected through narrative.

Deadline: March 1st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $20

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in The Tusculum Review

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Dartmouth Poet-In-Residence Award

Frost Place

The aim of this program is to select a poet who is at an artistic and personal crossroads, comparable to that faced by Robert Frost when he moved to Franconia in 1915, when he was not yet known to a broad public.

Deadline: January 5th, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $28

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$2,000

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2018 Ambroggio Prize

Academy of American Poets

The Ambroggio Prize is a $1,000 publication prize given for a book-length poetry manuscript originally written in Spanish and with an English translation. The winning manuscript is published by Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, publisher of literary works, scholarship, and art books by or about U.S. Hispanics.

Deadline: February 15th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Fiction, Novel,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Bilingual Press

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Short Story Award for New Writers

Glimmer Train Press

Emerging writers are welcome in all categories, but this category is exclusively open to writers whose fiction has not appeared, nor is scheduled to appear, in any print publication. Most entries run from 1000 - 4000 words, but any lengths up to 12,000 words are welcome.

Deadline: February 28th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $18

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$2,500

Additional prizes

Publication in Glimmer Train

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Erma Bombeck Writing Competition

Washington Centerville Public Library

Writers around the world are encouraged to capture the essence of Bombeck’s work by submitting an original essay in the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition, sponsored by Washington-Centerville Public Library in conjunction with the University of Dayton. The contest opened at 8 a.m. (EST) on Monday, Dec. 4, and entries will be accepted until 8 a.m. (EST) Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. The entry fee is $15.

Deadline: January 3rd, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $15

Genre: Essay, Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$500

Additional prizes

Admission to Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop

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William Van Wert Award for Fiction

Hidden River Arts

$1,000 and publication in Hidden River Review of Arts & Letters is offered to the best unpublished short story or novel excerpt. Eligible: Any previously unpublished short story or novel excerpt of 25 pages or less. Any submission that includes more than 25 pages will be disqualified.

Deadline: June 30th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $17

Genre: Fiction, Novel,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Hidden River Review of Arts & Letters

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Morton and McCarthy Prizes

Sarabande Books

This contest is open to any short fiction writer of English. Submissions may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a short novel. Works that have previously appeared in magazines or in anthologies may be included.

Deadline: March 15th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $29

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$2,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Sarabande Books

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The Killer Nashville Claymore Award

Killer Nashville

Every year, the Killer Nashville Claymore Award assists new and rebranding English-language fiction authors get published, including possible agent representation, book advances, editor deals, and movie and television sales. Over $3,000 worth of prizes are given away each year, but to us, the publishing and movie deals—and the careers they build—are the end game.

Deadline: April 1st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $40

Genre: Fiction, Novel,

TOP PRIZE

Publishing contract

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Magic Oxygen Literary Prize

The Word Forest Organisation

For every single entry received, we plant a tree in Boré, Kenya. We’ll email you the GPS coordinates of it once the contest has closed and we’ve received confirmation of them from our Word Forest Coordinator. Short stories should be no more than 4,000 words and poetry should be no more than 50 lines.

Deadline: December 31st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: £5

Genre: Fiction, Poetry, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

£1,000

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Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award

Killer Nashville

The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award™ is committed to discovering new writers, as well as superlative books by established authors and, upon discovery, sharing those writers and their works with new readers. There are a large number of both fiction and non-fiction categories you can enter. Visit the website for more info!

Deadline: January 1st, 2018 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: FREE

Genre: Crime, Essay, Fantasy, Fiction, Humor, Memoir, Mystery, Non-fiction, Novel, Poetry, Science Fiction, Script Writing, Short Story, Thriller, Thriller,

TOP PRIZE

$500

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Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

Gotham Writers

The 2018 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize will be judged by Jess Walter, author of Beautiful RuinsThe winning work will be performed and recorded live at a Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space on June 6, 2018, and published on Electric Literature. The winning writer will receive $1000 and a free 10-week course with Gotham Writers.

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

Genre: Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Free 10-week course with Gotham Writers

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