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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

πŸ“† Deadline May 01, 2019 – πŸ’° 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

πŸ“† Deadline April 30, 2019 – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $25

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

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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

πŸ“† Deadline April 30, 2019 – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $25

Genres: Fiction, Novel,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

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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

πŸ“† Deadline May 01, 2019 – πŸ’° 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

πŸ“† Deadline April 30, 2019 – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $20

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

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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

πŸ“† Deadline June 30, 2019 – πŸ’° 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

πŸ“† Deadline April 30, 2019 – πŸ’° 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

πŸ“† Deadline May 15, 2019 – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $10

Genres: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Break Water Review

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The Loraine Williams Poetry Prize 2019

The winning poem and author will be announced by August 15, and the poem will appear in the Spring issue of the following year. All submitted poems will be considered for publication in The Georgia Review; any selected will be paid our regular poetry honorarium of $4 per line.

The Georgia Review

πŸ“† Deadline May 15, 2019 – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $15

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,500

Additional prizes

Publication in The Georgia Review

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Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize 2019

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 an all-expenses-paid ten-day residency at Glen Hollow in Naples, New York, and distribution of the winning book to hundreds of Academy of American Poets members.

Academy of American Poets

πŸ“† Deadline May 15, 2019 – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $75

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$25,000

Additional prizes

Residency at Glen Hollow

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Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowships

The Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowships are $50,000 - $100,000 awards given to honor poets of literary merit appointed to serve in civic positions and to enable them to undertake meaningful, impactful, and innovative projects that engage their fellow residents, including youth, with poetry, helping to address issues important to their communities.

Academy of American Poets

πŸ“† Deadline March 03, 2019 – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $0

Genres: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$100,000

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Emerging Writer's Contest

In the spirit of the journal’s founding mission, the Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest recognizes work by an emerging writer in each of three genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. One winner in each genre per year will receive $2,000 and publication in the literary journal. We consider authors β€œemerging” if they haven’t published or self-published a book.

Ploughshares

πŸ“† Deadline May 15, 2019 – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $24

Genres: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$2,000

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The Cagibi Macaron Prize 2019

Cagibi’s inaugural Macaron Prize. Winners receive $1000, plus publication, in each category of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. Winners and second-place finalists will be published in a Macaron Prize 2019 Cagibi print issue.

Cagibi

πŸ“† Deadline February 24, 2019 – πŸ’° Entry Fee: $18

Genres: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

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