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The Reedsy Writing Prompts Contest

Reedsy

Respond to one of Reedsy's weekly writing prompt newsletters with a short story for the chance to win $50 and get featured on the Reedsy Blog!


Deadline January 01, 2020

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Top prize

$50

Additional prizes

Publication on Reedsy Blog

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: FREE

Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest

Fiction Collective Two

The FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest is open to any writer in English who has not previously published with FC2. Submissions may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a novel of any length. There is no length requirement. Works that have previously appeared in magazines or in anthologies may be included.


Deadline November 01, 2019

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Top prize

$1,500

Additional prizes

Publication by FC2

Genres

Fiction, Novel, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $25

Second Annual Extra-Fiction Contest

Somos En Escrito

Writings must be by Americans of indigenous-hispanic background (Native American, Chicanan, Latina/o/x) born in the USA or from Latin America residing in the USA. Excerpts from novels in progress may also be submitted.


Deadline September 30, 2019

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Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $0

2019 Fiction Contest

fresh.ink

A writing contest with $7,500 of prizes available across 4 fiction categories: Short story, novelette, novella, and novel.


Deadline December 01, 2019

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Top prize

$3,000

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction, Novel, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $0

Stories Out of School

The Academy for Teachers

A flash fiction contest sponsored by The Academy for Teachers and Electric Literature. The story’s protagonist, or its narrator, must be a K-12 teacher.


Deadline October 01, 2019

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $0

Writers' HQ Flash Quarterly Contest

Writers' HQ

Enter your best flash fiction (up to 500 words) to win up to a year’s membership with Writers’ HQ and access to £1000+ of online creative writing courses, along with a bundle of one-day UK writing retreats.


Deadline September 30, 2019

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Top prize

12 months Writers' HQ membership + 3 one-day writing retreats

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $0

The SmokeLong Quarterly Flash Fellowship for Emerging Writers

SmokeLong Quarterly

The SmokeLong Fellow will workshop 3 stories each quarter with the SmokeLong editors, publishing 1 story in each quarterly issue. The Fellow will also work closely alongside the SmokeLong editors for one year. We have increased the prize to $1000 this year, $200 upon winning the fellowship and $200 for each published story.


Deadline October 15, 2019

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Year-long virtual fellowship at SmokeLong Quarterly

Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $8

The Cosmos Prize

First Fandom Experience

Re-write the final chapter of the 1930s sci-fi serial novel, Cosmos.


Deadline January 15, 2020

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Top prize

$300

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction, Science Fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $0

In the Blink of an Eye!

Join Our Story

Write a short story about anything that changes, in the blink of an eye!


Deadline September 24, 2019

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Top prize

$345

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $0

Inkitt's Writing Contest

Inkitt

Inkitt’s writing contest runs quarterly and gives authors the chance to win an exclusive GALATEA publishing deal and the chance to showcase their book to the world. Monthly, alongside the quarterly publishing deal prize draw, cash prize contest winners are announced, determined on how many likes the author has received on their book. Monthly these winners will receive $150. Authors can also use Inkitt’s Writing app — found in the app store under ‘Inkitt Writing” — to draft up their novels!


Deadline October 31, 2019

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Top prize

Publishing contract with GALATEA

Additional prizes

$150

Genres

Fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: FREE

IndieReader Discovery Awards 2020

IndieReader

Where talented authors meet publishing professionals with the power to make a difference in the success of their books. Every author who enters a title in the 2020 IR Discovery Awards will receive a verdict, written by an IndieReader reviewer and based on their assessment after reading the complete book.


Deadline February 28, 2020

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Top prize

First look consideration by a top, NYC-based literary agency

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction, Non-fiction, Novel,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $149

Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition

Crab Orchard Review

Two volumes of poems will be selected from an open competition of manuscripts submitted online through Submittable October 1 through December 3, 2019. The winners will each receive a publication contract with Southern Illinois University Press. In addition, both winners will be awarded a $1000 prize and $1500 as an honorarium for a reading at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. [Submissions open October 1, 2019]


Deadline December 03, 2019

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Top prize

$2,500

Additional prizes

Publication

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $20

WTP Hamptons Literary Competition

Woven Tale Press

Cash prizes, and first place award, a one-week stay in our WTP expanded 1909 charming cape in the legendary Hamptons, NY, destination to writers from around the world; home to Peter Matthiessen, George Plimpton, and Truman Capote. [Submissions open August 15, 2019]


Deadline October 15, 2019

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Top prize

One-week retreat

Additional prizes

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $25

Willow Run Poetry Book Award

Hidden River Arts

Hidden River Arts offers a yearly prize of $1000 and publication in Hidden River Press for an unpublished book-length collection of poetry of 75 to 100 pages. The editors will judge. [Submissions open August 15, 2019]


Deadline February 15, 2020

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Top prize

Additional prizes

Publication by Hidden River Press

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $22

Sandy Run Novella Award

Hidden River Arts

The Sandy Run Novella Award is offered for an unpublished novella. This competition is open to international submissions for all writers in English. All submissions must be between 17,500 and 40,000 words. The winning manuscript will be published by Hidden River Press and will receive $1000.


Deadline September 30, 2019

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Hidden River Press

Genres

Fiction, Novel,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $22

Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award

Red Hen Press

Established in 1998, in honor of the poet Benjamin Saltman (1927–1999), this award is for a previously unpublished original collection of poetry. Top prize is $3000 and 4-week residency at PLAYA arts and sciences program. The winner of the 2019 Benjamin Saltman Award will be announced in 2020.


Deadline October 31, 2019

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Top prize

$3,000

Additional prizes

4 week PLAYA residency and publication by Red Hen Press

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $25

Red Hen Press Fiction Award

Red Hen Press

The Red Hen Fiction Award is for a fresh and original story of fiction with a minimum of 150 pages. The awarded manuscript is selected through an annual submission process which is open to all authors. Award is $1000 and publication of the awarded manuscript by Red Hen Press.


Deadline September 30, 2019

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Red Hen Press

Genres

Fiction, Novel,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $25

Writer's Digest Poetry Awards

Writer's Digest

Calling all poets! We’re on the look out for poems of all styles–rhyming, free verse, haiku, and more for the Annual Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards! This is the only Writer’s Digest competition exclusively for poets. Enter any poem 32 lines or less for your chance to win $1,000 in cash.


Deadline October 01, 2019

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Writer's Digest

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $20

Flash 500 Short Story Competition

Flash 500

This is an open-themed competition that accepts all genres, including those written by or for children. Stories should range between 1,000 and 3,000 words, with strong characters, a well-crafted plot and realistic dialogue (where used). As the website says, "Make us laugh, make us cry, but most of all, make us feel!"


Deadline February 28, 2020

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Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $7

Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition

Flash 500

We welcome published, self-published and unpublished novelists. The only stipulation is that the entry must be unpublished. We are looking for an opening chapter up to 3,000 words, plus a one page synopsis outlining the balance of the story.


Deadline October 31, 2019

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Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $13

Law & Technology International Writing Competition

Justis Publishing

The Justis International Law & Technology Writing Competition 2020 is launching this coming autumn with a grand prize of £2,000! The competition is open to all college and university students around the world. This year we are giving you more time to start writing and planning so you can be ready to submit your entries once the competition opens on the 1st October 2019.


Deadline December 01, 2019

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Top prize

$2,000

Additional prizes

Genres

Essay, Non-fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: FREE

Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest

Moment Magazine

Moment Magazine is now accepting submissions for the 2020 contest. Moment will award up to three prizes to outstanding works of unpublished short fiction with Jewish content, including $1,000 for first place.


Deadline March 31, 2020

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Top prize

Publication in Moment Magazine

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $25

Novella-in-Flash Award

Ad Hoc Fiction

The goal of the Novela-in-Flash Award is to promote flash fiction for both writers and readers and to bring the genre to a wider audience. There is a 6000 to 18000 word limit and each flash should not be more than about 1000 words.


Deadline January 12, 2020

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Top prize

$300

Additional prizes

Genres

Novel, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: FREE

Flash Fiction Award

Bath Flash Fiction Award

Entrants have the opportunity to appear in our print and digital books. We own a small press, Ad Hoc Fiction, which publishes quality books and also runs a weekly micro-fiction contest. In addition, we organize the UK's annual Flash Fiction Festival.


Deadline October 13, 2019

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: FREE

Flash 500 Flash Fiction Competition

Flash 500

Now in its tenth year, this quarterly open-themed competition has closing dates of 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December 2019.


Deadline December 31, 2019

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Top prize

$300

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $6

Dzanc Novella Prize

Dzanc Books

The Dzanc Books Novella Prize seeks innovative and well-crafted works of fiction in the short form (18,000 to 40,000 ords). In the tradition of Elle Nash's Animals Eat Each Other, Lindsey Drager's The Lost Daughter Collective, and Lisa Birnbaum's Worthy, this contest honors writers who have honed their craft to deliver an outsized punch in a small package. A $1,500 advance and publication in Fall 2020 by Dzanc Books will be awarded to the winner.


Deadline September 30, 2019

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Top prize

$1,500

Additional prizes

Publication in Fall 2020 by Dzanc Books

Genres

Fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $25

Literary Awards Writing Competition

Tucson Festival of Books

Fiction, non-fiction and poetry entries are now being accepted for the sixth annual writing competition, which offers more than $5,000 in prize money. Submit five poems of any length, a short story or novel chapter, or a nonfiction piece or book chapter per submission. Maximum length for prose is 5,000 words per submission. No limit to number of entries. Submissions must be in English and unpublished. Authors retain all rights to submitted work.


Deadline October 31, 2019

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $2

Writers of the Future

L. Ron Hubbard

L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest is an opportunity for new writers of science fiction and fantasy to have their work judged by some of the masters in the field and discovered by a wide audience. Prizes every three months: $1,000, $750, $500. Annual Grand Prize: $5,000 additional!


Deadline September 30, 2019

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Top prize

$5,000

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction, Short Story, Fantasy, Science Fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: FREE

Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize

Marsh Hawk Press

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Marsh Hawk Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Manuscripts should be between 48 to 84 pages. [Submissions open December 1, 2019]


Deadline April 30, 2020

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Marsh Hawk Press

Genres

Poetry,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $25

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 October 31, 2019

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Hidden River Arts

Genres

Essay, Non-fiction,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $22

Booksie Short Story Competition

Booksie

Booksie is looking for the most interesting, original stories that will make them laugh, cry and see the world in a slightly different way. The winner will receive the Booksie Short Story Award, which comes with a hefty cash prize, a gold trophy badge, and one week of free Boosts.


Deadline November 29, 2019

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Top prize

$1,500

Additional prizes

Booksie winner badge and a week of Boosts

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $9

Literal Latte Awards

Literal Latte

Literal Latte currently offers five — count 'em, FIVE — annual writing contests. The only category left open for 2019 is their Essay Contest, but look out for more in 2020.


Deadline September 30, 2019

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Genres

Essay, Fiction, Poetry, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $10

Trio Award for First or Second Book

Trio House Press

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. [Submissions open November 1, 2019]


Deadline April 30, 2020

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Genres

Fiction, Novel,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $25

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. [Submissions open August 2019]


Deadline September 30, 2019

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Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication on the Ghost Story website

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $2

Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Competition

Dzanc Books

The Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Prize celebrates imaginative and inventive writing in the short form. The winning submission will be awarded a $2,500 advance and publication in Fall 2020 by Dzanc Books.


Deadline September 30, 2019

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Top prize

$2,500

Additional prizes

Publication by Dzanc Books

Genres

Fiction, Short Story,

Entry fee

💰 Entry Fee: $25

Submitting to free writing contests in 2019 is absolutely worth your while as an aspiring author: just as your qualifications matter when you apply for a new job, a writing portfolio that boasts published works and award-winning pieces is a great way to give your writing career a boost. And not to mention the bonus of cash prizes!

While you’re submitting to writing competitions in 2019

Every competition has its own set of submission rules. Whether those rules are dense or sparing, ensure that you follow them to a T. Disregarding the guidelines will not sway the judges’ opinion in your favor — and might disqualify you from the contest altogether.

Aside from ensuring you follow the rules, here are a few resources that will help you perfect your submissions.

Free online courses:

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After you submit to a writing competition in 2019

It’s exciting to send a piece of writing off to a contest. However, once the initial excitement wears off, you may be left waiting for a while. Some writing contests will contact all entrants after the judging period — whether or not they’ve won. Other writing competitions will only contact the winners.

Here are a few things to keep in mind after you submit:

  • Many writing competitions don’t have time to respond to each entrant with feedback on their story. However, it never hurts to ask! Feel free to politely reach out requesting feedback — but wait until after the selection period is over.

  • If you’ve submitted the same work to more than one writing competition or literary magazine, remember to withdraw your submission if it ends up winning elsewhere.

  • After you send a submission, don’t follow it up with a rewritten or revised version. Instead, ensure that your first version is thoroughly proofread and edited. If not, wait until the next edition of the contest or submit the revised version to other writing contests.

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