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Nutshell Narratives 2 - Early Spring

We invite you to create a very short story (350 words or less) that fits the “nutshell narrative” of any flower/haiku prompt on the contest page. Use your imagination, and see what stories you see in a picture and a few words! Our ongoing Nutshell Narratives contests are open to all, including past winners. Judge is writer/editor Regina Higgins, from Louisville Kentucky.

Zen Garden

📆 Deadline May 15, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: $0

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$50

Additional prizes

Permanent publication on our online site

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Eyelands 9th International Short Story Contest

We’re looking for short stories, of 2.500 words maximum in any genre on the theme of “Luggage.” Every year, we are delighted to give the opportunity to writers from all over the world to see their work published in English and Greek and also to enjoy a week's holiday in a beautiful beach house on the island of Crete!

Eyelands Magazine

📆 Deadline June 20, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: $10

Genres: Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

Publication in Eyelands Magazine

Additional prizes

Holiday in Crete

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Inkitt Novel Competition

Do you have the next great novel? Submit it to Inkitt's Novel Competition for the chance to win their prize including: a $300 cash prize, promotion on a special Novel Contest Winner's List, a contest Winner Badge for your Inkitt cover picture, as well as eligibility for a future publishing deal. Each month a winner is selected for the cash prize ‹ so submit your story by the end of this month!

Inkitt

📆 Deadline March 31, 2019 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: FREE

Genres: Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$300

Additional prizes

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The Scriptation Showcase

The Scriptation Showcase is the screenwriting competition that circulates winners’ scripts to the widest range of Hollywood directors, showrunners, and producers. 15 scripts will be featured for a full year in Scriptation, the script app used on thousands of film and TV productions.

Showcase

📆 Deadline April 30, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: $29

Genres: Script Writing,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

1 Year Scriptation Showcase

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Gemini Magazine 10th Annual Short Story Contest

In celebration of our tenth year, we have increased first prize from $1,000 to $5,000. Second place: $250. Three honorable mentions: $50 each. Entry fee: $10. We are open to any subject, genre or length. All five finalists will be published online in the June 2019 issue. Both new and experienced writers have won our contests. All entries are read blind. Deadline: April 1.

Gemini Magazine

📆 Deadline April 01, 2019 (Expired) – 💰 Entry Fee: $10

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$5,000

Additional prizes

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The Meyerson Prize for Fiction

The David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction is named for the late David Nathan Meyerson (1967–1998), a therapist and talented writer who died before he was able to show to the greater world the full fruits of his literary potential, the prize consists of $1,000 and publication in Southwest Review.

Southwest Review

📆 Deadline May 01, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: $25

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

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Louise Bogan Award

The Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence includes $1,000, publication, and twenty books. The Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence is open to ALL poets, regardless of publication history.

Trio House Press

📆 Deadline April 30, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: $25

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

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Trio Award for First or Second Book

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.

Trio House Press

📆 Deadline April 30, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: $25

Genres: Fiction, Novel,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

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Fischer Prize 2019

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem. The winner also receives $500 in travel expenses to attend the Telluride Literary Arts Festival in Colorado in May.

Telluride Institute

📆 Deadline May 01, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: $9

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Attendance at Telluride Literary Arts Festival

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Supernatural Fiction Award 2019

Twice each year TGS awards $1,000 and both online and print publication to the winner of our short story competition.

The Ghost Story

📆 Deadline April 30, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: $20

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

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Drue Heinz Literature Prize 2019

The Drue Heinz Literature Prize recognizes and supports writers of short fiction and makes their work available to readers around the world. The award is open to authors who have published a book-length collection of fiction or at least three short stories or novellas in commercial magazines or literary journals.

University of Pittsburgh Press

📆 Deadline June 30, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: $25

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$15,000

Additional prizes

Publication in University of Pittsburgh Press

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Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize 2019

Established in 1981, the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize is administered by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Named in honor of Agnes Lynch Starrett, the Press’s first director, the prize is awarded for a first full-length book of poems.

University of Pittsburgh Press

📆 Deadline April 30, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: $25

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$5,000

Additional prizes

Publication in University of Pittsburgh Press

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Peseroff Prize 2019

We are seeking submissions for pieces that breathe freshness to the form. We are interested in previously unpublished prose ranging from 1,000 - 5,000 words, each with a $10 entry fee. All finalists will be considered for publication.

Break Water Review

📆 Deadline May 15, 2019 – 💰 Entry Fee: $10

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Break Water Review

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